Patent Number: 7,611,030

Title: Apparatus for hands-free dispensing of a measured quantity of material

Abstract: An apparatus for automatically dispensing a fluid includes a container adapted to carry a supply of fluid, and a valve connected to the container, wherein actuation of the valve dispenses the fluid. An apparatus position indicator is associated with the container and an object sensor is positioned near the valve. The object sensor monitors an area below where the valve dispenses when open and upon detection of an object opens the valve. Initial positioning of the apparatus triggers the apparatus position indicator to generate an appropriate signal until the object sensor is properly positioned and permanently secured. A control circuit in cooperation with a hidden switch allows programming of lighting indicators, dispense cycle size, and dispense quantities. The control circuit also provides for overload protection, motor braking and RF shielding. And an anti-vandal feature prevents excessive use of the apparatus.

Inventors: Reynolds; Aaron R. (North Canton, OH), Van Deman; Bruce J. (Newport Beach, CA), O'Toole; Martin (Chagrin Falls, OH), Waterhouse; Paul (Etobicoke, CA)

Assignee: Kanfer; Joseph S.

International Classification: B67B 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017