Forming By Opening Or Setting Up Collapsed Receptacle Patents (Class 53/564)
  • Publication number: 20150128537
    Abstract: A packaging machine for packs of containers including a horizontal conveying means for the containers grouped as packs, a means for supplying flat paperboard sheets at the bottom side of the containers, wherein the containers are transported in a standing manner on the paperboard sheet, a means for folding upward front and back, in the transport direction, edge portions of the paperboard sheet, each of which extends beyond the footprint of the pack, at least two opposing lateral guide elements for folding upward lateral edges of the paperboard sheet extending laterally beyond the footprint of the grouped containers, wherein at least portions of the guide elements exert a defined pressing force on the upward-folded edges of the paperboard sheet and the side faces of the pack, and an adhesive is provided with edge portions of the lateral edges overlapping with front and/or back edges of the paperboard sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Herbert Spindler
  • Patent number: 9027315
    Abstract: A packing device according to an embodiment includes a supply station, a right end effector, a left end effector, a right arm unit, a left arm unit, and a forming station. A cardboard box in a flat state is placed on the supply station. The cardboard box developed three-dimensionally is placed on the forming station. The right arm unit includes the right end effector provided with a suction unit. The left arm unit includes the left end effector provided with a suction unit. The packing device performs an operation of developing the cardboard box and an operation of moving the cardboard box to the forming station by using the right arm unit and the left arm unit while sucking both side surfaces of the cardboard box placed on the supply station by using the suction units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Ryosuke Tsutsumi, Kenichi Motonaga
  • Patent number: 8997438
    Abstract: A robotic case packing system loads articles from one conveyor into containers on another conveyor using a robotic pick and place mechanism and a set of pivoting bins. A controller moves the robotic mechanism in first picking movements to pick and place articles from the conveyor into the first bin. Once the first bin is full, the controller pivots the first bin to allow the articles stacked in the first bin to be loaded into a container held below. While the first bin is pivoting, the controller moves the robotic mechanism to pick and place articles from the conveyor into the second bin. The process repeats with the controller pivoting the second bin during the picking movements used to fill the first bin and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: David M. Fallas
  • Publication number: 20150059292
    Abstract: A method for production of drink containers includes the steps of providing a compressed container, exposing the compressed container to a gaseous medium to expand this, wherein preferably during expansion a wall thickness of the container does not change by more than 10%, and filling of the expanded container with the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Stefan Poeschl
  • Publication number: 20150059285
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for filling and closing capsules made up of a capsule upper part and a capsule lower part, comprising a plurality of processing stations arranged along a preferably circular conveyor belt and a plurality of capsule conveying devices which in each case have a plurality of capsule receivers for receiving one respective capsule, the capsule conveying devices conveying received capsules along the conveyor belt through the processing stations, at least two belt portions arranged in succession being formed along the conveyor belt, a first group of processing stations arranged in succession being provided along a first belt portion, and at least one further group of stations of processing stations arranged in succession being provided along at least one further belt portion, the groups of stations comprising at least one respective supply station, for supplying capsules to be filled into the capsule receivers of the capsule conveying devices, at least one respective opening station
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Fette Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Heinrich, Daniel Malick, Jan Fabian Scheffler, Rüdiger Heed, Jan-Eric Kruse
  • Patent number: 8919533
    Abstract: A transfer device for transferring a flat folding box to a succeeding conveyor device with simultaneous erection has a rotarily driven support part which is pivotable about an axis of rotation, and at least one further rotarily driven support part which rotates coaxially to the support part about the axis of rotation. The folding boxes are received in a receiving station by the retaining device and are conveyed on a curved track to a transfer station and therefore transferred to a succeeding conveyor device. Here the support parts perform a rotary movement at a speed that varies during one revolution and with an opposing relative rotation. Each support part supports a plurality of retaining devices arranged equally distributed along the circumference, wherein the retaining devices of the support parts are preferably arranged alternately and consecutively in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: IWK Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Speck
  • Publication number: 20140360136
    Abstract: Vertical packaging machine for packages such as boxes, bags and similar, comprising a closed path along which gripping means arc movable to grasp and carry the packages, means for feeding products to the machine and dosing means to direct a predetermined amount of product to said packages, characterized by further comprising at least one plurality of product feeding containers. The containers are disposed above a corresponding plurality of gripping means of the packages and are movable along one or more guides to follow at least part of the path of the gripping means and packages present on the gripping means. The containers are assembled on means sliding inside said guides and they arc composed of several portions and the position of said portions can be adjusted by the machine to change the dimensions of said containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Franco Barilli
  • Publication number: 20140305938
    Abstract: A blank includes: two top panels, two side panels, two connecting panels, a base panel, a connecting element for the closing on itself of the blank that is expanded in volume; a receiving part, extending over a part of the base panel, for receiving wedging cartons by their bottom walls, and if necessary extending over the connecting panels; and a spacing/wedging part, coming from the base panel with cutout lines. The continuous spacing/wedging part is formed by a longitudinally median transverse portion of the base panel and a longitudinally median transverse portion, in two sections, of the two connecting panels, one section per connecting panel. The spacing/wedging part is limited in the transverse direction by two continuous and curved edge cutout lines of the spacing/wedging part, advancing overall in the longitudinal direction, whose segments form stopping edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Fabien JEGO
  • Publication number: 20140298759
    Abstract: A packaging assembly (1) having an enclosure (3) to receive carton blanks (4). A first arm (5) has means (6) to grip a carton blank. The first arm being operable to move the blank from a pick up position at the enclosure to a delivery position. Means (6) forms the blank into a carton (10) adjacent the delivery position. The carton has a base and side walls extending upwardly from the base to an open end spaced from the base. Means (20) moves the carton in a loading direction (A). Means (20) moves a plurality of product (26) to be packaged in the loading direction. A second arm (30) has means (32) to grip the product from the product moving means and deliver the product through the open end into the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Sam Walls
  • Publication number: 20140283487
    Abstract: A method is provided for printing unprinted, or blank, cartons for packaging that have been cut and creased. The method includes receiving, at a printing apparatus, blank cartons that have been cut and creased to be ready for folding and at least one of gluing, tucking and locking. The printing apparatus is adjusted based on at least one attribute of the blank cartons and configured to print an image before the printing apparatus starts printing the image on the blank cartons. The method also includes printing the image on each of the blank cartons to produce packaging cartons printed with the image. The method may further include automatically separating each blank carton in a multiple-up layout configuration after the image is printed on the blank cartons in the multiple-up layout configuration. In some embodiments, the blank cartons include at least one of uneven side edge(s), an uneven leading edge, and an even trailing edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Donald L. Scott
  • Patent number: 8800251
    Abstract: An apparatus for shaping and holding a bag in an open condition, and holding the bag in this condition during loading of the bag with a product, includes an inner stationary ring; a plurality of finger assemblies, each finger assembly comprising a finger adapted to press against the interior of the bag mouth, and a force-transferring member to which the finger is operatively connected; an outer rotatable ring, concentric with the inner ring; a push rod operatively connected to each respective finger assembly; and a motive device adapted to cause rotation of the outer ring relative to the inner ring to effect coordinated radial movement of the fingers relative to the interior surface of the bag. A method of shaping and holding a bag in an open condition, and holding the bag in the shaped, open condition during loading of the bag with a product, is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sealed Air (New Zealand)
    Inventors: Jacob Brinkman, John Koke
  • Publication number: 20140102044
    Abstract: A method for producing a secondary package, comprising a separate lid and tray, for encasing primary packages, the method comprises folding the lid from a first blank, comprising long side areas along a length of the blank and, at each of opposite short ends of the blank, two cuts are made forming two side flaps and a side cover, separated by the cuts, and folding a tray from a second blank, comprising side areas along a length of the blank. The method comprises folding the side areas of the first blank to form long lid sides; placing the second blank onto a substantially horizontal support rail, between operation flaps; thereby folding the side areas of the second blank to form long tray sides; loading the tray with primary packages; applying the lid to the primary packages, with the long lid sides between the primary packages and the long tray sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGSS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Michael Berglin, Nils-Olof Jönsson, Per Sundh, Andreas Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8689530
    Abstract: In order to insert packages, particularly bags (10) having fragile packaging goods into containers or cartons (14), the carton (14) is held ready in a packing station (16) such that the bags (10) can be inserted into the carton (14) by means of a delivery device, particularly a pusher (56). In order to create different, ordered formations of the bags (10) within the carton (14), said carton can be moved during the filling or packing process such that the packing formation is created due to a corresponding relative positioning of the carton (14) at a predetermined feed plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Andreas Prahm, Mimke Bohlen, Frank Sachs
  • Publication number: 20140083062
    Abstract: A boxing apparatus erects packages that can be erected along a limited section of a conveyor, without having to erect them all at once, even with individual packages that are long in the feed direction. The boxing apparatus has a fourth conveyor belt that blocks the front of a line of incoming packages and exerts an upward force on the front package. The front package is raised up by this upward force, so the following package rides up onto the package in front, and the packages are erected successively. Consequently, even individual packages that are long in the feed direction can be erected at a limited section of a third conveyor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Tatsuya Arimatsu, Seisaku Iwasa
  • Patent number: 8621831
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus for placing trays into sleeves is provided. The apparatus includes a conveyor system for transporting a mail tray, a sleeve blank presentment device and a robotic arm. The robotic arm is provided with an end of arm tool which retains and opens a sleeve blank. A tray induction system including a plurality of paddles configured to guide a tray into an open sleeve blank is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Capstone Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Patrick Moylan, Timothy A. Mischnick, Francis J. Buglewicz, Troy Robert Power
  • Publication number: 20130340393
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for opening pairs of opposed reclined walls of a plurality of crates, comprises carrying a first stack to a first working station, raising opposed walls of the upper crate by rotation with respect to the bottom plane, raising the other two front walls by rotation, blocking at least one of the side walls to an adjacent side wall, horizontally transferring the open crate into a position where it is lowered onto an adjacent second stack opened crates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: UNITEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Luca Benedetti
  • Patent number: 8602956
    Abstract: A device for opening out blanks supplied in a flattened tubular configuration comprises a store (100) for containing a stack (P) of flattened tubular blanks, a first hooking device (200) for hooking a first flap (1A) of two external flaps (1A, 1B) of a base blank of the stack, and a drum (300) set in constant rotation, peripherally exhibiting angularly-equidistanced work stations (20). Each work station has a retaining apparatus (22) for receiving, from the first hooking device (200), the first external flap (1A), so as to position a score line (2A), connecting the two external flaps (1A, 1B) along an axis C parallel to the rotation axis (11) of the drum. A folding device (29) oscillates in a direction (R) which is opposite the rotation direction (F) of the drum, about the axis (C) so as to intercept the second external flap (1B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Publication number: 20130270130
    Abstract: A slide-open package of tobacco articles, having a parallelepiped-shaped inner container housing a group of tobacco articles and having a bottom wall, an extraction opening opposite the bottom wall, two parallel opposite major lateral walls, and two parallel minor lateral walls interposed between the major lateral walls; a parallelepiped-shaped outer container, which houses the inner container to allow the inner container to slide between a closed position, in which the inner container is inserted inside the outer container, and an open position, in which the inner container is at least partly extracted from the outer container; and a coupon folded about the group of tobacco articles and located between the group of tobacco articles and the inner container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: G.D SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Marco Ghini, Andrea Biondi
  • Publication number: 20130199135
    Abstract: A unit for picking-up a flattened tubular blank and for opening out the blank has gripping devices borne by a pick-up member, a frame, and a first arm hinged to the frame and to the pick-up member. A second arm is hinged to the frame, at a hinge axis being arranged at a lower height than the first arm hinge axis. A third arm is hinged to the second arm and which to the pick-up member. The first arm and the second arm are activatable in phase relation with one another. The unit is configured such that the pick-up member picks up the flattened tubular blank from the pick-up position (P), rests the tubular blank on a rest plane, and opening-out the tubular blank. The unit then moves the pick-up member towards the pick-up position (P), passing over the opened-out tubular blank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: MARCHESINI GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventor: MARCHESINI GROUP S.P.A.
  • Patent number: 8468783
    Abstract: A pouch-gripping apparatus includes a frame having a vertical mounting surface and a base mounted to that surface. A stationary arm projects outwardly from the vertical mounting surface. The stationary arm has an “L”-shaped distal free end that defines a stop wall. A second arm is rotatably mounted to the stationary arm and a plug is secured to the free end of the second arm. The second arm has a position of repose where it is angled relative to the stationary arm. The plug bears against the stop wall when the second arm rotates from the position of repose to a substantially horizontal position. A rim of a pouch sandwiched between the plug and the stop wall is held by the pressure between the plug and the stop wall and the pressure increases as a weight of the pouch increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Mamata Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy M. Uebler, Fred Freed, Huy Do, Tamas Szalkai
  • Publication number: 20130055689
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting one or more goods into a moving cover includes a cover transport, and at least one separating device configured to engage with a first part of the cover and to maintain the first part of the cover separate from a second part of the cover during at least a part of the movement of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: BOEWE SYSTEC GMBH
    Inventor: BOEWE SYSTEC GmbH
  • Patent number: 8387349
    Abstract: A machine for cartoning products incorporates a cardboard box forming section, at least one box conveyor, and one robotic loading section. The machine includes a section for closing boxes, for example by folding and gluing the respective flaps. The closing section is fed directly by the box conveyor. During the closing operation, a servo-train of the conveyor is operated with a forward motion synchronized with the work cycle of a closing device of the closing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: CAMA1, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Daniele Bellante
  • Publication number: 20130042580
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a carton containing a group of articles and a method of forming a carton. The apparatus comprises an article positioning system for positioning articles into a plurality of groups of articles and moving the groups of articles along a processing path, a blank handling apparatus for conveying a plurality of carton blanks towards the plurality of groups of articles, and a folding mechanism that is downstream of the blank handling apparatus for folding a portion of the ends of each respective carton blank downwardly around the respective group of articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Kevin T. May, Kelly Ziegler
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130036716
    Abstract: A packing device according to an embodiment includes a supply station, a right end effector, a left end effector, a right arm unit, a left arm unit, and a forming station. A cardboard box in a flat state is placed on the supply station. The cardboard box developed three-dimensionally is placed on the forming station. The right arm unit includes the right end effector provided with a suction unit. The left arm unit includes the left end effector provided with a suction unit. The packing device performs an operation of developing the cardboard box and an operation of moving the cardboard box to the forming station by using the right arm unit and the left arm unit while sucking both side surfaces of the cardboard box placed on the supply station by using the suction units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Ryosuke TSUTSUMI, Kenichi Motonaga
  • Patent number: 8347591
    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: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrea Coltri-Johnson
  • Patent number: 8128547
    Abstract: A machine for erecting a polygonal container from a knocked-down flat (KDF) container formed from a blank of sheet material is provided. The container includes four main side panels, at least one corner panel extending between two of the main side panels, and at least one bottom flap extending from one of the main side panels. The machine includes a body, a first erecting mechanism coupled to the body, and a second erecting mechanism coupled to the body. The first erecting mechanism receives the KDF container and erects the KDF container into a partially erected container having a substantially rectangular configuration, and the second erecting mechanism receives the partially erected container and erects the partially erected container from the substantially rectangular configuration into the polygonal container by applying a force to an exterior surface of the partially erected container to erect the polygonal container that has more than four sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Graham, Amer Aganovic, Robert Bradley Teany, Tuan Xuan Tran, John Herschel Conley
  • Patent number: 8127518
    Abstract: A flat blank carton is provided for packaging articles or products. The flat blank carton includes a base, a top, and a rear panel, hingedly connected to one another, and pairs of upper and lower side flaps hingedly attached to the top and base panels, respectively. The upper and lower side flaps include locking projections and corresponding locking recesses that are brought into mating, locking engagement as the top panel is folded over the base panel. After loading with products, the front end flaps of the cartons can be sealed to close the cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Ford
  • Patent number: 8020361
    Abstract: The transfer machine extends between the die-cut blank erecting station and the discharge conveyor on which the resulting boxes are carried away. It has a carriage that moves lengthwise underneath the sole plate of the various stations over which the box blank progresses. The carriage carries a system of clamps having movable upstream and downstream arms for gripping the blanks and a pusher. Together, the clamps and the pusher are used to move the blanks along the sole plate and push the box onto the discharge conveyor. The arms and the pusher are situated on a plate which is vertically movable relative to the carriage and the height of the projecting part of the upstream arms is greater than the height of the downstream arms and than that of the pushers. The upstream arm couple is hinged to the plate and pivots to allow it to retract upstream relative to the machine and beneath the sole plate. This pivoting of the arm couple is combined with the up-down movement of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Bernard Kobierzycki, Pierre-Yves Jacob
  • Patent number: 7998049
    Abstract: The cartoner has been designed to form cartons from blanks, whereby the formed cartons have tapered concave sides. A unique series of elements, including capture lugs which hold and “bow” the carton blank, together with plow rods and oscillators which have curved metal plates are used to “pre-break” the score lines of the blank. Travelling pressure blocks having convex outer surfaces are used to press the concave sides of the carton while hot glue dries, whereby the unique, tapered cartons are properly formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Packaging Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul John Ross
  • Patent number: 7976449
    Abstract: A transfer device for transferring a folding box from a magazine that accommodates flat folding boxes, to a transport device comprises a holding device which takes over the folding box, holds it during transfer, and can be moved along a cycloid path having several turning points and intermediate curved sections. The transfer device comprises a basic lever which performs a continuous steady rotary motion, a first lever pair comprising a first lever which is pivotably disposed on the basic lever via a first joint, and a second lever which is pivotably disposed on the first lever via a second joint, and a second lever pair comprising a third lever which is pivotably disposed on the basic lever via a third joint, and a fourth lever which is pivotably disposed on the third lever via a fourth joint. The holding device is mounted to a holding block which is pivotably connected to the second lever of the first lever pair via a further joint. A pivotably disposed guiding part is provided, which has a linear guidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: IWX Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Stephan Klein
  • Patent number: 7966789
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton has panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The panels comprise a top panel, a bottom panel and a first side panel and a second side panel. The carton has a dispenser for allowing access to the articles in the carton. The dispenser has a dispenser panel that is at least partially defined by a tear line in the carton and is for being at least partially removed for at least further opening a dispenser opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham Hand, Andrea Coltri-Johnson, Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20110099954
    Abstract: A waste storage device includes a waste storage cassette receiving chamber for receiving a cassette rotatable within the chamber and containing tubing for enveloping waste. The chamber includes a rotatable portion (602) mounted on a fixed portion (604) of the device, the rotatable portion (602) being rotatable with the cassette. The device further comprises a deformable portion (601) mounted on the fixed portion (604) and moveable between an undeformed position to prevent rotation of the cassette and a deformed position to allow rotation of the cassette.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SANGENIC INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Nicholas Cudworth
  • Publication number: 20110030318
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus for placing trays into sleeves is provided. The apparatus includes a conveyor system for transporting a mail tray, a sleeve blank presentment device and a robotic arm. The robotic arm is provided with an end of arm tool which retains and opens a sleeve blank. A tray induction system including a plurality of paddles configured to guide a tray into an open sleeve blank is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicants: CapStone Technologies LLC, CapStone Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Patrick Moylan, Timothy A. Mischnick, Francis J. Buglewicz, Troy Robert Power
  • Patent number: 7819791
    Abstract: The cartoner has been designed to form cartons from blanks, whereby the formed cartons have tapered concave sides. A unique series of elements, including capture lugs which hold and “bow” the carton blank, together with plow rods and oscillators which have curved metal plates are used to “pre-break” the score lines of the blank. Travelling pressure blocks having convex outer surfaces are used to press the concave sides of the carton while hot glue dries, whereby the unique, tapered cartons are properly formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Packaging Equipment Inc.
    Inventor: Paul John Ross
  • Patent number: 7803099
    Abstract: A device for opening pre-glued, pre-folded sleeves into cartons. The device includes a cam wheel (20) to which are connected one or more suction arms (22). The cam wheel can be controlled to rotated at different angular velocities. A first angular velocity allows sleeves comprising a certain number of panels to be opened, and a second angular velocity allows sleeves of a different number of panels to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Biraud, Pascal Martini
  • Publication number: 20100223892
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a packaging machine provided with variable-inclination work and load surface (7), designed in such a way that the same packaging machine can be used to pack both stable products by means of lateral pushing means (3) and loose products by means of loading devices (10) from above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Pietro Donati
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7673436
    Abstract: A loading assembly for a packaging system includes a carriage coupled and reciprocally moveable relative to a support structure. The carriage is moveable relative to the support structure along a longitudinal axis in a first direction and a second direction opposite said first direction. A continuous loop configured with a plurality of spaced apart receptacles is moveably supported by the carriage. The loop includes a first portion that is moved at a continuous speed relative to the support structure, and a second portion that is alternatively moved and stopped relative to the support structure. Various methods of loading a receptacle are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Triangle Package Machinery Company
    Inventors: Boris Bershadsky, Vadim A. Lubezny
  • Patent number: 7669385
    Abstract: A machine for packaging articles, in particular CDs, DVDs and the like, into relative containers, which are formed by a pair of substantially box-like closure members, lower (GD and upper (G2), hinged to each other along a common hinge edge (D), includes a conveying line (L), which is equipped all around with gripping and transferring devices (1). The gripping and transferring devices (1) are moved continuously and grip lateral edges of die iowa closure member (G1) of the containers (C) housed in closed condition inside a magazie (S0) and remove the containers (C) from the bottom of the magazine (S0). The gripping and transferring devices (1) transfer the containers withdrawn from the magazine (S0) to subseqaent working stations associated to the line (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Sichera S.r.l.
    Inventors: Massimiliano Sichera, Gianni Sichera
  • Publication number: 20100043357
    Abstract: A system having an upstream module M for storing cardboard blanks, a central module C with a device for taking the blanks from the magazine, and a downstream packing and packaging module V having a station where the blanks are erected. The extractor arm is mounted on a carriage which is movable so as to move the blanks lengthwise and the arm is movable relative to the carriage by an actuating mechanism which enables the arm to articulate about an axis. The distance D between the exit edge of the magazine and the reference point of the station is fixed, and the carriage controls the movements of the blank extracted from the magazine in order to avert the risk of interference with the magazine and to position the blank in the station to enable it to be erected, and this for a whole range of forms of blanks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Bernard Kobierzycki, Yannick Petijean
  • Publication number: 20100037569
    Abstract: A self-propelled bagging machine for storing grain in a sleeve (unfolding plastic film pipe or silo bag) made up of an upper receiving hopper which outlet leads to a grain discharge tunnel over which such folded sleeve fits, all of this mounted on a chassis equipped with running gear and dragging pole, where such hopper outlet comprises a wall that is transversally connected to the hopper according to a downward slant plane leading to the discharge tunnel arranged under the vertical projection of the mouth of said hopper, and where such running gear comprises a back single-shaft running gear that is connected to the wheels, and a smaller front steering running gear; such grain bagging machine further includes: a dual compensated braking device made up of an adjustable primary hydraulic braking mechanism and an adjustable secondary hydraulic braking mechanism which act simultaneously on the back shaft of the bagging machine, and where a mechanic articulation mounted on the chassis in such a way that it is sens
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Martinez
  • Patent number: 7658054
    Abstract: Cartoner machine and a method of operating same. 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: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: KHS AG
    Inventor: Scott Veix
  • Patent number: 7647752
    Abstract: A system and accompanying method produces cartons for randomly sized and shaped objects or groups thereof by automatically measuring minimum bounding dimensions and transferring these dimensions to an automatic carton-making system. The system for determining the dimensions of an object to be packaged preferably includes a conveyor for moving the object, a vertically oriented light curtain to determine the height of the object, a horizontally oriented light curtain to determine the width of the object, and a tachometer synchronized to the conveyor enabling at least one of the light curtains to determine the length of the object. A computerized interface between the measurement apparatus and carton-making system may include an algorithm for virtually rotating the object to produce a carton just large enough to fit the object. The carton may be a corrugated carton or non-corrugated carton, and the carton-making system may be supplied with a continuous feed of “fanfolded” raw material or it may be sheet-fed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Greg Magnell
  • Publication number: 20090313957
    Abstract: A device for opening pre-glued, pre-folded sleeves into cartons. The device includes a cam wheel (20) to which are connected one or more suction arms (22). The cam wheel can be controlled to rotated at different angular velocities. A first angular velocity allows sleeves comprising a certain number of panels to be opened, and a second angular velocity allows sleeves of a different number of panels to be opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventors: Kevin Biraud, Pascal Martini
  • Patent number: 7607282
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a machine (10) for packaging a product or products (28) in a cardboard box (12), which comprises boxing means arranged along a longitudinal packaging line (16) comprising a first station (A) for making-up a box blank (14) and which comprises a conveying device (30) for transfer, in an outbound path, the box (12A) made up at the station (A) to a second, filling, station (B) for boxing the products (28) then on to a third station (C) where the box (12C) is sealed before it is discharged from the machine (10), characterized in that the conveyor device (30) comprises a carriage (32) which is mounted to be able to move longitudinally between an extreme upstream position and an extreme downstream position, and which bears box transfer means (34) comprising at least a first gripper (36) for transferring a made-up box (12A) from the first station (A) to the second station (B) and a second gripper (38) for simultaneously transferring another, filled, box (12B) from the second station (
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Didier Mougin
  • Patent number: 7603833
    Abstract: An apparatus for packing products includes a product information acquisition stage arranged to acquire information relating to one or more characteristics of products on a product packing line; a bag supply system arranged to supply bags sequentially as individual products on a conveyor approach a packing apparatus; and a bag opener arranged to automatedly take up a bag from the bag supply system as each individual product approaches the bag opener, and to subsequently machine open a mouth of each bag to a controlled extent based on information relating to products being packed acquired at the upstream product information acquisition stage. An apparatus for packing products includes a product information acquisition stage arranged to acquire information relating to one or more characteristics of products on a product packing line; a product packing stage; and two or more generally parallel conveyors arranged to deliver products of different sizes to the packing stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Sealed Air New Zealand
    Inventor: John Paul Koke
  • Patent number: 7603835
    Abstract: A device (100) for feeding blanks (99) to a packaging machine (M), includes at least one rotating group (G) for picking up flat folded carton blanks from the bottom of a stack (94) of blanks (99), in a picking up position (P), by the use of a picking up vacuum device (7) supported by the group (G). Then, the picked up folded blanks are erected into box-like configurations (A) in an erecting position (K). Then, the group (G) feeds the blanks (99) to an inlet station (98) of the machine (M), to place them one by one in the station (98) in a placing position (ID). The group (G) includes one first kinematic series (C1) for determining the movement of the picking up vacuum cups (7) along a closed path (T), extending between the picking up position (P) and the placing position (ID). A second kinematic series (C2) controls and maintains constant the orientation of the picking up vacuum cups (7, V).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche
    Inventor: Antonio Caporale
  • Publication number: 20090241488
    Abstract: Mobile bagging machine systems and methods may relate to a mobile bagging machine that includes a variable-width tunnel, a variable-speed rotor, a relatively narrow rotor of large diameter and increased effective surface area, at least one material reservoir, a material conveyor system capable of continuous material processing during exchange of unloading vehicles, and/or an overall width less than approximately three meters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: SRC INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Cullen
  • Publication number: 20090223176
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for packaging of flexible bags, filled with a liquid or non-liquid, foodstuff or non-foodstuff, sterile or non-sterile product. A packaging box is fitted on an introduction tube, essentially extending the whole height of the box. A flexible bag is dispensed from a supply point for flexible bags into the box through a funnel and the introduction tube, which forms an extension. The packing box, containing the flexible bag for the introduction tube is removed. The plant for the packaging of flexible bags filled with a liquid or non-liquid, foodstuff or non-foodstuff, sterile or non-sterile product, carries out the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: SMURFIT KAPPA BAG IN BOX ANONYME
    Inventors: Thierry Minaud, Franck Trotignon, Michel Capelle, Didier Pontcharraud, Cendrine Lallement