Plural Indeterminate Length Members Patents (Class 493/381)
  • Patent number: 9701507
    Abstract: The coiled foil rolls are reinforced in their edge region by folding. The coiled foil rolls are made by supplying a foil to coiling devices; cutting the foil in a conveying direction with a knife so that at least two foil sections are created which extend in a conveying direction; folding the edge regions of the foil sections by a folding device and laying the folded sections and the remaining part of the foil section on each other; and coiling the foil sections with the coiling devices. The knife or the folding device are moved simultaneous oscillating back and forth in a direction transversal to the conveying direction during the coiling of the foil sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SML MASCHINENGESELLSCHAFT M. B. H.
    Inventor: Thomas Rauscher
  • Patent number: 9039590
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing a bag having an internally reinforced header. A reinforcing material is combined with a bag material to provide strength to the reinforced header. The reinforcing material and the bag material are aligned during manufacturing such that the reinforcing material is positioned in a header area of a bag formed by folding the bag material. A seal that passes through both the reinforcing material and the bag material retains the reinforcing material within the bag header. A bag handle may then be punched into the header through the bag material and the reinforcing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Inteplast Group Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Daughtry, Gary Howard, Fred Daughtry
  • Patent number: 8800250
    Abstract: An easy-open and reclosable package includes a pouch including a discrete laminate including a tape including a base strip coated with a pressure sensitive adhesive, and a panel section having a die cut defining a die cut segment, the panel section adhered by the PSA to the base strip; the panel section anchored to a first side panel; the second surface of the base strip anchored to the inner surface of a second side panel; and a product in the pouch. The die cut segment is so arranged with respect to the pressure sensitive adhesive that when the package is opened, the package can be reclosed by adhering the pressure sensitive adhesive to the first side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew W. Moehlenbrock
  • Patent number: 8790232
    Abstract: A machine for making absorbent items comprises a conveyor (9) for feeding a continuous strip (7) of absorbent items in a predetermined direction L, a cutting element (11) for cutting the strip into single absorbent items (2), a unit for feeding and applying to each stretch of the strip which will constitute a single absorbent item (2) a pair of fastening and closure elements (6) for the items; the unit (13) comprising a roller (18) for conveying a succession of pieces (15), intended to form the fastening elements (6), a separating device (22) consisting of a pair of rollers (20, 21) which are at a tangent to the conveyor roller (18) and equipped with suction seats (29, 30), able to slide parallel with their axes, for forming respective successions (32, 33) of pieces (15), which are spaced out in a direction T transversal to the direction L, by a stretch having a predetermined length, a roller (23) for forming pairs of pieces (15), which is at a tangent to both of the rollers (20, 21) and equipped with a first
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: GDM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gabriele Pastrello, Luca Pedretti, Alberto Perego, Matteo Piantoni
  • Publication number: 20140057769
    Abstract: A splicing method serves for connecting an active film web (2) which is wound up on a first reel (4) to a passive film web (3) which is wound up on a further reel (8). The active film web (2) is unwound from the first reel (4) and is fed to at least one processing station. When a remaining film quantity of the active film web (2) is reached on the first reel (4), the active film web (2) is spliced or connected to the passive film web (3), with the result that the passive film web is pulled by the active film web (2) into the at least one processing station and therefore changes from the passive film web into the active film web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Rolf Steinemann, Jan Thaerigen, Markus Wehrli, Alfred Wipf
  • Publication number: 20140024514
    Abstract: In a unit for making sections of padding for absorbent sanitary articles comprising a first rotary conveyor for feeding and forming a continuous succession of outer pads, comprising at least one layer, a second rotary conveyor for feeding and forming a continuous succession of inner pads comprising two layers, a third rotary conveyor for the pads defining a position for superposing the outer pads and the inner pads, there are compressing means for the two-layer inner pads upstream of the superposing position and second compressing means for the superposed pads downstream of the superposing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Marco Rosani, Matteo Piantoni, Diego Sacchi, Gabriele Pastrello, Alberto Perego
  • Publication number: 20130109557
    Abstract: A device and a method for guiding bands to be joined to one another along their longitudinal edges, in which bands are guided via deflection rollers to a joining position. The device according to the invention provides that the deflection roller located closer to the joining position is configured as a conical roller, the deflection roller arranged upstream of this conical roller in the running direction of the band being also configured as a conical roller or as a deflection roller having a cylindrical lateral surface, and the conical roller last mentioned tapering in the direction of the other longitudinal edge of the band, or the rotational axis of the deflection roller having a cylindrical lateral surface spatially approaching the rotational axis of the conical roller arranged downstream in the running direction of the band on the edge side of the band opposing the longitudinal edge to be joined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG, THYSSENKRUPP LASERTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Retzbach, Stefan Wischmann, Jens Plha, Walter Mühlhause
  • Patent number: 8403820
    Abstract: A method of making reinforced paperboard cartons comprises the steps of advancing a web of paperboard along a path and progressively laminating at least one ribbon of reinforcing material to the advancing web of paperboard. The ribbon of reinforcing material, which also may be paperboard, has a width less than the width of the web of paperboard and is applied with adhesive at a selected location across the width of the web. 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: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Zoeckler
  • Patent number: 8403819
    Abstract: A method of making reinforced paperboard cartons comprises the steps of advancing a web of paperboard along a path and progressively laminating at least one ribbon of reinforcing material to the advancing web of paperboard. The ribbon of reinforcing material, which also may be paperboard, has a width less than the width of the web of paperboard and is applied with adhesive at a selected location across the width of the web. 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: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Zoeckler
  • Publication number: 20120035038
    Abstract: A method that includes the steps of (i) attaching a leading portion of a supply of stock material to a trailing portion of a preceding supply of stock material by means of a mechanical fastener, an electromagnetic field, electrostatic charges, or an activatable bonding agent, and (ii) converting the stock material into a relatively less dense dunnage product. The attaching step may include (a) embossing, punching, stitching, stapling, riveting, clipping, snapping, buttoning, attaching with male and female interlocking devices or hook-and-loop fasteners, (b) integrating one or more elements into the stock material to provide a stock material with magnetic or magnetizable material in the leading or trailing portion, (c) imparting opposing and attractive magnetic charges in respective leading and trailing portions, (d) inducing an electrostatic charge or a magnetic field in at least one of the leading and trailing portions, and/or (e) activating a bonding agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: RANPAK CORP.
    Inventors: Holly J. Lembach, William S. Chapnick, David M. Gabrielsen
  • Patent number: 8025618
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, for example, are methods and apparatus for forming carton blanks. In one such method, a first web of material and a second web of material may be provided. At least one line of disruption may be formed in one of the webs of material. A combined section may be formed that includes a section of the first web of material and a section of the second web of material. Thereafter, a carton blank may be formed by separating the combined section from the first web of material and the second web of material. Also disclosed herein, for example, are various carton blanks and cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Walsh, Robert L. Conatser, Raymond S. Kastanek
  • 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: 7955245
    Abstract: A dunnage conversion machine (36) converts a sheet stock material into a dunnage product that is relatively thicker and less dense than the stock material, but is relatively thin and sufficiently flexible to function as a protective wrap. The conversion machine includes a feed mechanism (40) that advances a sheet stock material therethrough and a connecting mechanism (42) downstream of the feed mechanism. The connecting mechanism retards the passage of the sheet stock material therethrough by feeding the stock material therethrough at a slower rate than the feed mechanism feeds the stock material to the connecting mechanism. This causes the stock material to randomly crumple in a longitudinal space between the feed mechanism and the connecting mechanism. The connecting mechanism connects multiple overlapping layers of sheet stock material together as they pass therethrough, including connecting at least one crumpled sheet to one side of one other sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Robert C. Cheich, David V. Murphy, Steven M. Toneff, Maurice Jozef Paulus Anthonius Savelberg, Raymond Paulus Hubertus Nollé, Pedro Erik Willem Winkens
  • Patent number: 7674220
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for the attachment of a zipper to a reclosable package or bag, particular packages or bags of relatively larger sizes. Pinch rollers separate the flanges of the zipper so that the interior walls of the flanges are pointing upward, then hot-melt adhesive is sprayed downwardly onto the flanges. The zipper is then guided over the edge of the horizontally-oriented package or bag by a tube with a longitudinal slot. The package or bag, with the zipper attached, is engaged between a driven-belt apparatus with a nip formed between opposed belts, thereby applying consistent and even pressure to the zipper flanges and assuring that the hot-melt adhesive forms a bond which is consistent, reliable and strong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton R. Howell, David C. Wallace, Adam N. Caplan
  • Patent number: 7654296
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a single facer corrugator belt having a base structure. The base structure includes an inside and an outside surface and a machine or running direction and a cross machine direction. The base structure is formed by machine direction yarns and cross machine direction yarns and has grooves formed in a surface of the base structure. Alternatively, the corrugator belt may include includes holes formed in a surface of the base structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Alan L. Billings, Gregory Zilker
  • Patent number: 7513858
    Abstract: A method of manufacture comprising the following steps: (a) continuously advancing a web of bag making material at a first rate; (b) continuously joining portions of a downstream portion of a fastener tape to respective portions of the continuously advancing web of bag making material; (c) intermittently advancing an upstream portion of the fastener tape while the downstream portion is advancing continuously, the upstream portion of the fastener tape being stationary during a respective dwell time of each work cycle and advancing during the remainder of each work cycle at a second rate faster than the first rate; (d) accumulating a portion of the fastener tape disposed between the upstream and downstream portions to compensate for the difference in the first and second rates during the aforementioned remainder of each work cycle; and (e) deforming a respective section of the upstream portion of the fastener tape during each dwell time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton Ronald Howell, David C. Wallace
  • Publication number: 20090081917
    Abstract: An inflatable, non-latex balloon with an attached bag for holding items. The balloon with attached bag has an inflatable portion and a non-inflatable portion. The inflatable portion or balloon is inflatable with air or gas, while the non-inflatable portion forms a bag for holding items. The balloon and bag are preferably constructed unitarily from sheets of heat-sealable film. The bag may be closed as for example by a tie. The bag may be either opaque, translucent, or transparent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: Anagram International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Greenwald
  • Publication number: 20090025263
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a pop-up article from one or more continuous webs of material using an inline printing press. The article comprises a curved or generally semi-cylindrical pop-up device enclosed within a base piece, such that when the base piece is in a closed position, the pop-up device lies flat therein, but when the base piece is moved to an open position, the pop-up device is forced outwardly from the base piece to form a curved or generally semi-cylindrical shape. The method comprises processing a first web or ribbon to define a base piece having a front and back cover, processing a second web or ribbon to define a pop-up device, separating the pop-up device from the second web or ribbon, adhering a tab of the pop-up device to the front cover, adhering a front flap of the pop-up device to the rear cover, and separating the article from the first web or ribbon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: John Robert Ross, Jeffrey T. Stanlaw, John Robert Muessig
  • Publication number: 20080153685
    Abstract: A method of making a dunnage product from a continuous length of stock material having a cohesive on at least one surface thereof comprises the step of converting the stock material into a relatively less dense configuration with at least two cohesive portions of the stock material being attached together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Robert C. Cheich, Judith L. Skiba
  • Patent number: 7235115
    Abstract: The method of forming pleated filter media includes providing a generally planar web of filter material, folding the web to form a pleated web having a plurality of fold lines, arranging the plurality of pleats in a first spaced configuration defined by a first distance between adjacent pleat tips, applying a continuous strand of adhesive to the web, and adjusting the arrangement of the plurality of pleats into a second spaced configuration defined by a second distance between adjacent pleat tips. The web has a front face and a rear face. Each fold line is intermediate oppositely sloping first and second wall surfaces. The plurality of fold lines form a plurality of pleats having a first plurality of pleat tips and a second plurality of pleat valleys. The second distance is different from the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Dean R. Duffy, Donald E. Young, Lowell E. Christensen, Douglas C. Sundet
  • Patent number: 7172545
    Abstract: A method of manufacture comprising the following steps: (a) continuously advancing a web of bag making material at a first rate; (b) continuously joining portions of a downstream portion of a fastener tape to respective portions of the continuously advancing web of bag making material; (c) intermittently advancing an upstream portion of the fastener tape while the downstream portion is advancing continuously, the halt at the end of each intermittent advance being the start of the next work cycle, the upstream portion of the fastener tape being stationary during a respective dwell time of each work cycle and advancing during the remainder of each work cycle at a second rate faster than the first rate; (d) accumulating a portion of the fastener tape disposed between the upstream and downstream portions to compensate for the difference in the first and second rates during the aforementioned remainder of each work cycle; and (e) inserting a respective slider onto the upstream portion of the fastener tape during e
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton Ronald Howell, David C. Wallace
  • Patent number: 7115086
    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: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Automated Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Campbell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6610001
    Abstract: A cushioning conversion machine (20) including a conversion assembly (30) which converts a continuous sheet of multi-ply stock material (22) into a three dimensional cushioning product (32) and a stock supply assembly (550) which supplies the multi-ply stock material (22) to the conversion assembly (30). The conversion assembly (30) includes a forming assembly (52) which inwardly turns lateral portions of the stock material (22) as the stock material (22) travels therethrough in a downstream direction. The stock supply assembly (550) includes a separating device (574) and/or constant-entry device (580) designed to minimize tearing due to excessive tension in the lateral regions of the stock material (22). Additionally or alternatively, the forming assembly (52) includes a shaping member (590) having protrusions in its turning perimeter and/or holding surface to modify the shape of the cushioning product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Harding, Richard O. Ratzel, Thomas E. Manley, Theo Corthout, Roger P. M. Rinkens, Pieter Fennema
  • Patent number: 6534148
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of making cushioning dunnage comprising the steps of providing an elongated band of stock material having lateral edges and a longitudinal axis, the band of stock material being formed from at least two elongated paper webs adhered together along the lengths of the webs by glue applied to one of the webs in a gluing area having a length along a longitudinal axis of the one web and a width transverse to the one web longitudinal axis, the transverse location of glue applied to the gluing area varying as a function of the longitudinal location along the gluing area; driving the band longitudinally; folding the lateral edges of the band laterally inwardly; alternatingly crumpling the band longitudinally on first one side of the longitudinal axis of the band and then on the other side of the longitudinal axis of the band to form pleats in the band; and connecting the pleats in the band by compressing the band through the thickness of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Naturembal S.A.
    Inventor: Theodore Baumuller
  • Patent number: 6517660
    Abstract: A method of forming a reclosable gusseted bag is disclosed wherein a carrier tape webs having discrete sections of mating profile separated by profile free sections is introduced between two bag walls and sealed to the bag wall tops or adjacent thereto. The carrier tape webs are sealed to the bag wall films and cross seals are made in the bag wall films and carrier tape webs through the profile free sections. Side gussets are formed by pushing a part of the bag walls and the profile free sections of the carrier tape web between the profiles so that when the bag is closed a part of the gussets are captured between the mated profiles. A bottom gusset is formed in the bag bottom and a peel seal may be provided below the profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Ausnit
  • 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: 6074333
    Abstract: The present invention provides a machine for cutting at least two components of a multi-component workpiece from webs of material which are moving at different speeds relative to one another, and depositing the two cut components on a third web of material moving at yet a different speed.The machine cuts the first component from a moving first web, transfers the cut component to overlie a moving web of second material, and cuts the second component from the second web while the first component overlies and falls, either wholly or partially, within the cut boundaries of the second component. The mated first and second cut components are then transferred by the machine to a web of third material.An optional embossing roller imparts a pattern to the stacked cut first and second components as they pass between the embossing and anvil rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory John Rajala, Daniel James Oshefsky, Thomas Raymond Holston
  • Patent number: 6059710
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for manufacturing a multi-component product comprising at least two components cut from moving webs of material, registering the components with respect to one another, and depositing the registered components on a web of moving material. The components have respective leading and trailing edges, a longitudinal center line, and a longitudinal center defined by a point midway on said longitudinal center line between said leading and trailing edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory John Rajala, Daniel James Oshefsky, Thomas Raymond Holston
  • Patent number: 6027438
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting a dip strip within a flexible pouch. The apparatus has a first advance means for advancing a predetermined length of the dip strip material and a punch means for punching a hole in the material. The apparatus has a second advance means for advancing the strips of the flexible pouch material and an insertion means for inserting the dip strip material between the strips of the flexible material. The apparatus also includes a side sealing means for sealing a plurality of lateral lines along the strips of the flexible material and a cross sealing means for sealing the dip strip material between the strips of the flexible material in the vicinity of the dip strip hole such that a transverse seal line is created and the flexible pouch is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Steven G. Frazier, Hsar Hmun, Steven Gosling, Michael Coo
  • Patent number: 5924971
    Abstract: A cushioning conversion machine for converting a sheet-like stock material into a dunnage product. The machine includes a set of rotating members movable between a first position whereat they interact to deform the sheet-like stock material as it travels therethrough and a second position whereat they are separated a sufficient distance to permit easy threading of the stock material during loading of the machine. A mechanism is provided for selectively moving the rotating members between the first and second positions to permit easy threading of the stock material during loading of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: James A. Simmons
  • Patent number: 5818719
    Abstract: An apparatus for controllably registering two continuously moving layers of material is provided. One of the layers of material has a plurality of reference marks representing a plurality of separate and distinct components, and the other of the continuously moving layers has a respective plurality of different components thereon. The apparatus controls the distance between reference marks to a selected distance, and controllably registers each reference mark to a respective component of the continuously moving second layer. An article is provided in which a graphic is controllably registered within a designated area thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark, Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Griffiths Brandon, Louis Maurice Chapdelaine, Leonard Michael Kaczmarzyk, Scott Lee Kastman, Marci Elizabeth Kuske, Thomas Michael Lager, Stephen Lawrence Miller, Robert Lee Popp, Richard Thomas Wehrle, Devertt DeWayne Woolwine
  • Patent number: 5776044
    Abstract: A method of making continuous rolls of a thin laminate composite that is ideally suited for the large scale production of reclosable bags which can be used for sealably packaging a wide variety of articles, including food products. The bags of the invention, after being opened, can quickly and easily be closed by rolling the open end downwardly upon itself in a manner to sealably deform one or more inelastic, malleable metal filaments which are encapsulated within at least one of the laminate side walls of the bag. The novel laminate composite material produced by the method of the invention comprises first and second thin layers of film between which one or more length of the thin malleable metal filaments are sealably encapsulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: Donald Clark
  • Patent number: 5776300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device of regulating a running position of unsealing tape for packing film, in which in the normal operation unsealing tape runs on a linear normal running position disposed between projecting portions and by being guided by the projecting portions and while being in contact therewith, if the unsealing tape runs on the outside of an annular groove by being shifted to either side in the width direction, as a result of a relative movement of the annular groove in the direction reverse to the rotational direction of the regulating roller with the rotation of the regulating roller, the unsealing tape gradually enters the annular groove by being guided by corner portions and on the side of openings produced by separating portions and while being in an abrasive contact therewith, thereafter, the unsealing tape is drawn to the normal running position by being guided by approaching portions and while being in contact therewith and finally the unsealing tape is returned to the normal
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Tokyo Automatic Machinery Works, Ltd
    Inventor: Taizo Ogata
  • Patent number: 5601521
    Abstract: The source materials are supplied in continuous strips of cardboard situated initially in separated planes laterally offset from each other. Longitudinal grooves are made along the strips, dividing them into longitudinal bands. The strips are overlapped and glued under pressure to join them together. Once glued they are cut into pieces. The pieces constitute the folded dividers, made up of sections and folded and glued sections which form the union between the sections of each strip. Optionally, narrower sections are glued directly onto the sides of a box, or to sheets glued in their turn to the sides of the box. The upper edges of the divider can be straight or present recesses. The divider formed by strips glued by the sections which make up sections at right angles to the strips is folded and unfolded at the same time as the box into which it is fitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Videcart, S.A.
    Inventor: Maria J. Plamas Xapelli
  • Patent number: 5588945
    Abstract: A device for and method of spacing a corrugating guide finger relative to a corrugating roll. The device includes a tail and a head. The head has a slot therethrough for sliding receipt of the corrugating guide finger. To space the finger, the slot is slidingly received onto the finger and the tail simultaneously contacts the inner surface of the finger and the outer surface of the corrugating roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Corrugated Gear & Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Lauderbaugh
  • Patent number: 5568877
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a container for the temporary storage of foods is disclosed. The container includes a corrugated medium having a single backer paper thus creating an exposed corrugated surface on a side opposite the backer. The food container is formed such that the exposed corrugation is located towards an interior surface of the container. The method of manufacture involves fabrication of a single-face sheet of corrugated material to which is affixed a tape liner along opposed side edges of the sheet. A wider tape is affixed to the sheet intermediate the lateral edge tapes. The sheet is then cut along a longitudinal midline of the intermediate tape and also across the sheet to form discrete blanks. The blanks are substantially single-face corrugated material but have double-face corrugated material along the lateral edges where the tape was applied. Thereafter, the blank may be further cut, scored and folded to form containers having a single-face,bottom panel and double-face side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Assignee: Boise Cascade Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick A. Rench
  • Patent number: 5564259
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a resealable tubular form fill package is provided. A supply of thin thermoplastic film is continuously fed over a filling spout and formed into a tubular shape by bringing the lateral edges of the film together in an abutting face-to-face relationship. The faces of the edges are brought together at a seal location to form a fin seal. A supply of zipper closure is continuously fed adjacent the film material and adhered to the film. The film and the zipper closure are sealed and cut to produce a form fill package having a zipper closure. The zipper closure and film may be cut and sealed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: KCL Corporation
    Inventor: Robert C. Stolmeier
  • Patent number: 5527255
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of preparing stacks of individual wet, dripless disposable towels ready for sealed packing. The apparatus includes a creel for rollably supporting a plurality of continuous rolls of disposable towel stock material formed of non-woven cotton cloth and the like. The apparatus in step sequence includes a guide for merging each length of towel stock material together and edgewise aligned after being drawn from each roll to form a web. The web is then drawn through a flood box whereinto a suitable washing and/or dermicidal liquid is pumped to completely saturate the web to produce a liquid saturated web portion. A squeeze roller arrangement positioned immediately adjacent the flood box removes some of the liquid from the saturated wet portion to produce a wet, dripless web portion which uniformly contains a preselected liquid content, depending upon preselected tensioning of the rollers. A collecting tank positioned below the flood box and the squeeze rollers collects excess liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Inventor: Peter W. Mansfield
  • Patent number: 5412925
    Abstract: A product required to be kept in a clean environment is packaged by removing outer layers of a multi-layer film and immediately thereafter introducing its inner core sheet inside a clean room. A bag with an opening is produced inside the clean room by superposing and sealing together two of such core sheets, by splitting one core sheet into two sub-layers and superposing and sealing together these two sub-layers or by folding one core sheet and superposing and sealing together its folded parts. The product may be packaged in such a bag either by using the same apparatus which makes the bag or by using another apparatus. The bag is made of a multi-layered material, and its outer layer is peeled off immediately before it is put inside a clean room to be torn apart and to have the produce taken out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Y.A.C. Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Tani, Toshiaki Kimura
  • Patent number: 5403428
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for producing communication articles such as postcards, envelopes or the like in each of which display surfaces for information or the like are separably bonded with a synthetic resin therebetween by heating for concealing information such as correspondence or a printed display medium and then mailing it. It is an object of the invention to enable easy and smooth separating of a film-containing sheet and accurate insertion of a film in a sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Toyo Shokuhin Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiromichi Shingo, Yukio Sasayama, Itaru Murakami, Yukio Kii, Eiji Yonekura
  • Patent number: 5300010
    Abstract: A mechanical apparatus and method for producing a folded paper rose from an elongated strip of paper. The apparatus is operated by feeding an elongated paper strip through a rotating shuttle assembly, and securing the end of the paper strip onto a slotted stem which is rotated simultaneously with the shuttle assembly. Rotating the shuttle assembly causes a pair of shuttles to cooperate with a paper folding member adjacent the ends of the shuttles to produce a series of sequential folds in the paper strip. Meanwhile, the stem is simultaneously rotating to assemble the folded paper around the stem. Once the paper is fully assembled around the stem the folded paper strip is compressed toward the top of the stem to form a compact flower assembly at the end of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred D. Eddins
  • Patent number: 5203935
    Abstract: A teartape for packaging materials, and particularly such materials based on polyolefin films, includes a base film coated with a pressure sensitive adhesive composition. The teartape is affixed to the packaging material by the adhesive composition. This avoids the problem of distortion which can occur when affixing conventional teartapes to such packaging materials by means of hot melt wax compositions. The teartape is applied to moving packaging material by controlling the speed of the teartape in accordance with the speed of the packaging material so as to reduce tension imbalance. The speed of the teartape may be controlled in dependence upon the tension in the teartape. This can be achieved by supplying the teartape from a dispenser having a brake means (4,5) and a drive means (10,11,12) for regulating the speed of the teartape in dependence on the tension in the teartape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Payne Packaging Limited
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. May, Brian F. Davis, Wladyslaw L. Nowak
  • Patent number: 5194063
    Abstract: A garland making device which comprises an arm rotatable about an axis formed by a stand securable to a work surface, the arm being rotatable by a crank. There is associated with and rotates simultaneously with the arm, a spool to feed a core cord or wire to an operator who adds sections of garland to the core at any desired rate of formation. The arm also provides and feeds from an independent source and by rotation of the arm wire which is wrapped by the arm around the foliage and core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Classico Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Celia Kalm, Owen McKimm
  • Patent number: 5188581
    Abstract: A converter mechanism and method for producing a relatively narrow width and small size cushioning dunnage product of pad-like form, from sheet-like stock material. A conversion kit comprising a funnel-like chute member and a coacting elongated generally rectangular shaped (in top plan) bar former is provided for conversion of a known cushioning dunnage converter into one which can produce the relatively narrow and small size pad-like cushioning dunnage product of the invention. The bar former has its forwardmost end disposed generally adjacent the exit end of the funnel-like chute member, with its rearward end extending rearwardly of the entrance to the funnel-like chute member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Bruno H. Baldacci
  • Patent number: 5129875
    Abstract: This invention is related to a manufacturing process of covering foils of packing boxes extending over at least one edge of the box. The process comprises the steps of cutting slots in a film (3) of rigid transparent material, of glueing a film (4) of flexible transparent plastic material to the prepared film, and of cutting covering foils from the resulting composite material.This invention is also related to the foils made in this way and to the packing boxes provided with such covering foils for the windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Inventor: Francois Chaygneaud-Dupuy
  • Patent number: 5114393
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing sacks, made of polyethylene or other heat-sealable material, obtained by superposing two films or sheets which are unwound from respective rolls and are submitted to a pair of longitudinal welds to form a tube, and to transverse welds cuts. The edges of one of the sheets are formed with a re-entrant fold whereby the edges will overlap, with a portion of their outer faces, corresponding portions of the inner face of the other sheet. When only one of the sheets is folded at the edges, the welding of the overlapped end portions is effected by a single respective sealing bar acting on the outer face of the edges to be joined and having an opposite stationary contrasting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: B.L. Macchine Automatiche S.r.l.
    Inventor: Natale Vettorato
  • Patent number: 5078670
    Abstract: Pop-up items are provided which can either be mounted in three-dimensional form on a suitable supporting surface by means of pressure-sensitive adhesive carried by the item or can be affixed to facing panels of a letter or pages of a book. The item may include one or more basepieces plus a pop-up element or a pop-up element alone in the form of one or two panels. When one basepiece is attached, or when mounted between facing panels, upon opening, the pop-up element assumes a three-dimensional configuration as a result of pressure-sensitive adhesive bonding to the surface of a facing panel or page. A variety of methods for the mass production of such pop-up items from a continuous web, e.g., the printed and die-cut web from a web press, facilitate their inexpensive fabrication. These items are preferably marketed or distributed in groups, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: One Up, Inc.
    Inventor: John K. Volkert
  • Patent number: 5009633
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing the outer cloth bag for an upright vacuum cleaner in which the bag material of a predetermined width is unwound from a reel an fed through guides, material folders and a double headed sewing machine. At the same time zipper chains are fed from rolls on the right and left side of the moving bag material. The zippers are sewn on opposite side edges of the bag, the bag material is cut into predetermined sized panels, and thereafter the side edges of the panels are folded and the zipper halves zipped up to form a tube. At least one open end is closed to form a bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: White Consolidated Industires, Inc.
    Inventor: Oral M. Smaling
  • Patent number: 4963125
    Abstract: Promotional pieces including pop-up structures and methods for mass production on a web press or the like are disclosed. After manipulating the web to create a double thickness in a region of two pop-up panels, die-cutting of the double-thickness region creates an identical pattern along edges of these panels which creates a desired artistic effect found earlier in hand-assembled items. These pieces may have a pop-up structure which includes a tunnel-like construction having apertures formed along a hinge line between two panels. Die-cutting may also be performed along both edges of a pair of folded-over pop-up panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: One-Up, Inc.
    Inventor: John K. Volkert
  • Patent number: 4931035
    Abstract: A mailer having an oversized insert and method wherein an interior ply is transversely folded and adhered to an unfolded interior ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Wallace Computer Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Schmidt