Contoured End Wall (e.g., Curved, Corrugated, Ribbed, Etc.) Patents (Class 220/608)
  • Patent number: 10092143
    Abstract: A mouthwash dispensing system including a bottle having a base and a top portion. The mouthwash dispensing system includes a pump configured to draw mouthwash out from within the bottle, the pump having a pump neck extending into the bottle and a pump nozzle for guiding the mouthwash out of the bottle. The mouthwash dispensing system further includes a cavity within the top portion and positioned below the pump nozzle, the cavity configured to receive a cup, such that the pump draws the mouthwash out of the bottle and into the cup. The mouthwash dispensing system further includes a toothbrush holder configured to rotate about the pump neck and move between a storage position and a use position, the toothbrush holder limiting movement of the cup within the cavity in the storage position, and holding a toothbrush in the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dr. Fresh, LLC
    Inventors: Huy Kha Nguyen, Doug Corbett
  • Patent number: 9950838
    Abstract: A handheld fluid container shaped and configured so that the majority of the fluid volume is carried near the rear of the container where the container is held and supported. In various embodiments, the containers have handle parts and/or handle openings that allow the containers to be manually supported from the rear of the containers. The container bodies also have forward angled front and rear walls and container bottoms shaped so that the majority of the interior volume of the container is located at the rear of the container rather than at the front. The center of gravity of the containers when partially or fully filled with fluid is located near the rear of the container where it is manually supported by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Antonio Bajuyo
  • Patent number: 9655476
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device comprising a holder (12) and at least one flexible sheet (14) maintained in a curved configuration by the holder in order to define at least two adjacent sheet portions, having parallel generatrices and defining therebetween at least one gap (16) with a curved section that can exert a self-flexibility function of the sheet. The invention is applicable to kitchen accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: MASTRAD, S.A.
    Inventors: Mathieu Lion, Lucas Bignon
  • Patent number: 9604775
    Abstract: A beverage container or package that includes an internal surface for promoting nitrogen bubble nucleation and growth. The surface incorporates a plurality of nanoscale structures, e.g. between 6 and 100 nanometers in size. Most preferably the structures are pits, greater than 15 nm in depth/height. Upon opening the container filled with a Nitrogen (and carbon dioxide) supersaturated beverage, a foaming effect occurs which provides a desirable head of fine bubbles when transferred to a drinking glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Diageo Ireland
    Inventors: Stephen Geoffrey Price, Amy Heintz, Adeline Lay Kuen Koay
  • Patent number: 9579656
    Abstract: A well plate assembly including a base plate and vials. The well plate assembly includes a base plate having a bottom, a perimeter having opposing edges, and a plurality of protrusions extending from the bottom spaced apart from each other to form a plurality of compartments sized and configured for releasably holding vials. Each of the compartments includes a convoluted anti-rotation feature recessed into the bottom. The vials each have a bottom wall, a first side wall segment extending upwardly from the bottom wall, and a second side wall segment extending from the first side wall segment to an open top. The first side wall segment includes at least one spline designed to mate with the convoluted anti-rotation feature to prevent rotation of the vials when a torque is applied, for example, during capping or de-capping operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: J. G. Finneran Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: James G. Finneran
  • Patent number: 9428296
    Abstract: Container (1) of thermoplastic material produced by blowing or stretch blowing of a blank, said container comprising a petaloid bottom (3) provided with projecting feet (4) separated by hollow valleys (8) that extend radially from a central zone (5) of the bottom (3), each foot (4) having two flanks (9), each of which laterally borders a valley (8). Each foot (4) is provided, on each of its flanks (9), with a cheek (18) that projects laterally from the side of the valley (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Michel Boukobza
  • Patent number: 9096350
    Abstract: A debris receptacle is removably attachable to an edge or lip of a work surface. A debris receiving volume defined by a bottom surface and a rear panel is disposed between lower clamp arms that extend under a work surface and are biased toward upper clamp arms that extend over the work surface. Springs disposed within concentric columns that are coupled to the lower and upper clamp arms provide a biasing force, which urges the lower clamp arms toward the upper clamp arms to removably secure the debris receptacle to the edge of the work surface. The debris receptacle is thus mounted to receive debris swept from the work surface through a gap defined between the rear panel and the edge of the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Buerk
  • Patent number: 9038848
    Abstract: A base structure for a blow-molded container having an annular sidewall and a central longitudinal axis, the base structure comprising: a bottom portion; an annular support heel positioned between the sidewall and the bottom portion, wherein the annular support heel is angled inwardly at an angle ? of from about 15° to about 46° relative a plane extending from the sidewall; and a first rounded edge between the sidewall and the annular support heel and a second rounded edge between the annular support heel and the bottom portion, wherein each of the first and second rounded edge has a radius of curvature of from about 1.0 mm to about 14.0 mm, and wherein the blow-molded container comprises a material selected from the group consisting of polyethylene terephthalate and polypropylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Paul V. Kelley
  • Publication number: 20150136779
    Abstract: Containers are disclosed herein that include a reservoir, a handle disposed on the reservoir at an angle defined by a grip axis. The handle is configured for a single grip position and having a midpoint that coincides with a midpoint of a user's grip when the handle is gripped by a user. A first center of gravity coincident with a resting axis is substantially perpendicular to the bottom wall when the bottom wall is placed on a horizontal surface. A second center of gravity coincident with a carrying axis is substantially perpendicular to the grip axis when the container is carried by the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon M. Conway, Linda J. Babinski
  • Publication number: 20150136798
    Abstract: Disclosed is a synthetic resin container provided with an inverting, foldback bottom wall that can maintain a stable, self-supporting position while being able to minimize the amount of residual contents, and that can be formed by blow-molding, etc., and maintain the favorable producibility or low cost of the past. The synthetic resin container is provided with a bottom wall that forms the bottom of the container, and a drum section that is united to the perimeter of the bottom wall and forms a filling space M for contents on the inside, and is a synthetic resin container wherein a raised bottom is formed by inverting and folding back said bottom wall toward said drum section. Said drum section has a lower peripheral wall that touches or approaches the outer wall part of said bottom wall and forms a self-supporting base by the inversion and folding back of said bottom wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeru HAYAKAWA, Yoshiharu KITAMURA, Kazuo SUZUKI
  • Patent number: 9010536
    Abstract: A nestable can tray includes a base including a plurality of intersecting vertical rib portions. A plurality of horizontal wall portions are connected proximate lower ends of the vertical rib portions. A plurality of annular recesses are formed on an upper surface of the base for receiving lower ends of beverage cans. The tray further includes side walls including side columns extending upward from lower side wall portions at sides of the base. End walls include end columns at ends of the base. The side columns are configured to be partially receivable into side columns of an identical tray nested thereon and the end columns are configured to be partially receivable into end columns of the identical tray nested thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Margaret McCanless, William P Apps, Kyle L. Baltz
  • Patent number: 8997992
    Abstract: The invention relates to a package for flowable goods, in particular liquid, viscous and/or granular comestibles, such as baby food, pudding, sauce, oatmeal or the like. The package comprises a shallow tray and a cover which in closed condition slants towards a bottom wall of the tray thereby providing the package with a substantially wedge-shaped appearance. The package furthermore comprises two support faces to stand on alternately. A first support face is located at the bottom wall of the tray and a second support face is located at a bottom-surrounding wall of the tray, at the higher end of the wedge. During use, the package can be positioned on its second support face for presentation purposes, on its first support face for consumption purposes. During transport, pairs of packages may placed with their slanting covers against each other, in opposite lengthwise direction so that a high end of a wedge-shaped first package borders a low end of a wedge-shaped second package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: N.V. Nutricia
    Inventor: Alexander Josephus Marcius Van Puijenbroek
  • Patent number: 8998025
    Abstract: Base for a container, the base being made of polymeric material, including a support surface having an outer perimeter defining a first dimension along a major axis and a second dimension along a minor axis disposed at an angle to the major axis. An inner wall is coupled to the support surface opposite the outer perimeter. A dome projects upwardly from the inner wall and has an initial depth with respect to the support surface, the initial depth of the dome is between approximately 8 percent to approximately 15 percent of the first dimension. The dome includes a major radius of curvature along the major axis and a minor radius of curvature along the minor axis. The dome is deflectable in response to a differential pressure across the base without permanent deformation of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond A. Pritchett, Jr., William W. Brecheisen, Mark P. Sprenkle, John P. Dinkel, Matthew T. Gill
  • Publication number: 20150076025
    Abstract: In a general embodiment, the packages of the present disclosure include a body having a surface defining a recessed portion having a shape, and a lid having a surface defining a projection having a shape and a size that corresponds to the shape and size of the recessed portion. The packages include a color that corresponds to a type of the consumable product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Kimberly Ann Wilmers, Clara Eleanor Grainne O'Connor, Stephen Andrew Wurth, Bethanie Lynn Gasperson, Ki Sun Kim, Thomas Joseph James
  • Patent number: 8978921
    Abstract: A crate comprises a bottom and two respective pairwise opposing side walls and end walls, wherein the bottom is arch-shaped curving towards the interior of the crate, such that a space between a lower surface of the bottom and a plane defined by a lower end of the crate is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Orgeldinger
  • Publication number: 20150060471
    Abstract: An injection molded cup-shaped container, made of plastic with a bottom and a container wall, which have a uniform thickness, from which bead-like thickenings protrude inward or outward. The thickenings start at a gate location in the bottom, have a radial course on the bottom, and extend on the container wall at a slant to the top edge of the container. The bead-like thickenings on the container wall and on the bottom are designed in such a way that the thickenings do not cross and each have a radius of curvature having a constant sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Guido Poehls
  • Patent number: 8960472
    Abstract: A seamless can body in which the flatness of a center panel of a bottom of the thin can body can be stably maintained and the can body has high pressure resistance, high formability, and excellent properties for an internal pressure test. The seamless can body has a can bottom shape having a rim portion protruding to an outside of the can, an annular concave portion protruding to an inside of the can, and a flat center panel extending continuously from an inner peripheral side of the annular concave portion with a corner portion interposed therebetween. The curvature radius (R3) of the corner section is in the range of 1.5 mm<R3?6.0 mm, the depth of the annular concave section is from 1.5 mm to less than 3.0 mm, and the flatness (BSD) of the center panel is from ?0.15 to 0.15 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Tomaru, Syouta Tanaka, Hayato Fukumoto, Toshiki Okuda
  • Patent number: 8960485
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having reduced weight while satisfying required design conditions has upper wall first and second ribs, upper curved surface portion first and second ribs, a bottom wall first rib with a bottom wall second rib formed on an outer surface of a bottom wall, lower curved surface portion first and second ribs, and a side wall first rib with a side wall second rib on an outer surface of a side wall. The center upper wall first rib has a center upper wall first rib center portion, a center upper wall first rib continuous portion, and a center upper wall first rib thin portion. The center bottom wall first rib has a center bottom wall first rib center portion, a center bottom wall first rib continuous portion, and a center bottom wall first rib thin portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuto Kataoka, Hiromitsu Hamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20150034660
    Abstract: A bottle made of polymer material comprises a base (12) provided with a plurality of ribs (14). Each rib is composed of a curvature of the base (12) of the bottle which forms a protuberance in the longitudinal direction directed towards the inside of the bottle. The ribs extend in a radial direction along a line of radial extension (18). The bottle is characterized in that the projection, in a transverse plane, of the line of radial extension (18) of at least one of said ribs (14) is curved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Moreno Barel, Alessandro Bortoluzzi, Nicola Brugnera
  • Publication number: 20150028041
    Abstract: A base structure for a blow-molded container having an annular sidewall and a central longitudinal axis, the base structure comprising: a bottom portion; an annular support heel positioned between the sidewall and the bottom portion, wherein the annular support heel is angled inwardly at an angle ? of from about 15° to about 65° relative a plane extending from the sidewall; and a plurality of partial sphere structures on the annular support heel and extending beyond the bottom portion thus forming a contact surface supporting the container, and wherein the blow-molded container comprises a material selected from the group consisting of a polyester resin and polypropylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Michael P. Wurster
  • Publication number: 20150028040
    Abstract: A base structure for a blow-molded container having an annular sidewall and a central longitudinal axis, the base structure comprising: a bottom portion; an annular support heel positioned between the sidewall and the bottom portion, wherein the annular support heel is angled inwardly at an angle ? of from about 15° to about 46° relative a plane extending from the sidewall; and a first rounded edge between the sidewall and the annular support heel and a second rounded edge between the annular support heel and the bottom portion, wherein each of the first and second rounded edge has a radius of curvature of from about 1.0 mm to about 14.0 mm, and wherein the blow-molded container comprises a material selected from the group consisting of polyethylene terephthalate and polypropylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Paul V. Kelley
  • Publication number: 20150008234
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving a fluid is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an at least partially flexible vessel. The vessel includes a top wall and a plurality of sidewalls, a first of said sidewalls having a first length in a first plane that is greater than a second length of the second, generally orthogonal sidewall in the first plane, and a bottom wall depending from the at least two sidewalls. The vessel may have a generally rectangular cross section, and may include a depending portion. The vessel may be at least partially rigid. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Patrick Menning, Anthony Paganelli, Vishwas Pethe, David M. Shofi
  • Patent number: 8925757
    Abstract: The tasting glass (1), of the type including a parison (2) generally being rotationally symmetrical around a vertical axis, includes within the parison (2) a set of at least two internal ribs (7) evenly distributed on the periphery of the parison (2), extending in a substantially vertical plane, almost from the bottom of the glass, up to a height of the parison (2) lower than the normal filling level of the glass, different for each of the ribs (7). The tasting glass also includes a dome (8), called “nose-cap”, located on the axis of the glass at the bottom of the parison (2). The ribs (7) each have the shape of a propeller blade surface. A method for producing the glass is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Arnaud Baratte Corporate International
    Inventor: Arnaud Baratte
  • Patent number: 8925767
    Abstract: A container with a folded-back bottom wall, which is very stable in a rest position, has a strong bottom wall, and makes it possible to minimize the amount of remaining liquid while allowing costs to be reduced is provided. The container with a folded-back bottom wall has a bottom wall and a body part and transforms into a first mode in which the bottom wall is made to project downwards from the lower surface of the body part, and into a second mode in which the bottom wall is folded back inside the body part. The boundary portion between the bottom wall and the body part is folded to have an outwardly-convex shape so that a folding groove is circumferentially formed, and the bottom wall is folded back inside the body part at the folding groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeo Iizuka, Shigeru Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 8925750
    Abstract: A plastic container is disclosed comprising a base portion for supporting the container on a surface, an upper portion, and a body portion. The upper portion includes a neck and a dispensing opening. The body portion extends between the base portion and the neck, the body portion including a shoulder portion below the neck portion and a sidewall portion between the shoulder portion and the base portion. The body portion includes at least one elongated vertical formation that substantially extends along the sidewall portion from the base portion toward the shoulder portion, the elongated vertical portion being continuous along at least 0.60 the total height of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Darr, Richard A. Lovelace, Jr., Christopher E. Kaminski, Edward V. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20150001230
    Abstract: A container for a fabric treatment composition having: (a) a container floor extending to a floor boundary, a portion of the container floor being a collection zone, and a raised portion extending inwardly within the container, at least a portion of the collection zone being located on a longitudinal axis of the container and at least a portion of the raised portion intersecting the longitudinal axis and transverse axis of the container; (b) a peripheral wall extending from the container floor; (c) a peripheral flange extending from the peripheral wall; and (d) a needle piercable membrane sealed to the peripheral flange to define an interior volume, wherein the interior volume contains less than about 100 mL of a liquid fabric treatment composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Corey Michael BISCHOFF, Benjamin Janes BECK
  • Patent number: 8895092
    Abstract: A package including a tray (10) provided with a base (11), a plurality of sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15) extending upwardly and slightly outwardly from said base (11), a primary flange (20) integrally joined to the upper edges of the sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15) and extending outwardly all around the upper periphery of the sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15), a rim (21), i.e., a downward flap extending downwardly and tapering slightly outwardly from the outer periphery of the primary flange (20), and a secondary flange (22), i.e., an overhanging portion extending outwardly from the lower edge of the rim (21), said tray being characterized in that a plurality of strengthening ribs (23) extend substantially vertically along the rim (21) and outwardly with respect to the tray body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Morris John Field, Stefano Capitani, Christoforos Chrysanthidis
  • Patent number: 8895091
    Abstract: A cover shell and container assembly comprising the cover shell and a tray or pan is disclosed. The cover shell includes inward projecting standoffs which restrict movement of a food product in the pan or tray and reduces damage to decorative elements of the food product during distribution and/or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Richard Boyer
  • Publication number: 20140332542
    Abstract: A container including a compartment for holding food, such as pizza. The compartment has a bottom wall, side walls and a top wall defining an exterior surface and an interior surface. The compartment is formed of a single piece of paper. The single piece of paper has an outer planar layer, a middle fluted layer, a middle planar layer and an inner fluted layer all fixedly connected together. The outer planar layer forms the exterior surface of the compartment and the inner fluted layer forms the interior surface of the compartment such that the interior surface is fluted. Food can be placed on the bottom wall and on the inner fluted layer to allow moisture and grease to separate from the food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: David M. HANNA
  • Publication number: 20140326741
    Abstract: A case is disclosed that is made from a corrugated material and has a generally flat transversely extending base panel and first and second transversely extending, generally parallel, side wall panels upstanding from, and being oriented generally orthogonal to, the base panel. First and third end wall panels meet at a first vertically extending seam extending upwards from one end of the base panel and second and fourth end wall panels meet at a second vertically extending seam extending upwards from an opposite end of the base panel. A blank for forming such a case is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: H. J. Paul Langen
  • Patent number: 8875935
    Abstract: A wine glass constructed from molded plastic includes an upper body defining an upwardly narrowed flume for concentrating the wine bouquet, in combination with a contoured lower base defining an annular moat surrounding a central punt for enhanced visual inspection of the wine. In addition, the upper body further includes a notched indent at an outboard side thereof forming a shelf for facilitated fingertip grasping and manipulation of the assembled glass. In one form, the upper body and lower base of the wine glass are provided as separate modules adapted for assembly to form the wine glass, and disassembly for respective compact stacking. In another form, the wine glass has a one-piece construction adapted for compact stacking by nested reception of the upwardly narrowed flume partially into the underside of the lower base of an overlying glass in the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: govino, LLC
    Inventors: Boyd I. Willat, Joseph T. Perrulli, Paul H. Velick
  • Patent number: 8850754
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a stackable ballasted roof mounting solar panel mount unit integrally formed into a single piece. The mount unit comprises a plurality of generally elevated side walls of a ballast receiving basket. Each side walls defines a downwardly facing open channel that is configured to receive a corresponding side wall from a corresponding solar panel mount in a stacking relation. The mount unit further comprises a first pair of posts, wherein each of the first pair of posts forms a downwardly facing post receiving first mouth that is configured to receive a corresponding post from a corresponding first pair of posts of a corresponding solar panel mount in a stacking relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: DynoRaxx, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan T. Rizzo
  • Patent number: 8844757
    Abstract: Packages for housing consumable products and methods of using same are provided. Methods for teaching children to self-feed are also provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a package including a body defining side walls (34,36) a first end wall (40), an inclined second end wall (42) and an elongated interior compartment having a predetermined width for housing consumable products. In another embodiment, a package is provided that includes a body defining side walls, a bottom wall (38) a first end wall (40) oriented at 90° to the bottom wall, a second end wall (42) inclined at an angle with respect to the bottom wall (38), and an interior compartment for housing consumable products, the package being so constructed and arranged to stand substantially upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Kimberly Ann Wilmers, Cynthia Lynn Wilcox, Stephen Andrew Wurth, Bethanie Lynn Skinner, Gary William Etheridge
  • Patent number: 8833594
    Abstract: A tray for transporting and displaying baked products is disclosed. The tray can be stacked in a 0° and 180° stacking configuration. The trays further include substantially non-glossy, non-smooth surfaces that allow stickers to be more easily removed, as well as drain channels in the base to facilitate removal of water following washing. The trays further include a scalloped handle on one side of the tray only to allow operators to more easily recognize which side of the tray they are facing. A tray retrieval tool can be used with several hook areas to facilitate retrieval of the trays following washing in high temperature water, or following stacking and storage. The trays further include spacers and spacer holes to place the spacers so that different types of baked products can be accommodated without damaging or destroying the baked product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Orbis Canada Limited
    Inventor: Edward L. Stahl
  • Patent number: 8820556
    Abstract: A molded bottle for liquids is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the bottle includes a hollow body portion adapted to store liquids therein, with an opening on a top of the body portion to access an interior of the bottle. In addition, the bottle includes a sidewall that extends outward around a bottom periphery of the body portion, where the bottle is supported by an edge of the sidewall when the bottle is placed on a planar surface. The sidewall is configured to flex when the bottle is pressed down onto the planar surface to form a vacuum between the body portion and the planar surface to prevent the bottle from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Farhan Khan
  • Patent number: 8794462
    Abstract: A base of a container may include a standing surface, a first wall, a second wall, a first hinge, and a second hinge. The first hinge may be positioned between the standing surface and the first wall, the first wall being rotateable about the first hinge relative to a longitudinal axis of the container. The second hinge may be positioned between the first wall and the second wall, the second wall being rotateable about the second hinge relative to the longitudinal axis of the container, where rigidity of the base prevents substantial net distortion of the base during rotation of the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Gregory Trude
  • Publication number: 20140190976
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cargo container that is light weight, strong, which forms an ultraviolet light, weather/dust particle barrier and which controls the climate inside the cargo container to protect the integrity of the cargo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: AIRDEX INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Rick D. Imbrecht
  • Publication number: 20140191000
    Abstract: A container for liquid chemicals is disclosed, comprising a cylindrical container shell, an upper curved base and a lower curved base, and also a container inflow and a container outflow, wherein the container inflow and the container outflow are arranged at the upper curved base of the container and a drainage tube is provided which extends form the container outflow to the lower curved base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Holger Blum
  • Patent number: 8746494
    Abstract: Disclosed is a synthetic resin container provided with an inverting, foldback bottom wall that can maintain a stable, self-supporting position while being able to minimize the amount of residual contents, and that can be formed by blow-molding, etc., and maintain the favorable producibility or low cost of the past. The synthetic resin container is provided with a bottom wall that forms the bottom of the container, and a drum section that is united to the perimeter of the bottom wall and forms a filling space M for contents on the inside, and is a synthetic resin container wherein a raised bottom is formed by inverting and folding back said bottom wall toward said drum section. Said drum section has a lower peripheral wall that touches or approaches the outer wall part of said bottom wall and forms a self-supporting base by the inversion and folding back of said bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Hayakawa, Yoshiharu Kitamura, Kazuo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8740012
    Abstract: A heat-sealable, plastic bottle with an internal scraper and an inner seal is described. More particularly, the present application relates to a heat-sealable, plastic bottle having an opening with an internal scraper chord that is less than or equal to the diameter of the circular opening, an inner seal, and a cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Phoenix Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: Len Ekkert
  • Patent number: 8740008
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having reduced weight while satisfying required design conditions has polygonal upper and bottom walls, a side wall provided therebetween, an upper curved surface portion for connecting the upper and side walls, and a lower curved surface portion for connecting the bottom and side walls. An upper wall center rib includes an upper wall center part, and upper wall annular ribs respectively connecting substantially center parts of the upper wall and surrounding the upper wall center rib. Ribs are formed substantially centrally in the upper curved surface portion. A bottom wall center rib includes a center part in the bottom wall. Bottom wall annular ribs are formed connecting the bottom wall and surrounding the bottom wall center rib. Lower curved surface portion ribs are formed substantially centrally in the lower curved surface portion, and main surface ribs are formed substantially centrally in the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuto Kataoka, Hiromitsu Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8739994
    Abstract: Base for a container, the base being made of polymeric material, including a support surface having an outer perimeter defining a first dimension along a major axis and a second dimension along a minor axis disposed approximately 90° from the major axis. An inner wall is coupled to the support surface opposite the outer perimeter. A dome projects upwardly from the inner wall and has an initial depth with respect to the support surface. The dome includes a major radius of curvature along the major axis and a minor radius of curvature along the minor axis. The dome is deflectable in response to a differential pressure across the base of at least 3.2 PSI without permanent deformation of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond A. Pritchett, Jr., William W. Brecheisen, Mark P. Sprenkle, John P. Dinkel, Matthew T. Gill
  • Patent number: 8720734
    Abstract: A food serving plate with features that cooperatively interact with utensils to provide fun assistance to children with their effort to load food onto their utensils. The features on the plate include either or both of: a vertically slotted ramp that accepts the tines of an eating utensil, such as a fork, which allows a person to load food onto the utensil by pushing the food up the ramp and then sliding the utensil under the food when it has reached sufficient height; and a ramp with a nested depression that accepts the leading perimeter contours of a utensil with a food-receiving bowl, such as a spoon, which allows a person to load food onto the utensil by positioning the utensil within the nested depression and by pushing the food up the ramp and over the nested depression with a second utensil with a blunt profile, such as a pusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Carter T. Malcolm, Jacqueline K. Malcolm
  • Patent number: 8714400
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having reduced weight while satisfying required design conditions has polygonal upper and bottom walls, a side wall between the upper and bottom walls, an upper curved surface portion connecting the upper wall's peripheral edge and the side wall's upper end wall by curved surfaces convexed outward, and a lower curved surface portion connecting the bottom wall's peripheral edge and the side wall's lower end by curved surfaces convexed outward. The upper wall center portion is thicker than the upper curved surface portion, which is thicker than an upper wall annular portion formed between the upper wall center portion and the upper curved surface portion. The bottom wall center portion is thicker than the lower curved surface portion, which is thicker than a bottom wall annular portion formed between the bottom wall center portion and the lower curved surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuto Kataoka, Hiromitsu Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8701923
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed toward containers with improved anti-buckling performance by incorporating one or more structural reinforcement features into the containers. The container may include a bottom wall, opposing sidewalls each including a plurality of ribs, and opposing end walls interconnecting the sidewalls. The sidewalls may include at least one reinforcement protrusion having a geometric center disposed in the upper half of the sidewall. The container may also include a non-planar top rim to redistribute top load so that the anti-buckling performance of the container can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Anhalt, Robert R. Turvey
  • Patent number: 8690006
    Abstract: A beverage container having a tilted groove at or near the bottom of the bowl or reservoir of the container. The groove, of substantially uniform depth and shape, encircles the entire circumference of the reservoir, and is inclined at a preselected acute angle with respect to the bottom thereof for enhancing the drinker's grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Franmara, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank P. Chiorazzi, Frank O. Chiorazzi
  • Patent number: 8662332
    Abstract: A blow molded plastic container for hot fill and pasteurization uses includes a main body portion that is shaped so as to be substantially round in horizontal cross-section and a base portion. The base portion is shaped to define a generally circular standing ring and an elevated push-up portion that is positioned radially inward of the standing ring. The push-up portion includes a central region, an annular, substantially straight and substantially vertical rise portion that is positioned immediately radially inward of the standing ring and a plurality of radially oriented waves. Each of the waves extends radially outwardly from the central region to the vertical rise portion and is preferably shaped so as to subtend a substantially constant angle along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael P. Wurster, Justin A. Howell, Michael T. Kelly, Robert Waltemyer, Benton A. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20140027462
    Abstract: A wine glass constructed from molded plastic includes an upper body defining an upwardly narrowed flume for concentrating the wine bouquet, in combination with a contoured lower base defining an annular moat surrounding a central punt for enhanced visual inspection of the wine. In addition, the upper body further includes a notched indent at an outboard side thereof forming a shelf for facilitated fingertip grasping and manipulation of the assembled glass. In one form, the upper body and lower base of the wine glass are provided as separate modules adapted for assembly to form the wine glass, and disassembly for respective compact stacking. In another form, the wine glass has a one-piece construction adapted for compact stacking by nested reception of the upwardly narrowed flume partially into the underside of the lower base of an overlying glass in the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: By The Glass, LLC
    Inventors: Boyd I. Willat, Joseph T. Perrulli, Paul H. Velick
  • Patent number: 8602237
    Abstract: A blow molded plastic container for hot fill and pasteurization uses includes a main body portion that is shaped so as to be substantially rectangular in horizontal cross-section and a base portion. The base portion is shaped to define a generally rectangular standing ring and an elevated push-up portion that is positioned radially inward of the standing ring. The push-up portion includes a central region, an annular, substantially straight and substantially vertical rise portion that is positioned immediately radially inward of the standing ring and a plurality of radially oriented waves. Each of the waves extends radially outwardly from the central region to the vertical rise portion. The main body portion is shaped so as to have sidewall portions that are bounded by a plurality of vertically extending edge portions. In one embodiment, at least one of the vertically extending edge portions may have at least one inwardly extending gusset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael P. Wurster, Justin A. Howell, Michael T. Kelly, Robert Waltemyer, Benton A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8596490
    Abstract: A tray in accordance with the present disclosure includes a floor and a side wall arranged to extend along a perimeter edge of the floor. The floor and the side wall cooperate to form a product-storage region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan P. Davidson, Gail S. Becke, Jeffrey C. Minnette