Automatic Bottom (i.e., Multipart Bottom Wall Forms Automatically During Erection Of Collapsed Box) Patents (Class 229/117)
  • Patent number: 10556716
    Abstract: Containers that are capable of transitioning from a collapsed configuration to an uncollapsed configuration. The containers, when in a collapsed configuration, may have a relatively low profile. When in an uncollapsed configuration, the containers can function as receptacles for receiving solids or liquids. Some containers can be manufactured by folding a foldable sheet that includes a plurality of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Miguel David Ramos
  • Patent number: 10421577
    Abstract: A blank used for making a rapidly erected and collapsible container is disclosed. The container is movable between a flat configuration and a box configuration. The blank comprises a primary panel and a secondary panel, which are hingedly coupled to each other. The secondary panel is hingedly coupled to a secondary flap. The secondary flap is hingedly coupled to a terminal portion. The terminal portion is hingedly coupled to a tab. The tab is configured to fold towards the terminal portion. The secondary flap is configured to fold towards the secondary panel. The tab is configured to connect to the primary panel. Embodiments foster a blank used for making a container that rapidly, easily, and conveniently transitions from a flat configuration to being ready for use in a box configuration. Moreover, the container provides speed and efficiency without compromising cost effectiveness and structural integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Talal T. Al-Housseiny
  • Patent number: 10358254
    Abstract: A zipper carton assembly for receiving a blinded trial product includes a carton body having an encircling side wall, a floor, and a covering that together bound an inner compartment for receiving the blinded trial product, an adhesive layer disposed on a portion of the covering, and a removable liner covering at least a portion of adhesive layer. The covering includes an inner closure panel that folds into a closed position to selectively cover an access opening to the inner compartment and an opposing outer closure panel that folds over and is secured to a portion of the inner closure panel by means of the adhesive layer. The removable liner covers the adhesive layer until the zipper carton assembly is ready for sealing. The sealed zipper carton assembly can be opened by removing a zipper tear strip formed in a portion of the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher Clinical Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Buss
  • Patent number: 10219601
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improvement enabling improved handling of the article of luggage. Articles of luggage are disclosed incorporating a variety of manipulation means 20 by which a user may manoeuvre an article of luggage 2 from a first position to a second position, the manipulation means 20 being provided on or over a top or side panel of the article of luggage, the manipulation means being provided with at least two gripping regions, the gripping regions being disposed along different axes to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: it Luggage Limited
    Inventor: Sedat Selvi
  • Patent number: 9694932
    Abstract: The storage box is fanned from a sheet provided with a plurality of folding lines defining a parallelepiped provided with six faces. One of the faces is a hinged lid, and it is characterized in that the opposed face to the hinged lid comprises a first sector provided with an oblique folding line that defines a first joining zone. A second sector also provided with an oblique folding line that is joined to the first sector in the first joining zone; and a third sector is provided with an oblique folding line that defines a second joining zone; and a fourth sector that is joined to the third sector in the second joining zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: EMBALAJES CAPSA, S. L.
    Inventor: Manuel Lopez Masague
  • Patent number: 9451851
    Abstract: A tissue dispenser with a tissue advancement features includes a multi-sided dispenser with a hollow interior. Tissues are supported upon an advancement plate within the interior. A dispensing opening is disposed in a top of the dispenser and the advancement plate lies on the bottom of the interior. The bottom of the dispenser includes two advancement flaps, or legs that are frangible formed with the dispenser bottom by way of perforated lines. The perforated lines are broken by a user and the advancement flaps rotated into the interior and into contact with the bottom of the advancement plate. Further pushing of the flaps engages them with tabs on the advancement plate to hold it in place within the dispenser at a level nearer the dispenser opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Edward Z Lukawski
  • Patent number: 8960527
    Abstract: A foldable box that includes a cover; a bottom; a right side; a front side; a left side; a rear side; an outside connector; a front connector; and a rear connector. The cover and the bottom can be foldably connected to the outside connector. The right side, the front side, the left side and the rear side can be foldably connected to each other. Also, a portion of the front connector can be foldably connected to a bottom edge of the left side, a portion of the front connector can be foldably connected to a bottom edge of the front side, a portion of the rear connector can be foldably connected to a bottom edge of the rear side and a portion of the rear connector can be foldably connected to a bottom edge of the right side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Papillon Ribbon & Bow, Inc.
    Inventor: Vanessa Hui
  • Patent number: 8950654
    Abstract: The present invention provides a carton constructed from a single blank of paperboard material featuring an auto-erecting bottom. The carton includes first through eighth sides panels, a glue flap attached along a fold line to a first side edge of the first side panel, a first bottom flap attached along a fold line to a bottom edge of the second side panel, and a second bottom flap attached along a fold line to a bottom edge of the sixth side panel. The carton includes a first bottom folding assembly attached to a bottom edge of the third and fourth side panels, a second bottom folding assembly attached to a bottom edge of the seventh and eighth side panels, a third bottom folding assembly attached to the first side panel, and a fourth bottom folding assembly attached to the fifth side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Menasha Corporation
    Inventor: Bradly Thomas Schultz
  • Publication number: 20140326782
    Abstract: A stackable open topped box and a blank from which it is folded are provided in which a fluted sheet material is cut and sulcated to form a box The flutes extend parallel to the side walls of the box and up the height of the end walls. Each side wall has an indent whereof the ends terminate in a diagonal fold inclined upwardly and towards the adjacent end of the box at an angle of 45°. The fluted sheet material originally adjacent the edge of the indent is folded inwards and downwards as a composite flap such that the flutes of the fluted material are generally vertical and the material extends to substantially the bottom of the box. A strip that is approximately beneath the diagonal fold is flush with the inside of the side wall of the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Stephanus Petrus DE BEER
  • Publication number: 20140299655
    Abstract: A blank assembly includes a tray blank having a first end panel assembly, a first side panel assembly, a second end panel assembly, and a second side panel assembly in series. Each panel assembly includes a removable pad panel. The tray blank further includes a bottom panel extending from each panel assembly at a fold line. The blank assembly further includes a first side insert blank configured to couple to the first side panel assembly. The first side insert blank having a removable pad panel configured to at least partially align with the removable pad panel of the first side panel assembly. A second side insert blank is configured to couple to the second side panel assembly. The second side insert blank includes a removable pad panel configured to at least partially align with the removable pad panel of the second side panel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: James John Willman, Craig Frederick Minsky
  • Patent number: 8814031
    Abstract: A container configured to be selectively moved between a substantially flat configuration and a deployed configuration is provided. The container includes a plurality of side walls formed from a first blank. The first blank includes a plurality of side panels extending in series along a plurality of substantially parallel fold lines and at least one slot defined within at least one side panel of the plurality of side panels. The container further includes a bottom wall coupled to the plurality of side walls, wherein the bottom wall is formed from a second blank. The second blank includes a plurality of side edges and at least one tab extending form at least one side edge. The at least one tab is configured to be inserted into the at least one slot to construct the container. The second blank is coupled to the first blank at at least the at least one slot and the at least one tab for forming the bottom wall of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Graham, Tesfahun Y. Mengistu, John Thomas Yoder, IV
  • Patent number: 8763888
    Abstract: A blank assembly includes a tray blank having a first end panel assembly, a first side panel assembly, a second end panel assembly, and a second side panel assembly in series. Each panel assembly includes a removable pad panel. The tray blank further includes a bottom panel extending from each panel assembly at a fold line. The blank assembly further includes a first side insert blank configured to couple to the first side panel assembly. The first side insert blank having a removable pad panel configured to at least partially align with the removable pad panel of the first side panel assembly. A second side insert blank is configured to couple to the second side panel assembly. The second side insert blank includes a removable pad panel configured to at least partially align with the removable pad panel of the second side panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: James John Willman, Craig Frederick Minsky
  • Patent number: 8740053
    Abstract: A container preassembly which has an inner sleeve in a flat unopened position disposed within an outer sleeve in a flat unopened position. The two sleeves are adapted to form the two ends of the container and are secured together in the aligned relationship of the final open container, thereby allowing the preassembly to be opened into the form of the final container without requiring further adjustment. Once opened, the flaps for forming the container bottom are folded to create a container ready for use. A method of making the container preassembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Packaging Designs L.P.
    Inventor: Bradley D. Snyder
  • Patent number: 8668132
    Abstract: The storage box is formed from a sheet provided with a plurality of folding lines defining a parallelepiped provided with six faces, one of said face being a hinged lid (2), and it is characterized in that the opposed face to said hinged lid comprises a first sector (1a) provided with an oblique folding line (7a) that defines a first joining zone (8a); a second sector (1b) also provided with an oblique folding line (7b) that is joined to said first sector (1a) in said first joining zone (8a); a third sector (1c) provided with an oblique folding line (7c) that defines a second joining zone (8c); and a fourth sector (1d) that is joined to said third sector (1c) in said second joining zone (8c). It permits to obtain a box that can be mounted by itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Embalajes Capsa, S.L.
    Inventor: Manuel Lopez Masague
  • Publication number: 20140021246
    Abstract: A container formed from a single blank of sheet material is provided. The container includes an automatically-erecting bottom wall configured to be selectively moveable between a substantially flat position and a fully erect position. The container includes a plurality of side panels, including at least a first side panel, a second side panel, a third side panel, and a side joining tab. The container also includes a plurality of bottom flaps for forming a bottom wall, including both minor and major bottom flaps. A first bottom flap extends from the first side panel, a second bottom flap extends from the second side panel, and a third bottom flap extends from the third side panel. The second bottom flap includes a first minor joining tab for coupling to the first bottom flap. The third bottom flap includes a third joining tab for coupling to a second major bottom flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Jesse William Henderson, Kevin Len Henry, Ronald W. Farmer
  • Publication number: 20130327818
    Abstract: The present invention provides a carton constructed from a single blank of paperboard material featuring an auto-erecting bottom. The carton includes first through eighth sides panels, a glue flap attached along a fold line to a first side edge of the first side panel, a first bottom flap attached along a fold line to a bottom edge of the second side panel, and a second bottom flap attached along a fold line to a bottom edge of the sixth side panel. The carton includes a first bottom folding assembly attached to a bottom edge of the third and fourth side panels, a second bottom folding assembly attached to a bottom edge of the seventh and eighth side panels, a third bottom folding assembly attached to the first side panel, and a fourth bottom folding assembly attached to the fifth side panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Menasha Corporation
    Inventor: Bradly Thomas Schultz
  • Publication number: 20130221079
    Abstract: A pre-folded automatic bottom box form made from a unitary blank of material. The form has a blank of corrugated material that is die cut and creased so as to form a series of panels and flaps arranged in three rows of four panels or flaps each and a fourth row with two panels, all arranged in four columns, a first row comprising four panels that end up in the box as an automatic bottom, a second row comprising four panels that end up in the box as sidewall and end wall panels, a third row contiguous with the second row and comprising four panels that end up in the box as reinforcing sidewall and end wall panels, and a fourth row coupled to the third row and comprising first and second panels making additional end wall reinforcing panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Technology Container Corp.
    Inventor: Technology Container Corp.
  • Patent number: 8438763
    Abstract: A three-dimensional illuminated greeting card which combines a unique card construction having a 3D pop-out structure with one or more lights contained therein. The 3D pop-out structure forms an internal cavity in which illumination means and other electronic components are contained. One or more sides of the 3D structure are made of translucent or semi-translucent material, creating a screen that can be illuminated from behind by one or more miniature lights, such as LED lights. The light or lights may be connected to an integrated circuit chip that can be programmed with various lighting effects. The greeting card may optionally include other electronic components which are configured to play sound or music or perform other electronic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Anastasia Taylor, Allison Marsh, Johnathan Talbot, Tiger Qiao, Jerry Guo, Eva Jin, David Sapp, Seth Larson
  • Publication number: 20130075459
    Abstract: A blank assembly includes a tray blank having a first end panel assembly, a first side panel assembly, a second end panel assembly, and a second side panel assembly in series. Each panel assembly includes a removable pad panel. The tray blank further includes a bottom panel extending from each panel assembly at a fold line. The blank assembly further includes a first side insert blank configured to couple to the first side panel assembly. The first side insert blank having a removable pad panel configured to at least partially align with the removable pad panel of the first side panel assembly. A second side insert blank is configured to couple to the second side panel assembly. The second side insert blank includes a removable pad panel configured to at least partially align with the removable pad panel of the second side panel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: James John Willman, Craig Frederick Minsky
  • Patent number: 8281507
    Abstract: A three-dimensional illuminated greeting card which combines a unique card construction having a 3D pop-out structure with one or more lights contained therein. The 3D pop-out structure forms an internal cavity in which illumination means and other electronic components are contained. One or more sides of the 3D structure are made of translucent or semi-translucent material, creating a screen that can be illuminated from behind by one or more miniature lights, such as LED lights. The light or lights may be connected to an integrated circuit chip that can be programmed with various lighting effects. The greeting card may optionally include other electronic components which are configured to play sound or music or perform other electronic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Anastasia Taylor, Allison Marsh, Johnathan Talbot, Tiger Qiao, Jerry Guo, Eva Jin, David Sapp, Seth Larson
  • Patent number: 8061584
    Abstract: A storage box includes a main body portion. The main body portion includes long longitudinal plate portions, short longitudinal plate portions, bottom plate portions that are continued from the long longitudinal plate portions and the short longitudinal plate portions, respectively, and lid portions that are continued from the long longitudinal plate portions and the short longitudinal plate portions, respectively. The long longitudinal plate portions are respectively formed with first valley-folding portions which extend in an upper and lower direction. The bottom plate portions continued from the tong longitudinal plate portions are formed with mountain-folding portions on extended lines of the first valley-folding portions. The lid portions continued from the long longitudinal portions are formed with second valley-folding portions on the extended lines of the first valley-folding portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignees: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Starway Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naofumi Takemoto, Korehito Tokita, Yuji Sakaya, Kazuhiko Yamashita
  • Patent number: 7992764
    Abstract: The invention relates to a folding carton for the preservation and for the transport of goods with a reduced complexity, comprising a front wall element, a rear wall element, side wall elements connected to the front wall element and to the rear wall element by fold lines, a lid connected to the front wall element by a fold line, a base connected to at least one of the front wall element, the rear wall element and the side wall elements by a fold line and a separation flap element connected to one of the rear wall element and the side wall elements by a fold line, wherein the separation flap element comprises a plurality of flap sections, the flap sections by folding being arranged relative to each other in such a way that at least three compartments are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Birgir Magnusson
  • Patent number: 7913837
    Abstract: One embodiment of the carrier has a central vertical support panel structure with two foldable receptacles extending outwardly from the vertical support panel structure. The outside wall of each receptacle is extended upwardly and bent over to cover the receptacle, and the top portions of those walls are joined together to form a carrying handle structure, either with or without the upper portion of the vertical support panel structure. The portions of the outside walls forming the covers can have openings to receive the necks of bottles such as wine and beer bottles to give added lateral support for the bottles. A simplified embodiment uses only one of the foldable receptacles and has two lateral side walls which extend upwardly and join together to form a handle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: SJV Food & Beverage Carriers, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Patent number: 7886958
    Abstract: A blank of sheet material for forming a container including automatically locking bottom panels is provided. The blank includes a pair of end panels, a pair of side panels and at least one corner panel that are interconnected. The corner panel extends between an adjacent end panel and side panel. The blank includes bottom end panels extending from the end panels and bottom side panels extending from the side panels. A first coupling tab is integral with a bottom end panel, and a second coupling tab is integral with a bottom side panel. The first coupling tab attaches to a bottom side panel, and the second coupling tab attaches to a bottom end panel. The coupling tabs upwardly direct the bottom panels when the container is moved to a flat position and downwardly direct the bottom panels when the container is moved from the flat position to an erected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Charles Smith
  • Patent number: 7841511
    Abstract: A carton has an auto bottom that securely closes the bottom of the carton. A reinforcing blank may be provided in the interior of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Fogle
  • Patent number: 7784301
    Abstract: Frozen products requiring cold insulation are housed inside of the cold-insulating container structured of a vacuum heat-insulating material, and the cold-insulating containers are loaded in a refrigerator vehicle, cold-insulating vehicle, or room-temperature vehicle other than a freezer vehicle for delivery. Each of the peripheral walls, lids, and bottom faces of this container is made of a sheet material enveloping the vacuum heat-insulating material therein. In each of the peripheral walls adjacent to the peripheral walls connected to the lids, the vacuum heat-insulating material is divided along folding line so as to be foldable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Sasaki, Takao Sato, Haruyuki Ishio
  • Patent number: 7779997
    Abstract: The carrier has a central vertical support panel structure, and a pair of foldable receptacles extending outwardly from opposite sides of the vertical support structure. The receptacles have automatically-opening bottom walls with symmetrical bottom panels which overlap to even-out the strength of the bottom walls and minimize areas of reduced strength. At least two opposed bottom panels are shaped to interlock with one another to hold the carrier open once it has been unfolded. Elongated, connected reinforcing flanges strengthen the carrier in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: SJV Food & Beverage Carriers, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo V. Cuomo
  • Publication number: 20100065620
    Abstract: A blank of sheet material for forming a container including automatically locking bottom panels is provided. The blank includes a pair of end panels, a pair of side panels and at least one corner panel that are interconnected. The corner panel extends between an adjacent end panel and side panel. The blank includes bottom end panels extending from the end panels and bottom side panels extending from the side panels. A first coupling tab is integral with a bottom end panel, and a second coupling tab is integral with a bottom side panel. The first coupling tab attaches to a bottom side panel, and the second coupling tab attaches to a bottom end panel. The coupling tabs upwardly direct the bottom panels when the container is moved to a flat position and downwardly direct the bottom panels when the container is moved from the flat position to an erected position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth Charles Smith
  • Publication number: 20090200364
    Abstract: A carton capable of containing a plurality of food items is disclosed. The carton can be separated into two portions or trays, each of which can be converted into a tray for heating a food item in a microwave oven. One or both of the trays may be designed to elevate the food product from the turntable or floor of the microwave oven to enhance the efficiency of the heating process. One or both trays may include a microwave energy interactive to enhance browning and/or crisping of the food item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Publication number: 20090078750
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a paperboard container having generally finger access or handhold openings forming carry handles in the end walls. The handhold openings are defined by two adjacent tapered punch-out panels aligned end-to-end and hinged at their outer ends to a respective end wall. When two adjacent tapered punch-out panels punched out they fold oppositely to one another and inwardly into the container in laterally spaced relation to one another on opposite sides of the respective openings. A tear-out panel in one end wall adjoins the associated hand hold openings and when removed forms a dispensing or pourable opening immediately below the associated hand hold openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Gregg S. Sheffield, Peter F. Szeles
  • Patent number: 7475804
    Abstract: A food container has a box base with four side panels and four bottom flaps extending from the respective side panels to close the floor of the box base leaving the top open. The bottom flaps are so designed and glued together that the box sides can be folded flat for stacking and then unfolded into a box structure having its bottom wall closed automatically. The box base provides food-receiving area while carrying and serving the eatery. Raised from the top of the box base are circumferential edges defining a tray top. The tray top carries out the decorative role when it is popped open as is possible thanks to the inventive folding scheme implemented in the tray top. The tray top also has carrying handles for the user. The front face of the tray top in the serving mode can be decorated with various cutouts shaped as interesting objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Americhip Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Clegg, David Rosendale
  • Patent number: 7392904
    Abstract: A carton having two opposed crush-lock ends, a flat bottom and opposed top with a substantially central opening which can accommodate receptacles having necks of varying diameters. The carton is designed to be shipped as a flat partially assembled blank which can be erected into a substantially rectangular box by pushing inwardly on the edges so the side panels of the box lock in substantially flat configuration. The top opening has outwardly radiating cut lines to define wedge shaped segments with an arcuate score line intersecting the segments whereby the segments can deflect and accommodate different sized receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Wunderlich Fibre Box Company
    Inventor: Gregory A. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20080110969
    Abstract: A folding collapsible storage box is disclosed to include a folding collapsible box body, which has a front open side, a rear open side, a flexible retangular cover flap stitched to two adjacent ones of the four peripheral sides of the rear open side, and a zip fastener that fastens the other two sides of the flexible rectangular cover flap to the other two adjacent ones of the four peripheral sides of the rear open side, a supporting board inserted into the rear open side of the folding collapsible box body to support the folding collapsible box body into shape after opening of the zip fastener, and partition boards mounted inside the folding collapsible box body to divide the holding space of the folding collapsible box body into multiple storage compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: Wen-Tsan WANG
  • Patent number: 6926192
    Abstract: A collapsible, automatically locking box is appropriately sized for transporting the typically five to seven reels of film of a complete movie, and includes the reinforced bottom and top necessary to support the weight of the complete movie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Technology Container Corporation
    Inventor: Fred Dowd
  • Patent number: 6761307
    Abstract: A folding box for packing made from a high density foam polypropylene resin board, in which the strength in a connecting portion is secured, durability is improved, and reusability is secured in addition to returnability and recyclability is provided. A folding box for packing is made of high density foam polypropylene resin and contains a developed flat box forming board having two box forming bodies (P1) and (P2) respectively including a main face wall (2) extendedly provided on one lateral side thereof with a connecting piece (1), a side face wall (3), and extendedly provided bottom forming boards (4) and cover forming boards (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Daiichi Ohmiya Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takamine Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 6666333
    Abstract: An receptacle and a blank for forming a receptacle carrier for packaging fragile articles includes a plurality of side wall panels hinged together to form a collapsible upright tubular structure for receiving an article and article support structure at the lower end of the tubular structure for supporting the article. The support structure has a plurality of displaceable strips secured together such that when the tubular structure is erected from a flat collapsed form, the displaceable strips are automatically displaced into the tubular structure to form the supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Patent number: 6644540
    Abstract: The packaging unit comprises a receiving chamber for popcorn, or the like, the outside thereof having secured thereto a pocket into which a beverage cup is insertable such that said cup is seated in a clamp seat. The packaging unit can comfortably be carried by a user gripping around the pocket with one hand. If the packaging unit is made from a one-part blank, it can be produced and erected easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Octagon Handels GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Jamitzky, Georg Wettlaufer
  • Patent number: 6637645
    Abstract: A convertible bread packaging product preserves loaf bread. The packaging product includes a foldable paperboard blank having first and second opposing end edges and first and second opposing side edges. The blank is folded along three lateral fold lines, and is attached along the first and second end edges to define a plurality of joined walls. The three lateral fold lines include a middle fold line and two outer fold lines. First and second spaced-apart scores are formed with the blank in a margin adjacent one of the first and second side edges. The first and second scores extend parallel to the side edge and intersect respective outer fold lines. The walls cooperate to form a protective enclosure having a length dimension greater than a width dimension, and at least one open end for receiving a loaf of bread. The enclosure is movable between a collapsed position for stacking the packaging product prior to use, and an open position for storing the loaf of bread during transport and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Francis Eric Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20030111521
    Abstract: A package that is movable between a collapsed position and an uncollapsed position is formed from at least three panels coupled to one another to form a panel assembly. A series of lower flaps are coupled the lower edges of the panels and interlock to form a permanent closure at a lower end of the panel assembly. A foldable flap coupled to one of the panels and interlocking with another of the panels to form an openable closure at the upper end of the panel assembly. The enclosure formed by the panels, the lower flaps and the upper flaps is foldable into a generally flat collapsed configuration in a plane containing a folding axis that is provided in the permanent closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Gordon W. Holmes
  • Patent number: 6557749
    Abstract: Exhibiting favorable attributes of both a regular slotted container (“RSC”) and an automatic bottom container, a sheet material container is quickly and easily erectable from a knocked-down-flat (“KDF”) container precursor. The precursor collapses to a uniform two-layer KDF condition which permits stable, even stacking of multiple precursors for bulk shipping and storage of the same. The precursor is formed from a blank including a plurality of wall panels hingedly attached to each other along fold lines to form a closed loop of wall panels, and a plurality of end flap panels hingedly attached along fold lines to ends of the respective wall panels. A pair of adjacent end flap panels lie in face-to-face relation with each other in the KDF condition. One of the adjacent pairs of panels has a diagonal fold line defining a corner attachment region that attaches to the other end flap panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corporation
    Inventor: Walter S. Gill
  • Publication number: 20030047594
    Abstract: A convertible bread packaging product preserves loaf bread. The packaging product includes a foldable paperboard blank having first and second opposing end edges and first and second opposing side edges. The blank is folded along three lateral fold lines, and is attached along the first and second end edges to define a plurality of joined walls. The three lateral fold lines include a middle fold line and two outer fold lines. First and second spaced-apart scores are formed with the blank in a margin adjacent one of the first and second side edges. The first and second scores extend parallel to the side edge and intersect respective outer fold lines. The walls cooperate to form a protective enclosure having a length dimension greater than a width dimension, and at least one open end for receiving a loaf of bread. The enclosure is movable between a collapsed position for stacking the packaging product prior to use, and an open position for storing the loaf of bread during transport and handling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventor: Francis Eric Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6530516
    Abstract: A carton is provided with an automatic bottom panel, which extends from a side panel, and has two converging reverse-scored fold lines, which extend outwardly from the side panel. One end flap featuring an angled score is folded up from the automatic bottom panel and is glued to its body panel. Adhesive is applied only above the diagonal folding score, leaving the unglued section free to fold in reverse in the bottom formation. The other end panel bottom flap is folded inwardly in the box joining process and a second of that flap with another diagonal score is folded in reverse for glue application. As the main panels are folded in the final gluing process the reverse folded glued section adheres to the outside surface of the previously mentioned major bottom flap. As the carton is brought into square during the erection process, the flaps self-form into a solid, full-overlapping bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Stone Container Corporation
    Inventor: Karl M. Ritter
  • Publication number: 20020166887
    Abstract: A folding box for packing made from a high density foam polypropylene resin board, in which the strength in a connecting portion is secured, durability is improved, and reusability is secured in addition to returnability and recyclability is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventor: Takamine Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 6409077
    Abstract: A collapsible carton for shipping, storage and display of individually wrapped smaller packages is provided which includes opposing front and rear panels, a floor and a pair of opposing side panels. The front, rear and side panels have walls of identical height as measured from the floor up to an upper edge of each of the panels. Together they form a receiving cavity with the edges defining an open mouth. Each side panel includes a tear-away section shaped preferably as a right triangle, one edge of the tear-away section being coincident with the upper edge of the respective side panel and a diagonal edge in perforated attachment running transverse across the side panel. The front panel also includes a tear-away section having one edge coincident with the upper edge of the front panel and an opposed edge in perforated attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Josephine Telesca, Michael Edward Ross
  • Patent number: 6386437
    Abstract: A collapsible octagonal bulk box has a bottom structure that closes automatically when the box is moved from a folded-flat condition to an erected condition. The box has opposed side walls and opposed end walls foldably connected by diagonal corner panels. A pair of diagonally opposite corner panels are bisected by longitudinal fold lines, and these fold lines define the outer edges of the folded-flat box. A major bottom flap is foldably connected to the bottom edge of each side wall, and a minor bottom flap is foldably connected to the bottom edge of each end wall. Each major bottom flap has a lateral side extension on its opposite side edges, and a diagonal fold line extends across one extension on each flap to define a triangular portion on each flap. The triangular portions are adhesively attached to an adjacent minor bottom flap, and in the folded-flat condition of the box the flaps project outwardly of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Daniel John Larson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6371363
    Abstract: A collapsible container made of paperboard and particularly a bottom structure for a collapsible containers. More particularly, a relatively flat bottom structure for a rapid set-up, octagon-shaped bulk box. The container includes an eight-sided body and a floor positioned to lie in a bottom opening of the eight-sided body upon movement of the eight-sided body from a collapsed, flattened position to assume an expanded, opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Inland Paperboard and Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy M. Franklin, Donald E. Newcomer
  • Publication number: 20020030090
    Abstract: A convertible bread packaging product is provided for preserving loaf bread. The packaging product includes a foldable paperboard blank having first and second opposing end edges and first and second opposing side edges. The blank is folded along respective lateral fold lines and attached along the first and second end edges to define a plurality of joined walls. The walls cooperate to form a protective enclosure having a length dimension greater than its width dimension, and at least one open end for receiving a loaf of bread. The enclosure is movable between a collapsed position for stacking the packaging product prior to use, and an open position for storing the loaf of bread during transport and handling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Inventor: Francis Eric Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6349876
    Abstract: This invention provides a collapsible box made of corrugated plastic, which has improved hinge line/score line configurations between walls and panels and improved hand holds. A plastic box of this invention preferably has an automatically lockable bottom to facilitate erection of the box, and can be easily collapsed for return shipment and reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Technology Container Corporation
    Inventor: Fred Dowd
  • Publication number: 20020011513
    Abstract: This invention provides a collapsible box made of corrugated plastic, which has improved hinge line/score line configurations between walls and panels and improved hand holds. A plastic box of this invention preferably has an automatically lockable bottom to facilitate erection of the box, and can be easily collapsed for return shipment and reuse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventor: Fred Dowd
  • Patent number: 6290123
    Abstract: A container includes a four-sided body configured to be folded from an expanded, opened position to a collapsed, flattened position. The four-sided body includes a set of four walls. The container further includes a floor including first and second bottom flaps coupled to first and second walls of the set of four walls. The floor also includes an anchor plate coupled to the second bottom flap and a hinge coupled to the first bottom flap and to the anchor plate to enable pivotable movement of the first bottom flap relative to the second bottom flap about a first pivot axis established by the first hinge during movement of the four-sided body between the collapsed, flattened position and the expanded, opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Inland Paperboard and Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Lei Pei