Packing Or Bundling Patents (Class 131/112)
  • Patent number: 10287044
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling a produce tray with agricultural produce includes a tray loading station with a fill hopper for receiving the agricultural produce, a produce compression station including at least one tuck finger platen, and a conveyer including a plurality of tray carriers for moving the produce tray from the tray loading station to the produce compression station. Some embodiments of the invention also include a split chute for transferring the agricultural produce from the fill hopper to the produce tray and a trolley for selectively positioning the split chute under the fill hopper or tuck finger platen. Another embodiment of the invention includes a tuck finger platen for compressing agricultural produce near the center of the tray less than agricultural produce near the interior walls of the produce tray. Yet another embodiment of the invention includes steps in a method for loading agricultural produce into a produce tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Heinzen LLC
    Inventors: Erick A. Davidson, Rudi C. Groppe
  • Patent number: 10028520
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method are provided for manufacturing a smokeless tobacco product including tobacco material and at least one object. A forming unit is configured to form a continuous supply of a pouch material into a continuous tubular member defining a longitudinal axis. A tobacco insertion unit is configured to introduce tobacco material into a pouch member portion of the tubular member. An object insertion unit is configured to introduce objects into the tubular member, with at least one of the objects being introduced into the pouch member portion. A closing and dividing unit is configured to close and divide the tubular member at intervals along the longitudinal axis thereof, to form the tubular member into a plurality of discrete pouch member portions such that each discrete pouch member portion includes the tobacco material and the at least one of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Charles J. Novak, III, David Charles Bovender
  • Patent number: 9796522
    Abstract: A bag for enclosing a cushion is disclosed. The bag comprises a tubular sleeve having first and second end pieces coupled to first and second longitudinal ends thereof, a plurality of reinforcing straps encircling a circumference of the tubular sleeve, and at least one handle extending between the plurality of reinforcing straps. The at least one handle is configured to lay flush against the tubular sleeve during shipping. Methods for packaging and shipping a cushion in the bag include roll packing a cushion into a cylindrical shape, disposing the cushion in a compressed form into the bag, and shipping the bag to a customer without inserting the bag in any other container. Methods of unpacking the cushion from the bag includes uncoupling the first end piece from the tubular sleeve, opening the tubular sleeve along a longitudinal length thereof, and unrolling the compressed cushion to an expanded form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Purple Innovation, LLC
    Inventor: Tony M. Pearce
  • Patent number: 9527611
    Abstract: An arrangement for manufacturing of portion packets of a product for oral use, includes a forming arrangement configured to form portion packets of a bulk material. The arrangement includes a device for placing the portion packets into a container, wherein the device includes a portion packet transporting unit and a portion packet positioning unit. The transporting unit is configured to transport individual portion packets to the positioning unit, and the positioning unit is configured to position the portion packets in a certain pattern during operation of the device. The transporting unit includes a product channel for transporting the portion packets, the product channel having an inlet and an outlet, the transporting unit further including a gas channel for connection to a source of pressurized gas, the gas channel arranged to, when connected to the source, guide pressurized gas into the product channel in a direction towards the product channel outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Swedish Match North Europe AB
    Inventors: Lars-Olof Lofman, Thom Aspgren, Dennis Eriksson, Tomas Larsson
  • Patent number: 9038643
    Abstract: An orally-enjoyable tobacco product includes a portion of smokeless tobacco comprising an active ingredient and either: (1) a collection of tobacco particles at least partially enclosed by a coating comprising a water-soluble non-crosslinked component and a substantially water-insoluble cross-linked component, or (2) a pouch comprising smokeless tobacco enclosed in a water-permeable wrapper. The active ingredient is selected from the group consisting of a mercaptan, camphor, borneol, isoborneol, bornyl acetate, isobornyl acetate, mono-bornyl succinate, mono-isobornyl succinate, mono-bornyl formate, and mono-isobornyl formate. The active ingredient is present in an amount effective to reduce or eliminate the sensory irritation arising from the smokeless tobacco. Also disclosed is a method of making such a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Gerd Kobal, Justin Heynekamp, Timothy B. Langston, Peter Reeh, Munmaya K. Mishra, Jason W. Flora, Tatjana Kichko
  • Patent number: 9027567
    Abstract: An oral pouch product includes a dual layer pouch wrapper and an inner botanical filling material contained within the pouch wrapper. The pouch wrapper includes an inner web, an outer web and a coating, such as a water soluble flavorant containing coating therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Diane L. Gee, Gregory J. Griscik, Mark S. North, Robley Eugene Pitts, Jr., Yahaira R. Ramos
  • Patent number: 8978661
    Abstract: A smokeless tobacco product includes smokeless tobacco and a polymeric material in intimate contact with the smokeless tobacco and stabilized in conformance to a surface topography of the tobacco's fibrous structures such that the stabilized polymeric material secures the smokeless tobacco together. The smokeless tobacco product has a moisture-permeable porous surface and an overall oven volatiles content of at least 10 weight percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Scott Atchley, James M. Rossman, Munmaya K. Mishra
  • Publication number: 20140238420
    Abstract: An apparatus for molding and packaging molded tobacco pieces includes a mold having cavities oriented to allow ejection of molded tobacco pieces into a container. The apparatus also includes a knockout for ejecting the molded tobacco pieces, and a cutter having at least two blades for cutting the molded tobacco pieces into vertically aligned slices by passing one or more blades horizontally through the cavities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon Black, Andrew Nathan Carroll, Tom Holland
  • Patent number: 8757167
    Abstract: A machine for forming, continuously, distinct portions of particulate matter such as smokeless tobacco, i.e., snuff, in a pouch or pocket form, and continuously forming individual pouches or pockets containing the distinct portions of the particulate matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: Edward Jurczenia, Eugene H. Paules, Frank S. Nastro
  • Patent number: 8752558
    Abstract: An apparatus for molding and packaging molded tobacco pieces includes a mold having cavities oriented to allow ejection of molded tobacco pieces into a container. The apparatus also includes a knockout for ejecting the molded tobacco pieces, and a cutter having at least two blades for cutting the molded tobacco pieces into vertically aligned slices by passing one or more blades horizontally through the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon Black, Andrew Nathan Carroll, Tom Holland
  • Publication number: 20140026901
    Abstract: Easier handling during packing and reduced pouch spotting is seen when a moist smokeless tobacco product is at a sub-refrigeration temperature during formation and sealing of portioned product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Fallon
  • Publication number: 20140020692
    Abstract: An oral tobacco raw material is easily handled during the manufacturing of oral tobacco, does not stain a packaging material when packaged as a pouch, and does not cause a feeling of a lump to a user and rapidly emits flavor when the user uses the pouch by placing it in the oral cavity. A method for manufacturing such an oral tobacco raw material, and a method for stably obtaining oral tobacco at low cost using the oral tobacco raw material are disclosed. A raw material chip for oral tobacco, includes a tobacco raw material composition including tobacco particles, water, and an additive, and a water-soluble edible film, the tobacco raw material composition and the water-soluble edible film being laminated, wherein outer surfaces of the raw material chip for oral tobacco are composed of a surface composed of the tobacco raw material composition, and a surface composed of the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Norio KAWATA, Manabu TAKEUCHI
  • Patent number: 8602068
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing charges of high OV moist smokeless tobacco (MST) includes a rotary metering device. The rotary metering device includes a lower disk, a metering disk, a plurality of cavities in the metering disk; and at least one vacuum housing located around the periphery of the lower disk and in communication with the plurality of cavities. A vacuum is applied to the cavities to aid in the filling of the cavities and an air discharge mechanism ejects a charge of the MST from each cavity at a discharge station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Dwight D. Williams
  • Patent number: 8499765
    Abstract: Easier handling during packing and reduced pouch spotting is seen when a moist smokeless tobacco product is at a sub-refrigeration temperature during formation and sealing of portioned product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventor: Gary Fallon
  • Patent number: 8250975
    Abstract: A container is provided. The container includes a lid, a bottom and a compactor. The compactor is contained within the container and serves to collect, accumulate or compact any loose products within the container. The compactor and lid can mate such that rotation of the lid can transfer torque to the compactor to adjust a storage portion of the cavity of the container to collect, accumulate or compact the loose product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: J.L. Clark, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward P. Cronin, Joseph P. Valley, III
  • Publication number: 20120167902
    Abstract: A smokeless tobacco system includes a container including a plurality of preformed smokeless tobacco products configured to generally retain their shape and integrity. One or more of the preformed smokeless tobacco products are compressed between a lid and a base of the container to hinder movement of the one or more preformed smokeless tobacco products within the container. Each preformed smokeless tobacco product can include a moist smokeless tobacco in combination with a selected binder such that the final product is configured to have material properties providing improved handling, an improved mouth feel, and a satisfying flavor profile. A method of forming and packaging the preformed smokeless tobacco products includes depositing shaped smokeless tobacco bodies into the container and closing the container prior to a relaxation of the shaped smokeless tobacco bodies into preformed smokeless tobacco products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Jason Andrew Macko, James Lindsay Clark, Shannon Maxwell Black, Andrew Nathan Carroll, Srinivasan Janardhan
  • Publication number: 20120125349
    Abstract: Methods of processing tobacco for the production of an oral tobacco product. According to one embodiment the method comprises providing a base blend of tobacco, delivering a pre-determined quantity of said base blend of tobacco to an individual consumer-portion container and introducing an additive to the tobacco directly in the container. Apparatuses for such methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Leif Hansson, Mazlam Orhan, Paul Levenick, Michele Mola
  • Patent number: 8151802
    Abstract: Pouches (2) of cohesionless material, typically a smokeless tobacco product, are manufactured by conveying portions of the tobacco initially on a dispensing disc (5a) with cavities (7) from a delivery station (8) to a transfer station (9), where each portion of tobacco is then removed forcibly from the relative cavity by an ejection system (14) and directed into a duct (12) connecting with a wrapping station (10) at which the pouches (2) are formed, filled and sealed; the removal and transfer of each portion from the cavity (7) of the disc (5a) into the duct (12) is controlled in such a way as to displace the material by degrees and ensure its smooth passage toward the wrapping station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A
    Inventor: Fulvio Boldrini
  • Patent number: 8122893
    Abstract: Pouches (2) of a smokeless tobacco product are manufactured on a machine comprising an intermittently rotatable dispensing disc (3) with peripheral cavities (4), a station (5) at which each cavity (4) is filled with a given quantity of tobacco equivalent to a single portion, a push rod mechanism (12) by which the portions of tobacco are ejected from each cavity (4) of the disc (3) at a transfer station (6), and a connecting duct (8) through which the portion of tobacco ejected by the push rod from each cavity passes directly to a wrapping station (7) where the pouches (2) are formed, filled with the tobacco product and sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fulvio Boldrini
  • Publication number: 20120024301
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a smokeless tobacco system include one or more preformed smokeless tobacco products configured to generally retain their shape during processing, shipping, and consumer handling. In particular embodiments, each smokeless tobacco product can comprise a moist smokeless tobacco in combination with a selected binder such that the final product is configured to have material properties providing improved handling, an improved mouth feel, and a satisfying flavor profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: Altria Client Services Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll, Shannon Maxwell Black, Tommy C. Holland, Jason Andrew Macko, Christopher Joseph DiNovi
  • Patent number: 8079372
    Abstract: A discreet packing system for containing and compacting finely chopped tobacco product having a shallow cylindrical body and a lid detachably secured thereto. A flexible wall is secured at a fixed end to the interior surface of the body. The flexible inner wall generally coextends the interior surface of the body and thereby defines a cylindrical volume in which the tobacco is contained. The flexible wall may be selectively locked in place relative to the outer wall of the body. In one embodiment of the present invention, a bottom is slidably connected to a cylindrical outer wall of the body. A distal end of the flexible wall is attached to the bottom and is urged via rotation of the bottom relative to the outer wall. Other embodiments are provided wherein the flexible wall extends through the body and is urged via a grip or slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventors: Bartlett Wade Smith, IV, James Albert Norris, III
  • Patent number: 8067046
    Abstract: Provided is an oral pouch product including a pouch having a plurality of pores. At least one portion of soluble dietary fibers is contained in the pores of the pouch and/or coated thereon. The oral pouch product is filled with a botanical material. The oral pouch product is placed in the mouth to release the soluble dietary fibers directly into the user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Schleef, Seetharama Deevi
  • Publication number: 20110220523
    Abstract: An apparatus for molding and packaging molded tobacco pieces includes a mold having cavities oriented to allow ejection of molded tobacco pieces into a container. The apparatus also includes a knockout for ejecting the molded tobacco pieces, and a cutter having at least two blades for cutting the molded tobacco pieces into vertically aligned slices by passing one or more blades horizontally through the cavities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon Black, Andrew Nathan Carroll, Tom Holland
  • Publication number: 20100252056
    Abstract: An apparatus for metering oral tobacco into portions suitable for consumption including a delivery device to hold and deliver the tobacco and a metering device to receive the tobacco from the delivery device. The metering device includes a shaping component operative to shape and press the tobacco into at least one endless tobacco rod and a slicing component operative to slice the endless tobacco rod into pre-defined tobacco portions with respect to shape and weight and to discharge the tobacco portions for subsequent processing. Further, a method for metering oral tobacco in portions suitable for consumption, includes the steps of delivering the tobacco, continuous shaping and pressing the tobacco into at least one endless tobacco rod, slicing the endless tobacco rod into pre-defined tobacco portions with respect to shape and weight, and conveying the tobacco portions to a subsequent processing station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: Hauni Maschinenbau AG
    Inventors: Thomas Gruss, Patrick Fricke, Willfried Hoffmann, Hartmut Ringel, Bernd Seliger, Stephan Plewa
  • Publication number: 20100242972
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for filling, closing, folding and transporting away tobacco bags (10) or pouches, using a turret (24) that rotates about a horizontal axis and has preferably six mounts (28), each for one bag (10), arranged along the circumference in the region of planar wall portions (29). The bags are conveyed through a plurality of processing stations, in particular through a filling station, suction-extraction station, closing station and wrapping station, by the turret (24) with cyclic rotary movement. A plurality of sub-turrets, each with corresponding mounts (28), can be arranged one beside the other in the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: FOCKE & CO. (GMBH & CO. KG)
    Inventors: Joerg Thierig, Burkard Roesler, Thomas Häfker, Henry Buse, Konrad Popp, Holger Witzmann
  • Publication number: 20100200005
    Abstract: Easier handling during packing and reduced pouch spotting is seen when a moist smokeless tobacco product is at a sub-refrigeration temperature during formation and sealing of portioned product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Gary Fallon
  • Publication number: 20100071711
    Abstract: Pouches (2) of cohesionless material, typically a smokeless tobacco product, are manufactured by conveying portions of the tobacco initially on a dispensing disc (5a) with cavities (7) from a delivery station (8) to a transfer station (9), where each portion of tobacco is then removed forcibly from the relative cavity by an ejection system (14) and directed into a duct (12) connecting with a wrapping station (10) at which the pouches (2) are formed, filled and sealed; the removal and transfer of each portion from the cavity (7) of the disc (5a) into the duct (12) is controlled in such a way as to displace the material by degrees and ensure its smooth passage toward the wrapping station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Fulvio Boldrini
  • Publication number: 20100059069
    Abstract: Pouches (2) of a smokeless tobacco product are manufactured on a machine comprising an intermittently rotatable dispensing disc (3) with peripheral cavities (4), a station (5) at which each cavity (4) is filled with a given quantity of tobacco equivalent to a single portion, a push rod mechanism (12) by which the portions of tobacco are ejected from each cavity (4) of the disc (3) at a transfer station (6), and a connecting duct (8) through which the portion of tobacco ejected by the push rod from each cavity passes directly to a wrapping station (7) where the pouches (2) are formed, filled with the tobacco product and sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: Azionaria Construzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.
    Inventor: Fulvio Boldrini
  • Publication number: 20100018539
    Abstract: An improved pouching machine is provided. The improved pouching machine comprises a feed hopper with a first and a second end and a feed screw with a plurality of pins extending from the circumference. The feed screw is connected to a first shaft and the first shaft is connected to a motor to rotate the first shaft. An agitator screw is positioned adjacent to the feed screw and has a plurality of pins extending from the circumference. The agitator screw is connected to a second shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventors: Paul Andrew Brinkley, David Charles Bovender
  • Publication number: 20080202536
    Abstract: Provided is an oral pouch flavor product with a fibrous flavored wrapper that encloses an inner filling material. Preferably, the fibrous flavored wrapper includes embedded flavorants. The fibrous flavored wrapper may also include a softening agent, colorants, and/or browning inhibitors. The inner material may include non-tobacco, plant material fibers and preferably has a low moisture content so as to prevent the need for preservatives or refrigeration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Karen M. Torrence, Warren D. Winterson
  • Publication number: 20080173317
    Abstract: A smokeless tobacco product is provided. A water-permeable pouch containing a tobacco formulation and configured for insertion into the mouth of a user of that product is provided. The tobacco formulation includes granular tobacco and a buffer comprised of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate. An outer packaging material enveloping the pouch is provided and is sealed so as to allow a controlled environment to be maintained within.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: John Howard Robinson, Laya Katina Palmer Horton, Pankaj Patel, John-Paul Mua, Daniel Verdin Cantrell, James Neil Figlar, Darrell Eugene Holton
  • Patent number: 6135120
    Abstract: A device (1) for packaging finely divided, moistened tobacco material in individual portion packages, comprising a means (2) for feeding the material into pockets (4) formed in a rotary portioning wheel (3) for portioning the material into portions. The device further comprises at least one compression means (10, 11, 12) for compressing these portions, a unit (23, 27) for advancing a packaging material (17) in synchrony with the compressed portions, at least one means (14, 15, 16) for discharging the portions from the pockets and advancing them the packaging material, and a unit (28, 29, 30, 31, 33) for forming individual portion packages from the discharged portions and the packaging material. At the intended point of discharge of the portions to the packaging material, said material has the form of a tape (17), the compression means (10, 11, 12) being arranged to compress the portions in a direction which differs from the discharging and the feeding directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Swedish Match Sverige AB
    Inventors: Lars Olof Lofman, Kenth Gamhed, Kenneth Ek
  • Patent number: 6095151
    Abstract: A flat base anchored to any hard, smooth surface by two suction cups. Upon this flat base, two shafts rise perpendicular. The base supports a housing which fits over the base shafts. The housing has an opening which accommodates a standard pack of cigarettes, which are placed in the opening top or filter first. Two springs are located above the housing on the base shafts to create tension. Rubber caps at the top of the base shafts, aided with epoxy, contains the springs and housing to the base of the invention so that once the housing is pulled upward by one's hand the housing then is forced down toward the base from the tension of the springs and consequently "packing" the cigarettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Richard Randal Arthur
  • Patent number: 5011008
    Abstract: A container for transporting a compressed block of tobacco (18) comprises rectangular bottom top front rear and two side walls (2,4,1,3,5,6) which are formed of pliable sheets of non-shape sustaining fabric, such as woven polypropylene. The top wall (4) is connectable by a sliding clasp fastener (9,10,11,12) along three of its edges to the adjacent upper edges of adjacent walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Gallaher Limited
    Inventor: Barry P. Baker
  • Patent number: 4961437
    Abstract: It has not been possible hitherto to equip outer wrappings (10) for (tobacco) bagpacks of the twistbag type (11) with a tear-open thread or strip (15). The present wrapping (10) is provided with a tear-open strip (15) extending transversely relative to the longitudinal extension of the twisting (11). A longitudinal edge strip (17) with a longitudinal welding seam (18) is folded round against a wrapping wall (19,20) and fixed at the ends by transverse welding seams (21,22). A process and apparatus for producing such a twistbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1990
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Oskar Balmer
  • Patent number: 4703765
    Abstract: A machine for forming, continuously, distinct portions of smokeless tobacco in a pouch or pocket form, and continuously forming a chain of individual pouches containing the distinct portions of smokeless tobacco, cutting each pouch from a string of pouches, counting out a pre-set number of pouches for filling a container with the pre-set number of pouches with a set moisture content; further indexing each container relative to its production cycle, including means for rejecting improperly filled containers based on improperly filled individual or a plurality of pouches, closing each container with a lid, and pneumatic and other control means for controlling the production cycle of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Eugene H. Paules, Frank S. Nastro