Article And Fluent Material Patents (Class 53/239)
  • Patent number: 9704096
    Abstract: The one or more embodiments disclosed herein provide a method for automatically assembling multiple compounds into a single edible custom composition, in which each compound is individually customized to proportions formulated from a profile of an individual or group. The single custom mixture can contain a plurality of compounds including foods or flavors, nutritional additives, herbals, biologics, or pharmacologically active substances. Using the method and a related algorithm, the formulation of a custom mixture is suggested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Panacea Biomatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Edison Thurman Hudson, Lloyd Staton Noel
  • Patent number: 8844245
    Abstract: A method for packaging a beverage comprising particulates in a liquid, the method comprising dispensing a first portion of the beverage from a first source into containers, wherein the first portion of the beverage comprises at least a majority of the particulates and a first portion of the liquid, dispensing from a counterpressure filler a second portion of the beverage from a second source into the containers, wherein the second portion of the beverage comprises a second portion of the liquid, and sealing the containers to form packaged beverages. An apparatus for packaging a beverage comprising particulates in a liquid. A method for packaging, in sequence, a first beverage comprising particulates in a liquid and a second beverage comprising a carbonated beverage. A method for packaging a beverage comprising a dairy component and a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Hubertus U. Schubert, F. Fred Sadeghi, Alain Verbeke
  • Patent number: 8833042
    Abstract: An automated filling system for introducing crushed polysilicon fragments into shipping bags without significant contamination positions a freely suspended energy absorber into a freely suspended bag of non-contaminating material prior to filling, and following filling, the energy absorber is removed, and the bag is sealed. The system can replace manual packaging which has been required for semiconductor applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventors: Hanns Wochner, Bruno Lichtenegger, Reiner Pech
  • Patent number: 8146777
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine feeding device which can apply uniform tension to wrapping paper wound in a roll state to wrap a medicine. The medicine feeding device comprises a tablet case which stores a medicine, and the wrapping paper wound in the roll state, wraps a medicine discharged from the tablet case in wrapping paper 72, and comprises a tension application mechanism 113 which applies predetermined tension to the continuously pulled-out wrapping paper. This tension application mechanism is constituted to freely move up-and-down, and to apply tension to the pulled-out wrapping paper by its own weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Inamura
  • Patent number: 7770357
    Abstract: A tablet filling device for supplying a vial container of desired size certainly with no mistake comprising a plurality of containing means containing vial containers by size, a means for taking out a vial container from the containing means based on prescription data, means for carrying a vial container taken out by the container take out means, a means for providing a table to a vial container carried by the carrying means, a means for collecting a vial container in the middle of carriage by the carrying means, a means provided on the carrying passage of the carrying means and detecting the size of a carried vial container, and a control means for judging whether the size of a vial container selected based on the prescription data matches the size of a vial container detected by the container size detection means and collecting the carried vial container by the container collection means if they do not match each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Takafumi Imai, Hirokazu Chihara, Katsunori Yoshina, Masayuki Okamoto, Yoshihiko Ide
  • Patent number: 7726098
    Abstract: Tandem, vertically-aligned vertical form, fill, and seal (VFFS) assemblies enable a method for manufacturing an ingredient package. An inner ingredient-bearing package is manufactured by a first superior VFFS assembly, which inner package is then downwardly displaced to a second inferior VFFS assembly. The inner package and a second ingredient are deposited (filled) into an open-ended outer packaging material being formed by the inferior VFFS assembly. After deposing the inner package and the second ingredient into the formed outer package, the outer package and inner package are sealed to one another at superior ends thereof to finally form an ingredient package. The finally formed package may be removed from partially formed packages in superior adjacency thereto. The finally formed package compartmentalizes the first and second ingredients for later consumer consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventor: Paul Edward Doll
  • Patent number: 7574844
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for instantly manufacturing a batch of customized pharmaceutical dosages are provided. A batch of customized pharmaceutical dosages is manufactured as per the requirements of an individual, which may depend on age, gender, health, lifestyle, disease, habits, etc. The ingredients or components of the customized pharmaceutical dosages are selected as per the requirement of the individual. These ingredients or components are mixed/blended to form a homogenous mixture. The requisite quantities of the homogenous mixture, based on the individual's requirement, are then measured and converted to a desired final form, e.g., tablets, capsules or sachets. These tablets, capsules, etc., are then packaged and the packages are labeled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: M/S. Kei Vita Private Limited
    Inventor: Shobana Kamineni
  • Publication number: 20090107855
    Abstract: Additives that could interfere with the sealing of a cover onto a contact lens package are delivered separately from the bulk saline delivered into the lens package, thereby allowing more precise control of the additive delivery, reducing the incidence of additive in the seal area of the lens package, and improving the seal integrity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Scott J. Gault, Kent M. Grothe
  • 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: 7281361
    Abstract: A method for detecting and discriminating articles that are within a predetermined range of a specification into lots feeds a plurality of articles into an article portioning system having a counting head assembly that includes an article detecting unit located above and cooperatively controlling through generated signals an upper diverting gate and lower outlet gate which control the passage and/or accumulation of articles in adjacent channels to permit filling of article containers with predetermined article portions as containers are placed beneath, and removed from, the assembly outlet. The method for portioning discrete articles by feeding the articles and generating signals controlling the gates is suited for a combined plurality of such assemblies to provide high speed continuous container filling operations for simultaneous filling of groups of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Diamond Machine Werks, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald R. Wooldridge
  • Patent number: 7174693
    Abstract: A system and an apparatus and method for detecting and discriminating articles that are within a predetermined range of a specification into lots. A counting head assembly includes at least an article detecting unit located above diverting gates which control the passage and/or accumulation of articles in adjacent channels to permit filling of article containers with predetermined article portions as containers are placed beneath, and removed from, the assembly outlet. A plurality of such assemblies may be combined to provide high speed continuous container filling operations, for example by location of a plurality of counting head assemblies about the periphery of a rotating carousel or on a linear platform which moves containers beneath the assemblies for simultaneous filling of groups of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Diamond Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Wooldridge
  • Patent number: 6786025
    Abstract: During automatic supply and packing of a liquid composition containing granular constituents, a master liquid, not containing the granular constituents, of the liquid composition is continuously supplied to a packing bag formed from a packing film by making bottom and top seals, in this order, on the packing bag with the packing film being stroked and squeezed to remove a part of the master liquid from bag portions where the bottom and top seals are to be formed, and a second liquid, containing the granular constituents, of the liquid composition is intermittently supplied into the packing bag between the bottom and top seals. Thereby, a liquid composition containing granular constituents can be packed with the nearly same efficiency as that in continuous supply and packing of a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Taisei Lamick Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsunori Futase
  • Patent number: 6782675
    Abstract: A method of packaging a plastic balloon preferably includes steps of sealing the plastic balloon within a substantially airtight package and maintaining the environment within the package in such a condition as to maintain the plastic balloon in a hydrated state that will optimize the performance characteristics of the plastic balloon when it is inflated. Antifungal and antibacterial agents are preferably also provided within the package to inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventors: Emily M. Banks, Christopher Hill, Akira Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6725629
    Abstract: A cartoner assembly comprises a loader and an indexer. The loader comprises at least one horizontally extending drive belt, an input end and an output end. The drive belt is adapted to support one or more packages as they are moved from the input end to the output end. The indexer is positioned adjacent the output end of the loader and comprises a plurality of moveable support members defining in part a plurality of loading stations. The support members are adapted to support a carton at each of the loading stations and are moveable such that the plurality of loading stations are successively aligned with the drive belt of the loader at the output end of said loader. Preferably, the support members are vertically, intermittently moveable. In one preferred embodiment, the indexer includes an output end positioned adjacent a continuously moving conveyor. A method of inserting a package into a carton is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Triangle Package Machinery Company
    Inventors: Larry N. Pearce, Vadim A. Lubezny
  • Patent number: 6574945
    Abstract: A number of spaced apart first and second cavities are continuously formed in first and second thin sheets of material, respectively. Each of the first and second cavities has an edge at an opening thereof. The formed first and second cavities travel in paths that are downwardly inclined from the horizontal and approach each other. A number of first bodies are fed into the first cavities, respectively, where each of the first bodies has a liquid tight interior cavity that contains a volume of a first liquid. This liquid is one that when mixed with a second liquid starts a chemiluminescent reaction. The edge of each of the first cavities is sealed progressively with the respective edge of a second cavity, while injecting the second liquid into one or both of the first and second cavities that are being sealed. This forms a liquid tight second body that contains the first body and a second volume of the second liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Lumitek LLC
    Inventor: Raul Martinez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6568157
    Abstract: During automatic supply and packing of a liquid composition containing granular constituents, a master liquid, not containing the granular constituents, of the liquid composition is continuously supplied to a packing bag formed from a packing film by making bottom and top seals, in this order, on the packing bag with the packing film being stroked and squeezed to remove a part of the master liquid from bag portions where the bottom and top seals are to be formed, and a second liquid, containing the granular constituents, of the liquid composition is intermittently supplied into the packing bag between the bottom and top seals. Thereby, a liquid composition containing granular constituents can be packed with the nearly same efficiency as that in continuous supply and packing of a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Taisei Lamick Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsunori Futase
  • Publication number: 20030070401
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus of detecting unique items as they are inserted into a product packaging system that is easily adaptable to current product packaging and prize insertion systems. A number of different types of sensors may be used in conjunction with the insertion device to detect the unique prize before it is inserted into a product packaging system. The sensor used will vary depending on the particular application. Sensors that may be used include a capacitive proximity sensor, a thickness sensor, a reflectivity sensor, a transmissivity sensor, a stiffness sensor, a color sensor, or even an odor or chemical sensor. Ideally, the type sensor used will detect a feature of the unique item that is easily distinguishable from other items being inserted. Once the sensor detects the prize and generates a signal, this signal can be used to perform a variety of useful functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventor: Frank Mathew Brenkus
  • Patent number: 6397562
    Abstract: Process for producing a candle surrounded by a container in which a prefabricated candle blank which does not completely fill the interior of the container is inserted and fixed in the container. An intermediate space between the candle blank and the inside wall of the container is then filled with liquid candle material and the container which has been filled in this way is allowed to cool. In order to be able to fix the inserted candle blank stationary in the container, before insertion into the container, the candle blank is heated on its bottom and its bottom which has become sticky in this way is located on the bottom of the container. The candle blank is immediately fixed in its position by releasing the heat of the heated bottom to the container bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Spezialmaschinenbau Herrhammer GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Herrhammer
  • Publication number: 20010002532
    Abstract: A high speed straw insertion machine has a device which feeds a straw, feeds a lifter and then engages the straw with the lifter. This assembly is transported to a mechanism which secures the lifter to the straw and then puts the straw and the float into a container. The container with the straw and the float is transported to an anchoring machine which engages the straw and the container to trap the straw and float entirely within the container. In one embodiment, the straw is positioned between a corner and a shoulder defined by the container and is retained in this position due to the flexibility of the straw. In another embodiment, the straw is positioned below a rib formed in the body of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Publication date: June 7, 2001
    Inventors: Peter F. Murphy, James H. Kurtz, Clifford Marritt
  • Patent number: 6217697
    Abstract: A method for producing and coating melt portions includes two sheet strips, which form coating material layers, being continually fed. The melt portions embedded between the sheet strips are cooled and calibrated according to their thickness. The sheet strips are longitudinally and transversely separated in the region of their connection points such that the melt portions become isolated and the sheet strips are connected to each other such that each melt portion is embraced tightly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Santrade Ltd.
    Inventors: Jürgen Winter, Matthias Kleinhans, Warnfried Baumann
  • Patent number: 6105341
    Abstract: A process is provided for displacing air from containers prior to seaming a lid to a container. In the process, a container body is filled with contents and is then injected with liquid nitrogen. A lid is immediately placed on the container body, and a biasing force is immediately applied against the lid to maintain the lid on the liquid nitrogen filled container bodies until the container body reaches the seaming mechanism. The biasing force is sufficient to allow a portion of nitrogen gas from vaporization of the liquid nitrogen to escape from the container body, and to allow air originally present in the container body to escape from the container body, while preventing surrounding air from entering the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: ABC Seamer Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert H. Campbell
  • Patent number: 6041579
    Abstract: A machine for making sealed liquid pouches with a free-floating straw inside the pouch is described. The machine comprises a vertical pouch former which forms a continuous plastic film tube from a film sheet with the plastic film tube disposed about a liquid dispensing spout. A straw convecting tube also extends to one side of the liquid dispensing spout inside the tube. A straw is released through the convecting tube at predetermined intervals in synchronism with a transverse sealer which forms a bottom and top edge seal of pouches as liquid is continuously dispensed through the liquid dispensing tube. The plastic film tube is maintained in a transversely expanded condition during the filling of the pouch and is advanced by an engagement mechanism between the sealing cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Beach, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Savoury, Raymond L. Larson
  • Patent number: 6035603
    Abstract: Apparatus for handling or producing packs made of packaging material, it being the case that folding elements, pressure-exerting elements, push rods, slides etc. act on blanks of the packaging material. In order to convert any possible incorrect positioning of the moveable elements, in particular of the push rods, immediately into an error signal, a folding turret (10) is assigned a stationary monitoring unit (32) which is equipped with mechanical actuating elements, namely contact lugs (29,30,31). In the event of any possible incorrect positioning, one of the contact lugs (29,30,31) is actuated with the effect of a switching movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Peter Verwiebe, Hermann Schnoor
  • Patent number: 5891371
    Abstract: An interactive control system for controlling the automatic packaging of contact lenses in a contact lens fabrication facility, the interactive control system consisting of a first robot device for periodically transferring individual arrays of a first predetermined amount or discrete contact lens packages each containing a contact lens therein from a first station to an intermediate conveyor where the individual arrays are conveyed to a second station, and a controller for initiating a time stamp for each individual array transferred from the first station and determining elapsed time data for each individual array and for generating position status data indicating a good array or a bad array of defective lenses for each individual array as it is conveyed to the second station, the controller shifting the elapsed time data and position status data for each individual array as it is conveyed on the intermediate conveyor for transfer to the second station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mark Lepper, Russell James Edwards, Daniel Tsu-Fang Wang
  • Patent number: 5863499
    Abstract: A self-venting package (A) contains peracetic acid or other strong oxidants in a unit dose that assures sterilization of instruments and equipment in an automated sterilizing apparatus (FIG. 3) or of biological wastes in a biological waste comminuting apparatus (FIG. 4). The self-venting package is constructed of a cylindrical body having first and second vent apertures (12, 14) 180.degree. offset adjacent a first edge (20) and third and fourth vent apertures (16, 18) 180.degree. offset adjacent a second edge (26). The first and second vent apertures are 90.degree. offset relative to the third and fourth vent apertures. The first edge is flattened and sealed forming a pair of corners (40, 42) such that the first and second vent apertures are disposed closely adjacent the first and second corners. The container is filled with peracetic acid or other liquids which liberate gas or vapors. A second end (26) of the container is flattened and sealed in a direction transverse to the first edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Steris Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond C. Kralovic
  • Patent number: 5775059
    Abstract: A method of compacting a bill from a flat state into a pleated and wound state for position the bill in a cavity of an associated closure includes providing a bill in a substantially flat state and pleating the bill in a first direction to provide a series of substantially similar pleats. The pleated bill is compacted to set the pleats therein and at least partially wound into a generally circular configuration. The wound bill is positioned within the cavity of the associated closure. An apparatus for compacting and winding the bill and positioning the bill in the closure cavity includes a pleating station for pleating the bill in a predetermined configuration and a compacting station for compacting the pleated bill into a compacted state. The apparatus further includes a winding station having a winding member adapted to engage the compacted bill and to wind the bill into a generally circular orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Alcoa Closure Systems International, Inc.
    Inventors: Marshall B. Hampton, Larry J. Mattson, Ronald O. Simpson
  • Patent number: 5741534
    Abstract: A new structure for packaging foods and the method of preparing foods using the structure which consists of a food receptacle, its cover and a thin partition layer(s) for separating different food components of an entree during the manufacturing as well as during the heating of an entree. As the result of utilizing the present invention, the said entree can be manufactured more economically, also it can be heated and served easier by the end users without mixing the food components before heating, thus yielding a better quality hot food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Alice H. Chung
    Inventor: Jing-Yau Chung
  • Patent number: 5706634
    Abstract: The present invention, which relates to the transfer of contact lenses in post hydration processing of the lenses. A lens transfer and insertion assembly removes contact lenses from lens hydration pallets, alters their spatial distribution, and deposits them into packaging elements. The lenses are transferred with fluid and retained on the transfer assembly by surface tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell James Edwards, Darren Scott Keene, William Edward Holley, John Mark Lepper, Wallace Anthony Martin, Daniel Tsu-Fang Wang, Ture Kindt-Larsen, Niels Jorgen Madsen, Borge Peter Gundersen, Thomas Christian Ravn
  • Patent number: 5649410
    Abstract: The present invention, which relates to post hydration processing of contact lenses and the packages into which the lenses are placed, includes several assemblies which are ideally suited to performing the various steps which are associated with post hydration processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace Anthony Martin, Ture Kindt-Larsen, Russell James Edwards, Borge Peter Gundersen, Darren Scott Keene, John Mark Lepper, Niels Jorgen Madsen, Thomas Christian Ravn, Daniel Tsu-Fang Wang, Masao Funo, William Edward Holley, Tomoichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 5626000
    Abstract: A packaging arrangement for packaging products, such as contact lenses, in packages such as blister packs. The packaging arrangement includes a rotary index table defining on its upper surface a plurality of identical, radially-oriented support pallets, equally spaced apart around the rotary index table. Each support pallet is designed to support an array of individual package bases thereon, and is sequentially rotated to stop at angularly spaced radial positions in the rotary packaging machine. At a first radial position, the rotary packaging station receives blister package bases, each having a product deposited therein, and places the package bases in the support pallet then at the first radial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell J. Edwards, Richard W. Abrams, William E. Holley, Borge P. Gundersen, Thomas C. Ravn
  • Patent number: 5623815
    Abstract: The disclosure is of a method and apparatus for packaging articles, and cushioning the packages with biodegradable, starch based materials. The materials, packed as loose nuggets within the package, are converted to a single, unitary cushion in-situ to protect the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Norel
    Inventors: Richard R. Hornstein, Grady F. Landrum
  • Patent number: 5507133
    Abstract: A unique package for inoculants and a method for enabling the end user to introduce a pure culture of a microorganism into its appropriate growth substance, and later the microorganism enriched substance into a carrier material within a self-contained unit. The basic package separates a stabilized pure culture of the microorganism from the growth substance by a clamp which forms a physical partition. The microorganism is introduced to the substance when the partition is eliminated. After a time of growth to a maximum extent possible in the substance, the package is fractured to release the fresh inoculation at maximum microorganism vitality. Growth of the microorganism in the growth substance in-situ results in maximum numbers of the beneficial microorganism being available at the site of application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: University of Hawaii
    Inventors: Paul Singleton, Joseph Rourke, Michael Sadowsky
  • Patent number: 5361560
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for flavoring coffee with a particular flavoring ingredient in situ within the package. The apparatus includes a hopper for containing a supply of coffee and a connected feed tube through which the coffee is delivered in measured amounts into the lower end of a tube of sheet material or web which is being continuously formed about the coffee feed tube to define the package for the coffee. A flavoring feed tube connected in communication to a reservoir containing a supply of flavoring material is disposed along the coffee feed tube and through which the flavoring material is circulated for injecting a predetermined amount of flavoring material into the coffee being delivered into the lower end of the continuously formed tube. The lower end of the continuous tube containing the predetermined amount of coffee and flavoring material is thereafter sealed and separated from the remainder of the continuous tube to define an individual package of flavored coffee, and the sequence repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventor: Ralph Sandolo
  • Patent number: 5343673
    Abstract: A method of placing an insert in a container having a neck wherein the insert is of greater longitudinal extent than the cross-section of the neck, comprising the steps of holding the insert in a first orientation while causing relative movement between the insert and the container to introduce the insert into the container through the neck and subsequently permitting the insert to move under the influence of gravity into a second, different, orientation relative to the first orientation within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Guinness Brewing Worldwide Limited
    Inventors: Brian Beanland, Peter F. Kershaw, Edward R. Costello
  • Patent number: 5335480
    Abstract: A device for loading a product into a container wherein the device includes a delivery apparatus movable during a travel cycle toward and away from a travel limit and wherein the product is delivered through the delivery apparatus into the container during a certain portion of the travel cycle includes means operable during another portion of the travel cycle prior to the certain portion for applying a coating to an inner wall of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: Emmber Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald A. Zaeske, Raymond E. Ceplina, Rick V. Weber, Gregory A. Tweed
  • Patent number: 5067310
    Abstract: A material supply device in a stowing and packaging machine wherein a supplied film or sheet (S) is continuously introduced around a vertically placed guide tube (1) and sealed along the length thereof by a sealer (14), and the contents are stowed between upper and lower seals while the film or sheet is sealed across the width thereof at spaced positions by a sealing device (17) to form a packaging member (S'). The contents consists of a liquid material and powder or granular solid material with hygroscopicity and solubility in the liquid body. A liquid supply tube (3) supplying the liquid into the packaging member (S"), and a solid material supply tube (2) supplying the solid material are disposed in the guide tube (1), and have lower ends (18, 19) located below the lowermost end of the guide tube (1), and above the packaging section. A blast pipe (4) supplies a dry gaseous material to prevent the solid body material from getting wet and is disposed internally of the solid body supply tube (2,20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Chuo Packaging Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuaki Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 5020301
    Abstract: For baling shrubs or bushes, in particular rose bushes, the roots (12) of the plants (10) substantially freed from soil are embedded in a moisture-containing substrate (14) such as peat and provided with a sheath or envelope. For this purpose a hollow of wire grating (16) is formed which is then partially filled with substrate (14). Thereafter the roots (12) of the lying plant (10) are placed on the substrate (14). Further substrate (14) is then applied to the roots (12). Finally the wire grating (16) is deformed by bending two edges (24, 26) of the hollow together to form a tube and the edges (24, 26) of the wire grating (16) are fixedly connected together. A machine for carrying out this method comprises at least one trough (48) onto which the wire grating (16) can be placed. A ram (74) is shaped complementary to the trough (48) and adapted to be pressed into the latter to deform the wire grating (16 ) to a hollow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: W. Kordes' Sohne Rosenschulen GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Bernd Helms
  • Patent number: 4881356
    Abstract: An assembling apparatus which is capable of assembling a multi-part article having a base with a plurality of receptacles for receiving components, such as make-up trays, and a lid hinged to the base, comprises an assembly chassis, having an endless rectangular guideway. A plurality of pucks are moveable from one accurately located station to another along the guideway. A transporting conveyor feeds a plurality of articles in an upside down condition to a labeling device which labels the bottom of each article. The articles are then flipped over to a right side up position and unloaded one at a time onto pucks of the endless guideway. The lid is mechanically opened and glue is deposited into each receptacle. Components are then loaded into each receptacle as are a brush or applicator and a dust cover. The lid is then closed and the articles are unloaded from the pucks. Sensors along the guideway sense whether each operation has been achieved successfully. A computer is connected to the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Stelron Components
    Inventors: William E. Beezer, Earl F. Beezer
  • Patent number: 4751806
    Abstract: A production apparatus comprises a step-wise driven conveyor adapted to receive articles to be subjected to different operations. Along the conveyor operative devices are arranged for carrying out the different operations to which the articles are to be subjected. The operative devices having comparatively short operation periods are stationarily arranged along the conveyor, whereas at least two operative devices having comparatively long operation periods, are movably arranged along the conveyor so as to follow the conveyor while the conveyor makes at least one step and then to be moved one such step opposite to the direction of movement of the conveyor. By such doubling of the operative device or devices having long operation periods, an increased capacity of the production apparatus is achieved. The production apparatus can be used in producing ice cream coronets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Assignee: Br drene Gram A/S
    Inventor: Klaus Gram
  • Patent number: 4666723
    Abstract: To produce and package portions of spreadable food products, for example differing types of processed cheese, in multiple layers, the layers are shaped individually in shaping compartments by keeping them separate and, while being ejected, they are guided individually to the bottom of a pre-shaped shell and substantially all traces of spread are eliminated from the shaping compartments.The apparatus comprises a unit for the separate metering of each group of layers of the same nature (7), for the separate and alternate shaping of the layers, for the ejection and guidance of the layers into the shell (5, 6); units for applying a tear strip for quick opening (2, 3) and for stamping a shell (4) upstream of the metering unit (5) and, downstream thereof, units for applying lids (11), for following back the edges (12), for fixing the edges (13) and for removing the packaged portion (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1987
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Rutilio Invernizzi, Giancarlo Montesissa
  • Patent number: 4631905
    Abstract: The bag making apparatus may have a bonding means for making bonded seams between webs of thermoplastic material. The bonding means includes first, second, and optionally third, sets of cooperating rotary or reciprocating, bonding members for making transverse and longitudinal seams. The apparatus includes seaming interrupting means which cooperates with one of the bonding means. The bonding means and interrupting means are arranged to cooperate together to form bags from the webs of thermoplastic material so that each bag has a sealed or sealable compartment for containing or containing a material for mixing, a pocket for measuring, and having a mouth opening between the interrupted seams, and a frangible barrier between the compartment and the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Assignee: Johnsen, Jorgensen, Jaypak, Ltd.
    Inventor: John Maloney
  • Patent number: 4606174
    Abstract: In the manufacture of packing containers of the type containing a liquid product with a certain portion of "solid" particles (e.g. soup with pieces of fruit) it is difficult to fill the packing containers in such a manner that the desired proportions of liquid and solid contents are safeguarded. This is the case in particular in modern, fast working packing machines, since the filling time is short and a rapid filling, moreover, increases the risk of contents ending up in undesirable places and rendering difficult the sealing of the packing container. In accordance with the invention which relates to a method as well as to an arrangement for the manufacture of packing containers, this is solved by feeding the solid and liquid parts separately via two filling pipes, the feeding of the liquid contents being ended only after the feeding of solid particles has been ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1986
    Assignee: Tetra Pak International AB
    Inventor: Rune Berg
  • Patent number: 4604854
    Abstract: A vertical form, fill and seal packaging machine is described for forming a flat strip of packaging material into a tube and for filling the tube with solid and liquid products which mix in situ within the bags thus formed. Folding blades form gussets in the tube between parallel spaced apart front and rear tube forming surfaces. Sealing jaws seal the filled bags transversely, along the top and bottom edges. Additional pair of jaws seal the gusset material to the side panels at the bottom of the bag causing the gussets in that area to conform to a flat bottom portion of the bag. Additional jaws seal the walls of the bag together to provide a locating seal to keep the product in about the center of the bag and preventing it from falling to the bottom of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1986
    Assignee: Golden Valley Foods Inc
    Inventor: David W. Andreas
  • Patent number: 4313292
    Abstract: Apparatus for enumerative display and disposal of surgical sponges comprising a circular one piece molded plastic article adapted to be fit over the rim of a standard surgical kick bucket and a bag placed in the kick bucket. The article bears a predetermined number of notches in its upper portion for display of sponges draped over the notches, so that when each notch bears a sponge, the number of used sponges on the article is known. The article contains a number of other features including a circumferential fluid receiving portion, shoulder portions, and a tapered annular channel portion to receive a bucket handle, and tapered projections in the notch portions to improve retaining engagement of the sponges. The article is designed to be nestable for easy packaging, sterilizable, inexpensive, and disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1982
    Inventor: Rose M. McWilliams
  • Patent number: 4304085
    Abstract: A machine and method which serves to introduce measured amounts of different items (e.g., pieces of different fruits) into containers such as cans or jars. Features of the machine and method include high filling speed, straight-line movement of means carrying separate measured amounts of the items, volumetric measuring pockets that are adjustable, and simplicity of construction and operation. Preferably the machine also incorporates means for orienting, slicing, and depositing a predetermined number of cherry halves into the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1981
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventor: Edward E. Ross
  • Patent number: 4189896
    Abstract: A liquid impregnating system for impregnating, with a liquid, absorbent, compressible product maintained at least in part within the interior compartment of a tub or other container. The impregnating operation is carried out by compressing the product to increase the residence volume in the tub for the impregnating liquid, and directing the liquid into engagement with the product while it is maintained in its compressed condition. Most preferably, the product is a stack of absorbent sheets and the compressing operation is carried out by pressing downwardly on the uppermost sheet of the stack in localized areas intermediate end margins to cause end margins of at least some adjacent sheets in the stack to fan apart. This increases the accessibility of absorbent surface area within the stack to the impregnating liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1980
    Assignee: Scott Paper Company
    Inventors: Charles G. Kolbach, Edward M. Niedziejko, Joseph P. Rizzo
  • Patent number: 4142560
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a machine which is adapted to fill a line of containers passing through a filling zone. The machine includes apparatus for delivering material to the containers which is arranged compactly yet is easily accessible for maintenance and cleaning. The material delivery apparatus includes a hopper located at the outlet end of the machine and an inclined endless belt conveyor extending upwardly from the hopper to a discharge location laterally spaced from and above the line of containers to be filled. The conveyor belt has flights which pick up portions of material from the hopper and deliver the portions to a shaker tray mounted for reciprocation offset and parallel to the line of containers. The shaker tray has a diagonal discharge edge for uniformly distributing an elongated flow of the material to a lower shaker tray mounted for reciprocation transversely to the line of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1979
    Assignee: Solbern Corp.
    Inventor: Bernard C. Eisenberg
  • Patent number: 4134247
    Abstract: This invention is a method and apparatus for performing said method wherein a drinking straw having a flexible section thereof is inserted into a container for fluids, and which is particularly characterized by the use of means for folding the straw about the flexible portion and inserting the same within a liquid filled container prior to the sealing of said container, in such a manner that the straw is angularly disposed so as to be readily accessable on opening of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1979
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Sather
  • Patent number: 4121400
    Abstract: An apparatus and method according to which articles such as pickles are packed into open top containers such as jars and concurrently with operation of a compacting device filled with a desired liquid. By way of example while pickles are pressed into jars brine is filled into the jars, thereby avoiding the necessity of brining means separare from the pickle packing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Assignee: Standard Metal Products Co.
    Inventors: Donald F. Sohn, Ernest L. Doering
  • Patent number: RE32025
    Abstract: A machine and method which serves to introduce measured amounts of different items (e.g., pieces of different fruits) into containers such as cans or jars. Features of the machine and method include high filing speed, straight-line movement of means carrying separate measured amounts of the items, volumetric measuring pockets that are adjustable, and simplicity of construction and operation. Preferably the machine also incorporates means for orienting, slicing, and depositing a predetermined number of cherry halves into the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1985
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventor: Edward E. Ross