Patents Examined by Niki M. Kopsidas
  • Patent number: 5871115
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting and dispensing articles such as bags includes a plurality of article supporting and dispensing racks that include a rack insert receiving member and a rack insert member on at least one end portion of each rack so that the racks can be stacked for holding and dispensing different sizes of articles. Each of the racks is provided with hooks that are removably and adjustably mounted on the respective racks. The hooks are adapted to be quickly and easily mounted on and removed from each of the racks so that the hooks can be positioned on a respective rack at selected positions to accommodate different size bags or articles. A locking member may be provided for locking at least two stacked racks to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventor: Albert Kohn
  • Patent number: 5868946
    Abstract: Water and solid debris are separated from gasoline during its storage within a container. The separation is effected automatically, at low cost and in a highly reliable manner. It is continuous throughout storage and is not reversed by portage of the container or removal of gasoline therefrom. Engines fueled with gasoline from the container are far less subject to contamination from water or impurities than those fueled from gas cans of the conventional type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Viet Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5865333
    Abstract: A cap display for displaying a cap having a bill affixed to a fully opened crown. The cap display having transparent inner and outer shells which are shaped and sized such that the inner shell is smaller than the outer shell and such that the cap can be interposed between them with the cap's crown fully opened. Inner and outer crown portions of the shells generally conform to corresponding inner and outer crown surfaces of the crown of the cap. A shell securing mechanism for releasably securing together the inner and outer shells may be in the form of latching mechanisms disposed on an inner base on the inner shell and an outer base on the outer shell. The shells may include inner and outer risers between the inner and outer bases and the inner and outer bill portions so that a sign may be placed between the risers at front ends of the bill portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Kevin M. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 5857613
    Abstract: The invention provides spirally wound easy-open containers which comprise a spirally wound body wall having overlapped edges and which have capabilities and benefits associated with conventional butt jointed containers. The overlapped edges of the body wall define an easy-open seam extending helically between the ends of the container. A temporary adhesive between the overlapped edges of the body wall releasably adheres the overlapped edges of the body wall together and allows for opening of the container along the helical, easy-open seam. The easy-open containers provided according to the invention can be readily manufactured with only slight modifications to the conventional manufacturing process. Nevertheless, the easy-open containers of the invention can provide for material savings in container label construction and can allow for vacuum packaging of food products such as dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Sonoco Products Company
    Inventors: Michael T. Drummond, General Taylor, W. Gerald Gainey
  • Patent number: 5845799
    Abstract: A bulk box has a base with side and end wall panels pivotally attached to the base for moving between a collapsed position and an upright position. The bulk box has an insert positioned in the interior of the base for receiving a flowable material. In a foot portion of the base, two outlets for the flowable material are provided. A first outlet permits flow of the material to a side of the base and a second outlet permits flow of the material through a bottom wall of the base. A cutoff device is movable between a first position blocking the flow of the material through the outlets. A diverter is movable between a first position permitting flow of the material through the side outlet and a second position permitting flow of the material through the bottom wall of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Buckhorn Material Handling Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Deaton
  • Patent number: 5839653
    Abstract: A method of forming a paper container uses a three ply corrugated material having at least one inner or outer sheet of paper that may be stretched or compressed circumferentially to permit subsequent rolling of the corrugated material about a mandrel. A flattening of the upper and lower edges of the corrugated material permit rolling and seaming operations to be used to assemble the bottom to the cup and to form a lip in the upper edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Robert B. Zadravetz
  • Patent number: 5839598
    Abstract: A blow molded combination lid and spill tray has a top wall and a downwardly depending skirt thereabout, the top wall formed from a pair of upper and lower circular walls. The upper and lower circular walls have a central feed circular recess, plurality of circumferentially spaced fused arcuate channels and plurality of second spaced fused arcuate channels with first and second circular hollow sections and first and second radial hollow sections, the hollow sections communicating with a hollow of the downwardly depending skirt. The lid when placed on a supporting surface with the skirt extending upwardly will contain a drum and accumulate spillage or drippage from the drum in the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Eagle Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Donald J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 5829615
    Abstract: The invention relates to an equipment case with a metallic, self-supporting casing and an inner frame forming a reception space for equipment and components and which is fixed to the casing jacket by means of vibration-damping elements spaced from the casing. According to the invention a casing jacket comprising a single part is provided and its base and cover surfaces and vertical lateral parts are formed in a bending process. Angle bevels and a circumferential, front and back hollow section are formed on the casing jacket. The angle bevels are used for the vibration-damping reception of the inner frame, whilst the hollow section of the casing jacket, in the same way as an extruded section of the front and/or back cover contribute to the integral construction of the equipment case and to a particularly good accessory adaptation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Knurr-Mechanik fur die Elektronik Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Rickinger, Walter Regirt, Hans Flamme, Erwin Schaerer, Wolfgang Huttinger
  • Patent number: 5826741
    Abstract: In a reservoir having a screw cap for nail enamel, mascara or the like, with a view to attaining a defined final position in the screwing process and reliable closing that is impermeable to liquids and gas-tight, manufacturing tolerances of the reservoir, as occur in particular with glass reservoirs, being taken into account, it is provided that on the upper side of an annular collar (11) of the reservoir (1), provision is made for at least one projection (12) which extends over a certain angle at circumference (.beta.1, .beta.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Georg Karl Geka-Brush GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Dumler, Gunter Bachmann
  • Patent number: 5823377
    Abstract: A plastic screw cap for the closure of a plastic container is provided for the closure of a container made of plastics. The screw cap has a simple configuration similar to corresponding closures for metal containers, but nevertheless ensures stable and sealed seating of the closure on the container opening. The screw cap is provided with an extension, extending radially over the side of the screw cap, which is made from a material which can be welded to the material from which the container lid is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Jacob Berg GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gunter Jakob Krautkramer
  • Patent number: 5819972
    Abstract: The container comprises at its mouth a device combined with the internal side of the lid (T) and the opening (3) of the latter, in order to form the emergence, with respect to the mouth of the container (1), of a tubular body (C) which extends as a continuous sheet remaining, at the edge, interleaved between the lid and the body of the container, the product contained in the container (1) coming out directly through the tubular body without contacting the external part of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Investigacion, Desarrollo, Creacion Y. Mejora De Productos, S.L.
    Inventor: Gustavo Puente Pubill
  • Patent number: 5819980
    Abstract: A canteen minimizes sloshing or gurgling in a container containing liquid, by mechanically displacing air in an internal plastic bag which contains the liquid. The canteen permits a user to reduce the air space within the plastic bag by turning a knob which is attached to a turnscrew, which, in turn, raises a platform, thereby compressing the bag. With the air displaced from the bag, the liquid does not slosh or gurgle when the canteen is moved. A locking assembly is provided to lock the thumbscrew in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Myles L. Hill
  • Patent number: 5816422
    Abstract: Package with safety lid and seal including a cylindrical body with a lid coupled by a thread at the mouth thereof and which includes an outside coaxial skirt having projections on its inside face. It is characterized in that the package body comprises around the body a seal made up with a strap weakly joined to this body, this strap having on the periphery, at least, one recess into which the corresponding projection of the skirt of the lid is fitted, preventing in this way the unscrewing of the lid. One of the ends of the sealing strap includes a handlelike extension facilitating through pulling, the tearing off and separation of the sealing strap with respect to the package body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: C.T.X., S.A.
    Inventor: Armand Puiggros Roig
  • Patent number: 5813565
    Abstract: According to this process, a tubular metal body (10) of substantially polygonal cross-section is formed, delimiting lateral faces (12) of the package which are connected together by rounded corners (14). Then a radially projecting metal-expansion bead (18) is formed in proximity to a first end of the body (10) and in each of the corners of this body. The beads (18) are all substantially the same distance from this first end. Finally, a neck (20) and a flange (22) extending this neck are formed on the first end of the body (10), and a detached metal face (24) forming a bottom or a top of the package is seamed onto the flange (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Safet Embamet
    Inventor: Gerald Huot
  • Patent number: 5813555
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cleated crate for packaging, storing, and shipping heavy articles. The cleated crate includes a base frame for supporting an article to be packed, a pair of wing-end frames that define ends and side portions of the cleated crate. The wing-end frames comprise a pair of hinge corners each having a pair of spaced apart cleats attached to a fibreboard plate with a score along an axis. The fibreboard plate folds on the score to define a corner post of the cleated crate. A portion of the side of the cleated crate is defined by a side member and a support member attached to one of the pairs of cleats on the fibreboard plate. Elongate members connect two hinge corners together to define a wing-end frame. A pair of wing-end frames are positioned and attached to opposite ends of a base frame or pallet. Intermediate connectors rigidly connect on opposite sides to aligned hinge corners at the opposite ends of the cleated container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: North American Container Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Grigsby, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5806704
    Abstract: A vacuum lid for a round thermoplastic paint container that includes a domed lid (20) with a valve cavity (22), a circumferential lip (38), and a peripheral flange (40). An O-ring (42) is positioned between the lip and flange to seal the container. A pair of lifting tabs (44) hold the lid onto the container by snapping into place onto the container's top lip (24). A one-piece unitary resilient valve (48) is located in the valve cavity and a vacuum pump (56) is attached to the valve. Air is evacuated from the covered container to prevent drying of the paint and utensils stored inside. The pump, in the manual form, is stored in brackets (66) on the surface of the lid, as well as a roller handle extension (70) retained in like brackets (68) for the convenience. One or more hooks (62) are mounted within the lid to hang wet brushes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Richard W. Jamison
  • Patent number: 5799814
    Abstract: A container lid includes a flap region that is selectively displaceable between a static raised position and a static depressed position. A flap is cut out of the flap region and is substantially integral with the flap region when the flap region is in the static raised position. When the flap region is displaced to the static depressed position, the flap separates from the flap region enabling liquid to flow therethrough. When the flap region is returned to the static raised position, the flap is again substantially integral with the flap region to thereby close the lid and prevent liquid from escaping. A knob is provided preferably integral with the flap region to facilitate displacement of the flap region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Sweetheart Cup Company Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Schaefer, William B. Pendergrass
  • Patent number: 5791508
    Abstract: The opening device comprises a closure flap (7) which is pivotable about a hinge (2), so that a pouring opening (4) is able to be opened and closed again. The edge (5) of the pouring opening (4) is elastically deformable. A projection (12) is provided in the form of a device for keeping open the closure flap (7) in such a way that the projection (12) is pulled over the edge (5) of the pouring opening (4) during the opening operation, and then bears on the edge and keeps the closure flap (7) open. To close it again, the projection can be pressed by slight pressure over the edge of the pouring opening. The new proposed design of the device for keeping a flap open advantageously prevents the device from becoming damaged in the closed condition, possibly if packs provided with the opening device are stacked. In addition, the device for keeping flaps open is very simple to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Doninique Arnould
  • Patent number: 5788107
    Abstract: A cap is provided for mounting on a necked-in can. The cap includes a shell formed to include an interior region and a tool-receiving aperture opening into the interior region. A ridge is appended to the shell and positioned to lie in the interior region of the cap. The ridge includes a downwardly facing ridge edge that lies inside the interior region of the cap and adjacent to the tool-receiving aperture. The ridge edge overlies a portion of an annular lip of the necked-in can when the cap is mounted on the can so that a cap-removal tool can be inserted into the interior region of the shell through the tool-receiving aperture simultaneously to engage the annular lip of the can and the ridge edge. When the cap-removal tool is rotated manually about its longitudinal axis, the cap-removal tool acts between the ridge edge and the annular lip to demount the cap from the necked-in can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Erin M. Meyer, David J. Jochem
  • Patent number: 5788111
    Abstract: An inside surface of a drinking vessel is treated with a material suitable for providing nucleation sites to encourage the formation of bubbles in a liquid containing a gas such as carbon dioxide or CO.sub.2 /nitrogen mixture. The material may be printed upon the internal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Charles (Glassware) Ltd
    Inventor: Clive Grenville Alan Waugh