Patents Assigned to Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
  • Patent number: 10723060
    Abstract: A multi-functional utility skid for use with an air compressor, a chiller, and a connection having a first end engaging the chiller and a second end to provide utilities to a blow-molding machine for blow-molding articles. The skid is located proximate the machine and includes a pump engaging the second end of the connection, receiving chilled water from the chiller, being located proximate the chiller to minimize the length of the connection, and providing chilled water to both the machine and a separate supply of chilled water. The skid further includes an integral unit combining a dehumidifier that controls the humidity of the environment surrounding the machine with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit that receives the supply of chilled water from the pump, controls the temperature of the environment surrounding the machine, and supplies conditioned air to the dehumidifier thereby avoiding the need for a heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John R. Reichler, Thomas Havekotte
  • Patent number: 10710765
    Abstract: A base structure for a blow-molded container having an annular sidewall and a central longitudinal axis, the base structure comprising: a bottom portion; an annular support heel positioned between the sidewall and the bottom portion, wherein the annular support heel is angled inwardly at an angle ? of from about 15° to about 65° relative a plane extending from the sidewall; and a plurality of partial sphere structures on the annular support heel and extending beyond the bottom portion thus forming a contact surface supporting the container, and wherein the blow-molded container comprises a material selected from the group consisting of a polyester resin and polypropylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael P. Wurster
  • Publication number: 20200148407
    Abstract: Method of making a blow-molded plastic container comprises forming a hollow blow-molded article comprising a main body portion defining an interior space, a finish portion defining a mouth in fluid communication with the interior space, the finish portion having a substantially cylindrical circumferential wall of generally uniform thickness surrounding the mouth, the circumferential wall having an upper edge with a perimeter flange and a pair of tabs projecting radially inward from the circumferential wall, the pair of tabs defining a spout therebetween, and a moil portion extending from the perimeter flange in a direction opposite the main body portion. Method further includes inflating the plastic material within the mold cavity to form the hollow blow-molded article and removing the moil portion from the perimeter flange. Blow-molded plastic container having a finish portion with directional pour spout and blow-molded article comprising container and moil portion also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Armel ARCHENY, David ARAUJO, Gilles RAPET
  • Publication number: 20200130248
    Abstract: A hot fill plastic container has a dome portion with a convex outer surface that defines a maximum outer diameter of the container so as to extend outwardly beyond a main body portion of the container. The generally egg-shaped dome portion enhances the crush resistance of the dome and provides a point of contact between containers when they are placed adjacent to one another. A circumferential stiffening groove may be provided near a lower end of the dome portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott E. Bysick, JR., Paul V. Kelley
  • Patent number: 10625904
    Abstract: A beverage bottle, a method of manufacturing a beverage bottle and a method of designing an illustration on a beverage bottle, the beverage bottle including a container (12) and a shrink-wrap (14), the container (12) having an annular sidewall (16), a bottom (18) and an opening (20) opposed to the bottom (18), the sidewall (16) extending along a longitudinal central axis (X-X) between the bottom (18) and the opening (20), the sidewall (16) being provided with a first outside constriction (22) and a second outside constriction (24) and with a first embossment (26) located between the first and second outside constrictions (22, 24), the sidewall (16) being covered with the shrink-wrap (14), the shrink-wrap (14) being depicted with an illustration having a first simulate relief (R1), the first simulate relief (R1) and the first embossment (26) being in correspondence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: COMPAGNIE GERVAIS DANONE, GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY L.P.
    Inventors: Ines Dias Rosa Nunes Serras, Armel Archeny, Gilles Perez
  • Patent number: 10577158
    Abstract: The present invention provides a closure for a hot-fill container comprising: a cap member having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a wall portion having an outer surface and an inner surface wherein the inner surface comprises threads to mate with a threaded neck finish of a hot-fill container; a flexible diaphragm member comprising: at least one flexible portion in a first position and a sealing lip portion to seal a liquid in the container thus preventing the liquid from traveling to the threaded neck finish of the container; and a disc member interposed between the cap member and the diaphragm member, wherein the disc member comprises: a hydrophobic filter membrane and at least one vent providing a path for air to travel from an area near the threads to the hydrophobic filter member, wherein the flexible diaphragm member flexes to compensate for a change in pressure within the container by transitioning downwards in response to a decrease in pressure and/or by transitioning upwards in response to an in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael P. Wurster, Scott E. Bysick, Robert Waltemyer, Paul Kelley
  • Patent number: 10556372
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a base assembly (100) for forming a base portion of a plastic container. The base assembly comprises a base pedestal (104), a base mold attached to the base pedestal, a push rod (102) movable between a first position and a second position with respect to the base mold to reposition a portion of the plastic container, and an activation mechanism adapted to move the push rod between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Kent Goss, Paul Kelley, Scott Bysick, Philip Sheets
  • Publication number: 20200024022
    Abstract: Container having a body portion with sidewall defining outer perimeter and hollow interior. The body portion includes a plurality of continuous ribs extending about the outer perimeter of the sidewall, each rib having alternating horizontal segments and branched segments. Each branched segment includes a top branch and bottom branch joined at either end to define a bounded area therebetween. The plurality of continuous ribs includes at least a first continuous rib and second continuous rib spaced vertically from the first continuous rib. A midpoint of each branched segment of the first continuous rib is aligned along a vertical axis with a midpoint of a corresponding horizontal segment of the second continuous rib, and a midpoint of each horizontal segment of the first continuous rib is aligned along a vertical axis with a midpoint of a corresponding branched segment of the second continuous rib.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert WALTEMYER, Shannon K. SPRENKLE, Justin A. HOWELL, Michael (MT) T. KELLY
  • Publication number: 20190389616
    Abstract: Container including a body having a compartment defined therein, the body including a base portion defining a closed end, a finish portion defining an open end opposite the base portion, and a sidewall between the base portion and the finish portion. The base portion includes a support surface defining a reference plane and a contoured base recess extending inwardly from the support surface to a maximum base recess height “hbrmax” from the reference plane. The sidewall includes a concave rib extending circumferentially around the body, wherein a center of the concave rib in side cross-section is disposed at a rib height “hr” from the reference plane, wherein the ratio of the maximum base recess height to the rib height “hbrmax:hr” is between 1:3 and 1:5. The concave rib in side cross-section includes a radiused transition surface extending from the base portion to an angled inner surface, the radiused transition surface has a radius of curvature “r1” of at least 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: David B. Heisner, Edward J. Roubal, III
  • Patent number: 10513364
    Abstract: Base includes an outer support wall, a support surface extending inwardly from the outer support wall and defining a reference plane, an inner support wall extending upwardly from the support surface, a first radiused portion extending radially inward from the inner support wall and concave relative to the reference plane, a second radiused portion extending radially inward from the first radiused portion and convex relative to the reference plane, an intermediate surface extending radially inward from the second radiused portion, the intermediate surface including a linear portion and an intermediate radiused portion, a third radiused portion extending radially inward from the intermediate surface and convex relative to the reference plane, and a central portion disposed proximate the third radiused portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Justin A. Howell, John E. Denner, Shannon K. Sprenkle, Robert Waltemyer
  • Patent number: 10501225
    Abstract: Plastic container that is to be filled with a hot product includes a threaded neck portion, a base portion including a standing surface and a moveable element, and a body portion including a dome portion, first and second label stop portions, a supplemental vacuum panel and a sidewall relatively free of structural geometry that surrounds an interior of the body portion. During cooling, the hot product is contracted so as to create an induced vacuum. The supplemental vacuum panel is configured and operative to remove a first portion of an induced vacuum, and the moveable element is configured and operative to move from a first position to a second position to remove a second portion of the vacuum, wherein the first portion of the vacuum and the second portion of the vacuum constitute substantially the entire vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Kelley, Kent Goss, Philip Sheets, Ted Lyon, Charles A. Ryl-Kuchar
  • Publication number: 20190329471
    Abstract: A die pin for forming a hollow plastic parison is provided, the die pin having a base member with a proximal mounting portion, a body portion, and a distal frustoconical portion, wherein the base member comprises a first material, and a tip member mounted on the distal frustoconical portion, wherein the tip member comprises a second material, the second material being different than the first material. An extrusion apparatus and method for forming a hollow plastic parison using the die pin are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Jason E. Burns, Larry M. Taylor
  • Patent number: D871221
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Waltemyer, Shannon K. Sprenkle, Justin A. Howell, Michael T. Kelly
  • Patent number: D874285
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: D874286
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: D874287
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: D874934
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: D874937
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Schlies, Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: D875535
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Schlies, Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: D883795
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist