Patents Assigned to Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9878812
    Abstract: A large container loading system and method for a packaging machine includes an infeed conveyor and a transfer flight. An array of pivotable cradle lugs is carried by the transfer flight in synchronized movement with cartons on an adjacent carton flight. Containers are moved into the cradle lugs in an upright orientation and the cradle lugs and containers are reoriented to a substantially horizontal or sideways orientation before being pushed into their cartons by an inserter assembly. A transfer block or a support conveyor may be positioned between each of the cradle lugs and an aligned open container to support a container as it moves between a cradle lug and a carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 9868582
    Abstract: A material for forming a carton for containing a plurality of articles. The material can comprise a plurality of layers comprising a first layer comprising a base and a second layer comprising an insulator. The first layer can be an exterior layer, and the second layer can be a interior layer. The layers of the plurality of layers can be respectively overlapped and attached to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: William Gilpatrick, Jeffrey T. Sloat
  • Patent number: 9868563
    Abstract: A carton for holding a product is disclosed. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The carton further comprises a hinge in at least one of the plurality of panels and a reclosable lid pivotably attached to the carton. The reclosable lid comprises a first intermediate panel foldably connected to at least one of the plurality of panels and a second intermediate panel foldably connected to the first intermediate panel. The first intermediate panel is positioned in face-to-face contact with the second intermediate panel. The reclosable lid is pivotable at the hinge between a closed position preventing access to the interior of the carton and an open position allowing access to the interior of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Felicia A. Pinkstone
  • Patent number: 9856047
    Abstract: A carton decasing system for removing stacks of cartons or carton blanks from cases or containers includes a case infeed conveyor on which the cases with the cartons or carton blanks stacked therein are moved to an inverting assembly. The inverting assembly reorients the cases and places the cases with the cartons stacked therein on a decasing assembly which removes the cases from the stacks of cartons. The stacks of cartons are thereafter conveyed along a magazine conveyor with the stacks of cartons supported by a stack pusher assembly as the cartons are moved to a discharge point at the distal end of the magazine conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Ford, Thomas A. Rice
  • Patent number: 9850020
    Abstract: A frame is injection molded onto a group of panels to form a container. The panels extend at least partially around, and at least partially define, a cavity of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. O'Hagan, Peter W. Blaas, Scott W. Middleton, Kevin J. Hjort, Bruce Barnard
  • Patent number: 9850023
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of containers. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises at least one top panel, at least one side panel foldably connected to the at least one top panel, and a bottom panel foldably connected to the at least one side panel. The carton further comprises a support foldably connected to the top panel for supporting at least one article of the plurality of articles and a dispenser for allowing removal of the plurality of articles from the carton. The dispenser comprises a dispenser panel that is at least partially defined by a tear line in the at least one side panel and the at least one top panel. The dispenser panel is for being at least partially removed for at least further opening a dispenser opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Ana Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9844920
    Abstract: A system and method of manufacturing reinforced bags having reinforcing elements applied about the bags to support the bags in an opened and/or upstanding configuration. A web of bag material can be fed from a supply and can be folded and secured to form the bags. A series of reinforcing strips can be fed through an adhesive application station for application of an adhesive material thereto in a desired pattern. The reinforcing strips and bags are brought into registration and are adhesively attached to form the reinforced bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Walsh, Jeffrey T. Sloat
  • Patent number: 9845182
    Abstract: A package including a carton and a plurality of articles. The carton can include a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of articles can be arranged in a plurality of rows of articles in the interior of the carton, the plurality of rows of articles can include at least a first row and a second row, and the first row can include at least one more article than the second row forming a void between a first article at an end of the first row and a second article at an end of the second row. A handle can include the first article at the end of the first row and a handle feature extending in the carton. The handle feature can be at least partially aligned with the void and can be proximate the first article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Baldino, Aaron Lee Bates
  • Patent number: 9844102
    Abstract: An outer portion of one or more layers of microwave interactive material, which is for becoming hot when exposed to microwave energy, is arranged in a manner that seeks to advantageously control heating, so that the outer portion of the microwave interactive material can safely be adjacent the periphery of a turntable tray. The turntable tray can be heated by the microwave interactive material so that a peak thermally induced stress occurs in the turntable tray at a position proximate the periphery of the tray. The layer(s) of microwave interactive material are configured in a manner so that the peak thermally induced stress is less than a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Russell, Lorin R. Cole, Scott W. Middleton
  • Patent number: 9840358
    Abstract: A carton for containing at least one article. The carton comprises a plurality of panels at least partially forming an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a first panel and a second panel, the first panel and the second panel being in face-to-face contact to at least partially form the interior of the carton. The first panel comprises at least one article protection flap for protecting the at least one article. The at least one article protection flap is foldably connected to the first panel and moveable between a first position that is substantially parallel to the first panel and a second position wherein the article protection flap is folded relative to the first panel. The second panel comprises at least one access feature for positioning the at least one article protection flap from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Oliveira
  • Patent number: 9809348
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of containers is disclosed. The carton includes a plurality of panels. The plurality of panels includes a top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The carton includes a plurality of end flaps. Each end flap of the plurality of end flaps is respectively foldably connected to a respective panel of the plurality of panels for at least partially closing an end of the carton. The carton further includes a plurality of lines of weakening positioned in at least one portion of the carton. The at least one portion of the carton being selected from the group consisting of at least one panel of the plurality of panels and at least one end flap of the plurality of end flaps. The plurality of lines of weakening forms at least one texture in the exterior of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Patent number: 9808117
    Abstract: A forming tool assembly and method for forming a cooking element. The forming tool assembly has an upper tool assembly and a lower tool assembly that cooperate to shape the cooking element from an annular cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Wnek, Ronald P. Marx
  • Patent number: 9776750
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a carton containing a group of articles and a method of forming a carton. The apparatus comprises an article positioning system for positioning articles into a plurality of groups of articles and moving the groups of articles along a processing path, a blank handling apparatus for conveying a plurality of carton blanks towards the plurality of groups of articles, and a folding mechanism that is downstream of the blank handling apparatus for folding a portion of the ends of each respective carton blank downwardly around the respective group of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. May, Kelly Ziegler
  • Patent number: 9770880
    Abstract: A fully enclosed carton for carrying heavy loads with a reinforcement insert for the handle apertures located in the top end flaps of the carton. The paperboard reinforcing insert may be extended as a bridge across the top panel of the carton to prevent tearing of the handle apertures in the top end flaps and also tearing in the top panel of the carton when carrying a heavy load. The carton may have one or more dispensers in the top panel which may extend into an adjoining side panel. Multiple tear lines may be formed for the dispenser flap in the insert that extends across the top panel to permit easy access to the containers, such as bottles, in the carton. The paperboard reinforcing insert may have a larger aperture than the handle aperture in each top end flap to adjust for any imprecision in the alignment of the paperboard insert in forming the carton sleeve from the paperboard blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Schuster
  • Patent number: 9771176
    Abstract: A reinforced package comprising a carton comprising a plurality of panels that can comprise a front panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the front panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the front panel, and at least one back panel foldably connected to at least one of the first side panel and the second side panel. A bag can be attached to the carton and can have an at least partially open end, an at least partially closed end, and an interior space for holding a product. The carton can be positionable in a non-erect position wherein the interior space of the bag is at least partially collapsed and in an erect position wherein the interior space of the bag is increased. The carton can support the bag in the erect position and can have retention features for retaining the carton in the erect position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond S. Kastanek, Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: D800553
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: D805895
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Smalley, Steve M. Gould
  • Patent number: D805896
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Patent number: D805898
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: D811218
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Baldino, Aaron Lee Bates