Gripping Means Attached To Or Integral With Member Or Portion (e.g., Pull Tab) Patents (Class 220/269)
  • Patent number: 10259633
    Abstract: A package material comprises a multilayer material structure with layers of plastic laminate, a penetration area (5, 62, 250) and two weakening lines (10) creating an area in between. The package material comprises an opening device with a first (3, 63, 220) and second (2, 222) portion attached to respective sides and a material bridge (31, 65, 231) penetrating the penetration area and connecting the first portion to the second portion. The second portion at least partly covers the penetration area and comprising a rupture section (13, 213) covering at least partly the two weakening lines. The rupture section comprises one or more rupture recesses (14, 141-145, 232) disposed over or adjacent to the weakening lines for guiding a rupture of the multilayer material structure along the weakening lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Jonas Björk, Bengt Håkansson, Johan Nordgren
  • Patent number: 10246229
    Abstract: A beverage can end has a vent (40) that includes a button (50). The vent is actuated by downward force of a pull tab (70) that is transmitted to the vent score (42) through the button. The center panel (18) includes beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Keane, Brian Fields, Vivek Doshi
  • Patent number: 10232988
    Abstract: A dispensing cap comprising a dispensing orifice and an anti-glug orifice, the cap further comprising a closure member movable from a closed position to an open position, in which in the closed position the anti-glug orifice is blocked by the closure member and the dispensing orifice is closed, and in the open position the dispensing orifice is open and the anti-glug orifice is unblocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Peter Cox
  • Patent number: 10150588
    Abstract: A panel for a container includes an outer edge to be connected to the container and a tab connected to the panel. The tab has a rear tab part for gripping by a user and a front tab part for engagement with the panel and forming an opening in the panel. The panel is provided with deformation means which structurally deform upon a transition of the panel into a convex shape and which locked in the deformed state urge the panel to a substantially flat or concave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ardagh MP Group Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Fabrice Leboucher
  • Patent number: 10144550
    Abstract: A beverage can end for pressurized contents includes a score that defines a pair of The lobes have longitudinal axes that are not mutually parallel and in some embodiments substantially perpendicular to improve flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Robert Dunwoody, Christopher Paul Ramsey, Garry Richard Chant
  • Patent number: 10017295
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an opening device for a beverage container. More specifically, the invention relates to a metal end closure having a primary opening area and at least one optional secondary vent opening which can be opened with the same pull tab. The primary opening area and the secondary vent opening area are defined by a score line which is interrupted by a check slot to inhibit propagation of a fracture along the score line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Howard C. Chasteen, Mark A. Jacober
  • Patent number: 9896237
    Abstract: An ecology stay-on tab beverage can end has a center panel having a public side and an opposing product side. The center panel has a displaceable tear panel defined by a frangible score groove and a non-frangible hinge portion of the center panel located between a first end and a second end of the frangible score which retains the displaceable tear panel to the center panel subsequent to opening. The displaceable tear panel has a symbol thereon. The symbol conveys information to a user and is formed by a relief feature on the tear panel. The symbol and the relief feature are spaced at least 0.050 inches radially inwardly of the frangible score groove such that no portion of the symbol and the relief feature are closer than 0.050 inches to the frangible score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: REXAM BEVERAGE CAN COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael R. Gogola, Jonathan P. Meyer, Rex Villasin
  • Patent number: 9815591
    Abstract: An end closure for food and beverage containers is provided that comprises a novel center panel for collecting and distributing fluids and solids into a pour opening of the end closure. The fluids and solids may be juice and fruit or vegetable pieces. The end closure may further comprise a novel pull tab for assisting in the collection and distribution of the fluids and solids into the pour opening of the end closure. In one embodiment, the center panel comprises a catch basin and a luge for collecting and directing fluids and solids into the pour opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Erik E. Gatewood, Mark A. Jacober
  • Patent number: 9815590
    Abstract: A beverage can end for seaming onto a can body may include a peripheral wall, a center panel (26), a tab (attached to the center panel by a rivet (28), a tear panel (60), a main reference line (Rm), a transverse reference line (R1), and a score (30). The end includes an anti-fracture score (40) proximate a vent score (70). The center panel includes a recess (27), in which the main score, an antifracture score, and (optionally) the anti-tension score (50) are located. The score is configured such that lifting the tab from its horizontal rest position to an intermediate position ruptures the main score portion to pivot the tear panel main portion about the hinge (70) and a second lifting operation or twisting operation of the tab ruptures the main score extension (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Brendan Keane
  • Patent number: 9714115
    Abstract: A metallic container end closure is provided that generally comprises a dispensing opening and a vent opening. The vent opening improves pourability through the dispensing opening and provides an alternative option for consuming the contents of the container. The end closure may include features to ease opening of the vent opening, such as stiffeners and/or vent form features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Howard C. Chasteen, Mark A. Jacober
  • Patent number: 9561888
    Abstract: A beverage can end for seaming onto a can body may include a peripheral wall, a center panel, a tab attached to the center panel by a rivet (56), a tear panel (41b), a main reference line (RM), a transverse reference line (RT), and a score (31b). The score may include arcuate main score (31b) that defines a main portion of the tear panel (41b) and a score extension (32b) that defines a vent portion. The score may be configured such that actuation of the tab from its horizontal rest position to an intermediate position ruptures the main score portion (31b) to pivot the tear panel main portion (40b) about the hinge and further actuation of the tab by twisting from the intermediate position ruptures the score extension (32b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Emily Nesling, Ezekiel Johnson, Brendan Keane, Jan Dvorak
  • Patent number: 9555922
    Abstract: A- lid (20) for a container (21) comprises: a central surface (27) having a substantially circular shape, on which a line of weakening (30) is made, which defines a closing element (39) which can be opened by pulling, made in the central surface (27); and a drive tab (22), having at least a first end (25) to act as a fulcrum outside the line of weakening (30) connected to the closing element (39) with a rivet (23) and able to be driven so as to remove upward, the closing element (39) from the remaining part of the central surface (27), detaching it along the line of weakening (30). The line of weakening (30) is interrupted at one end of the closing element (39) opposite to the drive tab (22), so that the closing element (39) has a connection flap (34) solid with the remaining part of the central surface (27). In the case of aluminum, the rivet is located at 1.5-3.5 mm from the front part of the closing element (39). In the case of ferrous allogs, this distance is 4.0-6.0 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PATENTS AND BRANDS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fabrizio Consonni
  • Patent number: 9550612
    Abstract: A closure (10) for mounting at an opening (O) of a container spout (S) comprises a compartment (32) in which material such as a tablet (T) can be positioned. The compartment comprises a wall (26) that comprises a first region (28) that is surrounded by a second bellows-like region (30) that enables the first region to be displaced from a first position to a second position to cause the material to be released from the compartment. The wall can comprise a protrusion (X) that extends into the compartment such that, when the wall is displaced to the second position, the protrusion can cause the material to be released from the compartment. Also, when the wall is displaced to the second position the first region can act directly on the material to force it out of the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: VITALIA INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD.
    Inventor: Craig John Wellman
  • Patent number: 9440767
    Abstract: A can end (2) is described for a metal beverage can, optionally for carbonated drinks, the can end including a cap top (3), arranged in connection to a pull tab (4) configured to remove the cap top along a pre-defined groove (9), to thereby create a drinking or pouring aperture; an elastic resilient element (10) attached to the can end; and a resiliently operated shut-off valve (6) that is part of or is connected to the elastic resilient element (10) and that is configured to seal the drinking or pouring aperture after drinking or pouring; wherein the cap top (3) is configured to remain located, after the removal, on top of the shut-off valve (6). Further, a can including such a can end, and a method for opening and reclosing such a can are described, as well as a method for producing such a can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: E.V.D.S. BVBA
    Inventor: Erwin Vanderstraeten
  • Patent number: 9403628
    Abstract: A beverage can end has a vent that includes a button. The vent is actuated by downward force of a pull tab that is transmitted to the vent score through the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Keane, Brian Fields, Vivek Doshi
  • Patent number: 9315290
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: CML&J, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Gibson, Joseph Frank Snecinski, III, Todd Aaron Epstein
  • Patent number: 9296529
    Abstract: A beverage canister top that facilitates high flow rate includes a canister base, a lateral wall, and a canister top. The canister base and the canister top are oppositely positioned from each other, and the lateral wall is positioned in between the canister top and the canister base. The positioning of the canister base, the lateral wall, and canister top complete the beverage canister. A rotatably connected opening tab of the canister top opens a main spout of the canister top so that the beverage within the beverage canister can flow out. A punch hole of the canister top which is either opened or created by a punch protrusion of the opening tab equalize the inside and outside pressure of the beverage canister in such way that the equalization of the pressure increases the beverage flow rate of the beverage canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Lalkrushna C. Malaviya
  • Patent number: 9254946
    Abstract: A pierceable cap 411 may be used for containing sample specimens during storage and transport. The pierceable cap 411 may prevent unwanted escape of sample specimen before transfer with a transfer device 43. The pierceable cap 411 may fit over a vessel 21. An access port in the pierceable cap 411 may allow passage of a tip 41 of a transfer device 43 through the pierceable cap 411. Single or multiple frangible layers 415, 416 may be disposed across the access port. Single frangible layers 415, 416 are configured to prevent venting upon initially being pierced by a transfer device 43 but to allow venting as the transfer device 43 is advanced through the frangible layer 415, 416.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Ammon David Lentz, Allan M. Kiang
  • Patent number: 9254945
    Abstract: A can end is provided, which includes a center panel having a radius, a tab fastened to the center panel, and a scoreline defining a tear panel in the end panel. The tab is operable to sever the scoreline and open the tear panel to provide an opening in the can end. The tear panel includes an enlarged portion extending outwardly toward the center panel radius, thereby enlarging the opening. The enlarged portion forms an easy pour spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: James A. McClung, Aaron E. Carstens, Jason A. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9248936
    Abstract: An improved end closure for food and beverage containers is provided. The end closure contains a raised bead portion for guiding and directing the opening or lifting motion of a tab portion attached to the end closure. More efficient opening features are enabled by the guided action of the tab and raised bead features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Rayburn, Kenneth D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9156585
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed describe a double opening beverage can lid system. The system includes a can lid having a pour panel associated with a pour opening and a vent panel associated with a vent opening. A tab is attached to the can lid. The tab includes a primary tab portion configured to open the pour opening, and a secondary tab portion configured to open the vent opening. A rivet hole facilitates attachment of the primary tab portion and the secondary tab portion to the can lid. A shelf is bent about 180° around a rear edge of the primary tab portion. The shelf blocks at least a portion of the secondary tab portion from contacting the vent panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: ANHEUSER-BUSCH InBEV S.A.
    Inventor: Christopher G. Neiner
  • Patent number: 9114451
    Abstract: An end closure for food and beverage containers is provided. The end closure comprises a central panel portion having an induced buckle coin and an interrupted panel coin positioned proximate to an inner panel wall to control the buckling location on the end closure. Thus, the end closure will buckle at a predetermined location away from the score and tear panel to avoid catastrophic failure and container leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Howard C. Chasteen, Mark A. Jacober
  • Patent number: 9102451
    Abstract: A rotating tab is provided. The tab includes a body having a first end and a second end disposed opposite and distal from the first end, a nose portion located at or about the first end of the tab, a lift portion located at or about the second end of the tab, and a rivet receiving portion disposed proximate the nose portion. The rivet receiving portion includes a rivet hole. A rivet extends through the rivet hole and is staked to fasten the rivet receiving portion of the tab to a can end. The body of the tab is structured to be rotated about the rivet to align a portion of the tab with a secondary scoreline in the can end. A portion of the tab is structured to be depressed to sever the secondary scoreline to vent the can end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: James A. McClung, Aaron E. Carstens, Jason A. Davidson, Gregory H. Butcher
  • Patent number: 9079239
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an easy open end includes the steps of using a laminated steel sheet with resin films formed on both surfaces of the laminated steel sheet, and forming a panel structure and a score. A score die used for forming the score includes a scoring edge having a cross section in which a tip is a curve and two sides with the tip interposed therebetween are tangent to the curve. The tip is the curve having a curvature radius ranging from 0.2 to 0.4 mm, and the two sides have elevation angles ? in a range of 0.3?tan ??1.0 to an end surface. The panel structure is formed by a motion that is synchronous with a motion in which the score die is pressed to a surface of the laminated steel sheet during the formation of the score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Katsumi Kojima, Hiroshi Kubo, Yoichiro Yamanaka, Masaki Tada, Hiroki Iwasa
  • Publication number: 20150136776
    Abstract: An end closure for food and beverage containers is provided. The end closure comprises a score fracture force reduction feature. Thus, less force is required by a user to fracture the score and open the opening in the end closure. In one embodiment, the score fracture force reduction feature is a collapsible form raised above the center panel and having a score line and a coined area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Howard C. Chasteen, Anthony J. Scott, Mark A. Jacober
  • Patent number: 9033174
    Abstract: An end closure for food and beverage containers is provided. The end closure comprises a central panel portion having a protuberance for facilitating access to and manipulation of a pull tab. Before the food or beverage container is pressurized, the protuberance is substantially flat to improve stacking and conveying of the end closure. After the food or beverage container is filled and pressurized, the protuberance selectively deflects and lifts a tail portion of the pull tab to facilitate access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Howard C. Chasteen, Mark A. Jacober
  • Publication number: 20150129596
    Abstract: A can end and a tab configured to couple to the can end and a related method are provided. The can end is continuous. The tab is configured to couple to the can end with a post, which couples the tab to the can end without passing through the can end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Alvin Widitora, Donald M. Gust, Gerald J. Baker
  • Publication number: 20150129595
    Abstract: A full aperture unseamed can end having a vent test rating of at least 90 psi comprising a center panel having an periphery and including a coined portion proximate a rivet, a first score defining a removable panel, a tab, including a nose, mounted to of the removable panel, and a second score disposed on the removable panel, the second score having (i) a central portion spaced apart from the coined portion; (ii) a pair of check slots disposed on either side of the central portion; (iii) a pair of lateral portions that extend from the check slots; and (iv) a pair of side portions that extend from the lateral portions, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Mike Kittler, Garry Richard Chant
  • Patent number: 9016504
    Abstract: A tab is provided for a can end. The can end includes an end panel and a scoreline defining a tear panel in the end panel for providing an opening in the can end. The tab includes a body having first and second opposing ends, a nose portion located at or about the first end, a lift portion located at or about the second end, and a rivet receiving portion disposed proximate the nose portion. The rivet receiving portion includes a rivet hole. A first rivet extends outwardly from the end panel and fastens the rivet receiving portion of the tab to the can end. A second rivet extends outwardly from the end panel to cooperate with a portion of the body proximate the lift portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: James A. McClung, Aaron E. Carstens, Dennis C. Stammen, Gregory H. Butcher
  • Patent number: 9016034
    Abstract: An easily openable can end and associated methods include an end panel, a score line formed in the end panel to define a prearranged opening area, a tab, the tab having a handle and a rivet securing the tab to the end panel. In particular, the end panel of the can end is provided with at least one moveable portion contactable with the lower surface of the tab at a location between the rivet and the end of the handle of the tab, the moveable portion being deformable upwardly under influence of pressure to push against the lower surface of the tab and thereby incline the handle of the tab away from the end panel to define a gap under the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason John Hall
  • Patent number: 9010561
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a can lid allowing for a tab to be pulled up in an appropriate manner without inducing tab turning and also to provide a can container equipped with the same can lid, and provided is a can lid 1 comprising a can lid body 3 having an opening region 5 to be open upon being opened and a tab 9 fixed to the can lid body 3, in which the tab 9 comprises a pull-up section 9a on which a user's finger is hooked in his/her opening action, and the can lid body 3 comprises a guide section 10a for guiding the user's finger to a center of the pull-up section 9a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Suntory Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Toshiya Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8998015
    Abstract: The invention is an easily openable (1) can end which provides an improved way of providing finger access under the tab for a consumer. A can end is disclosed having an end pane (2)1, the end panel including a moveable portion (7) on which the tab is mounted. Finger access is provided by the moveable portion being moveable from a predetermined first state to a predetermined second state to thereby displace the handle of the tab away from the end panel and define a gap between the handle of the tab and the end panel suitable for finger access by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Richard Williams, Brendan Keane, Brian Fields
  • Publication number: 20150069062
    Abstract: A can end includes a severable panel, a peripheral scoreline, an opening mechanism such as a pull tab, a rivet coupling the pull tab to the severable panel, and a rivet base scoreline in the public side of the severable panel. The rivet base scoreline includes an arcuate head portion, first and second arm portions extending from the arcuate head portion, and first and second ends. The base of the rivet has a radius of curvature forming an intersection between the stem of the rivet and the public side of the severable panel. The arcuate head portion of the rivet base scoreline is contiguous with the radius of curvature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: STOLLE MACHINERY COMPANY
    Inventors: GREGORY H. BUTCHER, GREG S. WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20150060454
    Abstract: A thermoformed clamshell plastic container with an attached lid. A primary hinge along one side of the container allows opening the container for filling, and a secondary hinge along the opposite side of the container allows opening after fracturing a tear line adjacent the primary hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: LETICA CORP.
    Inventors: Eric Daniel KOWAL, Randall Jon CORBETT, John Robert SELINA
  • Publication number: 20150060471
    Abstract: An injection molded cup-shaped container, made of plastic with a bottom and a container wall, which have a uniform thickness, from which bead-like thickenings protrude inward or outward. The thickenings start at a gate location in the bottom, have a radial course on the bottom, and extend on the container wall at a slant to the top edge of the container. The bead-like thickenings on the container wall and on the bottom are designed in such a way that the thickenings do not cross and each have a radius of curvature having a constant sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Guido Poehls
  • Patent number: 8966865
    Abstract: A can end and a tab configured to couple to the can end and a related method are provided. The can end is continuous. The tab is configured to couple to the can end with a post, which couples the tab to the can end without passing through the can end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Widitora, Donald M. Gust, Gerald J. Baker
  • Publication number: 20150053681
    Abstract: A rotating tab is provided. The tab includes a body having a first end and a second end disposed opposite and distal from the first end, a nose portion located at or about the first end of the tab, a lift portion located at or about the second end of the tab, and a rivet receiving portion disposed proximate the nose portion. The rivet receiving portion includes a rivet hole. A rivet extends through the rivet hole and is staked to fasten the rivet receiving portion of the tab to a can end. The body of the tab is structured to be rotated about the rivet to align a portion of the tab with a secondary scoreline in the can end. A portion of the tab is structured to be depressed to sever the secondary scoreline to vent the can end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: STOLLE MACHINERY COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: JAMES A. MCCLUNG, AARON E. CARSTENS, JASON A. DAVIDSON, GREGORY H. BUTCHER
  • Patent number: 8950619
    Abstract: An end closure for a container is provided. The end closure includes a stay-on-tab and a tear panel defined by a frangible score and a non-frangible hinge segment. The tear panel includes a raised portion which extends in an upward orientation toward a public side of the end closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Benjamin Bork
  • Publication number: 20150034648
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, there is disclosed a beverage can's top having a new tab design which would be the tool that could allow for the opening of both the drinking hole and air hole in the can's top. The tab may have different shapes and sizes. The length of the tab may be varied to facilitate the efficiency of the opening. The locations of the air hole and drinking hole are within the range of the can tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Sean G. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150027975
    Abstract: A plastic container is provided that includes a hollow body portion including a lower supporting base portion; a sidewall portion extending upwardly from the base portion; and a neck portion extending upwardly from the sidewall portion. The neck portion includes a support flange having an upper and lower surface, a tamper-evident formation, and a dispensing opening at the top of the neck portion. In an embodiment, the dispensing opening has an inner diameter that is at least 22 mm, and the vertical distance from the top of the dispensing opening to the lower surface of the support flange is 0.580 inches or less. A preform and method for making a container are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Richard C. Darr, Edward V. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8939308
    Abstract: A full aperture beverage end has a center panel, a countersink surrounding the center panel, a main score arranged in proximity to the countersink to define a removable aperture panel and a vent score. The beverage end is adapted for use with products that are pressurized to over 30 psi (200 kPa) when opened, and during opening the vent score is adapted to sever first, controlling the pressure differential between the external surface and internal surface of the center panel, thereby allowing the main score to tear in a controlled and reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Garry Richard Chant, Andrew Robert Lockley, Brian Fields, Martin John Watson, Eleanor Rachel Ann Hyde
  • Patent number: 8939306
    Abstract: The lid of a beverage can has two punched segments, breaking of which forms the respective openings for allowing the liquid to flow out and the air to enter. Breaking of these punched parts is performed by pivoting upwards a main ring mounted on a rivet of the lid and, after breaking open the punched part, pushing downwards a secondary lever with cutting pressure pieces which cut into the punched parts so as to cause breakage thereof. The said secondary lever is mounted on the same rivet, having an end segment which rests against a stop of the ring in order to prevent in the rest condition the pressure pieces cutting into the punched parts. In another simpler embodiment, the secondary lever is dispensed with, so that the pressure piece is incorporated along the contour of the associated main ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Ramón Tamarit Ríos
  • Patent number: 8931656
    Abstract: A recloseable and resealable beverage can end closure includes a base plate beneath the center panel and a tab plate above the center panel. The closure is slidable relative to the center a panel to uncover the pour aperture and then to position the closure over the pour aperture to enable resealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Christopher Althorpe, Michael Unwin, Vincent Manaut, Florian Christian Gregory Combe, Mark Jonathan Prestidge, Iain Charles Edward Stuart, Sylvia Maria Farrow, Alexandre Paris
  • Publication number: 20150008221
    Abstract: In a panel (400), a protrusion (nipple) (420) is formed, which is flattened when a tab is secured to the panel (400) and functions as a rivet. The protrusion (420) is provided at a section of the panel (400) which is surrounded by a first score line (430) and which is located on a top part (433A) side relative to one end (431) or the other end (432) of the first score line (430). A second score line (450) connected to a curved part (433) of the first score line (430) is provided in the panel (400). Consequently, a decrease in the outflow performance of the drink is suppressed and a decrease in operability of the tab is suppressed, even if the tab or the opening is increased in size or the panel is reduced in size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: SHOWA ALUMINUM CAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Ojima, Kazunori Ikeda, Kenyu Muraoka, Tetsuo Kashiwazaki, Asumi Suwa
  • Publication number: 20150001220
    Abstract: A can for containing a liquid having a top end is disclosed. The top end has a dispense area defined by a first score line and a pull tab coupled to the top end by a rivet. The pull tab has a puncturing end for breaking the first score line and pushing into the interior of the can without detaching the dispense area to open a dispense aperture. A vent area is defined by a second score line and positioned on the opposite side of the rivet. The first and second score lines are separated by at least one torsion stripe of the can top material for acting as a hinge by torsion upon lifting the actuating end of the pull tab. As the dispense aperture is opened by pushing the dispense area into the interior of the can, a vent aperture is opened by pulling the vent area outwards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Neiner
  • Publication number: 20140367382
    Abstract: A can for containing a liquid having a top end is disclosed. The top end has a dispense area defined on the top end by a first score line and a vent area defined on the top end by a second score line separate from the first score line. The top end has a first rivet located between the vent and dispense areas for coupling to the top end. The top end has a pull tab suitable for puncturing the dispense areas to open a dispense aperture. The top end has a device for opening the vent aperture. The dispense area has a dimension along the diameter of the top end passing by the first rivet greater or equal to the radius of the top end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Neiner, Frank Hellwig
  • Publication number: 20140367381
    Abstract: A beverage can closure element (10) with a cover element (12) is specified for configuring in an opening in a beverage can (30) and a locking mechanism (16) embodied and/or configured on the cover element (12) which is embodied and/or configured in a manner that the beverage can closure element (10) configured in an opening in a beverage can (30) can be locked in an opening of a beverage can (30). The cover element (12) is embodied and configured so that, if the beverage can closure element (10) is configured in an opening of a beverage can (30), the cover element (12) is elastically deformable between at least two states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: WB Innovations Limited
    Inventor: Wladimir Brandtner
  • Publication number: 20140346174
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a panel including a peripheral edge to be connected to a container body of a container, and a tab connected to the panel, which tab includes a front tab part and a rear tab part for gripping and forming an opening in the panel, wherein the panel is provided with means preventing an external can structure to engage with the rear tab part, and to a can body and a can including such a panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Fabrice Leboucher
  • Publication number: 20140319139
    Abstract: A sheet (2) is made by the method of the invention, in particular for use for the punching of lids for containers, in that a PE layer (5a) and a polyester (PET) welding layer (5b) of an amorphous polyester are applied to a base sheet layer (4) of polyester (PET) by coextrusion to form the finished sheet laminate (2). This ensures that the sheet (2) is transparent throughout, just as it provides the possibility of controlled delamination by separation of the PE layer (5a) from the PET welding layer (5b) in the welding area only, when the sheet (2) is pulled off a container (1). In addition, the sheet does not curl when punched into lids prior to being applied to the containers (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: DANAPAK FLEXIBLES A/S
    Inventor: Peter Johansen
  • Patent number: 8870012
    Abstract: The present invention is a flip-up pop-tab in which a partially detachable portion of a lid of a can is separated from the can and hinged away from the opening created in the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Gilbert P. Stengel, Jr.