Container Exposes One Side Or Row Of Retained Receptacles Patents (Class 206/429)
  • Patent number: 11254079
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an object, such as a tray includes providing an unfolded sheet; providing a straight score line in the unfolded sheet for providing a division between a wall part and a flange part; folding the flange part of the sheet relative to the wall part along the score line to provide an angle larger than 45° between the flange part and the wall part; providing a plastic foil; heating the plastic foil; pressing the heated foil on the sheet at the side provided with the score line and covering at least part of the wall part and the flange part; the sheet having at least one U-shaped cut interrupting the score line. The free ends of the U-shaped cut are positioned on the score line. The bridging part of the U-shaped cut is positioned in the flange part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Packable B.V.
    Inventors: Ronald Zwaga, Gerrit Arie Buis, Alain Wietse Bastiaan Tasma, Remi De Olde
  • Patent number: 10827834
    Abstract: A bottle support assembly positioned within a chilled chamber of a refrigerator appliance includes a support panel, a first support, and a second support. Each of the first support and the second support are pivotally mounted to the support panel and are movable between a collapsed position and a raised position. In addition, the first support and the second support each define concave support surfaces which may be positioned at different heights and may have different radiuses of curvature for supporting bottles having any size and at any angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis A. Wantland, Bagawathkumar Chellappan, Stephanos Kyriacou, Brent Alden Junge
  • Publication number: 20140299489
    Abstract: Multifunctional bottle-holder case, comprising a lid (11) provided with edges (14) and a containing frame (12) provided with walls (16) suitable to define a containing compartment (20) suitable to contain at least one bottle (21). At least one of said walls (16) and/or edges (14) is provided with at least one removable portion (25) associated with the corresponding wall (16) and/or the edge (14) by means of a connection zone with facilitated breakage (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Enrico Accettola
  • Patent number: 8701884
    Abstract: A shipping container for glass bottles such as are used with wine or juice is provided. The shipping container has a lower tray and an upper tray which fit inside of a cardboard box. The upper tray engages the shoulder of the bottle rather than the neck or cap of the bottle and thus holds the bottle more securely and with less risk of damage to the bottle or shipping tray when the cardboard box is dropped or when weight is placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Gregg Williams, William Michael Phillips
  • Publication number: 20140076762
    Abstract: A display container is provided herein which includes a box portion having a base portion, spaced-apart upstanding first and second end panels, and spaced-apart upstanding first and second edge panels extending from the base portion. The first and second edge panels are located between the first and second end panels, and the first edge panel extends a lesser distance from the base portion than the first end panel and the second end panel. The display container also includes a reinforcing layer which may be formed of a material stronger in shear than the material of the box portion. Advantageously, with the subject invention, a display container may be formed which has greater strength both for product containment and stacking as compared to the prior art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: S & D GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence P. Scanzillo, Silvio DiMarchi
  • 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: 8602209
    Abstract: A carrier that is at least partially holding a plurality of containers. The carrier can include a plurality of panels comprising a bottom panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, a first top panel foldably connected to the first side panel, and a second top panel foldably connected to the second side panel. At least one container-receiving feature extends in at least the bottom panel. The at least one container-receiving feature can at least partially receive at least one container of the plurality of containers. At least one retention flap is foldably connected to the first top panel or the second top panel. The at least one retention flap engages at least a portion of a flange of at least one container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward W. Jones, Ana Gonzalez, Emili Requena, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Kevin T. May, Colin Ford, Matthew Sundquist
  • Patent number: 8602213
    Abstract: A product display system for disposable absorbent article containers is provided. The product display system includes a first stacked product array including a first set of individual disposable absorbent article containers and a second stacked product array including a second set of individual disposable absorbent article containers. Each individual disposable absorbent article container contains a first and second visible graphic such that when the individual containers are stacked appropriately the combination of visible graphics forms a continuous larger visible graphic. The set of stacked product arrays maintains the continuous larger visible graphic, even when some individual containers from the product display are removed or missing. A method for enhancing the visibility and recognition of a product display system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jennifer Lynn Lowery, Kevin Michael Sams, Danielle Lee Abel, Shanyn Krista Brady, Alfredo de Jesús Hidalgo, Paul Patrick Landers, Brenda Marie Mahan, Douglas John Whittle
  • Publication number: 20130213855
    Abstract: A box includes a floor and at least two pairs of respectively opposing side walls, wherein a first one of the side walls extends upwards from the floor in a vertical direction at least partially only by a retrieval height which is smaller than the height of one or several of the remaining side walls, to define a lateral opening with a dimension which enables access to and removal of products contained in the box through the lateral opening. Further, a locking element is provided extending between the two opposing side walls which are adjacent to the first side wall, and wherein the element is moveable between a first position and a second position. In the first position the locking element is arranged between the opposing side walls and spaced apart from the first side wall and in the second position the same is arranged overlapping the first side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: IFCO SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: IFCO Systems GmbH
  • Publication number: 20130213854
    Abstract: A box includes a floor and at least two pairs of respectively opposing side walls, wherein a first one of the side walls extends upwards from the floor in a vertical direction at least partially only by a retrieval height which is smaller than the height of one or several of the remaining side walls, to define a lateral opening with a dimension which enables access to and removal of products contained in the box through the lateral opening. The box further includes an insert to be arranged on the floor, wherein the insert is implemented depending on the products to be received by the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: IFCO SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: IFCO Systems GmbH
  • Patent number: 8511469
    Abstract: Carton blanks are disclosed for accommodating articles therein to form packages. A packaging system for packaging articles within blanks is capable of packaging a wide variety of packaging configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Fogle, Colin P. Ford
  • Publication number: 20130193018
    Abstract: A carton with an improved dispensing feature at one end of the carton, which preserves the integrity of the carton, while enabling the display and enhanced access and vending of containers within the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130168277
    Abstract: A cardboard container has a base wall, two foldable lateral walls at two longitudinal sides thereof. The container has a pair of tabs each exhibiting a central portion connected to the base wall. A first lateral portion in a single body with the central portion is foldable with respect to the central portion and to the first lateral wall, while a second lateral portion is connected to the second lateral wall and foldable with respect to the central portion and to the second lateral wall. Each tab is foldable into a flat configuration, such that the central portion assumes an angled configuration. The tab central portions are connected to the base wall and when folded by an angle with respect thereto, they are distanced apart by a distance corresponding to the transversal dimensions of a bottle and define there-between a housing for receiving the bottle in a horizontal configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: MARCHESINI GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventor: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
  • Publication number: 20130001120
    Abstract: A beverage packaging system that includes a plurality of beverage containers and a beverage container package. The plurality of beverage containers each includes a receptacle, a first beverage portion and a sealing lid. The first beverage portion is placed in the receptacle. The sealing lid releasably engages the receptacle to retain the first beverage portion in the receptacle. The beverage container package includes a first side panel, a second side panel, a top panel and a first intermediate panel. The top panel extends between the first side panel and the second side panel. The first intermediate panel extends between the first side panel and the second side panel. The first intermediate panel is in a spaced-apart relationship with respect to the top panel. The first intermediate panel has a plurality of first apertures formed therein. Each of the first apertures is adapted to receive one of the beverage containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Red Box Holdings USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Eran Eliezer Yaron, Haim Karol Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8172083
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting liquid-filled containers having removable closures contacting an interface at one end, in a manner to attenuate escape of gas from the containers between the closures and the interface has a supporting framework and at least one insert within the framework, the insert engaging the framework and presenting a surface having a plurality of indentions in the shape of the liquid-filled containers, each indention conforming to shape of one of the containers in a manner that a container placed in the indention is supported with an axis of symmetry of the container at an acute angle with horizontal and with closure end down, such that liquid in the container surrounds the closure and interface, so gas will not escape between the closure and the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: Padmanabhan Mahalingam
  • 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: 8104616
    Abstract: A clamshell package is provided for holding and displaying a consumer product that comprises a bottle and a cap. The clamshell package comprises a first clamshell side and a second clamshell side, wherein at least a portion of the first and second clamshell sides are affixed together to hold the consumer product between the first and second clamshell sides. The clamshell package further comprises an aperture through which at least a portion of the cap of the consumer product extends from the clamshell package. The clamshell package is therefore able to hold and display the consumer product, while allowing a consumer to access the cap of the product in order to smell or to sample the product. A clamshell package is further provided for holding and displaying a consumer product comprising liquid composition contained in a tottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gregory Peter Dalea, Gary Allen Wessling, Gregory Alan Walters, Kent David Johnson
  • Patent number: 8083061
    Abstract: Carton blanks are disclosed for accommodating articles therein to form packages. A packaging system for packaging articles within blanks is capable of packaging a wide variety of packaging configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Fogel, Colin P. Ford
  • Publication number: 20110284623
    Abstract: A carrier that is at least partially holding a plurality of containers. The carrier can include a plurality of panels comprising a bottom panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, a first top panel foldably connected to the first side panel, and a second top panel foldably connected to the second side panel. At least one container-receiving feature extends in at least the bottom panel. The at least one container-receiving feature can at least partially receive at least one container of the plurality of containers. At least one retention flap is foldably connected to the first top panel or the second top panel. The at least one retention flap engages at least a portion of a flange of at least one container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Edward W. Jones, Ana Gonzalez, Emili Requena, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Kevin T. May, Colin Ford, Matthew Sundquist
  • Publication number: 20110284622
    Abstract: A carton for packaging a plurality of articles includes top (214, 314) and bottom (218/220, 318/320) panels connected together by spaced side wall panels thereby forming a tubular structure and a set of end panels for at least partially closing each end of the tubular structure. Each set of end panels includes a pair of upper end closure panels (232a, 232b, 332a, 332b), a pair of lower end closure panels (226a, 226b, 326a, 326b) hinged to respective lower portions of the side wall panels respectively and a pair of securing panels (224a, 224b, 324a, 324b) hingedly connected to respective upper portions of the side wall panels respectively. The upper end closure panels (232a, 232b, 332a, 332b) are hingedly connected respectively to the securing panels by respective connecting panels (230a, 230b, 340a, 340b). The upper end closure panels are coupled to the lower end closure panels respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Meadwestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Boukredine
  • Publication number: 20110147262
    Abstract: A method of at least one embodiment of the present invention for packing a TAB tape is a method in which the TAB tape is wound on a core reel so as to be packed, the TAB tape being a tape-shaped insulating film on which circuits are provided in a repeated manner, the circuits each of which is made up of metal wiring and a solder resist. In at least one embodiment, the method includes a first step of winding at least the TAB tape on an outer peripheral surface of a core reel having a cylindrical shape, the core reel having a shaft hole on its inner peripheral side. This makes it possible to provide (i) a method for packing a TAB tape which method makes it possible to reduce a packing size, and (ii) a smaller packing structure for a TAB tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushkik Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Kudose
  • Publication number: 20100326858
    Abstract: A shipping container for glass bottles such as are used with wine or juice is provided. The shipping container has a lower tray and an upper tray which fit inside of a cardboard box. The upper tray engages the shoulder of the bottle rather than the neck or cap of the bottle and thus holds the bottle more securely and with less risk of damage to the bottle or shipping tray when the cardboard box is dropped or when weight is placed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Kevin Gregg Williams, William Michael Phillips
  • Patent number: 7762394
    Abstract: Cartons have dispensers that allow ease of access to articles accommodated within the cartons. A carton has a back panel, a top panel, a front panel, a bottom panel, a first end panel, a second end panel, and a dispenser/stand pattern disposed in the top panel and the front panel and defining a dispenser/stand. The carton is capable of being placed in a dispensing configuration in which the dispenser/stand provides a dispenser opening and supports the carton in an inclined position. The dispenser/stand is connected to the front panel when the dispenser/stand supports the carton in an inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Bradford, Steve Gould
  • Patent number: 7762397
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier package has handle features formed in a top panel of the package. The handle features allow a user to deform and grasp the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Coltri-Johnson, Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Publication number: 20100163445
    Abstract: A bottle holder including a body having a first bottle-holding surface adapted to hold a first plurality of bottles at a first orientation, and a second bottle-holding surface adapted to hold a second plurality of bottles at a second orientation, wherein the first orientation is different from the second orientation. Preferably, each bottle-holding surface includes an aperture adapted to receive a cap end of each bottle, and a slot in communication with the aperture and adapted to support a bottle neck of each of the bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: ELAD J. EGBER
  • Patent number: 7743969
    Abstract: A wrap-around style or end-loaded carton for enclosing articles such as cans in multiple rows is formed from a single blank of sheet material, and includes a three-ply top wall and an integrated composite handle that is centrally located so as to balance the load in the carton when the handle is raised to an upright position. The top wall includes an outer panel, and intermediate panel, and an inner top panel, each hingedly connected to another. The composite handle is struck from the outer panel and the intermediate panel and is liberated or partially detachable therefrom so as to be hingedly connected to the top wall, and rotatable to an upright position. When the handle is raised, at least a portion of each edge of the top wall is reinforced by at least one additional layer of carton material, and thus, is at least two plies thick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Tom Von Bokel
  • Patent number: 7703607
    Abstract: There is provided a carton having a top panel, side panels and base panels. The carton has a removable portion, defined by lines of weakening, which removable portion when removed exposes a single top area which shows at least part of the tops of all of the articles held in the carton. In preferred arrangements, a single top area of the panel remains at one of the ends of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Zoe Claire Wilkins
  • Patent number: 7690507
    Abstract: A package is formed from a carton and containers extending through a bottom panel of the carton. Engaged upper and lower strut pairs and brace apertures in the carton sidewalls provide support for the containers accommodated within the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7614497
    Abstract: A carton with an improved dispensing feature at one end of the carton, which preserves the integrity of the carton, while enabling the display and enhanced access and vending of containers within the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20090127147
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package has a top panel, end panels and side panels. The package has retention features for retaining the containers. The package has gussets for positioning the end panels and side panels around the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7427010
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20080197037
    Abstract: A bottle shipping protector employs a flexible flange member adapted to move as biased against a bottle to accommodate a wide variety of bottle configurations for shipping with minimal movement of the bottle relative to the shipping protector, minimizing abrasion of the bottle labels and capsules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: WESTERN PULP PRODUCTS CO.
    Inventors: SEAN M. O'BRIEN, RICHARD B. HURLEY, MARK W. BETTS
  • Patent number: 7237671
    Abstract: A multiple packaged good article package including a carrier, a multiplicity of packaged good articles, a handle, and retaining means. The carrier includes a base panel and first and second side panels. The packaged good articles each include a bag that defines opposing major faces, a top region, and a bottom region, and are arranged on the carrier in an upright, major face-to-major face fashion with the bottom regions resting on the base panel. Each of a first and second outermost package provides an exposed major face relative to a remainder thereof. The first and second side panels extend along a portion of the respective exposed major faces. The handle is provided apart from the carrier and extends across the top regions of the packaged good articles. Finally, the retaining means secures an interior packaged good article to the outermost packaged good articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Prima S. Chambers, Chris Reed
  • Patent number: 7163103
    Abstract: A carton for packaging one or more articles, each having a laterally extending flange, includes a top wall panel, a side wall panel connected to the top wall panel, and an article retention structure with a tab formed from the side wall panel. The tab includes an upper edge for engaging the underside of the flange and an opposing lower edge defined by a pair of fold lines. The minimum distance between the top wall panel and the upper edge of the tab is less than the thickness of the flange, which causes the tab to pivot with respect to the adjacent side wall panel when the flange is received in the slit that is defined by the upper edge of the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventors: Martinus C. M. Bakx, Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Patent number: 6619483
    Abstract: A binder (10) comprises a first panel (12) divided by a first fold line (14) from a second panel (16) which is divided by a second fold line (18) from a third panel (20), the first and second fold lines (14, 18) being intersected by three slits (22, 24, 26), the central slit (22) being longer than the first and second outer slits (24, 26), and each end of the central slit (22) being joined to an adjacent end of each of the first and second outer slits (24, 26) by a respective crease line (28a, 30a, 28b, 30b); whereby, when the third panel (20) is folded about outer parts of the first and second fold lines (14, 18) to be spaced from yet overlie the first panel (12), the material between the central slit (22) and the first outer slit (24) is folded about its associated crease lines and the inner parts of the first and second fold lines to form a first strap (32), and the material between the central slit (22) and the second outer slit (26) is folded about its associated crease lines and the inner parts of the f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Traffic Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie Paine
  • Patent number: 6554159
    Abstract: Dispensing device can include a looped member having a plurality of stiff segments connected by hinges. For instance, the device can have five or six stiff segments connected by living hinges, at least three of which face outward and the other(s) inward in relation to the looped member. The device with six stiff segments can fold up so as to be placed inside a beverage container. As well, a dispensing device can have a member upon which a can or carton can rest and a reversible can-stop connected to it. The can-stop can be formed by a small, reversibly folding loop at one end of the member. In general, cylindrical objects exiting an opened carton can be restrained by providing a dispensing device having a generally flat base member and a can-stop; placing the base member under the objects in the carton with the can-stop outside the carton; and allowing at least one of the objects to roll from inside the carton to outside the carton where it is stopped by the can-stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Midland Technology Development Corporation
    Inventors: R. Douglas Behr, Mary Lou Hughes
  • Patent number: 6241083
    Abstract: The present invention is a wrap-around carrier for bottles that has a large opening with rounded corners in the end walls and has a sloping end panel on each end that slopes inwardly as it rises towards the top panel. This carrier may have a circular window or a rectangular window with rounded corners in each side wall. This carrier may also have a tear strip in the top panel and sloping end panels so that a substantial portion of the top panel and sloping end panels can be removed converting the carrier into a tray. This carrier may also have an elongated handle in the top panel with slits extending into the sloping end panels to dissipate the stress from carrying the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Glen Ray Harrelson
  • 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: 5944253
    Abstract: A sleeve style carton for a bottle matrix where the bottles may be either of the short neck type or the long neck type. The carton includes body corner flaps that are wrapped around the bodies of the corner bottles of the matrix. Preferably each body corner flap is of a height not substantially greater than the height of a bottle's label and is positioned so as to substantially overlie that corner bottle's label when the carton is filled with the bottle matrix. This allows label indicia to be provided on each body corner flap that simulates that portion of the bottle's label indicia visible when the bottle's label is viewed on the bottle in front plan view, thereby making it appear to a casual observer that the bottle's label itself is being viewed in front plan view when the bottle matrix is in the carton regardless of the rotational position of the corner bottles relative to the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: The C. W. Zumbiel Co.
    Inventors: Charles A. Miller, Norbert Hoell
  • Patent number: 5855275
    Abstract: A carton for packaging two layers of stacked flanged tubs. A top panel overlies the tops of the upper tubs and a layer board lies between the two layers. Reinforcing flaps connected to the layer board are adhered to the side panels of the carton. The side panels contain openings through which portions of the tub flanges protrude. The bottom edge of the lower openings engage the underside of the tub flanges when lifting the package to thereby support the lower tubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventors: George Hunter, Paul Roosa, Ian Donegan, Neal Van Hine
  • Patent number: 5819937
    Abstract: A bottle organizer includes a tray having a U-shaped open-ended channel for insertably receiving a plurality of food product containers such as bottles with baby formula. The tray has a bottom with a pair of upstanding U-shaped walls that have opposing spaced-apart surfaces defining the channel. Indicia is disposed at the open ends of the channel denoting an entrance and an exit respectively. Fastener elements such as suction cups may be employed to hold the tray onto a storage shelf and the length of the channel is substantially equal to the length of the plurality of bottles or containers held within the channel between its opposite ends. An ancillary storage compartment is defined in the central area between opposing surfaces of the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Kimberly K. Walker
  • Patent number: 5772064
    Abstract: A plurality of substantially identical bottles each have a generally cylindrical body centered on a bottle axis and having a lower end and a ring on the lower end and of greater diameter than the respective body to project radially therepast. A plastic case has a plurality of side walls each formed by at least one lower web with a relatively large window opening and inner walls spaced inward from the side walls and defining therewith a plurality of seats each centered on a respective normally upright seat axis. A respective relatively short outer retaining formation projects radially of the respective seat axis below the respective window from the respective lower web into each seat and has an inner edge spaced from the respective seat axis by a distance equal generally to half the outside diameter of the bottle ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Franz Delbrouck GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Delbrouck
  • Patent number: 5692614
    Abstract: An article carrier which tapers in toward the top panel on all four sides. The carrier in collapsed form is folded about an intermediate fold line in the bottom panel located so that the collapsed carrier is in flat folded condition. The provision of the intermediate fold line compensates for the greater width of the bottom panel compared to the width of the top panel. The sides of the carrier are squared by contact with the lower portions of bottles being through an open end of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Harris
  • Patent number: 5687838
    Abstract: An article carrier for packaging a one-row group of bottles is disclosed. The carrier comprises opposed top and bottom walls hingably interconnected by a pair of opposed side walls to form a tubular structure. The top wall is adapted to be disposed over the tops of articles in a row. The bottom wall has article receiving apertures for receiving the necks of the articles respectively. The side walls are adapted to be disposed alongside the necks of the articles such that at least a portion of the neck of each articles is hidden from view. The carrier further comprises article retaining means disposed intermediate the top and bottom walls such that the tops of the articles are retained between the top and bottom walls of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx
  • Patent number: 5682996
    Abstract: A carrier is provided for a brick-type container. The brick includes interconnected side and end walls, and an upper closure structure having folded portions overlapping and extending downwardly along a portion of each of the end walls. The carrier includes a top wall panel, a pair of side wall panels foldably connected to the top wall panel, and a pair of retention strips substantially vertically disposed and extending between the side wall panels. Each of the retention strips defines an upper free edge spaced from the top wall panel. The retention strips are foldably connected to the side wall panels, whereby the side wall panels and the retention strips together surround the brick and the free edges engage a lowermost end of the folded portions of the upper closure structure of the brick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Philippe Le Bras
  • Patent number: 5682995
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier with end panel flaps which block the price code on adjacent packaged articles. The end panel flaps are connected to the side panels along angled fold lines which bias the end panel flaps in position against adjacent articles. This results in a small gap between the end panels and the bottom panel which is covered by flaps connected to the end panel flaps. The cover flaps are connected to tuck flaps which lie between the bottom panel and an associated cover flap. The articles rest on the cover flaps, holding them, and thus the connected end panel flaps as well, in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 5607056
    Abstract: A transit packaging having a reduced content includes a blank of a corrugated cardboard having flutes in a longitudinal direction. A first and second transverse score are made at opposite end regions of the blank defining side panels of the packaging. A plurality of longitudinally aligned pairs of notches are at opposite ends of the blank. A retainer releasably retains like containers onto the blank preventing relative sliding movement. A plurality of straps, each positioned in one of the aligned pairs of notches, wraps about the blank when the like containers are retained on the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Macro-Systems Packaging Ltd.
    Inventor: G. Michael Whiteside
  • Patent number: 5582289
    Abstract: A composite carrier (10) has a handle structure (20) with a hand-gripping portion (22, 23) in upright relation to an attached article-engaging panel structure (24, 25). In one embodiment of the handle structure (20) the panel structure is a pair of panels (22, 23) formed from flexible sheet material. Each sheet (22, 24) has at least one deformable aperture (31) for engaging the neck of an article (31). In an alternate embodiment of the handle structure (40) the panel structure is a panel (44) attached in generally perpendicular relation to the hand-gripping portion. The generally horizontal panel has at least one neck-receiving aperture (46). Each neck-receiving aperture (46) has at least one foldably attached tab (48) extending inwardly into the aperture for engaging the flanged neck of an article such as the crown of a bottle. The second part of the composite carrier (10) is a tubular, wrap-around type carton (30) having top, side and bottom walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Wright
  • Patent number: 5484053
    Abstract: A carrier with both a bottom panel and an upper panel containing openings through which the necks of packaged bottles extend. The upper panel is comprised of adjacent sections foldably connected to a central handle panel and to an intermediate panel. The latter panel also contains bottle openings and is foldably connected to a central vertical support panel. The arrangement permits loading by placing bottles on the bottom panel and pushing down on the handle panel, which causes the upper panel sections to pivot down over the bottles. Support tabs may surround the bottle openings in the upper panel to engage shoulders on the bottle necks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Harris
  • Patent number: 5415277
    Abstract: A system of stackable containers including a plurality of carriers, each container comprising means for linking a carrier with a next adjacent stacked carrier, a plurality of means for containing objects, a handle, adapted to suspend the carrier and containers and a plurality of inferiorly stacked carriers with containers, and a lower recess adapted to receive a handle from an inferior stacked carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Barbara A. Bernsten
    Inventor: William O. Berntsen