Patents Examined by Hemant M. Desai
  • Patent number: 10173799
    Abstract: A tube holder is disclosed for carrying a tube to multiple processing stations of a tube filling machine. In one non-limiting embodiment, the tube holder includes a body comprising a receptacle configured for retaining a tube. The tube includes a dispensing end and an opposite open end for filling a cavity therein with a product. A retractable tube shaping device is movably disposed in the tube holder. The shaping device is movable between an extended position and a retracted position. When the shaping device is in the extended position, the shaping device engages the tube proximate to the open end and removes ovality which might interfere with the tube filling operation. In various embodiments, the shaping device comprises a plurality of vertically retractable straightening elements that engage the sidewalls of the tube to ensure circularity of the open tube end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Christopher Miller
  • Patent number: 10155600
    Abstract: The apparatus for vacuum sealing products is an automated system for packaging various products. The apparatus for vacuum sealing products has a conveyor system, a modular packaging assembly, and a chamber positioning system. The conveyor system is a material transport system and has a loading end and a drop-off end. The modular packaging assembly is a system that is used to vacuum seal the packages of various products and includes a central column and multiple openable chambers. The central column is a rigid pillar used to support the multiple openable chambers. The openable chambers function as vacuum chambers that can be switched out to vacuum seal packages of varying shape and size. The modular packaging assembly is mounted next to the drop-off end of the conveyor system. The chamber positioning system is a drive mechanism that moves the openable chambers next to and away from the drop off end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: William Terence Birch
  • Patent number: 10154845
    Abstract: An anvil assembly delivery system includes an anvil assembly having a center rod and an anvil head assembly pivotally secured to the center rod a flexible tube having a first end configured for oral insertion into a patient and a second end engaged with the anvil assembly, and a retrieval suture connected to the head assembly positioned to extend from the anvil assembly in a direction opposite to the flexible tube. The anvil assembly delivery system also includes a spacer suture tube positioned adjacent the anvil head assembly and defining a suture channel, which is supported on the retrieval suture and is dimensioned to prevent the retrieval suture from becoming trapped in the staple line of a stapling device. In an embodiment, the spacer is a suture tube defining a suture channel which receives the retrieval suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 10155292
    Abstract: A power-tool cooling apparatus for a portable power tool comprises at least one cooling unit configured to generate a cooling fluid flow to cool a drive unit of the portable power tool, and at least one further cooling unit configured to generate a further cooling fluid flow. The at least one further cooling unit is designed to differ from the at least one cooling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Weiss, Torsten Riek, Andreas Schlegel, Steffen Tiede, Christian Lang, Hardy Schmid, Juergen Dietel, Benjamin Nikolas Fischle
  • Patent number: 10150284
    Abstract: A three-dimensional informational or display card assembly manually moveable from a box-like configuration to a flat planar card configuration. The card assembly includes score lines for folding the card assembly. The ends of the card assembly are attached to each other by an adhesive or a mechanical means to form the box-like configuration. The sections of the card assembly are printable to receive printed indicia such that in the box-like configuration an onlooker can view the indicia both on the outside and on the inside of the card assembly. Also included is a sheet assembly that contains one or more of the card assemblies to allow a user to print indicia on the card assemblies and remove them from the sheet assembly for assembling into the final product. The card assembly may be dimensioned similar to a wallet-sized business card to provide a unique and interesting alternative to traditional business cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Andrea Jill Simon
  • Patent number: 10144543
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for packaging fibrous materials such as cellulose acetate tow bales. The method may comprise placed a fibrous material between an upper sheet and a lower sheet, folding the upper and lower sheets around the fibrous material, and connecting the upper sheet and lower sheet with a tape, such as a pressure sensitive adhesive tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Philip Caenen, Mark Johnson, Davy Myny, Nico Schepers
  • 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: 10131459
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container sleeving method for arranging sleeves around a plurality of containers, the method includes: transporting an array of containers past a sleeve discharge unit; arranging a sleeve of heat shrinkable foil around a container passing by the sleeve discharge unit by shooting the sleeve from the sleeve discharge unit towards the container; detecting whether the sleeve has been correctly arranged around the container; and, if the sleeve has not been arranged correctly around the container, continue transporting one or more containers along the sleeve discharge unit and discontinue shooting one or more sleeves towards the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Lucas Van Rijsewijk
  • 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: 10131106
    Abstract: A former shoulder (10) for a packing machine. The former shoulder (10) includes a former (12) having an external surface (13) over which strip bag material passes to be reconfigured into a tubular configuration. The bag material passes downwardly through a central opening (14) in the former shoulder (10). The former shoulder (10) includes a pair of pivoted guides (22, 23) that engage edge portions of the tubular bag material to form a fold (29) in the bag configuration (26) of the tubular bag material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TNA Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Marek Grus
  • Patent number: 10125989
    Abstract: A sealing assembly, for filling and sealing a reservoir of a gas lighter that includes a cylindrical well, a plug having a front section and a rear section, the front section having radial projections and at least one recess to provide a fluid passage, the rear section having a circular bulge/bump portion, and a weld portion adapted to be melted by welding, wherein the plug is adapted to be moved from a first position (P1) in which a gas passage is, to a second position (P2), temporary seal position, in which a gastight contact is provided between the circular bulge portion of the plug and an inner wall of the well, and further from the second position to a third axial position (P3), definitive seal position, wherein the weld portion of the plug is definitely welded to the reservoir in a gastight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BIC VIOLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Guy Lefebvre, Yann Lefebvre
  • Patent number: 10124920
    Abstract: A method for filling packs with products, in particular for filling boxes with multipacks of cigarette packs in which several products are put together to form a product group. The completeness of the product group is detected by a first control device. Several product groups are put together by a handling device to form a group of product groups and are inserted into the pack, wherein the presence of the group in the pack and/or the completeness of the group of product groups is detected by a second control device. The feeding of groups to the pack is repeated where necessary until a provided number of groups have been filled into the pack, which corresponds to a required quantity of groups or product groups in the pack, and the presence of the groups in the pack is detected or documented by a control device, in particular the second control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Wolfgang Kern, Falko Böger
  • Patent number: 10123799
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to adapter assemblies for use with and to electrically and mechanically interconnect electromechanical surgical devices and surgical loading units, and to surgical systems including hand held electromechanical surgical devices and adapter assemblies for connecting surgical loading units to the hand held electromechanical surgical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Earl M. Zergiebel, David Chowaniec, Ryan V. Williams, Anand Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10118784
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a packaging machine and a method, wherein one embodiment of a protective device comprises a protective hood and the protective hood is lifted around a shaft comprising two rolls, and is shifted by means of guides in the protective hood on the rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Albert Gabler, Wolfgang Negele, Stefan Bieringer
  • 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: 10118718
    Abstract: An apparatus for packing a food product in a container to be used in infusion machines, preferably to obtain a beverage such as coffee, includes a frame for supporting means for feeding an external body of the container and means for making and inserting a bag configured with fluted sidewalls in the external body. The means for making and inserting the bag has at least one operating unit with a bag making component, an insertion component, and a conveyance for transporting the bag between the making component and the insertion component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GIMA S.P.A
    Inventors: Giorgio Manaresi, Luca Benni
  • Patent number: 10118281
    Abstract: In an impact driver including an impact mechanism for percussive driving of an output drive shaft on which is provided a tool receptacle for receiving an inserted tool, the tool receptacle is embodied as a clamping chuck, a permanent connection being embodied between the clamping chuck and the output drive shaft in order to prevent at least tool-free detachment of the clamping chuck from the output drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Sim Teik Yeoh, Siew Yuen Lee
  • Patent number: 10112359
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing a cup from a conical sleeve and a pot-shaped base. The base has a base face and a circumferential wall starting from the base face and inserted from a large opening in the conical sleeve into the sleeve in the direction of a small opening in the sleeve. The method includes: partially covering a radially outer circumferential face of the wall of the pot-shaped base with an annular covering sleeve, positioning the covering sleeve together with the base in the direction of the small opening in the sleeve until the predefined relative position between the sleeve and the base is reached, pulling out the covering sleeve between an inner side of the sleeve and the radially outer circumferential face of the base, the base remaining in the predefined relative position, and connecting the radially outer circumferential face of the base and the inner side of the sleeve in an essentially fluid-tight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Uwe Messerschmid
  • 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