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1. (WO2010088180) HANDLE APPLICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Pub. No.:    WO/2010/088180    International Application No.:    PCT/US2010/021957
Publication Date: Fri Aug 06 01:59:59 CEST 2010 International Filing Date: Tue Jan 26 00:59:59 CET 2010
IPC: B65D 23/10
Applicants: PLASTIPAK PACKAGING INC.
LACH, Duane, Kenneth
Inventors: LACH, Duane, Kenneth
Title: HANDLE APPLICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD
Abstract:
An apparatus for attaching a handle to a container includes a handle supply mechanism configured to supply one or more handles in an open configuration; a container conveyance mechanism configured to provide a container to a handle application location; and a handle applicator configured to attach or connect a handle that supplied initially in an open configuration to a portion of a container. In an embodiment, a heater is included that is configured to provide energy/heat to at least a portion of the one or more handles prior to application. In other embodiments, handles are supplied for application at an elevated temperature. Methods for attaching a handle to containers are also disclosed.