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Details for Patent: 6,497,373

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Details for Patent: 6,497,373

Title: Device for producing high pressure in a fluid in miniature
Abstract:A miniaturized device for pressurizing fluid. The device includes a hollow piston that provides a fluid path and a valve member. The valve member is configured for axial movement so that the valve axis remains parallel to the piston axis. The valve member is arranged at one end of the hollow piston. The valve member may be partially or completely disposed within the hollow piston. The device is particularly adapted for use in a mechanically operated atomizer to produce an inhalable aerosol of a liquid medicament without the use of propellant gas.
Inventor(s): Jaeger; Joachim (Bruchsal, DE), Cirillo; Pasquale (Dortmund, DE), Eicher; Joachim (Dortmund, DE), Geser; Johannes (Dortmund, DE), Freund; Bernhard (Gau-Algesheim, DE), Zierenberg; Bernd (Bingen am Rhein, DE)
Assignee: Boehringer International GmbH (DE)
Filing Date:May 13, 2002
Application Number:10/143,006
Claims:1. A device for pressurizing fluid, the device having an inlet end and an outlet end, the fluid exiting from the device at the outlet end and moving into a pressure chamber, the device comprising: a hollow piston having a piston axis, said hollow piston providing a path for fluid through the device; a valve member having a valve axis, said valve member configured for axial movement wherein the valve axis remains parallel to the piston axis, said valve member movable between an open position and a closed position; a stop means for limiting axial movement of said valve member, wherein said stop means is coupled to an outlet end of said hollow piston and includes an annular land, wherein a diameter of said annular land is less than a diameter of said hollow piston, and a groove formed between said annular land and the outlet end of said hollow piston, wherein the diameter of said annular land is greater than a diameter of said groove; and a sealing surface for sealing an inlet end of said valve member so that said valve member is sealed when in the closed position, wherein fluid flows through the device into the pressure chamber when said valve member is in the open position, and moving said valve member from the open position to the closed position pressurizes fluid in the pressure chamber.

2. A device according to claim 1, wherein said valve member comprises an undercut snap hook movable in said groove so that an inner edge of said undercut snap hook abuts on said annular land when said valve member is in the open position.
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