Medline Industries has patented an article advancing assembly to dispense contents from a container efficiently. The assembly includes an article advancer with an arcuate body and distal end portions to bias contents towards the dispensing opening, reducing waste. The design allows for easy movement between compressed and dispensed configurations. GlobalData’s report on Medline Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Medline Industries, Robotic exoskeletons was a key innovation area identified from patents. Medline Industries's grant share as of January 2024 was 70%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Article advancer assembly for dispensing articles from container

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Medline Industries LP

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11877702B2) discloses an article advancing assembly designed to facilitate the dispensing of contents from a container. The assembly includes a container with an interior chamber and a dispensing opening, along with an article advancer positioned inside the chamber. The article advancer features an arcuate body with two distal end portions that work together to bias the contents towards the dispensing opening. The design allows the article advancer to move between a compressed configuration and a fully dispensed position, with the arcuate body providing a biasing force for this movement. The unique structure of the article advancer, with linear portions and curved edges, ensures efficient advancement of articles within the container.

Furthermore, the patent also covers the materials used in the construction of the article advancer, which can include acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polyoxymethylene, nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, or combinations thereof. The container itself can be in the form of a box, a bag, or a combination of both, with the distal end portions of the article advancer designed to slide relative to the container. A method for advancing articles within the container is also detailed, involving the placement of articles on the article advancer to compress it into the desired configuration for dispensing. By removing articles, the advancer can move towards the fully dispensed position, allowing for easy access to the contents of the container. Overall, the patent highlights an innovative solution for efficiently advancing and dispensing articles from a container, with a focus on practicality and ease of use.

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