Closing A Preformed, Freestanding, Rigid Or Semi-rigid Container (e.g., Box, Carton, Bottle) Patents (Class 53/484)
  • Publication number: 20150143780
    Abstract: A method of forming a carton. The method comprises obtaining a blank comprising a plurality of panels comprising a bottom panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, a top panel, at least two first end flaps, at least two second end flap, and at least one article protection flap foldably connected to the bottom panel. The method comprises positioning the plurality of panels to form an interior space of the carton, loading a plurality of beverage bottles into the interior space, closing a first end of the carton, closing a second end of the carton, and tightening the carton by folding the at least one article protection flap into the interior space after the loading of the plurality of beverage bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael R. Schmal, O'Neal Alexander, Mark Baldino, Michael Cerio, John Murdick Holley, JR., Frank N. Moncrief, Raymond S. Kastanek, Colin Ford
  • Publication number: 20150041527
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a composite container, as represented by a composite container which has a gas barrier property, an anti-moisture property, a shape retaining property, an anti-shock property, an easy-to-open property, and a resealing function, can be easily opened, and facilitates the extraction of the contents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: CHOKOKU PLAST CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichi Asai
  • Publication number: 20150013278
    Abstract: Process for reducing the height of a box to the level of the apex of the stack of objects therein, wherein horizontal score lines are made at a height substantially equal to that of the apex of the stack of objects and such that the distance between the apex and the top of the box is greater than the half-width of the box. During a phase of simultaneous folding of the upper parts of the two side walls parallel to the length of the box toward the centre thereof, and before the upper edges or ridges of the upper parts meet, the angles of inclination of the upper parts are differentiated with respect to one another so that, when the upper parts meet, the upper edge of one covers the upper edge of the other, the upper parts sliding over one another during the final phase of folding the latter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: B+EQUIPMENT (SAS)
    Inventors: Claude Durand, Frédéric Duffes, Robert Casanova
  • Patent number: 8869497
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and to a method for closing containers (3) having a closure (1), particularly a bottle closing machine. Said machine has at least one closing head (4) displaced in a direction toward a container opening (2) along a displacement path (H) for applying the closure (1). To this end, a prescribed external force (FA) is applied to the closing head (4). According to the invention, the closing head (4) comprises an internal force supporting element (6, 7) supporting the externally applied force (FA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Igor Singur
  • Publication number: 20140305084
    Abstract: A processing method for automatically opening a slide-open package of tobacco articles with a hinged lid; the processing method including the steps of: mechanically clamping an outer container of the package; exerting pull on the lid to rotate the lid into an open position by means of a first actuator, which contacts a top wall of the lid, and has a suction head which engages the top wall by suction; and, simultaneously and in coordination with the step of exerting pull on the lid, exerting thrust on an inner container of the package, to slide the inner container axially with respect to the outer container, by means of a second actuator, which contacts a wall of the inner container through a window formed through a corresponding wall of the outer container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: G.D SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Luca Lanzarini, Luca Testoni, Ivanoe Bertuzzi, Michele Squarzoni
  • Publication number: 20140290188
    Abstract: A tray sealer and related method for sealing trays with a lid film wherein the trays may comprise several sealing planes that may be inclined with respect to each other. The tray sealer may include a tray seat and an upper sealing part operably disposed therein. The tray seat may comprise a circumferential tray edge support for supporting a tray edge of a tray. The upper sealing tool part may comprise a cutting facility and a circumferential sealing member for sealing a lid film onto the tray edge along a sealed seam. The tray edge support may include at least one first region with a first support plane and a second region with a second support plane. The first and second support planes may be orientated at an incline relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Multivac Sepp Haggenmüller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Mader
  • Publication number: 20140251842
    Abstract: A packaged product assembly is provided. The packaged product assembly may include a tray slidably received in a dispensing container. The tray may be a blister pack including units of a product received in sealed cavities. A locking apparatus may be configured to releasably retain the tray in a locked configuration. The locking apparatus may include one or more locking protrusions that engage corresponding locking apertures in the tray. The locking apparatus may also include buttons positioned on opposing sides of the tray. When the buttons are depressed toward one another, the locking protrusions may move relative to the locking apertures such that the tray is unlocked and may be withdrawn from the dispensing container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Jerry W. Pipes, Wesley S. Jones
  • Patent number: 8806843
    Abstract: A self-standing bag with foldable flanges includes a main body, available with two corresponding side walls and a top connected at the top of two side walls. A nozzle is set centrally or laterally onto the top wall, and covered by a cover in openable state. The foldable flanges are arranged at the top of two side walls of the main bag body, and openings are formed between two corresponding sides of the foldable flanges. The self-standing bag can be positioned more reliably for an improved advertising effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: S-Pouch Pak Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lu-Wen Chang
  • Publication number: 20140083059
    Abstract: Methods for transporting containers filled with fluid, preferably for transporting containers filled with fluid which have a flexible base, comprising lowering the fluid level of the fluid in the filled container, and transporting the container with a lowered fluid level and systems thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Krones AG
    Inventor: RUPERT MEINZINGER
  • Publication number: 20130276413
    Abstract: A sealing assembly for a closure is disclosed where the closure is for applying to an opening. The sealing assembly includes a substantially rigid cap portion for seating the sealing assembly in a roof portion of the closure and an insert portion attachable to the cap portion. The insert portion includes a flexible skirt portion extending from the insert portion and operable to contact an inner wall region of the opening on application of the closure to the opening. In one embodiment, the sealing assembly is for closures for sealing bottles of sparkling wine and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Manfred Imand Kurmis
  • Patent number: 8356461
    Abstract: An apparatus for washing, filling, and sealing a container includes an enclosure having an opening for receiving a container. The apparatus may include a rotary assembly, a wash station, a rinse station, a fill station, and a seal station all contained within the enclosure. The rotary assembly may include any number of racks for carrying the containers. The rotary assembly advances (e.g., about an axis) and facilitates the washing, filling, and sealing of the containers within the enclosure. The apparatus may be employed in a method for washing, rinsing, filling, and sealing containers within an enclosure. The method may be conducted consecutively. The steps of washing, filling, and sealing are conducted simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: H2Local, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Pompei Cedrone
  • Publication number: 20130001284
    Abstract: A box with a sliding opening has an integral liner to keep pourable contents fresh and dry. The box has a slide that is moveable by a user's thumb across the opening to open and close the box and the liner during the same operation. The user in one motion can either open the box and the liner to pour out the contents or close the box and the liner so the contents do not spill out. Advantageously, the box is formed from a single blank piece of paper or cardboard stock, and a single planar sheet of moisture impervious material liner is placed onto the blank and folded in a particular sequence such that the slide ends up inside the box for easy assembly with a resulting sealed liner bag inside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: David Todjar Hengami
  • Patent number: 8317082
    Abstract: A carton with locking sections comprises a male panel section and a female panel section. The male panel section has an edge with protruding wings, and edge tabs are formed along the edge portion inboard of the wings. The female section has a pair of females configured to receive and interlock with the males. For locking the sections together, the edge tabs are hooked beneath the edge of the female section and the males extend over the top of the female section and are pressed and locked into the females. With this arrangement, the two sections are securely locked together with the edge tabs preventing the sections from moving toward one another and the males and females preventing them moving away from each other. The sections thus do not tend to disengage during transport or as containers of product within the carton are sequentially removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. May, Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20120291401
    Abstract: A pack for consumer goods includes an outer packaging container and an inner packaging container. The outer packaging container includes a lower box portion with an upper lid portion hingedly connected thereto. The inner packaging container includes a dispensing opening with a resealable closure, a front panel, a back panel, a top panel, a bottom panel, and opposing side panels; each side panel having an inner panel and an outer panel, the inner panel having a first width defining a width of the inner packaging container, and the outer panel including at least a portion having a second width defining flanges having a width greater than the first width. The inner packaging container is insertable within the outer packaging container, the flanges on the back panel of the inner packaging container exert biasing forces on the hinged lid of the outer packaging container to assure lid closure is maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES INC.
    Inventors: Robert T. Mitten, Christopher J. Hession
  • Patent number: 8287220
    Abstract: In the area of manufacturing peel-off lids (28) out of lid rings with a peel-off foil (25) sealed on it, a part of the sealing surface (26) is bent up in the direction of the lid edge in order to tension the sealing surface with the peel-off foil. A clamping tool (30, 31) is provided in order to clamp the sealing surface with the peel-off foil and a pressing tool (35) in order to bend up the unclamped sealing surface section (26?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Soudronic AG
    Inventors: Marcel Oberholzer, Peter Schreiber
  • Publication number: 20120211378
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a two compartment container, and more particularly, to a two compartment container for holding two fluids separate until such time as mixing is desired. Mixing is achieved utilizing a series of springs and valves under different compressive and exertive forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: LA PRAIRIE, INC.
    Inventors: Anil Kalyanpur, Richard Suhr
  • Publication number: 20120198798
    Abstract: A method of packaging products, in particular moist products, wherein an areal packaging material is positioned at the outer surfaces of a product while forming fold lines such that the product is completely surrounded by packaging material. The packaging material is first folded adjacent to a lower side region while forming side surface regions and end face regions such that a container open at one side is formed. Sections of the packaging material that project beyond the rim of the container open at one side in the regions of mutually oppositely disposed product side surfaces are folded so far over one another while covering the product upper side of the product until they contact one another in order then to be sealed with one another in a first sealing region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: ALPMA ALPENLAND MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Franz Glas, Walter Föstl
  • Patent number: 8178180
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat-sealable packaging material and a sealed package formed from the same, especially for packaging foodstuffs. The packaging material comprises a base layer of paper or board and polymeric heat-sealable layers on one side of the base layer or, preferably, on both sides thereof. According to the invention, at least two layers of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) with different fractions of ethylene monomer are arranged on the packaging material to provide an oxygen barrier. The layers can locate against each other without a tie layer between them. The heat-sealable polymer can be a polyolefin, and, in addition, other polymeric barrier layers can be incorporated into the material to improve its oxygen, fat and aroma tightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Stora Enso Oyj
    Inventors: Tapani Penttinen, Kimmo Nevalainen
  • Publication number: 20120104082
    Abstract: A package comprises a carton and a divider. The carton has a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton and at least two end flaps respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels. The end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. The divider has a divider panel that at least partially divides the interior of the carton and a securing flap that is connected to the divider panel. The securing flap is positioned between the overlapping end flaps of the carton, whereby the divider is at least partially secured to the closed end of the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, SR., Jean-Manuel Gomes, Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 8156719
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus for real-time alignment of packaging surfaces can include two or more sensors for detecting the positioning of carton surfaces and a servo system. The servo system can include a servo motor and a controller. The servo system records the positioning of the carton surfaces and calculates a difference in position. The controller compares the calculated value with a predetermined value and if necessary, the servo motor turns a correction wheel to align the carton surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Urs Reuteler, Matt M. Mate, Ronald Scott Thompson, Daniel Duane Schroeder, Mike Lee
  • Publication number: 20120060449
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for manufacturing a package with a rigid or semi-rigid container and a polymeric or plastic header with a reclosure, such as a zipper. The rigid or semi-rigid container is typically provided in a stack of flat containers. The header is sealed, glued or otherwise secured to the containers. The container, typically inverted, is filled, and the bottom is formed by folding and sealing the bottom portion of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Clifton Howell, David Wallace, Kenny McCracken, Kevin Owen, Eric Plourde, David Anzini, Steven Ausnit
  • Publication number: 20120005994
    Abstract: A thermoformed clamshell package with a pair of closing flanges and a double-sided adhesive for joining the closing flanges to seal the package. The package includes a carrier flange that carries the double-sided adhesive prior to sealing and a sealing flange that is brought into contact with the double-sided adhesive to seal the package. The package may include a frangible portion in the flange region for gaining access to the contents of the package after it has been sealed without breaking the adhesive seal created by the double-sided adhesive. The carrier flange may include a channel for seating the double-sided adhesive and for denesting adjacent packages when nested together for shipping and/or storage. The package may include one or more display strips disposed in the flange region. The present invention also provides a method for packaging articles in a package with a tamper-evident seal, and a method for manufacturing a package with a tamper-evident seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: DISPLAY PACK, INC.
    Inventors: Martin O. Tidball, Jonathan C. Hansen, Gordon L. Beach, George E. Raimer
  • Publication number: 20120000911
    Abstract: A touch control arrangement is arranged for a container having a foldable cover being folded between an opened position and a closed position via an actuation unit. The touch control arrangement includes a power source and a touch actuator electrically linked to the power source, wherein the touch actuator is located out of the storage cavity of the container body and is arranged in such a manner that when the touch actuator is activated by a presence of a touch, the actuation unit is actuated to move the foldable cover from the closed position to the opened position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 8083058
    Abstract: A consumer product package having a tub with a base and a perimeter wall defining a cavity in communication with an opening that extends through the perimeter wall. A consumer product is disposed within the cavity and a stabilizing insert is at least partially disposed within the cavity. The stabilizing insert has a retaining member removably secured the consumer product and a support member with a foot extending through the opening of the perimeter wall to facilitate positioning the tub in a substantially upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Stanley Michael Marcinkowski, Richard Kevin Sennett
  • Publication number: 20110277424
    Abstract: A method of packing a furniture suite for shipment and, particularly international shipment, comprising the steps of forming a recess having a perimeter created by a skirt circumscribing a large table top and nesting several elements within the recess by forming packing material to nest various elements, which packing material is sized to fit snugly within the recess and using the various elements themselves to create a package having minimal size and weight and being of a shape which is readily fitted with other packages in a container or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Jimmy Wingsun Lam
  • Publication number: 20110259888
    Abstract: A single-use storage and dispensing container is provided for use with small volumes of consumer products. The container is generally sleeve-like, sealed at both ends to contain the flowable material, and is scored or otherwise includes a break point for rupture by a user to dispense the container contents. Application of a threshold pressure to the container by the user will cause the container to rupture at the break point, dispensing flowable material therefrom. The container is suitable for one-handed use. Various cross sectional shapes of the sleeve are possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: CLIC ENTERPRISES INC.
    Inventors: John S. KANDERKA, Dean Vincent BORSCHNECK
  • Patent number: 8015780
    Abstract: A portable food dispenser includes one or more containers. A first container is capable of being only partially opened to provide access to food or a second container. The second container includes a cover that can be opened to provide access to food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: LBP Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Cook, Kurt Wolf
  • Patent number: 8011169
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sealing device for a top fin of a gable-topped carton includes two jaws consisting of a jaw (2) with a planar active face and constituting the outer end portion of an ultrasonic horn (A1) and a jaw (6) constituting an anvil and having an active surface (10) which is planar except for upper and lower linear ribs (12) and (14) each extending the length of the surface (10). The lower rib (14) is linear and horizontal except for an upwardly bowed middle portion (16). The two jaws (2) and (6) serve to render gas-and-liquid tight a top fin of a conventional, plastics-coated paperboard, gable-top carton. The ribs (12) and (14) produce, in the outer surface of one of the outer sealing panels of the fin, corresponding furrows which extend over the whole length of the fin at levels where the inner sealing panels are sandwiched between the outer sealing panels, so as to seal the top fin in a gas- and liquid-tight manner along its whole length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Elopak Systems AG
    Inventor: Peter Nils Adler
  • Patent number: 8006467
    Abstract: A semi-rigid flexible film pack for multi-packs, and method for manufacturing same, constructed from a gusseted bag. The invention provides for modifying a gusseted bag, heat sealing the gussets to their respective side walls, loading said gusseted bag with product, and then sealing the open end of the gusseted bag with a single sheet or web. The method of making this package is economical yet provides for a semi-rigid container ideal for use with single-serve pillow bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Joseph Bierschenk
  • Publication number: 20110197551
    Abstract: A method and system for packaging products in a container employs an active compression assembly having pressure members which are shifted from a raised position to a lowered operational position. In the operational position, each pressure member holds a respective upper container flap against a lower container flap while an interposed adhesive sets. More specifically, with the at least one pressure member pushing upon the upper flaps, both the container and the at least one pressure member are forced to move in unison along a manufacturing line while the at least one pressure member applies pressure on the upper flaps as the adhesive sets to seal the upper flaps to the lower flaps and close the upper opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Bill Book, Scott Cantrell, Mike Keithly, Matthew Greer
  • Patent number: 7992365
    Abstract: A method of verifying the seating and securing of a closure on a container includes the steps of: (a) positioning a container on a stage of an automated capping station; (b) bringing a closure into contact with the container; (c) detecting the nature of a physical relationship between the container and the closure; (d) responsive to step (c), relatively moving the closure and the container if step (c) indicates seating of the closure on the container is proper; and (e) detecting the nature of a physical relationship between the closure and the container to determine whether the closure is properly secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Alan Uebel, James Robert Rivenbark, Jr., Jasper Pollard, John Richard Sink, Demetris P. Young, Tobias Heineck
  • Publication number: 20110139661
    Abstract: A container comprises a plastic blister with a first planar peripheral edge and a formed, first open-sided volume extending from the plane of the peripheral edge joined with a paperboard tray with a second planar peripheral edge, the paperboard tray having a plurality of panels connected at fold lines and forming a second open-sided volume. The container has means for joining the first planar peripheral edge of the plastic blister and the second planar peripheral edge of the paperboard tray so that the first and second volumes form a combined container volume. The paperboard tray may be a wedge-shaped tray, with greater depth at one end than at the other end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Giaia Lee Ludwig
  • Publication number: 20110114595
    Abstract: A pour cap for a fluid container includes a cap body, a gasket mounted to the cap body, and an open or closed position communication structure. The pour cap can be positioned on the fluid container in a closed position wherein the container is hydraulically sealed with a high pressure seal, or in an open position wherein fluid flow occurs through flow passages on the gasket and the cap body with first and second low pressure seals preventing unwanted leakage between joining parts on the pour cap. The open or closed position communication structure can include a rib and mating detent for producing a clicking sensation upon manipulation of the pour cap by the user, and/or visual features on the cap body viewable by the user, or a cap body having a asymmetrical shape configured for viewing or tactile interpretation by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Robert A. Heiberger
  • Publication number: 20110083404
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus for real-time alignment of packaging surfaces can include two or more sensors for detecting the positioning of carton surfaces and a servo system. The servo system can include a servo motor and a controller. The servo system records the positioning of the carton surfaces and calculates a difference in position. The controller compares the calculated value with a predetermined value and if necessary, the servo motor turns a correction wheel to align the carton surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: DELKOR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Schroeder, Matt M. Mate, Mike Lee, Urs Reuteler, Ronald Thompson
  • Publication number: 20110073506
    Abstract: A tool bucket for hoisting items between two different vertical levels and a method for closing such bucket, the bucket including a bottom part including a base and one or more walls extending upwards from the base to substantially form a bucket, an upper part having a tubular shape made from a flexible textile or textile-like material, where the upper part is connected to the bottom part so that the upper part extends beyond an upper edge of the bottom part
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: EUROPEAN MERCHANDISE GROUP
    Inventor: Niels Peter KJELDAHL
  • Publication number: 20110056943
    Abstract: Disclosed is a preparation-at-use device comprising: (1) a pre-formed hydrogel component packaged in a first compartment; the pre-formed hydrogel component comprising a gelling agent and a solvent; and (2) a benefit component packaged in a second compartment; the benefit component comprising at least one compound that is unstable when contacted with the pre-formed hydrogel component; wherein the first and second compartments are separately packaged prior to use, and wherein the device comprises means for contacting the pre-formed hydrogel component and benefit component upon use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventors: Akihiro UEDA, Koishiro Masuda, Kimio Tamiya, Haruhiko Kajimoto, Masahiko Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 7882681
    Abstract: Rotary screwtop container capping arrangement designed to screw screw caps onto screwtop containers having neck rings which support the containers during capping. The capping arrangement has a cam arrangement having a guide roller located in a control groove having top and bottom guide surfaces. A lifting element or rod is connected to the cam arrangement and is moved up and down in a controlled manner to control the lifting and lowering of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventor: Herbert Bernhard
  • Patent number: 7856798
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus for real-time alignment of packaging surfaces can include two or more sensors for detecting the positioning of carton surfaces and a servo system. The servo system can include a servo motor and a controller. The servo system records the positioning of the carton surfaces and calculates a difference in position. The controller compares the calculated value with a predetermined value and if necessary, the servo motor turns a correction wheel to align the carton surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Schroeder, Matt M. Mate, Mike Lee, Urs Reuteler, Ronald Thompson
  • Publication number: 20100319304
    Abstract: A pill receptacle has a number of recessed pill compartments formed therein. The method comprises the steps of providing a cover sheet member that has a sealing sheet with a top identification surface on which information can be printed and a bottom adhesive surface provided with an adhesive. The cover sheet member further has a protective sheet that removably overlays the sealing sheet on its adhesive surface. First weakness zones are provided on the cover sheet member, that extend transversely through the sealing sheet and the protective sheet in a registering fashion to define first cutaway lines on the cover sheet member. A fraction of the cover sheet member is separated from the rest of the cover sheet member along at least some of the first cutaway lines, including concurrently separating corresponding fractions of the sealing sheet and the protective sheet in registering fashion. The protective sheet fraction is peeled away from the sealing sheet fraction on the cover sheet member fraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Gilles Bourque
  • Publication number: 20100314388
    Abstract: A combination wine bottle having multiple independently accessible receptacles for packaging wine. The combination wine bottle visually and spatially emulates a standard 750 ml wine bottle to allow existing transportation and storage devices to be used while providing a package that allows a portion of the wine to be maintained fresh or packaging to two different wines together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Grady Gibson
  • Patent number: 7849662
    Abstract: A blister pack and a method for packaging a blister in the blister pack are proposed. The blister pack 10 in this case comprises a base field 14 with at least one recess 16 or perforation 18 for removal of at least one product arranged in a blister 36. A bottom field 26 is connected to the base field 14. A closure field 30 is connected to the bottom field 26. The blister pack 10 is distinguished by a fixing tab 22 which is mounted on the base field 14 for the purpose of fixing at least one blister 36 that is to be packaged in the blister pack 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Rapp, Helmut Deichert
  • Publication number: 20100258521
    Abstract: Closing cap for a container comprising a covering (9) made of metallic material with a substantially cylindrical shape, having a side wall (13) divided by an annular weakening line (44) into two portions. A plastic insert (15) is fixed by means of gluing or mechanical retaining means to the inner surface (10) of the covering (9). The cap also comprises an anti-tamper seal (20) which is fixed in a middle position (210) of the inner surface (10) of the covering (9) and consists of a plastic ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: Antonio Bertolaso
  • Patent number: 7770358
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating the securing of a cap onto a cylindrical container includes a base and a plurality of blades, each of the blades including a sharp edge and being mounted to the base such that the sharp edge is exposed. The blades are mounted in a generally circular arrangement, with the sharp edges generally radiating from a central portion of the base, such that the sharp edges are positioned to engage a circumferential edge of a cap as it is being secured to the cylindrical container. In this configuration, the apparatus can firmly hold the cap as the cylindrical container (such as a pharmaceutical vial) is rotated to secure the cap onto the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: John Richard Sink, Demetris P. Young, James Robert Rivenbark, Jr., Mark Alan Uebel, Jody DuMond
  • Patent number: 7735301
    Abstract: A method for securing a closure on a cylindrical container (such as a pharmaceutical vial) includes: positioning a closure in a first position, the closure being substantially centered via a centering assembly along an axis that is generally normal to the closure; translating the substantially centered closure along the axis to a second position; positioning a cylindrical container, the container being substantially centered via the centering assembly along the axis; translating the substantially centered closure along the axis to a third position in which it is adjacent the substantially centered container; and relatively rotating the closure and the container to secure the closure to the container. With such a method, both the closure and the cylinder can be centered along the axis, thereby registering them with each other for reliable securing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: John Richard Sink, Richard D. Michelli, Charles H. Guthrie, Joseph C. Moran, Jr., Demetris P. Young
  • Patent number: 7722730
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for heat-sealing windows into folding carton blanks for producing liquid-proof folding cartons having film windows. Pieces of film that are cut to measure are placed on the window openings of the folding carton blanks and the edges of the pieces of film are heat-sealed with the folding carton blanks so as to be liquid-proof using heated pressure segments or heat-sealing dies. The folding carton blanks, together with the pieces of film, are fed to a tail pulley for a transport belt by means of the transport belt and are inserted in the gap between the tail pulley and the transport belt resting thereon. In this gap, the blanks and pieces of film are continuously heat-sealed together by means of at least two heated pressure segments that are disposed on the outer periphery of the tail pulley and push radially from inwards against the transport belt in the area of deflection of the transport belt and thus onto the edges of the pieces of film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Julius Schröder-Frerkes
  • Publication number: 20100111453
    Abstract: Two side cut reseal with pressure sensitive adhesive. A flexible package having a reseal integrated within the opposite layers of its film is constructed using existing vertical form fill and seal packaging machines. The invention involves a single sheet of flexible packaging film web having at least three layers. In a preferred embodiment, the reseal is comprised of two offsetting score lines on interior and exterior sides of the film and spaced apart by 0.5 to 1 inch. The scoring creates lines of weakness, which define an opening in the package. Upon opening, a pressure sensitive adhesive layer, which is pattern applied in between the offsetting score lines, is exposed from an interior side of the film. The adhesive releasably adheres the inner and outer layers of the film back together once separated by a consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Martin Bernhard Dierl
  • Publication number: 20100102111
    Abstract: A package for holding a food product that has a tray and a lid. The tray has a central panel for supporting a food product. The package includes various closing and opening features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Angela E. Learn
  • Publication number: 20100072267
    Abstract: A carton with locking sections comprises a male panel section and a female panel section. The male panel section has an edge with protruding wings, and edge tabs are formed along the edge portion inboard of the wings. The female section has a pair of females configured to receive and interlock with the males. For locking the sections together, the edge tabs are hooked beneath the edge of the female section and the males extend over the top of the female section and are pressed and locked into the females. With this arrangement, the two sections are securely locked together with the edge tabs preventing the sections from moving toward one another and the males and females preventing them moving away from each other. The sections thus do not tend to disengage during transport or as containers of product within the carton are sequentially removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. May, Kirsten L. Brand
  • Patent number: 7624859
    Abstract: A battery package capable of standing upright comprising a front member, a rear member pivotally connected to the front member, and a foot pivotally connected to a bottom of the rear member. The rear member and the front member have an open configuration and a closed configuration. The rear member and the front member are configured to capture batteries therebetween when in the closed configuration. The foot is pivoted to abut against a rear bottom portion of the rear member, thereby placing the foot in a support position such that the battery package can stand on a horizontal surface. The foot is maintained in the support position by adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Julio C. Casanova, Cari Michelle Curtis, Mark J. Brennan, Scott W. Osiecki, Mark A. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20090250360
    Abstract: A three-piece pocket-size container for holding a consumer product such as smokeless tobacco product in an interior volume of a perimeter band which has a base locked to a lower rim portion and an openable cover on an upper rim of the perimeter band. When closed, the cover, the perimeter band and the base form a flush exterior sidewall of the container. The base and cover can be metal and the perimeter band can be transparent (clear, tinted or colored) or opaque plastic to provide a container that maintains product freshness, and is easily opened and closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Bellamah, William T. Griffin, Dominic J.C. Howard, Robert T. Mitten