Band Or Strand Type Patents (Class 206/150)
  • Patent number: 10939743
    Abstract: An example powered appliance support strap may include a first portion to extend from a continuous loop of a shoulder strap, a second portion to extend from a powered appliance to be manually carried by a person wearing the shoulder strap and a stretcher extending between the first portion and the second portion. The stretcher does not undergo stretching until experiencing a stretch triggering load at least 1 kg and no greater than 7 kg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: M Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Merten, Jay Z. Muchin, Joshua J. Nelson, Jared Wilson Thorn, Mariel Z. Pina
  • Patent number: 10839722
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a flexible display device including a display device main body; a flexible display panel curling arranged inside the display device main body and capable of being pulled out from the display device main body; wherein the display main body is provided with a limiting component for controlling to pull out the flexible display panel to a required length with respect to the display device main body and to curl the flexible display panel to be returned to the display device main body; and the flexible display panel is pulled out and extended to the required length from an opening of the display device main body and is retaining fixation by the limiting component to make the arrangement of the limiting component more reasonable and to control the flexible display panel to perform reginal display on the pulled up and extended area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS SEMICONDUCTOR DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lei Wang
  • Patent number: 10821275
    Abstract: Provided is a microneedle patch which is easily to be applied on a skin surface. One or more holes are provided inside a protective sheet of the microneedle patch, and one or more cutting lines running from an outer edge of the protective sheet toward the holes are also provided. The cutting lines may be symmetrically arranged on both sides of the hole. Providing an incision on the outer edge of the cutting lines of the protective release sheet facilitates cutting along the cutting lines. In the use of the microneedle patch, both sides of the cutting line of the protective release sheet are held and torn so as to bring out a microneedle array adhesive sheet and apply it on a skin. Then the microneedle array surface is slightly compressed, thereby the microneedle is inserted into the stratum corneum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: COSMED PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ying-shu Quan, Fumio Kamiyama
  • Patent number: 10683151
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers within a plurality of corresponding container receiving apertures formed in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks and a handle extending parallel to the rows of container receiving apertures. The handle is connected at attachment points along the carrier and corresponding thickened sections are included along the bands opposite the connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 10597181
    Abstract: A method for the wrapping of containers, particularly bottles, into bundles including rows of adjacent containers, wherein the containers are fed continuously, according to a displacement axis, to a wrapping station (2, 3) and wound with a spiral of a stretching plastic film defining a continuous wrapping. The containers (B) are pushed into a portion upstream of the wrapping station (2, 3) by a conveying unit (1) provided with at least guiding and supporting elements of the containers and with a pacing unit (1a), the containers (B) wrapped with the stretching plastic film being withdrawn, downstream of each winding unit (2, 3), with the help of a dragging device (T1, T2, T3), the guiding and supporting elements including members (11, 12, 13) elongated in the longitudinal direction of the displacement axis which extend also into the wrapping station (2, 3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Alessandro Cattaneo
  • Patent number: 10512590
    Abstract: A knuckle bracelet and hand exercise device includes a main body with two elongated branches, i.e. a first branch and a second branch. Each of the elongated branches includes a plurality of digit holes along its length. Each one of the plurality of digit holes is configured for a single digit of a person's hand. A hinge couples together the first branch and the second branch in a side-by-side configuration next to the digit holes configured for the thumbs of the person's left and right hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: HARRISON LEGACY 301, LLC
    Inventor: Danny Levi Harrison
  • Patent number: 10457445
    Abstract: A container carrier and manufacturing method therefore are provided. The container carrier may include a plurality of annular structures connected by bridges. The annular structures may include a side wall formed of side wall portions separated by side wall voids. Each side wall portion has an upper and a lower side wall segment joined at a ledge, with the upper side wall segment having a smaller diameter relative to the lower side wall segment of the side wall portion. Flanges are positioned at the bottom of each side wall void to collectively engage containers. The bottom portion of the lower side wall segment has an inner diameter that is larger than the outer diameter of the upper side wall and smaller than the outer diameter of the ledge such that the bottom of a first container carrier will rest upon the ledge of a second, same-shaped container carrier when stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: OREGON PRECISION INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Zakary James Borg, Ronald Lee Mellor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10357683
    Abstract: Conditioning devices for gainers and eSports athletes are presented. The devices includes a wrist rest device, a massage sleeve, a hand exercise bracelet, a knuckle bracelet and a tri-finger exercise device. The wrist rest device is configured to provide appropriate warmth to the forearms while gaming, using a keyboard, or any data input device. The massage sleeve is configured to be wrapped around a person's forearm. It includes multiple elevated geometric shapes that are be built into the fabric of the material to provide appropriate pressure along the musculature of the wrist and forearm. The hand exercise bracelet, the knuckle bracelet and the tri-finger exercise device are configured for increasing the flexion, extension, abduction, adduction and intrinsic muscle strength of fingers, wrists, and forearms especially for individuals who do extensive amounts of keyboarding as well as texting, typing, gaming, and data entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: HARRISON LEGACY 301, LLC
    Inventor: Danny Levi Harrison
  • Patent number: 10301092
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers within a plurality of corresponding container receiving apertures formed in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks and a handle extending parallel to the rows of container receiving apertures. The handle is connected at attachment points along the carrier and corresponding thickened sections are included along the bands opposite the connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 10264687
    Abstract: A rollable display device includes a roller, a display panel configured to be wound around the roller in a wound-up configuration and to display an image in an unwound configuration, a housing configured to house the display panel in the wound-up configuration and the roller, and a roller controller connected to the roller and configured to change a radius of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Hwan Choi, Sun Ho Kim, Jeong Ho Kim, Bo Ik Park, Tae An Seo, Jung Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 10108888
    Abstract: A matrix barcode on a can component, such as a can end panel, a pull tab of a can end, or the coil stock, is formed by laser application that makes spots that represent the matrix barcode modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Ramsey
  • Patent number: 10093467
    Abstract: A package is disclosed, and contains at least two rolls of absorbent material wrapped in flexible cover material, and a handle. First and second end portions of the handle are respectively attached to the flexible cover material in areas where they are in contact with respective portions of cylindrical outer surfaces of respective first and second rolls. At least a portion of the handle bridges the distance between uppermost points of the cylindrical outer surfaces of adjacent rolls, the uppermost points being located in the first plane, so that a space is formed between the handle and the flexible cover material which is wrapped around the rolls, such that the handle can be gripped by a hand within the space, without moving the handle away from the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Kristian Grennfelt, Karin Jigneus
  • Patent number: 9815605
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: British Polythene Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Bates
  • Patent number: 9694485
    Abstract: A device and method for providing assistance in gripping items that is sanitary and flexible. In its simplest embodiment, the device is an elongated elastomeric piece with two ends, each end terminating in an enclosed aperture that can be attached to a device to be gripped. Alternate embodiments include an embodiment with a third hole for thumb assistance from the other hand for placing the strap around the hand of the user and the item to be gripped, an embodiment with a middle hole thereby providing three holes wherein the center hole wraps around the center of a baby bottle while the two end holes wrap around the top and bottom of the baby bottle while providing space between the top and bottom holes for the baby's hands, an embodiment with a y-strap for gripping hand tools and an embodiment with a center long hole to allow for the bend in the knuckles of the hand of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Kerry Mellin, Merrily Mellin, Wendy Mellin
  • Patent number: 9573745
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers that include a shoulder and a relatively narrower waist. The flexible carrier includes a flexible sheet having two rows of container receiving apertures formed therein. The plurality of containers are each placed into a respective container receiving aperture around the waist and are thus unitized in a package. The flexible carrier may further include an integrated handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 9533811
    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 positioned with respect to the planar sheet. The panel is preferably cut to form a removable and assemblable functional or decorative object, such as a model or glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Ludwig
  • Patent number: 9511885
    Abstract: A method for making cluster packs includes receiving one or more container streams, grouping containers into a container cluster, before applying a shrink film, arranging a band around the container cluster, and applying adhesive material to end faces of the container cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Christopher Stuhlmann
  • Patent number: 9475629
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet having a row of container-receiving apertures formed therein. The flexible carrier further includes a handle integrated with respect to the flexible sheet. A package is formed by inserting a plurality of containers, each within a respective container-receiving aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 9434521
    Abstract: A generally continuous string of container carriers typically forming a package of fan-folded container carriers wherein the generally continuous string of container carriers include a flexible web forming a plurality of container receiving apertures arranged in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks defining a single container carrier. Each container receiving aperture in an inner rank includes a different length than each container receiving aperture in an outer rank and a generally triangular shape having a generally arcuate base and a pair of concave sides that taper toward a center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 9376245
    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 preferably cut or printed to form a removable functional or decorative object, such as a bookmark or a wristband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Ludwig, Leslie S. Marco, Jeff Neitzell
  • Patent number: 9315309
    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 generally triangular shaped container receiving apertures each having an outer band including a pair of outwardly extending protrusions. The carrier further includes a separation aperture formed between each transverse rank of container receiving apertures whereby a width of the separation aperture is approximately equal to a width between each separation aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Olsen, Christopher J. Samaras
  • Patent number: 9108765
    Abstract: A carrier for a standard fuel container and a standard oil container, where the carrier secures the oil container to the fuel container for easy transport. The carrier may further comprise a tool holder for securing a tool, such as a scrench, to the fuel container and oil container as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Dan G. Danner
  • Publication number: 20150108013
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers within a plurality of corresponding container receiving apertures formed in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks that includes at least three rows of container receiving apertures wherein a center aperture in middle transverse ranks is longer than an outer aperture in middle transverse ranks and wherein the center aperture in end transverse ranks is wider than the outer container aperture in end transverse ranks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Leslie S. Marco, Robert C. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20150108014
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers within a plurality of corresponding container receiving apertures formed in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks that includes three rows of container receiving apertures and a handle extending parallel to the three rows of container receiving apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Robert C. Olsen, Leslie S. MARCO
  • Patent number: 8955675
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8936148
    Abstract: A container carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers that includes two layers of a flexible sheet joined along a weld and two rows of container receiving apertures formed in the carrier and generally separated by the weld wherein each container receiving aperture forms an interruption in the weld. One or more tabs may extend from an edge of each container receiving aperture into the container receiving aperture to minimize movement and contact between adjacent containers in the resulting package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8851285
    Abstract: A pack (10) including at least two articles or PET containers (12) combined with each other, which are held together by means of a strip-like or ribbon-like compact strapping (18) and said strapping (18) being stretched around an outer surface (16) of the articles or PET containers (12) in a horizontal manner. The strapping (18) is made of one, two or more similar or different plastic strapping band (20) or bands (20) made of a composite material with overlapping ends each whereby a single part or multi part contact point (22) is formed by gluing and/or welding. The strapping (18) forms a relief loop (30) at the contact site (22) or apart from the contact site (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Kurt Perl, Michael Hartl
  • Publication number: 20140262857
    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 generally triangular shaped container receiving apertures each having an outer band including a pair of outwardly extending protrusions. The carrier further includes a separation aperture formed between each transverse rank of container receiving apertures whereby a width of the separation aperture is approximately equal to a width between each separation aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Robert C. Olsen, Christopher J. Samaras
  • Patent number: 8789691
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20140202893
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet having a row of container-receiving apertures formed therein. The flexible carrier further includes a handle integrated with respect to the flexible sheet. A package is formed by inserting a plurality of containers, each within a respective container-receiving aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20140197051
    Abstract: A package for unitizing a plurality of containers that includes a flexible carrier having an array of container receiving apertures formed in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks wherein each container receiving aperture engages with a respective container of the plurality of containers and includes an outer band having a sufficiently narrow width to result in permanent yield following stretching engagement with and application to a respective container and a secondary package positioned with respect to the carrier and containers to form a unitized package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Publication number: 20140054183
    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 preferably cut or printed to form a removable functional or decorative object, such as a bookmark or a wristband.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Ludwig, Leslie S. Marco, Jeff Neitzell
  • Patent number: 8439195
    Abstract: A pack, including at least two PET containers combined with each other, which are held together by a strip-like or ribbon-like compact strapping. The pack is provided with a carrier handle, which overstretches one top side of the pack and is fixed at the lateral surface areas of two PET containers which are arranged opposite of each other, next to each other or adjacent to each other, joints between the carrier handle and the respective PET container being at least partially arranged within the strapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Kurt Perl, Michael Hartl
  • Patent number: 8418844
    Abstract: A generally continuous string of container carriers typically forming a package of fan-folded container carriers wherein the generally continuous string of container carriers are folded within a carton along a first attachment area and a second attachment area between adjacent container carriers of the plurality of container carriers and perforations are formed at least partially across the first attachment area and the second attachment area and include a series of small cuts and dividing apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur R. Slaters, Jr., George E. Waldo, II, Leslie S. Marco, Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8196372
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pack, which includes at least two PET containers combined with each other, which are held together by a strip-like or ribbon-like strap, the strap being spun about an outer surface of the PET containers in a horizontal manner, wherein an inner surface of the strap, which lies at the outer surfaces of the PET containers, is fixed at least at one junction with one of the PET containers. The strap is fixed at the junction by a material integrated bond in the form of at least one welded joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Kurt Perl, Michael Hartl
  • Publication number: 20120073997
    Abstract: A sanitary snap-on multiple-can carrier and transport device is disclosed which facilitates bundling, storage and transport of cans in multi-pack units of two, four, six, eight and 12 cans. The configuration of the device permits multiples of the device to be loaded into magazines, which in turn may be loaded into and dispensed from high speed machine applicators to apply the devices to cans. The design also permits stacking of rows of cans bound together for purposes of storage and even permits the formation of entire palletloads of cans without the extra support of conventional shipping containment material such as strapping, cardboard and shrinkwrap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Zakary James Borg
  • Publication number: 20110266167
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet and a plurality of container receiving apertures formed in the flexible sheet wherein the plurality of container receiving apertures are formed in a staggered array wherein each row within the array includes a different number, offset and/or geometry of container receiving apertures from each adjacent row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie S. Marco, Jay A. Saltzman
  • Publication number: 20110259767
    Abstract: A generally continuous string of container carriers typically forming a package of fan-folded container carriers wherein the generally continuous string of container carriers include a flexible web forming a plurality of container receiving apertures arranged in longitudinal rows and transverse ranks defining a single container carrier. Each container receiving aperture in an inner rank includes a different length than each container receiving aperture in an outer rank and a generally triangular shape having a generally arcuate base and a pair of concave sides that taper toward a center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20110253561
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet and a plurality of container receiving apertures formed in the flexible sheet. An array of the container receiving apertures extend longitudinally across the flexible sheet wherein each container receiving aperture is substantially rectangular and includes an aperture perimeter that increases more than 42% following application to a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Weaver, Jason R. Moreau, Robert Olsen
  • Patent number: 7975841
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet and a plurality of container receiving apertures formed in the flexible sheet wherein the plurality of container receiving apertures are formed in a staggered array wherein each row within the array includes a different number, offset and/or geometry of container receiving apertures from each adjacent row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie S. Marco, Jay A. Saltzman
  • Patent number: 7964125
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Olsen
  • Patent number: 7963391
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet and a plurality of container receiving apertures formed in the flexible sheet. An array of the container receiving apertures extend longitudinally across the flexible sheet wherein each container receiving aperture is substantially rectangular and includes an aperture perimeter that increases more than 42% following application to a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Weaver, Jason R. Moreau, Robert Olsen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7850003
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable holder is disclosed for securing a plurality of articles. The holder may include a first sheet formed of heat-shrinkable material, and a second sheet formed of heat-shrinkable material and joined to the first sheet. The first sheet and the second sheet are joined so as to create at least two openings therebetween. Each of the openings is sized larger than one of the articles. The first and second sheets are heat-shrinkable to an extent to shrink the openings sufficiently to secure two of the articles together into a unit. Various modifications and additions are possible, including use of more than three sheets, providing for the reading of printed indicia on the articles or holder, providing a handle. Numerous orientations and collections of articles are possible. Related packages including a holder and articles are also disclosed, as well as related methods of manufacture of the holder and package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Hartness, William R. Hartness, III, Mark W. Davidson, Ernst Van Wickeren
  • Patent number: 7832553
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable holder for securing articles, a package securing such articles using heat-shrinkable sheets, a shrinkable sleeve, and a method and device for securing such articles using heat-shrinkable sheets and sleeves are disclosed. The holder is constructed so that it is separable when desired, and may comprise the labeling or the like for an article to be packaged. Releasable fasteners such as adhesives, heat seals, and/or perforations may be employed on the sheets. If desired, articles may be individually sleeved with a heat shrinkable film blank portion, which may function as labeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Hartness, Mark W. Davidson, John Loughlin
  • Patent number: 7819243
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for blocking a bar code in a package includes a carrier with a plurality of apertures. The carrier is formed with a plastic material containing an absorbing dye and a fluorescing dye so that a bar code on each container is not readable by a bar code scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David Brophy, Joel A. Richardson
  • Patent number: 7806257
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for blocking a bar code in a package includes a carrier with a plurality of apertures. The carrier is formed with a plastic material containing an absorbing dye and a fluorescing dye so that a bar code on each container is not readable by a bar code scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Samaras, Joel A. Richardson, Glenn E. Ihrig, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7793778
    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 an inner web. The inner web includes a flap that impinges into each container aperture thus creating a carrier that may be consistently applied to produce a desirable package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 7775348
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet having two rows of container apertures formed therein. The plurality of containers are each placed into a respective container receiving aperture and are thus unitized in a package. The flexible carrier further includes two panels and/or two handles, each panel and/or handle formed at a periphery of the flexible sheet along each longitudinal edge of the flexible sheet and a line of weakness formed between the longitudinal rows. As a result of the described configuration, flexible carrier is divisible into two sub-carriers, each unitizing a set of containers and each including a panel and/or a handle along a respective longitudinal edge of the resulting sub-carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Olsen, Leslie Marco
  • Patent number: 7721879
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for blocking a bar code in a package includes a carrier with a plurality of apertures. The carrier is formed with a plastic material containing an absorbing dye and a fluorescing dye so that a bar code on each container is not readable by a bar code scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Weaver, Joel A. Richardson, Leslie S. Marco