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(11)EP 3 189 001 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
29.04.2020 Bulletin 2020/18

(21)Application number: 14761337.6

(22)Date of filing:  04.09.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B67D 3/04(2006.01)
B67D 1/00(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2014/068846
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/034235 (10.03.2016 Gazette  2016/10)

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LIQUID DISPENSING DEVICE AND VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR USE THEREWITH

FLÜSSIGKEITSSPENDER UND VENTILANORDNUNG ZUM GEBRAUCH DAMIT

DISTRIBUTEUR DE LIQUIDE E ARRANGEMENT D'UNE VANNE POUR USAGE RELATIF


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(43)Date of publication of application:
12.07.2017 Bulletin 2017/28

(73)Proprietor: APDS Originals B.V.
1332 AT Almere (NL)

(72)Inventor:
  • VAN DER WEIJ, Fedde
    NL-1359 HV Almere (NL)

(74)Representative: De Vries & Metman 
Overschiestraat 180
1062 XK Amsterdam
1062 XK Amsterdam (NL)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2012/176221
US-A- 5 775 364
US-B1- 6 708 741
AU-A1- 2002 301 203
US-A1- 2013 240 562
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] The invention firstly relates to an assembly of a liquid dispensing device and a flexible bag containing said liquid and having a spigot connected thereto, which device comprises a housing for receiving the bag, which housing in its upper part is provided with a receiving means for receiving the spigot, wherein the receiving means houses a valve assembly defining there through a liquid channel, wherein the liquid channel has an inner end adapted for, in a liquid-tight manner, connecting to the spigot of the flexible bag and wherein the liquid channel closer to its opposite outer end is provided with a valve which is movable between a closed position for preventing a flow of the liquid and an open position for dispensing the liquid. Such a device is known from AU 2002 301 203 A1. Another device is known from US 5 775 364 A1.

    [0002] Liquid dispensing devices of the type referred to above are applied in the field of so-called bag in box packagings for beverages like wine, water and juices, of which the use has grown steadily during the last decades, especially for wine. The reason for this success lies in the advantages for all parties involved in the distribution chain, such as less packaging weight, less packaging cost, large beverage volume per packaging, efficient rectangular shape, easy to carry, long holding time, material and energy saving. Such dispensing devices are capable of pouring one portion at a time from a larger packaging unit (the flexible bag). Larger packaging units means more product (liquid such as beverage) per packaging, hence less packaging weight per unit of product.

    [0003] The use of the bag in box packaging, however, has a number of drawbacks which contribute to a perception of low user-friendliness. There are different types of valves that come with bag in box packagings, that all require a different way to operate: pushing, lifting, squeezing, rotating, etcetera. The tactile and ergonomic properties of these valves are only suboptimal: the size is big enough for many people, but for most it is not, the fixation of the valve to the carton box is weak and flexible and the required hand position and hand action is not very convenient.

    [0004] It is noted, that within the context of the present invention the indication "spigot" not only refers to a liquid outlet with some kind of operable valve member, but also may encompass a simple spout without such a valve member.

    [0005] In view of the above, the present invention provides a liquid dispensing device according to claim 1.

    [0006] The provision of the valve assembly with liquid channel of which the inner end is adapted for connecting to the spigot of the flexible bag, allows to optimise the design, ergonomics and operational features of the valve irrespective the type of spigot. Thus, only one type of operation is needed for all types of spigots; further, also when the flexible bag comes with a low cost, low quality spigot, the device may be provided with a universal, more advanced valve. When the spigot is of the type having a valve member, the member for keeping the spigot in a permanent open position may, for example, act on said valve member. When the spigot is of the type comprising a simple spout, said member could, for example, comprise a part to be introduced in said spout for keeping it open.

    [0007] According to one embodiment, the inner end of the liquid channel is defined in a separate adapter part which is connected to the remainder of the valve assembly in a removable manner. As a result the specific type of adapter part may be selected in view of the type of spigot of the flexible bag. At present there are at least four dominant spigot types on the market and by using corresponding adapters the dispensing device according to the present invention may be used with flexible bags provided with those types of spigots. To change from a bag with one type of spigot to a bag with another type of spigot only requires to replace one adapter with another.

    [0008] In a further embodiment of the device according to the invention the valve assembly is removably housed in the receiving means, wherein the valve assembly and adapter part, for defining a removable connection there between, are provided with manually disconnectable locking members which are only accessible when the valve assembly is not housed in the receiving means. This avoids an unintentional disconnection during positioning a flexible bag in the device or during removing it therefrom, while at the same time offering an instant and easy disconnect when the flexible bag has been removed from the device.

    [0009] It is also conceivable that the valve assembly and adapter part comprise cooperating interfaces allowing a connection in one relative position only. This ensures a proper connection and ease of use.

    [0010] The assembly of valve assembly and adapter part connected therewith preferably has an identical outer shape for all types of adapter parts, such that the device is very versatile in its use and creates a uniform connection system for use with many different types of spigots.

    [0011] Then, it further is convenient when the member for keeping the spigot in a permanent open position is part of the separate adapter part. Each type of spigot generally will require its own specific member for keeping it open, and the provision of such a member in the separate adapter part will ensure that by replacing one adapter part by another, also the appropriate member will be provided. It is conceivable that a single adapter is fit to be used with more than one type of spigot.

    [0012] For ease of use of the dispensing device with more than one type of spigot, it is conceivable that the housing is provided with a storage space for receiving one or more adapter parts. As such, a selection of adapters always is readily available.

    [0013] Constructively such a storage space may comprise a drawer, for example in a lowermost base part of the housing.

    [0014] In another embodiment of the device according to the present invention, the valve of the valve assembly is devised for in its open position mixing the liquid with ambient air. Whereas normally the valve is movable between a closed position and an open position in which the liquid is dispensed without mixing it with ambient air, according to this embodiment the valve is movable between a closed position and an open position in which the liquid is dispensed while mixing it with ambient air, the so-called process of aerating.

    [0015] Aerating is a known and proven method for neutralising some of the less attractive components of a beverage such as wine, like sulphur dioxide and tannins that can cause bad or bitter taste or smell. Aeration also causes the bouquet of wine to come loose and it softens the overall flavour profile. In general the flavour characteristics improve by aeration. Aeration also increases the oxygen saturation and removes gasses like chlorine, sulphur and carbon dioxide from water and other liquids, which in general improves the overall quality of the beverages.

    [0016] However, because in some instances aeration also could cause a reduction of the more appreciated bouquet of wine or a loss of subtle flavour characteristics, the present invention allows a user to choose whether to use aeration during dispensing or not by selecting the appropriate type of valve (or by selecting a device with the appropriate type of valve).

    [0017] In yet other embodiments of the device the housing further may be provided with a support member for the flexible bag, which support member firstly is movable between a lowermost position remote from the receiving means for supporting a full bag and an uppermost position near to the receiving means for supporting a substantially emptied bag and secondly has an inclined upper support surface sloping down to the side of the receiving means.

    [0018] For increasing the ease of use and/or applicability of the device according to the present invention the following options may be provided, alone or in combination: the provision of a cooling mechanism for cooling a bag (for example for improving the taste of a beverage and increasing its life span once the bag has been opened); an indicator may be provided for the position of the support member (and thus providing an indication of the amount of liquid still present in the bag); an outer surface of the housing may be provided with an indicator about the type of bag (and the liquid present in the bag), for example comprising a receptacle for receiving an information carrier, such as a strip provided with any combination of symbols or words.

    [0019] The invention secondly relates to a valve assembly for use in such a liquid dispensing device.

    [0020] Hereinafter the invention will be elucidated while referring to the drawings, in which:

    Figure 1 is a vertical cross-section through an embodiment of the device according to the present invention, housing a full flexible bag containing a liquid;

    Figure 2 is a vertical cross-section in accordance with figure 1 in which the device houses a nearly empty flexible bag;

    Figure 3 is a detail of the cross-section of figure 1 on a larger scale and showing the valve assembly;

    Figure 4 in a perspective view illustrates a flexible bag attached to a valve assembly;

    Figure 5 in a perspective view shows four different adapters with corresponding different types of spigots;

    Figure 6 in a perspective view shows further embodiments of adapters;

    Figure 7 shows a perspective frontal view of an embodiment of the device according to the present invention, and

    Figure 8 shows a perspective rear view of the embodiment of the device according to figure 7.



    [0021] The liquid dispensing device according to the present invention is intended for use with a flexible bag 1 (best illustrated in figure 4) containing said liquid and having a spigot 2 connected thereto. The spigot 2 is of the type comprising a valve member to be operated manually. The device basically comprises a housing 3 for receiving the bag 1. The housing 3 in its upper part is provided with a receiving means (housing a valve assembly 4 to be described later) for receiving the spigot 2.

    [0022] The housing further is provided with a support member 5 for the flexible bag 1 which is movable between a lowermost position (as represented in figure 1) remote from the valve assembly 4 for supporting a full bag 1, and an uppermost position (as represented in figure 2) near to the valve assembly 4 for supporting a substantially emptied bag 1. For achieving its upward movement, the support member 5 is upwardly loaded by a biasing member, such as a compression spring 6, whereas further a damping means 7 (for example a pneumatic or hydraulic damper) is provided for slowing down the upward movement of the support member 5 in the event that no bag is present.

    [0023] The compression spring 6 preferably provides a spring force which decreases in correspondence with a decreasing weight of a bag 1 (as a result of a part of the liquid being dispensed through the valve assembly 4) during the upward movement of the support member 5.

    [0024] The support member 5 (which may be configured as a plate) has an inclined upper support surface 8 sloping down (with a first slope) to the side of the valve assembly 4, as is clearly visible in figures 1 and 2. This upper support surface 8 comprises, at its side facing the valve assembly 4, a section 9 (best seen in figure 1) with a steeper downward slope for, in the uppermost position of the support member 5 (see figure 2), defining between said section 9 and the inner end of the valve assembly 4 a receiving space for part of a substantially emptied bag 1 (in figure 2 indicated schematically by crinkles 10). As a result the outflow of liquid through the valve assembly 4 will not be blocked by the bag 1 in such a situation.

    [0025] As clearly visible in figure 3, the valve assembly 4 defines there through a liquid channel 11 which has an inner end defined in a separate adapter part 12 which is connected to the remainder 13 of the valve assembly 4 in a removable manner. Thus the adapter part 12 may be replaced by another adapter part, if needed. Previous to use, the adapter part 12 firstly with one end is connected to the remainder 13 of the valve assembly and next with the opposite end is connected to the spigot 2 (which then will be opened automatically). Finally, the bag 1 together with the valve assembly thus assembled, is placed into the device (which has a receiving chamber 27 for receiving the valve assembly 4).

    [0026] The adapter part 12 is adapted for, in a liquid-tight manner, receiving the spigot 2 of the flexible bag 1. Further, the adapter part 12 is provided with a member for keeping the spigot 2 in a permanent open position when the spigot is received in the adapter part. The position and construction of such a member will depend from the type of spigot 2. Figure 5 shows as an example a range of four possible types of spigots 2 with corresponding adapter parts 12. Each adapter part 12 therefore at one end has a specific shape for receiving a specific type of spigot 2, but another end (lower end) of all adapter parts 12 is identically shaped for a connection with the remainder 13 of the valve assembly 4. The adapter parts 12 and valve assembly 4 preferably comprise cooperating interfaces allowing a connection in one relative position only.

    [0027] Figure 6 illustrates examples of different manners in which an adapter part 12 may receive a spigot 2. In the left embodiment the adapter part 12 comprises a slidable top part 19 which in an upper position (as illustrated) allows the introduction of the spigot 2 into the adapter part and thereafter is slid down. Inner members (not visible) may be connected to said top part 19 to move along therewith for engaging operating parts 29 of the spigot 2 for keeping it in a permanent open position. The other two views in figure 6 relate to an adapter part 12 having a hingeable top part 20 which in an upwardly hinged position (as illustrated) allows the introduction of the spigot 2 into the adapter part and thereafter is hinged down. Here an inner member 30 is illustrated for engaging an operating member 29 of the spigot 2 for keeping it open.

    [0028] It is noted that the valve assembly 4 is removably housed in the receiving chamber 27. The valve assembly 4 and adapter part 12, for defining a removable connection there between, are provided with manually disconnectable locking members (in this embodiment illustrated in figures 6 and 7 as disconnect push buttons 31 on the valve assembly 4) which preferably are only accessible when the valve assembly 4 is not housed in the receiving chamber 27.

    [0029] The housing 3 may be provided with a storage space for receiving one or more adapter parts 12, such as a drawer 18 (see figures 1,2 and 8).

    [0030] The remainder 13 of the valve assembly defines a valve which cooperates with a part of the liquid channel 11 closer to its outer end (compared with the above mentioned inner end that cooperates with a spigot 2) and which is movable between a closed position for preventing a flow of the liquid and an open position for dispensing the liquid. The manner in which such a valve is devised and is operated, may vary in many ways and is not essential for understanding the present invention. With respect to the present invention it is only noted that the valve may be devised for in its open position mixing the liquid in the liquid channel 11 with ambient air, for achieving a so-called aeration of the liquid.

    [0031] As seen best in figure 3, the device may comprise a lever 14 which allows a manual operation of the valve of the valve assembly 4 by a user. Whereas such a lever 14 generally requires a rotating movement, another possible embodiment utilises a push-button. However, also other operation mechanisms for the valve are conceivable. Such mechanisms also may be used to operate, in combination, other parts of the device, such as for example a lid 15 which will be elucidated below.

    [0032] As shortly indicated before, the housing 3 is provided with a movable lid 15. In an open position the lid 15 offers access to the interior space of the housing 3 for supplying a new full bag 1 or removing an empty one (or for replacing one bag for another containing a different beverage). The housing further is provided with a locking member 21 for engaging the support member 5 (or a pin 23 mounted thereon) in its lowermost position (figure 1). Said locking member 21 and lid 15 are operatively connected (for example by a rod 22, see figure 2) in such a manner that the locking member 21 is moved to a position for disengaging the support member 5 when the lid 15 moves to a position for closing the housing 3. In the open position of the lid the support member may be pushed down manually until the locking member 21 engages the support member 5 (pin 23) and keeps it in the lowermost position until the lid is closed again.

    [0033] The device further may be provided with a cooling mechanism 24 for cooling a bag 1. A temperature control unit 25 for controlling the cooling mechanism and for setting the temperature, may be provided too, as well as a temperature indicator.

    [0034] The device also may be provided with an indicator 28 (see figure 7) for the position of the support member 5, and thus for the amount of liquid (beverage) still present in the flexible bag 1. For example such an indicator 28 comprises an elongate transparent window behind which a movable strip (connected to the support member 5) is positioned for showing the position of the support member 5.

    [0035] An outer surface of the housing 3 may be provided with an indicator about the type of bag 1 present in the device, such as for example a receptacle for receiving an information carrier, such as a strip provided with any combination of symbols or words.

    [0036] Finally, the device comprises a tray 26 (see figures 7 and 8) onto which a cup may be positioned for receiving the dispended beverage.

    [0037] The invention is not limited to the embodiments described before which may be varied widely within the scope of the invention as defined by the appending claims.


    Claims

    1. Assembly of a liquid dispensing device and a flexible bag (1) containing said liquid and having a spigot (2) connected thereto, which liquid dispensing device comprises a valve assembly (4), a housing (3) for receiving the bag, which housing in its upper part comprises receiving means for receiving the spigot, wherein the receiving means houses the valve assembly (4) which defines there through a liquid channel (11), wherein the liquid channel has an inner end adapted for, in a liquid-tight manner, connecting to the spigot of the flexible bag and wherein the liquid channel, closer to its opposite outer end, is provided with a valve which is movable between a closed position for preventing a flow of the liquid and an open position for dispensing the liquid, wherein the assembly further comprises a member (30) which is adapted for keeping said spigot, once connected to said inner end of the liquid channel (11), in a permanent open position, and wherein the valve is movable between the closed and open positions when the spigot is in its permanent open position.
     
    2. Assembly according to claim 1, further comprising a separate adapter part (12), wherein the inner end of the liquid channel (11) is received in said separate adapter part (12) which is connected to the valve assembly in a removable manner.
     
    3. Assembly according to claim 2, wherein the valve assembly (4) is removably housed in the receiving means and wherein the valve assembly and adapter part (12), for defining a removable connection there between, are provided with manually disconnectable locking members (31) which are only accessible when the valve assembly is not housed in the receiving means.
     
    4. Assembly according to claim 2 or 3, wherein the valve assembly (4) and adapter part (12) comprise cooperating interfaces allowing a connection in one relative position only.
     
    5. Assembly according to any of the claims 2-4, wherein an assembly comprising said valve assembly (4) and said adapter part (12) connected therewith has an invariable outer shape.
     
    6. Assembly according to any of the claims 2-5, wherein the member (30) for keeping the spigot (2) in a permanent open position is part of the separate adapter part (12) .
     
    7. Assembly according to any of the claims 2-6, wherein the housing (3) is provided with a storage space (18) for receiving one or more adapter parts (12).
     
    8. Assembly according to claim 7, wherein the storage space comprises a drawer (18).
     
    9. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein the valve of the valve assembly (4) is devised for in its open position mixing the liquid with ambient air.
     
    10. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, and further provided with a cooling mechanism (24) for cooling a bag (1).
     
    11. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein the housing (3) further is provided with a support member (5) for the flexible bag (1), which support member firstly is movable between a lowermost position remote from the receiving means for supporting a full bag and an uppermost position near to the receiving means for supporting a substantially emptied bag and secondly has an inclined upper support surface (8) sloping down to the side of the receiving means.
     
    12. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein an outer surface of the housing (3) is provided with an indicator about the type of bag (1) which is received therein.
     
    13. Assembly according to claim 12, wherein the indicator comprises a receptacle for receiving an information carrier, such as a strip provided with any combination of symbols or words.
     
    14. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein the liquid dispensing device comprises a temperature indicator for the temperature of the bag.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Anordnung aus einer Flüssigkeitsabgabevorrichtung und einem flexiblen Beutel (1), der die Flüssigkeit enthält und mit einem Stutzen (2) verbunden ist, wobei die Flüssigkeitsabgabevorrichtung Folgendes aufweist:

    eine Ventilanordnung (4),

    ein Gehäuse (3) zur Aufnahme des Beutels, wobei das Gehäuse in seinem oberen Teil eine Aufnahmeeinrichtung zur Aufnahme des Stutzens aufweist, wobei die Aufnahmeeinrichtung die Ventilanordnung (4) aufnimmt, in welcher ein Flüssigkeitskanal (11) definiert ist, wobei der Flüssigkeitskanal ein inneres Ende aufweist, das für eine flüssigkeitsdichte Verbindung mit dem Stutzen des flexiblen Beutels angepasst ist, und wobei der Flüssigkeitskanal, näher an seinem entgegengesetzten äußeren Ende, mit einem Ventil versehen ist, das zwischen einer geschlossenen Position zur Verhinderung eines Flüssigkeitsflusses und einer offenen Position zur Abgabe der Flüssigkeit beweglich ist, wobei die Anordnung ferner ein Element (30) aufweist, das dazu geeignet ist, den Stutzen, sobald er mit dem inneren Ende des Flüssigkeitskanals (11) verbunden ist, in einer dauerhaft offenen Position zu halten, und wobei das Ventil zwischen der geschlossenen und der offenen Position beweglich ist, wenn sich der Stutzen in seiner dauerhaft offenen Position befindet.


     
    2. Anordnung nach Anspruch 1, die ferner ein separates Adapterteil (12) aufweist, wobei das innere Ende des Flüssigkeitskanals (11) in dem separaten Adapterteil (12) aufgenommen ist, das mit der Ventilanordnung in einer abnehmbaren Weise verbunden ist.
     
    3. Anordnung nach Anspruch 2, wobei die Ventilanordnung (4) entfernbar in der Aufnahmeeinrichtung untergebracht ist und wobei die Ventilanordnung und das Adapterteil (12), um eine entfernbare Verbindung zwischen ihnen zu definieren, mit manuell lösbaren Verriegelungselementen (31) versehen sind, die nur zugänglich sind, wenn die Ventilanordnung nicht in der Aufnahmeeinrichtung untergebracht ist.
     
    4. Anordnung nach Anspruch 2 oder 3, wobei die Ventilanordnung (4) und das Adapterteil (12) zusammenwirkende Schnittstellen aufweisen, die eine Verbindung nur in einer relativen Position ermöglichen.
     
    5. Anordnung nach einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 4, wobei eine Anordnung, die die Ventilanordnung (4) und das damit verbundene Adapterteil umfasst, eine unveränderliche äußere Form hat.
     
    6. Anordnung nach einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 5, wobei das Element (30) zum Halten des Stutzens (2) in einer dauerhaft offenen Position Teil des separaten Adapterteils (12) ist.
     
    7. Anordnung nach einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 6, wobei das Gehäuse (3) mit einem Stauraum (18) zur Aufnahme eines oder mehrerer Adapterteile (12) versehen ist.
     
    8. Anordnung nach Anspruch 7, wobei der Stauraum eine Schublade (18) umfasst.
     
    9. Anordnung nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Ventil der Ventilanordnung (4) so ausgelegt ist, dass es in seiner offenen Stellung die Flüssigkeit mit Umgebungsluft vermischt.
     
    10. Anordnung nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, die ferner mit einem Kühlmechanismus (24) zum Kühlen eines Beutels (1) versehen ist.
     
    11. Anordnung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Gehäuse (3) ferner mit einem Stützelement (5) für den flexiblen Beutel (1) versehen ist, wobei das Stützelement erstens zwischen einer untersten Position entfernt von der Aufnahmeeinrichtung zum Stützen eines vollen Beutels und einer obersten Position nahe der Aufnahmeeinrichtung zum Stützen eines im wesentlichen entleerten Beutels bewegbar ist und zweitens eine schräge obere Stützfläche (8) aufweist, die zur Seite der Aufnahmeeinrichtung schräg nach unten verläuft.
     
    12. Anordnung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei eine Außenfläche des Gehäuses (3) mit einer Anzeige über die Art des Beutels (1), der darin aufgenommen wird, versehen ist.
     
    13. Anordnung nach Anspruch 12, wobei die Anzeige ein Behältnis zur Aufnahme eines Informationsträgers, wie z.B. eines Streifens, der mit einer beliebigen Kombination von Symbolen oder Wörtern versehen ist, umfasst.
     
    14. Anordnung nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Flüssigkeitsabgabevorrichtung eine Temperaturanzeige für die Temperatur des Beutels umfasst.
     


    Revendications

    1. Assemblage d'un dispositif de distribution de liquide et d'une poche flexible (1) contenant ledit liquide et ayant un robinet (2) raccordé à celle-ci, lequel dispositif de distribution de liquide comprend un assemblage de valve (4), un logement (3) pour recevoir la poche, lequel logement dans sa partie supérieure comprend un moyen de réception pour recevoir le robinet, dans lequel le moyen de réception loge l'assemblage de valve (4) qui définit à travers celui-ci un canal de liquide (11), dans lequel le canal de liquide a une extrémité interne adaptée pour, de manière étanche au liquide, se raccorder au robinet de la poche flexible et dans lequel le canal de liquide, plus près de son extrémité externe opposée, est muni d'une valve qui est mobile entre une position fermée pour empêcher un écoulement du liquide et une position ouverte pour distribuer le liquide, dans lequel l'assemblage comprend en outre un organe (30) qui est adapté pour maintenir ledit robinet, une fois raccordé à ladite extrémité interne du canal de liquide (11), dans une position ouverte permanente, et dans lequel la valve est mobile entre les positions fermée et ouverte lorsque le robinet est dans sa position ouverte permanente.
     
    2. Assemblage selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre une partie d'adaptateur séparée (12), dans lequel l'extrémité interne du canal de liquide (11) est reçue dans ladite partie d'adaptateur séparée (12) qui est raccordée à l'assemblage de valve de manière amovible.
     
    3. Assemblage selon la revendication 2, dans lequel l'assemblage de valve (4) est logé de manière amovible dans le moyen de réception et dans lequel l'assemblage de valve et la partie d'adaptateur (12), pour définir un raccordement amovible entre eux, sont munis d'organes de verrouillage débranchables manuellement (31) qui sont accessibles uniquement lorsque l'assemblage de valve n'est pas logé dans le moyen de réception.
     
    4. Assemblage selon la revendication 2 ou 3, dans lequel l'assemblage de valve (4) et la partie d'adaptateur (12) comprennent une interface de coopération permettant un raccordement dans une position relative uniquement.
     
    5. Assemblage selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 4, dans lequel un assemblage comprenant ledit assemblage de valve (4) et ladite partie d'adaptateur (12) raccordée à celui-ci a une forme externe invariable.
     
    6. Assemblage selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 5, dans lequel l'organe (30) pour maintenir le robinet (2) dans une position ouverte permanente fait partie de la partie d'adaptateur séparée (12).
     
    7. Assemblage selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 6, dans lequel le logement (3) est muni d'un espace de stockage (18) pour recevoir une ou plusieurs parties d'adaptateur (12).
     
    8. Assemblage selon la revendication 7, dans lequel l'espace de stockage comprend un tiroir (18).
     
    9. Assemblage selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel la valve de l'assemblage de valve (4) est conçue pour, dans sa position ouverte, mélanger le liquide avec l'air ambiant.
     
    10. Assemblage selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, et muni en outre d'un mécanisme de refroidissement (24) pour refroidir une poche (1).
     
    11. Assemblage selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le logement (3) est en outre muni d'un organe de support (5) pour la poche flexible (1), lequel organe de support est d'abord mobile entre une position la plus basse distante du moyen de réception pour supporter une poche pleine et une position la plus haute proche du moyen de réception pour supporter une poche sensiblement vidée et deuxièmement a une surface de support supérieure inclinée (8) descendant vers le côté du moyen de réception.
     
    12. Assemblage selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel une surface externe du logement (3) est munie d'un indicateur concernant le type de poche (1) qui est reçue dans celui-ci.
     
    13. Assemblage selon la revendication 12, dans lequel l'indicateur comprend un réceptacle pour recevoir un support d'informations, tel qu'une bande munie d'une combinaison quelconque de symboles ou de mots.
     
    14. Assemblage selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le dispositif de distribution de liquide comprend un indicateur de température pour la température de la poche.
     




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