Patents Examined by John Sipos
  • Patent number: 7331151
    Abstract: An automatic medicine packaging machine having a driving setting device for conveniently setting driving values and delay times of driving devices is disclosed. The driving setting device includes a touch screen to display a user operating program and to receive manipulation commands from a user, a memory to store the user operation program, a communication unit to transmit and receive data to and from the main controller, and a sub-controlling unit to control operation of the driving setting device according to the user operating program stored in the memory. The sub-controlling unit includes an interface supplying unit to supply a user interface, a driving value setting unit to receive driving values of the medicine packaging machine, a delay time setting unit to set the delay times of the medicine packaging machine, and a setting value transmission unit to transmit the values set by the setting units to the main controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: JVM Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun-ho Kim
  • Patent number: 7331159
    Abstract: There is described a method for wrapping an article using a web of packaging film having at least one tar line thereon in the MD, the method comprising the steps of: (a) forming at regular intervals in the MD a tab on the film, the tab having a free end connected by free sides to an opposite end of the tab attached to the film, the tab being positioned on the film so the axis of at least one tear line in the MD passes through both ends of the tab; (b) severing the film web to form sheets by cutting substantially along an axis across the TD of the web, the axis passing across the tab between its ends, where the tab along said axis is not substantially severed there through so the tab protrudes from the leading edge of the sheet; (c) wrapping a sheet formed from step (b) around an article to form a tube with the cut sides of the sheet overlapping, where the free end of the tab lies on the top of the overlap on the outside of the tube and where the cut sides of the sheet overlap at least to the extent that the t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Innovia Films Limited
    Inventor: Dave Osgood
  • Patent number: 7331157
    Abstract: A capping device fits caps onto containers by applying an axial force to the caps as they are threaded onto the containers. The capping device utilizes a drive member rotatable about an operational axis for imparting rotation to a capper body slidably coupled to the drive member. A helical spring urges the capper body away from the drive member with a biasing force. An adjustment mechanism adjusts the biasing force thereby adjusting the axial force applied to the caps as they are threaded onto the containers. A pair of retaining pins move between a latched position to prevent adjustment of the biasing force and an unlatched position to allow adjustment of the biasing force. The retaining pins are biased in the latched position to prevent inadvertent adjustment of the biasing force during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: ADCOR Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Brown
  • Patent number: 7331154
    Abstract: An apparatus for sealing a box having four top flaps initially disposed in an open position. The apparatus includes a conveying system for conveying the box from a first end of the apparatus to a second end of the apparatus. The apparatus also includes a flap folding system for folding the top flaps of the box into folded and horizontal positions as the box is conveyed from a first end of the apparatus to a second end of the apparatus. The flap folding system has a first flap folding member configured to fold a fourth top flap of the box, a second flap folding member configured to fold a second top flap of the box, and a pair of oppositely disposed side flap folding members configured to fold a first and third top flaps of the box so as to abut each other. A tape dispensing system is configured to dispense tape across at least a portion of the third and fourth top flaps of the box in order to maintain the third and fourth top flaps in abutment with each other, thereby sealing the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Dole Food Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Ventura, Serafin Albarran
  • Patent number: 7328554
    Abstract: The invention is directed to changing the height of the wrapping bar on a lap seal machine so that articles of different heights can be accommodated by making the height of the wrapping bar adjustable to accommodate taller or shorter articles on a conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Patent number: 7328543
    Abstract: An applicator unit for a system applying pressure relief valves to packaging during the packaging process. A punch shaft and an applicator shaft each have an axis and opposed ends. The punch shaft has a punch at one end. The applicator shaft has an applicator vacuum head at one end. Each shaft moves axially between retracted and extended positions. The shafts are angled, with the punch and applicator ends more apart than the respective opposed ends, and are carried on a plate for limited rotational movement relative to the applicator unit. First the punch is pivoted from a first position into a third position, while the applicator head is simultaneously pivoted from a second position into the first position. Then the punch is pivoted from the third position back into the first position, and the applicator head is simultaneously pivoted from the first position back into the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Plitek, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Karl K. Hoffman, Vladimir Prive, Tom Roberts, Steve Kaganovich
  • Patent number: 7328551
    Abstract: Smart Cards are kitted by preprinting a piece of film with a licensing agreement, wrapping the film around the Smart Card and sealing the package. The kitted Smart Card is much smaller and thus easier and cheaper to store and transport than standard #10 envelopes. The assembly process reduces damage to the Smart Cards caused by bending, scratching, static electricity and physically contacting the module, hence reduces replacements costs. These advantages are considerable when viewed in the context of kitting, storing and transporting hundreds of thousands to millions of Smart Cards for single applications such as DIRECTV access cards, American Express Blue Cards, medical history cards, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Pelegrin Torres, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7328545
    Abstract: A packaging line and method for continuously packaging discrete products such as, for instance, magazines, CDs, DVDs and combinations thereof in a continuous manner, comprising: a product assembling path which is provided with a conveyor and feeders arranged therealong; a packaging module provided with folding means for forming a packaging tube from a continuous packaging web, and a cross separating device for separating packages in cross direction; a control which is designed for, inter alia, controlling the sealing means and the cross separating device such that per product to be packaged at least three cross seals are formed such that a packaged product is obtained which is characterized by a first and a second cross seal which are situated at a small distance from the end edges of the product and with a third cross seal which is situated at some distance from the second cross seal for forming a flap on the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Buhrs - Zaandam B.V.
    Inventors: Menno Koppen, Roberto Tuyn
  • Patent number: 7328540
    Abstract: A product bagger and method where products are placed in inflated lead bags on a bag assembly without actuating a sensor for shutting down the bagger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Greydon, Inc
    Inventor: Gregory P. Rochon
  • Patent number: 7328557
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading small objects into respective blisters of a foil web has a plurality of substantially identical fill plates each having an array of receptacles corresponding to the blisters of an area of the foil. A conveyor moves the fill plates one after another in a transport direction at an upper level from a fill station remote from the web to a transfer station close to the web, then lowers them to a lower level, then returns them in an opposite return direction from the transfer station to the fill station, and finally raises them in the transfer station to the upper level. At the fill station the receptacles of the plates are filled with the small objects. At the transfer station the small objects are taken out of the receptacles of the plates and put into the blisters of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Detlev Gertitschke, Wolfgang Krahl
  • Patent number: 7328546
    Abstract: A device for closing boxes which are each provided, at least one end face, with at least one flap with a complementary end flap and with at least two folding lateral tabs which mutually interlock in the closure configuration with the complementary end flap, comprising, arranged laterally with respect to the direction of advancement of the boxes and one after the other, a folding element for folding the flap with respect to the box, at least one first rotating element for folding the complementary flap with respect to the flap, at least one second rotating element for inserting the complementary flap in the mouth of the box, and at least one third rotating element for interlocking the complementary flap with the lateral tabs, to completely close the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: O.A.M. - Societa' per Azioni
    Inventor: Antonio Martelli
  • Patent number: 7325386
    Abstract: This is a double acting, multi-lane machine and method for the forming, filling and sealing of plastic or paper film pouches of various sizes commonly used to hold liquid viscous, dry, particulated or powdery materials or other substances. The machine includes a four roll film dispensing station, a multi unit pump or dispensing station, one of each double acting stations such as side seal station, pull wheel station, cross seal station, and cross cut station. The invention provides for production of a multitude of pouches in a manner of two sets of two films allowing to double the production output of current machinery without any change to cycle time or increase of operational time. Coordination and movement of the various stations is accomplished through electronic computer control, working in conjunction with multiple motion controlling devices such as servo motors, air cylinders, belts, linkages and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Etienne Kissling
  • Patent number: 7322164
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide translating gates having at least one cooperating stiffener assembly and related, apparatus, systems, methods and computer program products. The translating gates with at least one stiffener assembly may be particularly suitable for non-pivoting clippers, such as, for example, stationary-mount clippers. The stiffener assembly can be configured to stiffen, brace and/or otherwise keep the gate assembly tightly closed during a clipping operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Whittlesey, Kim L. Poling, William M. Poteat
  • Patent number: 7322173
    Abstract: A hay bale bundler machine to receive individual bales of hay or other forage material from a field and to create a bundle of individual bales wrapped with a wrapping material for discharge back to the ground. Further included may be a fully automatic device that can be mounted directly to a hay baler to receive bales without them being discharged to the ground and to assemble such bales on the hay bale bundling machine for wrapping. The wrapping of the stack of bales to form a bundle proceeds by grasping the stack with a rotatable clamping means and removing the support surface from beneath the stack in order to permit rotation and wrapping of the stack to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Gilles H Desnoyers
  • Patent number: 7320203
    Abstract: In a method for packaging articles, a tubular blank is conveyed in flat folded configuration to an erecting station to be engaged and rotated by suction cups. The raised blank assumes a parallelepiped shape with a vertical axis, while a striker hit a lateral wall of the blank, so that the blank is erected in a box. While the box is being moved, first and second lower flaps are then folded before the blank is set resting on a support plane and moved, by driving and guiding conveyors, to a filling station for insertion of articles, supplied along a vertical direction, into the box. Lastly, the box with the articles therein is moved by the driving and guiding conveyors to subsequent stations for folding lower lateral flaps and upper flaps to close bottom and cover of the so obtained box. A machine is provided for carrying out the method, with an erecting station and a filling station joined by a horizontal support plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7318308
    Abstract: Device for strapping, especially for longitudinally strapping packaged material with strapping, comprising a strap roll, from which the strapping, which is to be processed, is pulled with formation of a strap storage system for a subsequent strapping process. A movable strap carrier is provided for pulling off the strapping and can be moved from a first position into a second position, taking along the strapping, while the strapping is arrested at a place, downstream from the strap carrier with the aid of holding means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Helmut Schmetzer
  • Patent number: 7313897
    Abstract: A garment bagging apparatus having a frame connected to a feeder drive train for supporting a supply of bagging material. A garment support is positioned relative to the feeder drive train. Suspension members attached to the frame suspend the apparatus off of and in spaced apart relation to a floor surface. A feed carriage is included with support members to moveably support the feed carriage solely from a portion of the frame above the feed carriage. Grippers are mounted on the feed carriage to grip the bagging material. When a garment is hung from the garment support, the feed carriage is moveable to positions below the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Young H. Han
  • Patent number: 7313899
    Abstract: A flexible pouch for packaging a product includes a front panel and a back panel, each having an upper edge, a lower edge opposite the upper edge, and side edges extending therebetween the upper and lower edges, that are joined together at the side edges and the lower edges to contain the product. The front and back panels include an outwardly projecting crease that forms a guide pocket for separating the panels, prior to filling the pouch with the product, and the crease is straightened out when the upper edges of the front panel and back panel are sealed together. A method of forming and filling the flexible pouch includes the steps of forming the panel, and forming a crease in each of the panels that projects outwardly and extends longitudinally along each of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Pouch Pac Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • Patent number: 7308784
    Abstract: Apparatus for packaging articles in clear clamshell packages includes a pair of parallel relatively narrow, laterally spaced apart conveyor belts that support there-between a package in open position by its opposing side peripheries. A stack of packages is supported in nested configuration adjacent the front end of the conveyor and de-nester mechanism withdraws packages there-from and places them on the conveyor. As the package is advanced a robotic arm picks and places articles of commerce and associated product information card in the package cavity. A rotating roller coated with UV-responsive adhesive coats raised male surfaces of the advancing package. Next an air knife sends a jet of air upwardly to cause the open package lid to rotate upwardly to cover the article-receiving portion. A driven roller presses the lid downwardly to fully close it and cause the adhesive coated surfaces to fully engage the corresponding grooves on the article-receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventors: Paul Appelbaum, Frank Matheus
  • Patent number: 7305807
    Abstract: A detecting and protecting device includes detecting devices, and an ultrasonic sensor; the detecting devices are connected to respective ones of expanding assemblies of a shrink film machine, and each include a seat behind a supporting rod of a corresponding expanding assembly, a movable rod passed through the seat and projecting below the supporting rod, a stopping board pivoted to one end of the movable rod, a shading block joined to one end of the stopping board, and a sensor positioned on the movable rod and normally shaded by the shading block; if the stopping board comes into contact with goods while a shrink film is being lowered, it will tilt, and the shading block will no longer shade the sensor; the ultrasonic sensor is used for measuring height of the goods such that sealing and cutting action will start immediately after the film encompasses the goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Tien Heng Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tuan-Mei Chiu Chen