Adjunct Comprising Graspable Appendage, E.g., Handle Patents (Class 53/134.1)
  • Patent number: 11453520
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for manufacturing a pouch containing a brewable material accommodated in a wrapping, comprising a pouch manufacturing device adapted to manufacture a water-permeable pouch containing brewable material, and comprising a sealing station with two sealing jaws movable relative to one another for sealing the pouch in the wrapping placed in a U-shape around the pouch, wherein the sealing jaws are configured to form longitudinal seals (L) lying opposite one another and a transverse seal (Q) extending transversely thereto on the wrapping, wherein at least one sealing jaw comprises first and second sealing jaw elements each configured to form one of the longitudinal seals (L) and a segment of the transverse seal (Q).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Teepack Spezialmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Rydlewski, Sergey Anokhin, Klaus Baltes, Stefan Lambertz, Hans Knops
  • Patent number: 11383861
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for producing at extremely high production speeds small pouches filled with tobacco or other granular, powdered or solid content. An endless web substrate, with or without flavor film thereon, is formed into a tubular shape with a longitudinal seam. The tube is cut to individual lengths, and a procession of tubes is crimp-closed at one end, filled and crimp-closed at the other end to complete pouch production. During production, the seams formed at the crimped ends of the pouch are parallel to one another and the longitudinal seam of the pouch is midway between the sides of the pouch and orthogonal to the seams formed at the crimped ends of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Garthaffner, Dwight D. Williams, Jeremy J. Straight, David J. Webb, Carl G. Miller
  • Patent number: 8739504
    Abstract: A packaging method comprises dispensing a material continuously from a roll, forming a plurality of packages from the material, filling each package with contents and sealing each package once filled. A hanging aperture is created for each package, prior to it being formed into the package, the material having been folded or creased in the area in which the aperture is to be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Cadbury Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Jason Willey
  • Patent number: 8739503
    Abstract: A foldable and flexible carrier which may include a polymeric form that is foldable to provide a carrier having sufficient strength to securely hold and carry items while maintaining position about the items and which can be assembled without fastening hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel T. Smith
  • Patent number: 8597168
    Abstract: A side-gusset bag has face panels each having a pair of side edges. Two respective side gussets are each connected between a respective one of the side edges of one of the face panels and a respective one of the side edges of the other face panel. The face panels and side gussets together form a bag body formed along each of the side edges flanking one of the gussets with at least one slot. Two respective carry handles each have a middle section outside the body and a pair of ends extending through a respective one of the slots with the two carry handles at least generally aligned with each other. Welds secure each of the ends inside the body to the respective side gusset and close the slots around the ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Nordenia Deutschland Halle GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Koesters, Alfons Kruse, Jochen Brauer
  • Patent number: 8579779
    Abstract: The apparatus includes panel portions forming means by which two webs of panel material are opposed to and superposed on each other and fed longitudinally thereof, the panel portions being formed by the webs of panel material. The apparatus further includes side gusset portions forming means by which sheets of side gusset material are folded into halves and combined with and interposed between the webs of panel material to extend widthwise thereof, the side gusset portions being formed by the sheets of side gusset material. The apparatus further includes bottom gusset portion forming means by which a web of bottom gusset material is combined with the webs of panel material to extend longitudinally thereof, the bottom gusset portion being formed by the web of bottom gusset material with at least one bottom protrusion protruding from the bottom gusset portion. In addition, the apparatus includes option means by which the bottom protrusion is provided with a handle hole, zipper, opening or adhesive means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Totani Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Totani
  • Patent number: 8567160
    Abstract: A method for gas filling a handle portion of a container of a collapsible type. The handle portion being defined by two opposite side walls of the container and communicating, via a duct defined by the side walls, with an opening formed in one of the side walls. The method including the steps of supplying, at a gas filling station, a gas to the handle portion via the opening and the duct, blocking the duct by squeezing action to retain the gas supplied to the handle portion, transporting the container to a sealing station while maintaining the squeezing action and, at the sealing station, sealing the duct while maintaining the squeezing action, so as to permanently enclose the gas in the handle portion. The disclosure further concerns a container of a collapsible type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Ecolean AB
    Inventor: Per Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 8490368
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for making a band-driven package or a band-drive component for a package, and machines for performing the methods. One method comprises feeding first and second flexible webs in a feed direction, one web being fed each side of a substrate such that the webs are in mutual face-to-face disposition ahead of and behind the substrate with respect to the feed direction; joining the face-to-face webs at a first join ahead of the substrate and at a second join behind the substrate, the joins bounding web portions that together encircle the substrate between the joins; and dividing the joined web portions from the remainder of the webs such that the joined web portions together define a band that encircles the substrate, to be slid around the substrate in use of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Duff Design Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Wood, Adrian James David Howson, Ian Dunckley, Cyrille Fuellemann, Alfred Wipf, Daniel Kummer
  • Patent number: 8479475
    Abstract: The invention provides a transportable bottling plant integrated into a container. The container has a separation wall dividing the container into a bottling room and a technical room. A preform feeder, a bottle blowing unit, a filling and closing unit and first and second transferring devices are mounted in the bottling room. A power generator, an air compressor and an air conditioning unit are mounted in the technical room. The preform feeder comprises a recipient for receiving plastic bottle preforms and an ordering unit for ordering the preforms and feeding them towards the bottle blowing unit. The first transferring device is provided for transferring the preforms from the preform feeder to the bottle blowing unit. The bottle blowing unit comprises a heater for heating the preforms and a blow-molder for blow-molding the preforms into bottles. The second transferring device is provided for transferring the bottles from the bottle blowing unit to the filling and closing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Conteno
    Inventor: Christophe Armand Van Steen
  • Patent number: 8424272
    Abstract: The objective of this invention is to provide a handle for carrying an article or a bundle of bottles that is more resistant to tearing and delaminating and has the ability to carry heavy loads. This is accomplished by placing a strip on the inside of the wrapping material and wrapping an article, so that the strip that forms the handle is enclosed within the wrapping material. By placing the handle inside the wrapping material so that the strip overlaps when the wrapping material covers the article, the handle is capable of carrying heavy loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Publication number: 20130036710
    Abstract: A method for the production and filling of packaging means is described and claimed, in which the following production steps are performed: flattened tubular film material is wound off a roll along the primary axis of symmetry of the hose, the tubular material is provided via a welding and separating process with a first lateral welding seam perpendicular in reference to the tubular axis and separated along a separation line, the hose sections open at one side are filled, the still open end of the hose section open at one side is provided with a second lateral welding seam. It is considered novel and inventive that two subsequent separation lines are inserted in the hose at a distance, which is smaller than the distance between the two edges of the hose. Additionally, a device is described and claimed comprising features allowing the implementation of the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Knoke, Ruediger Crosse-Heitmeyer, Thomas Hawighorst
  • Patent number: 8333054
    Abstract: A method for producing a plurality of packages of liquid containers including the steps of dividing the liquid containers into groups representing the packages, applying handles to a film, wherein the film is located in a feeding area for the film, supplying one film to each of the groups of liquid containers via the feeding area, and wrapping each group of liquid containers with the film and the applied handle, thereby completing the packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Michael Hartl
  • Patent number: 8256189
    Abstract: A punch assembly is provided in a form, fill, and seal machine that provides a package that includes a sealed end portion and contains an article. The punch assembly includes a housing, and a heat sink provided in and retained by the housing, where the heat sink includes a punch tip that is to provide an opening in the sealed end portion of the package. The punch assembly also includes a coil heater contacting the heat sink to provide heat to the heat sink and the punch tip, where one or more air gaps are provided between the housing and the heat sink to prevent heat transfer from the heat sink to a seal jaw assembly of the form, fill, and seal machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Lako Tool & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis M. Montano, Larry Smith, William Witzler
  • Patent number: 8181428
    Abstract: A method for gas filling a handle portion of a container of a collapsible type. The handle portion being defined by two opposite side walls of the container and communicating, via a duct defined by the side walls, with an opening formed in one of the side walls. The method including the steps of supplying, at a gas filling station, a gas to the handle portion via the opening and the duct, blocking the duct by a squeezing action to retain the gas supplied to the handle portion, transporting the container to a sealing station while maintaining the squeezing action and, at said sealing station, sealing the duct while maintaining the squeezing action, so as to permanently enclose the gas in the handle portion. The disclosure further concerns a container of a collapsible type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolean Research & Development A/S
    Inventor: Per Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 8142340
    Abstract: A method of forming a bag is provided. The method includes providing an elongate tubular member (22) having opposed ends, at least one end (24) of which defines an open mouth (26). The method further includes folding opposed portions (28, 30, 32, 34) of the tubular member (22) to extend at least partially across the mouth (26). The method also includes positioning a panel (36) to extend across the opposed portions (28, 30, 32, 34). The method further includes securing the panel 36 and the opposed portions (28, 30, 32, 34) together thereby to close the mouth (26) at the at least one end (24) of the tubular member (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Lionel Nicholas Mantzivis
  • Patent number: 8099927
    Abstract: Systems, devices and computer program products automatically package an object in a covering material such as casing and/or netting by: (a) automatically pushing at least one object through a product chute; (b) pulling a covering material upstream of the product chute off an exterior surface of the product chute to automatically enclose the object in the covering material as the object exits the product chute; and (c) applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, David T. Wince, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8096097
    Abstract: An apparatus for encasing product in a tubular material with a handle is described. The apparatus of the preferred embodiment of the invention comprises a delivery conveyor, a ram located on a first side of the delivery conveyor, a product horn located at a side of the delivery conveyor opposite the ram, the product horn having a first end and a second end, the first end adjacent the delivery conveyor and the second end remote from the delivery conveyor, a sealer configured to form tubular seamed casing about the product horn, a printer in data communication with a scale, a clipper located at the second end of the product horn, and a plurality of tag handles feeding through the printer and to the clipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Precitec Corporation
    Inventor: Eggo Haschke
  • Publication number: 20110147397
    Abstract: The invention relates to a carry basket, preferably a cardboard carry basket, having a carry basin for receiving a product to be transported, and having a carry handle connected to the carry basin, wherein the carry handle is designed as a grip handle, wherein the carry handle is designed as a handle strap connected to at least two side walls of the carry basin and shortened by at least one fold prior to being used, and wherein the handle strap overlaps the products present in the carry basin and/or engages as a spacer between the products, and thereby secures the products during transport, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Oster, Ludger Pauls, Thomas Stienen
  • Patent number: 7870705
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for making a band-driven package or a band-drive component for a package, and machines for performing the methods. One method comprises feeding first and second flexible webs in a feed direction, one web being fed each side of a substrate such that the webs are in mutual face-to-face disposition ahead of and behind the substrate with respect to the feed direction; joining the face-to-face webs at a first join ahead of the substrate and at a second join behind the substrate, the joins bounding web portions that together encircle the substrate between the joins; and dividing the joined web portions from the remainder of the webs such that the joined web portions together define a band that encircles the substrate, to be slid around the substrate in use of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Duff Design Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Wood, Adrian James David Howson, Ian Dunckley, Cyrille Fuellemann, Alfred Wipf, Daniel Kummer
  • Publication number: 20090266732
    Abstract: A method for producing a plurality of packages of liquid containers including the steps of dividing the liquid containers into groups representing the packages, applying handles to a film, wherein the film is located in a feeding area for the film, supplying one film to each of the groups of liquid containers via the feeding area, and wrapping each group of liquid containers with the film and the applied handle, thereby completing the packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Michael HARTL
  • Patent number: 7607278
    Abstract: A device for bundling newspapers for recycling, the device having a cylindrical handle member having two spaced apart apertures perpendicular to the axis of the cylinder, the cylinder further having two axial slits formed in the ends thereof, the handle member cooperative with a length of cordage passing through one of the apertures in the handle member such that the cordage is of equal length from both sides of the aperture of the handle member, the cordage lengths arranged in an X configuration such that a bundle of newspapers is angularly positioned on the cordage so positioned, the handle member then drawn up over one corner of the bundle to approximately the center of the top of the bundle of newspapers, the opposing two ends of the cordage are then inserted through the second aperture in the handle member, drawn taut, and then wrapped about the opposing slits formed in the end of the handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Witkowski
  • Patent number: 7467503
    Abstract: An automatic system for the delivery and distribution of articles in groups comprises a store of articles, a unit for the collection and delivery of articles from the store and a controller associated with the collection and delivery unit in order to control the selective collection of articles from the store and their output as sets of articles logically grouped together. The system further comprises a grouping device which receives the sets of articles logically grouped together as inputs and outputs corresponding packs, groups or bundles of articles physically connected to one another by a restraining loop or strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Swisslog Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Davolio, Franco Gambarelli
  • Patent number: 7424796
    Abstract: A method of filling a bag that includes inserting an insulator between first and second side walls of a closure strip and joining an outer surface of the second side wall of the closure strip to an inner surface of a bag wall in a region of the wall behind which the insulator is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventors: William H. Shepard, William P. Clune, George A. Provost
  • Patent number: 7401450
    Abstract: This invention concerns an infusion bag, especially for tea, which has a top part with folded down corners and a middle part folded over it, to which a string with two free ends is attached that goes from one side of the top part through a hole in the folded down parts forming a loop on the other side of the top part and comes back, whereby the two free ends are drawn up through the loop laid over the top edge of the infusion bag and pulled to form a knot. The solution in the invention is characterized by the fact that two holes are made in the top part at a lateral distance next to one another, on the left and right of the longitudinal axis of the bag; each hole goes through a folded down corner and the middle of the top part; by the fact that the string forms a loop and one end goes through one hole and the other end through the second hole; by the fact that the loop is laid over the top edge of the infusion bag, and both ends of the string go up through the loop to form a double knot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Teepack Spezialmaschinen GmbH & Co.KG
    Inventors: Wilhelm Lohrey, Stefan Lambertz, Manfred Hauers, Dieter Vits
  • Patent number: 7401443
    Abstract: A machine for stuffing a food product in a casing, comprising a clipping unit which is adapted to apply two clips with an intermediate cut at the trailing end of a product introduced in a casing and comprising a device for inserting ties which are supported by a ribbon which moves stepwise, moving progressively the ties, one after the other, to a clipping standby position, in which the tie is available for being engaged by a clip in its motion from the magazine to the closure position, a bar being provided which is adapted to be associated with the tie in its movement from the clipping standby position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Inox Meccanica S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giovanni Bolzacchini
  • Patent number: 7395637
    Abstract: The manufacture of wrapping sheets provided with respective handles is accomplished by obtaining the wrapping sheets and the handles from respective strips of heat-sealable material, which are mutually coupled by means of a coupling device able electrically to charge the strips with respective electrical charges of opposite sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: KPL Packaging S.p.A.
    Inventor: Davide Angelini
  • Patent number: 7383672
    Abstract: A package assembly (10) that includes a strip (11) of flexible plastic material. Attached to the strip (11) at spaced positions longitudinally of the strip (11) are bags (12). The bags (12) are sealingly closed and include end sealed areas (13 and 14). Each bag (12) is attached to the strip (11) by a respective one of the end sealed areas (13). Each end sealed area (13) can be peeled from the strip (11) to enable removal of the bag (12). In an alternative embodiment, the bags (12) are arranged in sets (17). A machine (28) is adapted to form the package assembly (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: TNA Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Alfred Alexander Taylor, Luigi Di Palma
  • Patent number: 7328545
    Abstract: A packaging line and method for continuously packaging discrete products such as, for instance, magazines, CDs, DVDs and combinations thereof in a continuous manner, comprising: a product assembling path which is provided with a conveyor and feeders arranged therealong; a packaging module provided with folding means for forming a packaging tube from a continuous packaging web, and a cross separating device for separating packages in cross direction; a control which is designed for, inter alia, controlling the sealing means and the cross separating device such that per product to be packaged at least three cross seals are formed such that a packaged product is obtained which is characterized by a first and a second cross seal which are situated at a small distance from the end edges of the product and with a third cross seal which is situated at some distance from the second cross seal for forming a flap on the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Buhrs - Zaandam B.V.
    Inventors: Menno Koppen, Roberto Tuyn
  • Patent number: 7325379
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for continuously or intermittently and vertically forming, filling and sealing packaging includes an infeed section, a pleating assembly, a forming tube and a sealing assembly. The pleating assembly imparts at least one pleat to the film. The film may be driven and measured at a nip following the pleating. The forming tube receives the film from the infeed section after the pleat has been made. A film tube is formed about the forming tube. The film tube is vertically fed downward to the sealing assembly which imparts seals to the film tube, thereby forming packages. A hole punch punches holes in the film tube. The film travels a film path that includes the hole punch, the forming tube, the vertical seal assembly and the horizontal seal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Brian E. Kettner, Curt A. Frievalt
  • Patent number: 7322169
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for continuously or intermittently and vertically forming, filling and sealing packaging includes an infeed section, a pleating assembly, a forming tube and a sealing assembly. The pleating assembly imparts at least one pleat to the film. The forming tube receives the film from the infeed section after the pleat has been made. A film tube is formed about the forming tube. The film tube is vertically fed downward to the sealing assembly which imparts seals to the film tube, thereby forming packages. A hole punch punches holes in the film tube. The film travels a film path that includes the hole punch, the forming tube, the vertical seal assembly and the horizontal seal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Brian E. Kettner, Curt A. Frievalt
  • Patent number: 7308783
    Abstract: A method of filling a bag includes holding the bag open to define a fill path extending past an obverse side of a closure strip, between the closure strip and an opposed wall of the bag, and pouring contents into the open bag through the fill path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventors: William H. Shepard, William P. Clune, George A. Provost
  • Patent number: 7216469
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of enclosing material in a netting and supplying a handle for ease of carrying the netted material, comprising clippers, irises, and a handle maker. A novel scissors assembly for severing the netting is disclosed. A conveyor carries the material to a pair of irises. The irises gather the netting around the material, the first clipper closes and severs the netting, and the handle maker forms a loop out of the severed netting. The second clipper attaches the loop back to the netting to form a handle. A scale can be used to weigh the material and a printer can create a label, with the weight or whatever other information is desired, for attachment to the netting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System Corp.
    Inventors: Edward D. Kirk, Robert Pinto, Eggo L. Haschke
  • Patent number: 7191576
    Abstract: A device for making it possible to apply to a pack, moved along a conveyor, a handle (n) of nominal length L situated at the end of a tape. The tape includes a succession of handles (n+i), each handle comprising two adhesive ends and a central part. The device includes a feeder to move the tape as far as a rotary application arm having a length which is equal to the nominal length L. This arm is able to deposit one adhesive end of the handle n on one face of the pack and then the second end of the handle n on a second face of the pack. The device further includes an optical cell for detecting an offset in the position of a handle n+i, an actuator for elongating the length of the rotary arm beyond the nominal length L, making it possible during a rotation of this arm to draw a portion of tape having a length greater than the nominal length, and a control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Cefma
    Inventor: Pierre Talou
  • Patent number: 7191574
    Abstract: A machine for wrapping groups of products (7) in tubular lengths of stretch film (4) comprises a rotating carousel (1) equipped with a plurality of wrapping units (2) having bars (3) for holding and stretching to size a succession of tubular film lengths (4) fed to a station (S1) and for placing the stretched tubular film lengths (4) around respective groups of products (7) to be wrapped fed one after the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Aetna Group, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Malini
  • Patent number: 7127872
    Abstract: Knitted netting is applied to products in a machine. A chute receives products serially through a receiving end, as from a conveyor, and discharges them serially into netting preferably rucked on the chute. As each product arrives at the product receiver, voiders operate to form a rope section of the netting behind the product, at the chute's discharge end. The clipper also clips the netting, to complete the netting of the product, and clips to create the starting end of the next netted product. A netting handle former operates to loop the rope section behind the product, before clipping, to form a looped handle for a product in the rope section of the netting. The netting that is clipped behind the products is the netting formed into the loops, and thus, the clips that are put on by the clipper secure the loops in their size and condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs
  • Patent number: 7080493
    Abstract: A machine for applying partly adhesive straps to relative products has a folding device located between an input station, where the products are fed onto the machine, and an output station, where the products are fed off the machine; a feed device for feeding the straps successively to the input of the folding device; and a conveying device for feeding the products continuously along a substantially straight path extending between the input station and the output station, so that each strap is folded into a U about the relative product at the folding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: KPL Packaging S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luca Baldanza, Giuliano Bertusi, Mirko Cassoli
  • Patent number: 7065937
    Abstract: A standup bag for granular products or the like and a method of manufacturing the bag. The standup bag is manufactured from an extruded heat scalable material and includes both an integral handle and a perforation to facilitate opening and pouring out the contents of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: HB Creative LLC
    Inventor: James I. Tankersley
  • Patent number: 7055292
    Abstract: An apparatus for defining a loop handle in a tubular covering, such as an expanded mesh plastic covering, for a food. The apparatus of the present invention includes a frame for supporting the various assemblies that comprise the apparatus and for engaging a support surface such as a floor. The apparatus of the present invention further includes a conveyor assembly, which conveys the food product from a production line and into the slide area or chute. Positioned proximate the distal end of the chute is a voider assembly defined by a stationary set of voider gates and a movable set of voider gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Harrison A. Ailey, Bradford L. Brewster, Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Richard Scott Bruce
  • Patent number: 7040074
    Abstract: A combined cutting blade and heat bar for use with a vacuum packaging device having a lid for sealing over the cavity of a base is disclosed. The cutting blade and heat bar are connected to one another and movable via a single actuating mechanism mounted to the lid. In use, in one step the combined mechanism is lowered with the heat bar unheated and the cutting element cuts slits in the bag for evacuation of the air. After air evacuation, the combined mechanism is lowered with the heat bar heated, melting the bag closed behind the slitted area of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Koch Equipment LLC
    Inventors: Scott Knowlton, Timothy A. Grove
  • Patent number: 6976346
    Abstract: Knitted netting is applied to products in a machine. A chute receives products serially through a receiving end, as from a conveyor, and discharges them serially into netting preferably rucked on the chute. As each product arrives at the product receiver, voiders operate to form a rope section of the netting behind the product, at the chute's discharge end. The clipper also clips the netting, to complete the netting of the product, and clips to create the starting end of the next netted product. A netting handle former operates to loop the rope section behind the product, before clipping, to form a looped handle for a product in the rope section of the netting. The netting that is clipped behind the products is the netting formed into the loops, and thus, the clips that are put on by the clipper secure the loops in their size and condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs
  • Patent number: 6945010
    Abstract: An apparatus for defining a loop handle in a tubular covering, such as an expanded mesh plastic covering, for a food. The apparatus of the present invention includes a frame for supporting the various assemblies that comprise the apparatus and for engaging a support surface such as a floor. The apparatus of the present invention further includes a conveyor assembly, which conveys the food product from a production line and into the slide area or chute. Positioned proximate the distal end of the chute is a voider assembly defined by a stationary set of voider gates and a moveable set of voider gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Harrison A. Ailey, Bradford L. Brewster, Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Richard Scott Bruce
  • Patent number: 6901720
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant for filling bottles with a liquid beverage filling material, and apparatus for attaching carrying grips to containers with filled bottles. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventors: Tilo Lechner, Ludger Pauls
  • Patent number: 6883297
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of enclosing material in a net and supplying a handle for ease of carrying the netted material, comprising clippers, irises, and a handle maker. A conveyor carries the material to a pair of irises. The irises gather the netting around the material, the first clipper cuts and closes the netting, and the handle maker forms a loop out of the severed netting. The second clipper attaches the loop back to the netting to form a handle. A scale can be used to weigh the material and a printer can create a label, with the weight or whatever other information is desired, for attachment to the netting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System Corp.
    Inventors: Edward Kirk, Robert Pinto, Eggo Haschke
  • Publication number: 20040261362
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant for filling bottles with a liquid beverage filling material, and apparatus for attaching carrying grips to containers with filled bottles. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Tilo Lechner, Ludger Pauls
  • Publication number: 20040255553
    Abstract: An apparatus for defining a loop handle in a tubular covering, such as an expanded mesh plastic covering, for a food. The apparatus of the present invention includes a frame for supporting the various assemblies that comprise the apparatus and for engaging a support surface such as a floor. The apparatus of the present invention further includes a conveyor assembly, which conveys the food product from a production line and into the slide area or chute. Positioned proximate the distal end of the chute is a voider assembly defined by a stationary set of voider gates and a moveable set of voider gates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Applicant: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Harrison A. Ailey, Bradford L. Brewster, Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Richard Scott Bruce
  • Publication number: 20040250512
    Abstract: Knitted netting is applied to products in a machine. A chute receives products serially through a receiving end, as from a conveyor, and discharges them serially into netting preferably rucked on the chute. As each product arrives at the product receiver, voiders operate to form a rope section of the netting behind the product, at the chute's discharge end. The clipper also clips the netting, to complete the netting of the product, and clips to create the starting end of the next netted product. A netting handle former operates to loop the rope section behind the product, before clipping, to form a looped handle for a product in the rope section of the netting. The netting that is clipped behind the products is the netting formed into the loops, and thus, the clips that are put on by the clipper secure the loops in their size and condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Applicant: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs
  • Patent number: 6826890
    Abstract: A method for wrapping groups of products with stretch film comprises the following steps: forming groups of products having a front and a longitudinal dimension that follows a line of feed; placing a first wrapping on the group of products to form a package that holds the products together; expelling the package thus obtained along the feed line; turning the package through an angle of 90°; placing over the first wrapping a second stretch film wrapping on the package thus obtained, the second wrapping having at least one narrowed strap-like segment surrounding a part of the package. The invention also relates to an apparatus that implements this method and the package obtained using the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Aetna Group, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mauro Cere′
  • Publication number: 20040168405
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of enclosing material in a net and supplying a handle for ease of carrying the netted material, comprising clippers, irises, and a handle maker. A conveyor carries the material to a pair of irises. The irises gather the netting around the material, the first clipper cuts and closes the netting, and the handle maker forms a loop out of the severed netting. The second clipper attaches the loop back to the netting to form a handle. A scale can be used to weigh the material and a printer can create a label, with the weight or whatever other information is desired, for attachment to the netting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Edward Kirk, Robert Pinto, Eggo Haschke
  • Publication number: 20040168404
    Abstract: A combined cutting blade and heat bar for use with a vacuum packaging device having a lid for sealing over the cavity of a base is disclosed. The cutting blade and heat bar are connected to one another and movable via a single actuating mechanism mounted to the lid. In use, in one step the combined mechanism is lowered with the heat bar unheated and the cutting element cuts slits in the bag for evacuation of the air. After air evacuation, the combined mechanism is lowered with the heat bar heated, melting the bag closed behind the slitted area of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Scott Knowlton, Timothy A. Grove
  • Publication number: 20040088948
    Abstract: A bag manufacturing and packaging apparatus includes a bag manufacturing unit that tubularly forms a strip film and manufactures a bag filled with articles; a feed roller unit that feeds a strip, to which the bag manufactured by the bag manufacturing unit is mounted; and a mounting unit that mounts the bag to the strip fed by the feed roller unit. The strip is rectilinearly maintained between the feed roller unit and the mounting unit by imparting a bend on the strip in the transverse cross section that intersects a transport pathway of the strip. The object of the present invention is to provide a bag manufacturing and packaging apparatus that, even if the strip to which bags are mounted lacks rigidity, can smoothly feed the strip, automatically thread the strip to the mounting unit, and form appropriate slits in the strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Applicant: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Yamamoto, Yoshio Iwasaki, Yukio Nakagawa, Yasushi Yamaguchi, Tatsuo Ito