Plural Patents (Class 206/526)
  • Patent number: 6796423
    Abstract: A compact and stackable package for displaying and protecting products including a transparent platform member having a planar portion on which a product may be placed, and a base portion at right angles to the planar portion on which the product is supported and which has a cavity or well therein in which an absorbent material, anti-microbial agent or atmosphere modifying agents may be placed, an overwrap of plastic film unitizing the platform member and product, and a sleeve member at least partially surrounding the periphery of the unitized platform member and product and on which indicia may be printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Alan Miller
  • Publication number: 20040178110
    Abstract: A shipping box includes a bottom wall, a pair of opposing side walls extending from the bottom wall, a pair of top wall portions each extending from one of the side walls, a pair of top inserts each extending from one of the top wall portions, a pair of opposing end walls extending from the bottom wall, and a pair of end inserts each extending from one of the end walls. Preformed fold lines facilitate folding the side walls, the end walls, top wall portions and inserts to form a pair of interior storage chambers therebetween for containing a display board with retail product attached thereto. The box folds around the board and product with a snug fit being provided between the box and board. The top inserts fold into the box, contacting the board. Slots in the end inserts mesh with slots formed partially in the top wall portions and partially in the top inserts. Slits in the top wall portions define U-shaped handles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventor: Ashok V. Chandaria
  • Patent number: 6783005
    Abstract: A new way of shipping cartons and other packages so as to minimize the cost and the resource used. The invention is directed in the first embodiment to a liner, particularly for use in combination with shrink wrap packaging, which includes corners for compressive strength and yet panels having deceased height intermediate such corners. The decreased height panels result in conversation of the resource used to make the liner. In a preferred embodiment, the liners are nestable so that they fit closely one on top of each other in the manufacturing process, therefore conserving space. Moreover, nestability of the liner blanks helps promote conservation of resource particularly when the liner blanks are cut from the same fiberboard blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward John Giblin, Corinne Saso
  • Publication number: 20040099547
    Abstract: An assembly for transporting, storing and merchandising plural articles of merchandise. The assembly comprises a shipping container in which a fixture and the articles of merchandise are located. The shipping container includes an outer carton and an inner compartment. The fixture is located within the inner compartment and includes an elongated display member and a bracket. The elongated display member supports the articles of merchandise. The shipping container includes a portion that can be opened to provide access to the bracket to enable the bracket to be connected to the elongated display member while that member is still within the shipping container. The fixture and the shipping carton can then be mounted on any vertically oriented structural member, whereupon the shipping container can be removed leaving the fixture in place with the merchandise suspended from it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventors: Jonathan Ford, Allan L. Ford
  • Patent number: 6737974
    Abstract: A reusable container and method for a shipping system includes a container body, a closure, a removable label and a label panel. The label has an area to receive shipping information and a layer of an adhesive material. The label panel has an exposed surface to which the adhesive adheres but from which the label may be removed without tearing. A locking structure may be provided. A locking member can engage the locking structure to secure contents during shipment. The container may be a flexible pouch that may include an inner cushioning layer and an outer fabric layer. The pouch may be formed of two panels that have a zippered mouth and a grommet allows a cable tie to lockably secure the zipper in a closed position. A signal transmitter can be included with the container. The system includes special cartons and pallets for a plurality of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Kent H. Dickinson
  • Patent number: 6715609
    Abstract: A case is provided for storing and displaying articles. The case includes a substantially planar base and a substantially planar cover having a similar shape to that of the base and adapted for connection to the base to form an assembly. A peripheral connector is provided for connecting the cover to the base about the respective peripheries thereof, and a central connector is provided for connecting the cover to the base about the respective centers thereof. In a particular embodiment, the peripheral connector and the central connector define an annulus there between when the cover is connected to the base for storing and displaying articles. The case may be adapted for use in a compact disc jewel box having a square base and a square cover hinged to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Gupton, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Gupton
  • Publication number: 20040055923
    Abstract: An earplug distribution assembly is provided including an outer portion including four outer side panels, a top panel, and a bottom panel connected to form a box, an inner portion received at an interior of the box, the inner portion delimiting a plurality of chambers in the box, and earplugs stored in the chambers, one of the outer side panels including openings corresponding to each of the plurality of chambers thus allowing a user to access the earplugs in the chambers, each chamber including a distinct type of the earplugs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Brian Myers
  • Patent number: 6705469
    Abstract: Reusable one-piece, foldable, elongate, protective shipping container element formed to conformably-receive and support a product of predetermined size and shape. The container element includes a central, product-receiving section united to opposed end sections by means of transverse hinge areas adapted to be pivoted up and over the central section to form a top cover portion over a product received within the central section. The central section and end sections are formed with upwardly-extending spaced projections of predetermined contour, dimension and location, corresponding to the exterior size, shape and contour of a product to be contained, to receive and supportingly engage the product within the container when the end sections are pivoted up and over the central section to closed position into at least partial engagement with the product supported within the central section. The insert preferably is associated with an outer carton and is supportingly-received therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: John Slot
  • Patent number: 6659279
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary container with separable nail files, which comprises an upper plate, a lower plate, a file plate rotatably interposed between the upper plate and the lower plate, and a rotary hub inserted through the upper plate, the file plate, and the lower plate. The upper plate has a separation opening extending radially outward from a center of the upper plate. The file plate includes a plurality of file pieces partitioned by a plurality of cutting lines, and each of the cutting lines extends radially outward from a center of the file plate. Each of the file pieces has such a dimension as to be completely exposed through the separation opening, so that each of the file pieces can be pulled up and separated from the file plate through the separation opening. The file plate comprises a base sheet, a cushion sheet attached to one surface of the base sheet, and a file sheet attached to the cushion sheet, the file sheet practically functioning as a nail file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: F Skorea Ind., Inc.
    Inventor: Jae Kwang Hwang
  • Publication number: 20030201202
    Abstract: A weather and wear resistant rubber ID unit for a tire with a selected pattern on the ID unit is made by scanning a outer layer of the rubber unit with a laser beam from a high powered CO2 laser operated at a less than full power output, to ablate the outer layer in the form of the selected pattern to expose an inner layer of the unit which has a contrasting color. Loose and residue particles are removing using a vacuum and a cleaning fluid contain alcohol and a surface active agent such as soap. The fluid is rinsed away and the unit is dried for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: TRACKING SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Bielicki, Mark Stephen Bielicki
  • Patent number: 6631804
    Abstract: A displayable lighter package includes a display stand including a circular upper deck having an upper receiving cavity, a circular lower deck having a lower receiving cavity, and a central supporting shaft detachably supported between the upper deck and the lower deck in a rotatably movable manner. A lighter holder arrangement for securely holding at least a lighter on the display stand includes an upper holder and a lower holder fittedly disposed in the upper and lower receiving cavities respectively, wherein a plurality of upper holding slots are radially formed on the upper and lower holders respectively and adapted for securely supporting bottom portions of lighters on the upper and lower holders respectively. A stand base is detachably mounted underneath said lower deck for enabling said display stand in a rotatably movable manner. A cover is detachably sheltered the display stand for protecting the lighters mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Zreative Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Tommy Wong
  • Patent number: 6629606
    Abstract: A pack for tablet-like objects, such as hygroscopic laundry/dishwasher detergent tablets, for example, includes a dual packing configuration of a closed outer pack containing a plurality of individual film bags, with each of the individual film bags being closed at opposing ends by a transverse seam, and along their lengths by a longitudinal seam. Each of the individual film bags enclose at least one tablet. The individual film bags are inserted into the outer pack with the longitudinal seams of the film bags aligned parallel to one another, and with the sidewalls of the outer pack parallel to the longitudinal seams of the film bags. The longitudinal seams of the film bags are reinforced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Henkel Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien
    Inventors: Wolfgang Barthel, Werner Kuenzel
  • Publication number: 20030159964
    Abstract: A shipping system for packing and transporting products, such as case ready food items, in which the products require a certain amount of separation between layers. The shipping system comprises a shipping unit, formed by at least one substantially open-topped tray, preferably two or more, that are stacked atop one another, with a cover placed atop the uppermost tray, and held together by banding or strapping. Preferably, the tray(s) and cover are fabricated from corrugated paperboard material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventors: Michael B. McLeod, Karl M. Ritter
  • Patent number: 6601706
    Abstract: A package including absorbent articles and recloseable packaging. The packaging includes a flexible pocket having a hollow interior for said absorbent articles and an opening extending into the hollow interior for permitting an article to be withdrawn from the hollow interior. The packaging also includes a flap having a proximal end attached to the pocket and a distal end opposite the proximal end. The flap may be moved between an open position to permit an article to be withdrawn through the opening and a closed position to retain the articles in the pocket. The flap has a proximal width at the proximal end and a distal width at the distal end shorter than the proximal width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. McManus, Ann M. Nichols, Paul M. Simons
  • Publication number: 20030136698
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a medicinal product package which is suitable for microbe eradication therapy and with which the patient's compliance is increased and thus the result of therapy is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventor: Andreas Klatt
  • Patent number: 6588594
    Abstract: A container package assembly which comprises a first support member and a second support member, a plurality of containers, a top pad, and a membrane. The first support member having a first side, the second support member having a second side. The first support member and the second support member being arranged along a common plane wherein the first edge is immediately adjacent to the second edge. Each of the support members constructed and arranged to receive a predetermined number of containers thereon. A top pad positioned on top of the containers, the top pad dimensioned to extend over at least a portion of each of the support members. The support members, the predetermined number of containers and the top pad comprising an assembly, the assembly at least partially encapsulated by the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale C. Andersen, Peter Nelson Fox, Bradford E. Schulz
  • Publication number: 20030080020
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved product holding and dispensing package and an improved method for manufacturing, holding and storing products, especially consumable products. In an embodiment, a package for a consumable product is provided. The package includes a housing. A sheet is disposed inside the housing. A number of consumable products releaseably attach or adhere to the sheet. The products are configured within the housing so that a consumer can grasp and remove at least one of the consumable products from the sheet and the housing. In an embodiment, the sheet is attached to the housing and the products adhere to the sheet via a heat activated adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventor: Stanley J. Kopecky
  • Patent number: 6554135
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inner container configured for shipping, storing, and displaying products. The container comprises upper and lower portions linked by a discontinuous line of weakness, wherein the upper portions collectively form a container top section that can be easily and cleanly removed and disposed of, while the lower portions collectively form a container bottom section that is retained for displaying contained products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Luceri, Jeffery S. Majetich
  • Patent number: 6544640
    Abstract: A method of applying repositionable pressure-sensitive adhesive sheets to moving articles includes aligning a plurality of articles for sequential movement through a sheet application station. Each article has at least two different sheet landing areas defined on a common surface thereof A repositionable pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet from a first applicator is applied at the sheet application station onto a first landing area of every other article as it passes the sheet application station. A repositionable pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet from a second applicator is applied onto a second different landing area on all of the remaining articles as they pass through the sheet application station. The resultant stack of articles formed in this way does not have all of the note sheets aligned vertically in the stack, thus reducing the overall height of the stack by dispersing horizontally the added thicknesses of the note sheets on the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Alden R. Miles, Timothy A. Mertens
  • Publication number: 20030038052
    Abstract: The present invention is a combination metal cage supporting a cargo to be shipped within the metal cage. The metal cage provides a pallet platform and integral thereto, plural walls extending upwardly from the pallet platform. These walls define an open top of the metal cage. One of the plural walls is hingably mounted as a door. The cargo is comprised of a plurality of individual cartons, each of which has a length to width ratio of at least 10, i.e., the length of the carton is at least ten times the magnitude of the width of the carton. Preferably, the cartons are identical and are positioned in a vertical attitude within the metal cage in an adjacent, side-by-side manner. Preferably, one end of each of the cartons rests on the pallet platform while the opposing end of each of the cartons extends above the open top of the metal cage. The cage employs a loading rod for packing the cargo as it is loaded and a tilt mechanism to position the cage for gravity assist in loading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventor: Richard D.W. Hahn
  • Publication number: 20030029768
    Abstract: A displayable lighter package includes a display stand including a circular upper deck having an upper receiving cavity, a circular lower deck having a lower receiving cavity, and a central supporting shaft detachably supported between the upper deck and the lower deck in a rotatably movable manner. A lighter holder arrangement for securely holding at least a lighter on the display stand includes an upper holder and a lower holder fittedly disposed in the upper and lower receiving cavities respectively, wherein a plurality of upper holding slots are radially formed on the upper and lower holders respectively and adapted for securely supporting bottom portions of lighters on the upper and lower holders respectively. A stand base is detachably mounted underneath said lower deck for enabling said display stand in a rotatably movable manner. A cover is detachably sheltered the display stand for protecting the lighters mounted thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventor: Tommy Wong
  • Publication number: 20030024848
    Abstract: In two parallel side walls of this packaging or in panels (6) connected to these walls (5) and folded flat against them on the inside, there are tabs (8) hinged to these walls or panels by fold lines parallel to the base part (3), these tabs (8) thus being able to be folded out at right angles to these walls or panels to form separators between the packaged items (10) or to be engaged in these items, in order to hold them in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Applicant: Smurfit Socar
    Inventor: Jacky Van Oycke
  • Publication number: 20030019768
    Abstract: Multipack for a group of cigarette packs (10) which are arranged in two rows and are enclosed by a multipack blank (11) made of thin cardboard. The multipack blank (11) is designed and folded such that a top side (12) is free and it is possible to see the cigarette packs (10) positioned there. The pack unit is enclosed by an outer wrapper (22) made of transparent or see-through film with a tear-open strip (23).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventor: Heinz Focke
  • Publication number: 20030010667
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for furnishing material (12) at work sites is proposed. The apparatus (10) has a material holder (12) and a removal place (16). The material holder (12) and the removal place (16) are divided into a plurality of segments (22, 24, 54, 56) for the separate storage and furnishing of different materials. A separating wall (34, 58) extends in the longitudinal direction of the apparatus (10) for this purpose. In this fashion it is possible to furnish different parts in particular that must be installed together anyway, such as screws and nuts, in one single apparatus (10), by way of which the furnishing expense is lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: Torsten Buenning
  • Patent number: 6499601
    Abstract: In a system for suspending, in a single operation, a plurality of product packages on a peg, each product package includes an upwardly extending mounting portion defining a shaped slot adapted to slidably receive the peg. The slot defines a peripheral edge for engaging the peg and suspending the product package therefrom. The system also includes a band of polymeric material that engages and at least partially surrounds the plurality of product packages, binding them together such that each shaped slot is approximately aligned with the next successive slot to allow said peg to be slidably threaded through each of the mounting portions. The band of polymeric material also includes a release portion, along which the band may be torn, thereby separating the band from the product packages to provide access to individual packages suspended from the peg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Brian W. Foster, Anthony Marciano
  • Publication number: 20020185402
    Abstract: A tubular container for vacuum packaging products is provided according to the present invention that includes an overcap secured to at least one of the opposed ends of a tubular container that defines a bias member for biasing a membrane-type flexible lid inwardly towards products contained within the tubular container before a vacuum is applied. The flexible lid is maintained in a biased shape until the bias member is removed. As such, the flexible lid is sufficiently restrained during the vacuum packaging process, thus preventing the breakage of products located adjacent the flexible lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Floyd H. Boatwright, Richard M. Lowman, Alan D. Williams
  • Publication number: 20020175106
    Abstract: A packing box includes a first member which receives items in such a manner that the items are exposed at the upper half thereof, and which is provided with first and second through holes at a predetermined side at positions close to each other, and a second member which covers the upper side of the first member, and which is provided with a cut portion at a position corresponding to the first and second through holes, the cut portion being insertable into the first and second through holes. The first and second members can be locked to each other by inserting the cut portion into the first and second through holes. When the second member is separated from the first member, the items stored in the first member are exposed at the upper half thereof, so that the items can be displayed without taking them out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventor: Eiko Nemoto
  • Publication number: 20020175095
    Abstract: A rigid parallelepiped-shaped carton (1) for packets (3) of cigarettes is disclosed. The carton has a cup-shaped bottom container (8) and a substantially cup-shaped top lid (9) connected to the bottom container (8) along at least one preweakened tear line (10) running along two parallel, facing vertical lateral walls (11, 12), and along a vertical front wall (13), so as to divide each vertical wall (11, 12, 13) into a respective bottom portion (11a, 12a, 13a) forming part of the container (8), and a respective remaining top portion (11b, 12b, 13b) forming part of the lid (9); each packet (3) of cigarettes being housed inside the carton (1) with a major lateral wall (5) of the packet parallel to the front wall (13); and the pre-weakened tear line (10) being located at a first height (H1) along the vertical lateral walls (11, 12) and dropping to a second height (H2), lower than the first height (H1), along the vertical front wall (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: Silvano Boriani, Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Publication number: 20020148752
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary container with separable nail files, which comprises an upper plate, a lower plate, a file plate rotatably interposed between the upper plate and the lower plate, and a rotary hub inserted through the upper plate, the file plate, and the lower plate. The upper plate has a separation opening extending radially outward from a center of the upper plate. The file plate includes a plurality of file pieces partitioned by a plurality of cutting lines, and each of the cutting lines extends radially outward from a center of the file plate. Each of the file pieces has such a dimension as to be completely exposed through the separation opening, so that each of the file pieces can be pulled up and separated from the file plate through the separation opening. The file plate comprises a base sheet, a cushion sheet attached to one surface of the base sheet, and a file sheet attached to the cushion sheet, the file sheet practically functioning as a nail file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Jae Kwang Hwang
  • Publication number: 20020139707
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an earplug dispenser. The dispenser comprises a container for keeping earplugs, said container being provided with means for dispensing earplugs from the container. The dispenser has substantially the general shape of an earplug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventor: Jorgen Hakansson
  • Publication number: 20020117409
    Abstract: An outer package is provided for strapping together at least two different articles. The package is a unitary cellulosic board forming primary and secondary hollow cavities of unequal volume, the primary cavity having opposite openings on first and second ends, the secondary hollow cavity having opposite left and right ends each coverable by a closure wall when folded into a closed position. A pair of article anchoring apertures are formed in the floor wall to secure any article held within the primary cavity. A blank is also described which when assembled through adhesive securement of head and tail terminal panels forms the outer package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Applicant: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA Division of Conopco., Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Scott Okin, Josephine Telesca, Raymond Michael Flaig
  • Publication number: 20020117416
    Abstract: A pack for concentrates of a plurality of photographic processing chemicals comprising a carton of standard height, width and depth, in which at least two chemicals bottles are disposed alongside one another, with their outlet openings situated at the same height (viewed from the carton base) and a predetermined distance apart from one another, wherein one carton side comprises features which permit a smooth mounting onto a specially provided surface of the processing unit and docking to the processing unit in one way only, allows almost automatic replenishing of the photographic processing solutions in the processing unit in combination with easiest handling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventors: Hans-Dieter Danner, Detlef Ehrenberg, Wilfried Hehn, Stefan Huber, Ralf Wichmann, Bernd Zeier
  • Publication number: 20020112984
    Abstract: A method, container and kit for a two-component polymeric material, such as an epoxy coating includes filling a first pouch with a polymeric precursor material. A second pouch is filled with a curing agent. The first and second pouches are sealed. The first and second pouches are inserted into a mixing container and the mixing container is sealed. The first pouch can be filled with a first amount of polymeric precursor material. The second pouch can be filled with a second amount of curing agent with the first and second amounts totaling a first volume. The mixing container can have a second volume, with the first volume being greater than about half the second volume. The contents of the pouches can be transferred to the mixing container and mixed therein to react the components and dispense the resulting material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventors: Daniel E. Moran, Mark G. Moran
  • Publication number: 20020108881
    Abstract: A plurality of card-mounted articles may be placed on a merchandising display peg by having a hollow mounting rod passed through an opening in each of the cards, so that the plurality of cards can be lifted and moved simultaneously. An end of the hollow mounting tube is placed over the outer end of the peg, and the card mounted articles are slid off the tube onto the peg. Typically, the cards are mounted on a tube in the package in which they are shipped and stored, or the tube can be put into place at the retail store. The container may have a fold down portion at its end to facilitate placing the hollow mounting rod into the openings in the cards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Kumud Shah
  • Patent number: 6427842
    Abstract: A packaging assembly, and method of packaging a plurality of products, for economically and safely shipping and displaying the plurality of products. The packaging assembly includes a display stand, a plurality of display packs holding the plurality of products, and a shipping cover. The display stand is constructed from a single sheet of cardboard, and includes a rectangular base panel, a front panel having a gap for viewing, and two parallel side panels with slots that correspond between the side panels. A cross-brace extends between the side panels. Each display pack is an approximately planar assembly formed from front and rear portions of transparent, vacuum-molded plastic. The front and rear portions are each configured with a flange and a frame. The display pack includes a product chamber configured to hold the product, and further contains a product display card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Diversified Repackaging Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrie Green
  • Patent number: 6419090
    Abstract: Tray packs (12) are packs made of cardboard or the like which are open at the top and have side walls, namely longitudinal walls (13, 14) and transverse walls (15, 16), of a low height. In order to improve the dimensional stability of the tray pack (12), upright corner supports 925, 26) which are angled in cross section are provided in the region of corners, the height of said corner supports corresponding approximately to the height of the individual packs or articles. A base wall (17) comprises base tabs, namely transverse tabs (18, 19) and longitudinal tabs (20, 21), which correspond, in shape and size, to recesses (29, 30) which are formed above the side walls (13 . . . 16) in conjunction with the corner supports (25, 26). This means that blanks for the tray pack (12) can be produced in a largely waste-free manner from a continuous material web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Hugo Mutschall
  • Publication number: 20020088736
    Abstract: A positioning structure enabling blister-on-card packages to stand vertically in a packing box to facilitate display of commodities in the packages is provided. The positioning structure includes a pair of positioning plates symmetrically attached to two opposite inner wall surfaces of the packing box. Each of the positioning plates is provided at one side with two horizontal rows of equally spaced projections, such that a vertical straight insertion space is formed between any two adjacent pairs of projections in the two rows. Blister-on-card packages are positioned in the packing box with two lateral edges of the cards forming a back of the packages received in two insertion spaces symmetrically provided on the two positioning plates, allowing the blister-on-card packages to stably and upright stand in the packing box for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventor: Samson Liu
  • Publication number: 20020084205
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for packaging combinations of complementary items are disclosed. A combined package according to the invention includes a first container containing a first item and a second container containing a second item that complements the first item. A packaging material at least partially surrounds both the first and second containers, thus holding the first and second containers in mutual abutment. The containers can be shaped and positioned relative to one another such that the combined package has an overall shape that is generally rectanguloidal and suitable for palletization. Apparatus and methods for manufacturing such combined packages are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventor: Forrest Kelly Clay
  • Publication number: 20020066691
    Abstract: A blister card provides for combined morning, afternoon, and bedtime doses of two tablets or capsules, respectively, of a muscle relaxant drug such as cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride, and an NSAID such as etodolac. The number of blister cards required for a given number of days of therapy are packaged together in a carton for the convenience of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventor: Steven C. Varon
  • Publication number: 20020063079
    Abstract: A reclosable package for storing elongated items, such as one or more sticks of chewing gum, includes a container having an opening for accessing an interior region of the container. The container has sidewalls that surround the interior region of the container and that extend from the opening toward a bottom wall of the container. The reclosable package also has one or more dividers disposed in the interior region of the container and extending between the container opening and the bottom wall. The one or more dividers define elongated slots adapted for receiving the elongated items in an upright orientation. A cap is hingedly connected to one of the sidewalls of the container. The cap is movable between a closed position in which the cap covers the elongated items stored in the container and an open position wherein the elongated items are accessible through the opening of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Inventor: Jeffrey Loth
  • Publication number: 20020056661
    Abstract: Combined packages including a plurality of complementary containers are disclosed. A first such container is a first generally rectanguloidal container that contains a first item and a second such container is a second generally rectanguloidal container that contains a second item that is different from and complementary to the first item. A packaging material at least partially surrounds each of the containers, thus holding the container in mutual abutment. A combined package can also include an adhesive between the containers that holds a face of the first container and a face of the second container in mutual abutment. To facilitate palletizing the combined packages, the overall shape of the combined package can be generally rectanguloidal. The first container can have a plurality of faces, each of which is generally coplanar with a respective face of the second container. Apparatus and methods for manufacturing such combined packages are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Applicant: SDK Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Forrest Kelly Clay
  • Patent number: 6386366
    Abstract: A shipping and display container includes a tray and a cover. The tray includes a bottom panel, a back panel extending upward from the bottom panel, and a front panel also extending upward from the bottom panel. The back panel extends upward beyond the front panel and a pair of bottom side flaps each extending upward from opposite sides of the bottom panel. The cover includes a top panel and a front panel extending downward from the top panel. The cover is positionable over the tray to establish a first configuration facilitating shipping and storage of the container and is removable from the tray to establish a second configuration facilitating support and upright display of a packaged product positioned on the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Davide R Friedman
  • Publication number: 20020017477
    Abstract: A shipping and display assembly includes a display tray and a box. The display tray includes a first pair of opposed side panels, each panel of which includes outer substantially vertical panels, a first substantially horizontal panel, joining the outer vertical panels, and having an exterior surface, holding slots for holding displayed items, and securing slots. The box includes securing tabs that mate with the securing slots. The exterior surface of the first substantially horizontal panel is an enclosing surface of the shipping and display assembly when the tabs and the securing slots are mated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Jamil Azam, Suzanne L. Morris, Satomi Moriya, Takayuki Yagi, Eiko Memoto
  • Patent number: 6338410
    Abstract: A transparent frame carton enclosure for retaining a carton of cigarette packages in side-by-side relationship is disclosed. The transparent frame carton enclosure allows the packages to be clearly evident and visible. The transparent frame carton enclosure has an upper frame portion which extends around the upper periphery of the plurality of packages and a lower frame portion which also extends along the lower periphery of the plurality of packages. The transparent frame carton enclosure also has an interconnection mechanism so that a number of the combined packages may be releasably interconnected with each other for stacking and interlocking. Further, the transparent frame carton enclosure may not extend along the top surface or bottom surface of the combined package unit so that they may readily be accessible for placement of additional material thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
    Inventor: Neil A. Wasmund
  • Publication number: 20010022276
    Abstract: A packaging box having a bottom. A supporting insert resting on the bottom of the packaging box. The supporting insert includes a ridge support, a partition panel, and a tab panel. The ridge support includes two support panels. Each support panel has a first side resting against the bottom of the packaging box, and a second side, opposite the first side, joined along a ridge line substantially above the bottom of the packaging box. The partition panel is substantially perpendicular to the bottom of the packaging box. The partition panel has a third side joined to the first side of one of the support panels. The tab panel is at a substantial angle to the partition panel. The tab panel has a first end joined to the partition panel along a line parallel to the ridge line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Publication date: September 20, 2001
    Inventors: Mark L. Freiborg, Bennie Freiborg
  • Patent number: 6209724
    Abstract: A dispenser for compressible fiberglass nonwoven pads including a bag into which a stack of fiberglass pads is placed. A significant portion of the air within the bag is removed, compressing the stack of filter pads to reduce space. At least two flanges are formed on two adjoining edges of the bag. The flanges can be cut along a portion of their length to form an aperture through which the filter pads can be removed, while retaining the filter pads until deliberate removal by hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Superior Fibers, Inc.
    Inventor: William D. Miller
  • Patent number: 6196387
    Abstract: A single-piece cardboard sheet into which slots and tabs are strategically cut to permit its folding into a carton for packaging a pair of western spurs. The unfolded carton is substantially symmetrical with respect to both its major and minor axes and comprises a bottom section from which two pairs of largely equal structural segments (a front and a back section) project outwards along the longitudinal axis. A cut at the boundary between the bottom section and each of these structural segments defines an extension sufficiently large to support the tips of the sides of the two spurs. The front section of the cardboard carton contains a cut that defines a substantially rectangular tab and a corresponding opening suitable for passing the sides of two spurs therethrough. The top of the front section also contains a hanging slot suitable for receiving the hook of a display rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Eastwest International (Taiwan) Enterprises
    Inventor: Chang Hsi-Chang
  • Patent number: 6152305
    Abstract: A packaging assembly, and method of packaging a plurality of products, for economically and safely shipping and displaying a plurality of products. The packaging assembly includes a display stand, a plurality of display packs holding the plurality of products. Display stands with display packs can be stacked on a pallet. The display stand includes two parallel side panels having a plurality of slots. Each display pack is made of transparent, vacuum-molded plastic, having front and rear portions, flanges, and a product chamber configured to hold the products. The corresponding pairs of slots are configured to receive the display pack flanges to support and display the products in the product chamber. The front and rear portions also include frames configured to adjoin with the frames of adjacent display packs to provide structural support to each succeeding display pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: U.S. Optical Merchants, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrie Green
  • Patent number: 6135289
    Abstract: A shipping container and display case for storing, transporting and displaying a plurality of pre-assembled packages of small items. The shipping container includes a top carton and a bottom carton integrally formed and connected along a score line around the container, in such a manner that the container can be broken into the top and bottom cartons along the score line. An upper insert is inserted in the top carton and a lower insert is inserted in the bottom carton respectively. The upper and lower inserts each has a plurality of slots configured for respective insertion of the plurality of pre-assembled packages. The shipping container can be used for storing and transporting the plurality of pre-assembled packages, and the top carton can be removed by breaking the container along the score line and the upper insert can further be removed to convert the container into a display case with the lower insert left in the bottom carton and the plurality of pre-assembled packages exposed for retail display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Master Fasteners Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher T. Miller
  • Patent number: 6129211
    Abstract: A rectangular folding box comprises at least four side walls (1 to 4 inclusive), which are connected to one another by fold lines, and a bottom wall (5 to 8 inclusive) comprising flaps. In order to provide the folding box with a display function, one of the side walls (1) has in the center a tear line (14) which runs perpendicular to the bottom wall (5 to 8 inclusive). Furthermore, the bottom wall has in the center a tear line (16, 17) which adjoins the tear line (14) of the said side wall (1). The side wall (3) which is situated opposite the side wall (1) provided with a tear line (14) can be folded along a line (15) which adjoins the tear line (16, 17) of the bottom wall and runs parallel to the tear line (14) of the first side wall (1) mentioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventors: Bouwe Prakken, Martin Prakken