Contents Gravity-fed To Access Opening Patents (Class 229/122.1)
  • Patent number: 10611537
    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 can be respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels. The at least two end flaps are at least partially overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. The closed end of the carton can comprise a generally vertical portion extending from the bottom panel and an oblique portion extending from the top panel to the generally vertical portion. A dispenser can extend in at least the closed end of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: O'Neal Alexander, Daniel Ahern, Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Patent number: 10543955
    Abstract: Disclosed is an eye shield dispenser. The dispenser has a front panel, a rear panel, first and second front side panels, first and second rear side panels, a top panel, and a bottom panel. The front panel includes an access port providing access for removal of eye shields contained therein. An optional inclined surface is disposed in the interior of the dispenser near the access port, and eye shields are configured to be placed thereon and manually removed therefrom. The dispenser is shaped to generally correspond with the shape of the eye shields to hold the eye shields in place such that an inner insert is not required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael V. Turturro, Allison Ward, David S. Noskowicz
  • Patent number: 10099853
    Abstract: A recyclable container includes a hollow body having an outer surface and an inner surface. The hollow body includes a top end, a bottom end, and at least one side panel. The at least one side panel defines a fitted cutout, and the hollow body defines a cavity interior to the hollow body and about continuous from the top end to the bottom end. The fitted cutout defines an opening from the outer surface to the cavity. A top panel contacts the top end of the hollow body, and a bottom panel contacts the bottom end of the hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon Charles Miller
  • Patent number: 9394093
    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 can be respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels. The at least two end flaps are at least partially overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. The closed end of the carton can comprise a generally vertical portion extending from the bottom panel and an oblique portion extending from the top panel to the generally vertical portion. A dispenser can extend in at least the closed end of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: O'Neal Alexander, Daniel Ahern, Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Patent number: 9266646
    Abstract: The present application provides a dispensing package for a number of articles therein. The dispensing package may include a tub and a reclosable lid enclosing the tub. The reclosable lid may include a dispensing aperture, one or more mating slots, and a spout flap forming a reclosable spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Shawn A. Oakes
  • Patent number: 9199762
    Abstract: A packaging assembly comprises a bulk box having a shock absorber to dampen a kinetic energy of product being dispensed from a conveyor system. The shock absorber may be a rectangular sheet shock absorber disposed diagonally in the bulk box, a shuttle tray shock absorber disposed in an opening of the bulk box, a deflector net disposed in an opening of the bulk box, or a inflatable bag shock absorber disposed in the bulk box, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Grady Russell, Jeffrey A. Henderson, Lona Phitsamay, Joselito (Jay) T. Crespo
  • Patent number: 9156579
    Abstract: A carton for holding a product. The carton having a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton, the plurality of panels comprises a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel and a second side panel. A tear away panel in at least one of the plurality of panels, the tear away panel providing access to the interior. A hinge in at least one of the plurality of panels and at least one tear line extending at least partially across at least one of the plurality of panels. The at least one tear line dividing the carton into a first portion and a second portion. The first portion configured to be pivotable at the hinge between an open position allowing access to the interior and a closed position with the first portion at least partially overlapping the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Felicia A. Pinkstone
  • Publication number: 20150053754
    Abstract: A product dispensing system may include a container including a plurality of walls that define an internal volume and an opening into the internal volume, wherein the container defines a plurality of first perforations and at least one first reinforcing feature arranged in a first row extending from the opening and a plurality of second perforations and at least one second reinforcing feature arranged in a second row extending from the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Bogdziewicz, Christopher A. Moser, Stephen G. Simmons, Wojciech A. Blaziak
  • Publication number: 20140319205
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gravity fed dispenser. The gravity fed dispenser includes a tower portion including a front wall, a back wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, and a pair of side walls, and an insert portion located within the tower portion, the insert portion including a front wall, and a pair side of walls attached to opposite edges of the front wall. The dispenser also includes an opening in a lower portion of the tower portion, and at least one tab located in the opening. The tower portion and insert portion are preferably made from a single blank of material. In another embodiment, the insert portion includes a front wall, and a first wing and a second wing attached to opposite edges of the front wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Menasha Corporation
    Inventor: Bradly Thomas Schultz
  • Publication number: 20140299656
    Abstract: A dispenser carton including a removable bin dispenser. The removable bin dispenser forms part of the exterior surface of the carton, but may be detached from the carton to allow access to the carton. The carton has a dual dispensing feature in that the carton may either be displayed with the removable bin dispenser positioned on the carton to form a counter top dispenser configuration or a hanging configuration or the carton may be displayed with the removable bin dispenser simply removed to form a shelf-loaded carton configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: William Wintermute
  • Publication number: 20140131429
    Abstract: A seal end carton having a feature that creates an aperture and that may be opened and reclosed. The carton may be constructed from a flat carton blank that is then folded and sealed. The carton further includes an opening and reclosing feature that can be opened and reclosed multiple times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: ROCK-TENN SHARED SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Linda A. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 8720743
    Abstract: A paperboard carton for receiving articles in two or more layers separated by a divider pad is provided. The divider pad is secured relative to an end panel arrangement at one end of the carton. The carton has a top panel, a base panel and a pair of opposite sides. One of the side panels has a removable portion adjacent one end, which, when removed, defines a roll out aperture for article removal when the carton is lying on the end panel arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Leslie Smalley, Zoe Wilkins
  • Patent number: 8628003
    Abstract: A product dispensing container including a plurality of walls that define an internal volume, at least one of the walls including an access door panel, a priming area and a severance line, and a plurality of products received in the internal volume, wherein the priming area is displaceable relative to the wall to form a free edge, and wherein the access door panel is at least partially defined by the free edge and the severance line when the priming area is displaced relative to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Laurel Thomas, Aaron L. Bates, John Gelardi
  • Patent number: 8622280
    Abstract: A combination shipping and dispensing carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton has a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The carton may have various dispensing features to allow articles to be dispensed from the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Coltri-Johnson, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Edward W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20130134211
    Abstract: A dispenser carton having more than one dispenser opening, permitting two different modes of access to products or articles contained within the carton. Preferably, the dispenser openings are oriented to permit the optimal orientation of products for dispensing from each of the dispenser openings. In accordance with another aspect of the present invention, separate and independent from the first aspect yet complementary thereto if desired, the dispenser openings are provided to permit loading of articles therein in an oriented manner corresponding to automated carton-loading equipment and optionally also to permit dispensing through at least one of the openings in a desired dispensing orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Stephan M. Linkel
  • Publication number: 20120279893
    Abstract: An improved dispersing system for dispensing products provided initially in a package that includes an activatable opening structure is disclosed. The dispensing system comprises a frame being configured to support the package of products and an opening tool associated with the frame. The opening tool engages with the activatable opening structure on the package to create an opening when the package is moved longitudinally along the frame of the dispensing system, thus allowing the products to be at least partially dispensed out of the package into the product display area of the frame through the opening formed on the rear panel or on an angular of the rear and side panels of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: John Gelardi, Laurel Thomas
  • Patent number: 8281979
    Abstract: A dispensing carton and method for dispensing beverage cans is disclosed. The carton enables end-users to easily remove cans from the carton without the common problem of additional cans inadvertently falling out. After removing tear outs, the dispenser flap is folded upon itself and then onto the lower panel to keep cans from rolling out. Optional locking tabs can be used to keep the flap folded. Optional thumb grips and added slits can make tear out removal easier and less trouble prone. The new carton uses existing size carton blanks and requires no added components and no added cost for materials or labor. Furthermore, no changes to manufacturing equipment or manufacturing processes in making carton blanks, assembling the cartons, filling the cartons or transporting the filled cartons are needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: John Pfanstiehl
  • Patent number: 8220702
    Abstract: Cartons have dispensing features that enable containers or other articles to be selectively dispensed from the cartons while preventing inadvertent escape of the articles from the cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. DeBusk, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20120118943
    Abstract: A carton with an improved dispenser at one of the carton which preserves the integrity of the carton when the carton is opened by permitting a bottom end flap attached to the bottom panel to remain in place and also a portion of each side end flap that is adjacent to the bottom end flap. This dispenser may also provide a safety net for the first container that is automatically dispensed when the carton is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond Rudolph Spivey
  • Patent number: 8162206
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of containers. The carton comprises a bottom panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, a plurality of flaps at a first end of said carton, a first side end flap at a second end of said carton, and a second side end flap at said second end of said carton. A panel dispenser flap is defined in said first side panel, said bottom panel, and in said second side panel by a first at least one tear line. A first portion of an end dispenser flap is defined in said first side panel and in said first side end flap by a second at least one tear line. A second portion of said end dispenser flap is defined in said second side panel and in said second side end flap by a third at least one tear line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen R. Harrelson
  • Publication number: 20120018503
    Abstract: A carton includes a tubular body for receiving a stack of articles is disclosed. The articles in the carton are movable toward the lower end of the tubular body along the tubular axis of the tubular body. The tubular body includes a front panel and a rear panel. A removable portion is formed from the front panel of the tubular body and is disposed proximate the lower end of the tubular body. The removable portion when removed defines an exit opening through which a first one of the articles is forwardly movable so that the articles are removable one at a time from the carton through the exit opening. An access assisting feature defines a relief opening in the rear panel through which a second one of the articles is backwardly movable to allow a finger space to be created next to the first one of the articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: MEADWESTVACO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradford J Walling, John A. Gelardi
  • Patent number: 8033449
    Abstract: Cartons can be placed in dispensing configurations by separating the carton into carton sections. The carton sections may be connected by a hinge that allows the carton sections to stand side-by-side. The carton sections can have a dispenser section in at least one of the side panels for dispensing articles from the carton sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles F. Ho Fung, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Barry D. Biddle
  • Patent number: 7992765
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming the carton having a dispenser for dispensing cylindrical containers or other types of articles. The dispenser has a removable dispenser panel that is accessed from an access panel foldably attached to the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirsten Laura Brand
  • Patent number: 7874477
    Abstract: A carton with a new dispenser that can be opened by a pull tab with this dispenser flap being placed in a corner of the top panel of the carton so that it is adjacent to the tops of the small necks of the bottles for easy opening and removal or for opening and reclosing. The dispenser flap is held in position by resistant tear lines but can be easily removed by an attached pull tab that is loosely connected to the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Glen R. Harrelson
  • Patent number: 7870957
    Abstract: A package (10) includes a plurality of articles (B) that are disposed on their sides in a matrix arrangement that includes a plurality of rows (R1, R2, R3) and columns (C1, C2, C3, C4). A lower row (R1) of articles (B) defines a dispensing position (P1) for each column (C1, C2, C3, C4) and upper rows (R2, R3) of articles (B) define descending positions (P2, P3) for each column (C1, C2, C3, C4). A carton (500) encloses the articles (B) and includes a detachable portion (1115, 1315) that can be detached along a severance line (1110, 1310) to expose the articles in the dispensing positions (P1). Inserts (400, 800, 1000) are provided to facilitate dispensing the articles, to control the rate of descent of articles moving from the descending positions (P2, P3) toward the dispensing positions (P1), and/or to provide insulation between the articles as they move toward the dispensing positions (P1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Holley, Jr., Bradford J. Walling, Garrett K. Schemmel
  • Publication number: 20100200646
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Patent number: 7762451
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of cylindrical containers in at least three rows having a dispenser flap that is easily removed from the end of the carton to expose a dispenser which has a bottom of a sufficient height from the bottom panel to prevent containers in the bottom row from rolling out, but less than a diameter of a container in the bottom row. This carton also has a panel dispenser flap that is easily removed from a top or bottom panel of the carton to expose a dispenser which has a bottom of sufficient height from the end of the carton on which it is resting while dispensing containers to prevent the containers in the bottom row from falling out, but less than the diameter of a container in the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen R. Harrelson
  • Patent number: 7743972
    Abstract: A carton comprises a divider panel that connects a front panel of the carton to a back panel. The lower edge of the divider panel is offset from the bottom panel, and therefore is less likely to buckle or bend when the carton is subjected to axial compression. The divider panel therefore provides greater axial stiffness and strength to the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Fogle
  • Publication number: 20100140334
    Abstract: A pouring spout for adhesive-free attachment to a container with an aperture is provided. The pouring spout has a chute with a front face and a back, side walls extending away from the chute in a direction away from the front face to form the spout, and one or more detents on each side wall in the interior of the spout for securing the spout to a tab on the container. The pouring spout is preferably one piece and is connected to the container without the use of glues or adhesives or any other structural features except for the detents on the side walls of the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Henry J. Brucker, II, Frank A. Lombardo
  • Patent number: 7717321
    Abstract: A package includes a carton and a divider. The carton has a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton and at least two end flaps respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels. The end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. The divider has a divider panel that at least partially divides the interior of the carton and a securing flap that is connected to the divider panel. The securing flap is positioned between the overlapping end flaps of the carton, whereby the divider is at least partially secured to the closed end of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Jean-Manuel Gomes, Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7703665
    Abstract: A carton accommodates stacked, articles. The carton has a pivoting dispenser that allows the articles to be dispensed from the front of the carton. The bottom panel can be erected using relatively simple folding operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Hallenbeck McGowan
  • Patent number: 7699213
    Abstract: Cartons have dispensing features that enable containers or other articles to be selectively dispensed from the cartons while preventing inadvertent escape of the articles from the cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. DeBusk, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20100051494
    Abstract: Cartons have dispensing features that enable containers or other articles to be selectively dispensed from the cartons while preventing inadvertent escape of the articles from the cartons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Patrick J. DeBusk, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Raymond Rudolph Spivey, SR.
  • Patent number: 7658317
    Abstract: There is provided a paperboard carton for receiving articles in two or more layers separated by a divider pad which is secured relative to an end panel arrangement at one end of the carton. The carton has a top panel, a base panel and a pair of opposite sides. One of the side panels has a removable portion adjacent one end which when removed defines a roll out aperture for article removal when the carton is lying on said one end panel arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Zoe Claire Wilkins
  • Patent number: 7648048
    Abstract: A combination shipping container and dispenser is described herein. A regular slotted container (RSC) is modified to include at least a first and second dispensing feature such that the RSC can dispense product when it is configured in either a horizontal or in a vertical orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corrugated LLC
    Inventor: Tracy C. Smith
  • Publication number: 20090314663
    Abstract: A package (10) includes a plurality of articles (B) that are disposed on their sides in a matrix arrangement that includes a plurality of rows (R1, R2, R3) and columns (C1, C2, C3, C4). A lower row (R1) of articles (B) defines a dispensing position (P1) for each column (C1, C2, C3, C4) and upper rows (R2, R3) of articles (B) define descending positions (P2, P3) for each column (C1, C2, C3, C4). A carton (500) encloses the articles (B) and includes a detachable portion (1115, 1315) that can be detached along a severance line (1110, 1310) to expose the articles in the dispensing positions (P1). Inserts (400, 800, 1000) are provided to facilitate dispensing the articles, to control the rate of descent of articles moving from the descending positions (P2, P3) toward the dispensing positions (P1), and/or to provide insulation between the articles as they move toward the dispensing positions (P1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventors: John M. Holley, JR., Bradford J. Walling, Garrett K. Schemmel
  • Patent number: 7621438
    Abstract: A carton is provided for holding and positioning articles for easy access. The carton may also be used for dispensing articles that contain products such as food and beverages. The carton includes various unique features, including an opening feature that provides easy access to the articles, and a tilt feature that positions the articles at the front end of the carton. Also provided is a carton blank, such as a paperboard blank, which is cut to a specific shape, and creased and scored, cut or perforated in specific areas. Methods for forming the blanks into cartons and for operating the opening and positioning features are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7614543
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user. Removal of the articles is assisted by a gravity feed stand included in the carton which when implemented promotes the gravity feed of the articles toward the dispenser for convenient access and removal from the carton by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: The C. W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Patent number: 7552857
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of cans in at least three rows having a dispenser flap that is easily removed from the end of the carton to expose a dispenser which has a bottom of a sufficient height from the bottom panel to prevent containers in the bottom row from rolling out, but less than the diameter of a container in the bottom row. The top of the dispenser is at a height from the bottom panel that is equal to diameter of a can contained in the carton plus the distance that is substantially less than the diameter of a can, such height being sufficient to prevent any container in the middle row from automatically rolling out of the dispenser when opened, but allowing a person to grasp and pull out the container in the middle row that is adjacent to the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen R. Harrelson
  • Publication number: 20090145954
    Abstract: Cartons can be placed in dispensing configurations by separating the carton into carton sections. The carton sections may be connected by a hinge that allows the carton sections to stand side-by-side. The carton sections can have a dispenser section in at least one of the side panels for dispensing articles from the carton sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Charles F. Ho Fung, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Barry D. Biddle
  • Publication number: 20090145953
    Abstract: Containers for holding and dispensing a plurality of items and methods of assembling the same are disclosed. The containers include a sidewall having an aperture therein, a bottom, and an interior flow control guide to force the items through a rearward restricted passage as the items move within the container downward toward the bottom and forward toward the aperture in the sidewall. A plurality of items are simultaneously accessible through the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: JULES ANDREW HEINEMANN III, Daniel Scott Carey, Paul Steven Scriba
  • Publication number: 20090057384
    Abstract: A carton for packaging containers is provided. The carton includes a top wall, two side walls, a bottom wall, and two closed end walls. At least one of the closed end walls is an exiting end. The carton includes at least one detachable portion to be detached from at least a portion of one of the end walls and the side walls. The at least one detachable portion to be detached from the carton defining an opening at the exiting end through which containers may be removed. The exiting end opening has a size. The carton includes upper and lower retention portions formed from the end wall at the exiting end. At least one of the upper and lower retention portions is hingedly connected to at least one of the top wall and the bottom wall for increasing the size of the exiting end opening to facilitate removal of the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Angela Elizabeth Learn
  • Patent number: 7475777
    Abstract: A carton includes a retaining structure that is arranged to retain articles within the carton when an end of the carton has been opened. The retaining structure includes an obstruction spaced from the opened end of the carton that abuts an article located at a dispenser opening of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles F. Ho Fung, Andrea Coltri-Johnson, Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Publication number: 20080302864
    Abstract: A combination shipping container and dispenser is described herein. A regular slotted container (RSC) is modified to include at least a first and second dispensing feature such that the RSC can dispense product when it is configured in either a horizontal or in a vertical orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORRUGATED LLC
    Inventor: Tracy C. Smith
  • Patent number: 7413101
    Abstract: A paperboard carton for receiving articles in two or more layers separated by a divider pad is provided. The divider pad is secured relative to an end panel arrangement at one end of the carton. The carton has a top panel, a base panel and a pair of opposite sides. One of the side panels has a removable portion adjacent one end, which, when removed, defines a roll out aperture for article removal when the carton is lying on the end panel arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Leslie Smalley, Zoe Wilkins
  • Patent number: 7377420
    Abstract: A two-piece bliss-type container blank and resulting container for easily dispensing products contained within is disclosed. Specifically, the container is designed to have an exterior bottom panel that is essentially flat, while having an internal bottom panel that is inclined toward a front panel. The front panel includes structure to permit the removal of product from within the container. The two-piece bliss-type structure provides a strong and stable container that may be constructed to varying sizes and geometries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Gardner
  • Publication number: 20080116251
    Abstract: A carton with an improved dispenser at an end of the carton which preserves the integrity of the carton when it is opened while permitting the bottom end flaps attached to the bottom panel to remain in place and also a portion of each side end flap that overlaps the bottom end flaps. This dispenser has a bottom tear line in the end of the carton which only extends partially across the end of the carton. The tear line extends upwardly from each side of the bottom tear line to form end retainers to prevent cans in the second row of the carton from rolling out. By placing the bottom tear line no higher from the bottom of the carton than necessary to retain a can in the bottom row and to make the end retainers on each side of the carton no larger than necessary to restrain a can in the second row from rolling out, easy access to the cans on the bottom row of containers is provided after the cans in the second and third rows of the carton have been removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: Jean-Manuel Gomes, Glen R. Harrelson, Raymond R. Spivey
  • Patent number: 7331509
    Abstract: A severable carton wall includes a substantially vertically disposed composite wall formed from a pair of overlapping panels joined along a seam, and a frangible line extending across the composite wall, traversing the seam, defining a removable upper portion of the composite wall. An extensively-weakened segment of the frangible line that substantially traverses the seam is shaped and disposed such that the extensively-weakened segment defines a notch in the removable upper portion within the seam of the removable upper portion. The extensively-weakened segment includes a pair of cut lines formed respectively in the end portions of the panels such that the cut lines define a pair of secured protrusions formed respectively from the panels and extending upwardly from the lower portion of the composite wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Bates, James R. Oliff
  • Patent number: 7328834
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of cans in at least three rows having a dispenser flap that is easily removed from the end of the carton to expose a dispenser which has a bottom of a sufficient height from the bottom panel to prevent containers in the bottom row from rolling out, but less than the diameter of a container in the bottom row. The top of the dispenser is at a height from the bottom panel that is equal to diameter of a can contained in the carton plus the distance that is substantially less than the diameter of a can, such height being sufficient to prevent any container in the middle row from automatically rolling out of the dispenser when opened, but allowing a person to grasp and pull out the container in the middle row that is adjacent to the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen R. Harrelson
  • Patent number: 7306138
    Abstract: Embodiments of a product dispensing apparatus, gate and methods for assembling and using are disclosed. A particularly, useful feature of the embodiments is a movable gate having tabs with perforation which may be formed as part of a unitary body configured for assembly into a product dispensing apparatus. According to an additional feature, the gate may be configured to separate from the tabs upon first use and then be used to open and close or at least partially close a portal for accessing products within the product dispensing apparatus. According to other features, the gate may also be configured to slide up and down, from side-to-side or move within a channel formed in part by the tabs at the perforations and by other gate-enclosing panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: William S. Shadrach