Patents Assigned to R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
  • Patent number: 10188141
    Abstract: Cigarette filter rods having individual objects positioned at predetermined intervals therein are prepared by transferring the individual objects from a rotating horizontal pan to a rotating vertical wheel and then depositing the object into a web of filter tow. Each object is positioned within the moving web of tow. The web filter material and the objects positioned within the web are introduced into a rod-forming unit wherein the rod is formed. The rate of feed of the filter tow, the rate of rotation of the horizontal pan and the vertical wheel are controlled relative to one another such that objects are positioned at predetermined intervals along the rod. Cigarette filter elements having well controlled amounts of flavorant contained therein can be made from the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY
    Inventor: Philip A. Deal
  • Patent number: 10159273
    Abstract: The invention provides a tobacco composition for use in a smoking article or a smokeless tobacco composition that comprises an extract derived from a component of a plant of the Nicotiana species. The invention also provides smoking articles and smokeless tobacco compositions that include the extracts described herein, and methods for preparing extracts derived from a component of a plant of the Nicotiana species for addition to a tobacco composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Michael Francis Dube, William Monroe Coleman, III
  • Patent number: 10160559
    Abstract: A package coding system for a cigarette manufacturing process is provided. An imprinting device imprints an alphanumeric code on each of a series of cigarette packages. A conveyor device conveys the cigarette packages in a feed direction. An inspection device is operably engaged with the conveyor device and inspects the alphanumeric code imprinted on each cigarette package conveyed by the conveyor device to determine whether any of the cigarette packages includes a defect in the imprinted alphanumeric code, and thus comprises a defective cigarette package. A removal device is operably engaged with the conveyor device and is configured to be in communication with the inspection device. The removal device is configured to remove the defective cigarette package from the series of cigarette packages conveyed by the conveyor device in response to identification thereof by the inspection device. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Hugh Gates, Hung Phan, Chris Campbell, David Hall, Gary Wood, Reggie Thomas, Frank Brantley
  • Patent number: 10154689
    Abstract: A fuel element adapted for use in a smoking article is provided, the fuel element including a combustible carbonaceous material in an amount of at least 25% by dry weight, based on the weight of the fuel element, and a particulate ignition aid dispersed throughout the fuel element and selected from ceramic particles, cellulose particles, fullerenes, impregnated activated carbon particles, inorganic salts, and combinations thereof, wherein the average particle size of the ignition aid is less than about 1,000 microns. Also provided are elongate smoking articles having a lighting end and an opposed mouth end, and including the above-noted fuel element configured for ignition of the lighting end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Brian Keith Nordskog, Thaddeus J. Jackson, Donna Walker Duggins, Anthony Richard Gerardi
  • Patent number: 10130195
    Abstract: The present system relates to methods and apparatus for displaying retail information. Specially, the present system provides a system for displaying retail information specified by a retailer or a consumer and real-time monitoring of retail product for the retailer. For example, this allows a retailer to send promotional offers to a consumer operated external device, the retailer to keep real-time inventory of products, and the consumer to request the location of a product in a retail outlet. Additionally, the described system provides methods and apparatus for theft detection of a retail product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Percy D. Phillips, Andries D. Sebastian, Ercilia Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10123562
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing rods for use in the manufacture of cigarette filter elements, each rod having individual objects placed at predetermined spaced intervals along the length thereof, comprises means for providing a continuous supply of rod filter material, a first hopper means for providing a reservoir for objects, and a second hopper means for providing a plurality of individual objects. The second hopper means is positioned to receive objects from the first hopper means. The apparatus also comprises a reciprocating screen means between the first hopper means and the second hopper means, means for positioning individual objects from the second hopper to within the supply of filter material at pre-determined spaced intervals, means for forming the filter material into a continuous rod having individual objects positioned at pre-determined spaced intervals within that rod, and means for subdividing the continuous rod at pre-determined intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy Frederick Thomas, Robert William Benford, Barry Smith Fagg
  • Patent number: 10117454
    Abstract: Provided herein is a tobacco recovery machine that automatically removes and separates a tobacco rod from formed cigarettes and slits the tipping paper surrounding the tobacco rod. The tobacco recovery machine includes a hopper that receives cigarettes. A feed mechanism individually feeds the cigarettes from the hopper and through a chopping mechanism that removes the filter rod from each cigarette leaving the cylindrical tobacco rod wrapped in the tipping paper. The tobacco recovery machine next feeds the tobacco rod of the cigarette through a slitting mechanism that slits the tipping paper wrapping surrounding the tobacco. The slitting mechanism axially slits the tipping paper along the tobacco rod such that the tobacco product can separate from the tipping paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY
    Inventors: Balager Ademe, John Larkin Nelson
  • Patent number: 10111458
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for inhibiting formation of nitrosamines by bacteria in tobacco, comprising contacting the tobacco with a substance comprising a plurality of bacteriophages capable of lysing bacteria that form nitrosamines. Disclosed also is a tobacco product possessing a diminished concentration of nitrosamines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Jerry Wayne Marshall, Jo A. Hart, Anthony A. Gerardi, Annett Milling, Robert Reinbold
  • Patent number: 10094562
    Abstract: An igniter apparatus is provided, comprising a heat precursor source having a heat precursor; a heating arrangement configured to, on demand, receive the heat precursor from the heat precursor source and to emit heat associated with the heat precursor and capable of igniting an ignitable article; and a sensory precursor source having a sensory precursor substance, wherein the sensory precursor substance is configured to provide a perceptible sensory effect, and wherein the sensory precursor source is in communication with the heating arrangement and is configured to release the sensory precursor substance in association with the heat emitted by the heating arrangement. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: August Joseph Borschke, Michael Francis Dube, Cynthia Stewart Stokes, Jason Eugene Kobisky, Bruce Alan Bengtsson, Dennis L. Potter, Jeffrey S. Taggart, Geoffrey W. Kennard, Robert F. Soreo
  • Patent number: 10090143
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mass spectrometer comprising a sample inlet, an ionization source, a mass analyzer, and an ion detector, wherein the ionization source comprises a photoionization detector lamp. The invention also provides mass spectrometers comprising two photoionization detector lamps. The use of a photoionization detector lamp can provide an increase in the signal of detected compounds as compared to the signal of detected compounds obtained using a comparable mass spectrometer with a conventional electron pumped beam lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Quanli Gu
  • Patent number: 10078029
    Abstract: A testing system is provided for an article wrapped with an overwrap. The testing system includes first and second receptacle portions cooperating to define a test receptacle having a test fixture therein. The test receptacle is configured to receive the wrapped article. The test fixture is configured to form a seal with the test fixture about a perimeter thereof and to draw a portion of the overwrap away from the article in response to a suction applied in association with the test fixture. A piercing device is configured to form an orifice in the overwrap, within the perimeter, and a fluid between the overwrap and the article, through the orifice, from a fluid source. A pressure and/or a fluid flow change within the test receptacle, externally to the overwrap, is measured with a measuring device to determine whether there is leakage in the overwrap. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Balager Ademe
  • Patent number: 10064429
    Abstract: A system configured to produce smokable products including filter elements formed from multiple fibers is provided. The system includes a texturing apparatus configured to combine the fibers such that the fibers are at least partially entangled with each other and form a mixed fiber product. The entangled fibers may be sufficiently separated from one another such that plasticizer may be applied to the mixed fiber product without necessarily performing tow opening, crimp removal, or blooming operations. The fibers combined to form the mixed fiber product may define characteristics that differ or which are the same. Accordingly, filter elements may be produced that include different fibers that have respective desirable properties associated therewith. Related methods, apparatuses and mixed fiber products are also provided by the disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Andries D. Sebastian, Huamin Gan, Kenneth C. Deloach, Richard L. Sizemore, Dean M. Vick
  • Patent number: 10058121
    Abstract: A biodegradable bi-component fiber may include a polyhydroxyalkanoate and/or polylactic acid with cellulose acetate and/or plasticized cellulose acetate for use in a filter material configured for use in a filter of a smoking article. The bi-component fiber may have a sheath-core construction where one component of the bi-component forms the core, and the other component forms the sheath of each fiber. A filter made in accordance with this design may also include non-biodegradable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Andries D. Sebastian, Alan B. Norman, Leigh Ann Joyce, Huamin Gan
  • Patent number: 10063814
    Abstract: A smoking article package inspection system configured to inspect a smoking article package is provided. The system includes imaging devices configured to capture images of the smoking article package and an analysis unit configured to analyze the images captured by the imaging devices and determine whether the smoking article package is defective. The imaging devices may be positioned and configured to capture images of the smoking article package at least one of: before and after enclosing a plurality of smoking articles in the smoking article package, before and after printing an identifier on the smoking article package, and before and after wrapping the smoking article package with an outer wrapper. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Gary Lee Wood, Chris Campbell, Hung Phan, Hugh Gates, Jim Belk, Zach Francis, Reginald Thomas, Luke Hutchens
  • Patent number: 10058123
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices, methods of forming such devices, and elements of such devices. In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides a heating member that can be formed of a heating element conformed to a heater substrate configured as a truncated cone (or similar shape) having a first end of a first size and a second end of greater size. In some embodiments, the disclosure provides methods of forming an aerosol delivery device, which can include providing a shell, providing a heating member formed of a heating element conformed to a substrate, configuring the heating member as a truncated cone (or similar shape) having a first end of a first size and a second end of greater size, and inserting the heating member within the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Karen V. Taluskie, Stephen Benson Sears, Eric Taylor Hunt, William Robert Collett, Yi-ping Chang, Kristen Dodds Weight, Jeffrey A. Karg, Graham P. Eacock, Matthew C. Ebbs, Robert C. Uschold, Walker MacLaughlin Sloan, III
  • Patent number: 10045559
    Abstract: Filter rods for use in the manufacture of cigarette filter elements are provided, with each rod having a longitudinal axis and incorporating a generally longitudinally extending filter material and a generally longitudinally extending strand within that filter material. A filter making unit receives a continuous supply of a filter material, and forms the filter material into a gathered composite having a continuous cylindrical shape. A continuous supply of a strand (e.g., colored thread) is provided and is introduced into the filter material gathered composite in the tongue of the filter making unit. The filter material and continuous strand positioned therein are formed into a continuous rod having the strand material laterally positioned within that rod, and the continuous rod is subdivided at pre-determined longitudinal intervals to provide a plurality of rod portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: John Larkin Nelson, Vernon Brent Barnes, Louis John Read, Jr., Brent Walker Carter
  • Patent number: 10039312
    Abstract: A method of curing tobacco. The method comprises the steps of contacting a tobacco material with a curing additive comprising one or more salts and curing the tobacco material under conditions and temperature for a time sufficient to produce cured tobacco wherein the amount of the one or more salts contacted with the tobacco is at least 5 percent of the dry weight of the cured tobacco.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Jerry Wayne Marshall, Susan Marlene Adams, Darlene Madeline Lawson, Michael Francis Dube
  • Patent number: 10028522
    Abstract: A tobacco composition for use in a smoking article or a smokeless tobacco composition is provided, the composition including a component derived from a seed of the Nicotiana species. The component can be a seed of the Nicotiana species or a portion thereof in particulate form or in the form of seed isolate derived from a seed of the Nicotiana species. In certain embodiments, the seed isolate is in the form of a chemically transformed seed isolate, the chemical transformation being selected from hydrogenation, acid/base reaction, hydrolysis, thermal treatment, and enzymatic treatment. The invention also provides smoking articles and smokeless tobacco compositions that include the seed components described herein, and methods for preparing a component derived from a seed of the Nicotiana species for addition to a tobacco composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: William Monroe Coleman, III, Michael Francis Dube, Darlene Madeline Lawson
  • Patent number: 10028520
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method are provided for manufacturing a smokeless tobacco product including tobacco material and at least one object. A forming unit is configured to form a continuous supply of a pouch material into a continuous tubular member defining a longitudinal axis. A tobacco insertion unit is configured to introduce tobacco material into a pouch member portion of the tubular member. An object insertion unit is configured to introduce objects into the tubular member, with at least one of the objects being introduced into the pouch member portion. A closing and dividing unit is configured to close and divide the tubular member at intervals along the longitudinal axis thereof, to form the tubular member into a plurality of discrete pouch member portions such that each discrete pouch member portion includes the tobacco material and the at least one of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Charles J. Novak, III, David Charles Bovender
  • Patent number: 10023339
    Abstract: Methods and machines are provided for forming a five-sided carton of packages of smoking articles. A piece of film material is applied to a plurality of packages of smoking articles such that five sides of the plurality of packages are at least partially covered by the film material, but the sixth side remains uncovered. The film material is applied such that the group of packages is sufficiently tightly bound so that none of the packages may slip free from the carton. The sixth side of the plurality of packages in the carton remains exposed so that tax stamps may be easily applied. The film of material may be applied so that a gap is formed relative to the sixth side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Jerry Wayne Pipes, Mark Shane Hatcher, Wesley Steven Jones