With Surround Or Flowable Or Particulate-like Material; E.g., "pop Corn" Patents (Class 206/584)
  • Patent number: 10332060
    Abstract: Various systems, methods, and programs embodied in computer-readable mediums are provided for determining sizes of packaging in a packaging suite and generating the new packaging. The packaging may be used, for example, in the shipping of items. Data may be received that describes bounding boxes corresponding to collections of items shipped to customers. The sizes of the packaging in the packaging suite may be determined based at least in part upon the data that describes the bounding boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Tian, Mackenzie Smith, Devesh Mishra
  • Patent number: 9840347
    Abstract: In response to a request to package item(s), embodiments determine characteristic data for the item(s), which include an indication of a volume of each item. Container(s) for packaging the item(s) is determined based at least on the volume of each item. An arrangement of the item(s) in the container(s) is determined. One or more protective structures including one or more features are configured to position the item(s) in the container(s) according to the arrangement. Relative positions are determined for a plurality of modular elements to form the one or more protective structures. Subsets of the plurality of modular elements are deposited to corresponding relative positions to form at least one of the protective structures. The item(s) are packaged in the container(s) with the one or more protective structures to position the item(s) in the container(s) in the arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLX
    Inventors: Jeff Linnell, Matthew Bitterman
  • Patent number: 9669985
    Abstract: The disclosure describes various stackable corner protector configurations. The corner protectors can have curved lateral surfaces that allow the corner protectors to be decoupled from a photovoltaic module to which they are coupled to by rotating one end of the corner protectors away from the object. This removal process works even more efficiently with multiple stacked corner protectors as the stacked corner protectors can be concurrently removed from the object by rotating the stacked corner protectors away from the object together. The corner protector can also include one or more attachment features for securing the corner protector to the object. For example, when the corner protector is installed on a photovoltaic module, the attachment feature can engage a lip defined by a recess or channel of the photovoltaic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Tyrus Hudson, Kyle Tripp, William Buchanan
  • Patent number: 9669596
    Abstract: A dunnage conversion machine (36) converts a sheet stock material into a dunnage product that is relatively thicker and less dense than the stock material, but is relatively thin and sufficiently flexible to function as a protective wrap. The conversion machine includes a feed mechanism (40) that advances a sheet stock material therethrough and a connecting mechanism (42) downstream of the feed mechanism. The connecting mechanism retards the passage of the sheet stock material therethrough by feeding the stock material therethrough at a slower rate than the feed mechanism feeds the stock material to the connecting mechanism. This causes the stock material to randomly crumple in a longitudinal space between the feed mechanism and the connecting mechanism. The connecting mechanism connects multiple overlapping layers of sheet stock material together as they pass therethrough, including connecting at least one crumpled sheet to one side of one other sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Robert C. Cheich, David V. Murphy, Steven M. Toneff, Maurice Jozef Paulus Anthonius Savelberg, Raymond Paulus Hubertus Nollé, Pedro Erik Willem Winkens
  • Patent number: 9352892
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for forming a flex-column includes a three-sided column having a triangular cross-sectional shape, an open first end, an open second end, and three corners, each one of the three sides including a flex line dividing each of the three sides into two portions, at least one perforation along an edge of each one of the two portions wherein the edge of each one of the two portions coincides with one of the three corners and at least one non-perforation along an edge of each one of the two portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Cal Poly Corporation
    Inventors: Jay Singh, Evan Cernokus
  • Patent number: 9212549
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a method of storing or transporting a sample comprises: inserting a sample container into a holding device, wherein the sample container contains the sample, wherein the sample container does not meet United States transportation regulations, wherein the holding device meets or exceeds United States transportation regulations, and wherein the holding device comprises a chamber and an opening; and storing or transporting the holding device. According to another embodiment, a holding device for containing a container comprises: a chamber; and an opening, wherein the holding device meets or exceeds United States transportation regulations, wherein the container contains a sample, and wherein United States regulations require the sample to be stored or transported according to the United States transportation regulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Cyrus A. Irani, Scott L. Miller
  • Patent number: 9080088
    Abstract: Granular crystals with one or more chains of particles are described. A geometry of at least one particle is chosen to provide highly nonlinear pulses having selected characteristics. Contact interactions between the particles are non-Hertzian.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Chiara Daraio
  • Publication number: 20140231294
    Abstract: Decorative grass and/or packaging materials formed from renewable and/or biodegradable polymer materials, along with methods or production and use thereof, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of the Family
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8763811
    Abstract: An improved shock absorbing insulated shipping container including an external corrugated cardboard box, receiving a product box therein. Peripheral spaced, and upper and lower spaced between the external box and the product box receive insulating pellets, which are maintained under a compressive force in order to interlock these insulating pellets and prevent their migration during transit of the shipping container. By preventing migration of the insulating pellets, the formation of a void (or voids) in the insulation of the container is prevented, and the formation of a hot spot (or hot spots) within the container which could degrade or damage the product in transit is prevented. A most preferred embodiment utilized insulating pellets made of puffed vegetable starch, so that substantially the entire container can be recycled, is biodegradable, or can be composted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Lantz
  • Patent number: 8672584
    Abstract: Polystyrene drainage beads having optimized shapes to provide increased specific gravity and void volume at a given bulk density. Expanded forms of such drainage beads may be used as a geosynthetic aggregate in pre-assembled drainage units. Such pre-assembled drainage units may be used as foundation drains, septic drainage fields, or for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: RAPAC
    Inventors: Dennis Wayne Koerner, Carl David Ring, Jonathan Browning Jackson
  • Patent number: 8617706
    Abstract: First pellets according to the present invention is characterized by satisfying all of the following requirements (Z), (1), (2), and (3): (Z) the pellet comprises a polymer (A) having an elastic modulus in tension of 100 MPa or less, (1) the pellets have an average weight per 30 pellets in the range of 0.80 to 2.00 g; (2) the pellets have a particle size distribution obtained by sieving in which pellets providing a maximum weight fraction account for 90 to 100% of the pellets; and (3) the pellets have a Lave/Dave value in the range of 1.00 to 1.70. Second pellets according to the present invention is characterized by satisfying the requirements of the (Z) and the following (4): (4) the pellets have a blocking force of 35 N or less that is measured after the pellets are left under a load at 35° C. for 24 hours and further at ?10° C. for 7 days.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Kan Komiya, Tetsuya Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8501302
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention comprise an off-set gear assembly for use in producing cushioning material and methods for using the same. Each gear of the off-set gear assembly has at least two sections. Each section includes a set of gear teeth. The gear teeth of the two sections can be rotationally off-set and this can result in the production of cushioning material with staggered ridges. Some embodiments of the present invention also comprising cushioning material with staggered ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Nuevopak International Limited
    Inventors: Shek-wah Hau, Chak-sang Simon Chan
  • Patent number: 8348822
    Abstract: A packing structure, which consists of pliant border having a length, and strips of pliant material attached to the border along the length thereof. The border is attached to itself at a plurality of spaced-apart points forming a lattice, which constitutes a supporting base for the strips of pliant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Michele MacCollum Govig
  • Publication number: 20120279896
    Abstract: An improved shock absorbing insulated shipping container including an external corrugated cardboard box, receiving a product box therein. Peripheral spaced, and upper and lower spaced between the external box and the product box receive insulating pellets, which are maintained under a compressive force in order to interlock these insulating pellets and prevent their migration during transit of the shipping container. By preventing migration of the insulating pellets, the formation of a void (or voids) in the insulation of the container is prevented, and the formation of a hot spot (or hot spots) within the container which could degrade or damage the product in transit is prevented. A most preferred embodiment utilized insulating pellets made of puffed vegetable starch, so that substantially the entire container can be recycled, is biodegradable, or can be composted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Gary Lantz
  • Publication number: 20120241346
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging which performs a passive flight motion, in particular a gliding and/or autorotation motion, during free fall. The invention is characterized in that the packaging has at least one wing (2), in particular at least one gliding wing and/or one rotor blade (2), and at least one accommodating space (1) for an object (3) to be packaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Florian Wiest
  • Patent number: 8123666
    Abstract: A packing structure, which consists of pliant border having a length, and strips of pliant material attached to the border along the length thereof. The border is attached to itself at a plurality of spaced-apart points forming a lattice, which constitutes a supporting base for the strips of pliant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Michele MacCollum Govig
  • Publication number: 20110272324
    Abstract: A decorative shredded material having a complete pattern contained on each strip or piece of the decorative shredded material is disclosed, as well as methods for making decorative shredded material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Sonny K. Burnside
  • Publication number: 20110266191
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air-filled packaging product, and more particularly to an air-filled packaging product designed to facilitate air injection and to secure air-tightness once air is injected. To this end, there is provided an air-filled packaging product comprising: an air cell for providing a shock-absorbing effect against any external pressure; an air-injection passage via which outside air is injected; a communication passage for connecting between the air-injection passage and the air cell; and a sealing means for preventing a reserve flow of the filled air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Hee Bong Im, Gye Sool Oh
  • Patent number: 8011511
    Abstract: A packing material is made of a thin plastic bag with compressible beads inside, and with the pressure inside the bag being sufficiently less than the ambient pressure outside the bag to keep the beads in a non-free-flowing state, the packing material being generally flat, with a generally constant cross-sectional thickness and having at least one trough of lesser cross-sectional thickness to serve as a bend line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Simpak International LLC
    Inventors: Max D. Oyler, William Kennet Oyler, III, Michael J. Lyons, Ron Smith, Charles W. Woods, II
  • Publication number: 20110139668
    Abstract: The invention relates to protective devices for use in packaging and seeks to improve on known padded packaging and those employing deformable members such as plastics beads. The object of the invention is to provide packaging employing deformable members that can be manufactured employing conventional machinery. The object is met by a construction comprising a number of cushions of non-porous plastics material containing resiliently deformable members and connected together to enable an item to be protected to be embraced between the cushions, the connection between the cushions allowing movement of air between the cushions, and a valve in the outer face of one of the cushions, to enable air to be extracted from the cushions when an item is embraced between them and cause the resiliently deformable members to form into a rigid state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher Michael Baker
  • Publication number: 20110100868
    Abstract: An improved shock absorbing insulated shipping container including an external corrugated cardboard box, receiving a product box therein. Peripheral spaced, and upper and lower spaced between the external box and the product box receive insulating pellets, which are maintained under a compressive force in order to interlock these insulating pellets and prevent their migration during transit of the shipping container. By preventing migration of the insulating pellets, the formation of a void (or voids) in the insulation of the container is prevented, and the formation of a hot spot (or hot spots) within the container which could degrade or damage the product in transit is prevented. A most preferred embodiment utilized insulating pellets made of puffed vegetable starch, so that substantially the entire container can be recycled, is biodegradable, or can be composted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Gary Lantz
  • Publication number: 20100326879
    Abstract: A decorative shredded material having a complete pattern contained on each strip or piece of the decorative shredded material. Methods for making decorative shredded material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Sonny K. Burnside
  • Patent number: 7846518
    Abstract: A liquid-absorbing, impact-absorbing packaging container for protecting packaged items such as bottled liquids, while providing absorbency in the event of a liquid spill. The container material is created from a mixture of an inorganic liquid-absorbing agent such as vermiculite, and a cellulosic material such as paper pulp, which mixture is then formed into a container material, for packaging an article such as a glass bottle. The containers and container materials of this invention are substantially free of dust and/or loose particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Hans-Ulrich Hahn
  • Publication number: 20100108563
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a plurality of flexible strips of material integrally interconnected to one another along one end thereof so as to form a unitary mass and so that the strips of material are intertwineable with one another to form a resilient tuft. The strips of material interconnected via a border have a bonding material disposed thereon for bondingly connecting the packaging material to a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 7669727
    Abstract: The present invention provides a support system (6) for biobags (2) or disposable manufacturing components that uses one or more channels (20) filled with one or more types and/or sizes of media (13). The media (13) is fluid at atmospheric pressure but becomes rigid when under less than atmospheric conditions. The channels (20) conform to one or more edges and/or surfaces of the support and preferably one or more transverse ribs (26) connect them together. A vacuum is applied to the media (13) in the channels removing the air, compacting the media together and rendering the media in the channel(s) rigid and self-supporting. Supports can be designed as part of the disposable biobag (2) or as a separate item which surrounds at least a portion of the biobag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Millipore Corporation
    Inventor: John Dana Hubbard
  • Publication number: 20090321300
    Abstract: First pellets according to the present invention is characterized by satisfying all of the following requirements (Z), (1), (2), and (3): (Z) the pellet comprises a polymer (A) having an elastic modulus in tension of 100 MPa or less, (1) the pellets have an average weight per 30 pellets in the range of 0.80 to 2.00 g; (2) the pellets have a particle size distribution obtained by sieving in which pellets providing a maximum weight fraction account for 90 to 100% of the pellets; and (3) the pellets have a Lave/Dave value in the range of 1.00 to 1.70. Second pellets according to the present invention is characterized by satisfying the requirements of the (Z) and the following (4): (4) the pellets have a blocking force of 35 N or less that is measured after the pellets are left under a load at 35° C. for 24 hours and further at ?10° C. for 7 days.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Kan Komiya, Tetsuya Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20090199513
    Abstract: A packing material is made of a thin plastic bag with compressible beads inside, and with the pressure inside the bag being sufficiently less than the ambient pressure outside the bag to keep the beads in a non-free-flowing state, the packing material being generally flat, with a generally constant cross-sectional thickness and having at least one trough of lesser cross-sectional thickness to serve as a bend line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: Simpak International, LLC
    Inventors: Max D. Oyler, William Kennet Oyler, III, Michael J. Lyons, Ron Smith, Charles W. Woods, II
  • Patent number: 7565971
    Abstract: A package is provided, of specialty roofing materials, including a plurality of stacked shingles in the package, in nested relation, with the shingles being of variable thickness from one end to the other in one or more stacks, as packaged, to be of “V” configuration, and of various selected orientations, and forming a substantially hollow zone, with at least one insert structure to fill the hollow zone and provide support for the end shingle in the stack. The at least one insert structure may be constructed of various materials, such as folded cardboard, cellular foam or the like. Filler material may be provided in the package, for any voids between the stack of shingles and the upper end of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Jenkins, Anna Amatruda
  • Publication number: 20080289302
    Abstract: A packaging device is provided for an item of three-dimensional shape comprising a non-porous deformable outer wrap characterized in being deformable in three dimensions to at least partially surround the item of three-dimensional shape therein. The device includes a mass of loose fill elements disposed within the outer wrap and can occupy a first volume in a first storage state sufficient to permit the packaging device to be stored. The device further provides that the mass of elements disposed within the outer wrap can occupy a second volume in a second use state to shape about the item of three dimensional shape and to permit the elements to deform within the outer wrap to accommodate the three-dimensional shape of the item. The outer wrap and the elements disposed within the outer wrap are biodegradable. The elements are adapted to change from the first storage state of unpopped corn kernels to the second use state of popped popcorn kernels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: BRIAN VULPITTA
  • Patent number: 7364042
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a plurality of flexible strips of material integrally interconnected to one another along one end thereof so as to form a unitary mass and so that the strips of material are intertwineable with one another to form a resilient tuft. The strips of material interconnected via a border have a bonding material disposed thereon for bondingly connecting the packaging material to a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 7351466
    Abstract: A dunnage conversion machine is characterized by a forming assembly which causes lateral edge portions of a substantially continuous sheet stock material to crumple and to fold upon themselves, leaving an unfolded central portion between the laterally spaced apart folded portions. The layers of sheet stock material in the folded portions are fixed by a feeding/fixing assembly having two pairs of laterally spaced feed assemblies to form a dunnage product which does not come apart as it is manipulated. A severing assembly severs discrete dunnage products from the continuous strip of dunnage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: James A. Simmons, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7288196
    Abstract: An integrated system and method for removing excess nutrients from water, for removing the nutrients from the removal site, for enhancing soil, and for producing pulp and paper products includes bioremediating water to be treated with cultured algae or another suitable plant matter in an attached periphyton bed, harvesting the algae/plant matter to produce a wet algal biomass, and mixing the wet biomass with a shredded fibrous material to produce a pulp. The pulp can be molded into a biodegradable package that can be utilized as a delivery vehicle to a site having nutrient-enrichable soil, where the package can be used as a soil amendment after being used as a delivery vehicle. The pulp can also be made into a paper product that is biodegradable and has the characteristic of enhancing soil quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Science Applications International Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle R. Jensen, R. Glenn Brosch, Roxanne M. Jensen
  • Patent number: 6851454
    Abstract: The combination of a flexible pipe, e.g. plastic, and a reinforcing member mounted around the pipe to strengthen the pipe and to enhance its ability to resist deformation under load. In one embodiment the reinforcing member includes a flexible perforated plastic netting containing an aggregation of lightweight elements such as expanded polystyrene beads capable of wrapping around the pipe, preferably in helical fashion along the length of the pipe. In another embodiment, a number of members are mounted on the pipe in longitudinally extending fashion. In all embodiments, the beads provide drainage around the pipe when it is placed in a trench and obviate the need for gravel normally used in conventional systems. In another form of the invention, a drainage system is constructed by digging a trench, placing a reinforcing aggregate member in the corners at the bottom of the trench, and setting a large diameter cylindrical pipe in the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Ring Industrial Group, L.P.
    Inventor: Dennis W. Koerner
  • Patent number: 6835437
    Abstract: A series of interconnected packing chip precursors that can be formed and transported economically to a packager as a flat sheet and then expanded at the site where they will be used into individual packing chips by folding and separation from the other chips. Preferably, the precursors are formed on a chipboard sheet by forming fold lines and lines of separation and by adding securing means, such as bonding media or connecting features to secure the sides of the expanded packing chip in its final shape. The fold lines and lines of separation can be configured to form jagged or serrated edges on the expand-on-site packing chip, and the chip may also include apertures; the jagged and serrated edges and the apertures cooperating with each other and other aspects of adjacent chips to interlock the chips when they are placed around an item in a package for shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: FoldedPak LLC
    Inventors: John L. Goers, William H. Oliver
  • Publication number: 20040182741
    Abstract: A series of interconnected packing chip precursors that can be formed and transported economically to a packager as a flat sheet and then expanded at the site where they will be used into individual packing chips by folding and separation from the other chips. Preferably, the precursors are formed on a chipboard sheet by forming fold lines and lines of separation and by adding securing means, such as bonding media or connecting features to secure the sides of the expanded packing chip in its final shape. The fold lines and lines of separation can be configured to form jagged or serrated edges on the expand-on-site packing chip, and the chip may also include apertures; the jagged and serrated edges and the apertures cooperating with each other and other aspects of adjacent chips to interlock the chips when they are placed around an item in a package for shipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Applicant: Folded Pak LLC
    Inventors: John L. Goers, William H. Oliver
  • Publication number: 20040108243
    Abstract: A packaging material for cushioning an object packed in a container is disclosed herein. The packaging elements making up the packaging material may be made from sheets of paper, and be cup-shaped with a floor and thickened walls having irregular folds created by crushing the walls. Also disclosed herein is a method for manufacturing the packaging material that includes the steps of unrolling a paper roll, cutting the paper into paper sheets, pressing the cut paper sheets to form a cup, and crushing the walls of the cup towards the floor of the cup. A machine for implementing this method is also disclosed, and includes a mandrel for pressing the cut paper sheets, a sleeve for crushing the walls of the cup, and a stop block for holding the paper sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventor: Philippe Jeannin
  • Publication number: 20030209463
    Abstract: The packaging system comprises a first plurality of interlaced fingers disposed in the upper portion of a box, and a second plurality of interlaced fingers disposed in a lower portion. The fingers provide provide a soft support for a product placed between the fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventor: Michael W. Halpin
  • Publication number: 20030192806
    Abstract: A protective packaging system is disclosed, comprising a protective pouch open on one side. A closure tape is attached to the pouch's open side. The pouch also has an attachment block affixed to the outer surface. The attachment block has a layer of adhesive on its non-pouch-proximate face, and an cover panel covering the adhesive. A twist tie is also located on the bottom surface of pouch. The user pre-wraps a fragile object in the pouch, peels the cover panel from the attachment block, and then places the assembly into a box or other container where it adheres to the bottom of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventors: Tom Tho-Truong Luu, Ana Nicho Luu
  • Patent number: 6596352
    Abstract: A method for making decorative grass having a three-dimensional pattern which constitutes at least a portion of the decor of the decorative grass. Printed designs or materials and/or embossed materials can also constitute a portion of the decor of the decorative grass. The method includes slitting a material having a three-dimensional pattern on at least a portion of at least one surface thereof and then cutting the slit material into segments of a predetermined length to provide the decorative grass having a three-dimensional pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20030111382
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a plurality of flexible strips of material integrally interconnected to one another along one end thereof so as to form a unitary mass and so that the strips of material are intertwineable with one another to form a resilient tuft. The strips of material interconnected via a border have a bonding material disposed thereon for bondingly connecting the packaging material to a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 6561356
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a plurality of flexible strips of material integrally interconnected to one another along one end thereof so as to form a unitary mass and so that the strips of material are intertwineable with one another to form a resilient tuft. The strips of material interconnected via a border have a bonding material disposed thereon for bondingly connecting the packaging material to a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Southpac Trust Int'l., Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20030080022
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding objects associated with Easter. The apparatus includes an Easter basket having an interior surface and an exterior surface. A bonding material is applied to at least a portion of the interior surface of the container such that upon a quantity of Easter grass being disposed in the Easter basket, the quantity of Easter grass is bondingly connected to the interior surface of the container by the bonding material applied to the interior surface of the Easter basket thereby preventing the Easter grass from falling out of the Easter basket. A release strip may be applied to the bonding material to protect the bonding material prior to placing the Easter grass in contact with the bonding material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 6546701
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a plurality of cushioning members for cushioning an article in a container is provided. The cushioning members being formed by crumpling a flexible sheet of material having a plurality of slits extending through the sheet of material and into a globular configuration having a plurality of random folds, a plurality of random engaged portions, and a plurality of voids. The sheet of material has an upper surface and a lower surface with at least one of the upper surface and the lower surface having a bonding material disposed thereon such that at least a portion of the engaged portions are bondably connected thereby increasing the resiliency of the folds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Frank Craig
  • Publication number: 20030051819
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a packaging or cushioning product made from grains comprising an essentially flat support, means for driving the support in translational movement, means for depositing on the support a first fiber sheet, means for distributing popped or unpopped grains on the fiber sheet; means for spreading the grains on the fiber sheet to thereby form a layer of grains, means for depositing a second fiber sheet on the layer of grains, and means for attaching the fiber sheets to each other to at least partially separate said grains to form the packaging or cushioning products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: Luc de Moustier
  • Patent number: 6534136
    Abstract: A packaging material for use in filling baskets and protecting articles. The packaging material includes a flexible bag having an exterior surface and an interior surface and a mass of individual, thin, flexible strips of material intertwined with one another to form a cohesive, resilient tuft. The mass of individual, thin, flexible strips are bondingly are disposed in the bag and bondingly connected to the interior surface of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Southpac Trust Int'l. Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20020185407
    Abstract: The combination of a container and an insert. The container has a wall which defines an upwardly opening receptacle. The wall has a rim extending around the receptacle, and bounding an opening to the receptacle. The insert consists of a base and a plurality of elongate strands, each having a portion attached to the base and a decorative portion projecting away from the base. The plurality of elongate strands have a density sufficient to provide a cushioning support for an article placed in the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Kronenberger
  • Publication number: 20020134703
    Abstract: A packaging material for use in filling baskets and protecting articles during a shipping process. The packaging material includes a flexible backing having a first surface and a second surface. A mass of individual, thin, flexible strips of material intertwined with one another to form a cohesive, resilient tuft, the mass is connected to a flexible backing so as to substantially cover at least one side of the flexible backing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20020108885
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a plurality of flexible strips of material intertwined with and bondably connected to one another so as to form a cohesive cushioning unit and method for forming same is provided. The strips of material have a bonding material disposed thereon for bondingly connecting the strips of material to one another and enabling the strips of material to be bondingly connected to a container and an article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20020108884
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a plurality of flexible strips of material integrally interconnected to one another along one end thereof so as to form a unitary mass and so that the strips of material are intertwineable with one another to form a resilient tuft. The strips of material interconnected via a border have a bonding material disposed thereon for bondingly connecting the packaging material to a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 6394276
    Abstract: A packaging material comprising a plurality of flexible strips of material intertwined with and bondably connected to one another so as to form a cohesive cushioning unit and method for forming same is provided. The strips of material have a bonding material disposed thereon for bondingly connecting the strips of material to one another and enabling the strips of material to be bondingly connected to a container and an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder