Patents Examined by Tanzim Imam
  • Patent number: 11325729
    Abstract: A lid pick and place system having a primary magazine assembly and a pick and place assembly. The primary magazine assembly includes a base plate and at least one guide rod extending therefrom to define an elongated lid chamber with at least one lid bore. Rotation of the at least one guide rod within the at least one guide rod bore directs at least a portion of a lower offset flange beyond a lid bore perimeter and into a path of the elongated lid chamber. The pick and place assembly includes a connecting rod with a suction cup. A linear movement assembly is structurally configured to move the connecting rod linearly closer and further from the lower surface of the base plate. A rotative movement assembly structurally configured to rotate the connecting rod relative to the lower surface of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Winpak Lane, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Davis
  • Patent number: 11325734
    Abstract: A heat shrinking apparatus 1 includes: a conveyance unit 11 conveying a package 3 obtained by wrapping an object(s) 5 with a heat-shrink film 4; an endless belt 21 disposed below a conveying surface of the conveyance unit, rotating along a conveying direction of the conveyance unit; and a hot air jet unit 19(20) jetting out hot air from an inside to an outside of a belt surface of the endless belt facing the conveying surface, wherein: the endless belt has a hot air passing portion 30 extending in a belt width direction; the hot air jet unit jets out the hot air toward the conveying surface through the hot air passing portion; and the endless belt rotates following a movement of the package so that a seal portion(s) 6a(6b) provided at a front end and/or a rear end of the package is/are heat-shrunk with the hot air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: OMORI MACHINERY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Hiroshi Uchida
  • Patent number: 11305493
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for providing a product viewing window in a container. The container has at least a body ply and a liner ply, wherein the body ply has at least one aperture therethrough. The liner ply is adhered across the aperture, forming a window into the container. A window-finishing machine that comprises at least two platens and, optionally, a machine pocket positioned between them, a heating element extending through at least one of the platens, and a pressurized air device engages a container. The heating element heats the window of the container to the desired temperature, pressurized air is injected into the container such that the window is forced at least partially through the aperture of the container (and optionally into contact with the machine pocket wall), and the container window is then cooled to the desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Kenan James Clougherty
  • Patent number: 11304695
    Abstract: A surgical instrument assembly comprising a proximal shaft assembly comprising a proximal drive member and a distal shaft assembly attachable to and detachable from the proximal shaft assembly is disclosed. The distal shaft assembly comprises a distal drive member configured to be coupled to and decoupled from the proximal drive member, wherein the distal drive member is configured to be actuated through a drive stroke by the proximal drive member. The drive stroke comprises a beginning of stroke position, an end of stroke position distal to the beginning of stroke position, and a home position. The proximal drive member and the distal drive member are configured to be coupled to and decoupled from each other when the proximal drive member and the distal drive member are in the home position, wherein the home position is not at the beginning of stroke position or the end of stroke position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: 11292628
    Abstract: A machine for forming filter bags for infusion products starting from pieces of filter material each containing a dose of infusion product and having, the pieces, a corresponding longitudinal axis of extension, including a carousel rotating about a main axis of rotation and including gripping elements movable in rotation about the main axis along a closed circular trajectory; each gripping element configured to receive and retain a piece of filter material along an operating path; an operating station configured to perform an operation on the piece of filter material retained by a corresponding gripping element; each gripping element including an articulation device configured for obtaining a further rotation about a secondary axis of rotation, transversal to the main axis of rotation, to rotate and position the corresponding piece of filter material with its longitudinal axis of extension parallel to the main axis of rotation at the operating station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Simone Badini, Sauro Rivola
  • Patent number: 11291609
    Abstract: A soft capsule manufacturing apparatus for controlling an injection amount, an injection interval and/or an injection rate of core solution by an injection controller, wherein the operation of the injection controller is automatically adjusted and controlled by a control panel, after processing the signal from the detection sensor for checking the injection status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Wan Kyun Lee, Geum Duk Park
  • Patent number: 11284898
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, a cartridge, and a staple driver actuator. The end effector is operable to manipulate tissue. The end effector comprises a lower jaw, a pivotable anvil, and a translating cutter. The translating cutter is operable to translate relative to the lower jaw and the anvil when the anvil is pivoted toward the lower jaw to manipulate tissue. The cartridge is insertable into the lower jaw and includes a plurality of staples. The staple driver actuator is disposed within the cartridge. The staple driver actuator comprises a secondary cutting element. The translating cutter of the end effector is operable to drive the staple driver actuator distally to staple and cut tissue substantially simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, Jerome R. Morgan, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Charles J. Scheib, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 11278281
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes an end effector, a user interface, and a control circuit. The end effector is configured to deploy staples into tissue grasped by the end effector and cut the grasped tissue during a firing stroke. The control circuit is configured to cause at least one parameter setting associated with the firing stroke to be displayed on the user interface, cause interpreted information relevant to the firing stroke to be displayed concurrently with the at least one parameter setting on the user interface, wherein the interpreted information is based on external data, and recommend an adjustment of the at least one parameter setting through the user interface, wherein the recommended adjustment is based on the interpreted information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 11279505
    Abstract: A system for re-securing a bale with defective or broken wrapping. The system has a waterproof material; at least one rope loop wherein the at least one rope loop is hermetically attached to the waterproof material and maintains waterproofing of the waterproof material; at least one rope wherein the at least one rope passes through an aperture defined by the at least one rope loop; and at least one O-ring wherein the at least one of O-ring is attached to a first end of rope of the at least one rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Jesse Hinojosa
  • Patent number: 11273945
    Abstract: Presented and described are a device for separately applying additive packaging material, preferably wrapped straws, supplied as an additive packaging material continuous belt, to packages, in particular cardboard composite packages, having a separating organ for separating the additive packaging material of the additive packaging material continuous belt, a supply means for supplying the additive packaging material continuous belt to the separating organ and for relaying the additive packaging material separated by the separating organ, an application means for applying the separated additive packaging materials to the packages and a transport means for transporting the packages along a package transport path to the application means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Andreas Männle, Daniel Hirt, Joachim Bührer
  • Patent number: 11259805
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is disclosed comprising a shaft, an end effector rotatably coupled to the shaft about an articulation joint, and a firing system configured to be moved through the articulation joint and the end effector. The surgical instrument further comprises means configured to facilitate the movement of the firing system through the articulation joint and the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Patent number: 11253257
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a handle portion, a shaft coupled to the handle portion, a pair of jaw members operably coupled to the shaft, an inflatable member, and a sensor. The inflatable member is associated with one of the jaw members and is configured to apply pressure to tissue disposed between the pair of jaw members. The sensor is associated with one of the jaw members and is configured to measure local perfusion pressure in the tissue disposed between the pair of jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Christopher K. Evans, Matthew Eschbach
  • Patent number: 11247797
    Abstract: Provided is a means which makes it possible to prevent quality deterioration of a facilitated transport membrane for a long period of time. A method for packing the facilitated transport membrane selectively allowing a specific gas to permeate therethrough, includes the steps of: putting the facilitated transport membrane in a packaging body having a transmission rate of not more than 10,000 cm3/(m2·24 h·atm) for the specific gas; preventing a contact between the facilitated transport membrane and the specific gas; and lastly sealing the packaging body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuya Inamoto
  • Patent number: 11246336
    Abstract: The technology described herein generally relates to an automated packaging apparatus and system that packages loose particles into a conical container as well as the final folded packages. More specifically, loose plant matter, such as crumbled dried leaves, are supplied to successive paper cones. The apparatus packs the crumbled leaves into the cones, closes the wide top portion of the cone into a precise shape, and then runs a quality control check to ensure that the final filled cone meets preset specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: MPI, LLC
    Inventors: Mark W. Holderman, Gregory A. Russell
  • Patent number: 11224961
    Abstract: An electric power tool includes a motor, an output shaft, a drive force transmission configured to reduce drive speed of the motor and transmit drive force of the motor to the output shaft; a trigger that can be pulled by a user; a rotation speed changing circuitry configured to change a rotation speed of the output shaft that corresponds to a maximum pulled amount of the trigger to a limited rotation speed that is lower than a maximum rotation speed of the output shaft in a non-limited rotation speed mode; and a rotation speed control circuitry configured to control a rotation speed of the motor in correspondence with a pulled amount of the trigger to obtain the rotation speed of the output shaft that is changed by the rotation speed changing circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fumiaki Sawano, Masaaki Okada, Hidekazu Yuasa
  • Patent number: 11226186
    Abstract: An ammunition packaging apparatus and system is reconfigurable to package a select caliber of ammunition by changing a set of components to those associated with the selected caliber of ammunition and selecting the corresponding operating procedure. An ammunition collating and packaging apparatus can be quickly reconfigured from packaging a first caliber of ammunition to packaging a second caliber of ammunition by quickly replacing a define set of components and modifying operationally timings to correspond to the selected caliber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: CK MANUFACTURING, LLC
    Inventor: Gordon P. Chicoine
  • Patent number: 11219453
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument is disclosed that includes a first jaw configured to removably support a surgical staple cartridge therein and a second jaw that is movable relative to the first jaw between an open position and a closed position. A closure lockout is movable between a locked position wherein the second jaw is retained in the open position by the closure lockout and an unlocked position wherein the second jaw is movable to the closed position. The closure lockout is configured to interface with an unlocking feature on a surgical staple cartridge supported in the first jaw such that when the unlocking feature operably interfaces with the closure lockout, the closure lockout moves to the unlocked position. The stapling instrument may further include a firing member lockout system for preventing movement of a firing member unless a camming assembly of the staple cartridge is in an unfired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chad P. Boudreaux, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: 11214396
    Abstract: An inspection device includes: an irradiator that irradiates an object with near-infrared light; a spectroscope that disperses reflected light from the irradiated object; an imaging device that takes a spectroscopic image of the reflected light; a processor that: obtains spectral data of a plurality of points on the object, based on the spectroscopic image; defines a group of similar spectral data from among the spectral data of the plurality of points; extracts a group having a largest number of spectral data from the defined group; calculates an average of the spectral data of the extracted group; and detects a type of the object using a predetermined analysis of the object, based on the average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: CKD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihiro Taguchi, Tsuyoshi Ohyama, Norihiko Sakaida
  • Patent number: 11214389
    Abstract: A method for producing reusable packaging from a carton. A rectangular blank has sides X and Y, a total area xy, 2(a+h)?x?3(a+h)+a, and y?2(h+r)?b?y, where a and b are side dimensions, h is height, and r is width, or width reduced by height h, of the periphery region R of the finished packaging. The method includes: producing folding lines B in the blank parallel to a first side Y at these distances from the latter: B1: a1=h; B2: a2=h+a; B3: a3=2h+a; severing of two severing lines T, each starting from opposite sides X, along one of the folding lines B, or the extension thereof; selecting the distance between two end points ET of the severing lines T which are closer to an axis of symmetry S1, which is parallel to the side X, such that the distance corresponds to a side B? of the finished packaging or length of a side M of a packaging insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: KERN AG
    Inventors: Marcel Stalder, Wolfgang Freyer, Patrick Vogel
  • Patent number: 11208224
    Abstract: A bag clamping device for a material bag filling system is provided. A filling tube portion of a material bag can be blown to be in an upright state from a collapsed state through displacement and lift of an X-axis rail, a Y-axis rail and a Z-axis rail and blow of a pair of blowers. A pair of electric clamps is configured to clamp the filling tube portion. A pair of cantilevers is displaced to the bottom of a material filling device. The filling tube of the material filling device is displaced in a Z direction to enter the material bag for blowing air and filling the material. Through a conveyor belt displaced at the bottom in an X direction to carry the material bag with the filled material to a sealing device for sealing, so as to complete the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Hon Buohb Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pao-Chung Chang