By Selective Orientation Of Superposed Receptacles Patents (Class 206/507)
  • Patent number: 11427400
    Abstract: A plastic article useful as a riser assembly for a septic tank or as part of another structure is comprised of a multiplicity of identical shape conical wall plastic risers. The risers are attached to each other at joints by tabs which engage rim segments; each end of the riser has alternating tabs and rim segments. A riser assembly wall undulates in the lengthwise direction. The risers nest within each other for shipment or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: INFILTRATOR WATER TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Trude, Paul R Holbrook
  • Patent number: 11180282
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container (1) made of plastic, comprising a rectangular base (2) and four lateral walls (3, 4). The lower face of the base (2) has a first stacking contour (20) on the outer edge of the base, and the lateral walls (3, 4) have a second stacking contour (30, 40) on the upper edge region of the lateral walls. When containers (1) are stacked one over the other, the first stacking contour (20) of an upper container (1) and the second stacking contour (30, 40) of a lower container (1) engage with each other in a centering manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Euro Pool System International B.V.
    Inventors: Christian Roelofs, Arthur F. Van Der Knaap
  • Patent number: 11072483
    Abstract: A thermally insulating packaging to hold an item includes a solid compostable or recyclable shell that is formed primarily of starch, and a bottom cover. The shell includes a floor, a plurality of inner side walls that are coupled to the floor, a rim coupled to the plurality of inner side walls, and a plurality of outer side walls that are couple to the rim. The floor and the plurality of inner side walls define an interior space of the shell to receive the item and an opening to the interior space. The plurality of inner side walls and plurality of outer side walls have a space therebetween that defines a gap. The gap can be an air-filled cavity, or be filled with a compostable or recyclable core material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Vericool, Inc.
    Inventor: Darrell Jobe
  • Patent number: 10849457
    Abstract: The apparatus is a portable three-in-one food griller, food smoker and fire pit in which the sidewalls can nest into a compact self-contained unit for easy transportation. In one variation, there are five rectangles with four walls that encompass a void that can be configured and stacked for use as a grill, a smoker or a fire pit. The bottom rectangle can contain an adjustable air inlet door and a grate for holding a fire source. The top rectangle can contain an adjustable air outlet door in the ceiling with a thermometer. The second, third and forth rectangles can contain various configurations of grates for grilling food, smoking food or use as a fire pit. After use, rectangles two through five can fit and nest into the first rectangle (the base) and be latched to the floor section forming a self-enclosed compact and transportable rectangle box with a carrying handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Paul David Bell
  • Patent number: 10829268
    Abstract: A crate is configured for blind-stacking on an adjacent crate with side walls. The crate may include a bottom panel, end walls extending from the bottom panel, and side walls extending from the bottom panel and connected between the end walls. The side walls include a stacking rim on a top surface. The bottom panel may include guide ribs under the side walls, respectively, and positioned adjacent a forward end of the crate. The guide ribs may be sized and shaped to positively engage the side walls of the adjacent crate, and the guide ribs may be configured to prevent the side walls of the adjacent crate from deflecting outward under load. The crate facilitates blind-stacking and helps to minimize the effort for an operator to handle heavier loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: MONOFLO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Axel Sommer
  • Patent number: 10766692
    Abstract: A reusable container is provided for storage and transport of prepared meat in log format. The container has a base, a pair of upwardly extending side walls, and a pair of upwardly extending end walls connected with the side walls to form a generally rectangular box. The box has four interior edges and four interior corners where the side and end walls join the base. The box is integrally formed of molded polyethylene. Each of the four interior edges and four interior corners has a rounded interior profile to prevent accumulation of material and facilitate sanitation between uses. A reusable container system is also provided having a removable lid, and access panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SAEPLAST AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Dagur Oskarsson, Brian Gooding, Arnar Snorrason
  • Patent number: 10618195
    Abstract: The wood splitting aid of the invention includes a resilient bucket that attaches at its bottom to a base block bucket of similar shape and size to be used in conjunction with a hand-splitter such as an ax or splitting-mall. The resilient or flexible upper bucket holds a plurality of split pieces of corded firewood in an upright position for hand chopping and absorbs both horizontal and vertical forces of wood splitting. The split wood pieces are maintained in a general upright position adjacent their neighboring pieces. The base block bucket provides both a safe and ergonomic chopping height which absorbs and distributes the predominantly remaining vertical force of wood-splitting action against solid ground. The buckets are detachably connected bottom to bottom and are nesting when disconnected for easy portability, use, storage and reuse in an urban environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Nicholas Hysni Seed
  • Patent number: 10569954
    Abstract: The invention relates to a trash can (1) having an injection-molded plastic body (2) formed by side walls (3, 4, 5, 6) and a bottom wall (8) positioned relative to each other such that the side walls and the bottom wall together define a cavity (15) having an opening (17) opposite the bottom wall (8), each side wall (3, 4, 5, 6) integrally merging into the adjacent side walls at common corners (11, 12, 13, 14), and a stand strip (26) extending at least partially along edges (27, 28, 29) of a lower face (25) of the bottom wall (8) directed away from the cavity (15) is provided on the lower face (25) and has curved short stand-strip segments (30, 31) at some of the common corners (11, 12, 13, 14) joined to long stand-strip segments (32, 33, 34), characterized in that the curved short stand-strip segments (30, 31) are at least partially decoupled from the long stand-strip segments (32, 33, 34) by cutouts (35, 36, 37, 38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: FRITZ SCHAEFER GMBH
    Inventor: Marco Heymann
  • Patent number: 10414546
    Abstract: A container capable of being placed in a stacking configuration with an identical second container includes a bottom, a top rim defining an open top, and a sidewall contiguous with and extending between the bottom and the top rim to define an inner space. The container further includes a first curved structure forming at least part of the top rim adjacent a first sidewall side and a second curved structure forming at least part of the top rim adjacent a second sidewall side and disposed opposite the first curved structure. The container also includes first and second channels molded into the bottom and at least partially protruding into the inner space, the channels being substantially parallel to each other and to first and second sidewall ends, wherein a distance between the first and second channels is substantially equal to a first distance between the first and second curved structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HOME PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL—NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Rolando Hernandez, Gabriel Prero
  • Patent number: 10322849
    Abstract: A tray includes a base and a pair of opposed side walls extending upward from the base. Each of the side walls includes a plurality of feet providing multiple stacking heights with an identical tray. Each side wall including a recess on an inner, upper edge. A rear wall extends upward from a rear the base between the side walls. A front wall extends upward from a front of the base between the side walls, the front wall including a portion lower than the side walls. A dolly that can be used with the tray includes a deck having a pair of contiguous support surfaces. A reinforcement rod supports the pair of support surfaces. A caster includes a caster plate secured to the deck, the reinforcement rod between the caster plate and the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Jon P. Hassell
  • Patent number: 10160569
    Abstract: Disclosed are containers that can nest with one another at different heights between the containers based on a relative orientation in which the containers are brought into nesting engagement. Support features (e.g., arranged about an interior of a receiving container and/or about an exterior of a received container) may interact with one another differently based on the particular orientation (e.g., rotational alignment) in which the containers are brought together, which can cause the containers to be supported at different heights relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George Diep, Christopher Albert Park, Curtis H. Nauseda
  • Patent number: 10065764
    Abstract: A bakery tray includes a base and side walls extending upward from sides of the base, each side wall including an outer side rail and an inner side rail. Side drag rails extend downward from the base proximate sides of the base, with feet projecting outward from the side drag rails. An outer rib projects downward from an outer edge of each of the feet such that the side drag rail of an identical upper tray being stacked on the bakery tray contacts the flanges while the outer ribs of the upper tray are received between the outer side rail and the inner side rail. In another feature, the side walls include handle openings, the handle openings each partially defined by a convex outer wall. In another feature, an upper edge of the front wall includes finger corrugations for accommodating the fingers of a user's hand grasping the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Jon P. Hassell, Margaret McCanless, Kyle L. Baltz, Glenn E. Rindfleisch
  • Patent number: 10051979
    Abstract: A stackable can rack assembly provides a plurality of modular racks that facilitate both the loading of cans and the presentation of the cans for removal by a consumer. Multiple modular racks can be configured in a variety of stacked arrangement. A plurality of shelves are disposed at a slope to create a gravity fed arrangement to enable the cans to roll forward for dispensing. A pair of side panels support the shelves. The side panels comprise a top flat bar defined by a convex hump having a flat surface, and a bottom flat bar defined by a concave hump having a flat surface. The humps couple together and the flat surface enhance stability for stacking multiple modular racks. At least one bracket affixes to the bottom flat bar to fasten the top and bottom flat bars together. A back panel provide structural integrity to the modular racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Hung-Chih Kuo
  • Patent number: 10023358
    Abstract: This packaging is for containers having each a cylindrical body and an upper surface located at or near an extremity of the body, said packaging comprising a nest, a tub and a sealing cover; the nest having a nesting structure to receive the containers and comprising at least one first supporting surface, to be received on at least one corresponding supporting surface of the tub, the tub having a bottom wall, lateral walls forming an upper opening, and a peripheral flange leveled with said upper opening, for the sealing of said sealing cover thereon; said nest includes at least one second supporting surface rigidly connected to said at least one first supporting surface and so positioned with respect to this at least one first supporting surface that this second supporting surface is located, when the nest is placed in the tub, at the level of said peripheral flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France S.A.S.
    Inventor: Franck Carrel
  • Patent number: 9950135
    Abstract: The disclosure describes an exhalation valve sensor assembly. The disclosure describes a novel exhalation valve sensor assembly that is configured for refurbishing. Accordingly, the disclosure further describes systems and methods for maintaining an exhalation valve assembly and describes a kit for refurbishing an exhalation valve sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: David Phillip Winter
  • Patent number: 9902523
    Abstract: A tray includes a base and a plurality of walls extending upward from the base. In one feature, a first wall of the plurality of walls may include a projection outward from the first wall. The projection is aligned with an upper edge of the first wall, such that the projection is outward of a portion of the upper edge of the first wall. The projection of an identical upper tray stacked on the tray would interlock with the upper edge of the first wall to resist outward deflection of the upper edge of the first wall of the tray. In another feature, a platform may extend inward from at least one of the walls to support smaller trays stacked thereon. In another feature, an exterior of each of the side walls may include an interlocking recess for receiving automated handling equipment for supporting the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Kyle L. Baltz, John Paul Kapla, Jon P. Hassell
  • Patent number: 9896832
    Abstract: A percolation block element having a base wall and hollow columns. With two identical percolation block elements that are aligned in the same direction, a stack of the two identical percolation block elements can be formed. The percolation block element has an axial symmetry of 180° or less. With two identical percolation block elements arranged rotated by 90° relative to one another about a rotational axis, the column tips of the first percolation block element can be introduced into the column tip receptacles of the second percolation block element, and an operating distance can be formed between a first base wall and a second base wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Otta Graf GMBH Kunststofferzeugnisse
    Inventor: Otto P. Graf
  • Patent number: 9861235
    Abstract: Basket apparatuses for use in food product preparation are provided that can be placed in cooking apparatuses. The basket apparatuses can include a plurality of side walls of one or more base sheets forming unitary side wall lattice-like portions and forming side wall component connection portions. The basket apparatuses can include a bottom wall of a base sheet forming a unitary bottom wall lattice-like portion and forming bottom wall component connection portions. The bottom wall is attached to the side walls to define a food product receiving space. The basket apparatuses includes a plurality of shelves with each shelf being pivotally connected to opposing side walls and movable between a stackable horizontal position and a stackable vertical position in the food product receiving space. Each shelf includes a base sheet forming a unitary shelf lattice-like portion having apertures therein forming substantially flat surfaces on which food products are placeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Monte S. Beasley
  • Patent number: 9540140
    Abstract: A bakery tray according to one embodiment includes a base a front wall and a rear wall. A pair of opposed side walls extend upward from side edges of the base. Each side wall including a pair of stacking feet and a center projection. Each side wall includes an upper support surface between an inner rail and an outer wall. The inner rail is interrupted by a plurality of pockets arranged to receive the stacking feet and the center projection of an identical tray stacked thereon in a high stack position and in a low stack position. The outer wall includes a plurality of recesses aligned with the plurality of pockets. The tray may provide a substantially constant height support surface between the pockets. Further, stops may be provided at front and rear ends of the upper support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Jon P. Hassell, Jonathan Javier Muñoz Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9469470
    Abstract: A highly efficient bakery tray is provided. The tray includes a square base and is configured to stack upon another like tray in any of three or four orientations to provide three or four different product clearance heights between the trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventor: Edward L. Stahl
  • Patent number: 9359164
    Abstract: A system is provided for stacking mail having an escort assembly for handling each mailpiece. The system comprises a containment device, a transport mechanism and a detachment mechanism. The containment device includes a base, vertical walls extending from the base and an open end for accepting the mailpieces therein. The containment device, furthermore, has a slot formed in at least one of the vertical walls thereof. The transport mechanism includes first and second transport segment, the first transport segment conveying escort assemblies and respective mailpieces over an open end of the containment device and the second transport segment lowering the escort assemblies and respective mailpieces into the open end of the containment device. The transport mechanism furthermore aligns the edges of the mailpieces along one of the vertical walls of the containment device and positions the escort assembly through the slot of the containment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Denis J. Stemmle
  • Patent number: 9284093
    Abstract: Embodiments of this disclosure include a rigid tray container and methods and equipment for using the rigid tray container in batched process operations. In one embodiment, a mass container is sized and dimensioned to receive one or several rigid tray containers. In other embodiments, equipment is configured to lid/unlid, secure, stack, load/unload, and buffer rigid tray containers. In other embodiments, equipment is configured to stack and stage mass containers. In some embodiments, methods are provided for batch processing items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Donald R. Close
  • Patent number: 9265200
    Abstract: Described herein is a module for covering a surface with vegetation. The module comprises a drainage board having an upper surface for supporting a growth medium. The drainage board has a plurality of moisture receptacles extending downwardly from the upper surface for collecting moisture. The module also comprises a plurality of sidewalls having a multiplicity of apertures therethrough. Each sidewall is coupled to the drainage board and extends upwardly therefrom. The sidewalls cooperate with each other so as to provide a perimeter for surrounding the growth medium. The module may also include other features. For example, the sidewalls may be pivotally coupled to the drainage board (e.g. along a living hinge), the module may include couplers for securing adjacent modules together, the sidewalls may include a reinforcing rib, the drainage board may include an opening for receiving an irrigation nozzle therein, and there may be edging for covering the sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignees: Bioroof Systems Inc., Green Innovations Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard J. Buist, Walter A. Hermann
  • Patent number: 9260219
    Abstract: A bakery tray includes a base member with a front end and a back end, and a pair of sidewalls extending upward from the base member and opposing each other between the front end and the back end of the base member. The sidewalls each have a pair of stacking blocks and a top rail with a pair of low stack recesses therein. The pair of stacking blocks includes a front block positioned a first distance from the front end and a rear block positioned a second distance from the back end. The pair of low stack recesses includes a front recess spaced from the front end by a distance corresponding to the second distance and a rear recess spaced from the back end by a distance corresponding to the first distance. By this structure, bakery trays are stackable in a low stack orientation and a high stack orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: MONOFLO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Axel Sommer
  • Patent number: 9233778
    Abstract: Stackable trays for bags containing liquids, stacked arrangements and stacking methods are disclosed. A tray has a first surface to support one or more bags containing liquid and could include a plurality of cells adapted to receive the bags. The tray has a second surface opposite the first surface. The second surface transfers at least a portion of a load on the first surface to one or more bags containing liquid arranged below the second surface. A stacked arrangement includes multiple layers of bags containing liquid with a respective stackable tray between adjacent layers of the multiple layers. The trays could thus be used in stacking or otherwise arranging bags containing liquid in multiple layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Parmalat Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney Scott Prince, Lee Scott Hoover, Antonino Cugliari
  • Patent number: 9174760
    Abstract: A bottle crate (10) is provided that is configured to hold a plurality of bottles in a generally upright orientation, and is particularly designed to hold bottles having a variable diameter. The bottle crate can include at least one tray and a plurality of fingers (601) elastically arranged on the tray, such that the fingers are configured to move in response to insertion or removal of a bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Orbis Canada Limited
    Inventor: Edward L. Stahl
  • Patent number: 9156598
    Abstract: Packaging structure for containers (3, 3?) for pharmaceutical use, comprising a tray (1) having an open side for introducing and extracting a support plane (2) of the containers (3, 3?), and a closing element (5) of the open side of the tray (1), said support plane (2) having a spatial prefixed distribution of seats (6) in which said containers (3, 3?) can be precisely positioned without mutual contact, whereby the structure comprises diversification means of the engaging configuration between said support plane (2) and said tray (1) in order to maintain unchanged the points inside the tray (1) in which an end (3a, 3a1) of the containers (3, 3?) is placed, with the variation of the height of the containers (3, 3?) associated from time to time to the support plane (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Stevanato Group International A.S.
    Inventor: Fabiano Nicoletti
  • Patent number: 9108201
    Abstract: Provided herein is a single-walled pipette tip rack for use in automated systems, in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: BIOTIX, INC.
    Inventors: Arta Motadel, Phillip Chad Hairfield, Peter Paul Blaszcak
  • Patent number: 9073666
    Abstract: Container including a bottom and sidewalls with undulating pattern of peaks and valley. At least one stacking feature is provided to allow a plurality of containers to be stacked. In one embodiment, the stacking feature is disposed proximate a bottom edge of the sidewall at a peak. In another embodiment, the stacking feature is a stack flap disposed proximate a top edge of the container. Alternatively, the stacking feature is a stack ring having a shape which corresponds to the sidewall perimeter and has an inwardly protruding lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: PACTIV LLC
    Inventors: Frank Andrew Petlak, H. Bernard Kirkland, Craig Edward Cappel
  • Patent number: 8960469
    Abstract: A system for holding items includes a base tier including two or more totes and one or more higher tiers stacked on the base tier. Each of the higher tiers includes one or more totes stacked on a tote of a lower tier. Totes in of the tiers are laterally cross coupled to one another. The totes include lateral openings that allow removal of items through the lateral opening while the totes are stacked in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hunter Dean Helal, Mangesh S. Kolharkar, Douglas C. Bryan, Darryl I. Jenson, David H. Clark
  • Patent number: 8960470
    Abstract: A compact, organized, space-saving storage design for multiple coolers allows each smaller cooler in a set of coolers fitting into the next larger cooler. The lid of each of the next larger coolers may be capable of fully closing and the smaller cooler may fit completely inside the larger cooler. The nesting coolers may improve the use of storage space, omit risk of falling over, reduce stress and organize all coolers in one easily located place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Carol Tarble, Michael Tarble
  • Patent number: 8899435
    Abstract: A large cup and small cup are provided which are attachable together. With an upright attachment the large cup nests within a reservoir of the small cup. With an inverted attachment, the small cup has a base which can friction fit against a lower end of the large cup. The small cup includes structures such as a skirt and shelf which can exhibit a friction fit with a foot on the lower end of the large cup to facilitate the inverted attachment of the small cup to the large cup. A recess in the base of the small cup exhibits a friction fit with the foot to facilitate upright attachment when the large cup is nested into the small cup. In an alternative embodiment a fastener is provided including posts and slots in the small cup and large cup to couple the cups together when nested together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Reder, Brian Kalisz, Lucas Kalisz
  • Publication number: 20140319009
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a reinforced nestable container and a method of forming a reinforced nestable container able to withstand a high pressure processing. The container has an open end, a closed end, and a sidewall extending between the open end and the closed end and defines an interior. The closed end has a cone bottom including a first step that steps towards the closed end and forms a flexible point such that the base can flex and return to its original position and shape; a generally flat portion that extends towards the center of the closed end; a second step that steps towards the open end and in to an inner-profile having a first radius in one direction and a second radius in an opposite direction, forming an s-curve; at least one strengthening fillet; and a base plateau, whereby at least the s-curve formed by the first step, the flat portion and the second step spread tension such that the container can withstand pressure therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: D&W Fine Pack
    Inventors: Steve Pace, George A. Golota, Andrei Voitnya
  • Patent number: 8833593
    Abstract: A recycling bin has left and right sidewalls, a base, and front wall. The front wall is lower than the other three walls, and when two bins are stacked in a 0° stacking configuration, the lower front wall of the lower bin and a sloped surface on the lower portion of the upper bin create a recyclable receiving chute. When stacked, the upper bin is held to the lower bin by a combination of a channel on the lower rear portion of the base fitting over a handle resting upon an upper portion of the rear wall. A lower lip on the lower portion of the rear wall aligns with the handle and substantially prevents front-wards and backwards motion of the upper bin. A portion of the handle fits within a top open portion of the rear wall. The bin also has a plurality of inverted “V” shaped liner retainers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Orbis Canada Limited
    Inventor: Basil Thompson Martheenal
  • Publication number: 20140251855
    Abstract: Mating engagement surfaces on the bottom panel and lid on each of two or more containers permit the containers to be helically stacked on an axis. As stacked, a front face of one container is displaced from front faces of adjacent ones of the containers by a predetermined angle preselected to be more than zero but less than ninety degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: MACNEIL IP LLC
    Inventors: Allan R. THOM, Frederick W. MASANEK, JR.
  • Patent number: 8794440
    Abstract: A tray, as described herein, includes one or more ribs that increase the stacking or compressive strength of the tray and advantageously direct vertical compressive stacking forces to the relatively stronger portions of the tray. Specifically, the ribs direct the compressive stacking forces from the intermediate portions of the sidewall downward and outward toward the adjacent corners. The ribs can have an at least partially curvilinear shape between the intermediate portion of the sidewall and the adjacent corner thereof, such as having an intermediate generally bell-shaped region such that a vertex of the concave region is higher on the sidewall than where its legs intersect the corners of the tray. In another or alternative form, the tray can include one or more gripping portions that facilitate a user holding onto the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Corey Jacob BeVier, Bonita M. Hinze, MeeWha Lee
  • Patent number: 8763826
    Abstract: A bottle or container having a shape, design or configuration that allows the bottle or container to be efficiently stacked or nestled with an identically shaped bottle rotated 180 degrees. Bundles and packages containing one or more nestled pairs of bottles according to the invention. Methods of making and using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Dale Smith, Shari Chase
  • Patent number: 8746492
    Abstract: A sewage tank for use with a pump such as a grinder pump to convey sewage. The sewage tank includes a container comprising a sidewall, and a plurality of members connectable and attachable around an outer surface of the sidewall of the container operable for use in providing additional ballast under high ground water conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Environment One Corporation
    Inventors: Paul J. Daley, Clark A. Henry
  • Patent number: 8727121
    Abstract: A tray for a food product is thin-walled, unitary, and plastic. The tray comprises a central portion. The central portion comprises a plurality of downwardly extending recesses for receiving at least one of the food products, and a plurality of upwardly extending posts interspersed amongst the recesses. A first set of the posts is positioned on a first side of a horizontal axis of the tray, and a second set of the posts is positioned on a second side of the horizontal axis. The first set of posts and the second set of posts are positioned asymmetrically on either side of the horizontal axis. Each post comprises a plurality of reinforcing ribs extending lengthwise therealong. The reinforcing ribs are integral to the posts. The tray further comprises an outer wall portion extending about the central portion. A plurality of webs extend between the outer wall portion and the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Par-Pak Ltd.
    Inventors: Samir R. Parikh, Sajith Chenat
  • Patent number: 8720687
    Abstract: A tray includes a base having opposed front and rear walls and opposed side walls. The front and rear walls are shorter to provide access to products stored on the tray when in a stacked configuration. The tray includes reinforced intersections between the front and rear walls and side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Jon P. Hassell
  • Publication number: 20140124403
    Abstract: A tray having a first clearance height when stacked in a front-to-front orientation with a like tray and a second clearance height when stacked in a back-to-front orientation with the like tray is provided. The first clearance height is lower than the second clearance height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Edward L. Stahl, Stephen R. Howe
  • Patent number: 8695831
    Abstract: A package comprises a lid and a container forming a lower contact area, the container having a receiving space bordered by a side wall, an apron extending along an upper region of the side wall, and a tamper-evident closure preferably including a tamper-evident tab which, after filling the packaging container, can be detached by a consumer. The lid is formed as a clamp-on or clip-on lid and can be fixed to the upper container rim, wherein the tamper-evident tab is transparent and the container has an optical indicator for marking the tamper-evident tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Poppelmann Holding GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Werner Schick
  • Patent number: 8684209
    Abstract: A foldable and overlappable carrier box includes a base panel, a pair of first side panels erected along any two facing edges of the base panel, and a pair of second side panels erected along remaining facing edges of the base panel. Each of the first side panels is divided into an upper face and a lower face along a horizontal line, the upper face being foldable downwards, and each of the second side panels is divided into an upper portion and a lower portion along a horizontal line, so that when carrier boxes are stacked in multiple layers by folding the upper face, a lower portion of a carrier box located at an upper position is overlappable with an upper portion of a carrier box located at a lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: National Plastic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byung Min Choi
  • Patent number: 8668089
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a crate (2) of a system of crates, in particular for transporting fresh fish, which has an opening (16) on the top side, and wherein the edge area as well as the base area of the opening on the top side are designed in such a manner that the base area on the edge of the opening on the top side is laterally and positively placed on an identical crate; thus the crates can be stacked on top of each other such that the upper crate can be inserted into the lower crate, rotated about a vertical axis by 180°, and thus the empty boxes can be stacked into one another (180° stack-nest crate), and said crate is thereby characterized in that the edge area (10) of the opening on the top side is designed, at least in terms of area, in a channel shape and has at least one first through hole (30) which is located on the outer side at the bottom of the crate wall adjacent to the edge area, and in that the base of the crate features a second through hole (30) so that liquid can drain out of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: “Deutsche See” GmbH
    Inventors: André Feldmann, Arne Schultchen
  • Patent number: 8607981
    Abstract: A grocery transport container that can be hung, having a bottom (20) includes two pairs of opposing peripheral walls (22), (24) that slope upwardly and outwardly. A top rim horizontal surface (32), and walls (24) having stacking protuberance (26) along the bottom edges and connect to the bottom (20) via the offset shoulder (28). The top rim horizontal surface (32) contains stacking protuberance interlock open cavity (48). The top rim vertical surface (36) contains a plurality of reinforcing ribs (42) that are shaped to accommodate a pair of opposing open through cavities (40) that project out through the top rim vertical surface (36) at both ends thereby enabling hanging. The top rim vertical surfaces (34) contain a plurality of reinforcing ribs (44) and reinforcing ribs with nesting standoff projections (46), the top rim vertical surfaces (34) and side walls (24) contain void spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher W Wojno
  • Patent number: 8561832
    Abstract: A bakery tray includes a base. A front wall extends upward from a front edge of the base. Side walls extend upward from side edges of the base. A rear wall extends upward from a rear edge of the base. The rear wall includes an inner panel portion and an outer lip portion that protrudes outward and then downward from an uppermost edge of the inner panel portion. A plurality of ribs connect the inner panel portion to the outer lip portion. In one feature, the plurality of ribs may include an increased concentration of the ribs in the center of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Jon P. Hassell
  • Publication number: 20130248397
    Abstract: The invention relates to a composite package (8) linked together into a single unit, and comprising a plurality of individual containers (1, 2, and 3) of varying shapes and/or volumes and being assembled according to different orientations in the composite package. In the composite package are defined strong and weak containers according to their mechanical resistances on which apply external loads. According to the invention, the strong containers are arranged in their orientation along the direction(s) of external loads placed upon the composite package thereby protecting the weakest ones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Klaus Hartwig
  • Patent number: 8540476
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a system for storing and/or transporting platforms of pipette tips. The system includes packaging in which a stacked tower of platforms may be transported. Embodiments of the present invention further include a loader for transferring platforms from the packaging to a rack for holding pipette tip platforms. The loader transfers the platforms by accessing the uppermost platform in the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Labcon, North America
    Inventor: Thomas Moulton
  • Publication number: 20130199959
    Abstract: A tray for a food product is thin-walled, unitary, and plastic. The tray comprises a central portion. The central portion comprises a plurality of downwardly extending recesses for receiving at least one of the food products, and a plurality of upwardly extending posts interspersed amongst the recesses. A first set of the posts is positioned on a first side of a horizontal axis of the tray, and a second set of the posts is positioned on a second side of the horizontal axis. The first set of posts and the second set of posts are positioned asymmetrically on either side of the horizontal axis. Each post comprises a plurality of reinforcing ribs extending lengthwise therealong. The reinforcing ribs are integral to the posts. The tray further comprises an outer wall portion extending about the central portion. A plurality of webs extend between the outer wall portion and the central portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: PAR-PAK LTD.
    Inventors: Samir R. Parikh, Sajith Chenat
  • Patent number: RE44754
    Abstract: A multi-purpose tray including a front, a back, a first side, a second side, and a bottom. The tray can include beams extending from the front of the tray and slots defined in the back of the tray. When two trays are stacked in opposite directions with respect to one another, the beams are received by the slots. The tray also includes a domed bottom. The domed bottom has a convex profile with respect to the interior of the tray and can include transverse ribs or longitudinal ribs. The tray also includes drain apertures positioned along the front and back of the tray. The drain apertures can enhance cleaning of the tray by communicating fluid from channels defined by the front and back. The tray also includes a stop for projection for limiting sliding movement of a top tray relative to a bottom tray when two trays are stacked in a similar orientation with respect to one another. The tray also includes handles in the first and second side and a gripping portion on one of the first and second handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Pinckney Molded Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Verna, Douglas T. Cox, Douglas Hood