Grouping Articles On Edge In A Linear Relationship Patents (Class 53/542)
  • Patent number: 9365307
    Abstract: A device for packaging products in a box, includes a frame having a moving conveyor, a guide for supporting the products from an entry end to an exit end of the guide, and a mechanism for holding a box at the exit end of the guide such that the opening of the box extends parallel to the guide at the other side thereof. The conveyor has support members extending perpendicular to the conveyor and towards the guide when they move along the guide. The device further includes a feeder for feeding the products at the entry end of the guide between two support members, wherein the products are stacked in parallel for moving the stack of products at the exit end past the edge of the exit end into-said the box, and a mechanism for transporting the box in a direction parallel to the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Guk-Sigma B. V.
    Inventor: Antonius Adrianus Arnoldus Smits
  • Patent number: 9284105
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging groups of contains of liquid products into bundles includes at least one pair of wrapping stations of groups of containers. Each station is configured to wrap an extensible film around a group of containers and to feed and discharge the groups of containers to/from the wrapping station and includes at least one feeding line of the containers and at least one discharge line of the bundles. Advantageously, the feeding and discharge lines are shared between different wrapping stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: AETNA GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Angelo Ghezzi
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8806841
    Abstract: The invention is to accumulate the bottles in a nested formation at a high speed on a moving conveyor and the reduction or elimination of gaps between the nested bottles that are caused by missing bottles. The is done by oscillating the conveyor belt Another objective of the invention is to accumulate a predetermined number of bottles in rows to be bundled by establishing a first barrier to retain the bottles on the conveyor and using second barrier to control the number of rows to be included in the bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Patent number: 8757355
    Abstract: Method and device for loading a container with products which are made up of individual thin sheets of glass (1) of a large surface area or with individual sheets of glass (1), in particular photovoltaic modules, TFT screens or component parts thereof, comprising the following features: a) means for respectively bringing into place individual sheets of glass (1) or products made up of various sheets of glass (1), b) a vertical adjuster with a sliding carriage (16) and supporting forks (12), c) a transverse transporting device (18) for loading, d) a device for transferring force from the transverse transporting device (18) to a transporting belt (8) respectively of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Weigl
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8646248
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus includes a collection unit and a conveyance unit. The collection unit is configured and arranged to overlay a plurality of packaged objects on adjacent packaged objects. The conveyance unit is configured and arranged to convey, as a group of packaged objects, the packaged objects which are overlaid on the adjacent packaged objects at the collection unit. The conveyance unit includes a position control component. At least one portion of the position control component is positioned below a conveyance plane of the conveyance unit and the other portion of the position control component is positioned above the conveyance plane of the conveyance unit before positions of the packaged objects are adjusted, the one portion and the other portion of the position control component is provided sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seisaku Iwasa, Motoki Takayama, Tatsuya Arimatsu, Yuji Yokota, Takashi Kondo
  • Patent number: 8458990
    Abstract: A device to assist in sorting and organizing any small items and, in particular, vitamins, supplements and prescription medications consisting of a series of folding, hinged panels that fold out to form troughs and transverse dividers that fit into the troughs to form bins. Once the bins are filled, the dividers are sequentially removed to allow the bin contents to be shoved along the trough into a small, resealable plastic bag for convenient storage and transportation. This saves time for people taking several different kinds of pills every day. Each pill bottle is located, opened, closed and stored away only once versus hundreds of times without using this device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Glen Hendrix
  • Patent number: 8376346
    Abstract: A method for producing stacks of printed sheets, including supplying the printed sheets along a conveyor, stacking the printed sheets along the stack support in an upright position, supporting the first stack via a supporting device, transferring the first stack from the supporting device to a compression device having first and second compression carriages, compressing the first stack between the first and second compression carriages, strapping the first stack, releasing and moving the first compression carriage towards a second stack subsequently formed, and transferring support for the second stack from the supporting device to the first compression carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: André Roth, Erwin Von Aesch
  • Patent number: 8307614
    Abstract: A support assembly for use in packaging and other purposes which includes a pivotable support member engaged by a pawl. The support assembly may move along a rail and collect articles thereagainst which are moving at a rate greater than the support assembly. Once the support member accumulates a predetermined number of articles, a pawl rotates and the support member pivots to allow the accumulated group of articles to pass thereby and be removed from the rail for packaging or other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen Louie
  • 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: 20120067011
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for filling a thin-walled transport container (12) with notes of value. The device (10) comprises a supply unit (100) for supplying the notes of value and a stacking unit (200) for stacking the supplied notes of value. Further, the device (10) comprises a receiving unit (400) for receiving the thin-walled transport container (12), a holding unit (600) for holding a first closing element (18) and a second closing element (20) for closing the thin-walled transport container (12), a displacement unit (700) for displacing a value note stack created by means of the stacking unit (200) into the thin-walled transport container (12), a retaining unit (500) for holding notes of value transported into the thin-walled transport container (12) in the orientation in which they have been supplied to the transport container (12) and/or a closure unit (300) for closing a closing unit (16) for closing the opening of the thin-walled transport container (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Günter Holland-Letz, Dirk Langhuber
  • Patent number: 7861496
    Abstract: An article packaging machine includes a trailing article pusher assembly for pushing the trailing articles of a packaging production run down infeed conveyer lanes and through workstations of the packaging machine so that the trailing articles can be packaged. The pusher assembly comprises a pusher chain that is flexible in one direction to allow the chain to be coiled upon itself and generally inflexible in the other direction beyond a substantially straight configuration of the chain. A pusher block is attached to a free end of the pusher chain. The pusher chain is normally stowed on a take-up magazine beside its associated infeed lane during a packaging operation. When the trailing articles of a production run approach the workstations of the packaging machine, a gate opens to allow the pusher chain and its pusher block to be extended into the infeed lane behind the last trailing article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. May, Scott Parker
  • Patent number: 7788887
    Abstract: A filling device including a web-forming station (A), a filling station (B), a sampling station (C), and a retrieval station (D). A first box conveyor (3) for conveying boxes exiting a folder-gluer (1) and for forwarding them from the web-forming station (A) to the filling station (B) along a forwarding path (Ta). A second box conveyor (10) for conveying boxes forwarded by the first box conveyor (3) and for transferring them from the sampling station (C) to the retrieval station (D) along a transfer path (Tt).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Bobst S.A.
    Inventor: Michel Baenninger
  • Patent number: 7730697
    Abstract: A machine (100) for making filter bags (1) for infusion products, the machine (100) being of the type comprising, one after the other along a production line (P), a plurality of operating stations designed to form the filter bags (1) and at least one operating outfeed station (7) for handling the filter bags (1) made; the operating outfeed and handling station (7) comprises conveying means (8) designed to successively pick up and withhold the filter bags (1) along a certain section (T1) of the line (P); supporting guide means (9) along which an ordered and continuous succession of filter bags (1) is formed and fed along another section (T2) of the line (P); and means (11) for picking up and transferring the filter bags from the conveying means (8) to the supporting guide means (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: IMA Flavour S.R.L.
    Inventors: Matteo Bernardi, Dario Rea
  • Patent number: 7721509
    Abstract: A device for packing items in a box is provided with a conveyor for supplying items in a conveyance direction, a pushing device comprising a pressure plate, which pressure plate is movable in a horizontal pushing direction extending transversely to the conveyance direction, for moving at least one item onto a flap that is movable from a closed position to an open position and vice versa, a box being positionable below the flap. The device is additionally provided with two guide plates situated on either side of the flap, which guide plates extend transversely to the pressure plate. The device is further provided with a retaining plate extending parallel to the pressure plate and movable in the pushing direction. The device is also provided with a stop situated between the retaining plate and the pushing device, which stop is situated at a distance above the flap that is less than the height of the item, the item and/or the stop being deformable during the movement of the item on the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Verpakkingsmachines B.V.
    Inventor: Eugenio Wilhelmus Gerardus Vissers
  • Patent number: 7703399
    Abstract: A package or palletized load comprises a lower section of elongated articles which are disposed in a side-by-side abutting array and are upended so as to be supported upon one of the longitudinally extending side surfaces thereof. Additional elongated articles, disposed in an array comprising multiple rows and columns and forming an upper section of the package or palletized load, are then stacked atop the lower section of the package or palletized load. Due to the fact that the articles comprising the lower section of the package or palletized load are relatively inflexible along their transverse extents, the elongated articles disposed within the upper section of the package or palletized load will be properly supported so as not to be adversely affected by means of gravitational forces to which the multiplicity of elongated articles will be subjected during shipping, handling, transportation, and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Donald L. Person
  • Publication number: 20090241468
    Abstract: A machine (100) for making filter bags (1) for infusion products, the machine (100) being of the type comprising, one after the other along a production line (P), a plurality of operating stations designed to form the filter bags (1) and at least one operating outfeed station (7) for handling the filter bags (1) made; the operating outfeed and handling station (7) comprises conveying means (8) designed to successively pick up and withhold the filter bags (1) along a certain section (T1) of the line (P); supporting guide means (9) along which an ordered and continuous succession of filter bags (1) is formed and fed along another section (T2) of the line (P); and means (11) for picking up and transferring the filter bags from the conveying means (8) to the supporting guide means (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: I.M.A. FLAVOUR S.R.L.
    Inventors: Matteo Bernardi, Dario Rea
  • Publication number: 20090173049
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a packing machine 1 for the packing of packed items, in particular encompassing a deep drawing machine 3 with a mold and/or a sealing device with a sealing tool. The packing machine is distinguished in that a cleaning device is provided for the mold and/or the sealing tool. Furthermore, the present invention also relates to a deep drawing machine and a sealing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: Multivac Sepp Haggenmueller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ivo Ruzic, Elmar Ehrmann, Tieme Jam Slomp
  • Patent number: 7497067
    Abstract: A device for packing flat articles in transport containers includes a feeder for feeding the flat articles in imbricated form and a conveyor disposed downstream of the feeder, in travel direction of the flat articles. The conveyor has an at least approximately vertically extending end for discharging the articles into the transport containers for filling the transport containers therewith at a filling location. Equipment for further conveying the transport containers at the filling location includes two lateral belt conveyors disposed at the filling location for moving the transport containers forward during the filling thereof with the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Hartmut Klapp, Wolfgang Diehr, Klaus Steves
  • Patent number: 7478511
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in packaging containers and associated lids together includes a moveable gantry with a first support portion and a second support portion alongside the first support portion. The first and second support portions are sized and configured to support the containers and the lids. A container path and a lid path are included along which containers and lids, respectively, are directed to the gantry. The gantry has a first orientation in which the first support portion is aligned with the container path to receive containers and the second support portion is aligned with the lid path to receive lids. The gantry also has a second orientation in which the gantry is repositioned such that the first support portion is aligned with the lid path to receive lids and the second support portion is aligned with the container path to receive containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Rennco LLC
    Inventors: Robin G. Thurgood, Brian C. Bowerman, Phillip D. Hillard
  • Patent number: 7475520
    Abstract: A system and method designed to position a tray for either horizontal stacking or vertical stacking of product. The system includes a stationary conveyor and a tray carriage in a tray transportation path with the conveyor. The tray carriage is moveable between an elevated, horizontal position and an inclined position. Guides are located near the tray carriage to guide the tray carriage into the inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: John Swider, Michael E. Caporali, Thomas Arnold, Eric Reisenauer
  • Patent number: 7467503
    Abstract: An automatic system for the delivery and distribution of articles in groups comprises a store of articles, a unit for the collection and delivery of articles from the store and a controller associated with the collection and delivery unit in order to control the selective collection of articles from the store and their output as sets of articles logically grouped together. The system further comprises a grouping device which receives the sets of articles logically grouped together as inputs and outputs corresponding packs, groups or bundles of articles physically connected to one another by a restraining loop or strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Swisslog Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Davolio, Franco Gambarelli
  • Publication number: 20080236109
    Abstract: A method and a relative unit (1) for producing blister packs (7) by cutting a blister band (4), according to which a band (4) with blisters (2) housing products is fed in a selected feeding direction (A), through subsequent stations: a band (4) verifying station, a closing station where the blister band is closed with a covering band, and to a cutting station (5) for cutting the closed blister band (4). In the cutting station (5), the closed blister band (4) is cut by progressive shearing, to obtain relative blister packs (7) detached from at least one strip (9a, 9b) or scrap longitudinal edge of the blister band (4). If portions of the blister band (4) considered unsatisfactory are detected in the control station, the subsequent shearing is performed partially or incompletely, so as to prevent detachment of the corresponding blister packs (8), considered faulty and destined to be rejected, from the strip (9a, 9b) of the band (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Paolo Marzocchi
  • Patent number: 7347034
    Abstract: Sleeving equipment for egg packages includes a sleeve dispenser that cuts and dispenses a sleeve one by one, a sleeve control jig that controls a sleeve that is dispensed by the sleeve dispenser, a first egg package conveying device that conveys egg packages before the sleeve is positioned around the egg package, an egg package inserter that inserts the egg package into the sleeve, a second egg package conveying device that conveys the egg package and the sleeve placed around the egg package and a heat tunnel that heat shrinks the sleeve whereby the sleeve is fixed to the egg package. The sleeve dispenser cuts and dispenses the sleeve in vertical direction, and the sleeve control jig rotates the sleeve into horizontal direction before the egg package inserter insert the egg package into the sleeve. The egg package inserter inserts the egg package into the sleeve horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Inventor: Dongheum Kwon
  • Patent number: 7318306
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in packaging containers and associated lids together includes a moveable gantry with a first support portion and a second support portion alongside the first support portion. The first and second support portions are sized and configured to support the containers and the lids. A container path and a lid path are included along which containers and lids, respectively, are directed to the gantry. The gantry has a first orientation in which the first support portion is aligned with the container path to receive containers and the second support portion is aligned with the lid path to receive lids. The gantry also has a second orientation in which the gantry is repositioned such that the first support portion is aligned with the lid path to receive lids and the second support portion is aligned with the container path to receive containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Rennco LLC
    Inventors: Robin G. Thurgood, Brian C. Bowerman, Phillip D. Hillard
  • Patent number: 7310922
    Abstract: A method for processing envelopes including the steps of providing a plurality of generally aligned envelopes and compressing the plurality of envelopes together. The method further includes the step of placing a band around the compressed envelopes such that the band retains the plurality of envelopes in a state of compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Carrigan, Witold Misiaszek
  • Patent number: 7269934
    Abstract: The present invention is, in one embodiment, an apparatus for placing an insert within a nested group of taco shells. The insert placement apparatus comprises a vertical shaft, a horizontal shaft, a first pillow block, a second pillow block, a vacuum cup, a horizontal timing belt, an air cylinder, and a servomotor. The vacuum cup is adapted to transport the insert. The first pillow block has a bore therethrough for receiving the horizontal shaft. The second pillow block is supported off of the first pillow block and has a bore therethrough for receiving the vertical shaft. The vacuum cup is suspended off of the vertical shaft. The horizontal belt is routed around a drive pulley and a second pulley and is interconnected to the first pillow block. The servomotor is interconnected to the drive pulley. The servomotor causes the timing belt to displace the first pillow block along the horizontal shaft, thereby causing the vacuum cup to displace horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: General Mills Cereals, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cremers, Craig Gustafson, Ralph Stenvik
  • Patent number: 7225601
    Abstract: A multipurpose cartoning machine for packets of cigarettes, having a packet conveying assembly wherein a first conveyor feeds single packets, arranged in an orderly succession on edge, to an accumulating station for forming subgroups of packets placed flat one on top of the other, and a second conveyor is associated with the first conveyor to receive the packets conveyed by the first conveyor and to feed the packets to a packing device; the conveying assembly assuming a first configuration wherein the second conveyor is connected to the first conveyor at the accumulating station to receive, from the first conveyor, a succession of subgroups of packets laid flat, and a second configuration wherein the second conveyor is connected to the first conveyor upstream from the accumulating station to receive an orderly succession of single packets positioned on edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: G.D. Societa' per Azioni
    Inventor: Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 7219485
    Abstract: In a semiautomatic boxing machine, a first conveyor receives and moves a plurality of erected boxes to a work station, while a second conveyor receives and moves a plurality of products to a station for forming groups of products. A manipulator picks up groups of products in the forming station and release them into corresponding boxes dwelling in the work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Packservice S.r.l.
    Inventor: Antonio Battisti
  • Patent number: 7213386
    Abstract: A device for filling a container with a plurality of objects standing substantially upright on a floor portion of the container includes: a depositing cavity temporarily created and maintained in the container for receiving one of the plurality of objects; a first moveable planar restraining member having a first anterior surface facing the depositing cavity and a first posterior surface, the first posterior surface restraining a previously deposited object against movement; and a second moveable planar restraining member having a second anterior surface facing the depositing cavity and a second posterior surface. The first and second restraining members are operationally arranged to be removably insertable into and between the opposing side walls of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Manufacturing Solutions PTY Ltd
    Inventor: Leon Hooper
  • Patent number: 7200976
    Abstract: Recumbent stacks of printed products are produced and strapped by supplying the printed products from above onto a conveying surface (2) where they are lined up in an upright position forming a continuously growing stack (6), separating discreet stacks (7) from the growing stack, stabilizing the discreet stacks with endplates (4), and conveying the stabilized stacks to a strapping position (12), in which a loop of strapping material is tightened around the stack (7). For conveying and strapping, the isolated stack (7) is gripped between two compression jaws (10, 11) that extend into the stack area (16) from a first side. In the strapping position (12), a strapping device (30) is situated on the side opposite the stack area (16). For strapping, at least part of the strapping device is moved horizontally in relation to the stack, and transverse to the stacking direction (S), thereby placing a loop of the strapping material around the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Reinhard Gösslinghoff
  • Patent number: 7117657
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for packaging and taking away packaged sequenced product such as mail pieces. The apparatus includes a packaging device having an output end, and adapted to package sequenced products. A clamping device is adjacent to the output end of the packaging device. A conveying system is downstream from the clamping device. The conveying system incrementally moves a drop off tray. The clamping device holds one of a plurality of packaged sequenced products such that the drop off tray is in a position to stack multiple packaged sequenced products of the plurality of packaged sequenced products into the drop off tray. In one embodiment, this allows the packages not to hit the drop off tray during the stacking process. A method of packaging is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Ricci, J. Edward Roth
  • Patent number: 7107742
    Abstract: An automatic packing device for filling containers with products, includes: two separate feed stations, each adapted to arrange a stream of products in parallel rows; elements capable of picking up alternately, in each feed station and depositing in the container, a number of products forming a layer of the container. Each feed station includes: a conveyor having a plurality of articulated transverse profiles; elements for pivoting two successive profiles in opposite directions of rotation between a first position in which the profiles form a transverse trough in the shape of a V, and a second position in which the profiles form a ridge in the shape of an inverted V, so as to form waves of products on the conveyor; a plurality of channels disposed as a longitudinal continuation of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Material pour l'Arboriculture Fruitiere
    Inventor: Philippe Blanc
  • Patent number: 7066317
    Abstract: A placing apparatus having first and second rear end holding members is provided between a loading apparatus that loads items in an upright position and a conveyance apparatus downstream. These rear end holding members move making a box motion when seen from the side. As a result, while the first rear end holding member holds the rearmost end of a group of items, the second rear end holding member stands by to receive a new item. The invention provides a conveyance apparatus and a boxing apparatus comprising the same that have widespread applicability. The conveyance apparatus and boxing apparatus, while achieving high-speed processing, are able to convey items of varying thickness and grouped in varying numbers in a stable manner and maintained in a prescribed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seisaku Iwasa, Yoshinori Oishi
  • Patent number: 7021035
    Abstract: An arrangement for producing stack bundles from signatures includes a horizontal stack deposit support, a conveyor to supply a flow of signatures to the stack deposit support for formation of a signature stack having a front end and a back end, and a supporting device adapted to form a stack bundle having a front end and a back end. The supporting device comprises a first support element adapted to rise from below the stack deposit support and act on the front end of the stack, a second support element adapted to rise from below the stack deposit support and act on the back end of the stack bundle, and a third support element arranged to rise from below the stack deposit support in a first location to act on the front end of the stack and in a second location to act on the front end of the stack bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Müller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Ivan Muri, Markus Jegge
  • Patent number: 7013622
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for extracting and polywrapping articles stored in a pocket of a container. The container may be part of a DPP machine. In operation, a separator sheet is extracted, the bottom of the pocket opened so as to allow the articles therein to drop into a polywrapping device, and the polywrapping device sequentially polywraps the articles. After the articles are dropped from the pocket, the separator sheet is reinserted. Rollers and cross sealer bars, appropriately placed, facilitate the polywrapping. Optional use of an H-belt is possible as well as a tracked sheet bottom transporting the pockets to the polywrapping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens AG
    Inventor: Peter Berdelle-Hilge
  • Patent number: 6973766
    Abstract: A device for packing flat articles in transport containers, particularly folded-flat folding boxes in casing cartons, includes a feeder for feeding the flat articles in imbricated form. A conveyor is disposed downstream of the feeder and has an end for discharging the articles into the transport containers at a filling location. Equipment is provided for further conveying the transport containers at the filling location. A transition is provided between the feeder for the flat articles and the downstream conveyor. The transition is an accumulating and transfer device and has an imbricating roller adjustably secured on the conveyor and a height-adjustable hold-down bar fastened to the conveyor. The hold-down bar and the imbricating roller are adjustable in position for coupling with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Hartmut Klapp, Wolfgang Diehr, Klaus Steves
  • Patent number: 6971222
    Abstract: A device for packing flat articles in transport containers includes a feeder for feeding the flat articles in imbricated form. A conveyor disposed downstream of the feeder, in transport direction of the articles, has an at least approximately vertically extending end for discharging the articles into the transport containers at a filling location. Electrically operated controllable servomotors serve as drives for the conveyor. Equipment is provided for further conveying the transport containers at the filling location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Hartmut Klapp, Wolfgang Diehr, Klaus Steves
  • Patent number: 6955031
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mushroom packing apparatus comprising a grading conveyor and a plurality of locations distributed under a longitudinal axis of the grading conveyor, each location being provided, in use, with a container for collecting the mushrooms as they are deposited from the grading conveyor. The apparatus is arranged to weigh the respective container at each location and to facilitate removal of the loaded container once the loaded container has reached a predetermined weight, the apparatus being further adapted to replace each loaded container with an empty container once the respective loaded container has reached a predetermined weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Axis Systems Limited
    Inventors: Ivan Doake, Neville Doake
  • Patent number: 6938396
    Abstract: Containers (19) are provided for packaging flexible substrates (13) such as the glass substrates used in the manufacture of liquid crystal displays. The containers include arc-shaped grooves (25) which apply an elastic strain to the substrates. The elastic strain stiffens the substrates and thus reduces the likelihood of damage to the substrates as a result of vibration during transport or sagging when held horizontally. Through the use of such grooves, dense packaging of large, thin substrates is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Fumio Okamoto
  • Patent number: 6907980
    Abstract: A placing apparatus having first and second rear end holding members is provided between a loading apparatus that loads items in an upright position and a conveyance apparatus downstream. These rear end holding members move making a box motion when seen from the side. As a result, while the first rear end holding member holds the rearmost end of a group of items, the second rear end holding member stands by to receive a new item. The invention provides a conveyance apparatus and a boxing apparatus comprising the same that have widespread applicability. The conveyance apparatus and boxing apparatus, while achieving high-speed processing, are able to convey items of varying thickness and grouped in varying numbers in a stable manner and maintained in a prescribed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seisaku Iwasa, Yoshinori Oishi
  • Patent number: 6837290
    Abstract: An informational item processing apparatus is provided with a conveyor unit that transports a plurality of informational items having printed information thereon from a first location to a second location; an adhesive applicator that applies adhesive to a plurality of the informational items as the informational items pass from the first location to the second location; and a controller operatively coupled to the adhesive applicator, the controller comprising a processor and a programmed circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Vijuk Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Vijuk, William C. Neubauer, Ilija Ilijevski
  • Patent number: 6792742
    Abstract: The method stores and/or transports at least partially deformable items, such as caps for containers. One embodiment of the method has the following steps: identifying for at least one item an edge-on plane that is associated with a more deformable direction of the at least one item and an axial plane that is associate with a less deformable direction of the at least one item; and orienting the at least one item such that the edge-on plane of the at least one item is substantially vertical, the at least one item being stored and/or transported in an unsecured manner relative to other deformable items. This method therefore provides cost savings to both manufacturers and users by reducing the number of damaged and deformed items or caps during storage and/or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Phoenix Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard Ekkert
  • Patent number: 6782678
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic device for the horizontal stacking and transfer of booklets in the form of bundles of stacked booklets. The invention consists in that the device comprises a transfer unit coacting with a distribution unit for plates which permit it to operate at high speeds. Use in the stacking and transfer of booklets in the form of bundles, at high speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Realisations, Etudes & Co Commercialisation de materiel pour l'Industrie, RECMI
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Bodereau
  • Publication number: 20040098948
    Abstract: A device and method for stacking product into a container in a vertical orientation. The device includes at least one pivoting mechanism pivotable between a loading position and an initial/final position. The at least one pivoting mechanism retains a container thereon. The device may further include at least one corresponding diverting mechanism for injecting product into the container. The diverting mechanism includes a feeding area and a diverting arm swingable between an open position and a closed position. In the open position, the diverting arm allows product to enter the feeding area. An ejection station is positioned proximate to the feeding area and injects the product into the container after the product enters the feeding area via movement of the diverting arm. In one aspect the ejection station is provided by a pinch belt arrangement and is controlled by a control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventors: Michael E. Caporali, Bruce H. Hanson, Shane F. Mills, J. Edward Roth, Michael A. Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 6699006
    Abstract: A method to improve the stacking of containers comprising thermoplastic plastic, and the transfer of the stacks to a successive device. Stacks of a predetermined number are intended to be produced without disturbances, even with a high cycle number of the shaping tool. This is achieved in that the containers are stacked in a first stack magazine, which is exchanged for an adjacent stack magazine between two cycles of the shaping tool after the predetermined number has been reached. The containers are stacked in the stack magazines directly from the shaping tool, or by an intermediate transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Adolf Illig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Stefan Schlimgen, Michael Wozny
  • Patent number: 6692212
    Abstract: The transfer of stacks comprising molded plastic containers from stacking magazines into downstream devices in terms of susceptibility to disturbances, with the molding apparatus having a large number of cycles is improved. The method requires simple format parts, and permit a rapid format change when the apparatus is converted to a different container format. This is achieved be stack cages comprising stacking-magazine rows that can be displaced perpendicular to the stacking direction and removed from the other stacking-magazine rows. They are guided to a removal station, unloaded and placed onto the stacking-magazine rows remaining on the other side in the stacking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Adolf Illig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Herbert Trautwein, Volker Eichbauer, Michael Wonzy
  • Publication number: 20030233815
    Abstract: A device for packing flat articles in transport containers, particularly folded-flat folding boxes in casing cartons, includes a feeder for feeding the flat articles in imbricated form. A conveyor is disposed downstream of the feeder and has an end for discharging the articles into the transport containers at a filling location. Equipment is provided for further conveying the transport containers at the filling location. A transition is provided between the feeder for the flat articles and the downstream conveyor. The transition is an accumulating and transfer device and has an imbricating roller adjustably secured on the conveyor and a height-adjustable hold-down bar fastened to the conveyor. The hold-down bar and the imbricating roller are adjustable in position for coupling with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventors: Hartmut Klapp, Wolfgang Diehr, Klaus Steves
  • Publication number: 20030233816
    Abstract: A device for packing flat articles in transport containers includes a feeder for feeding the flat articles in imbricated form and a conveyor disposed downstream of the feeder, in travel direction of the flat articles. The conveyor has an at least approximately vertically extending end for discharging the articles into the transport containers for filling the transport containers therewith at a filling location. Equipment for further conveying the transport containers at the filling location includes two lateral belt conveyors disposed at the filling location for moving the transport containers forward during the filling thereof with the articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventors: Hartmut Klapp, Wolfgang Diehr, Klaus Steves