Patents Examined by Daniel B. Moon
  • Patent number: 6182421
    Abstract: A packaging method includes the steps of conveying a plurality of individual articles toward an assembly area at which the individual articles are formed into a group of articles which are then conveyed to a package area at which the group of articles can also be sized and packaged in a pouch. Preferably, the articles are balls of cotton candy, but individual articles can be similarly packaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: John T. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6178721
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for placing corner protectors upon corner regions of loads or articles to be wrapped, banded, or otherwise packaged comprises a plurality of corner protector magazines and operatively associated corner protector pick-up arm and transfer assemblies which are divided into two groups of diagonally opposed magazines and pick-up arm and transfer assemblies wherein the two groups of magazines respectively house corner protectors having two different height dimensions. Depending upon the sensed height dimensions of the loads or articles, one of the two groups of magazines and pick-up arm and transfer assemblies are selectively activated so as to place the proper dimensioned corner protectors upon corner regions of the loads or articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Faruk M. Turfan
  • Patent number: 6164041
    Abstract: Packaging a plurality of cuboid containers, such as cigarette packs, in a package that is larger than the containers is enabled by arranging the containers in an offset array in which adjacent sides of the containers are offset from each other by a predetermined amount. A blank of relatively stiff material is folded around the array to form the package. The amount the containers are offset in the array is the same amount by which the package sides are longer than the adjacent sides of the containers. This enables the array in effect to fill the package even though the containers themselves are smaller than the package. The invention is particularly useful for cigarette packs since it enables the same package blank to be used for different size cigarette packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Focke & Co., (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Johann Koster
  • Patent number: 6164038
    Abstract: A heater assembly for an automatic tablet dispenser is disclosed. The heater assembly includes a pair of heating rollers respectively having an insertion hole formed through each shaft thereof to receive a heating line therethrough, and a pair of peripheral sealing surfaces and a pair of axial sealing surfaces are appropriately provided on the heating rollers. The packaging paper is foldedly provided between the corresponding pair of sealing surfaces of the heating rollers. The sealing surfaces of the heater assembly has a plurality of continuously-and-linear ridged teeth formed on and along said sealing surfaces, thereby preventing a paper slipping phenomenon from occurring during the paper sealing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Jin Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 6164045
    Abstract: Device for packaging groups, i.e. layers (14), of packages (10) in a carton (11) or the like, and individually arriving packages (10) are collected in the area of a grouping station (23) so as to form rows of packages (13), and the latter are pushed off in the transverse direction by a transverse slide (28) onto a collecting plate (29) in order to establish layers (14) comprising a plurality of rows of packages (13). The complete layers (14) are handled by a lifting conveyer (33) and delivered to the carton (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz H. Focke, Hugo Mutschall
  • Patent number: 6155029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the packaging of a hot melt adhesive in a plastic film to prevent the adhesive from blocking during shipping and storage. The hot melt adhesives of the present invention may be thermoplastic or thermosetting in nature. The films used to wrap the adhesive are flexible in nature and are made of polymer composition, which become part of the adhesive once the adhesive is melted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Surendra Jain
  • Patent number: 6151867
    Abstract: Process and apparatus for handling (individual) packs (10), namely for packaging the latter in a folding box or the like. The packs (10), which, for production or other reasons, are fed in a specific relative position, to be introduced into the folding box as a pack group (22) in another predetermined relative position. For this purpose, turning stations (27, 49) are installed in the region of the pack conveyor and rotate the packs (10)--depending on requirements--about a horizontal axis and/or about a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Hugo Mutschall, Frank Wolter
  • Patent number: 6151861
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically and continuously supplying retractable spouts for cardboard boxes, which includes first and second storing devices for storing first and second spout webs and for continuously supplying said first and second spout webs from which spout elements are formed and cut and also includes feeding means for feeding said first spout web coming from said first storing device as well as end of web sensing means which actuate auxiliary feeding means for taking up the second spout web coming from the second storing device and also including a shaft supporting a first cam for operating the feeding means and the auxiliary feeding means and also including a second cam for operating a punch element for forming and shaping said spout elements, the feeding means including levers pivoted, at a respective middle portion thereof, to a support element and having an end portion thereof coupled to supports associated with the first cam wherein the web sensing means are arranged at said punch element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Giovanni Magri
  • Patent number: 6148588
    Abstract: A fill-through-the-top reclosable package includes first and second opposing body panels joined to each other along a pair of sides and a bottom bridging the pair of sides. The package is provided with a reclosable fastener extending along a package top disposed opposite the bottom. The fastener includes first and second opposing tracks. The first track includes a male profile, while the second track includes a female profile adapted to releasably interlock with the male profile. To provide tamper evidence, the first and second tracks may be joined to each other along an area of weakness. When making the package, the first track is first attached to the first panel, the package is filled with a product via a fill opening between the second track and the second panel, and then the second track is attached to the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Pactiv Corporation
    Inventors: Toby R. Thomas, Samuel D. Aversa, John D. Athans
  • Patent number: 6145279
    Abstract: A process for producing packaged products from a film roll includes the steps of detecting whether an elongate film is defective or not, detecting whether a spool is defective or not, detecting whether an assembled cartridge is defective or not, and detecting whether a case is defective or not. Various defective products detected in these steps are removed without being fed to subsequent steps. By thus detecting various defects in the process for producing packaged products from a film roll, high-quality packaged products can efficiently be manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Karaki, Chiaki Suzuki, Yoshinobu Misumi, Takayuki Kambara, Susumu Sato
  • Patent number: 6145277
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for manufacturing articles, such as syringe barrels, substantially free from contaminants. The apparatus is an enclosure defining at least a class 100 and MCB-3 environment, and includes a molding isolation module and a packaging isolation module. Any contaminants that may exist within the enclosure are removed by the use of horizontal and vertical laminar airflows directed into air filter units. Further, the molding temperature may be selected such that it renders the fabricated articles substantially free from contaminants. The molding isolation module and packaging isolation module keep the fabricated articles substantially free from contaminants from the time the articles are molded to the time the articles are placed in sealed containers for shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Medrad, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lawecki, Eugene A. Gelblum, Michelle Robinson, Ralph E. Wolstenholme, Eugene B. Wolstenholme
  • Patent number: 6145278
    Abstract: A tape packing method capable of packing a tape in such a mode that it can be let off with neither twist nor entanglement from its packing box. When the tape 1 is to be boxed and packed by dropping it, a turning force around the center portion of a packing box 4 is applied to the tape 1 being dropped into the packing box 4, and the direction of the turning force to be applied is alternately switched forward and backward at each predetermined number of turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Idemitsu Petrochemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6145275
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a fitment to an erected carton through ultrasonic welding at an infeed to a packaging machine is disclosed herein. The apparatus has two anvils that oscillate in a horizontal plane and oscillate along a vertical plane at a carton infeed to a packaging machine. As one anvil is attaching a fitment to a carton, the other anvil picks a fitment for attachment to the next carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance, SA
    Inventor: David J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 6145276
    Abstract: A sterilizing device for thoroughly removing hydrogen peroxide from the interior of the container in a short period of time includes a sterilizing agent depositing device 19 which deposits a hydrogen peroxide-containing solution having a sterilizing affect into the interior of the container before the container is filled with a food product and a sterilizing agent removing device 23 which removes the hydrogen peroxide from the interior of the container by blowing compressed hot air into the container. The sterilizing method involves depositing a hydrogen peroxide-containing solution having a concentration in the range of 0.05-0.20 wt. % into the interior of the container before the container is filled with food product, irradiating the interior of the container with ultraviolet light after the hydrogen peroxide-containing solution is deposited in the interior of the container, and removing hydrogen peroxide from the interior of the container by blowing compressed hot air into the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Magnus Palm, Michio Goto, Shunsuke Yoshiyasu, Masayoshi Sugiura
  • Patent number: 6138439
    Abstract: Methods of making slide-zippered reclosable packages are provided. In one embodiment, a pair of opposing film extensions are provided on each package between which a zipper and slider are attached. In another embodiment, sliders are inserted on to zippered packages output from a form-fill-seal machine or the like. In yet another embodiment, during package formation a reclosable zipper is sealed to each package and then a slider is inserted on to the zipper. In yet another embodiment, during package formation a reclosable zipper is sealed to each package and a slider is inserted on to each zipper, either before or after zipper sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. McMahon, Art Malin, Steve Ausnit
  • Patent number: 6134863
    Abstract: There is provided a process of packaging metal pigment in a substantially non-dusting manner. The process includes the step of dampening the metal pigment with a liquid which may be water or an organic solvent compatible with that pigment type. The dampened pigment is then placed into a porous container which is sealed prior to removal of the liquid. The porosity of the container is chosen to permit removal of the liquid (for example by evaporation and/or centrifugation) whilst retaining substantially all of the pigment. Suitable containers include paper bags (such as autoclave bags), woven fiber materials (optionally calendered or coated) and polymer materials. The substantially dry metal pigment can be conveniently stored or transported within the container and is in a convenient form to use in a powder coating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Silberline Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Joseph Wissler Knox
  • Patent number: 6131370
    Abstract: The apparatus and method attaches a section of unsupported interlocking zipper transversely to portion of film drawn around a fill tube of a form fill and sea machine. This includes the steps of driving and guiding said zipper horizontally around the outside of the film formed around the tube in a direction transverse to direction of movement of the film, after the formation of the fin seal. An alternative embodiment drives and guides the zipper horizontally around the inside of the film formed around the tube prior to the formation of the fin seal. A retractable ledge may be used to guide the zipper in the alternative embodiment. A slider operated zipper can also be used in this alternative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Ausnit
  • Patent number: 6131369
    Abstract: A method of making reclosable packages is provided. A package is formed from thermoplastic film. The package includes a reclosable zipper. The sides of the package are slit and spread apart. A slider is inserted on to the zipper through a side slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Ausnit
  • Patent number: 6131372
    Abstract: An article metering device, and a method of metering articles, is disclosed. The article metering device is positioned along a path of travel at a downstream end of a feed conveyor, and at an upstream end of a take-away conveyor of an article handling and packaging system. The article metering device is constructed and arranged to accumulate a first queue of articles on the feed conveyor, to accumulate a second queue of articles on the take-away conveyor, to space the respective articles within the second queue of articles from one another, and to then selectively advance selected ones of the articles within the second queue of articles along the path of travel for being carried on the take-away conveyor toward an infeed conveyor of a downstream packaging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Food Machinery Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel W. Pruett
  • Patent number: 6128885
    Abstract: A process for producing packaged products from a film roll includes the steps of detecting whether an elongate film is defective or not, detecting whether a spool is defective or not, detecting whether an assembled cartridge is defective or not, and detecting whether a case is defective or not. Various defective products detected in these steps are removed without being fed to subsequent steps. By thus detecting various defects in the process for producing packaged products from a film roll, high-quality packaged products can efficiently be manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Karaki, Chiaki Suzuki, Yoshinobu Misumi, Takayuki Kambara, Susumu Sato