Sectional Patents (Class 220/4.01)
  • Patent number: 10106434
    Abstract: A distributor plate for a fluid tank such as a water softener pressure vessel separates the resin bed from a lower end of the resin tank. The distributor plate includes an outer ring that is affixed to the wall of the tank and that is formed of a first thermoplastic material having a relatively low dimensional predictability, and an inner disk that is supported on the outer ring and that is formed from a second thermoplastic material having a relatively high dimensional predictability when compared to that of the first thermoplastic material, the inner disk being fluid permeable but fluid treatment media impermeable. The outer ring and inner disk may be made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and unfilled or 30% glass-filled Noryl®, respectively. Also disclosed is a method of assembling a pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Clack Corporation
    Inventor: Don Vaughan
  • Patent number: 10038173
    Abstract: An automotive battery pack enclosure, assembly and method of housing battery pack cells within an enclosure. The enclosure includes a tray that defines a mounting surface for the various individual battery cells, as well as an upstanding wall, while the assembly further includes numerous individual battery cells aligned along a stacking axis within the enclosure. The wall is made from a continuous extruded preform with periodically-spaced miters that permit bending such that the wall can assume any shape defined by the various panels. The panels cooperative with the peripheral edges of the tray to define a battery container with a footprint shape generally similar to that of the tray. By being formed from a substantially one-piece preform, all of the corners—save the one formed where wall ends are brought into adjacent cooperation with one another—define a continuous structural seal without the need for sealants, welds or other supplemental closure approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Randy C. Curtis, Randall S. Champagne, Duane D. Kruger, Stephen L. Gross
  • Patent number: 9981794
    Abstract: A container includes an external package and a sealed flexible bag, adapted to hold liquid contents, retained within the external package. The bag is made from a polymer film, which prior to being formed into a bag, was a two dimensional film to which was applied a PECVD SiOx coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SiO2 MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Sagona, Christopher Weikart
  • Patent number: 9972155
    Abstract: A coin processing device includes a coin identification mechanism, a coin distribution mechanism, a plurality of coin tubes, and a coin delivery mechanism that delivers coins housed in the coin tubes by delivering operation of pulling out the coins using a payout slide. For a specific denomination, a two-coin delivering coin tube and one-coin delivering coin tubes are provided. Location information configured of variables indicating records of payment, distribution, and delivery is used to determine the coin tube when the coin distribution mechanism distributes coins of the specific denomination and to determine the coin tube when the coin delivery mechanism delivers the coins of the specific denomination. The coin processing device can increase speed in a process of delivering coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON CONLUX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Kondo, Ryoji Katagiri, Naoki Katagiri, Masaaki Yamaki
  • Patent number: 9803397
    Abstract: A padlock retaining device having: a) a stand-alone body, separate from any locking device or latching device, the body having one or more body attachment facilitators and b) a lock containment section attached to and extending away from the body for accepting and retaining an open padlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Mark A. Pickard
  • Patent number: 9551167
    Abstract: A padlock retaining device has: a) a stand-alone body, separate from any locking device or latching device, the body having one or more body attachment facilitators and b) a lock containment section attached to and extending away from the body for accepting and retaining an open padlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Mark A. Pickard
  • Patent number: 9529564
    Abstract: An assembling frame for display units and a display apparatus are provided. The assembling frame comprises: two rectangular side frames disposed opposite to each other in a longitudinal direction, each of top cross beams and bottom cross beams of the two rectangular side frames being provided with at least one first fitting hole extending in a height direction, and each of front side cross beams and rear side cross beams of the two rectangular side frames being provided with at least one second fitting hole extending in the longitudinal direction; at least one front side cross beam connected between two front side vertical posts of the two rectangular side frames; at least one rear side cross beam connected between two rear side vertical posts of the two rectangular side frames; and at least one hanging member mounted to at least one of the front side cross beams for detachably connecting to a back side of the display units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Beijing BOE Special Display Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ping Lu
  • Patent number: 9139315
    Abstract: A new system of packaging and offering precious gems for sale are disclosed. A precious gem and an abbreviated certificate of authenticity about that gem are sealed within an at least partly see-through security case. The sealed security case is secured inside of an enclosed compartment in a security carton, and the gem and the abbreviated certificate of authenticity are visible through one or more windows in the security carton. Additional information about the gem is stored in a storage compartment in the security carton, which is separately accessible from the enclosed compartment. A retailer displays and offers the gem for sale directly to end consumers in the display package, and the consumer is assured by the display package that the gem has the characteristics disclosed on the abbreviated certificate of authenticity without requiring an intermediate local jeweler to verify the characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: S. A. Gems Distributors Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher W. LaTrobe
  • Patent number: 9033166
    Abstract: A double-chamber vessel for flowable substances having a lateral outer wall with a first chamber enclosed by a first, in particular transparent wall and a second chamber enclosed by a second transparent wall in which the first and second chambers each have an opening which openings end commonly in an opening section of the double-chamber vessel, otherwise they are completely separated from each other, wherein the first chamber is an inner chamber that is enclosed by the second chamber, which is an outer chamber, wherein in planar sections the first wall enclosing the first chamber lies directly against the second wall enclosing the second chamber, at the same time forming the lateral outer wall of the double-chamber vessel, or in the planar sections, the second wall forms the first wall and wherein both chambers have a continuous flow connection to the respective openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Berner Kunststofftechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Lehmitz, Gunther Fröhlich
  • Publication number: 20150122807
    Abstract: A Galley container (1) for use in an aircraft, includes at least two container sidewalls (6), a container floor element (7) and a container ceiling element (8), forming a hollow inner shell casing (2) with a circumferential first rim (12) and a circumferential second rim (12?). The composite tape (11) is spun around the inner shell casing and along the circumference of the rims, forming at least part of a construction layer (5) of the galley container. The composite tape includes at least one fibre and a matrix material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: ZODIAC AIRCATERING EQUIPMENT EUROPE B.V.
    Inventor: Laurentius Petrus Joseph Van Loon
  • Publication number: 20150114956
    Abstract: An easily assembled and transportable containment system. One or more deformable foam support beams are placed end-to-end to form a containment perimeter. A first protective strip is formed on the underside of at least a portion of the length of each support beam, said protective strips extending inwardly towards the center of the containment system and providing added protection from damage that may be caused due to foot or vehicle traffic. A second protective strip rests on top of the first protective strip and adds even additional protection against damage. A containment basin comprising a floor surrounded by side walls serves to contain discharged chemicals and other potential contaminants until such time as clean-up operations may be completed. The containment basin is removably secured to the support beams via hook and loop fasteners attached to the top sides of the support beams and the top portions of the side walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Larry Ray Buck, Earl G. Gauntt
  • Patent number: 9016500
    Abstract: A universal cap to be placed on standard containers for lip balm and lipstick that contains one or more modules that house therein functional items to assist the user for personal health and safety applications. The cap includes modules that contain space for the inclusion of identifying information, interior space for a flashlight and battery, interior space for an audio alarm, an interior space to house medication, a place for a nail file and a place for a glass breaker along with a flange to allow attachment to a lanyard or similar item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Ralph Rossi
  • Publication number: 20150102026
    Abstract: A tank comprising a first and a second half-shell comprising a hydrocarbon barrier layer made of a first material and a structural containment layer made of a second material is described, wherein the material of the barrier layer is EVOH and the material of the structural containment layer is a mixture of polyethylene, an agent for promoting bonding with EVOH and a carbon nanotube filler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Enrico Parola, Pasquale Iacobone, Etienne Valentin
  • Patent number: 8985365
    Abstract: A container structure is disclosed. The container structure may include a container body and two movable supporting units. When the container body is used as a regular container, two movable supporting units has not been extended from the container body; and the covering rod, extending rod, connecting rods of the movable supporting units are conjugated with the horizontal supporting columns and connecting posts respectively to reinforce the structure of the container body, so that the reinforced container body can have a better status to sustain heavier weight. Furthermore, the movable supporting units can extend to expand the space of the container body to receive more items to reduce the transportation costs; and when the container is not used for storage purposes, the expanded space can be used for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Syn Yao Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Shan-Chi Chuang
  • Publication number: 20150076140
    Abstract: A packaging container for elongated objects that includes an outer sleeve (1) with at least one threaded section (4) and an inner sleeve (2) with at least one toothed or threaded strip (3) that can be brought into threaded engagement with the threaded section (4) such that the inner sleeve can be screwed into the interior of the outer sleeve (1). The at least one threaded section (4) is interrupted by at least one sliding strip (5) that is aligned in the longitudinal direction of said packaging container and that interrupts the threaded section (4), the width of the sliding strip (5) being greater than the width of the toothed or threaded strip (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: ROSE PLASTIC AG
    Inventor: Peter Roesler
  • Publication number: 20150053240
    Abstract: A reusable and washable storage device comprising a plurality of sides and a plurality of hinges. Each the plurality of hinges are placed between at least two of the plurality of sides and comprise an axis of rotation. The plurality of sides rotate about the axis of rotation from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Brice Woodlock
  • Publication number: 20150048084
    Abstract: A collapsible container for perishable goods including: a rectangular frame; supporting members releasably connectable to the rectangular frame; and a bag downwardly housed into the rectangular frame. The bag is configured to accommodate the rectangular frame, which is supported by two supporting ?-shaped members connected to opposite sides of the frame by terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Yosef HEYMAN
  • Publication number: 20150048081
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a clothes catcher for facilitating movement of clothing and other goods during the laundering process. A user can transfer clothes or other goods between the clothes catcher and the washer or dryer much more easily than present day loading or unloading. The clothes catcher of the present invention includes a means for attaching to the opening created by an open door to a washer or dryer and also includes a basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Tim Youssef, Natalie Youssef
  • Publication number: 20150021317
    Abstract: This invention relates to a latch assembly for use in securing panels and/or gates of materials handling containers in their erected positions. The latch assembly comprises a latch keeper and a separate latch assembly body, a latch depending from the latch assembly body, and a latch actuator depending from the latch assembly body and operatively associated with the latch, wherein said latch comprises means for grappling the latch keeper and securing this relative to the latch assembly body. Also disclosed is an associated method for operating the latch assembly, a materials handling container, and a panel or gate therefor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Ian Sharkey, Matthew Reimers, David Need
  • Patent number: 8915389
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a large vacuum chamber body that has been welded together. The chamber body may have a high emissivity coating on at least one surface therein. Due to the large size of the chamber body, the chamber body may be formed by welding several pieces together rather than forging the body from a single piece of metal. The pieces may be welded together at a location spaced from the corner of the body, which may be under the greatest stress during evacuation, to ensure that the weld, which may be the weakest point in the body, does not fail. At least one surface of the chamber body may be coated with a high emissivity coating to aid in heat transfer from incoming, heated substrates. The high emissivity coating may increase substrate throughput by lowering the time that may be needed to reduce the substrate temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kurita, Mehran Behdjat, Makoto Inagawa
  • Publication number: 20140319131
    Abstract: This invention relates to a gate or panel for a storage container comprising a rectangular or square infill panel having an inner face and an outer face, an outer perimeter frame adjacent to the outer face of the infill panel, and an infill panel attachment member attached to and extending along at least a pair of opposing margins of the gate, each infill panel attachment member comprising an infill panel retaining flange which extends in a plane parallel to an inner face of the perimeter frame so that the infill panel is retained between the retaining flanges and an inner face of the outer perimeter frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: REES OPERATIONS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Michael Rees, Ian Sharkey, Matthew Reimers
  • Patent number: 8844739
    Abstract: A reusable food storage container includes bottom and top members, each having first and second portions. Each bottom member first portion includes a bottom wall with opposed side walls and an end wall extending between the side walls and extending upwardly from the bottom wall. Each bottom member defines an open end opposite its outside end wall and an open top. The bottom member portions are selectively coupled together using tab and channel structures. The top member portions each include a top wall having opposed end walls with an outer side wall connecting the end walls and extending downwardly from the top wall. The top member portions are selectively connected using tab and channel structures. Each top member defines an open side opposite its respective outside side wall and an open bottom. The top portion includes a circumference slightly larger than that of the bottom portion, enabling a nesting attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Susan M. Holey, James Farrell
  • Publication number: 20140263301
    Abstract: Shipping containers for porous masses may include a bottom lid having a rectangular lid bottom and four bottom rims that are each continuous with the lid bottom; a tray comprising a tray bottom and four tray sidewalls that are each continuous with the tray bottom defining an interior with an open top; and a top lid having a rectangular lid top and four top rims that are each continuous with the lid top, wherein the tray is configured to be placed on a bottom lid with the bottom rims surrounding a portion of the tray with a top lid placed over the top of the tray with the top rims surrounding a portion of the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Celanese Acetate LLC
    Inventors: LAWTON E. KIZER, Raymond M. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20140263299
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for removably or irremovably interconnectable building block containers such as those capable of initially storing consumable items such as food and drink. After consumption of the food or drink, the cavity containing same may be cleaned and/or refilled with consumable or non-consumable items. The building block containers are utilized as building block toys and may be manufactured or otherwise designed to be collectable. In one aspect, the container connectors are nearly identical such that any one connector may mate with any other connector. In another aspect, the connectors are nearly identical but the orientations of each connector vary to allow mating to occur when the connectors are properly oriented. In another aspect, the container is a cube juice box with connectors on all four corners of all six sides of the container. A frame for holding a juice container may also be utilized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CHANGEBOX IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Mark Marschall
  • Patent number: 8820558
    Abstract: A large container (2) comprises a bottom part (3) and four side walls (4, 8), of which at least one is fastened with at least one hinge to the bottom part (3) and, by these means, can be folded down to the bottom part (3). At least one of the side walls (4, 8) has a movable side part (10), which is constructed so that by moving the movable side part (10), the corresponding side wall (8) can be opened partially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Schoeller Arca Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Maximus Gerardus Maria Van der Korput, Reinhard Lorenz, Peter Johannes Gols
  • Publication number: 20140217117
    Abstract: A thin walled collapsible container having an outlet end and a closed base end intermediate which there are provided walls extending longitudinally of the container from the outlet end to the base end, the walls including at least a front wall and an opposite wall opposite the front wall and walls joining the front wall with the opposite wall, and in which an inwardly extending medial groove is provided between the front wall and the opposite wall, the groove extending downwardly within a bottom wall forming the base end inwardly towards the outlet end. Visible indicia such as a printed label may be provided on the front wall which label, in an uncollapsed container held by its outlet end, is disposed to be directed in a particular direction for viewing by a user and in which during collapse of the collapsible container by withdrawing fluid therefrom, the container collapses with, to a large extent, the front wall carrying the labelling to continue to be directed roughly in the same direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: OP-HYGIENE IP GmbH
    Inventor: Ali Mirbach
  • Publication number: 20140190077
    Abstract: Pallet box assembly configured as planter box or workman's utility box is disclosed. The pallet box assembly includes a pallet base, two side panels, a front panel, and a rear panel, which are collapsible and reusable. Pallet base has tenon joint parts with locking mechanisms that extend out. Pallet base has an opening extending therethrough for ease of handling by pallet jack or hand truck. The side panels include grooves. Front and rear panels include tenon joint part with locking mechanism. The side panels are identical and interchangeable, the front panel is identical and interchangeable with the rear panel. Each locking mechanism includes a winged bolt threadedly inserted and engaged into the tenon joint part, and a wing which is rotated by about 45 to 135 degrees to engageably and securely attach the corresponding tenon joint part in the corresponding groove, so that the pallet box assembly is securely installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Joseph Burmann
  • Publication number: 20140166648
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a sidewall unit includes a step of providing members configuring the sidewall units, a step of forming a first joint structure, a first step of eliminating distortion, a step of forming a second joint structure, and a step of assembling a sidewall unit. The step of eliminating distortion is a step to eliminate distortion due to heat generated when welding members. In the step, a force substantially vertical to a flange surface and a force substantially horizontal to the flange surface are applied to a joint structure before joining the joint structure and a sidewall panel. A fluid storage tank using the sidewall units according to the present invention can securely prevent leakage of fluid even when a large quantity of fluid is stored therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: TOKYO KIZAI KOGYOU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Iwashita
  • Patent number: 8727155
    Abstract: A can body for a two-piece can made of a laminated steel sheet, the laminated steel sheet containing a steel sheet and a copolyethylene terephthalate resin layer containing at least hyone member selected from the group consisting of isophthalic acid and cyclohexane dimethanol as a copolymer component in a proportion of 5 to 20 mol %, and having a crystallization temperature of 120° C. to 140° C. on at least one side of the steel sheet; and satisfying the following relationships: r1?r, 0.1?r1/R?0.25, and 1.5?h/(R?r)?4, wherein r1 represents the minimum radius of the can body, r represents the maximum radius of the can body, h represents the height of the can body, and R represents the radius of the laminated steel sheet having a circular shape before shaping whose weight is the same as that of the can body. The can body has a high strain level, and does not suffer from delamination and breakage of the resin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhide Oshima, Hiroki Iwasa, Yoshihiko Yasue, Yuka Nishihara, Katsumi Kojima, Hiroshi Kubo
  • Publication number: 20140110912
    Abstract: A sidewall panel of a barrel cooler has a sidewall panel body forming a first vertical edge and a second vertical edge. The sidewall panel has a latch arm protruding from the first vertical edge of the sidewall panel body, wherein the latch arm is adapted to cooperatively connect with a latch box of a first adjacent sidewall panel of the barrel cooler. The sidewall panel also has a latch box flush along the second vertical edge of the sidewall panel body, wherein the latch box is adapted to cooperatively connect with a latch arm of a second adjacent sidewall panel of the barrel cooler. The sidewall panel may be included in a system of parts that are adapted to cooperatively couple together to form a barrel cooler. The sidewall panel may also be included in an assembled barrel cooler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Bernard Primiano
  • Publication number: 20140103033
    Abstract: A container including a lower portion and lid. The lower portion has a sidewall and a base portion that define a hollow interior having an opening defined by a distal portion of the sidewall. The sidewall has a keyway. The lid has a body portion with a peripheral portion. A flap is attached to the peripheral portion. A key member is positioned on the flap. The key member is receivable inside the keyway of the lower portion. The body portion is configured to be pivoted relative to the flap when the key member is received inside the keyway to position the body portion adjacent the distal portion of the sidewall to close the opening of the hollow interior. The lid may include additional flaps with tabs configured to be received inside recesses formed in the lower portion. A tray and/or freezer pack may be positioned inside the hollow interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Pacific Marketing International, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Carl Beckman
  • Patent number: 8689992
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a storage box or container which is formed from a combination of wood and resin or plastic components. The front, back, and sides of the storage box are preferably set into a channel on a base of the container. A circumferential member is secured to the top portions of the front, back, and sides of the storage box to retain these members in alignment. A top member is hingedly secured to the circumferential member, which enables ready access into the storage box. The storage box is formed from components which are capable of being packaged and shipped in a knocked-down state and constructed into a storage box on site, thereby saving shipping space and costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Suncast Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Torrence Anderson, William J. Phillips, Michael R. Vogler
  • Publication number: 20140093406
    Abstract: The invention refers to a housing (1) with a housing axis (8) and two housing parts (2, 3) mane of plastic, and with a joint extending between them transversally to the housing axis, in which case the housing parts (2, 3) are braced against one another with the help of at least one connecting element (7) made of plastic firmly bonded to the housing parts (2, 3), with a force (F) acting along the housing axis (3) of the housing (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Alfmeier Prazision AG Baugruppen und Systemlosungen
    Inventors: Erich Dörfler, Helmut Auernhammer
  • Patent number: 8679425
    Abstract: A reagent container set is disclosed which comprises: a first reagent container for accommodating a first reagent to be used in a sample analyzer, the top part of the first reagent container having a first aspiration opening for inserting a first reagent aspirating tube to aspirate the first reagent; a waste fluid container for accommodating the first reagent used in the sample analyzer as a waste fluid, the top of the waste fluid container having a discharge opening for inserting a waste fluid discharging tube to discharge the waste fluid into the waste fluid container; a box for accommodating the first reagent container and the waste fluid container; and a container holding member for holding the first reagent container and the waste fluid container so that the first aspiration opening and the discharge opening are disposed at predetermined positions, the container holding member being maintained at a predetermined position within the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Sachiko Ueda, Yusuke Mori, Hiroyuki Ohashi, Yuji Itose, Kinya Uchihashi, Yoichi Nakamura, Kohei Sugitani
  • Patent number: 8672176
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a beverage includes a base, a frame, and a plurality of biasing members. The base includes at least one inner region and at least one outer region for collecting moisture. The frame is configured to be supported by the base and to receive drinking vessels of varying sizes and configurations. The plurality of biasing members are detachably coupled to the frame and form with the frame an inner cavity of varying capacity for supporting a drinking vessel. The capacity of the inner cavity is adaptively configured when a portion of the drinking vessel is received in the inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Souksomboun Sayasithsena
  • Publication number: 20140069913
    Abstract: An object carrying device includes a first net body, a frame, a front baffle panel, and a rear baffle panel. The first net body has a bottom portion and two lateral portions. The bottom portion has a front side, a rear side, and two opposing lateral sides. The two lateral portions extend from the two opposing lateral sides of the bottom portion, respectively, and face each other. The frame is clipped to the first net body and disposed at the outer periphery of the first net body. The front baffle panel is fixed to the frame and disposed between the front side of the bottom portion and the two lateral portions of the first net body. The rear baffle panel is fixed to the frame and disposed between the rear side of the bottom portion and the two lateral portions of the first net body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Tsung-Yu Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140042161
    Abstract: A horizontal storage module (HSM) assembly generally includes a base portion including a plurality of segments that are vertically layered on top of each other and a lid portion. A method of constructing an HSM assembly generally includes forming a plurality of segments for the base portion of the HSM assembly, and vertically stacking the segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: TRANSNUCLEAR, INC.
    Inventor: Ahmad E. Salih
  • Publication number: 20140042158
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container including a container body with a removable tray wherein the container can house at least two materials that must be kept separate until use. The container also may have upwardly extending fingers in the removable tray for securing a material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Slawek Witkowski, R. Michael Schock, Laura Boatwright, Michael L. Thornton
  • Publication number: 20140042159
    Abstract: A horizontal storage module (HSM) assembly generally includes a base portion including a plurality of segments that are vertically layered on top of each other and a lid portion. A method of constructing an HSM assembly generally includes forming a plurality of segments for the base portion of the HSM assembly, and vertically stacking the segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: TRANSNUCLEAR, INC.
    Inventor: Ahmad E. Salih
  • Patent number: 8631956
    Abstract: A reusable combined multi-part product shipping box and display tray. There are two generally rectangular trays, each defining four sides, with four barrier portions projecting upward from each tray proximate its edges, one barrier portion at about the center of each of the sides, and four corner posts, one projecting up from each corner of the tray. There is also a generally rectangular sleeve defining four sides and four corners, and open ends that are about the same size and shape as the trays, the sleeve adapted to engage with the trays to close its open ends and form a shipping container, the sleeve adapted to sit on the tray inside of and up against the barrier portions, with each corner of the sleeve located outside of and against a corner post, such that the sleeve is tightly engaged with the trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Fred Dowd
  • Publication number: 20140001177
    Abstract: A snack holder includes a generally cylindrical cup sized and shaped lower section and a larger container or multiple container upper or adjacent section for holding snack foods, additional cups and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph D. Cassese, James Hicswa
  • Publication number: 20140001178
    Abstract: A snack holder includes a generally cylindrical cup sized and shaped lower section and a larger container or multiple container upper or adjacent section for holding snack foods, additional cups and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph D. Cassese, James Hicswa
  • Patent number: 8616396
    Abstract: The invention provides a fiberglass reinforced plastic pressure tank including a first tank section and a second tank section; a welded diffuser plate having and a weld guide disposed about a circumference of the diffuser plate and including first and second weld grooves; a first weld joint between the first weld groove and the first tank section; a second weld joint between the second weld groove and the second tank section; wherein the welded diffuser plate forms a hermetic seal in an exterior wall of the combined tank sections, and further wherein the welded diffuser plate seals the plastic tank sections together and contains the diffuser plate inside the welded plastic tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: TGC Consulting, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas G. Carter
  • Patent number: 8608003
    Abstract: A knockdown container A having a hook member 4 attached to the sleeve 2 such as to be rotatable in a plane parallel to the surface of the sleeve 2, and a receptacle portion 12 formed in the pallet 1 to retain the hook member 4. Alternatively, a knockdown container A having a hook member 4 attached to the sleeve 2 such that it is accommodated in a cut-out portion 21 formed in the sleeve 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Kyoraku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akinobu Uno
  • Publication number: 20130327764
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a large vacuum chamber body that has been welded together. The chamber body may have a high emissivity coating on at least one surface therein. Due to the large size of the chamber body, the chamber body may be formed by welding several pieces together rather than forging the body from a single piece of metal. The pieces may be welded together at a location spaced from the corner of the body, which may be under the greatest stress during evacuation, to ensure that the weld, which may be the weakest point in the body, does not fail. At least one surface of the chamber body may be coated with a high emissivity coating to aid in heat transfer from incoming, heated substrates. The high emissivity coating may increase substrate throughput by lowering the time that may be needed to reduce the substrate temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Shinichi KURITA, Mehran BEHDJAT, Makoto INAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20130318930
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bottom-discharging scrap bin and a dumping method thereof. The bottom-discharging scrap bin includes a bin body that has an upper end opening and a lower opening that is rotatably coupled to the bottom board by a door shaft to allow the bottom board to selectively close the lower end opening of the bin body. The lower end opening is fixable to the bottom board by a locking device. Handles are provided on the bin body for receiving forks of a fork lift to insert therein to lift the bin body. When the bin is full of scraps, the locking device is locked and the bottom board closes the lower end opening. To dump the scraps, the locking device is unlocked and the bottom board is rotated with respect to the lower end opening to be opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Hongtao Deng, Tsungi Hung
  • Patent number: 8596480
    Abstract: A multimodal container includes a first shell having a base and a first wall coupled to the base, the first wall defining a first cavity and a first cavity opening general opposite of the base; a second shell having a second wall defining a second cavity and a second cavity opening; and a coupler selectively engaging the shells proximate the openings to join the second shell to the first shell alternately in one of a bottle mode and a cup mode, the bottle mode including the second shell extending away from the first shell with the coupler disposed therebetween forming a bottle and the cup mode including the second shell nested within the first cavity forming a double-walled cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Hamid Arjomand
  • Publication number: 20130292377
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a custom sized plastic tote lighter in weight than heretofore known custom sized plastic totes is provided. The method comprises separating an injection molded tote into upper and lower portions by cutting the injection molded tote. A sleeve or middle portion of plastic material is secured to the upper and lower portions of the injection molded tote to create a custom sized plastic tote of a desired height. Alternatively, portions of different injection molded totes may be used to create a custom sized plastic tote. The sleeve may be made from different materials and may be made of multiple pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: William J. Vroon
  • Patent number: 8561831
    Abstract: A device housing includes a glass panel, a metal frame, and a housing body. The metal frame defines a plurality of through holes, and the glass panel is latched in the metal frame. The housing body includes a base and a reinforcement portion integrally formed together. The base surrounds the metal frame and the glass panel, and the reinforcement portion extends through the through holes of the metal frame and is bonded to the glass panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Kai-Rong Liao
  • Patent number: 8550277
    Abstract: A collecting cage has a front end to which at least one door is pivoted with the aid of a pivoting device. The cage also has at least three lateral walls. The pivoting device is adapted to pivot the door to an opened position and to a closed position thus covering at least part of it. The pivoting device is adapted to guide the door in an opened position to a direction parallel to a lateral wall and at a clearance therefrom for flanking the cage. The pivoting device includes at least two angle members connected to the door at a distance from each other and having a first portion protruding from the door and having a second portion in an angled position relative to the first portion, and at least two corresponding rails connected to a lateral wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: K. Hartwell Oy AB
    Inventor: Jack Grönholm