With Diverse Contents Patents (Class 53/474)
  • Patent number: 11053041
    Abstract: An automatic packing device (1) for cushioning element (s) (2) in a carton (C) is mounted along a conveyor (4) directed along a longitudinal axis (Y, Y?). The packing device (1) includes a robotic cell (3) associated with a cushioning element storage zone (2), the robotic cell (3) including at least one gripping device fo a cushioning element (2). The storage zone includes at least one magazine (18) with at least one cassette (8) movable along a transverse axis (X, X?) from a loading position to an unloading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: GP System
    Inventor: Jacky Peterlini
  • Patent number: 10807296
    Abstract: A system for executing a rod member extrusion-molding method of the present invention has an extrusion-molding machine of a rod member, a transfer conveyor, a delivery line of the rod member between the extrusion-molding machine and the transfer conveyor, a measurement position defined on the delivery line and dividing the delivery line into an upstream section and a downstream section, a measurement device measuring an outer diameter of the rod member in the measurement position, a first roller conveyor forming a part of the section at least directly upstream of the measurement position, a second roller conveyor forming the downstream section, and a control device performing feedback control of a transfer speed of the transfer conveyor based on the outer diameter obtained in the measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sasaki, Masaaki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10737819
    Abstract: Described are systems, methods, and apparatus for injecting dunnage into a container after an item has been placed in the container and the container has been sealed or otherwise closed. A dunnage injection apparatus is configured to penetrate a surface of the sealed container and expel gas and dunnage into an interior space of the container. The gas fills the expelled dunnage forming gas-filled pouches of dunnage that fill voids within the interior space of the container and secure and protect the item within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Toby Ge Xu, Jon Stuart Battles, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 10654637
    Abstract: A container comprised a container body having a first cavity for receiving a product therein, the container body having a front surface, back surface, first sidewall and second sidewall, and a cover having an opening extending thereinto, said opening configured to receive said container body therein, the cover comprising an outer wall, an inner wall and a second cavity defined between said outer wall and inner wall, said second cavity housing a protective material therein. The protective material moves the cover from a first configuration defining a first inner profile of the inner wall of the cover to a second configuration defining a second inner profile of the cover, said second inner profile being smaller than the first inner profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Oscar Xoy, Scott Demarest
  • Publication number: 20150147602
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to articles (e.g., containers, battery packs, etc.) including a lithium material (e.g., one or more lithium-containing batteries) housed therein. The articles include sulfur hexafluoride located within an interior compartment of the article to provide an inert atmosphere within the interior compartment. The present disclosure is also related to methods of inerting such articles (e.g., containers, battery packs, etc.) with sulfur hexafluoride. Additionally, the present disclosure is related to conveyed (e.g., pumped, blown, etc.) looped cooling apparatuses and systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Maurice P. Bianchi, David Kirshman
  • Publication number: 20150125840
    Abstract: A portable medical training manikin with a hollow torso body with a chest plate having slotted openings provided to enable realistic flexing of the chest plate along hinges engaged with a chest compression piston. The torso body has a realistic skin covering the torso and interconnected at a hinge. A chest compression piston supports and resists chest compressions performed by a user. The chest compression piston is engaged with the central chest plate of the torso body by a quick release mechanism having detent locks for securing the piston engaged with the chest plate. A two-piece tiltable head configuration enables detachment of the back half of the head piece, and inversion for nested stacking within the front half head piece. The hollow torso body is likewise configured for convenient stacking, including the compression pistons, in a carrying container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: PRESTAN PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: John J. Pastrick, Christopher E. Bryniarski, Mark E. Cook, Timothy E. Lint, Daniel R. Moon
  • Publication number: 20150122673
    Abstract: A dispenser for holding multiple components and allowing separate sequential access to the components. For example, one component can be a wafer and one component can be wine for use in a Christian communion ceremony. A container has a first cavity defined therein and an opening. A first layer element covers the opening and has a first side that is removably attached to a portion of the container. A second layer is removably attached to a portion of a second side of the first layer, a portion of the second layer being not adhered to the second side of the first layer to thereby form a second cavity between the first layer and the second layer. A first tab is defined on an edge the first layer. A second tab is defined on an edge of the second layer and extends over the first tab and beyond a distal end of the first tab to facilitate sequential removal of the layer elements and sequential access to a component in the second cavity and the component in the first cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Blessed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Pavlos Loumbroukos, Israel Idonije, Kelley Speck
  • Publication number: 20150122685
    Abstract: A packaging tray for a patient interface system, the patient interface system adapted to provide respiratory therapy, the packaging tray comprising: at least one cushion assembly region, each shaped to conform to at least a portion of a cushion assembly; a tube region shaped to conform to at least a portion of a tube; and a positioning and stabilising structure region shaped to conform to at least a portion of a positioning and structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Dale Alan Stuart WAKEHAM, Martin Kang, Andrew James Bate, Frederick Arlet May, Murray William Lee, Hadley White
  • Publication number: 20150114857
    Abstract: A container assembly comprising first and second compartments. The first compartment includes a base web having a formed portion and a flat portion, a lidding material joined to the flat portion and a frangible seal positioned between the base web and the lidding material. The second compartment includes first and second barriers that are sealed to one another at peripheral edges. The first barrier has an aperture through which the formed portion of the base web extends. An upper surface of the flat portion of the base web is joined to an interior surface of the first barrier, thereby encapsulating the frangible seal within the second compartment. When the frangible seal is broken, a passageway is provided for transferring material from the first compartment into the second compartment for mixing with a second material. The second compartment may then be opened to dispense the mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Le Papillon Bioplan
    Inventors: Vivian Thery, Ryan M. Short
  • 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: 20150111211
    Abstract: The present application describes the use of low HER3 as a selection criterion for treating patients with a HER inhibitor, such as pertuzumab. It also describes the use of high HER2:HER3 ratio as a selection criterion for treating cancer patients, such as ovarian cancer patients, with a HER inhibitor, such as pertuzumab. In addition, the application describes the use of high HER3 as a selection criterion for treating cancer patients with a chemotherapeutic agent, for instance gemcitabine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicants: GENENTECH, INC., HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE INC.
    Inventors: Lukas C. Amler, Merrill Birkner, Chin-Yu Lin, Joachim Moecks, Andreas Strauss
  • Patent number: 9010382
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for filling multi-chamber containers with different loose bulk materials. The apparatus and method may be particularly well-suited to packaging at least one bulk material, which is susceptible to water, chemicals, or other contaminants, with at least one other bulk material. The apparatus is a machine that includes separate hoppers for handling the separate bulk materials, and directs the separate bulk materials into different chambers of a multi-chamber container, which is then transported away from the machine for storage or use. The machine may include one or more movable hoppers supported on tracks, for moving the bulk materials to the hoppers that direct the bulk materials into different chambers of the multi-chamber container. A controller and data logger may be provided to control the apparatus and record the quantity and/or weight of the contents of each multi-chamber container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Reinhard Matye
  • Publication number: 20150101289
    Abstract: A loose fill packing media that can be used to protect packed items from heat and flame or to contain combustion and heat generated by a packed item comprises a plurality of foam cores formed from a cured thermoset resin coated with a layer of an intumescent material. The foam may be formed by mixing a thermoset resin with micro-balloons and a heat absorbing phase change material, adding a catalyst and shaping the mixture into pellets, curing the shaped pellets and then coating the pellets with the intumescent material. The pellets flow freely at room temperature to facilitate pouring into a box around a package to be protected. If the temperature becomes sufficiently elevated, the intumescent material foams and then chars holding the pellets together. The layer of pellets significantly impedes heat transfer to or from the package surrounded by the pellets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: AKROFIRE, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Johnson, Jonathan Green, John V. Robertson, Geren G. Houser
  • Publication number: 20150082992
    Abstract: Popcorn machines having modular construction that permits shipping in a disassembled condition while providing for quick and simple assembly are disclosed. The popcorn machines include an upper unit spaced from and above a base unit, a plurality of columns that extend vertically between and are connected to the upper unit and base unit. At least three side panels extend within the respective spaces located between the upper and base units and the between the spaced apart columns. The use of a wiring harness in a corner column facilitates the modular construction by permitting plug and socket connection of electrical cords when the upper and base units are connected to the plurality of columns. A side panel having slidable connectors at or near at least two opposed edges and a method of preparing to ship a popcorn machine also are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Paramount Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Johnson, Nathan Johnson, Harold Raymond Pieroway, Nicholas J. Lenzen
  • Publication number: 20150068158
    Abstract: A decorative grass having a non-linear side edge that provides the decorative grass with a contoured configuration, as well as methods of producing and using same, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20150060314
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a quick start packaging mural are provided. In certain embodiments, a package comprises at least one electronic component; a container enclosing the at least one electronic component, wherein the container protects the at least one electronic component when transported to a user; and a packaging mural within the container, the packaging mural having information about the at least one electronic component, wherein the information and the at least one electronic components are simultaneously viewable when the at least one electronic component is accessible within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Digi International Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Frederick Krutsch
  • Publication number: 20150056693
    Abstract: A sterile individual set for use in a process of manufacturing a biopharmaceutical product. To make it quicker and easier to grasp and use fluidic type functional members, the sterile individual set includes a sterile flexible bag having a peripheral wall defining a sterile internal space and a fluidic type functional member arranged at least partially inside the sterile internal space. The functional member includes one or more communication duct(s) arranged in the sterile internal space. The sterile individual set also includes structural association elements capable of holding together several portions of the communication duct or ducts that are to be bundled together into a bundle. The structural association elements have an external surface with lower static and dynamic friction coefficients so as to make the functional member easier to handle by slippage of the bundle of communication ducts with respect to the peripheral wall of the flexible bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS
    Inventor: Nicolas Mendyk
  • Publication number: 20150027914
    Abstract: A storage caddy for a cleaning implement can include a holder configured to receive a wand or cleaning implement and a storage container having a lid connected to the storage container. The storage caddy can also include a tray for holding a first set of cleaning pads and a sleeve for holding a second set of cleaning pads. The first set of cleaning pads can be arranged in an upper portion of the storage container above the second set of cleaning pads, and the second set of cleaning pads can be located in a lower portion of the storage container. The wand or cleaning implement can be configured to receive one of the first set of cleaning pads from the tray or one of the second set of cleaning pads from the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: Neil P. Williams, Christopher Conley, Jo Anthony Sasota, Chrysoula Myrto Nigl, Heather Harwood, Christopher Alan Harris, Christopher T. Strahm
  • Publication number: 20150018450
    Abstract: A tire sealer and inflator can include a sealant composition, and a propellant composition. The propellant composition can include R152a (1,1-difluoroethane) propellant. The sealant composition and the propellant composition may be combined in an aerosol container. The aerosol container can be a DOT 2Q container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: N. Howard DUDLEY
  • Patent number: 8931241
    Abstract: A system and method for assembling a multiple prescription package having a plurality of different medications is described. The system comprises a pharmacy management system, a selected dosing interval, a filling system, a first automated inspection, a second automated inspection, a container, and a label. The pharmacy management system includes a graphical user interface that receives a prescription order that is associated with a particular patient. The prescription order includes medications in which a first medication that is different from a second medication. The selected dosing interval is selected from the dosing interval group that includes a morning interval, a noon interval, an afternoon interval, and a bedtime interval. The container receives the sealed preliminary packages for the selected dosing interval. The label is affixed to the container so that the label indicates the selected dosing interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Edge Medical Properties, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Leslie Baker, Larry Luciano
  • Publication number: 20140374370
    Abstract: A combination container for a consumer product consisting of a body providing a primary compartment for containing a primary product, the body having a sidewall, a secondary compartment forming a cavity recessed into the body, one or more secondary products pre-packaged in a secondary product package being located within the cavity of the secondary compartment and a label over the secondary product package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Nader Nowzari
  • Patent number: 8915051
    Abstract: A method of transferring a plurality of tablets of a product from a first blister card including a first plurality of blisters to a second blister card including a second plurality of blisters includes discharging the plurality of tablets from the first plurality of blisters of the first blister card. Then, each of the plurality of tablets are guided along one of a plurality of passageways defined by a transfer fixture positioned between the first blister card and the second blister card. Finally, the plurality of tablets are received in the second plurality of blisters of the second blister card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventors: Sean McGonagle, Greg Pankow, J. Randolph Lewis, Victor Lee
  • Publication number: 20140335234
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a closure device capable of dispensing a metered amount of liquid into a container during a closing action and capable of doing so during several closing actions. The closure device comprises a cap wall, a reservoir (5) capable of being filled with a liquid, a rigid plate (4) with one or more perforations (6) and a porous structure (8). The invention further relates to use of a closure device to extend the open shelf-life of spoilage sensitive container contents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Jan Hamer, Neeltje Hendrika Molenaar, Jonkheer Theodoor Hendrik van de Poll
  • Patent number: 8881892
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus including a first chamber containing an eye-mountable device. The apparatus may also include a second chamber containing an aqueous solution. The apparatus may also include a membrane positioned between the first chamber and the second chamber. The membrane may be configured to rupture based on application of a force to the apparatus. The ruptured membrane may allow the aqueous solution to engage with the eye-mountable device. The apparatus may also include a lid to seal one or more of the first chamber and the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey George Linhardt, Daniel Barrows
  • Patent number: 8875480
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for drawing a tubular film (1) over a stack of goods (2), wherein the tubular film is first gathered on a gathering device (R/Ü). The gathered tubular film is then drawn over the stack of goods using a covering device, in that the covering device is moved along the stack of goods and the tubular film is thereby ungathered. After reaching an end region of the stack of goods, the covering device is moved along a segment of the stack of goods (?) opposite the covering direction, so that a first tubular film segment (15) is laid on the tubular film already contacting the stack of goods. The covering device is then moved along at least part of the segment of the stack of goods in the covering direction again, so that a second tubular film segment (16) is laid on the first tubular film segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: MSK-Verpackungs-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Enrico Czok, Reiner Hannen
  • Publication number: 20140262890
    Abstract: A system for packaging a product stored in a coil having an interior surface that defines a bore, the system including a container having a base and a wall extending upward from the base, the wall defining a space for receiving the coil; a pad supported on the base of the container, the pad including an outer portion that underlies the coil and a plurality of tabs extending inward from the outer portion, wherein the tabs on the pad are circumferentially spaced and define pad notches therebetween; a drum core having a first end and a second end, drum core being insertable within the bore of the coil, the first end of the drum core having a plurality of tabs extending axially outward therefrom, the plurality of tabs being circumferentially spaced from each other to define notches therebetween, wherein upon insertion, the tabs on the first end of the drum core are received within pad notches and the tabs on the pad extend radially inward into the notches defined by the tabs on the drum core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Weissbrod
  • Publication number: 20140231281
    Abstract: Methods and articles of manufacture for storage and shipping of nanowires are disclosed. One disclosed method includes: (a) providing a nanowire suspension including nanowires suspended in a liquid; and (b) disposing the nanowire suspension in a container for storage and shipping, where the container is configured to inhibit agglomeration of nanowires from the nanowire suspension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Innova Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Eugene Young, Arjun Daniel Srinivas, Matthew R. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8806842
    Abstract: A frangible blister packaging for mixing and dispensing fluid at point of use. A multi-compartment force activated container formed by sealing a lidding closure material over formed fluid filled independent containment cavities interconnected by a pressure release frangible sealing area there between. A mixing flow path is initiated by compression on the upstream flexible compartment, forcing content fluid to mix into the downstream compartment for dispensing therefrom. The frangible sealing area is formed independently of the container compartment sealing assuring a force fluid transfer stream projection for maximum fluid inter-mixing before dispensing by compression of upstream compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: The Packaging Consultants Group
    Inventors: Steven Eric Penn, Ronald Radwin, Michael Anthony Castaldo
  • Publication number: 20140224679
    Abstract: A receptacle includes a cardboard box in which is arranged a plastics container. A first securement element associated with the plastics container is positioned in a gap defined by the cardboard of the box thereby to restrict movement of the container within the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Colormatrix Holdings, Inc
    Inventors: Brian Jones, John Pickles, Harry Baker
  • Publication number: 20140224699
    Abstract: An inflatable box or tube container and method of use are disclosed. The inflatable container may be designed in any shape or size and be made up of any rigid material. The box is uniquely designed to allow for a simple one-step process using a box with an integrated inflating tube and bottom liner to expand internally by inflation with a gaseous fluid, thereby three-dimensionally cushioning an article to be shipped. This completely protects the article and removes the need for peanuts, paper or other fillers in boxes used for shipping goods once the box is closed. The box may further include a bleed valve that releases the gaseous fluid if the inflating tube and/or bottom liner are over-inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Jack V. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140196413
    Abstract: Decorative grass and/or packaging materials formed from renewable and/or biodegradable polymer materials, along with methods or production and use thereof, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of The Family
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20140196412
    Abstract: The invention provides a food decay odor controller which includes a mercaptan remover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Multisorb Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. McKedy
  • Publication number: 20140150380
    Abstract: Disclosed are compounds of formula (1) and (2) and/or E/E-, E/Z- or Z/Z geometrical isomer forms thereof; wherein R1-R5, R1-R11 and A are defined as in description. The compounds are used as UV absorbers for protecting household products from photolytic and oxidative degradation, as plastic additives, preferably for food and pharmaceutical packaging applications, for preventing photo-degradation of food by incorporation of the compounds of formula (1?) and/or (2?) into transparent food containers, for protection of UV-A sensitive drugs from photo-degradation by incorporation of UV absorber in transparent blister foils or transparent pharmacy containers, as additives for photographic and printing applications, as additives for electronic applications and protecting the ingredients in agriculture applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Barbara Winkler, Dietmar Hueglin, Kai Eichin, Larissa Ehrsam, Xavier Marat, Hervé Richard, ILona Marion Kienzle, Ute Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20140124541
    Abstract: A device for packaging, dispensing and using fluid contents having a liquid to pasty consistency, includes: a container having, at its front portion, a downstream opening, an element for conveying the contents including an upstream opening, an axially extended passage and a front downstream opening for dispensing the contents, the passage being elastically deformable and capable of being in an idle state having a maximum interior volume or in a compressed state having a smaller interior volume, an upstream valve element, a downstream valve element, a front wall, wherein is situated the front downstream dispenser opening, a movable annular actuating element associated with the passage of the conveying element and consisting of an elastically deformable annular side wall, which limits the passage laterally and externally. The side wall is positioned on the outside and includes an outer side wall of the device, which is at least partially accessible for actuating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: CINQPATS
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Mathiez
  • Publication number: 20140127964
    Abstract: An assembly includes a transaction product and an auxiliary vehicle. The transaction product includes a folded sheet configured to be repeatedly folded and unfolded between a collapsed position and an extended position. The folded sheet defines a substantially planar surface defining a printed track. The transaction product comprises an account identifier statically connected thereto. The account identifier links the transaction product to at least one of an account and a record and is machine readable by a point-of-sale terminal. The auxiliary vehicle includes a microcontroller, one or more sensors, a motor, and at least one movable component. The microcontroller actuates the motor to induce movement of the at least one movable component propelling the auxiliary vehicle along and following the printed track based on detection of a location of the printed track as determined by the one or more sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Jesse Gadola, Brian Robert Bennett, Kelly M. Gray, Brian R. Holt, Megan B. Engeseth, Timothy P. Clegg
  • Publication number: 20140116900
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for preserving, sanitizing, ripening, and preventing or suppressing the growth of microbials within a package used for the transport and storage of various items, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and other perishables and parcels. The device includes an enclosed container and at least one sack operably disposed adjacent the container, wherein the sack encloses an agent and the agent releases gases in the container upon the presence of humidity within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Craig D. Machado
  • Patent number: 8701879
    Abstract: A capsule-in-capsule system comprising at least two segregated chemical reactants is described. An inner capsule contains one reactant and is itself contained, with a second chemical reactant, in an outer capsule. The inner capsule and its contents is fabricated first; then it is incorporated into the second reactant; and the combination of the second reactant and inner capsule is encapsulated in the outer capsule. The reactants may be hydrophobic or hydrophilic and present as fluids, solids or combinations of solid(s) and fluids(s). When subjected to suitably high pressure, the capsule wall materials will fracture or rupture, releasing and preferably mixing all encapsulates to enable their prompt reaction. The utility of the invention is illustrated by its application to development of a corrosion inhibiting passive film on magnesium auto body material and to the adhesive bonding of members where precise positioning is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Tao Xie, Anil K. Sachdev
  • Patent number: 8682484
    Abstract: Methods for anti-collision control of pickers in a packaging line are disclosed. The line includes linear conveyors for the inlet of items and for the outlet of items, robots or picking devices that operate with shared working areas. The anti-collision method comprises an algorithm to assign a pickup location or a delivery location to a generic first robot including: checking for a pickup or delivery location already assigned to other robots and in a working area shared with the first robot; dynamically redefining the working area of the first robot to obtain a new working area such that the locations already assigned to other robots are outside of the dynamically-redefined area; assigning of a respective pickup or delivery location belonging to the redefined working area to the first robot. A prediction algorithm is disclosed to improve management of items and balancing of work load between the robots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cama1 S.p.A.
    Inventor: Daniele Bellante
  • Patent number: 8671649
    Abstract: A work station for packing articles to be picked onto a shipping support includes a platform, a packing station, a platform on the platform, a shipping support station beneath the platform, a lifting device for lifting an empty or partially packed shipping support and for lowering completely packed shipping supports, and a track for transporting loose articles to be picked to the packing station dedicated to load supports which conveys the articles to be picked on load supports to the packing station or from the conveyor technique can be order-picked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: SSI Schafer Noell GmbH Lager- und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 8671648
    Abstract: A packing method and machine for producing a package, the method including the steps of feeding the content of the package into a first pocket of a first packing conveyor; transferring the content of the package from the first pocket of the first packing conveyor to a second pocket of a second packing conveyor at a first transfer station; feeding a first blank to the second pocket by means of a first feed device; and folding the first blank, in the second pocket, about the content of the package to form a container with a lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Ivanoe Bertuzzi, Andrea Biondi, Alessandro Minarelli
  • Publication number: 20140073061
    Abstract: A kit and methods for determining the gender of an unborn fetus. The kit comprises a container holding a solid composition therein, the solid composition including a basic salt and a transition metal separated by a filler and in which an atmosphere in the container is substantially free of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: HELLO BABY F.S.T., LLC
    Inventors: Constance M. Hendrickson, John Spurgeon
  • Patent number: 8668087
    Abstract: A wallboard joint compound package is provided, including a container defining an interior space and configured for being sealed, a first component of ready-mixed joint compound being disposed in the interior space to a level which leaves a pre-determined head space, and an upper surface of the component is defined in the container. A second component is provided, including water, and is placed in the interior space upon the upper surface, such that the first and second components remain substantially distinct prior to opening of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Pamela L. Hargrove, Richard B. Stevens
  • Patent number: 8646600
    Abstract: A tool kit for accommodating two tools having different sizes is provided including a tool case having a base member, a lid member hingedly connected to the base member, and a tool cavity formed by at least one of the base and lid members and having an inner surface. The tool kit further includes at least one adapter fittable in the tool cavity and having an outer surface that corresponds to the inner surface of the tool cavity, wherein the inner surface of the tool cavity corresponds to an outer periphery of the first tool such that the first tool is securely retained in the tool cavity, and wherein the inner surface of the tool cavity and the outer surface of the adapter received in the tool cavity correspond to an outer periphery of the second tool such that the second tool is securely retained in the tool cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Plastic Forming Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Gary Amatrudo
  • Publication number: 20140039585
    Abstract: A cold therapy apparatus, a cold therapy system and a method of using a cold therapy apparatus, including a method for lowering the body temperatures in a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Talus Research + Design, LLC
    Inventors: J. David Stienmier, Eric R. Kelso
  • Publication number: 20140033659
    Abstract: A packing insert for disc-shaped objects comprising a ring and a deformable contacting portion supported by the ring and extending from a circumference of the ring. The contacting portion can comprise one or more solid portions extending from the circumference. The solid portions can define a plurality of radially arranged members separated by a plurality of void regions, where the solid portions extending radially from a circumference of the ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Rolando Ochoa, Ismael Tamez, JR., Albert D. Escusa
  • Patent number: 8631935
    Abstract: A tray (100) for accommodating a coiled medical device, such as a catheter assembly (700), includes a first compartment (101), a second compartment (102), and a third compartment (103). The catheter assembly (700) and devices associated with a catheterization procedure, such as syringes (701,702) containing sterile water and lubricating jelly and a specimen container (703) can be disposed within the tray. A first barrier (105) and second barrier (106) separate the compartments. The barriers can have openings (121,122) therein to accommodate large syringes or to enable the first compartment (101) to be used as a lubricant applicator for the catheter. The first compartment (101) can include a stair-stepped contour (115) such that the syringes are held at different depths to facilitate ease of use. The various devices can be disposed within the tray (100) in accordance with their order of use in the catheterization procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer E. Tomes, Deborah B. Adler, Jack E. Maze, Alberto C. Savage, Kenneth S. Chua, Earl D. Wilson, John H. Kutsch
  • Patent number: 8627639
    Abstract: A method in a computer system of distributing pills into containers for use by a patient includes obtaining from a memory a fill pattern including a mapping of each of a first plurality of pills to one of a first plurality of containers such that at least two of the first plurality of pills are mapped to the same one of the first plurality of containers, obtaining from the memory an attribute of each of the first plurality of pills such that at least two of the first plurality of pills differ in at least the obtained attribute, and automatically sorting the first plurality of pills according to the attribute of each of the plurality of pills according to a predefined order to generate an ordered list corresponding to an order of depositing the first plurality of pills into the first plurality of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventors: Syed Y. Ali, Amy C. Biesenthal, Rishi Khullar, Victor Lee, Sean McGonagle, Greg Pankow
  • Patent number: 8615971
    Abstract: A system for automatically filling tablets into tablet containers comprising at least one tablet compartment for receiving tablets comprises: reception means (30) for receiving a patient order containing a patient identification (PAT-ID) and at least one prescription comprising prescription data (REZ) regarding the types of tablets to be taken by the patient and instructions for taking said tablets; allocation means (40) for allocating the prescription data (REZ) and patient identification (PAT-ID) to respective tablet containers (1); at least one automatic tablet dispenser (50) containing supplies of a plurality of tablet types for automatically filling at least one tablet compartment of a respective tablet container, wherein the allocation means (40) or the automatic tablet dispenser (50) is/are designed for determining, from the prescription data (REZ), the number of tablets of the respective types of tablets to be taken by a patient at certain times and for allocating a tablet compartment (2) of a tablet
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Knapp Logistik Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Freudelsperger
  • Publication number: 20130340390
    Abstract: Methods for filling packagings with at least one medication includes receiving filling instructions for an order and operating an automated packaging station to fill a plurality of packagings making up an order. Operating the automated packaging station includes positioning a plurality of cassettes containing the medications needed for the order onto a feeder base at a single filling location, and moving each of the plurality of packagings to the filling location. The operation also includes actuating at least one of the cassettes at the feeder base simultaneously and according to the filling instructions when each packaging is located at the filling location. Automated packaging stations operable to perform the above filling instructions are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: OMNICARE, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley E. Carson, Joseph T. DeDeo, Michael J. Szesko, Thomas L. Stocker, Kurtis J. Hoffman, Patrick D. Downing
  • Publication number: 20130337081
    Abstract: A mixing device includes a mixing section that mixes a liquid-phase fluid with one kind or two or more kinds among a solid, a gas, and a liquid-phase fluid different from the above-mentioned liquid-phase fluid, in which the mixing section includes a supply hole for a fluid, a discharge hole for the fluid, a flow path that makes the supply hole and the discharge hole communicate with each other, and a plurality of pins that protrudes from the flow path, and a fluid that includes materials to be mixed is supplied from the supply hole to the flow path, mixed by passing through the flow path with the contact with the pins, and discharged from the discharge hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Takaaki Matsumoto, Junichi Kumakura