Contoured Sidewall (e.g., Curved, Corrugated, Ribbed, Variable Thickness, Etc.) Patents (Class 220/669)
  • Patent number: 11801964
    Abstract: This disclosure provides new containers, preforms, methods, and designs for small and light-weight carbonated beverage packaging that provide surprisingly improved carbonation retention and greater shelf life, while still achieving light weight. This disclosure is particularly drawn to small PET containers for carbonated beverages, for example less than or about 400 mL, and methods and designs for their fabrication that attain unexpectedly good carbonation retention and shelf life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Inventors: Casper W. Chiang, Venkat Govindarajan, Gopalaswamy Rajesh, Christopher Russell Mubarak, Jose Olavo Martins Ferreira Salles, Sterling Lane Steward, Simon Shi
  • Patent number: 11524572
    Abstract: A pressurized gas tank for a motor vehicle includes a cylindrical axially extending housing with two end pieces axially connected thereto connected together by one or more tie rods configured for axial transmission of tensile force. The tie rods include an axially continuous through-channel configured to be connected to a vehicle cooling system including a circulating liquid coolant to cool the pressurized gas at least during refueling of the pressurized gas tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Guenter Hans Grosch, Bert Hobein, Thomas Werner Steinkopf, Rolf Lorenz Loeffler, Julio Orozco Santos Coy, Stefan Kaimer, Florian Huth
  • Patent number: 11254135
    Abstract: A sealing member is applied to the surface of a liquid storage container having a liquid supply port provided so as to be open to a concave space formed on the surface with a gap between the applied sealing member and the liquid supply ports so as to seal the concave space. The liquid supply port has a profile adapted to be inserted into and connected to a connecting portion for supplying liquid to the liquid supply port. A cut score section is formed on the sealing member as including a center point located at the position on the extension from the front end of the liquid supply port in the direction of connecting the liquid supply port to the connecting portion and the cut score section is torn as it is pressed by the connecting portion moving toward the liquid supply port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Iinuma, Tatsuo Nanjo, Wataru Takahashi, Kenta Udagawa
  • Patent number: 11097330
    Abstract: A method for producing a formed component is disclosed. The method includes: preforming a workpiece to a preformed component having a base region, a wall region, and optionally a flange region, wherein a material quantity adaptation is set in the preformed component; and calibrating the preformed component to a finally formed component, at least in regions, having a base region, a wall region, and optionally a flange region, wherein compressing of the preformed component is performed at least in regions during the calibrating. The method provides a formed component wherein the dimensional accuracy is improved and, in particular, any spreading of the walls of U-shaped components or part-portions can be influenced in a targeted manner, so as to further improve the dimensional accuracy of the formed component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Flehmig, Martin Kibben, Daniel Nierhoff
  • Patent number: 11040827
    Abstract: The garden debris receptacle with dustpan comprises a refuse container and a lip extension. The lip extension attaches to the refuse container. The garden debris receptacle with dustpan is configured for use with agricultural refuse. The lip extension forms a ramp that assists in loading the agricultural refuse into the refuse container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Omar Tejeda
  • Patent number: 11027884
    Abstract: A container may comprise a tubular body having a rounded sidewall extending between a closed end defining a base portion and an opposite open end surrounded by a rim portion, and one or more sets of grooves defined within the vertical portion of the rounded sidewall. The base portion is configured to support the container in an upright orientation relative to a support surface and wherein the base portion defines a support ring having an at least substantially rounded perimeter. The rounded sidewall comprises a curved base transition region and a vertical portion extending between the perimeter of the base portion and the rim portion along a central axis. Each of the grooves comprises a length and a width, wherein the length is longer than the width. The grooves extend between the base portion and the rim portion along the length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Altium Packaging LP
    Inventors: Grover Manderfield, Joe Palmer, David Hernandez, Dena Wade, Daniel Applegate, Aaron Bollinger
  • Patent number: 10941456
    Abstract: A steel sheet for a can having high strength, excellent ductility, and good corrosion resistance, and a method for manufacturing the steel sheet. The steel sheet has a chemical composition containing, by mass %, C: 0.020% or more and 0.130% or less, Si: 0.04% or less, Mn: 0.10% or more and 1.20% or less, P: 0.007% or more and 0.100% or less, S: 0.030% or less, Al: 0.001% or more and 0.100% or less, N: more than 0.0120% and 0.0200% or less, Nb: 0.0060% or more and 0.0300% or less, and Fe and inevitable impurities. An absolute value of a difference in an amount of solid solution Nb between a region from a surface to a position located at ? of a thickness and a region from a position located at ? of the thickness to a position located at 4/8 of the thickness is 0.0010 mass % or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Masaki Tada, Katsumi Kojima
  • Patent number: 10843845
    Abstract: A drawn aluminum can shell has a peripheral crown which is double-seamed with an end portion of an aluminum can body to provide a can end having a generally flat center panel connected by an inclined curved or straight panel wall to an inclined inner wall of an annular U-shaped countersink. The countersink has an outer wall which connects with an inclined lower wall portion of a chuck wall at a junction below the center panel, and the chuck wall has a curved or inclined upper wall portion which connects with an inner wall of the crown. The chuck wall also has an intermediate wall portion forming a break, and the inner bottom width of the countersink is less than the radial width of the panel wall. The inclined upper wall portion of the chuck wall extends at an angle greater than the angle of the inclined lower wall portion of the chuck wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: R. Peter Stodd, Jess N. Bathurst
  • Patent number: 10836530
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a container spout secured relative to a hollow container body. The container spout includes a cap region configured to accept a container cap (e.g., a snap-on cap), and a support region positioned between the cap region and the hollow container body. The support region comprises one or more bumper rolls positioned around an exterior of the support region and one or more support protrusions extending between a bottom edge of the cap region and a bottom edge of the support region, wherein each of the one or more support protrusions defines a substantially horizontal convex curvature having a radius smaller than a radius of the container spout. The support protrusions are aligned with corners of the container, and thereby transfer axial crushing forces applied to the container spout onto the container corners to increase the axial crush resistance of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Altium Packaging LP
    Inventor: Joey Palmer
  • Patent number: 10658215
    Abstract: A transportation container is provided with a container body constructed of a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, and two sidewalls forming a front opening for loading or unloading a reticle pod into or out of the container body; a lid for opening and closing the front opening; and a lift plate above the container body configured to connect to a carrier of an overhead hoist transfer (OHT) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Yu-Ching Lee, Yu-Piao Fang
  • Patent number: 10358252
    Abstract: A container may have a base, a sidewall connected to the base, a bell connected to the sidewall, and a finish connected to the bell. The base may have strap ribs to resist deformation of the base. The sidewall may have recessed columns to resist bending, leaning, crumbling, and/or stretching. The strap ribs and recessed columns may vertically line up along a central axis of the container to communicate forces on the container vertically along the container to continuously resist deformation in the base and the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Niagara Bottling, LLC
    Inventors: Jay Clarke Hanan, Jochen Forsthovel, Alexander Schau
  • Patent number: 10231561
    Abstract: A storage bucket has a storage member and a supporting assembly. The storage member has a body, a holding portion, and two slip-proof elements. The holding portion is formed on the outer surface of the body. The slip-proof elements are disposed on a bottom surface of the holding portion. The supporting assembly is rotatably disposed on the storage member and has a supporting rod, two shafts, and a slip-proof foot. The supporting rod is disposed on the body. The shafts are respectively and fixedly disposed on two sides of the supporting rod. The shafts are rotatably inserted into the body. The slip-proof foot is disposed on a top end of the supporting rod. The storage bucket can be located beside the edge of a table and occupies little space above the table-top surface. Retrieving objects from the storage bucket is convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Actigift Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Victor Lin
  • Patent number: 9511890
    Abstract: An extrusion blow molded plastic container includes a main body portion, a finish portion, and a continuous ledge. The finish portion defines an opening, and includes an upper surface and an outer surface that defines a substantially rectangular shape with rounded corners when viewed in transverse cross-section. The shape of the finish portion when viewed in transverse cross-section is smaller than the shape of the main body portion. The continuous ledge is defined between the outer surface of the main body portion and the outer surface of the finish portion. The ledge has a first width, adjacent to one of the rounded corners of the finish portion, that is greater than a second width that is not adjacent to one of the rounded corners of the finish portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew T. Gill, Edward J. Roubal, III, Raymond A. Pritchett, Jr., Larry M. Taylor, Jeffrey Snyder
  • Patent number: 9227748
    Abstract: A metal bottle can comprises a mouth part having a curl portion at the end, a neck part having a straight part in parallel to the can axis, a taper-shaped shoulder part, a barrel part, and a bottom part. The metal bottle can is integrally formed from a primitive plate of the thickness (wall thickness T) of 0.48 mm to 0.30 mm by drawing-processed. The metal bottle can has the barrel part with the diameter A of 40 mm to 70 mm, the neck part with the diameter B of 20 mm to 35 mm, the straight portion of the neck part with the length S of 10 mm to 40 mm, the shoulder part with the angle ? of 40 degrees to 70 degrees, the mouth part with the wall thickness X of 0.46 mm to 0.33 mm, and straight portion of the neck part with the wall thickness Y of 0.43 mm to 0.30 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Masayuki Nakagawa, Osamu Kume, Yoshio Asai
  • Patent number: 9162807
    Abstract: An improved blow molded plastic container having generally rounded sidewalls that are adapted for hot-fill applications has two adjacent sides and two pairs of controlled deflection panels, each pair reacting to vacuum pressure at differing rates of movement, whereby one pair inverts under vacuum pressure and the other pair remains available for increased squeezability or extreme vacuum extraction. The opposing sidewalls are symmetric relative to vacuum panel and rib shape and placement. The ribs and controlled deflection panels cooperate to retain container shape upon filling and cooling and also improves bumper denting resistance, decreases vacuum pressure within the container, and increases light weight capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignees: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David Melrose, Paul Kelley, Scott Bysick, Justin Howell
  • Publication number: 20150136799
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a curved panel for use in constructing a cylindrical storage tank is described. In an embodiment of the process, a flat plate is automatically conveyed into a CNC cutting station to form all bolt holes and cut-out features and to trim the plate to a defined outer dimension. After the cutting station, the plate is automatically conveyed into a roll-forming line configured to form parallel flanges long both longitudinal edges of the plate. Respective leading end regions of the two flanges may undergo a swaging operation by a pair of laterally opposing hydraulically-powered swage dies to form an integral chime region of each flange. After the swaging operation, the plate is automatically conveyed into a roll bending unit configured to curve the flanged plate into an arc to form a finished panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Tamo P. Bianchi, William A. Willsher
  • Patent number: 9010530
    Abstract: A receptacle for consistently orienting a sterilized surgical instrument for natural grasping by a physician without removing his or her vision from the operational field, wherein the receptacle may also comprise a reservoir and desiccant for maintaining sanitized or sterilized instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Synaptic Wireless, LLC
    Inventors: Charles H. Bowen, P. Mark Bowen
  • Patent number: 8998023
    Abstract: A spherical object formed of several joint parts and a method for producing a spherical object formed of several joint parts, where the spherical object includes at least twenty pieces of hexagonal panel type elements and at least twelve pieces of pentagonal panel type elements. The radius of curvature of each panel type element is shaped in such a way that, when assembled, the elements make up a hollow spherical object with a radius of not less than 1.5 meters. Each panel type element is additionally provided with an attachment and handling cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Vaasaball LNG Products Oy
    Inventor: Juha Ari Niemi
  • Publication number: 20150090712
    Abstract: The current invention comprises fractionally proportioned, nesting containers with a banded, carrying element. Said containers hold liquids, such as carbonated soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, teas, water, etc., in addition to non-liquid goods, ranging from dry recipe ingredients to personal hygiene products. The individual bottles can be manufactured out of glass, metals, alloys and various plastics and sizes of the individual bottles, in the nested unit, are not limited. Container contents determine the fractional proportions of unit and bottle sizes therewith. Said unit accommodates the end user with prepackaged quantities of contents. The configuration of the current invention, permits the end user(s) desiring the same product, within the bottles of said unit, the option to open them separately, in order to sustain freshness of unopened portion(s), further allowing end user to exercise a level of control with regards to amount of product consumption and variety of the contents thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Cynthia Washington
  • Patent number: 8991441
    Abstract: A plastic, hot-fillable container which has one or more moveable portions each comprised of intersecting perpendicular recesses. Each of the one or more moveable portions is constructed to move outwardly temporarily without permanently deforming responsive to hot-filling the container with a product. The one or more moveable portions also can be constructed to move inwardly to reduce a portion of an internal vacuum within the filled and capped container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Matthew T. Gill
  • Publication number: 20150076141
    Abstract: A fluid storage tank is formed by a plurality of wall panels positioned on top of a floor mat. Each wall panel includes a curved sheet of a non-metal material, for example fiberglass, first and second side frame members and a plurality of reinforcing strips that extend between the side frame members. The reinforcing strips are secured to the side frame members. The panels include complimentary fastening members that allow the curved side panels to be connected end to end so as to form a circular fluid storage tank in conjunction with a floor mat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jerry W. Noles, JR., Dudley J. Perio, JR.
  • Patent number: 8967409
    Abstract: A can (1), in particular for conditioning foodstuff, includes a body composed of a bottom element (2) which is prolonged by a lateral wall (3), the interior surface (9) of the body being at least in part made of tin, the tin surface (9) being partially covered with a coat of protective lacquer (10) to prevent the contact between the tin surface (9) and the foodstuff, the lacquerless tin surface, the “exposed”, being intended to come into contact with the foodstuff in order to set free the tin. The exposed tin surface is constituted of a plurality of “exposed” tin zones (11), which are separated, ones from the others, by lacquered zones (12), the exposed tin zones (11) being distributed on the height of the lateral wall (3), in particular to limit the aesthetic impact due to chemical action of the foodstuff on the exposed tin zones (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ardagh MP Group Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Bruno Desiles, Franck Philippe Dathy, Alain Marcel Le Talludec, Phabet Chhim
  • 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: 20150052082
    Abstract: The present invention is a food container, or vessel, having a body shaped in the form of a recognizable feature of a subject, a method of using said food container for promoting a subject having a recognizable feature, a method of using said food container to promote the sale of the food stored therein, and a method of fabricating a food container of the type disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: William Todd Pordy
  • Patent number: 8939317
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of making a container body (8), comprising the steps of: i) providing a round container body (8); ii) forming at least one circumferential bead (2) in the container body (8); and iii) axially compressing the container body (8) to kink and axially close the kinked bead (10), and to such container body (8) and container comprising same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Impress Group B.V.
    Inventor: Johan Willem Roeterdink
  • Patent number: 8939316
    Abstract: A blow-molded container includes an opening section that can be closed, a side wall, and a closed bottom. The material in the region of the side wall is shaped by blow forming an injection-molded preform. At least three recessed grips are arranged along an outer perimeter of the container. At least two longitudinal ribs oriented in a longitudinal direction of the container are arranged between each pair of recessed grips. The longitudinal ribs are separated from each other by a recess, which also extends in a longitudinal direction. At least one circumferential rib, which extends in a circumferential direction of the container, is arranged inside each of the recessed grips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Pisarn Pasutanon, Matthias Gernhuber, Stefan Amariglio, Arne Wiese
  • Publication number: 20150014335
    Abstract: A plastic container having a longitudinal axis includes an upper portion that defines an opening into the container and a sidewall portion that extends from the upper portion in a longitudinal direction parallel to the longitudinal axis. The container also includes a base portion that extends from the sidewall portion and that closes off the container. The upper portion further includes a rim member, a neck member that extends in the longitudinal direction away from the rim member, and a shoulder member that extends from the neck to the side-wall portion. The shoulder member extends at an acute angle relative to a transverse plane that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The upper portion also includes at least one reinforcing member that extends in the longitudinal direction between the rim member and the shoulder member. The reinforcing member projects outwardly from the neck member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: AMCOR LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Ryan Lewis, James Clayton Gratke, George Alex Thierjung
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140366954
    Abstract: In some implementations of ignition-free welding in at least one fastener is attached to a container that resides within a hazardous environment. The fasteners are then used to secure a fill zone to the container. The chamber then receives a sealing material for the purpose of sealing a leak without having to remove the hazardous material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: FORGE TECH, INC.
    Inventor: Forge Tech, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8910812
    Abstract: A plastic container includes a base, a neck portion with a dispensing opening, and a body portion. The body portion includes a horizontally-extending annular rib and a grip panel. The horizontally-extending annular rib may extend around the circumference of the body portion. The annular rib includes a variable vertical width and includes a pinch segment that is circumferentially and longitudinally offset from the grip panel. With some embodiments, the plastic container includes two grip panels and/or at least two horizontally-extending annular ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc A. Pedmo
  • Patent number: 8881922
    Abstract: A hot fill type plastic container includes a finish portion that defines an opening and a main body portion having a sidewall that defines a plurality of vacuum panels and a plurality of creased wall portions. Each of the creased wall portions is positioned between two adjacent vacuum panels. At least one of the creased wall portions has an axis of longitudinal orientation when viewed in side elevation that has a vertical component and a circumferential component. The creased wall portions further preferably are substantially non-curved when viewed in side elevation and also preferably have a compound curvature to increase stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Schlies, Justin A. Howell
  • Patent number: 8881936
    Abstract: A container is disclosed having a top rim, a sidewall, and a bottom panel, wherein the sidewall extends at least from the top rim to the bottom panel, the top rim is generally circular, the bottom panel is generally rectangular, and the sidewall transitions from a circular portion adjacent to the top rim to a generally rectangular portion adjacent to the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Airlite Plastics Co.
    Inventor: Bradley J. Crosby
  • Patent number: 8870017
    Abstract: A bottle has a body intermediate a neck and a closed bottom of the bottle. The body has an exterior surface defining a circumference of the body. The body includes a plurality of panel segments. Each panel segment has an upper panel end, a lower panel end, a length extending from the upper panel end to the lower panel end, opposite longitudinal sides, and a panel centerline extending at a substantially constant acute angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the bottle. The panel segments are disposed generally side-by-side around the circumference of the body. The exterior surface of each panel segment may be substantially planar along the circumferential width of the panel segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Margaret Reeber, Mark Borger, Michael Stephan, Wayne Perring, David Heisner
  • Patent number: 8870006
    Abstract: Provided is a hot-fill container adapted to provide vertical vacuum compensation in response to negative pressure inside the container. The container comprises one or more horizontal ribs that are configured to diminish in height in response to vacuum conditions inside the container. Each rib comprises an upper wall connected to a lower wall. The upper and lower walls are inclined from a horizontal reference line and adapted to hinge with respect to each other to provide vertical vacuum compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Satya Kamineni, Michael R. Mooney, Timothy Boyd
  • Publication number: 20140293521
    Abstract: A storage container includes a main body and a cover. The main body includes a first recessed portion and an outer edge portion. The first recessed portion has an opening portion and is bounded by a first bottom surface portion and a first peripheral wall portion including a first wall portion. The outer edge portion protrudes further than the first wall portion on an outer periphery side of the storage container with respect to the first wall portion. The first wall portion has a groove portion and at least one first hole portion. The groove portion is formed on a protruding end portion of the first wall portion in a position separated from an edge of the first recessed portion toward the outer edge portion. The at least one hole portion opens onto the protruding end portion, communicates with the groove portion and is separated from the first recessed portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasutoshi Kano, Kazuma Hojo
  • Patent number: 8844759
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport container which is made of plastic and has side walls which rise up from a bottom part and are reinforced on their outwardly facing surface by vertical and/or horizontal ribs which protrude from the walls and are characterized in that plates made of plastic filled with stiffness-increasing additives are applied to the outer side of at least two opposing side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Georg Utz Holding AG
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Dubois
  • Patent number: 8844755
    Abstract: There is provided a packaged pan and lid that includes at least two nested pans and at least two lids. Each lid has at least two bi-lateral fold lines, such that the lid is configurable into a folded configuration and removable secured within a well of a corresponding pan. The lid being removable from the well and unfolded to a substantially flat configuration. The lid may then be placed on the rim of the pan, such that a lip of the pan can be bent over the edge of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Handi-Foil Corporation
    Inventors: Norton Sarnoff, Raj Patel
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140263454
    Abstract: An example system for installing a beverage ingredient into a beverage dispenser includes: a container for insertion of a carton containing a beverage ingredient into a beverage dispenser, the container including a base surface, and a front surface, a back surface, and two side surfaces extending from the base surface and defining a cavity sized to receive the carton; wherein the two side surfaces extend from the front surface at an angle and form a horizontal landing portion that extends to the back surface; and a carton positioned within the container and containing the beverage ingredient, the carton comprising a fitment extending from a carton surface, the fitment sized to allow fluid communication between the carton and the beverage dispenser, and the carton defining a tear away portion defining an angled surface extending from a front surface of the carton to a side surface of the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Bryan Connerat, Mark Friedlein, Carlos J. Ayala-Diaz
  • Patent number: 8820555
    Abstract: A synthetic resin round bottle having a shape of the peripheral groove ribs that can increase the plane rigidity of the peripheral sidewall, without lowering the buckling strength in the vertical directions and the moldability of the bottle, including a round bottle having a neck, a tapered cylindrical shoulder, a cylindrical body, a bottom, a pair of peripheral groove ribs disposed at certain height positions of the body and formed in groove shapes, with one groove over the other groove in proximity to each other, where bases of these peripheral groove ribs are inclined relative to the direction of central axis of the bottle in a vertical sectional view, and the incline of a rib base for the upper peripheral groove rib has a direction opposite that of the incline of the rib base for the lower peripheral groove rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimasa Tanaka, Hiroaki Imai
  • Patent number: 8813996
    Abstract: A heat set container having a shoulder portion and a sidewall portion extending from the shoulder portion to a base. The base closes off an end of the container. The shoulder portion, the sidewall portion, and the base cooperate to define a receptacle chamber within the container into which product can be filled. The sidewall portion defines a major container diameter of the container. The sidewall portion includes an upper vacuum absorbing region joined to a lower vacuum absorbing region at a reduced waist section. The reduced waist section forms a minor container diameter which is less than the major container diameter. In some embodiments, such configuration forms an hourglass, heat-set container, wherein the upper vacuum absorbing region and the lower vacuum absorbing region are collectively shaped to provide flexible absorption of an internal vacuum within the receptacle chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Richard J. Steih, Brian L. Pieszchala, Chris Labombarbe, Chad Keilen
  • Patent number: 8783505
    Abstract: A plastic container includes a sidewall defining a bottom portion, a main body portion and an upper rim. The main body portion of the sidewall has at least one groove defined therein that has a circumferential component. Reinforcement structure is provided on the portion of the sidewall that defines the groove for limiting vertical expansion and contraction of the main body portion in response to force that is applied to the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: 8783496
    Abstract: An improved beverage container of the type having a lid, a pour panel defined in the lid by a pour score and a vent panel defined in the lid by a vent score. A tab pivotally is mounted to the lid, wherein lifting the tab about a pivot in a lifting direction fractures the pour score and opens the pour panel. A secondary tab is carried by the tab, and is released into contact with the vent panel by lifting the tab to fracture the pour score, wherein pressing the tab in a direction generally opposite the lifting direction causes the secondary tab to fracture the vent score and open the vent panel. At least one anti-rotation member is disposed between the tab and the lid to prevent the tab from rotating about the rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch InBev, SA
    Inventors: Christopher G. Neiner, Ancil Louis Lackey, Robert Joseph Will, Richard Lynn Wise, Jason Davidson
  • Publication number: 20140197166
    Abstract: A variable-diameter tank construction system is provided. The tank construction system uses sets of wedges (shims) and bevel-faced spacers (washers) in conjunction with the field connections of the vertical edges of adjacent modular tank wall panels, so as to create an angular deviation between the tangent lines of the watt panels immediately adjacent to and on either side of the vertical joint between the connected panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
  • Patent number: 8777029
    Abstract: A bottle includes a bridge forming a fluid channel, and extending radially outwardly on a bottle neck, from a location spaced axially from a bottle finish to a bottle shoulder. The bridge includes an outer wall offset radially outwardly with respect to walls of the neck and the shoulder and, in transverse cross section, the outer wall includes an incurvate inner surface. The bridge also includes side walls extending between the outer wall of the bridge and the walls of the neck and shoulder and, in transverse cross section, the side walls include straight inner surfaces disposed at chordal angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Raul M. Paredes, Douglas Laib, Allan Henderson
  • Patent number: 8777037
    Abstract: A device 10 for selectively dispensing ones of multiple fluids, preferably cleaning agents, is disclosed. The device includes a reservoir 50 that holds a diluent “D” therein and a housing 20 that includes a main body segment 22 and a head segment 26. A container assembly 100 may be held between the main body and head segments 22, 26. The container assembly may include at least one container body 105, 110, 112, 114, 116. Each container body 105, 110, 112, 114, 116 houses a concentrate “C,” for example, a concentrated form of a cleaning or other agent therein. The diluent “D” and concentrates “C” are kept separate from each other, whereby no end use product is stored in the device 10. Instead, end use product is mixed on demand during dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy F. Knopow, Jeffrey L. Crull, Lawrence J. Fenske, Cunjiang Cheng, Cory J. Nelson, Jose M. Arevalo
  • 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
    Inventor: Rick D. Imbrecht
  • Publication number: 20140183202
    Abstract: A container may have a base, a sidewall connected to the base, a bell connected to the sidewall, and a finish connected to the bell. The base may have strap ribs to resist deformation of the base. The sidewall may have recessed columns to resist bending, leaning, crumbling, and/or stretching. The strap ribs and recessed columns may vertically line up along a central axis of the container to communicate forces on the container vertically along the container to continuously resist deformation in the base and the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Niagara Bottling, LLC
    Inventor: Jay Clarke Hanan
  • Patent number: 8757424
    Abstract: A container is disclosed for retaining a substance. The container comprises a cylindrical body extending between a bottom aperture and a top aperture. A bottom plate engages the bottom aperture for sealing the bottom aperture of the cylindrical body. A conical flange extends between a first aperture and a second aperture. The first aperture of the conical flange defines a first diameter. The second aperture of the conical flange defines a second diameter. The second diameter of the second aperture has a greater cross-sectional area than the first diameter of the first aperture. The top aperture of the cylindrical body is secured to the first aperture of the conical flange for coupling the cylindrical body to the conical flange. A tubular body extends between a bottom aperture and a top aperture. The bottom aperture of the tubular body is secured to the second aperture of said conical flange for coupling the tubular body with the conical flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Derek S. Chesser
  • Publication number: 20140166655
    Abstract: A tubular metal can body having one end for attachment of a removable overcap, the can body having an inwardly projecting flange (1) formed therein by folding the can wall (2) circumferentially, part-way along its length, the flange providing a convex upper surface (8) to which a peelable lid (12) can be sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Florian Christian Gregory Combe