Patents Assigned to United States Tobacco Company
  • Patent number: 5365687
    Abstract: A collapsible display frame apparatus for use as a motor vehicle roof-top display, wherein a collapsible frame includes rods forming an underleaf perimeter and an overleaf perimeter, coupling means for connecting the rods to define a corner joint, a flexible display, fasteners for attaching the display to each perimeter, and a swivel-slide joint for slidably interconnecting the frame of the underleaf and overleaf perimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventor: William C. Sclater
  • Patent number: 5078459
    Abstract: A can dispenser bracket for use in a modular shelf display; each can dispenser bracket includes a recurvant guide for dispensing an individual can, planar side-end surfaces, an entrance opening, an exit opening, and a back-end surface having a metal bracket attached thereto. The can dispenser bracket may be mounted side-by-side in a modular shelf display which is particularly adapted to stores which have high shelf-space costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventor: William C. Sclater
  • Patent number: 5061334
    Abstract: A high speed labeling machine and method is provided for transferring labels to articles such as cans; the labeling machine includes a device for supplying articles to be labeled, a label transfer wheel provided with individual groups of closely spaced vacuum holddown ports to enable a succession of closely spaced labels to be supported by the transfer wheel and carried by the transfer wheel to the articles, and a pressure severing device for releasing the label from a carrier stock for subsequent transfer from a transfer wheel to the article to be labeled; sprocket holes are utilized to align very precisely a label; such labels may be die cut on the printing press and retained on the carrier by pinpoint attachments or they may be die cut as the label is advanced; in a preferred embodiment, single layer label tapes with release agent on one surface and a pressure sensitive adhesive on the other surface provide added advantages of smaller spool sizes and faster speeds; single layer label tapes also make tamper
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Eugene H. Paules
  • Patent number: 4711687
    Abstract: A method for precision labeling of containers such as cans for labeling top, bottom or sides, including labeling sides of containers with lids; side labels may have secondary labels, e.g., tax stamps, placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Eugene H. Paules
  • Patent number: 4703765
    Abstract: A machine for forming, continuously, distinct portions of smokeless tobacco in a pouch or pocket form, and continuously forming a chain of individual pouches containing the distinct portions of smokeless tobacco, cutting each pouch from a string of pouches, counting out a pre-set number of pouches for filling a container with the pre-set number of pouches with a set moisture content; further indexing each container relative to its production cycle, including means for rejecting improperly filled containers based on improperly filled individual or a plurality of pouches, closing each container with a lid, and pneumatic and other control means for controlling the production cycle of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Eugene H. Paules, Frank S. Nastro
  • Patent number: 4657622
    Abstract: A machine and a method for precision labeling of containers such as cans for labeling top, bottom or sides, including labeling sides of containers with lids; side labels may have secondary labels, e.g., tax stamps, placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Eugene H. Paules
  • Patent number: 4646933
    Abstract: A plastic can has been disclosed which is designed to retain freshness of the contents and provide, during the lidding operation, an easy placement of the lid thereon; the can has vents which allow the lid to be placed thereon without pneumatic back pressure restraining the lid from properly seating on the can; at the same time, for high speed lid placement certain camming arrangements have been provided to facilitate the lid being placed on the can and being seated properly thereon; considerable improvements in retained content freshness have been observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Edward Jurczenia, Alton W. Adams
  • Patent number: 4347856
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing cigar wrappers for a cigar wrapping machine. The cigar wrappers are stored in a bobbin which is a continuous web of porous sheet material which is wound into a roll with the cigar wrappers positioned upon one surface of the roll and compressed between the adjacent surfaces of the respective layers or turns in the roll. The web is drawn from the bobbin to a transfer zone in the wrapping machine along a continuous path. The web is diverted from the path around a knife edge which forms the upstream edge of a gap between two plates. The web passes from the knife edge around a roller and then back through the gap. The cigar wrappers are peeled from the web by the sharp turn of the web around the knife edge and they pass over the narrow gap directly onto the web which is moving back through the gap from the roller. This overcomes a serious difficulty which was encountered in removing the cigar wrappers from the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventors: John Woltman, Donald W. Zarfos, Robert F. Bulger, deceased
  • Patent number: 4255924
    Abstract: The method and apparatus for producing pipe cleaners each of which comprises two wires which have been twisted into interlocking spirals with fiber elements clamped between the wires. Two primary wires pass through a spinning head and three continuous strands of fibers are wound into spirals covering the wires. Holding wires are passed against the spiral strands upon opposite sides as the entire assembly moves between a pair of pulleys. As the assembly emerges, the fibers are cut diametrically of the spirals to form two continuous rows of fiber elements. Each row is clamped to its adjacent primary wire by a holding wire thus to form a workpiece. Each workpiece passes through a transfer assembly in which the row of fiber elements is clamped to a pulley by one of the wires while the other wire passes along a free loop around pulley and thence back to the row of fiber elements in the wire holding them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1981
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Jan Siwerstam
  • Patent number: 4190170
    Abstract: A flat can of a size which will fit in a person's pocket which is suited particularly for snuff, but is adapted for use with other products. The can has a bottom wall and a cylindrical side wall, and there is a lid with a top wall and a downwardly-extending peripheral flange which fits snugly around the neck of the cylindrical side wall. The lid is held in place by circumferential rib structures, respectively on the outer surface of the neck of the side wall and on the inner surface of the lid flange. There are also vertical ribs on the can neck which extend upwardly from the peripheral rib and which provide venting when the lid is installed. The vertical ribs are in pairs spaced a short distance from each other and there is a gap in the peripheral rib on the neck between the bottom ends of each pair of vertical ribs. When the lid is being installed or removed, the circumferential rib on the lid flange rides upon the vertical ribs so as to facilitate the movement of the lid flange on the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1980
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Eugene J. Boyd
  • Patent number: D330136
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Gary F. Rogers