Indeterminate Length Member Patents (Class 493/380)
  • Publication number: 20140148323
    Abstract: Aspects of the methods and apparatuses relate to making elastic laminates, and more particularly, methods and apparatuses for applying elastic material in a curved path onto an advancing substrate. The elastic material may be in various forms, such as for example, elastic strands and/or ribbons. Apparatuses and methods disclosed herein may also provide for the application of viscous fluids, such as adhesives, in pre-determined patterns to the elastic material while being positioned on an advancing substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Darrell Ian Brown, John Andrew Strasemeier
  • Publication number: 20120175280
    Abstract: To provide a wet tissue package that allows for easy taking out of a wet tissue accommodated in a package body. A wet tissue package includes: a package body having an opening; and a plurality of wet tissues accommodated in the package body in a state of being individually folded and stacked without being interfolded, in which each of the plurality of wet tissues includes: a first folding line parallel to the first side edge; a second folding line parallel to the first folding line; and a turn-back portion formed by folding the wet tissue on the first folding line and the second folding line, in which the turn-back portion is directed toward the opening and a part of the turn-back portion is disposed so as to be exposable through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Takeshi Bando, Takahiro Ueda, Ikue Hiramatsu
  • Publication number: 20120108410
    Abstract: Pant type nappies, or diapers, are provided with lateral tabs applied by a device comprising a conveyor (10) on which absorbent central bodies (3), one per nappy (2), are caused to advance in succession along a given feed direction (D), also a feed device (12) facing the conveyor (10) and supplying a succession of prefolded lateral tabs (4), ordered in pairs. A pair of tabs (4) is placed on each absorbent central body (3) in turn, and at least a first end (4a) of each tab (4) fixed to one corresponding edge of the body. The device further comprises a folding mechanism operating along the conveyor (10), downstream of the feed device (12), by which the successive absorbent central bodies (3) are bent double, and respective second ends (4b) of the two lateral tabs (4) fastened to the edges of the body (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: GDM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Perego, Matteo Piantoni
  • Publication number: 20120097179
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention generally provide methods and structures for paper structures used by an end user to create a cigar or cigarette with gummed, coiled inserts. In one aspect, a rolling paper structure is provided including a first paper section having a first height, a second paper section coupled to the first paper section and the second paper section having a second height longer than the first height, and an optional adhesive disposed on the second paper section. The rolling paper structure may be folded between the first paper section and the second paper section having a portion extending beyond the first paper section. A gummed, coiled insert for rolling paper structures is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Joshua D. Kesselman
  • Patent number: 8002688
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tabbed divider making apparatus preferably adapted for use with smaller, more individualized jobs in an office or the like. The apparatus preferably includes a paper feeder, a film provider, a knife package for shearing a portion of the paper to create a tab, at least one strut, a pivotable arm, at least one spring, and a cam having an oblong shape. The rotation of the cam preferably causes movement between loaded and unloaded positions of the spring, which causes the knife package to shear the paper. Also disclosed is a removable film cartridge for use with the apparatus. The cartridge preferably includes a housing, a roll of film, one or more rollers, a creasing finger for creasing the film, and two or more opposed extensions for folding the film along the crease. Further disclosed is a method of producing a tabbed divider utilizing the above-mentioned apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Scott Office Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kucera, Kevin Hartnett
  • Patent number: 7695419
    Abstract: A tape with a zipper member and a bag film are continuously moved by rotation of a rotary drum while being overlaid with each other such that the tape travels in a tape introducing groove for a tape with a zipper member, the groove formed along a circumferential direction of the rotary drum. The tape with the zipper member is continuously welded to the bag film on a circumferential surface of the rotary drum by a seal bar that has a welding surface in a curved shape corresponding to a circumferential surface shape of the rotary drum. A heat-insulation portion is provided on at least one of the tape body of the tape and the rotary drum so that heat applied from the seal bar to the tape with the zipper member is prevented from transferring to the rotary drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Idemitsu Unitech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichi Goto, Kenichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7625332
    Abstract: A composite netting is used for wrapping bales with a baling machine. The composite netting includes a continuous netting component, and a discontinuous, breathable material component. The breathable material component is partially attached to the netting material. In some embodiments, the breathable material is attached only along the leading edge of each breathable material panel. As a result of the attaching technique the stretching properties of the netting are not transferred to the breathable material. Thus, each component of the netting retains its individual properties. Each bale is initially wrapped with about one wrapping of netting material, followed by about one wrapping of breathable material and a partially attached net that is continuous from the first section. After this, one or more additional netting layers may be applied if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Tama Plastic Industry
    Inventors: Nissim Mass, Tsafrir Lior, Hagai Paz, Yuval Lieber, Zvi Paz
  • Patent number: 7476192
    Abstract: A method of forming a series of bags for bulky articles from rolled thermoplastic film and padding element includes arranging a linear, longitudinally traveling queue of layers of film and padding element according to a set of desired bag dimensions and characteristics and controlling the advancement of the queue to make padding element and seal cuts to form the bags. The invention also includes a system for fabricating bags substantially in the manner identified in the method of the present invention, as well as a method of forming seal cuts in which an envelope is first clamped, then sealed and cut by heat and pressure, then allowed to cool before being released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Automated Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Campbell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7435209
    Abstract: A contact-bonding film insertion device included in a contact-bonded paper manufacturing apparatus which produces releasable and expandable contact-bonded paper such as postcards (Q) by inserting a contact-bonding film (F) carried on a vertically movable support plate (51) between opposed paper pieces (Pa, Pb) of folded cut paper (P) by a paper pushing device (60), the cut paper (P) having been transferred by a paper transfer device (20) and folded by a paper folding device (30), and subsequently by extracting the support plate (51) from the paper piece (Pa, Pb) by a support plate extracting device (55) to supply the paper (P) into which only the contact-bonding film F is inserted to a paper contact-bonding device (70) and paper cutting device (80), a slope (51y) which is downward-inclined toward its tip to form substantially an acute angle at the tip is provided on a periphery (51x) of the support plate (51) included in the contact-bonding film insertion device, the periphery (51x) which includes the slope (
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: KDK Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Kimura, Masato Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 7320661
    Abstract: A method of forming a series of bags for bulky articles from rolled thermoplastic film and padding element includes arranging a linear, longitudinally traveling queue of layers of film and padding element according to a set of desired bag dimensions and characteristics and controlling the advancement of the queue to make padding element and seal cuts to form the bags. The invention also includes a system for fabricating bags substantially in the manner identified in the method of the present invention, as well as a method of forming seal cuts in which an envelope is first clamped, then sealed and cut by heat and pressure, then allowed to cool before being released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Automated Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Campbell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7201714
    Abstract: A method of making reinforced cartons comprises the steps of advancing a length of carton material along a path and progressively laminating at least one ribbon of reinforcing material to the advancing length of carton material. The ribbon of reinforcing material generally has a width less than the width of the length of carton material and is applied with adhesive at a selected location(s) across the width of the length of carton material. The web and its laminated ribbon are cut into sheets of a predetermined size and the sheets are die-cut and scored with fold lines to form carton blanks. The fold lines may transition from non-reinforced to reinforced portions of the blank and a special transition zone is contemplated to accommodate the transition. The carton blanks are subsequently formed into cartons for receiving articles, the laminated reinforcing material providing reinforcement in selected portions of the cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Zoeckler, Tarcisio Santoro
  • Patent number: 6589149
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process and apparatus for applying a web component (42) to a moving substrate (44). The process aspect includes a delivering of the web component (42) to a rotatable applicator wheel (58). The applicator wheel has an entry surface-region (114), an exit surface-region (116), a transport surface-region (118), and an applicator wheel diameter (112). The web component (42) is contacted onto the entry surface-region (114) of the applicator wheel (58), and the applicator wheel is rotated to move the web component along a substantially circumferential, applicator path along the transport surface-region (118) of the applicator wheel. The applicator wheel (58) is oscillated about a pivot axis (102) which is spaced from the moving substrate (44) by a pivot distance (100), and the web component (42) is operatively applied from the exit surface-region (116) of the applicator wheel (58) onto the moving substrate (44) to provide a desired curved web configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David James VanEperen, Adam Lewis Daniels, Kevin Lester Fiedler, Gene Mark Gregory, Steven Michael Parsons, James Bennington Stopher
  • Patent number: 6565500
    Abstract: A method for producing a batch of products having a multiplicity of interfolded, generally rectangular sheets including wet wipes, from a limited amount of a web material, at a high production speed and in efficiently used floor space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kerri Crain Hailey, Jonathan Paul Brennan, David A. Harnish
  • Patent number: 6455125
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a paper core material is described. The paper core material has uses such as in the building industry and has the advantage that no toxic home syndrome is caused in a newly built house or office. The paper core material has a continuous geometric pattern such as rectangular or hexagonal cells and is made by the method of providing a plurality of base paper strips, bending and gluing the base paper strips to form the paper core material having a continuous geometric pattern, treating the paper core material with a charcoal solvent comprising activated carbon dust, wood vinegar and a flame-resisting agent, and drying the paper core material. An alternate method is provided which involves treating the base paper strips with the charcoal solvent, drying the base paper strips, and then bending and gluing the base paper strips to form the paper core material having a continuous geometric pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Dice Core Corporation
    Inventor: Michiko Morishita
  • Patent number: 6068585
    Abstract: A gored packing bag which comprises a front body 1, a rear body 2, gores 3,4 formed by gluing the front body and the rear body into a combined situation, and a pair of fasteners 5, 6 in arranged between the front or rear body and the gores, one of a base tape being glued as a whole on an inner surface of the front or rear body close to an open end thereof, while both end portions of the other base tape 8 being glued to a half side of gore 28,29 facing to the front and an intermediate remainder of the gores in the width direction being glued on a corresponding inner surface of the front or rear body, and a fixed portion 30, 31 of remaindered gores in the width direction being glued on a corresponding inner surface of the front or back body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: Toshikatu Ouchi
  • Patent number: 5957824
    Abstract: Methods of making a container strip in the form of a chain of interconnected preopened bags with openings preferably having longitudinal dimensions of at least about 1/64 inch is disclosed. The container strip provides greatly enhanced facility for bag registration and opening during packaging operations utilizing the improved container strip. Processes of forming a chain of preopened bags are also disclosed. Face and back plastic webs are fed along individual paths of travel to a common path. In one embodiment the webs are differentially tensioned while in their independent paths by stretching the face web more than the back web such that the face web will retract longitudinally more than the back web upon release of the web tension. While so tensioned edge seals are formed between the webs to convert the webs into a tube and longitudinally spaced transverse seals are formed between the webs to delineate bottoms of bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Lerner, William M. Cronauer
  • Patent number: 5676629
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transferring tabs to a continuous material web in connection with the manufacture of packaging material in conversion machines includes the use of a transfer wheel which is located between a supply station for tabs and a deposit station, in which the wheel is located in contact with the packaging material web. With the aid of retainer jaws displaceable in a circumferential direction of the wheel, and fixedly disposed abutments, the position of each tab transferred to the wheel is corrected before the tab reaches the deposit station, so that the transfer to the packaging material web takes place in accurate register with markings previously provided on the web. The method and apparatus is well-suited for use in connection with continuous material webs travelling at high rates of speed, such as 400 to 500 meters/minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Ingvar Andersson
  • Patent number: 5098365
    Abstract: A method is disclosed of attaching a gripping device to a sheet of packaging material that is to be formed into a container includes the steps of forming a hole in the sheet of packaging material, inserting an anchorage device in the hole, sealing the anchorage device to the sheet of packaging material in a liquid-tight manner and fixedly connecting a gripping device to the anchorage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: AB Profor
    Inventor: Stig Lilja
  • Patent number: 5030192
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for fan folding a continuous web of paper having transverse fan fold lines in fan folds having a preselected fan fold length when the continuous paper is moved along a feed line from an upstream area to a folding area. A controller energizes a drive motor to oscillate a discharge chute through a predetermined arc and at a predetermined rate to permit the continuous web of paper to be fan folded as the paper is moved through the discharge chute at the folding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Frank D. Sager
  • Patent number: 5024645
    Abstract: An apparatus for positioning a port within an aperture of a web of film, including a chain loop having a plurality of forks for releasably retaining ports. The chain loop is fed around a first, a second, and a third rotatable sprocket. The first and second rotatable sprockets are coupled to a frame and located in a substantially aligned relationship to each other, perpendicular to a portion of the film, the third sprocket is located at a position offset from a plane defined by the first and second sprockets. The first and second sprockets can be moved from a first position to a second position and from the second position to the first position. During operation, the rotation of the third sprocket is releasably prevented, to accurately regulate the rotation of the first sprocket an indexer is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Soubrier, Xavier Denis
  • Patent number: 4981463
    Abstract: A device for positioning fitments in a perforated film. The device according to the invention includes a transporting member that brings the fitments into the vicinity of a perforated film, preferably below the latter, a member for positioning the fitments perpendicular to the perforations in the film, and an engaging member for pushing the ports through the perforations of the film so that at the exit of the device the film is equipped with fitments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventors: Etienne Susini, Pierre Soubrier
  • Patent number: 4979934
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding and folding cards from a card supply to a work surface at which the cards are utilized in a folded configuration in a work cycle. The cards are delivered to the work surface by a delivery mechanism and a folding device folds the cards as they are delivered to the work surface so that the cards are in the folded configuration when they arrive for utilization in the work cycle. Structure is provided for holding the cards in the folded configuration at the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: William A. Tice
  • Patent number: 4959046
    Abstract: Apparatus for feeding stitches of adhesive tape for binders of continuous forms for tabulating machines with a sprocket wheel for feeding each stitches so as to insert the leading end of each stitch into a corresponding hole of the perforation provided at the margins of the forms. The forms and the stitches become superimposed to each other during a binding phase and a pair of rolls engaged then for moving the forms and fixing the leading ends of every point under the lower form. A pair of rolls are provided for moving the adhesive tape in a direction perpendicular to the forms advancement, and intermittent advancement is obtained through a ratchet system associated with a "cosmodrome" cam; a head vertically rotating in the direction of the forms advancement, is provided at least with an eccentric cutting edge and a corresponding presser to operate, at every revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Assignee: Officina Meccantica Giuseppe Conti
    Inventors: Lari Brunetto, Lucinao Mercatali
  • Patent number: 4902269
    Abstract: Device for welding a mouthpiece to a thermoplastic film comprising a frame, a support plate carried by the frame and moveable with respect to the latter, a welding head rigidly connected to the support plate, and at least one annular heating resistance carried by the welding head and having electric supply rods arranged at two diametrically opposite points. The device comprises diffusion means for diffusing a cooling gas at the vicinity of the fixation of the supply rods to the heating resistance; preferably, the cooling gas diffusion means comprise channels extending in the welding head and surrounding the supply rods.The invention also relates to the mounting of the welding device on a moveable frame and its association with a film blocking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventors: Etienne Susini, Pierre Soubrier
  • Patent number: 4878987
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming film capable of being converted into bags in an form, fill and seal machine or for providing bags attached to each other in end-to-end relationship including relatively advancing a continuous sheet of thin plastic film along a path having a fastener station therealong, moving first and second thermoplastic flexible fastener members laterally from opposite sides of the sheet to extend transversely substantially to the center thereof and attaching said fastener members to the surface of the sheet whereby the sheet can thereafter be formed into bags in an form, fill and seal machine or folded longitudinally to join the fastener members and to form a side seal to form a completed series of bags by cross-seaming the material at predetermined spaced intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: Minigrip, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald L. Ven Erden
  • Patent number: 4765118
    Abstract: The apparatus for welding a strip of tape to film includes a tape feed roller for feeding the film continuously and a welding roller disposed in a position where the film is held between both the rollers, both the rollers being rotated in synchronism with each other. The tape is held onto the outside periphery of the tape feed roller and is cut into a strip by a cutting member. The tape is fed to be overlapped on the film while being held onto the tape feed roller. The film and the tape are held between the tape feed roller and the welding roller and the tape is welded to the film in spaced manner by a welding member provided with the welding roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Assignees: Kureha Chemical Industry Company Limited, Toyama Sanki Company Limited
    Inventors: Masami Akutsu, Tsutomu Kamojima, Noboru Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 4765117
    Abstract: A film continuously fed passes through first rollers and second rollers disposed at wider spaces than that of the first rollers. The first and second rollers are relatively moved and the speed of part of the film continuously fed is reduced to zero temporarily. The tape cut into a strip is juxtaposed in contact with the part of the film of which the speed is reduced to zero and is welded to the film by means such as the high-frequency welding means in spaced manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Assignees: Kureha Chemical Industry Company Limited, Toyama Sanki Company Limited
    Inventors: Masami Akutsu, Koh Myowa, Noboru Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 4655389
    Abstract: This invention relates to containers and methods of, and apparatus for, manufacturing containers. A container in accordance with the invention includes four walls (202-205, FIG. 1, or 301-303 and 305, FIG. 4), and a base (201, FIG. 1, or 306, FIG. 4). The base is constituted by two flaps (206 and 207 or 307 and 308) arranged so that they can be moved between a first position in which the container can be folded flat, and a second position in which they hold the four walls in a generally rectangular formation.The container may be manufactured by sealing six boards (4, 5 and 6) between two webs of PVC material drawn from supply rolls (50 and 51). The sealing is carried out by means of a welding process which also forms the boards (4 and 5) into hinged pairs. In further welding processes, boards (6) are hingedly connected to the boards (4 and 5). Finally, two pairs of boards (4 and 5) are hingedly connected together to form the four walls of the container. In the welding process, a raised portion (123, FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: Marshall Cavendish Services Limited
    Inventor: Sydney A. Marsh
  • Patent number: 4570917
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sheet feeding apparatus for supplying a sheet fed processing machine having a continuously running intake with successive sheets, preferably without any gaps between their leading and trailing edges and comprising retractable front sheet guides for halting the sheets and sheet advancing means adapted to operate in step with the feeding operation, said advancing means being driven from a one-turn shaft, that times the feed operation and drives the advancing means through a transmission responsible for advancing or retarding the sheets in relation to the rotation of the one-turn shaft as a function of the size of the sheets, said transmission having an output shaft moving in steps. In order to make it possible for the processing machine to be supplied with two superposed sheets at a time the apparatus comprises two superposed sheet advancing means operating in step and having superposed front sheet guides and able to be moved in step and at the same speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Assignee: Georg Spiess GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Marass
  • Patent number: 4514182
    Abstract: Envelopes and letter sheets are mounted on a continuous carrier in such a manner that they alternate and are continuously shingled. The envelope flaps are first affixed to the carrier sheet, with the envelopes in an open position and with their flap folds adjacent and parallel to infolds between carrier sheet panels. The letter sheets are then affixed to the same panels, with the free end of each sheet extending across both an outfold and the next infold. When the carrier sheet is fanfolded, each envelope closes over the top margin of the following letter sheet, and the lower margin of each letter sheet extends across the upper margin of the following envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1985
    Inventor: H. Richard VerMehren