Puncturing Tool Serves As Closure Patents (Class 220/278)
  • Patent number: 10370163
    Abstract: A container, in particular a plastic vial produced in the blow-molding method and filled and closed in the mold, has a neck part (5) joined to a container body (1). The neck part receives a one-part or multi-part cap (2). A fixing part (29) is connected to the cap (2) by a breaking point (31), which can be detached by a relative rotational motion between the cap (2) and the container body (1). Each breaking point (31) can be detached by rotational motions in both rotational directions with approximately the same angle of rotation and approximately the same torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KOCHER-PLASTIK MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Spallek, Johannes Geser
  • Patent number: 10292522
    Abstract: A microwave kettle includes a main vessel having a pivotally attached lid, with an insert attached to an interior of the lid and extending into the main vessel. The insert is configured with a number of nucleation sites to facilitate boiling of a liquid within the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Progressive International Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Kent
  • Patent number: 10118746
    Abstract: A topper for a container having an upper surface is presented. The topper includes: a body adapted to engage an upper surface of the container, and a movable perforation platform having at least one protruding perforating element. The perforation platform is pushable with respect to the body from a resting position to a working position wherein the perforating element perforates the upper surface of the container. The perforation platform presents in resting position a first orientation and presents in working position a second orientation, the first and the second orientation differing by an angle of less than 30° . Also, an assembly and a method of using the assembly are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: Danone S.A., Compagnie Gervais Danone
    Inventors: Sergi Fernandez Allika, Pedro Galera Sanchez, Frederic Chivrac
  • Patent number: 9975492
    Abstract: A securement system for portable bottles, intended for use in a vehicle, is disclosed and claimed herein. In one particular embodiment, the securement system is constructed from a vertical stanchion. Disposed about the periphery, on four sides, are four vertically oriented mounting channels. A top bottle holder and a bottom bottle holder are installed in a selected mounting channel. At least the top bottle holder can be adjusted vertically to accommodate bottles with various heights. The bottom bottle holder includes a platform for supporting the bottle, and both the top and bottom holder include a cradle that receives a side of the bottle. Both the top bottle holder and bottom bottle holder include releasable, hook and loop straps to hold the bottle flush and secure against the cradles. The base of the stanchion includes features for securing the stanchion in a convention L-Track, of the type typically found in transit vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Sure-Lok International, LLC
    Inventors: Edgardo Cardonna, Jason A. Bandi
  • Patent number: 9850046
    Abstract: Non-durable self-supporting flexible containers having product volumes and structural support frames are provided with vents to facilitate equalization of the pressure inside the product volume to the pressure of the environment outside of the containers. The vents enable rapid recovery of the structural support from a deformed state, which occurs when a fluent product is dispensed, to an undeformed state. For this purpose, the vents comprise vent paths between the environment outside of the containers and the product volume. The vents may further comprise a non-wetting material surrounding the entrance and exit of the vent path and/or microtexturing or a spacer to maintain space for air flow in the vent path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Scott Stanley, Lee Arent, Andrew Rapach, Ken McGuire, Jun You, Kory Gunnerson
  • Patent number: 9714124
    Abstract: The present invention provides a slider valve assembly for connection to a spout of an aseptically-packaged flexible container for filling and dispensing flowable material. The slider valve assembly comprises a cap member, a valve member, and an outlet member. The cap member has a central opening and is adapted to be secured to the spout of the container. The valve member defines one or more side openings in communication with a central bore, is slidable within the central opening of the cap member and is lockable into a closed or open position. The outlet member is detachably engaged to the valve member and is used for actuating the valve member. The outlet member also defines a hollow interior portion which is in communication with the central bore of the valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9623996
    Abstract: A reclosable opening device for a sealed package of a pourable food product includes a frame fitted about a pierceable portion of the package and defining a through pour opening; a removable threaded cap that screws onto the frame to close the pour opening; a tubular cutter engaging the pour opening and having a cutting device which cooperates with the pierceable portion to unseal the package; a first connector connecting the cap to the cutter, and which, as the cap is unscrewed, pushes the cutter towards the pierceable portion and a second connector connecting the frame to the cutter, and which, in use, feed the cutter along a predetermined piercing path through the pierceable portion in response to unscrewing of the cap; and the piercing path, as the cap is unscrewed, has a first portion of pure axial translation, followed by a second portion of both axial and rotary motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Cristiano Casale, Angelo Sorbara
  • Patent number: 9546488
    Abstract: A multifunction masonry tool includes a handle adapted to be held firmly in the grip of one hand. The handle is a polygonal solid, with for example four sides arrayed in generally rectangular or square cross-sectional arrangement. A narrow neck is disposed adjacent to a first end of the handle to enhance the grip of the thumb and forefinger. A loop extends from one end of the handle and a pick extends from the opposed end, both formed of a hardened, form-retaining rod material. The pick and loop may be formed from a single piece of the rod material that extends axially through the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Michael L. Long
  • Patent number: 9434516
    Abstract: The present invention provides a slider valve assembly for connection to a spout of an aseptically-packaged flexible container for filling and dispensing flowable material. The slider valve assembly comprises a cap member, a valve member, and an outlet member. The cap member has a central opening and is adapted to be secured to the spout of the container. The valve member defines one or more side openings in communication with a central bore, is slidable within the central opening of the cap member and is lockable into a closed or open position. The outlet member is detachably engaged to the valve member and is used for actuating the valve member. The outlet member also defines a hollow interior portion which is in communication with the central bore of the valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: LIQUI-BOX CORPORATION
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9398822
    Abstract: A container (1) having a lower part (2) and a lid (3) which covers the lower part (3), wherein the lid (3) has a closure (4) that can be moved from a first position into at least one further position, wherein the lower part (3) is fully closed by a covering (5), and the closure (4) is configured such that at least one opening (13) is realized in the covering (5) when the closure (4) is moved from the first position into the at least one further position. Further movement of the closure (4) to a third position exposes the at least one opening (13), allowing access to a medium stored in the container (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Red Bull GmbH
    Inventor: Manuel Wille
  • Patent number: 8985371
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel A. Zabaleta, Sam Hackett
  • Patent number: 8944271
    Abstract: A tube head assembly includes a tube head that includes a solid insert forming a lid closing the neck, a cap that includes a punch, and a removable spacing ring disposed against the shoulder around the neck. The ring and the cap are formed integrally in one piece and are joined by material bridges and configured in such a way as to allow sliding of the cap through the ring after breakage of the material bridges, characterised in that the ring includes internal stops adapted to limit the movement of the cap through the ring in such a way as to keep the punch spaced from the lid when the cap is screwed onto the neck and butts against the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Albea Services
    Inventor: Franck Seguin
  • Patent number: 8820554
    Abstract: A vessel cap is comprised of a body mounted at a vessel inlet through which a liquid material stored in a vessel is discharged outwardly and having a certain space therein. A pressing plate is disposed in the body to be movable in upper and lower directions. A cutter is formed at an edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate in a circumferential direction for penetrating a sealing member when the pressing plate is pressed and which cuts the sealing member when the body is rotated. A hooking member downwardly protrudes at the lower surface of the pressing plate for storing the sealing member cut by the cutter in the body. A connection portion is formed between an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate and an inner circumferential surface of the body for guiding the pressing plate to be moved in upper and lower directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Hee Kwon Rho
  • Publication number: 20140190973
    Abstract: A tube head assembly includes a tube head that includes a lid, a cap that includes a punch and a spacing ring. The ring is dimensioned in such a way as to keep the punch spaced from the lid when the cap is screwed onto the neck. Further, the ring and the cap include lugs and recesses co-operating in such a way as to limit their rotation relative to one another in the direction of screwing of the cap onto the neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: ALBEA SERVICES
    Inventor: Eric Kerman
  • Patent number: 8770450
    Abstract: A gable top or other container having a spout fitment is disclosed. The spout includes a base, a chute, a closure, and a tear line. The base is adapted to be joined to a wall of a container, and defines an opening. The chute communicates with the opening. The chute has a first end at least partially surrounding the opening and a second end spaced from the first end. The closure is positioned to close the chute. The tear line defines a seal of the closure. The tear line is adapted to be broken readily, without relative rotation between the closure and the chute of the spout about an axis generally perpendicular to the base, to open the spout. The base, spout, closure, and tear line can be injection molded as one integrally formed piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Capitol Plastic Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Herve Pichot
  • Publication number: 20140175099
    Abstract: A tube head assembly includes a tube head that includes a solid insert forming a lid closing the neck, a cap that includes a punch, and a removable spacing ring disposed against the shoulder around the neck. The ring and the cap are formed integrally in one piece and are joined by material bridges and configured in such a way as to allow sliding of the cap through the ring after breakage of the material bridges, characterised in that the ring includes internal stops adapted to limit the movement of the cap through the ring in such a way as to keep the punch spaced from the lid when the cap is screwed onto the neck and butts against the ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: ALBEA SERVICES
    Inventor: Franck Seguin
  • Patent number: 8720717
    Abstract: A container for food and beverages with a fully opening end panel is provided. An end closure of the container has a generally circular end panel defined by a score line. A rotational opening tool is providing for contacting the end panel and separating the end panel from the score line upon rotation of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Jason M. Kaanta, Mark A. Jacober, Howard C. Chasteen, Michael D. Richardson
  • Patent number: 8720744
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closeable opening device (1) made of a spout fitting (2), a cutting element (3), and a screw cap (4), optimized for assembly and use. To this end, the spout fitting (2) and cutting element (3) are produced as semi-finished goods (5). The cutting element (3) comprises an upper edge (33) at the cylindrical part (30), having recesses (36) distributed uniformly around the circumference. The screw cap (4) comprises ring wall segments (46) on the inner underside of the cover surface thereof, designed diametrically opposite the recesses (36). The upper edge (33) and the ring wall segments (46) slide against each other during assembly, until the ring wall segments (46) engage in the recesses (36) in a form-fit manner. A stable form-fit connection thus exists between the two said parts, allowing greater torque to be transmitted without the problems known from the state of the art occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 8714381
    Abstract: A closure device including a first and second closure element, the first closure element, which has an opening, being mounted on the opening of a container to be closed and the second closure element being movably connectable to the first closure element, the first closure element of the device having on the bottom surface facing the container a raised edge, which encircles the opening and has a sharp-edged region and a blunt region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Products GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Bernhard, Joerg Filzinger, Hugo Wilmes
  • Patent number: 8701906
    Abstract: A dispensing cap for storing one or more ingredients in the cap body until the time of use. The stored ingredients in the cap are dispensed manually into a primary container for mixing. The dispensing cap includes a push-pull, flow-through drinking spout with a fluid valve for opening and closing the fluid flow from the primary container. The dispensing cap body includes several elements all of which are formed in a single molded cap body. The storage chamber of the dispensing cap includes a foil seal that can be partially opened by an activating member manually connected to the drinking spout for dispensing the ingredients into the primary container. The cap body is threadably attached to a primary container threaded neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Blast Max LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8695833
    Abstract: The closeable opening device according to the invention comprises a base (2) in which a cutting element (3) is supported. Driving dogs (42) in the closing screw cap (4) engage with driving dogs (32) in the cutting element (3), so that the cutting element (3) is displaced in the base (2) to the end position upon initial opening. At least one first rotational stop (5, 50) ensures that the cutting element remains in position and neither moves upward in an undesired manner when the screw cap is opened, nor can be displaced downward by any relative displacement of the two parts, thus causing same to fall into the container. The first rotational stop (5) is made of a rib (50) on the inner face of the spout (20), which interacts with a recess in the form of a flat spot (35) on the cutting element (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 8646634
    Abstract: An integral inner seal opening means within a sport closure cap for containers having a cylindrical mouth opening, for which a tamper evident inner seal with a reinforced rim secures the mouth opening. The closure cap holds a plurality of protrusions, preferably three, extending towards the inner seal, each having cutting edges of which the lower one is at a smaller radius. These protrusions engage with the tamper evident inner seal, when the cap is rotated clockwise, thereby cutting off part of the inner seal rim edge and at the same time cutting three banana shape slots in the inner seal. For single serve beverage bottles with tamper evident inner seal and a sport closure, there is no need to unscrew the cap for opening the inner seal and getting access to the beverage. Initially the reinforced inner seal rim is used to prevent protrusions from accidentally opening the bottle inner seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Jan Essebaggers, Kateryna O. Davydova
  • Patent number: 8528771
    Abstract: The invention closures that opens sealed containers and close such containers thereafter and method of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie A. Voss, Catie A. Morley, James Timothy Davis, Gary S. Hall
  • Patent number: 8522995
    Abstract: The invention closures that opens sealed containers and close such containers thereafter and method of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie A. Voss, Catie A. Morley, James Timothy Davis, Gary S. Hall
  • Patent number: 8505760
    Abstract: A self-opening closure includes a pouring sport, a screw cap and a self-opening cylinder, which is disposed inside the pouring spout and can be set rotating by the screw cap. The self-opening cylinder has three combined piercing and cutting elements with the interior having three molded elements, evenly distributed and extending toward the center of the cylinder, which have a nail shank and a nail head. The nail shank and the nail head of each element acts as a guide for one of the three cylinder wall segments located on the interior of the cap, concentrically to the axis of rotation of the cap. The screw cap is connected to a retaining element by at least two material bridges extending non-radially in relation thereto that are configured as predetermined breaking points. The retaining element engages with a flange on the pouring spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Gregor Ott
  • Patent number: 8469218
    Abstract: A closure for a package, preferably for a beverage can, the package having a lid, which has at least one off-center outlet area having an predetermined breaking line, and a cover further being provided, which is reversibly movable relative to the lid from a closed position into an open position, and a first contact surface being situated on the outlet area, which cooperates with a counter surface, which is situated on the cover, during movement of the cover, in order to press the outlet area into the package, wherein a further second contact surface, which is situated on the outlet area, is provided, which, spaced apart from the first contact surface, also cooperates with the counter surface during movement of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Xolution GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Bratsch
  • Patent number: 8356711
    Abstract: A system for closing containers of the bottle and/or jar type, which also dispenses active formulas from an airtight tubular space in its interior, into liquid or other content of a container when a mix is required. The system includes a movable push-cut carriage that is driven mechanically by an external puller to cut the seals of the tubular space and push the active formulas towards the interior of a bottle or jar. The closing system can be used for the incorporation of elements such as vitamins or minerals, which need to be stored separately from the content of the container in order to increase their useful life and improve their effectiveness, and in medical and/or pharmacological applications, to form mixtures of active formulas when they are required, thereby avoiding the rapid degradation of the final composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventors: Mauro Andres Canziani Hoffa, Jorge Francisco Aninat Solar
  • Publication number: 20120273451
    Abstract: The invention closures that opens sealed containers and close such containers thereafter and method of using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Leslie A. Voss, Catie A. Morley, James Timothy Davis, Gary S. Hall
  • Publication number: 20120255952
    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: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Bernd Knierbein, Helmut Walter, Janina Luke, Walter Schulte, Frank Römer, Wolfgang Heukamp
  • Patent number: 8162161
    Abstract: A bottle container in which sealing of the opening of a container body filled with a chemical liquid etc. and installation of a shoulder part, an unsealing member, and a cap can be made at the same time and that has a shoulder part fall-off prevention mechanism. A bottle container (1) has a container body (2) having a hollow cylindrical neck (21) whose upper part is open and having a step formed on a container body shoulder; a shoulder part (3) screwed on the outer peripheral surface of the neck (21) and having on its upper surface a hollow cylindrical body (32) that has a spout at its head; a cap (4) screwed on the outer peripheral surface of the hollow cylindrical body (32) and having a spout sealing means; and an unsealing prevention member (5) installed between the shoulder par (3) and the cap (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Fancl Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8157115
    Abstract: A child-resistant cap comprises: an inner cap mounted at a vessel inlet of a vessel; an outer cap disposed at an outer circumferential surface of the inner cap so as to perform an idling with the inner cap; a rotation force transmitting portion disposed between the inner cap and the outer cap for transmitting a rotation force of the outer cap to the inner cap only when the outer cap is downwardly moved with a force more than a certain degree; and a sealing member removing unit formed at the inner cap for removing a sealing member sealed at the vessel inlet when the inner cap is detached from the vessel inlet, and storing the removed sealing member in the inner cap. Since the sealing member removing unit is integrally formed at the cap, the sealing member is automatically removed at the time of opening the cap. Accordingly, the sealing member needs not to be additionally removed, and thus a usage convenience is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Hee Kwon Rho
  • Patent number: 8087571
    Abstract: A pouring package for a fluid comprises a container (10) substantially impermeable to the fluid and having a pouring opening (11). The pouring opening is hermetically sealed by means of a breakable seal (30) in at least unopened state of the container. The container is provided with a pouring member (20) at the position of the pouring opening. Situated between a wall of the pouring member and the seal is a breaking member (21) which is awe and adapted to act on and break the seal when an external pressure is exerted on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Weasy Pack International Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas Gijsbert Paulen
  • Patent number: 8056748
    Abstract: A safe device for a squeezable container includes a protective cover, a body, and a bottom cap. The protective cover includes an idle cap, an inner cap, and a mouthpiece. The idle cap is rotatably mounted around the inner cap. The body includes a compartment for receiving a squeezable container. A plurality of non-return blocks are formed on an outer periphery defining an upper opening of the body and meshable with non-return blocks on the mouthpiece to prevent the mouthpiece from disengaging from the container. The bottom cap is engaged in and seals a lower opening of the body. A rotational force applied to the idle cap can only be transmitted to the inner cap when a force greater than a predetermined magnitude is applied to move the idle cap downward to tightly engage with the outer periphery of the inner cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Fang-Pin Chen
  • Patent number: 8020729
    Abstract: A pouring nozzle with a flange and an internal thread and an external thread, and also a cutting element having an upper rim and a lower rim formed with teeth. A screw cap with catches acts on catches of the cutting element. To make fitting easier, the cutting element and the pouring nozzle are produced as a one-piece semifinished product, wherein the cutting element is connected to the lower rim by weakened bridges so that the lower rim of the cutting element lies in a plane with the upper rim of the pouring nozzle and the teeth are protected in the pouring nozzle. This structural design allows an easy fitting which also reduces the reject rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Deltona Innovations AG
    Inventor: Werner Fritz Dubach
  • Patent number: 7942284
    Abstract: An apparatus removes a tamper-evident seal from a mouth of a container and retains the tamper-evident seal to prevent any of the seal from falling into the container. The apparatus includes a body having a top surface and a bottom surface. A sidewall circumscribes the body and extends substantially perpendicularly from the top surface of the body. A first projection extends substantially perpendicularly from the top surface and is disposed radially inward from the side wall. The first projection includes a first tip, a first portion, and a second portion, wherein an indentation is defined between the first and second portions. The first portion is located between the body and the second portion. The second portion has a diameter that is wider than a diameter of the first portion. A plurality of second projections extend from the top surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Minimizim, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Alex H. Amanat, Paul H. Wunderlich, Douglas Hidding
  • Patent number: 7905369
    Abstract: A container, in particular a plastic ampule produced using a blow-molding process and filled and closed in the mold has a neck part (12) adjoining a container body (10) and threadly receiving a first cap part (14). A second cap part (16) extends at least partly between the first cap part (14) and the neck part (12) and is provided with an opening device (20). The opening device has at least one opening (22) for opening the container body (10), and can be closed by the first cap part (14). The first cap part (14) carries the second cap part (16) by the screwing-on process of the first cap part in such a way that the opening device (20) causes the container body (10) to be opened. A closure part (closure pin 26) of the first cap part (14) unblocks the opening (22) in the opening device (20) after the first cap part is unscrewed, with the second cap part (16) remaining on the neck part (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Bernd Hansen
  • Patent number: 7886922
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastic closing device comprising a bottom part, a closing cap, and a cutting ring which is mounted inside the neck of the bottom part so as to be helically movable. A driving cam (16) which is axially disposed in the closing cap acts upon the non-continuously circular cutting ring when the closing cap is unscrewed such that the cutting ring perforates and cuts through the receptacle in a helical cutting movement. The cutting ring forms a ventilating concavity (6) which cooperates with the driving cam (16). The non-circular cutting ring, the bottom side of which is provided with a sharp cutting edge extending at an obtuse angle relative to the bottom edge of said ring, performs a helical cutting movement similar to an advancing knife when the closing cap is unscrewed such that the receptacle wall is easily cut by applying a minimum amount of force because a new sharp point constantly attacks the packaging material, thus preventing shredding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Fritz Seelhofer
  • Publication number: 20100264146
    Abstract: A reclosable opening device for a sealed package of a pourable food product includes a frame fitted about a pierceable portion of the package and defining a through pour opening; a removable threaded cap that screws onto the frame to close the pour opening; a tubular cutter engaging the pour opening and having a cutting device which cooperates with the pierceable portion to unseal the package; a first connector connecting the cap to the cutter, and which, as the cap is unscrewed, pushes the cutter towards the pierceable portion and a second connector connecting the frame to the cutter, and which, in use, feed the cutter along a predetermined piercing path through the pierceable portion in response to unscrewing of the cap; and the piercing path, as the cap is unscrewed, has a first portion of pure axial translation, followed by a second portion of both axial and rotary motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Cristiano Casale, Angelo Sorbara
  • Publication number: 20100108681
    Abstract: A port assembly includes a housing with an opening and a bore therethrough, a slit septum disposed in the opening to control access through the opening, a base joined to the housing and having a membrane attached thereto, a perforator having a first end abutting the slit septum and a second end aligned with the membrane, and a resilient member disposed between the perforator and the base. The perforator has first and second lumens, the first lumen extending between the first and second ends of the perforator and the second lumen extending between a point between the first and second ends and the second end. The perforator also has a seal disposed about the first lumen at the first end of the perforator, and a valve associated with the second lumen to limit flow of fluid through the second lumen in the direction of the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicants: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC., BAXTER HEALTHCARE S.A.
    Inventors: Steven C. Jepson, Gilbert Semaan, David D. Hsu, James B. Winje, Richard F. Chamernik
  • Publication number: 20090114651
    Abstract: The break-open valve (1) for a container (21) comprises a break-away element (4) which can be twisted off by turning an activator (3). The valve (1) can be used for hermetically sealing a container (21) until its first opening and also for making it tamper-evident. The activator (3) is rotatably affixed to the valve head (2). The activator (3) comprises an inserted disk (16) with at least one opening (10) and a socket (5) which engages the break-away element (4). The activator (3) further comprises a membrane (17) which protects the contents within the activator (3) from contaminants entering through spout (18). The valve (1) has the advantage that it is cost efficient in its production, that it is easy to use and that it is suitable for dispensing sterile contents in more than one dose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: Hoffmann Neopac AG
    Inventor: Daniel Krebs
  • Patent number: 7484641
    Abstract: A closable opening device having a frame defining a through hole and fitted about a pierceable portion of a sealed package for pourable food products; a removable threaded cap which screws onto the frame to close the hole; and a tubular cutting member screwed inside the hole and rotated by the cap to travel through the pierceable portion. The cutting member has an end cutting edge, in turn having a main blade, and a number of teeth located behind the main blade and decreasing gradually in height so as to act successively on the pierceable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Cristiano Casale, Sara De Simoni
  • Patent number: 7458486
    Abstract: The self-opener closure consists of a pour-out spout (2) which may be sealingly assembled onto a composite packaging or onto a container spout or bottle spout to be closed with film material, of an associated rotary cap (1) as well as a self-opener sleeve (3) arranged within the pour-out spout (2) which may be set into rotation by the rotary cap (1). Force transmission means and guide means are formed on these three elements. These cooperate with one another such that on rotating the rotary cap (1) in the opening direction for the first time the self-opener sleeve (3) firstly in the pour-out spout (2) may be pushed vertically downwards and subsequently may be rotated by approximately 360° in the horizontal. Because the self-opener sleeve (3) at its lower edge and projecting from this comprises a single, combined piercing and cutting member (9) the film or the composite packaging is first reliably pierced and afterwards a disk is cut cleanly out of it and pivoted downwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Mario Weist, Hansjorg Huber, Fritz Seelhofer
  • Publication number: 20080272122
    Abstract: A device is fitted with a pouring tube which can be raised after opening a blocking-off cover and which can then be folded back down, as also can the cover, to close the container again hermetically so as to preserve a remaining portion of the beverage for consumption at a later time. A locking arrangement which breaks when the cover is opened for the first time tells the purchaser or consumer that the container is intact or that it has already been opened. The present security closure device always keeps the pouring tube in a hygienic state of a standard appropriate for foodstuffs and keeps the contents of the container free of any soiling or external contamination. The security closure device, which is small in thickness, is simple to fix to the top of any current container and, in particular to any carton made of cardboard or a similar material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventor: Paul Son
  • Patent number: 7410071
    Abstract: A closure having a top wall and a skirt depending from a peripheral edge of said top wall. The closure includes an inner skirt depending from the top wall having at least one thread for helically attaching to a container neck. A deflection wall extends from the top wall having an inner diameter greater than a container neck. Extending from the top wall is a cutting device, defined by an axial cutter and a radial cutter for piercing a liner and cutting the liner about a circumference less than 360 degrees such that the liner is partially attached when the cutting process is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Rexam Closures and Containers, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Seib, Christopher B. Clodfelter
  • Publication number: 20080073348
    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: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Daniel PRITIKIN, Scott TAYLOR, Walter HORNE, Dave PALANG
  • Patent number: 7178683
    Abstract: A twist closure for a container has a screw cap, which includes an inner cylinder and a cutting edge extending from the inner cylinder, and a supply container rotatably arrangeable on the inner cylinder. The supply container includes a supply container bottom and a pocket extending from the supply container bottom for accommodation of the cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Prof. Birkmayer Gesundheitsprodukte GmbH
    Inventors: Jörg Birkmayer, Ernest E. Kraxner, Udo Suffa
  • Patent number: 6845902
    Abstract: Proposed for a square flat gable composite packing are a resealable spout element (1) and the manufacture of a flat gable composite packing with such a spout element (1) that eliminate the disadvantage of known spout elements, namely that such packings can no longer be opened once the sealed-on opening aids for initially opening the packing lose their non-positive bond with the packing during transport or as the result of inadequate proposed, with a cap (2), in which an opening element (4) sealing. A resealable spout element (1) is attached to the packing interior can be bonded with the cap (2) to form an undetachable unit by means of a connecting element (5) that penetrates an opening surface present in the packing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: SIG Combibloc Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Bömer, Matthias Dammers, Christoph Mehler, Hans Weiteder
  • Publication number: 20040149675
    Abstract: 15A sealing closure for use with a container includes a top wall, an annular skirt, and a resiliently flexible annular flange. The annular skirt extends downwardly from the top wall. The annular flange extends downwardly from the top wall and radially outwardly toward the annular skirt. One or more stop ribs can be provided extending downwardly from the top wall and radially inwardly from the annular skirt to limit upward deflection of the annular flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: James Paul Perry, Thomas Daniel Loughrin, William Joseph Hook, Peter Carter
  • Patent number: 6763963
    Abstract: A method and device for opening a drink can provided with a frangible obturator which can be pushed back inside the can using a tongue that is fixed in a horizontal position in the middle of the lid by means of a rivet on which the tongue can pivot as a lever to produce an opening which is later closed by a movable case that is adapted on the tongue which is pivoted around the river in order to move onto the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Akline
    Inventor: Didier Martin
  • Publication number: 20040074905
    Abstract: A container for gelatinous food stuffs materials has a pair of inwardly directed blades (30, 32) formed on the inner surface of the lid (10). As the lid (10) is rotated to remove it from the receptacle (12), the blades (30, 32) cut through the food stuff and release it from the interior walls of the receptacle (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventor: Tim Michael Debonnaire Haggard