With Cutting Device Patents (Class 220/267)
  • Patent number: 9724582
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a ball tee for supporting a ball. The ball tee includes a base, a telescoping post, a clamp, and a ball holder. The base presents a plurality of laterally extending arms and an opening. The telescoping post includes a static segment and a first telescoping segment. The clamp is configured to secure the telescoping post to the base. The clamp is disposed at least partially within said opening of the base and at least partially around said static segment of the telescoping post. The ball holder is disposed atop the telescoping post configured to support a ball. The ball holder includes a rolled flexible sheet and an outer holder (and in some embodiments an inner holder). The rolled flexible sheet presents a generally conical shape oriented with a large end upward for supporting the ball, and is at least partially disposed within the outer holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: 9272819
    Abstract: A resealable container lid assembly including a cap rotationally assembled to a lid. The cap rotates between storage, opening, removal and resealing positions. Various configurations of cams and ramps are used to generate and apply an opening force to a score line. An elastomeric sealing element is disposed between the cap and the socket so that when the cap is in the fully seated or sealed position, an substantially or completely airtight seal is created to prevent the contents of the container from leaking out. Further enhancements are disclosed that include a score line structure in the socket bottom wall that facilitates a predictable and repeatable opening of the container along the score line. A grip is provided that includes a gap or space into which a coin or other implement can be inserted to allow the consumer a better grip to provide adequate opening force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventors: Daniel A. Zabaleta, Sam D. Hackett
  • 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: 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: 8844761
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel A. Zabaleta, Sam Hackett
  • 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: 8672167
    Abstract: A self-opening and re-sealable pouring element of plastics material for application to a pack for liquids, and in particular a composite card/plastics material pack, has a base part which has an attaching flange, having a cutting element and a screw cap, the cutting element being rotatably arranged in the interior of the base part and operatively connected to the screw cap such that when the screw cap is unscrewed for the first time, an opening for pouring is produced by the cutting element in the material of the pack, wherein, when produced in an injection mold, the cutting element is already entirely arranged in the interior of the base part and is spaced away from the base part by a plurality of connecting bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Markus Leuenberger, Markus Wassum
  • Patent number: 8672155
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure cap for a container filled with medicinal fluid, which container has an aperture piece which is sealed off by a diaphragm which can be punctured. The closure cap has a cap-shaped closure body (1) and a drinking neck (4) with a drinking opening (4a) which is pivotable between a first position, in which the drinking neck bears against the closure cap, and a second position, in which the drinking neck projects from the closure cap. In addition, the closure cap has means (20, 22) for puncturing the diaphragm which seals off the aperture piece of the container, which means (20, 22) interact with the drinking neck in such a way that, as the drinking neck (4) is pivoted, the diaphragm is punctured such that a connection is produced between the opening (4a) of the drinking neck and the container interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Knierbein, Helmut Walter, Janina Luke, Walter Schulte, Frank Römer, Wolfgang Heukamp
  • Publication number: 20140042164
    Abstract: A resealable beverage container includes a cap that moves between storage, opening, removal and resealing positions. Ramps are used to enhance an opening force generally delivered by the engagement between the socket and the cap. An elastomeric sealing element is disposed between the cap and the socket so that when the cap is in the fully seated or sealed position, an airtight or at least substantially airtight seal is created to prevent the contents of the container from leaking out. Further enhancements are disclosed that include a score line structure in the socket bottom wall that facilitates a predictable and repeatable opening of the container along the score line. A grip is provided that includes a gap or space into which a coin or other implement can be inserted to allow the consumer a better grip to provide adequate opening force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Powercan Holding LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Zabaleta, Sam Hackett
  • Publication number: 20130180989
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved container including a container body defining a container cavity, the improved container including a container top configured to create at least two container openings via at least at least partial depression of at least two container portions into the cavity defined by the container body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Gibson, Joseph Frank Snecinski, III, Todd Aaron Epstein
  • Patent number: 8479943
    Abstract: A sheet-material piercer (1) for a container closure (2) of the push-pull type is of essentially rotationally symmetrical design and can be inserted into the container closure (2) in the direction of the axis of rotation of symmetry (R) such that it can be displaced axially independently of the push-pull part of the container closure (2). The sheet-material piercer (1) is in one piece and has at least one sealing formation (16, 17, 18) which is likewise of rotationally symmetrical design and is arranged between an actuating end (13) and a piercing end (14). The sealing formation (16, 17, 18) is designed for sealing and latching contact with the container closure (2). Also proposed is a container closure (2) for a container (3) with a so-called push-pull closure and such a sheet-material piercer (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: René Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 8474651
    Abstract: A towelette dispenser is provided with an integrally molded lid. The lid has a central aperture for allowing access to a roll of towelettes maintained within a tub receiving the lid therein. The separation bar bridges the aperture, and provides a rip fence in the form of a fingered thimble that is angled with respect to the lid as a whole. The thimble is offset near one edge of the annular opening so that a user may access the back side thereof to thread an edge of the leading towelette through the thimble without having to remove the lid from the tub. A well is provided in the smaller portion of the aperture and a cap for the lid is provided with a stuffer tab to urge the leading edge of the next towelette into the well when the cap is closed. Barrier caps are also provided to seal the interior of the tub during shipment and storage before the first use of the towelette dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Nelson E. Simkins
  • 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: 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: 8251241
    Abstract: A lid facilitates opening a sealed container and includes a connecting rim engageable with the sealed container and encircling a lid surface, and threads disposed on an inside surface of the connecting rim. A cutting tab is disposed on the lid surface. The cutting tab is sized and positioned to engage a seal of the sealed container when the lid is threaded onto the sealed container via the threads. In one application, the lid is applied to a pre-filled container including a product sealed in the container. The lid serves to open the seal and provide access to the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Profiscient Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik S. Vadersen
  • Patent number: 8118185
    Abstract: A closure for a container comprises a circular closure plate (2, 4), integral with the outer edge of which is a depending skirt (8), integrally connected to the lower end of which by means of a resilient annular integral hinge (10) is an annular flange (12), which extends generally upwardly and inwardly. The closure also includes a cutter assembly which includes a cutting blade (38) and is mounted to rotate about the center of the closure plate (2, 4). The integral hinge (10) has a hole formed in it through which the cutting blade (38) extends. Rotation of the cutter assembly about the center of the closure plate thus results in cutting of the integral hinge (10) and thus in release of the closure plate (2, 4) and the depending skirt (8) from the annular flange (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Carbonite Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110000908
    Abstract: A food and condiment kit comprising a container with a top, a bottom, and an interior. A tray coupled to the top of the container includes at least one opening to receive a cup with a first end facing the bottom of the container. A ring with an interior edge and a plurality of clasps disposed around the interior edge is coupled to the first end of the cup. A cutting mechanism coupled to the ring protrudes towards the first end of the cup. A lining covers the open end of the cup sealing the contents of the cup from the contents of the container until the cup is rotated around the cutting mechanism to cut the lining and thereby release the contents therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: Bruno Bertin
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7607555
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a fitment assembly for a container. The fitment assembly includes a spout connected in fluid communication to the container, a cap sealing an end of the spout, the cap having a pierceable center, and a piercer for puncturing the cap at the pierceable center to permit fluid communication from the container through the spout and piercer. The present invention provides a seal between an annular skirt of the piercer and a circumferential wall of the cap so that when the piercer punctures the cap a seal is formed. The present invention also provides an additional means of securing the piercer to the cap utilizing the circumferential wall of the cap and the annular skirt of the piercer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: DS Smith Plastics Limited
    Inventor: Mark A. Smith
  • Patent number: 7591398
    Abstract: A container closure assembly that includes a base that is adapted to be connected to a container, a spout extending upwardly from the base, and a cap removably secured on the spout. The spout defines an interior and includes a nozzle, the interior of which is spanned by a membrane that includes at least one score line defined therein. The cap includes a ring depending from and frangibly connected thereto, and includes a puncturing mechanism depending downwardly from a top thereof. Rotation of the cap in a first direction breaks the frangible connection between the cap and ring and causes the puncturing mechanism to puncture the membrane. In a preferred embodiment, the membrane includes a pair of intersecting score lines that tear when the membrane is punctured. In another preferred embodiment, the container closure assembly includes a leash that connects the cap and ring and that has a thickness and a width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: PouchSmart, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Pritikin, Scott Taylor, Walter Horne, Dave Palang
  • Patent number: 7549558
    Abstract: A pouring closure includes a flange for welding onto a combipack or to the foil material of a container sealed with the foil material, along with an upwardly projecting circular rim thereon and a rotatable combined lid and pouring nozzle that can be clipped onto the upwardly projecting circular rim, which forms a piercing edge arrangement. This piercing edge arrangement includes a part of a cap lid, which can be opened from the lid surface around a swinging axis. Two piercing cutters are on the lower side of this part of the cap lid behind its swinging axis and near the edge of the cap rim and are able to be folded up beyond a level of the lower side of the flange and to pierce the combipack or the membrane liner running below the flange. Thereafter, the lid and pouring nozzle is rotated on the flange rim, so that the two piercing cutters cut-out a disc, of approximately 360°, from the combipack or the membrane liner after the folding upwards movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Mario Weist
  • Patent number: 7225947
    Abstract: The spout seal for combipacks consists of a bottom part (2) and a hinged lid (1) attached to it for opening and closing the seal. The bottom part (2) is fused onto a combipack with its level bottom side. It has a circular, upward-projecting overhang (11), which forms a pouring spout. The inside of the overhang (11) is open. The lid (1) forms a mold (21) that bulges out upwards on it when swiveled open, which forms a level top side that form-fits into the clearance opening (9) surrounded by the projecting lip (11) in the bottom side of the bottom part (2) when swiveled shut. This level top side either lies flush with this bottom side of the bottom part (2) or projects downward from this bottom side by up to 0.5 mm. This top side of the bulge (21) is bonded with the punched-out spot in the combipack or fused with the sealing foil of a combipack exposed through punching. When swiveling the lid (1) open, the sealing foil is cleanly torn out in the entire clearance section of the bottom part (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Markus Leuenberger, Jochen Kraus
  • Patent number: 7073686
    Abstract: A pouring spout for use in providing a conduit for the discharge of the contents of a closed container containing fluids or granulated materials includes a cylindrical inner housing having an open top end and a removable tethered cap. A pair of opposing punch blades affixed to the cylindrical inner housing is provided for insertion into a top surface of a container where the cylindrical inner housing and the punch blades serve to provide a discharge conduit for the container. A projection spur is formed on each of the punch blades for forcing open the top surface of the container. An outer safety sleeve is provided for covering the punch blades when the punch blades are withdrawn from the top surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Edward G. Hanell
  • Patent number: 6972112
    Abstract: A vial pack cover, a vial pack kit, and a method for forming the vial pack cover is provided. The vial pack cover can simultaneously cover a plurality of containers while preventing the contents of the containers from degrading or permeating through the cover. In addition, the vial pack cover allows a user to access individual containers without having to remove the cover from the un-accessed containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Specialty Silicone Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Ned J. Reo
  • Patent number: 6558628
    Abstract: A vial pack cover, a vial pack kit, and a method for forming the vial pack cover is provided. The vial pack cover can simultaneously cover a plurality of containers while preventing the contents of the containers from degrading or permeating through the cover. In addition, the vial pack cover allows a user to access individual containers without having to remove the cover from the un-accessed containers. The vial pack cover generally includes: (1) a plurality of plug portions joined together and formed from a heat curable rubber; and (2) a barrier layer covering each of the plug portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Specialty Silicone Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Ned J. Reo
  • Patent number: 6554181
    Abstract: A reclosable pouring element with a base member and a closure lid which serves at the same time as the opening device. A flange surrounding the opening surface of the pouring element is fixedly connected to a flat gable top composite packaging. The closure lid has lateral bearing pins which are supported in corresponding recesses of the base member, in which a safe connection between the base member and the closure lid and a reliable opening/closing function of the flat gable top composite packaging is provided. The recesses in the base member are arranged on the package side so that the closure lid can be clamped from the package side into the recesses for receiving the bearing pins provided in the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: SIG Combibloc GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Dammers, Holger Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6536627
    Abstract: A pourer spout for a composite package of the carton brick type, arranged to be located level with the opening zone of the latter. The pourer spout comprises a base (2) fixed onto the container around the opening zone, and an articulated cover (4), able to reclose the container after opening. A perforating piece (6) is mounted pivotally on the base (2), facing the opening zone, in order to be moved between an initial position in which it is situated entirely outside the container to a final position in which it is situated substantially inside the container. A striker (8) is mounted pivotally on the base (2) in order to push the perforating piece (6) towards the inside of the container while perforating the wall of the latter and to more or less take the initial position of the perforating piece (6), the striker (8) in this last position acting as pourer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Claude Benoit-Gonin, Andre Orsaud
  • Patent number: 6431384
    Abstract: A closing device located on a container of laminated paper, over a predetermined opening. The device has a lower part with a pouring opening and a cover closing the opening. A push-piece for breaking open the predetermined opening is provided in the lower part. The push-piece is joined to the lower part by a snap hinge, making the device more user-friendly and ensuring that the laminated paper predetermined opening does not obstruct the pouring opening area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Terxo AG
    Inventor: Werner Fritz Dubach
  • Patent number: 6257449
    Abstract: A reclosable fitment for a paperboard package having rear intrusion, anti-finger intrusion protection, and a raised spout to more naturally and directly allow the liquid within the container to be dispensed. The present invention provides a two piece fitment or closure having a base which is adapted to be attached about a scored area on a paperboard package. A lever is pivotally attached to the base and includes a rear portion which is adapted to open the scored area at a rear portion thereof. The rear portion is forced downwardly into the container by lifting upwardly on the forward portion of the lever. The forward portion of the lever has a built-in pouring spout which when placed into the open position forms a natural spout elevated away from the base to allow the liquid to more naturally and accurately be directed away from the package. A cover can be pivotally attached to the base to protect the lever from contaminates, and to automatically open the package upon lifting the cover away from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Philip M. Baerenwald
  • Patent number: 6116445
    Abstract: A sealing cap for the mouth of a container facilitates both the sealing of new bottles containing unused contents, and the re-sealing of those bottles already in use so as to preserve their contents. The sealing cap includes an inner cap and an outer cap. The inner cap includes a shielding plate which is fixed on the mouth of a container, and an annular strip which is provided at the lower end of the outer circumferential wall of the inner cap. The outer cap, which is fixed on the inner cap, includes a top lid, and a main cap with a guide tube having a lower-end sharp edge located opposite the shielding plate. By removing the annular strip from the inner cap and pressing down the outer cap, the lower end of the outer cap engages the outer circumference of the mouth of the container, and at the same time, the lower-end sharp edge of the guide tube pierces the shielding plate. The user then opens the top lid of the outer cap to access the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Kabushikikaisha Fancl
    Inventors: Kenji Ikemori, Takeharu Ohta
  • Patent number: 5869328
    Abstract: In a cuvette for performing a diagnostic test on a specimen, a base defines a first chamber for receiving a reagent, and a second chamber for receiving a test specimen. The second chamber is defined by four side surfaces forming a rectangular configuration, and a base surface extending between the side surfaces. The base surface defines a frangible wall which is breakable in order to place the first chamber in fluid communication with the second chamber. A cover is coupled to the base and is moveable between an open position spaced away from the second chamber for permitting introduction of the specimen into the second chamber, and a closed position overlying and enclosing the second chamber. A self-aligning piercing member is provided on the cover and defines a tip engageable with the base surface of the second chamber upon movement of the cover into the closed position to thereby break the frangible wall, and in turn allow the test specimen to mix with the reagent in the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: CDC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Antoci, James Hennessy
  • Patent number: 5770290
    Abstract: An easy open end for food and beverage cans having reduced aluminum content is provided in an end having a metal polymer metal laminate construction. An opening panel as defined in the end body by a pair of first and second spaced apart score lines disposed in the first and second major surfaces, respectively. Each of the first and second score lines define an area of reduced thickness for both the metal layer and the adjacent polymer layer. The opening panel can be displaced from the remainder of the end body to provide an easy opening can by perforating the end body at a point along the first and second score lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventors: Robert J. McHenry, Dominique Petit
  • Patent number: 5482175
    Abstract: A pressurized container end has a frangible member covering an opening in the end. The frangible member is cut away from the end by the action of increased pressure from within the container against the member. A protrusion in a portion of the end is depressed into the container for increasing pressure in the container. In an alternate form of the invention, the container itself is depressed inwardly for causing the increased pressure sufficient to cut the frangible member away from the end. Various opening geometries are each formed with a cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Inventor: Naseem B. Arrar
  • Patent number: 5398738
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a drain by opening a container within a dispenser and dispensing drain cleaner from the container, through an outlet of the dispenser, and into the drain. The dispenser may have an upwardly extending pin for opening the container. Alternatively, the dispenser may have a cutter for opening an angled end of the container. In another alternative, the container may include a plug and a cooperating stem for opening the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Block Drug Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Sternheimer, Anthony Delia
  • Patent number: 5392823
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a drain by unlocking and opening a container within a dispenser and dispensing drain cleaner from the container, through an outlet of the dispenser, and into the drain. The dispenser may have an upwardly extending pin for opening the container. Alternatively, the dispenser may have a cutter for opening an angled end of the container. In another alternative, the container may include a plug and a cooperating stem for opening the bottom of the container. A mechanism for locking the dispenser in an unused state is included in the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Block Drug Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Sternheimer, Anthony Delia
  • Patent number: 5335812
    Abstract: A lid formed from plastics material and used as a closure for a drinking vessel is disclosed. The lid includes a main disc closure portion and a perimeter wall for mounting the lid on the open top end of the vessel. The lid is characterized by a rupturable depression in the main disc portion which receives and can be ruptured by one end of a drink through straw when pushed by hand. The depression has an annular sleeve like sidewall which terminates in a bottom end wall and which at their juncture provides a predetermined tear line. The depression also includes a formation in each portion of the side and bottom wall which extends from a first selected area of the sidewall in a direction towards another selected area in the sidewall which is spaced from the first area. The formation is engageable with the one end of the straw and when the straw is pushed into the depression, initiates rupture in the depression adjacent the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: Lily Cups Inc.
    Inventor: Peter K. Boller
  • Patent number: 5253684
    Abstract: A system of cleaning a drain by opening a container within a dispenser and dispensing drain cleaner from the container, through an outlet of the dispenser, and into the drain. The dispenser may have an upwardly extending pin for opening the container. Alternatively, the dispenser may have a cutter for opening an angled end of the container. In another alternative, the container may include a plug and a cooperating stem for opening the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Block Drug Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Sternheimer, Anthony Delia
  • Patent number: 5251559
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of cleaning a drain by unlocking and opening a container within a dispenser and dispensing drain cleaner from the container, through an outlet of the dispenser, and into the drain. The dispenser may have an upwardly extending pin for opening the container. Alternatively, the dispenser may have a cutter for opening an angled end of the container. In another alternative, the container may include a plug and a cooperating stem for opening the bottom of the container. A mechanism for locking the dispenser in an unused state is included in the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Block Drug Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Sternheimer, Anthony Delia
  • Patent number: 5205430
    Abstract: Plastic closure having a lid with a rim suitable for engagement with a plastic container to close said container, with the lid having an access opening therein, and a barrier liner adhered to the underside of the lid and having a raised portion thereof extending through the access opening. A cap is provided adjacent the top of the lid operative to cut the raised portion and form a closable opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Inventor: Emery I. Valyi
  • Patent number: 5148937
    Abstract: A cap is disclosed, for use on a container having a neck defining an opening sealed by a protective foil that has to be removed when the container is used for the very first time. The cap comprises a top sized to close the opening and a peripheral skirt that projects from the top and is detachably connectable to the wall of the neck. The cap also comprises at least one and preferably two open slots made in the skirt, the slots extending at angle from the bottom edge of the slot and being wide engage to receive the wall of the neck. The slots make the skirt to define spikes that preferably are oppositely oriented for use by right-handed or left-handed persons to perforate and remove the protective foil sealing the neck of the container when the latter has to be opened for the very first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Assignee: Dero Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Huard
  • Patent number: 5101999
    Abstract: A closure for opening and resealing a package includes a base attachable to the top of the package over a scored area thereof, and a push tab device pivotally connected to the base at a rearward portion of the base such that a user may depress and end of the push tab into the package thereby creating a central opening area in the package top. The push tab may be provided with a beak and a vent hole. The package top may be partially pre-cut or scored in such a way so as to open in the form of bomb bay doors when the push tab is depressed and rotated into the package. A cover is integrally hinged to the base and is provided for resealing the central opening area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Combibloc, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur W. Robichaud, William B. Peterson, C. Daniel Miller
  • Patent number: 5090582
    Abstract: A bottle cap having a cutting means located inside the cap for selectively opening a sealed bottle is described. The cap can be rotated in either direction over the seal to cause the seal to be punctured and to cause a "C"-shaped cut in the seal. In the preferred embodiment, the center of the "C"-shaped cut portion of the seal is dragged away from the center of the mouth of the bottle, and a portion of the linear remains uncut as the cap is rotated to prevent the liner from dropping down into the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory R. Art, Frank M. Podsiadlik, Albert Lackland
  • Patent number: 4925034
    Abstract: A fitment for a package is stamped out of polystyrene strips and then hot melt adhesive bonded to the package so that a tab portion of the fitment overlies an openable flap formed by a score line in the package. The package is opened by rotating the tab so that the forward portion of the tab pushes the openable flap into the container. Since the forward portion of the tab is adhesively bonded to the openable flap, when a frangible connection between the tab and base fractures, the openable flap and tab can be removed to thereby expose an opening in the package. Rotation of the tab is initiated by pushing downwardly on the forward portion of the tab in order to fracture the score line of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Assignee: Combibloc, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur R. Robichaud, Frank R. Wilgus, Warren C. Tyler, Jack Holmes
  • Patent number: 4901435
    Abstract: Here is disclosed a cutter lid for a container hermetically filled with fluid content such as liquid food, e.g., stew, or granular food, e.g., table salt, characterized by that there is provided a cutter member including a knife edge adapted to cut into a top cover of the container as a foldable and rotatable grip is folded upwards. Upon raising the cutter member with the grip held, the knife edge of said cutter member cuts into the top cover of the container and rotation of the grip opens the top cover. In contrast with the pull-open type cutter lid of prior art, there is produced no force causing the container to be vertically moved and therefore the top cover of the container can be opened without any splashing of the fluid content. Furthermore, the rotatable disc provided on the upper side of the top cover to rotate the cutter member serves also as reinforcing means and decorative means for the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignees: Ajinomoto Inc., Shirouma Plastics Kogyo Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Tahara
  • Patent number: 4877149
    Abstract: A circular "pop-top" can has a multilayer foil (19) and resin (20, 21) base 4, on the upper surface of which a rigid injection molded resin layer 5 is formed. An elliptical groove 6 surrounds a semicircular pedestal 8 extended inwardly by a U-shaped projection 9 having score lines 18 extending across its legs. The butt of a pull tab 12 is fixed to the pedestal such that upon lift up the tab and pedestal pivot downwardly about the score lines to rupture the exposed base at the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Showa Denko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akinori Kodama, Takeshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 4821912
    Abstract: A easy-open beverage container which can be selectably reclosed and reopened, after the container initially is opened. The reclosure structure may be contained on an opening tab, or alternatively may be separate from the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Inventor: Robert A. Wells
  • Patent number: 4768676
    Abstract: A container for volatile liquid aromatics to perfume the air is disclosed, in which a cylindrical tube having a closed lower end and accomodating the absorbing core portion of a volatilizing structure extends downward from the top of the container into liquid aromatics stored in the main container body. Thus, the volatilizing structure is kept dry prior to use. The container also comprises an opener for the lower end of the tube receiving the absorbing core portion of the volatilizing structure. The opener may consist of a needle-shaped pin extending in the tube. Simple activation of the opener by the user of the container is sufficient to commence vaporization. The volatilizing portion of the volatilizing structure is preferably in the form of an elongated strip whose widthwise direction is vertically disposed and which is curved lengthwise into a fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Assignee: S.T. Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiko Kaneko