Patents Examined by Sameh H. Tawfik
  • Patent number: 9039589
    Abstract: A filter paper cup manufacturing machine produces filter paper cups packaging suitable for containing a brewing material. The filter paper cup packaging has similar depth and diameter. The machine exercises ordered steps of first cutting a receptacle portion and cover portion for each individual packaging and then forming a recess in the receptacle portion for receiving the brewing material. Performing the cutting step first facilitates forming the recess because surrounding filter paper which would resist forming the recess has been eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 9033856
    Abstract: Folding mandrel, device and method for manufacturing glued sleeves. The invention relates to a folding mandrel for a device for manufacturing glued sleeves, in particular paper sleeves for the manufacture of paper cups, where the folding mandrel is provided for winding of a plane segment and is so dimensioned that in the wound-on state of the segment an overlap containing adhesive is obtained. In accordance with the invention, the folding mandrel is provided with at least one recess for receiving any adhesive escaping from the overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Uwe Messerschmid
  • Patent number: 9022271
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a handle portion, a body portion, a movable handle, a tool assembly, a drive beam and a closure apparatus is disclosed. At least one of the closure apparatus and a contact surface of the tool assembly include a plastic surface. The body portion extends distally from the handle portion. The movable handle is located on the handle portion and is in mechanical cooperation with a drive member. The tool assembly includes an anvil, a cartridge assembly and a contact surface. The drive beam includes a proximal engagement portion and is configured to engage a portion of the drive member. The closure apparatus is configured to engage the contact surface of the tool assembly. At least a partial actuation of the movable handle moves the closure apparatus distally into engagement with the contact surface to approximate the anvil and the cartridge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Paul Scirica
  • Patent number: 9005095
    Abstract: The present invention provides a restored winding core and a method for manufacturing the same, wherein at least one discarded winding core is first collected. At least one of the extremities of the discarded winding core is internally ground on a predetermined grinding distance to remove the crimping portion and provide a ground portion thereon. The ground portion defines a female joint socket extending at the corresponding extremity of the discarded winding core for providing a machined core extremity. The method also comprises the step of providing at least one hollow insert tube diametrically snugly fitting into the female joint socket. The at least one insert tube is inserted inside the corresponding female joint socket for providing a restored core extremity. The present invention thus allows to restore the damaged extremities of a winding core which can then be reused as a new winding core of the same length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Abzac Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre-Michel D'Anglade
  • Patent number: 9005094
    Abstract: A method of forming a valve bag suitable for filling with, for example, powder, grain, cement, animal foodstuffs, via a chute tube inserted into the valve, including forming a combined web from two webs of material, including steps of forming the combined web into a plurality of bag sections, sealing the bag sections at one side such that a valve portion is defined, separating the two webs and moving them outwardly until the bag sections are turned inside, and sealing the two webs to form a valve bag having an strong, effective seal and a valve portion for filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Jenton International Limited
    Inventor: Richard Little
  • Patent number: 8997441
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine packaging method, which is capable of rapidly coping with errors occurring during processes. The medicine packaging method includes the following steps: a medicine supplying step for supplying a relevant medicine according to a prescription data; a medicine standby step for allowing the supplied medicine to temporarily stand by; a medicine detecting step for detecting the standing by medicine; a printing step for printing a packaging paper when the medicine based on the prescription data is detected; a conveying step for conveying the packaging paper; and a packaging step for supplying the temporarily standing by medicine to a printed portion of the packaging paper and packaging the medicine. The steps are performed in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Tomohiro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8978348
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine feeding device which can apply uniform tension to wrapping paper wound in a roll state to wrap a medicine. The medicine feeding device comprises a tablet case which stores a medicine, and the wrapping paper wound in the roll state, wraps a medicine discharged from the tablet case in wrapping paper 72, and comprises a tension application mechanism 113 which applies predetermined tension to the continuously pulled-out wrapping paper. This tension application mechanism is constituted to freely move up-and-down, and to apply tension to the pulled-out wrapping paper by its own weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Inamura
  • Patent number: 8966867
    Abstract: A packaging assembly includes a substantially rigid base having a cavity dimensioned to receive a medical implant, a sleeve positioned in the cavity of the substantially rigid base and defining an opening dimensioned to receive the medical implant, and a skin pack lid sealed over the substantially rigid base to enclose and secure the sleeve within the cavity of the substantially rigid base. The sleeve has a shape substantially similar to a shape of the medical implant and substantially envelopes the medical implant when the medical implant is positioned in the opening of the sleeve. The skin pack lid has a geometry that substantially conforms to the shape of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Katherine Liccardo, Delphine Patterson, Joseph Wilmot, Sarah Grare
  • Patent number: 8951178
    Abstract: At least one of an obverse surface film and reverse surface film, which are used to together constitute a plastic pouch, is folded back across the entire width of the plastic pouch, and peripheral edge portions of the pouch are heat-sealed, to thereby form, on at least one position, a folded-back section communicating with the body of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Kurosawa, Keizou Kanzaki, Shie Nishimoto, Takwto Sakurai
  • Patent number: 8950165
    Abstract: In an apparatus for inserting a postal item into an envelope, the envelope is fed with its flap fold trailing its envelope body and its flap along a flap opener. A free flap opener edge enters between the flap and the envelope body until the flap fold abuts the free flap opener edge. While holding the flap against the flap opener, the flap is pivoted relative to the envelope body about the flap fold to an open position and subsequently the postal item is inserted into the envelope body. An apparatus for carrying such a method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Fransiscus Hermannus Feijen
  • Patent number: 8950166
    Abstract: A machine for packaging solid pharmaceuticals includes a plurality of storage locations for storing a variety of pharmaceutical dispensing canisters and a robotic arm for retrieving said dispensing canisters and providing the canister at a location proximate the package to be filled thus minimizing the distance which the pharmaceutical travels from the dispensing canister and the package cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: MTS Medication Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Feehan, Robert Barrett
  • Patent number: 8943787
    Abstract: A packaging machine for packs of containers including a horizontal conveying means for the containers grouped as packs, a means for supplying flat paperboard sheets at the bottom side of the containers, wherein the containers are transported in a standing manner on the paperboard sheet, a means for folding upward front and back, in the transport direction, edge portions of the paperboard sheet, each of which extends beyond the footprint of the pack, at least two opposing lateral guide elements for folding upward lateral edges of the paperboard sheet extending laterally beyond the footprint of the grouped containers, wherein at least portions of the guide elements exert a defined pressing force on the upward-folded edges of the paperboard sheet and the side faces of the pack, and an adhesive is provided with edge portions of the lateral edges overlapping with front and/or back edges of the paperboard sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Herbert Spindler
  • Patent number: 8939878
    Abstract: Plural conveying paths including guide plates are arranged on both sides of a sheet in its thickness direction, being linked from an upstream side to a downstream side in a conveying direction of the sheet. A stopper is arranged in at least one of the conveying paths to make contact with a leading edge of the sheet conveyed through the conveying paths thereby stopping the sheet and forming a bending portion at the sheet. A pair of folding rollers is arranged between the conveying paths to nip the bending portion of the sheet to form a folding line at the sheet. An adjusting member is provided on the guide plates to adjust a space between the guide plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kenichi Takekawa, Yasuki Matsuura, Masanobu Kimata, Isao Yasuda
  • Patent number: 8939875
    Abstract: An apparatus for making a film bag with reinforced bag seams includes a film extruder that produces a continuous tube of film. A flattener produces a continuous web of flattened film which has an upper surface and a lower surface. A fold maker has a receiving portion positioned above the web and a displacing portion is positioned below the web that moves cyclically upward to a first position to locate a portion of the web into the receiving portion, thereby forming a fold. A fold retention device prevents the fold from opening. A presser flattens the fold against the web. A sealer seals through the fold, forming a reinforced bag seam. A cutter severs a sealed portion from an unsealed portion of the web. A transport mechanism moves the film from the extruder, through the flattener, into the fold maker, beneath the presser, into the sealer and to the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel Brian Tan, David H. G'Sell, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8938938
    Abstract: A packaging and filling machine is capable of easily preforming with the forming flaps by keeping the pressure of the filled liquid food in the tube the positive pressure, capable of preventing the pressure of the liquid food from dropping to negative pressure, even if the pressure of the liquid food decreases due to the up-and-down of the liquid food pressure, and capable of preventing outside atmosphere materials from invading into the tube. A positive pressure keeping means absorbs fluctuation of the pressure of the liquid food in the tube below the pressure flange, and prevents the liquid food pressure from dropping in negative pressure to keep the pressure of the liquid food in the tube below the pressure flange a positive pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Konno, Yutaka Kaneko
  • Patent number: 8920298
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of moving printed material web includes two processing arrangements arranged one above the other that are optional in operation. A material web is processed either in the upper, first processing arrangement or in the lower, second processing arrangement. In the processing section belonging to the first processing arrangement, the material web is folded about a line parallel to its advancement direction. In the processing section belonging to the second processing arrangement, the material web is separated, along a line parallel to its advancement direction, into two material-web strands, which are then positioned one above the other. The two processing sections having in common a pair of braking rollers and a pair of drawing rollers and also a longitudinal-cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hunkeler AG
    Inventors: Jakob Gerhard, Martin Gfeller
  • Patent number: 8915831
    Abstract: A system and method of automatically assembling a package may include maintaining a data structure comprising a dynamic rule set for package production. A desired package may be selected for assembly. An assembly sequence may automatically be developed to create a three dimensional package from the dynamic rule set based on the desired package. The desired package may be assembled using the assembly sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: John Oliver Walker, Robert Roy Buckley, Barry Glynn Gombert, Philip Crane Rose, Jennifer Colleen Perotti
  • Patent number: 8915832
    Abstract: A method is provided for bifolding articles on a high speed production line on which the articles are moved along a predetermined path. The method includes the use of a vacuum conveyor assembly to engage the leading end portion of an article and transport it in the machine direction, thereby potentially reducing the occurrence of undesirable misalignment of the article end edges during a bifolding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Glasgow Burns, Jr., Yoichiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8911338
    Abstract: A folder gluer for folding a cardboard sheet having first through fourth panels connected through connecting portions and a glue tab and joining the first and fourth panels at the glue tab is disclosed. The folder gluer includes a pair of pressing members movable relative to one another in a cardboard sheet width direction perpendicular to a cardboard sheet feed direction for pressing the connecting portions of the first and fourth panels which are being folded, a detector disposed upstream in the feed direction from the pair of pressing members for detecting a passage of the cardboard sheet being fed in the feed direction and generating a detection signal, and a controller for determining, based on the generation of the detection signal from the detector, a timing at which the pair of pressing members are caused to move relative to one another and press on the connection portions of the first and fourth panels after the first and fourth panels are folded to 90° and before being folded to 180°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Isowa
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 8911340
    Abstract: An air packaging device includes two layers of thermoplastic films, which form a sealable space where air is filled after first and second steps of heat-sealing process. The sealable space includes a number of independent sealed air chambers and a main air passage channel. The main channel has an air inlet. Each sealed air chamber is connected with the main channel by at least one one-way valve each including at least two layers of plastic films. At least two one-way valves are installed inside of the air chambers. This air packaging device increases the cushioning protection where the protection is most needed, but can reduce air chamber dimension at less important locations in order to reduce the volumetric size and, hence, reduce the shipping cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventors: Jiaying Zhang, Yaopeng Zhang