Patents Assigned to Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20150290699
    Abstract: A process for closing a metal can body, suitable for containing an edible product, with a can lid, to provide a metal can suitable for heating in a retort. The process comprises: placing a metal lid over and in contact with an open end of a metal can body; applying an inwardly directed mechanical force to the lid such that at least a central portion of the lid is deformed into the interior space of the metal can body; and seaming the lid to the can body to form an airtight seal between the lid and the can body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Applicant: CROWN PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Charles Claydon
  • Patent number: 9139346
    Abstract: A can filling process, the process comprising providing a metal can body (1) having first and second ends, the second end being closed by a peelable lid (2), and supporting the can body (1) from beneath the peelable lid including presenting to the peelable lid a support surface having a pattern embossed thereon. The can body is filled with a product through said first end using a compacting ram such that the peelable lid is pressed against the support surface (3) by the product and said pattern is impressed into the peelable lid (2), and a closure applied to said first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerry Patrick Doyle
  • Patent number: 9085026
    Abstract: A seaming assembly configured to seam a can end onto a can body to form a seamed container is disclosed. The seaming assembly includes a lifter assembly, a seaming chuck, and a knockout pad. The lifter assembly may be configured to lift a can body, and may include a spring. The seaming chuck may include a surface that is configured to contact a portion of the can end during seaming. The knockout pad may be movable relative to the seaming chuck, and may be configured to locate the can end prior to seaming. The spring may be preloaded to provide a force between 30 lbf and 90 lbf to the can body when the lifter assembly has lifted the can body and the can end has contacted the seaming chuck. The force provided to the can body may increase to between 90 lbf and 150 lbf after the spring has been compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Andrés Mejia-Quinchia, Brian Fields
  • Patent number: 9079238
    Abstract: A closed loop coolant system which ensures the isolation of coolant fluid within an apparatus for producing a metal container by wall ironing. The apparatus includes a die toolpack which reduces the thickness of the container side wall, a ram (5) and a ram guidance assembly (10) which guides the ram along a bore of a tubular assembly. The tubular assembly has a fluid inlet, and the surface of the bore of the tubular assembly has grooves (13) for passage of coolant fluid between the bore and around the outside of the ram (5) and seals for minimizing leakage of oil into the coolant. Coolant is directed back to a tank (20) via a heat exchanger (21) and any oil is skimmer off the coolant by an oil skimmer (24). This oil can then be filtered, cleaned and recycled, or disposed of.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: John Andrew Crabtree
  • Publication number: 20150165509
    Abstract: A modular method of forming a two part metal closure comprises a lug forming module for forming lugs 3 on a ring 1, a panel curl module, and an assembly module which fixes the panel inside the ring whilst allowing axial movement of the panel for opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: CROWN PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Robert Dunwoody
  • Patent number: 9058341
    Abstract: A method and an associated system for providing on a wireless communication device an image representing contents of a package, the method comprising the steps of reading a readable code on the package using a camera on the wireless communication device, displaying the image representing the contents of the package on the wireless communication device when the camera is positioned to view at least a portion of the package, the image being superimposed on a view of the package, and altering the image in response to relative movement between the package and the camera such that the image displayed on the wireless communication device represents the portion of the contents of the package at which the camera is pointed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Laura Jane McGirr
  • Publication number: 20150129595
    Abstract: A full aperture unseamed can end having a vent test rating of at least 90 psi comprising a center panel having an periphery and including a coined portion proximate a rivet, a first score defining a removable panel, a tab, including a nose, mounted to of the removable panel, and a second score disposed on the removable panel, the second score having (i) a central portion spaced apart from the coined portion; (ii) a pair of check slots disposed on either side of the central portion; (iii) a pair of lateral portions that extend from the check slots; and (iv) a pair of side portions that extend from the lateral portions, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Mike Kittler, Garry Richard Chant
  • Patent number: 9027733
    Abstract: An infeed apparatus for the manufacture of containers such as can bodies, comprises a series of 3 or more infeed turrets (22, 30). The infeed turrets (22, 30) take a can body as linear pitch and convert this pitch to a circular pitch. By use of the series of turrets, the can passes to a machine such as a container processing machine not only at a desired linear pitch but also at the specified processing speed. The exchange ratio between individual turrets (22, 30) in the infeed turret series is variable and no greater than 2:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Patent number: 9016034
    Abstract: An easily openable can end and associated methods include an end panel, a score line formed in the end panel to define a prearranged opening area, a tab, the tab having a handle and a rivet securing the tab to the end panel. In particular, the end panel of the can end is provided with at least one moveable portion contactable with the lower surface of the tab at a location between the rivet and the end of the handle of the tab, the moveable portion being deformable upwardly under influence of pressure to push against the lower surface of the tab and thereby incline the handle of the tab away from the end panel to define a gap under the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason John Hall
  • Patent number: 9007413
    Abstract: A system for creating marked can tabs may include an isolation mechanism located in the path of the tab material strip between a tab material dereeler and a tab forming press and a system suitable for marking the tab material strip. The isolation mechanism may be configured to convert discontinuous motion of the tab material strip proximate the tab forming press into continuous motion of the tab material strip at the dereeler. The system may be suitable for marking the tab material strip. The marking system may be located between the dereeler and the isolation mechanism such that the laser system acts on the tab material strip while it is moving at a relatively constant speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Boisvert, Carlos Andŕes Mejia-Quinchia, Richard Mark Orlando Golding
  • Patent number: 8998015
    Abstract: The invention is an easily openable (1) can end which provides an improved way of providing finger access under the tab for a consumer. A can end is disclosed having an end pane (2)1, the end panel including a moveable portion (7) on which the tab is mounted. Finger access is provided by the moveable portion being moveable from a predetermined first state to a predetermined second state to thereby displace the handle of the tab away from the end panel and define a gap between the handle of the tab and the end panel suitable for finger access by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Richard Williams, Brendan Keane, Brian Fields
  • Patent number: 8998028
    Abstract: A container end (20) having a dispensing aperture (50) with a closed position, in which the dispensing aperture is sealed, and an open position, in which product may be dispensed through the aperture (50). The end (20) includes a flexible film (70), which has at least one tongue (75) anchored to the end (20) outside the periphery of the aperture (50) and having a free end, which is visible in the dispensing aperture once the aperture is opened. The free end of the tongue (75) is concealed when the aperture (50) is closed, but becomes visible to a user once the aperture (50) is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Sylvia Maria Farrow, Eleanor Rachel Ann Hyde
  • Patent number: 8973777
    Abstract: A beverage can (1) having a base (10) defining a re-entrant bead (17) in which a resilient disc (50) is held captive. The maximum dimension of the disc (50) is designed to be larger than the internal diameter of the re-entrant bead (17) and thus, when the resilient disc (50) is fitted into the re-entrant bead (17), the disc (50) adopts a concave, domed shape. The degree of doming can accommodate any variance between the dimensions of the disc (50) and that of the reformed base (10) of the can (1). One or more drainage ports may be provided on the periphery of the resilient disc (50) so that any liquid trapped between the surfaces of the base (10) and the resilient disc (50) may drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Ramsey, Polly Firth, Andrew Phillips
  • Patent number: 8939308
    Abstract: A full aperture beverage end has a center panel, a countersink surrounding the center panel, a main score arranged in proximity to the countersink to define a removable aperture panel and a vent score. The beverage end is adapted for use with products that are pressurized to over 30 psi (200 kPa) when opened, and during opening the vent score is adapted to sever first, controlling the pressure differential between the external surface and internal surface of the center panel, thereby allowing the main score to tear in a controlled and reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Garry Richard Chant, Andrew Robert Lockley, Brian Fields, Martin John Watson, Eleanor Rachel Ann Hyde
  • Patent number: 8931656
    Abstract: A recloseable and resealable beverage can end closure includes a base plate beneath the center panel and a tab plate above the center panel. The closure is slidable relative to the center a panel to uncover the pour aperture and then to position the closure over the pour aperture to enable resealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Christopher Althorpe, Michael Unwin, Vincent Manaut, Florian Christian Gregory Combe, Mark Jonathan Prestidge, Iain Charles Edward Stuart, Sylvia Maria Farrow, Alexandre Paris
  • Publication number: 20140353318
    Abstract: A beverage can end has an arcuate panel wall and a chuck wall having a curved transition wall portion. Configuration of the seaming panel and panel wall is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Fields, Ezekiel Johnson
  • Patent number: 8899091
    Abstract: A method of production for a 2-piece “Combo” style closure (1?), having a disk (10?) constrained within a peripheral ring (20?). The “combo” style closure (1?) is produced from a conventional one-piece closure shell (1) by cutting the sidewall (20) in the vicinity of the top plate (10) to produce the ring (20?) and disc (10?) respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Paul Dunwoody
  • Patent number: D731311
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Lucy Winstanley
  • Patent number: D731887
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Keane, Brian Fields, Vivek Doshi
  • Patent number: D732954
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Lucy Winstanley