Contents Or Receptacle Transfer Between Conveyers Patents (Class 53/251)
  • Patent number: 10046876
    Abstract: In the method for transferring at least one item to be packaged into a container and for transporting the filled container onward the at least one item to be packaged is conveyed in a conveying direction to a transfer position by a linear motor transport device. The at least one item to be packaged is then moved from the transfer position to an intermediate storage area, which is arranged next to the transport device. A container is conveyed in the conveying direction to the transfer position by the linear motor transport device, and the at least one item to be packaged is moved back from the intermediate storage area to the transport device, thus filling the container. Afterwards, the filled container is moved onward in the conveying direction by the linear motor transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Aumann, Daniel Zieher, Wolfgang Rodi, Fritz Fochler, Mathias Wegerer, Joerg Riekenbrauck, Juergen Haaga
  • Patent number: 10017285
    Abstract: An apparatus displaces and positions items in a predetermined configuration. The apparatus includes a grouping station, a grouping manipulator using at least two degrees of freedom and having a prehension end-effector and a placing manipulator using at least four degrees of freedom and having a prehension end-effector. The grouping manipulator is configured to pick items at a first item location, displace the items towards the grouping station, and release the items at the grouping station to form a group of items. The placing manipulator is configured to pick the group of items at the grouping station, change an orientation of the group of items, and release the group of items at a receiving station in the predetermined configuration. A method displaces and positions items in a predetermined configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: PREMIER TECH TECHNOLOGIES LTEE
    Inventors: Jean-Robert Boudreau, Michel Corriveau, Yannick Savard, Sebastien Soucy
  • Patent number: 9944419
    Abstract: A system comprising a staging area and a packing area. The staging area may include a plurality of staging bins and a shuttle moveable along the plurality of staging bins. A staging bin of the plurality of staging bins may be configured to selectively retain a component of an order therein. Such staging bin may be configured to selectively release the component to the shuttle. The packing area may include a slide, a scanner, and a wrap seal conveyor. The shuttle may be configured to release the component onto the slide, and the scanner may be operable to scan and verify the component during placement of the component onto the wrap seal conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Joplin, Robert E. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 8997438
    Abstract: A robotic case packing system loads articles from one conveyor into containers on another conveyor using a robotic pick and place mechanism and a set of pivoting bins. A controller moves the robotic mechanism in first picking movements to pick and place articles from the conveyor into the first bin. Once the first bin is full, the controller pivots the first bin to allow the articles stacked in the first bin to be loaded into a container held below. While the first bin is pivoting, the controller moves the robotic mechanism to pick and place articles from the conveyor into the second bin. The process repeats with the controller pivoting the second bin during the picking movements used to fill the first bin and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: David M. Fallas
  • Publication number: 20150082754
    Abstract: A carrier element for use in a packaging device is provided wherein the carrier element is connectable with at least one transport device of the packaging device. The carrier element comprises at least one receiving surface for receiving at least one package. The receiving surface comprises at least one suction opening for fixing the package by suction. The carrier element further comprises at least one pressure reservoir connected to the suction opening. The carrier element further comprises at least one pressure sensor for measuring a pressure inside the pressure reservoir. A packaging device for packaging at least one product into at least one package is also disclosed. The packaging device comprises at least one carrier element and at least one transport device, wherein the carrier element is connected to the transport device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Jasiulek, Andreas Trapp
  • Publication number: 20150041355
    Abstract: Tubes for storing unit doses of drugs are disclosed, the tubes may include an elongate outer casing having two open ends, an inner structure inside said casing, which includes two opposite symmetrical walls connected at the ends thereof and ribbed on the inner surfaces thereof such as to enable the insertion and fastening of a blister pack containing a unit dose of a drug in channels opposite to said walls, and a pulling means for inserting and extracting the inner structure from the outer casing. Devices and methods for filling the tube with unit doses of drugs is also disclosed, along with cabinets for dispensing unit doses of drugs from said storage tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Isish healthcare System, S.L.
    Inventors: Rafael Maria Lopez Losada, José Maria Argüello Martinez, Josep Monterde Junyent, Julio Martinez Cutillas
  • Publication number: 20150027084
    Abstract: A container filling apparatus of the present invention includes: a first supply apparatus configured to supply a content; a rotational body having a placement portion configured to carry the contents supplied by the first supply apparatus, the rotational body being configured to rotate with respect to an axis thereof to turn the placement portion; a second supply apparatus configured to place a container from above on the content placed in an upward-facing state on the placement portion; and an engagement portion provided on the rotational body and configured to engage with the container that is placed over the content by the second supply apparatus, wherein the container is disengageable from the engagement portion by the container being rotated by the rotational body at an angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Navarro Rosales, Yoshifumi Morita
  • Patent number: 8931240
    Abstract: A shuttle system including a main conveyor for transporting food products in a longitudinal direction, a supply of open top containers displaced along a longitudinal direction and movable in the longitudinal direction into a filling station. The shuttle system includes a shuttle robot for moving food products from the main conveyor to an open top container in the filling station. A sensor for receiving food product position data and a controller receiving data from the sensor and for instructing operation of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Lindee
  • Patent number: 8820037
    Abstract: A thermoforming packaging machine according to the disclosure comprises a forming station for producing packaging troughs in a bottom foil, and a filler for filling the packaging troughs with products. The filler is arranged at a transition region for conveying the packaging troughs from a first transport plane to a second transport plane. A corresponding method for filling packaging troughs with products is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Multivac Sepp Haggenmueller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Elmar Ehrmann
  • Patent number: 8783000
    Abstract: Improved product handling and transfer apparatus includes rotatable product buckets for receiving product and re-orienting product for packaging in diverse configurations or containers. Buckets preferably include channels spanned by deposited product or receiving product therein, with bucket turning as appropriate to a packaging configuration. Flat bottom buckets and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: R. A. Jones & Co. Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Wintring, R. Todd Gatman
  • Patent number: 8769913
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus (A) are disclosed, for transferring a plurality of tubular receptacles (1) made of a fragile material, suitable for containing doses of medicinal substances, for example barrels (1) for syringes or vials, from containers (2, 20), in which the receptacles (1) are housable separated from one another, to a packing machine (M) for processing the receptacles (1). Each container (2, 20) houses a multiplicity of receptacles (1) and is transportable by a conveyor line (L) towards the packing machine (M). The method includes the following steps: a. collecting a plurality of receptacles (1) from a container (2, 20), maintaining the receptacles (1) separated from one another; b. arranging the collected receptacles (1) at an inlet (I) of the packing machine (M), in a predefined formation and kept separated from one another, and c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 8757355
    Abstract: Method and device for loading a container with products which are made up of individual thin sheets of glass (1) of a large surface area or with individual sheets of glass (1), in particular photovoltaic modules, TFT screens or component parts thereof, comprising the following features: a) means for respectively bringing into place individual sheets of glass (1) or products made up of various sheets of glass (1), b) a vertical adjuster with a sliding carriage (16) and supporting forks (12), c) a transverse transporting device (18) for loading, d) a device for transferring force from the transverse transporting device (18) to a transporting belt (8) respectively of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Weigl
  • Patent number: 8713899
    Abstract: A goods-to-person picking station and method of picking goods from a product container and placing the goods in at least one order container includes a product container-handling mechanism and at least one order container-handling mechanism juxtaposed with the product container-handling mechanism. The product container-handling mechanism supplies a product container to a pick area. The at least one order container-handling mechanism supplies at least one order container to the pick area. In this manner, an operator can pick goods from a product container at the pick area and place the goods selectively to the at least one order container at the pick area. The product container-handling mechanism includes a product container elevator assembly and a product container extractor assembly. The elevator assembly elevates a product container from the feed area to the pick area. The extractor assembly transfers a product container from the pick area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Philipp J. Hortig, Matthew A. Steenwyk, Aaron J. Hayden, Raffaele Destro, Beat Losenegger
  • Patent number: 8714340
    Abstract: The invention can be used with an automated mail tray filling apparatus for taking envelopes from a vertical stacker output of an inserter machine and placing them in mail trays. A take-away feeder is positioned over the vertical stacker table and is arranged to withdraw individual envelopes from the vertical stack in a sideways direction. The envelope is then redirected in a downward direction by ejecting the envelope into an open space. A downward tamping mechanism positioned above the open space moves downward to push on a top edge of the free-floating envelope. A downward transport positioned beneath the open space receives and transports envelopes pushed downward by the downward tamping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Keane, Donato C. Farole, Glenn A. Nester
  • Patent number: 8549818
    Abstract: In a process for introducing individual products into containers by means of a picker line comprising at least two pickers individual products are individually picked and transposed to containers. The individual products and the containers are delivered in counterflow on at least one transportation device for the individual products and on at least one transportation device for the containers. The delivery of a next container to be filled into the transposition area of the picker line is controlled by any picker. The picker which is controlling the delivery of the next container to be filled is determined by the number of currently introduced products at the infeed of the picker line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Veltru AG
    Inventors: Matthias Ehrat, Jürgen Renner
  • Publication number: 20130199132
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for producing stacks of slices (10) from slices (14) packed individually in film, in particular cheese slices, wherein a dispensing roller (1) is provided between the cutting unit (2) and the slice feeding unit (3, 4), first dispensing the slices (14) packed individually in film by the cutting unit (2) transverse to the horizontal main conveyor direction (15), and then transferring said slices to at least two slice conveyor elements (5) of the slice collecting and stacking unit (5-9) by means of two separate conveyor belts (3, 4) of the slice feeding unit (3, 4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Eugen Fakler
  • Patent number: 8490774
    Abstract: A loading station for transport bags transported in an overhead conveyor system comprises an upper supply rail for the transport bags, a vertical conveyor which adjoins the supply rail for moving the transport bags into a lower loading position, a device for opening the transport bags in the loading position and a lower discharge rail which adjoins the vertical conveyor for discharging the transport bags from the loading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Dürkopp Fördertechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Paul Janzen
  • Patent number: 8413790
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for synchronizing, and a transfer device for synchronizing, a movement pattern between two units in a packaging line, wherein one unit is intermittently operated and the second unit is continuously operated. The invention is particularly intended for a transfer device between an intermittently operated filler unit and a continuously operated cartoning machine. The transfer device is provided with a frame (13) arranged to support tube pickers-/placers (28) and is arranged to perform a simultaneous pivoting movement about a first and a second shaft (16, 31), and for rotation about a third shaft (48) at right angles to the second shaft (31). The frame is further provided with means for adjusting the spacing between the tubes and means for compensating for differences in vertical position during the rotating movement in the case where the containers picked from the part circular conveyor of the filling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Norden Machinery AB
    Inventor: Jan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8393132
    Abstract: A packaging station of a packaging machine for filling containers with products, the station comprising a transport device for feeding the products along a feed path and via first and second charging paths which run parallel to said feed path and transport the containers. The containers are filled by a filling device designed to seize one or more of the products from the feed path and to place said seized products into one or more containers on one or other of the charging paths. The charging paths consist of the following sequence of items, listed in order in the displacement direction of the containers to be filled: a set-up assembly, a transport device and a sealing unit. The device and method permit a more rapid filling of packaging materials with products in a relatively small space, in particular on a platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Juerg Waeckerlin
  • Patent number: 8387349
    Abstract: A machine for cartoning products incorporates a cardboard box forming section, at least one box conveyor, and one robotic loading section. The machine includes a section for closing boxes, for example by folding and gluing the respective flaps. The closing section is fed directly by the box conveyor. During the closing operation, a servo-train of the conveyor is operated with a forward motion synchronized with the work cycle of a closing device of the closing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: CAMA1, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Daniele Bellante
  • Patent number: 8112969
    Abstract: This present application relates to a transport system for the transport of bottles or similar containers between at least a first machine, for example a blow molding machine for the manufacture of the containers out of plastic, and at least one second machine, for example a filling machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: KHS AG
    Inventors: Martin Backhaus, Thomas Stienen
  • Patent number: 8082722
    Abstract: The device places filled and sealed collapsible containers. The device has a gripping unit with a number of finger pairs that correspond to the number of containers in a packing state. The gripping unit has a gripping state in which each finger is arranged to make a squeezing motion such that the contents of the container forms an inner counter-pressure structure to provide a well-defined grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Ecolean Research & Development A/S
    Inventor: Per Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 8015776
    Abstract: A product packaging system is provided having a series of selector wedges that engage the lower portions of a series of products moving along a product infeed conveyor. The selector wedges separate the products into product groups for loading into product cartons moving adjacent the product infeed conveyor. At approximately the same time the selector wedges are engaging the products, a series of lugs are conveyed by an overhead lug system into engagement with each of the products being engaged so as to help stabilize the products and prevent tipping of the products as they are separated and loaded into their corresponding product cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Vicenc Alfonso Alfonso, Vicente Marquez Estevez
  • Patent number: 7941992
    Abstract: A method and unit for feeding products to a group-forming unit for forming groups of products, each containing a given number of products; an orderly succession of products is fed in a first direction by means of a first conveyor; an orderly succession of products is fed in a second direction, parallel to the first direction, by means of a second conveyor parallel to the first conveyor; and the products are transferred from the first conveyor to the second conveyor by means of a transfer device which is permanently integral with an output end of the first conveyor, is moved in the second direction upon detection of a gap along the first conveyor, and is moved in the opposite direction to the second direction to form, along the second conveyor, a number of consecutive gaps equal to the number of products in each group of products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: G.D Societa'per Azioni
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Fabrizio Tale′
  • Patent number: 7934355
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically mounting substrates with medical and/or pharmaceutical and/or food-supplementing products, including at least one magazine to store blister strips rolled up on rolls or the like, each magazine having at least one holding position for the rolls, a delivery device to unroll the blister strips and deliver the unrolled blister strips to a supply position for the products provided by each roll in the magazine to be mounted, a separating device for separating product-filled blister sections from the blister strip, and a mounting head to receive, rotate and dispense the separated blister sections with the products sealed therein, the mounting head controlled by a control system to transport the separated blister sections from the supply position to a mounting position over the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: AvidiaMed GmbH
    Inventors: Nikolai Strub, Gottfried Von Bismarck, Gerhard Breu, Christoph Hammer, Roman Traber, Erich Specker
  • Patent number: 7905077
    Abstract: A transport apparatus for transporting an article, which is a bag formed from a flexible packaging material, includes a first transport part and a second transport part. The first transport part is configured and arranged to transport the article in a predetermined transport direction with the article being supported from below by a transport surface of the first transport part. The second transport part is configured and arranged to transport the article in the predetermined transport direction while exerting a downward force on a portion of an upper surface of the article being transported by the first transport part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yokota, Takashi Kimura, Seisaku Iwasa
  • Publication number: 20100242415
    Abstract: In a process for introducing individual products into containers by means of a picker line comprising at least two pickers individual products are individually picked and transposed to containers. The individual products and the containers are delivered in counterflow on at least one transportation device for the individual products and on at least one transportation device for the containers. The delivery of a next container to be filled into the transposition area of the picker line is controlled by any picker. The picker which is controlling the delivery of the next container to be filled is determined by the number of currently introduced products at the infeed of the picker line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: VELTRU AG
    Inventors: Matthias Ehrat, Jürgen Renner
  • Publication number: 20100229505
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a novel construction arrangement in a packaging machine for incubator trays, which enables the general automation of the packaging process of eggs in incubator trays. The packaging machine for incubator trays accepts several arrangements and capacity for four, five, six and twelve eggs, depending on the incubator trays to be used. The packaging machine for incubator trays of the present invention exhibits great improvements. One of these great improvements is related to the introduction of an automatic feeder for trays, commonly called tray dispenser or denester for incubator trays. Another great improvement refers to a constructive change in one of the main elements of the disclosed machine, and this change was made in order to stop vibrations that the eggs were eventually exposed. The benefits obtained from the use of the packaging machine for incubator trays, the main object of this invention, are related to the possibility of greater automation of the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Andre Luiz de Aguiar Mirandola
  • Patent number: 7788886
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading containers with bags, wherein the apparatus is provided with a feed conveyor assembly, a loading unit, and a control designed for, each time, forming a layer of bags in the loading unit, which layer has dimensions substantially corresponding to the bottom dimensions of a container to be filled, and wherein the control is designed such that, each time, the loading unit places a wholly formed layer in the container to be filled. In the method, the bags are oriented in a feed conveyor assembly and placed from the feed conveyor assembly onto a bottom of a holder of a loading unit, wherein, subsequently, when the whole bottom of the holder of the loading unit has been filled with bags, this holder is lowered into a container to be filled and the bottom is released when the bottom of the holder is just above the bottom of the container to be filled or a layer of bags present in this container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: PI-WI Beheer B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Theodorus Johannes Aquarius
  • Publication number: 20100180544
    Abstract: The installation comprises, combined on one and the same rack (6): —an accepting station (11), —a case-packing station (12), —a manipulation head (13) designed to take a batch of products (1) which is presented in the form of a row to said accepting station (11) and to transfer it to said case-packing station (12) in a row of cells (4) of the case or cases to be filled, —the structure (14) for handling the guidance of the products (1) to the input of the cells (4), the structure (14) comprising a grill (22) which extends longitudinally above the cases (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Eric Devaux
  • Patent number: 7752828
    Abstract: An apparatus that loads horizontally oriented slugs of edible, edge-standing items into trays includes a tray delivery mechanism having a tray infeed for receiving trays, a tray outfeed from which filled trays can be removed from the apparatus and a tray conveyor that moves the trays from the tray infeed to the tray outfeed. An over head transfer mechanism is disposed above the tray conveyor. The over head transfer mechanism includes a pusher flight and a retainer flight. The pusher flight and retainer flight are configured to cooperate to transfer a pre-selected number of edge-standing items forming the slug from a counting conveyor to a tray loading area. The overhead transfer mechanism includes a flight adjustment system that adjusts a distance between the retainer flight and the pusher flight to change the pre-selected number of edge-standing items transferred by the over head transfer mechanism from the counting conveyor to the tray loading area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Damien M. Gudim, Rohan V. Patel, Allen L. York, Ankush B. Mittal
  • Patent number: 7726096
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for loading a plurality of items into a plurality of containers. The system may include a plurality of pucks, each puck adapted to retain an item. A puck delivery sub-system may include a puck-infeed conveyor to move each of the pucks along an in-feed conveyor path, and a transition apparatus operable to facilitate the transition of the pucks to a continuous puck unloading conveyor. The puck un-loading conveyor may have a releasable engagement mechanism such that when each of the pucks is engaged with said puck unloading conveyor, each of said pucks is fixed in a relative longitudinal position relative to the puck unloading conveyor. An item transfer apparatus may transfer an item from each puck when engaged with the puck un-loading conveyor, to a corresponding container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Langen Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Guttinger, Berger Bernd Pogrzeba, Tony Spadafora, Tomasz Kardynal
  • Patent number: 7716902
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for controlling a transfer device in a packaging machine. The transfer device comprises a first conveying device which is moved in cycles, a second conveying device which is moved in cycles and extends, at least in sections, parallel to the first conveying device, and a pushing device which performs a pushing motion substantially perpendicular to the transport direction of the conveying devices. A product is supplied by the first conveying device to a transfer location, is transferred by the pushing device to the second conveying device during a standstill phase of both conveying devices and subsequently further transported by the second conveying device. The pushing device is in a withdrawn position outside of the path of motion of the product disposed on the first conveying device and extends over the first conveying device and also at least partially over the second conveying device in an insertion position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: IWK Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Simm, Stefan Pötzsch
  • Patent number: 7673436
    Abstract: A loading assembly for a packaging system includes a carriage coupled and reciprocally moveable relative to a support structure. The carriage is moveable relative to the support structure along a longitudinal axis in a first direction and a second direction opposite said first direction. A continuous loop configured with a plurality of spaced apart receptacles is moveably supported by the carriage. The loop includes a first portion that is moved at a continuous speed relative to the support structure, and a second portion that is alternatively moved and stopped relative to the support structure. Various methods of loading a receptacle are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Triangle Package Machinery Company
    Inventors: Boris Bershadsky, Vadim A. Lubezny
  • Patent number: 7654062
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging machine for inserting articles which are prepackaged in bags, into folding boxes in an insertion area. The bags can be inserted via an opening cross-section of the box which is able to be at least partially covered by an essentially flat top flap. A device having a receiving area for a top flap of a box is provided in the insertion area. The top flap is, in the insertion area, positioned in the receiving area and is kept in a convex shape so that, at least during the insertion of the bag and of the box when the top flap is convexly shaped, the opening cross-section of the box is larger than when the top flap is flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Mueller, Ulrich Wieduwilt, Armin Rupietta
  • Patent number: 7644558
    Abstract: A robotic case packing system loads articles from a moving conveying system into a container. The system has a pivot drive shaft pivotally connected to a support frame for selective rotation about a selected axis of rotation and has a drive linkage operatively connected between a servo motor and to the pivot drive shaft to selectively pivot the pivot drive shaft. A two-axis-robot is mounted on the pivot drive shaft along the axis of rotation such that movement of the two-axis-robot along its two axes of movement occurs within planes substantially parallel to the axis of rotation. A controller operatively connected to the servo motor is used to selectively actuate the servo motor to rotate the pivot drive shaft in order to enable selective picking and placing of articles with the robotic case packing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: David M. Fallas
  • 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: 7610735
    Abstract: A machine for packing tablets inside rigid tubes exhibits: a supply line for supplying empty tubes arranged with vertical axes and mouths facing upwards; an inlet station wherein deflector organs operate which tip the cylindrical containers on sides thereof, and first organs which pick up individual thus-tipped containers and release the containers to corresponding gripping organs provided by a multiple conveyor; a filling station in which a plurality of supply units release a predetermined quantity of tablets, stacked one on the other, into paused tubes, borne by the multiple conveyor; a closing station containing devices which insert caps into the mouths of the filled containers borne by the multiple conveyor; an outlet station containing devices which pick up paused individual closed containers borne by the multiple conveyor and release the containers onto transporter organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7587879
    Abstract: A system for loading a plurality of items in series into a receptacle held in an item holding device, comprises a plurality of item holding devices each adapted for holding an item receptacle adapted to hold a plurality of items. A holding devices moving apparatus such as a conveyor, moves the plurality of item holding devices through an item loading station with the item receptacles being oriented at a first angle to the horozinal. An item delivery apparatus delivers a plurality of items separately in series at an item orientation that is at a second angle to the item receptacles. The item delivery apparatus may include a metering device comprising a wheel member having a plurality of generally radially extending, generally equally spaced finger members, with all adjacent finger members being configured at a distance there between proximate end portions of said adjacent finger members. The radial position of the fingers, and thus the distance between end portions, is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Langen Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Guttinger, André A. Weclawski, Petar Baclija
  • Patent number: 7584590
    Abstract: A machine for harvesting and boxing leaf vegetables cultivated in greenhouses, comprises a main frame (11) holding a front cutting bar, first and second moving belts (21, 22) for transferring the product longitudinally from the cutting bar towards the rear, and a platform supporting workers and a number of pallets of boxes. At least one transporter (23) is provided at the rear of the machine and positioned transversally to the forward direction of the machine, and designed to receive the product from the second moving belt and to deposit the product in the boxes. An operating group (30) comprising the front cutting bar (20), the first and second moving belts (21, 22) and the at least one transporter (23) can be moved with a secondary frame between a central position and a protruding lateral position from at least one side relative to the main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Enrico Mola
  • 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: 7555881
    Abstract: A method and unit for feeding products to a group-forming unit forming groups of products, each defined by a given number of products; an orderly succession of products is fed in a first direction by a first conveyor; the products are transferred from the first conveyor to a second conveyor by a first transfer device; an orderly succession of products is fed in a second direction by the second conveyor; the products are transferred from the second conveyor to a third conveyor by a second transfer device; an orderly succession of products is fed by the third conveyor in a third direction parallel to the second direction; and, when a vacancy is detected on the first transfer device, the second conveyor is stopped, and, at the same time, the second transfer device is moved towards the first transfer device in the opposite direction to the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Enrico Campagnoli, Fabrizio Tale'
  • Patent number: 7549265
    Abstract: A device (10) for introducing goods to be packed (1, 3) into a packaging container (5) comprises transport devices (11, 15) for the packaging container (5) and the goods to be packed (1, 3). The goods to be packed (1, 3) are compressed by means of pressure elements (25), in order to be introduced into the packaging container (5). The pressure element (25) is guided on a carrier element (32) in a displaceable manner, in order to avoid damage caused by the occurrence of an excess load. Due to the mobility on the carrier element (32), only very small masses are displaced in the event of an excess load, such that the excess load protection device reacts in a reliable manner, and the device (10) has a relatively simple construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ruediger Grabowski, Mario Schulz
  • Publication number: 20090139185
    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: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: KPL Packaging S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giordano Gorrieri, Moreno Cremonini, Mirko Cassoli
  • Publication number: 20090133363
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for loading a plurality of items into a plurality of containers. The system may include a plurality of pucks, each puck adapted to retain an item. A puck delivery sub-system may include a puck-infeed conveyor to move each of the pucks along an in-feed conveyor path, and a transition apparatus operable to facilitate the transition of the pucks to a continuous puck unloading conveyor. The puck un-loading conveyor may have a releasable engagement mechanism such that when each of the pucks is engaged with said puck unloading conveyor, each of said pucks is fixed in a relative longitudinal position relative to the puck unloading conveyor. An item transfer apparatus may transfer an item from each puck when engaged with the puck un-loading conveyor, to a corresponding container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Peter Guttinger, Berger Bemd Pogrzeba, Tony Spadafora, Tomasz Kardynal
  • Patent number: 7536842
    Abstract: In a machine for filling box-like containers with articles arranged side by side and vertically, a station (1) forms a row (11) of articles (10), overlapped at least partially. An article feeding apparatus (2), functionally interposed between the outlet section of the forming station (1) and a filling station (3), operates between a rest configuration (I) and a work configuration (A). When in the work configuration, the apparatus transfers the articles (10) from the outlet section into a box-like container (4), placed in the filling station (3), and directs the articles in a vertical orientation, to define a prefixed filling condition of the first container (4). A conveyor (5) supports the series of box-like containers and is operated, in step relation with the speed of feeding of the articles (10), fed by the articles feeding apparatus (2), so as to move the box-like containers in a container feeding direction (G).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: C.M.C. S.r.l.
    Inventor: Francesco Ponti
  • Patent number: 7533513
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for filling food product drafts into packages. A supply of open top containers are arranged in rows and carried by an elongated web of film and are movable by the web into a fill station. A shuttle conveyor has a retractable and extendable conveying surface, the conveying surface arranged above the fill station and having an end region extendable to a position arranged to deposit food product drafts into the containers of the first row by circulation of the conveying surface. The conveying surface is retractable, or extendable, to reposition the end to a position arranged to deposit food product drafts carried on the conveying surface into the containers of the second row and each subsequent row. A tamping apparatus is carried by the conveyor to retract or extend with the conveying surface end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Lindee, Glenn Sandberg, James E. Pasek
  • Patent number: RE42730
    Abstract: In an automated prescription dispensing and packing system, empty prescription bottles are labeled and loaded in assigned locations in carriers. Pills are automatically dispensed into the prescription bottles in the carriers. Ranks of carriers containing filled prescription bottles are assembled at stations where the bottles are unloaded and packed into shipping containers with literature printed by the system. Multiple bottles of an order are automatically packed in the same shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Lasher, Dennis W. Rice, Michael J. Szesko, Frank Modrowsky, James G. McErlean, Michael Kennedy, Paul Thomas Shupert
  • Patent number: RE42766
    Abstract: In an automated prescription dispensing and packing system, empty prescription bottles are labeled and loaded in assigned locations in carriers. Pills are automatically dispensed into the prescription bottles in the carriers. Ranks of carriers containing filled prescription bottles are assembled at stations where the bottles are unloaded and packed into shipping containers with literature printed by the system. Multiple bottles of an order are automatically packed in the same shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Lasher, Dennis W. Rice, Michael J. Szesko, Frank Modrowsky, James G. McErlean, Michael Kennedy, Paul Thomas Shupert
  • Patent number: RE42937
    Abstract: In an automated prescription dispensing and packing system, empty prescription bottles are labeled and loaded in assigned locations in carriers. Pills are automatically dispensed into the prescription bottles in the carriers. Ranks of carriers containing filled prescription bottles are assembled at stations where the bottles are unloaded and packed into shipping containers with literature printed by the system. Multiple bottles of an order are automatically packed in the same shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Lasher, Dennis W. Rice, Michael J. Szesko, Frank Modrowsky, James McErlean, Michael Kennedy, Paul Thomas Shupert