Single Sensor For Successively Sensing Each Article Of The Group Or Subgroup (e.g., Counter) Patents (Class 53/500)
  • Patent number: 9102425
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for reforming of a web of flexible packaging material into tube form by rotatable forming rollers which define a material opening. The apparatus is at least one of the forming rollers is displaceable in relation to the material web when an opening device disposed on the material web passes through the material opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventor: Mats Turesson
  • Patent number: 9090368
    Abstract: A splicing type unloading device, which is used for a pillow-type automatic packaging machines for tubular material, includes a discharging device having a row of discharge orifices for discharging well packaged bags respectively, a plurality of holding devices aligned side-by-side below the discharging device, a splicer inclindedly positioned below the holding devices to be horizontally moved, and a conveyor belt positioned below the splicer. An inlet of the splicer is positioned above an outlet thereof to serve as a slider. The splicer is horizontally moved to align the inlet thereof right below the discharging device for the packaged bags being downwardly dropped from the holding devices to the inlet. The splicer is then horizontally moved to align the outlet thereof with the conveyor belt for transferring the packaged bags from the splicer to the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Weilong Cao
  • Patent number: 8959878
    Abstract: A tablet inspecting device which can overcome counting and discrimination errors is provided. A medicine packaging envelope strip is formed by connecting in a strip shape multiple envelopes separated when a user takes tablets, and is imaged, thus counting the tablets. A conveyance passage along which the strip is conveyed in an associated longitudinal direction, conveyance mechanism, and gap forming part forming a gap between adjacent tablets, the conveyance passage including a horizontal passage, a first inclined passage with upward inclination extending from the horizontal passage, and a second inclined passage with downward inclination and an upper end spaced apart from an upper end of the first passage, the gap forming part including a rod body having projecting portions staggered throughout a peripheral surface thereof, being arranged at the space approximately orthogonal to the conveyance direction, and being rotatable about a center axis thereof, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ookuma Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiji Okuma
  • Patent number: 8943785
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automated high-throughput processing seed requests or orders includes an autonomous single seed counter and packager which operates by pre-programmed criteria. Optional features can include a thresher, a spiral separator, and a label applicator. A conveyance path, controlled automatically, can move the seed to appropriate and desired stations during the processing while maintaining segregation from subsequent seed being processed. Validation of the seed request matching the sample requested occurs prior to processing and information about the seed to process or having been processed can be derived and stored for further use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventors: Roger Blickhan, Bruce E. Cadwell, Joseph L. Glaubitz, David W. Goldsberry, Michael E. Hartman, Kent Hoeppner, James L. Hunter, Timothy P. Meyer, Andrew S. Nickerson, Lyndon J. Schroeder, Mark Spicer, Timothy J. Wilhelm
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8745961
    Abstract: A multi-pharmaceutical dispensing station includes a circular platform around which a plurality of individual dispensers is arrayed at a convenient loading height. Each dispenser accepts a single bulk canister containing one pharmaceutical. Cylindrical, empty prescription containers carry labels bearing indicia of the patient and pharmaceutical to be dispensed into each container. Sensors detect the indicia and direct the containers to the proper dispenser which fills them with the type and quantity of a pharmaceutical according to the indicia. Incident containers first drop into a dispersion wheel which translates them around the circular station and aligns them with a vertical chute leading to the correct dispenser. After filling, the containers are urged onto a moving, circular table which conveys them to automatic closing and sealing apparatus. Once closed and sealed, the containers exit the dispenser station through pneumatic tubing which conveys them to verification, sorting and shipping stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 8601776
    Abstract: Systems and methods of automatically dispensing tablets are disclosed. The systems and methods of the invention provide a highly secure, highly accurate and rapid means of dispensing tablets. The system includes an automatic dispensing tablet dispensing system as shown in the Figures and provides a means of lowering errors while preventing unauthorized tampering by non-authorized personnel. Moreover, the invention relates to systems and methods for packaging vials, packaging items from totes, and packaging items from totes with vials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Knapp Logistics & Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Claus Henkel
  • Patent number: 8561252
    Abstract: A value document processing apparatus comprises an input for value documents to be processed, an output and/or a storage device for processed value documents, a transport device for singled transport of value documents from the input to the output or the storage device, a housing, a checking device arranged in the housing for checking value documents transported in singled form past it, and a suction conduit system for suction air which has a port for a suction unit for sucking air with dust out of the suction conduit system, and at least one hand cleaning portion connected to the port and having a suction opening movable in the area of the checking device, and/or at least two conduit portions connected to the port and having suction openings arranged at different portions of the transport path and directed onto the transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventor: Erwin Demmeler
  • Patent number: 8387342
    Abstract: The invention relates to a picking line for inserting products into a packaging container, having a conveyor belt for the delivery and the transport of products in a transport direction, and at least one picker equipped with a position image processing system for determining the position of the products on the conveyor belt. A quality image processing system is disposed in the transport direction upstream of the at least one picker for checking the products passing the quality image processing system on the conveyor belt in the transport direction for predetermined quality features, and for associating quality information to be transmitted to a picker adjacent downstream of the quality image processing system in the transport direction, serving as a control command for grasping or not grasping the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Harry Rutschmann
  • Patent number: 8291680
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for processing container closures (2) comprises a sterilization unit (3), having a sterilization module (7) with means for spraying on the closures (2) a hot sterilization fluid, a capping unit (4), having screwing means active on the closures (2) for connecting them on correspondent containers, applying a predetermined torque, a guide member (5) configured in such a way to allow a plurality of closures (2) to be arranged therein and connected to the sterilization unit (3) and to the capping unit (4) to guide the closures (2) from the sterilization unit (3) to the capping unit (4), and means (13) for regulating the temperature of the closures (2) arranged in the guide member (5), to provide that the closures (2) have a predetermined desired temperature in the capping unit (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel S.p.A.
    Inventor: Angelo Silvestri
  • Patent number: 8286408
    Abstract: An apparatus for grouping discrete laminar articles (hereinafter referred to as articles) into batches of predetermined count includes a feed conveyor, a left-hand screw and a right-hand screw combination (hereinafter referred to as screws), a means for synchronizing and automating starting and stopping rotation of the screws and a platform assembly. The platform assembly is connected to the feed conveyor and includes a hatch and a pusher mechanism. The feed conveyor supports articles disposed thereon. The screws are disposed along edges of and at either side of the feed conveyor and are adapted to rotate to facilitate counting and pushing of the articles. The screws stop rotating and thereby stop further pushing of the articles, when a predetermined count of articles has been pushed. The pusher mechanism receives the predetermined count of articles pushed by screws and moves them to the hatch from where they are dropped into delivery line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Parle Products Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventor: Vijay Chauhan
  • Publication number: 20120159907
    Abstract: Systems and methods of automatically dispensing tablets are disclosed. The systems and methods of the invention provide a highly secure, highly accurate and rapid means of dispensing tablets. The system includes an automatic dispensing tablet dispensing system as shown in the Figures and provides a means of lowering errors while preventing unauthorized tampering by non-authorized personnel. Moreover, the invention relates to systems and methods for packaging vials, packaging items from totes, and packaging items from totes with vials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: KNAPP LOGISTICS & AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventor: Claus Henkel
  • Patent number: 8141330
    Abstract: Systems and methods of automatically dispensing tablets are disclosed. The systems and methods of the invention provide a highly secure, highly accurate and rapid means of dispensing tablets. The system includes an automatic dispensing tablet dispensing system as shown in the Figures and provides a means of lowering errors while preventing unauthorized tampering by non-authorized personnel. Moreover, the invention relates to systems and methods for packaging vials, packaging items from totes, and packaging items from totes with vials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: KNAPP Logistics Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Claus Henkel
  • Patent number: 8061109
    Abstract: A device for filling tablets into tablet carriers such as blisters is provided. The device includes , a tablet storage container for intermediately storing a multiplicity of tablets which lie loosely next to one another and above one another. The device also removes a single tablet from the tablet storage container and transfers the received tablet to the tablet carrier. The device thereby removes the tablet from above from the tablet storage container. The device is designed for performing scanning movements above the tablet storage container, where the scanning movements proceed under the control of either predetermined curves or of a sensor for detecting tablets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Knapp Logistik Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Freudelsperger
  • Patent number: 8006468
    Abstract: A container-filling machine for placing discrete articles within at least one container. The container filling machine comprises at least one vibration tray comprising a discrete article receiving end, a discrete article drop-off end and a plurality of channels extending from the discrete article receiving end to the discrete article drop-off end. Each channel includes two discrete article receiving paths at the discrete article receiving end. The two discrete article receiving paths combine into a single discrete article-depositing path in proximity to the discrete article drop-off end. The vibration tray is operative for moving discrete articles from the discrete article-receiving end to the discrete article drop-off end along the plurality of channels. The container filling machine further comprises a plurality of sloped paths for receiving the discrete articles from the discrete article drop-off end of the at least one vibration tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Countlab Inc.
    Inventor: Loris Bassani
  • Patent number: 7950206
    Abstract: A device for dispensing pills includes a set of pill canisters, each having a machine-readable canister identifier. The device for dispensing pills further includes a reader adapted to read the machine-readable canister identifier and a selector interfaced to the reader. An active pill canister from the plurality of pill canisters is selected by the selector using data from the reader to determine which of the plurality of pill canisters is at a target location. A control is provided for releasing a desired quantity of pills from the selected pill canister at a target location into a target package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Patent number: 7886506
    Abstract: A method of dispensing pills includes (a) inputting a request and (b) loading a cassette having a first pill type into position then (c) positioning a target container beneath that cassette. (d) The cassette is energized to drop one pill. (f) If a pill dropped and there are still more of the current pill to drop, the method continues at step d. (g) If a pill dropped and the number of the current pill has satisfied the request, the method ends. (h) If a pill dropped and a number of the current pill already dispensed type has not satisfied the request, the method continues with step d. (i) If no pill dropped, an operator is informed. (k) If the operator indicates the cassette is empty and another cassette has a same pill, the other cassette is moved to the target location and the method continues from step d.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman D. Knoth, Marcia D. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 7698880
    Abstract: A coin wrapping machine includes a discrimination unit which detects images of the front face and rear face of coins during conveyance, and which discriminates the coins, a sorting unit which sorts the coins to one of a first side and a second side based on the discrimination results of the discrimination unit, a stacking unit which stacks the coins sorted to the first side by this sorting unit into columnar form with a prescribed number of coins, a wrapping unit which wraps stack of coins in columnar form, and a controller which controls the sorting unit based on the discrimination results so that at least one of an outside face of a coin at one end of the stack of coins and a second outside face of a coin at the other end of the stack of coins is the rear face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Laurel Precision Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisato Kasahara, Yasuyuki Nakagawa, Kiichiro Ikedaka
  • Patent number: 7559183
    Abstract: A device (1) packages a stack of sheet objects such as banknotes (2) in a container (4) sandwiched between a frame (6) and the device's main body (5). Banknotes are fed through a first input port (3) to be stacked in the container. A closure member (9) is inserted through a second input port (10) and heat-sealed onto the container (4) when full. The container (4) is integrally moulded in a plastics material with inwardly hinged wings (19,20) that act as guide rails (23) for banknotes as they are fed towards opening (11) of the container by a drive mechanism the packaging device. The wings have castellations (24) that act as a stop to hold edges of banknotes (29) in stacked in the container by the drive mechanism. A printer (51) prints data concerning the stacked banknotes on the underside of the closure member (9). The packaged container is opened by a device that compresses it so that the closure member (9) bursts along a line of weakness (53).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Money Controls Limited
    Inventor: Malcolm Bell
  • Patent number: 7484342
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tape closure device for securing the neck of a bag with an adhesive film and a non-adhesive backing. The device preferably includes a closure application assembly that has a guide rail, a contact member and a cutting member. The guide rail preferably includes a contact section, a gathering section and a staging section. The contact member preferably includes a contact surface adjacent the contact section of the guide rail. The tape closure device also preferably includes a tape feed assembly, a paper feed assembly and a bag feed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Burford Corporation
    Inventor: Jimmy R. Frazier
  • Publication number: 20080307757
    Abstract: A device for conveying tablets has a lower part, an upper part with at least one guide channel for holding and conveying the tablets, and several elastic elements, arranged a certain distance apart, on each of which at least one piezoelectric vibratory element is mounted, wherein the elastic elements are arranged between the upper part and the lower part and connect the two parts together. In addition, the device has at least one control unit for exciting the piezoelectric vibratory elements and thus the elastic elements and a sorting device installed in the area of the guide channel to separate the good tablets from the bad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: UHLMANN PAC-SYSTEME
    Inventors: Ralf Heim, Wolfgang Krahl, Michael Kronawitter, Rolf Armbruster, Bernd Geiselhardt, Joachim Noe
  • Patent number: 7395641
    Abstract: A method relates to a production line where cigarettes are arranged in horizontal layers within approximately vertical channel (3) of packing machine feeding system, the width of which is slightly bigger then the cigarette diameter. The cigarettes are moved gravitationally toward the bottom plate (6) tram which they are transferred to the packing machine, whereas faulty cigarettes are detected with sensors (9, 11) defining their defects, and the faulty cigarettes are rejected by a rejecting device (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: International Tobacco Machinery Poland Ltd.
    Inventors: Leszek Sikora, Krzysztof Stolarski
  • Patent number: 7370456
    Abstract: A packaging object supplying apparatus for supplying a packaging object to a packaging unit for packaging the packaging object into a predetermined fashion and specifically, a packaging object supplying apparatus comprising a packaging object combining portion for forming a combination of the packaging objects by combining two or more kinds of the packaging objects by a predetermined quantity in a predetermined array and a packaging object introducing portion for introducing the packaging objects combined by the packaging object combining portion to the packaging unit, a boxing apparatus comprising foldable box body supplying means, opening forming means, box body holding means, packaging object loading means, and lid forming means, a box body supplying apparatus for supplying a box body to the boxing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Haruo Ichikawa, Makoto Shimizu, Kazuyuki Kosemura, Akira Wakabayashi, Katsutoshi Nakamura, Masaharu Minagi, Minoru Tamura, Seiichi Yamashita, Toshihide Sasaki
  • Patent number: 7261130
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering desired counts of products to containers. The apparatus includes a conveyor for moving discrete product portions along a path of travel. A force detecting device located along the path of travel measures force applied to the force detecting device. A counter adds one to a product count each time a force in a product identifying range is measured. A directing structure directs the product portions into a first container until the product count reaches a desired container count and directs the product portions into a second container after the product count reaches the desired container count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Gainco, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Porter, Robert Scott
  • Patent number: 7107741
    Abstract: According to a method for selecting and feeding articles to blisters or containers, a first hopper filled with unselected articles feeds a second main hopper with selected size-matching articles, by means of a tapered inlet section. Size non-matching articles get jammed and stopped within the tapered inlet sections and are removed by means of a shutter hinged to each inlet section. A sensor detects when the flow of size-matching articles is interrupted. According to a second embodiment the inlet sections are replaced by swinging tubular portions. The shutters and tubular portions can be operated cyclically, thus avoiding the need for the sensor. An apparatus is also described for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7013624
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant for filling bottles with a liquid beverage filling material, a container filling plant container information adding station, such as, a labeling station, configured to add information to containers, such as, bottles and cans, and modules for labeling stations proposed a labeling machine. Each module comprises a first coupling structure to permit interchangeable position of a module at one of a plurality of second coupling structures. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventor: Heinz-Michael Zwilling
  • Patent number: 6895730
    Abstract: The packaging machine includes: a plurality of lane guides, the plurality of lane guides being spaced apart to form a plurality of lanes; a moveable conveyor belt having a first end and second end, the first end located beneath one of the plurality of lanes, the movable conveyor belt delivers the product to each of the plurality of lanes; a support device located at the plurality of lanes; and a shifting assembly attached to the plurality of lane guides. The method for packaging a case with a product includes: conveying a first plurality of the product to a first lane; supporting the first plurality of the product within the first lane; conveying a second plurality of the product to a second lane; shifting the first lane and the second lane in a first direction; and dropping the first plurality of the products into the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Standard Knapp Inc.
    Inventors: J. Michael Weaver, Jeffrey Reilly, Emilio Cofrancesco, Alexander Bozzi, Nicholas Pini
  • Publication number: 20040250514
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus of detecting unique items as they are inserted into a product packaging system that is easily adaptable to current product packaging and prize insertion systems. A number of different types of sensors may be used in conjunction with the insertion device to detect the unique prize before it is inserted into a product packaging system. The sensor used will vary depending on the particular application. Sensors that may be used include a capacitive proximity sensor, a thickness sensor, a reflectivity sensor, a transmissivity sensor, a stiffness sensor, a color sensor, or even an odor or chemical sensor. Ideally, the type sensor used will detect a feature of the unique item that is easily distinguishable from other items being inserted. Once the sensor detects the prize and generates a signal, this signal can be used to perform a variety of useful functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Applicant: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Frank Mathew Brenkus
  • Publication number: 20040154270
    Abstract: A sorting and conveying line provided at an X-ray film cutting and collection operation includes a defective sheet gate, a collection gate and a sample gate for sorting X-ray film sheets, which have been cut to a predetermined size at a cutting section, while the X-ray film sheets are conveyed. Film detection sensors are disposed at entrance and exit sides of each of the defective sheet gate, the collection gate and the sample gate, and each film detection sensor detects the X-ray film sheet at times when the X-ray film sheet should be conveyed and sorted. Based on the results of detection, a determination is made as to whether or not there is any failure in control on a number of produced X-ray film sheets, and the like, as well as conveyance and sorting operations. This allows smooth and quick handling in the event of a failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Ishii, Hiroyuki Nishida
  • Patent number: 6766948
    Abstract: A produce packaging device for weighing and packaging produce in an appropriate package based upon the produce type and quantity. In one embodiment, the device includes: (1) a scale for receiving and weighing produce to be packaged; (2) produce-type determination circuitry coupled to the scale; and (3) a control module, coupled to the scale and the produce-type determination circuitry and having a packaging database associated therewith, that (i) selects an appropriate package for the produce based upon a quantity received from the scale and a produce-type received from the produce-type determination circuitry, and (ii) causes the appropriate package to be dispensed for use in packaging the produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Arthur Dale Burns
  • Patent number: 6601366
    Abstract: An attachment for supplying printed tabs or tags to a bag neck tying device for tying a ribbon dispensed from a spool about a gathered neck and the printed tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Burford Corporation
    Inventor: William G. Grutter
  • Patent number: 6594974
    Abstract: A device for packaging sheet-like folded packages in an overlapping shingled relationship from a delivery conveyor into boxes having an opening without changing the direction of the flow of packages. The device includes a frame, a feeder and a packer mounted on the frame for receiving the packages from the delivery conveyor at a receiving end thereof and for selectively receiving and carrying boxes therein, respectively. The feeder includes a first conveyor for conveying packages through the feeder in the package flow direction and a detector for detecting each package entering the feeder. The packer includes a second conveyor for conveying downwardly the boxes adjacent to the feeder in a box direction generally transverse relative to the package flow direction to stack up and fill in the boxes by successively falling therein after passing through the box openings in the package flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Dominic Theriault
  • Patent number: 6571530
    Abstract: A component holder is reeled out from a storage reel and conveyed to a component-storage working position by a conveyor device. A control unit stops the conveyance of the component holder if it receives a non-storage or incomplete-storage signal. The component holder includes a multiplicity of component storages for storing the components therein are provided longitudinally and each has an opening on one surface. Each of the component storages has a shutter which becomes stable both at a projectional position and at a retreat position. The shutter is moved between the two positions by more than a certain sufficient level of urging force. The components are stored in the component storages with the shutters in the retreat positions, while the openings of the component storages are directed upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignees: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd, Nihon Garter Co., Ltd., Daiichi Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Hikita, Susumu Kubo, Kazunori Oshima
  • Patent number: 6568154
    Abstract: A banknote handling apparatus including a first unit for receiving banknotes deposited from outside the machine, a second unit for checking validity, quality and denomination of the deposited banknotes, and a third unit for bundling and packaging checked banknotes using a packaging device that has a roll carrying transparent packaging material for encasing banknotes in a closed package so that unnoticeable resealing of a banknote package that has been sealed in the apparatus and then broken open is difficult to achieve. A printing device is located above and close to the roll for printing information relating to the content of the banknote package with each bundling/encasing function in mirror image on an inner side of the transparent packaging material taken from the roll so that the content information is durably printed thereon and readable right-way-up from outside the closed package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Nybohov Development AB
    Inventors: Leif Lundblad, Claes Björkman, Gösta Edin
  • Publication number: 20030041570
    Abstract: A device for packaging sheet-like folded packages in an overlapping shingled relationship from a delivery conveyor into opened boxes without changing the direction of the flow of packages, comprises a frame, a feeder and a packer mounted on the frame for receiving the packages from the delivery conveyor at a receiving end thereof and for receiving and carrying boxes therein, respectively. The feeder includes a first conveyor for conveying packages through the feeder in a continuation of the direction of the flow and a detector for detecting each package entering the feeder. The packer includes a second conveyor for conveying transversely and downwardly the boxes adjacent to the feeder relative and opposite to the direction of the flow for packages to stack up and fill in the boxes by successively falling therein. Preferably, the feeder includes a stopper for blocking the packages from entering the feeder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventor: Dominic Theriault
  • Publication number: 20030009992
    Abstract: A piece count and collation system includes a cut-and-seal apparatus including a pair of rotatable members positioned immediately adjacent each other for receiving a tube wrapping containing a plurality of sequentially spaced objects. The rotatable members rotate in opposite directions to one another and each includes a first cutting edge having a first bonding surface positioned immediately adjacent thereto and a second cutting edge spaced apart from the first cutting edge and having a second bonding surface positioned immediately adjacent thereto. At least one of the rotatable members includes a vacuum grasping member positioned between the first and the second cutting edges for grasping one of said plurality of sequentially spaced objects in the tube wrapping received by the cut-and-seal apparatus while the tube-wrapping is cut and bonded on both ends to form a fully wrapped object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventors: Bruce W. Keen, Ira Greene
  • Patent number: 6497085
    Abstract: A coin wrapping machine includes a discriminator for discriminating whether or not a coin is acceptable, a denomination of the coin when the coin is acceptable and whether or not the denomination of the coin coincides with that specified and counting coins of the specified denomination, a coin stacking device for stacking coins of the denomination to be wrapped, a reference stacked coin height data memory for storing reference stacked coin height data for each denomination of coins stacked by the coin stacking device, and a coin number discrepancy detecting device including a comparator for comparing a height of stacked coins and the reference stacked coin height data for each denomination stored in the reference stacked coin height data memory, the discriminator being made responsive to inclusion in coins of the specified denomination of new issue coins and past issue circulating coins for discriminating whether each coin is a new issue coin or a past issue circulating coin, determined based on a count made
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Laurel Precision Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Isao Fukumoto, Mitsumasa Tsuruda, Minguo Wang
  • Patent number: 6487834
    Abstract: A coin wrapping machine includes an operation mode selector for selecting a counting mode for counting coins or a wrapping mode for wrapping coins, a coin passage, a first coin sensor provided in the coin passage for detecting physical properties of coins, a second coin sensor provided in the coin passage downstream of the first coin sensor for detecting physical properties of coins different from those to be detected by the first coin sensor, a first coin sorter provided in the coin passage downstream of the second coin sensor for sorting, a second coin sorter provided in the coin passage downstream of the second coin sensor for sorting coins, a third coin sorter provided in the coin passage downstream of the second coin sensor for sorting coins, and a discriminator for discriminating, based on the physical properties detected by the first coin sensor and the second coin sensor, and the second coin sorter being made responsive to such inclusion for sorting one kind between the new issue coins and the past is
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Laurel Precision Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Kagami
  • Patent number: 6421584
    Abstract: An automatic medicament dispensing machine (10) that does not remain idle while medicaments are transferred to a vial and counted and that therefore dispenses medicaments at a much faster rate. The machine includes a cabinet (12); a plurality of medicament dispensing cells (14) arranged in the cabinet for holding and dispensing medicaments; a plurality of medicament counting units (18) each including a vial gripper for holding a vial and a transfer mechanism for transferring medicaments from one of the medicament dispensing cells to the vial; and a transporter (20) for transporting the counting units to the cells for filling the vials held by the counting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Scriptpro LLC
    Inventors: John Eric Norberg, Ronald A. Leonard, Lawrence E. Guerra, Timothy Surgeon
  • Patent number: 6363686
    Abstract: Cigarette packets of a file wherein packets having satisfactory envelopes are randomly distributed among packets with defective envelopes, particularly envelopes having improperly glued and/or loose flaps, are advanced by a belt conveyor between two laterally adjustable guides. The guides bear upon the adjacent fold lines for pairs of mirror symmetrical flaps with a force which suffices to intensify the defects of envelopes with one or more non-adhering or improperly adhering flaps. This facilitates subsequent detection and segregation of packets having defective envelopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Topack Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Jirko Heide
  • Publication number: 20020023415
    Abstract: A coin wrapping machine includes an operation mode selector for selecting a counting mode for counting coins or a wrapping mode for wrapping coins, a coin passage, a first coin sensor provided in the coin passage for detecting physical properties of coins, a second coin sensor provided in the coin passage downstream of the first coin sensor for detecting physical properties of coins different from those to be detected by the first coin sensor, a first coin sorter provided in the coin passage downstream of the second coin sensor for sorting, a second coin sorter provided in the coin passage downstream of the second coin sensor for sorting coins, a third coin sorter provided in the coin passage downstream of the second coin sensor for sorting coins, and a discriminator for discriminating, based on the physical properties detected by the first coin sensor and the second coin sensor, whether or not a coin is acceptable, the denomination of the coin and whether or not the denomination of the coin coincides with th
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Applicant: LAUREL PRECISION MACHINES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Kagami
  • Patent number: 6317648
    Abstract: An automated packaging line for filling large and small orders, of one or more bottles, each bottle filled with a respective one of a plurality of different pharmaceutical tablets, in a single run. An intelligent data carrying puck carries each bottle, including therein information describing, among others, the bottle, the customer, the order, the pharmaceutical, the bottle size and label information. Puck handling stations (PHS) are dispersed throughout the line, to verify a number of operations implemented on the line and to reject a puck at the earliest opportunity, while permitting subsequent rejection by a subsequent PHS. The PHS units are substantially identical, with DIP switch modifying operation of the controlling software thereof to implement different features at different points on the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Merck & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Sleep, Andrew H. Proudfoot, Stephen Owen, Adrian Neil Bargh, Michael Kennedy
  • Patent number: 6209294
    Abstract: A coin wrapping machine including a coin stacking section for stacking deposited coins, a coin wrapping section for wrapping coins stacked by the coin stacking section and a coin supporting post for supporting the stacked coins and moving them from the coin stacking section to the coin wrapping section, the coin wrapping machine further including a light projector disposed between the coin stacking section and the coin wrapping section for projecting light onto the stacked coins being moved from the coin stacking section to the coin wrapping section, a line sensor disposed between the coin stacking section and the coin wrapping section for photoelectrically detecting light impinging onto the stacked coins from the light projector and reflected by edges of the stacked coins and a CPU for detecting portions between adjacent coins based on detection data produced by the line sensor, thereby determining the number of the stacked coins supported by the coin supporting post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eikou Hibari
  • Patent number: 6164045
    Abstract: Device for packaging groups, i.e. layers (14), of packages (10) in a carton (11) or the like, and individually arriving packages (10) are collected in the area of a grouping station (23) so as to form rows of packages (13), and the latter are pushed off in the transverse direction by a transverse slide (28) onto a collecting plate (29) in order to establish layers (14) comprising a plurality of rows of packages (13). The complete layers (14) are handled by a lifting conveyer (33) and delivered to the carton (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz H. Focke, Hugo Mutschall
  • Patent number: 6041578
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for a packaging machine to form groups of products and insert them into cartons at a cartoning station. The device comprises a stacking line equipped with a controlled outfeed hopper in which an alternating product presser operates. The stacking line comprises a container located at the bottom of the hopper and having a tongue inside it designed to retain the products forming the group which thus grows downwards towards an endwall of the container. The container moves alternately from a position in which it is connected with the hopper to a position in which it is connected with the cartoning station where the group is extracted from the container and transferred to the carton. The tongue is actuated by linear actuating means synchronized with the packaging machine by programmable control means and providing the enable signal to cut off the hopper to allow the container to move to the cartoning station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Tecnomeccanica S.r.l.
    Inventor: Andrea Romagnoli
  • Patent number: 6012270
    Abstract: A bagging system that facilitates the loading of objects into a container, includes a conveyor, hopper elements, a bagging element, and a controller. The conveyor transports the objects to be loaded into the container. The hopper elements permit objects from the conveyor to be loaded into the container in a first state and prevent objects from being loaded into the container in a second state. The bagging element holds the container to be filled with the objects from the conveyor. The bagging element includes a foot element that moveably supports the container at a number of different positions. The controller connects to the conveyor, the hopper elements, and the bagging element to control their operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Agri-Tech, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Vine
  • Patent number: 5782056
    Abstract: Apparatus for packaging includes a pivoting transport arm for removing a product from a moving conveyor and placing the product at a first work station. A pusher mechanism pushes the product delivered to the first station between spaced plates into a plastic bag and then through gates of a closure device to the second station. The closure device seals the bag with the product therein and the bagged product is subsequently discharged from the second station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Eddie M. Norton, Brian K. Digeso, Kuo-Raid Grant Chen, Christopher T. Booker
  • Patent number: 5758477
    Abstract: An interface device for packaging equipment comprises three bins arranged vertically and separated by gates located at the bottom of each bin. An infeed unit or conveyor feeds product into the receiver bin. A product counter in a logic unit counts the product fed into the receiver bin. The logic unit cycles the counted product into the buffer and discharge bins, respectively to provide an accumulator function. The logic unit cycles the discharge gate upon output of a flight sensor on the outfeed unit to deliver the counted product on the desired location of the outfeed unit. The device allows temporary differences between product flow rates between the infeed unit and the outfeed unit. No connections to the control system of the outfeed unit is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventors: Ollie B. Wilson, Jr., Robert F. Polkinghorne, James S. Smith
  • Patent number: 5715660
    Abstract: An automated product collection apparatus comprising two vertical, endless belt conveyor systems and a horizontal conveyor. One vertical conveyors (the load station) is loaded with a number of empty containers which are transferred sequentially to the horizontal conveyor (the fill station). The horizontal conveyor moves an empty container into position to collect parts from process and production equipment. Sensing circuitry counts the parts loaded into each container to determine when each container is full or reaches a predetermined product count. The full container is moved to the second vertical conveyor system (the unload station) which accumulates the full containers until unloaded from the second vertical conveyor. Individual parts may be counted, the accumulated total of parts can be weighed, and inputs may be obtained from other automated production equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Paul Balentine
  • Patent number: 5636498
    Abstract: A bulk straw loading system includes one or more bulk straw staging members having a plurality of compartments which receive, organize and store straws. The straws are detected and counted as they are received. A bulk straw staging member compartment opening temporary closure device insures that at least two compartments full of straws can be stored in a bulk straw staging member prior to being unloaded to a bulk straw transport device. A bulk straw transport device provides the straws to a bulk straw packager such as a boxer or bagger. A bulk straw loading system controller utilizes straw manufacturing speed information from a straw extruder, cutter or wrapper and combined with straw count information, effectuates rotation of each bulk straw staging member as appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: George Gordon Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Belanger, David M. Lorenzo, Ronald L. Downing