Plug-type Closure Patents (Class 229/125.09)
  • Patent number: 10343821
    Abstract: A resealable label is disclosed, the label having a top layer and a bottom layer. The top layer may be one or more ply, and the bottom layer may be one or more ply. The top layer is adhered to the bottom layer via an adhesive layer therebetween. The bottom layer includes a concave perforation, the concave perforation having a line defined by endpoints of the concave perforation. The label further includes a layer of deadener between the label layers, the deadener being on the convex side of the perforation, and terminating at the line, the line extending to opposing edges of the label, where the deadener is at least some distance away from the perforation such that the deadener and the perforation do not abut. The label may further have a layer of adhesive on the bottom layer for adhering the label to a surface. The disclosure further includes a reclosure system that includes the resealable label and an inner label for mounting on a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GATEWAY PACKAGING COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Lemmons, Brian Schiermeier
  • Patent number: 9832023
    Abstract: Authenticity and responsiveness of evidence (e.g., biometric evidence) may be validated without regard for whether there is direct control over a sensor that acquired the evidence. In some implementations, only a data block containing evidence that is (1) appended with a server-generated challenge (e.g., a nonce) and (2) signed by the sensor may validate that the evidence is responsive to a current request and belongs to a current session. In some implementations, trust may be established and/or enhanced due to one or more security features (e.g., anti-spoofing, anti-tampering, and/or other security features) being collocated with the sensor at the actual sampling site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: BiObex, LLC
    Inventor: Arthur W. Joyce, III
  • Patent number: 9718585
    Abstract: A reclosable package is described that includes a package integrity feature defined by an inner film layer of the package. The package integrity feature includes a first die cut portion and a second die cut portion that both extend from a main die cut portion at least partially defining the opening of the package. The first and second die cut portions are continuous with each other and with the main die cut portion, such that they are defined by a single cut line. In some cases, the package integrity feature includes a neck region that tears when the package is opened and an anchor region that resists delamination. Because the first and second die cut portions are continuously formed with each other, the anchor region may have a circular or elliptical shape and is, thus, easier and more consistently manufactured, allowing for better performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugo Giorgio, Eugene T. Smith, Joseph Donald Gagne, Jacob Donald Prue Branyon
  • Patent number: 8720726
    Abstract: A one-piece or monolithic body flat plastic lid for carton packages with thin walls and membrane or a web breaking under pressure, with a semicircular skirt provided with rectangular shaped entrance housing and locked to a closing and opening pivoting tab, joined to the border of a pouring orifice by means of a rupture horizontal perimeter membrane and a vertical breaking or tearing by means of pressure exerted in the vertical or transversal direction to the surface of the tab, which is locked by means of a hinge line to a transverse wall making the rectangular channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jose Rodrigo Oliva Salinas
  • Patent number: 8602244
    Abstract: A flexible, stackable container for storing a quantity of a product may include a sealed package formed from a single sheet of film and retaining the quantity of the product disposed therein, and a lid fitment attached to a first side of the package. The first side of the package may have an outer first surface of the film and outwardly extending first corner seals formed in the film at the edges of the first side and surrounding the first side of the package. The package may also have a second side disposed opposite the first side and outwardly extending second corner seals formed in the film at the edges of the second side and surrounding the second side of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Sanfilippo, James J. Sanfilippo, Jeanne M. Skaggs, Roy Speer
  • Patent number: 8231024
    Abstract: A flexible, stackable container for storing a quantity of a product may include a sealed package formed from a single sheet of film and retaining the quantity of the product disposed therein, and a lid fitment attached to a first side of the package. The first side of the package may have an outer first surface of the film and outwardly extending first corner seals formed in the film at the edges of the first side and surrounding the first side of the package. The package may also have a second side disposed opposite the first side and outwardly extending second corner seals formed in the film at the edges of the second side and surrounding the second side of the package. The lid fitment may include a base having a central opening and a lid having a complimentary shape to the base to form a seal therebetween when the lid is closed down onto the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Sanfilippo, James J. Sanfilippo, Jeanne M. Skaggs, Roy Speer
  • Patent number: 8220701
    Abstract: A carton, package, or container formed from a blank and that include a film or other moisture resistant lining applied thereto are described. The film is adhered to the inside panels of the carton, package, or container. The carton, package, or container are capable of receiving a lid and contents therein when formed. The cartons, packages, and containers include reclosable features and may be sealed against moisture and other environmental factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Fontaine, Norman L. Jesch, Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: 8066137
    Abstract: A flexible, stackable container for storing a quantity of a product may include a sealed package formed from a single sheet of film and retaining the quantity of the product disposed therein, and a lid fitment attached to a first side of the package. The first side of the package may have an outer first surface of the film and outwardly extending first corner seals formed in the film at the edges of the first side and surrounding the first side of the package. The package may also have a second side disposed opposite the first side and outwardly extending second corner seals formed in the film at the edges of the second side and surrounding the second side of the package. The lid fitment may include a base having a central opening and a lid having a complimentary shape to the base to form a seal therebetween when the lid is closed down onto the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Sanfilippo, James J. Sanfilippo, Jeanne M. Skaggs, Roy Speer
  • Patent number: 7934616
    Abstract: A flip-top closure for composite and cardboard packaging, which permits the automatic opening of a package by flipping open the lid of the closure, includes a frame base element, which is designed to be welded by its level underside to composite or card-board packaging, and has a continuous peripheral overhang that protrudes upwards in order to form a pouring neck with an interior opening. A cover that flips open and closes is fixed to the base element. A guide, or tongue, element is pivotally mounted on the base element extends over the interior expanse of the overhang and friction-fit elements act between the tongue, or guide, element and the cover to pivot the tongue downwardly by force when the cover is flipped open for tearing and pivoting away a piece of the packaging lying below the tongue or guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Josef Felber
  • Patent number: 7628296
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a two-part, reclosable pouring element for a liquid packaging, wherein the pouring element has a base member and a closure lid, wherein said closure lid is hinged on said base member by means of two bearing necks and has an opening to accommodate a tamper-proof closure and wherein said closure lid can be tilted inside the packaging material for opening of the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: SIG Allcap AG
    Inventor: Robert Rudolph
  • Publication number: 20090242560
    Abstract: Described and shown is a re-closable pouring element for cardboard/plastic composite packagings comprising a base to be applied onto the packaging in the vicinity of an over-coated weakened zone, a lid pivotably mounted at the end of the base, and an opening element, pivotably mounted on the lid, wherein restricted guidance elements are arranged between the base and the opening element. A pouring element with small overall height which ensures reliable opening of the packaging is achieved by that the opening element is joined in an articulated manner at the end of a lever projecting downward from the lid, so that the opening element when the lid is lifted up is firstly made to perform a linear movement forward, which as a result of further restricted guidance elements arranged on the interior of the base and/or on the opening element is converted into a downward movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: SIG Technology AG
    Inventor: Roger Alther
  • Publication number: 20080308617
    Abstract: A container having a compose content material release opening formed from a wall having a major opening and a flap having one or more smaller flap edge openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: William F. Jennings
  • Patent number: 6845902
    Abstract: Proposed for a square flat gable composite packing are a resealable spout element (1) and the manufacture of a flat gable composite packing with such a spout element (1) that eliminate the disadvantage of known spout elements, namely that such packings can no longer be opened once the sealed-on opening aids for initially opening the packing lose their non-positive bond with the packing during transport or as the result of inadequate proposed, with a cap (2), in which an opening element (4) sealing. A resealable spout element (1) is attached to the packing interior can be bonded with the cap (2) to form an undetachable unit by means of a connecting element (5) that penetrates an opening surface present in the packing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: SIG Combibloc Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Bömer, Matthias Dammers, Christoph Mehler, Hans Weiteder
  • Publication number: 20040108371
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an opening arrangement (10) comprising a bottom piece (11) which is arranged so as to be positioned on a packaging material (1) and to delimit a pouring opening, a lid (12) which is hinged about a folding joint and arranged so as, in closed position, to seal the pouring opening, tamper evidence (14) which is on the one hand connected to a pull tab (13) connected to the lid (12) and on the other hand connected to the bottom piece (11) or arranged so as to be connected to the packaging material by means of a fastening surface (15), and which tamper evidence (14) is intended to be broken the first time the opening arrangement (10) is opened. That portion (13b) of the pull tab to which the tamper evidence (14) is connected, the tamper evidence (14) and that portion of the bottom piece (11) to which the tamper evidence (14) is connected or the fastening surface (15) which is intended to be connected to the packaging material (1) extend essentially along a common plane (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Applicant: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Niels Damkjaer
  • Patent number: 6626315
    Abstract: A form, fill and seal packaging machine for forming, filling and sealing a carton, molds a closure directly onto the carton. The machine includes a carton erection station adapted to receive a carton in a generally flat form and to erect the flat form carton into a tubular form defining an internal carton region. A direct injection molding station has an internal mold tool and an external mold tool. The internal mold tool is configured for receipt within the internal carton region and the internal mold tool and the external mold tool are configured to receive and clamp the carton therebetween. The direct injection molding station further includes a polymer injection system for injecting polymer from a location external of the carton to the internal mold tool. The closure is directly molded in place on the carton. A mold tool set, a method for carrying out the molding and a closure molded thereby are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance, SA
    Inventors: John Lees, Terry Erickson, Terry Berglin, Mike Robertson, Nicholas Cook, Russell Stacy-Ryan, Jens Mogard
  • Patent number: 6554181
    Abstract: A reclosable pouring element with a base member and a closure lid which serves at the same time as the opening device. A flange surrounding the opening surface of the pouring element is fixedly connected to a flat gable top composite packaging. The closure lid has lateral bearing pins which are supported in corresponding recesses of the base member, in which a safe connection between the base member and the closure lid and a reliable opening/closing function of the flat gable top composite packaging is provided. The recesses in the base member are arranged on the package side so that the closure lid can be clamped from the package side into the recesses for receiving the bearing pins provided in the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: SIG Combibloc GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Dammers, Holger Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20030066870
    Abstract: A paperboard container for releasably dispensing contents contained therein is convertible from a substantially sealed orientation to a substantially open, dispensing orientation and back to the substantially sealed orientation. The paperboard container comprises a tubular container member, a bottom member and a top member, with the top member being telescopically received within the container member to seal the top member to the container. The top member is pivotable about the hinge portion and is pivotable to the sealed orientation to substantially reseal the container member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventor: Noel G. Stewart
  • Patent number: 6536627
    Abstract: A pourer spout for a composite package of the carton brick type, arranged to be located level with the opening zone of the latter. The pourer spout comprises a base (2) fixed onto the container around the opening zone, and an articulated cover (4), able to reclose the container after opening. A perforating piece (6) is mounted pivotally on the base (2), facing the opening zone, in order to be moved between an initial position in which it is situated entirely outside the container to a final position in which it is situated substantially inside the container. A striker (8) is mounted pivotally on the base (2) in order to push the perforating piece (6) towards the inside of the container while perforating the wall of the latter and to more or less take the initial position of the perforating piece (6), the striker (8) in this last position acting as pourer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Claude Benoit-Gonin, Andre Orsaud
  • Patent number: 6510981
    Abstract: A canister for containing a particulate-type product such as a ready-to-eat cereal. The canister includes a side wall, a bottom closure and a plastic lid. The side wall defines at least a portion of a tubular body having an upper opening, a lower opening and an internal storage region for containing the particulate-type product. In this regard, the side wall includes a first, paper-based layer and a second, plastic-based layer. The first, paper-based layer has an inner surface and an outer surface. The second, plastic-based layer is bonded to the inner surface of the first, paper-based layer. The bottom closure is connected to the side wall so as to encompass the bottom opening. The plastic lid is openably secure to the tubular body at the upper opening. In this regard, the plastic lid provides selective access to the internal storage region. With this configuration, the plastic lid facilitates rapid fabrication of the canister, as well as providing for increased canister durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis J. Deering, Gordon H. Meier, Sarah J. Moberg, Patrick J. Sumpmann
  • Patent number: 6484929
    Abstract: A canister for storing a particulate-type product. The canister includes a tubular body, a bottom panel, a top panel and a plurality of tabs. The tubular body defines an upper opening, a lower opening, and an internal storage region. The bottom panel is connected to the tubular body so as to encompass the lower opening. The top panel is similarly connected to the tubular body so as to encompass the upper opening and includes a lid. The lid is selectively secured to the tubular body at the upper opening such that the lid is moveable from an initial, closed state to an opened state, and from the opened state to a reclosed state. In the initial, closed state, the lid is secured to the tubular body. In the opened state, the lid is displaced from the tubular body to define a pour opening through which the internal storage region is accessible. In the reclosed state, the lid substantially encompasses the pour opening. Finally, the plurality of tabs are associated with the lid in at least the reclosed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Sumpmann, Gordon Meier, Curtis Deering
  • Patent number: 6471083
    Abstract: A closure for sealing an opening of a tubular container is disclosed, the closure having a paperboard central panel with a plurality of secondary panels extending angularly therefrom forming a surface around the perimeter of the central panel. A plastic skirt is adhered around the perimeter of the central panel and to one side of the secondary panels opposite the surface to reinforce it. A metal foil layer is adhered to the surface, the foil having a side facing the sidewall of the container with a heat-activated adhesive layer thereon. The closure is positioned on the container with the central panel in registration with the opening and the heat-activated adhesive layer engaging the sidewall of the container. The seal between the closure and the container is effected by subjecting the container to an electromagnetic induction field, whereby eddy currents induced in the metal foil by the field cause the heat-activated adhesive to form a bond between the container sidewall and the secondary panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Double “H” Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles R. Helms
  • Patent number: 6471122
    Abstract: A paperboard container for releasably dispensing contents contained therein is convertible from a substantially sealed orientation to a substantially open, dispensing orientation and back to the substantially sealed orientation. The container comprises a tubular body member, a bottom member and a top member, with the top member being telescopically received within the body member to seal the top member to the body member. The top member has a closure member that is repositionable to the sealed orientation to substantially reseal the container member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Stone Container Corporation
    Inventors: Noel G. Stewart, L. David Fielder, Angela Lueders Rowland, Suzanne Theresa Barker, David Lawrence Botterman
  • Patent number: 6454161
    Abstract: An opening device (2) attached at a hole (4) in a top wall portion (16) of a packaging container (12) and positioned adjacent a fold line (14) of the packaging container, including a base portion (8) connected to the top wall at the hole, and a lid portion (10) releasably connected to the base portion, in which the base portion has a portion (26) protruding from a main circumferential portion (24) towards the fold line (14), for providing increased stability of the container during storage and transport. A tamper evidence protrusion (11), also functioning as a pull tab for opening the lid portion, extends from the lid portion to be connected to an outer side (6b) of the top wall portion. A reduced thickness tearing edge (28) is provided between the base portion and the lid portion for facilitating opening, and a bistable hinge (9) releasably biases the lid portion to stably remain in an open position, for avoiding interference of the lid portion during product dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance SA
    Inventors: Antonio Rendina, Magne Karlsson, Tord Breivald
  • Publication number: 20020074387
    Abstract: A substantially paperboard container for releasably dispensing contents contained therein is convertible from a substantially sealed orientation to a substantially open, dispensing orientation and back to the substantially sealed orientation. The paperboard container comprises a tubular container member, a bottom member and a top member, with the top member being telescopically received within the container member to seal the top member to the container. The top member is pivotable about the hinge portion and is pivotable to the sealed orientation to substantially reseal the container member. The lid is fabricated in whole or in part, from plastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Noel G. Stewart, L. David Fielder
  • Patent number: 6394339
    Abstract: A closure for attachment to a carton. The closure comprises a base and a cover. The base includes a debossment or trough which facilitates adhesion of the closure to the carton, e.g. with hot melt. The surface of the carton to which the closure is being attached may have a debossment instead of or in addition to that of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward John Giblin
  • Patent number: 6390358
    Abstract: A paperboard container for releasably dispensing contents contained therein is convertible from a substantially sealed orientation to a substantially open, dispensing orientation and back to the substantially sealed orientation. The paperboard container comprises a tubular container member, a bottom member and a top member, with the top member being telescopically received within the container member to seal the top member to the container. The top member is pivotable about the hinge portion and is pivotable to the sealed orientation to substantially reseal the container member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Stone Container Corporation
    Inventors: Noel G. Stewart, L. David Fielder, Joseph J. Hart, Angela L. Rowland, Suzanne Theresa Barker
  • Patent number: 6375067
    Abstract: The object is to provide a packaging container which can improve the quality of a packaging material (10) and which does not restrict the types of usable lid members (13). The packaging container has a container body (12) and a lid member (13) welded to the top wall (12a) of the container body (12). The lid member (13) is composed of a main body portion (14) having an opening (21), as well as a lid portion (15) swingably supported by the main body portion (14). A rupturable portion (23) is formed in a discharge opening portion which is defined on the top wall (12a) at a predetermined position. The rupturable portion (23) is composed of a thin-wall portion (24) formed through reduction of the thickness of the packaging material (10) constituting the container body (12) and a rupture-line area formed through formation of a rupture line portion surrounding a predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance, S.A.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Moriyama