Patents by Inventor Christopher J. Samaras

Christopher J. Samaras 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).

  • Patent number: 11897679
    Abstract: A flexible container carrier and related method for unitizing a plurality of containers that includes a plurality of flexible bands forming an array of container receiving apertures, the array arranged in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks. A series of frangible lines of separation are provided between each container receiving opening so that removing a container from the package results in the separation of the frangible lines of separation defining the respective container receiving opening and thus the container and a respective band of the plurality of bands are removed from the package together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Rachell L. Slovik, Patrick R. Van Tholen, Robert C. Olsen, Christopher J. Samaras
  • Publication number: 20240002087
    Abstract: A system and method of identifying and maintaining synchronization of components within a container carrier applicating machine includes connecting a plurality of point of use feedback devices to operative components of the applicating machine and providing visual feedback from the plurality of feedback devices of a location of synchronized and/or unsynchronized components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2023
    Publication date: January 4, 2024
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: William T. ROE, Brian K. WILLIAMS, Christopher J. SAMARAS
  • Publication number: 20230391525
    Abstract: A container carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers includes a network of molded ribs forming a plurality of container receiving openings formed in a first plane and a plurality of teeth formed in the first plane and extending toward a center of each container receiving opening. A rail may be positioned on an underside of the container carrier between each pair of container receiving openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2023
    Publication date: December 7, 2023
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Griffin E. RUSTAD, Christopher J. SAMARAS, Hyunchul KIM, Jacob M. FORNOF
  • Patent number: 11834241
    Abstract: A container carrier with a uniform pitch applicating feature for applying container carriers onto containers to form a multipackage. A uniform series of apertures is formed on the container carrier in the machine direction of a multipack carrier. Application machines may use the apertures for synchronizing the container carrier material to the containers, thereby making it container pitch independent. The resulting internal features of the carrier that would receive the containers can then be varied to best match the containers with little to no impact to the application machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Samaras, Rachell L. Slovik
  • Publication number: 20230382620
    Abstract: A container carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers. The carrier includes a planar sheet of a material and a plurality of container receiving apertures within the planar sheet and arranged in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks. Each of the plurality of container receiving apertures includes a central opening shape and a plurality of clefts radially extending in the planar sheet outward from the central shape to form a plurality of container friction flaps each adapted to extend along a side wall of a corresponding container of the plurality of containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Rachell L. Slovik, Christopher J. SAMARAS, Robert C. OLSEN, Michael P. CZARNECKI
  • Publication number: 20230331415
    Abstract: An applicating machine for applying a flexible carrier to a plurality of containers provided from an infeed includes an orienter for placing containers into a correct rotational position and a transfer device for transferring the oriented containers in a fixed rotational position to a jaw drum for applying a flexible carrier to a plurality of containers provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2023
    Publication date: October 19, 2023
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Brian K. JOHANSEN, Robert C. BEESLEY, Christopher J. SAMARAS
  • Patent number: 11772834
    Abstract: A system and method of identifying and maintaining synchronization of components within a container carrier applicating machine includes connecting a plurality of point of use feedback devices to operative components of the applicating machine and providing visual feedback from the plurality of feedback devices of location of sychronized and or unsynchronized components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: William T. Roe, Brian K. Williams, Christopher J. Samaras
  • Patent number: 11713145
    Abstract: An applicating machine for applying a flexible carrier to a plurality of containers provided from an infeed includes an orienter for placing containers into a correct rotational position and a transfer device for transferring the oriented containers in a fixed rotational position to a jaw drum for applying a flexible carrier to a plurality of containers provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Brian K. Johansen, Robert C. Beesley, Christopher J. Samaras
  • Publication number: 20230145290
    Abstract: A container carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers includes a network of molded ribs forming a plurality of container receiving openings formed in a first plane and a plurality of radial tabs positioned within each container receiving opening. A plurality of raised rings are each formed over each container receiving opening and formed in a second plane. A band may be formed over each raised ring in the second plane and a rail may be positioned on an underside of the container carrier between each pair of container receiving openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2022
    Publication date: May 11, 2023
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Griffin E. Rustad, Christopher J. SAMARAS, Hyunchul KIM, Jacob M. Fornof
  • Patent number: 11623804
    Abstract: A container carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers. The carrier includes a planar sheet of a material and a plurality of container receiving apertures within the planar sheet and arranged in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks. Each of the plurality of container receiving apertures includes a central opening shape and a plurality of clefts radially extending in the planar sheet outward from the central shape to form a plurality of container friction flaps each adapted to extend along a side wall of a corresponding container of the plurality of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Rachell L. Slovik, Christopher J. Samaras, Robert C. Olsen, Michael P. Czarnecki, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20230028632
    Abstract: A generally continuous string of container carriers are positioned on a base (35) wherein container carriers are housed on multiple reels (40) and are spliced together between adjacent reels to form the generally continuous string and the multiple reels are arranged on at least one axle (55) for dispensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Publication date: January 26, 2023
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. SAMARAS, Kevin D. ERICKSON
  • Publication number: 20220324598
    Abstract: A system and method of identifying and maintaining synchronization of components within a container carrier applicating machine includes connecting a plurality of point of use feedback devices to operative components of the applicating machine and providing visual feedback from the plurality of feedback devices of location of sychronized and or unsynchronized components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: William T. ROE, Brian K. Williams, Christopher J. Samaras
  • Publication number: 20220274754
    Abstract: A container carrier (100) with a uniform pitch applicating feature for applying container carriers onto containers to form a multipackage. A uniform series of apertures (112) is formed on the container carrier in the machine direction of a multipack carrier. Application machines may use the apertures for synchronizing the container carrier material to the containers, thereby making it container pitch independent. The resulting internal features of the carrier that would receive the containers can then be varied to best match the containers with little to no impact to the application machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Publication date: September 1, 2022
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. SAMARAS, Rachell L. SLOVIK
  • Publication number: 20220127052
    Abstract: A container carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers. The carrier includes a planar sheet of a material and a plurality of container receiving apertures within the planar sheet and arranged in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks. Each of the plurality of container receiving apertures includes a central opening shape and a plurality of clefts radially extending in the planar sheet outward from the central shape to form a plurality of container friction flaps each adapted to extend along a side wall of a corresponding container of the plurality of containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: ILLNOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Rachell L. SLOVIK, Christopher J. SAMARAS, Robert C. OLSEN, Michael P. CZARNECKI, JR.
  • Publication number: 20220017278
    Abstract: A flexible container carrier and related method for unitizing a plurality of containers that includes a plurality of flexible bands forming an array of container receiving apertures, the array arranged in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks. A series of frangible lines of separation are provided between each container receiving opening so that removing a container from the package results in the separation of the frangible lines of separation defining the respective container receiving opening and thus the container and a respective band of the plurality of bands are removed from the package together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Rachell L. SLOVIK, Patrick R. Van Tholen, Robert C. Olsen, Christopher J. Samaras
  • Publication number: 20210214537
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers, such as soft drink and other beverage containers, is formed from a polymer composition which provides the carrier with improved elastic recovery following installation of the containers, along with tensile strength and tear resistance. The polymer composition includes about 10% to about 95% by weight of a post-consumer recycled plastic that includes recycled branched low-density polyethylene and recycled linear low-density polyethylene polymers, zero to about 90% by weight of a branched low-density polyethylene polymer having a density of about 0.910 to about 0.950 grams/cm3, and greater than zero to about 65% by weight of an elastomeric ethylene copolymer that includes about 60% by weight to less than 100% by weight ethylene and greater than zero to about 40% by weight of a vinyl acetate comonomer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Samaras, Rachell L. Slovik, Patrick R. Van Tholen
  • Publication number: 20170113370
    Abstract: An applicating machine for applying a flexible carrier to a plurality of containers provided from an infeed includes a jaw drum for applying a flexible carrier to a plurality of containers provided and a cutoff device for cutting the carrier into a desired size. The cutoff device includes an adjustable beam positionable into multiple angular positions relative to a flow of the plurality of containers depending on the desired size of the multipack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Rachell SLOVIK, Christopher J. LUDWIG, Christopher J. SAMARAS, Jonathan GREGERSEN
  • Patent number: 9630729
    Abstract: A system for packaging containers within a flexible container carrier includes a generally continuous string of container carriers arranged with divisible weakened connections between adjacent individual container carriers that is fed through an applicating machine for applying the container carriers to individual containers. A cut-off device is arranged downstream of the applicating machine to selectively accelerate or decelerate the containers to separate the generally continuous string into individual container carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Samaras, Christopher J. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 9533782
    Abstract: An applicating machine for applying a flexible carrier to a plurality of containers provided from an infeed includes a jaw drum for applying a flexible carrier to a plurality of containers provided and a cutoff device for cutting the carrier into a desired size. The cutoff device includes an adjustable beam positionable into multiple angular positions relative to a flow of the plurality of containers depending on the desired size of the multipack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Rachell Slovik, Christopher J. Ludwig, Christopher J. Samaras, Jonathan Gregersen
  • Patent number: 9315309
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers within a plurality of corresponding container receiving apertures that includes at least two rows of generally triangular shaped container receiving apertures each having an outer band including a pair of outwardly extending protrusions. The carrier further includes a separation aperture formed between each transverse rank of container receiving apertures whereby a width of the separation aperture is approximately equal to a width between each separation aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Olsen, Christopher J. Samaras