Patents Assigned to Ball Corporation
  • Publication number: 20220134405
    Abstract: A metal cup and method of forming the same is provided. Metal cups of the present disclosure comprise a plurality of thin, straight-walled sections and a tapered profile. A domed portion is provided in the bottom of the cup. The cup may comprise a disposable cup, a reusable cup, or a recyclable cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Whitmore, Sean K. Fitzsimons, Linda A. Hines
  • Patent number: 11279146
    Abstract: A container body decorator (10) has a controller (300) with a software stored in a memory. A plurality of ink-jet printing heads (108) is in communication with the controller (300). A segmented image transfer blanket (116) has a circumferential configuration with an inner surface opposite a printing surface. A printing site (124) is located along the segmented image transfer blanket (116). A container body handling module (200) delivers container bodies to the printing site (124).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam P. S. Stowitts, Dean C. Ellefson
  • Publication number: 20220080490
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of forming a metallic closure for a metallic bottle are provided. The present disclosure provides a pre-formed metallic closure and apparatus and methods of forming the metallic closure. The metallic closure can be reformed with a peripheral channel before the metallic closure is positioned on a metallic bottle. An inner tool and an outer tool can form the channel in one operation. Optionally, a thread can be formed on a metallic closure prior to use of the metallic closure to seal a metallic bottle. A capping apparatus of the present disclosure uses less force to seal a metallic bottle with a metallic closure of the present disclosure compared to the force required with a prior art ROPP closure. Accordingly, a metallic closure of the present disclosure can seal a metallic bottle formed of less material (such as by being thinner) than prior art metallic bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Ross, David J. Bonfoey
  • Patent number: 11247848
    Abstract: A rotational device is provided that reorients a container from a first orientation to a second orientation in a manufacturing line and receives and reorients containers with different dimensions. The rotational device has an enclosed passageway defined by four continuous, turning surfaces that contribute to the ability of the rotational device to receive and reorient containers with different dimensions. In one embodiment, the passageway of the rotational device rotates 90 degrees in a clockwise manner. The bottoms of the different sized container are aligned with a right edge of an entrance of the passageway that corresponds to a surface that turns and defines the bottom edge of an exit of the passageway. Thus, the rotational device can receive containers with different dimensions while reduces the movement or jostling of the containers within the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Arthur Monteiro Teixeira, Lucas da Silva Sequi
  • Patent number: 11225635
    Abstract: Beverage containers are provided for storing liquid contents. In various embodiments, containers are provided with devices and means for allowing a controlled ingress or oxygen or similar material to the container contents. In preferred embodiments, devices and methods for storing wine are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erik E. Gatewood, John L. Siles
  • Publication number: 20220009668
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a container that may be sealed and reclosed with a threaded closure. More specifically, the present invention relates to methods of manufacturing a metallic container having an opening with inwardly facing threads that are formed after a threaded closure is inserted at least partially into the opening. The container opening may be selectively sealed and reclosed with the threaded closure which releasably engages the container threads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Ross, Anthony J. Scott, Howard C. Chasteen, Linda A. Hines
  • Patent number: 11214411
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for sealing bottles with a Roll-on Pilfer Proof (ROPP) closure and a childproof overcap are provided. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to an overcap that can be placed onto or formed onto the ROPP closure. The overcap has a retainer that secures the overcap to the ROPP closure and allows the overcap to move relative to the ROPP closure in a longitudinal axis. The overcap moves between a first position or mode of operation where the overcap can rotate about the ROPP closure and a second position or mode of operation where the overcap engages the ROPP closure to transmit a twisting or torque force to the ROPP closure and open the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: John R. Ross
  • Publication number: 20210382414
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of decorating a metallic container are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to apparatus and methods used to provide a decoration or indicia on a predetermined portion of an outer surface of a metallic container body. The decorator includes at least one digital print unit, a transfer blanket, and a support element. The digital print unit transfers a decorating material to the transfer blanket to form a decoration on the transfer blanket. The support element then moves a metallic container into contact with the transfer blanket. In this manner, the decorating material is transferred to an exterior surface portion of the metallic container to decorate the metallic container. In one embodiment, the digital print unit is an electrophotographic system which transfers a toner material to the transfer blanket. In another embodiment, the digital print unit includes an inkjet print head which transfers an ink to the transfer blanket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Adam P.S. Stowitts
  • Publication number: 20210370347
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of heating metallic containers in an oven which includes electric heating elements are provided. The electric heating elements include one or more of an electric induction element and an electric infrared heating element. The electric heating elements heat the metallic containers to a predetermined temperature to dry moisture on the metallic containers or to cure inks and coatings. Air within the oven may be at a temperature that is less than the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John D. Efner, Julian Stock
  • Patent number: 11185909
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of forming a metallic closure for a metallic bottle are provided. The present disclosure provides a pre-formed metallic closure and apparatus and methods of forming the metallic closure. The metallic closure can be reformed with a peripheral channel before the metallic closure is positioned on a metallic bottle. An inner tool and an outer tool can form the channel in one operation. Optionally, a thread can be formed on a metallic closure prior to use of the metallic closure to seal a metallic bottle. A capping apparatus of the present disclosure uses less force to seal a metallic bottle with a metallic closure of the present disclosure compared to the force required with a prior art ROPP closure. Accordingly, a metallic closure of the present disclosure can seal a metallic bottle formed of less material (such as by being thinner) than prior art metallic bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Ross, David J. Bonfoey
  • Patent number: 11130606
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a container that may be sealed and reclosed with a threaded closure. More specifically, the present invention relates to methods of manufacturing a metallic container having an opening with inwardly facing threads that are formed after a threaded closure is inserted at least partially into the opening. The container opening may be selectively sealed and reclosed with the threaded closure which releasably engages the container threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Ross, Anthony J. Scott, Howard C. Chasteen, Linda A. Hines
  • Patent number: 11099502
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of decorating a metallic container are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to apparatus and methods used to provide a decoration or indicia on a predetermined portion of an outer surface of a metallic container body. The decorator includes at least one digital print unit, a transfer blanket, and a support element. The digital print unit transfers a decorating material to the transfer blanket to form a decoration on the transfer blanket. The support element then moves a metallic container into contact with the transfer blanket. In this manner, the decorating material is transferred to an exterior surface portion of the metallic container to decorate the metallic container. In one embodiment, the digital print unit is an electrophotographic system which transfers a toner material to the transfer blanket. In another embodiment, the digital print unit includes an inkjet print head which transfers an ink to the transfer blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Adam P. S. Stowitts
  • Publication number: 20210205868
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to forming a threaded neck in a metal bottle manufactured by a process known as impact extrusion. More specifically, the present invention relates to methods, apparatus and alloy compositions used in the impact extrusion manufacturing of containers and other articles with sufficient strength characteristics to allow threading the container necks to receive a threaded closure on the threaded neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John L. Siles, Matthias K. van de Liefvoort, Kevin Reed Jentzsch
  • Patent number: 11034145
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of monitoring and adjusting a decorator for metallic containers are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to apparatus and methods used to provide a decoration on a predetermined portion of a metallic container body. The decorator includes a sensor that senses decorations on metallic containers. A control system receives information related to the sensed decorations from the sensor and then determines if the decorations at least meet predetermined color, density, thickness, orientation, and consistency targets. The control system can optionally automatically adjust elements of the decorator to correct a deficient decoration. In one embodiment, the control system can automatically send a signal to the decorator to adjust the color, density, orientation, positioning, and consistency of decorations transferred to the metallic containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventor: John Efner
  • Publication number: 20210163862
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for removing of unwanted odors and/or flavors from a wine and/or wine-type beverage using a transition metal, more particularly to the removal of sulfur and/or sulfur-containing compounds having an unwanted odor and/or off-flavor from a wine product by one or both of: (a) adding copper and/or a copper-containing compound during bottling of the wine product and (b) having a copper-containing container and/or closure system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: Scott K. Brendecke
  • Patent number: 10981694
    Abstract: A metallic container end closure is provided that generally comprises a dispensing opening and a vent opening. The vent opening improves pourability through the dispensing opening and provides an alternative option for consuming the contents of the container. The end closure may include features to ease opening of the vent opening, such as stiffeners and/or vent form features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Howard C. Chasteen, Mark A. Jacober
  • Patent number: 10976263
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of decorating a metallic container are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to apparatus and methods used to provide a decoration on a predetermined portion of a metallic container body. The decorator includes a sensor that senses decorations on metallic containers. A control system receives information related to the sensed decorations from the sensor and then determines if the decorations at least meet predetermined color, density, thickness, orientation, and consistency targets. The control system can automatically adjust elements of the decorator to correct a deficient decoration. In one embodiment, the control system can automatically adjust ink blades associated with a plurality of inking assemblies of the decorator to adjust the color, density, orientation, positioning, and consistency of decorations transferred to the metallic containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Efner, Kellie Hedberg
  • Patent number: D906056
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Anthony J. Scott
  • Patent number: D946405
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Whitmore, Linda A. Hines
  • Patent number: D950318
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. Scott, Mark A. Jacober