Patents Assigned to Packaging Corporation of America
  • Patent number: 10569926
    Abstract: Wall panels for a corrugated paper board container have bulge control lines formed therein to control the bending of the wall panels as the container is loaded with contents, such as liquid containing contents. The bulge control lines are configured to control the bending of the wall panels to mitigate the possibility of undesirable spouting that makes the containers more difficult to store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Keith A. Jackson, Nicholas A. Philips, Benjamin Frank
  • Patent number: 10543952
    Abstract: According to some aspects of the present disclosure, a container includes a bottom, a top opposing the bottom, and a plurality of sides extending from the bottom to the top. The bottom, the top and the plurality of sides define an enclosure. The container includes a partition panel extends from a first one of the plurality of sides to a second one of the plurality of sides thereby dividing the enclosure into a first chamber and a second chamber. The container further includes a pass-through opening in the partition panel configured to permit flow of contents from the second chamber into the first chamber. The container also includes a pour spout configured to permit egress of the contents from the first chamber out of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Rory I. Wilson, Marcus Humphrey
  • Patent number: 10184897
    Abstract: A method for processing a plurality of sheet material includes receiving a plurality of sheets of material, transporting, via a transport mechanism, the plurality of sheets, one sheet at a time, past a first image capture device, obtaining, via a first image capture device, a first image of a first set of one or more of the plurality of sheets while being transported past the first image capture device, and determining, via at least one processor, a first caliper measurement of the first set of one or more of the plurality of sheets based on the first image of each of the first set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventor: Benjamin Frank
  • Publication number: 20180273238
    Abstract: A container is disclosed with two lids, the first or outer lid can be torn off and discarded after a product is received by a recipient, such as a customer. Alternatively, the outer lid may be left in place with the container then being used as a return shipper with the outer lid remaining as part of the returned container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Brent Wagner, Connie Louise Perkins, Sharon Krauel
  • Patent number: 9952160
    Abstract: A method for processing a plurality of sheet material includes receiving a plurality of sheets of material, transporting, via a transport mechanism, the plurality of sheets, one sheet at a time, past a first image capture device, obtaining, via a first image capture device, a first image of a first set of one or more of the plurality of sheets while being transported past the first image capture device, and determining, via at least one processor, a first caliper measurement of the first set of one or more of the plurality of sheets based on the first image of each of the first set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation Of America
    Inventor: Benjamin Frank
  • Patent number: 9950829
    Abstract: A container includes a first blank and a second blank. The first blank includes a first plurality of panels and a first plurality of flaps integrally formed from a first sheet of material. The first plurality of panels includes a first side panel, a second side panel opposing the first side panel, a back panel, and a front panel. The first plurality of flaps define a bottom of the container and a first portion of a top of the container. The front panel includes a window portion. The second blank includes two or more panels and two or more top flaps integrally formed from a second sheet of material. The two or more panels include a cover front panel and a first side panel. The two or more top panels define a second portion of the top of the container. The cover front panel is attached to the window panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: PACKAGING CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Scott M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20180002060
    Abstract: Wall panels for a corrugated paper board container have bulge control lines formed therein to control the bending of the wall panels as the container is loaded with contents, such as liquid containing contents. The bulge control lines are configured to control the bending of the wall panels to mitigate the possibility of undesirable spouting that makes the containers more difficult to store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Keith A. Jackson, Nicholas A. Philips, Benjamin Frank
  • Patent number: 9783333
    Abstract: A post for supporting trays of a container comprises a plurality of panel sections including a first panel section. The panel sections form first and second corners positioned adjacent to one side surface of the first panel section and that end up at the interior of the post. The upper trays are desirably supported by the interior corners and also by portions of the panel sections that form the interior corners and by a portion of the first panel section to thereby enhance the support provided to the upper trays. Two of the posts can be positioned together in face to face relationship to form a center post for supporting upper trays. Selected panel sections desirably have upwardly extending locking tabs and cross member support receiving slots. Containers comprising plural trays and such posts are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: George De Los Santos, Craig Smith
  • Patent number: 9540133
    Abstract: A box structure comprises an inner display box and an outer box. Detachable connections are provided between adjacent outer box and inner box wall panels. In one form, attaching inner box handle opening overlays to outer box handle overlays at the respective end wall panels of the box structure, one or more outer box back wall overlays to the inner box back wall panel, and a display panel portion of an inner box front wall panel to an outer box front wall panel assist in maintaining the integrity of the box structure. Outer box corners can have tear lines and walls disconnected at one corner to reduce bending stresses on the inner box walls during manufacture and erection of the box structure, while also facilitating the removal of the outer box from the inner display box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventor: Joseph P. Schomisch
  • Patent number: 9399835
    Abstract: A method to make pulp adapted for forming a corrugated medium, the method includes: cooking chips in a cooking vessel using a caustic carbonated pulping soda/caustic (SC) cooking liquor injected into the cooking vessel; fiberizing the chips discharged from the cooking vessel to form a pulp, and removing lignin from the pulp or oxidizing lignin in the pulp by injecting oxygen (O2) into the fiberized pulp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Ventzislav H. Kirov, Namhee Shin
  • Patent number: 9169039
    Abstract: A container blank includes a front panel, a first-end panel, a back panel, a second-end panel, a plurality of first-side flaps, a plurality of second-side flaps, and a door. Each of the plurality of first-side flaps and each of the plurality of second-side flaps extend from a respective one of the front panel, the first-end panel, the back panel, and the second-end panel. The door includes a door-front portion formed in the front panel, a first-door-side portion formed in the first-side flap extending from the front panel and a second-door-side portion formed in the second-side flap extending from the front panel. The first-door-side portion and the second-door-side portion include a first crushed zone on an interior surface of the blank. The first-side flap extending from the front panel and the second-side flap extending from the front panel each include a second crushed zone on an exterior surface of the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventor: Paul M. Freeman
  • Patent number: 8998074
    Abstract: A container includes a first blank and a second blank. The first blank includes a first plurality of panel and a plurality flaps. The first plurality of panels includes a first side panel, a second side panel opposing the first side panel, a back panel, and a front panel of the container, the first plurality of flaps defines a bottom of the container and a first exterior portion of a top of the container. The front panel includes a first breakaway portion. The second blank includes an insert front panel and a top flap. The top flap defines a second exterior portion of the top of the container. The insert front panel includes a second breakaway portion that is attached to the first breakaway portion of the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventor: Joseph P. Schomisch
  • Patent number: 8961740
    Abstract: A method to make pulp adapted for forming a corrugated medium, the method includes: cooking chips in a cooking vessel using a caustic carbonated pulping soda/caustic (SC) cooking liquor injected into the cooking vessel; fiberizing the chips discharged from the cooking vessel to form a pulp, and removing lignin from the pulp or oxidizing lignin in the pulp by injecting oxygen (O2) into the fiberized pulp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Ventzislav H. Kirov, Namhee Shin
  • Patent number: 8919636
    Abstract: A container assembly. The container assembly includes a tube portion having a plurality of sides formed from an inner fiberboard layer, an outer fiberboard layer, and at least one corrugated layer sandwiched therebetween, an internal surface of the inner fiberboard layer having a first generally water-resistant coating, the inner fiberboard layer extending around a bottom of the corrugated layer and being adhered to at least a portion of the outer fiberboard layer. The container assembly further includes a base portion including a bottom panel and a plurality of flaps extending from the bottom panel, the base portion including a second generally water-resistant coating, the plurality of flaps overlapping a portion of the plurality of sides. The plurality of flaps is adhered to respective ones of the plurality of sides by one or more continuous adhesive lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Charles E. Bettinger, Kerry D. Wall, Keith A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8910854
    Abstract: A container is disclosed. The container comprises a side portion including a plurality of side panels. The container further comprises a bottom portion including a plurality of bottom panels. Each of the plurality of bottom panels extend from a respective one of the plurality of sides. The container includes a first linerboard, a second linerboard, at least one corrugated medium positioned between the first and second linerboards, and at least one additional linerboard being coupled to at least a portion of the first linerboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: James D. Southwell, Benjamin Frank, Keith A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8720769
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a container includes at least eight side panels having generally the same dimensions. The at least eight side panels form an enclosure. One of the at least eight side panels includes a first access opening that is integrally formed therein. The first access opening permits access to the interior of the enclosure. The container further includes a top panel connected to one or more of the at least eight side panels. The top panel forms a second access opening for providing access to the interior of the enclosure. The container also includes a bottom panel connected to one or more of the at least eight side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Kerry D. Wall, Timothy M. Fraiser
  • Publication number: 20130206828
    Abstract: A container includes a first blank and a second blank. The first blank includes a first plurality of panel and a plurality flaps. The first plurality of panels includes a first side panel, a second side panel opposing the first side panel, a back panel, and a front panel of the container, the first plurality of flaps defines a bottom of the container and a first exterior portion of a top of the container. The front panel includes a first breakaway portion. The second blank includes an insert front panel and a top flap. The top flap defines a second exterior portion of the top of the container. The insert front panel includes a second breakaway portion that is attached to the first breakaway portion of the front panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: PACKAGING CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Packaging Corporation of America
  • Publication number: 20130186804
    Abstract: A container includes a first blank and a second blank. The first blank includes a first plurality of panels and a first plurality of flaps integrally formed from a first sheet of material. The first plurality of panels includes a first side panel, a second side panel opposing the first side panel, a back panel, and a front panel. The first plurality of flaps define a bottom of the container and a first portion of a top of the container. The front panel includes a window portion. The second blank includes two or more panels and two or more top flaps integrally formed from a second sheet of material. The two or more panels include a cover front panel and a first side panel. The two or more top panels define a second portion of the top of the container. The cover front panel is attached to the window panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: PACKAGING CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: PACKAGING CORPORATION OF AMERICA
  • Patent number: 8448843
    Abstract: A container assembly is disclosed. The container assembly includes a tube portion including a plurality of sides. The container assembly further includes a base portion including a bottom panel and a plurality of flaps extending from the bottom panel. The plurality of flaps overlap a portion of the plurality of sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Charles E. Bettinger, Allen Keller, Kerry Wall
  • Publication number: 20130081769
    Abstract: A method to make pulp adapted for forming a corrugated medium, the method includes: cooking chips in a cooking vessel using a caustic carbonated pulping soda/caustic (SC) cooking liquor injected into the cooking vessel; fiberizing the chips discharged from the cooking vessel to form a pulp, and removing lignin from the pulp or oxidizing lignin in the pulp by injecting oxygen (O2) into the fiberized pulp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Ventzislav H. Kirov, Namhee Shin