Having Means Uniting Pull Tab To Closure Patents (Class 413/66)
  • Patent number: 9259913
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of orienting and decorating container end closures is provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to apparatus and methods used to position container end closures in a predetermined orientation and then decorate a predetermined portion of the end closures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: Dean C. Ellefson
  • Publication number: 20140271044
    Abstract: A conversion press wherein a crankshaft drives the motion of the tooling assemblies within a number of lanes is provided. The crankshaft is structured to move the tooling assemblies associated with less than the total number of lanes. That is, for example, a four lane conversion press could include two crankshafts each actuating the tooling assemblies of two lanes. In an exemplary embodiment, each lane has a single associated crankshaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC, STOLLE MACHINERY COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory H. Butcher, Aaron E. Carstens, Patrick K. McCarty, Jason A. Davidson, Neil A. Zumberger
  • Publication number: 20140271043
    Abstract: A conversion press wherein a crankshaft drives the motion of the tooling assemblies within a number of lanes is provided. The crankshaft is structured to move the tooling assemblies associated with less than the total number of lanes. That is, for example, a four lane conversion press could include two crankshafts each actuating the tooling assemblies of two lanes. In an exemplary embodiment, each lane has a single associated crankshaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: STOLLE MACHINERY COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory H. Butcher, Aaron E. Carstens, Patrick K. McCarty, Jason A. Davidson, Neil A. Zumberger, Kenneth E. Carper, Russell Bauer
  • Publication number: 20130112690
    Abstract: The invention relates to a foil for closing an opening in a container, such as an easy opening container, comprising foil to be adhered to the container, which foil comprises a tab for releasing the foil from the container, wherein the tab is folded on the foil and connected thereto via a connector and wherein the tab is provided with breakout means such that upon actuating the tab a visible and irreparable broken out part is formed and adhered to the foil, to a method and apparatus for making the foil and to a container part and container provided with the foil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: IMPRESS GROUP B.V.
    Inventors: Jelmer Jongsma, Johan Willem Roeterdink
  • Publication number: 20120308337
    Abstract: In the area of manufacturing covers with tear-open foils, the cover blanks, or covers are always secured against an undesired take-off from the transport means during the transport and the processing. This allows a very high manufacturing cadence equally for light covers and particularly for aluminium covers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: SOUDRONIC AG
    Inventors: Peter Gysi, Peter Taiana, Rene Raas
  • Patent number: 8186532
    Abstract: In this can lid, a rivet-slanting inhibitor which flows a metal of the can lid main body located between the rivet to the rivet side thereby correcting or preventing the slanting of the rivet is formed on a location in an opposite area which is opposed to an opening part across the rivet except for the coining part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Can Corporation
    Inventors: Takuro Shinguryo, Kazuhiro Taguchi, Kenichi Shibata, Hideki Ito
  • Publication number: 20100183406
    Abstract: During the manufacturing of tear-open lids out of lid rings with a tear-open foil sealed on it, the tear-open foil having a tear-open tab, the tear-open tab is fixed by means of an adhesive surface which is applied onto the tape before stamping out the tear-open foil out of a band of this material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: Soudronic AG
    Inventors: Peter Gysi, Marcel Oberholzer
  • Publication number: 20100166528
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a flexible tab used to open beer/beverage can ends and food can ends. The tab has a plurality of slots provided in about a middle part of the tab between a nose portion and a lift portion on opposing sides of the tab. The slots combine to form a fulcrum that extends generally transverse to an axis that passes along a length of the tab. The fulcrum allows the lift portion to pivot upwards and downwards in relation to the nose portion. The tab also has a paneled or beaded area adjacent to the slots at about the middle part of the tab. Tooling for the manufacture of the flexible tab is also provided. A method for manufacturing the flexible tab is additionally provided as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Carl McEldowney, Craig McEldowney
  • Publication number: 20100124475
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a tab used to open food can ends and beer/beverage can ends. The tab has a nose portion located at a front end of the tab and a lift portion located at a back end of the tab. The tab also has a rivet receiving portion located proximate to the nose portion with a rivet hole. The rivet receiving portion is coupled to the nose portion. The rivet hole has a non-round perimeter with a first diameter portion and a second diameter portion. The first diameter portion has a plurality of first arcuate segments and the second diameter portion has a plurality of notches. The second diameter portion is greater in length than the first diameter portion. Tooling for the manufacture of the tab is also provided. A method for manufacturing the tab is additionally provided as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: Craig Allen McEldowney, Mark Richard Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20080267736
    Abstract: A system for forming and attaching lift-tabs to can ends to form easy opening lift-tab can ends comprises a first frame, a second frame and a tab press for forming a lift-tab. The system also includes a drive roller adapted to move the strip of metal stock material through the tab press. The system further includes a conversion press for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end, a conveyor, a power source, and an elongated crank shaft operatively connected to the power source. The elongated crank shaft is adapted to transmit power for operating either or both of the tab press and the conversion press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: Donald Jason Artrip
  • Patent number: 7344347
    Abstract: A system for forming and attaching lift-tabs to can ends to form easy opening lift-tab can ends comprises a first frame, a second frame and a tab press for forming a lift-tab. The system also includes a drive roller adapted to move the strip of metal stock material through the tab press. The system further includes a conversion press for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end, a conveyor, a power source, and a crank shaft operatively connected to the power source. The crank shaft is adapted to transmit power for operating either or both of the tab press and the conversion press. The first frame and the second frame are connected by a bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Inventor: Donald Artrip
  • Patent number: 7237999
    Abstract: A system for forming and attaching lift-tabs to can ends to form easy opening lift-tab can ends comprises a first frame, a second frame and a tab press for forming a lift-tab. The system also includes a drive roller adapted to move the strip of metal stock material through the tab press. The system further includes a conversion press for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end, a conveyor, a power source, and a crank shaft operatively connected to the power source. The crank shaft is adapted to transmit power for operating either or both of the tab press and the conversion press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventor: Donald Artrip
  • Patent number: 7237998
    Abstract: A system for forming and attaching lift-tabs to can ends to form easy opening lift-tab can ends comprises a frame and a tab press for forming a lift-tab. The system also includes a drive roller adapted to move the strip of metal stock material through the tab press. The system further includes a conversion press for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end. The system also includes a conveyor, a power source, and a crank shaft operatively connected to the power source. The crank shaft is adapted to transmit power for operating either or both of the tab press and the conversion press. The tab press is adapted to operate independent of the conversion press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventor: Donald Artrip
  • Patent number: 7234907
    Abstract: A system for forming and attaching lift-tabs to can ends to form easy opening lift-tab can ends comprises a frame and a tab press for forming a lift-tab. The system also includes a drive roller adapted to move the strip of metal stock material through the tab press. The system further includes a conversion press for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end, a conveyor, a power source including a tab press power source, and a crank shaft operatively connected to the tab press power source. The crank shaft is adapted to transmit power for operating either or both of the tab press and the conversion press. The tab press crank shaft and the conversion press crank shaft are connected to each other by a drive belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Donald Artrip
  • Patent number: 7063492
    Abstract: A system for forming and attaching lift-tabs to can ends to form easy opening lift-tab can ends comprises a frame and a means for forming a lift-tab. The means for forming a lift-tab is mounted on the frame and adapted to form at least one lane of lift-tabs in a strip of metal stock material. The system also includes a drive roller supported on the frame and adapted to move the strip of metal stock material through the means for forming a lift-tab. The system further includes a means for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end. The means for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end is mounted on the frame and adapted to attach a lift-tab onto a can end to form an easy opening lift-tab can end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventor: Donald Jason Artrip
  • Patent number: 6802683
    Abstract: Ends for cans are made in a single press, eliminating the need for separate shell and conversion presses, balancers, track work, and other equipment, as compared to existing can end manufacturing systems, while reducing floor space and capital investment requirements for installation of a new can end line. A sheet of end material or stock is introduced into the press and fed to a series of work stations. The sheet is maintained in a substantially continuous and void free state as the work stations perform forming operations on the sheet of material to form one or more ends therein. After the forming operation is complete, the end is ejected from the press. The maintenance of the sheet of material in a substantially continuous and void free state permits precise movement of the sheet through the press, and registration of the sheet relative to the tooling in the press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Rexam Beverage Can Co.
    Inventors: Timothy L. Turner, Randall G. Forrest, Carlton Young
  • Publication number: 20040099665
    Abstract: An easy-opening can end and tools for making the same in which the can end is intended for cans of food products or other non-pourable products in which the can end has an improved pull tab attached to a relatively large removable panel portion and in which the tab has a bending fulcrum behind the rivet to facilitate severance of the score around the removable panel. The tab has a C-shaped slot in it around the side of the rivet toward the center of the can end to permit limited bending of the tab along the fulcrum line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventors: Carl F. McEldowney, Mark R. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6685417
    Abstract: An easy open safety end having a central portion and a rim portion separated by a score line. A tab applies a force to the end adjacent the score line so as to shear the score line at opening. A circumferentially extending fold is formed in either the central portion or the rim portion, or both, to protect the user from being cut by the sharp edge the results upon shearing the score line. A first circumferential portion of the fold is tight, whereas a second portion, which is preferably proximate the tab is loose. The fold is displaced below a portion of the end adjacent the score line by a circumferentially extending gap. In the tight portion of the fold, the width of the gap is less than the thickness of the end, and preferably less than one half the thickness, whereas in the loose portion of the fold, the width of the gap is greater than the thickness of the end, and is preferably at least twice the thickness of the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Heinicke, William A. Kirk
  • Patent number: 6682286
    Abstract: A system and process is disclosed for use in forming lift-tab can ends. A press is employed to form lift tabs in a strip of stock material. The strip of material with the lift tabs formed therein is passed through a conversion press where the tabs are removed from the strip and attached to a can end. The tab press which forms the lift tabs in the stock material is capable of receiving strips of stock material having varying widths. If the strip of the stock material is of such width that more than one lane of tabs is formed in the material, then tooling may be provided, either in the press or as a separate device, such that the strip of stock material having tabs formed therein may be separated in such a manner that a plurality of strips may be formed, each having a lane of lift tabs therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Donald Jason Artrip
  • Patent number: 6524048
    Abstract: A can lid of the fully-open type has a disk-shaped panel, a score notched endlessly in a surface of the panel along an outer circumferential edge of the panel, for forming an opening in the panel, and a tab fixed to the panel by a rivet. The tab is attached in a direction substantially perpendicular to an initial tear-off line of the score. The surface of the panel which is concealed from view by the tab is printed with a circular mark representing a rolling direction in which the material of the panel has been rolled. The score is defined such that the rolling direction extends substantially at a right angle to the initial tear-off line of the score. The panel has an auxiliary score defined in the surface thereof near the rivet and positioned across the rivet from the initial tear-off line substantially parallel to the initial tear-off line and separate therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Showa Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Tsukada, Masashi Takamatsu, Takeshi Sugimura, Akihiro Hamada
  • Patent number: 6390749
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cover mountable to a beverage container and mounting method and apparatus thereof. The container cover detachably mountable to an upper surface of a beverage container comprises a body which is formed to have substantially a disc-shaped configuration. The body is partly cut away from an edge toward a center thereof thereby to define a beverage discharging opening which has a predetermined width and a predetermined contour. The beverage discharging opening is capable of being selectively communicated with a discharging hole of the beverage container as the body is rotated. An inner end of the beverage discharging opening is delimited by a rotation guiding part which has a predetermined curvature to guide rotation of the body. The body has a straw insertion hole which is defined therein at a predetermined location to have a predetermined diameter in a manner such that a straw can be inserted therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Kangsan Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Hoon Song
  • Publication number: 20010002671
    Abstract: A can lid having a top plate, a tab, a rivet, a score, a tongue, a first deboss, an emboss, a second deboss, and an embossed ridge. The first deboss is formed entirely within the score. The second deboss and emboss are formed entirely within the first deboss. The second deboss is formed by matching arcuate sidewalls, and has a sloped bottom surface. The rivet is offset from a center of the lid. The tongue is disposed between the rivet and top plate perimeter where the rivet is closest to the perimeter. The emboss is uniformly spaced from the score. An embossed ridge is uniformly spaced from the score outside of the score. In another embodiment, the second deboss is replaced with a contact emboss. A die insert for forming the first deboss, emboss, and second deboss (and, alternatively, contact emboss) is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Publication date: June 7, 2001
    Applicant: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Heinicke, Trevor Price
  • Patent number: 6022179
    Abstract: A press assembly for forming and attaching lift-tabs to can ends to form lift-tab can ends. A tab press is mounted on a frame for forming at least one lane of lift-tabs in a strip of metal stock material wherein the strip of metal stock material with the formed lift-tabs loosely attached thereto exits the tab press and is passed through either a half-twist or a half-loop to an inverted condition thereby inverting the tabs within the strip. The strip of metal stock material is further conveyed into a conversion press wherein the lift-tabs are detached from the strip and attached to the can ends. Another method of inverting and thereafter transporting the lift-tabs into the conversion press is to pass a non-inverted strip of metal stock material containing the lift-tabs into a tab punching station where the lane of lift-tabs is punched from the strip of metal stock material into a stacked lane of formed lift-tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Donald Artrip
  • Patent number: 5876171
    Abstract: A conversion press (20) which is readily reconfigurable to process shells of different sizes includes an endless belt (68) having a single lane of apertures (86) formed therein for transporting shells (S) along a progression of end-forming tooling (60, 62) comprising seven stations (58a-g) along an end path (59) through the press. A tab-forming tooling path (100) extends from a tab stock feeder (104) to a tab-staking station (58f) adjacent the discharge end of the press, the tab-forming path oriented at an oblique angle to the end path. The tab-forming tools (94, 96) are mounted on tab bases (112, 110) which are slidably adjustable on stationary and reciprocating press members (34, 44) along the tab path toward and away from the tab-staking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Dayton Reliable Tool & Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Martin, Kurt D. Dietrich, Stephen G. Short
  • Patent number: 5813811
    Abstract: Scoreline, profiling and reinforcing features are provided for an easy-access sheet metal end closure (20) and an integral opener (44). An endwall panel (28) is formed so as to substantially eliminate flexing of the sheet metal during rupture of residual metal of scoreline means defining a U-shaped tear strip (30). Such tear strip is oriented with its arcuately-shaped closed end (32) contiguous to the periphery of such endwall panel -with scoreline legs (34, 35) directed toward a portion at its geometric center (26). The opener is fabricated with a chisel-point (92) at its working end (66) to initiate puncture of such arcuate-shaped scoreline by Class I lever action. Rupturing of the scoreline is followed by pivoting of the opener about a pair of fulcrum points, (82, 83) which contact the panel one each external to a, side of opening 62, with movement of the opening about such fulcrum points rupturing the scoreline legs by Class; II lever action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Weirton Steel Corporation
    Inventor: William T. Saunders, deceased
  • Patent number: 5741105
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are provided for manufacturing a tab for use with an easy-open can end, which tab is free from any exposed protrusion or cut edge thereon that would otherwise contact a finger or a lip of the user, without an increase in the number of manufacturing steps. A tab, attached to a carrier strip by a joint, is formed in a tab forming process, and the tab is severed from the strip in a joint severing process wherein the joint is cut off close to the tab nose to separate the tab from the strip. The tab with a protrusion which has a cut edge, remaining on the tab nose, is lowered while being held against horizontal movement. The protrusion is brought into engagement with a curling surface of an arm which is supported to swing in a downward passage through which the tab descends. When the tab is lowered in the downward passage, the arm is swung to cause the curling surface to press against the tab and curl the protrusion onto the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Dayton Systems Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Schubert, John F. Schubert, Steven T. Cook
  • Patent number: 5704754
    Abstract: An improved can end transfer belt drive assembly includes a drum, drive teeth and belt support rings. The assembly also includes a support shaft rotatably supported by bearings within an associated can end press. The drum is fastened to the shaft and includes a cylindrical surface located at a first radius from the rotational axis of the shaft. The support rings are supported by the cylindrical surface in a side-by-side spaced relationship to rotate relative to the drum, and the teeth are fastened to the drum between the rings. This belt drive assembly supports a transfer belt including drive holes, and the assembly transfers the force to move the belt from the teeth to the drive holes without transferring substantial force as a result of friction between the drum and the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: Harry Eichmann
  • Patent number: 5660516
    Abstract: A press assembly for forming and attaching lift-tabs to can ends to form lift-tab can ends. A tab press is mounted on a frame for forming at least one lane of lift-tabs in a strip of metal stock material wherein the strip of metal stock material with the formed lift-tabs loosely attached thereto exits the tab press and is passed through a half twist to an inverted condition before entering a tab punching station. The tab punching station punches the formed tabs from the strip of metal stock material into a lane of formed tabs. A conveying moves the lane of formed tabs from the tab punching station to a conversion press wherein the conversion press attaches the lift-tabs to the can end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventors: Donald Jason Artrip, Jerry Artrip
  • Patent number: 5590993
    Abstract: Scoreline, profiling and reinforcing features are provided for an easy-access sheet metal end closure (20) and an integral opener (44). An endwall panel (28) is formed so as to substantially eliminate flexing of the sheet metal during rupture of residual metal of scoreline means defining a U-shaped tear strip (30). Such tear strip is oriented with its arcuately-shaped closed end (32) contiguous to the periphery of such endwall panel with scoreline legs (34,35) directed toward a portion at its geometric center (26). The opener is fabricated with a chisel-point (92) at its working end (66) to initiate puncture of such arcuate-shaped scoreline by Class I lever action. Rupturing of the scoreline is followed by pivoting of the opener about a pair of fulcrum points (82,83) which contact the panel one each external to a side of opening 62, with movement of the opening about such fulcrum points rupturing the scoreline legs by Class II lever action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Weirton Steel Corporation
    Inventor: William T. Saunders, deceased
  • Patent number: 5284045
    Abstract: End tooling for forming easy open can ends has cooperatively-engageable upper and lower tooling defining a plurality of stations. Each station has appropriate punches and dies for progressively converting shells indexed by conveyor into easy open can ends. The tooling is adapted to convert ends of multiple diameters. The punch caps and die caps at each station have cylindrical bodies sized to engage and align a turned edge of a shell. The caps also have one or more arcuate grooves in the end face thereof for receiving the turned edge of ends having a diameter smaller than that of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Assignee: Service Tool International, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Herdzina
  • Patent number: 5259496
    Abstract: A conveyor belt and drive structure are disclosed for use with a conversion press in which an upper level of an endless metallic conveyor belt, preferably of stainless steel, is positioned between upper and lower tooling in the press. The conveyor belt is formed by seam welding together the ends of a length of thin flexible metal, and includes a plurality of transversely and longitudinally spaced shell-receiving carrier apertures. The edges of the conveyor belt at the ends of the weld seam are relieved with an elongated notch shape having corners formed on a radius to eliminate from the belt stress concentrations which may occur during the welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Dayton Reliable Tool & Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Steven P. Common
  • Patent number: 5102278
    Abstract: A punch press has first and second sets of tooling mounted longitudinally of a press conveyor belt. The second set of tooling is located externally of the usual press columns. A second ram slidably mounted on the outside of the columns is driven by a connecting arm eccentrically mounted on a crankshaft extension. The second ram drives the upper tooling of the second tooling set in a reciprocating manner. The second ram can be operated out of phase with the main ram to reduce the total tonnage required of the press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Service Tool Die & Mfg. Company
    Inventor: Frank J. Herdzina, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5017072
    Abstract: A press for converting work pieces into finished parts has an elongated bolster mounted on a press bed. The bolster supports columns on which a ram is slidable. The bolster also supports the lower die show of the press tooling. A conveyor or transfer system mounted on the bolster carries work pieces into and out of the area of the tooling. The bolster is a unitary piece which integrates support of the die shoe, columns and conveyor to assure proper cooperation and alignment among them. A pivotable carrier mounts a feed mechanism for feeding a stock strip into the tooling. Power to the feed mechanism is supplied through a shaft which is coaxial with the hinge line of the carrier, so that the carrier can be swung away from the tooling for service access without requiring disconnection of the power supply. A traveling vacuum box on the lower die shoe supports the conveyor for vertical as well as longitudinal motion, and retains the work pieces on the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: Service Tool Die & Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Frank J. Herdzina, Rollie M. Goodrich
  • Patent number: 4936729
    Abstract: A punch press has first and second sets of tooling mounted longitudinally of a press conveyor belt. The second set of tooling is located externally of the usual press columns. A second ram slidably mounted on the outside of the columns is driven by a connecting arm eccentrically mounted on a crankshaft extension. The second ram drives the upper tooling of the second tooling set in a reciprocating manner. The second ram can be operated out of phase with the main ram to reduce the total tonnage required of the press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: Service Tool Die & Mfg. Company
    Inventor: Frank J. Herdzina, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4932822
    Abstract: A single action press having a bed 14, a ram 11 movable towards and away from the bed, a first progression of tool pairs 17a,17b arranged along the bed, a conveying mechanism 18 to transfer a component from each tool pair to the next, and a second progression of tool pairs arranged to extend from front to back of the press bed, is provided with a bridge 20 which supports the lower tools of the second progression at a level above the conveying mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: CMB Packaging (UK) Ltd.
    Inventors: Manikwadura G. De Silva, Robert A. Owen
  • Patent number: 4932823
    Abstract: A press regulating device for detecting can end tab related defects including a plunger assembly for engaging a can end to be tested; a plunger deflection monitoring device; and a data processing device which receives a signal from the plunger deflection monitoring device and a press timing device and which processes these signals to determine whether or not the tested can end is defective and which sends a control signal to the press to terminate press operation upon detection of a defective can end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: Adolph Coors Company
    Inventors: Marvin L. Castor, Craig L. Bartels, David R. Miller
  • Patent number: 4891529
    Abstract: A can top measuring system is disclosed, including a rotatable turntable (40) containing can top receiving apertures (44). The turntable (40) may also be translated in either the X or Y direction. A differential height sensor (50) surrounds the can top (70) in order that two laser ranger finders (51,52) may emit beams toward opposite sides of the can top (70), the reflected beams being sensed by two dimensional detector arrays (58, 60). Height measurements can also be accomplished by an autofocusing optical system (28) movable along the Z axis. A score line (76) depth in the can top (70) may be measured by observing the characteristic sinusoidal variation (94) of a beam (93) scanned transversely across the score line (76). A node (96) resides on the score line (76) centerline (95), which can thus be scanned as reprsentative of the deepest portion (91) of the score line (76).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Assignee: View Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Braun, Michael W. Ormsby, Gary L. De Zotell
  • Patent number: 4854799
    Abstract: A press for converting work pieces into finished parts has an elongated bolster mounted on a press bed. The bolster supports columns on which a ram is slidable. The bolster also supports the lower die shoe of the press tooling. A conveyor or transfer system mounted on the bolster carries work pieces into and out of the area of the tooling. The bolster is a unitary piece which integrates support of the die shoe, columns and conveyor to assure proper cooperation and alignment among them. A pivotable carrier mounts a feed mechanism for feeding a stock strip into the tooling. Power to the feed mechanism is supplied through a shaft which is coaxial with the hinge line of the carrier, so that the carrier can be swung away from the tooling for service access without requiring disconnection of the power supply. A traveling vacuum box on the lower die shoe supports the conveyor for vertical as well as longitudinal motion, and retains the work pieces on the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Service Tool Die & Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Frank J. Herdzina, Rollie M. Goodrich
  • Patent number: 4846774
    Abstract: A machine and process for making container lid assemblies with a flexible membrane with a pull tab adhesively secured to a rigid ring so that when desired the membrane can be peeled off and removed from the ring to provide access to the container. Individual membranes are cut and separated from a web by rotating dies and individually transferred, accelerated and applied by a rotating anvil cylinder and transfer roller to individual rings which have been preheated sufficiently to activate an adhesive to adhere the membrane about its periphery to the ring. The rings are heated by an induction coil and a downstacker deposits heated rings on a moving conveyor belt which conveys them under the transfer roller where they are urged into firm engagement with a membrane by a resilient applicator pad on the transfer roller and an underlying support roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Bernal Rotary Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry L. Bell
  • Patent number: 4799846
    Abstract: A conversion press assembly for forming easy open beverage cans and a transfer belt conveyor therefor. The press assembly comprises a main press having tooling therein for forming the can ends and a can end transfer belt extends therethrough to carry can end blanks from a downstacker or other supply apparatus. Attached to the main press frame is an auxiliary, tab press having its own crankshaft but being driven off the same drive assembly as the main press. Strip stock is fed into the tab press wherein the tabs are formed, and the tabs, still in strip form, are then fed transversely into the main press for attachment to the can ends at a stacking station. The transfer belt comprises a plurality of carriers mounted on a flexible belt wherein the carries include flexible fingers for resiliently gripping the can ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: The Minster Machine Co.
    Inventors: Terry L. Wissman, Robert L. Schockman
  • Patent number: 4775274
    Abstract: A ring-shaped member supplying apparatus including a storage section for storing a large number of flexible ring-shaped members stacked in layers and supporting the ring-shaped members so that the lowermost one of the stacked ring-shaped members is held by plural engaging members. A takeout device is provided for drawing out the lowermost one of the stacked ring-shaped members in the storage section, by suction, so as to separate the ring-shaped member from the remaining members and transferring the ring-shaped member to a conveying passage. A detecting device is provided for detecting an amount of the stacked ring-shaped members in the storage section. A supplementing supply is provided for replenishing an amount of the ring-shaped members in response to a decrease in an amount of the ring-shaped members in the storage section so that the amount of the ring-shaped members in the storage section is controlled to be in a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1988
    Assignee: Hokkai Can Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Ono, Koji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 4723882
    Abstract: A conversion press assembly for forming easy open beverage cans and a transfer belt conveyor therefor. The press assembly comprises a main press having tooling therein for forming the can ends and a can end transfer belt extends therethrough to carry can end blanks from a downstacker or other supply apparatus. Attached to the main press frame is an auxiliary, tab press having its own crankshaft but being driven off the same drive assembly as the main press. Strip stock is fed into the tab press wherein the tabs are formed, and the tabs, still in strip form, are then fed transversely into the main press for attachment to the can ends at a staking station. The transfer belt comprises a plurality of carriers mounted on a flexible belt wherein the carriers include flexible fingers for resiliently gripping the can ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: The Minster Machine Company
    Inventors: Terry L. Wissman, Robert L. Schockman
  • Patent number: 4714814
    Abstract: Sheet-metal members (10), particularly tear-open can members, can be moved rhythmically, one behind the other, through a welding station (19) by a sheet-metal conveyor (15) and located in a defined position (17) in the welding station (19) by a positioning device (17). A prestamped tongue (12) can be punched-off from a sheet-metal strip (58) each time by a punch (60) over one of a plurality of receivers (52) on a tongue conveyor (18). The receivers (52) can be moved in succession out of the range of action of the punch (60) into the welding station (19) as a result of which the tongues (12) can each be laid against a sheet-metal member (10) in the welding station (19) in time with the sheet-metal conveyor (15). The punch (60) for punching off the tongues (12) is preceded by a prestamping device (82) which impresses markings (84) in the sheet-metal strip (58) at fixed distances from the tongues (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Elpatronic AG
    Inventor: Felix Kramer
  • Patent number: 4586863
    Abstract: An apparatus for shaping a metallic pull ring and simultaneously connecting it to a container closure is disclosed. The apparatus includes a pre-shaped article former for shearing with a rotary shearing blade a rectangular metal blank from the end portion of a thin metal strip and simultaneously blending it to form an annular pre-shaped article having overlapped opposite ends, a closure feeder as well as a pre-shaped article feeder for continuously positioning a container closure and the pre-shaped article to a rotating support member in such a relation that the free end portion of a tear-off tab of the closure and a part of the pre-shaped article overlap each other and a pull ring shaper and connecter for curling the peripheral edge of the pre-shaped article in the radial direction to form it into a ring and simultaneously rolling the tear-off tab into said ring and connecting them to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1986
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Morimoto, Tamotsu Ikegami, Masao Naito, Tateo Kubo, Shinichi Kizawa
  • Patent number: 4569621
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a bottle cap provided with a ring-pull is disclosed, in which a band is cut from a metal strip by shears and is simultaneously curled up, by shear bow, to form a cylindrical band with overlapping ends, while a bottle cap portion with a tab is prepared separately from another metal sheet. Then, the cylindrical band is firmly connected to the tab of the cap by rolling the cylindrical band up from one edge, to form a toroid while rolling the tab up into the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Assignee: Wicanders AB
    Inventors: Borje Sjogren, Jan Berglund
  • Patent number: 4568230
    Abstract: A press for converting ends for cans and the like is provided with a conveyor extending sideways through the press to carry shells for processing into can ends along an end converting path. Upper and lower conversion tooling is located along the end converting path at the top and bottom of the conveyor, defining a plurality of stations on opposite sides of the center of the tooling for working progressively on shells moved by the conveyor along the end converting path. First and second tab tooling, auxiliary to the main tooling means, is located on opposite sides of the conveyor extending transversely thereof and defining a tab forming path which bridges the end converting path. Opening tabs are formed from a strip of metal stock fed through the tab tooling and the strip with completed tabs is guided in a loop from the tab tooling back to a staking and attachment station on the end converting path for removal from the strip and attachment to the shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: Dayton Reliable Tool & Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Omar L. Brown
  • Patent number: 4494898
    Abstract: A plastics member (16) is sealingly secured to a sheet metal member (10) by creating in the sheet metal member (10) an opening which is defined by a free edge (14) of the sheet metal, forming-up a marginal region (12) of the sheet metal member (10) around the location of the opening, receiving the plastics member (16) in the opening, and re-forming the marginal region (12) so as to close the opening onto the plastics member (16) and cause the free edge (14) to bite into and seal around the plastics member (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1985
    Assignee: Metal Box p.l.c.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Brownbill
  • Patent number: 4455114
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making metallic-convenience closure for a cylindrical container by forming a panel with an endless severing line formed in the panel and defining a central removable portion and a peripheral fixed portion adapted for attaching a closure to the end of a container to close the end and attaching manually graspable pull-tab is attached to the removable portion of the panel, the pull-tab having a nose portion movable upon lifting of the tab into position adjacent the score line for severing the score line. The tab includes a first portion which is attached by a rivet to the removable portion of the panel, a second portion extending radially outwardly toward the score line, and a manual graspable portion integral with the second portion and extending radially inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Assignee: General Can Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Edgar H. Zysset
  • Patent number: 4446710
    Abstract: A metal can top rests on a tool seat for the purpose of riveting a pull-up ring to the metal can top. Riveting takes place with the aid of a dolly which moves back and forth relative to the tool seat. Transmitters are arranged in the tool seat to check that no foreign objects are present in it. Transmitters sense the movement of the dolly past a reference level as it moves towards the tool seat. In the riveting position the dolly presses the metal can top and associated pull-up ring against the tool seat, whereby the pull-up ring actuates a sensing pin and moves it to an indicating position which is sensed by a transmitter. The signals from the respective transmitters are received by a delay and control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Assignee: Platmanufaktur AB
    Inventors: Kjell Sallnert, Carl-Erik Fridh, Manfred Hansson
  • Patent number: RE33061
    Abstract: A press for converting ends for cans and the like is provided with a conveyor extending sideways through the press to carry shells for processing into can ends along an end converting path. Upper and lower conversion tooling is located along the end converting path at the top and bottom of the conveyor, defining a plurality of stations on opposite sides of the center of the tooling for working progressively on shells moved by the conveyor along the end converting path. First and second tab tooling, auxiliary to the main tooling means, is located on opposite sides of the conveyor extending transversely thereof and defining a tab forming path which bridges the end converting path. Opening tabs are formed from a strip of metal stock fed through the tab tooling and the strip with completed tabs is guided in a loop from the tab tooling back to a staking and attachment station on the end converting path for removal from the strip and attachment to the shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: Dayton Reliable Tool & Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Omar L. Brown