Only One End Of Retained Receptacles Engaged Patents (Class 206/153)
  • Patent number: 11440716
    Abstract: A top-engaging carrier includes a top panel (18a) and a sloping shoulder panel (16a) hinged to the top panel by a first fold line (21a). The first fold line is interrupted by at least two curved cut lines (40a) such that by folding the shoulder panel about the first fold line, an article-engaging edge is defined by each of the at least two curved cut lines. The shoulder panel includes a stress-reducing second fold line (29a) extending alongside at least a part of the first fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: WESTROCK PACKAGING SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Patent number: 11401094
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of container includes a plurality of panels including at least one central panel and at least one attachment panel configured to receive a portion of one or more containers of the plurality of containers. At least one end flap is foldably connected to the at least one attachment panel. The at least one central panel is for being positioned between and attached to adjacent containers of the plurality of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Justin McCree, Brian Smalley, Steve M. Gould
  • Patent number: 11286094
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers can include a plurality of panels including at least one central panel, at least one attachment panel foldably connected to the at least one central panel and configured to receive a portion of one or more containers of the plurality of containers, at least one side panel foldably connected to the at least one attachment panel, and at least one top panel foldably connected to the at least one side panel. The at least one central panel can include a plurality of openings and can be for being positioned between and attached to adjacent containers of the plurality of containers. The at least one top panel can have an outer free edge arranged to expose a portion of the at least one attachment panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Ana Maria Gonzalez Manzano, Steve M. Gould
  • Patent number: 11180301
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers includes a plurality of panels that includes at least one central panel and at least one attachment panel configured to receive a portion of one or more containers of the plurality of containers. The at least one central panel includes a plurality of openings and is for being positioned between and attached to adjacent containers of the plurality of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Patent number: 11084639
    Abstract: A carton (90) for packaging one or more articles. The carton comprises a plurality of wall forming a tubular structure. The plurality of walls include a top wall (12), first side wall (14) hinged to the top wall by a first hinged connection (13) and a second side wall (18) hinged to the top wall by a second hinged connection. The carton comprises a handle structure comprising a handle aperture (A2) struck at least in part from the top wall and defining in part a handle strap (40a). The handle aperture comprises a first edge (E1) defining in part a grip portion of the handle strap and providing a load-bearing edge; and a second edge (E2) opposing the first edge, the second edge being a non-load-bearing edge. A reinforcing member (S) reinforces the load-bearing edge of the handle aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: WESTROCK PACKAGING SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Nathaniel B. Ball
  • Patent number: 11027904
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of container includes a plurality of panels including at least one central panel and at least one attachment panel configured to receive a portion of one or more containers of the plurality of containers. The at least one central panel is for being positioned between and attached to adjacent containers of the plurality of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Justin McCree, Brian Smalley, Steve M. Gould
  • Patent number: 10836550
    Abstract: A top engaging carrier includes a main panel which has an aperture for receiving a portion of an article. The main panel includes an annular series of tabs formed around the aperture. The aperture defines a first edge of each of the tabs of the annular series. The tabs are hingedly connected to the main panel such that they yield out of the plane of the main panel when an article is received in the aperture. One of the tabs of the annular series is defined at least in part by a first cutline extending from the aperture into the main panel. The first cutline separating at least a portion of the one tab from an adjacent tab. The main panel also includes a second cutline. The second cutline defines a portion of a second edge of each of the one tab and the adjacent tab, wherein the second edge opposes the first edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew E. Zacherle
  • Patent number: 10562686
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of containers, the carton includes a top retainer having a top panel and at least one top end flap foldably connected to the top panel. The top panel includes at least one retaining portion having at least one receptacle for retaining at least one container of the plurality of containers, and the at least one retaining portion is removable from the carton. The carton further includes a tray having a bottom panel and at least one bottom end flap foldably connected to the bottom panel. The at least one top end flap and the at least one bottom end flap cooperate to form a closed end of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Raymond S. Kastanek
  • Patent number: 10486874
    Abstract: Holding system (2) for a row (3) of individual pots (4), intended to facilitate shelving of a row of individual pots that are aligned in a longitudinal direction (X), with the pots (4) being of the type that has a bottom wall (5), a side wall (6) that is closed on itself, and a collar (8) at one end (4a, 4b) of the pot. The system includes a pot-holding assembly (10), extending in a longitudinal direction (X), and including a large number of gripping surfaces (12) that can exert a support on the collars (8) of the pots (4) of a row of individual pots, a large number of gripping counter-surfaces (13) that can exert a counter-support on the pots (4) of the row of individual pots such that the pots are sandwiched and held between the gripping surfaces (12) and the gripping counter-surfaces (13) of the pot-holding assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SYNERLINK
    Inventor: Fabien Jego
  • Patent number: 10293998
    Abstract: A container carrier and manufacturing method therefore are provided. The container carrier may include an integrally molded body with a top surface, a bottom surface, and one or more oval structures. Each oval structure has a circumferential rib with a plurality of flanges coupled to the circumferential rib, and each flange includes an inwardly projecting portion. An inner perimeter of each flange is formed to have an arcuate shape, and the inner perimeters of the flanges are collectively configured to define a void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Zakary James Borg, Ronald Lee Mellor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10214334
    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: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Edward W. Jones, Ana Gonzalez, Emili Requena, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Kevin T. May, Colin Ford, Matthew Sundquist
  • Patent number: 9284090
    Abstract: A divider for dividing at least two layers of articles in a package. The divider comprises a central panel, and at least one article attachment flap foldably connected to the central panel. The at least one article attachment flap is for attaching the divider to at least one of the articles as the divider and the articles are formed into the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Lettre, Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 9169050
    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: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8936149
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier can comprise a bottom panel, a top panel at least partially in face-to-face contact with the bottom panel, a handle comprising a bottom gripping portion in the bottom panel and a top gripping portion in the top panel, and at least one container receiver for at least partially receiving a respective container of the plurality of containers. The at least one container receiver is foldably connected to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Patent number: 8925720
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Colin P. Ford
  • 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: 20140183069
    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: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, SR.
  • Patent number: 8701885
    Abstract: A container set which connects and packages a plurality of containers with a package sheet is provided, wherein at least one container has a shape in which a plurality of large-width portions having a larger width in a connecting direction as compared with the other portions are formed on respective sides of a small-width portion having a smaller width than the large-width portion, with the small-width portion therebetween; the package sheet has a plurality of tubular portions which are shrunk along an outer shape of the containers and which individually store the containers; and, in the tubular portions, a connecting portion is formed between adjacent tubular portions at least at a part of the tubular portion corresponding to the large-width portion, and the tubular portions which oppose each other are separated from each other at the small-width portion, with no connecting portion formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernst Christiaan Koolhaas
  • Patent number: 8631932
    Abstract: A carrier comprising a top panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a first bottom panel connected to the first side panel by at least one first strut, and a second bottom panel connected to the second side panel by at least one second strut. At least one container-receiving portion can comprise a first retaining feature and an opposing second retaining feature. At least a portion of the first retaining feature or the second retaining feature is disposed in the first side panel or the second side panel. A container can be retained by at least one of the first retaining feature and the second retaining feature. At least a portion of at least one of the first bottom panel and the second bottom panel is disposed between the container and the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • 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: 8511469
    Abstract: Carton blanks are disclosed for accommodating articles therein to form packages. A packaging system for packaging articles within blanks is capable of packaging a wide variety of packaging configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Fogle, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 8464866
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 8443968
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package comprises panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the package. The panels comprise a top panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the top panel. A plurality of features in the top panel receives and holds a top portion of the plurality of containers. Each of the plurality of features comprises an opening in the top panel wherein the top panel has at least two edges at least partially forming a respective opening to engage a respective container of the plurality of containers to at least partially attach the respective container to the package. The at least two edges are in contact with an underside of a flange of the respective container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrea Coltri De Paula
  • Patent number: 8387784
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ana Gonzalez, Emili Requena, Paul Bradford, Andrea Coltri-DePaula
  • Publication number: 20120138489
    Abstract: A carrier comprising a top panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a first bottom panel connected to the first side panel by at least one first strut, and a second bottom panel connected to the second side panel by at least one second strut. At least one container-receiving portion can comprise a first retaining feature and an opposing second retaining feature. At least a portion of the first retaining feature or the second retaining feature is disposed in the first side panel or the second side panel. A container can be retained by at least one of the first retaining feature and the second retaining feature. At least a portion of at least one of the first bottom panel and the second bottom panel is disposed between the container and the top panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: John Murdick Holley, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120080328
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package comprises panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the package. The panels comprise a top panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the top panel. A plurality of features in the top panel receives and holds a top portion of the plurality of containers. Each of the plurality of features comprises an opening in the top panel wherein the top panel has at least two edges at least partially forming a respective opening to engage a respective container of the plurality of containers to at least partially attach the respective container to the package. The at least two edges are in contact with an underside of a flange of the respective container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Andrea Coltri De Paula
  • Patent number: 8100256
    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. A reinforcement flap is foldably attached to the at least one of the side panels. The reinforcement flap has at least one opening for receiving an article. A handle reinforcement flap is foldably attached to the at least one of the side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Charles F. Ho Fung
  • Patent number: 8096413
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package comprises panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the package. The panels comprise a top panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the top panel. At least one feature is in the top panel that receives and holds a top portion of at least one container of the plurality of containers. The at least one feature comprises an opening in the top panel and a retention feature adjacent the opening to engage at least one container of the plurality of containers to at least partially attach the at least one container to the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrea Coltri De Paula
  • Patent number: 8083061
    Abstract: Carton blanks are disclosed for accommodating articles therein to form packages. A packaging system for packaging articles within blanks is capable of packaging a wide variety of packaging configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Fogel, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 8061519
    Abstract: A sleeve for storing and permitting removal of containers having an outwardly extending upper flange includes a bottom panel with a pair of side edges, each connecting to a side panel, and a top panel that extends between the side panels. The bottom panel includes at least one opening spaced from the side edges. The opening is sized smaller than the flange, but large enough to permit the container to extend partially therethrough so that the bottom panel supports the flange. One or more slits can extend generally outward from the opening and are spaced from the side edges. The slits are configured to increase the size of the opening so that the flange can pass therethrough, allowing the container to be removed. The opening then at least partially returns to its initial size, so that a container subsequently received in the opening is supported by the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Joseph Taglione
  • Patent number: 7823721
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 7793779
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Charles F. Ho Fung
  • Patent number: 7614495
    Abstract: A modular beverage can interlocking device that is adapted for forming a plurality of conventional beverage cans into a building block for use as a toy or in display applications. The device generally comprises a plurality of ring-shaped members, each having an upper orifice which is configured with an upper lip retention portion for releasably retaining the top portion of a conventional beverage can via a snap-fit. Conversely, the lower orifice of each of the ring-shaped members is optimally contoured to hold the lower portion of the conventional beverage can via at a snug friction-fit. The top portion of a plurality of beverage cans may be releasably retained in the upper lip retention portion via insertion through the lower orifice, thereby defining a distribution orientation that is optimally suited for distribution of beverage product in the normal manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: Matthew Charles Smithers
  • Patent number: 7377382
    Abstract: An integral carrier for carrying multiple containers by their necks is disclosed that has a plurality of annular neck-engaging structures and a pair of centrally located opposing finger loops that promote a balanced distribution of weight for ease in carrying and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Zakary James Borg, William Buel
  • 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: 6926147
    Abstract: A carton for dispensing articles such as cups while retaining the remaining cups in the open carton. A plurality of panels are connected together to define a carton. A bottom panel includes a plurality of article-receiving openings therethrough. The openings are configured to receive articles and to retain the articles by their top flanges. Each of the openings is disposed adjacent to a fold line connecting the bottom panel with a side panel. The fold line includes a frangible portion that is positioned in proximity of at least one of the openings. Moving each article within the respective opening permits a flange of that article to initiate breakage of the frangible portion to release that article from the respective opening so that that article may be dispensed from the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6892882
    Abstract: A sleeve assembly is provided for a package. The package provides storage for a variety of items. A sleeve at least partially surrounds the package and connects to the package through a connection point. The sleeve includes a reinforced adhesive material which provides reinforcement to the connection point and prevents both tearing of the sleeve and displacement of the sleeve from the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Porter-Cable Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Powers, John T. Holladay
  • 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
  • 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: 20030006150
    Abstract: An article carrier and a blank for forming an article carrier for holding a plurality of articles, for example bottles. The carrier comprises a plurality of wall panels for forming a tubular structure. The wall panels include a pair of side wall panels, one of which is provided with a reinforcing tab hingedly connected thereto along an article-retaining edge of a first aperture for receiving an article. The reinforcing tab is folded to underlie the one side wall panel to provide a two-ply structure adjacent the article-retaining edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventors: Alain Saulas, Jean-Michel Garnier
  • Patent number: 6488322
    Abstract: An article carrier and blank for forming an article carrier for accommodating a plurality of articles, for example, bottles having a trapezoidal cross section. The carrier comprises a top, a base and opposed sides interconnecting the top and the base wherein one or more of the side walls are placed in an acute angular relationship with respect to the base. The carrier is collapsible along a supplemental hinged connection formed in the base thereby to enable the carrier to move between flat collapsed and set up conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx
  • Publication number: 20020125149
    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: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Rick Martins
  • 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: 6168012
    Abstract: A paperboard carrier is provided. The carrier includes a two ply top panel, side walls, and a bottom panel. Apertures in the top and bottom panels allow for the carrier to be applied to a set of bottles. Tabs are formed in the top panel to support the bottles in the carrier. The carrier is provided with many different features, including a tongue which extends upwardly from the edge of the bottom panel apertures. The tongues engage the underside of the top panel to help prevent racking of the carrier relative to the bottles and to help space the top and bottom panels apart. The base of the tabs in the top panel top ply define a circle greater in diameter than the top panel bottom ply apertures, and the tabs engage the bottle at an angle of less than 45°. The tabs surrounding the top panel aperture can be of varying lengths. End panels are provided. The end panels are held substantially perpendicular to the top, bottom, and side panels by locking panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Eco-Pak Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Galbierz
  • Patent number: 6116255
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus whereby a paint roller can quickly be cleaned, fluffed, and rendered damp-dry with the operator and cleaning area completely shielded from the splatter of solvent and paint. The washing and spin drying actions are produced by a high velocity single jet of water or other solvent delivered through a hand-held spray wand within the confines of a hand-held, tapered cylindrical enclosure.The enclosure is open at the top for insertion of both the paint laden roller and the spray wand, and for visual access into the cleaning process. It's in-rolled upper rim eliminates egress of random splatter. It's open bottom affords rapid exhaust, and being tapered throughout, permits enclosure elements to be nested for efficient quantity packaging. The detachable handle, when affixed to the enclosure and properly adjusted, accommodates nearly any paint roller handle design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: The Walter Trust
    Inventor: William R. Walter
  • Patent number: 6105761
    Abstract: A device for storing and dispensing substances, preferably small quantities of liquids, including a container formed by two sheets, interconnected by hot sealing and cooperating to form a compartment for receiving the liquid and a pocket for receiving a brush. In the area between the compartment and the pocket, the connection between the sheets includes a pre-defined break zone which can be released by pressure exerted on the compartment, to force the liquid from the compartment into the pocket and wet the tip of the brush disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: ESPE Dental AG
    Inventors: Marc Peuker, Mathias Bertl, Dieter Poschmann
  • Patent number: 6076225
    Abstract: A number of forms of painting trays and accessories are disclosed. These include a paint tray having an upper or intermediate foam pad across the top thereof to prevent spillage. The paint will only flow through the foam at a very slow speed. One embodiment is disclosed wherein the paint tray includes a cover and has a plurality of variable porosity pads. Another unit includes a round tray, a round pad, and a round applicator unit. Several painting accessories are described, including a painting pad having a plurality of wells therein as well as being made from a porous, sponge-like material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Gerhard-Sorenson Corp.
    Inventor: Gregg R. Sorenson
  • Patent number: 6041919
    Abstract: A lid for a container having a spreadable fluid therein. The lid includes a less resilient portion having at least one hole defined therethrough and at least one more resilient portion overlapping the at least one hole of the less resilient portion. The more resilient portion has at least one slit grouping in registration with the at least one hole of the less resilient portion. The at least one slit grouping perforates the more resilient material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Brushwiser Corporation
    Inventor: Robert W. Adams
  • Patent number: 6038709
    Abstract: A toilet plunger holder and cover including a cylindrical base coextensive in height with the plunger elastomeric head and a cover for the base with a narrow tubular portion that covers and is coextensive in length with the plunger handle. Partitions and a deodorizing substance holder are molded integrally with the base bottom wall, and these partitions hold the plunger head above the bottom wall for drying. The entire holder receives a rigid decorative overlay that is connected to the holder cover so the overlay and cover are removed as a unit from the base. In one embodiment, the holder cover is made of a ceramic material with an elastomeric bumper that prevents damage to the ceramic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Dorothy M. Kent
  • Patent number: 5992617
    Abstract: Storage devices for paint rollers, paint roller covers, and paint brushes. The storage devices for the paint rollers and paint roller covers are cylindrical containers, having a lid, which are flared outwardly at their upper portions and have a foam insert at the bottom for forming a spongy seal with the painting implement. The container for the cover has a core in it over and around which the roller cover fits. The paint implement holder may be a foam insert which is sized to fit inside of a paint can, e.g. a one or a five gallon can. The foam inserts have openings for receiving one or more paint implements. Alternatively, the paint brush holder is a rectangular-shaped container having a foam insert fitted to its upper portion. The exterior of the insert is sized to fit the container. The insert has an opening for holding a paint brush collar to allow the bristles to be in the container without touching the bottom. The insert keeps the brush wet and from drying out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventors: Robert Lincoln Couch, Ronald Norman Couch