Compartmented Receptacle Patents (Class 53/246)
  • Patent number: 10293963
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for filling a transport tray having a reduced risk of incorrect fillings. In accordance with the disclosure, a target filling of a plurality of receptacles in the transport tray is transmitted to the control device and at least one filling template is produced based on the target filling and on a filling regime and is displayed by means of a display device. Then drug portions corresponding to the filling template are transferred to the receptacles, and an image of at least the receptacles to be filled in accordance with the target filling is produced by means of an optical detection device and the actual filling is determined using the image and is compared to the target filling. If no target deviation is found, the transport tray is released for transferring the drug portions to the machine tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CAREFUSION GERMANY 326 GMBH
    Inventor: Christoph Hellenbrand
  • Patent number: 10099865
    Abstract: A method and a device are created according to the invention for conveying piece products on one or several tracks, which are arranged side by side and substantially parallel to one another, in such a manner that the products are conveyed further having been separated out from a product stream into singles on each of the tracks and then aligned at uniform spacings and/or in groups. In this case, the products are first of all fed on each track as a single-row product stream on a first conveying device at a first speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Heinz-Peter Hammacher, Tobias Hetzer
  • Patent number: 9672327
    Abstract: Item-management systems, apparatus, and methods are described, preferably for management of items such as medicaments. In embodiments, an item-management system comprises a container defining plural cells, a docking station configured to receive the container, sources of visible information to indicate the cell(s) into which an item is to be loaded, and at least one controller operable to control the visible information sources to indicate the cell into which the item is to be received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Chudy Group, LLC
    Inventors: Duane S. Chudy, Larry Montgomery, James T. Spernow
  • Patent number: 9399529
    Abstract: The system (30) includes a product engager (32), a transporter (34) and a patterned depositor (36) for engaging products (38) and transporting the products (38) from the product engager (32) to the patterned depositor (36), such as between a product bagging machine (56) that forms and fills a bag (24), a conveyor that transports the bags as the products (38) and delivers them to a case packing machine as the patterned depositor (36). The product engager (32) and the patterned depositor (36) include first and second drivers (46, 48) and the transporter (34) includes an adjustable-length buffer (50) to compensate for any temporary difference between a first product delivery rate of the product engager (32) and a rate of movement of the products (38) passing from the product engager (32) along the transporter (34) to the patterned depositor (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: PACK FLOW CONCEPTS LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Derby, John McFadden, David Brown, Eugene Eckert
  • Patent number: 9314796
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading/unloading test tubes which includes a bench for conveying one or more racks of test-tubes, a device for sequentially stopping the racks of test tubes for loading and unloading the test tubes from the rack, an emitter which is positioned to detect the presence of the test tubes in each row of the rack and a transport device and handling device for moving test tubes between the test tube rack and the transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: INPECO HOLDING LTD.
    Inventor: Gianandrea Pedrazzini
  • Patent number: 8997442
    Abstract: A stackable shipping unit includes a plurality of individual components that may be partially assembled, then packed with items to be shipped. The shipping unit can then be fully assembled, and placed on a pallet. The shipping system may include trays that can be used as either a base or a lid. The unit includes vertical components that are generally U-shaped in plan view, and sized to fit closely within the trays in pairs to form a “H” shape in plan view forming a pair of shipping spaces. Additional U-shaped vertical components can then be assembled to close off the shipping spaces, and a tray can be used as a lid and positioned on top of the vertical components to form an assembled shipping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: C. Raker & Sons, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Wadsworth, Timothy Ralph Masarik
  • Patent number: 8991605
    Abstract: A packaging unit (13) comprises a blister unit (1) with cavities (5) forming receiving chambers (6) accommodating a fill material, particularly a pharmaceutical active substance formulation, and a support unit (7) that supports the blister unit (1) and is releasably attached thereto, of a size corresponding to the blister unit (1). The blister unit (1) has at least one locking opening (3) and the support unit (7) forms a support shell (12) that surrounds the blister unit (1) with a raised edge (8), at least one fastening element (10a, 10b) of said support shell (12) protruding from the base surface (9) thereof and engaging into the locking opening (3) and holding the blister unit (1) removably clamped in the support shell (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventor: Petra Busch
  • Patent number: 8915051
    Abstract: A method of transferring a plurality of tablets of a product from a first blister card including a first plurality of blisters to a second blister card including a second plurality of blisters includes discharging the plurality of tablets from the first plurality of blisters of the first blister card. Then, each of the plurality of tablets are guided along one of a plurality of passageways defined by a transfer fixture positioned between the first blister card and the second blister card. Finally, the plurality of tablets are received in the second plurality of blisters of the second blister card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventors: Sean McGonagle, Greg Pankow, J. Randolph Lewis, Victor Lee
  • Patent number: 8863480
    Abstract: A device for dispensing pills includes a set of pill canisters and a control for releasing a desired quantity of pills from a selected pill canister at a target location. Several platens are provided; each of the platens has a platen identifier. A frame is situated beneath the target location. The frame is controlled to move in both an X axis and/or a Y axis and the frame holds a selected platen of a set of platens. The selected platen holds and supports a target container into which the desired quantity of pills is deposited. The platen identifier is read by the device for dispensing pills to determine which of the plurality of platens is in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Patent number: 8695313
    Abstract: A mail piece insertion mechanism is provided and, more particularly, mail piece insertion mechanisms and methods used for inserting mail pieces such as, for example, residual mail, into individual mail piece folders or containers is provided. The method of inserting mail pieces into folders includes opening the folders and aligning a mechanism with the opened folders and inserting the mail pieces therein. The insertion mechanism includes a mechanism configured open folders and a mechanism configured to insert mail pieces into the open folders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Gaug, Bryan Dalton, John Nasakaitis
  • Patent number: 8584434
    Abstract: A tablet supply unit (2) of a medicine packing apparatus (1) has a tablet housing section (22c) including tablet housing chambers (21) for respectively housing the tablets for one dose fed from upper end openings thereof. The tablet housing chambers (21) are arranged in a plurality of rows in an anteroposterior direction and a plurality of columns in a lateral direction. A closing cover (25) opens upper end openings (21a) of all of the tablet housing chambers (21) at an open position and closes the upper end openings (21a) in one or more rows of the tablet housing chambers on a rear side among the tablet housing chambers at a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kodama, Shoji Yuyama, Nakaji Takeda, Hiromichi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 8479476
    Abstract: The unit for supplying and inserting products (2) to and into container elements (3, 3A) advancing along a line of a packing machine (M) comprises a flat element (8) provided with a through-slit (10), and a disc (4) affording through-holes (6). The unit (1) is positionable with respect to the line of the packing machine (M) such that the slit (10) is arranged above the container elements (3, 3a). Products (2) are supplied onto the disc (4) which products (2) are to be inserted in the container elements (3, 3a), each through-hole (6) being of such a size as to be able to receive and house internally thereof a product (2). The disc (4) is mounted above the flat element (8) such that the products (2) housed in the through-holes (6) rest on the flat element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: IMA SAFE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Ivano Baroncini
  • Patent number: 8406916
    Abstract: Blister packs each having a plurality of pockets with individualized assortments of small objects are filled by fitting to each of a plurality of shuttles a respective such blister pack and circulating the shuttles around an annular track through a plurality of filling machines. Each machine has a plurality of supplies each holding a bulk quantity of small objects of a respective type, respective feeders each receiving the objects of a respective supply and advancing same one at a time to a respective picking location, and respective pickers. A memory of each shuttle is programmed with data regarding the intended contents of the pockets of the respective blister pack, and in each of the machines, the memories of the shuttles are read as they pass through the respective filling machine. The respective pickers are operated to move small objects from the feeders to the pockets in accordance with the data for the respective blister pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Josef Bentele, Georg Pfau
  • Publication number: 20130042574
    Abstract: Apparatus for loading medication doses (4?) into a cavity (15?) of a blister sheet (12?) made from a resilient plastics material, is provided with a number of horizontally-arranged containers one of which is shown at (6?). Each container can be operated to release a solid medication dose (4?) into a cavity (15?) of a selected blister. The blister sheet to have its cavities loaded with medication doses is supported horizontally on a table spaced beneath the level at which the containers (6?) are located. A thick horizontal plate (1) is disposed between the level of the containers and the level of the table, and an array of inclined and axially-parallel bores (2?) are formed through the plate. The upper ends of the bore associated with each blister cavity can be located beneath the container which is to deliver a dose to the cavity so that a released dose travels down the bore and impacts against one side of the bore which acts to deflect the dose and thus reduce its vertical momentum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicants: QEM INC, MANREX PTY. LTD
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Publication number: 20120247071
    Abstract: Multi-stage gas packaging systems and methods are provided that may be implemented in a first bulk packaging stage for bulk shipping of multiple items and then converted to a second single pack stage for single item shipment in an environment that is totally different from the bulk shipment environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: John Bridges, Oliver F. Campbell
  • Patent number: 8261516
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for inserting food products into packages are disclosed, and in particular apparatus and methods for inserting generally thin or planar food products from a stack of such food products into a package. A stacker assembly includes a pusher mechanism for advancing a bottommost food product or products from the stack toward an opening or edge disposed above a package so that the food product or products can fall into the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventor: Christian Laplace
  • Patent number: 8230662
    Abstract: A system for filling medication dose packs with oral-solid medication items comprises storage tray drawers each having storage trays. Each storage tray stores a specific type of oral-solid medication item. The storage tray drawers are displaceable to a drawn position to expose the storage trays thereof. A table supports dose packs having a plurality of receptacles arranged in rows, with each receptacle associated with an intake time and date of a patient prescription file. A dispensing mechanism has fingers for grasping by suction an oral-solid medication item, and degrees of freedom to displace the fingers from any one of the storage trays to the dose pack, to transfer the oral-solid medication items from the storage trays in the drawn position to the receptacles of the dose pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Synergie Medicale BRG Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Boutin
  • Patent number: 8209943
    Abstract: There is provided a distributed medicine supplying device, which allows medicines to be distributed at a time relative to a plurality of prescription data and to be distributed appropriately in response to various types of requests. The distributed medicine supplying device includes: a receiving unit 7 for receiving prescription data; a storing unit 8 for storing an assignment condition to medicine to be accommodated in measures 4 of a tray 5; a central processing unit 10 for determining a position of the medicine to be distributed to each of the measures 4 of the tray 5 in accordance with the assignment condition stored in the storing unit 8 based on the prescription data 12 sequentially received by the receiving unit 7; and a displaying unit 9 for displaying the distribution position determined by the central processing unit 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Fuminori Kondo
  • Patent number: 8091319
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus and method for packaging a non-contact printed edible substrate as well as the resultant packaged product. The packaging apparatus may include a non-contact printer, a carrier, and a package located at a discharge position. The carrier may be constructed and arranged to transport the edible substrate from the print position to the package and orient same in the package so that the printed ink indicia is visible through at least a portion of a panel of the package. At a print position, the non-contact printer is constructed and arranged to apply an edible ink indicia to an edible substrate. The packaging apparatus may form a packaged product having a plurality of compartments where at least one compartment at least partially defined by a panel. The interior of the compartment contains at least one edible substrate comprising a surface and a printed edible ink indicia on the surface so that the ink indicia is visible through at least a portion of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Ronald L. Ream, Enrique Valdez, Mitchell B. Dikselis
  • Patent number: 8061109
    Abstract: A device for filling tablets into tablet carriers such as blisters is provided. The device includes , a tablet storage container for intermediately storing a multiplicity of tablets which lie loosely next to one another and above one another. The device also removes a single tablet from the tablet storage container and transfers the received tablet to the tablet carrier. The device thereby removes the tablet from above from the tablet storage container. The device is designed for performing scanning movements above the tablet storage container, where the scanning movements proceed under the control of either predetermined curves or of a sensor for detecting tablets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Knapp Logistik Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Freudelsperger
  • Patent number: 8033082
    Abstract: A packaging machine includes a grouper section having changeable lane sizes and a dual servo grouper that separates product into product sets and allow the product sets to accelerate to the lane chain speed in a controlled manner. The grouper section further includes disappearing lugs that pivot into the lanes via a cam surface provided in the lanes. The product rides upon a raised surface of the cam surface as the lug pushes the product set together down the lane, thus ensuring that no gaps are provided between product set members. A gripper/grid section of the packaging machine includes a bars that travel about a carousel with a gripper head assembly and a grid assembly pair moving up and down the bars as defined by cam surfaces within the gripper/grid section. The grid section is presented below the product set such that the product set is fed through the grid section in a one-way trip into a case. The gripper head assembly cam device and the case feed section both include height adjustment assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Standard Knapp Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Raudat, J. Michael Weaver, Rick Dolce, Jeffrey Reilly, Lloyd Johnson, Vincent M. Cassarino
  • Patent number: 7971727
    Abstract: A feed and sorting device for tablets has a number of vertically extending filling tubes for tablets, and a blocking slide unit for temporarily blocking the guiding channels of the filling tubes. The blocking slide unit includes a base plate with through-openings for the filling tubes and a plurality of blocking fingers designed as integral parts of the base plate and horizontally extending into the through-openings. Each blocking finger is assigned to one of the filling tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Kurt Gnann, Martin Zuleger
  • Patent number: 7971413
    Abstract: An automatic system for orderly packaging of plastic preforms in carton boxes includes a manipulator unit (6) having a vacuum gripping head (23) and one or more units (10) for handling and inserting separators (12) in the carton box (13) to be filled. The head (23) includes a plurality of compartments (30) conforming to the shape of the preforms (2) whereas the separator (12) has a plurality of partitions (12a) parallel to one of its sides and equally spaced at a distance at least corresponding to the length of the preform (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Lanfranchi S.r.l.
    Inventor: Lino Lanfranchi
  • Patent number: 7971414
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a plurality of tablets of a product from a first blister card to a second blister card includes a press plate, a transfer fixture, and a tray. The press plate is adapted for displacement between a first position and a second position to force the plurality of tablets out of a plurality of blisters carried by the first blister card. The transfer fixture includes a plurality of passageways, each of which is adapted to receive one tablet of the plurality of tablets from the first blister card. The passageways further direct the tablets into a corresponding plurality of blisters carried by the second blister card. The tray supports the second blister card adjacent the transfer fixture for receiving the tablets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventors: Sean McGonagle, Greg Pankow, J. Randolph Lewis, Victor Lee
  • Patent number: 7958701
    Abstract: A device for dispensing pills includes a set of pill canisters and a control for releasing a desired quantity of pills from a selected pill canister at a target location. Several platens are provided, each of the plurality of platens having a machine-readable platen identifier. A frame is situated beneath the target location. The frame is adapted to move in both an X axis and a Y axis and adapted to accept and hold a selected platen of a set of platens whereas the selected platen holds and supports a target container into which the desired quantity of pills is deposited and the machine-readable platen identifier is read by the device for dispensing pills to determine which of the plurality of platens is the selected platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Patent number: 7950202
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine packing device, which prevents a free end of a bottom plate of a tablet dispensing measure from tilting due to its own weight. A bottom plate 43 is provided at a lower opening of a tablet dispensing measure 42. The bottom plate 43 includes a pin 44 at its base end. A leading end of the bottom plate is a free end. When the tablet dispensing measure 42 reaches corresponding stepped portions 37a to 37d by a movement of a tablet dispensing member 36, an opening protrusion 144b of a fixed plate 37 is fitted to an opening recess 43c of the bottom plate 43 and thus the bottom plate 43 pivots about the pin 44 from a closed position to an open position. If the bottom plate 43 moves to the open position, then tablets in the tablet dispensing measure 42 drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kodama, Katsunori Yoshina, Koji Yamashita
  • Patent number: 7950206
    Abstract: A device for dispensing pills includes a set of pill canisters, each having a machine-readable canister identifier. The device for dispensing pills further includes a reader adapted to read the machine-readable canister identifier and a selector interfaced to the reader. An active pill canister from the plurality of pill canisters is selected by the selector using data from the reader to determine which of the plurality of pill canisters is at a target location. A control is provided for releasing a desired quantity of pills from the selected pill canister at a target location into a target package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Patent number: 7946097
    Abstract: The feeder for the controlled transfer of product items into the pockets of a web of sheeting has a base unit, a supply container for holding the product items, and a product conveyor for receiving the product items from the supply container. Further, the feeder has an exchangeable format unit including a sorting plate for receiving the product items from the product conveyor, a filling unit with a number of vertically extending filling tubes for receiving the product items from the sorting plate and with a blocking slide unit with a blocking slide plate for temporarily blocking the guiding channels of the filling tubes. The format unit further has a filling shoe for receiving the product items from the filling unit and for guiding them to the pockets of the web of sheeting. A plurality of drives and the corresponding electrical control components for moving the format unit, the sorting plate, the blocking slide plate and the filling shoe are arranged in the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Kurt Gnann, Juergen Liebhardt, Martin Zuleger
  • Patent number: 7908827
    Abstract: A device for dispensing pills includes a set of pill canisters and a control for releasing a desired quantity of pills from a selected pill canister at a target location. A frame is situated beneath the target location. The frame is adapted to accept and hold a selected platen of a set of platens and to move the selected platen in both an X axis and a Y axis. The selected platen holds and supports a target container into which the desired quantity of pills is deposited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Patent number: 7861495
    Abstract: There is provided a distributed medicine supplying device, which allows medicines to be distributed at a time relative to a plurality of prescription data and to be distributed appropriately in response to various types of requests. The distributed medicine supplying device includes: a receiving unit 7 for receiving prescription data; a storing unit 8 for storing an assignment condition to medicine to be accommodated in measures 4 of a tray 5; a central processing unit 10 for determining a position of the medicine to be distributed to each of the measures 4 of the tray 5 in accordance with the assignment condition stored in the storing unit 8 based on the prescription data 12 sequentially received by the receiving unit 7; and a displaying unit 9 for displaying the distribution position determined by the central processing unit 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Fuminori Kondo
  • Patent number: 7856794
    Abstract: A device for the individual packaging of pharmaceutical tablets comprising a charging template (1) with recesses (5) for receiving tablets (11) of dosage at given times, the recesses (5) have recess bases (6) for openable by a displaceable arranged control template (2) to pass on the tablet (11), a tablet container (3), physically arranged below the charging template (1) such as to be displaced relative to the charging template (1) and having compartments for transfer of the tablets (11), and a weighing scale positioned beneath the charging template (1) and above the tablet container (3) for checking the weight of the tablets (11) assigned to the charging template (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Wolfgang Zieher
  • Patent number: 7797909
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus and method for packaging a non-contact printed edible substrate as well as the resultant packaged product. The packaging apparatus may include a non-contact printer, a carrier, and a package located at a discharge position. The carrier may be constructed and arranged to transport the edible substrate from the print position to the package and orient same in the package so that the printed ink indicia is visible through at least a portion of a panel of the package. At a print position, the non-contact printer is constructed and arranged to apply an edible ink indicia to an edible substrate. The packaging apparatus may form a packaged product having a plurality of compartments where at least one compartment at least partially defined by a panel. The interior of the compartment contains at least one edible substrate comprising a surface and a printed edible ink indicia on the surface so that the ink indicia is visible through at least a portion of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Ronald L. Ream, Enrique Valdez, Mitchell B. Dikselis
  • Patent number: 7784244
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing individualized solid pharmaceutical product packaging solutions preferably utilize a plurality of filling stations preferably arranged proximate to a conveyor system. Each of the filling stations may be embodied as a version of a conventional flood fill type mechanism wherein a hopper is used to store a large number of a single type of solid pharmaceutical products. The filling stations preferably incorporate transition blocks and/or row or column transfer gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: MTS Medication Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Siegel
  • Patent number: 7779614
    Abstract: A method of filling a multi-dose blister card first includes selecting a first intermediate blister card comprising a plurality of tablets of a first product stored within a first plurality of intermediate blisters. Additionally, a multi-dose blister card including a plurality of multi-dose blisters that are empty is selected. The plurality of tablets of the first product from the first plurality of intermediate blisters are transferred into the plurality of multi-dose blisters. Next, a second intermediate blister card including a plurality of tablets of a second product stored within a second plurality of intermediate blisters is selected. The plurality of tablets of the second product are then transferred into the plurality of multi-dose blisters such that at least one of the multi-dose blisters contains one tablet of the first product and one product of the second product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventors: Sean McGonagle, Greg Pankow, J. Randolph Lewis, Victor Lee
  • Publication number: 20100101187
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for inserting food products into packages are disclosed, and in particular apparatus and methods for inserting generally thin or planar food products from a stack of such food products into a package. A stacker assembly includes a pusher mechanism for advancing a bottommost food product or products from the stack toward an opening or edge disposed above a package so that the food product or products can fall into the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL BRANDS LLC
    Inventor: Christian Laplace
  • Patent number: 7661249
    Abstract: A device for picking up articles from a supply station and depositing the articles in corresponding blisters of a blister strip, comprising: at least a group of depression-activated gripping units, each of which units is shaped to a specific format for receiving and retaining a corresponding article having predetermined lie and orientation; connecting organs of the gripping units to an operating head whereby the gripping units are positioned in relation to a positioning of the corresponding blisters afforded in the blister strip; organs for moving the operating head in outward and return runs, respectively between the supply station of the articles and a release station of the articles in the corresponding blisters of the blister strip; enabling organs being activated in phase-relation with the movement organs, for activating the gripping units in the supply station, which gripping units collect a number of articles equal to a number of the gripping units, and for deactivating the gripping units in the releas
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Marchesini Group, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7637079
    Abstract: An installation for filling weekly blister packs, i.e. packaging units, with doses of different medicaments corresponding to the weekly requirements of several patients and to be taken by the respective patient in a certain order according to the day of the week and the time of the day, according to a doctor's prescription. The installation is provided with output stations associated with the medicaments, for automatically filling all or selected compartments line-by-line. In order to control the output stations in such a way as to fill the weekly blister pack with the prescribed medicament, an electronic control unit processes information about patients, the information being continuously supplied to the unit in such a way that it is synchronized with the blister pack advancing movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Edwin Kohl
    Inventors: Hans Klingel, Edwin Kohl
  • Patent number: 7600359
    Abstract: A disk cassette is provided with opposed side walls having ribs configured to facilitate merging pairs of disks. In most instances, the disks will be single-sided hard memory disks. The final position of the disks in the disk cassette will be in spaced pairs, with the disks forming each pair being in surface-to-surface contact and, preferably, with the perimeter edge of each disk concentrically aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Gerardo Buitron
  • Patent number: 7591122
    Abstract: A device feeds a blister band, moved in a forward direction, with articles, supplied by gravity through a plurality of channels situated above the band. Each channel has a radial unit with radial needles entering the channel to hold a lowermost article. Rotation of the radial unit makes the lowermost article to go resting on a rotating element situated below and provided with arms also entering the channel to receive the article released and drop it into a blister of the blister band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7587878
    Abstract: The tablet distribution apparatus includes an apparatus body having a pass-through channel through which an auxiliary tray is inserted into the pass-through channel, a distribution board mounted at the top of the apparatus body such that the distribution board vertically communicates with the pass-through channel, the distribution board having distribution through-holes of the same size and number as tablet receiving grooves of the auxiliary tray, each distribution through-hole being provided at the inside thereof with a lamp mounted therein, a display window mounted at the top of the apparatus body, and a control unit mounted at the apparatus body for selectively lighting the lamps depending upon the number of medicine packs to be prepared by patients according to the information of preparation inputted to a server computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: JVM Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun-Ho Kim
  • Publication number: 20090211198
    Abstract: An automated system and method for emptying the contents of pharmaceutical containers. In an embodiment, a gripper unit receives and holds a pharmaceutical container. A cutter cuts the pharmaceutical container, and a rotating unit, operable with the gripper, rotates at least a portion of the gripper unit to empty the contents of the pharmaceutical container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. McErlean, E. Christian Hess, Chih-Jen Leu, Mark A. Detri
  • Patent number: 7578114
    Abstract: A process for preparing a water-soluble container comprising at least two compartments which comprises: a. providing at least two compartments, each compartment being filled with a composition, and covering each compartment with a lid such that the compartments are joined by a folding portion; and b. folding the folding portion such that the lids of each of the compartments adhere to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser (UK) Limited
    Inventors: John Paul Duffield, Marcus Guzmann
  • Patent number: 7565781
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging small identical objects in respective blisters of a package strip has at least two separate but substantially identical plates each formed with an array of pockets. An upper conveyor shifts the plates one behind the other horizontally at an upper level from an upstream loading station where objects are fed to the pockets to a downstream transfer station where the objects are transferred to a package strip. A lower conveyor has a single drive motor for dropping the plates at the transfer station from the upper level to a lower return level, then shifting the lowered plates upstream at the lower level against the travel direction to the loading station, and then shifting the plates back up to the upper level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Krahl, Wolfgang Rodi
  • Patent number: 7552570
    Abstract: A packaging machine includes a grouper section having changeable lane sizes and a dual servo grouper that separates product into product sets and allow the product sets to accelerate to the lane chain speed in a controlled manner. The grouper section further includes disappearing lugs that pivot into the lanes via a cam surface provided in the lanes. The product rides upon a raised surface of the cam surface as the lug pushes the product set together down the lane, thus ensuring that no gaps are provided between product set members. A gripper/grid section of the packaging machine includes a bars that travel about a carousel with a gripper head assembly and a grid assembly pair moving up and down the bars as defined by cam surfaces within the gripper/grid section. The grid section is presented below the product set such that the product set is fed through the grid section in a one-way trip into a case. The gripper head assembly cam device and the case feed section both include height adjustment assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Standard Knapp Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Raudat, J. Michael Weaver, Rick Dolce, Jeffrey Reilly, Lloyd Johnson, Vincent M. Cassarino
  • Patent number: 7551357
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling lens module (10) includes a firs tray (122), a second tray (142), and a robotic arm (16) with an optical element pick-up device (18). The first tray is configured for supporting a plurality of barrels thereon. The second tray is configured for supporting a plurality of optical elements thereon. The robotic arm with an optical element pick-up device is configured for picking up the optical elements from the second tray and assembling the optical elements into the barrels. The optical element pick-up device includes a plurality of suction mouths configured for picking up the plurality of optical elements at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Feng Huang
  • Patent number: 7448187
    Abstract: A plant for manufacturing and packaging tubes feeds the tubes via a conveyor belt to a packaging station, where they are packaged to form larger units. The foil strip is a dual or multiple-strip, cut by at least one partitioning blade into individual webs respectively welded in parallel planes to form endless tubes and cut by transverse cutters. The tubular bodies are assembled into a larger transfer group and jointly transferred to a turn table including a corresponding number of mandrels. The turn table conveys them jointly and stepwise to stations for fitting the shoulder portion with a threaded neck and the closure cap. The finished tubes are deposited on a discharge belt and fed to control regions for checking. Flawless tubes are received by the discharge belt and fed continuously to a tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Aisa Automation Industrielle SA
    Inventor: Gerhard Keller
  • Publication number: 20080236100
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling small objects into upwardly open blisters of a strip moving in a transport direction and formed with an array of the blisters has a feeder formed by a carrier or base plate juxtaposed with the strip and formed with an array of throughgoing holes aligned with the pockets of the strip and respective tubes joined seamlessly to the plate at the holes and extending upward from the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Kurt GNANN, Markus Regner
  • Patent number: 7426814
    Abstract: A plurality of cassettes, each filed with a supply of pills and positioned over a target location. A platen is provided beneath the target location with receptacles configured to hold both vials and blister packs. The platen or the cassette is movable so that any blister of the blister pack or the vial can be positioned under the target location to receive a quantity of pills from the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Publication number: 20080223001
    Abstract: A device for picking up articles from a supply station and depositing the articles in corresponding blisters of a blister strip, comprising: at least a group of depression-activated gripping units, each of which units is shaped to a specific format for receiving and retaining a corresponding article having predetermined lie and orientation; connecting organs of the gripping units to an operating head whereby the gripping units are positioned in relation a positioning of the corresponding blisters afforded in the blister strip; organs for moving the operating head in outward and return runs, respectively between the supply station of the articles and a release station of the articles in the corresponding blisters of the blister strip; enabling organs being activated in phase-relation with the movement organs, for activating the gripping units in the supply station, which gripping units collect a number of articles equal to a number of the gripping units, and for deactivating the gripping units in the release s
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: MARCHESINI GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe MONTI
  • Patent number: 7389632
    Abstract: Small objects are loaded into blisters of a passing packaging film in a fill station of a packaging machine. An apparatus for distributing the objects to the blisters has a pair of generally parallel rods extending along respective axes and having inner and outer ends. Respective guides support the rods for movement parallel to their axes, and a bar extends transversely between the outer ends. An actuator mechanism periodically synchronously rotating the rods. Respective couplings between each of the outer ends and the bar transversely shifting the bar relative to the rods on rotation of the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Seiffert, Harald Litke, Diana Zugenmaier, Roland Koch