Hollow Side Wall Patents (Class 220/62.18)
  • Patent number: 9517877
    Abstract: A holder for a single-serving condiment packet that allows an opened packet to maintain an upright position without spilling its inner contents and also without having the opening of the open packet touch any part of the holder. The single-serving condiment packet holder has a thin three-dimensional cavity which is defined by one or more internal sidewalls. The holder may also have sidewalls, a base side, and a top side that is any geometric shape. A clip may be used to suspend the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: BOSCAL, LLC
    Inventor: Amy Goldstein
  • Patent number: 9341196
    Abstract: A hydraulic oil tank attachment structure arranged in a construction machine secures the strength of a hydraulic oil tank as well as secures a large capacity thereof. The attachment structure is arranged in a compact excavator provided with a revolving superstructure, a working device attached to the revolving superstructure, a hydraulic actuator including a revolving motor that drives the revolving superstructure and an actuator that drives the working device. A hydraulic oil tank made of synthetic resin, which stores hydraulic oil to be supplied to the hydraulic actuator, is attached on a revolving frame of the revolving superstructure. The hydraulic oil tank attachment structure has a holding member provided with a projecting part formed on a side surface of the tank, which is fixed on the revolving frame of the revolving superstructure so as to surround side surfaces thereof to hold the hydraulic oil tank via the projecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Kawamoto, Kohei Maeda
  • Patent number: 9267723
    Abstract: A storage device adapted to contain a food item such a butter comprises a closeable container, a means for maintaining a predetermined temperature with the container irrespective of ambient temperature and an internal power source adapted to power the means for maintaining a predetermined temperature. The closeable container is located on a recharging unit by way of spherical feet which are received in part-spherical cups on the recharging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: David Anthony Alfille
  • Patent number: 8973772
    Abstract: Pliable thermal containers interchangeably serve for containing cold or hot items, and are manufactured in polyurethane or EVA foamed materials, are struck resistant, and maintain a structure that allows them to remain upright and resist certain loads. The containers solve durability issues, A foamed material is used, and comprises unicellular air bubbles that provide thermal isolation properties and at the same time, during molding, this material attaches to a plasticized textile inner coating located at a mold piston for forming an interference zone. The lid may be directly hinged to the cavity using a textile hinge submerged in the material or independent thereof, with the lid being capable of being locked with embedded fasteners. with The pliable thermal containers solve brittleness problems of current containers shaped monolithic containers, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Eduardo G De Quevedo-Dominguez
  • Patent number: 8813993
    Abstract: A hot/cold container and lid is described. The container comprising: a bottom plate; a plurality of inner walls extending substantially perpendicular to said bottom plate, forming a hollow, therebetween; a plurality of outer walls extending substantially perpendicular to the bottom plate and substantially parallel to, and spaced from, a corresponding one of the inner walls, the spacing forming a compartment between the inner and outer walls, wherein corresponding ones of the inner and outer walls are attached at selected points between the inner and outer walls to provide at least one substantially uninterrupted compartment, therebetween. The Lid may be of a transparent, semi-transparent or opaque material and may be of a material that operates as a cutting board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Merissa Pico, Deborah Pico
  • Patent number: 8662344
    Abstract: An insulated container having an outer vessel and an inner vessel, containing an insulative fluid formed from a mixture of water and a water absorptive poly(potassium acrylate) polymer in the approximate ratio of 50:1 (cc:g), that can be heated or cooled and that reduces heat transfer from hot or cold beverages, particularly well-suited for use in connection with both hot and cold beverages, to maintain the liquid either hot or cold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Stor, S.L.
    Inventor: Valentin Ortiz Gispert
  • Publication number: 20130327771
    Abstract: A container for dry food storage and product packaging display. The container generally comprises a body, a lid and a base. The body comprises a food storage member, which is further comprised of an inner wall, an outer wall, a member base and a seam. The inner wall and member base form a storage cavity for the dry food, while the inner wall, seal and outer wall form a storage compartment for the product packaging. The base is removably attached to the body and encloses the storage compartment when attached to the body. The lid is removably attached to the body and encloses the storage cavity when attached to the body. The outer wall is comprised of a clear material, such that the product packaging can be viewed through the outer wall so that user can easily identify the contents of the storage container. Once the product packaging has been inserted into the storage compartment, the double-walled body is placed onto the base and is protected and held in position by means of the base seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: John Howell Vann
  • Publication number: 20130256304
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance comprises an outer case which has an outer case assembly-interface. The refrigerator appliance further comprises an inner liner which has an inner liner assembly-interface. The outer case assembly-interface and the inner liner assembly-interface are configured to enable a locking engagement between the outer case assembly-interface and the inner liner assembly-interface at assembly. The locking engagement may comprise a positive snap-fit engagement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lynn JESSIE, David Sheldon
  • Patent number: 8499947
    Abstract: The current invention relates to a thermal-insulating container (100) comprising a vessel (105) and a wrap (125) wherein the vessel comprises one or more protrusions (108) extending from a sidewall (115) wherein the wrap and the protrusions cooperate to form one or more void spaces (120) between the wrap and the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Steven M. Trost, Joseph W. Pruitt
  • Patent number: 8464891
    Abstract: A hot/cold container and lid is described. The container comprising: a bottom plate; a plurality of inner walls extending substantially perpendicular to said bottom plate, forming a hollow, therebetween; a plurality of outer walls extending substantially perpendicular to the bottom plate and substantially parallel to, and spaced from, a corresponding one of the inner walls, the spacing forming a compartment between the inner and outer walls, wherein corresponding ones of the inner and outer walls are attached at selected points between the inner and outer walls to provide at least one substantially uninterrupted compartment, therebetween. The Lid may be of a transparent, semi-transparent or opaque material and may be of a material that operates as a cutting board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventors: Merissa Beth Pico, Deborah Pico
  • Patent number: 8360263
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insulated container for hot drinks or the like comprising an inner cup having a generally frusto-conical cup body and a generally frusto-conical outer shell. The cup is seated within the shell so that a contact path is disposed near the upper edge of the shell, along which contact path the outer surface of the cup body and inner surface of the shell are in contact. At least one bonding spot and/or bonding area for bonding said shell to said cup body is locally formed within said contact path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Seda S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Publication number: 20120305569
    Abstract: Packaging material, including an inner structural material and an outer surface material. The inner structural material is a hollow material, and the outer surface material is attached onto an outer surface of the inner structural material. And a method for producing the packaging material includes: a) producing a middle structural material comprising a cavity or channel, and sandwiching the middle structural material with an outer face material and an inner face material to yield a semi-finished hollow material; and b) attaching the outer surface material onto an outer surface of the hollow material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Tak Kin Andrew YAN
  • Patent number: 8297310
    Abstract: An air pump has an air tank (20) for temporarily storing air from a pump unit (12) before discharging the air. The air tank has a tank body having a top wall (40) on which the pump unit is placed, and a peripheral wall (42) extending downward from the top wall. The tank body has a downward facing opening. The air tank further has a metallic bottom wall member (46) engaged with the bottom surface of the peripheral wall so as to close the opening of the tank body. Bolts are passed through the metallic bottom wall member and into a metallic part of the pump unit and tightened to connect and secure the pump unit and the air tank to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Nitto Kohki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigemitsu Ishibashi, Atsuki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 8141740
    Abstract: A portable container system having a container body, including an external housing of a durable material and an internal liner constructed of a crystalline ceramic material is provided. A portion of the internal liner extends above the external housing through an open-ended housing cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Patricia Agnello
  • Patent number: 8132687
    Abstract: A double-walled container and method of manufacturing are disclosed. A first container having a smaller diameter than a second container is inserted into the second container. A portion of the first container is expanded and/or a portion of the second container may be narrowed so that first and second container is interlocked and form a double-walled container. The first and/or second containers may have ribs. An air gap between the first and second containers provides thermal insulation to contents of the double-walled container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Alcoa Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Fedusa, Robert E. Dick, Darl G. Boysel
  • Patent number: 8087538
    Abstract: An apparatus in an example implementation includes a vessel that includes an inner wall and an outer wall. The outer wall includes a first set of grooves configured on an interior portion of a bottom of the outer wall. The inner wall includes a second set of grooves configured on an exterior of the inner wall. The first set of grooves are configured to interface with the second set of grooves to secure the inner wall and the outer wall together. In more specific embodiments, the first set of grooves and the second set of grooves are provided as ascending steps such that a rotational force applied to one of the walls operates to engage subsequent steps in each of the first and second sets of grooves. The walls are configured such that a rotational force creates a force being applied to the lip to secure the walls together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Thermoserv Ltd.
    Inventors: Charles W. Andrews, Thomas G. Morris, II, Jack R. Rigby
  • Patent number: 8033412
    Abstract: A double-walled drinking vessel, e.g., a tumbler, is described that is constructed of a downwardly tapered outer wall with a bottom and a continuous side wall with an upper rim; a inner wall with a bottom and a continuous side wall with an upper rim, the inner wall being spaced inwardly from the outer wall and including a first downwardly tapered section extending downwardly from the rim, a second downwardly tapered section extending upwardly from the bottom, and a continuous cylindrical section of a given height and diameter between the first and second tapered sections; and a decorative fabric band secured around the cylindrical section, the band having a width approximately equal to the width of the cylindrical section and a length at least as great as the diameter of the cylindrical band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: The Mainstreet Collection, Inc.
    Inventor: Tracy W. Mayo
  • Publication number: 20110215098
    Abstract: The present invention provides a chemical container or system for storing and dispensing chemicals, and in particular liquid chemicals such as fuels and the like. The chemical container has a first container portion for storing the chemical itself, and a second container portion with a vapor filter for receiving, containing, and filtering or adsorbing gases or vapors that are associated with the chemical and which may be vented from the first container portion. This dual-chamber system avoids buildup of excessive vapor pressures inside of the containers, but filters any vented gases so that noxious or undesirable vapors are not emitted into the surrounding environment. In some embodiments, the second container portion covers only a portion of the first container portion, while in other embodiments, a second container completely surrounds a first container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Shawn R. Long
  • Patent number: 7938313
    Abstract: A container blank comprises at least one substrate layer made of disposable material and at least one film layer disposed substantially over the substrate layer and having at least one portion adapted to shrink away from the substrate layer upon application of heat. The shrunk film layer portion is adapted to thermally insulate the substrate layer located substantially behind the shrunk film layer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Gerald J. Van Handel
  • Patent number: 7922071
    Abstract: A container and method of manufacture are provided. The container includes a cup with a permanently attached sleeve overlying an exterior portion of the cup sidewall. The sleeve includes a plurality of inwardly directed protuberances providing a gap between a substantial portion of the cup sidewall and the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Huhtamaki, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Robertson, George E. Mac Ewen
  • Patent number: 7775391
    Abstract: A double-walled vacuum insulated container for holding a cryogenic fluid comprises a support system for the inner vessel that comprises at least one elongated metallic conduit that penetrates the walls of the outer vessel and the inner vessel. The conduit itself provides support in an axial direction parallel to a horizontal axis and at least two non-metallic members provide support in a radial direction from the horizontal axis. By requiring the conduit to support only axial loads, its wall thickness can be reduced, thereby reducing heat transfer through the conduit. The non-metallic members that provide support in the radial direction can be made from composite materials selected for structural strength as well as low thermal conductivity, resulting in a container with improved overall thermal insulation to reduce heat leak and allow longer holding times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Westport Power Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory C. Harper
  • Publication number: 20100147844
    Abstract: A container comprising a housing having an outer wall, an interior, and an inner wall nested within the interior of the housing is disclosed. The outer wall contains a rim that defines an opening at the bottom of the housing. The opening provides access to the housing interior. The outer wall is spaced apart from the inner wall, thereby defining a hollowed region for storing object in the interior of the housing. The inner wall terminates at a bottom wall disposed in the interior of the housing. The inner wall and the bottom wall define a receptacle portion of the housing that is configured to hold decorative articles. The container also includes a base that is detachable from the opening at the bottom of the housing. The base is configured to provide access to the hollow region of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: Teleflora LLC
    Inventors: Scott Connell, Bryan Honkawa
  • Patent number: 7735675
    Abstract: An environmentally safe concrete washout container employs one longitudinally extending side wall unit located on each side of the container. The side wall units assist in defining the space within the container for the collection of concrete waste, including concrete fluid washout material. Each side wall unit has an exterior wall and an interior wall, the walls forming a longitudinally extending open area. The internal walls have slotted openings at their upper and lower ends. Instead of spilling over the edge of the container, concrete fluid washout material which reaches a certain height within the space in the container flows through the upper slotted openings of the internal walls and then down into and through the open areas between the exterior and interior walls of the side wall units. The concrete fluid washout then flows through the lower slotted openings into an enclosed space or cofferdam, where it may be drained or pumped out of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Adamucci, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100116823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a fluid channel on a surface that is subject to extreme temperatures is described. The embodiments described herein provide a fluid channel wherein the surface that is subject to the extreme temperatures forms one side of the fluid channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: James David Felsch, Anthony Vesci, Michael P. Karazim
  • Patent number: 7708161
    Abstract: A vacuum chamber with an innovative wall structure. Instead of a conventional homogenous wall structure, the invention uses an array of internally-pressurized, thin-walled cells to contain an enclosed volume. The walls are arranged so that when a vacuum is present in the enclosed volume, the cell walls are placed primarily in tension. In this way the likelihood of buckling instability is substantially reduced. The result is a much lighter vessel compared to a conventional homogenous wall vessel of similar strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Florida State University Research Foundation
    Inventor: Sean Anderson Barton
  • Patent number: 7681299
    Abstract: An article includes walls defining an insulating space therebetween and a vent forming an exit for gas molecules during evacuation of the space. A distance separating the walls is variable in a portion adjacent the vent such that gas molecules are directed towards the vent imparting a greater probability of molecule egress than ingress such that deeper vacuum is developed without requiring getter material. The variable-distance portion may be formed by converging walls. Alternatively, a portion of one of the walls may be formed such that a normal line at any location within that portion is directed substantially towards a vent opening in the other wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Concept Group Inc.
    Inventor: Aarne H. Reid
  • Patent number: 7677681
    Abstract: A refrigerator having improved cooling and cooling recovery is provided. A main body of the refrigerator may include an outer casing that defines an external appearance of the refrigerator, and an inner casing with an open upper face installed in the outer casing to define a storage space therein. The open upper face of the main body may be opened and closed by a door. The inner casing may include a casing upper portion and a casing lower portion coupled to the bottom of the casing upper portion. The casing lower portion may be formed of a material different from that of the casing upper portion. The casing upper portion may be made of a material having a high thermal conductivity, and the casing lower portion may be made of a material having a lower thermal conductivity that that of the casing upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sang-Hyun Cheon
  • Patent number: 7673649
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vacuum thermal insulating valve that may be used at high temperature in gas supply systems or gas exhaust systems, and also may be made substantially small and compact in size owing to its excellent thermal insulating performance. With a vacuum thermal insulating valve comprising a valve equipped with a valve body and an actuator, and a vacuum thermal insulating box that houses the valve, the afore-mentioned vacuum thermal insulating box S is formed by a square-shaped lower vacuum jacket S5 having a cylinder-shaped vacuum thermal insulating pipe receiving part J on a side and with its upper face made open, and the square-shaped upper vacuum jackets S4, which is hermetically fitted to the lower vacuum jacket S5 and with its lower face made open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignees: Fujikin Incorporated
    Inventors: Tadahiro Ohmi, Yukio Minami, Kenji Tubota, Tsutomu Shinohara, Michio Yamaji, Nobukazu Ikeda, Akihiro Morimoto, Koji Kawada, Toshio Nariai
  • Publication number: 20090321440
    Abstract: A double-walled container and method of manufacturing are disclosed. A first container having a smaller diameter than a second container is inserted into the second container. A portion of the first container is expanded and/or a portion of the second container may be narrowed so that first and second container is interlocked and form a double-walled container. The first and/or second containers may have ribs. An air gap between the first and second containers provides thermal insulation to contents of the double-walled container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Anthony J. Fedusa, Robert E. Dick, Darl G. Boysel
  • Patent number: 7628287
    Abstract: A hazardous material transport container employing a conventional 55 gal. ring ribbed drum in which a protective shell is slidingly fitted, wherein the shell contains an inner containment vessel, wherein protective spacings are provided between the shell and the vessel and between the shell and the drum, wherein a plurality of elongated strengthening ribs are affixed generally longitudinally to the outer surface of the shell and lie closely adjacent to but slidable within the inner surface of the drum, wherein an upper portion of the shell is welded to a top inner portion of the drum wall, and wherein thermal insulating and impact resistant materials substantially fill the protective spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventor: William M. Arnold
  • Patent number: 7600669
    Abstract: A container blank comprises at least one substrate layer made of disposable material and at least one film layer disposed substantially over the substrate layer and having at least one portion adapted to shrink away from the substrate layer upon application of heat. The shrunk film layer portion is adapted to thermally insulate the substrate layer located substantially behind the shrunk film layer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Gerald J. Van Handel
  • Patent number: 7530468
    Abstract: A drinking apparatus. The drinking apparatus includes a fluid container for containment of liquid and also includes an attached base unit that is designed to collect any overflow of liquid from the fluid container. The top rim of the base unit is curved, having its highest point adjacent to an attached handle and the lowest point opposite the handle. Between the fluid container and the base unit is located a pair of sliding panels that are mounted within a number of grooves. After liquid has been poured but before it is to be drunk, the sliding panels are used to cover the area in between the fluid container and the base unit so that any spilled liquid that has already entered into a fluid reservoir within the base unit will not exit the fluid reservoir while the fluid within the fluid container is being drunk by an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Patrick J. Garvey
  • Patent number: 7481356
    Abstract: Described is a stackable, heat-insulating paperboard cup having an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve with a gap there between. A rolled lip is applied to the lower end of the outer sleeve, which rolled lip is disposed on the inner sleeve. A shoulder is formed on the inner sleeve for the rolled lip of another paperboard cup to be stacked. The diameter of the inner sleeve below the shoulder is reduced discontinuously. The support of the lower rolled lip on the outer surface of the inner sleeve is arranged at the same level as, or below, the cup bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: PTM Packaging Tools Machinery PTE Ltd.
    Inventor: Werner Stahlecker
  • Publication number: 20080310101
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an enclosure for housing electrical components, such as circuit boards or the like, has one or more double-walled sides that distribute a cooling fluid to the electrical components. Each of the double-walled sides has a cavity and the cavities may be coupled together along the sides where the double-walled sides join together. A supply of pressurized fluid, such as air, is supplied to the outside wall of one double-walled side. Openings in the inner walls of the double-walled sides discharge the cooling fluid into the enclosure. The openings are positioned to provide cooling fluid where needed. Nozzles may be placed in the openings to further direct and regulate the flow of the cooling fluid into the enclosure. Baffles may be placed in the cavities to direct/deflect cooling fluid to/from the inner wall openings. The walls may be made of plastic or metal and fabricated with conventional techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Ivan Pawlenko, Larry Samson
  • Patent number: 7464857
    Abstract: A container blank comprises at least one substrate layer made of disposable material and at least one film layer disposed substantially over the substrate layer and having at least one portion adapted to shrink away from the substrate layer upon application of heat. The shrunk film layer portion is adapted to thermally insulate the substrate layer located substantially behind the shrunk film layer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Gerald J. Van Handel
  • Patent number: 7464856
    Abstract: A container blank comprises at least one substrate layer made of disposable material and at least one film layer disposed substantially over the substrate layer and having at least one portion adapted to shrink away from the substrate layer upon application of heat. The shrunk film layer portion is adapted to thermally insulate the substrate layer located substantially behind the shrunk film layer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Gerald J. Van Handel
  • Patent number: 7458504
    Abstract: A container and method of manufacture are provided. The container includes a cup with a permanently attached sleeve overlying an exterior portion of the cup sidewall. The sleeve includes a plurality of inwardly directed protuberances providing a gap between a substantial portion of the cup sidewall and the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Huhtamaki Consumer Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Robertson, George E. Mac Ewen
  • Patent number: 7448510
    Abstract: A cup assembly includes a cup (10) and a lid (20) to define therebetween a first passage and a second passage to allow a liquid cooling compartment between the lid (20) and the cup (10) to be filled with liquid contained in the cup when the first passage is clear and the second passage is blocked and the liquid in the liquid cooling compartment is able to flow out of an outlet (23) in communication with the liquid cooling compartment when the second passage is clear and the first passage is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Spero Pavlopoulos
  • Patent number: 7438199
    Abstract: An open-topped, vacuum release trash container apparatus for use with trash container bags, the apparatus comprised of a hollow container comprising a continuous substantially vertical side wall, the side wall having an inner wall and an outer wall, a bottom joined to the side wall, a plurality of substantially vertical spaced apart support ribs, the ribs disposed within the side wall between the inner wall and the outer wall, the ribs thereby defining open columns between the ribs, a lipped rim around a top of the side wall, a plurality of vacuum release orifices in a top of the rim, a plurality of vacuum release orifices in the inner wall, the orifices proximal to the bottom of the container, the orifices in communication with the columns. The apparatus is provided with a variety of foot hold embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Andrew P. Tidrick
  • Patent number: 7438200
    Abstract: A temperature-retaining food container includes an outer shell having an inner chamber that can be filled with a temperature storing medium. The shell is shaped to provide an expansion zone within the chamber to permit expansion of the medium. A support is formed to provide additional volume to the chamber and the expansion zone. The support structure can optionally be provided to automatically expand in response to an increase in pressure within the chamber. A lid is provided which covers the container and further operates as a serving platter. The shell of the container can optionally be formed from a plurality of separate portions, which interlock to form the complete serving container and disassemble for storage or use with smaller or crowded appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: James M. Keitges
  • Patent number: 7344045
    Abstract: A double-walled vacuum-insulated container for holding a cryogenic fluid comprises a support structure for supporting an inner vessel within an outer vessel. The container has an elongated horizontal axis. A conduit extending between the inner and outer vessels has a wall thickness that allows the conduit to carry a substantial portion of axial loads acting on the inner vessel in a direction parallel to the horizontal axis. The support structure further comprises a non-metallic support spanning between the inner and outer vessels, with the non-metallic support capable of transferring substantially all radial loads transverse to said horizontal axis. The non-metallic support is also fixedly attached to the inner and outer vessels so that it is capable of supporting a substantial portion of the axial loads so that the non-metallic support and the conduit cooperate to provide support in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Westport Power Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory C. Harper, Justin Gish
  • Patent number: 7077281
    Abstract: A cover mounting structure of a waterproof box 1 which is composed of a container body 2 and a cover 3 to be mounted on an opening of the container body 2. The container body 2 includes side walls in a double-wall structure composed of an inner wall 21 and an outer wall 20, the inner wall 21 being projected longer than the outer wall 20. The cover 3 includes attached walls each of which is provided with an outer groove 27 defined between an outer wall portion 29 and a middle wall portion 30, and an inner groove 28 defined between the middle wall portion 30 and an inner wall portion 31, so that the cover 3 can be mounted to the container body 2 by respectively inserting the inner wall 21 and the outer wall 20 of the container body into the inner groove 28 and the outer groove 27 of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Sato, Koji Miyakoshi
  • Patent number: 6913421
    Abstract: A diving-tank-pocket buoyancy compensator has an expandable diving-tank pocket (1) that envelopes a diving tank (2) which the diving-tank pocket is articulated for containing in addition to at least an inflated buoyancy air cell (3). The buoyancy air cell is in fluid communication with a cell end (4) of a buoyancy compensator (BC) tube (5) which has a tank end (6) in fluid communication with an inside periphery of the diving tank through a regulator tube (35) and a regulator valve (7) on the diving tank. An adjustable pressure valve (8, 38) intermediate the tank end and the cell end of the BC tube is provided to maintain a pre-determined pressure and resulting constant volume of air in the buoyancy air cell for maintaining a desired constant buoyancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Christopher A. Donahue
  • Publication number: 20040226948
    Abstract: A heat-insulating container is used for an instant dried food and is excellent in heat-insulating property, design and economy. The container comprises a paper cup body with a bottom, which has an inner surface coated with a polyolefin resin and is provided with an outward curled portion formed at an upper opening end of the cup body and at least one horizontal rib formed on a side wall of the cup body so as to project outward therefrom; and an inverse-frustoconical paper sleeve provided with an inward curled portion formed at a lower end of the sleeve. The cup body and the sleeve are integrally combined with each other so that an upper end of the sleeve is joined to an outer periphery of the side wall of the cup body, which is adjacent to the outward curled portion of the cup body, and an inner surface of the inward curled portion of the sleeve is joined to an outer periphery of a lower portion of the side wall of the cup body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: Masataka Okushita, Kazuki Yamada, Yuichi Hirai, Yoichi Mochizuki, Kenichi Endo
  • Patent number: 6729534
    Abstract: A container blank comprises at least one substrate layer made of disposable material and at least one film layer disposed substantially over the substrate layer and having at least one portion adapted to shrink away from the substrate layer upon application of heat. The shrunk film layer portion is adapted to thermally insulate the substrate layer located substantially behind the shrunk film layer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Fort James Corporation
    Inventor: Gerald J. Van Handel
  • Patent number: 6719163
    Abstract: A fuel container with a wall of at least two wall shells which are separated at least partially from each other by an air gap between them. The dual shell wall structure helps to substantially improve the mechanical properties of the fuel container. Preferably, each wall shell consists of a plurality of layers of different polymeric or plastic materials. In a preferred embodiment of the invention a four layer co-extruded structure is provided; each shell comprises a layer of high density polyethylene (HDPE), a layer of filler material of treated, recycled plastics material referred to as “re-grind” and a vapor barrier layer of a plastic material substantially impermeable by hydrocarbons. The HDPE-layer may, be one surface layer of each wall shell and the vapor barrier layer is preferably the other surface layer of each wall shell. Depending on the material properties of the vapor barrier layer, an additional adhesive layer may also be necessary for connection with the adjacent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: TI Group Automotive Systems Technology Center GmbH
    Inventors: Pierre Delbarre, Michael Kloess
  • Patent number: 6685220
    Abstract: An airbelt is provided that passes smoothly through an anchor and winds around a retractor. The airbelt includes a non-inflating section and a flat hollow-cylindrical inflating section. A bag is arranged only within the inflating section. An end of the bag as well as an end of the belt is connected to a tongue. The non-inflating section is inserted into a through-anchor and is connected to a retractor so as to enable to be wound up around and pulled out of the retractor. The belt is consecutively and integrally made by knitting or weaving all the parts extending from the non-inflating section toward the inflating section. A weft thread, which is lined up with a fusion thread such as a thread having a core-sheath structure, is inserted into the non-inflating section so as to be processed with heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Ohhashi
  • Patent number: 6655542
    Abstract: An ink tank producing a stable negative pressure regardless of material used is provided. In the ink tank, inner and outer walls include a bonding region having a bonding force distribution. With this arrangement, since the inner wall separates from the outer wall as ink in the ink tank is being guided out, the area of a non-bonding region increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Koshikawa, Masanori Takenouchi, Shozo Hattori, Hajime Yamamoto, Eiichiro Shimizu, Fumitaka Goto
  • Patent number: 6612458
    Abstract: A double-wall fuel container of plastic material is composed of at least two shell portions which are welded together. The half-shell portions are each in the form of double-wall blow moldings, with a gap being kept free at least in a region-wise manner between the walls of the blow moldings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: SIG Kautex GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Balzer, Dieter Hess, Werner Daubenbuechel, Michael Pappert, Roger Stehr, Peter Kluesener
  • Publication number: 20030121963
    Abstract: A container blank comprises at least one substrate layer made of disposable material and at least one film layer disposed substantially over the substrate layer and having at least one portion adapted to shrink away from the substrate layer upon application of heat. The shrunk film layer portion is adapted to thermally insulate the substrate layer located substantially behind the shrunk film layer portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Gerald J. Van Handel