Folded Blank With Means For Receptacle Compartment Or Spacer Patents (Class 206/193)
  • Patent number: 10562685
    Abstract: A package includes a carton (90) and one or more articles (A). The carton includes a top panel (20), a base panel (16), a first side wall (14) and a second side wall (18). The first side wall includes at least one tab (42a) hingedly connected thereto. The at least one tab is configured to provide a support structure for facilitating stacking of the carton. The at least one tab has a lower edge in contact with an upper surface of an article and includes an upper edge in contact with an inner surface of the top panel of the carton so as to support the top panel of the carton above the upper surface of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Patent number: 10265920
    Abstract: A folded blank for forming a display case and a display case formed from the folded blank. The folded blank comprises a one-piece blank including a first panel, a second panel, a third panel and a fourth panel connected in series at respective first, second and third vertical fold lines. The first panel is folded about the first vertical fold line and is engaged on a first portion of the second panel at a first manufacturer's joint strip. The fourth panel is folded about the third fold line and is engaged on the first panel at a second manufacturer's joint strip. The first portion forms a tear-away section defined by at least one separation line on the second panel. The first manufacturer's joint strip retains the tear-away section in engagement with the first panel during erection of the folded blank to form the display case having a display window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventor: Matthew Wayne Kistner
  • Patent number: 10202228
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The carton comprises a first corner and a second corner at a closed end. The first corner has a first configuration and the second corner has a second configuration, the first configuration being different than the second configuration so that the first corner and second corner are asymmetrical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Harmen Boersma, Ana Gonzalez, Esteve Rovira Porta, Brian Smalley, Jon Thompson, Marie Zix
  • Patent number: 10124944
    Abstract: Cartons for holding a plurality of containers are disclosed herein. The cartons comprise a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a top panel or panels, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least two end flaps are respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels. The end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. The cartons comprise at least one curved corner and at least one dispenser for allowing removal of at least one article from the carton. The at least one dispenser comprises a dispenser panel, and the dispenser panel comprises at least a portion of the at least one curved corner. The cartons may comprise a handle in the top panel or panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Patent number: 10029837
    Abstract: A carton for containing at least one article. The carton includes a plurality of panels at least partially forming an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels includes a top panel. The carton includes an article protection flap foldably connected to at least one panel of the plurality of panels. The article protection flap is moveable between a first position that is substantially parallel to the top panel and a second position wherein the article protection flap is folded relative to the top panel. The at least one access feature in the top panel is for positioning the article protection flap from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: O'Neal Alexander, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Mark Baldino, Ana Gonzalez, John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9701455
    Abstract: A shaped package formed of a blank of paper card stock. The blank may be a single panel which is cut to have two shaped, substantially symmetrical portions, which when bent along a hinge, forms the shaped package. The panel includes tongues or flaps extending from one end of the panel that secure the product within the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Consolidated Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Scott Jones, Adam Mitchell Geerts, Craig Lowery Lombardi, Andrew Cunningham Charters
  • Patent number: 9540135
    Abstract: A clamshell container having an anti-bind feature is provided. The container is comprised of a tray and a cover, each having a first panel and rear panel foldably connected along a rear fold line. One or both of the rear fold lines may be interrupted by a cut suitable for allowing the rear panels to flex or bow when the cover is hingedly rotated relative to the tray. A rear cut may be provided generally coextensive with each of the fold lines. The cuts can have an arcuate shape and may be convexly curved toward an interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: HUHTAMAKI, INC.
    Inventor: Ronald D. Robertson
  • Patent number: 9308531
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reagent set, including a boxy body; an internal holding member arranged in the box body to form a container accommodating region in the box body; and a reagent container, arranged in the container accommodating region, and including a main body portion and a mouth portion formed on an upper surface of the main body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: SYSMEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fuminari Hasegawa, Hiroyuki Ohashi, Shuji Nagai, Ryo Ookubo, Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • 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: 8646654
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130284616
    Abstract: A beverage cup carrier is formed of a single sheet of paperboard, stored flat and then folded into the carrying configuration upon time of use. An array of holes is arranged about a centerline, and first and second fold lines are equally spaced oppositely from the centerline, outside the array of holes and parallel to the first pair of edges to form a base. First and second flaps extend from the fold lines and are folded along the fold lines inward to the base. A handhold cutout is formed at a first end of the first flap, and a tab, generally of the shape of the handhold cutout, at a first end of the second flap. The tab of the second flap is inserted through the slot of the first flap to interlock first and second flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Asean Trading and Shipping Inc., dba Asean Corporation
    Inventor: Asean Trading and Shipping Inc., dba Asean Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130277241
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a container carrier (110, 210, 310, 410) that is erectable from a blank. The container carrier (110, 210, 310, 410) having, amongst other things, a first container aperture (124-1, 224-1, 324-1, 424-1) that is defined in a first top panel (116, 216, 316, 416) adjacent to a first side panel (114, 214, 314, 414) and & first support wing (126-1, 226-1, 326-1, 426-1) that rigidly extends from a first side panel (114, 214, 314, 414) in front of the first container aperture (124-1, 224-1, 324-1, 4244), the first support wing (126-1, 226-1, 326-1, 426-1) being about as tail as or taller than the first side panel (114, 214, 314, 414).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Toivo Holsmer
  • Publication number: 20130015080
    Abstract: A basket-style concession carrier includes four receiving cells for receiving tapered beverage containers, the receiving cells being positioned two each on the front and rear side of a composite handle, and further includes a first pair of spacer strips that extend from the handle to a front panel and a second pair of spacer strips that extend from the handle to a rear panel. Each pair of spacer strips defines a purposeful void that separates and cushions adjacent containers positioned at a different relative elevation and spaced apart from a side panel at a different distance, so that one of the receiving cells on each side of the handle is larger than the other, and both receiving cells are larger than the void. The carrier further includes two base supports each defined as an invertible strip extending along an opposing corner to further restrict lateral movement of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Caleb S. Loftin
  • Patent number: 8297437
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier comprises at least one bottom panel, a front panel, a back panel, and at least two side panels. The interior of the carrier is divided into a front portion and a back portion by a first and second central panel. A first divider flap is foldably attached to the first central panel and extends to the front panel to divide the front portion into at least two container-receiving spaces. A second divider flap is foldably attached to the second central panel and extends to the back panel to divide the back portion into at least two container-receiving spaces. The first central panel has features for facilitating positioning of the second divider flap relative to the second central panel. The second central panel has features for facilitating positioning of the first divider flap relative to the first central panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Smalley, Paul Bradford
  • Patent number: 8118212
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Co.
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Patent number: 8087512
    Abstract: A carrier comprises a first side panel, a second panel, and at least one handle panel. A central flap is foldably connected to the at least one handle panel, and the central flap divides the interior of the carrier into at least a first container-receiving space and a second container-receiving space. A divider comprises at least one divider panel, wherein the at least one divider panel extends generally parallel to the central flap, and at least one divider flap foldably connected to the at least one divider panel to divide a respective one of the first container-receiving space or the second container-receiving space into at least two container compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Patent number: 8020695
    Abstract: A carrier includes multiple rows of container receptacles on each side of a central handle. The bottom of the carrier is reinforced with web panels. The container receptacles can be separated by longitudinal and transverse separator panels. The top edge of the longitudinal separator panel can be curved to facilitate erection of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirsten Laura Brand
  • Publication number: 20100276306
    Abstract: A package contains a package insert (3) for fixing objects (30, 31) in place, comprising a web (6) and, arranged in the web, recesses (10, 11) which each partially receive an object (30, 31). The package insert has mutually opposite sections (4, 5, 48, 50) which are connected to each other and between which in each case a group of two objects is arranged. Each section (4, 5) is provided with predetermined tear lines (15) for predefining tear-off package units (14), in such a way that a package unit (14), with the group of objects fixed therein, can be separated from the package insert (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: DIVIDELLA AG
    Inventors: Erich Specker, Christoph Hammer
  • Patent number: 7779997
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 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
  • 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: 7735640
    Abstract: A carrier is formed of foldable sheet material, the carrier being usable with a container. The container has a top, a bottom and sides, the top having a handle, and at least one of the sides having a mouth for emptying contents from the container. The carrier includes a bottom, side panels adjoined and connected to the bottom, and a handle panel formed with at least one of the side panels. The handle panel includes a first aperture for fitting over the handle on the top of the container such that at least a portion of one of the side panels of the carrier rests against a side of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: LBP Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Cook, Barry L. Silverstein, Kurt M. Wolf, James A. Hubbard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100006458
    Abstract: A basket carrier is disclosed. The carrier includes an open-top basket and a lid for the basket. The basket includes a vertically-extending handle, a pair of side walls foldably connected to the handle by a plurality of divider walls, a pair of end walls foldably connected to the side walls and the handle, and a bottom wall formed by bottom flaps foldably connected to the side walls. The side walls, end walls, divider walls and handle together define a plurality of compartments for holding containers, such as bottles or cans. The handle may include a plurality of handle flaps that are partially separable from the handle to provide comfortable gripping surfaces for a user's hand. The lid includes a top panel for covering a top area of the basket, side panels for covering the side walls of the basket, and adhesive flaps detachably connected to the side panels for attaching the lid to the basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventors: Zoe Claire Wilkins, Paul Bradford
  • Patent number: 7604116
    Abstract: A glued three piece folding basket carrier which has two partitions for dividing the carrier into six cells with each partition being constructed of a different material than used to construct the outside basket carrier. Each partition is glued to a handle panel and a divider flap on the end of the basket carrier and a to a side wall to form a bottle cell with walls that are perpendicular to the divider between the two sides of the carrier and which are also formed as part of the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Schuster
  • Patent number: 7604115
    Abstract: The carrier has an automatic self-locking bottom construction which is actuated simply by placing a beverage or other container onto a bottom panel which traverses the whole width of the bottom and causes one or more tabs to snap into slots to perform the locking function. Special covered auxiliary containers which slip down over the upstanding handle of the carrier are provided for carrying donuts, rolls, pizza slices, sandwiches, or other food items, together with beverages in the carrier. Preferably, the container is made to be oven-proof so that the food items can be heated in the trays before mounting the trays on the carriers. The food items can be stored in the covered trays safely before distribution so as to speed the distribution process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: SJV Food & Beverage Carriers, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Publication number: 20090236408
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a first top panel, a second top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The first top panel and the second top panel being at least partially overlapped to form a top wall of the carton. At least two end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. A handle in the top wall of the carton comprises a first handle section in the first top panel, a second handle section in the second top panel, and a handle reinforcement flap foldably connected to at least one of the first top panel and the second top panel. The first handle section, the second handle section, and the handle reinforcement flap are placed in overlapping relationship to form the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, SR., Leonard M. Cooper
  • Patent number: 7578385
    Abstract: A carrier (800) that is reversibly erectable from a collapsed condition to an erected condition and that reliably maintains its erected condition. The carrier includes a tubular portion defined by side walls (118, 146, 152, 142, 156, 160) and a bottom wall defined by bottom panels (230, 260). The bottom panels are hingedly connected to an edge of the tubular structure. Gusset structures connect the bottom panels to the tubular structure and cause the bottom panels to toggle as the carrier is erected. The gusset structures additionally retain the bottom wall in the erected condition. In the erected condition, the bottom wall of the carrier includes a buffer for limiting or preventing damage to articles as they are loaded into the carrier. The handle of the carrier is ergonomically defined in multiple planes and includes handle flaps including curved portions that improve the comfort of a handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Mead Westvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Holley, Jr.
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7360647
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system for packaging bottles having a neck portion. The system includes a tray unit and a bridge. The tray unit has a planar base, first and second opposite sidewalls, and first and second opposite end walls. The sidewalls and end walls extend outwardly from a periphery of the base and connect thereto to define a rectangular structure for holding a plurality of bottles arranged in a series of rows. The bridge has a central planar portion and a plurality of arcuate recesses extending into a periphery of the central planar portion. Each recess is sized to receive a neck portion of one of the bottles. A method of packaging bottles having neck portions is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Ogg Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Ogg
  • Publication number: 20080041735
    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: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 6945390
    Abstract: An article carrier for carrying one or more necked articles, has a plurality of panels including a pair of laterally spaced top panels, a pair of handle panels extending upwardly from the top panels to form a carrying handle, and a bridging panel provided to span the space between the top panels. One of the handle panels is formed with a medial fold line to cause the handle to be moved from an upright position downwards and/or to one side to reduce the height of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jean Michel Auclair
  • Publication number: 20040104134
    Abstract: A container carrier which is made of a foldable flat material, comprising:
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventors: Bernard Skolik, Jens Eckermann, Hilger Scheelcke
  • Publication number: 20040099542
    Abstract: This invention relates to a wrap-around carrier which is held together by a single locking system, which is a secondary locking system in which the secondary male locks are formed as an extension of an outer secondary locking flap with an inner bottom flap having a secondary female opening for each secondary male lock. Assistance in holding the secondary male locks in the vertical locked position between two containers in the carrier is provided by a female flap formed in the female opening in the inner bottom flap. Further assistance is provided in holding the secondary male locks in the vertical lock position between two containers by the containers having flexible side walls and carrying a liquid whose weight pushes out against the walls of the container and creates tension in the wrap-around carrier thereby holding the secondary male locks in the vertical locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20040094435
    Abstract: An article carrier of the basket type adapted to accommodate a plurality of articles, such as bottles, comprises a base, opposed side and end walls, and a medial partition structure. The bottles are received on both the sides of the medial partition structure. A securing flap is hinged to the medial partition structure and is secured to one end wall to create a joint between said medial partition structure and that end wall. The medial partition structure includes first and second medial panels hinged together along a first fold line. The first fold line is disposed inwardly of the carrier from the one end wall relative to a second fold line by which the securing flap is hinged to one of the first and second medial panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Auclair, John Holley
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6598739
    Abstract: A bottle carrier is foldable from a single blank, 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 folding operations and separation along score lines. The carrier has internal longitudinal and transverse product separation, handle reinforcement, and bottom closure flaps. The carrier blank is formed as a die cut component, which is then assembled by folding and adhesive applied to designated locations. The finished carrier is then collapsed for transit, and the bottom flap can be secured at the manufacturing location. In a second embodiment, the bottom is already secured, and folds away from the partition portions when collapsed for transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Peter Collura
  • 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: 6336556
    Abstract: A unitary multi-cell partition for packaging articles for use with a multi-sided carton or tray having a circumscribed space therein. The partition is formed of molded pulp and is capable of being disposed in the space and is adapted to receive the articles within the cells of the partition. The partition comprises a plurality of wall portions which are inclined from the vertical when the partition is free standing and free of the space in the carton or tray. The plurality of wall portions are arranged to provide a plurality of vertically disposed spaced-apart cells. The wall portions have upper and lower extremities and hinge portions joining certain of said upper extremities of the wall portions and joining certain of the lower extremities of the wall portions to permit bending of certain of the wall portions with respect to other of the wall portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Regale Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory W. Gale
  • Patent number: 6168013
    Abstract: A carrier blank (40) for making a basket-style carrier (10) for containing and carrying a plurality of articles, with the carrier blank (40) including an elongate central section (41) and first and second exterior sections (42, 43) formed alongside the elongate central section. The elongate central section has formed therein side panels (21, 22) and end panels (18, 19). The first exterior section has formed therein a plurality of handle panels (26) and partitions (38, 39). The second exterior section has formed therein first and second bottom panels (31, 32). The bottom panels (31, 32) are sized, shaped, and spaced to be nestably received in spaces adjacent bottom panels of an adjacent carrier blank. With the exception of the bottom panels (which can be nestably received with adjacent bottom panels of an adjacent carrier blank), the remainder of the carrier blank comprises a substantially rectangular shape to minimize waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Patent number: 6102197
    Abstract: There is provided a basket type carrier device for a plurality of articles which comprises a lengthwise extending central wall 51, articles receiving compartments disposed on both sides of the central wall 51, and a handle portion 70. Each receiving compartment is defined by a base wall 63, a side wall 61, 62 which is substantially parallel to the central wall 51, and a pair of end walls 58, 65 and 59, 66 which extend between and are hingedly connected to the side 61, 62 and the central wall 51. The adjacent pairs of end walls 58, 65 and 59, 66 are secured together so that said adjacent end walls are coplanar and are unable to hinge relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Emanuel Negelen
  • Patent number: 5996804
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a container apparatus and method for packaging contoured articles, particularly contoured articles containing hazardous substances. The container apparatus comprises a base member, upstanding sidewall members foldably emanating from the edges of the base member, and an article retaining member foldably emanating from the top edge of at least one of the sidewall members. The article retaining member is positionable toward and into the inner region of the container so as to form an acute angle with the sidewall from which it emanates. The article retaining member further includes an article retention edge to engage, stabilize, and prevent undesired movement of the contoured article(s) housed within the interior region of the container apparatus. In particular, the article retaining member prevents migration of the contoured articles in a vertical plane, in a horizontal plane, and in a rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventors: Wayne Kuhn, Shane Bertsch
  • Patent number: 5884756
    Abstract: A carrier for a plurality of objects arranged in four rows includes substantially parallel first and second side walls, substantially parallel first and second end walls interconnecting the side walls, a medial panel extending between the first and second end walls, the medial panel being disposed between and substantially parallel to the first and second side walls, first primary partition structure extending between the first and second end walls, the first primary partition structure being disposed between and substantially parallel to the first side wall and the medial panel, second primary partition structure extending between the first and second end walls, the second primary partition structure being disposed between and substantially parallel to said second side wall and the medial panel, a primary bottom wall connected between lower portions of the first and second side walls, and a secondary bottom wall connected between lower portions of the first and second primary partition structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Holley, Jr., Thomas A. Boshinski
  • Patent number: 5855316
    Abstract: A basket-style carrier comprised of two substantially identical carrier units. Each carrier unit has a handle panel ply opposite an end panel. The carrier units are connected by adhering the handle panel plies together to form the centrally located handle panel of the carrier. Each handle panel ply has a foldably connected handle flap which is formed from an area of the associated end panel, resulting in the end panels of the carrier having a notched portion. Each carrier unit may also include partition panels and transverse dividers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond Spivey
  • Patent number: 5848695
    Abstract: A basket-style carrier which is loaded through open ends. End panel forming flaps are connected to the edges of a central handle panel and end panel flaps are connected to the edges of bottom panel sections on either side of the handle panel. After loading articles through an open end of a partially formed carrier, the end panel forming flaps are folded and the end panel flaps are adhered to them. Gusset panels connect the end panel flaps to the end panel forming flaps. The handle panel is of two-ply construction with a four-ply handle area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventors: Randall L. Harris, Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5775487
    Abstract: A basket-style carrier for containing and carrying twelve containers or other articles includes first and second end panels opposite each other and first and second side panels opposite each other and connected to the end panels. A bottom is connected to the side panels and a central handle is positioned between the side panels. The central handle comprises six handle panels secured to one another, with the central handle being connected to the end panels. A plurality of partitions are connected to and extend between the central handle and the first and second side panels. The partitions define six 2-container cells. The central handle includes a foldable handgrip portion which is foldable between an upright position for carrying the carrier in which the handgrip portion extends above an uppermost portion of the end panels and a folded position adjacent the containers for stacking the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Glen R. Harrelson
  • Patent number: 5682985
    Abstract: A collapsible basket-type article carrier has end walls joined at the ends of opposing side walls. A portion of the side wall is cut-away to form bands for engaging articles. Riser panels extend inwardly of the end walls. A handle structure extends between the end walls and riser panels. A center cell partition extends from each respective side wall to the handle structure. The corner formed at each intersection of the carton's side and end walls is bevelled. In like manner, the corner formed at each intersection of a band of the center cell and the side wall portion thereof is bevelled. Support tabs join either the riser panels or end walls to the bottom wall of the carrier. The bottom wall of the carrier is bifurcated. Bottles are loadable upwardly through the open bottom of the carrier. In collapsed condition the carrier has a shearable nick members strategically located upon cut lines between the side wall and center cell at the bevelled corner tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: Bob E. Plaxico, James W. Wright, Philippe Domansky