Including Evacuating Patents (Class 53/408)
  • Publication number: 20150033670
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for removing air from a bag containing articles while the bag is traveling on a moving conveyor belt. A horizontal shaft is disposed in operational relationship to the conveyor belt. A plurality of rings is provided such that each ring has a thickness and a centered opening dimensioned to loosely accommodate the shaft, and also to rotationally oscillate relative to the shaft. Each ring is vertically displaceable relative to the shaft. Each ring independently generally follows a contour defined by the articles to expel air by downwardly depressing an outer surface of the bag under gravity caused by weight of each ring while the bag is carried on the conveyor belt below the rings. A radial distance between the shaft and the ring is greater than a diameter of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicants: BAXTER HEALTHCARE S.A.,, BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Adam G. Ray
  • Publication number: 20140331603
    Abstract: A gas-filling packaging method using a track type gas-filling packaging machine includes a bag placing step in which a number of packaging bags set in a magazine in a stacked state are turned up one by one by a sucker and picking up and then passing the bag to a bag chuck, a bag opening/inflating step of opening the bag mouth and inflating the bottom of the bag by suckers, a bag filling step of lowering a synchronous funnel to be inserted into the bag and applying a receiving member of a bottom tapping unit to the bag, so that the bag is filled with a predetermined amount of article while the bottom is tapped, a deaeration/temporarily sealing step of inserting a deaeration nozzle into the bag to remove air in the bag and holding the bag mouth by a temporary heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL PACKER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8863947
    Abstract: The present application provides a unique process of canning a controlled substance where the cans are hermetically sealed and clearly identified in a number of different ways. The process will begin by inserting a packing and dehumidifying agent, preferably a formed rice cake. The controlled substance is then inserted. In some cases the rice cakes will be eliminated or just a single rice cake will be used on the top or the bottom. If the process of storing the controlled substance in an inert atmosphere is desired, the oxygen in the container is replaced with gaseous nitrogen. After the container has been sealed in the conventional pop-top canning procedure; an identifying scent substance is permanently adhered to the can or label. An internal or external microchip could be used to detect, track and trace the container filled with a controlled substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: N2 Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: David P. Sibley
  • Publication number: 20140305079
    Abstract: A method for removing headspace gas from a liner-based assembly. The liner-based assembly may generally include an overpack, a liner positioned within the overpack and containing a material and headspace gas, and a closure for sealing the liner. The method may include providing a one-way valve in fluid communication with the interior of the liner and permitting flow in a direction out of the interior of the liner, and applying a vacuum to the one-way valve to evacuate headspace gas from the interior of the liner. In some embodiments, The liner-based assembly may also include a port in fluid communication with an annular space between the overpack and liner, and the method may include capping the port, for example, during application of the vacuum to the one-way valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Ware, Alfredo Daniel Botet, Glenn M. Tom, Greg Nelson, Dale Mowrey, Jordan Hodges
  • Publication number: 20140130452
    Abstract: A transportable and interchangeable tank for collecting and disposing of mud, slurry or other fluid waste material adapted to be transported on a transport vehicle having an air evacuation connection specially adapted to connect directly to and seal with a complementarily connection of a vacuum pump on the vehicle, whereby the connective dead space between the tank and the pump is substantially minimised in order to improve the efficiency of evacuating air from and thus filling the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: VAC-U-DIGGA R&D PTY LTD
    Inventors: NEIL COSTELLO, JACK BEACH
  • Patent number: 8640430
    Abstract: Method and assembly for evacuating a package (2), such as a vacuum package filled with a product such as nuts. The package is at least partially made of packaging film (6). The method employs a suction device (4) provided with a suction opening, for evacuating the package through an aperture (12) in the packaging film. The package is provided with a substantially plate-shaped, rigid element (8), one main surface of which substantially lying in contact “with the inner side of the packaging film, wherein the aperture in the packaging film is provided at the location of the substantially rigid element. The method further includes the sealing abutment of the suction opening against an outer side of the package, at a location where the substantially rigid element lies in contact with the inner side of the packaging film, in such a way that the aperture is in fluid connection with the suction opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Interprise-Brussels S.A.
    Inventor: Mathias Leonardus Cornelis Aarts
  • Publication number: 20140018726
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gas composition device that can be used for the sterile transport and storage of a gas composition that will be used with regard to a human or an animal. The device of the present invention consist essentially of a gas container (2) positioned within an cavity of an outer package, the gas container containing a gas composition within an internal reservoir of the gas container and being surrounded in the cavity of the outer package by the same gas composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: AIR LIQUIDE HEALTHCARE AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Timothy J. Warren
  • Patent number: 8607832
    Abstract: A vacuum seal valve is applied to a lid for the air-tight closing of a container for the packaging of products, particularly food products, including a closing body arranged for sealing a hole for evacuating air from the container, from which at least one punching member stems that is adapted to pierce the lid closing the container so as to form such evacuating hole. A reciprocating mechanical vacuum pump, with manual actuation, evacuates air from a container arranged for the vacuum packaging of products, for example food products, via application of the vacuum sealing valve. The pump has, at its base, a recess adapted to form a housing for retaining the valve, whereby the lowering movement of the plunger allows driving the valve in a lid of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: F.A.C.E.M. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Ferlito, Davide Demartini, Davide Adriano, Gabriele Adriano
  • Patent number: 8596026
    Abstract: A method and packaging system for forming a sealed vacuum package having minimal residual air remaining. At least one vacuum lance is provided in the interior of a partially-formed package to withdraw the air, the package being closed on three sides and having a fourth side open for insertion of the vacuum lance. An air restriction can be provided along the fourth side to form a closed edge that prevents ingress of air into the package interior after the evacuation of air. In one aspect, the air restriction may comprise a pair of pinch rollers that compress the package at the fourth side edge to form a pinch seal that provides a relatively airtight air chamber inside of the package prior to and during sealing of the package. In another aspect, the air restriction may comprise a partial seal formed around the lances to prevent or minimize air from reentering the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Paul E. Doll, Timothy E. Coulson, Ronald E. Ballen
  • Publication number: 20130299366
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for packaging perishable foods. A packaging method in accordance with several embodiments of the disclosure can include, for example, mating a tray with a product. The tray can include a compartment having a generally similar shape as the shape of the product. The method can further include gas flushing an internal atmosphere around a product, and sealing the product and the internal atmosphere between a lid and the tray. Additionally, the method can include pasteurizing the product with an application of substantially uniform high pressure to a surface area of the package (e.g., high pressure pasteurization).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Gary DesLauriers, Paul Wolfert
  • Publication number: 20130205719
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to vial preparation methods and to vials prepared by such methods. Some embodiments relate to use of an apparatus, such as a lyophilisation apparatus, to perform the methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Emma J. Wensley, Andrew Malcolm Knill, John Frederic Suendermann
  • Publication number: 20130205718
    Abstract: A composite closure including a panel and an outer portion defining a recess into which the panel is received. The composite closure may be coupled with a container. The panel deflects downward toward the container when the composite closure is sealed with the container and the interior of the container is under vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: William J. Kapolas
  • Publication number: 20130097967
    Abstract: An appliance for dispensing, forming and vacuum packaging a container is provided including a base, a vacuum motor disposed in the base, a vacuum sealing compartment formed in the base including a vacuum trough fluidly connected to the vacuum motor, a sealing element disposed in the vacuum sealing compartment adjacent the vacuum trough, and a bag roll storage compartment formed in the base vertically disposed above the vacuum sealing compartment. At least one section of the container material may be dispensed from the storage compartment and cut from the roll of container material and sealed on a first free end with the sealing element to form an unsealed container. The unsealed container may then be evacuated by the vacuum motor through a second free end inserted into the vacuum trough and/or sealed on the second free end with the sealing element to form a hermetically sealed container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Augusto Picozza, Richard Neil Tobin, Andrew L. Hall, Jeffery A. Smith
  • Publication number: 20130098785
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of packing leaf tobacco preserve the integrity of tobacco, help retain freshness and moisture content of tobacco, and also help eliminate insect infestation. A packing container for leaf tobacco includes a carton, and a flexible, non-porous bag located within the carton. The bag includes a closeable opening through which the bag receives a quantity of tightly packed leaf tobacco. The bag is configured to have air extracted therefrom and to maintain a sub-atmospheric pressure therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Marcos Andre Steffens
  • Publication number: 20130081358
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method, a device, and a control program for the fluid-tight sealing of capsules containing medicaments, wherein the capsules consist of at least one capsule body and a capsule cap which are set one into the other telescopically and provided with a tight band in the abutment region on the exterior side of the capsule, wherein the capsule components are filled with gas which has a changed temperature and/or a changed pressure in relation to the environment, and wherein a reduction of the difference in pressure in the capsule to occurs via gaps between capsule body and capsule cap after the capsule components have been placed one inside the other. The capsules produced via the method according to the invention are disposable capsules and preferably contain a single dose of an orally administered pharmaceutical formulation in the form of a powder or a liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Josef BOLDIS, Sabine LANDERER, Thorsten NEUHAUS
  • Publication number: 20130071602
    Abstract: Composite materials are provided that include an open-cell polymer foam matrix including one or more polymers and, embedded into the polymer foam matrix, granules or shapes which have an open porosity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
    Inventor: EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
  • Patent number: 8381493
    Abstract: Affords a compound semiconductor substrate packaging method for preventing oxidation of the surface of compound semiconductor substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nishiura, Yoshio Mezaki, Yoshiki Yabuhara
  • Publication number: 20130031871
    Abstract: A vacuum apparatus for sealing an airtight bag includes a tongue in fluid communication with a vacuum chamber and base members that close around and seal a section of the bag. The once closed, the apparatus facilitates fluid communication between the interior of the airtight bag and the vacuum chamber, allowing actuation of the vacuum chamber to result in evacuation of air from the bag. The tongue may take the form of a removable tube device or may be designed to puncture the bag. The apparatus may be wholly removable after evacuation of the bag, or some part of the apparatus may remain on the bag in order to maintain the airtight seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: John Helmsderfer, Alex Androski, Andrew Ahr, Thomas Coulter, Kyle Ridlon, Nicholas Jeffers
  • Patent number: 8327606
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sterilization in which items to be sterilized are placed in an impervious sealable package and the sterilization process is carried out within the package. The apparatus (10) includes a cabinet (18) in which a package (P) preferably with a carrier (11) located within, can be positioned. A snorkel (17) is inserted into the package (P) and via connector (23) vacuum, pressure and sterilant can be applied to the interior of the package (P). A sealing arrangement (14b, 22b) can seal the package closed after the sterilization process has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Mercer Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Terry Dean Kemp, Christo Andre De Klerk
  • Patent number: 8323562
    Abstract: A vacuum packaged product and method for reducing tensile strength loss associated with sterilization of polyolefin-based products by gamma radiation, and reducing odors commonly produced by such sterilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Andrew Schorr, Aaron Drake Smith, Sean Gorman
  • Publication number: 20120269459
    Abstract: A package for an article (1) comprises a pressurised outer bag (5) having gas-tight seals (7) at opposite ends, and an inner web for supporting the article within the outer bag. The web extends along the length of the outer bag and is secured to the outer bag only at the gas-tight seals (7). The web is maintained under sufficient tension by the pressure within the outer bag to suspend the article within the bag and to maintain a space between the article and the outer bag on all sides of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Neville Howes
  • Patent number: 8231003
    Abstract: The invention relates to protected filter units for safety filtration, in which the filter units are at least double-packed with different packaging materials and to a method for producing the protected filter units. In this case, the first packaging material is permeable to gases but impermeable to microorganisms and the at least second packaging material is impermeable to gases. The first packaging material fixes the at least one filter unit, and so no abrasion can take place during transport and handling. The filter units according to the invention are suitable for sterile filtration processes and for filtration processes under clean-mom conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventor: Rainer Bautz
  • Publication number: 20120137632
    Abstract: A conditioning assembly for conditioning an article (D), such as a fluid dispenser, under vacuum, the assembly including an airtight enclosure (E) for receiving an article (D) for conditioning under a vacuum; the assembly being characterized in that the enclosure (E) includes a conditioning element (21) that is movable inside the enclosure, the enclosure (E) being connected to a suction chamber (C) that includes a piston (22) that is capable of causing the volume of the chamber (C) to vary, the conditioning element (21) and the piston (22) being constrained to move together in a manner such that a movement of the piston (22) in the direction for increasing the volume of the chamber (C) causes suction to be generated in the enclosure (E).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: VALOIS SAS
    Inventor: Michel Alaterre
  • Publication number: 20120124942
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the invention, reactant sensitive substances are stored in a container where a diaphragm inside the container is expanded to reduce air in contact with the substances. In an embodiment, an inner diaphragm is expanded by pushing on an outer diaphragm and forcing the inner diaphragm towards the substance where the gas containing the reactants is forced out a one-way valve. In an embodiment of the invention, a second one-way valve allows air into a container void space between the inner and outer diaphragms when a force is applied to the outer diaphragm that pumps out the gas and brings the inner diaphragm into contact with the substance. To open the container, the vacuum can be released by pressing a first one-way conditional valve which releases air into the container. A second one-way conditional valve can release the air trapped in the container void space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Gidi Shani
  • Publication number: 20120085070
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus described herein relate to establishing and maintaining low gas pressure within a gas-sealed device fabricated from heat sensitive materials. Methods include transferring activated getters within the interior of an apparatus from regions fabricated from heat-resistant materials to interior regions of the gas-sealed device fabricated from heat-sensitive materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Fong-Li Chou, William Gates, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K.Y. Jung, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120045558
    Abstract: A method for packaging products with mechanically abusive surfaces, such as crustaceans and shellfish, comprises the use of a twin film as the top skin film in vacuum skin packaging process. The twin film comprises at least two component films superimposed the one on the other and not welded, bonded, adhered, glued or sealed together. The invention also relates to a vacuum skin package comprising a food product selected from the group consisting of crustacean and shellfish loaded on a support and a twin skin film draped over the product and welded to the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Andrea Fanfani, Maurizio Ciocca
  • Publication number: 20110302885
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the multiple fixation of goods on a pallet includes the placement of the goods on a basic board, covering of the goods by an air-tight deformable bag, creating a detachable and air-tight connection with the basic board, and exhausting air from the bag by a valve. The free ends of the bag are inserted into a circumferential groove along the perimeter of the basic board prior to exhausting the air, and are fixed in the groove by at least one fixing component. In one example, the fixing component is at least one of a fixing elastic band or a tightening band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: Jihoceska Univerzita V. Ceskych Budejovicich, Ekonomicka fakulta
    Inventor: Radek TOUSEK
  • Publication number: 20110162148
    Abstract: A method for reducing a cushion footprint for long-term storage may include inserting a foam core into a plastic cover, subsequently applying a vacuum to the plastic cover, and, while under the vacuum effect, sealing the plastic cover, and its contents. A device providing the vacuum effect may include a surface having protruding sections connected to non-protruding sections via tapered sections. A cushion may include an at least 20 density high resiliency foam core, and a fabric cover that includes (a) a combination of polyester and spandex and/or lycra, (b) nylon to which a thin water resistant material coating is applied, and/or (c) polyester fabric including raised anti-slip polyvinyl chloride dots, other portions of the polyester fabric at which the dots are not positioned having applied thereto a polyvinyl chloride coating. The device may compress the foam core while housed in a fabric cover, housed in the plastic cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Moshe Klerer, Stuart Simonovits
  • Publication number: 20110138745
    Abstract: System for allowing removal of air from the interior of flexible packages, in which material can be found, including a conveyor transporting and supporting the bottom of the flexible packages or package, a second sub-system holding the top part of the package and an air extraction system. The package is raised vertically while being displaced along the conveyor. Removing the air from the packages before closing them results in a flat and straight flap, while reducing the distance between the product and the sealed or sewn joint. The process is accomplished through a continuous displacement of the package. These advantages result in packing material savings. A method for allowing removal of air is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: André Albert, Steve Michaud, Guillaume Lessard
  • Patent number: 7958696
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of vacuum packaging and vacuum packaging techniques. Embodiments of the present invention include bales and packages comprising a sealed chamber having an internal volume at a pressure less than ambient atmospheric pressure. In alternate embodiments of the present invention, the internal volume of the package comprises a bulk material, a bulk fiber material, fibers or fibrous materials. Also disclosed are methods for packaging, packaging systems and apparatus for packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Michael Ray McLaughlin, Charles Duane Mullins, Charles Clifton Sanders, Hillard Birdell Smithers, III, Gregory Kyle Nelson
  • Publication number: 20110094928
    Abstract: Shipping bedding sets for retail sale includes making textile soft goods product for retail sale constituting bedding sets for differing sizes of beds; packing the textile soft goods products in a shipping container such that the respective retail packaging of the textile soft goods products for retail sale collectively consume the entire interior containment space of the shipping container, wherein the interior containment space of the retail packaging of each textile soft goods product for retail sale is substantially the same, but wherein at least some of the particular bed sizes differ from another one; and shipping the packed shipping container to a retailer, wholesaler, distributor or consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: John A. PIAZZA, Paul Mischinski, Nancy Golden, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Todd Stancombe
  • Publication number: 20110094925
    Abstract: Packaging a consumer textile soft goods product for retail sale includes: providing a vacuum-resealable bag; and sealing one or more textile soft goods within the interior space of the vacuum-resealable bag for retail sale to a consumer. The bag has air impermeable walls defining an interior space of the vacuum-resealable bag; a one-way valve assembly configured to permit air to be evacuated through the one-way valve assembly from the interior space of the vacuum-resealable bag but to preclude air from entering the interior space of the vacuum sealable bag through the one-way valve assembly, and a closure mechanism configured to seal a mouth of the vacuum-resealable bag in an airtight manner. The vacuum-resealable bag is configured to maintain a vacuum condition within the interior space. The vacuum-resealable bag is configured to be opened and then reclosed such that the vacuum-resealable bag is reusable by a consumer for vacuum-packing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: John A. PIAZZA, Paul Mischinski, Nancy Golden, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Todd Stancombe
  • Publication number: 20110094929
    Abstract: An environmentally friendly system in which product packaging is reused post purchase by consumers includes: packaging textile soft goods products for retail sale comprising, for each textile soft goods product, the steps of locating textile soft goods within an interior space of a reusable vacuum-resealable bag, locating the vacuum-resealable bag within retail packaging, and identifying the textile soft goods contained in the vacuum-resealable bag by physically associating printed media with the retail packaging; and advertising as a selling point to consumers the reusability of the vacuum-resealable bags of the textile soft goods products for retail sale. Each vacuum-resealable bag is reusable for vacuum-packing by a consumer after the textile soft goods have been removed therefrom post purchase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: John A. PIAZZA, Paul Mischinski, Nancy Golden, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Todd Stancombe
  • Publication number: 20110094926
    Abstract: Packaging a consumer textile soft goods product for retail sale includes: providing a vacuum-sealable bag; sealing one or more textile soft goods within the interior space of the vacuum-sealable bag for retail sale to a consumer; and physically associating with the vacuum-sealable bag, for viewing by a consumer at retail sale, printed media that identifies the one or more textile soft goods contained in the interior space of the vacuum-sealable bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: John A. PIAZZA, Paul Mischinski, Nancy Golden, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Todd Stancombe
  • Publication number: 20110067360
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing high porosity graphite capillary structure includes preparing electrically conductive portions that are mateable to form an enclosed container, placing the electrical conductive portion that is connected to a negative terminal of a power source and a target material connected to a positive terminal into an electrolyte solution to form a basic micro-structure on the portion, subjecting the portion to a physical vapor deposition to deposit graphite on the basic micro-structure through sputtering to form a capillary structure primarily formed of graphite, combing the electrically conductive portions so treated to form the enclosed container that is then subjected to air evacuation and filling of a working fluid therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: KUO-CHI SHANG
  • Publication number: 20110042249
    Abstract: A cigarette or other tobacco product package may be constructed with a sealed outer overwrap. The overwrap may be multi-layered and configured to contain an internal pressure higher than an ambient external air pressure. The multilayer overwrap may be assembled to a cigarette or other tobacco product pack in two or more layers adhered together during assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Stephen K. Guerrera, Edward Joseph Goldman, David J. Smith, Malcolm E. Taylor, Robert Francis Kovar
  • Publication number: 20110027020
    Abstract: A pneumatic tube system, including at least one system control module for controlling delivery of a pneumatic carrier through pneumatic tubing. The system includes at least one pneumatic tube station having a sealer, the sealer includes a heating pad and a sealing strip, where the sealer automatically grips the open end within the heating pad and the sealing strip upon insertion of the bag into the system. In one example, the sealer creates a vacuum to extract air from an interior space of the bag. The sealer applies heat to the open end to seal the bag. The system includes at least one pneumatic tube station configured for sending at least one carrier, the at least one sending pneumatic tube station being in signal communication with the at least one system control module, where the at least one carrier is sent through the system by pneumatic tubing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Fredrick M. Valerino, SR.
  • Publication number: 20100294783
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rigid container of foodstuff, the foodstuff comprising fish that is present in solid form. The closed container presents substantially no liquid. The invention also provides a method of manufacturing the container and apparatus for manufacturing the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: ETABLISSEMENTS PAUL PAULET
    Inventors: Benoit Ronsin, Christine Nauleau, Eric Muckensturm, Alain Olivieri
  • Publication number: 20100233024
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are vials and devices containing a ketorolac solution for intranasal administration and a head space comprising no more than about 10% v/v oxygen and which vials and devices are stored in an oxygen-impermeable pouch. Also disclosed are processes for preparing the vials and devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Roger Whiting, Ramachandran Thirucote
  • Patent number: 7739857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of vacuum packaging and vacuum packaging techniques. Embodiments of the present invention include bales and packages comprising a sealed chamber having an internal volume at a pressure less than ambient atmospheric pressure. In alternate embodiments of the present invention, the internal volume of the package comprises a bulk material, a bulk fiber material, fibers or fibrous materials. Also disclosed are methods for packaging, packaging systems and apparatus for packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Michael Ray McLaughlin, Charles Duane Mullins, Charles Clifton Sanders, Hillard Birdell Smithers, III, Gregory Kyle Nelson
  • Publication number: 20100126893
    Abstract: A compactly packaged paint roller cover and a method of compactly packaging a paint roller cover are disclosed which require significantly reduced shipping and display shelf space volumes. A semi-rigid paint roller cover manufactured from a small diameter tubular knitted pile fabric is placed within a vacuum sealable plastic bag, which is subsequently evacuated and sealed, collapsing the semi-rigid paint roller cover to a flattened configuration. Such compactly packaged paint roller covers require significantly reduced shipping and display shelf space volumes. To use the compactly packaged paint roller cover, the vacuum sealed plastic bag is opened upon which the semi-rigid paint roller cover resiliently resumes its round cross-section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel L. Sinykin
  • Patent number: 7625459
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a bag for use in vacuum packaging comprises forming a first panel having a plurality of baffles for evacuating air and/or other gases from inside the bag using a suction source, while preventing liquids from being drawn into the suction source, and a second panel. Each panel comprises a gas-impermeable base layer and a heat-sealable inner layer molded from melt-extruded resin. The first panel is overlapped with the second panel, and three of four edges of the panels are heated such that the inner layers bond at the heated edges. This description is not intended to be a complete description of, or limit the scope of, the invention. Other features, aspects, and objects of the invention can be obtained from a review of the specification, the figures, and the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongyu Wu, Charles Wade Albritton, David Brakes
  • Publication number: 20090272077
    Abstract: A unique integration of a unidirectional, thermoplastic valve of specific design with any common plastic or thermoplastic storage bag to create a method by which a substantial amount of trapped air may be evacuated from the bag after it is filled and sealed. While there are currently patented methods of removing air from frozen food storage bags by using various forms of valves, vacuum devices or human breath, the stipulation in the present invention is the use of a valve of specific design in combination with any common plastic or thermoplastic storage frozen, food, storage bag that is unique and central to this inventive concept. The method of closing plastic or thermoplastic, storage bags is not central to the present inventive concept. This concept allows for the removal of substantial excess air inside any plastic or thermoplastic storage bag regardless of the means by which it is sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventor: John Yoshiro Ajioka
  • Publication number: 20090249747
    Abstract: Affords a compound semiconductor substrate packaging method for preventing oxidation of the surface of compound semiconductor substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nishiura, Yoshio Mezaki, Yoshiki Yabuhara
  • Publication number: 20090229222
    Abstract: An appliance system including a module removably mounted to an appliance, one or more removable gas canisters operably connected to the module, and a food retaining enclosed space operably connected to the module. The one or more gas canisters supply a modified atmosphere in the food retaining enclosed space to produce a modified atmosphere that enhances preservation of the food contained in the food retaining enclosed space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: Whirlpool corporation
    Inventors: CAROLINA BIOTTI, CLAUDIO CIVANELLI, ANDREA OLIVANI, ANDREW MICHAEL TENBARGE
  • Publication number: 20090217626
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sterilization in which items to be sterilized are placed in an impervious sealable package and the sterilization process is carried out within the package. The apparatus (10) includes a cabinet (18) in which a package (P) preferably with a carrier (11) located within, can be positioned. A snorkel (17) is inserted into the package (P) and via connector (23) vacuum, pressure and sterilant can be applied to the interior of the package (P). A sealing arrangement (14b, 22b) can seal the package closed after the sterilization process has been completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventors: Terry Dean Kemp, Christo Andre De Klerk
  • Publication number: 20080313996
    Abstract: In an air evacuative binding type air packing bag and a packing method using the same, an air cylinder is bended to form a first cushioning wall and a second cushioning wall, two sides of the first cushioning wall and the second cushioning wall are adhered to each other to form an accepting space. Next, an article is placed in the accepting space, and air in the accepting space is then evacuated to allow the first cushioning wall and the second cushioning wall to bind the article up to retain the article in the accepting space and not to be shaken with the air packing bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Chieh Hua Liao, Yaw Shin Liao, Bo-Xin Jian, Yao Chuan Liao
  • Publication number: 20080307755
    Abstract: A process for carrying out a packaging for food stuffs, such as hazelnuts, dried fruits, or powdered milk, packaged in bulk, comprises the steps of: —provision of a big bag container (2), —carrying out a filling of the above said product (P), into the big bag container (2), —provision of a seal enclosure (3) susceptible of containing the big bag container (2) with the above said filling of product (P) therein, and—sealing the enclosure (3) containing the big bag container (2), with the above said filling of product (P) therein, a sub atmospheric pressure level. Preferably, a protective inert gas, such as nitrogen, is inserted into the enclosure (3) containing the big bag container (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: STELLIFERI & ITAVEX S.P.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Stelliferi, Giuseppe Esposito
  • Patent number: 7331163
    Abstract: The present invention is a vacuum packaging system that is comprised of a very convenient vacuum pump and canister-sealing device that is an integral component of a refrigerator. The device is comprised of: 1) one or more external vacuum hose input ports or retractable combination hose/input ports, for applying a vacuum for packaging canisters, bottles or jars, or a remote bag sealing unit; 2) an internal configuration comprised of one or more vacuum hose input ports or retractable combination hose/input ports, canister lid storage attachments and/or carousel storage attachments; and/or 3) an external, integral or removable bagging unit (recessed into the refrigerator door) for vacuum sealing and cutting plastic bagging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventors: Joseph A. Hau, Sephanie Hau Novak
  • Patent number: 7316101
    Abstract: A vacuum sealing method and system for evacuating air from and sealing a flexible plastic bag of the type having a mating male rib and a female sealing channel closure along the length of the bag opening. A flowable liquid is applied to the female channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Inventors: Vincent Nguyen, David W. Vice