Including Folding Patents (Class 493/231)
  • Patent number: 8834335
    Abstract: A plastic or other film bag is formed from a continuous extruded tube. The tube is flattened and sealed across its width at intervals to form bag bottoms. The bags are joined to one another at a perforation line and folded in thirds lengthwise prior to being rolled into a compact roll, either with or without supporting core. After folding the bags may be chisel cut through the center of the perforation line to assist in dispensing of the bags. The chisel cut will extend through all layers of the bag when folded, resulting in three chisel cuts in the bag. The bags may be gusseted for part or as much as all of their width. The bags may also be corona treated and printed on their outer surfaces. The bags may be formed from partially recycled materials and various combinations of linear low density, medium and high density polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Sabrina Pichee Chen
  • Patent number: 8777826
    Abstract: Plastic bags are successively made by intermittently feeding upper and lower panel material webs that are temporarily fixed to side gusset material layers. The webs are joined along a joint line. One web is folded along a first line spaced from the joint line to open the webs and form a surface on the webs. One gusset layer is folded along the first line to open the gusset layers along with an auxiliary gusset portion and form a surface on the layers of the auxiliary gusset portion. One web is turned along a turned line formed between the joint line and the first line to make a turned portion formed in one web and superimposed on the surfaces. The other web is folded along a second line spaced from the joint line to make a folded portion in the other web and superposed on the surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Totani Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Totani
  • Patent number: 8727957
    Abstract: A disposable flexible multi-panel sterilization assembly incorporating an integrated fastening system. The disposable flexible multi-panel sterilization assembly includes a barrier panel configured to be folded around content to be sterilized to form a package. The assembly further includes a fold protection panel having a proximal end adjacent the barrier panel and a distal end such that the distal end covers the one or more panel edges of the barrier panel after the barrier panel is in the folded configuration. The integrated fastening system is a barrier panel attachment means located on a portion of the barrier panel for securing one or more panel edges of the barrier panel in a folded configuration around content to be sterilized. The barrier panel attachment means are configured to secure the one or more panel edges in a folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Tara Denise Smith, Melissa R. Gaynor
  • Publication number: 20140041160
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a band having an elongated body portion including a first end and a second end, a first fastener on the first end, and a complementary second fastener on the second end for releasably engaging the first fastener. The band further includes a flap cut out from the elongated body portion, wherein the flap has an aperture dimensioned to receive a display hook. The band includes at least one upper fold and at least one lower fold. The upper and lower folds segment the elongated body portion into a front segment, an upper back segment, and a lower back segment. The front segment lies in a first plane, and the upper and lower back segments lie on a second plane substantially parallel to the first plane. The flap is cut from the second plane and lies on the first plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: THE LINDY BOWMAN COMPANY
    Inventor: Linden H. Bowman
  • Patent number: 8579780
    Abstract: A sheet of side gusset material 3 is folded into halves, superposed into two layers and interposed between webs of panel material 1 and 2. One of the webs of panel material 1 is folded along a longitudinal folded line 8 to make the webs of panel material 1 and 2 open and make an open surface formed on the webs of panel material 1 and 2. One of the layers of side gusset material 3 is folded along the longitudinal folded line 8 to make the layers of side gusset material 3 open along with an auxiliary gusset portion 7 and make an open surface formed on the layers of auxiliary gusset portion 7. A web of bottom gusset material 4 is superposed on the open surfaces of panel material 1 and 2 and auxiliary gusset portion 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Totani Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiko Senbo
  • Patent number: 8556788
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an assembly of a first flexible sheet and a second flexible sheet by mechanical means, wherein a longitudinal edge of the first flexible sheet is folded over for forming a hem therein, characterized in that said first flexible sheet and said second flexible sheet are mechanically cut to mutually different lengths, with the width of the hem being determined by the difference in length between the first flexible sheet and the second flexible sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Securo B.V.
    Inventor: Gustaaf Josephus Eisenkolb
  • Patent number: 8535209
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a stepped end on a tube of flexible material includes a tube slitting station having a slitting tool with double edge slitting blades penetrating through the tube to provide respective slits beside a first panel and beside a second panel, respectively; a first trimming station trimming a first panel of the tube to a first shortened length, a second trimming station trimming the side gussets to a second length, wherein the second length is longer than the first shortened length of the first panel; and an adhesive applying station applying adhesive on the tube above and below a fold line across the tube, wherein the tube is adapted to be folded along the fold line, and the adhesive material is adapted to form an adhesive to adhesive seal above and below the fold line while the tube is folded to provide a closed stepped end for a bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Coating Excellence International LLC
    Inventor: Gary Sargin
  • Patent number: 8465404
    Abstract: A container insert, and an apparatus and a method of producing the container insert. The container insert is formed as a deformable pouch adapted to be received in an interior of an associated container. The pouch has a closed lower end, an open upper end, and spaced apart sealed edges. The lower end of the pouch includes two leg portions. The pouch is manipulatable to generally conform to the interior of the contained and form a hollow interior space therein for receiving an object and providing a lining for the interior of the container. The apparatus and the method for producing the insert provides for a substantially automatic and continuous production of the insert from a roll of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Cutting Edge Converted Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Bob Hadley
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130059711
    Abstract: Methods for inserting a folded film into another folded film include combining the films without unfolding or folding either of the folded films. In particular, one or more implementations of a method of combining folded films involves directing a first folded film in a first direction and separating first and second halves of the first folded film. The method also involves directing a second folded film in a second direction generally perpendicular to the first direction. Additionally, the method involves inserting the second folded film between the first and second halves of the first folded film. Furthermore, the method involves redirecting the second folded film into the first direction while between the first and second halves of the first folded film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Shaun T. Broering, Matthew W. Waldron
  • 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: 8256194
    Abstract: Simulated commercial envelopes and methods of making the same are disclosed. An example envelope includes a first envelope portion having a front panel including a top edge and a bottom edge parallel to the top edge, connected by a pair of side edges. A top flap is integrally formed with the top edge of the front panel about a first fold line and a bottom flap is integrally formed with the bottom edge of the front panel about a second fold line. A second envelope portion having a rear panel is adapted to be secured to the front panel to form a pocket for a mailer insert. The bottom flap foldable about the second fold line and is secured to the rear panel on a side opposite the formed pocket, and the top flap is foldable about the first fold line and is also secured to the rear panel or the bottom flap on the side opposite the formed pocket to form the example envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: R.R.Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventor: Philip Medwell Brown
  • Patent number: 8241194
    Abstract: A process produces web sections from a flexible web material. The flexible web material is provided with tear-off lines at the distance of the length (L) of the web sections to be formed, which tear-off lines weaken the web material but do not bring about a complete separation of the web sections from the web material. The web sections are separated from the web material along the tear-off lines by tearing. The web material comprises a fabric made of small stretched plastic bands, and the tear-off lines are produced by laser beam processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Starlinger & Co Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Peter Skopek, Herbert Fuerst
  • Publication number: 20120170876
    Abstract: A gusset bag (10), having a pair of flat surface portions (11, 11) facing each other and a pair of side surface portions (12, 12) facing each other which are folded toward the inside, has a side edge sealing portion (13) in which the flat surface portion and the side surface portion are heat-sealed together at side edge portions thereof, and a folded-back portion (13c) in which all or a part of the side edge sealing portion in the width direction is folded back toward the flat surface portion or the side surface portion. The gusset bag and a spout-attached gusset bag (1) using the gusset bag have an excellent self-standing property, and causes one's hand to feel little pain even when being squeezed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: HOSOKAWA YOKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Raizo Kuge, Kazuhiro Umenaka, Akira Ishii
  • Publication number: 20120070105
    Abstract: A method for sealing a bag which is formed from a tube of material and has front and rear walls, a pair of opposing, inward-tending gusset folds, each of these folds having front and rear vertical creases. The steps may include slitting each of the opposing front creases along longitudinal their axes to obtain front and rear plies. A first rearward fold is formed by rearwardly folding the rear ply together with the inward-tending gusset folds such that the inner surface of the rear ply is visible. A second rearward fold is formed by rearwardly folding the first fold until the inner surface of the rear ply lays against the rear wall of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: James W. Abel
  • Patent number: 8137254
    Abstract: A method of forming a bag with at least one gusset on one side including the steps of (a) forming a bag blank having a front panel and a back panel connectable along opposite sides, (b) forming a gusset along one side of one of the front and back panels, the gusset comprising first and second gusset panels inwardly V-folded, which gusset panels have a removable gusset portion at a selected position on the one side, (c) adhesively adhering one side of a patch to one of the gusset panels to a location adjacent the removable gusset portion, the patch having a second adhesive on portions extending beyond the one gusset panel location to the removable gusset portion and beyond the V-fold, and (d) removing the removable gusset portion from the gusset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Hudson-Sharp Machine Co.
    Inventor: Eric DeSmedt
  • Publication number: 20120063705
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for making an adapter piece for ordinary bags or a specialized bag that creates a larger opening, while maintaining the same form-factor of the original bag. The incorporation of this adapter piece to ordinary bags allows for easy loading of the bag and provides additional rigidity to the mouth of the bag. Additionally, this modification can easily be incorporated into standard manufacturing process for conventional paper bags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: TITAN IP LLC
    Inventor: Santosh Arcot
  • Patent number: 8079945
    Abstract: A blown-film process for making a fiber-reinforced film comprises providing and melting at least one thermoplastic resin. The at least one thermoplastic resin is extruded through an extension die to form a film bubble. A plurality of fibers is introduced inside of the film bubble. The fibers are distributed inside of the film bubble. The film bubble is collapsed after introducing the plurality of fibers so as to form a fiber-reinforced film. The fiber-reinforced film has a first thermoplastic layer, a second thermoplastic layer, and a plurality of fibers dispersed therebetween. The film may be formed in a bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Pactiv Corporation
    Inventors: Brent L. Hild, William P. Belias, Steven F. Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20110266180
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tubular bag packaging (10) for tabular piece goods (14) made of a film-like packaging material (12) having a front packaging side (16), a rear packaging side (18) comprising a longitudinal seam (20), two transverse seams (22, 24) transverse to the longitudinal seam (20) disposed at a distance from each other, and at least one linear or lamellar separating area extending on the front packaging side (16) parallel to the longitudinal seam (20) as a tear open feature for opening the packaging. The packaging material (12) is separated in the separating area parallel to the longitudinal seam (20), disposed overlapping and releasably connected, forming at least one separable longitudinal seam (26) in the overlapping area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Wipf, Norbert Hoechst
  • 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
    Applicant: OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES OF AMERICA CORP.
    Inventor: David Garland Abell
  • Publication number: 20110108612
    Abstract: An envelope having a compartment and a sealed display rack hole is made from a single blank and has a front panel, two side flaps, a top flap, and a bottom flap. Each flap is integrated with the front panel and folds around a respective fold line to form the compartment. The front panel and either the top or bottom flap each have a display rack hole disposed to register with one another when the flap having the display rack hole is folded around its fold line. The front panel is affixed to the flap having the second display rack hole, preferably with adhesive or by heat sealing, to create an area that seals the display rack holes from the compartment. In preferred embodiments, the front panel has a window covered with transparent sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: VICTOR ENVELOPE MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: David NICKELL, Paul JOHNSON
  • Publication number: 20110038571
    Abstract: An easy-open and reclosable package includes a pouch including a discrete laminate including a tape including a base strip coated with a pressure sensitive adhesive, and a panel section having a die cut defining a die cut segment the panel section adhered by the PSA to the base strip; the discrete laminate anchored to a first side panel; and a product in the pouch. The die cut segment is so arranged with respect to the pressure sensitive adhesive that when the package is opened, the package can be reclosed by adhering any of the first side panel, second side panel, and panel section to the pressure sensitive adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew W. Moehlenbrock
  • Publication number: 20110039675
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the invention, a cut/weld apparatus is configured to provide optimal and limited tension of bag material even during high-speed operation. The limited tension may contribute to stronger plastic welds. Another embodiment of the invention, which may be used in combination with the first embodiment, provides a roll discharge stage in a bag manufacturing apparatus that includes a retracting spindle and may include a rotating tray. The improved discharge stage requires less floor space than conventional side-discharge manufacturing equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: LUNG TSUNG SUNG
  • Publication number: 20110002561
    Abstract: A method of reinforcing a multi-wall bag, such as one used to hold particles or powder using corrugated or fluted cardboard supports as well as the reinforced bag itself. The reinforced bags may be stacked horizontally or vertically. The supports are preferably constructed from flat cardboard, but may be constructed from plastic or any other suitable material. The supports may remain flat, or they may be scored perpendicular to the flute direction in such a way as to bend when pressure is applied along the flute direction. The scoring does not penetrate through the entire depth of the cardboard. The supports may be inserted into the bag either along the sides of the bag or along both the sides and bottom of the bag. They may also be attached to the outside of the bag along the sides and bottom in the same manner. A hybrid bag is possible wherein some of the supports appear inside the bag, and others appear outside the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Vir Narula, Michael Hieger
  • Publication number: 20100296755
    Abstract: The invention relates to a package for a fluid material, the package (8) comprising a bag of flexible sheet material (2), where the package (8) comprises two opposite side walls (12, 14) and a bottom (22) which bottom (22) before filling of material presents two fields (18, 20) received between the side walls (12, 14), and where further the bottom (22) and the side walls (12, 14) are tightly sealed with each other along the side edges (3, 5) of the package (8), where a creased section (13, 15) is arranged along the transition edges (50, 52) between the bottom (22) of the package (8) and its respective side walls (12, 14) for forming of a series of to each other connected lamellae (54, 56; 58, 60) whereby the side walls (12, 14) are kept substantially vertical and substantially perpendicular to the bottom (22) along the transition edges (50, 52) when the package (8) is filled with the fluid material (9) wherein the package (8) is stabilised against tipping over.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Vilho Eriksson
  • Patent number: 7837606
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a bag from a polymer and/or metal film material provides a bag that has four outer walls connected by four seams and that has a sealed lower end. The bag-forming material is fed in the form of a film web that is wound up on a roll to an unwinding station of a bottom forming device that separates the unwound film web into film segments, connects the film segments, and seals at least one end of the connected segments to form the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Windoeller & Hoelscher
    Inventors: Konrad Tetenborg, Uwe Koehn, Siegfried Maneke, Jan Thorsten Weber
  • Publication number: 20100284634
    Abstract: A container insert, and an apparatus and a method of producing the container insert. The container insert is formed as a deformable pouch adapted to be received in an interior of an associated container. The pouch has a closed lower end, an open upper end, and spaced apart sealed edges. The lower end of the pouch includes two leg portions. The pouch is manipulatable to generally conform to the interior of the contained and form a hollow interior space therein for receiving an object and providing a lining for the interior of the container. The apparatus and the method for producing the insert provides for a substantially automatic and continuous production of the insert from a roll of material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Bob Hadley
  • Patent number: 7789381
    Abstract: An apparatus (20) for folding a sheet of foil (11) includes a feeder (23) and a folding means (24). The feeder (23) can feed a sheet of foil to the folding means (24). The folding means (24) includes a first surface (27) and a second surface (28) which can be arranged to bear against first and second opposing faces respectively of a portion (31) of the sheet of foil (11) at or near to the leading edge (11?) of the sheet of foil. One or both of the first and second surfaces (27,28) can be rotated about a foldable axis between the first and second opposing faces to create a first fold along the foldable axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventors: Richard Brian Patrick Dunn, Brian Peter Dunn
  • Patent number: 7775957
    Abstract: A plastic bag including a pair of side gussets 1 is arranged to be free of leakage from one end portion of each of the side gussets. Each of the side gussets has opposite end portions one of which is folded obliquely along a folding line as it is folded into halves so that a triangular flap 13 can be formed by the end portion to be shaped into a triangle having a base formed by the folding line. The triangle has an apex formed by an intersection between one of the opposite end edges and the folded inner edge of each of the side gussets. The panels 2, the side gussets and the triangular flaps are heat sealed respectively along the opposite side edges 3 of panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Totani Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Totani
  • Patent number: 7758485
    Abstract: The invention is directed to method and system for folding pads. In one aspect, the system includes a conveyor for conveying a series of pads, one after another, to a folding station. A folding apparatus at the folding station folds each pad along said major axis as the pad is conveyed in a forward direction. The folding apparatus includes a hold-down member adapted to contact a center section of each pad extending generally parallel to said major axis as the pad is conveyed forward. The folding apparatus also includes a pair of folders on opposite sides of the hold-down member adapted to contact side sections of the pad on opposite sides of said major axis as the pad is fed forward and as it is held down by the hold-down member to fold the side sections of the pad to positions facing one another. The pads may be used as feminine protection pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold R. Elmer, II, Richard W. Kubalek, Thomas P. Keenan, Stephen L. Nunn, Moshe Saraf, Scott D. Dobslaw, Dale J. Fischer, Daniel J. Heuer, James J. Hlaban, Michael K. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20100069212
    Abstract: This invention provides an apparatus and a method for making package which has less rejection rate during manufacturing. The method in the present invention also produces packages with good dimensional accuracy. The apparatus in the present invention is provided for making three side gusset package with improved method of feeding side gusset tube and feeding bottom gusset along with web registration of bottom and side gusset to have printing perfectly located and aligned on package surfaces such that the images or graphics can be printed partially on front side & back side, continuing over side and bottom gusset surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Ashok CHATURVEDI
  • Publication number: 20100027919
    Abstract: Method of producing a packaging pouch includes the steps of forming a tube on a rotary machine by longitudinally rolling at least one band of flexible material, dividing the tube into lengths and forming the bottom of each pouch to form a compartment. The step of forming the bottom includes paying out and driving and feeding into the forming tube at least one other band, simultaneously dividing the tube into lengths and the other band into segments, causing the front part of the tube to become staggered relative to the front part of the other band or the lengths to become staggered relative to the segments, and finally forming the bottom of each pouch by folding each length transversely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Jerome Faytre
  • Publication number: 20100025429
    Abstract: A three seal sachet and method of manufacturing the sachet. The sachet includes a film having first and second longitudinal sheet edges and opposed first and second sheet faces. The film is folded to form opposed first and second sachet faces where the film is sealed to itself along marginal portions of the first and second longitudinal sheet edges on the first sheet face thereby forming a tube with a longitudinal seal on the second sachet face. First and second transverse seals bond the film along the marginal portions of the first and second transverse edges of the sheet, thereby closing the tube at each end. The sachet also includes a dispensing device disposed on the first or second face. The disposed device includes a flange which is inserted into the first sachet face and secures the device to the sachet and a dispensing orifice enabling product to be dispensed from the sachet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Colin Dennis Ager, James Richard Burfiend, Peter David Cauwood, Alan John Edward Cucknell, Keith Paul Thompson
  • Publication number: 20090298659
    Abstract: A plastic bag with a removable coupon section and a method for forming plastic bags with removable coupon sections is presented. The bag comprises a bag portion and a coupon portion. The coupon portion comprises two flaps. Each flap representing at least one coupon. The coupons are separable from the bag portion due to perforations. Where multiple coupons are contained on the same flap, the coupons may be separated from one another due to perforations. The flaps are either not joined to one another due to notching of the plastic film from which they are formed or are separable due to welded perforations. This enables the coupons the be individually removed without disturbing other coupons. In the method for making the plastic bags with a removable coupon section, a roll of plastic film is folded over onto itself and welded together. The initial weld forms the bottom of the bag portion. The coupon portion may be perforated to assist in the separation of the coupon from the bag portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Pine Creek LLC
    Inventor: Frank Cannon, SR.
  • Patent number: 7556595
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for producing bag packages with edge seals, in which a sheathing tube is formed from a packaging material sheeting. Before the sheathing tube is formed, sealing seams are formed in the packaging material sheeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Theo J. Van De Kruys, Eduardo Friedmann, Peter Slenders
  • Patent number: 7465265
    Abstract: A method for installing a closure in the mouth of a pre-made flexible bag. The closure may, for example, be a shrouded plastic zipper with or without a slider. The bag may, for example, have side gussets. In the disclosed embodiment, the bag is made using a laminated material comprising an interior layer of thermoplastic material and a non-interior layer of non-thermoplastic material, such as paper. The package is made by a method comprising the following steps: method for providing a bag with a closure, comprising the following steps: (a) slitting the bag along first and second lines so that a top marginal portion of one wall of the bag disposed between the first and second lines forms a flap; (b) folding back the flap to uncover a topmost portion of the other wall; (c) joining one side of a closure to at least a portion of the topmost portion of the other wall uncovered by step (b); and (d) joining a portion of the flap to the other side of the closure after steps (a)-(c) have been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Edwin Hinesley
  • Publication number: 20080292222
    Abstract: Provided is a tie bag having at least two tie flaps. The tie bag includes a first sidewall and a second sidewall opposing the first sidewall. The first and second sidewalls are coupled by sealing together three of four corresponding peripheral edges of the sidewalls. The fourth peripheral edge of each of the first and second sidewalls remains unsealed to define an opening in the tie bag. The tie flaps are integral with and extend from the opening of the tie bag and are adapted for tying one to another to close the tie bag and to form a handle for the tie bag. Each of the tie flaps includes gripping features embossed on at least one surface of the tie flaps. The tie bag may be formed from a tube of thermoplastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicant: The Glad Products Company
    Inventor: Charles B. Snoreck
  • Patent number: 7435209
    Abstract: A contact-bonding film insertion device included in a contact-bonded paper manufacturing apparatus which produces releasable and expandable contact-bonded paper such as postcards (Q) by inserting a contact-bonding film (F) carried on a vertically movable support plate (51) between opposed paper pieces (Pa, Pb) of folded cut paper (P) by a paper pushing device (60), the cut paper (P) having been transferred by a paper transfer device (20) and folded by a paper folding device (30), and subsequently by extracting the support plate (51) from the paper piece (Pa, Pb) by a support plate extracting device (55) to supply the paper (P) into which only the contact-bonding film F is inserted to a paper contact-bonding device (70) and paper cutting device (80), a slope (51y) which is downward-inclined toward its tip to form substantially an acute angle at the tip is provided on a periphery (51x) of the support plate (51) included in the contact-bonding film insertion device, the periphery (51x) which includes the slope (
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: KDK Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Kimura, Masato Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 7407468
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for pre-fastening disposable absorbent articles having a slot-and-tab fastening system during manufacturing of the pre-fastened disposable articles, such as diapers, pull-on diapers, training pants, adults incontinence pads and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: George S. Reising, Michael D. Trennepohl, Darrell Ian Brown, John Carroll Molander, Jason Matthew Prosek
  • 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: 7175584
    Abstract: In a process for making prefastened and refastenable garments, a discrete article is transported in a primary direction of movement. The discrete article can define a leading half comprising first fastening components, a trailing half comprising second fastening components releasably engageable with the first fastening components, and an interconnecting region disposed between and interconnecting the leading and trailing halves. The leading half can be temporarily diverted from the primary direction of movement, while continuing to transport the interconnecting region and the trailing half in the primary direction. After reestablishing movement of the leading half in the primary direction, the leading half can contact a contoured surface, such as a contoured plate or roll. The contact can cause the first fastening components to be transversely displaced toward one another, whereupon the first and second fastening components can be engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David Albert Maxton, Megan Elizabeth Clemmensen, Chris Alan Pettit, Steven John Shimon
  • Patent number: 7083559
    Abstract: A novelty piece fabricated from a continuous roll of paper, with indicia applied to both sides. Fold lines and cut lines are provided at predetermined positions. The sheet is scored and die-cut, and an adhesive is applied at pre-selected locations. The paper is folded in thirds, and is cut again to produce the final product. In operation, the completed product has sliding panels that reveal hidden indicia, both in moveable panels and in apertures. The aforstated features can apply to both sides of the novelty piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Structural Graphics
    Inventors: Rodney A. Castello, Sanford K. Otsuji, James D. Richwine
  • Patent number: 7077797
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus and method for making booklets. Such structures of this type, generally, employ a variety of creasing techniques in order to form the booklet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jose Alvaro Barba Villanueva, Robert J. Lawton
  • Patent number: 7063655
    Abstract: A novelty piece fabricated from sheet fed paper with indicia applied to both sides. Fold lines and cut lines are provided at predetermined positions. The sheet is scored and die-cut, and an adhesive is applied at pre-selected locations. The paper is folded in thirds, and is cut again to produce the final product. In operation, the completed product has sliding panels that reveal hidden indicia, both in moveable panels and in apertures. The aforstated features can apply to both sides of the novelty piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Structural Graphics
    Inventors: Rodney Alfred Castello, Sanford K. Otsuji, James Richwine
  • Patent number: 6939280
    Abstract: A document folding apparatus comprising: a fold plate having one end adjacent a pair of output rollers which have a nip for receiving a document from the fold plate wherein the fold plate, is pivotable about a pivot point spaced from the output rollers and means for moving the fold plate between an aligned and an unaligned position with respect to the nip of the output rollers, wherein the fold plate comprises: an upper and a lower input pinch roller, a pair of guide tracks adjacent the input rollers, and a pair of guide track rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: PFE International Limited
    Inventor: Robert Oliver Iddon
  • Patent number: 6932754
    Abstract: The invention concerns a rotary type bag manufacturing machine which feeds continuously material paper (R) to form angulated bottom bags (B) with handles (T) in which a top edge (S2) with the handles (T) pasted can be folded toward an inside in the manufacturing process. Material paper (R) wound in a roll is continuously fed out. After forming lateral slits (15) and Letter-J-shaped nicks (16) on the material paper (R) by an incising device (4), reinforcing papers (T1) for handles (T) formed by a handle forming device 2 are pasted. Then, a cutting device (6) cuts off the material paper (R) on a cut line aligned with the lateral slits (15) to thereby form the material paper (R) with the handles (T) which remains unfolded in a plane. A cut end portion (S2) with each handle (T) pasted is folded toward an inside to invisibly cover each reinforcing paper (T1) for the handle (T). Thereafter, angulated bottom paper bags (B) are formed through a paper tube forming process and a bottom folding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Newport Corp.
    Inventors: Masaki Fujishiro, Tatsuya Ijiro
  • Patent number: 6893388
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for pre-fastening disposable absorbent articles having a slot-and-tab fastening system during manufacturing of the pre-fastened disposable articles, such as diapers, pull-on diapers, training pants, adults incontinence pads and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: George S. Reising, Michael D. Trennepohl, Darrell Ian Brown, John Carroll Molander, Jason Matthew Prosek
  • Patent number: 6887554
    Abstract: A multi-ply tissue product has several plies (2, 3, 4, 5) The multi-ply configuration is made by at least one folding (a; b; c) of at least one ply sheet (P) of tissue material in order to reduce the possibilities of delamination and to make the product flexible simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products GmbH
    Inventors: Urban Widlund, Emmanuelle Morin, Anders Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 6872177
    Abstract: The present invention is a card creasing and embossing device. In particular, the present invention is directed to a device for creasing and embossing greeting cards. A preferred embodiment of the invention comprises a base plate supporting a plurality of crease plates in a stack. The base plate has a top side with a crease line depression and each of the plurality of crease plates have a top side and bottom side whereby the top side of one crease plate opposes the bottom side of an adjoining crease plate. The top side of each crease plate has at least one crease line depression; the bottom side of each crease plate has at least one crease blade for insertion into at least one crease line depression on the adjoining crease plate top side. The crease plates preferably each have a selection tab indicating the fold configuration for the crease plate. The preferred embodiment of the invention has a paper cutter hingedly connect on its top. The crease plates preferably have paper guide depressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventor: Dwight E. Fullington
  • Patent number: 6796428
    Abstract: An expanding, portable envelope for use in transporting papers compartmentalized into organized sections is formed of a base sheet and a divider sheet. The two sheets are secured by a pair of transverse lines of sealing across the bottom of the envelope. A pair of divider panels is thereby created from a single divider sheet. Moreover, the bottoms of the pockets created between the divider sheets and the front and rear panels formed from the base sheet are closed, so that papers cannot slip down underneath the divider panels. The base sheet defines side panels that extend from one of the front and rear panels, and are heat sealed to the other. Bottom attachment tongues formed as extensions from the side panels are directed inwardly toward each other at the bottom of the envelope and are also permanently attached to the divider sheet so as to close and reinforce the bottom corners of the expanding envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Bon S. Ong