Before Association With Cover Material Patents (Class 53/438)
  • Patent number: 9844512
    Abstract: A multi phase soft gelatin dosage form comprising at least one preformed solid dosage form and at least one liquid fill phase. The multi phase soft gelatin dosage forms of the present invention are especially useful to combine at least one solid dosage form and at least one liquid phase for single ingestion. Method and apparatus for manufacturing the multiphase soft gelatin dosage forms are also described. The solid phase, liquid phase or coatings may comprise active pharmaceutical ingredients, nutraceuticals, nutritional supplements, therapeutic substances, functional excipients or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: CATALENT ONTARIO LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Robert Draper, James Edward Draper, Beth Marie Okutan
  • Patent number: 9114897
    Abstract: According to example embodiments, an automatic packing apparatus includes at least one box supply unit configured to move a box stack upwards such that a product is inserted into a packing box of the box stack, the packing box being the uppermost box of the box stack, an inlet formation unit configured to lift the upper surface of the packing box to form an inlet on at least one unbonded side surface of the packing box, a product supply unit configured to transfer the product to the inlet; and a side surface bonding unit configured to bond the at least one unbonded side surface of the packing box. The at least one unbonded side surface includes the inlet and the packing box includes the product inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Ho Kim, Byoung Oh Park, Yong Ki Cho, Jong Soo Jeong, Bong Sup Lim, Yun Jin Jung
  • Publication number: 20150141994
    Abstract: An intramedullary orthopedic implant includes a body section having a first end that provides a point of insertion for the body section and a second end. The body section further includes wings extending away from the point of insertion for the body section. The intramedullary orthopedic implant further includes first and second legs extending from the second end of the body section. The first and second legs begin in a first implanted shape, are movable to a second insertion shape, and remain in the second insertion shape as long as the first and second legs are mechanically constrained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Cheney, David J. Pancratz
  • Publication number: 20150102589
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems for packing or deploying airbag cushions, such as driver side airbag cushions, to improve unfolding kinematics and/or otherwise improve performance. In some implementations of methods for packing an airbag cushion, a first portion of an airbag cushion may be compressed and then secured in a compressed configuration using a first wrap. A second portion of the airbag cushion may then be compressed and secured in a second compressed configuration using a second wrap. The resulting airbag cushion assembly may be configured to separate the wraps sequentially, rather than simultaneously, during inflation of the airbag cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: ChangSoo Choi, Brian Joseph Borton
  • Publication number: 20150090629
    Abstract: A compacted feminine hygiene kit comprising basic items such as at least underwear, at least a feminine wipes and at least a feminine sanitary towel. Further the compacted feminine hygiene kit comprises a shaped base for keeping the feminine hygiene kit assembly rigid body while providing a kit, easy to carry, that offers a greater degree of discretion, convenience, and portability to females.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: George L. Diaz-Santiago
  • 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: 8938937
    Abstract: A machine for packaging fiber material comprises feed means (2) supplying predetermined portions of fiber material (3) in an ordered succession, compacting means (4) by which the portions of fiber material (3) are compacted initially, a feed station (8) to which packs (9) are supplied for filling with the fiber material (3), a filling station (D) at which the fiber material (3) is inserted into the packs (9), and a closure station (E) located downstream of the filling station (D), at which the filled packs (9) are sealed. The machine further comprises fiber material (3) compressing and forming means (7) by which each of the portions of fiber material (3) is maintained in a state of compression downstream of the compacting means (4) for a prescribed interval of time, in such a way that the selfsame portion of fiber material (3) is caused to assume a compact geometry of tablet-like form prior to its insertion into the respective pack (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fulvio Boldrini, Roberto Ghiotti
  • Publication number: 20140352623
    Abstract: A process for reprocessing soiled animal bedding material commingled with animal manure. The soiled animal bedding material is separated in a shaker to send at least a preponderance of said manure to a holding tank. Said bedding material is subsequently dried and compacted to form a compacted product. Alternatively, said bedding material is dried (without a compacting step) to form a product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Shelly Ann Townsend
  • Publication number: 20140311091
    Abstract: A packaging system for the selection, grouping and loading of varying size and/or configuration product packs into cartons as provided. The packaging system includes a selection area having a primary selector for forming an initial product pack configuration, and a secondary selector adapted to select and direct an additional grouping of products into a nested arrangement against the initial product pack so as to form a nested product pack. The nested product packs thereafter can be engaged by loader arms of a pair of opposed loading assemblies, which move the nested product packs into a series of cartons moving through the packaging machine. Thereafter, the ends of the cartons can be closed and sealed to complete the packaging of the product packs therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Frank N. Moncrief, David F. Warner, Colin Ford
  • Publication number: 20140246535
    Abstract: An end plug to be inserted axially into the centre of an end of a roll of paper, includes a holding element adapted to hold and/or guide the end of the roll of paper in correct position in a dispenser. The end plug includes an outer sleeve having an outer end and an inner end and the holding element is connected to the sleeve by elements allowing the holding element to be axially moved from a first position to a second position, in which the holding element protrude outwardly from the outer end of the sleeve, the holding element being releasably held in the first position when moved thereto. A roll of tissue paper including such an end plug and a dispenser provided with such a roll are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Robert KLING, Anders ANDERSSON, Erik HJORT
  • Publication number: 20140208694
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus for compressed pressed bales (25) is designed to apply a bale packaging (32) to the pressed bale (25) and has a transporting device (5), which is designed to remove a compressed pressed bale (25) from a press (3, 3?). The transporting device (5) has a movable bale receptacle (6) for picking up the compressed pressed bale (25) on two opposite sides, wherein the bale receptacle has several elongated support elements (20) arranged at a distance from one another on each of the areas intended to retain the pressed bale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Dirk Falise, Norbert Sauerwein
  • Patent number: 8657115
    Abstract: An arrangement having a plurality of moistened cosmetic pads based on nonwovens which are piled into a closable packaging container in order to distribute to the final consumer and to prevent evaporation. The pads have, on average, a moisture content of at least 200% of the dry weight thereof in the arrangement, the pads have a fiber structure made of staple fibers, are individually moistened and have a homogeneous moisture content such that the difference of the average moisture content of the pads which are arranged in the upper and in the lower quarter of the stack is, at a maximum, 30% of the average moisture content of all of the pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Paul Hartmann AG
    Inventors: Angela Roempp, Jana Michelmann, Rainer Mangold
  • Publication number: 20140041339
    Abstract: A method of handling compressible materials of trash including the steps of; compressing trash material into a compressed charge and then pushing the compressed charge from a compression area into a holding area and allowing the compressed charge to stabilise and settle; compressing a second charge of compressible trash material and pushing the second compressed charge from the compression area into the holding area and thereby pushing the stabilised and settled first charge from the holding area; ejecting the first charge from the holding area into a cover and as the first charge makes its way through said cover a series of wires or straps are tied around said cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Nicola Borrelli
  • Publication number: 20130292292
    Abstract: A kit and method for compounding medicated treats for pet animals includes a first compound, a second compound, a mold assembly, and a blister pack subkit. The first compound includes an edible binding agent for the medicated treat. The second compound includes a nutritional supplement. The first compound and the second compound are admixed together with an auxiliary ingredient, which admixture is formed into the medicated treats using the mold assembly. The mold assembly includes at least a mold plate, a base plate, and a pair of mold clamps. The kit may also include an extractor to facilitate removal of medicated treats from the mold assembly. The blister pack subkit includes a blister pack for receiving the medicated treats, and an adhesive backing for sealing the medicated treats within the blister pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: MEDISCA PHARMACEUTIQUE INC.
    Inventors: Antonio Dos Santos, Panagiota Danopoulos
  • Patent number: 8567163
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging articles, in particular a stack of insulation panels, includes an element for supplying a stack of articles to a transfer position, and an adjustable spout forming a discharge channel having a receiving end and a distal end. The apparatus is further operative to wrap the stack with a packaging foil material, and transfer it into the spout. The adjustable spout comprises at least four spout members which are moveable relative to each other so as to vary the height and the width of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventor: Jan Præstholm
  • Patent number: 8549820
    Abstract: A packaging device is provided for highly-compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3). The packaging device (1) has a sheathing device (16) for applying a shrink wrapping, which has at least one prepared and diverted stretching hood (4), to the compressed bales (2). A bale compression facility is also provided having at least one bale press (6) for generating highly compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3), and having at least one packaging device (1) according to the invention. A process is provided for packaging highly-compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3), wherein said compressed bale (2) is provided with a shrink wrapping, wherein at least one prepared and diverted stretching hood (4) is applied to said compressed bale (2) using a sheathing device (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hi Tech Textile Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Falise, Norbert Sauerwein
  • Publication number: 20130247518
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the production of a pocketed spring unit, the method comprising the steps of compressing and feeding a plurality of springs (42) into troughs (2A, 4A) or castellations in opposed conveyor belts (2,4), moving said springs (42) from said troughs (2A, 4A) or castellations to a position between upper and lower layers of fabric or other material (16A, 18A), step-wise advancing said material (16A, 18A) and said springs (42) in the direction of the output of the apparatus and welding together said lengths of fabric or other material (16A, 18A) at each step-wise advancement by a plurality of sequentially controlled welding anvils (10) so as to form a plurality of discrete pockets (46) each containing a spring (42). Apparatus for carrying out the method is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: A HARRISON (BEDDING) LIMITED
    Inventors: Simon Paul Spinks, David Clare
  • Publication number: 20130219837
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging stacks of folded paper products such as handkerchiefs or the like with blanks of plastic film, comprising at least one pocket (58), insertion means (5), along an insertion direction, of a single stack in said pocket (58) with the interposition and consequent folding of a corresponding blank, said pocket (58) being operatively associated with stop means (24) of the stack completely inserted within said pocket. There are control means (22) adapted to operate the stop means (24) in a coordinated manner with respect to the operation of the insertion means (5), to provide an abutment to the stack during the whole insertion step in the pocket (58), the stop means (24) comprising suction means (72) adapted to keep the film in position and to disengage the same film at least in an extraction step of the stack from the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: RENT S.r.l.
    Inventor: Renzo Tommasi
  • Publication number: 20130219828
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a panelboard guard assembly configured to restrict access to a panelboard having a cover and a door defined therein, the cover having first and second side edges. The panelboard guard assembly includes a first strap, a second strap and an adjusting mechanism. The first strap has a first outer end and a first inner end. The second strap has a second outer end and a second inner end. The adjusting mechanism extends between and couples the first strap and the second strap at the first and second inner ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: ADK ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: ADK Electric Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130220337
    Abstract: The present technology provides intravaginal devices designed to intravaginally deliver difficult to formulate water-soluble molecules and macromolecules for a sustained period of time. The devices include a chamber having at least one orifice and containing a sustained-release formulation. Such formulations include a water-swellable polymer and an intravaginally administrable substance. Methods of making and using the devices are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Patrick F. Kiser, Vlad G. O'mel, Leland J. Prather, Festo Damian
  • Publication number: 20130212980
    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: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicants: Trust U/TA da
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20130206251
    Abstract: Containment devices, for example for containing fluid or contaminant spills, are described. An example containment device includes a flexible absorbent structure which is configured to absorb a first liquid material, for example a liquid hydrocarbon, antifreeze, engine coolant, or combinations thereof, while being further configured to repel and/or resist the absorption of a second liquid material, such as water. The absorbent structure may be attached to a containment structure, which is made from a flexible material impervious to the first liquid material, and which may include a pocket for receiving a reinforcement member therein. During use, a reinforcement member is provided in a pocket along a perimeter of the containment structure, the containment structure being adapted to be collapsed into a compact configuration when not use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Sherry L. Harr
  • Patent number: 8464500
    Abstract: A process and system reprocesses soiled animal bedding material commingled with animal manure. The material is to remove a preponderance of the manure. The remaining soiled bedding is washed in water and a cleaning agent, rinsed and, optionally, bleached to restore color and appearance. The resulting material is dewatered and dried to reduce its moisture content and kill any remaining pathogens. After being cleaned and sanitized, the material may be reused as bedding or further processed into pellets or other products, such as manufactured fire logs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Shelly Ann Townsend
  • Publication number: 20130096479
    Abstract: A hemostatic product having a plurality of hemostatic layers. Each of the hemostatic layers includes a dextran support and at least one hemostatic agent, which is selected from the group consisting of thrombin and fibrinogen. The hemostatic layers are arranged in a stacked configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: ST. TERESA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: St. Teresa Medical, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130061560
    Abstract: The method for inserting cotton wads into containers uses a wad transport unit, which comprises two star wheels, each having three wad holders. The two star wheels are mounted rotatably on the same rotational axis but with an offset from each other, and each star wheel is driven by its own separate drive means. During rotation of the star wheels, one of the three wad holders of each star wheel is horizontally shifted in such a way that the three wad holders of each star wheel are arranged in a straight line and are thus located above three containers to be filled with the wads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: UHLMANN PAC-SYSTEME GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Detlev Gertitschke, Michael Kronawitter
  • Publication number: 20130032046
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a prestretched polyethylene film having a longitudinal stretch ratio of from about 1:2 to about 1:4 and having a longitudinal elongation capability of at least 170%, said elongation capability comprising an elastic component. The invention also relates to a method for producing said film and to a method of wrapping compressed bulk material such as a round bale using said film, the method comprising further stretching the prestretched film and applying the film around the compressed bulk material in direct contact therewith. The film according to the invention may be used as a net replacement film and allows increasing the efficiency and the economics in the baling process by allowing faster baling, use of a lesser amount of wrapping film and/or improved protection of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: TRIOPLAST AB
    Inventors: Lars Öhrn, Inger Byström, Torbjörn Runesson, Andreas Lindberg
  • Patent number: 8367100
    Abstract: Novel micro-encapsulated topical analgesics are provided to treat pain and may be applied via sleeves having dosed therapeutic sections, especially to joints and extremities. Sleeves may be prepared and packaged inside-out and inverted when positioned by the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Chattem, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane C Smith, Joseph Czerwinski, Mike Davies, Don Moak, Blair Ramey
  • Patent number: 8282607
    Abstract: Novel micro-encapsulated topical analgesics are provided to treat pain and may be applied via sleeves having dosed therapeutic sections, especially to joints and extremities. Sleeves may be prepared inside-out and inverted when positioned by the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Chattem, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane C Smith, Joseph Czerwinski, Mike Davies, Don Moak, Blair Ramey
  • Publication number: 20120210676
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the production of a pocketed spring unit, the method comprising the steps of compressing and feeding a plurality of springs (42) into troughs (2A, 4A) or castellations in opposed conveyor belts (2, 4), moving said springs (42) from said troughs (2A, 4A) or castellations to a position between upper and lower layers of fabric or other material (16A, 18A), step-wise advancing said material (16A, 18A) and said springs (42) in the direction of the output of the apparatus and welding together said lengths of fabric or other material (16A, 18A) at each step-wise advancement by a plurality of sequentially controlled welding anvils (10) so as to form a plurality of discrete pockets (46) each containing a spring (42). Apparatus for carrying out the method is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Simon Paul Spinks, David Clare
  • Publication number: 20120174532
    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: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20120151877
    Abstract: The main objective of this invention is a Mobile plant for dosing, mixing and packaging of powdery products, characterized because it is comprised of a carrying structure and several areas for: reception and weighing, loading, mixing, sack filling, sewing and labelling, metal detection, palletizing and cleaning. This invention is included within the industrial plants technical sector of manufacturing and mixing of powdery products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: INVERSIONES HIKI6, S.L.
    Inventors: Henrik Stamm Kristensen, M. Maravillas Martinez Lopez
  • Patent number: 8132393
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for compressing at least one roll of compressible material having an outer diameter and a circumference and an inner core having an inner diameter at least one roll of compressible material are provided. For example, a method according to one embodiment includes positioning a chuck about the circumference of the at least one roll, wherein the chuck is configured to engage the at least one roll at a plurality of evenly spaced locations about the circumference of the at least one roll. The method further includes radially compressing the at least one roll at a plurality of evenly spaced locations about the circumference of the at least one roll with the chuck such that the outer diameter of the at least one roll is substantially uniformly reduced without collapsing the inner core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventors: Nicholas P. De Luca, Robert H. Brill
  • Patent number: 8122822
    Abstract: A bale stacker for forming a number of bales into a bale bundle having a predetermined number of bales. The bale stacker includes a compression chamber in which the bales are formable into the bale bundle, and a loading chamber in which the bales are positionable in respective columns proximal to an upstream opening of the compression chamber. The bale stacker also includes a transfer assembly with a platen for moving the columns from the loading chamber into the compression chamber. Front doors are located at the upstream opening and movable between a closed position, in which the upstream opening is at least partially obstructed by the front doors, and an open position, in which each column of bales is movable respectively through the upstream opening. Controlling means coordinate movement of the front doors with movement of the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Marcrest Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Horst
  • Patent number: 8074428
    Abstract: For the production and filling of (sheet-material) bags (10) with one tobacco portion (18) each, a plurality of bags (10) are preferably made available in the region of a filling station (20). The latter is located in the vicinity of a pressing station (19), which is supplied with the tobacco portions (18). In the region of the pressing station (19) or in a pressing chamber (35), each tobacco portion (18) is compressed in the vertical direction on a horizontal rest, namely on a platform (39), and in addition preferably compressed by a pressing crosspiece (42) in the horizontal direction. The tobacco portion (18) thus formed is introduced into the bag (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Reinhard Hoppe, Peter Krause
  • Publication number: 20110289887
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for producing a small pouch with a predetermined amount of particulate material therein, a predetermined amount of the particulate material is portioned from a bulk supply and compacted into a single discrete caplet. The caplet is then deposited into an open hollow pouch closed at one end thereof, and the open end is then closed with the caplet between the closed ends of the pouch. The caplet in the pouch is then compressed to return it to its particulate form. The particulate material may be granular or shredded tobacco.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: MARTIN T. GARTHAFFNER, BARRY S. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20110239591
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for metering tobacco in portions suitable for packaging. The apparatus includes a feeding element for the tobacco and a device for forming and discharging at least one tobacco portion suitable for packaging. The device comprises a wiping element for wiping tobacco into a portioning chamber. The portioning chamber is variable in volume for compressing the tobacco and releasing the compressed tobacco portion. The portioning chamber is also displaceable relative to the wiping element for displacing from a filling position into a dispensing position and vice versa. An element for discharging the compressed tobacco portion is disposed in the area of the dispensing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: Hauni Maschinenbau AG
    Inventors: Thomas Gruss, Patrick Fricke, Stephan Plewa, Hartmut Ringel, Bernd Seliger
  • Patent number: 8028500
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing an absorbent article includes a holding tool, a female tool disposed along a machine axis, and a male tool disposed along the machine axis. The holding tool has an aperture aligned along the machine axis and means for holding a flexible sheet across the aperture. The female tool has at least one folding element extending in a direction radially away from the machine axis, and the male tool has means for holding a fluid storage element and at least one pleating blade extending in a direction radially away from the machine axis. At least two of the holding tool, female tool, and male tool are capable of relative motion along the machine axis. Further the at least one pleating blade and of the male tool and the at least one folding element of the female tool are aligned to permit manipulation of the flexible sheet about the fluid storage element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventor: Curt Binner
  • Patent number: 7958695
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus is used with a group of bales. The group of bales is gripped with a bale handling apparatus. A flexible strip is positioned around the group of bales. The group of bales is then moved while the group of bales is gripped by the bale handling apparatus and while the flexible strip extends around the group of bales. The flexible strip is positioned relative to the group of bales by a positioning member which is connected with the bale handling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth Kuhns
  • Publication number: 20110094192
    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 compacting 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: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph Bierschenk, Jerry Mike Reaves
  • Patent number: 7895813
    Abstract: A method and system for packaging multiple bedding products. The method includes compressing a stack of individual compressed and sealed mattresses between an upper shipping support and a lower shipping support and restraining subsequent expansion of the individual compressed and sealed mattresses with bands enclosing the upper and lower shipping supports and the stack of compressed and sealed mattresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Primo International
    Inventors: Niaina Andria, George Itzkovitz
  • Patent number: 7891156
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus including a receptacle, a ram, a film dispensing assembly and first and second elongate members. The receptacle defines a central axis and has a dispensing end with first and second substantially linear and parallel opposed edges that define an axial limit of the dispensing end. The plastic film material forms a film tube about the receptacle. The first and second elongate members are substantially parallel with the first and second edges. In operation, the ram is extended to eject the batch of material through the dispensing end into the film tube. Retracting the ram forms a partial vacuum within the film tube between the batch of material and the ram. The first and second elongate members compressively engage the film tube between the batch of material and the dispensing end and thereby form folded flaps in the film tube. A method of packaging is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Rethceif Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Roland Beer
  • Patent number: 7877964
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the production of a pocketed spring unit, the method comprising the steps of compressing and feeding a plurality of springs (42) into troughs (2A, 4A) or castellations in opposed conveyor belts (2, 4), moving said springs (42) from said troughs (2A, 4A) or castellations to a position between upper and lower layers of fabric or other material (16A, 18A), step-wise advancing said material (16A, 18A) and said springs (42) in the direction of the output of the apparatus and welding together said lengths of fabric or other material (16A, 18A) at each step-wise advancement by a plurality of sequentially controlled welding anvils (10) so as to form a plurality of discrete pockets (46) each containing a spring (42). Apparatus for carrying out the method is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: A Harrison (Bedding) Limited
    Inventors: Simon Paul Spinks, David Clare
  • Publication number: 20110011035
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method and apparatus for packaging articles, in particular a stack of insulation panels, said apparatus comprising means for supplying a stack comprising one or more articles (1) to a transfer position (3), an adjustable spout (5) providing a discharge channel and having a receiving end and a distal end and with packaging means (6) provided adjacent the distal end, so that the stack is received at the receiving end and discharged at the distal end provided with a packaging foil material, means for transferring said stack in a transfer direction into the spout, wherein the adjustable spout comprises at least four spout members (51, 51, 53, 54), where a plurality of the spout members are moveable relative to each other in one or more directions perpendicular to the transfer direction for increasing or decreasing the height and the width of the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Jan Praestholm
  • Patent number: 7866124
    Abstract: An agricultural bagger apparatus and method for compacting feed into a horizontally deployed bag including a compression mechanism and an input hopper that receives agricultural feed. The hopper has a sloping wall and a lower end exit chute located to transfer the feed into the primary compression mechanism (e.g., a rotating toothed cylinder). The tapered hopper causes the feed to bridge, stopping the feed from falling through the chute. A new distribution mechanism in the hopper sweeps the feed adjacent to the sloping wall to prevent feed bridging. By preventing the feed from clogging, there is less reason to risk one=s safety by foolishly inserting their limb into the hopper. Some embodiments also compact feed in the upper portion of the tunnel, for example, by reciprocating a hinged piston above the primary compression mechanism. This increases the compaction on the top portion of the tunnel without unduly juicing the feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Paul R. Wingert
  • Publication number: 20110004169
    Abstract: Novel micro-encapsulated topical analgesics are provided to treat pain and may be applied via sleeves having dosed therapeutic sections, especially to joints and extremities. Sleeves may be prepared and packaged inside-out and inverted when positioned by the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Shane Smith, Joseph Czerwinski, Mike Davies, Don Moak, Blair Ramey
  • Publication number: 20100212262
    Abstract: A process and system reprocesses soiled animal bedding material commingled with animal manure. The material is to remove a preponderance of the manure. The remaining soiled bedding is washed in water and a cleaning agent, rinsed and, optionally, bleached to restore color and appearance. The resulting material is dewatered and dried to reduce its moisture content and kill any remaining pathogens. After being cleaned and sanitized, the material may be reused as bedding or further processed into pellets or other products, such as manufactured fire logs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Shelly Ann Townsend
  • Patent number: 7779610
    Abstract: Vacuum packed absorbent articles including diapers, kits thereof, and retail packages including vacuum packed and non vacuum packed absorbent articles are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Diaperoos, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Kay Snell
  • Patent number: 7770361
    Abstract: Powder, e.g. of a medicament, is compacted and enrobed to produce compacted powder slugs by preferably mechanically compacting a powder and forming a film of material, preferably hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, by vacuum or pressure differential, about the surface of the powder thus compacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Bioprogress Technology International, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Ronald Kessel, Jason Teckoe
  • Publication number: 20100192513
    Abstract: A baler for making large cylindrical modules of cotton includes an expansible module-forming chamber comprising a plurality of module-forming belts that are supported in side-by-side relationship across a plurality of fixed and movable belt support rolls. The module-forming chamber includes a fixed front section and a movable rear section in the form of a discharge gate mounted to an upper rear location of the front section for pivoting between a lowered baling position and a raised discharge position. Located at the bottom of the baling chamber between a bottom fixed belt support roll and a lower front roll of the lowered discharge gate is an inlet through which cotton passes into the module-forming chamber. A module wrapping arrangement is carried on the discharge gate for selectively feeding a length of plastic sheet material into the inlet for being wrapped about the circumference of a cotton module formed in the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Wigdahl, Scott David Weber
  • Patent number: 7762301
    Abstract: In an arrangement for a position accurate joining of a first material web, which comprises elements in a section length separated by separating locations, with a second material web which is provided with marks arranged at a predetermined distance from each other corresponding to the section length—except for a possibly certain deviation, the arrangement includes a first device by which the two material webs are joined, a transport device by which the two material webs are moved stepwise by the predetermined distance, and a second device by which an element applied to the first material web when, after movement of the two material webs by a section length, the length of the material web between the first device and the second device corresponds to a predetermined multiple of the section length plus an offset, which is adjustable by an offset device, and a transport device by which the two material webs can be moved section-stepwise, wherein a sensor is provided by which the difference is determined and the of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: CSAT Gesellschaft für Computer-Systeme und Automalions-Technik mbH
    Inventor: Hans Mathea