Reinforced Patents (Class 383/119)
  • Patent number: 10315816
    Abstract: A hydration reservoir is provided. The hydration reservoir may include at least two panels of resilient material joined together at edges to define a bladder and a bladder volume for storing a liquid. The at least two panels may be deformable as the bladder is emptied of liquid. One of the at least two panels may be molded into a three-dimensional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a r.l.
    Inventors: Rawmin Ehyai, John Bemis Sears, Tabita Verumen
  • Patent number: 10160572
    Abstract: A bag (1) for carrying out dilution series comprises at least one receiving area (2) for the addition of sample and/or dilution liquid, and at least one mixing area (3) for collecting and mixing sample and dilution liquid. The at least one mixing area (3) is closed in a liquid-tight manner on at least three sides, and the receiving area (2) delimits the mixing area (3) on one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: iNLABTEC AG
    Inventor: Ernst Freydl
  • Patent number: 10051946
    Abstract: A system for structurally supporting the interior of a fluid reservoir is disclosed. The reservoir can have a reinforcing brace within the reservoir. The brace can be splittable or separable, which can allow the reservoir to be inverted, for example for easier cleaning. The brace can maintain the shape of the reservoir when the reservoir is filled with liquid, preventing the reservoir from forming a cylindrical cross-section. The control of the shape of the reservoir can prevent or minimize distortion of a backpack which is carrying the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Hydrapak, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Lyon, Samuel M. Lopez
  • Patent number: 10011395
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a delivery bag, wherein the front wall of the bag and the rear wall of the bag are connected between the upper end of the bag and the lower end of the bag by at least one connecting element, which extends at least partially in the direction from the first edge of the bag to the second edge of the bag, in particular a first welded seam and/or an adhesion line, to form a first bag section containing the upper end of the bag, and a second bag section containing the lower end of the bag, and wherein the first section of the bag comprises at least one area for holding goods and the second section of the bag comprises at least one weakened zone for a handle hole. The present disclosure further relates to a method for producing the delivery bag according to the invention, and to the use of the delivery bag according to the present disclosure for the transportation of goods for delivery, in particular goods for delivery for online or mail order trading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Papier-Mettler KG
    Inventor: Patrick Eberhard
  • Patent number: 9821929
    Abstract: Described herein are packaging systems having a receptacle and one or a plurality of expandable members that are configured to move from a collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration. In some variations the expandable member includes one or a plurality of folded pieces of material (e.g., tissue paper or fabric (e.g., tulle)), which are attached to the receptacle. In the expanded configuration, the expandable member(s) obscure an object (e.g., a gift) placed within the receptacle without closing the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Erin Borges Designs LLC
    Inventor: Erin Colleen Borges
  • Patent number: 9751675
    Abstract: A pouch and method of making a pouch having configured to displace stress from an inner peripheral edge of a seal is provided. The pouch includes a pouch body sealed along its peripheral edge so as to define a panel. The pouch includes an outer strip. The outer strip is mounted to both sides of the panel, and a distal edge portion of both sides of the strip extends inwardly towards the center of the pouch body so as to extend beyond the inner peripheral edge of the panel. The side edges of the strip overlap the inner peripheral edge of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Pouch Pac Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • Patent number: 9487331
    Abstract: A leak-tight/water-proof transformer containment bag includes (i) an outer puncture-resistant liquid-barrier fabric bag with a bottom having an oil-absorbent cushioning mat; (ii) a middle tear-resistant liquid-impervious continuous-sheet bag liner secured inside the outer bag; (iii) an inner puncture-resistant liquid-barrier fabric bag secured inside the liner; the bottom of the inner bag having outer and inner cushioning oil-absorbent mats; the outer bag, middle liner and inner bag being secured together at their open ends; (iv) lifting loops secured on opposite sides at the front and back of the outer bag and extending above the top of the outer bag to enable grabbing and lifting the lifting loops from above; (v) reinforcing bands secured around the outer bag and lifting loops; and (vi) a duffel top secured openly over the open top of the bags; the duffel top having a closure for closing the duffel top and closing off the top of the bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: ABG Bag, Inc.
    Inventor: William Duffy Bennett
  • Patent number: 9004759
    Abstract: A sleeve has an open top and side edges. One or more handles are defined by perforations that extend inward from the side edges and can terminate with a stress concentration-reducing shape. The handles may be tapered. The handles may include a reinforcing weld formed by an extension of the bottom seal of adjacent, oppositely oriented sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Professional Package Company
    Inventor: Scott R. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8992084
    Abstract: Provided are pouches with rigid handles and/or internal supports and methods of making such pouches. In one aspect, a pouch with internal support includes a flexible pouch including a fitment coupled to a flexible pouch body and at least one inner support piece coupled to the fitment and extending into the inside of the pouch through the interior of the fitment. The fitment includes a fitment inner engagement feature and the at least one inner support piece includes an inner support engagement feature and at least one inner support extending from the inner support engagement feature. The fitment inner engagement feature and inner support engagement feature are interlocked to keep the at least one inner support piece from falling into or out of the flexible pouch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ampac Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Salvatore Pellingra, Allyson Smith
  • Patent number: 8973627
    Abstract: The invention is a modular pop-up purse shell, with an optional insert, wherein a rectangular swatch of material is removably attached to the purse shell to create a customized purse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Julie Pynes, Jim McCafferty, Steve Delacy, Greg Leong
  • Patent number: 8961013
    Abstract: A self-supporting, rigid, and collapsible reusable bag made from flexible material and having a bottom, two first sidewalls, two second sidewalls, a top opening, and rigid insert. A rigid full-wall board is embedded in each of the two first sidewalls. A rigid insert comprised of at least one pair of sidewalls and bottom with substantially similar dimensions to the second sidewalls and bottom of the bag are placed in the interior and in frictional contact with the second sidewalls and bottom of the bag. The rigid insert sidewalls are held in place with securing devices located on the interior upper corners of the sidewalls of the bag. The bag can be collapsed by moving the rigid insert away from the second sidewalls and bottom to allow the second sidewalls to fold either inward or outward. A full-wall pocket is provided for each first sidewall to receive the full-wall board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Erica Bush
  • Publication number: 20140376834
    Abstract: An insert assembly (fitment) includes a container mounting element, a spout element carried by the mounting element, at least one support element and a grasp element suspended by the support element(s) below the mounting element. The grasp element provides a skeleton within a pouch-type flexible container, against which a user can grasp and squeeze the flexible container for mixing or drinking Optionally or alternatively, a mixing element is suspended by the support element(s). The mixing element impinge upon at least a portion of fluid within the container to create turbulence, thereby promoting mixing of powdered material disposed within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Perimeter Brand Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Callahan, David Honan, Shane Yellin, Mark A. Nichols
  • Publication number: 20140376833
    Abstract: A container for holding and delivering liquids is disclosed. A method of making the same is disclosed. The container can have a molded container top, a molded container bottom, a flexible film reservoir, and a handle extending from the container top to the container bottom. The reservoir can be laterally exposed around the entire circumference of the reservoir along a part of the longitudinal length of the reservoir. A thermally insulated reservoir system is disclosed. The reservoir system can have a bag having a multi-layered bag wall. The bag wall can have a first layer sealed to a second layer. The volume defined between the first layer and the second layer can be partially or completely filled with a fluid insulator, such as air or saline solution. The volume defined between the first layer and the second layer can also or alternately be partially or completely filled with a solid insulator, such as a matted fiber layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Hydrapak, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. LYON, Samuel M. LOPEZ
  • Publication number: 20140369629
    Abstract: A bag of mesh-type synthetic material or natural fabric, which allows that items contained in a container such as a supermarket trolley or basket are stored thereon and removed easily by facilitating the transport thereof with no use of plastic bags. An advantage of this type of mesh bags is that they bear a higher load without breaking itself and can be cleaned with little amount of soap and water, and can be made with recycled materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Joel De La Fuente Lara
  • Patent number: 8899835
    Abstract: A self-supporting bladder that can be installed into existing storage tanks, particularly into underground storage tanks and a method of forming a double walled tank using the same. This self-supporting bladder serves as the inner wall, utilizing the existing tank as the outer wall of a double wall system, or can provide a double wall system such as through the use of an insert placed in the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: David D. Russell
  • Patent number: 8882737
    Abstract: A self standing bag having two side wall sheets and a bottom sheet. To flatten the bag, the bottom sheet is sandwiched between the two side wall sheets and symmetrically folded along a line parallel to its bottom edge, separating the bag into a four-layer part and a two-layer part. In the two-layer part, the bag includes first sloped sealing lines extending between a first two points on the top edges of the side wall sheets and spaced from the vertical side wall edges by a first distance, to a second two points spaced from the vertical edges of the side wall sheets by a second distance less than the first distance. The four-layer part includes second sloped sealing lines extending between the second two points and a third two points on the bottom edges of the side wall sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Graf, Paul Gastauer, Philippe Laffay, Francois Dumont D'Ayot, Pascal Lengrand, Bertrand Thibault
  • Patent number: 8876382
    Abstract: The plastic bag with a hem and draw tape may include flexible thermoplastic sidewalls that have a network pattern imparted onto them across the side seams. In one embodiment, the network pattern is below the hem seal. In another embodiment, the network pattern covers the hem seal. The bag may also include a ribbed pattern below the network pattern. The network pattern may be continuous or discontinuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Kyle R. Wilcoxen, Robert W. Fraser
  • Patent number: 8858079
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an insert for reinforcement of bags made of plastic film, comprising a star-like plastic part having at least three jaws, wherein the insert is adapted for insertion and heat-sealing at a junction inside a three-dimensional bag where at least three plastic films meet, so that each jaw extends in a direction between two films. The invention also relates to a three dimensional bag incorporating such inserts and a method of producing such a bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Tieying Jiang, Jeffrey Carter
  • Publication number: 20140301669
    Abstract: A container (10) that stores and/or transports one of liquid, solid and gas materials and method of transporting the liquid, solid and gas materials is desired. The container includes a flexible housing (12) having a first end including a selectively closable passageway extending through the first end thereof and a closed second end. A replaceable bag is selectively received within the flexible housing for receiving the one of liquid, solid and gas material to be stored or transported. A mesh like support structure includes a plurality of longitudinal support bands (16) extending along a length of an outside of the flexible housing and a plurality of transverse support bands (18) each extending around a circumference of the flexible housing (12) and spaced along a length thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Cristian Andres Baeck
  • Publication number: 20140270592
    Abstract: A reinforced package disclosed herein. The package comprises a bag and a reinforcing sleeve attached to the bag. The bag comprises an open end, a closed end, and an interior space for holding a product. The bag is positionable in a non-erect position wherein the interior space is reduced and in an erect position wherein the interior space is increased. The reinforcing sleeve comprises a plurality of panels configured to at least partially receive the closed end of the bag. The plurality of panels comprise a front panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the front panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the font panel, and at least one back panel foldably connected to one of the first and second side panels. The reinforcing sleeve is configured to maintain the bag in the erect position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph C. Walsh
  • Patent number: 8827114
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for containing and dispensing a fluid. The apparatus includes a fluid receiving sleeve made of a pliable material having a structural integrity that may be overcome by a weight of a fluid when the fluid is located within the fluid receiving sleeve. A support member comprising a substantially rigid rod, having a structural integrity sufficient to support the pliable material of the fluid receiving sleeve, supports the fluid receiving sleeve along the sidewall of the fluid receiving sleeve when the support member is positioned in an engaged position. A support member coupling couples the fluid receiving sleeve with the support member along the sidewall of the fluid receiving sleeve when the support member is positioned in an engaged position. In this manner the support member maintains the structural integrity of the fluid receiving sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Edwin Scott
  • Patent number: 8821018
    Abstract: Improved merchandise bag with reinforced bag wall is formed of thinner than normal specially selected film material with a thickened center section. For merchandise bags, the thickened center section provides a stronger bag bottom and stronger areas for the formation of bag handles. Handle bags include soft loop, round die cut oval die cut, wave top, patch and rigid handles. For T-shirt style bags, thinner plastic in the gusset and handle areas is made up for by multiple layers of film in these regions. T-shirt bags may have single, triple or folded gussets providing as many as eight layers of film in these regions. The thickened center section will substantially match the thickness of the gusseted areas and provide for a more easily stacked bag. The bags are formed of mono layer or multi-layer film and at least a portion of the bag walls is corona treated to improve adhesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Brian Tan
  • Publication number: 20140224697
    Abstract: A flexible packaging container is provided. The container is formed of a first flexible film. The container comprises a cavity for receiving a dispensable product, a first sidewall and a second sidewall opposite the first sidewall. The container also comprises at least one strap formed of a second flexible film, the strap located within the cavity. The strap has a first end connected to the first sidewall and a second end connected to the second sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodoor Cornelis Oostwouder, Lionel Austin
  • Patent number: 8801287
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective device (10) for a drainage valve (27) fitted to bags or “bags in boxes” intended for the transport and handling of liquid or quasi-liquid substances, said device (10) being formed by a sheet (1) of flexible material folded in on itself, two parallel side edges of said sheet being fixed to one another over at least a part of their length so as to form an approximately rectangular envelope which is open on one of its sides, called the insertion side, into which a reinforcing panel (30) located on the side of the bag and provided with the drainage valve (27) is inserted, said panel (30) having a thickness e1 and being provided with a hole (T) for said drainage valve (27) to pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Codefine S.A.
    Inventors: Piero Schinasi, Stéphane Levy
  • Patent number: 8794835
    Abstract: The plastic bag with a hem and draw tape may include flexible thermoplastic sidewalls that have a network pattern imparted onto them across the side seams. In one embodiment, the network pattern is below the hem seal. In another embodiment, the network pattern covers the hem seal. The bag may also include a ribbed pattern below the network pattern. The network pattern may be continuous or discontinuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Kyle R. Wilcoxen, Robert W. Fraser
  • Publication number: 20140199002
    Abstract: The flexible pouch includes a first outer panel and a second outer panel. The first panel and the second panel each having an outer peripheral edge and the first outer panel and the second outer panel connected at least partially at the outer peripheral edge of the first panel and at the outer peripheral edge of the second panel. A seal is disposed on at least a portion of an outer peripheral edge of the flexible pouch. A reinforcement is provided positioned adjacent to or on the seal of the flexible pouch operable to support the first outer panel and the second outer panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Pouch Pac Innovations. LLC
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • Patent number: 8777045
    Abstract: A soft sided insulated container assembly includes a first portion having an insulated, soft sided external wall structure, and a second portion that defined a lid co-operable with the first portion. The lid includes an auxiliary access opening and closure member that are smaller than the main opening, and that can be operated one-handed. A rigid work surface is provided, typically immediately adjacent to the secondary closure member, the work surface providing a place for holding or mixing a drink or for preparing a snack. In some embodiments the work surface may be movable relative to the container, whether slidable in a co-planar or parallel planar manner in translation, or folding as in a foldable shelf. The entire container assembly may be foldable or collapsible to a storage condition, and the rigid member, whether fixed or movable, does not impede that folding or collapsing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: California Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Mitchell, Mike Baatz, William Kearns, Christopher Edwards, Melvin Mogil, Richard Stephens
  • Publication number: 20140169705
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for temporarily increasing the resistance to vertical compression of a bag for transporting and holding liquids and quasi-liquids, intended for a bag having the general shape of a cube and including receptacles of each of the corners thereof. The method consists in choosing four inflatable cushioning pouches for each bag, said pouches being elongate and having length, width and extension dimensions corresponding to the length, width and internal volume of the receptacles in the bag. Next, the four cushioning pouches are introduced into the four receptacles and are subsequently inflated, thereby trapping same in a vertical position in which they can resist compression along the vertical axis thereof. The resulting bag is characterized in that the receptacles in the four corners of the bag are each provided internally with a cushioning pouch which is optionally rigidly secured to the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: CODEFINE S.A.
    Inventors: Piero Schinasi, Stephane Levy
  • Patent number: 8753013
    Abstract: The self-standing bag comprises a package for accommodating a content, a port provided in the center of the top portion of the package, and reinforcing members formed of a thermoplastic resin which cover the outer faces of both side edges of the package. The lower end portion of the reinforcing member is located above the bottom edge of the package. The lower end portion of the reinforcing member is projected inward of a lower cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Oshio Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Sato, Masakazu Sato
  • Publication number: 20140144974
    Abstract: A bag is provided having a flexible, liquid tight, outer sleeve, and a flexible inner sleeve extending longitudinally within the outer sleeve. The inner sleeve is over at least a part of the length of the outer sleeve connected to the outer sleeve at a number of locations that are spaced apart along the circumference of the inner sleeve so as to form a bracing for the outer sleeve. When the bag is filled with liquid, the bracing of the bag allows the bag to retain a block shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: GAMBO MAT. HANDLING B.V.
    Inventor: Maria Henrica Boots-van den Veerdonk
  • Publication number: 20140147059
    Abstract: Improved merchandise bag with reinforced bag wall is formed of thinner than normal specially selected film material with a thickened center section. For merchandise bags, the thickened center section provides a stronger bag bottom and stronger areas for the formation of bag handles. Handle bags include soft loop, round die cut oval die cut, wave top, patch and rigid handles. For T-shirt style bags, thinner plastic in the gusset and handle areas is made up for by multiple layers of film in these regions. T-shirt bags may have single, triple or folded gussets providing as many as eight layers of film in these regions. The thickened center section will substantially match the thickness of the gusseted areas and provide for a more easily stacked bag. The bags are formed of mono layer or multi-layer film and at least a portion of the bag walls is corona treated to improve adhesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Brian Tan
  • Patent number: 8734016
    Abstract: Methods of increasing the perceived thickness and strength of a thermoplastic film include incrementally stretching thermoplastic films in the machine direction. In one or more implementations, methods of incrementally stretching thermoplastic films include reducing the gauge of the films while increasing a loft of at least a portion of the film. The methods can involve cold stretching the films and imparting rib patterns and alternating peaks and valleys into the film. The linear ribs can have alternating thick and thin gauges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Michael G. Borchardt, Robert T. Dorsey
  • Patent number: 8714820
    Abstract: Flexible apparatus for transporting bulk products within containers having liners with bottom panels, two sidewalls, and a back panel with one lateral receiving member across the back panel and having first, second, and third sheet members partially attached to the two sidewalls and the back panel for creating a first, second, and third pair of diagonal sections suspended between the two sidewalls and the back panel and for creating planar overlapping spaced apart sections of first, second, and third sheet member across the back panel for bulge control in back panel and having one support bar with securing members for positioning and securing the first, second, and third sheet members and their diagonal sections and back panel into vertical and tensioned positions to container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: D & BD Marketing LLC
    Inventors: Oswaldo Mino, Pablo Llopez-Miquel
  • Publication number: 20140119676
    Abstract: A bag formed of plastic film material has first and second side panels with a margin portion at a rear edge of the first side panel joining a margin portion at a rear edge of the second side panel at a rear seam. The rear seam along at least a part of its length is braced by a solid elongate brace of plastic material which is either fixed mechanically to the panels or is thermally welded to them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Reid Martin
  • Patent number: 8695770
    Abstract: Generally, embodiments discussed herein may include an article of softside luggage including flexible portions formed from flexible material and a rigid or semi-rigid reinforcing member. One embodiment may take the form of a wheeled duffel including a base wall, a top wall opposite the base wall, a plurality of sidewalls extending upwardly from the base wall to the top wall, a top end wall, and a bottom end wall opposite the top end wall. The wheeled duffel may further include a reinforcing member forming the top and bottom end walls and extending along the base wall from the top end wall to the bottom end wall. The reinforcing member may have an hourglass shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Dirk Santy
  • Publication number: 20140086512
    Abstract: A bulk bag includes a body having sidewalls, a bottom wall and a pair of opposed lift sleeves adapted to receive lifting members for lifting the bag and contents thereof. Each lift sleeve has a first sleeve end and a second sleeve end attached together and proximate to a bottom of the sidewall to form a loop, and a portion of the sleeve extending from the second sleeve end is attached to an adjacent portion of the sidewall such that the loop maintains a substantially open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Bobby Glen Brown, Krystavel Zulaica
  • Patent number: 8678652
    Abstract: A bulk container bag of a flexible fabric has an essentially cubic configuration wherein vertically extending baffles are provided in the interior corners of the bags to permit the bags to better retain their cubic configuration and to improve stability when filled. The baffles have slits defining flaps, alternatively, apertures and flaps, so that the loose granular material captures the flaps after it is filled in the bulk container bag. A method of filling the bag with granular materials is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Bulk Lift International, Incorporated
    Inventor: David Nattrass
  • Patent number: 8668102
    Abstract: A shipping container liner system for use in the shipping of bulk flowable products is described. The system comprises a specially adapted shipping container liner that is self-supporting without the need of rear-mounted rigid supportive bars to retain the liner within the shipping container during filling and discharge. The system comprises an arrangement of interior support baffles operating in conjunction with a plurality of exterior anchor straps adapted to distribute the cargo load throughout the length of the liner. A specialized hopper for unloading the bulk material is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Art Townsend
  • Patent number: 8646970
    Abstract: A soft sided insulated container assembly has a first insulated container portion and a second insulated container portion. The second insulated container portion can be collapsed to a flat position, and secured in place. Either of the container portions may have a liner. The liner in the first container portion may be a substantially rigid liner. The assembly may have a lifting member. In one example the second portion may be hingedly mounted to the first portion, and the lifting member may be mounted such that when the assembly is lifted, the hinge is in an up-and-down orientation. In another embodiment, the lifting member may be eccentrically mounted, such that the assembly may possibly sit more comfortably against a carrier's hip. The first container portion may have an auxiliary opening or door, and that door may be more easily opened than the main access of the first insulated container portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: California Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Melvin S. Mogil
  • Patent number: 8622617
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container bag for containing particulate materials, which is prevented from being barreled and retained in a stable erect state when contents fill the container bag, whereby the container bag can maximize the loadage of the particulate materials within a limited space with stability. The container bag includes lateral walls, the particulate materials filling an inner space defined by the lateral walls, a bottom wall formed generally in a quadrangle shape and connected to the bottom ends of the lateral walls, a cover connected to the top ends of the lateral walls, and hoops connected to the top ends of the lateral walls, the cover, the lateral walls and the bottom wall being formed from a flexible material, wherein each side of the quadrangle-shaped bottom wall is recessed at the central area thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Jeil Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki Young Jeong
  • Patent number: 8622619
    Abstract: A package has a flexible top wall (3) joined at its periphery (6) to flexible side walls (4, 5) to form an enclosure, the top wall (3) being formed with a line of weakness (7) which is adapted to be torn to create an opening, the tear being confined between the peripheral join (6). The side walls (4, 5) may have transverse seals (1, 2), and top and bottom walls (3) folded inwards as gussets, and the line of weakness (7) extends substantially centrally along the fold line of the gusseted top wall (3) between the two transverse seals (1, 2). The package is easily gripped in both hands, one either side of the line of weakness (7), with a thumb on each side to press downwards and create a tear along the line of weakness. Preferably, the upper edges of the side walls (4, 5) are sealed to the adjoining edges of the top wall (3) to form a peripheral upstanding rim (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Flexibles ApS
    Inventors: Michael Kenneth John Adams, John Fairweather
  • Patent number: 8602242
    Abstract: A flexible, stackable container for storing a quantity of a product includes a sealed package that is formed from a single sheet of film having oppositely disposed lateral edges. The package includes a first panel and outwardly extending corner seals that border more than two sides of the first panel, a second panel disposed opposite the first panel and having an end seal, and four lateral sides disposed between the first and second panels. The second panel is formed by tucking portions of the lateral sides proximate the lateral edges inwardly and sealing portions of the film proximate the lateral edges together to form an end seal, the end seal being folded over towards an outer surface of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    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: 8579507
    Abstract: A bag has a reinforcement that is configured in a predetermined manner for reinforcing at least a portion of the bag. One or more predetermined areas of the bag may be reinforced. The bag may have one or more layers, and may be reinforced by placing and affixing reinforcing media in selected areas. The nature of the reinforcing media—its dimensions and structural properties—may be selected with respect to targeted uses of the bag. The bag may be subjected to one or more types of potentially failure-causing strain (e.g. bending, twisting, puncture, tensile, compression) during the useful life of the bag. For example, the bag may be stressed during filling the bag with product, top sealing, conveying by hand or machine, loading and stacking, transportation, storage, selling and final use by the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Flexible Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriele R. Holmes, Darrel L. Wilhoit, John C. Files
  • Patent number: 8550717
    Abstract: A composite or so-called “half and half” bag has a first side wall formed from a synthetic resin mesh material and a second side formed from a synthetic resin film material. A reinforcing strip extends horizontally along the upper end portion of the mesh side wall of the bag. The reinforcing strip overlaps the upper edge of the first side wall such that it is joined to the first side wall through a horizontal seam positioned well beneath the top edge of the reinforcing strip to form an extension that protrudes well above (e.g., ½ inch to 1½ inches or even more) the upper edge of the mesh side wall. In order to strengthen the seam at the sides of the bag, the side edges of the reinforcing strip are joined to the second film side wall along at least most of the vertical extent of the extension. This film-to-film bond is considerably stronger than a bond through an intermediate mesh layer, as occurs along the remainder of the side seams of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Plaspack U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Corbett T. Hefner
  • Publication number: 20130259408
    Abstract: Methods of increasing the perceived thickness and strength of a thermoplastic film include incrementally stretching thermoplastic films in the machine direction. In one or more implementations, methods of incrementally stretching thermoplastic films include reducing the gauge of the films while increasing a loft of at least a portion of the film. The methods can involve cold stretching the films and imparting rib patterns and alternating peaks and valleys into the film. The linear ribs can have alternating thick and thin gauges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Michael G. Borchardt, Robert T. Dorsey
  • Patent number: 8528765
    Abstract: A flexible, stackable container for storing a quantity of a product includes a sealed package that is formed from a single sheet of film having oppositely disposed lateral edges. The package includes a first panel and outwardly extending corner seals that border more than two sides of the first panel, a second panel disposed opposite the first panel and having an end seal, and four lateral sides disposed between the first and second panels. The second panel is formed by tucking portions of the lateral sides proximate the lateral edges inwardly and sealing portions of the film proximate the lateral edges together to form an end seal, the end seal being folded over towards an outer surface of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Sanfilippo, James J. Sanfilippo, Jeanne M. Skaggs, Roy Speer
  • Publication number: 20130216159
    Abstract: A tie bag for storing refuse or garbage includes an undulating top edge defining an opening to the bag. The top edge may include two flaps and two valleys. In one embodiment, the valley may include a flat portion at the bottom of the valley. The flaps may be tied together to at least partially close the bag. The bag further may include a first seam that intersects the flat portion of the valley. The flat portion reduces the possibility of tearing the seam. In another embodiment, the valley may include a slit. In an additional embodiment, the valley may include two secondary valleys and a center valley. In another embodiment, the seam may intersect the top edge at a point other than the lowest point in the valley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: The Glad Products Company
    Inventor: The Glad Products Company
  • Patent number: 8499930
    Abstract: An undergarment hanger suspending by a hanger or hook; thin and dual sided receiving pouches with side access openings for storing a wide range and sizes of undergarment clothing, accessories, and swimsuits. In addition, the shape of the undergarment hanger reduces creases and dimples formed on the stored article of clothing and the like. Fabric or other material may be provided adjacent the top, bottom and side access openings to rigidize the undergarment receiving pouches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Cara Parness
  • Patent number: 8500330
    Abstract: A packaging bag is provided with a bag body and thermoplastic resin-made reinforcing members provided at the outer edge of the bag body. A window is provided in each reinforcing member. In forming the packaging bag, the bag body is placed between a pair of molds respectively having recesses to clamp these two molds so that a corresponding pair of the recesses are opposed to each other. Thereafter, in order to form the reinforcing members at the outer edge of the bag body, melted or softened thermoplastic resin is injected to fill cavities formed by the recesses of the thus clamped molds. Each of the cavities of the molds is formed so as to coincide with an outer shape of the corresponding reinforcing member. A projection extends from the bottom face of each recess at a part of the cavity corresponding to a part of each reinforcing member on which the window is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Oshio Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Nomura, Masakazu Sato
  • Patent number: 8499804
    Abstract: A bag includes a body portion defining a pouch having an open end and a strengthening rib. A strap of the bag has a first end connected to the body portion adjacent a first side of the open end, and a locking mechanism is connected to the body portion adjacent a second side of the open end. The locking mechanism is arranged to releasably engage a second end of the strap such that the bag can be connected to immovable objects to prevent theft of the bag. Further, a closing mechanism is disposed on the body portion and arranged to close the open end. The closing mechanism has a moveable head that is arranged to engage the second end of the strap when the strap is engaged with the locking mechanism, such that unauthorized access to the contents of the open end is prevented when the bag is locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Sarah Schulte