Adjustable Lateral Spacing Of Heads Or Receivers Patents (Class 141/235)
  • Patent number: 9688424
    Abstract: A filling system for filling powder into a target container to be sealed has a metering device for metering a partial quantity of the powder to be filled in. A compaction element for the powder is arranged below the metering device. The compaction element can be lowered from above into the target container. The compaction element is a shaking element with a shaking drive. During filling of the target container with the powder, the shaking element at least partially projects from above into the target container. The shaking element has a bottom edge provided with a shaking projection, wherein the shaking projection, beginning at the bottom edge, extends downwardly. During filling of the target container with the powder, only the shaking projection of the shaking element projects from above into the target container and the shaking element as a whole does not contact the target container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Harro Höfliger Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Meyer, Andreas Thienst
  • Patent number: 8408255
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system comprising a dispensing port for dispensing a beverage, a drip tray located below the dispensing port for collecting the beverage dispensed and an antenna located between the dispensing port and the drip tray is provided. The beverage dispensing system is RFID-enabled by configuring the antenna to receive signals from radio frequency identification (RFID) tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: ValidFill, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Wade, Loren Ostema, Ken Kemski, Peter Dorney
  • Patent number: 8245739
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system comprising a dispensing port for dispensing a beverage, a drip tray located below the dispensing port for collecting the beverage dispensed and an antenna located between the dispensing port and the drip tray is provided. The beverage dispensing system is RFID-enabled by configuring the antenna to receive signals from radio frequency identification (RFID) tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: ValidFill, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Wade, Loren Ostema, Ken Kemski, Peter Dorney
  • Patent number: 5996652
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling cups has a conveyor for displacing the cups in a horizontal transport direction stepwise along a horizontal transport path and at least two dosing units spaced in the transport direction from each other above the path and each including a supply of a fluent material and valve and pump means for ejecting doses of the material. A manifold includes a pair of intake conduits each extending generally in the horizontal transport direction and each connected to a respective one of the dosing units for receiving the material doses therefrom and a distributor body between the dosing units, formed with a pair of grooves each connected to a respective one of the tubes, and forming a pair of outlet passages open vertically downward toward the path so that material fed generally horizontally from the dosing units to the body issues downward from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Benhil Gasti Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Schromm
  • Patent number: 5839486
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a filling system is provided. The apparatus includes a product filling machine having a top portion and a base portion. A conveyor is also provided for transporting containers to be filled in a conveying direction. The conveyor is arranged on the base portion of the filling machine. A fill pump system is arranged at the top of the filling machine above the conveyor. An adjustable mounting mechanism for connecting the fill pump system at the top of the filling machine and for adjusting the location of the fill pump system in the conveying direction is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance, SA
    Inventor: Jonathan P. Buesing
  • Patent number: 5425402
    Abstract: Two or more of a bottle-cleaning operation, a bottle-filling operation, a cap-dispensing operation, and a cap-affixing operation simultaneously process arrays of equally sized containers in an x-y array by engaging the bottles with movable heads of a head-carrying assembly. The containers can be a compressed array of bottles or a case of bottles in a box or the like. The nozzles for the cleaning and filling operations, and cap-handling devices for the dispensing and affixing operations can be repositioned for change to a new container size, for example with motor driven positioners. At least a subset of the heads are displaced along the axes of the container array, into registry with bottle arrays of the different size bottles. Preferably, each operational system in sequence is independently controlled to effect a container size change, such that the production line can be changed to the new size as the leading edge of containers of the new size arrive at the respective operational system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Mass Filling Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank G. Pringle
  • Patent number: 5305809
    Abstract: A filling machine for containers simultaneously fills an array of containers, for examples immediately following depalletizing, and includes motor driven positioners for the nozzles to accommodate changes in the size of container being run. The containers are laterally abutted to occupy evenly spaced container positions, and the array can be compressed by a contoured push bar to force the entire array into registry. The nozzles are flexibly coupled to a source of material to be discharged into the containers, and are mechanically moved by actuators that displace at least a subset of the nozzles along the axes of the array. In this way the nozzles are moved into registry with the container array. The nozzles are also vertically movable relative to the containers, and each includes a valve opened by contact with a respective container, for discharging only into occupied container positions and not voids in the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: R & D Innovators, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank G. Pringle
  • Patent number: 5168905
    Abstract: An in-line liquid filling machine and method of filling containers. In certain embodiments a a single row of containers is indexed past a plurality of filling nozzles which are in turn interconnected with a manifold which receives a single fill of material from a dosing structure. If all nozzles are dispensing simultanteously a total fill of material is received at one time, the nozzles distributing aliquot parts of the total fill to the row, with each container sequentially passing under each filling nozzle. If only alternate groups of nozzles are to be filling at any one time, the fill delivered by the dosing structure is proportionate to the total fill as the nozzles dispensing the fill are proportionate to the total number of nozzles. The dosing structure typically includes a single pump. Filling-time and indexing-time cycles typically are performed sequentially, but in certain embodiments they may be performed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Assignee: Oden Corporation
    Inventor: Iver J. Phallen
  • Patent number: 4884602
    Abstract: In a system for filling granular material into hard gelatin capsule wherein the granular material is portioned to a predetermined quantity by volume in a metering chamber and the portioned granular material mostly gravitates to a body of the hard gelatin capsule positioned beneath the metering chamber, an artificial force is exerted by a pusher rod on the granular material remaining in the metering chamber after the beginning of the gravitation. There also is an improved system for adjusting the capacity of the metering chamber. The improvements result in a greatly increased number of capsules which may be handled and filled at a time, a reduction in time required for the process and correspondingly in area occupied by the machine, and a remarkable improvement in the productivity. The uniformity and accuracy in the quantity of the granular material actually filled in the capsule are also remarkably improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Assignee: Nippon Elanco Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taizo Yamamoto, Hirokazu Konishi
  • Patent number: 4341329
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for aseptic measurement and filling of a fluid product is proposed, which, particularly as a result of the simple embodiment of a control slide valve, is especially suitable for the development of a multiple dispensing apparatus. A groove-like recess provided in the control slide serves both to connect the fluid reservoir chamber with the dispensing chamber and to connect the dispensing chamber with the particular container to be filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Kuemmerer, Theo Moser, Adolf Genstorfer