Cinched Or Wiped Around Initial Wrap Patents (Class 53/210)
  • Patent number: 10991276
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a curved surface adjusting mechanism, which comprises a support, a backplate and an adjustment assembly; the support comprising two first frame portions opposite to each other; the adjusting assembly comprising a sliding block and a link hinged with the sliding block, the free end of the link hinged with the long side wall of the backplate, the sliding block which can slide along the longitudinal direction of the backplate. The present invention further discloses a backlight module. In the invention, a support is designed outside the backplate, and a slidable sliding block and a link connecting to the backplate are arranged between the support and the backplate. By the movement of the slider, it can freely switch the curved and flat states of the backplate, so that the surface display effect and flat display effect of TV can be converted more conveniently and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhiping Mo
  • Patent number: 10450094
    Abstract: A wrapping unit that wraps a container pack with a piece of film as it moves along a container-transport path includes a linear transporter having an electromagnetic linear drive. This linear transporter circulates movement elements in a common direction around a closed movement-path. Each of these movement elements has a gripping head arranged thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Lelie, Stefan Wagner
  • Patent number: 10106279
    Abstract: An in line bale hay bale wrapper with an selective automatic film cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TUBE-LINE MANFACTURING LTD.
    Inventors: Paul M. Horst, Oscar M. Frey
  • Patent number: 10106280
    Abstract: A wrapping unit (1) for a packaging line (2) comprises a conveyor (6) for feeding a succession of products (3) in a first direction (7) and a wrapping station (9) arranged along the conveyor (6) for wrapping a film (5) of wrapping material around said products (3), said wrapping station (9) comprising a wrapping device (13) provided with a plurality of wrapping members (15), each of said wrapping members (15) extending in a second direction (11) perpendicular to said first direction (7), said wrapping unit (1) further comprising a stability control group (12) for preventing said products (3) from tipping along said conveyor (6), said stability control group (12) comprising a plurality of anti-tip devices (33), each of said anti-tip devices (33) being associated, during operation, with a respective product (3) to move together with said respective product (3) through said wrapping station (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Morselli, Fabio Ferrari, Tony Kinas, Mathias N. Coulomb
  • Patent number: 9555908
    Abstract: A self-propelled wrapping machine is movable around a product for wrapping the product with a film of synthetic plastic material and includes a self-propalled carriage provided with directional wheels and with a steering assembly for maneuvering the directional wheels. The wrapping machine further includes a spring acting on the steering assembly to exert a first torque and induce the steering assembly (11) to orient the directional wheels according to a prescribed work direction. The wrapping machine also includes a device that is drivable by the steering assembly to exert a further torque, opposite the first torque, on the steering assembly to lighten the assembly and thus facilitate an orienting maneuver of the directional wheels according to a further direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Robopac S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Pecchenini, Giuseppe Squarcialupi
  • Patent number: 9016033
    Abstract: A film clamping and cutting device of a film wrapping machine is revealed. A connecting plate of a film clamping and cutting unit is located by a braking part. Moreover, by moment of a rotating machinery before stopping, a film clamping and cutting unit main body assembled on the rotating machinery is driven to continue moving. Under the movement of the unit main body, a pulling force is generated by a pull cord arranged between the connecting plate and a vertical-wheel of the unit main body. The pulling force rotates the vertical-wheel so that both a film clamping and cutting rod assembled with the vertical-wheel and a clamp fall toward a blade block to clamp and cut off a film. The film is also pulled and cut by an elastic recovery force of the film clamping and cutting rod. Therefore automatic film clamping and cutting is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Tien Heng Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sheng-Tian Ciou
  • Patent number: 8973340
    Abstract: An aim assembly includes a hub movable about a central axis and at least one support operably connected to the hub. At least one arm is operably connected to the at least one support and thereby movable about the central axis in a predetermined path. At least one adjustment mechanism is located at the central axis and is capable of altering the predetermined path during movement of the at least one support about the central axis. A method of operating an arm assembly includes locating at least one hub at a central axis and moving at least one arm about the central axis in a predetermined path. The at least one arm is operably connected to the at least one hub via at least one support. An adjustment mechanism is engaged thereby altering the predetermined path during movement of the at least one arm about the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Standard Knapp Inc.
    Inventor: J. Michael Weaver
  • Patent number: 8966864
    Abstract: The installation includes an infeed conveyor (7) and an outfeed conveyor (8) with a module (5) for forming a wrapping of the tray, a cleated belt conveyor (11) constituted by two continuous belts (11a, 11b) which are retractable so as to allow the installation of a substitute conveying system (13) which is capable of forming a continuous slider bed between the infeed conveyor (7) and the outfeed conveyor (8). Accordingly, a versatile installation is provided that is capable of carrying out wrapping operations with blanks of the tray or wrap-around type and transporting batches of products, the products being, for example, placed on supporting cardboard sheets so as to convey them to the packing machine to receive a plastic film and then into the heat-shrink tunnel to complete the wrapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: C.E.R.M.E.X. Constructions Etudes et Recherches de Materiels pour l'Emballage d'Expedition
    Inventor: Dominique Rabec
  • Patent number: 8826632
    Abstract: A packaging module for wrapping packs or article groups with packaging film. The packs or article groups to be wrapped are transported in an upright position on a horizontal conveying device to a packaging station. A film wrapping device includes at least one wrapping rod extending perpendicular to the transport direction and is guided on both long sides of the horizontal conveying device by continuous traction devices. The continuous traction devices each includes guiding sections that define the position and the deflection of the continuous traction device. The corresponding guiding sections of the two parallel continuous traction devices are adjustable pair wise in the same direction in their vertical and/or horizontal position and/or in their angular position about a pivot point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Christian Hastreiter, Peter Koch
  • Patent number: 8578686
    Abstract: A wrapper for wrapping bales of crop material includes a frame, a wrapping table, a wrapping device, and a loading device. The loading device includes a pivotable loading structure, and at least one actuator to move the loading structure between a pick-up position and a release position, wherein the loading structure comprises two loading arms between which the bale can be arranged. A pivotable grip arm is mounted on each loading arm. The pivotable grip arms are pivotable with respect to the loading arms between a closed position and an open position, and the at least one actuator is arranged to also move at least one of the grip arms between the open and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Forage Innovations B.V.
    Inventor: Willem Jacobus Reijersen Van Buuren
  • Patent number: 8522513
    Abstract: An agricultural system for wrapping bales includes a baling device to form a cylindrical bale in a baling chamber, and a wrapping device to wrap the bale in wrapping material. The wrapping device includes a wrapping table to support the bale during wrapping, as well as a wrapping mechanism, and a transfer device to transfer a bale ejected from the baling chamber to the wrapping table. The transfer device includes a pivotable support to support a bale. The pivotable support is at least pivotable between a receive position to receive a bale from the baling chamber, and a release position, wherein the bale is released on the wrapping table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Lely Patent N.V.
    Inventor: Willem Jacobus Reijersen Van Buuren
  • Patent number: 8474222
    Abstract: A large bale transporter and an accompanying bale wrapper create a system for wrapping plastic around large bales retrieved by the transporter. The transporter has a loading apparatus that deposits large bales onto the load bed of the transporter until filled. The transporter is then manipulated to connect to a bale wrapper physically and operatively so that the bales can be moved into the wrapping apparatus. The frame of the transporter is pivotally connected to the axle to allow the rear end of the frame to be lowered to the ground to engage the bale wrapper and/or retrieve previously wrapped bales. The wrapping apparatus is powered by the drive mechanism of the transporter and is automatically disengaged when a pusher member placed at the end of the bales being discharged engages the drive coupler. An endless chain drive is drivable in opposite directions to move the bales on the transporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: wRapidRover, LLC
    Inventors: John Shoemaker, David T. Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 8458991
    Abstract: A wrapping device (10) for an apparatus (1) for enveloping and packaging a group (3) of articles (2) while they are being moved on a conveyor device (6) with a web-shaped material (4). The wrapping device (10) includes a rod-shaped wrapping element (14), which is laterally fixed to two parallely disposed circulating traction elements (12) on both sides of the conveyor device, whereby said wrapping element (14) is moved by these traction elements (12). The wrapping element (14) is further fixable largely form-lockingly and without play in corresponding receiving elements (16, 48) of the respective traction elements (12), whereby at least one of the receiving elements (16, 48) includes a securing element (20) that can be moved against the return force of a spring locking device (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Florian Kaestner
  • Patent number: 8453423
    Abstract: This is a machine to allow a single individual to manually wrap round hay bales with any type of film or net wrap. It allows the operator to position a round bale suspended on a bale spear and centered within the bale wrap ring to turn the ring which contains the wrap material clockwise or counterclockwise about the bale as the wrap covers the bale about its circumference. The ring can also be moved left and right to ensure full coverage of the bale in spite of widths and the ring is large enough to accommodate bales of any diameter up to six foot and can be easily adapted to bales of even larger diameter if round balers are produced in excess of six foot in diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Paul Bauer
  • Patent number: 8356456
    Abstract: A wrapping apparatus, system, station and/or process is generally provided. As to the apparatus, it includes a wrap bar for engaging and directing a wrapper about the product, a wrap bar carrier from which the wrap bar extends, and a drive assembly operatively linked to the wrap bar carrier. The carrier block, which translatingly retains the carrier intermediate opposing end portions thereof, is adapted for driven rotation about a wrapping axis of the apparatus so as to thereby rotatingly drive the bar about the axis via rotation of the carrier. The drive assembly, which is operatively linked to the carrier, selectively translates the carrier in relation to the carrier block during driven rotation of the carrier such that a radial distance for the bar from the axis is thereby capable of selective establishment in furtherance of delimiting a wrap bar travel path commensurate with the product profile of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Douglas Machine Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Floding, Richard W. Lukanen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8356460
    Abstract: A wrapping paper for a roll having two opposed roll ends, the wrapping paper includes: a paper layer; and at least one exposed strip having adhesive properties. The at least one exposed strip is proximate to a side edge of the paper layer and covers at least a portion of one of the roll ends when wrapped around the roll. A method for wrapping a roll having a pair of spaced roll ends and an outer roll surface extending between the roll ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Cascades Conversion Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Scott Bowden, Denis Aumais, Michel Labbe
  • Patent number: 8322119
    Abstract: The agricultural system includes a baling device having a bale forming mechanism to form a bale including a pivotable rear flap to open a baling chamber in which the bale can be formed, and a wrapping device to wrap the bale in wrapping material, the wrapping device including a wrapping table to support the bale during wrapping and wrapping mechanism. The wrapping mechanism has one or more movable parts that can be rotated during wrapping along a trajectory around the bale supported on the wrapping table. The wrapping device is partially located below the baling device, wherein the trajectory of the one or more moving parts of the wrapping device and a trajectory of the pivotable rear flap of the baling device are non-overlapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Lely Patent N.V.
    Inventor: Willem Jacobus Reijersen Van Buuren
  • Patent number: 8276354
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for wrapping a palletized load are provided. The apparatus preferably includes a film dispenser for dispensing a film web, at least one drive down roller configured to engage the width of the film web, and at least one roping mechanism. The at least one roping mechanism may be a cable rolling element configured to roll a portion of the film web into a rolled cable of film. The apparatus may also include an assembly for providing relative rotation between the load and the dispenser to wrap a roped portion of the film web around a base of the load/top portion of a pallet supporting the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, David E. Eldridge, Willie M. Hall, Richard L. Johnson, Curtis W. Martin, Philip R. Moore, Joseph D. Norris
  • Patent number: 8266877
    Abstract: A packing method and unit for folding a sheet of packing material about a parallelepiped-shaped article, the packing unit having: a conveyor for feeding the article along a path; a feed device for feeding the sheet of packing material perpendicularly to the path and in front of the article, so the article, as it moves forward, intercepts and gradually folds the sheet of packing material into a “U”; two lead-in devices mounted to move parallel to the path and positioned on opposite sides of the article, so the article is enclosed between the two lead-in devices; and an actuating device for feeding the two lead-in devices parallel to the path and together with the article, so the sheet of packing material is also intercepted by the lead-in devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Andrea Biondi, Michele Squarzoni, Paolo Degliesposti, Maurizio Ventura
  • Patent number: 8191337
    Abstract: A stretch wrap device for delivering stretch wrap film to a coil of cable or other filament type product being wound on a rotating mandrel and a traversing assembly for delivering stretch wrap film to the coil of cable or other filament type product; the traversing assembly including a stretch wrap module for traversing parallel to the rotating mandrel; the stretch wrap module including a motor and roller assembly for contacting and transporting the stretch wrap film toward the rotating mandrel so that an end of the stretch wrap film engages the coil of cable or other filament type product, and the continued rotation of the mandrel causing the end of the stretch wrap film to cover the surface of the wound coil of cable or other filament type material; the stretch wrap module also includes a compressed air generator and air jets for supporting the end of the stretch wrap film with compressed air, the end of the stretch wrap film engaging the coil of cable or other filament type with the completion of the windi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: REELEX Packaging Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Moore
  • Publication number: 20110214397
    Abstract: A wrapping apparatus, system, station and/or process is generally provided. As to the apparatus, it includes a wrap bar for engaging and directing a wrapper about the product, a wrap bar carrier from which the wrap bar extends, and a drive assembly operatively linked to the wrap bar carrier. The carrier block, which translatingly retains the carrier intermediate opposing end portions thereof, is adapted for driven rotation about a wrapping axis of the apparatus so as to thereby rotatingly drive the bar about the axis via rotation of the carrier. The drive assembly, which is operatively linked to the carrier, selectively translates the carrier in relation to the carrier block during driven rotation of the carrier such that a radial distance for the bar from the axis is thereby capable of selective establishment in furtherance of delimiting a wrap bar travel path commensurate with the product profile of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel L. Floding, Richard W. Lukanen, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110120903
    Abstract: A method of forming a sealed wrapping about an article, whereby a sheet of wrapping material is folded and sealed about the article to form a substantially tubular partial wrapping having two open ends, and a sealing flap projecting outwards crosswise to the partial wrapping; the sealing flap is folded onto a major lateral portion of the partial wrapping; and the open ends of the partial wrapping are then gripped and sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventors: Daniele Civolani, Massimo Carrara
  • Patent number: 7913895
    Abstract: A wrapping paper for a roll having two opposed roll ends, the wrapping paper includes: a paper layer; and at least one exposed strip having adhesive properties. The at least one exposed strip is proximate to a side edge of the paper layer and covers at least a portion of one of the roll ends when wrapped around the roll. A method for wrapping a roll having a pair of spaced roll ends and an outer roll surface extending between the roll ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Cascades Conversion, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Scott Bowden, Denis Aumais, Michel Labbé
  • Patent number: 7805911
    Abstract: A covering machine for applying a covering sheet on packing boxes, includes a covering cavity for receiving a box joined to a respective covering sheet, and presser elements which can be associated with the box and are able to move between a first, active position in which they apply the respective sheet to the box and a second, extracted position away from the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Emmeci S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gino Bassi
  • Publication number: 20100236191
    Abstract: A round baler is provided having a web wrap apparatus with a feeder for introducing web into a bale chamber through a gap between adjacent motion means. The motion means are provided with protrusions, and anti-interference spacing means are provided to prevent the feeder from contacting the protrusions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Frederoc Paillet, Pascal Cresset, Jean Viaud, Emmanuel Chapon, David Beaufort, Sebastien Guerin
  • Patent number: 7703259
    Abstract: An assembly for moving paper, board and cellulosic web rolls in a roll packaging system includes a plurality of roll handling stations incorporating at least one receiving station for the entry of rolls into the system, one wrapping station for winding at least one wrapper course on the periphery of the rolls, and at least one other station, and an indexing conveyor having a car for moving the rolls which is adapted to move synchronously into positions coinciding with each one of said roll handling stations. The car of the indexing conveyor is adapted to move on at least three different elevation levels named as a base elevation level 0, a first elevation level and a second elevation level. Additionally, at least a portion of the car coinciding with one station is on an elevated level in regard to the other parts of the car coinciding with the other stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Metso Paper Inc.
    Inventor: Harri Lindberg
  • Patent number: 7661243
    Abstract: A method for moving paper, board and cellulosic web rolls in a roll packaging system comprising a plurality of roll handling stations. The system imports at least three rolls (10, 16, 17) via a receiving station (5), the rolls (10, 16, 17) are moved in the system by the use of a car (4) of an indexing conveyor, the car being adapted to move synchronously at each roll handling station, the car (4) is moved in a return motion when the indexing conveyor car (4) is in its lowermost position (elevation level ?1), the rolls (10, 16, 17) are moved in synchronism forward to at least one station, e.g., the wrapping station (7) and to at least one other station (6 or 8 or 9), and at least one roll (10) is moved at one station (7) in the direction of the roll's longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventor: Harri Lindberg
  • Patent number: 7661244
    Abstract: Packaging apparatus for helically wrapping articles with a stretchable flexible film of wrapping material. A first conveyor (11) transports unwrapped articles towards a wrapping material applicator (13) and a second conveyor (12) transports helically wrapped articles. The first and second conveyors are spaced apart and the wrapping material applicator (13) is disposed between the first and second conveyors. The wrapping material is applied between the first and second conveyors to wrap an article disposed in space between the conveyors. The applicator has a rotary ring (14) supported in rotation by a fixed guide ring. Wrapping film reels are mounted on the rotary ring and unwound around tensioning rollers. Relative motion of the guide and rotary rings is converted into rotation of the tensioning rollers by a gear train so the wrapping material is stretched prior to application to the articles. The packaging apparatus may be used to wrap any material around any sort of article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Oakbridge Investments Limited
    Inventor: Graham Paul Downhill
  • Publication number: 20100018165
    Abstract: In one aspect, a stretch wrap system configured to separately wrap a plurality of loads in film comprising a plurality of stretch wrapping machines, each machine comprising at least one sensing mechanism configured to sense the presence of a load, and a control box electrically coupled to sensing mechanisms, the control box comprising a start button configured to start the machines when sensing mechanisms detect load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen Francis Kudia
  • Publication number: 20090308267
    Abstract: A head unit for coil packaging is disclosed to transfer and fasten band for fixing a packaging material to a coil. The head unit for coil packaging, including: a band transfer unit that transfers a front end of a band supplied for coil packaging to a position at which a robot for winding the band to a coil can grip the front end of the band, and transfers the front end of the band such that it overlaps with the band as the robot provides the front end of the band wound on the coil; and a band fastening unit that fastens the front end of the band to the band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: SAMJUNG PACKING & ALUMINIUM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Yong Song
  • Publication number: 20090241476
    Abstract: Device for packaging items, in particular confectionery, such as for example lollipops, comprising a packaging conveyor having a series of holders rotating along a movement path for holding each item and its associated packaging sheet securely during conveying, a feed station for feeding the items and the packaging sheets to the packaging conveyor and a discharge station for discharging the items packaged on the conveyor, the packaging conveyor being provided with means for closing the packaging sheet on the respective item and with a series of heat-sealing means co-rotating with the holders for heat-sealing the closed packaging by supplying heat, each of the heat-sealing means comprising a sheet gripper which is provided with a heating body, the device furthermore comprising means for heating each heating body and means for controlling the heating means, the control means being designed for controlling the heating means for each heating body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: CFS Weert GmbH
    Inventor: Joseph Johan Maria Van Rens
  • Patent number: 7568327
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for wrapping a palletized load are provided. The apparatus preferably includes a film dispenser for dispensing a film web, at least one guide rollers configured to engage the width of the film web, and at least one roping element. The at least one roping element may be a cable rolling roper configured to roll a portion of the film web into a rolled cable of film. The apparatus may also include means for providing relative rotation between the load and the dispenser to wrap a roped portion of the film web around a base of the load/top portion of a pallet supporting the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Donnie Norris, David Eldridge
  • Patent number: 7437863
    Abstract: A wrap dispensing apparatus for wrapping an article with wrapping material includes a base; a hub assembly; a threaded spindle mounted to the base and the hub assembly, and a brake assembly to control the movement of the threaded spindle. The threaded spindle supports a roll of material between the base and the hub assembly. Further included is a steering arm that is attached to the base and the hub assembly and spaced from the threaded spindle. The base has wheels for omni-directional movement along a horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventors: Robert E. Moser, George E. Morrison
  • Patent number: 7328553
    Abstract: Packets of cigarettes with a predominating longitudinal axis, presenting two larger side faces, two smaller flank faces and two end faces, are overwrapped by a unit incorporating a first conveyor rotatable about a relative axis, on which a sheet of transparent film is folded initially around the side and flank faces of each packet by one of a set of peripheral holder mechanisms pivotable about respective axes parallel to the axis of the conveyor. Each holder mechanism supports a relative packet, gripped between a pair of jaws and disposed with the longitudinal axis parallel to the axis of the conveyor, and comprises a clip serving to grip and retain one end of the sheet, operating in conjunction with suction holes by which the remaining free end of the sheet is attracted and restrained and thus kept perfectly under control during the transfer of the packet to a second conveyor that will complete the initial overwrapping step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: G.D S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 7284360
    Abstract: A method for filling a flexible container with a flowable material is provided, including the steps of filling the flexible container, suspending the flexible container, transferring the weight of the flexible container from being suspended to being supported by a support surface, and applying a hoop force to the flexible container to substantially maintain a configuration of the flexible container. The flexible container can be a bag-type container for containing flowable material such as chemicals, food products, agricultural products, and plastic pellets. As the container is lowered from the suspended position to a bottom-supported position, the hoop force is applied around the perimeter as the perimeter changes during transfer of the flexible container from being suspend to being bottom-supported. The hoop force can be applied by stretch wrap. Alternatively, the first flexible container can be lowered into a second flexible container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: Randall L. Cary, David C. Ours, Michael Bauman
  • Patent number: 7269935
    Abstract: An apparatus for wrapping a pallet load having a rotary swing arm carrying two upright towers, each tower having a film carriage mounted to and movable along the upright tower for holding a roll of flexible stretchable film and a roll of relatively unstretchable banner film, a programmable control logic controls the wrapping machine to wrap the pallet load with the flexible stretchable film, then over-wrap with the relatively unstretchable banner film over the wrapped flexible stretchable film, and then continue to over-wrap the wrapped relative unstretchable banner film with the flexible stretchable film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Arpac, L.P.
    Inventor: Behzad A. Jafari
  • Patent number: 7168222
    Abstract: A wrapping device includes a base body which is connected with support elements and a holding arm. The holding arm has rotatably connected thereto a wrapping arm. The wrapping arm carries a roll holder. At the roll holders a rotatably supported film roll is arranged for being displaced in a predetermined direction for wrapping up objects arranged on a pallet. For transporting the wrapping device, the support elements serve as fastening elements and are of hollow configuration such that support elements of a lift truck can be inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Ralf Spaniel
  • Patent number: 7146777
    Abstract: For the production of (cigarette) packs of different configurations, for example standard pack (13), round-edged pack (14) or octagonal pack (15), subassemblies and elements of the packaging machine are exchanged and/or uncoupled from the drive. For this purpose, a pack-specific operating element is provided with a drive which has a coupling and/or uncouplable gear-mechanism parts. These, in turn, are assigned operable handling elements which allow adjustment for coupling or uncoupling or removing sub-elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Jurgen Focke, legal representative, Doris Focke, legal representative, Jürgen Tempel, Gisbert Engel, Heinz Focke, deceased
  • Patent number: 7134260
    Abstract: A wrapping packaging machine (10) for the wrapping of an object (11), comprising a track (20) having the shape of a closed loop. The track carries a wrapping film (42) feed device (40) placed in conjunction with an elongated body (30), such as a flexible band or chain. The object is moved by a drive (21) provided in conjunction with the track, by using friction or a toothing (32). The track is openable, allowing one track half (20a) to be moved or turned aside to permit a change of the flexible body and the plastic film band roll (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Octomeca Oy
    Inventor: Arno Haloila
  • Patent number: 7040071
    Abstract: A wrapping device includes a base body which is connected with support elements and a holding arm. The holding arm has rotatably connected thereto a wrapping arm. The wrapping arm carries a roll holder. At the roll holder, a rotatably supported film roll is arranged for being displaced in a predetemined direction for wrapping up objects arranged on a pallet. For transporting the wrapping device, the support elements serve as fastening elements and are of hollow configuration such that support elements of a lift truck can be inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Gerd Heikaus
  • Patent number: 7036289
    Abstract: A wrapping machine and/or a top foil wrapping machine machine frame, which is supported on a fixed base and has upright vertical columns and horizontal cross members connecting the vertical columns to each other. Each vertical column has at least two column parts detachably joined together end on end, the column parts including a lower column part and an upper column part. Only the lower column parts of the vertical columns are connected to each other by the cross members while the upper column parts are not connected to each other. To store and/or transport the machine, the machine is reduced to a low size (A) for packaging, by detaching the upper column parts from the lower column parts of the vertical columns. The upper column parts may be reattached to the lower column parts to install the machine from the packaged size (A) to a full working size (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Oy M. Haloila AB
    Inventor: Yrjo Suolahti
  • Patent number: 6945018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wrapping machine and/or top foil wrapping machine, comprising a machine frame supported on a fixed base and comprising upright vertical columns; a lifting frame arranged to be vertically movable upwards and downwards and guided by the vertical columns; a lifting motor for moving the lifting frame, power transmission means for the transmission of power from the lifting motor to produce vertical motion of the lifting frame, said power transmission means comprising elongate flexible drive elements and wheels for the transmission of the power of the lifting motor to the drive elements. The wrapping machine further comprises a foil dispenser, on which a foil web roll can be rotatably supported. The top foil wrapping machine comprises a top foil depositor. The lifting motor is secured to the lifting frame so as to be movable with it. The wheels comprise a drive belt pulley fitted for reeling a flat belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Oy.M. Haloila AB
    Inventor: Yrjo Suolahti
  • Patent number: 6880316
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for wrapping a top and bottom of a load with packaging material is provided. The apparatus includes at least one non-driven packaging material guide is provided for use in combination with a powered conveying surface. The non-powered packaging material guide includes at least one row of non-driven wheels attached to a rail. The force applied by the packaging material as it is wrapped around the guide is supported by both the rail and the at least one row of non-driven wheels. The rail also serves to bridge any gaps between the non-driven wheels, thereby preventing capture of packaging material between the non-driven wheels. Preferably, the packaging material guide includes two rows of non-driven wheels, one on each side of the rail. Further, it is preferable that the rail connect the two rows of wheels such that the two rows of wheels form an angle of 60 degrees between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Steven Hack, Steven DeGrasse, Don Norris, Curtis Martin
  • Patent number: 6874302
    Abstract: A sleeve-type packaging machine system comprises: first (10) second (20) and third (30) article conveyor means, piece wrapping means (40), piece conveyor means (50) with a conveyor belt (51), a first modular unit (T100-G100) for forming and feeding pieces (S1) of packaging material, and a second modular unit (T200-G200) for forming and feeding pieces (S2) of packaging material. The said two modular units (T100-G100; T200-G200) can assume at least two transverse positions, namely a first position in which the modular unit (T100-G100; T200-G200) is positioned at least transversely at the side of the packaging machine, and a second position, in which the modular unit (T100-G100; T200-G200) is positioned under the packaging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Baumer S.r.l.
    Inventor: Mario Gambetti
  • Patent number: 6854247
    Abstract: A leading end of packaging material is attached to a retainer to hold the leading end of the packaging material as the retainer moves toward the load. The retainer is positioned adjacent the load and packaging material is dispensed from a packaging material dispenser, and relative rotation is provided between the dispenser and a load to wrap packaging material around the load. The packaging material is released from the retainer in response to force applied to the retainer to withdraw it from the wrapped load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, David Eldridge, Christopher Sandfort
  • Publication number: 20040244337
    Abstract: Abstract: The method according to the present invention and the device (1) used to implement said method for wrapping or enveloping a galosh which is also named as an overshoe, around a footwear, have been developed in order to avoid the bacteria, microbes, dust, mud and other dirt particles that may be found on the soles of the footwear, from being carried into and the areas with hygienic requirements. With said device (1), the sole and the side walls (side vamps) of the footwear are wrapped with a film (21) by a method, wherein warm air is blown at a suitable flow rate towards said sole and side vamps of the footwear, which causes said film (21) to shrink and cover said solve and side vamps of the footwear by wrapping them up when it comes into contact wit the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: Yasar Heskurt Asici, Necati Okyay
  • Patent number: 6775961
    Abstract: A device for tensioning web, such as a plastics web dispensed from a shuttle in a wrapping machine, is disclosed. The wrapping machine usually includes an endless track positioned about an object to be wrapped and the shuttle travels on the endless track, dispensing the web as it goes. The rate at which web is dispensed varies as the shuttle progresses around the track and is dependent upon the shape of the track and the shape of the object to be wrapped. The web tensioning device attempts to maintain a constant tension in the web and includes a pair of rollers covered with resilient material. The rollers are urged together to form a nip with the resilient covering of the rollers compressed in the nip. The web is fed between the nip of the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: ITW LTD
    Inventors: Peter William Cook, Christopher Brunning
  • Publication number: 20040123916
    Abstract: A vacuum storage device includes a can, a cap for closing the can, an inflatable seal for better sealing a gap between the can and the cap and a pump for pumping air from the can to the exterior and into the seal. The cap includes a collar and a disk formed on an internal face of the collar, thus defining an upper space in the collar above the disk for receiving the pump and a lower space in the collar under the disk for receiving the seal. The cap may include an annular rib formed on a lower side of the disk, and the seal may be installed between the collar and the annular rib. The annular rib may include an annular flange for retaining the seal in position. The pump may include a first duct and a second duct. The first duct extends through an orifice defined in the disk within the annular rib so that air can be pumped from the can through the duct when the cap is mounted on the can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2002
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventor: Jen-Fu Chen
  • Patent number: 6739115
    Abstract: Groups of products are wrapped in heat-shrinkable film by equipment comprising a first surface along which products advance in a conveying direction, and a second surface on which the products are ordered into groups and wrapped in a sheet of film cut to a length suitable for the size of the group of products being wrapped and supplied by a feed unit positioned beneath and in close proximity to a slot separating the first surface from the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Aetna Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Malini
  • Publication number: 20040083690
    Abstract: A sleeve-type packaging machine system comprises: first (10) second (20) and third (30) article conveyor means, piece wrapping means (40), piece conveyor means (50) with a conveyor belt (51), a first modular unit (T100-G100) for forming and feeding pieces (S1) of packaging material, and a second modular unit (T200-G200) for forming and feeding pieces (S2) of packaging material. -The said two modular units (T100-G100; T200-G200) can assume at least two transverse positions, namely a first position in which the modular unit (T100-G100; T200-G200) is positioned at least transversely at the side of the packaging machine, and a second position, in which the modular unit (T100-G100; T200-G200) is positioned under the packaging machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: BAUMER S.r.I.
    Inventor: Mario Gambetti