S.C. Johnson & Son has patented a process for making containers using thermoplastic material with added features like sliders, stickers, textures, patterns, or embossed surfaces. The method involves fixing, carrying, picking up, reorienting, and depositing container templates using a specialized turner with rotator assemblies. GlobalData’s report on S.C. Johnson & Son gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on S.C. Johnson & Son, Cleaning robots was a key innovation area identified from patents. S.C. Johnson & Son's grant share as of February 2024 was 77%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Process for making containers with various surface features

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: S.C. Johnson & Son Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11904568B2) discloses a novel process for manufacturing containers using thermoplastic material. The process involves providing various features such as sliders, stickers, textured surfaces, patterns, or embossed surfaces along a folded web of the material, which comprises multiple container templates. These templates are then fixed in place relative to a conveyor, carried in a specific direction, picked up by a turner, reoriented horizontally, and deposited onto another conveyor for further processing. The method also includes sealing the sides of the containers using techniques like heat application, ultrasonic sealing, or adhesives, while shaping and detailing the sides concurrently.

Furthermore, the patent describes a variation of the process where the features are provided on two half-webs of thermoplastic material that together form the container templates. These templates are picked up, reoriented horizontally, and deposited in a horizontal orientation to ensure the sides are parallel to the direction of travel. Additional steps include cutting the half-webs into individual templates and sealing the sides with a sealer. The innovative approach outlined in the patent aims to streamline the container manufacturing process by incorporating unique design elements and efficient handling techniques.

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