Including Form-scoring Patents (Class 493/228)
  • Publication number: 20150131928
    Abstract: The invention relates to a package (1, 1?, 1?, 1??, 100) formed of a sheet (10). The package comprises a first sealing region (2) extending in a first direction and a second sealing region (4) extending in a second direction which is substantially parallel to the first direction, the first and second sealing regions (2, 4) being spaced apart a first distance. Further, the package comprises a third sealing region (6) extending in a third direction which is substantially perpendicular to the first and second directions and a fourth sealing region (8) extending in a fourth direction which is substantially parallel to the third direction, the third and fourth sealing regions (6, 8) being spaced apart a second distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald H. Exner, Paul Veternik, Olav Dagestad
  • Publication number: 20150060531
    Abstract: A pocket folder with increased document capacity and method of manufacturing same is disclosed. The folder has two cover panels 14-16, joined along a longitudinal joint or score line, a pair of pocket flaps 40a-40b and a top flap 70. Top flap 70 folds along a score line 72a-72b and a midline score 74 and a plurality of parallel scores 78 to accommodate expansion. At the pockets, a v-shaped notch 52 between the pockets prevents bunching and a circular cut away 90a-90b provides greater access to the documents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D. Leonard
  • Publication number: 20140270584
    Abstract: A reclosable package has front and back panels each have a top end and a maximum height such that the maximum height of the back panel is greater than the maximum height of the front panel, resulting in an exposed segment of the back panel uncovered by the front panel. A closure flap including a first adhesive layer and a second adhesive layer and being non-removably attached to the exposed segment of the back panel via the first adhesive layer and removably attached to a portion of the front panel via the second adhesive layer. After opening to access an interior of the package, the second adhesive layer can be used to reattach the closure flap to the front panel. A method of manufacturing the package is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Ronald H. Exner, Deborah A. Lyzenga, Jeffrey T. Weber
  • Patent number: 8663081
    Abstract: A folding score having a pair of laterally spaced, parallel scoring grooves which are individually asymmetrical. This invention also relates to a method and apparatus for forming the folding score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Jonco Die Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin T. Gordon
  • Publication number: 20140029873
    Abstract: A multilayer film comprising a valve is described. The multilayer film comprises an exterior layer and an interior layer. The interior layer comprises at least one aperture extending through the interior layer. A bonded portion and a non-bonded portion are between the interior layer and the exterior layer. The non-bonded portion comprises at least one channel and at least one passage. The at least one channel intersects the at least one passage at an angle greater than 0 degrees and less than 180 degrees, in one embodiment, the valve comprises the at least one aperture, the at least one channel and the at least one passage and provides for fluid communication from an outer surface of the interior layer to an atmosphere external to the multilayer film. The multilayer film may be provided as a web and may be used to form a variety of packages. Methods of manufacturing the film and methods of forming packages are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: José Pedro Cruz, Elmer Rix, Edson Bezerra Passos
  • Publication number: 20130270334
    Abstract: A pocket assembly for a shipping container, a shipping container assembly, and a method of manufacturing a pocket assembly for a shipping container are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: James F. Turner, Scott D. Best
  • Publication number: 20130206631
    Abstract: A woven laminated plastic bag having an easy open feature is provided. The easy open feature is generally defined by a weakened portion in the bag. In various aspects the bag can be fabricated from woven polypropylene and/or polyethylene layer which can be laminated with a film layer, can form a pinch bottom bag, and can have one or both sides include graphics and/or printing. The bag can also provide a top end and/or a bottom end either or both of which provide a discrete area which may contain discrete graphics and/or printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Polytex Fibers Corporation
    Inventor: Jacobo Bazbaz
  • Publication number: 20130156352
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for the production of sacks from tubular pieces (1) which include plastic material in which at least at one end area a bottom rectangle (2) is laid around a fold line (3) to form triangular pockets (6, 7) (6, 7), where said bottom rectangle comprises flaps (4, 5) (4, 5), parts of the flaps (4, 5) (4, 5) of the bottom rectangle (2) are folded back, and a bottom cover sheet (21) is applied at least to areas of the flaps (4, 5) of the bottom rectangle (2) and/or to areas (6, 7) of the triangular pockets and connected to them. According to the invention a bottom rectangle (21) is used which includes at least in part air-permeable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Windmoeller & Hoelscher KG
    Inventor: Uwe Koehn
  • Publication number: 20120261461
    Abstract: Two sheets of 20# paper of 21?×10?? sheet size are laminated together using pattern printed adhesive and silicon sites to create a sheet of multi-up #10 envelopes. Each envelope is separated by a perforation in the sheet and includes edges that are square folded to eliminate image deletions as the envelopes travel through a printer. Three kiss slits are located at the bottom of each envelope to allow air to escape and prevent wrinkling as they are conveyed through a printer. The flaps for each of the envelopes are included in the sheet which are to be folded over and sealed using a peel and seal adhesive strip, which keeps the strip moisture free and the flap opened to eliminate issues of sealing in the printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Liam S. Cummings, Robert L. Dengler, John M. Viavattine, Paul C. Smith, Arthur A. Padilla, David S. Cody, Marc Wetmore
  • Publication number: 20120196730
    Abstract: The present invention addresses certain problems facing flexible packages and the packaging industry. Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method of heat scoring the film or material of the package in various shapes and locations to facilitate the consumer opening the package. Embodiments are also directed to a heat scoring device for delivering the heat score to the package material during the manufacturing process. Other embodiments are directed to a package having one or more heat scores for permitting a user to easily access the contents of a package while maintaining the integrity of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Mark Steele, Greg Melchoir
  • Publication number: 20110251037
    Abstract: Techniques for providing cost effective and tamper evident prepaid card packaging are described. By forming a cutout in a panel of the prepaid card packaging, covering the cutout with a material such as red glassine, and aligning an activation bar code or other indicia on the card with the cutout when mounting the card within the packaging, the security of the activation indicia can be better maintained. After purchase, the bar code can be scanned through the red glassine but prior to purchase, the red glassine prevents photocopying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: David Garland Abell
  • Publication number: 20110192754
    Abstract: The present invention provides a safe and effective package for housing a dosage, which is easily opened by a user yet provides a secure and contaminant-free environment for the dosage housed within. The package may include a guided tear condition extending along at least one edge of the package, allowing a user to safely and effectively open the package without risk of compromising the dosage housed therein. In some embodiments, the dosage is a substantially flat dosage, such as a film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: MONOSOL RX, LLC
    Inventors: Greg Slominski, Beuford A. Bogue, Madhu Hariharan, Kurt Easton, Theodore Clemente, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100113241
    Abstract: A flexible packaging laminate is formed to have a built-in opening and reclose feature by forming the laminate as a two-part structure having an outer structure joined in face-to-face relation with an inner structure. Score lines are formed in both structures to enable an opening to be formed through the laminate by lifting an opening portion (e.g., a flap or the like) of the two structures out of the plane of the laminate. The score line through the outer structure defines a larger opening than the score line through the inner structure, such that a marginal region of the outer structure extends beyond the edge of the opening portion of the inner structure. A pressure-sensitive adhesive is used to re-adhere the marginal region to an underlying surface of the inner structure adjacent the opening through the laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Charles Hebert, Scott William Huffer, Barry Roland Reese, John A. Prizzi
  • Patent number: 7614497
    Abstract: A carton with an improved dispensing feature at one end of the carton, which preserves the integrity of the carton, while enabling the display and enhanced access and vending of containers within the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7396320
    Abstract: A sheet of material is provided that is pre-folded and pre-glued for the wrapping and packaging of flower bunches and flower bouquets. The sheet of material contains a plurality of lines scored therein. The scored lines are arranged to create a pre-defined folding sequence that forms the desired floral packaging or wrapping. Visual indicia arranged to illustrate the pre-defined folding sequence and markings arranged to compliment the folded shape of the sheet are also provided. A fastening means is provided to secure the folded packaging. The sheet of material is made by scoring the sheet in particular places to mark the fold lines and to facilitate easy and consistent folding. The sheet is then folded across the scored lines and secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Steven Tchira
  • Patent number: 7081080
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stack of fan folded material and related systems and processes. The stack includes at least two clips of fan folded material. Each clip includes a plurality of fan folded sheets, with each sheet joined to at least one adjacent sheet by a weakened line. Each clip is joined to an adjacent clip by a last sheet of one clip being interfolded with or adhesively joined to a first sheet of a succeeding clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Keith Sosalla, John David Amundson, Andrew Kuo
  • Patent number: 7037250
    Abstract: A method of forming a perforated tear line in a bag to form an easy-open corner portion. The perforation blade includes a base formed to span the corner portion of the bag. The base has a first end adapted to extend to the end edge of the bag proximate a seal line, and a second end adapted to extend to one side edge of the bag. A series of closely spaced perforation teeth are formed with the base, and are adapted to penetrate the first and second walls of the bag to form a corresponding series of perforations at the corner portion of the bag. A starter tooth is formed at the first end of the base, and is adapted to cut a starter nick in a skirt of the bag between the end edge and the proximate seal line. A burst protection gap is formed between the starter tooth and a first of the series of perforation teeth. The burst protection gap is adapted for safely receiving the seal line of the bag to prevent severing the seal line when cutting the perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Exopack-Thomasville LLC
    Inventor: Timothy L. Albright
  • Patent number: 6935996
    Abstract: There are disclosed methods of making drinking pouches constructed from at least two panels of flexible laminate web material, at least a first panel thereof having a structural layer (21), a barrier layer (22) and a sealant layer (23), the sealant layer having a first thickness. An exemplary method comprises the steps of punching a hole (19) through the first panel, extruding molten sealant onto the sealant layer (24), thereby occluding the hole, colling the first panel and joining the panels together to thereby form a drinking pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: C.L.P. Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Ran Stern
  • Patent number: 6565499
    Abstract: An automatic machine for slitting and creasing paperboard sheets comprises, on a bearing framework, a plurality of assemblies for slitting and driving the paperboard sheets to be processed, the slitting and driving assembly including, each, slitting heads and driving heads, the slitting heads being coaxial with the driving heads and driven by a drive device which is independent from the drive device driving the driving heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Rinaldo Benzoni
  • Patent number: 6561962
    Abstract: The line plastic bag machine comprises: first and second side walls; a plurality of rollers mounted between the side walls for receiving a web of plastic film that is trained through the machine over and around the rollers; a main drive motor; a main drive shaft driven by the main drive motor; the rollers including a main drive or chrome roller and a pair of spaced apart shuttle rollers mounted in a shuttle assembly; a drive train for driving from main chrome roller from the main drive shaft; the shuttle assembly being mounted for back and forth movement thereby to position an incremental width of the web of film traveling over the shuttle rollers in a momentary stationary position as the web of film is moving through the machine so that the incremental width of the film is momentarily stationery relative to the side walls; drive apparatus for moving the shuttle assembly; a perforating and sealing head which is movably mounted relative to the side walls for moving upwardly and downwardly over and relative to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Converting Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William Michael Engelhart
  • Patent number: 6286680
    Abstract: A pack of bags and a method for producing the bags made of thermoplastic foil, wherein the bags are interlocked into a pack at least in an area of an edge strip and have a perforated tear-off line formed below the interlocked area for separating the bags from the interlocked edge strip. A bag bottom is formed by a weld seam in the area opposite the edge strip wherein, for the purpose of reducing the bag width, each bag of a pack is folded around folding edges extending in a longitudinal extension of the bag and in the folded position is interlocked in an edge area with the pack. The tear line of the folded bags stamped into the pack of bags is designed in a form of sickle-shaped incisions, wherein the sickle-shaped incisions extend as far as the longitudinal sides of the pack of bags and are cut through the bags, so that the folded bags are separated at their outer lateral edges from the interlocked edge strip and connecting strips are formed between the sickle-shaped incisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Hofrichter
  • Patent number: 6056681
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming flat-bottomed plastic bags uses a flattened plastic tubing as a raw material. The tubing is unwound from a roll, and is passed around a gusset plate assembly, where guide members on opposite sides of the gusset plate assembly guide outside edges of the tubing inwardly between a pair of gusset plates to form gussets in the tubing. In a preferred embodiment, microperforations are formed in the bag material to provide ventilation to the finished bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: Philip E. Ross
  • Patent number: 5759145
    Abstract: An apparatus for imparting a tearable region to a pre-formed pouch. A lower block has a flat surface on which is provided a lower perforating member that corresponds to a corner of the unsealed pouch. The lower perforating member has been formed by depositing a large number of particles having acute corners and a Mohs hardness of not less than 5 on the lower block flat surface. An upper block with an upper perforating member that corresponds to the corner of the pouch is arranged above the lower block. The upper perforating member has been formed by depositing a large number of particles having acute corners and a Mohs hardness of not less than 5 on the upper block flat surface. The upper perforating member opposes the lower perforating member. The upper block is moved towards the lower block, pressing the acute corners of the particles into opposing surfaces of the preform, sealing the pouch with a tearable area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: Seiji Kagawa
  • Patent number: 4992128
    Abstract: Holders for flat objects such as computer disks which can provide pages of a book which carries such objects, instruction for their use and etc. Each page is made of a single sheet of foldable material, preferably spunbonded olefin (such material being available from DuPont under their tradename "Tyvek"). The sheets are cut into the shape of rectangular center panels with bottom and side flaps extended therefrom; the side flaps extending from opposite side edges of the center panel and being off-set from each other. Since a single sheet is used it may be printed with visible indicia (e.g., the name of the manufacturer of and the computer program on the disks), prior to cutting, by conventional printing techniques in one pass through the press. The cut sheets (blanks) can then be manipulated in envelope manufacturing equipment which scores, applies adhesive lines and folds the flaps to provide a plurality of partially overlapping pockets, disposed one above the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Assignee: Information Packaging Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Sellar, James E. Reisdorf, Mark F. Lappies, Mark S. Valle
  • Patent number: 4789350
    Abstract: In the inventive method mailing bags are manufactured in an appropriately constructed flat- and lateral folding back machine. A tube fabricated from a web is provided in the region of its longitudinal borders with two triangularly-shaped and punched cut-outs, through which there are defined subsequent separating lines for separating individual tubular pieces from the tube. One or an upper panel of the tube is obtained by two separating cuts spaced parallel from, and at a distance from one another, while the lower panel is obtained by a separating cut positioned between the afore-described separating cuts for the upper panel. The bottom closure and the closure cap of the mailing bag are formed by these cuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1988
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Honsel
  • Patent number: 4731048
    Abstract: A method for producing mass quantities of discrete envelope and letter assemblies in a continuous operation, each of which includes an envelope and a separate letter having a business-fold disposed within the envelope, both formed from the same single sheet of material, and enabling the producer to print a personalized letter upon the sheet prior to the formation of the envelope assembly. The highly desirable end result which is attained is that the completed letter is in a business-letter-fold and the sheet moves continuously forward as the assembly is formed, such that the salutory heading of the letter opens to view when the letter is withdrawn from the envelope, and the signatory panel is folded between the salutation panel and the intermediate portion of the letter. The method is capable of continuous operation inasmuch as each sheet continuously moves in the same direction throughout each of the steps of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Assignee: Victory Envelope, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Marella, David T. Gardella
  • Patent number: 4642973
    Abstract: A dual compartment powder cartridge including a porous shell formed by fusing the lapped side edge portions of a blank of sheet material to a central portion thereof to form two compartments, a pointed closed first end on the cartridge, powder in the dual compartments, and a sealed second end on the cartridge for closing the compartments. A machine for forming a dual compartment cartridge including a first station for scoring a strip of material with spaced parallel score lines, a second station for folding the strip of material along the score lines to cause opposite edge portions to be placed in lapped engagement with each other and with the central portion of the strip, and a third station for ultrasonically welding the lapped portions to provide a seam between two adjacent compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Assignee: Multiform Desiccants, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Cullen, Samuel A. Incorvia, James A. Vogt
  • Patent number: 4531993
    Abstract: An improved high speed method for producing quantities of discrete envelope assemblies, each assembly including an envelope and separate double folded enclosure formed from the same blank of sheet material and having personalized information printed on both the envelope and enclosure that is unique to each assembly.The method provides for continuous operation of the method steps all occurring one after the other as each assembly travels in the same general direction throughout all processing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Assignee: Bedford Engineering Co.
    Inventor: William P. Bradley
  • Patent number: 4530730
    Abstract: A method for producing quantities of discrete envelope assemblies including at least one separate enclosure for each assembly, the invention allows formation of the envelope and enclosure from the same sheet of material and allows marking of both envelope and enclosure with indicia which can be unique to each assembly. The method particularly allows continuous, high speed manufacture of assemblies personalized by name and address or the like by printing the indicia on a web of sheet material followed by formation of the web into a plurality of separate envelopes and enclosures with the envelopes and enclosures having like indicia being associated, the method including the use of a fugitive adhesive effected during manufacture, the contour cutting of the web prior to folding and the maintenance of a singular direction of travel of the web and elements cut therefrom throughout manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Assignee: Bedford Engineering Co.
    Inventors: William P. Bradley, Michael Herman, Robert W. Paltrow
  • Patent number: 4530731
    Abstract: An improved high speed method for producing quantities of discrete envelope assemblies, each assembly including an envelope and separate enclosure formed from the same blank of sheet material and having personalized information printed on both the envelope and enclosure that is unique to each assembly.The method provides for continuous operation of the method steps all occurring one after the other as each assembly travels in the same general direction throughout all processing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Assignee: Bedford Engineering Co.
    Inventor: William P. Bradley
  • Patent number: 4401427
    Abstract: A thermoplastic bag characterized by having handles formed on opposite ends of the bag mouth which is characterized by having structural features immediately adjacent the mouth of the bag to provide stress relief at those positions on the bag mouth where maximum stress is concentrated when such bags are being filled with product and eventually carried by the user. The stress redistribution feature is characterized by an area or areas, immediately adjacent the mouth portion of the bag and the base of the handle members, which are characterized by having a plurality of narrow pleats which are impressed into the bag structure by die members during formation of the individual bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1983
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventors: Gordon L. Benoit, Franz Bustin, Jack J. Donaldson
  • Patent number: 4254693
    Abstract: In the formation of containers wherein an endless sheet material is continuously fed, finished, cut into blanks of predetermined length, and the blanks are formed into containers, the improvement wherein the finishing includes the steps of shaving off a longitudinal strip from one face of the sheet material so as to reduce the thickness of the sheet material along said strip, and removing by suction the strip shaved away. An apparatus therefor comprises a roller for supporting said sheet material, and a rotary hollow knife aligned with one longitudinal edge of the sheet material adjacent the supporting roller, the axis of rotation of the hollow knife being substantially parallel to the longitudinal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1981
    Assignee: Jagenberg Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Werner Schadowski, Heinrich Bellut
  • Patent number: 4232593
    Abstract: A machine for making single and double record sleeves made respectively from one and two sheet material blanks, comprises two input lines each for cutting and creasing a blank and connectable to two first output lines each for making up single record sleeves from blanks cut and creased by the two input lines, and a second output line connectable to both input lines for making up a double record sleeve from blanks cut and creased by the two input lines, connection of the two input lines to one of the first output lines and the second output line being controlled by conditioning means having two corresponding conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1980
    Inventor: Norman J. Garrod
  • Patent number: RE33880
    Abstract: Disclosed are a pouch for containing a material therein, a laminate film for the pouch, and a method for producing the pouch. The laminate film comprises a first plastic layer and at least one second plastic layer on which said first plastic layer is laminated. The first plastic layer is partially subjected to surface roughening treatment prior to the lamination, and surface irregularities are filled with a plastic material of the second plastic layer. In a pouch having substantially rectangular shape, at least one folded portion is provided at a side edge of the pouch. The surface roughened portion is positioned at and around the folded portion and at an external surface of the pouch. In one embodiment, the folded edge is provided at one side of the pouch and a heat sealed portion is provided at the other side edge thereof. In another embodiment, folded portions are provided at both side edges of the pouch and a heat-sealed portion is provided at a rear central portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Hosokawa Yoko
    Inventors: Shokichi Yamazaki, Shigeyuki Oshima, Yoshiji Moteki