Patents Assigned to Container Graphics Corporation
  • Patent number: 10357892
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die including a curved die board having a series of product ejector openings formed completely through the die board. Secured to an inner surface of the die board is a substrate. A series of product ejectors are secured to the substrate and project therefrom through the product ejector openings and past an outer surface of the die board. These product ejectors function to engage a portion of a die cut product passing through the nip and exert a force on the die cut product which assists in separating the die cut product from the rotary cutting die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: James M Smithwick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10022886
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die apparatus is provided for die cutting corrugated board. The apparatus comprises a die board having one or more openings formed therein. A product ejector is secured in the one or more openings for engaging a portion of a die cut product and separating the die cut product from the cutting die. Each product ejector comprises compressible material and includes a main body and one or more tabs integral with the main body or operatively associated with the main body, wherein the tabs are secured to the openings or to another portion of the die board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Saunders, James M. Smithwick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10005198
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die apparatus for die cutting corrugated board. The apparatus comprises a die board having one or more opening formed therein. Inserts are seated and secured in the openings. Product ejectors for ejecting die cut product are adhered or otherwise secured to the inserts that are in turn secured within the openings in the die board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Smithwick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9931759
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die for cutting corrugated board to form a die cut product including one or more product ejectors that are specifically configured to avoid crushing the flutes of the die cut product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: James M Smithwick, Jr., Rodney Lee Garmon
  • Publication number: 20180001506
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die includes a curved die board having one or more product ejector openings formed therein. A compressible product ejector is disposed in the product ejector opening for engaging a die cut product and assisting in the separation of the die cut product from the rotary cutting die. Adjacent the product ejector opening is a cutting or scoring rule for cutting or scoring corrugated board. A reinforcement member is embedded into the die board between the product ejector opening and the cutting or scoring rule. The reinforcement member reinforces the cutting or scoring rule, as well as the die board adjacent the reinforcement member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Smithwick, JR., David Charles Crawford
  • Publication number: 20180001504
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die for cutting corrugated board to form a die cut product including one or more product ejectors that are specifically configured to avoid crushing the flutes of the die cut product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Smithwick, JR., Rodney Lee Garmon
  • Publication number: 20180001503
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die apparatus is provided for die cutting corrugated board. The apparatus comprises a die board having one or more openings formed therein. A product ejector is secured in the one or more openings for engaging a portion of a die cut product and separating the die cut product from the cutting die. Each product ejector comprises compressible material and includes a main body and one or more tabs integral with the main body or operatively associated with the main body, wherein the tabs are secured to the openings or to another portion of the die board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Saunders, James M. Smithwick, JR.
  • Publication number: 20180001505
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die including a curved die board having a series of product ejector openings formed completely through the die board. Secured to an inner surface of the die board is a substrate. A series of product ejectors are secured to the substrate and project therefrom through the product ejector openings and past an outer surface of the die board. These product ejectors function to engage a portion of a die cut product passing through the nip and exert a force on the die cut product which assists in separating the die cut product from the rotary cutting die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Smithwick, JR.
  • Patent number: 9636839
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die for cutting corrugated board includes a die board having an opening therein. Extending through the opening is a cutting or scoring rule. Secured within the opening is one or more inserts that support one or more product ejectors for assisting in separating a die cut product from the cutting die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Smithwick, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170028580
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die apparatus for die cutting corrugated board. The apparatus comprises a die board having one or more opening formed therein. Inserts are seated and secured in the openings. Product ejectors for ejecting die cut product are adhered or otherwise secured to the inserts that are in turn secured within the openings in the die board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: CONTAINER GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: James M. Smithwick, JR.
  • Publication number: 20170028581
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die for cutting corrugated board includes a die board having an opening therein. Extending through the opening is a cutting or scoring rule. Secured within the opening is one or more inserts that support one or more product ejectors for assisting in separating a die cut product from the cutting die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: CONTAINER GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: James M. Smithwick, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160121507
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die apparatus for cutting and perforating corrugated board comprises a die board having one or more perforating rules. The perforating rule includes a series of spaced apart perforating segments disposed along one edge of the rule. Each perforating segment includes opposed angled shoulders that reduce or minimize the tendency of the corrugated board from becoming hung-up or held on the perforating segments when the perforating segments penetrate the corrugated board to form perforations therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Applicant: CONTAINER GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: James M. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9067335
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to cooperate with a rotating anvil to cut corrugated board comprises a rotary cutting die configured to rotate in one direction and to cooperate with the anvil to cut corrugated board. The cutting die includes a base and at least one scrap cutting blade and a scrap stripper that comprises one or more fingers that project from the base at an incline and which is slanted forwardly in the direction of rotation of the cutting die for stripping cut scrap pieces of corrugated board from the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald Carl Dulaney
  • Patent number: 8549967
    Abstract: A scoring or cutting assembly forms a part of a cutting die used to score and cut corrugated board. The scoring or cutting assembly includes a cutting or scoring rule secured to a die board. First and second elastomers are secured on the die board such that the scoring or cutting rule extends between the elastomers and there is defined a space between the scoring or cutting rule in each of the elastomers. There is also provided a pair of retainers, each retainer being secured to the die board adjacent an outboard side of the elastomers. During a cutting or scoring operation, the elastomers engage the corrugated board on opposite sides of the scoring or cutting rule and apply and inward force to the corrugated board towards the scoring or cutting rule. This causes the corrugated board to resist cracking on opposite sides of the scoring or cutting rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Smithwick, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110203435
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die assembly is provided that includes a die cylinder, an anvil, and a die board mounted to the die cylinder. The die board includes a series of trim cutting blades. Disposed on the outside of each trim cutting blade is a trim stripper. Secured to the die board adjacent the outside of the trim strippers is a series of retainers that generally retain the trim strippers between trip cutting blades and the retainers. This generally prevents cut pieces of trim from being packed and wedged into a gap between the trim cutting blades and the trim strippers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: CONTAINER GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: James M. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 7111534
    Abstract: The present invention entails a rotary cutting die having one or more scrap strippers secured thereon for stripping scrap corrugated board pieces from adjacently disposed scrap cutting blades during a corrugated board die cutting operation. Each scrap stripper comprises a resilient member having a base and an angled flexible finger extending from the base so as to define an open area between the angled finger and the base. During a die cutting operation, the entire scrap stripper including the angled finger and base is compressed as the stripper passes through the nip defined between the cutting die and an associated anvil. As the stripper exits the nip, it expands causing the underlying scrap piece to be stripped from adjacently disposed blades. In addition, the angled finger extending from the base extends outwardly and engages the underlying cut piece of scrap and pushes or urges the cut scrap against the underlying anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Jack Richard Simpson
  • Patent number: 6966245
    Abstract: A rotary cutting die includes a trim stripper having a generally pentagonal shape which forcibly separates severed trim scrap from cut corrugated board, directing the scrap material generally downwardly and away from the trimmed corrugated board product. The pentagonal shaped stripping member mounts on the surface of a die board adjacent a trim cutting blade and is formed of a resilient material, such as closed cell rubber, which deforms elastically when forced into contact with the incoming blank of material. The angled nature of the stripper surface allows the stripper to smoothly contact and capture the leading edge of the blank, greatly reducing the potential for an initial destructive misalignment at the stripper-blank interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Jack Richard Simpson
  • Patent number: 6925918
    Abstract: A die board on a rotary cutting die includes one or more scrap strippers to remove scrap from adjacent cutting blades secured to the die board. The rotary cutting die cooperates with a rotary anvil to cut corrugated board directed through a nip. Each scrap stripper includes a compressible base with a compressible post inserted into and extending from an opening in the base. As the corrugated board is directed through the nip, each scrap stripper compresses, causing the post(s) to flex against a scrap area and crease the scrap area while the cutting blade(s) cut the scrap area. As the scrap stripper exits the nip, the scrap stripper expands and strips the cut scrap piece from the cutting blade(s) and the corrugated board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffery Scott Bunge
  • Patent number: 6490949
    Abstract: A rule for use in conjunction with a cutting die and adapted to be received within an elongated slit formed in a die board. The rule includes an upper edge and a lower edge, and a main body extending between the lower and upper edges. A series of notches are generally uniformly formed and spaced about a lower portion of the rule such that the respective notches effectively extend through the lower edge of the rule and are open along the lower edge of the rule. The series or group of notches function to facilitate the curving of the rule and further function to bridge certain uncut sections of the die board that exist within one or more slits formed in the die board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Jack R. Simpson
  • Patent number: 6209436
    Abstract: A cutting die for cutting corrugated board that includes a quick attach and detach securing mechanism. The blade securing mechanism allows a blade to be quickly and easily removed from a die board that forms a part of the cutting die, and allows a replacement blade to be quickly and easily inserted into the die board. The die board includes a first slit for receiving a blade and a second slit adjacent the first slit. The blade securing mechanism is associated with the second slit for spreading the second slit and effectively closing the first slit against the blade so as to secure the blade within the first slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Container Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Smithwick