Receptacle Chime, Or Closure Cap Flange, Engaging Type (e.g., "six-pack") Patents (Class 206/145)
  • 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
    Inventors: Rachell L. Slovik, Christopher J. Samaras, Robert C. Olsen, Michael P. Czarnecki, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11548708
    Abstract: A carrier for holding one or more products. The carrier can comprise a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carrier, the plurality of panels comprising at least a front panel and a side panel. A central panel can at least partially divide the interior of the carrier into a front portion and a back portion. The side panel can extend at least partially from the front panel to the central panel. A lid can at least partially close a top of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11498780
    Abstract: A glass product transport apparatus is provided. The glass product transport apparatus includes a slotted element assembly configured to engage a narrowed portion of a glass product. A carriage assembly has a longitudinal slot configured to receive the slotted element assembly for longitudinal movement. An actuator is connected to the slotted element assembly and configured to move the slotted element assembly in a longitudinal direction. A rail structure is configured to support the carriage assembly. The slotted element assembly is configured to retain the glass product in the event power is removed from the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Robex, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Parker, Aaron J. Peper
  • Patent number: 11365039
    Abstract: The invention relates to a carrying device for beverage cans which allows the manual carrying of beverage cans grouped together in the form of a “pack”, which device comprises a body devoid of side walls, having on its surface at least one opening defining a contour with proportions which allow the tight passage therethrough of a beverage can, the contour of said opening having a plurality of tabs that can be folded or bent in relation to the body itself and extending into the same opening, said tabs having a distribution according to at least one sequence, said sequence comprising two contiguous tabs followed by a gap followed by another tab followed by another gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Josep Maria Berga Ferres
  • Patent number: 10414544
    Abstract: A cluster pack with at least two containers, each of which each container carries a label. One or more glued joints interconnect the containers. At least one of the glued joints is applied in a cut-out section of a label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Mathias Fischer, Uwe Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 9655459
    Abstract: A collapsible oar collection device is used for collecting a first collapsible section and a second collapsible section of a collapsible oar. The first collapsible section and the second collapsible section are detachably connected with each other to form the collapsible oar. The collection device comprises a first collection member and a second connection member. Since the fourth buckling element is buckled the second rod of the collapsible section so as to moved up and down, the collection device of the present invention may be applied to the collapsible oar with various diameters and aligned with the bottom ends of the first collapsible section and the second collapsible section with different lengths for housing in. Besides, the suspending rod is used for providing the display card to be detachably suspended and displayed. Therefore, the collapsible oar may be suspended and convenient to display simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: I-Sin Peng
  • Publication number: 20140001061
    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 container receiving apertures wherein each container receiving aperture is wider than an adjacent container receiving aperture from a center to outer edges of the carrier
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20120227361
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container carrier and to packaging systems for containers and using the same. This invention pertains to carrier stock for machine application to substantially identical containers such as beverage cans having annular chimes, cylindrical side walls, and frusto-conical walls between the chimes and the side walls. In particular, the present invention relates to plastic film having apertures to securely retain drinks cans, food cans, bottles and similar containers, a method of applying the film and the resultant combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen Bates
  • Patent number: 7958997
    Abstract: A reversible modular beverage can interlocking device which is adapted for forming a plurality of conventional beverage cans into a building block for use as a toy or in display applications or in building construction. The device generally comprises a plurality of thermoplastic reversible annular means for can retention, each sized and shaped for the releasable retention of either the top lipped portion of a beverage can, or the bottom non-lipped portion of a beverage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Matthew Charles Smithers
  • Publication number: 20100072084
    Abstract: A bottle carrier including a body defining at least two openings each for receiving the neck of a bottle to be carried, and a side wall which extends around part of the periphery of each opening. A lip associated with each of the openings is formed on the side wall. A bottle locking arm associated with each opening extends from the body to a free end so that the free end is movable radially of the opening towards and away from the lip to permit insertion of the bottle neck into the opening. A locking arrangement is connected to the body between the openings and is movable to a locking position to engage the bottle locking arms and prevent movement of same away from the lip to permit withdrawal of the neck of the bottle from the opening, thereby locking the bottle carrier to the bottle or bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: James Waugh
  • Publication number: 20090308763
    Abstract: The present invention provides a packaging unit (1) comprising bottles (3) and a bottle carrier (2), which can also be stacked safely in case of a plurality of packaging units (1). Furthermore, packaging units are provided, which comprise an opening aid for screw caps and a quality control means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: Heinz Oster
  • Patent number: 7617969
    Abstract: A carton has side panels extending upwardly from respective edges of the carton's bottom. Upright edges of the side panels are respectively connected to one another to define upright corners of the carton. At least a first opening to the carton's interior extends across a first of the upright corners. At least one partition has opposite ends that are respectively pivotably connected to the side panels that define the first upright corner, so that the partition can be pivoted between a deployed configuration and an undeployed configuration. The partition at least partially closes the first opening in the undeployed configuration. The partition extends into the carton's interior and at least partially around a compartment during the deployed configuration, whereby the partition at least partially defines the compartment during the deployed configuration. At least a second opening extends through the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Publication number: 20090045081
    Abstract: The invention is a carrier container to transport beverage bottles. The carrier has scores which create a portion about the bottles whereas as the bottle is removed the scored portion remains on the bottle which retained portion has holes to attach the beverage bottle to a person or device. That carrier has attachment hoop openings to receive the bottles and finger orifices to carry the multi pack. The attachment hoop openings may have extensions. The generic carrier attachment hoop openings may be affixed to the bottle necks or to the body of the beverage bottle or container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: David L. Hamann
  • Publication number: 20080210581
    Abstract: A carrier includes multiple rows of container receptacles on each side of a central handle. The bottom of the carrier is reinforced with web panels. The container receptacles can be separated by longitudinal and transverse separator panels. The top edge of the longitudinal separator panel can be curved to facilitate erection of the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Kirsten Laura Brand
  • Patent number: 7409794
    Abstract: A powered fishing line casting system utilizing compressed air is provided to cast a projectile provided with fishhooks and bait, and to which the fishing line to be cast is attached, to greater distances than could be achieved using conventional casting methods. The system includes a hollow launch tube sized to accommodate insertion of the projectile. A reducer is disposed adjacent to one end of the launch tube and is adapted to receive a flow of compressed gas from an accumulator tank and to discharge a stream of high-velocity air that impinges upon the projectile disposed within the launch tube in order to launch the projectile. A manually-operable valve is interposed between the reducer and the accumulator tank to control the flow of air to the reducer. Spaced-apart front and rear support legs provide stable support for the system during and between launches of a fishing line carrying projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventors: Daniel Triano, Thomas Heyer, Douglas Osenbauch
  • Publication number: 20080053846
    Abstract: A carrier and method of manufacture for a carrier that results in a package of containers includes a plastic sheet having an array of container apertures and a portion having a matte finish where the matte finish includes a lower coefficient of friction relative to a container than a remaining surface of the plastic sheet. A plurality of containers are each positioned within an aperture of the array so that the matte finish of the plastic sheet is positioned along an inner portion of the package and the remaining surface of the plastic sheet is positioned along an outer portion of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Olsen
  • Patent number: 7195809
    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 recovery, tensile strength and tear resistance. The polymer composition includes about 50–99% by weight of a low density ethylene polymer having a density of about 0.910–0.950 grams/cm3 and about 1–50% by weight of a single site catalyzed ethylene-alpha olefin copolymer plastomer having a density of about 0.850–0.905 grams/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Weaver, JoanRita A. Schultz, Peter L. Samaras, Deepak H. Mehta
  • Patent number: 7074476
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of beverage containers includes a plurality of container holders, each having a portion with higher energy treatment and a portion with lower energy treatment. The energy treatment is corona or plasma treatment. The portions with higher energy treatment provide better carrier-to-container friction. By varying the level of energy treatment and the relative size of the portions being treated, the amount of overall friction between the flexible carrier and the containers can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Weaver, Glenn E. Ihrig, Jr., Jason R. Moreau
  • Publication number: 20040040877
    Abstract: A beverage can container. More specifically a beverage can container for providing easy access to the beverage cans contained therein. The container has a scored or weakened line along which a hole is placed. The hole provides for easy insertion of a finger therein to break the container along the scored line and remove a portion thereof. The removed portion allows easy access by the consumer to the cans within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: C. Brown Lingamfelter
  • Publication number: 20030192787
    Abstract: A multiple pack bottle holder capable of supporting one or more bottles is provided, the bottles being enclosed over their top portions. The bottle holder package can support the entire weight of the bottles by surrounding a neck and tapered portion just under the rim of each bottle, such that the barrel or a portion of the barrel remains exposed. The package includes foldable first and second sections that are connected by a center section. The package can be closed when buttons on the first section are engaged with corresponding enclosures on the second section. A hand grip can be provided in the first and second sections between cut-outs for the bottles, thereby facilitating gripping of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Applicant: Jay Packaging Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Kelly
  • Patent number: 5944253
    Abstract: A sleeve style carton for a bottle matrix where the bottles may be either of the short neck type or the long neck type. The carton includes body corner flaps that are wrapped around the bodies of the corner bottles of the matrix. Preferably each body corner flap is of a height not substantially greater than the height of a bottle's label and is positioned so as to substantially overlie that corner bottle's label when the carton is filled with the bottle matrix. This allows label indicia to be provided on each body corner flap that simulates that portion of the bottle's label indicia visible when the bottle's label is viewed on the bottle in front plan view, thereby making it appear to a casual observer that the bottle's label itself is being viewed in front plan view when the bottle matrix is in the carton regardless of the rotational position of the corner bottles relative to the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: The C. W. Zumbiel Co.
    Inventors: Charles A. Miller, Norbert Hoell
  • Patent number: 5791464
    Abstract: A cover for tops of flanged containers held in planar paperboard carriers excludes contamination from surfaces which will contact the contents when they are poured out or a consumer's mouth will contact. The cover is formed from multilaterally-stretchable paper and is applied to the carrier in two different ways to create two versions of the embodiment of the invention. In Version I, a sheet of multilaterally-stretchable paper overlies the planar carrier body and is attached to the carrier at the periphery of the cover and elsewhere as required by the configuration of the carrier. When containers are inserted in the carrier, they raise small tents by stretching the paper cover and the container tops lie protected between the carrier body and the cover sheet. In Version II, a sheet of multilaterally-stretchable paper underlies the planar carrier body and is attached to the carrier where required by the configuration of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventors: Jerome Joseph Galbierz, Michael Louis Reinig, Richard Ernest Wendt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5775486
    Abstract: To prevent honeycombing of containers of adjacent multipacks each having a container positioning top-carrier and which are combined together by means of a strapping band, cardboard or other material is placed between the juxtaposed surfaces of the cylindrical containers in each group before the strapping band is applied. Good package stability and minimal waste result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: H.ang.kan Edqvist
  • Patent number: 5706936
    Abstract: A bottle carrier is formed of one or more panels of paperboard and includes a plurality of bottle neck receiving openings. Each opening has a plurality of radially extending fingers whose ends engage beneath a portion of an abutment associated with each bottle neck. Each finger is bent upwardly at about 45 degrees after insertion of a bottle into a respective opening. Each radial finger is provided with a microcut line extending downwardly from its upper surface, each microcut line extending about 10-50% through the paperboard. The microcut lines weaken the radial fingers and facilitate removal of the bottles from the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventor: Linda A. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 5487463
    Abstract: A bottle neck carrier and a spaced band encircling the bottles. The band snugly holds the bottles in place while they are supported by the carrier and at the same time covers the pricing code on the bottles. The support panel of the carrier may be separate from the band or attached to it. The support panel may be formed from two layers of material, and in the embodiment where the support panel is attached to the band, each layer is connected to the band along fold lines. Side panels connect the support panel layers to the band in the latter arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Harris
  • Patent number: 5485914
    Abstract: A composite article carrier for articles such as bottles, or cans with bodies having tapered upper portions. The carrier includes an outer member, with article receiving openings of one size, and an inner member with smaller article receiving openings and adjacent retaining tabs that project through the openings of the outer member for engagement with the under sides of article end closures, to secure the articles to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Assignee: Jefferson Smurfit Corporation
    Inventor: Roger L. Martin
  • Patent number: 5425446
    Abstract: A can package is disclosed, including an array of cans disposed in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks. A first carrier member of resilient, flexible, plastic material includes a similar array of apertures respectively receiving can bodies. A second carrier member of self-supporting sheet material or paperboard includes a top panel overlying chimes of the cans and opposite side panels extending down along opposite sides of the cans and secured to the plastic carrier member. Slits are formed in the second member at junctions between the top panel and the side panels for presenting opposing edges respectively extending over and engaging beneath chimes of adjacent cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Weaver, Michael A. Binsfeld
  • Patent number: 5355998
    Abstract: Packaging of the tube type has a bottom wall (100) constituted by a single piece. In the bottom region of an end opening, a continuous skirting (101, 102) is hinged to the bottom and is connected laterally to adjacent portions of the packaging (300, 110) by flaps (103, 104) for holding the skirting in an upright position. At least one locking tab (410, 412) projects from an end edge of one of the walls (400) and includes a central portion (410) together with at least one wing (412). A locking opening (114) is provided in the opposite region of the blank, in the vicinity of a hinge (P3) between another main (100) and a locking flap (110). Each tab is inserted into a corresponding opening by temporarily deforming the associated wing(s). The invention is particularly suitable for providing the outer packaging of primary containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: 4P Emballages France
    Inventor: Patrick Bienaime
  • Patent number: 5351814
    Abstract: A stackable bottle case including a tray having a floor structure with a plurality of bottle support areas on an upper surface thereof and a plurality of upward recesses on a lower surface thereof, and a tray cover positionable in a covering position over the bottles supported on the support areas. The tray cover has a cover top structure which includes a bottom side, with a plurality of downward receivers in which the tops of the bottles on the support areas are received when the tray cover is in the covering position, and a top side, with a plurality of protuberances that are positioned to lockingly fit in the upward recesses on the lower surface of a similar stackable bottle tray which is stacked on the tray cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Rehrig-Pacific Company, Inc.
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • Patent number: 5221002
    Abstract: A beverage container carrier is shown formed from a single piece of rigid plastic material having two rows of container receiving apertures extending between a hinge end and a latch end. Separations are formed in the walls between apertures in each row and in the latch end in alignment with each row. A latch is formed in the latch end for each row of apertures. The longitudinal side portions are adapted, in the unlatched condition, to spring away from the center spine to receive containers and to snap back into a latched position to grip containers placed in the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Inventor: Richard S. Garganese
  • Patent number: 5188225
    Abstract: The carrier is provided with retention openings formed by two kinds of radial flanges of special shapes. The carriers are preferably made of cardboard or pasteboard diecast blanks which are introduced over the top of the containers and which by and adhesion form the carriers. The invention has application in the support and transport of containers in groups of one or more rows, especially soft drink cans or pots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Inventor: Jose Jorba
  • Patent number: 5058735
    Abstract: Carry pack for bottles made from a single-piece board blank which has a top panel, two side panels and two end panels. The side panels are divided up into three sections by oblique folding lines and their free ends are glued to the end panels. As a result, the bottle carry pack can be flattened again after it has been glued together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Unilever Patent Holdings B.V.
    Inventor: Patrick Bienaime
  • Patent number: 4925019
    Abstract: This relates to a wraparound carrier for the packaging of articles in two rows. Primarily the articles are bottles. The wraparound carrier is provided at each end with a trap gusset and a pair of end panels. The gusset is specifically configurated to fold beneath an arched shaped top of a conventional wraparound container so as to effect the maintaining of the formed configuration of the upper part of the wraparound carrier while holding the associated end panels in a planar relationship. Not only does the relationship between the gusset and end panels at each end of the carrier provide for a complete closing of the carrier such as desired in the packaging of certain beers and other products, but also even after the carrier has been opened and the bottles or like articles removed therefrom, the gusset and the associated end panels cooperate with one another to maintain the shape of the erected carrier so that the opened carrier may have replaced therein the used bottles for return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Assignee: Federal Paper Board
    Inventors: Robert H. Ganz, Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 4917428
    Abstract: A bottle carrying handle including a substantially irregular elongated body which is tubular-shape configurated at its middle part, the body having at least two ends, each end defining a hook carrying portion formed by a planar surface which is cut in a "U" shape configuration. The cut forms two supporting legs and each leg includes a bottle neck retainer. An apparatus for manufacturing the handle includes a plurality of moulds and countermoulds, each mould includes a "U" shaped central cavity and each leg of the "U" has a "U" shaped recess. One of the legs includes an "L" shaped recess which is aligned with respective projections provided in the associated countermould of the set, these projections are spaced apart by small spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Inventor: Manuel M. Sola
  • Patent number: 4852730
    Abstract: A carrier for containers such as bottles or the like made from a flat blank is provided. The blank is formed into a generally tubular carrier having like-shaped retainer sleeves which telescope within the ends thereof. Spaced parallel top and bottom walls have in-line apertures contained therein for receiving the tapered neck of a container. A locking means is provided so that when the retainer sleeves may be secured in the open ends of the carrier sleeve when in the container gripping mode. The locking menas takes the form of articulatable tabs contained in the side walls of the carrier and retainer sleeves which register with each other so as to provide the locking function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventor: Everett Thykeson
  • Patent number: 4850478
    Abstract: A carrier for a plurality of narrow-neck, tapered containers is formed from a carrier blank comprises of a single sheet which is folded to define a rectangular tubular configuration, the dimensions of the carrier being such that it does not increase the volume occupied by the containers which it supports and such that the major portion of each container is exposed to view and so that the main body portion is substantially completely exposed to view. The carrier blank is provided with openings, each of which lockingly receive the neck of a container, the containers and the carrier cooperating with one another to retain the containers in the locked position relative to the carrier and the carrier being maintained in its fully erected condition. The dimensions and locations of the openings provided in the carton blank serve to releasably lock the carrier and containers to one another and further prevent the containers, when arranged in side-by-side pairs, from swinging freely, especially when being transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Assignee: Nationwide Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Kidd
  • Patent number: 4795767
    Abstract: A can carrier composition comprising at least one of each of the following components wherein all parts are by weight based on 100 parts by weight of component (i):(i) a high pressure polyethylene having a density in the range of about 0.918 to about 0.930 gram per cubic centimeter;(ii) a linear polyethylene having a density of less than about 0.925 gram per cubic centimeter in an amount of about 2 to about 35 parts;(iii) polyethylene wax in an amount of about 0.5 to about 5 parts;(iv) a mineral filler coated with a metal salt of a fatty acid in an amount of about 0.05 to about 0.50 parts;(v) a secondary amide in an amount of about 0.02 to about 0.15 part;(vi) an antioxidant in an amount of about 0.02 to about 0.10 part; and(vii) an organic phosphorus compound in an amount of about 0.005 to about 0.05 part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: Union Carbide Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Turczyk, George M. Harlan
  • Patent number: 4471987
    Abstract: An integrally formed injection molded bottle carrier having protective bridge bars extending between spaced-apart points of the frame and above and across the upper end of each bottle to protect and prevent removal of the caps of the bottles without concealing the caps from inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1984
    Inventor: Gerald Erickson
  • Patent number: 4372598
    Abstract: A carrier (10) for supporting a plurality of bottles by their necks includes a frame (12) having a plurality of openings (18) defined by interconnected hollow cylindrical sections (20, 22) for releasably receiving and retaining the bottles. Each opening (18) includes two portions of different widths, with the wide portion being bounded by the smaller cylindrical segments (20) and the narrow portion being bounded by the larger cylindrical sections. Other embodiments (32, 46) utilizing other arrangements of deformable hollow sections (42, 62 and 72) to define the bottle receiving opening are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Inventor: Albert G. B. Quelch
  • Patent number: 4288013
    Abstract: A jar carrier including a frame, legs extending downwardly therefrom, a pair of handles secured to the top of the frame, a plurality of lipped, U-shaped openings defined by the frame for reception of jars therein, and U-shaped retaining members pivotally mounted at each of the openings to pivot downwardly and retain jars within the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1981
    Inventor: David Napier
  • Patent number: 4190149
    Abstract: An article carrier formed from a unitary blank comprises a top wall (1) with side (2,3) and end walls (6,7) depending downwardly and generally outwardly therefrom, multiple neck receiving apertures (16-21) together with finger gripping apertures (10,11) formed in the top wall, and an overlapping web panel (22,23,26,27) and anchoring tabs (30,31,34,35) foldably joined to the end edges of the side and end walls and secured together at each corner of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1980
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Oliff, Richard K. Watkins