Flexible Preform Cover (e.g., Bags, Pouches) Patents (Class 53/434)
  • Patent number: 10370133
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring the performance of a product vacuum packaging machine allows for a determination of the performance of platen and chamber combinations, especially in systems using multiple platens and chambers, and particularly where individual platens are used in combination with differing chambers during packaging operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SF Investments, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Baker, Russell Martin
  • Patent number: 10351279
    Abstract: An appliance for vacuum packaging and sealing a container, including: a vacuum motor assembly generating suction, a vacuum trough fluidly connected to the vacuum motor assembly, first and second heat sealing elements, and a microprocessor configured to control the vacuum motor assembly and the first and second heating elements in programmable sequences. One programmable sequence may include energizing the vacuum motor assembly to provide suction to the vacuum trough, energizing the first heat sealing element at a first predetermined temperature for a first predetermined time when a first predetermined vacuum level is reached in the vacuum trough, de-energizing the vacuum motor assembly after a third predetermined time has elapsed after the first heat sealing element has been de-energized, delaying a dwell time, and energizing the second heat sealing element at the expiration of the dwell time at a second predetermined temperature for a second predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jamal F. Hammad
  • Patent number: 9895651
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising an inert gas generator having an outlet and an inlet, and a secure enclosure having an outlet and an inlet. The outlet of the secure enclosure is connected to the inlet of the inert gas generator and the secure enclosure supplies inert gas enriched air having a first oxygen content percentage from the outlet of the secure enclosure to the inlet of the inert gas generator. The inert gas generator is configured to operate on the inert gas enriched air having a first oxygen content percentage to form inert gas enriched air having a second oxygen content percentage, wherein the second oxygen content percentage is substantially lower than the first oxygen content percentage. The inert gas generator may be a membrane inert gas generator. The inert gas generator may be a pressure swing adsorption inert gas generator. The inert gas may be nitrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey Garfinkle, Charles Michael Flowe
  • Patent number: 9856042
    Abstract: A method and a device for packaging of products (28) in bags (26) comprises the steps of “forming a chamber (4) around the bag (26) by closing a lid (5)” and “evacuating the chamber (4)” or is formed such, respectively, in order to carry out these steps. It is the object of the device and the method, respectively, to enable an increase of the cycle performance of a packaging machine. Therefore, simultaneously with sealing the bag (26) by a sealing bar (11), the chamber (4) is vented and the bag (26) is clamped by at least a first clamping bar (10, 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Konrad Moessnang
  • Patent number: 9850021
    Abstract: A substantially paper-based composite container for an off-gassing product includes a paperboard can body having a substantially gas-impervious liner attached to an inner surface thereof, and a pair of substantially paper-based end closures attached to the opposite ends of the can body, each end closure defining a generally cylindrical sealing panel in contact with an inner surface of the can body. Heat-sealable materials are disposed on opposing surfaces of the sealing panel and can body. The sealing panels of the end closures are attached to the can body by heat seals. The heat seal for at least one of the end closures is discontinuous such that at least one vent channel extends through the heat seal so as to establish fluid communication between an interior of the composite container and the environment outside the composite container. The at least one vent channel is operable to vent excess gas pressure from the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Kenan J. Clougherty
  • Patent number: 9764868
    Abstract: The utility model discloses a cavity-type vacuum sealing machine, comprising a machine body and a cover which covers the machine body. The machine body is internally provided with a tray; an airtight cavity for holding packaging bags is formed between the tray and the cover; the cavity is internally provided with a hot-pressing bar and a heating and sealing component for sealing the packaging bags; the machine body is internally provided with a vacuum pump set for vacuumization; and the suction ports of the vacuum pump set communicate with the airtight cavity for holding the packaging bags via tubes. The cavity-type vacuum machine disclosed by the utility model has the advantages of smaller volume and small occupied space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Zhihe Hu, Xinzhai Zheng
  • Patent number: 9708088
    Abstract: A combination chamber and external suction vacuum packaging machine is operable to evacuate a vacuum bag and seal closed an open margin of the bag. The vacuum packaging machine includes a base and a lid that define a vacuum chamber operable for use in a chamber packaging operation, where the bag is entirely received within the vacuum chamber, and an external packaging operation, where only part of the bag is received within the vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hantover, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Rausch, Bernard G. Huff
  • Patent number: 9290286
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the sterilizing of packaging material and/or packages is disclosed herein. The method comprises disposing the packaging material and/or packages in a sterilization device and pressurizing a pressure medium in the sterilization device to at least a pressure sufficient to at least inhibit reproductive capabilities of microorganisms disposed with the packaging material and/or packages. The apparatus is configured to receive packaging material and/or packages and a pressure medium in a sterilization device configured to pressurize the pressure medium in the sterilization device to at least a pressure sufficient to at least inhibit reproductive capabilities of microorganisms disposed with the packaging material and/or packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Wilfried Ehmer
  • Patent number: 9266693
    Abstract: First retention member 40 and second retention member 42 are disposed so as to be separately arrayed along a direction orthogonal to a drawing direction, in which the first retention member 40 and the second retention member 42 are drawn from paper sheet storing unit. Upper opening of paper sheet storing bag 50 is sealed when the first retention member 40 moves toward and abuts on the second retention member 42. The first retention member 40 and the second retention member 42 is drawable to outside from the paper sheet storing unit only when the first retention member 40 and the second retention member 42 abut each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventor: Shingo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9144931
    Abstract: A multifunctional BOPP cigarette packaging film includes an upper layer, a middle-upper layer, a middle layer, a middle-lower layer and a lower layer. The upper layer is a binary copolymerized polypropylene surface layer, both the middle-upper layer and the middle-lower layer are homopolymerized polypropylene antibacterial agent layers, the middle layer is a homopolymerized polypropylene stiffening agent layer, the lower layer is a binary copolymerized polypropylene bottom surface layer. Also disclosed is a manufacturing method for the multifunctional BOPP cigarette packaging film. The packaging film acts as an effective barrier, has slip property and relatively low moisture permeability as well as low cost, and is suitable for a high-speed packing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Zhejiang Great Southeast Packaging Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuishou Huang, Jiayi Guo
  • Patent number: 9073654
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a packaging machine and to a method of forming a vacuum package. A first evacuable chamber is used for accommodating therein a product-accommodating section of a package, whereas a second evacuable chamber is used for accommodating therein an opening section of the package. Pressure gauges measure the pressure in both chambers, and a supply air valve serves to supply air into the first chamber. The disclosure is characterized in that the supply air valve is a control valve and is adapted to be controlled in dependence upon the difference between the pressures which prevail in the first and second chambers and which are measured by means of the two pressure gauges. The disclosure also relates to the fact that a gap is provided in a partition between the two chambers and that an adjuster is provided for varying and adjusting the cross-sectional area of said gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Klaus Rothermel, Christian Schoemig, Herbert Kirmse
  • Publication number: 20150121810
    Abstract: A method of expanding a structural support volume of a flexible container can include dispensing a cryogenic fluid into at least one structural support volume and sealing the at least one structural support volume such that it has a closed volume prior to complete conversion of the cryogenic fluid into a gas and expansion of the structural support volume to a pressurized state. The flexible container includes a product volume and at least a portion of the structural support volume extends into the product volume when the structural support volume is expanded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Marc Richard BOURGEOIS, Benjamin Jacob CLARE, Joseph Craig LESTER, Tadayoshi ISHIHARA, Scott Kendyl STANLEY, Jun YOU, Donald Joseph COX
  • Patent number: 9021771
    Abstract: A vacuum and sealing appliance comprises a heat sealing element for sealing a container during a sealing cycle. A controller controls the temperature of the heat sealing element during the sealing cycle based on a signal from a temperature sensor that senses the real-time temperature of the heat sealing element. A seal indicator light is provided which is lighted during the sealing cycle and extinguished at its completion. The signal from the controller energizes the heating element for a time to heat the sealing element to a pre-determined temperature for sealing the container and initiates a dwell time corresponding to cooling the heating element after sealing the container. Values of the real-time temperatures of the heat sealing element and values of the sealing times and the dwell times that correspond to the values of the real-time temperatures of the heat sealing element are stored in a look-up table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhu Liu, Terry Sun, Francis Wong, Landen Higer
  • Patent number: 9005551
    Abstract: A sample vessel may include a segmented tubule and an interface receiving the tubule. The segmented tubule may include an opening for receiving a sample material and at least one compressible section, the at least one compressible section having a wall constructed at least partially from a material having sufficient flexibility to permit compression of opposed sections of the wall into contact with one another, and at least two segments of the tubule being fluidically isolated from one another by a bonding of a fluid-tight seal between opposed sections of the tubule wall, wherein said fluid-tight seal irreversibly opens upon application of fluid pressure greater than a threshold value to permit selective fluid communication between the opposed sections. The interface may facilitate delivery of a sample material to the tubule through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Shuqi Chen, Lingjun Chen
  • Publication number: 20150089903
    Abstract: The present device is a sealable vacuum bag that can be either attached or non-detached to luggage. The bag extends considerable above the luggage so it can be fully packed with clothing and other items prior to a vacuum be applied through a valve in the vacuum bag by a self-contained vacuum apparatus within the luggage. The vacuum apparatus includes an air compressor, pc board, usb charging port, battery, or combination of smaller batteries, and an on/off switch enclosed in a compact vacuum casing in the luggage. The vacuum bag connection port uses a one-way valve to seal the vacuum bag in the luggage or to allow the vacuum bag to be removed from the luggage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Melanie Carey
  • Patent number: 8955294
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are processes for continuously bagging pellets. The pellets can be formed from a tacky and/or polymer-containing formulation. Other embodiments relate to systems for continuously bagging pellets. Still other embodiments related the individual components of the processes and systems for continuously bagging pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dwayne Free, Duane Boothe, Melinda Kay, Jeff Rose, Ed Beckner
  • Patent number: 8915049
    Abstract: A packaging machine and a method for packaging of products in bags, respectively, comprises a lid (5) forming a chamber (4) together with a chamber bottom (6). The object of the invention is to provide an improved device and method for evacuating the chamber (4) of a packaging machine. For this purpose a suction device (100) is provided in the chamber bottom (6), the suction device being designed such that gas can be sucked and the chamber (4) can be closed gas tight, wherein at least a closing element (8, 8?) is provided which can be moved from a first raised position into a second lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Multivac Sepp Haggenmueller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rainer Haering
  • Publication number: 20140311098
    Abstract: The present invention relates to packaging material and its use in the shelf-life extension and quality improvement of products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: DSM IP Assets B.V.
    Inventors: Corstiaan Johannes Hooft, Baukje Folkertsma, Alexander Antonius Marie Stroeks
  • Patent number: 8833042
    Abstract: An automated filling system for introducing crushed polysilicon fragments into shipping bags without significant contamination positions a freely suspended energy absorber into a freely suspended bag of non-contaminating material prior to filling, and following filling, the energy absorber is removed, and the bag is sealed. The system can replace manual packaging which has been required for semiconductor applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventors: Hanns Wochner, Bruno Lichtenegger, Reiner Pech
  • Publication number: 20140190125
    Abstract: An automatic packaging apparatus is provided, having a conveyor, a continuous longitudinally folded web, cutting and sealing mechanisms for forming flexible pouches from the web. The apparatus also includes processing stations for loading the pouches, transferring fluids (typically gases) into and out of the pouches, and sealing the pouches. Various alternative methods and devices are provided for separating each sealed pouch from the web by either making a continuous cut across a connecting strip of web material downline of the processing stations or pre-perforating the connecting strip upline of the processing stations. When the connecting strip is pre-perforated, a sealed pouch of sufficient weight may be separated from the web passively by a takeaway conveyor, and a lighter sealed pouch may be separated from the web by a tear-off mechanism that grips and pulls the web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: CVP Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Rearick, Chris Duszka, Joel Swidergal
  • Publication number: 20140138270
    Abstract: A surgical system is disclosed. The surgical system can include a tray and a vacuum-fitted cover covering at least a portion of the tray. The surgical system can comprise a tray and a drape at least partially vacuum-fitted to the tray. A surgical drape is also disclosed. The surgical drape can comprise a cover including an opening and an interior cavity defined by a flexible wall which is configured to receive a support surface. The surgical drape can further comprise a closable portion configured to close the opening and seal at least a portion of the support surface within the interior cavity. The surgical drape can further include a valve in fluid communication with the interior cavity, wherein the valve is configured to enable the suction of air from the interior cavity and draw the flexible wall inwardly to closely envelop at least a portion of the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Krishnan K. Ghosh
  • Patent number: 8707660
    Abstract: A package for an article (1) comprises a pressurized 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: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Dubble Bubble Limited
    Inventor: Neville Howes
  • Publication number: 20140097118
    Abstract: A packaging system and method of use for packaging coffee in individual valved packages is disclosed. The individual valved packages are disposed within a secondary package formed of a flexible material and including a one-way pressure relief valve. The valve of the secondary package is set to open so that the secondary package internal pressure never drops below the operating pressure of the primary package degassing valves. The secondary package is disposed within a rigid container, e.g., a corrugated carton. The system and method enables shipping of the coffee packages permitting them to degass without vacuumization (bricking) irrespective of changes in atmospheric pressure encountered during the transport of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: 8667768
    Abstract: A valve (20) is provided for sealing an evacuation port (16) in a port area (18) of a wall structure (12) of a container. The valve (20) comprises a casing (22) having a shell portion (30) which is deformable from an open condition, whereat the shell portion (30) forms a chamber (32) over the port area (18), and a closed condition, whereat the shell portion (30) contacts the port area (18). When the shell portion (30) is in its open condition, gas exits from the chamber (32) through gas-releasing holes (24) in the casing (22). When the shell portion (30) is deformed to its closed condition, a port-sealing adhesive (26) adheres to the port area (18) to thereby seal the evacuation port (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: CCL Label, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Newrones, Richard L. Sandt, Ronald F. Sieloff
  • Patent number: 8661773
    Abstract: Meat products are provided to an automated bagging system in a controlled and managed manner. Packaging systems in accordance with the present invention preferably include one or more buffering systems capable controlling the flow of meat products to a bagging system. Buffering systems are positioned along a meat product packaging line to provide such flow control. Plural buffering systems may be used as arranged in one or both of in series and in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cargill, Incorporated
    Inventors: Alec L. Gordon, David R. McKenna, Derek J. Vote
  • Patent number: 8650840
    Abstract: A reservoir for a nebulizer, a nebulizer and a method of filling a reservoir are proposed. To avoid undesirable rises in pressure, a fluid chamber of the reservoir is pre-collapsed and filled with an initial amount of fluid which is less than the maximum volume of the fluid chamber. Preferably, before being filled, the fluid chamber is compressed and/or expanded by means of gas to a defined volume which is less than the maximum volume of the fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Holakovsky, Matthias Hausmann, Guido Schmiedel, Florian Witte, Johannes Geser, Gerald Mathe, Martin Meisenheimer, Antonino Lanci, Elmar Mock, Martin Sigrist
  • Publication number: 20130333328
    Abstract: A system for collecting and compressing waste collected in a medical or surgical procedure. The system includes a bag for collecting the waste that is seated on a mobile cart. Once the waste is collected the bag is closed and, while on the cart, transported to a compactor. While on the cart, the bag is compacted. Air in the bag is discharged through a one-way valve fitted to the bag. The one way valve may be attached to a cartridge that is inserted into the bag opening. The air discharged from the bag is filtered prior to discharge into the ambient environment. The filter may be built into the one-way valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Henniges, Douglas L. Tyler, James G. Walen, Chunwu Wu
  • Patent number: 8578684
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to unitized packages and a method of manufacturing the unitized packages for containing and dispensing a product material. In particular, the unitized packages comprise a printed base card and a fluid vessel permanently bonded to the printed base card. The fluid vessel comprises a first laminate barrier layer comprising at least one layer of a biaxially oriented thermoplastic polymer, a portion of which is formed into a modified dome shape, and a planar second laminate barrier layer. The first and second laminate barrier layers are sealed together to form a fluid-tight enclosure, wherein the product material substantially fills the enclosure and the modified dome shape is resiliently sustainable. In particular, the method includes forming a portion of the first laminate barrier layer comprising the biaxially oriented polymer into the modified dome shape using a force such as pressurized gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: AKI, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Greenland
  • Publication number: 20130270146
    Abstract: A collapsible article container includes a pair of side walls connected along side edges and a transverse bottom edge defining an interior pouch volume having a sealable entrance opening and an air purge mechanism in communication with the pouch to provide air evacuation from the pouch through a volume reduction port. The air purge mechanism includes truncated, transverse, seals defining a restricted flow path in communication with the pouch volume through one passage and in communication with a volume reduction port through another. The collapsible article container may be reused after removal of a contained article by insertion of an article into the pouch volume, exposing the volume reduction port to atmosphere, and expelling entrained air from the pouch volume through the passages and restricted flow path of the air purge mechanism. In one form the pouch includes a closable strip spaced inwardly from the top edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher A.J. Iannello, Jeffrey D. Anderson, Craig E. Ernst, Jon D. Burrow
  • Patent number: 8534032
    Abstract: A filling method including a preceding filling process in which the drop opening of the filling funnel and the forward end of the gas-filling nozzle brought close to the normal line are inserted from the opened bag opening into a package bag, and at the same time, the forward end is separated from the normal line and moved toward a corner of the package bag. The method further includes a following filling process in which inert gas jetted from the gas filling nozzle and air in the package bag are replaced with each other, and a postprocess on the downstream side in which the replacement action between the inert gas and the air is promoted with the bag opening substantially closed by a shutter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: General Packer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Hirano
  • Patent number: 8522926
    Abstract: A lubricant applicator unit for pressure relief valves for a system for applying pressure relief valves to packaging during a packaging process, including a vacuum applicator for temporarily separating layers of the valve when the lubricant is applied. A pressurized nozzle sprays or atomizes the lubricant into the valve opening. Graphite suspended in liquid silicone is used as the lubricant; it is recirculated in a reservoir to keep the graphite in suspension. Optical sensors check for valves before the entrance to, and after exit from, the vacuum applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Plitek, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Karl K. Hoffman, Steve Kaganovich, Thomas J. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8517377
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus includes a suction mechanism that suctions an interior of a bag, and a connecting mechanism that connects an opening of the bag and the suction mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kunihiko Matsuhashi
  • Patent number: 8499533
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a cover, a method of covering, and a cover system to be used with shipments of products transported by air with ULDs. The dimensions of the cover system can vary depending on the ULD they are designed to be used with. The cover system can also be adapted to any individual skid such as wooden or plastic pallets used for smaller loads used in air transport or any other mode of transportation. The cover system can include one or multiple parts that wrap the shipment. Each part of the cover system can be made of one or more layers. Each layer can be made of a single material or a combination of different materials, and different layers can incorporate different materials. The different parts of the cover can be made of different materials or different combination of materials. In specific embodiments, materials used for the cover system are Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Blueye, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Emond, William Pelletier
  • Patent number: 8484933
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for packing a material in a packing container. The method includes the steps of providing a gaseous atmosphere with superheated steam in a housing; supplying a material to the gaseous atmosphere and delivering a packing container to the gaseous atmosphere. Thereafter, the material is filled into the packing container, the packing container is sealed inside the gaseous atmosphere, and filled packing container is moved out of the gaseous atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Mars, Inc.
    Inventors: Siegfried Schmidt, Johannes P. Schlebusch
  • Publication number: 20130133289
    Abstract: Amorphous valgancyclovir hydrochloride has a median particle size of below 100 ?m. A process for the preparation of the compound includes dissolving valgancyclovir hydrochloride in at least one solvent, removing the solvents under moisture controlled conditions, and drying the wet mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Madhuresh Kumar Sethi, Vijendra Singh Ravat, Raja Krishna Yerramalla, Lakshminarayana Vemula, Jagan Mohana Rao Bontalakoti, Kartikeyan Ayyaran, Debashish Datta
  • Patent number: 8438870
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a hands-free vacuum preservation system mounted on a door of the refrigerator comprising a main body portion having a slot therein for receiving an open end of a plastic bag. Sensors within the slot detect the presence of the bag and a retaining device is actuated to punch holes in the bag and retain the bag in position for a vacuum sealing event. An intake port within the system communicates with a vacuum source to remove air from the bag, and a heat sealer seals the bag closed. In a preferred embodiment, once sensors located on the main body portion detect the presence of a consumer's hand, the retaining device releases the bag. The resultant vacuum sealed bag can be stored in a conventional manner, or by hanging the bag from hooks extending through the holes formed therein by the retaining device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas David Leclear, Michele E. Wilcox, John J. Vonderhaar, Paul B. Allard, Kelly M. Hanson, Andrew Michael Tenbarge, Karen J. Querfurth
  • Patent number: 8413800
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved flat package of petri dishes and method of producing the same for prolonging shelf life and preservation of sterility of the petri dishes. The flat package is comprised of an optically clear, high-barrier, moisture-, gas- and microbial-resistant pouch. A plurality of petri dishes located adjacent one another are placed in an interior cavity of the pouch, after which the pouch is vacuum-packed, optionally flushed with an inert gas and then heat sealed. The placement and immobilization of the petri dishes in the pouch allow for prolonged shelf life and preservation of sterility, greatly reduced breakage rates, and enhanced visibility of the petri dishes by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Bret T. Barnhizer
  • Patent number: 8387185
    Abstract: A space saver pillow system comprises a space saver pillow and a bag. The space saver pillow includes a fill and a covering surrounding and enclosing the fill. The fill of the space saver pillow is adapted to generally rebound back to its natural state after being compressed. The bag encloses the space saver pillow and an amount of air. The space saver pillow enclosed in the bag is compressed no more than about 80% of its original size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Saher Hasan, Amy M. Lamberg, James B. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20130048456
    Abstract: A suitcase for carrying luggage during trips comprises a case having a top portion, a bottom portion, an interior portion, an exterior portion, a pair of horizontally extending opposing side walls, a pair of vertically extending opposing side walls positioned between the pair of horizontally extending opposing side walls, a plurality of pockets having a first edge and a second edge, a valve and an air tight closing means attached to the interior portion, an air deflating device with an elongated hose, a hand engaging means and a locking means attached to the bottom portion of the suitcase. The articles are placed inside the plurality of pockets and sealed air tight. The air deflating device is operated utilizing electric power to deflate the plurality of pockets. The deflated plurality of pockets may create even more room inside the suitcase without crumpling the articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Dmitriy Govor
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8361409
    Abstract: A system for disinfecting and purifying aqueous solutions and water for drinking purposes comprising an outer pouch, a disinfectant generating device, and an inorganic coagulant. The disinfectant generating device is provided with a membrane shell defining at least two compartments which house a first reactant, a second reactant, and an inorganic coagulant. The disinfectant generating device is capable of producing a disinfectant when exposed to water or moisture and the disinfectant exits the compartment through the membrane shell. The inorganic coagulant aid the formation of flocs of the suspended dispersed particles in the aqueous solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Odorstar Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Bernardo N. Rico, James Liang-Hiong Chia, Margaret Emily Williams
  • Patent number: 8328159
    Abstract: A vacuum valve device is used with a bag and has a base and a clip. The base has a tube, a clipping flange and a valve. The tube mounted through a sheet of the bag and has a central hole and at least one outlet hole. The clipping flange is formed on the tube. The valve is mounted slidably in the tube and selectively seal the at least one outlet hole. The clip is mounted detachably around the tube of the base and cooperates with the clipping flange to hermetically clip the sheet of the bag. The vacuum valve device may be reused, is economical and marketable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Ti-Tien Lee
  • Publication number: 20120261278
    Abstract: The invention relates to packaging container, packaging method and system. The packaging container, comprises a flexible plastic wall (2) comprising one or more vents (5), the one or more vents (5) adapted to conduct gas (29) from an inside of the container into an air-channel (6) and from the air-channel (6) to an outside (7) of the container, having air-channel-walls defining the air-channel (6), comprising internal venting means (10) for conducting gas (29) from inside the container into the air-channel (6), at least partly defined by means of at least one sealed or glued seam (9) having in at least a partial region a reduced degree of bonding sufficient to allow gas (29) to escape in response to a suitable pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Zoltán Mandzsu, József Mandzsu, SR., József Mandzsu, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120261277
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved flat package of petri dishes and method of producing the same for prolonging shelf life and preservation of sterility of the petri dishes. The flat package is comprised of an optically clear, high-barrier, moisture-, gas- and microbial-resistant pouch. A plurality of petri dishes located adjacent one another are placed in an interior cavity of the pouch, after which the pouch is vacuum-packed, optionally flushed with an inert gas and then heat sealed. The placement and immobilization of the petri dishes in the pouch allow for prolonged shelf life and preservation of sterility, greatly reduced breakage rates, and enhanced visibility of the petri dishes by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: NANOLOGIX, INC.
    Inventor: Bret T. Barnhizer
  • Patent number: 8240112
    Abstract: The evacuation device is configured to remove air from a container via a one-way valve element attached to the container. The evacuation device includes a motor with a rotating shaft that extends along an axis line. The shaft is operably interconnected to a reciprocating element reciprocally movable within a chamber along a direction parallel to the axis line. Reciprocal motion of the reciprocal element draws air into and exhausts air from the chamber. To facilitate the operable interconnection, the evacuation device includes a cam having a cylindrical sidewall mounted to the rotating shaft. Disposed circumferentially into the cylindrical sidewall is a channel. The evacuation device further includes a yoke connected to the reciprocal element and having a follower element received in the channel. Rotation of the cam causes the follower element to move with respect to the channel, thereby converting rotational motion to linear translation. The evacuation device may also include a pressure adjustment feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Scott Binger, Andrew E. Neltner
  • Publication number: 20120198792
    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: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: LONG LIFE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Carlo STELLIFERI, Giuseppe ESPOSITO
  • Patent number: 8234841
    Abstract: A method of filling flexible foil bags, wherein a foil bag is shaped at least partially by a gaseous medium and is then filled with a liquid filling material, with the gaseous medium disinfecting the foil bag. Also, an apparatus for filling foil bags comprising a shaping unit for shaping the foil bags using a gaseous medium, a filling unit for filling the foil bags with a liquid medium, with the ability of adding a disinfecting effect to the gaseous medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Deutsche Sisi-Werke Betriebs GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Wild, Hans Kepert
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8205414
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Carolina Biotti, Claudio Civanelli, Andrea Olivani, Andrew Michael Tenbarge
  • Patent number: 8197138
    Abstract: An evacuable container includes a first side wall having an interior surface and an exterior surface. The first side wall includes an aperture between the interior surface and the exterior surface. A second side wall has an interior surface and an exterior surface. The second side wall is connected to the first sidewall such that the interior surfaces of the first and second side walls form an interior of the container. A sheet has a first surface and a second surface. The first surface faces the exterior surface of the first side wall. The sheet is sealingly attached to the exterior surface of the first side wall so as to form a flow chamber between the first side wall and the sheet. The sheet includes (i) a plurality of flow channels disposed on the first surface, and (ii) an aperture between the first surface and the second surface. A check valve is disposed in fluid communication with the aperture in the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert R. Turvey