Compressing Before Packaging Patents (Class 53/529)
  • Patent number: 10954012
    Abstract: Method to feed and form organized groups of smoking articles, providing to feed a plurality of pockets of a transfer conveyor with pockets moved step-wise, thrusting said organized groups of smoking articles, by means of thrusters actuated independently from each other, in a direction of transfer and through respective forming drawers, into said pockets on the basis of a predefined production rhythm. The method provides, in the event of obstruction, stoppage or blockage of a forming drawer, to vary the operating speed of the thrusters associated with the other forming drawers in coordination and in synchrony with the step-wise feed speed of said transfer conveyor with pockets, in order to obtain an effective production rhythm equal or near to said predefined production rhythm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.P.A.
    Inventor: Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 10946994
    Abstract: Transfer device configured to transfer smoking articles in a direction of transfer from a feed store to a transfer conveyor with pockets of an apparatus to feed and form organized groups of smoking articles. The transfer device includes a forming drawer comprising an upper wall and a bottom wall. The upper wall is disposed fixed in a position opposite the bottom wall and the bottom wall is configured automatically mobile with respect to the fixed upper wall between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATCHE S.P.A.
    Inventor: Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 10625883
    Abstract: The invention is an auto-packing apparatus for pouch, and comprises: a pouch conveyor 20, a slot magazine 50, a pickup means 60 to pick up the moving pouches 1 on the pouch conveyor 20 and insert them into the slots 51 of the slot magazine 50, a pouch retainer 100 to retain the pouches 1 dropping from the slot magazine 50, a moving means 130 to move one 80 of the side walls 70,80 of the pouch retainer 100 and an opening means 91 to open and close the lower part of the pouch retainer 100 and a controller 180.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: YUHANNCI CO., LTD., AESTURA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seok tae Kim, Jae in Kim, Sung woo Lee, Jong myung Park, Kyu yong Park
  • Patent number: 9532585
    Abstract: An ingestible composition contained in a soft gel or shard shell capsule includes a digestible odoriferous oil such as a fish oil which can cause reflux or eructation odor problems on the breath of a person taking the capsule. This is reduced by including in the ingestible composition at least one surfactant, preferably in an amount of about 2 to about 20% weight and at least one edible odor-masking ingredient such as parsley seed oil, lemon balm, lemon grass oil, fennel, peppermint oil and/or menthol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: R.P. Scherer Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Rowe, Kelvin Royce Garnett
  • Patent number: 9352867
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: H.W.J. DESIGNS FOR AGRIBUSINESS, INC.
    Inventor: Bradley P. Actis
  • Patent number: 9296103
    Abstract: A control device for controlling a robot which has a tool for holding a workpiece and a force measuring part for measuring a force acting on the tool. The control device includes a calculating part for calculating a center-of-gravity position of the workpiece, based on force data measured by the force measuring part with a plurality of postures of the robot holding the workpiece, a processing part for performing at least one of a process for estimating a holding state of the workpiece, a process for determining a type of the workpiece, and a process for testing a quality of the workpiece, based on the position of the tool and the center-of-gravity position of the workpiece, and an operating command modifying part for modifying an operating command to the robot, based on a result of the process performed by the processing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Iwatake
  • Patent number: 8991142
    Abstract: An apparatus for accurately dosing moist smokeless tobacco includes a dosing assembly and a dosing air source. The dosing assembly defines a loading chamber and a dosing chamber for containing a quantity of moist smokeless tobacco material. The dosing assembly also includes a discharge opening communicating with the dosing chamber. The dosing air source communicates with the dosing chamber and is operable to deliver compressed air to the dosing assembly so as to move moist smokeless tobacco material from the dosing chamber to the discharge opening. A method of pouching moist smokeless tobacco includes placing a predetermined quantity of moist smokeless tobacco in a dosing chamber having a predetermined volume, and ejecting the predetermined quantity of moist smokeless tobacco to pouching apparatus using compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc.
    Inventor: Dwight D. Williams
  • Patent number: 8955294
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are processes for continuously bagging pellets. The pellets can be formed from a tacky and/or polymer-containing formulation. Other embodiments relate to systems for continuously bagging pellets. Still other embodiments related the individual components of the processes and systems for continuously bagging pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dwayne Free, Duane Boothe, Melinda Kay, Jeff Rose, Ed Beckner
  • Patent number: 8938937
    Abstract: A machine for packaging fiber material comprises feed means (2) supplying predetermined portions of fiber material (3) in an ordered succession, compacting means (4) by which the portions of fiber material (3) are compacted initially, a feed station (8) to which packs (9) are supplied for filling with the fiber material (3), a filling station (D) at which the fiber material (3) is inserted into the packs (9), and a closure station (E) located downstream of the filling station (D), at which the filled packs (9) are sealed. The machine further comprises fiber material (3) compressing and forming means (7) by which each of the portions of fiber material (3) is maintained in a state of compression downstream of the compacting means (4) for a prescribed interval of time, in such a way that the selfsame portion of fiber material (3) is caused to assume a compact geometry of tablet-like form prior to its insertion into the respective pack (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fulvio Boldrini, Roberto Ghiotti
  • Patent number: 8919767
    Abstract: A method for producing a bundle composed of book blocks includes gathering a plurality of printed sheets to form respective book blocks. The plurality of the book blocks are positioned with the same orientation and respectively positioned on lower edges of the printed sheets. Respectively two adjacent book blocks are offset from one another parallel to the lower edges of the printed sheets and transverse to a height of the bundle to be formed, such that a side edge of one of the two book block projects relative to a side edge of the adjacent book block. Thereafter the offset book blocks are combined to form the bundle and the bundle is compressed to fix the offset position of the book blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Konrad Boos
  • Publication number: 20140311091
    Abstract: A packaging system for the selection, grouping and loading of varying size and/or configuration product packs into cartons as provided. The packaging system includes a selection area having a primary selector for forming an initial product pack configuration, and a secondary selector adapted to select and direct an additional grouping of products into a nested arrangement against the initial product pack so as to form a nested product pack. The nested product packs thereafter can be engaged by loader arms of a pair of opposed loading assemblies, which move the nested product packs into a series of cartons moving through the packaging machine. Thereafter, the ends of the cartons can be closed and sealed to complete the packaging of the product packs therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Frank N. Moncrief, David F. Warner, Colin Ford
  • Publication number: 20140260102
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for managing recyclable materials are disclosed. In one embodiment, an apparatus is described, the apparatus comprising an inlet port for receiving the recyclable materials, a tube connected to the inlet port, an outlet port as part of the tube for expelling the recyclable materials, a screw blade mounted inside the tube and the inlet port along a tube longitudinal axis for moving the recyclable materials through the inlet port, the tube, and the outlet port, a motor coupled to the screw blade for rotating the screw blade, thereby moving the recyclable materials through the apparatus, and a receptacle installed onto the outlet port for receiving the recyclable materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Nick Ball, Terry Ward
  • Publication number: 20140208694
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus for compressed pressed bales (25) is designed to apply a bale packaging (32) to the pressed bale (25) and has a transporting device (5), which is designed to remove a compressed pressed bale (25) from a press (3, 3?). The transporting device (5) has a movable bale receptacle (6) for picking up the compressed pressed bale (25) on two opposite sides, wherein the bale receptacle has several elongated support elements (20) arranged at a distance from one another on each of the areas intended to retain the pressed bale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Dirk Falise, Norbert Sauerwein
  • Patent number: 8746670
    Abstract: A bundle of identical book blocks composed of a plurality of folded print sheets or signatures standing upright on lower edges of the printed sheets or book blocks. The book blocks are formed with first and last book block sections having different dimensions. A quadrangular bundle is formed from the book blocks by aligning first limit surfaces of the book block sections flush with each other along one of the two side surfaces or along the upper or lower surfaces of the bundle so that a second limit surface of the first book block section opposite the first limit surface of the first book block section projects with an offset with respect to a limit surface of the last book block section opposite the first limit surface of the last book block section. The bundle is compressed and then secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Konrad Boos
  • Publication number: 20140137515
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for handling (flat) articles (10), in particular hygiene products such as diapers, napkins or the like, wherein the articles (10) are supplied on a first feed conveyor (11) and are removed as a compressed group (12) of articles (10) on a removal conveyor (14). The invention is characterized in that the feed conveyor (11) and the removal conveyor (14) are continuously driven and a group (13) of articles (10) is transferred from the continuously driven feed conveyor (11) to a continuously driven compressing device (16) in which the group (13) of articles (10) is compressed, and in that the compressed group (13) of articles (10) is transferred from the compressing device (16) to the continuously driven removal conveyor (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Focke & Co. (Gmbh & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Björn Brandhorst, Andreas Prahm, Frank Sachs
  • Patent number: 8713900
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing low count packages of absorbent articles during a high speed manufacturing process. The apparatus including a conveyor configured to serially convey a plurality of absorbent articles; a continuously rotating stacker that includes an infeed, an outfeed and a plurality of cassettes; an extraction station that includes an extractor configured to remove at least one absorbent article from at least one absorbent article containing cassette. At least a portion of the extractor is positioned at an angle to compensate for the continuous rotation of the stacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Zulema Dorronsoro Martin, Thomas Luebcke, Andre Josephine Karel De Saert, Clifford Theodore Papsdorf
  • Patent number: 8713901
    Abstract: A method for providing low count packages of absorbent articles in a high speed manufacturing process in which a plurality of absorbent articles are conveyed in series to the infeed of a continuously rotating stacker. The articles are sequentially inserted into cassettes disposed on the stacker such that a plurality of absorbent article containing cassettes is provided. The articles are extracted from the continuously rotating stacker by an angled extractor and packaged into low count packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Zulema Dorronsoro Martin, Thomas Luebcke, Andre Josephine Karel De Saert, Clifford Theodore Papsdorf
  • Patent number: 8671647
    Abstract: The various embodiments of the present invention are directed to improved processes and systems for continuously bagging materials. In particular, the improved processes and systems can be used to bag tacky materials with improved throughput. The systems generally include at least one of a feeding section, mixing section, pelletizing section, transport piping, agglomerate catcher, defluidizing section, drying section, pellet diverter valve, and/or bagging assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane Boothe, Dwayne Free, John Bolton
  • Publication number: 20130305662
    Abstract: A method for containing a bale of compressible material without straps or wires includes compressing a quantity of compressible material into a bale and introducing the bale of compressed material into a container in the compressed state. The container can be sealed following receipt of the bale. A baler can be used with a press for compressing the material, and a bagging station can facilitate transfer of the bale to the container without straps or wires securing the bale following compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Nyckowski, James A. Haberstroh, Timothy B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 8567163
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging articles, in particular a stack of insulation panels, includes an element for supplying a stack of articles to a transfer position, and an adjustable spout forming a discharge channel having a receiving end and a distal end. The apparatus is further operative to wrap the stack with a packaging foil material, and transfer it into the spout. The adjustable spout comprises at least four spout members which are moveable relative to each other so as to vary the height and the width of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventor: Jan Præstholm
  • Patent number: 8549820
    Abstract: A packaging device is provided for highly-compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3). The packaging device (1) has a sheathing device (16) for applying a shrink wrapping, which has at least one prepared and diverted stretching hood (4), to the compressed bales (2). A bale compression facility is also provided having at least one bale press (6) for generating highly compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3), and having at least one packaging device (1) according to the invention. A process is provided for packaging highly-compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3), wherein said compressed bale (2) is provided with a shrink wrapping, wherein at least one prepared and diverted stretching hood (4) is applied to said compressed bale (2) using a sheathing device (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hi Tech Textile Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Falise, Norbert Sauerwein
  • Patent number: 8523165
    Abstract: A recording media sheet processing system includes a folding device including a folding unit to fold a sheet and a squeezing unit to squeeze the folded sheet, an insertion device to insert in an envelope an enclosure, and a controller. The folding device. The controller includes an envelope selector, a selector for selecting whether to fold the sheet and a folding style of the sheet, a first storage unit for storing a folding-related equivalent quantity into which a quantity of each sheet is converted corresponding to the folding style and the number of times the sheet is squeezed, a second storage unit for storing a maximum quantity of sheets insertable, a calculator to calculate a total converted quantity of the enclosure, a determination unit to determine whether the selected envelope type accommodates the enclosure, and a squeezing setter to set the number of times of squeezing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kunieda, Kiichiroh Gotoh, Junichi Iida, Takeshi Sasaki, Masahiro Tamura, Satoshi Saito, Ikuhisa Okamoto, Junichi Tokita, Shingo Matsushita, Takahiro Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20130219837
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging stacks of folded paper products such as handkerchiefs or the like with blanks of plastic film, comprising at least one pocket (58), insertion means (5), along an insertion direction, of a single stack in said pocket (58) with the interposition and consequent folding of a corresponding blank, said pocket (58) being operatively associated with stop means (24) of the stack completely inserted within said pocket. There are control means (22) adapted to operate the stop means (24) in a coordinated manner with respect to the operation of the insertion means (5), to provide an abutment to the stack during the whole insertion step in the pocket (58), the stop means (24) comprising suction means (72) adapted to keep the film in position and to disengage the same film at least in an extraction step of the stack from the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: RENT S.r.l.
    Inventor: Renzo Tommasi
  • Patent number: 8438818
    Abstract: A machine for forming a bale including a plurality of bags includes a conveyor for conveying each of the bags to an inlet opening. A film feeder is positioned adjacent the inlet opening, along with a former for forming a sleeve from the film adjacent to the inlet opening. Means for pushing, such as a pusher, is provided for pushing the bags into the sleeve. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Ferrucchio Carmelo Calvano
  • Patent number: 8381499
    Abstract: A machine for canning tuna and similar food products comprises a conveyor belt feeder, a plurality of dosing chambers aligned with the feeder and formed in a rotor rotatable in a plane perpendicular to the feed direction, a mouth connecting the feeder to the dosing chambers, a blade to separate the product introduced in the dosing chambers from the bulk of fed product so as to obtain product cakes, shaping means suitable to shape the cakes into the desired shape and transferring means arranged at a second station reachable through a partial rotation of the rotor to transfer the shaped cakes into the cans carried by another rotor. The connecting mouth has a cross-section of substantially constant shape and the shaping is performed in the dosing chambers by shapers radially mobile along the arms of the rotor when the dosing chambers are still aligned with the feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignees: John Bean Technologies S.p.A., Bolton Alimentari S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianluca Parisini, Ian Thomas Cooper
  • Patent number: 8359815
    Abstract: In a machine for filling capsules with pharmaceutical products, the bottom of each capsule is moved forward along a path determined in phase with a dosing device, which transfers the pharmaceutical product from a tank to the bottom, and has a cylinder, a piston engaged in the cylinder, a spring interposed between the cylinder and the piston for normally maintaining the piston in contact with a stopping element, and a tappet carried by the cylinder, engaged in a cam, and adapted to move the cylinder and the piston with respective mutually identical laws of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: MG 2—S.R.L.
    Inventors: Angelo Ansaloni, Ernesto Gamberini
  • Publication number: 20120210676
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the production of a pocketed spring unit, the method comprising the steps of compressing and feeding a plurality of springs (42) into troughs (2A, 4A) or castellations in opposed conveyor belts (2, 4), moving said springs (42) from said troughs (2A, 4A) or castellations to a position between upper and lower layers of fabric or other material (16A, 18A), step-wise advancing said material (16A, 18A) and said springs (42) in the direction of the output of the apparatus and welding together said lengths of fabric or other material (16A, 18A) at each step-wise advancement by a plurality of sequentially controlled welding anvils (10) so as to form a plurality of discrete pockets (46) each containing a spring (42). Apparatus for carrying out the method is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Simon Paul Spinks, David Clare
  • Patent number: 8220229
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compact palletizers that include a stretch-wrap operation as the pallet is built. A four-sided compaction mechanism compresses the rough-built load to the final pallet size and then the entire layer is released to the pallet. Individual items or group of items are picked and placed onto a layer support device in a loose orientation. The loose orientation enables a much faster palletizing operation because the robotic arm that pick-and-places the item, the items, or the row of items, can travel much faster as it does not have to precisely locate the item, items, or row of items. During the time that a layer is being loosely constructed on the layer support device concurrent wrapping can occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Top Tier, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary M. Pierson, Stephen L. Heston
  • Patent number: 8132393
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for compressing at least one roll of compressible material having an outer diameter and a circumference and an inner core having an inner diameter at least one roll of compressible material are provided. For example, a method according to one embodiment includes positioning a chuck about the circumference of the at least one roll, wherein the chuck is configured to engage the at least one roll at a plurality of evenly spaced locations about the circumference of the at least one roll. The method further includes radially compressing the at least one roll at a plurality of evenly spaced locations about the circumference of the at least one roll with the chuck such that the outer diameter of the at least one roll is substantially uniformly reduced without collapsing the inner core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventors: Nicholas P. De Luca, Robert H. Brill
  • Patent number: 8074428
    Abstract: For the production and filling of (sheet-material) bags (10) with one tobacco portion (18) each, a plurality of bags (10) are preferably made available in the region of a filling station (20). The latter is located in the vicinity of a pressing station (19), which is supplied with the tobacco portions (18). In the region of the pressing station (19) or in a pressing chamber (35), each tobacco portion (18) is compressed in the vertical direction on a horizontal rest, namely on a platform (39), and in addition preferably compressed by a pressing crosspiece (42) in the horizontal direction. The tobacco portion (18) thus formed is introduced into the bag (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Reinhard Hoppe, Peter Krause
  • Patent number: 8074431
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compact palletizers that include a stretch-wrap operation as the pallet is built. Specifically, the present invention uses a robot to place items from a fixed infeed elevation either above or, alternatively, below the height of the finished load. A four-sided compression mechanism compresses the rough-built load to the final pallet size and then the entire layer is released to the pallet. Individual items or group of items are picked and placed onto a layer support device in a loose orientation. The loose orientation enables a much faster palletizing operation because the robotic arm that pick-and-places the item, the items, or the row of items, can travel much faster as it does not have to precisely locate the item, items, or row of items. During the time that a layer is being loosely constructed on the layer support device concurrent wrapping can occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Top Tier, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary M. Pierson, Stephen L. Heston
  • Publication number: 20110289892
    Abstract: A packaging machine (10) designed and equipped for the compression and packing of blocks of expanded material and in particular expanded polyurethane where the machine comprises: a) an infeed block “A” comprising an infeed unit (11) mounted on wheels, which has a first lower infeed conveyor belt (12) and a second upper infeed conveyor belt (13) which is fitted with a first hydraulic press (14); b) a central block “B” containing a crossways sealing bar (15) operating with a cold sealing system and a powered lower reel holder (16) and a powered upper reel holder (17); c) a rear block “C” comprising a second out feed conveyor which in turn comprises an upper conveyor belt fitted with a central hydraulic press counter opposing a further lower conveyor belt (20), and two side sealing bars (21) employing a cold sealing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: Dolphin Pack SRL
    Inventor: Davide Zaninelli
  • Publication number: 20110289887
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for producing a small pouch with a predetermined amount of particulate material therein, a predetermined amount of the particulate material is portioned from a bulk supply and compacted into a single discrete caplet. The caplet is then deposited into an open hollow pouch closed at one end thereof, and the open end is then closed with the caplet between the closed ends of the pouch. The caplet in the pouch is then compressed to return it to its particulate form. The particulate material may be granular or shredded tobacco.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: MARTIN T. GARTHAFFNER, BARRY S. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20110268854
    Abstract: A system for providing single portion viscous or semi-viscous food products utilizes an indexing conveyor to serially dispense pieces of top packaging material thereon, deliver a precise volume of the single serve food product, deposit a top packaging material piece thereon, press the sandwiched layer together to form the final shape of the food product and, optionally, heat seal the top and bottom material pieces to enclose the food product. Optional system layouts include cooling and/or oxygen depleted zones and multiple lane operation and serially adjacent rows of system components wherein the indexing conveyor moves forward by two increments at each indexing cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey Jay
  • Publication number: 20110239591
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for metering tobacco in portions suitable for packaging. The apparatus includes a feeding element for the tobacco and a device for forming and discharging at least one tobacco portion suitable for packaging. The device comprises a wiping element for wiping tobacco into a portioning chamber. The portioning chamber is variable in volume for compressing the tobacco and releasing the compressed tobacco portion. The portioning chamber is also displaceable relative to the wiping element for displacing from a filling position into a dispensing position and vice versa. An element for discharging the compressed tobacco portion is disposed in the area of the dispensing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: Hauni Maschinenbau AG
    Inventors: Thomas Gruss, Patrick Fricke, Stephan Plewa, Hartmut Ringel, Bernd Seliger
  • Patent number: 7958699
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing a loose material that includes a compression chamber. Movement of a first ram discharges the loose material in a compressed state through an outlet port in the compression chamber. A packaging receptacle is positioned proximate the outlet port to receive the compressed material. The packaging receptacle is then moved to a second position where the movement of a second ram ejects the compressed material from the inner volume of the packaging receptacle. The second ram may be alternatively extended into and retracted from the packaging receptacle during ejection of the compressed material. The refilling of the compression chamber for the next cycle may begin prior to the retraction of the second ram from the packaging receptacle. A packaging jacket may be positioned about the packaging receptacle such that the ejection of the compressed material injects the compressed material into the packaging jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Rethceif Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Chris Allen Honegger
  • Publication number: 20110094396
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling compressible materials is disclosed. The apparatus includes compressing means adapted to compress a first charge of compressible material into a first compressed charge in a compression area, a holding area which is substantially the same size as the first compressed charge, and push means adapted to push the first compressed charge from the compression area into the holding area. The compression means is also adapted to compress a second charge of compressible material in the compression area to form a second compressed charge. The push means is also adapted to push the second compressed charge from the compression area into the holding area, such that it will eject the first compressed charge from the holding area into a bag configured to receive the first compressed charge. A related method and attachment for handling compressible materials are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Nicola Borrelli, Andrew Stuart Downs
  • Patent number: 7891156
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus including a receptacle, a ram, a film dispensing assembly and first and second elongate members. The receptacle defines a central axis and has a dispensing end with first and second substantially linear and parallel opposed edges that define an axial limit of the dispensing end. The plastic film material forms a film tube about the receptacle. The first and second elongate members are substantially parallel with the first and second edges. In operation, the ram is extended to eject the batch of material through the dispensing end into the film tube. Retracting the ram forms a partial vacuum within the film tube between the batch of material and the ram. The first and second elongate members compressively engage the film tube between the batch of material and the dispensing end and thereby form folded flaps in the film tube. A method of packaging is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Rethceif Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Roland Beer
  • Patent number: 7877964
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the production of a pocketed spring unit, the method comprising the steps of compressing and feeding a plurality of springs (42) into troughs (2A, 4A) or castellations in opposed conveyor belts (2, 4), moving said springs (42) from said troughs (2A, 4A) or castellations to a position between upper and lower layers of fabric or other material (16A, 18A), step-wise advancing said material (16A, 18A) and said springs (42) in the direction of the output of the apparatus and welding together said lengths of fabric or other material (16A, 18A) at each step-wise advancement by a plurality of sequentially controlled welding anvils (10) so as to form a plurality of discrete pockets (46) each containing a spring (42). Apparatus for carrying out the method is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: A Harrison (Bedding) Limited
    Inventors: Simon Paul Spinks, David Clare
  • Publication number: 20110011036
    Abstract: A packaging device is provided for highly-compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3). The packaging device (1) has a sheathing device (16) for applying a shrink wrapping, which has at least one prepared and diverted stretching hood (4), to the compressed bales (2). A bale compression facility is also provided having at least one bale press (6) for generating highly compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3), and having at least one packaging device (1) according to the invention. A process is provided for packaging highly-compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3), wherein said compressed bale (2) is provided with a shrink wrapping, wherein at least one prepared and diverted stretching hood (4) is applied to said compressed bale (2) using a sheathing device (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Dirk Falise, Norbert Sauerwein
  • Publication number: 20110011035
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method and apparatus for packaging articles, in particular a stack of insulation panels, said apparatus comprising means for supplying a stack comprising one or more articles (1) to a transfer position (3), an adjustable spout (5) providing a discharge channel and having a receiving end and a distal end and with packaging means (6) provided adjacent the distal end, so that the stack is received at the receiving end and discharged at the distal end provided with a packaging foil material, means for transferring said stack in a transfer direction into the spout, wherein the adjustable spout comprises at least four spout members (51, 51, 53, 54), where a plurality of the spout members are moveable relative to each other in one or more directions perpendicular to the transfer direction for increasing or decreasing the height and the width of the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Jan Praestholm
  • Patent number: 7866124
    Abstract: An agricultural bagger apparatus and method for compacting feed into a horizontally deployed bag including a compression mechanism and an input hopper that receives agricultural feed. The hopper has a sloping wall and a lower end exit chute located to transfer the feed into the primary compression mechanism (e.g., a rotating toothed cylinder). The tapered hopper causes the feed to bridge, stopping the feed from falling through the chute. A new distribution mechanism in the hopper sweeps the feed adjacent to the sloping wall to prevent feed bridging. By preventing the feed from clogging, there is less reason to risk one=s safety by foolishly inserting their limb into the hopper. Some embodiments also compact feed in the upper portion of the tunnel, for example, by reciprocating a hinged piston above the primary compression mechanism. This increases the compaction on the top portion of the tunnel without unduly juicing the feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Paul R. Wingert
  • Publication number: 20100287895
    Abstract: Stationary compacting, bagging machine comprising a structure intended to compact sorted or unsorted waste inside bags manufactured in laminated polypropylene adequate for this purpose, in which said equipment can perform high compaction of waste, extracting the liquid arising from compaction and eliminating empty spaces between the different kinds of materials, in such a manner that these bags can be deposited in proper landfills with no leaks into the atmosphere nor contamination of the groundwater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Edson Mario Salamoni Terra
  • Publication number: 20100287896
    Abstract: SYSTEM FOR FINAL DISPOSAL OF WASTE BY COMPACTING AND BAGGING, comprising a set of operations used for determining the best manner of disposing of waste in general (garbage), making use of a system with or without recycling, and using high pressure compaction in order to reduce the empty spaces and liquids as a result of the compaction and existing in the waste, for the purpose of their further bagging for conditioning and disposal in proper places.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Edson Mario Salamoni Terra
  • Patent number: 7823368
    Abstract: An apparatus for making a substantially air-tight foil package for mineral wool that includes a mechanical compressing device for compressing the mineral wool in a first direction to bring about a dimensional reduction thereof. A wrapping device encloses the mineral wool with a web of a substantially air-tight foil. An evacuating station is arranged downstream of the compressing device and it includes an evacuating device for evacuating air from the mineral wool compressed by the compressing device and enclosed by the foil. The evacuating station includes opposed surfaces for maintaining the dimensional reduction during transfer to the evacuating means of the foil enclosed mineral wool compressed by the compressing device. The opposed surfaces maintain the dimensional reduction during evacuation by the evacuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventors: Lars Elmekilde Hansen, Claus Egholm Sørensen
  • Publication number: 20100192513
    Abstract: A baler for making large cylindrical modules of cotton includes an expansible module-forming chamber comprising a plurality of module-forming belts that are supported in side-by-side relationship across a plurality of fixed and movable belt support rolls. The module-forming chamber includes a fixed front section and a movable rear section in the form of a discharge gate mounted to an upper rear location of the front section for pivoting between a lowered baling position and a raised discharge position. Located at the bottom of the baling chamber between a bottom fixed belt support roll and a lower front roll of the lowered discharge gate is an inlet through which cotton passes into the module-forming chamber. A module wrapping arrangement is carried on the discharge gate for selectively feeding a length of plastic sheet material into the inlet for being wrapped about the circumference of a cotton module formed in the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Wigdahl, Scott David Weber
  • Publication number: 20100132314
    Abstract: A packager with iron belt clamping mechanism is provided with a front side and a rear side opposite to which standard tablets are provided. One side of the standard tablet is formed close to one opposite side of the iron belt. A through hole is formed on each of the standard tablets. The positioning part passes through the hole on the standard tablet to fix the standard tablet onto the packager. The right and left sides of the standard tablet are respectively defined to a first stopper portion and a second stopper portion. The intervals of distance from the thru hole to the first stopper portion and to the second stopper portion are not equal. The standard tablet may be adjusted to make the first stopper portion or the second stopper portion oppositely stop one side of the iron belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Hsiu-Man YU CHEN
  • Patent number: 7721511
    Abstract: Banding machine in which logs of sheet material are fed by a conveyor belt to a banding device that is adapted to band the logs with a banding web to form a tubular wrapper around the logs. The banding device includes a pusher operated by an actuator, which pushes the log into a channel, in which a packaging sheet is arranged, stretched in front of the log, as an obstacle. The conveyor belt and the packaging apparatus are arranged at different heights, respectively at a first and a second height (H1 and H2). A pusher is be provided, operated by a piston at the first height (H1), in addition to a pusher provided at the second height (H2), independent from each other. Further, a lifting member is provided, which receives the log from the first pusher and moves from the first height (H1) to the second height (H2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: MTC-Macchine Trasformazione Carta S.R.L.
    Inventor: Alessandro De Matteis
  • Publication number: 20100089257
    Abstract: A tyre tread compacting apparatus includes a carrier for carrying a part of a tyre to be disposed of, the carrier having a pair of opposed sides. A mounting arrangement is arranged on a first side of the carrier for mounting on a support formation. A coiling mechanism is arranged on an opposed, second side of the carrier for coiling the part of a tyre to be disposed of into a compacted form. A tyre coiling tool is provided to be arranged in juxtaposition to the carrier to provide mechanical advantage to assist in coiling the part of the tyre about the coiling mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: ENTIRE SOLUTIONS LTD
    Inventors: D'Arcy Shane Lacey, D'Arcy Michael Lacey
  • Publication number: 20100058714
    Abstract: For the production and filling of (sheet-material) bags (10) with one tobacco portion (18) each, a plurality of bags (10) are preferably made available in the region of a filling station (20). The latter is located in the vicinity of a pressing station (19), which is supplied with the tobacco portions (18). In the region of the pressing station (19) or in a pressing chamber (35), each tobacco portion (18) is compressed in the vertical direction on a horizontal rest, namely on a platform (39), and in addition preferably compressed by a pressing crosspiece (42) in the horizontal direction. The tobacco portion (18) thus formed is introduced into the bag (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Reinhard Hoppe, Peter Krause