Patents Assigned to Erie County Plastics Corporation
  • Publication number: 20070199913
    Abstract: A container closure having a closed position and an open position and including a molded portion, such as a threaded flat cap, having a molded three dimensional image, in particular a lithophane image, on at least one surface thereof, wherein the image is configured to be viewed with the container in the open position and the image is configured to be un-viewable with the container in the closed position. The flat cap may include a sealing member such as a clear liner engaging a support shoulder surrounding the image. The flat cap may further include tamper evident features for the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Applicant: ERIE COUNTY PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter Kelley, Joseph Mendillo, Patrick Pigott, Martin Binder, Brett Niggel, Paul Roche, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 7249690
    Abstract: A independent off bottle single use unit dosage dispensing closure includes a shell attached to a container, an axial movable cap attached to the shell, a sealing member coupled to the cap, and a removable retainer attached to the shell. The shell has an inner guide in communication with the container and the cap is moveable along the guide. The cap has a chamber adapted to dispense material into the container. The chamber is sealed with the sealing member extending across a lower open end thereof, wherein axial movement of the cap along the inner guide member will open the chamber and dispense the contents of the chamber into the container. The retainer prevents relative movement between the cap and the shell until the retainer has been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Erie County Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J Smith, Ron J Walters
  • Publication number: 20060097006
    Abstract: A drip-less one-piece, injection molded pour spout fitment includes an annular skirt having an attaching mechanism for coupling to a neck finish of a container. The fitment includes a tapered pour spout defining a pour channel that is in fluid communication with the container when the fitment is attached thereto to allow for dispensing container contents through container tilting, whereby the contents flow through the pour channel in a conventional fashion. The fitment includes an internal, flow cut-off projection extending across the pour channel and in a radial inward direction from the pour channel, from a location spaced from the pour spout distal end, whereby the projection will prevent flow at a cut-off angle of tilt at which the contents would continue flow through the pour channel in the absence of the cut-off projection. A neck finish pour spout with internal cut off is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Publication date: May 11, 2006
    Applicant: Erie County Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Smith
  • Publication number: 20060006077
    Abstract: A single use unit dosage dispensing closure includes a shell attached to a container with an integral piecing member, an axial movable cap attached to the shell and a sealing member coupled to the cap. The shell has an inner guide in communication with the container and the cap is moveable along the guide. The cap has a chamber adapted to dispense material into the container. The chamber is sealed with the sealing member extending across a lower open end thereof, wherein axial movement of the cap along the inner guide member will cause the sealing member to be pieced by the piercing member to open the chamber and dispense the contents of the chamber into the container. The axial movable cap is formed from a material with a higher oxygen and moisture barrier property than the material forming the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Applicant: Erie County Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Mosher, Brian Masterson, Brett Niggel, Ronald Walters, Robert Smith, Jeffrey Peters, Martin Binder
  • Publication number: 20060006192
    Abstract: A independent off bottle single use unit dosage dispensing closure includes a shell attached to a container, an axial movable cap attached to the shell, a sealing member coupled to the cap, and a removable retainer attached to the shell. The shell has an inner guide in communication with the container and the cap is moveable along the guide. The cap has a chamber adapted to dispense material into the container. The chamber is sealed with the sealing member extending across a lower open end thereof, wherein axial movement of the cap along the inner guide member will open the chamber and dispense the contents of the chamber into the container. The retainer prevents relative movement between the cap and the shell until the retainer has been removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Applicant: Erie County Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Smith, Ronald Walters
  • Publication number: 20050236424
    Abstract: A single use unit dosage dispensing closure includes a shell attached to a container, an axial movable cap attached to the shell, a dust cover preventing premature actuation of the cap, and a sealing member coupled to the cap. The shell has an inner guide in communication with the container and the cap is moveable along the guide. The cap has a chamber adapted to dispense material into the container. The chamber is sealed with the sealing member extending across a lower open end thereof, wherein axial movement of the cap along the inner guide member will open the chamber and dispense the contents of the chamber into the container. The axial movable cap is formed from a material with a higher oxygen and moisture barrier property than the material forming the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Publication date: October 27, 2005
    Applicant: Erie County Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Walters, Robert Smith
  • Publication number: 20050167879
    Abstract: An injection molded container closure with a continuous internal projection, in particular a rib having a length-to-width ratio of at least one and one-half, is formed with a mold cavity between a pair of mold halves. One mold half includes a core forming the interior of the closed annular structure of the container closure, wherein the core is separated into a movable core portion and a remaining core portion at a separating line defined at the internal rib for forming the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Publication date: August 4, 2005
    Applicant: Erie County Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 6923341
    Abstract: A snap on, drain back fitment closure for a container, wherein the drain back pour spout fitment has a snap fit structure overlaying a container or bottle neck finish and which may be secured thereto with adhesives. The snap fit structure has an outer annular skirt with internal, radial inwardly facing beads engaging a radial outwardly facing surface of the bottle finish. Spaced from the outer annular skirt by a horizontal upper flange, the spout fitment includes an inner annular skirt with internal threads on the fitment to receive an externally threaded closure. The closure has a plug seal above the threads engaging the upper flange of the fitment. Further the closure has a radial outwardly facing latch engaging a radial inwardly facing interfering projection on the fitment forming a child safety feature for the fitment closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Erie County Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Smith
  • Patent number: 6758359
    Abstract: A container closure is disclosed which includes a shell attachable to a container around a container opening thereof. The shell has a shell opening in fluid communication with the container opening when the shell is attached to the container. A tip is received on the shell movable between a closed position sealing the shell opening and an open position. A cover is releasably attached to the shell in a manner indicative of the tip being positioned in the closed position when the cover is attached to the shell. Both the shell and the cover may be provided with tamper-evident bands. The present invention is particularly well adapted to be formed as a push-pull container closure for sports bottles and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignees: Erie County Plastics Corporation, Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA)
    Inventors: Michael Yurkewicz, Robert J. Smith, Gregg S. Montgomery, Stephen Getsy, David E. Babcock, Mike G. Palma, Lee Albrecht, Paul W. Robbins
  • Patent number: 6321924
    Abstract: A container closure is disclosed which includes a shell attachable to a container around a container opening thereof. The shell has a shell opening in fluid communication with the container opening when the shell is attached to the container. A tip is received on the shell movable between a closed position sealing the shell opening and an open position. A cover is releasably attached to the shell in a manner indicative of the tip being positioned in the closed position when the cover is attached to the shell. Both the shell and the cover may be provided with tamper-evident bands. The present invention is particularly well adapted to be formed as a push-pull container closure for sports bottles and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignees: Erie County Plastics Corporation, Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA)
    Inventors: Michael A. Yurkewicz, Robert J. Smith, Gregg S. Montgomery, Stephen Getsy, David E. Babcock, Mike G. Palma, Lee Albrecht, Paul W. Robbins
  • Patent number: 5975369
    Abstract: A container closure includes a shell attachable to a container around a container opening thereof. The shell has a shell opening in fluid communication with the container opening when the shell is attached to the container. A tip is received on the shell movable between a closed position sealing the shell opening and an open position. A cover is releasably attached to the shell in a manner indicative of the tip being positioned in the closed position when the cover is attached to the shell. Both the shell and the cover may be provided with tamper-evident bands. The present invention is particularly well adapted to be formed as a push-pull container closure for sports bottles and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignees: Erie County Plastics Corporation, Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA)
    Inventors: Michael A. Yurkewicz, Robert J. Smith, Gregg S. Montgomery, Stephen Getsy, David E. Babcock, Mike G. Palma, Lee Albrecht, Paul W. Robbins
  • Patent number: 5839603
    Abstract: The present invention provides a peel-top flexible plastic closure to be formed by injection molding. The closure of the present invention is of reduced weight by incorporating a plurality of tapered-wall sections about the top surface of the closure. The closure of the present invention can be manufactured utilizing an injection mold having a single center gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Erie County Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Smith, Jay C. Fidorra
  • Patent number: 5718371
    Abstract: The present invention discloses various one piece, flip style, injection molded, pour spout type closures. Each closure includes a frame having an aperture therethrough with a door hinged along a bottom edge of the aperture for opening and closing the aperture. Side panels are attached to the door and extend between the door and the side edges of the panel to form the pour spout when the door is in the opened position. Two embodiments of the present invention provide hinged side panels which fold up to help seal the closure and provide a substantially flat panel with the door in the closed position. Another embodiment of the present invention provides fixed side panels adapted to extend through the aperture and including stop members to limit the outward movement of the door to the fully opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Erie County Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Smith, Matthew E. Stebick, Marty L. Shampoe