With Plural Access Openings Patents (Class 383/41)
  • Patent number: 6431753
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bulk bag with an improved device for securing the bag against inadvertent discharge of its contents during transportation and ordinary handling but is facilely operable remotely, from the side of the bag. Said improved device is characterized by discharge closure having plurality of sets of interlockable loops of fabric, at least one end of one loop in each set of loops which is releasable from the side of the bag and/or by a drawstring having a rope-lock releasable by lanyard attached to the side of the bag at a point which is covered by a flap or chute folded over said rope-lock and lanyard during transportation and handling of the bag. Accordingly both the interlockable loops and drawstring may be released from the side of the bag when discharge is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Acadia Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Rogers, Daniel E. Rogers, Jr., Lionel Harrington
  • Patent number: 6427873
    Abstract: A bag is modified to include an air input port that allows inflation of an interply region of the bag. As the interply region inflates, an inner ply rises and becomes an advancing wall, raising the bulk material level in the bag and inclining the bottom of the bag, while pulling excess material away from a drain region of the bag. In another embodiment, the bag is made with half the initial number of layers folded in half to create the upper and lower plies and the non-fold edges are bonded. Where corner drain ports are used, the bag can be arranged so that an interlayer bond parallel to the fold is parallel to a diagonal of a tote in which the bag sits and so that the interlayer bond is opposite the drain port to enhance bag evacuation. An additional optional feature of the invention is the inclusion of an integral filling conduit or snout on the top of the bag, a mouth of which acts as a fill port to ease filling of the bag. Junctures can be created in the interply region to guide its inflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: A. R. Arena Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 6409066
    Abstract: A tote-bag cooler includes a multi-chambered, closeable container enclosed by overlapping flaps creating a self-sealing, sleeve-style aperture. Handle straps may be attached to the sides of the container. A handle grip may be attached to the mid-section of one of the handle straps and may be wrapped around the opposing handle strap when grasping the handle straps. A shoulder strap may be included also. The outer surface of the container optionally may include a beverage holder, a seat belt strap, mesh pockets, and/or a fabric pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: The Coleman Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachel Schneider, Terry A. Mears, James T. Sener
  • Patent number: 6398401
    Abstract: A quick-mix cement mixing and dispensing bag comprising a flexible tubular structure which is lightweight and waterproof. The flexible tubular structure includes an inlet end having a topside and a bottom-side where the topside has a V-shaped notch formed therein. A central portion succeeding and integral with the inlet end and having a topside belly. An outlet end having a circumferentially tapering tubular profile and which succeeds and is integral with the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Joseph G. Arceneaux
  • Patent number: 6371646
    Abstract: A bulk bag or a liner for a bulk container is formed from a plurality of tubular blanks of flexible material so that each wall of the bag or liner has at least two layers of material. Desirably, many woven or plastic sheet materials suitable to make such bags or liners are available in elongate and circumferentially continuous tubular webs such that a plurality of liners or bags may be formed connected in end to end relation on an elongate web. In one form, a pair of gusseted tubular blanks are disposed between and sealed to a pair of overlying flat tubular blanks to define a liner or bag having two layers of material in each wall. In another form, a pair of tubular blanks are folded so that each tubular blank defines one flat panel and one gusseted panel and the tubular blanks are heat sealed along a pair of side edges of the liner or bag to also define a liner or bag having two layers of material in each wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Scholle Custom Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee LaFleur
  • Patent number: 6343694
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a modular based system for carrying and displaying medical equipment and supplies, incorporating highly organized, procedurally oriented storage modules designed with visible pockets and restraining devices. The modules can function independently or as part of a larger unit that includes many modules. They can be attached to a display board by one of several securement devices, which in turn can be attached to corresponding mobile stands or to a variety of surfaces in a variety of transport media. The modules can also be placed in one or more unique portable bags, vests or backpacks specifically designed to accommodate the modules through its corresponding fastening devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Inventors: Tracey Parnell, Shane Parnell
  • Publication number: 20010038720
    Abstract: A flexible bulk shipping container having supporting side beams positioned vertically about the side wall panel of the container. The side beams are made of a rigid material and act to distribute lateral bulge forces evenly throughout the container to prevent bulging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Inventor: Harold F. Hafer
  • Patent number: 6305843
    Abstract: A reusable device, and a method of manufacture, for fast, efficient, fingernail preserving, and neat removal of accumulated lint from clothes dryer filters. The device comprises a mitt and an attached storage pouch having upper and lower ends that can be independently manipulated for the addition and removal of lint. The devices also comprise magnets for attachment of the pouch to a dryer so that it remains conveniently accessible for use. The mitt preferably has two thumbs for interchangeable right-handed and left-handed use. Applications may include, but are not limited to, use by homeowners and cleaning services to facilitate the repetitive task of removing accumulated lint from clothes dryer lint filters needed to promote safe use of clothes dryers in homes, school dormitories, apartment complexes, and other residence facilities, as well as in laundromats, other commercial cleaning establishments, hotel laundries, hospital laundries, and the laundry facilities of uniform rental services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Lisa Dawn Helmer
  • Patent number: 6289896
    Abstract: A cardiac telemetry protective pouch for providing a water resilient protective pouch for containing the telemetry electronics employed for monitoring and transmitting cardiac status information about a patient. The cardiac telemetry protective pouch includes a protective pouch comprising a pair of side panels each having a perimeter. A portion of the perimeter of a first one of the side panels is releasably coupled to a corresponding portion of the perimeter of a second one of the side panels to form a closable opening on the pouch. A remainder portion of the perimeter of the first side panel is inseparably coupled to the perimeter of the second side panel to define an interior and form a water tight seal between the side panels at the remainder portion. An interlocking closure comprises a first interlocking structure on the first side panel and a second interlocking structure on the second side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventor: Glennah D. Hart
  • Patent number: 6244484
    Abstract: A storage bag for use to conceal items within the passenger or back floor areas of a vehicle. The storage pack includes four fabric pack side surfaces, a fabric pack bottom surface and a fabric pack top surface. The pack top surface has a straight zipper provided for access into a compartment. Each of the four fabric pack side surfaces includes two according fold collapsible vertical side edges, a curved zipper for access into the compartment, and two fabric handles each having a D-shaped portion defining a hand receiving opening. Each of the zippers includes a locking fixture that is lockable to the zipper tab with a luggage lock of the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Bruce J. Farrell
  • Publication number: 20010002675
    Abstract: A bag is modified to include an air input port that allows inflation of an interply region of the bag. As the interply region inflates, an inner ply rises and becomes an advancing wall, raising the bulk material level in the bag, inclining the bottom of the bag, and pulling excess material away from the drain port all at the same time. In another embodiment, the bag is made with half the initial number of layers folded in half to create the upper and lower plies and the non-fold edges are bonded. Where corner drain ports are used, the bag can be arranged so that an interlayer bond parallel to the fold is parallel to a diagonal of a tote in which the bag sits and so that the interlayer bond is opposite the drain port to enhance bag evacuation. An additional optional feature of the invention is the inclusion of an integral filling conduit or snout on the top of the bag, a mouth of which acts as a fill port to ease filling of the bag. Junctures can be created in the interply region to guide its inflation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Publication date: June 7, 2001
    Inventor: Donald E. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 6234351
    Abstract: A pillow bag is modified to include an air input port that allows inflation of an interply region of the bag. As the interply region inflates, an inner ply rises and becomes an advancing wall, raising the bulk material level in the bag, inclining the bottom of the bag, and pulling excess material away from the drain port all at the same time. In another embodiment, the pillow bag is made with half the initial number of layers folded in half to create the upper and lower plies and the non-fold edges are bonded. Where corner drain ports are used, the bag can be arranged so that an interlayer bond parallel to the fold is parallel to a diagonal of a tote in which the bag sits and so that the interlayer bond is opposite the drain port to enhance bag evacuation. An additional optional feature of the invention is the inclusion of an integral filling conduit or snout on the top of the bag, a mouth of which acts as a fill port to ease filling of the bag. The invention can also be applied to fitted bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: A. R. Arena Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 6176394
    Abstract: A container according to a first embodiment includes a first panel bonded to all but a segment of an opposing second panel wherein the first and the second panels define an interior chamber and wherein the unbonded segments of the first panel and the second panel define a first opening having a maximum area. Present in the first opening is a two-part linear fluid impervious closure constructed of flexible material. The first part is bonded to the first panel segment of the first opening and the second part is bonded to the second panel segment of the first opening. A spout is bonded to at least the first panel to provide fluid communication between the interior chamber and the environment, and to define an orifice having an area less than the maximum area of the first opening. In a preferred embodiment, interlocking fastener strips are used as the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Cascade Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Shimko, Lee A. Getzewich
  • Patent number: 6126054
    Abstract: A double opening bag utilizes a single draw cord for closing both ends. The draw cord passes around the periphery of a tubular section of the bag adjacent the two ends. The draw cord extends closely alongside the tubular section when the openings are open. Pulling the draw cord closes both ends and creates slack in the draw cord. The slack is sufficient to serve as a shoulder strap for carrying the bag over a person's shoulder. A partition may be added to the interior of the bag generally between the ends to create two open-ended compartments that close simultaneously with the tubular section ends when the draw cord is pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Paul Riemer
  • Patent number: 6120181
    Abstract: Layers of material are bonded together to include portions that yield an integral filling conduit or snout in a completed single or multiple-ply bag particularly useful in bag-in-box shipping containers. The layers are bonded to form the preferred shape of a trapezoid whose long base is parallel to and runs into the top of a rectangle, the bonds forming seams on the sides of the trapezoid and the sides and base of the rectangle. Alternatively, half the number of layers can be folded and bonded to yield the trapezoid/rectangle shape, in which case no base seal is required. The trapezoid's short base is the snout opening and, where necessary, interply bonds are formed around the opening circumference. The invention can also be formed with an evacuation enhancement system that uses an inflatable air chamber in an interply region to cause more of the bag contents to be discharged than would otherwise occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: A. R. Arena Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 6109787
    Abstract: A soft bag for accommodating a stack of personal-hygiene articles, especially of cosmetic cotton pads, which comprises a side wall, a bottom wall and removal mechanism, located in the bottom area of the bag, with a tear-off latch, defined by weakening lines in the bag wall. Two separate tear-off latches on two sides of the bottom area facing away from each other are provided in order to form two separate removal openings. The tear-off latches extend from the bottom wall into the side wall of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Procter & Gamble
    Inventor: Christof Karl Stary
  • Patent number: 6095688
    Abstract: A stabilized, flexible, cubic container is provided, in which the stabilization is achieved by a continuous, tubular basic part which includes punched-out or cut-out sections. The basic tube is preferably in the form of a gusseted tube, of which the non-filled volume is provided in the corner regions via outer pocket-like material adaptions. The inner, open edges of the outer pocket-like material adaptions are connected with sealing action to the basic tube in an overlapping manner directly behind the punched-out or cut-out sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Nittel Halle GmbH
    Inventors: Cornelius Nittel, Wolfgang Werner
  • Patent number: 6086253
    Abstract: A bag for storing and dispensing flexible bags. The bag has an upper opening closed by a drawstring and a lower opening closed by an elastic gather. The drawstring is enclosed within a hem. The drawstring is partially exposed so that it may be draped over a hook or the like, thereby suspending the bag from an environmental surface. The gather comprises an elastic band stitched to the bag either by passing stitches through the elastic band or such that the stitches surround and entrap the band without penetrating it. The novel bag is fabricated by placing the drawstring and the gather at opposite, parallel ends of a spread out panel of flexible fabric. The ends are folded over to enclose the drawstring, and are adhered, welded, or otherwise secured in this fashion. The remaining two opposed edges are then joined, thereby reconfiguring the rectangular panel as a cylinder, with one open end encircled by the drawstring and the other open end closed by the gather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Adeline R. Hartsfield
  • Patent number: 6085695
    Abstract: A pet leash bag is attachable to a pet leash for carrying or holding articles such as pet waste disposal bags, other pet accessories or toys and personal articles of the pet owner. The bag can be fabricated from many different materials and has many embodiments including single or multi-compartment bags, bags with internal and external pockets and bags of different dimensions and size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventors: La Rae Lee Miller, Lori Ann Miller
  • Patent number: 6076967
    Abstract: A fillable, resealable, and disposable flexible liquid container which incorporates a drinking straw as a conduit for delivering fluids to a user. The container includes a pleated bottomed structure which allows it to stand upright when filled. At least one zipper closure is fitted along the upper edge of the container that permits filling of the container and prevents leaking of fluid contents in particular. The straw or tube may be built into the container and have a closure of its own, or a puncture target facilitating insertion of a straw into the container may be attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Susan A. Beaudette
  • Patent number: 6062732
    Abstract: A flexible intermediate bulk container having a filling spout extending outwards from one end and a discharge spout extending from the opposed end. A layer of an air-permeable diaphragm and a layer of sheet internal thereto are located at the one end, the opposed end or in wall of container. The diaphragm and sheet are adapted to have a tube therein in fluid communication into the container, through which a vacuum or air pressure may be applied to facilitate filling or discharge of contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Intertape Polymer Group
    Inventor: Ray Scott
  • Patent number: 6045264
    Abstract: A self-sealing disposable storage bag for storing perishable foods or biohazardous waste wherein the storage bag comprises a pouch having a self-sealing interlocking system extending longitudinally across, near an open top end, the open top end having a main opening contiguous with an evacuation opening, each opening having a separate and independent cooperative pairs of interlocking strips to make up the interlocking system. The interlocking system also includes a pliable gasket seal and a defined groove of predetermined interlocking strips for providing a true airtight seal when the main and evacuation openings are closed. A tapered barrier as defined above the evacuation opening for providing a corridor that receives a suction conduit having a corresponding tapered flange end which engages the tapered barrier and facilitates the evacuation of air from the storage bag when the main opening is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Stephen H. Miniea
  • Patent number: 6042416
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for a portable electronic radio or "boom box" includes a heavy base having legs extendible from the base so that the electronic device can be supported above the ground surface. An external battery compartment is provided in the enclosure for external batteries which are connected to a connector mounted in the internal battery compartment of the electronic device. The connector takes the place of the batteries mounted in the battery compartment. This permits batteries to be manipulated as required without the necessity of removing the electronic device from the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: David C. Lopes
  • Bag
    Patent number: 6039182
    Abstract: An evacuable plastic storage bag comprises a pair of opposed walls that define, between them, an interior volume and a mouth. The bag has a Zip-locks.RTM. closure for releasably sealing the mouth closed. The wall has a hole therein which is reinforced by an annular grommet-like plastic element. The element defines an aperture which is in communication with the interior volume of the bag and which is arranged in proximity to the closure. The wall has a plug of resiliently deformable plastic material for closing the aperture by forcing the plug into releasable engagement with the aperture. The plug and the element are disposed sufficiently close to the closure so that as the closure is pulled open, the plug is withdrawn, thereby obviating the need to withdraw the plug in a separate operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Barry Light
  • Patent number: 6027248
    Abstract: A bottom bag closure of the present invention is created from a substantially tubular length of fabric and two sets of connectors. One of a first set of connectors is on a partial seam on a back face of the bag. Another one of the first set of the connectors is on a bottom edge of a front face. Each of the second set of connectors is on the bottom edge of the back face adjacent an unconnected portion of the partial seam. The first set of connectors is connected toward the back face of the bag and the second set of connectors is connected toward the front face of the bag. The present invention also includes a method of creating the above set forth leakproof, reusable bottom bag closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: The Bag Connection
    Inventors: Peter Nelson, Bill Dieter
  • Patent number: 6012843
    Abstract: Apparatus for holding plastic bags includes a fabric tube having an open top and an open bottom of reduced diameter, and a loop for hanging the fabric tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventors: Catherine Brooks, Robert L. Jones
  • Patent number: 6003747
    Abstract: An improved structure for golf-ball bag, which mainly comprises a stop flap, a bag body and a bag lug; the stop flap and the bag body are made of a resilient material; the inner side of the stop flap is sewed with at least a bag lug; both ends of the bag body not connected with the stop flap are furnished with piping edges respectively; the other two ends of the bag body are sewed together with both ends of the stop flap respectively; the edge of the stop flap is furnished with piping edge; the ball bag has two openings, of which one opening has a higher flap panel extended from the stop flap; the ball bag can be attached to the belt of a user by means of bag lug; when a ball is loading into the bag, the flap panel is used as a guide surface for the ball; since the opening is resilient, the ball loaded in the bag would drop out unintentionally; to pick up the ball out of the ball bag, a user may simply squeeze the bag and push the ball out of the ball-output end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Te-Chen Lee
  • Patent number: 5988468
    Abstract: A container for exposed film cartridges that permits swift, one-handed insertion of such cartridges while securely containing them after insertion is disclosed. A pouch with stiffened walls has a circular opening covered by overlapping flaps made of a flexible but resilient material through which cartridges may be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Daymen Photo Marketing Ltd
    Inventors: Douglas H. Murdoch, Lily Ewing, Michael Sturm
  • Patent number: 5975393
    Abstract: A fishing rod carrying backpack for holding fishing rods. The backpack includes a bottom portion having a bottom panel and a perimeter side wall. A front panel and a spaced apart pair of side panels are upwardly extended from the upper edge of the perimeter side wall. The bottom portion, the front panel and the side panels define an interior space for holding fishing rods therein. Upper and lower cover panels are coupled to one of the side panels and detachably attached to the other side panel to help hold fishing rods in the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: John N. Bellamy
  • Patent number: 5951167
    Abstract: A new broomstick skirt drying tube for creating sharp creases in broomstick skirts. The inventive device includes a tube constructed of a flexible open weave material. The tube has an open upper end and an open lower end. The open lower end has a greater diameter than the open upper end. The open upper end has a cylindrical collar extending downwardly thereof. The tube is dimensioned for receiving a wet skirt therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Sherlene Tate
  • Patent number: 5947277
    Abstract: A decorative receptacle for plastic shopping bags as well as a variety of other, different types of articles, the receptacle comprising an upper member having the general structure and appearance of an upper portion of a doll body, whether a human figure or an animal figure, and a lower element structured and disposed for receiving a variety of different articles therein. The lower element, which has the general shape and configuration of a skirt, is preferably removably attached to the upper member to permit laundering, and extends downwardly from the upper member. The lower element defines a cavity in which the articles can be stored, preferably in a generally vertical, stacked array, and also has at least one access opening in communication with the cavity that is sized and configured to allow passage therethrough of one or more of the various articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Victoria Sherman
  • Patent number: 5924796
    Abstract: A process of manufacturing a bulk bag begins with a length of tubular woven polypropylene material which is cut along first transversely extending lines 64 to form the upper edges of lift sleeve portions 76, cut along longitudinally extending lines 66 to form the side edges of the lift sleeve portions 76, and cut along substantially transversely extending lines 68 situated at the midpoint of the lines 66 to form opposed top wall halves 72 and opposed bottom wall halves 74. The top wall halves and the bottom wall halves are then sewn together along sew lines 82 and 84, respectively. Sidewalls 70' are joined to the bottom wall halves 74 along sew lines 86, and the top wall halves 72 are joined to the sidewalls 70' along sew lines 88. The lift sleeve portions 76 may be configured to provide lift sleeve, lift rope, or single point lift construction. The top and bottom walls may be provided with a fill chute and discharge chute, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Super Sack Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Norwin C. Derby
  • Patent number: 5898968
    Abstract: A device for cleaning and drying golf club heads and for cleaning, drying, and carrying golf balls can be secured to the user during play. The device includes a generally pliant, hollow sleeve member having a large opening at its upper end and a smaller opening at its lower end. The upper and lower openings of the sleeve member are appropriately sized to allow golf club heads of any size to be cleaned within the sleeve upper interior portion while golf balls may be cleaned within the sleeve lower interior portion. Additionally, the appropriately sized lower opening permits golf balls to be retained within the lower interior portion of the sleeve member and squeezed out as needed. The device accomplishes all of the cleaning of the golf equipment internally and therefore prevents any cleaned off material from contacting the user or the user's clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Bruce E. Beattie
  • Patent number: 5894780
    Abstract: A composting container for holding and composting farming and stock raising waste material including a barrel, and top and bottom lids openable. The circumference of a lower half portion of the said barrel of the container is tightened by bands. This arrangement helps the container efficiently ferment and decompose a manure inside without tedious works such as providing proper moisture and ventilation, which are regularly required in conventional manure storage outdoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Tanaka Sangyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsunori Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 5879083
    Abstract: A bottom bag closure of the present invention is created from a substantially tubular length of fabric and two sets of connectors. One of a first set of connectors is on a partial seam on a back face of the bag. Another one of the first set of the connectors is on a bottom edge of a front face. Each of the second set of connectors is on the bottom edge of the back face adjacent an unconnected portion of the partial seam. The first set of connectors is connected toward the back face of the bag and the second set of connectors is connected toward the front face of the bag. The present invention also includes a method of creating the above set forth leakproof, reusable bottom bag closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: The Bag Connection
    Inventors: Peter Nelson, Bill Dieter
  • Patent number: 5875890
    Abstract: The invention relates to a soundproofing bag (1) for single and double reed instruments, particularly for a saxophone made up of a material providing a fabric outer layer, an intermediate soundproofing layer, and an inner layer made up of air and steam permeable material, shaped in such a way to substantially conform to the shape of the instrument, and provided with a rear opening (9) allowing the hooking of the instrument, of a rear slot (13) for the hooking of the collar (5) to the saxophone, and with two entrances (10, 11), respectively for the introduction of the right and left hands to be able to normally play the saxophone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: R.D.B. S.A.S. Di Di Bernardini Stefano
    Inventor: Stefano Di Bernardini
  • Patent number: 5871280
    Abstract: A pet bag for storing and dispensing pet food, comprising a chamber wall bounding an interior chamber, an access opening formed through the chamber wall for accessing the chamber, whereby pet food may be placed into the interior chamber through the access opening for allowing efficient storage and transport of the pet food, and a dispense opening formed through the chamber wall for allowing a user to selectively dispense the pet food from the interior chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventor: William Watters
  • Patent number: 5865540
    Abstract: A process of manufacturing a bulk bag begins with a tubular blank of woven polypropylene material which is cut along first transversely extending lines 64 to form the upper edges of lift sleeve portions 76, cut along longitudinally extending lines 66 to form the side edges of the lift sleeve portions 76, and cut along substantially transversely extending lines 68 situated at the midpoint of the lines 66 to form opposed top wall halves 72 and opposed bottom wall halves 74. The top wall halves and the bottom wall halves are then sewn together along sew lines 82 and 84, respectively. Sidewalls 70' are joined to the bottom wall halves 74 along sew lines 86, and the top wall halves 72 are joined to the sidewalls 70' along sew lines 88. The lift sleeve portions 76 may be configured to provide lift sleeve, lift rope, or single point lift construction. The top and bottom walls may be provided with a fill chute and discharge chute, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Super Sack Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: Norwin C. Derby, Craig A. Nickell, Bobby Glenn Brown
  • Patent number: 5853247
    Abstract: A container formed to contain and protect from damage one or more fluid sample bags maintained therein. The container is formed from a pair of like sections of strong semi flexible material that may be joined around three sides and are joined along at least one side, to form a pocket for receiving one or more fluid sample bags fitted therein, with the container open side or sides arranged to be closed as with opposing mat type closure stripes that are secured along the sections unconnected sides, proximate to their edges, and are pressed together. A hole or holes are provided through one or both of the sections of material for receiving a port or valve of the fluid sample bag fitted therethrough, and the container unconnected sides of the sections of material each include one of a pair of loops that align with one another and may receive a coupling device, such as a D ring fitted therethrough that may, in turn receive a lock, seal wire, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Inventor: John Bruce Shroyer
  • Patent number: 5852830
    Abstract: A portable urinal device is provided including a flexible collapsible bag having a top face. At least one perforation is formed in the top face of the bag for allowing a user to urinate in the bag. Next provided is a pair of lips integrally coupled to side edges of the top face of the bag and extended upwardly therefrom. The lips have a coupling mechanism thereon for allowing a user to selectively preclude access to the top face and further prevent the leaking of urine from the slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Inventor: Marlon Horn
  • Patent number: 5851072
    Abstract: An improved bulk bag or bulk box liner and spout fitment construction for the liner discharge and/or fill openings. The liner is of liquid impervious thermoplastic multiple-ply sheet material, and the spout fitment is a rigid thermoplastic spout of either open or closed flange type. The spout tube extends through the liner fitment opening and has an external flange base adjacent the liner-interior tube end that is permanently affixed and heat sealed to the liner in a first annular heat weld zone formed between an outward facing surface of the flange base and the interior surface of the liner. A first backing piece of liquid impervious plastic sheet material overlies the inward-facing flange surface and has a marginal portion overlying the liner interior surface. A second annular heat seal is formed between this backing piece and flange base in a second annular weld zone spaced radially inwardly from the first heat weld seal zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Custom Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee LaFleur
  • Patent number: 5842789
    Abstract: A process of manufacturing a bulk bag begins with a tubular blank of woven polypropylene material which is cut along a first transversely extending line 64 to form the upper edges of lift sleeve portions 76, cut along longitudinally extending lines 66 to form the side edges of the lift sleeve portions 76, and cut along substantially transversely extending lines 68 situated at the midpoint of the lines 66 to form opposed top wall halves 72 and opposed bottom wall halves 74. The top wall halves and the bottom wall halves are then sewn together along sew lines 82 and 84, respectively. Sidewalls 70' are joined to the bottom wall halves 74 along sew lines 86, and the top wall halves 72 are joined to the sidewalls 70' along sew lines 88. The lift sleeve portions 76 may be configured to provide lift sleeve, lift rope, or single point lift construction. The top and bottom walls may be provided with a fill chute and discharge chute, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Super Sack Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: Norwin C. Derby, Craig A. Nickell, Bobby Glenn Brown
  • Patent number: 5839631
    Abstract: There is provided a holder for a plurality of golf balls, the holder having a cylindrical sleeve formed of a flexible fabric sheet material and having an open first end and an open second end. About a first end of the sleeve there is a drawstring which may be tightened after the balls have been inserted through the first end while a second end has an elastic material thereabout, the elastic material narrowing the opening to a diameter less than the diameter of a golf ball but permitting the opening to expand to permit the removal of a golf ball when desired. The holder is, inexpensive, easy to manufacture and may be utilized as a promotional item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventors: Luc Hebert, Monique Hebert
  • Patent number: 5810478
    Abstract: For a bulk bag with lift straps, an exterior liner with an opening adjacent each lift strap constructed to receive the lift strap therethrough so that the bag can be lifted by its lift straps with the liner in place. To prevent leakage and to protect the contents of the bag from water or other contaminants, a closure member is provided for each opening to substantially seal the opening. Preferably, each closure member has two opposing surfaces with fingers extending therefrom and constructed to releasably interlock when the opposing surfaces are mated together to seal the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Custom Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee LaFleur
  • Patent number: 5803605
    Abstract: A bag for rapid washing and drying of small articles consisting of a main pocket and multiple small, individual pockets. Approximately one half of the individual pockets are located on one side of the main pocket with the other pockets located on the opposite side. The individual pockets are off-set and non-overlapping from their counterpart on the opposite side, thereby preventing more than two thicknesses of articles being in the bag. The off-set placement of the pockets provides "open" areas on each side of the main pocket. The bag can also be provided with a hanging loop which allows the bag to be hung for drying or storage reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventor: Sherrill A. Masi
  • Patent number: 5779366
    Abstract: A wire management bag (18) including a body (20) having closure mechanism, and furniture attachment system, is provided. The body (20) further includes an open top (38) and at least one opening (29) therein for egress of wires destined for other electronic or electrical equipment. The closure mechanism is preferably a portfolio-type hinged mechanism (54). The furniture attachment system preferably includes first and second hanging straps (36), (40). One end (42) of each hanging strap is attached to the body, other end (44) is hung from furniture-attached hooks (48) via a D-ring (46) in each strap. In a first alternative embodiment, the body (20) of the present invention includes one or more dividers therein for permitting the separation of various types of wiring. In a second alternative embodiment, the body includes one or more venting holes (60), (62) for allowing maximum heat dissipation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Watson Furniture Systems
    Inventors: Clifton K. McKenzie, III, Kathy L. McKenzie, Michael B. Barringer
  • Patent number: 5779894
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an aseptic bag (1) for separating off liquid. The bag comprises a tight outer bag (2) and a perforated inner bag (3). Each bag (2, 3) consists of two parts (4, 5, 6, 7). In the first bag part (4, 6) of the outer bag (2) and the inner bag (3), there is disposed an inlet device (12) and, in the second bag part (5, 7), there are disposed closure means (13) which may rigidly engage with the inlet device (12). In addition, there is provided in the first part (4) of the outer bag (2) an outlet device (18) and corresponding closure means (19) in its second part (5). An inlet valve (14) is connected to the inlet device (12) and an outlet valve (22) is connected to the outlet device (18). The product, solid particles mixed with a carrier liquid, is filled through the inlet valve (14) into the aseptic bag (1). The solid particles will then remain in the inner bag (3), while the liquid will continue through the perforations in the bag (3) and be separated through the outlet valve (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Karl Martensson, deceased
  • Patent number: 5762027
    Abstract: An apparatus for the application of powder-type medication to small animals including cats, small dogs, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc. The apparatus consists of at least one piece of material cut into a selected configuration, when constructed will secure the animal with at least the head exterior to the apparatus, and will allow placement of the animal in the apparatus and subsequent administration of the medication without the fear of the animal escaping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventor: Douglas A. Freund
  • Patent number: 5747179
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming and consolidating organic matrix composites. An organic matrix composite panel comprising laid-up prepregs is placed between sheets of a susceptor material that is susceptible to inductive heating to form a workpiece. The resulting workpiece is placed within upper and lower dies formed of a material that is not susceptible to inductive heating. An induction coil embedded within the dies is energized and inductively heats the susceptor sheets surrounding the panel. The sheets in turn conductively heat the organic matrix composite panel. A pressure zone between the workpiece and one of the dies is pressurized to form the workpiece to the contour of a forming surface on one of the dies. The pressure in the pressure zone is maintained on the workpiece until the organic matrix composite panel is fully consolidated and formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Marc R. Matsen, Paul S. Gregg, Howard Martinson, Robert Snyder
  • Patent number: D393504
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: Janice S. Eisman