Noncylindrical Receptacles Patents (Class 206/431)
  • Patent number: 10308411
    Abstract: A shell and retainer containment system for storing and transporting bottles, comprising an outer shell and an upper retainer. The outer shell includes a base, a number of sidewalls, and a top rim cooperatively forming a central cavity. The top rim includes a set of handles, a set of forklift fork openings for lifting the outer shell and retainer containment system via a forklift fork, and stacking geometry. The upper retainer secures the bottles in the central cavity and includes a brace and four corner reinforcements. The brace is positioned above the bottles and includes access openings for allowing access to bung openings of the bottles. The corner reinforcements extend upwards toward upper corners of the outer shell and include fastener openings for attaching the upper retainer to the outer shell via fasteners for securing the bottles in the central cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Snyder Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert H. Spann, Darrell A. Oltman
  • Patent number: 9932160
    Abstract: A foldable and flexible carrier which may include a polymeric form that is foldable to provide a carrier having sufficient strength to securely hold and carry items while maintaining position about the items and which can be assembled without fastening hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: MULTI PACKAGING SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel T. Smith
  • Patent number: 9873544
    Abstract: A beverage container to enable the manufacture and packaging of two flavors of juice or other liquid drinks. At present, the preference and favorite flavor of an individual consumer is not accommodated unless two or more products are purchased. This invention provides a cardboard or plastic divider panel that is incorporated into any existing cartons that overcomes these limitations by enabling a carton to be divided into two flavors. Each side of the beverage container has a spout for separate pouring the contents of that particular side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Fully Focused Inc.
    Inventor: Amanee Muhammad
  • Patent number: 9771185
    Abstract: A package has a package body and a handle for carrying the package. The package body has at least one face and a reclosable opening on the at least one face. The handle is positioned over the reclosable opening and has a first strap, a second strap, and a connection portion. The first strap includes a first end and a second end. The first end of the first strap is attached to a face of the package body. The second strap includes a first end and a second end. The first end of the second strap is attached to a face of the package body and is disposed opposite to the first end of the first strap. The connection portion is located on the second end of the second strap and is detachably engaged to the second end of the first strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventor: Gregory D. Moore
  • Patent number: 8800796
    Abstract: A storage system for storing a plurality of fluids or other goods has a plurality of containers adapted to fit within a receptacle. Each of the containers has an inner sidewall, an outer sidewall, and a top sidewall having a spout sealable with a cap such that the container contains the fluid or other goods when the cap is engaged with the spout. The plurality of containers are shaped such that the containers are stackable or nestable within the receptacle such that the containers tessellate, the inner sidewalls of the containers abutting each other, and the outer sidewalls abutting the inner surface of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Wagner
  • Patent number: 8602240
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for carrying beverage containers, such as milk cartons. The apparatus may include a first wall, a second wall, a base, a first device, and a second device. The first and the second walls may be fixed to the base so that the first and the second walls are substantially perpendicular to the base, and the first and the second walls are parallel to each other and separated by a first distance. The first and second devices may be connected to the base so that the first and second devices can rotate with respect to the base. The first and the second devices may be connected to the base so that the first and the second devices can be rotated into a states in which a wall of each is substantially parallel or substantially perpendicular to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph N. Laurita
  • Patent number: 8381932
    Abstract: A storage system for storing a plurality of fluids or other goods has a plurality of containers adapted to fit within a receptacle. Each of the containers has an inner sidewall, an outer sidewall, and a top sidewall having a spout sealable with a cap such that the container contains the fluid or other goods when the cap is engaged with the spout. The plurality of containers are shaped such that the containers are stackable or nestable within the receptacle such that the containers tessellate, the inner sidewalls of the containers abutting each other, and the outer sidewalls abutting the inner surface of the receptacle, filling substantially all of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Wagner
  • Publication number: 20120261291
    Abstract: A stackable packaging unit includes a pack having a length and a width. The pack also includes a plurality of individual use containers positioned in the pack. The individual use containers include a base having a base center axis, a body and an offset top load support surface having an offset center axis. The base center axis and the offset center axis are spaced apart and extend substantially parallel to each other. The offset top load support surfaces of the containers adjacent to an outside periphery of the pack along the length and width of the pack are positioned in the pack such that the offset center axis is closer in proximity to the outside periphery of the pack than the base center axis. The configuration of containers in the packs provides an increased stability of the pack when placed in a stacked configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: SD IP Holdings Company
    Inventor: Vernon N. Goetz
  • Publication number: 20120048763
    Abstract: A sleeve for storing and permitting removal of containers having an outwardly extending upper flange includes a bottom panel with a pair of side edges, each connecting to a side panel, and a top panel that extends between the side panels. The bottom panel includes at least one opening spaced from the side edges. The opening is sized smaller than the flange, but large enough to permit the container to extend partially therethrough so that the bottom panel supports the flange. One or more slits can extend generally outward from the opening and are spaced from the side edges. The slits are configured to increase the size of the opening so that the flange can pass therethrough, allowing the container to be removed. The opening then at least partially returns to its initial size, so that a container subsequently received in the opening is supported by the bottom panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen Joseph Taglione
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7380701
    Abstract: A carton is provided for containing brick-shaped containers which has a dispenser in the top permitting the removal of any of the containers while maintaining the structural integrity of the carton through the provision of either a top gusset or middle gusset spanning each end of the carton. The top of the carton serves as a dispenser when the dispenser flap is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Fogle, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Jean-Manuel Gomes, Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7353953
    Abstract: Packaged fluid receptacles include: a plurality of fluid receptacles arranged one next to the other to form a composite structure having a top surface, bottom surface and end walls at a first end and a second end and having a longitudinal axis which extends through the end walls; and a removable support which contacts at least the top surface, bottom surface and end walls, the removable support including an attachment for applying a force to remove the support, preferably in a direction along the longitudinal axis. In a preferred embodiment, the support is one-piece and has a single attachment. Preferably, the packaged fluid receptacles are cuvettes usable in a clinical analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Davis Freeman, III, Robert Novick, Bradley P. Smith
  • Patent number: 7237675
    Abstract: A support apparatus for receiving and supporting stacked tiers of bottles, particularly wine bottles. The support apparatus is (a) located below a first tier of layers of wine bottles, (b) placed between tiers of bottles, in case of multiple layers of bottles, and (c) secured above a top tier of layers of bottles, all to provide a stacked and secured arrangement of bottles that is suited for storage or transport. The support apparatus is preferably formed from a resinous plastic, polymeric material, such as PET. A multiple of the bottle supports combine to support a multiple layers of bottles in a tiered array. The bottle supports are manufactured in thin, nestable configurations, and are stored with a small, compact nested stack height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventor: Joseph O'Malley
  • Patent number: 7204369
    Abstract: A wraparound carton comprises wall panels hingedly interconnected in series, wherein the wall panels include a pair of base wall panels at the opposite end of the blank. One of the base wall panels is connected to an adjacent wall panel through a beam forming portion that includes a bracket panel hingedly connected to the one base wall panel and a pair of support panels both connected to the bracket panel and extending to the adjacent wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Philippe LeBras
  • Patent number: 6986457
    Abstract: A packaging case is provided for containing at least one container. The case has a first sheet and a second sheet. The first sheet forms a first vertical panel of the case having a first edge with a first bead and a second edge with a second bead, the second edge being opposite the first edge, a first horizontal panel of the case having a first edge and a second edge opposite the first edge, and a second vertical panel of the case having a first edge with a first bead and a second edge with a second bead, the second edge being opposite the first edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Pat O'Connell, Rob Beeson, Dave Cargile
  • Patent number: 6981631
    Abstract: A carton is provided for containing brick-shaped containers which has a dispenser in the top permitting the removal of any of the containers while maintaining the structural integrity of the carton through the provision of either a top gusset or middle gusset spanning each end of the carton. The top of the carton serves as a dispenser when the dispenser flap is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Fogle, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Jean-Manuel Gomes, Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20040055918
    Abstract: There is described a sealed package (1, 15) for pourable food products, formed from a multilayer packaging material (2, 16) and having an opening (10, 26) closed, on the inside of the package (1, 15), by a sheet element (11, 27), and a removable opening tab (12, 28) joined to the sheet element (11, 27) and covering the opening (10, 26) on the outside of the package (1, 15); the opening (10, 26) extending close to an end portion (8, 17) of the package (1, 15) and along at least half the perimeter of the package (1, 15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventors: Paolo Benedetti, Sid Johari
  • Publication number: 20040045854
    Abstract: An object is to improve the quality of a packaging container (11), simplify the structure of a packaging container manufacturing apparatus while reducing the cost thereof. The packaging container (11) comprises a container body (12) formed from a packaging material (21), and a cap unit (C) attached to a cap attachment portion of a top wall (13) of the container body (12). The cap unit (C) includes a collar portion (15), a pull tab (17) which covers, from an outer side of the packaging material (21), a discharge opening portion defined on the packaging material to correspond to the cap attachment portion, an inner tape (31) which covers the discharge opening portion from a reverse side of the packaging material (21), and a lid portion (16) which is fitted into the collar portion (15) via the pull tab (17). In this case, since the cap (14) is attached to the packaging material (21) in advance, the cap (14) is not required to be attached to the container body (12) after the container body (12) is positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventors: Claude Bergerioux, Yasuyuki Moriyama
  • Publication number: 20040026286
    Abstract: A closure (1) for a container such as a carton (2) having a planar base (3) and a planar lid (4) hinged thereto, such that when the lid is in its closed position, cartons with the closure attached can be stacked. The base defines a dispensing orifice (5) and a pouring lip (6) and is fixed to the container surrounding a similar dispensing orifice in the container. The closure is adapted to be welded to the container and has a welded zone (7) which surrounds the dispensing orifice in the base but lies inside the periphery of the pouring lip, such that the closure can be welded to the container with the pouring lip aligned with the edge of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Ramsey
  • Publication number: 20040011688
    Abstract: A paper packaging container obtained by tube forming with longitudinal seal of web-shaped packaging material, filling of liquid food into the tube packaging material, transversal sealing of the tube packaging material, forming of a pillow-shaped preliminary shape container, cutting of the preliminary shape container and, forming of a final shape container having a top, side walls and a bottom by folding according to crease lines, characterized by that flaps 8 by the top forming are folded on a side wall faces 3b and, the top 4a1 is formed as shed roof shape A.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Toru Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20040007488
    Abstract: A container for storing a fluid incorporates an overflow region. The overflow region is located above the desired fill line of the container and preferably terminates in the same plane as the opening of the fill spout. In this manner, the amount of fluid filled in the container can be maximized while still providing the desired air space for shipping purposes. Incorporating structural features into the body of the blow-molded container eliminate the use of external cases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Applicant: Creative Edge Design Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Soehnlen, Gregory M. Soehnlen
  • Publication number: 20020117416
    Abstract: A pack for concentrates of a plurality of photographic processing chemicals comprising a carton of standard height, width and depth, in which at least two chemicals bottles are disposed alongside one another, with their outlet openings situated at the same height (viewed from the carton base) and a predetermined distance apart from one another, wherein one carton side comprises features which permit a smooth mounting onto a specially provided surface of the processing unit and docking to the processing unit in one way only, allows almost automatic replenishing of the photographic processing solutions in the processing unit in combination with easiest handling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventors: Hans-Dieter Danner, Detlef Ehrenberg, Wilfried Hehn, Stefan Huber, Ralf Wichmann, Bernd Zeier
  • Patent number: 6341692
    Abstract: A sleeve style carton carrier for carrying cartons of the type having a gable pocket defined in each of opposing end walls. The carrier has side walls, and end walls that define a sleeve adapted to surround the carton, the end walls each being foldably attached to a latch panel. The latch panels are deformable into the carton's gable pockets when the carrier receives a carton therein. When the carrier and carton assembly is lifted, the latch panels are trapped tightly in the gable pockets under the weight of the carton and its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20010045370
    Abstract: A liquid container for a comestible product such as milk or juice includes a base having a substantially planar region, a top surface having a substantially planar region parallel to the substantially planar region of the base and having a pour spout. A sidewall is integrally formed with and extends between the base and top surface, and includes a structural load distributing feature that transfers loads from the top surface to the base. A handle is interposed between the base and top surface and integrally formed with the base, top surface, and sidewall. The containers can be arrayed into units and stacked on top of one another. A first flexible material such as a shrink wrap holds the individual containers together and a second flexible material maintains the stacked array of containers together so that cases that typically hold the containers can be eliminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventors: GREGORY M. SOEHNLEN, DALE PANASEWICZ, LAWRENCE A. BECKS
  • Patent number: 6105773
    Abstract: A sleeve style carton carrier for carrying cartons of the type having a gable pocket defined in each of opposing end walls. The carrier has side walls, and end walls that define a sleeve adapted to surround the carton, the end walls each being foldably attached to a latch panel. The latch panels are deformable into the carton's gable pockets when the carrier receives a carton therein. When the carrier and carton assembly is lifted, the latch panels are trapped tightly in the gable pockets under the weight of the carton and its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: The C. W. Zumbiel Co.
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Patent number: 6068181
    Abstract: A french fry carton with front and rear face panels and a pair of overlay panels positioned over one of the face panels and including a pair of transversely aligned tear-out sections with partially concealed access tabs available only upon an erection of the carton from its folded stored position to its open in-use position, the tear-out sections providing for the selected disclosure of hidden prize or promotional materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Liming Cai
  • 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: 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: 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: 5653341
    Abstract: A paperboard sleeve (10) for wrapping a plurality of brick-shaped containers (11) is disclosed. The sleeve has two opposed and interlocking base panels (21, 22) with flaps (32) formed as a part thereof, the flaps being sized and shaped to be folded back against protruding base tucks (13) formed on the bases of the containers. The engagement of the flaps against the base tucks on the bottom of the containers prevents the movement of the containers through the open ends of the paperboard sleeve after it is formed about the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Emili Requena Miret
  • Patent number: 5620094
    Abstract: A wrap-around tub carrier with a top center divider tab. The tab is comprised of spaced segments of a flap which is foldably connected to the top panel. Both the divider tab and a locking tab located between the divider tab segments are connected by a fold line to another locking tab. Both locking tabs extend up to engage the flange of adjacent tubs on opposite sides of the divider tab. A triangular keel extends up between the rows of tubs and a keel support tab extends up within the keel to provide additional support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick Naumann
  • Patent number: 5607072
    Abstract: A liquid container 1 comprises a larger glass bottle 2 and a smaller glass bottle 3 which are separately formed and adhesively bonded together. A base 11 of the smaller bottle 3 is spaced slightly above the base 10 of the larger bottle 2 so that in use, the base 10 of the larger bottle 2 forms a standing surface for the container 1 to prevent rocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Gilbeys of Ireland (Manufacturing) Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Rigney, Colin Purdy
  • Patent number: 5590786
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of F-style containers, each having a generally rectangular cross section and a spout and an inverted U-shaped strap handle projecting from the top. The package comprises a box having a top, a bottom, and a sidewall therebetween. There is a bottom liner inside the box, adjacent the bottom. The bottom liner has a plurality of generally rectangular cutouts for receiving and retaining the bottoms of F-style containers. There is also a top liner inside the box, adjacent the top. The top liner comprising spaced apart upper and lower walls, the lower wall adapted to engage the tops of the containers held inside the box and having openings therein for receiving the spouts and handles of the containers held inside the box. The openings allow the spouts and handles of the containers to project into the space between the walls, to protect the spouts and handles, and secure the tops of the containers against lateral movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventor: Donald L. Jaycox
  • Patent number: 5542537
    Abstract: Arranging a group of articles to be packaged so as to include a space for the insertion of a different article. All the articles except one are arranged in upright position. The one article is positioned on its side, between other articles. This creates a space above the one article into which a different article is inserted prior to packaging the articles in a multipack carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Colin Ford
  • Patent number: 5518117
    Abstract: A carrying device for a number of gable-top cartons with holes (14) for holding the closing part of the gable-top cartons and with a hand-grip opening (10). Each of the holes of the carrying device for the closing parts of the gable-top carton has a shape that is approximately equal to the shape of the gable-top cartons at the closing part, and is surrounded by flaps (11, 12, 13). The flaps are pressed upwards when the carrying device is brought into position on the closing parts of the gable-top cartons, which flaps (13) may be folded backwards in relation to flaps (12), whereafter flaps (12, 13) may be pushed into the approximately tetrahedral hollow in the closing part of the gable-top cartons and thereby hold the gable-top cartons firmly in place at two of their lateral edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Norpapp Industri A/S
    Inventor: Sverre Eriksen
  • Patent number: 5513753
    Abstract: A carton carrier fashioned from a unitary blank of paperboard displays utility in carrying two or more cartons of the cable top type. The carrier is in the general form of an inverted rectangular tray, with the longitudinal side walls of the tray having double thickness tongues which fit into end recesses of respective gable top cartons, such as milk cartons. The carrier may be carried by placing fingers inside an opening on its top surface. The construction permits vertical stacking of groups of gable top cartons and also provides sufficient strength for carrying the cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventor: Kurt D. Jensen
  • Patent number: 5421477
    Abstract: A bottle carrier case for transporting bottles of beverage having locating means on the bottom of the case for stably stacking the case and having openings provided in the concavities for easily removing the case from overlying bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: International Container Systems, INc.
    Inventor: Roy Hammett
  • Patent number: 5295593
    Abstract: Storage and dispensing unit comprising, in combination, wall structure defining an enclosure having outer walls, holding structure for supporting one or more containers in generally exposed condition on the outer facing walls, the holding structure including a first generally horizontal surface connected to the outer wall and offset laterally therefrom to define a shelf, a second generally horizontal surface in opposed relation to and spaced vertically from the first surface, structure defining an aperture in the second surface, and guide structure connecting the second surface to the outer wall for movement relative to the first surface, the guide structure providing a confined path of movement so that the second surface is movable toward and away from the first surface, whereby a container placed on the first surface extends upward into the aperture when the second surface is in its lowermost position and the container is free of the aperture when the second surface is in its uppermost position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: DCI Marketing
    Inventor: Michael R. Sturm
  • Patent number: 5178280
    Abstract: A liquid package of pressurized contents is manufactured from a thin metal foil laminated with plastic material. The package is shaped as a truncated cone and is preferably dimentioned such that the ratio of the radius R of the bottom of the cone to the radius r of the top of the cone is r.apprxeq.0.40R.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: AB Profer
    Inventor: Ingemar Ohlsson
  • Patent number: 5139147
    Abstract: A package includes one or more flanged cups, the cups being arranged and interconnected at their respective flanges to form an array. A paperboard cover having a polygonal main panel of an area generally corresponding to the area of the interconnected cup flanges is disposed over the array. A side panel is connected along an upper fold line to each side edge of the main panel, with each of the side panels projecting generally downwardly from the main panel. Each adjacent pair of side panels is foldably connected at their respective end edges through a pair of foldably interconnected web panels, the angle defined between each end edge of the side panels and the corresponding upper fold line being less than ninety degrees. Each of the web panel pairs are attached together in overlapping arrangement and disposed behind an associated one of the side panels, whereby the side panels are tapered inwardly with respect to the cups to secure the main panel to the cup array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 4946037
    Abstract: A package including containers having gabletops, wherein it is desired to maintain the containers in pairs, in separate areas, with support members to provide support for the gabletops from one side of the carton and identify the pairs of containers and separate them from other pairs of containers. The support members bridge the areas and are formed with panels adapted to engage the inclined roof panels of the gabletop containers and brace them from the wall of the carton to protect the ridge seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Roger H. Keith
  • Patent number: 4927042
    Abstract: A container assembly comprising two composite packages fastened together for packaging and shipping, but separable for individual use at a retail location. Each package includes an outer paperboard carton and a plastic bottle contained therein, the liquid in the bottle being pourable without removing the bottle from the carton The carton is rectangular and includes front, rear and side walls and a closure flap assembly at its upper end including first and second side flaps connected to and folded substantially perpendicular to said side walls. The edges of the side flaps are shaped to form a first opening for the spout and a second opening defining a handle. The flap assembly also has front and rear flaps which fold over the side flaps and have edges which lie adjacent each other. The front flap has a third opening which aligns with the first opening to accommodate the spout, and the rear flap has a perforated section which aligns with the second opening to form the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignee: Ring Can Corporation
    Inventor: Robert G. Ring
  • Patent number: 4860888
    Abstract: A shipping carton for containers having gabletops, wherein it is desired to maintain the containers in pairs, is provided with areas which receive the containers in pairs and support members are provided to support the gable tops from one side of the carton and identify the pairs of containers and separate them from other pairs of containers. The support members bridge the areas and are doubly deeply grooved to engage the gabletop containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Roger H. Keith
  • Patent number: 4856647
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting containers to each other. The apparatus has three of elastic loops which compressively secure three containers inserted therein. One loop is oriented with respect to two other loops such that its longitudinal axis is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axes of the two other loops and is saubstantially perpendicular to the plane defined by the longitudinal axes of the two other loops. The apparatus has particular advantages in connecting together cleaning solution containers for contact lenses and a case for storing contact lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Inventor: Cynthia F. Dahne
  • Patent number: 4782945
    Abstract: A bottle and carrier assembly adapted to facilitate the recycling of polyester resin bottles is disclosed. The assembly comprises a reusable bottle carrier having a side wall and a bottom surface, and a recyclable polyester resin bottle. The bottle has an upper neck portion, an elongate body portion, and a rounded bottom portion which prevents the bottle from standing upright when placed on a level surface. The bottle is removably disposed within the bottle carrier in an upright configuration, with the side walls of the bottle carrier overlying a major part of the bottle elongate body portion. The side walls of the bottle carrier and the elongate body portion of the bottle have interengaging portions for maintaining the upright configuration of the bottle. The rounded bottom portion of the bottle serves to discourage the removal, by a consumer, of the recyclyable bottle from the reusuable bottle carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Inventors: William A. Geiler, Eileen M. Geiler, Kristeen E. Geiler
  • Patent number: 4703856
    Abstract: A package accommodating a group of flanged containers (C1-C4) includes two rows of containers in which portions of top flanges (f) of the containers (C1, C2) in one row are overlapped with portions of the top flanges of the containers (C3, C4) in the second row. The package includes a top panel having a locking tab (34) which is engaged beneath the top flanges of the containers in the second row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Jean Chaussadas
  • Patent number: 4693412
    Abstract: The disclosed sleeve package is suited for economically holding a multi-pack arrangement of aceptic paperboard cartons. The sleeve blank has main side, top and bottom panels successively hinged to one another, to be wrapped around the arranged cartons, with inner and outer lap panels being secured together to provide an open-ended sleeve. Tabs are formed off the inner lap panel, being hinged thereto by a fold line that extends in a direction between the opposite side edges of the blank. Several embodiments are disclosed, one for holding the cartons with each tab underlying or cooperating with an end closure seam flap; and the other for holding cartons with each tab edge abutting the end closure seam flap or any other appropriate edge thereon. Also, the tab in one embodiment is folded 180 degrees to lie between the inner lap panel and the carton end closure; while in another embodiment, the tab remains almost coplanar with the inner lap panel and lies between the outer lap panel and the carton end closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: Yeaman Packaging Group, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Yeaman, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4671451
    Abstract: The disclosed sleeve package is suited for economically holding a multi-pack arrangement of aseptic paperboard cartons. The sleeve blank has main side, top and bottom panels successively hinged to one another, to be wrapped around the arranged cartons, with lapped inner and outer panels being secured together to provide an open-ended sleeve. The carton has an end closure wall, and a flap defined by an end closure seam being folded over to lie against the wall. The flap is open in the direction toward a broad face of the carton. A reverse tuck tab is formed on the inner of the lapped panels, being cut and hinged therefrom. In use, the tab is reverse tucked to underlie and/or interfit with the flap on the carton end closure, to hold the cartons in place in the sleeve package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Yeaman Packaging Group, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Yeaman, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4632249
    Abstract: Lateral packaging for the grouping and holding together of articles superposed in their natural orientation, and presenting a rim which is inserted in a slot of a lateral band with a plurality of sides defined by folding lines.The band is interconnected at its upper part by a panel covering the upper face of the articles, and a series of slots is provided between said panel and said lateral band slots receive the angles or corners of the rims of the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Inventor: Michel Blot
  • Patent number: RE32956
    Abstract: A carton for packaging a plurality of articles having rectangular or square bases and sides such as aseptic packages and the carton blank therefor. In one embodiment the carton includes a base, side panels, inner and outer top panels with handle straps and partial end panels held in an upright position by tuck flaps. In another embodiment the carton includes a base, side panels, inner and outer top panels, partial end panels and tear strips on the side panels to convert the carton to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Manville Service Corporation
    Inventor: Richard L. Schuster