Patents Examined by John Paradiso
  • Patent number: 8915048
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical storing and dispensing device including a child resistant mode and a non-child resistant mode between the container and the closure. The closure comprises a non-child resistant cap shaped to removeably engage the container and a child-resistant cap shaped to be permanently fixed to the non-resistant cap. The non-child resistant cap and child resistant cap are provided in intentionally varying quantities such that the quantity of child resistant caps is less than the quantity of non-child resistant caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Tri State Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Miceli, Joseph A. Miceli
  • Patent number: 8844250
    Abstract: A sealing device for producing sealed packages from a tube of packaging material fed along a path and filled with a pourable food product, comprising: a frame; a pair of jaws movable cyclically with respect to the frame and along part of the path to grip the tube; ultrasonic sealing means carried by a first jaw to seal the tube; and power means including a primary winding fixed to the frame and connectable to an electric energy source, and a secondary winding carried by the first jaw, supplying the sealing means, and receiving electric energy by electromagnetic induction from the primary winding as the first jaw travels past the primary winding; and the device having transformer means supplied by the electric energy source with a first voltage value, and supplying the primary winding with a second voltage value lower than the first voltage value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Valentin S. Nemkov, Nikolay Madzharov, Gerhard Gnad
  • Patent number: 8745962
    Abstract: A cigarette packing machine for producing a rigid packet a hinged lid has a first packing unit which folds a first blank about a group of cigarettes to form an outer container with a hinged lid; and a second packing unit which folds a second blank about the outer container to form a tubular slide surrounding the outer container to slide axially with respect to the outer container; the tubular slide has a transmission member, in turn having a first end integral with the lid, a second end opposite the first end and integral with the slide, and a deformable intermediate portion having a U-shaped fold between the outer container and the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Michele Squarzoni, Fabrizio Ronzani, Marco Ghini, Stefano Negrini
  • Patent number: 8726620
    Abstract: A device for centring objects, comprising a supporting frame (10) which supports an overall flat grid, the individual cells of which are each suitable for downwardly guiding an object to be centred, the device comprising a plurality of parallel rows of distinct centring members (400) which define nodes of the grid, each single row of the centring members (400) being supported by a single straight guide (202, 204, 224 ) of a series of coplanar, parallel straight guides (202, 204, 224), the straight guides (202, 204, 224) being mobile on the supporting frame (10), and being connected to one another by a second mechanism (211) which is configured such as to allow a reciprocal nearing and distancing of the straight guides (202, 204, 224) by second moving means (210, 210? 202?, 204?) provided for activating said second mechanism (211), the centring members (400) of each row being slidingly coupled to their relative straight guide (202, 204, 224) characterized in that each centring member (400) of each straight gui
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: A.C.M.L.—Societa' per Azioni
    Inventor: Oppici Giorgio
  • Patent number: 8647251
    Abstract: An end-configuration of components to be moved or positioned is first obtained. This end-configuration determines the relative positioning and orientation of the components with respect to each other when in a final, desired configuration. A folding pattern is then obtained that is formed by interior vertices defining corresponding tessellation facets. The folding pattern can be induced to transition from a first folded configuration to a second folded configuration. When in the second folded configuration mounting facets, which are a subset of the tessellation facets, are arranged by the geometry of the folding pattern into positions and orientations with respect to each other that correspond to the end-configuration of the components. A foldable structure is then obtained that folds in accordance with the folding pattern, and the components are affixed to their respective mounting facets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Kling
  • Patent number: 8627637
    Abstract: Devices and methods for forming air pillows are described. In accordance with embodiments of the invention, an apparatus for manufacturing air-filled pillows from a tube material includes a plurality of support rollers, a drive means, an injector means, and a sealing means. The plurality of support rollers support a roll of a tube material along an outer circumferential extent of the roll, in which the tube material includes two opposing sheets joined along at least one longitudinal edge thereof. The drive means draws the tube material from the roll along the support rollers, the injector means injects air into an interior space between the two opposing sheets of the tube material drawn from the roll, and the sealing means seals the two opposing sheets together with the injected air entrapped in the interior space therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: John Stuart Greenwood, Neil Glynn Price
  • Patent number: 8622883
    Abstract: A method of making a customizable gift box includes the step of providing a box blank including a box bottom and a plurality of sidewalls having adjacent lateral edges. Appendages are positioned to overlap and join the adjacent lateral edges of the adjacent sidewalls. Each appendage includes a first relatively narrow edge, a second relatively wider opposing edge, and S-shaped side edges joining the first and second edges. The configuration of the appendages facilitates their removal from a label assembly that includes a face sheet and a back sheet, the face sheet including a removable carrier portion, a removable label, and the removable appendages in the carrier sheet. Once the sidewalls of the box blank are properly anchored using the appendages, the label assembly can be aligned and the label can be adhered to the box blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 8607535
    Abstract: A forming device and method for use in a packaging machine of the type where packages are produced from a tube. The forming device comprises two opposing sealing elements between which the tube is arranged to be flat-laid and squeezed to heat the thermoplastic and obtain a first transverse seal of the tube. It further comprises two volume control elements. The forming device is arranged to displace the first transverse seal off-center in relation a longitudinal axis of the first portion of the tube in a displacement direction essentially perpendicular to the first transverse seal to enable later shaping of a corresponding final package with a wall arranged with a predetermined angle of inclination in relation to the displacement direction. Also disclosed is a machine, a process and a packaging laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Björn Karlsson, Niels Damkjaer, Tomas Lagus
  • Patent number: 8601775
    Abstract: A dunnage-free product-shipping assembly comprising a support member securable to the product in a substantially fixed position. A shipping container has an interior area sized to removably contain the support member. The shipping container has a base and sidewalls projecting from the base. The sidewalls restrict lateral movement of the support member relative to the base. A closure member is movable between an open position and a closed position. The closure member is out of engagement with the support member and the product when in the closed position. A retention flap is connected to one of the sidewalls and is movable between engaged and released positions. The retention flap, when in the engaged position, restricts movement of the support member and the product in a direction normal to the base. When the retention flap is in the released position, the support member and product can be moved normally relative to the base for removal from the shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Rowley, Ira C. Smith, Suzanne C. Reynolds, Althea J. D'Souza, Mackenzie Smith
  • Patent number: 8591390
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for the mass production of compound cigarette filters function to deposit granular filter material into the open ends of vertically oriented filter tubes. Predetermined amounts of diverse granular material are withdrawn by suction from sources of such material, and these amounts are deposited into the tubes. Solid filter segments seal the granular material within the tube. After one half of each filter tube is filled with granular material and sealed, the tube is inverted and the opposite end is filled in substantially the same manner. When cut in half each filter tube produces two cigarette filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Steven F. Spiers
  • Patent number: 8590279
    Abstract: A method for packaging products (3), such as candies, the method comprising the steps of positioning the products on a first sheet (1) which is continuously moved in a transport direction, covering the products by a second sheet (2) which is continuously moved in the same transport direction and which is aligned substantially plane-parallel to the first sheet, and sealing together the first and second sheets near the outer edges of the individual products or grouped products by a sealing device (22), wherein the sealing device comprises sealing ribs (12) extending substantially transversely to the transport direction on one side of the moving sheets, wherein the sealing ribs (12) are being moved at the same speed as the sheets and the sealing ribs seal the first and second sheets together in between the moving products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Marinus Johannes Henricus Maria Van Den Elzen, Albertus Cornelis Hendrikus Van Liempd
  • Patent number: 8584436
    Abstract: Methods, devices and computer program products automatically or semi-automatically package an object in a covering material such as casing and/or netting by pulling a covering material upstream of a product chute off an exterior surface of the product chute to automatically enclose the object in the covering material as the object exits the product chute, then applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the covering material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, David T. Wince, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8579779
    Abstract: The apparatus includes panel portions forming means by which two webs of panel material are opposed to and superposed on each other and fed longitudinally thereof, the panel portions being formed by the webs of panel material. The apparatus further includes side gusset portions forming means by which sheets of side gusset material are folded into halves and combined with and interposed between the webs of panel material to extend widthwise thereof, the side gusset portions being formed by the sheets of side gusset material. The apparatus further includes bottom gusset portion forming means by which a web of bottom gusset material is combined with the webs of panel material to extend longitudinally thereof, the bottom gusset portion being formed by the web of bottom gusset material with at least one bottom protrusion protruding from the bottom gusset portion. In addition, the apparatus includes option means by which the bottom protrusion is provided with a handle hole, zipper, opening or adhesive means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Totani Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Totani
  • Patent number: 8549822
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a packaging machine includes a mechanism for compressing one or more sides of the bag to expel excess air from an open top end of the bag. In one embodiment, a packaging machine supports a top portion of a bag and a bottom portion of the bag, such that the bottom portion of the bag is moved closer to the top portion of the bag as the bag is moved from a first location to a second location. The bags may be supported from below such that additional support is provided during compression of the bag to remove excess air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hershey Lerner, Joseph Lattur
  • Patent number: 8544245
    Abstract: A deep-drawing packaging machine (1) includes a forming station (2) for forming containers (14) in a first web-like material (8), an insertion section (15) for inserting products (16) which reach at least one sealing level (28) or project over it, and a sealing station (3) arranged downstream thereof in a working direction (R) which is embodied to seal a second web-like material (10) onto the containers (14). The packaging machine further includes a means (11) for changing a distance (12) of layers (10a, 10b) of the second, at least two-layered web-like material (10). In another embodiment, a packaging machine includes an insertion section (15) and a sealing station (3) arranged downstream thereof in the working direction (R), in which at least one contact (25) is provided for thermal transfer via heat conduction between a sealing plate (22) and a heating plate (23) for heating a lid foil (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Multivac Sepp Haggenmueller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Elmar Ehrmann, Dieter Holzem, Helmut Sparakowski
  • Patent number: 8534032
    Abstract: A filling method including a preceding filling process in which the drop opening of the filling funnel and the forward end of the gas-filling nozzle brought close to the normal line are inserted from the opened bag opening into a package bag, and at the same time, the forward end is separated from the normal line and moved toward a corner of the package bag. The method further includes a following filling process in which inert gas jetted from the gas filling nozzle and air in the package bag are replaced with each other, and a postprocess on the downstream side in which the replacement action between the inert gas and the air is promoted with the bag opening substantially closed by a shutter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: General Packer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Hirano
  • Patent number: 8458989
    Abstract: A clip control system is described. The invention in a first embodiment is a clip control system comprising a stuffer/clipper comprising a reader and a processing unit and having an operating parameter, a clip package mountable to the stuffer/clipper and holding a plurality of clips, and information encoded in the clip package and readable by the reader, the processing unit configured to receive the information and to set the operating parameter based thereon. The clip package is a reel or a canister. In another embodiment, the invention comprises a clip package holding a plurality of clips and being mountable to a stuffer/clipper having a reader. The clip package has information encoded therein and readable by the reader. In either embodiment, the information is encoded in an RFID tag, a bar code, or a magnetic strip. The reader is a RFID reader, a bar code reader, or a magnetic strip reader. The information is product-specific information and can also include the identity of the clip manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System Corp.
    Inventors: Joachim Meyrahn, Eggo Haschke, Jürgen Hanten
  • Patent number: 8434288
    Abstract: A package includes a box and a tray. The box includes a rear panel, sidewalls extending around the rear panel, and a front panel and defines a storage compartment between the rear panel and the sidewalls. An opening to the storage compartment is defined opposite the rear panel, the front panel extends over a portion of the opening to the storage compartment, and the front panel includes an aperture. The tray defines an auxiliary chamber and a substantially planar, frame portion extending around the auxiliary chamber. The tray is positioned adjacent the front panel such that the frame portion is maintained between the front panel and the storage compartment and the auxiliary chamber forwardly extends though the aperture of the front panel beyond a surface of the front panel defined opposite the frame portion. Other products, assemblies, and associated methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Laszlo Titkos
  • Patent number: 8424274
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus and method for depositing pills into a series of containers is provided. A cylindrical rotary slat is rotatable about a first axis and comprises radially inward and outward portions, the radially outward portion defining pill apertures for receiving pills therein at a first angular position. A negative pressure system is configured to apply a negative pressure to the pill apertures to retain the pills therein. An ejection device is in communication with the pill apertures at a second angular position of the rotary slat to eject the respective pills outwardly from the pill apertures. A collection mechanism is disposed adjacent to the radially outward portion about the second angular position, and is configured to collect the pills ejected from the pill apertures and to direct the pills toward the series of containers for deposition therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Aylward Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: John T. Aylward, Dana Waterman
  • Patent number: 8418431
    Abstract: A method of folding a rectangular sheet of packing material about a parallelepiped-shaped article; the method providing for: bringing an end wall of the article into contact with the flat sheet of packing material, so that major transverse edges of the article are parallel to the short sides of the sheet of packing material, and minor transverse edges of the article are parallel to the long sides of the sheet of packing material; folding the sheet of packing material into a U about the major transverse edges of the end wall, so that the sheet of packing material completely covers both the major lateral walls of the article; and folding the sheet of packing material about longitudinal edges of a major lateral wall and onto minor lateral walls of the article, before folding the sheet of packing material about minor transverse edges of the end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Ivanoe Bertuzzi, Roberto Polloni, Stefano Negrini