Flexible, Expandable Receptacle (e.g., Bag, Tube) Patents (Class 53/469)
  • Patent number: 10307380
    Abstract: Adhesive formulations are provides for manufacturing matrix-type lidocaine patches having improved performance, manufacturability and stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ProSolus, Inc.
    Inventor: Juan A. Mantelle
  • Patent number: 10099817
    Abstract: A process for producing a flexible container is provided. The process includes: A. providing a rear panel web, a front panel web, a first folded gusset panel web, and a second folded gusset panel web, each panel web having peripheral edges and a bottom face, each bottom face having two opposing tapered edges meeting at a bottom end; B. placing the folded gusset panel webs between the rear panel web and the front panel web, the gusset panel webs opposing each other, the panel webs configured to form a common periphery and the bottom seal area including the bottom end of each panel; C. first sealing the peripheral edges, the tapered edges, and the bottom seal area under a set of heat seal conditions; D. second sealing a portion of the bottom seal area under a second heat seal condition; and E. forming a flexible container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Wilkes, Marlos G. Oliveira, Marcos P. Franca
  • Patent number: 9073650
    Abstract: A fluid manifold system includes a manifold having at least portions of opposing flexible sheets welded together to form a fluid flow path therebetween, a fluid inlet communicating with the fluid flow path. A plurality of receiving containers are in fluid communication with the fluid flow path of the manifold, each receiving container bounding a compartment. The receiving containers can be formed integral with the manifold by welding together a second portion of the opposing flexible sheets or can comprise separate containers that are coupled to the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Goodwin, Jeremy K. Larsen, Patrick L. Draper, Brandon M. Knudsen
  • Patent number: 9032697
    Abstract: A method for storage and transport of a commodity is described. The method may include the steps of placing the commodity in a long-term storage container, hermetically sealing said long-term storage container, and placing the long-term storage container in an outer container. The long-term storage container may include an outer layer, an inner layer, and a middle layer. The middle layer may be made of an ultra-low permeability material. The placing may include providing a capability of storing for at least four months.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: GRAINPRO, INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Villers, Tom De Bruin, Shlomo Navarro
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9005551
    Abstract: A sample vessel may include a segmented tubule and an interface receiving the tubule. The segmented tubule may include an opening for receiving a sample material and at least one compressible section, the at least one compressible section having a wall constructed at least partially from a material having sufficient flexibility to permit compression of opposed sections of the wall into contact with one another, and at least two segments of the tubule being fluidically isolated from one another by a bonding of a fluid-tight seal between opposed sections of the tubule wall, wherein said fluid-tight seal irreversibly opens upon application of fluid pressure greater than a threshold value to permit selective fluid communication between the opposed sections. The interface may facilitate delivery of a sample material to the tubule through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Shuqi Chen, Lingjun Chen
  • Publication number: 20150084253
    Abstract: A jacket retains a cylindrical drug vial and includes a substantially planar base having a length and a width, the length being greater than the width. A throughhole is sized to receive at least the lid of the vial therethrough. Two ramped devices project from a bottom surface of the base and are substantially aligned along the length of the base. The ramped devices are disposed on opposite sides of the throughhole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Brent Alan Dallman
  • Publication number: 20150079252
    Abstract: A film for wrapping respiring produce is disclosed. The film comprises from about 60% to about 90% of an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) mixture which consists of (for example, from about 75% to about 90%) ethylene vinyl acetate and (for example, from about 10% to about 25%) vinyl acetate, with the balance of the film selected from food-safe, EVA-compatible, thermoplastic resins, such as low density polyethylene, linear low density polyethylene, and mixtures of those materials. A bag for storage and shipment of respiring produce, such as bananas, made from that film material, as well as a method for shipping and storing respiring produce, such as bananas, avocados, salad components or flowers, utilizing that bag, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Chiquita Brands LLC
    Inventors: Jiwon Jeong, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Murillo
  • Publication number: 20150053317
    Abstract: An apparatus for enveloping an object that is susceptible to infestation by insects, such as bed bugs, includes a pre-sized object encasement device equipped with selectively engaged sealing devices to prevent insects from infesting the object. The apparatus further employs a plurality of barriers to augment the selectively engaged sealing device to prevent insects that have already infested the object from exiting the object through any potential openings in the selectively engageable sealing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Shi Hoo FAN
  • Patent number: 8959880
    Abstract: A film-supporting device is used with a waste-disposal unit. The device comprises an annular body. The annular body has an annular wall. The inward radial surface of the wall defines a central opening of the body. The outline of the central opening in a transverse plane of the device has variable diametrical dimensions with a first diameter of greater dimension than the second diameter. The outline has two of the first diameter of generally equal dimension and two of the second diameter of generally equal dimension. The device has tubular film about an outward radial surface of the annular body. A free annular end is dispensed outwardly from the annular wall. The free annular end is closed to form a bag. The opening of the bag is accessible through the central opening and is of optimized shape via the central opening for the disposal of waste. A method for disposing of waste on a scooping tool is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Refills Company Limited
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Publication number: 20150047298
    Abstract: A method of forming a vacuum packed compressed netting sleeve for in situ formation of a compost filter sock comprises the steps of: providing a sleeve of netting material having at least one open end; bunching the sleeve of netting material primarily along a longitudinal axis, whereby each open end of the netting material remains accessible to form a compression bundle netting material; placing the compression bundle netting material in a sealable weatherproof bag; drawing a vacuum in the bag to compress the compression bundle netting material; and sealing the bag. A mechanical fastener capable of securing a compression bundle netting sleeve in position may be provided within in the bag. The bag may efficiently store remnants of the netting sleeve at the end of given manufacturing runs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Karl Szebalskie, SR., Michael Zock
  • Patent number: 8955963
    Abstract: A printing system includes carriage assemblies, a preparation station, a printing station, and a selection station. The carriage assemblies receive flexible bodies and are coupled to a conveyance assembly that moves the carriage assemblies along a direction of travel. The preparation station receives the flexible bodies from the loading station and manipulates the flexible bodies to at least partially flatten printing surfaces of the flexible bodies. The printing station prints images on the flexible bodies. The selection station examines the images on the flexible bodies and selects one or more of the flexible bodies based on the images. The selection station also individually grips and removes selected flexible bodies from the carriage assemblies and conveys the selected flexible bodies to a first collection location while the other flexible bodies remain on the carriage assemblies and are conveyed to a different, second collection location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Olejniczak, Marc C. Piscitello, Christopher J. Sobaszek, Graham P. Vlcek, Sean M. O'Neil, Peter P. Dell'Aquila, Steve Waszkowiak
  • 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: 20150037314
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dry composition, which upon addition of an aqueous medium forms a substantially homogenous paste suitable for use in haemostasis procedures. The paste forms spontaneously upon addition of the liquid, hence no mechanical mixing is required for said paste to form. Further disclosed are methods of preparing said dry composition, a paste made from said dry composition and use of said paste for medical and surgical purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Kristian Larsen
  • Publication number: 20150034661
    Abstract: Packaging containing an amount of a consumable (e.g. an at least partially dehydrated foodstuff), the packaging comprising: a container comprising an opening; and a closure (e.g. an airtight seal) closing the opening; wherein the container and the closure define a cavity having a first volume; the consumable is located in the cavity; the container is expandable such that the container may be expanded (e.g. due to the elasticity of the container) to be able to contain a second volume; and the second volume is greater than the first volume. The consumable may be to be combined with an amount of liquid, and the second volume may be greater than or equal to a volume occupied by the combination of the amount of the consumable and the amount of the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Helen Cooper, Gavin Cooper
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150020482
    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: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Nancy Lucas, Annette Martin, Mick Berning, Arlis Sayler
  • Publication number: 20150016757
    Abstract: A rectangular, flexible butt-seamed package bag and a method for using the same is provided in which the pouring of a single type of a liquid packing material filled and packed in the filling space for the packed material from the package bag can be easily performed. A butt-seamed package bag formed by joining both side portions of a sealant layer of a laminate film for packing to each other at a butt state and joining bottom portions or top portions thereof to define a filling space for a single packed material, characterized in that a pouring path for the packed material is disposed in a middle part of a butt-seamed joint portion in an extending direction thereof, and at least a part of the pouring path is provided with an easily separable portion having a joint strength relatively lower than that of the butt-seamed joint portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: TAISEI LAMICK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hidenori Kogure
  • Publication number: 20150001261
    Abstract: The present invention provides a slider valve assembly for connection to a spout of an aseptically-packaged flexible container for filling and dispensing flowable material. The slider valve assembly comprises a cap member, a valve member, and an outlet member. The cap member has a central opening and is adapted to be secured to the spout of the container. The valve member defines one or more side openings in communication with a central bore, is slidable within the central opening of the cap member and is lockable into a closed or open position. The outlet member is detachably engaged to the valve member and is used for actuating the valve member. The outlet member also defines a hollow interior portion which is in communication with the central bore of the valve member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140373487
    Abstract: A method of transporting a decarbonated beer base liquid may comprise packaging said decarbonated beer in package having a non-rigid wall defining an internal orifice wherein said decarbonated beer base liquid is hermetically sealed in said internal orifice. The method may further comprise stacking said packages in a geometrically efficient manner based on a flat-sided geometry of said package, and transporting said stacked packages. Another method of transporting a decarbonated beer base liquid may comprise packaging a decarbonated beer base liquid comprising at least about 0.1% wt ethyl alcohol, at least about 3% wt malt extract solids, and a carbon dioxide level between about zero grams per liter and about 1.5 grams per liter in a package having a non-rigid wall; and transporting said packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: ANHEUSER-BUSCH, LLC
    Inventors: Jermone Pellaud, Aaron Penn, Frank Z. Hellwig, Wilfried Lossignol, Patrick O'Riordan, Neeraj Sharma
  • Publication number: 20140356480
    Abstract: A food container is disclosed. Embodiments of the food container include a repository composed of inelastic, flexible material and a fitment with an opening sufficiently wide to permit extrusion of moderately cohesive foods with moderate to high viscosity, and sufficiently narrow to prevent such foods from spilling from the fitment opening. In some embodiments, the fitment opening bears a tamper-evident hermetic seal or a replaceable cap, which may also have a tamper-evident seal. Methods are disclosed for manufacturing the food container by assembling it and filling it with food. Other methods involve using the container to eat by squeezing it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Beaton
  • Publication number: 20140301669
    Abstract: A container (10) that stores and/or transports one of liquid, solid and gas materials and method of transporting the liquid, solid and gas materials is desired. The container includes a flexible housing (12) having a first end including a selectively closable passageway extending through the first end thereof and a closed second end. A replaceable bag is selectively received within the flexible housing for receiving the one of liquid, solid and gas material to be stored or transported. A mesh like support structure includes a plurality of longitudinal support bands (16) extending along a length of an outside of the flexible housing and a plurality of transverse support bands (18) each extending around a circumference of the flexible housing (12) and spaced along a length thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Cristian Andres Baeck
  • Publication number: 20140294322
    Abstract: A bag assembly including a bag body, and two bag handles. The body includes a first side, and a second side substantially parallel to the first. The body has formed therein: a first horizontal pre-fold a first distance from the top of the body, and a horizontal second pre-fold at a second distance from the top of the body greater than twice the first distance. Each bag handle is attached to an opposing side of the body across handle attachment areas. The topmost extent of each handle attachment areas not extending into an area defined by a first bottom border measured from the top of the bag body down the second distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Samuel Blagden Truslow, Brendan Thomas Scoggin
  • Publication number: 20140270580
    Abstract: Flexible packages and methods of filling them are disclosed. The package includes front and a rear panels. The front and rear panels each have a pair of side edges, a bottom edge, and a top edge. Respective ones of the side and bottom edges of the panels are secured together. The panels confront each other at the top portion of the package to form an interface through which the package may be filled. The top portion of the package is reinforced with reinforcing layers to form at least one top extension, which includes a handle for supporting the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: John Sheridan Thomas, JR., Menaka Hemamali Abeygunawardena
  • Publication number: 20140260109
    Abstract: Pet food bags, and methods of making the same, contain a seal that resists air exchange more than conventional bags thereby protecting nutritional ingredients that are susceptible to oxidation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Iams Company
    Inventors: Romian Rushard McGhee, Allan Jay Root, Jeffrey Wayne Aubuchon, Nicholas A. Di Blasi, Scott Clayton Keck
  • Publication number: 20140262880
    Abstract: Containment assemblies and methods and kits comprising containment assemblies, such as those configured to receive and/or seal a driver, such as a manual driver or a powered driver, for use in a medical procedure, such as a biopsy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Vidacare Corporation
    Inventor: Michel Yoon
  • Publication number: 20140255452
    Abstract: A nicotine-containing pharmaceutical product configured for insertion into the mouth of a user of that product is provided. The product can have an outer water-permeable pouch, a nicotine-containing pharmaceutical composition situated within the outer water-permeable pouch, and product identifying information relating to the nicotine-containing pharmaceutical composition. The information can be presented such that a user of the product can discern the identifying information by visually inspecting the product and thereby differentiate or identify certain nicotine-containing pharmaceutical products. The product identifying can be, for example, printed, imprinted or dyed on the outer water-permeable pouch, positioned within the outer water-permeable pouch, or attached to the outer water-permeable pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: NICONOVUM USA, INC.
    Inventors: Edwin Matthew Reddick, Stephen Taylor Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20140221958
    Abstract: Delivering a blood processing solution to blood in a blood bag includes coupling a first tube to a vented spike at one end and to a Y-shaped tube connector at a second end. An in-line microbiotic barrier filter is coupled to the first tube between its ends. A second tube is coupled to a transfer bag at one end and to the Y-shaped tube connector at its other end. A third tube is coupled to the output of the Y-shaped tube connector and sealed at its distal end. The blood bag includes a fourth tube that is sealed at a distal end. The third tube is welded to the fourth tube using a sterile tubing welder, wherein a functionally-closed, sterile flow path through which the blood processing solution can flow into the blood bag is maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Gray
  • Patent number: 8763352
    Abstract: An ice bagging system is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Reddy Ice Corporation
    Inventor: Mark C. Metzger
  • Publication number: 20140166714
    Abstract: An insulated bag for protecting the cape of a big game animal. The bag comprises a top panel having at least one port for accommodating the antlers of the big game animal. Pockets formed in the interior of the bag can be utilized to prevent the cape of the animal from degrading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Robert W. Peisley, Brock Hadley
  • Patent number: 8745960
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an apparatus and method for inflating and sealing a mailer comprising an inner inflatable liner having at least one inflation port, valve, or combination thereof through which a portion of gas can be introduced into the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian Donegan
  • Publication number: 20140151259
    Abstract: A bag contains polysilicon, has been welded and includes at least one weld seam and a polyethylene film having: a thickness of 150-900 ?m; a stiffness at a flexural modulus Fmax of 300-2000 mN and Ft of 100-1300 mN; a fracture force F determined by dynamic penetration testing of 200-1500 N; a fracture energy Ws of 2-30 J; a penetration energy Wtot of 2.2-30 J; a film tensile stress at 15% longitudinal and transverse elongation of 9-50 MPa; an Elmendorf longitudinal film tear resistance of 10-60 cN; an Elmendorf transverse film tear resistance of 18-60 cN; a longitudinal film elongation at break of 300-2000%; a transverse film elongation at break of 450-3000%; and a weld seam strength of 25-150 N/15 mm. A method includes filling a bag with polysilicon, and welding by pulse sealing with contact pressure greater than 0.01 N/mm2 to obtain a 25-150 N/15 mm weld seam strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventor: Hanns WOCHNER
  • Publication number: 20140137519
    Abstract: A fluid manifold system includes a manifold having at least portions of opposing flexible sheets welded together to form a fluid flow path therebetween, a fluid inlet communicating with the fluid flow path. A plurality of receiving containers are in fluid communication with the fluid flow path of the manifold, each receiving container bounding a compartment. The receiving containers can be formed integral with the manifold by welding together a second portion of the opposing flexible sheets or can comprise separate containers that are coupled to the manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: HYCLONE LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael E. Goodwin, Jeremy K. Larsen, Patrick L. Draper, Brandon M. Knudsen
  • Patent number: 8720167
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for subdividing a fed tubular packaging sleeve into packaging units, having two displacer groups which are intended for constricting the tubular packaging sleeve, it being possible for the rear displacer group, as seen in respect of the movement of the tubular packaging sleeve, to be moved in the longitudinal direction of the tubular packaging sleeve, and the apparatus comprises a supporting element which is connected to the rear displacer group and is intended for supporting the tubular packaging sleeve. The supporting element allows the tubular packaging sleeve to be transported away reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Tipper Tie Technopack GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Kruse
  • Patent number: 8695313
    Abstract: A mail piece insertion mechanism is provided and, more particularly, mail piece insertion mechanisms and methods used for inserting mail pieces such as, for example, residual mail, into individual mail piece folders or containers is provided. The method of inserting mail pieces into folders includes opening the folders and aligning a mechanism with the opened folders and inserting the mail pieces therein. The insertion mechanism includes a mechanism configured open folders and a mechanism configured to insert mail pieces into the open folders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Gaug, Bryan Dalton, John Nasakaitis
  • Publication number: 20140075895
    Abstract: A flexible bag material made of plastic material for the packaging of dry food products such as cereals wherein the plastic material is a multilayer film. The multilayer film comprises at least one high moisture barrier layer made of HDPE, a moderate oxygen barrier layer made of a blend of amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (PETG) and PE having a oxygen permeability of 400 cm3/m2/day or higher when measured at 23° C. and 0% relative humidity, and a peelable sealing layer. The flexible bag material is especially suitable for manufacturing an inner bag of a bag-in-box package having an outer rigid box made of cardboard, in particular recycled cardboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: AMCOR FLEXIBLES KREUZLINGEN LTD
    Inventor: Sean O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8661772
    Abstract: A method for sealing-in a gas in a bag that has therein a gas filling compartment, including the steps of: placing a blow-out port of a nozzle, which is connected to a pressurized gas supply source, against a cut-in or a hole of the bag and holding the back surface side of the bag with a backing member; blowing a gas from the nozzle into the gas filling compartment of the bag through the cut-in or the hole; gripping and thus closing the gas flow path in sealed portions surrounding the periphery of the cut-in or the hole by a blocking gripper while the gas blow-in continues, thus cutting off the flow of the gas between the cut-in or the hole and the inside of the gas filling compartment; and then sealing the cut-in or the hole, thus allowing the gas to be sealed in the gas filling compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanori Yasuhira
  • Patent number: 8650840
    Abstract: A reservoir for a nebulizer, a nebulizer and a method of filling a reservoir are proposed. To avoid undesirable rises in pressure, a fluid chamber of the reservoir is pre-collapsed and filled with an initial amount of fluid which is less than the maximum volume of the fluid chamber. Preferably, before being filled, the fluid chamber is compressed and/or expanded by means of gas to a defined volume which is less than the maximum volume of the fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Holakovsky, Matthias Hausmann, Guido Schmiedel, Florian Witte, Johannes Geser, Gerald Mathe, Martin Meisenheimer, Antonino Lanci, Elmar Mock, Martin Sigrist
  • Publication number: 20140020342
    Abstract: The present invention provides a recyclable multi-purpose bag. In one embodiment, the bag comprises an enclosure having a body member defining a first opening, a second opening, and an end member enclosing the second opening, wherein the body member comprises at least one perforated portion defining an interior portion, wherein the perforated portion is structured such that the interior portion can be at least partially removed to define a handle. The first opening of the bag is structured to be sealed after filling the bag with the debris. Further, the bag comprises a first cohesive layer applied to a first portion of the body member and a second cohesive layer applied to a second portion of the body member, wherein the first cohesive layer and the second cohesive layer are structured to bond when the first and second cohesive layers contact one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Henry James Bellingham, IV, Eric Hardinge Langsam, Philip Arthur Wilheit
  • Patent number: 8601771
    Abstract: A cash recycler or other currency handling device includes modules for automatically strapping a plurality of bills together and bagging the strapped bills for transport. A user may determine a number of bills to be bundled in a stack or unit. Once the predetermined threshold is met, the bills will be automatically transferred to a strapping area where the bills will be strapped together for storage or transport. Additionally or alternatively, the bills may be strapped together as they enter a cartridge, such as an overflow cartridge. The strapped bills may be transferred to a bagging module where the stacks of bills will be automatically bagged, each bag including a predetermined number of stacks of bills. The bags will then be transferred to storage for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Amy Baker Folk, William Thomas Sanders, Daniel Christopher Bohen, Shane Anthony Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130318927
    Abstract: The present specification discloses a combined drape and carrying bag unit used in medical and surgical settings with an indicator attached to a drawstring of the unit. Conversion of the unit from a drape or mat configuration involves pulling on exposed drawstring sections and results in deployment of the identifying indicator. The indicator includes preprinted information, a barcode for scanning, and/or space for the inscription of information by medical personnel. The inclusion of an integrated indicator with the combined drape and carrying bag unit informs medical personnel of the contents of the unit when in the bag configuration and obviates the need for opening the bag and discovering its contents, thereby reducing exposure of medical personnel to biohazard waste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: William Parks
  • Patent number: 8590281
    Abstract: There is provided a method for air-tightly enclosing a pellicle case in a filmy bag which protects the pellicle case against dust without the use of a plurality of bags or without modifying the filmy bag except for folding it like origami and eventually consolidating with an adhesive material: in short the opening of the bag is folded a number of times compactly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Nagata
  • Patent number: 8590771
    Abstract: A liquid sample bulk mailing packaging device includes a paperboard envelope blank assembled to form a hermetically sealed leakproof containment pocket such that a moisture resistant coating on one of the paperboard surfaces will prevent leakage in the event an enclosed liquid containing packette fails during mail processing, while the other paperboard surface will absorb the moisture from the packette. The device meets the US Postal Service requirements for machinable and automation letters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Clarence Bludorn
  • Publication number: 20130305664
    Abstract: A coated fabric (11), comprising a fabric (12) from polymer tapes (12a, 12b), wherein the fabric (12) is coated with a sealing layer (13), wherein • at least a portion of the polymer tapes (12a, 12b) have a breaking tenacity of less than 45 cN/tex, preferably 15 to 40 cN/tex and an elongation at break of more than 30%, preferably of 40 to 90%, and/or • wherein the sealing layer (13) is formed from a composition A comprising at least one ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer, and wherein the composition has a density from 0.905 to 0.930 g/cc, preferably from 0.910 to 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicants: STARLINGER & CO GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H., HAVER & BOECKER OHG, DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Maria Isabel Arroyo Yillan, Thomas Schütte, Franz Schneider
  • Publication number: 20130292295
    Abstract: The present invention provides a zipper type liquid crystal module packaging bag and a method for packaging a liquid crystal module with the packaging bag. The packaging bag includes a bag body and a zipper mounted to the bag body. The bag body forms an opening for receiving entry of a liquid crystal module into the bag body. The zipper is mounted to the opening. Through zipping up and down the zipper, the opening is opened or closed. The bag body has inside surfaces and outside surfaces that are respectively opposite to each other. The inside surfaces are made of a soft antistatic material. The arrangement of zipper allows packaging and deposition/removal of the liquid crystal module to be done conveniently. The inside surfaces of soft antistatic material provide excellent resistance against static electricity and good protection of the surface of the liquid crystal module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhilin Zhao
  • Publication number: 20130292397
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing articles comprises one or more vacuum-sealable storage bags and a container. The one or more vacuum-sealable storage bags are configured for storing the articles therein. The container configured for storing the one or more vacuum-sealable storage bags therein. The container has soft sides made of soft materials. In operation, when air within the one or more vacuum-sealable storage bags is evacuated, the one or more vacuum-sealable storage bags, and any articles stored therein, collapses into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen G. Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20130292385
    Abstract: The present invention is for a fitment assembly for use with a flexible pouch, the fitment assembly including a fitment having a spout tube, and a cap for sealing the spout tube. The cap for the fitment includes a plug portion. The plug portion extends from the cap, and is received by the spout tube of the fitment, thereby blocking product contained within flexible pouch from entering the spout tube when the cap is attached to the fitment. The cap further has a sealed recess which is designed to hold a tablet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: POUCH PAC INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • 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: 20130269827
    Abstract: The system of a dispensing package and a piercing assembly is disclosed. The package has at least one compartment in which a flowable material is located and a fitment secured to the outside of the package at the fitment. The fitment includes a passageway extending therethrough, which is temporarily sealed by a cover. When the cover is removed a piercing assembly can be extended through the fitment and the underlying portion of the package for communication with the flowable material within the compartment. The piercing assembly includes a septum arranged to be pierced by a needle of a syringe to enable the flowable material to be drawn into the syringe. The package is arranged to be formed, filled with the flowable material and sealed on a form, fill and seal machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: John Sheridan Thomas, JR., Barry Lee Pritchard
  • Patent number: 8534030
    Abstract: A method of retaining a longitudinally compressed flexible duct, the method includes removing at least one retaining strap from extending longitudinally about a flexible container retaining a longitudinally compressed flexible duct having a first end and a second end within the flexible container, the retaining strap extending about a first end and a second end of the flexible container. The method further includes securing a choker about a circumference transverse to the longitudinally compressed flexible duct and the flexible container to circumferentially compress a portion of the longitudinally compressed flexible duct at a position intermediate of the first end and the second end of the longitudinally compressed flexible duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: William R. Gray