Inwardly Struck Tab Engages Radially Extending Shoulder Of Chime Or Edge Of Cap Skirt Patents (Class 206/148)
  • Patent number: 10513369
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of containers. The carton can comprise a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a top panel. An insert can comprise a central panel, an inner end flap foldably connected to the central panel, and at least one crown guard flap foldably connected to the inner end flap adjacent a crown guard opening in the insert. The central panel can comprise a stop edge adjacent the crown guard opening, and the crown guard flap can comprise a first portion foldably connected to the inner end flap and a second portion foldably connected to the first portion. The top panel can at least partially overlap the central panel, and the second portion of the crown guard flap can be disposed adjacent the stop edge of the central panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: John Murdick Holley, Jr., Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 9446891
    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: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward W. Jones, Ana Gonzalez, Emili Requena, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Kevin T. May, Colin Ford, Matthew Sundquist
  • Patent number: 8955674
    Abstract: A package comprising a carrier holding at least one container. The carrier can comprise a bottom panel, first and second inner side panels foldably connected to the bottom panel, first and second outer side panels foldably connected to the respective first and second inner side panels, and first and second top panels foldably connected to the respective first and second outer side panels. At least one container-receiving feature can comprise a first retaining feature extending in at least the first inner side panel and an opposing second retaining feature extending in at least the second inner side panel. A top portion of the at least one container can be at least partially retained by the first and second retaining features. The bottom panel can be at least partially disposed between the top portion of the at least one container and at least one of the first and second top panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Jean-Manuel Gomes, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 8869979
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier comprises panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carrier. The panels comprise at least one bottom panel, at least one top panel, a front panel, a back panel, and at least two side panels. The at least one top panel is foldably connected to one of the front panel and the back panel. The at least one top panel has a handle portion for forming a handle of the carrier and a retaining portion having container receiving openings for receiving the containers in the carrier. The carrier includes a reinforcement flap adjacent at least one of the container receiving openings for contacting at least one of the plurality of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Patent number: 8701878
    Abstract: A package comprising a carrier at least partially holding a container. The carrier comprises a top panel, a first outer side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a first inner side panel foldably connected to the first outer side panel, a second outer side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a second inner side panel foldably connected to the second outer side panel, a first bottom panel foldably connected to the first inner side panel, and a second bottom panel foldably connected to the second inner side panel. A container-receiving portion can comprise a first retaining feature in the first inner side panel and the first outer side panel and an opposing second retaining feature in the second inner side panel and the second outer side panel. A top portion of the container can be retained by the first and second retaining features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140027319
    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: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward W. Jones, Ana Gonzalez, Emili Requena, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Kevin T. May, Colin Ford, Matthew Sundquist
  • 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: 20130240383
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package has a top panel and side panels. The package has retention features for retaining the containers and reinforcement features for reinforcing the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 8353398
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of articles. The package has panels that cooperate to at least partially form an interior of the package. The panels comprise a top panel, at least one side panel foldably connected to the top panel, and at least one end 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. At least one retention flap is foldably connected to the top panel adjacent the at least one opening. The at least one retention flap has a free edge for engaging at least one article of the plurality of articles. The at least one retention flap is at least partially defined by at least one J-shaped cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Coltri DePaula, Robert L. Sutherland
  • 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: 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: 7690507
    Abstract: A package is formed from a carton and containers extending through a bottom panel of the carton. Engaged upper and lower strut pairs and brace apertures in the carton sidewalls provide support for the containers accommodated within the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20100078337
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package has a top panel and side panels. The package has retention features for retaining the containers and reinforcement features for reinforcing the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Colin P. Ford
  • Publication number: 20090101526
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package has a top panel and side panels. The package has retention features for retaining the containers and handle features for grasping and lifting the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 7473399
    Abstract: For dispensing volumes of liquids, a hinged septum has a flap inclined with respect to the longitudinal axis of a liquid channel. A deposition device deposits liquid on the flap, wherein the deposition device is arranged to contact the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernhard Dehmer
  • Publication number: 20080179202
    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: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Emili Requena
  • Publication number: 20080121536
    Abstract: A package is formed from a carton and containers extending through a bottom panel of the carton. First and second struts and brace apertures in the carton sidewalls provide support for the containers accommodated within the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: Emili Requena Miret
  • Patent number: 6874620
    Abstract: A container carrier is provided for use with a plurality of containers. The container carrier comprises a substantially planar flexible platform having a top, a bottom, an outer perimeter and an inner region including a handle and a plurality of container-engaging portions. The handle is made by forming two generally triangularly shaped openings through the sheet on opposite sides of and equally distant from the central axis of the sheet, the material between the openings comprising a strap. Two inwardly opening U-shaped openings are formed around the ends of the strap such that the central axis of the sheet is the line of symmetry of the U-shaped openings. The portion of the sheet bordered by the U-shaped openings comprises a first hinge and a second hinge integral with the first end and second end of the strap, respectively, which permit the strap to be flexed upwardly above the plane of the platform and provide access to the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Roberts Polypro
    Inventors: Larry J. Mattson, James H. Sewell
  • Patent number: 6527108
    Abstract: An article carrier and blank for forming the article carrier are provided to package a plurality of necked articles. The carrier or blank comprises a top, bottom and opposed side panels interconnected together. The top panel comprises article receiving and retaining arrangement including an article retaining flap formed from the top panel. The article retaining flap is adapted to be folded inwardly of the top panel thereby to define an aperture for receiving a neck portion of the article. When the article neck portion is received in the aperture, the article retaining flap abuts the neck portion to engage and retain the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Blin, Alain Saulas, Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Patent number: 6293392
    Abstract: A reinforced planar carrier is provided which can carry, for example, four 2-liter bottles, without significantly bending. The carrier is made from a one piece paperboard blank having a machine direction. It has a center line, a pair of side edges, and a pair of end edges. The carrier includes a top ply and a bottom ply joined together along a hinge line which extends generally perpendicularly to the machine direction of the paperboard and defines one of said carrier's end edges. Finger holes are formed on opposite sides of the carrier centerline, approximately midway between the end edges of the carrier. The finger holes are positioned such that the carrier is lifted at points near the load. The finger holes are elongate. A tab from the top ply finger hole extends through the bottom ply finger hole when the carrier is lifted to define a rib extending generally parallel to the machine direction of the paperboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Eco-Pak Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Galbierz
  • Patent number: 6223892
    Abstract: A carton and carton blank for forming a carton of the top gripping type for accommodating a plurality of containers, for example bottles, which carton is tubular in structure and comprises a first panel having a plurality of apertures, each of which has at least one foldable retention tab which operatively engages the underside of the radially protruding part of a container present in the aperture wherein a brace tab is connected to one of said retention tabs and is disposed between a pair of adjacent containers to minimize relative movement between those containers and wherein a free edge of said brace tab operatively engages the underside of the radially protruding part of one of said adjacent containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx
  • Patent number: 5944174
    Abstract: A multi-packaging device for carrying a plurality of containers. A panel is configured with an array of three-pointed apertures that are each engageable with a container neck portion. Each of the three-pointed apertures is formed by two longitudinal elongated openings and one lateral elongated opening in the panel, with extremities of the longitudinal elongated openings positioned along a longitudinal fold line of the panel. Side flaps are positioned adjacent to the fold line on either longitudinal side of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Patent number: 5878876
    Abstract: A carrier for holding and transporting a plurality of bottles includes a top panel, a bottom panel, and two side panels extending between said top and bottom panels to form a sleeve through which the bottles extend. When the carrier is formed to carry six or more bottles, the top panel has at least two rows of outboard apertures which are adapted to receive the bottles to engage the bottles to retain the bottles in the carrier. The bottom panel extends between the side panels and also includes at least two rows of outboard surrounding apertures which are aligned with, but radially offset from the outboard apertures of the top panel, such that the centers of the bottom panel outboard apertures are closer to the side panels than are the outboard apertures of the top panel. If the carrier includes inboard apertures in the top and bottom panel, the inboard apertures of the top and bottom panel are preferably concentric with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Eco-Pak Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard T. Galbierz, Michael A. Galbierz
  • Patent number: 5788302
    Abstract: A bottle carrier (10) is provided which includes an outer wall having openings (12 and 14) for inserting bottles. The outer wall includes sidewalls (24 and 26). The bottle is supported on shoulders (28 and 30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Marshall J. Barrash, Earl B. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 5711419
    Abstract: A bottle carrier is formed of one or more panels of paperboard and includes a plurality of bottle neck receiving openings. The periphery of each opening is defined by the tips of a plurality of radially extending fingers, the tips engaging 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 at its widest portion with a base slit extending thouugh the paperboard. Another and intermediate slit is located about half way along the length of each finger, the intermediate slit also extending through the paperboard. These slits are of lesser width than that of their respective fingers and are parallel to each other and are at right angles to the length of the finger. The base slit permits bending of each finger upwardly upon bottle insertion, while the intermediate slit facilitates removal of each bottle from its respective opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventors: Jonathan T. Beales, Walter A. Krajci
  • 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: 5598920
    Abstract: A carrier (10; 10') for a series of bottles (2) having an upwardly conically converging neck (3) and an upper end (7) showing an outer thread for a screw cap (8), or a capsule fastened to an upper bottle collar. The carrier comprises initially a substantially flat sheet (1; 1') made of corrugated cardboard having five longitudinal sections, namely a central section (11; 11'), to the longitudinal edges of which connect two intermediate sections (12; 12' and 13; 13'), to which latter in their turn connect two outer sections (14; 14' and 15; 15'). The sections are separated from each other by grooves (17) and have openings (20; 20'; 21; 21', 22; 22'), which will be aligned, when the sheet is folded to a closed form of profile, an which openings are designed to be penetrated by the neck (3) and the cap (8) of the bottles (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Rieber & Son A/S
    Inventor: Finn R. Hansen
  • Patent number: 5595299
    Abstract: An article carrier has a plurality of interconnected panels, including a side wall panel and a second wall panel which are foldably interconnected. Article receiving and retention in the carrier along the side wall panel and second wall panel is provided by an aperture adapted to receive a portion of an article contained within the carrier, and a flap struck from and hingaably connected to an edge of the aperture, which flap is adapted to abut the article received in the aperture. The flap is pivotal into an operative position about its hinged connection inwardly of the carrier to provide portions thereof which protrude both inwardly and outwardly of the carrier so that a portion of the flap engages the article internally of the carrier and another portion of the flap engages the article externally of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Philippe Le Bras
  • Patent number: 5553704
    Abstract: A stackable can carrier is formed from a unitary paperboard blank. The carrier compensates for stacking problems caused by smaller diameter tops and bottoms on present cans, the latter termed 202 cans which have a tendency to rock with respect to each other when stacked. An otherwise conventional can carrier is provided with foldable, lateral flaps having pairs of cuts lines which define ears. The latter are glued to the carrier top surface. The flaps overlie respective can top receiving openings in the carrier less than one half of the diameter of the can openings. Upon stacking of the carriers and cans therein for storage or for display, the carrier provides improved stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventors: Robert L. Gordon, Linda A. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 5503267
    Abstract: A carrier for articles such as beverage cans of the type that grip the top portions of the cans so as to suspend them from the carrier. The upper ends of the cans extend through apertures in the bottom panel of the carrier, and the chimes or lips of the cans are engaged by support tabs surrounding the aperture. Glue flaps foldably connected to one of the support tabs at each aperture overlie the upper ends of the cans and are glued to the top panel. An opening in the support tab includes an edge which functions as the support edge. In addition, the bottom panel finger holes have a straight transverse inner edge connected to a cover tab along a score line. Spaced arcuate score lines in the bottom panel cause the intervening segments of the bottom panel to buttress the inner edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • 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: 5474172
    Abstract: A bottle carrier is formed of two superposed panels of paperboard having a plurality of bottle neck receiving openings and a handle sandwiched between the panels. 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 finger is provided with a microcut line on its upper surface, each microcut line extending about 10-50% through the paperboard. Such microcut lines facilitate removal of the bottles from the carrier by permitting easier rupture. The handle has a manually accessible flexible strip at the upper surface of the uppermost panel or section, one end of the strip being folded prior to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventors: James F. Zavatone, Robert L. Gordon, Linda A. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 5445262
    Abstract: A bottle carrier of the type which supports bottles by tabs contacting the underside of shoulders on the bottles. An upper support panel and lower support panel flaps containing aligned bottle neck openings are spaced apart at one end by connected side panels and are in contact at their other ends. The edge portions adjacent the side panels function as reinforcing ribs. The tabs are of such shape and size as to accommodate the bowing that takes place when the carrier is lifted. Additional flaps may be provided to form two-ply lower support panel flaps and side panels, and to provide reinforcement strips beneath the upper support panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5443298
    Abstract: A bottle carrier including composite openings that include a round oversized opening to permit vertical entry of a bottle neck having a supporting flange therethrough, and an adjoining keyed opening wherein the bottle can laterally be slid into the keyed opening to be held therein. The supporting flange, being larger than the keyed opening, supports the bottle thereon. Each keyed opening is provided with retaining members which are arranged on either side of the keyed opening and which resiliently grip a backside of a diameter of the bottle neck or flange after the bottle neck is laterally slid into the keyed opening. Laterally arranged ribs are provided at each opening which provide the frame with sufficient thickness to resiliently compress between the flange of the bottle and a transition shoulder of the bottle to tightly grip the bottle into the keyed opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Finley, Nicholas Fotis
  • Patent number: 5439110
    Abstract: A carton containing two tiers of necked bottles. The bottles in the upper tier are inverted from the bottles in the lower tier, with the bottle necks of the upper tier extending between the bottle necks of the lower tier. The bottle necks extend through spaced separator sheets containing flaps that prevent contact between adjacent bottle necks. Partitions prevent contact between adjacent bottles in each tier. The carton is sloped in to a relatively small top panel, and the top panel is provided with a handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy J. Regan, II
  • Patent number: 5415278
    Abstract: A carrier for articles such as beverage cans of the type that grip the top portions of the cans so as to suspend them from the carrier. The upper ends of the cans extend through apertures in the bottom panel of the carrier, and the chimes or lips of the cans are engaged by locking tabs surrounding the aperture. One of the tabs of each aperture is foldably connected along the fold line connecting the bottom panel to the adjacent side panel, and the fold lines connecting the top panel to the side panels include slits through which portions of the can chimes protrude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5407065
    Abstract: A bottle neck carrier with partial side and end panels. The end panels extend around the corner bottles in the package and underlie the side panels. Gusset panels connecting the side and end panels to assist in holding the panels in place and to facilitate folding of the side panel flaps. The outer support tabs at the bottle openings are connected to the support panel of the carrier by fold lines which are coincident with the fold lines connecting the support panel to the side and end panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5390784
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier including partial end panels for covering the pricing code on the end articles in the package. The partial end panels are comprised of flaps connected to the side panels and to the end tuck flaps of a set of three triangularly shaped tuck flaps. The three tuck flaps interact with the end articles in the carrier to act as a locking mechanism which holds the end panel flaps in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5335774
    Abstract: This invention relates to a can carrier for forming into a package and carrying one or more cans, normally six cans to form a six-pack. The can carrier is primarily formed of a sheet of readly foldable and deformable material including paperboard. For each can, the sheet is provided with a pair of cutouts defining foldable flaps. The flaps are foldable beneath the sheet with each pair of flaps being remote from one another. The result is that the connection between each flap and the sheet provides two layers of materials which are engagable beneath a can chime to interlock the can with the can carrier. The folded connection between each flap and the sheet may be reinforced by stretchable self shrinking glue disposed generally in the apex of the connection between each flap and the under side of the sheet. Another form of flap reinforcement is the bonding of a synthetic thread to the under side of the sheet and the flaps with the thread extending longitudinally of the sheets and the flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert H. Ganz
  • Patent number: 5320216
    Abstract: A device for securing a plurality of cans having a plurality of apertures and a plurality of slits defining a plurality of tabs surrounding each aperture which engage the upper rims of cans to secure the cans when the upper rims thereof are inserted through the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: Dominic Pangborn
  • 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: 4901849
    Abstract: A wrap-around article carrier having end panels foldably connected to tuck flaps for holding the end panels in position. A center gradually triangular tuck flap is foldably connected to the top panel and to two generally triangular tuck flaps. The fold lines connecting the end tuck flaps to the center tuck flap contain cutouts, one edge of which comprises part of an edge of the center tuck flap and overlies the top of an article in the carrier to lock the tuck flaps and the end panels in place. The other cutout edge comprises part of an edge of the end tuck flaps and is positioned to contact the side of an article to stabilize the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: Manville Corporation
    Inventor: Jerry F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 4872549
    Abstract: An improved single piece plastic carrier for a plurality of filled and capped bottles in which the neck of each bottle to be carried by the carrier is received in an aperture in the top panel of the carrier and is supported by spaced apart tabs which extend radially inwardly from the aperture. Each such tab has a substantially greater arcuate extent than the tabs utilized in prior art carriers, and each such tab, therefore, is substantially less yieldable than such prior art tabs. The substantially reduced tab yieldability is particularly advantageous when the carrier is used in conjunction with bottles that are capped with tamper-indicating molded plastic closures, especially closures with a tamper-indicating band of the heat shrinkable type, because it will help to prevent the tab from being deflected upwardly under the tamper-indicating band, which could lead to the fracture of the band prior to any attempt to open the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1989
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Plastic Products Inc.
    Inventor: Aldo Panzzolo
  • Patent number: 4736977
    Abstract: A crown support carrier for a plurality of beverage bottles is disclosed. The carrier is designed for retaining bottles having circular flanges formed below the threaded necks of the bottles with the bottles being inserted through neck receiving openings in a flat center section of the carrier. A pair of upwardly and inwardly protruding panels are hingedly attached to opposite sides of the flat center section and serve to stiffen the carrier edge and to aid in the support of the bottles by being positioned at a pre-determined angle below the circular flanges. When so positioned, the upwardly protruding panels engage a portion of the circular flanges to thereby aid in carrying the bottle weight. The upwardly protruding panels also provide a flat graphic area for the placement of advertisments or other printed matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Assignee: Manville Corporation
    Inventor: Earl J. Killy
  • Patent number: 4712680
    Abstract: An improved single piece plastic carrier for a plurality of filled and capped bottles in which the neck of each bottle to be carried by the carrier is received in an aperture in the top panel of the carrier and is supported by a pair of spaced apart tabs which extend radially inwardly from the aperture. Each such tab has a substantially greater arcuate extent than the tabs utilized in prior art carriers, and each such tab, therefore, is substantially less yieldable than such prior art tabs. The substantially reduced tab yieldability is advantageous in preventing accidental disengagement of the bottle in the aperture from the carrier. Additionally, the carrier is provided with at least a pair of spaced apart centering lugs near each bottle carrying aperture of the carrier, in the juncture between the top panel of the carrier and the side wall thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Plastic Products Inc.
    Inventor: Aldo Panazzolo
  • Patent number: 4706814
    Abstract: A carton in which a plurality of containers (C) are held in a complementary set of apertures (A) provided in a main panel (16) of the carton so that portions of the containers are exposed to view while other portions are enclosed by other panels (30,32; 14,18; 12,20) of the carton. An opposed pair (30,32) of these other panels for flanking body portions of the packaged containers include positioning tabs (38,40; 42,44) which extend into the container receiving apertures so that during loading and formation of the package the containers are urged against the positioning tabs which automatically cause the flanking panels to be pivoted into and held in the container flanking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Baugus, James R. Oliff
  • Patent number: 4706804
    Abstract: A package is designed for a container having a raised bead ring on a top end and a dispensing valve within and protruding up from the ring; a cover cap for the dispensing valve and the bead ring. The package includes a support body made of cardboard foldable to make two layer structures having a pair of expand faces, a flat section and a support flange. The two layers of support flange contacts each other and is secured together. The support body and support flange have an aperture to receive the top end of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Taylor Made Products Co.
    Inventor: David G. Hall
  • Patent number: 4566591
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multiple packaging system for a plurality of containers having edge flanges and being closable with covers, which containers are held together with a connecting element made of a flat cut-out. The cut-out is raised from underneath the containers to the underside of the edge flanges and is firmly attached to a cover sheet which makes up the covers. In addition, there are punched-out flaps in the cutout which can be inserted into one another to form a support structure between individual containers so that the stability of the multiple packaging system is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Assignee: Gasti-Verpackungsmachinen GmbH
    Inventors: Alfons Turtschan, Herbert Drechsler
  • Patent number: 4487312
    Abstract: A package is provided that has connector carrier means for connecting a first multicontainer pack and a second multicontainer pack, each container having a top finish, each multicontainer pack having a top carrier for engaging the finish of a container, the connector engaging at least two of the finishes of the containers in each pack to provide a stable portable package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Heider