Connect public, paid and private patent data with Google Patents Public Datasets

Hot-Fill Bottle Having Flexible Portions

Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US20080087628A1
US20080087628A1 US10594873 US59487305A US2008087628A1 US 20080087628 A1 US20080087628 A1 US 20080087628A1 US 10594873 US10594873 US 10594873 US 59487305 A US59487305 A US 59487305A US 2008087628 A1 US2008087628 A1 US 2008087628A1
Authority
US
Grant status
Application
Patent type
Prior art keywords
portion
container
flex
panels
ribs
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Abandoned
Application number
US10594873
Inventor
Monis Bangi
Michael R. Mooney
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Constar International Inc
Original Assignee
Constar International Inc
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date

Links

Images

Classifications

    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D1/00Containers having bodies formed in one piece, e.g. by casting metallic material, by moulding plastics, by blowing vitreous material, by throwing ceramic material, by moulding pulped fibrous material, by deep-drawing operations performed on sheet material
    • B65D1/02Bottles or similar containers with necks or like restricted apertures, designed for pouring contents
    • B65D1/0223Bottles or similar containers with necks or like restricted apertures, designed for pouring contents characterised by shape
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D79/00Kinds or details of packages, not otherwise provided for
    • B65D79/005Containers or closures having deformable parts for indicating or neutralising internal pressure-variations
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D2501/00Containers having bodies formed in one piece
    • B65D2501/0009Bottles or similar containers with necks or like restricted apertures designed for pouring contents
    • B65D2501/0018Ribs
    • B65D2501/0036Hollow circonferential ribs

Abstract

A flexible hot fill container includes a body having a label portion and a flex portion. The flex portion includes flex panels and support structure fields. Both the support structure fields and flex panels deform inwardly upon vacuum conditions. Recess sidewalls in the flex panels provide support.

Description

    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • [0001]
    This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/558,790, filed on Apr. 1, 2004 and also claims priority to a United States patent application entitled “Hot-Fill Bottle Having Flexible Portions” having docket no. CNST-3580 filed on Mar. 28, 2005, which also claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/558,790, filed on Apr. 1, 2004, the disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    This invention relates to containers, and more particularly to hot fillable containers having flexible portions to absorb vacuum.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0003]
    Perishable beverage and food products are often placed into containers at elevated temperatures. In a conventional hot-fill process, the liquid or flowable product is charged into a container at elevated temperatures, such as 180 to 190 degrees F., under approximately atmospheric pressure. Because a cap hermetically seals the product within the container while the product is at the hot-filling temperature, hot-fill plastic containers are subject to negative internal pressure (that is, relative to ambient pressure) upon cooling and contraction of the products and any entrapped air in the head-space.
  • [0004]
    It has been a goal of conventional hot-fill container design to form stiff cylindrical portions (in transverse cross section) that maintain a cylindrical shape upon cooling. Thus, conventional hot-fill containers include designated flexing portions—vacuum panels—that deform when subject to typical hot-fill negative internal pressures. The inward deflection of the vacuum panels tends to equalize the pressure differential between the interior and exterior of the container—that is, absorb vacuum—so as to enhance the ability of the cylindrical sections to maintain an attractive shape, to enhance the ease of labeling, or like commercial appeal. Some container designs are symmetric about a longitudinal centerline and designed with stiffeners to maintain the intended cylindrical shape while the vacuum panels deflect. For example, U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,178,289, 5,092,475, and 5,054,632 teach stiffening portions or ribs to increase hoop stiffness and eliminate bulges while integral vacuum panels collapse inwardly. U.S. Pat. No. 4,863,046 is designed to provide volumetric shrinkage of less than one percent in hot-fill applications.
  • [0005]
    Other containers include a pair of vacuum panels, each of which has an indentation or grip portion enabling the container to be gripped between a user's thumb and fingers. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 5,141,120 teaches a bottle having a hinge continuously surrounding a vacuum panel, which includes indentations for gripping. In response to cooling of the container contents, the hinge enables the entire vacuum panel to collapse inwardly. U.S. Pat. No. 5,141,121 similarly teaches a bottle having an outward bulge that inverts in response to cooling of the container contents. Each of the patents referred to herein by patent number is incorporated by reference in its entirety.
  • [0006]
    It has been observed that for some containers undergoing vacuum conditions, inward deflection of portions of the container, such as panels, causes regions circumferentially spaced apart from the panels to deflect outwardly. For example, some containers having opposing handgrips, which may tend to deflect inwardly upon vacuum conditions, have label panels that may deflect outwardly under vacuum conditions.
  • [0007]
    Also, some containers are subject to creasing. For example, edges of a flex panel may locally bulge outwardly after hot-filling, which is unattractive.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0008]
    In accordance with one preferred embodiment of the present invention, there has now been provided a hot-fillable container including a neck portion, an enclosed bottom portion and a body portion disposed between the neck portion and the bottom portion. The body portion has flex panels disposed about the circumference of the body portion. The flex panels include a recessed central panel and a rim extending along a periphery of the central panel. The central panels are capable of inward deflection in response to the hot-filling process. A support structure fields is interposed between adjacent flex panels, and is also capable of inward deflection in response to the hot-filling process. The support structure field includes non-vertical ribs that abut one another along at least a portion of their length. At least some of the non-vertical ribs includes opposing ends that terminate at the rim of an adjacent flex panel.
  • [0009]
    In accordance with another preferred embodiment provided by the present invention, there has now been provided a hot-fillable container including a neck portion, an enclosed bottom portion and a body portion disposed between the neck portion and the bottom portion. The body portion includes a flex portion that has a plurality of spaced apart flex panels circumferentially disposed about the body portion and a support structure field interposed between adjacent flex panels. The support structure field includes a series of non-vertical ribs that abut one another along at least a substantial portion of their lengths so as to define non-vertical hinges that are capable of facilitating radial deflection of the support structure field.
  • [0010]
    In accordance with yet another preferred embodiment of the present invention, there has now been provided a hot-fillable container including a neck portion, an enclosed bottom portion and a body portion disposed between the neck portion and the bottom portion. The body portion includes a flex portion that has a plurality of spaced apart flex panels and ribbed regions. The maximum magnitude of radially inward deflection of a central panel of each of the flex panels is substantially equivalent to the maximum magnitude of radially inward deflection of each of the ribbed regions in response to a pressure differential of about 5 psi between an exterior and interior of the container.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0011]
    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a container;
  • [0012]
    FIG. 2 is a side view of the container of FIG. 1;
  • [0013]
    FIG. 3 is a longitudinal cross sectional view of the container of FIG. 2 taken through line 3-3;
  • [0014]
    FIG. 4A is a cross sectional view normal to the longitudinal cross sectional view taken through line 4A-4A;
  • [0015]
    FIG. 4B is a cross sectional view normal to the longitudinal cross sectional view taken through line 4B-4B;
  • [0016]
    FIG. 4C is a cross sectional view normal to the longitudinal cross sectional view taken through line 4C-4C;
  • [0017]
    FIG. 5A is a schematic view of an alternative embodiment of a portion of the container of FIG. 1;
  • [0018]
    FIG. 5B is a schematic view of an alternative embodiment of a portion of the container of FIG. 1;
  • [0019]
    FIG. 5C is a schematic view of an alternative embodiment of a portion of the container of FIG. 1;
  • [0020]
    FIG. 5D is a schematic view of an alternative embodiment of a portion of the container of FIG. 1;
  • [0021]
    FIG. 6 is a (calculated) graphical depiction of the stresses formed in the container of FIG. 1 as a result of a conventional hot-filling process;
  • [0022]
    FIG. 7 is an enlarged view of the graphical depiction of FIG. 5;
  • [0023]
    FIG. 8 is an enlarged (calculated) graphical depiction of the deformation formed in the container of FIG. 1 as a result of a conventional hot-filing process.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ILLUSTRATIVE EMBODIMENTS
  • [0024]
    A container 10 suitable for hot-filling includes a neck portion 12, a bottom portion 18, and a body portion 22. As best shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, neck portion 12 includes a finish 14 for receiving a closure (shown schematically in FIG. 2) and a dome 16. Preferably, container 10 is for holding a beverage, although container 10 and the principles disclosed herein may be employed for containers of any variety and for any product. Preferably, container 10 is formed of any plastic suitable for hot-filling, including, for example, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), or a blend comprising the same. A perform can be made by injection molding the plastic into an injection mold. The perform is then stretched and blown into a shaped blow mold to form a container. The present invention is not limited to the above-listed exemplary materials or processes.
  • [0025]
    Bottom portion 18 includes a heel 19 that extends downwardly from body portion 22 to a standing ring 20. A base 21, as shown in FIG. 3, is a reentrant portion that extends inwardly and upwardly from standing ring 20. The present invention encompasses employing any type or configuration of finish 14, dome 16, heel 19, standing ring 20, and base 21. Preferably, dome 16 is suitable for receiving a label, such as a shrink-wrapped label 17 a shown schematically in FIG. 2.
  • [0026]
    Body portion 22 preferably includes a label portion 24 and a separate flex portion 26. Body portion 22 is essentially separated from dome 16 by a deep, circumferential groove 28 that provides hoop strength to the surrounding region. A label 17 b, as partially schematically indicated in FIG. 2, preferably wraps around the circumference of label portion 24.
  • [0027]
    Label portion 24 preferably has a round cross section that is interrupted only by circumferential ribs 30 that provide hoop strength to the label portion 24. Circumferential ribs 30 are not required to be as deep as groove 28, although the present invention is not limited to any particular relationship between groove 28 and ribs 30, or even to existence of such groove and ribs. Label 17 b preferably, for aesthetic reasons, covers circumferential ribs 30.
  • [0028]
    Flex portion 26 preferably is disposed below label portion 24 to facilitate ease of labeling and gripping. Preferably, flex portion 26 is not covered with a label. Flex portion 26 includes plural flex panels 34 and support structure fields 36. Preferably, container 10 has at least three flex panels (as shown in the figures) although the present invention encompasses employing any number of flex panels according the particular parameters of the application (such as bottle diameter, wall thickness, hot-filling conditions, desired vacuum absorption, and the like).
  • [0029]
    Each flex panel 34 includes a rim 40, a central panel 42, and a recess sidewall 44. Rim 40 preferably comprises a pair of opposing lateral rims 46 a and 46 b, a top rim 48 a, and a bottom rim 48 b. Preferably, rim components 46 a, 46 b, 48 a, and 48 b are continuous, and formed by a thin, uniform strip or border.
  • [0030]
    Recess sidewall 44 preferably comprises a pair of opposing lateral recess walls 50 a and 50 b that extend from opposing edges of central panel 42 to lateral rims 46 a and 46 b, respectively. Similarly, a top recess wall 52 a and a bottom recess wall 52 b extend between top and bottom edges of central panel 42 to top rim 48 a and bottom rim 48 b, respectively.
  • [0031]
    Central panel 42 preferably is substantially flat in its as-molded state, and has rounded comers. Accordingly, rim 40 and recess sidewall 44 have rounded comers to essentially match the outline of central panel 42. Preferably, the plane of central panel 42 is parallel to the longitudinal axis of container 10. Such orientation, while not essential, enables lateral recess walls 50 a and 50 b to be approximately uniform in radial dimension, which may enhance the reinforcing function of recess sidewall 44.
  • [0032]
    Support structure field 36 preferably spans between rims 40 of adjacent flex panels 34, and includes non-vertical supports, such as flex area ribs 56. As shown in the figures, ribs 56 may be formed by multiple concave (as viewed from inside container 10) outer portions 58, each of which has an upper and lower inwardly directed end 60. An end 60 of one rib 56 joins an end 60 of an adjacent rib 56 at a ridge 62.
  • [0033]
    Preferably, at least some of the circumferential ends of flex area ribs 56 are disposed proximate to or in contact with lateral rims 46 a, 46 b of flex panel 34. Such configuration may support lateral rims 46 a, 46 b and may prevent deformation of rims 46 a, 46 b under vacuum conditions, and may also inhibit creasing. Such configuration is not essential—rather, the present invention encompasses any configuration set forth in the claims.
  • [0034]
    Flex ribs 56 are illustrated in the figures as a series of concave portions 58. The invention is not limited to such configuration of ribs, but rather encompasses any non-vertical structure, such as ribs that are oriented other than horizontally. For example, FIGS. 5A, 5B, 5C, and 5D illustrate alternative embodiments of a pattern of supports within support structure field 36. Such structure is designated as support structures 37 a, 37 b, 37 c, and 37 d, respectively. FIG. 5A schematically shows support structure 37 a: a central circle or island with arcuate ribs disposed above and below. FIG. 5B schematically shows support structure 37 b: undulating ribs. FIG. 5C schematically shows support structure 37 c: arcuate ribs, which may be oriented to open downwardly. Alternatively, the arcuate ribs may open upwardly (not shown in the Figures). FIG. 5D schematically shows support structure 37 d: obliquely oriented ribs that are substantially straight or rectilinear in elevational view (although the oblique ribs will, of course, curve with the circumference of the container).
  • [0035]
    The flex ribs shown in the figures are not vertical, or, where the ribs are not rectilinear, the longitudinal center line or best fit line through the planar projection of the rib is not vertical. The non-vertical structure of the ribs and spaces between ribs enhance the ability of the support structure field to bend relative to a horizontal axis even while such ribs will enhance hoop stiffness of the support structure field 36, 37 a, 37 b, 37 c, or 37 d. In this regard, the ribs of support structure field 36, 37 a, 37 b, 37 c, or 37 d stiffen such support structure field from flexing in a horizontal plane or about a vertical axis.
  • [0036]
    FIGS. 4A, 4B, and 4C illustrate aspects of the function of the preferred container 10. The solid lines illustrate the cross sections in the as-molded state, and the dashed lines schematically indicate the cross sections on container 10 under conventional vacuum conditions created by filling the product (not shown) at approximately 185 degrees F. and then capping container 10 and allowing it to cool to room temperature. In FIGS. 4A, 4B, and 4C, a solid double line in the region of the flex area ribs 56 shows both concave outer portion 58 and ridge 62 as solid lines, and omits the cross sectional cross-hatching for clarity. For clarity, deformation is indicated by a single dashed line 56′ is this region. Dashed line 42′ indicates deformation of central panel 42 of flex panel 34.
  • [0037]
    Central panels 42 of the flex panels 34 deform inwardly, as expected. As best shown in FIG. 4B, the centers of the regions between the flex panels (that is, in support structure field 36) also deflect inward to absorb vacuum. FIG. 4A, which shows the cross section near an upper end of flex portion 26, shows a relatively small magnitude of inward deflection upon vacuum. Similarly, FIG. 4C, which shows the cross section near a lower end of flex portion 26, also shows a relatively small magnitude of inward deflection upon vacuum. Preferably, and in order to enhance the total magnitude of vacuum absorption, the magnitude of maximum inward deflection of central panel 42 is approximately the same as the magnitude of maximum inward deflection of support structure field 36. Such relative magnitudes are not essential, and the present invention encompasses any relative magnitudes of inward deflection (or even no inward deflection of the support structure fields), according to the language of the claims. It should be understood that the deflection shown by broken lines is for illustration purposes only. Actual deflection may vary in relative magnitude, geometry and/or uniformity.
  • [0038]
    The functional aspects of container 10 are further illustrated in FIGS. 6, 7, and 8. FIGS. 6 and 7 graphically show calculated von Mises stress for container 10 based on a geometric non-linear analysis using 2-D shell elements. Von Mises stress at each point is an averaged stress value calculated by adding the squares of the 3 component stresses (X, Y and Z directions) and taking the square root of their sums. Container 10 was mathematically analyzed as a full bottle without the finish and restrained at the top surface.
  • [0039]
    Stresses were calculated based on a 5 psi vacuum. The temperature variation under vacuum performance was ignored. The wall thickness of container 10 was assumed to be 0.015 inches uniform throughout container 10, except the neck and base 21, which were presumed to be 0.050 inches thick. As best shown in FIG. 7, lateral recess sidewalls 50 a and 50 b undergo the greatest magnitude of von Mises stress under vacuum conditions, thereby (among other things) providing stiffening and inhibiting creasing of lateral rims 48 a and 48 b, respectively. Ridges 62 undergo higher stress than does concave outer portion 58 of flex area ribs 56.
  • [0040]
    FIG. 8 illustrates calculated deformation based on the same conditions as the calculated stresses of FIGS. 6 and 7. In general agreement with the stresses shown in FIG. 7, central panel 42 bows inwardly, with the greatest magnitude of deformation occurring in its center.
  • [0041]
    As best shown in FIG. 8, lateral recess sidewalls 50 a and 50 b and lateral rims 46 a and 46 b function as stiffeners relative to central panel 42. Also, top and bottom recess sidewalls 52 a and 52 b and top and bottom rims 48 a and 48 b act as stiffeners relative to central panel 42.
  • [0042]
    Accordingly, because the support structure field 36 undergoes inward deflection in addition to the inward deflection of the center panel 42 of flex panel 34, vacuum absorption is enhanced. The label panel portion is stiffened by ribs 30, and generally retains its circular shape to enhance labeling and appearance.
  • [0043]
    The present invention is illustrated with respect to a preferred embodiment, and the present invention is not limited to the particular structure described in the preferred embodiment of container 10. For example, the present invention encompasses a container in which a label panel (such as label portion 24 of container body 22) undergoes some deformation under vacuum conditions, becomes out-of-round under vacuum conditions, and/or is not circular in its as-molded state—even though such structure or function is not shown in the figures.
  • [0044]
    Furthermore, it is not essential that the container have separate flex portions 26 and label portions 24. For example, the present invention encompasses the body portion 22 of container 10 or (other body configuration of other container covered by the appended claims) being covered by a label (such configuration not shown in the figures). The non-mechanical and subjectively attractive appearance of body portion 22 renders it suitable for use without a label, and the flex panels 34 disposed about the circumference of container 10 enhance gripping, but such advantages are optional.
  • [0045]
    It is understood that persons familiar with hot-fill container technology will recognize additional advantages and features that flow from the present disclosure, and the present invention encompasses such additional advantages and features such that the scope of the invention is limited only by the claims.

Claims (25)

1. A hot-fillable container formed by blow molding, said container comprising:
a neck portion;
an enclosed bottom portion; and
a body portion disposed between the neck portion and the bottom portion, the body portion including:
flex panels disposed about the circumference of the body portion, each of which includes a recessed central panel and a rim extending along a periphery of the central panel, the central panels being capable of inward deflection in response to the hot-filling process; and
a support structure field interposed between adjacent flex panels, the support structure field including a series of non-vertical ribs that abut one another along at least a portion of their lengths, at least some of the non-vertical ribs including opposing ends that terminate at the rim of an adjacent flex panel, wherein the support structure field is capable of inward deflection in response to the hot-filling process.
2. The container of claim 1, wherein the stiffness of the support fields is greater about its vertical axis than about its horizontal axis.
3. The container of claim 1, wherein each flex panel comprises opposing lateral recess walls extending between the central panel and the rim.
4. The container of claim 3, wherein a central panel hinge portion is formed in the recess walls.
5. The container of claim 1, wherein transverse hinges are defined at an interface between adjacent non-vertical ribs, the transverse hinges diminish stiffness of the support structure field about a vertical axis.
6. The container of claim 5, wherein the ribs are substantially horizontal such that the transverse hinges are horizontal.
7. The container of claim 1, wherein said flex panels are at least three flex panels disposed approximately equidistant about a circumference of the container.
8. The container of claim 1 wherein the body portion includes a circumferential label portion disposed generally above the flex panels and the support structure field.
9. The container of claim 1 wherein the maximum magnitude of inward deflection of each of the central panels is approximately the same as that of the support structure field under vacuum conditions.
10. The container of claim 1, wherein at least some of the non-vertical ribs are concave as viewed from inside the container.
11. A hot-fillable container formed by blow molding, the container comprising:
a) a neck portion;
b) an enclosed bottom portion; and
c) a body portion disposed between the neck portion and the bottom portion, the body portion including a flex portion comprising:
i) a plurality of spaced apart flex panels circumferentially disposed about the body portion, each of the plurality of flex panels including a central panel; and
ii) a support structure field interposed between adjacent flex panels, the support structure field including a series of non-vertical ribs that abut one another along at least a substantial portion of their lengths so as to define non-vertical hinges that are capable of facilitating radial deflection of the support structure field.
12. The container of claim 11, wherein the stiffness of the support structure field is greater about its vertical axis than about its horizontal axis, and wherein the support structure field is capable of inward deflection in response to the hot-filling process.
13. The container of claim 11, wherein each of the flex panels include a pair of opposing lateral rims extending at least along sides of the flex panel, and a pair of opposing lateral recess walls extending between the central panel and the opposing lateral rims.
14. The container of claim 13, wherein each of the flex panels further includes a top and a bottom rim that merge into the opposing lateral rims and a top and a bottom recess wall extending between the central panel and the top and the bottom rim.
15. The container of claim 14, wherein the rims and recess walls are continuous around the perimeter of the central panel.
16. The container of claim 13, wherein each of the opposing lateral rims merge with at least some of the non-vertical ribs.
17. The container of claim 11, wherein at least some of the series of non-vertical ribs are concave as viewed from inside the container.
18. The container of claim 11, wherein a maximum magnitude of radially inward deflection of each of the central panels is approximately the same as that of the support structure field in response to a container negative internal pressure.
19. The container of claim 11, comprising three flex panels and three support structure fields.
20. A hot-fillable container formed by blow molding, the container comprising:
a) a neck portion;
b) an enclosed bottom portion; and
c) a body portion disposed between the neck portion and the bottom portion, the body portion including a flex portion comprising:
i) a plurality of spaced apart flex panels circumferentially disposed about the body portion, each of the plurality of flex panels including a central panel;
ii) a plurality of spaced apart ribbed regions circumferentially disposed about the body portion, each one of the plurality of ribbed regions interposed between adjacent flex panels and including a series of flex ribs;
wherein the maximum magnitude of radially inward deflection of each of the central panels is substantially equivalent to the maximum magnitude of radially inward deflection of each of the ribbed regions in response to a pressure differential of about 5 psi between an exterior and an interior of the container.
21. The container of claim 20, wherein each one of the ribs in the series of flex ribs is oriented in a non-absolute vertical orientation.
22. The container of claim 20, wherein each one of the ribs in the series of flex ribs is concave as viewed from inside the container.
23. The container of claim 20, wherein the flex ribs abut one another.
24. The container of claim 20, wherein a rim extends continuously around the perimeter of each of the central panels.
25. The container of claim 24, wherein opposing ends of the flex ribs that terminate at an adjacent rim.
US10594873 2004-04-01 2005-03-30 Hot-Fill Bottle Having Flexible Portions Abandoned US20080087628A1 (en)

Priority Applications (5)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US55879004 true 2004-04-01 2004-04-01
US11091564 US7347339B2 (en) 2004-04-01 2005-03-28 Hot-fill bottle having flexible portions
US11/091564 2005-03-28
PCT/US2005/010556 WO2005097628A3 (en) 2004-04-01 2005-03-30 Hot-fill bottle having flexible portions
US10594873 US20080087628A1 (en) 2004-04-01 2005-03-30 Hot-Fill Bottle Having Flexible Portions

Applications Claiming Priority (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US10594873 US20080087628A1 (en) 2004-04-01 2005-03-30 Hot-Fill Bottle Having Flexible Portions

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20080087628A1 true true US20080087628A1 (en) 2008-04-17

Family

ID=35053155

Family Applications (2)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US11091564 Active US7347339B2 (en) 2004-04-01 2005-03-28 Hot-fill bottle having flexible portions
US10594873 Abandoned US20080087628A1 (en) 2004-04-01 2005-03-30 Hot-Fill Bottle Having Flexible Portions

Family Applications Before (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US11091564 Active US7347339B2 (en) 2004-04-01 2005-03-28 Hot-fill bottle having flexible portions

Country Status (2)

Country Link
US (2) US7347339B2 (en)
WO (1) WO2005097628A3 (en)

Cited By (13)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20100206838A1 (en) * 2009-02-18 2010-08-19 Mast Luke A Hot-fill container
US20110079576A1 (en) * 2009-10-05 2011-04-07 Thierjung George A Plastic can package
US20120267381A1 (en) * 2006-04-07 2012-10-25 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Container
US20130186848A1 (en) * 2010-07-29 2013-07-25 Khs Corpoplast Gmbh Method for producing blow-molded containers and blow-molded container
US20130193164A1 (en) * 2010-10-11 2013-08-01 Advanced Technology Materials, Inc. Substantially rigid collapsible liner, container and/or liner for replacing glass bottles, and enhanced flexible liners
US8556098B2 (en) 2011-12-05 2013-10-15 Niagara Bottling, Llc Plastic container having sidewall ribs with varying depth
USD696126S1 (en) 2013-05-07 2013-12-24 Niagara Bottling, Llc Plastic container
USD699115S1 (en) 2013-05-07 2014-02-11 Niagara Bottling, Llc Plastic container
USD699116S1 (en) 2013-05-07 2014-02-11 Niagara Bottling, Llc Plastic container
US20140202975A1 (en) * 2011-03-01 2014-07-24 Advanced Technology Materials, Inc. Nested blow molded liner and overpack and methods of making same
US8956707B2 (en) 2010-11-12 2015-02-17 Niagara Bottling, Llc Preform extended finish for processing light weight ecologically beneficial bottles
US9522773B2 (en) 2009-07-09 2016-12-20 Entegris, Inc. Substantially rigid collapsible liner and flexible gusseted or non-gusseted liners and methods of manufacturing the same and methods for limiting choke-off in liners
US9637300B2 (en) 2010-11-23 2017-05-02 Entegris, Inc. Liner-based dispenser

Families Citing this family (36)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US7543713B2 (en) 2001-04-19 2009-06-09 Graham Packaging Company L.P. Multi-functional base for a plastic, wide-mouth, blow-molded container
RU2342293C2 (en) 2002-09-30 2008-12-27 Сио2 Пэк Лимитед Design of container for removal of vacuum-gage pressure
JP4576382B2 (en) 2003-07-30 2010-11-04 グラハム パッケージング カンパニー,エル ピー Processing method of the container handling system and plastic containers
US7347339B2 (en) * 2004-04-01 2008-03-25 Constar International, Inc. Hot-fill bottle having flexible portions
US7578412B2 (en) * 2004-07-23 2009-08-25 Kraft Foods Global Brands Llc Container having gripping recesses
WO2006039523A1 (en) 2004-09-30 2006-04-13 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Pressure container with differential vacuum panels
US7243808B2 (en) * 2005-01-14 2007-07-17 Ball Corporation Plastic container with horizontally oriented panels
FR2887238B1 (en) * 2005-06-21 2007-09-28 Jean Tristan Outreman hot filling process is a thin-walled container and the filled container thus obtained
US8087525B2 (en) * 2005-09-30 2012-01-03 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Multi-panel plastic container
US7900425B2 (en) * 2005-10-14 2011-03-08 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Method for handling a hot-filled container having a moveable portion to reduce a portion of a vacuum created therein
US8747727B2 (en) 2006-04-07 2014-06-10 Graham Packaging Company L.P. Method of forming container
US8267266B2 (en) * 2006-06-02 2012-09-18 Constar International Llc Container having vacuum compensation elements
US20080061024A1 (en) * 2006-09-08 2008-03-13 Chad Keilen Structural ribs for hot fillable containers
US7832582B2 (en) * 2006-10-23 2010-11-16 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Aseptic structural rib for plastic containers
US20100116778A1 (en) * 2007-04-13 2010-05-13 David Murray Melrose Pressure container with differential vacuum panels
US8905253B2 (en) * 2007-04-16 2014-12-09 Plastipak Packaging, Inc. Container having vacuum compensation elements
US20100219154A1 (en) * 2007-04-16 2010-09-02 Constar International, Inc. Container having vacuum compensation elements
US20080314862A1 (en) * 2007-06-20 2008-12-25 The Coca-Cola Company Beverage container with easy label removal
JP5238212B2 (en) * 2007-10-17 2013-07-17 株式会社吉野工業所 Bottle
FR2932459B1 (en) * 2008-06-16 2012-12-14 Sidel Participations Container, in particular bottle, with at least one spline has variable depth
US8627944B2 (en) 2008-07-23 2014-01-14 Graham Packaging Company L.P. System, apparatus, and method for conveying a plurality of containers
US8636944B2 (en) 2008-12-08 2014-01-28 Graham Packaging Company L.P. Method of making plastic container having a deep-inset base
US7926243B2 (en) * 2009-01-06 2011-04-19 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Method and system for handling containers
US20100270259A1 (en) * 2009-04-23 2010-10-28 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Container With Rib Elements Patterned in a Brick Pattern
US8962114B2 (en) 2010-10-30 2015-02-24 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Compression molded preform for forming invertible base hot-fill container, and systems and methods thereof
US9150320B2 (en) 2011-08-15 2015-10-06 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Plastic containers having base configurations with up-stand walls having a plurality of rings, and systems, methods, and base molds thereof
US8919587B2 (en) 2011-10-03 2014-12-30 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Plastic container with angular vacuum panel and method of same
US8991441B2 (en) * 2012-03-02 2015-03-31 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Hot-fillable container with moveable panel and systems and methods thereof
US9022776B2 (en) 2013-03-15 2015-05-05 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Deep grip mechanism within blow mold hanger and related methods and bottles
USD749423S1 (en) * 2014-05-30 2016-02-16 The Coca-Cola Company Bottle
USD763091S1 (en) * 2014-10-14 2016-08-09 The Coca-Cola Company Bottle
USD773310S1 (en) * 2014-10-14 2016-12-06 The Coca-Cola Company Bottle
USD763090S1 (en) * 2014-10-14 2016-08-09 The Coca-Cola Company Bottle
USD781152S1 (en) * 2014-10-14 2017-03-14 The Coca-Cola Company Bottle
USD796957S1 (en) 2015-01-16 2017-09-12 Pepsico, Inc. Bottle
USD784075S1 (en) * 2015-06-16 2017-04-18 Sharkninja Operating Llc Water container

Citations (2)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US6763969B1 (en) * 1999-05-11 2004-07-20 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Blow molded bottle with unframed flex panels
US7347339B2 (en) * 2004-04-01 2008-03-25 Constar International, Inc. Hot-fill bottle having flexible portions

Family Cites Families (24)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2022520A (en) 1934-07-07 1935-11-26 Parsons Ammonia Company Inc Bottle
US3225950A (en) 1965-03-22 1965-12-28 Grace W R & Co Plastic bottle
US4863046A (en) 1987-12-24 1989-09-05 Continental Pet Technologies, Inc. Hot fill container
EP0446352B1 (en) 1988-04-01 1994-11-30 Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd. Biaxially stretched blow molded bottle
JPH0644806Y2 (en) 1989-07-10 1994-11-16 株式会社吉野工業所 Synthetic resin bottle body
US5054632A (en) 1990-07-23 1991-10-08 Sewell Plastics, Inc. Hot fill container with enhanced label support
US5141120A (en) 1991-03-01 1992-08-25 Hoover Universal, Inc. Hot fill plastic container with vacuum collapse pinch grip indentations
US5141121A (en) 1991-03-18 1992-08-25 Hoover Universal, Inc. Hot fill plastic container with invertible vacuum collapse surfaces in the hand grips
US5092475A (en) 1991-06-28 1992-03-03 Continental Pet Technologies, Inc. Reinforced and paneled hot fill container
US5178289A (en) 1992-02-26 1993-01-12 Continental Pet Technologies, Inc. Panel design for a hot-fillable container
US5758790A (en) 1993-09-03 1998-06-02 Mott's Inc. Bottle-shaped container
JP3047732B2 (en) 1994-05-16 2000-06-05 東洋製罐株式会社 Method for manufacturing a biaxially oriented blow container
US5472105A (en) * 1994-10-28 1995-12-05 Continental Pet Technologies, Inc. Hot-fillable plastic container with end grip
US5971184A (en) 1997-10-28 1999-10-26 Continental Pet Technologies, Inc. Hot-fillable plastic container with grippable body
US6223920B1 (en) 1998-05-19 2001-05-01 Sclimalbach-Lubeca, Ag Hot-fillable blow molded container with pinch-grip vacuum panels
USD441658S1 (en) 1999-03-26 2001-05-08 Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. Bottle
CA2370320C (en) 1999-05-11 2007-05-01 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Blow molded bottle with unframed flex panels
US6264053B1 (en) * 1999-05-27 2001-07-24 Plastipak Packaging, Inc. Blow molded bottle having ribbed hand grips
JP4514405B2 (en) * 2000-12-20 2010-07-28 株式会社吉野工業所 Synthetic resin container
US6520362B2 (en) * 2001-03-16 2003-02-18 Consolidated Container Company, Llc Retortable plastic container
US7163123B2 (en) * 2001-10-29 2007-01-16 Frito-Lay North America, Inc. Implosion resistant container
USD482287S1 (en) 2002-05-10 2003-11-18 Constar International, Inc. Grippable bottle
US20050139572A1 (en) * 2003-12-29 2005-06-30 Pedmo Marc A. Plastic container
US7080747B2 (en) * 2004-01-13 2006-07-25 Amcor Limited Lightweight container

Patent Citations (2)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US6763969B1 (en) * 1999-05-11 2004-07-20 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Blow molded bottle with unframed flex panels
US7347339B2 (en) * 2004-04-01 2008-03-25 Constar International, Inc. Hot-fill bottle having flexible portions

Cited By (21)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20120267381A1 (en) * 2006-04-07 2012-10-25 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Container
US9707711B2 (en) * 2006-04-07 2017-07-18 Graham Packaging Company, L.P. Container having outwardly blown, invertible deep-set grips
US8308007B2 (en) * 2009-02-18 2012-11-13 Amcor Limited Hot-fill container
US20100206838A1 (en) * 2009-02-18 2010-08-19 Mast Luke A Hot-fill container
US9522773B2 (en) 2009-07-09 2016-12-20 Entegris, Inc. Substantially rigid collapsible liner and flexible gusseted or non-gusseted liners and methods of manufacturing the same and methods for limiting choke-off in liners
US20110079576A1 (en) * 2009-10-05 2011-04-07 Thierjung George A Plastic can package
US8286815B2 (en) 2009-10-05 2012-10-16 Amcor Rigid Plastic USA, Inc. Plastic can package
WO2011043956A3 (en) * 2009-10-05 2011-06-30 Amcor Rigid Plastics Usa, Inc. Plastic can package
US8939316B2 (en) * 2010-07-29 2015-01-27 Khs Corpoplast Gmbh Method for producing blow-molded containers and blow-molded container
US20130186848A1 (en) * 2010-07-29 2013-07-25 Khs Corpoplast Gmbh Method for producing blow-molded containers and blow-molded container
US20130193164A1 (en) * 2010-10-11 2013-08-01 Advanced Technology Materials, Inc. Substantially rigid collapsible liner, container and/or liner for replacing glass bottles, and enhanced flexible liners
US8956707B2 (en) 2010-11-12 2015-02-17 Niagara Bottling, Llc Preform extended finish for processing light weight ecologically beneficial bottles
US9637300B2 (en) 2010-11-23 2017-05-02 Entegris, Inc. Liner-based dispenser
US9211993B2 (en) * 2011-03-01 2015-12-15 Advanced Technology Materials, Inc. Nested blow molded liner and overpack and methods of making same
US9650169B2 (en) 2011-03-01 2017-05-16 Entegris, Inc. Nested blow molded liner and overpack and methods of making same
US20140202975A1 (en) * 2011-03-01 2014-07-24 Advanced Technology Materials, Inc. Nested blow molded liner and overpack and methods of making same
CN104093637A (en) * 2011-12-05 2014-10-08 尼亚加拉瓶业有限公司 Plastic container with varying depth ribs
US8556098B2 (en) 2011-12-05 2013-10-15 Niagara Bottling, Llc Plastic container having sidewall ribs with varying depth
USD699116S1 (en) 2013-05-07 2014-02-11 Niagara Bottling, Llc Plastic container
USD696126S1 (en) 2013-05-07 2013-12-24 Niagara Bottling, Llc Plastic container
USD699115S1 (en) 2013-05-07 2014-02-11 Niagara Bottling, Llc Plastic container

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date Type
US20050218108A1 (en) 2005-10-06 application
WO2005097628A2 (en) 2005-10-20 application
WO2005097628A3 (en) 2006-11-02 application
US7347339B2 (en) 2008-03-25 grant

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US4355728A (en) Synthetic resin thin-walled bottle
US5472105A (en) Hot-fillable plastic container with end grip
US7416089B2 (en) Hot-fill type plastic container with reinforced heel
US20050218107A1 (en) Rib truss for container
US20070199915A1 (en) Container structure for removal of vacuum pressure
US20060186082A1 (en) Hot fill container with restricted corner radius vacuum panels
US20030000911A1 (en) Hot-fillable multi-sided blow-molded container
US20060255005A1 (en) Pressure reinforced plastic container and related method of processing a plastic container
US20040200799A1 (en) Hot-fillable container with a waisted dome
US7017763B2 (en) Base having a flexible vacuum area
US20060180568A1 (en) Hot-fillable blow molded container with pinch-grip vacuum panels
US6585125B1 (en) Hot fill container with vertically asymmetric vacuum panels
US20060131258A1 (en) Container having broad shoulder and narrow waist
US7198165B2 (en) Molded plastic hot-fill container and method of manufacture
US20050139572A1 (en) Plastic container
US7032770B2 (en) Container with structural ribs
JP2000229615A (en) Plastic bottle
US20060207962A1 (en) Bottle with reinforced top portion
US20060131257A1 (en) Plastic container with champagne style base
US7243808B2 (en) Plastic container with horizontally oriented panels
US6932230B2 (en) Hollow plastic bottle including vacuum panels
JP2007269392A (en) Synthetic resin bottle
US20100116778A1 (en) Pressure container with differential vacuum panels
US20110284493A1 (en) Container with bend resistant grippable dome
US7568588B2 (en) Container with contour

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
AS Assignment

Owner name: CONSTAR INTERNATIONAL INC., PENNSYLVANIA

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:BANGI, MONIS;MOONEY, MICHAEL R;REEL/FRAME:019788/0597

Effective date: 20070330

AS Assignment

Owner name: CITICORP USA, INC., NEW YORK

Free format text: PATENT SECURITY AGREEMENT;ASSIGNOR:CONSTAR INTERNATIONAL INC.;REEL/FRAME:021489/0813

Effective date: 20080903

Owner name: CITICORP USA, INC.,NEW YORK

Free format text: PATENT SECURITY AGREEMENT;ASSIGNOR:CONSTAR INTERNATIONAL INC.;REEL/FRAME:021489/0813

Effective date: 20080903

AS Assignment

Owner name: CITICORP USA, INC., NEW YORK

Free format text: SECURITY AGREEMENT;ASSIGNOR:CONSTAR INTERNATIONAL INC.;REEL/FRAME:022804/0142

Effective date: 20090529

Owner name: CITICORP USA, INC.,NEW YORK

Free format text: SECURITY AGREEMENT;ASSIGNOR:CONSTAR INTERNATIONAL INC.;REEL/FRAME:022804/0142

Effective date: 20090529

AS Assignment

Owner name: CITICORP USA, INC., NEW YORK

Free format text: CORRECTIVE ASSIGNMENT TO CORRECT THE ASSIGNMENT TO REMOVE 11270255, 11150424 AND 61059833 PREVIOUSLY RECORDED ON REEL 022804 FRAME 0142;ASSIGNOR:CONSTAR INTERNATIONAL INC.;REEL/FRAME:023085/0564

Effective date: 20090529

Owner name: CITICORP USA, INC.,NEW YORK

Free format text: CORRECTIVE ASSIGNMENT TO CORRECT THE ASSIGNMENT TO REMOVE 11270255, 11150424 AND 61059833 PREVIOUSLY RECORDED ON REEL 022804 FRAME 0142. ASSIGNOR(S) HEREBY CONFIRMS THE PATENT SECURITY AGREEMENT;ASSIGNOR:CONSTAR INTERNATIONAL INC.;REEL/FRAME:023085/0564

Effective date: 20090529

Owner name: CITICORP USA, INC., NEW YORK

Free format text: CORRECTIVE ASSIGNMENT TO CORRECT THE ASSIGNMENT TO REMOVE 11270255, 11150424 AND 61059833 PREVIOUSLY RECORDED ON REEL 022804 FRAME 0142. ASSIGNOR(S) HEREBY CONFIRMS THE PATENT SECURITY AGREEMENT;ASSIGNOR:CONSTAR INTERNATIONAL INC.;REEL/FRAME:023085/0564

Effective date: 20090529