Folded Blank Type Patents (Class 206/175)
  • Patent number: 10301090
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers is disclosed. The carrier includes a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carrier. The plurality of panels includes at least one bottom panel, at least one top panel, a front panel, a back panel, at least one side panel, and at least one central panel that divides the interior of the carrier into a front portion and a back portion. At least one divider flap is foldably connected to the at least one central panel and extends to one of the front panel and the back panel to divide one of the front portion and the back portion into at least two container-receiving spaces. The at least one top panel is foldably connected to at least one of the front panel and the back panel and includes at least one opening for receiving a container of the plurality of containers. The at least one top panel comprises a locking tab and the at least one central panel comprises a locking opening for receiving the locking tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9446892
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for transporting an automobile door includes an elongated, generally U-shaped main body having a pair of opposing side panels connected along a bottom edge by a bottom panel. A plurality of padded elements are located along the inside facing surfaces of the main body, and multiple inelastic straps are located along the outside edges of the main body. The straps including connectors for selectively engaging each of the opposing side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Impact Salvage Enhancement Solutions
    Inventors: Gene Piscopo, Charlie Salter
  • Patent number: 9004433
    Abstract: A folding support device and methods for constructing and using the same are provided by the present invention. A foldable support member contains a series of hinge sections and support and stress limiting members. Construction is provided enabling the device to safely collapse and stow while traveling, but to unfold and provide a gripping tension on both a support member and a support device in a reliable manner. Force analysis is provided securing the item in an upright way via a force transfer generated by the supported weight itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: John A. Krieger
  • Patent number: 8869979
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier comprises panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carrier. The panels comprise at least one bottom panel, at least one top panel, a front panel, a back panel, and at least two side panels. The at least one top panel is foldably connected to one of the front panel and the back panel. The at least one top panel has a handle portion for forming a handle of the carrier and a retaining portion having container receiving openings for receiving the containers in the carrier. The carrier includes a reinforcement flap adjacent at least one of the container receiving openings for contacting at least one of the plurality of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Patent number: 8672122
    Abstract: A carrying container for bottles includes a container body and a packaging reinforcing arrangement. The container body, which is made of a one-piece panel structure having a plurality of folding lines provided thereon, includes a bottom wall, a top wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and two side walls to form a substantially cubic structure of the container and to define a receiving cavity. The packaging reinforcing arrangement includes two reinforcing walls integrally extended from two side edges of the bottom wall to the two side walls respectively, and supported within the receiving cavity at a position that a front reinforcing edge and a rear reinforcing edge of each of the reinforcing walls are biasing against inner surfaces of the front and rear walls of the container body for effectively resisting an external impact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: An-Hsia Liu, Victor D. Liu, Alexander D. Liu, Wen-Shueh M. Liu
  • Patent number: 8622207
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier has at least one bottom panel, at least one top panel, a front panel, a back panel, and at least two side panels. The at least one top panel is foldably connected to one of the front panel and the back panel. The at least one top panel has a handle portion for forming a handle of the carrier and a retaining portion having container receiving openings for retaining the containers in the carrier. The carrier has a retention flap foldably connected to the top panel for retaining the carrier in an assembled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Patent number: 8522966
    Abstract: A beverage carrying assembly includes a panel that has a top side, a bottom side and a perimeter edge. The perimeter edge includes a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a front edge and a rear edge. The panel has a pair of major bend lines each extending from the front edge to the rear edge. Each of the major bend lines defines a first portion, a second portion and a middle portion wherein the middle portion includes openings for receiving beverage cups. The first and second portions each include grooves and insertion tabs for allowing multiple ones of the panels to be secured together in stacked configuration for holding several beverage cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Rohan M. Siebel
  • Patent number: 8137330
    Abstract: A liquid receptacle made of a wire frame and a disposable and biodegradable material that is substantially impervious to water. The liquid receptacle is capable of being expanded and collapsed for ease of transportation and storage. For ease of use, the liquid receptacle is shaped with a flat bottom allowing it to stand without support, and equipped with a flap surrounding a top opening of the receptacle. For ease of transportation after use, a cord is supplied around the flap for closing the top opening of the liquid receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Janet C. Fields
  • Patent number: 8091702
    Abstract: A folding cup holder carrier that provides for multiple cup carrying from a single folded sheet material blank. The cup carrier has a central handle with opposing tapered sides with multiple apertured hinged cup engagement flaps formed thereon. A base is defined between said respective sides below said multiple apertures to support a cup's bottom once placed through the corresponding apertures and retained by resilient retainment by the hinge flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Charles P. Keip
  • Patent number: 8079490
    Abstract: A dunnage structure comprising a partition matrix made up of folded partitions, each of the partitions having two plies fused together in select locations. The partitions may be made by folding a partition blank and securing a portion of the folded partition blank to itself in predetermined locations. Passages extend through portions of the partitions to allow multiple partitions to be secured together using connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Calvin D. Nyeboer, William J. Vroon
  • Publication number: 20110272299
    Abstract: A foldable and flexible carrier which may include a polymeric form that is foldable to provide a carrier having sufficient strength to securely hold and carry items while maintaining position about the items and which can be assembled without fastening hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel T. Smith
  • Patent number: 7913837
    Abstract: One embodiment of the carrier has a central vertical support panel structure with two foldable receptacles extending outwardly from the vertical support panel structure. The outside wall of each receptacle is extended upwardly and bent over to cover the receptacle, and the top portions of those walls are joined together to form a carrying handle structure, either with or without the upper portion of the vertical support panel structure. The portions of the outside walls forming the covers can have openings to receive the necks of bottles such as wine and beer bottles to give added lateral support for the bottles. A simplified embodiment uses only one of the foldable receptacles and has two lateral side walls which extend upwardly and join together to form a handle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: SJV Food & Beverage Carriers, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Patent number: 7753195
    Abstract: A foldable carrier is provided with a vertical support panel structure made as a first component, and an external side wall structure as a second component. The vertical support panel structure and the external side wall structure are joined together to form two separate receptacles extending from opposite sides of said vertical panel structure to hold objects to be carried in the carrier. Preferably, the vertical support panel structure is made of an untreated and relatively inexpensive material, and the external side wall structure is made of a material treated to give it good resistance to weakening when wet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: SJV Food & Beverage Carriers, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Patent number: 7753196
    Abstract: A foldable carrier for beverages and other objects has a pair of folding receptacles extending outwardly from a central vertical support panel structure. Horizontal slits are formed in the side walls across two or four corners of the carrier, and the resulting horizontal strips of material are bent inwardly to form dividers for separating objects from one another in the receptacles. If the slits are positioned just below the upper edges of the side walls, bending the strips inwardly effectively forms compartments of reduced height to facilitate the accommodation of objects of varying height, and/or displaying additional areas of the beverage containers and their labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: SJV Food & Beverage Carriers, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Publication number: 20100108748
    Abstract: A sling-type carrier with a two-layered handle that is connected to the panels that complete the sling in a cantilevered manner that resists tearing or separation of the handle layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: ImagiGraphics Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Alan Fleming, Marion Jack Fleming
  • Patent number: 7699164
    Abstract: The carrier has a vertical support structure, a pair of foldable receptacles extending from opposite sides of said vertical support structure. The receptacles have automatically unfolding bottom walls. Each receptacle has at least one divider member extending upwardly and laterally from the upper edge of one side-wall of each receptacle to a reinforcing panel secured to said vertical support structure. The dividers and reinforcing panels are formed in a foldable blank from a single sheet of material and need no gluing to secure them to the carrier structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: SJV Food & Beverage Carriers, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Patent number: 7690502
    Abstract: The carrier has a central vertical support panel structure with two foldable receptacles extending outwardly from the vertical support panel structure. The outside wall of each receptacle is extended upwardly and bent over to cover the receptacle, and the top portions of those walls are joined together to form a carrying handle structure, either with or without the upper portion of the vertical support panel structure. The potions of the outside walls forming the covers can have openings to receive the necks of bottles such as wine and beer bottles to give added lateral support for the bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: SJV Food & Beverage Carriers, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Publication number: 20100072086
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier has at least one bottom panel, at least one top panel, a front panel, a back panel, and at least two side panels. The at least one top panel is foldably connected to one of the front panel and the back panel. The at least one top panel has a handle portion for forming a handle of the carrier and a retaining portion having container receiving openings for retaining the containers in the carrier. The carrier has a retention flap foldably connected to the top panel for retaining the carrier in an assembled position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Publication number: 20100072085
    Abstract: A dunnage structure comprising a partition matrix made up of at least some folded partitions, each of the folded partitions having two plies fused together in select locations. The partitions may be made by folding a partition blank and securing at least one portion of the folded partition blank to itself. Passages extend through portions of the folded partitions to allow multiple partitions to be secured together using connectors extending through the passages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Calvin D. Nyeboer, Michael F. Stejskal
  • Patent number: 7681723
    Abstract: The carrier has a folded-panel central vertical support structure with a handle and a pair of trays or receptacles attached to the central support structure, and an optional auxiliary tray with a slotted bottom which can be fitted onto the central support panel. A folded side-wall structure can be unfolded to start the formation of the trays, and a plurality of folded flanges unfold to form a bottom for each receptacle. Dividers separate each receptacle into the three compartments to hold six beverage or other containers in the trays or receptacles. The carriers can be made from a single sheet and advertising printed entirely on one side to facilitate efficient fabrication at a moderate cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: SJV Food & Beverage Carriers, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Patent number: 7677387
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier has panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carrier. The panels comprise at least one bottom panel, a front panel, a back panel, and at least two side panels. A divider flap is foldably attached to the back panel and the front panel. The side panels, the back panel, the divider flap, and the front panel are arranged to at least partially define at least two container-receiving spaces of the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirsten Laura Brand, Colin P. Ford
  • Publication number: 20080302677
    Abstract: A one-piece beverage carton has two handle panels, two side panels, two fascia panels, a primary bottom panel, a secondary bottom panel and two side bottom panels. The handle panels abut each other and have hand holes formed therethrough. The side panels are formed adjacent to the handle panels and each side panel has a structural strip and two folding strips being shorter than, formed on and folding along opposite edges of the structural strip. The fascia panels have a top edge and are connected to the handle panels by at two partitions formed on and folded against the fascia and handle panels. The bottom panels are formed on and folded against the fascia and side panels to form a bottom of the carton. The beverage carton therefore creates less material waste, is strong and easily folded for storage and transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Ching-Wei LIN
  • Publication number: 20080296177
    Abstract: The carrier has a central vertical support panel structure, and a pair of foldable receptacles extending outwardly from opposite sides of the vertical support structure. The receptacles have automatically-opening bottom walls with symmetrical bottom panels which overlap to even-out the strength of the bottom walls and minimize areas of reduced strength. At least two opposed bottom panels are shaped to interlock with one another to hold the carrier open once it has been unfolded. Elongated, connected reinforcing flanges strengthen the carrier in the vertical direction. Double and triple-ply reinforcement panels are used to form a four or six-ply handle structure for improved strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Patent number: 7455174
    Abstract: A carrier blank and method of making a carrier which is highly adaptable for use in different forms with both in-line and right-angle gluers presently in use by many carrier manufacturers. A blank for use with a variety of different right-angle gluers takes advantage of the structure of the carrier which has two separate support panels and receptacles. The parts for the carrier can be formed into a compact lay-out in two parallel arrays on opposite sides of the blank. Cut-outs forming dividers for each of the receptacles are nested and embedded in adjacent parts so as to form integral one-piece dividers. A manufacturer can select among several different blanks available for use on either in-line or right-angle gluers, all for producing essentially the same carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: E-Z Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Patent number: 7455175
    Abstract: In the blank for making the carrier, at least one foldable panel extending from one of the edges of the blank is provided. The panel is of a size and shape sufficient to cover the holes left by cut-outs from the vertical support panels to form dividers, when the panel is folded over onto one of the panels and secured thereto during assembly of the carrier from the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: E-Z Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Publication number: 20080230406
    Abstract: One embodiment of the carrier has a central vertical support panel structure with two foldable receptacles extending outwardly from the vertical support panel structure. The outside wall of each receptacle is extended upwardly and bent over to cover the receptacle, and the top portions of those walls are joined together to form a carrying handle structure, either with or without the upper portion of the vertical support panel structure. The portions of the outside walls forming the covers can have openings to receive the necks of bottles such as wine and beer bottles to give added lateral support for the bottles. A simplified embodiment uses only one of the foldable receptacles and has two lateral side walls which extend upwardly and join together to form a handle structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Publication number: 20080203204
    Abstract: This invention relates to a cup carrier and method of distribution and application whereby a flexible plastic carrier is applied around sidewall of one or more cups resulting in an easily portable unit with a flexible plastic handle extending therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 7383949
    Abstract: A carrier is provided with vertical support panels, each with a receptacle extending outwardly from its lower region. The carrier is made from blanks in which foldable panels are arranged in linear arrays. In the blanks, the vertical support panels can be folded and bonded to one another back-to-back. This facilitates close nesting of the blanks with one another on a sheet of fiberboard material so as to maximize the number of carriers which can be made from a given area of sheet material. Preferably, the vertical support panels and side panels are joined together serially along fold lines perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the linear array, while flanges forming bottoms for the receptacles are joined to the vertical support panels and side wall panels along fold lines parallel to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: E-Z Media Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Patent number: 7374038
    Abstract: A carton for holding containers, such as beverage containers, is disclosed. The carton includes one or more openings in a top wall thereof for receiving necks of containers contained within the carton. One or more at least partially removable tabs are provided in the top wall, whereby the openings can be enlarged for individually removing the containers from the carton. The carton further includes flaps on a bottom panel thereof for retaining heels of the containers. A blank for forming the carton is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Patent number: 7357247
    Abstract: A beverage holder is especially adapted for securing a three-pack arrangement of beverage containers. Three panels are joined along a central axis. The panels are spaced 120° from one another. Lower ends of the panels form stationary bases, and lower portions of the panels may be cut to form foldable base portions that may be deployed or retracted. When deployed, the foldable base portions form additional base support for the holder, and also support the bottom surfaces of the containers. One or more flexible retention members may be secured to the panels and routed around the containers. Because the holder has no top cover and open gaps exist between the panels, the holder is adapted for securing beverage containers of varying heights, diameters, and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Coors Global Properties, Inc.
    Inventor: Randy D. Guenther
  • Patent number: 7322464
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of articles, comprises a top wall, a base wall, opposed side walls and opposed end walls. A divider structure for separating adjacent articles is formed from at least one of the end walls. The divider structure includes first and second inwardly folded divider panels and an inwardly folded support panel. The divider panels are hinged together and to the opposed side walls respectively while the support panel is hinged to and extending between the respective lower portions of the first and second divider panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: MeadWastvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20070295622
    Abstract: We describe a carrier which seeks to prevent containers, such as bottles, located in compartments at open ends of the carrier from slipping out of the carrier. We also describe a carrier in which adjacently located bottles are prevented from contacting into each other. We further describe a carrier in which sliding movement of a loaded carrier across a surface is minimised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Applicant: SMUFIT KAPPA ZEDEK B.V.
    Inventors: Ian Bates, Lourens Van Pesch
  • Patent number: 7267224
    Abstract: The carrier has a folded-panel central vertical support structure with a handle and a pair of trays or receptacles attached to the central support structure, and an optional auxiliary tray with a slotted bottom which can be fitted onto the central support panel. A folded side-wall structure can be unfolded to start the formation of the trays, and a plurality of folded flanges unfold to form a bottom for each receptacle. Dividers separate each receptacle into the three compartments to hold six beverage or other containers in the trays or receptacles. The carriers can be made from a single sheet and advertising printed entirely on one side to facilitate efficient fabrication at a moderate cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: E Z Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Patent number: 7243785
    Abstract: The food carrier has a central vertical support panel with a handle and a pair of trays or receptacles attached to the central support panel, and an optional auxiliary tray with a slotted bottom can be fitted onto the central support panel. A folded side-wall structure can be unfolded to start the formation of the trays, and a folded bottom panel or two-panel structure unfolds and fits snugly into the side-wall structure to stabilize the side-wall and hold the carrier erect while it is resting on a flat surface, thus to make unfolding and loading the carrier quicker and easier. Beverage cup-holding holes or flat solid bottoms with pop-up side barriers can be used to support beverage or other containers in the trays or receptacles. The carriers can be made from a single sheet and advertising printed entirely on one side to facilitate efficient fabrication at a moderate cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: E Z Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Patent number: 7128206
    Abstract: A three piece beverage carrier has an outer ply, a partition assembly, and a box with the outer ply secured to the partition assembly and the partition assembly expanded and secured to the box. The outer ply comes from a rectangular blank folded lengthwise and the partition assembly comes from another blank that extends the transverse and cross partitions. The box takes shape from a third blank having wall panels and bottom flaps. The bottom flaps fold and glue together forming the bottom of the carrier. The partition assembly includes a transverse partition and at least one cross-partition. The partition assembly blank has a first body section, a second body section, and a handle section. The first and second body sections have a hinged connection at the handle section and form the transverse partition of the assembly. The first and second body sections further include at least one fold out section that defines the at least one cross-partition of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation
    Inventor: Karl A. Kohler
  • Patent number: 7070045
    Abstract: There is provided a basket style bottle carrier having a lengthwise central wall 30, 31 and receiving compartments for bottles 12 on each side of the central wall. A handle portion 14, which is separate from the central wall 30, 31, is connected to the remainder of the carrier device by interconnecting webs 17 extending from the side walls 23 of the compartments. The handle 14 is movable relative to the central wall 30, 31 between raised and lowered positions. In some arrangements the handle portion 14 has a downwardly extending portion 21 with hook formations 22 for engaging in notches 38 to retain the handle 14 in its lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcus Theelen
  • Patent number: 7011209
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier for carrying bottles, which extend through apertures in the upper sidewall with the apertures being spanned by bridges. The bridges between the rows of apertures may be locked or glued. This carrier may have a handle that extends above the tops of the bottles but which can be folded down between the tops of the bottles so that the carrier can be stacked one (1) on top of the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Jim Fogle
  • Patent number: 6896130
    Abstract: There is provided a carton 11 for containing two rows of bottles 12. The carton has a base, a pair of oppositely disposed side walls and a top panel section. The top panel section has side areas 22, 32 which lie over the tops of the bottles 12 and a central area 26, 35 between the bottles which is at least partially depressed relative to the side areas 22, 32. A handle portion can extend between the side panels and is constituted by opposite side areas 22 being linked together by central area 26 and handle web panels 24. The handle portion can be lifted from the depressed position into a raised carrying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcus Theelen
  • Patent number: 6736260
    Abstract: The neck-through the top carton blank for forming a carton with a four-ply handle and two-ply top panels with apertures through which the necks of bottles can be extended. The apertures in the top panel have an arcuate extended opening projecting towards the handle panel to minimize damage to the labels of the necks of bottles extending through the apertures. The fold lines for gluing this blank into a car-on are parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Manuel Gomes, Stephen Mark Gould
  • Publication number: 20040089575
    Abstract: A container having a multiplicity of cans therein. The container disclosed is modified from a rectangular, closed wall container to a container with part of the walls removed, thereby allowing easy access to the cans of the container. Applicant discloses a unique relationship between the walls of the opened container and the size of the beverage cans. Applicant also discloses a method for constructing a closed container that may be easily modified to remove the cans of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Inventor: C. Brown Lingamfelter
  • Patent number: 6615996
    Abstract: A carrying case for carrying and displaying consumer products, such as wine bottles. The carrying case can be restructured into a wine rack. The carrying case has a front and a back wall panel, each having an opening through which a portion of a wine bottle, or other consumer product, may extend. Two side panels connect to the front and back panels to secure the wine bottles by way of extending partially through the front and back wall panels. A central slot permits the four pieces to be reassembled into a wine rack which can hold wine bottles in a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Jason A. Ivey
  • Publication number: 20030111363
    Abstract: There is provided a basket style bottle carrier having a lengthwise central wall 30, 31 and receiving compartments for bottles 12 on each side of the central wall. A handle portion 14, which is separate from the central wall 30, 31, is connected to the remainder of the carrier device by interconnecting webs 17 extending from the side walls 23 of the compartments. The handle 14 is movable relative to the central wall 30, 31 between raised and lowered positions. In some arrangements the handle portion 14 has a downwardly extending portion 21 with hook formations 22 for engaging in notches 38 to retain the handle 14 in its lowered position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Marcus Theelen
  • Patent number: 6571941
    Abstract: A basket-style carrier is formed from a single blank and includes parallel first and second side walls, parallel first and second end walls, and a composite handle structure arranged between the first and second side walls. The handle structure has first and second handle panels secured together in a juxtaposed relationship. A first securing member is hingedly connected to the first handle panel and glued to the inside surface of the first end wall to create a joint between the handle structure and the first end wall. A first joint-reinforcing member is hingedly connected to the second handle panel and glued to the inside surface of said first end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Holley, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20020185387
    Abstract: A two-piece collapsible carrier for food and beverages. The lower carrier has a bottom and four side walls particularly adapted to carrier beverages in different sized containers. The side walls have uppermost edges higher than the tallest beverage containers to be normally carried. An upper food top having a bottom and side walls is carried over said lower carrier with the bottom of said upper tray resting on the uppermost edges of said lower carrier so that in normal use, the attitudes of the tray and beverage carrier remain the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventor: Paul S.V. Davis
  • Publication number: 20020179459
    Abstract: An article carrier and a blank for forming an article carrier of the basket type comprising in sequence a first end panel, a first side panel, a second end panel, a second side panel and a third end panel foldably connected together one to next. A base panel is hinged to respective one of the side panels and a handle structure comprising first and second handle panels is foldably connected to the second end panel. The first handle panel is foldably connected to the first end panel and the second hand panel is foldably connected to the third end panel. The first and second handle panels are adjacent to the first and second side panels respectively and are separated therefrom. The first and second handle panels are so constructed and arranged to be placed in face contacting relationship to form a two ply handle when the carrier is set up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx
  • Publication number: 20020117407
    Abstract: A basket-style carrier is formed from a single blank and includes parallel first and second side walls, parallel first and second end walls, and a composite handle structure arranged between the first and second side walls. The handle structure has first and second handle panels secured together in a juxtaposed relationship. A first securing member is hingedly connected to the first handle panel and glued to the inside surface of the first end wall to create a joint between the handle structure and the first end wall. A first joint-reinforcing member is hingedly connected to the second handle panel and glued to the inside surface of said first end wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: John M. Holley
  • Publication number: 20020079237
    Abstract: An article carrier and a blank for forming an article carrier of the basket type comprising in sequence a first end panel, a first side panel, a second end panel, a second side panel and a third end panel foldably connected together one to next. A base panel is hinged to respective one of the side panels and a handle structure comprising first and second handle panels is foldably connected to the second end panel. The first handle panel is foldably connected to the first end panel and the second hand panel is foldably connected to the third end panel. The first and second handle panels are adjacent to the first and second side panels respectively and are separated therefrom. The first and second handle panels are so constructed and arranged to be placed in face contacting relationship to form a two ply handle when the carrier is set up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx
  • Patent number: 6341689
    Abstract: This invention relates to carriers that have partition panels attached to one or both ends of the carrier via an end flap. All of the outside panels of these carriers are folded about lines that are parallel to the longitudinal direction of the gluer on which the carrier is folded and glued. All of these carriers have multi-ply handles in which none of the plies are foldably attached to each other at their top edges. Nicks may be provided between the handle panels and the side and end flaps to hold the carrier in proper position during the folding and gluing operation. This invention also relates to a method of folding and gluing the carriers on a straight-line gluer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Marty Jones
  • Patent number: 6230881
    Abstract: A bottle carrier is foldable from two blanks, and is relatively strong, inexpensive to manufacture, aesthetic in appearance, and easy to assemble. The carrier has several advantages: it provides a reduction in paper board costs, improves manufacturing costs, retains the “basket” features demanded by the marketing needs of the beverage industry, and improves packaging line production at the beverage manufacturing location. The carrier is made by joining two blanks, one of which is a component referred to as a shell. The shell provides all “basket” printed surfaces and a handle visible to the consumer on the display shelf. The second component provides the internal longitudinal and transverse product separation, handle reinforcement, and bottom closure flaps. This component is referred to as a partition assembly. The shell and the partition assembly are formed as die cut components, which are then accurately joined by adhesive applied to designated locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Peter C. Collura
  • Patent number: 6189687
    Abstract: The present invention and its preferred embodiments relate to an article carrier which is shaped to provide satisfactory strength to hold the bottles securely but with a degree of flexibility so that the load transferred to the handle is absorbed by a carrier. The shape of the blank minimises the amount of paperboard required. The carrier can be applied to an array of bottles by hand or automatic machinery. It is anticipated that the invention can be applied to a variety of carrier and not limited to those of the basket carrier type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx