Shrink Film Package (e.g., By Heat Or Vacuum) Patents (Class 206/497)
  • Patent number: 10688725
    Abstract: A 3D printer and a method implemented therein for limiting inherent material accretion which may result during the 3D printing and which results in deformations relative to a desired form for printing. Two mechanisms are disclosed for this purpose. For example, on the basis of a provided model one mechanism includes compensating the model for inherent accretion and generating layers for printing for the 3D printer on the basis of the compensated model. Another mechanism includes generating layers for printing for the 3D printer on the basis of the model and compensating the layers for printing for inherent accretion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ATUM HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Tristram Budel, Ramon Rudolf Tetteroo, Chanil Budel
  • Patent number: 10614730
    Abstract: A labeling sleeve assembly includes a label strap having a first end segment and a second end segment, where the label strap is configured to be formed into a loop, and an elastic band. The elastic band includes a first anchor region configured to bond to the first end segment of the label strap while the label strap is formed into the loop, a second anchor region configured to bond to the second end segment of the label strap while the label strap is formed into the loop, and a bridging segment derived from an elastic layer, where the bridging segment connects the first anchor region and the second anchor region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bedford Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Maltas, Trevor Wintz, David Schiller, Colin M. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 10550236
    Abstract: Polyolefin shrink-wrap films may include a light-absorption additive to make them laser-cuttable by commonly-available lasers. This can make them more amenable to alteration by laser after being shrink-wrapped around a product package, such as alteration to remove sections of the polyolefin shrink-wrap film or to create tabs or perforations to facilitate removal of the polyolefin shrink-wrap film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Glass
  • Patent number: 10421570
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for packaging an article of merchandise with a film material using a packaging apparatus. The film is a side-pleated tubular film roll. An input device receives the sole film packaging parameters of the thickness of the film, the width of the film, and the distance between a first side fold and a second side fold of the film. Based on these three film packaging parameters, a controller determines a specified length of the tubular film for packaging the article, and the packaging apparatus cuts off a segment of the tubular film having that specified length. The packaging apparatus then draws the segment of tubular film over the article being packaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Signode Industrial Group LLC
    Inventors: Alice Holm Kristensen, Tonny Konstmann
  • Patent number: 10343367
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a film (1), which contains at least one inner layer (3, 4, 5) and two outer layers (2, 6) enclosing at least one inner layer (3, 4, 5) where the, at least one, inner layer (3, 4, 5) contains a polymer A in a quantity from 70 to 100 wt. %, preferably 80 to 99 wt. % and especially preferably from 90 to 99 wt. %, relative to the total weight of the inner layer (3, 4, 5), which is characterized by special interesting properties, where the outer layers (2, 6) contain a mixture of polymer A and a polymer B, where polymer B is selected from the group consisting of low-density polyethylenes, said film (1) having a thickness from 30 to 70 ?m, preferably 35 to 60 ?m and especially 40 to 55 and an elastic restoring capacity of more than 95% at an elongation of 55%. The present invention also concerns a process for the production of a film, the use of the wealth. As a stretch-sleeve up film and articles provided with the oil of the invention, such as packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Brunner, Hans Jörg Forster, Thomas Galatik
  • Patent number: 10336482
    Abstract: A system for preserving and capping tubes includes a compressed air reservoir for storing compressed air, a preservative reservoir containing a supply of a preservative, a nozzle in fluid communication with the compressed air reservoir and the preservative reservoir for injecting the preservative into the interior of a tube, and a capping device configured to insert a cap onto the end of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Ronald Francis Konopacki, Allan Gunn Ferry
  • Patent number: 10276005
    Abstract: A shrink wrap film for wrapping about a fixture such as a fire hydrant includes a plurality of film layers, a processor embedded between two film layers, a transceiver coupled to the processor and configured to receive and transmit wireless communication signals, an audio/visual interface element coupled to the processor and configured to be activated in response to the transceiver receiving a wireless activation signal, and wherein at least one of the plurality of film layers incorporates visual advertising content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Raymond John Bell, John Edward McLoughlin
  • Patent number: 10220998
    Abstract: A flexible reclosable package contains disposable and compressed consumer products. The package has a hexahedral shape with a top panel, a bottom panel, a front panel, a back panel, a left side panel and a right side panel. A hooded portion defines the top panel, a portion of the front panel, a portion of the first right side panel portion and a portion of the first left side panel portion. A pleated portion is provided adjacent to the hooded portion and extends from a first side panel seam to a second side panel seam. A first line of weakness, which is not visible from the exterior of the package when the package closed, is provided in the pleated portion. The flexible reclosable package can be converted from a closed configuration to an open configuration upon opening the package along the line of weakness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Yoichiro Yamamoto, Jan Michael Trinkaus
  • Patent number: 10221002
    Abstract: A method for packing polycrystalline silicon in the form of fragments or round rods, wherein at least one film in each case is inserted into a cuboidal cardboard box matched to the dimensions of the polycrystalline silicon to be packed, the polycrystalline silicon is introduced into the at least one film, the at least one film of thickness 10 to 1000 ?m subsequently being welded and enclosing the polycrystalline silicon, and this at least one film being surrounded by a further film having a reinforcing structure or by a shaping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventors: Joachim Mattes, Bruno Lichtenegger, Matthias Vietz
  • Patent number: 10189618
    Abstract: A container apparatus including a container and a sleeve with pre-weakened areas to facilitate detaching the sleeve from the container. The container may include a body and a cap coupled thereto. The sleeve may include tamper evident features and may maintain the container in a closed and packaged state prior to purchase and use by a consumer. The sleeve may include different pre-weakened or perforated sections to permit the consumer to remove a first portion of the sleeve to permit the user to open the container and use the product therein without also removing a second portion of the sleeve which may contain product information. The sleeve may then include an additional pre-weakened or perforated section to permit the consumer to remove the second portion of the sleeve after the container is empty for sustainability purposes so that the container is more readily recyclable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Todd VanGordon, Thomas Heaslip
  • Patent number: 10186121
    Abstract: A shrink wrap film for wrapping about a fire hydrant includes a plurality of film layers, a processor embedded between two film layers, a transceiver coupled to the processor and configured to receive and transmit wireless communication signals, an audio/visual interface element coupled to the processor and configured to be activated in response to the transceiver receiving a wireless activation signal, and wherein at least one of the plurality of film layers incorporates visual advertising content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Raymond John Bell, John Edward McLoughlin
  • Patent number: 10173796
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a naked collation package comprising an arrangement of individual packages, individually packaged in a polyolefinic filmic material, that are packed together in said naked collation package in a naked collation film, and there being no seal between the naked collation film and the filmic material of the individual packages. A method for forming the naked collation package and a method for manufacturing the naked collation package are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: INNOVIA FILMS, LTD
    Inventors: Shalendra Singh, Michael Jeschke
  • Patent number: 10065752
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of packing leaf tobacco preserve the integrity of tobacco, help retain freshness and moisture content of tobacco, and also help eliminate insect infestation. A method of packing tobacco includes supplying a quantity of tobacco into a plurality of open containers; closing the opening containers; inserting the closed containers within a flexible, non-porous bag having a closeable opening; closing the opening of the bag; and extracting air from the bag so as to create a sub-atmospheric pressure therein. The bag is configured to hold one or more tobacco containers, such as C48 or A48 cartons. In some embodiments the bag may be configured to hold up to six containers, such as C48 or A48 cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Alliance One International, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcos Andre Steffens
  • Patent number: 10066178
    Abstract: A method of infusing wood grilling products with flavor and aroma-enhancing supplements is utilized to impart flavor and aroma to a wood grilling product that is to be used for cooking. The wood grilling product is placed into a vacuum infusion chamber and submerged within a first quantity of FAE liquid. The first quantity of FAE liquid and the wood grilling product are then hermetically sealed within the vacuum infusion chamber. A first quantity of air is evacuated out of the vacuum infusion chamber in order to apply a vacuum to the wood grilling product. The vacuum is maintained on the wood grilling product for an optimal time duration. A second quantity of air is then introduced into the vacuum infusion chamber in order to return the vacuum infusion chamber to atmospheric pressure and infuse the first quantity of FAE liquid into the wood grilling product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: David J. Tanel
  • Patent number: 10035115
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser includes a mixing portion to mix a plurality of beverage ingredients and a dispensing portion to dispense the mixed beverage. The dispenser further includes a product input portion having a plurality of refillable ingredient bins operably connectible to the mixing portion. Each refillable ingredient bin includes a self-closing seal located at a bin outlet to prevent leakage of the beverage ingredients from the bin outlet when the refillable ingredient bin is disconnected from the mixing portion. An ingredient bin assembly for a beverage dispensing machine includes a refillable ingredient bin having a bin outlet and a self-closing seal positioned at the bin outlet to prevent leakage of beverage ingredients from the bin outlet when the refillable ingredient bin is disconnected from a beverage dispensing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Commercial Foodservice Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Minard
  • Patent number: 10023339
    Abstract: Methods and machines are provided for forming a five-sided carton of packages of smoking articles. A piece of film material is applied to a plurality of packages of smoking articles such that five sides of the plurality of packages are at least partially covered by the film material, but the sixth side remains uncovered. The film material is applied such that the group of packages is sufficiently tightly bound so that none of the packages may slip free from the carton. The sixth side of the plurality of packages in the carton remains exposed so that tax stamps may be easily applied. The film of material may be applied so that a gap is formed relative to the sixth side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Jerry Wayne Pipes, Mark Shane Hatcher, Wesley Steven Jones
  • Patent number: 9908156
    Abstract: A device for packaging and dispensing a chemical product is provided. The device may include a first portion connected to a second portion. Counterpoising locking features may secure the first portion and the second portion. A support member is disposed within the lower portion and adapted to support the product. The device may include a flexible enclosure contoured to and enclosing the rigid body and the product. The flexible enclosure may enclose a portion of the housing and the product, after which heat is applied to shrink the flexible enclosure. A handle may provide for ease of installation and/or removal of the device from a solid chemical dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Conrad, Sarah Elise Gilbertson, Scott R. Limback, Daniel Osterberg, Gretchen King, Jeffrey Michael Schultz, Peter Swenson, Timothy Meier
  • Patent number: 9896228
    Abstract: Methods for encasing bodies including smokeless tobacco or a tobacco substitute with a polymeric casing can include coating a compressed body with microfibers, applying tubular casings to compressed bodies, printing netting and webs on compressed bodies, injection molding around compressed bodies, applying a webbing to compressed bodies, placing compressed bodies into a skin forming bath, and including thermoplastic polymers in a compressed body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll, Shannon Maxwell Black, Yan Helen Sun, William J. Burke, Christopher Joseph DiNovi, David Phillips, Jason Andrew Macko, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 9760659
    Abstract: A package generation system creates a package definition file for creation of a package flat. The file includes dimensions for cut lines along which the package will be separated from a two dimensional substrate. The flat includes facets and functional elements that connect the facets. The system will identify a pair of the functional elements that have a connecting relationship. The first facet of the pair is a tab structure having a symmetric design, and the second facet of the pair is a receiving structure. If the tab structure and receiving structure are connected to cut lines that intersect at a pivot point, the system will convert the definition of the tab structure from the symmetric design to a non-symmetric design. It will save dimensions for the edges and functional elements in the package design file with the non-symmetric design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Reiner Eschbach, Stephen C. Morgana
  • Patent number: 9723246
    Abstract: A holographic producing housing includes a base panel having a first side, a second side opposite the first side, a back end and a front end opposite the back end. The housing further includes a first and second side panels vertically extending from the first and second side of the base panel. A back panel vertically extends from the back end of the base panel and a floor panel extends partially upwards from the front end of the base panel. A front opening is formed leading into the housing. The first side panel and the second side panel each include an aligning diagonal slot to receive and secure a reflective window within. A receiver is formed on the housing to secure an electronic video playing device within so that a screen of the electronic video playing device is directed towards the reflective window at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Thomas
  • Patent number: 9662896
    Abstract: A cap attached to an ink supply unit that supplies ink to a liquid ejection apparatus is provided. The cap has a sealing portion adapted to seal a liquid supply portion of the ink supply unit and an engagement portion adapted to engage with the engaging portion of the ink supply unit. The cap also has an opening provided in a portion opposed to the terminal portion of the ink supply unit such that at least a part of the terminal portion is exposed through the opening in a state where the protection member is attached to the liquid supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Manabu Yamada
  • Patent number: 9488557
    Abstract: Various methods are provided for determining and displaying wrapping data generated by a wrapping machine during wrapping of a load with a packaging material, e.g., to determine numbers of layers of packaging material applied to a load, a containment force applied to a load, and/or whether a load meets a predetermined minimum required containment force standard for the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee:, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Michael Mitchell, Thomas Harris, Robert D. Janes, Sr., Richard L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9434509
    Abstract: A package for holding metal-ceramic substrates, the package includes a tray manufactured from a flat material with at least one holder adapted to a format of the metal-ceramic substrates for holding the metal-ceramic substrates, an interior of the at least one holder of the tray being defined by a bottom and circumferentially by an edge and by at least one covering completely accommodating the tray, and the tray is sealed vacuum-tight by the covering and the covering has an interior accommodating the tray, and the tray is impinged with a vacuum so that the metal-ceramic substrates are fixed in the at least one holder by clamping on an edge-side of the tray by forces (F) exerted on the edge resulting from the ambient pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventors: Johann Bräutigam, Erich Ernstberger, Heiko Schweiger, Jürgen Schulz-Harder
  • Patent number: 9434527
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for manufacturing shelf-stable, multi-compartment products. In a general embodiment, a manufacturing system is provided and includes a continuous manufacturing line including a barrier separating a dry food packaging area from a wet food packaging area. The manufacturing line is configured to manufacture a shelf-stable food product including both a dry food product with no artificial preservatives in a first compartment of a tray and a wet food component with no artificial preservatives in a second compartment of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Michael Robert Brannan, Russell Leon Chappell, Jr., Anthony Edward Dzikowicz, Jason Everett Mann, Dharmendra Kumar Mishra, Scott David Peterson, Michael John Sarachman
  • Patent number: 9340317
    Abstract: A container blank (1) of the RSC type having a material web (2) attached thereto to retain an article within a container formed from the blank (1). The web material (2) is selected from one or more materials having substantially identical recycling characteristics to the material from which the blank (1) is formed. The web material is coated in a cohesive film and can be stacked and handled without tack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Smart Karton Worldwide LLC
    Inventors: Andrew David Whiteside, Alistair Fraser Moore
  • Patent number: 9059154
    Abstract: A package structure and methods of manufacturing the same are disclosed. The package structure corresponds, in one example, to a transceiver module having a substrate with a pocket formed therein. The pocket is configured to receive one or multiple parts of a leadframe and helps reduce the amount of wire bonding required to connect the leadframe or components mounted thereon to traces on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: David Meadowcroft, Seng-Kum Chan, Matt Murphy
  • Patent number: 9023411
    Abstract: A package for ready-prepared foods which comprises a dish adapted to contain food, said dish containing a rim flange, and a lid, heat-sealed to the rim flange, wherein the rim flange is provided with a plurality of ridges which extend around substantially the entire periphery of the dish defining a space between said ridges, said space being divided into a plurality of transverse ridges which extend across the space forming a plurality of sealing compartments which substantially eliminate sealing leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Stora Enso Oyj
    Inventors: Päivi Määttä, Tapani Sarin, Timo Myllys, Jalliina Järvinen, Teemu Karhu
  • Patent number: 8999560
    Abstract: A prismatic type secondary battery including an electrode assembly, the electrode assembly including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a separator between the first and second electrodes; a case accommodating the electrode assembly, the case having an open upper end and at least two pairs of surfaces facing each other; a cap assembly sealing the open upper end of the case; and an insulation tube surrounding a lateral periphery of the case and the cap assembly within a region up to a certain height or greater, the insulation tube including at least one elasticity part at a side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Yongsam Kim, Sangwon Byun, Jeongwon Oh
  • Publication number: 20150090626
    Abstract: A method of bundling rolls of film together includes at least: placing at least two rolls of film, each of the rolls comprising an axis, an outer surface, and first and second ends, into tangential contact with each other, so that the axes of the rolls are parallel to each other; and securing said rolls together. A bundled package includes at least: at least two rolls of film in tangential contact with each other, each of said rolls having an axis, an outer surface, and first and second ends, wherein the axes of said rolls are parallel to each other; and a securing means for bundling the at least two rolls together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Paragon Films, Inc.
    Inventor: Shaun Eugene Pirtle
  • Publication number: 20150083631
    Abstract: A method for packaging a pack commodity, including providing a support element for supporting the pack commodity. The method also includes placing a first packaging material sheet onto the support element and disposing the pack commodity on the first packaging material sheet such that a portion of the first packaging material sheet comes to lie between the support element and the pack commodity, wherein the first packaging material sheet protrudes over the pack commodity. Next, a second packaging material sheet is placed onto an upper side of the pack commodity so that the second packaging material sheet protrudes over the pack commodity. The first packaging material sheet is joined, in some regions, to the second packaging material sheet. The first and the second packaging material sheets are adhesively joined in a respective, predetermined first region, along a periphery of the support element, such that they can be separated and re-joined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Hugo Wagner, SR., Hugo Wagner, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150068943
    Abstract: A process for collation shrink wrapping an object that may include a number of individual product containers, preferably substantially identical product containers. The process may include the steps of (i) 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, (ii) wrapping the object in the film, and (iii) heating the object wrapped in the film in order to collation shrink the film around the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Borealis AG
    Inventors: Peter Niedersuess, Minna Aarnio-Winterhof, Paulo Cavacas
  • Publication number: 20150060323
    Abstract: In preferred embodiments, a vacuum sealed clothing and diaper change kit is provided which may comprise a clothing article, a diaper, and optionally a changing aid together utilizing a folding and vacuum sealing processes as to reduce the total size of the contents and provide hygienic storage and transportation of contents. In further preferred embodiments, a kit may comprise an outer casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Diana E. Welch
  • Patent number: 8962113
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heat-shrinkable laminate film comprising a surface layer composed mainly of polyester resin, an intermediate layer composed mainly of styrene resin, and an adhesive layer composed mainly of adhesive resin, wherein heat shrinkage in the main shrink direction is at least 10% and less than 30% when the film is dipped in water of 70° C. for 10 seconds, and at least 30% and at most 70% when dipped in water of 80° C. for 10 seconds, or its tensile modulus of elasticity in a direction perpendicular to the main shrink direction is at least 1,200 MPa. The heat-shrinkable film has excellent film elasticity, shrink finishing quality, transparency when incorporated as recycled, natural shrinkage, and suppressed delamination, making it suitable for application in shrink wrapping, shrink bundling wrapping, shrink label, and a plastic container provided with a heat shrinkable film made of such a film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Takeyoshi Yamada, Takashi Hiruma, Yukihiro Tanaka, Jun Takagi, Hideyasu Miyazaki
  • Publication number: 20150021355
    Abstract: A package for a particulate laundry scent additive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Natalie Vitalia LOPEZ, Adrian Keith McKINNEY, Richard Lawrence HORSTMAN, Kristin Marie FINLEY, Karen Hussong STRADER
  • Publication number: 20140374308
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cable packaging for medical devices that is provided with a perforated line and having heat shrinkage characteristic. With a capable packaging for medical devices to wrap around a cable that is configured to connect two or more apparatuses to each other, the cable packaging is formed of material that is shrunken by heat so as to come into close contact with the cable, and the cable packaging includes a perforated line so as to be separated from the cable. By forming the packaging using heat shrinkage material, a packaging volume is reduced, and by fixing the packaging so as to come into close contact with the cable, the durability of a connecting portion is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ui KIM, Jun Pil MOON
  • Patent number: 8910790
    Abstract: A stacked shipping configuration useful for stacked upper and lower unitized loads of soft or flexible articles such as bales of natural rubber includes an upper unitized load stacked on top of a lower unitized load. An upper separator is associated with the upper unitized load and a lower separator associated with the lower unitized load. Each separator has a first leg and a second leg with the first legs of the separators disposed against each other between the unitized loads. The separators protect the unitized loads from damage when a lifting device is inserted between the loads to lift the upper load from the lower load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Howard J. Trickett
  • Publication number: 20140363544
    Abstract: The invention relates to a film product (10) for packing products, particularly liquids (200), pasty and/or pourable materials, in sealed film packages (100), comprising at least two film layers (20a, 20b), wherein the outwardly facing film layer (20a) is thermally stable, and the inwardly facing film layer (20b) is sealable, and both film layers (20a, 20b) are produced in a water-cooled coextrusion blow moulding process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Ingo Putsch, Gerhard Schoone, Raymond Van Hoorn
  • Patent number: 8895092
    Abstract: A package including a tray (10) provided with a base (11), a plurality of sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15) extending upwardly and slightly outwardly from said base (11), a primary flange (20) integrally joined to the upper edges of the sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15) and extending outwardly all around the upper periphery of the sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15), a rim (21), i.e., a downward flap extending downwardly and tapering slightly outwardly from the outer periphery of the primary flange (20), and a secondary flange (22), i.e., an overhanging portion extending outwardly from the lower edge of the rim (21), said tray being characterized in that a plurality of strengthening ribs (23) extend substantially vertically along the rim (21) and outwardly with respect to the tray body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Morris John Field, Stefano Capitani, Christoforos Chrysanthidis
  • Publication number: 20140325940
    Abstract: A method for packaging a large component into a protective case, which has a first and second reclosable access and a plurality of protective-case parts, wherein the large component has an access opening, comprising the following steps: providing prefabricated protective-case parts; attaching the protective-case parts to the large component; welding the transitions between the protective-case parts; shrinking the protective case; and arranging the first reclosable access in the protective case over the access opening. The packaging process is significantly accelerated compared to the known methods due to the prefabrication of the protective-case parts before the start of the method. Furthermore, the prefabrication provides the advantage that the prefabricated parts can be produced in series. As a result, the protective-case parts for several large components of the same type can be produced or purchased more cheaply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: SENVION SE
    Inventors: Christoph Mueller, Sven Schumann
  • Patent number: 8875887
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cover for wrapping at least one article, the cover being of the type constituted by a sleeve of heat-shrinkable plastics material suitable for closely surrounding at least a portion of the article or a group of articles. In accordance with the invention, the sleeve is constituted by superposing at least two walls secured to each another by detachable adhesive means, said walls having shrinkage characteristics that are essentially identical, and the outermost wall of the sleeve also presenting, through its entire thickness, at least one cut defining a detachable circumferential strip, said circumferential strip being printed so as to present respective patterns of printing that appear on each of its sides, the other wall(s) also presenting a pattern of printing behind the detachable circumferential strip that appears after said circumferential strip has been detached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sleever International Company
    Inventor: Eric Fresnel
  • Patent number: 8851279
    Abstract: A publication and product delivery package is disclosed which permits product samples to be packaged and displayed along the binding (or “spine”) of a publication, such as a magazine, or an object of similar size, and delivered to a purchaser of that publication utilizing standard delivery services, such as the United States Postal Service, even when such products may be otherwise loose, liquid, or fragile, and despite the stresses and impacts of such packaging, display, and delivery. In a novel marketing method, the publication package allows a product distributor to include additional attractive marketing text and images alongside product sample containers, and coordinated with similar text and images impressed on the delivered product sample containers, to achieve high-impact and memorable promotion with little delivery costs over the cost of delivering the publication alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Fragrance Marketing, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Husmann
  • Patent number: 8833561
    Abstract: A device and method for improved electrical distribution load center packaging and shipping is described. The device of the present teachings a distribution load center, a load center trim assembly enclosure, end caps coupled thereto, and shrink wrap applied thereon. Any convenient shrink-wrap processing techniques may be used to practice the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Alan Samuelson, Marc Evan Schoonover
  • Patent number: 8800760
    Abstract: A package includes a stack of checkbook blanks, a box in a flat, shipping state placed on the stack; and a wrapper surrounding the stack checkbook blanks, and the box in the flat, shipping state. The wrapper positioned around the stack, and the box can be a film or a paper envelope. The box can be formed from a one piece box blank or can be a two piece box having a top portion and a bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Richard M. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8800770
    Abstract: A packaging system, for opening and unloading a plurality of articles onto a display, includes a plurality of articles arranged to define a unit. The unit includes a front side, a back side, a pair of lateral sides extending between the front and back sides, a bottom, and a top. The unit may include a tray. A tubular film that extends between first and second ends, encircles the unit to secure the plurality of articles defining the unit. A series of first perforations are defined in the film and arranged in two bottom lines that are spaced from each other and extend along the bottom of the unit from the first end to the second end of the film. The bottom lines are spaced on the bottom to define the film into a lower portion that extends between the two bottom lines and a remaining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: Stuart Percival, Charles Brooke
  • Patent number: 8794438
    Abstract: A container/package of filamentary material wound in a coil and encased in heat shrinkable film with a payout tube extending through a payout hole in the container/package, the heat shrinkable film is formed as a pouch having an open end into which the coil is inserted; one end of the shrink wrap material is folded back on itself to form a hand-held cutout; the open end of the pouch is sealed and the shrunk wrap material is heated to seal the coil in the shrunk wrap material while isolating the hand-hold cutout; and the container/package is thus formed with a heat shrunk pouch tightly containing the coil of filamentary material and an attached portion not exposed to heat and not shrunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Reelex Packaging Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Copp, G. Taylor Richey
  • Publication number: 20140151258
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to a film comprising a blend of about 90% to 99% polyester and about 1% to 10% biodegradable aliphatic or aromatic polyester (by weight). It has been surprisingly discovered that polymeric films comprising the disclosed blend exhibit improved flexibility and impact strength compared to polyester films known in the art. Films with the disclosed blends also advantageously do not adversely affect recyclability of the film. The disclosed films can be used in a wide variety of areas, including (but not limited to) shrink sleeve applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Parimal M. Vadhar, Larry B. McAllister, JR., XiaoJun Li
  • Publication number: 20140131242
    Abstract: A product package includes a shrink wrap cover at least partially enveloping a product, the shrink wrap cover having a first portion that compressively conforms at least partially to an outer three-dimensional profile of the product, and a second portion that does not compressively conform to the outer three-dimensional profile of the product, and a handle portion formed from the second portion of the shrink wrap cover, wherein the handle portion extends outward beyond the outer three-dimensional profile of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Darryl T. Rathbun
  • Patent number: 8689977
    Abstract: The invention relates to a product and method for dispensing and packaging items comprising at least two nestable complementary components. The complementary components are provided in stacks where each stack comprises a nested portion of each of the complementary components. One stack will have one complementary component located on the top end of the stack and the other complementary component will be present on the bottom end of that stack. As presented for use in a carton, each stack will have a different complementary component on the respective top end of the stack. A user will select a complementary component from each stack to provide a completed item for use. The invention is particularly suited for lidded cups or containers where the cups or containers and lids are packaged together for complementary use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Lynda L. Rutledge, Prateek Lal, Lynn Collins
  • Publication number: 20140091004
    Abstract: A package assembly for packaging a replacement mower blade is provided. The package assembly includes a blade hang tab removably attached to an end of a mower blade. A shrink film tube is positioned about the mower blade and blade hang tab, wherein the shrink film is heated to shrink the shrink film and secure the blade hang tab to the mower blade. In another embodiment, the package assembly includes multiple blades encased within shrink film with a blade hang tab attached to one of the blades within the shrink film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Matthew Montgomery, Aaron Morton, Jeffrey Wolf, Edward Mohler
  • Publication number: 20140054193
    Abstract: The present invention features pressure-sensitive labels produced from unidirectional heat shrinkable polyethylene films and their application to consumer products such as containers, tubes, bottles and batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Sancoa International Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Barron G. McKillip, Barry Hostetter, Edward Wiegand, Ulrich E. Weyermann, William J. Martin