Patents Examined by S. Castellano
  • Patent number: 5531352
    Abstract: An agricultural container or fruit bin made of plastic has four vertical walls, triangular corner columns and a bottom element. The exteriors of the vertical walls and bottom element have rectangular rib patterns. Openings in the vertical walls and bottom allow for atmospheric circulation. The upper edges of the sides are bowed inward slightly, and the bottom element has a slight inward dome when the bin is empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Kradon, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Kraft, Don Holman
  • Patent number: 5437384
    Abstract: Container apparatus (2) for transporting and storing fluid material, comprising a flexible bag (8), a rigid frame member (10) which is attached to an upper portion of the flexible bag (8), a rigid base (12), and elongate support members (16) which are positioned outside the flexible bag (8) and which are movable from a first position in which they extend between the rigid frame member (10) and the rigid base (12), to a second position in which they allow the sides of the flexible bag (8) to collapse, and the container apparatus being characterized in that the rigid frame member (10) is provided with inboard portions (13) which are attached to the sides (9) of the flexible bag (8) thereby to draw the sides of the flexible bag substantially inboard of the rigid base and force the fluid material towards corners of the flexible bag which are formed by points of attachment of the flexible bag to corners of the rigid frame member and to create an upper portion to the flexible bag which has opposing sides which are
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Inventor: Peter J. Farrell
  • Patent number: 5407093
    Abstract: A container for containing a semi-solid product to be dispensed from the container by deformation in the axial direction, the container including a flexible part, a body part, and a cap part, each part having an open end, the cap part being securable to the body part to form a cylindrical container assembly, the side walls of the body part and of the cap part being deformable in the longitudinal direction to reduce the internal volume of the assembly and the assembly having a substantially constant external dimension over the side walls of the body part and the cap part, the body part having threads least towards its open end in its side wall and the cap part having threads towards its open end and in its side wall where the cap part and the body part may be secured to one another by interengagement of the threads, one of the parts having an outlet opening through which the contents of the assembly may be discharged upon deformation of the container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventor: Shane R. McGill
  • Patent number: 5400912
    Abstract: A closure especially adapted for use with a dispenser spout, said closure having a concealed hinge arranged to permit the lid to be opened 180.degree. away from its associated base to provide maximum access to a container to which the closure is assembled, the closure, consisting of a closure base and a lid, being capable of being molded in a single mold cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Courtaulds Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Brown, Michael Jacobs
  • Patent number: 5400917
    Abstract: A closure assembly is disclosed in which a first layer matches a side element in shape, and a spacer is fitted to establish a space for containing glue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventor: Steven W. Stanton
  • Patent number: 5392916
    Abstract: An add-on compartment for a trash receptacle includes a open topped material receiving compartment having spaced apart front and back panels protruding transversely outwardly from one side of the compartment for receiving a trash receptacle between them. The panels extend outwardly sufficiently to overlie the walls of the trash receptacles so that the combination compartment and receptacle give the appearance of a unitary structure. A trash bag retaining lip is formed on the upper edge of the compartment and a depending skirt may be provided to cover at least the front wall and outer most side wall of the compartment to provide a smooth continuous appearance with the front panel and a trash receptacle to be received between the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventor: James H. Paulison
  • Patent number: 5392942
    Abstract: A trash separation receptacle is provided which consists of a generally rectangular rear panel, with two side panels, each extending from the rear panel. A generally rectangular bottom panel extends from the rear panel. A generally rectangular front panel extends between the two side panels, so as to hold a plurality of trash cans stationary in a side by side relationship. Each trash can may hold a plastic liner bag therein to retain one type of recyclable trash for disposal. A plurality of lids are also provided with each hinged at one side to a top edge of the rear panel, so as to cover one of the trash cans with the plastic liner bag therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventor: Jerome S. Hanson
  • Patent number: 5390816
    Abstract: A new and improved dining plate helper in the form of an upstanding annular shaped abutment located on the food containing surface of the plate inwardly with respect to the plate's peripheral edge. On the opposite side of the plate are contained one or more protruding members to serve as legs enabling a series of plates to be stored one on top of another in a stacking arrangement. In an alternative embodiment, additional food retaining members are located on the surface of the plate in a radially aligned circumferentially spaced manner. In yet another alternative embodiment, the plate includes a utensil retaining rim and the protruding member on the opposite side thereof permitting stacking of a plurality of similar plates defines a shallow bowl for retaining a liquid such as soup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventor: Gary L. Boyd
  • Patent number: 5390807
    Abstract: A container for a photographic film, fully made of expanded (polystyrene) plastic, is comprised of a box made up of two basic members of substantially prismatic, rectangular and equal shape. The basic members are provided with thick side walls and with the base wall forming a thin lateral contour rim. The free edge of each basic member is provided with a projecting rib and a recessed step laterally adjacent the rib. The rib and the step of the two basic members form complementary halves of their contours when the two basic members are placed one over another. A pair of bosses in the form of semicircular arcs formed on the interior of each basic member provide end cradles for the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventor: Nuno C. Galaburda
  • Patent number: 5390818
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving and holding a flexible and collapsible trash liner comprises a rigid upright trash receptacle having a main body with a generally closed bottom and an open top. The bottom has a periphery about which the bottom is affixed to the main body, and this periphery has at least one cavity formed therealong. The cavity effectively forms a foothold for a user in removing the trash liner from the receptacle as well as a handhold for a user in transporting the trash receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventor: Michele LaBuda
  • Patent number: 5386926
    Abstract: Basket for a domestic centrifuge has a screen (2) having a finely perforated surface of revolution and comprising two annular reinforcing rings (3 and 4) disposed on the circular borders (5, 6). The screen (2) is of plastic material and the fine perforations (7, 10, 10') obtained by a process of mechanical cutting out. Thus the fine perforations (7, 10, 10') can be obtained by punching, or by cutting with a laser beam. The fine perforations (7, 10, 10') have borders with sharp edges that are directed radially inwardly, to assist in juicing. The plastic material is a polyester. The screen (2) of polyester has a wall thickness comprised between 0.15 mm and 0.30 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Moulinex (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventor: Michel R. M. Assier
  • Patent number: 5386925
    Abstract: Expansion tanks having a pair of hollow body members. Each hollow body member has an end wall and a tubular side wall having an end portion. The end portions of the side walls are in end to end relation. There is a continuous retaining ring having a first peripheral portion and a second peripheral portion. The end portions of the side walls are united to the first peripheral portion so as to form a tank. The second peripheral portion is located interior to the first peripheral portion. There is also a flexible diaphragm in and spanning the tank and having a peripheral portion in peripheral engagement with the end portion of the side wall of one of the hollow body members. The second peripheral portion of the retaining ring engages and compressingly holds the peripheral portion of the diaphragm in peripheral engagement with the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Amtrol Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Lane
  • Patent number: 5386922
    Abstract: A system of trays and inserts placed in each tray, for converting a bucket to an organized receptacle for storing and dispensing small parts or objects. Trays are circular, and are stacked within the bucket. Each tray has low partitions, dividing the tray into pie slice segments. An insert is placed in each segment. Inserts have constricted necks, enabling them to be grasped readily by the fingers of a user, even when the insert is filled with small objects. An individual tray is thereby readily removable, even if filled with small parts, independently of neighboring inserts. Inserts are optionally provided with tightly fitting caps. Both trays and inserts are provided in variable vertical dimensions. Two short inserts or trays occupy the same height within the bucket of a single tall insert or tray. Thus, the bucket is selectively reconfigurable to provide a desired combination of inserts and trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventor: Raymond L. Jordan
  • Patent number: 5383566
    Abstract: A dual-chamber composite pressure vessel includes a first enclosure formed of a fiber reinforced resin matrix, having a hollow cylindrical central section, and first and second oblate end sections formed integrally over respective ends of the central section to define a first chamber. Also included is a second enclosure formed of a fiber-reinforced resin matrix, integrally with the first enclosure, and having a second hollow cylindrical section which is joined at one end to and extends from the second end section co-cylindrically with the central section of the first enclosure. The second enclosure also includes a third oblate end section formed integrally over the other end of the second cylindrical section to define a second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Assignee: Edo Corporation, Fiber Science Division
    Inventor: Terence C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5379913
    Abstract: A flange fitting for attaching to the lid of a drum includes a seal tube having a generally cylindrical main body with a relatively thin wall arid an outwardly radiating frustoconical lip extension. Also included as part of the flange fitting is a standard drum plug flange having a generally cylindrical main body and an outwardly radiating, frustoconical lip. The drum plug flange is sized and shaped so as to fit within the seal tube such that the lip extension and the lip are generally coextensive with each other. These two components are then able to be anchored into the lid of the drum through a punch press operation which simultaneously clamps and crimps both the lip and lip extension into a raised boss recess thereby precluding any preassembly, such as by welding, of the seal tube and drum flange prior to assembly to the drum lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventors: Todd M. Rieke, David S. Rieke
  • Patent number: 5379908
    Abstract: A plastic closure cap, especially for glass containers, includes a lid part to be pulled off exposing a seal or an opening. A sleeve part surrounds a bottle neck of the container. Grippers are secured on the sleeve part and are pivotal at material weak points at the sleeve part. The grippers abut one another in flush fashion in a closing position and are joined to make a closed surface encompassing the bottle neck. The grippers have sides pointing toward one another. The grippers are rectangular as seen in a plan view and curved as seen in cross section. Tabs are associated with the grippers. The sides of the grippers and the tabs face one another and have alternating profiling mutually complementing one another in the closing position. The sides of the grippers are beveled toward the inside and overlap one another in the closing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: F.E.S. Kunststoff GmbH
    Inventor: Karlheinz Rohe
  • Patent number: 5375735
    Abstract: A tank or bottle including two end portions separated by a corrugated cylindrical body, with the corrugated cylindrical body being circumferentially reinforced. A longitudinal reinforcement is disposed along an entire outer surface of the tank with the exception of openings provided in the end portions for accommodating closure elements, whereby it is possible to reduce a thickness of the end portions and to reduce the overall weight of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Institut Francais du Petrole
    Inventors: Michel Huvey, Jacques Cheron
  • Patent number: 5372269
    Abstract: A multipurpose panel structure formed of a relatively thin resilient type material adaptable for use both as a container device and as a display sign, the panel structure comprising a relatively flat one-piece wall member having a cooperatively engageable interlocking arrangement associated therewith enabling the wall member to be formed into an open-ended closed wall structure capable of standing on end to form a container device, the cooperatively engageable interlocking arrangement being releasably detachable so as to enable the wall member to return to its normally flat condition for use as a display sign. The present wall member can be formed into a cylindrical shape, or it can be scored or otherwise weakened at various locations on its surface so as to form a multi-sided container structure. Any plurality of the present wall members may be connected together to form a multitude of container sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignee: Creative Thermal Vac Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim C. Sutton, Maynard Johnson
  • Patent number: 5370256
    Abstract: A collapsible container comprises a rectangular base 11, two end walls 12, 13 mounted to two opposed ends of the base by means of hinge 14 and two separate side walls 15 and 16 mountable on base 11 to rise therefrom. Each wall comprise two wall members 12.1 and 12.2 slidingly connected to one another so that the members may slidingly be manipulated to adjust the height of the wall. The container also comprises a lid 17 removably mountable on the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Johannes Jacobus Fourie
    Inventors: Johannes J. Fourie, Gert J. R. Kruger
  • Patent number: 5366105
    Abstract: A containment device is formed by an outer container having a curtain-covered front opening and separate removable and replaceable protective panels mounted within the container adjacent to each of the walls thereof. Each protective panel is formed of a composite of layers, including an outer energy absorbing layer closest to the container walls, an intermediate ballistic shield layer, and an inner elastomeric layer. A firearm to be inspected, loaded or unloaded is positioned with its muzzle pointing toward the curtain at the front opening of the device whereby, if the firearm accidentally discharges, the projectile will pass through the curtain, the inner elastomeric layer, and become entrapped and contained within or adjacent to the ballistic shield layer. The outer energy absorbing layer prevents damage to the wall of the container. If one of the protective panels becomes damaged or deformed, it can be individually replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Inventors: Edward H. Kerman, Robert R. Crovatto