Patents by Inventor Charles Kannankeril

Charles Kannankeril has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190276216
    Abstract: An inflatable pouch includes a bladder formed from an inflatable web and an outer skin formed from a film. The bladder includes a bladder pouch that includes a bottom portion at a folded edge of the inflatable web, front and back portions on either side of the folded edge, and sides where the front and back portions are sealed to each other. The outer skin includes an outer skin pouch that includes a bottom portion at a folded edge of the film, front and back portions on either side of the folded edge, and sides where the front and back portions are attached to each other. The bladder is attached to the outer skin at a tack area such that the sides of the bladder pouch and the outer skin pouch are not directly attached to the sides of the outer skin pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Robert O'Dowd, Charles Kannankeril, Andrew Moehlenbrock, Joseph Owensby, Howard Conner
  • Publication number: 20180057242
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides high-performance absorbent pads for use with food products, for example for inclusion with packaged meat. The present disclosure also provides food packages, packaged food products, and methods of packaging a food product using a high-performance absorbent pad as disclosed herein. The food product may be poultry or seafood or other food product that releases a liquid that the seller desires to control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Vaughn, Scott Maurer, Grant Moyer, John Calvert, Charles Kannankeril
  • Patent number: 9233524
    Abstract: An integrated process for making an inflatable laminated article comprises extruding a first film and a second film, followed by cooling the first film and the second film so that the films will not fuse to one another upon contact with each other. The films are then brought into contact with one another, and selected portions of one or both films are heated so that the films are heat sealed to one another in a selected area having a desired pattern. The unsealed area between the film provides inflatable chambers between the first film and the second film. An alternative process utilizes a film tubing in lay-flat configuration to produce a laminated inflatable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Mike Metta, Bob O'Dowd
  • Patent number: 9108755
    Abstract: A package includes a support member and a second support member coupled to a base member. The support members may be configurable between a heating position and a storage position. When in the heating position a recess is positioned below the support members. The package may be part of an assembly further including a flexible container. The flexible container may include a first portion with a food product and a second portion configured to receive liquid byproducts given off by the food product. The second portion of the flexible container may be received in the recess when the assembly is in the heating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Owensby, Billy W. Austin, Howard D. Conner, Charles Kannankeril, Greg E. Harwood
  • Patent number: 8745960
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an apparatus and method for inflating and sealing a mailer comprising an inner inflatable liner having at least one inflation port, valve, or combination thereof through which a portion of gas can be introduced into the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian Donegan
  • Publication number: 20140117071
    Abstract: A cushioning assembly includes a first sheet and a second sheet opposing the first sheet. A plurality of foam elements are between the first and second sheets and adhered to at least one of the first sheet interior surface and the second sheet interior surface. The aspect ratio of the plurality of foam elements is at least 1.2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Peter Conroy, Nandini Shankaranarayan
  • Patent number: 8568029
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates generally to mailers for shipping objects, and more particularly to mailers comprising an outer pouch and an inner inflatable liner and an inflation pathway through which a portion of gas can be introduced into said inflatable liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian Donegan
  • Publication number: 20130255868
    Abstract: An integrated process for making an inflatable laminated article comprises extruding a first film and a second film, followed by cooling the first film and the second film so that the films will not fuse to one another upon contact with each other. The films are then brought into contact with one another, and selected portions of one or both films are heated so that the films are heat sealed to one another in a selected area having a desired pattern. The unsealed area between the film provides inflatable chambers between the first film and the second film. An alternative process utilizes a film tubing in lay-flat configuration to produce a laminated inflatable article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Mike Metta, Bob O'Dowd
  • Publication number: 20130255869
    Abstract: An integrated process for making an inflatable laminated article comprises extruding a first film and a second film, followed by cooling the first film and the second film so that the films will not fuse to one another upon contact with each other. The films are then brought into contact with one another, and selected portions of one or both films are heated so that the films are heat sealed to one another in a selected area having a desired pattern. The unsealed area between the film provides inflatable chambers between the first film and the second film. An alternative process utilizes a film tubing in lay-flat configuration to produce a laminated inflatable article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Mike Metta, Bob O'Dowd
  • Publication number: 20130228278
    Abstract: An inflatable laminated article is prepared by contacting a first film with a second film, and heating selected portions of at least one the first and second films to a temperature above a fusion temperature of the first and second films, so that the first and second films are heat sealed to one another. The heat sealing is carried out in a pattern which provides a plurality of inflatable chambers between the first film and the second film. The first and second films are forwarded at a speed of at least 120 feet per minute while coming into contact with one another. The heating is carried out by contacting the first film with a heated raised surface roller having a release coating thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Sealed Air Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Bob O'Dowd, Mike Metta
  • Publication number: 20130171393
    Abstract: Foam products are provided including starch in combination with a small amount of a superabsorbent polymer. Also provided are expandable compositions (e.g., foam precursors) and methods of making a foam product in which a small quantity of a superabsorbent polymer is present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: SEALED AIR CORPORATION (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Joseph Lacopo
  • Patent number: 8468779
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates generally to an apparatus for forming and/or sealing an inflatable mailer. Particularly, the disclosed apparatus comprises an inflation assembly that comprises upper and lower support arms and at least one inflation nozzle. In addition, the disclosed apparatus comprises a sealing assembly comprising upper and lower support arms, upper and lower heat seal jaws, two solenoids, and at least one heat seal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian M. Donegan
  • Publication number: 20130035653
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to an ostomy pouch comprising at least one absorbent material housed within the interior of the pouch. Specifically, the absorbent materials are contained within a sachet that includes at least one of the following: a frangible seal, a porous film, or a fluid-permeable film. In use, as fluid enters the interior of the ostomy pouch and contacts the sachet, the porous film and/or the frangible seal weakens to allow fluid to enter the sachet and contact the absorbent material housed within. Alternatively or in addition, in embodiments wherein the sachet includes a fluid-permeable film, fluid directly enters the interior of the sachet. As a result, the absorbent material expands and ruptures the frangible seal and/or the sachet, thereby releasing the absorbent material into the interior of the pouch for full absorption of the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: CRYOVAC, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Rick Merical
  • Publication number: 20110192121
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates generally to mailers for shipping objects, and more particularly to mailers comprising an outer pouch and an inner inflatable liner and an inflation pathway through which a portion of gas can be introduced into said inflatable liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: SEALED AIR CORPORATION (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian M. Donegan
  • Publication number: 20110174870
    Abstract: A package includes a support member and a second support member coupled to a base member. The support members may be configurable between a heating position and a storage position. When in the heating position a recess is positioned below the support members. The package may be part of an assembly further including a flexible container. The flexible container may include a first portion with a food product and a second portion configured to receive liquid byproducts given off by the food product. The second portion of the flexible container may be received in the recess when the assembly is in the heating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph E. Owensby, Billy W. Austin, Howard D. Conner, Charles Kannankeril, Greg E. Harwood
  • Publication number: 20110068154
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates generally to an apparatus for forming and/or sealing an inflatable mailer. Particularly, the disclosed apparatus comprises an inflation assembly that comprises upper and lower support arms and at least one inflation nozzle. In addition, the disclosed apparatus comprises a sealing assembly comprising upper and lower support arms, upper and lower heat seal jaws, two solenoids, and at least one heat seal element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: SEALED AIR CORPORATION (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian M. Donegan
  • Publication number: 20100281831
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to an apparatus and method for inflating and sealing a mailer comprising an inner inflatable liner having at least one inflation means through which a portion of gas can be introduced into the liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian Donegan
  • Publication number: 20100282824
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates generally to mailers for shipping objects, and more particularly to mailers comprising an outer pouch and an inner inflatable liner and an inflation pathway through which a portion of gas can be introduced into said inflatable liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian Donegan
  • Patent number: 7807253
    Abstract: An inflatable article has a first film bonded to a second film so as to provide between the first film and the second film a plurality of inflatable chambers, each of the inflatable chambers containing a plurality of cells. Each of the cells is connected to at least one adjacent cell by an inflatable connecting channel. The first film is bonded to the second film between adjacent inflatable chambers. The first film and the second film each have at least one formed region corresponding with a location of a cell, with the at least one formed region of the second film being nested into the at least one formed region of the first film. Also disclosed are processes of making the inflatable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventor: Charles Kannankeril
  • Patent number: 7776416
    Abstract: A case-ready package has a support member, a lid, and an absorbent pad capable of withstanding sudden evacuation without rupture. The absorbent pad has upper and lower webs enveloping an absorbent layer, with the upper and lower webs adhered to one another around the periphery of the pad. The lower web is a permeable web comprising fiber. The fiber is preferably hydrophobic, and preferably has a hydrophilic composition thereon. The invention also pertains to a packaging process and packaged product using the absorbent pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Kinard, G. Franklin Vaughn, Jr., Solomon Bekele, Charles Kannankeril