Patents Assigned to Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9403628
    Abstract: A beverage can end has a vent that includes a button. The vent is actuated by downward force of a pull tab that is transmitted to the vent score through the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Keane, Brian Fields, Vivek Doshi
  • Patent number: 9387959
    Abstract: A two-part closure (1) which has a disc (2) and a skirt (3). In one example, the skirt wall is smooth between upper and lower rims so that the disc is moveable between the rim features. Typically in a metal skirt or ring, the upper rim feature is a curl (11) and the lower rim feature is a curled edge (12) with equi-spaced lugs (13) on the skirt wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Robert Dunwoody
  • Patent number: 9376233
    Abstract: An easy open closure (10) for food or beverage containers and comprising a centre panel (27) surrounded by a circumferential score (16) and an outer seaming panel (17). The closure further comprises a tab (11), the tab being fixed to the centre panel by a rivet (12) formed in the centre panel (27) such that lifting of a radially inner region of the tab (11) forces a nose portion (24) of the tab into contact with a region of the centre panel adjacent to a radially inner edge of the circumferential score (16), thereby causing the score to fracture. A bead (19) is formed in and extending circumferentially around the centre panel inside and adjacent to the circumferential score (16) and at a radius outside of the rivet (12), the bead deviating inwardly from its circumferential path as it approaches the region in which the rivet (12) is formed, and the bead terminating adjacent to and on either side of the rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Noe Jacques Francois Gailly
  • Patent number: 9364938
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises holder (20) with a seating face on which a container such as a cupshaped article (1) stands. Air is supplied through channels and air pressure is balanced so as to hold the article (1) against the face. The profile of the apparatus guides a base feature, or “stand” of the article (1) into the holder (20) and onto the seating face (23), and contacts the article (1) radially outside the seating face (23). The apparatus also has a concentric outer sleeve (25) to provide the additional radial contact and resist lateral movement of the article (1) while maintaining concentricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Robert Dunwoody
  • Patent number: 9346590
    Abstract: A screw lid for a food container comprises a series of radially extending asymmetric protrusions arranged around a peripheral edge region, wherein the asymmetric protrusions facilitate enhanced gripping when the lid is turned in an opening direction as compared to the gripping facilitated when the lid is turned in a closing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Ramsey
  • Patent number: 9334078
    Abstract: A metal can body formed from a base stretching, drawing, and ironing process has a base having a hardness that is greater than the raw sheet, a thickness that is less than raw sheet, and a grain aspect ratio that is elongated relative to the raw sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Riley, Alain Presset, Keith Alan Vincent, Stuart Alexander Monro
  • Patent number: 9327899
    Abstract: An aerosol container (1) comprising a body (50) and cone (60) and encasing a composite spout (30) and bag (40) combination. The composite spout (30) has a metal tubular section (10), adapted to accommodate a valve arrangement (70, 75) and a polymer fishtail section (20), adapted to form a leak-proof seal with the bag (40). A product is filled into the bag (40) and propellant is filled into the sealed chamber defined between the outside of the bag (40) and the internal surface of the body (50)/cone (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Greenfield, Keith Alan Vincent, Michael Anthony King, Lee Robert Bradley
  • Patent number: 9308570
    Abstract: A horizontal can necking machine assembly includes a plural of main turrets and a plural of transfer starwheels. Each main turret includes a main turret shaft, a main gear mounted on the main turret shaft, a pusher assembly, and a die capable of necking a can body upon actuation of the turret shaft. Each transfer starwheel includes a transfer shaft and a transfer gear mounted on the transfer shaft. The main gears are engaged with the transfer gears such that lines through the main gear center and the centers of opposing transfer gears form an included angle of less than 170 degrees, thereby increasing the angular range available for necking the can body. The main turrets and transfer starwheels may operate to neck and move at least 2800 cans per minute, and each pusher assembly may have a stroke length relative to the die that is at least 1.5 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Robert Dunwoody, Ian K. Scholey
  • Patent number: 9302830
    Abstract: A container or part of a container may comprise fragrance encapsulated in microcapsules configured to release fragrance emitting substance at at least one predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Peter Alan Young, Daniel A. Abramowicz
  • Patent number: 9290329
    Abstract: A transfer turret assembly is provided for transferring can bodies between process stations in a can necking machine. The transfer turret assembly includes a rotatable transfer starwheel. A plurality of pockets is formed in the starwheel that can each receive a can body. The turret assembly includes a vacuum assembly having a first zone that is under vacuum and a second zone separated from the first region by a boundary. The first zone vacuum retention force to vacuum ports formed in the pockets to retain the can bodies within the pockets. The boundary between the first zone and the second zone is adjustable to correspondingly adjust the vacuum retention force according to desired starwheel rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Egerton
  • Patent number: 9278776
    Abstract: A system and method for laser marking can end, including a can end center panel and/or pull tab. The decorated can end and/or tabs may have a machine readable image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Laura Jane McGirr
  • Patent number: 9265287
    Abstract: A tobacco container having a plastic insert body and a method of attaching the insert body are disclosed. Some embodiments disclose an insert body that is configured to accommodate dimensional variations in the tobacco container. Some embodiments disclose an insert body that is configured to decrease weight in the tobacco container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Sims, Jason Pfohl, Galen G. German
  • Publication number: 20160039563
    Abstract: A beverage can end for pressurized contents includes a score that defines a pair of The lobes have longitudinal axes that are not mutually parallel and in some embodiments substantially perpendicular to improve flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Applicant: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: PAUL ROBERT DUNWOODY, Christopher Paul Ramsey, Garry Richard Chant
  • Patent number: 9199763
    Abstract: This invention relates to a can end (1) providing improved tab access for a consumer. A further aspect of the present invention relates to a container incorporating such a can end (1). The can end (1) includes a moveable portion (30) located beneath all or part of the handle (20b) of the can end, with the moveable portion deformable from an ‘up’ position (30a) to a ‘down’ position (30b) to provide increased tab access for a consumer. The can end (1) is provided with one or more downwardly inclined annular steps (31), which has been found to greatly increase the force required to deform the panel from the ‘down’ to the ‘up’ position, therefore resulting in a far greater likelihood of the consumer receiving a container (40) incorporating the can end (1) with the moveable portion (30) in the ‘down’ position (30b), thereby facilitating tab access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Robert Dunwoody, Laure Helene Marie Paillet
  • Patent number: 9187221
    Abstract: A system and method for laser marking can end, including a can end center panel and/or pull tab. The decorated can end and/or tabs may have a machine readable image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Laura Jane Vaughan
  • Publication number: 20150321789
    Abstract: A metal container body 1 comprises a base and a generally cylindrical side wall 3. The top edge of the cylindrical side wall is rolled over to form a hollow annular bead 5 surrounding the upper open end of the container body and a notch 6 is formed at a circumferential point in the annular bead. The container body is for use with a releasable closure 2 formed with an end wall 7 and a depending skirt 8 and having an annular layer of sealing material 9 provided on the inside of the end wall adjacent the skirt. When the closure is pressed onto the container body, the annular bead engages the annular layer of sealing material and some of that material extends into the notch 6. The closure is held on the container only by the partial vacuum formed therein during processing of a food product in the container. After processing, the user opens the container by rotating the closure. Sealing material in the notch forces the closure to lift off from the container to break the seal and release the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Applicant: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Laura Jane McGirr, Tristan Robert Ellison, Christopher Paul Ramsey
  • Patent number: 9174262
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed which are suitable for use in the manufacture of two-piece metal containers. In particular, a way of making cups from metal sheet is disclosed using a combination of stretching and drawing operations. The resulting cups have the advantage of having a base thickness that is thinner relative to the ingoing gauge of the metal sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Monro, Alain Presset, Jonathan Riley, Keith Vincent
  • Patent number: 9162795
    Abstract: A container lid includes a conventional main or pour opening and a vent opening spaced from the main opening. A vent score defines the shape of the vent opening, and a vent panel covers the vent opening. The vent panel has a raised convex shape. The lower surface of the tab handle includes a protruding portion, seen as a concave shaped element when viewed from above the container lid. The protruding portion of the tab handle can be aligned with the vent panel so application of a downward force on the tab handle transfers force to the vent panel and breaks the vent score. The shapes of the vent panel and concave element of the tab handle can be adjusted for selective and controlled force transfer to create the vent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Thiemann, Ray Alan Toms
  • Patent number: D744861
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Edward Fortner
  • Patent number: D751922
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Laura Jane McGirr, Brian Fields