Patents Assigned to Fres-co System USA, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10364084
    Abstract: A flexible package having a tamper evident product authentication label secured thereto and methods of making the same are disclosed. The package includes at least one panel having a heat seal line. The label has an outer surface with authentication indicia appearing thereon and an inner surface adhesively secured to the package adjacent the heat seal line. The label includes peripheral portions that are frangible, with one of the frangible peripheral portions of the label being located within a portion of the area made up by the heat seal line. Accordingly, attempted removal of the label from the package will cause the label to tear, leaving at least a portion of the peripheral edge of the label secured to the package to thereby prevent reuse of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Travis Christopher Blose
  • Patent number: 10301096
    Abstract: A package including a fitment for dispensing a liquid from a flexible bag is disclosed. The fitment is secured to the bag and includes a compressible bulb and a piercing member that are coupled together. The fitment is configured such that when the bulb is first actuated, e.g., pressed, it causes the piercing member to pierce through the wall of the bag so that the contents of the bag can be dispensed through an outlet port of the fitment. In one embodiment of the fitment a portion of the piercing member is permanently located within the bag after first use and a valve is provided to open and close the outlet port thereafter. In another and more preferred embodiment the piercing member is extended into and out of the bag to dispense the contents of the bag through the outlet port, without necessitating use of a separate valve to open and close that port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Andrew Stever, Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: 10287081
    Abstract: A flexible package for dispensing a liquid. The package includes a fitment and a piercing member. The fitment is secured to a wall of the flexible package and has a passageway extending through it and a screw-thread section. The piercing member has a passageway extending through it, a piercing tip, and a screw-thread section. The piercing member is configured for insertion in the passageway of the fitment, with the screw-thread sections engaging each other to cause the piercing tip to penetrate the package, whereupon the liquid within the package can flow into and through the piercing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Andrew Stever
  • Patent number: 10280062
    Abstract: A package including a fitment for dispensing a liquid from a flexible bag is disclosed. The fitment is secured to the bag and includes a compressible bulb and a piercing member that are coupled together. In two embodiments the fitment is configured so that the piercing member pierces through a wall of the bag to dispense the bag's contents through an outlet port of the fitment. One of those embodiments includes a separate valve to open and close the outlet port. Another embodiment does not include a separate valve to open and close the outlet port. A third embodiment makes use of a fitment connected to a filling gland of the bag and which is in communication with the interior of the bag. That third embodiment includes a frangible seal forming part of the fitment and which is pierced by the piercing member to dispense the liquid from the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Andrew Stever, Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: 10179677
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for dispensing a liquid from within a flexible package. The apparatus includes a fitment and a piercing member. The fitment is secured to a wall of the flexible package and has a passageway extending through it and a screw-thread section. The piercing member has a passageway extending through it, a piercing tip, and a screw-thread section. The piercing member is configured for insertion in the passageway of the fitment, with the screw-thread sections engaging each other to cause the piercing tip to penetrate the package, whereupon the liquid within the package can flow into and through the piercing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Andrew Stever
  • Patent number: 10040617
    Abstract: A flexible package having a tamper evident product authentication label secured thereto and methods of making the same are provided. The package includes at least one panel having a heat seal line. The label has an outer surface with authentication indicia appearing thereon and an inner surface adhesively secured to the package adjacent the heat seal line. The label includes peripheral portions that are frangible, with one of the frangible peripheral portions of the label being located within a portion of the area made up by the heat seal line. Accordingly, attempted removal of the label from the package will cause the label to tear, leaving at least a portion of the peripheral edge of the label secured to the package to thereby prevent reuse of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Travis Christopher Blose
  • Patent number: 9896224
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methods for producing bags filled with a flowable particulate material from a continuous tube of flexible material. The apparatus includes a one-way valve application station having a valve applicator mechanism and a cutting and heating mechanism configured for movement with the bag through the apparatus. The valve applicator mechanism holds a one-way valve for insertion within the bag as the bag is moved through the apparatus. The cutting and heating mechanism is configured to be moved in unison with the valve applicator mechanism to cooperate with it to cut a vent hole in the bag at the valve and to weld the valve to the bag. Then the valve applicator mechanism and the cutting and heating mechanism are moved to apply another one-way valve to another filled bag and the bag with the valve secured thereto is sealed. The resulting sealed bag is suitable for stable palletization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: 9862533
    Abstract: A package including a fitment for dispensing a liquid from a flexible bag is disclosed. The fitment is secured to the bag and includes a compressible bulb and a piercing member that are coupled together. The fitment is configured such that when the bulb is first actuated, e.g., pressed, it causes the piercing member to pierce through the wall of the bag so that the contents of the bag can be dispensed through an outlet port of the fitment. In one embodiment of the fitment a portion of the piercing member is permanently located within the bag after first use and a valve is provided to open and close the outlet port thereafter. In another and more preferred embodiment the piercing member is extended into and out of the bag to dispense the contents of the bag through the outlet port, without necessitating use of a separate valve to open and close that port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Andrew Stever, Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: 9469423
    Abstract: Flexible packages and methods of filling them are disclosed. The package includes front and a rear panels. The front and rear panels each have a pair of side edges, a bottom edge, and a top edge. Respective ones of the side and bottom edges of the panels are secured together. The panels confront each other at the top portion of the package to form an interface through which the package may be filled. The top portion of the package is reinforced with reinforcing layers to form at least one top extension, which includes a handle for supporting the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: John Sheridan Thomas, Jr., Menaka Hemamali Abeygunawardena
  • Patent number: 9314813
    Abstract: A precision dispensing system and method of use is disclosed. The system includes a hand-holdable dispensing gun and a flexible pouch for dispensing metered amounts of a flowable material. The pouch is formed of a pair of panels of a flexible sheet material that are sealed together to form a pair of nozzles in communication with the flowable material in the pouch. The panels are cut along lines to form finger grip portions enabling one to tear open the nozzles, while leaving the portion of the pouch that is torn still attached to the pouch. The dispensing gun includes a pair of hinged sections defining an interior chamber. A piston is located at one end of the chamber and an end wall is located at the other end thereof. The end wall has passageway in it and is formed by the hinged sections when they are closed. The pouch is arranged to be disposed within the chamber with its nozzles extending out of the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Lee Pritchard
  • Patent number: 9120617
    Abstract: Disclosed is a single brew beverage cartridge for use in a brewing apparatus. The cartridge includes a lid and a cup shaped filter suspended below the lid and in which a beverage brewing ingredient is held. The lid includes an annular collar to prevent the lid from deforming when a needle of the brewing apparatus pierces it during the brewing process. Preferably the cartridge is formed of materials, e.g., paper/paperboard, so that it is compostable and biodegradable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: 9085410
    Abstract: Disclosed is a single brew beverage cartridge for use in a brewing apparatus. The cartridge includes a lid and a cup shaped filter suspended below the lid and in which a beverage brewing ingredient is held. The lid includes an annular collar to prevent the lid from deforming when a needle of the brewing apparatus pierces it during the brewing process. Preferably the cartridge is formed of materials so that it is compostable and biodegradable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Publication number: 20140270580
    Abstract: Flexible packages and methods of filling them are disclosed. The package includes front and a rear panels. The front and rear panels each have a pair of side edges, a bottom edge, and a top edge. Respective ones of the side and bottom edges of the panels are secured together. The panels confront each other at the top portion of the package to form an interface through which the package may be filled. The top portion of the package is reinforced with reinforcing layers to form at least one top extension, which includes a handle for supporting the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: John Sheridan Thomas, JR., Menaka Hemamali Abeygunawardena
  • Publication number: 20140205213
    Abstract: A flexible package for a product and method of storing a product in a package is disclosed. The package includes an inner bag and an outer bag. The inner bag is formed of a flexible material, is arranged to hold a product that degasses, e.g., whole bean coffee, and includes a one-way valve. The outer bag is also formed of a flexible material and encloses the inner bag, forming a gas space therebetween. The gas space is in communication with the ambient atmosphere via at least one communicating passageway. Gas may vent through the one-way valve into the gas space and from there through the at least one passageway, with the outer bag providing a smooth aesthetically pleasing appearance notwithstanding changes in pressure and/or temperature to which the package is subjected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: D786697
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: David Zenon Dytchkowskyj
  • Patent number: D809928
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wigman, Ronald Karl Long
  • Patent number: D811896
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wigman, Ronald Karl Long
  • Patent number: D812490
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wigman, Ronald Karl Long
  • Patent number: D812491
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wigman, Ronald Karl Long
  • Patent number: D838188
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Robert Utter