Responsive To Presence Or Absence Of Cover Material (e.g., Wrapper, Receptacle, Lid) Patents (Class 53/505)
  • Patent number: 9156243
    Abstract: A system includes a printing press, a transfer device for transferring foil to a printing material in the printing press, and a storage section for temporarily storing winding cores and foil reels. The temporary storage section is formed by a rail system that extends through and beyond the transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Alexander Weber
  • Patent number: 9045322
    Abstract: A cover sterilizing mechanism for bottle filling device includes a sterilizing chamber (II) in which a cover sliding passage (102) is arranged. A cover blocking mechanism which will periodically hold the cover (94) to stay on the sliding passage (102) for a certain time, and multiple groups of nozzles (62) corresponding to the place in which the cover (94) is held on the sliding passage(102) are also arranged in the sterilizing chamber (II). The cover sterilizing device can uniform the sterilizing time of each cover, conduce to install covers orderly and improve efficiency of the bottle filling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: HANGZHOU ZHONGYA MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zheng Shi, Yonglin Ji, Zhengfa Wang
  • Publication number: 20150096263
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermo-forming packaging machine with a controller, a first forming station for forming a tray into a base film and a second motor-adjustable forming station for forming a lid into a top film. A first detection device detects the marking of the base film for controlling a film advance step of the tray associated with this marking into the sealing station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Elmar Ehrmann
  • Publication number: 20150092810
    Abstract: A wrapped-product quality control method and a wrapped-product packing method include providing a wrapped product including a product in a wrapper; supplying the wrapped product on a measuring background in a capture range of an infrared-sensitive imaging device, the product having a product temperature different from a measuring background temperature of the measuring background, and the wrapper having a wrapper temperature; capturing with the infrared-sensitive imaging device infrared radiation from the wrapped product and the measuring background; providing an image of the product or of the wrapped product from the infrared radiation captured with the infrared-sensitive imaging device; and analyzing the image for quality control of the wrapped product. A corresponding wrapped-product quality control device and a corresponding wrapped-product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: BLUEPRINT HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Joseph Crompton, Nicolaas Prakken
  • Publication number: 20140109528
    Abstract: A drug-packaging device is provided that can reduce the number of steps executed by a worker with suppressing waste of a sheet which is caused by sheet exchange. A detection sensor for detecting the connection site between a packaging sheet remaining at a drug filling unit side and a new package sheet is provided, and drug filling processing at the connection site is skipped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hama, Akinori Hatsuno
  • Patent number: 8539742
    Abstract: An automated system and method for emptying the contents of pharmaceutical containers. In an embodiment, a gripper unit receives and holds a pharmaceutical container. A cutter cuts the pharmaceutical container, and a rotating unit, operable with the gripper, rotates at least a portion of the gripper unit to empty the contents of the pharmaceutical container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. McErlean, E. Christian Hess, Chih-Jen Leu, Mark A. Detri
  • Publication number: 20130199127
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a group for the in-line measuring of the quantity of carbon dioxide dissolved in a liquid contained in a closed container such as bottles, jars and so on and to an automatic containers filling plant comprising such measuring group. The measuring group according to the present invention comprises at least one inspection area (20,20?) suitable for housing at least one container (11), at the at least one inspection area (20,20?) being provided at least one laser spectroscopy device (16) for measuring the partial pressure of carbon dioxide present in the head space (13) of a container (11) placed in the at least one inspection area (20,20?), and it is characterised in that at the at least one inspection area (20,20?) there are additionally provided means for mixing (12) the content of said container (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicants: L PRO S.R.L., FT SYSTEM S.R.L.
    Inventors: FABIO FORESTELLI, PAOLO TONDELLO
  • Patent number: 8453417
    Abstract: An envelope filling apparatus inserts a sheet of paper into an envelope having a flap, and includes an envelope feed device, an air nozzle for blowing air into the envelope fed by the envelope feed device from an open end of the envelope to open the open end, and a sensing device for detecting that the open end of the envelope is opened. The apparatus further includes an insertion device for inserting the sheet of paper into the envelope from the open end, if the sensing device detects that the open end of the envelope is opened after the air nozzle is actuated, and a removal device for removing the envelope from a transport route, if the sensing device does not detect that the open end of the envelope is opened after the air nozzle is actuated and the insertion device is not actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventors: Susumu Oshio, Kenichi Shibuya
  • Patent number: 8434289
    Abstract: A baling machine and method for forming a bale is disclosed. A sensor is positioned in the bailing chamber and is positioned to sense an area proximate the perimeter of the bale to determine if material is present, thereby determining if the bale is properly wrapped or not. When the bale is not properly wrapped, material is present in the area proximate the perimeter in which the sensor is active; causing the sensor to send a signal indicating that the bale is not properly wrapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, Christopher A. Foster, John Posselius
  • Patent number: 8387343
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine dispensing system configured such that a medicine dispensing device includes a sub unit having a function to dispense medicine that is connected to a medicine dispensing device that includes a main unit having a function of packing medicines. There is also provided a medicine dispensing device that can be appropriately integrated with such a medicine dispensing system. The medicine dispensing system includes, in some embodiments a main unit, a sub unit and a transfer device connecting the main unit and the sub unit. The medicine dispensing system transfers the medicine dispensed in the sub unit to the main unit by means of a transfer device and dispenses the medicine at a medicine packing part together with the medicine dispensed from a main storage part in the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Itsuo Yasunaga, Chisei Asaoka, Norifumi Oike, Kensuke Kaminishi, Masahiko Kasuya, Nakaji Takeda, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Morita, Shinya Taira, Tomohiro Sugimoto, Naomichi Toyota
  • Publication number: 20120247066
    Abstract: An ice vending apparatus adapted to remove moisture from ice pieces during dispensing, which apparatus includes a ramp having a lower lip and being adapted to transfer a quantity of ice pieces from a holding vessel to a container; and a channel having an upwardly facing opening that is in operative association with the ramp and arranged so that moisture is adapted to flow around the lower lip of the ramp into the channel while excluding the ice pieces so as to separate at least a portion of the moisture from the ice pieces as the ice pieces are transferred to the container. Methods of providing ice pieces, particularly with reduction of associated moisture to a consumer, are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Ice House America, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel LaDon Dunn, Danny Leroy Dunn, Thomas Benjamin James, Jerry Paul James, John Willis Edwards, JR., Ernest Chip Venet, III, Steven Alan Weeks, Kevin Thomas Coppack
  • Patent number: 8117809
    Abstract: An automated system and method for emptying the contents of pharmaceutical containers. In an embodiment, a gripper unit receives and holds a pharmaceutical container. A cutter cuts the pharmaceutical container, and a rotating unit, operable with the gripper, rotates at least a portion of the gripper unit to empty the contents of the pharmaceutical container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. McErlean, E. Christian Hess, Chih-Jen Leu, Mark A. Detri
  • Patent number: 7836669
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for applying threaded lids to threaded necks of containers, wherein a lid orienting device is disposed in the transport path of the lid for engaging a leading side surface of a projection on the lid to cause the lid, as it moves past the lid orienting device, to rotate to a prescribed angular position relative to the transport path. The thread or threads of the lid then will be positioned in a known orientation when engaged by the lid applying head at the lid transfer station so that the lid applying head can orient the lid in a known positional relationship to the thread or threads of the threaded neck of the container to protect against cross-threading of the lid when screwed onto the threaded neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Sherwin Williams Company
    Inventors: Donald W. Cassil, Paul D. Flint, Curtis S. Shay, James A. Rehak, Marcel Kubascik
  • Patent number: 7832181
    Abstract: A foil lid inspection system for detecting and separating defective foil lids on a container in a production line includes one or more light sources, an inspection camera, and inspection software. The light sources are positioned to direct light in an upward direction to illuminate the container. The inspection camera is positioned above the foil lid, and the camera includes one or more outputs. The inspection software is in communication with the inspection camera. The inspection software is constructed and arranged to determine if the foil lid on the container is defective. A reject signal is applied to an output if the software determines that the foil lid is defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Schroeder, Jeremy D. Braun
  • Patent number: 7762301
    Abstract: In an arrangement for a position accurate joining of a first material web, which comprises elements in a section length separated by separating locations, with a second material web which is provided with marks arranged at a predetermined distance from each other corresponding to the section length—except for a possibly certain deviation, the arrangement includes a first device by which the two material webs are joined, a transport device by which the two material webs are moved stepwise by the predetermined distance, and a second device by which an element applied to the first material web when, after movement of the two material webs by a section length, the length of the material web between the first device and the second device corresponds to a predetermined multiple of the section length plus an offset, which is adjustable by an offset device, and a transport device by which the two material webs can be moved section-stepwise, wherein a sensor is provided by which the difference is determined and the of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: CSAT Gesellschaft für Computer-Systeme und Automalions-Technik mbH
    Inventor: Hans Mathea
  • Publication number: 20100115887
    Abstract: A foil lid inspection system for detecting and separating defective foil lids on a container in a production line includes one or more light sources, an inspection camera, and inspection software. The light sources are positioned to direct light in an upward direction to illuminate the container. The inspection camera is positioned above the foil lid, and the camera includes one or more outputs. The inspection software is in communication with the inspection camera. The inspection software is constructed and arranged to determine if the foil lid on the container is defective. A reject signal is applied to an output if the software determines that the foil lid is defective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Schroeder, Jeremy D. Braun
  • Publication number: 20090241487
    Abstract: A bagging assembly for bagging bales of fibrous material is disclosed. The bagging assembly incorporates a chute defining a channel for receiving a bale, which is pushed there between by a stuffing assembly. Aspects of the bagging assembly include raising a bale using a bale elevator to a higher elevation position so that the bale could be stuffed by the stuffing assembly and using a bag retrieving mechanism for retrieving a bag from a bag location for use in bagging the bale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: Bradley P. Actis
  • Patent number: 7584592
    Abstract: An automated packaging system has a plurality of dunnage dispensing stations that can dispense dunnage and a transport network for conveying containers to and from at least two dispensing stations for dunnage to be placed therein. At at least one loading station upstream of a dispensing station articles are placed in the containers for shipping. Optionally, an intermediate void determination station determines how much dunnage to dispense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: David M. Gabrielson, Robert C. Cheich, Joseph J. Harding, Daniel L. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20090211198
    Abstract: An automated system and method for emptying the contents of pharmaceutical containers. In an embodiment, a gripper unit receives and holds a pharmaceutical container. A cutter cuts the pharmaceutical container, and a rotating unit, operable with the gripper, rotates at least a portion of the gripper unit to empty the contents of the pharmaceutical container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. McErlean, E. Christian Hess, Chih-Jen Leu, Mark A. Detri
  • Publication number: 20090145085
    Abstract: A system for enclosing a target product in a covering material includes an elongate product chute, an elongate breech-loader chute and a receiving station. The elongate product chute has opposing ingress and egress end portions with an interior cavity extending therethrough. The breech-loader chute has a primary chute body with opposing ingress and egress end portions residing above and upstream of the product chute in cooperating alignment therewith. The primary chute body slopes downwardly in a direction of product travel. The receiving station is disposed below the breech-loader chute and includes a receiver floor that receives the target product from the breech-loader chute. The receiver floor is selectively movable between an extended receiving position and a retracted staging position to thereby support and move the target product for delivery to the product chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Matthew Lowder
  • Patent number: 7530211
    Abstract: An automated system and method for emptying the contents of pharmaceutical containers. In an embodiment, a gripper unit receives and holds a pharmaceutical container. A cutter cuts the pharmaceutical container, and a rotating unit, operable with the gripper, rotates at least a portion of the gripper unit to empty the contents of the pharmaceutical container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. McErlean, E. Christian Hess, Chih-Jen Leu, Mark A. Detri
  • Publication number: 20090056286
    Abstract: A material spill prevention system with feed location sensing system to reduce the possibility of material spillage relative to the film being utilized for bag formation. The material spill prevention system monitors whether there is a proper film feed situation and, if not, precludes the release of material from the dispenser as in by precluding a flow controller opening and the release of material to the bag intended to receive the release chemical (e.g., a foam packaging bag). The prevention system is applicable to a variety of film feed arrangements as in a C-fold film drawn by a nip roller arrangement from a roll source with the dispenser mechanism positioned intermediate the nip and film source relative to film travel. An embodiment of the spill prevention system also features an absolute position transducer for monitoring position of a flow controller which controls output of material from the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: IntelliPack
    Inventors: George Bertram, Douglas Walker
  • Patent number: 7444797
    Abstract: A device for eliminating the trailing end of the film that is formed on wrapping machines for wrapping palletized loads when the reel of film is replaced, is of the type in which the wrapping machine is equipped with: a first, reel-holder, assembly, constituted by pre-stretching rollers driven by motor means, return idlers and a compensator arm; and a second, welding, assembly constituted by a gripper, welding means, and cutting means; the film sliding between the reel, said first assembly and said second assembly, and the load set on the pallet. Positioned between the reel and the first assembly is a mobile unit provided with a re-winding roller designed to press on the reel in operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Tosa S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Tosa
  • Patent number: 7222472
    Abstract: Wrapping material utilized by a packaging machine is advanced along a set feed path through a station where an accessory material, typically adhesive, is applied in spots to selected areas of the surface, whereupon the material is charged electrostatically at a first station, and thereafter sensed at a second station to reveal the distribution of the charges; the electrostatic charges register more strongly on and around the spots, so that by measuring any variation in strength relative to the remainder of the surface, identifiable with faulty application of the adhesive, substandard material can be detected before it reaches the wrapping stations of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: G.D S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Bruno Tommasini
  • Patent number: 7040070
    Abstract: A tablet packing apparatus in which there is no risk that next tablets will be mixed into tablets previously discharged. The packing apparatus includes a plurality of feeder vessels (36) containing the tablets, a plurality of mounting bases (32) on which respective feeder vessels (36) are mounted, and a tablet reserving member (200) disposed below the mounting base (32) and reserving the tablets fed from the feeder vessels (36) and a shutter (203,300) which is movable to open and close the lower opening of the tablet reserving member (200). The apparatus further comprises a LED (201) which is turned on when the tablets are fed to the tablet reserving member (200) and a sensor (206, 301a, 301b) for detecting opening or closing operation of the shutter (203), whereby when the sensor (206, 301a, 301b) detects the opening operation of the shutter (203,300), the LED (201) is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroyuki Yuyama, Tsuyoshi Kodama, Hidenori Murakami
  • Patent number: 7007443
    Abstract: The present invention provides an automated system and method of banding (bandoliering) a plurality of syringes. The system includes a feed device for receiving the plurality of syringe barrels and positioning the plurality of syringes according to a predetermined orientation and an indexed device for transferring the plurality of syringes in the predetermined orientation to a transport device that includes individual pockets for receiving and holding the syringes in a spaced relationship as the syringes are advanced due to movement of the transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: ForHealth Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Liedtke, Dennis Tribble
  • Patent number: 6813867
    Abstract: Method of and apparatus for threading of a wrapper end (31) from a wrapper roll (3) to a nip between wrapper proportioning drawing rolls (11, 15) in a wrapping station for wrapping paper rolls, board rolls and pulp rolls, in which the prepared wrapped roll (3) is rotated in a use station in the direction opposite to the wrapper feeding direction in such way that the wrapper end (31) falls on a wrapper feeding table (10). The wrapper end (31) that has fallen on the wrapper feeding table (10) is indicated and the rotating motion or the wrapper roll is stopped when the wrapper end (31) has been detected. Now the roll (3) is rotated in the wrapper feeding direction, until the wrapper end (31) passes an indicator placed after the drawings rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Valmet Corporation
    Inventors: Risto Forsström, Eero Mielonen
  • Patent number: 6769228
    Abstract: A system for automatically packaging prescription orders composed of one or more prescription containers. The system includes a printer for generating literature associated with each order and a packer for packing the prescription containers and the associated literature into a package. The packer has a scale or other means for determining the weight of the prescription containers. A packer controller calculates package weight information based on the container weight information. The package weight information is transmitted to a mail manifest system, which generates shipping information comprising postage. A labeler applies the shipping information to the package. The packer also includes a loading mechanism for inserting the prescription containers and the literature into the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Mahar
  • Publication number: 20040083690
    Abstract: A sleeve-type packaging machine system comprises: first (10) second (20) and third (30) article conveyor means, piece wrapping means (40), piece conveyor means (50) with a conveyor belt (51), a first modular unit (T100-G100) for forming and feeding pieces (S1) of packaging material, and a second modular unit (T200-G200) for forming and feeding pieces (S2) of packaging material. -The said two modular units (T100-G100; T200-G200) can assume at least two transverse positions, namely a first position in which the modular unit (T100-G100; T200-G200) is positioned at least transversely at the side of the packaging machine, and a second position, in which the modular unit (T100-G100; T200-G200) is positioned under the packaging machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: BAUMER S.r.I.
    Inventor: Mario Gambetti
  • Patent number: 6725625
    Abstract: A film is drawn out from a film roll and continuously transferred, and margins of the film are overlapped and is sealed to produce a vertical seal by paired vertical seal rollers to shape the film into a tubular form. A product content is filled into a tube-shaped portion of the film, and the tube-shaped portion of the film is sealed to produce a lateral seal by paired lateral seal rollers and to thereby form a bag. At least one lateral seal roller of the lateral seal rollers is movably provided and there are provided a pusher device for pushing at least one seal roller against the other seal roller, a joint detector provided upstream in a film transfer direction of the paired lateral seal rollers for detecting a joint in the film, and a controller which reduces or eliminates a pushing force exerted by the pusher device when a specified time period has elapsed after detection of the joint in the film by the joint detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsumi Honma, Yasuhito Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 6722108
    Abstract: Apparatus that uses the burster method for positioning coupons from a continuous web at a predetermined time at a predetermined location for insertion is disclosed. Positioning rolls define a bight to receive the leading edge of a coupon and are driven by positioning drive assembly. A feed drive assembly advances coupons to the positioning rolls. Sensors actuate and deactuate the feed drive assembly in response to the presence of a container at a selected position and the presence of a coupon at another sensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas George Kotsiopoulos
  • Publication number: 20040025475
    Abstract: An automated, fully programmable, and adaptable device fills straws or straw-like packages with any type of flowing, or flowable, liquid. A straw is dropped from a hopper down chutes into a capture area where it is held and filled with liquid, after which it is sealed. The straw dropping, capture, filling, and sealing actions are preferably automatically controlled by a preprogrammed electronic controller. The major elements of a typical embodiment of the invention include means for dropping a straw or other receptacle into a fixed mounting position consistently, optional means for heating fluids throughout the fill process, means for filling the receptacle, and means for sealing the receptacle. The straw hopper has a retractable slide plate at its base that slides back to allow only one straw at a time to fall through the chutes into the capture area. In the preferred embodiment, the slide plate at the bottom of the hopper moves back and forth in a predefined fully programmable sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Kathryn M. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 6666937
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically labeling and stacking a plurality of flower pot covers. The apparatus has a first conveyor and a second conveyor. The first conveyor has a plurality of spatially disposed support assemblies connected thereto, each of the support assemblies selectively movable between a retracted position and an extended position and the second conveyor has a plurality of spatially disposed chutes supported thereon, each of the chutes having an object receiving space formed therein adapted to receive a plurality of flower pot covers, at least a portion of the second conveyor spatially disposed above the first conveyor such that a portion of the travel path of the second conveyor overlaps a portion of the travel path of the first conveyor so that the support assemblies on the first conveyor are aligned with the chutes on the second conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Frank Craig
  • Patent number: 6658824
    Abstract: The transfer device has a means of securing the grip of the lifting device on the lid (14), in the form of an elastic suction pad (11) with narrowing and widening aperture and a suction line (21). The closer (8) can grip the lid and exert suction on it. There is a monitoring device, possibly with a sensor, to monitor the seating of the lid on the lifting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: AT Anlagetechnik AG
    Inventors: Arthur Nussbaumer, Markus Schneuwly
  • Patent number: 6453650
    Abstract: Machine for manufacturing consumable goods containers, including a structure in which four modules are located, two supply modules (1) and (2), one dosage module (3) and the other a cutting module (4). It includes thermo-plastic material reels (5) and (6) of a variable band width, provided with winding means (7) and (21) and heating means (8) and (22), as well as shaping matrixes (9) and (23) that function when heated under pressure and result in concave shapes on the bands applicable as halves of the containers to be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: Vicente Gomez Laguna
  • Patent number: 6447236
    Abstract: A docking station for a robotic mail tray loading system includes a ground plate that is mounted to the floor of the building in which the robotic mail tray loading system is housed. The ground plate has first and second wheel-retaining recesses that preferably include ramped surfaces to accommodate wheels of mail carts. A plurality of guide plates are positioned to locate one pallet or two mail carts in the docking station at a time. The docking station also includes a plurality of sensors that sense the presence or absence of a pallet or cart in the docking station and that sense the type of cart present at the cart docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: ABB Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Grams, Dean R. Molstad
  • Patent number: 6367228
    Abstract: A capsule part carrier in a filling and sealing machine for two-part capsules comprises a lower segment for capsule bottom parts and an upper segment for caps. In each of the segments, two stepped bores embodied of bore portions are provided, which form a seat for the capsule bottom part and the cap. In the bore portions of the lower segment, a plurality of longitudinal grooves are formed, which communicate via a suction bore with a vacuum source. Via the longitudinal grooves, the negative pressure applied in the lower segment can also act on the upper segment and the cap. Instead of longitudinal grooves, separate through bores can also be provided, which communicate with the suction bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Wurst, Manfred Kuhnle
  • Patent number: 6354060
    Abstract: A packaging machine comprises a transfer device for inserting a product into a package, and a circulating leaflet transport device comprising a plurality of tong-like holders, each receiving one leaflet and by means of which the leaflet can be disposed between the product and the package in the region of the transfer device for insertion, together with the product, into the package. A stop is disposed in the region of the transfer device and in the transport path of the tong-like holder to open the holder for releasing the leaflet. If there is no package in the transfer station, the stop can be removed from the transport path of the tong-like holders into a non-operating position, for passage of a holder without opening thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: IWK Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Plüschow, Dirk Witte
  • Patent number: 6311743
    Abstract: A device for feeding tablets in a blister packaging machine includes a vibrating container containing a mass of tablets. The vibrating container features a bottom wall, one portion of which includes tablet feeding channels, communicating with related slots made in the bottom wall. The slots communicate with the conveying means, which feed the tablets along a predetermined feeding path and release the tablets into respective blisters of a blister band. The blister band moves in a determined direction inside the packaging machine. The conveying means include a plate with a plurality of grooves, arranged one beside another and a covering element. The covering element is coupled with said plate, so as to move with respect thereto and includes transversal wings, each of which is situated inside a respective groove of the plate, so as to define a respective channel for conveying said tablets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: I,M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A.
    Inventor: Ivano Baroncini
  • Patent number: 6164040
    Abstract: A cigarette cartoner apparatus comprising a folding station configured to wrap a carton blank about a pre-arranged bundle of cigarette packets; means for repetitively dispensing carton blanks along a pathway; a signal generator adjacent a print location along the aforementioned pathway; at least one fluid jet print head adjacent the print location; a controller configured to operate the print head responsively to the signal generator; and a guide arrangement within the cartoner defining a contact-free path portion as the packaging material is progressed from said print location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard E. Bowman, Jr., Steven M. Campbell, Ricky N. Cooper, Robert C. Kucera, Jr., Steven R. Rinehart, Richard N. Webb, Stephen D. Brown
  • Patent number: 6094894
    Abstract: An inserter is disclosed having an insertion station and a feeding mechanism for feeding an envelope to the insertion station with the bottom edge of the envelope leading and the envelope flap in an open position and trailing, envelope opening mechanism at the insertion station and sheet feeding mechanism. A sensor detects the leading edge of the envelope as it is fed to the insertion station and, in response, causes the envelope opening mechanism to open the envelope after its arrival at the insertion station. The sensor also detects whether the envelope flap, when the envelope is waiting at the insertion station, is not in its open position and, when this is the case, it terminates operation of the envelope feeding mechanism and sheet feeding mechanism for the next envelope and sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Keith Yates
  • Patent number: 6072172
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for confirming the presence of contact lens packages in a secondary carton is disclosed, where a sensor that detects the presence or absence of metallic lidstock of the packages through the secondary carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert G. Duggan, Allen A. Treacy
  • Patent number: 5946883
    Abstract: A drug filling machine has a plurality of feeders containing a plurality of different kinds of drugs. A plurality of drugs are discharged from one or some or the feeders into a vial. A sealing unit is provided for sealing the mouth of the vial with a transparent sheet. The sealing unit includes a sheet presser for pushing the transparent sheet into the mouth of the vial to form a sealing sheet having a tray-shaped section, a cutter for cutting the transparent sheet into a predetermined shape, and a heater for fusing the transparent sheet to the top end of the vial to seal the mouth of the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yuyama Seisakusho
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroyasu Hamada
  • Patent number: 5941053
    Abstract: Apparatus that uses the burster method for positioning coupons from a continuous web at a predetermined time at a predetermined location for insertion is disclosed. Positioning rolls define a bight to receive the leading edge of a coupon and are driven by positioning drive assembly. A feed drive assembly advances coupons to the positioning rolls. Sensors actuate and deactuate the feed drive assembly in response to the presence of a container at a selected position and the presence of a coupon at another sensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Carol Joyce Witt
    Inventor: Thomas George Kotsiopoulos
  • Patent number: 5885270
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically transferring a predetermined quantity of a sterile liquid to a vial containing a dry medicament for hydrating the medicament and then transferring the hydrated medicament to a container. To hydrate the medicament, a needle is positioned through a vial septum of the vial and an artificial sensor senses when the needle has been positioned through the vial septum and actuates a pump to transfer a predetermined quantity of sterile liquid into the vial. The needle is then removed from the vial septum and the vial is shaken to mix the liquid and medicament. To transfer the hydrated medicament to a container, another needle is positioned through the vial septum. An artificial sensor senses when the needle has been positioned through the vial septum and actuates the pump to transfer the hydrated medicament to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Smith Kline Beecham Corporation
    Inventors: Jose A. Ortiz, Kenneth J. Sylvester
  • Patent number: 5802804
    Abstract: In a system for stepless feeding of articles (2) such as tablets, pills, capsules and the like, to blisters (41) of a blister band (4), moved in direction (M), placement means (3) are located between an article storage magazine (1) and the blister band (4) running thereunder. An outer cylindrical mantle (33) of the placement means is rotated by a brushless motor (5), in a direction (N) that is in accordance with the band motion direction (M). The mantle (33) features depressions (31) which receive articles from the magazine (1), and is rotated in phase relation with the movement of the band (4), so that in every moment, the position of the depressions (31) is in register with the position of the blisters (41) in the band (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Degli Esposti, Mario Fossi, Vicinelli Stefano
  • Patent number: 5784861
    Abstract: Apparatus that uses the burster method for positioning coupons from a continuous web at a predetermined time at a predetermined location for insertion is disclosed. Positioning roll means define a bight to receive the leading edge of a coupon and are driven by positioning drive means at a continuous predetermined speed. Feeding roll means located upstream of the positioning roll means in the excess of one coupon length are driven by intermittent feeding drive means at a speed substantially less than the speed of the positioning roll means. Controlling means actuate and deactuate the feeding drive means in response to timing means related to container position and coupon sensing means at a sensing position between the positioning roll means and the feeding roll means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: C. Joyce Witt
    Inventor: Thomas George Kotsiopoulos
  • Patent number: 5778631
    Abstract: A redundant automated cushioning producing and dispensing system includes a plurality of spaced cushioning conversion machines which convert stock paper into pads of a selected length, each cushioning conversion machine including a controller for controlling operation of the machine and communicating with another machine, a pad dispenser, and a sensor for determining when the amount of stock paper is less than a predetermined amount, a conveyor extending between the plurality of cushioning conversion machines for conveying a container into which a pad is to be dispensed, and at least one container sensor for providing information to at least one controller from which the controller can determine whether a pad has been dispensed into a container whereby the controllers cooperate to selectively switch operation of the cushioning conversion machine from an active state to an inactive state in accordance with information received from the stock supply sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: James A. Simmons
  • Patent number: 5735101
    Abstract: A tape applicator having a displaceable front contact roller movable from an extended position to a retracted position and a detector positioned on the tape applicator so that movement of the tape with the front roller relatively positions the detector and tape in sensing position wherein the detector may detect the presence or absence of a tape along a tape path leading to the front roller. The detector is only activated when the tape and detector are in the sensing positions permitting detection of the tape. This is preferably accomplished in a conventional tape applicator with a cutoff knife by mounting the detector on the cutoff mechanism so that both the detector and the tape are moved toward each other to assume the required relative positions wherein the detector can detect the tape and activate a warning system in the event no tape is detected. Also disclosed is a tape applicator having a detector to sense when the tape cutter has failed to cut the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Belcor Industries Inc
    Inventor: Joe Augustine Shing-Tak Lam
  • Patent number: 5722214
    Abstract: In a wrapping machine that packages products by enveloping each one in a tubular wrapper with two edges united lengthwise and heat-sealed thus together, the integrity of the packaging is verified by a device comprising a feeler located at a given point along the wrapping line and offered in sliding contact to the advancing wrapper at an area coinciding with the junction between the edges and the tubular envelope. The feeler is loaded against a spring delivering a force of known intensity, and able consequently to hold a stable operating position as long as resistance is offered by the wrappers, but will find the gaps in any wrapper of which the edges have failed to unite successfully. The resulting movement of the feeler is sensed by a transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Mario Spatafora