Heating Or Cooling Patents (Class 53/440)
  • Patent number: 11377287
    Abstract: Method for processing hot-filled plastic containers are provided. In some embodiments, the method may include hot-filling a plastic container, sealing the container, and conveying the sealed container, each with an inner annular wall and a push-up portion in a first position. In some embodiments, the method may further include creating a vacuum pressure in the hot-filled and sealed container and repositioning the push-up portion from the first position to a second position under a mechanical force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: CO2PAC Limited
    Inventors: David Melrose, John Denner, Paul Kelley, Gregory Trude
  • Patent number: 11157870
    Abstract: Examples provide a system for cold-chain compliant item selection. A set of perishable items are selected for retrieval by a user based on item data, cold-chain compliance score(s), and/or cold-chain compliance restrictions associated with each user. The selected set of items are assigned to the user for retrieval in accordance with a set of cold-chain compliance parameters, including a per-item maximum dwell-time specifying a maximum time interval between removal of a perishable item from a temperature controlled display area and receipt of the perishable item at an intake area. A dwell-time is calculated for an item received at an intake area. The item is accepted if the per-item maximum dwell-time exceeds the calculated dwell-time and the item is rejected if the calculated dwell-time exceeds the per-item maximum dwell-time. An incentive is provided to the identified user based on a cold-chain compliance score for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: David Blair Brightwell, Cristy Crane Brooks, Benjamin D. Enssle, Greg Bryan, Jesse Lee Eaton, Jeffrey Kerbs
  • Patent number: 11072489
    Abstract: A beverage-ingredient cartridge for storing and dispensing beverage ingredients. The cartridge includes a container for storing a first beverage ingredient, and a cap secured within an open upper end of the container that seals the open upper end. The cap includes a storage compartment for storing a second beverage ingredient having a base and a sidewall extending from a the base. A line of weakness defines a separable region of the base, and a column extends from the separable region of the base and is spaced apart from the sidewall. A plastic film is secured to the sidewall and to the column that seals the storage compartment. Upon application of a force to the column, the separable region separates from the base and the plastic film tears such that the storage compartment and container are open to the outside of the beverage-ingredient cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Advait Bhat, Girish Nilkanth Deshpande, Maximiliano Rodriguez, Benjamin Joseph Tantanella, Bruno Telesca, Nathan Daniel Grubbs, Ryan Alan Klenke
  • Patent number: 10882647
    Abstract: Bimodal polyethylene compositions for use in hot-fill closures and processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NOVA Chemicals (International) S.A.
    Inventor: XiaoChuan Wang
  • Patent number: 10870509
    Abstract: An automatic device for emptying bags of frozen blood product includes a product removal device, a product reception hopper, a transporter for transporting the bag from a reception area to the product removal device, and at least one cutter located in the path of the bag between the reception area and the product removal device. The at least one cutter is housed in a support configured to oscillate for absorbing energy of impacts of the bag against the cutter and to return the cutter to its initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: GRIFOLS WORLDWIDE OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Jordi Boira Bonhora, Oriol Casanova Montpeyo, David Pages Becerra
  • Patent number: 10518924
    Abstract: A container including a finish defining an opening at a first end of the container that provides access to an internal volume defined by the container. A base portion of the container includes a diaphragm that is concave relative to an exterior of the container. The diaphragm extends from a standing surface of the container to a center push-up portion of the base portion. The standing surface is at a second end of the container opposite to the first end. The diagram is configured to move from an as-blown first configuration to a second configuration in which the diaphragm is closer to the first end as compared to the first configuration in order to reduce residual vacuum within the container. The diaphragm is generally hemispherical in cross-section when in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: AMCOR RIGID PLASTICS USA, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Woloszyk, Omkar Dole, David Downing, Kirk Edward Maki, Bradley S. Philip, James Stelzer, Luke A. Mast, Richard J. Steih
  • Patent number: 10435223
    Abstract: A plastic container comprises an upper portion including a finish defining an opening into the container, a lower portion including a base defining a standing surface, a sidewall extending between the upper portion and the lower portion, the sidewall defining a longitudinal axis, and at least one substantially transversely-oriented pressure panel located in the lower portion. The pressure panel is movable between an outwardly-inclined position and an inwardly-inclined position to compensate for a change of pressure inside the container. The standing surface defines a standing plane, and the entire pressure panel is located between the standing plane and the upper portion of the container when the pressure panel is in the outwardly-inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CO2PAC Limited
    Inventors: David Melrose, John Denner, Paul Kelley, Gregory Trude
  • Patent number: 10351273
    Abstract: Bimodal polyethylene compositions for use in hot-fill closures and processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NOVA Chemicals (International) S.A.
    Inventor: XiaoChuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9976722
    Abstract: A display device includes a light source, and a light conversion member to convert a wavelength of light generated from the light source. The light conversion member includes a first region to convert first light generated from the light source into a second light, and a second region to convert the first light generated from the light source into a third light. The second light has a wavelength longer than that of the third light. The first region is closer to the light source than the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Ryong Park
  • Patent number: 9561946
    Abstract: A method for filling a product. The method including the steps of cooling the product to be filled before or after the introduction of the gas or gas mixture, filling the product to be filled into a filling container, and heating the filled filling container after filling the product to be filled, wherein the cooling and the heating is performed at least partially by means of one heat pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Danilo Schulz
  • Patent number: 9446555
    Abstract: The invention relates to providing a hot wedge welding machine which may eliminate the thermal dampening that occurs to a welding element when the material to be welded is first introduced into the welding machine. The invention relates to cooling the welding element to stimulate a heating system to heat the welding element to the desired temperature. The artificial cooling stress provided by a cooling system is removed generally at the same time genuine cooling stress of the material is applied to the welding element. This results in the welding element maintaining a consistent temperature when the material is introduced into the welding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Miller Weldmaster Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy M. Hupp, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20150113919
    Abstract: Methods for preparing and using multiple chambered freezing bags containing biological fluid in the chambers are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Pall Corporation
    Inventor: Paxton E. PROVITERA
  • Patent number: 9016034
    Abstract: An easily openable can end and associated methods include an end panel, a score line formed in the end panel to define a prearranged opening area, a tab, the tab having a handle and a rivet securing the tab to the end panel. In particular, the end panel of the can end is provided with at least one moveable portion contactable with the lower surface of the tab at a location between the rivet and the end of the handle of the tab, the moveable portion being deformable upwardly under influence of pressure to push against the lower surface of the tab and thereby incline the handle of the tab away from the end panel to define a gap under the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason John Hall
  • Publication number: 20150096264
    Abstract: The present invention presents methods for making oxidation-resistant and wear-resistant polyethylenes and medical implants made therefrom. Preferably, the implants are components of prosthetic joints, e.g., a bearing component of an artificial hip or knee joint. The resulting oxidation-resistant and wear-resistant polyethylenes and implants are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Harry A. McKellop, Fu-Wen Shen
  • Publication number: 20150094202
    Abstract: Disclosed in certain embodiments are methods of filling storage containers with adsorbent materials (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: William Dolan, Christoph Garbotz, Adam Lack, Joseph Lynch, Stefan Marx, Ulrich Mueller, Michael SantaMaria, Mathias Weickert
  • Patent number: 8966868
    Abstract: Methods of stabilizing the molecular weight of polymer stents scaffolds after E-beam sterilization are disclosed. The molecular weight of the polymer of the irradiated scaffolds is stabilized through exposure to gas containing oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Yunbing Wang, Derek Mortisen, Xiao Ma, Fuh-Wei Tang, Byron Lambert
  • Patent number: 8966865
    Abstract: A can end and a tab configured to couple to the can end and a related method are provided. The can end is continuous. The tab is configured to couple to the can end with a post, which couples the tab to the can end without passing through the can end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Widitora, Donald M. Gust, Gerald J. Baker
  • Publication number: 20150053698
    Abstract: This invention is directed to form openings in the heat shrink film for allowing cooling air to circulate between the articles while maintaining the structural integrity of the heat shrunk film. This is accomplished by slitting the heat shrink film and forming slots between the slitted parts of the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Publication number: 20150048085
    Abstract: An article including, either: a frame having an interior cavity, and a flexible liner situated within the interior cavity; or a deformable frame having an interior cavity, as defined herein. Either frame can receive a sample, such as liquid having suspended live cells, and cooling freezes the sample to a solid sample. The solid sample can be readily ejected from the article having either a frame with the flexible liner, or the deformable frame, without extensive thawing. The solid sample can be rapidly displaced from the article by the methods and apparatus disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jessica Monique Brown, Nicholas Michael Illsley, Gregory Roger Martin, Ana Maria del Pilar Pardo, Allison Jean Tanner
  • Publication number: 20150041498
    Abstract: A device for accommodating a freeze-dried pharmaceutical product (S) for reconstitution, comprising: a vessel (1) having at its opening end (3) an opening edge (4) and an adjoining longitudinal portion (5) with an evenly formed inner cross section, a front plunger (2) to be positioned inside the vessel (1) at the longitudinal portion (5), wherein the front plunger (2) is configured to be positioned inside the vessel (1) in a sealing state, in which the front plunger (2) is fully inserted in the vessel (1), or in an exchange state, in which the front plunger (2) is inserted partly in the vessel (1) and partly protrudes over the opening edge (4) of the vessel (1), and wherein the front plunger (2) comprises sealing means that are configured to seal the inside of the vessel (1) against the outside when the front plunger (2) is positioned in the sealing state, and one or more communicating grooves (2i) that are configured to place the inside and outside of the vessel (1) in communication with each other when the
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Makoto Kakiuchi, Seiji Shimazaki, Teruo Matsuda, Andreas Schuetz
  • Publication number: 20150013271
    Abstract: A cold blending and containerizing method and apparatus for preparing a bitumen composition for subsequent transport to a selected work cite. A pre-selected quantity each of a plurality of additives is introduced into a receptacle. The additives may or may not be heated and then mixed within a receptacle to form a bitumen composition, and exposed to temperature reduction device to a pre-determined cooled point. The cooled bitumen composition may then be cut into profiled pieces or configurations and then packaged into a container for transport to a selected work cite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Bernd R. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20150013272
    Abstract: A heat-treatment device for heat treating packaged products that are available in bulk, and to a method of using the device. The device includes: a chamber; a tank for containing a fluid of a density such that the packaged products float when they are poured in bulk into the fluid, the tank presenting an evacuation compartment for evacuating floating products, the evacuation compartment including a hatch that is suitable for being submerged and then opened so as to evacuate a portion of the fluid including the floating products; fluid supply means for filling the tank and for regulating the level of fluid in the tank; submersion means; recovery means; and reception means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: LAGARDE
    Inventor: Denis Ranchon
  • Patent number: 8931243
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a closure and particularly to a closure of the type known as a sport cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Bernard Guglielmini, Jean-Yves Rognard
  • Publication number: 20140352260
    Abstract: A process for packing a detergent composition in a container wherein the process comprises the steps of: a. making the detergent composition in the form of a finished single fluid or a finished plurality of fluids; b. cooling the finished single fluid or at least one finished fluid of the plurality of fluids to produce a cold fluid; c. delivering the cold fluid resulting from step b) into the container using delivering means; and optionally d. subjecting the filled container resulting from step c) to ambient temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Raffaele PINNA
  • Publication number: 20140311099
    Abstract: An oxygen scavenging composition capable of providing good oxygen absorption capabilities wherein the oxygen scavenging agent is a sulfite salt with a Group I cation, combined with an acidifying agent and optionally a hygroscopic salt. The compositions can be formed into films, coatings, 3-dimensional solids, fibers, webs, and shaped products or structures which are incorporated into, applied to, or otherwise become a part of a container structure, including container closures, seals, gaskets, liners, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventor: Julius Uradnisheck
  • Publication number: 20140308408
    Abstract: Described are refrigerator-stable, chemically-leavened dough compositions, packaged dough products, and methods for preparing the same, wherein the dough compositions can be packaged and stored in a pressurized package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Domingues, Scott Kackman, David A. Kirk, Jason Nagy, Tal Tostenson, Matthew W. Lorence
  • Publication number: 20140305079
    Abstract: A method for removing headspace gas from a liner-based assembly. The liner-based assembly may generally include an overpack, a liner positioned within the overpack and containing a material and headspace gas, and a closure for sealing the liner. The method may include providing a one-way valve in fluid communication with the interior of the liner and permitting flow in a direction out of the interior of the liner, and applying a vacuum to the one-way valve to evacuate headspace gas from the interior of the liner. In some embodiments, The liner-based assembly may also include a port in fluid communication with an annular space between the overpack and liner, and the method may include capping the port, for example, during application of the vacuum to the one-way valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Ware, Alfredo Daniel Botet, Glenn M. Tom, Greg Nelson, Dale Mowrey, Jordan Hodges
  • Publication number: 20140260103
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a packaged solid stick antiperspirant composition is provided. The method includes combining an antiperspirant active, one or more structurants and a surfactant to form a mixture, dispensing the mixture from a nozzle to fill a dispensing package, forming a solid stick antiperspirant composition within the dispensing package. The surfactant has a melt temperature that is greater than the crystallization onset temperature of the solid stick antiperspirant composition. The antiperspirant active and the surfactant are in contact for about 5 minutes or less from the moment that the antiperspirant active and the surfactant and the structurant are mixed until the moment that the mixture is dispensed from the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: David Arthur STURGIS, Eric Shane HENLEY, Randall Dudley GRIFFITH, Phi Van CHU, Steven Michael WUJEK, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140263372
    Abstract: A container including a sidewall and an end panel is provided. The end panel includes a center panel, an elastic portion, and a frustoconical transition portion. The center panel and the elastic portion are configured to transition between a first configuration and a second configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Brewer, Michael Gurka, Jianwen Hu, Gerald Baker, Alvin Widitora, Jeffery Schlei
  • Publication number: 20140250834
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for charging a gas into a gas compartment portion (6) of a bag (1), after a pre-heating step which is performed in stop position (IV) so that the gas compartment portion of the bag is heated by a heated gas-blowing nozzle (27), a preliminary gas injection step for injecting gas into the gas compartment portion is performed by a gas blowing nozzle (28) and a receiving member (29) in stop position (V). Then, a gas filling step is carried out in stop position (VI) by gas injection nozzles (23, 24), and the incision (9) in the gas compartment portion is sealed in stop position (VII). In the following pre-heating step, the front and rear film sheets (7, 8) of the gas compartment portion are softened, and in the preliminary gas injection step, the film sheets are separated and their adhesion is eliminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tohru YOSHIKANE, Norikazu Sunouchi, Kenji Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20140230373
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reduced temperature radiation sterilization of stents are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Huang, Abigail Freeman, Daniel Castro, David C. Gale
  • Patent number: 8807130
    Abstract: An apparatus intended for generating process heat for a packaging arrangement and can be operated using an energy source which can only be regulated to a limited extent, if at all. For this purpose, the apparatus contains a heat-transfer medium and a heat accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Norbert Fleck
  • Patent number: 8800305
    Abstract: A retrofit ice making and bagging apparatus and retrofit installation method provide automatic supply of bags of ice into a freezer compartment. The apparatus has an outer housing with a lower end configured for securing on top of an aisle freezer so that openings in the lower end of the housing and upper end of the freezer are aligned to provide a passageway into the freezer compartment. An ice making unit and bag making and filling station are mounted in the housing. Ice is transported from the ice making station into partially formed bags at the bag making and filling station, and a bag is sealed and separated when a sufficient amount of ice is supplied to the bag. The bag making and filling station communicates with the passageway into a storage compartment in the freezer, whereby separated bags of ice fall into the storage compartment on completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Schur Technology A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Pape, Ken Strong
  • Patent number: 8783002
    Abstract: A method for introducing at least one substance into a sealed enclosure holding at least one product. At least one conduit may be provided through which one of gas or fluid may flow into or out of the sealed enclosure. Air may be evacuated from the sealed enclosure through the at least one conduit to create a predetermined pressure within the sealed enclosure and a predetermined quantity of the at least one substance may be injected into the sealed enclosure through the at least one conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Bowden Group
    Inventors: Lisa A. Bowden, R. Craig Bowden, James Nagamine
  • Patent number: 8784920
    Abstract: In one embodiment of an apparatus and process for packaging foodstuffs or other materials in a rigid container sealed by a flexible cover, a desired quantity of material to be packaged containing or together with some water or other liquid is placed in the container, the flexible cover is secured on the container so as to leave at least one unsealed opening, the container is heated and/or placed in a partial vacuum to bring the liquid above its boiling point to cause or permit vapor generated by the boiling liquid to expel other gases from the container through the unsealed opening, and the container is sealed while gas or vapor is still flowing out of the container through the unsealed opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: St. Dalfour SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Francois M. Bardou, Roland Guezennec, Jean-Pierre Lhommond
  • Patent number: 8777045
    Abstract: A soft sided insulated container assembly includes a first portion having an insulated, soft sided external wall structure, and a second portion that defined a lid co-operable with the first portion. The lid includes an auxiliary access opening and closure member that are smaller than the main opening, and that can be operated one-handed. A rigid work surface is provided, typically immediately adjacent to the secondary closure member, the work surface providing a place for holding or mixing a drink or for preparing a snack. In some embodiments the work surface may be movable relative to the container, whether slidable in a co-planar or parallel planar manner in translation, or folding as in a foldable shelf. The entire container assembly may be foldable or collapsible to a storage condition, and the rigid member, whether fixed or movable, does not impede that folding or collapsing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: California Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Mitchell, Mike Baatz, William Kearns, Christopher Edwards, Melvin Mogil, Richard Stephens
  • Patent number: 8763350
    Abstract: A method for filling dual-chamber systems (3) in pre-sterilizable carrier systems (1) is proposed, which comprises the following steps: provision of at least one washed, siliconized and sterilized dual-chamber system (3) with respectively one separating element separating the two chambers (5, 5?) from one another in a magazine (9), which accommodates the at least one dual-chamber system (3), wherein the magazine (9) is arranged in a container (11) sealed with a closure element (13); feeding the container (11) into a clean room; opening the container (11) and filling a first chamber (5) of the at least one dual-chamber system (3); closing the first chamber (5) with a gas-permeable closure element (19); freeze drying the solution (L1) contained in the first chamber (5); closing the first chamber (5) with a closure element (19); filling a second chamber (5?) of the at least one dual-chamber system (3); closing the second chamber (5?); discharge from the clean room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Arzneimittel GmbH Apotheker Vetter & Co. Ravensburg
    Inventors: Frank Böttger, Benjamin Böbst
  • Publication number: 20140154197
    Abstract: A packaged antiperspirant product is provided. The packaged antiperspirant product includes an anhydrous antiperspirant composition having from 40% to 60%, by weight of the anhydrous antiperspirant composition, of solids. The solids include an antiperspirant active, one or more waxes, and one or more fillers having a total concentration from about 15% to about 35% by weight of the anhydrous antiperspirant composition. The antiperspirant composition also has from about 35% to about 60%, by weight of the composition, of one or more carriers other than water, wherein the one or more carriers comprises a non-volatile silicone fluid. The package includes a container body having an interior chamber storing the anhydrous antiperspirant composition, a dome closing one end of the container body and having a plurality of apertures extending through the thickness of the dome. An elevator and feed screw are disposed within the container body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: David Frederick SWAILE, Barbara Marie MODAFARI, Elton Luis MENON, Jody Lynn HOYING, Roland STARK, Sheena Marie MAHRLE
  • Patent number: 8726616
    Abstract: Systems and methods for vacuum compensation in hot-filled and cooled containers. Each container reduces, via one or more vacuum panels, a first portion of a vacuum created in the container. Each container also has a repositionable portion to reduce a second portion of the vacuum. During hot-filling, no portion of the repositionable portion extends below a standing or bearing surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott Bysick, Gregory A. Trude
  • Publication number: 20140130408
    Abstract: A seed mat utilizing coir fiber (base or bottom) with a second layer of coir pith particles adhesive, and seeds and possible nutrients (top), the coir pith has a compression of 5:1, the coir fiber layer and adhesive holds the seed and coir pith mixture in place for significant reduction of run off and also adds moisture retention allowing for faster and more successful germination and turf establishment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Charles R. Fagin, Kevin Rogers
  • Publication number: 20140123603
    Abstract: A plastic container comprises an upper portion including a finish defining an opening into the container, a lower portion including a base defining a standing surface, a sidewall extending between the upper portion and the lower portion, the sidewall defining a longitudinal axis, and at least one substantially transversely-oriented pressure panel located in the lower portion. The pressure panel is movable between an outwardly-inclined position and an inwardly-inclined position to compensate for a change of pressure inside the container. The standing surface defines a standing plane, and the entire pressure panel is located between the standing plane and the upper portion of the container when the pressure panel is in the outwardly-inclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: John Denner, Paul Kelley, David Melrose, Gregory A. Trude
  • Publication number: 20140109517
    Abstract: A plastic container comprises an upper portion including a finish adapted to receive a closure, a lower portion including a base, and a sidewall extending between the upper portion and the lower portion. The upper portion, the lower portion, and the sidewall define an interior volume for storing liquid contents. The plastic container further comprises a pressure panel located on the container and moveable between an initial position and an activated position. The pressure panel is located in the initial position prior to filling the container, and is moved to the activated position after filling and sealing the container. Moving the pressure panel from the initial position to the activated position reduces the internal volume of the container and creates a positive pressure inside the container. The positive pressure reinforces the sidewall. A method of processing a container is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: CO2 PAC LTD.
    Inventor: David Melrose
  • Patent number: 8683776
    Abstract: A method for introducing at least one substance into a sealed enclosure holding at least one product. The sealed enclosure having at least one conduit through which one of gas or fluid may flow into or out of the sealed enclosure. Air is evacuated from the sealed enclosure through the at least one conduit to create a predetermined pressure within the sealed enclosure and a predetermined quantity of the at least one substance is injected into the sealed enclosure through the at least one conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Bowden Group
    Inventors: Lisa A. Bowden, R. Craig Bowden, James Nagamine
  • Patent number: 8677721
    Abstract: An apparatus for marking plastic containers, comprising a marking device which applies a marking to the containers and a checking device in the form a temperature-sensitive sensor which checks for the presence of the marking on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Stefan Piana
  • Patent number: 8671653
    Abstract: A system for processing a simplified plastic container (C) that is to be filled with a hot product includes the step of blow-molding parison to form a container body, where the container body has a neck, a base, a side surface relatively free of structural geometry that surrounds an interior of the container body and, prior to being filled with the hot product, a projection (12) extending from the container body. After the container body is filled with a hot product in a production line, the neck of the filled container body is capped with a cap and then, the container body is cooled. During the cooling operation, the hot product is contracted so that the projection extending from the container can be pushed (P) into the container body like a traditional push-up so that the resultant, filled and cooled container body is relatively free of structural geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Kelley, Kent Goss, Philip Sheets, Ted Lyon, Charles A. Ryl-Kuchar
  • Publication number: 20140069937
    Abstract: A plastic container comprises an upper portion including a finish defining an opening into the container, a lower portion including a base defining a standing surface, a sidewall extending between the upper portion and the lower portion, the sidewall defining a longitudinal axis, and at least one substantially transversely-oriented pressure panel located in the lower portion. The pressure panel is movable between an outwardly-inclined position and an inwardly-inclined position to compensate for a change of pressure inside the container. The standing surface defines a standing plane, and the entire pressure panel is located between the standing plane and the upper portion of the container when the pressure panel is in the outwardly-inclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: CO2PAC LIMITED
    Inventors: David Melrose, John Denner, Paul Kelley, Gregory Trude
  • Patent number: 8650844
    Abstract: A product dispenser includes an outer housing and a shell disposed within the outer housing. The shell defines a product dispensing chamber, wherein the product dispensing chamber is climate controlled, for receiving a product, portioning the product, storing the portioned product, and dispensing the portioned product upon a dispense command. The product receptacles are stored in a dispense buffer disposed within the product dispensing chamber, and then are dispensed into an airlock for retrieval by a customer. The product dispenser further recognizes demands to keep the dispense buffer slots filled, and demands to dispense a filled product receptacle. The product dispenser may seal the product receptacles to ensure a sanitary product. The product dispenser may further include a vend interface unit to interact with a controller and consumers, whereby the consumer are able to place a demand on the vend interface unit, and await a dispensed filled product receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael T. Romanyszyn, Thomas J. Chadwell, John Vira
  • Patent number: 8650840
    Abstract: A reservoir for a nebulizer, a nebulizer and a method of filling a reservoir are proposed. To avoid undesirable rises in pressure, a fluid chamber of the reservoir is pre-collapsed and filled with an initial amount of fluid which is less than the maximum volume of the fluid chamber. Preferably, before being filled, the fluid chamber is compressed and/or expanded by means of gas to a defined volume which is less than the maximum volume of the fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Holakovsky, Matthias Hausmann, Guido Schmiedel, Florian Witte, Johannes Geser, Gerald Mathe, Martin Meisenheimer, Antonino Lanci, Elmar Mock, Martin Sigrist
  • Publication number: 20140041340
    Abstract: A method for packing bitumen in a continuous process is disclosed. To pack the bitumen, a tray having one or more bitumen-receiving cavities is prepared. The cavity of the tray is coated with polymer film and bituminous film consecutively. Following that, the bitumen, in liquid form, is filled into the coated cavity. Additional layer of bituminous and polymer film are then consecutively laid over the bitumen-filled cavity, encapsulating the bitumen thereto. A system to form such bitumen package is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: EPS Offshore Oil Trading PLC
    Inventor: Gordon William Thomas
  • Patent number: 8646246
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for preparing compositions in blister packages using complex aluminum substrate materials, wherein said complex aluminum substrate materials comprise an intermediate aluminum layer, and first and second outer layers, wherein the material of the first outer layer differs from that of the second outer layer, and the flexural rigidity of the first outer layer differs from that of the second outer layer by 0-30%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Quantum Hi-Tech (Beijing) Research Institute
    Inventors: Hewei Li, Congwei Wang, Bo Du, Chenggong Jia, Shirong Jiao, Chun Ji