Patents Examined by Stephen F. Gerrity
  • Patent number: 11230414
    Abstract: A lid designed to allow a user to see and adjust the humidity levels of a container using a hygrometer and pocket for humidity packs. The lid also allows this to be accomplished without removing the lid because a hatch gives the user access to the inside of the container and underside of the lid, where the pocket is located. Also, the hatch on the lid provides a more efficient and easier method of accessing the contents of a container because a user can simply open and close a hatch, instead of needing to unlock a lever locking latch to remove a lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventors: Nadiah Reiley, Adrian Reiley
  • Patent number: 11229434
    Abstract: A staple cartridge for use with a surgical stapling apparatus includes a cartridge body including a tissue contacting surface defining a plurality of staple retaining slots, a staple disposed within each staple retaining slot of the cartridge body, and a substantially circular buttress. The buttress includes an inner portion, an outer portion, and a middle portion extending between the inner portion and the outer portion. At least one stiffened region joins the buttress to the tissue contacting surface of the cartridge body. The inner portion, the middle portion, the outer portion, and the at least one stiffened region are all formed from a common material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Sally Carter, Gerald Hodgkinson, Richard Stevenson, Arthur Hislop, Ernest Aranyi, Jennifer (Whiffen) Diederich
  • Patent number: 11229433
    Abstract: A staple cartridge configured for use with a surgical stapler includes a cartridge body, a deck defined configured to compress tissue against an anvil of the surgical stapler, and a plurality of staple openings formed in the deck. A plurality of staples is disposed within the staple openings, with each staple having a pair of legs. A plurality of staple drivers is also disposed within the staple openings, with the staple drivers being actuatable to drive the staples through tissue and against the anvil to form the legs. Each of the staple drivers includes a driver body, a first pocket disposed on a first lateral side of the driver body, and a second pocket disposed on a second lateral side of the driver body. The first and second pockets are configured to receive the legs of the respective staple when the legs are formed against the anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Brian D. Schings, William J. White, Jason D. Jones, Carol J. Wynn, Anil K. Nalagatla, Andrew C. Deck
  • Patent number: 11219166
    Abstract: A bale wrapping apparatus configurable between a single bale wrapping configuration and an inline bale wrapping configuration. The bale wrapping apparatus comprises a bale wrapping support assembly including support rollers spaced apart from one another to drive a bale in rotation along a rotation axis, when the bale wrapping apparatus is configured in the single bale wrapping configuration; and a longitudinal bale support configurable between an extended configuration where it extends above the support rollers and a retracted configuration where it extends away from the support rollers. The longitudinal bale support is positioned in the retracted configuration when the bale wrapping apparatus is configured in the single bale wrapping configuration and is configured in the extended configuration when the bale wrapping apparatus is configured in the inline bale wrapping configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Groupe Anderson Inc.
    Inventors: Patrice Desrochers, Jacques Breton, Alexandre Giguere, Michael Gagnon-Bouchard, Raphael Soucy-Gauthier
  • Patent number: 11220082
    Abstract: A system and method for inflating airbags includes a series of pulleys arranged in two parallel rows. Each pulley has its periphery defined as a semicircular concave groove that extends between two edges, wherein the semicircular concave grooves form a tunnel. Each pulley in the first row can rotate clockwise, while each pulley in the second row rotates anticlockwise. A cylindrical air tube can be positioned in the tunnel wherein the air tube is connected to a compressed air source at an end. The air tube has spaced apertures along its length and an airbag with two flaps can be mounted on the inflation system, wherein the two flaps are pressed over the air tube by the pair of pulleys and each pair of pulleys can drag the flaps on the air tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventor: Michael G Kaminski
  • Patent number: 11220361
    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. Two ejection devices are in communication with the pill apertures at a second angular position and a third angular position of the rotary slat to eject the respective pills outwardly from the pill apertures. A plurality of collection mechanisms is disposed adjacent to the radially outward portion about the second and third angular positions, and is configured to collect the pills ejected from the pill apertures and to direct the pills toward the respective series of containers for deposition therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Aylward Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Fahey, Vincent Holley, Jeffrey Burkett, James Terwilliger
  • Patent number: 11220362
    Abstract: An automated system and method wrap the fastening ties around the body of a continuous stream of facemasks in a facemask production line. The facemasks are oriented such that each facemask has a leading pair of ties and a trailing pair of ties extending from a body in a conveying direction of the production line. The leading pair of ties is drawn below the body as the facemask continues to be conveyed in the conveying. The body is conveyed through a plurality of conveyor sections oriented at angles such that the conveying direction of the body changes at a junction from one conveyor section to an adjacent conveyor section. At the junctions between conveyor sections, an impinging force is directed against the body that causes the body to flip, thereby causing the leading and trailing pairs of ties to further wrap around the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: O & M Halyard, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Weber, Mark T. Pamperin, Anthony S. Spencer, Eric C. Steindorf, David L. Harrington
  • Patent number: 11208223
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus for small piece goods, the use of the packaging apparatus, and a method for producing a blister tube are provided. The packaging apparatus includes a packaging material guiding device for providing a shaped packaging material web suitable for receiving small piece goods, a longitudinal joining device which is arranged downstream of the packaging material guiding device and a transverse joining device which is arranged downstream of the packaging material guiding device. The transverse joining device joins the shaped packaging material web together at predetermined intervals transversely to the direction of travel to form a transverse joining area. The transverse joining device includes two joiners, which have a plurality of embossers that are individually movable transversely to the direction of travel and have an embosser stop area which cooperate such that elevations that are palpable are formed by the embossers in the transverse joining area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventor: Torben Schüttfort
  • Patent number: 11208227
    Abstract: A food products packaging automatic plant can have at least a first food products packaging conveying line having a plurality of first connection areas. The plant further comprises a plurality of operative units. Each operative unit has a movable base able to move at the connecting areas; a processing device placed on the movable base and connectable to the conveying line at the connection areas; a plurality of sensors; and a wireless communication device. The plant further includes a maintenance station of the operative units; a preparation station of the operative units; and a control and managing central unit. The control and managing central unit commands the operative units so that they move from and towards the first food products packaging conveying line and from and towards the operative units maintenance and preparation stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Antonio Gigante, Luca Cerati, Andrea Biondi
  • Patent number: 11203450
    Abstract: A tape-and-reel system for processing components is disclosed. In the embodiment, the tape-and-reel system includes a first carrier tape reel for holding unloaded carrier tape, a component loading system for loading components into pockets of the unloaded carrier tape, an air-guided cover tape feeder through which cover tape travels, an alignment tool for guiding the cover tape into alignment with the loaded carrier tape and adhering the cover tape to the loaded carrier tape to secure the components into the loaded carrier tape, and a second carrier tape reel for holding the loaded carrier tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Nexperia B.V.
    Inventor: Antonius Johannes Hendrikus Vissers
  • Patent number: 11198530
    Abstract: Herein described is a system and method for packaging packages (C), comprising the steps of: forming a row of packages (C) advancing, one following the other, along a pre-set advancement direction (A), picking up at least two first packages (C) from the row, superimposing each of said first packages (C) on a respective second package (C) of the row, releasing each of the first packages (C) resting on the respective second package (C), obtaining at least two stacks of packages, each of which comprises at least two mutually superimposed packages (C) and stabilising the stacks of packages (C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Giorgio Oppici
  • Patent number: 11198529
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for filling a container with fragile fruit involving submerging the container in water to better distribute the fragile fruit within the container. The container may be filled with fragile fruit either before or after being submerged in water. The fragile fruit may be transported using a stream of water or other suitable fluid medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: HARVEST CROO, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Morrow, Paul Miller, Timothy Vernarsky, Robert Henry Pitzer
  • Patent number: 11192703
    Abstract: A pack including at least one single-use capsule or pod for a portioned beverage which has two opposite bases, and a side wall connecting the two bases defining therewith a chamber for containing an aromatic substance; the pack has a sealed container for containing the capsule or pod housed in a protective inert gas atmosphere; more specifically the sealed container copies at least in part the shape of the capsule or pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventors: Massimo Scrivani, Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 11180267
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for constructing fasteners of various lengths and using the fasteners to secure at least one product to at least one packaging. The apparatus comprises as applicator module and a needle for engaging or attaching a plurality of T-bar elements to a filament. A user employs the apparatus to engage or attach a first T-bar element to the filament at a first position within the packaging. The filament is then stretched across at least one product, and a second T-bar element is engaged or attached to the filament at a second position within at least one packaging. The filament is cut leaving the fastener in place securing the product to the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Schuttler, Charles J. Burout, III, Thomas F. Shilale
  • Patent number: 11174053
    Abstract: A filling machine for filling flexible pouch type packages that includes a transport unit arranged for intermittent, edgewise advancement of the packages from an upstream station to a downstream station. The transport unit is movable in a reciprocating manner between a first end position and a second end position, and includes a first gripping member arranged to retrieve packages from the upstream station and delivered to the filling station, a second gripping member arranged to retrieve packages from the filling station and delivered to the downstream station and a suction cup member arranged for opening the filling channel of the packages retrieved by the first gripping member. The suction cup member includes, for each package retrieved by the first gripping member, a pair of oppositely arranged suction cups movably arranged in order to engage and separate side wall sections defining the filling channel of the associated package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: ECOLEAN AB
    Inventors: Thomas Sjölander, Carl-Magnus Källberg, Rickard Lavesson, Torbjörn Pålsson
  • Patent number: 11174143
    Abstract: An automatic cosmetic bottle capping having a first conveyor belt, a second conveyor belt, and a third conveyor belt. A sliding convex is provided at a surface of the first conveyor belt, a capper is movably sleeved on the first conveyor belt, a suction tip is provided in the capper, rolling balls are provided inside the capper, a through-hole is provided in an external surface of the capper, a capping claw is provided on a lower end of the capper, a positioning plate is provided on an upper end of the capper, springs are provided at a lower end of the positioning plate, a hole plug is movably connected outside the through-hole, and a cap is provided on a front end of the second conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Minjia Huang
  • Patent number: 11161639
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a single box for containing foodstuffs includes a housing, a lift subassembly, and a transfer subassembly. The housing at least partially defines an inner area. The lift subassembly is coupled to the housing and disposed at least partially within the inner area. The lift subassembly includes a nest configured to support a plurality of boxes disposed in a stack and translate with respect to the housing in a first direction and a second direction opposite the first direction. The transfer subassembly is coupled to the housing and disposed at least partially within the inner area. The transfer subassembly includes a vacuum suction cup. The vacuum suction cup is configured to operatively engage a first box of the plurality of boxes to remove the first box from the stack and pivot the first box about a rotational axis to a surface outside of the inner area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Creator, Inc.
    Inventors: Maxwell Goodman, Jaylyn Daugherty, Noe Esparza, Abigail Soong
  • Patent number: 11161640
    Abstract: An unpacking system that unpacks a box having flaps, including: an unsealing unit that cuts a proximity region where flaps facing each other in a closed state of flaps of the box come close together; a lid-opening unit that opens, at a predetermined angle exceeding 90 degrees, a predetermined flap of the flaps having been cut by the unsealing unit; and a flap cutting unit that cuts, along a side surface of the box, a base end side of the predetermined flap opened at the predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takaomi Nishigaito, Satoru Serizawa, Tsunamichi Tsukidate, Hiroshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 11160931
    Abstract: An injector may include a container having a wall with an interior surface and a seal assembly with an interior surface, the interior surfaces of the wall and the seal assembly defining a closed sterile reservoir filled with a drug product. The injector may also include a fluid delivery system comprising a clean, unsheathed, rigid container needle having a point disposed only partially through the seal assembly in a storage state, and disposed through the interior surface of the seal assembly into the sterile reservoir in a delivery state. Further, the injection may include an actuator that is adapted to move the container needle from the storage state to the delivery state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: AMGEN INC.
    Inventors: Francisca Tan-Malecki, Ronald Forster, Scott M. Nunn, Mark D. Holt, Son C. Tran, Sheldon Moberg
  • Patent number: 11155372
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tray sealing machine and, in addition, to a method for gently picking-up trays and for gently depositing sealed packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Bernd Hoepner, Sebastian Fackler, Peter Riegger, Thomas Magel