By Applying Constricting Member Patents (Class 452/48)
  • Patent number: 9265264
    Abstract: A clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products (S), like sausages, by filing a flowable filling material into a tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing (M) and closing said packaging casing (M) by a closure means, like a closure clip (C). The clipping machine (1) comprises a feeding device (50) for suspension elements configured to feed suspension elements (E) attached to a carrier strip (B) to a delivery position and to place a first section of a suspension element (E) within the closure means (C) positioned on the die (25) of the second closing tool (24). The feeding device (50) further comprises a guiding device (51) configured to hold down the suspension element (E) close to the carrier strip (B) while the suspension element (E) is pulled off and detached from the carrier strip (B) by a relative movement between the second clipping tool (24) and the feeding device (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Detlef Ebert, Thorsten Würth
  • Patent number: 9044031
    Abstract: A method and a device for portioning a sausage string generated by a filling machine into individual sausage portions, having the following steps: transportation of the sausage string in the direction of transport, portioning the filled sausage string by means of opposing portioning elements, which engage in the sausage string, wherein the movement of the portioning elements is controlled, in each case, along a freely adjustable track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: ALBERT HANDTMANN MASCHINENFABRIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Manfred Baechtle
  • Publication number: 20150099441
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for producing portions from a strand (B), in particular for the production of sausages, comprising at least one pair of opposing clamps (1, 1?) that can be moved towards one another by actuating means, from an open position to a closed position in order to clamp the strand. Each clamp comprises clamping means (2, 2?, 3, 3?) that can be manoeuvred by the aforementioned actuating means (70, 9; 70?, 9?) in order to clamp the strand onto a central strand segment, and subsequently to clamp the strand onto side strand segments on each side of the central segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Jacques Le Paih, Adrianus Van Den Nieuwelaar, Sigebertus Meggelaars, Fabrice Le Pabic
  • Publication number: 20150093980
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clipping tool assembly for closing a closure clip in a clipping machine for forming sausages. The clipping tool assembly comprises a first and a second closing tool movable between a closed and an opened position; a drive means for moving the closing tools in a closing direction, the drive means including a crank shaft having a first and a second crank pin. The clipping tool assembly further comprises a first and a second tool arm having first and second ends, with the first and second closing tools being attached to the respective first end, the tool arms being coupled to the crank pins in the region of their second ends. A first and a second linear guide slot is provided in the region of the second end of the tool arms, in which the crank pins are slidable guided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Wiemer, Klaus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 8855807
    Abstract: Computer program products automatically package an object, such as, for example, whole muscle meat pieces, in a covering material, such as, for example, netting using actuators for operating barrier doors, pushers, and locks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Matthew Lowder, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8808066
    Abstract: A system for applying plastic clips to tubular products comprises a die comprising a peripheral face, an arcuate wall forming a half-cylindrical bore separating the die peripheral face into a first and a second side, and a groove extending from the first side, through the arcuate wall and the second side, and forming a slot in an outer edge of the die; a punch comprising a peripheral face, an arcuate wall forming a half-cylindrical bore separating the punch peripheral face into a first and a second side, and two grooves extending from the first side to the second side; and a cylinder for moving the die and the punch from a first position in which the die peripheral face and the punch peripheral face are adjacent, to a second position in which the die peripheral face and the punch peripheral face are remote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System Corp.
    Inventor: Eggo Haschke
  • Patent number: 8795037
    Abstract: An improved system for stuffing material is described. The clipping system includes a first clipper comprising a clip reel, a clip rail, a punch, and a die, the punch configured to engage a single clip and the die having a set of two depressions configured to engage and bend a pair of legs of the single clip, and further includes a second clipper mounted adjacent the first clipper, the second clipper comprising a second clip reel, a second clip rail, a second punch, and a second die, the second punch configured to engage a pair of clips and the second die having two sets of two depressions configured to engage and bend the legs of the pair of clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Precitec Corp.
    Inventor: Eggo Haschke
  • Patent number: 8771044
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products comprising: a filling tube for feeding a tubular casing provided on the filling tube with filling material, a displacer unit having at least two pairs of displacer elements for gathering the filled tubular casing and for providing a plait-like portion, which is at least approximately free of filling material, a clipping device for applying two closure means to the plait-like portion, a first clip to close the tubular casing of the actually filled sausage-shaped product, and a second clip in order to close the front end of the tubular casing of the sausage-shaped product provided on the filling tube, and a cutting device having at least one blade for cutting the packing material between the first and second closure means wherein the cutting device comprises a fluid drive for driving the blade and being coupled to a fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jörg Sames, Stephan Clöβner
  • Publication number: 20140051342
    Abstract: An improved system for stuffing material is described. The clipping system includes a first clipper comprising a clip reel, a clip rail, a punch, and a die, the punch configured to engage a single clip and the die having a set of two depressions configured to engage and bend a pair of legs of the single clip, and further includes a second clipper mounted adjacent the first clipper, the second clipper comprising a second clip reel, a second clip rail, a second punch, and a second die, the second punch configured to engage a pair of clips and the second die having two sets of two depressions configured to engage and bend the legs of the pair of clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Eggo Haschke
  • Patent number: 8641485
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a manually operable clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products. The machine comprises a first displacer unit with a first pair of upper and lower displacer elements, at least the upper displacer element is reversibly movable in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal extending plait-axis between an opened and a closed position. The machine also comprises a second displacer unit with a second pair of upper and lower displacer elements, at least the upper displacer element is reversibly movable in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal extending plait-axis between an opened and a closed position. The second displacer unit is reversibly movable parallel to the longitudinal extending plait-axis between a narrow position where the second displacer unit is adjacent to the first displacer unit, and a spread position in which the second displacer unit is moved away from the first displacer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Uwe Melchert, Stephan Clöβner, Jörg Sames
  • Patent number: 8579682
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clipping machine for partitioning and closing a tubular packaging casing accommodating a filing material, and in particular sausage meat. The clipping machine comprises at least a first and second displacer element pair which in relation to an axis of the tubular packaging casing are arranged axially one after the other, and, which comprise each an upper displacer element and a lower displacer element. Each pair of the displacer elements are linearly reversibly movable in a first and second plane from an open position to a closed position. A first linear guidance comprises a first and second guiding rod for guiding the two pairs of the displacer elements. The first and second guiding rods are positioned in a plane parallel to the first and second plane of the first and second pairs of the displacer elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Detlef Ebert, Michael Hummel
  • Patent number: 8578682
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, devices, methods and computer program products configured to provide one or more of the following: improved rotary table or platform packaging systems, improved adhesive (glue) based film seal systems, and/or easier loading or releasing mounting systems of horns, forming collars and/or sprockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Matthew D. Lowder, Thomas E. Whittlesey, William M. Poteat
  • Patent number: 8556687
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for producing and handling sausage-like product and a method for controlling for controlling said system with the steps of filling a tubular casing with viscous or granular stuff, dividing the filled tubular casing into sausage-like products and closing the sausage-like products by closure clips in a clipping machine, feeding the sausage-like product out of the clipping machine and storing the sausage-like product on a rod-like element in a hanging line and gripping the rod-like element by a robotic device and storing the rod-like element in a storage frame. The method further comprises the steps of sensing the weight of the sausage-like product after the sausage-like product is stored on a rod-like element, deriving a control signal for the clipping machine on the basis of the weight and controlling the clipping machine by a control unit on the basis of the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Meyrahn, Manfred Waldstädt
  • Publication number: 20130122792
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clipping machine for partitioning and closing a tubular packaging casing accommodating a filing material, and in particular sausage meat. The clipping machine comprises at least a first and second displacer element pair which in relation to an axis of the tubular packaging casing are arranged axially one after the other, and, which comprise each an upper displacer element and a lower displacer element. Each pair of the displacer elements are linearly reversibly movable in a first and second plane from an open position to a closed position. A first linear guidance comprises a first and second guiding rod for guiding the two pairs of the displacer elements. The first and second guiding rods are positioned in a plane parallel to the first and second plane of the first and second pairs of the displacer elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co., KG
  • Patent number: 8272191
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, devices, methods and computer program products configured to provide one or more of the following: improved rotary table or platform packaging systems, improved adhesive (glue) based film seal systems, and/or easier loading or releasing mounting systems of horns, forming collars and/or sprockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Matthew D. Lowder, Thomas E. Whittlesey, William M. Poteat
  • Patent number: 8251783
    Abstract: An apparatus for a sausage-casing-sensitive division of stuffed sausage strands, having at least one pair of dividing elements for dividing the stuffed sausage strand and at least two guide elements between which the stuffed sausage strand is conveyed in the conveying direction. The distance between the guide elements can be adjusted in dependence upon the sausage caliber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Albert Handtmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Manfred Baechtle, Juergen Flach, Wolfgang Braig, Juergen Bochtler, Jochen Merk
  • Patent number: 8113925
    Abstract: A displacer assembly for a clip machine, in particular a sausage clip machine, including at least a first pair of displacer shears and a second pair of displacer shears arranged parallel thereto. The displacer shears are arranged pivotably about a common axis and are reversibly movable towards each other for constriction of the filled packaging casing for forming a filling material-free plaited portion. In that respect the first pair of displacer shears comprises two displacer shears which are at least approximately identical in minor image relationship and the second pair of displacer shears has a second displacer shear which is at least approximately identical to the displacer shears of the first pair of displacer shears, as well as a first, shorter displacer shear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jürgen Reitz, Manfred Waldstädt
  • Patent number: 8028497
    Abstract: Pivotable clipper assemblies for attaching at least one closure clip to a product held in netting include a pivotable clipper mechanism having a clipper body configured to deliver clips to a clip window and attach the clips to netting and a first cutting cartridge mounted to the pivotable clipper mechanism. The first cutting cartridge includes: (a) a knife; (b) an actuation cylinder with a rod in communication with the knife that advances and retracts the knife; and (c) an anti-rotation block attached to a rear of the knife intermediate the knife and rod to inhibit the knife and rod from rotating, wherein, in operation, the first cutting cartridge pivots with the clipper mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown, David R. Gupton
  • Publication number: 20110237170
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products comprising: a filling tube for feeding a tubular casing provided on the filling tube with filling material, a displacer unit having at least two pairs of displacer elements for gathering the filled tubular casing and for providing a plait-like portion, which is at least approximately free of filling material, a clipping device for applying two closure means to the plait-like portion, a first clip to close the tubular casing of the actually filled sausage-shaped product, and a second clip in order to close the front end of the tubular casing of the sausage-shaped product provided on the filling tube, and a cutting device having at least one blade for cutting the packing material between the first and second closure means wherein the cutting device comprises a fluid drive for driving the blade and being coupled to a fluid source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Jörg Sames, Stephan Clössner
  • Publication number: 20110230128
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a manually operable clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products. The machine comprises a first displacer unit with a first pair of upper and lower displacer elements, at least the upper displacer element is reversibly movable in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal extending plait-axis between an opened and a closed position. The machine also comprises a second displacer unit with a second pair of upper and lower displacer elements, at least the upper displacer element is reversibly movable in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal extending plait-axis between an opened and a closed position. The second displacer unit is reversibly movable parallel to the longitudinal extending plait-axis between a narrow position where the second displacer unit is adjacent to the first displacer unit, and a spread position in which the second displacer unit is moved away from the first displacer unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Uwe Melchert, Stephan Clößner, Jörg Sames
  • Patent number: 8006463
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, devices, methods and computer program products configured to provide one or more of the following: improved rotary table or platform packaging systems, improved adhesive (glue) based film seal systems, and/or easier loading or releasing mounting systems of horns, forming collars and/or sprockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Matthew D. Lowder, Thomas E. Whittlesey, William M. Poteat
  • Patent number: 7997045
    Abstract: A packing wrapper filling device includes a filling machine (1) having at least one pivotable filling tube (11) on rotary plate (10). A gathered packing wrapper (14) is fitted onto the filling tube. The invention includes a closing mechanism (2) and store (3) for gathered packing wrappers. The closing mechanism (2) closes both sides of filled wrapper sections. Control device (22) interconnects filling machine (1), closing mechanism (2), store (3), and rocking arms (16). The lateral wall(s) of store (3) include a longitudinal flap (16) in the lower section, pivotable by rotary articulation (20) via rocking arms (15). The control device (22) controls individual envelope (14) removal from store (3). Transport devices (5, 6, 7, and 8) and deflection rollers (9) arranged along feed belt (4) transport envelope (14) along the feed belt (4) from store (3) to filling tube (11 or 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Kalle GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Aur Der Heide, Dirk Aur Der Heide, Jürg-Heinrich Kallweit
  • Publication number: 20110045754
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clip machine for a production line for the manufacturing of sausage-shaped products receives a flowable filling material in a tubular wrapper material. The clip machine includes at least two sealing tools, movable relative to one another between a opening position and a closing position for the placing and closing of clips on a sausage-shaped product, at least one clip storage device from which clips can be fed to a sealing tool, a storage device for storing a supply of wrapper material, a separation device for separating an individual sausage product from the supply of wrapper material, a filling pipe for the feeding of filling material, a delivery device for delivering sausage-shaped products from the clip machine along a transport path for the sausage-shaped products and a feeding device for flexible suspension elements from which suspension elements can be fed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 7854103
    Abstract: Pivotable clipper assemblies for attaching at least one closure clip to a product held in netting include a pivotable clipper mechanism having a clipper body configured to deliver clips to a clip window and attach the clips to netting and a first cutting cartridge mounted to the pivotable clipper mechanism. The first cutting cartridge includes: (a) a knife; (b) an actuation cylinder with a rod in communication with the knife that advances and retracts the knife; and (c) an anti-rotation block attached to a rear of the knife intermediate the knife and rod to inhibit the knife and rod from rotating, wherein, in operation, the first cutting cartridge pivots with the clipper mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown, David R. Gupton
  • Patent number: 7762874
    Abstract: A shaping device and a method of forming rounded tips on the ends of sausages and of tying off and/or parting into individual portions a continuously produced sausage skein filled with paste material, with two oppositely located displacement assemblies, which move towards one another and between which the filled sausage skein can be moved in the transport direction, wherein the displacement assemblies are formed such that two opening sections are formed, which widen out in the transport direction, respectively opposite the transport direction, in a tying off and/or parting position between the two displacement assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Albert H. Handtmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Schlieber, Siegfried Reutter, Franz Muller, Manfred Bachtle
  • Publication number: 20100112922
    Abstract: A packaging device including a filling unit for transporting a filling material, a filling tube connected to said filling unit, for introducing the filling material supplied by the filling unit into a tubular casing and for ejecting the filling material located in the casing, a clipping unit disposed in the direction of transport of the filling unit, for constricting the casing at a predetermined position and for closing the casing with at least one closure element, a sensor unit disposed between the filling unit and the filling tube, for detecting impurities in the filling material and for emitting a detection signal to a control unit, wherein the control unit has a control connection to the clipping unit. The invention also relates to a method for controlling a packaging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Gerd Freiberger, Ralf Schmalfeld
  • Patent number: 7708624
    Abstract: The invention concerns a clip machine comprising at least one closure lever which has a bearing element defining a pivot axis, a receiving element for at least one first closure tool and a force application element for connection to a drive element, wherein the closure lever is mounted pivotably between an open position and a closed position, in which closed position the first closure tool can be brought into engagement with a second closure tool to close a clip. In that respect the closure lever is produced at least partially from a fiber-reinforced plastic composite (FRPC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Detlef Ebert
  • Patent number: 7666073
    Abstract: A closure clip for products in bag or sausage form, the packaging cover material of which is formed from at least one packaging film, wherein the closure clip has a clip bottom and two straight clip legs which adjoin the clip bottom in the same direction and which diverge away from each other away from the clip bottom and the central longitudinal axes of which and the central longitudinal axis of the clip bottom lie in a common plane. It is further provided that the clip bottom has a rounding in the form of part of a circular arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heiko Schleucher, Klaus Hein
  • Patent number: 7666072
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for tightening a tubular casing filled with a product by means of several pairs of displacers, wherein the mutually overlapping displacers of each pair encompass an opening, both displacers adjoining to the encompassed opening in two overlapping points per pair. The displacers are configured for a linear tightening movement depending on the varying size of the openings, the openings being located one behind the other in the axial direction of the tubular casing encompassing a passage. The openings are not congruent with the passage, the overlapping points being at a distance from the passage during the predominant part of the tightening movement. The invention allows the subdivision of the filled tubular casing into packaging units, thereby preventing or reducing the risk of damages to the tubular casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: TIPPER TIE Technopack GmbH
    Inventor: Gustav Albrecht Schalk
  • Patent number: 7654889
    Abstract: A clip machine for dividing and sealing tubular-shaped packaging filled with stuffing having at least two axially spaced pairs of radially opposed displacement elements, relating to the axis of the packaging tube, which are linked to and equipped with a linear guide, to be compressed radially towards one another and then separated axially in pairs, for the local constriction of the filled packaging and the formation of a tubular braid radially-linearly, and a pivotably arranged first sealing tool and a second sealing tool, with the first and second sealing tools being equipped to set and close at least one clamp fastener around the formed tubular braid, to be compressed radially between the axially separated displacement element pairs, the radial movement direction of displacement element pairs coincides with the radial movement direction of sealing tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Detlef Ebert, Michael Hummel
  • Patent number: 7647749
    Abstract: A net derucking rectifier system is described. The system has a stuffer, a product horn having an upstream end and a downstream end, the upstream end mounted to the stuffer, a netting tube having an upstream end and a downstream end, the netting tube removably mounted coaxially over the product horn and having a tubular netting shirred thereon, a bracket mounted coaxially to the netting tube and having a plurality of fingers pointing radially inward to grip the netting, the bracket movable between a first position near the upstream end and a second position near the downstream end, the fingers biased to grip the netting when the bracket is moved from the first position to the second position and not to grip the netting when the bracket is moved from the second position to the first position, and a clipper located adjacent the distal end of the netting tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System Corp.
    Inventors: Robert Pinto, Eggo Haschke
  • Patent number: 7625266
    Abstract: A method for phased separation of a sausage strand, a separating element for phased separation of a sausage strand, and an assembly of a plurality of such separating elements. In the production of sausages it frequently occurs that a sausage strand must be divided into smaller segments, and the result of this division is achieved in controlled manner by the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Stork Townsend, B.V.
    Inventors: Marcus Bernard Hubert Bontjer, Kasper Willem Van Den Berg, Jacob Jan Riemens
  • Patent number: 7604531
    Abstract: A method of and an apparatus for controlled closure of at least one clip around a filling material-free plait portion of a tubular casing at a filling material portion enclosed by the casing, where the at least one clip is closed with at least one closure device and where the filling material portion is successively filled with a moved product flow of the filling material and in that operation the casing is withdrawn from a casing supply device, and where moreover the withdrawal movement of the casing is sensed with a sensing device and a control signal is formed therefrom for the joint movement of the at least one closure device with the product flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jürgen Hanten
  • Patent number: 7536838
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide translating gates having at least one cooperating stiffener assembly and related, apparatus, systems, methods and computer program products. The translating gates with at least one stiffener assembly may be particularly suitable for non-pivoting clippers, such as, for example, stationary-mount clippers. The stiffener assembly can be configured to stiffen, brace and/or otherwise keep the gate assembly tightly closed during a clipping operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Whittlesey, Kim L. Poling, William M. Poteat
  • Patent number: 7520106
    Abstract: A magazine bar having an entry and an exit for guiding a line of clips from a clip supply arranged above a separating window of a closure apparatus to the substantially vertically arranged separating window. The magazine bar has a first deflection configuration such that the line of clips can be introduced into the entry from below. A further embodiment is a clip feed arrangement having such a magazine bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 7475521
    Abstract: A reel for a winding comprising a clip line having openings, with a reel body and a connecting element which is arranged rotatably about the reel body and captively on the reel body and which has a guide for guiding the clip line in the unwinding operation. It further concerns a system for unwinding such a clip line from the reel with a mounting element which defines an operative position for the reel in which it is rotatably supported, and an advance device which is associated with the mounting element and which is adapted to engage the clip line in the region of the connecting element when the reel is in its operative position. It further concerns a clip machine having such a mounting element and advance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 7472525
    Abstract: Methods, devices and computer program products automatically package an object in a covering material such as casing and/or netting by: (a) pulling a covering material upstream of the product chute off an exterior surface of the product chute to automatically enclose the object in the covering material as the object exits the product chute; (b) pivoting a clipper from a home to a full-clip position to apply a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material; (c) pivoting a cutting assembly in concert with the clipper; and (d) severing a gathered leading and/or trailing edge of the covering using a bottom-up cutting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, David T. Wince, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown
  • Publication number: 20080318507
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is a closure clip for closing a packaging tube having two clip limbs (6, 7) and a clip base (5) which is arranged between the clip limbs (6, 7), the clip limbs (6, 7) being angled away with respect to the clip base (5), the surface of the closure clip (1) being provided entirely or partially with a structure which can be obtained by exposure to a particle jet (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Martin Peach
  • Publication number: 20080274681
    Abstract: A method of and an apparatus for controlled closure of at least one clip around a filling material-free plait portion of a tubular casing at a filling material portion enclosed by the casing, where the at least one clip is closed with at least one closure device and where the filling material portion is successively filled with a moved product flow of the filling material and in that operation the casing is withdrawn from a casing supply device, and where moreover the withdrawal movement of the casing is sensed with a sensing device and a control signal is formed therefrom for the joint movement of the at least one closure device with the product flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Applicant: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jurgen Hanten
  • Patent number: 7441386
    Abstract: A net derucking rectifier system is described. The system has a stuffer, a product horn having an upstream end and a downstream end, the upstream end mounted to the stuffer, a netting tube having an upstream end and a downstream end, the netting tube removably mounted coaxially over the product horn and having a tubular netting shirred thereon, a bracket mounted coaxially to the netting tube and having a plurality of fingers pointing radially inward to grip the netting, the bracket movable between a first position near the upstream end and a second position near the downstream end, the fingers biased to grip the netting when the bracket is moved from the first position to the second position and not to grip the netting when the bracket is moved from the second position to the first position, and a clipper located adjacent the distal end of the netting tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System Corp.
    Inventors: Robert Pinto, Eggo Haschke
  • Patent number: 7426811
    Abstract: In a clip apparatus (1) with a drive (2, 3) and a control (4), on the holder (6, 7, 17) of one of the clip closing work tools a force measuring device (9) is provided. Based on the measured force and through the control the drive is influenced and in the case of excessively high force values, the clip apparatus is stopped to avoid damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Tipper Tie Alpina AG
    Inventor: Max Pargätzi
  • Publication number: 20080227376
    Abstract: A closure clip for products in bag or sausage form, the packaging cover material of which is formed from at least one packaging film, wherein the closure clip has a clip bottom and two straight clip legs which adjoin the clip bottom in the same direction and which diverge away from each other away from the clip bottom and the central longitudinal axes of which and the central longitudinal axis of the clip bottom lie in a common plane. It is further provided that the clip bottom has a rounding in the form of part of a circular arc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Heiko Schleucher, Klaus Hein
  • Publication number: 20080207104
    Abstract: A suspension loop for a portion pack, consisting of a tubular sleeve, sealed on its ends by clips, in particular sausages, is attached to the end of a tubular sleeve drawn together to form a string of sausages by a twist knot formed from the suspension loop. The suspension loop, kept ready, clamped in rectangular shape, is pulled through the loop around the string with the aid of a swivelable looping finger. The device suitable for this additionally has a holding fork and a movable clamping fork, both of which are two-pronged. The device can be swiveled into the sealing device when the tubular sleeve is sealed with clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Martin Zurwieden
  • Patent number: 7401443
    Abstract: A machine for stuffing a food product in a casing, comprising a clipping unit which is adapted to apply two clips with an intermediate cut at the trailing end of a product introduced in a casing and comprising a device for inserting ties which are supported by a ribbon which moves stepwise, moving progressively the ties, one after the other, to a clipping standby position, in which the tie is available for being engaged by a clip in its motion from the magazine to the closure position, a bar being provided which is adapted to be associated with the tie in its movement from the clipping standby position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Inox Meccanica S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giovanni Bolzacchini
  • Patent number: 7386966
    Abstract: Methods, devices and computer program products automatically package an object in a covering material such as casing and/or netting by: (a) automatically pushing at least one object through a product chute; (b) pulling a covering material upstream of the product chute off an exterior surface of the product chute to automatically enclose the object in the covering material as the object exits the product chute; and then (c) applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown, David R. Gupton
  • Patent number: 7356977
    Abstract: Methods, devices and computer program products automatically package an object in a covering material such as casing and/or netting by: (a) automatically pushing at least one object through a product chute; (b) pulling a covering material upstream of the product chute off an exterior surface of the product chute to automatically enclose the object in the covering material as the object exits the product chute; and (c) applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, David T. Wince, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown
  • Publication number: 20080085668
    Abstract: A clip machine for dividing and sealing tubular-shaped packaging filled with stuffing having at least two axially spaced pairs of radially opposed displacement elements, relating to the axis of the packaging tube, which are linked to and equipped with a linear guide, to be compressed radially towards one another and then separated axially in pairs, for the local constriction of the filled packaging and the formation of a tubular braid radially-linearly, and a pivotably arranged first sealing tool and a second sealing tool, with the first and second sealing tools being equipped to set and close at least one clamp fastener around the formed tubular braid, to be compressed radially between the axially separated displacement element pairs, the radial movement direction of displacement element pairs coincides with the radial movement direction of sealing tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Detlef Ebert, Michael Hummel
  • Patent number: 7331155
    Abstract: A clip feed arrangement including a magazine bar for guiding a line of clips from a clip supply to a separating device of a closure apparatus, and a clip drive arranged in the region of the magazine bar. The clip drive has two drive elements which can be successively brought into engagement with the line of clips and which separately produce the advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 7313896
    Abstract: Methods, devices and computer program products automatically package an object in a covering material such as casing and/or netting by: (a) automatically pushing at least one object through a product chute; (b) pulling a covering material upstream of the product chute off an exterior surface of the product chute to automatically enclose the object in the covering material as the object exits the product chute; and then (c) applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown, David R. Gupton
  • Patent number: 7294050
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a loop to the end of a chub package formed by a chub machine. The apparatus includes a drive sprocket and variable speed drive motor for feeding a roll of loops to a clipping head assembly of the chub machine and positioning the loops sequentially for capture by the wire to be cinched around one end of the chub package. A chub machine incorporating the loop attachment apparatus is provided for forming chub packages have a loop attached under the clip at one end of each package. A method for attaching the loop to chub packages is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Packaging Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Steinke, Ricky G. Franks