With Orienting (e.g., Turning Labels Face Out) Patents (Class 53/446)
  • Patent number: 11407051
    Abstract: The application relates to a device and to an assembly line for producing a supporting structure for a passenger transport system, such as an escalator, which have a sequential arrangement of semi- or fully automatically operating and mutually cooperating assembly stations and a sequential order of assembly steps. Each of the assembly stations can include at least one holding device and at least a welding robot as well as, optionally, at least one handling robot. The assembly stations are configured in such a way that intermediate products can be produced efficiently by respective assembly steps. Each can be coordinated with a subsequent assembly station, so that the intermediate products can be passed sequentially with optimized short cycle times from assembly station to assembly station, to be able to provide a finished, load-bearing supporting structure at the end of the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Manfred Gartner, Richard Schütz, Thomas Koukal
  • Patent number: 11345490
    Abstract: A compactor device for compacting a product filling in a container, like a packing box, includes a container support allowing shaking and/or vibrating the container when supported on the container support. The support includes compactor roller bars arranged parallel in a direction transverse to a conveying direction and to support the container. Each compactor roller bar has a rotation axis and a circumferential surface to allow moving the container with a product filling supported on the rollers bars up and down at a selected frequency when, in operation, rotating the compactor roller bars of the plurality of compactor roller bars. The compactor device further has a stopper arrangement blocking conveying the container by the compactor roller bars, and a pressing arrangement with a press to press downwards onto the product filling within the container while, in operation, compacting the product by rotating the compactor roller bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: BLUEPRINT HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Nicolaas Martin Prakken, Vincentius Alphonsus Jozef Peters
  • Patent number: 11117690
    Abstract: A case forming, packing, and sealing apparatus is disclosed. The case forming, packing, and sealing apparatus includes a cardboard box handling area and a product handling area. In the cardboard box handling area, case forming sheets including flatly collapsed cardboard boxes are erected into boxes that has openings which open in one direction, products are received into the boxes, and thereafter the openings are closed and sealed. In the product handling area, plural products are aligned and a predetermined quantity of the products are pushed in an accumulated state through the openings into the boxes. The cardboard box handling area and the product handling area are interconnected in a state in which they are mutually independently separable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuji Yokota
  • Patent number: 11034034
    Abstract: A produce packing robot is provided comprising a plurality of heads for picking up items of produce from a plurality of pick-up locations, and moving the items of produce and dropping them off at a plurality of drop-off locations. The plurality of heads move together in a first direction on a common rail. The robot may also comprise a range imaging camera and controller for sensing the location of the drop-off points dynamically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Robotics Plus Limited
    Inventors: Alistair John Scarfe, Florian Thomas Roeske, Kyle Selwyn Peterson
  • Patent number: 10172487
    Abstract: One embodiment of an stemmed glass including a bowl having a rim, a bowl base, and a continuous bowl surface extending between the rim and the bowl base; and a stem having an upper stem end attached to the bowl and a lower stem end attached proximate a periphery of a planar foot, such that the stem, the bowl base, and the planar foot define a space to accommodate a second stemmed glass bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Gustavo A. Toca
  • Patent number: 9393178
    Abstract: A tablet supplying portion of a medicine supply apparatus includes: a tablet supplying portion body including a supply cell; a bottom plate; and a bottom plate supporting member. A lower opening portion of the supply cell is opened and closed by the bottom plate. The bottom plate supporting member can restrict a pivotal movement of the bottom plate. The tablet supplying portion body and the bottom plate supporting member are relatively movable in a horizontal direction. The bottom plate pivotally moves between a state where the lower opening portion is blocked from opening and an opened state, along with this relative movement. In a state where the bottom plate closes the lower opening portion, at least part of an upper surface of the bottom plate is located higher than a lower surface in a periphery of the lower opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Takazono Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Masayuki Hironaga, Yu Kageyama, Naoya Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9333475
    Abstract: The present invention provides a safe, disposable and biodegradable chlorine dioxide micro generator that uses water soluble paper and hydrogel or compressed cellulose encased in filter paper pouch. The chemicals are kept in a stabilize form until activated by the addition of water. Multiple levels of protection against early exposure to water such as a foil pouch and an impermeable outer container allow for the safe transportation and storage in small, ready for deployment amounts of the chemicals. Water permeated the chemical pack housing and dissolves the paper walls of the chemical pouch housing and then the water facilitates the reaction between the acid and the sodium chlorite to form chlorine dioxide gas as will be described further hereunder. Absorbent and permeable materials packaged around the chemicals provide for the safe containment of the chlorine dioxide solution, and the expeditious aeration and release of the chlorine dioxide gas, once the chemical reaction has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Baselli, Spencer Blua
  • Patent number: 8935903
    Abstract: A centering unit for aligning at least two grouped vessels, a liftable and lowerable precentering mechanism as well as a liftable and lowerable final centering mechanism being provided so as to improve the alignment. According to a preferred embodiment, the precentering mechanism may include a plurality of subcentering mechanism so that vessels coming from different infeeds can be centered by mechanism a centering unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Dieter Leykamm, Georg Gertlowski
  • Patent number: 8935906
    Abstract: A system for distributing articles into an internal compartment of a storage unit has a longitudinally displaceable support or platform above the compartment which is movable longitudinally between a plurality of spaced discharge areas over corresponding storage positions. The support has at least one free edge, and is moved until an article carried on the support is displaced by a pusher moved into the path of the article and pushed over the edge to drop into the selected storage position. In one example, the support has opposite free edges and articles are selectively pushed over the edges into different storage positions. The process is repeated to dispense articles into different storage positions for uniform filling, and to control movement of the support and deployment of the pusher so that articles are dispensed into the storage positions with available space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Schur International A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Pape
  • Patent number: 8915050
    Abstract: Sliced products are deposited in a shipping tray 10 by depositing a first row 71 of the sliced products in the center portion of the tray, moving the first row across the bottom of the tray to a first side wall, depositing a second row 72 of sliced products in the center portion of the tray, then moving the second row of sliced products to the opposite side wall, and depositing a third row 73 of the sliced products in the center portion of the tray. The lateral movement of the first and second rows of sliced products avoids obstruction by the perimeter rim of the tray and the endmost slices of the products tend to follow the curvature of the corners 17-20 of the shipping tray as they are moved toward the side walls of the shipping tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Maxwell Chase Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Walsh, D'Anthony K. Moore
  • Publication number: 20140339109
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting a surfboard when the surfboard is located within a surfboard bag. The apparatus includes a substantially surfboard shaped body dimensioned to substantially cover at least one of a top and bottom face of the surfboard and a peripheral portion extending from the body. The peripheral portion is adapted to provide padding and is arranged to be locatable in a space between side rails of the surfboard and side walls of the surfboard bag so as to protect the surfboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Ty Van Emden
  • Patent number: 8871287
    Abstract: A method for arranging eggs in a container. Eggs placed in receptacles of the container come to a resting orientation, by virtue of eh contouring of the receptacle, such that a long axis of the first egg is tilted toward a rear portion of the container at nearly uniform angles slightly offset from a vertical axis, and parallel side-to-side. Using features of the container, movement of eggs from their resting orientation, as well as twisting (spinning) about their long axes is resisted during marking, shipping or handling. The orienting of eggs in the receptacles or compartments thereof may be aided by use of an egg orienter. Tilting of the eggs may be facilitated by using receptacles or compartments which are asymmetrically contoured with respect to the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: TEN Media, LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Barry Chait, Richard Blackburn, Marco Armand Hegyi
  • Publication number: 20140237946
    Abstract: A recliner or other article of sitting furniture having an assembled configuration and a disassembled configuration, said disassembled configuration including storage cavities in at least one of an arm portion, a seat cavity, a back portion, and combinations thereof, where any of said cavities are used to optimize storage volume in said disassembled configuration and a method of shipping a recliner in said disassembled configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Billy Joe Griggs, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140026524
    Abstract: A system for stacking and packaging a plurality of discrete products of different sizes is provided. The system includes a stacking system having a movable lift plate, a slide plate assembly, an adjustable stop plate, and adjustable sidewalls. Layers of articles are introduced into a stack area, and movement of the lift plate and the slide plate assembly are coordinated to stack products in layers on the lift plate. The stacking system includes an adjustment assembly that allows adjustment of the position of the stop plate and/or the sidewalls relative to a frame such that the stacking system can be quickly and efficiently configured for use with layers of articles that have different depths and/or widths. In another aspect, the stacking system cooperates with a tipping system that rolls or tips stacked product to facilitate further processing or use of the product package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Valley Tissue Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Rooyakkers
  • Patent number: 8572935
    Abstract: An assemblage of reams of paper includes a plurality of layers of reams of paper. The plurality of layers includes a first layer having a first arrangement of reams, a second layer having a second arrangement of reams disposed on top of the first layer, and a third layer having a third arrangement of reams disposed on top of the second layer. The second arrangement is different from the first arrangement so as to form interlocking first and second layers, and the third arrangement is different from the second arrangement, so as to form interlocking second and third layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Robert P. Hieronymus, Sean T. Van Uum
  • Patent number: 8522515
    Abstract: An apparatus for customizing a cigarette package is provided, wherein the cigarette package is configured to receive a plurality of as-formed cigarettes therein. Such an apparatus comprises a feeder unit configured to feed one of a plurality of cigarette packages to a register position. An imprinting unit is configured to interact with the cigarette package in the register position so as to imprint at least one of an alphanumeric character and a graphical character thereon. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Brent Walker Carter, John Larkin Nelson, Rebecca Anne Rogers
  • Patent number: 8455030
    Abstract: A method for processing a package of eggs is disclosed which comprises adjusting a position of one or more of the eggs, after the eggs have been placed in the package, so that each of the eggs assumes a particular orientation within the package. In some embodiments, the method may also comprise marking information on a surface of one or more of the eggs after the position of the one or more of the eggs has been adjusted. Additionally, in some embodiments, the position of the one or more eggs may be adjusted using an egg orienter positioned above a conveyor of an egg packing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: TEN Media, LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Barry Chait, Allan Irwin Brown, Marco Armand Hegyi, Greg Anderson
  • Patent number: 8448411
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method and a machine to group and join at last two articles by attaching a first packaging to form a packaging unit. The individual packaging units are joined together with an additional second packaging to form a bigger unit. The process is carried out continuously, whereby the packaging units are transposed or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Huber, Michael Hartl
  • Publication number: 20130098795
    Abstract: A package has a stack of disposable absorbent products in an enclosure defined by a flexible polymer material. The enclosure has top and bottom walls, sidewalls extending between the top and bottom walls, and end walls disposed opposite one another. A compressed stack of disposable absorbent products is located in the interior of the enclosure and exerts an expansion force against the end walls from the interior. The compressed stack includes a first disposable absorbent product contacting one of the end walls, which has a portion that is substantially transparent. The first disposable absorbent product includes a graphic display on an outer surface thereof that faces that end wall. No portion of the graphic display is visible through the substantially transparent portion of that end wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Mariela BIBER
  • Patent number: 8347589
    Abstract: A method of packaging dispenser assemblies, the method comprising forming a group of n dispenser assemblies, disposed in such a manner that the flaps are stacked and the housings are in side-by-side alignment and oriented in the same direction. When arranged in this way, the dispensers remain visible through the large windows formed in their respective housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventor: Frederic Duquet
  • Patent number: 8256192
    Abstract: This invention is directed to film wrapped and heat shrunk bundles of gabled containers to form bundles that can be stacked on pallets and not be constrained by the gables in determining the size of the bundles. This is accomplished by nesting the gable containers on a conveyor on their side. The nesting of the gable containers on their side provides a stable structure that can be moved on a conveyor to be film wrapped. After film wrapping, the containers are conveyed to a heat shrink tunnel to form bundles of gable containers that can be placed on a pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Patent number: 8250836
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automatically loading drums into a drum container, in which, when the drums filled with radioactive waste are loaded into the drum container, the drums are fed to a designated position, and placed at a fixed position, reducing loading time and manpower as well as minimizing radiation exposure risk associated with radioactive waste treatment. The apparatus includes a drum feeder having conveyor modules transferring the drums and a turntable rotating a drum transferred to an orientation where the drum can be gripped, for sequentially loading the drums, a support frame on which a lid of the drum container is placed when the drums are being loaded, and a crane that grips and transfers the drum or the drum container lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignees: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd., Bukwang Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-Rak Choi, Sung-Hwan Chung, Sung-Jin Kim
  • Publication number: 20120061273
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide plant-based separators for bottles or other cylindrical objects that require separation within a pack, for example for use in storage, transport, or display. In various embodiments, plant-based separators, dividers, and containers are disclosed that may include a tray-like cradling apparatus with a first active/engaging face and a second active/engaging face. In various embodiments, both engaging faces may be provided with functional shapes that include projections that may allow the separator to operate in laydown or upright dividing engagement with items such as bottles, candles, or other substantially cylindrical articles adjacent to the separator in order to provide impact and friction protection, while maintaining separation and location of the items in multi-item configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: Western Pulp Products Company
    Inventors: Jon Taljaard, Sean O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8096100
    Abstract: A variety of systems and methods are described which quickly and conveniently provide for the selective transmission of individual solid pharmaceutical products from a common location into individual blister package product cavities. In accordance with the preferred exemplary embodiments, an automated alignment mechanism alters the orientation of solid pharmaceutical products that are initially arranged randomly in a two-dimensional array into one or more linear transmission systems. Each linear transmission system is essentially a one-dimensional stack of solid pharmaceutical products, vitamins or other elements. In accordance with another aspect of the present invention, after the solid pharmaceutical products have been arranged in one or more of the linear transmission systems or vertical stacks, the solid pharmaceutical products are selectively transmitted into individual product package blister cavities or into product package templates having locations corresponding to the blister package cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Greenwald Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Patent number: 8065857
    Abstract: Stackable containers that, in various embodiments, are adapted to be vertically and/or horizontally interlocked with other, like, containers to, for example, increase the stability of stacks of the containers. In one embodiment, a stackable container comprises: (A) a top surface comprising a shoulder portion that extends upwardly from the top surface and that is substantially disposed within a perimeter defined by the top surface; (B) a bottom surface defining a stacking recess; (C) a plurality of substantially vertical side surfaces that extend between the top surface and the bottom surface. In various embodiments, a recessed portion of the bottom surface adjacent the stacking recess is adapted to substantially mate with at least a portion of a shoulder portion of a like container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Consolidated Container Company LP
    Inventors: Benedict R. Rivera, Richard Longbottom
  • Patent number: 7987654
    Abstract: Methods and systems for packaging sporting goods are provided. Embodiments advantageously preserve sporting goods, such as kayaks, against damage during transportation, ease handling of the sporting goods while being transported, and enable easy conversion from a shipping mode to a display mode. Further, embodiments conserve floor space during storage, shipping, and display while preventing sporting goods from collapsing or falling over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Eckert
  • Publication number: 20110155597
    Abstract: A system and method for the packaging of appliances for shipping. Specifically, the system includes geometrically shaped appliance packaging which can be stacked in a space saving orientation. The geometrically shaped appliance packaging increases the number of appliance units which can be fit into a shipping container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: David C. Buck, Thomas Guyett, Sung Shan Choy
  • Publication number: 20110132800
    Abstract: This invention is directed to film wrapped and heat shrunk bundles of gabled containers to form bundles that can be stacked on pallets and not be constrained by the gables in determining the size of the bundles. This is accomplished by nesting the gable containers on a conveyor on their side. The nesting of the gable containers on their side provides a stable structure that can be moved on a conveyor to be film wrapped. After film wrapping, the containers are conveyed to a heat shrink tunnel to form bundles of gable containers that can be placed on a pallet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Patent number: 7941990
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging products into a container, comprising a first supply conveyor (10); reorientation means (60, 62), associated with said first supply conveyor and configured for selectively changing the orientation of products (74-76, 81) being transported thereon; a second supply conveyor (20), disposed downstream of the first supply conveyor and having a product-carrying surface (21) that is moveable in both a transport direction and a direction substantially perpendicular thereto; a collecting conveyor (30), disposed downstream of the second supply conveyor, whereby a portion of the third product-carrying surface is extendably and retractably arranged; and a suction pick up head (66) that is disposed in a substantially vertically moveable manner above the retractable portion of the collecting conveyor, the suction pick up head being configured for engaging a layer of products to be placed into the container (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: PI-WI Beheer B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Theodorus Joseph Aquarius
  • Patent number: 7941992
    Abstract: A method and unit for feeding products to a group-forming unit for forming groups of products, each containing a given number of products; an orderly succession of products is fed in a first direction by means of a first conveyor; an orderly succession of products is fed in a second direction, parallel to the first direction, by means of a second conveyor parallel to the first conveyor; and the products are transferred from the first conveyor to the second conveyor by means of a transfer device which is permanently integral with an output end of the first conveyor, is moved in the second direction upon detection of a gap along the first conveyor, and is moved in the opposite direction to the second direction to form, along the second conveyor, a number of consecutive gaps equal to the number of products in each group of products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: G.D Societa'per Azioni
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Fabrizio Tale′
  • Publication number: 20110072752
    Abstract: Roofing shingles have a top surface, a bottom surface, a headlap portion, and a bead of tab sealant that is configured to bond to an underlying shingle when the shingle is applied on a roof. The tab sealant has a thickness that causes it to extend beyond a face of the bottom surface of the shingle. The headlap portion has a depression extending horizontally across the shingle when shingle is applied to the roof, the depression being spaced from a top edge of the shingle by a distance that will allow the depression to be aligned with the tab sealant of a complementary shingle when the shingles are assembled in complementary pairs, back to back in a bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: David P. Aschenbeck, Leslie D. Vazquez-Serrano
  • Patent number: 7891158
    Abstract: A case packing system concurrently accumulates a plurality of different product ensembles and sequentially packs cases thereof, generally by way of (a) concurrently accumulating a plurality of different product ensembles utilizing a plurality of product conveyer lines, each of which is adapted to separately convey distinct products to one or more transfer points; (b) sequentially transferring different accumulated product ensembles from the conveyer lines to a case-packer, the case-packer including a packing section as well as multiple magazines for receiving different case-blanks; (c) controlling transfer of the product ensembles to the case-packer and selection of the appropriate case-blank. Preferably, substantially continuous operation of the case-packer at a production rate higher than an accumulation rate of any individual product conveyer is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Thomas I. Stafford, III, Benjamin C. Fordham, Richard S. Schneider
  • Publication number: 20100300047
    Abstract: In order to package flat objects (1) with the aid of a quasi-endless packaging material web, the packaging material web is placed around a row (4) of the objects (1), in which these objects are conveyed one after the other and in an interspaced manner, whereupon longitudinal seams are made in the packaging material web and transversal seams are made between the objects (1) whereby separating the packaged objects from one another. In contrast to prior art packaging methods during which the row is formed before the packaging material web is fed thereto, the invention provides that the row is directly formed on the packaging material web (2) during which the objects are, by acceleration, separated out from a supply stream (3), in which they are fed while overlapping one another, and directly placed upon or pushed onto the packaging material web (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: FERAG
    Inventor: Werner Honegger
  • Publication number: 20100264058
    Abstract: A product multi-pack is provided with a plurality of elongate product containers. The containers each include a bottom, an open top that is closed by a cap and a wall extending there between. The wall includes a label having a front portion extending about a limited section of the wall circumference. A carton is provided that is sized to display the plurality of product containers. A locator web is provided that is formed of a thin sheet of plastic having a plurality of spaced apart apertures. The apertures are sized to be at least partially elastically deformed when installed over the caps of the product containers. Additionally, the locator web provides frictional resistance to rotation of the product containers, which enables the containers to be positioned and held in place relative to the carton open face so that the label front portions are visible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: BIO CLINICAL DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Krause
  • Patent number: 7806257
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for blocking a bar code in a package includes a carrier with a plurality of apertures. The carrier is formed with a plastic material containing an absorbing dye and a fluorescing dye so that a bar code on each container is not readable by a bar code scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Samaras, Joel A. Richardson, Glenn E. Ihrig, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7775020
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for blocking a bar code in a package includes a carrier with a plurality of apertures and an opaque section. The carrier is engaged with a plurality of containers so that a bar code on each container is rotationally oriented toward a center of the resulting package and is blocked by adjacent containers and/or the opaque section of the carrier from a bar code scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie S. Marco
  • Patent number: 7703264
    Abstract: To orient groups of products to be packaged in a plastic film the groups (G) are wrapped in lengths of film and fed between two series of opposite conveyor belts (211, 212). Each series of belts comprises several parallel belts controlled at proportionally variable speeds to cause the group (G) to rotate through approximately 90° about an axis orthogonal to the direction of feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: KPL Packaging S.p.A.
    Inventor: Nicola Giuliani
  • Publication number: 20100071318
    Abstract: For the purpose of packaging diapers (10), the latter are fed to a grouping arrangement (13) in order to produce diaper groups (20, 21) from a plurality of diapers (10) positioned closely one beside the other. The diaper groups (20, 21) are fed along a plurality of conveying paths, in particular along two removal conveyors (35, 36) located one beside the other or one above the other, to a (multi-path) packaging machine or a plurality of packaging machines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Björn Brandhorst, Josef Schulte
  • Publication number: 20100058716
    Abstract: A centering unit for aligning at least two grouped vessels, a liftable and lowerable precentering mechanism as well as a liftable and lowerable final centering mechanism being provided so as to improve the alignment. According to a preferred embodiment, the precentering mechanism may include a plurality of subcentering mechanism so that vessels coming from different infeeds can be centered by mechanism a centering unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Dieter Leykamm, Georg Gertlowski
  • Patent number: 7600359
    Abstract: A disk cassette is provided with opposed side walls having ribs configured to facilitate merging pairs of disks. In most instances, the disks will be single-sided hard memory disks. The final position of the disks in the disk cassette will be in spaced pairs, with the disks forming each pair being in surface-to-surface contact and, preferably, with the perimeter edge of each disk concentrically aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Gerardo Buitron
  • Publication number: 20090223180
    Abstract: A transporting system in a packaging machine automatically merges and accumulates, usually as a shingled stream, generally flat articles having substantially continuous and discontinuous opposite sides, and includes a portion, of one of two main conveyor mechanisms, that is constructed to invert the articles, from side-to-side about endwise axes so that all of the cartons face upwardly, even though the articles of alternating groups have been inverted, during transport by that main conveyor mechanism, about their lateral axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Carmen V. Martocchio, John R. Rice
  • Patent number: 7555881
    Abstract: A method and unit for feeding products to a group-forming unit forming groups of products, each defined by a given number of products; an orderly succession of products is fed in a first direction by a first conveyor; the products are transferred from the first conveyor to a second conveyor by a first transfer device; an orderly succession of products is fed in a second direction by the second conveyor; the products are transferred from the second conveyor to a third conveyor by a second transfer device; an orderly succession of products is fed by the third conveyor in a third direction parallel to the second direction; and, when a vacancy is detected on the first transfer device, the second conveyor is stopped, and, at the same time, the second transfer device is moved towards the first transfer device in the opposite direction to the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Enrico Campagnoli, Fabrizio Tale'
  • Patent number: 7540369
    Abstract: A system and method of providing a product to a conveyor and/or carton includes a wheel and a plurality of carriers arranged in rows. A distance between each carrier in the plurality of carriers is adjustable as the product is transferred around a circumference of the wheel. Optionally, a height of each product relative to an adjacent product is likewise adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Zoran Momich
  • Publication number: 20090120040
    Abstract: A method and unit for feeding products to a group-forming unit for forming groups of products, each containing a given number of products; an orderly succession of products is fed in a first direction by means of a first conveyor; an orderly succession of products is fed in a second direction, parallel to the first direction, by means of a second conveyor parallel to the first conveyor; and the products are transferred from the first conveyor to the second conveyor by means of a transfer device which is permanently integral with an output end of the first conveyor, is moved in the second direction upon detection of a gap along the first conveyor, and is moved in the opposite direction to the second direction to form, along the second conveyor, a number of consecutive gaps equal to the number of products in each group of products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Fabrizio Tale'
  • Publication number: 20090113849
    Abstract: To orient groups of products to be packaged in a plastic film the groups (G) are wrapped in lengths of film and fed between two series of opposite conveyor belts (211, 212). Each series of belts comprises several parallel belts controlled at proportionally variable speeds to cause the group (G) to rotate through approximately 90° about an axis orthogonal to the direction of feed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: KPL PACKAGING S.p.A.
    Inventor: Nicola Giuliani
  • Patent number: 7523598
    Abstract: Methods and systems for packaging sporting goods are provided. Embodiments advantageously preserve sporting goods, such as kayaks, against damage during transportation, ease handling of the sporting goods while being transported, and enable easy conversion from a shipping mode to a display mode. Further, embodiments conserve floor space during storage, shipping, and display while preventing sporting goods from collapsing or falling over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas Eckert
  • Patent number: 7506490
    Abstract: A system for packaging articles includes a first collection area for receiving and arranging a plurality of articles having a substantially non-uniform geometry. A transport device is included and a consolidation area for constructing an article layer, each article layer constructed from the plurality of arranged articles transported from the first collection area by the transport device. The consolidation area includes a stabilizer providing substantially continuous lateral support along the periphery of arranged articles of the article layer being constructed to substantially prevent tipping of the plurality of arranged articles. A portion of the arranged articles transported by the transport device is oriented differently from the other arranged articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Dyco, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Yohe, Ronald H. Cordingly, Timothy D. Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20090025341
    Abstract: The invention is to change the current way of packing cigarettes in a pack in order to improve and ease the way of pulling them out after opening the pack. Current way of packing cigarettes in a pack places the cigarettes on the same level what complicates pulling the first cigarettes out from the pack after its opening. It also makes the smokers touch many cigarettes in order to get only one of them, which makes the whole process unhygienic. The above-mentioned problem can be effectively solved by differentiating the level of the cigarettes packed in the pack. Cigarettes in the center of the pack are packed on a slightly higher level that the remaining cigarettes closer to the sides of the pack; however, the differentiating of the levels may be gained and applied to any other place in the box, not necessarily to the cigarettes in a center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Marian Retelski
  • Publication number: 20080304950
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an apparatus (10) comprising a turning mechanism which is adapted to change the orientation of a number of packaging containers (12) in motion in a filling machine, from a first orientation (20) to a second orientation (22), comprising a conveyor (26) provided with at least one carrier (28) to which at least one carrier unit is connected. According to the invention, the carrier unit is rotary in relation to the carrier (28) about a geometric axis of rotation and is adapted to carry the packaging container (12) in such a manner that the point of gravity of the packaging container during the change in orientation is substantially located on the geometric axis of rotation, and the point of gravity of the packaging container thereby maintains substantially the same direction and speed from the first to the second orientation (20, 22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Richard Persson
  • Publication number: 20080289300
    Abstract: A packaging system for hydrating sterile devices without comprising the integrity of the sterilization. The packaging system may include an enclosure for enclosing a device requiring hydration, a container containing a hydrate, a base located within the interior of the enclosure and an activating member located within the interior of the enclosure. The container and the device may be located within a receptacle. The receptacle may rest on the base and the activating member may be affixed on top of the receptacle. A force may be exerted on an exterior portion of the enclosure such that the activating member pushes on the receptacle and crushes or ruptures the container. The hydrate located within the container is then released to the device, thereby hydrating the device without breaking the seal of the enclosure. The sterilized environment is therefore maintained and the device is hydrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Rebecca Gottlieb, Aaron Swanson, Bahar Reghabi, Kevin Branch