Patents Examined by Eduardo R Ferrero
  • Patent number: 10299439
    Abstract: A wrapping mechanism is described that comprises at least two material support cylinders, a mechanism support cylinder, and a first and a second support plate, which are all rotatable about a support axis. The wrapping mechanism can comprise a pair of frame plates, a drive mechanism, a brake system, a lock mechanism, at least one feed roller and a feed plate. The wrapping mechanism can be integrated into an agricultural harvester such as a baler or combine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Simmons
  • Patent number: 10287049
    Abstract: A bag opener is presented as an accessory component for bag roll dispensers, which is suitable for multiple-ply bags (such as “star sealed” bags) that are dispensed from a continuous roll and allows bags to be dispensed to the user in a partially opened state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Arthur Julius Beutler
  • Patent number: 10278696
    Abstract: A surgical fastener applying apparatus for applying fasteners to body tissue. The apparatus includes an anvil half-section having a distal anvil portion and a proximal handle portion and a cartridge receiving half-section having an elongated channel member. A firing assembly is releasably supported in the cartridge half-section and includes a locking member. A clamping lever having an engagement member engages a latch portion of the locking member to releasably retain the clamping lever in a clamped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Aditya Nanditale Gurumurthy, Arvind Kumar Gupta, Kiran Garikipati, Nagaraju Dongala, Nikhil R. Katre
  • Patent number: 10266361
    Abstract: Disclosed is a web handling system that includes a spindle having a spindle magnetic coupling portion and a roll core configured for receiving the spindle for mounting thereon and having a roll magnetic coupling portion, wherein the spindle and roll magnetic coupling portions are configured for magnetically attracting each other to hold the roll on the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: George T. Bertram, Douglas Walker
  • Patent number: 10266291
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reliably vacuum packing any size bottle, jars or bowl. The method being to stack progressively larger overlapping vacuum lids atop one another to fit size opening of a food storage container. The apparatus consisting of an assembly of overlapping circular vacuum lids wherein the bottom surface of each circular vacuum lid is covered with a flexible elastomeric gasket that can form an air-tight seal with either a mating overlapping circular vacuum lid or the opening of a food storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Calvin Cannon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10265065
    Abstract: A surgical staple and staple cartridge for removably storing the surgical staple. The surgical staple can comprise a plurality of separate and discrete staple drive surfaces. The staple drive surfaces can be configured to move along parallel paths in the staple cartridge. Additionally, the staple cartridge can comprise a staple cavity, and a plurality of lift planes can extend through the staple cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Charles J. Scheib, William D. Fox, Michael J. Stokes, John R. Dugan
  • Patent number: 10259607
    Abstract: In one general aspect, a system for aseptically filling a tray of pharmaceutical containers with a pharmaceutical product is disclosed, which consists of an aseptic chamber, one or more articulated arms within the chamber, a sensor aseptically disposed with respect to the chamber, and a controller. The controller determines the locations of openings of the containers based on the image information from the sensor, and automatically guides one of the arms to fill the containers with the product. In order to obtain suitable contrast for accurately identifying the openings, an illuminator illuminates the tray with substantially collimated light. The sensor images the tray and containers using collimated light reflected from a reflective surface such as a retroreflector under the tray. To this end, the sensor may be disposed at a large enough distance from the retroreflector to collect largely the retroreflected light, or the sensor may employ a telecentric lens or a Fresnel lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Diaz Guerrero
  • Patent number: 10262114
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention may provide an efficient method of identifying unit doses of medication, and more specifically, to dispensing, identifying, packaging, and labeling unit doses of medication for distribution. In particular, methods may include receiving medication information, causing identifying information related to the medication information to be printed to a web of material, where the identifying information is printed at regular intervals, and preparing a medication unit dose to be dispensed to a container. Methods may further include verifying that the medication unit dose corresponds to the identifying information printed to the web of material, and joining the web of material to the container in response to the dispensed unit dose corresponding to the identifying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Aesynt Incorporated
    Inventor: Patrick J. Braun
  • Patent number: 10235749
    Abstract: A method and system for forming a packaged product (100) and ensuring that the packaged product (100) is adequately filled. In one aspect, the method includes forming a product (101); introducing the product (101) into a package (103), thereby forming a packaged product (100); obtaining an x-ray image (201) of the packaged product (100); analyzing the x-ray image (201) utilizing a processor (118) to identify whether bounded contours (200) exist in the x-ray image (201) for each of the bounded contours (200), the processor (118) determining whether the bounded contour (200) is a threshold defect based at least in part on bounded area (208) of the bounded contour (200) for each of the threshold defects, the processor (118) classifying the threshold defect as one of a plurality of pre-determined defect types; and determining a source of at least one of the threshold defects in the packaged product (100) based at least in part on the classification of the at least one of the threshold defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Moses Alexander Magana
  • Patent number: 10226907
    Abstract: In accordance with a broad embodiment of the invention, a novel paper product is comprised of two or more slit sheet packing material layers, each layer having its own slit pattern design to create interlocking layers of expansion sheet packaging materials. Each layer expands to create a three dimensional open netting of cells of hexagons, and the like, and is designed to have limited nesting with its opposing layer, thereby maximizing the thickness of the combined layers as compared to nested layers. Adjacent layers have differing slit patterns and can be expanded through expander type machinery such that the expansion rates of the differing slit pattern layers can be varied to deliver the same width of exiting expanded material from each layer. Preferably the differing slit patterns produce when expanded, inclined land area that have the same number of rows per inch, but different angles of inclination of the land areas, such that adjacent layers can interlock, that is, have a restricted amount of nesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: David P. Goodrich
  • Patent number: 10179664
    Abstract: Robotic pick-and-place automation is used to transfer oral solid pharmaceuticals from moveable trays or canisters. Sensors are used to verify that the pharmaceuticals have been properly placed in the desired pharmaceutical locations precisely according to the patient prescription data. A pharmacist places pharmaceutical products within dispensing trays or canisters to present the pharmaceutical products for picking and placing via the robotic pick-and-place machinery. Once the canister or tray is located adjacent the pick-and-place device, a sensor or imaging unit associated with the pick-and-place device verifies that the pharmaceutical product the size, shape, and/or color of an expected pharmaceutical product that is to be placed within the packaging material in accordance with patient prescription data stored by a computer associated with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: MTS Medication Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward D Kames, Robert Barrett
  • Patent number: 10160617
    Abstract: A bag opener is presented as an accessory component for bag roll dispensers, which allows bags to be dispensed to the user in a partially opened state. The opener may be extruded, molded or machined depending on the design of the dispenser, and is suitable for multiple-ply bags (such as “star sealed” bags) that are dispensed from a continuous roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Arthur J Beutler
  • Patent number: 10145189
    Abstract: A device for a flushing head (3) of a rock drilling machine (1), which includes a machine housing (3) and, inside a cylinder (18), a to and fro moveable percussive piston (17) arranged to exert percussive action against a shank adapter (15), wherein the shank adapter has symmetry axis (19) and a flushing medium channel (22,23) for co-operation with a flushing medium chamber (24) in the flushing head (3) surrounding the shank adapter (15), said flushing head (3) being provided with a connection unit (7) for the connection to a flushing hose (10). The flushing head (3) and the machine housing (2) exhibit co-operating fastening means and fastening elements (6) in line with a force direction of tensile forces (F) being exerted by the flushing medium hose (10) on the connection unit (7) for movability of the flushing head (3) in respect of the machine housing (2) in directions perpendicular to said symmetry axis (19). The device also concerns a rock drilling machine including such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Epiroc Rock Drills Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Per Jonsson
  • Patent number: 10138013
    Abstract: An opening apparatus for a gusseted tube which is fed in from a tube supply for the purpose of the later transfer to a device. The opening apparatus has at least two suction cheek arranged on each of two sides of the gusseted tube. Each suction cheek is arranged on one side of the gusseted tube and has a contact region which interacts with the gusseted tube and has a suction region with a protective device which lets an air flow through. The two suction cheeks lie opposite one another to be moved apart in a direction orthogonally with respect to the folded-together gusseted tube. An opening apparatus has both side cheeks of a pair arranged such that they can be moved along the outer face of the gusseted tube away from the other pair of suction cheeks to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MSK—Verpackungs-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Hannen, Frank Michels
  • Patent number: 10131454
    Abstract: An ammunition packing apparatus comprises an ammunition feeder receiving ammunition cartons and horizontally arranging the ammunition cartons in a left or right direction, an ammunition vertical conveyor vertically conveying the ammunition cartons to an ammunition horizontal conveyor, the ammunition horizontal conveyor advancing the ammunition cartons to an ammunition inserter, an ammunition pouch mounter placing and fastening empty ammunition pouches in a flat and stretched position, an ammunition pouch opener opening mouths of the ammunition pouches, and the ammunition inserter advancing and inserting the ammunition cartons into the ammunition pouches, wherein the ammunition inserter includes spade-shaped inserting blades surrounding left and right surfaces and bottom surfaces of the ammunition cartons to allow the ammunition cartons to be inserted without being stuck to rims of the ammunition pouches and ammunition return preventers preventing the ammunition cartons from moving back when the ammunition ins
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Dong Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10118360
    Abstract: A deep-drawn paper tray made of paper material, a method and an apparatus for manufacturing the tray, and a closed product package comprising the tray. The tray having a bottom and upwardly expanding side walls around the bottom, the side walls of the tray being shaped to expand through a plurality of circumferential steps dimensioned low enough for obtaining wrinkle-free side walls for the tray. The outermost step is a flat, wrinkle-free rim flange, which enables liquid and gas proof heat-sealing of a lid to form the package. The apparatus may comprise upper and lower moulding tools with concentric movable frames for forming the tray bottom and side wall steps from paper blanks, and moulding tools may be mounted onto a rotating turret carrying a paper blank through working stations arranged along the turret circumference, to shape the tray bottom and the side wall steps at the consecutive stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: STORA ENSO OYJ
    Inventors: Jari Räsänen, Niilo Pöyhönen, Mari Hiltunen, Outi Kylliäinen
  • Patent number: 10112735
    Abstract: Methods and tools for unbundling polywrapped packages. An automatic unbundling system includes an input unit configured to receive a polywrapped bundle that includes a plurality of items and a conveyor system configured to transport the bundle. The automatic unbundling system includes an automatic unwrapping machine configured to receive the bundle from the conveyor system and unwrap the bundle. The automatic unbundling system can include a loose stack accumulator configured to straighten the unwrapped plurality of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: James M. Pippin
  • Patent number: 10093070
    Abstract: A dunnage-producing system includes a dunnage conversion machine for converting a stock material into a relatively less dense dunnage product, a supply of stock material, and a guide element. The conversion machine is rotatable about a substantially vertical axis. The supply of stock material includes a support for the stock material that is movable relative to the conversion machine, such as for replenishing the stock material. The guide element is rotatable with the conversion machine to maintain a consistent position relative to the conversion machine, thereby consistently positioning the support relative to the conversion machine to avoid tearing or jamming problems associated with an improperly aligned supply of sheet stock material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: RANPAK CORP.
    Inventors: Edward W. Lintala, Carrie Schlegel
  • Patent number: 10093439
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device and method for reefing a portion of tubular film, the reefing device having at least one reefing finger and at least one drive unit. The drive unit has advancing means, which, for reefing the portion of tubular film, is brought into operative connection with the reefing finger at least at the height of a point of engagement, while enclosing the portion of tubular film, and moves the portion of tubular film in relation to the reefing finger. The device according to the invention and the method according to the invention are distinguished in particular in that the position of the at least one point of engagement can be changed along the reefing finger as reefing progresses or the position of the point of engagement on the reefing finger is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Signode Industrial Group LLC
    Inventors: Per Lachenmeier, Karl Magnus Rasztar
  • Patent number: 10081478
    Abstract: A glove packaging comprises a container for holding the gloves and a barrier positioned to cover at least a portion of an opening in the container. The barrier protects the gloves from airborne particles and other materials or contaminants that may contaminate the gloves prior to removal from the packaging. The barrier also includes an antimicrobial material for protecting the gloves from microorganisms, pathogens or other materials or contaminants that come in contact with the barrier to further reduce the possibility of contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Min Yao, Samuel T. H. Amdur, III