Handle Struck From Top Wall Patents (Class 206/141)
  • Patent number: 10513381
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of articles includes a plurality of panels for at least partially forming an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels includes a top panel, a bottom panel, and at least one side panel, and the plurality of panels include a material having a grain direction. At least one handle is formed in the top panel and defines a major axis that is substantially parallel to the grain direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: John Carsten Nielsen, Renae Kylie Yeomans
  • Patent number: 10427827
    Abstract: A box includes at least four side panels. A first minor panel includes a first minor flap. A first major panel includes a first major flap. A second minor panel includes a second minor flap. A second major panel includes a second major flap. The box also includes a top end and a bottom end. The top end includes the first and second minor flaps and the first and second major flaps. The first minor flap is positioned opposite the second minor flap, and the first major flap is positioned opposite the second major flap. Portions of the first and second major flaps overlie portions of the first and second minor flaps. An opening extends through portions of the first and second major flaps between the first and second minor flaps. The opening extends the entire distance between opposing peripheral edges of the first and second major panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Bitowft
  • Patent number: 9604767
    Abstract: A carton includes a top panel, a first side panel and a slot handle. The slot handle includes a line of separation extending across the top panel at a location spaced from the longitudinal center of the top panel. The slot handle includes a lifting edge spaced from the line of separation and disposed on one side of the line of separation. The slot handle further includes a first stress relief mechanism provided in the first side panel. The first stress relief mechanism includes a frangible line having a linear stem section that is acutely angled relative to a notional line normal to the hinged connection between the top panel and the first side panel. The stem section is angled away from the lifting edge and terminating in an arcuate stop at a location spaced below the hinged connection on the one side of the line of separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Brandon L. Ramsuer
  • Patent number: 9517857
    Abstract: A cardboard box has a fold-out hanger arranged in a cut-out of the cardboard box, wherein at least a hanger portion of the cardboard box is assembled from two layers of cardboard, the hanger portion having a first hanger portion formed from a first cardboard layer and a second hanger portion formed from a second cardboard layer, wherein a first hanger section of the first hanger portion forms a front side of the hanger, a second hanger section of the second hanger portion forms a backside of the hanger and the second hanger section is smaller in lateral extension than the first hanger section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventor: Heinrich Klein
  • Patent number: 8985433
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of articles includes a top panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the top panel, and a second side panel foldably connected to the top panel. The carton further includes a handle in at least the top panel. The handle comprises at least one handle flap foldably connected to the top panel at an arcuate fold line. The at least one handle flap is at least partially defined by a cut spaced apart from the arcuate fold line and extending across the top panel and into at least one of the first side panel and the second side panel. The at least one handle flap comprises at least two arcuate cuts for facilitating positioning of the at least one handle flap, each of the arcuate cuts comprises an end that is proximate to and spaced apart from the cut line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20140197050
    Abstract: A collapsible travel container allowing a consumer to safely transport beverage containers acquired abroad as baggage aboard a plane, ship, or other form of mass transit, while reducing the likelihood of breakage or compromise of one or more of the beverage containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Franmara, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank P. Chiorazzi, Frank O. Chiorazzi
  • Patent number: 8733623
    Abstract: A carton (12) includes a first wall (22) and a second wall (20). The first wall (22) includes a first edge (21) and a second edge (23) that are opposed to one another. The first wall (22) and the second wall (20) are adjoined along the first edge (21). The carton (12) includes a handle (30). The handle (30) includes a handle opening (80) that is elongated along a longitudinal axis that extends transversely to the first edge (21). The handle opening (80) is configured to be engaged no closer to the second edge (23) than to the first edge (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan T. Beales, Aaron L. Bates
  • Patent number: 8646654
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140021072
    Abstract: A container carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers that includes two layers of a flexible sheet joined along a weld and two rows of container receiving apertures formed in the carrier and generally separated by the weld wherein each container receiving aperture forms an interruption in the weld. One or more tabs may extend from an edge of each container receiving aperture into the container receiving aperture to minimize movement and contact between adjacent containers in the resulting package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20140008250
    Abstract: A disposable food and beverage carrier is disclosed. The food and beverage carrier is formed from a food carrier slidingly received on a handle portion of a beverage carrier. Beverage containers are placed in the beverage carrier and the food carrier is placed thereon. The food carrier compromises a generally rectangular enclosure for receipt of food items. After assembly of the food carrier onto the beverage carrier, a unitary structure is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Picciolo
  • Patent number: 8522966
    Abstract: A beverage carrying assembly includes a panel that has a top side, a bottom side and a perimeter edge. The perimeter edge includes a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a front edge and a rear edge. The panel has a pair of major bend lines each extending from the front edge to the rear edge. Each of the major bend lines defines a first portion, a second portion and a middle portion wherein the middle portion includes openings for receiving beverage cups. The first and second portions each include grooves and insertion tabs for allowing multiple ones of the panels to be secured together in stacked configuration for holding several beverage cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Rohan M. Siebel
  • Patent number: 8469184
    Abstract: A package is for holding a plurality of articles. The package has panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the package. The panels comprise a top panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the top panel. At least one opening is in the top panel for at least partially receiving at least a portion of one of the articles. A handle opening is in the top panel. A handle comprises a first handle portion and a second handle portion. At least the first handle portion is positioned relative to the handle opening for use in grasping and carrying the package, and at least the second handle portion is at least partially in contact with an interior surface of the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8118212
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Co.
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20110048975
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier comprises a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carrier. The panels comprise at least one bottom panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and at least two end panels. The carrier comprises at least one divider flap comprising a longitudinal segment foldably connected to at least the first side wall or the second side wall, at least one transverse segment foldably connected to the first longitudinal segment, and at least one end segment foldably connected to the at least one transverse segment. A central divider wall divides the interior of the carrier into a front portion and a rear portion. The central divider wall comprises at least the at least one end segment of the at least one divider flap. A handle is attached to the central divider wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Patent number: 7815097
    Abstract: A carton is provided for carrying a plurality of pouches which has at least one dispenser in the top panel formed between the handle and the end panel. The carton may have two dispensers, with one formed on each side of the handle between the handle and an end panel. The dispenser is sized so that only one pouch can be dispensed at a time from each row of pouches. The loaded carton can be carried by the handle after a dispenser has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Fogle, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20100096397
    Abstract: The cup carrier has a generally flat appearance. One end of the cup carrier is opposite a second end. A central portion and two sides connecting the ends. The one end and second end further incorporate supports. At least one hole for inserting a cup is positioned in the central portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Usher Weinberger
  • Publication number: 20090250357
    Abstract: A package is for holding a plurality of articles. The package has panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the package. The panels comprise a top panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the top panel. At least one opening is in the top panel for at least partially receiving at least a portion of one of the articles. A handle opening is in the top panel. A handle comprises a first handle portion and a second handle portion. At least the first handle portion is positioned relative to the handle opening for use in grasping and carrying the package, and at least the second handle portion is at least partially in contact with an interior surface of the top panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, SR.
  • Patent number: 7427010
    Abstract: This invention relates to a wrap-around carrier which is held together by a single locking system, which is a secondary locking system in which the secondary male locks are formed as an extension of an outer secondary locking flap with an inner bottom flap having a secondary female opening for each secondary male lock. Assistance in holding the secondary male locks in the vertical locked position between two containers in the carrier is provided by a female flap formed in the female opening in the inner bottom flap. Further assistance is provided in holding the secondary male locks in the vertical lock position between two containers by the containers having flexible side walls and carrying a liquid whose weight pushes out against the walls of the container and creates tension in the wrap-around carrier thereby holding the secondary male locks in the vertical locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20080011621
    Abstract: A carrying container for bottles includes a container body and a packaging reinforcing arrangement. The container body, which is made of a one-piece panel structure having a plurality of folding lines provided thereon, includes a bottom wall, a top wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and two side walls to form a substantially cubic structure of the container and to define a receiving cavity. The packaging reinforcing arrangement includes two reinforcing walls integrally extended from two side edges of the bottom wall to the two side walls respectively, and supported within the receiving cavity at a position that a front reinforcing edge and a rear reinforcing edge of each of the reinforcing walls are biasing against inner surfaces of the front and rear walls of the container body for effectively resisting an external impact force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventors: An-Hsia Liu, Victor D. Liu, Alexander D. Liu, Wen-Shueh M. Liu
  • Patent number: 7228769
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to openers and storage devices for bottled beverages. More particularly, the apparatus and method of the present invention relates to a device designed such that it may hold at least one bottle for storing and be used to easily remove bottle caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Todd Mendoza
  • Patent number: 6945390
    Abstract: An article carrier for carrying one or more necked articles, has a plurality of panels including a pair of laterally spaced top panels, a pair of handle panels extending upwardly from the top panels to form a carrying handle, and a bridging panel provided to span the space between the top panels. One of the handle panels is formed with a medial fold line to cause the handle to be moved from an upright position downwards and/or to one side to reduce the height of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jean Michel Auclair
  • Patent number: 6899221
    Abstract: A bottle carrier made of a foldable flat material, particularly cardboard, comprising a top wall, a bottom wall, side walls interconnecting the top wall and bottom wall at the sides, and a handle portion extending across the top wall and into two opposed side walls which is defined by weakening lines in the top wall and the side walls, has a strip-shaped central portion in the top wall and two fork-shaped end portions each of which extends into an adjoining side wall from the top wall and is joined to the side wall at the outer ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: A & R Carton GmbH
    Inventors: Bernard Skolik, Jens Eckermann, Hilger Scheelcke
  • Patent number: 6896130
    Abstract: There is provided a carton 11 for containing two rows of bottles 12. The carton has a base, a pair of oppositely disposed side walls and a top panel section. The top panel section has side areas 22, 32 which lie over the tops of the bottles 12 and a central area 26, 35 between the bottles which is at least partially depressed relative to the side areas 22, 32. A handle portion can extend between the side panels and is constituted by opposite side areas 22 being linked together by central area 26 and handle web panels 24. The handle portion can be lifted from the depressed position into a raised carrying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcus Theelen
  • Patent number: 6860389
    Abstract: A fixture for recycling bottles made of plastics, which includes a base plate and means for anchoring the bottles arranged on the upper side of the base plate and engaging in indentations provided on the bottle bottoms, and a recycling bottle made of plastics to be used with such a fixture and including an indentation on its bottle bottom. In order to facilitate handling of the bottles for recycling purposes and to enable the automated determination of possible deposits for the bottles as well as the simple and rapid recyclability of the bottles, it is provided that the anchoring means, in a sense oriented away from the upper side of the base plate, have decreasing cross sections and barb-shaped formations. Thus, the optimum support of the bottles on the fixture is safeguarded. Preferably, the base plate is located within the projection of the bottles onto the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Prof. Birkmayer Gesundheitsprodukte GmbH
    Inventor: Ernest E. Kraxner
  • Patent number: 6848573
    Abstract: A fully enclosed carton for containing a plurality of articles such as bottles or cans formed from a blank. The blank includes a top, a base, end flaps, a first side wall and a second side wall. The second side wall provides a strap handle and a secondary side panel which is connected to the second side wall by Z-fold arrangements. In use, the secondary side panels lie between the strap handle, generally with a printed side facing up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Mark Gould, Emili Requena Miret
  • Patent number: 6802802
    Abstract: A carrier for beverage containers formed of a sheet material such as plastic or paperboard which includes a bottom panel attached to side panels, a pair of opposed end panels connected to the bottom and side panels, and a central handle formed of two halves folded together in a first position for ease in carrying. The handle is pivotal to an open position along its top fold line, allowing the carrier to spread outwardly to form a central cavity capable of holding ice for the purpose of cooling the beverage containers. The top panels are provided with a plurality of openings, for example, six or eight, each of which is adapted to receive a beverage container. The method for forming the beverage container is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: USI International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gunter Woog
  • Patent number: 6758337
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming a carton includes a series of hinged panels forming a sleeve and end closure panels hinged to at least one hinged panel for closing the opposite ends of the sleeve. The carton includes a carrying handle including a strap having a user part between its opposite ends. The strap is so connected at its opposite ends to the end closure panels as to provide a surplus of material to enable the user part to be brought into a position of use. The invention further comprises a tubular carton wherein at least one of the side walls comprises a displaceable zone arranged to protrude out of the plane of the one side wall. The displaceable zone comprises connected sections each occupying a different plane to a next adjacent section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Chargueraud, Eric Boukredine, Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20040055908
    Abstract: The food carrier has a central vertical support panel with a handle and a pair of trays or receptacles attached to the central support panel, and an optional auxiliary tray with a slotted bottom can be fitted onto the central support panel. A folded side-wall structure can be unfolded to start the formation of the trays, and a folded bottom panel or two-panel structure unfolds and fits snugly into the side-wall structure to stabilize the side-wall and hold the carrier erect while it is resting on a flat surface, thus to make unfolding and loading the carrier quicker and easier. Beverage cup-holding holes or flat solid bottoms with pop-up side barriers can be used to support beverage or other containers in the trays or receptacles. The carriers can be made from a single sheet and advertising printed entirely on one side to facilitate efficient fabrication at a moderate cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Publication number: 20040011674
    Abstract: There is provided a carton 11 for containing two rows of bottles 12. The carton has a base, a pair of oppositely disposed side walls and a top panel section. The top panel section has side areas 22, 32 which lie over the tops of the bottles 12 and a central area 26, 35 between the bottles which is at least partially depressed relative to the side areas 22, 32. A handle portion can extend between the side panels and is constituted by opposite side areas 22 being linked together by central area 26 and handle web panels 24. The handle portion can be lifted from the depressed position into a raised carrying position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Marcus Theelen
  • Publication number: 20030188984
    Abstract: There is provided a carton formed from a blank (10). The carton is a fully enclosed carton for containing a plurality of articles such as bottles or cans. The blank (10) provides a top (18), a base (12), end flaps (13, 19), a first side wall (14) and a second side wall (20). The second side wall (20) provides a strap handle (26) and a secondary side panel (30) which is connected to the second side wall (20) by Z-fold arrangements. In use the secondary side panels (30) lies beneath the strap handle, printed side up, but is not adhesively attached to the strap handle (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventors: Stephen Mark Gould, Emili Requena Miret
  • Publication number: 20030094386
    Abstract: An article carrier for carrying one or more necked articles, has a plurality of panels including a pair of laterally spaced top panels, a pair of handle panels extending upwardly from the top panels to form a carrying handle, and a bridging panel provided to span the space between the top panels. One of the handle panels is formed with a medial fold line to cause the handle to be moved from an upright position downwards and/or to one side to reduce the height of the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Patent number: 6360558
    Abstract: A carrier for beverage containers formed of a sheet material such as paperboard includes a bottom panel attached on opposite lateral sides to outwardly sloping lower side panels, a pair of opposed end panels connected at their lower peripheries to the bottom and side panels, a pair of upper side panels each integrally connected to the upper periphery of one of said lower side panels. The upper side panels are provided with a plurality of openings, for example, six, each of which is adapted to receive a beverage container. The upper side panels are also integrally connected at their ends to the end panels and to a top panel which is integrally connected on its sides to the upper edges of the upper side panels and to the end panels. The top panel is provided with openings for access to the central interior of the carrier which allows for filling the carrier interior with ice. The top panel is preferably provided with a raised central portion which serves as a carrying handle for the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Gunter Woog
  • Patent number: 6241083
    Abstract: The present invention is a wrap-around carrier for bottles that has a large opening with rounded corners in the end walls and has a sloping end panel on each end that slopes inwardly as it rises towards the top panel. This carrier may have a circular window or a rectangular window with rounded corners in each side wall. This carrier may also have a tear strip in the top panel and sloping end panels so that a substantial portion of the top panel and sloping end panels can be removed converting the carrier into a tray. This carrier may also have an elongated handle in the top panel with slits extending into the sloping end panels to dissipate the stress from carrying the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Glen Ray Harrelson
  • Patent number: 6234309
    Abstract: A bottle package which allows bottles to be transported by carrying them, the bottles including a bottom, body, neck and mouth, of which the neck includes a projecting annular collar, the package including a base for receiving and supporting the bottoms of the bottles, the base including a seat for each bottle to be placed on the base, and a frame and a handle which are attached to the base and enable carrying of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: OYJ Hartwall ABP
    Inventor: Veijo Aikio
  • Patent number: 6227367
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fully enclosed wrap-around carton for bottles and cans that can be tightly packaged. The carton has triangular panels between the ends of the lower side panel and each lower end flap that diverge away from the bottom panel. There are a pair of triangular panels between the sloping upper side panel and each upper end flap that diverge away from the top panel. These triangular panels tighten the carton against bottles or cans packaged therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventors: Glen Ray Harrelson, Jim Fogle, Marty Jones, Emili Requena Miret
  • Patent number: 6065590
    Abstract: An article carrier, comprising a first side panel and an opposite second side panel connected to a top panel, a bottom panel, a first end panel, and an opposite second end panel. The top panel is comprised of a first top panel flap foldably connected to the first side panel, and a second top panel flap foldably connected to the second side panel. At least a portion of the first top panel flap overlaps and is adhered to at least a portion of the second top panel flap. Opposing first upper end panel flaps are connected by a fold line to opposite ends of the first top panel flaps, and opposing second upper end panel flaps are connected by a fold line to opposite ends of the second top panel flaps. Means for defining a handle strap is included in the first top panel flap, wherein the handle strap overlies the second top panel flap. The handle strap has opposite ends and spans across the first top panel flap. The handle strap ends are connected to the first upper end panel flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey
  • Patent number: 5924628
    Abstract: An interlocking arrangement for panels comprises first and second panels, a locking tab extending from the first panel, an alignment tongue extending from the distal edge of the locking tab, a second panel, a locking slit defined in the second panel for receiving the locking tab, and an alignment slit defined also in the second panel for receiving the tongue when the locking tab is received in the locking slit. The locking tab has a head defining a widened locking shoulder disposed along at least one of its side edges. The shoulder of the locking tab is designed to engage the locking slit to retain the locking tab within the locking slit. The locking slit is disposed alongside the leading edge of the second panel. The alignment slit is disposed adjacent to the locking slit such that the locking slit is interposed between the alignment slit and the leading edge of the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: James R. Oliff
  • Patent number: 5718330
    Abstract: A receptacle holder for lockable necked receptacles has a plate provided with at least two apertures. Each aperture has a diameter just smaller than the maximum diameter of the neck, and the plate is made of alveolar polypropylene with a density of at least 330 g/m.sup.3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Plastirock Industries S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Auffret, Jean-Marie Auffret, Marie-Therese Van Kerk
  • Patent number: 5609251
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier with partial end panels. The end panels are formed from portions of a carrier blank which normally would have been the end portions of the top panel. Instead, these portions are connected to the side panels along diagonal fold lines and folded down into place during forming of the carrier. The end articles in the carrier are in contact with tuck panel connections of the end panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Harris
  • Patent number: 5601186
    Abstract: A package containing food tubs having connecting flanges. The flanges are angled at the corners so that an opening is formed between the flanges of four adjacent tubs. A carrier includes slots in side panels through which adjacent tub flanges extend and a finger hole in the top panel overlying the opening between the flanges. This enables the package to be lifted from beneath the flanges adjacent the finger hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventors: Neal Van Hine, Frederick Naumann
  • Patent number: 5526925
    Abstract: A bottle carrier is formed from a unitary paperboard blank, the carrier having a handle which is vertically disposed when manually carried and which is folded to or near a horizontal latched position for stacking and packing of multiple carriers. The handle has a finger receiving recess and a free, outer edge. The free edge is provided with curved recesses which releasably latch beneath the top caps or closures of the bottles. In its latched position, the handle does not inhibit stacking of the carriers. The construction requires less handle material than known carriers of its type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventor: Linda A. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 5482203
    Abstract: A carton for containers such as cans or bottles includes a top wall, pair of side walls and a bottom wall interconnected to form a tubular structure. End closure structure includes an end flap connected to each end edge of the top wall. A handle aperture is defined in the top wall and positioned thereon generally centrally of the top wall. A handle reinforcing structure includes a pair of end portions, one of the end portions connected along a side edge of each of the end flaps and extending to the top edge thereof, and a central portion connected to each of the end portions and extending therebetween. The central portion is secured in overlapping relationship to the top wall and positioned thereon to be substantially adjacent to a portion of the handle aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: James T. Stout
  • Patent number: 5427241
    Abstract: A carrier having an end panel construction that snaps into place during formation of the carrier and has the ability to follow the contour of adjacent curved or beveled packaged articles. Gusset tabs foldably connected to the lower end panel flap and adjacent lower glue flaps cause the flaps to snap into place. The lower glue flaps are continuations of the lower portion of the side panels and follow the contour of adjacent curved packaged articles. Bevel panels between the lower glue flaps and the top panel enable the carrier to fit tightly about the upper tapered portions of the corner articles in the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5381891
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier containing means for covering the pricing code on the end articles in the package. Straps connected to the side panels extend between the end articles and the side panels and across the end of the carrier to both conceal the article price code and to act as a restraint against outward movement of the articles. The straps are formed from cutouts in the top and side panels of the carrier, leaving a handle strip in the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Harris
  • Patent number: 5307932
    Abstract: The top wall of an article carrier is provided with a pair of hand gripping apertures and a number of score lines are arranged to extend from adjacent an end of a hand gripping aperture outwardly in a diverging path toward the corners of the top wall. By this means the top wall of the carrier is rendered especially strong by efficiently distributing the weight of the carrier and its contents so that the caliber of board used may be substantially reduced and economies thereby effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: James T. Stout, James B. Demaio
  • Patent number: 5234102
    Abstract: A carrier containing a plurality of layers of articles arranged in stacked end-to-end fashion. The carrier is fully enclosed and is formed with overlapping top panel flaps which produce an area of double thickness between handle openings in the flaps. A reinforcing sheet on the underside of the top panel in the double layer area protects against tearing, while stress relief lines in the form of score lines extending from the ends of the handle opening to the corners of the carrier provide for distribution of lifting and carrying stresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventors: Richard L. Schuster, Joseph A. Borocz
  • Patent number: 5221041
    Abstract: The invention applies to an article carrier handle structure for a carrier having top, bottom and side walls foldably joined to form a tubular arrangement. The handle structure is struck from the top wall of the carrier and includes a main handle flap together with a minor handle flap and a reinforcing strip. The main and minor handle flaps and the reinforcing strip are constructed in such manner that a five ply handle structure is provided so as to form an unusually sturdy mechanically strong handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: James T. Stout, James B. DeMaio
  • Patent number: 5197598
    Abstract: A bottle carrier for packaging and gripping in a taut fashion a plurality of bottles includes top, bottom and side walls, each side wall having a substantially vertically disposed bottom portion and an inwardly inclined top portion foldably joined to the bottom portion to form a tubular structure, top end panels foldably joined to each end edge of the top wall together with a bottom end panel foldably joined to each end edge of the bottom wall and secured in overlapping relation with the associated top end panel. A first collapsible web is foldably joined to each end edge of each top end panel and to the end edge of each of the inwardly inclined top wall portion. A yieldable fold line formed in each collapsible web extends from the adjacent corner of the top wall downwardly in angular relation to the adjacent end edge of the associated inwardly inclined top wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: James T. Stout, James B. DeMaio
  • Patent number: 5167325
    Abstract: A carrier for containers comprises a folded, generally stiff sheet, such as cardboard, defining a top wall, side walls, and a bottom wall. The carrier further defines apertures in the top wall for receiving the containers, with at least portions of the containers being positioned between the side walls. In accordance with this invention, the top wall defines a central, double-layered, integral handle portion of the folded sheet projecting outwardly from the remainder of the top wall. An inner sheet is positioned along the underside of the top wall and is attached to the folded sheet, to hold the handle portion in its outwardly projecting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: Field Container Company, L.P.
    Inventor: John M. Sykora
  • Patent number: 5042660
    Abstract: A display carrier for glassware or the like is foldable from a generally flat, collapsed condition for shipping and storage to an erect position for retaining at least a pair of articles. The carrier is formed of a flexible material which forms a top wall, a bottom wall and a pair of side walls, each side wall being hinged to each of the top and bottom walls to form a carrier sleeve. A reinforcing wall extends between the top and bottom walls. Planar retaining tabs are resiliently connected along a fold line of the top and bottom walls, and each tab is contoured so that it can flex to match the volume swept out by a glass or other article as it is being inserted into the carrier. Bights in the reinforcing wall limit movement of the retaining tabs. When the carrier is folded flat, the reinforcing wall holds the tabs flat against the top and bottom walls to which they are hinged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Coburn, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. Carver