Patents by Inventor Michael A. Breining

Michael A. Breining 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: 20220282429
    Abstract: Pressware products made from paperboard and methods for making same. The product can include a paperboard substrate and a compostable barrier coating, as determined by ASTM D6868-19, that is at least partially disposed on the paperboard substrate. The product can also include a paperboard substrate and a first compostable coating at least partially disposed on the paperboard substrate. The first compostable coating can include clay particles and less than 50 wt % binder, based on the total weight of the first compostable coating, wherein the binder is compostable, as determined by ASTM D6868-19. A second compostable barrier coating, as determined by ASTM D6868-19, can be at least partially disposed on the first compostable coating. The resulting pressware product is compostable, as determined by ASTM D6868-19.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventor: Michael A. Breining
  • Publication number: 20200399011
    Abstract: A compostable disposable container made from a paperboard laminate. The paperboard laminate has a first paperboard layer, a second paperboard layer, and a waterproof coating disposed between the first and second paperboard layers. One or more additional surface coatings that are water resistant can be added to outer surfaces of the laminate. The laminate structure is able to be press-formed at higher forming temperatures, resulting in a stronger, more rigid container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Michael A. Breining
  • Patent number: 10765264
    Abstract: Pressware products, such as disposable cutting boards and trays, are provided. A disposable cutting board can include an inner sidewall extending upwardly from a bottom panel, a flange portion that extends outwardly from the sidewall, a first annular transition extending upwardly and outwardly from the bottom panel to a first end of the sidewall, and a second annular transition extending outwardly from a second end of the sidewall to a first end of the flange. The bottom panel can have a surface area of about 300 cm2 to about 1,000 cm2, and the disposable cutting board can have a height of about 3 mm to about 10 mm. The disposable cutting board can further have an FPI rigidity of about 85 grams or more and a product to blank perimeter (P1/P2) ratio of about 90% to about 99%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Michael A. Breining
  • Patent number: 9848719
    Abstract: A paperboard plate such as a paper plate includes a generally planar bottom portion, an upwardly and outwardly extending fluted sidewall, wherein the sidewall comprises a plurality of sidewall flutes substantially around the outer perimeter of the plate to define a fluted perimeter. The flutes are suitably present at fewer than 3.5 flutes per inch; the plate has a radial profile with a single transition; and the diameter/flute length ratio is greater than 6. The plates are formed in a punch-through die cutting and forming tool from a plurality of paperboard web layers at increased productivities as compared with conventional heated press-forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Michael A. Breining, Larry A. Mejeur
  • Patent number: 9833088
    Abstract: Products and methods of increasing the Rigidity and Rim Stiffness of disposable containers are provided. The containers have an outer flange portion extending outwardly with a brim portion sloping downwardly defining a declivity angle ? with respect to a horizontal generally parallel to the bottom portion and generally include an outward turn at the periphery of the container. A preferred method of improving rigidity includes press-forming: (i) a brim transition portion adjoining the downwardly sloping brim portion of the container and (ii) an outwardly extending annular evert portion adjoining the brim transition portion extending outwardly at an eversion angle ? of at least about 25 degrees with respect to the downwardly sloping brim portion of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Gerald J. Van Handel, Thomas W. Zelinski, Michael A. Breining, Albert D. Johns
  • Publication number: 20170112304
    Abstract: Products and methods of increasing the Rigidity and Rim Stiffness of disposable containers are provided. The containers have an outer flange portion extending outwardly with a brim portion sloping downwardly defining a declivity angle ? with respect to a horizontal generally parallel to the bottom portion and generally include an outward turn at the periphery of the container. A preferred method of improving rigidity includes press-forming: (i) a brim transition portion adjoining the downwardly sloping brim portion of the container and (ii) an outwardly extending annular evert portion adjoining the brim transition portion extending outwardly at an eversion angle ? of at least about 25 degrees with respect to the downwardly sloping brim portion of the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Gerald J. Van Handel, Thomas W. Zelinski, Michael A. Breining, Albert D. Johns
  • Publication number: 20170112305
    Abstract: A paperboard plate such as a paper plate includes a generally planar bottom portion, an upwardly and outwardly extending fluted sidewall, wherein the sidewall comprises a plurality of sidewall flutes substantially around the outer perimeter of the plate to define a fluted perimeter. The flutes are suitably present at fewer than 3.5 flutes per inch; the plate has a radial profile with a single transition; and the diameter/flute length ratio is greater than 6. The plates are formed in a punch-through die cutting and forming tool from a plurality of paperboard web layers at increased productivities as compared with conventional heated press-forming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Michael A. Breining, Larry A. Mejeur
  • Patent number: 9555594
    Abstract: A paperboard plate such as a paper plate includes a generally planar bottom portion, an upwardly and outwardly extending fluted sidewall, wherein the sidewall comprises a plurality of sidewall flutes substantially around the outer perimeter of the plate to define a fluted perimeter. The flutes are suitably present at fewer than 3.5 flutes per inch; the plate has a radial profile with a single transition; and the diameter/flute length ratio is greater than 6. The plates are formed in a punch-through die cutting and forming tool from a plurality of paperboard web layers at increased productivities as compared with conventional heated press-forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Michael A. Breining, Larry A. Mejeur
  • Patent number: 9538870
    Abstract: Products and methods of increasing the Rigidity and Rim Stiffness of disposable containers are provided. The containers have an outer flange portion extending outwardly with a brim portion sloping downwardly defining a declivity angle ? with respect to a horizontal generally parallel to the bottom portion and generally include an outward turn at the periphery of the container. A preferred method of improving rigidity includes press-forming: (i) a brim transition portion adjoining the downwardly sloping brim portion of the container and (ii) an outwardly extending annular evert portion adjoining the brim transition portion extending outwardly at an eversion angle ? of at least about 25 degrees with respect to the downwardly sloping brim portion of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Gerald J. Van Handel, Thomas W. Zelinski, Michael A. Breining, Albert D. Johns
  • Publication number: 20160135648
    Abstract: Pressware products, such as disposable cutting boards and trays, are provided. A disposable cutting board can include an inner sidewall extending upwardly from a bottom panel, a flange portion that extends outwardly from the sidewall, a first annular transition extending upwardly and outwardly from the bottom panel to a first end of the sidewall, and a second annular transition extending outwardly from a second end of the sidewall to a first end of the flange. The bottom panel can have a surface area of about 300 cm2 to about 1,000 cm2, and the disposable cutting board can have a height of about 3 mm to about 10 mm. The disposable cutting board can further have an FPI rigidity of about 85 grams or more and a product to blank perimeter (P1/P2) ratio of about 90% to about 99%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Michael A. Breining
  • Patent number: 9168714
    Abstract: Methods for making paperboard blanks and paperboard products therefrom are provided. In one aspect, a method for making a paperboard blank can include burning a paperboard substrate to form at least one aperture therethrough. The method can also include securing a film onto a first side of the paperboard substrate to produce a paperboard blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Gregory M. Fike, Andrew J. Fojtik, Kristopher A. Kules, Joseph R. Pounder, Michael A. Breining
  • Publication number: 20140076905
    Abstract: Products and methods of increasing the Rigidity and Rim Stiffness of disposable containers are provided. The containers have an outer flange portion extending outwardly with a brim portion sloping downwardly defining a declivity angle ? with respect to a horizontal generally parallel to the bottom portion and generally include an outward turn at the periphery of the container. A preferred method of improving rigidity includes press-forming: (i) a brim transition portion adjoining the downwardly sloping brim portion of the container and (ii) an outwardly extending annular evert portion adjoining the brim transition portion extending outwardly at an eversion angle ? of at least about 25 degrees with respect to the downwardly sloping brim portion of the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Gerald J. Van Handel, Thomas W. Zelinski, Michael A. Breining, Albert D. Johns
  • Patent number: 8622232
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container suitable for providing insulation wherein the container has an inner shrink film liner. The sidewalls of the container, which can be made from paperboard or other suitable material, are vented to allow ambient air to flow through the sidewall of the container during activation of the shrink film. Upon activation the container provides excellent insulation. Methods of making the container are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Joseph R. Pounder, Michael A. Breining
  • Patent number: 8584929
    Abstract: Products and methods of increasing the Rigidity and Rim Stiffness of disposable containers are provided. The containers have an outer flange portion extending outwardly with a brim portion sloping downwardly defining a declivity angle ? with respect to a horizontal generally parallel to the bottom portion and generally include an outward turn at the periphery of the container. A preferred method of improving rigidity includes press-forming: (i) a brim transition portion adjoining the downwardly sloping brim portion of the container and (ii) an outwardly extending annular evert portion adjoining the brim transition portion extending outwardly at an eversion angle ? of at least about 25 degrees with respect to the downwardly sloping brim portion of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Gerald J. Van Handel, Thomas W. Zelinksi, Michael A. Breining, Albert D. Johns
  • Publication number: 20120312869
    Abstract: Methods for making paperboard blanks and paperboard products therefrom are provided. In one aspect, a method for making a paperboard blank can include burning a paperboard substrate to form at least one aperture therethrough. The method can also include securing a film onto a first side of the paperboard substrate to produce a paperboard blank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Gregory M. Fike, Andrew J. Fojtik, Kristopher A. Kules, Joseph R. Pounder, Michael A. Breining
  • Publication number: 20110031305
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container suitable for providing insulation wherein the container has an inner shrink film liner. The sidewalls of the container, which can be made from paperboard or other suitable material, are vented to allow ambient air to flow through the sidewall of the container during activation of the shrink film. Upon activation the container provides excellent insulation. Methods of making the container are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Joseph R. Pounder, Michael A. Breining
  • Patent number: 7841974
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container (10) suitable for providing insulation wherein the container has an inner shrink film (14) liner. The sidewalls of the container, which can be made from paperboard or other suitable material, are vented to allow ambient air to freely flow through the sidewall of the container during activation of the shrink film (14) with hot liquid or other suitable material. When the container is filled with material having a temperature of from about 130° F. to up to about 212° F., the shrink film (14) is activated and the container (10) provides excellent insulation, thereby allowing the container to be held in a consumer's hand for an extended period without causing burns or excessive discomfort. Method of making this container (10) are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Timothy P. Hartjes, Michael A. Breining, Gerald J. Van Handel, David C. Brown, Walter Malakhow
  • Publication number: 20090170679
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container (10) suitable for providing insulation wherein the container has an inner shrink film (14) liner. The sidewalls of the container, which can be made from paperboard or other suitable material, are vented to allow ambient air to freely flow through the sidewall of the container during activation of the shrink film (14) with hot liquid or other suitable material. When the container is filled with material having a temperature of from about 130° F. to up to about 212° F., the shrink film (14) is activated and the container (10) provides excellent insulation, thereby allowing the container to be held in a consumer's hand for an extended period without causing burns or excessive discomfort. Method of making this container (10) are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Timothy P. Hartjes, Michael A. Breining, Gerald J. Van Handel, David C. Brown, Walter Malakhow
  • Patent number: 7513386
    Abstract: A container comprising a sidewall and an inner liner. The inner liner includes an intermediate portion affixed to the sidewall about a periphery of the intermediate portion. The sidewall includes a vent disposed within the periphery of the intermediate portion. The intermediate portion is adapted to separate from the sidewall such that ambient air flows through the vent to form an air pocket between the intermediate portion of the inner liner and the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Timothy P. Hartjes, Michael A. Breining, Gerald J. Van Handel, David C. Brown, Walter Malakhow
  • Patent number: 7510098
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container suitable for providing insulation wherein the container has an inner shrink film liner. The sidewalls of the container, which can be made from paperboard or other suitable material, are vented to allow ambient air to freely flow through the sidewall of the container during activation of the shrink film with hot liquid or other suitable material. When the container is filled with material having a temperature of from about 130° F. to up to about 212° F., the shrink film is activated and the container provides excellent insulation, thereby allowing the container to be held in a consumer's hand for an extended period without causing burns or excessive discomfort. Methods of making this container are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Timothy P. Hartjes, Michael A. Breining, Gerald J. Van Handel, David C. Brown, Walter Malakhow