Patents by Inventor Thomas Dean Graham

Thomas Dean Graham 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).

  • Publication number: 20190329516
    Abstract: A machine for forming a joined blank assembly from first and second blanks of sheet material includes a deck coupled to a frame, and a first transfer assembly associated with the frame. The first transfer assembly is configured to position the first blank on the deck. The machine also includes a second transfer assembly associated with the frame. The second transfer assembly is configured to position the second blank in at least a partially overlying relationship to the first blank on the deck. The machine further includes at least one compression member configured to compress the second blank and the first blank together against the deck to form the joined blank assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Graham, Amer Aganovic, Kirk S. Kempnich, II
  • Publication number: 20190308381
    Abstract: A machine including a first deck, a second deck, a first blank transfer assembly, and a second blank transfer assembly is provided. The first and second decks are coupled to a frame. The first blank transfer assembly extends from a first end to a second end and includes a first pick-up assembly moveable between the first end, proximate the second deck, and the second end, proximate the first deck. The second blank transfer assembly extends from a third end to a fourth end and includes a second pick-up assembly moveable between the third end, proximate the second deck, and the fourth end, proximate the first deck. The first blank transfer assembly and the second blank transfer assembly are operationally offset when moving between the first and second ends and the third and fourth ends, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Graham, Amer Aganovic, Greg Gulik
  • Publication number: 20190308382
    Abstract: A machine including a deck, a first platform, a second platform, a first web transfer assembly, and a second web transfer assembly is provided. The deck and first and second platforms are coupled to a frame. The first web transfer assembly extends from a first end to a second end and includes a first pick-up assembly moveable between the first end, proximate the first platform, and the second end, proximate the deck. The second web transfer assembly extends from a third end to a fourth end and includes a second pick-up assembly moveable between the third end, proximate the second platform, and the fourth end, proximate the deck. The first web transfer assembly and the second web transfer assembly are operationally offset when moving between the first and second end and the third and fourth ends, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Graham, Amer Aganovic, Greg Gulik
  • Publication number: 20190225365
    Abstract: A container and blanks and a blank assembly for forming the container are provided herein. The container includes a tray, the tray including a pair of tray side walls, a pair of tray end walls, and a first glue panel coupled to one of the tray end walls. The container also includes a cover releasably coupled to the tray to transition the container from a shipping to a display configuration, the cover including a pair of cover side walls aligned with the pair of tray side walls, a pair of cover end walls aligned with the pair of tray end walls, and a second glue panel coupled to one of the cover end walls. At least a portion of the tray overlaps with at least a portion of the cover, and the first and second glue panels are vertically aligned with and uncoupled from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: David G. Couture, Amer Aganovic, Thomas Dean Graham
  • Patent number: 10350849
    Abstract: A machine for forming a joined blank assembly from first and second blanks of sheet material includes a deck coupled to a frame, and a first transfer assembly associated with the frame. The first transfer assembly is configured to position the first blank on the deck. The machine also includes a second transfer assembly associated with the frame. The second transfer assembly is configured to position the second blank in at least a partially overlying relationship to the first blank on the deck. The machine further includes at least one compression member configured to compress the second blank and the first blank together against the deck to form the joined blank assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Graham, Amer Aganovic, Kirk Steven Kempnich, II
  • Publication number: 20190030849
    Abstract: A machine for forming and sealing a top of a container is provided. The machine includes a conveyor configured to transport the container through the machine, a forming section including at least one bullet arm configured to fold a trailing centering tab of the container, and a compression section downstream from the forming section and including a compression device configured to fold a leading centering tab of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Amer AGANOVIC, Thomas Dean GRAHAM
  • Publication number: 20180345617
    Abstract: A machine for forming a joined blank assembly from first (10) and second (210) blanks of sheet material includes a deck (1250) coupled to a frame (1002), and a first transfer assembly (1202) associated with the frame. The first transfer assembly is configured to position the first blank on the deck. The machine also includes a second transfer assembly (1302) associated with the frame. The second transfer assembly is configured to position the second blank in at least a partially overlying relationship to the first blank on the deck. The machine further includes at least one compression member (1340) configured to compress the second blank and the first blank together against the deck to form the joined blank assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Dean GRAHAM, Amer Aganovic, Claudio D'Alesio
  • Publication number: 20180264767
    Abstract: A machine a mandrel assembly includes a mandrel having an external shape complimentary to an internal shape of at least a portion of a container, a first lift mechanism operatively coupled to a first servomechanism to wrap a first portion of a blank about the mandrel, a second lift mechanism operatively coupled to a second servomechanism to wrap a second portion of the blank about the mandrel, and a folding arm coupled to the first lift mechanism and operatively coupled to a third servomechanism. A control system is in communication with the first servomechanism, the second servomechanism, and the third servomechanism and is configured to transmit a signal to each of the servomechanisms to independently control movement of the first lift mechanism, the second lift mechanism, and the folding arm to wrap at least the first and second portions of the blank about the mandrel to form the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Graham, Amer Aganovic, Ricki D. Anderson, Jeffrey H. Chapman
  • Patent number: 10076887
    Abstract: A machine for forming and sealing a top of a container is provided. The machine includes a conveyor configured to transport the container through the machine, a forming section including at least one bullet arm configured to fold a trailing centering tab of the container, and a compression section downstream from the forming section and including a compression device configured to fold a leading centering tab of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Amer Aganovic, Thomas Dean Graham
  • Publication number: 20180244009
    Abstract: A machine (1000) for forming a blank assembly having a blank and a retaining web coupled to the blank includes a deck (1250) coupled to a frame (1002), and a blank transfer assembly (1200) coupled to the frame. The blank transfer assembly is configured to position the blank on the deck. The machine also includes a web transfer assembly (1700) coupled to the frame. The web transfer assembly includes a pick-up assembly (1730) moveable between a first end and a second end of the web transfer assembly. The pick-up assembly is configured to pick up the web proximate the first end and deposit the web proximate the second end in an at least partially overlying relationship with the blank positioned on the deck. A first compression member (1750) is configured to compress a coupling region of the web against the blank on the deck to form the blank assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Dean GRAHAM, Amer Aganovic, Claudio D'Alesio
  • Publication number: 20180118380
    Abstract: A machine for filling a secondary container with a plurality of primary containers is provided. The machine includes a frame, a secondary container filling section coupled to the frame and configured to position the primary containers within the secondary container, and a first rail member coupled to the frame. The first rail member includes a chain, a support rail that extends in a longitudinal direction between a supply source of secondary containers and the secondary container filling section, and at least one longitudinally extending interface surface coupled to the support rail and configured to receive the chain, such that the chain is movable in the longitudinal direction. The first rail member also includes an articulated chain cover secured to, and movable with, the chain, the articulated chain cover defining a support surface on which the secondary containers are conveyable between the supply source and the secondary container filling section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Dean GRAHAM, Amer AGANOVIC, Claudio D'ALESIO, Michael F. FLAGG
  • Patent number: 9908304
    Abstract: A machine for forming a container from a blank of sheet material includes a forming station and a compression station. The forming station is configured to form a reinforcing corner assembly from first and second reinforcing panels extending from an end panel of the blank. The compression station is configured to rotate side panels and end panels of the blank to be substantially perpendicular to a bottom panel of the blank. The compression station includes a plurality of plows at least partially defining a plunger opening, and a plunger vertically movable through the plunger opening. The plurality of plows are configured to rotate the side panels and the end panels towards the interior surface of the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Amer Aganovic, Thomas Dean Graham, Kenneth Charles Smith, John Hershcel Conley, Robert Bradley Teany, Gregory Scott Gulik, Paul Andrew Spurlock, Maureen Ann Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20180029744
    Abstract: A method of forming a container from a blank of sheet material using a machine is provided. The blank includes a bottom panel, two side panels, two end panels, and a reinforcing panel assembly extending from a first side panel. The machine includes a hopper station, a corner post forming station, and a plunger station. The method includes rotating the reinforcing panel assembly upwardly toward the first side panel as the blank is transported from the hopper station to the corner post forming station, forming a corner wall and a reinforcing end tab by folding reinforcing panels about fold lines as the blank is transported through the corner post forming station, rotating the side panels and the end panels to be substantially perpendicular to the bottom panel by directing the blank through the plunger station, and coupling the reinforcing end tab to an end panel to form the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Dean GRAHAM, Ricki D. ANDERSON, Rojas GUILLERMO, Kenneth Charles SMITH
  • Publication number: 20180009188
    Abstract: A machine for forming a container from a blank of sheet material is provided. The blank includes a reinforcing panel assembly for forming a reinforcing corner assembly. The machine includes a hopper station for storing the blank in a substantially flat configuration and a forming station for forming the blank into the container. The forming station includes an initial forming station that rotates a first portion of the reinforcing panel assembly with respect to a second portion of the reinforcing panel assembly, and a secondary forming station having male and female forming members with shapes corresponding to an interior shape and an exterior shape of the reinforcing corner assembly, respectively. The male and the female forming members are configured to form the reinforcing corner assembly by compressing together the first and second portions of the reinforcing panel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Amer AGANOVIC, Thomas Dean GRAHAM, Kenneth Charles SMITH, John Hershcel CONLEY, Robert Bradley TEANY, Gregory Scott GULIK, Paul Andrew SPURLOCK
  • Patent number: 9764526
    Abstract: A machine for forming a container from a blank of sheet material is provided. The blank includes a reinforcing panel assembly for forming a reinforcing corner assembly. The machine includes a hopper station for storing the blank in a substantially flat configuration and a forming station for forming the blank into the container. The forming station includes an initial forming station that rotates a first portion of the reinforcing panel assembly with respect to a second portion of the reinforcing panel assembly, and a secondary forming station having male and female forming members with shapes corresponding to an interior shape and an exterior shape of the reinforcing corner assembly, respectively. The male and the female forming members are configured to form the reinforcing corner assembly by compressing together the first and second portions of the reinforcing panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Amer Aganovic, Thomas Dean Graham, Kenneth Charles Smith, John Hershcel Conley, Robert Bradley Teany, Gregory Scott Gulik, Paul Andrew Spurlock
  • Publication number: 20170080666
    Abstract: A machine for forming a joined blank assembly from first and second blanks of sheet material includes a deck coupled to a frame, and a first transfer assembly associated with the frame. The first transfer assembly is configured to position the first blank on the deck. The machine also includes a second transfer assembly associated with the frame. The second transfer assembly is configured to position the second blank in at least a partially overlying relationship to the first blank on the deck. The machine further includes at least one compression member configured to compress the second blank and the first blank together against the deck to form the joined blank assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Graham, Amer Aganovic, Kirk Steven Kempnich, II
  • Publication number: 20170080667
    Abstract: A machine for forming a blank assembly having a blank and a retaining web coupled to the blank includes a deck coupled to a frame, and a blank transfer assembly coupled to the frame. The blank transfer assembly is configured to position the blank on the deck. The machine also includes a web transfer assembly coupled to the frame. The web transfer assembly includes a pick-up assembly moveable between a first end and a second end of the web transfer assembly. The pick-up assembly is configured to pick up the web proximate the first end and deposit the web proximate the second end in an at least partially overlying relationship with the blank positioned on the deck. A first compression member is configured to compress a coupling region of the web against the blank on the deck to form the blank assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Graham, Amer Aganovic, Claudio D'Alesio
  • Patent number: 9469078
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a container comprises a hopper assembly configured to store a plurality of blanks. Each blank includes a bottom panel, a pair of opposing end panels, at least one stacking tab, at least one inner side panel, and at least one outer side panel. A transport mechanism is positioned below the hopper assembly and is configured to transport a blank of the plurality of blanks from a first position to a second position. A pair of opposing folding plows is positioned below the hopper assembly. The folding plows are configured to rotate the inner side panels and the stacking tabs of the blank as the blank is transported from the first position to the second position. At least one stacking tab bullet is coupled to each folding plow. Each stacking tab bullet is configured to move a respective stacking tab relative to a corresponding inner side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Amer Aganovic, Thomas Dean Graham
  • Patent number: 9409367
    Abstract: A blank delivery system for use in a machine for forming a container from a blank sheet of material is described herein. The blank delivery system includes a blank loading assembly that includes a plurality of blank hoppers. Each blank hopper is configured to hold a plurality of blanks for forming a different type of container. A blank transfer assembly is coupled to each blank hopper of the plurality of blank hoppers. The blank transfer assembly is configured to convey the blanks from each blank hopper to a container forming system of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Graham, Amer Aganovic, Claudio D'Alesio, Paul Andrew Spurlock
  • Publication number: 20150224732
    Abstract: A machine a mandrel assembly includes a mandrel having an external shape complimentary to an internal shape of at least a portion of a container, a first lift mechanism operatively coupled to a first servomechanism to wrap a first portion of a blank about the mandrel, a second lift mechanism operatively coupled to a second servomechanism to wrap a second portion of the blank about the mandrel, and a folding arm coupled to the first lift mechanism and operatively coupled to a third servomechanism. A control system is in communication with the first servomechanism, the second servomechanism, and the third servomechanism and is configured to transmit a signal to each of the servomechanisms to independently control movement of the first lift mechanism, the second lift mechanism, and the folding arm to wrap at least the first and second portions of the blank about the mandrel to form the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Graham, Amer Aganovic, Ricki D. Anderson, Jeffrey H. Chapman