Patents by Inventor Richard F. Nichols

Richard F. Nichols has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5733100
    Abstract: A palletizer of the present invention for arranging objects in a honeycomb pattern is disclosed. The palletizer comprises a mechanism for transporting the objects from an object source, a mechanism for arranging the objects into single file while the mechanism for transporting moves the objects, a first area for receiving groups of the objects comprising a number of the objects arranged into the single file. The first area has a depth to which each of the groups of objects travel after entering the first area. The palletizer further includes a mechanism for alternating the depth between a greater and lesser depth such that every other one of the groups extends to the lesser depth and all other ones of the groups extend to the greater depth for forming the objects into the honeycomb pattern. A second area is provided for collecting the objects as the objects are arranged in the honeycomb pattern and a first container moving mechanism is provided for moving the groups of the objects into the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Slat, David E. Rediess, Richard F. Nichols