Patents Assigned to Dixie Consumer Products LLC
  • Publication number: 20180289185
    Abstract: Reclosable cup lids are provided herein. The reclosable cup lid can have a rim portion defining an outer perimeter. A sidewall can extend upwardly from the rim portion, and an upper surface can slope from a first end thereof to a second end thereof. A cavity can be disposed within the sidewall and above the upper surface. A drink aperture can be disposed within the cavity and formed through at least a portion of the upper surface to allow fluid flow therethrough. A slideable tab can be at least partially disposed within the cavity that can have at least two opposing sides that are generally straight, providing a track for the slideable tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Shawn A. Oakes
  • Publication number: 20170305610
    Abstract: A reclosable cup lid that can include an upper surface having at least one recess formed therein, that is arcuate in shape. The reclosable cup lid can also include a tab configured to fit within the recess. The tab having an arcuate shape corresponding to the arcuate shape of the recess. The reclosable cup lid can also include an opening disposed within the recess to allow fluid flow therethrough. The tab can be adapted to move within the recess from a first position to a second position so that the opening is at least partially blocked when the tab is located in the first position and the opening is at least partially unobstructed when the tab is located in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Shawn A. Oakes
  • Publication number: 20170225423
    Abstract: Methods for securing a shrinkable film to a paperboard substrate and methods for making paperboard containers therefrom. In one or more embodiments, a band of adhesive may be applied about a perimeter of a paperboard substrate having a first edge and a second edge opposed to one another and a third edge and a fourth edge opposed to one another. The band of adhesive may surround a first area that is substantially free from the adhesive. A second area that may be substantially free from the adhesive may be located along a portion of the third edge, between the first and second edges. The first area and the second area may be separated by the band of adhesive. A shrinkable film may be secured to the paperboard substrate with the adhesive to produce a paperboard blank. The third edge and the fourth edge may be overlapped to form a sidewall. A bottom panel may be secured to the sidewall at or adjacent the second edge. The first edge may be curled to form a brim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Gary Harold Knauf, Cheryl Ann Moocadlo
  • Patent number: 9693640
    Abstract: The present application provides a cutlery dispenser for use with a number of cutlery utensils. The cutlery dispenser may include a housing and a front cover. The front cover may include a dispensing opening and a spring loaded retainer such that the cutlery utensils may be loaded through the front cover and may be dispensed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Shawn Allen Oakes
  • Publication number: 20170182726
    Abstract: Methods for making containers from paperboard blanks having shrinkable films secured thereto. In one embodiment, a method for making a container may include applying adhesive about a paperboard substrate having first and second edges opposed to one another and third and a fourth edges opposed to one another, wherein the adhesive at least partially surrounds an area substantially free from adhesive. A shrinkable film may be secured to the paperboard with adhesive to produce a paperboard blank. The shrinkable film may be configured to shrink an amount along a first axis relative to an amount along a second axis that is perpendicular to the first axis in a ratio greater than 1:1. The third and fourth edges may be overlapped to form a sidewall which may include an inner surface that includes the shrinkable film. A bottom panel may be secured to the sidewall at or adjacent second edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Erik LIPS
  • Patent number: 9655461
    Abstract: A paperboard plate can include a bottom panel, a frustoconical sidewall extending upward and outward from the bottom panel, and four arcuate portions which have radius of curvatures R1, R2, R3, and R4. The plate can also include an inner brim section adjacent the frustoconical sidewall and having a width (W), an outer frustoconical brim section extending downward and out from the inner brim section, an outer perimeter section extending outward from the outer frustoconical brim section, the plate having an overall diameter (D). The radius of curvature (R3) can be less than 0.20 inches, a ratio of W/D can be 0.041 to 0.050, a ratio of R3/D can be 0.010 to 0.017, and the outer frustoconical brim section can extend downward and outward at an angle (A3) of 65° to 75° with respect to a vertical that is substantially perpendicular to the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Mark B. Littlejohn
  • Publication number: 20170112304
    Abstract: Products and methods of increasing the Rigidity and Rim Stiffness of disposable containers are provided. The containers have an outer flange portion extending outwardly with a brim portion sloping downwardly defining a declivity angle ? with respect to a horizontal generally parallel to the bottom portion and generally include an outward turn at the periphery of the container. A preferred method of improving rigidity includes press-forming: (i) a brim transition portion adjoining the downwardly sloping brim portion of the container and (ii) an outwardly extending annular evert portion adjoining the brim transition portion extending outwardly at an eversion angle ? of at least about 25 degrees with respect to the downwardly sloping brim portion of the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Gerald J. Van Handel, Thomas W. Zelinski, Michael A. Breining, Albert D. Johns
  • Publication number: 20170112305
    Abstract: A paperboard plate such as a paper plate includes a generally planar bottom portion, an upwardly and outwardly extending fluted sidewall, wherein the sidewall comprises a plurality of sidewall flutes substantially around the outer perimeter of the plate to define a fluted perimeter. The flutes are suitably present at fewer than 3.5 flutes per inch; the plate has a radial profile with a single transition; and the diameter/flute length ratio is greater than 6. The plates are formed in a punch-through die cutting and forming tool from a plurality of paperboard web layers at increased productivities as compared with conventional heated press-forming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Michael A. Breining, Larry A. Mejeur
  • Publication number: 20170065110
    Abstract: A paperboard plate can include a bottom panel, a frustoconical sidewall extending upward and outward from the bottom panel, and four arcuate portions which have radius of curvatures R1, R2, R3, and R4. The plate can also include an inner brim section adjacent the frustoconical sidewall and having a width (W), an outer frustoconical brim section extending downward and out from the inner brim section, an outer perimeter section extending outward from the outer frustoconical brim section, the plate having an overall diameter (D). The radius of curvature (R3) can be less than 0.20 inches, a ratio of W/D can be 0.041 to 0.050, a ratio of R3/D can be 0.010 to 0.017, and the outer frustoconical brim section can extend downward and outward at an angle (A3) of 65° to 75° with respect to a vertical that is substantially perpendicular to the bottom panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Mark B. Littlejohn
  • Publication number: 20170055742
    Abstract: A disposable cup lid for use with a beverage container can include a base, an annular rim, a crown, and a dispensing section having a drinking aperture. The annular rim can be disposed about the base and can be configured to engage the beverage container. The crown can extend upward from the base and can include an upper surface, one or more inner sidewalls, and one or more outer sidewalls. The dispensing section can be located within a portion of the crown and can include an upper surface, one or more inner sidewalls, and one or more outer sidewalls. The dispensing section can include at least one generally straight portion of the inner sidewall that is directly opposed to at least one generally straight portion of the outer sidewall. The drinking aperture can be formed through the upper surface of the dispensing section for allowing the passage of fluid therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Shawn A. Oakes, Cheryl Ann Mocadlo, Danielle Marie Sherriff
  • Patent number: 9560920
    Abstract: The present application provides a cutlery dispenser for dispensing a number of cutlery utensils. The cutlery dispenser may include a housing, a front cover enclosing the housing, a dispensing wedge, and a dispensing trough positioned on the front cover. The dispensing wedge angles a leading cutlery utensil into the dispensing trough for dispensing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Shawn Allen Oakes
  • Patent number: 9555594
    Abstract: A paperboard plate such as a paper plate includes a generally planar bottom portion, an upwardly and outwardly extending fluted sidewall, wherein the sidewall comprises a plurality of sidewall flutes substantially around the outer perimeter of the plate to define a fluted perimeter. The flutes are suitably present at fewer than 3.5 flutes per inch; the plate has a radial profile with a single transition; and the diameter/flute length ratio is greater than 6. The plates are formed in a punch-through die cutting and forming tool from a plurality of paperboard web layers at increased productivities as compared with conventional heated press-forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Michael A. Breining, Larry A. Mejeur
  • Patent number: 9538870
    Abstract: Products and methods of increasing the Rigidity and Rim Stiffness of disposable containers are provided. The containers have an outer flange portion extending outwardly with a brim portion sloping downwardly defining a declivity angle ? with respect to a horizontal generally parallel to the bottom portion and generally include an outward turn at the periphery of the container. A preferred method of improving rigidity includes press-forming: (i) a brim transition portion adjoining the downwardly sloping brim portion of the container and (ii) an outwardly extending annular evert portion adjoining the brim transition portion extending outwardly at an eversion angle ? of at least about 25 degrees with respect to the downwardly sloping brim portion of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Gerald J. Van Handel, Thomas W. Zelinski, Michael A. Breining, Albert D. Johns
  • Patent number: 9474420
    Abstract: A container that is a cup portion having a maximum gauge of less than 35 mils provided with a bottom panel, a sidewall and a sealing brim which defines an annular cup sealing surface; and a lid having a maximum gauge of less than 35 mils with a sealing rim defining an annular lid sealing surface; wherein the cup portion and lid portion are thermoformed such that the annular cup sealing surface and the annular lid sealing surface cooperate to form a seal extending around the assembled container and wherein the container does not leak when tested using the Leak Test Method 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Shawn A. Oakes, Dean P. Swoboda
  • Patent number: 9439518
    Abstract: A cutlery dispenser comprising a front cover, a housing, and a pushing assembly. The front cover further includes an opening and at least stop. The at least one stop is configured to cause a utensil, such as a knife, fork, spork, or spoon, to fan through the opening for retrieval by a user. The pushing assembly urges the utensils forward in the dispenser toward the stop and toward the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Shawn A. Oakes
  • Patent number: 9392891
    Abstract: Disposable platters are provided. In at least one embodiment, a disposable platter can include a bottom panel made of paper, a sidewall that can extend upwardly from the bottom panel, an outer flange that can extend outwardly from the sidewall, a first transition that can extend upwardly and outwardly from the bottom panel to a first end of the sidewall, and a second transition that can extend outwardly from a second end of the sidewall to a first end of the outer flange, defining a radius of curvature, R2, therebetween. In some examples, the platter can have at least two sides of different lengths, a characteristic diameter, D, that is an average length of the sides, and a ratio of R2/D that is 0.0125 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Eric J. Berg
  • Publication number: 20160176146
    Abstract: Systems and methods for producing pressware are provided. In one or more embodiments, a method for producing pressware can include producing a pressware product between an upper forming die and a lower forming die contained within a forming die assembly, retracting at least a portion of the upper forming die from the pressware product, and ejecting the pressware product from the lower forming die while feeding a web material between the upper forming die and the lower forming die. The method can also include cutting a segment of the web material to produce a substrate, and pressing the substrate between the upper forming die and the lower forming die to produce another pressware product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: John Michael Vassa, Keegan Tucher Schoch
  • Publication number: 20160176147
    Abstract: Forming die assemblies for producing pressware are provided. In one or more embodiments, a forming die assembly can include an upper forming die, a lower forming die, and one or more lower forming springs coupled to the lower forming die, where the lower forming springs can be configured to spring load the lower forming die against the upper forming die when the forming die assembly is disposed in a closed position. The upper forming die can include an upper knockout, a forming punch, and a pressure ring aligned along a central axis of the forming die assembly, and the lower forming die can include a lower knockout and a contour rim aligned along the central axis of the forming die assembly. The lower surfaces of the upper forming die can form a punch profile and the upper surfaces of the lower forming die can form a forming profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: John Michael Vassa, Keegan Tucher Schoch
  • Publication number: 20160176145
    Abstract: Systems for producing pressware are provided. In one or more embodiments, a system can include an upper moveable platen, a lower moveable platen, a stationary platen, a punch platen, and one or more forming die assemblies. The upper moveable platen and the punch platen can be disposed above the stationary platen and the lower moveable platen can be disposed below the stationary platen. The upper moveable platen, the punch platen, and the lower moveable platen can be configured to move toward and away from the stationary platen. Each forming die assembly can include a set of upper and lower forming dies. The upper and lower forming dies can be coupled to the upper and lower moveable platens, respectively, and configured to press substrates to form pressware products within passageways extending through the stationary platen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: John Michael Vassa, Keegan Tucher Schoch
  • Patent number: D783303
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Patrick Roche