Circumferentially Extending Only Patents (Class 220/672)
  • Publication number: 20150108081
    Abstract: Containers having improved vacuum-resistance and aesthetic features are provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a container (10) having a substantially rectangular-shaped body including at least one cut-away portion (32) on a first side of the body. The cut-away portion includes a panel (34) that is intersected by a horizontal rib (36) that extends along an outer perimeter of the container in a substantially horizontal plane. The structural features of the present containers advantageously provide for improved vacuum-resistance and consumer gripping when compared to similar containers currently on the market.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Cedric Boulay, Nicolas Dabrowski, Seung-Yeol Hong, Jean-Francois Meyer, Lise Zeboudj
  • Patent number: 8978922
    Abstract: A metal food can including a metal sidewall is provided. The diameter of the sidewall varies at different axial positions along the sidewall. The can includes a can end coupled to an end of the metal sidewall, and a plurality of circumferential beads formed in the metal sidewall. The shape of each circumferential bead varies based upon the diameter of the section of the sidewall in which the beads are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gerald J. Baker, Rowdy H. Holstine, Jianwen Hu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8875937
    Abstract: A unitary plastic container, which is optionally used for waste collection comprises a base, a front wall, a back wall and two opposing side walls, each wall extending upwardly from the base to define an open container top and an interior container volume. Each side wall has an outwardly extending sidewall portion which is outwardly offset relative to the rest of the container side wall. In each outwardly extending sidewall portion, an elongated cutout, indentation or channel is present. The elongated channel has a forward opening, a rearward opening and an elongated side opening extending from the forward opening to the rearward opening. The elongated channel lies within the interior container volume and divides the outwardly extending sidewall portion into two areas: an upper outwardly extending sidewall portion and a lower outwardly extending portion. The outwardly open elongate channel may be fitted with a reinforcing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: NOVA Chemicals (International) S.A.
    Inventors: Henry F Hay, Daniel Andrew Depenhart, Sean Barton
  • Publication number: 20140291336
    Abstract: A steel drum (1) is manufactured from steel sheet and has a cylindrical shape with at least a bottom cover (4) in a sealed connected to the cylindrical shape. The steel drum includes a pattern of corrugations (7, 8) on the circumferential surface of the cylindrical shape (2). The pattern of corrugations (7, 8) includes a plurality of corrugations (7, 8) grouped in at least one cluster (5, 6, 14), and the corrugations (7, 8) have a substantially identical shape and size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Diederik Cornelis Egbert Hoorens Van Heijningen, Paulus Jozef Tamis, Johannes Mulder
  • Patent number: 8800807
    Abstract: The container includes a body including a tubular side wall with upper and lower edges that are double-seamed to end walls. The tubular side wall includes a deformation region formed by circumferential friezes, which are parallel and adjacent to each other and have a Z-shaped profile with their end legs disposed in planes which define, with the axis of the tubular side wall, an angle between 45° and 90°. The end legs are interconnected by a median leg inclined in relation to the axis and defining, with the respective end legs, an angle not superior to 90°. The adjacent end legs of two consecutive friezes being coplanar and interconnected, by their opposite ends, to the respective median legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Brasilata S.A. Embalagens Metalicas
    Inventors: Antonio Carlos Teixeira Alvares, Silverio Candido da Cunha
  • Patent number: 8727152
    Abstract: A container may employ an upper portion defining a mouth, a shoulder portion formed with the upper portion and extending away from the upper portion, a bottom portion forming a base, a sidewall extending between and joining the shoulder portion and the bottom portion, and a plurality of smooth surfaced vacuum panels formed in the sidewall, which may be separated by one or more strengthening grooves. The vacuum panels and/or the container in a profile view may form an hourglass shape. The container may also employ a sidewall utilizing three smooth, grooveless, vacuum panels, which may form a triangle in cross-section. The vacuum panels may be concave inward toward a central vertical axis of the container and have an hourglass shape when the container is viewed in a side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Walter J. Strasser, Bradley S. Philip, Richard J. Steih, Richard K. Rangler, Brad Caszatt, John B. Simon
  • Patent number: 8672169
    Abstract: A novelty item comprises a drinking cup having a sidewall formed with a groove extending about its perimeter. A jewelry item, preferably constituting a necklace, bracelet or the like, is formed with an elastic loop and a plurality of elongated jeweled dangles each having one end fixed to the loop, at spaced points, and the other end free. The loop is dimensioned so that its unstretched length is less than the perimeter of the sidewall of the cup so that the loop may be stretched to fit over the sidewall of the cup and into the groove to retain the jewelry on the exterior of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Erik Lipson
  • Patent number: 8646646
    Abstract: A reinforced retortable plastic container includes a bottom portion and a main body portion having a plastic sidewall that is connected to the bottom portion. The main body portion has a reinforced sidewall area that includes a plurality of first sidewall portions and a plurality of second sidewall portions that are respectively interposed between the first sidewall portions. Each of the second sidewall portions is shaped to define a plurality of circumferentially spaced structures that are selected from the group consisting of indentations and projections. Each of the circumferentially spaced structures is interposed between adjacent vertical columns, and adjacent second sidewall portions are rotationally staggered with respect to each other so that the vertical columns on one second sidewall portion are not aligned with the vertical columns of an adjacent second sidewall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Publication number: 20140001183
    Abstract: A container adapted for holding shrink wrap in place without the use of adhesives. The shrink wrap is held in place by at least one protuberance on the sides or bottom of the container. The protuberance has a particular design in relationship to the sides or bottom of the container that prevents slippage of the shrink wrap. Also disclosed is a container system for consumable products, comprising the aforementioned container, at least one lid, and a shrink wrap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Nestec SA
    Inventors: Yukihiro Urushidani, Ronald Bailey
  • Patent number: 8616395
    Abstract: A container body and base being lightweight structures designed to accommodate vacuum forces either simultaneously or in sequence. The container body and base each absorb a significant percentage of the vacuum. By utilizing a lightweight base design to absorb a portion of the vacuum forces enables an overall light-weighting, design flexibility, and effective utilization of alternative vacuum absorbing capabilities on the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Terry D. Patcheak, David Downing, Frederick C. Beuerle, Walter J. Strasser, Christopher Howe, Luke A. Mast
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130320029
    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: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: SHELDON E. YOURIST, APRIL M. PEACOCK, BENTON A. LEWIS
  • Publication number: 20130306661
    Abstract: A metal food can including a metal sidewall is provided. The diameter of the sidewall varies at different axial positions along the sidewall. The can includes a can end coupled to an end of the metal sidewall, and a plurality of circumferential beads formed in the metal sidewall. The shape of each circumferential bead varies based upon the diameter of the section of the sidewall in which the beads are formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Gerald J. Baker, Rowdy H. Holstine, Jianwen Hu
  • Publication number: 20130306659
    Abstract: A metal food can including a metal sidewall is provided. The diameter of the sidewall varies at different axial positions along the sidewall. The can includes a can end coupled to an end of the metal sidewall, and a plurality of circumferential beads formed in the metal sidewall. The shape of each circumferential bead varies based upon the diameter of the section of the sidewall in which the beads are formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gerald J. Baker, Rowdy H. Holstine, Jianwen Hu
  • Patent number: 8561822
    Abstract: A multi-gallon capacity container comprising which comprises a substantially rectangular bottom portion having a chime and a plurality of base channels; a shoulder portion with a neck section for facilitating filling and discharging of liquid from the container and a plurality vertically extending shoulder channels; a body portion which seamlessly connects the bottom portion with the shoulder portion and having a plurality of spaced apart horizontal ribs and rib channels for increasing a lateral wall strength of the container. The container includes a first and second primary columns for increasing a top load strength of the container. Each primary column commences in the shoulder portion, extends substantially continuously along the shoulder portion, across the plurality of horizontal ribs, and terminates at the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Devtec Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Beck, Dennis Connor, Kim Lufkin, James Kowalczyk
  • Patent number: 8544667
    Abstract: A round bottle that gives an overall impression of a slim body, while maintaining a basic shape of the round bottle and a vacuum absorbing function. An object is to provide a round synthetic resin bottle having a differentiated shape not found in conventional art. This involves narrowing down a diameter of the body in a tapered manner toward a middle height position of the body to form a tapered portion at either one of an upper end or a lower end of the basically cylindrical body and thus to form a waist portion in a narrowest part of this tapered portion, and forming a plurality of dented vacuum absorbing panels in a height range lying next to the waist portion of the body and in a configuration that each of the panels is disposed in parallel in a circumferential direction and dented by a stepped portion surrounding each panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ozawa, Takao Iizuka
  • Publication number: 20130213984
    Abstract: A container for storing a food product, the container including a top opening for receiving a material, a side portion extending between the top opening and a bottom of the container. The container provides an inward projecting rib disposed on the side portion having an upper portion having a radius of curvature smaller than a bottom portion of the rib. The rib provides for increased hoop strength and facilitates product evacuation below the rib.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Dan GAMBER, Daniel M. Futral, Doug DYGERT
  • Patent number: 8505758
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bottomed tubular bottle including an annular groove which is formed so as to be circumferentially and radially recessed inward along the outer peripheral surface of a body of the bottle with a bottle axis as a center and which contracts and deforms the body in the axial direction of the bottle when the internal pressure is reduced. The annular groove is recessed and formed by a first wall surface arranged on a mouth side of the bottle and a second wall surface arranged on a bottom side of the bottle. The body is formed so that the outer diameter on the bottom side is larger than the outer diameter on the mouth side with the annular groove interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadayoshi Oshino
  • Publication number: 20130175276
    Abstract: A sterile container for the sterilization of surgical instruments is provided. The sterile container has a bottom wall, a side wall and a lid which, in a closed position of the sterile container, has a lid rim which engages over a free rim arranged on a side of the side wall that faces away from the bottom wall. At least one projection element is arranged between the bottom wall and the free rim. The projection element projects from the side wall in the direction of an outside of the sterile container at least as far as the lid rim and is located at a shorter distance from the bottom wall than the lid rim. The side wall, in a wall area between the at least one projection element and the free rim, does not protrude in the direction of a center of the sterile container over the side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: AESCULAP AG
    Inventor: Aesculap AG
  • Publication number: 20130175279
    Abstract: A retortable plastic container includes a main body and a bottom. The bottom defines a raised inner portion and at least one substantially flat bottom support surface. The substantially flat bottom support surface is curved and positioned near a radially outermost edge of the bottom when viewed in bottom plan. A groove is defined in the substantially flat bottom support surface. In addition, a first side wall portion that extends upwardly from the radially outermost edge of the bottom is shaped as a truncated cone, giving the bottom portion greater dimensional stability under retort conditions. The container bottom exhibits superior dimensional stability with respect to predecessor designs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: 8382730
    Abstract: A surgical fluid basin includes a receptacle member having a lower wall and a peripheral wall extending from the lower wall and arranged about a longitudinal axis, and having an internal chamber within the peripheral wall for reception of fluids. The peripheral wall has at least one terrace defined within the peripheral wall corresponding to a volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber. The at least one terrace defines an internal rise surface and an internal run surface intersecting the internal rise surface. The internal run surface includes indicia markings corresponding to the volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber. A plurality of terraces may be defined within the peripheral wall with each terrace corresponding to a predetermined volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber. The internal run surface defined by each terrace includes indicia markings corresponding to the volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Mark Tauer
  • Patent number: 8328033
    Abstract: A one-piece plastic hot-fill container may employ a shoulder portion, a base portion and a sidewall portion, which may be integrally formed with and extend from the shoulder portion to the base portion. The container may further have a plurality of compression ribs molded into the sidewall portion in vertical and horizontal directions—at least the vertical compression ribs being operable to change from a first shape to a second shape in response to cooling of the liquid and further extending inwardly within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventor: Luke A. Mast
  • Publication number: 20120305554
    Abstract: This invention provides an easy to use device used to store a hose compatible with a standard garden hose faucet connection upon an insulated drink cooler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Brandal Johnston
  • Publication number: 20120261430
    Abstract: Thermoplastic container (1) which after filling and sealing is able to withstand without any substantial deformation to an internal pressure lower than atmospheric pressure, comprising a body (2) with substantially cylindrical upper (3) and lower (4) parts and an intermediate part (5) having a curvilinear triangular cross section and comprising three main faces (6a, 6b, 6c) joined by three edges (7a, 7b, 7c); these edges are rounded, having continuous curvature, joined tangentially to the main faces and have radii of curvature (ra, rb, rc) comprised between approximately 5% and 35% of the largest dimension (D) of the cross section of the lower part (3); the main faces have radii of curvature (Ra, Rb, Rc) greater than the largest dimension (D) of the cross section of the lower part (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Michel Boukobza
  • Patent number: 8276775
    Abstract: Container, made of a thermoplastic such as PET, having a body oriented along a longitudinal axis with a wall enclosing the axis defining two faces separated from each other by two connecting regions. The body is provided with one groove extending partly over the two faces of the body and one of the two connecting regions, wherein the one groove extends approximately in a plane at right angles to the axis of the body with a depth which is variable between a first depth P1 in the two faces of the body and a second depth P2 in the connecting region. The ratio P1/P2 between the two depths is between zero and a value less than or equal to 0.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Michel Boukobza
  • Publication number: 20120145584
    Abstract: A container including a metal sidewall is provided. The metal sidewall includes a first end; a second end; a center portion having a principal width; a first feature positioned between the center portion and the first end, the first feature extending from the sidewall such that the maximum width of the sidewall at the first feature is greater than the principal width; and a second feature positioned between the center portion and the second end, the second feature extending from the sidewall such that the maximum width of the sidewall at the second feature is greater than the principal width. The container further includes a first bead located in the center portion of the sidewall; and a second bead located in the center portion of the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Metzger, Thomas J. Clyde, Thomas S. Diss, Kamchat Soisuvarn
  • Patent number: 8141741
    Abstract: A container including a metal sidewall is provided. The metal sidewall includes a first end; a second end; a center portion having a principal width; a first feature positioned between the center portion and the first end, the first feature extending from the sidewall such that the maximum width of the sidewall at the first feature is greater than the principal width; and a second feature positioned between the center portion and the second end, the second feature extending from the sidewall such that the maximum width of the sidewall at the second feature is greater than the principal width. The container further includes a first bead located in the center portion of the sidewall; and a second bead located in the center portion of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Metzger, Thomas J. Clyde, Thomas S. Diss, Kamchat Soisuvarn
  • Publication number: 20120061407
    Abstract: A container suitable for holding a fluid includes a body defining an interior volume and having a torso portion having a substantially square-shaped cross section, a shoulder portion joined above the torso portion and including a plurality of shoulder walls that define a substantially square cross-section, and a base portion, which may have a substantially square or octagonal cross section. The container body may be formed with indentations at each of its four bottom corners that are shaped to give the container relief from detrimental piercing contact with the lugs that are provided in the bottom of some square retention buckets used on commercial paint shakers. The body may be made substantially or entirely of polyethylene terephthalate. The container is particularly suited for colorants and pigment dispersions for tinting coatings and for shaking colorants and pigment dispersions prior to dispensing into a tinting machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: THE SHERWIN-WILLIAMS COMPANY
    Inventors: James E. MacDonald, Susan C. Jacob, Joseph N. Biber, Robert E. West, Keith R. Gosse
  • Patent number: 8104632
    Abstract: There is provided a synthetic resin bottle having high commercial value, which prevents plastic deformation accompanied with buckling. The invention provides a PET bottle comprising a body portion connected to a mouth portion via a shoulder portion, and a constricted portion provided on the body portion and looping along the circumferential direction. The body portion comprises a front wall and a back wall which face to each other, a left sidewall and a right sidewall which face to each other, and connecting portion which respectively join the walls. The cross section of the body portion along the circumferential direction a generally polygonal outer profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Sasaki, Takao Iizuka
  • Patent number: 8083092
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container for receiving a liquid cosmetic product, in particular a colored cosmetic product for the lips, eyelids, fingernails or the like. A transparent or translucent material is provided as container material. The container is of a two-piece design comprising a first container element and a second container element, wherein the first and the second container element are securely joined together in a liquid-tight manner. The first container element has an inner wall with a profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Geka Brush GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Hartstock
  • Patent number: 8069986
    Abstract: A blow molded plastic container is disclosed that includes a bottom portion, a top portion and a body portion. In an embodiment, the body portion includes side portions and includes at least one side portion that has a support protrusion extending therefrom. The top portion is connected to the body portion and includes a dispensing opening. The bottom portion is connected to the side portions. In an embodiment, when the container is positioned to rest on a surface on a side portion, the centerline axis of the dispensing opening is angled with respect to a plane formed by said surface. Embodiments of a container in which the side portion opposing the side support portion includes a receiving portion for receiving at least a portion of the support protrusion from a second similarly configured container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Darr, James J. Miller, Richard A. Lovelace, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8070003
    Abstract: Formation of an “organically”-shaped feature on an otherwise abstract-shaped package. In particular, an organic or human anatomical feature is provided on an otherwise inanimate shape. More particularly, a package, such as a bottle, having a non-representational form (in other words, a package not shaped to resemble any particular form existing in nature) is provided with a feature specifically designed to resemble a form in nature or “organic” form. In an exemplary embodiment, the form in nature (or “organic” feature) is a “baby fat crease.” In particular, a crease is provided on the package to mimic the look of a baby fat crease. The geometry of the crease as well as the geometry of the package are optimized to achieve the desired organic look or effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: B. Todd True, David Hu
  • Publication number: 20110266293
    Abstract: Method and system for handling a plurality of hot-filled and capped containers having temporary deformations or distortions caused by vacuums induced in the containers. For each container, temporary deformations are confined or directed to a particular portion of the container. Annular hoop rings can be provided to confine the temporary deformations to a smooth sidewall portion of the container between the annular hoop rings. Alternatively, one or more supplemental vacuum panels can be provided to confine or direct the temporary deformation thereto. The annular hoop rings and the one or more supplemental vacuum panels can provide for substantially stable touch points for the container. The containers are conveyed with temporary deformations such that substantially stable contact points of each container are in contact with corresponding substantially stable contact points of other containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Paul V. KELLEY, Scott E. Bysick
  • Publication number: 20110084046
    Abstract: A plastic container that is adapted for adjustment to internal volumetric changes such as those that typically occur during the hot fill process includes a container body defining an internal space. The container body has a sidewall that is shaped to define at least one flexible panel. The flexible panel has a central longitudinal axis, an upper portion, a lower portion and a central portion. The central portion of the flexible panel has a width that is greater than a respective width of at least one of the upper and lower portions. The flexible panel is substantially flat as viewed in a longitudinal cross-section taken along the central longitudinal axis. Additionally, the central portion has a transverse radius of curvature that is greater than a transverse radius of curvature of at least one of the upper portion and said lower portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Schlies, Raymond A. Pritchett, JR., Travis A. Hunter, Jana M. Zeigler
  • Patent number: 7837049
    Abstract: A thermoplastic container (1) having a body (2) provided with at least one groove (6) that forms a closed loop and that extends perpendicularly to the axis of the body; the groove having a depth (p) that lies in the range 3 mm to 6 mm; in right section, the groove comprises: an bottom (8) that is rounded, having a small radius of curvature (R1) in the range 0.2 mm to 1.5 mm; two faces (9) that are plane and that flare apart from each other on either side of the bottom (8) at an angle (?) in the range 50° to 90°; and two faces (10) that are curvilinear, and that extend away from the respective plane faces (9) at an angle (?) that is less than 180°, and that are connected thereto by respective rounded walls (11) of small radius of curvature (R2) that does not exceed 1.5 mm, and that are connected tangentially to the wall (12) of the body (2). Such a groove (6) is deformable with a capacity to pinch axially in the presence of an axial force applied to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Michel Boukobza
  • Patent number: 7832582
    Abstract: A plastic container includes a neck with an opening, a bell portion surrounding the neck, a body portion including at least one “m”-shaped horizontal rib, and a base where the body portion is located between the bell portion and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Roubal, Larry Taylor, Jana Lamberson
  • Publication number: 20100264140
    Abstract: A beer keg includes a container having a base and a wall extending upward from a periphery of the base. A liner within the container includes a base, sidewalls and a mouth. The base of the liner interlocks with the base of the container to prevent relative rotation therebetween. A valve is disposed over the mouth of the liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • Publication number: 20100155359
    Abstract: A one-piece plastic hot-fill container may employ a shoulder portion, a base portion and a sidewall portion, which may be integrally formed with and extend from the shoulder portion to the base portion. The sidewall portion may generally be in an hourglass shape and employ a plurality of arched contour ribs and a plurality of arched contour lands that may alternate along a longitudinal length of the sidewall portion. An outside diameter of an upper body portion is greater than an outside diameter of a lower body portion, which may form a hand grip area. The arched contour ribs may further employ an upper flat wall, a lower flat wall, and an inner curved wall joining the upper and lower walls, which together may form an angle of about 60 degrees, and move in response to hot-fill product contraction within the container or top load forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: John B. Simon, Walter J. Strasser, Anna C. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20100140280
    Abstract: A method of making a bottle whereby a polylactic acid preform is stretch blow molded into a biodegradable bioresin bottle. An injection molded polylactic acid or polylactide preform having a finish, a transition portion, a body portion, and a closed end cap portion for making a blow molded biodegradable bioresin bottle having a substantially circular cross-section and a substantially elliptical cross-section. A biodegradable bioresin bottle having both substantially circular and substantially elliptical cross-sectional shapes. Hoop stiffness and bottle geometry are utilized to control the bottle shape resulting from deformation caused by vacuum creation as water vapor permeates outwardly through the bottle walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Primo To Go, LLC
    Inventors: David G. Burke, Scott W. Steele, Lana Grinberg, David Ryan, Lorinda Yoder
  • Patent number: 7717282
    Abstract: A semi-rigid collapsible container has a side-wall with an upper portion, a central portion, a lower portion and a base. The central portion includes a vacuum panel portion having a control portion and an initiator portion. The control portion is inclined more steeply in a vertical direction, i.e. has a more acute angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the container, than the initiator portion. On low vacuum force being present within the container panel following the cooling of a hot liquid in the container, the initiator portion will flex inwardly to cause the control portion to invert and flex further inwardly into the container and the central portion to collapse. In the collapsed state upper and lower portions of the central portion may be in substantial contact so as to contain the top-loading capacity of the container. Raised ribs made an additional support for the container in its collapsed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: CO2 Pac Limited
    Inventor: David Melrose
  • Publication number: 20100006580
    Abstract: Thermoplastic container (1) which after filling and sealing is able to withstand without any substantial deformation to an internal pressure lower than atmospheric pressure, comprising a body (2) with substantially cylindrical upper (3) and lower (4) parts and an intermediate part (5) having a curvilinear triangular cross section and comprising three main faces (6a, 6b, 6c) joined by three edges (7a, 7b, 7c); these edges are rounded, having continuous curvature, joined tangentially to the main faces and have radii of curvature (ra, rb, rc) comprised between approximately 5% and 35% of the largest dimension (D) of the cross section of the lower part (3); the main faces have radii of curvature (Ra, Rb, Rc) greater than the largest dimension (D) of the cross section of the lower part (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Michel Boukobza
  • Patent number: 7449331
    Abstract: The invention provides a roller bottle for cell growth culturing including a plurality of axial pleats therearound for increasing cell growth surface area and further including circumferential ribs integrally formed therewith for reinforcing the pleated wall structure. These circumferential ribs prevent the bottle walls from bowing outward when the inside of the bottle becomes pressurized during cell growth culturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Whitley
  • Patent number: 7374055
    Abstract: A plastic container having a first portion, a second portion, and a waist between the first portion and the second portion. The waist includes a first angled portion coupled to the first portion, a second angled portion coupled to the second portion, and a curved portion connecting the first angled portion to the second angled portion for forming a deformable region for preventing a catastrophic failure of the waist when the plastic container is filled and capped and subjected to an external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Willie Hatcher, Toshi Kojitani, David B. Heisner, Bret Sabold
  • Patent number: 7364046
    Abstract: A polymer container suitable for hot-filling featuring at least one circumferential rib having a plurality of varying width regions transitioning from a smaller dimension area, to a larger dimension area, to the smaller dimension area. The larger dimension area is adjacent a land area between any two adjacent vacuum panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Rohit V Joshi, Michael T Lane, Richard J Steih
  • Patent number: 7334696
    Abstract: A square-sectioned synthetic resin container includes a body having a square cross-section defined by four cornered pillar portions and four flat walls joining the adjacent pillars, wherein the body is provided with a waist for dividing the body at least into upper and lower sections. According to the present invention, the waist is formed by a circumferential groove having a profile that protrudes convexly inwards of the container. The groove has an arcuate groove wall with a constant radius of curvature, at least at the pillar portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimasa Tanaka, Takao Iizuka
  • Patent number: 7267242
    Abstract: A bottle-shaped container according to the present invention includes a mouth portion (1) for discharging contents, a shoulder portion (2), a main body portion (3), and a bottom portion (4), wherein these portions are integrally molded and successively arranged with each other. An annular projection (5) surrounds the main body portion (3) and protrudes from a surface thereof, along a boundary between the shoulder portion (2) and the main body portion (3). Further, narrow grooves (6a, 6b) are provided on both sides of the annular projection (5) to extend along the same, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimasa Tanaka, Naoki Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 7225954
    Abstract: A large size aerosol container (10?) dispensing a fluent material. A generally cylindrical can body (12?) is fabricated from a steel sheet and has a relatively thin sidewall thickness of between 0.004 inches and 0.010 inches depending upon the weight of the steel sheet from which the container is made. The can body has beads (30) formed at regular intervals substantially its length. The beading adds structural strength to the container so the container is not damaged by handling during manufacture of the container, will not collapse during vacuum filling, and cannot be crushed by hand before the container is filled. The container can withstand a vacuum of at least 23 inches of Mercury without collapsing. A valve assembly (14?) includes a spray valve (20) for dispensing the fluent material stored in the container. The container is filled with the fluent material and a propellant stored in the container under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Edward F. Kubacki
  • Patent number: 7066338
    Abstract: An injection moulding assembly (10) comprising a male moulding member (11) surrounded by a female moulding member (12) forming a void (13) between them that upon injection of molten plastics into the mould a container can be formed. The moulding assembly includes a guide rod (14) and ejection flange (16) and a pair of ejection flange guide rods (17 and 18), an air vent valve (15) and an injection passage (19). The male member (11) includes in this embodiment eight grooves (20) unevenly spaced so that the partially hardened container formed in the injection mould can be pushed from the mould using the ejection flange (16) while the container is sufficiently green to enable the ribs formed in the grooves (20) to move over the surface of the male mould (11) during the ejection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Filter Technology Australia PTY Limited
    Inventors: Josef Winter, Harold Thomas Krelle
  • Patent number: 7051892
    Abstract: A plastic, blow-molded, disposable water bottle adapted for use with a dispenser, said bottle having a basically spherical or elliptical shape, a footed base portion, and a unique neck geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: William R. O'Day, Jr.