Banding Patents (Class 53/399)
  • Patent number: 10239645
    Abstract: Packaging material may be profiled to generate an incremental containment force per revolution (ICF) attribute that is represented by a function that is variable as a function of wrap force. Moreover, the performance of different packaging materials, e.g., in terms of speed or cost, may be compared for a particular load through simulation of wrap operations based upon dimensions of the load and a desired load containment force requirement for the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Michael P. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10220970
    Abstract: A wrapping apparatus, its components, and corresponding methods for wrapping a load in packaging material are described herein. The apparatus has a packaging material dispenser having a frame and a plurality of packaging material supplies. The apparatus also has a load press for wrapping an upper surface of the load, where the load press has a central press section and a peripheral press section which can disengage the upper surface to allow wrapping of at least a part thereof. The apparatus also has an enclosure to prevent access during operation, as well as a packaging material seeking assembly which seeks out the packaging material to be wrapped. The apparatus and methods described allow for an automatic wrapping of a load which minimizes operator intervention, and further allow for the automatic resupply of packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wulftec International Inc.
    Inventors: Pascal Lemieux, Ivaylo Brankov, Éric Dubreuil, Sylvain Samson, Guy Lopes
  • Patent number: 10144542
    Abstract: A rotary wrapping machine (30, 110) for packaging products by means of a film unwound from a reel comprises a frame (13, 113) carrying a dispensing unit (19, 119) which is electrically controlled to dispense the packaging film from a reel of film present in the dispensing unit (19, 119). The dispensing unit is supported on the frame so as to be driven rotationally along a closed path around a packaging zone (38, 138) which contains a product to be wrapped with the film. Along the closed path there is a power supply antenna (25, 125) which is connected to an antenna power supply unit (26, 126) for transferring, by means of electrical induction, electric power to a corresponding receiver (28, 128) which is movable along the antenna together with the said dispensing unit and which supplies in turn electric power to the dispensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MESSERSI' PACKAGING SRL
    Inventor: Maurizio Messersi′
  • Patent number: 9981449
    Abstract: A continuous process for making a multi-panel sterilization assembly, the process including the steps of: providing a moving, continuous base web; providing a plurality of subassemblies; applying the subassemblies in position on the moving, continuous base web to define repeating portions that incorporate the subassemblies and alternating portions that lack such subassemblies; providing side tabs; applying the side tabs in position on the moving, continuous base web with respect to at least one edge of the portions that incorporate the subassemblies; attaching the subassemblies and the side tabs to the moving, continuous base web to form a continuous work-piece; and separating the continuous work-piece into individual multi-panel sterilization assemblies, each multi-panel sterilization assembly comprising a barrier panel, a fold protection panel and at least one side tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark T. Pamperin, Brian L. Gustin, Eric T. Bricker, Melissa R. Gaynor
  • Patent number: 9916616
    Abstract: An inventory management method for storage devices may comprise obtaining an order for an aggregate storage capacity from a customer; and determining a usable capacity of each of a plurality of storage devices. From the plurality of storage devices, a first set of storage devices may be selected, at least some of which have different usable storage capacities from one another, such that the first set of storage devices comprises a first predetermined number of storage devices and has a first aggregate storage capacity that is at least equal to an integer fraction of the aggregate capacity ordered by the customer. The first set of storage devices may then be packed into a first container configured to accommodate the first predetermined number of storage devices. A second set of storage devices may be similarly be selected from remaining ones of the plurality of storage devices and packaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Suwanchai Chaiyawantakee, Pajaree Srimongkol, Permsin Bunsiri, Kiattiphong Lanak, Patrick B. Wilkison
  • Patent number: 9908648
    Abstract: A control system for a wrapping apparatus may include a packaging material dispenser configured to dispense packaging material for wrapping a load. The control system may also include at least one sensor assembly configured to generate a signal based on instantaneous demand for packaging material at the load. The control system may further include a controller configured to control operation of the packaging material dispenser based at least in part on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Michael Mitchell, Thomas Harris, Robert D. Janes, Sr., Richard L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9891120
    Abstract: A measuring device for detecting and measuring a wrapping force of a stretchable plastic material film wrapped around a load includes a first angular element that can be associated and fixed to at least one of an edge and a flat wall of the load, at least one force sensor fixed to the first angular element, a second angular element fixed to, and supported by, the force sensor, and a control unit connected to the force sensor and arranged for receiving therefrom a signal related to a wrapping force exerted by the film on the second angular element by the film that is wrapped around the load and around the measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: AETNA GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventor: Mauro Ceré
  • Patent number: 9725195
    Abstract: An apparatus for wrapping a load may include a film dispenser for dispensing a film web including a film dispensing drive. The apparatus may also include a rotational drive system for providing relative rotation between the load and the dispenser during a wrapping cycle. The apparatus may further include a controller configured to operatively couple the film dispensing drive and the rotational drive system such that, for any portion of a revolution of the film dispenser relative to the load during the wrapping cycle, the film dispenser dispenses a selected length of the film web corresponding to the portion of the revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Robert D. Janes, Sr., Michael Mitchell, Thomas Harris, Richard L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9688428
    Abstract: A stretch wrapping machine structure contains: a rotary disc including a column on which a guide way is arranged; an abutting plate including a rotating stem and a pushing portion adjacent to the rotating stem; a hot pressing sheet including a cutter seat, a driven bar, and a press segment; a holder including a V-shaped cross section and formed in a plate shape, the holder also including an actuation member, an actuating post, an operating segment, and a third cylinder; a biasing rod including a driving peg and a push segment; a controlling unit secured on a predetermined position of one side of the column; an air blowing unit located at a predetermined position of the holder. Thereby, an object is held on the rotary disc and is packed by a plastic film quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Jun-Kui Liu
  • Patent number: 9586708
    Abstract: In the case of a strapping apparatus for strapping articles with a strapping band, having a base plate which is provided for arranging on an article, having a tensioning device with which a band tension can be applied to the strapping band, the tensioning device being provided for this purpose with an actuable tensioning tool which can be brought into and out of contact with the band, having a sealing device, in particular a friction-welding device with which, by contact with the band, two band layers can be permanently connected to each other by forming a seal between the two band layers, being provided with a plurality of actuating elements with which functions of the strapping unit can be set and/or initiated upon actuation of one or more the actuating elements, the functional reliability of the strapping apparatus is intended to be improved and in particular the possibility of faulty conditions reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SIGNODE INDUSTRIAL GROUP LLC
    Inventor: Flavio Finzo
  • Patent number: 9555912
    Abstract: A method for wrapping a load with a film by a wrapping machine including an unwinding apparatus provided with a reel of the film includes moving the wrapping apparatus and the load in relation to one another and unwinding from the reel an established effective length of film per revolution of the wrapping apparatus or of the load. The established effective length of film is calculated with the formula: where: Sf. initial length of film is determined on the basis of dimension and/or shape of the load; ?: rotation speed around a wrapping axis of the unwinding apparatus or of the load; Vt: movement speed of the unwinding apparatus parallel to the rotation axis; ?max: maximum rotation speed around the wrapping axis of the unwinding apparatus or of the load; ?corr: corrective parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Aetna Group S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mauro Cere′, Alberto Morri
  • Patent number: 9524626
    Abstract: A securing device for attachment of an object (2) which is to be secured. The securing device has a housing with a base plate and a lid as well as an apparatus for generating an alarm when the securing device is removed from the object without authorization. The securing device has an open and closed state. In the closed state the base plate and the lid can be locked to one another by a lock. The apparatus for generating an alarm comprises a mechanical sensor and/or an optical sensor In the closed state the mechanical sensor can detect contact with the object by the base plate and can react to a loss of contact with the object. In the closed state the optical sensor emits light through the base plate, and can sense reflections of this light from the object through the base plate and can react to changes in these reflections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Pataco AG
    Inventors: Cornel Brühwiler, Jürgen Kreider
  • Patent number: 9511886
    Abstract: A stretch wrapping machine structure contains: a rotary disc including a column on which a guide way is arranged; an abutting plate including a rotating stem and a pushing portion adjacent to the rotating stem; a hot pressing sheet including a cutter seat, a driven bar, and a press segment; a holder including a V-shaped cross section and formed in a plate shape, the holder also including an actuation member, an actuating post, an operating segment, and a third cylinder; a biasing rod including a driving peg and a push segment; a controlling unit secured on a predetermined position of one side of the column; an air blowing unit located at a predetermined position of the holder. Thereby, an object is held on the rotary disc and is packed by a plastic film quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Jun-Kui Liu
  • Patent number: 9334073
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mandrel, a sleeving device and a method for sleeving containers. The mandrel is suspended in the sleeving device. The mandrel opens a foil to form sleeves. The foil is fed around the tubular outer surface of the mandrel. According to the invention the outer surface of the mandrel is formed by at least two separate mandrel bodies. At least one of the mandrel body is biased outwardly to increase the circumference of the outer surface. This circumference is automatically adapted to the current, instantaneous circumference of the foil fed around the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Frederik Gerardus Heeman
  • Patent number: 9108754
    Abstract: A horizontal plastic stretch wrapping apparatus includes a main frame, a plurality of control components, an electrical enclosure, a plurality of control buttons, a slip ring, a wrapping arm, and a wrap dispenser. The electrical enclosure and the plurality of control components are positioned within the main frame, and the plurality of control buttons is positioned on the main frame. The plurality of control buttons controls the plurality of control components and the electrical enclosure. The wrap dispenser is connected to the wrapping arm, and the wrapping arm is connected to the main frame. The slip ring is positioned in between the main frame and the wrapping arm and provides electrical power from the electrical enclosure to the wrap dispenser. Once the horizontal plastic stretch wrapping apparatus is powered, a skid can be horizontally wrapped with a wrapping material by the rotating wrapping arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Mark W Ricker, Donald J Legath, Joshua M Ricker
  • Patent number: 9108753
    Abstract: A clamp assembly may include a first jaw member which may have a selectively inflatable bladder. In addition, the clamp assembly may further include a second jaw member which may have a belt. The first jaw member and the second jaw member may be configured to clamp material between the selectively inflatable bladder and the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Philip R. Moore, Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Richard L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9090427
    Abstract: A glove stacking apparatus and a method of stacking gloves for preparing a stack of gloves prior to packing into a box. A glove stacking apparatus comprises a lifting means for lifting each of the gloves. The lifting means includes an attractive glove lifting surface including a movable member being movable from a first position in which the movable member is substantially flush with the lifting surface to a second position in order to help dislodge the lifted glove from the lifting surface. The movable member has a surface that is permeable to air flow through the surface, while the glove lifting means including a source of positive air pressure and means to control the application of said positive air pressure through the permeable surface of the movable member in order to control the dislodging of the lifted glove from the glove lifting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Altevo Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan William Stollery, Kim Marie Stollery
  • Patent number: 9087053
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing document data. A host application is displayed on an interface of a computer system, where the host application includes an interface field that is linked to a document field of documents in a document management system. An enabler application captures a field value for the interface field and an operation identification from the host application. A context rule database contains a plurality of context rules that are accessed based upon the operation identification, where the context rule identifies a type of document that is relevant to the identified operation. A document management system is configured to be queried based on the field value and the relevant document type, where the document management system is configured to return document data based on said query, and where the interface of the computer system is configured to be updated based on the returned document data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hyland Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Miguel A. Zubizarreta, Alejandro Vanegas, Scott Caesar, Yongbo Niu
  • Patent number: 9051069
    Abstract: An apparatus for strapping a set of documents includes a document platform to receive a set of documents and a document strap while the document platform is in a receiving position. The document strap is positionable between the document platform and the set of documents. A frame having a first frame arm and a second frame arm forming a platform-receiving space between the first and second frame arms, and a belt disposed between the document platform and the document strap when the document platform receives the set of documents. The document platform is movable from the receiving position into the platform-receiving space to cause the belt and the document strap to at least partially surround the set of documents, thereby strapping the set of documents together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: De La Rue North America Inc.
    Inventor: Martinus Johannes Pieter Meersoek
  • Publication number: 20150121806
    Abstract: The invention relates to container sleeving system and method. Sleeves of heat shrinkable foil are arranged around the container. The sleeves are supplied by ejecting the sleeve from the sleeve supply. Containers are supplied form a container supply. The sleeve supply arranges the sleeve around the container by moving the sleeve upwardly around the container. A heat shrink oven is arranged for fixing the sleeve to the container. A conveyor transports containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Ernst Christiaan Koolhaas
  • Publication number: 20150090626
    Abstract: A method of bundling rolls of film together includes at least: placing at least two rolls of film, each of the rolls comprising an axis, an outer surface, and first and second ends, into tangential contact with each other, so that the axes of the rolls are parallel to each other; and securing said rolls together. A bundled package includes at least: at least two rolls of film in tangential contact with each other, each of said rolls having an axis, an outer surface, and first and second ends, wherein the axes of said rolls are parallel to each other; and a securing means for bundling the at least two rolls together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Paragon Films, Inc.
    Inventor: Shaun Eugene Pirtle
  • Patent number: 8943781
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for storing an elongated article, such as a light string or the like. The apparatus includes a hollow tube and an elongated sock. The elongated sock is fed onto the hollow tube such that end of said sock is in proximity to the end of the tube. In use, one end of the elongated article is inserted through the hollow tube and is pulled through the tube along with the sock. As the length of the elongated article is pulled through the tube along with the sock, the length of the elongated article is disposed within the length of the sock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: All Holiday Solutions, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Brandyn B. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20140360904
    Abstract: A bundled object is obtained in which a plurality of overlapped articles is sufficiently strongly bundled and it is also easy to release the bundling. A bundled object 1 is configured to include a body-to-be-bundled 3 which is made by overlapping a plurality of articles 2 and has four marginal portions 3a each extending a direction orthogonal to an overlapping direction, and a strip-shaped plastic tape 4 which bundles the body-to-be-bundled 3 by winding around the body-to-be-bundled 3 once so as to pass over the four marginal portions 3a. Then, both end portions 4a and 4b other than a winding portion of the plastic tape 4 are overlapped on each other at a position away from the body-to-be-bundled 3 and close to one marginal portion 3a, and the overlapped tape both end portions 4a and 4b are welded to each other at a plurality of welded portions H.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Shinichi AYA
  • Patent number: 8893458
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for packaging wire fence clips first collects and aligns fence clips into a series of batches that each incorporate a selected quantity of clips. Each batch of clips is fed through a packaging station where first and second flexible adhesive substrates are affixed to opposite sides of the batch, and successive batches are separated to form compact and easy to carry bundles of the selected quantity of clips. A label applicator supplies adhesive labels to one of the flexible substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Blue Sky Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy R. Lawson, Thomas M. Askew
  • Patent number: 8887478
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for at least partially wrapping a piece-goods stack, in which a tubular portion is pulled over the piece-goods stack, and to an apparatus for carrying out the method according to the invention. The method according to the invention is distinguished in particular in that, during the pulling of the tubular portion over the piece-goods stack, pleats are produced in a specific manner in the tubular portion, said pleats extending obliquely over at least one side of the goods stack. The invention is achieved in terms of the apparatus in that the apparatus has a reefing device for reefing and/or drawing over the tubular portion, said reefing device being configured in such a manner that it reefs and/or unreefs regions of the tubular portion at different speeds and/or at different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Premark Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Per Lachenmeier, Martin Schwaps, Alice Holm Kristensen
  • Publication number: 20140305078
    Abstract: A method for packing tubes or cans is proposed which arrive continuously from a production line and are taken over by a transport unit by means of a grouping unit. The transport unit transports the tubes or cans in a desired formation into a retaining hoop of a strapping unit, wherein the retaining hoop is able to grip the formation in a pincer-like movement, whereupon the formation is strapped using a plastic band and transported further. The transport is achieved by means of two spike plates which are used alternately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: TEXA AG
    Inventor: Gottlieb BENZ
  • Patent number: 8858413
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for forming sleeve-like foil envelopes from a flat strip of foil material (12), at least comprising supply means (10) for supplying the flat strip of foil material; cutting means (20) for cutting the strip of foil material through over the entire width thereof so as to obtain a foil envelope strip of a specific length having a first and a second free edge (120a, 120b); at least one enveloping unit, around which the foil envelope strip is to be wrapped; joining means disposed near said enveloping unit for joining said first and said second free edge together, so as to obtain a sleeve-like foil envelope; as well as discharge means for discharging the sleeve-like foil envelope thus formed from the enveloping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Seal Europe B.V.
    Inventor: Marinus Antonius Leonarda Van Heck
  • Patent number: 8857136
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for arranging a sleeve-like foil envelope around an object, comprising supply means for supplying said sleeve-like foil envelope around at least one spreading element (190), as well as discharge means for discharging the sleeve-like foil envelope from the device and arranging it around the object. The object of the invention is to provide a device which on the one hand requires less installation space and which, in addition, is suitable for use as a multiple enveloping device, in which several envelopes can be arranged around objects simultaneously or in succession. In order to accomplish that object, the discharge means are disposed within said at least one spreading element. Not only does this lead to a significant reduction of the required installation space, but it also makes it possible to operate the device at a higher speed and as a multiple device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Seal Europe B.V.
    Inventor: Harm Hendrik Weltje
  • Publication number: 20140290179
    Abstract: In order, in the case of a strapping apparatus for strapping articles with a strapping band, having a base plate (4) which is provided for arranging on an article, having a tensioning device (6) with which a band tension can be applied to the strapping band, the tensioning device (6) being provided for this purpose with an actuable tensioning tool which can be brought into and out of contact with the band, having a sealing device with which, by contact with the band, two band layers can be permanently connected to each other by forming a seal between the two band layers, being provided with a clamping device which has at least one clamp with two interacting clamping elements for clamping the band between the clamping elements, and being provided with at least one actuating element with which a magnitude of a tensioning force which can be applied to the strapping band or a magnitude which is dependent on the tensioning force can be set, to improve the strength of friction-welded band strapping seals produced b
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Andreas Paul Keller
  • Publication number: 20140260093
    Abstract: A method of packaging and/or transporting a stack of preformed flower pot covers utilizing a portable platform is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Wanda Weder & William Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of the Family Trust U/T/A
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20140260092
    Abstract: A carriage for conveyance of a coil of ferromagnetic metal includes an base portion having a carrier supporting, a suspension mechanism, and a cradle portion, supported relative to the base portion by the suspension mechanism, the cradle portion having a magnetic saddle for engaging the coil of ferromagnetic metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: NUCOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eron ENO, John ACKERMAN, Jason MALONE, Clayton TILLEY
  • Publication number: 20140250833
    Abstract: A machine for composite packages has an entry first carrier which is oriented in a first carrying direction and carries a composite package including a pallet, having a plurality of parallel and coplanar upper grooves and an overhanging load. A travelling-lifting device located at an exit of the first carrier has a first translator for translating the pallet and the load, and a lifter to move vertically the first translator, the pallet and the load between a lowered first state, and a lifted state where the pallet grooves are at a certain predetermined height. A drive has rods parallel and coplanar to the pallet grooves in the lifted state. The rods move between a complete disengagement state and an engagement state where the rods enter the grooves. A winder for packaging materials winds at least the sides of the load supported by the rods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: TOPPY S.R.L.
    Inventor: Daniele Piani
  • Patent number: 8826632
    Abstract: A packaging module for wrapping packs or article groups with packaging film. The packs or article groups to be wrapped are transported in an upright position on a horizontal conveying device to a packaging station. A film wrapping device includes at least one wrapping rod extending perpendicular to the transport direction and is guided on both long sides of the horizontal conveying device by continuous traction devices. The continuous traction devices each includes guiding sections that define the position and the deflection of the continuous traction device. The corresponding guiding sections of the two parallel continuous traction devices are adjustable pair wise in the same direction in their vertical and/or horizontal position and/or in their angular position about a pivot point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Christian Hastreiter, Peter Koch
  • Patent number: 8820036
    Abstract: A method for packaging bags includes providing a plurality of bags arranged in a stack; moving the stack of bags to a tube; rotating the stack of bags to form a rolled set of bags; and moving the rolled set of bags into a packaging container. A system for carrying out the method includes a plate having an open gap sized to support the stack of bags over the open gap; a tube having a longitudinal slot oriented to receive the stack of bags; a finger arrangement to move the stack of bags into the tube and then rotate the stack into a rolled set; and a push member to move the rolled set of bags into a packaging container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Reynolds Presto Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Paul Collins
  • Publication number: 20140238306
    Abstract: A standardized nesting material for use in laboratory environments for rodents includes a latrining substrate, and at least one bale unit formed to include a fibrous scaffolding material, and an insulating material. The bale units are of standardized size and can be packaged and sterilized to provide improved wellbeing of the animals; reduced feed and labor costs; and improved scientific quality of the studies conducted on the animals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Joseph P. Garner, Amy C. Lossie
  • Publication number: 20140230369
    Abstract: An apparatus for the reeling up of fiber bundles, in particular of hollow fiber membrane bundles, and in particular for the manufacture of dialysis filters, includes a reel carrier rotatable around a main axis. The apparatus includes at least two reels which are rotatably supported on the reel carrier, with the axes of rotation of the reels being perpendicular to the main axis of the reel carrier. The apparatus can be used for the wrapping of a fiber bundle with a film, having a receiver of first and second side elements and a flexible channel fastened between them for the reception of the film and the fiber bundle. A drive is provided to move at least the first side element transversely to the channel, and at least one folding device movable transversely to the flexible channel for the folding of the film around the fiber bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann REUSCHENBACH, Joern Hoermann
  • Patent number: 8800765
    Abstract: A package assembly includes a package member and a securing member. The package member includes a holding seat configured for holding an electronic device and a plurality of grasping portions extending from the holding seat for grasping the electronic device. The securing member includes an enclosing frame, attached to and surrounding the holding seat, and at least one resisting section, extending from the enclosing frame and adhered to the holding seat, and the securing member made from adhesive tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Chen Ting, Chih-Hang Chao
  • Publication number: 20140215968
    Abstract: An apparatus for clamping packaging material may include a packaging material holder. The packaging material holder may include a first jaw, a second jaw, opposing the first jaw, and a jaw opening between the first and second jaws. The jaw opening may be configured to receive a portion of packaging material. The packaging material holder may include an inflatable structure configured to fill at least a portion of the opening. The apparatus also may include a packaging material insertion tool configured to insert the portion of packaging material into the jaw opening for clamping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: LANTECH.COM, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Johnson, David E. Eldridge, Jeremy McCray
  • Patent number: 8776486
    Abstract: An apparatus for wrapping an object with a film has a film-feed head having a drive for pulling the film from a supply and feeding it in a feed direction through the head toward an object to be wrapped with the film and a pull-down device downstream in the direction from the head for drawing the film around the object. A blower directs a stream of air in the feed head parallel and immediately adjacent to the film and in the feed direction so as to entrain the film in the direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: MSK-Verpackungs-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Rolf Michels, Norbert Vermeulen
  • Publication number: 20140190124
    Abstract: A strap forming assembly for a strapping machine includes a first forming wheel having a circumferential groove formed in a rim thereof and a second forming wheel cooperating with the first forming wheel and having a mating a circumferential crown extending therefrom. The first and second forming wheels cooperate to define a forming wheel nip therebetween. The forming wheel nip is non-planar. Strapping material fed into the forming wheel nip is permanently, longitudinally deformed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Premark Packaging LLC
    Inventors: James A. Haberstroh, Jeffrey D. Termanas, Wayne J. Thas, Michael J. McMahon, Robert G. Kobetsky
  • Patent number: 8746136
    Abstract: A banding device includes a frame. A feeding assembly is mounted on the frame for feeding elastic tubing into the frame. A transfer assembly disposed within the frame includes transfer arm and fingers. The fingers receive the rubber tubing as fed. A cutting assembly is disposed between the transfer assembly and the feeding assembly for cutting the tubing into bands. The fingers of the transfer assembly move between a first closed position for receiving the band and a second open position for opening the band. The transfer arm is moveable between a first position for receiving the band and a second position for transferring the band. A banding assembly disposed at the second position receives the band from the transfer assembly. The banding assembly stretches the band and receives an item to be bundled within the band. The banding assembly releases the band about the bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Ben Clements & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: John Corbin
  • Patent number: 8739502
    Abstract: A method of determining a wrap force or payout percentage at which to wrap a load with packaging material may include dispensing packaging material. The method may also include forming a tear in a portion of the packaging material. The method may further include identifying a first payout percentage at which the tear exhibits a first behavior. The method may also include identifying a second payout percentage at which the tear exhibits a second behavior. The method may further include selecting a third payout percentage between the first payout percentage and the second payout percentage, for wrapping the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick R. Lancaster, III
  • Publication number: 20140110299
    Abstract: A package (1) of folded sheet products, in particular hand wipes, made of tissue paper or nonwoven. The package (1) includes a stack (2) of said sheet products, which stack (2) having an upper surface (3), a lower surface (4), and four side surfaces (5, 6, 7, 8) connecting said upper and lower surfaces (3, 4). A binding material (17) is applied on at least two opposite side surfaces (5, 6; 7, 8) of said stack (2) and bonded to at least two of said sheet products for retaining package integrity during handling thereof, whilst allowing separation of end sheet products (9; 11) from said package (1). A method for producing a package (1) is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Annie Sporre Thorburn, Bjorn Larsson, Magnus Falk
  • Patent number: 8695312
    Abstract: An apparatus for clamping packaging material may include a packaging material holder. The packaging material holder may include a first jaw, a second jaw, opposing the first jaw, and a jaw opening between the first and second jaws. The jaw opening may be configured to receive a portion of packaging material. The packaging material holder may include an inflatable structure configured to fill at least a portion of the opening. The apparatus also may include a packaging material insertion tool configured to insert the portion of packaging material into the jaw opening for clamping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Johnson, David E. Eldridge, Jeremy McCray
  • Publication number: 20140083889
    Abstract: Diaper packaging having a reduced manufacturing cost may be created by bagging stacks of diapers and bundling the bags. Bands may be applied circumscribing the bundled bags of diapers. One band may be applied along a first direction perpendicular with the length of the stacked diapers. A second band may applied in a second direction parallel with the length of the stacked diapers. The bags of diapers may include several stacks of diapers, and the bundles may include several bags of diapers. For certain bundle configurations of packaged diapers, additional bands may be placed circumscribing the bundles for improved stability. Packaging by banding bundles of diapers may also be used to package other personal care articles and absorbent articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: DSG INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Russell A. Ables
  • Publication number: 20140075885
    Abstract: A method for making packs of in each case at least two coupled articles which are held together by a strap wherein said strap is tensioned in a horizontally manner about the outer surfaces of the articles. Said strap is laid about the articles during a continuous conveying process and fixed afterwards. A device for handling, conveying, packing and/or palletizing articles, wherein said device includes at least a horizontal conveying means for continuously conveying articles, a device for making packs of in each case at least two grouped and coupled articles as well as a subsequent grouping device for arranging the packs opposite to other packs and for the subsequent making of pallet layers and/or for the preparation of a palletizing afterwards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: KRONES Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Kurt Perl
  • Publication number: 20140053505
    Abstract: Systems and methods for strapping a set of documents are provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus for strapping a set of documents includes a document platform to receive a set of documents and a document strap while the document platform is in a receiving position. The document strap is positionable between the document platform and the set of documents. The apparatus also includes a frame having a first frame arm and a second frame arm forming a platform-receiving space between the first and second frame arms, and a belt disposed between the document platform and the document strap when the document platform receives the set of documents. The document platform is movable from the receiving position into the platform-receiving space to cause the belt and the document strap to at least partially surround the set of documents, thereby strapping the set of documents together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: DE LA RUE NORTH AMERICA INC.
    Inventor: Martinus Johannes Pieter Meersoek
  • Patent number: 8656686
    Abstract: An improved net cutting assembly that may be used with an agricultural baler net wrapping system. More particularly, an up-cut net knife for improved cutting of wrapping material (e.g., a net) used to wrap bales of crop material in an agricultural baler. The up-cut net knife assembly improves net cutting performance by providing an up-cut net knife that moves in the same direction as the net whereby the motion of the net helps the knife get into the cut position. Further, embodiments of the up-cut knife assembly move the up-cut knife cutting edge at substantially the same speed and in the same direction as the net to be cut. This motion of the up-cut knife allows the up-cut knife to be lifted up into the net motion using a driver and then to continue on with no relative motion—or at least minimal relative motion of the knife to the net—until the knife gets into the cut position. In the cut position, the knife stops and the net is pulled against the knife blade resulting in cutting the net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140000218
    Abstract: A pallet base structure including a center deck defining a support surface extending between opposed sides and having at least two lugs extending from each of the opposed sides. A pair of base side members are positioned along respective sides of the center deck. Each base side member has first and second spaced apart base legs and a support member extending between the base legs with at least two corresponding lug receiving slots defined in the support member. The respective lugs are received in the respective lug receiving slots such that the center deck support surface is aligned with an upper surface of each support member to define a planar pallet surface. A packaging system incorporating the pallet base structure is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Kelly
  • Publication number: 20130320030
    Abstract: A corner board includes first and second sides, each including a board material; a bend between the first and second sides, joining first and second sides together; and a slit adjacent to a first end of the corner board, the slit completely crossing the bend and partially crossing the first and second sides. In addition, a method of manufacturing a corner board includes bending a board stock to form first and second sides of the corner board with an angle therebetween; cutting the board stock into fixed lengths, the bent and cut board stock forming the corner board; and forming a slit near a first end of the corner board. The present corner board may be advantageously rested or placed along a vertical edge of a container or stack of containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Clyde ULRICH