Patents by Inventor Gary W. Lantz

Gary W. Lantz 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: 11820579
    Abstract: A shipping container with an enclosure of insulating panels which swell in response to sublimation of a carbon dioxide mass within the enclosure. The insulating panels are made of a casing with an outer sheet which is impermeable to carbon dioxide gas and an inner sheet which is permeable to carbon dioxide gas. Dry ice is placed within the shipping container, along with contents which require refrigeration, and the container is closed (sealed or somewhat sealed). After closure, and upon sublimation of the dry ice, some portion of gaseous carbon dioxide passes through the permeable sheet of the casing and some may leak from the container. Because some portion of the sublimated gas enters the casing, it is retained and slowed in eventual escape from the container, thereby maintaining low temperatures within the container longer than a system with an impermeable casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Publication number: 20230356910
    Abstract: An insulating shipping container includes an exterior box formed of paper defining a cavity and an interior box formed of paper and positioned within said cavity. The interior box defines a product cavity. A compressed mass of compostable insulating plant material is received in the cavity and around the interior box and covered by a collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2023
    Publication date: November 9, 2023
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Publication number: 20220258946
    Abstract: An insulating shipping container includes an exterior box formed of paper defining a cavity and an interior box formed of paper and positioned within said cavity. The interior box defines a product cavity. A compressed mass of compostable insulating plant material of pellet/granular form is received in the cavity and around the interior box. The compressed mass of compostable insulating plant material has a compression ratio of at least 1.25:1 in comparison to a free-flowing loose-filled condition of the pellet/granular form sufficient to provide the compressed mass of compostable insulating plant material with a thermal insulating value (R value) substantially equal to or better than EPS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Patent number: 11097886
    Abstract: An insulating shipping container includes an exterior box formed of paper defining a cavity and an interior box formed of paper and positioned within said cavity. The interior box defines a product cavity. A compressed mass of compostable insulating plant material of pellet/granular form is received in the cavity and around the interior box. The compressed mass of compostable insulating plant material has a compression ratio of at least 1.25:1 in comparison to a free-flowing loose-filled condition of the pellet/granular form sufficient to provide the compressed mass of compostable insulating plant material with a thermal insulating value (R value) substantially equal to or better than EPS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Vericool, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Publication number: 20200180838
    Abstract: An insulating shipping container includes an exterior box formed of paper defining a cavity and an interior box formed of paper and positioned within said cavity. The interior box defines a product cavity. Thermal insulation material formed primarily of plant fiber is received in the outer cavity and around the inner container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Publication number: 20190329957
    Abstract: An insulating shipping container includes an exterior box formed of paper defining a cavity and an interior box formed of paper and positioned within said cavity. The interior box defines a product cavity. A compressed mass of compostable insulating plant material of pellet/granular form is received in the cavity and around the interior box. The compressed mass of compostable insulating plant material has a compression ratio of at least 1.25:1 in comparison to a free-flowing loose-filled condition of the pellet/granular form sufficient to provide the compressed mass of compostable insulating plant material with a thermal insulating value (R value) substantially equal to or better than EPS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Patent number: 10392177
    Abstract: An improved insulated shipping container including an external or outer corrugated cardboard box, receiving an inner product box centrally disposed therein. Between the inner and outer cardboard boxes are plural strata or layers of insulating pellets compressed or compacted to a selected degree. Compression of the insulating pellets both interlocks these insulating pellets so as to prevent their migration during transit of the shipping container, and substantially reduces the interstitial space or volume that would otherwise exist among the pellets. The bulk insulating value of the pellets is significantly improved. The entire container is biodegradable, and may be composted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Vericool, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W Lantz
  • Publication number: 20170043937
    Abstract: An improved insulated shipping container including an external or outer corrugated cardboard box, receiving an inner product box centrally disposed therein. Between the inner and outer cardboard boxes are plural strata or layers of insulating pellets compressed or compacted to a selected degree. Compression of the insulating pellets both interlocks these insulating pellets so as to prevent their migration during transit of the shipping container, and substantially reduces the interstitial space or volume that would otherwise exist among the pellets. The bulk insulating value of the pellets is significantly improved. The entire container is biodegradable, and may be composted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Patent number: 6910582
    Abstract: An improved shock absorbing insulated shipping container including an external corrugated cardboard box, receiving an insulated body having a cavity for holding a one or more breakable glass bottles, which bottles may contain high value liquid product being shipped, such as medicine or wine, and also receiving an especially configured and constructed, shock-absorbing filling structure or partition system for separating the glass bottles from one another, and from one or more receptacle cavities for holding phase change coolant or temperature control material in a predetermined relationship to the glass bottles. The container also includes an insulating and cushioning cover adapted to engage into a top opening of the insulated body after the bottles and coolant are received in the cavity thereof. The insulated body is preferably formed from injection molded polyurethane, wrapped in a plastic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Publication number: 20030217948
    Abstract: An improved shock absorbing insulated shipping container including an external corrugated cardboard box, receiving an insulated body having a cavity for holding a one or more breakable glass bottles, which bottles may contain high value liquid product being shipped, such as medicine or wine, and also receiving an especially configured and constructed, shock-absorbing filling structure or partition system for separating the glass bottles from one another, and from one or more receptacle cavities for holding phase change coolant or temperature control material in a predetermined relationship to the glass bottles. The container also includes an insulating and cushioning cover adapted to engage into a top opening of the insulated body after the bottles and coolant are received in the cavity thereof. The insulated body is preferably formed from injection molded polyurethane, wrapped in a plastic film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2002
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Patent number: 6619500
    Abstract: An insulated shipping container includes a body of foamed polymer material. This body defines a plurality of compartments, an opening from each compartment outwardly to ambient, a transition surface surrounding each opening, and an exterior surface. Preferably, the compartments and exterior surface are both like shapes so that a uniformly thick wall of insulative foamed polymer material is provided between the respective compartments and ambient. A single sheet of plastic is integrally bonded to the foamed polymer body and is configured such that it faces all of each compartment within the body, the transition surface, and a substantial portion of the exterior surface of the container. A machine for constructing an insulated shipping container with plural compartments is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Patent number: 6257764
    Abstract: An insulated shipping container includes a formed body of foamed polymer material. This formed body defines a chamber, an opening from the chamber outwardly to ambient, a transition surface surrounding this opening, and an exterior surface. Preferably, the chamber and exterior surface are both cylindrical prismatic shapes of like configuration so that a uniformly thick wall of insulative foamed polymer material is provided between the chamber and ambient. A single sheet of plastic is integrally bonded to the foamed polymer body such that it faces all of the chamber, the transition surface, and a substantial portion of the exterior surface of the container. In one embodiment of the container the remainder of the exterior surface of the container is faced with a separate sheet of plastic, and the two pieces of plastic cooperate to define an escape slit at which excess foamed polymer material escapes during formation of the container in a fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Patent number: 5897017
    Abstract: An insulated shipping container includes a formed body of foamed polymer material. This formed body defines a chamber, an opening from the chamber outwardly to ambient, a transition surface surrounding this opening, and an exterior surface. Preferably, the chamber and exterior surface are both cylindrical prismatic shapes of like configuration so that a uniformly thick wall of insulative foamed polymer material is provided between the chamber and ambient. A single sheet of plastic is integrally bonded to the foamed polymer body such that it faces all of the chamber, the transition surface, and a substantial portion of the exterior surface of the container. In one embodiment of the container the remainder of the exterior surface of the container is faced with a separate sheet of plastic, and the two pieces of plastic cooperate to define an escape slit at which excess foamed polymer material escapes during formation of the container in a fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz
  • Patent number: 4688281
    Abstract: A readily set-up and knocked-down portable bed assembly for animals or persons includes flexible sheeting for supporting such animal or person and a frame assembly which includes a plurality of interengageable short side members, connectable to the flexible sheeting so as to brace and support the flexible sheeting. Each frame side member includes opposite end portions interengageable with opposed complementary end portions of adjacently - positionable frame side members. For ready set up, the frame side members are adapted such that by linking of all but one pair of opposed frame side members end portions, the last non-linked opposed end portions of adjacently positioned frame side members overlap in the planar position, and are readily connectable by moving the non-linked end portions to a position skewed from the planar position of the otherwise partially assembled structure, in which position the flexible sheeting is bowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Inventor: Gary W. Lantz