Receptacle Comprising Bag Patents (Class 53/284.7)
  • Patent number: 10549482
    Abstract: In a process for welding plastic parts together, an IR shield redirects IR radiation emitted from a heater of a heating tool so that IR radiation which would otherwise be directly incident on certain portions of a plastic part and/or on other parts of the heating tool is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Rade Pupovac, Zachary Touesnard, Christian Peter Holtkamp, Boris Novakovic
  • Patent number: 10364056
    Abstract: A bagging system for a vending machine provides a bag loading device for loading the bag to a bag holder. The bag holder includes clamping arms for clamping opposed side edges of the bag to retain the bag in position for filling. The clamping arms are movable between a position wherein the top of the bag is generally stretched taut and a position wherein the top of the bag is slackened to thereby allow the top opening of the bag to open so that the product can be dispensed into the bag. The product may be associated with a data providing element for providing data relating to the product or a security code, or both, to the vending machine processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BEAVER MACHINE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bernie Schwarzli, Mark Rendell
  • Patent number: 10336489
    Abstract: An exemplary method of making packages includes advancing a web of connected bags to a position where an opening of the bag is below an engagement device and opening the engagement device. Additionally, the exemplary method includes blowing the opening of the bag to a partially opened configuration, and reverse indexing the web of connected bags so that a portion of the engagement device is disposed inside of the bag and a portion of the engagement device is disposed outside the bag. Subsequently, the exemplary method includes closing the engagement device so that the engagement device engages the bag and moving the engagement device to a position that causes the opening of the bag to have a rectangular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOMATED PACKAGING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Riccardi, Robert S. Galosi, Lawrence Valenti, Larry Chuba, Donald P. Shook, Robert L. Ferrante, Jeffrey R. Imboden, David Romo, Mark David Stultz
  • Patent number: 10293966
    Abstract: Device for transporting containers in a packaging line, having a number of guides that determine a closed route including a horizontal stretch and upon which a first and second carrying element slide. The guides are directed on a vertical plane and each carrying element has two arms, each one of which extends to one side of the vertical plane, each arm (5a; 6a) of a carrying element is designed to work alongside the arm arranged on a same side of the vertical plane of the other carrying element adjacent to them, to jointly secure and transport a corresponding container, so as to be secured and transported along the length of the horizontal stretch of the route and at least two containers between each two adjacent carrying elements at the same time, one at each side of the vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PFM IBERICA PACKAGING MACHINERY, S.A.
    Inventors: Jose Garriga Jimenez, Andrea Fioravanti, Cristobal Jorge Alesanco
  • Patent number: 10273026
    Abstract: A system and a method for maintaining, transferring and transporting a flexible package. The system includes a manipulating system, preferably a five axis robot, for transferring and displacing the flexible package and a lift-assist platform positioned within a reach of the manipulating system for transporting the package and for supporting a weight of the flexible package. The system may be used more specifically for the transport and transfer of upright flexible packages. The system simplifies the tool supported by the robot, thus allowing use of a smaller robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PREMIER TECH TECHNOLOGIES LTEE
    Inventors: Éric Viel, Vital Lévesque, Étienne Giasson
  • Patent number: 9861514
    Abstract: As apparatus for storing and dispensing condoms is provided. The apparatus comprises a body includes a base for receiving a stack of condom wrappers, and an opening for accessing a condom wrapper, the opening including a guide for adjacent a side of the opening. The apparatus also includes a cutting assembly having a blade configurable in an extended position for cutting an edge of the condom wrapper as the condom wrapper is pulled through the opening. The guide configured to deform and/or displace a condom within the condom wrapper laterally away from the blade so that the blade does not cut the condom as the condom wrapper is pulled through the opening, wherein the guide has a gap with a gap height less than a thickness of a rolled condom and wherein at least a portion of the gap is closer to a center of the opening than the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Rulin Chen
  • Patent number: 9688423
    Abstract: A system and method according to which ice is automatically disposed in respective bags and the bags of ice are distributed and stacked within a temperature-controlled storage unit, such as an ice merchandiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: REDDY ICE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark C. Metzger
  • Patent number: 9573716
    Abstract: The support device includes a support and a pair of bars spaced apart from each other. The bars include a slot configured to enclose peripheral side edges of a flexible pouch. In one embodiment, the bars are wing shaped and include a first member and a second member. The first member is angled with respect to the second member. The slot extends inwardly from an inner surface of the bar and is disposed between the first and second member. The slot is configured to receive a peripheral side seal of the flexible pouch. The first and second members help keep the body of the pouch within the grips of the gripper. In a second preferred embodiment, the bars are an elongated member. The slot is disposed along the inner surface of the bars. The bars have a length sufficient to receive the side peripheral seal of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Pouch Pac Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • Patent number: 9475251
    Abstract: A multilayered polymeric structure for use as a packaging container comprising a first layer of oxygen barrier material and a second protective layer bonded to the first layer where the oxygen barrier layer material is selected from the group consisting of saponified ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer, polyamide, polyvinyl alcohol, modification products thereof, and mixtures thereof, and the second protective layer comprises a polymer and an inorganic filler in an amount sufficient to further enhance the moisture barrier property of the outer protective layer over what it would be in the absence of the filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Bakhtiar Alam Shah, Nitya Prakash Khasat
  • Patent number: 9032697
    Abstract: A method for storage and transport of a commodity is described. The method may include the steps of placing the commodity in a long-term storage container, hermetically sealing said long-term storage container, and placing the long-term storage container in an outer container. The long-term storage container may include an outer layer, an inner layer, and a middle layer. The middle layer may be made of an ultra-low permeability material. The placing may include providing a capability of storing for at least four months.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: GRAINPRO, INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Villers, Tom De Bruin, Shlomo Navarro
  • Patent number: 9016036
    Abstract: A closure having two profile strips for an at least partially flexible container for connecting a first container to a second container in a manner sealed against the environment in a such a way that a closed docking position can be obtained. Further the closure provides for conducting a flow in a sealed manner against the environment in a flow direction through the closure from the first container into the second container in such a way that an open docking position can be obtained. According to the described system, the second container facing the first container is designed with an identical closure that engages in the closure of the first container in the open docking position and forms a channel for the flow in the flow direction together with the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Flecotec AG
    Inventor: Günter Untch
  • Patent number: 9010072
    Abstract: Automated (poultry) bagging packaging systems include a plurality of spaced apart holding stations that are configured to rotate in concert about a defined endless travel path to automatically serially position a respective holding station to be in communication with each of a plurality of different workstations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs
  • Publication number: 20150082752
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a sealing device and a sealing method with which oxygen substitution can be sufficiently carried out even in a bag-like container. The present invention is a sealing device for putting a content into a bag-like container and sealing the container, and includes a content supply portion that supplies the content to the container having an opening in an open state, an inert gas supply portion that supplies inert gas to the container, a liquefied inert gas supply portion that supplies liquefied inert gas to the container, and a sealing portion that seals the opening of the container after the liquefied inert gas is supplied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: OTSUKA PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Harashima, Yoshihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 8943783
    Abstract: A system and method for handling wicket bags involve a wicket bag holder for transporting wicket bags to a working position along a transport path, the bag holder including one or more holding devices each being operable between an open position allowing receipt of an upper tab of the wicket bag and a closed position whereby the bag is held suspended within a working zone. Also involved are one or more main gripping devices each being operable between an open position allowing receipt of a suspended wicket bag and a closed position whereby the bag is gripped to form a bag neck portion. The system and method may be used for bag filling applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Centre de Recherche Industrielle du Quebec
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Ouellet, Sylvain Bilodeau, Olivier Marcotte, Denis Lépine, Nicolas Deschênes, Denis Hotte, Bertrand Maheux
  • Patent number: 8857134
    Abstract: A sealed multi-handled bag is provided that includes a first handle at a first end and a second handle at a second end. In one embodiment, the handles are on substantially opposite ends of the bag. The sealed bag may be made from plastic and may contain loose materials, such as a salt. In some embodiments, one or more of the handles are formed from heat-sealed layers of bag material having a grip cut therein. A method for filling and sealing the multi-handled sealed bag includes filling a bag having a first closed end through a second open end, and sealing the second open end to form a handle. In one embodiment, sealing the second open end includes heat-sealing opposing layers of bag material together and cutting a handle through the layers. In another embodiment, the method includes folding-over the layers of bag material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Cargill, Incorporated
    Inventors: Nancy Lucas, Annette Martin, Mick Berning, Arlis Sayler
  • Patent number: 8832946
    Abstract: The invention comprises cutting blades useful for cutting tape in packaging processes and cutting assemblies or bag sealing assemblies using the blades. Generally, the blades comprise a support and a plurality of teeth attached to the support wherein a first set of a plurality of the teeth defining a flat tip are positioned on the support between a second set of a plurality of the teeth defining a sharp tip and a third set of a plurality of the teeth defining a sharp tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S A
    Inventors: Dwight E. Howdeshell, II, Frank J. Weber, Rex Poff, Dennis C. Schuette, Ray Johnson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140182244
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for filling a gas in a gas compartment portion of a bag, a bag-conveying gripper (41) including a pair of gripping elements (45 and 46), and the inner surface (gripping surface) of the gripping element (45) being formed with a shallow groove (47). The bag-conveying gripper (41) grips the sealed portion (12) of the bag, and a neck section (16a) of the gas compartment portion (16) in the sealed portion is held at a groove formed in the gripping elements of the bag-conveying gripper. Compressed gas is ejected into the gas compartment portion through incision (17) formed in the neck section, inflating the gas compartment portion 16. The inflated shape of the neck section held by the bag-conveying gripper is restricted to a flat configuration by the inner surfaces of the bag-conveying gripper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Kawamura, Tohru Yoshikane
  • Patent number: 8763352
    Abstract: An ice bagging system is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Reddy Ice Corporation
    Inventor: Mark C. Metzger
  • Patent number: 8763348
    Abstract: Packing unit (1) with a packing machine (2) for filling bulk materials (3) in open sacks with a sack suspension device (7), for suspending the open sacks at a filling nozzle (8-10) of a product supply device (11, 13) and filling the same with at least one bulk material. The sack suspension device is provided with at least two selectable product supply devices. The at least two product supply devices and the sack suspension device are movable relative to each other in order to select a product supply device and to suspend a sack by means of the sack suspension device at the filling nozzle of the selected product supply device and to fill bulk material in the open sack by means of the corresponding filling nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Haver & Boecker OHG
    Inventor: Alois Combrink
  • Patent number: 8745960
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an apparatus and method for inflating and sealing a mailer comprising an inner inflatable liner having at least one inflation port, valve, or combination thereof through which a portion of gas can be introduced into the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian Donegan
  • Patent number: 8739501
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating hygienic storage and disposal of waste packages such as used disposable diapers include a housing, a lid, and a bag unit having a bag frame and an attached single use flexible bag. The flexible bag is pleated and larger in cross-section at a lower portion than it is at the connection to the bag frame. The bag frame is releasably mounted to the housing so that it will not rotate. The lower portion of the flexible bag is positioned in a storage chamber of the housing that is shaped so as to align and center the bag. A rotatable member having radially extending flexible fingers is engaged with an intermediate portion of the bag. When the lid is closed, the rotatable member will twist the intermediate portion of the bag, sealing odors in the lower portion of the bag. A parent or caregiver will push the waste package through the resistance of the twisted intermediate portion into the lower portion of the bag, and close the lid to re-seal the twisted portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Mark A. Hatherill, Kevin D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8739499
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine dispensing system configured such that a medicine dispensing device includes a sub unit having a function to dispense medicine that is connected to a medicine dispensing device that includes a main unit having a function of packing medicines. There is also provided a medicine dispensing device that can be appropriately integrated with such a medicine dispensing system. The medicine dispensing system includes, in some embodiments a main unit, a sub unit and a transfer device connecting the main unit and the sub unit. The medicine dispensing system transfers the medicine dispensed in the sub unit to the main unit by means of a transfer device and dispenses the medicine at a medicine packing part together with the medicine dispensed from a main storage part in the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Yuyama MFG. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Itsuo Yasunaga, Chisei Asaoka, Norifumi Oike, Kensuke Kaminishi, Masahiko Kasuya, Nakaji Takeda, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Morita, Shinya Taira, Tomohiro Sugimoto, Naomichi Toyota
  • Publication number: 20140130461
    Abstract: Bag blank (13) comprising an inflatable package blank (11) on a running web, which package blank (11) comprises a semi-finished product consisting of a first plane plastic sheeting (21) and a second plane plastic sheeting (22), which plastic sheetings abut with their plane surfaces against each other and are interconnected by welds (18) so that a series of delimited transverse chambers (16) is formed between the two plastic sheetings (21,22) across the surface of the entire package blank (11), this semi-finished product being folded or welded together along a longitudinal centre line (14) so that its two long sides are parallel and face in the same direction, and that a first longitudinal suspension arrangement (15, 23a, 43a) is connected to the edge along the first long side of the package blank (11) or the bag blank (13), and that a second longitudinal suspension arrangement (23b, 43b) is applied at the edge along the second long side of the package blank (11) or the bag blank (13), as well that the bag bla
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: PRONOVA AB
    Inventor: Jostler Johan
  • Publication number: 20140130460
    Abstract: An adjustable pouch machine comprises a vertical sealer module forms transverse seals between two plies of a pouch web to partially define a plurality of pouches. Rollers selectively tension and relax the web on the vertically oriented wheel, allowing them to drop away from heated lands on emergency and cycle stops. A filler wheel has a plurality of adjustable gripper units mounted directly thereon for transporting independent separate pouches cut from the pouch web. An adjustable knife is selectively provided with changeable knife hub sets to handle a variety of pouch sizes where a filler wheel alternately first fills and seals pouches in a train. Gear linkage accommodates variation in distance between hubs of different sets. Various embodiments, apparatus and methods are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: R. A Jones & Co. Inc.
    Inventors: Sima Paunesku, Daniel J. Rack, Jeffrey D. Wintring, Richard Allan Roth, II
  • Publication number: 20140116010
    Abstract: A bag loading and sealing system and method in which a continuous web of bags is continuously moved along a line. The web of bags is slit open to expose the interior of the bags and the bags of the web are separated from each other by a rod engaging perforated lines of separation between the bags. The open tops of the bags define a pair of flaps, each of which is gripped by a gripping chain, the paths of which diverge to form a mouth at the top of the bag. Material is deposited into the bag through the mouth and the gripper chains then converge to close the bag. The bags are transferred to gripper belts, with the top edge of the bag being slit off between the belts and the bags being transported through a hot air sealer where the remaining portions of the top of the bags are melted and fused together. A spool-type take-up winder is provided to retrieve the portion of the bags trimmed from the tops thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Advanced Poly-Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony D. Baker
  • Patent number: 8689523
    Abstract: An ice bagging assembly and related method with a horizontal ice bag cassette, a pair of opposing ice bag ply graspers configured to move an empty ice bag from the horizontal ice bag cassette to a vertical position to receive cubed ice before it is sealed shut and dropped to an ice bag merchandiser. The opposing graspers may be configured as rotating wheels and may have a grasping sensor. The ice bag cassette may be slidably and tiltably supported for easy replacement of horizontal bags. A load sensor, optical or mechanical, may be associated with the ice hopper to sense how much ice has been put in each bag. A pair of angled guides may guide a hopper into a support frame for the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: GW Services, LLC
    Inventors: James Shaker, Paul Bareford, Vince Shaker
  • Patent number: 8661772
    Abstract: A method for sealing-in a gas in a bag that has therein a gas filling compartment, including the steps of: placing a blow-out port of a nozzle, which is connected to a pressurized gas supply source, against a cut-in or a hole of the bag and holding the back surface side of the bag with a backing member; blowing a gas from the nozzle into the gas filling compartment of the bag through the cut-in or the hole; gripping and thus closing the gas flow path in sealed portions surrounding the periphery of the cut-in or the hole by a blocking gripper while the gas blow-in continues, thus cutting off the flow of the gas between the cut-in or the hole and the inside of the gas filling compartment; and then sealing the cut-in or the hole, thus allowing the gas to be sealed in the gas filling compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanori Yasuhira
  • Patent number: 8650844
    Abstract: A product dispenser includes an outer housing and a shell disposed within the outer housing. The shell defines a product dispensing chamber, wherein the product dispensing chamber is climate controlled, for receiving a product, portioning the product, storing the portioned product, and dispensing the portioned product upon a dispense command. The product receptacles are stored in a dispense buffer disposed within the product dispensing chamber, and then are dispensed into an airlock for retrieval by a customer. The product dispenser further recognizes demands to keep the dispense buffer slots filled, and demands to dispense a filled product receptacle. The product dispenser may seal the product receptacles to ensure a sanitary product. The product dispenser may further include a vend interface unit to interact with a controller and consumers, whereby the consumer are able to place a demand on the vend interface unit, and await a dispensed filled product receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael T. Romanyszyn, Thomas J. Chadwell, John Vira
  • Patent number: 8635838
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating hygienic storage and disposal of waste packages such as used disposable diapers include a housing, a lid, and a bag unit having a bag frame and an attached single use flexible bag. The flexible bag is pleated and larger in cross-section at a lower portion than it is at the connection to the bag frame. The bag frame is releasably mounted to the housing so that it will not rotate. The lower portion of the flexible bag is positioned in a storage chamber of the housing that is shaped so as to align and center the bag. A rotatable member having radially extending flexible fingers is engaged with an intermediate portion of the bag. When the lid is closed, the rotatable member will twist the intermediate portion of the bag, sealing odors in the lower portion of the bag. A parent or caregiver will push the waste package through the resistance of the twisted intermediate portion into the lower portion of the bag, and close the lid to re-seal the twisted portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Mark A. Hatherill, Kevin D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8601771
    Abstract: A cash recycler or other currency handling device includes modules for automatically strapping a plurality of bills together and bagging the strapped bills for transport. A user may determine a number of bills to be bundled in a stack or unit. Once the predetermined threshold is met, the bills will be automatically transferred to a strapping area where the bills will be strapped together for storage or transport. Additionally or alternatively, the bills may be strapped together as they enter a cartridge, such as an overflow cartridge. The strapped bills may be transferred to a bagging module where the stacks of bills will be automatically bagged, each bag including a predetermined number of stacks of bills. The bags will then be transferred to storage for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Amy Baker Folk, William Thomas Sanders, Daniel Christopher Bohen, Shane Anthony Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130305662
    Abstract: A method for containing a bale of compressible material without straps or wires includes compressing a quantity of compressible material into a bale and introducing the bale of compressed material into a container in the compressed state. The container can be sealed following receipt of the bale. A baler can be used with a press for compressing the material, and a bagging station can facilitate transfer of the bale to the container without straps or wires securing the bale following compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Nyckowski, James A. Haberstroh, Timothy B. Pearson
  • Publication number: 20130305664
    Abstract: A coated fabric (11), comprising a fabric (12) from polymer tapes (12a, 12b), wherein the fabric (12) is coated with a sealing layer (13), wherein • at least a portion of the polymer tapes (12a, 12b) have a breaking tenacity of less than 45 cN/tex, preferably 15 to 40 cN/tex and an elongation at break of more than 30%, preferably of 40 to 90%, and/or • wherein the sealing layer (13) is formed from a composition A comprising at least one ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer, and wherein the composition has a density from 0.905 to 0.930 g/cc, preferably from 0.910 to 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicants: STARLINGER & CO GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H., HAVER & BOECKER OHG, DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Maria Isabel Arroyo Yillan, Thomas Schütte, Franz Schneider
  • Patent number: 8578685
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming and filling a flexible package, comprises: a film unwind station for unwinding a web of flexible film from a roll of film includes: a folding station for folding the web into a pair of opposing walls; a strip unwind station for unwinding a strip of semi-rigid material from a roll of material and positioning the strip between the pair of opposing walls of the web; a metal buffer plate insertable between the strip and one of the opposing walls of the web; sealing stations, separating stations and filling stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Louis Fitzgerald, IV
  • Patent number: 8555935
    Abstract: A system for filling a package of the collapsible type with a product in the form of a powder or liquid having a package, which has a chamber defined by flexible walls, and an arrangement for filling a package of the collapsible type with a product in the form of a powder or liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Ecolean AB
    Inventor: Per Gustafsson
  • Publication number: 20130247520
    Abstract: Methods for forming packages from a web of preformed bags. In one exemplary method of forming packages from a web of preformed bags, a first bag is held open with air. A product is loaded into the first bag that is held open with air. An opening of the first bag is sealed. A next bag is indexed such that an opening of the next bag is proximate to an engagement member. The web is engaged with the engagement member to pre-open the next bag. The web is disengaged by the engagement member. The next bag is opened with air for loading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: AUTOMATED PACKAGING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael RICCARDI, Bernard LERNER
  • Patent number: 8528305
    Abstract: A method for storage and transport of a commodity is described. The method may include the steps of placing the commodity in a long-term storage container, hermetically sealing said long-term storage container, and placing the long-term storage container in an outer container. The long-term storage container may include an outer layer, an inner layer, and a middle layer. The middle layer may be made of an ultra-low permeability material. The placing may include providing a capability of storing for at least four months.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: GrainPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Villers, Tom De Bruin, Shlomo Navarro
  • Patent number: 8528302
    Abstract: An ice bagging assembly and related method with a horizontal ice bag cassette, a pair of opposing ice bag ply graspers configured to move an empty ice bag from the horizontal ice bag cassette to a vertical position to receive cubed ice before it is sealed shut and dropped to an ice bag merchandiser. The opposing graspers may be configured as rotating wheels and may have a grasping sensor. The ice bag cassette may be slidably and tiltably supported for easy replacement of horizontal bags. A load sensor, optical or mechanical, may be associated with the ice hopper to sense how much ice has been put in each bag. A pair of angled guides may guide a hopper into a support frame for the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: In-Store Bagging Machine Company, LLC
    Inventors: James Shaker, Paul Bareford, Vince Shaker
  • Patent number: 8490369
    Abstract: A system for dispensing items comprises trays each adapted to support items to be dispensed. A casing comprises a restocking volume receiving trays with items thereon for subsequent storage. A storage volume accommodates the trays in storage. An outlet is used to dispense any selected items on the trays. An arm displaces trays within the casing, and displaces items from the trays to the outlet. A controller unit receives an identification of each item in the trays when positioned in the restocking volume, and monitors a position of each identified item within the trays in the casing to control the actuation of the arm to dispense items through the outlet as a function of an order entered through the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Planning Technologies International Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Foucher, Daniel Cassivi
  • Publication number: 20130174521
    Abstract: A system and a method for maintaining, transferring and transporting a flexible package. The system includes a manipulating system, preferably a five axis robot, for transferring and displacing the flexible package and a lift-assist platform positioned within a reach of the manipulating system for transporting the package and for supporting a weight of the flexible package. The system may be used more specifically for the transport and transfer of upright flexible packages. The system simplifies the tool supported by the robot, thus allowing use of a smaller robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventors: Éric Viel, Vital Lévesque, Étienne Giasson
  • Publication number: 20130160400
    Abstract: An aseptic filling machine of envelope-type bags provided with a filling mouth closed by a removable cap, comprising an empty bag supply device, a discharge device configured to discharge full bags, a carousel device on which at least two filling stations are located; each filling station comprising a sterile chamber; a raising device configured to raise the mouth of the empty bag internally of the sterile chamber; an overpressure device configured to place the chamber in slight overpressure; a removal device configured to remove the cap and positioning it by a side of the mouth; and a dispenser-batcher device that is vertically slidable and configured to engage with the mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: ALFA LAVAL PARMA S.R.L.
    Inventor: ALFA LAVAL PARMA S.R.L.
  • Patent number: 8468779
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates generally to an apparatus for forming and/or sealing an inflatable mailer. Particularly, the disclosed apparatus comprises an inflation assembly that comprises upper and lower support arms and at least one inflation nozzle. In addition, the disclosed apparatus comprises a sealing assembly comprising upper and lower support arms, upper and lower heat seal jaws, two solenoids, and at least one heat seal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian M. Donegan
  • Publication number: 20130067857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to disposing of waste in a safe manner by supplying an apparatus with a sealing system configured to only apply a seal to an elongated tube of material when several conditions are met, wherein the conditions indicate that the apparatus is in a safe configuration for applying the seal. The apparatus includes a push switch for sensing when the lid has been closed, and another push switch for sensing when a bin has been locked in the apparatus. Thus, when the lid and bin are closed and locked, a child cannot reach into the apparatus and the seal can be applied safely without fear of burning a child.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SCANDINAVIAN CHILD LLC
    Inventors: Cornelius McDaid, Brenda G. Berg, John D. Fiegener
  • Patent number: 8327607
    Abstract: An apparatus for introducing a selected beverage into a flexible pouch 8, sealingly closing the pouch 8 and dispensing the closed pouch 8. The apparatus comprises a housing 4 adapted to, in use, accept a plurality of reservoirs 10 of beverage concentrate. Each reservoir 10 has a concentrate pump 12 provided with a diluent inlet and a mixer for mixing pumped concentrate with diluent to produce a mixed beverage. Leading from each pump 12 is flexible conduit 14 terminating in a nozzle 68 for dispensing the mixed beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Imi Cornelius Inc.
    Inventor: Richard John Nighy
  • Patent number: 8307612
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling a balloon with a fluid and tying a knot in the neck of the balloon, having a filling device body engaging a source of fluid under pressure. A balloon barb extends outwards from the body, and a fluid passageway in the body communicates with a control to allow the passage of fluid from the source to the balloon barb. A tying device extends from the body substantially parallel to the balloon barb, the tying device being detachable from and reattachable to a receptacle in the body of the filling device. A keyway is located either the tying device or an inner surface of the receptacle, and a key is located in the other of the tying device or the receptacle. The key corresponds in dimensions to fit in the keyway, where the key removably fits into the keyway when the tying device is inserted in the receptacle of the body of the filling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne Sikorcin
  • Patent number: 8307862
    Abstract: The bag opening assembly (8) of an automatic bag loader includes a pair of contra-rotating air-pervious endless belts (9, 10). Opposing pinch portions (24, 25) of the belts are provided for grasping opposing sides (5a, 5b) of the hag (1) therebetween and working flights of each belt are opposingly orientated and diverge from the pinch portions. A partial vacuum is drawn in a space (41, 42) adjacent each working flight (38, 39), formed in a shoe (36, 37) which supports the thereby separate the sides to open the bag while it is advanced between the diverging working flights. At least on of the rotary members (26, 27) is displaceable and an actuator (40) is connected thereto to press the pinch portions together to grasp the sides of the unopened bag and to separate the pinch portions to release the opened bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Gea Avapac Limited
    Inventor: Rhoderick John Williamson
  • Patent number: 8307617
    Abstract: Methods for forming packages from a web of preformed bags. In one exemplary method of forming packages from a web of preformed bags, a first bag is held open with air. A product is loaded into the first bag that is held open with air. An opening of the first bag is sealed. A next bag is indexed such that an opening of the next bag is proximate to an engagement member. The web is engaged with the engagement member to pre-open the next bag. The web is disengaged by the engagement member. The next bag is opened with air for loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Riccardi, Bernard Lerner
  • Publication number: 20120247066
    Abstract: An ice vending apparatus adapted to remove moisture from ice pieces during dispensing, which apparatus includes a ramp having a lower lip and being adapted to transfer a quantity of ice pieces from a holding vessel to a container; and a channel having an upwardly facing opening that is in operative association with the ramp and arranged so that moisture is adapted to flow around the lower lip of the ramp into the channel while excluding the ice pieces so as to separate at least a portion of the moisture from the ice pieces as the ice pieces are transferred to the container. Methods of providing ice pieces, particularly with reduction of associated moisture to a consumer, are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Ice House America, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel LaDon Dunn, Danny Leroy Dunn, Thomas Benjamin James, Jerry Paul James, John Willis Edwards, JR., Ernest Chip Venet, III, Steven Alan Weeks, Kevin Thomas Coppack
  • Publication number: 20120227363
    Abstract: A system is provided for filling and sealing bags and is especially useful with woven polybags formed of thermoplastic material. The system includes a plastic welder having a folding device for folding over a portion of the filled bag which is sealed by a welding tip and pinch rollers. The welding tip may be moved between welding and non-welding positions based on a bag sensor or timer. A contact prevention member prevents the welding tip from contacting and damaging a coating on a portion of the bag. The system is configured to form a substantial seam without using hot melt adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: MILLER WELDMASTER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brent Nussbaum
  • Patent number: 8261785
    Abstract: A gripper used in, for instance, a bag filling apparatus including a pair of gripper arms provided with chuck holders. Each chuck holder includes first and second tubular portions, first and second tubular members slidably inserted therein, and first and second air cylinders installed within the tubular portions. An inside fixed chuck element is affixed to the tip end of the first tubular member, and an inside movable chuck element is attached to the tip end of the piston rod of the first air cylinder; in addition, an outside fixed chuck element is affixed to the tip end of second tubular member, and an outside movable chuck element is attached to the tip end of the piston rod of the second air cylinder; and the movable chuck elements are opened and closed with respect to the fixed chuck elements by the advance and retreat motions of the respective piston rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Shoichi Koga, Kenji Kawamura