Space Filler Patents (Class 206/814)
  • Patent number: 5062751
    Abstract: A relatively inexpensive void filler includes alternately stacked and laminated sheets of V-shaped and W-shaped panels of corrugated board glued together along the center and sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Assignee: Shippers Paper Products Company
    Inventor: Henry L. Liebel
  • Patent number: 5062531
    Abstract: A medicine caddy or medicine tray includes a body having a number of medicine container holding recesses defined on the top side of the body. The recesses have inner diameters of different sizes. The body is composed of a light weight and inexpensive material, preferably a plastic. One of the recesses is a corner recess. This corner recess is provided for implacement of the index finger. While the thumb and second finger pinch the corner of the body, the tray can thus be carried. One or more concentric rings are removably provided to accommodate different-sized medicine containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Inventor: Walter G. Coy
  • Patent number: 5040683
    Abstract: A shipping wedge is provided for protecting articles during storage or shipment. The wedge is substantially trapezoidal in configuration and includes a slot extending from the top surface towards the bottom thereof. The slot is used for positioning the wedge with respect to a brace or other planar member and serves as a stop for limiting the extent to which the wedge may be inserted into a space. The shipping wedge is particularly applicable for protecting the apron of a bathtub from damage due to compression forces to which it may be subjected. If the apron is connected to the bathtub by means of a brace, the wedge is inserted such that the slot receives the brace and eventually engages it when the wedge has been fully inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald M. Marsilio
  • Patent number: 5028470
    Abstract: A packaging filler formed by cutting off and expanding small pieces of continuously extruded plastic to have generally the shape of an H in plan view. The filler has a transverse part and a plurality of substantially elliptically shaped lateral parts extending from either end of the transverse part defining with the transverse part two spaced apart substantially rounded recesses. The length of the packaging filler is at least equal to the height of the lateral parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Hans Reichenecker
  • Patent number: 5024328
    Abstract: A packaging frame to protect parts formed from a blank including interior cuts and minimal cutouts, said blank being operable shift to and form a single piece frame having an exterior quadrilateral to interfit within a packing container and conform to the interior thereof and having an interior perimeter to accommodate the reception of a part for shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Assignee: Great Western Foam Products Corporation
    Inventor: Rick L. Bontrager
  • Patent number: 5022527
    Abstract: A container for holding books during transport and treatment with a liquid including a means which can be moved between a pressing position to hold the books securely during transport and a relaxed position in which the books are free to separate to facilitate penetration of the treatment liquid and the escape of moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Robert O. Braeutigam
  • Patent number: 5018621
    Abstract: A resilient cylindrical tubular container for spherical objects such as medicinal pills, includes a stopper with flexible fingers extending into the tube to restrain the objects from movement during shipment. An adsorbent desiccant cushion in the bottom of the tube cushions the objects and keeps them dry. Objects are dispensed by removing the cap, pressing the tube at a point below the number of objects desired, and then inverting the tube to pour out only that number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Inventor: John J. O'Connell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4997091
    Abstract: Shock-absorbing biodegradable dunnage packaging material is obtained from recycling scrap paper by cooking the scrap paper in the presence of heated water to reduce the scrap paper to pulp fiber and then extruding the pulp fiber to thereby form the dunnage packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Inventor: James S. McCrea
  • Patent number: 4937131
    Abstract: A flexible, cushioning dunnage product producible on a converter mechanism from a roll of sheet-like stock material, such as biodegradable paper. As the stock material is pulled off the roll by the converter, the edges of the stock material are rolled inwardly to form pillow-like portions which are urged by the converter mechanism laterally inwardly with respect to one another into confronting abutting relation, with the pillow-like portions being then connected together along their engaged abutting sides by in the preferred embodiment, transversely extending coined sections extending transversely of the product and defining a generally central connecting portion running in a direction lengthwise of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Bruno H. Baldacci, John E. Silvis
  • Patent number: 4912910
    Abstract: A unique and novel storage package and method and apparatus for making the same wherein differences in dimension between the outer receptacle and a package stored therein are compensated by a unique corrugated spacer to provide snug storage, such as in the packaging of cigarette packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
    Inventors: Byron L. Lowe, Robert T. Lewis
  • Patent number: 4905831
    Abstract: A package for at least one diskette having a computer program recorded thereon. The package is formed of a planar sheet of paperboard which has been cut to a shape and folded along predetermined lines. The package includes a base panel on which the diskette is disposed, a pair of flap panels, each being folded along respective fold lines over a portion of the base panel and the diskette, and a first cover panel folded along a respective fold line over the base panel and the flap panels. Each of the flap panels comprises at a first portion having indicia thereon related to the computer program and which is removable via at least one perforated line leaving at least another portion of that flap panel disposed over the diskette to hold it in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Assignee: Chronos Incorporated
    Inventors: B. Jay Bagdis, Keith Ryan
  • Patent number: 4904827
    Abstract: A plastic plug for protecting an electric cord from damage during shipping when such cord is shipped within separated rigid tubular components of a handle, or the like, comprises two semi-cylindrical half portions of a plug which are pivotally united along axially extending side edges of the half portions. With its half portions pivoted together, the plug defines a channel for leading the electric cord out of, or into either end of its associated rigid tubular component without contact between the cord and the adjacent end edge surface of the rigid tubular component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignees: Harold Joseph Coleman, Elisha Lindsay Potter
    Inventors: Elisha L. Potter, Harold J. Coleman, Elisha L. Potter
  • Patent number: 4890753
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pharmaceutical bottle having a neck region with an open end, pills therein, a fibrous hygroscope member, such as a cotton wad, in the neck region of said bottle and a closure cap sealing the bottle opening. The neck region has on its inner surface a leaflet retaining ring which serves to hold the leaflet in place within the bottle immediately after the insertion. The tendency of the leaflet to unfold or open, causes the edges of the leaflet to engage the retaining ring and to be held in place at least until the bottle is sealed. The leaflet is in compression engagement with the fibrous hygroscope member, such that the pills are substantially prevented from moving relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Assignee: Creative Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: George Duryee, Allen M. Bartlo
  • Patent number: 4880944
    Abstract: A bar for electric induction devices is in the form of a lengthwise rolled-up strip of an insulating material, having at least one layer, the figure obtained in the cross-section of this rolled-up strip being a polygon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: Nauchno-Issledovatelsky, Proektno-Konstruktorsky I Tekhnologichesky Institut Transformatorostroeniya
    Inventors: Viktor L. Kanaljuk, Anatoly M. Surakov, Vasily M. Chornogotsky, Lazar N. Shifrin
  • Patent number: 4880214
    Abstract: A cushioning and protecting member for cushioning and protecting articles packed in a case is provided that includes a plurality of cushions having a variety of shapes and which can be compressed by pressure. The protecting member further includes a supporting plate which attachably or detachably supports the cushions. The cushions are compressed from a state in which they are in contact with the article or case body and, further, the cushions can be attached and detached from the supporting plate to thereby facilitate re-use of the cushions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Emiko Sukai
  • Patent number: 4836371
    Abstract: A filler strip for temporarily securing or clinching longitudinally arrangeable individual components in a tube, rod or hollow magazine. The filler strip is generally flat, but has surface features that serve to press the component against the top, bottom or side of the tube to prevent the component from knocking against adjacent components and cracking, chipping or otherwise damaging one or more of the components. The filler strip is particularly suited to eliminating the knocking motion of expensive ceramic integrated circuit packages that are shipped and handled in transparent plastic tubes or rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Long, Bobby W. Formby
  • Patent number: 4815605
    Abstract: Air transportation container for dangerous materials.It comprises an internal confinement enclosure (2) containing a quantity of dangerous material (4) and an external confinement enclosure (14) surrounding enclosure (2), the latter having two walls (6) spaced by a shock absorbing material (8), the external confinement enclosure (14) having a wall (18) and a shock absorbing material (20). A cap (24) is located at each of the ends of the external confinement enclosure (14), each cap (24) having at least one mechanically strong outer wall (28) and a layer (30) of a lining material located between the outer wall (28) of cap (24) and external enclosure (14), said caps being mechanically disengaged from the external enclosure (14) and constituting a receptacle containing the external wall (18) following its deformation under the effect of the container impacting with an obstacle (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Raphael Brissier, Christian Gaillard
  • Patent number: 4815592
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are package inserts for cigarette products which comprise mutually nestable package inserts having cut-out edges to facilitate the removal of tobacco products from a package and which interconnect with other packaging inserts having the same shape so as to permit the formation of multiple package inserts from a single piece of regularly shaped stock. The package inserts may be placed in cigarette packs or boxes or in cigarette cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
    Inventor: Larry Kunkel
  • Patent number: 4771882
    Abstract: A cigarette package includes a plurality of undersized cigarettes which do not entirely fill the cigarette package. The cigarettes are arranged in an orderly group such as, for example, two rows of ten cigarettes each. As is conventional practice, the group of cigarettes is bundled in a foil wrap to keep the cigarettes fresh, and this foil bundle of grouped cigarettes is located in an outer package.A planar spacer is located between the foil bundle and one side wall of the package to take up the space difference between the depth of the foil bundle and depth of the package. An apparatus for installing the spacer includes a first conveyor path for moving foil bundles of grouped cigarettes in single file and a second conveyor path for moving foil bundles of grouped cigarettes in single file each stacked on a spacer. The spacers are placed on the second conveyor one at a time so that they move therealong in single file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Assignee: Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
    Inventors: Byron L. Lowe, Thomas T. Tudor, Chris P. Radley
  • Patent number: 4621022
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastics granular material of foamable particles which are derived from a star-shaped basic body with at least three limbs lying in a plane, the particles having at least one orifice. Preferably, these granular material particles are provided with three limbs and each limb is provided with an orifice.Furthermore, the invention has as its subject a packaging material which is obtained by foaming of the said plastics granular material. This packaging material displays a lower bulk density, improved pourability with simultaneously improved packing effect (good packaging properties, large void volume).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1986
    Assignee: Hoechst Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gunter Kohaut, Werner Weber, Herman Groenendijk, Adrianus C. Poppelaars, Wilhelmus H. J. Janssen
  • Patent number: 4599269
    Abstract: The invention relates to plastics granules composed of foamable particles derived from a star-shaped fundamental solid having at least three sides, these particles being a three-dimensionally domed structure by virtue of the sides having paraboloidal curvature, and the surfaces of paraboloidal curvature being staggered in relation to one another. These granule particles preferably have three sides and at least one gap.The invention also relates to a packaging material obtained by foaming the said plastics granules. This packaging material exhibits an improved flow while having at the same time an improved packaging action (good packaging properties and a high void volume).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: Hoechst Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gunter Kohaut, Werner Weber, Herman Groenendijk, Adrianus C. Poppelaars, Wilhelmus H. J. Janssen
  • Patent number: 4585381
    Abstract: An expansible honeycomb-type void filler formed of stacked strips secured together at spaced and staggered positions to define cell walls which vary in length to provide vertically aligned shortened stretch-limiting walls which reduce hourglass-type distortion, has suspension means consisting of a supporting top strip of the stack and a suspension structural element, said suspension means also including parts movable in a direction lengthwise of the strips to provide openable cells between the suspension structural element and the supporting top strip of the stack. The void filler is also disclosed as having widened adhesive connections in an upper region, and as being formed of corrugated paperboard which is partially crushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Assignee: Down River International, Inc.
    Inventor: George C. Boyse
  • Patent number: 4514453
    Abstract: The packing elements are each formed with a hooked configuration so as to abut each other without interlocking with each other. The free ends of the two legs of each element project beyond the main body portions so as to impart a hooked effect to the elements. The elements can be poured from a hopper into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1985
    Inventor: Harry Bussey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4500586
    Abstract: A plastified mass of thermoplastic material containing an expanding agent is extruded and sliced into pieces by shaped cutting edges to produce--on expanding--elements which are shaped in a billowed manner or a double-bubble manner. The billowed elements have an inturned peripheral edge which prevents nesting and interlocking together when used in a shipping container. Similarly, the double bubble elements preclude nesting and interlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1985
    Inventor: Harry Bussey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4496614
    Abstract: The incorporation of organic and FD&C pigments that meet FDA specifications for food packaging materials into resinous articles is accomplished by dispersing the pigments into a non-toxic mineral or vegetable oil formulation which contains glycerol monooleate and zinc stearate, the formulation then being added to the resin and mixed. Resinous articles colored in this manner can be utilized safely as direct food contact packaging, for example, decorative grass, which enables candies to be placed directly on the grass without incurring the expense of overwrapping the candies with a resin film which meets FDA and USDA requirements and which eliminates the hazard involved when candies are inadvertently or unknowningly placed on the decorative grass. The resinous materials which may be colored by the organic and FD&C pigments include polyolefin resins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1985
    Assignee: Highland Manufacturing & Sales Company
    Inventors: Erwin H. Weder, Donald E. Weder, Herbert A. Weder
  • Patent number: 4488644
    Abstract: The specification discloses a packaging system enabling both VHS and BETA video cassettes to be packaged in a common printed sleeve. The system includes a printed paperboard sleeve dimensioned to closely receive the larger VHS cassette. The system further includes a one-piece paperboard tray insertable into the sleeve to accommodate the smaller BETA cassette within the sleeve. The tray includes spacer portions between the sleeve and BETA cassette so that the tray and cartridge are closely received within the printed sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1984
    Assignee: Wynalda Litho Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Wynalda
  • Patent number: 4480423
    Abstract: An arrangement for unloading and loading X-ray film cassettes includes a frame-shaped support bounding a guiding channel in which there are received, one above the other, a plurality of mounting portions and, at the top, a cassette-handling unit. The mounting portions have identical configurations and bound respective channels of identical dimensions in each of the mounting portions. Storage receptacles of external dimensions compatible with those of the channels are respectively introduced into the latter. Each of the storage receptacles includes an insert selected from a plurality of inserts. Each of the inserts bounds a recess which is so dimensioned as to fittingly receive a stack of films of a given size. The recesses are so arranged that one corner of the recess is arranged at the same corner region of the insert in all of the inserts. The cassette-handling arrangement includes devices which open the cassette, withdraw the film therefrom, introduce a fresh film thereinto, and close the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jurgen Muller
  • Patent number: 4394055
    Abstract: A cabinet or container particularly adapted for holding in an organized manner video game consoles of different sizes and shapes and also for holding accessories constructed for use with different systems. The cabinet has a top opening particularly shaped and constructed to receive and accommodate different control consoles or systems such as different Atari control consoles and also a Mattel Intellevision control console. Typically the dimensions of the control consoles vary and typically they have a base part of different dimensions. The open top of the cabinet is particularly configurated to receive and accommodate the different consoles. The base part of a control console can extend down through the opening. The console may be supported on peripheral surfaces of the opening itself or on ledges extending inwardly with respect to the opening at a level below the surface of the top. The lower part of the cabinet is preferably compartmentalized uniquely to hold different cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1983
    Inventor: Richard D. Smith
  • Patent number: 4376610
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for storage and removal and handling of photo transparencies is described comprising a spacer for partitioning a predetermined number of transparency slides and tongs which are inserted into the spacer for clamping the predetermined number of slides for removal thereof. The tongs are operated by compressing the tabs on the tongs which spread the tongs' arms apart causing previously clamped slides to be released. When the tabs on the tongs are not compressed, the arms are sufficiently wide to contain the predetermined number of slides partitioned by the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1983
    Inventor: John W. Sofia
  • Patent number: 4341308
    Abstract: An improved container for holding and displaying a plurality of beverage bottles. The container is of the type typically fabricated from corrugated particle board and has a base and a cover. The container has an improved bottle holder which has first and second inverted V-shaped bottle support members formed therein. The bottle support members hold the neck and body of a plurality of bottles which are positioned in the bottle support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Inventor: William G. Pasquini
  • Patent number: 4215166
    Abstract: Sticks of foamable thermoplastic material are provided with grooves in at least one surface. These grooves extend width-wise of the stick. In addition, the grooves are disposed in equi-spaced relation along one surface of the stick, or in spaced-apart series or groups on only one surface, or in series or groups on opposite surfaces and in spaced-apart relation. Upon foaming, the sticks form formed elements of various shapes, each of which has at least one curvilinear portion such as, for example, a corkscrew shape, an annular shape or shapes with reverse bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1980
    Inventor: Harry Bussey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4169179
    Abstract: The loose fill packaging material of the illustrated embodiment comprises a plurality of elements of, for example, expanded polystyrene. Each packaging element of the embodiment is of a generally block-like form which includes a body portion of a spring-like construction and two leg portions. The spring-like construction is formed by slitting a surface of the body portion at spaced-apart locations prior to the complete expansion of the packaging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1979
    Inventor: Harry Bussey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4166875
    Abstract: The loose fill packaging material of the illustrated embodiment comprises a plurality of free-flowing elements of, for example, expanded polystyrene. Each packaging element of the embodiment is of a block-like E-shaped form which includes three leg portions which define a pair of recesses between the legs. The width of the recesses is less than the width of the leg portions and, in use, the leg portions of one element do not fit within the recesses of another element. Instead, the packaging elements abut one another, rather than interlock, while forming a mass of resilient packaging material about an item packaged therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1979
    Inventor: Harry Bussey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4148396
    Abstract: A double ply, multi-cell cushioning insert for use in the packaging of heavy objects such as books.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1979
    Assignee: Container Corporation of America
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Gardner
  • Patent number: 4034908
    Abstract: The compartmented display carton of the present invention is prepared from a one piece blank of paperboard or the like having a printability coating only on one surface. The blank is scored and cut to provide hollow end and side walls, an integral top and an interior divided into a plurality of compartments having different widths between the hollow side walls and different lengths between the hollow end walls, all interior and exterior panels having a printability surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1977
    Assignee: Westvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Hampton E. Forbes, Jr., John M. Nock
  • Patent number: 3997092
    Abstract: An improved paint container carrier for holding a container of paint having a contoured shape to conform to the contour of the user's body. The container further as a pivotally mounted lid for preventing spills and contamination of paint and straps for securing the device to the user's body. An adapter sleeve is provided so that the paint container carrier may receive various sizes of paint containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1974
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1976
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Pogwizd
  • Patent number: 3951730
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compressible construction to be used as isolation or as packing material, comprising equidistant bellow-like compressible layers, which are interconnected by a zigzag folded strip which is alternately connected to the layers. Short projecting parts are positioned between the zigzag strip and the layers to add support. In the folded compressed condition when not in use, the construction has a very small volume, while in the expanded condition it is able to act as a heat insulator and pressure, shock and vibration resistor. Important features of this construction are its small volume as it can be compressed when not in use, its ability to isolate from heat, to resist pressure, shocks and vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1973
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1976
    Inventors: Lennart Arne Wennberg, Barbro Christina Wennberg
  • Patent number: RE32296
    Abstract: The specification discloses a packaging system enabling both VHS and BETA video cassettes to be packaged in a common printed sleeve. The system includes a printed paperboard sleeve dimensioned to closely receive the larger VHS cassette. The system further includes a one-piece paperboard tray insertable into the sleeve to accommodate the smaller BETA cassette within the sleeve. The tray includes spacer portions between the sleeve and BETA cassette so that the tray and cartridge are closely received within the printed sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: Wynalda Litho Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Wynalda