About Line Or Point Of Weakness Patents (Class 220/266)
  • Patent number: 8109404
    Abstract: A tamper evident cap adapted to close an opening on a vessel includes a main body having an outer circumference, a pull tab extending from the main body, and a flange, forms an annulus around the main body and connected to the main body. The flange includes an outer circumference that is larger than the outer circumference of the main body. It is essential to the present invention that the flange is made of a very thin layer of material. In addition, the flange includes at least a pair of perforation lines. Further, the present invention includes a bump in the pull-tab for enabling a person grasping the pull-tab, to obtain a firmer hold thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Snap Seals, Inc.
    Inventor: James F. Chmela
  • Patent number: 8096433
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed thermoplastic container is equipped with a unitary closure that includes a draining spike access aperture occluded by a removable, twist-off cap and an internal draining spike stabilizer situated in the neck portion of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Weiler Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard H. Weiler, Kathleen E. Kurek
  • Publication number: 20120005994
    Abstract: A thermoformed clamshell package with a pair of closing flanges and a double-sided adhesive for joining the closing flanges to seal the package. The package includes a carrier flange that carries the double-sided adhesive prior to sealing and a sealing flange that is brought into contact with the double-sided adhesive to seal the package. The package may include a frangible portion in the flange region for gaining access to the contents of the package after it has been sealed without breaking the adhesive seal created by the double-sided adhesive. The carrier flange may include a channel for seating the double-sided adhesive and for denesting adjacent packages when nested together for shipping and/or storage. The package may include one or more display strips disposed in the flange region. The present invention also provides a method for packaging articles in a package with a tamper-evident seal, and a method for manufacturing a package with a tamper-evident seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: DISPLAY PACK, INC.
    Inventors: Martin O. Tidball, Jonathan C. Hansen, Gordon L. Beach, George E. Raimer
  • Publication number: 20110309080
    Abstract: A cylindrical tubular canister package has a body and ends. A tear-away strip is formed in the body by a pair of spaced partial cuts on the outside of the body. A thin strip of tear tape is secured to the inside of the body underlying and extending along the tear-away strip. A tab is formed at one end of the tear away strip. The canister package is opened by grasping the tab and pulling away from the canister body, which causes the tear-away strip to be severed from the body to open up the canister. The strip may extend axially, circumferentially, spirally, or otherwise along the canister body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Richard F. House
  • Publication number: 20110297681
    Abstract: A packaging device for supporting and dispensing product includes an elongate package having a wall of a single sheet The elongate package encloses a plurality of adjacent product pieces in a longitudinally stacked array The package has a weakened location extending along the length of the package permitting manual serving of the package therealong to open the package to dispense the product pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Paull K. Bowers
  • Publication number: 20110297680
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for manufacturing a package with a rigid or semi-rigid container and a polymeric or plastic header with a reclosure, such as a zipper. The rigid or semi-rigid container is typically provided in a stack of flat containers. The header is sealed, glued or otherwise secured to the containers. The container, typically inverted, is filled, and the bottom is formed by folding and sealing the bottom portion of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Clifton Howell, David Wallace, Kenny McCracken, Kevin Owen, Rusty Koenigkramer, Steven Olechowski, Robert Hogan, Eric Plourde, David Anzini, Steven Ausnit
  • Publication number: 20110293202
    Abstract: It is aimed to provide a spout member and a packaging bag using the spout member which have excellent handling property and hygiene management performance at the time of supplying water or the like from the outside before and during use such as administration of water and medicine, in which a closure means for freely opening and closing an aperture formed by cutting off parts of peripheral portions of sealed film pieces is protected from a contained content at the time of storage or transportation and which have excellent protecting property even when an inner pressure acts in the packaging bag, excellent contamination preventing property until a spout is opened and excellent contamination preventing property and handling property after opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Takeda, Kenji Washida, Takahiro Koyama, Tetsushi Mori, Yasuharu Takada, Moritoshi Oguni, Hirotaka Ikeda, Toshihiko Mori, Matsutarou Ono
  • Patent number: 8056750
    Abstract: A container with a base (12) and lid (14), clearly indicates if the lid has been opened after a clerk loaded food into the base and closed the lid. The base and lid each has a respective lid tab and a base tab, with one tab forming a slot (26) and the tab other projecting through the slot, and with the base tab forming a barrier wall (80) that lies over the lid tab. One of the tabs has a weakened severable line (90, 92) that can be torn to allow the lid tab to be lifted to open the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: PWP Industries
    Inventor: Terry Vovan
  • Patent number: 8051879
    Abstract: An open ended cap for a pipe is provided comprising a flexible tubular body wherein one end has an inwardly-extending radial rim extending in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the tubular body of the end cap. The tubular body may include a finger grip member extending inwardly from an inner periphery of the rim and connected to a tear strip extending across the rim and downwardly along at least a portion of the tubular body. In another embodiment, the tubular body has an interior wall surface having multiple compressible longitudinal fit beads extending from the interior wall surface and spaced about the circumference of the interior wall surface and which are configured to provide contact with the external surface of a pipe upon being inserted into the end cap. Both a tear strip and longitudinal fit beads may also be provided in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Protective Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick W. Zeyfang
  • Patent number: 8047394
    Abstract: A safety device for at least one container, in particular a blow-molded plastic container, preferably in ampoule form, has a supply part (5) for accommodating a medium which can be dispensed via a container opening (9). The container opening (9) can be closed by a first safety part (11) which counteracts opening forces with a predefinable resistance. The predefinable resistance can be overcome for the release of the container opening (9) with the aid of a second safety part (15) which interacts with the first safety part (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Bernd Hansen
  • Publication number: 20110259887
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lid with barrier property having highly improved barrier property, sealing ability for cups, and ease of opening in comparison with the conventional products. The innermost layer is a resin layer including a polyethylene sealant layer, and a metal foil layer is attached to the outside of the resin layer of the innermost layer via an adhesive layer. The innermost layer is provided with a plurality of weakened portions extending radially from the center. The weakened portions facilitate tearing the innermost layer and also the metal foil layer, thereby facilitating opening of the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Masashi Gotoh, Takashi Terayama, Noriyuki Sasaki, Takeshi Saitoh, Daiji Takeuchi, Toyoaki Naitoh
  • Publication number: 20110262589
    Abstract: A rupturable blister package multilayer cover sheet has top (3) and bottom (4) layers having dual aligned laser scores (6,7) and at least one non-laser scored intermediate layer (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
    Inventor: Kristy L. Safarik
  • Publication number: 20110253718
    Abstract: A container for a food product including a tamper-evident closure which forms an opening of a container. The closure comprises a sealing layer, adhesively sealed to the top of the container around the opening. The sealing layer is releasable from the container by pulling back on the sealing layer and resealable against the top layer to seal the opening when the sealing layer is moved back against the top. The tamper-evident feature comprises a portion of the top adjacent the opening and covered by the sealing layer, which extends from a position spaced from, and extends towards and terminates at the opening of the container. A portion of the tamper-evident feature falls into the container after the sealing layer has been pulled back for a first time to thereby indicate that the container has been previously opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Gladys O. Sierra-Gomez, Douglas Philipsen, Carole Cole
  • Publication number: 20110253717
    Abstract: A lid for a container includes a central portion; a channel at a periphery of the central portion configured to form a substantially liquid-tight gasketless seal with the container, the channel including an inner skirt for contacting an inner surface of the container and an outer skirt; and a protrusion protruding from the inner skirt and being configured to form an interference fit with the inner surface of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Frano Luburic, Terrance Iker, Josef Bingisser, Kirk Samlalsingh, Dennis Willis
  • Publication number: 20110253574
    Abstract: An element dispensing package suitable for dispensing adhesive strips or bandages. Each element is contained within an envelope formed by opposed upper and lower sheets. The lower sheet has a release liner secured thereto to protect the element while it is within the dispenser. The element is releasably secured to a first tab and is separated from the package when the envelope is opened. The first tab has one or more gripping means to facilitate dispensing of the element contained within the package. Additionally, the upper sheet and the lower sheet have optional gripping means (e.g., a second tab) to facilitate dispensing of the element contained within the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Publication number: 20110240644
    Abstract: A thermoformed or vacuum-formed plastic container packaging including a laser energy-induced internal rupturable area disposed between the topside and the bottomside of the plastic material. A pattern in structural communication with the laser-induced rupturable area enables the user's hands to apply a focused shearing force on the area for fracturing and opening the plastic material container. The rupturable area is configured such that an exerted shearing force exposes a haptically smooth fractured edge to the user. Two rupturable areas may be disposed such that two parallel patterns configure a tear strip or a pull-tab. Multiple rupturable areas are disposed such that parallel and attachable patterns configure protective covers or tear strip ends. Die cutout patterns configure notches or voids attached to said laser-induced rupturable area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Steven Donald Kimmell, Arthur Barukh, James Louis Cabernoch, Glenn Roy Detlor
  • Patent number: 8028851
    Abstract: A container clearly indicates that it has been opened after a store clerk loads food into the base of the container and closes a covering of the container onto the base. The covering (16) includes a peripheral cover portion (22) that becomes fixed to a peripheral base portion (32) when the clerk initially closes the container. To thereafter open the container, a person forcefully lifts a tab (30) on the covering to tear the covering along a long tear line (26) that separates the peripheral cover portion (22) from a lid (24) formed by a radially inner covering portion. The base (12) is fixed to the peripheral covering portion (22), and together they form a base device (40). After the lid has been torn free of the peripheral covering portion, the lid can be closed and latched to the base device and then can be easily opened again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: PWP Industries
    Inventors: Terry Vovan, Jose Enriquez
  • Publication number: 20110232236
    Abstract: A slide and shell container includes an outer shell and an inner slide mounted within the outer shell. The outer shell and the inner slide are detachably connected to each other along one or more lines of weakness. Upon separation of the outer shell and inner slide along the one or more lines of weakness, the inner slide becomes moveable within the outer shell between a closed slide position and an open slide position. The two or more lines of weakness define an integral opening strip which is separable from the container in order to separate the outer shell and the inner slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas Chatelain, Philippe Bourgoin, Roger Nuetzi, Michael Barth
  • Publication number: 20110233212
    Abstract: A packaging material 1 is configured to pack a viscous product having one surface, an opposite surface, and side surfaces. The packaging material 1 includes a sheet 2 having a first surface portion 7 configured to cover the one surface of the viscous product, side surface portions 8-1 to 8-4 configured to cover the side surfaces, and second surface portions 9-1 to 9-4 disposed at the opposite surface, and tear tape 3 adhered to the sheet to cut the sheet. The tear tape is provided to start from the side surface portion or the second surface portion and to be branched into a first branched tape 3a and a second branched tape 3b across the first surface portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Tomonori Ishii, Taho Ohmura, Nobuaki Shirashoji, Tetsuo Nakai, Kazutaka Makino, Yukihiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 8025825
    Abstract: A method for the compression molding of a plastic part including a neck which is equipped with an orifice, in which a blank is created and compressed. The part is molded with a neck which is equipped with a top wall including a thin area with a notch, the contour of this thin area defining the orifice, and two zones which can withstand the mechanical stress necessary in order to break the top wall at the notch. One of the two zones is intended to transmit the mechanical stress and the other is used as a support. The section of the notch is slightly inclined in relation to the axis of the neck. After molding, mechanical stress is applied to one part of the top wall, other than the thin area, so that the top wall tears at the notch, thereby producing the dispensing orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Cebal SAS
    Inventors: Bertrand Gruau, Herve Zakrzewski
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110204054
    Abstract: A tamper-evident package includes a flexible lid sealed to a flange of a container. A localized region of the flange defines a break tab that can be broken to detach a small portion, such as a corner, of the flange from the rest of the flange, in order to begin peeling back the lid to open the package. The lid is affixed to the detachable portion of the flange in a manner effectively preventing the lid from being detached from it. At least that part of the lid overlying the break tab can be sufficiently transparent that the broken or unbroken condition of the break tab can be seen through the lid from an upper side thereof. The break tab thereby serves to indicate whether the lid has been at least partially peeled back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Huffer
  • Patent number: 7997435
    Abstract: A container (1) for a plurality of test strips, in particular for strip-shaped indicator sticks, has a housing lower part (2) and a housing upper part (3), which can be brought into engagement with the housing lower part (2) in a positive manner, where the housing upper part (3) has an opening with a sealing flap (14) mounted in a pivotable manner, where the housing lower part (2) has a plurality of projecting snap-in elements (7), which can be brought into engagement with matched recesses (10) of the housing upper part (3), and where the sealing flap (14) is connected along its periphery to the housing upper part (3) by means of at least one connecting strip which can be torn off. The snap-in elements (7) project by more than one wall thickness of the housing upper part (3) in the region around the recesses (10). The sealing flap (14) preferably has a tear-off connecting strip on each of two opposite sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Mueller, Horst Langkau, Berthold Wagner, Gerhard Wieland, Norbert Stork, Stefan Bernhard
  • Publication number: 20110192754
    Abstract: The present invention provides a safe and effective package for housing a dosage, which is easily opened by a user yet provides a secure and contaminant-free environment for the dosage housed within. The package may include a guided tear condition extending along at least one edge of the package, allowing a user to safely and effectively open the package without risk of compromising the dosage housed therein. In some embodiments, the dosage is a substantially flat dosage, such as a film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: MONOSOL RX, LLC
    Inventors: Greg Slominski, Beuford A. Bogue, Madhu Hariharan, Kurt Easton, Theodore Clemente, JR.
  • Patent number: 7992737
    Abstract: Container for products, such as surprises or similar accessories, comprising two half-shells (2, 4), with a containing wall (2a, 2b; 4a, 4b) and with an open mouth (10, 12), able to be coupled together mouth-to-mouth so as to form a closed container (1), where the two half-shells (2, 4) are connected together by means of hinging means (20), with a hinging axis (a-a) such as to allow the movement of one of the, half-shells (2, 4) with respect to the other one between a closed position of the container (1) and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Magic Production Group (M.P.G.) S.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Salice
  • Patent number: 7992743
    Abstract: A food container formed from plastic, can be loaded with food and then closed by a clerk, and thereafter cannot be opened without tearing apart first sides (24, 26) of the base (12) and lid (16). The container is formed by a single sheet of plastic that forms a base and lid with second sides (20, 22) that are latched together and with adjacent first sides that are joined by a joint line (30) in the plastic that is creased and that has slits (40). At the joint line, the lid has a projecting lid tab (32) and the base has a projecting base tab (36). A person grasps both tabs, and lifts only the lid tab to tear apart the first sides of the base and lid along the joint line (30). Thereafter, the lid can be easily closed and reopened on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: PWP Industries
    Inventor: Terry Vovan
  • Publication number: 20110163097
    Abstract: Provided is a packet including a closure having a base portion and a flap portion which is at least in use pivotable with respect to the base portion about a pivoting axis; and a face with a flap area corresponding to the flap portion, terminating at two spaced apart points and having a majority thereof spaced from an imaginary line connecting the two points and corresponding to the pivoting axis; the closure being attached to the face at least at a part of the base portion and at a part of its flap area so that pivoting of the flap portion causes tearing of the face at the flap area to form a flap including the flap area of the face, and an outlet in the face corresponding thereto, allowing access to the interior of the packet; and to subsequently move between an open position in which the flap is raised relative to the outlet to provide the access, and closed position in which the flap covers the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: TADBIK LTD.
    Inventors: Shlomit Chasid, Uri Zaidman
  • Publication number: 20110155734
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lid (2) for closing a cup (1) along a peripheral sealing edge (10). Said lid comprises at least one aluminum film and an optionally multi-layered plastic layer which is co-extruded onto the aluminum film and has a closed predetermined tearing line (3). The invention is characterized in that the plastic layer is made of plastic based on polyethylene (PE) or plastic based on polypropylene (PP) and that the predetermined tearing line is introduced into the plastic layer preferably by means of a CO2 laser. In one embodiment, said predetermined tearing line (3) is provided directly in the region of the sealing edge (10). The invention also relates to a method for producing such a lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Martin Kornfeld, Lambert Nekula, Alfred Wegenberger, Adolf Schedl, Franz Reiterer
  • Patent number: 7967163
    Abstract: A pre-filled disposable container has a rigid tubular body, a flexible bag positioned within the rigid tubular body, a cap, and a base sealing element. The rigid tubular body has an open-ended top and an open-ended bottom. The flexible bag has a top portion with a dispensing aperture, a bottom portion, and an outwardly extending annular flange. An annular retaining ring is adapted to lock the outwardly extending annular flange of the flexible bag against a top rim of the rigid tubular body. The cap is adapted to fit over the top portion of the flexible bag. A tear strip removably connects the cap and the annular retaining ring. The base sealing element is adapted to engage the open-ended bottom of the rigid tubular body to seal a vacuum aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: George E. Martin
  • Patent number: 7946440
    Abstract: An elongated two-piece expandable sealing plug (20) that is adapted to sealingly close a marginal end portion of a hole or opening (22) provided in a body (21) broadly comprises: a cup-shaped member (23) having an annular open upper end, having an outer surface that is adapted to face toward a wall on the body surrounding the opening, and having an inner surface (38) that diverges radially outwardly in a direction toward the member upper end; and a head having an outer rim portion (25) mounted on the upper end marginal end portion of the member for rotation therewith, and having a central portion (26) arranged within, and secured to, the rim portion; wherein the member is adapted to be inserted (i.e., slidably and/or rotatively) into a marginal end portion of the body opening (FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: KVT Koenig, LLC
    Inventor: Bhaumik H. Shah
  • Publication number: 20110108455
    Abstract: A display and packaging assembly (10) which is used to display and dispense consumable items. The assembly includes a plurality of consumable items arranged in plural individual packs (22). A flexible overwrap surrounds the plurality of packs (22). The overwrap has a configuration corresponding to the array of packs where the overwrap has a portion which is completely removable to access the packs. The overwrap maintains its configuration upon removal of one or more of the packs from the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: Cadbury Adams USA LLC
    Inventors: Allen S. Aldridge, Joseph Countee
  • Patent number: 7931167
    Abstract: A tamper evident cap adapted to close an opening on a vessel includes a main body having an outer circumference, a pull tab extending from the main body, and a flange, forms an annulus around the main body and connected to the main body. The flange includes an outer circumference that is larger than the outer circumference of the main body. It is essential to the present invention that the flange is made of a very thin layer of material. In addition, the flange includes at least a pair of perforation lines. Further, the tamper evident cap includes a bump in the pull-tab for enabling a person grasping the pull-tab, to obtain a firmer hold thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Snap Seals, Inc.
    Inventor: James F Chmela
  • Patent number: 7922707
    Abstract: A spike for penetrating the elastomeric stopper of a container, for example a drug or reagent vial, is provided with an elongated body (5) with a blunt tip (47). The spike may be incorporated into a reagent cassette which accepts containers sealed with a punturable cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: GE Healthcare AS
    Inventors: Svein Kvaale, Thor Audun Saga
  • Publication number: 20110056943
    Abstract: Disclosed is a preparation-at-use device comprising: (1) a pre-formed hydrogel component packaged in a first compartment; the pre-formed hydrogel component comprising a gelling agent and a solvent; and (2) a benefit component packaged in a second compartment; the benefit component comprising at least one compound that is unstable when contacted with the pre-formed hydrogel component; wherein the first and second compartments are separately packaged prior to use, and wherein the device comprises means for contacting the pre-formed hydrogel component and benefit component upon use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventors: Akihiro UEDA, Koishiro Masuda, Kimio Tamiya, Haruhiko Kajimoto, Masahiko Ishimoto
  • Publication number: 20110056944
    Abstract: A can for extemporaneous preparation of beverages by extraction and/or infusion including a first chamber configured to collect a final beverage, a second chamber containing a drinkable liquid, and a filtering device containing a substance to produce the required beverage by extraction and/or infusion. The can is configured to be put onto a heating source after opening the can lid and operating the filtering device by the user. The lid includes: an outer rim portion configured to remain fixed to the can lateral wall when opening the can; an inner removable portion configured to be ripped to open the can; and a predetermined breaking line separating the inner removable portion from the outer rim portion. The breaking line is provided in an annular portion forming part of the lid and made of plastic material. The outer part of the annular portion part of the outer rim portion while the inner part thereof is part of the inner removable portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Adriana Brizio
  • Patent number: 7891510
    Abstract: An assembly includes a container and a closure. The closure includes a tamper-indicating band having a plurality of sloping teeth. Each of the sloping teeth of the tamper-indicating band has an engagement surface that is engageable with one of the engagement surfaces of the sloping teeth of the container. The sloping teeth on the tamper-indicating band are configured such that when one of the teeth on the tamper-indicating band completely engages one of the teeth on the exterior surface of the neck of the container, the engagement surface of at least one of the other sloping teeth on the tamper-indicating band is free from engagement with the engagement surfaces of the sloping teeth of the container and the engagement surface of at least one of the other sloping teeth of the container is free from engagement with the engagement surfaces of the sloping teeth on the tamper-indicating band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Thomas D. Loughrin, Kristi L. Rogers, Elwood L. Stokesbury
  • Patent number: 7891517
    Abstract: An opening assembly that provides a beverage can with the ability to be closed once opened. The opening assembly allows a user to open and close a beverage can while protecting the integrity of the can, thus providing an improved beverage can that has the ability to seal-in carbonation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Samantha Simmons
  • Publication number: 20110036839
    Abstract: A plastic screw cap has a threaded top portion and tabs of varying heights disposed around an inner circumference of a lower sleeve-portion. These tabs clasp a land disposed on a container neck to restrain the sleeve portion on the neck when the cap is unscrewed. A threaded top portion mates with threads on the container above the land. A sealing liner and diffusion barrier disposed at the bottle opening, together with a crush-resistant cap structure, prevent wine leakage and control oxygen ingress. Typically, the plastic cap is threaded onto the container neck, forming a tamper-evident seal. When unscrewed, the plastic-cap top moves up the container threads, exerting a pull on the sleeve portion, which is restrained due to the closure tabs acting on the land. Between the closure tabs and the threaded top is a breakaway line, which tears due to the removal forces. This tear evidences tampering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: William A. Gardner
  • Patent number: 7886921
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a closure having a cap coupled to a sleeve defining a frangible connection between the cap and the sleeve. A preselected geometry is provided between the cap and the sleeve proximate to the frangible connection which allows for formation of a clean break between the cap and the sleeve when the cap is broken away from the sleeve. An extended bead is also provided with consistent material distribution on the bead proximate to a juncture of the cap to the sleeve after the cap is broken away from the sleeve. A projection is additionally provided on the cap which projects at an angle. The projection has a generally tapering leg of reduced thickness that terminates in a vertical wall segment. The projection also has the bead that is formed located on an outer corner of the projection after the frangible connection is broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: International Plastics and Equipment Corp.
    Inventor: Charles J. Long
  • Publication number: 20110024422
    Abstract: A closure having a base with a piercable part, defined by a sidewall extending transversally with respect to the base and a bottom thereby creating an indent therein, the sidewall and/or bottom provided with several lines of weakened material strength, wherein the lines divide the sidewall and/or bottom in several wedge formed parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Vanessa Valles, Daniel Peirsman, Sarah Vahove
  • Publication number: 20110024423
    Abstract: A tamper-evident package having pressurized contents includes a closure and associated container which cooperate to provide desired tamper-evidence upon initial removal of the closure from the container, while promoting convenient and comfortable removal and use by consumers. In particular, the package is configured such that from a fully applied position of the closure on the container, the closure is movable through a predetermined angle prior to actuation of the tamper-evident feature on the package. In this fashion, the torque which must be applied to the closure for overcoming the static friction at the sealing interface between the closure and the container can be overcome prior to the application of torque required for operating the tamper-evident feature of the package. The present invention contemplates enhancing the opening performance of the package by configuring the package to include certain structure features to facilitate convenient, consistent, and comfortable use by consumers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: John Erspamer, Steve McBride, Dave Gevers, Lawrence M. Smeyak
  • Publication number: 20110024420
    Abstract: A container closure comprising: a plastics inner cap (2) having a base portion (4) and a skirt portion (5), a thread (10) on the inside of the skirt portion, a first snap fitting element (11) on the outside of the skirt portion, and a tamper evident ring (6) formed integrally with the skirt portion and joined to an open end of the skirt portion by severable connections (20,21); a plastics overcap (3) having a base and a skirt portion (26) in mating engagement with the skirt portion of the cap and extending beyond the open end of the skirt portion of the cap to at least partially cover the tamper-evident ring, and a second snap fitting element (31) on the inside of the skirt that engages with the first snap fitting element on the inner cap skirt to resist separation of the overcap from the inner cap. Also provided is a closure assembly comprising a threaded container neck (1) and a container closure according to the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Roger Milner King
  • Publication number: 20110011864
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing a package of the type formed from a single-layer or multilayer material sheet, where said package has an easy to open feature, where the sheet is shaped into the finished package having an inner side suitable to be in contact with the matter to be packaged and an outer side, comprising the following method steps: forming the film into a tube, by connecting the two side edges of the sheet longitudinally; where the connection creates a side flap (10) on the outside of the tube or where the tube is passed over a former having a projecting fin, whereby a side flap is formed on the outside of the tube; where cross seals (3, 4) are provided across the tube, thereby delimiting each package between two cross seals; that perforation lines (25) are established in said cross seals, for detaching/separating two adjacent packages; that a perforation (7) of one material layer is established, parallel to and adjacent the side flap, extending from the perforation line towards or into the cross seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Torkild Hofman
  • Publication number: 20110006063
    Abstract: A rupturable bubble package for containing items may be hermetically sealed from the environment. The hermetically sealed items are selected from candies, mechanical items such as nails, screws and nuts, medications, straws, or tooth picks, etc. The package is constructed as a sleeve or an oval or a round bubble, having one or more sides sealed. Another embodiment exhibits a container made of plastic material, paper, or foil. The material is folded upon itself and forms an overlap on one or more sides. The overlap is heat sealed, glued or adhered and closed. Both packages will burst open at a weak seal closure, with a sound, when finger pressure is applied to the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Dunn-Rankin
  • Publication number: 20100320206
    Abstract: A container for condiments includes a container portion having generally planar bottom, a generally parallel flange, and defining a cavity having a discharge spout adjacent the parallel flange. The container further includes a generally planar cover portion fashioned from a material more flexible that the material of the container portion and secured to the flange by an adhesive. The container preferably includes a weakened region transversely aligned with the spout but not having fluid communication therewith. Moreover, the container preferably includes a peel initiating structure aligned with the spout but spaced therefrom effective to reduce the peeling force required to separate the cover portion from the container portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: H.J HEINZ COMPANY
    Inventors: Craig S. CALDWELL, John Marshall, William F. Rasile
  • Patent number: 7854337
    Abstract: A breakaway closure member for removably covering an opening in a plumbing device, such as a laundry box, pressure test cap, floor drain, shower drain, closet flange, or the like includes a circular disc with a peripheral rim and a hollow nipple extending outwardly from the circular disc. The peripheral rim is connected to the plumbing device by a thin web or area of reduced thickness. The nipple is radially outwardly offset from the center of the disc so as to be generally adjacent or tangent to the peripheral rim. If the nipple is radially compressed, such as by squeezing with a pair of pliers, the peripheral rim is pulled radially inward in an area proximate the nipple, thereby creating a crack in the area of reduced thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Sioux Chief Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Ismert, Dominic P. Ismert
  • Publication number: 20100308050
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a screw closure with tamper-proof strip, wherein the screw closure (10) has a head plate (1), an at least approximately cylindrical cap skirt (2) comprising a female screwthread (11), and the tamper-proof strip connected to the lower edge of the cap skirt (2) by way of an easily tearable connection (8), the strip being in the form of a flexible strip (3), comprising a first portion (4) directed downward from the cap skirt (2) and a second portion (5) which is attached at the lower end of the first portion (4), and which is folded over inwardly and back in the direction of the head plate (1), for engaging behind a securing ring (21) on a container neck (20), wherein at least one extension (7) is provided in axial extension of the second portion (5), the extension being attached to the outer free edge of the inwardly folded-over second portion (5); and leaving the inner edge thereof free.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: BERICAP GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Okten Gassner
  • Publication number: 20100308051
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microfluid storage device having at least one supply chamber (5) formed by bulging a film (7) or membrane (19), a target break point (10) for forming an opening in the supply chamber (5), and a transport path (9) leading from the supply chamber (5) to an opening (11) in the supply chamber, for example, an interface between the storage device and a microfluid processing unit (2). According to the invention, the initially closed transport path (9) may be opened to form a transport channel (15) corresponding to the fluid stream escaping from the supply chamber (5), preferably by the escaping fluid itself, which allows the fluid to be removed from the storage device in a bubble-free manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Lutz Weber
  • Publication number: 20100288673
    Abstract: A pack for foods includes a container (11) able to contain sliced foods, and at least a removable closing sheet (12) able to seal the container (11) hermetically. The pack also includes a removable tray (14), having at least a position of use inside the pack in which the tray supports the sliced foods, and is provided with one or more retaining ridges (17) disposed in correspondence with an upper surface of the tray during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Federico Venier
  • Publication number: 20100282637
    Abstract: A flexible package has a top surface, a bottom surface and at least one side wall together defining an interior volume of the package. An opening device is attached to the top surface and is at least in part detachable from the top surface to provide access to the interior volume. An article is secured to the opening device for conjoint movement with the opening device upon detachment of the opening device from the top surface of the package. In another embodiment, a portion of the side wall extends outward beyond the top surface to a free edge. A closure system is operable on the extended portion of the side wall to permit selective closing and opening of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: James J. Clark, JR., Deborah S. Hannah, James R. Marnocha