Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm George R. Corrigan
  • Patent number: 8257236
    Abstract: A machine and method for making bags is described and includes a web traveling from an input section to a rotary drum, to an output section. The rotary drum includes at least one seal bar, having a first sealing zone, and an adjacent weakening zone. The weakening zone may be a heated perforator, includes a heating wire, or be disposed to create an auxiliary sealed area. The heating wire can have, connected thereto, a source of power that is at an adjustable voltage or magnitude, and/or pulsed, and/or a feedback loop. The heating wire may be an NiCr wire and make intermittent contact with the web and be disposed in an insert. The weakening zone may create a line of weakness that is uniform or varies in intensity, is a separating zone, or includes a heat film, a toothed blade, a row of pins, a source of air, or a source of vacuum. The sealing zones may include temperature zones, cartridge heaters, cooling air, or heated air, or a source of ultrasonic, microwave or radiative energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Selle, Kenneth C. Radtke, Charles H. Sauder, Paul A. Johnson, Christopher Lee White, Arvid R. Johnson, Gregory T. Prellwitz, Michael J. Stickney, Thomas C. Jansen, Christopher A. Saucier, Terry L. Leitzke, Bradley J. Schmoll
  • Patent number: 8191466
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus including a tank having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product, the tank having an inner wall defining a compartment and including a solid, imperforate wall portion, fluid being contained in the compartment, and a rotatable auger mounted in the compartment, the auger for advancing food product within the compartment from the inlet end toward the outlet end, the auger including flights having a flight wall with a radial edge, a clearance space being defined between the radial edge of the flights and the solid, imperforate wall portion of the inner wall. Flow of fluid through the clearance space may be inhibited. One of the inner wall and the flight wall may include a perforated wall portion. Flow of fluid between the first auger section and the second auger section may be provided through the perforated wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Maupin, David R. Zittel
  • Patent number: 8087349
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus includes a tank defining an inner compartment having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product, an open-top screen mounted within the compartment and positioned relative to the tank in a first position, and a rotatable auger mounted such that at least a portion of the auger is within the screen for advancing food product within the tank from the inlet end of the tank toward the outlet end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Zittel, Daniel D. Maupin
  • Patent number: 8087348
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus includes a pressure vessel defining a compartment having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product, an open-top screen mounted within the compartment and movable relative to the compartment between a first position, for food processing, and a second position, to facilitate cleaning, a rotatable auger mounted such that at least a portion of the auger is within the screen, the auger being operable to advance food product within the compartment from the inlet end of the pressure vessel toward the outlet end, and a transfer mechanism including a conduit in communication with the compartment, a fluid discharge positioned substantially within the conduit, and a pressurized fluid source in communication with the fluid discharge and operable to propel a fluid through the fluid discharge to move food product through the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Maupin, David R. Zittel
  • Patent number: 8029428
    Abstract: A machine and method for making bags is described and includes a web traveling from an input section to a rotary drum, to an output section. The rotary drum includes at least one seal bar, having a single sealing zone, and a weakening zone disposed within the single sealing zone. The single sealing zone may be a heated perforator, and may include a heating wire. The heating wire may be an NiCr wire stitched into the heater, and be disposed on a cap or on the seal bar. The weakening zone may create a line of weakness that is uniform or varies in intensity. The sealing zone may include temperature zones, cartridge heaters, cooling air, or heated air, or a source of ultrasonic, microwave or radiative energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Selle, Gregory T. Prellwitz
  • Patent number: 8012076
    Abstract: A machine and method for making bags is described and includes a web traveling from an input section to a rotary drum, to an output section. The rotary drum includes at least one seal bar, having a first sealing zone, and an adjacent weakening zone. The weakening zone may be a heated perforator, includes a heating wire, or be disposed to create an auxiliary sealed area. The heating wire can have, connected thereto, a source of power that is at an adjustable voltage or magnitude, and/or pulsed, and/or a feedback loop. The heating wire may be an NiCr wire and make intermittent contact with the web and be disposed in an insert. The weakening zone may create a line of weakness that is uniform or varies in intensity, is a separating zone, or includes a heat film, a toothed blade, a row of pins, a source of air, or a source of vacuum. The sealing zones may include temperature zones, cartridge heaters, cooling air, or heated air, or a source of ultrasonic, microwave or radiative energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Selle, Kenneth C. Radtke, Charles H. Sauder, Paul A. Johnson, Christopher Lee White, Arvid R. Johnson, Gregory T. Prellwitz, Michael J. Stickney, Thomas C. Jansen, Christopher A. Saucier, Terry L. Leitzke, Bradley J. Schmoll
  • Patent number: 8006613
    Abstract: A transfer mechanism for transferring food product from a compartment of a food processing system includes a conduit having a first end portion configured to be in communication with the compartment and a second end portion, a fluid discharge positioned substantially within the conduit between the first end portion and the second end portion, and a pressurized fluid source in communication with the fluid discharge. The pressurized fluid source is operable to propel a fluid through the fluid discharge to move the food product from the first end portion of the conduit toward the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn W. Stousland, David R. Zittel, Daniel D. Maupin, Steve J. Schultz, Scott K. Weisman
  • Patent number: 7811219
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making bags is disclosed. It includes receiving a film and imparting a plurality of successive seals to the film to form bags. The location of the imparted seals is determined by monitoring at least two sensors. A plurality of perforations are imparted to the film at locations relative to a corresponding seal in response to the determination. The position of a perforator such as rotary position, of a knife may be controlled in response to determining the location. The seals may be formed by a rotary drum, and the perforation by a rotary knife. The sensors may be at the same or different cross machine direction and/or machine direction locations. Startup may include adjusting and recording the position of a prior perforation relative to a prior corresponding seal, and using that recording as a base relative location in another embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Charles H. Sauder, Paul A. Johnson, Christopher L. Schlies
  • Patent number: 7778056
    Abstract: A welding power supply includes an input rectifier that receives sinusoidal or alternating line voltage and provides a rectified voltage. A pre-regulator provides a dc bus and a convertor, such as a boost convertor, provides a welding output. The pre-regulator is an SVT (slow voltage transition) and an SCT (slow current transition) switched convertor. It may include a snubber circuit having a diode that is SVT switched. Also, the boost convertor may be SVT and SCT switched. The pre-regulator preferably includes a power factor correction circuit. The power source includes, in one embodiment, an inverter having a snubber circuit having a first switch in anti-parallel with a first diode, and a second switch in anti-parallel with a second diode. The first switch and first diode are connected in series with the second switch and the second diode, and the first and second switches are connected in opposing directions, to form a switched snubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Steven J. Geissler
  • Patent number: 7776198
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of anodizing a component, preferably aluminum, is disclosed. The component is placed in an electrolyte solution. A number of pulses are applied to the solution and component. Each pulse is formed by a pattern including having three magnitudes. The third magnitude is less, preferably substantially less, than the first and second magnitudes, and all three magnitudes are of the same polarity. The pulse pattern may include alternations between the first and second magnitudes, and following the alternations, the third magnitude. Other patterns may be provided. The solution is in a reaction chamber, along with at least a portion of the component. The fluid enters the reaction chamber from a transport chamber through a plurality of inlets directed toward the component, preferably at an angle of between 60 and 70 degrees. The inlet is preferably the cathode, and the component is the anode, whereby current flows between the cathode and the anode in another embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Pioneer Metal Finishing, LLC
    Inventor: Jean Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 7757460
    Abstract: A vertical form fill and seal continuous pouch machine includes a forming tube having a cross section area of CA is disclosed. A film tube is continuously formed about the forming tube and fed downward. A horizontal sealing assembly includes at least one pair of opposing sealing bars that make horizontal seals on the film, thereby forming pouches. The horizontal seals are formed in a horizontal sealing zone, and the vertical distance from a lower end of the forming tube to the center of the horizontal sealing zone is a transition distance that is (in inches) preferably no more than 0.5 multiplied by the cross-section area (in sq inches).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Curt Frievalt, Brian E. Kettner
  • Patent number: 7750600
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for charging batteries includes using an input rectifier to receive an ac input and provide a dc signal. A converter receives the dc signal and provides a converter output. An output circuit receives the converter output and provides a battery charging signal. A controller preferably controls the converter to power factor correct. The system can include multiple output circuits, used either singly or at the same time, and designed for one or more voltages. They can be user removable. Preferably, the converter output has a magnitude independent of a range of frequencies and a range of magnitudes of the ac input, and the range can be, for example, at least a factor of two or at least two utility voltages. The controller includes a charging schedule module that receives feedback, such as voltage and/or current feedback and/or temperature feedback. The output circuit, such as a dc-dc converter, is controlled in response to the feedback in other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventors: David A. Stanzel, Jon O. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 7598474
    Abstract: A short circuit arc welding system is disclosed. The control scheme uses a current command signal comprised of a long-term current command that sets the long-term current command level and a real-time or short-by-short current command to drive the output current. Feedback is used to determine if the desired arc length is present and to adjust the long-term command. The short-by-short current command is derived from real-time arc current feedback and is used to control the burn-off rate by adjustment of the current command. The short being about to clear is detected in real time. When the process is ending a very low current level is provided to avoid forming a ball. If a short is created, after the low current level, a burst of energy is provided to clear of burn off the short. After the short is cleared, very low current is again provided to avoid forming a large ball, until the wire stops and the process ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Hutchison, Todd E. Holverson, James L. Uecker
  • Patent number: 7578779
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making and winding bags is disclosed. The bag machine includes an unwind section, a forming section, and a winder. The winder has an infeed nip and two spindles. Each spindle is located along a respective one of two alternative film paths. The spindles can be fixed position spindles and the alternative film paths can be predominantly downward. An over speed nip may be provided between the infeed nip and the alternative film paths to separate rolls or to separate all bags. An overlapper can be included. Rods that travel in an elliptical orbit, and/or air nozzles can be part of the overlapper. Air nozzles can also be used to direct the film to the appropriate alternative path. Conveyor belts along the alternative film paths can be used to guide the film. Static pinners can be used to help bold the bags to the conveyor, or the last bag to the roll. Pop-up fingers and air horns can help start the roll on a spindle. Paper banders can be use, as can pneumatic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventor: Paul A. Selle
  • Patent number: 7554056
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing welding-type power include a wire feeder that provides wire to an arc and a power supply that provides power to the arc. A reversible wire feed motor moves the wire to and away from the arc. A controller controls the reversible wire feeder motor to reverse at least once per process cycle, and/or controls the power source to provide a desired mean arc current, and/or controls the reversible motor in response to short detection and short clearing, and/or controls the reversal frequency in response to pool oscillation frequency. A wire feed motor output is slaved to an average of the reversible motor output. The controller may include various control modules, such as a mean arc current control module, and/or a short detection feedback circuit. The reversible motor is a stepper motor, that incrementally turns in a series of steps having a given angle in another embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Gerd Huismann, Peter Hennecke
  • Patent number: 7445590
    Abstract: A machine and method for making bags is described and includes a web traveling from an input section to a rotary drum, to an output section. The rotary drum includes at least one seal bar, having a first sealing zone, and an adjacent weakening zone. The weakening zone may be a heated perforator, includes a heating wire, or be disposed to create an auxiliary sealed area. The heating wire can have, connected thereto, a source of power that is at an adjustable voltage or magnitude, and/or pulsed, and/or a feedback loop. The heating wire may be an NiCr wire and make intermittent contact with the web and be disposed in an insert. The weakening zone may create a line of weakness that is uniform or varies in intensity, is a separating zone, or includes a heat film, a toothed blade, a row of pins, a source of air, or a source of vacuum. The sealing zones may include temperature zones, cartridge heaters, cooling air, or heated air, or a source of ultrasonic, microwave or radiative energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Selle, Kenneth C. Radtke, Charles H. Sauder, Paul A. Johnson, Christopher Lee White, Arvid R. Johnson, Gregory T. Prellwitz, Michael J. Stickney, Thomas C. Jansen, Christopher A. Saucier, Terry L. Leitzke, Bradley J. Schmoll
  • Patent number: 7446503
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for charging batteries includes using an input rectifier to receive an ac input and provide a dc signal. A converter receives the dc signal and provides a converter output. An output circuit receives the converter output and provides a battery charging signal. A controller preferably controls the converter to power factor correct. The system can include multiple output circuits, used either singly or at the same time, and designed for one or more voltages. They can be user removable. Preferably, the converter output has a magnitude independent of a range of frequencies and a range of magnitudes of the ac input, and the range can be, for example, at least a factor of two or at least two utility voltages. The controller includes a charging schedule module that receives feedback, such as voltage and/or current feedback and/or temperature feedback. The output circuit, such as a dc-dc converter, is controlled in response to the feedback in other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Stanzel, Jon O. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 7414222
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for multi process welding includes providing a controlled short circuit output and a pulse output in response to a user selection across a workpiece output stud and a torch output stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Todd E. Holverson, Richard M. Hutchison, James L. Uecker
  • Patent number: 7411155
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing welding-type power are disclosed. They include a source of welding-type power and at least one welding system peripheral. Each includes a network module that has boot loader software. A network is connected to the two network modules, and the network has connection for updates that is capable of receiving software updates. The network connection for updating may be on a user interface module, disposed inside or outside of a housing of the source of welding-type power and may include an RS232 connection. The network modules may include application software. The peripheral may be a wire feeder, a robot interface, or any other peripheral. A second peripheral, with a network module and boot loader software, may also be connected to the network. The updating can occur when the system is powered up. The software update is obtained from a personal computer, a personal digital assistant, or over the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: L. Thomas Hayes
  • Patent number: RE42732
    Abstract: A method and rotary blancher for processing food product using a heat transfer medium and directed flows of a fluid that can comprise a liquid, a gas, a vapor or a combination thereof. The directed flows can be discharged from orifices or banks of orifices that are distributed around the food products in the blancher. The flows are discharged at a high flow rate, a high pressure, or a combination of both. Where a liquid is discharged, it preferably is discharged at a flow rate of at least 20 gpm and at least 30 psi. Where a gas is discharged, it is discharged at a flow rate of at least 60 CFM at a pressure of at least 2 psi or at a flow rate of at least 10 CFM at a pressure of at least 80 psi. If desired, discharged fluid can be recirculated to save energy. To help increase agitation and help break up clumps of food products in the blancher, direct-contact mechanical agitation devices, such as baffles, can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Zittel, Steven W. Hughes, Daniel D. Maupin