By Applying A Separate Preformed Closure (e.g., Lid, Cap) Patents (Class 53/485)
  • Patent number: 10988277
    Abstract: A synthetic resin container and a preform that can suppress increase in size of a mouth and can improve stability when a mouth is transferred by being gripped by a gripper. A synthetic resin container includes a tubular mouth and forms an accommodation space for contents. An outer circumferential surface of the mouth is provided with a gripper engaging groove to be engaged with a gripper of a transfer apparatus, the gripper engaging groove is formed such that a width of the groove of an opening opened in the outer circumferential surface of the mouth is decreased from an opening toward a bottom of the groove, and the gripper engaging groove corresponds to a shape of the gripper and has an upper side inclination and a lower side inclination respectively obliquely extending with respect to a plane perpendicular to an axis of the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Yuichi Okuyama, Mitsuru Shiokawa
  • Patent number: 10864293
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure include an attachment for providing a scent to a container. In some aspects, a scent delivery system includes a bottle including a collar and a ledge structure each extending circumferentially outward; a scent ring loaded with a volatile chemical agent to emanate and generate a scent and including an interior protruding structure projecting from an interior wall of the ring, the scent ring configured to fasten around the neck of the bottle based on contact between the interior protruding structure and the ledge structure of the bottle; and a cap reversibly attachable to the bottle and including an interior rim structure that circumferentially projects from the interior of the cap, where the cap is structured to enclose the scent ring in a compartment formed between the collar and the interior rim structure when the cap is securely fastened to the bottle and trap the scent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SZENT CO.
    Inventor: Shawn Griffis
  • Patent number: 9083423
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a semiconductor circuit includes a substrate, a tunnel oxide film, a charge storage film, a blocking layer, and plural nodes. The substrate is made of a semiconductor in which two diffusion layers each serving as either a source or a drain are formed. The tunnel oxide film is formed on a region of the substrate between the diffusion layers. The charge storage film is formed on the tunnel oxide layer and stores charge. The blocking layer is formed between the charge storage film and a gate electrode and has layers of a first oxide film, a nitride film and a second oxide film to have a thickness of 5 nm or larger but 15 nm or smaller. The nodes allow external application of voltages so that the source and the drain are reversed and allow detection a gate voltage, a drain current and a substrate current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masamichi Suzuki, Hirotaka Nishino, Kazuya Matsuzawa, Izumi Hirano, Takao Marukame, Yusuke Higashi, Takahiro Kurita, Yuki Sasaki, Yuichiro Mitani
  • Publication number: 20150121816
    Abstract: A tool and method for puncturing a lid of a vacuum sealed bottle to release the vacuum and allow easy opening. A point extends down from the tool, and force may be exerted against the tool by the palm or thumb of a user causing the point to penetrate the lid. The point preferably extends between 3/16 inches and 1/16 inches down from the handle, and more preferably about 3/16 inches. In some embodiments the tool is mushroom shaped having a wider round or oval upper portion for grasping and a narrower lower portion centered under the upper portion of the handle, the point extending down from the lower portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Paul H. Roefs
  • 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: 20150107197
    Abstract: A lid seating system and method for seating a lid onto a container, for example, seating a corrugated cardboard box lid onto a corrugated cardboard box container. The system can comprise a lid dispensing chute having a dispensing end portion and a distal load end portion and can extending in a direction of conveyance for dispensing box lids to engage box containers traveling along the conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: John P. Plessner, Raymond Elmore
  • Patent number: 9003742
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing containers may include a transport unit which transports the containers along a specified transport path, at least one handling unit which handles the containers in a specified manner, a closing unit which is located downstream of the handling unit in a transport direction of the containers and which fits closure tops onto the containers, and a feeding unit which feeds the closure tops to the closing unit. An inspection unit may be provided upstream of the feeding unit in a transport direction of the closure tops. The inspection unit inspects the closure tops and emits at least one signal which is characteristic of the physical condition of the closure tops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Hahn
  • Patent number: 9003746
    Abstract: A sealing tool for a packaging machine comprises a sealing tool outer part, a sealing tool inner part that is movable in the sealing tool outer part, and a seal provided between the sealing tool outer part and the sealing tool inner part. The has a planar and annular design and is fixed in a first holding region at the sealing tool outer part as well as in a second holding region at the sealing tool inner part. The second holding region is disposed at or in the proximity of an outer edge of the sealing tool inner part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Multivac Sepp Haggenmuller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Holzem, Hubert Zeller
  • Publication number: 20150096270
    Abstract: A method of sealing a package containing a food product is provided. The method comprises applying a lid to a non-planar flange surrounding a periphery of the food package. The method comprises supporting at least a portion of the non-planar flange and progressively sealing the lid to the supported portion of the non-planar flange by applying pressure at one or more tangent points against the lid and the flange using a sealing member having a pressure applying surface that rotates about an axis of rotation and one of radially varies relative to the axis of rotation and the axis of rotation reciprocates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen P. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20150083740
    Abstract: In one embodiment of a container protector the container protector comprises two opposing side skirts, two opposing end skirts, and a interior lip connected to both side skirts and end skirts. The container protector may also include one or more handle extension to facilitate use with a container having one or more handles. The container protector is designed to sealing fit around the top periphery of a container with the interior lip extending upward to prevent material within the container from flowing outward therefrom during transitions. Such transitions may be caused by heating, transportation, or other disturbances. The precise dimensions of the container protector will vary from one embodiment to the next, and the container protector may take any shape depending on the container for which it is designed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis L. Miller
  • 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: 20150041577
    Abstract: A food processing machine, having a jar with a base and at least one sidewall extending upwardly therefrom to define a top opening. A lid has a bottom surface with a downwardly depending sealing wall. An outer surface of the downwardly depending sealing wall corresponds to the top opening. A resiliently collapsible locking ring is removably positionable radially inward from the sealing wall and applies a radially outwardly directed force against the sealing wall when positioned radially inwardly therefrom. The resiliently collapsible locking ring is collapsed and then positioned in a receiving portion radially inward from the sealing wall. The lid is then positioned at the top opening of the jar, with the sealing wall inserted into the top opening. The sealing wall applies a radially outwardly directed force against the at least one wall to seal the lid to the jar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: PAUL S. PAGET
  • Publication number: 20150027087
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container sealant composition with improved tensile strength and reduced squeeze-out during seaming. The composition comprises a latex of a carboxylated styrene-butadiene rubber, a colloidal silica filler, wherein the colloidal silica is pretreated with an organosilane, and a tackifier. Also disclosed is a method of sealing a can with the aforedescribed container sealant composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Qi Sun, Toru Takahashi, Yasushi Ikeshiro
  • 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: 20150014355
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (1) for packaging and dispensing a composition sensitive to oxidation by atmospheric oxygen, comprising a body (2) formed at least partially from a sheet of a multilayer complex, comprising within one layer at least one pulverulent filler in a mass proportion, within the layer, of preferably greater than or equal to 5%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventor: Jean-Marie Julien
  • Publication number: 20150001127
    Abstract: A thermoformed tray made of material from the group consisting essentially of PET, RPET, HDPE, and RHDPE and a method of making the tray. The tray has a blunt and substantially smooth outer peripheral flange that will not cut a plastic overwrap film, such as LDPE. Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals designate identical or corresponding parts throughout the several views, FIG. 1 is a perspective view of one embodiment of a thermoformed packaging tray 10 preferably comprising PET, RPET, HDPE or RHDPE material. The techniques and processes for thermoforming a tray from PET, RPET, HDPE or RHDPE material are well known to those of ordinary skill in the art and therefore further discussion of the thermoforming process is not warranted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory Nelson, Richard Steichen
  • Patent number: 8915047
    Abstract: A beverage bottle closing machine being configured and disposed to close tops of filled beverage bottles with screw-type and other caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Lothar Wilhelm, Thomas Schneider, Igor Singur
  • Publication number: 20140361029
    Abstract: A device for sealing an opened canned beverage. The device may include a circular main body with a rim. The device may further include a sealing mechanism. The sealing mechanism may include a threaded stem having a knob on the top and running through an opening in the main body. The sealing mechanism may further include a live hinge bar that may include a top portion and a bottom portion. The top portion and the bottom portion may be hinged together. The top portion may be connected to the inside surface of the main body and the bottom portion may be connected to a threaded ring that surrounds the threaded stem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Delores Walton Robinson
  • Patent number: 8893459
    Abstract: An apparatus for closing containers includes a supplying device for supplying a closure element to a container. The supplying device includes a cap detecting system that records a random position of the closure element and is designed to hold the closure element in the random position and to convey it in a circumferential direction while maintaining it in this random position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Peter Hecktor, Marius Michael Herrmann
  • Publication number: 20140331618
    Abstract: A method for capping vessels containing biological samples is described providing a cap supply with a plurality of caps for the vessels within compartments in a predefined geometrical arrangement. The cap supply is introduced through an interface into a preanalytical system including a housing, and is reversibly docked to a feeder for inserting the cap supply into the preanalytical system and retrieving it therefrom. Subsequently, a cap is retrieved from the supply by a robotic manipulator, and transported to a workstation holding the vessels. A vessel is then capped using the manipulator. The steps from introducing the cap supply into the preanalytical system to capping a vessel are repeated a certain number of times or until all caps of the supply have been retrieved. Finally, the cap supply is retrieved from the preanalytical system. A preanalytical system and a cap supply for capping vessels containing biological samples is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Guggisberg, Christian Kaelin
  • Patent number: 8875476
    Abstract: A sealing tool for a packaging machine comprises a sealing tool outer part, a sealing tool inner part that is movable in the sealing tool outer part, and a seal provided between the sealing tool outer part and the sealing tool inner part. The has a planar and annular design and is fixed in a first holding region at the sealing tool outer part as well as in a second holding region at the sealing tool inner part. The second holding region is disposed at or in the proximity of an outer edge of the sealing tool inner part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Multivac Sepp Haggenmuller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Holzem, Hubert Zeller
  • 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: 20140305079
    Abstract: A method for removing headspace gas from a liner-based assembly. The liner-based assembly may generally include an overpack, a liner positioned within the overpack and containing a material and headspace gas, and a closure for sealing the liner. The method may include providing a one-way valve in fluid communication with the interior of the liner and permitting flow in a direction out of the interior of the liner, and applying a vacuum to the one-way valve to evacuate headspace gas from the interior of the liner. In some embodiments, The liner-based assembly may also include a port in fluid communication with an annular space between the overpack and liner, and the method may include capping the port, for example, during application of the vacuum to the one-way valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Ware, Alfredo Daniel Botet, Glenn M. Tom, Greg Nelson, Dale Mowrey, Jordan Hodges
  • Patent number: 8807374
    Abstract: A metal closure is described, in the form of a foil lid (1) bonded to a metal annular component (such as a container body or separate intermediate ring). The foil lid (1) and annular component are made of dissimilar metals, with the closure adapted to prevent bimetallic corrosion at the interface between the dissimilar metals of the foil lid and the annular component. The closure is adapted such that the lid comprises a peripheral wall which is upstanding from the annular component such that a gap is maintained between the annular component and an exposed metal peripheral edge of the lid. Further aspects of the invention include: i. a method for making such a metal closure; and ii. an apparatus for making such a metal closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas James Caunter, Ian Maxwell
  • Patent number: 8800252
    Abstract: A method and capping apparatus is provided for securely seating a closure with curvilinear top surface onto a container in a manner that avoids damage from excessive force applied to the closure. The apparatus has a cap locking unit with a circulating compression belt that contacts a top surface of the closure/container as the combination is being transported from underneath by a conveyor. A dancer contacts an inner surface of the compression belt. Pressure is applied from the dancer through leading and trailing leg components that converge from a common pivot. Ends of the leading and trailing legs are spaced from one another less than the length of the closure. Force is applied to the closure by simultaneous pressure from both legs on different first and second areas of the closure top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitry Yefimovich Vodonos, Dmitry Dmitrievich Vodonos
  • Publication number: 20140215975
    Abstract: An elongate, preferably rigid housing having a frusto-conical shape and a method for using the same. The large diameter end of the housing is generally adapted to be contacted with the lid of a container to ensure optimal sealing, while that portion of the frusto-conical housing having a small diameter is adapted to, either directly or indirectly, receive forces. The large diameter end is preferably at least partially hollow, and further comprises an inner member adapted to be contacted with smaller lids. Optionally, the small diameter end may be further characterized by a projection extending about the longitudinal axis of the device. For example, the projection may be cylindrical or frusto-conical. The small diameter end may further be characterized by having a recessed portion adapted to receive a tool, such as a conventional paint can opener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Lupelow
  • Patent number: 8789348
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are shown for securing a top for a cardboard carton where the carton has a bottom wall and integral sidewalls defining an initially open interior and initially open top flaps with outwardly extending ears, the initially open top flaps being integrally formed with a first pair of opposing sidewalls of the carton. The top flaps are folded to a carton closing position which closes off the initially open interior of the cardboard carton. The ears are also folded to a position in contact with a second set of opposing sidewalls of the carton intermediate the first set of opposing sidewalls. A set of rotatable punches are aligned with the folded ears of the carton and rotated to force a first layer of cardboard from a respective top flap through an associated second layer of an underlying sidewall of the carton. A set of platens are located so as to underlie and reinforce the sidewalls of the carton as the punching operation takes place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Plains Dairy, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Dunivan, Ricky Jay Hudson, Colby Shane Butcher
  • Publication number: 20140144911
    Abstract: A container may have a first component configured to contain one or more articles, and a second component configured to confine the one or more articles contained in the first component where at least one of the first component and the second component have at least a portion made from a material having a negative thermal expansion coefficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: William Brenden Carlson, Scott Andrew Needham
  • Patent number: 8726619
    Abstract: A capping system and method of use for sealing injectable drugs within vials is disclosed. The system includes a closure assembly and a locking cap. The closure assembly includes a retainer member and a resilient stopper located within the retainer member. The retainer member is arranged to be disposed on the vial whereupon a gap results between the stopper and the vial. The retainer member is movable to close that gap. The locking cap is used to permanently seal the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Genesis Packaging Technologies
    Inventors: F. William Bogle, Roger P. Asselta
  • Patent number: 8720164
    Abstract: An apparatus for closing containers includes a movable closing head for applying closures to the containers and is arranged in the interior of a sterile chamber of the apparatus and arranged to move in a longitudinal direction (L) of the containers to be closed. At least one wall is provided which delimits the sterile chamber, wherein the closing device is arranged on a carrier which is arranged partially inside the sterile chamber and partially outside the sterile chamber, and extends through the wall and moves in the longitudinal direction (L) relative to the wall. Arranged in the interior of the sterile chamber is a first sealing element which is elastic in the longitudinal direction (L) and which seals off from the sterile chamber a region of the outer periphery of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Klaus Buchhauser, Guenter Frankenberger
  • Publication number: 20140116920
    Abstract: A reticle pod includes an outer pod shell and an outer pod door disposed under the outer pod shell. The outer pod door has at least one gas control hole. A seal ring is disposed between the outer pod shell and the outer pod door. A valve is disposed in each gas control hole. The outer pod shell and the outer pod door are configured to form an enclosure space in order to store a reticle. The seal ring seals the gap between the outer pod shell and the outer pod door. The at least one valve is configured to control gas flow in and out of the enclosure space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Tsung-Yen Lee, Jeng-Horng Cheng, Jui-Ching Wu
  • Publication number: 20140090995
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a gift card box and associated methods are provided, generally including a base section including a first insert configured and dimensioned to receive a gift card. The exemplary gift card box generally includes a lid section including a second insert configured and dimensioned to cooperatively mate with the first insert. The first insert and the second insert substantially fix the gift card inside the gift card box when cooperatively mated. An exemplary method of assembling a gift card box is provided, generally including providing a base section, providing a lid section, and substantially fixing the gift card inside the gift card box by cooperatively mating the first insert and the second insert. The base section generally includes a window configured and dimensioned to permit visualization of indicia on the gift card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Gregory Cameron Hahn, Brian Chester Boxx, Jennifer Lynn Garry
  • Publication number: 20140075892
    Abstract: A method for producing a wet tissue package by which a storage portion for wet tissues which have been used can be easily produced, and wet tissues stored in a package main body can be prevented from drying. A method for producing a wet tissue package provided with a package main body having an opening portion, a lid member to cover the opening portion, and a used wet tissue storage portion, wherein the method is provided with an opening portion formation step, an attachment step for attaching the lid member and an adhesive material, a folding back step for wrapping a plurality of wet tissues, a first sealing portion formation step for forming a first sealing portion and a first sealing extension portion, and a second sealing portion formation step for forming a second sealing portion and also forming the used wet tissue storage portion by joining the second sealing portion and the first sealing extension portion by the adhesive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Bando
  • Publication number: 20140041338
    Abstract: Resealable beverage containers include caps that are twisted to impart translational motion of the cap to push a tear panel into the container. Cam elements are used to convert rotational movement to translational movement. The caps are preferably made of molded plastic material, and include cam elements formed on the sidewalls of the caps that engage cam followers or projections formed on the inner cylindrical surface of a socket which is formed in the lid of the beverage container. Methods of manufacturing resealable beverage containers avoid the need to form rivets and to attach pull tabs, thus saving costs and making the beverage containers more easily recycled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel A. Zabaleta, Sam Hackett
  • Patent number: 8617674
    Abstract: A multi-layer sheet designed for the sealing of a container (10) made of glass by heat sealing on the sealing ring (12) of the container treated by means of oxides and/or of metal salts comprises at least a support layer (21) and a lower layer (22) made of a polymeric heat-sealable material onto which is grafted an unsaturated carboxylic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Amcor Flexibles Selestat SAS
    Inventors: Alain Grayer, Guy Boiron
  • Publication number: 20130320022
    Abstract: A container for food includes an enclosure, a lid, and partition members. The enclosure includes an interior with a base portion and a perimeter portion. The perimeter portion includes one or more walls that extend between the base portion and an opening of the enclosure. The partition members separate food layers from each other. A base partition member separates a bottom food layer from the base portion of the interior. An opening partition member may separate the lid from a top food layer. The partition members include a separating portion with a perimeter that substantially locally matches a cross-sectional shape of the perimeter portion of the interior. The partition members each further include at least one pulling structure that extends from the separating portion to a grip. The grip may be positioned outside of the interior of the enclosure, at least when the container is in the storage configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Lindsay Bell Breidenbach
  • Patent number: 8596030
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for closing containers with closures comprising a closing head (2) that attaches the closures to the containers, wherein said closing head (2) can be moved relative to the closures with a first movement type and is arranged within a sterile space (8) with a first movement unit (4) for producing a movement of the closure with the first movement type, wherein said first movement unit (4) is arranged at least partially outside the sterile space (8), wherein the sterile space (8) is bounded by at least one first wall (12) and the device comprises a ring-shaped channel (14) into which said first wall (12) protrudes, wherein the ring-shaped channel (14) can be moved relative to the first wall (12) and can be filled with a fluid medium, and wherein the first movement unit (4) is arranged within the channel (14) at least in sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Klaus Buchhauser, Guenter Frankenberger
  • Publication number: 20130312373
    Abstract: A capping system and method of use for sealing injectable drugs within vials is disclosed. The system includes a closure assembly and a locking cap. The closure assembly includes a retainer member and a resilient stopper located within the retainer member. The retainer member is arranged to be disposed on the vial whereupon a gap results between the stopper and the vial. The retainer member is movable to close that gap. The locking cap is used to permanently seal the vial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: F. William Bogle, Roger P. Asselta
  • Publication number: 20130299384
    Abstract: A front opening wafer container suitable for 450 mm wafers utilizes a wafer cushion on the front door with varying inclinations on the inside surface of a lower leg of V-shaped wafer cushion engagement portions on the door. Such provides enhanced performance. More specifically, in an embodiment of the invention, a front opening wafer container has, in cross section, horizontal V-shaped groove with the inside surface of the lower leg of the V having with at least two surface portions with different inclinations from horizontal. The surface portion adjacent the apex, where the edge of the wafer seats, having a lesser inclination from horizontal than a surface portion more distal from apex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: ENTEGRIS, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew A. Fuller
  • Publication number: 20130263559
    Abstract: A packaging device, particularly for packaging trays containing food products or technical materials in a controlled atmosphere and by means of a film of plastic material, comprising an upper chamber and a lower chamber, which can be fastened by mutually superimposing them and are each provided internally with a plurality of heat-sealing and/or cutting and/or die-cutting elements arranged concentrically, the lower chamber being provided centrally with a plurality of supporting elements for a tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicants: Extru SA, Blu Pack di Scolaro Mauro
    Inventor: Mauro Scolaro
  • Publication number: 20130256183
    Abstract: A child and bite resistant package having a tray and a plurality of spaced apart cavities that are formed therein is provided. A sheet material overlies the tray such that a product disposed in a cavity is enclosed and sealed therein. The sheet material includes a plurality of zones of weakening that are each disposed above a corresponding cavity. Each of the zones of weakening is formed by a plurality of microperforations that are formed in the sheet material. To access a product, the product is pushed against the lidding in the zone of weakness with sufficient force to rupture the lidding. Since the majority of the surface area above each compartment is non-rupturable, the compartments are difficult to access by a child by either hand manipulation or biting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Ingraham
  • Publication number: 20130255200
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing station for sealing a cover film onto packaging trays, wherein the sealing station comprises a sealing tool and a bar chain and the sealing tool includes a tool upper part and a tool lower part. The bar chain is configured for conveying the packaging trays into the sealing tool and out of the sealing tool. The invention is characterized in that a tool lower part accommodates the packaging trays in at least a first and a second row, and that the tool lower part includes at least one lowerable supporting disc for lowering at least one of the first and second rows of packaging trays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Multivac Sepp Haggenmuller GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Albert Gabler
  • Publication number: 20130240527
    Abstract: A lid structure comprising a metal lid in the form of a disc (20) and a plastics ring (1). A lug (6) on the ring is snap-fitted around the exposed edge (25) of the lid. The lid structure can be fitted onto a filled container by application of a downward force until a lower profile (7) on the ring is forced around a curl or other feature on the top edge of the container. Outward expansion of the lid structure provides further retention on the container. The plastics ring of the lid structure has one or more weakened regions which can be torn to release the lid structure from the container without the need for any tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130240476
    Abstract: A stopper device including a stopper, cap and ring provided with tabs for locking onto a container neck and a body for handling the ring. The body includes a first mechanism for transmitting a thrust force to the ring and a second mechanism for activating the tabs. The ring and the handling body are respectively provided with first and second retainers that hold the handling body in a waiting position. The handling body is mobile parallel to the thrust force direction and in relation to the ring, between a first position activating the tabs of the ring and is mobile in translation only in the thrust force direction, and a second position that also activates the tabs and is immobilized in relation to the ring in axial translation. The tabs extend from a continuous edge of the ring and are each arranged in an opening with a closed contour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: West Pharmaceutical Services Deautschland GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Antoine Aneas
  • Publication number: 20130240530
    Abstract: A self-resealing septum useful in a closure assembly for a container for storing non-aqueous liquids is provided. The septum having a laminate structure including a first layer of a resilient material derived from bromobutyl rubber and a second layer of a non-elastic polymer. The self-resealing closure assembly includes the septum and a retaining mechanism that is useful for a container assembly that contains a non-aqueous liquid comprising an organic solvent, a liquid organic compound, a water-reactive or oxygen-reactive compound, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: John T. Glaser, Mark Jasko
  • Patent number: 8522959
    Abstract: A cap transfer unit (1) comprising a cap transfer line (8) defining a transfer path (5) from a cap loading area (4) to a cap discharge area (6), and a cap pusher (16) slidingly mounted along the cap transfer line (8), the cap pusher (16) having a rest position in which the cap pusher (16) is spaced from the transfer path (5), and an active position in which the cap pusher (16) overlaps at least partially the transfer path (5) for coming into abutment with caps (2) located therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Ivano Ceci
  • Patent number: 8516782
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus for insertion of uniquely shaped packaging may include the following elements, (a) a securing mechanism to hold a container along a conveyor in a predetermined location, (b) a transfer device which removes a spray cap mechanism from a second timing screw and aligns the spray cap mechanism over a container opening on the container, (c) a diptube assembly which locks a diptube hanging from the spray cap mechanism, and (d) the transfer device tightening the spray cap mechanism on the container opening after the diptube is inserted into the container opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: PSR Automation Incorporated
    Inventors: David R. Ramnarain, Brian D. Ramnarain, Christopher D. Ramnarain
  • Patent number: 8505269
    Abstract: Charges accumulated inside a wall structure of a resin vessel, which is sterilized by an electron beam irradiator, and an ionizer disposed outside a filler emits to the outer surface of the resin vessel are eliminated with negative ions having the same polarity as that of charges accumulated in the wall section of the resin vessel, while conveying the resin vessel sterilized by the electron beam irradiator to the filler, by which liquid fills the resin vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiya Kobayashi, Mitsuomi Narita, Tomohiko Sugimori, Tsunehiko Yokoi, Yukinobu Nishino, Masami Hayashi, Takashi Kadoya, Tokuo Nishi, Yukihiro Yamamoto, Takuya Onishi, Takahiro Kida, Kouichi Murata
  • Publication number: 20130161325
    Abstract: A can end (2) is described for a metal beverage can, optionally for carbonated drinks, the can end including a cap top (3), arranged in connection to a pull tab (4) configured to remove the cap top along a pre-defined groove (9), to thereby create a drinking or pouring aperture; an elastic resilient element (10) attached to the can end; and a resiliently operated shut-off valve (6) that is part of or is connected to the elastic resilient element (10) and that is configured to seal the drinking or pouring aperture after drinking or pouring; wherein the cap top (3) is configured to remain located, after the removal, on top of the shut-off valve (6). Further, a can including such a can end, and a method for opening and reclosing such a can are described, as well as a method for producing such a can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: E.V.D.S. BVBA
    Inventor: Erwin Vanderstraeten
  • Patent number: 8468786
    Abstract: A food package for sliced food products to be maintained with a fluffed appearance, the package including a rigid base member forming a compartment for receiving the food product and a rigid lid sealed to the compartment. Advantageously, the base member includes a bottom wall and side wall portions that are configured to engage the food product to hold the slices in a fluffed arrangement thereof. Preferably, one or more tapered side wall portions hold the food product upwardly toward the lid and inwardly toward a center of the package. In preferred embodiments, the base member and lid provide a rigid-rigid construction of the food package. In preferred embodiments, the food package is also configured to stand-up in a vertical display orientation and does not require the food product be contained within a sealed pouch within the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Bonita May Hinze, Chad Michael Evenson, Andrew Scott Ives