Patents Assigned to Sonoco Development, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10846784
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for enabling a parts supplier to verify that a customer's part or part assembly requirements are satisfied and for creating a label for a shipping container in which the parts or part assemblies are shipped to the customer. The system also verifies that the label matches the parts and/or part assemblies that have been loaded into the shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: John Weiker
  • Patent number: 10829284
    Abstract: A clamshell package includes a base section having a triangular shape and first and second storage sections pivotally attached to the base section by first and second hinges, respectively. The storage sections have storage section flanges extending outward and terminating at storage section flange outer edges defining an outer perimeter of the clamshell package. When the storage sections are closed, the storage section flanges face and engage out to the storage section flange outer edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: David William Larsen
  • Publication number: 20200346833
    Abstract: A packaging container for holding contents such as fresh food. The container comprises a tray having a flange, a pre-formed scaling ring and a flexible film for sealing in the contents of the tray. The sealing ring is made from fiber, filament or tape (“FFT”) that is shaped into a shape that matches the shape of the tray flange. The sealing ring is adhered to the tray flange by heat welding or other means and the flexible film is adhered to the sealing ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10807782
    Abstract: A container can include a body having a volume defined therein for retaining a product. The body can include a top surface adapted to be sealed by a lid. The container further includes a channel defined in a portion of the body such that the channel is in fluid communication with the internal volume at a first end and sealed by a portion of the body at an oppositely disposed second end. The container further includes a top flange surrounding the top surface of the body and includes a portion that borders the channel, with removal line disposed in the container to define a removable portion. The removal line extends from a first edge to a second edge and through the channel such that the removable portion can be removed from the body along the removal line to expose the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Sanfilippo, John E. Sanfilippo, Francisco Javier Soria
  • Patent number: 10807779
    Abstract: A reclosable package is described that includes inner and outer film layers. Each of the inner and outer film layers includes die cuts that are designed to create a peelable flap portion that, when pulled back by the user, reveals an opening of the package for providing access to the contents of the package. In particular, the inner film layer has an inner die cut that includes a cross-directional cut line. While the cross-directional cut line in conventional packages is a straight line, the package described herein uses a line that has one or more radii of curvature. In this way, the vibrations that may otherwise be generated during the rotary die cutting process are reduced, and more consistent cut depths can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Donald Prue Branyon, Donovan Young, Eugene Smith
  • Publication number: 20200324992
    Abstract: A web splice for attaching two webs, such as paper webs used in paper converting operations. The web splice comprises a non-linear butt joint. The butt joint forms an acute included angle (?) with the side edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaokai Niu, David E. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 10793341
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing various predetermined volumes of a flowable product such as a granular or powdered product over a desired area by moving a handle-activated slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Lagace
  • Publication number: 20200307838
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for filling a container with fragile fruit involving submerging the container in water to better distribute the fragile fruit within the container. The container may be filled with fragile fruit either before or after being submerged in water. The fragile fruit may be transported using a stream of water or other suitable fluid medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Morrow, Paul Miller, Timothy Vernarsky
  • Patent number: 10773452
    Abstract: A flexible packaging laminate has built-in opening/reclose and tamper-evidence features by forming the laminate from an outer structure joined in face-to-face relation to an inner structure. Score lines are formed in both structures to enable an opening to be formed through the laminate by lifting a flap or the like out of the plane of the laminate. The score line through the outer structure defines a larger opening than the score line through the inner structure, such that a marginal region of the outer structure extends beyond the edge of the opening portion of the inner structure. A pressure-sensitive adhesive is used to re-adhere the marginal region to an underlying surface of the inner structure adjacent the opening through the laminate. The outer score line includes at least one tab positioned within a heat seal region of the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 10773451
    Abstract: A flexible packaging laminate has built-in opening/reclose and tamper-evidence features by forming the laminate from an outer structure joined in face-to-face relation to an inner structure. Score lines are formed in both structures to enable an opening to be formed through the laminate by lifting a flap or the like out of the plane of the laminate. The score line through the outer structure defines a larger opening than the score line through the inner structure, such that a marginal region of the outer structure extends beyond the edge of the opening portion of the inner structure. A pressure-sensitive adhesive is used to re-adhere the marginal region to an underlying surface of the inner structure adjacent the opening through the laminate. The outer score line includes at least one tear portion that is torn through upon initial opening, thus indicating the package has been at least partially opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Davis, Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 10766682
    Abstract: A packaging container for holding contents such as fresh food. The container comprises a tray having a flange, a pre-formed sealing ring and a flexible film for sealing in the contents of the tray. The sealing ring is made from fiber, filament or tape (“FFT”) that is shaped into a shape that matches the shape of the tray flange. The sealing ring is adhered to the tray flange by heat welding or other means and the flexible film is adhered to the sealing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10759571
    Abstract: A tamper evident food container is provided. The container comprises a base hingedly connected to a lid. The lid includes an outer raised portion having an integrally connected inner recessed portion formed therein, wherein the inner recessed portion includes a peelable flap portion partially detachable from the inner recessed portion for lifting the peelable flap upwardly from the inner recessed portion; an upper flange extending perpendicularly outward from a perimeter of the lid and having a connecting member located between extending latching portions extending outwardly from the upper flange and adapted for being received in the two latch receiving openings; and a tab connected to the peelable flap portion on a first end and detachably connected to the connecting member on a second end, where the tab is configured for pushing inward to detach the second end from the connecting member allowing the peelable flap portion to be lifted upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: George Plummer, Chadrick Paul Fife, John Perry
  • Patent number: 10759627
    Abstract: An apparatus for lifting, maneuvering, winding or unwinding reels comprising a pair of devices having an elongated retractable frame having a first end and a second end which are adjustable relative to one another; a first crossbar having two opposite ends, the first crossbar being mounted to a first end of the elongated retractable frame; a second crossbar having two opposite ends, the second crossbar being mounted to a second end of the elongated retractable frame; a first roller carrier mounted on the first crossbar; a second roller carrier mounted on the second crossbar, parallel to the first roller carrier, wherein the roller rotates axially about the roller carrier; and a means for adjusting the first and second end of the elongated retractable frame relative to one another so that the first and second ends of the elongated retractable frame are moved closer together and further apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Russell Paul Grabowski, Xiaokai Niu
  • Patent number: 10744720
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for providing a product viewing window in a container. The container has at least a body ply and a liner ply, wherein the body ply has at least one aperture therethrough. The liner ply is adhered to the inner surface of the body ply and has a portion extending across the aperture, forming a window into the container. The method involves providing a window-finishing machine that comprises at least two platens and, optionally, a machine pocket positioned between them, a heating element extending through at least one of the platens, and a pressurized air device that is adapted to release pressurized air into the container through at least one of the platens. The container is engaged between the platens in an airtight manner and, optionally, the container window is positioned adjacent the inside wall of the machine pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenan James Clougherty
  • Patent number: 10730678
    Abstract: A package and method of making a package are provided, where the package includes a removable flap portion built into one panel and a resealable flap portion built into the opposing panel. The package is constructed such that the removable flap portion overlies the resealable flap portion, and peeling away of the removable flap portion reveals a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) of the resealable flap portion and also provides a tamper-evident feature. Once the removable flap portion is peeled away, the consumer can access the contents of the package. The resealable flap portion can be folded over the newly-cut edge of the opposing panel and applied to the outer surface of that panel so as to reclose the package and maintain the contents of the package therein for later consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 10733912
    Abstract: A flexible laminate structure for making a package and methods for constructing such flexible laminate structures are described that provide a peelable portion integral to the laminate structure. An inner ink layer may be printed on the peelable portion that includes a promotional offer, such as in the form of a barcode, where the inner ink layer is not visible to a consumer without first peeling the peelable portion off the package due to the presence of one or more blocker ink layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott William Huffer, Jonathan Edward Trollen
  • Patent number: 10689160
    Abstract: A flexible laminate for a package is described that includes an integrated one-way valve that allows gas generated within the package (e.g., carbon dioxide outgas) to be released to the external environment, while at the same time preventing environmental elements from entering the package. The valve is defined by the layers that form the flexible laminate, as opposed to being a separate structure that is attached to the flexible laminate. In particular, first and second cut lines are defined in a valve area of the first and second film layers of the flexible laminate structure in an offset manner. Oil is pattern-applied to one or both film layers in the valve area, and an opposing surface of one or both of the film layers further includes a surface treatment that decreases the amount of surface energy between the film layers to allow the valve to open at the desired pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Rod Pettis, Bob Puechl
  • Patent number: 10689164
    Abstract: An assembly of a container and a closure. The container has a rim defining an upper sealing surface formed of a heat-sealable material, and an external screw thread extending helically along an outer surface at a location spaced below the rim. The closure includes a screw cap assembled with a separately formed disk inserted in the cap, the closure defining an internal screw thread for attaching the closure to the container when the closure is rotated in a first direction. The disk is constructed of a laminated metal having an upper metal layer and a lower heat-sealable layer affixed to an underside of the metal layer. A heat seal between the heat-sealable layer of the disk and the upper sealing surface of the rim affixes the disk to the rim such that the disk seals closed the open top end of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Trevor Price
  • Patent number: 10689151
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composite container comprising a bottom film layer and a top film layer at least partially adhered to the bottom film layer. The top film layer is scored to form at least one resealable flap and at least one pull tab which is not adhered to the bottom film layer. The bottom film layer comprises at least one cavity opening. A cardboard layer is adhered on its lower surface to the upper surface of the top film layer, wherein the cardboard layer has at least one cavity opening which is substantially aligned with the scoring of the top film layer resealable flap and the cardboard layer is perforated to define a perimeter of at least one pull tab which is substantially aligned with and adhered, on its underside, to the upper surface of the top film layer pull tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 10689172
    Abstract: The present invention relates to container laminate and container having a container laminate through which materials may be accessed and/or dispensed. The laminate has multiple layers that are peeled away when opened to reveal one or more openings in a layer that remains adhered to the container after opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Howard Coker, Robert Thor Versluys, Scott William Huffer