Four-sided Wrapper Patents (Class 206/434)
  • Patent number: 10053271
    Abstract: A carton for packaging one or more articles, includes a top panel, first and second side panels, a bottom panel, and at least one display window for displaying at least one article. The at least one display window is struck at least in part from at least one of the side panels. The at least one display window is interrupted by a retention strap for engaging at least one article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Maria Psalidas, Caleb S. Loftin
  • Patent number: 9669976
    Abstract: A container clip for engaging at least one container having a top rim and a bottom rim. The container clip can comprise a plurality of panels extending at least partially around an interior of the container clip. The interior can be for receiving at least a portion of the at least one container. The plurality of panels can comprise a top panel and a bottom panel disposed generally opposite the top panel. At least one top locking flap can be foldably connected to the top panel for engaging the top rim of the at least one container for at least partially coupling the container clip to the at least one container. At least one bottom locking flap can be foldably connected to the bottom panel for engaging the bottom rim of the at least one container for at least partially coupling the container clip to the at least one container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond S. Kastanek, James C. Fogle
  • Patent number: 9567120
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton can comprise a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels can comprise at least a bottom panel, a top panel, and a side panel. At least one end flap can comprise at least a bottom end flap foldably attached to the bottom panel at an end of the carton. The end can have an opening adjacent the bottom end flap. The plurality of articles can be for being disposed in the interior of the carton so that a void is formed in the interior between at least one article of the plurality of articles and at least a portion of the bottom end flap at the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Frank N. Moncrief, Aaron Lee Bates, O'Neal Alexander
  • Patent number: 9254229
    Abstract: A packaging unit for holding a plurality of articles, preferably disposable articles, such, as plasters, tissues, gauze, etc. The packaging unit comprises a holding member (2) comprising a first part (5) with at most fifteen spaced apart flaps (6), and a second part (7), the first and second parts being arranged oppositely each other. A plurality of articles are arranged and retained between the first and second parts in such a manner that an individual article can be removed from the packaging unit. The packaging unit is insertable in a dispenser (13) and may serve as a refill package. Furthermore, a dispenser for delivering disposable articles, the dispenser comprising a retaining part (14) for retaining a packaging unit and an opening (15) allowing a packaging unit to be inserted and allowing an individual article to be delivered. The opening is arranged in such a manner that an individual article may be delivered from the dispenser by pulling it in a substantially downwards direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: PLUM A/S
    Inventors: Bo Winther Barkholt, Poul Bertelsen, Flemming Buch, Karsten Plum
  • Patent number: 8997987
    Abstract: A carrier is constructed from paperboard and includes a rounded or non-rectangular top in combination with a non-rounded or rectangular bottom. Dust flaps which extend from the top and bottom of the carrier overlap one another to form a pair of opposing composite side panels. The dust flaps which are attached to the side panels include a crease or fold line adjacent to the bottom of the carrier which only extends partially along the height of the carrier so that the juncture between the side flap and the associated side panel adjacent the top of the carrier does not include a crease or fold line. As such, the side panel and adjacent side flap adjacent the top of the carrier can be tightly wrapped around the arcuate sidewall of the containers within the carrier to thereby provide a neat and tightly packed package configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Steven J. Block
  • Patent number: 8997986
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of articles. The carton having a plurality of panels at least partially extending around an interior of the carton, the plurality of panels comprising at least one bottom panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel. The carton further having at least one retention tab foldably connected to the at least one bottom panel. The at least one retention tab is for engaging at least a portion of an article of the plurality of articles, and the at least one retention tab comprises a first portion foldably connected to the bottom panel at a first fold line and a second portion foldably connected to the first portion at a second fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140294554
    Abstract: The packaging for at least one layer of at least two objects includes in combination an assembled blank produced from a flat blank and a cover which are secured rigidly together head-to-tail, the flat blank including at least one pair of two panels for receiving objects, two external edge panels, at least one pair of two internal spacer panels, at least one of the edge panels and the spacer panels including, on its top, supporting side, its top, supporting folding line, at least one projecting part, at least one of the receiving panels including, next to its bottom folding line, at least one penetrating part, the projecting and penetrating parts being dimensioned and positioned such as to be able, when the blank is assembled, to engage respectively with a penetrating part of another assembled blank located vertically above and with a projecting part of another assembled blank located vertically beneath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: TECMA PACK
    Inventor: Gerard Laudet
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8464866
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package has a top panel and side panels. The package has retention features for retaining the containers and reinforcement features for reinforcing the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 8424677
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of articles that includes a top panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the top panel. The least one side panel has a first retention feature for retaining a first portion of at least one of the plurality of articles, and a second retention feature for retaining a second portion of the at least one of the plurality of articles. The first retention feature comprises at least two first openings and the second retention feature is spaced apart from the first retention feature. The second retention feature comprises at least two second openings respectively aligned with a respective one of the at least two first openings, and at least two retention flaps foldably connected at a respective fold line. The at least two retention flaps are positioned between the at least two second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20120285855
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a plurality of panels at least partially extending around an interior of the carton, the plurality of panels comprising at least one bottom panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel. The carton further comprises at least one retention tab foldably connected to the at least one bottom panel. The at least one retention tab is for engaging at least a portion of an article of the plurality of articles, and the at least one retention tab comprises a first portion foldably connected to the bottom panel at a first fold line and a second portion foldably connected to the first portion at a second fold line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, SR.
  • Patent number: 8162135
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package has panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the package. The panels comprise a top panel, a bottom panel, and an intermediate panel. At least one bottom aperture in the bottom panel is for at least partially receiving a container of the plurality of containers. At least one intermediate aperture is in the intermediate panel for at least partially receiving the container. At least one retention flap foldably is attached to the intermediate panel adjacent to the at least one intermediate aperture. The at least one retention flap is for providing a retention force to the container to restrain the container from removal from the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Publication number: 20120043241
    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: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: James C. Fogle, Colin P. Ford
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8061519
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Joseph Taglione
  • Patent number: 8056709
    Abstract: Packages are formed for holding containers that extend through a bottom panel of the package. Braces are provided for at least partially securing the containers in the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7913844
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a top panel, at least one side panel foldably connected to the top panel at a first line of weakening, and a top retainer foldably connected to the top panel and the at least one side panel. The top retainer comprises a top retention panel foldably connected to the top panel at a second line of weakening, a side retention panel foldably connected to the top retention panel at a portion of the first line of weakening, and a tuck-in panel foldably connected to the at least one side panel at a third line of weakening, the second line of weakening and the third line of weakening each comprising a cut/crease line having at least one cut portion and at least one score line portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20100326859
    Abstract: A bottle carrier includes a base wall and a pair of side walls extending upwardly from side edges of the base wall. Front and rear openings are defined at front and rear ends of the base wall. Upper edges of the side walls may protrude outwardly to form lips. A plurality of bottles may be supported on the base wall between the side walls. A wrap may be wrapped around the bottles and the side walls to retain the bottles in the carrier. The wrap may include a tear strip to facilitate removal of the wrap from the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Alan J. Cook, Gerald R. Koefelda
  • Patent number: 7762395
    Abstract: Carrier packages are constructed to tightly secure articles within the packages. The carrier packages include end webs that partially close the ends of the packages and retain articles within the carrier package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Colin P. Ford
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090261008
    Abstract: Containerized goods are packaged for transit using a partial or fully circumferential wrapper about which a tensioned-strap is secured, to form an integrated structural package that facilities rapid loading of a machine magazine or picking platform such as a shelf with pre-oriented articles as well as shipping the units palletized in several tiers for distribution and display. The wrapper may be of sheet wood-fibre origin or other materials, the open wrapper ends permitting clear display of the goods labels. D-cuts into the wrapper provide displaceable tabs, for locating and/or separating the adjoining containers, and further integrating the wrapper with its contents, when strapped to form transit packages, able to withstand the rigors of palletized transit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: Ralph L. Dillon, Joseph F. Noferi, Douglas W. Eggins
  • Patent number: 7549536
    Abstract: A wraparound packaging is provided. The wraparound packaging includes a top portion and a bottom portion, the bottom portion having at least one opening. The packaging further includes a first sidewall attaching the top portion to the bottom portion by a bottom wall, and the length of the bottom wall being smaller than the length of the top portion. A second sidewall extending from the top portion and a first tab extending outwardly from the bottom portion are also included on the packaging. The packaging folds to a final position in which the top portion is located above the bottom portion. The first tab may also include a slit, and the packaging may further include a second tab extending outwardly from the second sidewall for mating with the slit in the first tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Francis Coppola Winery LLC
    Inventors: Gundolf Pfotenhauer, Jason Curtis
  • Patent number: 7468498
    Abstract: A food package kit including a plurality of trays having a bottom, a sidewall extending upwardly from the bottom and terminating at a top end, and a flange extending from the sidewall opposite the bottom, the flange includes a rim section configured to receive a sealing film, and a recessed section extending from the rim section, wherein each of the opposed longitudinal edges intersect with a lateral edge at a corner, wherein the kit also includes a sleeve adapted to contain the trays completely therein, the sleeve including a sleeve top, a first depending sleeve side, and a second depending sleeve side and a sleeve bottom, wherein the tray is completely disposed within the sleeve by frictional force between the tray and the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: General Mills Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: George A Tuszkiewicz, Richard L Mace
  • Patent number: 7448492
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier package has side panels with inclined or tapered side edges that allow a greater surface area of containers accommodated within the carrier to be viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7374038
    Abstract: A carton for holding containers, such as beverage containers, is disclosed. The carton includes one or more openings in a top wall thereof for receiving necks of containers contained within the carton. One or more at least partially removable tabs are provided in the top wall, whereby the openings can be enlarged for individually removing the containers from the carton. The carton further includes flaps on a bottom panel thereof for retaining heels of the containers. A blank for forming the carton is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Publication number: 20070241017
    Abstract: Carrier packages are constructed to tightly secure articles within the packages. The carrier packages include end webs that partially close the ends of the packages and retain articles within the carrier package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 7278538
    Abstract: A tubular carton and blank for forming the carton includes a top, base and a pair of side walls. At least one of the side walls includes a displaceable zone arranged to protrude out of the plane of the one side wall. The displaceable zone includes connected sections each occupying a different plane to a next adjacent section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Vincent Chargueraud
  • Patent number: 7264114
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming a carton of the top gripping type for accommodating a plurality of containers. The carton is tubular in structure and has top and base spaced, opposed panels. The base panel has apertures each for receiving a container. The base panel also has a foldable retaining tab hingedly connected thereto for operatively engaging part of the respective container. The carton also has a retaining structure depending from the top panel. The retaining structure comprises an engagement panel with an engaging edge to engage at least one of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jean Yves Daniel
  • Publication number: 20070163908
    Abstract: Packages are formed for holding containers that extend through a bottom panel of the package. Braces are provided for at least partially securing the containers in the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7234591
    Abstract: A carton of the wrap-around type has a pair of overlapped base panels. One of the base panels which carries a locking tab overlies a tongue protruding from the end edge of the other base panel. The protruding tongue is formed with a complementary locking aperture engaged by the locking tab to secure the overlapped panels together. On either side of the locking tab, the said one base panel has a hinged tab protruding from the end edge of that panel. Each of the hinged tabs underlies the end edge of the other base panel, one on each side of the protruding tongue. This ‘over and under’ arrangement presents less of an externally overlapped edge than is the case of a simple complete overlap and thus mitigates against the base panels being skewed or prized apart leading to tearing and/or dislodgement of the locking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Philippe Le Bras, Philippe Marie
  • 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: 7134547
    Abstract: An article carrier of the basket type adapted to accommodate a plurality of articles, such as bottles, comprises a base, opposed side and end walls, and a medial partition structure. The bottles are received on both the sides of the medial partition structure. A securing flap is hinged to the medial partition structure and is secured to one end wall to create a joint between said medial partition structure and that end wall. The medial partition structure includes first and second medial panels hinged together along a first fold line. The first fold line is disposed inwardly of the carrier from the one end wall relative to a second fold line by which the securing flap is hinged to one of the first and second medial panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Patent number: 7083046
    Abstract: A wraparound article carrier and a blank for forming a wraparound article carrier for packaging an article such as a pot of foodstuffs is disclosed. The carrier comprises opposed top and base walls interconnected by opposed side walls thereby forming a tubular structure. An aperture is provided in the base wall panel to accommodate a portion of the article. A bracing tab is formed at least in part from the base wall to define the aperture and folded so as to form a spacer for causing the top and base to be spaced by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Meadwestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx
  • Patent number: 7048113
    Abstract: A wrap-around can wrap which is secured together by primary and secondary locks with a single aperture securing both a primary and secondary lock, with each secondary lock being attached to a bottom flap of the carrier through a locking base. The locking base on each end of the carrier having a shoulder to secure the secondary lock, with the locking base for each secondary lock being reduced in length due to the presence of the locking shoulders. This carrier has open ends with the width of the carrier being such that cylindrical containers in the carrier project beyond the ends of the side panels of the carrier and are secured in place by a retaining flap that extends around a portion of the container that extends beyond the end of the side panel of the carrier from the top of the container to the adjacent side panel of the carrier, thereby permitting the width of the carrier to be significantly less than the width of a conventional open ended carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Patent number: 7025197
    Abstract: A wrap around carrier for carrying bottle with a petaloid base having heel assemblies that have hinge doors with a vertical cut line in the bottom of each hinge with a horizontal cut line at the top of each cut line that extends inwardly towards the heel aperture formed by the door. This carton has a second cut line that is either at the bottom of the vertical cut line in each hinge or near the center of the door. None of these cut lines extend into the heel aperture. This combination of cut lines facilitates the control tearing of the cut line at the top of the vertical cut line into the heel aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7007800
    Abstract: An article carrier and a blank for an article carrier for holding articles with tapered sides, for example connected plastic cups, comprising a top wall, opposed side walls and a base wall hingedly connected together to form a tubular structure. An article retention structure is hingedly connected to one of the side walls and the base panel. The article retention structure is formed by a plurality of panels including a side end flap so constructed and arranged to taper inwardly towards the base wall to substantially conform to the shape of an adjacent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: MeadWestVaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Philippe Le Bras
  • Patent number: 6988617
    Abstract: A wrap-around carton for carrying a plurality of containers, with each container having an indentation in the bottom with the carton having open ends with means to secure the tops of the containers from falling out of the open ends and a locking tab struck from the bottom panel and fitting into the indentation in the bottom of the container to prevent the bottom of the container from falling out of the carton. The locking tab is held securely in the bottom of the container by a holding tab between the locking tab and the bottom panel of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Manuel Gomes, Raymond Spivey
  • Patent number: 6942140
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming a carton for holding a plurality of articles. The carton includes a series of hinged wall panels forming a sleeve including a top panel and opposed side panels hingedly connected to the top panel. The carton further comprises a continuous strap handle formed from the carton and extending entirely across the top panel and one of the side panels. The strap is so connected at its opposite ends as to provide a surplus of material to enable a user part of the handle to be brought into a position of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems LLC
    Inventor: Julien Merzeau
  • Patent number: 6926147
    Abstract: A carton for dispensing articles such as cups while retaining the remaining cups in the open carton. A plurality of panels are connected together to define a carton. A bottom panel includes a plurality of article-receiving openings therethrough. The openings are configured to receive articles and to retain the articles by their top flanges. Each of the openings is disposed adjacent to a fold line connecting the bottom panel with a side panel. The fold line includes a frangible portion that is positioned in proximity of at least one of the openings. Moving each article within the respective opening permits a flange of that article to initiate breakage of the frangible portion to release that article from the respective opening so that that article may be dispensed from the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6923314
    Abstract: A package for containers such as beverage bottles and cans includes a carrier with an array of loops, one loop provided for surrounding each container. A sleeve surrounds the group of containers held by the carrier. The carrier includes perforations, slits and frangible links for tearing the carrier and releasing containers individually. The sleeve includes parting lines allowing separated portions of the carrier to be pulled through the sleeve as the containers are released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Patent number: 6896129
    Abstract: A package for containers such as beverage bottles and cans includes a carrier with an array of loops, one loop provided for surrounding each container. A sleeve surrounds the group of containers held by the carrier. The carrier includes perforations, slits and frangible links for tearing the carrier and releasing containers individually. The sleeve includes a parting line allowing separation of the sleeve to release the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Patent number: 6892882
    Abstract: A sleeve assembly is provided for a package. The package provides storage for a variety of items. A sleeve at least partially surrounds the package and connects to the package through a connection point. The sleeve includes a reinforced adhesive material which provides reinforcement to the connection point and prevents both tearing of the sleeve and displacement of the sleeve from the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Porter-Cable Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Powers, John T. Holladay
  • Patent number: 6877600
    Abstract: This invention relates to a primary and secondary locking system for wrap-around carriers. A secondary male lock is held in the vertical position by a female door flap leaning against the male lock. The adjacent pairs of a primary male lock and corresponding primary female opening and a secondary male lock and corresponding secondary female opening are aligned with each other along a single line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 6838138
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to prevent the edge of the in-molded label from the crack due to the impact of dropping the container, especially to prevent the occurrence of the crack on the thin synthetic resin container and to provide the synthetic resin container which a reinforce rib is disposed on the wall surface of the container body corresponding to the edge of the in-molded label to surround the label edge or to locate the label edge in said rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Akiyama, Shuichi Koshio, Masashi Yoneyama, Hiroaki Tokuda
  • Publication number: 20040188301
    Abstract: A wrap-around can wrap which is secured together by primary and secondary locks with a single aperture securing both a primary and secondary lock, with each secondary lock being attached to a bottom flap of the carrier through a locking base. The locking base on each end of the carrier having a shoulder to secure the secondary lock, with the locking base for each secondary lock being reduced in length due to the presence of the locking shoulders. This carrier has open ends with the width of the carrier being such that cylindrical containers in the carrier project beyond the ends of the side panels of the carrier and are secured in place by a retaining flap that extends around a portion of the container that extends beyond the end of the side panel of the carrier from the top of the container to the adjacent side panel of the carrier, thereby permitting the width of the carrier to be significantly less than the width of a conventional open ended carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventor: Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Publication number: 20040154945
    Abstract: The carton of this invention is capable of carrying the plurality of containers stacked upon their ends in two tiers with a unique dispenser that permits the dispensing of containers on their sides. The dispenser is formed in a top side wall and extends into the end wall with most of the end wall being torn open but leaving a portion near the bottom side wall to prevent the bottom layer of containers from rolling out. Angled projections in the dispensing end of the carton near the top panel and bottom panel prevent the top layer of containers from rolling out. A divider may be inserted between the two tiers of containers to facilitate loading the carton and preventing the containers from accidentally rolling out when the dispenser is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventor: Glen R. Harrelson
  • Publication number: 20040154950
    Abstract: A packaged product and blank of a flexibly walled sleeve for the product are provided by the present invention. The product includes first and second elongate plastic containers stacked atop one another. A flexibly walled sleeve friction fitting around the stacked containers along height and width dimensions holds the stacked containers together. A trapezoidal locking tab attached to a top panel of the sleeve is inwardly bent along fold lines serving as a second mechanism for securing the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Applicant: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, Division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Michael Flaig
  • Patent number: 6736260
    Abstract: The neck-through the top carton blank for forming a carton with a four-ply handle and two-ply top panels with apertures through which the necks of bottles can be extended. The apertures in the top panel have an arcuate extended opening projecting towards the handle panel to minimize damage to the labels of the necks of bottles extending through the apertures. The fold lines for gluing this blank into a car-on are parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Manuel Gomes, Stephen Mark Gould