Patent Number: 7,708,838

Title: Sanitary manifold system and method for hygienically dispensing fluids

Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for dispensing of a microbiologically sensitive fluid, in particular low acid food fluid, in a hygienic manner so as to avoid micro-organism growth in the line dispensing the fluid as well as in any mechanical components of a dispensing unit that may enter into contact with the fluid. The invention hygienically supplies microbiologically sensitive fluid from a removable container that has a terminal connecting portion to a dispensing unit. The unit includes a coupling mechanism adapted to connect the terminal connecting portion and a component for delivering a cleaning or rinsing fluid within the terminal connecting portion. Thus, during cleaning or rinsing, the cleaning or rinsing fluid can be discharged within the terminal connecting portion up to a closing point of the container assembly, thus demarcating a closing point, downstream of which is a part that is maintained clean, and upstream of which is a part of the container that is maintained sterile.

Inventors: Carhuff; Peter W. (Eau Claire, WI), Dickinson; Edward L. (Littleton, MA), Harvey; Andrew C. (Waltham, MA), Kolvek; Edward M. (West Newbury, MA), Masu; Takeshi (Ridgefield, CT)

Assignee: Nestec S.A.

International Classification: B08B 9/02 (20060101); B08B 9/04 (20060101); B08B 9/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018