Unitary Retainer Or Foldable Blank Packaging Unit Patents (Class 206/147)
  • Patent number: 10661929
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for storing a plurality of flexible containers (1) with dispensing spouts, the assembly comprising one or more elongated guiding elements (15) configured to carry rows of dispensing spouts, wherein the guiding elements (15) are configured to be maintained in a substantially tubular arrangement while storing the containers in the interior formed by the tubular arrangement. The guiding elements (15) may be straight elements arranged in a parallel manner to form a tube-like arrangement. The guiding elements are also arranged to allow the containers to be attached in such a manner that they are positioned along a generally helical trajectory in the interior of the tubular arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeroen Gerrit Anton Gebbink, Stijn Antonius Petrus Verhoeven
  • Patent number: 10232999
    Abstract: A container having a multiplicity of cans therein. The container disclosed is modified from a rectangular, closed wall container to a container with part of the walls removed, thereby allowing easy access to the cans of the container. Applicant discloses a unique relationship between the walls of the opened container and the size of the beverage cans. Applicant also discloses a method for constructing a closed container that may be easily modified to remove the cans of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: C. Brown Lingamfelter
  • Patent number: 9352890
    Abstract: A carton for containing at least one article. The carton includes a plurality of panels at least partially forming an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels include a top panel. The carton includes an article protection flap foldably connected to at least one panel of the plurality of panels. The article protection flap is moveable between a first position that is substantially parallel to the top panel and a second position wherein the article protection flap is folded relative to the top panel. The at least one access feature in the top panel is for positioning the article protection flap from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: O'Neal Alexander, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Mark Baldino, Ana Gonzalez, John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8997986
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of articles. The carton having a plurality of panels at least partially extending around an interior of the carton, the plurality of panels comprising at least one bottom panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel. The carton further having at least one retention tab foldably connected to the at least one bottom panel. The at least one retention tab is for engaging at least a portion of an article of the plurality of articles, and the at least one retention tab comprises a first portion foldably connected to the bottom panel at a first fold line and a second portion foldably connected to the first portion at a second fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140027318
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package has a top panel, end panels, and side panels. The package has retention features for retaining the containers. The package has gussets for positioning the end panels and side panels around the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 8602209
    Abstract: A carrier that is at least partially holding a plurality of containers. The carrier can include a plurality of panels comprising a bottom panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, a first top panel foldably connected to the first side panel, and a second top panel foldably connected to the second side panel. At least one container-receiving feature extends in at least the bottom panel. The at least one container-receiving feature can at least partially receive at least one container of the plurality of containers. At least one retention flap is foldably connected to the first top panel or the second top panel. The at least one retention flap engages at least a portion of a flange of at least one container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward W. Jones, Ana Gonzalez, Emili Requena, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Kevin T. May, Colin Ford, Matthew Sundquist
  • Publication number: 20130292272
    Abstract: This invention relates to a package of a plurality of containers unitized with a flexible carrier. The carrier is constructed from a plastic planar sheet having a plurality of container receiving apertures and a panel or handle positioned with respect to the planar sheet. The panel or handle are die cut to form at least one of a product name, a product property, a promotional shape, a trademark, a tradename, alpha-numeric characters, symbols and a fanciful design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Waldo, II, Christopher J. Ludwig, Leslie S. Marco
  • Patent number: 8439198
    Abstract: A blank of cardboard or plastics, the blank comprising a transverse fold line dividing the blank into a bearing portion and a support portion, the bearing portion having an aperture to accommodate the neck of a bottle or wall of a drinking glass or cup, the support portion being foldable under the bearing portion and terminating in at least one leg which is foldable relative to the support portion and arranged to co-operate with an underside of the bearing portion and to bear against a side of the neck or wall of the bottle or glass whereby the bearing portion is supported to extend laterally from the bottle or glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Aden Hines
  • Publication number: 20130048515
    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 wherein a handle extends outwardly from one row of the at least two rows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Ilinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8256617
    Abstract: A carrier is for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier comprises a bottom panel comprising a plurality of bottom openings, and a first side panel and a second side panel. A first top panel is foldably connected to the first side panel and a second top panel is foldably connected to the second top panel. The first top panel and the second top panel form a top wall of the carrier. The first top panel comprises a first handle portion, the second top panel comprises a second handle portion. A handle is foldably connected to at least one of the side panels. The handle comprises the first handle portion and the second handle portion, is separable from the top wall, and pivotable between a lowered position and a raised position. A blank for forming a carrier and a method for forming a carrier are also generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Manuel Gomes, Charles F. Ho Fung
  • Patent number: 8162135
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package has panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the package. The panels comprise a top panel, a bottom panel, and an intermediate panel. At least one bottom aperture in the bottom panel is for at least partially receiving a container of the plurality of containers. At least one intermediate aperture is in the intermediate panel for at least partially receiving the container. At least one retention flap foldably is attached to the intermediate panel adjacent to the at least one intermediate aperture. The at least one retention flap is for providing a retention force to the container to restrain the container from removal from the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 8056709
    Abstract: Packages are formed for holding containers that extend through a bottom panel of the package. Braces are provided for at least partially securing the containers in the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7922070
    Abstract: A carton (130) for packaging cylindrical articles, the carton (130) including a plurality of primary panels (120, 122, 124, 125) for forming the walls of the carton (130), end flaps (118a, 118b, 126a, 126b, 128a, 128b, 119a, 119b) for forming end closure structures (132, 134) of the carton (130), and handle panels (160, 162) and handle end flaps (182a, 182b, 183a, 183b) for forming a handle structure (160/162). The handle structure (160/162) and a panel (125) define a pocket that can be engaged by a user's hand (H1) to carry the carton (130). The carton (130) further including features that facilitate flexing of the handle structure (160/162) including fold lines (178) and cut lines (C2, C3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Meadwestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Publication number: 20110000799
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package has a top panel, end panels and side panels. The package has retention features in the top panel for retaining the containers. The package has handle features in the end panel for forming a handle for grasping and carrying the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Ana Gonzalez, Emili Requena, Paul Bradford, Andrea Coltri-DePaula
  • Publication number: 20100282620
    Abstract: A carton for cooperating with a packaging material to contain a plurality of articles and a package formed thereby. The carton comprises a plurality of panels comprising a central panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The side panels are positioned relative to the central panel to at least partially form a space for receiving the articles. A handle is in at least one of the side panels. The handle is adapted for grasping and carrying the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, SR., Charles F. Ho Fung
  • Patent number: 7762395
    Abstract: Carrier packages are constructed to tightly secure articles within the packages. The carrier packages include end webs that partially close the ends of the packages and retain articles within the carrier package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 7721878
    Abstract: A package is formed from a carton and containers extending through a bottom panel of the carton. First and second struts and a brace in the carton interior provide support for the containers accommodated within the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Emili Requena
  • Patent number: 7644817
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier has side end panels that facilitate erection of the carrier and closure of the carrier ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20090114551
    Abstract: This invention relates to a reusable billboard applied to a plurality of containers in a manner that permits reuse and recycling of the most substantial and visible part of a package of containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Leslie S. MARCO, Timothy J. Gardner
  • Patent number: 7458458
    Abstract: A sleeve for a package of containers such as a group of beverage bottles and cans. The sleeve surrounds the group of containers held by a carrier. The sleeve includes a parting line allowing separation of the sleeve to release the containers, and a tear-initiating breach in the sleeve configured to yield to pressure and initiate tearing along the parting line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Patent number: 7448492
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier package has side panels with inclined or tapered side edges that allow a greater surface area of containers accommodated within the carrier to be viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20080245679
    Abstract: A carton (130) for packaging cylindrical articles, the carton (130) including a plurality of primary panels (120, 122, 124, 125) for forming the walls of the carton (130), end flaps (118a, 118b, 126a, 126b, 128a, 128b, 119a, 119b) for forming end closure structures (132, 134) of the carton (130), and handle panels (160, 162) and handle end flaps (182a, 182b, 183a, 183b) for forming a handle structure (160/162). The handle structure (160/162) and a panel (125) define a pocket that can be engaged by a user's hand (H1) to carry the carton (130).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Publication number: 20080190785
    Abstract: A carton for cooperating with a packaging material to contain a plurality of articles and a package formed thereby. The carton comprises a plurality of panels comprising a central panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The side panels are positioned relative to the central panel to at least partially form a space for receiving the articles. A handle is in at least one of the side panels. The handle is adapted for grasping and carrying the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Charles F. Ho Fung
  • 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: 20080135423
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package has panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the package. The panels comprise a top panel, a bottom panel, and an intermediate panel. At least one bottom aperture in the bottom panel is for at least partially receiving a container of the plurality of containers. At least one intermediate aperture is in the intermediate panel for at least partially receiving the container. At least one retention flap foldably is attached to the intermediate panel adjacent to the at least one intermediate aperture. The at least one retention flap is for providing a retention force to the container to restrain the container from removal from the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 7278538
    Abstract: A tubular carton and blank for forming the carton includes a top, base and a pair of side walls. At least one of the side walls includes a displaceable zone arranged to protrude out of the plane of the one side wall. The displaceable zone includes connected sections each occupying a different plane to a next adjacent section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Vincent Chargueraud
  • Patent number: 7097034
    Abstract: A carrier for cans, bottles, containers, or stackable items. In particular, the carrier can also cool or heat the cans, bottles, or other containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: Gunter Woog
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6978888
    Abstract: A carrier for a plurality of beverage containers has a carrier body, means for hand carrying the carrier, and pull tabs. The carrier body has an outer periphery and defines a plurality of container openings with one container opening for each beverage container of the plurality of beverage containers. There is a plurality of pull tabs with one pull tab for each container opening of the plurality of container openings. Each pull tab extends from the outer periphery to an associated container opening and is connected to the associated opening by perforations extending from the associated opening to the outer periphery so that pulling the pull tab separates the body at the associated opening creating a path for container removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Display Industries, LLC.
    Inventor: Denise Sanders
  • Patent number: 6877600
    Abstract: This invention relates to a primary and secondary locking system for wrap-around carriers. A secondary male lock is held in the vertical position by a female door flap leaning against the male lock. The adjacent pairs of a primary male lock and corresponding primary female opening and a secondary male lock and corresponding secondary female opening are aligned with each other along a single line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 6866144
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming a carton for holding one or more articles, for example, flexible pouches, which carton comprises an article-retaining structure for preventing the dislodgment of the packaged articles through the open ends of the carton. The article-retaining structure comprises a retention panel which extends between the carton side walls intermediate the top and base walls of the carton to form a tubular structure in cooperation with the top wall. The retention panel is formed with at least one article receiving aperture, wherein tubular structure is provided with a brace for retaining the tubular structure in an erected form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Patent number: 6666331
    Abstract: A paperboard partitionless carrier is provided for containing filled beverage bottles. The carrier comprises a pair of spaced side walls joined by a pair of end walls to form a box structure which, in combination with a base, forms a tray which supports the bottles. The carrier also has bottle restraining means overlying and contacting the sealed necks of the bottles thereby preventing the bottles being opened and the bottles being extracted from the carrier without the material forming the carrier being visibly interfered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Labatt Brewing Company Limited
    Inventor: Michael John Archer
  • Patent number: 6662947
    Abstract: A box is formed from a blank of foldable material and includes a first wall and a second wall. The second wall is folded about a first wall fold line to form a first box corner. A third wall is folded about a second wall fold line to form a second box corner. A triangular top is folded about a top fold line. A triangular bottom is folded about a bottom fold line. A plurality of apertures is formed in the top. An insert having a plurality of panels is positioned between the first, second and third walls when the walls are folded about the wall fold lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corporation
    Inventor: Paul M. Lopez
  • Publication number: 20030205488
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming a carton for holding one or more articles, for example, flexible pouches, which carton comprises an article-retaining structure for preventing the dislodgment of the packaged articles through the open ends of the carton. The article-retaining structure comprises a retention panel extends between the carton side walls intermediate the top and base walls of the carton to form a tubular structure in cooperation with the top wall. The retention panel is formed with at least one article receiving aperture, wherein tubular structure is provided with a brace for retaining the tubular structure in an erected form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Publication number: 20030192788
    Abstract: This invention relates to a single-piece carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers with a retainer sheet integrated with a carrier sleeve. The retainer sheet comprises a plurality of container receiving openings for engaging a top portion of each container while the carrier sleeve surrounds the plurality of containers. Packages preferably comprise two or more layers of containers within the carrier sleeve separated by a divider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Publication number: 20030159950
    Abstract: A wrap-around neck through the top carrier with a handle that can retracted into the interior of the carrier for stacking one carrier on top of another and which can be easily extended for carrying. The retractabilty and extension of the handle is facilitated by having a flexing panel attached to the handle panel by a fold line which in turn is attached to the top panel by fold line with a fold line between the handle panel and the flexing panel being approximately midway between the apertures in the top panel and the hand aperture in the handle panel. There also a fold line adjacent the apertures for the bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventors: Marty Jones, Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Patent number: 6508356
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for holding and carrying two or more receptacles. The apparatus may be comprised of first and second openings and first and second ridges, wherein a top portion of a first receptacle can be inserted into the first opening, slid along the first and second ridges, and slid into the second opening. In at least one embodiment, third and fourth ridges, and a third opening, may be provided wherein a top portion of a second receptacle can be inserted into the first opening, slid along the third and fourth ridges, and slid into the third opening. The apparatus may further comprise a first central portion and a second central portion, wherein the first and third ridges are connected to the first central portion, and the second and fourth ridges are connected to the second central portion. The first and second central portions may each include curved portions for allowing an individual's fingers to grip the first and second central portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: Rick Martins
  • Patent number: 6415917
    Abstract: A container carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers into a package having sleeve with a retainer portion formed with a plurality of container receiving openings arranged in three longitudinal rows. A plurality of containers are arranged within the sleeve and carried with two handles for supporting the package integrated with the retainer portion and positioned between each longitudinal row of containers. The handles, sleeve and retainer portion are each integrated together to form a single-piece carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Publication number: 20020079356
    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: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: Vincent Chargueraud, Eric Boukredine, Patrick Blin
  • Patent number: 6378697
    Abstract: This invention relates to a primary and secondary locking system for wrap-around carriers. A secondary male lock is held in the vertical position by a female door flap leaning against the male lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, James C. Fogle, Jean-Manuel Gomez
  • Publication number: 20010025800
    Abstract: This invention relates to a single-piece carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers with a retainer sheet integrated with a film sleeve. The retainer sheet may comprise a thicker material than the film sleeve. The retainer sheet comprises a plurality of container receiving openings for engaging a top portion of each container while the film sleeve surrounds the plurality of containers. Packages may comprise one or more layers of containers within the film sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Publication date: October 4, 2001
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Patent number: 6213293
    Abstract: This invention relates to a single-piece carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers with a retainer sheet integrated with a film sleeve. The retainer sheet may comprise a thicker material than the film sleeve. The retainer sheet comprises a plurality of container receiving openings for engaging a top portion of each container while the film sleeve surrounds the plurality of containers. Packages may comprise one or more layers of containers within the film sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Patent number: 6145656
    Abstract: This invention relates to a single-piece carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers with a retainer sheet integrated with a carrier sleeve. The retainer sheet comprises a plurality of container receiving openings for engaging a top portion of a group of containers of the plurality of containers and two partial container receiving openings for partially engaging a top portion of two additional containers of the plurality of containers. The carrier sleeve surrounds the plurality of containers and a handle is positioned over a center row of containers. A package including containers comprises two layers of containers within the film sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Patent number: 5984086
    Abstract: A wrap package and method for making the package are disclosed. The wrap permits the packaging of a plurality of containers in an array of two or more rows. The wrap includes a top panel, side panels, and end panels all of which provide adequate area for product markings. The wrap is adapted to hold the containers in close proximity while preventing contact therebetween. The wrap package provides adequate package rigidity to support a plurality of containers packaged in any number of rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Rock Tenn Company
    Inventors: Fred S. Foushee, Frank Crutchley
  • Patent number: 5960945
    Abstract: A bottle neck carrier designed to hold long neck bottles. Long support tabs at each bottle neck opening in a top support panel extend up to the bottle flange, while shorter support tabs contact only the sides of the necks. The tabs may include transverse fold lines to better contact the bottle necks and to provide increased stiffness. In a carrier for packaging two rows of bottles, gusset panels connecting the side and end panels assist in holding the panels in place and facilitate folding of the end panel flaps. In a carrier for packaging a single row of bottles, the end panels are formed from side panel extensions which wrap around the end bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5931300
    Abstract: A carrier blank and carrier includes a top panel, first and second opposite ends, and first and second side panels flanking the top panel and foldably connected thereto. First and second bottom panels flank the first and second side panels and are foldably connected thereto. First and second webs are positioned adjacent the first and second opposite ends of the top panel, with the webs each extending between the first and second side panels. The webs are foldably connected to the first and second side panels at fold lines which are parallel to a longitudinal axis extending through the first bottom panel, the first side panel, the top panel, the second side panel, and the second bottom panel. The fold lines are positioned inboard of center lines of outer ones of articles contained in the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5820185
    Abstract: A paperboard carrier device for retaining a plurality of containers is disclosed. The carrier device is made from a paperboard blank (10) and has a base (16) with apertures defined therein for receiving the necks of the respective containers, two side walls (19,20) hingedly connected to opposed side edges of the base, the side walls being angled with respect to the base and extending toward one another, and two handle panels (23,24) hingedly connected to each one of the respective side walls. A plurality of reinforcing flaps (34) are defined in the side walls and the handle panels, the reinforcing flaps being hingedly attached to each one of the side walls along an edge (32), respectively. The reinforcing flaps are folded against the side walls in use, and have a length greater than half of the width of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Patent number: 5816391
    Abstract: A bottle clip carrier having an upwardly extending handle. The carrier is comprised of upper and lower support panels, each having bottle neck openings and support tabs. In one embodiment the upper support panel is comprised of adhered overlapping flaps, each flap having a handle ply extending from it. In another embodiment the lower support panel is comprised of abutting flaps, each flap having a handle ply extending up through a slot in the upper support panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Harris
  • Patent number: 5791463
    Abstract: A paperboard carrier device for holding a plurality of article containers, each article container having an annular rim formed along an upper peripheral edge extending perpendicularly with respect to an article container sidewall, is disclosed. The carrier device includes a top panel (11) having a plurality of spaced article engaging apertures (12) defined therein and extending therethrough. Each aperture is dimensioned to be less than the rim diameter of the article containers, and has a continuous marginal portion (31) sized and shaped to elastically deform as it is passed over the annular rim of one of the article containers and is received on the sidewall of the article container and engaged in a snap fit beneath the annular rim thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Emanuel Negelen
  • 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