Shock Protection Type (e.g., Free Fall) Patents (Class 206/521)
  • Patent number: 11279544
    Abstract: A container (100) having: a housing member (10) having a bottom surface member (12) and a side surface member (14); and a protective member (220a) having a receiving surface in contact with an item to be housed. The bottom surface member defines the xy plane and the side surface member defines the xz plane and the yz plane that are orthogonal to the xy plane. The side surface member has a cut-out section (15a) that faces a housing space. The protective member (220a) has: an inside member (122a) comprising a receiving section having first receiving surface (123) parallel to the yz plane and a second receiving surface (124) parallel to the xz plane; and an outside member (232a) arranged at least between the inside member and a side surface parallel to the yz plane of the side surface member, said outside member being fitted to the inside member (122a) so as to be slidable in a direction intersecting the floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SAKAI DISPLAY PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuki Nakamichi
  • Patent number: 11276435
    Abstract: A shock absorber apparatus is provided. The shock absorber apparatus includes an elastic device and at least one mounting device connected to the elastic device. Each mounting device includes two securing elements. Each securing element is configured to secure an opposing portion of a structure. Each mounting device can also include two sliders. Each slider can have at least two surfaces, which are interconnected by an inclined surface facing an opposing slider, and a ground surface. The inclined surface can be slidably connected to one of the at least two securing elements. Each slider can be arranged to move in response to an applied force. The ground surface is configured to slidably connect to an inner wall of a box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chao-Jung Chen, Ming-Sheng Chang, Po-Yu Yang, Sheng-Wei Tang
  • Patent number: 11215322
    Abstract: A pressure vessel includes: a liner made of a resin and configured to store a pressurized fluid; and a reinforcing layer made of a fiber-reinforced resin provided around an outer peripheral surface of the liner. The liner includes a body portion having a tubular shape and a pair of side-end portions each having a domical shape. One of the side-end portions extends continuously from one of two ends of the body portion, and the other one of the side-end portions extends continuously from the other one of the two ends of the body portion. The liner includes a restriction portion provided at a center of the liner in an axial direction of the body portion. The restriction portion is configured to restrict displacement of the reinforcing layer in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sakuma Emori
  • Patent number: 11168034
    Abstract: A tray including a plate-shaped portion for arranging a plurality of prismatic honeycomb structures having an outer peripheral side surface and partition walls provided on an inner peripheral side of the outer peripheral side surface, the partition walls partitioning a plurality of cells forming flow paths from a first end surface to a second end surface, the plate-shaped portion including: a plurality of corrugated plate-shaped placing portions for placing the prismatic honeycomb structures with the outer peripheral side surface in contact with the placing portions; flat plate-shaped non-placing portions adjacent to each of the corrugated plate-shaped placing portions; and partition walls erected between adjacent corrugated plate-shaped placing portions to prevent the outer peripheral side surfaces of adjacent prismatic honeycomb structures from contacting each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Michio Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11161680
    Abstract: A recyclable expandable insulating liner comprising: a web of multilayer cellulose-based material configured to form a one-piece box shape when expanded, comprising four side panels and a bottom panel, wherein each side panel is connected to adjacent side panels and the bottom panel, and at least one of the side panels comprise an intra-panel connection line connecting two sections of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SIMPLE CONTAINER SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Charles S. Veiseh
  • Patent number: 11160343
    Abstract: A device for the storage of emergency information or items provided in a water-resistant protective case wherein the case is easily transportable or may be molded or formed into a larger structural component, the protective case including a base and a top hinged to said base to provide water-resistant sealing allowed in an open or closed position. The case base and top having side walls to create a volume within the case to provide storage within the case for items or emergency information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Mason Burger
  • Patent number: 11130621
    Abstract: A shock-absorbing package includes a box and a base. The box is configurable to enclose an item and has a box bottom panel. The base has a base bottom panel and defines a recess sized to accommodate a portion of the box including the box bottom panel. The base interfaces with the box in a transport configuration so that the box bottom panel is held separated from the base bottom panel and a volume of air is disposed between the base bottom panel and the box bottom panel. An impact force applied to the base bottom panel generated by dropping the shock-absorbing package onto a surface induces relative movement between the box and the base that expels air from the volume air and decelerates the box at a rate less than a desired maximum deceleration rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaveh Goudarzian, Chad Hockin, Michael Lin, Daniel Wang, Frank Michael Marceau
  • Patent number: 11119424
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming unit contained in a flexible bag and held to allow a cushion member to absorb shock. The image forming unit includes: an image carrier on which an electrostatic latent image is formed; a developing device including a developing unit that is configured to develop the electrostatic latent image by turning around a turning center and coming into contact with the image carrier; and a developer accommodating portion that accommodates a developer for use in the developing device. The image forming unit also includes a restricting portion that is provided on an outermost portion of the developing device to come into contact with the cushion material so that rotation of the developing device is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Shota Makita, Takashi Akaike, Yosuke Kuwata
  • Patent number: 10973602
    Abstract: A flexible, sterilizable pouch includes a first wall coupled to a second wall and a cavity defined between the first wall and the second wall. The cavity is configured to receive a medical device, and the pouch is configured to seal the medical device within the cavity. At least one of the first wall and the second wall of the pouch includes two layers. Each layer is coupled to the adjacent layer such that a breach in any one layer of the multi-layered wall will not breach the seal of the pouch. A pocket may be formed between the layers of the multi-layered wall and may include a gas under pressure to inflate the corresponding wall to an inflated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Hillas, David Clarke
  • Patent number: 10973981
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a housing of a medical device and to a respective medical device, wherein the housing comprises a body to receive at least one device component and wherein the body is flexibly deformable in response to mechanical impact above a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Jugl, Axel Teucher
  • Patent number: 10913567
    Abstract: An insert formed from a one-piece blank of sheet material. The insert comprises a first half comprising a first plurality of connected panels; a second half connected to the first half and comprising a corresponding, second plurality of connected panels; a first and second end comprising lateral extensions extending from respective first and second opposing ends of two panels from each of the first and second plurality of panels; and a plurality of popout tabs extending outward from an outer surface of the insert. The first and second half define respective first and second internal receiving areas each surrounded on all sides and on opposing ends by (i) two layers of the sheet material and/or (ii) an air gap defined between the outer surface of the insert and an adjacent portion of an overwrap material. A one-piece blank of sheet material for forming a shipping insert is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventor: Kent Owen Nelson
  • Patent number: 10910121
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems, methods and devices for storing and/or disposing of hazardous waste material. In some embodiments, the waste material includes nuclear waste such as calcined material. In certain embodiments, the device includes a container having a container body, a filling port configured to couple with a filling nozzle and a filling plug, and an evacuation port having a filter. The evacuation port is configured to couple with an evacuation nozzle and an evacuation plug. In certain embodiments, the method includes (a) adding hazardous waste material via a filling nozzle coupled to a filling port of a container, the container including an evacuation port, (b) evacuating the container during adding of the hazardous waste material via an evacuation nozzle coupled to an evacuation port of the container, (c) sealing the filling port, (d) heating the container, and (e) sealing the evacuation port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
    Inventors: Walter Guillermo Bermudez, Salvatore Moricca, Allan Grant Murray
  • Patent number: 10800473
    Abstract: A storage container of a motorcycle includes a container body defining a storage compartment and a lid functionally connected to the container body. The container body includes an access opening, a bottom wall opposite to the access opening and a side wall extending perimetrally and joined to the bottom wall. The lid connects to the container body to take an open configuration allowing access to the storage compartment by the access opening, and a closed configuration preventing the storage compartment from being accessed. The storage container includes an object blocking system associated with the container body or with the lid adapted to block an object housed in the storage compartment. The object blocking system includes an inflatable member adapted to be operatively received in the storage compartment and which is adapted to have a resting configuration, in which the inflatable member is substantially deflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Mario Donato Santucci
  • Patent number: 10773449
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a wrapped object, having a first segment and a second segment connected to each other by a curved transition segment having a common tangent with the first segment and a common tangent with the second segment, respectively. The method includes providing a mandrel with a surface structure to define at least part of the shape of the first segment, of the shape of the second segment and of the shape of the transition segment in between, and wrapping, one or more elongate elements over the mandrel and bonding the elongate element(s) to itself and/or each other so as to provide the first segment, the second segment and the transition segment as a continuous structure. The mandrel is provided with a fortification to support the element(s) forming the transition segment against inward-directed forces while wrapping and/or bonding the element(s) to form the transition segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Composite Production Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Jordy Van Nimwegen, Casper Rudolph Johannes Willems
  • Patent number: 10752421
    Abstract: A product packaging system in one embodiment includes a stack of products defining a pair of opposing major side surfaces, a top surface, a bottom surface, and pair of opposing end surfaces; protective corrugated sheets covering two or more of the stack side, top, and bottom surfaces; and a protective end pad covering each of the stack end surfaces. Each protective corrugated sheet includes a pair of longitudinally-extending and protruding corner reinforcement structures disposed along corner regions of the stack. The reinforcement structures are three-dimensional structures having different possible configurations which provide crush-resistance in the assembled product package. The product package collectively comprising the foregoing components is insertable into an outer shipping carton for transit. Some embodiments include banding which holds the stack of products together. In one embodiment, the products may be mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Brad William Huff, Michael Lee Pyle
  • Patent number: 10689175
    Abstract: A package may include a tray configured to receive a product. The product may be retained or positioned in the tray by a fixed anchor and one or more movable anchors. One or more paper springs may be coupled to the movable anchors, and bias the movable anchors in a retention configuration whereby the product is retained or positioned in a first configuration. Upon actuation of the movable anchors, and overcoming the spring force imparted by the paper spring, the product may be released from the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Mundt
  • Patent number: 10687607
    Abstract: A buffer structure, a fall protection device, a control method of the fall protection device, and a mobile terminal are provided. The buffer structure includes a connecting rod, a counterweight which is in a rotatable connection with the connecting rod, and a buffer component connected with the counterweight. In a case that an object to be protected is in a state of falling, the counterweight automatically turns according to a falling direction of the object to be protected, and the buffer component is turned to a gravity direction under driving of the counterweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Hefei BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peng Li, Zhengwei Zhu, Jiong Huang
  • Patent number: 10692404
    Abstract: Formation of a communication arch (A) over a consumer corridor, such as in large sales points, displaying at a height, a media (M) related to a certain product. For such, after mounting a display box (35) using the cutting and creasing design, its units are mounted to one another by coupling through the coupling flaps (29) of one unit to the cutouts (4) corresponding to the subsequent unit. After mounting the assembly, when it is raised and has its peripheral units settled over two opposite shelves, such as in a supermarket corridor, through the trapezoidal geometry of the display boxes (35) combined to slide coupling flaps (29) and cutouts ( ) between the units (35), there is a radial movement and positioning for its tops (16) while its bottoms (6) meet, providing the structuring of the assembly, in an arch shape, supporting the resulting stresses imposed vertically from top to bottom of the arch formed. Therefore, the communication arch (A) formed can receive a large media at its highest point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Wang Yung Ho
  • Patent number: 10633165
    Abstract: A nested insulated packaging assembly comprising an outer box and a thermal liner. The outer box includes an outer top side wall, an outer bottom side wall, and a plurality of outer lateral side walls. The thermal liner includes a terminal top end, a bend line, a top fold defined between the terminal top end and the bend line, and a back fold. The top fold is foldable relative to the back fold at the bend line. The back fold contacts one of the outer lateral side walls of the outer box. The thermal liner includes a thermal control material extending across the bend line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Yavuz Aksan, Joshua David Kayne
  • Patent number: 10622235
    Abstract: A package assembly for thin wafer shipping using a wafer container and a method of use are disclosed. The package assembly includes a shipping container and a wafer container having a bottom surface and a plurality of straps attached thereto placed within the shipping container. The package assembly further includes upper and lower force distribution plates provided within the shipping container positioned respectively on a top side and bottom side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Damyon L. Corbin, Charles F. Musante
  • Patent number: 10556713
    Abstract: A method of fulfilling an order comprising at least one product is provided. The method includes receiving an order comprising at least one product, determining a suitable case from a plurality of available cases for holding the at least one product, said determining being a function of one or more characteristics of each product of the at least one product and one or more characteristics of the plurality of available cases; forwarding information identifying the suitable case to a case former; providing a case blank corresponding to said suitable case to said case former; erecting a suitable case from said case blank corresponding to said suitable case with said case former; and prior to the loading said suitable case with said at least one product, labelling said suitable case with at least one label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: H. J. Paul Langen
  • Patent number: 10543954
    Abstract: A container formed from a blank and a method for constructing the container are described. The container includes a shell and a liner disposed substantially within the shell. The shell includes a bottom wall, two opposing end walls including a first and well and a second end wall, and two opposing side walls including a first side wall and a second side wall. The shell further includes a plurality of top panels extending from a top edge of each of the first end wall, the second end wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventor: David G. Couture
  • Patent number: 10518499
    Abstract: A composite material and structure. The structure has a folded sheet having a rigid inner layer sandwiched between flexible outer layers. The sheet has an undulated shape with alternating summit and valley portions. Intermediate portions each extend between adjacent summit and valley portions. At least one score line extends through at least one of the flexible outer layers. The sheet is folded about the at least one score line. A method of forming a structure from a sheet having an undulated shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: CORRUVEN CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Alain Bélanger, Alex Matson
  • Patent number: 10450126
    Abstract: A blister package is formed for retaining individual products. The package includes a receptacle substrate having a sealing flange and at least one receiving cell formed to retain product therein. A polymer top layer covers the cell and a portion thereof is sealed to the sealing flange. A score pattern is formed in at least one surface of the top layer and overlapping the cell. The score pattern is defined by a first plurality of score lines formed in a repeating pattern and a second plurality of score lines formed in a repeating pattern. The first and second plurality of rows overlap one another to define a plurality of intersections, with the overall score line pattern having a total linear length of the score lines per cell of at least 5 inches and a total number of score line intersections per cell of at least 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob D. Branyon, Donald McArthur, Benjamin Davis
  • Patent number: 10427867
    Abstract: A packing member for packing a cartridge that is detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus includes a first portion having an opening as an entrance for the cartridge, a recessed portion for accommodating the cartridge, and first and second limiting portions for limiting positions of the cartridge in directions perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the cartridge. The packing member also includes a second portion for openably covering the opening. The first and second limiting portions contact portions of the cartridge excluding a region where the electrostatic latent image is to be formed on a photosensitive drum or a developing roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Isao Koishi, Toshiki Fujino, Tsutomu Sakaguchi, Masayuki Takeuchi, Taiji Watanabe, Kengo Sakai
  • Patent number: 10377524
    Abstract: A cushioning pad is disposed between a packing and a packed article. The cushioning includes a bottom plate portion, a first tubular portion, and a second tubular portion. The bottom plate has a pair of end areas opposite to each other. The first tubular portion has a triangular tubular shape along one of the end areas. The second tubular portion has a triangular tubular shape along another of the end areas. The one of the end areas resiliently deformers into an arc shape upon impact acting on the first tubular portion. The other of the end areas resiliently deformers into an arc shape upon impact acting on the first tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Seiji Sumitomo
  • Patent number: 10370168
    Abstract: A multi-chamber device is described. The device can include a first chamber and a second chamber disposed within the first chamber. Each chamber may be formed from a flexible material. A first tube may extend between the first chamber and outside the first chamber to enable addition of gas to the first chamber. A second tube may extend between the second chamber and outside the first chamber to enable removal of gas from the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gur Kimchi, Ricky Dean Welsh
  • Patent number: 10322845
    Abstract: A carton for holding an article. 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 a first panel and a second panel. An insert can comprise a central panel, an inner end panel disposed generally opposite to the central panel, an inner side panel foldably connected to the central panel, and an inner flap foldably connected to the inner side panel. The central panel can extend generally parallel to the first panel, the inner side panel can extend generally parallel to the second panel, and the inner end panel can at least partially overlap the inner flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Harmen Boersma, Rene Knijpstra, Jouke Hilarides, Robert Ackroyd
  • Patent number: 10322844
    Abstract: A carton for holding an article. 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 a first panel and a second panel. An insert can comprise a central panel, an inner side panel foldably connected to the central panel, and an inner flap foldably connected to the inner side panel. The first panel can at least partially overlap the central panel, the inner side panel can be spaced apart from the second panel, and at least a portion of the inner flap can extend from the inner side panel to the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Harmen Boersma, Rene Knijpstra, Jouke Hilarides
  • Patent number: 10207838
    Abstract: A packaging insert formed from a one-piece blank including a main body panel having opposing first and second longitudinal edges and opposing first and second lateral edges. The folded blank further includes a pair of column panels, each column panel including a first side panel, a front panel, a second side panel, and an overlap tab connected to the lateral edges of the main body panel in series at first, second, third, and fourth lateral score lines. The front panel of each column panel is folded about a respective second lateral score line with the overlap tab overlapping and attached to the main body panel. Each column panel can be erected to form a rectangular column adjacent to each of the lateral edges of the main body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventor: Sean M. Morrison
  • Patent number: 10150606
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus for providing protection against forces directed to an item (or items) is disclosed. The packaging apparatus designed to protect the item during, for example, transport of the item subject to sudden movement by a transportation vehicle (carrying the item) that may cause other items to contact the item. The packaging apparatus may include one or more force bearing features, each of which may include a fill material positioned to provide a counterforce against a force (or forces) in a direction toward the item. The packaging apparatus is also suitable for protecting cylindrical objects (such as drums) during transport. In this regard, several force bearing features disposed on opposing sides of a base member. Further, a strap can be secured to the transport vehicle to combine to provide additional force acting against unwanted movement of the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SUNRISE MFG, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Sewell, Patrick M. Henley, Michael V. Ritz, Oleksiy Zimbitskyy, Thomas R. Hickel
  • Patent number: 10046898
    Abstract: A packaging material is formed from a shock-absorbing plate material and stored in a packaging box with a packaged article. The packaging material includes a base portion and a shock absorbing portion. The shock absorbing portion surrounds three sides of a space along a main surface of the base portion. First and second vertical plate portions of the shock absorbing portion face each other and continue to the base portion. In the shock absorbing portion, a third vertical plate portion continues to the second vertical plate portion, and a fourth vertical plate portion continues to the third vertical plate portion. The fourth vertical plate portion is overlaped on the first vertical plate portion. A hook portion of the shock absorbing portion continues to the fourth vertical plate portion, and has a second cut in which a bottom portion of the first cut of the first vertical plate portion is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Itano
  • Patent number: 10024640
    Abstract: A thermoplastic container for explosive material comprising: a primary part defining a rigid compartment for holding explosive material, where the primary part comprises: a side wall having an inner periphery defining the side boundaries of the compartment and an outer periphery, a base arranged at a lower end of the side wall defining the lower boundary of the compartment, where an upper end of the side wall is arranged to provide access to the compartment allowing explosive material to be loaded into the compartment; a secondary part comprising: at least one reinforcement element defining an outer periphery of the container, wherein the reinforcement element is coupled to the primary part and is adapted to provide horizontal and/or vertical load support to the primary part and where the reinforcement element comprises at least one collapsible impact zone adapted to absorb an external impact to the secondary part and to transmit the excess forces of the impact into from the reinforcement element to the prima
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Plastpack Defence ApS
    Inventor: Jan Bendix Engmann
  • Patent number: 9994364
    Abstract: The sealing device involves an elongated release base member having a separation line along the release base member's length. A double-sided adhesive layer is attached to a side of the release base member so that the release base member may adhere to an inner side of a plastic courier bag's sealing flap and seal the plastic courier bag. A reinforcing tape may be further applied to an outer side of the plastic courier bag's sealing flap. The plastic courier bag may be quickly and conveniently opened by tearing down a pull strip of the sealing device. The plastic courier bag may be reused multiple times by applying new, unused sealing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Shih-Fong Lin
  • Patent number: 9956683
    Abstract: A metal work box includes a base having a horizontal planar member having an upper surface and a lower surface. The metal work box also includes a plurality of side walls secured to and extending upwardly from the base. The plurality of side walls include a front first side wall formed along a front first edge of the base, a back second side wall formed along a rear second edge of the base, a left third side wall formed along a left side third edge of the base, and right fourth side wall formed along a right side fourth edge of the base. A door is formed along the front first side wall. The door includes a door panel having a free edge and a hinged edge, the hinged edge being pivotally secured to a front hinge side wall portion of the front first side wall so as to enable easy access to contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Keith E Rose, John H Boldridge, III
  • Patent number: 9938047
    Abstract: Provided herein are storage bags having an opening to an interior thereof formed by pliable front and back panels each comprising outwardly curved upper portions and rectangular lower portions having first and second straight side edges, straight bottom edges and outwardly curved top edges that are sealed together along respective side and bottom edges and means for sealing and opening the bag. The storage bag may comprise first and second seamed edges that are equal in length with the outwardly curved top edges extending therefrom. Alternatively, the storage bag may comprise a first seamed edge that is shorter than the second seamed edge with the outwardly curved top edges extending therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Esther Khawaja Batarseh
  • Patent number: 9896255
    Abstract: A packaging member includes a packaging box and an intermediate buffering member. The intermediate buffering member is provided in a space formed between a bottom plate and a side plate of the packaging box and a main body part of the article. The intermediate buffering member has a vertical direction supporting part and a positioning part. The vertical direction supporting part abuts against a lower face of the main body part and the bottom plate. The positioning part is coupled with the vertical direction supporting part. The positioning part prevents the vertical direction supporting part from being moved toward the side plate. The vertical direction supporting part has an inclined part extending from the lower face of the main body part in an oblique lower direction toward near a lower corner between the bottom plate and the side plate and abutting against the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Okura
  • Patent number: 9896262
    Abstract: A cushion package structure includes at least a plate and two or more blocks. The plate is disposed within a storage box and the blocks are the same and pivotable with one another. As a number of blocks are connected with one another serially with various including angle between each adjacent two, one or multiple block sets may be formed thereby. Positioning holes on the plate having substantially same contour as corresponding positioning sections on the blocks are further prepared to engage with the positioning sections as the block sets are put to be disposed on the plate, thereby forming a storage space with a specific shape within the storage box. The blocks may be removed from the plate, rearranged, and redisposed on another plate, so that a storage space with a different shape may be defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Kai Yang, Shih-Chi Chen, Chung-Kuan Ting
  • Patent number: 9834353
    Abstract: A reclosable flexible package is described that includes an inner film layer, an outer film layer laminated to the inner film layer, and reclose region defined in a portion of package film layers. The reclose region includes pressure sensitive adhesive disposed between the inner and outer film layers. A number of cut lines are provided in the outer film layer in the reclose region, such that the user, by manipulating the package film layers at the reclose region, can reveal the underlying layer of pressure sensitive adhesive. Once the pressure sensitive adhesive of the reclose region is exposed, the action of the user can serve to adhere the pressure sensitive adhesive to itself and/or other portions of the film, such that the package is cinched in the area of the reclose region and maintains the remnants of the package contents within the reclosed package for later use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Jacob Donald Prue Branyon
  • Patent number: 9789644
    Abstract: Described are methods of two-dimensionally and three-dimensionally forming an article of wear using vacuum forming in an automated process. In the two-dimensional method, the article of wear comprises a generally flat shape with three-dimensional features molded into the first material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventor: Tiberiu Iovu
  • Patent number: 9732821
    Abstract: A system for mitigating vibration of a mass may include an elastic membrane enclosing at least one interior space and having an outer surface, where at least a bottom portion of the outer surface is coupled to a transportable supportive surface, and at least a top portion of the outer surface supports a load. The system may further include at least one port coupling the outer surface to the at least one interior space, where the port provides a source of fluid ingress into the interior space and fluid egress out of the interior space. The system may additionally include granular material distributed within the at least one interior space, where a packing density of the granular material is adjustable between a first jammed state having a first packing density of granular materials and a second jammed state having a second packing density of granular materials to accommodate different loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Kuczynski, Kevin M. O'Connell, Chelsie M. Peterson, Mark D. Plucinski, Timothy J. Tofil
  • Patent number: 9721226
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing information relating to the specialized handling of a package, and articles contained within the package. Data relating to a package containing an article that requires specialized handling is associated with a unique identifier and stored in a database. The unique identifier is also included in a machine readable code affixed to the package. A recipient of the package scans the machine readable code using an application downloaded into a mobile device, which extracts the unique identifier from the machine readable code and transmits a request to the database. The database may then identify data stored in the database that relates to the article based on the unique identifier, and transmit the data to the mobile device for display to the recipient. The data may include instructions on how to unpack the package, and how to store or use articles contained within the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher Clinical Services Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Minogue, Sean Leslie Smith
  • Patent number: 9715254
    Abstract: A case for a tablet computing device can include a first cover configured to hold the tablet computing device. The first cover can include a first attachment mechanism. The case can include a second cover. The second cover can include a keyboard, one or more second attachment mechanisms, and/or one or more sensors. The first attachment mechanism can be configured to couple with the one or more second attachment mechanisms to hold the case in an open keyboard configuration such that the keyboard is uncovered and a screen of the tablet computing device is uncovered. The keyboard can be turned on when the one or more sensors detect that the case is in the open keyboard configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: BELKIN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Mori, Avery Holleman, Kazuyoshi Raijin Otani
  • Patent number: 9708116
    Abstract: A packing member for packing a cartridge detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus is molded with a thin resin material plate and includes: (i) a frame portion including an opening as an entrance for the cartridge, a first recessed portion for accommodating the cartridge, and a first limiting portion for limiting a position of the cartridge with respect to a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the cartridge; and (ii) a cap portion for openably covering the opening. The cap portion includes a second limiting portion for limiting movement of the cartridge, positionally-limited by the first limiting portion, in a direction in which the cartridge is spaced from the first limiting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Isao Koishi, Toshiki Fujino, Tsutomu Sakaguchi, Masayuki Takeuchi, Taiji Watanabe, Kengo Sakai
  • Patent number: 9687980
    Abstract: The tool storage device includes a base plate, a storage unit, and a coupling unit. The base plate has at least three main plate portions, a hanging plate portion space apart from an endmost one of the main plate portions, a plurality of bendable plate portions, and opposite front and rear surfaces. Each of the front and rear surfaces extend across the hanging plate portion and the main plate portions. The storage unit has a plurality of spaced-apart first storage portions mounted on the front surface and disposed at the main plate portions. The coupling unit has an engaging hole formed in the hanging plate portion, and an engaging block mounted on the rear surface and fittingly engageable with the engaging hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Shu-Hui Yeh
  • Patent number: 9676509
    Abstract: A tray for transferring a panel is disclosed. The tray includes a tray mold frame including acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (“ABS”) resin, a receiving member, a supporting member and a slot member. The tray mold frame includes four extrusion bars and four molding members. The molding members combine with the extrusion bars. Each of the molding members include a first protruding part on a side surface. The receiving member is disposed inside of the tray mold frame. The supporting member is disposed on a lower surface of the receiving member. The supporting member combines with the extrusion bars configured to support the receiving member. The slot member includes a first groove combining with the first protruding part. The slot member is disposed on the receiving member. Thus, when the panel is transferred by the tray, a fault of the panel during transferring may decrease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Kyo Shin, Seung-Gyu Ko, Heung-Seok Kim, Kyung-Hwan Jung, Jin-Wook Cho
  • Patent number: 9656715
    Abstract: The invention provides cardboard-based structures comprising two or more, generally elongated elements angled with respect to one another and being cut out of a multi-layered cardboard-based piece that comprises at least two layers of a single cardboard sheet folded about a longitudinal reinforcing member. The invention further provides frames, preferably human-powered vehicle frames, constructed from structures of the invention, as well as methods for producing structures of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: I.G. CARDBOARD TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Izhar Gafni
  • Patent number: 9573722
    Abstract: A shipping carton having a force receiving area located adjacent opposing edges of the carton's top and bottom edges. The force receiving area is configured to deform in the presence of an external force and distribute that force through the force receiving area while minimizing the transfer of force directly to the appliance and minimizing damage to the surface panels of the shipping carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Green Bay Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew M. Capogrosso
  • Patent number: 9516859
    Abstract: An anti-slip bowl is described herein. A bowl can include a rigid first shell including a base and an outer wall continuously attached to the base, a rigid second shell including a base and an outer wall continuously attached to the base, wherein the base of the rigid second shell includes a number of non-continuous openings, and an anti-slip material positioned between a lower side of the base of the rigid first shell and an upper side of the base of the rigid second shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Wazir Chand Handicrafts
    Inventor: Prashant Babal
  • Patent number: 9514853
    Abstract: A system for storing high level radioactive waste. In one embodiment, the invention can be a system including an overpack body extending along a vertical axis and having a cavity for storing high level radioactive waste, the cavity having an open top end and a floor; an overpack lid positioned atop the overpack body to enclose the open top end of the cavity; an air inlet vent for introducing cool air into the cavity, the air inlet vent extending from an opening in an outer surface of the overpack body to an opening in the floor, the opening in the outer surface of the overpack body extending about an entirety of a circumference of the outer surface of the overpack body; and an air outlet vent in the overpack lid for removing warmed air from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, John D. Griffiths