Space Filler Patents (Class 206/814)
  • Patent number: 10343127
    Abstract: An apparatus configured for mixing the contents of one or more fluid containers includes a fluid container support platform configured to hold one or more fluid containers. The fluid container support platform is configured to index the container to one or more specified locations and to be moved in an orbital path about an orbital center independently of the rotation about the central axis of rotation. The apparatus further includes an indexing drive system configured to effect indexing movement of the container support platform and a vortex drive system configured to effect powered orbital movement of the container support platform about the orbital center. An evaporation limiting insert placed within containers reduces exposure of the fluid contents of the container to atmospheric air, thereby reducing susceptibility of the fluid contents to evaporation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Gen-Probe Incorporated
    Inventor: Byron J. Knight
  • Patent number: 8754385
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a sanitizing treatment for a product or object while inside a package. The system provides an atmosphere inside a contained environment that reduces, or eliminates, oxygen from the atmosphere, the contained environment containing at least one product or object packaged inside a package. At least one UV energy source transmits ultraviolet energy through the atmosphere inside the contained environment and toward the packaged product or object contained therein, the ultraviolet energy providing at least one of a sanitizing, disinfecting and sterilizing treatment to the packaged product or object by converting oxygen in an atmosphere between an inside surface of the package of the packaged product or object and the surface of the product or object to ozone in the atmosphere therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Jose Gutman
  • Patent number: 8684179
    Abstract: A container insert for taking up extra space may be placed in a container intended for storage and/or shipment of material to an end user. The insert may be generally longitudinal having a helical configuration that may be expanded and constricted for taking up different volumes of space within the container respective of the amount of material stored therein. The insert may also be elastically deformable or generally pliable and may absorb impact forces for preventing or minimizing damage to the material. Further, the insert may include at least one reinforcement, including at least one wire or metal strip, or portions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Weissbrod
  • Patent number: 8579137
    Abstract: In the case of a packaging unit comprising a plastic bottle (2) with a flexible foil bag (3) arranged therein, wherein a hollow interspace (5) is formed at least in certain regions between the surface of the inner wall of the plastic bottle (2) and the outer surface of the foil bag (3), the foil bag (3) is designed such that it at least partially automatically elastically contracts and/or can be compressed at least in certain regions by a force effected by a means arranged in the interspace (5) and/or can be collapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Lustenberger, Stephan Kurtze
  • 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: 7975847
    Abstract: A container insert for taking up extra space may be placed in a container intended for storage and/or shipment of material to an end user. The insert may be generally longitudinal having a helical configuration that may be expanded and constricted for taking up different volumes of space within the container respective of the amount of material stored therein. The insert may also be elastically deformable or generally pliable and may absorb impact forces for preventing or minimizing damage to the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Weissbrod
  • Patent number: 7854323
    Abstract: A container insert for taking up extra space may be placed in a container intended for storage and/or shipment of material to an end user. The insert may be generally longitudinal having a helical configuration that may be expanded and constricted for taking up different volumes of space within the container respective of the amount of material stored therein. The insert may also be elastically deformable or generally pliable and may absorb impact forces for preventing or minimizing damage to the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Weissbrod
  • Patent number: 7815049
    Abstract: A container packing filler includes an annular roll portion formed by folding one of axially opposite end portions of a stretchable tubular net radially outward and rolling the net toward the other end portion of the net, and a rigid holder portion provided at the other end portion of the net. The holder portion has sufficient axial length and a width greater than the diameter of a center hole of the annular roll portion so that, when the holder portion of the packing filler is squeezed into the center hole of the annular roll portion, the annular roll portion is expanded from the inside thereof by the holder portion and layers of the annular roll portion are unitarily rolled inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Shionogi & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Hiramoto, Yasuyuki Shiraishi, Kenji Ohnishi, Kouichi Yoshimi
  • Patent number: 7807253
    Abstract: An inflatable article has a first film bonded to a second film so as to provide between the first film and the second film a plurality of inflatable chambers, each of the inflatable chambers containing a plurality of cells. Each of the cells is connected to at least one adjacent cell by an inflatable connecting channel. The first film is bonded to the second film between adjacent inflatable chambers. The first film and the second film each have at least one formed region corresponding with a location of a cell, with the at least one formed region of the second film being nested into the at least one formed region of the first film. Also disclosed are processes of making the inflatable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventor: Charles Kannankeril
  • Patent number: 7748525
    Abstract: A closure and container combination for packaging and sealing a commodity in a container that reduces headspace gases, in particular oxygen, allowing the packaged commodity to have a longer shelf life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventor: Timothy J Boyd
  • Patent number: 7641960
    Abstract: An inflatable cellular cushioning material having an air inlet pipe path to be inflated by an inflating device through the use of an air inlet pipe, the inflatable cushioning material comprising at least two layers of plastic pre-welded in such a manner so as to form a substantially diagonally oriented lines forming sleeves along the longitudinal axis of the inflatable cellular cushioning material and a substantially horizontal welded lines along the path of the air inlet pipe whereby the horizontal welded lines substantially reduce the non-inflated areas along the path of the air inlet pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Green Magic Wrap Packaging Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hasdi Matarasso
  • Patent number: 7591369
    Abstract: Improved shuttlecock packaging includes providing a suitably humid environment to prevent the moisture within the feathers of the shuttlecock from evaporating off. The packaging is substantially air tight and includes a humidity control mechanism. In one embodiment the package comprising a humidifying disc in the shuttlecock packaging. The humidifying disc includes a plurality of openings to allow for moisture to pass from the disc to the internal environment of the packaging and comprises a foam or sponge pad moistened with water and propylene glycol. The humidity within the packaging is held at a generally fixed level. In one embodiment, the relative humidity can be held at least about 20%. In a further embodiment, the relative humidity can be held at about 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Mark W. Lin, Thomas E. Korder, Alexander R. O. Selch
  • Patent number: 7578034
    Abstract: A collar stay perforating device for perforating a portion of a collar stay and a collar stay storage device for storing the perforated collar stay are provided. The collar stay perforating device comprises a base member having a punch hole and a guide to receive an end of a collar stay. A first lever member pivotally attached to the base member has a punch member that cooperates with the punch hole. A second lever member pivotally attached to the base member bears on the first lever member to bring the punch member into cooperation with the punch hole thereby perforating the collar stay. The perforated collar stay may then be stored on a collar stay storage device comprising an openable ring member having releaseably engageable arms for forming a closed loop. The ring is openable permitting one of the arms to be inserted through the perforated collar stay thereby providing ordered and compact storage of collar stays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: BG & Sons, LLC
    Inventors: Jason J. Bier, Joshua A. Gutstein
  • Patent number: 7353947
    Abstract: A unitized package of a plurality of drums filled with coiled welding wire, each drum comprising a cylindrical body, a top rim, a bottom rim and a bottom circular wall fixed to the bottom rim and having a peripheral shape. The package comprises: a spacer between the cylindrical bodies, a first band stretched around the plurality of drums adjacent the top rim, and a second band stretched around the plurality of drums adjacent the bottom rim wherein each drum has a riser network permanently fixed to the bottom wall and formed from thin elongated elements with a given height greater than about two inches. A lower support plate is permanently attached to the riser network and is parallel to the bottom wall of the drum to provide an integral pallet on each drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Weissbrod
  • 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: 7255910
    Abstract: A packing material has a plurality of separable layers of pliable material. Each layer has a region containing a plurality of domes in a pattern extending in two directions. The plurality of domes are nested together in the region. The plurality of domes each have a top, a base and a side extending from the top to the base at an angle of divergence exceeding 10°. The plurality of domes have a dome height of at least ? inch. Adjacently nested pairs of the domes have between them an overhead gap no greater than 10% of the dome height. The plurality of separable layers with the plurality of domes can be separated and disoriented to occupy a larger volume. These separable layers may be discrete layers, pleats in a web, or sections of a web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Peter H. Seckel
  • Patent number: 7223461
    Abstract: An inflatable cushioning article is made from a multilayer film having a seal layer, a gas barrier layer, and a tie layer adhering the seal layer to the gas barrier layer. The cushioning article has a plurality of inflatable chambers, with each of the chambers having a plurality of cells connected in series to one another via inflation channels. Although the inflatable article can be made from relatively thin films, the article exhibits a relatively high burst pressure and can be inflated to, for example 3 psi, and withstand conditions such as 140° F. and high altitude, without film delamination, seal failure, or film rupture. Preferably, the tie layer comprises an anhydride modified polyolefin having an anhydride content of at least 150 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Michael Metta, Robert O'Dowd
  • Patent number: 7220476
    Abstract: An inflatable web, and method and apparatus for inflating the web, which generally includes two sheets having inner surfaces sealed to each other in a pattern defining a series of inflatable chambers of predetermined length, each of the chambers having at least one change in width over their length; an inflation port located at a proximal end of each chamber, the inflation ports being formed by intermittent seals between the sheets; and longitudinal flanges formed by a portion of each of the sheets that extend beyond the inflation ports and intermittent seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles R. Sperry, Suzanne Scott
  • Patent number: 7011222
    Abstract: A container insert includes: (a) a cup member having a central axis, the cup member being defined by a center base and a plurality of radiant support members, the radiant support members extending outwardly and upwardly from the center base with space therebetween; and, (b) a rigid stem member having a first end and a second end, the stem member being connected to the cup member at the first end along the central axis and extending downwardly therefrom away from the radiant support members. The cup member center base may be flat, tapered or otherwise and may include or exclude sidewalls. The cup member base may be circular from atop view, or could be some other configuration. Any workable shape may be utilized, such as a hexagon, pentagon, or shapes including straight edges and arcuated edges. A handle may also be attached to the base or a support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Stuart W. DeJonge
  • Patent number: 6982113
    Abstract: An inflatable cushioning article is made from a multilayer film having a seal layer, a gas barrier layer, and a tie layer adhering the seal layer to the gas barrier layer. The cushioning article has a plurality of inflatable chambers, with each of the chambers having a plurality of cells connected in series to one another via inflation channels. Although the inflatable article can be made from relatively thin films, the article exhibits a relatively high burst pressure and can be inflated to, for example 3 psi, and withstand conditions such as 140° F. and high altitude, without film delamination, seal failure, or film rupture. Preferably, the tie layer comprises an anhydride modified polyolefin having an anhydride content of at least 150 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Bob O'Dowd, Mike Metta
  • Patent number: 6969548
    Abstract: An impact absorbing composite structure (10), the impact absorbing composite structure including a plurality of impact absorbing members (18) and a flexible layer (16), each impact absorbing member (18) integral with the flexible layer (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Andrew A. Goldfine
  • Patent number: 6926947
    Abstract: A packing material having a plurality of domes formed therein, and methods for forming same are provided. A plurality of layers of a substrate are placed together to form a composite material with a plurality of layers, and domes are formed in the plurality of layers. The domes can be formed in more than one direction and can be of different sizes and shapes. Thereafter, the materials can be cut to desired sizes or shapes. The domes formed in the layers are nested and accordingly, the packaging material takes up a minimal amount of space after same is manufactured. This serves to minimize the expense and space requirements for storage and shipping and disposal. In use, the sheets are separated and disoriented to achieve bulk and are utilized for packing. The domes are sized, shaped and positioned to tend against re-nesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Peter H. Seckel
  • Patent number: 6871738
    Abstract: A display box includes a base and a cover mountable to the base. A frame together with an extension board is movably connected to the base which has an opening through which a casing for storing a compact disk is inserted and supported on the frame. The frame may also be positioned to seal the opening so that a compact disk can be received in the box safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventor: Kun-Fa Chang
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6817161
    Abstract: An interposing cushion and method of application for stabilizing a cylindrical container placed in a rectangular cavity of a cushion structure. The interposing cushion includes a rectangular shaped base member adapted to fit a rectangular cavity in a cushion structure made for stacking inside a shipping box. The cushion structure is produced to protect rectangular shaped containers containing fragile objects. The base member has a top surface and a bottom surface and four sides. Four corner support members longitudinally extend upwards from the top surface. The support members form circumscribed inner surface segments for supporting the cylindrical container. The bottom surface has four shock absorbing spacer legs formed inboard of each corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Yuan-Ming Wu, Chi-Sung Tsai, Tzu-Yen Lin, Chi-Yi Huang
  • Patent number: 6740372
    Abstract: A pillar or board is formed of a casing, filling materials, and at least one plug. The casing is made of the discarded recyclable paper and is provided with at least one opening. The filling materials are sawdust and the discarded wood blocks, which are encased by the casing. The plug is made of the discarded recyclable paper and is used to stop up the opening of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventor: Hsiu-Sheng Shih
  • Publication number: 20040004016
    Abstract: A display container having a top, a base and two pair of opposed parallel sides between the top and the base; a plurality of product units, each having a rectangular perimeter; and at least one filler unit having a rectangular perimeter, wherein the plurality of product units and the at least one filler unit are positioned side by side and together extend between each of the two pair of opposed parallel sides, and wherein a first side of a first one of the at least one filler unit is adjacent to first sides of a first plurality of the product units, such that the first side of the first one of the at least one filler unit and the first sides of the first plurality of the product units extend between a first of the two pair of opposed parallel sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Prem Rawat
  • Patent number: 6619494
    Abstract: A package for tablet products that includes a container having an interior volume for holding the tablet products and a closure secured to a cylindrical finish of the container. A product hold-down device has an axially resilient central portion, a lower portion for engaging the upper surface of the product within the container, and an upper portion for securement within the container finish to hold the device in place within the finish, with the closure removed from the finish, against the axially resilient forces applied to the device by engagement of the lower portion with product in the container and resilient compression of the central portion of the device. Thus, the hold-down device can be inserted into the container and secured to the container using automatic packaging equipment, and the container closure then applied to the container. In use, the closure is removed from the container, and the device is removed and discarded by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Brozell, Stephen A. Eilertson
  • Publication number: 20030145561
    Abstract: A packing product and apparatus and method for manufacturing same are disclosed. The packing product includes at least one face sheet and at least one crumpled sheet pad attached to the face sheet. A package and method of packaging an article are also disclosed, the package including a container, one or more crumpled sheet pads positioned in the container, one or more face sheets positioned adjacent to the crumpled sheet pads, and an article positioned in the container in at least partial abutting relation to the one or more face sheets. The one or more face sheets may have portions that are folded to envelop the article. Also, the face sheet may include an opening having a pattern corresponding to a shape of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventors: Hubertus Y.M. Cals, Erwin R.J. Methorst, Koen Kuypers, Pierre H.G. Kobben
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6586058
    Abstract: The invention provides novel equipment packages, principally for portable equipment such as laptop computers, which provide decoupling, damping and shock isolation of acceleration sensitive components within the packages. Two principal embodiments are disclosed. In the flexible shell embodiment, a plurality of flexible fillers are attached to a flexible shell and a plurality of objects or components are attached to the fillers. In the flexible chassis embodiment, a plurality of objects or components are mounted to the flexible chassis to form an assembly and a plurality of flexible fillers are attached to the chassis to form the complete package. One design methodology employs a decoupled simple harmonic oscillator (SHO) model to optimize the shock response behavior. A second design methodology uses a deterministic method (finite element method) to establish the parameters for the filler and shell materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Karl-Friedrich Etzold
  • Patent number: 6571533
    Abstract: A bottle handling device for assisting in inserting a number of similar sized bottles into a secondary container, such as a partitionless beer carton. The device comprises a frame which, when inserted into the empty carton, provides a number of similar sized cells or compartments equal to the number of bottles which would completely fill the carton. The frame is maintained by support means above the shoulders of the bottles when located in the carton. Each bottle is inserted into, and its main body passes through, the frame until the bottle sits on the carton floor, the walls of each cell preventing a bottle in that cell from toppling over and hindering the insertion of further bottles and completion of filling of the carton. Upon completion and filling of the carton, the device is readily removed for reuse and the bottles are maintained in their upright condition by contacting adjacent bottles and the carton walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Labatt Brewing Company Limited
    Inventors: Bradley John Mahood, Edward Stanley James Miziolek, Robert G. Dickie, Bernard Beasley
  • 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: 6436511
    Abstract: A cushioning conversion machine includes a plurality of laterally spaced apart upstream assemblies which advance the sheet stock material with a transversely reciprocating twisting motion and at least one downstream assembly that retards the advance of the stock material. Additionally, the upstream assemblies feed the sheet stock material at a feed rate greater than the feed rate at which the downstream assembly passes the sheet stock material. The downstream assembly thereby cooperates with the upstream assemblies to crumple the stock material and impart loft thereto, and as a further result, the crumpled stock material includes a regular arrangement of folds preferably forming a herringbone pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Richard O. Ratzel
  • Patent number: 6401931
    Abstract: A collar stay storage device is provided in the form of a block having a slanted top portion with a plurality of slots extending into the block from the slanted top portion. Shims within the slots provide storage of different sized collar stays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventors: Louis L. Javell, Michael Ferrandino
  • Patent number: 6398051
    Abstract: A package for tablet products that includes a container having an interior volume for holding the tablet products and a closure secured to a cylindrical finish of the container. A product hold-down device has an axially resilient central portion, a lower portion for engaging the upper surface of the product within the container, and an upper portion for securement within the container finish to hold the device in place within the finish, with the closure removed from the finish, against the axially resilient forces applied to the device by engagement of the lower portion with product in the container and resilient compression of the central portion of the device. Thus, the hold-down device can be inserted into the container and secured to the container using automatic packaging equipment, and the container closure then applied to the container. In use, the closure is removed from the container, and the device is removed and discarded by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Brozell, Stephen A. Eilertson
  • Patent number: 6352153
    Abstract: A cylindrical container with a bottom has an opening in which a projection is installed, the projection having a shape which will not deform solder balls when inserted into a packed layer of solder balls within the container. Its shape is such that its cross section has a streamlined or inverted conical shape, or it is cylindrical with a tip having a semi-spherical or inverted conical shape. Blackening, electrical charging, and deformation of solder balls packed in the container can be prevented during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Senju Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Ohashi, Takashi Hori, Michio Iguchi, Hiroshi Akutsu, Takashi Narita, Takeshi Nikaido
  • Patent number: 6254945
    Abstract: A cushioning product including a pillow-like portion made from multiple plies of a sheet-like stock material. The cushioning product is characterized by the pillow-like portion including an inner stuffing and a shell which surrounds the inner stuffing. The multiple plies of the sheet-like stock material include at least one ply shaped to form the shell of the pillow-like portion and remaining plies crumpled to form the inner stuffing. The inner stuffing is formed only from the remaining plies of the sheet-like stock material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: James A. Simmons
  • Patent number: 6228501
    Abstract: A porous body of polysaccharide or polysaccharide-clay composite having fine pores, consisting essentially of a freeze-dried product of (a) an aqueous solution of at least one polysaccharide selected from the group consisting of starch, sodium alginate and carboxymethyl cellulose, or its derivative, or (b) a composite sol comprising such an aqueous solution and a clay sol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials
    Inventors: Hiromoto Nakazawa, Shun-ichi Ohta
  • Patent number: 6207249
    Abstract: A cushioning conversion machine, method and product characterized by a connecting assembly that provides a mechanical interlock between overlapped portions of sheet-like stock material to prevent “unzippering” of a low density cushioning product produced by the cushioning conversion machine. The connecting assembly comprises a pair of rotatable stitching members, a first one having a plurality of radially outwardly extending projections, or teeth, around the circumference thereof, with the projections having at least two axially spaced apart segments defining a recess therebetween. The second stitching member includes at least one axial punch segment which includes a peripheral edge portion dimensioned to be received in the recess in the first stitching member during rotation of the stitching members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Ranpak Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Lencoski, Edwin P. Belerlorzer, Edward W. Lintala
  • Patent number: 6190756
    Abstract: This invention relates to a connected hollow structure and a packaging member suitable for use as a cushioning material, a protection frame material, a core material of a hollow panel and a carrier for carrying adsorbents. A connected hollow structure comprises a large number of hollow structures 10 having an arbitrary sectional shape and connected in parallel to each other. The connected hollow structure is formed from a piece of sheet and takes the shape resembling a unicursal figure in section. It is possible to form a connected hollow structure which shows elasticity and withstanding strength fit for the purpose and also has a smaller apparent specific gravity by properly selecting the quality of a sheet a, and the sectional shape and size of the hollow structures 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignees: Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Yokoyama Sankoh Co., LTD, Yoshimasa Yokoyama
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Yokoyama, Masahiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6170659
    Abstract: A spacing device (20), having a compressible body (22) with an upper surface (24) and a lower surface (26), is utilized to inhibit movement of a vehicle (32) stored in a container (34) having a plurality of compartments (78). The upper surface (24) is convexly curved, and the lower surface (26) is concavely curved. An alternate spacing device (60) has a generally non-compressible and transparent body (62) with an inclined upper surface (66) having a recess (68) for receiving the vehicle (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: Edward T. Hunter
  • Patent number: 6168847
    Abstract: Pre-folded stock material for use in a cushioning conversion machine which converts the pre-folded stock material into a three-dimensional cushioning product. The stock material includes at least one ply having a plurality of layers at two of which are joined at a longitudinally extending fold. The stock material is preferably biodegradable, recyclable, and reusable paper and may be supplied in a roll or in a fan-folded stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Ranpak Corporation
    Inventors: Cynthia S. Murphy, Richard O. Ratzel
  • Patent number: 6132842
    Abstract: A cushioning product having plural layers of a sheet-like stock material folded upon themselves to form a pillow-like portion. The lateral edges of the outer layer of the stock material are overlapped and connected together to maintain the geometry of the pillow-like portion. The lateral edges of the outer layers are connected together (for example, they are mechanically interlocked) separate from the central portion of the outer layer. The overlapped edges of the outer layer may form a tab portion projecting from the pillow-like portion. Alternatively, the overlapped lateral edges of the outer layer may be generally coplanar with adjacent unoverlapped portions of the outer layer. Preferably, the stock material comprises layers of paper, more preferably biodegradable, recyclable and reusable paper, and even more preferably Kraft paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: James A. Simmons, Jr., Edwin P. Beierlorzer
  • Patent number: 6037036
    Abstract: A cushioning conversion machine, converting method and dunnage product characterized by a novel connecting assembly which provides a unique interlock between overlapped portions of sheet-like stock material forming a dunnage product to prevent "unzippering" of the product. The connecting assembly includes a pair of loosely meshed stitching wheels, a first one of the stitching wheels having a plurality of radial projections protruding from a radially outer circumferential surface thereof, and a second one of the stitching wheels including a plurality of recesses for receiving the radial projections in meshed relationship upon rotation of the stitching wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Gary K. Febel
  • Patent number: 5912058
    Abstract: Sheets of laminated paper are stacked and made into air-tight flat bags with air inlets. After air is supplied into the bags, the air inlets are air-tightly closed to form shock absorbers 50 encapsulating the air. The laminated paper is made by stacking on a paper base a water-soluble polyvinyl alcoholic layer, having a saponification of 80 to 90 mol % and a degree of polymerization of 500 to 2500, to a total thickness of 90 .mu.m or less and a gas permeability of 800 thousand seconds per 100 ml or more. The air is introduced into flat bags 51 to 50 to 80% of maximum inflation to ensure their shock absorbing function. A package 100 is made by putting an appropriate number of discrete shock absorbers 50, or a continuous series of shock absorbers 50, in gaps between a casing 10 and the package content 70. The shock absorbers 50 need not be spread all over the entire surface of the package, so long as they are sufficient to provide the needed contact area to ensure a maximum static load of 0.07 kgf/cm.sup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Hitachi Electronic Services Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiro Takahashi, Itsuku Ohtawa, Norikazu Yamagishi, Tadayuki Ichiba, Mutsuharu Takesada, Akira Aoyama, Tsuyoshi Mizutani
  • Patent number: 5882767
    Abstract: A stock material for use with a cushioning conversion machine is provided. The stock material includes a plurality of superimposed plies of a sheet-like material which are fan-folded into a rectangonal stack. The superimposed plies include a series of alternating folds which each create superimposed creases through the plies. The alternating folds together form a sequence of rectangular pages which are piled accordion-style one on top of the other to form the rectangonal stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: James A. Simmons, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5862914
    Abstract: There is provided an inflatable packaging cushion for protecting an article and adapted to the shape and dimensions of an enclosed container. The inflatable packaging cushion has a plurality of inflatable chambers such that the sides and corners of the article are cushioned by the inflatable chambers. The inflatable chambers are interconnected through tie straps whereby at least one tie strap connects each chamber to an adjacent chamber. Each inflatable chamber includes a filling means for at least partially inflating each chamber with a filler medium. The inflatable chambers may assume various forms, depending on the shape of the article to be cushioned and the enclosed container. Additionally, there is provided a shipping container which includes a box and an inflatable packaging cushion for protecting an article adapted to the shape and dimensions of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Kent Farison, Michel Pozzo
  • Patent number: 5853088
    Abstract: A carton for packaging primary containers arranged in at least three lateral rows in which the center of said rows has fewer containers than adjacent rows. The carton comprises a pair of superposed tray structures (70) which are connected together by a wrapper (10) having a handle structure (52). The trays each have a retaining keel (94) extending inwardly of the tray for retaining the center row of containers in an inwardly offset condition with respect to the adjacent rows of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: Alain Saulas, Jean-Yves Daniel, Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Patent number: 5799802
    Abstract: Stemmed glassware separators including a plurality of separators. Each of the separators have a T-shaped upper portion and an arcuate lower portion. Each of the separators are slidably disposed within a hanging wine rack between two wine glasses hanging therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventors: Carl F. Delia, Barbara A. Delia