About Line Or Point Of Weakness Patents (Class 215/253)
  • Patent number: 11548692
    Abstract: A closure (20, 20A, 20B) for a container (22) with an outwardly projecting flange (25). The closure including a skirt (50, 50A, 50B) for attaching the closure (20, 20A, 20B) to the container (22). The skirt (50, 50A, 50B) has an annular, flexible retention member (66, 66A) extending laterally inwardly from a lower end portion (54, 54A, 54B) of the skirt (50, 50A, 50B) to define a connection (62, 62A, 62B) therebetween. In one form, the flexible retention member (58, 58A, 58B) has (a) an initial, undeflected configuration, (b) a deflected configuration rotated away therefrom about the connection (62, 62A, 62B), and (c) a proximal end surface (126, 126A) located at the connection (62, 62A, 62B) defining a shoulder when the flexible retention member (58, 58A, 58B) is in the undeflected configuration. In another form, the flexible retention member (58, 58A, 58B) is movable into the deflected configuration when subjected to an axial force of between about 100 Newtons and about 150 Newtons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Franz Lenz, Gerhard Jaeckel
  • Patent number: 11542068
    Abstract: Tamper resistant systems and devices and methods of forming the same are disclosed. A tamper resistant system includes a container having a container body defining a cavity having a threaded opening therein, a threaded closure removably covering the threaded opening, and a frangible component including a length of material having a first end and a second end. The first end is integrated with the container body such that the frangible component and the container body have a single piece construction and the frangible component extends from the container body. The second end is coupled to the threaded closure. Subsequent removal of the threaded closure from the container causes damage to at least one of the frangible component, the threaded closure, and the container body. The frangible component, the threaded closure, and the container body are at least partially constructed of an environmentally friendly material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Double Double D, LLC
    Inventor: Jim F. Warner
  • Patent number: 11535436
    Abstract: A combination of a closing cap (1?) for a container (2) and a neck (201) of the container (2), wherein the cap (1?) comprises a lateral wall (3) extending about an axis (Z) and a transversal wall (4) positioned at an end of the lateral wall (3), a separation line (5?) of the lateral wall (3) defining a retaining ring (301?), configured to remain anchored to the neck (201) and a closing element (302) to open or close the container (2). The retaining ring (301?) comprises a retaining portion (303), configured to engage internally with a locking ring (202) of the neck (201). The retaining ring (301?) comprises a joining portion (305) which allows the retaining ring (301?) to be joined to the closing element (302), a first connecting band and a second connecting band, and a tab positioned between the first connecting band and the second connecting band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Vittorio Bassi, Alessandro Falzoni
  • Patent number: 11511918
    Abstract: A container body has a neck defining an opening with an axis. The neck includes a projection that projects radially away from the axis. A cap includes a wall that defines at least part of an exterior of the cap. The wall includes an aperture extending therethrough. The cap is removably attached to the neck and supported for movement on the neck between a first position and a second position. The wall is resiliently flexible for radial movement between a retained position and an unretained position with respect to the neck. In the retained position the projection retains the cap in the first position. The wall, in the unretained position, allows movement of the cap from the first position toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: HENKEL AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Daniel Peter Sterling, Keith Colacioppo
  • Patent number: 11505371
    Abstract: A closure may have a top wall and a side wall depending from the top wall. A plug seal device may depend from said top wall within the side wall. The plug seal device may have an upper section, a lower section, and a sealing section proximate the boundary between the upper section and the lower section. The sealing section is operable such that when the plug seal device is inserted in an opening to an inner cavity in a container, the sealing section engages with an inner container surface to provide a seal between an inner cavity of the container and the external environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Arnold Heinz Mai
  • Patent number: 11390436
    Abstract: A tamperproof beverage container unsealed by rotation of a lid is disclosed herein. In a general example embodiment, the beverage container includes a body configured to seal a beverage therein, the body including at least a top surface, the top surface including a main surface and at least one sealing surface covering at least one body aperture, and a lid configured to at least partially cover the top surface of the body, the lid including at least one projection which unseals the at least one sealing surface to reveal the at least one body aperture when the lid is rotated with respect to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Joseph F. Arand
  • Patent number: 11332289
    Abstract: A sealed container capable of knowing that the opening of the container body is exactly in close contact with a packing when a lid body is attached to the container body. The sealed container has a container body, a lid body attached to the opening of the container body, and a packing attached to the lid body, while the packing has a packing body provided in the lid body and a plurality of flexible ring-shaped protrusions provided thereupon which are mutually separated in the axial direction of the lid body The outer peripheral portion of the ring-shaped protrusion, which is the farthest from the top plate portion of the lid body in the axial direction, is in close contact with the inner peripheral surface of the container body, while the outer peripheral portions of other ring-shaped protrusions are radially separated from the inner peripheral surface of the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Noriko Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11325762
    Abstract: A container-closure system comprises a threaded-neck container that houses a first flowable product in a first reservoir. A closure assembly for the container initially houses a second flowable product in a second reservoir, and comprises a threaded cap and a cap insert. Movement of the cap insert with respect to the threaded cap effects the mixing of the two flowable products in the first reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventor: Philip Andrew Tarrant
  • Patent number: 11292641
    Abstract: A plastic closure includes a lower part, a lid, integrally connected to the lower part via a hinge, and at least one integrity guarantee element to indicate if the plastic closure has ever been opened. The plastic closure further includes at least one first detent element and at least one second detent element, and the at least one first detent element forms at least one integrity guarantee element and in the closed state and before the plastic closure is opened for the first time is in engagement with the at least one second detent element. The first detent element has a predetermined breaking point, and, when the plastic closure is opened for the first time via a pivoting movement of the lid, the predetermined breaking point can be broken and at least one part of the first detent element is configured to swing out to release the second detent element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Rolf Mühlemann
  • Patent number: 10954031
    Abstract: A container closure includes a generally planar body having a product side and a customer side. The container closure body defines a limited container opening and an actuation location. Further, the container body includes a force concentrating construction disposed adjacent the limited container opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis C. Stammen, Patrick K. McCarty
  • Patent number: 10894637
    Abstract: Provided is a plugging-type resin cap which can sufficiently seal a container and in which, upon uncapping of the container, a restraining band loosens after the pressure in the container is released without the application of an excessive force. A plugging-type resin cap (100) includes a restraining band (130), a tab (140), and engagement projections (151). The restraining band (130) has an arcuate restraining portion (131), stoppers (132), and an upwardly projecting portion (133). The stoppers (132) are formed to extend radially outward from the circumferential both ends of the restraining portion (131). The engagement projections (151) are disposed over an outer side surface of a skirt wall (120) in the vicinity of the circumferential both ends of a tab (140). The stoppers (132) and the engagement projections (151) are formed to be fittable with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Katsumi Enomoto, Koshin Ri, Sei Nakagawa, Katsumi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10562683
    Abstract: A stopper for a container neck, comprising: a skirt having a generally tubular shape and being centered on an axis, the skirt being adapted to surround a neck of a container, and being provided internally with a snap-on member adapted to fasten the skirt to the neck in a removable manner by jamming the snap-on member with an external projecting boss of the neck of the container; and an opening strip having a generally annular shape and including a peripheral portion that is permanently connected to a peripheral portion of the skirt, the strip being movable relative to the skirt between: a first position, in which the strip surrounds an external lateral surface of the skirt, by providing an annular space radially between the external lateral surface of the skirt and an inner surface of the strip; and a second position, in which the inside of the strip is substantially detached from the skirt in order to enable the strip to be manually grasped so that the skirt is unsnapped from the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Novembal USA Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Luzzato
  • Patent number: 10450113
    Abstract: A dispensing closure includes a base and a lid. The base includes a dispensing spout defining a dispensing orifice. A self-closing valve controls fluid flow out of the orifice in use. The lid includes a spout sealing arrangement including an external seal for sealing against an outer face of the spout and an internal seal for sealing against an inner face of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Ron Kieras, Rene Lawell, Remchile Sienes
  • Patent number: 10392168
    Abstract: A pouring spout sealing structure of an inside plug includes a sealing member including a bottom part for sealing an opening of a pouring spout of the inside plug, a peripheral wall rising from the peripheral edge of the bottom part, and a knob part extending from the peripheral wall, in which the sealing member is connected to the upper end of the opening of the pouring spout at the peripheral edge of the bottom part, the connected portion constitutes a thin part breakable by a certain pulling force, and the peripheral wall is inclined upwardly and outwardly from the opening of the pouring spout. The container pouring spout sealing structure achieves both sealability and easy opening properties, reduces number of parts and manufacturing steps, and is applicable to small containers such as cosmetic containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: KOSE Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Hanawa, Mamoru Orii
  • Patent number: 10343826
    Abstract: A container lid is composed of a synthetic resin inside plug to be mounted on the mouth of a container, and a synthetic resin lid to be mounted on the inside plug. A breakable thin-walled line formed in a closing wall has an outer arcuate portion extending from a breakage start end portion, and an inner arcuate portion extending from the breakage start end portion, and defines an arcuate deformation region. A locked element is annexed to the deformation region, and a locking element is in the lid. When the lid is rotated in a predetermined direction, the locking element is locked to the locked element. When the lid is rotated further in the predetermined direction, a force is exerted on the deformation region via the locking element and the locked element, so that the breakable thin-walled line of the inside plug is broken and the deformation region is deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi Sugiyama, Osamu Ishii, Masataka Iyadomi
  • Patent number: 10287086
    Abstract: An anti-breakage and anti-scald bottle includes an inner container and a plastic jacket arranged outside the inner container in a sleeving mode, wherein a soft rubber retainer ring is arranged at the inner bottom of the plastic jacket, and the bottom end of the inner container is clamped on the soft rubber retainer ring; an opening of the plastic jacket is connected with a fixed sleeve in a threaded mode, the neck of the fixed sleeve abuts against the periphery of an opening of the inner container, a soft rubber ring is fixedly arranged on the inner surface of the neck of the fixed sleeve and makes contact with the opening of the inner container, and a top opening of the fixed sleeve is sealed and covered with a bottle cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Shen Zhen Xin Yue Tang Plastic & Hardware Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Lihua Huang
  • Patent number: 10252845
    Abstract: A flip-top dispensing closure (10) is provided. The closure comprises: a base (12) connectable to a container neck (1); a lid (14) hingedly connected to the base so as to be movable between a closed position and an open position; and a dispensing member (20). The closure further comprises a tamper-indicating member (5). The tamper-indicating member (5) activates either: upon first opening of the lid (14); or if the base (12) is removed from the neck (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Rognard, Derek John Hindle, Philippe Bardet
  • Patent number: 10232977
    Abstract: A cap arranged to interact with a spout. The cap includes a top section, a side wall section attached to the top section and a tamper element attached to the side wall section in a tearing interface. The tearing interface may be provided with a weakening line that is arranged to break when the cap is unscrewed such that the tamper element is separated from the side wall section. The cap further includes at least one resilient cutting element arranged to the side wall. The at least one resilient cutting element is arranged to cut off a membrane of the spout when the cap is unscrewed. The cap is arranged such that the weakening line is arranged to break before the membrane of the spout is cut off when the cap is being unscrewed from the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Göran Dahl, Bengt Håkansson
  • Patent number: 10214344
    Abstract: A cartridge for extracting a beverage by injecting a fluid, comprising a containment body which is adapted to contain a substance from which the beverage is to be extracted and is adapted to receive the fluid, the containment body comprising at least one opening for the outflow of the beverage, which is adapted to prevent an increase in hydraulic pressure inside the cartridge when the fluid is injected, the containment body further comprising a plurality of raised portions for hindering the flow of the beverage, which are arranged in a mutually offset arrangement around the outflow opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ILLYCAFFE' S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luca Mastropasqua, Ferruccio Seganfreddo, Giuseppe Cutuli, Gianluca Giamba
  • Patent number: 10166343
    Abstract: A noise tamper evident cap assembly for a medical injection device is provided. The assembly includes a sleeve assembly having a sidewall formed circumferentially around a tip cap, and being permanently affixed to a bottom cap. At least one noise fin is formed along an interior of the side wall and disposed in at least partially obstructing and overlying relations relative to a bottom portion of said tip cap, such that the removal of the tip cap will cause an interaction with said noise fin(s) and create an audible indicator. The tip cap is removably connected to the bottom cap via an engagement mechanism, which is also obstructed by the noise fin(s). The bottom cap is structured and dimensioned to enclose a dispensing portion of the medical injection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Brandon Hunt, Patrick Vitello
  • Patent number: 10124938
    Abstract: This pouring closure permits controlled multi-side pouring by means of a canister spout. The pouring closure consists of a spout attachment (2), which forms a channel (14), which is reduced in size with respect to the spout and an upper outer edge of which forms a protruding drop lip (11). A closure cover (1), which acts as a jet former, forms a pipe (4), which extends downward and which fits into a channel (14) on the spout attachment (2) in a sealing manner. The pipe (4) extending downward has a lateral window (5), which extends at least around 90° of the pipe circumference. The remaining pipe circumference is doubled-walled. The interior thus formed leads toward the outside in the axial direction at the lower end of the pipe (4) as an air channel (7), and the air channel (7) likewise leads toward the outside only in the upper region of the window (5) laterally on both sides of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CAPARTIS AG
    Inventor: Herbert Wohlgenannt
  • Patent number: 10005599
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing material into a container has a base, which can be coupled to the container, and a rotatable portion that is mounted to the base and rotatable about an axis of rotation. The rotatable portion includes a storage compartment for storing the material. The storage compartment has a dispensing aperture of which at least a portion of the periphery extends in a direction non-perpendicular relative to the axis of rotation. The dispensing aperture is positioned such that the material stored in the storage compartment falls into the container when the dispensing aperture is uncovered. A pierceable membrane is sealed along the periphery of the dispensing aperture. A piercer, which forms part of the base, is offset from the axis of rotation and is positioned to pierce the membrane from the outside of the storage compartment during a full rotation of the rotatable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Bottlecap Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Bradley Friesen, Marcus Carius, Alexander Trampolski
  • Patent number: 9878831
    Abstract: A cap arranged to interact with a spout has a top portion, a sidewall portion depending from the top portion and formed in one piece therewith. The sidewall portion has an interior threading arranged to interact with exterior threading of the neck during an opening operation and during a closing operation. The cap further has a tamper evidence, which is removably attached to the sidewall portion having cutting elements with a first end hingedly attached to the sidewall portion and a free end portion arranged to interact with a membrane portion of the spout. The hinged attachment allows for the cutting element to pivot in an axial direction. Further, the free end portion has a blunt tip and a comparatively sharper cutting edge on a lateral side of the free end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Anders Danielsson, Göran M Johansson, Fredrik Nordgren, Robert Rosberg, Jennie Stackebo, Henrik Andersson
  • Patent number: 9833381
    Abstract: A bag having two accesses, an inlet and an outlet, both containing closing devices for releasing or stopping the flow of a liquid that flows into or out of the bag. The inlet has a filtering element for retaining particles possibly produced by the coring phenomenon which can occur when the spike of the inlet ruptures the plug of the bottle. Also provided is a safety device used for permanently attaching the bottle to the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Norival Caetano
  • Patent number: 9725215
    Abstract: A container includes a containing structure defining an opening and an annular lip radially extending from a distal edge of the opening. A cover is selectively and water-tightly closing the opening. The cover includes a annular rib formed on a bottom thereof and a flange radially extending therefrom wherein the flange abuts against the annular lip when the cover water-tightly closing the opening. A tongue extends from the flange and a pre-broken line is formed on the tongue, wherein the pre-broken line encircles a pre-broken portion and a stopper is formed on a bottom of the pre-broken portion. The tongue forms a griphook for user to easily detach the cover from the containing structure when the pre-broken portion is detached from the tongue along the pre-broken line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Albert Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9687644
    Abstract: A soft, flexible fluid connector includes a connecting portion and a skirt formed integral therewith and depending therefrom. The skirt has formed spaces around the circumference of the skirt defining flexible, compressible, fingers. The connector is overmolded with a plastic or like flexible material wherein the formed spaces are filled with the flexible material such that the connector is molded contiguously with a flange or faceplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Hollister Incorporated
    Inventor: Robin R. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9592508
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for sample processing. A device may be provided, capable of receiving the sample, and performing one or more of a sample preparation, sample assay, and detection step. The device may be capable of performing multiple assays. The device may comprise one or more modules that may be capable of performing one or more of a sample preparation, sample assay, and detection step. The device may be capable of performing the steps using a small volume of sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Theranos, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Holmes, Joy Roy, John Kent Frankovich
  • Patent number: 9546027
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a closure containing a top deck, an inner skirt and an outer skirt. The inner skirt engages the neck of a bottle via a snap fitting. The closure contains regions of weakness such that once the inner skirt engages the neck of the bottle and the regions of weakness are broken, the closure cannot be removed from the bottle neck without disabling the snap engagement between the closure and neck, thus preventing refilling and reuse of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: David Ziegenhorn, Jay Hinkle, Greg Showers, Kerry D. Azelton, Stacie M. Alvarez, Bryan Irwin
  • Patent number: 9546018
    Abstract: A tamper-evident container has a lid (14) that can be opened only by lifting and pulling a tab (18). Pulling of the tab breaks a breakable joint (41, 43, 70, FIG. 4) that connects the tab (18) to a hold-down (24) that is fixed to the lid, so when the tab is released from the hold-down the tab springs up (FIG. 2) to an upward incline J to indicate that the container was opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: SMART-TAB, LLC
    Inventors: Terry Vovan, Leon Rosen
  • Patent number: 9545632
    Abstract: A pierceable cap 11 may be used for containing sample specimens. The pierceable cap 11 may prevent escape of sample specimens before transfer with a transfer device 43. The pierceable cap 11 may fit over a vessel 21. An access port in the shell of the pierceable cap 11 may allow passage of a transfer device 43 through the pierceable cap 11. At least one frangible layer 215, 216 may be configured with cross slits 506 in a particular cross slit geometry. The cross slits 506 may contain an openable portion 644 or be covered by a thin membrane 645. The shell 610 and frangible layer (s) 215, 216 may be integrated into a one piece cap 601, or be separate components 634. The membrane on which the cross slits 506 are placed can be flat or contoured to guide the transfer device 43 to the cross slits 506.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Ammon David Lentz, Kevin Bailey, Dustin Diemert, Joel Daniel Krayer, Laurence Michael Vaughan
  • Patent number: 9514322
    Abstract: A user interface (21) for an extracorporeal blood treatment machine is provided, as well as a system (200) for feedback control of a user. The system (200) comprises a controller (22), a sensor (108) and a device (107) for administration of a substance. The controller (22) is enabled to receive input from the user interface and send instructions to the user interface and the controller is arranged to control the operation of the device (107) for administration of a substance. The device (107) for administration of a substance is monitored by the sensor (108) and the controller (22) is enabled to receive input from the sensor (108) such that the controller is enabled to provide feedback to the user interface by said instructions. A method (40) for performing a critical action in a system (200) is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventor: Arash Golshenas
  • Patent number: 9415906
    Abstract: A cap is for a container body including a mouth portion having an upper potion provided with a thread, a middle portion provided with an annular bead portion, and a lower portion provided with an annular shoulder portion. The cap includes a cap portion, a ring portion, and the locking mechanism. The ring portion serves as a tamper-evident ring configured to be connected to the lower end of the cap portion through a breakaway part. The ring portion has an elastic piece folded and anchored on the annular bead portion. The ring portion is rotatably provided between the annular bead portion and the annular shoulder portion. The locking mechanism is configured to be operated by a rotational operation to prevent the cap portion from being unintentionally unscrewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Takuya Kato
  • Patent number: 9371161
    Abstract: A universal cap seal for fifty-five gallon drums designed to fit over bung flanges and rims in drums of varying size and varying height. The universal cap seal comprises a body having a flat upper surface and an internal surface. The flat upper surface of the body includes a channel that holds a tamper evident lifting band. The lifting band has a lifting tab that enables the user to remove the cap seal from the flange. A sidewall extends from the flat upper surface. A shield extends downwardly from the sidewall and includes a plurality of individual pivotal segments separated by a plurality of slits. The internal surface of the body includes at least two downwardly extending internal snap elements that frictionally engage an outer portion of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Barrel Associates & Supplies Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Rudy
  • Patent number: 9261454
    Abstract: A meniscus reducing member for use in a vessel for containing a liquid including a surface feature overlying at least a portion of an interior surface of the vessel. The surface feature includes at least two surfaces for contacting the liquid that cooperate to reduce a width of a meniscus formed at an interface between the liquid and the surface feature by physically altering a contact angle between the liquid and the surface feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventors: Oliver Egeler, Steven M. Woodside
  • Patent number: 9181001
    Abstract: A tamper-evident cap is disclosed having a circular closure member, a cylindrical annular wall depending generally from the periphery of the closure member terminating with a base and having a plurality of serrations, and a tamper-evident band circumferentially positioned around the base having teeth and attached to a portion of the base. The tamper-evident band may be mounted to the base by at least one of the teeth or attached by at least one of the serrations extending below the base. The interior and/or exterior of the cylindrical wall may be stepped. The tamper-evident band may have a groove between the teeth for retaining the tamper-evident band on a neck finish. A neck finish having at least one set of teeth and optional raised portions for securing the tamper-evident band in place is also disclosed. The neck finish may be stepped to correspond with a cap having a cylindrical wall with a stepped interior. A cap and neck finish combination for a container is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Omega Cap Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Luca Molinaro, Robert E. Crisci
  • Patent number: 9145237
    Abstract: A pre-assembled container closure assembly (1) has a plastic spout body (2) with a tubular neck (4) delimiting a product passage (6) that extends to a mouth opening (8) of the neck. A rotational cap (30) is secured in closed position on the neck. The cap has a cap body including a top wall (31) and a skirt (32). The cap body further includes an annular inner sealing ring (40) depending from the top wall. The inside of the neck is provided with an inward tapering annular guide surface (15) that is contacted by the inner sealing ring when the cap is secured onto the spout body and then causes an elastic deformation of the inner sealing ring and/or the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: IPN IP B.V.
    Inventor: Peter Jan Van Der Molen
  • Patent number: 9090386
    Abstract: A tamper-evident dispensing closure includes a body adapted to be attached to a container and a pivotable lid which is hingedly attached to the body. A tamper-evident strip is located within the contour of the body and attached to the body by means of predetermined frangible connecting points. The tamper-evident strip is engaged or engageable by at least one locking member provided on a skirt portion of the lid, such that the lid is only pivotable to the open position when the tamper-evident strip is permanently removed. The body and the pivotable lid in the closed position define a recess in which the tamper-evident strip is received in a countersunk manner. The recess has a height which essentially corresponds to the height of the tamper evident strip such that the edges of the tamper-evident strip are essentially unreachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Jan van Alfen, Shi Ming Pun, Sebastiaan Wilhelmus Josephus den Boer, Gerrit Jan Stegeman
  • Publication number: 20150129533
    Abstract: A container closure assembly includes a cap and a spout assembly. The cap includes an internal thread that is configured to engage with an external thread located on the spout assembly. The cap further includes an engagement prong assembly that is configured to engage with the cylindrical band located on the spout assembly. The cylindrical band is supported by a plurality of tabs such that the engagement prong assembly extends between the band and the external threads when the internal and external threads are engaged and the cap is rotated such that the interaction of the threads moves the cap toward the band, the engagement prong assembly engaging the band when the cap seals the open end of the hollow cylinder, and the engagement prong assembly breaks the tabs when the cap is rotated causing the cap to unseal the open end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventors: James M. Taber, Darren Neputy, Dennis Szczesniak
  • Patent number: 9010555
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cap (1) that comprises a circular skirt (12), said cap including an irremovable portion (12-2) fixedly attached about the neck of a vessel (2) and a removable portion (12-1) removably attached to the neck, the irremovable and removable portions being separated by a first weakening line (20). In order to maintain the removable portion of the skirt attached to the irremovable portion of the skirt after the first opening, the skirt is provided with a second peripheral weakening line (34). It is also provided that the first weakening line extends less than 360°, while the two ends (34A, 34B) of the second weakening line are located along the periphery of the skirt respectively between a first (28A) of the two ends of a linking portion of the skirt and the hasp (26-1) closest to said first end, and between the second end (28B) of the linking portion and the hasp (26-6) closest to said second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Michel Luzzato, Jerome Mezerette
  • Patent number: 9010589
    Abstract: A cap assembly having a body, a sealing membrane and a retaining ring. A spout engagement channel is positioned on the bottom surface of the body. An opening extends through the body and includes a recessed circumferential channel and a membrane engaging flange. The sealing membrane covers the opening and includes a body engaging flange and a pierceable surface. The sealing membrane is positioned upon the membrane engaging flange so that the body engaging flange and the membrane engaging flange are in overlying engagement. The retaining ring includes a tab, a sealing membrane engagement surface and an inner wall structure. The retaining ring is positioned in overlying engagement with the sealing membrane. Extension of the tab into the recessed circumferential channel releasably maintains said overlying engagement and biases the retaining ring against the membrane. The inner wall structure of the retaining ring extends radially inward beyond the membrane engaging flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Scholle Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Thurman, James J. Arch, David Bellmore
  • Patent number: 8991650
    Abstract: A stopper for being sealed between two sheets of a reservoir, including a body defining a front face, rear face, internal edge, and external edge. The body forms a dispenser orifice that passes through from the rear face to the front face, the front and rear faces defining front and rear heat-sealing zones for the sheets. The front face defines a fluid collection zone at the orifice and the rear face defines a fluid delivery channel that extends from the dispenser orifice to the internal edge of the body. A closure lid is provided, the lid connected to the base body via a hinge. The body defines tapering side edges where the front and rear heat-sealing zones are contiguous, and the front and rear faces are convex, to define a maximum thickness where the dispenser orifice, the delivery channel, and a fraction of the collection zone are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Aptar France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Fabrice Perignon, Christophe Pierre
  • Patent number: 8978907
    Abstract: A drink cover for covering a mouth of a can or a bottle is formed of a flexible sheet material. The drink cover includes a mouth-covering portion dimensioned for placement above the mouth of the one of the can and the bottle so that the entire area of the mouth is covered by the mouth-covering portion and a retaining portion proximate the mouth-covering portion comprising a first edge engageable with the pull tab of the can or the bottle adjacent to the mouth for retaining the drink cover in an installed position on the can or the bottle. The mouth-covering portion is attached to the retaining portion by at least one connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Greenberg Surgical Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alex M. Greenberg
  • Patent number: 8899429
    Abstract: A closing arrangement includes a neck having an end closed by a wall and an associated cap. The end of the neck is provided with a weakening line that surrounds the neck. The cap is provided with an opening promoting device arranged for engaging with a further opening promoting device of the wall to separate at least a part of the wall of the neck along the weakening line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Sociata' Cooperativa
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Parrinello, Fabrizio Pucci, Bo Larsson
  • Publication number: 20140319094
    Abstract: A spout and self sealing fitment assembly including a spout and a self sealing fitment. The spout and the fitment are configured to allow for the fitment to be pressed onto the spout whereupon corresponding threads on each matingly engage, thereby allowing for removal of the spout and fitment by way of unscrewing. The fitment may also be pried off the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Scholle Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Thurman, Chris Murray, David Bellmore
  • Patent number: 8833576
    Abstract: The re-closable container (1) for fluid products, particularly for medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, includes: a hollow body (2) for containing a fluid product, which extends to a neck (4) having at least a dispensing mouth (5) for the product, and closing elements (7) for closing the dispensing mouth (5), which include: a flat-plane gripping member (8), from which a shutter pin (9) of the dispensing mouth (5) extends substantially coplanar, an annular collar (12), which is associated with the flat-plane gripping member (8) along at least a pre-established breaking area (13) and which is rigidly associable with the neck (4), and a resting base (17) suitable for allowing the flat-plane gripping member (8) to rest on a supporting surface (18) in a resting configuration in which the shutter pin (9) remains lifted with respect to the supporting surface (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lameplast S.p.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Fontana
  • Patent number: 8827094
    Abstract: A closure comprising a solid color spout and a transparent overcap is adapted to be sealed to a container neck by means of a double-sided foil. The overcap has a depending valve, which engages with the spout to hold these components together prior to assembly to the container. The spout has a flange adapted to seat on a rim of the container neck and an annular wall that is received within the container neck. The foil is welded to the flange and is also used to weld the closure to a rim of a container neck of standard threaded design. The overcap can screw to an external thread on the container neck. The primary ex-factory seal is provided by welding the assembled closure to the neck. The secondary seal is provided by the engagement of the overcap valve with the spout. The invention discloses an improved method of assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Babco Closures Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Michael McGeough, Henning von Spreckelsen
  • Patent number: 8820554
    Abstract: A vessel cap is comprised of a body mounted at a vessel inlet through which a liquid material stored in a vessel is discharged outwardly and having a certain space therein. A pressing plate is disposed in the body to be movable in upper and lower directions. A cutter is formed at an edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate in a circumferential direction for penetrating a sealing member when the pressing plate is pressed and which cuts the sealing member when the body is rotated. A hooking member downwardly protrudes at the lower surface of the pressing plate for storing the sealing member cut by the cutter in the body. A connection portion is formed between an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate and an inner circumferential surface of the body for guiding the pressing plate to be moved in upper and lower directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Hee Kwon Rho
  • Patent number: 8808593
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cap for the neck of a container and to a method for producing one such cap. According to the invention, the skirt (12) of the cap (1) is provided with frangible bridge elements (44A, 44B) which break when the cap is first opened. In addition, on either side of the aforementioned frangible bridge elements, the skirt includes a non-removable part and a removable part provided with an outer biasing tab (24) that only extends along a peripheral portion (12A) of the skirt. In order to limit the biasing force of the tab, so as to release the removable skirt part, the radial dimension (e44A) of the bridges (44A) located in the skirt portion (12) associated with the tab is smaller than the radial dimension (e44B) of the bridges (44B) located outside said portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Fabrice Guerin, Stéphane Iacopi
  • Patent number: 8763830
    Abstract: A tamper-indicating plastic closure, and tamper-evident package includes a closure wherein the closure includes a pilfer band having a substantially continuous tamper-ring. The tamper-ring extends generally angularly upwardly and inwardly of the closure in a tamper-indicating orientation of the tamper-ring for engagement with a relatively enlarged annular locking ring of the associated container. The tamper-ring includes a plurality of circumferentially spaced projections, which comprise relatively thick regions or shoulders, which act to limit lateral movement of the pilfer band with respect to the container by engagement of at least one shoulder with the associated container generally beneath the container locking ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventors: Sohail Sadiq, John Edie, David E. Gevers, William Moll
  • Patent number: 8733566
    Abstract: The invention concerns a tamper evidence and locking means for a closure and a tamper evident closure. The tamper evidence and locking means indicate initial opening and allow relocking the closure after initial opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Creanova Universal Closures, Ltd.
    Inventors: Rod Druitt, Louis Lagler