Beverage Can (i.e., Beer, Soda, Etc.) Patents (Class 220/906)

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  • Patent number: 9821926
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of making and applying threaded twist-off neck finishes for metal containers is provided. More specifically, the present invention relations to apparatus and methods used to form metallic bottles with threaded necks adapted to receive selectively removable threaded closures. The threaded neck may be formed by interconnecting a threaded outsert to a metallic bottle. Alternatively, the threaded neck may be formed as an integral portion of the neck of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Robinson, David J. Bonfoey, Dean L. Johnson, Anthony J. Scott
  • Patent number: 8998028
    Abstract: A container end (20) having a dispensing aperture (50) with a closed position, in which the dispensing aperture is sealed, and an open position, in which product may be dispensed through the aperture (50). The end (20) includes a flexible film (70), which has at least one tongue (75) anchored to the end (20) outside the periphery of the aperture (50) and having a free end, which is visible in the dispensing aperture once the aperture is opened. The free end of the tongue (75) is concealed when the aperture (50) is closed, but becomes visible to a user once the aperture (50) is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Sylvia Maria Farrow, Eleanor Rachel Ann Hyde
  • Patent number: 8985371
    Abstract: A resealable beverage container includes a cap that moves between storage, opening, removal and resealing positions. Ramps are used to enhance an opening force generally delivered by the engagement between the socket and the cap. An elastomeric sealing element is disposed between the cap and the socket so that when the cap is in the fully seated or sealed position, an airtight or at least substantially airtight seal is created to prevent the contents of the container from leaking out. Further enhancements are disclosed that include a score line structure in the socket bottom wall that facilitates a predictable and repeatable opening of the container along the score line. A grip is provided that includes a gap or space into which a coin or other implement can be inserted to allow the consumer a better grip to provide adequate opening force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel A. Zabaleta, Sam Hackett
  • 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: 8875926
    Abstract: Container for beverages, liquids and other fluid substances which includes a plurality of sealed chambers, sealed openings in coplanar walls of the chambers, a stationary cover plate with openings in registration with the sealed openings, an opener movably mounted on the cover plate for selective engagement with seals for the openings in the walls, and a selector plate operatively connected to the opener with an opening in the selector plate that can be moved into and out of registration with the openings in the chamber walls and cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Valon Grajqevci
  • Patent number: 8851323
    Abstract: A can end having a countersink bead, an inclined chuck wall and a strong seam, resists distortion from its circular profile when subjected to thermal processing or when packaging carbonated beverages. This high hoop strength affects the manner in which the can end ultimately fails when placed under extreme abuse conditions, even if buckle pressure performance is within industry specified standards. The can end of the invention has control features introduced which control the failure mode while maintaining specified buckle pressure performance. In one embodiment, the can end has a two part wall and a control feature that comprises expansion of the countersink bead to act as a trigger for local peaking, together with a groove in the chuck wall which prevents the peaking force from being concentrated at a single point which could result in leaking by the production of a pin hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Watson, Brian Fields, Andrew Robert Lockley
  • Patent number: 8844761
    Abstract: Resealable beverage containers include caps that are twisted to impart translational motion of the cap to push a tear panel into the container. Cam elements are used to convert rotational movement to translational movement. The caps are preferably made of molded plastic material, and include cam elements formed on the sidewalls of the caps that engage cam followers or projections formed on the inner cylindrical surface of a socket which is formed in the lid of the beverage container. Methods of manufacturing resealable beverage containers avoid the need to form rivets and to attach pull tabs, thus saving costs and making the beverage containers more easily recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel A. Zabaleta, Sam Hackett
  • Patent number: 8844747
    Abstract: A metallic can end for a container is described. The metallic can end has a curl defining an outer perimeter of the can end. A wall extends downwardly from the curl. A strengthening member is joined to a lowermost end of the wall. A center panel is joined to the strengthening member and is centered about a longitudinal axis. The center panel has a product side and a public side. A rivet is located on the center panel. A displaceable tear panel is on the center panel. The tear panel is at least substantially defined by a frangible score and a non frangible hinge segment. A non-detachable tab is staked to the center panel by the rivet. The non-detachable tab has a nose end extending over a portion of the tear panel, a lift end opposite the nose end, and a central webbing between the nose and lift end. The webbing has a hinge region and a rivet island surrounding the rivet. The rivet island is at least partially surrounded by a first void region to provide a first exposed area of the center panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Rexam Beverage Can Company
    Inventor: Michael A. Petti
  • Patent number: 8783492
    Abstract: A cover for single serving beverage filter containers is provided. The cover may have a body forming an aperture at its center, a door hingedly attached to the body and capable of covering the aperture, and a flange extending from an outer perimeter of the body. A spring may allow the door to be biased in a closed position to cover the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Petitpas
  • Patent number: 8783496
    Abstract: An improved beverage container of the type having a lid, a pour panel defined in the lid by a pour score and a vent panel defined in the lid by a vent score. A tab pivotally is mounted to the lid, wherein lifting the tab about a pivot in a lifting direction fractures the pour score and opens the pour panel. A secondary tab is carried by the tab, and is released into contact with the vent panel by lifting the tab to fracture the pour score, wherein pressing the tab in a direction generally opposite the lifting direction causes the secondary tab to fracture the vent score and open the vent panel. At least one anti-rotation member is disposed between the tab and the lid to prevent the tab from rotating about the rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch InBev, SA
    Inventors: Christopher G. Neiner, Ancil Louis Lackey, Robert Joseph Will, Richard Lynn Wise, Jason Davidson
  • Patent number: 8770425
    Abstract: A beverage can with a rotating lid (2) is attached to a rivet (5) in the can lid (D) and can be turned from an open rotating position to a closed rotating position above the pouring opening (7) and back. The rotating lid (2) at least partially takes the form of a bent snap disk (S) that can be moved by the application of force perpendicular to the lid plane, which bends the disk past a trigger point, from a stable first bending state into a stable second bending state in which the outer rim (10) of the rotating lid (2) is pressed against the rim lid (9) that delimits the pouring opening (7) with a certain closing pressure. The snap disk (S) moves back into its first bending state by re-applying force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Canrec AG
    Inventors: Alexander Schley, Arnoulf Keil
  • Patent number: 8733576
    Abstract: A can lid of a can provided with an easily openable opening means is disclosed wherein the can lid is equipped with a can lid which is fastened by winding tightly on the can main body and the top end opening of the can main body, a score section installed around the territory of the prearranged opening area and a tab for severing the score section. In the can lid, there is formed a protrusion protruding upward from the can lid in front of the can opening during manufacturing of the can lid, in which it is a collapsing protrusion where the protrusion elastically deforms into the can main body by depressing motion of the user and thereby enables forming of a concave section for easy insertion of the user's finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeong-Wook Jeon
  • Patent number: 8727164
    Abstract: A resealable tab mechanism for a beverage container having a tab handle with divergent arms with a bar extending therebetween having a gas release pin valve fixedly attached to the tab handle bar. The tab handle is pivoted from a closed position in arc-like fashion that will bend the tab plate downward then the tab handle is rotated in circular fashion providing full access to the beverage container's contents. To close the process is reversed by rotating the tab handle over the beverage container's aperture then pivoted back to its seated position compressing a pair of gaskets that hermetically seals the beverage container's contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Marjan Majcen, Beverly Burke-Majcen, Robert Vreznik
  • Patent number: 8720740
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reclosable closure (100) of a liquid container, in particular a beverage can (200), comprising a lid (300) that closes the liquid container by way of a flanged edge (310) and comprising a cover (400), with the lid (300) having an outlet opening (320) which can be exposed by twisting the cover (400) arranged on the lid (300), and the lid (300) comprises at least one recess (360, 361) for accommodating at least one sealing means (430) between the lid (300) and the cover (400).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Xolution GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Bratsch
  • Patent number: 8695845
    Abstract: Top mounting can container that couples with a can. One or more embodiment enables simultaneous access to both the contents of the can and contents of the container. A half circle cut-out in the lid provides for spill free snacking from an independent vessel. Various configurations enable the inclusion of fresh food, eating and drinking from a straw if desired while standing and walking and access of solid or liquid in the container and can. Coupling elements that couple the top mounting can container to the can, may utilize any type of easily removable or semi-removable technology. Simplifies eating and drinking from one container and can in a theater or stadium having seats for example that provide one beverage holder per seat. Provides one free hand to hold a child's hand for safety while in stadiums and amusement parks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • Patent number: 8678221
    Abstract: A container lid includes a conventional main or pour opening and a vent opening spaced from the main opening. A vent score defines the shape of the vent opening, and a vent panel covers the vent opening. The vent panel has a raised convex shape. The lower surface of the tab handle includes a protruding portion, seen as a concave shaped element when viewed from above the container lid. The protruding portion of the tab handle can be aligned with the vent panel so application of a downward force on the tab handle transfers force to the vent panel and breaks the vent score. The shapes of the vent panel and concave element of the tab handle can be adjusted for selective and controlled force transfer to create the vent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Thiemann, Ray Alan Toms
  • Patent number: 8672170
    Abstract: A deep refuse container with a greater volume for garbage, container can be emptied by using automated elements. The deep refuse container includes a body part having at least one inner space for garbage, and a frame part including an open upper end, a lower end and at least one side for supporting the body part. The frame part of the deep refuse container of is disposed below the ground level so that the upper end of the frame part is substantially at the same level with the ground level or above the ground level. The body part of the deep refuse container is disposed into the frame part so that a lower portion of the body part locates inside the frame part and upper portion of the body part locates above the frame part. The body part is further provided with one or more contact parts for automated emptying elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Janne Kanervo
  • Patent number: 8651318
    Abstract: A beverage can closure element (10) with a cover element (12) is specified for configuring in an opening in a beverage can (30) and a locking mechanism (16) embodied and/or configured on the cover element (12) which is embodied and/or configured in a manner that the beverage can closure element (10) configured in an opening in a beverage can (30) can be locked in an opening of a beverage can (30). The cover element (12) is embodied and configured so that, if the beverage can closure element (10) is configured in an opening of a beverage can (30), the cover element (12) is elastically deformable between at least two states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: WB Innovations Limited
    Inventor: Wladimir Brandtner
  • Patent number: 8646643
    Abstract: A can end for a beverage container has a center panel about which a circumferential strengthening member extends. The center panel has a rivet attaching a tab to a public side of the center panel. The tab has a cleat formed at a nose end. The cleat intersects a diametrical line of the can end drawn through a lift end of the tab, the nose end, and the rivet. The cleat extends downwardly towards the public side of a tear panel such that a distance from a lowermost portion of the cleat to the tear panel is less than a distance of an uppermost portion of the cleat to the tear panel. The cleat has a compressed portion of the curled portion forming a substantially V-shaped crevice on an upper surface of the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rexam Beverage Can Company
    Inventors: Randall G. Forrest, Jonathan P. Meyer, Derek J. Siegal
  • Patent number: 8640905
    Abstract: A container includes a container body defining a container cavity, the container includes a container top configured to create at least two container openings via at least partial depression of at least two container portions into the cavity defined by the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Gibson, Joseph Frank Snecinski, III, Todd Aaron Epstein
  • Patent number: 8627979
    Abstract: A can end (10) having an end panel (12), an openable non-removable panel (15) defined by a score line (14) in the end panel (12) and a non-removable tab (13) attached to the end for acting on the openable panel (15) to cause it to pivot out of the plane of the end panel (12) to provide an opening, the opening being generally oblate with its minor axis passing through the tab characterized in that the ratio of the dimension of the opening on its major axis to the dimension of the opening on its minor axis is greater than 1.7 and the opening area is greater than 350 mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Rexam Beverage Can Europe Limited
    Inventors: Michel Thibaut, Stephane Candillon, Rainer Rohr
  • Patent number: 8627978
    Abstract: An easy-open can end including an inclined surface formed in a direction of a tab tail of a pull-tab from a center of a panel such that the center of the panel becomes a maximum concave portion, a lower surface of the pull-tab abuts on the inclined surface or is brought close to the inclined surface along the inclined surface, the pull-tab has a pit S formed by pressing-down forming, and the pull-tab is bent by the pit S. A method for manufacturing an easy-open can end including a process for pressing down part of an outer rim of the pull-tab after or at the same time as a process for fixing the pull-tab to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kirin Beer Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadashi Nishibe, Takahiko Okada
  • Patent number: 8622230
    Abstract: A light weight hinged top (top) is described to be used as a container top. This particular model provides ease of use and requires significantly less material for manufacturing. A novel way of connecting the top and the container is using a fork spring which has three fingers like structures. The two outer structures are smaller than the middle one. The fork spring due to its resiliency brings the container top back to closing position thus providing self closing and self reseal ability for the top. A guide member also helps to position the top when it opens and closes. The top can be made using metal, biodegradable materials or any flexible material. The top can be used for cans or bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Michael D Grissom
  • Patent number: 8608007
    Abstract: Provided is a resealable easy-open end including a panel functioning as an end for hermetically sealing a can and having an opening formed at one side thereof and on which a score (S) is engraved; a tab having a first button hole formed in a button coupling part formed at a center thereof, rotatably coupled to a first button protruding from the panel through the first button hole, and rotatably installed between a first position at which a front end pressing part is disposed on the opening and a second position at which a rear end finger portion is disposed on the opening; and a closing plate rotatably installed between the first position and the second position, and to configured to be supported by the tab at the second position to close the opening when the tab breaks the score to open the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Jin Hyok Seo
  • Patent number: 8584890
    Abstract: A multiple-opening container is configured to facilitate the simultaneous opening of two or more material containing compartments, thus allowing for the material contents within the multiple containing compartments to be suitably mixed upon pouring into another container. As a result of the simultaneous opening and pouring ability facilitated by the multiple-opening container, the time for mixing of multiple materials, such as beverages, fluids, powders or other like contents, can be suitably reduced. In addition, the de-carbonization and/or deterioration or other side affects caused from pre-mixing of the contents can be eliminated. In accordance with another exemplary embodiment, engagement portion can comprise a snap clip and a ring portion configured for sealed coupling to a material containing compartment. Second compartment can be suitably filled within beverages or other materials, and then positioned within the container portion and sealed or otherwise coupled by the engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas C. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8540105
    Abstract: An easily openable metal can largely openable in the arranged state of two sheet metal-made cans in series. A means such as a projection for opening the drinking mouth of another can is formed at the lower part of a can body, and a break line and a means for guiding the means such as the projection are formed at the upper part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Norio Yasui
  • Patent number: 8534485
    Abstract: A lid (2) for a can (1) has a general shape defining a main plane (9) and a depression (10) arranged in the lid. The bottom wall of the depression is tilted relative to the main plane of the lid, and to a method for orientating lids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Impress Group B.V.
    Inventor: Hein Willem Leendert Van Jaarsveld
  • Patent number: 8505765
    Abstract: A beverage can end closure is provided which utilizes less material and has an improved internal buckle strength based on the geometric configuration of a chuck wall, inner panel wall and central panel, and a substantially linear chuck wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bulso
  • Patent number: 8496132
    Abstract: A can end having a countersink bead, an inclined chuck wall and a strong seam, resists distortion from its circular profile when subjected to thermal processing or when packaging carbonated beverages. This high hoop strength affects the manner in which the can end ultimately fails when placed under extreme abuse conditions, even if buckle pressure performance is within industry specified standards. The can end of the invention has control features introduced which control the failure mode whilst maintaining specified buckle pressure performance. In one embodiment, the can end has a two part wall and a control feature that comprises expansion of the countersink bead to act as a trigger for local peaking, together with a groove in the chuck wall which prevents the peaking force from being concentrated at a single point which could result in leaking by the production of a pin hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Watson, Brian Fields, Andrew Robert Lockley
  • Patent number: 8464887
    Abstract: The invention covers a number of alternative improvements to the prior art pull-tab used to open container such as soda cans. One improvement is by forming the nose of the pull tab at a certain angle to the body of the tab, thus allowing the user to tilt the tab thus lifting the pull tip higher and providing more room for the user to insert the finger tip under the pull tip thus making it easier to open the container. Another improvement is by rotating the pull tab a certain angle and making it follow a caming surface thus lifting the pull tip and again providing more room to insert the finger tip and making it easier to open the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Gabe Cherian
  • Patent number: 8431201
    Abstract: The invention concerns a plastic cap (1) and a container (4) using same. The plastic cap (1) comprises an oxygen-tight liner (8) to be joined to an opening end surface (6) of a spout (5) on the container (4). The cap (1) has a circumferential skirt (2) with an internal annular bead (3) adapted for snap connection with a corresponding annular groove (7) in the spout (5). The liner (8) has on the side facing the cap (1) a first plastic layer (81), which is arranged to be permanently joined, when injection-molding the cap (1), to the plastic material of the cap (1), and on the side facing the container (4) a second plastic layer (82), which is arranged to be temporarily hermetically sealed to said opening end surface (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Modulpac AB
    Inventor: Bengt Malmborg
  • Patent number: 8371466
    Abstract: A device and methods for opening a can with a pull tab are disclosed. The device has a forward portion having a top wall and a bottom wall forming a cavity between the walls. The cavity is configured to receive the pull tab. A rear portion extends from the forward portion. The rear portion has a proximal sidewall, a distal sidewall, and a curved groove adjacent the distal sidewall. The curved groove is configured to snap onto a lip of the can. A recessed portion extends from the rear portion distal sidewall. The recessed portion can be lifted to open the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: My Can Your Can LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Andrew Phillips, Krishnan Paranjothi
  • Patent number: 8371467
    Abstract: A can lid of a can provided with an easily openable opening means is disclosed wherein the can lid is equipped with a can lid which is fastened by winding tightly on the can main body and the top end opening of the can main body, a score section installed around the territory of the prearranged opening area and a tab for severing the score section. In the can lid, there is formed a protrusion protruding upward from the can lid in front of the can opening during manufacturing of the can lid, in which it is a collapsing protrusion where the protrusion elastically deforms into the can main body by depressing motion of the user and thereby enables forming of a concave section for easy insertion of the user's finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeong-Wook Jeon
  • Patent number: 8371471
    Abstract: A beverage container having a double-walled construction is provided. The container includes an inner wall with an inner bottom wall for containing a beverage, an outer wall which extends about the inner wall, and an outer bottom wall which extends under the inner bottom wall. A thermal break extends uninterrupted between the outer surface of the inner wall and the inner surface of the outer wall and the inner bottom and outer bottom walls. The container includes a top having an upper rim which joins the periphery of the top, the inner wall, and the outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Alex I. Khowaylo, Donald Van Biert
  • Patent number: 8365960
    Abstract: A beverage container has a lower container section filled with a first liquid. Above the lower container section is an upper container section secured to the lip and groove of the lower section. The upper container section can hold a second different liquid than the first liquid. The upper section defines a mixing channel where openings to both the upper and lower container sections meet to allow the two liquids to mix prior to final dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Fadi Kalaouze
  • Patent number: 8360266
    Abstract: The present invention relates a shaped metal vessel comprising a shaped vessel body thin walled made of metal comprising a tapered body portion comprising an open end with integral rolled edge, a mid body portion, and a low body portion. A base seals one end of the low body, the low body blends with the mid body, and the mid body blends with the tapered body. Exemplary embodiments include an outsert fitted around the outside circumference of the tapered body proximate the open end, the outsert comprising a carry ring or carry ring edge formed around the circumference of the outsert, and a plurality of threads spirally affixed to the outer surface of the outsert to engage and secure a separate vessel closure to the shaped vessel body. Other exemplary embodiments integrally form a neck ring in the shaped vessel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Adams, Giancarlo Tosini
  • Patent number: 8336728
    Abstract: A can end for a container has a metallic main portion and a polymeric separable cap. The metallic main portion is positioned about a longitudinal axis and has a curl defining a radially outer perimeter of the can end. A center panel is joined to the curl. A dispensing aperture is in the center panel, and a plurality of projections extend radially inwardly into the dispensing aperture. The polymeric separable cap is in the dispensing aperture and has a plurality of angled channels. The channels have an entry portion opposite a terminal end and a vent region therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Rexam Beverage Can Company
    Inventors: Randall G. Forrest, Timothy L. Turner
  • Patent number: 8292112
    Abstract: An aluminum container for dispensing beverage, includes a can having a cylindrical side wall, and transverse top and bottom walls. A pull tab mechanism is provided on the top wall to effect opening of the container. The transverse top wall has an upstanding peripheral rim, with one or two interrupted wall portions, one of said portions forming a spout for pouring the contents, or drinking from the container directly. The other of the interrupted wall portions provides a clearance space for facilitating the insertion of the user's finger beneath the pull tab in readiness for opening the container. The bottom wall of the container is provided with a removable appliqué, which may contain printed text/pictorial information, or information in the nature of a store or manufacturer's product coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Charles Chang
  • Patent number: 8261929
    Abstract: A multiple-opening container is configured to facilitate the simultaneous opening of two or more material containing compartments, thus allowing for the material contents within the multiple containing compartments to be suitably mixed upon pouring into another container, such as a pitcher, glass or cup or other like container. As a result of the simultaneous opening and pouring ability facilitated by the multiple-opening container, the time for mixing of multiple materials, such as beverages, fluids, powders or other like contents, can be suitably reduced. In addition, the de-carbonization and/or deterioration or other side affects caused from pre-mixing of the contents can be eliminated. In accordance with another exemplary embodiment, engagement portion can comprise a snap clip and a ring portion configured for sealed coupling to a material containing compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas C. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8245866
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved container including a container body defining a container cavity, the improved container including a container top configured to create at least two container openings via at least at least partial depression of at least two container portions into the cavity defined by the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Gibson, Joseph Frank Snecinski, III, Todd Aaron Epstein
  • Patent number: 8235244
    Abstract: A beverage can end is provided which utilizes less material and has an improved internal buckle strength based on the geometric configuration of a chuck wall, inner panel wall and central panel, and which, in one embodiment utilizes an arcuate shaped chuck wall with a radius of curvature between about 0.140 inches and 0.250 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bulso
  • Patent number: 8231951
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel packaging articles, e.g., food and beverage cans. Preferred cans typically comprise a body portion and an end portion, wherein at least one of the body and end portions are aluminum and are coated on at least one major surface with a coating composition of the present invention. Suitable coating compositions of the present invention comprise: one or more polyester resins, wherein at least on the polyester resins has a glass transition temperature (“Tg”) less than about 50° C., and wherein the polyester resin is formed by the reaction of one or more polyacid molecules and one or more polyol molecules; and a crosslinker. The present invention also provides a method of making such cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Valspar Sourcing, Inc.
    Inventors: Girish G. Parekh, George K. Bartley, III, Greg M. Paulson, Paul E. Fuchs, Daniel E. Rardon, Robert M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8215513
    Abstract: A self-closing resealable can end for a beverage container that opens the top of the beverage container through downward pressure that causes a gate to move downward relative to the top panel. The gate is retained by a resilient member and when the downward pressure ceases, the gate is moved into proximity with the top panel. Pressure from the carbonation presses the gate against a lip and the gate bends to form an enhanced seal. Other variations are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Popseal LLC.
    Inventor: Michael D. Grissom
  • Patent number: 8196767
    Abstract: A can end having a small diameter center panel and an opening of particular aspect ratio to improve the pourability and drinkability characteristics of the opening, compared to can ends having conventional openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Brian Fields
  • Patent number: 8186532
    Abstract: In this can lid, a rivet-slanting inhibitor which flows a metal of the can lid main body located between the rivet to the rivet side thereby correcting or preventing the slanting of the rivet is formed on a location in an opposite area which is opposed to an opening part across the rivet except for the coining part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Can Corporation
    Inventors: Takuro Shinguryo, Kazuhiro Taguchi, Kenichi Shibata, Hideki Ito
  • Patent number: 8157119
    Abstract: A can end having a countersink bead, an inclined chuck wall and a strong seam, resists distortion from its circular profile when subjected to thermal processing or when packaging carbonated beverages. This high hoop strength affects the manner in which the can end ultimately fails when placed under extreme abuse conditions, even if buckle pressure performance is within industry specified standards. The can end of the invention has control features introduced which control the failure mode whilst maintaining specified buckle pressure performance. In one embodiment, the can end has a two part wall and a control feature that comprises expansion of the countersink bead to act as a trigger for local peaking, together with a groove in the chuck wall which prevents the peaking force from being concentrated at a single point which could result in leaking by the production of a pin hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Watson, Brian Fields, Andrew Robert Lockley
  • Patent number: 8146768
    Abstract: A container has a selectively openable panel defined at least in part by a frangible score groove in a surface of the container. The frangible score groove is selectively fracturable by a lifting action administered by a user to a secured to the container. The tab has a nose portion separated from a lift end by a central webbing. The central webbing has a hinge region and a rivet island. The rivet island is at least partially surrounded by a first void region. The central webbing also has a grab portion at the lift end of the tab. The grab portion has an enclosed region defining a billboard surface. The billboard surface has a top side and a bottom side opposite the top side. A bead created by displacing the material of the central webbing is located on the billboard surface. A pigment-carrying layer covers at least a portion of the billboard surface. A tactile indicium is located on the billboard surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Rexam Beverage Can Company
    Inventors: Randall G. Forrest, Timothy L. Turner
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8136689
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a filter element (310, 410) for a conventional beverage can (1, 2), with a top of a can (100) comprising a pull tab with a fixing (103), a tab (110) and a sealing element (101) which at least adjoins to a punch edge (102) of an opening of the can, wherein the filter element has an area which at least covers the entire said opening when the can is opened, wherein the filter element (310, 410) is adapted to be fastened to the top side of the top of the can (100) either by the fixing (103) of the pull tab or adherence directly to the top of the can (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventors: Herleif Ulstein, Hugo Lloyd Ulstein
  • Patent number: 8133557
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel packaging articles, e.g., food and beverage cans. Preferred cans typically comprise a body portion and an end portion, wherein at least one of the body and end portions are aluminum and are coated on at least one major surface with a coating composition of the present invention. Suitable coating compositions of the present invention comprise: one or more polyester resins, wherein at least one of the polyester resins has a glass transition temperature (“Tg”) less than about 50° C., and wherein the polyester resin is formed by the reaction of one or more polyacid molecules and one or more polyol molecules; and a crosslinker. Preferred compositions are substantially free of mobile BPA and aromatic glycidyl ether compounds, e.g., BADGE, BFDGE and epoxy novalacs (e.g., NOGE) and more preferred compositions are also substantially free of bound BPA and aromatic glycidyl ether compounds. In more preferred embodiments (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Valspar Sourcing, Inc.
    Inventors: Girish G. Parekh, George K. Bartley, III, Greg M. Paulson, Paul E. Fuchs, Daniel E. Rardon, Robert M. O'Brian