Patents Examined by Robert Louis Spruill
  • Patent number: 4150522
    Abstract: A method for pressurizing an aerosol dispensing system with propellant in which a flexible inner container is inserted within a rigid outer container. The mouth opening of the inner container, having flexible means thereon, extends outwardly through the neck opening of the outer container with the flexible means supported by the neck opening. A dispensing cap is moved into engagement with the flexible means and the dispensing cap and flexible means are moved away from the neck opening while propellant is then injected through the neck opening into the region between the inner and outer containers. The dispensing cap is moved into the neck opening and crimped into engagement therewith to fix the position of the flexible means and inner container while maintaining a space between the neck opening and a portion of the exterior surface of the dispensing cap during crimping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1979
    Assignee: Nicholas A. Mardesich
    Inventor: Norman D. Burger
  • Patent number: 4149355
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for packing articles, for example apples and other readily damaged fruits, in a close-packed array. A first feeder operates to pack a first supply of the articles in spaced-apart groups and a second feeder operates to fill the spaces between these groups. The feeders are preferably rotary members rotating in a vertical plane and having circumferential depressions. These depressions cooperate with peripheral confining barriers, eg. belts, to carry the articles downwardly and release them as required. The packages for receiving the articles, preferably pieces of expanded structural honeycomb material, may be carried under the feeders by a movable, synchronized conveyor. This conveyor may have protruberances for holding the honeycomb material expanded during filling. Unloading may be effected by raising the filled package into a confining frame in which it is then moved for deposition in a carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1979
    Assignee: Dufaylite Developments Limited
    Inventor: Frederick W. Clegg
  • Patent number: 4149354
    Abstract: Shrink wrapping apparatus including a hot air circulation system having a stand-by circuit and an operating circuit. A movable control plate switches from one circuit to the other dependent on the existence of an article the envelope of which is to be shrunk. The operating circuit is provided with a retaining chamber which is open at the front side of the apparatus and can only be covered by an article. A hot air recovery system is provided for collecting the hot air leak streams in the neighborhood of the opening of the retaining chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1979
    Inventors: Fritz Noack, Rolf Wenger
  • Patent number: 4147460
    Abstract: A method for piercing a double plate for an H-beam by utilizing a multiple spindle H-beam piercing mill capable of piercing both flange portions and a web portion of the H-beam and a tool having a substantially H-shaped section and capable of being mounted on this piercing mill, in which the double plate for the H-beam is fixed to the tool and the double plate is pierced by the same drill arrangement as used for processing of the H-beam to which the double plate is to be attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1979
    Assignee: Miyakawa Industry Company Limited
    Inventor: Eiji Miyakawa
  • Patent number: 4145863
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for pressure packaging of articles between a heated thermoplastic film and a substrate utilizes apparatus providing a bed platen, means for heating a thermoplastic film, means for supporting the film above the bed platen and a pressure platen having a recess in the lower surface thereof adapted to receive the article being packaged. The pressure platen and bed platen are moved relative to each other so as to deform the heated thermoplastic film into a sheath about the article and to press the heated film against the substrate outwardly of the article to effect bonding therebetween. The pressure platen desirably has a release coating thereon to prevent adhesion of the heated film thereto. Vacuum may be drawn through the bed platen and the substrate to enhance bonding of the film to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1979
    Assignee: Diversified Packaging, Incorporated
    Inventor: James V. Hannon
  • Patent number: 4144696
    Abstract: In a process and apparatus for forming a multi-layer protective envelope around an object that is generally prismatic or cylindric in shape the object while being rotated about a stationary, horizontal axis is wrapped-around with a web of thin, heat-shrinkable and heat-softenable plastic film having a width that exceeds the length of the object, successive portions of said web after having arrived at the periphery of the object and as the object rotates being exposed to a heating radiation while passing a zone extending along the full length of the object and also inwardly over portions of the end surfaces thereof. Layer after layer of said film will thereby shrink to tightly surround the object, including at least the radially outer marginal portions of the ends thereof, and also laminate together into a tough unitary casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1979
    Inventor: Olov E. Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 4144694
    Abstract: A machine for packing flat articles in a case which includes a case elevator on which a case is supported with an open side of the case sloping and exposed. Flat articles are directed into the case transversely of the open side to form a stack inside the case. A tongue engages the stack as the stack increases in size. The tongue controls means for lowering the case as the articles are projected into the case so that the level of the upper end of the stack remains substantially constant. The tongue is withdrawn when the stack has reached a predetermined size. A hold down and pusher member is advanced into engagement with an upper portion of the stack when the stack has reached the predetermined size to hold the articles of the stack in the case as the tongue is being withdrawn. The case is transferred to a tipover frame which swings the case upwardly against a flap folding belt. As the case is transferred, flaps are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1979
    Assignee: Multifold-International, Inc.
    Inventors: Willis J. Stapp, Quentin E. Honnert
  • Patent number: 4143723
    Abstract: A drill bit having a carbide tip brazed in the drill bit shank is disclosed for use in forming cylindrical holes in both concrete and steel by rotation about a central axis. The carbide tip has two side surfaces on opposite sides of said central axis. The top surfaces are connected by a substantially V-shaped notch which extends between the side surfaces and has its vertex off-center of the central axis to more effectively cut both concrete and steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1979
    Inventor: Norman H. Schmotzer
  • Patent number: 4142345
    Abstract: A cup packaging device for seriately receiving, counting and loosely nesting into a group on a first conveyor segment a preset number of cups, nesting the cups into a more tightly nested stack on a subsequent conveyor segment, conveying the tightly nested group of cups at an accelerated speed past a verifying device to determine if the number of cups in the group matches the previously counted number, laterally offloading to a holding tray a stack of cups in response to a count mismatch signal or a downstream component malfunction signal, advancing an acceptable stack into a bagging device, conveying the bagged stack longitudinally out of the bagging device and then transferring the stack laterally into a collection bin. The conveyor system comprises separately driven conveyor segments which are operated at speeds that vary from one another and are also changed during each cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1979
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold Porter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4141196
    Abstract: A packaging machine wherein an upper film is joined or sealed to a lower film at intervals between spaced articles being advanced on a conveyor, the seal being made by and between a vertically reciprocable, upper, heated, joining element and a cooperative, vertically reciprocable, lower abutment roller element. The abutment roller is at the plane of the conveyor, which is normally an endless belt, with the belt being there diverted around the abutment roller and around a drive roller engaging the abutment roller. The rollers and the heated element are on a carriage which is horizontally reciprocable in one direction with the belt and then back to a return position. The vertical strokes of these elements can be controllably altered during operation of the machine, to accommodate the article size, as can the horizontal stroke of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1979
    Assignee: Oliver Machinery Company
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Blanding
  • Patent number: 4139980
    Abstract: An automatic film conveying and packaging mechanism for conveying cut film lengths forwardly from a film cutter to a packaging envelope while maintaining continuous contact with the film lengths between a pair of opposed upper and lower conveyor assemblies and driving the lengths directly into the packaging envelope in stacked relation to each other with the trailing ends thereof positively disposed in substantial alignment with each other and in rearwardly spaced relation to the discharge end of the upper conveyor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1979
    Assignee: PAKO Corporation
    Inventors: Louis A. Larson, Robert E. Diesch
  • Patent number: 4139978
    Abstract: An automatic photographic print and film packaging mechanism inserts individual orders of prints and film into multilayered packaging envelopes formed in a continuous strip. The mechanism sequentially seals the sides of the envelopes and cuts the envelopes from the strip. The mechanism has provision for either sealing the top of a cut envelope and depositing the same in a first collection station or depositing the cut envelope with the top unsealed into second collection station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1979
    Assignee: PAKO Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald A. Jensen, Armer J. Willenbring
  • Patent number: 4138835
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for preparing a casing loaded with a plurality of articles such as small-sized electronic parts for use in the electronic industries, which ensures that the stored parts will be positively and stably aligned in the casing without the possibility of any play or disorientation from their regular positioning within the casing. The casing is provided with a single piece resilient element which is inserted into the casing, the resilient element being designed to resiliently expand against the inner wall surface of the casing to frictionally engage therewith. Thereafter, a plurality of parts are inserted one after another into the casing so that they become stacked in a serially aligned manner inside the casing against the resilient force of the resilient element, thus preparing a casing loaded with a plurality of parts therein stacked in a serially end-to-end resting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1979
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeo Takayanagi, Mamoru Inoue, Satoshi Kuwano, Hitoshi Minabe, Shunichi Yabuzaki
  • Patent number: 4139029
    Abstract: A manual ice bagging device comprises a hopper having an inlet end for receiving aggregate ice therethrough, and an outlet end for directing the ice into a commensurately shaped bag. A stand is connected with the hopper and supports the same above a floor surface, and a bag support member is operably connected with the stand and is positioned directly below the outlet end of the hopper for abuttingly supporting the bottom of each bag during filling. A bag retaining clip is connected with the hopper and is shaped for detachably suspending a plurality of the bags therefrom and positioning the bags adjacent the hopper outlet end for sequentially unfolding the bags into an open, material receiving position about the hopper outlet end for individually filling each bag in a sanitary manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1979
    Inventor: James S. Geraci
  • Patent number: 4136505
    Abstract: A tubeless vertical form, fill and seal packaging machine has a tube former for receiving flexible packaging material in thin flat strip form and juxtaposing opposite longitudinal edge portions thereof in parallel vertically extending relationship to provide a depending tube open at the top. Side and end sealers respectively seal vertical longitudinal edge portions and provide vertically spaced horizontally extending end seals across the tube. A product dispenser discharges measured quantities of product into the tube interior through its open upper end. Improved tube feed means comprises first and second pairs of vertically spaced rolls respectively on opposite external sides of the tube of packaging material and first and second tube feeding belts respectively trained over said pairs of rolls. Inner runs of the belts engage the tube and have vertically extending imperforate marginal portions and a perforate intermediate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1979
    Assignee: Package Machinery Company
    Inventors: Roger L. Putnam, Jr., Richard H. Shultz, Edward F. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 4137003
    Abstract: A drill jig for producing a rectangular mortise in the flat surface of a workpiece requiring only a portable drill and drill bit. The rectangular slot is intended to snugly house a standard square or hex nut so as to keep it from turning in either direction. The jig also permits production of a pilot hole perpendicular to the mortised slot for receiving the threaded end of a bolt for mating with the embedded nut. The drill jig in a preferred embodiment includes a pair of substantially identical drill guide members, an anvil plate, and a stationary support, all of which are movably disposed on a vertical support member. The workpiece is clamped between the lower drill guide plate and the anvil plate. Each of the drill guide plates includes a channel-shaped member having the desired slot templates formed therein, and a movable template disposed therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1979
    Inventor: Jules Budoff
  • Patent number: 4136981
    Abstract: A loose leaf binder having a supporting base or lower cover member and a top cover member interconnected by post assemblies receiving a plurality of paper sheets together with a bar mounted on the post assemblies for longitudinal movement thereon with the bar being retained in adjusted position by magnetic attraction between the bar and post assemblies. Each of the post assemblies are constructed of a rigid member and a flexible member which are telescopically arranged and constructed to enable angular orientation of the telescoping components of the post assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1979
    Inventor: James P. Stecklow
  • Patent number: 4136503
    Abstract: A container blank is encoded on all flaps thereof in manner providing for presentation of the same coded pattern to a sensing unit irrespective of the flat registered with the sensing unit. The sensing unit is connected through article-designator apparatus to an indicating unit which is energized exclusively when the sensing unit indicates container blank article indication not conforming the article setting of the article-designator apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1979
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventor: Douglas C. Miller
  • Patent number: 4134245
    Abstract: A packaging machine for making sealed packages with articles contained therein includes seal bars and anvils mounted for relative rotation along circular paths so that both the seal bars and the anvils maintain their orientation in space constant. Resilient mounting of the seal bars and anvils allows for extended contact time with a thermoplastics web which forms the packages. The seal bars and other parts of the machine may be driven by a common variable speed motor through a drive chain which maintains constant speed ratios between the operative parts. The accuracy of the sealing may be improved by clamps mounted on the seal bar assembly which cooperate with the anvils to hold the web while sealing and cutting take place. The seal bar assembly may include two seal bars, one of which cuts and seals to form an edge of a package and also forms a handle cut-out and the other seal bar forms a transverse seal to seal off a main portion of the bag from a handle cut-out portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1979
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Ejidio Stella
  • Patent number: 4133164
    Abstract: The invention relates to a split horn arrangement for packaging meat in a stretchable netting material, and to a method of packaging the meat using the split horn arrangement. In accordance with the invention, the split horn arrangement includes an upper member with depending side walls which overlap and cover upwardly extending side walls of a lower member so as to form a tunnel for passing the meat through. Disposed on the depending side walls are longitudinally extending rails which lift the netting material stretched over them so that the threads of the netting can be caught by the teeth of a pulling block to load the netting on the horn. The rails can also act as guides for the pulling blocks when loading the netting on the front end of the split horn. The pulling blocks include rows of fingers which grasp the lateral threads of the netting to pull the netting onto the horn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1979
    Assignee: Industrial Knitting, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcus Mintz