Compacting Or Stretching Patents (Class 53/436)
  • Patent number: 9409664
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for material handling in an order fulfillment center. Embodiments may include one or more flexible, modular processing modules that may be configured to receive one or more inventory items that are to be processed for shipment. The received inventory items may correspond to single-item customer orders, or to multi-item customer orders. A pre-packaging station of the processing module may be configured to receive the one or more inventory items and to perform pre-packaging operations to produce a pre-packaged unit. The pre-packaged unit may include the one or more inventory items and a pre-packaging substrate. The processing module may also include an inspection station configured to automatically verifying one or more dimensions of the pre-packaged unit. The processing module may further include a packaging station configured to perform packaging operations to produce a packaged unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Vliet, Michael A. Holland, Patricia TY Shigihara, Jon S. Battles
  • Patent number: 9371143
    Abstract: A VFFS bag is provided that is dimensionally stable, aesthetically pleasing, and renders items stored in it highly visible. The bag includes first and second gusseted side walls that span a depth of the bag and front and rear walls that span a width of the bag. The bag has a substantially rectangular closed bottom end. In order to maximize the viewabilty of stored items and reduce the amount of film material in the bag, the bag has a depth to width ratio of at least 1.5:1 at the bottom of the bag. Stability is enhanced by sizing the gussets such that they closely approach but do not overlap a line longitudinally bisecting the bag. A VFFS machine and its method of operation also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Volm Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Corbett Hefner, Robert McPhail
  • Patent number: 9139346
    Abstract: A can filling process, the process comprising providing a metal can body (1) having first and second ends, the second end being closed by a peelable lid (2), and supporting the can body (1) from beneath the peelable lid including presenting to the peelable lid a support surface having a pattern embossed thereon. The can body is filled with a product through said first end using a compacting ram such that the peelable lid is pressed against the support surface (3) by the product and said pattern is impressed into the peelable lid (2), and a closure applied to said first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerry Patrick Doyle
  • Publication number: 20150135647
    Abstract: A device is provided for collapsing a stented bioprosthetic valve, including first section and second sections, each spanning between first and second ends of the device. The second section of the device is associated with the first section to at least partially enclose an internal cavity formed by the first and second sections, the internal cavity tapering from an open insertion portion at a first end of the device to an open exit portion at a second end of the device. The insertion portion has a larger dimension than the exit portion. When the first section and second section are substantially enclosing the internal cavity, a stented bioprosthetic valve may be inserted into the insertion portion and collapsed as it is moved toward and through the exit portion. The valve may then be loaded on an apparatus for insertion into the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Theodore Paul Dale, Aaron J. Chalekian, Valerie J. Glazier, Huisun Wang
  • Publication number: 20150135646
    Abstract: A method for compression packaging of a compressible product within a product packaging for commercial distribution and sale includes compressing a compressible product within the product packaging and zipping a gusset located in a sidewall of the product packaging to thereby maintain the compressible product in a compressed condition during commercial distribution and sale. The product packaging includes a base and peripheral sidewall that define an interior containment space in which the compressible product is received. A zipper is located along the peripheral sidewall and secures a gusset in the sidewall when zipped up with the product packaging in a compressed condition. Another zipper is used to secure a lid of the product packaging. The product may be decompressed without opening the product packaging by unzipping the second zipper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: WELSPUN INDIA LIMITED
    Inventor: Dipali GOENKA
  • Publication number: 20150128529
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to transform an initial packaging consisting of a flexible material such as roll film and sealed by at least two welded joints with a liquid substance inside, into a packaging having a cubic shape with at least three faces. The method and installation using a machine comprise the following steps: 1—the initial packaging is blocked and immobilised by means of subjection clamps which maintain a constant pressure at all times, towards the inside of the initial packaging, but with regulatable damping; 2—an impact clamp (6) hits any of the perimeter lateral side or sides of the initial packaging head-on, so that the packaging inflates, thereby taking on the cubic shape, and the flaps are created; and 3—the flaps are then sealed and cut. The most significant advantages of the invention are that very small cubic packagings can be produced, and at the same time the logistical costs are reduced as a result of the absence of flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Guillermo Lopez-Arostegui Saenz
  • Publication number: 20150075117
    Abstract: A container handling machine is disclosed. The machine includes at least one operative unit comprising support means to support a shaped container, and a plunger selectively moved along a given axis to deform a base of the container from a first swollen configuration to a second configuration, in which the base is in part retracted inwardly of the container with respect to the first configuration so as to form a recess delimited by a boundary surface defining an internal volume of the container smaller than that in the first configuration. The plunger is provided with a shaped head interacting with the container base and comprising: first engaging means; and an interacting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Godet FLORIAN, Stefano MOLINARI, Raffaele PACE
  • Patent number: 8959880
    Abstract: A film-supporting device is used with a waste-disposal unit. The device comprises an annular body. The annular body has an annular wall. The inward radial surface of the wall defines a central opening of the body. The outline of the central opening in a transverse plane of the device has variable diametrical dimensions with a first diameter of greater dimension than the second diameter. The outline has two of the first diameter of generally equal dimension and two of the second diameter of generally equal dimension. The device has tubular film about an outward radial surface of the annular body. A free annular end is dispensed outwardly from the annular wall. The free annular end is closed to form a bag. The opening of the bag is accessible through the central opening and is of optimized shape via the central opening for the disposal of waste. A method for disposing of waste on a scooping tool is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Refills Company Limited
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Publication number: 20150047298
    Abstract: A method of forming a vacuum packed compressed netting sleeve for in situ formation of a compost filter sock comprises the steps of: providing a sleeve of netting material having at least one open end; bunching the sleeve of netting material primarily along a longitudinal axis, whereby each open end of the netting material remains accessible to form a compression bundle netting material; placing the compression bundle netting material in a sealable weatherproof bag; drawing a vacuum in the bag to compress the compression bundle netting material; and sealing the bag. A mechanical fastener capable of securing a compression bundle netting sleeve in position may be provided within in the bag. The bag may efficiently store remnants of the netting sleeve at the end of given manufacturing runs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Karl Szebalskie, SR., Michael Zock
  • Publication number: 20150040949
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement are disclosed for providing an implant for implantation in a body lumen, that include at least one processing unit (1) for processing the implant (7; 103), a sheathing (2) with a front opening (3) and a rear opening (4), which is at least partially disposed at or in the processing unit (1), and at least one power unit (5). The implant (7; 103) can be stored inside the sheathing (2) between the openings (3, 4). The power unit (5) serves for generation of a current (P) of a defined medium through the sheathing (2), which is connected at least to one opening (3; 4) of the sheathing (2), whereby the current (P) flows inside the sheathing (2) with the stent (7; 103).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Arik Zucker, Stefano Buzzi, Armin W. Mäder, Roman Schneeberger, Vincent Milleret
  • Publication number: 20150033672
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for packing an aircraft evacuation slide is disclosed. The apparatus includes a bottom plate for receiving a section of the aircraft evacuation slide and a top plate configured to apply a pressure and or temperature to the received section to form a fold in the received section. The apparatus is provided in a substantially open configuration and a section of the aircraft evacuation slide is placed on the first plate. The apparatus is closed to sandwich the section of the aircraft evacuation slide between the first plate and the second plate to create a fold useful for packing the aircraft evacuation slide. The compression also may remove wrinkles, thereby allowing the aircraft evacuation slide to be packed into a smaller space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jayant V. Deshpande, Michael Coronel
  • Publication number: 20140331608
    Abstract: A machine for making bio logs includes a conduit with a feed opening along a top side and a chamber below the feed opening. A door over the feed opening is movable between open and closed positions by a first piston connected to the door. A plunger disposed within the conduit is movable between a retracted position and an extended position by a second piston connected to the plunger. A method of making bio logs includes retracting the first piston to move the door to the open position, retracting the second piston to move the piston to the retracted position, disposing a quantity of filling material into the chamber, extending the first piston to move the door to the closed position, and extending the second piston to move the plunger to the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Certified Erosion Control of New Hampshire, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Letourneau, John Eaton, Chris Bouchard
  • Publication number: 20140260100
    Abstract: A system and method for injecting pressurizing fluid into a filled and sealed container is provided. The container is filled with a product and is then sealed with a closure. A pressurizing fluid is injected through the closure into the container cavity after sealing and filling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventors: James M. Taber, Kevin W. Orth, Dennis Szczesniak
  • Publication number: 20140260101
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for managing recyclable materials are disclosed. In one embodiment, an apparatus is described, the apparatus comprising an inlet port for receiving the recyclable materials, a tube connected to the inlet port, an outlet port as part of the tube for expelling the recyclable materials, a screw blade mounted inside the tube and the inlet port along a tube longitudinal axis for moving the recyclable materials through the inlet port, the tube, and the outlet port, a motor coupled to the screw blade for rotating the screw blade, thereby moving the recyclable materials through the apparatus, and a receptacle installed onto the outlet port for receiving the recyclable materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CP Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Ball, Terry Ward
  • Publication number: 20140223864
    Abstract: Control of a wrapping apparatus is facilitated by enabling an operator to input a load containment force requirement and/or a minimum number of layers of packaging material to be applied to a load, with a wrap control system automatically determining wrap force and other parameters required to meet user input requirements and/or parameters to minimize the expertise required of an operator and to provide more consistent and reliable wrapping of loads. In addition, a wrapping apparatus may be controlled to apply at least a minimum number of layers of packaging material to a load throughout a contiguous region thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Michael P. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20140223863
    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: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Michael P. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20140208693
    Abstract: A package for bedding includes a blank of material formed into a loop, the loop having an enclosed top side, an enclosed bottom side, first and second enclosed lateral sides extending between the enclosed top side and the enclosed bottom side, a first openings at a first end of the loop, and a second opening at a second end of the loop. A section of the enclosed top side is joined together to form handle that extends along a top side of the loop between the first opening at the first end of the loop and the second opening at the second end of the loop. The package has a central opening defined by the enclosed top side, the enclosed bottom side, and the first and second enclosed lateral sides of the loop, the central opening extending from the first opening at the first end of the loop to the second opening at the second end of the loop. A box is disposed within the central opening of the loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Comfort Revolution, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Fux
  • Patent number: 8790770
    Abstract: A towel is formed by hydro-entanglement of an isotropic web formed of predominantly rayon. The towel comprises a surface texture formed during hydroentangling. The towel is compacted into a cake or disk shape for distribution. The cake or disk shape can expand when exposed to moisture such that the towel recovers to substantially the original dimensions and texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: John C. Flannery
  • Patent number: 8783004
    Abstract: A device for filling and compacting pourable products is proposed, comprising: —at least one product feed (16) for feeding a pourable product to a container (12) that is to be filled, —at least one ram (14) for compacting the product supplied to the container (10), characterized by means for applying a predetermined force to the ram (14) and for detecting the force acting on the ram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Beck
  • Patent number: 8776678
    Abstract: A wrapping system for plant material utilizes a first wrapping material dispenser disposed along a first upper periphery of a compacting chamber, and a second wrapping material dispenser opposite the first dispenser, for automatically dispensing sheets of wrapping material in overlapping relation over the chamber and plant material therein. The system includes apparatus for joining the overlapping sheets together. The system is automatically operable to dispense sheets of the material in overlapping relation over the chamber and join them for receiving a flow of the plant material thereon. Before or while the plant material is received, the sheets are further dispensed to move downwardly in the chamber to receive and wrap about the plant material. The system then dispenses opposite ends of the sheets in overlapping relation over the material and joins the ends to complete the wrapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Martin J. Roberge
  • Publication number: 20140182247
    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: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Ray McLaughlin, Charles Duane Mullins, Charles Clifton Sanders, Hillard Birdell Smithers, III, Gregory Kyle Nelson
  • Publication number: 20140174033
    Abstract: The present inventive concept(s) relates, in general, to articles that are packaged in a compressed state relative to an uncompressed fully articulated state and methods of making and using same. In a specific embodiment, but not to be considered as limiting, the articles so packaged in a compressed state are plant covers that are either substantially rigid and/or substantially flexible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter, not Individually but solely as Trustees of The Family
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20140165504
    Abstract: A hot-fill PET container or bottle (10) filling with a liquid at an elevated temperature has a side wall (9) extending to a lower portion including a pressure panel (11) and a base (21) in its unfolded or pre-fill position. The panel (11) is transversely oriented and has a decoupling or hinge structure (13), an initiator portion (1) and control portion (5) of a steeply angled inverting conical section between 30 and 45 degrees. The control portion enables the inversion of the panel (11) into the container (10) to compensate for vacuum or reduced pressure induced within the container as the liquid cools down. The base (2) can also have a plurality of reinforcing ribs (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: CO2 PAC LIMITED
    Inventor: David Murray Melrose
  • Publication number: 20140158560
    Abstract: A method for containing a bale of compressible material includes compressing the bale of compressible material to form a compressed bale having a plurality of grooves in at least one side thereof. The grooves are recessed from an outer surface of the compressed bale. The compressed bale is transferred to a flexible container. The container conforms to a shape of the compressed bale such that at least some portions of the flexible container take the shape of the grooves to define container portions recessed from the outer surface of the compressed bale. A containerized bale made by the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Premark Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Nyckowski, Timothy B. Pearson
  • Publication number: 20140144805
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method to hold a patterning device configured to impart a beam of radiation with a pattern in its cross-section. The apparatus includes a base configured to support the patterning device and an inner cover couplable to the base. The inner cover includes a restraining mechanism that, upon an application of a force external to the inner cover, is configured to provide an in-plane force to the patterning device to restrain movement of the patterning device, the in-plane force being substantially parallel to a patterning surface of the patterning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicants: ASML Netherlands B.V., ASML Holding N.V.
    Inventors: Robert Gabriel Maria Lansbergen, Peter C. Kochersperger, David Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8720167
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for subdividing a fed tubular packaging sleeve into packaging units, having two displacer groups which are intended for constricting the tubular packaging sleeve, it being possible for the rear displacer group, as seen in respect of the movement of the tubular packaging sleeve, to be moved in the longitudinal direction of the tubular packaging sleeve, and the apparatus comprises a supporting element which is connected to the rear displacer group and is intended for supporting the tubular packaging sleeve. The supporting element allows the tubular packaging sleeve to be transported away reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Tipper Tie Technopack GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Kruse
  • Publication number: 20140102043
    Abstract: Decorative elements and decorative grass are disclosed that are provided with a substantially flat configuration which, upon activation, can assume a curled or crimped configuration at the point of sale or point of use. Methods for producing the same are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of The Family
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20140090338
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for filling and/or tamping product in a container is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present disclosure is related to a device for filling a container with a material including a conduit comprising a top opening and a bottom opening, and a tamper integrally coupled to the conduit. The tamping face may be configured to move in a straight path along the axis normal to the plane of the bottom opening from the second position to a third position. The shape of the perimeter of the tamping face may be configured to mirror the internal shape of a provided container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Jesus R. Oropeza
  • Patent number: 8671652
    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: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Michael Ray McLaughlin, Charles Duane Mullins, Charles Clifton Sanders, Hillard Birdell Smithers, Gregory Kyle Nelson
  • Publication number: 20140048170
    Abstract: An apparatus for tamping the contents of a container having a bottom surface prone to bending and/or cracking during tamping. The apparatus includes a tamp head for tamping the contents of the container; and a container support assembly structured and arranged to temporarily support the bottom surface of the container during tamping, the container support assembly comprising a support element having a protrusion extending upward from a substantially flat and horizontal upper surface, wherein the protrusion is sized and shaped to correspond to the size and shape of the bottom surface of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES INC.
    Inventors: James D. Evans, Herbert Cary Longest, Tamika S. Murrell, Robert V. Powell, JR., Jeremy Straight, Jarrod Chalkley
  • Patent number: 8650841
    Abstract: The invention relates to a low friction gliding plate designed to optimize the process of packing at least one compressible object, such as insulation material, in continuous foil. In addition the present invention relates to a method for using a low friction gliding plate in packaging at least one compressible object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Seelen A/S
    Inventor: Jan Waltersdorph Knoblauch
  • Patent number: 8650687
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: K2 Health Products, LLC
    Inventors: Moshe Klerer, Stuart Simonovits
  • Publication number: 20140020335
    Abstract: A biodegradable component for a package for storing and dispensing a cosmetic product or a beauty care product made from compressed fibrous biomass bound by a cosmetically compatible and compostable binder is filled by adhering the product to at least one surface of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Agostinho Martins, Eliot Drangeid McGuire
  • 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: 8596027
    Abstract: A packaging component for use with an article includes a panel having a first shell with a first surface facing the exterior of the package and a first opposing, spaced apart inward-facing surface. The first shell defines a first cavity. The panel further includes a first core situated in the first cavity wherein the first core includes a plurality of in-situ expanded polymer particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Richard W. Roberts, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130305662
    Abstract: A method for containing a bale of compressible material without straps or wires includes compressing a quantity of compressible material into a bale and introducing the bale of compressed material into a container in the compressed state. The container can be sealed following receipt of the bale. A baler can be used with a press for compressing the material, and a bagging station can facilitate transfer of the bale to the container without straps or wires securing the bale following compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Nyckowski, James A. Haberstroh, Timothy B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 8572934
    Abstract: A system for providing single portion viscous or semi-viscous food products utilizes an indexing conveyor to serially dispense pieces of top packaging material thereon, deliver a precise volume of the single serve food product, deposit a top packaging material piece thereon, press the sandwiched layer together to form the final shape of the food product and, optionally, heat seal the top and bottom material pieces to enclose the food product. Optional system layouts include cooling and/or oxygen depleted zones and multiple lane operation and serially adjacent rows of system components wherein the indexing conveyor moves forward by two increments at each indexing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Jay
  • Patent number: 8568850
    Abstract: A uniformly premixed sealant is extruded into a packaging form and allowed to pressure equilibrate prior to freezing. Upon warming the sealant begins to cure. The storage of the preformed sealant formulation under cold conditions arrests the activity of cure catalysts and accelerators mixed therethrough. The sealant is readily extruded into a preform shape containing a lightweight filler. A release film is provided to avoid contact with the sealant preformed in a shape during application to a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Zook, Dewey L. Mullins, Stephane Pyrek, David W. Jordan
  • Patent number: 8567162
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a dynamic bioactive bone graft material and a method of handling the material to prepare an implant. In one embodiment, a method of preparing a dynamic bioactive bone graft implant is provided. The method includes the step of providing a porous, fibrous composition of bioactive glass fibers, wherein the fibers are characterized by fiber diameters ranging from about 5 nanometers to about 100 micrometers, and wherein the porosity of the matrix ranges from about 100 nanometers to about 1 millimeter. The porous, fibrous composition is introduced into a mold tray, and a shaped implant is created using the mold tray. The composition may be wetted with a fluid such as saline or a naturally occurring body fluid like blood prior to creating the shaped implant. In another embodiment, the porous, fibrous composition is provided with the mold tray as a kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Prosidyan, Inc.
    Inventors: Charanpreet S. Bagga, Hyun W. Bae, Thomas E. Day
  • Patent number: 8549822
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a packaging machine includes a mechanism for compressing one or more sides of the bag to expel excess air from an open top end of the bag. In one embodiment, a packaging machine supports a top portion of a bag and a bottom portion of the bag, such that the bottom portion of the bag is moved closer to the top portion of the bag as the bag is moved from a first location to a second location. The bags may be supported from below such that additional support is provided during compression of the bag to remove excess air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hershey Lerner, Joseph Lattur
  • Patent number: 8534030
    Abstract: A method of retaining a longitudinally compressed flexible duct, the method includes removing at least one retaining strap from extending longitudinally about a flexible container retaining a longitudinally compressed flexible duct having a first end and a second end within the flexible container, the retaining strap extending about a first end and a second end of the flexible container. The method further includes securing a choker about a circumference transverse to the longitudinally compressed flexible duct and the flexible container to circumferentially compress a portion of the longitudinally compressed flexible duct at a position intermediate of the first end and the second end of the longitudinally compressed flexible duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: William R. Gray
  • Publication number: 20130209857
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a plurality of battery cells configured to generate an electrical current from an electrochemical reaction and a battery tray. The battery tray includes a channel formed from a plurality of walls. The channel is configured to receive at least a portion of the battery cells therein and permits at least an axial translation of the battery cells in respect of a longitudinal axis of the battery tray to accommodate an expansion and a contraction of the battery cells during an operation of the battery pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Leonid C. Lev, Mark A. Smith
  • Publication number: 20130197618
    Abstract: A medical device package includes an elongate tubular holder having a first and a second detachable tip, and a medical device positioned within a cavity and contained within the holder via the first and second detachable tips. The medical device has a self-shaping bias and is loaded in opposition to the bias via contact with an inner surface of the holder defining the cavity. The first and second detachable tips may include snap-off tips, such that upon detachment the cavity is opened for removing the medical device. Related methodology is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Logan Michael Cage, Elizabeth Anne Theobald, Kurt J. Tekulve, Steve Harris, Ryan Koontz
  • Publication number: 20130190681
    Abstract: A package has a transport/storage state for storing powdery material which is to be mixed with a solvent to form a medical solution. The package includes a compartment which is at least partially defined by two opposing wall portions, and a connector. In the transport/storage state, the compartment contains the powdery material in the form of at least two distinct sets of powdery material of different compositions, where the opposing wall portions are brought into engagement with the powdery material so as to immobilize the sets of powdery material. When used for preparation of the medical solution, a fluid is selectively admitted into the package via the connector so as to expand the compartment and enable mixing of the sets of powdery material with the solvent in the compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: GAMBRO LUNDIA AB
    Inventors: Olof Jansson, Lennart Jonsson, Torbjorn Linden, Jan Sternby, Ragnar Tryggvason, Anders Wieslander
  • Publication number: 20130167483
    Abstract: A container for a compressible article is disclosed, wherein the container includes first and second opposed sides having a first length, a first pair of flaps or edge attached to an end of the first and second opposed sides defining an end of the container, third and fourth opposed sides capable of having a second shorter length; and a second pair of flaps or edges attached to the third and fourth sides, the second pair of flaps having a fold line approximately aligned with the end of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: William R. Gray
  • Publication number: 20130160780
    Abstract: A non-heating type flavor inhalator of the invention includes a hollow cylindrical holder (2) having an ambient air admission opening (16) at a front end thereof and a mouthpiece end (4) at a rear end thereof, and a flavor cartridge (30) extending inside the holder (2) from the ambient air admission opening (16) toward the mouthpiece end (4) along the axis of the holder (2). The flavor cartridge (30) accommodates a flavor generating material (32) containing granular tobacco, and the flavor generating material (32) is kept in a predetermined required compressed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventor: Japan Tobacco Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130125511
    Abstract: A method for compacting a slug of product and apparatus for accomplishing the same. The invention describes collecting weighed product in an intermediate settling device to form a compact slug of product. The device can comprise a single settling chamber or can comprise multiple settling chambers which are axially rotatable. The slug can be compacted by jostling and/or vibrating the settling device. Thereafter, the product is discharged to a packaging apparatus. Because the product in the final package is denser, a smaller package can be utilized reducing manufacturing and shipping costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130123730
    Abstract: A method of individually packaging a single-use disposable diaper for use in intimate absorption of body fluid includes compressing a single-use disposable diaper for use in intimate absorption of body fluid from a first condition to a second, compressed condition, and retaining the single-use disposable diaper in the second, compressed condition with a pressure differential that acts upon a substantially flexible, substantially air impermeable material to maintain the single-use disposable diaper in the compressed condition. The pressure differential is created by locating the single-use disposable diaper in an interior space of a substantially air impermeable, substantially flexible material, creating a negative pressure within the interior space, and hermetically sealing the single-use disposable diaper at the negative pressure within the flexible material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Nadia Corlett
  • Publication number: 20130111851
    Abstract: A system for palletizing peat moss in bulk form, comprising a dosing and feeding unit; a filling and compaction unit, receiving an amount of peat moss determined by the dosing and feeding unit, and compressing each determined amount of peat moss into a compressed bloc of peat moss on a pallet; a stabilization unit, receiving, from the filling and compaction unit, pallets, each pallet supporting a compressed bloc of peat moss, and wrapping the compressed bloc for stabilization thereof; a weighing and height measuring unit, measuring each compressed bloc received from the stabilization unit; and a wrapping unit, finally wrapping each measured compressed bloc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: LES TOURBIERES BERGER LTEE.
    Inventor: LES TOURBIERES BERGER LTEE.
  • Patent number: 8434287
    Abstract: A method of retaining a longitudinally compressed flexible duct, the method includes removing at least one retaining strap from extending longitudinally about a flexible container retaining a longitudinally compressed flexible duct having a first end and a second end within the flexible container, the retaining strap extending about a first end and a second end of the flexible container. The method further includes securing a choker about a circumference transverse to the longitudinally compressed flexible duct and the flexible container to circumferentially compress a portion of the longitudinally compressed flexible duct at a position intermediate of the first end and the second end of the longitudinally compressed flexible duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: William R. Gray