Including Application Of Distinct Closure Patents (Class 493/102)
  • Patent number: 10123967
    Abstract: The present invention relates to cosmetic compositions obtained or obtainable from fish hatching fluid, methods of producing said compositions and their use in various cosmetic applications to the skin, particularly for reducing or preventing the cosmetic appearance or prevalence of wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, laxity, dry skin, scaling and/or transepidermal water loss in skin of a mammalian animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Hans Kristian Leren
  • Patent number: 9605936
    Abstract: Fingers of a wad are splayed, prior to loading the wad into a shotgun shell, by sliding the wad on a wad splaying tool. The tool has mandrel with a free end, a shank, a frusto-conical transition extending from the free end to the shank, and a supported end. The diameter of the free end is less than the diameter of the wad. The transition's diameter at the shank (i.e., where the transition meets the shank) exceeds the diameter of the wad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Grover W. Burgan
  • Patent number: 9517599
    Abstract: A method for producing plastic containers by a production process, which is either drape forming and blow molding, using a preform in a drape forming or blow molding machine, and for subsequent treatment of the plastic containers in a treatment station of a container treatment line includes, prior to completion of the production process, determining first positional data associated with the container at a location, wherein the first positional data is selected from the group consisting of angular position of a container and angular position of a design feature on the container, and wherein the location is selected from the group consisting of the production machine, a conveying line that precedes the production machine, and a treatment line that precedes the production machine, and passing the first positional data to the treatment station for control thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Katrin Preckel, Martin Schach, Markus Reiniger
  • Publication number: 20140353365
    Abstract: A packing unit includes an inner case made of cardboard to contain a good on an upper side, including a base panel having two pairs of opposing sides and two side panels to be folded up along one of the two pairs of opposing sides, and an outer case made of cardboard with a lid to be placed over the inner case, including a top panel to cover above the good and four side panels to cover side faces of the inner case. The cardboard of the side panels of the inner case includes an inner sheet with a flute having a long side in a vertical direction relative to a plane on which the packing unit is placed. The cardboard of the side panels of the outer case includes an inner sheet with a flute having a long side in a horizontal direction relative to the plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Masanobu NOGI
  • Publication number: 20140249007
    Abstract: A thermo-forming packaging machine having a machine frame and a film advance device for gripping one side of a film web and for transporting the film web through one or more workstations in the thermo-forming packaging machine The film advance device may be provided only on one side of the machine frame allowing the present packaging machine to utilize packaging film webs of different widths. The thermo-forming packaging machine may also include an alignment device to align an edge of the packaging film with the film advance device. The thermo-forming packaging machine may also include one or more counter supports to prevent the film from being displaced by a forming tool lower part of the forming station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Elmar Ehrmann
  • Publication number: 20140148322
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing packages comprising a tubular body made from a cardboard material and a sealing structure made from a cardboard material, and machines implementing said method, comprising supplying a sealing unit (2) with preformed tubular bodies, two by two, and with sealing structures in the form of flat portions, two by two, each one comprising a central part with a shape conjugated to the shape of the opening of the tubular bodies, surrounded by a peripheral portion that can be folded down that is sufficient to assemble a sealing structure sealably with the inner side wall of the tubular body, inserting pairs of sealing structures into a forming tool (7), and forming them in a bowl, inserting, placing and sealing bowls in the tubular bodies using said forming tool; transferring, two by two, the tubular bodies assembled to the sealing structures to a finishing unit (10), if the sealing structure is a lid, precutting (14) the side wall of said tubular body and partiall
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Guillaume Sireix
  • Publication number: 20140109522
    Abstract: A flexible, stackable container for storing a quantity of a product may include a sealed package formed from a single sheet of film and retaining the quantity of the product disposed therein, and a lid fitment attached to a first side of the package. The first side of the package may have an outer first surface of the film and outwardly extending first corner seals formed in the film at the edges of the first side and surrounding the first side of the package. The package may also have a second side disposed opposite the first side and outwardly extending second corner seals formed in the film at the edges of the second side and surrounding the second side of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: John E. Sanfilippo, James J. Sanfilippo, Jeanne M. Skaggs, Roy Speer
  • Publication number: 20140042048
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least two end flaps can be respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels. The at least two end flaps are at least partially overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. The closed end of the carton can comprise a generally vertical portion extending from the bottom panel and an oblique portion extending from the top panel to the generally vertical portion. A dispenser can extend in at least the closed end of the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: O'Neal Alexander, Daniel Ahem, Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Publication number: 20130284799
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a hinged lid paper covered rigid box which can be 5 knocked down, the method comprising covering a rigid board blank with paper, whereby the blank comprises a first sidewall, a second sidewall, a third sidewall and a fourth sidewall, the first sidewall being hingedly connected to the second sidewall, the second sidewall being hingedly connected to the third sidewall, the third sidewall being hingedly connected to the fourth sidewall and 10 the fourth sidewall being hingedly connected to the first sidewall, whereby the sidewalls can be in a knock down state and the method further comprising erecting the box in which the sidewalls are moved to an erect state by a parallelogram movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Chris Hallam, John Douglas Hudson
  • Publication number: 20120097558
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a container for delivering a nutritive substance. In an embodiment, the present invention comprises a container that protects a nutritive substance from contact with the contents of the container and from contact with the atmosphere until the consumer is ready to use or consume the product. When desired, a seal on the container is altered such that the nutritive substance can come into contact with the container contents, delivering the nutritive substance thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: Mead Johnson Nutrition Company
    Inventors: Robin P. Wiggins, Niphon Withitanun, Rick Grelewicz, Nagendra Rangavajla, Joshua C. Anthony, Patrick E. McCallister
  • Publication number: 20120074159
    Abstract: Reclosable pour systems useful on any suitable container and containers comprising the reclosable pour systems are disclosed. The system features a pour opening comprising a hinged flap and a tab that enables latchable reclosing and reopening of the pour opening, to allow the pouring of a flowable material contained within the container. A unitary blank capable of being cut and folded to produce a container comprising the reclosable pour system, as well as methods of manufacture and use of a container comprising the reclosable pour system, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Amy Johnson Krasucki, Edgar Merino, Brian Scott Canady
  • Publication number: 20110308993
    Abstract: A collapsible shipping container is capable of configured from a collapsed position for storage and transportation to a constructed position for containment of articles therein and back again to the collapsed position after use. The collapsible shipping container comprises a foldable tray having at least two pallet runner sleeves spaced apart from one another and each of which being formed on respective opposed lateral edges of the foldable tray. A plurality of elongated pallet runners each of which having an inner support structure integrally formed thereto. The plurality of elongated pallet runners each of which is adapted to be inserted into each of the respective plurality of pallet runner sleeves. A foldable side wall body is adapted to rest upon the foldable tray to form an interior space to receive a plurality of articles. The foldable side wall body comprises end walls, side walls, and side body flaps to form an enclosed bottom thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: John Benjamin Hill, David Fred Kari
  • Patent number: 8037663
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a retail box and a method of making a retail box. Retail boxes in accordance with the present disclosure are manufactured beginning with paper, which is rolled on a core. Two halves of the box, or “half-boxes,” are first produced, and then brought together to form a complete box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Jarl Jensen
  • Publication number: 20110248080
    Abstract: A reinforced cross laminated corrugated paperboard bulk container has an outer component with corrugations running in a first direction, and an inner liner laminated to the outer component, with the liner having corrugations extending perpendicular to the corrugations in the outer component. Reinforcing strands are in both the liner and the outer component, extending perpendicular to the respective corrugations thereof. Interlocking top flanges are on the top edges of the outer component, and interlocking bottom flanges are on the bottom edges thereof. The interlocking bottom flanges include a chevron shaped locking slot in one flange and a locking tab on an opposed bottom flange. Folds extend across the bottom flanges to enable them to deflect and slide relative to one another during set up of the container. Vertical scores in the liner are pre-broken prior to laminating it to the outer component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Ronald D. Timbrook, Ryan M. Myers, William F. Moss, Marty Patrickus
  • Patent number: 7976448
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for assembling a composite box, in two parts, the method being implemented by a machine having: a conveyor system for bringing an envelope into position; a store for storing the blanks of the trays; means in the form of extractor arms for removing one of the tray blanks from the store and bringing it to the assembly station, facing the envelope; a device for gluing the edges of the envelope and the tongues of the tray blank during the movement towards the assembly station; a framework having two mobile carriages, a first carriage carrying a die for shaping the blank, and a second carriage carrying a tappet for driving the envelope towards the die and a stamp maintaining a counter-pressure using a suitable device against the pressing device of the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Michel Jannin, Pascal Murano
  • Publication number: 20110147444
    Abstract: A carton includes a front panel, a back panel and a side panel. End panels are respectively foldably connected to the front and back panels for at least partially closing an end of the carton, and a web panel is foldably connected to each of the side panel and the end panels. The web panel may be folded away from the end of the carton and be connected to the outer surface of the side panel. The folding of the web panel tensions the end panels and pinches respective panels of the carton together to at least partially seal the end of the carton that is closed by the end panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Publication number: 20110127319
    Abstract: Products and methods for flexible flow-wrap film packaging that allow easy opening and resealing, while maintaining package integrity. The film can have a flexible sheet material having a sealant layer on a first surface; the flexible sheet longitudinally sealed generally along adjacent sides to form a sleeve, the first surface forming an interior of the sleeve and adjacent surfaces of the longitudinal seal; a first sleeve end having a peelable seal; a second sleeve end having a second seal; and the first sleeve end further having a pair of opposing peel tabs in an unsealed area distal to the peelable seal. The film can be polypropylene, polyethylene, and the like. The sealant layer can be ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), ionomer plastic, matallicine, orgaonclay, and the like. Reclosure means can include the addition of nylon to the film, wire ties, peelable seals, or an internal band of a pressure sensitive adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Martin H. GOLDEN
  • Publication number: 20110053746
    Abstract: This is a method and device for making a packaging box from two blanks (2, 3), wherein blanks are taken simultaneously from two adjacent stacks (25, 26) and placed on two parallel tracks (29, 30), the blanks are transferred flat until butted longitudinally to an assembly station, the first blank is glued on its way to the longitudinal abutment position, the first and second blanks are butted laterally into their respective positions to give them an exact lateral reference position, they are grasped, and transferred laterally, and the second blank is placed on the first blank which is thus indexed, escaping the drivers (61) of the first track (29) when the second blank is placed against the fast blank, but clamped by vertical pressure. The second blank is then applied to the first blank to glue them together in their respective defined longitudinal positions, and the resulting set of blanks is then transferred to an erecting station where the box is erected by rolling the blanks around a core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: OTOR Societe Anonyme
    Inventors: Didier Desertot, Thierry Colas, Eric Schuster, Gerard Mathieu
  • Publication number: 20110017812
    Abstract: Bag-on-container assemblies and bag-in-container assemblies are disclosed. The container may include a paperboard box having a front wall, a rear wall, a pair of opposed side walls, a plurality of flaps capable of forming a bottom wall and a plurality of flaps capable of forming a top wall. The inside surfaces of the box walls, including the outwardly facing strips, may have a thermal plastic coating thereon. The bag component of each type of assembly may include a closure member for to enable resealing of the bag component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen P. Belko, Neil J. Kozarsky, Eliot M. Kozarsky, John A. Carporaso
  • Publication number: 20100230430
    Abstract: A tissue product, which includes a carton and a stack of tissues, is provided with a flattened arched-shaped sheet that supports the stack of tissues. As the tissues are withdrawn from the carton and the weight of the tissue stack is reduced, the flattened arch-shaped sheet gradually assumes its normal arched shape, thereby raising the stack of tissues within the carton. Raising the stack substantially reduces or eliminates “fall-back”, which is a common dispensing problem, as the stack height is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Paul Douglas Beuther
  • Patent number: 7758482
    Abstract: An apparatus (21) for assembling a collapsible enclosure assembly (1) onto a container (11), the enclosure assembly (1) being of the type comprising a plurality of collapsible walls (2, 3, 4) and which is adapted to be supported, when erected, on the container (11) so that in situ the enclosure assembly (1) encloses a region above the container (11), the apparatus (21) comprising means to move a collapsed enclosure assembly (1) from a storage position (25) to an assembly position (36), means to move the walls (2, 3, 4) of the collapsed enclosure assembly (1) when in the assembly position (36) relatively apart to expand the enclosure assembly (1) so as to be of generally tubular form, and means to mount the expanded enclosure assembly (1) on a corresponding container (11). A method for assembling a collapsible enclosure assembly (1) onto a container (11) is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Le Carton Limited
    Inventor: David Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20100176020
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various exemplary embodiments of packaging having perforated opening strips that may provide for relatively easy, convenient, and/or tamper-evident opening of the packaging. In an exemplary embodiment, a packaging unit generally includes a rearward wall, a forward wall, and a hinge connecting the forward wall to the rearward wall. A sealable interface is generally opposite the hinge. The rearward and forward walls cooperatively define an item-receiving compartment generally between the hinge and sealable interface. First and second sets of spaced-apart perforations penetrate at least partially through the rearward wall, such that a perforated opening strip is integrally defined in the rearward wall by the first and second sets of spaced-apart perforations generally between the sealable interface and the item-receiving compartment. The perforated opening strip may be removable even while the rearward and forward walls may remain sealed to each other at or along the sealable interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: Tek Packaging LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Scarpy
  • Publication number: 20100012711
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a pouring package, and the pouring package. The pouring package comprises a container (1) formed from a packaging material with an inner space bounded by walls (12,13,14,15) for receiving a fluid therein. The walls comprise a base (11), two partially triangular side walls (12A,12B) rising therefrom and a front and rear wall (13,14) which are connected to the base, extend between the side walls and are mutually connected between the top corners (17) of said triangular side walls (12A, 12B) in a closing strip (15C). The front and/or rear wall is provided with a weakening line (18 A, 18B), such that the closing strip (15C) can be pressed in toward the base in order to deform the front and/or rear wall along the weakening line for of forming an upper wall (15A,15B) extending between the top corners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: IQ + INVESTMENTS N.V.
    Inventor: Thomas Gijsbert Paulen
  • Publication number: 20090098989
    Abstract: A food-safe container (2) for liquids is composed of a tubular body (3) referable to a longitudinal axis (2a), and a neck (7) presenting a quadrangular base (16) fastened coaxially to an open top end (5) of the tubular body (3) afforded by a frustopyramidal connecting portion (6) of which the four tapered corner edges are pinched initially and left with four relative fins (22); the container (2) is formed by a machine (1) equipped with a folding and sealing or welding unit (24) including twin pairs of arms (26) by which the single fins (22) are folded flat against corresponding side walls (6a, 6b, 6c, 6d) of the connecting portion (6), and a pair of heat-sealers or ultrasonic welders (29) operating in conjunction with the arms (26), by which the fins (22) flattened against the respective side walls (6a, 6b, 6c, 6d) are secured in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Fulvio Boldrini, Roberto Ghiotti, Stefaro Cavallari
  • Publication number: 20090057386
    Abstract: An outlet assembly for a carton is provided, comprising a flanged member sealably attached to an interior side of the carton, the flanged member having an outlet formation that projects through an outlet hole in the carton, and a cap member mounted on an exterior side of the carton, the cap member having a cover formation that generally fits over the outlet formation. The outlet formation has a detachable member. An inner surface of the cover formation is sealed to the detachable member, such that when the cap member is lifted from the outlet formation, it tears away the detachable portion from the remainder of the outlet formation, thereby forming an outlet opening for the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Sanford Redmond
  • Publication number: 20080312054
    Abstract: A stackable and collapsible storage box (100) comprising a foldable wrapper (10) having side wall and end wall panels which are releasably retained within a peripheral channel (30a) on a separate base portion (30). The wall panels have lower extension portions (11, 12) that are folded upwardly to provide a double thickness and these lower extension portions have an upper edge (12a) or apertures (37) that engage with short protrusions (33) formed on an inner wall (32) of the channel to retain the panels. The end wall panels have upper first and second extensions portions (14a, 16) that are respectively folded inwardly and upwardly to provide a support edge (16a) to support hangers for hang files. The support edge can be strengthened with a channel section (19). The box can have a lid (50) has a ridge (53) to compliment channel (36) on the base portion to allow stacking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Brian Timothy Boland
  • Patent number: 7462147
    Abstract: A method for forming a container having container side walls and a lid. The container side walls have end edges. The lid has a central panel, side panels attached to the central panel by score lines, and an annular crushed area conterminous with the score lines in the central panel. The liners and the corrugated material are crushed together in the crushed area. In the method the container walls are opened, the lid blank and the container walls are moved relative to each other until the end edges of the container side walls are aligned with the crushed area, the container side walls and the lid are moved relatively toward each other until the container side walls are seated in the crushed area, the lid side panels are folded onto the container side walls and fastened to the container side walls. In one embodiment the lid is of fiberboard material and the side walls of the container are aligned with the score lines of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Joe Ludovissie, Charles C. Habeger, Jr., Randall T. Telling
  • Patent number: 7377891
    Abstract: An apparatus for effecting closure of an open end of a carton blank by placing portions of the carton blank into overlying relationship to one another is provided. The apparatus includes a cam that rotates about an axis of rotation and a cam lever that is operatively connected to the cam. The cam lever is used to convert rotating motion of the cam into linear motion to define a first stroke distance. A pressure pad is mounted for movement toward and away from the portions of the carton blank. The pressure pad is capable of being moved in response to input provided by the cam to define a second stroke distance. An air spring is mechanically linked to the cam lever and the pressure pad such that the air spring absorbs a portion of the first stroke distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Evergreen Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: George Allen Morden, Cletus Emerich Kreher
  • Patent number: 7322918
    Abstract: The flexible container relating to the present invention comprises a cylindrical member (10) made from flexible film, a bottom plate member (12) which is harder than the flexible film, fitted into the inner side of a first end section of the cylindrical member (10) and fused-bonding airtightly; and a ring member (11) which is harder than the flexible film, fitted into the inner side of a second end section of said cylindrical member (10) and fused-bonding airtightly. According to this flexible container (2), it is possible greatly to reduce the volume of the container after discharging the highly viscous material from the flexible container, and it is possible to achieve small and inexpensive moulds having excellent productivity as moulding equipment for forming the bottom plate member (12) and the ring member (11), thereby achieving benefits in that the price of the equipment can be reduced significantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignees: Sunstar Engineering Inc.,, Hosokawa Yoko, Co., Ltd.,, Polymer Systems Co.,
    Inventors: Masayoshi Matsumura, Tetsuya Katayori, Eiji Hattori
  • Patent number: 7241255
    Abstract: A pair of hook-and-loop fasteners are attached onto a carton for securing a lid thereof. First fasteners are provided spaced apart along a first exfoliation sheet. Second fasteners adapted to mate and engage with the first fasteners are provided spaced apart along a second exfoliation sheet. The first sheet is deflected over a first knife edge to peel-off a first fastener and engage it onto a second fastener to form a fastener pair. The second sheet is deflected over a second knife edge to peel-off the second fastener of the pair from the second sheet and adhesively stick the fastener pair onto the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Kyoto Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Onishi
  • Patent number: 6958033
    Abstract: A fitment has walls with a spout aperture therebetween. Reduced wall thickness results in a reduced amount of plastic in the fitment. An alternative embodiment uses radially extending meltable fins. During installation in a sealing apparatus, a heated mandrel engages the inner diameter of the spout aperture thereby pre-heating and physically supporting the fitment during the installation process. The heated mandrel typically engages the fitment at least one cycle prior to be installed. The fitment may be canoe-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Art Malin
  • Patent number: 6810640
    Abstract: Methods of producing a laminated package with an opening which is sealed by a tear-off strip or a pouring element as well as a corresponding laminated package are described. To be able to produce a laminated package with such a closure inexpensively, the following steps are provided in the method punching out an opening in a packaging material, coating the packaging material at least in the area of the opening, creating a package sheathing from the coated packaging material, conveying the package sheathing to a filling machine or to an equipment unit from the filling machine, and attaching a tear-open strip to the opening in the package sheathing in the filling machine or in the equipment unit upstream from the filling machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: SIG Combibloc GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Bomer, Matthias Dammers
  • Patent number: 6807792
    Abstract: A closure feed system for use on an associated form, fill and seal packaging machine for feeding and singulating closures from a closure storage region to a closure applicator. The feed system includes a chute for conveying the closures from the storage region to the applicator along a conveyance path defined by the chute. A singulator includes upper and lower reciprocating members configured for alternatingly reciprocating into and out of the conveyance path. The upper member includes a separating element having an upper surface and a lower surface. One of the upper and lower surfaces is formed at an incline relative to the other surface such that a distance between the upper and lower surfaces increases as the lower member moves into the conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance, SA
    Inventors: Petr Sevcik, Stefan Annehed, Hisami Mitsuishi, Sheila Moss, Ken Pokusa
  • Patent number: 6805659
    Abstract: Methods of making one-piece lidded containers are described along with containers made by such methods. In one embodiment, the method entails providing a first length of thermoplastic material and a second length of thermoplastic material where a portion of the two lengths of thermoplastic material are brought into an overlapping or abutting orientation to provide a juncture of thermoplastic material. The juncture of thermoplastic material is subsequently secured. The one-piece lidded container is completed by forming a first container and a corresponding lid on the first and second lengths of thermoplastic material. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Ivex Packaging Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy Bohrer
  • Patent number: 6676585
    Abstract: An arrangement for manufacturing a paper can includes processing stations arranged one behind the other along two star-shaped wheels. Packaging material from supply stores is fed to each star-shaped wheel. The two star-shaped wheels and the processing stations arranged thereto are disposed on the same machine frame. The packaging material for both star-shaped wheels are fed from a joint material supply station. Thereby, a compact construction and reduced operational procedure are achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Michael Hoerauf Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Stahlecker, Berthold Mueller
  • Patent number: 6669614
    Abstract: A carton closure system including a cam having a rear face and a camming surface opposite the rear face, the cam being mounted for linear reciprocation between a position wherein there is applied pressure against partially infolded portions of the end side walls of a carton blank to effect a sealing pressure against such infolded portions and a position wherein no material pressure is applied to the partially infolded end side walls of the carton blank, the movement between such pressure and non-pressure applied positions being facilitated by means of a multi-faceted geometry of the camming face of the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventors: George A. Morden, Cletus E. Kreher
  • Patent number: 6579390
    Abstract: A patch, method of applying a patch, and an applicator device for application of the patch to cover the opening of a hole in a gable-top carton panel. The patch is made from a frangible laminate material and is welded to the underside of the carton panel, corresponding to the side in contact with the beverage contained therein. The welder is located outside the container and the patch is applied to the carton after bottom seal formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventor: Richard A. Tedford, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6544159
    Abstract: The lid is formed, on the one hand, of a ring (7) and, on the other hand, of a disk (D). The ring (A) comes from a strip cut parallel to the fibers of a fibrous rigid material. Having formed the ring (A) using a two-stage tool, the disk (D) is pressed on the ring (A) and the skirt (L′) is bonded onto the ring (A). A nesting profile and a catch (3′) in the form of a groove open toward the interior are formed. The lid fits onto a container (R) with a rolled edge (O).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Georges Sireix
  • Patent number: 6228011
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a bag-in-carton using a forming jig to shape a side-sealed closed portion of the inner bag in accordance with the related shape of the carton. The forming jig helps form a bag-in-carton having an inner bag formed with high precision and constant volume, thus ultimately permitting good discharge of contents in the bag-in-carton with little content in the inner bag after discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignees: Riso Kagaku Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Takemura, Takeshi Morisako
  • Patent number: 6066081
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching a fitment to a container and for disinfecting the container prior to sealing either end of the container. The fitment is attached to the container in a novel apparatus and then the container is fed into an existing form, fill and seal machine. The apparatus also disinfects the containers while their top and bottom flaps are open to achieve better results than existing disinfecting techniques. A method of attaching a spout to a container and a method of sterilizing a container also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Nimco Corporation
    Inventor: Jerry G. Bachner
  • Patent number: 6029884
    Abstract: A method box for making a sturdy and light-tight box and a box thereof in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention includes providing a sheet of material with a first pair of opposing edges and a second pair of opposing edges. The sheet of material is grooved to form first and second pairs of grooves. Each of the first pair of grooves is spaced from one of the first pair of edges to form a first pair of sides and each of the second pair of grooves is spaced from one of the second pair of edges to form a second pair of sides. Next, the first and second pairs of sides are folded up along the first and second pair of grooves and then are secured together to form the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Paul T. Trend Corporation
    Inventor: James F. Roeland
  • Patent number: 6013018
    Abstract: The present invention is a valve bag with a valve assembly that provides closure during and after the filling process, thus preventing unwanted spilling and sifting of the valve bag contents through the valve opening during transporting or moving the bag to a location in which the valve is permanently sealed, and methods for making and filling such a bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Bannister
  • Patent number: 6007466
    Abstract: A container and closure package includes container material stock formed of a severable material defining an opening therein defining a removable confetti portion and a dispensing member molded to the material stock. The dispensing member is superimposed over the opening to substantially overlie the confetti portion. The confetti portion can be ejected from the material stock when the dispensing member is molded to the container stock and can be integrated into the closure package to form a portion thereof. The dispensing member can be a spout and can include a cover or cap integral therewith. The cap is formed with the confetti portion forming a portion of the top wall thereof. Alternately, the closure package includes a spout, such as a threaded spout which is formed extending from the container stock. The confetti portion is formed integral with the spout to establish a seal therefor. The seal can be gas-impermeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance, SA
    Inventors: Hichem Bouraoui, Jens Mogard, Antonio Rendina
  • Patent number: 5992489
    Abstract: A container forming apparatus having multiple working stations for producing a two piece, open top, closed bottom container including means for feeding flat blanks to a first rotating turret; the first rotary turret fixed for rotation about a horizontal axis, and having a plurality of radially projecting mandrels thereon. Container bottoms are fed to the first rotating turret upstream of the flat blanks relative to a direction of rotation of the turret, and each of the flat blanks is folded in succession about respective mandrels. The bottoms are secured to each of the blanks by a vacuum at a first station to thereby form individual container assemblies. The drive indexes the turret so that each mandrel is rotated to successive workstations arranged circumferentially about the first turret. The successive workstations include at least one container bottom heating station, a bottom curl station and at least one bottom expander station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Sweetheart Cup Company Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Busse
  • Patent number: 5975346
    Abstract: A container for holding paint or other liquids and a method for making same. The container includes a body having a bottom wall and a side wall extending from the bottom wall along the periphery of the bottom wall which terminates in an upper rim. The container also includes an annular retaining ring secured to the upper rim. The annular retaining ring forms an outlet/inlet through which a liquid can be placed or removed from the container. The container further includes a lid pivotally and detachably mounted to the annular retaining ring for movement between an open position and closed position with respect to the outlet/inlet and for removing the lid from the annular retaining ring. The lid, body and annular retaining ring are individually molded and secured together by simple fastening means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: The Sherwin-Williams Company
    Inventors: Anthony Joseph Imperato, Donna Elizabeth Ward
  • Patent number: 5964687
    Abstract: A four-armed pour spout fitment applicator adaptable to rotating two of the arms into open-topped cartons and applying flanged pour spout fitments outwardly through openings in a pair of adjacent carton top panels, while the other two arms are adapted to substantially receive two additional fitments transferred thereto by two air cylinders. External ultrasonic sealers have horns serving to engage the outer panel surfaces to seal the flanges of the fitments to the inner surfaces of the top panels around the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Elopak Systems AG
    Inventors: Edward M. Rogalski, Barry C. Owen, Mark R. Kucera
  • Patent number: 5901904
    Abstract: A package to be provided on and around a box-shaped container having a flanged edge, manufactured from a material having resilient properties and an inherent stiffness and including an open tubular element composed of at least three sidewall panels and these connecting corner panels are each provided with a local recess for letting through a part of the flanged edge, the arrangement being such that when a package has been placed on the container, the parts of the flanged edge that extend through a recess project outside the outer circumference of the package at least in the area around that recess. Optionally, such a package can be provided by a tool of tubular form capable of retaining an unfolded package in its interior, which tool with the package secured therein is preferably slid around and on a container from below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Avot Beheer B.V.
    Inventor: Bernardus Johannes Avot
  • Patent number: 5875959
    Abstract: The specification represents and describes a cuboid flat gable package made from a multi-layer composite, with the composite having at least one carrier layer made from paper or cardboard, a coupling layer, a barrier layer and a double-sided plastic coating made from polyethylene (PE), with an opening area provided in the package gable which forms the pour opening after the severing, with a pouring element provided with a reclosable closing lid whose flange encompassing the opening area is rigidly connected to the package surface, with the closing lid simultaneously representing the opening mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: PKL Verpackungssysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Josef Weiteder, Holger Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5875958
    Abstract: The specification represents and describes a cuboid flat gable package, with the composite having at least one carrier layer made from paper or cardboard, a coupling layer, an oxygen barrier layer and a double-sided plastic coating made from polyethylene (PE). An opening area is provided in the package gable which which is adapted to be severed to form a pour opening pouring element is provided with a reclosable closing lid being hinged thereto in one piece and whose flange encompassing the opening area is rigidly connected to the package surface and whose closing lid is provided with a tubus corresponding to the shape of the opening area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: PKL Verpackungssysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Josef Weiteder, Matthias Dammers
  • Patent number: 5855544
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for mounting constructing a flexible a tubular fitment (10) to a flexible container (11) and to the resulting product. The fitment is mounted upon a mandrel (24) having an extendable bearings in the form of an annular array of balls (27). The mandrel supporting the fitment is positioned within the container body (11) and the assembly positioned in heat sealing dies (33,34) having an annular channel (35) sized to receive the fitment. The dies have a groove (36) extending from the channel. The balls are then outwardly extended into the groove and the mandrel rotated to cause the balls to orbit in a circle and seal the fitment to the flexible container oven an annular protrusion (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Technical Developers, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry E. Buchanan