With Protective Media (e.g., Shock Absorbing) Patents (Class 53/472)
  • Patent number: 10052763
    Abstract: A system is provided, including one or more servers in communication with a robotic system. The one or more servers may be configured to receive operational data from the robotic system, and determine one or more operational performance metrics based on the received operational data. The system may also include a first computing device in communication with the robotic system including a workstation authoring software application configured to program the given task to be completed by the robotic system, and determine one or more subtasks required for the robotic system to perform the given task. The system may also include a second computing device in communication with the robotic system including an operational dashboard software application configured to control various operations of the robotic system, and provide for display a visual representation of the operational data and the operational performance metrics on an interface of the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Nusser, Aaron Edsinger, Advait Jain, Anthony Jules
  • Patent number: 9561590
    Abstract: A system is provided, including one or more servers in communication with a robotic system. The one or more servers may be configured to receive operational data from the robotic system, and determine one or more operational performance metrics based on the received operational data. The system may also include a first computing device in communication with the robotic system including a workstation authoring software application configured to program the given task to be completed by the robotic system, and determine one or more subtasks required for the robotic system to perform the given task. The system may also include a second computing device in communication with the robotic system including an operational dashboard software application configured to control various operations of the robotic system, and provide for display a visual representation of the operational data and the operational performance metrics on an interface of the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Redwood Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Nusser, Aaron Edsinger, Advait Jain, Anthony Jules
  • Patent number: 9102429
    Abstract: An apparatus, and the methods therefore, that automatically detects, elaborates and interprets the geometry of a container (2) and of one or more of the contained articles (3), and supplies and inserts, automatically, packaging material into the container in a suitable manner and amount. The apparatus comprises one or more sensors (6) for measuring the geometric profile of the container (2) and of the contained articles (3). The apparatus comprises in addition processing means (14) that acquire the measurement data of the geometric profile and elaborates packaging instructions. The apparatus comprises also devices for the dispensing (42) and insertion (43) of packaging material into the container (2). The apparatus can be equipped with a conveying device (4) for transporting the containers to the measuring sensor (6) and to the dispensing device (42) and insertion means (43) of the packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH
    Inventors: Marco Corradi, Paolo Corradi
  • Patent number: 9010075
    Abstract: Multi-stage gas packaging systems and methods are provided that may be implemented in a first bulk packaging stage for bulk shipping of multiple items and then converted to a second single pack stage for single item shipment in an environment that is totally different from the bulk shipment environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Dell Products LP
    Inventors: John Bridges, Oliver F. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20150101947
    Abstract: A container for housing optical instruments is described. The container includes a case having an interior surface shaped to define a container cavity for holding an optical instrument. The interior surface is further shaped to define a plurality of ball-receiving concavities which open into the container cavity. Each ball-receiving concavity is shaped to have an opening at its edge and an interior region. The container also includes a plurality of elastically deformable balls, each ball located in a corresponding ball-receiving concavity and projecting from the interior region of the corresponding ball-receiving concavity through the opening and into the container cavity such that the balls are deformed to accommodate the optical instrument in the container cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Dar-Tson SHEN
  • Publication number: 20150076029
    Abstract: A package assembly for thin wafer shipping using force distribution plates and a method of use are disclosed. The package assembly includes a container and upper and lower force distribution plates provided within the container. The upper and lower force distribution plates are positioned respectively on a top side and bottom side of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Damyon L. Corbin, Charles F. Musante
  • Patent number: 8968847
    Abstract: Packaging materials are disclosed, along with packages formed therefrom and methods for forming the packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Wanda M. Weder & William F. Straeter
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8960436
    Abstract: An inflatable box and method of use thereof. The inflatable box may be designed in any shape or size and be made up of any rigid material. The box is uniquely designed to allow for a simple one-step process using a box with an integrated inflating tube and bottom liner to expand internally by inflation with a gaseous fluid, thereby three-dimensionally cushioning an article to be shipped. This completely protects the article and removes the need for peanuts, paper or other fillers in boxes used for shipping goods once the box is closed. The box may further include a bleed valve that releases the gaseous fluid if the inflating tube and/or bottom liner are over-inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Jack V. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140367304
    Abstract: Delivering bags, for example, for delivering items and products purchased bye-commerce in so-called “grocery” tote bags to the respective purchasing customers is described. In one embodiment, a system includes a box and a plurality of bag protectors, each made of material having sufficient rigidity to protect a bag contained therein. In one embodiment, the bag protector has a bottom panel configured to support a bottom of the bag, and two side panels that are configured to extend from two opposing edges of the boom panel away from the bottom panel to form a generally tapering profile so as to meet each other adjacent an opening portion of the bag. The box is configured to receive a plurality of bag protectors, each protectively containing a bag therein. For example, given the generally tapering profile of the bag protectors, they may be placed alternately facing opposite directions in the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Yasushi Kawano
  • Publication number: 20140367306
    Abstract: An improved edge protector and packaging system comprises a generally right angle member having a plurality of right angle bands joined by a plurality of intermediate arms. The edge protector and packaging system allow for the protection of corners typically exposed to damages during transportation and storage. The edge protector and packaging system may be of different sizes to accommodate for a wide variety of shapes and structures having angles exposed to damages that require some kind of protection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Normandin
  • Publication number: 20140290186
    Abstract: A packaging system and method for securing a product within a shipping container includes providing a shipping container appropriately sized for the product, attaching at least a first shock absorption member to the shipping container for serving as a locator for the product and for positioning the product on the shipping container. Attaching at least a second shock absorption member to the shipping container for, together with the at least a first shock absorption member, securing the product on the shipping container. The shipping container is closed about the product, which is itself suspended by the at least a first shock absorption member and the at least a second shock absorption member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Louis G. DeJesus
  • Publication number: 20140291195
    Abstract: A packaging system and method for securing a product within a shipping container includes providing a shipping container appropriately sized for the product, attaching at least a first shock absorption member to the shipping container for serving as a locator for the product and for positioning the product on the shipping container. Attaching at least a second shock absorption member to the shipping container for, together with the at least a first shock absorption member, securing the product on the shipping container. The shipping container is closed about the product, which is itself suspended by the at least a first shock absorption member and the at least a second shock absorption member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Louis G. DeJesus
  • Publication number: 20140251867
    Abstract: An improved reusable protective enclosure system, comprising a protective housing (20) and cap member (12) for jars, bottles and similar receptacles of glass (50) or other fragile material. Its main object is the construction of a housing that renders a vial or jar contained therein resistant from breakage if the housing (20) is allowed to fall or suffers a sudden shock. Another object of the reusable protective enclosure system is the construction of an airtight enclosure (20), which is simple and inexpensive to manufacture. Other advantages of the invention are that the inner receptacle (50) be it made of glass or other fragile material, can be readily and repeatedly accessed, removed for sterilization or recycling and replaced for continued use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Aldo Francisco Castaneda
  • Patent number: 8813461
    Abstract: Methods of producing a synthetic material part are provided, of which at least sections are lacquered and which include a base body which contains a synthetic material, in particular for a motor vehicle. A first method includes the steps of extruding the synthetic material to produce the base body; lacquering at least sections of the base body; and packaging the base body. The sections that are lacquered can be transported or shipped without being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Kunststoff-Technik Scherer & Trier GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Martin Trier
  • Publication number: 20140202905
    Abstract: A system includes a first sterile medical device container. The first sterile medical device container is transparent to radiofrequency (RF) signals in a particular frequency range. The system also includes a sterile medical device within the first sterile medical device container. The sterile medical device is capable of radiofrequency communication through the first sterile medical device container using the particular frequency range. The system further includes a second container fully enclosing the first sterile medical device container and the sterile medical device, the second container including RF shielding material that is substantially opaque to the RF signals in the particular frequency range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: CYBERONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Anubhav H. KAMATH
  • Patent number: 8752707
    Abstract: A packaging member can include a foldable member deformable between a folded state and an unfolded state and configured to form a deployed configuration in the folded state. The foldable member can include a plurality of foldable sections and a slot forming portion. The foldable sections can be configured to form a plurality of walls in the folded state. The slot forming portion can be configured to form a slot in the folded state. The slot can be configured to receive a portion of an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Clearpak, LLC
    Inventors: John McDonald, Frank Comerford, Myles Comerford
  • Patent number: 8708145
    Abstract: The present invention provides a package cushioning structure for module, which includes a cushioning bottom board and a cushioning band extending through and interlaced with the cushioning bottom board. The cushioning bottom board forms a plurality of spaced hollow sections. A bar is arranged between every two of the hollow sections. The cushioning band includes a plurality of cushioning air columns mounted thereto at interval. The cushioning air columns are arranged alternately on the bars. To package, modules are each positioned on and born by each of the bars between two of the cushioning air columns. An alternate package cushioning structure includes a cushioning bottom board having a surface forming slots and a cushioning band arranged in the cushioning bottom board through a mounting channel extending through the bottom board from a side surface thereof. Air columns of the cushioning band are located in the slots to support modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yicheng Kuo, Shihhsiang Chen, Gang Yu, Jiahe Cheng, Zhilin Zhao
  • Publication number: 20140103011
    Abstract: Packaging materials are disclosed, along with packages formed therefrom and methods for forming the packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of The Family
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8683777
    Abstract: A packaging system includes a cushioning conversion machine for converting stock material into relatively low density cushioning material or dunnage and a packaging system controller. The packaging system controller provides packaging instructions related to a part or parts to be packaged and instructs the cushioning conversion machine to produce the cushioning material. In one aspect of the present invention the packaging system controller provides packaging instructions by retrieving a predetermined set of packaging instructions associated with a particular part. In another aspect of the present invention the packaging system controller provides packaging instructions by determining an optimized packaging methodology using one or more characteristics of the part or parts to be packaged. The packaging system also provides for automated inventory control and productivity monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Steven E. Armington, Richard O. Ratzel, Paul J. Guth, MacDonald C. Booze
  • Publication number: 20140083056
    Abstract: A clamp and method of utilizing a container is provided for improved handling, transportation, and protection of an artist's freshly painted stretched canvas while requiring no contact with the wet paint. A clamp is attached to a stretched canvas prior to painting by holding to the stretcher bars at points located away from the painting surface. A configuration of three clamps attached to the stretcher bars enables the painting to be placed on an easel so as to provide an unobstructed painting surface. By leaving the clamps attached to the stretcher bars when a painting session is finished, an artist can grasp the clamps and easily move the wet painting to a container where the clamps remain attached and prevent the wet paint from contacting any interior surface of the container. While the container is closed, the wet painting is protected from accidental damage and unwanted debris during transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Wellington Grove
  • Patent number: 8601775
    Abstract: A dunnage-free product-shipping assembly comprising a support member securable to the product in a substantially fixed position. A shipping container has an interior area sized to removably contain the support member. The shipping container has a base and sidewalls projecting from the base. The sidewalls restrict lateral movement of the support member relative to the base. A closure member is movable between an open position and a closed position. The closure member is out of engagement with the support member and the product when in the closed position. A retention flap is connected to one of the sidewalls and is movable between engaged and released positions. The retention flap, when in the engaged position, restricts movement of the support member and the product in a direction normal to the base. When the retention flap is in the released position, the support member and product can be moved normally relative to the base for removal from the shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Rowley, Ira C. Smith, Suzanne C. Reynolds, Althea J. D'Souza, Mackenzie Smith
  • Publication number: 20130313145
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for an improved bottle packaging system and shipping container, and more particularly to a container wherein a plurality of inserts are employed to stabilize the bottle(s) and to provide impact resistant cushioning during shipment of liquids and the like. For a 4-bottle (quad) pack embodiment the improved insert design includes a fiber-molded bottom insert placed on the bottom of the carton for receiving the bottoms of a plurality of bottles; a reverse fit top pad fitting over the caps and necks of bottles placed into the carton; and a pair of dividers, said dividers interlocking with one another, and including tabs on the tops and bottoms thereof corresponding to recesses in both the bottom insert and the top pad. The inserts, in combination with a cardboard carton may be used to provide a re-usable and recyclable shipping container or package for chemicals and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Fibercel Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: James W. Gilfert, Mitchell R. Gray, Robert V. Schmick, James F. Richter
  • Publication number: 20130270128
    Abstract: Described herein is a package assembly for stacks of imaging material. The packaging assembly comprises a master carton that retains stacks of imaging material and a separation access band. The separation access band separates the stacks from one another within the master carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Morad M Samii, Arunkumar Madanagopal
  • Publication number: 20130270134
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of packaging, and more particularly to a shared packaging box for an LCD panel and an LCD panel assembly, and a using method thereof. The packaging box includes a box body for containing an LCD panel assembly, and further includes a dismountable adjusting block which is used for covering a containing space for a FPC and a circuit board and positioning the side of the LCD panel; the adjusting block is arranged in the position inside the box body used for arranging the FPC and circuit board of the LCD panel assembly. The shared packaging box for an LCD panel and an LCD panel assembly of the invention can be used as a packaging box for an LCD panel when arranging the adjusting block, and can be used as a packaging box for an LCD panel assembly when removing the adjusting block; both positioning modes are reliable to achieve the aim of one object with dual purposes; thus, the number of packaging boxes is significantly reduced, and the packaging cost is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Shihhsiang Chen, Yicheng Kuo, Qianshuang HU
  • Patent number: 8545913
    Abstract: Process for preparing a cornet consisting of a substantially conical wafer (22) prior to the filling of said cornet with an ice-cream; in order to preserve the crunchy nature of the wafer, the inner wall of the cornet is sprayed with liquid chocolate (23); this chocolate solidifies rapidly in order to form a coating layer for separating the wafer and the ice-cream. The process is characterized in that the inside of the cornet is sprayed with an excess quantity of chocolate to guarantee that no coating-gap zone remains on the inner wall of the wafer, the excess liquid chocolate collecting, under gravity, at the bottom tip of the corner; prior to solidification of said excess, the excess is sucked out of the cornet, subsequent solidification of the coating layer thus making it possible to establish a continuous barrier over the inner wall of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Bernard Daouse, Christian Jean Marie Mange
  • Publication number: 20130240395
    Abstract: A bottle packaging for shipment includes a bottom tray, and a top tray made of molded pulp fiber, such as newspaper pulp, and a cardboard partition support structure disposed between the trays. Cavities formed in the bottom and top trays are arranged to engage both ends of a bottle and include crushable elements that can axially engage each bottle. The support partition may be made of corrugated cardboard material and be arranged such that the cardboard flutes provide support for loads imparted to the sides of the carton when the carton is laying on its side. The partition forms a void surrounding each bottle in the area of its labels. In this way, structural support and cushioning can be provided to the packaged bottles from all directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: GRAFCOR PACKAGING INC.
    Inventor: William E. Hall
  • Publication number: 20130206527
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a bag with tablet holder that includes a body defining an inner compartment, a tablet pocket on the body defining a device compartment, a top opening defined by the body providing access to the inner compartment, and a rear opening to the tablet pocket providing access to the device compartment. An access flap extends from an edge of the tablet pocket and is movable between a closed position where it is secured over the pocket, and an open position where the pocket is uncovered and tablet is accessible. The device compartment includes a plurality of retention panels forming a border configured to receive and retain an electronic tablet in the pocket. The tablet can be accessed and used while remaining within the pocket in the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Diane Von Furstenberg
  • Publication number: 20130192172
    Abstract: A new system of packaging and offering precious gems for sale are disclosed. A precious gem and an abbreviated certificate of authenticity about that gem are sealed within an at least partly see-through security case. The sealed security case is secured inside of an enclosed compartment in a security carton, and the gem and the abbreviated certificate of authenticity are visible through one or more windows in the security carton. Additional information about the gem is stored in a storage compartment in the security carton, which is separately accessible from the enclosed compartment. A retailer displays and offers the gem for sale directly to end consumers in the display package, and the consumer is assured by the display package that the gem has the characteristics disclosed on the abbreviated certificate of authenticity without requiring an intermediate local jeweler to verify the characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: S. A. GEMS DISTRIBUTORS, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher W. LaTrobe
  • Publication number: 20130146491
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for a device such as a smart phone has a shell and a gasket configured to be disposed between the shell and the device. The shell is configured to apply a compressive force to the gasket when the gasket is disposed between the shell and the device. The shell has a shell orifice and the gasket has a corresponding gasket orifice. The compressive force applied by the shell and device to the gasket creates a watertight seal around the perimeter of the shell and gasket orifices, preventing water from traversing that perimeter and entering the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: Peter Ghali, Jay Huntington
  • Patent number: 8458994
    Abstract: A method of shipping at least one child-resistant medicate container via a carrier includes providing or obtaining at least one child-resistant medicate container including a front sidewall, and an opposing rear sidewall, a right sidewall, an opposing left sidewall, and at least one locking mechanism. The method also includes creating or obtaining a flat-rate shipping package from a carrier, inserting the at least one child-resistant medicate container into the package, and closing the package to enclose the at least one child-resistant medicate container within the package so that the package is generally flat and acceptable by the carrier for a flat-rate shipping. The method also includes causing the closed package to be shipped or transported by the carrier at a flat-rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Juno Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Guschke, Richard M. Lee
  • Publication number: 20130048534
    Abstract: A cushioning device comprises a compressible dot having a top cushioning surface and a substantially flat attachment surface. The compressible dot is adapted to increase in density in correlation with increasing compression force exerted on the compressible dot. The top cushioning surface is adapted to increase in contact surface area in correlation with increasing compression force exerted on the compressible dot. A packaging system comprises a packaging container having an inner surface and a compressible dot having a top cushioning surface and a substantially flat attachment surface, the compressible dot being attached to the inner surface of the packaging container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: EPE Industries, Inc. (U.S.A.)
    Inventors: Troy Merrell, Ron Matheison
  • Patent number: 8371093
    Abstract: An air packaging device includes two layers of thermoplastic films, which form a sealable space where air is filled after first and second steps of heat-sealing process. The sealable space includes a number of independent sealed air chambers and a main air passage channel. The main channel has an air inlet. Each sealed air chamber is connected with the main channel by at least one one-way valve each including at least two layers of plastic films. At least two one-way valves are installed inside of the air chambers. This air packaging device increases the cushioning protection where the protection is most needed, but can reduce air chamber dimension at less important locations in order to reduce the volumetric size and, hence, reduce the shipping cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Jiaying Zhang, Yaopeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 8365507
    Abstract: In an assembly for filling medicine dispensers (11) with administering units (12/i) which are to be taken daily by patients, a deblistering apparatus (39) is provided for the separating, automatic removal of the medicines from the respective blister pack, the blister film (33) of which can be subjected to a notching or cutting pretreatment, only after which the medicine is removed. A transport device (18) is provided which supplies the medicine dispensers (11) to a feeding device, at which the individual medicines can be loaded into receiving compartments (14/1 to 14/4) of the medicine dispenser (11). The assembly comprises modules (17/i) which have in each case a blister shaft (62), a punching device and a feeding device and are arranged along the transport device (18) at spacings from one another which correspond to the spacing of the receiving compartments (14/i) of the dispensers (11/i) or to an integral multiple of said spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Hans Klingel
  • Patent number: 8357414
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to packaging for products (such as fresh red meat) that are enclosed between a support member and a lid (i.e., a film). More specifically, the presently disclosed subject matter relates to packaging comprising an elevation unit that raises the profile of the packaged product to contact the lid at any desired time, such as at the time of retail display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Becraft
  • Publication number: 20130000257
    Abstract: A bottle holder includes a case assembly and at least one padding assembly. The case assembly includes a body defining at least one compartment and having an open end giving access to the at least one compartment dimensioned to fully accommodate a bottle inserted axially, and a lid attached to the body and selectively closeable to cover the open end of the body and enclose the bottle in the at least one compartment. The at least one padding assembly is arranged in the at least one compartment and is dimensioned to be partially compressed between the bottle and walls of the at least one compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Mark A. Waltrip
  • Patent number: 8319630
    Abstract: An air-cushioned bag for safely and securely transporting objects (9) is comprised of a housing (1) to store objects (9), an electric pump (3), a pressure sensor (6) and an electrical power source (5). The housing walls are filled with air to different pre-determined pressure values depending on the types of objects (9) to provide safe transportation. The bag also has an electronic controller (12), a unique electronic ID, an electronic lock (10), a remote control (14), an explosive sensor (19) and a GPS device (16). The unique electronic ID and the explosive sensor (19) facilitate secure transportation of the bag. The bag can be remotely tracked during transportation with the remote control (14) or a computer equipped with a GPS tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Angadbir Singh Salwan
  • Publication number: 20120292380
    Abstract: A suspension packaging system can include a foldable member configured to form a cavity as well as a suspension device for suspending an article to be packaged within the cavity. The suspension portion can include foldable portions configured to cooperate with a retention member having pockets. The foldable portions can fit into the pockets and then be folded so as to generate tension in the retention member. The entire device, with the exception of the retention member, can be made from a single piece of material, such as corrugated cardboard, which thus reduces waste and simplifies bulk distribution of such a suspension packaging system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: CLEARPAK, LLC
    Inventors: John McDonald, Frank Comerford, Myles Comerford
  • Publication number: 20120247071
    Abstract: Multi-stage gas packaging systems and methods are provided that may be implemented in a first bulk packaging stage for bulk shipping of multiple items and then converted to a second single pack stage for single item shipment in an environment that is totally different from the bulk shipment environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: John Bridges, Oliver F. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20120234723
    Abstract: A packaging assembly is disclosed. The packaging assembly is easily assembled and disassembled for convenient use and provides suspension of an enclosed article by way of an arched structure providing protection from impact, shock and vibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Kimberly T. Klos
  • Patent number: 8234844
    Abstract: A packaging assembly in which discrete cushioning or blocking and bracing members are strategically positioned so as to provide improved protection of an article such as during shipment and storage. The assembly includes a substrate and a predetermined 2- or 3-dimensional pattern of cushioning members such as inflated (e.g., gas-filled) bags selectively and optionally independently affixed to the substrate. The pattern of cushioning members is predetermined in the x, y and z directions such that, when the substrate is positioned about the article, e.g., by folding the substrate, point contact between the cushioning members and the article is created. A method of fabricating a shock protective assembly for packaging an article is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Anthony Orkin Davlin, Laurence B. Sperry
  • Publication number: 20120118774
    Abstract: A packing structure includes a lower tray that covers a bottom portion of an item; an upper tray that covers a top portion of the item; a plurality of impact-dampening pieces that are placed on an exterior surface of the item; and a transparent cover that covers the lower tray, the upper tray and the plurality of impact-dampening pieces, wherein the exterior surface of the item is visible from outside the packing structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Stanley Furniture Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Cristina LOTH
  • Publication number: 20120111763
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stackable packaging insert for storing and transporting articles, such as foiled food tubs. The insert is formed from a blank that can be folded into a tray-like packaging insert with individual compartments. Each compartment has a base and support tabs. Between adjacent bases, the support tabs meet at a triangular connector. When positioned within a container, the support tab ends and triangular connectors rest against the interior walls of the container. Articles within the positioned insert are suspended on the support tabs and triangular connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventor: ROBERT A. CUMMINGS
  • Patent number: 8122690
    Abstract: A shipping system comprising: a plurality of edge protectors, each of the edge protectors comprising: a backwall; an upper jaw member in communication with the backwall, the upper jaw member having a top surface; a lower jaw member in communication with the backwall, the lower jaw member having a lower surface, and the lower surface and the top surface are generally flat and parallel to each other; a single slot defined by the upper jaw member and the lower jaw member, and the single slot being generally orthogonal to the backwall, the edge protector having an outer width; at least one u-channel support member, the u-channel support member comprising: a bottom wall; a first sidewall extending generally orthogonally from the bottom wall; a second sidewall extending generally orthogonally from the bottom wall; an interior width between an interior surface of the first sidewall and the interior surface of the second sidewall, and where the interior width is generally equal to the outer width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Paul DiMauro
  • Patent number: 8123038
    Abstract: A packaging system for holding an object is provided. An outer container comprising a top, a bottom, and a plurality of sides is provided. An inner container comprising a top, a bottom, and a plurality of sides is provided. A top floater is attached to the top of the outer container. The top of the inner container is attached to the top floater. A bottom floater is attached to the bottom of the outer container. The bottom of the inner container is attached to the bottom floater. An internal support is attached to the inner container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: William E. Wallace
  • Publication number: 20110308204
    Abstract: An apparatus, and the methods therefore, that automatically detects, elaborates and interprets the geometry of a container (2) and of one or more of the contained articles (3), and supplies and inserts, automatically, packaging material into the container in a suitable manner and amount. The apparatus comprises one or more sensors (6) for measuring the geometric profile of the container (2) and of the contained articles (3). The apparatus comprises in addition processing means (14) that acquire the measurement data of the geometric profile and elaborates packaging instructions. The apparatus comprises also devices for the dispensing (42) and insertion (43) of packaging material into the container (2). The apparatus can be equipped with a conveying device (4) for transporting the containers to the measuring sensor (6) and to the dispensing device (42) and insertion means (43) of the packaging material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH
    Inventors: Marco Corradi, Paolo Corradi
  • Publication number: 20110278183
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a packaging system for producing a foam-in bag and method of mixing foam for the packaging of articles for shipment and storage, and in particular, to an improved, flexible, multilayered packaging system with a vented, deformable outer bag and an inner confinement structure made of paperboard box or a plastic bag with reclosable opening for optimal mixing and controlled release of the foam using preferential paths, score lines, weakness points, and/or obstacles to flow. In addition, the precursor fluids are placed in individually sealed pouches with calibrated and aptly positioned frangible seals to facilitate mixing after rupture inside of the inner confinement structure. In another embodiment, one of the precursor fluids is placed directly in the inner confinement structure, and in yet another embodiment, both sealed pouches are adhesively joined to the inner confinement structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Ivex Protective Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Kerry McKinley, Thomas V. Trauscht
  • Publication number: 20110266177
    Abstract: A packaging system for a printer/copier or other large article that uses less material than conventional packaging systems. In one embodiment the system comprises a pair of elongated foam braces that slide over pairs of vertically oriented corner posts for holding and cushioning the packaged article. In another embodiment the system comprises four foam braces wedged between the four vertical edges of the article and vertical corner posts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: James LOWRY, Ronald KROECKEL
  • Publication number: 20110240515
    Abstract: A packaging system comprises a retention frame and a tray. The retention frame comprises a panel and a retention sheet. The panel has a first fold line defining a first flap and a remainder portion. The remainder portion defines a panel opening. The retention sheet is attached to the first flap and the remainder portion so that the retention sheet extends over the panel opening and the first fold line. The tray comprises a tray frame defining a tray opening. A tray sheet is attached to the tray frame and extends over the tray opening. The tray is configured for positioning between the retention sheet and the remainder portion of the retention frame to juxtapose the tray opening with the panel opening. A product may be supported on the tray sheet to suspend and retain the product between the retention sheet and the tray sheet over the juxtaposed tray and panel openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Devin C. Ridgeway
  • Publication number: 20110197550
    Abstract: A packaging system (100) includes a controller (102), an input device (104) in communication with the controller (102) that identifies one or more characteristics of the container, an illustration with indicia representing different degrees of fill for a container; and a manual input device (106) in communication with the controller (102) for inputting an estimated degree of fullness of the packing container having one or more articles to be packed correlated with the indicia in the illustration. The controller (102) provides an output signal indicating a quantity of dunnage to dispense to the container based on the input estimated degree of fullness and the one or more identified characteristics of the container. Then the controller can determine the amount of dunnage that needs to be provided to fill the remaining void in the container, and the controller can signal a dunnage dispenser (110) to dispense the determined amount of dunnage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2009
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Carlson, Timothy A. Frederick, Joseph J. Harding, Kevin W. Park
  • Publication number: 20110185682
    Abstract: A shipping capsule for an electrical appliance comprises a blanket of insulating material and a layer of stretch wrap. Together these materials function as a durable shipping container eliminating the need for a corrugated cardboard outer carton currently in use. The invention further includes a method of reducing shipping costs and shipping waste associated with shipping an electrical appliance. The method includes the steps of covering at least a portion of the electrical appliance with insulation material that will remain with the electrical appliance after installation and providing a layer of stretch wrap over the insulation material whereby the combination of insulation material and stretch wrap form a shipping capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Anthony L. Rockwell, Phillip J. Johnson