Screw Patents (Class 215/276)
  • Patent number: 9987634
    Abstract: A closure for attachment to a sample container for use in a centrifuge includes a top wall, an annular skirt wall depending from the top wall and defining a maximum outer diameter, and a handle extending from the top wall and including a central boss and at least two finger grips extending radially outward from the central boss. A respective free terminal end of each of the finger grips is located so as not to extend beyond the maximum outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Fiberlite Centrifuge, LLC
    Inventor: Sina Piramoon
  • Patent number: 9908672
    Abstract: A container comprising a jar defining a volume for containing a liquid, the jar having a rim defining an opening having a first diameter, a removable lid defining a through hole of a second diameter and having a coupling element, the removable lid sealing the opening of the jar; a tool configured to extend through the removable lid and having a working portion disposed in the volume when the tool is attached the jar opening, wherein each of the working portion has a diameter less than the second diameter, which is smaller than the first, such that for an amount of liquid material above a threshold, the tool can access the liquid material through the throughhole, and for an amount of liquid material at or below the threshold, the lid is removable and the tool is used to access the liquid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Nina Massinello
  • Patent number: 9649258
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a food storage container comprising a body with a mechanism for denoting a time in which a food item was placed in the storage container for storage. In one embodiment, the time designation mechanism comprises a plurality of rings where each ring comprises at least one marker. Time is denoted by aligning the marker with a label located proximate to said ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Tara Strong
  • Patent number: 9533806
    Abstract: The present application is directed to closure assemblies, and particularly closure assemblies for closing an opening in a vessel. In particular embodiments, the closure assemblies described herein can have a first ring having a top surface, an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein the outer surface comprises threading, wherein the first ring comprises a first flange having a top surface extending radially inward from the inner surface of the first ring a distance of FL, and wherein the top surface of the first flange is spaced apart from the top surface of the first ring by a distance FH, and wherein a ratio of FH:FL is greater than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ran Ding, Nicolau S. Cabral, Mohammad Falaki, Robert J. Post, Gerald M. Pennington, Brandon J. Pennock, Michael J. McCabe, Khoa D. Pham, Frank P. Jackson, Thomas R. Nixon
  • Publication number: 20150128809
    Abstract: For fermentation of wort during home beer brewing, a food grade plastic or glass cylindrical bottle is used which includes materials to reduce or eliminate UV light transmission through the bottle, and to minimize oxygen ingress into the bottle during fermentation where the bottle includes a flared neck gradually widening in circumference when approaching a bottle opening surrounded by a rim and the opening has dimensions capable of allowing a hand and arm inside the bottle for cleaning
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: John Thomas Hansmann, Bruce J. Newman
  • Publication number: 20150114923
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cover unit (10) for closing and sealing a container (1). The opening (9) is surrounded by a sealing edge (8). The cover unit has an adapter (11), a cover (12), and a sealing film (13). The adapter can be arranged on the container in the opening thereof or around said opening so as to leave the sealing edge exposed, and the adapter has a through-opening (22). The cover is removably arranged on the adapter. The sealing film is clamped between the cover and the adapter so as to cover the through-opening. The invention also relates to a container with such a cover unit and to a method for sealingly closing a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Horz
  • Publication number: 20140367354
    Abstract: The present application is directed to closure assemblies, and particularly closure assemblies for closing an opening in a vessel. In particular embodiments, the closure assemblies described herein can have a first ring having a top surface, an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein the outer surface comprises threading, wherein the first ring comprises a first flange having a top surface extending radially inward from the inner surface of the first ring a distance of FL, and wherein the top surface of the first flange is spaced apart from the top surface of the first ring by a distance FH, and wherein a ratio of FH:FL is greater than 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Ran Ding, Nicolau S. Cabral, Mohammad Falaki, Robert J. Post, Gerald M. Pennington, Brandon J. Pennock, Michael J. McCabe, Khoa D. Pham, Frank P. Jackson, Thomas R. Nixon
  • Patent number: 8910810
    Abstract: According to a first embodiment, a feeding bottle comprises a vessel, collar, and nipple. The nipple comprises a base portion, a teat portion, an areola portion allowing movement of the teat portion towards and away from the base portion. According to a second embodiment, a feeding bottle comprises a vessel, collar, nipple and handle portion removeably secured to the vessel by the collar. The invention includes a flexible region or regions to provide a more natural feeding by closely mimicking the human breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Jackel International Limited
    Inventors: Arnold Rees, Ian Webb, Mark Armstrong, Tom Cotton
  • Patent number: 8757410
    Abstract: A sealing mechanism for a container opening having a cylindrical opening disposed on a container body and a cap for sealing the cylindrical opening. The cap includes a screw-on cap body and an upper lid for sealing the cylindrical opening. The cap body and the upper lid are independent of each other so that the cap body can be rotated without rotating the upper lid and are engaged by a concave/convex portion. When the cap body is moved away from the container, the cap body slidably abuts on the upper lid, and pushes up the upper lid to open the cylindrical opening, and when the cap body moves toward the container, the cap abuts on the upper lid and pulls down the upper lid to re-seal the cylindrical opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Hosokawa Yoko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takashima, Yuichiro Moriyama, Susumu Niwa, Kazuhiro Umenaka
  • Patent number: 8739991
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the device comprises a stainless steel container portion, a stainless steel annular portion, and a silicone mouthpiece portion. Fluid or other contents stored in the device only come in contact with the stainless container portion, the stainless steel annular portion, and the silicone mouthpiece portion. The stainless steel container portion, the stainless steel annular portion, and the silicone mouthpiece portion all do not contain plastic, therefore the fluid in contact with these surfaces is not exposed to any toxins or other compounds found in plastic and therefore the leaching of plastic toxins and compounds cannot occur while the fluid is stored in the device. The mouthpiece portion can be any of a number of different varieties, sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Pura Stainless LLC
    Inventors: Roger P. Moore, Jenifer R. Moore
  • Patent number: 8708174
    Abstract: A bottle teat comprising: A nipple sleeve having a hollow nipple and a through-hole connected at the bottom to a hollow nipple sleeve which is connected at the bottom to a nipple flange that is connected to the nipple sleeve to be fastened to a bottle by a fastening ring which serves at the bottom with an annular disc-shaped ring flange overlapping the nipple flange, A contact area projecting downward or upward from the nipple flange, or from the nipple sleeve above the nipple flange outward into the area for placing a ring flange, and A lip valve that is opened when the nipple flange is not fastened to a bottle arranged in a deforming area next to the contact area so that the deformation of the nipple flange that arises from pressing the fastening ring against the contact area closes the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: MAPA GmbH
    Inventor: Eckhard Itzek
  • Patent number: 8701929
    Abstract: The improved portable gas can includes adjustable legs along a bottom surface, which aid in stabilizing the gas can on a floor of a vehicle while in transit. The gas can includes an extension leg that is also located on the bottom surface, and which is able to secure the gas can by engaging between the truck bed surface and the tail gate. The extension leg is comprises of a lateral member and a second member pivotably engaged thereto. The second member of the extension leg is configured to extends and engage in between the truck bed and tail gate of a truck thereby securing the gas can in place while in transit. The gas can further includes a recess handle along a front surface as well as a handle positioned atop of the gas can to aid in manipulating and carrying the gas can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Cheri Long, Jerry Long
  • Patent number: 8689987
    Abstract: A container adapter for use in feeding human infants and animal infants is shown. The container adapter has an internal threaded portion that can comprise a set of thread segments sized and configured to match the external threads of a commercially available soda or bottled liquid container, and can have an external threaded portion sized to match the internal threads of a standard nipple ring for an infant feeding bottle. The container adapter includes a funnel that provides a user with assistance in inserting infant feeding ingredients into the liquid container by placing the container adapter on the liquid container to use the funnel of the container adapter to place infant feeding ingredients into the liquid container. The container adapter is then inverted and installed onto the liquid container. A nipple within a collar is attached to the container adapter thus converting the liquid container to an infant feeding bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Linda A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8636161
    Abstract: A two-part closure (1) which has a disc (2) and a skirt (3). In one example, the skirt wall is smooth between upper and lower rims so that the disc is moveable between the rim features. Typically in a metal skirt or ring, the upper rim feature is a curl (11) and the lower rim feature is a curled edge (12) with equi-spaced lugs (13) on the skirt wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Robert Dunwoody
  • Patent number: 8596477
    Abstract: Retortable packages including plastic closure caps are disclosed. The closure cap includes an end panel and a liner applied to the end panel. The finish contacting surface of the liner has a profile that is generally arc-shaped or torroidal-like prior to contact with the finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Kras, Dennis Szczesniak, James Taber, William Kapolas, Kevin Orth
  • Patent number: 8550268
    Abstract: A closure and container package includes a glass container having an open mouth surrounded by an annular neck. An annular finish has at least one external attachment feature and is non-rotatably secured to the neck of the container. An annular skirt has at least one internal attachment feature for removable securement to the finish, and a glass closure has a circular periphery coupled to the skirt such that the skirt removably mounts the glass closure to the glass container. The finish can be of plastic or rubber, and the skirt preferably has a radially inwardly directed flange. The circular periphery of the glass closure preferably has a peripheral edge captured between the flange and a retention feature of the skirt. The peripheral edge of the glass closure preferably is annular and planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Chisholm
  • Patent number: 8528756
    Abstract: A closure system for a baby bottle including a lower closure ring screwed onto an external thread of a bottle, an upper closure ring for connecting to a screw ring for fastening a drinking teat, locking elements which rotatably and releasably lock together the lower closure ring and the upper closure ring, a circular lip seal made of a soft elastic material concentric to a lower peripheral part being arranged on the first upper face, with at least one axially oriented sealing lip and at least one circular seal geometry engaging with the lip seal and concentric to an upper peripheral part being arranged on a second lower face or vice versa and by rotating the upper closure ring relative to the lower closure ring the upper throughflow hole may optionally be brought into overlapping and non-overlapping positions relative to a lower throughflow hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: MAPA GmbH
    Inventors: Eckhard Itzek, Björn-Frederik Seidler
  • Patent number: 8365941
    Abstract: A hydration bottle is described, including a body having a top neck and a bottom neck disposed at either end of the body, the top neck, the bottom neck, and the body being formed from a continuous mold of material, the top neck and the bottom neck having threads configured to engage thread channels, a top closure having a thread channel disposed about an inner surface of the top closure and configured to engage the threads disposed about the top neck, the top closure also having a nozzle shaft and a nozzle well configured to receive a nozzle, and a bottom closure having another thread channel configured to engage another thread about the bottom neck, the bottom closure having a groove configured to receive a gasket, the groove and the gasket being configured to provide a seal between the bottom closure and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: David James Mayer
  • Patent number: 8342344
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for accommodating the pressure decrease of the fluid in a hot-filled plastic container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Darren D. Livingston
  • Patent number: 8251236
    Abstract: A closure having a device for lifting a liner from a container opening. The lifting device being a finger projecting from a hinge connection within the closure. The hinge connection is positioned from a depending skirt of the closure. The hinged finger disengages the liner from a sealing engagement with the container while engaging along substantially the same annulus spaced from the liner edge. A plurality of the hinged fingers may be used for the lifting device. The closure may be used in various retort and aseptic applications, as well as provide for tamper indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Clayton L. Robinson, Randall G. Bush, William J. Shankland, Kiran M. D'Silva, Louis John Marsella, Gary V. Montgomery
  • Publication number: 20120175335
    Abstract: A closure system for a baby bottle including a lower closure ring screwed onto an external thread of a bottle, an upper closure ring for connecting to a screw ring for fastening a drinking teat, locking elements which rotatably and releasably lock together the lower closure ring and the upper closure ring, a circular lip seal made of a soft elastic material concentric to a lower peripheral part being arranged on the first upper face, with at least one axially oriented sealing lip and at least one circular seal geometry engaging with the lip seal and concentric to an upper peripheral part being arranged on a second lower face or vice versa and by rotating the upper closure ring relative to the lower closure ring the upper throughflow hole may optionally be brought into overlapping and non-overlapping positions relative to a lower throughflow hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: MAPA GMBH
    Inventors: Eckhard Itzek, Björn-Frederik Seidler
  • Patent number: 8215508
    Abstract: A closure for attachment to a centrifuge bottle. The closure comprises an end wall and a sidewall extending from the end wall. The sidewall comprises a first terminal end, a second terminal end, a first transition surface, and a second transition surface. The first terminal end has a first outer peripheral boundary at a first radial distance from an axial centerline. The second terminal end has a second outer peripheral boundary at a second radial distance from the axial centerline. The second radial distance is less than the first radial distance. The first transition surface extends between the first outer peripheral boundary and the second transition surface. The second transition surface extends between the first transition surface and the second outer peripheral boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nalge Nunc International Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Kevin Baird, John David DeLorme, Keith Owen Whittlinger
  • Patent number: 8210377
    Abstract: Metal closure components and methods for making the same are provided. The closures may be formed from a metal sheet having a pre-formed polymer film adhered on at least one face. A circular blank may be cut from the sheet, such that the blank may have a circular “raw” cut edge unprotected by the polymer film. The metal blank may then be formed such that the cut edged may be embedded into the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Martin, Larry A. Hottle
  • Publication number: 20120132610
    Abstract: A readily manually removable and replaceable closure for reclosing beverage cans. The can has a principal opening for discharging liquids for drinking. The closure comprises a sealing member and a separate clamp. The clamp may thread to the body of the beverage can, and may have a depression formed therein so that a second can may be stacked thereon. The threading elements of the clamp and of the body may each extend less than half way around the circumference of the body such that the second closure may be secured by twist action after rotation of ten to fifteen degrees after initial contact of the threading elements. A foil bearing adhesive may be provided to cover that portion of the can contacted by the mouth when drinking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Elliott
  • Patent number: 8181800
    Abstract: According to a first embodiment, a nipple for a feeding bottle or a soother comprises a base portion, a teat portion, an areola portion and a flex region allowing flexing of the teat portion towards and away from the areola portion. According to a second embodiment, a nipple for a feeding bottle or soother is provided with a helical flow formation on the inner face of the teat, which allows continuous flow of liquid even when the teat is collapsed via the helical flow path which allows extension at the teat, in particular rotational or torsional extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Jackel International Limited
    Inventors: Arnold Rees, Ian Webb, Mark Armstrong, Tom Cotton
  • Patent number: 7882978
    Abstract: Threaded channel closure for tubular heat exchanger comprising channel header wherein the gasket is provided at the shoulder of the channel, tongue of the diaphragm is provided to apply pressure on the gasket to achieve the sealed joint, outer compression ring provided at back side of the diaphragm and being loaded by push bolts, provided at the periphery of threaded lock ring, outer compression ring being supported by channel cover, which is kept in position by threaded lock ring, characterized in that, the channel header being provided with plurality of radial holes on its periphery, approximately at the centerline of the width of the outer compression ring in its assembled condition; the outer compression ring being provided with plurality of radial through holes matching the set of holes in number as well as angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Larsen & Toubro Limited
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Modi, Veeravali Ramesh Nembilli, Venkatesh Murur
  • Patent number: 7874441
    Abstract: A plastic closure includes a plastic closure shell having a base wall with a central opening and a skirt for securing the closure to a container neck finish. A plastic disk includes angularly spaced fingers extending into the central opening of the shell base wall and external beads on the fingers for engaging an inner periphery of the central opening to retain the disk within the shell. The beads have flat undersurfaces and the inner periphery of the central opening has a ledge with a conical surface engaged by the beads. Any doming that occurs in the disk and/or the closure shell base wall increases the surface contact between the finger beads and the opposing surface of the ledge so that removal of the shell from a container neck finish will simultaneously lift and remove the disk from the neck finish without having the beads snap through the central opening in the shell so that the shell is removed while the disk is retained on the neck finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Rexam Closure Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Bloom, Stephen A. Eilertson, Wendell D. Willingham
  • Patent number: 7784629
    Abstract: A composite closure includes a band and an insert disk. A contact surface urges downwardly against the disk even while the band moves longitudinally relative to the disk or container. The closure has a fully tightened position in which the band's ring contacts the disk's annular channel, a loose position in which the ring is spaced apart from the annular channel, and an intermediate tightened position in which the ring is spaced apart from the disk and the contact surface urges against the curl. Another composite closure includes plural fins or gussets. The fins or gussets engage the peripheral curl of the insert disk to secure the band to the disk, which provides a resistance to initial unscrewing of the band. The disengagement torque required to disengage the curl from the fins may enable the closure to function as a one-piece closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Galen German, James L. Martin
  • Patent number: 7780024
    Abstract: A self peelable seal having one or more layers for sealing containers by heat induction, conduction, or other means and having a stiffening structure. A portion of the seal is axially retained within a closure thereby allowing the peelable seal to be loosened from the container neck by placing a lifting force on the seal with the closure upon removal of the closure from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignees: Rexam Closures and Containers Inc., Momar Industries LLC
    Inventors: Louis J. Marsella, Randall G. Bush, William J. Shankland
  • Publication number: 20100163515
    Abstract: A synthetic resin container including a mouth part 2, a shoulder part 3, a trunk part 4 and a bottom part 5, wherein the trunk part 4 has rectangular cylindrical parts 41 and 42, and a round cylindrical part 43 which is formed by narrowing into a cylindrical shape a region between the upper rectangular cylindrical part 41 positioned near the shoulder part 3 and the lower rectangular cylindrical part 42 positioned near the bottom part 5 side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: TOYO SEIKAN KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshinori Nemoto
  • Patent number: 7735667
    Abstract: A plastic screw cap includes two cap halves, which are produced as plastic injection-molded parts and have an internally threaded segment and an inwardly directed ring shoulder segment. The two halves of the screw cap can be pushed together, for example, on the inlet connection of the valve body of a flap valve by tongue-and-groove joints. One cap half has two hook-like ends, each of which is provided with an inwardly sloped clamping sidepiece and a groove for receiving the tongues formed on the two ends of the other half of the screw cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Protechna S.A.
    Inventor: Udo Schütz
  • Patent number: 7611026
    Abstract: A plastic closure includes a plastic closure shell having a base wall with a central opening, a skirt for securing the closure to a container neck finish, and an internal ledge on the skirt adjacent to but spaced from the base wall. A plastic disk is retained within the closure shell. The disk includes a plurality of axially extending spacer elements, preferably in the form of angularly spaced circumferentially aligned bead segments around a peripheral portion of the disk, to engage an underside of the base wall and space the disk from the base wall of the shell. Angular gaps between the spacer elements permit flow of fluid from the central opening, between the base wall and the disk and through the gaps. A periphery of the disk is disposed between the internal ledge on the skirt and the base wall of the shell to capture the disk such that the disk is free to rotate within the shell. A resilient sealing liner is molded onto an underside of the disk for sealing engagement with the container neck finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Rexam Closure Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Bloom, Stephen A. Eilertson, Maurice R. Gnepper
  • Publication number: 20080197135
    Abstract: A beverage spout and threaded cap are joined by a safety tether that further acts as a guarantee strip to establish the integrity of the contents prior to opening. The safety tether as it is wrapped around the pour spout is connected by a series of break-away tabs the cooperate to form the guarantee strip, whereupon when the cap is unscrewed off the tabs are ruptured to unfurl the safety tether. The break-away tabs can be selected to promote ordered extension of the safety tether as the cap is removed from the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Ronald H. Berman
  • Publication number: 20080116698
    Abstract: Interlocking end lugs are provided in an improved closure split ring assembly for steel drums. The interlocking end lugs facilitate the tangential alignment of the ring to seal the lid on the drum and lock it in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: Gregory N. Berenfield, Titus Techera
  • Patent number: 7374054
    Abstract: A vial closure device, a sample vial incorporating such a vial closure device, and certain methods of using such a vial and closure device. The vial and closure device are intended to contain a gaseous sample or a headspace gas present above a liquid or solid material, so that the gaseous sample or headspace gas can be conveniently analyzed, typically by means of an autosampler connected to an analytical instrument such as a mass spectrometer. Mass spectrometric methods of determining the isotopic concentration of hydrogen and oxygen comprised in aqueous samples contained in vials fitted with such closure devices are disclosed. The vial closure device comprises a hollow body member locatable in the mouth of a vial, and a first seal for making a substantially gas-tight seal between the exterior of said hollow body member and said vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Micromass UK Limited
    Inventor: Timothy Graham Brockwell
  • Publication number: 20080073310
    Abstract: The invention is a closure system comprising a container having a finish and a land located at the top of the finish. The outer wall of the finish, just below the land, is vertical and the land slopes downwardly, toward the outside of the container, at an angle of between about 1° and 10°. A band, adapted to be received onto the finish of the container, has a top portion and an annular lip extending inwardly therefrom. A disk, adapted to be inserted between the band and the container land, has a raised peripheral bead, the underside of the bead presenting a downwardly facing channel containing a gasket material. The ratio of the widths of the channel:land is in the range of about 2:1 to 1:1. When the disk is inserted into the band, a hook portion on the annular lip engages the top and inside edge of the bead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas C. Horton, Patrick E. McCallister, Thomas W. Osip, Marc S. Velmer
  • Patent number: 7320410
    Abstract: A removable cap assembly includes a cap having a curved side wall having an inner surface and an outer surface. A top portion extends from the curved side wall, a boss extending perpendicularly from the top portion. The boss has a bottom and a top, a first circumferential rib extending perpendicularly from the top of the boss and a second circumferential rib extending perpendicularly from the bottom of the boss. The boss and rib defining an opening in the cap, the opening has a width and a height. A stopper is dimensioned to seal the opening, the stopper has a hole therein configured to allow a fluid to flow therethrough. The stopper is maintained in the cap by the boss and second circumferential rib, the stopper includes a disc shaped base. A cylindrical wall portion extends from the base, a first groove in the base surrounding the wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Ver Hage Enterprises
    Inventor: Richard P. Ver Hage
  • Patent number: 7299939
    Abstract: A removable cap assembly employs a cap with a curved side wall having an inner surface and an outer surface. A top portion extends from the curved side wall. A boss extends perpendicularly from the top portion. The boss further has a bottom and a top with a circumferential rib extending perpendicularly from the top and at least one ridge on the inside surface of the boss below the top and above the bottom. A stopper is dimensioned to seal the opening. The stopper has a hole therein configured to allow a fluid to flow therethrough. The stopper is maintained in the cap by the boss and the at least one ridge. The stopper includes a disc shaped base and a cylindrical wall portion extending from the base having at least one cavity corresponding to the location of the at least one ridge on the boss. A first groove in the base surrounding the wall portion is dimensioned to receive the bottom of the boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Ver Hage Enterprises
    Inventor: Richard P. Ver Hage
  • Patent number: 7163115
    Abstract: A two-piece cap assembly for closing an opening in a neck portion of the container is provided that includes a cap body having a top wall and a depending annular skirt for screw attachment to the neck portion of the container. A plug seal is attachable to the underside of the top wall of the cap body. The plug seal and the cap body are relatively rotatably coupled for independent rotation of the cap body with respect to the plug seal upon attachment and detachment of the cap to the neck portion of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Whitley
  • Patent number: 7147118
    Abstract: A plastic closure includes a plastic closure shell having a base wall with a central opening and a skirt with at least one internal thread or bead for securing the closure to a container finish. A plastic disk is retained within the shell parallel to but spaced from the base wall. The disk includes a plurality of axially extending spacer elements around the disk to engage the undersurface of the base wall and space the disk from the base wall of the shell, and angularly spaced fingers extending from the disk through the central opening of the base wall to retain the disk within the shell. A resilient liner is disposed on an underside of the disk for sealing engagement with the container finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Bloom, Stephen A. Eilertson
  • Patent number: 7141224
    Abstract: Vessels, or housings, and covers therefor are detailed herein. Loads and load-bearing surfaces exist principally at the periphery of the covers, by contrast with centralized loading utilized in other designs. In some versions of the vessels, a cover is sandwiched, at its periphery, between a cap assembly formed of both a jack ring and an upper component or cap and thus carried on and off the associated vessel when the cap is placed onto or removed from the vessel, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Alvin Costa, Richard A. Coffey
  • Patent number: 7134565
    Abstract: A closure for mating with a container has a threaded finish. The closure comprises a flange and a skirt downwardly depending therefrom. The skirt includes a deformable element formed of a different material than that of the flange and skirt and disposed on an interior surface. The deformable element inner diameter is smaller than the outer diameter of the container, and accordingly deforms upon mating the closure with the container. The container threads impress threads into the deformable element to form threads on the closure. The deformable element is formed of a suitable material. The closure of the present invention provides for the use of high-speed press-on capping equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies
    Inventors: Min Miles Wan, Emanuel Shenkar, James L. Martin, Larry Hottle, Galen German
  • Patent number: 7040499
    Abstract: Capped containers for use on a residence counter have caps which swingably connect the cap to the container for closure. If the contents of the container is a thin or watery liquid the ordinary closure may not prevent leakage during vibration, travelling or pressure. There is here provided a container with an additional closure formed when a sleeve is arranged to move to an extended position and then to thread to both the cap and the container to provide a fluid tight connection to each.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Y. Reif
  • Patent number: 7004341
    Abstract: A composite closure type container assembly that is designed for use with unthreaded containers includes a container having an unthreaded outer surface and an opening that is defined by an upper rim, a sealing disc that is sized and shaped to cover the opening and to seal against the upper rim and a securement member that is removably anchored to the container for securing the sealing disc on the container. In one embodiment, the securement member is removably anchored to the container by using a tight frictional engagement. In a second embodiment, the anchoring is accomplished by shaping the container so as to have a downwardly depending skirt that engages and retains the securement member in position until the container assembly is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies, Corporation
    Inventors: Emanuel Shenkar, James L. Martin, Galen German, Min Miles Wan, Chris Ramsey
  • Patent number: 6935540
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly for dispensing a substance from a receptacle is provided. Preferably the collar therefore comprises outwardly projecting and elongated angled ribs for forming complementary elongated grooves in the outer surface of the ferrule. A method of assembling such a dispenser assembly upon a receptacle is also provided and comprises the important step of allowing the collar to rotate over the outer surface of the ferrule and towards the receptacle, such that the elongated ribs form complementary elongated grooves in the outer surface of the ferrule thereby forming an airtight seal between the dispensing assembly and the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: EMSAR, Incorporated
    Inventor: Walter Ackermann
  • Patent number: 6881204
    Abstract: A tube connection adapter for coupling one or more tubes of a chest drainage system to a bottle. The adapter has a body adapted to fit onto the mouth of a bottle, the body having an inlet fitting adapted to be connected to a tube of the drainage system to permit entry of fluid into the bottle, and a pressure relief valve adapted to communicate with the interior of the bottle to permit release of pressure in the event of a pressure build-up occurring within the bottle. The pressure relief valve may include a simple ball valve or poppet valve and can be fitted into the adapter body even when there are two or more inlet/outlet fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Eastland Medical Systems LTD
    Inventor: Philip Bunce
  • Patent number: 6874647
    Abstract: A plastic closure includes a plastic closure shell having a base wall with a central opening and a skirt with at least one internal thread or bead for securing the closure to a container finish. A plastic disk is retained within the shell parallel to but spaced from the base wall. The disk includes a plurality of axially extending spacer elements around the disk to engage the undersurface of the base wall and space the disk from the base wall of the shell, and angularly spaced fingers extending from the disk through the central opening of the base wall to retain the disk within the shell. A resilient liner is disposed on an underside of the disk for sealing engagement with the container finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Bloom, Stephen A. Eilertson
  • Publication number: 20040195197
    Abstract: A shellable, positively lockable, child resistant closure and container includes a pair of nested inner and outer caps designed to be purposefully shellable for use in its non-child resistant mode. The inner cap is coaxially positioned and nested within the outer cap such that a row of angular abutments of the inner cap engage a row of angular abutments of the outer cap upon rotation of the outer cap in a closing direction, and upon rotation of the outer cap in an opening direction, without a concomitant axial force, the respective angular abutments cam over and past each other to prevent rotation of the inner cap. Additionally, the inner cap contains a positive locking device for engagement with a complementary locking device on the neck of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: David A. Miceli, Joseph Miceli
  • Patent number: 6776311
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly for dispensing a substance from a receptacle is provided. Preferably the collar therefore comprises outwardly projecting and elongated angled ribs for forming complementary elongated grooves in the outer surface of the ferrule. A method of assembling such a dispenser assembly upon a receptacle is also provided and comprises the important step of allowing the collar to rotate over the outer surface of the ferrule and towards the receptacle, such that the elongated ribs form complementary elongated grooves in the outer surface of the ferrule thereby forming an airtight seal between the dispensing assembly and the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: EMSAR, Incorporated
    Inventor: Walter T. Ackermann
  • Patent number: RE42553
    Abstract: An attaching ring or fixing ring is provided for attaching or fixing a dispenser member to a neck of a receptacle containing a substance to be dispensed. The ring is annular and has a bottom portion and a top portion. In a preferred embodiment, the bottom portion includes snap-fastening tabs for fixing the ring to the neck. The top portion includes an opening for the dispenser and a surrounding structure for securing the dispenser member to the neck. The top portion further includes at least one guide wall element extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the dispenser member and around the periphery of the fixing ring substantially in line with the snap-fastening tabs. A hoop can be provided for preventing the tabs from splaying apart. The hoop can include an internal projection, such as a vertical rib or a thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Valois of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier de Pous, Yannic Hermouet