Tamper Indicating Patents (Class 383/5)
  • Publication number: 20110235947
    Abstract: A resealable package with a tamper-evident structure and methods for making the same are disclosed. The resealable package includes a front panel joined at respective opposite side edges to a rear panel to form a package having an exterior; a reclosable fastener assembly joined to the exterior of the package and including a first fastening member and a second fastening member respectively joined to the rear panel and the front panel, so that at least one marginal portion of the rear panel can be folded over in the direction of said front panel and the first fastening member can be releasably connected to the second fastening member; and a tamper-evident structure joined to the front panel and a folded over marginal portion of the rear panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: ANDREW AUSTRENG, Cori K. Kohl, Michael R. Nowak
  • Patent number: 7963413
    Abstract: A container for a food product including a tamper-evident closure which forms an opening of a container. The closure comprises a sealing layer, adhesively sealed to the top of the container around the opening. The sealing layer is releasable from the container by pulling back on the sealing layer and resealable against the top layer to seal the opening when the sealing layer is moved back against the top. The tamper-evident feature comprises a portion of the top adjacent the opening and covered by the sealing layer, which extends from a position spaced from, and extends towards and terminates at the opening of the container. A portion of the tamper-evident feature falls into the container after the sealing layer has been pulled back for a first time to thereby indicate that the container has been previously opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Gladys O Sierra-Gomez, Douglas Philipsen, Carole Cole
  • Publication number: 20110142372
    Abstract: The application describes a container, bag, pouch or envelope which has a first part and a second part, the container, bag, pouch or envelope being closed by the first part locating within the second part, the second part having a first opening for receiving the first part and a second opening for receiving the head of a breakable and disposable seal which locks into the first part in such a manner that it cannot be removed without breaking the seal, the seal in its inserted position locking the first part in place inside the second part in a tamper evident fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: ITW LIMITED
    Inventors: Sam John Blonden, Chris Benning
  • Patent number: 7896548
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a reclosable package or bag with a slider zipper, and further including a first gusset with a perforated line or similar line of weakness formed between the slider zipper profiles in order to provide tamper evidence and a second gusset formed below one zipper profile in order to allow the filled packaged to stand up for display purposes. This package or bag is typically bottom filled, but then displayed to the customer in the orientation with the bottom in the upper position and the zipper in the lower position. One alternative embodiment substitutes a press-to-close-zipper for the slider zipper. A further alternative embodiment omits the perforated line and provides for a separation in the web between the zipper profiles to form a mouth for the package or bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory H. Crunkleton, Basil C. Linton, Eric J. Fenzl, Robert C. Stolmeier, Matthew W. Nysted
  • Publication number: 20110026855
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a secure access; easy opening tamper evident feature for sealable bags. The tamper evident feature provides dual zones for tamper-detection and may be sealed within a bag to form a package in such a manner that allows for the filling of product into the package and the handling of the package to be safely made, as the tamper evident feature may be positioned away from deleterious contact with the product. The package may be a combination of the tamper evident feature and a flexible bag. The package may include an easy opening end configuration for secure access inside the bag when the tamper evident feature is exposed and subsequently torn open by an end-user along the dual zones for tamper detection. The package may be formed with bags having side gussets or, alternatively, with folded-closed end. Methods for making and filling such packages are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Anthony Fuller
  • Publication number: 20100278454
    Abstract: A laminate material for a flexible packaging is provided having first and second layers. The first layer has a weakened line therethrough that defines a first flap. The second layer is adhered to the first layer and has a second weakened line formed offset from the first weakened line in the first layer and defines a removable panel in the second layer. An adhesive layer is located between the first and second layers. The adhesive layer comprises pressure-sensitive adhesive located inwardly of the weakened line in the first layer and a vacancy located laterally inward of the pressure-sensitive adhesive and adjacent the removable panel. The removable panel remains connected to the second layer when the first flap is peeled back. The removable panel is separately removable from the first flap. The first flap is resealable to the second layer by means of the pressure-sensitive adhesive exposed upon opening the first flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Huffer
  • Publication number: 20100239190
    Abstract: A tamper-evident system and method is disclosed to be used to provide evidence that the contents in a container have or have not been tampered with prior to the intended opening of the container. The tamper-evident system and method also acts as a deterrent to those attempting unauthorized access the contents of the container. The system and method of the present invention can be practiced or used in conjunction with bulky items such as winter coats and boots, sleeping bags and with containers, such as suitcases, backpacks, bags, briefcases, either singularly or in total with cubic capacity that is greater than that available in two-dimensional tamper-evident containers, particularly those with distinct hard corners to be used by, for example, a patient at a hospital or medical facility, or computers and the like that are being removed for evidentiary purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Ambrose J. McNamara, Kenneth Makowka
  • Publication number: 20100177993
    Abstract: A packaging bag includes a sealed bag and a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag attached to an easily tearable line proximate to a sealed end of the sealed bag, such that when a user tears the sealed bag along the easily tearable line, the RFID tag is damaged to effectively prevent confidential information stored in the RFID tag from being stolen by others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: Taiwan Lamination Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Yung-Shun Chen
  • Publication number: 20100178394
    Abstract: A package material with a tamper evident feature and methods of manufacture thereof, are disclosed herein. The package comprises a colored primer or lacquer coating applied along a portion of a seal and further comprising a peelable sealant. When opened the peelable sealant is separated from the portion of the seal containing colored primer or lacquer and removes a section of the coating, thus providing a visual indication that the package has been opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Ronald H. EXNER, Olav DAGESTAD
  • Publication number: 20100142858
    Abstract: A bag has two juxtaposed face panels of plastic film and each having two parallel side edges and top and bottom edges. A gusset extends between one of the side edges of one of the panels and the juxtaposed side edge of the other of the panels. The gusset is movable between a folded-in condition lying mainly between the panels and an extended condition projecting laterally past the panels and forming a spout generally at the top edges. A slide fastener at the top edges has two profile strips that can be locked to each other and that each have an attachment flap, and a slider shiftable along the profile strips in a closing direction to close the strips together and in an opposite opening direction to separate the strips. Joints secure the attachment flaps directly to inner faces of the respective face panels at the respective upper edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Alfons Kruse, Jens Koesters
  • Publication number: 20100142857
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security device (10) for a container such as a bag or envelope closeable by a slide fastener having a slider (16). The security device (10) includes a lower part (12) for attachment to the container and means (14) for attaching the security device (10) to the slider (16), directly or indirectly. An upper part (20) retains the attaching means (14). Receiving means (24) can receive a frangible seal (26) and prevent retraction of the frangible seal (26), except by fracture thereof. Means (28) limits access to the attaching means (14) and the receiving means (24). The security device (10) includes an area of weakness (30) adapted to fracture if the security device (10) is prised from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: HARCOR SECURITY SEALS PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Gary Bortz
  • Publication number: 20100124385
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method to manufacture fastening assemblies (1) for bags, characterized in that, for each assembly (1), it comprises the steps of supplying interlocking profiles (11) provided with flanges (12) for attachment to a bag; mounting an actuating slider (13) on the profiles (11); forming two end stops (2) for the slider (13) in the profiles (11); forming two lumens (3) in the attachment flanges (12); each lumen (3) having a longitudinal extension (E/2); forming two lines of weakness (4) between each lumen (3) and an upper part (111) of the profiles (11). The invention also concerns a corresponding bag-forming method, a corresponding strip of assemblies, and corresponding bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Isabelle Moulin
  • Publication number: 20100012550
    Abstract: A palletized shipping container (10) for bulk handling of liquids and fluent materials has a collapsible inner bag (30) enclosed in a flexible outer liner/bag (11) having rigid stiffener panels (20) in pocketed sides. The inner bag has a bung at its top end for filling or discharge and a valve fitment (50) near the bottom for receiving a discharge valve. Tape tabs (34, 19) at upper ends of the inner bag and outer liner/bag attach to the top panel and/or stiffener panels to maintain the bags in an erect uncollapsed configuration. The stiffener panels prevent bulging of the inner bag and provide vertical support, but their lateral sides are spaced apart and form non-structural “floating corners” to maximize volume, minimize shock, vibration and abrasive forces on the inner bag, yet maintain impact and compression strength meeting international certification standards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Franklin Dedmon, Tony T. Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 7643378
    Abstract: An at least partially flexible sealed package having an opening assembly, said opening assembly further comprising a sliding component and a lifetime indicator; the movement of said sliding component serving to open a seal of said package; the arrangement being such that the movement of said sliding component activates said lifetime indicator due to the relative motion between said sliding component and at least part of said lifetime indicator; such that said lifetime indicator can thereby providing a visual indication of the expiry status of the product within said package from the time of opening onwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Amir Genosar
  • Patent number: 7634892
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing reclosable packages having a slider-operated string zipper covered by a tamper-evident shroud that is provided with at least one opening that at least partially exposes the slider. In accordance with one method, openings are formed in a web of packaging material that is folded, placed over the slider-operated string zipper, and attached to the receptacle walls to form a shroud. Preferably, the openings are sized, shaped and situated so that they frame the slider on both sides of the shroud. In accordance with another method, a reclosable package having a slider-operated string zipper and a shroud with openings that at least partially expose the slider can be formed using a single web of packaging material that is folded and sealed to form a shroud that covers the string zipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Ausnit
  • Publication number: 20090268989
    Abstract: A secure container for controlling and monitoring access to at least one secured bag locking device is disclosed. The secure container is lockable to prevent access by unauthorized parties, and may include any feature of prior art secure containers, such as shock detection or a camera to photograph access. The secure container contains a number of rails to provide power to and monitor the status of docked secured bag locking devices. In addition, the secure container includes an antenna to allow secured devices to be tethered to it via communications with an active radio frequency identification tag secured to the tethered device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: Kerry S. Berland, James Enslnger
  • Publication number: 20090226117
    Abstract: A flexible packaging laminate has built-in opening/reclose and tamper-evidence features by forming the laminate from an outer structure joined in face-to-face relation to an inner structure. Score lines are formed in both structures to enable an opening to be formed through the laminate by lifting a flap or the like out of the plane of the laminate. The score line through the outer structure defines a larger opening than the score line through the inner structure, such that a marginal region of the outer structure extends beyond the edge of the opening portion of the inner structure. A pressure-sensitive adhesive is used to re-adhere the marginal region to an underlying surface of the inner structure adjacent the opening through the laminate. The outer score line includes at least one tear portion that is torn through upon initial opening, thus indicating the package has been at least partially opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: BENJAMIN DAVIS, Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 7579061
    Abstract: This invention relates to color changing tape, label, card and game intermediates for evidence of use, concealing proprietary information or gaming or promotional information until the intermediate is separated. The intermediate includes a substrate of clear or transparent or colored translucent polymeric film or translucent paper combined with judiciously selected cleanly separable translucent colored coatings in intimate contact to form one translucent color that leave no residue when separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Polymeric Converting LLC
    Inventor: Peter J. Dronzek, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090196532
    Abstract: A tamper-evident retaining device for use with articles of evidence having a base sheet and a secondary sheet connected along conjoined bottoms. A top closure includes a central panel secured along a top of the base sheet, first and second side panels extending from opposite edges of the central panel and pivotally opened in a first position. First and second side flaps extend from the sides of the base sheet such that, upon pre-placement of the evidence article upon the base sheet and subsequent folding up of the secondary sheet to overlay the base sheet, the flaps are inwardly folded to secure, in tamper evident fashion, said sides of said of said secondary sheet to said sides of said base sheet. The side panels are then pivoted inwardly and in overlaying fashion against the central panel in a second position to secure, in tamper evident fashion, the top of the base and secondary sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Raymond R. Shaw
  • Publication number: 20090190860
    Abstract: A reclosable package having a zipper closure that includes areas of weakness that, upon opening of the zipper closure, permanently damage at least one of the closure members that form the zipper closure. The package user can readily discern if the zipper closure has been previously opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Catherine E. Kettner, Timothy J. May
  • Patent number: 7563027
    Abstract: A bag having a tamper evident closure and methods of forming the same are provided. The bag has a tube body with a front wall and a back wall positioned between a first end and a second end. A back flap extension member connects to and extends outwardly from the second end of the back wall. A primer material is positioned on the back flap extension member and an adhesive material is placed on the back flap extension member that folds over to overlie and contact the primer material. The back flap extension member adheres to the front flap extension member and portions of the front wall to close the second end. When the back flap extension member liftingly separates from the front wall, at least one of the back flap extension member and the front wall tears indicating evidence of tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Exopack, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John R. Allen, Stuart R. Sharp
  • Patent number: 7552573
    Abstract: An invention for forming, filling, and sealing a flexible recloseable container. Both vertical and horizontal methods for placing product within the container are disclosed. The invention includes guiding a web of film which has interlocking fastener strips sealed to the web. A slider for locking and unlocking the fastener strips is placed in the correct orientation, spread apart at a pair of inner feet, and inserted over the fastener strips. The slider is positioned to close a substantial portion of the strips, and then an end stop, docking station, and corner seal are formed against a sealing plate. The slider is then repositioned, and a tamper evident seal may be placed over the fastener strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald G. Thieman
  • Patent number: 7543362
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a zipper for a reclosable package or bag and a method of forming thereof, wherein aligned apertures are cut into the zipper flanges proximate to the slider position when the package or bag is open. Portions of the front and rear walls of the package or bag extend through these apertures during the original manufacture of the bag, and are sealed to each other during the same sealing operation which seals the front and rear walls of the package or bag to the flanges of the zipper. The resulting seal between the front and rear walls, extending through the apertures in the zipper flanges, prevents the zipper profiles from opening in the portion where the slider is positioned when the reclosable package or bag is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tools Works Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin P. Olechowski
  • Patent number: 7537386
    Abstract: A reclosable package comprises a receptacle having first and second walls, respective mouth portions of the front and rear walls forming a mouth that communicates with an interior volume of the receptacle; a zipper having mutually interengageable zipper strips, one zipper strip being joined to the mouth portion of the front wall and the other zipper strip being joined to the mouth portion of the rear wall; a slider mounted to the zipper, the slider initially being parked in a position whereat the zipper is closed along a majority of its length; and a tack seal that resists movement of the slider in an opening direction from the initially parked position. The tack seal is designed to rupture and no longer resist slider movement when a predetermined threshold level of force is exerted by the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Basil C. Linton, Gregory H. Crunkleton, Steven Ausnit
  • Patent number: 7530740
    Abstract: A high strength plastic bag is formed from two sheets of polymeric material. The sheets are folded, machined, and heat sealed to form a receptacle portion, a flap for covering an opening to the receptacle portion and handles to facilitate handling of the bag when filled. At least one handle has three layers of polymeric material for improved strength. The bag includes a tamper-indicating closure and has a high friction coefficient to prevent sliding of stacked bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Ampac Plastics LLC
    Inventor: Thomas E. Geyer
  • Patent number: 7524110
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a semi-soft cap or patch which is secured by adhesive to a slider on a zipper in a reclosable package. This cap or patch prevents the slider from puncturing the web or film of the bag during high pressure pasteurization. Further, the cap or patch is secured to a tear-away header which is formed as a shroud over the zipper. This allows the user to tear off the header which likewise removes the cap or patch from the slider. The header, with the cap or patch still attached thereto, can thereafter be disposed of as a single piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Anzini, Steven Ausnit, Michael J. Lasofsky, Lars Wihlborg, Per Bentsen, Robert G. Kobetsky
  • Publication number: 20090097779
    Abstract: A flexible, multi-opening, leak-proof packet having a defined volume for storing and dispensing fluids. A first packet area, e.g., at or near an upper edge is configured to include a capped dispensing outlet. A second packet area, e.g., at or near a lower surface, includes at least one inlet for receiving transfers of fluids for storage. The inlet is selectively closed and opened by a zipper mechanism tab, and sized to facilitate rapid transfers from larger containers. Additional openings may be included along with zipper closures. The packet may be individual or attached in multiples for vending purposes, and are especially useful in an airport setting where carry-on baggage inspectors demand disposal of non-compliant containers if contents are not quickly transferred to compliant containers. These packets can be quickly deployed and collectively stored within a larger, compliant carry-on container. This unique packet is useful in a great variety of fields.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Dedra Machelle Branch
  • Publication number: 20090097783
    Abstract: The reclosable package or bag includes a zipper which allows for high burst strength while maintaining easy opening capability. The zipper includes first and second profiles which include respective first and second exterior flanges which are glued or heat sealed to corresponding first and second panels of the package or bag. The first profile further includes an interior flange. A peel seal is formed between the interior flange and the second exterior flange. In this configuration, a high load on the panels puts the peel seal into a shear mode, which results in greatly increased strength of the peel seal and therefore of both the zipper and the package or bag. After the high load subsides, the peel seal returns to the configuration in which it can be separated by a much lower peel force, such as is applied by a consumer during ordinary opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: David J. Anzini, Rusty Koenigkramer
  • Patent number: 7510080
    Abstract: A closable bag for use in storing items removed from injured, ill, or deceased persons. The bag is suitably of flexible, plastic. The bag has a bag mouth area providing an opening to the bag, a detachable segment disposed in the mouth area and having an aperture and having a bar code number on an exterior surface of the detachable segment, a bag main portion having a recordation area on an exterior surface of the bag main portion and having a corresponding bar code number on an exterior surface of the bag main portion, a closure member in the bag main portion and near the bag mouth area, and a perforated tear strip disposed between the closure member and the opening to the bag mouth area. Also, a kit including a container for storing one or more of the bags. Also, a method for storing personal items, removed from injured and/or ill persons, or from deceased persons, in one or more of the bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: TSG Associates, Ltd.
    Inventors: Colin Smart, Simon Pennells, Mark Pittaway
  • Patent number: 7510328
    Abstract: A reclosable package comprises a receptacle having a mouth, a header that encloses a space above the mouth, and a slider-zipper assembly disposed in the mouth, the slider-zipper assembly comprising a slider mounted to a zipper. The header has a tear-away portion and respective remaining portions that flank at least a portion of the slider. A pull tab is coupled to and rotatable relative to the slider and projects above the upper edges of the remaining portions of the header. This arrangement enables the user to move the slider by grasping the pull tab. The user need not reach into the space between the remaining portions of the header to grasp the slider itself. In one embodiment, the pull tab is coupled to the sidewalls of the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Schneider, Steven Ausnit
  • Patent number: 7506487
    Abstract: A bag is has an opening defined by a pair of walls and a pair of gussets. The walls are joined by the gussets. The bag has two slits. Each of the two slits is formed adjacent a wall and a gusset. Each of the two slits is adjacent the opening. A zipper comprises a pair of interlocking sections. The zipper is inserted through the slits. The interlocking sections are secured to at least a portion of each of the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Zip Pack IP AG
    Inventors: Claude Alan Eads, Rainer M. Garger, Thomas P. O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20090034882
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a wearable bag comprising a body divided by two panels, two shoulder straps respectively disposed on two panels, and a zipper with two zipper tracks and two zipper tabs. Particularly, the body has a plurality of pockets disposed therein, which are sewed to the front side thereof; further the panels are interlocked to form a bag with the shoulder straps by the zipper tabs sliding toward the same direction along the zipper tracks; relatively, the panels are detached to form a wearable vest while the zipper tabs slide toward a reverse direction. As a result, the present invention provides with multiple uses, used for a bag or a vest, and also facilitates to decrease the possibility of robbery for increasing the security defense.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: TSAI-TUNG CHIH, YING-CHUN TIEN, LI-WEI TIEN
  • Patent number: 7481580
    Abstract: A reclosable package includes first and second side panels connected to each other along respective side edges and bottom edges. A zipper closure is secured to the first and second side panels along upper edges thereof. A slider device is operably mounted on the zipper closure for opening and closing the zipper closure and a tamper-evident header is connected to the zipper closure and surrounds the slider device. The tamper-evident header has a front portion and a rear portion with upper ends connected together above the slider device and lower ends connected to the zipper closure. The front portion includes a segment displaceable therefrom to allow access to the slider device. A rear portion of the header may be formed with a hole for suspending or carrying the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Schreiter
  • Patent number: 7478950
    Abstract: A reclosable slider zipper is disclosed wherein the profiles have several interlocking ribs thereby allowing the profiles to be interlocked in various alignments. A slider is provided to open and close the reclosable slider zipper. This results in increased reliability in alignment of the profiles during manufacturing processes and similarly results in increased smoothness and tactile feel for the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Plourde, Kevin P. Olechowski
  • Patent number: 7475805
    Abstract: A tamper evident primary container (20) for storing and/or transporting valuables, particularly currency and other documents comprises an envelope (14) with tamper evident features and a partition for dividing the envelope into first (30) and second portions (32) that communicate with each other through at least one path. A first opening (22) in the envelope is provided through which articles can be inserted into the first portion and a seal for sealing the first opening is provided. A second opening (36) opens into the second portion through which a staining medium can be introduced into the second portion when desired. The path is constructed and arranged so as at least to inhibit access to the first portion through the second portion and to indicate tampering if access is breached. The partition is intermittent to form a plurality of paths that can permit a staining medium to be dispensed into the first portion through the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: Jan Willem Visser
  • Publication number: 20080240622
    Abstract: A bag construction for use to distribute flowable material is provided. The bag construction generally includes a first and second panel sections and one or more side gusset panel sections. An internal gusset member is positioned inside the bag construction, between the first and second panel sections. The internal gusset member includes at least one aperture therein for distribution of flowable materials. In preferred embodiments, a bag construction includes an openable and reclosable closure arrangement and an anti-tamper arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Gary Michael Bell
  • Publication number: 20080240623
    Abstract: A bag construction for use to distribute flowable material is provided. The bag construction generally includes a first and second panel sections and one or more side gusset panel sections. An internal gusset member may be positioned inside the bag construction, between the first and second panel sections. A tape is disposed inside the bag construction and secures portions of end edges to other sections. In preferred embodiments, a bag construction includes an openable and reclosable closure arrangement and an anti-tamper arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: KAPAK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gary Michael BELL
  • Patent number: 7416336
    Abstract: Reclosable bags having a slider-actuated string zipper and tamper-evident features. In one aspect, the bag comprises: a receptacle having a mouth and an interior volume; a string zipper installed in the mouth; a slider mounted to the string zipper; a membrane depending within the interior volume to block access to a portion of the interior volume when the string zipper is open; and a hood joined to the receptacle and shrouding the mouth. The membrane is made by forming a gusset. Then a string zipper is installed inside of the gusset and heat sealed in place. Later a hood or shroud is attached to the bag walls at an elevation traversed by the gusset panels. A layer of non-sealable material is applied on a surface of a gusset panel to prevent the gusset panels from being sealed together when the hood is heat sealed to the bag walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Basil C. Linton, Gregory H. Crunkleton, Jeffrey Griffin
  • Publication number: 20080199108
    Abstract: A fitment for a liquid containing pouch wherein the fitment is attached to the top portion of the pouch by sealing the top portion of the pouch together and to the sealing portion of the fitment. The fitment having a straw therein and a removeable cap for sealing the liquid in the pouch. The cap can be removed to allow access to the straw and the liquid in the pouch. The cap ban be replaced on the fitment to reseal the pouch. Since the straw is already in the fitment it is easier to use than liquid containing pouches where the straw has to be inserted into the pouch by breaking a seal. Further the straw in the fitment helps prevent spills and injuries associated with straws having to break the seal of the pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: WFCP, LLC
    Inventor: William D. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20080181537
    Abstract: A bag having a tamper evident closure and methods of forming the same are provided. The bag has a tube body with a front wall and a back wall positioned between a first end and a second end. A back flap extension member connects to and extends outwardly from the second end of the back wall. A primer material is positioned on the back flap extension member and an adhesive material is placed on the back flap extension member that folds over to overlie and contact the primer material. The back flap extension member adheres to the front flap extension member and portions of the front wall to close the second end. When the back flap extension member liftingly separates from the front wall, at least one of the back flap extension member and the front wall tears indicating evidence of tampering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: Exopack-Technology, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John R. Allen, Stuart R. Sharp
  • Publication number: 20080181538
    Abstract: A tamper-evident evidence bag including a blank having first and second planar shaped and pivotally connected panels. The bag has an open perimeter edge and is secured to first selected lacing surfaces of the pivotally connected panels and such that an interior of the bag is communicable through an aperture defined between the panels. The first and second panels are folded from an open position, in which they panels are established in a substantially parallel relationship, to a closed position in which opposingly facing surfaces of are adhered against one another and in order to maintain, in tamper-evident fashion, items placed within the bag enclosure. Additional tamper-evident resealing structure is located along at least one facing side of the associated bag material, allowing documentable re-entry of the pre-sealed evidence bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Raymond R. Shaw
  • Publication number: 20080166073
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a reclosable package or bag with a slider zipper, and further including a first gusset with a perforated line or similar line of weakness formed between the slider zipper profiles in order to provide tamper evidence and a second gusset formed below one zipper profile in order to allow the filled packaged to stand up for display purposes. This package or bag is typically bottom filled, but then displayed to the customer in the orientation with the bottom in the upper position and the zipper in the lower position. One alternative embodiment substitutes a press-to-close-zipper for the slider zipper. A further alternative embodiment omits the perforated line and provides for a separation in the web between the zipper profiles to form a mouth for the package or bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventors: Gregory H. Crunkleton, Basil C. Linton, Eric J. Fenzl, Robert C. Stolmeier, Matthew W. Nysted
  • Patent number: 7396163
    Abstract: A package or bag is provided with an easy open re-closable device for allowing ready access to the contents of the bag. The closure device is applied longitudinally in a vertical orientation in plastic bags but the closure device is spaced from the ends. In a layer paper bag, while the position of the closure device is preferably longitudinal, the closure device may have any orientation including a diagonal position. The closure device is incorporated in the fins of a fin bag and the closure devices extends longitudinally of the bag in a vertical direction. The process or making a multi layer paper material with a closure device incorporated therein is carried out in a continuous operation. The process of making zip-fin plastic bag or film containing the fins and closure are performed in a continuous operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: James Ray McGregor
  • Publication number: 20080152264
    Abstract: A reclosable, flexible package for storing food products, the package including a pair of opposing panels connected via a bottom seal or fold, each having a flange opposite the bottom seal and a pair of end seals between the opposing panels that intersect the bottom seal. A pleat located in one of the panels, containing a tear strip for opening the package. A flange seal located between the flanges where one of the flanges extends beyond the flange seal to form a reclosure flap, removably secured to one panel by an adhesion surface to form a cover over the opening. Alternatively, the flanges are about equally aligned and sealed at the edges, with tear lines spaced from the edge to remove a portion of the flanges and flange seal when torn along a predetermined tear line, creating two flanges, one extending beyond the other to form a reclosure flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Kenneth Charles Pokusa, Jeffrey Thomas Weber
  • Patent number: 7389906
    Abstract: A confidential envelope/bag is composed of a face and a back. The face and the back are linked with each other and formed with an edge at circumference; a sealing print is formed across the edges either at the back or on both the face and the back. The sealing print includes patterns, marks, graphics, texts or numbers made of paint, coating, ink, fluorescent dye, or even concaves, or extrusions. The circumference of the face and the back are adhered to each other with a suitable region to form a sealing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventor: Yung-Chah Sih
  • Publication number: 20080112652
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a zipper for a reclosable package or bag and a method of forming thereof, wherein aligned apertures are cut into the zipper flanges proximate to the slider position when the package or bag is open. Portions of the front and rear walls of the package or bag extend through these apertures during the original manufacture of the bag, and are sealed to each other during the same sealing operation which seals the front and rear walls of the package or bag to the flanges of the zipper. The resulting seal between the front and rear walls, extending through the apertures in the zipper flanges, prevents the zipper profiles from opening in the portion where the slider is positioned when the reclosable package or bag is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: Kevin P. Olechowski
  • Patent number: 7371008
    Abstract: A tamper indicating, resealable closure for a package includes first and second film layers releasably adhesively joined together such that the first and second film layers are at least partially separable when the second film layer is pulled away from the first film layer. The first film layer includes first and second tear lines formed thereon to define first and second panel sections respectively. The first panel section defines an access opening through the first film layer when it is separated along the first tear line during an initial separation of the first and second film layers. The second panel section also becomes separated from the first film layer when the second film layer is separated from the first film layer to provide an indication of an initial opening of the closure. Subsequently, the second film layer may be re-adhered to the first film layer to reseal the access opening, while the second panel section remains separated from the first film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Bonenfant
  • Patent number: 7364362
    Abstract: A tamper-evident reclosable package having a header that is tack sealed to the zipper. A light tack, in the form of a light weld, is made at the end of the package header. The header is the top portion of the package and is designed to shroud the zipper. The header serves as a tamper-evident feature, and also serves to maintain cleanliness and aesthetics of the package. The header must be tom before a person can gain access to the contents of the package. Typically, means for preferential tearing are provided for easy removal of the header. The tack seal contributes to the maintenance of the cleanliness and aesthetics of the package, while still allowing easy removal of the header. The tack is light (i.e., low bond strength or pull-off force) in order to not make it significantly more difficult to open the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Schneider, Lewis Albert Haws, David C. Wallace
  • Patent number: 7350689
    Abstract: A reusable tamper-evident envelope includes a first substrate, a second substrate superimposed on the first substrate, at least one auxiliary substrate superimposed on and joined along one edge to the second substrate, and at least one seal along all but one edge joining the first substrate to the second substrate. Each auxiliary substrate is spaced a user-defined distance from the top edge of the first substrate. A perforation line, extending from the left side to the right side of both the first substrate and second substrates facilitate removal of a portion of the respective substrates. After an item is placed into the envelope, the user-activated seal along the remaining edge joins the first substrate to the second substrate. Subsequent uses are possible by removing portions of the first substrate and second substrate along the perforation lines and activating the auxiliary user-activated seal along the auxiliary substrate joining the first substrate to the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the National Security Agency
    Inventor: Stephen Richard Campbell
  • Patent number: RE40357
    Abstract: A high strength plastic bag is formed from two sheets of polymeric material. The sheets are folded, machined, and heat sealed to form a receptacle portion, a flap for covering an opening to the receptacle portion, and a handle having three layers of polymeric material for improved strength. The bag includes a tamper-indicating closure and has a high friction coefficient to prevent sliding of stacked bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Ampac Plastics LLC
    Inventor: Thomas E. Geyer