Turret Or Rotary Drum-type Conveyer Patents (Class 156/567)
  • Patent number: 10369588
    Abstract: Disclosed is an installation for producing thermoplastic containers including: a container coating station including an input wheel and an output wheel; an upstream transfer wheel that is tangent with the input wheel in an input tangential zone; and a downstream transfer wheel that is tangent with the output wheel in an output tangential zone. The installation includes a bypass wheel that is directly tangent with the upstream transfer wheel in an upstream tangential zone and the bypass wheel that is directly tangent with the downstream transfer wheel in a downstream tangential zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Franck Feilloley, Laurent Danel, Stephane Linglet
  • Patent number: 10125989
    Abstract: A sealing assembly, for filling and sealing a reservoir of a gas lighter that includes a cylindrical well, a plug having a front section and a rear section, the front section having radial projections and at least one recess to provide a fluid passage, the rear section having a circular bulge/bump portion, and a weld portion adapted to be melted by welding, wherein the plug is adapted to be moved from a first position (P1) in which a gas passage is, to a second position (P2), temporary seal position, in which a gastight contact is provided between the circular bulge portion of the plug and an inner wall of the well, and further from the second position to a third axial position (P3), definitive seal position, wherein the weld portion of the plug is definitely welded to the reservoir in a gastight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BIC VIOLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Guy Lefebvre, Yann Lefebvre
  • Patent number: 9428294
    Abstract: A carousel labeling machine, comprising a plurality of peripheral seats which are each adapted to accommodate a supporting carriage of a labeling station provided with wheels, each seat being supported integrally by the structure of the carousel and comprising elements adapted to lock a carriage in such a position as to ensure the correct application of the labels to the containers that are present on the carousel by the labeling station mounted on the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: P.E. LABELLERS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Cordioli
  • Patent number: 9126709
    Abstract: There is described a labelling machine for applying labels onto articles, comprising a protective wall; one first labelling group which may move between an operative position in which it applies a plurality of labels onto corresponding articles, and a rest position; wall comprises at least one first opening which is at least partially engaged, in use, by first labelling group when it is set in operative position; first labelling group is arranged completely on a first side of wall as it is arranged in rest position, and is arranged at least partially on a second side, opposite to first side, of wall when it is arranged in operative position; wall comprises at least one first panel which may be moved between a closed position in which it covers opening, and an open position in which it leaves free opening; labelling machine comprises connecting means for connecting first panel to first labelling group at least when first labelling group moves, in use, between rest position and an intermediate position, which i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventors: Mattia Giuliani, Marco Ferri
  • Patent number: 8999100
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for applying a label to an article travelling along an article path, said label being received on a movable surface at an input location to be retained against said surface whilst being glued and advanced to an output location, at which the label is transferred to the article; the article being rotated with a tangential speed about an axis whilst travelling at a speed along the path including providing at least three portions of surface with independent and controllable vacuum means for retaining the label, including curtailing the application of vacuum means at the first portion of the surface upon the first portion reaching the output location and interrupting the application of vacuum means at the third portion of the surface, with the trailing edge of the label being retained at the second portion of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventor: James Carmichael
  • Patent number: 8936060
    Abstract: A labelling unit movable along a given path for receiving labels and comprising a hollow receiving member having a lateral wall for receiving a relative label, extending around an axis transverse to the path and comprising a suction portion having through holes; a suction pneumatic device connected to the holes through the inside of the receiving member that can apply suction to retain a label on the outer surface of the lateral wall; and a hollow distributor member coaxially arranged inside the receiving member and provided with a number of angularly spaced opening sections having different heights parallel to the axis and correlated to the heights of different labels processed by the unit, and rotatable in at least two different angular positions, each corresponding to a selected opening section of the suction portion of the lateral wall such that only the holes facing the selected opening section are operative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventor: Raffaele Pace
  • Publication number: 20140352868
    Abstract: A handling apparatus includes a container input, a furnishing carousel, a furnishing module, an application element, and a grouping device. The furnishing carousel rotates about a central axis and has the furnishing module and application element nearby. The furnishing module applies a furnishing feature to a surface of a container, and the application element applies adhesive to the container on a surface outside that surface of a container that is provided with a furnishing feature. The grouping device, which is either a compartmenting or compacting device, is immediately after the furnishing carousel and/or an outlet apparatus. The grouping device groups, compacts, or temporary presses together containers. The container input is either a single-track container feed, a multi-track container feed, a single-track container stream, or a multi-track container stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Wilfried Ehmer
  • Patent number: 8899294
    Abstract: A labeling machine has a carrousel having a frame at the periphery of which a plurality of mandrels are rotatably mounted, and, at angularly spaced positions around the carrousel, object feeding means, label feeding means and object removing means. Each mandel receives a label strip from the label feeding means, winds it around the body of the mandrel so that a leading end and a trailing end of the label strip overlap. The leading and trailing ends of the label strip are sealed to form a sleeve label. The label strips are sealed by heat sealing means which include a pulse heating bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel S.p.A.
    Inventor: Raffaele Pace
  • Patent number: 8869862
    Abstract: A labelling machine comprises a main supporting frame (2) on which a carrousel (6) is mounted, the carrousel being equipped with supporting means for the objects to be labelled. A plurality of labelling devices (12) is positioned radially along the edge of the carrousel (6) for applying labels to objects placed on the carrousel (6). The main supporting frame (2) has a guiding and supporting track (17) to which the labelling devices (12) are slidably connected so that they can be placed at different positions along the edge of the carrousel (6). The machine also comprises a plurality of connecting modules (26) equipped with first coupling means (27) allowing sliding coupling to the track (17), and second coupling means (28) for reversibly coupling each labelling device (12) to a connecting module (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kosme S.R.L.
    Inventors: Georg Erhart, Antonella Prandi
  • Publication number: 20140305594
    Abstract: Labeling machine, at which at least one or more labeling aggregates can be arranged at different places, having one or more conveyors for feeding and removing containers, and a switch cabinet, wherein the at least one labeling aggregate can be arranged on an operating side of the conveyor, wherein the switch cabinet is arranged on this operating side, wherein the switch cabinet comprises at least one switching component. The labeling machine includes a pull-out element on which the at least one switching component is arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Dieter Hafner, Andreas Bergers
  • Patent number: 8852370
    Abstract: There is described a labelling machine for applying a plurality of labels to a respective plurality of articles; the machine comprises a conveying device movable along a given path (P) and having a plurality of operating units for receiving and retaining the articles to be labelled, feeding means for feeding the labels to the operating units, application means for applying the labels to the articles, and a marking unit (100) arranged upstream from the conveying device and comprising means (101) for marking a surface of each label with a mark (M) univocally associable with the corresponding operating unit by which said label shall be received and processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventors: Roberto Zoni, Carlo Gardani
  • Patent number: 8783321
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing at least one member comprising at least one rubber-coated electronic component, in which the component is placed in contact with a first strip of rubber and it is covered by a second strip of rubber so as to coat the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignees: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A., Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Alain Sevaille, Pierre Wiel
  • Patent number: 8757235
    Abstract: A machine for labeling containers, especially bottles or the like, with a stationary machine rack on which a rotary table for conveying containers is supported, and at least one labeling module, arranged to be interchangeable at or on a machine rack, for labeling the containers being guided past the labeling module by the rotary table wherein its own motor is assigned respectively to the rotary table and at least one labeling module. In order to simplify a change or replacement of a labeling module, the motor is located on the machine rack and remains there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Rupert Meinzinger
  • Patent number: 8757358
    Abstract: A labeling machine for labeling containers such as bottles, cans, and similar containers. 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. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Krämer, Winfried Schlüter
  • Patent number: 8726964
    Abstract: Apparatus for decorating objects including a heating device for heating an object wrapped in a transferring support bearing a sublimable image and a conveying device for conveying the object into, and removing the object from, the heating device, the conveying device being mainly movable in a substantially vertical direction. The conveying device is provided with a supporting element such as to convey one object at a time to the heating device via inlet and outlet openings on the same side of the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Decoral System USA Corp.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Fenzi
  • Patent number: 8668796
    Abstract: A draping device for draping a two-dimensional textile semi-finished product includes a first rotationally symmetrical body having a first axis of rotation and a peripheral surface which varies along the axis of rotation. A first drive is configured to rotate the first body about the first axis of rotation so as to deform, via the first body, the semi-finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Premium Aerotec GmbH
    Inventor: Dirk Niefnecker
  • Patent number: 8663420
    Abstract: A rotation device includes an endless guide that defines a continuous circular path, a plurality of moving sections whose movement is guided by the endless guide, and a plurality of pads. Each pad is capable of carrying an article thereon, and each pad is mounted to a respective moving section. A method for producing a worn article using such a rotation device includes the following steps: (i) rotating a fixed pivot point about a first axis where a link connects the pivot point to the moving section; (ii) guiding a moving section along the path defined by the endless guide, where the endless guide has a second axis parallel to but offset from the first axis; (iii) receiving an article by the pad, where the rotating and guiding steps change a spacing interval between adjacent pads; and (iv) releasing the article from the pad after the spacing interval has changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Zuiko Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Nakakado, Yuzo Ichiura, Satoshi Tanaka, Ikuo Tachibana
  • Patent number: 8627870
    Abstract: An apparatus (200) and a method for labeling containers (100) with different types of label is disclosed. To each of at least two labeling machines (1, 2) there corresponds an infeed star wheel (61, 62) and a discharge star wheel (81, 82). A container path (7) is formed, along which the containers (100) to be labeled are fed to the at least two labeling machines (1, 2) in a controlled manner. At least one type of label is processed with each of the at least two labeling machines (1, 2), wherein the types of label processed with the at least two labeling machines (1, 2) are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Dieter Leykamm
  • Patent number: 8616259
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described herein for automatically labeling using labels having a fluid activatable adhesive along the back surface of such label. The apparatus has multiple pallets each being positionable with the lowermost label of a stack of one or more labels to releasably secure by suction the label against the pallet, and multiple pads each being positionable with respect to pallets to receive labels from the pallets and then releasably retain such labels until application onto containers. Fluid for activating adhesive is applied by an applicator onto labels retained upon the pad to change the fluid activatable adhesive along the label's back surface from a non-tacky state to a tacky state just prior to application of the label onto container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: NuLabel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Woods, Ben Lux, Randy Peckham
  • Publication number: 20130312896
    Abstract: There is disclosed a labelling machine for applying sleeve labels on respective articles, comprising: a conveyor movable along a path comprising, in turn, a first inlet station for the articles still to be labelled and a second outlet station for the labelled articles; the conveyor comprises a handling device adapted to displace at least one first of the sleeve label and the article still to be labelled along a first segment of the path, so as to insert the article still to be labelled within the sleeve label; the conveyor also comprises a positioning device adapted to actively position a second of the sleeve label and the article in a desired position with respect to the first of the article and the sleeve label along a second segment of the path; the first segment is comprised within the second segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Mattia Giuliani
  • Patent number: 8327904
    Abstract: A work conveying mechanism according to the present invention includes a rotation drum in which an adsorbing pad for adsorbing an absorber is provided. The work conveying mechanism rotates the rotation drum and arranges the absorber on a third web being conveyed. In an outer shape of the work adsorbed by the adsorbing pad, an outer edge portion thereof is closer to a shaft center side of the rotation drum than a central portion thereof is. A work conveying mechanism includes a roller mechanism provided on a side of the third web opposite to the rotation drum side and configured to locate the third web on the adsorbing pad side. At a passing point, the roller mechanism arranges an outer edge portion of the third web in a width direction on a shaft center side of the rotation drum closer than a central portion thereof is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8267142
    Abstract: Modular labeling station suitable for being detachably connectable to a labeling machine in a labeling arrangement. The labeling station comprises a base suitable to lay on a floor at a side distal from the labeling machine and to lay substantially on the labeling machine at a side proximal to the labeling machine itself, and a labeling unit mounted on the base in an adjustable manner. The base lays on the labeling machine at a portion that is structurally independent from the labeling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel Holdings & Technology S.A.
    Inventors: Marco Ferri, Mattia Giuliani
  • Patent number: 8256483
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for automatically punching and bonding MEA materials for a fuel cell, which can automatically and continuously perform a punching process and a bonding process for the MEA materials by improving a conventional method in which a 5-layer MEA material is manually manufactured. Accordingly, it is possible to reduce the time required to manufacture the 5-layer MEA, provide a reduction in manpower and an efficient production, enable mass production, and improve the quality of the finished 5-layer MEA material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Chang Min Park
  • Patent number: 8230893
    Abstract: The invention is generally applicable to labeling apparatus, and relates to a device (10) for rotating Container plates in a labeling apparatus; such device (10) being engaged by at least two wheels (1) with a cam (5) for guiding and rotating it, so that the plate connected therewith is also rotated; each wheel (1) consisting of at least one rigid element (2) and at least one elastic disk (3) coupled thereto, having a greater outside diameter, so that the cam (5) is first contacted by said elastic disk (3). As the load between the elastic disk (3) and the cam (5) is increased, and such disk (3) is elastically deformed, the cam (5) is contacted by the rigid element (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel S.p.A.
    Inventors: Vanni Zacche′, Daniele Marastoni
  • Patent number: 8215365
    Abstract: Appliance for applying labels to receptacles, which comprises a transport device that transport the receptacles to be labeled along a predefined transport path, and comprises a first pressing-on unit that presses the labels onto an outer wall of the receptacles, the first pressing-on unit having a brush device having a multiplicity of bristles that extend in the direction of the receptacles. According to the invention, the first pressing-on unit, at least in a partial region of the first pressing-on unit, is shorter, in the longitudinal direction of the receptacles, than the label to be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Willibald Bittner, Martin Plank
  • Patent number: 8182629
    Abstract: Apparatus for orienting containers which have at least one ear on a side of the container is disclosed. Such apparatus is especially suited for use in combination with labeling equipment for applying a label to the oriented container so that at least one opening in a label registers with the at least one ear on the container. The apparatus comprises a star wheel with pockets which permit relatively free rotation of containers positioned within the pockets, an ear bump associated with each pocket in the star wheel and a releasable container hold down to prevent containers in the star wheel pockets from tilting while they are being oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Larry A. Seifert
  • Patent number: 8157946
    Abstract: A labeling apparatus is for applying labels to articles advanced along an article conveyor. The labeling apparatus may include a frame to be positioned adjacent the article conveyor, and a labeler carried by the frame. The labeler may include a housing, and a label supply carried by the housing and having a label strip being separable along a longitudinal centerline, and labels carried by the label strip. The labeler may also include a separation notch member carried by the housing for separating the label strip into separated strip portions as it is advanced thereover, a rotary bellows wheel carried by the housing, and bellows carried by the rotary bellows wheel to pick up labels from the separation notch member and to place the labels on the articles advanced along the article conveyor. The labeler may also include a pay-out motor adjacent the label supply to pay out the label strip therefrom, and a take-up motor downstream from the separation notch member to take up the separated strip portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Clint Arrington, Robert Goetz, Kent Tabor
  • Patent number: 8122930
    Abstract: A labeling apparatus is for applying labels to articles advanced along an article conveyor. The labeling apparatus may include a frame to be positioned adjacent the article conveyor, and a labeler carried by the frame. The labeler may include a housing, a rotary bellows wheel carried by the housing, and bellows carried by the rotary bellows wheel. The rotary bellows wheel and adjacent portions of the housing may define a porting arrangement for selectively connecting the rotary bellows wheel to a fluid flow to selectively control internal fluid pressure for the bellows so that each bellows is movable between a retracted label pick-up position and an extended label-applying position and so that a peak negative internal fluid pressure is applied at the label pick-up position and a peak positive internal fluid pressure is applied at the label-applying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Clint Arrington, Robert Goetz, Kent Tabor
  • Patent number: 8114240
    Abstract: A labeling apparatus is for applying labels to articles advanced along an article conveyor. The labeling apparatus may include a frame to be positioned adjacent the article conveyor, and a labeler carried by the frame. The labeler may include a housing having a sidewall, a shaft extending outwardly from the sidewall, a rotary bellows wheel carried by the shaft, and bellows carried by the rotary bellows wheel. The rotary bellows wheel and adjacent portions of the housing may define a porting arrangement for selectively connecting the bellows wheel to a fluid flow to selectively control internal fluid pressure for the bellows so that each bellows is movable/between, a retracted label pick-up position and an extended label-applying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Clint Arrington, Robert Goetz, Kent Tabor
  • Patent number: 8110064
    Abstract: A labeling apparatus is for applying labels to articles advanced along an article conveyor. The labeling apparatus may include a frame to be positioned adjacent the article conveyor, and a labeler carried by the frame. The labeler may include a housing, a rotary bellows wheel carried by the housing, bellows carried by the rotary bellows wheel and a fluid pump within the housing and connected in fluid communication with the rotary bellows wheel to provide a fluid flow for the bellows so that each bellows is movable between a retracted position and an extended label-applying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Clint Arrington, Robert Goetz, Kent Tabor
  • Patent number: 8105459
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing labeled, plastic foam containers, such as a labeled EPS cup uses a heated pocket to thermally bond a label to a plastic cup. Also described is a labeled plastic foam container, such as a labeled EPS cup, having high quality printing capabilities, sufficient stiffness, acceptable insulation and barrier properties and reduced production cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Grupo Convermex, S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Benito Alvarez
  • Patent number: 8066046
    Abstract: A cutting and transfer drum in a continuous-film labeling machine, which allows disassembly into sectors comprised between two contiguous blades, each sector being provided with elements for locking in the active position, which comprise a rotating rod which is provided with an actuation crank, said rod having a portion which is adapted to mate with a reference element provided on the sector, elements adapted to retain the sector in the locking position, a cam adapted to make contact with an abutment provided on the sector, so as to ensure a contact pressure of the sector on a supporting ring which ensures the retention of the fluid that provides suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: P.E. Labellers S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Ballarotti
  • Patent number: 8025086
    Abstract: To provide a manufacturing apparatus of an electronic component using an interposer, having high installation flexibility and high production efficiency. The electronic component manufacturing apparatus includes a converter unit configured to place an interposer on a surface of a base circuit sheet, and an interposer supply unit configured to continuously convey carriers holding the interposers and supply the interposers to the converter unit. The interposer supply unit has the carriers that hold the interposers, and is configured to convey the interposers via the carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Hallys Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Aoyama, Ryoichi Nishigawa
  • Patent number: 8020601
    Abstract: A machine for equipping articles with labels, such as vessels or similar items, including at least one carousel which transports the articles, at least one exchangeable labeling aggregate which is arranged on the periphery of the carousel for equipping the articles, where, on the periphery of the carousel, at least one stationary floor-supported aggregate reception for a labeling aggregate is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Erich Eder, Thomas Oestreicher, Dieter Leykamm
  • Patent number: 7870882
    Abstract: A process for labelling containers or bottles by applying tubular labels made of heat shrinkable film which completely surround an outer surface area of the bottle. The process and machine include winding a precut label from a reeled film on a rotating tubular round plate supported by a roundabout labelling machine, the bottle abuts on the round plate and the label is wound on the underlying tubular portion. The tubular surface of the round plate is provided with a plurality of holes alternatively supplying or drawing air for establishing a positive or negative pressure respectively on the label surface. The overlapped vertical ends of the label are heat sealed by an electrically heated bar located at each round plate or are chemically bonded. The tubular round plate and the container on it can vertically move to transfer the container into the tubular label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Holdings & Technology SA
    Inventor: Luigi Panzetti
  • Patent number: 7845379
    Abstract: Labeling machine and method for labeling containers, such as bottles or cans, especially sardine cans. 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. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen-und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventors: Lutz Körtge, Hans-Joachim Köther
  • Patent number: 7712509
    Abstract: An automatic apparatus for applying labels to produce is provided which utilizes three or more label cassettes angularly disposed in coplanar fashion adjacent a rotary bellows applicator. The cassettes may include labels indicating different sizes or grades of produce, for example, and each produce item being labeled may have a label selected from any one of said multiple cassettes. High label speeds in excess of 1000 labels per minute are achieved along with selective labeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Sinclair Systems International, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Constantine
  • Publication number: 20100038038
    Abstract: A labeling apparatus is for applying labels to articles advanced along an article conveyor. The labeling apparatus may include a frame to be positioned adjacent the article conveyor, and a labeler carried by the frame. The labeler may include a housing, a rotary bellows wheel carried by the housing, and bellows carried by the rotary bellows wheel. The rotary bellows wheel and adjacent portions of the housing may define a porting arrangement for selectively connecting the rotary bellows wheel to a fluid flow to selectively control internal fluid pressure for the bellows so that each bellows is movable between a retracted label pick-up position and an extended label-applying position and so that a peak negative internal fluid pressure is applied at the label pick-up position and a peak positive internal fluid pressure is applied at the label-applying position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Applicant: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Clint Arrington, Robert Goetz, Kent Tabor
  • Publication number: 20090294069
    Abstract: A labeling machine for labeling containers such as bottles, cans, and similar containers. 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. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Klaus KRAMER, Winfried SCHLUTER
  • Patent number: 7559351
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for joining a number of sections (7) of a thermoplastic continuous web material in order to form an expandable section block (2). Said block is built up by repeatedly carrying out sequences of steps of the method. The invention also relates to a device for forming said blocks at high speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Nida-Core Corporation
    Inventor: Klaus Hering Gerhard
  • Publication number: 20090110947
    Abstract: A method of decorating a surface of a workpiece includes the step of positioning a decorating film over the surface, wherein the decorating film has a first side and an opposite second side with a decorating pattern facing the surface. The decorating film is then fitted tightly on the surface by applying negative pressure therebetween. Next, the decorating pattern is transferred onto the surface by providing a heated gas current to heat the decorating film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chien-Min Chang, Yu-Lun Chen
  • Patent number: 7478660
    Abstract: A labelling and/or marking machine (3) comprises a carousel (4) rotatable about a vertical axis (5), equipped peripherally with a set of pedestals (8) driven by respective motors (37) and supporting single containers (2), also applicator and/or marker devices (26, 27) occupying positions along a conveying path (17) followed by the containers (2). Each pedestal (8) is flanked by a corresponding CCD image sensor (31) such as will scan the lateral surface (29) of the container (2) to detect and recognize a known outline (32) presented by the surface (29), whereupon the pedestal (8) is made to rotate through a predetermined angle and thus bring the relative container (2) into the position required by the applicator and/or marker devices (26, 27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Sernesi, Giacomo Remelli, Stefano Cavallari
  • Patent number: 7438107
    Abstract: For attaching at least one flat supplementary product to a printed product, one leaf of the printed product is brought from a folded configuration into an essentially horizontal orientation. A supplementary product is attached, especially by an adhesive, to this horizontal leaf, preferably from above. Supplementary products can be attached to the front side and to the rear side of the printed product. The supplementary product is, for example, a commercial sample or a card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Müller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Roland Kost
  • Publication number: 20080236722
    Abstract: A nonwoven fibrous insulation product has at least a bi-modal fiber diameter distribution designed to provide the product with selected thermal insulating and physical performance properties that are affected by fiber diameter such as rigidity and recovery properties. The product is made by: forming two or more fiber groupings that each have a selected fiber diameter distribution with a selected mean fiber diameter wherein the selected fiber diameter distributions of the fiber groupings differ from each other. The fibers of the fiber groupings are intermingled and entangled together in selected percentages by weight to form a product with a selected density and thickness that exhibits selected product performance properties based on the properties of the fiber groupings and the relative percentages by weight of the fiber groupings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Mark William Charbonneau, Alessandro G. Borsa
  • Patent number: 7409977
    Abstract: A method of labeling of a container including a medication includes, in at least one embodiment, reducing the size of the label using a label apparatus and reducing the label size using the label apparatus, applying a surface securing adhesive to at least one surface securing section of the label using an adhesive application apparatus, and attaching the at least one surface securing section of the label to the container with the securing adhesive. The method also includes applying a label securing adhesive to the label to maintain the label in the reduced orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Wayne Rice, James G. McErlean, E. Christian Hess, Andrew P. Booler, Allen Petten, P. Thomas Shupert, Michael Joseph Szesko, Orlando Vidal, Mark A. Detri
  • Publication number: 20080156442
    Abstract: A machine for labeling containers, especially bottles or the like, with a stationary machine rack on which a rotary table for conveying containers is supported, and at least one labeling module, arranged to be interchangeable at or on a machine rack, for labeling the containers being guided past the labeling module by the rotary table wherein its own motor is assigned respectively to the rotary table and at least one labeling module. In order to simplify a change or replacement of a labeling module, the motor is located on the machine rack and remains there.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Rupert Meinzinger
  • Publication number: 20080110555
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a label to a pharmaceutical vial includes: a base having a receiving section, a labeling section, and a pick-up section; an index member attached to the base, the index member including a receiving compartment, the index member configured to receive a vial from a vial dispenser in the receiving compartment as the receiving section is positioned over the receiving section and convey the vial to the labeling section of the base; a label source positioned to present a label to a vial located in the labeling section of the base; and a labeling assembly mounted in the labeling section of the base, the labeling assembly configured to receive the vial from the index member and apply the label to the vial. The index member is further configured to convey the labeled vial from the labeling section to the pick-up section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Steve Bouchelle, Jasper Pollard
  • Patent number: 7275579
    Abstract: A labeling machine for prism-shaped bottles having an axially-offset neck, comprising a first carousel, which conveys the bottles to a first labeling assembly, which applies the labels to one of the faces, and a second carousel, which conveys the bottles to a second labeling assembly, which applies the labels to an opposite face; the carousels are connected in series by at least one pair of bottle transfer devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: P.E. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Mario Ballarotti
  • Patent number: 7269930
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant for filling bottles or containers with a liquid beverage which has a labeling device for labeling the bottles or containers. The labeling device has at least two labeling stations, wherein at least one labeling station can be moved from an operating position to a rest position when its supply of labels is exhausted, while at least one other labeling station can be moved from a rest position to an operating position to permit a substantially continuous feed and application of labels to bottles or containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventors: Paul-Gerhard Kahlisch, Klaus-Friedrich Stock, Heinz Thielmann
  • Publication number: 20070169874
    Abstract: A label for a container is formed by wrapping a length of label material around a cylindrical mandrel and introducing heat, adhesive or other sealing means into a gap between the leading end portion of the label material and the trailing end portion as the label material is wrapped around the mandrel. The cylindrical sleeve is slid off of the mandrel and telescoped over a container passing thereunder. The container with a cylindrical sleeve therearound is then moved to a heating station which heats the label material, preferably foam polystyrene, to cause it to shrink into conformity with the contour of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Inventor: Robert F. Kontz