Contoured Sidewall (e.g., Curved, Corrugated, Ribbed, Variable Thickness, Etc.) Patents (Class 215/382)
  • Patent number: 10362854
    Abstract: An improved bottle, retaining device and associated elements for carrying items is disclosed. The retaining device is adapted for holding a container (or containers) or other items; the retaining device being adapted to affix the container by way of the retaining device to a person or a personal item so ready access is provided for the held container/item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amphipod, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith S. Willows, June A. Angus, Antonio Del Rosario
  • Patent number: 10301057
    Abstract: A vessel configured to contain a powder, semi-solid or liquid product and to dispense predetermined amounts of the product. The vessel includes a container, a limiting member, and a dispensing closure. The container, limiting member and dispensing closure are not integral with each other, are constructed as discrete components, and are assembled to form the vessel. The limiting member limits inward deflection of the container during each squeezing of the container to limit the amount of product displaced from the container into the dispensing closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CALIBRE CLOSURES LLC
    Inventors: Ken P. Swanick, Douglas J. Mulay
  • Patent number: 10226142
    Abstract: A beverage container for enhancing the aroma of a liquid foodstuff contained therein can comprise a body portion adapted to be held in the hand of a user, the body portion including a base and a side wall extending generally upward from the base to form a rim at a first height above the base, an upwardly convex canopy portion extending generally upwardly along a curvature of the canopy from the rim to an apex at a second height above the first height, and an aroma aperture defined though a portion of the canopy portion, the aroma aperture sized and shaped to receive the nose of a user when the user drinks a liquid foodstuff contained in the body portion through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Marie Green
  • Patent number: 10188549
    Abstract: An exothermic natural massage shell includes a natural bivalve shell comprising a first half and a second half adhered together with an adhesive to form a hollow chamber. An aperture is formed in the first half to provide a portal to the hollow chamber of the bivalve shell. A reactant is disposed inside the hollow chamber of the bivalve shell. The reactant may be a reactive powder mixture disposed inside a fluid-permeable pouch. Combining the reactant with an activator inside the hollow chamber of the bivalve shell causes an exothermic reaction that heats the bivalve shell and maintains the bivalve shell at a substantially constant elevated temperature for a duration of time. The adhesive adhering the first shell half to the second shell half includes a first elastomeric polymer bonding agent with balanced coefficient of expansion properties and a second flexible resin sealant that makes the adhesive moisture-proof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FOREVER YOUNG INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Young
  • Patent number: 10059481
    Abstract: A bottle comprising non-concentric body and neck portions is able to stack more closely and more stably than other bottles traditionally used to carry wine or spirits or other fluids. A bottle may include a sloping aperture that enhances pouring of fluids out of the bottle. A bottle may also include a lateral surface that extends substantially the height of the bottle, which may allow a label to be affixed along substantially the height of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: fferrone design, ltd.
    Inventor: Felicia Ferrone
  • Patent number: 9932138
    Abstract: A bottle extends along a longitudinal axis and includes an insulative body extending axially between a base and a neck of the bottle. The body includes radially outwardly facing first surfaces spaced axially apart from one another, and a radially outwardly facing second surface radially smaller than, and located axially between, the first surfaces. The body also includes a plurality of projections projecting from the second surface and collectively establishing a radially outwardly facing third surface radially larger than the second surface, and parting line bridges projecting radially outwardly from the second surface, diametrically opposed to one another, and extending axially between the first surfaces. A label is carried by the body over at least a portion of the third surface, wherein a continuous insulation volume is established between the label and the second surface, and extends continuously over more than 90 angular degrees around the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: David Kisela
  • Patent number: 9889589
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of manufacturing and labeling plastic wares comprising durable acrylic labels that are integrated into a surface of the plastic wares.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: AMSCAN CUSTOM INJECTION MOLDING, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Pluemer, Greg Pluemer
  • Patent number: 9835766
    Abstract: Disclosed are an optical film and a preparation method thereof. The optical film comprises a base layer, a plurality of polymer particles disposed in the base layer, and voids formed in the base layer and enclosing the respective polymer particles, wherein the polymer particles comprise a crosslinked polymer. The optical film has uniform voids, enhanced processing and dimensional stabilities, as well as improved optical properties such as whiteness, hiding power, reflectance and the like. Thus, the optical film can be useful for a reflector sheet for a BLU of an LCD device, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SKC Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kweon Hyung Han, Seong Do Kim, Heon Jung Shin, Hyung Suk Pak
  • Patent number: 9611077
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-chamber container for dispensing flowable substances, comprising: a body having: a first storage chamber for storing a first flowable substance, a second storage chamber for storing a second flowable substance, a first outlet zone, a second outlet zone, a first inlet that fluidly connects the first storage chamber with the first outlet zone, a second inlet that fluidly connects the second storage chamber with the second outlet zone, a first apparatus configured, on operation thereof to dispense from the first storage chamber via the first inlet into the first outlet zone a first predetermined volume of the first flowable substance, and a second apparatus configured, on operation thereof to dispense from the second storage chamber via the second inlet into the second outlet zone a second predetermined volume of the second flowable substance; and a closure having a first cavity, a second cavity, and a divider isolating the first cavity from the second cavity, wherein the closure is movable r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Matthew Lee Kolb, John C. Crawford
  • Patent number: 9499293
    Abstract: A bottle includes at least one radially outwardly facing first surface, a radially outwardly facing second surface radially smaller than the first surface, a radially outwardly facing third surface radially larger than the second surface and established collectively by radially outwardly facing projection surfaces of a plurality of projections that project radially outwardly from the third surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: David Kisela
  • Patent number: 9423074
    Abstract: A tool for liquid disposal is provided for collecting liquids and for changing engine oil or other hydrocarbon containing products, whereby the liquid, spent oil, or hydrocarbon is encapsulated in a non-biodegradable substance rendering the kit safe for disposal in a non-hazard or controlled substance landfill. A disposable container with a diffuser may be composed of rows of apertures that are used to channel the liquid to all levels of the container so that liquids can be exposed to the maximum surface area of the non-biodegradable substance contained in layered pouches containing the absorbent for total encapsulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: William Boroughf
  • Patent number: 9370892
    Abstract: A bottle of one-piece integrally formed construction has a body with a closed base and a shoulder at an end of the body remote from the base, and a neck extending from the shoulder along an axis and terminating in a neck finish for attachment of a closure. The bottle neck includes at least one internal embossment for affecting flow of liquid from the body through the neck. In exemplary embodiments of the disclosure, the at least one internal embossment includes at least one internal annular rib or at least one internal rib coplanar with the neck axis or at least one internal spiral rib or at least one internal elliptical rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Lonsway, Bruce A. Becker, Vincent J. Bailey
  • Patent number: 9339967
    Abstract: A bottle of one-piece integrally formed construction has a body with a closed base and a shoulder at an end of the body remote from the base, and a neck extending from the shoulder along an axis and terminating in a neck finish for attachment of a closure. The bottle neck includes at least one internal embossment for affecting flow of liquid from the body through the neck. In exemplary embodiments of the disclosure, the at least one internal embossment includes at least one internal annular rib or at least one internal rib coplanar with the neck axis or at least one internal spiral rib or at least one internal elliptical rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Lonsway, Bruce A. Becker, Vincent J. Bailey
  • Patent number: 9314756
    Abstract: A paint container with internal mixing ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: KW Container
    Inventors: N Kenneth Campbell, Darren Scholl, David Bacon, Keith Rukvina
  • Patent number: 9302839
    Abstract: A volumetrically efficient plastic hot fill container at least one vacuum panel defined by a vacuum panel area of a sidewall that is constructed and arranged to flex inwardly in order to accommodate volumetric shrinkage that may occur within the container as a result of the conventionally known hot fill process. Advantageously, at least a portion of the vacuum panel area of the sidewall is formed as a plurality of undulations. The undulations preferably have a horizontal component and provide an increased surface area to the vacuum panel area relative to what a flat surface would provide. As a result, the amount of volumetric shrinkage that may be accommodated through inward deflection of said vacuum panel area of said sidewall is increased relative to a flat surface would provide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Raymond A. Pritchett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9222722
    Abstract: A refrigerator and a water tank assembly for supplying water to an ice maker and a dispenser installed in a door of the refrigerator are provided. The water tank assembly may have a substantially cylindrical shape, and may include a water intake port, a water discharge port, and a switching valve all provided at one surface thereof to improve water storage space and facilitate connection of water lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sungkyoung Kim, Jinil Hong
  • Patent number: 9216840
    Abstract: A container including a metal sidewall is provided. The metal sidewall includes a first end; a second end; a center portion having a principal width; a first feature positioned between the center portion and the first end, the first feature extending from the sidewall such that the maximum width of the sidewall at the first feature is greater than the principal width; and a second feature positioned between the center portion and the second end, the second feature extending from the sidewall such that the maximum width of the sidewall at the second feature is greater than the principal width. The container further includes a first bead located in the center portion of the sidewall; and a second bead located in the center portion of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Metzger, Thomas J. Clyde, Thomas S. Diss, Kamchat Soisuvarn
  • Patent number: 9132933
    Abstract: A container may have a base, a sidewall connected to the base, a bell connected to the sidewall, and a finish connected to the bell. The base may have strap ribs to resist deformation of the base. The sidewall may have recessed columns to resist bending, leaning, crumbling, and/or stretching. The strap ribs and recessed columns may vertically line up along a central axis of the container to communicate forces on the container vertically along the container to continuously resist deformation in the base and the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Niagara Bottling, LLC
    Inventor: Jay Clarke Hanan
  • Publication number: 20150144587
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for a container comprising a base, a bell, a sidewall between the base and the bell, a neck and a finish which define an opening to an interior of the container, and a shoulder between the sidewall and the bell. Strap ribs extend from a central portion of the base and terminate at the sidewall. The strap ribs cooperate with vertically aligned recessed columns of the sidewall to resist bending, leaning, crumbling, or stretching along the sidewall and the base. An inwardly offset portion of the sidewall is disposed between each pair of adjacent recessed columns. The inwardly offset portions of the sidewall are configured to resist outward bowing of the sidewall due to internal pressure of contents within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Niagara Bottling, LLC
    Inventor: Jay Clarke Hanan
  • Publication number: 20150129537
    Abstract: A container comprising a finish, a sidewall portion extending from the finish, a base portion extending from the sidewall portion and enclosing the sidewall portion to form a volume therein for retaining a commodity, and a plurality of horizontally disposed rib members disposed in at least one of the sidewall portion and the base portion. The plurality of horizontally disposed rib members is continuously disposed about the sidewall portion or the base portion and, in some embodiments, defines a perimeter length about 3-5% shorter than perimeter lengths of adjacent lands. The plurality of horizontally disposed rib members providing improved structural integrity such that a pre-fill size of the container is approximately equal to a post-filled, cooled size of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Luke A. Mast, Bradley S. Philip
  • Publication number: 20150129536
    Abstract: Containers having improved vacuum-resistance and aesthetic features are provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a container having a body with at least first (40) and second (44) interrupted horizontal ribs. The first interrupted, horizontal rib is located in a horizontal plane that is different from the horizontal plane occupied by the second, interrupted, horizontal rib, and the first and second interrupted, horizontal ribs are offset from each other. The ribs, or indentations, provided on the containers have an increased height when compared to similar, known containers. The structural features of the present containers advantageously provide for improved vacuum-resistance when compared to similar containers currently on the market.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Cedric Moulin, Lise Zeboudj
  • Patent number: 9027770
    Abstract: The bottle is provided with a base portion installed on the outer circumference brim of the bottom, a central recess installed inside the base portion and recessed toward the inside of the bottle, an annular wall portion installed between the base portion and the central recess and inclined so as to elevate gradually from the base portion to the central recess, and a plurality of ribs installed side by side at the annular wall portion in the circumferential direction of the bottom and protruding toward the inside of the bottle. The ribs are provided with a rising wall portion rising toward the inside of the bottle and an inclined wall portion inclined from the upper brim of the rising wall portion toward the lower brim of the rising wall portion of an adjacent rib. The rising wall portion is inclined more steeply than the inclined wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimasa Tanaka, Hiroaki Imai, Takao Iizuka
  • Patent number: 8978910
    Abstract: A technical problem of this invention especially in the case of large-size bottles is to form a grip, without changing the bottle shape to a large extent, so that the body can be firmly held. The object of this invention is to provide a synthetic resin square bottle that can be used reliably because the bottle can be held firmly with a hand. A major means of solving the problem is a synthetic resin square bottle comprising a body having a rectangular shape in a plane cross-section and a groove-like waist portion disposed at a middle height of the bottle, wherein a pair of recessed portions for use as finger stops are formed in respective long side walls of said rectangular body over a predetermined area ranging from said waist portion downward to ensure that a plural number of fingers can be placed in at least one recessed portion for a finger stop purpose, and wherein a grip for holding the bottle is formed from both the pair of recessed portions and the waist portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Sasaki, Takayuki Kobayashi, Tomoyuki Ozawa, Takao Iizuka
  • Publication number: 20150041426
    Abstract: A bottle includes a cylindrical body portion in which a plurality of panel portions, which is recessed toward an inside in a radial direction of the body portion, are provided at intervals in a circumferential direction and pillar portions are each provided between the panel portions adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction. The panel portions each have a panel bottom wall portion located at an inside of the body in the radial direction and have a lateral wall portion extending from an outer circumferential edge of the panel bottom wall portion to an outside in the radial direction. A rib which protrudes toward the outside in the radial direction while having a gap with respect to the panel bottom wall portion is provided at the panel bottom wall portion, and a longitudinal lateral wall portion is at least directed in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Oguchi, Goro Kurihara
  • Publication number: 20150041424
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container for a liquid or viscous product, comprising a substantially ovoid or spherical container body having a diameter D1, and a neck having a diameter D2, said neck comprising a dispensing opening and means for allowing closing means to be attached thereto, D1 being greater than D2, said container being made out of semi-cristalline PET, the walls of said container body having a thickness inferior or equal to 100 ?m at least in the middle-height region of said container. In a highly preferred embodiment of the invention, the container body comprises at least two opposite flat, substantially vertical, surfaces, and a flat, substantially horizontal, surface located opposite the neck and forming a bottom side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Cyrille Durand
  • Patent number: 8944288
    Abstract: A container collapsible during dispensing of the contents therein includes a front wall, a rear wall, right and left side walls, a bottom wall, and a top wall defining a container volume holding product. A first right side wall fold line is provided in the right side wall, and a first left side wall fold line is provided in the left side wall. A rear wall fold line separates the rear wall into a first facet and a second facet. The container is sealed such that the removal of the product from the container causes the container volume to decrease, and the container folds along the first right side wall fold line, first left side wall fold line and rear wall fold line such that the first facet folds down toward the second facet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, Aaron R. Reynolds, Stephanie Killion Schneider, Anthony R. Marchetta
  • Patent number: 8945917
    Abstract: A novel enhanced surface area conico-cylindrical flask (ES-CCF) providing increased surface area by virtue of its' inner arrangement and useful in routine small-scale studies of bioactives production by any biofilm-forming marine as well as terrestrial microorganisms. Compared to corresponding Erlenmeyer flask of similar volume the ES-CCF provides more than 80% additional surface for biofilm attachment and growth. The ES-CCF does not require steam sterilization and is durable as the device is constructed of polymethyl methacrylate or any other such hydrophobic material and offers possibility of altering the nature of the growth surface (hydrophilic and hydrophobic). The ES-CCF also provides external aeration like a bioreactor, thus increasing the versatility of applications. Further, the device can be operated as a cylindrical flask, that is without the inner arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Counci of Scientific & Industrial Research and School of Environmental Studies
    Inventors: Sreyashi Sarkar, Debashis Roy, Joydeep Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 8939316
    Abstract: A blow-molded container includes an opening section that can be closed, a side wall, and a closed bottom. The material in the region of the side wall is shaped by blow forming an injection-molded preform. At least three recessed grips are arranged along an outer perimeter of the container. At least two longitudinal ribs oriented in a longitudinal direction of the container are arranged between each pair of recessed grips. The longitudinal ribs are separated from each other by a recess, which also extends in a longitudinal direction. At least one circumferential rib, which extends in a circumferential direction of the container, is arranged inside each of the recessed grips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Pisarn Pasutanon, Matthias Gernhuber, Stefan Amariglio, Arne Wiese
  • Publication number: 20150008210
    Abstract: The present invention is a bottle that is formed from a synthetic resin material in a cylindrical shape having a bottom at one end, including: a plurality of circumferential grooves that extend continuously around the entire circumference of a body portion and are formed at a distance from each other in a vertical direction. The circumferential grooves extend cyclically in a circumferential direction while undulating in the vertical direction when viewed from the side of the body portion as to form wave patterns, and the respective phases of circumferential grooves that are mutually adjacent to each other in the vertical direction are offset from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadayoshi Oshino, Hiromichi Saito, Hirohisa Yamazaki, Takuya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8925750
    Abstract: A plastic container is disclosed comprising a base portion for supporting the container on a surface, an upper portion, and a body portion. The upper portion includes a neck and a dispensing opening. The body portion extends between the base portion and the neck, the body portion including a shoulder portion below the neck portion and a sidewall portion between the shoulder portion and the base portion. The body portion includes at least one elongated vertical formation that substantially extends along the sidewall portion from the base portion toward the shoulder portion, the elongated vertical portion being continuous along at least 0.60 the total height of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Darr, Richard A. Lovelace, Jr., Christopher E. Kaminski, Edward V. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8925757
    Abstract: The tasting glass (1), of the type including a parison (2) generally being rotationally symmetrical around a vertical axis, includes within the parison (2) a set of at least two internal ribs (7) evenly distributed on the periphery of the parison (2), extending in a substantially vertical plane, almost from the bottom of the glass, up to a height of the parison (2) lower than the normal filling level of the glass, different for each of the ribs (7). The tasting glass also includes a dome (8), called “nose-cap”, located on the axis of the glass at the bottom of the parison (2). The ribs (7) each have the shape of a propeller blade surface. A method for producing the glass is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Arnaud Baratte Corporate International
    Inventor: Arnaud Baratte
  • Publication number: 20140360972
    Abstract: A container defining a longitudinal axis and a transverse direction that is transverse with respect to the longitudinal axis. The container includes a finish and a sidewall portion extending from the finish. A plurality of ribs are defined by the sidewall. A base portion extends from the sidewall portion and encloses the sidewall portion to form a volume therein for retaining a commodity. The base portion has a contact surface for supporting the container. A plurality of straps extend radially along the base portion away from the longitudinal axis in the transverse direction, each one of the straps defines a strap surface that is closer to the finish than the contact surface. The plurality of ribs and the base portion are configured to place the container in a state of hydraulic charge-up when top load is applied to the container after the container is filled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Michael T. Lane, Walter Paegel, Peidong Han
  • Patent number: 8905253
    Abstract: A lightweight container includes an enclosed base, an upper portion that extends upwardly to a finish; and a body located between the base and the upper portion. The sidewall includes vacuum compensation elements that have an open end and an opposing closed end, and that form a V-shape. Each element has nested fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael R. Mooney
  • Publication number: 20140332490
    Abstract: The invention realizes easy manufacturing of a flat container molded by blow molding, in which the wall thickness of a container wall is made uniform, and which provides improved mechanical strength, heat resistance, etc. and has a good appearance. The flat container obtained by the blow molding of a polyester resin is characterized in that the container has a flatness ratio of not less than 1.3, and in that its body has a wall thickness ratio of a maximum wall thickness to a minimum wall thickness of not more than 1.6, a difference in elongation between a maximally stretched portion and a minimally stretched portion of not more than 150% in a tensile test at 95° C., a crystallinity of not less than 30%, and a difference in TMA non-load change between a maximally stretched portion and a minimally stretched portion of not more than 500 ?m at 75° C. and 100° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komiya, Hiroyuki Honda, Takuya Fujikawa, Akihiko Morofuji
  • Patent number: 8881922
    Abstract: A hot fill type plastic container includes a finish portion that defines an opening and a main body portion having a sidewall that defines a plurality of vacuum panels and a plurality of creased wall portions. Each of the creased wall portions is positioned between two adjacent vacuum panels. At least one of the creased wall portions has an axis of longitudinal orientation when viewed in side elevation that has a vertical component and a circumferential component. The creased wall portions further preferably are substantially non-curved when viewed in side elevation and also preferably have a compound curvature to increase stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Schlies, Justin A. Howell
  • Publication number: 20140326695
    Abstract: A bottle extends along a longitudinal axis and includes a base, a body extending from the base, a shoulder extending from the body, and a neck extending from the shoulder and having a neck finish. The body has lower and upper frustoconical portions axially opposed to one another and having straight external surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
  • Patent number: 8870006
    Abstract: Provided is a hot-fill container adapted to provide vertical vacuum compensation in response to negative pressure inside the container. The container comprises one or more horizontal ribs that are configured to diminish in height in response to vacuum conditions inside the container. Each rib comprises an upper wall connected to a lower wall. The upper and lower walls are inclined from a horizontal reference line and adapted to hinge with respect to each other to provide vertical vacuum compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Satya Kamineni, Michael R. Mooney, Timothy Boyd
  • Patent number: 8870017
    Abstract: A bottle has a body intermediate a neck and a closed bottom of the bottle. The body has an exterior surface defining a circumference of the body. The body includes a plurality of panel segments. Each panel segment has an upper panel end, a lower panel end, a length extending from the upper panel end to the lower panel end, opposite longitudinal sides, and a panel centerline extending at a substantially constant acute angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the bottle. The panel segments are disposed generally side-by-side around the circumference of the body. The exterior surface of each panel segment may be substantially planar along the circumferential width of the panel segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Margaret Reeber, Mark Borger, Michael Stephan, Wayne Perring, David Heisner
  • Patent number: 8870005
    Abstract: The present invention includes a storing section that stores a chemical, an opening provided in an upper surface, a concave portion formed in a first side face, and an inclined face that is formed at a face on an upper surface side of the concave portion and that inclines towards the upper surface side. The center of the concave portion is positioned so as to deviate from the central axis at the first side face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Takaaki Komiya, Hisashi Kuroshima, Eiri Suzuki, Hideto Onishi
  • Patent number: 8871092
    Abstract: A collapsible container consists of three parts: a rigid top rim, a flexible center band, and a rigid base. This combination of sections allows the container to easily collapse to about one-third of its original height. The container is also quite stable when expanded and is self-supporting. In various embodiments of the invention, for example, the upper rim may be expandable, the base may include holes or mesh to serve as a colander or strainer, or the base may be configured as a tube to function as a funnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Progressive International Corporation
    Inventor: Heather Curtin
  • Patent number: 8863970
    Abstract: A plastic container includes a finish portion defining an opening and a main body portion having a shape that is substantially polygonal in transverse cross-section. The main body portion has a maximum lateral dimension. At least one of the side panels includes a substantially flat portion for receiving a label and a concave portion having an average radius. A ratio of the average radius to the maximum lateral dimension is substantially within a range of about 1.0 to about 2.0. The side panel having the concave portion further has an inwardmost portion and an outwardmost portion, with a first maximum lateral distance being defined between the inwardmost portion and the outwardmost portion. A second maximum lateral distance is defined between the inwardmost portion and one of the substantially flat portions. A ratio of the first distance to the second distance is substantially within a range of about 0.8 to about 1.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Travis A. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8844743
    Abstract: A compressible container (200) has a cap (100) configured to engage therewith. The cap (100) includes a first valve (150), preferably in the form of first and second disks (112,120), one above another, each disk having at least one hole (113,122) therethrough. The disks are rotatable with respect to one another The holes (113,122) of the first and second disks (112,120) align in a first position to create channel therethrough and misalign in the second position to close the channel. The cap (100) may also include a second valve (130) connected to the channel. The second valve (130) may comprise a ball (134) inside a conic section tube (132). The ball (134) is designed to float on the liquid (300) so that any liquid (300) attempting to exit the container cap (100) will be prevented from doing so as the second valve (130) will be closed when the liquid forces the ball (134) into engagement with the conic section tube (132).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Giuseppe Costa
  • Publication number: 20140263487
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to a device for concurrently holding, displaying and transporting a combination of complementary devices, including one or more portable electronic devices with a water-type beverage bottle or arm holder and the modification of bottles such that on-screen touch operations with the device are readily made even when the device is attached to the body. Another embodiment is a water-type beverage bottle modified to contain internal baffles and attachment mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Scott A. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20140263162
    Abstract: A series of hot-fill, PET bottles, includes a first bottle with a first volume and a first front profile; and a second bottle with a second volume and a second front profile. The first volume and the second volume are different and the first front profile and the second front profile are substantially the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Napoli, Richard Boiros, Toshimasa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8820556
    Abstract: A molded bottle for liquids is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the bottle includes a hollow body portion adapted to store liquids therein, with an opening on a top of the body portion to access an interior of the bottle. In addition, the bottle includes a sidewall that extends outward around a bottom periphery of the body portion, where the bottle is supported by an edge of the sidewall when the bottle is placed on a planar surface. The sidewall is configured to flex when the bottle is pressed down onto the planar surface to form a vacuum between the body portion and the planar surface to prevent the bottle from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Farhan Khan
  • Patent number: 8820555
    Abstract: A synthetic resin round bottle having a shape of the peripheral groove ribs that can increase the plane rigidity of the peripheral sidewall, without lowering the buckling strength in the vertical directions and the moldability of the bottle, including a round bottle having a neck, a tapered cylindrical shoulder, a cylindrical body, a bottom, a pair of peripheral groove ribs disposed at certain height positions of the body and formed in groove shapes, with one groove over the other groove in proximity to each other, where bases of these peripheral groove ribs are inclined relative to the direction of central axis of the bottle in a vertical sectional view, and the incline of a rib base for the upper peripheral groove rib has a direction opposite that of the incline of the rib base for the lower peripheral groove rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimasa Tanaka, Hiroaki Imai
  • Publication number: 20140238951
    Abstract: Plastic container (1) being composed of a neck (3), a shoulder (5), a body (4) and a base section (2), where the base section (2) comprises at least two tie members (6a) extending from a central area (8) to the side wall of the base (2). According to the invention, the tie members (6b, 6c) and/or the function of the tie members (6b, 6c) of the base (2) at least in certain areas extend into the body section (4) or into the body (4) and the shoulder section (5) of the plastic container (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Krones AG
    Inventors: Jochen Forsthövel, Alexander Schau, Gerald Hüttner, Andrew Dimitri Peykoff, Jay Clarke Hanan
  • Patent number: 8813996
    Abstract: A heat set container having a shoulder portion and a sidewall portion extending from the shoulder portion to a base. The base closes off an end of the container. The shoulder portion, the sidewall portion, and the base cooperate to define a receptacle chamber within the container into which product can be filled. The sidewall portion defines a major container diameter of the container. The sidewall portion includes an upper vacuum absorbing region joined to a lower vacuum absorbing region at a reduced waist section. The reduced waist section forms a minor container diameter which is less than the major container diameter. In some embodiments, such configuration forms an hourglass, heat-set container, wherein the upper vacuum absorbing region and the lower vacuum absorbing region are collectively shaped to provide flexible absorption of an internal vacuum within the receptacle chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Richard J. Steih, Brian L. Pieszchala, Chris Labombarbe, Chad Keilen
  • Publication number: 20140202976
    Abstract: A blow moulded container has a body portion defining a chamber for storing liquid and a neck portion extending from the body portion. The body portion defines a central longitudinal axis and said neck portion is coaxial therewith. The body portion defines an upper shoulder region of curved profile and the neck portion defines a circular cylindrical portion having side walls concentric with and parallel to said central longitudinal axis. The lower end of the cylindrical portion defines a closed loop and has a non-planar intersection with the shoulder region of the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Nampak Plastics Europe Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Glover
  • Patent number: 8783496
    Abstract: An improved beverage container of the type having a lid, a pour panel defined in the lid by a pour score and a vent panel defined in the lid by a vent score. A tab pivotally is mounted to the lid, wherein lifting the tab about a pivot in a lifting direction fractures the pour score and opens the pour panel. A secondary tab is carried by the tab, and is released into contact with the vent panel by lifting the tab to fracture the pour score, wherein pressing the tab in a direction generally opposite the lifting direction causes the secondary tab to fracture the vent score and open the vent panel. At least one anti-rotation member is disposed between the tab and the lid to prevent the tab from rotating about the rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch InBev, SA
    Inventors: Christopher G. Neiner, Ancil Louis Lackey, Robert Joseph Will, Richard Lynn Wise, Jason Davidson