Rim Of Aperture In Horizontal Wall Engages Chime Patents (Class 206/158)
  • Patent number: 10526103
    Abstract: A method of forming a carton. The method includes obtaining a blank having at least one panel and at least one article protection flap foldably connected to the at least one panel. The method includes positioning the at least one panel to at least partially form an interior space of the carton, loading at least one article in the interior space, and folding the at least one article protection flap relative to the at least one panel after the loading the at least one article. The folding includes moving the article protection flap from a first position that is substantially parallel to the at least one panel to a second position wherein the article protection flap is folded relative to the at least one panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Schmal, O'Neal Alexander, Mark Baldino, Michael Cerio, John Murdick Holley, Jr., Frank N. Moncrief, Raymond S. Kastanek, Colin Ford
  • Patent number: 10500780
    Abstract: A plurality of containers fabricated from plastic preforms, wherein the form of each of the containers is partially defined, through expansion of the containers by other containers adjacent thereto. A package including a plurality of the plastic containers is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: DISCMA AG
    Inventors: Frederic Drzewiecki, Klaus Hartwig, Damien Kannengiesser
  • Patent number: 9834339
    Abstract: A seal laminate for closing a mouth of a container is provided. The seal laminate includes a heat seal layer, a structural base support layer and upper and lower dimensional stable layers. The heat seal layer bonds the laminate to a rim surrounding the container's mouth. The structural base support layer may be comprised of a pulp, paper, cardboard, chipboard, paperboard, or cellulose based material having a moisture content of about 3 to about 6 percent and is positioned above the heat seal layer. The upper and lower dimensionally stable layers are disposed above and below the structural base support layer and are sized to balance the vertical forces on the structural base support layer upon exposure to about 60 percent or greater relative humidity. The upper and lower dimensionally stable layers have a water vapor transmission rate of about 1.5 g/100 in2/24 hours or below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Selig Sealing Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Brucker, Eric Clark
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120241332
    Abstract: A multipack carrier for packaging containers is an apparatus that is used to hold, bundle, and transport packaging containers together. The packaging containers is any kind of bottle, can, or jar that is used to store consumer goods. The apparatus comprises of a plurality of plastic braces, a paper board carrier, a grasping mechanism, and a printed graphic. The plastic braces allows the apparatus to clutch each individual packing containers, and the paper board carrier allows the apparatus to simultaneous support all of the plastic braces. In the preferred embodiment, the plastic braces are created by injecting recyclable resin into a plastic injection mold and onto the paper board carrier. The printed graphic can be illustrated on the apparatus because of the material of the paper board carrier. The grasping mechanism allows a person to pick up and carry the apparatus with the packing containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen Arthur CROSSMAN
  • 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: 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: 7861853
    Abstract: A beaded lip protection and tamper-resistant device for canisters with caps is disclosed, as well as multiples of the same device joined together to form multiple-canister carriers that may be provided with one or more handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Zakary James Borg
  • 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: 7617969
    Abstract: A carton has side panels extending upwardly from respective edges of the carton's bottom. Upright edges of the side panels are respectively connected to one another to define upright corners of the carton. At least a first opening to the carton's interior extends across a first of the upright corners. At least one partition has opposite ends that are respectively pivotably connected to the side panels that define the first upright corner, so that the partition can be pivoted between a deployed configuration and an undeployed configuration. The partition at least partially closes the first opening in the undeployed configuration. The partition extends into the carton's interior and at least partially around a compartment during the deployed configuration, whereby the partition at least partially defines the compartment during the deployed configuration. At least a second opening extends through the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 7448493
    Abstract: A bottle carrier includes a base and one or more arms extending downwardly from the base. The arms include an inwardly facing surface for contacting a neck of a bottle, and also include an inwardly extending tab having an upper surface for supporting a lip on the neck of the bottle. The tabs further include a lower surface angled away from the base as it extends away from the bottle. Upon insertion of a bottle into a bottle receiving area defined by the arms, the upper surface of the bottle contacts the lower surfaces of the tabs, thereby causing at least one of the arms to deflect outward, permitting insertion of the bottle cap and lip on the neck of the bottle into the bottle receiving area. Once the lip of the bottle is inserted past the tabs, the arms return toward their undeflected position, with the tabs positioned below the lip, retaining the bottle in the bottle neck receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Michael P. Wong
  • Patent number: 7409794
    Abstract: A powered fishing line casting system utilizing compressed air is provided to cast a projectile provided with fishhooks and bait, and to which the fishing line to be cast is attached, to greater distances than could be achieved using conventional casting methods. The system includes a hollow launch tube sized to accommodate insertion of the projectile. A reducer is disposed adjacent to one end of the launch tube and is adapted to receive a flow of compressed gas from an accumulator tank and to discharge a stream of high-velocity air that impinges upon the projectile disposed within the launch tube in order to launch the projectile. A manually-operable valve is interposed between the reducer and the accumulator tank to control the flow of air to the reducer. Spaced-apart front and rear support legs provide stable support for the system during and between launches of a fishing line carrying projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventors: Daniel Triano, Thomas Heyer, Douglas Osenbauch
  • Publication number: 20080000784
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention provide a blank foldable material that may be configured to form a container. When formed, the container is self-locking and includes a rollover panel assemblies formed by spaced apart fold lines that forms bearing surfaces for vertically stacked containers. The container includes a inside taper that functions to prevent telescoping of vertically stacked container, and to hold the various corner panels in their proper location. The blank is configured to form a container that includes corners having multiple thicknesses for strength and stability. The container is self locking, easy us manufacture yet high strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventor: Jack A. McClure
  • Patent number: 7264114
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming a carton of the top gripping type for accommodating a plurality of containers. The carton is tubular in structure and has top and base spaced, opposed panels. The base panel has apertures each for receiving a container. The base panel also has a foldable retaining tab hingedly connected thereto for operatively engaging part of the respective container. The carton also has a retaining structure depending from the top panel. The retaining structure comprises an engagement panel with an engaging edge to engage at least one of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jean Yves Daniel
  • Patent number: 7083046
    Abstract: A wraparound article carrier and a blank for forming a wraparound article carrier for packaging an article such as a pot of foodstuffs is disclosed. The carrier comprises opposed top and base walls interconnected by opposed side walls thereby forming a tubular structure. An aperture is provided in the base wall panel to accommodate a portion of the article. A bracing tab is formed at least in part from the base wall to define the aperture and folded so as to form a spacer for causing the top and base to be spaced by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Meadwestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 6158586
    Abstract: There is provided a tightening arrangement in a paperboard wrap for articles such as bottles 11. In the region of the side/base junction there is provided a number of hinge panels 25 which remain hingedly connected to the wrap. The hinge panels 25 are folded out of alignment with the wrap such that a first part 26 lies in use against the adjacent base panel below a heel part 16 of one of the bottles 11. The hinge connection of the hinge panels 25 provides a firm area for engagement by the substantially straight, continuous edge provided by a series of engaging members 52 mounted on an endless chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Rolf Muller
  • Patent number: 6082532
    Abstract: A blank for carrying bottles with an engaging edge has a center panel, a pair of securing panels, a pair of handle panels, an exterior grip support panel and an interior grip support panel. The center panel has a plurality of apertures formed therein. The securing panels have apertures formed therein to match the number of apertures in the center panel. The securing panels also have individual flaps formed in association therewith therein and aligned substantially perpendicular to the handle. When the blank is folded and formed into a carrier, the apertures of the center panel and the apertures and individual flaps of the securing panel create a corresponding number of bottle receiving collars. Consequently, when bottles are placed into the carrier, each bottle receiving collar engages the engaging edge of each bottle and supports each bottle during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Miess
  • Patent number: 6059099
    Abstract: A multi-pack carrier for holding a plurality of bottles includes a top panel, side panels depending from the top panel, and a bottom panel. The top panel has at least a top ply, a middle ply, and a bottom ply. The top ply includes a plurality of apertures with a plurality slits radiating outwardly from an edge of the each of the apertures to define a plurality of top ply tabs around the top ply apertures. The top ply apertures having a diameter less than a diameter of the bottle where the carrier intersects the bottle when a bottle is placed in the carrier so that the top ply tabs will be angled upwardly to engage the take-out bead of the bottle. The second ply has a plurality of apertures substantially coaxial with the top-ply apertures and a plurality of slits radiating outwardly from the second ply apertures defining a plurality of second ply tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Eco-Pak Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Galbierz
  • Patent number: 6050399
    Abstract: A carrier and container assembly that includes a plurality of containers of identical size and geometry, and having identical labels with UPC indicia identically positioned thereon. A carrier of one-piece as-made plastic composition has a top flat wall with openings into which the containers are fastened such that the containers depend from the top wall, and a skirt that extends entirely around the periphery of the top wall and depends therefrom for a distance sufficient at least partially to cover the UPC indicia on the labels of the containers. UPC indicia associated with the carrier and container assembly is externally positioned on the carrier skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Labels Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Pratt
  • Patent number: 5960945
    Abstract: A bottle neck carrier designed to hold long neck bottles. Long support tabs at each bottle neck opening in a top support panel extend up to the bottle flange, while shorter support tabs contact only the sides of the necks. The tabs may include transverse fold lines to better contact the bottle necks and to provide increased stiffness. In a carrier for packaging two rows of bottles, gusset panels connecting the side and end panels assist in holding the panels in place and facilitate folding of the end panel flaps. In a carrier for packaging a single row of bottles, the end panels are formed from side panel extensions which wrap around the end bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5921392
    Abstract: A carton for packaging one or two layers of flanged tubs. The bottom panel is formed from adhesively connected overlapping flaps which contain cutouts. Lower portions of the tubs extend through openings in the bottom panel formed by the cutouts. Tabs foldably connected to the inner overlapping bottom panel flap prevent adhesive from contacting the tubs and also strengthen the bottom panel. When two layers of tubs are packaged support flaps connected to the side panels extend between the stacked tubs of the upper and lower layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert E. Davis
  • Patent number: 5884757
    Abstract: A beverage-containing article carrier includes a supporting frame and a release strip member. The supporting frame member contains a first set of openings having a diameter which is larger than the necked portion of bottles retained in the carrier. The release strip is releasable relative to the supporting frame and covers a portion of the first openings. The release strip further includes a plurality of arc-like recess portions, which combines to form with the uncovered portions of the first openings, a set of second openings having a diameter sized to retain the necked portion of a beverage-containing article, such as a bottle or can. Preferably, the second openings each include a set of retaining tabs, whereby removal of the release strip causes at least one of the tabs to be removed, allowing a predetermined number of articles to drop through the first openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: John F. Prince
  • 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: 5791464
    Abstract: A cover for tops of flanged containers held in planar paperboard carriers excludes contamination from surfaces which will contact the contents when they are poured out or a consumer's mouth will contact. The cover is formed from multilaterally-stretchable paper and is applied to the carrier in two different ways to create two versions of the embodiment of the invention. In Version I, a sheet of multilaterally-stretchable paper overlies the planar carrier body and is attached to the carrier at the periphery of the cover and elsewhere as required by the configuration of the carrier. When containers are inserted in the carrier, they raise small tents by stretching the paper cover and the container tops lie protected between the carrier body and the cover sheet. In Version II, a sheet of multilaterally-stretchable paper underlies the planar carrier body and is attached to the carrier where required by the configuration of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventors: Jerome Joseph Galbierz, Michael Louis Reinig, Richard Ernest Wendt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5775503
    Abstract: A blank for forming an article carrier of the top gripping type comprising hingeably interconnected first and second side panels, first and second end panels and upper panels having means for cooperating with an article to retain the article in a formed carrier, wherein the first end panel, first side panel, second end panel and second side panel are hingeably interconnected in series about an aperture through which an article is passable in packaging the article during formation of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Philippe LeBras
  • Patent number: 5735394
    Abstract: A bottle carrier having a suitcase-type handle connected to the top panel by spaced fold line segments. The top panel of the carrier includes apertures adjacent the outer ends of the outer fold line segments. Tabs at the outer ends of the handle extend through the apertures into the interior of the carrier, thereby preventing tearing at the handle when lifting and carrying the carrier. The top panel is comprised of partially overlapping top panel sections, and a central tab integral with the overlapping top panel section extends through the central opening of the suitcase type handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Glen Ray Harrelson
  • 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: 5682982
    Abstract: A blank for carrying bottles with an engaging edge has a center panel, a pair of securing panels, a pair of handle panels, an exterior grip support panel and an interior grip support panel. The center panel has a plurality of apertures and access tabs formed therein, and each aperture has an access tab associated therewith. The securing panels have apertures formed therein to match the number of apertures in the center panel. The securing panels also have individual flaps formed therein, and each aperture of the securing panels is associated with an individual flap. When the blank is folded and formed into a carrier, the apertures and access tabs of the center panel and the apertures and individual flaps of the securing panel create a corresponding number of bottle receiving collars. Consequently, when bottles are placed into the carrier, each bottle receiving collar engages the engaging edge of each bottle and supports each bottle during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Field Container Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Donald Bruce Stonehouse
  • Patent number: 5667070
    Abstract: The bottle carrying device 11 has a base 16 and angled side walls 19, 20 with handle portions 23, 24 secured by panel 26. Cuts are made in the base 16 so as to form flaps 28 which are hingedly connected to the side walls 19, 20. The flaps 28 together with edges 32 of cap holes 31 engage below the neck shoulder 15 of a bottle 12 to retain the bottle in the device 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Emili Requena Miret
  • Patent number: 5639137
    Abstract: An article carrier for holding together a plurality of articles such as bottles. The carrier comprises opposed upper and lower walls interconnected by spaced side walls. Each of the upper and lower walls has a plurality of article receiving apertures. The carrier has a billbroad panel depending from one of the side walls and an internal partition structure connecting the upper and lower walls. The partition structure comprises a pair of mutually hinged panel elements disposed in face to face contacting relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx
  • Patent number: 5595292
    Abstract: A carton includes a top panel, a pair of side panels foldably joined to and extending downwardly from the side edges of the top panel, and a strap handle formed in part from the top panel and in part from the side panels. The handle extends transversely across the top panel and is joined at its opposite end portions respectively to the side panels for movement between a stowed position and a raised position. When the handle is in the stowed position, the intermediate portion of the handle is disposed in the plane of the top panel whereas when it is in the raised position, the intermediate portion of the handle is bowed and disposed above the top panel. Each end portion of the handle has a foldable tab adapted to be pressed against an article within the carton and to thereby be folded to allow gradual stress increase in the handle when the handle is pulled upward from the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Aaron Bates
  • Patent number: 5590776
    Abstract: A carrier is provided for carrying a plurality of bottles such as, but not limited to, long-necked glass bottles or PET bottles. The carrier includes a top panel and at least one side panel. The top panel has a first ply defining an array of surrounding apertures and a second ply below the first ply defining an array of container receiving apertures which are concentric with the surrounding apertures of the first ply. A plurality of slits extending radially from each container receiving aperture of the second ply to define tabs which engage a bottle's chime and hold the bottle in the carrier. The fold point for the tabs is defined by the surrounding apertures. The carrier can be formed as a box-top or sleeve carrier having a bottom panel defining openings which are concentric with the apertures in the top panel. The box-top carrier holds the bottles in tight formation and in contact with each other to prevent the bottles from impacting each other to prevent damage to the bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventors: Richard T. Galbierz, Michael A. Galbierz
  • Patent number: 5573111
    Abstract: A bottle carrier having a central or upper panel of paperboard and at least one lower panel or layer. Each panel has a plurality of bottle neck receiving openings. The periphery of each opening of each panel is defined by the tips of a plurality of radially extending fingers, the tips of the fingers of the upper panel 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 upper panel radial finger is provided at its widest portion with a base slit extending through the paperboard. Another and intermediate slit is located about half way along the length of each upper panel finger, the intermediate slit also extending through the paperboard. 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: June 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventors: Robert L. Gordon, Linda A. Bernstein
  • 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: 5553705
    Abstract: A clip-type carrier (10) has a top wall which includes an inner (20) and an outer (40) panel that overlap at respective lap portions (22, 42). The inner panel (20) has an inner article-receiving aperture (24) for each flanged article (1) to be received. The inner article-receiving aperture (24) has radial cuts (26) that form gripping tabs (28) whose unattached inner edges define an inner aperture circumference and associated inner aperture diameter (D.sub.11). Each gripping tab (28) terminates at the inner panel to form a second circumference (C.sub.12) and associated second diameter (D.sub.12). The second circumference (C.sub.12) and diameter (D.sub.12) are greater than the inner circumference and diameter (D.sub.11). The lap portion (42) of the outer panel (40) has an outer article-receiving aperture (44) corresponding to and in concentric alignment with each inner article-receiving aperture (24). The outer article-receiving aperture (44) has a circumference and associated diameter (D.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx
  • Patent number: 5549197
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier for packaging necked bottles. Downwardly folded retaining flaps are connected to the transverse edges of bottle neck openings and engage opposite sides of an associated bottle neck to hold the bottle neck in place. Bottom retaining flaps may also be provided at the heel cutouts to hold the bottom portions of the bottles in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5526925
    Abstract: A bottle carrier is formed from a unitary paperboard blank, the carrier having a handle which is vertically disposed when manually carried and which is folded to or near a horizontal latched position for stacking and packing of multiple carriers. The handle has a finger receiving recess and a free, outer edge. The free edge is provided with curved recesses which releasably latch beneath the top caps or closures of the bottles. In its latched position, the handle does not inhibit stacking of the carriers. The construction requires less handle material than known carriers of its type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventor: 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: 5487464
    Abstract: A paperboard carrier for containers arranged in the carrier in side-by-side positions with the carrier formed with apertures to receive the filling ends of the containers in which the apertures are delineated by embossed ring formations, each one surrounding a group of tabs radiating inwardly from the ring formation to terminal ends which are shortened to leave an open space. One of the group of tabs in each aperture is formed with an enlarged inner end to substantially fill the space left by the terminal ends of the other tabs. The group of tabs in each of the embossed ring formations close the aperture but are responsive to the insertion of a container filler end to hinge outwardly on the embossed ring formation into a conic shape to engage the container filling end, with the special feature of the one tab hinging outwardly to position its enlarged inner end alongside the container for easy grasping to tear that one tab out of the paperboard for effectively releasing the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Imperial Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard T. Galbierz, Michael A. Galbierz
  • 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