And Packing Patents (Class 131/283)
  • Patent number: 10709168
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hopper (10) for rod shaped articles (100) defining a longitudinal axis, the hopper (10) including: a chamber (20) to hold the rod shaped articles (100); a distributor device (30) to align the rod shaped articles (100) with substantially parallel longitudinal axes, the distributor device (30) including a plurality of walls (50) defining adjacent channels (40), at least one of said walls (50) including a stationary part (51) and a movable part (52) connected to the stationary part (51); and a vibrating device (70) adapted to oscillate the movable part (52) with respect to the stationary part (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Marcello Vezzani
  • Patent number: 9090366
    Abstract: A device is provided for winding an envelope (A) around a product (B), such as a group of cigarettes or the like. The product is to be packaged in a corresponding box-shaped body, or packet. The device includes an apparatus (10) for winding the envelope (A) around the product (B) and an apparatus (20) adapted to supply the product (B) and the envelope (A) to the winding apparatus (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: GIMA TT S.R.L.
    Inventor: Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 8944073
    Abstract: A finished tobacco product is formed by an inner shell and attached outer pre-rolled sheet where the inner shell has a means to open an interior volume to add selected tobacco filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Blunt Wrap U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel S. Sinclair, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8443813
    Abstract: A system (1) for portioning and packaging a tobamel smoking mixture (2) comprises a unit (3) internally of which the mixture (2) is prepared by blending tobacco en masse with agglutinants such as honey or molasses, and an extruder unit (17) by which the mixture (2) is shaped into a continuous rod (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fulvio Boldrini
  • Patent number: 8161979
    Abstract: A finished tobacco product is formed by an inner shell and attached outer pre-rolled sheet where the inner shell has a means to open an interior volume to add selected tobacco filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Blunt Wrap U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel S. Sinclair, Jr.
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7921622
    Abstract: In a cigarette packer, groups of single cigarettes are first assembled by a formation unit and placed in trays carried by a conveyor, then directed in succession along a set feed path, advancing sideways-on, toward a wrapping unit by which each one is enveloped in a transparent or at least partly transparent wrapper; during the transfer from the formation unit to the wrapping unit, the trays are directed past a print unit stationed along the feed path, by which at least one graphic element such as lettering or a logo is impressed on at least one cigarette making up each group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: G.D S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ivanoe Bertuzzi, Luca Petrucci, Gilberto Spirito, Stefano Negrini
  • Patent number: 7882843
    Abstract: Described herein is a method and apparatus for transferring rods, or tubes, comprising feeding a plurality of rods into a hopper, feeding the rods through a hopper using agitation and gravity to align the rods in a single-file stacked configuration, and transferring the rods with pushers on a continuous cable so that that the rods may be transferred for insertion in the tobacco column. This method and apparatus may utilize one or more drums for transferring rods from the hopper to the pushers on the continuous cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Horace Jones
  • Publication number: 20110023897
    Abstract: The lighting end or tip of the smoking article is configured in such a manner that the entire front or upstream face thereof does not lie in a plane that is generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the smoking article. For example, at least a portion of the front face of the smoking article lies in a plane (e.g., a generally flat plane) that is positioned about 40° to about 50° relative to the longitudinal axis of that smoking article. As such, the overall nature or character of the mainstream aerosol generated by a smoking article can be altered. This shape may include an ellipse, or may include a first section in a plane not perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and a second section in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. Alternatively, the face of the lighting end may have a shape such that its surface area is greater than the cross-sectional area of the smoking article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: August Joseph Borschke, Buddy Gene Brown
  • Publication number: 20100200007
    Abstract: A method of producing and/or packaging cigarettes in a production and/or packaging installation using starting material (28-32, 36-40; 28.1, 28.2, 29.1, etc.), at least one of the starting materials, for example film webs, paper webs or the like, being fed to the production and/or packaging installation in defined material units. Production-relevant data (A-E) which can be determined, in particular, exclusively during the production process and are dependent on at least one starting material (28-32, 36-40; 28.1, 28.2, 29.1, etc.)—material characteristics—are recorded and clearly assigned to the respective starting material (28-32, 36-40; 28.1, 28.2, 29.1, etc.), preferably to a starting-material unit, it being the case that the recorded material characteristics (A-E) assigned to the starting material (28-32, 36-40; 28.1, 28.2, 29.1, etc.) are stored in a memory of a computing unit (33, 42), in particular for subsequent evaluation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventors: Kurt Meyer, Thomas Tengen
  • Patent number: 7684889
    Abstract: A production and packaging installation with a control arrangement (33) and production units having respectively adjustable mechanisms, such as, a (cigarette-) production machine (maker 10), a packaging machine (packer 11), possibly a film-wrapping machine (12), possibly a multipacker (13) and possibly a carton packer (cartoner 14), for the production and ready-to-dispatch packaging of, in the first instance, products—cigarettes and cigarette packs—of a first type and, thereafter, products of a second type each comprising starting materials, such as paper blanks, film and the like, and also specifies the control arrangement itself and a method of controlling the line, it being the case that at least a first set of parameters (61) associated with products of the first type and a second set of parameters (62) associated with products of the second type are stored in a selectable manner in a memory of the control arrangement (33) and, upon selection of a set of parameters (61, 62), a manipulated variable for adj
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Doris Focke, legal representative, Jürgen Focke, legal representative, Kurt Meyer, Thomas Tengen
  • Patent number: 7665469
    Abstract: This is a device to pack cigarettes into a standard cigarette pack. It is designed to be portable and is comprised of a series of wheels, which are located in the interior of the casing. A handle on the outside of the device rotates a wheel, which in turn rotates another wheel and allows the device to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Behyar Behipour
  • Publication number: 20090293890
    Abstract: A brand control method for an automatic tobacco article processing machine, the method including the steps of: defining a number of end product brands that can be produced on the automatic machine; creating a number of configurations, each associated with a respective brand and having a set of values of control parameters controlling electrically controlled operating parts to produce the brand; selecting a desired end product brand; loading the configuration corresponding to the desired end product brand onto a control unit to commence production of the desired brand; defining a number of sections, each having a set of control parameters and independent of the other sections; defining a number of recipes by assigning each section at least one respective set of values of the corresponding control parameters, so each recipe corresponds to a respective section and contains the values of the control parameters in that particular section; and defining each configuration by combining a number of compatible recipes,
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Giuseppe FARACI, Carlo Moretti, Gaetano De Pietra
  • Patent number: 7578297
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a machine for opening cigarette packs and inspecting cigarettes (1), used to recover cigarettes contained in soft cup type packs (72), comprising: cigarette pack accumulator (2); transfer channel (3); first drum (4); cigarette pack holding pouches (27); device for opening the flaps of the aluminum foil lining (28); guide means (42); flap pressing and label housing displacing device (29); unopened packs rejection device (52); second drum (5); guide means; cigarette storage bin (6); counter-rotating roll (54); inspection drum (9); cigarette inspection device (57); cigarette rejection device; storage bins for label housings (12), aluminum foil linings (13), and cigarettes (11); rejected packs storage bin (22); selected cigarettes collector belt (10); and frame (71).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Souza Cruz S.A.
    Inventor: Ricardo Villarinho
  • Publication number: 20090114234
    Abstract: A cigarette-making method is provided, comprising forming an elongate tobacco rod having a non-circular cross-sectional shape and opposed ends, by circumscribing a tobacco charge with a wrapping material. A filter element is formed having opposed ends and a non-circular cross-sectional shape corresponding to the cross-sectional shape of the tobacco rod, by circumscribing a filter material with a plug wrap material. One end of the tobacco rod is axially aligned and abutted with one end of the filter element, and a tipping material is applied about the tobacco rod and the filter element, wherein the tipping material extends across the abutting ends thereof, so as to join the tobacco rod with the filter element and form a cigarette having a non-circular cross-sectional shape along a length thereof. Associated apparatuses and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: John Larkin Nelson, Gary Lee Wood, Vernon Brent Barnes
  • Patent number: 7509960
    Abstract: In an automatic machine for processing tobacco articles, and having a supporting frame having a vertical front wall, at which are located a number of operating devices located along a production line for processing a succession of articles, an inner first casing is provided which can be opened and covers at least some of the operating devices, and an outer second casing is provided which can be opened, is independent of the inner first casing, and covers at least part of the inner first casing in the form of a shell; the outer second casing has a front panel facing the vertical front wall of the frame and movable, with respect to the frame, between a closed or bottom limit position, in which the front panel contacts the floor supporting the frame and is separated from the inner first casing by a distance defining the depth of a soundproofing air chamber, and an open or top limit position, in which the front panel exposes and permits access to the vertical front wall of the frame and the inner first casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: D Societa′ per Azioni
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Draghetti, Mauro Falchieri
  • Publication number: 20090038630
    Abstract: In a cigarette packer, groups of single cigarettes are first assembled by a formation unit and placed in trays carried by a conveyor, then directed in succession along a set feed path, advancing sideways-on, toward a wrapping unit by which each one is enveloped in a transparent or at least partly transparent wrapper; during the transfer from the formation unit to the wrapping unit, the trays are directed past a print unit stationed along the feed path, by which at least one graphic element such as lettering or a logo is impressed on at least one cigarette making up each group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Ivanoe Bertuzzi, Luca Petrucci, Gilberto Spirito, Stefano Negrini
  • Publication number: 20090025737
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for conveying a cigarette stream in a controlled manner into an initially empty conveying section of a machine for producing and/or packaging cigarettes, the conveying section being delimited laterally by walls and the cigarette stream being supported during conveying by a movable supporting element which is moved together with the cigarette stream along the conveying section. The walls which delimit the conveying section laterally can be moved at least partially in order to change the cross section of the conveying section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: AXEL LEIFHEIT
  • Publication number: 20080289642
    Abstract: A cigarette manufacturing and packing system having a connecting unit connected to a data-gathering computer; a sensor device for detecting a code identifying a work material; and a signalling device for emitting a signal relative to an instant the work material starts to be used; the connecting unit acts as a server to make available to the data-gathering computer, for a given length of time, the data received from the sensor device and the signalling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Luca CERATI, Gaetano DE PIETRA
  • Patent number: 7364052
    Abstract: A unit for feeding cigarettes to a packer machine is equipped with a hopper containing a mass of cigarettes and a device serving to compensate the depletion of the mass as groups of cigarettes are removed from the hopper and directed into a plurality of boxes carried and transported by a conveyor. The compensating device is located internally of the hopper and comprises an articulated mechanism designed to create a movable wall, also a pair of lateral conveyors converging toward the articulated mechanism, its operation being coordinated with that of a further device by which the groups of cigarettes are removed from the hopper, in such a way as to vary the capacity of the hopper according to the volume of cigarettes removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: G.D S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 7222626
    Abstract: The invention specifies a production and/or packaging installation containing a performance-limiting means, and also specifies the method of operating the same, with the result that this installation can be sold to a purchaser with a certain performance capability guaranteed and only the guaranteed performance level can be retrieved, measures for reducing the performance level of the installation being taken or initiated in the event of manipulation for increasing the performance level or for bypassing the performance-limiting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Jürgen Focke, legal representative, Doris Focke, legal representative, Hartmut Olbrich, Cord Schröder, Heinz Focke, deceased
  • Patent number: 7216755
    Abstract: For the production of cigarette groups (11) having a formation comprising a plurality of vertical rows of cigarettes (10) arranged one beside the other, after pushing a corresponding number of cigarettes (10) out of shafts (13) of a cigarette magazine (12), a transverse displacement of the cigarettes (10) is required in order to arrange same in a tightly packed or saddle configuration. At least marginal push rods (18) for pushing the cigarettes (10) out of the shafts (13) of the cigarette magazine (12) can be displaced transversely together with the cigarettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co., KG)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, deceased, Doris Focke, legal representative, Jürgen Focke, legal representative, Hermann Blome, Heido Spöring, Jürgen Tempel
  • Patent number: 7117872
    Abstract: The supply of consumables and other materials to production machines in a system for the manufacture of tobacco products is managed using a method whereby, once a nominal target number of products has been programmed at a master control unit, a tally is kept of the number of products emerging from the machine located farthest downstream, and a corresponding signal relayed back to the master control unit, together with a signal indicating the consumption of the various types of material. On the basis of the information received, the master control unit will process an output message indicating the requirement for at least one given type of consumable or wrapping or other auxiliary material to be supplied, whereupon the message is sent to an operator entrusted with the task of replacing the depleted material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: G.D S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Draghetti, Stefano Romagnoli, Danilo Berti, Gaetano De Pietra, Cristina Pareschi
  • Publication number: 20040237977
    Abstract: A series of cigarette-type articles contained in a retail package, each comprising a tobacco-filled cylinder having a filter tip attached to each of its opposite ends, whereby each such article can provide two filter tip cigarettes by the user breaking or severing the tobacco-filled cylinder between the two filter tips. The breakage or severing can occur at variable locations between said filter tips to produce cigarettes of varying length. The tobacco-filled cylinder of each said article has a length of between 2 inches and 3½ inches. The invention also includes a process for producing such cigarette-type articles and a procedure for preparing them for smoking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventors: Kamal Roy Nandram, Jean-Guy Dube
  • Publication number: 20040206366
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for treating tobacco products to remove toxins emitted during smoking of tobacco which comprises the steps of:
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventor: Athanasios Nikolaou
  • Patent number: 6799577
    Abstract: An automatic cigarette processing machine having a control unit and a number of successive work stations, each having a respective number of operating devices; for each work station, the control unit has at least one respective controller directly connected to the work station and for controlling all the operating devices at the work station substantially independently of the other controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: G. D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Daniele Bergo, Roberto Campanini, Mario Spatafora
  • Publication number: 20040094169
    Abstract: A system and process for monitoring a continuous element being incorporated within a cigarette filter includes a light source and a photoresponsive device facing each other and on opposite sides of a measuring gap, and passing the continuous element through the measuring gap and detecting movement of the continuous element by the effect of the movement on at least one light beam present between the light source and the photoresponsive device. Individual lengths of the continuous cigarette filter rod being produced can be selectively rejected based on a determination of whether the continuous element has a break or a knot along its length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Robert C. Lanier,, Tejinder Gill, Steven M. Campbell, Stephen J. Bellamah
  • Patent number: 6516811
    Abstract: The invention proposes measures for controlling a production and packaging system for cigarettes such that a certain number of cigarettes (batch) of a certain brand or design are produced and the system is then switched off. This is based on a quantity which is to be produced, that is to say a specified quantity. Taking account of the actually occurring defective production at individual production units and subassemblies, the overall production requirement is determined and produced accordingly and packaging material is made available to the individual production units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Henry Buse
  • Patent number: 6513533
    Abstract: A method and unit for forming tubular wrappings on a cigarette packing machine, whereby groups of cigarettes are fed successively to respective conveying heads of a continuous wrapping wheel, on which an end portion of a sheet of wrapping material, folded into a U about a respective group of cigarettes and carried by a respective conveying head, is folded onto the respective group by means of a respective outer folding member moved, with respect to the wrapping wheel, so to remain substantially parallel at all times to the respective conveying head; the outer folding members being equal in number to the conveying heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: G.D Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Fabrizio Tale'
  • Patent number: 6435334
    Abstract: A unit for feeding cigars from an input hopper to a pocket conveyor for feeding single cigars successively along a given path, wherein the cigars are fed along a downfeed channel, an outlet of which faces a rotary transfer member for feeding the cigars successively into respective pockets on the conveyor and in time with the pockets; the channel receives a column of superimposed cigars oriented crosswise to their feed direction along the channel; and a screw conveyor extends along at least one end portion of the channel to feed single cigars successively to the outlet of the channel in time with the transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: G.D. Societa′ per Azioni
    Inventor: Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 6357201
    Abstract: Packaging machine, in particular for cigarettes, having subassemblies and elements for handling packaging material and cigarettes. In order to reduce the outlay on servicing for the packaging machine, the practice, in the region where dust and material particles occur to a pronounced extent, is for air to be extracted constantly or temporarily by suction, the particles being carried along in the process. Furthermore, particles adhering to articles, in particular to material webs, may be processed mechanically, in particular by brushes (41, 42), in order for particles to be detached and extracted by suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Martin Stiller
  • Patent number: 6125854
    Abstract: A method for packing unfilled cigarette tubes into a receptacle consists of the steps of feeding tubes to a conveyor, moving the tubes along the conveyor to a holding position, and laterally moving a predetermined number of tubes to a container. The container may then be pivoted vertically to deposit the tubes into the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: CTC Tube Company of Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold Kastner
  • Patent number: 6092532
    Abstract: An installation for manufacturing and packaging cigarettes consists of a production station (10) and a packaging station (11). The production station (10) consists of a plurality of, especially two, manufacturing machines (12, 13) positioned in a special way in relation to one another. The cigarettes produced by the two manufacturing machines (12, 13) are processed by a common packaging machine (14), in order to produce cigarette packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventor: Heinz Focke
  • Patent number: 6006492
    Abstract: A machine for packing groups of cigarettes, wherein a step-operated first conveying device, having a pocket conveyor belt, a transmission pulley rotating about an axis of rotation, and a number of first conveying pockets, receives a given number of groups of cigarettes during a stop period, and feeds the groups, during a transfer period, to a continuous second conveying device having second conveying pockets and, for the second conveying pockets, a conveyor drum rotating about the axis of rotation; the first and second conveying pockets being aligned with each other and moving at the same speed during the transfer period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: G.D. Societa'Per Azioni
    Inventor: Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 5979458
    Abstract: Discrete cigarettes or layers of parallel cigarettes which are being propelled by a reciprocable pusher from the magazine into successive receptacles of an indexible conveyor in a cigarette packing machine are prevented from moving away from a stationary stop at the station where the receptacles receive discrete cigarettes or layers of cigarettes. This is accomplished by the provision of a stationary or mobile blocking device which does not (or does not appreciably) interfere with the propulsion of cigarettes into a receptacle but invariably prevents a rebounding of cigarettes as a result of impingement upon the stationary stop. The blocking device can be provide with a stationary or a mobile shoulder at the path of cigarettes, or with a lever which can be rocked behind the cigarette or cigarettes in a recepacle and from the path of oncoming fresh cigarette or cigarettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Topack Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Hartmut Meis
  • Patent number: 5836475
    Abstract: A device for the orderly supply of cigarettes; the device presenting at least one channel defined by two lateral walls and for feeding a respective column of cigarettes at a given dropdown speed and in a given traveling direction to the bottom opening of the channel; and an ordering device being provided upstream from the bottom opening in the traveling direction, and presenting at least two engaging elements located at either end of one of the two lateral walls and movable inside the channel to accompany the cigarettes along a given portion of the channel and so feed the cigarettes in orderly manner to the bottom end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: G.D Socitea' Per Azioni
    Inventor: Fulvio Boldrini
  • Patent number: 5749782
    Abstract: In equipment utilized for conveying rod-like articles such as cigarettes, which typically are held for a given duration while in transit inside at least one enclosure, a favorable atmosphere is maintained within the enclosure by means of an air conditioning unit interlocked to an array of sensors, located in and monitoring significant parameters internally of the enclosure itself, and governed by a control unit operating in conjunction with the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: G. D. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fulvio Boldrini
  • Patent number: 5735987
    Abstract: A method and device for feeding wrapping material and a tear strip to a user machine, whereby a strip of wrapping material and a tear strip are fed continuously along respective paths to a joining station where they are joined integral with each other to form a wrapping strip complete with a tear strip; a compensating store for compensating the wrapping strip being located between the joining station and a cutting station at which the wrapping strip is cut into a succession of portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: G.D. Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventors: Silvano Boriani, Antonio Gamberini
  • Patent number: 5730159
    Abstract: A unit for supplying layers of cigarettes, wherein a supply outlet, presenting an open bottom end and a number of channels converging towards the bottom end, feeds a succession of layers of cigarettes along the channels to the bottom end; and an extracting device is associated with the outlet to expel the layers one by one in an extraction direction parallel to the cigarettes in the layer and on to a fixed pickup plate presenting a bottom surface for releasably retaining the cigarettes in a single layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: G.D Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Draghetti, Fulvio Boldrini
  • Patent number: 5718102
    Abstract: A method and device for forming and transferring groups of cigarettes on a packing machine with multiple wrapping lines, whereby each group is fed into a respective pocket of a conveyor, and presents a number of superimposed layers fed successively into the respective pocket by push elements for successively expelling the layers from the bottom of respective outlets of a feedbox; the outlets are equal in number to the number of layers forming each group multiplied by a whole number greater than one, and the conveyor is moved intermittently in steps of a length equal to the spacing between two consecutive pockets multiplied by the whole number; at each stop of the conveyor, respective layers are expelled from the outlets of the feedbox and fed into respective pockets; and respective groups are expelled from a number of pockets equal to the whole number, and are fed to an operating unit of the packing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: G.D Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventor: Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 5680745
    Abstract: Twin packets of cigarettes, each consisting of two half packets with respective foil wrappings and arranged side by side inside an outer wrapping, are formed on a wrapping line by feeding a single succession of half packets along the input portion of the wrapping line, and successively transferring the half packets to the output portion of the wrapping line by grouping the half packets into twos to form, at the output portion, a single succession of groups, each consisting of two side by side half packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: G.D Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventors: Marco Brizzi, Antonio Gamberini
  • Patent number: 5653086
    Abstract: A packaging machine for delicate rod-shaped objects, especially cigarettes or the like, is provided with at least one wheel (1, 5) for carrying, along a path between many operating units, a series of ordered groups of cigarettes. The wheel (1, 5) is provided with one or more peripheral sockets (105), each designed to accommodate one ordered group of cigarettes (S) and each being open on the peripheral side of the wheel and/or on at least one face (101, 201) of the wheel (1, 5). The wheel or wheels (1, 5) consist of a central hub part (1) and annular rims (5, 305) attached removably (4) to the periphery of the central hub (1). The rims (5, 305) are separated axially by a lesser distance than the axial dimension of the ordered groups of cigarettes (S) and form the accommodating sockets by means of supporting cradles (105) coinciding axially with each other and shaped to correspond with those parts of the ordered groups of cigarettes that coincide with the annular rims (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: SASIB S.p.A.
    Inventors: Valter Spada, Gianfranco Isani
  • Patent number: 5628162
    Abstract: In a plant for making and packaging cigarettes, comprising a plurality of cigarette-making machines and a plurality of machines for packaging cigarettes in packs, the makers and packers are combined in a number of modules. The output sides of the modules comprising makers and the input sides of the modules comprising packers are arranged in side-by-side relationship and face a central transport track on which driverless, remotely controlled transport vehicles circulate in one direction. Furthermore, there is provided at least one store which is situated at the transport system with at least an input and an output side and which serves as a buffer between the makers and the packers. The transport system is completely isolated from other transport systems with which packaging materials are supplied to the various modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: British-American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Kreusch, Peter Riedelbauch, Peter Kauffmann, Carsten Becker
  • Patent number: 5617943
    Abstract: A group-forming device for use with cigarette packing machines, wherein each group consists of a number of cigarettes arranged in at least two adjacent and offset layers, with each group being formed in a single motion on the end wall of an outlet of a feed box, such outlet being divided into a number of side-by-side channels. Respective rows of cigarettes, arranged crosswise to the direction of travel, are fed downwards along channels of dissimilar lengths, such channels being inclined approximately in relation to the end wall of the outlet, at least at the layers of offset cigarettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: G.D Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventors: Bruno Belvederi, Alberto Manservigi, Eros Stivani
  • Patent number: 5617701
    Abstract: A system for producing and packing tobacco items, particularly cigarettes, wherein two packing machines are supplied with items by at least as many production machines, and wherein the outputs of the production machines are connected to one another by a conveyor channel for conveying the items and from which extend input channels connecting the conveyor channel to the individual packing machines; the items being fed along the conveyor channel by means of reversible conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: G.D. Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Marco Brizzi, Antonio Gamberini
  • Patent number: 5611191
    Abstract: A cigarette packing machine comprises a series of individual cigarette hoppers (18) carried by an endless band (16), the hoppers receiving cigarettes from an input conveyor (15) in a receiving region and supplying groups of cigarettes to a pocketed bundle conveyor (22) in a delivery region. Each hopper (18) may be vertically movable, with its position controlled so that it occupies an upper position in the receiving region and a lower position in the delivery region. The hoppers may be vibrated during movement by the endless band, so as to promote downward movement of the cigarettes. Preferably each hopper has an associated transfer plunger (46) which is extended to deliver cigarettes in the delivery region, the hopper being lifted when the plunger is in its extended position and lowered when the plunger is in its retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Molins PLC
    Inventors: Thomas W. Bailey, Michael J. Cahill, Stanley V. Starkey, Robert H. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5464027
    Abstract: A hopper (5) for elongate elements (2), in which an exit (11) of the hopper (5) is defined by a plurality of substantially vertical side-by-side channels (17); each channel (17) is defined by two substantially vertical baffles (18), and is associated with an agitator element (24) of pendulum type having a substantially triangular cross-sectional shape and positioned above a respective baffle (18) to oscillate, in synchronism with the other agitator elements (24), about a respective substantially horizontal axis (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Assignee: G.D Societa per Azioni
    Inventors: Roberto Bina, Andrea Nespoli, Antonio Gamberini
  • Patent number: 5375392
    Abstract: Cigarette blocks comprising an even number of individual cigarettes arranged in an odd number of rows are formed through the use of a hopper having a linear array of parallel shafts with one of the shafts being permanently occupied by a blocking member at the level of an intermediate row. Cigarettes are delivered singly to the blocked shaft beneath the blocking member in synchronism with the transfer, in a direction transverse to the feed direction, of all of the cigarettes comprising the block to downstream apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Alfred Schmermund GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Manfred Oberdorf
  • Patent number: 5353815
    Abstract: The packaging machine makes use of a first wheel to supply single groups of cigarettes, in succession, to a work station, where a corrugated paper distance piece is positioned by a feed device on each group, in direct contact with the face uppermost. A second wheel carries the groups of cigarettes away from the work station, together with their distance pieces. The feed device includes a positive drive assembly that feeds a continuous strip of stiff paper toward the work station and corrugates it in the process, a set of blades which cut the corrugated strip into discrete pieces, and an actuator serving to position each of the cut pieces on a corresponding group of cigarettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Assignee: G. D. Societa per Azioni
    Inventors: Antonio Gamberini, Marco Brizzi