Securing Patents (Class 493/394)
  • Patent number: 10118754
    Abstract: A method of folding a pant-like disposable absorbent garment includes providing a garment defining first and second waist side regions, a waist center region positioned therebetween, and a crotch region longitudinally below the waist center region. In particular embodiments, the method further includes folding the garment along a transversely extending fold line so as to bring the crotch region into superposed relation with the waist center region; providing a chute having a floor and first and second side walls; urging the garment into the chute; and, while the garment is in the chute, folding the garment along longitudinally extending first and second fold lines so as to position the first and second waist side regions over the waist center region. The first and second fold lines are adjacent the first and second side walls, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason K. Sieck, Bradley Schoon, Brian R. Vogt, Stephen A. Kolasinski
  • Patent number: 9918881
    Abstract: A method of folding a pant-like disposable absorbent garment includes providing a garment defining first and second waist side regions, a waist center region positioned therebetween, and a crotch region longitudinally below the waist center region. In particular embodiments, the method further includes folding the garment along a transversely extending fold line so as to bring the crotch region into superposed relation with the waist center region; providing a trough having a floor and first and second side walls; placing the waist center region in the trough; and, while the garment is in the trough, folding the garment along longitudinally extending first and second fold lines so as to position the first and second waist side regions, respectively, over the waist center region. The first and second fold lines are adjacent the first and second side walls, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Schoon, Brian R. Vogt, Stephen A. Kolasinski
  • Patent number: 9314380
    Abstract: A continuous web processing device including a folding unit that extends in a conveyance direction. The folding unit has a central guide that comes into contact with the bottom of the crotch part of an absorbent article being processed, a pair of side guides that come into contact with the front waistline portion and the rear waistline portion of the absorbent article, and a superimposing roller that superimposes the front waistline portion and the rear waistline portion one on the other. A spacing between the pair of side guides becomes narrower in the downstream conveyance direction. Ends of the side guides are located further upstream than an end of the central guide. The superimposing roller superimposes the front waistline portion and the rear waistline portion of the absorbent article one on the other downstream from the side guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamamoto, Kenji Takeuchi, Fumihito Kawazu
  • Publication number: 20150114909
    Abstract: A light weight oriented net or netting assembly is provided for oil capture and containment. The netting assembly is made by biaxially stretching or orienting starting materials to form a pattern of oriented strands and integral junctions that, while being light in weight, is also strong enough to be used to capture and remove oil from contaminated water without an outer stabilizing jacket. The assembly is preferably made from oriented polypropylene netting that is folded, gathered, bunched and/or otherwise layered upon itself on the order of 16-64 times and then crimped in one or more locations to secure the netting layers in a bow tie or tubular configuration that forms net cavities and an open cell structure to capture and contain oil that has been dispersed in water. Oil in the netting assembly can then be removed, such as by pressing or other removal process, after which the netting assembly may be reused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: TENSAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew David STEWART, Brian Edward CONNELLY, Daniel Charles HABICHT
  • Patent number: 9005094
    Abstract: A method of forming a valve bag suitable for filling with, for example, powder, grain, cement, animal foodstuffs, via a chute tube inserted into the valve, including forming a combined web from two webs of material, including steps of forming the combined web into a plurality of bag sections, sealing the bag sections at one side such that a valve portion is defined, separating the two webs and moving them outwardly until the bag sections are turned inside, and sealing the two webs to form a valve bag having an strong, effective seal and a valve portion for filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Jenton International Limited
    Inventor: Richard Little
  • Publication number: 20140283863
    Abstract: An applicator configured to allow a user to apply liquids to hard-to-reach areas of the user's body, such as the back. The applicator includes an elongated rectangular body of flexible material with looped ends made with a full-width of the body. The body is configured to receive and support the liquid as the user applies the liquid to their back. The looped ends are configured to allow the user to easily maneuver the applicator while keeping the body taught during application. The user inserts a finger in an opening through each end and pulls the ends in an opposite direction to span the applicator's full elongated length and width. This allows the applicator to reach remote areas of the body while allowing the user to easily apply even pressure along the full width of the liquid soaked applicator to evenly and accurately apply the liquid to a chosen body location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Spencer Asset Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Spencer Krenke
  • Publication number: 20140272412
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for forming a flex-column includes a three-sided column having a triangular cross-sectional shape, an open first end, an open second end, and three corners, each one of the three sides including a flex line dividing each of the three sides into two portions, at least one perforation along an edge of each one of the two portions wherein the edge of each one of the two portions coincides with one of the three corners and at least one non-perforation along an edge of each one of the two portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CAL POLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jay Singh, Evan Cernokus
  • Publication number: 20140230385
    Abstract: A filter for insertion into an air filter enclosure includes a pleated, collapsible filter having a flexible support member and a filter media layer, a top end cap and a bottom end cap. Side edges of the filter media layer cover the edges of the support member. The top end cap is configured for slidably mechanical attachment to a top portion of the enclosure. Weights and/or magnets are provided on the bottom end cap. The top end cap is guided into the top portion of the enclosure, after which the pleated media is released causing the bottom end cap to drop within the enclosure and magnetically attach itself to the bottom of the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: RPS Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Schuld, Donald N. Jursich, Paul G. Juettner
  • Publication number: 20140222152
    Abstract: Provided herein are implantable intervertebral disc devices, and methods of making the same. For example, an implantable intervertebral disc device comprises an engineered annulus fibrosus (AF) scaffold that can mimic its native-like cross alignment of pores/channels within the AF region, and can be served as a scaffolding material for cell and matrix alignment. Accordingly, methods of treating a disease or disorder associated with degeneration of an intervertebral disc in a subject are also provided herein, e.g., by replacing the degenerated intervertebral disc of the subject with an implantable intervertebral disc device described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Tufts University
    Inventors: David L. Kaplan, Biman B. Mandal
  • Publication number: 20140199507
    Abstract: A stuffed article, for example a toy, flying disk, bed, or etc., and manufacturing methods of such are disclosed which has volume and which upon destruction by an animal will not release stuffing as with most common stuffed toys, flying disks, or beds. The article is made from at least one material such as fabric, canvas, denim, nylon, fleece, rubber, plastic, leather, rawhide, animal parts, fiber (or other pliable material) which, through the article's configuration and manufacturing process is filled with the same type of material used to form the outer layers, multiple layers may be used for increased strength, and specifically the inner cavity contains material which is one and the same type of material as the outer layer(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Holly Marie Moran
  • Publication number: 20140194268
    Abstract: A decorative gift bag insert having multiple layers of folded decorative sheets, the bag insert having a self-standing base portion and an upper portion composed of fringe members. The bag insert is manufactured by overlapping a plurality of decorative sheets, horizontally folding a plurality of overlapping decorative sheets and cutting the fringe members on the non-folded edges opposite the folded edge, or alternatively cutting the fringe members on opposing edges of the overlapping decorative sheets, then vertically folding the plurality of decorative sheets to create the self-standing base portion suitable for insertion into an open-topped bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Lynda B. Middlemas, Morgan Middlemas
  • Publication number: 20140113792
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing a pre-fastened adjustable pant-like disposable absorbent undergarment including a fully severed front body panel is disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing a moving web and first creating an altered area on the moving web at an altering station to define a leading portion of the moving web and a trailing portion of the moving web connected at the altered area. The moving web then passes through a fastener attachment station to bridge the connected leading portion and trailing portion together with a fastener assembly that extends over the altered area. Finally, the moving web is then passed through a web breaking station to completely separate the leading portion and trailing portion of the moving web at the altered area, such that the leading portion and trailing portion remained bridged together by the fastener assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Andrew Verboomen, Joseph A. Mlinar, Bradley William Schoon, Brian Keith Rhodes, Steven Alan Kolasinski
  • Publication number: 20140106952
    Abstract: A method for forming a double-sided loop strap includes: receiving a continuous longitudinal strip of loop material including a strip-form base bearing a field of upstanding loops on a fastening side of the strip bounded by opposite longitudinal edges, folding each of the longitudinal edges away from the fastening side, such that the base overlaps itself, and securing the folded edges in place by permanently bonding together overlapped areas of the base to form the double-sided loop strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Mary L. Watts, James T. Grady, Andrew Collins
  • Publication number: 20140059817
    Abstract: Described, is a paper clip with improved performance and appearance. The paper clip comprises a lower envelope section formed from a face and a lower back part connected by a set of edges. An upper envelope section is formed from the face and an upper back part connected by a set of edges. A fold line is formed along the face. The upper envelope section is folded along the fold line such that by folding the upper envelope section along the fold line, the lower envelope section is able to receive corners of several pieces of paper. The lower envelope section is formed such that it serves as a fulcrum for the corners of the pieces of paper to be bent around to secure the pieces of paper. In a desired aspect, the paper clip is formed of paper or other sheet stock material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Nadim William George, Edward Michael Goldsmith
  • Publication number: 20140011655
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for folding and engaging side panels of a training pant are provided. The training pant comprises a leading portion, a trailing portion, a central portion, and a first pair of side panels and a second pair of side panels attached to the central portion. The central portion of the training pant is folded about a transverse axis to form a folded training pant. Portions of the first pair of side panels and second pair of side panels are engaged while the central portion of the folded training pant is received by at least one recessed seat. The at least one recessed seat is located on at least one of a first belt and a second belt of a conveyance system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: FAMECCANICA.DATA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gabriele Sablone, Paolo Pasqualoni
  • Publication number: 20130317406
    Abstract: Dressings, systems, and methods for treating a tissue site on a patient involve allowing liquids from the tissue site or a priming fluid to evaporate and exit the dressing through a liquid-impermeable, vapor-permeable membrane. The dressing is able to process more liquids than would otherwise be possible without evaporation and potentially to create reduced pressure. Other dressings, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Timothy Mark Robinson, Aidan Marcus Tout
  • Publication number: 20130190157
    Abstract: The cloth of different size and form is fixed on a surface, fastening elements are fixed in the body of the cloth preventing their movement along the cloth, the fastening elements are chosen considering the need for multiple folding and prompt fastening of fastening elements in the folded position. A fastening element is folded lengthwise along the rectangular edge of the surface at a 90° angle, then folded again at a 90° angle. In another embodiment a fastening element is folded crosswise along rounded edge of the surface, the edge of the fastening element, after going round the surface, should be adjacent the inner side of the surface. In another embodiment a fastening element is folded crosswise along figured edge of the surface repeating its form, the edge of the fastening element after folding along the edge of the surface, should be adjacent the inner side of the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Tamara Teimurazovna GOGIBERIDZE
  • Publication number: 20130082096
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a container pre-assembly and a container having a combination panel and a tear-out section, the tear-out section configured to be separated from an erected container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: YORK CONTAINER CORPORATION
    Inventor: YORK CONTAINER CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130075347
    Abstract: A filtration device to filter cooking oil is provided having an upper layer comprised of a filter paper and a lower layer comprised of a filter pad. The filter paper of the upper layer includes pleats defining a plurality of food particle receiving channels over a substantial portion of a central area of the filter paper. The filter pad is stitched to a peripheral portion of the filter paper to form a multi-layered filtration device having a central pleated region in which the upper and the lower layers are unbonded to each other. The central pleated region is configured to accumulate food particles above a threshold size as the filter paper and filter pad cooperatively filter cooking oil during a filtration operation. Methods of making and using filtration devices are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: CLARIFICATION TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Clarification Technology, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130059713
    Abstract: An absorbent-body manufacturing apparatus manufactures an absorbent body by depositing absorbent-body material in a plurality of recess sections spaced at an arrangement pitch on an outer circumferential face of a drum. The apparatus has a driving source that drives the drum in synchronization with another apparatus based on a synchronization signal. First and second signal-generating sections repeatedly generate first and second rotational-angle signals based on a rotation of the drum with a rotational angle of the drum as a unit, the rotational angle of the drum corresponding to first and second pitches, respectively. Depending on whether the arrangement pitch is set to the first or second pitch, a controller controls rotational driving operation of the driving source based on the first or second rotational-angle signal and on the synchronization signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: UNI-CHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takumi Nakano
  • Publication number: 20120279186
    Abstract: A compact filter has a compact filter element for exchangeable use in a filter housing and the compact filter element has a filter body of a web-shaped filter medium. The web-shaped filter medium has at least one flat filter medium web and one corrugated filter medium web that are placed onto each other and at least partially connected to each other by ultrasonic welding. At least one of the flat and corrugated filter medium webs is a composite filter medium web of at least two components, wherein at least one component is a synthetic material and one component is a non-synthetic material. The non-synthetic material is a plant-derived material and forms a support of the composite filter medium web and the synthetic material is a synthetic layer applied on the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: MANN+HUMMEL GMBH
    Inventors: Michael HEIM, Thomas SIEBER, Josef ROHRMEIER, Klaus GEHWOLF, Joachim-Paul KRIEGER, Sven EPLI, Tanja MAJER, Andrés MORENO LINARES, Jobst EISENGRAEBER-PABST
  • Patent number: 8211001
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for applying runners (32) on closure profiles (22), comprising various actuator means (110, 120, 130, 140) driven by a common driving means (150), including a wheel (110) for driving a chain of runners (32) temporarily linked together by breakable bridges (34) in order to transfer successively each runner (32) towards an application station on the closure profiles (22); characterized in that the device includes means (170) for manually disengaging the driving wheel (110) relative to the other actuator members (120, 130, 140). The invention also relates to a method and a machine implementing the above-mentioned runner application device, and to the closure profiles and bags thus obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: S2F Flexico
    Inventor: Isabelle Moulin
  • Publication number: 20120157283
    Abstract: A method for turning a pliable member extending laterally from a precursor structure is disclosed. The method may include conveying the precursor structure in a machine direction on a conveyor at a conveyance speed, receiving at least a portion of the pliable member onto an operative twisting moving surface defined by a twisted moving belt situated alongside the conveyor, retaining the portion of the pliable member in contact with the operative twisting moving surface, and driving the twisted moving belt at a speed coordinated with the conveyance speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Yoichiro Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20120130335
    Abstract: Hygienic tampon (1) consisting of absorbent fibrous material on the basis of natural and/or artificial fibers of each desired structure, which is formed into at least approximately cylindrical blank (10), which is symmetric with regard to a longitudinal axis (100) defining a direction of inserting the tampon (1) into each desired cavity of a human body. Such tampon (1) comprises four pairs of grooves (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18), which are equidistantly arranged in the circumferential direction of the tampon (1). Two pairs of grooves (11, 13, 15, 17) having a pre-determined width (B1) and depth (T1) are pressed in two planes being perpendicular to each other and coincide with the longitudinal axis (100). The other pairs of grooves (12, 14, 16, 18) having a pre-determined width (B2) and depth (T2) are pressed in two planes, which are perpendicular to each other and coincide with the longitudinal axis (100) under 45° with respect to previously mentioned planes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: TOSAMA TOVARNA SANITETNEGA MATERIALA D.D.
    Inventor: Andrej Zabret
  • Publication number: 20120127480
    Abstract: A device for analyzing the topography of a surface (2) of a substrate (1) travelling on a substantially planar course with axes X, Y and Z defining an orthonormal frame of reference of the space. The surface (2) is substantially parallel to the plane XY. A device (10) for structured lighting of the surface (2) engages with a device (20) for measuring light backscattered by the surface (2) in order to analyze topography of the surface(2) during travel of the substrate (1). The lighting device (10) projecting a light beam (F) with an angle of incidence ‘a’ onto the surface (2), to form a plurality ‘n’ of luminous streaks (S1, S2, . . . Sn) thereon. Each luminous streak (S) forms an angle ‘b’ with the axis X1. The measurement device (20) includes a linear camera located in a plane P secant to the plane XY and the plane XZ, the intersection of the plane P with the plane XY forming angles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: BOBST SA
    Inventors: Francis Pilloud, Matthieu Richard, Benoît Rosset
  • Publication number: 20120065566
    Abstract: There is provided herein a bandage folded upon itself to have a plurality of panels or rolled and a device having an elongated body portion and end elements at its two opposite ends sized and shaped to extend through several panels of the folded bandage, and retain the bandage in a folded configuration, while allowing a user to unfold the bandage without removing the device. The bandage may be unfolded, panel-by-panel, by pulling on an end panel of the bandage, causing it to be released from the device, and pulling on released panels or topmost retained panels to free the topmost retained panels, each in turn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: FIRST CARE PRODUCTS LTD.
    Inventor: Bernard Bar-Natan
  • Patent number: 8105304
    Abstract: Folded disposable pants which include an outer wear sheet of pants shape and an absorbent main body adhered to a skin-contacting surface side in the outer wear sheet, wherein elastic members are added at least to circumferences of a waist opening and a leg opening. The folded disposable pants are formed by folding back a crotch part of the disposable pants over a center pants part on the upside of the crotch part, folding back a left lateral part and a right lateral part of the pants over the center pants part, and then folding back an upper pants part in which the left and the right lateral parts of the pants are overlapped with each other, over a downside part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Livedo Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Uda
  • Patent number: 8011831
    Abstract: A zipper tape includes a pair of a male member and a female member including engagement portions and belt-like bases, continued to the engagement portions. The belt-like base includes a seal base defined by widening the belt-like base a larger width from the engagement portions to a crosswise end of the belt-like base than that of the belt-like base. A bond layer and an easy-peel layer are layered on a surface of the seal base in side of the engagement portion and heat-fused to a bag body. The seal base is formed of polypropylene. The bond layer is formed of a mixture of polypropylene and low density polyethylene. The easy-peel layer is formed of a mixture of low density polyethylene and polypropylene. A ratio of polypropylene in the easy-peel layer is smaller than a ratio of polypropylene in the bond layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Idemitsu Unitech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Tanaka, Ryo Katada
  • Publication number: 20110127317
    Abstract: The folder is formed from a single sheet, folded along a fold line to form opposing walls. Each wall, at its top, includes a retaining portion that folds over a metal or plastic channel rod and includes a series of horizontally-spaced holes. The holes extend vertically over the lower edge or a rib of the channel rod. Each channel rod extends laterally past the edge of the folder and includes notches or hook ends that engage a pair of rails. Each tab includes a clip portion that opens downward. The clip portion includes two vertically-oriented inner faces, one or both of which includes inward-facing dimples or protrusions that fit at least partially into the holes in the retaining portion. At least one optional protrusion may be locating, meaning that the top of the protrusion does not engage the channel rod when the tab is fully attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Marvin Halfen, David J. Gilbertson
  • Publication number: 20110099863
    Abstract: A display device including a generally planar sheath member having a first panel and a second panel with a space therebetween; the sheath member including at least one window opening on the first panel and having at least one window element positioned to cover the window opening. The at least one window element having first display material thereon, and second display material arranged on a facing portion of the second panel. The display device further includes a slide member disposed in the space and movable between a first position in which the slide member is substantially wholly received within the space such that the first display material is visible and such that the slide member covers the second display material and a second position in which the first display material and the second display material are visible. A blank for forming the display device and a method for producing a display device from the blank are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: DIMENSIONAL PRODUCTS LTD.
    Inventor: David Burtch
  • Publication number: 20110098170
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing a cell-like honeycomb structure, formed from a plurality of thermoplastic sheets (101) attached to each other, wherein contoured areas (2a and 3a) are provided in each sheet, and each free sheet (101b) is attached to an adjacent sheet (101a) of an intermediate block (21) formed by the different sheets previously attached therebetween, welding at least some of the flat areas (3a and 2b) contacting this free sheet and this adjacent sheet with a laser source along a continuous line (L) parallel to the contour axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Marc Le Monnier
  • Patent number: 7762046
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for making a hard pack cigarette package composed of a transparent material that includes an inner frame that is also composed of a transparent material. The package is assembled using a hot-melt adhesive material to bind the package together as well as to bind the inner frame insert and a foil wrapped assemblage of smoking articles to the package. The hot-melt adhesive material is applied by an electronically controlled hot-melt adhesive applicator working in conjunction with a uniform contrast roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Jerry Wayne Pipes, Wesley Steven Jones, Randy Lee McKnight
  • Publication number: 20090283580
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a method of manufacturing packaging and resulting packaging and associated pre-assemblies and blanks are provided, which, when utilized, result in packaging that has increased side panel strength and corner strength so as to enable effective vertical stacking of packaging when the packaging includes product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: YORK CONTAINER COMPANY
    Inventor: Troy LITTLE
  • Publication number: 20090022435
    Abstract: A zipper tape includes a pair of a male member and a female member including engagement portions and belt-like bases, continued to the engagement portions. The belt-like base includes a seal base defined by widening the belt-like base a larger width from the engagement portions to a crosswise end of the belt-like base than that of the belt-like base. A bond layer and an easy-peel layer are layered on a surface of the seal base in side of the engagement portion and heat-fused to a bag body. The seal base is formed of polypropylene. The bond layer is formed of a mixture of polypropylene and low density polyethylene. The easy-peel layer is formed of a mixture of low density polyethylene and polypropylene. A ratio of polypropylene in the easy-peel layer is smaller than a ratio of polypropylene in the bond layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Kenichi Tanaka, Ryo Katada
  • Patent number: 7413535
    Abstract: The method of forming a tamper-evident plastic bag or similar container includes providing a zipper with interlocking first and second profiles with respective first and second flanges. The second flange is longer than the first flange. A distal portion (with respect to the interlocking elements of the profiles) of the second flange is sealed to the web thereby forming a transport seal to carry the zipper with the web through a form, fill and seal machine. At the form fill and seal machine hard seals are formed between the web and the first flange and a proximal portion of the second flange. The transport seal is a peel seal or alternatively the second flange is formed with a frangible section between the distal and proximal portions and the transport seal is a hard seal. In both cases the second flange provides tamper evidence and/or a hermetic barrier for the completed bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Schneider
  • Patent number: 7404787
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for feeding continuous zipper material with sliders to a thermoforming packaging machine that advances the packaging film N package lengths each advance, where N is a positive integer greater than unity. In the packaging machine, pockets are thermoformed in a central zone of the web, while the zipper material is sealed to the web along a lateral zone that is parallel to the machine direction and does not intersect the pockets. A trailing portion of the zipper material in a zipper processing machine is advanced N times every work cycle, one package length per advance. A slider is inserted during each dwell time between advances of the trailing zipper portion. In the zone between the slider insertion device and the zipper sealing station, the zipper material is accumulated each time the zipper material is advanced without concurrent advancement of the packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Lewis Albert Haws
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080093425
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sheet material comprising a plurality of folds defining at least four segments, the sheet material being foldable and unfoldable about said folds, the sheet material comprising first and second securement means, arranged in use to cooperate to releasably secure the sheet material in the folded configuration when folded, and wherein the securement means are located such that the sheet material is foldable to a partially folded configuration comprising three columns of segments in a single row in which the first securement means is located on one outer column and the second securement means is located on the other outer column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventor: George Wallace McDonald
  • Patent number: 7340870
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing double ply packaging bags includes feeding a first packaging web, the first packaging web including a window patch that is cut out or pre-cut, feeding a second packaging web, the second packaging web including another window patch that is cut out or pre-cut, applying a fastener assembly to a fed-through packaging web, perpendicular to a window patch, attaching the fastener assembly to the packaging web, attaching the two packaging webs to each other to form a double ply web, and forming a double ply packaging bag with the double ply web. The double ply packaging bag has a front wall and a back wall, where the front wall and the back wall are each formed by the double ply web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: S2F Flexico
    Inventor: Anthony Roger
  • Patent number: 7338424
    Abstract: A horizontal packaging machine (10) for making fluid-tight packages (11) equipped with zip closure (15) comprises: at least one unit (12) for unwinding a film (13) of synthetic material for packaging a series of products (18); at least one unit (14) for unreeling a pair of tapes (15) to form a zip closure; a shaping tunnel (16) located downstream of the film (13) unreeling unit (12); a sealing unit (20) located downstream of the shaping tunnel (16); Downstream of the sealing unit (20), the machine comprises a power-driven film feed roller (21) designed to apply a uniform pulling force on the film (13) which is unwound and fed into the sealing unit (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: BG Pack S.p.a.
    Inventor: Mario Latronico
  • Patent number: 7322920
    Abstract: A reclosable package comprises a pre-made bag with a post-applied shrouded slider-zipper assembly installed in the mouth of the bag. The bag material comprises a layer made of paper and a layer of thermoplastic material laminated to the paper layer. The shrouded slider-zipper assembly comprises a pair of flanged zipper parts made of thermoplastic material, a slider mounted to the zipper, and a folded web of thermoplastic film material joined to the layer of thermoplastic material of the bag. The flanges of the zipper parts are respectively joined to opposing sides of the folded web. The package is made by an automated process whereby an individual shrouded slider-zipper assembly is cut from a continuous chain of assemblies, inserted into the open mouth of a pre-made bag and tack sealed in place. The assembly is then fully sealed to the bag by a drag sealer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Joel L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7322925
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for mechanically fastening a partially assembled absorbent undergarment during manufacture, a longitudinal folding device is carried by a transport device and moveable between an open configuration in which it receives a partially assembled undergarment, and a closed configuration in which the undergarment is folded longitudinally by the folding device. A first transverse folding device folds a first fastening portion of the undergarment relative to the folding device and generally toward a second fastening portion, and a second transverse folding device carried by the transport device folds the second fastening portion relative to the folding device and generally toward the first fastening portion to facilitate engagement therebetween. A separate retention member is carried by the transport device and draws at least one of the first and second fastening portions against the retention member while the garment is moved by the transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack L. Couillard, Robert Lee Popp
  • Patent number: 7311647
    Abstract: A method of manufacture comprises the following steps: (a) advancing a fastener tape made of flexible thermoplastic material along a process pathway during an indexing portion of a work cycle, the fastener tape not advancing during a dwell time of the work cycle; (b) during each dwell time, deforming the fastener tape at a first fixed station situated along the process pathway; (c) transmitting light toward the fastener tape at a second fixed station while the fastener tape is advancing; and (d) photodetecting a portions of the transmitted light after some or all of the transmitted light has passed the fastener tape, the photodetected portions of the transmitted light being converted into electrical signals; wherein the distance of the fastener tape advanced in step (a) is determined in accordance with an algorithm that takes into account characteristics of electrical signals acquired in step (d) during earlier work cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Delisle, Clifton Ronald Howell, Kevin Owen
  • Patent number: 7261948
    Abstract: A three-dimensional ornament (1) comprising a plurality of folded elements (8), (9), (10), (11), (22) and (23) created from a plurality of nesting cuts (6), (7), (20) and (21) in a planar surface (1). The folded elements (8), (9), (10), (11), (22) and (23) are fastened in opposing planes (15), (16) and (28) so as to give a unique and distinctive appearance. A multitude of three-dimensional ornaments (1) may be fastened together to form a snowflake (19) which may be suspended from a ceiling, tree or the like. The planar surface (1) may have a decorative surface and be of various colors, sizes and textures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Inventor: Mary Edkins
  • Patent number: 7244222
    Abstract: An apparatus used in the manufacture of a thermoplastic zipper having a slider mounted thereon includes a pair of clamp arms disposed on opposing sides of a path of the zipper. The clamp arms are movable in directions substantially perpendicular to the zipper path so as to clamp the thermoplastic zipper to fuse a length thereof. A pair of fingers is disposed on opposing sides of the zipper path. The fingers are movable in directions substantially perpendicular to the zipper path and in directions substantially parallel with the zipper path relative to the clamp arms. The fingers push the slider along the zipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson Home Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Clark Woody, Jeffrey S. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 7211036
    Abstract: A method of making slider-actuated string-zippered packages. The method can be applied on a form-fill-seal machine or a machine that makes packages without filling, and involves transverse application of string zipper material on packaging film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Ausnit
  • Patent number: 7141013
    Abstract: A method of manufacture comprising the steps of extruding a zipper part comprising a plastic closure member that has an interlockable profile and that has a side opposite to the profile; and joining a piece of plastic material to the side of the closure member. The piece is disposed entirely within an elevational range bounded by top and bottom edges of the closure member and is designed to function as a slider end stop. The end stop piece can be joined to the side of the plastic closure member by any one of the following techniques; heating the plastic to a softening temperature and pressing the piece against the softened portion; gluing the piece to the side of the closure member; fastening the piece to the closure member; or injection molding the piece onto the side of the closure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Schneider
  • Patent number: 7100658
    Abstract: Machine for manufacturing mesh bags from a continuous roll of tubular mesh, and for filling and closing said mesh bags, which comprise an expansion device which is perimetric to the tubular mesh, the core expander of which is equipped with a vertical aperture which, as if it were a slot, traverses said core expander and connects the two frontal faces thereof and extends from its base to an intermediate point, for which the core expander adopts an inverted “U” shape, the machine also being fitted with preventive welding means, adapted for partially welding the two frontal faces of the tubular mesh and, as the case may be, the adjoining laminates of thermally weldable material through the aperture of the core expander; a traction device which drags a section of the tubular mesh provided with a bottom; conveyor means; and second and third filling and closing stations, respectively, both being arranged linearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Giro GH, S.A.
    Inventor: Ezequiel Giro Amigo
  • Patent number: 7094300
    Abstract: A finish trim for use in dry wall construction having an elongated core that is configured with a flange having outwardly facing surfaces to which is affixed a pre-shrunk covering strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Continuous Coating Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth N. Harel
  • Patent number: RE42176
    Abstract: Machine for manufacturing mesh bags from a continuous roll of tubular mesh, and for filling and closing said mesh bags, which comprise an expansion device which is perimetric to the tubular mesh, the core expander of which is equipped with a vertical aperture which, as if it were a slot, traverses said core expander and connects the two frontal faces thereof and extends from its base to an intermediate point, for which the core expander adopts an inverted “U” shape, the machine also being fitted with preventive welding means, adapted for partially welding the two frontal faces of the tubular mesh and, as the case may be, the adjoining laminates of thermally weldable material through the aperture of the core expander; a traction device which drags a section of the tubular mesh provided with a bottom; conveyor means; and second and third filling and closing stations, respectively, both being arranged linearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Girnet Internacional, S.L.
    Inventor: Ezequiel Giro Amigo