Compartment Partition Is Movable Or Removable Patents (Class 220/529)
  • Patent number: 10244772
    Abstract: A chocolate mold is provided for the creation of a layered chocolate body. The chocolate mold has a tubular shell connected to a primary platform. A food-safe platform is formed within the tubular shell and atop the primary platform, serving as a base for the layered chocolate body. A shaft is connected to the food-safe platform, with the layered chocolate body being formed about the shaft. A lid and handle are attached to the shaft atop the tubular shell. An elongated slit allows the tubular shell to easily be peeled away from the layered chocolate body, while clamping mechanisms seal the tubular shell during molding of the layered chocolate body. A tilt mechanism is used to angle the primary platform and create angled chocolate layers which are visually appealing. The layered chocolate body is formed by sequentially pouring and solidifying layers of chocolate to the tubular shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAGRA, INC.
    Inventor: Richard H Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10184710
    Abstract: The invention relates to ice maker trays, wherein an ice maker tray can have the following: a tray body form areas for presetting forms for ice form elements to be produced, wherein these form areas are integrated in the tray body, a flow channel for a fluid, wherein the flow channel is integrated in the tray body, wherein the flow channel has a channel axis, and the flow channel is closed in circumferential direction around the channel axis. The invention also relates to an ice maker and to a household refrigeration apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Goerz
  • Patent number: 9585459
    Abstract: A vacuum cosmetic container for cream type cosmetics has a feature in that a content absorption member absorbing discharged contents is installed to the upper portion of a button part, so that it is possible to use the contents absorbed in a content absorption member as needed by coating with a hand or a cosmetic applicator and thus to prevent unnecessary consumption of the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: YONWOO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: You-Seob Kim, Ki-Baik Kim
  • Patent number: 9038840
    Abstract: A multi-compartmented food storage device having a top hermetic storage compartment, a bottom hermetic storage compartment and a central hermetic storage compartment that is interposed there between. Each of the top and bottom compartments being hingedly secured to the central compartment along an upper and lower end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Kurt Umholtz
  • Publication number: 20150136786
    Abstract: A container for storing a food product includes a receptacle and a plunger slidably movable along an inner wall of the receptacle. The plunger includes a support surface for the food product and a seal configured to form a seal between the support surface and the inner wall. A rounded lid with an apex is configured to be sealingly coupled to the receptacle. The lid includes a vent located at the apex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Sharon Lonner, Jane Caplan, Ran Lerner
  • Patent number: 9016507
    Abstract: A container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse has a body, track assemblies attached to opposite sides of the body, and a plurality of support assemblies extending between the track assemblies. Outer members of the support assemblies have notches which enable the support assemblies to slide along the track assemblies to move parts supported by dunnage suspended by the support assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Judson A. Bradford, Allen L. Burns
  • Patent number: 8967379
    Abstract: A tool storage and transport system including a tool bag body formed from a base, a first exterior wall perpendicular to the base, and a second exterior wall perpendicular to the base and opposite the first exterior wall; and a tool organizer slidably engagable with at least one of the first and second exterior walls. The tool organizer includes an organizer tray having a bottom wall, a plurality of sidewalls generally perpendicular to the bottom wall, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end. The first end is slidably engagable with the exterior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: LF Centennial Ltd.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Kinskey, Matthew G. Williams
  • Publication number: 20150053580
    Abstract: A divider for a bag includes a generally planar panel, a first attachment mechanism coupled to the panel offset from a first edge of the panel, and a second attachment mechanism offset from a second edge of the panel. The first and second attachment mechanisms each includes a first configuration wherein it extends from the respective first and second edges towards the other of the first and second attachment mechanism, and a second configuration wherein the respective attachment mechanism is rotated to be generally perpendicular to the panel and configured to attach to opposing first and second walls of a bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: DAYMEN CANADA ACQUISITION ULC
    Inventor: Kevin Duane Crandall
  • Patent number: 8955696
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to storage systems for milk bags. A storage system for milk bags receives milk bags and management of the stored milk bags. The milk bags are stored in compartments for easy storage and retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: Tina Ting-Yuan Wang, Chih-Cheng Tai, Michael Clair Houston
  • Patent number: 8944276
    Abstract: A dumpster having a moveable false floor which moves from a bottom of the dumpster toward a top opening when the dumpster is tilted to a substantially inverted orientation during collection of trash. The moveable false floor has freedom to move a predetermined length toward the top opening, where upon reaching the predetermined length a restraining device abruptly stops the floor causing the dumpster to shake dislodging adhered trash. Upon being returned to an upright orientation the moveable false floor moves back to the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Tony Garagiola
  • Patent number: 8936171
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for partitioning food containers, such as cereal bowls. Some embodiments may include a system with a food container, which may be a cereal bowl. The system may also include a flexible membrane having a top surface and a bottom surface. The membrane may partition the food container into a lower portion and an upper portion. The lower portion may be for holding liquid content. The upper bowl portion may be adapted for holding edible solid content. The membrane may have multiple passageways extending from the membrane bottom surface through the membrane top surface. The multiple passageways may be normally closed and then expand to an open configuration allowing fluid transmission from below the membrane to above the membrane when the membrane is flexed in a first direction normal to a resting plane parallel to the top surface and the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Oded Light
  • Patent number: 8931858
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a box and a separating plate. The box includes a bottom plate and a first side plate. The bottom plate defines a clip slot, and the first side plate defines a clasping hole. The separating plate includes a main body, a clipping portion, and a hook. The clipping portion is deformable and engaged in the clasping hole for preventing the separating plate from moving in a first direction substantially perpendicular to the first side plate. The hook is slidably received in the clip slot for preventing the separating plate from moving in a second direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting(Shenzhen)Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Chung Chai, Sheng-He Li, Wei-Yong Ma
  • Patent number: 8926306
    Abstract: A food product press having a mold base, a press assembly having a plurality of press bodies, and blade spaces between the press bodies, a plurality of blades slidable within the blade spaces, and a blade operating mechanism for moving the blades relative to the press bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Harrison
  • Patent number: 8918949
    Abstract: There is provided a paint distributing plate system for insertion into a paint bucket having an external upper rim. The paint distributing plate system comprises a paint distributing plate with a lower part and an upper part, where the lower part has a width being smaller than the diameter of the largest cross-sectional dimension of the paint bucket, and a pair of adjustable attachment hook arrangements provided on the upper part of the paint distributing plate, one on each side of the paint distributing plate, for securing the paint distributing plate to the upper rim of the paint bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jan Henrik Petersen
  • Patent number: 8919637
    Abstract: An unmanned parcel storage apparatus capable of dynamically allocating storage spaces and a method of using the unmanned parcel storage. A storage method of the unmanned parcel storage apparatus determines a position and a size of a desired storage space to be allocated. Based on the determination result, a moving unit adds or removes a partition to create the desired storage space, and moves a delivery item to the created storage space for the storage purpose. Accordingly, it is possible to efficiently use a space in a storage unit and thereby store more number of delivery items in the same storage unit. In addition, the moving unit processes the allocation of storage spaces, and delivery, loading and discharging of the delivery items, and therefore the user's convenience of use can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Dong-Ho Kim, Jae-Gwan Song, Hyon-Gook Kim, Hoon Jung, Jong-Heung Park
  • Patent number: 8910823
    Abstract: A meal package includes a reusable bag and first and second inserts arranged in the reusable bag to form compartments. The first insert has a first side edge and a second side edge and includes bottom and top portions bent out-of-plane from a side portion at first and second score lines. The second insert has a top edge and a bottom edge and includes two side portions bent out-of-plane from a middle portion at first and second score lines. The bottom portion of the first insert is located adjacent a bottom of the bag and the side portion of the first insert is located adjacent a first side of the bag. The bottom edge of the second insert abuts an interior surface of the bottom portion of the first insert. An interior surface of the top portion of the first insert abuts the top edge of the second insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel L. Mesman
  • Patent number: 8875934
    Abstract: An ice chest or portable cooler is disclosed which includes a unique construction which enables the cooler to maintain the contents therein at or below a desired temperature for an extended period of time. The top, walls, and bottom of the cooler utilize a shell which includes an inner and outer layer of a plastic and a relatively thick layer of an insulation material between the layers of plastic. The construction adds strength and rigidity to the cooler, while not increasing the weight as a result of the relatively light insulation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Deka
  • Publication number: 20140319150
    Abstract: A container including a first side wall and a second side wall that are permanently joined by at least one seam such that a chamber is formed between the side walls. A peelable seal separates the chamber into a first sub-chamber and a second sub-chamber that are capable of receiving liquid contents, which may be mixed if the peelable seal is opened. The seam includes a protrusion that extends into the chamber, and the peelable seal extends over the protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventors: Peder Flank, Michaela Hagermark, Maria Leonora, Petronella Schroder, Jens Gustafsson, Emma Leander
  • Publication number: 20140312759
    Abstract: A food container allowing the inner space of the food container to be appropriately divided with a minimum number of components and a refrigerator having the same. The food container includes a case defining an accommodation space therein, an inner surface of the case being provided with a stepped portion, a divider assembly to partition the accommodation space as desired, the divider assembly having one side slidably seated on the stepped portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Young SONG, Yong Kyung KIM, Sung ll PARK, Jin ha HWANG
  • Publication number: 20140295054
    Abstract: Compositions are disclosed containing a polymeric mixture diluted into an aqueous solution, which can be usefully applied to any surface mat is hydbcphoixc to act, for example, as an aotifoggiag coating with minimal optical distortion and excellent transparency. The compositions can also be used as lubricious agents on medical implants, shunts, and surgical supplies to minimize tissue trauma, to maximize bio-compatibility, and to increase healing by enhancing better irrigation and flow in adjacent tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Nicole Herbots, Ashlee Murphy, David Sell, Robert Culbertson, Angelica S. Benitez, Tyler Kutz, Ross Bennett-Kennett, Matthew Bade, Brance P. Hudzeitz
  • Patent number: 8845044
    Abstract: An assembly comprising a storage receptacle includes a front panel, a rear panel, a first side panel joining the front panel to the rear panel and a second side panel joining the front panel to the rear panel. The front panel, the rear panel and the first and second side panels define a storage space within the confines of the front panel, the rear panel and the first and second side panels. A divider is located within the storage space and extends between the front panel and the rear panel and divides the storage space into storage space sections. A spring operated mechanism engages the divider to selectively maintain the divider in place in the storage space and allows for the position of the divider to be adjusted between the first side panel and the second side panel, whereby the dimensions of the storage space sections can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Baum, William Lee Moody, Caleb Gossens, Benjamin Mobley
  • Publication number: 20140263348
    Abstract: A waste disposal apparatus, such as a waste disposal container or unit that is configured to receive used personal care products in a discreet and sanitary manner Instances of incontinence, menstruation or uncontrollable bodily functions can be a personal situation that is otherwise unknown to others. However, current receptacles available to dispose of used personal care products fail to provide for a hygienic, easily accessible and discreet that is designed for small spaces, such as a home bathroom or public restroom stall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Moderntake Product Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Brenda O'Grady Liistro, Marta Lorenzoni-Loeb, Joseph M Clark, Paul David Maguire, David Stowers, Jeffrey Joss, Henry Mack, Michael Zambelli
  • Patent number: 8827108
    Abstract: When a lid body (36) is opened, a side wall member (22) projects from an upper end face of a circumferential wall of a main body (12), and outside a cup portion (20), a wall portion (24) of the side wall member (22) rises. Specifically, a height of the wall portion (24) capable of supporting a side portion of a container (16) rises. Therefore, for a portion wherein the side wall member (22) rises, a depth of a supporting portion capable of supporting the container (16) is deepened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Ryuji Tsunoda
  • Patent number: 8820522
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing sports equipment includes: a wall defining an enclosure and a closeable opening in the enclosure, the wall being see-through at the closeable opening; and divider members configurable to an expanded configuration defining compartments within the enclosure and configurable to a substantially planar collapsed configuration, each compartment being dimensioned for receiving sports equipment, the divider members being removably insertable into the enclosure when in the expanded configuration and in the collapsed configuration. The sports equipment includes soccer balls or other types of balls, marker cones, a first aid kit, cooler for ice and pinnies. A lower section of the apparatus has a see-through front cover and a drain. An upper section may be watertight. The apparatus may include a rigid cylindrical compartment for containing marker cones. A kit may include the apparatus and sports equipment contained within the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Brendan E. Quarry, Alvin E. Clemens
  • Patent number: 8820569
    Abstract: A fuel container includes a container body having a fuel discharge port and an interior spacing. A body of liquid fuel is filled in the interior spacing of the container body. Follower units are provided in the container body, in contact with at least a part of an end of the body of the liquid fuel. Solid follower auxiliary members are interposed between the follower units and the body of liquid fuel to be optically detectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignees: Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Pencil Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunari Kabasawa, Yoshihisa Suda, Takahiro Osada, Kozi Nishimura, Toshimi Kamitani
  • Patent number: 8800802
    Abstract: A stackable container and cup, having one or more selectable attached divider or dividers, the divider or dividers allowing the container to hold a single substance, or multiple distinct substances, such as ice cream, without the unwanted mixing of the substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Martin
  • Patent number: 8783500
    Abstract: A sliding lock mechanism that utilizes a binding bar to prevent movement of a sliding member on a slide rail in at least one direction. A spring mechanism exerts a biasing force on the binding bar to maintain the locked position. The binding bar can be moved to an unlocking position by overcoming the bias of the spring. This then allows movement of the sliding member in two directions on the slide rail. An actuating rod moves the binding bar between the first and second positions. The mechanism can be added to a stowing mechanism for a laptop or other device that can secure different devices with varying widths within a compartment due to a drive spring mechanism. The addition of the locking mechanism allows for greater security of the laptop during periods of vibration and prevents backdriving of the spring mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark V. McPeek, Roger D. Eller, Josh M. Roe, Stephen R. Blair
  • Patent number: 8770432
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wash bucket (1), the volume of which can be divided by means of a separate partition (2) into at least two compartments (3, 4). Projections (7) are disposed on at least two mutually opposing lateral walls (5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Markus Rueckheim, Andreas Eisenhut, Georg Huber, Isik Ozkan
  • Publication number: 20140175101
    Abstract: Vertical Box System for Organizing and Storing Spice Jars and Other Small Items is a unique spice rack that can also serve as a multi-unit and multi-purpose storage system. The System saves available storage space and enables instant and constant organization with windows, personalized label areas and specialized organizational dividers. When decorated, the boxes appeal to the esthetic tastes of the consumer. The Vertical Storage System may include coordinated companion Trays and is expected to save time, reduce clutter and attractively grace storage areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Lota Deanne Dixon
  • Publication number: 20140166661
    Abstract: A novel packaging wrap is used in cushioning a product for shipment is formed from the combination of a layer of pleated sheet material, the pleated material being creased at the apices of each pleat have a height in the range from about 0.1 inches to about 0.05?, and a planar layer of sheet material which is adhered to, to a pleated sheet of Kraft paper. The pleated sheet material has a weight in the range from about 30 to 50 pounds and the planar sheet material is preferably Kraft paper having a weight in the range of 40-70 pounds. The pleated sheet material preferably, has 80-140 pleats per foot. A void fill product is formed from the combination of a layer of pleated sheet material, where each pleat has a height in the range from about 0.1 inches to about 0.2 inches, and a planar layer of sheet material which is not adhered to a pleated sheet of Kraft paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: David Paul Goodrich
  • Publication number: 20140158694
    Abstract: A stackable container and cup, having one or more selectable attached divider or dividers, the divider or dividers allowing the container to hold a single substance, or multiple distinct substances, such as ice cream, without the unwanted mixing of the substances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Martin
  • Patent number: 8746475
    Abstract: A bottle including a body portion having a dividing wall extending from a base portion to a connection region; a first chamber for holding first content; and a second chamber for holding second content; wherein a height of the dividing wall is greater than an overall height of the body portion, wherein the first chamber is configured to cooperate with a first orifice via a first surface and the second chamber is configured to cooperate with a second orifice via a second surface; and wherein one end of the first surface and one end of the second surface are configured to be adjacent to the connection region of the dividing wall to separate the first content from the second content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Theodosios Kountotsis
  • Patent number: 8733577
    Abstract: A cooler includes a bottom wall and a plurality of side walls connected to the bottom wall. At least one of the sidewalls has a transparent portion. A lid is connected to the side walls such that the bottom wall, side walls, and lid cooperate to define an interior space. At least one cup holder is formed in the bottom wall and positioned within the interior space. At least one first interior wall defines a receptacle within the interior space for receiving at least one of dry goods, food, and utensils. A second interior wall defines a chamber within the interior space for receiving cold items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Adam Patterson
  • Patent number: 8727157
    Abstract: A versatile, small-mouthed container is readily disassemblable and reassemblable to provide direct access to its internal cavity. Portions are mutually sealingly connectable by an annular coupling ring with two sets of threads, one each respectively to mate with threads on an upper and a lower cylindrical container portion. More than two cylindrical portions and more than one coupling ring can allow assemblage of larger containers and of containers of reconfigurable capacity. Some coupling rings provide for fluid communication between adjacent body portions and others provide a degree of blockage. Inserting or removing a partitioning disk into the ring can change a ring's degree of blockage. Various partitioning disks are provided with different degrees and types of blockage, when not deployed, the disks can be retained at the base of the container. Recessed latches prevent inadvertent opening at specific coupling interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Renato M Rances
  • Publication number: 20140131412
    Abstract: An insert kit for use with an equipment bag to divide the bag into compartments and protect the bag's contents is provided. Boundary inserts can be placed around the interior perimeter of the bag and divider inserts can be placed horizontally, vertically or can flex into desired angular or arced configurations. Faces of inserts are covered with a loop material. One or more edge portions of the inserts have a hook material that is complimentary with the loop material so that the inserts can adhere to one another in a variety of positions. A backpack for carrying equipment that can be worn during and facilitate use of the equipment is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: THE TIFFEN COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Patty Nast Canton
  • Publication number: 20140124511
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for a wine bottle packaging divider and display. The method and apparatus comprise of a divider with opposing side edges and opposing top and bottom edges. The divider has a partitioning line dividing the divider into a first section and a second section, wherein at least one of the first section and the second section is capable of displaying an advertisement. The divider also has at least one pair of elongated openings, wherein each of the at least one pair of elongated openings has an end in proximity to one of the opposing top and bottom edges, wherein said at least one pair of elongated openings is capable of being opened to the one edge and slidably coupled onto a vertical wall for displaying the advertisement. The divider is folded along the partitioning line to fit within a container for packaging the glass bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: E. & J. Gallo Winery
    Inventors: Robert Ruijssenaars, Jennifer Brady, Alex Lee, Royal Addis, Laura Hoffman, Doug Thompson, Benjamin Jones
  • Publication number: 20140110283
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a packaging insert for use with ice cream, frozen yogurt, or other foods or substances. The packaging insert comprises a first portion contiguous to a second portion along a first line; a third portion contiguous to the second portion along a second line, and a fourth portion contiguous to the third portion along a third line; wherein the first portion, second portion, third portion, and fourth portions are part of a single piece of material, a back surface of the second portion is adjacent a back surface of the third portion, and the first line is positioned adjacent the third line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Edward Baugh
  • Patent number: 8684184
    Abstract: A dual-supply container comprises a first compartment having a first opening, the first compartment being configured to contain therein a multiple-use amount of a product; a second compartment having a second opening, the second compartment being configured to contain a limited-use amount of the product; and a removable cover for each compartment that covers the opening of the compartment to seal the product in the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Balm Chicky, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Ann Moskow, Abby Jill Schwalb
  • Publication number: 20140061201
    Abstract: A system for dividing a container into compartments has a divider that divides the container into compartments. The system also has a first support device configured to removably receive and support the divider in a first orientation that forms laterally adjacent compartments and a second support device configured to removably receive and support the divider in a second orientation that forms vertically adjacent compartments. The divider is received by either the first or second support device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Francisco Hernandez, Laura Ringemann
  • Patent number: 8657142
    Abstract: A tank for holding liquid having internal partitions. The partitions have enlarged bottom ends fillable with liquid and restable on the bottom wall of the tank to limit sideways movement of the partitions. The partitions are mounted to the tank only above the liquid within the tank by a channel that loosely receives the top ends of the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Advantage Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Wolfe, Andrew J. Sander
  • Patent number: 8602243
    Abstract: A flexible, collapsible semi-bulk container for storing and transporting content is provided. The container has the strength to hold up to two tons of contents while being stacked up to five high. The container is also collapsible for ease of storage and transport. In some embodiments, the container includes swing walls that provide support to the side walls when positioned substantially adjacent to them. In another embodiment, the container includes partial swing walls that support cassettes for dividing the container into smaller compartments. In a still further embodiment, the container includes an interior baffle for dividing the container into smaller compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Composite Containers LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Hunter
  • Patent number: 8573002
    Abstract: A portable cooler has a thermally isolating outer shell defining an internal compartment for holding contents to be kept cool, such as, for example, food, drinks and temperature-sensitive medicine. The portable cooler has a door connected to the outer shell for providing unrestricted access to the internal compartment. The portable cooler may have a shelf for holding a cold gel pack to help keep the contents cool. The cooler may also have a plurality of dividers (that are optionally reconfigurable) for defining variously sized storage spaces for the contents. The cooler may have an aesthetically pleasing curved outer shell and an adjustable shoulder strap so that the cooler can be carried on a person's shoulder. Because the cooler is easy and comfortable to carry and because its large swing-open door provides full and quick access to its contents, this cooler is more ergonomic and aesthetic than traditional designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Colette Ledoux, Raymond Mitchell, Claude Ledoux
  • Patent number: 8567640
    Abstract: A portable carousel assembly for storing and facilitating access to medicine containers, such as plastic bottles commonly used for prescription or over-the-counter medications. Each medicine bottle is housed in a station that includes an aperture formed in a top plate of a rotatable receptacle. The rotatable receptacle is coupled to a stationary base. An ejection mechanism, such as a lever, cam track or ramp is operable to partially eject a selected medicine bottle from the receptacle so that it can be viewed or removed from the receptacle. The medicine bottle is maintained in the partially ejected condition by grasping means, such as flaps, gaskets, or webbing, or by operation of the cam track or ramp, so that the user need only use one hand to operate the carousel assembly and remove the medicine bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LJC Therapy Services. Inc.
    Inventor: Connie Johnson-Lofton
  • Patent number: 8556108
    Abstract: Self-heating systems for rapidly and effectively heating a comestible substance are disclosed. Self-heating systems generally include a reaction chamber and a heating chamber. The heating chamber contains a substance to be heated. The reaction chamber contains reactants that, when contacted, exothermically react. The containers and reactants can be configured to heat at least six fluid ounces of comestible substance in less than one minute. The solid chemical reactant mixture can comprise magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, and/or calcium oxide. Methods for heating at least six fluid ounces of comestible substance in less than one minute are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Heat Wave Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Farone, Tracy Palmer
  • Patent number: 8540109
    Abstract: A stowing mechanism for a laptop or other device can secure different devices with varying thicknesses and widths within a compartment. The mechanism includes a cover which serves as the actuator for a jack mechanism. A pressure plate pivotally attached to the jack mechanism pushes against the device when the lid is closed, thereby securing the device within the compartment. The device can be released from the secure position by opening the cover. A buffer spring operating in conjunction with the jacking mechanism allows the mechanism to secure devices having different thicknesses and widths, while the pivotal pressure plate allows the plate to conform to devices having different shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark V. McPeek, Roger D. Eller, Josh M. Roe, Stephen R. Blair
  • Publication number: 20130233860
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes bin separation systems. One system includes a separation piece for dividing the bin into a number of portions and an attachment piece for attaching a portion of the separation piece to a portion of a wall of the bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Bradley Joseph Schreier, Marjorie Kay Schreier, Kyle Duane Schreier, Ryan Bradley Schreier
  • Publication number: 20130228579
    Abstract: The herein described apparatus is a novel expansion tank and method for use with a water system. The housing of the expansion tank contains a spring biased piston. When the water pressure of the system is sufficient to overcome the spring's resistance, the piston will be compressed against the spring allowing water to flow into the expansion chamber. As the water pressure of the system decreases, the spring will bias the piston towards its rest position and force water from the expansion tank. By using a piston in place of the prior art rubber diaphragm a more robust mechanism to contain water resulting from thermal expansion is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Gerald Keith Ballard
  • Publication number: 20130206774
    Abstract: A container is provided. In exemplary embodiments, a container may comprise side wall, a top edge surrounding an opening, bottom portion; a voluminous body defined by a volume within the side wall and the bottom portion; a support platform for supporting a product within the container; and a spring positioned between an inner surface of the bottom portion and a bottom surface of the support platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: JEROME MENCHEL, Yaakov Hoch, Shimi Nussbaum
  • Patent number: 8499956
    Abstract: A collapsible container assembly comprising a folding container having at least four walls, with the at least four walls being pivotable relative to each other to allow the folding container to collapse in a parallelogram motion, and an inside cellular structure connected to the at least four walls. The cellular structure comprises a plurality of interconnected panels forming a plurality of cells, with the panels being formed of soft, deformable material. The folding container can be folded with the inside cellular structure therein such that the collapsible container assembly will be substantially flat when the folding container is moved to a collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: ITB Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Colton Westrate, Calvin Kortman, Jim Piesko
  • Patent number: 8499952
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport container (1) consisting of a bottom part (2) and lateral walls (3, 4) extending perpendicularly therefrom. The transport container has cut-outs (7) provided in the bottom region for receiving with accurate fit the goods to be transported, and also a further support means for the goods above the bottom region. The support means is formed by an intermediate wall (10) that can be positioned vertically and fixed laterally to the corresponding lateral walls (4) and to the bottom part (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Georg Utz Holding AG
    Inventors: Axel Ritzberger, Dirk Schoenrock, Wolfgang Faust, Juergen Schink, Uwe Wojtkowski