Combined Patents (Class 53/167)
  • Patent number: 10343325
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for producing sterile receptacles (2), comprising: a molding unit (13) for molding parisons (4) starting from granules of thermoplastic material; a stretch-blowing forming unit (3) which receives the parisons (4) from the molding unit (13), the forming unit (3) having a plurality of forming stations (5) in each of which there is a mold (6) and a sterilization device (12) so as to form and sterilize the corresponding parison (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GEA PROCOMAC S.P.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Pagliarini, Luigi Casappa
  • Patent number: 10308493
    Abstract: A drink filling system including: a bottle molding section; a sterilizing section that sterilizes a molded bottle; a rinsing section that rinses the bottle; a filling section that fills and seals the bottle; and a conveying unit that conveys the bottle from the molding section through to the filling section. A chamber covers a portion extending from the sterilizing section to the filling section, and an atmosphere shut-off chamber is provided between a sterilizing section chamber and a rinsing section chamber. An exhaust unit is provided for the atmosphere shut-off chamber and/or the sterilizing section chamber, a clean air supply unit is provided for a filling section chamber so that a clean air flows from the filling section chamber into the atmosphere shut-off chamber through the rinsing section chamber or further flows into the sterilizing section chamber, and the air-flow flowing therein is exhausted by an exhaust unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 9952191
    Abstract: This invention provides a method of ranking a characteristic of a liquid sample by providing a test container [11] having a viewing port [16] to liquid contained therein and through which electronic image data of a defined body of liquid sample [20] in the container can be captured. This data is compared with an electronic data model containing comparison data with which the captured electronic image data can be compared to provide a ranking. The image is captured and the image data is electronically compared with the comparison data to provide a characteristic ranking of the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: OMA APP IP PTY LTD
    Inventor: Randall Crisp
  • Patent number: 9776753
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the clocked conveying of packaging containers in a filling machine for flowable products along a conveying line with a first and a second section, a first conveying means and a second conveying means being operated at different clock cycles in the first section of the conveying line and in the second section of the conveying line respectively, and a handling device arranged between the first and the second sections of the conveying line compensating for the different clock times between the first and second conveying means. The clock time for filling flowable products into the packaging containers can thus be sufficiently measured in the second section of the conveying line, without having to accept unnecessary dead time for performing a processing step in the first section of the conveying line. Further disclosed is a device for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ELOPAK AS
    Inventor: Klaus Baltes
  • Patent number: 9579255
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, an Automated Pharmacy Admixture System (APAS) may include a manipulator system to transport medical containers such as bags, vials, or syringes in a compounding chamber regulated to a pressure below atmospheric pressure. In a preferred implementation, the manipulator system is configured to grasp and convey syringes, IV bags, and vials of varying shapes and sizes from a storage system in an adjacent chamber regulated at a pressure above atmospheric pressure. Various embodiments may include a controller adapted to actuate the manipulator system to bring a fill port of an IV bag, vial, or syringe into register with a filling port at a fluid transfer station in the chamber. A preferred implementation includes a sanitization system that can substantially sanitize a bung on a fill port of a vial or IV bag in preparation for transport to the fluid transfer station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: ARxIUM Inc.
    Inventors: Walter W. Eliuk, Ronald H. Rob, Lance R. Mlodzinski, Alex H. Reinhardt, Thom Doherty
  • Patent number: 9573706
    Abstract: A machine for filling bags for example with meat, vegetables, pet food, beef sausages or similar products of any desired shape or irregular size, and a corresponding method for filling such bags uses a filling system for feeding the product. Means for compressing the product also form a path for directing the product into the open bag. Introduction means drive the product along the path into the open bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: KHS GMBH
    Inventor: Scott Veix
  • Patent number: 9408932
    Abstract: There is described a unit for sterilizing a web of packaging material advanced along a given path, having, along a longitudinal portion thereof, a succession of pre-applied opening devices and adapted to be transformed in a plurality of sealed packages containing a pourable food product; the unit comprises a bath, containing a sterilizing agent in which the web with the opening devices is advanced, and an aseptic chamber connected to an outlet of the bath and housing drying mechanism for removing residual sterilizing agent from the web; the drying mechanism comprise an ejector located at a distance from the outlet of the bath and configured so as to direct a stream of air transversally to the web and onto the longitudinal portion of the web provided with the opening devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Ghirardello, Danilo Veroni, Alessandro Veronesi, Robert Bartolini, Daniele Apparuti, Renzo Bellei
  • Patent number: 9090405
    Abstract: A removable cartridge cleaner assembly is provided that allows for faster and easier removal of the belt cleaner blades out from under a conveyor belt. In one aspect the assembly includes a biasing surface of one of an elongate support assembly and a channel member configured to be engaged by a securing member and urge distal ends of legs of the channel member into tight engagement with the elongate support assembly and minimize debris accumulation therebetween. In another aspect, the elongate base member and rail member each include lateral portions configured to slidably engage corresponding wedge portions to urge the rail member toward the base member. A method of installing a belt cleaner assembly is also provided which includes camming a rail member downwardly toward the support member upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventors: Brett E. DeVries, Daniel J. Kuiper, Carl J. Hessler
  • Patent number: 9078943
    Abstract: A hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) supply arrangement which has a storage container for the H2O2 and metering valves designed to meter doses of H2O2 to a plurality of article sterilization devices. The H2O2 supply arrangement also has a line arrangement which connects the storage container to the metering valves. The line arrangement is designed so as to conduct H2O2 to the metering valves, but also to cycle H2O2 not metered or dosed out by the metering valves back into the H2O2 storage container in a cyclical manner. The H2O2 supply arrangement is designed in this manner to minimize decomposition of the H2O2, and thus minimize waste and improve accuracy of the metered doses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Herold, Roland Topf
  • Patent number: 9061390
    Abstract: A production line system includes a cooling processing step of cooling a coolant for processing machines (lathes) of work, and a heating processing step of heating washing fluid for a washing machine which washes the work after processing by the lathes. The heating processing step and the cooling processing step are performed by a heat pump in one heat pump cycle. Further, a heat balance between heating in the heating processing step and cooling in the cooling processing step is adjusted with the setting temperature of the washing fluid and the setting temperature of the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignees: Zeneral Heatpump Industry Co., Ltd., Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigemitsu Shiba, Yoshiro Shiba, Takayuki Miura, Manabu Kayamoto, Ichirou Sakuraba, Hiroshi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9027311
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing items by placing items to be sterilized into a puncture resistant sealable vapor barrier sterilization bag, performing steam sterilization under pressure via a conduit coupled to the bag while maintaining a heated compensating pressure environment around the exterior of the bag during steam sterilization so as to reduce mechanical stress on the bag and sealing the bag at the completion of sterilization. There is also provided a sterilization services apparatus for sterilizing the contents of a sterilization bag including a pressure compensating compartment having a sealable door that maintains a heated compensating pressure environment around the exterior of a sterilization bag during steam sterilization so as to reduce mechanical stress on the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Mercer Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Terry Dean Kemp, Christo Andre De Klerk
  • Patent number: 9027312
    Abstract: Machine (10) and method for treating containers (12) of liquids comprising a loading station (15) into which baskets (23) are loaded containing, according to a desired pattern of disposition, the containers (12) to be subjected to washing, a filling station (18) in which the washed containers (12) are filled with new liquid, and a re-closing station (19) in which the containers (12) are closed by the relative lids (11). The re-closing station (19) comprises a closing device (63) provided with gripper members (70) by means of which the lids (11) are picked up and positioned so as to close the containers (12), and loading members (66) that automatically direct the lids (11) toward the closing device (63) in a manner consistent with the desired pattern of disposition of the containers (12) in the baskets (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Steelco Spa
    Inventor: Fabio Zardini
  • Patent number: 8997438
    Abstract: A robotic case packing system loads articles from one conveyor into containers on another conveyor using a robotic pick and place mechanism and a set of pivoting bins. A controller moves the robotic mechanism in first picking movements to pick and place articles from the conveyor into the first bin. Once the first bin is full, the controller pivots the first bin to allow the articles stacked in the first bin to be loaded into a container held below. While the first bin is pivoting, the controller moves the robotic mechanism to pick and place articles from the conveyor into the second bin. The process repeats with the controller pivoting the second bin during the picking movements used to fill the first bin and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: David M. Fallas
  • Publication number: 20150094849
    Abstract: According to various aspects, exemplary embodiments are disclosed of automatic container orientation systems. Also disclosed are methods for automatically orienting containers. In an exemplary embodiment, a system for automatically orienting containers generally includes one or more cameras, a controller, and an orientation unit. The one or more cameras are configured to obtain data relating to an orientation of at least one container to be included in a package. The controller is in communication with the one or more cameras for receiving the data and is configured to use the data to determine an amount of rotation needed for the at least one container to orient the at least one container in a desired final orientation. The orientation unit is configured to rotate the at least one container by the determined amount of rotation to thereby orient the at least one container in the desired final orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Brian R. Stork, Todd Rio
  • Patent number: 8985338
    Abstract: A package for bedding includes a blank of material formed into a loop, the loop having an enclosed top side, an enclosed bottom side, first and second enclosed lateral sides extending between the enclosed top side and the enclosed bottom side, a first openings at a first end of the loop, and a second opening at a second end of the loop. A section of the enclosed top side is joined together to form handle that extends along a top side of the loop between the first opening at the first end of the loop and the second opening at the second end of the loop. The package has a central opening defined by the enclosed top side, the enclosed bottom side, and the first and second enclosed lateral sides of the loop, the central opening extending from the first opening at the first end of the loop to the second opening at the second end of the loop. A box is disposed within the central opening of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Fux
  • Publication number: 20150059288
    Abstract: A flexible container, system and method of manufacture can include an in-line system that allows flexible containers of varying sizes to be manufactured in a single relatively high speed and efficient production line and in a single clean room through the use of transport and exchange equipment configured to adeptly handle flexible containers throughout the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Nicholas WU
  • Publication number: 20150059285
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for filling and closing capsules made up of a capsule upper part and a capsule lower part, comprising a plurality of processing stations arranged along a preferably circular conveyor belt and a plurality of capsule conveying devices which in each case have a plurality of capsule receivers for receiving one respective capsule, the capsule conveying devices conveying received capsules along the conveyor belt through the processing stations, at least two belt portions arranged in succession being formed along the conveyor belt, a first group of processing stations arranged in succession being provided along a first belt portion, and at least one further group of stations of processing stations arranged in succession being provided along at least one further belt portion, the groups of stations comprising at least one respective supply station, for supplying capsules to be filled into the capsule receivers of the capsule conveying devices, at least one respective opening station
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Fette Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Heinrich, Daniel Malick, Jan Fabian Scheffler, Rüdiger Heed, Jan-Eric Kruse
  • Patent number: 8966863
    Abstract: A medicine inspection device includes an inspection unit for inspecting a medicine disposed on the inspection unit; a vibrator to impart vibration to the medicine disposed on the inspection unit; and a shooting unit capable of photographing the medicine disposed on the inspection unit. The medicine inspection device further includes a medicine information detector capable of detecting at least the quantity or type of the medicine based on an image obtained by the shooting unit and a distribution detector which is configured to detect a distribution of the medicine on the inspection unit based on the image obtained by the shooting unit. The inspection unit includes a plurality of inspection areas where the vibrator independently provides vibration to each inspection area. The medicine inspection device is characterized by operating the vibrator so as to provide vibration in the inspection areas chosen based on the detection result of the distribution detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Amano, Koji Ito, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Yoshikawa, Keigo Nakamura, Dai Shimizube
  • Publication number: 20150052852
    Abstract: A method and a device for can manufacture and canning, having cans manufactured in a manufacturing process and filled in a filling process, the manufacturing process being integral with the filling process in one plant, and the cans being transported from the manufacturing process to the filling process in a hygienic conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Achhammer, Michael Auburger
  • Patent number: 8959878
    Abstract: A tablet inspecting device which can overcome counting and discrimination errors is provided. A medicine packaging envelope strip is formed by connecting in a strip shape multiple envelopes separated when a user takes tablets, and is imaged, thus counting the tablets. A conveyance passage along which the strip is conveyed in an associated longitudinal direction, conveyance mechanism, and gap forming part forming a gap between adjacent tablets, the conveyance passage including a horizontal passage, a first inclined passage with upward inclination extending from the horizontal passage, and a second inclined passage with downward inclination and an upper end spaced apart from an upper end of the first passage, the gap forming part including a rod body having projecting portions staggered throughout a peripheral surface thereof, being arranged at the space approximately orthogonal to the conveyance direction, and being rotatable about a center axis thereof, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ookuma Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiji Okuma
  • Publication number: 20150040516
    Abstract: A vacuum packaging machine (1) is described, with internal and “sous vide” cooking chamber composed of a supporting and containing structure (3) comprising at least one decompression chamber (7) for vacuum packaging and/or cooking a product (6) inside at least one bag (8) or other suitable container, such chamber (7) being composed of at least one tank (2) adapted to be closed by at least one cover (9), the cover (9) being equipped with a welding system (13) of the initially open edges (10) of the bag (8) composed of at least one welding bar (15) and at least one membrane system (16), and comprising at least one bulkhead (17) adapted to be inserted inside the tank (2) of the chamber (7), such bulkhead (17) being equipped on its top with at least one abutment bar (19) of the welding bar (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Fabio Emanuele Torre
  • Patent number: 8943785
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automated high-throughput processing seed requests or orders includes an autonomous single seed counter and packager which operates by pre-programmed criteria. Optional features can include a thresher, a spiral separator, and a label applicator. A conveyance path, controlled automatically, can move the seed to appropriate and desired stations during the processing while maintaining segregation from subsequent seed being processed. Validation of the seed request matching the sample requested occurs prior to processing and information about the seed to process or having been processed can be derived and stored for further use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventors: Roger Blickhan, Bruce E. Cadwell, Joseph L. Glaubitz, David W. Goldsberry, Michael E. Hartman, Kent Hoeppner, James L. Hunter, Timothy P. Meyer, Andrew S. Nickerson, Lyndon J. Schroeder, Mark Spicer, Timothy J. Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 8943779
    Abstract: A medicine inspection device includes an inspection unit for inspecting a medicine disposed on the inspection unit; a vibrator to impart vibration to the medicine disposed on the inspection unit; and a shooting unit capable of photographing the medicine disposed on the inspection unit. The medicine inspection device further includes a medicine information detector capable of detecting at least the quantity or type of the medicine based on an image obtained by the shooting unit and a distribution detector which is configured to detect a distribution of the medicine on the inspection unit based on the image obtained by the shooting unit. The inspection unit includes a plurality of inspection areas where the vibrator independently provides vibration to each inspection area. The medicine inspection device is characterized by operating the vibrator so as to provide vibration in the inspection areas chosen based on the detection result of the distribution detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Amano, Koji Ito, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Yoshikawa, Keigo Nakamura, Dai Shimizube
  • Publication number: 20150027089
    Abstract: A vacuum sealing appliance is provided including a vacuum motor assembly generating suction, a vacuum trough fluidly connected to the vacuum motor assembly configured to receive suction and evacuate a food container through an open end, and at least one heat sealing element adjacent the vacuum trough configured to heat seal the open end of the food container after evacuation. The vacuum sealing appliance further includes a control unit configured to control the vacuum motor assembly and the at least one heat sealing element. The vacuum sealing appliance further includes at least one channel disposed proximate the heat sealing element. The channel is fluidly connected to a cooling fan that generates a cooling air flow through the channel to remove excessive heat from the heat sealing element to prevent premature sealing of subsequent food containers between heat sealing events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: SUNBEAM PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David Owens, David Mathieu
  • Patent number: 8919080
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a packaging machine for packaging products, in particular food, wherein the packaging machine comprises at least one packaging station for producing packagings that accommodate products, and at least one high-pressure treatment station for high-pressure treatment of the products contained in the packagings. The disclosure is characterized in that a central control system for the packaging station and the high-pressure treatment station are provided. The disclosure moreover also relates to a method for operating such a packaging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Multivac Sepp Haggenmueller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Tobias Richter
  • Publication number: 20140352254
    Abstract: A beverage capsule machine for making single use capsules (1) for infusion beverages such as coffee, milk, chocolate, tea or combinations of these ingredients, comprises: a transport element (8) for transporting rigid containers (2) and being dosed in a loop around movement means (9), with a vertical axis (Z9), for continuously moving the transport element (8); the element (8) being configured to define a plurality of pockets (10) for receiving the rigid containers (2) and arranged in succession, each having a respective vertical axis (Z10); a plurality of stations which are positioned along a path (P) followed by the transport element (8) and which are configured for operating continuously in phase with the transport element (8) and comprising at least: a feeding station (11) for feeding the rigid containers (2) into the respective pockets (10) of the transport element (8); a dosing station (12) for dosing the infusion product into the rigid container (2); a closing station (13) where the open aperture (4) o
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: IMA Industries S.R.L.
    Inventor: Dario Rea
  • Publication number: 20140357462
    Abstract: The invention relates to a detection device (10) for the use in a hag filling plant (100) to detect an overlapping section (230) of a film web (200) between an end of a film web (212) of a film in use (210) and a start of a film web (222) of a subsequent film (220), comprising a first film roll (20) and a second film roll (30), which contact the film web (200) on side areas (202) aligned opposite each other, and form a conveyer gap (40) for the film web (200) with the first film roll (20) being supported mobile in reference to the second film roll (30), in order to alter the conveyer gap (40), and with a sensor device (50) being arranged for the detection of the motion of the first conveyer roll (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Windmoeller & Hoelscher KG
    Inventors: Hans-Ludwig VOSS, Oliver HUIL, Ralf UDALLY
  • Publication number: 20140345233
    Abstract: An aseptic filler apparatus (30) includes an actuatable fitment plug assembly (500) that may be placed against the bottom of a fitment collar, which is in communication with a flexible bag to be filled with flowable food products, thereby to prevent steam or other gasses or liquids from entering the fill bag when undesirable to do so. The plug assembly (500) includes a plug (502) mounted on a distal end portion of a pivot arm (504). The opposite end of the pivot arm is rotatably axled on a cross pin. A linear actuator (518) is connected to the distal end of a lug (512) projecting transversely from the pivot arm. The opposite end of the linear actuator (518) is pinned to a stationary location, enabling the actuator to pivot the plug (502) from an engaged position against the fitment collar and a retracted position away from the fitment collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Gianluca Parisini, Glenna Matthews, Davide Ghiretti, Michele Queirolo, Antonio Aldini, Dave Hoeppner
  • Publication number: 20140325941
    Abstract: The method for producing containers filled with liquids, and in particular with beverages, wherein plastic preforms are heated by a heating device, are then transported to a shaping device and are shaped by this shaping device to form the plastic containers, and the plastic containers are then transported to a filling device and filled with the liquid, and wherein the containers are transported inside a clean room at least during the filling and, before being filled with the liquid inside the clean room, they are at least in part sterilized by a first sterilizing device. According to the invention, before being sterilized by means of the first sterilizing device, the plastic containers are pre-sterilized by means of a second sterilizing device, wherein this pre-sterilization is performed outside the clean room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Josef Knott, Hans Scheuren
  • Publication number: 20140311093
    Abstract: A device is provided for applying consumable materials to containers, including a storing apparatus that stores a supply of the consumable material, a transporting apparatus that conveys the consumable material to the containers, and an application unit that applies the consumable material to the containers or to combinations of containers. The device has at least one sensor apparatus, which detects at least one actual value of the consumable material that is characteristic of a physical property of the consumable material, a comparing apparatus, which compares the detected actual value with at least one target value stored in a memory apparatus, and a signal outputting apparatus, which outputs a signal according to a result of said comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Huber, Johannes Boehm
  • Publication number: 20140311095
    Abstract: A drink package is manufactured by a method including the steps of: blasting hydrogen peroxide mist (M) or gas (G) into a container (2) in an erected attitude through a mouth portion (2a); activating the hydrogen peroxide in the container (2) in an inverted attitude by blasting heated aseptic air (N) through the mouth portion (2a) thereof directed downward, and simultaneously, removing foreign substance (P) from the inside of the container (2) by replacing air in the container (2) with the aseptic air (N); filling the container (2) in the erected attitude with drink (a) through the mouth portion (2a) directed upward; and closing the mouth portion (2a) of the container (2) by applying a lid (3) to the mouth portion (2a) of the container (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Hayakawa, Hideo Hidaka
  • Publication number: 20140260112
    Abstract: An apparatus for the simultaneous capping and uncapping of a plurality of vial assemblies, each of the vial assemblies including a vial body and a vial cap, the apparatus comprising a base, a cryogenic insert detachably coupled to the base and defining at least a first aperture about a first axis and a second aperture about a second axis, the first aperture configured to receive a first vial body, and the second aperture configured to receive a second vial body, the cryogenic insert including a cryogenic media, a first drive member engaging the first vial body for rotation about the first axis, a second drive member engaging the second vial body for rotation about the second axis, and a cap gripper assembly selectively coupled to the base, the cap gripper assembly selectively holding a first vial cap in substantial alignment with the first axis and a second vial cap in substantial alignment with the second axis, such that the first drive member may selectively couple the first vial body to the first vial cap,
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Reidar Aamotsbakken, Charlie Heidenreich, Kevin Conard, Gregg Matter
  • Patent number: 8826631
    Abstract: The device for filling packaging receptacles with pharmaceutical products has a supply container for the pharmaceutical products and a feed device with at least one guide channel for conducting the pharmaceutical products by means of gravity from the supply container to the packaging receptacles. At least one high-voltage ionizer element supplied with alternating voltage is arranged in the area of the at least one guide channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Anton Singer
  • Publication number: 20140230371
    Abstract: A custom packaging center for custom selecting and custom packaging canned and/or container goods and a novel box for use with the custom packaging center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Curtis Taylor, Aaron Misener
  • Patent number: 8806840
    Abstract: A device and a method for the handling of containers with a plurality of handling units. A defective state in a handling element situated downstream can be recognized and as a reaction to this recognition a specified container conveyed upstream can be separated out, namely preferably that container which in the further operating sequence would arrive at the handling element known to be operating defectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Stefan Bierschneider
  • Patent number: 8800248
    Abstract: [Problem] To realize a predetermined “aseptic level of the containers” without introducing a container sterilizing machine and to reduce the burden for adjusting the temperature of the preform. [Means for Solution] A metal mold for molding, wherein a space width (t2) of at least the body portion in the space width for forming a thickness of from the body portion to the bottom portion of the preform is set to lie in a range of 1.18 to 2.11 times as great as a space width (t1) for forming a thickness of an upper end portion of the mouth portion of the preform. At the time of the compression molding, the preform is taken out in the state of a high temperature from a compression-molding machine 31 and is fed to a bottle-producing unit C while maintaining the state of a high temperature. Further, the inner surfaces of a clean box I in which the units are placed and the outer surfaces of the units are sterilized, and the interior of the clean box I maintains a positive-pressure state with the filtered clean air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuneo Imatani, Takeshi Iwashita, Hiroyuki Hashimoto, Hideto Monzen, Hotaka Fukabori, Hiroyuki Kondou
  • Publication number: 20140215965
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating containers includes treatment positions arranged on a transport element with a rotor, a transport element, treatment blocks, and functional elements. The treatment positions are formed on the treatment blocks, with at least two per block. Each treatment position ha all functional elements required for treating a container. The functional elements can be for controlled relative movement between treatment blocks and containers, for control of controlled fluid paths for a fluid treatment medium, for monitoring the treatment process, a functional element for controlling the treatment process, or for actuating elements or drives. At least one common functional element needed for treatment of the containers is provided jointly for all treatment positions assigned to one treatment block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Ludwig Clusserath
  • Publication number: 20140202116
    Abstract: Disclosed and claimed herein are devices for the treatment of medical waste using high temperature and pressure steam. The devices are designed to be self-contained and are movable by one person of average strength and ability. The devices are self-contained and require no special installation, connections, plumbing or permanent or semi-permanent electrical connections. Disclosed and claimed herein are methods using the disclosed and claimed devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bell, Andre Philippe Nault, Robert Todd Winkowicz, Peter Bates, Benjamin Hall
  • Publication number: 20140196407
    Abstract: There is described a packaging machine for producing sealed packages of pourable food products from a web of packaging material, comprising: an aseptic chamber through which web is fed and within which a sterilizing agent is applied onto web; a station which is arranged downstream from said aseptic chamber and in which a tube formed by web is, in use, fed; and a sealing device which separate chamber and station; packaging machine also comprise a conveyor fluidically connected with station and adapted to convey away residues of sterilizing agent from station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Ghirardello, Danilo Veroni, Massimo Melotti, Cesare Bertacchini, Alessandro Veronesi, Simone Maini, Renzo Bellei
  • Patent number: 8776482
    Abstract: A passage for the sealed and/or sterile passage of a functional element (15), for example a rod and/or wave-like functional element through at least one wall (6) separating a sterile chamber (5) from an non-sterile chamber, comprising at least one hydraulic seal (20) enabling a relative movement of the functional element (15) in relation to the at least one wall (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Alfred Drenguis
  • Publication number: 20140190122
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a drug preparing system and a drug preparing device both capable of simplifying management of prescription data. A drug preparing system includes: a host computer that creates one piece of prescription data regarding a plurality of patients belong to a same group; a computer that obtains the prescription data created by the host computer and that creates drug preparation data based on the prescription data; and a packaging machine that prepares a drug based on the drug preparation data created by the computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: TAKAZONO TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kazuo Iimori, Akira Takamatsu
  • Publication number: 20140174026
    Abstract: A packaging device eliminating waste of package paper can be provided. The packaging device includes: a computer that creates one packaging data based on prescription data regarding a plurality of patients belonging to the same group; and a packaging machine that packages a drug based on the packaging data created by the computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: TAKAZONO TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kazuo Iimori, Akira Takamatsu
  • Publication number: 20140165500
    Abstract: A packing apparatus for use in a sterile environment has an article loading and supply system. The loading system has a hatch in a first wall (P1) positioned at a height corresponding to a normal and ergonomic working height for an operator. The hatch faces an operating station which is to be supplied with the articles. A container element (2) has an internal volume (25) for containing articles, with a first article loading opening (21) and a second article unloading opening (22). The container element (2) is positioned in the sterile environment and is movable so that it can be positioned in a lowered position (PA) which corresponds to the hatch position for loading articles through the first loading opening, and then positionable in a raised position (PS) in which the second loading opening (22) is above the operating station (51) for unloading the articles to be supplied thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Marchesini Group S.r.I.
    Inventor: Giuseppe MONTI
  • Publication number: 20140123594
    Abstract: The PORTABLE ASEPTIC UNIT is an invention which will provide an aseptic environment at a first location to allow mixing and preparation of aseptic products and then provide an aseptic environment at the site of administration to patient or animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph John Urban
  • Publication number: 20140123595
    Abstract: There is disclosed a transfer device for transferring sealed packages of a pourable food product, comprising a transporter for conveying packages along an at least partly curved path; transfer device also comprises a through opening which is arranged on one side of path and is adapted to allow the discharge of packages that have fallen along path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Richard Pedretti, Andrea Catellani
  • Patent number: 8701375
    Abstract: A container treatment plant, with a discontinuously working container treatment machine and having a feed conveyor and/or a discharge conveyor each for individual containers, and in the feed conveyor and/or the discharge conveyor, at least two continuously driven, circulating conveyor means supplying each other with individual containers, and where the conveyor means being closer to the discontinuously working container treatment machine in the conveying direction exhibits a closer conveying pitch than the conveying pitch of the conveyor means which is further away. In this manner, a container acceptance and/or transfer interruption caused by the respective cycle standstill of the discontinuously working container treatment machine is compensated by the conveying pitch difference to be able to continuously supply individual containers for the discontinuously working machine or continuously discharge them from the discontinuously working container treatment machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Michael Neubauer
  • Patent number: 8646243
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for formulating and aseptically filling liquid products. A first liquid source includes at least one first liquid component; a second liquid source includes at least one second liquid component; and a container includes a body defining an empty, sterile storage chamber therein that is sealed with respect to ambient atmosphere. The container is introduced into a sterile filling chamber. A first filling member coupled in fluid communication with the first liquid source is placed in fluid communication with the storage chamber of the container located in the sterile filling chamber, and the first liquid component is aseptically introduced through the first filling member and into the storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Publication number: 20140026520
    Abstract: Apparatus for filling containers having stoppers that are penetrable for filling the containers with a substance, and thermally resealable for thermally sealing the resulting hole. A container support supports at least one such container in a substantially fixed position during filling and resealing. A manifold drivingly mounted over the container support comprises (1) a cartridge including a filling needle for penetrating the resealable stopper and introducing a substance therethrough into the container, a mount for mounting the cartridge on the manifold, and a removable cover releasably coupled to the mount for covering the filling needle during transportation, installation and/or removal of the cartridge from the manifold. The manifold includes a thermal source for heating a penetrated region of the stopper and, sealing the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140020331
    Abstract: A microwave sterilizing device includes a container supplying device, a container transport device, a sterilizing sprayer, a microwave cavity unit and a microwave generating device. The container supplying device may supply containers in a continuous manner. The container transport device has a starting point and an end point and the containers are moved from the starting point to the end point on the container transport device. The container supplying device is disposed near the starting point. The sterilizing sprayer can spray germicide onto the inside and outside of each container. The microwave cavity unit can allow the passage of the containers. The microwave generating device is disposed outside of the microwave cavity unit and can generate microwave which is fed into the microwave cavity unit to heat up the germicide remained on the internal walls of each container so as to sterilize the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: KUANG-TSE CHIN, HUNG-NAN TUNG, JUNG-KUEI HSIEH
  • Patent number: 8621824
    Abstract: A system for sterilizing bottles with a gaseous sterilant. The system includes moving means for continuously moving bottles one after another along a path. An assembly is provided for distributing a predetermined amount of the gaseous sterilant from a source of gaseous sterilant to each of the bottles. The assembly includes a plurality of injectors that are movable with the bottles. One of the plurality of injectors is associated with each of the bottles. The injector is fluidly connected to the source of gaseous sterilant when the bottle associated with the injector is disposed along a first portion of the path. The injector is disposed above the bottle when the injector is in a first position. The injector is disposed within an interior of the bottle when the injector is in a second position such that the predetermined amount of the gaseous sterilant is conveyed into the interior of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Thaddeus J. Mielnik, Aaron L. Hill