Closure Delivery Into Inverting Header Patents (Class 53/307)
  • Patent number: 8789344
    Abstract: A capping device for capping vials borne by a respective conveyor (101), with caps (3) which include an inserting portion (31), shaped for insertion into a mouth of the vial (2) and a head portion (32), which remains externally on the vial (2) after capping. The capping device (1) includes a pick-up zone (12) configured for supporting and containing the caps (3) to be picked up by contacting only the head portion (32) thereof, a conveyor (11) for supplying caps (3) to the pick-up zone (12), configured to carry the caps (3) by contacting only a head portion (32) thereof; and a pick-up and inserting device (13) configured and activatable for picking up at least one cap (3) at a time from the pick-up zone (12), contacting only the head portion (31), and for holding the cap only by the head portion (302) while transporting the cap to a respective vial (2), and then inserting at least a part of the inserting portion (301) into the mouth of the vial (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 8397473
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically closing test tubes containing biological material mounted to an automatic test tube conveyor is described, comprising a cap recruiting device (11) adapted to feed a curved channelizer (12) adapted to tip a cap (5) from a configuration with the opening upwards at the inlet of the channelizer (12) to a configuration with the opening downwards at the outlet of the channelizer (12) at a loading surface (13). A horizontal pusher (22) moves the cap (5) from said loading surface (13) to a housing (23) in a channel (14) in which a stem (24) vertically slides and is adapted to move the cap (5) upwards in a test tube closing device (9) comprising a movable head (26) adapted to grip the cap (5) pushed by the stem (24) and to close the open test tube blocked at a working point of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: INPECO IP Ltd.
    Inventor: Gianandrea Pedrazzini
  • Patent number: 8161715
    Abstract: A packaging device for packaging a foodstuff within a receptacle includes an inerting unit having an empty zone, walls of the empty zone configured to receive an upper portion of the receptacle, and the walls being made of a porous material capable of passing an inert gas under pressure, and a closure means retractably disposed above the inerting unit, wherein the inerting unit is configured to pass the inert gas through the walls and into the receptacle, and the closure means is configured to retractably extend into the empty zone to seal the passed inert gas within a headspace volume of the upper portion of the receptacle disposed the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: 1/4 VIN
    Inventors: Pascal Carvin, Christian Mura
  • Publication number: 20110258965
    Abstract: Device for separation and position alignment of metallic container closures (21), as well as for conveying the separated and position-aligned container closures (21), preferably crown corks, to a further processing machine, preferably sealing machine. It is provided that a conveying unit (2) comprises a run (2b) of an endless conveyor belt or link belt or plate belt, which conveys the container closures (21), which run is guided along a permanently magnetic or electromagnetic conveyor track configured as a magnetic bar, lying on this track at least in sections, or at a slight distance from it, and conveys the container closures (21) out of the transfer station (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Gassner GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Gassner
  • Patent number: 7930867
    Abstract: Low-speed inerting elements for depleting a receptacle of oxygen, include at least one hollow duct (2232), with walls (2233) of the hollow duct (2232) that are directed towards the receptacle (31) being made of a material including pores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: 1/4 VIN
    Inventors: Pascal Carvin, Christian Mura
  • Patent number: 6745541
    Abstract: To provide a lid feeding apparatus which permits reduction in apparatus and maintenance costs, and safe feeding of a lid onto an opening end of a vessel with high accuracy. The lid feeding apparatus includes: a transporting device 2 for intermittently transporting a vessel N with its opening end upward; a lid stocking device 4 holding layers of numbers of laminar lids; a lid feeding mechanism 6 in which one lid is sucked out of the lid stocking device 4, transferred above the opening end of the vessel transported by the transporting device, and fed onto the opening end by being released from suction. There are provided, near the lid stocking device 4, a lid guiding portion 40 for guiding the lid so as to be separated from a lid sucking mechanism to cover the opening end, and a guide portion moving mechanism 46 for moving the lid guiding portion 40 to a level of the opening end of the vessel just before releasing suction of the lid by the lid feeding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Manufacturing Corporation Ltd.
    Inventor: Hatsuo Sakurazawa
  • Patent number: 6701692
    Abstract: The device for sealing plastic bottles, especially PET bottles, after they are filled with a material under aseptic conditions, comprises a magazine for the seals, a delivery device for taking individual seals from the magazine and placing the seals on the filling opening of the bottles, which are fed to the treatment stations singly, consecutively and in a clocked sequence. The device further comprises a tool for carrying out the sealing operation. To this end, the delivery device takes sealing blanks, which are used as the seals, from the magazine and passes them on to the filling opening of the respectively prepared bottle, after which the sealing tool seals the sealing blank in the same working cycle onto the edge region surrounding the filling opening of the bottle, which remains in its position of readiness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: GEA Finnah GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Niehr
  • Patent number: 6662531
    Abstract: The method and the installation of the invention enable re-entrant receptacles to be thermoformed, filled, and closed, the rim of each receptacle having a diameter that is smaller than the diameter of its body. Prior to thermoforming a row of receptacles, preliminary cuts separated by attachment points are made in a transverse stripe of the strip of the thermoplastic strip that is to be used for thermoforming in a subsequent cycle, and for each receptacle that is to be thermoformed, the cuts define practically the entire final periphery of the rim of said receptacle, the attachment points being broken when the receptacles are separated in a subsequent cycle after the filled receptacles have been closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Erca Formseal
    Inventors: Dominique Schwab, Bernard Gandon, Michel Luc
  • Publication number: 20030131559
    Abstract: To provide a lid feeding apparatus which permits reduction in apparatus and maintenance costs, and safe feeding of a lid onto an opening end of a vessel with high accuracy. The lid feeding apparatus includes: a transporting device 2 for intermittently transporting a vessel N with its opening end upward; a lid stocking device 4 holding layers of numbers of laminar lids; a lid feeding mechanism 6 in which one lid is sucked out of the lid stocking device 4, transferred above the opening end of the vessel transported by the transporting device, and fed onto the opening end by being released from suction. There are provided, near the lid stocking device 4, a lid guiding portion 40 for guiding the lid so as to be separated from a lid sucking mechanism to cover the opening end, and a guide portion moving mechanism 46 for moving the lid guiding portion 40 to a level of the opening end of the vessel just before releasing suction of the lid by the lid feeding mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventor: Hatsuo Sakurazawa
  • Patent number: 6564529
    Abstract: A bottle-capping machine has a rotor rotatable about a substantially stationary horizontal axis and having radially oppositely outwardly directed arms each having an outer end formed as a seat adapted to hold one of the caps. A conveyor moves the bottles through a fitting station below the axis and a downwardly open magazine holding a stack of the caps in a pick-off station above the axis is vertically displaceable between a lower position with the stack engageable with the seat in the pick-off station and an upper position with the stack clear of the seat in the pick-off station. A vertically displaceable stripper element fixed to the magazine is engageable with the cap on the seat in the fitting station to strip the cap from the seat in the fitting station and apply it to the neck of a bottle in the fitting station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: SIG Hamba Filltec GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: G√ľnter Reinecke
  • Publication number: 20030079440
    Abstract: The invention provides apparatus for cutting out a row of capsules from a capsule strip and for fixing them on a transverse row of filled receptacles advancing stepwise in an installation for filling receptacles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Michel Luc, Bernard Gandon, Daniel Pacilly
  • Publication number: 20010032438
    Abstract: A machine for fixing lids to packages for moist wipes, tissues or the like, comprising, on a supporting structure, elements for the advancement of enclosures for packages, a lid application unit, adhesive distribution elements and elements for feeding the lids, the application unit being arranged below the advancement elements so as to apply the lids from below.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Applicant: IMAN PACK S.p.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Bonotto
  • Publication number: 20010032437
    Abstract: A bottle-capping machine has a rotor rotatable about a substantially stationary horizontal axis and having radially oppositely outwardly directed arms each having an outer end formed as a seat adapted to hold one of the caps. A conveyor moves the bottles through a fitting station below the axis and a downwardly open magazine holding a stack of the caps in a pick-off station above the axis is vertically displaceable between a lower position with the stack engageable with the seat in the pick-off station and an upper position with the stack clear of the seat in the pick-off station. A vertically displaceable stripper element fixed to the magazine is engageable with the cap on the seat in the fitting station to strip the cap from the seat in the fitting station and apply it to the neck of a bottle in the fitting station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Applicant: HAMBA-MASCHINENFABRIK HANS A. MULLER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Gunter Reinecke
  • Patent number: 6161367
    Abstract: The invention is concerned with a process of manufacturing filled drinking cups closed by cover foil blanks heat-sealed thereto and formed by deep-drawing from a thermoplastic packing material strip, comprising a beaded peripheral flange, with the cover foil blanks being provided with a pull flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Hassia Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Kurt Walter
  • Patent number: 5946886
    Abstract: Systems are provided whereby a container lid may be transferred from a supply stack and be repositioned relative to an awaiting container using a substantially constant-rate reciprocal drive. The systems most preferably include a reciprocally displaceable mounting block carrying a rotatable transfer arm. The transfer arm, in turn, carries a pick-up head so that the pick-up head is rotatable with the transfer arm. The pick-up head rotation is controlled by a rack-and-pinion mechanical control assembly having a pair of opposed compression springs, a gear rack mounted between the opposed compression springs, and a pinion gear meshed with the gear rack and connected to the transfer arm. The gear rack includes a control rod which is slidably coupled to the mounting block during reciprocal displacements thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Sweetheart Cup
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Bealer
  • Patent number: 5493849
    Abstract: A sample-contained container corking-up method of the present invention comprises a first step of holding each stopper supplied from a stopper supply means by a stopper holder and opposing an inserted portion of the stopper to the open top of the container which is supported at its corked-up position, a second step of pushing the inserted portion of the stopper, which has been opposed to the open top of the container by the first step, into it to a first predetermined position, while holding the stopper at a certain state by the stopper holder, a third step of releasing the stopper holder from the stopper and retreating the stopper holder to its waiting position after the stopper pushing operation conducted by the second step, and a fourth step of further pushing the inserted portion of the stopper into the container to a second predetermined position, deeper than the first one, while leaving the stopper holder retreated to the waiting position by the third step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 5284001
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus for applying closures to containers. Each closure is carried to a respective container in a chuck of a closure holder mounted on a closure conveyor. The holder has an axially movable spindle which is yieldably moved from a retracted position to an extended position as the closure conveyor moves. The spindle may be selectively rotated while in extended position, by a pulley which is coupled to it by a clutch. The closures are applied to containers moving on a straight run of a container conveyor. The closure conveyor carries the closures along a linear path parallel to the containers while the spindles are sequentially extended to apply the closures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Assignee: Anchor Hocking Packaging Co.
    Inventor: Charles S. Ochs
  • Patent number: 5054260
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying closures to containers held by grippers and moving in a row on a conveyor. The closures are fed from a supply into pockets on a star wheel which delivers them to closure carriers mounted to an applicator wheel which rotates in a plane parallel to and above the closure path of movement, about an axis perpendicular to that of the star wheel. Rotation of the closures carried by the carriers on the applicator wheel is synchronized with the rate of movement of the containers, and the closures are brought into converging alignment with the containers. The applicator wheel has optional means for pressing the closure partially or wholly to a final applied position on the containers, and/or for rotating them while still carried by the carriers to desired torque level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Anchor Hocking Packaging Company
    Inventor: James M. Herzog
  • Patent number: 5048259
    Abstract: A manipulating apparatus closes a standard barrel by picking up a lid, positioning it in the correct position above the barrel, pressing the lid onto the barrel, picking up a clamping ring, placing it in its spread-open state around the barrel top, and locking the clamping ring so as to retain the lid. The manipulating apparatus can also be used to open a closed barrel by moving a pivot member beneath the clamping lever of the clamping ring, rotating the pivot member to unlock the clamping ring, gripping the clamping ring, removing it while it is spread open, depositing the clamping ring at some convenient location, gripping the lid, removing the lid from the barrel, and depositing the lid. The manipulating apparatus is provided with three support arms (3-5) which form a support unit (1) which is movable horizontally and vertically by a guide unit (28) together with a central carrier (2) which projects beyond the support arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: Fried. Krupp GmbH
    Inventors: Siegfried Cox, Rolf Schwerhoff, Ulrich P. Vogt
  • Patent number: 4987721
    Abstract: Cups or lids for packaging foodstuffs and the like in a sterile environment are sterilized in the packaging machine by passing them through a sterilizing chamber to be contacted first by the hydrogen peroxide and then by hot air. The packaging elements are initially moved apart rapidly and are than brought toward one another without contact, periodically in the sterilizing chamber to improve the contact of the sterilizing and drying fluid with the surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Gasti Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Alfons Turtschan
  • Patent number: 4947627
    Abstract: A recipient having an axially upwardly open neck formed with at least one radially projecting neck thread is capped by fitting a circumferentially thermally shrinkable sleeve around a plug, fitting the plug into the open neck to block same, fitting the sleeve also around the neck over the neck thread, and heating the sleeve and thermally shrinking it circumferentially into tight engagement with the plug and with the neck and neck thread. The sleeve can be first fitted around the plug and then shrunk over the plug, after which the plug and sleeve are fitted together to the recipient, whereupon the sleeve is shrunk over the neck. Alternately the plug is fitted to the neck, then at the same time the sleeve is fitted around the plug and around the neck, and then the sleeve is heated to shrink it onto the plug and neck at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: Etablissements Scheidegger W. & Cie S.A.
    Inventor: Albert Scheidegger
  • Patent number: 4866907
    Abstract: A packaging machine comprising a conveyor drivingly movable intermittently for transporting containers and having a capping station, the conveyor having a plurality of holders each adapted to support the container at its opening rim portion, the holders being stoppable at the capping station one after another; an assembly for capping the container by fitting the skirt of a cap to the opening rim portion of the container at a capping position above the path of travel of the holders in the capping station; and an assembly for centering the cap skirt and the container opening rim portion relative to each other for capping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: Shikoku Kakoki Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Iuchi, Masao Nobuta, Seiji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 4848060
    Abstract: This relates to a mechanism for transferring carton lids from a hopper or magazine to a carton closing machine and more particularly to a sealing head of such a machine. The carton closing machine has a plurality of sealing heads each carried at a work station and mounted for rotation with the machine. The carton lid transfer mechanism includes a picker for pulling a lower most lid from the hopper and thus assisting in the transfer from the hopper to a ferris wheel assembly in sequence carton lids. The ferris wheel assembly then deposits each picked up lid on to a lid carrier of a merry-go-round assembly. The merry-go-round assembly then transfers each lid to the respective sealing head of the carton closing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Continental Can Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles S. Kubis, John Walter
  • Patent number: 4835939
    Abstract: A system for packaging articles within containers, each container being generally egg shaped and having an open end for receiving the articles and having a generally planar closure applied to the open end thereof to confine the articles therein. The system includes a multi-station intermittently rotatable generally circular turret or carousel carrier disk having a plurality of radial slots, each fixedly mounting a canister for receiving and temporarily confining articles therein fed into the top thereof during partial rotation or indexing of said turret or carousel and for receiving an open container fed into the bottom during the remainder of the rotation thereof. These canisters are open at both ends for systematically receiving the articles and containers in timed relation. Highly polished reciprocatable fingers are selectively positioned beneath the canisters when such are located at prescribed locations to confine the articles therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Thomas, Cecil R. Bell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4817363
    Abstract: A fitment inserter machine, such as a machine for inserting a spout into the top opening of a blow molded container is disclosed. A conveyor continually moves containers through the machine. A transfer arm and rotary placer removes the lowermost spout from a vertical dispenser and places the spout on a moving container. Jaws grasp the container finish while it is still moving and hold the finish while a pressing head mounted on a flying table moves downwardly to press the spout into correct alignment with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Plastic Products Inc.
    Inventor: David L. St. Clair
  • Patent number: 4816110
    Abstract: An in-line sealer apparatus for applying and sealing foils to the mouth of sequentially presented containers. The apparatus includes a rotatable turret having a pocket wheel containing angularly spaced pockets for accommodating containers. Each pocket has a foil transfer and sealing mechanism which is associated therewith and mounted on the turret arrangement for rotation therewith. Each mechanism includes a stacker unit which removably attaches to the turret and stores therein a stack of foils. Each mechanism also includes a foil transfer and applying unit which is disposed below the stacker and includes a movable foil-engaging head for removing the lowermost foil in the stack, and thereafter transferring the foil and applying it to the mouth of the container positioned within the respective pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Montreal Milling Cutter Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Istvan Foldesi, Ludwik Cudnoch, Marcel P. Belanger
  • Patent number: 4750312
    Abstract: An apparatus for fitting heat-sealed containers comprises a conveyor for displacing a succession of the containers in a normal direction of travel through a station and for arresting each of the containers momentarily in the station, a supply at the station holding a stack of caps, a grab for taking a cap off the stack and positioning it atop the container arrested in the station and a welding tool for tack welding the cap to the container in the station as the cap is being positioned on the container and while it is still held by the grab, and a device downstream of the station for heat shrinking the caps on the bottles. The welding tool and grab are practically the same device and work very closely together. Thus there is no time during which the cap is not being positively held. Before the grab releases it, it is tack-welded to the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Assignee: Manufacture Lyonnaise du Bouchage
    Inventor: Robert de Vaujany
  • Patent number: 4703607
    Abstract: Gripper devices transfer covers from a magazine onto filled packing containers guided along a substantially horizontal transport trajectory. The gripper devices are on a supporting shaft which is driven via a rod system 18 by a grooved cam plate and a roller lever interacting therewith. By shortening the effective lever arm of the roller lever with the use of an adjusting unit coming into operation when the cover mounting device is blocked, the articulation point of the rod system in an elongated slot of the roller lever is altered in such a way that the stroke movement of the rod system and thus of the supporting shaft and of the suction elements or gripping devices becomes shorter, i.e. a short stroke occurs, thus ensuring that no further covers are extracted from the magazine and placed on the packing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Assignee: Benz & Hilgers GmbH
    Inventors: Wilhelm Propper, Hans-Jurgen Knoll
  • Patent number: 4696143
    Abstract: A capping machine comprises a rotating carriage positioned above a conveyor delivering open neck containers to a work station position, the carriage including circumferentially positioned sockets that receive snap-lock caps in a fixed orientation from a second conveyor. The carriage rotates about an axis transverse to the direction of conveyance of the first conveyor so that the proximate carriage position closest to the first conveyor has a velocity in the same direction as the direction of conveyance of the container. As the tangential position of the cap on the carriage changes as the cap approaches the proximate carriage position, the cap is progressively engaged against the open neck of the container. At the proximate carriage position, the cap is positioned for sealing engagement with the neck of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Assignee: William P. Young Co.
    Inventor: William P. Young
  • Patent number: 4691500
    Abstract: A lid-sealing machine has an infeed system that employs a timing screw arranged to convey flanged trays along the upper portion thereof. The carousel on which the trays are supported during sealing has a multiplicity of locations, each with an associated heat and pressure applying platen; operation is continuous and with no indexing of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Packaging Systems International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald V. Danforth, Medric H. Pleau
  • Patent number: 4674935
    Abstract: Mechanism for feeding a container cover out of a hopper and on to a conveyor for subsequent application to a filled container includes a pivotally mounted oscillatable support arranged to move toward and away from the hopper, suction means rotatably mounted on the oscillatable support and engageable with a container cover for withdrawing the cover from the hopper together with control means interconnected with the suction means for imparting rotation to the suction means relative to the oscillatable support so as to position the suction means adjacent the conveyor for convenient deposit of the conveyor lid on to the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Feliks, Will L. Culpepper
  • Patent number: 4611454
    Abstract: A capping machine has a housing defining a capping station, a conveyor for transporting a longitudinally extending row of vessels through the station, and a magazine holding a supply of caps above the capping station. A gripper shaft extends along a transverse shaft axis in the station beneath the supply and carries at least one gripper that can cling to the caps in the magazine, typically by magnetic or pneumatic action. A rod fixed on and extending radially from the shaft can slide in a crosshead pivotal on the housing. A vertical guide on the housing vertically reciprocally receives the shaft. A drive connected between the shaft and the housing vertically displaces the shaft along the slot between upper and lower positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: Benz & Hilgers GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Proepper
  • Patent number: 4528796
    Abstract: This invention relates to an arrangement for continuous automatic filling and closing of successive encased groups of containers wherein use is made of a dispensing unit connected to a closing unit which is pivotally rotated so as to be substituted for the dispensing unit after the filling of the group of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: E. P. Remy et Cie
    Inventor: Didier Lemaire
  • Patent number: 4420924
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for handling and applying formed flanged lids to a carton is disclosed. Inverted lids drop on an upper conveyor belt directly from a forming machine for travel in a first direction. The lids subsequently drop and flip to the desired upright position on a lower conveyor belt for movement toward a lidding station. To prevent over-flipping, the trailing edge is guided by a vertical guide plate. An idler belt is positioned downstream of the second conveyor belt and above the feed path. A lug on the idler belt engages the leading edge of the lid being transferred from the second conveyor belt. The lug holds the lid in proper alignment for driving forwardly by abutting engagement of the carton intersecting with the leading edge of the lid. The idler belt is carried by a pair of idler rollers. An adjustable brake on one of the rollers controls the drag on the belt to restrain the lid and assure positive lidding action on the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1983
    Assignee: Kliklok Corporation
    Inventors: S. Johannes Hoyrup, Karl A. Krause
  • Patent number: 4307557
    Abstract: A capping machine for application of sealing caps which cover the bungs of a variety of liquid containers which comprises a cap holder with a vertical cylindrical shape in which a plurality of sealing caps is piled up with the upward open ends to form a cylinder, a horizontal circular band made of a resilient material which is arranged at the bottom of the cap holder, making the internal surface thereof identical to that of the cap holder, a pneumatic system which intermittently inflates the internal surface of the resilient circular band toward the center thereof, a sucking member which takes down and holds a sealing cap located at the extreme bottom of the sealing cap pile in the cap holder during the period in which the resilient band holds a sealing cap second to the bottom, and a means which changes the direction of and carries sealing cap held by the sucking member and applies the same to a bung of a liquid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Assignee: Asahi Breweries Ltd.
    Inventors: Isekazu Shimizu, Kuniaki Tamura, Minoru Takahashi, Masahiro Kobayashi, Katuhiro Watanabe, Hiroshi Nishidome, Hidetoshi Furuya, Minoru Yonaga
  • Patent number: 4297828
    Abstract: An automated liquid container filling apparatus is disclosed which automatically fills cups with a fluid and then seals the cups with covers. The apparatus includes a circular table which is rotatably mounted on a base member for rotation about an axis perpendicular to the base member, having a plurality of holes therethrough spaced at equal angles about the circumference of the table. A motor is mounted to the base member and is operatively connected to the table for periodically rotating the table through the angle. A cup dispenser is mounted on the base member at a first position over the table, having a plurality of cups stored in a storage portion and a cup delivery mechanism adjacent to the cup storage portion which is operatively connected to the motor, for periodically dispensing one of the plurality of cups into each of the holes in the table, in synchronism with the periodic table rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1981
    Inventors: Aaron J. Krieger, Lawrence E. Elsie
  • Patent number: 4285186
    Abstract: Printed caps to be placed upon filled and corked bottles are forwarded onto slanted parallel guide rods which are caused to selectively rotate to present the successive caps thereon to a cap gripping and setting device with said caps having a determined position as detected by a sensing device disposed adjacent the lower end of the guide rods for sensing marks provided on the caps. The desired position of the caps is determined with respect to a proper positioning of the bottles so as to have printed patterns on the caps and the pleats thereof positioned with respect to structural features of the bottles, such as wire eyes of cork-wiring of champagne bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1981
    Inventor: Albert Desom
  • Patent number: 4271587
    Abstract: An apparatus for continuously inverting the orientation of sheaths comprises a rotationally indexing wheel having a concavity at a side surface thereof and a plurality of holes provided around the wheel spaced from each other, the holes extending from the outer periphery of the wheel to the concavity thereof for receiving the sheaths at a first station and transmitting the same to a second station at which the orientation of the sheaths is different from the orientation of the sheaths at the first station. The apparatus further comprises means for consecutively feeding the sheaths to the holes at the first station including means for continuously supplying the sheaths in an upright position in alignment with the hole to which the sheath is fed and means for transporting the sheaths supported by the supply means to the holes of the wheel, and means for releasing the sheaths from the holes at the second station to thereby place the sheaths onto the articles consecutively indexed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1981
    Inventor: Walter Shields
  • Patent number: 4139979
    Abstract: The apparatus for sealing the heads of containers with a biaxially oriented plastic film comprises a horizontal conveyor for conveying the containers to be sealed, and a horizontal endless belt disposed above the conveyor in parallel thereto and including a lower traveling portion adapted to be driven in the same direction as the conveyor at a speed equal to the speed of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1979
    Assignee: Sumitomo Bakelite Company Limited
    Inventors: Tetsuo Nakazato, Hiroaki Nishihara, Koichi Tokuda, Ryuzo Sukeyasu
  • Patent number: 4065909
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying a closure to a receptacle is disclosed wherein an open top receptacle is moved along a processing path on an indexing conveyor and an outer lid and flexible inner closure sheet are placed together and on the open receptacle by a rotatably indexing, horizontally mounted drum assembly with a generally hexagonal exterior presenting six faces which each comprises a closure sheet carrier plate. Mounted within a central recess in each sheet carrier plate is a lid carrier plate which is movable between a seated position within the sheet carrier plate and an extended position displaced from the sheet carrier plate. A continuous strip of closure sheet is maintained adjacent one side of the drum assembly between the drum assembly and an intermittently driven cutter. In operation, the drum assembly is rotatably indexed in a first 60.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1978
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Mueller
  • Patent number: 4038807
    Abstract: A berry packaging apparatus including a denesting subassembly, a produce or berry dispenser, a cover pick-up and applicator subassembly, and a conveyor for transporting a plurality of corner-slotted containers. The denesting subassembly employs a plurality of opposed, shaped fingers to separate the lowermost container of a stack and deposit same onto the conveyor. The containers are filled with produce at the dispenser. The cover pick-up and applicator picks up a flexible film wrapper or cover and wipes the cover down around the container periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1977
    Assignee: Blueberry Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Beardsley, Albert W. Patzlaff
  • Patent number: 3939625
    Abstract: A device for printing and feeding covers to containers, comprises arranged above a conveyor for containers, rotary devices for picking up covers from a supply or stack, and presenting them to a printing device, and for applying the printed covers to the containers with the printed side visible. The rotary devices each comprise a plurality of arms extending from a hub tipped with suction pads. The first device picks up the covers from the supply, acts as an anvil for the printing device, and presents the cover to the second device with the printed side upwardly directed, so that the second device can deposit the covers on the containers, printed side up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1976
    Assignee: Karl Remele
    Inventors: Karl Remele, Dieter Weiberg