From Plural Or Different Supply Sources Patents (Class 53/154)
  • Patent number: 10380824
    Abstract: A storage and dispensing station for a blister packaging machine for drug portions includes a base electrically coupled to the blister packaging machine and configured to dissipate an electrical charge to the blister packaging machine. A storage container is disposed on the base and includes a housing defining a receiving chamber for drug portions, a cylindrical receiving chamber and a bottom surface. A singulating device is rotatably disposed in the cylindrical receiving chamber and has multiple channels extending along the singulating device and parallel with a rotational axis of the singulating device. The singulating device also includes an electrically conductive coupling and a drive for rotating the singulating device. The singulating device is electrically conductive at least at an outer surface of the singulating device, and the outer surface comes into contact with drug portions. A conductor device provides an electrically conductive coupling between the outer surface and an electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BECTON DICKINSON ROWA GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Hellenbrand, Dietmar Gross
  • Patent number: 10363200
    Abstract: A tablet splitting apparatus includes a guide, a catcher, and a splitting mechanism. The splitting mechanism comprises a pair of blades and a pair of blade shifters. The guide, the catcher, and the splitting mechanism are accommodated in a housing. The housing includes an opening and a support. The support and the guide each include a sliding portion. The guide disposed at the supporting position is slid along the sliding portion of the support so as to be detachable from the supporting position through the opening. The blades and the blade shifters each comprise a sliding portion. The blades and the blade shifters are in a slidable contact with each other at the sliding portions. The blades attached to the respective predetermined positions of the blade shifters are slid along the sliding portions of the blade shifters so as to be detachable from the blade shifters through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHO, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshihito Omura, Syunji Ohgaya
  • Patent number: 10315457
    Abstract: A method for opening an envelope for insertion of a collation in an envelope inserting machine. The envelope is fed into an inserting station with its flap in an open position. The insertion station has vacuum belts to hold the envelope in position, and to move the envelope in an upstream or downstream direction. A suction cup is positioned above the envelope in the insertion station. The suction cup is moved downward to engage a top surface of the envelope near an upstream edge of the top surface. The suction cup then lifts the top surface of the envelope to open a throat of the envelope to facilitate insertion of a collation. The envelope on the vacuum belt is then moved in the upstream direction by a small amount so that the top surface of the envelope forms a more open angle for receiving the collation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DMT Solutions Global Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur H. Depoi, Anthony E. Yap
  • Patent number: 9938084
    Abstract: Conveyor 12 includes a belt assembly 14 to which are mounted slat assemblies 16 on which work products are transported. The slat assemblies 16 are composed of transverse slat members 18 which are attached to the underlying belt assembly 14 by clips 20 that encircle portions of the belt as well as encircle portions of the slat members to engage within slots, grooves, bores, or blind bores 134 formed along the length of the slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Jay Ramsdell, Troy Ora Baumgardner, William Douglas Medley
  • Patent number: 9861556
    Abstract: A tablet splitting apparatus includes a plate defining a vertical groove-shaped tablet passage, a catcher for holding a tablet moving downward through the passage at a splitting position, and a mechanism for splitting the tablet at the splitting position. A movable groove-depth defining member faces and covers an upstream part of the tablet passage. A sensor detects a tablet passing through the upstream part of the passage. A controller is responsive to the sensor to activate a mechanism to adjust the distance between the groove bottom surface of the tablet passage and the facing surface of the groove-depth defining member depending on the thickness of the tablet. The apparatus is configured to detect the driving current required to move the cutting blades to automatically determine a time to vary the moving speed of the blades and to release the tablet temporarily held at the splitting position, depending on the thickness of the tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHO, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshihito Omura, Syunji Ohgaya
  • Patent number: 9776755
    Abstract: A drug supply device includes a hopper that collects solid drugs discharged from tablet cases on the basis of predetermined prescription data, an inspection device that inspects the solid drugs introduced from the hopper, and a packaging device that fills and packages the inspected solid drugs into a packaging sheet. The inspection device includes inspection containers that each hold a single administration dosage of the solid drugs, a movement mechanism that moves the inspection containers, and an imaging device that captures an image of the solid drugs in the inspection containers. As a result of capturing the image of the solid drugs in the inspection container by the imaging device, when a number of the solid drugs is different from the prescription data, the solid drugs are disposed of.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kondo, Hideyuki Takahashi, Takashi Mori
  • Patent number: 9542534
    Abstract: A medication dispensing device comprises a case having a front panel, a back panel and sidewalls. The case defines a medication holding area and a dosage holding area. A first gate is located between the medication holding area and the dosage holding area and is operable to allow the dosage to pass from the medication holding area to the dosage holding area. A second gate is operable to allow the dosage to pass from the dosage holding area to the patient. The device further includes a battery, a patient authentication device and a central processing unit (CPU). Upon proper patient authentication, the CPU instructs the first gate to open to pass the dosage to the dosage holding area, the first gate to close upon passage of the dosage, the second gate to open to dispense the dosage, and the second gate to close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: James Dean Ducatt
  • Patent number: 9199792
    Abstract: A sorting and distributing system (50) for sorting article units in accordance with customers' orders, the system having a high sorting performance and comprising: a rotary sorting conveyor (14), which may be closed, having a conveyor means, wherein the conveyor means is connected to a plurality of receiving devices (16), to which the article units are to be delivered. A plurality of target positions (54) is coupled to the sorting conveyor (14) and can supply articles units to the receiving devices (16) in accordance with a customer's order, wherein the target positions (54) are assigned to customers' orders. At least one filling station (10; 10?) manually fills the receiving devices (16) by article units, wherein the filling station (10; 10?) includes a plurality of filling buckets (12) each having an opening mechanism (18) at its lower end thereof, in order to allow supply of article units, which are order picked into the filling bucket (12), to the receiving devices (16) in an automated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: SSI SCHAFER NOEL GMBH LAGER—UND SYSTEMTECHNIK
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20150068160
    Abstract: A method and a device for generating postal items with: a linearly formed first feed channel for feeding first documents of a postal item, with a first transport device, which transports the first documents in a first transport direction along a first straight transport line; an identification device for identifying the first documents; a second feed channel for feeding second documents of a postal item; an identification device for identifying the second documents; a collecting channel arranged downstream of the first feed channel and downstream of the second feed channel, for receiving first documents or groups of first documents from the first feed channel and/or of second documents or groups of second documents from the second feed channel, wherein the documents received in the collecting channel are collected as document group, wherein each document group forms the content of a postal item; and an envelope stuffing device arranged downstream of the collecting channel, in which the document groups coming
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Heimer KUDRUS
  • Patent number: 8950166
    Abstract: A machine for packaging solid pharmaceuticals includes a plurality of storage locations for storing a variety of pharmaceutical dispensing canisters and a robotic arm for retrieving said dispensing canisters and providing the canister at a location proximate the package to be filled thus minimizing the distance which the pharmaceutical travels from the dispensing canister and the package cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: MTS Medication Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Feehan, Robert Barrett
  • Publication number: 20140366489
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device which accommodates a series of feeder units arranged for selectively discharging an amount of solid substances from one or more feeder units for packing. The device includes a holding device provided with an array of feeder positions arranged adjacently in a plane, a collection frame arranged below the holding device including a series of collection trays for capturing discharged solid substances from the feeder units and each collection tray includes an output opening, and a packing unit arranged below the collection frame for collecting the captured solid substances from the output opening of a tray and packing the substances. The collection frame and the holding device are movable with respect to each other. The collection trays have an elongated shape with a longitudinal direction which extends substantially parallel to the plane and over a length of at least two of the feeder positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: VMI HOLLAND B.V.
    Inventors: Gerrit Jan Scholten, Pieter Cornelis Meijers
  • Publication number: 20140363102
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for making a multi-compartment package on a form, fill, and seal machine. Two pairs of heat sealing jaws are provided which produce seals having different sealing strengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Eduard EDWARDS, Stephen D. TYNER
  • Patent number: 8893454
    Abstract: A packaging machine is disclosed for packing cartons with beverage cans in two overlying layers. The packaging machine has a selector flight, a can flight, and a carton flight, all synchronously movable. A single infeed assembly directs first groups of cans into selector bays on the selector flight, sweeps them into adjacent can bays, and directs second groups of cans into the same selector bays, all on the same level. The selector flight and the second groups of cans then ramps up to an elevated level, from where the second groups of cans are swept into the adjacent can bays atop the first groups of cans. The thus staged cans are pushed into open cartons on the carton flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff A. Disrud
  • Publication number: 20140305074
    Abstract: A method of making an upwardly open container having a base wall, an upright perimeter wall, and an upright internal wall between one part of the perimeter wall and another part of the perimeter wall, the perimeter wall and the internal wall forming first and second compartments within the container, wherein the method comprises injecting a molten water-soluble polymer into a mould cavity between cooperating male and female mould parts; wherein there are independently movable first and second male parts separated by a gap in which the internal wall is formed, and wherein the first and second male parts correspond to the first and second compartments of the container to be formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: RECKITT BENCKISER N.V.
    Inventors: Axel Halbherr, Andreas Geiger, Jurgen Pellenz
  • Publication number: 20140298754
    Abstract: A system for packaging dosed quantities of solid drug portions comprises a plurality of dosing stations (2) for dispensing a dosed quantity of solid drug portions, a plurality of guiding ducts (7), a plurality of collecting containers (17) for receiving drug portions guided through the guiding ducts (7), and at least one discharge and packaging station (3) for transferring drug portions collected by each collecting container (17) to a packaging and for closing the packaging. The guiding ducts (7) are coupled to a transport means (6a, 6b, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16) for moving the guiding ducts (7) along the dosing stations (2), wherein each guiding duct (7) is adapted to receive drug portions dispensed from at least one of the dosing stations (2) when the guiding duct (7) is positioned at the at least one dosing station (2), and to guide the received drug portions to an passage opening of the guiding duct (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: CareFusion Switzerland 317 Sarl
    Inventor: Arie Van Wijngaarden
  • Patent number: 8805572
    Abstract: A dispensary management system includes a medicine compounding management unit for managing medicine compounding information and for automatically compounding medicines according to the medicine compounding information and a medicine storage management unit connected to the medicine compounding management for storing residual medicines and, when medicines in the medicine compounding management unit are insufficient, for informing the medicine compounding management unit of a position where medicines corresponding to insufficient medicines are stored. A dispensary management method includes inputting medicine compounding information, determining whether medicines are insufficient based on the medicine compounding information, retrieving a cabinet storing medicines corresponding to the insufficient medicines, filling the insufficient medicines, and compounding medicines according to the medicine compounding information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: JVM Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 8739499
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine dispensing system configured such that a medicine dispensing device includes a sub unit having a function to dispense medicine that is connected to a medicine dispensing device that includes a main unit having a function of packing medicines. There is also provided a medicine dispensing device that can be appropriately integrated with such a medicine dispensing system. The medicine dispensing system includes, in some embodiments a main unit, a sub unit and a transfer device connecting the main unit and the sub unit. The medicine dispensing system transfers the medicine dispensed in the sub unit to the main unit by means of a transfer device and dispenses the medicine at a medicine packing part together with the medicine dispensed from a main storage part in the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Yuyama MFG. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Itsuo Yasunaga, Chisei Asaoka, Norifumi Oike, Kensuke Kaminishi, Masahiko Kasuya, Nakaji Takeda, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Morita, Shinya Taira, Tomohiro Sugimoto, Naomichi Toyota
  • Patent number: 8688263
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and a system for inserting documents (32) in an automated manner into load supports, in particular into containers (30), which are transported by means of a conveyor (26) in an order-picking system (10), comprising: a document guiding device (40) for storing one, preferably single, document (32), and for mechanically guiding same to an assigned load support, which passes the document insertion apparatus (12;12?) by means of the conveyor (26) in an automated manner such that the document (32) can be moved actively into the assigned load support, wherein the document guiding device (40) comprises receiving members (42, 44; 90) which are arranged substantially oppositely horizontal and are mounted movably relative to each other, wherein in a receiving position (FIG. 6A) the receiving members (42, 44; 90) receive the document (32) in a space therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventors: Max Winkler, Robert Fankhauser
  • Patent number: 8661774
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for packaging at least two products with individual weights in a package in a quantity corresponding to a target weight. The device comprises a feed, packaging means, weighing means (9) and throughfeed means. The device further comprises at least two adding means with associated weighing means (17) in a weighing unit (14) for the purpose of selectively adding unrelated products or groups thereof to the packaging, and with selection and control means for selecting at least one of the at least two unrelated products or groups on the basis of the weight of the initial group, the target weight and the weights of the at least two unrelated products or groups determined with the weighing means (17) associated with the adding means for the purpose of actuating the adding means in order to add at least one selected of the at least two unrelated products or groups thereof to the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Visser 'S-Gravendeel Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Adrianus De Vos
  • Patent number: 8615971
    Abstract: A system for automatically filling tablets into tablet containers comprising at least one tablet compartment for receiving tablets comprises: reception means (30) for receiving a patient order containing a patient identification (PAT-ID) and at least one prescription comprising prescription data (REZ) regarding the types of tablets to be taken by the patient and instructions for taking said tablets; allocation means (40) for allocating the prescription data (REZ) and patient identification (PAT-ID) to respective tablet containers (1); at least one automatic tablet dispenser (50) containing supplies of a plurality of tablet types for automatically filling at least one tablet compartment of a respective tablet container, wherein the allocation means (40) or the automatic tablet dispenser (50) is/are designed for determining, from the prescription data (REZ), the number of tablets of the respective types of tablets to be taken by a patient at certain times and for allocating a tablet compartment (2) of a tablet
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Knapp Logistik Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Freudelsperger
  • Patent number: 8539738
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for packaging a curable resin composition and a catalyst composition that react with each other when mixed, comprising providing a partitioned tube for receiving the resin composition and the curing agent in separate compartments; delivering a stream of a resin composition into one compartment of the tube; delivering a stream of a curing agent in the other compartment of the tube; advancing the partitioned tube and constricting and sealing the partitioned tube at spaced apart intervals and severing the sealed tube to produce a package partitioning the resin composition from the catalyst composition. Solid particulate is continuously added into the stream of at least one of the catalyst composition and the resin composition and mixing the solid particulate and stream to produce a mixed composition; and the relative amount of solid particulate in the mixed composition is controlled by continuously determining the mass of solid particulate added to the mass of the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: J-Lok Co.
    Inventors: John G. Oldsen, Walter J. Simmons, W. Neal Simmons, Robert A. McGinnis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8516781
    Abstract: A fully automated pharmaceutical product packaging machine is capable of selectively depositing one or more different solid pharmaceutical products into an individual cavity for each of a plurality of individual patient product package cavities. The system employs a plurality of solid pharmaceutical product dispensing canisters which are capable of selectively dispensing a pre-designated number of solid pharmaceutical products. The machine fills a template containing temporary storage cavities and the template is automatically positioned over a sheet of clear plastic material containing a plurality of cavities corresponding to the cavities in the template. A barrier between the cavities in the template and the sheet of clear plastic material is moved and the pharmaceuticals in the template cavities drop into the corresponding cavities in the clear plastic sheet of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: MTS Medication Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Siegel, Stuart Bagley, Michel Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20130036707
    Abstract: A modular packing system includes a pallet exhibiting a continuous and unperforated support surface affording a plurality of seating features distributed thereon, a plurality of containers of base measurements as submultiples of the pallet dimensions and constant height so as to form even layers of uniform height, and an uppermost cover element for positioning on top of a final layer of containers and equipped with a first pair of belts engageable to corresponding belt portions which, in turn, engage with a second pair of belts associated to the pallet. Each container exhibits a lower base surface affording raised features configured to engage in seating features in the pallet support surface. Each container further exhibits a cover element exhibiting a plurality of seating features, analogous in conformation and positioning to the seating features in the pallet support surface, so as to form another support and engagement surface for a subsequent layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Luca Zacchi
  • Patent number: 8302759
    Abstract: To provide a product accumulation device with superior general-purpose capabilities, being able to cope with the modified specification of target products only by partially altering the structure thereof. An accumulation means of a product accumulation device includes: a rotary member having a product contact surface relative to products supplied from the product supply means, and a guide member that is provided with the rotary member and that shifts the products from the product contact surface to an approximately perpendicular direction relative to the product contact surface by means of the rotation of the rotation member, thereby being able to cope with the modified specification of target products only by partially altering its structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Orion Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 8234838
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine dispensing system configured such that a medicine dispensing device includes a sub unit having a function to dispense medicine that is connected to a medicine dispensing device that includes a main unit having a function of packing medicines. There is also provided a medicine dispensing device that can be appropriately integrated with such a medicine dispensing system. The medicine dispensing system includes, in some embodiments a main unit, a sub unit and a transfer device connecting the main unit and the sub unit. The medicine dispensing system transfers the medicine dispensed in the sub unit to the main unit by means of a transfer device and dispenses the medicine at a medicine packing part together with the medicine dispensed from a main storage part in the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Itsuo Yasunaga, Chisei Asaoka, Norifumi Oike, Kensuke Kaminishi, Masahiko Kasuya, Nakaji Takeda, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Morita, Shinya Taira, Tomohiro Sugimoto, Naomichi Toyota
  • Patent number: 8230662
    Abstract: A system for filling medication dose packs with oral-solid medication items comprises storage tray drawers each having storage trays. Each storage tray stores a specific type of oral-solid medication item. The storage tray drawers are displaceable to a drawn position to expose the storage trays thereof. A table supports dose packs having a plurality of receptacles arranged in rows, with each receptacle associated with an intake time and date of a patient prescription file. A dispensing mechanism has fingers for grasping by suction an oral-solid medication item, and degrees of freedom to displace the fingers from any one of the storage trays to the dose pack, to transfer the oral-solid medication items from the storage trays in the drawn position to the receptacles of the dose pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Synergie Medicale BRG Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Boutin
  • Patent number: 8157080
    Abstract: A product aggregating apparatus receives product with an in-feed conveyor assembly and provides the product in an aggregated, registered and/or organized form, such as to a product picking apparatus. The in-feed conveyor assembly includes at least one in-feed conveyor, each in-feed conveyor configured to deliver product to first and second locations. A product receiver assembly includes at least first and second product receiver carriages to receive product at the first and second locations, respectively. An aggregated product receiver assembly comprises a carriage configured for vertical movement to positions adjacent to each product receiver carriage. A pusher assembly, comprising a pusher carriage configured for vertical movement to positions adjacent to each product receiver carriage, contains pushers horizontally moveable to push product from the adjacent product receiver carriage and onto the carriage of the aggregated product receiver assembly for picking by an appropriate apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Pearson Packaging Systems
    Inventor: James A. Goodman
  • Patent number: 8146777
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine feeding device which can apply uniform tension to wrapping paper wound in a roll state to wrap a medicine. The medicine feeding device comprises a tablet case which stores a medicine, and the wrapping paper wound in the roll state, wraps a medicine discharged from the tablet case in wrapping paper 72, and comprises a tension application mechanism 113 which applies predetermined tension to the continuously pulled-out wrapping paper. This tension application mechanism is constituted to freely move up-and-down, and to apply tension to the pulled-out wrapping paper by its own weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Inamura
  • Patent number: 8099928
    Abstract: A tablet filling device that allows the device to be smaller since a driving range of an arm for holding vials is greatly decreased includes: a tablet supply unit 16; a first vial delivery arm unit 17; and a second vial delivery arm unit 18. The tablet supply unit 16 supplies tablets accommodated in a tablet feeder 21 provided at an outer periphery of a drum 101 as prescribed. The first vial delivery arm unit 17 has an arm 202. The arm 202 is movably mounted in a horizontal direction and may even be lifted in a vertical direction. The first delivery arm unit 17 receives vials 4 at a horizontal first position, accommodates the tablets discharged from the tablet feeder 21 into the vials 4 at a second position and delivers the vials 4 at a third position. The second vial delivery arm unit 18 has an arm 302. The arm 302 is movably mounted in the horizontal direction and may be lifted in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoji Yuyama
  • Patent number: 8082720
    Abstract: In a conventional tablet packing device, a tablet discharged from a tablet case is supplied to a medicine packing unit through a common path such as a hopper. Thus, in the conventional tablet packing device, a large number of types of tablets are collected through the common path, so that a problem of cross contamination (the chipped pieces of the tablet of the type different from that of the tablet to be packed are mixed) occurs. The present invention provides a tablet packing device from which common path is eliminated. The present invention is characterized by including a conveyance unit for conveying a tablet case to a case arrangement section so that a tablet can directly be discharged from the tablet case to a tablet packing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Mori, Masayoshi Ogura
  • Publication number: 20110154780
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine packing device, which prevents a free end of a bottom plate of a tablet dispensing measure from tilting due to its own weight. A bottom plate 43 is provided at a lower opening of a tablet dispensing measure 42. The bottom plate 43 includes a pin 44 at its base end. A leading end of the bottom plate is a free end. When the tablet dispensing measure 42 reaches corresponding stepped portions 37a to 37d by a movement of a tablet dispensing member 36, an opening protrusion 144b of a fixed plate 37 is fitted to an opening recess 43c of the bottom plate 43 and thus the bottom plate 43 pivots about the pin 44 from a closed position to an open position. If the bottom plate 43 moves to the open position, then tablets in the tablet dispensing measure 42 drop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kodama, Katsunori Yoshina, Koji Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20110132800
    Abstract: This invention is directed to film wrapped and heat shrunk bundles of gabled containers to form bundles that can be stacked on pallets and not be constrained by the gables in determining the size of the bundles. This is accomplished by nesting the gable containers on a conveyor on their side. The nesting of the gable containers on their side provides a stable structure that can be moved on a conveyor to be film wrapped. After film wrapping, the containers are conveyed to a heat shrink tunnel to form bundles of gable containers that can be placed on a pallet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Patent number: 7891158
    Abstract: A case packing system concurrently accumulates a plurality of different product ensembles and sequentially packs cases thereof, generally by way of (a) concurrently accumulating a plurality of different product ensembles utilizing a plurality of product conveyer lines, each of which is adapted to separately convey distinct products to one or more transfer points; (b) sequentially transferring different accumulated product ensembles from the conveyer lines to a case-packer, the case-packer including a packing section as well as multiple magazines for receiving different case-blanks; (c) controlling transfer of the product ensembles to the case-packer and selection of the appropriate case-blank. Preferably, substantially continuous operation of the case-packer at a production rate higher than an accumulation rate of any individual product conveyer is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Thomas I. Stafford, III, Benjamin C. Fordham, Richard S. Schneider
  • Publication number: 20110030311
    Abstract: A packaging machine comprising two independent paths (26, 28) upon which articles (C) to be contained by a carton (6) are conveyed from an infeed end (56) to an integral tertiary packaging device (12, 24). Cartons directly output from said two independent paths are merged and combined with a tertiary package (8), the tertiary packages are conveyed along a transfer means out of said tertiary packaging device travelling at a speed the same as that of each of the two independent paths (26, 28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Pascal Martini
  • Publication number: 20100326015
    Abstract: Apparatus, flight bar assemblies, and methods are disclosed for nesting objects into a substantially staggered arrangement. Such nesting may be done in a nesting zone of a machine, for example, just upstream of a shrink wrapping machine. The nested arrangement allows the grouping of nested objects to be shrink-wrapped without use of trays or cardboard blanks if desired. The flight bar assemblies may include movable spacers for orienting rows of objects before, during, and after nesting. Lane dividers may be provided having lengths corresponding to a contour of an outer guide and cam surface, cooperating with the lane dividers to selectively urging the rows of objects inward in an organized fashion to allow efficient and reliable nesting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: HARTNESS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: John Griffin Miller, Gregory Bruns, Mathias Coulomb
  • Publication number: 20100281823
    Abstract: An inline product feeder for a packaging line and related methods are disclosed. In one example, an inline product feeder includes a product input line configured to receive a contiguous supply of products and configured to guide the products in continuous motion along a path of travel. The inline product feeder also includes a packaging line configured to receive separated groups of the products from the product input line. The inline feeder further includes a feeder unit configured to separate groups of products from the contiguous supply of products in the product input line and move the group of products into the packaging line, each of the separated groups of products including a predetermined number of products from the product input line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Keenan W. Stahl
  • Publication number: 20100212263
    Abstract: A fixture for dressing a plurality of cables into cable bundles is provided. The fixture includes a first panel having a plurality of first apertures extending through the panel. The first apertures are configured in a predetermined array in the first panel, with each first aperture located a first distance from each adjacent first aperture. A second panel is disposed at a distance from the first panel, the second panel having a plurality of second apertures extending through the second panel. The second apertures are configured in a second array corresponding to the array of apertures in the first panel. Each second aperture is located a second distance from each adjacent second aperture. The first plurality of apertures receives a plurality of cables fed into the fixture. The second plurality of apertures is adapted to receive the cables from the first apertures and to feed the cables from the fixture in a cable array ready to be tied into a bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: TANTUS ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Cathlina
  • Publication number: 20100077699
    Abstract: In a medicine packaging machine including a medicine accommodating mechanism for accommodating plural medicines, a chute for guiding medicines arbitrarily taken out from the medicine accommodating mechanism to a medicine packaging sheet, and a medicine packaging mechanism having a heater for thermally welding the medicine packaging sheet, the heater is provided with an incision tooth for forming an incision at an edge portion of the medicine packaging sheet at the same time when the medicine packaging sheet filled with the medicines. Furthermore, a cutting mechanism for cutting at a predetermined position a separate package bag formed by thermally welding the medicine packaging sheet is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinori Hatsuno, Masayoshi Ogura, Hideyuki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20100050570
    Abstract: In a conventional tablet packing device, a tablet discharged from a tablet case is supplied to a medicine packing unit through a common path such as a hopper. Thus, in the conventional tablet packing device, a large number of types of tablets are collected through the common path, so that a problem of cross contamination (the chipped pieces of the tablet of the type different from that of the tablet to be packed are mixed) occurs. The present invention provides a tablet packing device from which common path is eliminated. The present invention is characterized by including a conveyance unit for conveying a tablet case to a case arrangement section so that a tablet can directly be discharged from the tablet case to a tablet packing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Mori, Masayoshi Ogura
  • Publication number: 20100042255
    Abstract: A system for filling medication dose packs with oral-solid medication items comprises storage tray drawers each having storage trays. Each storage tray stores a specific type of oral-solid medication item. The storage tray drawers are displaceable to a drawn position to expose the storage trays thereof. A table supports dose packs having a plurality of receptacles arranged in rows, with each receptacle associated with an intake time and date of a patient prescription file. A dispensing mechanism has fingers for grasping by suction an oral-solid medication item, and degrees of freedom to displace the fingers from any one of the storage trays to the dose pack, to transfer the oral-solid medication items from the storage trays in the drawn position to the receptacles of the dose pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Jean Boutin
  • Patent number: 7637086
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for packaging a curable resin composition and a catalyst composition that react with each other when mixed, comprising providing a partitioned tube for receiving the resin composition and the curing agent in separate compartments; delivering a stream of a resin composition into one compartment of the tube; delivering a stream of a curing agent in the other compartment of the tube; advancing the partitioned tube and constricting and sealing the partitioned tube at spaced apart intervals and severing the sealed tube to produce a package partitioning the resin composition from the catalyst composition. Solid particulate is continuously added into the stream of at least one of the catalyst composition and the resin composition and mixing the solid particulate and stream to produce a mixed composition; and the relative amount of solid particulate in the mixed composition is controlled by continuously determining the mass of solid particulate added to the mass of the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: J-Lok Co.
    Inventors: John G. Oldsen, Walter J. Simmons, W. Neal Simmons, Robert A. McGinnis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7637079
    Abstract: An installation for filling weekly blister packs, i.e. packaging units, with doses of different medicaments corresponding to the weekly requirements of several patients and to be taken by the respective patient in a certain order according to the day of the week and the time of the day, according to a doctor's prescription. The installation is provided with output stations associated with the medicaments, for automatically filling all or selected compartments line-by-line. In order to control the output stations in such a way as to fill the weekly blister pack with the prescribed medicament, an electronic control unit processes information about patients, the information being continuously supplied to the unit in such a way that it is synchronized with the blister pack advancing movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Edwin Kohl
    Inventors: Hans Klingel, Edwin Kohl
  • Patent number: 7621108
    Abstract: The use of a multi-shelved product transporter for transporting products, diverted from manufacturing lines, to a downstream packaging area is a cost effective way of assembling a packaged bundle of products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: James Peter Brastauskas, Peter Vasilios Boumis, William Russel Clem
  • Patent number: 7584589
    Abstract: A case packing system concurrently accumulates a plurality of different product ensembles and sequentially packs cases thereof, generally by way of (a) concurrently accumulating a plurality of different product ensembles utilizing a plurality of product conveyer lines, each of which is adapted to separately convey distinct products to one or more transfer points; (b) sequentially transferring different accumulated product ensembles from the conveyer lines to a case-packer, the case-packer including a packing section as well as multiple magazines for receiving different case-blanks; (c) controlling transfer of the product ensembles to the case-packer and selection of the appropriate case-blank. Preferably, substantially continuous operation of the case-packer at a production rate higher than an accumulation rate of any individual product conveyer is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Thomas I. Stafford, III, Benjamin C. Fordham, Richard S. Schneider
  • Patent number: 7555875
    Abstract: A medicine management system includes a medicine storage unit, keeping at least one new cassette in which medicines are accommodated; a robot unit including a gripper for gripping the new cassette; an automatic medicine packing apparatus, dispensing and packing medicines from a dispensing cassette thereof, and requesting replenishment of medicines when there is no medicine in the dispensing cassette; and a central control unit, controlling the robot unit to transmit movement control commands to the robot unit upon receiving the replenishment request, to mobilize the robot unit to transfer the empty dispensing cassette to a conveyer and gripping a new cassette in which the corresponding medicines are accommodated from the medicine storage unit and mounted to the automatic medicine packing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: JVM Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 7513089
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide for a wrapping apparatus and associated methods and a cassette device for holding utensils. The wrapping apparatus may include a first holder for holding first items to be wrapped. The wrap is placed on a rotating table when the rotating table is rotated into a first position. One of the first items to be wrapped is moved from the first holder onto the wrap on the rotating table when the rotating table is rotated to a second position. A wrapping mechanism then wraps the first item in the wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: Richard Howard Rubin
  • Publication number: 20090049801
    Abstract: Method for the manufacture of mixed packages and device for carrying out said method. 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: February 22, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Werner HAGENBROCK, Joachim JUNGHANS
  • Patent number: 7455163
    Abstract: A tablet packing apparatus arranged to prevent tablets from bouncing in a tablet drop guide path so that dropping time of the tablets can be shortened so as to be ready in time for packing. The tablet packing apparatus is provided with a tablet drop guide path (12) that guides tablets to a packing unit. The tablets drop obliquely downward from each of tablet outlets (10) of tablet feeders (8) provided in an up and down direction in a manner of a multistage shelf, wherein a bounce preventing member (14) is provided in a position opposing the tablet outlets of the tablet drop guide path, and the bounce preventing member (14) is obliquely provided so that it recedes from the tablet outlets 10 toward the lower end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Itsuo Yasunaga
  • Patent number: 7454885
    Abstract: A tray to tube manual exchanger is disclosed herein. The manual exchanger includes a tray-fastening module and a bi-axle-rotating module. The tray-fastening module includes a tray-fastening member, a buffer-rail substrate, and a tube-inserting member. The buffer-rail substrate having a plurality of rails is disposed under the tray-fastening member, and the tube-inserting member is disposed at the outlets of the plurality of rails for respectively receiving tubes. The bi-axle-rotating module is pivotally connected to the tray-fastening module. The tray-fastening module clips a tray carrying a plurality of packaged semiconductor devices at a horizontal position, followed by rotating 180 degrees around a second rotating axle of the bi-axle-rotating module, thereby falling the packaged semiconductor devices of each row of the tray onto each rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: King Yuan Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan-Chi Lin, Meng-Ta Li
  • Patent number: 7451583
    Abstract: An automatic medicine packaging machine with door lock unit that prevents the supplement and outflow of tablets by an unauthorized person and makes tablets kept and treated more safely is disclosed. The automatic medicine packaging machine comprising a plurality of tablet cassettes and a door includes; a door lock unit that is established on a body of the automatic medicine packaging machine and locks or unlocks the door; a button operation unit that is established on the front of the body and that operation is inputted by a user; and a lock controller that controls the operation of the door lock unit according to a lock or unlock signal inputted by the button operation unit, in which the lock controller includes a user authentication unit that authenticates user of the door lock unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: JVM Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Ho Kim