With Separate Closure Attaching (e.g., Cap Or Plug) Patents (Class 53/471)
  • Patent number: 10202212
    Abstract: A rectangular article boxing method of the present invention includes: a step of erecting upright and aligning a bundle of rectangular articles, gripping, lifting, transferring, and lowering the bundle and inserting the bundle between a first guide and a second guide disposed at a predetermined interval in a carton; a step of displacing the first guide to above the upright bundle; a step of moving the inserted bundle to a position in contact with the existing bundle and holding the bundles with the second guide; a step of holding the upright bundles with the first guide in place of the second guide; and a step of displacing the second guide to a position at the predetermined interval from the first guide to receive the bundle to be conveyed next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kouji Nagata, Satoru Nemoto, Toshirou Satou
  • Patent number: 9790073
    Abstract: A filling machine comprises a rotor driven by a drive around a machine axis surrounded by a pitch circle on the rotor, filling elements provided at even pitch intervals around the pitch circle, a closure-element supporting-ring surrounding and concentric with the machine axis, closure elements, a filling-material discharge opening, and a locking device. Each closure element closes a corresponding filling element on an underside thereof during cleaning or disinfection of said filling machine. Relative movement between the ring and the rotor, which is generated by the drive, moves the closure elements between a non-engaged state, in which the closure elements are between filling elements on the pitch circle, and an engaged state, in which the closure elements are on an underside of a corresponding filling element. The locking device causes this state transition by blocking co-rotation of the ring and the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Klotz, Thomas Niehr, Jürgen Vorwerk
  • Patent number: 9497992
    Abstract: Articles of manufacture, products, and packaging methods are provided that include collapsible container. Collapsible containers provided herein can define an open interior space with a peripheral side wall having a top edge and a bottom edge and a bottom wall attached to the bottom edge of the side wall. The bottom wall can include a displaceable portion in an expanded configuration that extends below the bottom edge of the side wall and adapted to being displaced to a collapsed configuration that extends above the bottom edge of the side wall. Product constituents (e.g., pouches of smokeless tobacco) can be placed in a collapsible container provided herein while the collapsible container is in its expanded configuration. After installing a lid onto a collapsible container to enclose the product within the collapsible container, the container can be collapsed to its collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventor: James D. Evans
  • Patent number: 9446550
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing plastic containers includes: a forming machine for producing plastic preforms; a blow-moulding machine for blowing the preforms to obtain containers, provided with a blow-moulding carousel having a plurality of blow-moulding moulds that expand the preforms to obtain the containers; a thermal conditioning station interposed between the forming machine and the blow-moulding machine; a storage station, configured for receiving and containing preforms; a supplying system for feeding the thermal conditioning station with preforms contained in the storage station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SACMI COOPERATIVA MECCANICI IMOLA SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Parrinello, Zeno Zuffa, Matteo Camerani, Ivan Bonzi, Gabriele Stocchi
  • Patent number: 9398775
    Abstract: A dietary measurement system and a method of correlating dietary information to a defined volume of a measuring device are provided to reduce the effort and time necessary to keep track of the nutritional intake. The dietary measurement system comprises at least a measuring device adapted to accommodate food having multiple measurement indicators representing defined volumes, a nutrition database comprising dietary contents information for food and a mapping device. The mapping device comprises an input interface for receiving food selection information and a mapping processor, connected with said input interface and said nutrition database, said mapping processor being adapted to generate dietary correlation data from said dietary contents information, said dietary correlation data providing a reference between one of said measurement indicators of said measuring device and a given dietary contents level for food according to said food selection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: George Alexander Nathanson
  • Patent number: 9302796
    Abstract: Long-term packaging using a combination of an induction seal and a reseal without release layers, both of which are activated by the induction heating process. The exemplary induction seal comprises a laminate of a heat-sealing layer, an aluminum foil layer, and a foam backing. The exemplary reseal comprises a low-density polyethylene foam core sandwiched between first and second layers of solid low-density polyethylene film. The reseal deforms during the induction heating process to be shaped to engage the outer and inner peripheral surfaces of the finish, so that the reseal is hermetic even after the induction seal is removed. Preferred containers are PETE with PP compression closures. Replaceable desiccant and oxygen scavengers may be used with food or other contained material. Precise timing of induction heating is required to achieve the desired result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: FoodWise TRN, LLC
    Inventor: Kristi Bina Averett
  • Patent number: 9205191
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to transferring fluidic media from a vial to a reservoir. In various embodiments, fluidic media may be transferred from the vial to the reservoir by moving a housing portion to move a plunger head located in the reservoir to draw fluidic media from the vial to the reservoir. In other embodiments, fluidic media may be transferred from the vial to the reservoir while the reservoir is held by a holding unit and vibrated by a vibrator to remove air from the fluidic media. In some embodiments, fluidic media may be transferred from the vial to the reservoir by moving a handle operatively connected to a bias member for assisting with the transfer of fluidic media. In other embodiments, the transfer of fluidic media may be assisted by a bias member and a needle connecting atmosphere and the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventor: Julian D. Kavazov
  • Patent number: 9193496
    Abstract: A Method of Processing a Container and Base Cup Structure For Removal of Vacuum Pressure A plastic container (10) has a wall extending to a lower portion including a pressure panel (20). The panel (20) is transversely oriented and can move from a downwardly inclined position providing a geometrically unstable configuration to an upwardly inclined position providing a geometrically stable configuration to control pressure change in the container. This movement may be provided by suitable actuating means such as rod (22). In the unstable configuration a base cup 50 or any other suitable holder can support the container and enable it to be conveyed in a container handling or processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: CO2PAC LIMITED
    Inventor: David Murray Melrose
  • Patent number: 9096346
    Abstract: An opening feature for a flexible laminate membrane having a metal foil layer sandwiched between first and second structures is formed by a first score line through a thickness of the first structure but not breaching the metal foil layer, and a second score line through a thickness of the second structure but not breaching the metal foil layer, the first and second score lines together encompassing a removable panel portion of the flexible membrane. A press-and-pull tab constituting part of the removable panel portion is arranged to be pressed downward to cause the metal foil layer to break in the region of the tab, and then to be grasped and pulled upward to cause the metal foil layer to break all around a periphery of the removable panel portion to enable the removable panel portion to be completely removed from the flexible membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott William Huffer, Robert Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9032698
    Abstract: A package includes a container and a lid adapted to mate with a brim of the container. The lid closes a top opening in the container when mounted on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey C Minnette, David J Jochem, Ken Jochem
  • Patent number: 9027312
    Abstract: Machine (10) and method for treating containers (12) of liquids comprising a loading station (15) into which baskets (23) are loaded containing, according to a desired pattern of disposition, the containers (12) to be subjected to washing, a filling station (18) in which the washed containers (12) are filled with new liquid, and a re-closing station (19) in which the containers (12) are closed by the relative lids (11). The re-closing station (19) comprises a closing device (63) provided with gripper members (70) by means of which the lids (11) are picked up and positioned so as to close the containers (12), and loading members (66) that automatically direct the lids (11) toward the closing device (63) in a manner consistent with the desired pattern of disposition of the containers (12) in the baskets (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Steelco Spa
    Inventor: Fabio Zardini
  • Publication number: 20150122693
    Abstract: A supporting structure for concurrently supporting a plurality of containers having a predetermined length for medical, pharmaceutical or cosmetic applications is provided. The support structure includes a carrier having a plurality of supports for the containers on the carrier, optionally, at least in a first orientation (e.g. upright) or in a second orientation (upside-down or also upright). The carrier is matched to the lengths of the containers such that the upper ends of the containers are arranged in a first position at the same distance to the carrier as the lower ends of the containers in the second position and that the upper ends and/or lower ends of the containers are accessible for a further processing of the containers while they are supported on the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Gregor Fritz Deutschle, Edgar Pawlowski, Joem Wassenberg, Andreas Reisse
  • Publication number: 20150121815
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus for automatic application of lids to containers, said apparatus comprising a rotatable device unit comprising a plurality of circumferentially distributed lid holding members, a lid feeding unit, a glue application unit and a lid application unit. The lid holding members can be directed to each of the units simultaneously by rotating the rotatable device unit. The rotatable device unit further comprises an item application unit configured to fit an individual additional item onto the lid before the lid is attached to the container. The item application unit comprises an item supply unit and at least one movable gripping device configured to grip an individual additional item from the item supply unit and fit the individual additional item onto the lid. The invention also concerns a method for automatic application of lids to containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Lennart Larsson, Per Hagelqvist, Per Rasmusson
  • Patent number: 9021772
    Abstract: A machine for dosing a product in capsules, includes a rotating turret which has seats suitable for receiving empty capsules and a dosing device for dosing the product in the capsules. The machine further includes a feeding unit having a first weighing device for weighing empty capsules, a transfer arrangement for transferring empty capsules, when weighed, to predetermined seats of the turret for being filled with the product, a second weighing device for weighing capsules filled with the product, and a processing device connected to the first and second weighing device for receiving data relative to weights measured by the first and second weighing devices and for calculating for each capsule a difference between the weight measured before and the weight measured after filling. In this manner, a respective quantity of dosed product is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A.
    Inventor: Maurizio Bedetti
  • Publication number: 20150114922
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward a disposable baby bottle. The baby bottle is pre-filled with nursery water and comprises a bottle body, a cap, a bottle bottom, and a nipple. The bottle body has a pair of shaped ergonomic recesses. The bottle body has an upper opening and a lower opening with a safety seal and an external threading surrounding the lower opening of the bottle body. The bottle body has a nipple ring circumscribing the upper opening of the bottle body. The cap has one or more break away tabs. The cap has a flat base distal from the breakaway tabs permitting the bottle body to be inverted and stood when the cap is secured to the bottle body. The bottle bottom has an internal threading complementary to the external threading of the bottle body. The nipple is affixed to the inner portion of the nipple ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Angela Kohn, Stephen Kohn
  • Publication number: 20150114857
    Abstract: A container assembly comprising first and second compartments. The first compartment includes a base web having a formed portion and a flat portion, a lidding material joined to the flat portion and a frangible seal positioned between the base web and the lidding material. The second compartment includes first and second barriers that are sealed to one another at peripheral edges. The first barrier has an aperture through which the formed portion of the base web extends. An upper surface of the flat portion of the base web is joined to an interior surface of the first barrier, thereby encapsulating the frangible seal within the second compartment. When the frangible seal is broken, a passageway is provided for transferring material from the first compartment into the second compartment for mixing with a second material. The second compartment may then be opened to dispense the mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Le Papillon Bioplan
    Inventors: Vivian Thery, Ryan M. Short
  • Publication number: 20150114871
    Abstract: A vial storage and transportation assembly (10) includes a vial tray (130), a transport lid (100), and a processing lid (200). The transport (100) and the processing lid (200) are interchangeably engageable with the vial tray (30) to house a plurality rt lid vials therein, to shift the assembly (10) between a transport configuration and a processing configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SiO2 Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Fitzpatrick, Randy Crenshaw
  • 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: 20150096914
    Abstract: A decorative container assembly and method are provided for storing traction-enhancing materials such as salt pellets or tablets, sand or gravel. The decorative container includes a container cover and a container base configured for mating together, where at least the container cover has a decorative outer shape and/or surface ornamentation, such as in a winter theme. The base defines an inner storage cavity for holding the traction-enhancing materials, and has a lower mating element for cooperatively engaging an upper mating element of the cover. The upper mating element is removably attachable to the lower mating element in a manner that substantially seals the inner storage cavity. Optionally, the base has a decorative outer shape or ornamentation that cooperates with the cover so that the assembled container forms a complete winter theme. Optionally, the container base may be substantially non-decorative, such as part of the original packaging of the traction-enhancing material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Van M. Kassouni
  • Publication number: 20150096268
    Abstract: A method of preparing a sealing surface of a container for application of a seal. A lip of the container may be heated, rinsed, and dried to establish the sealing surface. Then the seal may be applied to the sealing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J Brozell, Brian J Chisholm, Joseph E Olsavsky
  • Publication number: 20150096978
    Abstract: An expandable food package with a removable lid, is provided. The food package has a bottom, an inner sidewall and an outer sidewall. The inner sidewall and outer sidewall are connected by a series of living hinges that allow the package to be converted between an expanded configuration and collapsed configuration. A lid may be sealed to one or both of an inner rim and an outer rim when the package is in collapsed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: The Quaker Oats Company
    Inventors: Eric Thomas HENDERSON, James J. MAKI
  • Publication number: 20150080845
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of delivering implants to a target organ with an implant administration device, where the implant administration device includes a polymer retainer. Methods of making polymer retainers and methods of securing an implant within an implant administration device using a polymer retainer are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Lon T. Spada, Alazar N. Ghebremeskel, Michael R. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8978347
    Abstract: A container handling machine and method of handling containers, in which an attachment arrangement is used to attach an elongated strip, such as a banderole, a security strip, a label strip, or a tax strip, to the removable top of a closed container. Either or both of the container holder and the attachment arrangement which attaches the strips can be rotated in order to place the strip in a particular orientation with respect to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Claas Fritsche, Lutz Deckert
  • Publication number: 20150059294
    Abstract: A transport puck vertically aligns a caulking cartridge, nozzle-down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Louis Fitzgerald, IV
  • 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: 20150056342
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to a package that allows substantially the entire surface of a product (such as fresh red meat) to be in contact with a desired internal gas concentration. In addition, the disclosed package ensures that large amounts of the product surface are not in contact with the packaging materials to prevent discolored product areas. Particularly, the disclosed package comprises a support member, a thermoformed lidding film, and an oxygen-sensitive product. The lidding film includes one or more ridges that prevent direct contact with the product. As a result, uniform product color is maintained and the product appearance is preserved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Owensby, Howard Dean Connor, Blaine Childress, Keith Moore, Don Ross
  • Patent number: 8955563
    Abstract: A device for filling soluble containers is provided. The device includes an assembly for orienting capsules comprising a sheet component having a top sheet, a bottom sheet and a sliding sheet adapted to move between the top and bottom sheets. The top sheet includes slots for accommodating capsules, and the bottom sheet includes notches adapted to orient the capsules into a filling position. In a first position, the slots in the sliding sheet align with the slots in the top sheet. In a second position, the slots in the sliding sheet align with the notches in the bottom sheet. The assembly also includes a base component for guiding the oriented capsules therethrough. The base component can have an antistatic sheet fastened to the bottom surface. The sheet component can be loose fitted to the base component. An assembly for filling capsules is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: Raj Vikram Tahil, Santosh Puransingh Bhagat, Ajay Virendra Mistry
  • Publication number: 20150041425
    Abstract: A container includes a bottle, a closure, and a ring. The bottle includes a body, a neck extending away from the body and defining an opening, and a pair of opposed ledges. Threads extend around the neck. The ledges extend radially outwardly from the neck spaced from the body and the threads. Each ledge defines a surface facing away from the body and includes an extension extending from the surface. The closure is secured over around the neck. The closure is positioned on an opposite side of the surface of each ledge as compared to the body and includes internal ramps interfacing with the extensions to maintain the closure in place. The ring is positioned between the body and the ledges. The ring is entirely maintained below the surfaces of the ledges, and each ledge interacts with the ring to maintain the ring in place relative to the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan P. McCOY, Stacy ABEL, Matthew P. FRANKS, Adam D. HOPPUS, Duane SAWYER, GORDON BEECROFT, John VASSALLO, Michael MAKHLOUF
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8943783
    Abstract: A system and method for handling wicket bags involve a wicket bag holder for transporting wicket bags to a working position along a transport path, the bag holder including one or more holding devices each being operable between an open position allowing receipt of an upper tab of the wicket bag and a closed position whereby the bag is held suspended within a working zone. Also involved are one or more main gripping devices each being operable between an open position allowing receipt of a suspended wicket bag and a closed position whereby the bag is gripped to form a bag neck portion. The system and method may be used for bag filling applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Centre de Recherche Industrielle du Quebec
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Ouellet, Sylvain Bilodeau, Olivier Marcotte, Denis Lépine, Nicolas Deschênes, Denis Hotte, Bertrand Maheux
  • Patent number: 8943784
    Abstract: It is a method for producing a food-filled and sealed container having a high product value, in which a container lid made of resin is not deformed after sealing. In this method for producing a food-filled and sealed container, after a food is filled in a container body (10) made of thermoplastic resin, the container is sealed by heat sealing a container lid (20) made of thermoplastic resin, and the container body (10) and/or the container lid (20) have sealing surfaces (13, 24) provided with a concavity or convexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Yakult Honsha, Shikoku Kakoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Iseki, Masakatsu Kondo, Masao Kubo, Tomoyuki Masuda
  • Publication number: 20150027914
    Abstract: A storage caddy for a cleaning implement can include a holder configured to receive a wand or cleaning implement and a storage container having a lid connected to the storage container. The storage caddy can also include a tray for holding a first set of cleaning pads and a sleeve for holding a second set of cleaning pads. The first set of cleaning pads can be arranged in an upper portion of the storage container above the second set of cleaning pads, and the second set of cleaning pads can be located in a lower portion of the storage container. The wand or cleaning implement can be configured to receive one of the first set of cleaning pads from the tray or one of the second set of cleaning pads from the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: Neil P. Williams, Christopher Conley, Jo Anthony Sasota, Chrysoula Myrto Nigl, Heather Harwood, Christopher Alan Harris, Christopher T. Strahm
  • Publication number: 20150025473
    Abstract: A package for a medical cannula with a hub, such as a pen needle, is disclosed. The package includes a cover for receiving a medical cannula and for engaging a hub of the medical cannula. The cover has open ends that are in communication through the cover. The packaging also includes a sterility barrier for the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Robert Banik, Peter Skutnik, Sean Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8935905
    Abstract: A method of providing liquid-filled kegs and a manufacturing apparatus for performing the method of providing liquid-filled kegs, which method includes filling open plastic keg bodies with liquid, applying a disposable keg fitting, and releasing the neck of the filled, closed keg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Alois Monzel
  • Publication number: 20150013276
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of two-chamber type combined container-syringe including: a vacuum plugging process (S2) of eliminating air bubbles from the dissolving solution of the dissolving solution-filled cartridge and sealing the dissolving solution with a middle stopper after the dissolving solution filling process (S1); a vacuum plugging process (S2) has a first cooling processing (S21) of cooling the inside of a vacuum plugging equipment in which a dissolving solution-filled cartridge is disposed to a cooling temperature that does not freeze the dissolving solution, a first decompression processing (S23) of decreasing a pressure inside the vacuum plugging equipment while the vacuum plugging equipment maintains the cooling temperature after the first cooling processing (S21), and a middle stopper pushing processing (S24) of pushing the middle stopper downward and bringing the middle stopper into contact with the dissolving solution after the first decompression processing (S23).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Kiyoshi OKAJIMA, Seiji SHIMAZAKI
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8919083
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical storing and dispensing device including a child resistant mode and a non-child resistant mode between the container and the closure. The closure comprises a non-child resistant cap shaped to removeably engage the container and a child-resistant cap shaped to be permanently fixed to the non-resistant cap. The non-child resistant cap and child resistant cap are provided in intentionally varying quantities such that the quantity of child resistant caps is less than the quantity of non-child resistant caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tri State Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Miceli, Joseph A. Miceli
  • Patent number: 8919078
    Abstract: A method of controlling a bottling plant, including detecting an operating state of the bottling plant, determining whether for the detected operating state the energy consumption and/or the consumable consumption of at least one consumer of the bottling plant can be reduced, and if it is determined that the energy consumption and/or the consumable consumption of at least one consumer can be reduced, reducing the energy consumption and/or the consumable consumption of the at least one consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Stefan Raith, Johann Lehner, Michael Aufhauser
  • Publication number: 20140374282
    Abstract: Orthodontic assemblies and related methods are provided where an adhesive coated orthodontic appliance is received in a container that includes a substrate and a lid having a retaining member. When the lid is closed, the retaining member is complemental to the shape of the appliance and engages with the appliance. By conforming to the shape of the appliance, the retaining member constrains the appliance from shifting in lateral and vertical directions within the container. When the lid is opened, the associated retaining member disengages from the appliance, thereby facilitating user access to the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, JR., Alan F. Conley
  • Publication number: 20140354740
    Abstract: A white inkjet ink includes a liquid ink vehicle, a first inorganic pigment with a refractive index greater than 1.60 having an average particle size A larger than 200 nm, and a second inorganic pigment having an average particle size B between 40 nm and 90 nm; wherein the number of particles per mm3 NAB complies with the relation: NAB=?{square root over (NA×NB)}?7,500 particles/mm3 with NA representing the number of particles per mm3 having a particle size in the range of A?20 nm to A+20 nm, NB representing the number of particles per mm3 having a particle size in the range of B?20 nm to B+20 nm, the average particle size A is measured by transmission electron microscopy at a 13,500× magnification, and the average particle size B is measured by transmission electron microscopy at a 58,000× magnification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: AGFA GRAPHICS NV
    Inventors: Stefaan Smet, Xavier Andre
  • Publication number: 20140348976
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective sleeve for beverage cans, of the type used as a hygienic protector that can be applied individually to each container, said sleeve including horizontal tearing means for accessing the pull ring of the can and vertical tearing means in the form of a pre-punched longitudinal strip. The sleeve is characterized in that it comprises a tubular body provided with a shaped base and, at the opposite end, an upper body, said sleeve being made from a strong, waterproof, printed material, having a similar configuration to the can and, optionally, including information in braille.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: ARAGONESA DE DESARROLLOS E INNOVACIONES, S.L.
    Inventors: David Aranda Campin, Sergio Rottier Tuneu, Angel Canals Sin, Alejo Soler-Roig Dualde
  • Publication number: 20140343493
    Abstract: Devices to store injectable substances can include a chamber configured to store an injectable substance, a thermal bank, and an insulated cover. In some embodiments, the thermal bank is located inside of the insulated cover and at least a portion of the chamber is located inside of the thermal bank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Sandy Wengreen
  • Publication number: 20140331602
    Abstract: A contact lens package includes a first package layer, a second package layer, a lens receiving area defined between the first and second package layers, and first and second seal portions. The first seal portion extends around a first portion of the lens receiving area. The second seal portion extends around a second portion of the lens receiving area. The second seal portion has different sealing properties than the first seal portion. The first seal portion may include a releasable seal between the first and second package layers, and the second seal portion may include a permanent seal between the first and second package layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: MENICON SINGAPORE PTE LTD.
    Inventor: Stephen D. Newman
  • Publication number: 20140311937
    Abstract: Disclosed are compositions directed to resealable containers and methods directed to making and using resealable containers. Also disclosed are methods of containing an article. The resealable containers can include a thermotropic adhesive sealing composition to aid in opening and sealing the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Georgius Abidal Adam, Scott Andrew Needham
  • Publication number: 20140312040
    Abstract: Beverage container which can be used to bottle beverages in filling facilities and subsequently used in any setting where the consumer desires to have a convenient and fun approach to consuming a soft drink, and desires to have that soft drink cooled by ice and strained from the ice before consuming it. The disclosed beverage container can be made up of three pieces, a cap, dome and vessel. The pieces screw together using a double screw mechanism. The dome piece contains a strainer. The consumer can separate the dome from the vessel and add ice to the mixed beverage to cool the beverage prior to consumption, and can strain the ice from the beverage before drinking it directly from the top opening of the dome, after it has been resealed to the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: William D. Gamelli
  • Publication number: 20140309610
    Abstract: This application provides a device for delivering a beneficial substance to a patient. The device comprises a shell enclosing a plurality of carrier particles. The carrier particles are porous, and a beneficial substance, such as a drug, is disposed in the pores. The drug can diffuse out of the pores, into the interior of the device, and then through at least one permeable portion of the shell. This application also provides methods of making and using these devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: pSivida Corp.
    Inventors: Leigh T. Canham, Hong Guo, Martin Nazzaro, Christian Barnett
  • Patent number: 8844584
    Abstract: A sustainable system for refilling a pressurized fluid dispenser comprises a container body having a first fluid dispenser that includes a valved opening, a pouch mounted within the container body for storing a fluid composition and fluidly coupled with the valved opening of the container for dispensing the contents of the pouch and a fluid refill system. A pressurized gas can be provided between the pouch and the container body for pressurizing the contents of the pouch. The fluid refill system includes at least one reservoir having a fluid composition therein and a second fluid dispenser having a fitting that is adapted to dispense the fluid composition from the at least one reservoir into the pouch. A controller can be programmed to respond to input signals to position the container with the fluid refill system and to dispense the fluid composition under pressure into the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Haley, Eric J. Hansen, Christopher D. Barr, Eric C. Huffman, Kenneth M. Lenkiewicz, Joseph P. Perry, Justin Benacquisto
  • Publication number: 20140287107
    Abstract: A can filling process, the process comprising providing a metal can body (1) having first and second ends, the second end being closed by a peelable lid (2), and supporting the can body (1) from beneath the peelable lid including presenting to the peelable lid a support surface having a pattern embossed thereon. The can body is filled with a product through said first end using a compacting ram such that the peelable lid is pressed against the support surface (3) by the product and said pattern is impressed into the peelable lid (2), and a closure applied to said first end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Gerry Patrick Doyle
  • Patent number: 8839596
    Abstract: Label remover for removing labels from bottles. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Iris Schiller, Jan Nielebock, Bernd Molitor, Falk Dittrich
  • Publication number: 20140263158
    Abstract: A product includes a container, and an indicator that is carried inside the container and that exhibits a first visible characteristic, and a second, different visible characteristic when exposed to air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.