Filling Preformed Receptacle Patents (Class 53/473)
  • Patent number: 11842316
    Abstract: A temperature-controlled medication packaging system includes a storage with a temperature-controlled interior containing at least one medication. The packaging system further includes at least one shipping container and at least one coolant that is sized to fit within the at least one shipping container. A first robot is adapted to retrieve the at least one medication from the storage and transport the at least one medication to a second robot. The second robot is adapted to receive the at least one medication from the first robot and to bring the at least one medication and the at least one shipping container and the at least one coolant together for packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11820599
    Abstract: An automated parts handling system includes a conveyor, a robotic arm configured to pick parts from a parts receptacle and place the picked parts on the conveyor, a vision device disposed over or adjacent the conveyor and configured to determine the number of parts picked by the robotic arm from the parts receptacle and placed on the conveyor, a memory, and a processor communicatively coupled to the conveyor, the robotic arm, and the vision device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Robert Kopecko
  • Patent number: 11800865
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device and a method for storing and transporting at least one human or animal tissue with a view to transplantation or ex vivo experimentation. The device can store such tissue in a specific storage medium until the transplantation or the ex vivo experimentation, and in particular to storing a sample of human or animal cornea, such as a corneal graft. This device for storing at least one human or animal tissue comprises at least one chamber which is suitable for receiving and storing the tissue in a liquid storage medium and which comprises means for continuous renewal of the medium in said at least one chamber. The device additionally comprises means for adjusting at least one physicochemical parameter of said medium, including its pH, by continuous circulation of a buffer gas in said at least one chamber outside of and in contact with said medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Inventor: Tijani Gharbi
  • Patent number: 11712442
    Abstract: A dry powder inhalation treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension includes a dose of dry particles comprising greater than 25 micrograms of treprostinil enclosed in a capsule. The dry particles can include treprostinil, a wetting agent, a hydrophobicity modifying agent, a pH modifying agent and a buffer. A method of treating a patient having pulmonary arterial hypertension includes providing a patient a dry powder inhaler, providing the patient at least one capsule for use in the dry powder inhaler, the capsule including at least 25 micrograms of treprostinil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventors: Robert Frank Roscigno, Brian T. Farrer, Jacob J. Sprague, Benjamin Maynor
  • Patent number: 11498730
    Abstract: The child-resistant container includes a receptacle having an inner cavity, a lid that selectively couples with the receptacle to enclose the inner cavity when in a locked position, and a lock movable between the locked position securing the lid to the receptacle to substantially prevent access to the inner cavity and an unlocked position permitting the lid to move relative to the receptacle to expose access to the inner cavity. The receptacle and lid combination may include a lid that pivots relative to a container about a hinge and locks thereto by locking catches in the container sidewalls; or may include an outer housing enclosing an inner storage container in slide-in relation, wherein a pair of safety tabs extend from the inner storage container and through the outer housing into a respective pair of locking channels formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Raymond Christopher Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Ruben Kachian, Mike Toroyan
  • Patent number: 11453554
    Abstract: A method for sequencing loads in an automated load-distribution system having k sources with k?2; at least one destination; k FIFO-type source buffer devices, each receiving loads from one of the k sources; a collector collecting the loads from the k source buffer devices and transporting them to the at least one destination. The collector includes k successive nodes each configured to collect the loads from one of the source buffer devices. The control system processes customer orders listing loads for a given destination and being each associated with a sequential order number of destination. The control system: builds a collection list containing n loads to be collected and reducing a disorder of the n loads relative to a rising order of the sequential order numbers of destination; and controls the collector and the source buffer devices to collect loads compliant with the collection list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Collin, Blandine Vacher, Antoine Jouglet, Dritan Nace
  • Patent number: 11445745
    Abstract: A system includes a cradle, a tray assembly, a plurality of supports, and a vibrator. The tray assembly removably couples to the cradle. The tray assembly has a plurality of holes and a handle. The handle facilitates separating the tray assembly from the cradle. The plurality of supports extend from the tray assembly at positions on the tray assembly that correspond to positions of the holes in the tray assembly. The supports are sized and dimensioned to hold paper tubes. The vibrator vibrates the tray assembly coupled to the cradle to distribute loose material placed on the tray assembly through the holes in the tray assembly and fill the paper tubes in the supports with the loose material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Sesh Technologies Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Jason Harrison Dueweke
  • Patent number: 11448450
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a refrigerator and a control method thereof. The refrigerator comprises a door body with an inner door and an outer door, a locking mechanism for locking the outer door, an unlocking mechanism for unlocking the outer door, and a detection unit for detecting an open state and a closed state of the inner door. The present disclosure avoids damages caused by collision between the inner door and the outer door when the outer door is opened, and also avoids simultaneous opening of the inner door and outer door and facilitates the user to use and achieves an energy-saving effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Mingyong Liu, Ning Wang, Shidong Li, Yuan Wang, Heng Zhang
  • Patent number: 11427363
    Abstract: A packaging system having a packaging machine and a feeding device for the packaging machine. Packaging elements for receiving products in a predetermined format can be supplied to the packaging machine for a packaging process running thereon. The packaging machine may comprise a machine frame, at least one work station attached to the machine frame; a transport device that comprises a grouping unit for receiving packaging elements supplied by the feeding device to the packaging machine; and/or a transfer unit for transporting packaging elements received thereon to the work station. The grouping unit and the transfer unit can be brought together by way of a relative motion so that the packaging elements positioned on the grouping unit can be received by way of the transfer unit. The transfer unit may be capable of gripping the packaging elements. A method for producing a packaging as described above is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Florian Lutz, Markus Wägele
  • Patent number: 11373155
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein generally related to an automated teller machine (ATM) and a method of operating the same. In one embodiment, an apparatus is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a body, a display, two or more currency dispensing components, two or more currency cartridges, two or more tracks, and a controller. Each currency dispensing component is dedicated to a specific currency denomination. The two or more currency cartridges are configured to store currency. Each currency cartridge dedicated to a specific currency denomination. Each track extends between a currency dispensing component and a currency cartridge. The two or more tracks are configured to transmit currency from the two or more currency cartridges to the two or more currency dispensing components. The controller is in communication with the display, the two or more currency dispensing components, the two or more currency cartridges, and the two or more tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Edwards, Abdelkader Benkreira, Michael Mossoba
  • Patent number: 11253893
    Abstract: An item sorting system (1) includes a moving belt (1a) and one or more sorting units (2). The sorting unit (2) has an enclosure (3) with a work aperture (4), a suction unit (5) with a suction head (6), and a robot arm unit (7) mounted in the enclosure (3) for moving the suction head (6) within a predetermined operating space within the enclosure (3). The enclosure (3) has one or more shell sections (3a) forming a side wall (3b) of the enclosure (3). In a further aspect, the suction unit (5) has a suction head (6) connected to a suction head channel (11), a low pressure source (12a) connected to the suction head channel (11) via a first valve (13), and a control unit (15) connected to the first valve (13) and arranged to actuate the first valve (13) between a suction position and a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Bollegraaf Patents and Brands B.V.
    Inventors: Wouter Hendrik Hogervorst, Johannes Sijbrand Vogelaar
  • Patent number: 11027922
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for buffer carts having articulating floors. In one embodiment, an example cart may include a front wall, and a first floor portion coupled to the front wall. The first floor portion may include a slot along a lateral side of the first floor portion. The cart may include a second floor portion, where the second floor portion is coupled to the first floor portion. The cart may include a scissor mechanism coupled to the second floor portion, and a drive system coupled to the scissor mechanism and configured to drive the scissor mechanism in a vertical direction, wherein movement of the scissor mechanism includes relative motion between the first floor portion and the second floor portion via the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Khalid Kayal, Raashid Mohammed, Jay Dugat
  • Patent number: 10913607
    Abstract: A storage system for storing product items includes a grid structure, a number of storage bins configured to be stored in vertical compartments in the grid structure, and a picking and/or supply station. Each storage bin is configured to contain at least one product item. The storage system further includes a conveyor system configured to convey a storage bin from a first position to a second position and further to a third position, where the conveyor system includes a first, tillable conveyor configured to convey the storage bin from the first position to the third position via the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Autostore Technology AS
    Inventors: Ingvar Hognaland, Ivar Fjeldheim, Trond Austrheim, Øystein Gjerdevik
  • Patent number: 10851046
    Abstract: This invention relates to a wax composition comprising a plurality of fatty acid amide compounds having the Formula (I): where R1, R2, n1, n2, m1, and m2 are as described herein. This invention also relates to a wax composition comprising: a) one or more fatty acid amide compounds having the Formula (II): and b) one or more fatty acid amide compounds having the Formula (III): where R1, R2, n1, and n2 are as described herein. This invention also relates to a fatty acid amide compound having the Formula (I) and a process for preparing a compound of Formula (I).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Tong Wang, Tao Fei
  • Patent number: 10800560
    Abstract: A packaging kit manufacturing apparatus (600) manufactures a packaging kit (501). The packaging kit manufacturing apparatus (600) includes: a film feeding section (610) that feeds a film (31, 32); a conveyance section (620) that conveys a plate-shaped member (510) such that a leading end of the plate-shaped member (510) pushes the film (31, 32); a welding section (640) that welds the film (31, 32) to form a tubular film (530); a retracting section (650) that retracts the film (32) to fold the plate-shaped member (510) along a fold line (21) before the welding section (640) welds the film (31, 32); and a lift restricting section (660) that restricts lift of the leading end of the plate-shaped member (510) when the film (32) is retracted by the retracting section (650).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Shinji Hayami, Masaaki Kanemaru
  • Patent number: 10549425
    Abstract: A carrier device includes a conveyor configured to carry objects supplied continuously; an object detection unit configured to detect the positions and orientations of the objects disposed in a predetermined area on the conveyor; a combination calculation unit, when a robot grasps multiple objects, out of the objects, with a hand and places the grasped objects in a container, configured to calculate combinations of sequences to grasp the objects by the hand; an index calculation unit configured to calculate an index for each combination using the distances and rotation amounts between the objects to be grasped by the hand based on the positions and orientations of the objects; and a robot control unit configured to determine the sequences to grasp the objects by the hand based on the indexes, and grasping the objects and placing the objects in the containers in accordance with the determined sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Masafumi Ooba
  • Patent number: 10457491
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved conveyor system that provides for a magnetically driven conveyor system in which a sidewall of the conveyor may have minimal or no perforations therein for connecting rollers or other conveying structures in the conveyor bed to an external driving mechanism. The conveyor system may also provide gapless or nearly gapless roller bed that prevents or reduces the accumulation of debris and contaminants in and between the hardware of the conveyor bed. The system of the present invention may provide a more efficient and sanitary conveyor system for produce washing or other food processing application that requires less maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Lorin Reed
  • Patent number: 10392138
    Abstract: A method of filling a container with a viscous content by providing a container that has an inner surface formed by using a thermoplastic resin and, specifically, an olefin resin, applying an edible oil or a liquid paraffin on the inner surface of the container to form an oil film thereon, and filling the container that has the oil film formed on the inner surface thereof with a viscous content that has a viscosity at 25° C. of not less than 100 mPa·s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Ikuo Komatsu, Yosuke Akutsu
  • Patent number: 10328468
    Abstract: A method of managing reuse of a returnable bottle is disclosed. The method individually manages returnable bottles so as to manage reuse linked with their individual states of use and thereby enable reusable bottles to be separated from other bottles in a scientific manner. The method comprises, at the time of new production of a returnable bottle body, forming on a bottle body surface a product identification mark part engraved with an identification code as product identification data of the bottle body, reading the product identification mark part and writing and storing the product identification data of the bottle body in the storage medium linked with individual transport state data relating to transport of the bottle body, and judging permission for continued reuse of the bottle body based on the individual transport state data stored in the storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Takeshi Tsutsumi
  • Patent number: 10319026
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with order fulfillment using overage tolerance to verify amounts of variable quantity items are described. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, in a device, a customer order for an item. The customer order indicates at least an ordered amount of the item. The example method may also include determining a unit type of the item. The unit type defines whether the item is measured in discrete unitary quantities or is measured in variable quantities. The method may also include verifying that a picked amount of the item for the customer order is within an overage tolerance of the ordered amount when the unit type indicates variable quantities. The overage tolerance is an upper bound over the ordered amount that is permissible to satisfy the customer order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Rebecca Maifeld, Brian Voelz, Steven Gooijer
  • Patent number: 10310552
    Abstract: [Problem] Provided is a screen protector that can be easily mounted on a mobile information terminal and is able to favorably maintain the operability of the screen at the touch of the screen while ensuring engagement strength. [Solving Means] A protector configured to be mounted on a front face of a mobile information terminal includes a thin part configured to cover a screen of the mobile information terminal and a pair of thick parts disposed on upper and lower sides of the thin part and having a greater thickness than the thin part. The thin part includes a screen cover configured to cover the screen and a thin engaging part extending from the screen cover toward a side face of the mobile information terminal and configured to engage with the side face. The thick parts each include a thick engaging part connected to the thin engaging part and configured to engage with the side face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: POWER SUPPORT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsushi Igarashi, Yasuhiro Soda
  • Patent number: 10179666
    Abstract: A barrel loader for a carton packaging machine for packaging articles, including a leading pusher arm assembly and a trailing pusher arm assembly, the pusher arm assemblies positioned adjacent to a carton conveyor that move along a longitudinal path and cooperate to push an article group into a carton. Each pusher arm assembly has a pusher arm that carries a face on one end and also is extendable and retractable on guide rails transverse to the longitudinal path. The pusher arm assemblies are driven in a downstream direction along the longitudinal path by endless chains. One of the endless chains can be advanced or retarded in phase relative to the other endless chain to move the loader arms and associated faces further apart or closer together parallel to the longitudinal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: David Harrison Cain
  • Patent number: 10173798
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting one or more goods into a moving cover includes a cover transport, and at least one separating device configured to engage with a first part of the cover and to maintain the first part of the cover separate from a second part of the cover during at least a part of the movement of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Bernd Hoepner, Thomas Huber, Joseph Batzer, Helmut Foerg, Reinhard Seiler
  • Patent number: 9854760
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Solanum lycopersicum seed designated 72-629 RZ. The present invention also relates to a Solanum lycopersicum plant produced by growing the 72-629 RZ seed. The invention further relates to methods for producing the tomato cultivar, represented by tomato variety 72-629 RZ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Michel Cornelis Petrus Weerdenburg
  • Patent number: 9832944
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Solanum lycopersicum seed designated 72-630 RZ. The present invention also relates to a Solanum lycopersicum plant produced by growing the 72-630 RZ seed. The invention further relates to methods for producing the tomato cultivar, represented by tomato variety 72-630 RZ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Michel Cornelis Petrus Weerdenburg
  • Patent number: 9781889
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Solanum lycopersicum seed designated 72-626 RZ. The present invention also relates to a Solanum lycopersicum plant produced by growing the 72-626 RZ seed. The invention further relates to methods for producing the tomato cultivar, represented by tomato variety 72-626 RZ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Michel Cornelis Petrus Weerdenburg
  • Patent number: 9697666
    Abstract: A method and system for auditing money items within a secure housing, the money items being collected from a multi-denomination money item storage unit and validated while being transported by a conveyor that deposits them back into the multi-denomination storage unit after they have been identified. The same process is done with the money items present in the at least one hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Crane Payment Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Robert James Blythin, Andrew Barson, Wesley Perry
  • Patent number: 9694366
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for grouping fragile floating objects, such as floating fruits, in batches in at least one accumulation channel. An upstream portion (12) of at least one accumulation channel is supplied with objects transported by a hydraulic current as far as a downstream end of the latter provided with a retaining/releasing device for retaining/releasing the objects. The speed of the hydraulic current is adjusted so as to bring about a hydraulic superposition of the objects retained in a superposition zone of the accumulation channel against the retaining/releasing device which is closed so as to retain the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: MAF AGROBOTIC
    Inventor: Philippe Blanc
  • Patent number: 9573707
    Abstract: The object of the application is a filling hopper for a filling apparatus for multi-segment trays in the tobacco industry with a receiving region for rod like articles in the form of a mass flow and a storing region for rod like articles comprising side walls (8, 9) and a bottom wall (10), whereas the storing region has double partition walls (16) alternately forming a plurality of parallel cavities (15) and slots (14), where the partition walls (16) extend in principle along the entire height of the storing region. The partition walls (16) are connected with each other by means of a carrying framework so that at least from one side free access to the articles inside the cavities (15) is maintained. The carrying framework comprises at least one fastening area (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Radoslaw Owczarek, Marek Warchol, Leszek Sikora
  • Publication number: 20150143782
    Abstract: A polymeric sheet structure for use in a packaging container. The sheet contains a first layer of oxygen barrier material and a second and optionally third protective layer bonded to the first layer. The oxygen barrier layer material can be saponified ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer, polyamide, polyvinyl alcohol, modification products thereof, or mixtures thereof, and the second and third protective layer can contain a polymer and an inorganic filler with an aspect ratio distribution in an amount sufficient to further enhance the moisture barrier property of the outer protective layer over what it would be in the absence of the filler. Also a process for protecting an oxygen or moisture sensitive material that includes the step of enclosing the material in a container that is completely or partially constructed of the sheet structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Bakhtiar Alam Shah, Glenn Lee VanDerWende, Nitya Prakash Khasat, Michael Charles Restaino
  • Publication number: 20150136639
    Abstract: The invention provides a packaging for a container (2) filled with a liquid pharmaceutical product and comprising a head (4) and a body (3) both made from a single piece and a neck portion (5) configured to form a frangible junction (6) between said head (4) and said body (3), said packaging (11) being made from plastic material and comprising two layers (12, 13) between which is defined a cavity (18) configured to receive said container (2); wherein said packaging (11) is a unitary packaging which is configured to receive one container (2) and comprises a foldable portion (24) configured so that an upper portion (32) of said packaging (11) which is configured to receive said head (4) of said container (2) folds when said head (4) is submitted to a determined load, an access portion (27) provided at least around a part of said upper portion (32) and being remote to said foldable portion (24) and a protective portion (28) configured between said access portion (27) and said foldable portion (24); so that when
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: SANOFI
    Inventor: Andres Marcelo Aranda Lopez
  • Publication number: 20150135586
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pick-up and delivery system including a pick-up assembly and a delivery assembly. The pick-up assembly includes a robotic arm, a pick-up device rotatably mounted on the robotic arm, and a first vacuum pressure supply port operably connected to the pick-up device. The delivery assembly includes an insertion device and a second vacuum pressure supply port. The insertion device may include an insertion member and a release assistance rod arranged inside the insertion member. The release assistance rod is moveable between an extended position and a retracted position. When the release assistance rod is in the extended position, a proximal end extends beyond an end of the insertion member. Further aspects are directed towards methods for grasping and releasing an object with a pick-up and delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Fredrick T. Rubatino, Michael W. Teodoro
  • Publication number: 20150136130
    Abstract: The invention related to dry powders that contain a therapeutic agent. The dry powders have characteristics, e.g., they are processable and/or dense in therapeutic agent that provide advantages for formulating and delivering therapeutic agents to patients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Wesley H. DeHaan, Jean C. Sung, Diana Manzanedo, Ciaran Lawlor, Michael Tauber
  • Patent number: 9027222
    Abstract: A lens assembly method for assembling a plurality of lenses into a plurality of lens tubes is disclosed. The method includes providing a lens assembly tool comprising a lens receiving frame, a positioning plate, and a pressing plate forming a plurality of pressing punches; positioning a plurality of lens tubes in a plurality of receiving holes of the lens receiving frame; positioning one lens in each of the lens tubes; positioning the positioning plate on the lens receiving frame with the lens tubes extending through a plurality of through holes of the positioning plate; and positioning the pressing plate on the positioning plate with the pressing punches entering into the lens tubes to push the lenses into the lens tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Chun Wang
  • Publication number: 20150114852
    Abstract: In at least some embodiments, the system can be used with a wide variety of types of earrings. Examples include, without limitation, pierced, french wires, hoops, and clip-ons. Preferably, one or more mounting trays are provided with means for readily holding those items at a selected position on the tray. Also preferably, the trays are sufficiently large to each hold a plurality of earrings. Among many alternatives, a perforated “mesh” or pegboard-type tray can be used, with each such tray having a plurality of holes, slots, or other openings formed in it. The specific size, shape, relative position, spacing, and other aspects of the openings can be selected when designing any particular embodiment of the invention, based on (among other things) the application for which the embodiment is intended. Different patterns and mixes of holes/slots/etc. can be provided, based on functional and/or aesthetic considerations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Lori Torline
  • Publication number: 20150115024
    Abstract: Improved produce containers, systems and method for packing and shipping the same, utilize containers that are smaller and have a lower Box Declared Weight than industry-standard banana boxes. The improved system comprises improved containers and an industry-standard sized banana pallet, which allows for a relatively higher weight of bananas to be shipped, while providing effective means to vary ventilation and temperature of the bananas, particularly those that are near the center of the pallet load. The method allows for reduced handling, and as a result, reduced bruising and scarring of bananas, while improving working conditions for those handling the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Claudio FINOL, Francisco RODRIGUEZ, Arnoldo LAGOS
  • Patent number: 9016035
    Abstract: A dunnage inserter system has one or more storage containers for storage of a plurality of dunnage pieces. A trolley and lift assembly travels horizontally along a longitudinal axis of an overhead beam. A dunnage holder is mounted to the trolley and lift assembly and moves horizontally along the overhead beam and moves vertically via a lift assembly. The dunnage holder can lift and hold one or more dunnage pieces for installation onto a metal sheet in the metal sheet container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Butech Bliss
    Inventors: John R. Buta, John H. Gehring
  • Publication number: 20150101288
    Abstract: A method for arranging eggs in a container. Eggs placed in receptacles of the container come to a resting orientation, by virtue of the contouring of the receptacle, such that a long axis of the first egg is tilted toward a rear portion of the container at nearly uniform angles slightly offset from a vertical axis, and parallel side-to-side. Using features of the container, movement of eggs from their resting orientation, as well as twisting (spinning) about their long axes is resisted during marking, shipping or handling. The orienting of eggs in the receptacles or compartments thereof may be aided by use of an egg orienter. Tilting of the eggs may be facilitated by using receptacles or compartments which are asymmetrically contoured with respect to the vertical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150102070
    Abstract: The invention relates to an empty container (1) for accommodating high-purity and ultra-high-purity, air- and/or moisture-sensitive liquid or condensable compounds, comprising a cylindrical jacket (3), a bottom (4a) and an upper end piece (4b, 4b?) at the two ends of the cylindrical jacket, an associated connection unit (2) including shut-off/multiple-way and rinsing system (5), and an associated immersion pipe (7), characterized in that the lower end of the immersion pipe (7a) protrudes into a recess (4c) (depression), which is introduced in the bottom (4a) and which is the lowest point of the bottom, and/or the lower end of the immersion pipe (7a) is tapered and is brought close to the lowest point of the bottom (4a) to within less than 2 mm by means of the tip of the tapered immersion pipe (7b) or touches the lowest point of the bottom with the tip of the tapered immersion pipe (7b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Ekkehard Mueh, Hartwig Rauleder, Bernd Nowitzki, Harald Klein
  • Publication number: 20150096269
    Abstract: A container with improved sealing, for improved security in the event of loading, transporting and/or unloading submicron particles, in particular nanopowder/nanoparticles, includes a connector for injecting liquid and/or gas. Such a container can also contain at least one inflatable seal (40) valve (3; 4). The container is provided with elements for changing the physical state of the material by heating, mixing or ultrasound bombardment. A method for using the container and an inflatable seal valve are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: NANOMAKERS
    Inventors: Francois Tenegal, Cyril Nadeau
  • Patent number: 8991139
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for filling a container with solid particles, the device having annular ducts for passing particles, which ducts are defined by a plurality of vertical nozzles arranged coaxially relative to one another, and a diaphragm arranged upstream from the annular ducts for regulating the flow rate of particles in the annular ducts, the diaphragm has a plurality of shutter flaps for shutting off the annular ducts, each flap shutting off an angular sector of a single annular duct and the diaphragm having control means for controlling movement of the shutter flaps that are configured to be capable of partially shutting off any one of duct independently of the other ducts. The invention also relates to a method of shutting off a filler device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Crealyst
    Inventors: Bernard Poussin, Guillaume Poussin
  • 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: 20150082753
    Abstract: A journal transport and storage device for moving, transporting and storage of a pulverizer journal assembly is provided. The device includes a base and a frame extending from the base defining a shaped configuration to support at least a portion of the pulverizer journal assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Fuller, Allen Reber, Michael Webster
  • Publication number: 20150082754
    Abstract: A carrier element for use in a packaging device is provided wherein the carrier element is connectable with at least one transport device of the packaging device. The carrier element comprises at least one receiving surface for receiving at least one package. The receiving surface comprises at least one suction opening for fixing the package by suction. The carrier element further comprises at least one pressure reservoir connected to the suction opening. The carrier element further comprises at least one pressure sensor for measuring a pressure inside the pressure reservoir. A packaging device for packaging at least one product into at least one package is also disclosed. The packaging device comprises at least one carrier element and at least one transport device, wherein the carrier element is connected to the transport device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Jasiulek, Andreas Trapp
  • Patent number: 8984844
    Abstract: Tablet-container filling apparatus is provided for feeding and separating tablets and for filling a tablet container with the said tablets. The tablet-container filling apparatus comprises a tablet-color identifier (3, 5), a tablet remover (4) whereby a rogue tablet is removable once identified by the tablet-color identifier, a tablet counter (7), a container conveyor (9), and a controller (5, 7) for controlling tablet flow into a container on said conveyor, the tablet-color identifier (3, 5) being on at least two sides of a tablet flow path, so that in use a tablet color is identifiable from at least said two sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sparc Systems Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth Shail
  • 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: 20150073352
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiment relates to an injection device that is a single patient use, disposable device containing a needle and a cartridge containing a drug, pharmaceutical product or other injectable agent. The device is initially provided in a pre-armed state in a first engagement configuration wherein the needle is separated from the septum of a cartridge. To arm the injection device, the professional urges the device from the first engagement or pre-armed configuration to a second engagement or aimed configuration wherein the needle pierces the septum and provides a sterile fluid path to the drug, pharmaceutical product or other injectable agent contained within the cartridge. The disclosed embodiment is particularly adaptable to dental anesthetic applications, as well as other medical and veterinary applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Melvin A. Finke, David L. Strader, David R. Swisher, Kathleen Tremblay
  • Publication number: 20150059287
    Abstract: An ovenable paper container containing an inner liner, an outer liner, and an intermediate or corrugated paper layer positioned between the inner liner and the outer liner. The ovenable paper container can be used to heat and/or cook food and then be used as a serving container without the danger of causing burns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Sanders
  • Publication number: 20150059295
    Abstract: An epoxy resin curing agent includes at least the following component (I) and component (II) in a mass ratio of 50/50 to 92/8: Component (I): a reaction product obtained by reacting at least (A) metaxylylenediamine or paraxylylenediamine and at least one selected from (B1) acrylic acid and acrylic acid derivatives; Component (II): a reaction product obtained by reacting at least (A) metaxylylenediamine or paraxylylenediamine and at least one selected from (B2) unsaturated carboxylic acids represented by the following formula (1) and derivatives thereof: wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an aralkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms or an aryl group; so that at least one of R1 and R2 is an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an aralkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms or an aryl group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Eiichi Honda, Kazuki Kouno
  • Publication number: 20150052853
    Abstract: A filling plant for containers and a method for operating the filling plant. At least two separately controllable transport paths for pressureless container transport, each including at least one single-track container buffer, are provided downstream of a filling machine, and the transport paths can, according to requirements, flexibly be charged with containers having a round or non-round cross-section and in the event of a production failure in one of the transport paths at least the other transport path can still be used for production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Wasserle