Automatic Control Of Filling Cycle By Contents Material Patents (Class 141/153)
  • Patent number: 11413821
    Abstract: A powder refill system for a CBAM process that makes changing a powder container simple and maintains the smallest possible distribution change during the print process. The system automates a constantly low trough powder level during a print and reduces the number of times the powder is recirculated. The system uses a sensor to sense the amount of powder in a tray and a compressed air powder application system to force powder into the system. Powder enters the system from a powder bottle mounted upside-down on a plate with an orifice and mixing chamber and a stainless-steel “aeration stone” This is a fitting with porous walls, where porosity is finer than most of particulate matter of the powder being used. Air can enter through the fitting, broken down into microscopic streams, but powder cannot enter back into the air supplying line. The powder aerosol is then used in the printing/flooding process. A mounting plate allows easy replacement of the powder bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: IMPOSSIBLE OBJECTS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Swartz, Eugene Gore
  • Patent number: 10853701
    Abstract: A method for preventing a malfunction of a filling device when a container is filled by a user with a beverage. The method includes providing a filling device comprising a control unit which controls the filling device, a camera which takes an image of a container currently being used with the filling device and which outputs the image to a classifier which then uses a trained learning algorithm to analyze the output of the image of the container provided by the camera. The trained learning algorithm of the classifier analyzes which container is currently being used based on characteristics of the container so as to classify the container into a predefined class. The predefined class is then employed by the control unit to prevent the malfunction of the filling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Andras Lelkes
  • Patent number: 8875213
    Abstract: A television or computer detects the presence of the other, and takes an action based on that detecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Harris Technology LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Harris
  • Patent number: 8757218
    Abstract: A tire inflation system comprising a tire inflation apparatus having an inflation head, a pressurized gas source, and a controller, with the inflation head being positioned at a tire and wheel assembly inflation location at which a tire and wheel assembly is received to inflate the tire and wheel assembly. The tire and wheel assembly includes a tire pressure monitoring (TPM) valve stem that detects and transmits inflation pressure data of the tire and wheel assembly. The inflation head defines a tire inflation cavity that seals with the tire of the tire and wheel assembly when engaged with the inflation head. Pressurized gas is delivered from the pressurized gas source through an outlet in the tire inflation cavity for inflation of the tire and wheel assembly. The controller receives inflation pressure data from the TPM valve stem and controls operation of the tire inflation apparatus in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Burke E. Porter Machinery Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Hoenke, Timothy J. Leep
  • Publication number: 20130092288
    Abstract: A dispenser delivering flowable or pourable material has a line for transporting the material from a container to an outlet end of the line. The line, filled with material, has its inlet end in the container or connected to the container. A stop valve controls dispensing of the material from the outlet end and a control controls opening and closing of the valve. The line has an elastic section inserted in the valve and the valve is a pinch valve for the stationary compression of the elastic section and therefore for closure of the line. The control controls an opening time of the valve for delivery of a defined quantity of material into a sample vessel, wherein this opening time is exclusively determined by properties of the material and properties of the line filled with material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventor: Armin Schriber
  • Publication number: 20120067451
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for the volumetric metering and depositing of a food product comprising a plurality of particles or flowable particles. The plurality of food particles are transported upon a discharge conveyor having a first rate of speed, the plurality of particles arranged uniformly from passing beneath a product leveling device. When the plurality of particles reach the end of the discharge conveyor, the particles fall from the end of the conveyor under the operation of gravity and are deposited in a shuttle while the shuttle travels at a second rate of speed from a position at least partially below the conveyor to collect the falling particles in cells or receiving receptacles. The relationship between the first rate of speed of the conveyor and the second rate of speed of the shuttle define a metered amount of particles collected in each of the receiving receptacles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Mark E. MALENKE, Charles Robert SAMPLE, Brian Charles ADAMSKI, Brian Wayne TOMAC, David HESS, Tod Wesley HELENIAK
  • Patent number: 7963302
    Abstract: An inspection machine for inspecting the volume of liquid contained by a bottle filed to its defined fill height. A head is lowered and has a sealing plate which seals the open finish of a bottle. A fill tube assembly is part of the head and continues to be lowered until a level sensor is located to sense liquid at a pre-fill level. High and low pressure water lines which are a part of the fill tube assembly are operated to fill the bottle to the pre-fill level. The sealing plate is released and then the process is repeated lowering the sensor to the post-fill level and operating only the low-pressure line to fill the bottle to the post-fill level. The total liquid filling the bottle is then computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventors: Alan E. Thomas, Michael C. Bagley, Philippe Spiteri
  • Patent number: 7610167
    Abstract: A viscous material processing system comprises a feed system controller having a set of instructions to store an input set point weight or amount; sense a progressing weight or amount of material fed by the feed system; compare the progressing weight with the set point weight or amount and terminate feed from the system when the compared progressing weight is substantially equal to the set point weight or amount; and a vicious material compounding system connected to the feed system to receive material fed by the feed system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Stanton, Roger Knox, Harry A. Bayly
  • Patent number: 7593830
    Abstract: A viscous material processing system comprises a feed system controller having a set of instructions to store an input set point weight or amount; sense a progressing weight or amount of material fed by the feed system; compare the progressing weight with the set point weight or amount and terminate feed from the system when the compared progressing weight is substantially equal to the set point weight or amount; and a viscous material compounding system connected to the feed system to receive material fed by the feed system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Stanton, Roger Knox, Harry A. Bayly
  • Patent number: 7547176
    Abstract: A system and method for loading mail objects. The system includes a bucket assembly which holds variable sized mail holding containers. An actuator system moves the bucket assembly between at least an upright position, an intermediate tilt position and a fully tilt position. At least one sensor detects whether any of the variable sized mail holding containers has reached a fill capacity at each of the upright position, the intermediate tilt position and the fully tilt position. A feedback control system controls an indexing of the bucket assembly, via the actuator system, between the upright position, the intermediate tilt position and the fully tilt position. In the intermediate position, packages or other mail objects are permitted to settle within any of the variable sized mail holding containers such that additional packages or other mail objects can be introduced into the any of the variable sized mail holding containers in the intermediate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corp.
    Inventors: Wayne M. Blackwell, Mark Grandstaff
  • Patent number: 7255141
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant for filling bottles with a liquid beverage filling material, a container filling plant container filling machine, and a filter apparatus for filtering a liquid beverage. The filter apparatus has a plurality of filter chambers which are each provided with an individual valve in the outlet for filtered liquid from a filter chamber to optimize filtration. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. § 1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. § 1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen-und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventor: Hans Becker
  • Patent number: 6964285
    Abstract: A compact high speed food depositor comprises a pump driven by a first servomotor to feed food product through a multi-tube outlet to a stationary housing. A second servomotor drives a rocking cut-off valve within the housing to feed food product through three apertures in the housing. A computer with a touch screen controls the servomotors and calculates the required weight deposit along with the speed and placement of food product in the moving trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: John Battaglia
  • Patent number: 6906023
    Abstract: The invention provides process for making bar compositions with high level of sugar or sugars (greater than about 25% by wt.) and which can be extruded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, a division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh Patel, Yury Yarovoy, Charles Craig Nunn, Joseph Oreste Carnali
  • Patent number: 6814108
    Abstract: Receptacles are precisely filled with particulate material by feeding the material from a supply source across a deflectable, curved weigh pan and discharging a continuous flow of material from the weigh pan along a pathway. Receptacles, which may be the final containers or intermediate receptacles, are continually fed by a conveyor into the pathway so that material flows into each receptacle opening. The amount of material flowing along the pathway is measured by deflection of the pan, and the speed of the receptacle conveyor is quickly adjusted responsive to the deflection of the pan, thereby controlling the time that a given receptacle is within the pathway and the precise amount of material placed into the receptacle. The amount of material flowing to the pan from the supply source can also be controlled responsive to the pan deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventor: Robert O. Brandt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6722403
    Abstract: A bifurcated bracket carries two powder dispensing assemblies. Each assembly includes a powder reservoir and a rotatable screw received within a compliant silicone sleeve. The outer diameter of the screw is slightly larger than the inner diameter of the sleeve such that the screw blade maintains direct contact with the sleeve wall as the screw is rotated. The bracket is sequentially moved to align each assembly with containers in two arrays. Each array of containers is situated in a tray. The trays are manually positioned on independent scales which generate signals that are a function of the sensed weight of each array. To fill each container, the screw in the aligned assembly is rotated at a high rate for an initial period and then at a slower rate. The scales are operational only during the slower rate period. Assembly movement and screw rotation are computer controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    Inventors: Peng Zhou, Edward Joseph Kuspiel, Waldemar Ruediger, Alexander Bertok, Carl J. Trpisovsky
  • Patent number: 6715519
    Abstract: The invention comprises a compact high speed food depositor which includes a pump driven by a first servomotor to feed food product through tubing and a second servomotor rotating a cutoff nozzle mounted about the tubing to deposit a predetermined accurate amount of food product in a tray moving along a belt. A computer with a touch screen controls the servomotor and calculates the required weight deposit along with the speed and placement of food product in the trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: John Battaglia
  • Patent number: 6595250
    Abstract: A fluid filling system has a filling unit which is repositionable with respect to a filling station. The filling unit includes a filling head and a dispensing switch. The filling station has a filling position at which a container may be placed for filling with fluid. A container fill sensor is provided at the filling position so that it may detect the degree to which a container is filled. A movable switching member is also provided on the filling station, and it communicates with the container fill sensor and moves to different positions in accordance with the degree to which a container at the filling position is filled. The filling unit is repositionable with respect to the filling station so that the filling unit may be situated adjacent the filling station with its filling head situated over the filling position, or may be moved to allow the filling unit to rest at other locations. When the filling unit is resting adjacent the filling station with its filling head situated over the filling position (i.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Ideal Manufacturing Sales Corp.
    Inventor: Larry Charles Paulus
  • Patent number: 6443189
    Abstract: A valve assembly for filling containers with metered quantities of materials includes a valve body having a chamber therein, the valve body having open-top and bottom ends with substantially smooth interior sidewalls defining the chamber. A valve element for opening and closing the openable bottom end of the valve body is disposed in the chamber adjacent to the openable bottom end. An actuator device, including a pair of air cylinders, provides for relative movement between a lower portion of the valve body in which the openable bottom end is disposed and the valve element in order to open and close the openable bottom end. A concentric sleeve is telescopically connected to the bottom portion of the main valve body, and is reciprocably movable in response to actuation of the air cylinders to open and close the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: James J. Wang
  • Patent number: 6401768
    Abstract: A method and a configuration are provided for transporting electrically conductive paint from a point at earth potential to at least one paint application device which is at a high voltage potential. A needed quantity of paint is filled into a cartridge at a point at earth potential. The filled cartridge is conveyed by a first conveying device to a second conveying device. The cartridges are then allocated to workpieces to be painted. The filled cartridge is transported by the second conveying device to the at least one paint application device. At the paint application device, the cartridge is connected to at least one spray head. The emptied cartridge is transported by the second conveying device to a third conveying device, and the third conveying device transports the cartridge back to the loading station, while a further cartridge is filled there and conveyed by the first conveying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: ABB Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Lichte, Thomas Börner
  • Publication number: 20020020461
    Abstract: A powder supply system (10) is used to supply at least one device (12) for dispensing powder, in particular a device for dusting printed materials. The powder supply system (10) has an intermediate powder supply container (40). This is connected to the powder dispensing device (12) via a powder feed device (70, 126, 128). An automatic supply of powder to the at least one powder dispensing device (12) is guaranteed by the powder supply system (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventor: Hans G. Platsch
  • Publication number: 20010027824
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling containers has a frame carrying a plurality of sprockets and an endless conveyor chain on the frame having between two of the sprockets a straight treatment stretch. A succession of holders secured to the chain are each formed with a transverse row of seats adapted to hold respective containers. Respective machines carried on the frame and spaced apart along the stretch clean, fill, and cap containers in the seats. A drive connected to one of the sprockets advances the chain and moves the containers in steps in the seats past the machines. A metering wheel journaled in the frame meshes near one of the machines with the chain such that as the chain is advanced the wheel is synchronously rotated. A movable sensor element synchronously movable with the wheel can orbit on rotation of the wheel past a fixed sensor element carried on the frame to generate an output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Applicant: HAMBA-MASCHINENFABRIK HANS A. MULLER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Gunter Reinecke
  • Patent number: 5819816
    Abstract: An apparatus for metering and introducing a liquid into packaging containers has a liquid-introducing device with liquid-introducing heads, which are connected to a supply container via a distributor. Arranged in the distributor are a pressure sensor, which determines a pressure (P1) prevailing in the liquid, and, if appropriate, a temperature sensor. The pressure and temperature are sensors connected to a control device to permit, together with two weighing devices, likewise connected to the control device, a precise weight regulation of a desired filling quantity (M) to be introduced into the packaging containers. The arrangement and design of the pressure and temperature sensors makes possible precise metering of the desired filling quantity (M) and simple exchange of the supply container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Mayer
  • Patent number: 5810061
    Abstract: A drug dispenser which can dispense drugs with high efficiency. The dispenser has a plurality of drug feeders each having a drug discharging chute and capable of discharging a predetermined amount of drugs into the chute. The drug feeders are arranged in a vertical row. An elevator unit is provided to feed trays downward along the vertically arranged drug discharging chutes. Each tray is stopped at a selected tray to collect drugs stored therein. After collecting drugs, the tray is moved further down until it is placed on a conveyor. The conveyor sends the tray through an inspection station to a dispensing point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yuyama Seisakusho
    Inventor: Shoji Yuyama
  • Patent number: 5586587
    Abstract: The invention comprises a high rate pressure vessel filling process which improves the accuracy of filling pressure vessels to required gas mass. The approach overcomes heating effects of high rate filling and volume variation effects by slowly prefilling a series of temperature monitored and controlled cylinders of a set volume, then rapidly discharging the premeasured gas mass into the pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Morton International, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Leininger, Walter A. Moore
  • Patent number: 4913198
    Abstract: A system for the automatic dispensation of dye solutions characterized in that it is provided with a plurality of weighing devices for converting weight changes of dye solution materials supplied to receiving containers into electric signals. A control system for controlling the quantities of material supply, and for repeating a dispensing operation continuously for a plural number of times, the dispensing operation forming one cycle consisting of [I] setting the receiving container in a fixed position, [II] placing the receiving container onto the weighing device, [III] supplying the material to the predetermined receiving container and weighing the material, [IV] releasing the receiving container from the weighing device, and [V] transferring the receiving container. This system increases to a maximum, the range of the dye solutions that can be dispensed and the dispensing speed so as to reduce the cost and floor space occupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignees: Japan Exlan Company, Ltd., Excom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuro Hayahara, Keijiro Kuratani, Takumi Yukiue, Hiroshi Inoue
  • Patent number: 4875327
    Abstract: A container filling apparatus and method that includes a container support movable on a frame so as to raise and lower a container mounted thereon. A conveyor discharge section is also movably mounted on the frame so as to raise and lower the conveyor discharge end. The container support is coupled to the conveyor discharge section by a linkage that provides the container filling apparatus with the ability to initially lower the container support through an initial filling phase while maintaining the conveyor discharge section in a lowered condition, and thereafter simultaneously lower the container support while raising the conveyor discharge section. The linkage preferably includes a slotted bracket pivotally couple to the container support, a joining bracket pivotally mounted on the frame and having a follower mating with the slotted bracket, and a conveyor bracket pivotally mounted to the joining bracket and to the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignee: Applied Material Handling, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Wilde
  • Patent number: 4583573
    Abstract: A method of using a collection apparatus as well as the collection apparatus itself. The latter includes collection receptacles, a drip nozzle, and a component for bringing about a relative movement between the receptacles and the drip nozzle at predetermined times to collect the drops emitted by the drip nozzle, in the different receptacles. The time between the drops is measured by a time measurement circuit. The lower and the upper time limits for a time interval within which the next drop is expected, are calculated by a time limit calculating circuit. A blocking circuit is adapted to compare the time measured after the latest drop with the calculated time limits, and to block the relative movement when the measured time lies between these time limits. The blocking circuit is adapted to permit the relative movement when the expected drop has been emitted within the time limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Assignee: LKB-Produkter AB
    Inventors: Rolf B. Eriksson, Bertil Jansson, Jorgen Sjodahl
  • Patent number: 4582102
    Abstract: A rotary filling machine having a rotating platform with stations on which bottles are supported for filling with liquid dispensed through filling head assemblies at each individual station. A master electronic circuit mounted on the rotating platform is connected to separate station electronic circuits for distribution of selected electronic signals received from a non-traveling, settable circuit. Each electronic circuit compares the signal corresponding to the sensed extent of fill determined by a sheer beam strain gauge load cell at each station and provides an electrical signal to the valve control in response to the comparison to cause the valve to close to stop filling the container at the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Inventor: James A. Risser
  • Patent number: 4552190
    Abstract: An integrated filling and pasteurizing apparatus comprising a filling machine and a pasteurizing machine. The pasteurizing machine having a balance tank for temporary storage of the product to be pasteurized, and a pasteurizing station coupled to receive the product from the balance tank and to deliver the pasteurized product to the filling machine. The filling machine includes a hopper coupled to receive pasteurized product from the pasteurizing station, a container-filling station connected to the output of the hopper, and drive mechanisms for sequentially delivering containers to be filled to the filling station and for sequentially moving filled containers from the filling station to a container-closure station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1985
    Assignee: James Hamilton & Sons (Engineering) Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert H. Wilson, Andrew J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 4445548
    Abstract: A portioning machine and a method for filling containers with food material is disclosed. The machine is particularly useful for meat products which are packed in plastic containers having a lip or edge, and prevents the food particles remaining on this lip and hence interfering with the sealing of the package. The machine has at least two filling stations and a pumping means to supply food material, each filling station is adapted to hold a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Inventor: Franz Neumann
  • Patent number: 4019545
    Abstract: A sample fraction collector for sequentially collecting a plurality of samples of uniform volume despite variations in sample flow rate and/or viscosity comprises means defining a sample chamber, an outlet conduit means having a rotatable valve means therein, rack means for sequentially positioning a plurality of individual receptacles beneath a dispensing outlet of said outlet conduit means, a generally U-shaped tube for holding an electrolytic solution with first and second electrode means positioned in one leg and a pressure tube communicating between the other leg and the sample chamber. A control system is actuated by the electrolytic solution contacting both electrode means to energize the rack means to the next position and then to rotate the valve means to the open position for a period of time to drain the sample chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1977
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventor: James E. Vinatieri