Shrink-type Wrapper Patents (Class 206/432)
  • Patent number: 11565864
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for a perforated top panel disposed in a shrink-wrapped bottle pack for containing water bottles. The perforated top panel includes an easy-open panel and a semi-circular portion disposed at a terminal end of the easy-open panel. The easy-open panel is partially bordered by an alternating series of cuts and lands that are configured to allow the easy-open panel to tear away from the top panel upon being pulled by a practitioner. The easy-open panel includes a parallel portion that extends to one or more tapered portions that terminate at the semi-circular portion. The semi-circular portion is configured to be grasped and pulled to separate the tapered portion and the parallel portion from the top panel and thus expose the water bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Niagara Bottling, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Thomas Fuhst
  • Patent number: 11352191
    Abstract: A packaging for an object and a method of packaging the object are disclosed The packaging comprises a sealable outer box and at least one padded part for insertion into the interior of the outer box. The padded part comprises shaped cushioning parts on its periphery for supporting the padded part on the inside against the side walls of the outer box so as to be secured against displacement. The padded part also includes a recess for the precisely fitting accommodation of the packaged object. Finally, the packaging in accordance with the invention comprises a support insert that, together with the padded part, defines a packaging space for the packaged object within the outer box, wherein the support insert extends at a distance from the side walls of the outer box and forms at least part of a side wall of the packaging space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignees: Buhl-PaperForm GmbH, Schock GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Buhl, Gerrit Benjamin Schneeweiss
  • Patent number: 11230395
    Abstract: A device for filling and closing pharmaceutical objects disposed in parallel rows in nests that are removably inserted into a substantially tub-shaped tub requires a conveying device with conveying sections for processing the objects, wherein individual processing stations for the objects are disposed along the conveying sections, a lifting station provided at an inlet of the conveying device for removing the nests from the tub, a removal station for removing an object row from the nest and transferring the object row to the conveying device, and an insertion station. Objects removed from the nest are fed by the conveying device to the individual processing stations for the processing. The objects are returned to the nest, tub or individually removed from the conveying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: GRONINGER & CO. GMBH
    Inventor: Josef Veile
  • Patent number: 11077970
    Abstract: A packaging adapted to contain products, which is made with an extendable plastic film and has a simplified gripping, and in which the extendable plastic film is wrapped around the products with at least one coil to form a bundle, has on its upper surface only one notch configured to provide a gripping point of the packaging for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Francesco Peccetti
  • Patent number: 11066199
    Abstract: Provided is a method for packaging piece good groupings, in which a plurality of piece goods, particularly containers, are at least partially interconnected by a first connector, wherein at least two-piece goods of this plurality are directly interconnected by the connector. According to the embodiment, this plurality of piece goods connected by the connector is packaged with a second connector in the form of a second wrapping element, and said plurality of piece goods connected by a first connector is conveyed by a conveyor device to a packaging device and enclosed, particularly wrapped, with the second wrapping element by said packaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Johannes Kirzinger, Christian Hastreiter, Manuel Kollmuss, Richard Eschlbeck, Heiner Schaefer, Andreas Fritsch, Juergen Werner, Thomas Wimmer, Herbert Spindler, Christian Napravnik
  • Patent number: 10954057
    Abstract: An insulated box includes a box, the box including a bottom panel and a side panel, the side panel attached to the bottom panel; and an insulated panel attached to the side panel, the insulated panel including an insulation batt and a sheet, the insulation batt enclosed between the side panel and the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Pratt Retail Specialties, LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Waltermire, Paul Ott, Greg Sollie
  • Patent number: 10906724
    Abstract: An insulated box includes a box, the box including a bottom panel and a side panel, the side panel attached to the bottom panel; and an insulated panel attached to the side panel, the insulated panel including an insulation batt and a sheet, the insulation batt enclosed between the side panel and the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Pratt Retail Specialties, LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Waltermire, Paul Ott, Greg Sollie
  • Patent number: 10701949
    Abstract: The present invention is based on the surprising result that packaging materials comprising at least one moisture modulating agent can significantly reduce moisture loss, physical damage, and/or microbial decay of produce. Inclusion of such moisture modulating agent(s) can provide at least one of the following advantages: (1) less disease development as compared to traditional packaging material; (2) fresher, firmer produce with less rot or defects (for example cracking or splitting); (3) better see-through as compared to traditional packaging material; (4) preventing the humidity inside the bag from coalescing into large drops or even pools of water (i.e., less water accumulation or moisture condensation within the package); and (5) providing sufficient gas transmission of oxygen (O2)/carbon dioxide (CO2) and/or a quality management agent, for example ethylene or 1-MCP, for better quality control during storage at room temperature (shelf life).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: AGROFRESH INC.
    Inventors: Tim Malefyt, Aishwarya Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 10435216
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a pack of products (1) having a bottom side (2) and an opposite top side (3), comprising a handle (5) formed over the top side (3) and adapted to be grasped by hand. The handle (5) is formed by a plastic film (4) wrapped around the products (1) over at least one turn, the plastic film (4) covering at least most of the bottom side (2) and being gathered to a reduced width over the top side (3) to form the handle (5). A handle (5) formed by a plastic film wrapped around the pack is reliable and easy to manufacture at a limited cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Damien Kannengiesser, Frederic Drzewiecki
  • Patent number: 10144567
    Abstract: The invention relates to shrink packaging for packing a series of containers. The packaging is characterized in that at least one incision line is provided in a first zone, said incision line including a series of perforations forming at least one partially detachable section arranged to allow the extraction of at least one container in a direction extending substantially from the lower part of the container to the upper part thereof, said partially detachable packaging section being larger than the cross-section of the at least one container to be extracted. Moreover, the partially detachable section is located on the periphery of the first zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DIOPASS SPRL
    Inventors: Henry Frederic Schloesser, Paula Mireille Fluzin
  • Patent number: 9708085
    Abstract: A method of packaging a product. The method includes wrapping a first product unit in a first protective cover, wrapping a second product unit in a second protective cover, arranging the wrapped first product unit adjacent to the wrapped second product unit to create a product unit arrangement, forming a band around the product unit arrangement to create a secured product unit arrangement, the band being printed with at least one graphic, wrapping the secured product unit arrangement in a protective wrapper to create a wrapped, secured product unit arrangement, the protective wrapper completely enveloping the band, and the first product and the second product unit of the secured product unit arrangement, and heating the protective wrapper to shrink the protective wrapper around the secured product unit arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Gregory D. Moore, Tracey L. Meckley, Michael S. Dwyer
  • Patent number: 9561879
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pack including a group of stackable containers each of which includes a body, a shoulder, a neck, and a bottom defining a recess shaped so as to receive the neck and at least part of the shoulder of an identical underlying container; and a flexible film enclosing the group of containers, said film having bottom openings aligned with each hollow recess. The film closely fits the base of the containers on a bottom contact area that annularly extends around the bottom openings; and the film further has top openings through which the necks extend, the film closely fitting the shoulders of the containers on a top contact area that annularly extends around the top openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Cyril Touchet
  • Patent number: 9481481
    Abstract: A packaging device includes a conveyance mechanism, a first guide portion, and a processor. The conveyance mechanism is configured to convey, along a conveyance path, a base on which an object is placed. The first guide portion is configured to guide a film and to move along a movement path. The processor is configured to cause the conveyance mechanism to convey the base toward a downstream side in a conveyance direction. The processor is further configured to cause the first guide portion to move along the movement path from above to below the conveyance path after the base is conveyed toward the downstream side to a first position. The processor is further configured to cause the conveyance mechanism to convey the base toward the upstream side to a second position after the first guide portion is moved to below the conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruo Imamaki, Toshihiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9376238
    Abstract: A presentation package for providing a “mixed drink”, such as a gift, wherein the mixer or base beverage is contained in a first container, such as a 12 ounce soda can, and the liquor is provided in a second container, such as a small single serving liquor bottle, is described. The two containers are joined together by the presentation package. The package further includes indicia relative to the occasion associated with the giving or presentation of the “mixed drink” combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: William A Landow
  • Publication number: 20150076022
    Abstract: A process for collation shrink wrapping an object that may include a number of individual containers, preferably a number of substantially identical containers. The process may include the steps of (i) obtaining a binding tape that is a film uniaxially oriented in the machine direction (MD) and wrapping the tape around the object, (ii) sealing the ends of the now wrapped binding tape (i.e., to form a loop), (iii) obtaining a collation shrink film that may include a multimodal linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), the film being a stretched film that is uniaxially oriented in the machine direction (MD) in a draw ratio of at least 1:3, (iv) wrapping the collation shrink film around the object of step (ii), (v) heating the wrapped object of step (iv) such that the tape shrinks in its machine direction and the collation shrink film shrinks in its machine direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Niedersuess, Minna Aarnio-Winterhof
  • Publication number: 20140374298
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pack, including a group of stackable containers, each of which includes a body, a shoulder, a neck, and a bottom defining a recess shaped so as to receive the neck and at least part of the shoulder of an identical underlying container; and a flexible film enclosing the group of containers, said film having bottom openings aligned with each hollow recess. The film closely fits the base of the containers on a bottom contact area that annularly extends around the bottom openings; and the film further has top openings through which the necks extend, the film closely fitting the shoulders of the containers on a top contact area that annularly extends around the top openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Cyril Touchet
  • Patent number: 8701885
    Abstract: A container set which connects and packages a plurality of containers with a package sheet is provided, wherein at least one container has a shape in which a plurality of large-width portions having a larger width in a connecting direction as compared with the other portions are formed on respective sides of a small-width portion having a smaller width than the large-width portion, with the small-width portion therebetween; the package sheet has a plurality of tubular portions which are shrunk along an outer shape of the containers and which individually store the containers; and, in the tubular portions, a connecting portion is formed between adjacent tubular portions at least at a part of the tubular portion corresponding to the large-width portion, and the tubular portions which oppose each other are separated from each other at the small-width portion, with no connecting portion formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernst Christiaan Koolhaas
  • Patent number: 8479480
    Abstract: A packaging assembly for lightweight containers that includes a secondary packaging for gathering and holding a plurality of individual primary lightweight containers. The secondary packaging includes two layers of thermoplastic shrinkable film enclosing the lightweight containers, with the layers being connected to one another at least partially in the circumference of the secondary packaging. Each of the primary lightweight containers has a container body and a container neck with a neck opening. The lightweight containers are disposed in the secondary packaging in rows forming one single, substantially plane layer, with all containers being oriented with their longitudinal axis (L) forming an angle (?) with the plane of the packaging assembly that is between 0 and 45°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Nestle Waters Management & Technology
    Inventors: Rodrigue Dias, Cyrille Durand
  • 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: 8333054
    Abstract: A method for producing a plurality of packages of liquid containers including the steps of dividing the liquid containers into groups representing the packages, applying handles to a film, wherein the film is located in a feeding area for the film, supplying one film to each of the groups of liquid containers via the feeding area, and wrapping each group of liquid containers with the film and the applied handle, thereby completing the packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Michael Hartl
  • Patent number: 8267248
    Abstract: A method for making a shrink pack (1) is disclosed wherein pre-cut films (10, 11) of a shrinkable film (3) are cut off diagonally to a longitudinal direction (30) of the film (3). The pre-cut films (10, 11) are wrapped in each case about at least two articles (2). The pre-cut films (10, 11) are shrinked onto the wrapped articles (2) to form a shrink pack (1) in each case. The film (3) is cut before the shrink-on process and before the cutting off into pre-cut films (10, 11) respectively into at least two film webs (4, 5, 6, 7) along the longitudinal direction (30). Then, at least two adjacent film webs (4, 5, 6, 7) are brought together at their adjacent sides (14, 15, 16, 17) in longitudinal direction (30) such that they form an overlap (9) with a width (31) at the adjacent sides (14, 15, 16, 17). A shrink pack (1) is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Manuel Kollmuss
  • Publication number: 20120138498
    Abstract: A container set which connects and packages a plurality of containers with a package sheet is provided, wherein at least one container has a shape in which a plurality of large-width portions having a larger width in a connecting direction as compared with the other portions are formed on respective sides of a small-width portion having a smaller width than the large-width portion, with the small-width portion therebetween; the package sheet has a plurality of tubular portions which are shrunk along an outer shape of the containers and which individually store the containers; and, in the tubular portions, a connecting portion is formed between adjacent tubular portions at least at a part of the tubular portion corresponding to the large-width portion, and the tubular portions which oppose each other are separated from each other at the small-width portion, with no connecting portion formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Ernst Christiaan Koolhaas
  • Patent number: 8127925
    Abstract: A package for a number of beverage or non-beverage containers includes an overlay member covering the top or bottom ends of the containers. The overlay member has a central, generally planar panel positioned on the ends of the containers and may include a number of perimeter panels each joined to and positioned on a perimeter of the central panel. Each perimeter panel is oriented generally perpendicularly relative to the central panel. A dispenser opening is in the central panel of the overlay member through which the containers may be removed from the package. An overwrap member such as a thermoplastic shrink wrap film envelops the array of containers and the overlay member to provide a robust, unitary package for transport and storage. A line of weakness in the overwrap member is aligned with the dispenser to allow a user to puncture the overwrap member in the vicinity of the line of weakness and gain access to the containers via the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Steven J. Block
  • Patent number: 8104617
    Abstract: An overwrap packed body is obtained by heating and shrinking a wrapping material in a condition that five drink products collectively wrapped by the wrapping material. Three perforated lines passing through gap portions between the adjacent drink products are formed on the wrapping material at an interval of 2 mm in parallel. When the three perforated line portions are pushed with fingers in the gap portion between the adjacent drink products, the wrapping material torn from the pushed portion in a vertical direction. Thus, the packed drink products DG can be easily taken out one by one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Yakult Honsha, Toho Shoji Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Goto, Tadayoshi Teramoto, Takayuki Terada
  • Publication number: 20110215016
    Abstract: A package for a number of beverage or non-beverage containers includes an overlay member covering the top or bottom ends of the containers. The overlay member has a central, generally planar panel positioned on the ends of the containers and may include a number of perimeter panels each joined to and positioned on a perimeter of the central panel. Each perimeter panel is oriented generally perpendicularly relative to the central panel. A dispenser opening is in the central panel of the overlay member through which the containers may be removed from the package. An overwrap member such as a thermoplastic shrink wrap film envelops the array of containers and the overlay member to provide a robust, unitary package for transport and storage. A line of weakness in the overwrap member is aligned with the dispenser to allow a user to puncture the overwrap member in the vicinity of the line of weakness and gain access to the containers via the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: THE C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY
    Inventor: Steven J. Block
  • Patent number: 7942263
    Abstract: A package for a number of beverage containers includes an overlay member covering the top ends of the beverage containers. The overlay member has a central, generally planar panel positioned atop the top ends of the beverage containers and a number of perimeter panels each joined to and positioned on a perimeter of the central panel. Each perimeter panel is oriented generally perpendicularly relative to the central panel. A dispenser opening is in the central panel of the overlay member through the beverage containers may be removed from the package. A dispenser flap is adjacent the dispenser opening and a perimeter edge of the overlay member. The dispenser flap may be pulled outwardly from the overlay member by a user to provide access through which the beverage containers may be removed from the package. An overwrap member such as a thermoplastic shrink wrap film envelops the array of beverage containers and the overlay member to provide a robust, unitary package for transport and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Co.
    Inventor: Steven J. Block
  • Patent number: 7878328
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packet (1) including: a group of articles (2) which are arranged in several rows (4, 5, 6, 7) which each contain at least two adjacent articles (2), including a first row (4) at the front end (3) of the packet (1), each article (2) having a base (9) and an opposing top (10); a side (16) which is made from a rigid or semi-rigid material, which is disposed on the articles (2) and which includes an upper panel (17) that covers the tops (10) of at least one row (5, 6, 7) of articles (2); and a film (19) which is wrapped tightly around the assembly. The aforementioned upper panel (17) of the side (16) covers the tops (10) of the articles (2) in all of the rows (5, 6, 7) with the exception of the tops (10) of the articles (2) in the first row (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Valérie Dubosq, François Gosset, Jean-Félix Lesueur, Cyril Touchet
  • Patent number: 7850003
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable holder is disclosed for securing a plurality of articles. The holder may include a first sheet formed of heat-shrinkable material, and a second sheet formed of heat-shrinkable material and joined to the first sheet. The first sheet and the second sheet are joined so as to create at least two openings therebetween. Each of the openings is sized larger than one of the articles. The first and second sheets are heat-shrinkable to an extent to shrink the openings sufficiently to secure two of the articles together into a unit. Various modifications and additions are possible, including use of more than three sheets, providing for the reading of printed indicia on the articles or holder, providing a handle. Numerous orientations and collections of articles are possible. Related packages including a holder and articles are also disclosed, as well as related methods of manufacture of the holder and package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Hartness, William R. Hartness, III, Mark W. Davidson, Ernst Van Wickeren
  • Patent number: 7845494
    Abstract: The invention relates to a secondary package for gathering a plurality of primary packages, comprising an envelope that surrounds the plurality of primary packages so as to tightly hold the latter together. The secondary package also includes a base supporting the primary packages, lateral sides, and a top side, characterized in that: (i) said base comprises a medium folding line that pivotally connects two halves of the base supporting the primary packages, and the envelope further comprises a carrying handle that is disposed vertically along the medium folding line, and (ii) the lateral sides and the top side of the envelope comprise a transversal precut in the region of the medium folding line, and so that when the envelope is open along said precut, it still holds tightly the primary packages disposed on each of the two base halves and said halves can be pivoted around the medium folding line to allow complete access to the carrying handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Nestle Waters Management & Technology
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Cerveny, Klaus Hartwig
  • Patent number: 7837818
    Abstract: A wrapper for packaging one or more articles, is constituted by a sleeve of heat-shrink plastics material for shrinking onto the article(s) for packaging, said sleeve being made from a film that is folded in half and whose corresponding end zones are united. The wall of the sleeve is embossed at least in part with a predetermined pattern so that said pattern appears in relief on the outside face and/or the inside face of the sleeve and remains after said sleeve has been shrunk onto the article(s) to be packaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Sleever International Company
    Inventor: Eric Fresnel
  • Patent number: 7832553
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable holder for securing articles, a package securing such articles using heat-shrinkable sheets, a shrinkable sleeve, and a method and device for securing such articles using heat-shrinkable sheets and sleeves are disclosed. The holder is constructed so that it is separable when desired, and may comprise the labeling or the like for an article to be packaged. Releasable fasteners such as adhesives, heat seals, and/or perforations may be employed on the sheets. If desired, articles may be individually sleeved with a heat shrinkable film blank portion, which may function as labeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Hartness, Mark W. Davidson, John Loughlin
  • Patent number: 7793779
    Abstract: A carton for cooperating with a packaging material to contain a plurality of articles and a package formed thereby. The carton comprises a plurality of panels comprising a central panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The side panels are positioned relative to the central panel to at least partially form a space for receiving the articles. A handle is in at least one of the side panels. The handle is adapted for grasping and carrying the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Charles F. Ho Fung
  • 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: 7722807
    Abstract: The invention is directed to devices and containers for emitting volatile compositions. In one embodiment, the invention is directed to a device that includes a holding mechanism for substantially concurrently and releasably retaining two containers. In one embodiment, the invention is directed to a first container having a first volatile composition and a second container having a second volatile composition where the first and the second containers are operably connected to each other to form a cartridge. In one embodiment, the invention is directed to a method of emitting a first and a second volatile composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Leonard Joseph Keller, Jr., Michael Sean Farrell, Gary Jay Groznik, Dean Robert McCoy
  • Patent number: 7661527
    Abstract: Film wrapped stacked containers having a molded transparent plastic tray 1 inserted between containers 6 and containers 5 are structurally stable to facilitate film wrapping. The top side of the tray has protuberances 2 forming groove rings 4 on the top side of the tray. The groove rings 4 acts to locate the bottom of the containers 5 on top of the tray in a preset configuration. The bottom of containers 5 rest within the groove rings. The bottom side of the tray has separation means such as cones 6 or other protuberances that act to separate and position the containers 6 beneath the tray 1. By providing a plastic insert that can be molded to a preset configuration, structural stability can be provided for containers with different shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Publication number: 20090266732
    Abstract: A method for producing a plurality of packages of liquid containers including the steps of dividing the liquid containers into groups representing the packages, applying handles to a film, wherein the film is located in a feeding area for the film, supplying one film to each of the groups of liquid containers via the feeding area, and wrapping each group of liquid containers with the film and the applied handle, thereby completing the packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Michael HARTL
  • Publication number: 20080314771
    Abstract: A thermoformed tray includes a base wall and a plurality of side walls curving upwardly from a periphery of the base wall. A guide rail projects downward from the periphery of the base wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Daniel Barbalho, Ryan C. Meers, Sean T. Ogburn, Nathan Manuel
  • Patent number: 7467504
    Abstract: A system and methods of use for assembling packages has one or more conveyors for advancing one or more product flavors into an accumulation of product units. At an accumulation area the accumulated product units are separated into a subset of pack units by a pack splitter which are then deposited onto an indexing conveyor. The pack units may be supported by a substrate. The pack units are advanced along the indexing conveyor for final package assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew M. Mate, Thomas E. Dellwo, David W. O'Brien, David F. Ackley, Daniel D. Schroeder, Kevin A. Nelson, Peter N. Fox
  • Publication number: 20080289986
    Abstract: An overwrap packed body is obtained by heating and shrinking a wrapping material in a condition that five drink products collectively wrapped by the wrapping material. Three perforated lines passing through gap portions between the adjacent drink products are formed on the wrapping material at an interval of 2 mm in parallel. When the three perforated line portions are pushed with fingers in the gap portion between the adjacent drink products, the wrapping material torn from the pushed portion in a vertical direction. Thus, the packed drink products DG can be easily taken out one by one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2005
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YAKULT HONSHA, TOHO SHOJI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Goto, Tadayoshi Teramoto, Takayuki Terada
  • Publication number: 20080272013
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable holder for securing articles, a package securing such articles using heat-shrinkable sheets, a shrinkable sleeve, and a method and device for securing such articles using heat-shrinkable sheets and sleeves are disclosed. The holder is constructed so that it is separable when desired, and may comprise the labeling or the like for an article to be packaged. Releasable fasteners such as adhesives, heat seals, and/or perforations may be employed on the sheets. If desired, articles may be individually sleeved with a heat shrinkable film blank portion, which may function as labeling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Applicant: Hartness International, Inc.
    Inventors: THOMAS P. HARTNESS, Mark W. Davidson, John M. Loughlin
  • Publication number: 20080264818
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packet (1) including: a group of articles (2) which are arranged in several rows (4, 5, 6, 7) which each contain at least two adjacent articles (2), including a first row (4) at the front end (3) of the packet (1), each article (2) having a base (9) and an opposing top (10); a side (16) which is made from a rigid or semi-rigid material, which is disposed on the articles (2) and which includes an upper panel (17) that covers the tops (10) of at least one row (5, 6, 7) of articles (2); and a film (19) which is wrapped tightly around the assembly. The aforementioned upper panel (17) of the side (16) covers the tops (10) of the articles (2) in all of the rows (5, 6, 7) with the exception of the tops (10) of the articles (2) in the first row (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Valerie Dubosq, Francois Gosset, Jean-Felix Lesueur, Cyril Touchet
  • Patent number: 7428807
    Abstract: A vacuum packaging system for transporting a plurality of medical containers including a tray that supports the medical containers and an air impervious flexible film defining an internal cavity. The air impervious flexible film completely surrounds the tray and the medical containers. The internal cavity is evacuated to a predetermined vacuum level below atmospheric pressure. A method for packaging the plurality of medical containers for transportation in the tray includes inserting the medical containers into the tray, inserting the tray filled with medical containers into the internal cavity, evacuating the internal cavity to a predetermined vacuum pressure and sealing the flexible film such that the predetermined vacuum pressure is generally maintained in the internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignees: West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., Daikyo Seiko Ltd.
    Inventors: Edward Vander Bush, Robert Nase, Hiroshi Togashi, Hubert Jansen, John Paproski
  • Publication number: 20080230420
    Abstract: The invention relates to a secondary package for gathering a plurality of primary packages, comprising an envelope that surrounds the plurality of primary packages so as to tightly hold the latter together, said envelope comprising a base supporting the primary packages, lateral sides, and a top side, characterized in that: (i) said base comprises a medium folding line that pivotally connects two halves of the base supporting the primary packages, and further comprises a carrying handle that is disposed vertically along the medium folding line, and (ii) the lateral sides and the top side of the envelope comprise a transversal precut in the region of the medium folding line, and so that when the envelope is open along said precut, it still holds tightly the primary packages disposed on each of the two base halves and said halves can be pivoted around the medium folding line to allow complete access to the carrying handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Applicant: NESTLE WATERS MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Cerveny, Klaus Hartwig
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080173562
    Abstract: A liquid cosmetic product retail unit includes a container and a plurality of dispensers disposed in the container. The container is dimensioned to fit onto a shelf in a retail store and includes a base, a lid and a plurality of receptacles formed in at least one of the base and the lid. A method for offering for sale a liquid cosmetic product is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: CONOPCO, INC., d/b/a UNILEVER
    Inventors: Charles Peter Althoff, Jason Tilk, John William Nottingham, John Richard Nottingham, John Wilford Spirk, Jay Tapper, Patrick Coyne, Ian Stuart Midgley, Dean Michael Limb
  • Patent number: 7370761
    Abstract: A container package assembly comprises a first support member and a second support member, each of which have a front side, a back side, a right side and a left side. The support members being arranged along a common plane wherein one of the sides of the first support member is immediately adjacent to one of the sides of the second support member. Each of the support members further comprise at least one wall defining at least a portion of at least one of the front side, back side, right side and left side of the first support member and second support member. Containers are positioned on the support surface of the first support member and the second support member. A top pad is positioned on top of the containers and extends over at least a portion of each of the containers. The support members, the containers and the top pad comprise an assembly which is at least partially encapsulated by a film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Andersen, Peter N. Fox
  • Publication number: 20070215506
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable holder is disclosed for securing a plurality of articles. The holder may include a first sheet formed of heat-shrinkable material, and a second sheet formed of heat-shrinkable material and joined to the first sheet. The first sheet and the second sheet each have a substantially equal pre-shrinking length, and are joined so as to create at least two openings therebetween. Each of the openings is sized larger than one of the articles. The first and second sheets are heat-shrinkable to an extent to shrink the openings sufficiently to secure two of the articles together into a unit. Various modifications and additions are possible, including use of more than three sheets, providing for the reading of printed indicia on the articles or holder, providing a handle. Numerous orientations and collections of articles are possible. Related packages including a holder and articles are also disclosed, as well as related methods of manufacture of the holder and package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas P. Hartness, William R. Hartness, Mark W. Davidson, Ernst Van Wickeren
  • Publication number: 20070215505
    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: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Inventor: Terry D. Walker
  • Publication number: 20040241470
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heat-shrinkable polyester film having a specific composition. A heat shrinkage factor of a 10 cm square sample of the film in a maximal shrinkage direction of the film is not less than 20% under the condition that the sample is immersed in hot water of 85° C. for 10 seconds, and then in water of 25° C. for 10 seconds. The number of test pieces of the film having a rupture ratio of not more than 5% is not more than 10% to the total number of the test pieces under the condition that a tensile test of drawing the film in a direction orthogonal to the maximal shrinkage direction of the film is conducted with a distance between corresponding chucks of 100 mm, each test piece having 15 mm in width, a temperature of 23° C., and a drawing rate of 200 mm/min.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventors: Satoshi Hayakawa, Norimi Tabota, Yoshinori Takegawa, Katsuya Ito, Shigeru Komeda, Katsuhiko Nose
  • Publication number: 20040234800
    Abstract: A multilayer shrink film and methods of making same comprising high speed polyethylenic outer layers along with one or more cyclic-olefin copolymer (COC) containing inner layers. The multilayer shrink films of the invention are produced using film biaxial orienting means, have haze values of 5 or less and Young's modulus of 50,000 psi or greater and superior hot slip properties. In order to achieve the desired modulus, films of the present invention comprise from 10% to 30% COC and from 2% to 25% softening olefin copolymer. Preferably the film comprises large proportion of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE). Suitable COCs for use in the invention are limited to single site catalyzed COC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Trevor Arthurs, Shane Taghavi