Molded Container Patents (Class 220/675)
  • Patent number: 10166713
    Abstract: A mould (12) for producing, from a blank (3), a container (2) having a bottom (6) provided with a seat (8), the mould (12) including: —a wall (14) delimiting a cavity (17) and, beyond the cavity (17), a hollow recess (21) opening into the cavity (17) via an opening (20); —a mould bottom (16) that is movable relative to the wall (14), the bottom having an upper surface (27) defining a seat surface (28) having the footprint of the seat (8) of the container (2). In this mould: —the wall (14) has a counterbore (24) that defines, at the top, the hollow recess (21) and that extends perpendicular to and around the opening (20), substantially parallel to the central axis (X); —the upper surface (27) defines a peripheral face (30) that extends flush with the counterbore (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Camille Guiton
  • Patent number: 10155336
    Abstract: Method for forming a holder (1), by blow moulding, with a wall (3), whereby a preform is pushed against a first and second mould part (10, 11) to form an intermediate form, in which the second mould part (11) is moved and takes the intermediate form with it in order to form an edge (5) between the first and second mould part (10, 11), whereby the mould parts (10, 11) are such that the edge (5) includes a first and second edge part (13, 14)), of which the second (14) is closer to the wall (3) than the first, of which the first (13) makes an angle (?) to the direction of movement of the second mould part (11) and of which the second (14) makes a larger angle (?) to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: CARDIFF GROUP, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP
    Inventor: Geert Norbert R. Standaert
  • Patent number: 9879440
    Abstract: Poles of this invention have an annular body with a wall structure comprising a number of fiber reinforced resin layers, which can be positioned to form an inside and/or outside portion of the wall structure. A portion of the layers are oriented longitudinally within the wall structure, and the wall structure also includes radially-oriented fiber reinforced resin layers. The pole includes one or more layers or a core of a composite material or polymer mortar disposed within one or more locations of the wall structure, e.g., as an intermediate layer and/or as part of the wall inside and/or outside portion. The pole can include an outside surface resistant to ultra violet radiation. Poles of this invention can be formed using a continuous process on a rotating mandrel, making use of differently positioned stations to form the different portions of the pole as the fabrication is moved axially along the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: NOV North America I/P, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph S. Friedrich, Ron G. Ulrich, James W. Davidson, Hector P. Mercado, David B. Jones, Ronald A. Viegl, Liming Chen
  • Patent number: 9364972
    Abstract: An apparatus for molding an article. The apparatus includes a mold and a mold plate slidable between a first position and a second position within the mold. In the first position the mold plate creates an undercut feature in a molded article in the second position the molded article with the undercut feature may be easily removed from the mold without damaging the mold or the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: PELICAN PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher H Patstone, Joseph C Strzegowski
  • Patent number: 9290287
    Abstract: A foamed and stretched plastic container having a basic structure which includes a mouth portion and a body wall continuous to the mouth portion and is stretch-formed, the body wall forming a foamed region where foamed cells are distributed, and the mouth portion being an unfoamed region where no foamed cell is present, wherein the foamed cells present in the foamed region have a flat shape being stretched in the direction of stretch, and the foamed cells positioned in the central portion in the direction of thickness of the container wall have the largest lengths in the direction of maximum stretch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kentarou Ichikawa, Nobuhisa Koiso, Norio Akuzawa, Hiroki Iino, Tetsuro Nomura
  • Patent number: 9016497
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for forming a package by moulding a cardboard blank in such a manner that a margin area (2) of the blank, surrounding a middle portion (1) of the blank, is bent upwards to form side walls of the package while the middle portion forms a bottom of the package. The cardboard blank prior to moulding is provided with at least one area (4) of reduced bending stiffness being located in a transition zone (3) between the side walls and the bottom. The package is moulded from the blank so that the at least one area (4) of reduced bending stiffness is located in the bended areas between the side walls and the bottom and extend in the running direction of the bend. The invention further relates to a package and a package blank that can be used for forming said package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Stora Enso OYJ
    Inventors: Teemu Karhu, Timo Myllys, Olav Pirttiniemi, Aimo Ojava, Päivi Määttä, Jalliina Järvinen
  • Publication number: 20150102004
    Abstract: A glass container in the form of a growler is provided with a re-sealable roll-on closure. An improved construction is provided for the container enabling it to handle higher pressures in which minimum glass wall thicknesses are optimized to provide necessary strength for the container, yet the construction conserves amounts of glass used. In a preferred embodiment, the container is capable of holding a 64 oz beverage, and the container includes a re-sealable roll-on 38 mm closure with a capacity to hold up to 3.00 v/v CO2 pressure at 145° F. A minimum glass wall thickness along a sidewall of the container starting from a mid-neck down to a heel portion of the container is 2.5 mm. An integral glass handle is provided with a minimum break strength of 170 pounds. In a preferred embodiment, the container has a maximum to minimum sidewall thickness ratio of approximately 2:1 and a base thickness ratio of approximately 1.5:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Jason M. Kelly, Scott Pridemore
  • Patent number: 9004403
    Abstract: The invention is related to a container for a supply unit, in particular an oxygen supply unit and/or a passenger supply unit (PSU), having a container well at least, wherein a container door can be pivotably joint at a container well's edge, in particular pivotable about a hinge at the container well's edge, wherein the container well at least consists of a sheet moulded compound material moulded from a composite of thermoset sheet material based on fiber-reinforced polymer matrices mainly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Zodiac Aerotechnics
    Inventors: Gunter Boomgaarden, Mark Niedostatek, Wolfgang Rittner, Hasso Weinmann, Rudiger Meckes
  • Publication number: 20150096996
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for molding a vessel, such as a bottle, with a high quality sealing surface are described herein. In one embodiment, a stepped blow pin can be used to form the sealing surface of a bottle. A stepped blow pin can include a body with a distal end and a proximal end. The blow pin can include a first region that includes a first diameter and a first engagement surface. The blow pin can further include a second region that includes a second diameter. The second region can be positioned between the first region and the distal end. A transition section can be positioned between the first region and second region. The blow pin can also include a top surface position at the proximal end, and a bottom surface positioned at the distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Teodor H. Gelov
  • Publication number: 20150083737
    Abstract: A foamed and stretched plastic bottle having, in the body portion thereof, a foamed region in which foamed cells are distributed, wherein, in at least a portion of the foamed region, the lengths of the foamed cells in the axial direction of the bottle are so distributed as to gradually decrease as the positions of the foamed cells shift from the outer surface side of the body portion toward the central portion thereof and then gradually increase as their positions shift from the central portion thereof toward the inner surface side thereof. The foamed and stretched plastic bottle of the invention exhibits excellent light-shielding property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Iino, Kentarou Ichikawa, Nobuhisa Koiso, Norio Akuzawa, Tetsuro Nomura
  • Publication number: 20150076163
    Abstract: A plastic container that may be used in hot fill applications includes a finish portion having an opening, a main body portion and a bottom portion. The main body portion includes a vacuum panel area and a circumferentially extending reinforcement groove that has reinforcement structure provided therein positioned substantially adjacent to the vacuum panel area. The bottom portion includes a standing ring, a central interior substantially flat portion that has a plurality of alternating parallel ribs and grooves defined therein and a transitional surface between the standing ring and the substantially flat portion. The parallel ribs and grooves define a complex structure with respect to the transitional surface that provides a stiffening effect, particularly in containers that are fabricated from polypropylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Publication number: 20150079239
    Abstract: The flanged container for a dairy product or similar food composition is provided with a hollow body and a generally planar annular flange connected to the top of the body, the flange having outer straight side edges and an inner edge defining a circular upper opening of the container. The body has a planar bottom and a lower portion tapering from a generally cylindrical upper portion toward the bottom in a curved manner. The lower portion has a height h1 in some embodiments not less than 14 mm and the ratio h1/H is less than 2:5 where H is the height of the container. The side wall of the body has a thickness profile such that the average thickness of the lower portion is more than the average thickness of the upper portion. Several identical containers can be grouped in a pack with breakable junctions at the outer straight side edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Vincent Ferry
  • Publication number: 20150060471
    Abstract: An injection molded cup-shaped container, made of plastic with a bottom and a container wall, which have a uniform thickness, from which bead-like thickenings protrude inward or outward. The thickenings start at a gate location in the bottom, have a radial course on the bottom, and extend on the container wall at a slant to the top edge of the container. The bead-like thickenings on the container wall and on the bottom are designed in such a way that the thickenings do not cross and each have a radius of curvature having a constant sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Guido Poehls
  • Patent number: 8944288
    Abstract: A container collapsible during dispensing of the contents therein includes a front wall, a rear wall, right and left side walls, a bottom wall, and a top wall defining a container volume holding product. A first right side wall fold line is provided in the right side wall, and a first left side wall fold line is provided in the left side wall. A rear wall fold line separates the rear wall into a first facet and a second facet. The container is sealed such that the removal of the product from the container causes the container volume to decrease, and the container folds along the first right side wall fold line, first left side wall fold line and rear wall fold line such that the first facet folds down toward the second facet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, Aaron R. Reynolds, Stephanie Killion Schneider, Anthony R. Marchetta
  • 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: 20150021343
    Abstract: A blow molding method includes a primary blow molding step that molds a preform (200) in a primary blow mold (300A) that includes a primary temperature control section (330) to obtain an intermediate molded article (202), a shrinkage step that discharges blow air from the intermediate molded article to shrink the intermediate molded article, and a secondary blow molding step that blow-molds the intermediate molded article (204) that has shrunken in a secondary blow mold that includes a secondary temperature control section (430) to obtain a final molded article. The primary blow molding step cools a first intermediate molding region of the intermediate molded article that follows a neck using a first primary temperature control section, and the shrinkage step shrinks a second intermediate molding region of the intermediate molded article of which the temperature is controlled by a second primary temperature control section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Masayuki Usami, Hiroyuki Tsukamoto, Kazuyuki Yokobayashi, Yoichi Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 8925750
    Abstract: A plastic container is disclosed comprising a base portion for supporting the container on a surface, an upper portion, and a body portion. The upper portion includes a neck and a dispensing opening. The body portion extends between the base portion and the neck, the body portion including a shoulder portion below the neck portion and a sidewall portion between the shoulder portion and the base portion. The body portion includes at least one elongated vertical formation that substantially extends along the sidewall portion from the base portion toward the shoulder portion, the elongated vertical portion being continuous along at least 0.60 the total height of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Darr, Richard A. Lovelace, Jr., Christopher E. Kaminski, Edward V. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8919600
    Abstract: The flanged container for a dairy product or similar food composition is provided with a hollow body and a generally planar annular flange connected to the top of the body, the flange having outer straight side edges and an inner edge defining a circular upper opening of the container. The body has a planar bottom and a lower portion tapering from a generally cylindrical upper portion toward the bottom in a curved manner. The lower portion has a height h1 in some embodiments not less than 14 mm and the ratio h1/H is less than 2:5 where H is the height of the container. The side wall of the body has a thickness profile such that the average thickness of the lower portion is more than the average thickness of the upper portion. Several identical containers can be grouped in a pack with breakable junctions at the outer straight side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Compagnie Gervais Danone
    Inventor: Vincent Ferry
  • 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: 8905261
    Abstract: The present invention overcomes many of the shortcomings inherent in previous containers for packaging potato chips and/or crisps, corn based chips and/or crisps, cookies and the like. The improved implosion-resistant container of the present invention utilizes flowing geometries mechanisms which allow a hermetically sealed container to smoothly change its geometric shape thereby adjusting its internal volume in response to changes in environmental conditions. These volumetric adjustments compensate for changes in environmental conditions thereby avoiding the random buckling and deformation inherent in current packaging techniques which detracts from the commercial presentation of the container. The improved container of the present invention may also include a variety of other stress dissipating mechanisms that counteract the forces causing thermo-plastic container deformation, implosion and loss of seal integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Anthony Bezek
  • Patent number: 8895091
    Abstract: A cover shell and container assembly comprising the cover shell and a tray or pan is disclosed. The cover shell includes inward projecting standoffs which restrict movement of a food product in the pan or tray and reduces damage to decorative elements of the food product during distribution and/or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Richard Boyer
  • Patent number: 8895092
    Abstract: A package including a tray (10) provided with a base (11), a plurality of sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15) extending upwardly and slightly outwardly from said base (11), a primary flange (20) integrally joined to the upper edges of the sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15) and extending outwardly all around the upper periphery of the sidewalls (12, 13, 14, 15), a rim (21), i.e., a downward flap extending downwardly and tapering slightly outwardly from the outer periphery of the primary flange (20), and a secondary flange (22), i.e., an overhanging portion extending outwardly from the lower edge of the rim (21), said tray being characterized in that a plurality of strengthening ribs (23) extend substantially vertically along the rim (21) and outwardly with respect to the tray body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Morris John Field, Stefano Capitani, Christoforos Chrysanthidis
  • Patent number: 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: 8881937
    Abstract: Mold for manufacturing, by blowing blanks made of plastic material, containers having a body and a bottom and a wall defining a cavity around a principal axis of the mold and a lateral surface. The wall has, in a lower part, an opening defining a passage for a mold bottom, an upper surface that confers at least in part the shape to the bottom of the container, with said opening having an upper edge. The mold, in any plane containing the axis of the wall: the ratio between a transverse dimension of the upper edge of the opening and a transverse dimension of a lower end of the lateral surface of the wall is greater than 0.95, and the tangent to the lateral surface of the wall, at the lower end thereof, forms with the axis of the wall an angle equal to or less than 30°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Mikael Derrien, Michel Boukobza
  • 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: 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
  • 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: 8863970
    Abstract: A plastic container includes a finish portion defining an opening and a main body portion having a shape that is substantially polygonal in transverse cross-section. The main body portion has a maximum lateral dimension. At least one of the side panels includes a substantially flat portion for receiving a label and a concave portion having an average radius. A ratio of the average radius to the maximum lateral dimension is substantially within a range of about 1.0 to about 2.0. The side panel having the concave portion further has an inwardmost portion and an outwardmost portion, with a first maximum lateral distance being defined between the inwardmost portion and the outwardmost portion. A second maximum lateral distance is defined between the inwardmost portion and one of the substantially flat portions. A ratio of the first distance to the second distance is substantially within a range of about 0.8 to about 1.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Travis A. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8863991
    Abstract: A bottle formed of a food-grade plastic material, such as clear polyethylene terephthalate, may include a frustoconical neck portion, a shoulder region, a base region, and a sidewall portion have opposed grip-enhancing surfaces, and elastically deformable pressure panels. A cap for the container may include a valve to control product leakage, and may be sized to allow inversion of the bottle. A generally trapezoidal tab of the cap may be moveable between a closed position covering a cap orifice and an open position outside the plane of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: H.J. Heinz Company
    Inventors: Wayne C. Cleary, Michael D. McMahon
  • Publication number: 20140291337
    Abstract: A frame is injection molded onto a group of panels to form a container. The panels extend at least partially around, and at least partially define, a cavity of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Brian R. O'Hagan, Peter W. Blaas, Scott W. Middleton, Kevin J. Hjort, Bruce Barnard
  • Patent number: 8820571
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • 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: 8783487
    Abstract: A container made of silicone resin is sufficiently compactable in a collapsed state. The container includes a tubular barrel portion, a bottom portion having a flat surface, a mouth portion having an opening, and a lid portion sealing the opening of the mouth portion, with at least the barrel portion and the bottom portion formed by molding. One end of a binder is attached to the mouth portion and can hold the rolled-up barrel portion and the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Masaru Hojo
  • Patent number: 8739992
    Abstract: A multilayered cosmetic container including a hollow inner container including a neck portion, a body portion with a diameter larger than that of the neck portion, and a shoulder portion, which connects the body portion to the neck portion, and a transparent outer layer over-molded on an outer side of the hollow inner container except a part of the neck portion, in which a curvature radius of a shoulder tip, which connects the shoulder portion to the body portion of the hollow inner container, is smaller than the curvature radius of the shoulder tip of the outer layer, which covers the shoulder tip of the hollow inner container, and centers of the curvature radii of the shoulder tip of the hollow inner container and of the shoulder tip of the outer layer do not conform to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Yoshida Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ogata, Kenzo Teshima, Susumu Hirose
  • Patent number: 8740008
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having reduced weight while satisfying required design conditions has polygonal upper and bottom walls, a side wall provided therebetween, an upper curved surface portion for connecting the upper and side walls, and a lower curved surface portion for connecting the bottom and side walls. An upper wall center rib includes an upper wall center part, and upper wall annular ribs respectively connecting substantially center parts of the upper wall and surrounding the upper wall center rib. Ribs are formed substantially centrally in the upper curved surface portion. A bottom wall center rib includes a center part in the bottom wall. Bottom wall annular ribs are formed connecting the bottom wall and surrounding the bottom wall center rib. Lower curved surface portion ribs are formed substantially centrally in the lower curved surface portion, and main surface ribs are formed substantially centrally in the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuto Kataoka, Hiromitsu Hamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20140138394
    Abstract: A plastic container includes a shoulder portion having an annular rib defined therein and a generally cylindrical main body portion having a longitudinal axis. At least one gripping recess is defined in the main body portion that has an oblong shape when viewed in front elevation and that is defined in part by a curved concave inner surface when viewed in side elevation. The gripping recess includes a plurality of horizontal indentations, each of which is sized to receive a finger of a consumer when the plastic container is being gripped by the consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David B. HEISNER, Stephen R. GUERIN
  • Patent number: 8714385
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bottle for containing liquid content including a body portion, at least part or the entire portion of an upper portion of which is provided with a plurality of guides which protrudes inward from an inside surface thereof and is in a spiral pattern so that the liquid content can be guided towards an opening of a neck portion of the bottle while spirally revolving inside the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Kyung Il Jung, Youngtack Shim
  • Patent number: 8701923
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed toward containers with improved anti-buckling performance by incorporating one or more structural reinforcement features into the containers. The container may include a bottom wall, opposing sidewalls each including a plurality of ribs, and opposing end walls interconnecting the sidewalls. The sidewalls may include at least one reinforcement protrusion having a geometric center disposed in the upper half of the sidewall. The container may also include a non-planar top rim to redistribute top load so that the anti-buckling performance of the container can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Anhalt, Robert R. Turvey
  • Publication number: 20140069942
    Abstract: A container and a method of fabrication thereof, the container comprising a base; a plurality of sidewalls extending from the base to a top opening, adjacent sidewalls being connected together by a corner; a plurality of flow leaders extending across the base, each flow leader extending along a surface of a respective sidewall up to a distance from the top opening, each flow leader having a thickness greater than a wall thickness of the base and a wall thickness of the respective sidewall; and a plurality of corner portions extending along a height of a respective corner, the corner portion increasing a wall thickness of each corner to a wail thickness substantially greater than the wall thickness of the sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: IPL, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic Duquenoy, Marc Talbot Pouliot
  • Patent number: 8668101
    Abstract: An improved lightweight container incorporates a thinner wall structure in an essentially octagonal container having a bottom member, a plurality of sidewalls, a spout, an upwardly converging neck member coupling the sidewalls of the spout, a handle molded into the container and a radiused transiting section between the sidewalls and the spout which eliminates weakened corner sections and improves overall strength to weight ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mid-America Machining, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Lobbestael, Al Vanover, Kevin D Gaydosh, Gregory T Hall
  • Patent number: 8668100
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed toward bottles with improved top loading resistance and does so by, among other things, utilizing walls, shoulder, and/or other structural features of a particular size, taper, angle, and/or material. The bottle includes a mouth, a barrel connected to a base, and a shoulder extending between the mouth and barrel. The shoulder may include upper, intermediate, and lower sections, in which the intermediate section may be relatively thicker than the upper section. The barrel may also include upper, intermediate, and lower sections, in which the intermediate section may be relatively thicker than the lower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose de Jesus Castillo Higareda
  • Patent number: 8651307
    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 employ a plurality of compression ribs molded into the sidewall portion—a first of the plurality of compression ribs intersecting a second of the plurality of compression ribs to form a rib interface, at least the first and the second of the plurality of compression ribs changing from a first shape to a second shape in response to cooling of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Carlos E. Londoño, Susan Deemer
  • Patent number: 8651366
    Abstract: The present invention relates to rigid-buckling-resistant-fluted containers with an arcuate outer rim. The container such as a pressformed paperboard plate of overall diameter “D” including a generally planar bottom region, an upwardly extending fluted region surrounding the generally planar bottom region, and an outwardly and downwardly extending peripheral region having an arcuate radial profile. The containers being produced of a lightweight board but exhibiting high strength and rigidity relative to the low weight board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Eric J. Berg
  • Publication number: 20140042176
    Abstract: A container for holding food or beverages includes an inner thermoformed sleeve and a molded insulating foam support layer. The inner sleeve and foam support layer each have a circumferential wall extending from a bottom wall. The foam layer is bonded to the thermoformed sleeve on the outside or inside of the sleeve. The container can also include an outer sleeve bonded to an outer surface of the foam support layer. The inner sleeve may be made of thermoformed polystyrene. The outer sleeve may be a paper label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Grupo Convermex, S.A. De C.V.
    Inventors: Benito ALVAREZ, Efrén Antonio DE URQUIJO CARMONA
  • Patent number: 8646636
    Abstract: A novel synthetic resin container includes an entirely or partly dome-like shoulder portion interconnecting a mouth portion and an upper end of a body portion, and provides high strength at the shoulder portion and excellent aesthetic appearance. The shoulder portion has a dome-like region with a plurality of rhombic and triangular bulging portions arranged in the circumferential direction, each protruding outward from its rhombic or triangular outer edge toward its inner edge. The plurality of triangular bulging portions are arranged between the rhombic portions. The rhombic inner edge defines a region protruding inward of the container and thereby forming a rhombic depression, which is provided with a rib having a vertical contour line that protrudes outward. The triangular inner edge defines a region protruding inward of the container so as to form a triangular depression, which is provided with a rib having a vertical contour line that protrudes outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Sasaki, Keiji Shimamoto
  • Patent number: 8640900
    Abstract: A plastic container includes a shoulder portion having an annular rib defined therein and a generally cylindrical main body portion having a longitudinal axis. At least one gripping recess is defined in the main body portion that has an oblong shape when viewed in front elevation and that is defined in part by a curved concave inner surface when viewed in side elevation. The gripping recess includes a plurality of horizontal indentations, each of which is sized to receive a finger of a consumer when the plastic container is being gripped by the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David B. Heisner, Stephen R. Guerin
  • Patent number: 8640911
    Abstract: A modular case and method of forming the same, the case preferably formed from a plurality of panels, edge members and corner pieces having ribs. The panels, edge members and corner pieces are preferably connected to align the ribs, forming substantially continuous ribs capable of distributing forces over a large area of the modular case. The case is most preferably made of plastic, the connections preferably being hot-plate welds. Most preferably, the panels and edge members have a dual skin construction with internal ribs, proving for greater strength and allowing for superior structural properties including air-/water-tight integrity. Edge members are preferably formed with protuberances to allow for better base-to-lid and case-to-case engagement. Hardware attachments to the modular case can be advantageously made while distributing the force on attachment points and without compromising structural integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hardigg Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James Hardigg, Mark Gaydos, George Havrilla, Robert Milliken
  • Patent number: 8631963
    Abstract: A container comprising a finish, a sidewall portion extending from the finish, a base portion extending from the sidewall portion and enclosing the sidewall portion to form a volume therein for retaining a commodity, and an outwardly directed rib member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Michael T. Lane, Brad Wilson