Dispensing Feature Patents (Class 383/906)
  • Patent number: 8992084
    Abstract: Provided are pouches with rigid handles and/or internal supports and methods of making such pouches. In one aspect, a pouch with internal support includes a flexible pouch including a fitment coupled to a flexible pouch body and at least one inner support piece coupled to the fitment and extending into the inside of the pouch through the interior of the fitment. The fitment includes a fitment inner engagement feature and the at least one inner support piece includes an inner support engagement feature and at least one inner support extending from the inner support engagement feature. The fitment inner engagement feature and inner support engagement feature are interlocked to keep the at least one inner support piece from falling into or out of the flexible pouch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ampac Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Salvatore Pellingra, Allyson Smith
  • Patent number: 8991650
    Abstract: A stopper for being sealed between two sheets of a reservoir, including a body defining a front face, rear face, internal edge, and external edge. The body forms a dispenser orifice that passes through from the rear face to the front face, the front and rear faces defining front and rear heat-sealing zones for the sheets. The front face defines a fluid collection zone at the orifice and the rear face defines a fluid delivery channel that extends from the dispenser orifice to the internal edge of the body. A closure lid is provided, the lid connected to the base body via a hinge. The body defines tapering side edges where the front and rear heat-sealing zones are contiguous, and the front and rear faces are convex, to define a maximum thickness where the dispenser orifice, the delivery channel, and a fraction of the collection zone are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Aptar France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Fabrice Perignon, Christophe Pierre
  • Patent number: 8956046
    Abstract: A bag with a port member according to the present invention includes a bag having an opening and a port member attached to the opening. In addition, the port member has a tubular insertion portion and a bag side connection portion that is connected to a container side connection portion of other container, and the bag is positioned on the innermost circumferential face side of the bag with a port member on an inner face of the insertion portion. According to the bag with a port member, the bag with a port member that can reduce a residual amount of contents to be as small as possible when the contents inside the bag are taken out can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignees: Hosokawa Yoko Co., Ltd., JGC Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Umenaka, Takeshi Kojima, Naomi Hashimoto, Toshiyuki Yamagishi, Kanehide Oota
  • Patent number: 8944684
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ampac Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Gary Michael Bell
  • Patent number: 8875958
    Abstract: A plastic spout (150,170) which is adapted to be sealed between two foil walls of a pouch. The spout has a spout body, which forms a passage (153) for delivering a medium from the pouch and/or feeding a medium to the pouch. In a bottom part thereof, the spout, on opposite sides, forms a sealing zone for a sealed connection to an adjoining foil wall. The sealing zones of the spout body are formed by sealing walls (158,159) which project downward from the spout body, each having a curvature over their entire length, such that each sealing wall is outwardly convex over its entire length with respect to an imaginary plane passing through the outermost ends, which adjoin one another, of the sealing walls. The sealing walls can preferably move flexibly transversely with respect to their plane and, on their inner side, are unsupported or are supported by one or more flexible supporting parts of the spout body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: ITSAC N.V.
    Inventor: Laurens Last
  • Patent number: 8870026
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • Patent number: 8840305
    Abstract: A flexible container includes a panel structure of flexible web material, including panels that are adjoined to define a pouch. The pouch has a top opening with a fitment, and is expandable from a collapsed, unfilled condition to an expanded, filled condition. When the pouch is in the filled condition and resting on a flat surface, the panel structure supports the pouch in an upright orientation in which the fitment opening faces upward. The panel structure also provides the pouch with a flat footprint upon which the pouch overlies the flat surface. The flat footprint is defined in part by the pouch and in part by the lower handgrip in a condition folded beneath the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Smart Bottle Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Wilkes, Frederick W. Schuldt
  • Patent number: 8834024
    Abstract: A self-standing bag (1) including a barrel portion (10) having a front surface portion (11) and a back surface portion (12); and a bottom portion (20) formed by a bottom member folded in half, wherein each side edge of the bottom member is folded back at edges (14, 15) of the barrel portion (10), each side edge area of the bottom member is attached on an inner surface of the back surface portion (12) of the barrel portion (10), the entire circumference of a lower end of barrel portion (10) is adhered to a lower end (10c) of the barrel portion (10), and the attachment of the side edges of the bottom member to the inner surface of the barrel portion (10) is performed by adhesive members (41, 42) so as to cover the edges of the bottom member. Also, Disclosed are a production method of the self-standing bag (1) and a self-standing bag having content in the self-standing bag (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hosokawa Yoko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Umenaka
  • Patent number: 8801284
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser comprising: a flexible pouch (1) that comprises two flexible sheets (11, 12) that define between them a fluid reservoir (10) and an opening (14); and a stopper-and-dispenser member (2) that is mounted in stationary, permanent, and leaktight manner in the opening (14) of the pouch (1), the stopper member (2) including a body (3) that defines a dispenser orifice (34) and two sealing zones (31c, 31d), respectively for the two flexible sheets (11, 12) of the pouch (1); the dispenser being characterized in that the stopper-and-dispenser member (2) further includes a closure lid (4) for closing the dispenser orifice (34), the lid (4) being hinged (43) on the body (3) in such a manner as to pivot between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventors: Denis Croibier, Christophe Pierre
  • Patent number: 8800815
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a container for flowable material configured to be installed in a counter below an access hole. The container includes a first deformable portion and a second deformable portion. The first deformable portion defines a first cavity and has a sealable first cavity inlet. The second deformable portion defines a second cavity and is in flow communication with the first cavity. The first deformable portion is configured to deform to fit into the access hole when substantially no flowable material is therein and the second deformable portion configured to deform to fit through the access hole when substantially no flowable material is therein. The disclosure also includes a method of installing a container of flowable material in a counter below an access hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Pibed Limited
    Inventors: Robert Butler, Laura Anne Hay, Efthimia Ioannou, Adela Walczak, Stewart Banks, Christopher James Lang, Dean Philip Limbert
  • Patent number: 8801287
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective device (10) for a drainage valve (27) fitted to bags or “bags in boxes” intended for the transport and handling of liquid or quasi-liquid substances, said device (10) being formed by a sheet (1) of flexible material folded in on itself, two parallel side edges of said sheet being fixed to one another over at least a part of their length so as to form an approximately rectangular envelope which is open on one of its sides, called the insertion side, into which a reinforcing panel (30) located on the side of the bag and provided with the drainage valve (27) is inserted, said panel (30) having a thickness e1 and being provided with a hole (T) for said drainage valve (27) to pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Codefine S.A.
    Inventors: Piero Schinasi, Stéphane Levy
  • Patent number: 8794836
    Abstract: A packaging article comprises a heat-shrinkable multilayer film having a first heat seal running the length of the article and a second heat seal running across the bottom of the internal volume of the article. The packaging article also comprises a skirt outward of the second heat seal, the skirt having first and second tear initiators positioned so that a superimposed straight line extending through the inward and outward ends of each tear initiator intersects a superimposed straight line extending through the ends of the first heat seal at a lesser included angle of from 25 degrees to 55 degrees, with the inward end of each the first and second tear initiators terminating at a location which is from 3 to 30 millimeters from the first heat seal and 3 to 50 millimeters from the second heat seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniela Garavaglia, Tiziano Scapoli, Massimo Alquati
  • Patent number: 8753013
    Abstract: The self-standing bag comprises a package for accommodating a content, a port provided in the center of the top portion of the package, and reinforcing members formed of a thermoplastic resin which cover the outer faces of both side edges of the package. The lower end portion of the reinforcing member is located above the bottom edge of the package. The lower end portion of the reinforcing member is projected inward of a lower cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Oshio Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Sato, Masakazu Sato
  • Patent number: 8734015
    Abstract: There is proposed a non-self supporting type flexible package bag provided with a film-shaped one-way pouring nozzle, which is excellent in not only the non-return function and liquid cutting properties but also the pouring property of a liquid packed material as a filling material (packed material in the bag can be poured smoothly until the end). In the flexible package bag provided with the film-shaped one-way pouring nozzle protruding from a side portion, corner portion or top portion of the package bag body, a coating layer made from a water-repellent material or an oil-repellent material is provided on an outer surface of the film-shaped one-way pouring nozzle, while a wet-treated layer is provided on an inner face of a pouring path in the film-shaped one-way pouring nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsunori Futase
  • Patent number: 8690428
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Mondi Halle GmbH
    Inventors: Alfons Kruse, Jens Koesters
  • Patent number: 8684601
    Abstract: Apparatus 10 has breachable flow conduit 12 for discharging stored fluid 12F contained in storage chamber 10C out to the ambient. Chamber access region 10R is positioned proximate perimeter 10P of the apparatus. The breachable flow conduit is within the access region, and has an inner end 12C proximate the storage chamber and an outer end 12P proximate the perimeter of the apparatus. The flow conduit has outer pressed seal 14P between the outer end of the flow conduit and the perimeter of the apparatus. The flow conduit also has inner pressed seal 14C between the inner end of the flow conduit and the edge of the storage chamber. The flow conduit expands towards the perimeter of the apparatus under external pressure, typically applied by the consumer. The pressure causes the flow conduit to breach at the perimeter of the apparatus. The flow conduit also expands towards the storage chamber. The pressure causes the flow conduit to breach at the edge of the storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: PopPack, LLC
    Inventor: William S. Perell
  • 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: 8608381
    Abstract: Vertical fill and form bags fabricated from flexible packaging film are provided with at least one transverse seal at an oblique angle. Upon opening, the oblique angled seal provides a natural use easy pour dispensing feature. The bag is intuitively and ergonomically easy to use to facilitate controlled pouring without spilling. The bag are especially useful for bulk particulate contents especially consumer food products such as ready-to-eat cereals for use in food service venues such as universities and hospitals. Apparatus and method of preparation for the productions of the easy pour bulk bags are described including using transverse sealers at least one of which is oriented at an angle such as to impart the oblique angled transverse seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Zoss
  • Patent number: 8602246
    Abstract: A dual-chamber container with independent or combined access includes two individual chambers made of a breach-able material such as, but not limited to, a paper product. The container can be made from a unitary blank that is foldable to create a substantially triangular body. The triangular body includes a first and a second superimposed triangular chamber, each chamber having a distinct interior space for holding a dispensable substance. A first and a second access fin are positioned at each of a respective first and a second corner of the body, each access fin contiguous with a respective one of the first and the second chamber. The interior space of each chamber is individually accessible by removing a respective one of the access fins, thereby breaching it's respective chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel M. Frohwein
  • Patent number: 8574650
    Abstract: Food packaging of the present invention is particularly adapted for microwave, conventional oven, stove top and boiler cooking techniques and includes an integral pocket or trap compartment for receiving fluids created by the cooking process, such as grease. Embodiments include a compartment for cooking food products therein with the addition of water or other fluids, wherein the water or other fluids are drained from the food products and removed from the food packaging after cooking the food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Turover Straws Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan S. Turover, Antim G. Straus
  • Patent number: 8535744
    Abstract: A device and method for creating fruit juice utilizing a flexible bag having an upper fruit receiving portion for receiving a piece of fruit therein and a lower juice receiving portion, such portions separated by a mesh screen. There is a resealable closure member at the top of the fruit receiving portion. The flexible bag with fruit therein is then frozen and later thawed. The fruit receiving portion with fruit therein is squeezed to release juice from the fruit which passes through the mesh screen into the juice receiving portion which is accessible through a channel defined in the fruit receiving portion and mesh screen through which a straw can be passed into the juice receiving portion for drinking the juice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Hamid Taghaddos
  • Patent number: 8528758
    Abstract: Closure element (1) of a container particularly made from foil-type material, in particular of a bag-type container for receiving a liquid substance, the closure element having a base (5) that can be fixed to or is already fixed to the container, and which defines a passage (13) and a lid member (3) mounted to the base (5) to clear and close the passage (13), characterized in that the closing element (1) has a transport state in which the lid member (3) is attached to the base (5) via at least one predetermined breaking point (61), and an installation state in which, after separation of the predetermined breaking point attachment, the lid member (3) can rotate relative to the base (5) from an open position to a locked position in which the lid member (3) is removably held at the base (5) by a detent mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Seaquist Closures France
    Inventors: Séverine Morlot, Frédéric Berthelin
  • Patent number: 8500330
    Abstract: A packaging bag is provided with a bag body and thermoplastic resin-made reinforcing members provided at the outer edge of the bag body. A window is provided in each reinforcing member. In forming the packaging bag, the bag body is placed between a pair of molds respectively having recesses to clamp these two molds so that a corresponding pair of the recesses are opposed to each other. Thereafter, in order to form the reinforcing members at the outer edge of the bag body, melted or softened thermoplastic resin is injected to fill cavities formed by the recesses of the thus clamped molds. Each of the cavities of the molds is formed so as to coincide with an outer shape of the corresponding reinforcing member. A projection extends from the bottom face of each recess at a part of the cavity corresponding to a part of each reinforcing member on which the window is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Oshio Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Nomura, Masakazu Sato
  • Patent number: 8485400
    Abstract: A pouch with a nozzle has a reliable dispensing opening. The pouch holds liquid contents. The pouch has a shell portion formed by sealing two plies of plastic together to form a pouch volume and a nozzle portion which communicates with the inside of the shell portion. The nozzle portion is formed by a series of embossments which form a reliably open passage for dispensing fluid. Three sets of embossments include a plane shape, a dot shape or a line shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Souichi Kawakami, Kazumi Ozawa, Koichi Ishizaka, Takayuki Aikawa, Kazuyuki Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 8449187
    Abstract: A fluid containing bag according to the invention includes a bag main body which is constituted by front and rear two sheets and an entire periphery of which is hermetically sealed except one portion, an inlet/outlet spout one end side of which is connected to the one portion and other end side of which is extended to outside of the bag main body, means for closing an inlet/outlet port of the inlet/outlet spout, and a reinforcing tape attached to a portion or an entire periphery of an inner peripheral face of the bag main body connecting side base portion of the inlet/outlet spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: World Water Bag Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Nakamura, Tsuneo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8430566
    Abstract: A side-gusseted bag has two front walls which are joined by a side gusset at a longitudinal side provided with a reclosure. The side gusset is folded-over outwards in the region of the reclosure in such a manner that the side gusset ends at its folded-over section at the associated longitudinal side. The reclosure running in the longitudinal direction is fastened to an inner surface of the side gusset at the folded-over section. A method for manufacturing a side-gusseted bag is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Mondi Jackson, Inc.
    Inventors: Jochen Brauer, Mark W. Gum
  • Patent number: 8430284
    Abstract: A carrier for a bulk beverage container having a spout includes a shell having walls forming a hollow interior space sized and shaped for receiving the bulk beverage container therein, an opening formed in one of the walls for passage of the spout therethrough, and a flap secured to the shell for selectively covering the opening. The flap hinges between a closed position wherein the flap covers the opening and an open position wherein the flap does not cover the opening. A gasket can be provided at the opening for closely receiving the spout to seal the opening about the spout. Fasteners, such as hook-and-loop type fasteners, can be provided for removably securing the flap in the closed and open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Stable Brands LLC
    Inventors: Craig Broadbent, Kim Bernth
  • Patent number: 8418885
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • Patent number: 8418884
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • Patent number: 8418886
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • Patent number: 8418948
    Abstract: A flexible fluid storage system for holding large volumes of fluid and a process and apparatus for the handling and transportation of the flexible storage system is provided. The flexible storage system includes a main storage bag with an attachment apron with fingers, a ground sheet, a lay flat tube for fluid circulation, a pressure release port, and fill/drain ports. The flexible storage system is configured for attachment to a trailer and reel system such that the flexible storage system can be mechanically rolled onto or off of a reel on a semi-truck trailer bed for easy transportation, deployment, and storage of the flexible storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Rock Solid Rentals Ltd
    Inventors: Randy Martin, Ryan Martin, Denis Martin, Vern Howrish, Bruce Lyon, Eric Schmelzl, Gord McIntosh, Nathan Zacharias, John Garden
  • Patent number: 8414188
    Abstract: A stand-up pour bag has front and back panels made of a thermoplastic film and having joined longitudinal edges and upper and lower transverse edges bridging the transverse edges. An inwardly folded lower end panel made of thermoplastic film extends between and is joined to the lower edges of the front and back panels, and an inwardly folded upper end panel made of thermoplastic film extends between and is secured at joints to the upper edges of the front and back panels. A closable pourer is bonded to the upper end panel and the upper edge of the front panel at the joint between the upper end panel and the upper edge of the front panel. A carry handle made of a thermoplastic film is bonded to the back panel generally centrally and inward of the edges thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Nordenia Deutschland Halle GmbH
    Inventor: Jens Koesters
  • Patent number: 8413846
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • Patent number: 8413857
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a fitment for use with a collapsible bag for dispensing liquids or semi-solids comprising a spout having a generally cylindrical body attached to a collapsible bag, a cap attached to the spout having positioned therein a flexible cap duckbill that allows for the flow of fluid when engaged with a probe assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8408790
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for packaging a beverage component of a prepared meal having a hot food component. The meal is of the type that is purchased on a take-away or delivery basis for consumption, after transport to a dining destination and before the food component gets cold. This apparatus comprises: a pouch which defines an opening for receiving said beverage; and a spigot connected to said pouch for dispensing said beverage therefrom. The apparatus can also include means for sealing said opening to define a container and for releasing gas from said container such that, in normal use, said container remains sealed during said transport and such that, in normal use with a carbonated beverage, the carbonated beverage does not go flat before the food component gets cold. The sealing means can comprise a press-to-seal closure for sealing said opening and a labyrinth channel to vent said container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Bill Reilly
  • Patent number: 8381948
    Abstract: An automatic liquid stop bag with a bending portion comprises: two outer films, two inner films, a storage area, a discharge channel, a bent portion, an inlet, an outlet and a tear portion. The storage area is formed by coupling the two outer films by hot sealing. The two inner films are disposed between the two outer films and coupled the two inner films by heat sealing to form a discharge channel or the discharge channel is coupled to the two inner films by heat sealing and formed between the two inner films, and the internal sides of the two inner films are not coupled to form the inlet and outlet, and the tear portion is formed at an edge of the two inner films and the two outer films and separated from the two inner films to expose the outlet of the discharge channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventors: Bo Xin Jian, Yaw Shin Liao
  • Patent number: 8360643
    Abstract: A package formed of a package material comprising a heat-sealable inner layer, an outer layer, and a pressure-sensitive adhesive disposed between the inner layer and the outer layer. The package may include a gusset with a center fold that divides the gusset into a first folded portion and a second folded portion. The package may further include a transverse heat-seal region extending across the gusset whereby the first folded portion is sealed to itself by mating surfaces of the heat-sealable inner layer and the second folded portion is sealed to itself by mating surfaces of the heat-sealable inner layer. The package may also include a patterned die cut formed in the heat-sealable inner layer, wherein at least a portion of the patterned die cut is adjacent to the transverse heat-seal region of the gusset so as to allow a portion of the inner layer to delaminate and expose a portion of the pressure-sensitive adhesive when the center fold is unfolded and the resealable pour spout is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Printpack Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Komro, Nathan Franklin, Edward J. Cigallio
  • Patent number: 8348509
    Abstract: A flexible container includes a panel structure of flexible web material. The panel structure defines a pouch that has a top opening. A rigid fitment, in the top opening, has a surface section adjoining the pouch. The panel structure defines a handle. The pouch is configured to be carried by the handle in an upright orientation in which the handle projects upward from the pouch at a juncture that is not above the bottom of the pouch-adjoining surface section of the fitment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Smart Bottle, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Wilkes, Frederic W. Schuldt
  • Patent number: 8333509
    Abstract: A bag container including a synthetic-resin container body shaped by using a mold and including a spout-forming portion and a filling inlet portion that project outward therefrom. Contents are first filled through the filling inlet portion, and then fusion-bond sealing is applied to the filling inlet portion. The filling inlet portion has, at its sealing base portion, a square cross-sectional shape. A tip-end-side cross-section-changing portion and a cylindrical portion are provided on the tip-end side with respect to the sealing base portion. Four triangular panels each isosceles triangle shaped are connectedly provided on the side of the container body with respect to the sealing base portion along a circumferential direction of the filling inlet portion, a base of each isosceles triangle formed of one of sides of the square cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignees: Kao Corporation, Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Sagara, Shigeyuki Kawamata, Yoshinori Inagawa, Takao Kurosawa, Shigeo Kamata
  • Patent number: 8328048
    Abstract: A package for containing and dispensing of pourable product has a sheet material bag. A dispenser tube is inserted through a seam of the bag, where a pouring spout of the tube extends into the bag from the bag seam and a sealing sleeve extends outwardly from the bag seam. An openable/closeable seal extends across the end of the sealing sleeve, the openable/closeable seal having first and second strips with releasably interengaging configuration. The openable/closeable seal may be opened and the pouring spout everted through the sealing sleeve. The pouring spout is longer than the sealing sleeve and extends past the open seal. The openable/closeable seal is a zipper seal or a slide seal. The package may have a box in which the bag and dispenser tube are contained prior to and after use in dispensing a pourable product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: IPI, Inc.
    Inventors: Michell C. Tschantz, Kerry M. McKinley
  • Patent number: 8277121
    Abstract: A bag construction filled with dispersible material. The bag construction has first and second panel sections, first and second side gusset sections and a bottom gusset panel section. The various panel sections are fastened together to form a generally rectangle shape with a flat bottom. The bottom gusset panel section has one or more distribution apertures in it. A removable panel layer is provided for covering the one or more apertures. When the removable panel layer is removed, the bag can be held so that the dispersible material disperses through the apertures as appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Ampac Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Gary Michael Bell, Hiroyuki Takigawa
  • Patent number: 8225958
    Abstract: This invention relates to a telescope tap to be used for the tapping of liquid from a bag-in-box where a bag containing the liquid and equipped with a spout is placed inside a box. The telescope tap comprises a base member which engages with the spout and with the box wall, a telescope pipe placed sliding extractable in the base member, a handle to extract the telescope pipe from inside the box, a knob for opening and closing the outlet in the telescope pipe, and a gap around a part of the telescope tap for slidably receiving the box wall when sliding the telescope tap into the box. The invention furthermore concerns a method of filling a bag-in-box with a fluid, where a bag with a spout is filled with a fluid, a telescope tap is placed in the spout thereby closing the bag, a cut is made in the box, and the bag then is slid into the box with the tap fitting the cut in the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: AMKA
    Inventors: Lau Nielsen, Erik Dige
  • Patent number: 8206033
    Abstract: The self-standing bag comprises a package for accommodating a content, a port provided in the center of the top portion of the package, and reinforcing members formed of a thermoplastic resin which cover the outer faces of both side edges of the package. The lower end portion of the reinforcing member is located above the bottom edge of the package. The lower end portion of the reinforcing member is projected inward of a lower cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Oshio Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Sato, Masakazu Sato
  • Patent number: 8201709
    Abstract: A food dispensing assembly includes a front wall attached to a rear wall. The container includes a top edge, a bottom edge and a pair of lateral edges. The lateral edges taper toward the bottom edge and the bottom edge is pointed. A food product is positioned in the container. A gripping sleeve has a frusto-conical shape and includes an open upper edge and an open lower edge. The container extends through the sleeve and the sleeve is positioned between the top and bottom edges. The container is cut along a plane of the lower edge to remove the bottom edge and open the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: Hiroshi Namigata, Yasunori Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8182151
    Abstract: A disposable bag hydration system. A reusable bag sleeve fastening assembly comprises an inner sleeve, an outer sleeve, and a cap. A lip portion of the inner sleeve is inserted into a bag fill hole, and the outer sleeve is positioned over the inner sleeve. A periphery area of bag material around the hole is sealed between portions of inner sleeve and the outer sleeve. A drinking tube is attached to a cap which is secured to the outer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: David Dodgen
  • Patent number: 8152375
    Abstract: To empty a bag which has at least one cross bottom (4) which is covered with a bottom cover sheet (18) and which has an essentially rectangular shape and is glued together out of corner tucks (11) angled from narrow sidewalls via folding lines and out of bottom flaps (12) angled from wide sidewalls via folding lines (13, 14), there is provision, according to the invention, whereby the bottom cover sheet (18) is drawn off, starting from a narrow sidewall, from the respective corner tuck (11) and from part of the adjoining bottom flaps (12), whereby the bottom flaps (12) are torn on the far side of the corner tuck, transversely with respect to their free edges, as far as the adjoining wide sidewall, in order to separate a part (12?) of the bottom flaps (12), and whereby the separated parts (12?) of the bottom flaps (12), together with the corner tuck (11), are bent, by being folded up about the folding lines (13, 14, 23), into a pour-out channel (24), via which the emptying of the bag contents takes place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Mondi AG
    Inventor: Ernst Edlinger
  • Patent number: 8123078
    Abstract: A flexible package for holding a flowable material therein and method of use to enable the flowable material to be introduced into a dispensing system via an inlet tube. The flexible package has a body portion and a projection which forms a mouth for the package and is in communication with the interior of the package. The projection is openable for receipt of the inlet tube and is arranged to be clamped into engagement with the inlet tube to form a fluid-tight interface by use of a clamping mechanism. The fluid-tight interface is releasable, when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: John S. Thomas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8083109
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a spout having an evacuation structure for a flexible container. The evacuation structure ensures that the walls of the flexible container do not block the spout of the container during evacuation of fluid from inside the container. The evacuation structure additionally pivots away from the spout during the filling of the container so that the evacuation structure does not impede the fluid entering the container during filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventors: Mark A. Smith, Daniel Petriekis
  • Patent number: 8083105
    Abstract: A flexible fluid delivery system comprising a fluid bladder having a first inlet and a first outlet, the fluid bladder configured to contain liquid, an inflatable compartment capable of being pressurized by inflation and having a second inlet, the inflatable component being formed adjacent to the fluid bladder, such that the fluid bladder and the inflatable component are integrated to form a pressurized fluid reservoir, a seam element formed in the fluid bladder and the inflatable component of the pressurized fluid reservoir, the seam element being capable of controlling the shape of the pressurized fluid reservoir, a pump associated with the second inlet of the inflatable compartment, the pump being configured to inflate the inflatable component of the pressurized fluid reservoir, and a valve operatively coupled to the first outlet of the fluid bladder, the valve being capable of releasing the liquid contained in the fluid bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventors: Lucas C. Reichert, Gabriel G. Reichert, Toby Hazelbaker
  • Patent number: 8075189
    Abstract: A flexible film pouch includes an aperture to access its contents, and a closure means such as a re-sealable spout is applied over the aperture to permit sealed storage of the contents after opening. The closure means is attached to the flexible film pouch by means of a patch that is bonded to the inside of the pouch adjacent to the aperture. The patch is selected to have a mating surface that bonds with the inner surface of the pouch, where such bonding is preferably conducted by ultrasonic welding or adhesive bonding. The patch itself may have a hole that permits access to the contents of the pouch, or the closure means may include a cutting surface that tears a portion of the patch to permit access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Bosch Pouch Systems AG
    Inventor: Ronald H. Berman