Method and device for extracting the contents of a sachet

UNILEVER PLC (2012). Method and device for extracting the contents of a sachet. WO2011EP72789 20111214 .

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Abstract

In the field of fluid containers there is a need to facilitate access to and removal of the contents of a sachet. An extraction assembly for extracting the contents of a sachet comprises a sachet housing to receive a sachet and an extractor. The extractor includes at least one piercing member and an abutment member. The extractor is movable relative to the sachet housing between a first inactive position and a second active position. The extraction assembly also includes an actuator which is operable to move the extractor between the first and second positions. The actuator is rotatably coupled with the sachet housing, and the actuator and the extractor include mutually cooperable formations to translate rotational movement of the actuator into movement of the extractor between the first and second positions. A sachet is insertable into the sachet housing while the extractor is in the first position. Movement of the extractor towards the second position drives the or each piercing member into a sachet received in the sachet housing and traps a portion of the sachet between the abutment member and the sachet housing. This product fits within Unilever’s water conservation strategy to reduce water as well as giving the user a quality experience. Design for non domestic market the product is undergoing consumer trials in India and Africa by Unilever.

Item Type: Patent
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Identification Number: WO2011EP72789 20111214
Depositing User: Nick Dulake
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 11:49
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 11:49
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5747

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