The decapper has opposed jaws mounted on pivotally connected arms. Bicks Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Morsbac Ih, Pillote & Muir ABSTRACT The decapper has opposed jaws mounted on pivotally connected arms.
In one embodiment, a ramp is provided to wedge the cap upwardly as the jaws are moved toward each other. 1 Claim, 7 Drawing Figures DECAPPER BACKGROUND The invention pertains generally to tools, and more particularly to a tool in which the jaw is positioned by relatively movable handles.
United States Patent [191 Koebbeman DECAPPER  Inventor: Ralph F. It is frequently desirable to easily remove the cap and septum from a vial, even though the septum-cap arrangement is a very secure closure.
The decapper 10 is especially designed to remove a cap 11 and septum 12 from a via] 13.
The cap 11 is made of a deformable material such as aluminum; while the vial is usually made of glass, and the septum 12 is made of a resilient material such as rubber. 4-7, the septum 12 has a reduced portion which fits into the neck of the vial to seal the same and a peripheral portion which overlies the top of the bottle, which top is indicated by the numeral 14.
The aluminum cap 11 has a skirt portion which is crimped underneath the rims of the bottle as best seen in FIGS. The decapper 10 has opposed jaws 22 and 23 which are affixed to arms 24 and 25, respectively.
The arms 24 and 25 are pivotally connected intermediate their ends as by pivot 26.
In this manner, the jaws 22 and 23 are positioned by relatively movable arms or handles in the manner of a pair of pliers.
Jaws 22 and 23 are mirror images of each other; therefore, a description of one of the jaws may be taken as applying to the other jaw. 1, that the jaws have opposed faces 31 which conveniently engage each other when the jaws are in the position shown in FIG. A stop face 32 is arranged perpendicular to face 31 for overlying and resting on the top of the cap as shown in FIGS. An inwardly facing gripping edge 33 is spaced from the stop face 32 a distance approximately equal to, but no greater than, the distance from the top of the cap 11 to the top 14 of the vial.
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