Patent Number: 6,253,938

Title: Indirectly activated closure

Abstract: The present closure is one that is actuated and opened indirectly. A force on a push pad causes the lid to open. There is no direct manual force applied to the lid to open the lid. The closure is comprised of a base section and a lid section. These are separate molded sections. These separate molded sections are attached after molding. The base section has the attachment to a container, structural integrity, a spout, and a lid actuator mechanism. The lid actuator mechanism is comprised of a strap with a push pad with an actuator rod at the end adjacent an actuator wall. The lid section has a spout closing section for the spout of the base section and an attachment fitting for attachment to the base section. The spout closing section is attached to the attachment fitting by living hinges, and preferably, preloaded living hinges. Such living hinges reduce the force to actuate. The closure is opened by pushing on a push pad which in turn causes the living hinges to be actuated and the lid snap opened. The lid is manually closed.

Inventors: Zaksenberg; Issac (Scotch Plains, NJ), Nimmey; Alan (Warren, NJ), Harrity; Kevin (Middlesex, NJ)

Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company

International Classification: B65D 47/08 (20060101); B65D 041/02 (); B65D 051/18 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018