Patents Assigned to Silgan Containers LLC
  • Patent number: 10704635
    Abstract: A spring assembly is provided which decreases the fatigue and wear on the springs of the assembly. The spring assembly includes upper and lower pistons separated by a substantially incompressible fluid. The lower piston is attached to one or more springs. The surface area of the upper surface of the lower piston is greater than the surface area of the lower surface of the upper piston. As such, the springs are deflected by a distance less than the distance traveled by the upper piston. By decreasing the length the springs are compressed, the springs are subject to less fatigue and wear. As a result, the life span of the springs is increased and the maintenance required of the spring assembly is minimized relative to that of typical spring assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gerald James Baker, Jianwen Hu
  • Patent number: 10427829
    Abstract: A thinned metal can end having a non-uniform thickness profile is provided. The can end has a central panel having at least a first thickness, a middle portion having at least a second thickness greater than the first thickness, and an end portion having at least a third thickness greater than the first and second thicknesses. The can end is configured to be joined to a can wall by a double seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gerald James Baker, Michael Patrick Moore
  • Patent number: 10278410
    Abstract: Induction heating systems for metal food cans configured to deliver sufficient heat into the can to sterilize the food within the can are provided. The heating system includes an induction coil and a control system. The control system is configured to monitor and control heating of sealed food cans during induction heating and to control and/or confirm various aspects of can heating during induction heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Widitora, Douglas C. Miller, George Sadler, Jianwen Hu, Gerald Baker
  • Patent number: 10237924
    Abstract: A temperature detection system for detecting temperature within a metallic can during heating is provided. The system includes an induction heating coil configured to generate an alternating magnetic field, and a hermetically sealed can positioned within the magnetic field generated by the induction coil. At least a portion of the sealed can is formed from a metallic material, and the sealed can includes a food product within the can. The magnetic field causes resistive heating of the metallic material of the sealed can. The system includes a temperature sensing element located within the sealed can configured to generate a signal indicative of the temperature of the food product during heating and a memory device communicably coupled to the temperature sensing element configured to store data related to the signal received from the temperature sensing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Widitora, Douglas C. Miller, George Sadler, Jianwen Hu, Gerald J. Baker
  • Patent number: 10155606
    Abstract: A container configured to be stacked adjacent to a second container is provided. The container includes a sidewall having a first end, an end wall having a peripheral edge, a seam coupling the peripheral edge of the end wall to the first end of the sidewall, and an alignment feature coupled to the seam. The alignment feature includes an inner surface. The alignment feature is positioned relative to the seam such that, when the container is stacked adjacent to the second container, the inner surface of the alignment feature contacts an outer surface of a seam of the second container, the contact resisting lateral movement of the container relative to the second container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gerald Baker, Thomas Murphy
  • Patent number: 10137493
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and apparatuses for providing a container with a lining are provided. A lining element is displaced into the interior of the container and coupled to the interior surfaces of the container to substantially cover the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Widitora, Michael Gurka, Michael Richards, Dustin Lobner, Phil Frisella
  • Patent number: 10112228
    Abstract: A bottom expansion station is provided. The station provides a blank support, a punch having a central recess configured to punch a blank through the blank support forming a cup, and a pressure exertion medium including a material through which pressure is exerted on a portion the end wall of the cup to increase the area of the end wall. The material is configured to be deformed by the end wall when pressure is exerted through it on the portion of the end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gerald J. Baker, Michael Patrick Moore
  • Patent number: 10106306
    Abstract: A vented metal can end is provided. The can end includes a tab and a tab rivet. The can end includes an outer score and a vent score. The vent score is formed in the end wall and located beneath the nose of the tab. The vent score is positioned such that the tab rivet is located between the vent score and the center point of the end wall and the vent score is also located between the outer score and the tab rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventor: David Dunn
  • Patent number: 10029295
    Abstract: A system for formation of embossed indicia on the end wall of a metal food can. The system include a first die portion and second die portion opposing the first die portion. The system includes a first fastener coupled to the first die portion. The first fastener including an outer surface and a raised profile extending from the outer surface corresponding to the embossed indicia to be formed on the wall of the metal food can. The system includes a second fastener coupled to the second die portion. The second fastener includes a head portion including an inner surface and a recess formed in the head portion defined by the inner surface of the head portion. The system includes a pad of polymeric material positioned within the recess and coupled to the inner surface of the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Rowdy H. Holstine, Dave Wood
  • Patent number: 9950831
    Abstract: A can end and a tab configured to couple to the can end and a related method are provided. The can end is continuous. The tab is configured to couple to the can end with a post, which couples the tab to the can end without passing through the can end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Widitora, Donald M. Gust, Gerald J. Baker
  • Patent number: 9883551
    Abstract: An induction heating system configured to sequentially heat a plurality of filled and sealed food containers is provided. The system includes an induction heating coil defining a lumen having a longitudinal axis. The lumen is configured to receive the containers during heating, and the induction coil is configured to generate an alternating magnetic field causing resistive heating of the container. The system includes a container moving device configured to move containers into the induction heating coil lumen prior to heating, to move containers while within the induction heating coil lumen and to move containers out of the induction heating coil lumen after heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Widitora, Douglas C. Miller, George Sadler, Jianwen Hu, Gerald J. Baker
  • Patent number: 9878365
    Abstract: A trimmer assembly for removing portions of sidewalls of cans is provided. The trimmer assembly includes a chute configured to receive the removed portions of sidewalls of cans. The chute includes an angled extending wall configured to prevent removed portions of sidewalls of cans from travelling past the chute without entering the chute without interfering with motion of the cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gunnar J. Caylor, David S. Revers, Brandon Craig Garfoot, James B. Moses
  • Patent number: D810157
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gunnar J. Caylor, David S. Revers, Brandon C. Garfoot, James B. Moses
  • Patent number: D847661
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gerald J. Baker, Rowdy H. Holstine, Jianwen Hu
  • Patent number: D854425
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Rowdy Holstine, Jianwen Hu, Alexandre Djolakian
  • Patent number: D864761
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gerald J. Baker, Rowdy H. Holstine, Jianwen Hu
  • Patent number: D877618
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventor: Gerald James Baker
  • Patent number: D879609
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: David Dunn, Elizabeth A. Metzger, John Schindewolf, Alvin Widitora, Dave Wood, Seth Moore, Andrew Palumbo
  • Patent number: D887860
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Jianwen Hu, Steven J. Manne
  • Patent number: D891265
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventor: Drew Palumbo