Dunnage, Wadding, Stuffing, Or Filling Excelsior Patents (Class 493/967)
  • Patent number: 8999490
    Abstract: A dunnage conversion machine for converting stock material into a dunnage product includes a forming assembly and a pulling assembly. The pulling assembly includes at least two grippers movable together through a transfer region in opposition to one another and cooperative to grip therebetween the dunnage strip for advancing the dunnage strip through the transfer region, and at least one of the grippers including an aperture operative to gather and laterally capture therein the dunnage strip as the grippers move through the transfer region. Also disclosed is a severing assembly including a movable blade and a reciprocating actuator connected to the blade by a motion transmitting assembly that moves the blade through a full severing cycle upon a stroke of the actuator in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Kurt Kung, Dieter Schwarz, Dan Coppus
  • Patent number: 8997440
    Abstract: A packaging system (100) includes a controller (102), an input device (104) in communication with the controller (102) that identifies one or more characteristics of the container, an illustration with indicia representing different degrees of fill for a container; and a manual input device (106) in communication with the controller (102) for inputting an estimated degree of fullness of the packing container having one or more articles to be packed correlated with the indicia in the illustration. The controller (102) provides an output signal indicating a quantity of dunnage to dispense to the container based on the input estimated degree of fullness and the one or more identified characteristics of the container. Then the controller can determine the amount of dunnage that needs to be provided to fill the remaining void in the container, and the controller can signal a dunnage dispenser (110) to dispense the determined amount of dunnage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Carlson, Timothy A. Frederick, Joseph J. Harding, Kevin W. Park
  • Patent number: 8920299
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the production of paper cushioning from a paper web (8) rolled up into a supply roll (12), wherein the device has a machine comprising a support device for the pivoted support of the supply roll, a reshaping device (22, 22?, 22?) for reshaping the paper web, and a device for the production of the paper cushioning. A bracket (30) that can be pivoted between a contact position and a releasing position is provided in a region in front of the paper web infeed into the reshaping device, wherein the bracket rests on the paper web in the contact position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pack-Tiger GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Keller
  • Patent number: 8845504
    Abstract: A dunnage handler is disclosed for controlling the outfeed of dunnage from a dunnage mechanism including a first handler portion configured for association with the dunnage mechanism for receiving dunnage therefrom, the first handler portion being reversibly reconfigurable between an accumulator configuration, in which the first handler portion is configured to accumulate the dunnage received from the dunnage mechanism and a discharger configuration, in which the first handler portion is configured to discharge the dunnage received from the dunnage mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wetsch, Robert Tegel
  • Patent number: 8708882
    Abstract: A dunnage machine and system, and a method of producing dunnage. The dunnage machine can have rotatable forming members with recesses formed thereon. Stationary protruding members can extend into the recesses. A cutting system is provided for cutting dunnage produced by the dunnage machine or system, and a lock mechanism is also provided for locking the cutting system when a cover is removed from the dunnage machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Nuevopak Technology Company Limited
    Inventors: Simon C. S. Chan, Jiang Wen Yong
  • Patent number: 8696345
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for providing packaging material, comprising a shaping device (25) that has a couple of motor-driven molding wheels or rolls, a housing support (15) with an interior, an inlet via which packaging material can be fed into the interior, and an outlet via which packaging material can be discharged from the interior in which the molding wheels are arranged. The molding wheels are rotatably mounted on the housing support and each define an axis of rotation. A continuous penetration shaft (23), the longitudinal direction of which extends substantially parallel to the two axes of rotation of the molding wheels, from the interior to the exterior of the housing support, is formed withing the housing support, said penetration shaft (23) being open towards the interior and towards an exterior of the housing support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sprick GmbH Bielefelder Papier- und Wellpappenwerke & Co.
    Inventors: Stefan Sprick-Schütte, Oliver Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8641591
    Abstract: A dunnage system for processing material into dunnage is herein described. A converting station of the system can include a drum having a drum surface first and second axial sides and guides protruding adjacent the drum surface on the first and second axial sides associated with the drum to rotate with the drum surface. A supply gripping member can be provided to grip a supply roll, and can include a rotatable base. A pivotal blade can be used to cut the dunnage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wetsch, Robert Tegel
  • Patent number: 8635836
    Abstract: An air cushion manufacturing machine includes a film supply unit and a feed unit installed on a machine body and a sealing device for heat sealing an inflated double-layer film when the feed of the film stops. The manufacturing machine is characterized in that a solid state relay (SSR) is coupled to a power supply required by a heat sealer of the sealing device, and the solid state relay controlled by the processor compensates the heat loss of sealing according to the cycle of the sealing process, and a power-on time percentage is controlled to produce a punctuate periodic micro heating to the heat sealer and achieve a constant-temperature heat compensation for each sealing course of the heat sealer. The manufacturing machine is not affected by ambient temperature and is capable of improving the sealing effectiveness and overcome the drawback of conventional sealing devices that easily breaking an electrothermal wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Kai-Yuan Tan
  • Patent number: 8568128
    Abstract: An apparatus for shaping packaging material, comprising a housing support including hopper, a packaging material reservoir, a discharge orifice, and a bearing structure therebetween defining a continuous feeding path for the packaging material. The feeding path includes an interior wall continuously extending around an axis of the material's feeding direction. The housing support further includes at least one concavity in the bearing structure extending laterally away from the feeding path, the concavity having a portion within the feeding path at a slit formed within the interior wall, the concavity holding a shaping device that is rotatably mounted on the bearing structure and partially projects from the slit into the feeding path, the shape of the slit being complementary to the shape of a section of the shaping device adjoining the slit such that a tolerance gap is formed allowing the shaping device to rotate relative to the bearing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sprick GmbH Bielefelder Papier-und Wellpappenwerke & Co.
    Inventors: Stefan Sprick-Schütte, Oliver Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8550971
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems for producing cushioning material from sheet material. In some embodiments, the apparatus comprises horizontally aligned forming members having fins for use in pulling and processing sheet material. The sheet material can be perforated sheet material. A holder can be provided for holding sheet material in stock roll form, the holder having a cross-bar for producing resistance against the stock roll to dissipate momentum of the stock roll when the motor of the apparatus is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nuevopak Technology Company Limited
    Inventors: Simon C. S. Chan, Shek Wah Hau
  • Patent number: 8501302
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention comprise an off-set gear assembly for use in producing cushioning material and methods for using the same. Each gear of the off-set gear assembly has at least two sections. Each section includes a set of gear teeth. The gear teeth of the two sections can be rotationally off-set and this can result in the production of cushioning material with staggered ridges. Some embodiments of the present invention also comprising cushioning material with staggered ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Nuevopak International Limited
    Inventors: Shek-wah Hau, Chak-sang Simon Chan
  • Patent number: 8491453
    Abstract: The invention relates to a crumpled paper tube for use as a cushion in packing items, and to a method and apparatus for producing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Slovencik, Paul Deis
  • Patent number: 8435165
    Abstract: A dunnage conversion machine (10) and method for providing strips of dunnage that better fill a void in a container are characterized by means (24) for separately guiding at least two sheets of stock material (14 and 16) to respective laterally-disposed regions of an inlet (20) to a conversion assembly (40) such that one sheet does not wrap around another sheet, and means (12) for converting the sheets into strips of dunnage that can readily separate and follow separate paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Manfred Bock, Pedro Erik Willem Winkens
  • Patent number: 8425393
    Abstract: A motor-free dunnage conversion system for converting a sheet stock material into a relatively less dense dunnage includes a container having a wall with an opening therethrough, a supply of sheet stock material within the container, and a forming member. The forming member has converging sidewalls that define a passage alignable with the opening in the wall. The forming member is a converging chute having a relatively larger inlet spaced from the outlet, which is relatively smaller than the inlet. The forming member functions to crumple the sheet stock material as a packer draws the sheet stock material through the forming member to form a crumpled strip of dunnage. The forming member has a dimension that is larger than a corresponding dimension of the opening to keep the forming member from escaping the container as the packer pulls the stock material through the forming member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Robert C. Cheich
  • Patent number: 8419606
    Abstract: A compact dunnage conversion machine includes a converging chute with a restricted inlet, a powered feed assembly with a sealed gearbox, a plurality of interchangeable power supplies, and a restricted outlet chute. The converter can convert a sheet stock material into dunnage for use in packaging one or more objects in a container. The restricted inlet and outlet make it more difficult for foreign objects to enter the converter and disrupt the conversion process. The sealed gearbox interposed between the driving elements of the feed assembly and an electric motor facilitates maintenance and repair of the feed assembly, while also protecting the gears therein. Finally, the power supplies provide electrical power to the motor and can include an electrical storage device, such as a battery, or an alternating-current-to-direct-current converter which is connectable to a source of electricity for supplying that electricity to the motor in an acceptable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Carlson, Donald A. Gorg, Thomas A. Bilkie
  • Patent number: 8419605
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrangement for producing paper cushions from a paper web which has been rolled up into a supply roll, the arrangement having a machine with a bearing arrangement for bearing the supply roll in a rotatable manner, and also having a device for forming the paper web and an arrangement for producing the paper cushions. The machine has coupling elements via which a transporting carriage provided with mating coupling elements can be coupled in a releasable manner to the machine, it being possible for a supply roll to be mounted on the transporting carriage such that, when the transporting carriage is coupled to the machine, the supply roll can be inserted into the bearing arrangement of the machine by way of a rolling and/or sliding movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Pack-Tiger GmbH
    Inventor: Sandro Keller
  • Patent number: 8402719
    Abstract: An apparatus for inflating and sealing packing cushions has a drive mechanism for feeding a preconfigured film material to a sealing mechanism in a flattened state without wrinkles in the sealing region in which a longitudinal seal is formed. In one aspect, the drive mechanism comprises a pair of upper adjacent belts and a backing element, such as a lower belt. The sealing mechanism may be a rotary sealing wheel that contacts the film material between the upper adjacent belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Free-Flowing Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James Birkle, Rob Van Uijen, Rob Robinson, Vivek Krishnan, Charles Daigle
  • Patent number: 8388508
    Abstract: A dunnage crumpling apparatus is provided having first and second entry-side crumpling members and first and second exit-side crumpling members. The first and second entry-side crumpling members define an entry therebetween. The first and second exit-side crumpling members define an exit therebetween that is disposed along the longitudinal path downstream of the entry. A crumpling zone being defined between the entry and exit. The first entry-side crumpling member is configured for moving at an first rate and is associated with the second entry-side crumpling member for moving sheet material through the entry in a first direction along a longitudinal path at an entry rate. The first exit-side crumpling member is configured for moving at an second rate and is associated with the second exit-side crumpling member for moving the sheet material through the exit in the first direction along the path at a exit rate that is slower than the entry rate to crumple the sheet material for producing dunnage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wetsch, Robert Tegel
  • Patent number: 8376114
    Abstract: A dunnage discharge chute includes features designed to prevent injury to an operator of a dunnage producing machine. The dunnage discharge chute includes at least one door with sensors that monitor the position of the door and output position signals. The position signals are received by a controller which outputs a control signal that disables operation of the dunnage producing machine based at least in part on a change in the position signals over a predetermined period of time. Additional sensors may detect whether the door is open beyond an upper open position, and a relay may disable operation of the dunnage producing machine immediately if the door is opened beyond the upper open position. Thus, if the operator reaches in through the door, the dunnage discharge chute will disable operation of the dunnage producing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas P. Orsini, Kostadin I. Kostadinov, Russell Christman
  • Patent number: 8375681
    Abstract: An air injection apparatus configured to inject air into a buffer packing bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: INDIS AIR Corp.
    Inventor: Sung Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 8360949
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates generally to an apparatus for crumpling paper substrates. Specifically, the system provides for the crumpling of paper substrates to form fill material to be utilized in product packaging to fill void space and/or to wrap around products thereby allowing for safe transport of the products. The apparatus includes a feeder for feeding sheeting material, a first roller connected to a drive mechanism, a second roller disposed adjacent said first roller wherein said sheeting material travels between the first roller and the second roller and further wherein the second roller pushes said sheeting material against said first roller to engage the sheeting material with the first roller, and a third roller connected to the drive mechanism for directing said sheeting material out of said apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wetsch, Robert Tegel
  • Patent number: 8348822
    Abstract: A packing structure, which consists of pliant border having a length, and strips of pliant material attached to the border along the length thereof. The border is attached to itself at a plurality of spaced-apart points forming a lattice, which constitutes a supporting base for the strips of pliant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Michele MacCollum Govig
  • Patent number: 8303475
    Abstract: A dunnage apparatus for converting sheet stock into dunnage includes a sheet stock supply member configured for holding the sheet stock, a sheet crumpling mechanism configured for crumpling the sheet stock to produce the dunnage, and an infeed mechanism disposed between the supply member and crumpling mechanism and associated therewith for feeding the sheet stock from the supply member to the crumpling mechanism, the infeed mechanism having an engagement portion at an entry of the infeed mechanism and configured for engaging and feeding the sheet stock in the supply member into the infeed mechanism, wherein the engagement mechanism is located above the supply member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wetsch, Robert Tegel
  • Patent number: 8272195
    Abstract: A system for providing dunnage to a container for packaging an object in the container includes a void volume probe and a supply of dunnage. The void volume probe measures the void volume of the container and outputs information representative of the measured void volume. And the supply of dunnage is controllable to dispense an amount of dunnage to fill the void volume based on the information output from the void volume probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Harding, Richard O. Ratzel
  • Patent number: 8267848
    Abstract: A dunnage device is disclosed and can include a dunnage mechanism comprising first and second dunnage converting portions that have an engaged condition, in which the converting portions are associated and configured for converting stock material into dunnage and a disengaged condition in which the converting portions are disabled from converting the stock into dunnage and a dunnage handler configured for receiving the dunnage from the dunnage mechanism and including a first handler portion that has a handling position in which the dunnage handler is configured for controlling the dunnage and a release position, wherein the first handler portion is associated with the dunnage mechanism such that movement of the first handler portion from the handling position to the release position causes the dunnage mechanism to change from the engaged condition to the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wetsch, Robert Tegel
  • Patent number: 8202209
    Abstract: A motor-free dunnage conversion system for converting a sheet stock material into a relatively less dense dunnage includes a container having a wall with an opening therethrough, a supply of sheet stock material within the container, and a forming member. The forming member has converging sidewalls that define a passage alignable with the opening in the wall. The forming member is a converging chute having a relatively larger inlet spaced from the outlet, which is relatively smaller than the inlet. The forming member functions to crumple the sheet stock material as a packer draws the sheet stock material through the forming member to form a crumpled strip of dunnage. The forming member has a dimension that is larger than a corresponding dimension of the opening to keep the forming member from escaping the container as the packer pulls the stock material through the forming member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Robert C. Cheich
  • Patent number: 8177697
    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: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    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: 8177701
    Abstract: A dunnage conversion machine for converting stock material into a dunnage product includes a forming assembly and a pulling assembly. The pulling assembly includes at least two grippers movable together through a transfer region in opposition to one another and cooperative to grip therebetween the dunnage strip for advancing the dunnage strip through the transfer region, and at least one of the grippers including an aperture operative to gather and laterally capture therein the dunnage strip as the grippers move through the transfer region. Also disclosed is a severing assembly including a movable blade and a reciprocating actuator connected to the blade by a motion transmitting assembly that moves the blade through a full severing cycle upon a stroke of the actuator in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Kurt Küng, Dieter Schwarz, Dan Coppus
  • Patent number: 8123666
    Abstract: A packing structure, which consists of pliant border having a length, and strips of pliant material attached to the border along the length thereof. The border is attached to itself at a plurality of spaced-apart points forming a lattice, which constitutes a supporting base for the strips of pliant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Michele MacCollum Govig
  • Patent number: 8087218
    Abstract: A system, and associated components and methodology, that provides for automatic determination and supply of an amount of dunnage to fill the void left in a container in which one or more objects have been placed. The system comprises a dunnage dispenser which is operable to dispense a controlled amount of a dunnage, a container scanner, and a logic device. The container scanner includes a height sensor for sensing a height characteristic of a container, a width sensor for sensing a width characteristic of the container, and a contour sensor for sensing a contour characteristic of the objects in the container. The logic device can (1) process sensed characteristic information from the height sensor, width sensor and contour sensor, (2) determine the amount of dunnage needed to fill the void not occupied by the objects, and (3) command the dunnage dispenser to dispense the determined amount of dunnage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Harding
  • Patent number: 8016735
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates generally to an apparatus for crumpling paper substrates. Specifically, the system provides for the crumpling of paper substrates to form fill material to be utilized in product packaging to fill void space and/or to wrap around products thereby allowing for safe transport of the products. The apparatus includes a feeder for feeding sheeting material, a first roller connected to a drive mechanism, a second roller disposed adjacent said first roller wherein said sheeting material travels between the first roller and the second roller and further wherein the second roller pushes said sheeting material against said first roller to engage the sheeting material with the first roller, and a third roller connected to the drive mechanism for directing said sheeting material out of said apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wetsch, Robert Tegel
  • 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: 7913474
    Abstract: An apparatus for inflating film for manufacturing packaging material in situ, wherein the apparatus comprises an inflating unit, a film conveying provision, a sealing unit and a film receiving means for receiving a film roll, wherein the apparatus is a compact apparatus with a relatively small footprint and wherein the inflating unit, film conveying provision and the sealing unit are provided in a central unit on the apparatus and are operatively positioned with respect to a center of the film to be inflated and sealed viewed in a direction at right angles to a film conveying direction, wherein the film to be inflated is operatively engaged only in or near the center thereof by the central unit, for inflating the film from or from near the center, then sealing the film tight and conveying it, as well as a method for manufacturing packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Ideepak Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Theodorus Joseph Aquarius
  • Patent number: 7850589
    Abstract: A dunnage conversion machine for converting stock material into a dunnage product includes a forming assembly and a pulling assembly. The pulling assembly includes at least two grippers movable together through a transfer region in opposition to one another and cooperative to grip therebetween the dunnage strip for advancing the dunnage strip through the transfer region, and at least one of the grippers including an aperture operative to gather and laterally capture therein the dunnage strip as the grippers move through the transfer region. Also disclosed is a severing assembly including a movable blade and a reciprocating actuator connected to the blade by a motion transmitting assembly that moves the blade through a full severing cycle upon a stroke of the actuator in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Kurt Kung, Dieter Schwarz, Dan Coppus
  • Patent number: 7845146
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing dunnage including a plurality of rollers for pulling a web of material through the machine, a nozzle with at least one port through which gas or liquid flows, a plurality of ceramic elements in opposing positions such that the web of material can pass between the plurality of ceramic elements. A heating element is routed through each of the plurality of ceramic elements such that heat will radiate through openings in the top surfaces of the ceramic elements that will melt the portion of the material that is passing between the opposing ceramic elements. The apparatus may be equipped to manufacture multiple pieces of dunnage simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignees: M L Distributing, LLC
    Inventor: Ralph Eibert
  • Patent number: 7814734
    Abstract: A packaging system (10), and associated components and methodology, that provides for automatic detection of a full, overfull, closed or partially closed container, even when mixed with other containers. An exemplary packaging method includes the following steps: (a.) determining the dimensions of a container; (b.) detecting a height of the container and its contents in one or more locations within a scan area of an open side of the container; (c.) comparing the detected height of the container and/or its contents to pre-specified criteria; and (d.) when the detected height exceeds the pre-specified criteria, generating a signal that indicates that the scan area includes a height that exceeds the pre-specified criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Bilkie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7807253
    Abstract: An inflatable article has a first film bonded to a second film so as to provide between the first film and the second film a plurality of inflatable chambers, each of the inflatable chambers containing a plurality of cells. Each of the cells is connected to at least one adjacent cell by an inflatable connecting channel. The first film is bonded to the second film between adjacent inflatable chambers. The first film and the second film each have at least one formed region corresponding with a location of a cell, with the at least one formed region of the second film being nested into the at least one formed region of the first film. Also disclosed are processes of making the inflatable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventor: Charles Kannankeril
  • Patent number: 7803100
    Abstract: A system, and associated components and methodology, having a dunnage supply with an outlet through which one or more crumpled strips are supplied, a positioning device that positions in juxtaposition portions of the one or more strips of dunnage, and a stapler for connecting the juxtaposed portions to hold them together. In a particular system, the system includes a converter that has a conversion assembly that converts a sheet stock material into a crumpled strip of dunnage and has an outlet through which the strip of dunnage is emitted. The system also includes a coiler that rolls the strip of dunnage into a coil, and a stapler that secures the trailing end portion of the strip of dunnage to at least the next-innermost portion of the strip in the coil by inserting a staple through the trailing end portion and the juxtaposed portion of the coiled strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Harry H. Lu, Thomas E. Manley, Joseph J. Harding
  • Patent number: 7794382
    Abstract: A motor-free dunnage conversion system for converting a sheet stock material into a relatively less dense dunnage includes a container having a wall with an opening therethrough, a supply of sheet stock material within the container, and a forming member. The forming member has converging sidewalls that define a passage alignable with the opening in the wall. The forming member is a converging chute having a relatively larger inlet spaced from the outlet, which is relatively smaller than the inlet. The forming member functions to crumple the sheet stock material as a packer draws the sheet stock material through the forming member to form a crumpled strip of dunnage. The forming member has a dimension that is larger than a corresponding dimension of the opening to keep the forming member from escaping the container as the packer pulls the stock material through the forming member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Robert C. Cheich
  • Patent number: 7788884
    Abstract: A system (10) for automatically dispensing a strip of dunnage to a container (14) includes a dispenser (12) having an outlet (92) from which the dispenser can feed a length of a strip of dunnage lengthwise, a container support (36) for supporting a container (14) thereon, and a pusher device (114) at the outlet (92) for pushing, more particularly propelling, a trailing end of the strip of dunnage from the outlet (92) toward the container support (36). The outlet (92) is aligned with the container support (36). Thus the outlet (92) is positioned relative to a container (14) such that the strip will curl or fold back and forth upon itself within the confines of the container (14) as it is being fed from the outlet (92). A container closer (120, 130 and 32) automatically closes the flaps (80 and 82) of the container (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Robert C. Cheich, David V. Murphy, Harry H. Lu, Kevin W. Park, Thomas A. Bilkie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7789819
    Abstract: A cushioning dunnage producing machine comprises a crumpler, a roll of paper sheet material having a first end at a radially innermost location and a second end at a radially outermost location, the first end fed into the crumpler, the crumpler drawing the paper sheet from the roll and crumpling the paper sheet into cushioning dunnage, and a cutter which travels laterally across the cushioning dunnage to cut the dunnage into a strip of a desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Storopack, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Slovencik
  • Patent number: 7771338
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates generally to an apparatus for crumpling paper substrates. Specifically, the system provides for the crumpling of paper substrates to form fill material to be utilized in product packaging to fill void space and/or to wrap around products thereby allowing for safe transport of the products. The apparatus includes a feeder for feeding sheeting material, a first roller connected to a drive mechanism, a second roller disposed adjacent said first roller wherein said sheeting material travels between the first roller and the second roller and further wherein the second roller pushes said sheeting material against said first roller to engage the sheeting material with the first roller, and a third roller connected to the drive mechanism for directing said sheeting material out of said apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wetsch, Robert Tegel
  • Patent number: 7744519
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates generally to a system and a method for crumpling paper substrates. Specifically, the system and method provide for the crumpling of paper substrates to form fill material to be utilized in product packaging to fill void space and/or to wrap around products thereby allowing for safe transport of the products. The system comprises, generally, a paper crumpling machine having a braking mechanism for preventing uncontrolled rolling of a paper roll, a rake for effectively guiding paper sheeting into the paper crumpling machine, and a disengagement mechanism for easily disengaging the paper sheeting from the apparatus if necessary, and an automatic tensioning device for providing even distribution of tension on the paper sheeting. In addition, the apparatus comprises a cutting mechanism and/or a clamping mechanism for allowing cutting and/or clamping of the crumpled paper substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wetsch, Robert Tegel
  • Patent number: 7722519
    Abstract: A dunnage conversion machine (10) and corresponding method for converting a supply of sheet stock material into a relatively less dense dunnage product includes a conversion assembly (20) that converts sheet stock material into a dunnage product, and a tension-adjusting assembly (26) having a sequence of transversely extending members (28) disposed upstream of the conversion assembly (20). The transversely extending members (28) engage the stock material and help to prevent or to minimize excessive edge tension and/or the tearing associated therewith, while maintaining sufficient tension for proper tracking, especially for the conversion of single ply, lesser quality and/or short fiber paper, and/or otherwise improves or enhances the conversion process. The transversely extending members (28) are generally aligned end-to-end, and define a path for the stock material from a supply thereof, via a stock supply assembly (15) to the conversion assembly (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Ranpak Corporation
    Inventors: Mike J. Timmers, Jos Saive, Dan Coppus, Raimond Demers, Erwin Methorst, Erwin Riga
  • Patent number: 7665275
    Abstract: A packaging system (10) and method for supplying and distributing dunnage products to multiple packing stations (14, 16) is characterized by a supply of dunnage products (12), a plurality of packing stations (14, 16), and a distribution assembly (20) that selectively distributes the dunnage products from the supply (12) to selected ones of the packing stations (14, 16). The supply of dunnage (12) may include a converter (22) that converts sheet stock material into a relatively less dense dunnage product. The distribution assembly (20) includes a conveyor (40), an alignment device (50) downstream of the conveyor (40), and a tiltable dunnage product support surface (60) below the alignment device (50). The alignment device (50) controls the descent of a dunnage product therethrough to the support surface (60). The support surface (60) is tiltable to selectively direct the dunnage product toward respective packing stations (14, 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Hans Meessen
  • Patent number: 7651455
    Abstract: Dunnage making machine and method in which a web of paper is drawn across a forming bar with curved end sections to roll the edge portions of the paper, then drawn through a first throat section to urge the rolled edge portions toward each other and cause them to gather, and thereafter through a second throat section of lesser dimension than the first to gather the central portion of the paper and further gather the edge portions. The gathered paper is then pressed with a roller to crumple it, following which the crumpled paper is perforated along a serrated tear line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Free Flow Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Yampolsky, Charles Daigle
  • Patent number: 7585268
    Abstract: A motor-free dunnage conversion system comprises a housing (20) having a dispensing outlet (40) through which sheet stock material (34) can be pulled by a user to form a strip of dunnage. The housing (20) has a forming member (44, 50) with circumferentially converging side walls that gradually inwardly gather and crumple the sheet stock material as it is pulled therethrough. The system can also include one or more of a stand having a support mounted thereto for supporting a supply of stock material, a repositionable member (22) supporting the forming member (44, 50), a guide member at the upstream end of the housing to guide the stock material from a supply to the forming member, and a catch device operative upon movement of the dunnage strip relative thereto to catch and hold the strip for severing a dunnage product therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Robert C. Cheich, Hubertus Y. Cals, Erwin Riga, Donald Gorg, Daniel L. Carlson, Shawn M. Baiers, Edward S. Martis, Jr., Carrie A. Schlegel
  • Patent number: 7584592
    Abstract: An automated packaging system has a plurality of dunnage dispensing stations that can dispense dunnage and a transport network for conveying containers to and from at least two dispensing stations for dunnage to be placed therein. At at least one loading station upstream of a dispensing station articles are placed in the containers for shipping. Optionally, an intermediate void determination station determines how much dunnage to dispense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: David M. Gabrielson, Robert C. Cheich, Joseph J. Harding, Daniel L. Carlson
  • Patent number: 7572216
    Abstract: A dunnage conversion machine (10) has an output chute (60) with a guard (70) that inhibits access to internal areas of the machine (10) through the output chute (60). Upstream of the output chute (60) the conversion machine (10) has a conversion assembly (16) that converts a stock material (14) into a strip of dunnage (20) as the stock material passes therethrough in a downstream direction. The output chute (60), through which the strip of dunnage (20) is discharged downstream of the conversion assembly (16), includes the pivotably-mounted guard (70) extending into the chute (60). The guard (70) has at its free end (72) both a forward glide surface (74) operative to glide along an outer surface of the strip of dunnage (20) as the strip moves in the downstream direction and a rearward glide surface (76) operative to glide along an outer surface of the strip of dunnage (20) as the strip moves in an upstream direction opposite the downstream direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Harding
  • Patent number: 7490449
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing dunnage including a plurality of rollers for pulling a web of material through the machine, a nozzle with at least one port through which gas or liquid flows, a plurality of ceramic elements in opposing positions such that the web of material can pass between the plurality of ceramic elements. A heating element is routed through each of the plurality of ceramic elements such that heat will radiate through openings in the top surfaces of the ceramic elements that will melt the portion of the material that is passing between the opposing ceramic elements. The apparatus may be equipped to manufacture multiple pieces of dunnage simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Ralph Eibert