Strap-type Handle Patents (Class 206/428)
  • Publication number: 20140346070
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton can comprise a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels can comprise a bottom panel, a top panel, and a side panel. At least two end flaps are respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels. The at least two end flaps can at least partially form a closed end of the carton, and the at least two end flaps can comprise a first end flap foldably connected to at least one panel of the plurality of panels at a first fold line and a second end flap foldably connected to the at least one panel at a second fold line. The second fold line is oblique relative to the first fold line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, SR., Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 8851285
    Abstract: A pack (10) including at least two articles or PET containers (12) combined with each other, which are held together by means of a strip-like or ribbon-like compact strapping (18) and said strapping (18) being stretched around an outer surface (16) of the articles or PET containers (12) in a horizontal manner. The strapping (18) is made of one, two or more similar or different plastic strapping band (20) or bands (20) made of a composite material with overlapping ends each whereby a single part or multi part contact point (22) is formed by gluing and/or welding. The strapping (18) forms a relief loop (30) at the contact site (22) or apart from the contact site (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Kurt Perl, Michael Hartl
  • Publication number: 20140238882
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles is disclosed herein. The carton can comprise a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a top panel and a side panel foldably connected to the top panel. The carton further comprises at least one end flap foldably connected to the top panel and at least partially closing an end of the carton. A handle comprises a handle portion in at least the top panel and a handle flap in at least the end flap. The handle portion is connected to the handle flap. The carton comprises an upper portion that is removably attached to a tray portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Emili Requena
  • Publication number: 20140238881
    Abstract: A filmless pack formed from at least two containers, each container (bottles or cans) having a curved region has containers disposed in a non-nesting position. A contact region extends between adjacent containers. A contact-or-touching surface lies on the contact region. When viewed in a circumferential direction, the contact-or-touching surface defines a flat interrupting region that interrupts the curved region by introducing a radially extending discontinuity therein. Adhesive is applied to the contact-or-touching surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Christopher Stuhlmann, Volker Zahn
  • 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: 8439195
    Abstract: A pack, including at least two PET containers combined with each other, which are held together by a strip-like or ribbon-like compact strapping. The pack is provided with a carrier handle, which overstretches one top side of the pack and is fixed at the lateral surface areas of two PET containers which are arranged opposite of each other, next to each other or adjacent to each other, joints between the carrier handle and the respective PET container being at least partially arranged within the strapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Kurt Perl, Michael Hartl
  • Patent number: 8424272
    Abstract: The objective of this invention is to provide a handle for carrying an article or a bundle of bottles that is more resistant to tearing and delaminating and has the ability to carry heavy loads. This is accomplished by placing a strip on the inside of the wrapping material and wrapping an article, so that the strip that forms the handle is enclosed within the wrapping material. By placing the handle inside the wrapping material so that the strip overlaps when the wrapping material covers the article, the handle is capable of carrying heavy loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Patent number: 8418844
    Abstract: A generally continuous string of container carriers typically forming a package of fan-folded container carriers wherein the generally continuous string of container carriers are folded within a carton along a first attachment area and a second attachment area between adjacent container carriers of the plurality of container carriers and perforations are formed at least partially across the first attachment area and the second attachment area and include a series of small cuts and dividing apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur R. Slaters, Jr., George E. Waldo, II, Leslie S. Marco, Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 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
  • Publication number: 20110073511
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pack, which includes at least two PET containers combined with each other, which are held together by a strip-like or ribbon-like strap, the strap being spun about an outer surface of the PET containers in a horizontal manner, wherein an inner surface of the strap, which lies at the outer surfaces of the PET containers, is fixed at least at one junction with one of the PET containers. The strap is fixed at the junction by a material integrated bond in the form of at least one welded joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Kurt Perl, Michael Hartl
  • Patent number: 7775349
    Abstract: Shrink-wrap packaging is provided with at least one reinforced integral handle. Each handle is formed by an opening formed in the shrink-wrap material, and a reinforced area that surrounds the opening. Preferably two handles are located at opposite ends or sides of the package. The reinforced areas include an additional layer of the shrink-wrap film, or may include other material such as other types of thermoplastics, paper/fiber composites, or combinations thereof. Shading may be applied to the reinforced areas in order that a consumer can more easily recognize the openings in the shrink-wrap as designated handles. Other embodiments include handles formed by use of a paperbound element in combination with openings in the shrink-wrap material, and webbing secured to a plurality of the containers along with a handle loop integral with the webbing that is orientated to extend through the opening in the shrink wrap material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Millercoors LLC
    Inventor: Terry D. Walker
  • Patent number: 7748603
    Abstract: A carton has a handle that allows a user to carry the carton when closed, and that extends to allow a user to carry the carton when the carton is in an open configuration. The carton includes gusseted end panels that create a partially closed bottom receptacle in the opened carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Fogle, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Colin P. Ford
  • Publication number: 20090173646
    Abstract: The device according to the present invention is primarily meant for carrying and storing bottles (e.g. wine bottles etc) and cans. The common irritating phenomena of rattling and unstable bottles during transport are eliminated. This is achieved by carrying the bottles lying down in a (more or less) horizontal position, firmly packed against each other by the force of gravity and the enclosing straps. The device furthermore has preferably one compartment per bottle. The force of the bottles against each other, with the carrying handles extended as to function as straps/bands that enwrap all the bottles, holds the bottles firmly in place when carried. The opening of the device is closable, by means of a top lid or other closure. This makes sure that the bottles cannot fall out, even if their force against one another disappears, as when they are no longer carried, but placed in a car trunk or so.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Lilian Blomberg
  • Publication number: 20080217197
    Abstract: A package constructed from a carton that contains a removable basket. A pull member is attached to the basket so that the basket may be removed from the carton. The pull member may function as a handle, and may function as a hanger. The basket may include a divider for separating products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Timothy J. Peters, Erica Marie Nissen, Edward J. Foley, George I. Nukuto
  • Patent number: 7353946
    Abstract: A protective packaging system for a medical device includes a housing and an end cap. The housing surrounds the distal portion of a catheter bearing a medical device so that the device is suspended in a protective chamber. The end cap holds the housing closed. Another embodiment of the invention provides a method for removing a catheter and medical device from the packaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Marvin J. Cervantes
  • Patent number: 6899221
    Abstract: A bottle carrier made of a foldable flat material, particularly cardboard, comprising a top wall, a bottom wall, side walls interconnecting the top wall and bottom wall at the sides, and a handle portion extending across the top wall and into two opposed side walls which is defined by weakening lines in the top wall and the side walls, has a strip-shaped central portion in the top wall and two fork-shaped end portions each of which extends into an adjoining side wall from the top wall and is joined to the side wall at the outer ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: A & R Carton GmbH
    Inventors: Bernard Skolik, Jens Eckermann, Hilger Scheelcke
  • Patent number: 6827207
    Abstract: A beverage container holder includes a box portion integrally divided into a plurality of compartments for each holding a beverage container therein, and two generally U-shaped handles integrally extended from two opposite sides of the box portion and provided at predetermined positions with complementary studs and sockets. Each of the two handles defines an opening between the handle and the box portion, and a suspender is integrally connected to two near middle points of the handle to extend across the opening. When a desired number of beverage containers are positioned in the compartments of the box portion and the two handles are turned upward with the complementary studs and sockets engaged with one another, the suspenders are brought toward the box portion to stably confine the beverage containers thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Chih-Chien Chen
  • Publication number: 20040169385
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a means for carrying a bottle (100). According to a first aspect of the present invention there is provided a carrying means (100) for a bottle (350) having a body portion (110), a neck portion and a tapered portion extending therebetween, said carrying means including; a first bottle retention loop (115) adapted to receive the body of said bottle therein; a carry handle (125) connected to said first bottle retention loop (115); a second bottle retention loop (130), adapted to receive the neck of said bottle (300), therein, and a body portion (110) connecting said first and second loops together, wherein, in use the body of said bottle (300) is retained in said first loop (115), and the neck of said bottle is retained in said second loop (130), such that when said carrying means is suspended by said carry handle (125) said bottle (300) is substantially supported by said second loop (130) against the tapered portion of the bottle (300).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventor: Nader Mikhail
  • Publication number: 20040163986
    Abstract: A packaging system for multiple discrete foodstuffs includes a first container having a first opening, a removable element closing the first opening and a first outer shape and first dimension; a second container having a second opening, a removable element closing the second opening and a second outer shape and second dimension, the first container being stacked atop the second container; and, a binder at least partially encircling and removably securely holding the first and second containers together to form a multi-container combination with a main outer shape and main dimension substantially identical to the first and second outer shapes and dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Pinyot
  • Patent number: 6758337
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming a carton includes a series of hinged panels forming a sleeve and end closure panels hinged to at least one hinged panel for closing the opposite ends of the sleeve. The carton includes a carrying handle including a strap having a user part between its opposite ends. The strap is so connected at its opposite ends to the end closure panels as to provide a surplus of material to enable the user part to be brought into a position of use. The invention further comprises a tubular carton wherein at least one of the side walls comprises a displaceable zone arranged to protrude out of the plane of the one side wall. The displaceable zone comprises connected sections each occupying a different plane to a next adjacent section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Chargueraud, Eric Boukredine, Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20040004019
    Abstract: An epidural anesthesia kit preferably includes a skin-preparation package that is readily accessible before having to unfold a packaging towel, a plurality of pre-filled syringes, and a cup having a removeable lid for quick access to saline or other injectable fluid. Methods of manufacturing such kits and using them are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: L. John Busch
  • Publication number: 20030188984
    Abstract: There is provided a carton formed from a blank (10). The carton is a fully enclosed carton for containing a plurality of articles such as bottles or cans. The blank (10) provides a top (18), a base (12), end flaps (13, 19), a first side wall (14) and a second side wall (20). The second side wall (20) provides a strap handle (26) and a secondary side panel (30) which is connected to the second side wall (20) by Z-fold arrangements. In use the secondary side panels (30) lies beneath the strap handle, printed side up, but is not adhesively attached to the strap handle (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventors: Stephen Mark Gould, Emili Requena Miret
  • Patent number: 6513657
    Abstract: A packaged good article including an article, a packaging material and a tearable tape system. The packaging material is formed about the article. The tearable tape system is secured to the packaging material and includes at least a first section and a second section. The tearable tape system can assume a number of forms. Regardless, the first section is tearable relative to the second section. With this configuration, the tearable tape system is configured to be tearable from an initial, unopened state and an opened state. In the initial, unopened state, an area of the packaging material otherwise contacting the tearable tape system is intact. Conversely, in the opened state, the tearable tape system tears an opening through the packaging material, with the second section remaining secured to the packaging material. The second section, in combination with the packaging material, provides a handle for carrying the packaged good article in the opened state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Co.
    Inventor: Richard L. Sheehan, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030006158
    Abstract: A bottle carrier made of a foldable flat material, particularly cardboard, comprising a top wall, a bottom wall, side walls interconnecting the top wall and bottom wall at the sides, and a handle portion extending across the top wall and into two opposed side walls which is defined by weakening lines in the top wall and the side walls, has a strip-shaped central portion in the top wall and two fork-shaped end portions each of which extends into an adjoining side wall from the top wall and is joined to the side wall at the outer ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventors: Bernard Skolik, Jens Eckermann, Hilger Scheelcke
  • Publication number: 20020157980
    Abstract: A packaged good article including an article, a packaging material and a tearable tape system. The packaging material is formed about the article. The tearable tape system is secured to the packaging material and includes at least a first section and a second section. The tearable tape system can assume a number of forms. Regardless, the first section is tearable relative to the second section. With this configuration, the tearable tape system is configured to be tearable from an initial, unopened state and an opened state. In the initial, unopened state, an area of the packaging material otherwise contacting the tearable tape system is intact. Conversely, in the opened state, the tearable tape system tears an opening through the packaging material, with the second section remaining secured to the packaging material. The second section, in combination with the packaging material, provides a handle for carrying the packaged good article in the opened state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Richard L. Sheehan
  • Publication number: 20020079245
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming a carton for packaging a plurality of articles, for example bottles, comprises a plurality of panels for forming a tubular structure including a top wall panel having opposed side edges and end edges. The top panel is provided with first and second spaced apertures provided therein so as to define a handle, and a score line extends from the handle to a cut line disposed along a side edge of the top wall panel thereby to direct lifting stresses away from the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Auclair, Patrick Blin
  • Patent number: 6125999
    Abstract: This invention relates to a package of a plurality of elongated containers unitized with a flexible container carrier. The carrier is constructed from a plastic planar sheet having a plurality of first receiving openings positioned near a first lateral edge of the sheet and a plurality of second receiving openings at a distance from the first receiving openings. Each of the first receiving openings engages with a neck portion of one of the elongated containers and each of the second receiving openings engages with a middle portion of one of the elongated containers. A panel integral with the sheet is positioned on an outer surface of the package between the first receiving openings and the second receiving openings. The dimensions of the panel correspond with the dimensions of the package to create a package having a large promotional area for advertising and product information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Edward J. Slomski
  • Patent number: 6105774
    Abstract: An article carrier that is specially designed to permit easy packaging of articles such as pet food containers in a three-tier array. The article carrier is easy to assemble from the formed blank, and when assembled provides a sturdy structure which can be easily transported and stored. The assembled structure is such that substantial portions of the packaged article are exposed to view without degrading the overall structural integrity of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Lisa Jackson
  • Patent number: 6041572
    Abstract: A package of two or more grouped items, in particular bottles, of the type comprising an adhesive band wrapped around the products in order to group them together. The adhesive band is made of two adhesive strips applied to the items at opposite sides thereof. The length of the strips is more than the length of the half-perimeter of the group of items, so that the strips overlie each other at opposite ends of the strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Twin Pack S. r. l.
    Inventor: Luciano Gandini
  • Patent number: 6039181
    Abstract: A transit packaging having reduced content for straight walled containers includes a paperboard blank. Scores are made along each side of the blank defining side panels for the packaging. The blank includes a retainer having apertures with retaining tabs for engaging each container to prevent sliding movement thereof. Notches are formed at each side of the side panels such that when the panels are folded the notches align laterally. A strap is positioned in the notches and tightened about the blank and containers to form a structural package for palletizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: G. Michael Whiteside
  • Patent number: 6032791
    Abstract: This invention relates to a package of a plurality of containers unitized with a flexible carrier and carried using a handle having adhesive ends. The carrier includes a flexible planar sheet having a plurality of container receiving openings arranged in at least one longitudinal row. A handle attachment area is integrally formed with the planar sheet and engages with the adhesive end of the handle. The resulting package is portable using the handle attached between the handle attachment areas of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Philip M. Gresh, Jr., Richard D. Hroch
  • Patent number: 6006976
    Abstract: In an end plating machine for a wood tie having opposite ends comprising a frame including horizontally spaced-apart first and second end frames with the frame including tie in-feed and out-feed portions; a conveyor is provided for positioning a tie between the end frames. First and second tie dampers are positioned adjacent the first and second end frames for clamping the ends of a tie positioned therebetween. First and second power rams are mounted on the first and second end frames, respectively, for driving an end plate into the ends of the tie while the tie is being clamped by the first and second tie clampers. First and second end plate hoppers are positioned on the first and second end frames, respectively, for supporting a plurality of end plates therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Robbins Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Gordon E. Matlock
  • Patent number: 5967319
    Abstract: A bottle carrier including a planar bottom panel having a generally rectangular configuration. The bottom panel has opposed long side edges and short opposed end edges. The bottom panel receives a plurality of standing bottles thereon. A front and back panel is secured to the opposed long side edges of the bottom panel. The front and back panels each has lower edges foldably secured to the opposed long side edges of the bottom panel. Each of the front and back panels has a pair of end panels foldably secured to opposing end edges thereof. A pair of bottom end panels are foldably secured to the short opposed end edges of the bottom panel. A pair of top panels are foldably secured with upper edges of the front and back panels. A tape carrying handle is provided having a first end secured to a first top panel. The tape carrying handle has a second end adapted for securement to a second top panel in a carrying orientation. A second carrier tape can be secured over the first tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: George H. White, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5915546
    Abstract: A carton includes a bottom panel, first and second opposite side panels each connected to the bottom panel, and a top connected to the side panels. First and second opposite end panels are connected to the bottom panel and to the top panel. A three-ply handle is connected to and extends between the end panels and is detachably connected to the top. The carton is formed from a blank having first and second opposite edges and a handle strip formed along the first edge and second and third handle strips formed along the second edge. The three-ply handle is made up from the first, second, and third handle strips adhered to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Glen Ray Harrelson
  • Patent number: 5860525
    Abstract: A bag for transporting substantially rigid elongate loads including an envelope made of a deformable but non-stretchable material comprising a bottom, a peripheral wall and having an opening plane as well as a direction of insertion of the loads in the bag extending perpendicularly to the opening plate; and handles made of a deformable but non-stretchable material joined to the bag, the space delimited by the envelope being divided into at least two compartments by a partition wall made of a deformable but non-stretchable material, the function of the bag when it is in its position of use, in which it is held by the handles, being to fasten the loads positioned inside it so as to keep them in a fitted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Djamal Bellehchili
  • Patent number: 5794778
    Abstract: An article carrier having an elongated handle strap and a tear-away top opening feature. The handle strap may extend between either the end panels or the side panels of the carrier and is separably connected to the top panel. The separable lines of weakness extend into the end or side panels and, with other lines of weakness, allow portions of the end or side panels to be separated. This allows the top panel portions on either side of the handle strap to be folded back to allow access to the packaged articles. Even after the top panel portions are separated the carrier can be lifted by the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Harris
  • Patent number: 5743400
    Abstract: A carrying and/or uniting device (1), designed for mainly parallelepiped-shaped packages (4), having outer fastening tapes (8), provided with glue and designed to fasten the device onto a set of packages (49). The device is subdivided into plurality of longitudinal or horizontal sections (12, 14), which are separated from each other by means of folding indications, designed as perforations or the like and/or tearing-off tapes or the like (11, 16, 18). At least one of these sections is provided with one or several recesses (13) with a carrying and/or information function. The device is close to the tearing-off indication provided with transverse perforations (9) for dividing up and consequently detaching separate packages from a set of packages, which are united by a device. In accordance with the invention the applied device with the carrying function has a rhomboidal open shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: Dalwell AB
    Inventors: Finn R. Hansen, Bjorn Bjorge
  • Patent number: 5642808
    Abstract: A carrier device for carrying a plurality of containers, such as bottles, cans and the like, includes novel zip strips which can be selectively separated from the carrier device so that the containers held by the carrier device can be easily removed from the carrier device. The carrier device includes container engaging portions, each of which includes bands which define apertures therein for engaging the side walls of the containers to hold the containers therein to form a package. Each container engaging portion has a continuous outer margin portion. Each zip strip is positioned on the respective outer margin portion. The zip strip is separated from the remainder of the carrier device by a series of perforation lines, elongated slits and openings, along which the zip strip can be torn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie S. Marco, Robert C. Olsen
  • 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: 5595023
    Abstract: A plant packaging system comprising a combination of a protective sleeve portion and a decorative cover portion having a base and skirt for packaging a potted plant. The protective sleeve can be detached from the decorative portion of the package system once the protective function of the sleeve has been completed, thereby exposing the decorative cover and allowing the skirt portion to extend angularly from the base. The protective sleeve and decorative cover components may comprise a unitary construction or may comprise separate components which are attached together by various bonding materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 5593027
    Abstract: An article carrier which includes a handle connected to and extending between opposite side panels. End panels of the carrier are divided into halves by vertical fold lines, and the handle includes a fold line which lies in the same plane as the end panel fold lines. This construction allows a collapsed carrier to be squared up from a folded condition. The carrier may take the form of a wrap-around carrier having a top panel or an open-top basket-style carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5570787
    Abstract: A bundling-up device for container sets comprises a membrane made of plastic material and defined by a tubular band adapted to wrap and tighten a predetermined number of containers disposed in side by side relation, at side portions thereof, as well as a carrying handle for handling the unitary container set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventors: Enrico Danovaro, Enrico Ghini
  • Patent number: 5560486
    Abstract: A container (10) for storing of transporting pourable material can be converted to a plant protection device by removing a portion of the base (11) of the container to allow the peripheral wall (12) of the container to be engaged over the plant thus surrounding the plant (32). The peripheral wall is formed from a double layer with annular space (15) therebetween for receiving liquid such as water to maintain heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventor: John Zak
  • Patent number: 5558214
    Abstract: A baby bottle carrier is constructed of a container with a plurality of interconnected compartments having a complementary cross section and shape corresponding to a bottle adapted to being received therein. A lid, detachably mounted to the container, closes each of the compartments. Cup shaped spacers are detachably secured to an underside of the lid to project into the compartments and abut against baby bottles of various sizes to insure that they are securely held in place, even when the carrier is moved from one location to another. Further in accordance with the invention, the baby bottle carrier is placed within a flexible closable bag with a shoulder strap and outwardly folding flap to close the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Inventor: Jackie L. Brundidge
  • Patent number: 5538130
    Abstract: A basket-style article carrier for carrying nonbreakable articles. A divider strap is connected to and extends between opposite side panels. The strap is connected to the side panels by a glue flap at each end, one of which is connected by fold line to the upper edge of the associated side panel. The strap causes the carrier to resist bowing when an article is removed, thereby preventing excessive sagging which otherwise tends to allow the remaining articles in the carrier to fall out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Glen R. Harrelson
  • Patent number: 5417327
    Abstract: An insulated modular vessel for transporting beverage containers of a known size and shape, typically cans and bottles, is disclosed. The insulated modular vessel comprises at least one main body portion having first and second open ends and generally cylindrically shaped peripherally disposed outer wall extending between the first and second ends so as to define a centrally disposed cavity shaped and dimensioned to receive and retainer beverage containers therein. An insulating layer is disposed generally around the perimeter of the main body portion. The first and second open ends are shaped and dimensioned to permit the passage of beverage therethrough into and out of the centrally disposed cavity. Co-operating male and female threads are disposed at the first and second ends respectively of the main body portion so as to permit a plurality of main body portions to be removably matably attachable to one another in first-end-to-second-end relation so as to form the modular vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: Denis A. Saumure
  • Patent number: 5381891
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier containing means for covering the pricing code on the end articles in the package. Straps connected to the side panels extend between the end articles and the side panels and across the end of the carrier to both conceal the article price code and to act as a restraint against outward movement of the articles. The straps are formed from cutouts in the top and side panels of the carrier, leaving a handle strip in the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Harris
  • Patent number: 5307932
    Abstract: The top wall of an article carrier is provided with a pair of hand gripping apertures and a number of score lines are arranged to extend from adjacent an end of a hand gripping aperture outwardly in a diverging path toward the corners of the top wall. By this means the top wall of the carrier is rendered especially strong by efficiently distributing the weight of the carrier and its contents so that the caliber of board used may be substantially reduced and economies thereby effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: James T. Stout, James B. Demaio
  • Patent number: 5248035
    Abstract: A carrier moldable from plastic, aluminum, paper mache and the like for collecting and transporting empty containers such as soda bottles or cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Inventor: Patrick Gallagher
  • Patent number: 5234102
    Abstract: A carrier containing a plurality of layers of articles arranged in stacked end-to-end fashion. The carrier is fully enclosed and is formed with overlapping top panel flaps which produce an area of double thickness between handle openings in the flaps. A reinforcing sheet on the underside of the top panel in the double layer area protects against tearing, while stress relief lines in the form of score lines extending from the ends of the handle opening to the corners of the carrier provide for distribution of lifting and carrying stresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventors: Richard L. Schuster, Joseph A. Borocz