Rotary Turret Or Carrier Patents (Class 53/234)
  • Patent number: 10815020
    Abstract: A unit for boxing packaged food products including: a first rotary element with at least one first receiving seat; a first transfer station for transferring a blank from a magazine for feeding blanks to the first receiving seat; a folding station for opening up the blank; a second rotary element with at least one second receiving seat; a second transfer station for transferring the blank folded open from the first receiving seat to the second receiving seat; an insertion station for inserting the packaged food products inside the blank folded open positioned on the second receiving seat; and a closing station for closing the blank folded open, positioned on the second receiving seat and containing the packaged food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GIMA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Pierluigi Castellari, Dario Rea, Massimiliano Medri
  • Patent number: 9902522
    Abstract: A carousel labeling machine for pre-glued labels on a ribbon is provided. The machine includes a label cutting and transfer drum fed by a roller for unwinding the label ribbon from a reel, and rotating in step with the carousel, in the sense that the unwinding roller provides the drum with the label intended for the container that rests on a specific receptacle of the carousel. A cutter of the drum is actuated so as to cut the label when a photocell sends a clearance signal as a consequence of the presence of the container. If at least one container is missing on the corresponding receptacle, the photocell sends a command to the unwinding roller to feed the label ribbon to the cutting and transfer drum at a speed reduced with respect to the normal speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: P.E. LABELLERS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Nicola Schinelli
  • Patent number: 9862060
    Abstract: A manufacturing machine and a method for producing a cartridge for an electronic cigarette comprising a supporting base, a pair of power electrodes fitted to the supporting base, and a heating member folded into a ‘U’ around the power electrodes are disclosed: a conveyor comprising a pocket for feeding the supporting base fitted with the power electrodes along a conveying path; a connecting unit which connects the heating member to the power electrodes while the supporting base, fitted with the power electrodes, is housed inside the pocket on the conveyor; a welding device located along the conveyor to weld a pair of terminals of a heat resistor of the heating member to the corresponding power electrodes; and a folding device, which cooperates with the connecting unit and folds the heating member into a ‘U’ before the heating member is connected to the power electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: G.D SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventor: Fulvio Boldrini
  • Patent number: 9290284
    Abstract: A product wrapping machine includes a feed mechanism by which products to be wrapped are directed on entry, in ordered succession, to a take-up station, a wrapping device including a first conveyor, rotatable continuously about a respective axis, a second conveyor rotatable intermittently about a respective axis, and a transfer device by which the products are gripped in succession at the take-up station and fed to the wrapping device. The first conveyor includes a plurality of carriers, mounted rotatably on it and equipped with gripper heads. Each carrier is associated with a respective motion-inducing device designed to move the carrier in such a way as to enable the carrier to interface and interact with a respective gripper element of the second conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: AZIONARIA COSTRUZIONI MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Daniele Civolani, Marco Carrara
  • Patent number: 9272800
    Abstract: A cigarette packaging machine provided with a wrapping wheel to wrap products in wrapping sheets. The wrapping wheel has peripheral pockets to receive the products and the wrapping sheets, a first loading station to load the products in succession into the peripheral pockets, and a second loading station to load, in succession, first wrapping sheets of the wrapping sheets into the peripheral pockets. The wrapping wheel also has a third loading station to load, in succession, second wrapping sheets of the wrapping sheets into the peripheral pockets, thus reducing the bulk of a packaging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: GIMA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Draghetti, Giorgio Vaccari
  • Patent number: 9162782
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging stacks of folded tissue products or the like with blanks of plastic film is disclosed. The apparatus comprises at least one pocket comprising a plurality of side walls disposed within a drum having a longitudinal axis, a plurality of adjacent grooves disposed upon the side walls within the pocket, insertion means for inserting a single stack in the pocket, along an insertion direction, with the interposition and consequent folding of a corresponding blank, and control means adapted to drive the stop means along the insertion direction in a coordinated manner with respect to the operation of the insertion means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: André Mellin
  • Patent number: 8733067
    Abstract: A device (1) for packaging a product shaped as a set of cigarettes in a corresponding container (A), defining a package for housing the product, comprises means (11) for forming the container (A) and appropriate means (21, 21) to dispense a corresponding adhesive (B1, B2) for joining corresponding panels of the container. Said appropriate means (21) to dispense a corresponding adhesive are provided next to the exit from the forming means (11) and are movable with respect to said container (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: GIMA S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 8671648
    Abstract: A packing method and machine for producing a package, the method including the steps of feeding the content of the package into a first pocket of a first packing conveyor; transferring the content of the package from the first pocket of the first packing conveyor to a second pocket of a second packing conveyor at a first transfer station; feeding a first blank to the second pocket by means of a first feed device; and folding the first blank, in the second pocket, about the content of the package to form a container with a lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Ivanoe Bertuzzi, Andrea Biondi, Alessandro Minarelli
  • Patent number: 8387345
    Abstract: A method and machine for folding sheets of packing material about respective groups of cigarettes to form respective packages, and wherein a web of packing material is first fed through a control station for detecting the position of a reference mark made on the web at a work station upstream from the control station, and is then fed through a cutting station where the web is cut into sheets of packing material, each of which is fed to a packing station where each sheet of packing material is folded about the respective group of cigarettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: G. D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Roberto Polloni, Gilberto Spirito, Claudio Foghetti, Vladi Negrini, Giacomo Roffia, Andrea Biondi, Marco Fiorentini
  • Patent number: 8281554
    Abstract: In a machine for wrapping sticks of chewing gum, sticks of substantially rectangular outline and relatively small thickness advance singly and in succession on a conveyor, arranged flat and spaced apart at a predetermined first pitch, toward a position where they are transferred to a spacing roller revolving tangentially to the conveyor and presenting peripheral seats spaced apart at a pitch greater than the first pitch; the sticks are taken up at the transfer position by a pick-up and transfer mechanism operating between the conveyor and the seats of the spacing roller, describing a trajectory that includes a movement perpendicular to the plane occupied by the sticks and producing a minimal displacement equating approximately to the thickness of a single stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Carrara, Daniele Civolani
  • Publication number: 20120031051
    Abstract: A device (1) for packaging a product shaped as a set of cigarettes in a corresponding container (A), defining a package for housing the product, comprises means (11) for forming the container (A) and appropriate means (21, 21) to dispense a corresponding adhesive (B1, B2) for joining corresponding panels of the container. Said appropriate means (21) to dispense a corresponding adhesive are provided next to the exit from the forming means (11) and are movable with respect to said container (A).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: GIMA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 8091326
    Abstract: A combined baler/bale wrapper (1) comprises a chassis (5) on which a baler (10) and a bale wrapper (11) are mounted. The baler (10) comprises a stationary segment (18), a lower segment (19) and an upper segment (20) all of which carry bale forming rollers (25) which define a bale forming chamber (15) within which a round bale (2) is formed. The lower segment (19) and the upper segment (20) are pivotal about first and second pivot axes (35,40), respectively from a bale forming position (FIG. 5) to a discharge position (FIG. 1) for transferring a bale upwardly rearwardly from of the bale forming chamber (15) directly onto first and second bale supporting rollers (50) of the bale wrapper (11). The bale supporting rollers (50) rotate the bale (2) about a first wrapping axis (53) while a carrier ring (55) simultaneously revolves a pair of wrapping material dispensers (54) about a second horizontal wrapping axis (56) for dispensing wrapping material onto the bale (2) for wrapping thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Welmount Limited
    Inventors: Padraic Christopher McHale, Martin William McHale, James John Heaney, Gerard Patrick Sheridan, Patrick Thomas O'Connor, John Patrick Biggins
  • Patent number: 8037664
    Abstract: A wrapping method and unit for producing a package containing a group of cigarettes and having a cigarette extraction opening; a sheet of wrapping material, complete with the cigarette extraction opening, is fed into a pocket of a wrapping wheel so that the sheet of wrapping material folds into a U inside the pocket; then the group of cigarettes is fed into the pocket containing the U-folded sheet of wrapping material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Michele Squarzoni, Stefano Serafini, Paolo Degliesposti, Andrea Biondi
  • Publication number: 20110078980
    Abstract: A machine for sleeving one or more packages of smoking articles is provided. The machine can provide a blank from a roll of continuous material and fold the blank around packages. The machine includes a sleeve folding station that can orient the blank to be folded around the packages. The sleeve folding station is also configured to permit at least one fold in the blank when the package is moved against the blank and into a pocket. The machine may include a bundling unit adapted to arrange packages into a bundle. The machine can include an adhesive applicator to apply adhesive to the blank so that when folded the blank can be attached to itself to form a sleeved package. Preferably, the machine includes a transfer wheel having a pocket for receiving the blank and bundle together, where upon rotation of the wheel the blank is folded around the bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Jerry Wayne Pipes
  • Patent number: 7797913
    Abstract: Method for packing groups of products or products of prismatic shape with rectangular or square base, which from a feed or grouping unit are then moved towards a first folding spindle so as to be delivered therefrom wrapped in the shape of a “U” rotated through 90° and open at the back, by a packing sheet which is previously placed in front of the spindle with vertical positioning, characterized in that the product with the packing sheet delivered from the spindle are picked up directly and fed in phase between the parallel and horizontal motorized conveyors of a tilting drum positioned inside which longitudinally, edgewise and parallel with each other, are folding devices which guide the product with the packing laterally and fold on the lateral faces of the product the first flaps with vertical folding, projecting laterally and anterior in the feed direction of the packing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: KPL Packaging S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giordano Gorrieri, Moreno Cremonini, Mirko Cassoli
  • Patent number: 7730699
    Abstract: Packaging machine for packaging lollipops provided with a stick and a head in a film/foil sheet, comprising a rotatably driven drum having a series of lollipop holders thereon, the drum furthermore being provided with a series of film/foil folding means for folding a respective film/foil sheet around the head around a longitudinal center axis substantially parallel to the stick, the device furthermore comprising a series of twisters for twisting a film/foil tube section protruding in the longitudinal direction of the lollipop head while continuing to clamp the lollipop head and while the drum continues to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: CFS Weert B.V.
    Inventor: Seferinus Jelle Asma
  • Patent number: 7669387
    Abstract: Transponders are used for identifying objects such as packaging, packaging material or machines and machine elements and are attached to the object to be identified. The transponders contain data which are provided by an electronic write unit and which can be recognized by a read unit. The transponders are provided in a concealed manner on the machines, machine parts, etc. or are embedded in the machine part, for example, inside a recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Jurgen Focke, legal representative, Doris Focke, legal representative, Tobias Jacobi, Gisbert Engel
  • Patent number: 7650730
    Abstract: On a packing machine, packets of cigarettes, selected from different alternative packets of cigarettes of at least a first and second type, are produced by transferring groups of cigarettes relative to the selected type of packet from a forming path to a first packing path, along which an inner sheet of packing material is folded about each group of cigarettes, and then to a second packing path, along which at least a collar is folded about each group of cigarettes and on top of the inner sheet of packing material; each group of cigarettes is then transfer red, depending on the type of packet selected, to a third packing path, along which folding of a first outer blank about each group of cigarettes is completed to form a packet of cigarettes of the first type, or to a fourth packing path, along which folding of a second outer blank about each group of cigarettes is completed to form a packet of cigarettes of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Ivanoe Bertuzzi, Roberto Polloni, Andrea Biondi, Alessandro Minarelli
  • Publication number: 20090193758
    Abstract: In a packaging machine, typically a cellophaner for overwrapping packets of cigarettes, each of the packets is enveloped by a wrapping unit in a heat shrinkable wrapper presenting at least two opposite faces disposed parallel one with another. The machine also comprises a unit by which heat is applied to the wrappers, equipped with a pair of belt conveyors that present two branches, facing one another and set in motion in such a way as to transport the packets by gripping the two opposite faces of each wrapper, and at least one heating head associated with each transport branch; the heating heads are faced with a leaf of lamellar graphite bonded to the head on one side and offered in direct contact on the other to the respective branch of the corresponding belt conveyor, so as to minimize friction between the belt and the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Salvatore Carboni
  • Patent number: 7555877
    Abstract: A machine for packaging products (13) in sealed film (25), comprises a product inlet feeding bench (12), a rotating head (15) for receiving and conveying products arriving sequentially from the feeding bench to a loading station (14) in the head and an outlet bench (17) that receives the products conveyed by the rotating head (15) to an unloading station (16) to evacuate them from the machine. The rotating head (15) comprises peripherally seats (30, 31) for receiving products and a sealing device (45, 46, 47, 48) that rotates with these seats (30, 31) to achieve sealing of a film wound around the product in a seat (30, 31) whilst the head rotates to take the seat (30, 31) from the loading station (14) to the unloading station (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Eurosicma S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Redaelli
  • Patent number: 7555876
    Abstract: For the purpose of wrapping articles, in particular groups (19) of packs, in a blank (10), use is made of a folding turret (21) having a single pocket (23) passing through its diameter. Lateral boundaries of the pocket (23) comprise belts (30, 31) which, upon introduction of a group (19) of packs with blank (10), can be moved in the pushing-in direction and which butt in a friction-free manner against legs (27, 28) of the blank (10), which is folded in a U-shaped manner. A block-form stop component (37) can be moved within the pocket (23) from one end position to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Alfred Drenguis, Michael Wegmann, Andreas Storcks
  • Patent number: 7536841
    Abstract: A method for making a hinge-lid pack of cigarettes, which finds particular application in the manufacture of a pack with rounded or beveled vertical edges having retention means to facilitate consistent lid closure, comprises: positioning an inner frame on a bundle of cigarettes; folding a first end of a blank for a hinge-lid cigarette pack over one end of the bundle of cigarettes to at least partially form the lid of the pack; and moving the inner frame relative to the blank in the direction of the at least partially formed lid. Apparatus for making a hinge-lid pack of cigarettes by folding a blank for a hinge-lid cigarette pack about a bundle of cigarettes having an inner frame thereon, includes means for forming a portion of the blank into the lid of the pack, the apparatus further comprises means for moving the inner frame relative to the blank towards the at least partially formed lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard Tallier
  • Patent number: 7458196
    Abstract: A method and machine for packing packets, whereby, as two packets are fed singly and successively along a path from an input station to an output station, respective sheets of packing material are folded about the two packets to form respective wrappings; the two packets, enclosed in the respective wrappings, are brought into contact with each other to form a group of packets, and are again fed from the input station to the output station, while a further sheet of packing material is folded about the group of packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Luca Federici, Andrea Biondi
  • Patent number: 7454886
    Abstract: Device for packaging products having a head and a stick, such as lollipops (P), in wraps, includes a frame having first supply elements (2) for supplying the products, second elements (4) for supplying a web (5) of wrapping material, elements (101) for cutting a wrap from the web, a wrapping station having a driven series of elements for retaining the products and circulating in a first direction about a horizontal shaft, and a drum (50) driven in the same direction having elements for enveloping the product heads with a wrap and elements for securing the wrap on the products, the wrapping station including a supply station and a discharge station, the second supply elements being positioned for supplying the web of wrapping material according to a path that is tangential to the drum, in a direction running along with the drum rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: CFS Weert B.V.
    Inventor: Seferinus Jelle Asma
  • Patent number: 7448181
    Abstract: A packing wheel for packing products in sheets of packing material, and wherein a supporting body is mounted to rotate about a central first axis of rotation, and supports a number of peripheral packing pockets, each of which receives and houses a respective product and a respective sheet of packing material, and is fitted to the supporting body in a respective peripheral position to rotate, with respect to the supporting body, about a peripheral second axis of rotation parallel to the first axis of rotation; and wherein each packing pocket is mounted to rotate about a respective third axis of rotation parallel to the relative second axis of rotation, located a given distance from the relative second axis of rotation, and rotating about the relative second axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Andrea Biondi, Alessandro Brizzi, Cristian Dakessian, Mirco Legnani, Antonio Vitali
  • Patent number: 7430840
    Abstract: A machine for packing a product in at least one sheet of packing material has a number of conveyors, each of which has a number of pockets, each for receiving and conveying a respective product; the products are transferred from each conveyor to the next conveyor at a transfer station defined between the two conveyors; the pockets on each conveyor are divided into a first number of groups, each containing an equal second number, greater than one, of pockets; and, at each transfer station, a second number of products are transferred simultaneously from the pockets in a group of pockets on the releasing conveyor to the pockets in a group of pockets on the receiving conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Roberto Osti, Alessandro Minarelli, Andrea Biondi
  • Publication number: 20080134636
    Abstract: For the purpose of wrapping articles, in particular groups (19) of packs, in a blank (10), use is made of a folding turret (21) having a single pocket (23) passing through its diameter. Lateral boundaries of the pocket (23) comprise belts (30, 31) which, upon introduction of a group (19) of packs with blank (10), can be moved in the pushing-in direction and which butt in a friction-free manner against legs (27, 28) of the blank (10), which is folded in a U-shaped manner. A block-form stop component (37) can be moved within the pocket (23) from one end position to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2005
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: FOCKE & CO. (GMBH & CO. KG)
    Inventors: Alfred Drenguis, Michael Wegmann, Andreas Storcks
  • Patent number: 7367170
    Abstract: (Liquid) flavoring agents and other substances are transferred to cigarettes immediately prior to or during the packaging operation of the cigarettes (12). An advantageous solution is that of the substances being transferred directly to free ends of the cigarettes (12) once cigarette groups (11) have been formed and during transportation of these groups. As an alternative, the substances can be transferred to the inside of an inner wrapper of the cigarette group in particular to a folding tab of a base wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Thomas Häfker, Axel Leifheit, Ralph Sgodzai
  • Patent number: 7360347
    Abstract: A device for wrapping packets of cigarettes has a conveyor for feeding the packets successively along a path; and a number of heating heads, each of which is brought into contact with a respective packet and accompanies the packet from a contact station to a withdrawal station along part of the path; on reaching the withdrawal station, the heating heads are withdrawn, crosswise to the path, from the respective packets, and are conveyed, parallel to the path, from the withdrawal station to the contact station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: G.D Societá per Azioni
    Inventors: Luca Lanzarini, Francesco Milandri, Luca Federici, Stefano Negrini
  • Publication number: 20080072533
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus and processes for accurately positioning and rotating coupons for application on cigarette packs or pack film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Steven F. Spiers, Steven M. Campbell, G. Robert Scott
  • Patent number: 7347033
    Abstract: A method of packing pairs of wrapped groups of cigarettes in wallet packets with a hinged lid, whereby a blank—having a first portion defining a body, and a second portion defining a hinged lid of a relative wallet packet—is fed into a respective pocket—having a respective pair of adjacent seats—of a packing wheel to define, with the relative first portion, two adjacent receptacles separated from each other by a central rib; the two receptacles are fed through a loading station to successively receive respective wrapped groups of cigarettes having respective collars, and one receptacle is then turned over onto the other to define the body of the relative wallet packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Giordano Gamberini, Marco Ghini, Marco Brizzi
  • Patent number: 7331441
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an apparatus (10) for pushing a number of packaging containers (12) which are supported in cassettes (18) in motion in a first direction in a packaging machine. The apparatus (10) comprises carriers (40) by means of which the packaging containers may be pushed from a first position to a second position in relation to said cassettes (18). According to the invention, the apparatus (10) comprises at least one belt (30, 32) which, in a first portion of the apparatus (10) moves in a second direction and in the second portion of the apparatus (10) moves in a third direction, and, between the first and the second portions, there is disposed a bending roller (24), and the second and third directions each make an angle (?) with the first direction, and finally the carrier (40) is connected to a shaft (38) which is secured to the belt (30, 32) by means of a clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Richard Persson
  • Patent number: 7328559
    Abstract: In a device for conveying capsules containing at least one pharmaceutical product, each capsule is fed along a feed line defined by two pocket conveyors connected to each other at a transfer station having a detecting device for determining at least the weight of the pharmaceutical product in the capsule, and is transferred from one pocket conveyor to the other of the feed line with no change in its orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: MG-2 - S.r.l.
    Inventor: Ernesto Gamberini
  • Patent number: 7302786
    Abstract: Products (2) presenting bevelled or rounded corner edges (35) are advanced singly and in succession along a predetermined path (P), each enveloped in a wrapper (11) of parallelepiped box-like shape, and directed ultimately into a station (15) where each product (2) is subjected to a finishing step that consists in deforming at least one part of the wrapper (11) and causing it thus to adhere to the surface of the relative product (2), in particular at the bevelled or rounded corner edges (35); thereafter, the finished products (2) are stacked and wrapped in respective stick packs (36) of which the longitudinal corner edges (38) will hug the corner edges (35) of the stacked products (2), adapting to the contours of the bevelled or rounded profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Oleandri, Stefano Cavallari
  • Patent number: 7287361
    Abstract: Device for packaging products having a head and a stick, such as lollipops (P), in wraps, includes a frame having first supply elements (2) for supplying the products, second elements (4) for supplying a web (5) of wrapping material, elements (101) for cutting a wrap from the web, a wrapping station having a driven series of elements for retaining the products and circulating in a first direction about a horizontal shaft, and a drum (50) driven in the same direction having elements for enveloping the product heads with a wrap and elements for securing the wrap on the products, the wrapping station including a supply station and a discharge station, the second supply elements being positioned for supplying the web of wrapping material according to a path that is tangential to the drum, in a direction running along with the drum rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: CFS Weert B.V.
    Inventor: Seferinus Jelle Asma
  • Patent number: 7269931
    Abstract: An overwrapping machine for packets of cigarettes, wherein a first feed line feeds the packets of cigarettes successively along a first path, and a second feed line feeds sheets of transparent packing material successively along a second path intersecting the first path at a cross station to pair each packet with a respective sheet of packing material; and wherein a guide for the packets is located upstream from the cross station, and has an output end, for the packets, facing the cross station; the guide is movable to and from a forward operating position, in which the guide forms part of the first path, and the output end of the guide is positioned substantially contacting the second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: G.D. Societa per Anzioni
    Inventors: Silvano Boriani, Stefano Negrini
  • Patent number: 7240469
    Abstract: A cigarette packing machine for producing rigid, hinged-lid, short-hinge packets of cigarettes; the packing machine has a fourth packing wheel which receives wrapped groups of cigarettes from a third transfer wheel at a third transfer station, receives collars from a first feed line at an input station upstream from the third transfer station, and folds each collar into a tube about a respective wrapped group of cigarettes; the packing machine also has a fifth packing wheel which, at a fourth transfer station, receives each wrapped group of cigarettes and the respective collar together with a respective blank supplied by a second feed line, folds the blank about the wrapped group of cigarettes to form an outer package, and releases the packets of cigarettes at a fifth transfer station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Marco Ghini, Roberto Polloni, Stefano Negrini
  • Patent number: 7180419
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a programmable transponder to a target includes an applicator disposed adjacent to a tagging zone into which the target is conveyed and a feed-system for transporting a label to the applicator, each of the labels having a programmable transponder. A radiation source is disposed to illuminate a programming zone into which the label is transported. This radiation source communicates tag-information to the transponder. The communication of tag-information can occur either before or after the transponder is applied to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Markem Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Oakes, David Benjamin
  • Patent number: 7155882
    Abstract: A method of producing a wallet packet with a hinged lid, whereby a blank, having a first portion defining a body and a second portion defining a hinged lid of a relative wallet packet, is fed into a respective pocket, having a respective pair of side by side seats, of a packing wheel, so that the relative first portion defines two adjacent receptacles separated by a central rib; and wherein the pocket is fed through a loading station, where the two receptacles simultaneously receive respective wrapped groups of cigarettes; one of the two receptacles then being turned over onto the other to define the body of the relative wallet packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: G.D Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventors: Marco Ghini, Stefano Negrini
  • 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: 7134257
    Abstract: For producing hard packs, namely hinge-lid boxes or shell and slide packs in particular, inner and outer pack units are prepared separately in each case, namely a shell (20), on the one hand, and a blank for a hinge-lid box, on the other hand. The inner pack unit, comprising a cigarette block (10) and a further pack part, namely a slide (13) or a collar, is prepared in the region of a mandrel turret (24). The pack units are then brought together, with continued rotary movement, by axial displacement relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Jürgen Focke, legal representatives, Hans-Jürgen Bretthauer, Henry Buse, Heinz Focke, deceased
  • Patent number: 7127873
    Abstract: A unit for packing products, wherein a feed line, for supplying a strip of packing material, feeds the strip with a given movement to a cutting device for cutting the strip into a succession of sheets of packing material, and then to a feed station for feeding each sheet to a packing wheel moving with a further movement through the feed station; and wherein a compensating roller, having a compensating store, is interposed between the cutting device and the feed station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: G.D. Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Alver Tacchi, Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 7107737
    Abstract: A machine and method for producing a package by folding a sheet of packing material about a respective article; a packing conveyor feeds along a packing path a folding head, which houses the package and has an electrically heated activating member for applying heat to a portion of the package; the folding head also has a movable magnetic core, which has a coil connected electrically to the activating member, and is positioned facing and coupled magnetically to a fixed magnetic core positioned parallel to the packing path; in use, a coil coupled to the fixed magnetic core is supplied with electric current to induce flow of a corresponding electric current through the coil of the movable magnetic core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: G. D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventor: Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 7104032
    Abstract: A method and machine for wrapping an article, whereby the article is fed through a feed station, where the article is applied with a respective sheet of wrapping material which is folded into an L about the article, so as to have a free edge not contacting the article, and through a follow-up wrapping station, where the sheet of wrapping material is folded about the article to form a tubular wrapping by applying the free edge onto the article; between the feed station and the wrapping station, the free edge of the L-folded sheet of wrapping material is subjected to traction in substantially the opposite direction to the travelling direction of the article by subjecting the first free edge to suction, so as to smooth the sheet of wrapping material onto the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: G.D.Societa per Azioni
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Loris Grepioni
  • Patent number: 7062890
    Abstract: A packing machine provided with a wrapping conveyor moving along a wrapping path and having a plurality of recesses each of which is designed to receive a respective article together with a respective wrapping sheet; and with a plurality of folding stations successively arranged along the wrapping path, each folding station comprising folding units arranged to cooperate with the wrapping sheets to fold the same around respective articles; the folding unit in at least one of the folding station has a folding device presenting a fixed block and a movable block defining respective contiguous flat surfaces blending along a fold line; the movable block is activated by an articulated parallelogram actuating device having two connecting rods connected by cranks hinged to the fixed block to rotate, with respect to the fixed block, about respective axes parallel to the fold line; the movable block being hinged to the two connecting rods, and defining a further crank rotating, with respect to the fixed block, about an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Fabrizio Tale′, Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 7000368
    Abstract: The capsules are disposed on a first rigid support (A1) movable in steps provided with a first plurality of seats (B1) designed to each contain a respective capsule (7), the support (A1) being designed to feed the capsules to means (5) designed to distribute a sealing solution along the rim of the cap (7B) of each capsule. The capsules (7) that have received the solution are then transferred from said first rigid support (A1) to a second rigid support (A3) movable in steps provided with a second plurality of seats (B3) designed to contain a respective capsule (7), the second rigid support (A3) then in turn transferring the capsules (7) to an unloading station (8) after a time sufficient to consolidate sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Giuseppe Piemontese
  • Patent number: 6968667
    Abstract: A cigarette packing method and machine, whereby an output wheel feeds along a folding path a number of gripping heads, each of which receives and retains, by the ends, a relative packet having minor lateral walls, each defined by an inner longitudinal tab and an outer longitudinal tab superimposed one on top of the other; each packet is fed onto the folding path with its outer longitudinal tabs open, detached from the respective inner longitudinal tabs, and supported by respective folding wings carried by the gripping head; and the folding path extends through a folding station where the folding wings of each gripping head are moved to fold the respective outer longitudinal tabs into a closed position contacting the relative inner longitudinal tabs, and, at the same time, an outward-facing major lateral wall of each packet is kept flat by contact with an external contrast device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventor: Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 6945009
    Abstract: An operating wheel of a packing machine comprises an annular drum, a number of through pockets carried by the annular drum and each for receiving a respective product, a first drive for rotating the annular drum in steps to feed the pockets along an annular path extending through a loading station and an unloading station, first and second pusher for engaging respective pockets at the loading station and the unloading station respectively, a second electric drive for imparting to the pushers respective substantially radial reciprocating movements to and from respective withdrawn rest positions inside the annular drum and through the respective pockets, a first safety device for preventing the annular drum from rotating when at least one of the pushers engages a respective pocket, and a second safety device for preventing the pushers from moving from the respective withdrawn positions when the annular drum is rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: G.D. Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Alver Tacchi
  • Patent number: 6941728
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a hinged lid side by side vertically hinged cigarette pack having a first bundle and a second bundle of cigarettes is described. The machinery includes a first machine to form a first foil wrapped bundle surrounded by a first inner frame, a second machine for forming a second foil wrapped bundle surrounded by a second inner frame and a third machine for combining the first and second foil wrapped bundle into a single hinged lid side by side vertically hinged pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Jonathan Bray, Steven Holford, Alan Douglas Tearle
  • Patent number: 6904947
    Abstract: In a wrapping apparatus, particularly for enclosing articles consisting of or containing groups of cigarettes in wrapper material, the articles are received in a pocketed drum in which at least one overlapped region of the wrapper material is heat scaled. Preferably opposed side seams and an end flap of the wrapper are sealed, so as substantially to complete the enclosure of the article while on the drum. Side seal heaters carried by the drum may be mounted on respective annular carriers which are rotatably displaceable to remove the heaters from contact with the articles if the drum is stopped for an extended period. End seal heaters may be pivotally mounted on the drum and operated by a cam arrangement to fold an end flap of the wrapper into an overlapped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Molins PLC
    Inventors: Thomas William Bailey, Robert Howard Taylor