Including Auxiliary Means For Forming Leakproof Closure Seal Patents (Class 383/59)
  • Publication number: 20140133783
    Abstract: A sift-resistant valve bag is disclosed herein. The bag includes an upper end, the upper end being at least partially closed, a lower end opposite the upper end, the lower end being closed, a valve in the upper end, the valve being configured to receive flowable material for filling the bag, and a patch in the upper end and opposite from the valve, the patch being configured to restrict leakage of material flowing through the valve, wherein the patch includes a cuff.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Doug Thurman
  • Patent number: 8657496
    Abstract: A spout member including a base portion which is fixed to a bag body, a cylindrical portion which protrudes upward from the base portion, and a sealing portion which seals a front end of the cylindrical portion through a breakable thin portion is disposed between two sheets of film forming the bag body. A sealing chamber accommodating the cylindrical portion and the sealing portion is opened by tearing the two sheets of film along an opening assisting line. An opening assisting plate protruding to at least one of a left side and a right side of the sealing portion is disposed above the opening assisting line. A sandwiching reinforcement seal portion for reinforcing the two sheets of film by sealing inner surfaces thereof is provided between the opening assisting plate and the opening assisting line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd., Fujimori Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Takeda, Kenji Washida, Takahiro Koyama, Junichi Hashimoto, Matsutarou Ono, Yasuharu Takada, Toshihiko Mori, Moritoshi Oguni
  • Patent number: 8550715
    Abstract: A reclosable zipper is illustrated, which includes a first profile having a first interlocking element, a first consumer side flange with a first consumer side intermeshing contour and a first product side flange with a first product side intermeshing contour. The zipper includes a second profile which includes a second interlocking element, a second consumer side flange with a second consumer side intermeshing contour, and a second product side flange with a second product side intermeshing contour. The first and second consumer side intermeshing contours are complementary intermeshing contours and the first and second product side intermeshing contours are complementary intermeshing contours. As a result, when the interlocking elements are engaged, the first and second consumer side intermeshing contours are capable of intermeshing and the first and second product side intermeshing contours are capable of intermeshing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Anzini, Charles G. Greco, Glyn Russell
  • Patent number: 8550714
    Abstract: A pocket closure assembly can have a pocket and a first member coupled to the pocket, where the first member has a first surface. A second member may be rotatably coupled to the first member, where the second member has a second surface that mates with the first surface to form a seal for the pocket if the second member is rotated to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignees: Alexander Danch, Yoav Ben-Shushan
    Inventors: Yoav Ben-Shushan, Alexander Danch, Joe Molinari
  • Publication number: 20130243354
    Abstract: A waterproof self sealing container sealed by magnet to magnet contact, making the container airtight and water resistant. The water resistant container has a body made of flexible water resistant material. The body is formed as a sheet. An opening is formed at an end of the body. The body opening has a body opening first side and a body opening second side. A first magnet strip is bonded to the body opening first side. A first bonding layer bonds to the body. The first magnet strip is bonded to the first bonding layer and wherein the first bonding layer is bonded to the body opening first side. A second magnet strip is bonded to the body opening second side. A flap magnet contact area is formed where the first magnet strip and the second magnet strip are free from the sidewalls of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: MATTHEW MARK LYTLE
  • Publication number: 20130230260
    Abstract: A seam sealed wet bag for transporting and storing wet items and a process for marking same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Nicole Marie Maynard, Jesse Anton Maynard
  • Patent number: 8505172
    Abstract: A removable pouch partition clip having the same length of a pouch's folds. Said clip has a transverse hole at each end to allow the insertion of retaining pin to prevent the accidental slippage of the clip during shipping, which may release the partition folds and allow unwanted contamination or communication between the two compartments. Said clip has a figure of U. The edges of the U have reinforcement for increased rigidity. Each end of the clip may have a retaining pin that penetrates through corresponding holes in the pouch's folds. The retaining pins may be replaced with heat spot welds. Pulling the pouches apart will disengage the pins and remove the clip allowing the pouches to communicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Zafer Termanini
  • Publication number: 20130177266
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns flexible reclosable containers with a one way valve which provides a means to vent fluids, particularly air, from the interior of container when the repeatedly reclosable closure member, typically a zipper, is in a closed state. It also concerns a process for creating such a valve using a seal bar with voids to create a channel which passes behind the closure member. The valve which is disclosed involves a channel which comprises a central passageway which connects a port which communicates with the environment to a port which communicates with the interior of the package. Also disclosed is the concept of using this valve with a readily removable hermetic seal such that the port intended to communicate the environment initially communicates with the headspace between the reclosable closure member and the hermetic seal but does communicate with the environment when the hermetic seal is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: CURWOOD, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin Paul Mack
  • Publication number: 20130138242
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for securely storing items of media. The apparatus includes a storage bag body having an open mouth region and a sealing collar extending around at least a portion of the mouth region. The collar includes a first and second elongate side bar, each having a first and second end and a first pair of hinged end bars disposed in an end-to-end configuration between respective first ends of the side bars and a second pair of hinged end bars disposed in an end-to-end configuration between the respective second ends of the side bars. At least one side bar and at least one end bar in each pair of end bars comprises at least one securing element for irreversibly sealing the mouth region of the storage bag body closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Fred Kallin
  • Patent number: 8434944
    Abstract: A sachet has a body, the inner space of which is notably delimited by two sheets forming its main walls, and which includes complementary closing profiles respectively attached on these sheets as well as a cursor for actuating the profiles upon closing and opening, which comprises two longitudinal flanks connected by a base, as well as a longitudinal sole which extends from the base between the flanks, in order to delimit two opening/closing channels of the profiles. The cursor includes, longitudinally, in the extension of the base, a jutting-out element which extends beyond the flanks. The jutting-out element is positioned on the side of the cursor which corresponds to a closing direction of the profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: S2F Flexico
    Inventors: Henri Bois, Antony Roger
  • Patent number: 8256959
    Abstract: A fastener strip, such as would be used in a reclosable container, comprises a sealing member having a plurality of sealing portions configured to engage complementary sealing portions of a complementary fastener strip. At least one sealing portion comprises one or more finger members extending therefrom. The at least one finger member, by engaging a complementary sealing portion of a complementary fastener strip, provides an additional degree of sealing, particularly when the fastener strips are in a partially engaged condition. A slider comprises top and side walls and inwardly facing flanges, preferably at lower ends of the side walls. The inwardly facing flanges define a gap having dimensions such that the sealing members of the opposing fastener strips, and particularly the sealing portion having the at least one finger member and its complementary sealing portion, are urged together to provide an additional degree of sealing, yet not completely interlocking, engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Global Packaging Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Hui, Mark Branson
  • Patent number: 8215839
    Abstract: A closure device for a thermoplastic bag which includes two opposing, longitudinally extending interlockable male and female fastening strips having respective male and female closure elements or profiles with outside wings that are deformed when the closure device is fully occluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Michael G. Borchardt, Andrew E. Neltner
  • Patent number: 8202002
    Abstract: A reclosable vacuum storage bag that can be hermetically sealed by flat resealable means that extend across the full width of the bag. The flat resealable means are designed to provide a barrier to prevent ambient air from leaking into the evacuated interior volume of the bag. The storage bag is also provided with a plastic zipper. The flat resealable means can be arranged on the product side of the zipper, on the user side of the zipper, or in between two zippers installed in the storage bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. McMahon, Donald L. VanErden, Kevin P. Olechowski, Steven Ausnit, Stanley Piotrowski
  • Publication number: 20120128273
    Abstract: A waterproof self sealing container sealed by magnet to magnet contact, making the container airtight and water resistant. The water resistant container has a body made of flexible water resistant material. The body is formed as a sheet. An opening is formed at an end of the body. The body opening has a body opening first side and a body opening second side. A first magnet strip is bonded to the body opening first side. A first bonding layer bonds to the body. The first magnet strip is bonded to the first bonding layer and wherein the first bonding layer is bonded to the body opening first side. A second magnet strip is bonded to the body opening second side. A second bonding layer is bonded to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Matthew Mark Lytle
  • Patent number: 8061898
    Abstract: A venting closure mechanism for a pouch includes first and second closure profiles that interlock and third and fourth closure profiles that interlock. A sealing flap extends from the first closure element between the first and third closure profiles and engages the second closure element to form a releasable gastight seal therebetween. When the first and second closure elements are occluded, a first plurality of longitudinally spaced first exhaust channels is disposed on a product-side of the sealing flap and a second plurality of longitudinally spaced second exhaust channels is disposed on a user-side of the sealing flap. A first pouch sidewall is attached to the first closure element at an exterior surface thereof between a user-side edge of the first closure element and the sealing flap. An interior surface of the first pouch sidewall is textured with a pattern that provides flow channels therealong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Pawloski, Brian C. Dais, John O. McCree
  • Patent number: 7997047
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to an air evacuation assembly and methods of using the same, and in particular to an assembly used to evacuate air from a sealable plastic bag and to form an air tight seal, and to the methods of using the same. In a preferred embodiment, a valve assembly is provided with an inside piece that is matable with an outside piece. A plastic bag is pierced, and a gasket forms a seal with the bag when the inside piece and outside piece are threadably engaged. A check ball is contained within a spout. The ball can seal the inside of the bag, or alternatively be moved to allow air to evacuate from the bag. An external rib is provided for forming a tight engagement between the valve assembly and a pump and/or a cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Widgeteer, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald J. Sargent
  • Patent number: 7946766
    Abstract: An offset resealable closure mechanism adapted to provide an airtight seal for a pouch includes a first elongate closure element and a second elongate closure element. The first elongate closure element includes a first elongate closure profile extending therefrom and a second elongate closure element includes first and second legs extending therefrom to define a channel. A sealing flange extends across the channel and includes a slit therethrough adapted to receive the first elongate closure profile. The sealing flange forms an airtight seal with the first elongate closure profile when the closure mechanism is occluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Dais, Robert R. Turvey, James C. Pawloski, Bryan L. Ackerman, Daniel P. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20110091136
    Abstract: A pocket closure assembly can have a pocket and a first member coupled to the pocket, where the first member has a first surface. A second member may be rotatably coupled to the first member, where the second member has a second surface that mates with the first surface to form a seal for the pocket if the second member is rotated to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Alexander Danch, Yoav Ben-Shushan, Joe Molinari
  • Patent number: 7914208
    Abstract: A reclosable fastener strip for securing to a film web comprises first and second elongated profile strips having interlocking hooks, recesses and protuberances. Each hook, as extruded, has a half arrowhead-shaped tip, a concave or partial-concave tail, and a generally upstanding neck connecting the tip and tail. Each recess has a base with a pair of generally upstanding neck elements disposed on opposite ends of the base. The base does not extend laterally beyond the neck elements. Each protuberance, as extruded, has a rounded tip, a concave or partial-concave tail, and a generally upstanding neck portion connecting the tip and tail. The profile strips are readily secured to the web without entrapping air between the profile strips and the film web and form an vacuum tight seal. The interlocking hooks, recesses and protuberances are sized, constructed and arranged to provide a vacuum tight seal upon interconnection thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Com-Pac International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory S. Sprehe
  • Publication number: 20110002558
    Abstract: A bag has an elongated bag opening held closed by a fastener assembly, wherein the fastener assembly has a first fastening member and a second fastening member attached along respective sides of the bag opening, and a sliding actuator to interlock or to unlock the first fastening member and the second fastening member. The bag opening is covered by a hood having a section covering the bag opening, and having other sections secured to the first fastening member and the second fastening member, to resist tampering by cutting or peeling, and the sliding actuator protrudes outwardly from the hood for inspection to detect tampering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: GARY F. SARGIN
  • Patent number: 7857515
    Abstract: An airtight closure mechanism for a reclosable pouch includes first and second complementary closure elements, the first closure element comprising a first interlocking profile and the second closure element comprising a complementary second interlocking profile. First and second sealing sections are disposed on respective complementary sides of the first and second interlocking profiles. The first sealing section includes a first protuberance having a first distal surface, a second protuberance having a second distal surface, and a sealing flange attached to and extending between the first and second distal surfaces of the first and second protuberances, respectively. The second sealing section includes a sealing member disposed on a base of the second closure element. The sealing member is located a distance from the second interlocking profile that places a distal surface thereof between the first and second protuberances when the first and second interlocking profiles are occluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson Home Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Dais, Robert R. Turvey, James C. Pawloski, Bryan L. Ackerman, Daniel P. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 7857514
    Abstract: Resealable closures for use in sealing polymeric packages are provided. The resealable closures include a sealant material that restricts fluid flow into and out of the resealable closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Reynolds Foil Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjeev Gaikwad, Paul A. Tilman
  • Publication number: 20100294396
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coupling seal for a container flexible at least in sections, for example a bag or a hose, comprising a first and a second longitudinal sealing bead, which in each case are fitted with first and second sealing elements, and a coupler seal, which is provided with a longitudinal bead with adjacent third and fourth sealing elements, which can be connected reversibly, in particular sealed to the environment, with the first or respectively second sealing elements of the first and second sealing beads. Furthermore, the invention relates to a docking device, formed by two inventive coupling seals. At this point, the first and second sealing elements of the first coupling seal engage in each case in complementary first and second sealing elements of the second coupling seal. In addition, the invention relates to a container flexible at least in sections, whereof the opening is fitted with an inventive coupling seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: GEA NIRO GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Koch, Peter Lais
  • Patent number: 7757384
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for protecting a device from water damage. The apparatus is capable of being repeatedly opened and then hermetically sealed even when the device has a wire that must be extended outside of the apparatus. The present invention comprises a housing having at least two members that, when juxtaposed and clamped, form a dry interior region. More specifically, each member includes a pair of gaskets that together define the dry interior region and substantially form a hermetic seal about a pouch or container. The apparatus includes a portal through which the wire may extend from a device inside the pouch or container to the outside and a slide mechanism that adjust a gasket around the wire to maintain the dry interior region. The slide mechanism forms a hermetic seal around the wire so that the opening in the pouch from which the wire extends is hermetically sealed. If no wire is present, the slide mechanism may be adjusted to maintain the hermetic seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew S. MacAuley, Charles Brian Durler Cooke, Christopher Benjamin James Groombridge, Nicholas John Bowman
  • Publication number: 20100158417
    Abstract: A bag can include walls formed of a material having multiple layers, which can include two polyolefin layers and a paper layer. The bag can be formed into a sewn-open-mouth configuration in which a stitching element extends through a wall of the bag. The bag can include a grease-resistant seal that substantially prevents grease from escaping from the bag via an opening in the wall through which the stitching element extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: EXOPACK, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Sharp, Allyson Smith, George Solomon
  • Publication number: 20100014786
    Abstract: A venting closure mechanism for a pouch includes first and second closure profiles that interlock and third and fourth closure profiles that interlock. A sealing flap extends from the first closure element between the first and third closure profiles and engages the second closure element to form a releasable gastight seal therebetween. When the first and second closure elements are occluded, a first plurality of longitudinally spaced first exhaust channels is disposed on a product-side of the sealing flap and a second plurality of longitudinally spaced second exhaust channels is disposed on a user-side of the sealing flap. A first pouch sidewall is attached to the first closure element at an exterior surface thereof between a user-side edge of the first closure element and the sealing flap. An interior surface of the first pouch sidewall is textured with a pattern that provides flow channels therealong.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: James C. Pawloski, Brian C. Dais, John O. McCree
  • Publication number: 20090324141
    Abstract: A resealable vacuum-tight closure mechanism comprises a first closure element that includes a first base and a second closure element that includes a second base. A first contact surface on a first interlocking profile depends from the first base and a second contact surface on a second interlocking profile depends from the second base. The first and second contact surfaces provide a maximum occlusion distance when the first and second interlocking profiles are in an occluded state. A first sealing member extends from the first base, has a first length, is spacedly disposed from the first interlocking profile, and has a first sealing surface disposed thereon. A second sealing member extends from the second base, has a second length, is spacedly disposed from the second interlocking profile, and has a second sealing surface disposed thereon that is complementary to the first sealing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Brian C. Dais, Jose Porchia, Brent G. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20090304308
    Abstract: An apparatus for shipping a flowable material in a cargo compartment of a transport includes an enclosure forming a chamber therein to house the flowable material. The enclosure is made of braided or woven fabric. The inner surface of the fabric is coated whereby the fabric is impermeable to the flowable material. The enclosure has at least one closable opening serving as an inlet or outlet to the chamber, and is pliable such that it can be housed within the cargo compartment in any orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: Utilequip, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Lynn Townsend, Gary Dale Krch
  • Patent number: 7618405
    Abstract: A flexible container incorporating flexible front and rear sheets and one or more container ports disposed in between the sheets are discussed. The one or more container ports each has a pliable attachment flange and an integrally molded nozzle. The pliable attachment flange has a first configuration whereby the attachment flange collapses to enable heat sealing the attachment flange to the sheets and thereafter substantially recovers its shape to provide a fluid pathway with the port. Various terminal ports, terminal caps, and rubber septums may be useable with the one or more container ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: B. Braun Medical Inc.
    Inventor: Harvey Theodore Young
  • Patent number: 7517150
    Abstract: A bag including two generally parallel sheets forming the main walls of the bag, complementary closure strips fixed to respective ones of the sheets, and a cursor for actuating the strips for closing and opening purposes. The bag further includes, parallel to the closure strips, between the sheets, and level with the mouth of the bag, additional structure in relief disposed on the insides of the closure strips, designed to provide sealing by forming a barrier between the sheets in the closed position of the bag, the additional structure in relief being placed facing the flanks of the cursor to be urged towards their sealing position by the cursor when the cursor is moved towards the sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: S2F Flexico
    Inventor: Henri Bois
  • Publication number: 20080310773
    Abstract: An airtight closure mechanism for a reclosable pouch includes first and second complementary closure elements, the first closure element comprising a first interlocking profile and the second closure element comprising a complementary second interlocking profile. First and second sealing sections are disposed on respective complementary sides of the first and second interlocking profiles. The first sealing section includes a first protuberance having a first distal surface, a second protuberance having a second distal surface, and a sealing flange attached to and extending between the first and second distal surfaces of the first and second protuberances, respectively. The second sealing section includes a sealing member disposed on a base of the second closure element. The sealing member is located a distance from the second interlocking profile that places a distal surface thereof between the first and second protuberances when the first and second interlocking profiles are occluded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Brian C. Dais, Robert R. Turvey, James C. Pawloski, Bryan L. Ackerman, Daniel P. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20080310771
    Abstract: An offset resealable closure mechanism adapted to provide an airtight seal for a pouch includes a first elongate closure element and a second elongate closure element. The first elongate closure element includes a first elongate closure profile extending therefrom and a second elongate closure element includes first and second legs extending therefrom to define a channel. A sealing flange extends across the channel and includes a slit therethrough adapted to receive the first elongate closure profile. The sealing flange forms an airtight seal with the first elongate closure profile when the closure mechanism is occluded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Brian C. Dais, Robert R. Turvey, James C. Pawloski, Bryan L. Ackerman, Daniel P. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20080050053
    Abstract: A flexible bag assembly for containment and dispersal of liquids includes a bag having flexible front and back panels, and a peripheral side panel structure interconnecting the front and back panels at sealed seams, the panels defining a chamber for retaining the liquid, a water-proof zipper disposed in the front panel, a detachable cover member fixable to an outside surface of the front panel and adapted to cover the zipper, and a closeable and openable tube extending from within the chamber, through one of the panels and outwardly therefrom, the tube being adapted to facilitate the selective dispersal of the liquid from the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventors: Stephen P. Szczesuil, Kenneth F. Ryan, Robert DiLalla, Richard Paul Haddad
  • Patent number: 7241046
    Abstract: A watertight closure for a reclosable package has first and second mutually interlocking profiles. Together, the profiles have two sets of interlocking members, one on either side of a central portion. There, at least one profile has a collapsible member in its central portion. The other profile may have a compressing member or a collapsible member opposite to the collapsible member, or it may have neither. In any event, when the first and second mutually interlocking profiles are joined to one another, the collapsible member encounters and compresses against the other profile to create a watertight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Duane Piechocki, Steven Ausnit
  • Patent number: 7189001
    Abstract: A resealable package includes first and second panel sections joined together to define an enclosed region, first and second opposite side edges, a bottom edge, and a mouth that provides access to the enclosed region. The resealable package also includes a closure mechanism for selectively opening and sealing the mouth. The closure mechanism includes first and second profiles having first and second base strips with first and second interlocking closure members extending from the first and second base strips. The first and second closure profiles also include third and fourth interlocking members extending from third and fourth base strips, the third interlocking member having a first sealing member projecting therefrom. The second closure profile further includes a second sealing member extending from a fifth base strip. The first and second sealing members engage to form a liquid-tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert P. Gerrits
  • Patent number: 7175615
    Abstract: An intravenous drug access system. In one embodiment of the invention, the drug access system includes an IV bag having an inlet port and outlet port, whereby the inlet port is a female luer integral therewith. The integral female luer fitting may be fitted with a sealed end cap comprising a male luer insert with a closed end. An alternative embodiment of the present invention comprises a discrete pre-molded connector made with one spike at one end and a female luer fitting at the opposing end. The spike is used to penetrate a standard IV bag through a conventional inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin B. Hanly, Frank O'Brien, Salvadore F. Palomares, William S. Phillips, Bruce Hubrecht, William M. Porter, Evelyn L. Foss
  • Patent number: 7140772
    Abstract: A bag comprising two generally parallel sheets (16, 18) forming the main walls of the bag, complementary closure strips (20, 22) fixed to respective ones of the sheets, and a cursor (50) for actuating the strips (20, 22) for closing and opening purposes, the bag being characterized in that it further comprises, parallel to the closure strips (20, 22) between said sheets (16, 18), and level with the mouth (12) of the bag, a structure (100) disposed on the insides of the closure strips (20, 22), designed to provide sealing by forming a barrier between the sheets (16, 18) in the closed position of the bag, said structure (100) being placed facing the flanks (52, 54) of the cursor (50) to be urged towards their sealing position by the cursor (50) when the cursor is moved towards the sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: S2F FLEXICO
    Inventors: Henri Bois, Steven Ausnit
  • Patent number: 7137409
    Abstract: A multilayered pressure vessel (10) fabricated from at least one single ply sheet of flexible material (100) having an approximate longitudinal midline which divides the material into an inner portion (130) having an inner surface, an outer surface, an edge, a seam allowance, and a width, and an outer portion having an inner surface, an outer surface, an edge, a seam allowance, and a width. The width of the outer portion (120) is greater than the width of the inner portion (140). A primary seam (250) binds the outer portion and the inner portion to the material sheet at the midline proximate the outer portion edge and inner portion edge. The sheet (100) is wrapped into a continuous substantially 720 degree wrap to form a generally cylindrical vessel body having possible multiple fluid passageways, at the election of the user. The primary seam (250) is concealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventor: Alexander S. Pouchkarev
  • Patent number: 7052181
    Abstract: A zippered bag includes two sheets sealed to each other along a plurality of edges to form opposing bag sides. The bag also includes a first fastener strip including an inner wall and an outer wall hinged to the inner wall, with the first fastener strip being attached to one of the opposing bag sides. The inner wall includes a first profile. A second fastener strip includes a second profile, the second fastener strip being attached to the other one of the opposing bag sides. The first and second profiles are adapted to interlock to close the bag, wherein the first and second profiles each include an uppermost closure element, an intermediate closure element, and a bottommost closure element. A slider straddles the first and second fastener strips such that the uppermost, intermediate, and bottommost closure elements are enclosed by the slider and the slider is movable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson Home Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Leland J. Smith, Rui M. Pires
  • Patent number: 7040528
    Abstract: A dispenser adapter assembly for bags includes a bag having a line of weakness defining an opening, and a dispenser adapter mounted to the bag. The dispenser adapter is formed of a first main base portion having an opening and a second slider retention base portion having an opening, with the two base portions being folded together with the openings substantially aligned with the bag opening. In addition a slide actuator is mounted between the two portions of the base for movement between a closed position blocking the openings and an open position permitting product flow through all of the openings. Mating movable and fixed stops are also provided to limit outward movement of the slide actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: David Todjar Hengami
  • Patent number: 7036988
    Abstract: A reclosable vacuum storage bag having a zipper that can be hermetically sealed after the zipper is closed and before the bag is evacuated. The hermetic seal can be provided by means of a pressure-sensitive adhesive coating on one of the two zipper strips or by means of a pair of cohesive coatings on confronting portions of the respective zipper strips. The coating or coatings run the entire length of the bag mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin P. Olechowski
  • Patent number: 6902321
    Abstract: A bag including two generally parallel sheets forming the main walls of the bag, complementary closure strips fixed to respective ones of the sheets, and a cursor for actuating the strips for closing and opening purposes. Parallel to the closure strips between the sheets, and level with the mouth of the bag, additional sealing structure in relief disposed on the insides of the closure strips, designed to provide sealing by forming a barrier between the sheets in the closed position of the bag, the additional sealing structure in relief being placed facing the flanks of the cursor to be urged towards their sealing position by the cursor when the cursor is moved towards the sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: S2F Flexico
    Inventor: Henri Bois
  • Patent number: 6881462
    Abstract: A uniformly premixed sealant is provided as a frozen preform that upon warming cures in the preform shape. The storage of the preformed sealant formulation under cold conditions arrests the activity of cure catalysts and accelerators mixed therethrough. A release film is provided to avoid contact with the preformed sealant during application to a substrate. The preformed sealant is particularly well suited for use in aerospace applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Advanced Chemistry and Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Dewey L. Mullins, Stephane Pyrek, David W. Jordan
  • Patent number: 6854886
    Abstract: A watertight closure for a reclosable package has first and second mutually interlocking profiles. Together, the profiles have two sets of interlocking members, one on either side of a central portion. There, at least one profile has a collapsible member in its central portion. The other profile may have a compressing member or a collapsible member opposite to the collapsible member, or it may have neither. In any event, when the first and second mutually interlocking profiles are joined to one another, the collapsible member encounters and compresses against the other profile to create a watertight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Duane Piechocki, Steven Ausnit
  • Patent number: 6821018
    Abstract: Flexible container with a sealable closure system comprising an envelope type enclosure having impermeable walls, an opening being defined at an upper portion of the enclosure, two rigid bars being configured to tightly engage edges of the opening in order to seal the enclosure closed, at least one of the two rigid bars being movable, and a system for locking the two rigid bars together. The system for locking the two rigid bars together engages the two rigid bars at both ends of the rigid bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Jacques Denko
  • Patent number: 6817763
    Abstract: A reclosable zipper closure and slider device for use with packages to open and close a pair of mating closure profiles. The closure profiles of the zipper closure include a male closure profile having a first interlocking member that is received by at least one second interlocking member formed on a female closure profile. The male closure profile further includes a sealing protrusion that is received within a mating sealing recess to provide a liquid tight seal between the two closure profiles. The slider device includes a plow member that extends past the first interlocking member when the slider device is installed on the zipper closure. Each of the closure profiles includes a spring member that contacts the top, inner surface of the slider device to provide a resilient, flexible structure to aid in installation of the slider device on the zipper closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mladomir Tomic
  • Patent number: 6761481
    Abstract: A bag including two generally parallel sheets forming the main walls of the bag, complementary closure strips fixed to respective ones of the sheets, and a cursor for actuating the strips for closing and opening purposes. Parallel to the closure strips between the sheets, and level with the mouth of the bag, additional sealing structure in relief disposed on the insides of the closure strips, designed to provide sealing by forming a barrier between the sheets in the closed position of the bag, the additional sealing structure in relief being placed facing the flanks of the cursor to be urged towards their sealing position by the cursor when the cursor is moved towards the sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Flexico-France
    Inventor: Henri Bois
  • Patent number: 6755569
    Abstract: A bag including two generally parallel sheets forming the main walls of the bag, complementary closure strips fixed to respective ones of the sheets, and a cursor for actuating the strips for closing and opening purposes. Parallel to the closure strips between the sheets, and level with the mouth of the bag, additional sealing structure in relief disposed on the insides of the closure strips, designed to provide sealing by forming a barrier between the sheets in the closed position of the bag, the additional sealing structure in relief being placed facing the flanks of the cursor to be urged towards their sealing position by the cursor when the cursor is moved towards the sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Flexico-France
    Inventor: Henri Bois
  • Patent number: 6733178
    Abstract: A bag including two generally parallel sheets forming the main walls of the bag, complementary closure strips fixed to respective ones of the sheets, and a cursor for actuating the strips for closing and opening purposes. Parallel to the closure strips between the sheets, and level with the mouth of the bag, additional sealing structure in relief disposed on the insides of the closure strips, designed to provide sealing by forming a barrier between the sheets in the closed position of the bag, the additional sealing structure in relief being placed facing the flanks of the cursor to be urged towards their sealing position by the cursor when the cursor is moved towards the sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Flexico-France
    Inventor: Henri Bois
  • Patent number: 6692146
    Abstract: Prior-art rubber hot-water bottles have a screw cap, which is arranged directly on the bottle body and forms a rather hard thickening there, which is felt to be irritating when the user is lying on the bottle. Moreover, a screw cap is difficult to use and must be screwed in with a certain force, which also requires corresponding forces for loosening. To avoid these drawbacks, it is proposed according to the present invention that a clamping means (23, 40), by which the bottle neck can be closed, be provided on the bottle neck (21) of the rubber hot-water bottle. Clamping means are simple to use and require only little force for closing. In addition, they can be opened easily and are very flat, so that they are not irritating. Furthermore, the bottle neck (21) may be designed such that the clamping means (23, 40) can be led away from the body of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Georg Oswald Lange