Apertured Sidewall (e.g., Hole, Slot, Etc.) Patents (Class 220/676)
  • Patent number: 10201218
    Abstract: A receptacle including a wall portion extending from a bottom surface to a rim, the rim having an internal lip extending around the rim, wherein the wall portion includes at least one recessed area to accommodate a side of a user when the user is carrying the receptacle, a first handle operably attached to the receptacle, and a second handle operably attached to the receptacle, wherein the first handle and the second handle releasably engage each other to form a single carrying handle, is provided. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Frank Perlik
  • Patent number: 9606135
    Abstract: An embodiment of an automated biochemical analyzer is configured to dispense a first reagent, a second reagent, and a sample into a reaction cell to measure a compound liquid thereof. The automated biochemical analyzer includes a first reagent container, a second reagent container, a reagent rack, and a driver. The first reagent container and the second reagent container each include a support and retain the first reagent and the second reagent, respectively. The supports are configured to be connectable to and disconnectable from each other. The reagent rack holds the first reagent container and the second reagent container and allows the first reagent container and the second reagent container to be disconnected for analysis. The driver moves the first reagent container and/or the second reagent container such that the supports are connected to each other upon extraction of the first reagent container and the second reagent container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9382032
    Abstract: Collapsible storage device and system having a container with a planar section and side wall pivotably joined to the base so that the container is movable between a collapsed configuration in which the container is substantially flat and an expanded configuration defining a top opening and a side opening to an interior of the container. The storage device further includes a cover frame. Locking members are provided for securing the frame to the sidewall to close the top opening of the container and to form a rigid structure. The locking members include a complimentary shaped locking tooth and slot. The storage device is further provided with a closable flap or door which provides access to the interior of the container through the side opening when the container is in the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph Patrick Kelly
  • Publication number: 20150114969
    Abstract: A bag storage and recycling system includes a basket having a bottom end, a top opening, an interior housing, and an exterior surface. The basket may include a plurality of hooks attached to and extending out from the exterior surface. The basket may include a plurality of holes along the exterior surface. A base may attach to the bottom end of the basket. The base may include a storage compartment enclosed within and accessed through an access mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Dale M. Martin
  • Patent number: 8971040
    Abstract: A handheld device includes a body and a back cover. The body has a back portion covered by the back cover. The back cover includes a yielding layer and a rigid layer. The yielding layer has an outer surface and an inner surface opposite to each other. The inner surface faces the back portion. The rigid layer is formed on the inner surface and locked to the body. The rigid layer has a hole exposing the back portion and covered by the yielding layer. When a portion of the yielding layer corresponding to the hole is pressed, the portion of the yielding layer is elastically deformed to closely lean on the back portion, and the locked body and rigid layer are released due to a force between the portion of the yielding layer and the back portion, such that the back cover may depart from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Sheng-Chieh Lin, Yi-Ting Suen, Yu-Chang Chou, Tsung-Yu Yu, Hsueh-Lin Lu
  • Patent number: 8960486
    Abstract: A fluid mixing system includes a support housing having an interior surface bounding a compartment, the support housing having a floor and a sidewall upstanding therefrom, an opening extending through the sidewall and communicating with the compartment. An elongated rack is mounted to the support housing adjacent to the opening. A first hanger includes an elongated shaft having a first end and an opposing second end, the first end of the shaft being removably mounted to the rack so that the second end projects outwardly away from the sidewall of the support housing, the second end of the shaft having a fastener disposed thereat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Goodwin, Wade A. Cornia, Jacob D. Lee
  • Publication number: 20140361024
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to dispensers for holding a consumables box containing consumable products such as, but not limited to, disposable latex gloves. In one embodiment, the dispenser includes a continuous front plate with an aperture for extracting the consumable products, continuous side plates, and separable back plates that develop a load path with the continuous front plate after the dispenser has been mounted onto a mounting surface. The dispenser may include one or more spring mechanisms that urge the consumables box into a forward and centered position within the dispenser. The continuous front plate resists undesired deflection when subjected to an outward force. In another embodiment, one or more surfaces of the dispenser may be overlaid with a woodgrain laminate for aesthetic purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Bowman Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Danté G. DeGraaf
  • Patent number: 8905229
    Abstract: A CPAP mask storage apparatus having a first storage compartment that is hermetically sealed so as to substantially isolate the CPAP mask stored therein from airborne particles. The CPAP mask storage device includes a first panel and a second panel operable to provide access to the interior volume of the first compartment. The first panel and the second panel are configured to have adjacent longitudinal edges having semi-annular cutouts forming an aperture to accept an oxygen supply tube therethrough when the first panel and the second panel are in a closed position. The CPAP mask storage apparatus further includes a second container having a disinfecting liquid stored therein operable to disinfect the CPAP mask. A third compartment is contiguously formed with the first compartment and is operable to receive and store CPAP mask accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Tracy Lane
  • Patent number: 8893919
    Abstract: A storage box includes a box body that includes a bottom wall and plural side walls including a pair of side walls that oppose each other, the box body having an opening at the top and containing an object, and a pair of lid walls that extend upward from top edges of the pair of side walls and are bent along the top edges so as to cover the opening of the box body. A pair of first lines are formed on the pair of lid walls and the pair of side walls, each first line extending at least partway from a top edge of the corresponding lid wall to a bottom edge of the corresponding side wall and facilitating outward bending of the corresponding side wall when an arm is inserted between the object contained in the box body and the corresponding side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kabe, Takaaki Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20140332543
    Abstract: Engraving an article of manufacture by receiving the article of manufacture contained in packaging having a removable portion which covers a targeted engraving area of the article contained therein, removing the removable portion of the packaging to expose the targeted engraving area of the article of manufacture for engraving the exposed targeted engraving area of the article of manufacture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Vistaprint Schweiz GmbH
    Inventors: John C. Marcos, Marcel Gerber, Edwin Sanders, Mark Hodak
  • Publication number: 20140335233
    Abstract: Asparagus spears may be stored and displayed for sale, and sold, in individual containers having a reservoir containing a volume of water, with a group of asparagus spears arranged in the container such that their white tips are in contact with the volume of water. This allows the asparagus spears to be moved from a retail display, to a shopping cart, to a shopping bag, and eventually to a customer's home, without having to remove the white tips of the asparagus from contact with the water. One exemplary container has a waist between the first end and the second end of the container and tapers inwardly from the waist toward the first end and toward the second end. This tapering shape permits air to flow between adjacent containers when the containers are packed together for shipping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Lonnie Duwyn, Philip Raymond Short, Xie Fu Song
  • Publication number: 20140263353
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foldable carton blank that, when folded, forms a carton having a partition wall for segregating products within the carton. The partition wall member may be hingedly attached to a front panel of the carton such that the partition wall member may be unattached from the front panel and extended across the bottom panel of the carton to form two compartments within the carton. A slot in the rear panel of the carton may secure an end portion of the partition wall member when the partition wall member extends across the bottom panel of the carton to form the two compartments within the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Huhtamaki, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip Bell
  • Publication number: 20140263305
    Abstract: A reusable combined multi-part product shipping box and display tray. In one arrangement, the box includes two generally rectangular trays, each defining four sides, with four barrier portions projecting upward from each tray proximate its edges, one barrier portion at about the center of each of the sides, and four corner posts, one projecting up from each corner of the tray. The box includes a generally rectangular sleeve defining four sides and four corners, and open ends that are about the same size and shape as the trays, the sleeve adapted to engage with the trays to close its open ends and form a shipping container, the sleeve adapted to sit on the tray inside of and up against the barrier portions, with each corner of the sleeve located outside of and against a corner post, such that the sleeve is tightly engaged with the trays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Technology Container Corporation
    Inventor: Fred Dowd
  • Patent number: 8827105
    Abstract: A plastic bag storage and dispensing container having an elongated tubular structure with contoured top and bottom ends each having a formed opening. An elongated slot extends between the formed openings of the contoured top and bottom for receiving and dispensing collapsed plastic bags. The storage and dispensing container has mounting structures for mounting the container in a vertical or horizontal orientation to a wall, either a flat wall or in a wall corner, and may be provided with a vanity door cover to cover and expose the elongated slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Tomas Shiek
  • Patent number: 8820558
    Abstract: A large container (2) comprises a bottom part (3) and four side walls (4, 8), of which at least one is fastened with at least one hinge to the bottom part (3) and, by these means, can be folded down to the bottom part (3). At least one of the side walls (4, 8) has a movable side part (10), which is constructed so that by moving the movable side part (10), the corresponding side wall (8) can be opened partially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Schoeller Arca Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Maximus Gerardus Maria Van der Korput, Reinhard Lorenz, Peter Johannes Gols
  • Publication number: 20140239002
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for forming one or more air intake holes wherein the punch-cutter to be used has a cylindrical blade at the tip, and also has a hooking portion or portions, which is/are disposed on an inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical blade and which performs a function of hooking into a portion of the outer layer that has come inside the cylindrical blade to prevent the cylindrical blade from slipping out of that portion of the outer layer at a time when the cylindrical blade is moved backward, the cylindrical blade is pressed forward until the blade edge comes to a position close to the outer layer, and at this position, the outer layer is not yet cut out completely, but there remains a circular uncut portion ahead of the blade edge, then, the cylindrical blade is moved backward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisao Miyajima, Mitsuhiro Sotome
  • Publication number: 20140196539
    Abstract: A biometric monitoring device and multiple carrying cases for same are provided. In some implementations, the case may be made from a flexible viscoelastic material and the biometric monitoring device may be slipped into a receptacle in the case through an opening in the case; the opening may become distended during the insertion of the biometric monitoring device. In some implementations, the case may feature a display window that, in combination with materials of the biometric monitoring device, may mask a display of the biometric monitoring device from view when the display is off and may allow the display to be seen when the display is displaying content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Manuel Martinez, Michael Joseph Francisco, James Park
  • 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: 20140183191
    Abstract: A container is provided that includes a base having a substantially flat top and a substantially flat bottom, and a housing having a first floor flap and a second floor flap. The first floor flap has a first aperture or marking and the second floor flap has a second aperture or marking. A first fastener extends through the first floor flap and into the base, attaching the first floor flap to the base, and a second fastener extends through the second floor flap and into the base, attaching the second floor flap to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Steven KERR
  • Patent number: 8733570
    Abstract: A modular storage container for articles according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises a floor panel, a plurality of stackable side walls constructed and arranged to be connectable to the floor panel, a plurality of stackable end walls constructed and arranged to be connectable to the floor panel, and a plurality of stackable corner members constructed and arranged to be connectable adjacent one edge to a side wall and adjacent an opposite edge to an end wall, wherein each side wall and each end wall defining a wall end opening and each corner member having a mounting hole surrounded by a cylindrical boss, each cylindrical boss being constructed and arranged to fit within a corresponding wall end opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Terry L. Baker, Rebecca Baker
  • Publication number: 20140131370
    Abstract: An ergonomic vented waste container apparatus comprising a continuous substantially vertical side with a front, left, right and rear surface of the side wall, one or more vertical vents and a left foot well with a bottom foot surface, right surface, rear surface and an upper surface whereby the bottom foot surface forms an acute angle with the right surface and rear surface and an obtuse angle formed between the junction of the upper surface and the right and rear surfaces, and a right foot well with a bottom foot surface, left surface, rear surface and whereby the bottom foot surface forms an acute angle with the left surface and rear surface and an obtuse angle formed between the upper surface of the right foot well and the left and rear surface. The apparatus is provided with protruding knobs and traction pads on the foot well surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Brett Self
  • Patent number: 8720720
    Abstract: A housing includes a plastic panel and a metal insert. The plastic panel includes an outer surface and an inner surface, the plastic panel defines a through groove through the outer surface and the inner surface. The metal insert is integrally molded to the inner surface of the plastic panel covering, the through groove so it is capable of seeing a metallic pattern corresponding to the through groove viewing through the through groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Bi-Feng Li
  • Publication number: 20140124515
    Abstract: A storage box includes a box body that includes a bottom wall and plural side walls including a pair of side walls that oppose each other, the box body having an opening at the top and containing an object, and a pair of lid walls that extend upward from top edges of the pair of side walls and are bent along the top edges so as to cover the opening of the box body. A pair of first lines are formed on the pair of lid walls and the pair of side walls, each first line extending at least partway from a top edge of the corresponding lid wall to a bottom edge of the corresponding side wall and facilitating outward bending of the corresponding side wall when an arm is inserted between the object contained in the box body and the corresponding side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Yusuke KABE, Takaaki YOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20140119877
    Abstract: A trash container stowing assembly (10) for installation on a lawn area (11) next to a roadway (12) adjacent a curb (13). The assembly (10) comprises a bracket (20) propped up by a post (30) anchored to the ground. Trash containers (40) having side handles (42) are secured to hooks on opposite sides of the bracket (30) so as to prevent them from falling over, blowing off, rolling away, or otherwise causing havoc on the roadway (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Ibolya Violet Imre, Louis Imre
  • Publication number: 20140110303
    Abstract: A crate includes a base, a pair of opposed end walls extending upward from the base, and a pair of opposed side walls extending upward from the base between the end walls. Each side wall includes a plurality of side columns extending upward from the base to a side band. The side wall and the end wall include an upper band connected to the base by a plurality of columns The upper band includes at least one upper window formed therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Ryan C. Meers, William P. Apps, Margaret McCanless
  • Patent number: 8701923
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed toward containers with improved anti-buckling performance by incorporating one or more structural reinforcement features into the containers. The container may include a bottom wall, opposing sidewalls each including a plurality of ribs, and opposing end walls interconnecting the sidewalls. The sidewalls may include at least one reinforcement protrusion having a geometric center disposed in the upper half of the sidewall. The container may also include a non-planar top rim to redistribute top load so that the anti-buckling performance of the container can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Anhalt, Robert R. Turvey
  • Patent number: 8689974
    Abstract: An article sorting apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a container having a bottom and a longitudinally extending sidewall extending therefrom and a panel positioned proximal the container. The panel includes a cylindrically shaped shoulder extending therefrom and that defines a channel in alignment with the shoulder and that extends through the panel for allowing pass-through of a matched pair of socks. The cylindrically shaped shoulder is configured for receiving an open end of a first sock. A second sock is positioned proximal the first sock and inserted into and through a respective channel and disposed into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: CreateSmart, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew N. Riad
  • Publication number: 20140091102
    Abstract: A locking arrangement is provided for a sleeve-and-endcap package. A packaging sleeve is provided with one or more locking tabs extending inwardly from one or more sleeve panels, at or near a sleeve opening. A rigid endcap fitting into the sleeve opening is provided with one or more locking bumps extending outwardly from the outer circumferential surface of the endcap body. The sleeve, locking tab, endcap, and locking bump are configured such that when the endcap is in its final, installed position within a sleeve end, outward movement of the endcap along the longitudinal pathway prevented by the engagement of the locking tab contact edge and the locking bump contact surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: HLP CLEAR PACKAGING PRODUCTS (USA), INC.
    Inventor: Richard Mazurek
  • Publication number: 20140091088
    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: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: NOVA CHEMICALS (INTERNATIONAL) S.A.
    Inventors: Henry F. Hay, Daniel Andrew Depenhart, Sean Barton
  • Publication number: 20140061083
    Abstract: A two-piece box convertible into a one-piece box, having a main box body and a lid for covering the top opening of the box, having a skirt around the periphery of the lid, a panel of the skirt having a pivoting hinge connection to the lid, and having at least one attachable portion on the inner surface of the panel for fixing the panel to the top of one of the side panels of the box. The box can also include a corrugated, strengthening insert to strengthen the side panels of the box for resisting deformation and collapse under weight loads. The box can also include concealable zones for information positioned adjacent to the top edge of the side panels of the main box for receive readable information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: William M. SCOTT
  • Patent number: 8662338
    Abstract: A container to be received in a processing apparatus to subject the container to heat and/or pressure. The container is adapted to receive and contain a substance that includes nuclear material. The container includes a hollow body having an interior within which the substance is to be located. The body includes an opening through which the substance can be moved with respect to the interior. A lid is removably attached to the body to close the opening. At least one filter allows fluid flow into and from the interior. The body and lid hermetically seal the interior except for the at least one filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
    Inventor: Salvatore Moricca
  • Patent number: 8657142
    Abstract: A tank for holding liquid having internal partitions. The partitions have enlarged bottom ends fillable with liquid and restable on the bottom wall of the tank to limit sideways movement of the partitions. The partitions are mounted to the tank only above the liquid within the tank by a channel that loosely receives the top ends of the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Advantage Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Wolfe, Andrew J. Sander
  • Patent number: 8631964
    Abstract: A hose holding container assembly provides a holder for a hose integrated into a container to facilitate hands free filling of the container. The assembly includes a container configured for holding a fluid. The container has a bottom and a perimeter wall extending upwardly from the bottom. The perimeter wall has an upper edge defining an open top. The container further has an aperture configured for receiving a hose therethrough. A guide member is coupled to an interior surface of the container for holding the hose when the hose is inserted through the aperture and the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Koreann H. Rael
  • Patent number: 8627973
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container comprising foldable sidewalls which has a hinge connection which almost entirely prevents the base from slumping relative to the sidewall even under load, The container may be produced in a particularly simple and inexpensive manner, since due to the specific hinge connection, the base may be produced, in an injection-molding process, without any slide in the tool, and since a simple tool arrangement is thus enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Hendrik Dekkers
  • Publication number: 20140008377
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a paintable liquid and with a connector that is configured to connect to a stationary object. The apparatus includes a paint container that is configured to operatively contain the paintable liquid once the paintable liquid is received in the paint container. The paint container includes a wall that is configured to surround, at least in part, the paintable liquid being received in the paint container. The wall includes a connector receiver that is configured to cooperatively engage with the connector once the connector is positioned relative to the connector receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond Findleton
  • Publication number: 20130327782
    Abstract: The present application discloses a fuel port and methods of installing a fuel port. In certain embodiments, the fuel port comprises a fuel receptacle, a body portion that forms a cavity for the fuel receptacle, and one or more securing portions movably coupled to the body portion. The body portion comprises a first end, a second end, at least one sidewall extending between the first end and the second end, and at least one flange extending from the sidewall. The one or more securing portions are configured to hold a portion of a device between the flange of the body portion and the one or more securing portions to secure the fuel port to the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Ryan Adam Davis
  • Patent number: 8584880
    Abstract: A dumpster for holding waste material has a cup-shaped body, a lid and one or more hooking means, which are suitable to connect the dumpster to a waste collection device; the dumpster has one or more openings obtained in the body or in the lid and has one or more inserts, each of which is suitable to close a corresponding opening; each insert comprises a plate made of translucent material and is provided, in turn with a fixing system; the fixing system having at least one damping means suitable to attenuate vibration movements of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Luca Ferraccioli
  • Patent number: 8573118
    Abstract: A food tray adapted for holding previously cooked food items is provided. The food tray has one or more sidewall structure openings to allow venting of the interior volume of the tray through the tray sidewall structure openings. The food tray allows food items contained in the volume of the food tray to be stored over an extended period of time at an elevated temperature without significant deleterious effects to the appearance, taste and texture of the food. The food tray may also include a slide member for adjusting the amount of venting through the sidewall structure openings. Also provided is a method of storing food within a food tray to be contained in a heated compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry T. Ewald, Paul G. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20130284628
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of containers. The carton comprises a plurality of panels comprising a top panel. A plurality of end flaps are at least partially overlapped with respect to one another to thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. The plurality of end flaps can comprise a top end flap foldably connected to the top panel. A reinforcing insert can comprise a central panel and at least one reinforcing end panel foldably connected to the central panel. At least one reinforcing end flap can be foldably connected to the at least one reinforcing end panel. A handle can comprise at least a first handle feature in the top end flap and a second handle feature in the reinforcing end panel. The second handle feature can be generally aligned with the first handle feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank N. Moncrief, Raymond S. Kastanek, Mark Baldino
  • Publication number: 20130270281
    Abstract: A device with a structure enhancing mechanism includes: a housing including a sidewall, the sidewall defining a first through hole; a retaining member formed on an inner surface of the sidewall, the retaining member including a first protruding tab substantially parallel to the sidewall; two first resisting members extending from the first protruding tab toward the sidewall, an edge of each first resisting member spaced from and parallel to the sidewall; two second resisting members extending from the inner surface of the sidewall, the two second resisting members facing the respective first resisting members and two gaps being respectively formed between the first resisting members and the second resisting members; a fixing plate engaged in the gap and being firmly sandwiched between the first resisting members and the second resisting members, the fixing plate defining a second through hole aligned with the first through hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: HONG LI
  • Publication number: 20130263896
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance is provided with a silverware basket. The silverware basket includes a ramp that is configured for urging the silverware basket away from a door of the appliance when the silverware basket is being detached from the door. The ramp can, e.g., assist a user in removing the silverware basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: William Nathan Garnett
  • Patent number: 8550290
    Abstract: A storage container system comprising an arrangement for adjustable ventilation intended for storing at least one article that is thermally sensitive and/or requires ventilation to the ambient atmosphere. The device includes at least one door and at least one aperture ventilation assembly. The aperture ventilation assembly includes a planar wall aperture array and a corresponding planar shutter aperture array, wherein the sliding relationship between the two arrays results in a plurality of ventilation levels, including a fully open state, and a closed state capable of substantially sealing off the contents of the container from the ambient atmosphere. Certain preferred embodiments include a plurality of storage compartments configured within the container's inner volume wherein each compartment is sealed from one another and possesses its own aperture ventilation assembly for ventilation adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Robert L. Davis
  • Publication number: 20130214037
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least two end flaps are respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels, wherein the end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. The carton includes a handle in the closed end of the carton for grasping and carrying the carton. At least one end flap of the at least two end flaps comprises a main panel and a reinforcement flap foldably attached to the main panel. At least a portion of the reinforcement panel is positioned above the handle to reinforce the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8511494
    Abstract: A four-sided, clam-shell-like container is formed from a preformed, rigid U-shaped cross-section. The U-shaped member has a base wall and opposing side walls. The base and side walls and the intersection of the base and side walls are rigid. The base wail has a thickness having a slot is formed therein. The slot extends longitudinally along a length of the base wall and is formed in an inner surface thereof into the thickness of the base wall. The slot defines base wall sections adjacent and connected to one another by a portion of the thickness of the base wail. The base wall portions and the side walls adjacent thereto are foldable inward along the slot so as to form a four-sided, generally rectangular shaped cross-section container such that ends of the side walls are near one another and are foldable outward for stacking and storing the U-shaped members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Rometty, Jeffrey W. O'Hara, Lloyd W. Lenig
  • Patent number: 8499964
    Abstract: A snow collector device for the collection and disposal of snow before the snow collects on a driveway, sidewalk, or parking lot, including a storage container having concave first and second walls to prevent the snow compaction against the storage container and having an internal cavity accessed through an open top end for receiving snow therein; an access door disposed on a front wall, an a strap pivotally attached to the front and rear walls; and magnets on the rear wall to secure the storage container to a vehicle exterior. A flag having an elongated post is vertically disposed on the top end perimeter at each corner thereof for high visibility. A large version is mounted to a pallet configured for lifting by a forklift to dispose of snow collected in the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen Allick
  • Patent number: 8490809
    Abstract: A produce packaging system incorporates a container having ample top ventilation enabling efficient ingress of cooling water into container to cool produce contained inside. The container also having a sloped bottom for draining water toward a bottom vent and out of the container during hydrocooling. The system also includes a cooling box configured for holding the containers in an upright orientation enabling inflow of cooling water into the containers and out of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sambrailo Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Cadiente, Mark Sambrailo
  • Patent number: 8490822
    Abstract: A combination beverage mixer and strainer is disclosed, comprising a first container and a second container, each container having a closed end, an open end, a peripheral wall defining an interior space therein. The area of each open end is greater than the area of each closed end. The first container includes a straining edge of the peripheral wall proximate the periphery of the open end and having a plurality of apertures traversing therethrough. The area of the open end of the second container is greater than the area of the closed end thereof but smaller than the area of the open end of the first container. The open end of the second container may be inserted fully into the open end of the first container such that the peripheral wall of the second container contacts the peripheral wall of the first container below the straining edge so that the internal spaces of each container are sealed and the contents of the containers shaken and mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Jason Griffin
  • Publication number: 20130175363
    Abstract: A sprayer system has a tank for containing water, a cartridge for containing a dispersible substance, and a sprayer for being in fluid communication with the tank and the cartridge. The sprayer includes a housing with a receptacle for removably receiving the cartridge. A pump is mounted to the housing and in fluid communication with a first passageway carried by the housing. The pump draws the water from the tank into the first passageway while the sprayer is in fluid communication with the tank. A second passageway is carried by the housing and in fluid communication with both the receptacle and the first passageway for supplying the dispersible substance from the cartridge to the first passageway and, thereby, forming the dispersion in response to operation of the pump while the receptacle is in receipt of the cartridge and the sprayer is in fluid communication with the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY
    Inventor: Central Garden & Pet Company
  • Patent number: 8479939
    Abstract: A transportable storage device having three compartments wherein a main compartment is configured to maintain a temperature dissimilar to that of its environment. The transportable storage device includes two opposedly mounted storage compartments that are hingedly attached so as to have a first position and a second position. The two opposedly mounted storage compartments are secured utilizing a pair of support arms. A first container is disposed within the main compartment and is superposed a plurality of support brackets. An access hatch is further included being mounted within the main compartment and operable to cover a second opening in the wall of the main compartment. A second container is included and is rotatably mounted within one of the two opposedly mounted storage compartments. A sliding transport member is further included and is configured to slidably traverse the storage device across a terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: James Gross
  • Publication number: 20130168402
    Abstract: A covering for an air freshener includes one or more walls including one or more apertures. The covering also includes a first opening configured to permit insertion of an air freshener and a second opening configured to permit passage of a hanger attached to the air freshener. The covering is configured to house the air freshener while hanging from a support member via the hanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jahangir SAJJADI