Groove- Or Shoulder-engaging Type Patents (Class 294/87.2)
  • Patent number: 10358239
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching one or more can carriers to a plurality of cans is disclosed herein. The apparatus may include rails for guiding the cans as the cans move through the apparatus. Push members may be moved into the space between the rails to push the cans through the apparatus towards a member and at least one roller. The member (e.g., a hopper) may position a can carrier above the cans. The at least one roller may be positioned to provide a downward force on the can carrier to attach the can carrier to the top of the cans as the cans are moved past the at least one roller by the push members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: American Canning Machines, LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. Daniel, Donna H. Daniel, David C. Racino
  • Patent number: 10315818
    Abstract: A packaging element for can-type containers. The grouper means includes a plurality of protective covers. Each protective cover is linked to a container and includes a top cover provided to cover the top portion of the container and an elongated body formed from a strand-shape structure of flexible material having a hand grip portion. Each protective cover has a widened portion arranged in at least one of the ends of the elongated body and a plurality of attachment portions, with a number complementary to the plurality of protective covers. The plurality of attachment portions are provided to be coupled in a removable way to the plurality of protective covers. The plurality of protective covers and the elongated body are formed from a single injection-molded piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Jose Francisco Gonzalez Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9382039
    Abstract: A packaging assembly is provided and may include a first cup having a first end, a second end formed on an opposite end of the first cup from the first end, and an interior defined between the first end and the second end that receives food product, whereby the first end has an opening in communication with the interior. The packaging assembly may also include a wrap that extends around the first cup and a cap that is selectively attached to the first cup at the first end to close the opening. The cap and the second end may extend through respective apertures formed in the wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventor: Edward J Foley
  • Patent number: 9079699
    Abstract: A carrier comprising a top panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a first bottom panel connected to the first side panel by at least one first strut, and a second bottom panel connected to the second side panel by at least one second strut. At least one container-receiving portion can comprise a first retaining feature and an opposing second retaining feature. At least a portion of the first retaining feature or the second retaining feature is disposed in the first side panel or the second side panel. A container can be retained by at least one of the first retaining feature and the second retaining feature. At least a portion of at least one of the first bottom panel and the second bottom panel is disposed between the container and the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8936148
    Abstract: A container carrier for unitizing a plurality of containers that includes two layers of a flexible sheet joined along a weld and two rows of container receiving apertures formed in the carrier and generally separated by the weld wherein each container receiving aperture forms an interruption in the weld. One or more tabs may extend from an edge of each container receiving aperture into the container receiving aperture to minimize movement and contact between adjacent containers in the resulting package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8708384
    Abstract: The present invention is a light weight, rigid, carrying handle that allows a single user to safely and securely transport multiple cylinders with one hand. The carrying handle consists of a rectangular grip plate, a tab at each end of the grip plate extending away from the grip plate about perpendicular to the surface of the grip plate, and a grip guard on each side of the grip plate also extending away from the grip plate about perpendicular to the surface of the grip plate. The tabs and grip guards all preferably extend in the same direction away from a inner surface of the carrying handle. The tabs are configured thin such that it can be inserted into and through an opening in a cylinder collar bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Boland
  • Patent number: 8701878
    Abstract: A package comprising a carrier at least partially holding a container. The carrier comprises a top panel, a first outer side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a first inner side panel foldably connected to the first outer side panel, a second outer side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a second inner side panel foldably connected to the second outer side panel, a first bottom panel foldably connected to the first inner side panel, and a second bottom panel foldably connected to the second inner side panel. A container-receiving portion can comprise a first retaining feature in the first inner side panel and the first outer side panel and an opposing second retaining feature in the second inner side panel and the second outer side panel. A top portion of the container can be retained by the first and second retaining features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8684433
    Abstract: A system includes a first container having a wall defining a receptacle, a neck defining an opening, and a flip cap disposed over the opening, and a second container having a wall defining a receptacle, a neck defining an opening, and a flip cap disposed over the opening. The system also includes a carrier having first and second carrier pieces disposed about the first and second containers and attached together with the first and second containers secured therebetween. The system further includes a top cap attached to the flip caps to secure the first and second containers together and to simultaneously remove the flip caps from the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Thomas Oesterle, Lillian G. Zakarija, Chinmay Kanuga
  • Patent number: 8631932
    Abstract: A carrier comprising a top panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a first bottom panel connected to the first side panel by at least one first strut, and a second bottom panel connected to the second side panel by at least one second strut. At least one container-receiving portion can comprise a first retaining feature and an opposing second retaining feature. At least a portion of the first retaining feature or the second retaining feature is disposed in the first side panel or the second side panel. A container can be retained by at least one of the first retaining feature and the second retaining feature. At least a portion of at least one of the first bottom panel and the second bottom panel is disposed between the container and the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8418844
    Abstract: A generally continuous string of container carriers typically forming a package of fan-folded container carriers wherein the generally continuous string of container carriers are folded within a carton along a first attachment area and a second attachment area between adjacent container carriers of the plurality of container carriers and perforations are formed at least partially across the first attachment area and the second attachment area and include a series of small cuts and dividing apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur R. Slaters, Jr., George E. Waldo, II, Leslie S. Marco, Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8366161
    Abstract: The multiple pot carry device provides for carrying multiple plant pots with one hand, with substantially automatic pot lip engagement retained until released by a user. Ease of pot engagement and disengagement are key features of the device. The device is not limited to three clamps pivotally suspended from the carry bar. Clamps are substantially automatic in engagement and disengagement with pot lips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Glenn E. Schuler
  • Patent number: 8313132
    Abstract: A container carrier system for securing and carrying at least two containers is provided. The container carrier system generally includes a handle and at least two retainer rings. The handle has a carrying portion and at least two attachment portions. A single retainer ring is secured to a single container, and each retainer ring includes at least one handle receiver for receiving and retaining a single attachment portion of the handle. Each attachment portion includes an upper leg-stop transition portion joined to an upper attachment stop. A lower attenuated attachment leg is joined to the upper attachment stop and terminates in a lower attachment stop. Each handle receiver includes first and second resilient jaws that define a receiver mouth and a receiver central opening. The resilient jaws are movable between a minimum retaining position and a maximum receiving position to facilitate securement of an attachment portion to a handle receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: GK Packaging, Inc
    Inventors: Gene J. Kuzma, Jonathan Davia
  • Patent number: 8100256
    Abstract: A carton for cooperating with a packaging material to contain a plurality of articles and a package formed thereby. The carton comprises a plurality of panels comprising a central panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The side panels are positioned relative to the central panel to at least partially form a space for receiving the articles. A handle is in at least one of the side panels. The handle is adapted for grasping and carrying the carton. A reinforcement flap is foldably attached to the at least one of the side panels. The reinforcement flap has at least one opening for receiving an article. A handle reinforcement flap is foldably attached to the at least one of the side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Charles F. Ho Fung
  • Patent number: 7963391
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet and a plurality of container receiving apertures formed in the flexible sheet. An array of the container receiving apertures extend longitudinally across the flexible sheet wherein each container receiving aperture is substantially rectangular and includes an aperture perimeter that increases more than 42% following application to a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Weaver, Jason R. Moreau, Robert Olsen
  • Patent number: 7958605
    Abstract: A cap clip for fastening caps together is realized employing pressure type pincer snaps, allowing complex geometrical shapes to be formed while reducing the use of fasteners. In one embodiment, the cap clip includes a generally triangular base and three pincer snaps formed integrally with the base along the outer perimeter. Preferably, each pincer snap is comprised of a pair of convex walls and a shared clasping section lying along a radius of curvature path that are co-centric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Michael A. Greco
  • Patent number: 7861853
    Abstract: A beaded lip protection and tamper-resistant device for canisters with caps is disclosed, as well as multiples of the same device joined together to form multiple-canister carriers that may be provided with one or more handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Zakary James Borg
  • Patent number: 7823943
    Abstract: Improvements in integral carriers for carrying multiple containers by their necks are disclosed, the improvements comprising annular neck-engaging structures having circumferential ribs oriented on an inward bias forming an angle relative to horizontal from about 45° to about 65° that permits nesting of the carriers, and a centrally disposed longitudinal handle with an attachment configuration that promotes a balanced distribution of weight for ease in carrying and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Zakary James Borg
  • Patent number: 7793779
    Abstract: A carton for cooperating with a packaging material to contain a plurality of articles and a package formed thereby. The carton comprises a plurality of panels comprising a central panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The side panels are positioned relative to the central panel to at least partially form a space for receiving the articles. A handle is in at least one of the side panels. The handle is adapted for grasping and carrying the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Charles F. Ho Fung
  • Patent number: 7793778
    Abstract: A carrier and method of manufacture for a carrier that results in a package of containers includes a plastic sheet having an array of container apertures and an inner web. The inner web includes a flap that impinges into each container aperture thus creating a carrier that may be consistently applied to produce a desirable package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 7775348
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet having two rows of container apertures formed therein. The plurality of containers are each placed into a respective container receiving aperture and are thus unitized in a package. The flexible carrier further includes two panels and/or two handles, each panel and/or handle formed at a periphery of the flexible sheet along each longitudinal edge of the flexible sheet and a line of weakness formed between the longitudinal rows. As a result of the described configuration, flexible carrier is divisible into two sub-carriers, each unitizing a set of containers and each including a panel and/or a handle along a respective longitudinal edge of the resulting sub-carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Olsen, Leslie Marco
  • Patent number: 7762598
    Abstract: To improve the handling, such as the gripping and displacement, of essentially rod-shaped objects, especially bars of articles that are stacked into one another in such a way that they can be separated, such as plastic cups, the present invention proposes a device with a plurality of first holding rods with essentially hook-like end pieces for extending under the rod-shaped objects. The device according to the present invention is characterized in that the end pieces can be moved under the objects and for releasing same by a motion into a plane extending at right angles to the direction of extension of the first holding rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Erwin Kimmig, Siegfried Lasch
  • Patent number: 7721892
    Abstract: The invention is a beverage cup tote to be carried on the forearm or with the hand. The construct has an enlarged first end attached with bridge section to an enlarged second end. There is a first hole in the first enlarged end, and a second hole in a second enlarged end. The holes may be rectangular or round to receive typical food containers or beverage cups. The bridge section has either symmetrical or asymmetrical quarter circle trimmings. A pair of constructs maybe affixed with each other with a pin clip, glue, or staples to produce a generally X shaped combination construct. The beverage cup totes may be manufactured as a combination construct by the manufacturer to produce a strengthened unit, or manufactured as a generally X shaped combination construct unit with cup openings on each branch. The process of using the invention is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Zenovate Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas Charles Hortel
  • Patent number: 7721887
    Abstract: A package for consumable products is disclosed. The package includes a plurality of subpackages connected together by a connecting member. For instance, the package may contain two subpackages or alternatively four subpackages all connected at one end to a connecting member. The package is particularly well suited to holding relatively large quantities of the consumable product. Because the subpackages are connected at one end, the package may be draped over an adjacent structure, such as a shopping cart. In this way, the package can be placed in a shopping cart without taking up an excessive amount of space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Catherine Marguerite Hancock-Cooke, Jane L. Clough, Timothy James Blenke, Patrick Sean McNichols, Meewha Lee, Pam Thompson, Jennifer L. Marvin, Thomas Tanakon Ungpiyakul, Sheng-Hsin Hu
  • Patent number: 7621397
    Abstract: A package for consumable products is disclosed. In one embodiment, the package includes a connecting member that connects a group of products together. The connecting member may comprise one or more bands that partially encircle the products or connect the products along a top surface. In addition, the package configuration may include a locking element that is configured to attach adjacent packages together or to attach the package to an adjacent structure, such as the railing of a shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Laura L. Boudrie, Ryan M. Patterson, George I. Nukuto, Catherine M. Hancock-Cooke, Janet E. Collins, Pamela J. Hermans, Scott A. Baum
  • Patent number: 7588275
    Abstract: A protection device for beaded lips of cans or canisters comprising a planar ring with downwardly projecting flanges with arcuate gaps between flanges, as well as multiples of the same device joined together to form multiple-canister carriers that may be provided with handles such as a pair of finger loops or a single half-loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Zakary James Borg
  • Patent number: 7510074
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet and a plurality of container receiving apertures formed in the flexible sheet. An array of the container receiving apertures extend longitudinally across the flexible sheet wherein each container receiving aperture is substantially rectangular and includes an aperture perimeter that increases more than 42% following application to a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Weaver, Jason R. Moreau, Robert Olsen
  • Patent number: 7510075
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet having a row of container receiving apertures formed therein. The flexible carrier further includes a handle integrated with respect to the flexible sheet and may further include a panel integrated with respect to at least one row of the container receiving apertures on an opposite side of the row of container receiving apertures from the handle. A package is formed by fanning out the two rows of container receiving apertures and inserting a plurality of containers, each within a respective container receiving aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Olsen, Christopher J. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 7472840
    Abstract: A set of nozzle inserts is provided for use with an irrigation sprinkler system. The nozzle set includes a plurality of nozzle inserts that are removably connected to one another via a common carrier. The nozzle set is adapted for storage, transportation and handling in a nested arrangement with another nozzle set, which, in turn, is similarly adapted for storage, transportation and handling in a nested arrangement with other nozzle sets. This nested arrangement facilitates storage, transportation and handling of a relatively large number of nozzle inserts in a manner that protects each insert from unintentional removal from its set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Christian T. Gregory
  • Patent number: 7448493
    Abstract: A bottle carrier includes a base and one or more arms extending downwardly from the base. The arms include an inwardly facing surface for contacting a neck of a bottle, and also include an inwardly extending tab having an upper surface for supporting a lip on the neck of the bottle. The tabs further include a lower surface angled away from the base as it extends away from the bottle. Upon insertion of a bottle into a bottle receiving area defined by the arms, the upper surface of the bottle contacts the lower surfaces of the tabs, thereby causing at least one of the arms to deflect outward, permitting insertion of the bottle cap and lip on the neck of the bottle into the bottle receiving area. Once the lip of the bottle is inserted past the tabs, the arms return toward their undeflected position, with the tabs positioned below the lip, retaining the bottle in the bottle neck receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Michael P. Wong
  • Patent number: 7445114
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet having two rows of container apertures formed therein. The plurality of containers are each placed into a respective container receiving aperture and are thus unitized in a package. The flexible carrier further includes two handles, each handle formed at a periphery of the flexible sheet along each longitudinal edge of the flexible sheet and a line of weakness formed between the longitudinal rows. As a result of the described configuration, flexible carrier is divisible into two sub-carriers, each unitizing a set of containers and each including a handle along a respective longitudinal edge of the resulting sub-carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Olsen
  • Publication number: 20080203204
    Abstract: This invention relates to a cup carrier and method of distribution and application whereby a flexible plastic carrier is applied around sidewall of one or more cups resulting in an easily portable unit with a flexible plastic handle extending therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 7409794
    Abstract: A powered fishing line casting system utilizing compressed air is provided to cast a projectile provided with fishhooks and bait, and to which the fishing line to be cast is attached, to greater distances than could be achieved using conventional casting methods. The system includes a hollow launch tube sized to accommodate insertion of the projectile. A reducer is disposed adjacent to one end of the launch tube and is adapted to receive a flow of compressed gas from an accumulator tank and to discharge a stream of high-velocity air that impinges upon the projectile disposed within the launch tube in order to launch the projectile. A manually-operable valve is interposed between the reducer and the accumulator tank to control the flow of air to the reducer. Spaced-apart front and rear support legs provide stable support for the system during and between launches of a fishing line carrying projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventors: Daniel Triano, Thomas Heyer, Douglas Osenbauch
  • Patent number: 7387201
    Abstract: A flexible carrier for carrying a plurality of containers includes a flexible sheet having two rows of container receiving apertures formed therein. The plurality of containers are each placed into a respective container receiving aperture and are thus unitized in a package. The flexible carrier further includes a loop extending between the two rows of container receiving apertures at a periphery of the flexible sheet on an end of the package and beyond a longitudinal edge of the rows of the unitized containers. The loop is preferably capable of supporting the package when grasped by a consumer. The flexible carrier may further include an upwardly extending handle and/or a panel integrated with respect to the flexible sheet. The resulting package may be grasped from an end with the loop or, alternatively, from the top with the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Olsen, R. Gary Privett
  • Patent number: 7377382
    Abstract: An integral carrier for carrying multiple containers by their necks is disclosed that has a plurality of annular neck-engaging structures and a pair of centrally located opposing finger loops that promote a balanced distribution of weight for ease in carrying and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Zakary James Borg, William Buel
  • Patent number: 7331622
    Abstract: A carrier is provided for use with containers including handles. The container carrier comprises a flexible platform having a perimeter, a longitudinal axis, and an opening, with a portion of the platform at least partially defining the opening and adjacent the closest side of the perimeter of the platform so as to form a handle including a strap. The strap is located such that the longitudinal axis of the platform transverses the strap. Recessed portions are located in the perimeter of the platform, and the recessed portions are located on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis of the platform that transverses the strap. Each recess portion receives a container handle of the adjacent containers. The opening is sized so as to receive at least one of a user's fingers for lifting and transporting the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Roberts Polypro, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Sewell
  • Publication number: 20070296231
    Abstract: Improvements in integral carriers for carrying multiple containers by their necks are disclosed, the improvements comprising inwardly biased annular neck-engaging structures and a centrally disposed longitudinal handle with an attachment configuration that promotes a balanced distribution of weight for ease in carrying and handling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Inventor: Zakary James Borg
  • Patent number: 7163103
    Abstract: A carton for packaging one or more articles, each having a laterally extending flange, includes a top wall panel, a side wall panel connected to the top wall panel, and an article retention structure with a tab formed from the side wall panel. The tab includes an upper edge for engaging the underside of the flange and an opposing lower edge defined by a pair of fold lines. The minimum distance between the top wall panel and the upper edge of the tab is less than the thickness of the flange, which causes the tab to pivot with respect to the adjacent side wall panel when the flange is received in the slit that is defined by the upper edge of the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventors: Martinus C. M. Bakx, Jean-Michel Auclair
  • Patent number: 7147100
    Abstract: A multiple-node clip-type bottle securement and carrier device is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Zakary James Borg
  • Patent number: 7108128
    Abstract: An integrally molded carrier for balanced lifting and carrying of multiple containers by their necks includes a substantially planar web having multiple nodes defining multiple aligned annular support rings, the web being provided with a flexibly attached U-shaped handle attached to one side of the web. Annular neck-engaging flanges integral with the web are arranged around the inside of the support rings for releasably engaging the necks of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Zakary J. Borg
  • Patent number: 7100762
    Abstract: This invention relates to a carrier and method of packaging containers into a unitized package that includes a generally continuous plastic sheet having a plurality of container apertures extending longitudinally in adjacent pairs. A container is positioned within each container aperture and the plastic sheet is separated along central lines of weakness and peripheral lines of weakness, resulting in multiple unitized packages of exactly three containers arranged in a generally triangular configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Patent number: 7083046
    Abstract: A wraparound article carrier and a blank for forming a wraparound article carrier for packaging an article such as a pot of foodstuffs is disclosed. The carrier comprises opposed top and base walls interconnected by opposed side walls thereby forming a tubular structure. An aperture is provided in the base wall panel to accommodate a portion of the article. A bracing tab is formed at least in part from the base wall to define the aperture and folded so as to form a spacer for causing the top and base to be spaced by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Meadwestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Martinus C. M. Bakx
  • Patent number: 6969098
    Abstract: A container carrier especially suitable for larger containers and for packages having a larger number of containers, to provide a feeling of strength as the carrier is lifted. The carrier includes loops for surround and retaining each container, a handle portion and linear struts connecting ends of the handle to outermost loops holding containers. As the containers are lifted, minimal movement of the handle occurs relative to the containers. A supply of the carriers includes multiple carriers connected in an end-to-end arrangement by two separate frangible links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 6874620
    Abstract: A container carrier is provided for use with a plurality of containers. The container carrier comprises a substantially planar flexible platform having a top, a bottom, an outer perimeter and an inner region including a handle and a plurality of container-engaging portions. The handle is made by forming two generally triangularly shaped openings through the sheet on opposite sides of and equally distant from the central axis of the sheet, the material between the openings comprising a strap. Two inwardly opening U-shaped openings are formed around the ends of the strap such that the central axis of the sheet is the line of symmetry of the U-shaped openings. The portion of the sheet bordered by the U-shaped openings comprises a first hinge and a second hinge integral with the first end and second end of the strap, respectively, which permit the strap to be flexed upwardly above the plane of the platform and provide access to the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Roberts Polypro
    Inventors: Larry J. Mattson, James H. Sewell
  • Patent number: 6808070
    Abstract: A harness for holding two tub-like containers together is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Zakary J. Borg
  • Patent number: 6789828
    Abstract: An integrally molded carrier for balanced lifting and carrying of two bottles by their necks and that maintains a space between the bottles so as to prevent collisions between them is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Zakary J. Borg
  • Patent number: 6715810
    Abstract: An integrally molded carrier for carrying three containers by their necks includes a substantially planar web having three nodes and defining three annular support rings. Annular neck-engaging flanges integral with the web are arranged around the inside of the support rings for releasably engaging the necks of containers. The centers of the support rings are situated in the web such that they correspond to the three corners of a triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Borg
  • Publication number: 20040046406
    Abstract: An integrally molded carrier for carrying three containers by their necks includes a substantially planar web having three nodes and defining three annular support rings. Annular neck-engaging flanges integral with the web are arranged around the inside of the support rings for releasably engaging the necks of containers. The centers of the support rings are situated in the web such that they correspond to the three corners of a triangle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventor: James C. Borg
  • Publication number: 20040004365
    Abstract: A container carrier especially suitable for larger containers and for packages having a larger number of containers, to provide a feeling of strength as the carrier is lifted. The carrier includes loops for surround and retaining each container, a handle portion and linear struts connecting ends of the handle to outermost loops holding containers. As the containers are lifted, minimal movement of the handle occurs relative to the containers. A supply of the carriers includes multiple carriers connected in an end-to-end arrangement by two separate frangible links.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 6533148
    Abstract: A beverage bottle carrier apparatus for enabling an individual to carry one or more beverage bottles. The beverage bottle carrier of the invention includes an elongated generally rectangular flexible strap having a handle portion in the approximate middle thereof for easy grasping by a hand of a person carrying one or more beverage bottles, the flexible strap having two ends and a buckle assembly for connecting the two ends together, one end of the strap having a male portion of the buckle assembly connected thereto and the other end of the strap having a female portion of the buckle assembly connected thereto, and a hooking mechanism connected to said male portion and said female portion, the hooking mechanism being adapted to be force-fitted around the neck of a beverage bottle to grasp and hold a beverage bottle therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventor: Phyllis S. Dahl
  • Patent number: 6523874
    Abstract: The present invention provides a packaging apparatus for gripping, lifting, and then moving a plurality of individual products from a first location to a second location. The apparatus includes first and second plates and a plurality of individual grippers that are each selectively actuated to grip a single product and to release the product at a preselected time. Each gripper includes a plurality of slots extending upwardly from the base of each gripper, thereby providing a plurality of gripper fingers. Each gripper extends through an appropriately configured hole in the second plate into a fixed engagement with the first plate. The second plate is movably mounted to the first plate such that it can be moved relatively thereto. The holes in the second plate are sized to engage the gripper fingers when moved apart from the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Edmeyer, Inc.
    Inventors: David Edmeyer, Michael Anderson, Robert Theilbar