Patents Assigned to Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
  • Patent number: 10556403
    Abstract: A welding promoting element for an opening device is insertable into a lid (25) of said opening device to connect said lid (25) to a closing element (10) closing a pouring opening (14) of said opening device; the welding promoting element comprises a sheet element (31) provided with a layer (32) of electrically conductive material, with a first layer (33) of heat-sealable plastic material and with a second layer (34) of heat-sealable plastic material arranged on opposite sides of said layer (32), said layer (32) having a thickness comprised in the range 5-15 ?m and each of said first layer (33) and second layer (34) having a thickness comprised in the range 10-50 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Diego Cavanna, Livio Veronesi, Massimiliano Cereda, Davide Corradi, Rocco De Paola, Domenico Didonna
  • Publication number: 20200039713
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of manufacturing a new low density foam-formed cellulose material comprising dialcohol-modified celllulose, and to bulk sheets, layers, laminates or moulded articles comprising such material. Furthermore, the invention relates to a laminated packaging material comprising a layer or sheet comprising the low density cellulose material as well as to packaging containers comprising the laminated packaging material. In particular, the invention relates to packaging containers intended for liquid or semi-liquid food packaging, comprising the laminated packaging material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Cristian NEAGU, Katarina JONASSON
  • Patent number: 10543946
    Abstract: A sheet of packaging material to form a package, comprises a receiving region to receive an opening device of the package attached thereon, the sheet of packaging material further comprises two reference marks detectable by a detecting unit of an applying device arranged for applying the opening device on the receiving region. A method for producing a package comprises folding, filling and sealing a sheet of packaging material to obtain the package, the packaging material comprising a receiving region to receive an opening device and two reference marks, the method comprising detecting the reference marks and selecting a subsequent action to be performed on the package and/or the opening device on the basis of the detected position of the reference marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Gabriele Borasi, Roberto Sgro′
  • Patent number: 10542724
    Abstract: A device for filling cheese curd into a pressing mould comprising a curd distributor, having an inlet end through which cheese curd may be received, and an outlet end through the cheese curd may exit the curd distributor, a pressing-mould holder arranged below the outlet of the curd distributor, one or more drive units, configured to perform a relative motion between the curd distributor and the pressing mould holder in accordance with a selected number of motion patterns, a control unit, configured to control the motion pattern based on input comprising an identifier of a pressing-mould configuration positioned by the pressing-mould holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Harrie Spijkerman, Lammert Bloemsma, Sikko Ros
  • Patent number: 10531677
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an ice cream machine having a filling zone and an emptying zone. The ice cream machine may include a rotatable unit, a mould for receiving ice cream, a stick providing arrangement, and a guiding structure arranged to prevent more than one stick from entering the groove of the mould from the stick providing arrangement. The stick providing arrangement is arranged such that a rotation of the rotatable unit causes the groove to match the position of the stick providing arrangement and thereby allow a single stick to enter the groove, wherein further rotation of the rotatable unit causes one of the sidewalls of the groove to bring the stick along the rotational movement of the rotatable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Ole Bendixen, Tommy Bonde
  • Patent number: 10532901
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) and method for aligning blanks (2) in a magazine (3) holding a number of blanks (2), each blank (2) being a sleeve shaped piece of packaging material folded planar. The device (1) comprises a plate element (4), and a vibrating means (5) connected to said plate element (4) to vibrate said plate element (4) in relation to said magazine (3), such that said plate element (4) comes into contact with an edge of any unaligned blanks in said magazine in order to align said unaligned blanks. The invention also relates to an apparatus (100) and method for fetching a blank (2) from a magazine (3) holding a number of blanks (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventor: Erik Lassen
  • Patent number: 10513366
    Abstract: A packaging container may include a top part with a pouring spout for pouring the contents of the container. The packaging container may further include a tubular body part with an upper end and a lower end, the upper end being joined together with the top part along a circumferential edge of the upper end of the body part. The body part may further include a first group of crease lines extending from a lower end of the body part towards its upper end. The top part may include a recessed portion, the recessed portion and the first group visually forming one surface. A surface near the interface area between the first group of crease lines and the recessed portion of the top part may provide gripping support for one or more fingers of a hand when the packaging container is held by the hand and the remaining fingers while pouring the contents from the packaging container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Kristian Jacobsson, Fredrik Ahlström, Andreas Larsson, Oliver Keller
  • Patent number: 10499662
    Abstract: A method and system of producing extruded ice cream products includes providing a plurality of extruded ice cream products in an ordered arrangement on a plurality of trays and arranging the plurality of trays for movement along a conveyor line. The plurality of trays and the plurality of extruded ice cream products are arranged thereon for downstream processing. The method and system further includes sensing at least one of a vertical product height or a horizontal product position of the plurality of extruded ice cream products arranged on the plurality of trays using at least one sensor, and analyzing the sensed at least one of the vertical product height or the horizontal product position of the plurality of extruded ice cream products using a processor to determine suitability for downstream processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Poul Erik Kristensen, Shane McBride
  • Patent number: 10493671
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming an opening device on a receiving portion of a sheet packaging material for packaging pourable food products comprises a molding unit having a first and a second mold selectively set in an open configuration, in which they are spaced from one another to allow feed of the packaging material therebetween, and in a closed configuration, in which they cooperate with faces of the packaging material and delimit a closed mold cavity housing the receiving portion of the packaging material and adapted to be filled with molten plastic material to define, when the plastic material sets, the opening device. The apparatus further comprises feeding device to feed molten plastic material to the molding zone in the open configuration of the first and second mold, and pressing device exerting pressure on the dose to force it to fill the mold cavity and to form the opening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Pietro Martini, Paolo Benedetti, Paolo Fontanazzi
  • Patent number: 10493670
    Abstract: There is described an apparatus for forming opening devices on a sheet packaging material for packaging pourable food products; the apparatus comprises conveying means for advancing the packaging material along a given path, at least one molding unit arranged along the path and adapted to mold one opening device on a receiving portion of the packaging material, and at least one movable element carrying the molding unit and advanced parallel to at least a portion of the path to allow the molding unit to form the opening device while the packaging material is being advanced along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Davide Borghi, Paolo Fontanazzi, Fabrizio Rimondi, Stefano Flore
  • Patent number: 10494125
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device in a filling machine, said filling machine comprising a filling pipe for supplying liquid food to the tube of packaging material, a pipe for supplying pressurized sterile air to the tube of packaging material, and a gasket for sealing against the tube of packaging material and any pipes inside the tube, for creating an overpressure in the tube. The device further comprises a first pressure gauge for measuring a first pressure inside the pipe at a location upstream from the tube, a device for determining an air mass flow in the pipe, and a control unit for receiving the measured parameters, where the control unit is adapted to calculate the pressure in the tube based on the air mass flow and the first pressure, according to a first pre-established relationship. The invention also relates to a method being implemented by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventor: Jan Andersson
  • Patent number: 10477829
    Abstract: A method for pressing out whey from curd is presented. The method includes receiving a closed casing holding a mold filled with curd, pumping out air from the closed casing such that a pressure force onto the curd can be formed, establishing a connection between a system controller and a casing controller provided in the casing, uploading instructions from the system controller to the casing controller on how to change the pressure during a pressing cycle by opening a valve on the casing, de-establishing the connection between the system controller and the casing controller, and storing the closed casing and executing the instructions uploaded to the closed casing such that whey is pressed out from the curd and a cheese is formed from the curd.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventor: Harrie Spijkerman
  • Patent number: 10471639
    Abstract: A control method for an injection moulding system having an extruder, feeding material continuously to an accumulator, portioning material intermittently to an injection device, wherein the control method is configured to drive the extruder at a high speed or at a low speed respectively, the high speed and the low speed defining an extruder speed interval, the method comprising acquiring a value for an actual positional change for the accumulator (?POSACT), comparing the value for the actual positional change (?POSACT) with a predicted value for the positional change (?POSPRED), and adjusting a speed of the extruder based on a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventor: Peter Lindberg
  • Patent number: 10472109
    Abstract: A folding unit for producing packages from sealed packs comprises an endless conveyor carrying a plurality of paddles arranged for moving said packs along an advancement direction and fold said packs into formed packages, each paddle having a first surface intended to interact with a first pack to form a portion of a corresponding first package and a second surface intended to interact with a second pack to form a portion of a corresponding second package, said folding unit further comprises releasable connecting elements arranged for releasably connecting said paddles to said endless conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Catellani, Herbert Bartolini, Luisa D'Amato, Lucia Izzo, Franco Santi
  • Publication number: 20190337796
    Abstract: An intermediate storage tank assembly can include a filling line; a filling machine; and an end-valve assembly. In some embodiments, the intermediate storage tank assembly comprises a switch arranged between said filling machine and said end-valve assembly for detecting a level of product and in response thereto stopping a priming of intermediate storage tank thereby preventing product from reaching said end-valve assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Johannes van BALLEKOM
  • Publication number: 20190322428
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a packaging material for a retortable package provided with decorative artwork, the packaging material having a pigment-coated paperboard material layer and outer, heat-resistant plastic coatings. In order to improve the printability of the paperboard layer, the surface of the coated paperboard layer intended for printing has a pigment coating composition comprising a pigment mixture, a binder and a zirconium based crosslinking agent, wherein the pigment mixture comprises at least 40 wt % calcium carbonate and at least 10 wt % clay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Mikael LINDSTEDT, Johan LARSSON, Helena TUFVESSON, Anders KARLSSON
  • Patent number: 10449728
    Abstract: There is described a forming assembly (10a, 10b) for forming a plurality of sealed packs (3) starting from a tube (2) of packaging material, comprising: a track (13a, 13b); a first element (15a, 15b), which is cyclically movable along the track (13a, 13b) and comprises, in turn, one of a sealing element (22b) or a counter-sealing element (22a) adapted to seal the pack (3); and a second element (14a, 14b), which is cyclically movable along the track (13a, 13b) and comprises, in turn, a first half-shell (21a, 21b; 21a?, 21b?) adapted, in use, contact the tube (2) so as to bound at least part of a respective pack (3) and control the shape of the pack (3) during the formation thereof; the first element (15a, 15b) and the second element (14a, 14b) are self-movable along the track (13a, 13b) independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Fontanazzi
  • Patent number: 10454356
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive system (1) with electromagnetic energy transfer. The system (1) comprises a track (3) comprising a plurality of stators (4), each stator (4) having at least one winding adapted to generate a magnetic field having a fundamental harmonic (8) and at least one further harmonic (9) when fed with an varying current, and a movable element (2) comprising a primary magnetic element (5) adapted to receive said fundamental harmonic (8) to drive said movable element (2) along said track. The system (1) is characterized in that said movable element (2) further comprises a secondary magnetic element (6a-6c) adapted to receive said at least one further harmonic (9) to generate power onboard of said movable element (2). The invention also relates to a linear fractional slot synchronous machine and a rotational synchronous machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Davide Borghi, Stefano Flore, Claudio Bianchini, Matteo Davoli
  • Publication number: 20190308375
    Abstract: There is described a unit (1) for forming/advancing at least one pack (3) or at least one portion of a pack 5 (3), comprising: frame (12a, 12b), at least one carriage (14, 14b), which is movable along a path (13a, 13b) with respect to frame (12a, 12b) and is adapted to form/advance said pack (3) or said at least one portion of a pack (3), an electromagnetic stationary device 10 (50), at least one tag (52a, 52b) carried by carriage (14a, 14b), and wireless communication means (51) configured to establish a bidirectional communication between stationary device (50) and tag (52a, 52b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Antonio MELANDRI, Stefano ROSSI, Vittoria LANZA, Davide BORGHI
  • Patent number: 10435190
    Abstract: A method for quality control of a packaging system is provided. The method comprises receiving a first record of packaging quality parameter data related to a first packaging quality parameter for a package being assessed, determining a second packaging quality parameter based on said first record, requesting a second record of packaging quality parameter data related to said second packaging quality parameter, and receiving said second record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Scarabelli, Filippo Serafini, Niclas K Olsson, Agostino Lapenna, Maurizio Moser