Patents Assigned to Fuji Seal International, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10315875
    Abstract: An accumulation device is provided with a first roller group which comprises multiple first rollers that can rotate, and a second roller group which comprises multiple second rollers that can rotate and that can move in the direction towards or away from the first roller group. Substrates are conveyed alternately between the first rollers and the second rollers so as to go back and forth in a wound state, and the substrates are accumulated by relative movement of the first roller group and the second roller group in the direction away from each other. The second rollers are supported by a support member which is capable of moving relative to the first roller group, and are independently biased in the direction away from the first roller group by elastic members which are provided on the support member corresponding to each of the second rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Shigehara, Tsutomu Iwakawa, Takanori Tanaka, Masanobu Tatsumi
  • Patent number: 10315848
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a discharge apparatus for discharging a plurality of flexible spouted containers, the apparatus comprising: a container support comprising a support element with an elongated opening for carrying a row of spouts of a plurality of spouted containers from an inlet to an outlet, wherein the inlet of the support element is configured to receive successive batches of spouted containers in the elongated opening; a biasing unit configured to move at least a subset of the spouts received inside the elongated opening in the support element towards the outlet, wherein the biasing unit further is configured to continuously apply a biasing force to the subset of spouts to continuously discharge the containers from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeroen Gerrit Anton Gebbink, Marinus Antonius Leonarda Van Heck
  • Patent number: 10131460
    Abstract: The invention relates to container sleeving system and method. Sleeves of heat shrinkable foil are arranged around the container. The sleeves are supplied by ejecting the sleeve from the sleeve supply. Containers are supplied form a container supply. The sleeve supply arranges the sleeve around the container by moving the sleeve upwardly around the container. A heat shrink oven is arranged for fixing the sleeve to the container. A conveyor transports containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Ernst Christiaan Koolhaas
  • Patent number: 10131459
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container sleeving method for arranging sleeves around a plurality of containers, the method includes: transporting an array of containers past a sleeve discharge unit; arranging a sleeve of heat shrinkable foil around a container passing by the sleeve discharge unit by shooting the sleeve from the sleeve discharge unit towards the container; detecting whether the sleeve has been correctly arranged around the container; and, if the sleeve has not been arranged correctly around the container, continue transporting one or more containers along the sleeve discharge unit and discontinue shooting one or more sleeves towards the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Lucas Van Rijsewijk
  • Patent number: 10081447
    Abstract: A spreading unit for a container sleeving device, configured to spread open flattened tubular foil material to form a sleeve, to bring the sleeve in a target tubular shape and to discharge the sleeve towards the container, the spreading unit including a mandrel including: an upstream mandrel element for spreading open the flattened tubular foil material having a substantially constant cross-section in axial direction; a downstream mandrel element having a non-constant cross-section in axial direction; an intermediate mandrel element positioned between the upstream and downstream mandrel elements; wherein the downstream mandrel element comprises flaring sides and tapering sides and the intermediate mandrel element is recessed relative to the upstream mandrel element to allow the upstream part of a sleeve to move radially inward when the downstream part of the sleeve moves along the flaring sides of the downstream mandrel element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Lucas Van Rijsewijk
  • Publication number: 20180257834
    Abstract: In the present invention, a pouch container is provided with a first wall surface sheet and a second wall surface sheet disposed facing the first wall surface sheet and has a sealed section in which the back surfaces of the respective wall surface sheets are bonded to each other. The first wall surface sheet and the second wall surface sheet each have a base film, a sealant layer provided on the back surface of the base film, and a platelessly printed layer formed between the base film and the sealant layer. Moreover, the edges of the platelessly printed layer are provided at positions that are at a distance from the container end faces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Masahiro KAMINAGA
  • Publication number: 20180244010
    Abstract: Provided is a pouch container aligned structure, wherein: each pouch container has a folded body part that is the top end of one of a pair of body sheets folded into a substantial V shape, with one end of a top sheet also forming the folded body part by being joined to the top end of the body sheet and the other end of the top sheet forming the distal end portion of the container by being joined to the top end of the other of the pair of body sheets; and the pouch containers are aligned in a state in which the distal end portion of one pouch container is inserted into the folded body part of another pouch container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicants: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC., KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi NII, Hideki ODE, Akira UETSUKI, Shinji WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20180208337
    Abstract: A spout-equipped container (100) that is used to refill a refillable container with a content material includes a refill container spout (1) and a flexible container body portion (2). The container body portion (2) contains the content material. The refill container spout (1) includes a tubular nozzle portion (11) that brings the inside and outside of the container body portion (2) into communication with each other, and a fixing portion (19) that is fixedly attached to the container body portion (2). The nozzle portion (11) includes a throttle projection (14) that protrudes toward a center of the nozzle portion (11) on an inner surface (11c) side in a lower portion (C) that is one of three equal parts obtained by dividing the nozzle portion in a height direction of the nozzle portion. The throttle projection (14) forms, on a leading end side in a protrusion direction of the throttle projection (14), a flow path through which the content material passes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicants: KAO CORPORATION, FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Shinji WATANABE, Yoshinori INAGAWA, Fumihito SUZUKI, Mitsugu IWATSUBO
  • Patent number: 9984596
    Abstract: A cylindrical shrink label is provided with a heat-shrinkable label base material; and a joint formed by cylindrically forming the label base material so that the edges thereof overlap, and then solvent welding the inner surface of the outside edge, which is positioned on the outside of the cylinder, and the outer surface of the inside edge, which is positioned on the inside of the cylinder. A resin layer, which is soluble in a hot alkaline aqueous solution, is formed on the abovementioned inner surface and/or the abovementioned outer surface, which form the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kyogane, Satoru Kawasaki, Akira Miyazaki, Shutaro Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 9944420
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for orienting a tubular heat-shrinkable sleeve relative to a container. The apparatus includes a sleeve orientation unit that uses a moveable support surface to hold and rotate the sleeve relative to the container. To that end, the apparatus further includes a determining unit for determining an angular position difference between the container and the sleeve relative to an axis perpendicular to the conveyor belt on which the container is transported. The angular position difference is used to control the movement of the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Frederik Gerardus Heeman, Joop Michael Petrus Peeters
  • Patent number: 9932161
    Abstract: An apparatus is improved to successively make plastic bags each of which includes an end surface provided with a spout, by employing the general feeding way of panel material, to be simple in structure, low in cost, high in speed and to make it possible to successively make the plastic bags two by two. A first folded portion is formed in a first web of panel material 1. An aperture is formed in a second web of panel material 2. A spout is inserted into the aperture, the spout and the second web of panel material 2 being heat sealed with each other. The second web of panel material 2 is guided by a guide device 18 to be folded after being heat sealed so that a second folded portion should be formed in the second web of panel material. The spout is turned over by the second folded portion. The second folded portion and the first folded portion are heat sealed with each other while the second folded portion and the second web of panel material 2 are heat sealed with each other about the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignees: Fuji Seal International, Inc., Totani Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Ohmae, Mikio Totani, Hiroshi Nagata, Masakazu Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9884696
    Abstract: A label fitting device cylindrically opens and feeds downward an individual label, and thereby fits the individual film body around a fitting target carried to a fitting position. The label fitting device includes a feed unit which feeds downward the label base material while changing the carrying direction thereof, and a label fitting unit which carries downward the label and fits the label to the container. The label is formed by cutting the label base material fed by the feed unit. The label fitting unit is provided so as to be turnable relative to the container to thereby enable adjustment of the fitting angular position of the cylindrical label relative to the circumferential direction of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Takuji Sawamura, Shigeru Hada
  • Publication number: 20170291728
    Abstract: Provided is a film fitting system in which the formation and supply of a tubular film are not disrupted even if contents have spilled out from a container at a tubular film fitting position. A film fitting system 10 has a third container conveying device 16 and a film fitting unit 20. The film fitting unit 20 includes a tubular film forming unit 50 that cuts a long tubular film base material to a predetermined length to form a tubular film, and mandrel heads 40 that receive the tubular film formed by the tubular film forming unit 50 at a film supply position ? and push up the tubular film in an opened state at a film fitting position ? so as to fit the film on a container. The tubular film forming unit 50 is configured to form the tubular film and deliver the tubular film to the mandrel heads 40 at a position separated from a container conveying path of the third container conveying device 16 when viewing the system from above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Applicant: Fuji Seal International , Inc.
    Inventors: Koji ARIMA, Toshiyuki USHIDATE, Yasuyuki KAWAUCHI
  • Patent number: 9776756
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method for forming sleeved containers. The system includes a conveyor for transporting a row of containers, a sleeving unit for arranging sleeves around containers and a heat oven for attaching the sleeve around the container by heat shrinking. The conveyed containers are provided with a sleeve and the sleeved container is transported in the oven to allow the sleeve to shrink. According to the invention, part of the sleeve is removed using a removal unit. The part is removed after heat shrinking. Removing the part allows to uncover part of the container otherwise covered by sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Frederik Gerardus Heeman
  • Patent number: 9751722
    Abstract: A delivery reel for an elongated sheet, having a disk-shaped flange member on which a sheet roll is positioned; an auxiliary core member of generally cylindrical shape split in the circumferential direction to enable expansion in diameter, and inserted into the inside diameter part of the sheet roll; a main core member fitted into the auxiliary core member which has been inserted into the sheet roll; and a stopper member attached to the circumferential edge of the flange member, and jutting toward the outside in the radial direction. The main core member has a plate spring. In a state in which the auxiliary core member has been inserted into the inside diameter part of the sheet roll, and the main core member has been fitted into the auxiliary core member, the plate spring presses the inside peripheral surface of the auxiliary core member toward the outside in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Kawauchi, Yoshihiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 9643743
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sleeving device, a set of a mandrel and collector and a method for arranging a sleeve around a product, such as a container, wherein static charges on the sleeve are reduced. Foil is fed over a mandrel, is cut into sleeves, and ejected over containers. According to the invention static charge is removed from the sleeve's inner surface by collecting static charge in a collector arranged on the mandrel. The collector includes electrical filaments positioned along an inner circumference of the sleeve. The charge is discharged afterwards, e.g. using a spark gap, via a discharger mounted on the frame and connected to the earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Frederik Gerardus Heeman
  • Patent number: 9636883
    Abstract: Score lines are formed on package material. A spout attachment hole is formed in a portion corresponding to a top gusset section of a pouch. A spout is attached to the spout attachment hole. A portion corresponding to a peripheral edge of the top gusset section of the pouch and a portion corresponding to a top edge of a body section of the pouch are heat-sealed, and the package material is cut in the width direction. Portions corresponding to side edges of the body section of the pouch are heat-sealed, and a portion corresponding to a peripheral edge of a bottom gusset section and a portion corresponding to a peripheral edge of a bottom end portion of the body section are heat-sealed. The heat-sealed portions formed at the portions corresponding to the side edges of the body section of the pouch are cut so a spouted pouch package is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Satoshi Nagano, Satoshi Nii, Daisuke Itami
  • Patent number: D802035
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventors: Stijn Antonius Petrus Verhoeven, Jeroen Gerrit Anton Gebbink
  • Patent number: D843847
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Tadashi Takano, Masahiro Kaminaga
  • Patent number: D845147
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Tadashi Takano, Masahiro Kaminaga