Structure For "press-out" Of Content Unit Patents (Class 206/531)
  • Patent number: 11193903
    Abstract: The present disclosure enables apparatus and methods for tracking medications and/or product units via smart-packaging concepts. Embodiments include sensors that monitor the state of a blister-card package having an unpatterned lidding film by measuring the impedance of each dispensing region of the lidding film that defines a portion of a blister. In some embodiments, the impedance is measured via a plurality of contact points arranged on opposite sides of each dispensing region, where the contact points are resistively or capacitively coupled with the lidding film. In some embodiments, the impedance map of a measurement region on the blister card is derived via electrical impedance tomography or electrical resistance tomography, where the measurement region includes a plurality of dispensing regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: QuantaEd, LLC
    Inventor: Mehran Mehregany
  • Patent number: 11185468
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for monitoring the dispensing of a fluid from a container. In one aspect, a system includes a conformal substrate including a mechanically flexible and an electrically insulative material, the substrate attached and conformed to a container containing a fluid; a data acquisition unit including a sensor and a signal processing circuit formed on the conformal substrate, in which the sensor transduces an occurrence of the fluid dispensing from the container into an electrical signal, and the signal processing circuit amplifies the electrical signal; a data processing unit formed on the conformal substrate and in communication with the data acquisition unit to process the amplified electrical signal as data; and a communications unit formed on the conformal substrate and in communication with the data processing unit to wirelessly transmit the processed data to a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Todd Prentice Coleman, Robert N. Weinreb, Yun Soung Kim, Michael Bajema, Dae Kang, Amr Haj Omar
  • Patent number: 11186943
    Abstract: A filter assembly configured for being used in combination with a machine for drying laundry is disclosed. The filter assembly comprises a frame, a duct defined in the frame configured for being passed through by an airflow, an inlet section configured for allowing the airflow to have access to the duct and an outlet section configured for allowing the airflow to leave the duct. The filter assembly comprises a filter configured for intercepting the airflow and for separating from the airflow possible solid particles carried by the airflow, the filter acting between the inlet section and the outlet section and storage configured for storing the solid particles separated from the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Marco Cagliani
  • Patent number: 11186420
    Abstract: To be able to detect seal breakage of a container portion for containing an article by a simpler scheme, there is provided a signal processing device including: a processor that executes a program; and a memory that stores the program for causing the processor to function as a detection unit that transmits a signal to one or more signal lines formed of a breakable material in such a manner that the signal passes through regions corresponding to one or more respective container portions of a package for containing articles, and detects seal breakage of each container portion on the basis of whether the transmitted signal returns via each region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideo Kosaka
  • Patent number: 11160730
    Abstract: A personalized medication dispensing system provides a practical, cost effective, and convenient way to optimize and individualize medical care. The system can be linked to the patient, doctors, insurers, pharmacies, and the like, via network communication protocols and techniques. The system can include a medication reservoir section and a medication dispensing section. The medication reservoir section includes one or more rotatable medication reservoirs. The system includes software configured to process and facilitate dispensing, treatments, data, monitoring, notifications, and trials, including treatment of specific medical conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Rightis Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Townley
  • Patent number: 11149238
    Abstract: A method of producing a solid soap containing at least one image embedded within the solid soap includes printing a printed image on a base layer of solid soap, applying molten soap to the printed base layer, and allowing the soap to harden so as to embed the image within the solid soap. The image can be a high-resolution image and can be printed on the base layer of solid soap using a flatbed printer. The soap can include a background layer against which the image is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Patrick Commisso
  • Patent number: 11052021
    Abstract: A child-resistant medication container assembly that includes a blister card including a plurality of compartments each configured to support a dosage of medication, and a puck including a body portion, a recess that defines a partition wall in the body portion, and a plurality of openings defined in the partition wall. Each opening corresponds to one of the plurality of compartments in the blister card. The assembly further includes a carton including a first wall opposite a second wall. An access opening is defined in the first wall and a plurality of perforations are defined in the second wall. The access opening is sized to provide access to the plurality of compartments, and each perforation corresponds to one of the plurality of compartments in the blister card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: ABBVIE INC.
    Inventors: Todd Marshall, Bhimaprasad Medhal, John G. Finch, Joy Elizabeth Borgardt
  • Patent number: 11040810
    Abstract: A self-opening container incorporates a child-resistant closure mechanism, which prevents operation of an opening mechanism of the container when the child-resistant (CR) closure mechanism is in a locked configuration. The container includes a container body, lid, and inner casing slidably mounted in an inner cavity of the container body. The opening mechanism is configured to automatically raise the inner casing and open the lid, thereby providing access to container contents. The child-resistant closure mechanism includes a button or bar slidably mounted to the bottom of the container to move between first position and second positions, corresponding to locked and unlocked configurations. The button or bar is coupled to a latch member that abuts against a catch surface of the inner casing when the CR mechanism is in its locked configuration, and does not abut against the catch structure when the CR mechanism is in its unlocked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Planet Canit, LLC
    Inventor: Hui Ho Charm
  • Patent number: 10945917
    Abstract: To readily detect the taking-out of an object contained in a blister pack, there is provided a detection apparatus for detecting a timing at which a contained object is taken out from a blister pack including a plurality of containing portions and a plate-like portion that connects the plurality of containing portions. The apparatus includes a plate on which the blister pack is arranged, a plurality of light sources that emit light beams to the plurality of containing portions of the blister pack arranged on the plate, a plurality of sensors that receive the light beams emitted from the light sources, and also output electrical signals corresponding to light reception intensities, and a detector that detects the presence/absence of contained objects in the respective containing portions based on the electrical signals output from the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON FRONTIER MEDICINE LABORATORIES INC.
    Inventors: Kazuki Hiraizumi, Junichi Fukui, Kunihiro Musashi
  • Patent number: 10786428
    Abstract: A lid for a blister package has a continuous pattern of wire on an adhesive surface of a substrate. The continuous pattern has multiple detector segments, and the detector segments have respective destructible portions of wire at locations on the substrate corresponding to cavities of a blister sheet. Each detector segment has an outer connector portion and an inner connector portion. The outer connector portion and the inner connector portion of each detector segment are adjacent, and pairs of successive detector segments are connected by the inner connector portion of the one detector segment and the outer connector portion of the next detector segment. The continuous pattern of wire is severed at the outer connector portions and inner connector portions of the plurality of detector segments in order to disconnects the detector segments one from another, and form terminal ends of the detector segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Automated Assembly Corporation
    Inventor: David Neuman
  • Patent number: 10759591
    Abstract: An example container includes a plurality of package segments, each having a respective conductive lead that is interrupted when its package segment is opened. The container includes a signaling source configured to provide two signals that are distinguishable from each other. A presence of one or both of the signals on a shared return line indicates whether one of the package segments has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: oes, INC.
    Inventors: Kiet Ngo, Michael Reeve
  • Patent number: 10737863
    Abstract: A medication packaging and dispensing system is provided. The system may include a plurality of medication booklets containing medication and a tray that is configured to retain the medication booklets. Each medication booklet may include a sequential tab assembly of pull tabs that aligns with a plurality of front cutouts and a plurality of back cutouts. This alignment configuration facilitates dispensing the medication from the medication booklet. The tray may include a riser that extends from a bottom wall of the tray at an oblique angle, and a first guide panel including a plurality of linear stops. The oblique angle may correspond to a pitch of the first guide panel. The riser and the plurality of linear stops may cooperate to maintain the medication booklets in a staggered configuration that is substantially parallel to the bottom wall of the tray. The system may further include a container for retaining the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ABBVIE INC.
    Inventors: Lori Kim, Alexandra Breban-Lopez, Bhimaprasad Medhal, Dejan Bojicic, Guy Upchurch, John G. Finch, Lewis Sita
  • Patent number: 10716733
    Abstract: A child and bite resistant package having a tray and a plurality of spaced apart cavities that are formed therein is provided. A sheet material overlies the tray such that a product disposed in a cavity is enclosed and sealed therein. The sheet material includes a plurality of zones of weakening that are each disposed above a corresponding cavity. Each of the zones of weakening is formed by a plurality of microperforations that are formed in the sheet material. To access a product, the product is pushed against the lidding in the zone of weakness with sufficient force to rupture the lidding. Since the majority of the surface area above each compartment is non-rupturable, the compartments are difficult to access by a child by either hand manipulation or biting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Amcor Flexibles, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Ingraham
  • Patent number: 10701803
    Abstract: In an example, monitoring circuitry includes a first and second coupling, at least one of which is to capacitively couple the monitoring circuitry to a monitored circuit on a product packaging. The monitored circuit has a resistance which is indicative of a status of a product stored in the product packaging, and the monitored circuit is to be connected in series between the first coupling and the second coupling. The monitoring apparatus may determine the resistance of the monitored circuit via the first and second couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventor: Gideon Amir
  • Patent number: 10650661
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring adherence to a dosing-regimen for a medication is presented. Systems in accordance with the present invention automatically monitor the medicine content of a blister card based on the state of its lidding film and compare it to the prescribed dosing regimen for the medicine. In some embodiments, the lidding film is imaged using a tomographic imaging technique, such as electrical resistance tomography or electrical impedance tomography. Alternative sensing approaches are based on optical, acoustic, and tactile sensors that interrogate either the dispensing region at each tablet location or the tablets themselves to determine whether tablets have been dispensed. Automatic monitoring of the blister card enables the user to be: (1) alerted to non-compliance, (2) alerted to a risk of future non-compliance, and/or (3) to be provided remediation instructions when non-compliance is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: QuantaEd, LLC
    Inventor: Mehran Mehregany
  • Patent number: 10596066
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a package (7) for pharmaceutical blister packs (12) comprising means (11) for removing the protecting foil of the blister packs. The package protects the blister packs (12) and at the same time provides an easy and convenient way of opening the blister pack for people at all level of ability and dexterity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Medcomb Holding APS
    Inventors: John Wagner, Flemming Wagner
  • Patent number: 10507163
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a PTP sheet for pharmaceutical drug packaging from which a solid pharmaceutical drug is easily taken out and in which a pocket portion is hard to be accidentally damaged. The PTP sheet has a first sheet from which a pocket portion capable of housing a solid pharmaceutical drug protrudes to the side of an upper surface and a second sheet which is stuck to a lower surface of the first sheet and which closes an opening of the pocket portion. The pocket portion has a peripheral wall portion having a peripheral surface continuous with the upper surface and a top portion having a top surface continuous with the peripheral surface of the peripheral wall portion. A wall thickness of the peripheral wall portion is smaller than a wall thickness of the top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NIPRO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuaki Uetake, Naohisa Katayama
  • Patent number: 10463569
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a blister pack for pharmaceutical compositions or supplements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MedComb Holding ApS
    Inventors: John Wagner, Flemming Wagner
  • Patent number: 10463075
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a snuff container (1) comprising a base (2), wherein said base (2) comprises a bottom wall (21) and a base side wall (22), and wherein the base side wall (22) extends in a height direction (h) of the base (2) and circumferentially encloses a storing compartment (3) for snuff. The base side wall (22) comprises at least one first section (23) extending at least partially in the circumference of the base side wall (22), and the base side wall (22) further comprises at least one second section (24) extending at least partially in the circumference of the base side wall (22) between a first (241) and a second (242) circumferential end portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SWEDISH MATCH NORTH EUROPE AB
    Inventor: Philip Beardsall
  • Patent number: 10431070
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring drug-regimen compliance is disclosed. Systems in accordance with the present invention enable automatic monitoring of the state of medicine content of a blister card. Each tablet location on the blister card is operatively coupled with a different sensor that detects whether the tablet location is occupied and/or a dispensing event at a tablet location. In some embodiments, capacitive sensing is employed, where the capacitance of each sensor is based on the physical state of a dispensing region of the lidding film of the blister pack, which is located at the tablet location being monitored. Alternative sensing approaches are based on optical, acoustic, and tactile sensors that interrogate either the dispensing region at each tablet location or the tablets themselves to determine whether tablets have been dispensed. The sensors interface with a mobile app that provides the user instructions to help improve drug-regimen compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: QuantaEd, LLC
    Inventor: Mehran Mehregany
  • Patent number: 10314766
    Abstract: A medicament dispensing container includes a first wall connected with a second wall and defines a cavity therebetween. The walls are movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration. At least one member is disposable in the cavity and defines at least one dose receptacle configured for disposal of at least one dose of at least one medication. At least one fixation member connects the at least one member to at least one of the walls such that the at least one member is movable relative to the wall. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Mylan, Inc.
    Inventors: JoAnna Terhune, Jeffrey Warden, Chad Holland, Eric Richardson
  • Patent number: 10292906
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing pills comprising a pill storage section, a dispensing section located at a lower end of the storage section, an optical sensor, a memory, controller and wireless communication module and a supporting tray for one ring-shaped blister pack. A spring loaded lever is provided as push-out means in line with the respective pills of the blister pack and with the passage opening and can be operated for pushing out the pills to be dispensed through the passage opening. A motorized mechanism is provided as means for rotatable positioning of the blister pack stepwise relative to the part of the apparatus including the push-out means. Optical sensor detects presence of an object such as a person's hand at the passage opening and allows the pills to be dispensed automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Gershoni, Farhad David Nosrati
  • Patent number: 10273069
    Abstract: A blister package including an outer sleeve and a blister receptacle has a supporting mechanism proximate an end of the blister receptacle to support the blister package in the outer sleeve when the blister package is almost completely withdrawn from the outer sleeve and may include one or more locking mechanisms to prevent unwanted opening of the blister package or disengagement of the blister package from the outer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SILGAN DISPENSING SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryan A. Bailey
  • Patent number: 10252843
    Abstract: An indexable dispenser extracts single-serving doses from a multi-serving supplements cartridge for delivery as a drinkable solution. The indexable dispenser includes a lance that punctures one serving chamber at a time so that its granulated contents can be drained into a mixing cup. The lance is attached to a rotatable flap, along with a spur. The spur punctures a membrane covering a marker zone when the flap is closed to enable machine readability. The granulated supplements are mixed with water before consumption. The indexable dispenser is configured with a dispensing window to reveal only one serving chamber at a time. The supplements cartridge is manually positioned so that an unopened serving chamber is presented in the dispensing window each time for extracting its supplements. The mixing cup may be collapsible, and together with a cap, stored in a cavity of the supplements cartridge for travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Life Boost Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Thomas Linton, Chase Ryan Linton, Ted Matthew Mills
  • Patent number: 10220996
    Abstract: The package supports a plurality of consumable products. The package is a blister package having a plurality of consumable products housed in a blister tray and covered with a rupturable sheet. The sheet overlies the open surfaces of the blister tray and includes rupturable locations formed thereon for permitting passage of the product therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Paul K. Bowers, Alejandra Buitrago
  • Patent number: 10197403
    Abstract: A display panel can transition between an inclined state and a fixed state, via an upper end contact state, in accordance with linear reciprocal movement relative to a base chassis of a main slider. In the upper end contact state, the upper end of the display panel is in contact with the front surface of the base chassis and the lower end of the display panel is separated from the front surface of the base chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsuo Sano, Takahiro Jo
  • Patent number: 10189620
    Abstract: A combination locking puzzle gift box consisting of a drawer, a cover, and a plurality of dials. When an unlocking code word is positioned beneath a marker on the cover, the drawer maybe be freely inserted or withdrawn from the cover assembly. In a locked state, the unlocking code is rotated away from beneath the marker and the drawer is locked in place and may not be withdrawn from the cover, thereby securing an item held within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Douglas Small
  • Patent number: 10115051
    Abstract: A tag or smart label including a humidity sensor, and methods of manufacturing and using the same, are disclosed. The tag or smart label includes a substrate or backplane with a battery or antenna, a humidity sensor, and an integrated circuit thereon. The integrated circuit is in electrical communication with the humidity sensor and the antenna or battery, and is configured to process a signal from the humidity sensor corresponding to the humidity level or value in the environment to be monitored, and provide or generate a signal that represents the humidity level/value. The humidity sensor includes first and second electrodes that are a predetermined distance apart, a humidity-sensitive material having one or more electrical, mechanical or chemical properties that vary as a function of the humidity level/value, and a water- and/or humidity-permeable membrane covering the humidity-sensitive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Thin Film Electronics ASA
    Inventors: Mao Takashima, Aditi Chandra
  • Patent number: 10108893
    Abstract: A sensor array, method of making same, and related medication compliance monitoring techniques are disclosed. In some embodiments, the array may include a plurality of electrically conductive traces including first and second electrically conductive traces that are electrically isolated from one another. The array also may include an electrically resistive element coupled with the first and second electrically conductive traces. The array may be configured to interface with a medication dispenser such that: the electrically resistive element is disposed over at least one medication compartment of the medication dispenser; and in expelling contents of the at least one medication compartment of the medication dispenser, the electrically resistive element is broken. In some embodiments, the array may be configured for use, for example, in monitoring medication compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: VYPIN, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Sengstaken, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10058479
    Abstract: A package includes a blank having a face panel and a back panel. The face panel includes apertures and face tabs. The back panel includes gates that correspond with apertures, and tab strips that overlap the gates and are adjoined to back tabs. A blister pack is sealed between the face panel and the back panel whereby blisters align over gates and protrude through apertures. To remove an item from a blister, a tab is pressed out of the panels, a pull tab is pulled to move a slidable tab clear from the gate, and pressure is applied to force the item through the backing sheet of the blister pack and the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: WestRock MWV, LLC
    Inventors: Gerry O'Dwyer, Steven P. Jones
  • Patent number: 10059500
    Abstract: Improved packages and methods for constructing packages are provided that are designed such that the user can peel back a lidding member of the package to reveal an independently peelable portion covering one of the compartments. The independently peelable portion is a layer of the lidding member that maintains the respective compartment in an unopened (sealed) condition until the user independently peels that layer off to access the items in that compartment. The lidding member can be used to re-seal all of the compartments before and/or after the independently peelable portion is removed. The independently peelable portion may include a visual indication of a sealed condition of the compartment that serves as a tamper evidence feature. In multiple-compartment packages, peeling back the lidding member allows the user to access some of the compartments of the package, while at least one of the compartments remains sealed via the independently peelable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 10017303
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical package for enclosing pharmaceutical composition or medical devices, with at least three degrees of child protection means. The package cannot be crushed or perforated by a child, and is provided with opening means which physically hinder children from opening the package. The opening means are counter-intuitive, so that reading instructions is necessary in order to open the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MEDCOMB HOLDING APS
    Inventors: John Wagner, Flemming Wagner
  • Patent number: 9938042
    Abstract: The invention involves a childproof box that suitable for medicinal items such as tablets, medication or other consumables that may be desirably restricted from children. The childproof mechanism that restricts access to the contents of the box may employ a base shell that slides in and out of a cover shell, which respectively conceals and exposes a storage cavity. Both shells have corresponding tracks and corresponding protrusions configured to engage with each other in a manner so that the base shell may only be accessed (or slid open) when a user presses and pushes on a top surface of the cover shell. The structural elements of each of the shells are such that a user may operate the childproof box with a single hand. In exemplary embodiments, the childproof box comprises of flat surfaces that form a generally rectangular box, which is easy to carry, manipulate and store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: David Aryanpanah, Brian Anav
  • Patent number: 9931278
    Abstract: A device detects the removal of drugs from a drug blister pack. The device contains a base for receiving the drug blister pack which has a base surface which is configured for contact with the electrically conducting, metal foil that closes the pockets. In the region of the pockets, the base has holes that are configured for the passage of the drugs present in the pocket. In the region of the holes one transmitting coil and at least two receiving coils are each arranged and extend around the respective hole. The receiving coils are associated with each other with respect to the transmitting coil and are arranged such that when the foil resting against the base in the region of the respective hole is undamaged the difference of the voltages induced in the receiving coils by an electric current in the transmitting coil lies below a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignees: Seibersdorf Labor GmbH, Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Gernot Schmid, Manfred Bammer
  • Patent number: 9904831
    Abstract: The method of detecting and referencing two-dimensional position of a cassette in a drawer of compartments distributed according to columns and rows includes positioning at least one inserted cassette with the upper face turned towards the top within a compartment. Systematic detection of all compartments is performed automatically by verifying the presence of a cassette and by verifying the presence of a cassette within each compartment. The detection can be optical and include displacing an optical sight relatively with respect to the top of the drawer according to at least one trajectory passing through all compartments. When detecting a cassette within a compartment, the two-dimensional position is identified by coordinates, according to column and row. If an error occurs during a first pass, the detection and reading are displaced directly to the position where the error occurrence was noted and previously recorded, without undertaking a new detection of all compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dreampath Diagnostics
    Inventor: Valerie Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 9873558
    Abstract: A web of multi-dose cleaning products and method of manufacturing the same is disclosed. The web includes a carrier sheet including first and second pluralities of depressions, a first plurality of pouches, and a second plurality of pouches. Each of the pouches is positioned in a respective depression in the carrier sheet. The first plurality of pouches contain a first cleaning composition, and the second plurality of pouches contain a second cleaning composition. A first end of the carrier sheet is folded over a second end of the carrier sheet so that each multi-dose cleaning product is defined by at least an overlapping pair of the first and second pouches and an overlapping pair of the first and second depressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: MONOSOL, LLC
    Inventor: David Brian Edwards
  • Patent number: 9850052
    Abstract: The press-through pack package of the invention has a covering material composed of a stretched film with at least one layer comprising a thermoplastic resin and an inorganic filler at 5 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by weight of the thermoplastic resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI CHEMICALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Yagi, Hiroaki Kimura, Yutaka Matsuki, Hideki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9834356
    Abstract: A cover foil as a push-through foil for a blister pack for packaging moisture-sensitive products has an aluminum foil as the barrier layer against the penetration of water vapor and gases and a sealing layer for sealing against a blister base part. A plastics material layer containing moisture-adsorbing drying agent is arranged on the side of the aluminum foil provided with the sealing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AMCOR FLEXIBLES KREUZLINGEN LTD.
    Inventors: Oliver Brandl, Karl-Heinz Senger, Erwin Pasbrig
  • Patent number: 9833385
    Abstract: A device detects the removal of drugs from a drug blister pack. The device has a base for receiving the drug blister pack and a base surface which is configured for contact with the electrically conducting foil that doses the pockets of the blister pack. In the region of the pockets, the base has holes that are configured for the passage of the drugs present in the pockets, every hole being arranged in the region of one of the pockets. A coil is arranged in the region of each of the holes and extends around the respective hole, in particular exclusively the respective hole. A detector unit is provided which produces an electrical field and/or magnetic field in the region of one or more holes by one of the coils and analyzes the voltage or the current on at least one of the coils extending around the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: Seibersdorf Labor GmbH, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Gernot Schmid, Manfred Bammer
  • Patent number: 9802744
    Abstract: Improved packages and methods for constructing packages are provided that are designed such that the user can peel back a lidding member of the package to reveal an independently peelable portion covering one of the compartments. The independently peelable portion is a layer of the lidding member that maintains the respective compartment in an unopened (sealed) condition until the user independently peels that layer off to access the items in that compartment. The lidding member can be used to re-seal all of the compartments before and/or after the independently peelable portion is removed. The independently peelable portion may include a visual indication of a sealed condition of the compartment that serves as a tamper evidence feature. In multiple-compartment packages, peeling back the lidding member allows the user to access some of the compartments of the package, while at least one of the compartments remains sealed via the independently peelable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 9717650
    Abstract: A child resistant blister pack includes a blister layer which includes one or more blister cavities for receiving a product. A frangible retaining layer is attached to the blister layer over the blister cavities to retain the product within the blister cavities. A first backing layer is attached to the retaining layer on a side opposite the blister layer. The first backing layer has one or more lines of weakness aligned with the blister cavities. A second backing layer is attached to the first backing layer on a side opposite the retaining layer. The second backing layer has a plurality of removable sections. At least two removable sections are arranged over each line of weakness in the underlying first backing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Multi Packaging Solutions UK Limited
    Inventors: Spencer Johnston, David Bills
  • Patent number: 9658141
    Abstract: The invention relates to a station for uncovering a receptacle comprising a body in which a plurality of adjacent holes, initially sealed by a cover, are formed. The station comprises at least one cutting member for making at least one cut in the cover between two adjacent holes, so as to form at least one cover portion closing off at least one of the holes of the receptacle, i.e., the selected hole; and at least one heating gripping device which is arranged so as to heat and remove said cover portion, thereby opening the selected hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: Bio-Rad Innovations, DiaMed GmbH
    Inventors: Sébastien Bernay, Jean-Michel Brisebrat, Frédéric Buffiere
  • Patent number: 9610218
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel device for accommodating and storing blister packs, particularly pharmaceutical blisters, and for releasing a tablet or capsule from the blister pack using a means for punching the cover film of the blister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Hogh Jensen
  • Patent number: 9504628
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to a pill box adapted for dispensing medication. In one embodiment, the pill box includes a base member, a carousel coupled to the base member and configured to rotate about the base member, one or more compartments, each compartment formed within the carousel and configured to store a single dose of medication with a lid configured to enclose the base and the carousel. The pill box ratchet advancement mechanism includes a resilient member and a stop member configured to facilitate motion of the carousel in a first direction and to restrict motion in a second direction, and a locking component configured to permit a pre-determined displacement of the carousel in the first direction and to limit further displacement in the first direction by locking the carousel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Abiogenix Inc.
    Inventors: Goutam Reddy, Sara Cinnamon
  • Patent number: 9445970
    Abstract: A daily blister card housing a unit dose includes a back side and a front side opposite the back side. The front side includes a manufacturer indicator visible on the front side. A face has an outer periphery and a total planar area bounded by the outer periphery. One or more blisters extend outwardly at the face that contains at least three unit doses that are visible from outside the one or more blisters. Each of the one or more blisters includes a shoulder contacting a cavity backing surface and a projected cavity area bounded by the shoulder that is projected onto the cavity backing surface. A total projected cavity area of the one or more blisters is no more than about 45 percent of the total planar area bounded by the outer periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Rosa Manuela Leon Alonso, Kelly Lee Schmeichel, Isabella La Fosse-Marin, Angela Jane Deutsch, Thomas Alfred Inglin, Kurt Franklin Trombley, Diane Danheiser Powers, Eduardo De Abreu Mangione, Craig Andrew Hawkins, Jay Robert Morosey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9439832
    Abstract: A child-resistant blister package. The package has a top face, a bottom face, and a periphery. The package also has a protection layer with a top face, a bottom face and a periphery; a blister layer with one or more cavities; and an access layer with a top face, a bottom face, and a periphery. The bottom face of the access layer has a line of weakness that allows the unit dose to be removed from the cavity in one-step by applying a force to the top of the cavity and pressing the unit dose through the line of weakness. The bottom face of the protection layer and the top face of the access layer are permanently joined along substantially the entire periphery of the package. The blister package can also contain a tear resistant layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kurt Franklin Trombley, Karen Lai-Ting Chan, Isabelle Lafosse-Marin, Jay Robert Morosey, Jr., Karla Mishell Sanchez, Kelly Lee Schmeichel
  • Patent number: 9393763
    Abstract: A sealed container containing a foodstuff or beverage has a lid that includes a heat-sealable, composite film that includes a polymeric substrate layer having a first and second surface, a primer layer that includes PVdC disposed on the first surface, and a heat-sealable polymeric layer extrusion coated on the primer layer. The heat-sealable polymeric layer is 12 ?m thick or less and includes a copolymer having repeating monomeric units of ethylene and at least a second type of repeating monomeric unit having the formula [—CH2C(R1)(X)—] wherein: X is selected from —COOR2 and —OC(O)CH3; R1 =H or methyl; and R2 is H, C1-10 alkyl or a counterion M.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: DUPONT TEIJIN FILMS U.S. LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: David Voisin, Fenghua Deng
  • Patent number: 9387149
    Abstract: An outer sleeve includes first and second opposed side panels edges, hinge panels interconnecting the first and second side panels such that at least one chamber is defined between the first and second side panels, at least one of the hinge panels being hingedly connected to at least one of the first and second side panels along one of the opposed side edges of the at least one side panel, and at least one inner panel positioned at least in part inside the at least one chamber. The at least one inner panel includes a slide card locking mechanism for releasably locking at least one slide card in a locked position within the at least one chamber. The at least one side panel includes a release button positioned proximate the slide card locking mechanism of the at least one inner panel. The at least one inner panel is hingedly connected to one of the end edges of the at least one panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: WestRock MWV, LLC
    Inventors: Steven P. Jones, Marty Jones, Robert Workman
  • Patent number: 9346594
    Abstract: A packaged product assembly is provided. The packaged product assembly may include a tray slidably received in a dispensing container. The tray may be a blister pack including units of a product received in sealed cavities. A locking apparatus may be configured to releasably retain the tray in a locked configuration. The locking apparatus may include one or more locking protrusions that engage corresponding locking apertures in the tray. The locking apparatus may also include buttons positioned on opposing sides of the tray. When the buttons are depressed toward one another, the locking protrusions may move relative to the locking apertures such that the tray is unlocked and may be withdrawn from the dispensing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Jerry W. Pipes, Wesley S. Jones
  • Patent number: 9326913
    Abstract: A blister and package system made of a blister card and an outer package with unique interacting locking mechanisms. The blister card or strip is inserted into the outer package or sleeve and locks immediately without having to further process the outer package or the blister card or strip. The user is able to expose the blisters from the outer package by disengaging the lock. The blister card or strip includes a formable, pliable sheet material, into which one or more individual cavities or blisters are formed. The separated cavities are loaded with product and sealed with one or more layers of puncturable or tearable sheet material, such as aluminum foil. The blister card or strip contains a plastic rivet assembly that forms an interference mechanism. The rivet is trapped by an internally formed panel and stopped by a catch flap included in the outer package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Key-Pak Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Weston, Frank Edward Smith