Patents Examined by Stephen F. Gerrity
  • Patent number: 10889393
    Abstract: The invention relates to a macroblister comprising a flat body, in which are introduced cavities for receiving individual medicament portions, wherein the cavities are filled with individual medicament portions and are sealed with a foil. According to the invention, said macroblister contains a number T of medicament portions, characterized in that T is at least 60 and the flat body has a dimension in the range of 200 mm×200 mm to 1200 mm×1200 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Olaf Stange, Johannes-Walter Höhl, Reiner Diederich, Klaus Dröder, Christoph Herrmann, Franz Dietrich, Philipp Blumenthal, Kai Stühm, Paul Bobka, Christopher Schmidt, Sebastian Thiede
  • Patent number: 10882652
    Abstract: A method for producing packaging, in particular tubular bags, by means of a packaging machine (1) having a PLC control (20). The packaging machine (1) includes several electronic drive units (3, 6) capable of being controlled independently of each other by the PLC control (20) and which can drive the different functional elements (8) of the packaging machine (1) in a manner synchronous to a clock cycle when trailing predefined movement trajectories, and several setting parameters of the production process, in particular the number of objects to be packed per time unit, the packaging dimensions, the sealing times, being predefined, the capturing of the setting parameters at the PLC control (20), which controls the drive units (3, 6) of the packaging machine (1), being followed by the transfer of the setting parameters from the PLC control (20) to a PC control (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: ROVEMA GMBH
    Inventors: Erhard Lutz, Siegfried Wulsch
  • Patent number: 10882653
    Abstract: A packaging machine that may include a protective cover and a token fastening capsule arranged on the protective cover. The protective cover may include a receptacle that is configured for receiving a token. The receptacle may have a first contact surface. The fastening capsule may include a cap for covering an opening of the receptacle and that includes a second contact surface. The first contact surface and the second contact surface may be in contact with each other when the cap covers the opening of the receptacle. In one embodiment, the receptacle and/or the cap is provided with a knurl, the knurl being provided on the first or the second contact surface. Further, a method of fastening a token on a protective cover is presented wherein the receptacle may be cold welded to the cap in view of the structure provided above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Hubert Schaub, Manuel Wölfle, Nadine Reichart, Alexander Wanner
  • Patent number: 10882648
    Abstract: An extensible bearing element of a tool for sealing a bottom or a lid of a cardboard package on a body of said package has a generally polygonal shape and a cross-sectional profile. The bearing element is formed by two parallel extension sections extending along an extension direction, each connected, at one of their ends, to a bearing section. The extension sections and the bearing section define an inflation cavity. The extension sections are configured to extend along the extension direction when the bearing element is inflated. The bearing section comprises a substantially flat, free bearing surface that contacts the package body. The bearing surface extends along a plane substantially normal to the extension direction. The bearing section further comprises, at the junctions with the extension sections, beveled release portions. An inflation device comprising such an extensible bearing element is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: George Sireix
  • Patent number: 10881049
    Abstract: An agricultural baler includes a frame, a pressing belt operable to form a pressed bale in a pressing chamber, and a wrapping device operable to supply a wrapping material. A guide is disposed adjacent to and extends along the pressing belt. The guide leads the wrapping material to the pressing chamber. The guide includes a front mount and a rear mount. The front mount and the rear mount attach the guide to the frame, and each includes a spring biasing the guide toward the pressing belt. The front mount and the rear mount are spaced apart from each other along a longitudinal axis of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Pascal Gresset, Romain Repecaud, Matthieu Dutertre
  • Patent number: 10875671
    Abstract: A blister packaging machine that manufactures a blister pack, wherein the blister pack comprises: a lidded container that includes a container main body and an outer lid portion; and an inner cover film attached to close the opening of the container main body, the blister packaging machine comprising: a conveyor; a molding device that executes a molding process to a strip-shaped container film and form a lidded container-corresponding part corresponding to the lidded container; a placing device that is disposed downstream of the molding device and places the article in a container part; a sealing device that is disposed downstream of the placing device and attaches the inner cover film to close an opening of the container part; and a punching device that is disposed downstream of the sealing device and punches out the lidded container-corresponding part along with the inner cover film to produce the blister pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Naohiko Noda
  • Patent number: 10870508
    Abstract: A device comprising a first fixing element, a further fixing element, and a folded planar composite is disclosed. The first fixing element comprises a first fixing surface and the further fixing element comprises a further fixing surface. The folded planar composite is at least partially fixed between the first fixing surface and the further fixing surface. The folded planar composite comprises a first composite region and a further composite region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Norbert Garitz, Olivier Peterges, Thomas Vetten, Ulrich Alef
  • Patent number: 10870264
    Abstract: A cover film for the compressing of bales, characterized in that the cover film has been stretched and comprises an inner layer (1) and outer layers (2), wherein the inner layer (1) of the film comprises a copolymer of an ethylene and an ?-olefin, wherein the ?-olefin is selected from the group consisting of 1-butene, 1-hexene, 1-heptene, and 1-octene, and is used for copolymerization with the ethylene, wherein the copolymer is present in an amount of more than 5% by weight and less than 50% by weight of the inner layer (1) of the film, wherein the inner layer (1) further comprises a linear polyethylene, and wherein the outer layers (2) of the film fail to comprise any significant proportion of the copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: RKW Agri GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jurgen Piazzi, Jan Philip Eubeler, Thomas Steffen, Benjamin Kuhlmann
  • Patent number: 10865041
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a bagging mechanism for trash bags and a smart trash receptacle. The bagging mechanism is disposed within a body of the trash receptacle. A first fixed edge and a second fixed edge intersecting the first fixed edge are provided at tops of internal surfaces of the body of the trash receptacle. The bagging mechanism includes a first pressing bar, which is able to slide along the second fixed edge to gather the open end of the trash bag onto the first fixed edge, and a second pressing bar, which is able to slide along the first fixed edge to gather the open end of the trash bag onto the second fixed edge. The first pressing bar and the second pressing bar are further able to work together to gather the trash bag to the intersection of the first fixed edge and the second fixed edge. In the vicinity of the intersection, a heat fusing device is disposed for heat fusing and sealing the trash bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Jianxiang Li, Le Li
  • Patent number: 10865037
    Abstract: A cigarette pack, having an inner pack for pack contents, in particular for a group of cigarettes, and having an outer pack, preferably in the form of a hinge/lid pack, wherein the inner pack which preferably directly encases the pack contents has lateral walls made of cardboard, which are formed by overlapping lateral tabs of a blank for the inner pack. The invention is characterized in that end corner tabs, which are arranged on both sides of a lid wall of the inner pack, have a respective substantially V-shaped design, and in that each of the end corner tabs is arranged between inner lateral tabs and outer lateral tabs of the lateral walls of the inner pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Thomas Häfker, Christoph Schneider, Henry Buse
  • Patent number: 10865005
    Abstract: A bagger safety system includes a controller, a heating element, a light-emitting device, a light-detecting device and a backing assembly. The backing assembly includes a backing bar, a pair of reflectors and a seal backing element movably coupled to the backing bar by at least one mechanical force generating member so as to create a space between the seal backing element and the backing bar when no external force is applied to the mechanical force generating member. Light emitted from a light-emitting device reflects off the reflectors to the light-detecting device when no external force is applied to the mechanical force generating member. Movement of the seal backing element toward the backing bar prevents light emitted from the light-emitting device from reaching the light-detecting device and the controller controls movement of the backing assembly toward the heating element based on whether light from light-emitting device reaches the light-detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Miller, Mark Stultz
  • Patent number: 10858213
    Abstract: A welding wire coil packaging system including a process stand having an upright, the upright defining a hub receiver, the upright including a yoke supported on upright and spaced axially inward therefrom, and a cartridge including a shaft having a hub at one axial extremity, the hub being received in the hub receiver and at least partially supported on the yoke, a mandrel mounted on the shaft between a pair of end forms and adapted to receive a welding wire thereon in a coil winding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: Paul A. Weissbrod
  • Patent number: 10850377
    Abstract: A hand-held power tool, in particular a riveting machine, nailing machine, or drywall screwdriver, includes a device configured to detect a contact pressure of the hand-held power tool against a workpiece and an operating switch configured to manually activate the hand-held power tool. The hand-held power tool further includes a controller that monitors the contact pressure that is detected by the device starting from operation of the operating switch and activates the hand-held power tool when the detected contact pressure exceeds a prespecifiable limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Steurer
  • Patent number: 10843823
    Abstract: A drug packaging unit is disclosed. The drug packaging unit includes a storage portion separately discharging a plurality of units of a drug, a supply portion supplying the drug to a drug packaging member, a detection portion detecting a drug supply error by detecting the drug passing through the supply portion, an adjustment portion adjusting the number of units of drug discharged out of the supply portion, and a driver/controller individually driving the storage portion and the supply portion, thereby putting the drug on standby to be discharged. With this structure, it is possible to reduce a drug packaging time and it is easy to control drug supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CRETEM (CO)., LTD.
    Inventor: Ho Yeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10843826
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, devices, methods with thin walled sizing mandrels that are capable of packaging low temperature explosives emulsions at high volumes and lower pressures. The packaging systems can include a rotating table having a vertical column comprising a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart clippers; a pump; and a tubular sizing mandrel in fluid communication with the pump. The tubular sizing mandrel has a downstream end segment that merges into a segment with a plurality of radially spaced apart, longitudinally extending flat outer surfaces, the flat surfaces can be bounded laterally (circumferentially) by chamfered edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TIPPER TIE, INC.
    Inventor: Kuo-Raid Grant Chen
  • Patent number: 10836517
    Abstract: A conveyor receives a cardboard box formed about an article, with a first lateral flank uncovered. An inlet receives the cardboard box with the first lateral closing wall coplanar with a base wall, a second lateral closing box wall folded to cover a second lateral article flank, a third lateral closing box wall folded to cover a third lateral article flank, a fourth lateral closing box wall folded to cover a fourth lateral article flank, and an upper closing box wall folded to cover an upper article face. An arrest stops the box, a first folding component rotates and folds the first lateral closing box wall to cover the first lateral article flank, and second folding component rotates a closing tab (AC), hinged to the upper closing wall to fold and bring a closing tab against the first lateral closing wall for closing the cardboard box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: F.L. AUTO S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Ponti
  • Patent number: 10835246
    Abstract: A staple cartridge is disclosed. The staple cartridge can have a longitudinal axis and a cartridge body having a deck, wherein a plurality of staple cavities can be defined in the cartridge body. The staple cavities can be arranged in a plurality of patterns, and the patterns can include a first pattern and a second pattern longitudinally offset from the first pattern. The second pattern can be different than the first pattern. The first pattern can consist of a longitudinally-repetitive pattern of angularly-oriented staple cavities and/or the second pattern can consist of parallel staple cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Janna B. Volz, Jordan B. Wong
  • Patent number: 10836523
    Abstract: Leaflets are stacked horizontally in a stacker tray after folding, with the leaflets themselves aligned in a vertical orientation. A tray transport platform supports a plurality of tray sleeves and a plurality of corresponding trays located adjacent to the stacker tray. The trays can slide into the tray sleeves as each tray is filled with leaflets. A robot gripper is adapted to be selectively placed inside the stacking tray. The gripper captures a batch of the leaflets as they are stacked, and places them in a selected tray. A sleeve holder is selectively placed in and removed from the selected tray to control entry of the leaflets into a corresponding tray sleeve, and a stuffer pushes each batch of leaflets inside of the sleeve. A controller operates the components of the apparatus so that the leaflets are transferred from the stacker machine to trays without human labor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Challenge Printing Co.
    Inventors: Chad Sasso, Kevin Thies, James Velez, Margaret Polt
  • Patent number: 10836552
    Abstract: Method for processing hot-filled plastic containers are provided. In some embodiments, the method may include hot-filling a plastic container, sealing the container, and conveying the sealed container, each with an inner annular wall and a push-up portion in a first position. In some embodiments, the method may further include creating a vacuum pressure in the hot-filled and sealed container and repositioning the push-up portion from the first position to a second position under a mechanical force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CO2PAC Limited
    Inventors: David Melrose, John Denner, Paul Kelley, Gregory Trude
  • Patent number: 10836516
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for converting a sheet material into packaging templates can include a converting machine that performs conversion functions, such as cutting, creasing, and scoring, on the sheet material. Items to be packed into boxes formed of the packaging templates can be used as the pattern for determining the location of performance of the conversion functions on the sheet material. Accordingly, no intermediate measuring of the items may be required prior to performance of the conversion functions. Instead, longheads can be positioned adjacent to opposing sides of the items and cross heads can be advanced inward to the positioned longheads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Packsize LLC
    Inventor: Niklas Pettersson