Patents by Inventor David J. Bonfoey

David J. Bonfoey 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: 20220168796
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus of decorating metallic containers are provided. More specifically, the present invention provides novel apparatus and methods of forming an indicia or a decorative shape on a closed end-wall of a metallic container body. A tool of one embodiment of the present invention is operable to form an indicia in a metallic sheet. A cupping apparatus can subsequently form a cup from the metallic sheet which includes the indicia. The cup can be formed into a container body by a bodymaker. In another embodiment, a tool of a bodymaker is operable to form an indicia or a decorative shape in a closed end-wall during formation of a metallic container body. The indicia or decorative shape can be formed by coining, punching, embossing, debossing, and other techniques of forming and shaping metal material from which the metallic container body is formed. In this manner, the indicia may include one or more raised portions and sunken portions in the closed end-wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Jentzsch, Mark A. Jacober, David J. Bonfoey
  • Publication number: 20220080490
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of forming a metallic closure for a metallic bottle are provided. The present disclosure provides a pre-formed metallic closure and apparatus and methods of forming the metallic closure. The metallic closure can be reformed with a peripheral channel before the metallic closure is positioned on a metallic bottle. An inner tool and an outer tool can form the channel in one operation. Optionally, a thread can be formed on a metallic closure prior to use of the metallic closure to seal a metallic bottle. A capping apparatus of the present disclosure uses less force to seal a metallic bottle with a metallic closure of the present disclosure compared to the force required with a prior art ROPP closure. Accordingly, a metallic closure of the present disclosure can seal a metallic bottle formed of less material (such as by being thinner) than prior art metallic bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Ross, David J. Bonfoey
  • Patent number: 11185909
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of forming a metallic closure for a metallic bottle are provided. The present disclosure provides a pre-formed metallic closure and apparatus and methods of forming the metallic closure. The metallic closure can be reformed with a peripheral channel before the metallic closure is positioned on a metallic bottle. An inner tool and an outer tool can form the channel in one operation. Optionally, a thread can be formed on a metallic closure prior to use of the metallic closure to seal a metallic bottle. A capping apparatus of the present disclosure uses less force to seal a metallic bottle with a metallic closure of the present disclosure compared to the force required with a prior art ROPP closure. Accordingly, a metallic closure of the present disclosure can seal a metallic bottle formed of less material (such as by being thinner) than prior art metallic bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Ross, David J. Bonfoey
  • Patent number: 10875684
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sealing a threaded container are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to a ROPP closure with a novel pilfer band that may be used to seal a bottle shaped container without pressing directly against the bottle or deforming the bottle. The bottle includes an annular ring that is novel. Optionally, the annular ring can be formed without die necking or expanding the bottle neck. At least one protrusion which extends inwardly at least partially into the bottle annular ring is formed on the ROPP closure after the ROPP closure is positioned on the bottle neck. In one embodiment, the ROPP closure includes one inwardly oriented protrusion which extends around the circumference of the ROPP closure. The protrusion can be formed by a roller. Optionally, the protrusion has a substantially uniform depth. In another embodiment, the ROPP closure includes a plurality of individuals studs which each extend at least partially into the bottle annular ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Ross, David J. Bonfoey, Dean L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200087130
    Abstract: Methods of sealing a metallic container are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to methods that reduce the amount of force applied to a metallic bottle to seal the metallic bottle with a ROPP closure. The methods include use of a capping apparatus that may include more thread rollers than known capping apparatus. Optionally, the thread rollers may use more forming passes to form threads on the ROPP closure. The capping apparatus may also rotate one or more of the ROPP closure and the metallic container in a closing direction before the metallic container is discharged. In one embodiment, the thread rollers form the closure threads before or after a pilfer roller applies a sideload to the ROPP closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Ross, David J. Bonfoey
  • Patent number: 10577143
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of making and applying threaded twist-off neck finishes for metal containers is provided. More specifically, the present invention relations to apparatus and methods used to form metallic bottles with threaded necks adapted to receive selectively removable threaded closures. The threaded neck may be formed by interconnecting a threaded outsert to a metallic bottle. Alternatively, the threaded neck may be formed as an integral portion of the neck of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Robinson, David J. Bonfoey, Dean L. Johnson, Anthony J. Scott
  • Publication number: 20190084728
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus of sealing bottles with Roll-on Pilfer Proof (ROPP) closures and providing tamper evidence are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to novel ROPP closures that may be used to seal a bottle shaped container which can subsequently receive a tamper evidence device. The bottle can have a neck portion formed without a skirt portion. Optionally, the bottle can include an annular ring. The ROPP closure generally includes a body portion. In one embodiment, the body portion has a curl. A tamper evidence device can be applied to a bottle sealed with a ROPP closure by a capping apparatus. The tamper evidence device may be visually altered when the ROPP closure is rotated in an opening direction. In one embodiment, the ROPP closure cannot be rotated while the tamper evidence device is associated with the bottle. In another embodiment, the tamper evidence device includes at least one protrusion which extends inwardly at least partially into the bottle annular ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Bonfoey, John R. Ross
  • Publication number: 20190084029
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus of decorating metallic containers are provided. More specifically, the present invention provides novel apparatus and methods of forming an indicia or a decorative shape on a closed end-wall of a metallic container body. A tool of one embodiment of the present invention is operable to form an indicia in a metallic sheet. A cupping apparatus can subsequently form a cup from the metallic sheet which includes the indicia. The cup can be formed into a container body by a bodymaker. In another embodiment, a tool of a bodymaker is operable to form an indicia or a decorative shape in a closed end-wall during formation of a metallic container body. The indicia or decorative shape can be formed by coining, punching, embossing, debossing, and other techniques of forming and shaping metal material from which the metallic container body is formed. In this manner, the indicia may include one or more raised portions and sunken portions in the closed end-wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Jentzsch, Mark A. Jacober, David J. Bonfoey
  • Publication number: 20190084031
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of forming a metallic closure for a metallic bottle are provided. The present disclosure provides a pre-formed metallic closure and apparatus and methods of forming the metallic closure. The metallic closure can be reformed with a peripheral channel before the metallic closure is positioned on a metallic bottle. An inner tool and an outer tool can form the channel in one operation. Optionally, a thread can be formed on a metallic closure prior to use of the metallic closure to seal a metallic bottle. A capping apparatus of the present disclosure uses less force to seal a metallic bottle with a metallic closure of the present disclosure compared to the force required with a prior art ROPP closure. Accordingly, a metallic closure of the present disclosure can seal a metallic bottle formed of less material (such as by being thinner) than prior art metallic bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Ross, David J. Bonfoey
  • Publication number: 20180229900
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sealing a threaded container are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to a ROPP closure with a novel pilfer band that may be used to seal a bottle shaped container without pressing directly against the bottle or deforming the bottle. The bottle includes an annular ring that is novel. Optionally, the annular ring can be formed without die necking or expanding the bottle neck. At least one protrusion which extends inwardly at least partially into the bottle annular ring is formed on the ROPP closure after the ROPP closure is positioned on the bottle neck. In one embodiment, the ROPP closure includes one inwardly oriented protrusion which extends around the circumference of the ROPP closure. The protrusion can be formed by a roller. Optionally, the protrusion has a substantially uniform depth. In another embodiment, the ROPP closure includes a plurality of individuals studs which each extend at least partially into the bottle annular ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Ross, David J. Bonfoey, Dean L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180044155
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of sealing a metallic container are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to capping apparatus and methods that reduce the amount of force applied to a metallic bottle to seal the metallic bottle with a ROPP closure. The capping apparatus may include more thread rollers than known capping apparatus. Optionally, the thread rollers may use more forming passes to form threads on the ROPP closure. The capping apparatus may also rotate one or more of the ROPP closure and the metallic container in a closing direction before the metallic container is discharged. In one embodiment, the thread rollers form the closure threads before or after a pilfer roller applies a sideload to the ROPP closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Ross, David J. Bonfoey
  • Patent number: 9821926
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of making and applying threaded twist-off neck finishes for metal containers is provided. More specifically, the present invention relations to apparatus and methods used to form metallic bottles with threaded necks adapted to receive selectively removable threaded closures. The threaded neck may be formed by interconnecting a threaded outsert to a metallic bottle. Alternatively, the threaded neck may be formed as an integral portion of the neck of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Robinson, David J. Bonfoey, Dean L. Johnson, Anthony J. Scott
  • Publication number: 20160251105
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of making and applying threaded twist-off neck finishes for metal containers is provided. More specifically, the present invention relations to apparatus and methods used to form metallic bottles with threaded necks adapted to receive selectively removable threaded closures. The threaded neck may be formed by interconnecting a threaded outsert to a metallic bottle. Alternatively, the threaded neck may be formed as an integral portion of the neck of the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Greg Robinson, David J. Bonfoey, Dean L. Johnson, Anthony J. Scott
  • Publication number: 20150132081
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to manufacturing metallic closures from a continuous coil of a pre-coated sheet metal material. More specifically, the present invention relates to manufacturing crown closures adapted for interconnection to a crown finish on a neck of a container using a continuous coil of pre-coated sheet metal material. In one embodiment, marketing indicia or product information may be applied to the closures after formation of the closures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: David J. Bonfoey
  • Publication number: 20150020364
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to manufacturing metallic closures from a continuous coil of a pre-coated sheet metal material. More specifically, the present invention relates to manufacturing closures adapted for interconnection to a threaded neck of a container using a continuous coil of pre-coated aluminum sheet material. In one embodiment, marketing indicia or product information may be applied to the closures after formation of the closures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: David J. Bonfoey
  • Publication number: 20140263150
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of making and applying threaded twist-off neck finishes for metal containers is provided. More specifically, the present invention relations to apparatus and methods used to form metallic bottles with threaded necks adapted to receive selectively removable threaded closures. The threaded neck may be formed by interconnecting a threaded outsert to a metallic bottle. Alternatively, the threaded neck may be formed as an integral portion of the neck of the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Robinson, David J. Bonfoey, Dean L. Johnson, Anthony J. Scott
  • Patent number: D686079
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Dean L. Johnson, David J. Bonfoey
  • Patent number: D687710
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Dean L. Johnson, David J. Bonfoey
  • Patent number: D734154
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Dean L. Johnson, David J. Bonfoey