Title of Invention

"A FLUID-DISPENSER PUMP"

Abstract A fluid-dispenser pump comprising a pump body (10) containing a measuring chamber (20) defined between an upper piston (30) sliding in an upper portion (11) of the pump body (10), and a lower piston (40) sliding in a lower portion (12) of the pump body (10), said lower piston (40) co-operating with a spring (50) disposed in said lower portion (12) of the pump body (10), the pump;being characterized in that the spring (50) is isolated from any contact with the fluid, the lower portion (12) of the pump body including air-intake means (15) enabling air to be admitted and/or expelled during actuation of the pump, isolation means (60) being provided to prevent fluid from penetrating into said air-intake means (15). Figure 1
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The present invention relates to a fluid-dispenser pump.
The present invention relates to a fluid-dispenser pump, and to a fluid dispenser device incorporating such a pump.
Fluid-dispenser pumps are well known in the prior art. The present invention relates more particularly to pumps in which the return spring of the pump is not in contact with the fluid dispensed by the pump. The spring is therefore disposed in a chamber inside the pump body, which chamber is isolated from the fluid, but contains air. During actuation of the pump, the moving element of the pump which co-operates with the spring is displaced, thereby compressing the spring, and the presence of the air can pose a problem with regard to the ease of use or the reliability of the pump.
An object of the present invention is therefore to provide a fluid-dispenser pump which is safe to use and reliable, while being simple and inexpensive to manufacture and to assemble.
The present invention therefore provides a fluid-dispenser pump comprising a pump body containing a measuring chamber defined between an upper piston sliding in an upper portion of the pump body, and a lower piston sliding in a lower portion of the pump body, said lower piston co-operating with a spring disposed in said lower portion of the pump body, the pump being characterized in that the spring is isolated from any contact with the fluid, the lower portion of the pump body including air-intake means enabling air to be admitted and/or expelled during actuation of the pump, isolation means being provided to prevent fluid from penetrating into said air-intake means.
Said air-intake means are advantageously formed by a hole made in the lower portion of the pump body.
Said isolation means advantageously comprise an outer casing disposed around said pump body.

An air passage is advantageously defined between said casing and said pump body, said air passage being connected to the vent hole of the pump.
The vent hole advantageously includes a filter designed to filter the incoming air.
Said casing is advantageously fitted around the pump body, said air passage being defined by at least one groove formed in the outside wall of the pump body and/or the inside wall of the casing.
Said casing advantageously includes a radial flange providing sealing with a reservoir onto which the pump is assembled.
Said radial flange advantageously forms a neck gasket.
Said casing advantageously includes a sleeve providing sealing with the outside wall of the pump body.
Advantageously, said sleeve is elastically deformable so as to allow air coming from the inside of the pump body to pass through said air-intake means.
The present invention also provides a fluid dispenser device including a pump as defined above, said pump being mounted on a reservoir by means of a fixing ring or cap.
Other characteristics and advantages of the present invention appear more clearly from the following detailed description of an advantageous embodiment thereof, made with reference to the accompanying drawing, and given by way of non-limiting example, in which the sole figure is a diagrammatic cross-section view of a dispenser pump constituting an embodiment of the present invention, in the rest position.
The pump of the present invention comprises a pump body 10 which defines a measuring chamber 20 between an upper piston 30 and a lower piston 40. The upper piston 30 slides in an upper portion 11 of the pump body, and the lower piston 40 slides in a lower portion 12 of the pump body. Preferably, the lower piston 40 is floatingly.


mounted inside the pump body and co-operates with a spring 50 which is mounted on an end wall of the pump body 10 and which forms the return spring of the pump.
In the invention, the spring 50 is completely isolated from the fluid which is dispensed by the pump. This means that no fluid penetrates into the spring chamber, i.e. into the lower portion of the pump body in which the spring is situated. In order to ensure safe and reliable operation of the pump, the present invention provides air-intake means 15 in the lower portion 12 of the pump body, to enable air to be admitted and/or expelled during actuation of the pump. Thus, when the lower piston 40 is displaced downwards inside the lower portion of the pump body, air can be expelled via the air-intake means 15, whereas when the lower piston rises, air can then be sucked in through said air-intake means 15. The air-intake means 15 are advantageously provided in the form of a hole formed in the lower portion 12 of the pump body.
In the invention, isolation means 60 are provided so as to prevent the fluid from penetrating into the lower portion of the pump body, so as to guarantee that the spring 50 does not come into contact with the fluid. The complete absence of contact between the generally metal spring and the fluid to be dispensed is particularly advantageous for certain pharmaceuticals which risk being spoilt by coming into contact with the spring.
The isolation means 60 are advantageously made in the form of an outer casing which is fitted around the pump body, and which covers the hole 15 so as to prevent the fluid from penetrating into said pump body. The outer casing is advantageously identical in shape to the pump body, such that on being fitted said casing comes into contact with the entire surface of the wall, with an air passage 61 nevertheless being formed between the pump body 10 and the outer casing 60, the air passage being connected to the vent hole 100 of the pump. In the

example shown in the figure, the vent hole is disposed in the upper portion of the pump, at the pump gasket 80 which provides sealing between the pump and the fixing ring or cap 70 for mounting the pump on a reservoir (not shown). In the example shown, the gasket 80 is a filter gasket, i.e. the air which enters into the pump in order to replace the volume of fluid that has been dispensed, passes through said filter 80, which removes any bacteria and/or impurities which would risk spoiling the quality of the fluid.
The casing 60 advantageously includes a radial flange 65 which is designed to provide sealing with the neck of the reservoir (not shown). Said radial flange 65 can preferably even form the neck gasket of the pump. In this case, however, the vent hole 100 is connected directly to the air passage 61 formed between the pump body and the outer casing 60, and it is therefore necessary to provide air-flow means enabling said vent air to penetrate into the pump. This is preferably achieved by means of a sleeve 62 preferably formed at the bottom end of the outer casing 60, said sleeve providing firstly sealing with the outside wall of the pump body 10, but being elastically deformable so as to allow the vent air to pass.
The present invention thus makes it possible to guarantee the complete absence of contact between the return spring of the pump 50 and the fluid, while enabling the pump to operate safely and reliably since the air contained in the chamber of the spring 50 can flow freely as a function of the displacement of the lower piston 40. In parallel, the isolation means, in particular the outer casing, ensures sealing against fluid coming into contact with the spring, such that the objectives of the present invention are achieved by this very simple and inexpensive means constituted by the casing 60. In its embodiment shown in the figure, in which it also forms the neck gasket 65 by means of its

top radial flange, the present invention also limits the number of component parts required in order to achieve the objective of the invention.
Although the invention is described above with reference to a particular embodiment thereof, the present invention is not limited to that embodiment, but any modifications could be applied thereto by the person skilled in the art, without going beyond the ambit of the present invention as defined by the accompanying claims.

We Claim:
1. A fluid-dispenser pump comprising a pump body (10) containing a measuring chamber (20) defined between an upper piston (30) sliding in an upper portion (11) of the pump body (10), and a lower piston (40) sliding in a lower portion (12) of the pump body (10), said lower piston (40) co-operating with a spring (50) disposed in said lower portion (12) of the pump body (10), the pump being characterized in that the spring (50) is isolated from any contact with the fluid, the lower portion (12) of the pump body including air-intake means (15) enabling air to be admitted and/or expelled during actuation of the pump, isolation means (60) being provided to prevent fluid from penetrating into said air-intake means (15).
2. A pump as claimed in claim 1, wherein said air-intake means (15) are
formed by a hole made in the lower portion (12) of the pump body (10).
3. A pump as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, wherein said isolation means
(60) comprise an outer casing disposed around said pump body (10).
4. A pump as claimed in claim 3, wherein an air passage 25 (61) is defined between said casing (60) and said pump body (10) , said air passage (61) being connected to the vent hole (100) of the pump.
5. A pump as claimed in claim 4, wherein the vent hole (100) includes a filter (80) designed to filter the incoming air.
6. A pump as claimed in claim 4 or claim 5, wherein said casing (60) is fitted around the pump body (10) , said air passage (61) being defined by at least one groove formed in the outside wall of the pump body (10) and/or the inside wall of the casing (60).
7. A pump as claimed in any one of claims 3 to 6, wherein said casing (60) includes a radial flange (65) providing sealing with a reservoir onto which the pump is assembled.
8. A pump as claimed in claim 7, wherein said radial flange (65) forms a neck gasket.
9. A pump as claimed in any one of claims 3 to 8, wherein said casing (60) includes a sleeve (62) providing sealing with the outside wall of the pump body (10).
10. A pump as claimed in claim 9, wherein said sleeve (62) is elastically deformable so as to allow air coming from the inside of the pump body (10) to pass through said air-intake means (15).

11. A fluid dispenser device including a pump as claimed in any preceding claim, said pump being mounted on a reservoir by means of a fixing ring or cap.


Documents:

1025-DELNP-2004-Abstract-(07-07-2009).pdf

1025-delnp-2004-abstract.pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Claims-(07-07-2009).pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Claims-(15-06-2009).pdf

1025-delnp-2004-claims.pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Correspondence Others-(22-03-2011).pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Correspondence-Others-(07-07-2009).pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Correspondence-Others-(15-06-2009).pdf

1025-delnp-2004-correspondence-others.pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Descriotion (Complete)-(15-06-2009).pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Description (Complete)-(07-07-2009).pdf

1025-delnp-2004-description (complete).pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Drawings-(07-07-2009).pdf

1025-delnp-2004-drawings.pdf

1025-delnp-2004-form-1.pdf

1025-delnp-2004-form-18.pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Form-2-(07-07-2009).pdf

1025-delnp-2004-form-2.pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Form-27-(22-03-2011).pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Form-3-(07-07-2009).pdf

1025-delnp-2004-form-3.pdf

1025-delnp-2004-form-5.pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-GPA-(07-07-2009).pdf

1025-delnp-2004-gpa.pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Others-Documents-(07-07-2009).pdf

1025-delnp-2004-pct-210.pdf

1025-delnp-2004-pct-409.pdf

1025-DELNP-2004-Petition-137-(07-07-2009).pdf


Patent Number 244822
Indian Patent Application Number 1025/DELNP/2004
PG Journal Number 52/2010
Publication Date 24-Dec-2010
Grant Date 21-Dec-2010
Date of Filing 19-Apr-2004
Name of Patentee VALOIS SAS
Applicant Address B.P.G, LE PRIEURE, F-27110 LE NEUBOURG, FRANCE
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 LUDOVIC PETIT 4 RUE DU BUC, F-27110 VITOT, FRANCE
PCT International Classification Number B65D 83/14
PCT International Application Number PCT/FR02/03797
PCT International Filing date 2002-11-06
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 01/14407 2001-11-07 France