Forming Single Generally Horizontal Groups Comprising Plural Rows And Columns Patents (Class 53/543)
  • Patent number: 11390405
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for assembling several beverage containers (2) into a multipack (4) is disclosed. The apparatus (1) comprises a horizontal conveying device (5) for moving groupings (3), each grouping (3) comprising several beverage containers (2). The apparatus (1) also comprises at least one working device (25) that applies packaging blanks (41) to the groupings (3). The beverage containers (2) of a grouping (3) pass through openings in the packaging blank (41) and are held together by the packaging blank (41). The apparatus (1) furthermore comprises at least one handling apparatus (15) which places the beverage containers (2) on the horizontal conveying device (5) such that the beverage containers (2) are in alignment with respect to one another. The alignment of the beverage containers (2) allows the packaging blank (41) to be applied to the beverage containers (2) directly upon their placement on the horizontal conveying device (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KRONES Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Herbert Spindler, Markus Gabler, Thomas Stadler, Johann Luber, Tobias Gut
  • Patent number: 10875722
    Abstract: A pickface builder for a storage and retrieval system for storing goods units and having an in-feed conveyor and a picking device, each goods unit holding at least one product package therein, the pickface builder including a frame, a pusher member movably coupled to the frame, and a snugger member movably coupled to the frame, wherein the pickface builder is configured to receive goods units from the in-feed conveyor and the pusher member and snugger member are movable at least in a direction transverse to a direction of goods unit travel on the in-feed conveyor and configured to form the goods units into a pickface picked by the picking device as a unit and having a predetermined reference datum relating the pickface to a placement position of goods units forming the pickface along a storage surface of the storage and retrieval system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sullivan, Stephen C. Toebes
  • Patent number: 9505539
    Abstract: A carrier package is constructed to tightly secure articles within the package. During loading, pushing the containers into the package causes the side panels of the package to deform so that the height of the package decreases and the width of the package increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrea Coltri-Johnson
  • Patent number: 9475649
    Abstract: A pickface builder for a storage and retrieval system for storing goods units and having an in-feed conveyor and a picking device, each goods unit holding at least one product package therein, the pickface builder including a frame, a pusher member movably coupled to the frame, and a snugger member movably coupled to the frame, wherein the pickface builder is configured to receive goods units from the in-feed conveyor and the pusher member and snugger member are movable at least in a direction transverse to a direction of goods unit travel on the in-feed conveyor and configured to form the goods units into a pickface picked by the picking device as a unit and having a predetermined reference datum relating the pickface to a placement position of goods units forming the pickface along a storage surface of the storage and retrieval system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Symbolic, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Toebes, Robert Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9132961
    Abstract: A conveyor for transporting products includes a mounting frame for one or more product feed lanes, each lane being defined by a respective conveyor belt which extends along a respective path, and by element for centering the products on the conveyor belt and including respective first and second lateral guides which are spaced from each other transversely to the direction of extension of the conveyor belt in order to define a track having a respective width. A unit for adjusting the distance between the guides are provided which includes a first transversal support and movement member for the corresponding lateral guide of the lane, and a second transversal support and movement member for the other lateral guide of the lane. Also provided is a respective transversal member for supporting the first and second support and movement members and a defining unit for fastening to the conveyor frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: PULSAR S.R.L.
    Inventor: Massimo Franzaroli
  • Patent number: 9021768
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for conveying articles, in particular product slices produced by simultaneous slicing of a plurality of food products or respective portions including a plurality of product slices, wherein the articles are conveyed in a conveying direction on a main conveying path in multitracks in desired arrangements formed by articles from different tracks, in particular in rows extending transverse to the conveying direction, incomplete arrangements of articles having at least one deficient point are expelled onto a secondary conveying path and desired arrangements are formed from the articles forming the incomplete arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Weber Mashinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Publication number: 20140331613
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging method and to a packaging apparatus by which plastic injection moldings designed in the form of pipette tips or medical reaction vessels are packaged in end packaging units. The invention provides for the operation of distributing the K plastic injection moldings over the sub-groups to take place in the at least one end packaging unit exclusively during the operation of filling the end packaging unit, and for plastic injection moldings to be distributed over the sub-groups until the at least one end packaging unit has been filled completely with in each case A plastic injection moldings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Waldorf Technik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Czizegg, Werner Jaiter
  • Publication number: 20140331614
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging method by which plastic injection moldings designed in the form of pipette tips or medical reaction vessels are packaged in end packaging units. The invention provides that the K injection moldings are, prior to being distributed over the U sub-groups in the set-down plane, set down in a buffer store (12) by way of a second set-down apparatus (5) which is separate from the first set-down apparatus (18), in particular by way of a hose arrangement or by way of a gripper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: WALDORF TECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Czizegg, Christian Boos
  • Publication number: 20140311103
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a container pack includes a linear transporter, applicator elements, and head guides. The linear transporter has first, second, and third sections. Transport surfaces run parallel to one another in said first section, are oriented at an angle to one another in said second section, and again run parallel to one another in said third section. The second section comprises applicator elements having transversely displaceable and rotatable head guides for single-container transport along said three sections. The apparatus is configured to bring containers together in said third section to form said pack and to transport said pack towards a discharge side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Nitsch, Christopher Stuhlmann, Emst Van Wickeren, Stefan Wagnar, Volker Zahn
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8733069
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for combining units from among a plurality of packages are disclosed. In some embodiments, units are combined from a plurality of single-variety packages to provide one or more variety packs. For example, a plurality of single-variety packages arranged in repeating order of variety can be provided. The single-variety packages being so arranged can define at least two lanes extending among the plurality of single-variety packages. At least one single-variety group of units can be selected from at least one of the plurality of single-variety packages. Each of the selected at least one single-variety group of units can be positioned in one of the lanes. The selected at least one single-variety group of units can be repositioned to another package and within the one of the lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: J. Lieb Foods, Inc.
    Inventor: Doug Fischer
  • Patent number: 8726617
    Abstract: A method for filling containers of a collapsible type, including providing a web which includes the containers in an interconnected state, feeding the web for transporting the containers in a first direction, removing, during transport in the first direction, an end seal provided on each container for opening a filling duct, disengaging, during transport in the first direction, the containers from one another, and subsequently transporting the containers in a second direction transverse to first direction and filling, during the transport in the second direction, each container with a liquid product. The disclosure further relates to a device for filling containers of a collapsible type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolean AB
    Inventor: Per Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 8726620
    Abstract: A device for centring objects, comprising a supporting frame (10) which supports an overall flat grid, the individual cells of which are each suitable for downwardly guiding an object to be centred, the device comprising a plurality of parallel rows of distinct centring members (400) which define nodes of the grid, each single row of the centring members (400) being supported by a single straight guide (202, 204, 224 ) of a series of coplanar, parallel straight guides (202, 204, 224), the straight guides (202, 204, 224) being mobile on the supporting frame (10), and being connected to one another by a second mechanism (211) which is configured such as to allow a reciprocal nearing and distancing of the straight guides (202, 204, 224) by second moving means (210, 210? 202?, 204?) provided for activating said second mechanism (211), the centring members (400) of each row being slidingly coupled to their relative straight guide (202, 204, 224) characterized in that each centring member (400) of each straight gui
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: A.C.M.L.—Societa' per Azioni
    Inventor: Oppici Giorgio
  • Patent number: 8651264
    Abstract: A transport device and a method for the transport of articles are disclosed. The transport device is provided with a plurality of single lanes for the single articles having a width (BE). Each single lane is provided with one separating element. Adjacent single lanes are separated by one of the separating elements. The widths (BE) are adjustable with at least one displacing means. At least two adjacent single lanes form a group of lanes with a width (BG). Several of the groups of lanes formed in such a way are slidable to each other. The widths are adjustable with at least a further displacing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Herbert Spindler, Karl Rausch, Josef Mayer, Martin Bauer, Josef Unterseher
  • Patent number: 8572937
    Abstract: A device for handling containers of a collapsible type, including one or more stations and a transport unit. The device is arranged to receive the containers oriented in a first direction and the transport unit is arranged to transport the containers to at least one of the stations by moving the containers in a second direction along a curved path, the second direction being perpendicular to the first direction. The device has a holding device provided for at least one station and located in a stationary position adjacent to the station and a transfer device, which is provided for the at least one station and carried by the transport unit and which is cyclically movable along an endless path between a pick-up position and a delivery position located adjacent to the station. The transfer device is arranged to pick up at least one container in the pick-up position and transfer the at least one container, in the delivery position, to the holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Ecolean AB
    Inventor: Per Gustafsson
  • Publication number: 20130212987
    Abstract: A packaging section of a tablet packaging device includes: a placement base of a tray; a drawer storing the placement bas; a carrier provided with compartments corresponding to the storage concave portions of the tray; a drive device of the carrier; a shutter opening/closing; a bottom of the carrier; and an opening/closing device of the shutter. The drive device performs a step of defining a tablet discharge position on the tray as an original position and returning to the original position through a tablet reception start position and a tablet reception end position which are set below a discharge opening. A step of sequentially moving each compartment of the carrier below the discharge opening from the tablet reception start position to the tablet reception end position during the step to receive one tray of tablets is performed. When the carrier returns to the discharge position, the shutter is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuyama MFG. Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8479480
    Abstract: A packaging assembly for lightweight containers that includes a secondary packaging for gathering and holding a plurality of individual primary lightweight containers. The secondary packaging includes two layers of thermoplastic shrinkable film enclosing the lightweight containers, with the layers being connected to one another at least partially in the circumference of the secondary packaging. Each of the primary lightweight containers has a container body and a container neck with a neck opening. The lightweight containers are disposed in the secondary packaging in rows forming one single, substantially plane layer, with all containers being oriented with their longitudinal axis (L) forming an angle (?) with the plane of the packaging assembly that is between 0 and 45°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Nestle Waters Management & Technology
    Inventors: Rodrigue Dias, Cyrille Durand
  • Patent number: 8448411
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method and a machine to group and join at last two articles by attaching a first packaging to form a packaging unit. The individual packaging units are joined together with an additional second packaging to form a bigger unit. The process is carried out continuously, whereby the packaging units are transposed or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Huber, Michael Hartl
  • Patent number: 8375687
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for transporting a plurality of beverage containers. The apparatus may include first, second, third, and fourth sides, and a floor. The first, second, third, and fourth sides may be attached to the floor so that the first second, third and fourth sides can pivot with respect to the floor, and so that each can be placed in a first state in which each is parallel with respect to the floor and in a second state in which each is at a ninety degree angle with respect to the floor. At least one of the first, second, third, and fourth sides may have a bottom protrusion which can be adhered to the floor in the second state, to hold at least one of the first, second, third, and fourth sides in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph N. Laurita
  • Patent number: 8317011
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for feeding containers (4) to a downstream processing unit (2), which receives the containers (4) with a distance (D) between them. At the input end (16) of the infeed worm (6) the containers (4) arrive bunch to bunch and at an exit end (26) of the infeed worm (6) they exhibit the required distance (D) between them. At least two conveyor belts (11, 12), drivable with a constant velocity, are arranged such with respect to the infeed worm (6) that the containers (4) are in contact with a groove (7) of the infeed worm (6). The first conveyor belt (11) at the input end (16) of the infeed worm (6) has a smaller velocity in the direction of transport (T) than the conveyor belt (12) at the exit end (26) of the infeed worm (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Martin Seger, Johann Huettner
  • Patent number: 8286409
    Abstract: A method and apparatus, in a bottling plant, for packing beverage bottles in cases with and without dividers and a method and apparatus for packing containers in cases with and without dividers. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Junghans
  • Publication number: 20120233967
    Abstract: Machine and method for cartoning articles in containers or boxes, in which the machine has a loading section comprising an article inlet area; a loading area for loading articles into the containers; a configuring device; at least a first robot arranged to load articles from the inlet area and transfer the articles to the configuring device; at least a second robot arranged to pick up articles from the configuring device and transfer them to the loading area, in which the configuring device comprises an array of seats for temporary accommodation of articles, and the array of seats of the configuring device is formed from rows of article-receiving seats having a variable transversal distance; the configuring device operates in a synchronised manner with the first robot and with the second robot varying the relative position between respective rows of seats to provide interface respectively with the first robot and with the second robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: CAMA1 S.p.A
    Inventor: Daniele BELLANTE
  • Patent number: 8235201
    Abstract: Apparatus, flight bar assemblies, and methods are disclosed for nesting objects into a substantially staggered arrangement. Such nesting may be done in a nesting zone of a machine, for example, just upstream of a shrink wrapping machine. The nested arrangement allows the grouping of nested objects to be shrink-wrapped without use of trays or cardboard blanks if desired. The flight bar assemblies may include movable spacers for orienting rows of objects before, during, and after nesting. Lane dividers may be provided having lengths corresponding to a contour of an outer guide and cam surface, cooperating with the lane dividers to selectively urging the rows of objects inward in an organized fashion to allow efficient and reliable nesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: John Griffin Miller, Gregory Bruns, Mathias Coulomb
  • Publication number: 20120151879
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging groups of containers of liquid products into bundles includes at least one pair of wrapping stations of groups of containers. Each station includes means for wrapping an extensible film around a group of containers and manipulating means for feeding and discharging the groups of containers to/from the wrapping station, 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 the different wrapping stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: AL.MA.C. PACKAGING S.R.L.
    Inventor: Alessandro Angelo Ghezzi
  • Publication number: 20120031050
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for formation of a compacted arrangement of articles (14) to be packaged within a packaging machine, whereby the group (12) of articles (14) come into contact with and is guided through the packaging machine by means of at least one profiled bar (30), at least in a partial section (20) of its transport route (18), which comes into contact with an end face of the group (12) of articles (14) and in doing so at least some of the articles (14) of the group (12) are pushed together in the compacted arrangement. The invention also relates to a device for implementation of the method for formation of a compacted group of a plurality of the same type of articles to be packaged. The invention also relates to a symmetrically or asymmetrically profiled thrust bar for transforming a group of articles being conveyed in a horizontal direction into a compacted arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Juergen Werner, Herbert Spindler, Peter Koch, Florian Kaestner, Volker Drahuniak
  • Publication number: 20110126494
    Abstract: An automated pharmaceutical product packaging machine simultaneously fills a plurality of product package templates in parallel with desired pharmaceutical dosing requirements. The templates are subsequently positioned over a temporary storage template having cavities for receiving solid pharmaceutical doses. A collector member is subsequently placed beneath the temporary storage template for receiving the pharmaceuticals which in turn is positioned over a solid pharmaceutical product package having a plurality of cavities which correspond to openings on the templates and wherein each of the templates fills a pharmaceutical package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: MTS MEDICATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Siegel, Stuart C. Bagley, Anne M. Bagley
  • Patent number: 7895814
    Abstract: A case loader for forming arrays of articles such as milk jugs carried by a relatively upper supply conveyor to the loading gate of a loading station and dropping the articles into cases delivered by conveyor to the loading station and raised by an elevator up under the loading gate. A conveyor article sensor is employed to ensure the presence of articles on the supply conveyor a sufficient distance upstream to develop sufficient line pressure force for reliable operation. A plurality of cases are loaded at the same time, and an array of case sensors are employed for reliable case position sensing and operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Milkco, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack A. Levins, Sr., Kevin S. Willett
  • Publication number: 20110016831
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method and a machine to group and join at last two articles by attaching a first packaging to form a packaging unit. The individual packaging units are joined together with an additional second packaging to form a bigger unit. The process is carried out continuously, whereby the packaging units are transposed or not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Huber, Michael Hartl
  • Patent number: 7861862
    Abstract: An arrangement of envelope packages, the arrangement including a plurality of discreet envelope packages, each package including a plurality of generally aligned envelopes which are compressed together. The plurality of envelope packages are arranged in a first row and a second row located above the first row in a vertical direction thereof. At least one envelope package of the first row is oriented generally perpendicular to at least one envelope package of the second row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Carrigan, Witold Misiaszek
  • Publication number: 20100212264
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for combining units from among a plurality of packages are disclosed. In some embodiments, units are combined from a plurality of single-variety packages to provide one or more variety packs. For example, a plurality of single-variety packages arranged in repeating order of variety can be provided. The single-variety packages being so arranged can define at least two lanes extending among the plurality of single-variety packages. At least one single-variety group of units can be selected from at least one of the plurality of single-variety packages. Each of the selected at least one single-variety group of units can be positioned in one of the lanes. The selected at least one single-variety group of units can be repositioned to another package and within the one of the lanes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Doug Fischer
  • Publication number: 20100212265
    Abstract: A method and apparatus, in a bottling plant, for packing beverage bottles in cases with and without dividers and a method and apparatus for packing containers in cases with and without dividers. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Joachim JUNGHANS
  • Patent number: 7779606
    Abstract: A packaging system utilizes two sides of a loading carousel, which reduces both the height and footprint of the packaging system. Mass and inertia are also reduced, allowing higher operational speeds. The loading carousel receives opened cartons on a first side and lowers them over product groups on a second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin P. Ford
  • Publication number: 20100155292
    Abstract: A naked collation package comprising a plurality of individual units laid end-to-end or side-by-side to form a unit row comprising at least one interface between a neighbouring pair of individual units in the unit row, the unit row being overwrapped with a sheet of polymeric film having a length and a width, the length of the sheet being sufficient to envelop the unit row with sufficient overlap between the ends of the sheet to provide an overlap region for providing a girth seal along at least part of the length of the unit row, the sheet being sealed to itself in that region to provide the girth seal, and the sheet being provided along its length, or part or parts of it, with a line of weakness positioned in substantial register with the interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Innovia Films Limited
    Inventors: John Fell, Barry Frizell, Wolfgang Zimmerer
  • Patent number: 7740123
    Abstract: A packaging device for grouping product items, especially semi-soft tissue paper packs (7), to a bundle of layered rows (L1, L2, L3) of said product items (7) having a supply line (1) including a main conveyor belt (5) constituently carrying and supplying a stream of product items (7) in a defined orientation along an infeed main path (6) to a transfer position (18), an elevator means (2) having a plurality of stack-forming receptacles (23) each receiving a grouped row (L1, L2, L3) of a specified number of said product items (7) in a chopped manner from the transfer position of said supply line (1) at an input end of the elevator means (2), wherein the elevator means (2) is adapted to successively displace the stacked grouped rows of product items (7) in a side-by-side relationship orthogonally to the infeed main path (6) to an output end of the elevator means (2), and an outfeed unit (3) engaging with the elevator means (2), commonly removing a specified number stacked grouped rows (L1, L2, L3) of said pr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Marion Janet López Fernández, Carsten Dalsgaard Bech, André Mellin
  • Patent number: 7735297
    Abstract: An apparatus for capping bottles, comprising: gripping devices for bottles containing products, constrained to a transporter, each of which gripping devices exhibits on a side thereof a gripping means of a corresponding bottle, and on an opposite side thereof hooking-receiving-stabilizing organ of a cap; at least a channel for supplying caps, arranged superiorly of the transporter upstream of a capping zone overlying the hooking-receiving-stabilizing organs transiting below the channel, into which a row of caps is conveyed, a head cap of the row of caps being held elastically by a lower end of the supply channel in order to position an internal surface of a relative head such as to intercept a front head (96a) of an underlying hooking-receiving-stabilizing organ in order to enable the head cap, in combination with the advancing of the transporter and with the striking and guiding action exerted by the supply channel, to disengage from the supply channel in order to locate in the corresponding hooking-receivin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7637079
    Abstract: An installation for filling weekly blister packs, i.e. packaging units, with doses of different medicaments corresponding to the weekly requirements of several patients and to be taken by the respective patient in a certain order according to the day of the week and the time of the day, according to a doctor's prescription. The installation is provided with output stations associated with the medicaments, for automatically filling all or selected compartments line-by-line. In order to control the output stations in such a way as to fill the weekly blister pack with the prescribed medicament, an electronic control unit processes information about patients, the information being continuously supplied to the unit in such a way that it is synchronized with the blister pack advancing movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Edwin Kohl
    Inventors: Hans Klingel, Edwin Kohl
  • Patent number: 7600357
    Abstract: A method of operating a beverage can packaging station in which the filled closed cans in a group of cans are individually spaced apart from one another at a distance sufficient to permit the lowering of a divider into the spaces between the individual cans substantially only by gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventors: Michael Jörissen, Alexander Brüker, Thomas Nitsch, Josef Düpper
  • Publication number: 20090249750
    Abstract: A collector device includes a collector connected to a positioner, such as a robot arm. The positioner can automatically move the collector in multiple dimensions to collect objects into the collector according to a specified collection pattern. By moving the collector in multiple dimensions, the positioner provides for objects to be arranged in the collector according to a specified pattern. The positioner can also move the collector so that the collected objects are transferred to a second collector for shipping, storage, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: ARM AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: Derek D. Black, Stephen Grupinski, Joseph Geisinger
  • Publication number: 20090241485
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus has a lift mechanism to lower and raise a tool, such as a formation box that functions to form cavities in a web of flexible material. The lift mechanism has a series of arms, supported by belt driven carriages, which move in tandem to raise and lower the formation box. The arms are arranged into two sets such that when the arms within each set are moved closer to one another, the formation box is raised, and when the arms within each set are moved away from one another, the formation box is lowered. The common driving of all arms by a belt allows the indexing of the formation box to be well controlled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Raymond G. Buchko, Dwayne C. Long
  • Publication number: 20090235620
    Abstract: A device for centring objects, comprising a supporting frame (10) which supports an overall flat grid, the individual cells of which are each suitable for downwardly guiding an object to be centred, the device comprising a plurality of parallel rows of distinct centring members (400) which define nodes of the grid, each single row of the centring members (400) being supported by a single straight guide (202, 204, 224 ) of a series of coplanar, parallel straight guides (202, 204, 224), the straight guides (202, 204, 224) being mobile on the supporting frame (10), and being connected to one another by a second mechanism (211) which is configured such as to allow a reciprocal nearing and distancing of the straight guides (202, 204, 224) by second moving means (210, 210? 202?, 204?) provided for activating said second mechanism (211), the centring members (400) of each row being slidingly coupled to their relative straight guide (202, 204, 224) characterized in that each centring member (400) of each straight gui
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: A.C.M.I.- Societa' Di Vittorio
    Inventor: Giorgio Oppici
  • Patent number: 7574843
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant for filling beverage bottles with a liquid beverage material with a packing apparatus for packing filled bottles and a method of operation thereof. Further, a method of manufacturing and stacking packaging units with increased stability is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventors: Christoph Koster, Josef Düpper, Alexander Brüker, Reinhard Wilzeck, Michael Jörissen
  • Patent number: 7540369
    Abstract: A system and method of providing a product to a conveyor and/or carton includes a wheel and a plurality of carriers arranged in rows. A distance between each carrier in the plurality of carriers is adjustable as the product is transferred around a circumference of the wheel. Optionally, a height of each product relative to an adjacent product is likewise adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Zoran Momich
  • Publication number: 20090120045
    Abstract: A machine for packaging groups of products ordered in one or more layers, which includes a magazine for the supply of the group of products; apparatus for supplying a packaging sheet the sheet being set vertically to a front face of the product, a pusher for unloading the product; a first-folding spindle set downstream of the wrapping sheet; a pair of horizontal conveyors, set on top of one another, set downstream of the first-folding spindle; a vertical folder, which operates in the short space between the folding spindle and the pair of conveyors; and apparatus to superimpose on the bottom of the product the last transverse end flaps of the packaging sheet; and apparatus for fixing the bottom flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: KPL Packaging S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giordano Gorrieri
  • Patent number: 7475525
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing packs (23) from at least two partial packs (25, 26) to form one groups of packs (21, 22) each of especially cuboid (cigarette) packs (20), a one-piece blank (24) being folded along (embossed) fold lines (46, 47) around the groups of packs (21, 22) in such a way that mutually facing inner walls (27) of the partial packs (25, 26) are folded in between the groups of packs (21, 22) in a V shape. According to the invention, the substantially flat blank (24) is conveyed along a blank path (36) and, during the transport, is at least partially upset in such a way that the inner walls (27) are folded in a V shape along fold lines (46) arranged transversely with respect to the transport direction. The invention also relates to a corresponding device for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Doris Focke, legal representative, Jürgen Focke, legal representative, Harald Freudenberg, Holger Broek, Heinz Focke
  • Patent number: 7467504
    Abstract: A system and methods of use for assembling packages has one or more conveyors for advancing one or more product flavors into an accumulation of product units. At an accumulation area the accumulated product units are separated into a subset of pack units by a pack splitter which are then deposited onto an indexing conveyor. The pack units may be supported by a substrate. The pack units are advanced along the indexing conveyor for final package assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew M. Mate, Thomas E. Dellwo, David W. O'Brien, David F. Ackley, Daniel D. Schroeder, Kevin A. Nelson, Peter N. Fox
  • Patent number: 7454885
    Abstract: A tray to tube manual exchanger is disclosed herein. The manual exchanger includes a tray-fastening module and a bi-axle-rotating module. The tray-fastening module includes a tray-fastening member, a buffer-rail substrate, and a tube-inserting member. The buffer-rail substrate having a plurality of rails is disposed under the tray-fastening member, and the tube-inserting member is disposed at the outlets of the plurality of rails for respectively receiving tubes. The bi-axle-rotating module is pivotally connected to the tray-fastening module. The tray-fastening module clips a tray carrying a plurality of packaged semiconductor devices at a horizontal position, followed by rotating 180 degrees around a second rotating axle of the bi-axle-rotating module, thereby falling the packaged semiconductor devices of each row of the tray onto each rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: King Yuan Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan-Chi Lin, Meng-Ta Li
  • Patent number: 7451584
    Abstract: A distributing device and a method for distributing objects from a supplying device. Said distributing device being configured to deliver the objects during a delivery clock pulse in groups of m objects, to a first receiving device and to a second receiving device, said receiving devices jointly receiving the group of m objects during a reception clock pulse, and the m objects of a group being variably divided, between different reception clock pulses, into a first number m1 of objects delivered to the first receiving device and a second number m2 of objects delivered to the second receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignees: Gruenenthal GmbH, Harro Hoefliger Verpackungsmaschihinen GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Schateikis, Manfred Reiser
  • Patent number: 7418808
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for placing patterns of product holders, more in particular placing stacks of layers of the holders, into boxes or crates, using a supporting band, cords or strips, whereby the use of complex gripper heads is avoided. Thus, a considerably cheaper packing process is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: FPS Food Processing Systems B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrikus Johannes Maria van Beusekom
  • Patent number: 7415813
    Abstract: A pattern former for assembling wrapped bakery products into predetermined patterns includes a vacuum turntable comprising a perforated plate which is driven by a belt extending around the periphery of the vacuum turntable and actuated by a motor. A first transfer apparatus includes a pusher plate which moves groups of wrapped bakery products onto the vacuum turntable and which retracts to facilitate the formation of a subsequent group of wrapped bakery products as a previous group is being transferred to the vacuum turntable. A second transfer apparatus includes a pusher plate which moves assembled patterns of wrapped bakery products from the vacuum turntable into bakery trays and which is retractable to facilitate the assembly of a subsequent pattern of wrapped bakery products as a previous pattern is being transferred to a bakery tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Stewart Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard R. Kilby, John M. Lucido, John D. Leatherbee, James J. Diver
  • Patent number: 7401453
    Abstract: A packaging system utilizes two sides of a loading carousel, which reduces both the height and footprint of the packaging system. Mass and inertia are also reduced, allowing higher operational speeds. The loading carousel receives opened cartons on a first side and lowers them over product groups on a second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin P. Ford