Destructible Inner Closure Patents (Class 220/258.1)
  • Patent number: 10427832
    Abstract: A resealable container lid assembly including a cap rotationally assembled to a lid. The cap rotates between storage, opening, removal and resealing positions. Operation between the cap and the lid employs any suitable mechanical interface, such as cam tracks and cam followers. The lid includes a tear panel defined by a score line. Features of the cap are used to impinge upon the lid to fracture the score line and open the tear panel. Once opened, the cap can reseal the container. The seal can be provided between a bottom surface of the cap and the top surface of the lid, a feature of the sidewalls of the cap and the lid, or any other sealing interface. The cap can include a tamper indicator. The cap can be replaced with any of a variety of specialized caps and/or accessories designed for different functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel A Zabaleta, Sam D Hackett, Joseph D Bulso, Daniel Edward Livezey, William Allen Hibbs, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8875938
    Abstract: Lid for a packaging container comprising an annular member of plastic, having an opening, engagement means adapted to cooperate with complementary engagement means provided on a container. An inner face is oriented toward the container, and an outer face opposite the inner face, and an annular support surface is on one of the inner face and outer face. A panel of plastic and molded separately from the annular member and comprises an inner face oriented toward the container, and an outer face opposite the inner face, one of the inner face and outer face of the panel being positioned on the annular support surface so as to form an overlapping portion to close at least partially the opening of the annular member. A welding joint is formed in the overlapping portion between the panel and the annular support surface to integrally fix the panel to the annular support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: North America I.M.L. Containers
    Inventors: Bruno Lacroix, Arnaud Joubert
  • Patent number: 8851310
    Abstract: A closure for a container comprises: a pouring spout having a neck defining a pour opening and a cover portion closing one end of the neck; a cap fittable to, and removable from, the pouring spout; a cam for transforming rotation into a stroke having a rotational component and a translational component to couple/detach the cap with/from the pouring spout; a weakening line on the end of the neck; first opening promoting mechanism on the cover portion; and second opening promoting mechanism on the cap to engage the first opening promoting mechanism upon removing the cap from the pouring spout to separate the cover portion from the neck along the weakening line; the first and second opening promoting mechanisms comprise at least one further cam element arranged along an angular portion of the annular periphery of the cover portion to enhance lifting thrust produced by the cap on the cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Fabrizio Pucci
  • Patent number: 8727167
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a securing system (500). The securing system (500) is comprised of a first device having a first opening, and a first connecting portion formed at or frangibly connected to the periphery of the first opening; and a second device having a second opening, and a second connecting portion formed at the periphery of the second opening. The first connecting portion is engaged with the second connecting portion for connecting the first opening with the second opening. The first connecting portion is essentially configured to non-reattachably deform, or frangibly detached from the periphery of the first opening, when the first device is caused to be disconnected from the second device at the connected first and second openings for disabling the first device from being re-attachable with the second device at the first and second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Hock Seng Soh
  • Patent number: 8720726
    Abstract: A one-piece or monolithic body flat plastic lid for carton packages with thin walls and membrane or a web breaking under pressure, with a semicircular skirt provided with rectangular shaped entrance housing and locked to a closing and opening pivoting tab, joined to the border of a pouring orifice by means of a rupture horizontal perimeter membrane and a vertical breaking or tearing by means of pressure exerted in the vertical or transversal direction to the surface of the tab, which is locked by means of a hinge line to a transverse wall making the rectangular channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jose Rodrigo Oliva Salinas
  • Patent number: 8695833
    Abstract: The closeable opening device according to the invention comprises a base (2) in which a cutting element (3) is supported. Driving dogs (42) in the closing screw cap (4) engage with driving dogs (32) in the cutting element (3), so that the cutting element (3) is displaced in the base (2) to the end position upon initial opening. At least one first rotational stop (5, 50) ensures that the cutting element remains in position and neither moves upward in an undesired manner when the screw cap is opened, nor can be displaced downward by any relative displacement of the two parts, thus causing same to fall into the container. The first rotational stop (5) is made of a rib (50) on the inner face of the spout (20), which interacts with a recess in the form of a flat spot (35) on the cutting element (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 8627975
    Abstract: A content-saving system featuring a plunger series, a cap series, and a winder series. After a hand-squeeze type tube or a cartridge gun type tube is opened for use, the caps are used to prevent hardening of contents during storage. The winder aids in forcing the contents out of the hand-squeeze tube. If the product contents harden to prevent use, the plunger is used to clear the obstruction in the end of either type tube. Additional caps of both sizes and winders may be provided with the plunger assembly in kit form or sold separately when the consumer needs additional units for storage surplus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventors: Gordon Whitbeck, Helen Whitbeck
  • Patent number: 8454567
    Abstract: Multi-conduit connector apparatuses for use in negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) apparatuses to wound dressing, and methods for installing multi-conduit connector apparatuses in NPWT apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Alexander Long, Aidan Marcus Tout, Larry Tab Randolph, Christopher Brian Locke
  • Patent number: 8348079
    Abstract: The invention concerns a closure for a cylindrical can (10) The closure includes a flexible member (11) of the easy-open type secured across the open end of the can (10). A rigid, screw cap (22) is screwed over the thus sealed end of the can. An annular, resilient member (24) depending downwardly from the underside of the end wall of the cap (22), engages the membrane (11) in the vicinity of the end flange (18) of the can body (10) thereby strengthening the seal between the membrane (11) and the flange (18). This advantageously permits cooking of the contents of the can with the flexible membrane (11) in situ, thereby giving rise to a can having an easy-open end, the contents of which can are cooked and sterilized using conventional processing lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Lawson Mardon Sutton Ltd.
    Inventors: Ian Baird-Smith, Andreas Ziegler, Reinhart Geisler, Werner Hammon
  • Publication number: 20120312817
    Abstract: A box with two tearing stages for receiving an element comprises a box having a receiving tank and a base plate extending from the receiving tank; a top end of the base plate having a hanging hole for hanging the box; the receiving tank serving to receive an object for packaging; one lateral side of the base plate formed with a tear-able portion which has a small area; a sealing film adhered upon the receiving tank and the base plate and also sealing the tearable portion; the sealing film being formed with two banks of tearing lines; thus, when the tearable portion is torn, a part of the sealing film confined by the two banks of the tearing lines is also torn away; and the sealing film being formed with a tearable area upon the receiving tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Tzu-Chen Yang
  • Patent number: 8328036
    Abstract: There is provided a double rib overcap with a plug for a container with a removable membrane. The skirt of the overcap includes two inside surfaces axially separated a rib. The container opening is encircled by a rim and the membrane covers the opening such that the membrane extends radially onto an outer surface of the rim. The two inside surfaces of the skirt are dimensionally sized to create an interference-fit with the rim when the overcap is connected to the container when the membrane is either attached or removed. The overcap also includes a circumferential ring radially inward of the skirt that is axially positioned to engage the top surface of the membrane when the membrane is attached to the container and is diametrically dimensioned to engage an inner wall of the container when the membrane is removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Stevens
  • Patent number: 8302805
    Abstract: A closure has a body and a lid is molded with the body. A utensil, such as a scoop or spear, is integrally formed with the closure body, and connected to the closure body via frangible connections. The lid includes a utensil-receiving structure for releasably holding the utensil, once it is initially broken away from the closure body, such that the utensil can be attached to the closure lid for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Corinne M. Blomdahl, Timothy M. Mazurkiewicz, John M. Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 8231026
    Abstract: A condiment container whose form factor of the condiment container is selected to enable the condiment container to be carried and held in place by a standard drink holder. By configuring the condiment container to be received in a standard drink holder, the problems associated with incorporating a condiment container in a drink container lid are overcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Alan White
  • Publication number: 20120175370
    Abstract: A liner for a container is provided. The liner provides sealing and tamper-evident features while also allowing a consumer to easily remove the liner to access the container contents. The liner comprises a sealing area located on one or both sides of the flat surface of the liner and configured to retain the liner in a secure position on a mouth of the container. The liner also comprises a plurality of perforations that penetrate at least one layer of the liner, wherein the plurality of perforations are configured to provide easier removal of the liner to access contents of the container. The plurality of perforation are formed with a rotary die cutter. A sealable container assembly comprises the container, the liner, and the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen Walunis
  • Patent number: 8201700
    Abstract: Provided is a container 1 for inspection which stores and pours out contents therein, and the container is provided with a container main body 2 having a mouth portion 22 formed thereon, a cover portion 3 attached to the mouth portion 22 to seal the container main body 2, and an opening cap 4 attached to the cover portion 3. The cover portion 3 has a closing wall 34 for closing the mouth portion 22, and the opening cap 4 is provided with an pouring outlet 421, and a cutting portion 431 for cutting the closing wall 34. When the opening cap 4 is attached to the cover portion 3, the cutting section 431 cuts the closing wall 34 to enable pouring out the contents. Thus, in the provided container 1 for inspection, sealing properties of the container main body 2 are ensured by the cover portion 3, and the closing wall 34 of the cover portion 3 is cut by the opening cap 4 attached to the cover portion 3 without removing the cover portion 3, whereby the contents can be poured out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignees: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd., Eiken Kagaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Shibata, Manabu Hosokawa, Hiroaki Hayashi, Natsuki Masuya, Yoshiaki Seto, Shingo Saito, Hidetoshi Kanda
  • Patent number: 8196768
    Abstract: A connector for a container, particularly a cask, comprises a bush (14), intended to be received in an opening (11) in the container through which liquid is discharged, in use. The bush has a closed end (17) with a weakened portion (18), an inner thread (20) and an inner deformable portion (21). Sealing means (23) are intended to be disposed between the exterior of the bush and the interior of the opening at the position of the deformable portion. An insert (15) is screw-threadedly engageable within the bush so as to deform the deformable portion, thereby effecting compression, and thus sealing, of the sealing means between the bush and the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Cypherco Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Simon Courtenay Wheaton
  • Patent number: 8092847
    Abstract: A body (60) of hard candy is formed on a tubular stem (32) that extends from a reservoir/handle (12) in which an edible fluid (72) is contained. The outer end (36) of the tubular passageway (32) is open. A cover (70) is provided. It has an open end (71) which engages a base wall (40) and holds the cover (70) to the base wall (40). The cover (70) includes an end wall (74) which includes a plug (78) which enters into the end (60) of the tubular stem (32) when the cover (70) is installed. When the cover (70) is removed, a consumer may lick the candy (70) and may squeeze the reservoir/handle (12) to express edible fluid (72) out from the reservoir/handle (12), through the passageway (32) and into the consumer's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Pak Nin Chan
  • Publication number: 20120000929
    Abstract: Packaging for a powdered beverage includes a container of powdered beverage, and a dispenser secured to the container. The dispenser includes an outer dispensing member having an exit opening, and an inner dispensing member in opposed relationship with the outer dispensing member and in part defining an interior space of the container. The inner dispensing member has at least one dispensing opening. At least one of the outer dispensing member and the inner dispensing member is moveable relative to the other one of the outer dispensing member and the inner dispensing member between a blocked position and a dispensing position of the dispenser in which the at least one opening of the inner dispensing member is at least in part aligned with the exit opening of the outer member to permit powdered beverage to be dispensed from the packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: David Carl Ulstad, Wilson George Zeitler, Dean Maune, Tobe Cohen, Ilan E. Moyer, Andrew Boyce, Philip Charles Walker, Allan Lee Cameron, Elizabeth M. Kneen, Gaurav Rohatgi, Jeffrey Kalman, Bill Rabbitt, Marc Vitantonio, Craig Saunders, Keith E. Antal, Chad Lagace
  • Patent number: 8066141
    Abstract: A sealed package for pourable food products includes a removable portion and a closable opening device. The opening device has a frame defining a pour opening and fixed to the package about the removable portion, and a cap fitted to the frame to close the pour opening and movable to free the pour opening. A pull-off opening device is housed in the frame and has a rigid plane integral with the removable portion and extractable from the frame, by pulling action, together with part of the removable portion. A pull tab of sheet material is interposed between the removable portion and the plate and attached to both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance SA
    Inventors: Cristiano Casale, Sara De Simoni
  • Publication number: 20110174822
    Abstract: A container (1, 2) for storing and dispensing a liquid, the container including an access port (16) having a frangible seal (18) for allowing contained liquid to be dispensed. A vent (19) permeable to vapour but impermeable to liquid is also provided so that vapour may be vented from the interior of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel Gasser, Stephen Hill
  • Patent number: 7926674
    Abstract: An apparatus, according to one embodiment, for storing a product comprising a lid including a tongue; and a clamp; and a container including a groove, wherein the tongue and the groove form a seal when the lid is coupled to the container; and a bead, wherein the clamp engages with the bead when the lid is coupled to the container. An apparatus, according to another embodiment, for storing a product comprising a lid; a container configured to engage with the lid and form a secondary seal between the lid and the container; and a film seal coupled to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Ropak Corporation
    Inventor: Frano Luburic
  • Patent number: 7926673
    Abstract: Beverage package container includes an opening, which is resealable using a sealing device, where the package container is essentially or completely parallelepipedic, including a hollow, box-shaped body and the sealing device, where a corner of the parallelepipedic, hollow, box-shaped body is chamfered, at which corner a triangular surface is formed, connecting to the box-shaped body, where a tube-shaped part extends out from the surface, including the opening. The sealing device has an essentially pyramid-shaped body, designed so that it, together with the body, forms the parallelepipedic package container when it bears on the triangular surface of the box-shaped body, and a cavity for receiving the tube-shaped part, and where cooperating members are arranged, on the tube-shaped part as well as in the cavity, for removably and tight-fittingly detaining the sealing device at the tube-shaped part, so that the box-shaped body and the sealing device together form a parallelepiped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Cubis Limited
    Inventor: Erik Nilsson
  • Patent number: 7905369
    Abstract: A container, in particular a plastic ampule produced using a blow-molding process and filled and closed in the mold has a neck part (12) adjoining a container body (10) and threadly receiving a first cap part (14). A second cap part (16) extends at least partly between the first cap part (14) and the neck part (12) and is provided with an opening device (20). The opening device has at least one opening (22) for opening the container body (10), and can be closed by the first cap part (14). The first cap part (14) carries the second cap part (16) by the screwing-on process of the first cap part in such a way that the opening device (20) causes the container body (10) to be opened. A closure part (closure pin 26) of the first cap part (14) unblocks the opening (22) in the opening device (20) after the first cap part is unscrewed, with the second cap part (16) remaining on the neck part (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Bernd Hansen
  • Patent number: 7882976
    Abstract: A cap for modifying the contents of a container with a modifying composition. The cap system permits a user to agitate the contents of the container without spillage. A collar assembly is removably mounted to the neck of a container and an elongated plunger shank is partially housed therein with a compartment for storing the composition. Upon the application of force on the plunger shank, the foil sheet covering the bottom hits the puncturing protrusion of the activator assembly, releasing the modification composition while maintaining the container in watertight condition preventing any spillage if shaken. The seal previously achieved by the shank is not being achieved by the valve seat of the spout assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Armand Jean Goede
  • Publication number: 20100308065
    Abstract: A package for a food product sampled using a metering device, including a receptacle (2) having a wide top opening (24) and defined by a rim (25), a closure system (3) including a cover (31) that can be moved between an open position and a closed position, and a first levelling element (41) having a top face (41b) and a free edge (41a) situated in the space of the opening. The package also includes a second levelling element (42) spaced apart from the first and also having a top face (42b) and a free edge (42a), wherein the top faces (41b, 42b) of the first and second levelling elements (41, 42) each have a configuration and are mutually arranged in order to form two spaced-apart bearing zones substantially parallel to the plane of the opening for supporting the metering device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Patrick Vandamme, Frederic Bourdin, Francis Lovell
  • Patent number: 7823736
    Abstract: A plastic closure for receipt on a container includes a plastic ring having an internal recess adapted to be received by snap fit over an external crown or bead on the container neck finish such that the ring is retained against axial movement on the container neck finish. A plastic lid is coupled by a hinge to the ring, with the ring, the lid and the hinge being of one-piece integrally molded plastic construction. The lid has a skirt that is adapted releasably to be snapped to the ring in a closed position of the lid over the ring. The lid skirt may have an external bead that is adapted to be received by snap-fit within an internal channel on the ring in the closed position of the lid over the ring, and a conical internal surface on the ring may be provided to guide the bead on the lid into the channel on the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Rexam Closure Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Darin M. Pugne, Edward A. Grant, Leonora M. Brozell
  • Patent number: 7731048
    Abstract: A plastic lid for a can of the type comprising a tubular body (10) having an upper end (13) for the seating of the lid (20) comprising a sealing portion (21), removably seated on the tubular body (10) and provided with an upper edge (21b), a seal portion (25), to be ruptured upon the first opening of the lid (20), having an upper ring (25b) which is incorporated to a lower skirt (25a), said upper ring (25b) and said lower skirt (25a) being respectively seated onto and around part of the upper end (13), said upper ring (25b) being incorporated through radial bridges (26), to said upper edge (21b), the seal portion (25) presenting an interruption (25c) extending through the width of the upper ring (25b) and through at least part of the height of the lower skirt (25a). The sealing portion (21) incorporates a gripping tab (27) which is manually operable only when part of the seal portion (25) is ruptured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Brasilata S/A Embalagens Metalicas
    Inventors: Antonio Carlos Teixeira Alvares, Antonio Roberto Sene
  • Patent number: 7631777
    Abstract: Can and bottle covers include a can cover and a bottle cover. The can cover includes a cover portion, a rim portion and a tab portion. One end of the cover portion is inserted under a pull tab of a pop top can. The rim portion connects the other end of the cover portion with one end of the tab portion. The tab portion is inserted, under the pull tab to open the pop top can. The bottle cover includes a cover portion, a neck portion and a web portion. A slot is formed in one end of the neck portion. The slot is sized to be received by a neck end of a bottle. The web portion connects the cover portion with the neck portion. A neck projection is preferably formed in the cover portion. The neck projection is retained in an inner perimeter of the neck end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventor: Bryan A. Bukowski
  • Publication number: 20070289936
    Abstract: A closure includes a shell of relatively rigid plastic material having a deck and a peripheral skirt, at least one recessed shoulder in the deck adjacent to the skirt, and a plurality of angularly spaced external channels extending along the skirt from the recess. An external feature of flexible resilient second plastic material different from the first plastic material is integrally molded onto the shell within the recessed shoulder and the channels. By way of example only, the shell may be of polypropylene material and the external feature may be of thermoplastic elastomer material. Lock elements, such as openings in the deck recessed shoulder and/or pegs in the skirt channels, cooperate with the external feature molded onto the shell to retain the external feature on the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Darin M. Pugne
  • Patent number: 7017769
    Abstract: A lid (30) of plastic material, applied by pressure, having a lateral handle (40), the purpose of the lid being to protect the top of the can (10) for drinks (28) against pollution, includes an opening (23) being made by a tear-off tongue (19), the lid matching substantially with the top of the can. The internal facing of the lid has a protuberance that acts as a stopper (45) and hermetically closes the aperture (28) in the can (10) when opened, thus avoiding accidental spillage of the drink (28) remaining in the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Enrico Talmon
  • Patent number: 6877630
    Abstract: Larger gas tight containers for products such as carbonated or pressurised drinks require a resealable sealing assembly. The gas leakage through the assembly in its ex-factory sealing condition determines the shelf life of the product. A sealing assembly provides a foil (8) across a neck (10) of the bottle. The foil is supported in the ex-factory sealing condition by a plate (40) of a plug (36) which depends from an over cap (4). The over cap is screwed to an outer wall of a tubular spout (6) that surrounds the neck (10) of the bottle. In the resealed condition the plug can be screwed deeper into the neck so that a secondary seal is formed between the plate and the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Spreckelsen McGeough Limited
    Inventors: Henning von Spreckelsen, Peter Michael McGeough
  • Publication number: 20040200837
    Abstract: Larger gas tight containers for products such as carbonated or pressurised drinks require a resealable sealing assembly. The gas leakage through the assembly in its ex-factory sealing condition determines the shelf life of the product. The present assembly provides a foil (8) across a neck (10) of the bottle. The foil is supported in the ex-factory sealing condition by a plate (4) of a plug (36) which depends from an over cap (4). The over cap is screwed to an outer wall of a tubular spout (6) that surrounds the neck (10) of the bottle. In the resealed condition the plug can be screwed deeper into the neck so that a secondary seal is formed between the plate and the neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Henning von Spreckelsen, Peter Michael McGeough
  • Patent number: 6763963
    Abstract: A method and device for opening a drink can provided with a frangible obturator which can be pushed back inside the can using a tongue that is fixed in a horizontal position in the middle of the lid by means of a rivet on which the tongue can pivot as a lever to produce an opening which is later closed by a movable case that is adapted on the tongue which is pivoted around the river in order to move onto the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Akline
    Inventor: Didier Martin
  • Patent number: 6761279
    Abstract: A package, particularly suited for containing viscous foodstuff, comprising a wide-mouth generally rectangular container and a dispensing closure. The closure seals onto the container with a push-on motion and includes a resealable flip-up hinged lid. The container is originally sealed, after being filled, with a seal membrane applied to the container mouth. The closure is configured to permit the seal membrane to be conveniently removed from the container mouth while the closure remains assembled on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Weatherchem Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas S. Martin, Joel Wennerstrom
  • Publication number: 20040129703
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a cover for a beverage can body (3) with an inner and an outer cover panel (30, 10) that are spaced apart from one another (h20) in the axial direction (100) such that an intermediate space (20) is formed which is able to accommodate an object (44, 45) that is invisible from the outside—from a viewing direction toward the outer cover panel (10). The inner cover panel (30) is connected to a mounting edge (36) via a curved section (30r) that forms a peripheral groove (2a) around the cover panel in order to realize the attachment to the beverage can body. The outer cover panel (10) is clamped relative to the inner cover panel (30) with an essentially radial force component (f11) such that a clamping point (11, 31) is formed in order to fix its axial distance (h20) relative to the inner cover panel (40).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventors: Hajo Rieck, Lutz Strube, Dieter Heinecke
  • Patent number: 6755315
    Abstract: The invention relates to a beverage can with a press-in closure (2) whereby a lid area is surrounded by a separating line (3) which can be pressed down into a partial area by means of an actuation tab (4) of a grip lug (7) that is fixed to the lid (5) by means of a riveted joint (6), and forming a hole (8) in the interior of the can for pouring out said beverage. According to the invention, the hole (8) can be covered with a perforated external lid (9) which is also attached to the lid (5) by means of a riveted joint (6). When the grip lug (7) is actuated, the actuation tab (4) of the grip bracket (7) gets inserted into the perforated external cover (9) by means of a groove (10). The invention prevents insects such as wasps or the like from penetrating into the beverage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Inventor: Sebastian Frederic Mueller
  • Patent number: 6730339
    Abstract: Liquid candy is molded into a body of hard candy HC with a tubular portion 24 of a holder 22, 24 anchored therein. The tubular portion 22 extends into close proximity to an outer surface of the hardened candy HC. A cup-shaped portion 22 of the holder is snapped onto a reservoir cap 70. The holder 22, 24 is snapped into a fully engaged position. When a consumer wishes to consume the candy product, the consumer pulls up on the holder 22, 24 to move it upwardly relative to the reservoir cap into a second engaged position. A break-away portion 74 of the cap 70 breaks away to open fluid communication between the reservoir 62 and a passageway 36 through the holder 22, 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Candy Novelty Works Ltd.
    Inventor: Pak Nin Chan
  • Patent number: 6591999
    Abstract: An opening device for packages of pourable food products, having a frame defining a pour opening; a partition member connected to the frame to close the pour opening, and which is detachable from the frame along a preferential tear line; and an opening member connected to the partition member and which is pulled to detach the partition member from the frame and so expose the pour opening; the opening device also having an air inlet hole formed in the partition member; and a bridge member connecting the opening member to the lateral edge of the hole in the partition member, and which is broken by operation of the opening member to allow air through the hole prior to commencing detachment of the partition member from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Ola Molin, Janne Lundqvist, Paul Trägårdh
  • Patent number: 6516964
    Abstract: In a fuel tank (1) with a plug which is to be opened, in particular, during maintenance work, a plugging part (6) is fastened in a trough-like depression (2) of the wall of the fuel tank (1) by means of a nut (7). The nut (7) has a thread (9) intended for tapping into a bead (5) of the fuel tank (1). As a result, the fuel tank (1) can be manufactured particularly cost-effectively from geometrically simple parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Mannesmann VDO AG
    Inventors: Marc Gerhardt, Christian Kochsmeier, Peter Andreas Löw, Thomas Zapp, Dieter Keller
  • Patent number: 6510981
    Abstract: A canister for containing a particulate-type product such as a ready-to-eat cereal. The canister includes a side wall, a bottom closure and a plastic lid. The side wall defines at least a portion of a tubular body having an upper opening, a lower opening and an internal storage region for containing the particulate-type product. In this regard, the side wall includes a first, paper-based layer and a second, plastic-based layer. The first, paper-based layer has an inner surface and an outer surface. The second, plastic-based layer is bonded to the inner surface of the first, paper-based layer. The bottom closure is connected to the side wall so as to encompass the bottom opening. The plastic lid is openably secure to the tubular body at the upper opening. In this regard, the plastic lid provides selective access to the internal storage region. With this configuration, the plastic lid facilitates rapid fabrication of the canister, as well as providing for increased canister durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis J. Deering, Gordon H. Meier, Sarah J. Moberg, Patrick J. Sumpmann
  • Publication number: 20020190111
    Abstract: A tubular container for vacuum packaging products is provided according to the present invention that includes an overcap secured to at least one of the opposed ends of a tubular container that defines a bias member for biasing a membrane-type flexible lid inwardly towards products contained within the tubular container before a vacuum is applied. The flexible lid is maintained in a biased shape until the bias member is removed. As such, the flexible lid is sufficiently restrained during the vacuum packaging process, thus preventing the breakage of products located adjacent the flexible lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Floyd H. Boatwright, Richard M. Lowman, Alan D. Williams
  • Publication number: 20020158070
    Abstract: An airtight container, in particular for cosmetic products in powder, even with highly volatile components, composed of an element to contain the product, provided with an opening for the release of said content, and a lid (11) to close said opening. According to the present invention, between said lid (11) and the opening, which consists of a perforated surface (23) of the containing element, a sealing device (22) is inserted which prevents the product contained therein from leaking out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Sergio Crosta
  • Publication number: 20020125249
    Abstract: The invention concerns a closure for a cylindrical can (10) The closure includes a flexible member (11) of the easy-open type secured across the open end of the can (10). A rigid, screw cap (22) is screwed over the thus sealed end of the can. An annular, resilient member (24) depending downwardly from the underside of the end wall of the cap (22), engages the membrane (11) in the vicinity of the end flange (18) of the can body (10) thereby strengthening the seal between the membrane (11) and the flange (18). This advantageously permits cooking of the contents of the can with the flexible membrane (11) in situ, thereby giving rise to a can having an easy-open end, the contents of which can are cooked and sterilized using conventional processing lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2000
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
  • Publication number: 20020119222
    Abstract: A wide mouthed container (2) filled with beer (20) has a first closure member (12) applied thereto and held in position. The container is then moved along the filling line to a cleaning station at which the exterior thereof is subjected to high pressure jets of water to clean any contaminants therefrom. After drying, a second closure member (14) is screwed over the first closure member (12) to seal the container. In this manner, it is ensured that there are no contaminants on the exterior of the container near the mouth opening so that it is safe to drink from the container after opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventors: Matthew J. Searle, Michael E. Goar
  • Publication number: 20020092852
    Abstract: A reclosable container includes a container having an opening defined by a rim, a reclosable lid having a rim-engaging portion and a recessed portion inwardly of the rim-engaging portion, and a sealing sheet material separate from the lid, the sealing sheet material extending across the opening and being removably secured to the container rim beneath the lid, wherein the recessed portion of the lid projects into the container opening and the sealing sheet material has a recessed portion which accommodates the recessed portion of the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventors: Michael Stewart, Frank Kremar, Lance Bullock