Outer Closure Includes Cutting Or Penetrating Means Patents (Class 220/258.4)
  • Patent number: 10377540
    Abstract: A container cap configured to couple to an access opening of a container, and the access opening having a seal configured to cover the access opening. The container cap includes a cap body including a cylindrical-shaped side wall having a bottom edge that defines an opening to an interior of the cap body, and a top wall portion integrated with the cylindrical-shaped side wall and at least partially enclosing the interior of the cap body. The container cap further includes a seal opening assembly integrated with the cap body. The seal opening assembly includes a slot defined in the top wall portion of the cap body, and a seal piercing member formed on a first side of the slot. The seal piercing member is configured to pierce the seal covering the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ABBVIE, INC.
    Inventors: Joy Elizabeth Borgardt, James J. Hughes, Ted Klikuszowian, Todd Marshall, Marc Plew, Kelsey M. Coffey, Scott L. Fisher, Jason A. Rowe
  • Patent number: 9708096
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-opening closure with a pouring spout (12), a self-opening sleeve (20) which is guided in the connector in a helical manner, and a cover (30) which covers the pouring spout (12). A driver cam (24) is formed on the self-opening sleeve, said driver cam defining a guide surface (241). The cover has a driver (34) which defines a front edge (341). The front edge interacts with the guide surface of the driver cam. The front edge and the guide surface are inclined by the same angle of inclination relative to the longitudinal axis in order to allow an optimal force transmission between the cover and the self-opening sleeve. Additionally, the guide surface can be designed in a concave manner, and the front edge of the driver can be rounded in a corresponding manner in order to prevent a radial deflection of the driver towards the inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Terxo AG
    Inventors: Fritz Dill, David Koller, Markus J. Schellenberg
  • Patent number: 9050852
    Abstract: A combination paint container and tray that includes a container for a supply of a paint product including a base and an upper peripheral closure edge, and a lid constructed and arranged as a paint tray structure having first and opposed second peripheral edge elements. The paint tray has a storage position relative to the container and an opposite use position relative to the container. The paint tray, in the storage position thereof, has the first peripheral edge element for sealed engagement with the upper peripheral closure edge of the container. The paint tray, in the use position thereof, has the opposed second peripheral edge element for positioning on the upper peripheral closure edge of the container. The paint tray, in the use position, is provided with a paint receiving tray surface for receiving a supply of paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Khalid Abuzarifah
  • Publication number: 20150144630
    Abstract: A pack having an opening region provided in the top of the pack which forms a pouring opening after it is cut through by an applied pouring element, the pouring element including a base body, a cutting element arranged movably therein, and a screw cap, the screw cap being used for first opening of the pack by actuating the cutting element and for reclosure, and the opening region having a weakened line. The weakened line has a round first section and a second section. The first time the composite pack is opened by moving the cutting element, the weakened line is cut in the first section and tears in the second section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Martin Backes, Hansjörg Huber
  • Patent number: 9016502
    Abstract: A cap and gasket for a compressed gas cylinder arranged to operate with a gas cylinder having a neck with a top surface around a gas outlet and a side surface extending downwardly from the top surface. The cap may define an inner space to house the gasket and may be attached to the gas cylinder neck. The cap may restrain gasket movement, and define a volume in which the gasket can deform, when making a seal as a piercing element enters the inner space to contact the gas outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Hollars, Carey Costle
  • Patent number: 9016505
    Abstract: The present invention regards a package (1) for food products comprising a flexible container (2) having a first wall (5) and a second wall (6) opposite each other and peripherally sealed along at least the respective side edges (5a, 6a, 5b, 6b), a space (8) inside said walls containing, optionally in sterile conditions, a food product (73), and a gusset element (10) extended between the upper edges (5c, 6c) of said first wall (5) and of said second wall (6), said gusset element (10) defining a pocket (14) turned towards the interior of said flexible container (2), characterized in that it comprises an opening and closing device (3) housed in said pocket (14) and constrained to said flexible container (2), said opening and closing device (3) comprising a pourer body (15) associated with an opening and closing cap (16), and cutting means (42) suitable to perforate said flexible container (2) at the time of the first opening of said packaging (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: GRC Pack Luxembourg S.A.
    Inventor: Pierottavio Canegallo
  • Patent number: 9004305
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a container cover produced from a plastics film, having a rotating closure which has a rotatable cylindrical cutting device (100, 300), wherein the latter has a lower rim (110) on which at least one cutting edge section (120) is arranged, and wherein said at least one cutting edge section (120) has at least three teeth (130) which are located on a line extending in an inclined manner in relation to the bag, and wherein the front-most tooth in the direction of rotation comes first into contact with the plastics film during the cutting operation. The cutting device (100, 300) is characterized in that the inclination of the line on which the teeth (130) of each cutting edge section are located is selected such that, in the case of at least approximately maximum deformation of the plastics film before the latter is perforated by the front-most tooth, at least two following teeth of the same cutting edge section (120) are in direct contact with the plastics film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 8991631
    Abstract: A beverage container comprises a body for receiving fluids, having a base, a first side wall adjoining the base, and an opening section adjoining the first side wall and having a discharge opening. The container further comprises a cover module that is placed on or is present on the body and has a second side wall and a cover flap adjacent thereto. When the cover module is present on the body, the first and the second side walls form an outline shape of the container, at least in sections, the diameter of which has at least one maximum. At least one film, at least in regions, rests on the first and second side walls, and extends on one side and an opposite side at the body at the at least one diameter maximum. The film may be a shrink film that is shrunk on the first and second side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Red Bull GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Kalchmair, Catherine Reiter, Nathalie Mikhaeel, Peter Huels, Roland Concin, Gabriele Weber-Trinkfass, Matthias Rinderer
  • Publication number: 20150083724
    Abstract: A closure is provided having a closure body dimensionally formed for closing an opening within a container. A closing flap is pivotally positioned on the closure body and is moveable between an opened position, wherein the flap is pivoted upward, and a closed position, wherein the flap is pivoted to overlap a recess in a top surface of the body. A frangible area is provided in the recess. A flexible dome is formed on the closing flap. A contact member projects from the flap, opposite the dome. The contact member is positioned adjacent the frangible area when the closing flap is in the closed position. A downward actuation force to the dome causes a flexing of the dome toward the frangible area and at least a partial tearing of the frangible area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad E. Lagace, Keith E. Antal, SR.
  • Publication number: 20150060450
    Abstract: Containers comprising a closure system comprising a fixed element and a movable closure element are disclosed. The containers may be constructed to be resealable and improve sanitary conditions of the dispensing portion and allow for easier opening with the ability to be reclosed, over a conventional container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Evan Ira Phillips
  • Publication number: 20150034644
    Abstract: A container closure comprising 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 spout and having a lateral wall cooperating with the neck and an end wall facing the cover portion; a weakening line on the end of the neck; first opening promoter on the spout; and second opening promoter on the lateral wall of the cap to engage the first opening promoter upon removing the cap from the spout to separate the cover portion from the neck along the weakening line; after separation, the cover portion is held by the second opening promoter in a containing zone of the cap; the closure further comprises flow hampering mechanism for limiting, after separation of the cover portion from the neck, the product flow towards and from the containing zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Fabrizio Pucci, Mats Qvarford, Bo Larsson
  • Patent number: 8944271
    Abstract: A tube head assembly includes a tube head that includes a solid insert forming a lid closing the neck, a cap that includes a punch, and a removable spacing ring disposed against the shoulder around the neck. The ring and the cap are formed integrally in one piece and are joined by material bridges and configured in such a way as to allow sliding of the cap through the ring after breakage of the material bridges, characterised in that the ring includes internal stops adapted to limit the movement of the cap through the ring in such a way as to keep the punch spaced from the lid when the cap is screwed onto the neck and butts against the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Albea Services
    Inventor: Franck Seguin
  • Patent number: 8893912
    Abstract: A closure device (1) for a product dispensing container. The closure device comprises a base (2) having a body with a connector portion (2a) adapted to mount the closure device on a product container. The base comprises a product channel (5) and a rupturable seal (4) occluding the product channel and forming a lower seal of the closure device. A rotary part (20) is rotatably journalled on the base. The rotary part has a product passage (21) in communication with the product channel in the base. An upper sealing arrangement (30) is arranged on the rotary part and forms an upper seal of the closure device that is remote from the lower seal and seals the product passage of the rotary part. A lower seal rupturing member (40) is movable in a rupturing motion relative to the base to rupture the rupturable lower seal. A motion transfer (27, 42, 3b, 41) means is provided and is adapted so as to effect the rupturing motion of the lower seal rupturing member upon suitable rotary actuation of the rotary part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: IPN IP B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Jan Van Der Molen, Laurens Last, Jeroen Gerrit Anton Gebbink
  • Patent number: 8839982
    Abstract: A dispensing capsule, comprising a cap body including a chamber, whereby the bottom of the chamber is sealed by a sealing member. The cap body includes one or more plungers, each plunger received in a sub-chamber of the chamber, and one or more flexible actuators engaged to the one or more plungers, whereby the actuators are accessible at a top portion of the cap body. The flexible actuators may comprise a bellow-type blast or stepped blast. In some embodiments, a dust cover is provided to cover said top portion of the cap body. By applying pressure to the one or more actuators, the one or more plungers displace downward and break at least a portion of the sealing member. This allows for independent dispensing of an ingredient stored in each of the sub-chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Michael R. Anderson, Lillemor I. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8820554
    Abstract: A vessel cap is comprised of a body mounted at a vessel inlet through which a liquid material stored in a vessel is discharged outwardly and having a certain space therein. A pressing plate is disposed in the body to be movable in upper and lower directions. A cutter is formed at an edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate in a circumferential direction for penetrating a sealing member when the pressing plate is pressed and which cuts the sealing member when the body is rotated. A hooking member downwardly protrudes at the lower surface of the pressing plate for storing the sealing member cut by the cutter in the body. A connection portion is formed between an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate and an inner circumferential surface of the body for guiding the pressing plate to be moved in upper and lower directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Hee Kwon Rho
  • Publication number: 20140224801
    Abstract: The purpose of the invention is to provide a very safe opener cap that can easily open a film serving as a section to be opened without scattering the contents. A can body (10) and a screw cap (20) are screwed together, and the screw cap (20) and an opener (30) are ratcheted together so as to rotate as a unit in the direction of the screw cap (20) tightening. Blade angles of an annular blade (34) are configured so that the blade angle in the direction of the screw cap (20) loosing is gentler than the blade angle in the direction of tightening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: KEY COFFEE INC.
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Ueda, Masahiro Takenaka, You Yamamori, Kazuo Kawamata, Takeshi Sou, Syouzo Fujii
  • Patent number: 8739999
    Abstract: A container has a body defining a compartment and a discharge opening. A material is provided within the compartment. A sealing assembly in a sealed state blocks communication of the material from the compartment to and through the discharge opening. A first assembly is provided for reconfiguring the sealing assembly to an operative state to establish a communication path from the compartment to and through the discharge opening. The first assembly has at least a first component that is movable guidingly relative to the body between: a) a storage position; and b) an operative position. The sealing assembly is changeable from the sealed state into the operative state as an incident of the at least first component moving from the storage position into the operative position without the at least first component fully separating from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: George Kasboske
  • Patent number: 8714380
    Abstract: A reclosable opening device for a sealed package of a pourable food product includes a frame fitted about a pierceable portion of the package and defining a through pour opening; a removable threaded cap that screws onto the frame to close the pour opening; a tubular cutter engaging the pour opening and having a cutting device which cooperates with the pierceable portion to unseal the package; a first connector connecting the cap to the cutter, and which, as the cap is unscrewed, pushes the cutter towards the pierceable portion and a second connector connecting the frame to the cutter, and which, in use, feed the cutter along a predetermined piercing path through the pierceable portion in response to unscrewing of the cap; and the piercing path, as the cap is unscrewed, has a first portion of pure axial translation, followed by a second portion of both axial and rotary motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holding & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Cristiano Casale, Angelo Sorbara
  • Patent number: 8701906
    Abstract: A dispensing cap for storing one or more ingredients in the cap body until the time of use. The stored ingredients in the cap are dispensed manually into a primary container for mixing. The dispensing cap includes a push-pull, flow-through drinking spout with a fluid valve for opening and closing the fluid flow from the primary container. The dispensing cap body includes several elements all of which are formed in a single molded cap body. The storage chamber of the dispensing cap includes a foil seal that can be partially opened by an activating member manually connected to the drinking spout for dispensing the ingredients into the primary container. The cap body is threadably attached to a primary container threaded neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Blast Max LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140097184
    Abstract: A cap and gasket for a compressed gas cylinder arranged to operate with a gas cylinder having a neck with a top surface around a gas outlet and a side surface extending downwardly from the top surface. The cap may define an inner space to house the gasket and may be attached to the gas cylinder neck. The cap may restrain gasket movement, and define a volume in which the gasket can deform, when making a seal as a piercing element enters the inner space to contact the gas outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Coravin, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Hollars, Carey Costle
  • Publication number: 20140083879
    Abstract: A closure (100) for a container (110) includes a stationary member (200) having an inner surface (210) and an outer surface (220), the inner surface is configured to be secured to an outer circumference (150) of a neck (130) of the container at a first inner portion (215) having a first set of threads (218) and includes a second inner portion (225) having a second set of screw threads (230), the outer surface includes a third set of screw threads (320). A substantially cylindrical cap member (270) includes a top (280) and a sidewall (290) that extends downward from an outer circumference of the top, the sidewall includes sidewall threads for rotational engagement with the third set of screw threads of the stationary member. A cutting member (330) includes outer threads (340) located on an outer circumference of the cutting member and an engagement member (360) located on an inner circumference of the cutting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventor: David C. Ulstad
  • Publication number: 20140041338
    Abstract: Resealable beverage containers include caps that are twisted to impart translational motion of the cap to push a tear panel into the container. Cam elements are used to convert rotational movement to translational movement. The caps are preferably made of molded plastic material, and include cam elements formed on the sidewalls of the caps that engage cam followers or projections formed on the inner cylindrical surface of a socket which is formed in the lid of the beverage container. Methods of manufacturing resealable beverage containers avoid the need to form rivets and to attach pull tabs, thus saving costs and making the beverage containers more easily recycled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: POWERCAN HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Zabaleta, Sam Hackett
  • 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: 8590723
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container seal, in particular for a milk container (7?), whereby said container seal may be mounted in a container lid (6?) and manually operated without tools. According to the invention, the container seal is at least partly made from plastic and may be inserted in a cut-out in the container lid (6?), whereby the container seal seals the cut-out in the container lid (6?) and comprises a pouring opening. The invention further relates to a corresponding container lid (6) and a container with said container seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Euro-Cap GmbH
    Inventor: Jurgen Sooth
  • Patent number: 8528771
    Abstract: The invention closures that opens sealed containers and close such containers thereafter and method of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie A. Voss, Catie A. Morley, James Timothy Davis, Gary S. Hall
  • Patent number: 8522995
    Abstract: The invention closures that opens sealed containers and close such containers thereafter and method of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie A. Voss, Catie A. Morley, James Timothy Davis, Gary S. Hall
  • Patent number: 8459478
    Abstract: The self-opening closure includes a pouring spout (10), which can be assembled leak-proof on a combipack or a container spout sealed with foil material, twist cap (9) and a self-opening sleeve (1) arranged inside the pouring spout, which can be made to rotate by the twist cap. The self-opening sleeve forms on its upper edge an indentation (4), which becomes smaller towards the bottom edge (6) and tapers off into the same. There are guiding means present on the outer side of the self-opening sleeve and on the inner side of the pouring spout so that the self-opening sleeve is guided downwards by rotation on the pouring spout. The indentation (4) lies partially inside the pouring spout and partially below the same after unscrewing of the cover cap and forms an air inlet channel, which results in a steady outpour of the liquid content of a combipack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Roger Alther, Rolf Weiss, Egon Lang, Thomas Hocker
  • 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: 8302795
    Abstract: Caps for bottles with a box of powder material for preparation of beverages. The cap is applied to a basic box with a basic substance enclosed, as e.g. drinking water. The cap contains the other box with the other liquid or powder substance. The box is closed on the bottom-side with aluminum foil and a slant damper and on an upper side by a cover. The damper may be twisted around a hinge and have on an upper surface a one-arm vertical flexible lever arranged above the aluminum foil. The cover has on an internal plane bottom tangs, as well as a barrier, by which during winding up and winding off the cover acts on the lever. By winding off the cover a free end of the lever is elastically bent, creating in it a moment of force, which twists the damper and breaks through and removes the aluminum foil. Upon finishing mixing substances, the blend may be drank through the opening of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Cedevita D.O.O.
    Inventors: Lucas Karel Johannes Van Den Broek, Gerard Van Amerongen
  • Patent number: 8292112
    Abstract: An aluminum container for dispensing beverage, includes a can having a cylindrical side wall, and transverse top and bottom walls. A pull tab mechanism is provided on the top wall to effect opening of the container. The transverse top wall has an upstanding peripheral rim, with one or two interrupted wall portions, one of said portions forming a spout for pouring the contents, or drinking from the container directly. The other of the interrupted wall portions provides a clearance space for facilitating the insertion of the user's finger beneath the pull tab in readiness for opening the container. The bottom wall of the container is provided with a removable appliqué, which may contain printed text/pictorial information, or information in the nature of a store or manufacturer's product coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Charles Chang
  • Patent number: 8286818
    Abstract: A portion container which can be unsealed easily by an extremely simple operation, and the lid of which can be opened easily with no possibility of scattering of the contents. The container body is constituted of a nonflexible tubular upper structure which is resistant to press deformation, and a flexible bottomed tubular lower structure extending downward from the lower edge of the upper structure and being susceptible to press deformation, wherein a press board connected rotatably with the upper structure and equipped with a cutter is provided vertically in the container. A lid plate is cut by pressing the press board from the outside to rotate the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuo Suzuki
  • 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: 8162161
    Abstract: A bottle container in which sealing of the opening of a container body filled with a chemical liquid etc. and installation of a shoulder part, an unsealing member, and a cap can be made at the same time and that has a shoulder part fall-off prevention mechanism. A bottle container (1) has a container body (2) having a hollow cylindrical neck (21) whose upper part is open and having a step formed on a container body shoulder; a shoulder part (3) screwed on the outer peripheral surface of the neck (21) and having on its upper surface a hollow cylindrical body (32) that has a spout at its head; a cap (4) screwed on the outer peripheral surface of the hollow cylindrical body (32) and having a spout sealing means; and an unsealing prevention member (5) installed between the shoulder par (3) and the cap (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Fancl Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8157115
    Abstract: A child-resistant cap comprises: an inner cap mounted at a vessel inlet of a vessel; an outer cap disposed at an outer circumferential surface of the inner cap so as to perform an idling with the inner cap; a rotation force transmitting portion disposed between the inner cap and the outer cap for transmitting a rotation force of the outer cap to the inner cap only when the outer cap is downwardly moved with a force more than a certain degree; and a sealing member removing unit formed at the inner cap for removing a sealing member sealed at the vessel inlet when the inner cap is detached from the vessel inlet, and storing the removed sealing member in the inner cap. Since the sealing member removing unit is integrally formed at the cap, the sealing member is automatically removed at the time of opening the cap. Accordingly, the sealing member needs not to be additionally removed, and thus a usage convenience is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Hee Kwon Rho
  • Patent number: 8113374
    Abstract: A closure for a container includes a base having an aperture therethrough, a membrane attached to the bottom of the base and adapted to be attached to the container to seal the opening, a pull tab positioned within the aperture and connected to the base around at least a portion of an inner periphery of the aperture by a frangible portion, and a cap connected to the base by a hinge. The base is adapted to be connected to the container such that the aperture is positioned over the opening. The pull tab is connected to the membrane, so that when a user pulls on the pull tab, the frangible portion breaks to allow removal of the pull tab to open the aperture, and removal of the pull tab causes the portion of the membrane to tear away to unseal the opening of the container. The cap is pivotable about the hinge between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Tropicana Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Steiger, Machelle D. Stockwell
  • Patent number: 8020720
    Abstract: A stopper member (C) for mounting on an opening (31) of a fluid reservoir (P), said member being characterized in that it comprises: a base body (1) forming a fluid dispenser orifice (17); an assembly part (20) for mounting in stationary manner on the base body (1); and a closure lid (25) for closing the dispenser orifice (17), the lid (25) being connected to the assembly part via a hinge (26), characterized in that the lid (25) and the part (20) are made as a single piece, the lid (25) initially being connected to the assembly part (20), before the lid is opened for the first time, via at least one bridge (28) of material able to be broken at the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Valois S.A.S.
    Inventors: Frédéric Duquet, Fabrice Perignon
  • Patent number: 7980243
    Abstract: A cartridge for propellant-free administration of a liquid pharmaceutical composition by inhalation includes: an elongate displacing device including an upper end and a lower end, the lower end for at least partial insertion into a container; a cartridge chamber disposed at the lower end of the displacing device and operable store a pharmaceutical formulation, the cartridge chamber including at least one pierceably sealed opening; and a cannula guide extending from the upper end of the displacing device to the cartridge chamber, wherein insertion of a cannula through the guide pierces the sealed opening and releases the pharmaceutical formulation into a liquid solvent in the container to form the liquid pharmaceutical composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Dieter Hochrainer
  • Patent number: 7967135
    Abstract: A beverage can having a primary fluid volume and a segregated secondary container. The secondary container could contain a liquid or a granulated solid. The two containers are separated by a barrier which can be opened. The beverage can has a lid with a conventional pull-tab and downward-opening hatch. However, the hatch is equipped with a piercer extending down into the can. When the pull-tab is actuated, the piercer breaches the barrier separating the secondary container from the primary fluid volume. The contents of the secondary container can then be mixed with the primary fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Barry Boatner
  • Publication number: 20110127266
    Abstract: A container has a body defining a compartment and a discharge opening. A material is provided within the compartment. A sealing assembly in a sealed state blocks communication of the material from the compartment to and through the discharge opening. A first assembly is provided for reconfiguring the sealing assembly to an operative state to establish a communication path from the compartment to and through the discharge opening. The first assembly has at least a first component that is movable guidingly relative to the body between: a) a storage position; and b) an operative position. The sealing assembly is changeable from the sealed state into the operative state as an incident of the at least first component moving from the storage position into the operative position without the at least first component fully separating from the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: George Kasboske
  • Patent number: 7942284
    Abstract: An apparatus removes a tamper-evident seal from a mouth of a container and retains the tamper-evident seal to prevent any of the seal from falling into the container. The apparatus includes a body having a top surface and a bottom surface. A sidewall circumscribes the body and extends substantially perpendicularly from the top surface of the body. A first projection extends substantially perpendicularly from the top surface and is disposed radially inward from the side wall. The first projection includes a first tip, a first portion, and a second portion, wherein an indentation is defined between the first and second portions. The first portion is located between the body and the second portion. The second portion has a diameter that is wider than a diameter of the first portion. A plurality of second projections extend from the top surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Minimizim, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Alex H. Amanat, Paul H. Wunderlich, Douglas Hidding
  • Patent number: 7934616
    Abstract: A flip-top closure for composite and cardboard packaging, which permits the automatic opening of a package by flipping open the lid of the closure, includes a frame base element, which is designed to be welded by its level underside to composite or card-board packaging, and has a continuous peripheral overhang that protrudes upwards in order to form a pouring neck with an interior opening. A cover that flips open and closes is fixed to the base element. A guide, or tongue, element is pivotally mounted on the base element extends over the interior expanse of the overhang and friction-fit elements act between the tongue, or guide, element and the cover to pivot the tongue downwardly by force when the cover is flipped open for tearing and pivoting away a piece of the packaging lying below the tongue or guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Josef Felber
  • Patent number: 7886922
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastic closing device comprising a bottom part, a closing cap, and a cutting ring which is mounted inside the neck of the bottom part so as to be helically movable. A driving cam (16) which is axially disposed in the closing cap acts upon the non-continuously circular cutting ring when the closing cap is unscrewed such that the cutting ring perforates and cuts through the receptacle in a helical cutting movement. The cutting ring forms a ventilating concavity (6) which cooperates with the driving cam (16). The non-circular cutting ring, the bottom side of which is provided with a sharp cutting edge extending at an obtuse angle relative to the bottom edge of said ring, performs a helical cutting movement similar to an advancing knife when the closing cap is unscrewed such that the receptacle wall is easily cut by applying a minimum amount of force because a new sharp point constantly attacks the packaging material, thus preventing shredding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Fritz Seelhofer
  • Patent number: 7841484
    Abstract: There is provided a capped container in which the angle of rotation of a screw cap required for unsealing the same can be rendered small and in which a cut piece can be prevented from being completely cut away from a container body. The capped container includes a container body (11) including a wall portion and a rupture portion (36) formed at a predetermined position of the wall portion; a tubular base portion attached to the wall portion and surrounding the rupture portion (36); a movable tube (16) disposed in the base portion and thread-engaged with the base portion; and a screw cap (17) disposed outside the base portion, thread-engaged with the base portion, engaged with the movable tube (16), and adapted to rotate the movable tube (16) while being rotated. A cutting member (38) including a plurality of blades (t1 to t6) and adapted to cut the rupture portion (36) as the screw cap (17) is rotated is formed at a lower end of the movable tube (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Masamichi Kaneko, Hiroyuki Serizawa
  • Publication number: 20100237073
    Abstract: The self-opening closure consists of a pouring spout (10), which can be assembled leak-proof on a combipack or on a container spout to be sealed with foil material, appropriate twist cap (9) as well as a self-opening sleeve (1) arranged inside the pouring spout (10). This can be made to rotate by the twist cap (9). The self-opening sleeve (1) forms on its upper edge an indentation (4), which becomes smaller towards the bottom edge (6) and tapers off into the same. There are guiding means present on the outer side of the self-opening sleeve (1) and on the inner side of the pouring spout (10) so that the self-opening sleeve (1) is guided downwards by the rotation on the pouring spout (10). The indentation (4) lies partially inside the pouring spout (10) and partially below the same after the unscrewing of the cover cap and forms an air inlet channel, which results in a steady outpour during the pouring out of the liquid content of a combipack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: SIG TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Roger Alther, Rolf Weiss, Egon Lang, Thomas Hocker
  • Publication number: 20100230410
    Abstract: A twist cap closure assembly comprising: an injection moulded thermoplastic base (1) including a tubular part, which has an interior side defining a channel in said tubular part and also has an exterior side, said tubular part forming a mouth of said channel at one end thereof, an injection moulded thermoplastic twist cap (50) adapted to be fitted on said tubular part of said base so as to close off the mouth in a closed position of said cap, said cap including a top wall and a downward skirt depending from said top wall, said skirt having an interior side, an exterior side and a lower edge, said exterior side of said tubular part and said interior side of said skirt having mating bayonet connector members, said bayonet connector members being adapted to hold said cap (50) in its closed position on said tubular part and allow for the cap to be twisted about a twist axis to release said cap (1) from the base so that the channel is opened, wherein a plug (70) is arranged within said tubular part of the base, sa
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: IPN IP B.V.
    Inventors: Laurens Last, Peter-Jan Van Der Molen
  • Publication number: 20100224512
    Abstract: A beverage can having a primary fluid volume and a segregated secondary tipping container. The secondary tipping container is sealed prior to opening the beverage can so that its contents do not mix with the contents of the primary container. The beverage can has a lid with a conventional pull-tab and downward-opening hatch. The secondary tipping container is preferably attached to the underside of the lid. The tipping container has an open mouth which is preferably sealed against the underside. When the pull-tab is actuated, the hatch descends and detaches a portion of the tipping container from the lid so that the tipping container then pivots downward and spills its contents into the primary container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Barry Boatner
  • Publication number: 20100224629
    Abstract: A liquid pack with a filling gland having a post fill sealed membrane interposed between the product and the, or a, surround of the opening into die filling gland. An insertor integral part of the filling gland defines a dispensing gland, piercing adaptor and/or collar. This has been both (i) engaged to said filling gland if not integral therewith and (ii) had a surround of its opening sealed to said membrane. In use a suitable piercer to be guided by or received said dispensing gland, piercer adaptor and/or collar can pierce said membrane to allow egress of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Peter John Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20100224511
    Abstract: A beverage can having a primary fluid volume and a segregated secondary container. The secondary container could contain a liquid or a granulated solid. The two containers are separated by a barrier which can be opened. The beverage can has a lid with a conventional pull-tab and downward-opening hatch. However, the hatch is equipped with a piercer extending down into the can. When the pull-tab is actuated, the piercer breaches the barrier separating the secondary container from the primary fluid volume. The contents of the secondary container can then be mixed with the primary fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Barry Boatner
  • Publication number: 20100000996
    Abstract: A closure of a vessel, comprises: a body mounted at a vessel inlet through which stuff contained in a vessel is outwardly discharged; a sealing member removing unit formed in the body, for removing a sealing member sealed at a vessel inlet when the body is separated from the vessel inlet, and storing the removed sealing member in the body; and a reinforcing member having a sealing member bonded thereto at the time of an induction manufacturing process, for storing the sealing member in the closure. The closure is manufactured by an induction process so that the sealing member bonded to the vessel inlet can be stored in the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Hee Kwon Rho
  • Publication number: 20090302037
    Abstract: A re-closable pouring element for cardboard/plastic composite packages, especially for drinks packages, which comprises an encompassing fixing flange as well as a frame element that is provided with an outer thread and an inner thread, a cutting element that has an outer thread, and a screw cap having an inner thread, wherein the cutting element is produced in the spraying position at the end of the frame element opposite to the fixing flange and together with this has been injection moulded across at least one connecting bridge in a unitary manner, and wherein the cutting element is situated in the interior of the frame element at the assembly position of the pouring element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: SIG TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventor: Felix Rigling