Resilient Distortion Of Closure Skirt Holds It In Closed Position Patents (Class 215/317)
  • Patent number: 11497330
    Abstract: A paper-based container lid comprises a top wall, a side wall connecting to the top wall, and a sealing channel formed on the side wall for sealingly engaging a rim of the container and securing the lid to the container, wherein the top wall and the side wall are preferably formed from separate blanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: PTM Packaging Tools Machinery Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel C. Panek, Wade Harris, Bhagwandat Mohan, Rune K. Haraldsson, Matthew E. Zacherle, Jeremy D. Mowery
  • Patent number: 9848721
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a universal food and drink lid. The lid is formed of a stretchy material so that it can fit on a plurality of containers of different sizes. The lid is also formed of a material with sufficient elasticity so that once it is fit onto a container, such as a cup or a bowl, the lid forms a seal therewith that allows for a spill-proof connection between the container and the lid. The lid may further include an outlet for removing the contents of the container without removing the lid. The lid may further include an outlet that is a spout, an opening with a movable stopper, a straw opening or an opening sized to fit the hand of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Double Double Inc.
    Inventors: Sativa Turner, Michelle Ivankovic
  • Patent number: 9826753
    Abstract: A molding container including a lid that can be smoothly pulled out of a molded frozen dessert with no damage to the molded frozen dessert is provided. A frozen dessert container assembling method of assembling: a main body capable of containing a frozen dessert; a first lid including a first peripheral edge portion and a protrusion that forms an inner space on the inner radius side of the first peripheral edge portion; and a second lid including a second peripheral edge portion and a cover portion is provided. This method includes the steps of: feeding the main body; causing the protrusion of the first lid to be contained in the main body and fitting the first peripheral edge portion and an opening of the main body to each other; and covering the inner space of the first lid with the cover portion of the second lid and fitting the first peripheral edge portion and the second peripheral edge portion to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AKAGI NYUGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sota Inoue
  • Patent number: 9751665
    Abstract: A drink-through lid with spill resistant tab for use on a beverage container. The lid provides a drink outlet that allows liquid to fill a drink well base, from which a consumer may sip a beverage similar to using a cup. The lid is provided with a spill resistant tab. The tab may include a blade portion which fits through a slit in the drink-through lid. The blade extends outward to a distal blade edge adjacent an interior wall of the beverage container. The blade has a width W2 as wide or wider than the effective outlet width W1 of the drink outlet. The lid may be provided with a generally V-shaped groove having a slit at the bottom thereof for passage of the blade therethrough. In an embodiment, the tab may include a Z-shaped connector portion sized and shaped for interlocking mating engagement with the V-shaped grove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Douglas H. Fleming
  • Patent number: 9598200
    Abstract: Disclosed is a connection device to be coupled with a container neck in different standards for use. The connection device is formed with a mouth part at the upper side and a screw thread part at the lower side. The mouth part at the upper portion of the connection device is formed in a screw thread or other shape in the standard corresponding to a bottle lid, and the inside of the screw thread part is formed with a screw thread corresponding to the standard of the container neck. The screw thread is integrally formed or an elastic screw thread is additionally added for the coupling with the necks of a plurality of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Jeong-Min Lee, Seong-Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 9579099
    Abstract: A shipping member for selective attachment to a replaceable loading unit is provided. The shipping member includes an annular extension configured for selective engagement with a loading unit and configured to prevent movement of a knife assembly of the loading unit. The shipping member further includes first and second legs configured to prevent movement of a staple pusher assembly. The shipping member also includes a staple retaining surface configured to retain staples within a staple cartridge of the loading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Christopher Penna, Patrick Mozdzierz, Paul A. Scirica, Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 9352318
    Abstract: A cap is provided for a laboratory vessel. The cap includes a lid that can be rotated relative to the laboratory vessel from a closed position to an open position. The lid includes at least one tab dimensioned and disposed for receiving manual digital pressure for opening and/or closing the lid. The tab is in an offset position to prevent a thumb or forefinger from passing over and in contact with the opening to the vessel. Additionally, the lid includes a shield inwardly from the tab for further preventing contact between a finger and the open top of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: David C. Giusti
  • Patent number: 8998012
    Abstract: A container cap locking mechanism includes a barb and adjacent stop both projecting downward from a cap edge to mesh with a V-shaped block projecting outward from a container sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Integrity Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bailey, Dale Sass
  • Publication number: 20150060388
    Abstract: A plug for closing a neck of a container is disclosed. The plug comprises an obturation cap, which is laid out across an inner aperture of the neck of the container and which is crossed by a driving-in member notably when the container is installed on a dispenser, and a skirt for attachment to the neck centered on an axis. The cap defines a central cavity for receiving the driving-in member, the bottom region of which is delimited by a breakable part, which is adapted to be set in abutment by the driving-in member until it breaks and which includes a central bottom wall and a side wall provided with breaking lines extending radially to the axis, while the remainder of the cavity is delimited by a tubular part of the cap, which guides the driving-in member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Richard Lamoureux, Grégory Antier
  • Patent number: 8727151
    Abstract: An assembly of a container and a closure, the assembly having an overpressure relief system, wherein the system has a fixation between the closure and a container, the fixation providing two positions in between which the closure is movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch Inbev S.A.
    Inventors: Vanessa Valles, Daniël Peirsman, Sarah Vanhove
  • Patent number: 8684203
    Abstract: A screw closure (10) has a screw cap (1) and a tamperproof band (5). The screw cap (1) has a head plate (2) with a cylindrical lateral cap surface (3,provided with an internal thread (4) and wherein the tamperproof band (5) has a flexible band (6) and is connected to the lower periphery of the lateral cap surface (3) via one or more easy-tear elements (7). In order to create a screw closure which has a flexible band and, even with relatively large tolerance deviations between the closure and container neck, still ensures that the tamperproof band can be reliably torn off is thus providing enhanced functional reliability. The flexible band (6) is a continuously encircling flexible band which, distributed over its circumference, has portions (8) which can be extended easily and, therebetween, portions (9) which are less easy to extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Bericap GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Günter Krautkrämer
  • Patent number: 8678212
    Abstract: A receptacle sealing system includes a container with a rim defined at an upper opening thereof, and an adjustable closure for covering the opening of the container and having a sealed orientation and an unsealed orientation. The adjustable closure includes a rigid lid, and an integral annular seal having an outer annular wall, wherein when the adjustable closure is disposed in the unsealed orientation, the outer annular wall is oriented in the first position to face the top surface of the rigid lid, and, wherein when the adjustable closure is disposed in the sealed orientation, the outer annular wall is oriented in the second position in order to substantially seal onto the upper exterior wall of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sunrise Kitchen Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Kee Kim
  • Patent number: 8668097
    Abstract: A covering member (1) for mounting on a fastener ring (2), the ring and the covering member co-operating with each other to form a fastener device for fastening a dispenser system (3) on a receptacle neck (40). The covering member is substantially cylindrical and includes an outside wall (14) and an inside wall (15) for coming into clamping contact around the ring (2). The inside wall forms at least one elongate groove (16) hollowed out in a base zone (151). The groove is formed by a plurality of groove segments (17) that are separated by non-groove zones in such a manner as to form a groove that is interrupted locally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventors: Gilles Jourdin, Cèdric Mesnil
  • Patent number: 8646635
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a closure for a container. In one of the embodiments provided herein, the closure is provided with a roof portion, a shoulder portion that merges with the roof portion, and a skirt portion depending from the shoulder portion. Provided on the shoulder portion are recessed regions and full-depth regions. The recessed regions and full-depth regions alternate around the shoulder portion and are provided for improving a number of manufacturing, costs, and structural factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerry Mavin, Tim Stephenson
  • Publication number: 20130233822
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for stopping a container (1) having a neck (12), said device comprising a stopper (51) and a cap (52) consisting of a plastic material and able to surround both the stopper (51) and the neck (12). The cap (52) comprises a ring (53) that can surround the stopper and the neck when mounted and is provided with means (537) for locking onto the neck, and a body (54) for handling the ring, provided with first means for transmitting a thrust force to the ring and second means (541) for activating means for locking the ring. The ring (53) is provided with a continuous outer peripheral collar (5311), and the handling body (54) is provided with at least one raised element (5431) designed to abut (E4) against the continuous outer peripheral collar (5311) when it activates the locking means (537).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: West Pharmaceutical Services Deutschland Gmbh & CO.KG
    Inventor: Antoine Aneas
  • Patent number: 8496131
    Abstract: A cap 80 for sealing a container having a closure assembly with lug members on the container for sealing with corresponding lugs on the cap 80 has a top panel 84 and a circumferential side wall panel 82, has a top panel 84 and a circumferential side wall panel 82. The top panel 84 is positioned about a longitudinal axis 50 and extends radially outwardly therefrom. The circumferential side wall panel 82 is integral with an outer peripheral edge of the top panel 84 and has first, second, and third segments 90, 92, 94. The first segment 90 extends downwardly. The second segment 92 extends radially outwardly at a first angle to the first segment 90. The third segment 94 extends downwardly from the second segment 94 at a second angle to the second segment 92.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Rexam Beverage Can Company
    Inventors: Randall G. Forrest, Timothy L. Turner, Michael R. Gogola, V. Steven Jackson, Ronald D. Parrella
  • Patent number: 8443993
    Abstract: The present invention is a bottle cap assembly comprising an anchor for attachment to a bottle and a cap portion removably attached to the anchor. The anchor has a first connector, and the cap portion has a second connector. The second connector removably engages the first connector, when the cap portion detaches from the anchor, and extends around the circumference of the cap portion, so that the cap portion can be attached to the first connector in any orientation. The first connector can also be mounted on a tab extending down from the anchor. The first and second connectors can be male and female connectors, respectively. Alternatively, the first and second connectors can be compatible magnets. A retaining member can also be used to permanently attach the cap portion and anchor member to reduce the risk of loss when the first and second connectors are being engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael C. Desselle
  • Patent number: 8443994
    Abstract: The present invention is a bottle cap assembly including an anchor, a cap portion, and a retaining device. The anchor attaches to a bottle and has a threaded neck and a ridge extending outward from the threaded neck. The cap portion removably attaches to the anchor and the bottle. The cap portion has a retaining sleeve along an entire circumference of the cap portion. The retaining device keeps the cap portion connected to the anchor, so that the cap portion is not lost. The retaining device includes a rod element housed in the retaining sleeve, and the rim of the retaining sleeve prevents detachment of the rod element from the retaining sleeve. The rod element extends between the anchor and cap portion, while only the anchor remains attached to the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael C. Desselle
  • Patent number: 8434318
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a body defining a storage space; a door selectively shielding the storage space; a container connecting part disposed in the storage space or the door; a water supply container separably coupled to the container connecting part, the water supply container including an opening for injecting water; an ice making device for making ice using the water supplied from the water supply container; a water supply passage fluidly connecting the water supply container to the ice making device, the water supply passage extending in an inside direction of the water supply container; and a pump connected to the water supply passage to supply the water within the water supply container into the ice making device. According to the refrigerator, installation cost is reduced, and quality and reliability are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Kyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 8424706
    Abstract: A closure (1) having a shell (10) and a polymer insert (20). The polymer material of the insert (20) is selected to be sufficiently soft to provide an adequate sealing surface (21) and yet sufficiently stiff to define legs (22), which clip behind the internal curl (11) of the closure shell (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Gordon Robertson, Keith West
  • Patent number: 8376163
    Abstract: A beverage container comprises a bottle (2) and is sealed by a lid of resilient material. The bottle includes a neck (8) defining an opening and the lid includes a closure plate (32), integral with which is a depending skirt (18) extending around the outer surface of the neck. The skirt (18) carries an annular flange (20), which is in sealing engagement with the underside of the downwardly directed annular shoulder (14) on the outer surface of the neck. The annular flange (20) is connected to the skirt (18) by an integral hinge. The internal surface of the skirt (18) carries an annular protuberance (52), which is in sealing engagement with one side surface of the annular flange, the other side surface being in sealing engagement with the outer surface of the neck. The said one side surface of the annular flange includes an annular portion which extends downwardly and inwardly and is in contact with a corresponding annular portion on the surface of the annular protuberance (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Carbonite Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • Patent number: 8360256
    Abstract: A storage and drinking container for pressurized beverages includes a drinking vessel 1 having a lip 3 and a lid formed from a cap 5 and retaining ring 12. The cap 5 seals with a surface 4 on the inside neck of the vessel and is retained in place by fingers 8 engaging under a lip 3. The fingers 8 are retained in position by a retaining ring 12. Cooperating sets of cammed surfaces 10 and 13 on cap 5 and ring 12 act on rotation of the ring to axially separate the ring 12 from the cap 5, releasing the fingers 8 from under the lip 3 and permitting the lid to be removed. A drinking vessel with a wide neck can be reliably sealed without the necessity to provide screw threads on the outer surface of the vessel 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Packaging Innovation Limited
    Inventor: Michael O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8333294
    Abstract: A cap for sealing a container has a top panel and a circumferential side wall panel. The top panel is positioned about a longitudinal axis and extends radially outwardly therefrom. The circumferential side wall panel is integral with an outer peripheral edge of the top panel and has first second, and third segments. The first segment extends downwardly. The second segment extends radially outwardly at a first angle to the first segment. The third segment extends downwardly from the second segment at a second angle to the second segment. The cap has lug members for sealing the cap to a container having corresponding lugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Rexam Beverage Can Company
    Inventors: Randall G. Forrest, Timothy L. Turner
  • Patent number: 8317043
    Abstract: A beverage container comprises a receptacle (2) which has a central axis (3) and is sealed by a lid (6) of resilient material. The receptacle includes a neck (8) defining an opening and the lid includes a closure plate (30, 32), integral with which is a depending skirt (18) extending around the outer surface of the neck. The inner surface of the skirt (18) carries a continuous annular flange (20), which is in sealing engagement with the underside of a continuous downwardly directed annular shoulder (14) on the outer surface of the neck and thus prevents movement of the lid in the axial direction away from the receptacle. The annular flange (20) on the lid is connected thereto by a resilient hinge connection (22). The annular flange (20) is elongate in axial sectional view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Carbonite Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • Patent number: 8308004
    Abstract: A dispensing package includes a container having a neck finish with an axis, a non-circular cross section in a plane perpendicular to the axis, and at least one circumferentially extending external engagement element on the neck finish. A closure has a wall received over the container neck finish. The wall has a non-circular cross section corresponding to the non-circular cross section of the neck finish and at least one internal circumferentially extending engagement element in engagement with the external engagement element on the neck finish. The internal and/or external circumferentially extending engagement element has a shallow lead-in angle to enable press-fit of the closure onto the container neck finish and a steep back angle to retard removal of the closure from the neck finish. Rotation of the closure on the neck finish is prevented by the non-circular cross sections of the neck finish and the closure wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Wing-Kwong Keung
  • Patent number: 8240492
    Abstract: A snap closure for a container includes an annular snap bead in a skirt portion. A top portion extends upwardly from the skirt portion, the top portion having horizontal slits. When the snap closure is engaged with a container, the snap beads snap onto a mating locking ring of the container. An upwards force is applied to the snap closure to disengage the closure from the container. The horizontal slits enable the top portion to flex axially to provide additional rotational leverage for disengaging the snap beads from the annular locking ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: RFR Design LLC
    Inventor: Robert J. Mileti
  • Publication number: 20120199549
    Abstract: This invention provides a cartridge cap for preventing air staying in a cylindrical cartridge even if the air is sucked in during a sealing operation of the opening portion of the cylindrical cartridge in which medicinal solution is filled. The air which is sucked in during a sealing operation of the opening portion of the cylindrical cartridge 2 is released to the outside of the cylindrical cartridge 2 through an air relief passage AR which is formed along the inner periphery of the cylindrical wall portion 1B including the gap between the outer periphery of the rip portion 2A of the cylindrical cartridge 2 and the part of the inner periphery of the cylindrical wall portion 1B where no terrace shaped receiving portions 1F, 1F, . . . are formed. It is possible to prevent air from staying in the cylindrical cartridge 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: DAIKYO SEIKO, LTD.
    Inventor: Hideaki Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8186527
    Abstract: A vacuum sealing cap for a container includes an outer cap body, an inner cap body movable toward or away from the outer cap body, a sealing gasket compressible by the outer cap body to abut sealingly against the mouth of the container when the inner cap body moves toward the outer cap body, a slide member connected to the inner cap body, and an operating member connected pivotally to the slide member and pivotable between first and second positions, where the operating member pulls upwardly and pushes downwardly the slide member to move the inner cap body upwardly toward and downwardly away from the outer cap body. The sealing gasket is pressed and is not pressed sealingly against the mouth of the container in the first and second positions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Free-Free Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Sheng-Yu Liu
  • Publication number: 20120102880
    Abstract: A plastic container and closure, and system and method of making the same. Container can include a solid bottom end, an outer sidewall extending from solid bottom end, a shoulder portion extending from outer sidewall, and neck portion extending from shoulder portion, forming an open end of container. Solid bottom end includes a circumferential heel portion having a plurality of radially asymmetrical projections and recesses disposed on an outer periphery of the heel portion, the plurality being configured to increase heel portion rigidity while maintaining substantially uniform material thickness. Shoulder portion forms an angle with a plane perpendicular to the container central axis. At an angle of 50° a desirable failure mode may be achieved where the yield strength of the shoulder portion is balanced against that of the heel portion and the outer sidewall to maximize the top load strength of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Lawrence Korpanty, Kevin D. Himes, John E. Denner, David B. Clements, Robert D. Stoolmaker, Thomas J. Atkinson
  • Patent number: 8167156
    Abstract: The convertible child-resistant vial includes a container having an aperture and a peripheral wall and being provided with a first connection element in the form of contiguous locking and freeing housings provided in a collar extending from the peripheral wall; and a cap hingedly mounted to the container integrally thereof and including a second connection element for cooperating with the first connection element to close the vial in a child safe-manner. The second connection element is in the form of a tooth which is easily removable to convert the child-resistant vial into a non-child-resistant vial. The vial can be molded in a one piece body. The integral mounting of the cap to the container allows easing the distribution and handling of the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolopharm Inc.
    Inventor: Gaétan Milante
  • Patent number: 8100287
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cap for covering the open top of a drinking vessel. The cap includes a substantially rigid cover disk assembly dimensioned to span across and substantially cover the open top of the drinking vessel, and a flexible tubular membrane that extends from a bottom side of the cover disk assembly. The membrane is adapted to be rolled down a side wall of the drinking vessel to thereby removably secure the cap thereto. Identifying indicia can be printed on the top side of the cover disk assembly. The beverage within the drinking vessel can be consumed using a drinking straw. When properly deployed, the cap inhibits the introduction of unwanted matter into the drinking vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Veronica Milnark
  • Publication number: 20110114594
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a closure for a container. In one of the embodiments provided herein, the closure is provided with a roof portion, a shoulder portion that merges with the roof portion, and a skirt portion depending from the shoulder portion. Provided on the shoulder portion are recessed regions and full-depth regions. The recessed regions and full-depth regions alternate around the shoulder portion and are provided for improving a number of manufacturing, costs, and structural factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: PORTOLA PACKAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Gerry Mavin, Tim Stephenson
  • Patent number: 7909188
    Abstract: A composite lined closure for use with a container having a container neck crown includes a top having a periphery and an underside, a skirt depending downward from the periphery, the skirt including an inner surface and a locking bead radially extending inward from the skirt, and a resilient seal liner extending along the underside and along the inner surface above the sealing bead. Preferably, the liner is formed of an elastomeric material. A method of using the composite lined closure is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Sungsuk Steve Kim, Richard D. Lohrman, Charles A Webster
  • Patent number: 7891511
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a closure for a container. In one of the embodiments provided herein, the closure is provided with a roof portion, a shoulder portion that merges with the roof portion, and a skirt portion depending from the shoulder portion. Provided on the shoulder portion are recessed regions and full-depth regions. The recessed regions and full-depth regions alternate around the shoulder portion and are provided for improving a number of manufacturing, costs, and structural factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerry Mavin, Tim Stephenson
  • Patent number: 7878351
    Abstract: A Cap arrangement comprises an opening-indicator device that has an outer edge wherefrom leads away fin members which in use extends towards the inside of said cap arrangement, said fin members comprising, in one of their portions nearest said edge, an elongated element having a substantially rectilinear extension, said fin members further comprising, in one of their portions further away from said edge, a flexible appendage elements; a cap arrangement comprises an opening-indicator device that has an outer edge wherefrom leads away fin members comprising a first portion suitable for interacting with a surface of a first collar arrangement extending radially from a neck of container arrangement, a second portion suitable for interacting with a further surface of a second collar arrangement extending radially from said neck and a third portion suitable for interacting with a yet further surface of said first collar arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Societa Cooperativa
    Inventors: Alessandro Falzoni, Fabrizio Pucci
  • Patent number: 7878354
    Abstract: A one touch-type stopper operable with one hand is provided. The one touch-type container stopper comprises a hermetically sealing part which has, at a lower end thereof, first supporting protrusions formed to protrude inwardly such that they are elastically supported along an outer peripheral surface of a mouth of the container and is fitted around the mouth to seal the container: and a cover part which has a hinge part formed integrally with and extending from the first supporting protrusions and then bent, and second supporting protrusions at a lower end thereof to protrude inwardly therefrom and is positioned outside of the sealing part. The second supporting protrusions are connected to one another through a band member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Dong-Seuk Chae
  • Patent number: 7870969
    Abstract: A package is provided including a container and a cap attached thereto. The container has an open and a closed end, the former having a dispensing opening surrounded by a shoulder. A pair of first buttresses are molded into the shoulder arranged along a cross-sectional major axis bisecting the opening. A pair of second buttresses are also molded into the shoulder and arranged along a minor axis bisecting the opening. Each of the buttresses have an upper edge tapering downwardly away from the opening. Upper edges of the second buttresses have a steeper taper angle than those of the first buttresses. The cap includes a lid hingedly connected to an edge of a fitment, the latter having a platform surrounded by a skirt wall and a product exit orifice formed in the platform. On a lower surface of the platform are four legs surrounding the orifice, projecting downwardly with each leg being asymmetrically shaped and lockingly fitted between first and second adjacent buttresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventor: Luis Ernesto Ribadeneira Mejia
  • Publication number: 20100213159
    Abstract: A covering member (1) for mounting on a fastener ring (2), the ring and the covering member co-operating with each other to form a fastener device for fastening a dispenser system (3), such as a pump or a valve, on a receptacle neck (40), the covering member presenting a general configuration that is substantially cylindrical and that includes an outside wall (14) and an inside wall (15) for coming into clamping contact around the ring (2), the inside wall forming at least one elongate groove (16) hollowed out in a base zone (151), the covering member being characterized in that the groove is formed by a plurality of groove segments (17) that are separated by non-groove zones in such a manner as to form a groove that is interrupted locally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: VALOIS SAS
    Inventors: Gilles Jourdin, Cédric Mesnil
  • Publication number: 20100207297
    Abstract: A flexible, elastically gathered cover for food containers or the like, and a method of making such covers, uses a forming machine with a lower section having: a) a square shaped forming mandrel having a top, four substantially vertical sides, and a heating element extending longitudinally along each side, b) four elongated sealing bars having a tops with a guide and a front with an elongated strip of rubber attached, and c) a cover ejector with upwardly extending ejector pins. Each sealing bar is positioned opposite a respective side of the forming mandrel separated to create a forming groove around the mandrel. An upper section having a forming head assembly comprises: a) a forming die with sides that define a cavity sized to telescope over the forming mandrel, and b) a band ejector plate with plural downwardly extending ejector pins located along the perimeter. The forming die hangs below the band ejector plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: Covermate, Inc.
    Inventor: Claus E. Sadlier
  • Publication number: 20100116775
    Abstract: A method for producing a printed and embossed deep-drawn lid of aluminum that is circular in plan view. The method comprises: (a) printing an aluminum plate with at least one of a varnish and a paint; (b) cutting the aluminum plate; (c) deep drawing; (d) embossing; and (e) optionally, edge rolling. Steps (b), (c), (d) and optionally (e) are carried out with a single tool. A lid obtainable by this method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: BEIERSDORF AG
    Inventors: Holger Dede, Torsten Lafrenz, Matthias Trucks
  • Patent number: 7703626
    Abstract: Conventional adhesive and contact welding methods for holding the paperboard and plastic components of a composite closure together present a number disadvantages and do not lend themselves easily to mass production. The present invention describes two novel approaches, firstly the pre-assembly heating of the closure components with directed hot air to partially melt the thermoplastic surfaces and allow the parts to be immediately assembled sealingly and, secondly, a novel construction of plastic and paperboard composite closure in which the plastic rim is of a two-piece snap-fit constructions which firmly grips the top panel of the paperboard lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen H. Witt
  • Publication number: 20100084365
    Abstract: A vacuum sealing cap for a container includes an outer cap body, an inner cap body movable toward or away from the outer cap body, a sealing gasket compressible by the outer cap body to abut sealingly against the mouth of the container when the inner cap body moves toward the outer cap body, a slide member connected to the inner cap body, and an operating member connected pivotally to the slide member and pivotable between first and second positions, where the operating member pulls upwardly and pushes downwardly the slide member to move the inner cap body upwardly toward and downwardly away from the outer cap body. The sealing gasket is pressed and is not pressed sealingly against the mouth of the container in the first and second positions, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: FREE-FREE INDUSTRIAL CORP.
    Inventor: Sheng-Yu Liu
  • Patent number: 7568585
    Abstract: A unitary capseal for a closure that is installed in a container includes an annular sidewall, a generally circular top panel joined to the sidewall, a snap-on annular rim formed adjacent a lower edge of the sidewall, and an annular sealing lip formed adjacent the annular rim. The cooperating closure includes a serrated flange, a closing plug for threaded receipt by the flange, and a sealing gasket positioned therewith. The container end is formed around the flange interlocking with the flange serrations and creating an outer annular channel that receives the annular rim for a snap-on assembly of the capseal to the container end that in turn positions the capseal over and around the closure. The sealing lip extends radially outwardly from the sidewall and includes a concave surface facing the container end for sealing off the interior portions of the closure from collecting debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventors: Gary M. Baughman, Robert D. Rohr
  • Patent number: 7568586
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved container closure or lever cap comprising one or more of the following features: (i) an improved interface on the interior surface of the closure that consists of strategically positioned locking lugs to securely affix the closure onto a container, (ii) a repositioned lever handle and fulcrum to optimize function and mechanical advantage, (iii) a retro-fit sleeve for an incompatible container, which on the inner surface is fashioned to interface with twist necks bottles, or other closure designs and mechanisms incompatible with the interior fitting of the lever cap, and which on the exterior is fashioned to receive the interior fitting of the lever cap, (iv) a tamper-evident safety indicator, (v) a specialized vertical sloping sidewall at the container's distal end near the opening to improve the closure's vertical lift during operation, (vi) a child safety design and mechanism that requires two functions to unlock the lever and position it for normal operation
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Lawrence S. Walters, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090134116
    Abstract: Closure system for a container including a cap and a ring adapted to engage by screwing in order to seal the opening, the cap including an upper wall from which in a downwards direction there extends an annular skirt that has a lower annular end and a radially inner surface fitted with a thread. The ring has an annular top rim, an annular collar and a thread complementary to the thread of the cap provided between the collar and the rim of the ring. The skirt of the cap includes a projecting annular member forming a barrier and adapted to be supported against the whole periphery of the collar of the ring in a substantially radial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: SA DES EAUX MINERALES D'EVIAN SAEME
    Inventors: Michel Roussy, Vincent Loisel
  • Publication number: 20090095699
    Abstract: The convertible child-resistant vial comprises a container having and aperture and a peripheral wall and being provided with a first connection element in the form of contiguous locking and freeing housings provided in a collar extending from the peripheral wall; and a cap hingedly mounted to the container integrally thereof and including a second connection element for cooperating with the first connection element to close the vial in a child safe-manner. The second connection element is in the form of a tooth which is easily removable to convert the child-resistant vial into a non-child-resistant vial. The vial can be molded in a one piece body. The integral mounting of the cap to the container allows easing the distribution and handling of the vial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: Plastimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Gaetan Milante
  • Patent number: 7510095
    Abstract: A system includes a container including a sidewall and a closure plane attached to the side wall and including an opening, a neck region on the sidewall being adjacent to the closure plane. The system also includes a closure including a cap closure with a fitment adapted to fit in the opening, a circumferentially depending outer skirt adapted to secure the closure to the neck region of the container, and a hinge attached to the cap closure and the circumferentially depending outer skirt. A method for sealing a closure on a container includes pivoting the closure about a hinge towards a closure plane and engaging a fitment with an opening to provide a friction fit. A method for opening a container having a closure includes disengaging a fitment from an opening and pivoting the closure about a hinge away from a closure plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond Comeau, Drew McNary
  • Publication number: 20090065467
    Abstract: An overcap (30, 40, 60, 70, 80, 140) for a container (10, 50, 90) closed by a flexible end panel (18, 54, 98) is snapped or twisted or threaded onto the container to lie closely adjacent to the flexible end panel for reducing the possibility of the end panel being separated from the container incident to retorting or impact loading. The underside of the overcap may be provided with one or more depending annular rings or leg members (38, 46, 64, 66, 76, 146) to be placed closely adjacent to or in contact with the flexible end panel to preclude undesirable movement thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: William M. Heyn
  • Publication number: 20080169262
    Abstract: A closure and container combination where the closure has flanges that define a channel capable of receiving a portion of the neck of a container and forming a surface seal therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: Phoenix Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: Len Ekkert
  • Publication number: 20080078736
    Abstract: A cover comprising a first cap section for covering the dispenser valve and a second annular section having at least two mounting members configured to engage a circular lip on the aerosol can and firmly attach the second section to the aerosol can. The second annular section further comprises a removable portion that is less than the entire thickness of the second section and includes at least one of the mounting members, such that removal of the removable portion permits the cover to be detached from the can. The cover further includes a tamper evident portion between the first and second sections. An opening force exerted on the first cap section prior to removing the removable portion causes either the tamper evident portion or the removable portion to at least partially separate from the second section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Rueschhoff