Opening Prior To Filling And Closing Patents (Class 53/468)
  • Patent number: 10947005
    Abstract: A laminated package for solid products in powder or grain form, includes a set of stiffening notches, a dispensing mouth with a seal, valves for loading inert gas, in which the lateral folds of the upper face are folded inwards under the front and rear flaps, and the lateral folds of the lower face are folded outward and folded and stuck on the lower face over the front and rear flaps, and a method for forming the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Lubuag Ltd.
    Inventor: Luís Burgos Agudo
  • Patent number: 9456957
    Abstract: A device for filling soluble containers is provided. The device includes an assembly for orienting a plurality of capsules having at least one sheet component for orienting capsules and at least one base component for guiding the oriented capsules to a following assembly. The assembly for orienting capsules can be adapted to a hand-held assembly for filling capsules or to a bench-top assembly for filling capsules. The assembly for filling capsules may further include a capsule-loading tray and a locking plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventors: Raj Vikram Tahil, Santosh Puransingh Bhagat, Ajay Virendra Mistry
  • Patent number: 9412217
    Abstract: A medication dispensing cabinet and an associated medication dispensing drawer assembly are provided in order to controllably convey and dispense medication. A medication dispensing cabinet may include a cabinet body, a plurality of drawers disposed within and configured for slidable extension relative to the cabinet body, a conveyor belt disposed within a first drawer and a plurality of bins operably connected to the conveyor belt and configured to receive medication for movement with the conveyor belt. Each bin may includes an openable support surface which, in one embodiment, is biased to open. In addition, the first drawer may define an opening and the conveyor belt may be configured to move a respective bin into alignment with the opening. The support surface of the respective bin may then be permitted to open and the medication carried by the respective bin may be dispensed through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Aesynt Incorporated
    Inventors: Todd Kijowski, Paul Santmyer
  • Patent number: 9199749
    Abstract: An assembly for closing the discharge nozzle of a syringe which is pre-filled with a drug or medication. A syringe in combination with a connecting structure removably maintain and support the closure in an operative orientation, which facilitates the rotational attachment of the syringe and the closure when the closure is in mating engagement with the connecting structure. A subsequent removal of the syringe and connected closure from the container or other type of connecting structure is thereby facilitated. The need for an individual to directly handle or touch the closure during its attachment to the syringe is restricted or eliminated. The closure assembly preferably also includes a tamper evident structure which reduces the chances of tampering with the syringe in order to access its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Medical Device Engineering, LLC.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Vitello, Patrick Vitello, Omesh Ganesh
  • Patent number: 9050813
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ink cartridge refilling device and an ink cartridge refilling system. The ink cartridge refilling device comprises an ink container, an ink injection channel, an air inlet channel, an aspirator and a cover component, wherein the cover component is provided with a first sealing section for sealing an ink cartridge to be refilled and a second sealing section for sealing the air inlet channel. During the ink refilling, air in a sealed ink cartridge can be sucked to enable ink in the ink container to flow into the sealed ink cartridge, so that negative pressure is formed in the ink container and the ink is conveyed from the ink container to the ink cartridge under the negative pressure, thus the refilling of the ink into the ink cartridge and the replenishing of air into the ink container may not be carried out at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: ZHUHAI NINESTAR MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Qing, Bing Nie
  • Patent number: 9045309
    Abstract: First retention member 40 and second retention member 42 are disposed so as to be separately arrayed along a direction orthogonal to a drawing direction, in which the first retention member 40 and the second retention member 42 are drawn from paper sheet storing unit. Upper opening of paper sheet storing bag 50 is sealed when the first retention member 40 moves toward and abuts on the second retention member 42. The first retention member 40 and the second retention member 42 is drawable to outside from the paper sheet storing unit only when the first retention member 40 and the second retention member 42 abut each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventor: Shingo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9027310
    Abstract: The method and apparatus relates to providing a slit, perforation, line of weakness or similar structure in a flange of a zipper for a reclosable package or bag, including a high-capacity zipper. The slit, perforation, line of weakness or similar structure provides an opening for filling the reclosable package or bag without the need to separate the zipper profiles from each other. After filling, the opening is sealed and the cosmetic appearance of the reclosable package or bag is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Glyn Russell, Charles Greco, Lars Wihlborg, Robert J. Coulton, David Anzini, Brian Ehrhardt, Francis Olajide, Jr., Eric Plourde, David Pritchard
  • Publication number: 20150068928
    Abstract: A protective cover for a nasal cannula completely encloses the two prongs of the nasal cannula when properly installed. This protective cover will keep the nasal cannula from contacting potentially unclean surfaces when the nasal cannula is not in use. An optional UV light may be present in the protective cover to provide UV cleaning of the nasal cannula prongs when the cover is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Andrew Turner
  • Patent number: 8950165
    Abstract: In an apparatus for inserting a postal item into an envelope, the envelope is fed with its flap fold trailing its envelope body and its flap along a flap opener. A free flap opener edge enters between the flap and the envelope body until the flap fold abuts the free flap opener edge. While holding the flap against the flap opener, the flap is pivoted relative to the envelope body about the flap fold to an open position and subsequently the postal item is inserted into the envelope body. An apparatus for carrying such a method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Fransiscus Hermannus Feijen
  • Patent number: 8943783
    Abstract: A system and method for handling wicket bags involve a wicket bag holder for transporting wicket bags to a working position along a transport path, the bag holder including one or more holding devices each being operable between an open position allowing receipt of an upper tab of the wicket bag and a closed position whereby the bag is held suspended within a working zone. Also involved are one or more main gripping devices each being operable between an open position allowing receipt of a suspended wicket bag and a closed position whereby the bag is gripped to form a bag neck portion. The system and method may be used for bag filling applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Centre de Recherche Industrielle du Quebec
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Ouellet, Sylvain Bilodeau, Olivier Marcotte, Denis Lépine, Nicolas Deschênes, Denis Hotte, Bertrand Maheux
  • Patent number: 8910456
    Abstract: A container (100) for storing transdermal patches is disclosed. The container (100) includes a child-resistant mechanism (112) to reduce the likelihood of access to the transdermal patches (TP) by children. The child-resistant mechanism (112) may include first and second access components (116, 120) that may be disposed in a non-opposing manner and that may be in any appropriate form (e.g., buttons). Activation or engagement of the first and second access components (116, 120) in a particular manner allows the container (100) to assume an open configuration to access and/or load patches. In one arrangement, the first and second access components (116, 120) may be simultaneously engaged (e.g., depressed) to open the container (100). In another arrangement, the first and second access components (116, 120) may be engaged in series in a particular sequence to open the container (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt
    Inventors: Vernon D. Ortenzi, Robert J. Ziemba, Brandon Craft
  • Publication number: 20140353193
    Abstract: Systems and dispensers, including methods of using the same, for dispensing bandages comprising: a dispenser body comprising a receiving surface with a first retention element and a hinged flap with a second retention element, wherein the hinged flap is foldable to overlay at least a portion of the receiving surface; and at least one bandage pack disposed on said receiving surface, wherein said bandage pack comprises at least one individually wrapped bandage; provided that when the hinged flap is folded to overlay said receiving surface, a first retention element reversibly interlocks with a second retention element thus securely retaining said at least one bandage pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Holstein
  • Publication number: 20140353177
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a jewelry storage apparatus and method of use. The jewelry storage apparatus generally comprises a horizontally elongate container with a lid and a base to define an interior chamber and a plurality of holding fixture adapted to securely fasten a wide range of styles and sizes of jewelry inside the interior chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Patricia Ann Senate
  • Publication number: 20140352264
    Abstract: A container or box may include a plurality of side panels, a bottom panel and a top panel. The panels are coupled together to form a box interior with a total interior volume Vt. A separating panel is in the box and divides the box interior into a first chamber and a second chamber. The first chamber has a volume greater than or equal to 0.70 Vt, and the second chamber has a volume less than or equal to 0.30 Vt. An orientation sensing unit is provided that is housed entirely within the second chamber and is configured to sense and wirelessly transmit a signal with information on the orientation of the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Filicetti
  • Publication number: 20140352265
    Abstract: An assembly includes a support and drive assembly, a first structure and a second structure. The first structure is in operable communication with and supported by the support and drive assembly. The first structure includes at least one filling or needle assembly and is adjustable to receive a plurality of filling or needle assemblies. The second structure is supported by the support and drive assembly. The second structure includes at least one seal assembly and is adjustable to receive a plurality of seal assemblies. A method includes determining a number of containers or vials that are to be filled concurrently and adjusting an assembly to include at least one filling or needle assembly and at least one seal assembly. A number of the filling or needle assemblies and the seal assemblies equals the number of containers or vials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Benoit Adamo, John Guthy
  • Publication number: 20140345233
    Abstract: An aseptic filler apparatus (30) includes an actuatable fitment plug assembly (500) that may be placed against the bottom of a fitment collar, which is in communication with a flexible bag to be filled with flowable food products, thereby to prevent steam or other gasses or liquids from entering the fill bag when undesirable to do so. The plug assembly (500) includes a plug (502) mounted on a distal end portion of a pivot arm (504). The opposite end of the pivot arm is rotatably axled on a cross pin. A linear actuator (518) is connected to the distal end of a lug (512) projecting transversely from the pivot arm. The opposite end of the linear actuator (518) is pinned to a stationary location, enabling the actuator to pivot the plug (502) from an engaged position against the fitment collar and a retracted position away from the fitment collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Gianluca Parisini, Glenna Matthews, Davide Ghiretti, Michele Queirolo, Antonio Aldini, Dave Hoeppner
  • Publication number: 20140338289
    Abstract: A container for collecting water samples to determine dissolved gas includes a flask-type pouch with a spout. A removable cap and valve install on the spout. The valve includes an adapter that fits with an O-ring or other seal inside the mouth of the spout. The valve includes a valve element, which can be a one-way, self-closing type of valve, that fits with an O-ring or other seal inside the end of the adapter. A cap of the container fits over the adapter and affixes to the spout to hold the valve on the spout. In use, the cap can be removed so that the valve element and adapter can be removed for filling the pouch. Otherwise, the cap can remain in place so filling can be performed through the valve element. A tamper-evident ring on the cap may be provided to ensure the integrity of the sample contained in the flask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Coleman, Gavin A. Steele
  • Publication number: 20140262887
    Abstract: A tool holder holds one or more tools when not being used. The tool holder comprises a body with a plurality of tool retainers for removably receiving a tool and a plurality of posts for securing the tool within the tool holder body when the tool holder is in a closed configuration. In some embodiments, the tool retainers are holding tubes, pockets or slots. In order to couple a tool with the tool holder, a lock door is moved to an open position and the tool is inserted into a tool retainer of the tool holder. Then the locked door is moved to a closed position where it is positioned over the tool and the tool is secured within the tool holder. The tool is securely held within the tool holder body and is not removable when the tool holder is in the closed position. In some embodiments, the tool holder is configured to hold a L-shaped hexagonal or round tool. In some embodiments, the tool holder is able to hold a plurality of tools of different sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: WAGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Johnson, Yugen Patrick Lockhart
  • Publication number: 20140224705
    Abstract: A shipping container comprises a tubular or cylindrical shell having a closed end and an open end, a top end-cap removably secured to the open end of the tubular or cylindrical shell, and at least one fuel assembly compartment defined inside the shell. Each fuel assembly compartment includes elastomeric sidewalls and is sized and shaped to receive an unirradiated nuclear fuel assembly through the open end of the shell. The shipping container may further include a divider component, for example having a cross-shaped cross-section with ends of the cross secured to inner walls of the shell, and the divider component and the inner walls of the shell define the fuel assembly compartments. To load, the shipping container is arranged vertically and an unirradiated nuclear fuel assembly is loaded through the open end of the shell into each compartment, after which the open end is closed off by securing the top end-cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Babcock & Wilcox mPower, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Minor, Laurence L. Losh, Elbert C. Minnick, III
  • Patent number: 8763350
    Abstract: A method for filling dual-chamber systems (3) in pre-sterilizable carrier systems (1) is proposed, which comprises the following steps: provision of at least one washed, siliconized and sterilized dual-chamber system (3) with respectively one separating element separating the two chambers (5, 5?) from one another in a magazine (9), which accommodates the at least one dual-chamber system (3), wherein the magazine (9) is arranged in a container (11) sealed with a closure element (13); feeding the container (11) into a clean room; opening the container (11) and filling a first chamber (5) of the at least one dual-chamber system (3); closing the first chamber (5) with a gas-permeable closure element (19); freeze drying the solution (L1) contained in the first chamber (5); closing the first chamber (5) with a closure element (19); filling a second chamber (5?) of the at least one dual-chamber system (3); closing the second chamber (5?); discharge from the clean room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Arzneimittel GmbH Apotheker Vetter & Co. Ravensburg
    Inventors: Frank Böttger, Benjamin Böbst
  • Publication number: 20140174038
    Abstract: A collapsible and/or erectable, shape-sustaining substantially egg-shaped container is selectively moveable from a substantially erect condition to a substantially collapsed condition and/or from a substantially erect condition to a substantially collapsed condition. Methods of producing and using the container are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of the Family
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Andrew Weder
  • Publication number: 20140130461
    Abstract: Bag blank (13) comprising an inflatable package blank (11) on a running web, which package blank (11) comprises a semi-finished product consisting of a first plane plastic sheeting (21) and a second plane plastic sheeting (22), which plastic sheetings abut with their plane surfaces against each other and are interconnected by welds (18) so that a series of delimited transverse chambers (16) is formed between the two plastic sheetings (21,22) across the surface of the entire package blank (11), this semi-finished product being folded or welded together along a longitudinal centre line (14) so that its two long sides are parallel and face in the same direction, and that a first longitudinal suspension arrangement (15, 23a, 43a) is connected to the edge along the first long side of the package blank (11) or the bag blank (13), and that a second longitudinal suspension arrangement (23b, 43b) is applied at the edge along the second long side of the package blank (11) or the bag blank (13), as well that the bag bla
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: PRONOVA AB
    Inventor: Jostler Johan
  • Patent number: 8677723
    Abstract: A method for filling dual-chamber systems in pre-sterilizable carrier systems includes providing at least one washed, siliconized and sterilized dual-chamber system in a magazine. The dual-chamber system includes respective separating elements separating the two chambers from each other. The magazine accommodates at least one dual-chamber system and is arranged in a container that is sealed with a closing element. The method additionally includes introducing the container into a clean room; opening the container and filling a first chamber of the at least one dual-chamber system; and closing the first chamber. The method further includes filling a second chamber of the at least one dual-chamber system; closing the second chamber; and removing the system from the clean room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Arzneimittel GmbH Apotheker Vetter & Co. Ravensburg
    Inventors: Frank Böttger, Benjamin Böbst
  • Patent number: 8561655
    Abstract: An automatic ice vending apparatus including a holding vessel formed with an aperture, the holding vessel being configured and dimensioned to receive and house ice pieces produced by an operatively associated ice supply, an ice metering device, and an ice transferring device at least partially disposed within the holding vessel that facilitates movement of ice pieces located therein in a first direction toward the aperture thereof, and movement of ice pieces in a second different direction from the aperture to the ice metering device, which is adapted and configured to meter a quantity of ice pieces into a readily transportable container. Methods and automated methods of delivering ice to consumer(s) are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Ice House America LLC
    Inventors: Donald J. Dalton, Roy Lavon Stripling
  • Publication number: 20130247520
    Abstract: Methods for forming packages from a web of preformed bags. In one exemplary method of forming packages from a web of preformed bags, a first bag is held open with air. A product is loaded into the first bag that is held open with air. An opening of the first bag is sealed. A next bag is indexed such that an opening of the next bag is proximate to an engagement member. The web is engaged with the engagement member to pre-open the next bag. The web is disengaged by the engagement member. The next bag is opened with air for loading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: AUTOMATED PACKAGING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael RICCARDI, Bernard LERNER
  • Publication number: 20130152513
    Abstract: A device for loading deformable objects into a flexible container. The objects are controlled from a remote source point at least partially into the container. The device provides for simultaneous movement of fingers, between which the objects travel, in mutually orthogonal X, Y and Z directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Brian D. Havens, David Stuart Howell, II, Sabrina Xiumin Xie, Donald M. Radford, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130152514
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting one or more goods into a moving cover has a cover transport and at least one movable flap holder configured to cover a flap of the cover and to maintain the flap of the cover and the one or more movable goods to be inserted into the cover separated, during at least a part of the movement of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: BOEWE SYSTEC GMBH
    Inventor: Boewe Systec GmbH
  • Publication number: 20130125514
    Abstract: A message storage apparatus that can stimulate creativity and imagination of children and adolescents is disclosed. The apparatus facilitates storage of messages such as secrets, memories, notes, diary entries, wishes, dreams, trivia and other educational facts, quiz and other game questions, valentines, etc. More particularly, the apparatus can virtually (or physically) store intangible (and tangible) messages, thereby enhancing creativity and imagination. The message storage apparatus has a message delivery system that receives a message and delivers it securely to a storage chamber where the message can be accessed at a later time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Preformed Line Products Company
    Inventor: Preformed Line Products Company
  • Patent number: 8402725
    Abstract: In an apparatus for inserting postal items into an envelope, the envelope is brought in an inserting position where the flap of the envelope is held open. A postal item is transported along a postal item transport path towards the inserting position and inserted into the envelope in the inserting position. The envelope with the postal item inserted therein is transported away from the inserting position and closed. A gummed portion of the flap is moistened, wherein the moistening is at least started before the transportation of the envelope away from the inserting position. An apparatus for carrying out such a method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Fransiscus Hermannus Feijen
  • Publication number: 20130067857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to disposing of waste in a safe manner by supplying an apparatus with a sealing system configured to only apply a seal to an elongated tube of material when several conditions are met, wherein the conditions indicate that the apparatus is in a safe configuration for applying the seal. The apparatus includes a push switch for sensing when the lid has been closed, and another push switch for sensing when a bin has been locked in the apparatus. Thus, when the lid and bin are closed and locked, a child cannot reach into the apparatus and the seal can be applied safely without fear of burning a child.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SCANDINAVIAN CHILD LLC
    Inventors: Cornelius McDaid, Brenda G. Berg, John D. Fiegener
  • Patent number: 8327608
    Abstract: A method of covering, preventing debris and insects from entering, minimizing heat transfer, and stabilizing a cup or can filled with a liquid beverage material, and device therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Ebitz
  • Patent number: 8307617
    Abstract: Methods for forming packages from a web of preformed bags. In one exemplary method of forming packages from a web of preformed bags, a first bag is held open with air. A product is loaded into the first bag that is held open with air. An opening of the first bag is sealed. A next bag is indexed such that an opening of the next bag is proximate to an engagement member. The web is engaged with the engagement member to pre-open the next bag. The web is disengaged by the engagement member. The next bag is opened with air for loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Riccardi, Bernard Lerner
  • Patent number: 8292119
    Abstract: The disclosure describes an airtight cooler box having a base panel, a collapsible unitary side panel, and a top panel. The base panel extends orthogonally from the base to form an opening defined by side panel top edges. A top panel having pouches on an inside surface is sized fit the top opening. A rigid base plate rests on a base panel inside surface. A top plate with vent openings is located inside the container under the top panel. Zippered closures on three top edges of the side panel and corresponding top panel three edges close the box. Box inner and outer surfaces include a poly-vinyl chloride material bonded to an aluminum laminate with multiple layers of foam interposed between panel inner and outer surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Keith A. Kenneally
  • Publication number: 20120260611
    Abstract: A case for protecting and storing a preselected electronics device includes a flexible fabric material body and a strip of fabric extending from a portion of the body. The strip of fabric has an open and an inverted closed position. The body and strip of fabric in the closed position are together configured to envelope and tightly fit contours of the preselected electronics device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Patent number: 8245484
    Abstract: A bag opening method and apparatus for use in bag filling and packaging in which a bag B is gripped at its laterally opposite side edges with a pair of gripping members and moved along a predetermined path. A pair of suction cups 23 disposed facing each other at respective mutually spaced standby positions are moved to respective closest positions at which a vacuum is applied to the suction cups to cause them to adhere to the outer surfaces of the opposite side walls of the bag. The suction cups are retracted away from each other to respective intermediate positions between the closest and standby positions. The suction cups having reached the intermediate positions are stopped there for a predetermined period of time. Thereafter, the suction cups are retracted from the intermediate positions to the standby positions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kazunori Yamamoto, Masanori Yasuhira
  • Patent number: 8201594
    Abstract: A system (10) and method for substantially automatically aseptically or non-aseptically filling a container with a fluid. The transfer of fluid occurs via a movable nozzle mechanism (20) substantially automatically inserted into a side opening (32) in a connector (12) attached to the container. More specifically, the side opening (32) in the connector (12) is exposed, the nozzle mechanism (20) is moved into the side opening (32), the fluid is transferred into the container via the nozzle mechanism (20) and the connector (12), the nozzle mechanism (20) is removed from the side opening (32) in the connector (12), and the side opening (32) in the connector (12) is closed. The aseptic transfer of fluid includes a substantially automatic sterilization procedure accomplished by both spray and contact components (54,56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Scientifics, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl Martin
  • Publication number: 20120137637
    Abstract: A reusable insulated flexible cooler bag comprising: a front wall having a first inner layer, at least one first insulating layer, and a first outer layer of plastic material; a rear wall having a second inner layer, at least one second insulating layer, and a second outer layer of plastic material; and a closure element. The front wall and the rear wall are joined together at their peripheral edges so as to create a pocket-like configuration with an inner volume. The closure element is able to close the pocket-like configuration to substantially ensure an airtight and watertight seal of the inner volume of the reusable insulated flexible cooler bag and is located adjacent a top side of the reusable insulated flexible cooler bag in order to provide access to contents of the reusable insulated flexible cooler bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Brenda Gillis
  • Patent number: 8191339
    Abstract: An automated medication preparation system for preparing a prescribed dosage of medication in a drug delivery device includes a plurality of stations for receiving, handling and processing the drug delivery device so that the prescribed dosage of medication is delivered to the drug delivery device and a transporting device that receives and holds more than one drug delivery device and moves the drug delivery devices in a controlled manner from one station to another station. The system is configured so that two or more separate drug delivery devices can be acted upon at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: FHT, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Tribble, Joel A. Osborne, Abdul Wahid Khan, Edward J. Lefebre
  • Publication number: 20120118692
    Abstract: A case, a system and a method store and/or to transport articles, such as, for example, office-related articles and personal articles. A first compartment forms a first volume that may be protected by walls of the case. Further, a second compartment forms a second volume. The second compartment extends into the first volume of the first compartment. The second compartment receives and/or stores the articles towards the interior of the first compartment. The second compartment is opened to form a tray for accessing one or more of the articles without opening the first compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Claudia Chisholm
  • Publication number: 20120102889
    Abstract: A sealed multi-handled bag is provided that includes a first handle at a first end and a second handle at a second end. In one embodiment, the handles are on substantially opposite ends of the bag. The sealed bag may be made from plastic and may contain loose materials, such as a salt. In some embodiments, one or more of the handles are formed from heat-sealed layers of bag material having a grip cut therein. A method for filling and sealing the multi-handled sealed bag includes filling a bag having a first closed end through a second open end, and sealing the second open end to form a handle. In one embodiment, sealing the second open end includes heat-sealing opposing layers of bag material together and cutting a handle through the layers. In another embodiment, the method includes folding-over the layers of bag material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Cargill Incorporated
    Inventors: Nancy Lucas, Annette Martin, Mick Berning, Arlis Sayler
  • Publication number: 20120097572
    Abstract: The present invention is a memories box that includes a rectangular box with a lid, an open side, with a pair of inner edges and a front with a plurality of grooves disposed on the pair of inner edges, a slidable planar side with a front facing that horizontally slides into the grooves and a supplemental rectangular box that includes a front side with a centered aperture, an interior portion with an interior storage compartment with a top with a pair of apertures and a removable top with a centered aperture that is removably slid inside the rectangular box to perform a presentation. The invention also includes a method for using a memories box to perform a presentation such as presenting a gift or present during a gift-giving occasion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Richard William Mannillo
  • Patent number: 8122684
    Abstract: A flexible bag transport system for transporting flexible filling and sealing station which includes a pair of holding clamp assemblies opposed to each other for holding the top end of a bag. The first clamp assembly is supported by a first elongated carrier and a second clamp assembly is supported by a second elongated carrier that is parallel to the first carrier. Clamping assemblies remain apart from each other and the bags are transported and are displaced toward each other to permit the bag to be opened during filling of the bag. One of the elongated carriers supporting the clamping assemblies has an adjustable mechanism so that the clamp assemblies can be adjusted with respect to each other without requiring adjustment of the remaining components of the transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: INDAG Gesellschaft für Industriebedarf mbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventors: Michael Kurz, Stefan Muller, Hans-Peter Wild
  • Publication number: 20110309082
    Abstract: A waste disposal device comprises a container having a top opening. The container provides access to an inner cavity that receives a bag with opened and closed ends. A pivoting lid closes/opens access to the opening. An actuation mechanism has a user-actuated interface. A linkage connected to the interface opens/closes the lid. A pair of jaws is connected to the linkage. The jaws move between a clamped position, in which the jaws close off a portion of the bag, and an opened position, in which the jaws are separated to allow waste to reach the closed end. The jaws and the lid are actuated concurrently by a single degree of actuation on the interface, allowing the lid to open and close while the jaws move from the clamped to the opened position, and back to the clamped position. A method for disposal of a waste object is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL REFILLS COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Patent number: 8069635
    Abstract: Methods for forming packages from a web of preformed bags. In one exemplary method of forming packages from a web of preformed bags, a first bag is held open with air. A product is loaded into the first bag that is held open with air. An opening of the first bag is sealed. A next bag is indexed such that an opening of the next bag is proximate to an engagement member. The web is engaged with the engagement member to pre-open the next bag. The web is disengaged by the engagement member. The next bag is opened with air for loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Riccardi, Bernard Lerner
  • Patent number: 8061512
    Abstract: A coin holding apparatus includes a first plate and a second plate. The first and second plates are transparent and each of the first and second plates has a first side and a second side. The first sides of each of the first and second plates has a semi-cylindrical indentation therein and forms a bulbous portion extending outwardly from a plane of associated ones of the second sides. The semi-cylindrical indentation in the first plate is alignable with the semi-cylindrical indentation in the second plate to form a cylinder. A plurality of couplers releasably couples the first sides of the first and second plates together to releasably secure coins within the cylinders. Coins are removably positionable in the cylinders to store and display the coins in collectible condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Tony Thomas
  • Publication number: 20110258972
    Abstract: An airtight cover assembly includes a side panel folded around goods on a pallet presenting top and bottom opening, a top panel with a plurality of pouches positioned on an inside surface above a vented rigid plate, and a bottom panel encloses the pallet. Hook and loop closures secure the panel assembly. Panel inner and outer surfaces of a poly-vinyl chloride material bonded to an aluminum laminate enclose multiple layers of foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: KEITH A. KENNEALLY
  • Patent number: 8033083
    Abstract: An improved automated process and apparatus for making a gastro-retentive device (10). The method includes the steps of providing a pouch assembly (18) having an ingredient section within a membrane; rotating the membrane to form a folded pouch assembly; inserting the folded pouch assembly into a first capsule section (20a) to form a pouch/first capsule assembly, and inserting the pouch/first capsule assembly into a second capsule section (20b). The process can further include the steps of providing a continuous strip (32) of multiple pouch assemblies (18) and cutting a single pouch assembly (18) from the strip (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Merrion Research III Limited
    Inventor: Jagathesan Moodley
  • Publication number: 20110204049
    Abstract: A collapsible and/or erectable, shape-sustaining substantially egg-shaped container is selectively moveable from a substantially erect condition to a substantially collapsed condition and/or from a substantially erect condition to a substantially collapsed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Andrew Weder
  • Patent number: 8001747
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for forming and filling flexible bags with a viscous product, said apparatus including: a support (104) for a supply (106) of a tubular web (108) of flexible packaging material; at least one guide (110) for accepting from said supply a continuous feed of the tubular web of packaging material; a bag forming (300) assembly for forming adjacent bags from the tubular web wherein the forming assembly further includes a sealing member (305) for providing a seal across the web, which seal is commonly formed along oblique edges of the adjacent bags; at least one drive mechanism (150) for griping and drawing the packaging material through said at least one guide; a cutting device for cutting first and second bags drawn from the supply, wherein the first bags are each adjacent to respective second bags; a plurality of transport carriages (210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260), said carriages including a gripping means (270) being arranged to grip and carry first and second bags; a plurality of filling device
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Kencan Australasia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Derrick Pluckrose, Richard James Bacchus, Richard James Aislabie, Chris Robert Hall, Hugh Leslie Hall
  • Publication number: 20110167768
    Abstract: A method for disposing of suture needles. The method includes attaching the needle storage receptacle to a mounting surface by positioning a first adhesive surface against the mounting surface, peeling back a strip of protective material from a second adhesive surface of a needle storage unit and placing a suture needle between the protective material and the second adhesive surface, removing the protective material from the second adhesive surface and a third adhesive surface adjacent the second adhesive surface, and folding the second adhesive surface into contact with the third adhesive surface to permanently trap the needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Tadashi Motomura, Yasushi Takigawa, Hitoshi Sakuragi