Atrion. has filed a patent for a sealing device designed to seal openings in apparatuses. The device features a collapsible and expandable aperture, with an engagement interface to engage a spacer for maintaining the expanded configuration. GlobalData’s report on Atrion gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Expandable sealing device for apparatus openings

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Atrion Corp

A newly filed patent (Publication Number: US20230398344A1) describes a sealing device designed to seal an opening of an apparatus, such as a needleless connector. The device includes a head with a cavity and a neck with a passage that can change diameter from collapsed to expanded. The neck features an engagement interface to releasably engage a spacer that maintains the neck in the expanded configuration. The spacer can be released by an insertion force, allowing the neck to collapse and seal the opening effectively.

The patent also details a method for manufacturing and using the sealing device. The method involves forming a frame, a boundary layer, and inserting a spacer to transition the neck from collapsed to expanded. Additionally, the method includes inserting a disinfectant applicator and hermetically sealing the opening. The method for using the sealing device involves aligning the device with the opening, applying an insertion force to introduce the apparatus into the neck, and disengaging the spacer to collapse the neck. Furthermore, the method includes applying a pressing force to the head to dispense disinfectant. Overall, the patent outlines a comprehensive approach to creating and utilizing the sealing device for efficient and secure sealing of apparatus openings.

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