Bag, Tube, Center-folded Web Patents (Class 53/459)
  • Patent number: 10296870
    Abstract: A packaging system employs a cartridge having moveable walls such that the cartridge discharges or inducts one or more items into a cavity of a package, such as a film that is sealed into a pouch or mailer. A bottom wall of the cartridge is retracted relative to an end panel of the cartridge during the induction process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Martin Peter Aalund, David Alspaugh, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Timothy Alan Talda, Akshay Tilekar, Stephanie Tomasetta, Eric Wyman, Toby Ge Xu
  • Patent number: 10093439
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device and method for reefing a portion of tubular film, the reefing device having at least one reefing finger and at least one drive unit. The drive unit has advancing means, which, for reefing the portion of tubular film, is brought into operative connection with the reefing finger at least at the height of a point of engagement, while enclosing the portion of tubular film, and moves the portion of tubular film in relation to the reefing finger. The device according to the invention and the method according to the invention are distinguished in particular in that the position of the at least one point of engagement can be changed along the reefing finger as reefing progresses or the position of the point of engagement on the reefing finger is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Signode Industrial Group LLC
    Inventors: Per Lachenmeier, Karl Magnus Rasztar
  • Patent number: 9696082
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for distributing articles is arranged to deliver articles to selected stacking positions in two or more storage units. An article is dispensed to a first article transport and distribution section in a main storage unit, and then either delivered to a stacking position in the main unit or transported through a connecting window onto a second transport and distribution section in a satellite storage unit for delivery to a stacking position in that unit. The procedure is repeated to distribute subsequent bags of ice to selected stacking positions in each unit. Additional satellite storage units may be provided and included in the delivery sequence for distributing bags of ice throughout the units. The storage units may be refrigerated, merchandizing units for bagged ice, with the main storage unit associated with an ice bagged ice supply unit which dispenses bags of ice into the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: REDDY ICE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventor: Henrik Pape
  • Patent number: 9550339
    Abstract: An elongate flattened thermoplastic tube has an inflation edge and an opposite edge. The tube includes spaced transverse seals that define sides of pouches. The tube includes lines of weakness that allow adjacent dunnage units to be separated. A frangible line of connection is disposed in one two superposed layers of the tube proximate to the inflation edge. This frangible connection may be broken to permit inflation of the inflatable pouches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Steven Wehrmann, Bernard Lerner
  • Patent number: 9527610
    Abstract: Ice bagging assemblies comprising an ice bag merchandiser, an ice bag diverter positionable between first and second positions to drop ice bags into different first and second regions within the ice bag merchandiser. Methods of stacking ice bags in an ice bag merchandiser comprising receiving an ice bag in an ice bag diverter and dropping the ice bag to a first region of the ice bag merchandiser when the ice bag diverter is in a first position and dropping the ice bag to a second region of the ice bag merchandiser when the ice bag diverter is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: GW Services, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Bareford, James Shaker, Vince Shaker, Paul Bareford, Larry Rider
  • Patent number: 9129463
    Abstract: A method for filling at least one thin-walled transport container with at least one article of value, in which a frame having an opening is contacted by a part of the outside surface of a transport container, which outside surface is turned inside. A part of the transport container is moved through the opening of the frame in the feeding direction of the article of value during filling so that at least a part of the inside surface of the transport container that is turned outside is turned inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Langhuber, Günter Holland-Letz
  • Patent number: 9114898
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for filling valve bags with dry bulk goods including a supporting construction and a filling spout extending laterally from the supporting construction for filling a valve bag provided with a bag body and a valve. A bag holder for guiding the valve bag is provided. For filling, the valve bag is placed onto the filling spout by its valve, hanging from the filling spout during the filling process. The bag holder is displaceable during the filling process from a filling position to a closing position after discharge. An expansion device is provided at the bag holder to expand the valve of the valve bag prior to closing. The bag holder is attached to the supporting construction. During the filling process the expansion device is at least partially inserted into the valve of the valve bag hanging from the filling spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: HAVER & BOECKER OHG
    Inventor: Mark Wehling
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150000230
    Abstract: Banknote processing equipment is disclosed, which comprises a chamber having an open end for insertion of a bag into the chamber and an extractor adapted to establish a lower ambient pressure between the chamber and the bag to that within the bag to cause the bag to expand into an open configuration during a banknote filling operation, whereby the banknote processing equipment can deposit banknotes in the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Wright
  • Publication number: 20140360135
    Abstract: A continuous web of closed, preformed end-to-end bags for enclosing bales of material are made by forming an elongate sheet into a helix tube, flattening the tube into first and second elongate bag walls and securing the bag walls at closure seams located along the flattened helix tube. The helix tube is formed by nesting the elongate sheet side edges into U-shapes and sewing. The bag walls are secured to one another by nesting them into U-shapes and sewing. Bales are enveloped by severing the web and thereby providing a bag with an open end, separating the bag walls, inserting a bale therein, closing the bag and severing from the remaining web. Each bag is located along the web with a pair of sensors which provide a locating signal responsive to the bag closure seams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Chris Allen HONEGGER
  • Publication number: 20140352262
    Abstract: A method for handling bags (10), in particular wicketed bags, combined into bundles (13) and for feeding the bags (10) to a packaging machine (11), and a corresponding apparatus. In the method and apparatus, the bags (10) are supplied in a plurality of bundles (13) in a magazine (14) arranged upstream of the packaging machine (11); the bundles (13) are arranged on bag carriers (15) in each case such that the bag carriers (15) extend through suspension holes (12) of the bags (10); the bag carriers (15) with the bags (10) located thereon are fed from the magazine (14) to the packaging machine (11); and the bundles (13) are transferred from the bag carriers (15) directly to appropriately arranged receiving pins (28) of a cyclically driven conveying device (29) of the packaging machine (11) and are then filled in the packaging machine (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Frank Sachs, Björn Brandhorst, Jörg Schnecke
  • Patent number: 8887978
    Abstract: A conveyor system pre-inserts a portion of the web into a first belt before the portion is gripped between the first belt and a second belt. In one exemplary embodiment, a pair of lips of a web are inserted into a corresponding first pair of belts and then the pair of lips are secured in the first pair of belts by inserting a second pair of belts into the first pair of belts over the pair of lips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Chuba
  • Publication number: 20140331616
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bag stand including at least three side panels, each side panel having a top end, a bottom end, a left end, a right end, an inner surface, and an outer surface, each side panel having two adjacent side panels, each right end of each side panel connected to the left end of one of the adjacent side panels and each left end of each side panel connected to the right end of the other adjacent side panel, thereby forming a substantially continuous bag stand having a top end and a bottom end and a plurality of panel tabs, each panel tab hingedly connected to the top end of the bag stand, each panel tab having at least one interfacing end for connection to at least one other of the plurality of panel tabs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: John Richard Muse
  • Patent number: 8875480
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for drawing a tubular film (1) over a stack of goods (2), wherein the tubular film is first gathered on a gathering device (R/Ü). The gathered tubular film is then drawn over the stack of goods using a covering device, in that the covering device is moved along the stack of goods and the tubular film is thereby ungathered. After reaching an end region of the stack of goods, the covering device is moved along a segment of the stack of goods (?) opposite the covering direction, so that a first tubular film segment (15) is laid on the tubular film already contacting the stack of goods. The covering device is then moved along at least part of the segment of the stack of goods in the covering direction again, so that a second tubular film segment (16) is laid on the first tubular film segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: MSK-Verpackungs-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Enrico Czok, Reiner Hannen
  • Publication number: 20140260091
    Abstract: A novel enclosure is used to prevent health-care-associated infections caused by contamination of devices such as cellular telephones, laptops, tablet computers, purses, and briefcases. Such a device is placed into the enclosure and is carried into a disinfected or clean environment, such as an operating room. The enclosure prevents infectious agents or other contaminants on the surface of the device from contaminating the clean environment. The enclosure also protects the environments outside the operating room from contaminants within the operating room. The enclosure is inexpensively manufactured and disposable. The enclosure may include an effective amount of antibacterial, antifungal, and/or antiviral compounds. The enclosure may be used in the residence of an individual with a compromised immune system. The enclosure may be used to bring a device into and out of a home or room of an individual who is extremely neat or is inflicted with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Sacks
  • Publication number: 20140237947
    Abstract: A support structure for a sealable plastic bag, the structure comprises a receptacle having a top and a bottom, the bottom of the receptacle adapted to contact a surface so that the receptacle is capable of standing in an upright position, the top of the receptacle comprising an elliptically-shaped opening, the elliptically-shaped opening being defined by a rim of the receptacle and having two opposing narrower ends at the rim; the rim of the elliptically-shaped opening having at least two notches, wherein one of the said two notches is disposed at the first of the two narrower ends of the elliptically-shaped opening, and wherein a second of the said two notches is disposed at the second of the two narrower ends of the elliptically-shaped opening in the receptacle. A method of filling a sealable plastic bag utilizing the support structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Lisa Tomiko Blackburn
  • Publication number: 20140224808
    Abstract: An apparatus for retarding oxidation of paint that only partly fills a container, comprising a body, a flexible liner, a movable bottom plate, an attachable lid with a filler port through which the paint can be poured, and a removable filler cap. The movable bottom plate is adjusted up or down, thereby expanding or compressing the flexible liner and changing the volume of the container. After paint is added to the container, excess air is forced out of the container via the filler port by moving the bottom plate up towards the top of the container. When all extra air is expelled, the movable bottom plate is locked into position and the filler port is closed with the removable filler cap. Using this device allows paint to be stored in an air-free environment, reducing oxidation and resulting in greatly improving the shelf life of the stored paint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Jean Ronald Brisard
  • Patent number: 8800251
    Abstract: An apparatus for shaping and holding a bag in an open condition, and holding the bag in this condition during loading of the bag with a product, includes an inner stationary ring; a plurality of finger assemblies, each finger assembly comprising a finger adapted to press against the interior of the bag mouth, and a force-transferring member to which the finger is operatively connected; an outer rotatable ring, concentric with the inner ring; a push rod operatively connected to each respective finger assembly; and a motive device adapted to cause rotation of the outer ring relative to the inner ring to effect coordinated radial movement of the fingers relative to the interior surface of the bag. A method of shaping and holding a bag in an open condition, and holding the bag in the shaped, open condition during loading of the bag with a product, is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sealed Air (New Zealand)
    Inventors: Jacob Brinkman, John Koke
  • 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: 20140137520
    Abstract: A bagging machine having a uniquely configured rotor that can be operated with a grill, enables removal or injection of fluid materials when filling a bag. In one mode, the rotor enables the removal or draining of an effluent created from the bagging process such as from silage. In another mode, the rotor enables the injection of a treatment agent such as an antifungal agent as material is bagged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Publication number: 20140119677
    Abstract: A web of expandable bags, a method for forming a web of expandable bags, and a method of forming an expandable bag containing a product is provided. The web of expandable bags includes a plurality of connected bags. Each bag includes a front ply and a back ply, and each bag is connected to an adjacent bag by a perforated connection. The front and back plies are joined to define a compartment that includes a first side, a second side, a third side that extends between the first side and the second side, and a bag opening that is configured to be closed. The front and back plies include a plurality of slits, and the plurality of slits are arranged in a plurality of spaced apart rows. The plurality of slits allows the compartment to expand in a direction that is perpendicular to the arrangement of the plurality of slits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Hershey Lerner
  • Patent number: 8707660
    Abstract: A package for an article (1) comprises a pressurized outer bag (5) having gas-tight seals (7) at opposite ends, and an inner web for supporting the article within the outer bag. The web extends along the length of the outer bag and is secured to the outer bag only at the gas-tight seals (7). The web is maintained under sufficient tension by the pressure within the outer bag to suspend the article within the bag and to maintain a space between the article and the outer bag on all sides of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Dubble Bubble Limited
    Inventor: Neville Howes
  • Publication number: 20140102045
    Abstract: Provided are a bag mouth opening method and apparatus capable of surely and stably opening into a desired shape the mouth of a spout bag having a spout attached to an upper edge-side portion thereof. A spout tilting relative to a bag is corrected into a non-tilting position and pinched with spout pinching members opened and closed by a first air cylinder of a spout holding device. The first air cylinder is held in an initial position in the width direction of the bag by a second air cylinder through a quadric link comprising a connecting rod mounting plate, a connecting rod, a connecting plate, and a second support arm. The interior of the second air cylinder is opened to the atmospheric pressure in synchronism with the start of movement away from each other of a pair of suction cups of a bag mouth opening device and movement toward each other of a pair of gripping members gripping the laterally opposite side edges of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tohru Yoshikane
  • Patent number: 8689526
    Abstract: A plastic bag for retaining a food product is formed of first and second plastic sheets sealed along the bottom and sides. The bag has an exterior increased friction surface section proximate the mouth. The bag is used in combination with a glove having an exterior increased friction surface portion. The exterior increased friction portion of the glove engages the increased friction section of the bag to facilitate opening of the mouth of the bag. Preferably, aligned increased friction sections are formed on the exterior surface of opposite sides of the bag and the glove has exterior increased friction portions on the tips of the finger stalls. When the bag is held between the thumb and index finger of the glove user, movement of the thumb and index finger of the glove in opposite directions facilitates opening of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Rabiea
  • Publication number: 20140083054
    Abstract: A wicket bag dispenser for holding flexible bags is suitable for transferring flexible bags into the loading station of a bag filling machine. An apparatus includes an interacting wicket bag dispenser and a holder pin of a loading station. A method includes transferring flexible bags from a wicket bag dispenser to the loading station of a bag filling machine. The wicket bag dispenser comprises a stack of flexible bags, each bag having at least one aperture, and at least one wicket spool positioned through the apertures, wherein the wicket spool has an free end, the free end comprising a spool head, so that each flexible bag from the stack of flexible bags is conveyed along the spool in order to transfer to the loading station. The spool head is free to move in an axial direction relative to the wicket spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Barthelemy Piat, Ulrich Pfeifer, Winfried Schmelzer, Edward Schink, Kais Hamza, Gerald Goerich
  • Patent number: 8640920
    Abstract: A method of forming and filling a pouch, comprises forming opposing walls of a film; sealing the opposing walls of film together to form at least one pouch; filling an interior section of the at least one pouch through an opening in an upper portion of the at least one pouch with a flowable material; forming a top sealed expressing-shaped region to close the opening in the at least one pouch; and cradling the pouch with a foldable flat that is more rigid than the pouch that can be folded or rolled to compress the pouch to express the flowable material through the expressing shaped region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Neal Sharp, Sven Newman, David C. Thomsen, Anita G. Mooy
  • Publication number: 20140020339
    Abstract: A flexible funnel positioned at a filling station of a fill machine. The flexible funnel directs a product dispensed at the filling station of the filling machine into a pouch. The flexible funnel having a rigid upper portion and a plurality of fingers. The rigid upper portion includes an open top end and an open bottom end. Each of the plurality of elongated fingers hingedly connected to the upper portion. The rigid upper portion has a regular polygon shape having a plurality of sides, and each of the plurality of fingers is individually articulatable with respect to one of the plurality of sides of the upper rigid portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: POUCH PAC INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • Publication number: 20140013713
    Abstract: A convenient disposable container with holder is provided that includes a sheet of material with an inner and outer surface comprised of central and secondary folds seamed at the ends and material edges to create an expandable pocket at the bottom, having a tab to accommodate opening to accept embarrassing waste and having bonding surface areas to form a seal closing the container's contents from site or touch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Dawn L. Boettcher
  • Publication number: 20140013714
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device and method for reefing a portion of tubular film, the reefing device having at least one reefing finger and at least one drive unit. The drive unit has advancing means, which, for reefing the portion of tubular film, is brought into operative connection with the reefing finger at least at the height of a point of engagement, while enclosing the portion of tubular film, and moves the portion of tubular film in relation to the reefing finger. The device according to the invention and the method according to the invention are distinguished in particular in that the position of the at least one point of engagement can be changed along the reefing finger as reefing progresses or the position of the point of engagement on the reefing finger is changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Per Lachenmeier, Karl Magnus Rasztar
  • Publication number: 20130266244
    Abstract: A flexible film package for storing food products comprises a body with a side wall, a closed bottom end, and a closed top end. The body includes a primary line of weakness and a pair of secondary lines of weakness formed in the side wall. Each of the primary and secondary lines of weakness includes a plurality of score lines spaced apart by non-scored portions of the side wall. The score lines of the primary line of weakness have a greater length, width, and depth than the score lines of the secondary lines of weakness. The non-scored portions between the score lines of the primary line of weakness are longer than the non-scored portions between the score lines of the secondary lines of weakness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Paul Edward Doll, Kofi Ampadu
  • 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: 20130255194
    Abstract: An ice bagging system and method according to which ice is automatically disposed in respective bags provided from a first source of bags, and ice is automatically disposed in respective bags provided from a second source of bags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Reddy Ice Corporation
    Inventor: Mark C. Metzger
  • Patent number: 8534034
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for distributing articles is arranged to deliver articles to selected stacking positions in two or more storage units. An article is dispensed to a first article transport and distribution section in a main storage unit, and then either delivered to a stacking position in the main unit or transported through a connecting window onto a second transport and distribution section in a satellite storage unit for delivery to a stacking position in that unit. The procedure is repeated to distribute subsequent bags of ice to selected stacking positions in each unit. Additional satellite storage units may be provided and included in the delivery sequence for distributing bags of ice throughout the units. The storage units may be refrigerated, merchandizing units for bagged ice, with the main storage unit associated with an ice bagged ice supply unit which dispenses bags of ice into the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Schur Technology A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Pape
  • Patent number: 8528306
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of producing pockets containing a napkin (5). To this end, two web-shaped layers (1, 2) of a flat, flexible material are moved along a transport path and held at a distance apart from one another in one section of the transport path. Napkins (5) are individually picked up from a stack and placed between the layers (1, 2). Only then, downstream of the section in the web direction, are adjacent regions of the layers (1, 2) placed in contact with one another and joined to one another. The pockets formed in this manner are cut from the web-shaped layers (1, 2). In the section, a respective napkin (5) is moved in a direction essentially at a right angle to the web direction and placed between the layers (1, 2) in a position oriented essentially parallel with the web direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: ELAG ast GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Elsaesser, Remy Bendele
  • Patent number: 8484936
    Abstract: A spool (10) for storing film for a waste storage device includes a core (12) and a flared funnel portion (14). Film is stored on the core (12) and can be retained in place by shrink-wrapping (34) as a result of which the core can be formed without an outer wall or base, reducing material and molding costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sangenic International Limited
    Inventor: Robert William Tannock
  • Patent number: 8484935
    Abstract: This apparatus relates to ice-bagging apparatuses with an ice maker and a hopper for receiving ice from the ice maker. The apparatus utilizes rotating drums designed for delivering ice into a bag. The apparatus also possess bagging and drop mechanism which fills and mechanically seals each bag of ice and drops it into a freezer for storage. The apparatus has an electronic operating system that has been greatly simplified using infrared technology and/or laser technology. The operating system is connected with the internet and a central processing center to allow for complete managing and monitoring of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel D. LeBlanc, Mark C. Metzger
  • Patent number: 8468784
    Abstract: An ice bagging system and method according to which ice is automatically disposed in respective bags provided from a first source of bags, and ice is automatically disposed in respective bags provided from a second source of bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Reddy Ice Corporation
    Inventor: Mark C. Metzger
  • Patent number: 8453422
    Abstract: An apparatus for wrapping a stack of objects with a film has first and second supplies of films and a pull-down device shiftable vertically along the stack of objects. A film-feed head has a drive roller rotatable about an axis in the film feed head and first and second pairs of counterrollers angularly offset from each other relative to the drive-roller axis. The drive roller and the pairs of counterrollers are relatively shiftable between end positions in each of which one of the pairs is spaced from the drive roller and the other pair is engaged with the drive roller. The first and second films pass between the respective first and second pairs and the drive roller. An actuator can shift the first and the second pairs of rollers relative the drive roller for pinching the films against the drive roller and, on rotation of the drive roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: MSK-Verpackungs-Systeme GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Rolf Michels
  • Publication number: 20130133293
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the portioned packaging of a food mass that is at least substantially incompressible, in particular of processed cheese, and that is filled as a flowable mass into a tubular sleeve comprising a thermoplastic plastic film, wherein the thermoplastic plastic film of the sleeve enclosing the food mass is deformed in a mold into individual units each defining a portion by forcing the food mass out of sealing areas, such that the units arranged one behind the other are delimited with respect to each other by means of sealing in the sealing area and are subsequently separated from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: HOCHLAND SE
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Stefan Hofer
  • Publication number: 20130129260
    Abstract: Provided are pouches with rigid handles and/or internal supports and methods of making such pouches. In one aspect, a pouch with internal support includes a flexible pouch including a fitment coupled to a flexible pouch body and at least one inner support piece coupled to the fitment and extending into the inside of the pouch through the interior of the fitment. The fitment includes a fitment inner engagement feature and the at least one inner support piece includes an inner support engagement feature and at least one inner support extending from the inner support engagement feature. The fitment inner engagement feature and inner support engagement feature are interlocked to keep the at least one inner support piece from falling into or out of the flexible pouch body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: AMPAC HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Ampac Holdings LLC
  • Publication number: 20130121623
    Abstract: Flexible film packages having a body defining an interior contents cavity and having a first and second end seal (36, 38) and a longitudinal fin seal (40) extending from the first to second end seal; the body having a first side portion (40) having the longitudinal fin seal and a second side portion (30) opposite the first side portion; a score (24) formed in the flexible film at the second side portion defining an opening upon initial rupturing; a closure layer (26) covering the score and a portion of the second side portion around the score and extending on to at least a portion of the first side portion; and the closure layer on the second side portion being capable of at least partial removal from the flexible film to rupture the score and form an opening; and the closure layer on the first side portion resisting further removal of the closure layer from the flexible film
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Deborah A. Lyzenga, Louis P. Fenech
  • Patent number: 8438817
    Abstract: A system for packaging mass-customized items includes a computer system including a database containing item identification information unique to each item; (2) outer container identification apparatus that applies the item identification information received from the database to each outer container in a plurality of outer containers; (3) inner pack identification apparatus that applies the item identification information received from the database to each inner pack in a plurality of inner packs; and (4) inner pack filling apparatus that fills each inner pack with a specific item matched to that inner pack by the item identification information received from the database. Each item is associated with its unique item identification information and is inserted into an inner pack with matching item identification information, and each outer container is presented for loading with one or more inner packs matched to that outer container by the item identification information received from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley E. Sankaran, Eric Kuo, Kevin M. Conlon, Josh Van Riper
  • Publication number: 20130036710
    Abstract: A method for the production and filling of packaging means is described and claimed, in which the following production steps are performed: flattened tubular film material is wound off a roll along the primary axis of symmetry of the hose, the tubular material is provided via a welding and separating process with a first lateral welding seam perpendicular in reference to the tubular axis and separated along a separation line, the hose sections open at one side are filled, the still open end of the hose section open at one side is provided with a second lateral welding seam. It is considered novel and inventive that two subsequent separation lines are inserted in the hose at a distance, which is smaller than the distance between the two edges of the hose. Additionally, a device is described and claimed comprising features allowing the implementation of the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Knoke, Ruediger Crosse-Heitmeyer, Thomas Hawighorst
  • Publication number: 20130019571
    Abstract: Bandoliers of serially-connected four-seam pouches are received, opened and filled in continuous motion on a rotating parallel land high capacity filler wheel with a tucker finger engaging the bottom seam of each pouch to facilitate the opening process, and where the pouches are held solely by the lands without other pouch engaging or holding clips or other structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: OYSTAR North America
    Inventor: MARK R. NEASE
  • Publication number: 20120279180
    Abstract: A system for reducing oxygen in a package of produce product using a lance manifold. The lance manifold has a first end adapted to receive an input gas flow and a second end adapted for placement in a partially-enclosed cavity containing the produce product. The second end of the lance manifold includes a plurality of exit ports adapted to produce an output gas flow and a sampling port for taking an air sample from the partially-enclosed cavity. The system also includes an oxygen analyzer for detecting oxygen content of gas inside the partially-enclosed cavity using the sampling port. The system is configured to produce an output gas flow with the following properties: a substantially oxygen-free composition; a flow rate of at least 100 standard cubic feet per hour (SCFH); and a flow direction substantially 90 degrees to a cavity opening of the partially-enclosed cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry L. Crawford, Bob J. Dull, Robert Tarango, Robert J. Schrader
  • Patent number: 8276347
    Abstract: A transportable container for flowable bulk goods is formed by disposing an outer wrap around a bottom support and a portion of a vertically spaced slip frame former. One of the slip frame former and the bottom support moves vertically relative to other in response to the fill level of the bulk goods. As bulk goods are added to the transportable container, the position of the slip frame former is radially adjusted to modify the shape of the transportable container. As the fill level increases in the transportable container, previously disposed portions of outer wrap are disengaged from the slip frame former to squeeze the filled portions of the transportable container. Additional portions of outer wrap are disposed around a portion of the slip frame former to maintain the transportable container for receiving bulk goods as the previously disposed portions of outer wrap are disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: Dave Ours, Sharon Juntunen
  • Patent number: 8272409
    Abstract: Empty, flat folded storage bags which may be valve bags are prepared for filling with a flowable material, by seating and stacking a plurality of the bags on a fixed elevation base within a chamber of a bag holding magazine assembly, the resulting stack defining an initial stack rising from a lowermost one the bags on the base to an uppermost one of the bags. In a first cycle of operation, all but the lowermost bag is raised away from the base, the raised bags defining a depleted stack of bags. Then, while the depleted stack remains raised, the lowermost bag is removed from the chamber through a chamber outlet opening. Then, the depleted stack is lowered to seat a new lowermost bag on the base to complete first cycle. The cycle is repeated for each lowermost bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Target Products Ltd.
    Inventors: Vincent Rody Manzon, Jeffery Franklin Boyne, Ryan Stewart Maw, Stephen Douglas Erdman
  • Publication number: 20120222390
    Abstract: A stackable package for bedding includes a flexible outer container having an upper end and a lower end, a bottom panel extending along the lower end of the flexible container and side panels extending upwardly from the bottom panel toward the upper end of the flexible container for defining an open end of the flexible outer container. The stackable package includes an insert disposed inside the flexible outer container for reinforcing the bottom and side panels of the flexible outer container, and bedding disposed inside the insert. The side panels of the flexible outer container have upper ends that are joined together for hermetically sealing the bedding inside the flexible outer container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: Comfort Revolution, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Fux
  • Patent number: 8256191
    Abstract: Methods of automatically package an object in a covering material such as casing and/or netting include: (a) automatically pushing at least one object through a product chute; (b) pulling a covering material upstream of the product chute off an exterior surface of the product chute to automatically enclose the object in the covering material as the object exits the product chute; and (c) applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, David T. Wince, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown