Bag Filling Patents (Class 141/10)
  • Patent number: 10220590
    Abstract: An inflatable packaging material includes two outer films, a plurality of valve films, and a non-sealable material positioned between the valve films. The films are sealed together by a plurality of seals, including a valve seal extending across the material. The seals define a plurality of air columns and an inflation passage in communication with the columns. The non-sealable material is arranged to form valve portions positioned along the valve seal and spaced passage portions positioned along the inflation passage. The valve portions provide valve passages through the valve seal, to allow airflow into each air column. The passage portions are arranged such that one side seal passes through a space between the passage portions to seal one end of the inflation passage, and the other side seal passes through one of the passage portions to create an open inflation port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Baines
  • Patent number: 10124919
    Abstract: A method and device for opening spout attachment portion of a bag being set up such that films on both sides of a spout attachment portion (2) of a bag (1) are suction-held up by a pair of suction cups (8), and the spacing between the pair of suction cups is widened to open the spout attachment portion, after which a gas is blown from the spout attachment portion into the bag by a gas blowing member (9); and when the gas is blown into, a clamping member (19) clamps a position under the gripper that is on the top edge (6) side of the bag from both sides of the bag, thus suppressing outflow of the gas blown into the bag from the top edge, thus allowing entire bag to inflate for its entirety substantially and the spout attachment portion to be kept opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tohru Yoshikane, Jyunji Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 10124931
    Abstract: A closure (10, 20) has two profiled strips (11, 12; 21, 22) for an at least panially flexible container (1, 2) for connecting a first container (1) to a second container (2) in an environmentally sealed manner and in a closed docking position, and for conducting a flow in a flow direction (D) through the closure (10, 20) from the first container (1) into the second container (2) in an environmentally sealed manner and in an open docking position. The second container (2) has an identical closure (10, 20) facing the first container (1), and, in the open docking position, is in engagement with the closure (10, 20) of the first container (1). Together with the closure (10, 20) of the first container (1), a flow channel (3) is defined for the through flow in the flow direction (D). The closures (10, 20) can be docked to each other and opened jointly in a single step by a separate slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: FLECOTEC AG
    Inventor: Martin Koch
  • Patent number: 9950825
    Abstract: An apparatus is for filling bags having a bag mouth extending in a direction of width with loose material. The apparatus includes grippers, suction cups, valves, and a pair of first carriages. The grippers are for gripping opposite edges of a bag, which are arranged opposite each other relative to a vertical axis of symmetry and are movable symmetrically towards and/or away from each other with respect to said vertical axis of symmetry in a direction parallel to the direction of width of the bag. The suction cups are for gripping side portions of the bag. The suction cups are movable symmetrically towards and/or away from each other along a direction perpendicular to the direction of width of the bag for opening and/or gripping the bag mouth of the bag. The valves can rotate from a closing position outside the bag into an opening position inside the bag mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Concetti S.p.A.
    Inventor: Teodoro Concetti
  • Patent number: 9931260
    Abstract: A physical transfer device/board for people in therapy or in need of special care. It starts with a long plank that bridges between the start and finish point and then the plank has a movable, rotating disk with an optional back and leg rest. The disk slides from Point A start to Point B finish and is actuated by an electric motor powered with a battery or electricity from a plug-in receptacle. The whole device is portable with a foldable leg structure to securely and safely support the patient. The use and method of the device anticipates transfers such as a patient in a bed or wheel chair transfer to a tub, shower, toilet or other place for some personal or medical need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Dumisani Mlungwana
  • Patent number: 9809386
    Abstract: An ore chute system, comprising: a chute box for collecting material and having a chute opening formed therein for discharging the material therethrough; a chute press gate mounted over the chute opening and moveable between an opened position to allow discharge of the material from the chute box and a closed position to prevent discharge of the material from the chute box; a chute press gate actuator coupled to the chute press gate and controllable to move the chute press gate between the opened position and the closed position; and, a chute press gate counterweight system coupled to the chute press gate and configured to move the chute press gate from the opened position to the closed position upon failure of the chute press gate actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NORDIC MINESTEEL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Paul Elliott, Bryan Jay Keslo
  • Patent number: 9739511
    Abstract: Display cabinet for frozen products including a magneto caloric unit having cold end with a primary cold heat exchanger and a hot end with a primary hot heat exchanger, and a cabinet suitable for containing frozen products. The cabinet including an inner wall limiting a volume wherein frozen products can be stored, the cabinet having a secondary heat exchanger, wherein the secondary cold heat exchanger includes an exchanger circulator for circulating a low freezing point liquid between the secondary cold heat exchanger and the primary cold heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CONOPCO, INC.
    Inventors: Rene Joachim Buter, Ashvinikumar Vishnukumar Mudaliar, Georgios Tetradis-Mairis
  • Patent number: 9630223
    Abstract: A system for capturing dust during the movement of sand between a container and a fracing blender includes a conveyor system having a lateral portion for transporting sand discharged from the container, a lifting portion for lifting sand received from the lateral portion, and a spout for discharging sand received from the lifting portion into a bin of the fracing blender. An enclosure encloses a substantial length of the lateral portion of the conveyor, with portions of the enclosure disposed above and along opposing sides of a belt of the lateral portion of the conveyor system. A manifold is supported on the ground and is coupled in fluid communication with a flexible conduit, which has an inlet disposed in an area proximate a discharge end of the spout. An air system is coupled in fluid communication with the manifold and the flexible conduit for drawing air through the inlet of flexible hose to capture dust around the discharge end of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Sierra Dust Control, LLC
    Inventor: Kim R. Smith
  • Patent number: 9550609
    Abstract: A container comprising a first material and a second material, the first material being a flexible material and the second material being a rigid or semi-rigid material and at least partially defining an interior compartment for keeping a fluid inside the container characterized in that the flexible material and/or the semi-rigid or rigid material have thermoplastic properties and wherein the flexible material and the semi-rigid or rigid material are joined together by a seal or joint which comprises a heat seal and an adhesive seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Shujian Yi, Rolf Hjorth, David Ronnholm, Thomas Falkman
  • Patent number: 9387944
    Abstract: A packaging system (20) for forming and filling a transportable container (22) of plurality of bulk goods includes a frame (26) having a bottom support (48) and an upper support (32). An upper turntable (34) is rotatably supported within the upper support (32) and a lower turntable (50) is rotatably supported on the bottom support (48). A drive system (58) includes at least one pulley system (62, 64, 66) interconnected to the upper and lower turntables (34, 50) for simultaneously driving and synchronizing rotation of the upper and lower turntables (34, 50) with the at least one pulley system (62, 64, 66). A slip frame former (42) extends downwardly from the upper turntable (34) and a roll of stretch wrap (92) is disposed in overlapping relationship with the slip frame former (42) and the bottom support (48) during simultaneous and synchronized rotation of the turntables (34, 50) with the at least one pulley system (62, 64, 66).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: David C. Ours, Paul D. Drouin, Gary W. Gunia, Stephen Michael Aloff
  • Patent number: 9187259
    Abstract: A method of automating unloading for a mobile farm implement is presented. The method includes determining whether the speed of the mobile farm implement is below a first threshold. In response to a determination that the speed of the mobile farm implement is below the first threshold, a conveyor is moved to an operating position, where it is used to unload agricultural material from the mobile farm implement. Upon termination of the unloading of the agricultural material, the controller folds the conveyor to a storage or transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Mill, Shawn W. Gerdeman, Ronald J. Schlimgen
  • Patent number: 9185845
    Abstract: A method of unloading mobile farm implements is presented. Unloading the mobile farm implement is accomplished by transmitting commands to unfold an auger arm and to open a container door and by monitoring weight measurements from the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Mill, Shawn W. Gerdeman, Ronald J. Schlimgen
  • Patent number: 9090364
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for packaging polycrystalline silicon, in which a plastic bag is filled with polycrystalline silicon by means of a filling device, which has a freely suspended energy absorber consisting of a nonmetallic low-contamination material, wherein the plastic bag is pulled over the energy absorber and filled with polycrystalline silicon, and the plastic bag is lowered downward during the filling, so that the silicon slides into the plastic bag. Also disclosed is a method for packaging polycrystalline silicon, in which a plastic bag is filled with polycrystalline silicon by means of a filling device, wherein a storage container has an opening through which it is filled with silicon, the plastic bag being pulled over the storage container after filling the storage container with silicon and the storage container subsequently being rotated so that the silicon slides out of the storage container into the plastic bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventors: Matthias Vietz, Rainer Hoelzlwimmer
  • Patent number: 9042778
    Abstract: A powder refilling device includes a refill powder chamber to accommodate a powder bag containing powder, an opener to open the powder bag inside the refill powder chamber, and a squeezer to squeeze the opened powder bag to discharge powder therefrom and reduce a volume of the opened powder bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Saitoh, Akio Kosuge, Hirokatsu Suzuki, Ryuji Yoshida, Takuya Suganuma, Tetsuto Ueda, Taichi Urayama, Sho Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 9038855
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering fluid-containing feed materials to process equipment are disclosed. A liner-based pressure dispensing vessel is subjected to filling by application of vacuum between the liner and overpack. Multiple feed material flow controllers of different calibrated flow ranges may be selectively operated in parallel for a single feed material. Feed material blending and testing for scale-up may be performed with feed materials supplied by multiple liner-based pressure dispensing containers. A gravimetric system may be used to determine concentration of at least one component of a multi-component solution or mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Lurcott, John E. Q. Hughes, Peter Wrschka, Thomas H. Baum, Donald D. Ware, Peng Zou
  • Patent number: 9010073
    Abstract: The main objective of this invention is a Mobile plant for dosing, mixing and packaging of powdery products, characterized because it is comprised of a carrying structure and several areas for: reception and weighing, loading, mixing, sack filling, sewing and labelling, metal detection, palletizing and cleaning. This invention is included within the industrial plants technical sector of manufacturing and mixing of powdery products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Inversiones HIK16, S.L.
    Inventors: Henrik Stamm Kristensen, M. Maravillas Martinez Lopez
  • Patent number: 9004116
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention relates to a method for inflating a chamber within an inflatable avalanche safety system. The method includes providing an inflatable avalanche safety system including an inflatable chamber; receiving a user-triggered action intended to activate the avalanche safety system; transmitting ambient air from an external region to within the inflatable chamber; and inflating the inflatable chamber entirely with the transmitted external ambient air to a particular internal pressure and shape configured to protect the user from burial during an avalanche. The transmission of ambient air within the inflatable chamber may be accomplished with a fan or an electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Black Diamond Equipmnt Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Walker, David K. Blackwell, Derick J. Neffsinger, James Thomas Grutta, Nathan Miles Kuder, Peter Thomas Gompert, Robert John Horacek
  • Publication number: 20150048093
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to disposable bucket liners for storing solid or liquid content. One embodiment provides a flexible bag configured to conform to an interior of a common painting bucket and overlap an open top end of the bucket so as to provide stability for the bag and protection for the bucket. The bag includes a reusable closing member that allows the bag to be removed from the bucket and stored to facilitate repeated use before disposal. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Brannon K. Aki
  • Patent number: 8919731
    Abstract: A valve for inflation and deflation of an air bag that is operable to allow air pressure to open the valve to allow air to enter the air bag with subsequent sealing of the valve upon removal of the air pressure source. For deflation, a common coin is insertable into the valve insert which is subsequently turned into a locked-open position, allowing egress of the air within the air bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: International Dunnage, LLC
    Inventors: Lonnie Langston, Cengiz Cesur
  • Publication number: 20140311623
    Abstract: Packaging machine and method for filling open-mouth bags comprising a filling spout, wherein by way of a motion oriented upwardly relative to the filling spout an open-mouth bag can be appended to the filling spout. A dosing device and a weighing device are provided for weighing a pre-defined quantity of a product intended for bagging. A volume flow control device is provided to control during the filling process a strength of the volume flow into the open-mouth bag in dependence on the time. The volume flow control device comprises a filling element and a control device to control during the filling process a strength of the volume flow into the open-mouth bag in dependence on the filling process so as to keep the top bag wall of the open-mouth bag substantially free of product intended for bagging. The filling element serves as a dosing device to transport the product intended for bagging from a dispensing silo into the open-mouth bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: HAVER & BOECKER OHG
    Inventor: Mark Wehling
  • Publication number: 20140305542
    Abstract: A packaging machine and method for filling bags with a supporting structure to which at least one filling box is fastened which includes a conveyor element and to which a weighing device and a filling spout are assigned. A control device is provided. The filling box is retained non-communicating with the supporting structure and the assigned filling box and is weighed separately by the assigned weighing device to discharge from the filling box a predefined quantity of intended fill product by way of differential weighing and to fill it into the bag through the tilling spout. The control device controls the strength of a volume flow into the bag over the time of the filling process so that the intended fill product is maintained at a high fill height while overflow is simultaneously prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Willi Vollenkemper
  • Patent number: 8857675
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for the metered filling of bulk material having a metering screw (16), which is arranged in a hollow cylinder shaped metering tube (12) and which can be slid in a longitudinal axis (L) of the metering tube (12), having a closing head (18) for closing a metering opening (14), wherein the closing head (18) has a substantially conical surface (20) and the metering tube (12) transitions after the metering opening (14) into a hollow cylinder shaped mouthpiece (32) having a larger inner diameter (DMi) compared to the inner diameter (dRi) of the metering tube (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Gysel, Hansruedi Frueh, Tobias Bury
  • Patent number: 8839474
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention provides a method for a user to adjust a pressure in an inflatable device. The method includes acts of adjusting the pressure in the inflatable device with a control device to a pressure preferred by the user, where the pressure preferred by the user has a first value, and establishing a first setting corresponding to the pressure preferred by the user with the control device, and automatically establishing a second setting corresponding to a second pressure having a second value once the first setting is established, where the second value differs from the first value by a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Robert B. Chaffee
  • Publication number: 20140261871
    Abstract: An flexible structure inflation and sealing assembly that can comprises a driver configured for engaging the flexible structure to drive the structure in a downstream direction longitudinally along a material path and a nozzle configured for reception in an inflation channel that extends through the flexible structure. The nozzle can define a nozzle channel extending therethrough and can have a longitudinal outlet aimed from the body upstream along the path and a lateral outlet disposed downstream of the longitudinal outlet and aimed from the nozzle laterally with respect to the path. The nozzle can have a connection portion configured to connect to a fluid source to deliver the fluid through the channel and expel the fluid from the outlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PREGIS INNOVATIVE PACKAGING INC.
    Inventor: PREGIS INNOVATIVE PACKAGING INC.
  • Publication number: 20140237947
    Abstract: A support structure for a sealable plastic bag, the structure comprises a receptacle having a top and a bottom, the bottom of the receptacle adapted to contact a surface so that the receptacle is capable of standing in an upright position, the top of the receptacle comprising an elliptically-shaped opening, the elliptically-shaped opening being defined by a rim of the receptacle and having two opposing narrower ends at the rim; the rim of the elliptically-shaped opening having at least two notches, wherein one of the said two notches is disposed at the first of the two narrower ends of the elliptically-shaped opening, and wherein a second of the said two notches is disposed at the second of the two narrower ends of the elliptically-shaped opening in the receptacle. A method of filling a sealable plastic bag utilizing the support structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Lisa Tomiko Blackburn
  • Publication number: 20140230954
    Abstract: At least one exemplary device includes a tubular mesh enclosure formed from a mesh material having a nominal opening size of less than 0.5 inches, a ratio of a length of the mesh enclosure to a diameter of the mesh enclosure greater than 40, having an opposing pair of ends, at least one of the ends sealed, the enclosure surrounding a filling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Conwed Plastics Acquistion Company V LLC
    Inventor: Rodney W. Tyler
  • Patent number: 8794272
    Abstract: A granular filler transfer device is provided for transferring granular fill material from a source container into a destination container. The device includes a tubular member having a first end portion flared outwardly approaching a first end of the tubular member and a second end portion flared outwardly approaching a second end of the tubular member. A first strap is removably coupled to the tubular member proximate the first end portion. The first strap is configured for securing around an opening of a source container holding a granular filler material. A second strap is removably coupled to the tubular member and positioned proximate the second end portion. The second strap is configured for securing around an aperture of a destination container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventors: Karen L. Foley, David Darryl Roberts
  • Patent number: 8763843
    Abstract: A water storage assembly is disclosed including a flexible bladder having a water storage cavity, a water inlet in fluid communication with said cavity, a water outlet in fluid communication with said cavity, and a rigid frame adapted to support said bladder wherein said bladder wherein said bladder is secured to said rigid frame and said bladder is adapted to expand and contract upon flow of said water into and out of said cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Graeme Alexander Marett, Andrew Waudby
  • Publication number: 20140174596
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein related to a device for transferring precise amounts of fluid from at least one source container to a at least one target container. In some embodiments, the fluid is first transferred from the source container (e.g., a vial) through a connector to an intermediate measuring container (e.g., a syringe). In some embodiments air can pass through an air inlet and enter the vial to compensate for the volume of fluid withdrawn from the vial. An air check valve or a bag or a filter can prevent the fluid from escaping through the air inlet. The precisely measured amount of fluid can then be transferred from the intermediate measuring container to the target container (e.g., an IV bag). In some embodiments the connector can include a source check valve and a target check valve to direct fluid first from the source container to the intermediate measuring container and then from the intermediate measuring container to the target container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: ICU MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Thomas F. Fangrow, Peter Leissling, Matthias Janssen
  • Publication number: 20140157728
    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: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Dwight D. Williams
  • Publication number: 20140137519
    Abstract: A fluid manifold system includes a manifold having at least portions of opposing flexible sheets welded together to form a fluid flow path therebetween, a fluid inlet communicating with the fluid flow path. A plurality of receiving containers are in fluid communication with the fluid flow path of the manifold, each receiving container bounding a compartment. The receiving containers can be formed integral with the manifold by welding together a second portion of the opposing flexible sheets or can comprise separate containers that are coupled to the manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: HYCLONE LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael E. Goodwin, Jeremy K. Larsen, Patrick L. Draper, Brandon M. Knudsen
  • Patent number: 8720494
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for filling bags with loose materials, wherein a package to be filled is filled by means of a filling element in a filling process. The filling process comprises a filling stage, a settling stage, and a discharge stage wherein during the filling stage, loose material is filled into the bag while admitting air and in the settling stage, a settling phase is provided for the pressure to drop and in the discharge stage, the bag is discharged from the filling element. In the settling phase, the squeezing device applies a squeezing pressure to the package so as to vent the package and to reduce the volume available to the package, until a predetermined reduction of the volume available to the package is reached, whereupon the squeezing pressure of the squeezing device on the package is reduced and the package is discharged from the filling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Haver & Boecker OHG
    Inventor: Alois Combrink
  • Patent number: 8720496
    Abstract: A device, kit, and method for transferring a liquid medicament from a supply container to a flexible reservoir container are disclosed. The device may comprise a compartment unit and an adapter unit. The compartment unit may have a sealingly closable chamber, arranged for housing the flexible reservoir container and for being fluidly connected with a pump mechanism. The adapter unit may have at least one transfer passage for transferring liquid from a supply container connected to the adapter unit to the flexible reservoir container, and a separator arranged in the transfer passage for separating gas bubbles from a liquid streaming through the transfer passage. The separator may be fluidly connected to the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Christoph Huwiler, Florian Kuehni, Gerald Studer, Martin Wyss, Ulrich Haueter, David Teutsch
  • Patent number: 8714211
    Abstract: An apparatus and methodology is provided for filling portable containers, such as sandbags, with aggregate materials. The utility utilizes a transfer mechanism to selectively transfer aggregate between a supply of aggregate material (e.g., sand) and first and second filling stations that direct received aggregate into portable containers or bags. The transfer mechanism is operative to alternately supply aggregate between the first and second filling stations and operates primarily under the force of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Floyd Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8708003
    Abstract: A two part system for transferring fill material in and out of soft furniture such as beanbag furniture, which comprises a transfer bag and a tubular funnel secured to the transfer bag and a second tubular funnel secured inside a piece of soft furniture to which the filling is to be transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Grant Morris
  • Publication number: 20140102581
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided related to a multi-part reusable levee bag. The reusable levee bag includes a top bag section and a bottom portion removably affixed to the top bag section. The combined top bag section and bottom portion define an in interior space within which fillable material may be received to form a levee bag for use in flooding and other installations. The multi-part design allows the levee bag, once filled, to be disassembled and reused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Beau G. Adams
  • Publication number: 20140102582
    Abstract: An ice vending machine automatically provides ice to a customer based upon a request from the consumer for the ice. In some embodiments, the ice vending machine includes an ice bagging system. In some embodiments, the bagging system operates without the use of a counterweight. In some embodiments, the ice vending machine includes a view window to view the ice being bagged. In some embodiments, the ice vending machine is an ice and liquid water vending machine that automatically provides ice or liquid water to a customer based on a request from the customer for the ice or liquid water. In some embodiments, the ice and liquid water vending machine includes an ultraviolet light flushing assembly. In some embodiments, the ice and liquid water vending machine includes a chill tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: ICE HOUSE AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: Ernest Chip Venet, III, Steven Alan Weeks, Daniel LaDon Dunn, Troy Doom
  • Publication number: 20140096864
    Abstract: A device (100, 200) for transferring material (11, 211) into a bag (40, 240) including a funnel (10, 210) having a sidewall (58, 258) with a step (13, 213), and the funnel (10, 210) includes an outlet end (52, 252). The bag (40, 240) having an opening (45, 245) receives the outlet end (50, 252) of the funnel (10, 210) and the step (13, 213). Further, the device (100, 200) includes a support (20, 220) for receiving the funnel (10, 210) in combination with the bag (40, 240). The support (20, 220) includes a top surface (12, 212). The step (13, 213) rests generally above a portion of the top surface (12, 212) to substantially secure the bag (40, 240) between the funnel (10, 210) and the support (20, 220).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: John Kalember, Scott A. Brauer
  • Publication number: 20140090169
    Abstract: Particular infant support or nursing pillows are disclosed, for supporting an infant in a variety of settings by providing a stable surface upon which to rest. Various embodiments include a generally crescent shaped device, including a resilient fill material surrounded by a fabric shell and having a top and a bottom surface connected by a band of uniform width extending vertically and wholly about the perimeter of the pillow. The support pillow may be combined with an accessory device to form a support pillow assembly. An attachment mechanism may be configured to attach the accessory device to the support pillow such that the accessory device is arranged to direct a perceptible effect to at least one of the first arm, the second arm, and the medial region of the support pillow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: KIDS, II, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Sclare, David Gilbert, Cary Costello, Daniel Corso, Alex Soriano, Joseph Staley, Katherine Buchanan
  • Patent number: 8684045
    Abstract: A means for retaining a resealable bag in an open position for filling purposes is described which includes a surround having an interior dimension less than a nominal width of one side of an unfilled and sealed bag. A pair of cut-outs formed into the surround are shaped and sized to guide edges of a bag during insertion into the surround, retain the upper corners of the bag to prevent axial movement of the bag once inserted, and bias the mouth of the bag in a open position to receive contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Russell Paul Moehle
  • Publication number: 20140083560
    Abstract: Rotary packaging machine and method for filling open-mouth bags with multiple filling units disposed over the circumference and rotating along, each of which having a filling spout with a filling opening to which the open-mouth bags can be appended by way of a motion oriented upwardly relative to the filling spout. A handling unit configured as a take-over device is provided for taking over the filled open-mouth bags from the filling units and comprises a gripping arm with a gripping unit provided thereat. The gripping arm is rotatingly disposed at the take-over device. The gripping unit is pivotally disposed at the gripping arm for performing relative to the gripping arm a pivoting motion superimposed on the gripping arm rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: HAVER & BOECKER OHG
    Inventors: Willi Vollenkemper, Frank Waltermann
  • Publication number: 20140083559
    Abstract: Rotary packaging machine and method for filling open-mouth bags with multiple filling units disposed over the circumference and rotating along, each of which having a filling spout with a bottom filling opening, wherein the open-mouth bags can be appended by way of a motion oriented upwardly relative to the filling spout. A transfer device for transferring the open-mouth bags intended for filling to the filling units is provided. The transfer device comprises a gripping arm including a gripping unit provided thereat. The gripping arm is rotatingly disposed at the transfer device. A longitudinal speed of the longitudinal motion of the gripping arm is temporarily adapted to a peripheral speed of the circumferential motion of the filling spouts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: HAVER & BOECKER OHG
    Inventors: Michael Korte, Frank Waltermann, Christian Westarp
  • Publication number: 20140083558
    Abstract: A connector system for a liquid container system for a spray gun includes a lid that includes a liquid outlet and an adapter. The adapter includes a spray gun end and a lid end. The ends are connected with a liquid-tight passageway. Further, the spray gun end is adapted for releasable engagement with a liquid inlet port of the spray gun and the lid end is adapted for releasable engagement with the liquid outlet. The connector system also includes a plurality of interlocking tab assemblies for releasably attaching the adapter to the lid. Each assembly includes a first tab and a second tab, wherein an end of the first tab is adapted to secure the adapter to the lid when the first tab and the second tab are interlocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicants: SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Gerson, Pierre LaPointe, Robert A. Brunell
  • Publication number: 20140027012
    Abstract: A powder refilling device includes a refill powder chamber to accommodate a powder bag containing powder, an opener to open the powder bag inside the refill powder chamber, and a squeezer to squeeze the opened powder bag to discharge powder therefrom and reduce a volume of the opened powder bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya SAITOH, Akio KOSUGE, Hirokatsu SUZUKI, Ryuji YOSHIDA, Takuya SUGANUMA, Tetsuto UEDA, Taichi URAYAMA, Sho SEKIGUCHI
  • Patent number: 8622098
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container for fluids, in particular liquids, such as beer or water, comprising an outer casing, preferably spheroid and preferably made of a rigid material, a gas and/or liquid tight inner casing of a flexible material located inside the outer casing, a valve part for filling the container with a fluid, and at least one vent via which the inside of the outer casing communicates with the outside at least during filling. One or more spacers are located between the inner casing and the outer casing, providing one or more venting paths at least during filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Eurokeg B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Veenendaal, Jan Dirk Veenendaal, Hubert Joseph Frans Hanssen
  • Publication number: 20130343675
    Abstract: A bag assembly that includes a bag portion that includes a front wall, a back wall, a bottom wall and first and second side walls that all cooperate to define an open top and an interior, and a bladder disposed in the bag portion. The bag portion includes a first flap that extends from the back wall and a second flap that extends from the front wail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: NINJA JUMP, INC.
    Inventor: Rouben Gourchounian
  • Publication number: 20130340884
    Abstract: Medical containers for use in blood collection and processing and medical systems, methods and apparatus for use in blood collection and processing are described. An example medical container to be used during blood collection and processing, the medical container includes an elongated body defining a compartment and a base coupled at a first end of the elongated body. Additionally, the medical container includes a divider extending through the compartment to separate the compartment into a first subcompartment and a second subcompartment, the divider comprising a first material and the elongated body comprising a second material, the first material being relatively more rigid than the second material, the first subcompartment and the subsecond compartment each to accommodate blood pack components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyungyoon Min
  • Patent number: 8578973
    Abstract: The apparatus and method of the subject invention facilitates the filling of an air-permeable casement or shell with feather down material. The apparatus of the subject invention includes two chambers which are selectively connected to one another by means of a passageway. The subject invention further includes a mechanism for selectively inducing a partial vacuum in either chamber to facilitate the filling of article casements with feather down. By inducing a partial vacuum in the first chamber and connecting a supply hose to its access port, feather down may be conveyed from a supply container into the first chamber. By selectively opening the passageway and inducing a partial vacuum in the second chamber, the feather down is conveyed from the first chamber to the second chamber in a clean, efficient and controlled manner where it is contained within an air permeable casement formed over the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: The Pillow Bar, LLC
    Inventor: Mary Stephens Dillon
  • Patent number: 8555935
    Abstract: A system for filling a package of the collapsible type with a product in the form of a powder or liquid having a package, which has a chamber defined by flexible walls, and an arrangement for filling a package of the collapsible type with a product in the form of a powder or liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Ecolean AB
    Inventor: Per Gustafsson
  • Publication number: 20130255829
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for filling a bag are provided. The apparatus includes a shovel with an elongate shovel arm, a shovel mouth positioned at a distal end of the shovel arm, and a shovel handle positioned at a proximal end of the shovel arm. The shovel mouth collects and directs fill material into the bag. The shovel handle is inserted into an opening of the bag and grasped by a user toward a bottom portion of the bag and from outside the bag. The apparatus includes an elongate arm rotatably coupled to the shovel arm at a pivot point and extending distally at an angle away from the shovel arm. The elongate arm rotates between an insertion configuration, in which the apparatus has a low profile for easy insertion into a bag, and an operable configuration to hold the bag open during filling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Hope For Tomorrow, LLC
    Inventor: Rodrick G. Shannon