Flexible Tubular Stock - Preformed Continuous Tube Patents (Class 53/567)
  • Patent number: 10407193
    Abstract: A machine for the wrapping of pallets (P) by means of a stretchable film cap, comprising: a main frame (1) which defines a working area (A) of the machine; a traction device (2), predisposed for lowering the film cap and for fitting it onto the pallet (P); a feeder device (3) arranged to feed the film to the traction device (2); a cutting and welding device (4) of the film, arranged to cut and weld the film so as to obtain a cap closed at one end thereof; in which the feeder device (3) is movable along the frame (1) between an operating position, located superiorly to the main frame (1), and a service position, in which said feeder device is located at a given height from the ground, on one side of the main frame (1). The feeder device (3) is movable on an outside area of the main frame (1) and, when switching from the operating position to the service position, the feeder device (3) is maintained externally of the main frame (1), without cluttering the working area (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: OFFICINA BOCEDI S.R.L.
    Inventors: Stefano Bocedi, Federico Busato
  • Patent number: 9056716
    Abstract: Waste container including a base defining a waste-receiving compartment, a lid movably attached to the base and movable between a first position covering a waste insertion opening and a second position in which it does not obstruct the waste insertion opening. An obstruction mechanism includes an obstruction member having at least one part that selectively engages with the bag, The obstruction member is rotatable upon movement of the lid to cause movement of the obstruction member between a first position in which the obstruction member is in a first plane not obstructing insertion of waste into the bag when the lid is open and a second position in which the obstruction member is in a second plane obstructing insertion of waste into the bag when the lid is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: David M Stravitz
  • Patent number: 9055717
    Abstract: An attachment is disclosed for vacuuming particulate material from a storage bag having a perimeter wall with an opening. The attachment may comprise a mobile base for moving across a ground surface and having a front and a rear. The attachment may comprise an intake assembly positioned toward a rear of the mobile base and may include a gathering conveyor configured to move material in a laterally inward direction toward a center of the intake assembly. The attachment may comprise a vacuum conduction assembly configured to conduct a vacuum condition from an outlet opening to an inlet opening positioned adjacent to the center of the intake assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Sioux Steel Company
    Inventors: Leroy B. Stumpe, Scott L. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8984847
    Abstract: A liner sealing garbage container for sealing garbage in a container liner prior to removing the garbage from the container includes a housing having a bottom and a perimeter wall extending upwardly from the bottom. The perimeter wall has an upper edge forming a top opening in the housing. A shelf is coupled to the perimeter wall and extends inwardly from the perimeter wall. The shelf has a central aperture. An annular liner cartridge is positioned on the shelf and a liner extends from the liner cartridge through the central aperture of the shelf. A sealing assembly having opposed sealing members is positioned in the housing. The liner extends between the sealing members and the sealing members are movable to compress and seal the liner between the sealing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Leo Nguyen, Toan Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20150075118
    Abstract: A method for containing a bale of compressed material without straps or wires in a bag the bale having recessed regions therein, includes receiving the bale of compressed material in a conveyor having a mobile portion and a load carriage. The bag has reinforced regions. The load carriage has multiple tines for supporting the bale of compressed material. The tines engage the bale at at least some of the recessed regions. The bale is transferred into a bagger configured to receive the bale and move the bale from an entrance to a discharge and bagging mandrel. The bale is introduced into the bag such that at least some of the reinforced regions of the bag correspond to the recessed regions of the bale. A reinforced bag for containing a bale of compressed material without straps or wires is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy B. Pearson, Andrew J. Nyckowski
  • Patent number: 8973774
    Abstract: Waste container including a base defining a waste-receiving compartment, a lid movably attached to the base and movable between a first position covering a waste insertion opening and a second position in which it does not obstruct the waste insertion opening and a support portion including an aperture through which a bag is placed into the compartment. An obstruction mechanism includes an actuator and an obstruction member having at least one part that selectively engages with the bag at a location below the support portion. The actuator is manually and/or automatically rotatable to cause rotation of the obstruction member between a first position in which the obstruction member is in a first plane not obstructing insertion of waste into the bag and a second position in which the obstruction member is in a second plane obstructing insertion of waste into the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Publication number: 20150060533
    Abstract: A blank includes: a top panel, two side panels, a base panel, a closure panel, and a securing member for closing the erected blank on itself, four sets of corner post panels each extending from a side panel and able to be erected to form corner posts, a receiving portion extending over a portion of the base panel, for receiving the bottom walls of pots, delimited transversely by two intermediate base score lines which define, with the ends of the base panel, two connection/deformation sections on either side of the receiving portion. The intermediate base score lines form two deformable hinges, so that the receiving portion can be moved relative to the ends of the base panel along a vertical axis after formation of the packaging and the pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: AUTOMATISATION ET RENOVATION DU CONDITIONNEMENT DANS LES INDUSTRIES LAITIERES
    Inventor: Fabien JEGO
  • Patent number: 8959880
    Abstract: A film-supporting device is used with a waste-disposal unit. The device comprises an annular body. The annular body has an annular wall. The inward radial surface of the wall defines a central opening of the body. The outline of the central opening in a transverse plane of the device has variable diametrical dimensions with a first diameter of greater dimension than the second diameter. The outline has two of the first diameter of generally equal dimension and two of the second diameter of generally equal dimension. The device has tubular film about an outward radial surface of the annular body. A free annular end is dispensed outwardly from the annular wall. The free annular end is closed to form a bag. The opening of the bag is accessible through the central opening and is of optimized shape via the central opening for the disposal of waste. A method for disposing of waste on a scooping tool is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Refills Company Limited
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Patent number: 8955294
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are processes for continuously bagging pellets. The pellets can be formed from a tacky and/or polymer-containing formulation. Other embodiments relate to systems for continuously bagging pellets. Still other embodiments related the individual components of the processes and systems for continuously bagging pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dwayne Free, Duane Boothe, Melinda Kay, Jeff Rose, Ed Beckner
  • Patent number: 8950574
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, devices and computer program products automatically package an object, such as, for example, whole muscle meat pieces, in a covering material. The devices include an automated compression assembly with an electric drive motor and a pusher assembly with an electric motor, preferably each electric motor is a servo motor. The systems/apparatus devices can include a programmably adjustable index and/or speed profile for the compression and/or pusher assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Samuel D. Griggs, Kim L. Poling, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8943781
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for storing an elongated article, such as a light string or the like. The apparatus includes a hollow tube and an elongated sock. The elongated sock is fed onto the hollow tube such that end of said sock is in proximity to the end of the tube. In use, one end of the elongated article is inserted through the hollow tube and is pulled through the tube along with the sock. As the length of the elongated article is pulled through the tube along with the sock, the length of the elongated article is disposed within the length of the sock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: All Holiday Solutions, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Brandyn B. Phillips
  • Patent number: 8910776
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, devices and computer program products automatically package an object, such as, for example, whole muscle meat pieces, in a covering material. The devices include an automated compression assembly with an electric drive motor and a pusher assembly with an electric motor, preferably each electric motor is a servo motor. The systems/apparatus devices can include a programmably adjustable index and/or speed profile for the compression and/or pusher assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Samuel D. Griggs, Kim L. Poling, Derek L. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140331608
    Abstract: A machine for making bio logs includes a conduit with a feed opening along a top side and a chamber below the feed opening. A door over the feed opening is movable between open and closed positions by a first piston connected to the door. A plunger disposed within the conduit is movable between a retracted position and an extended position by a second piston connected to the plunger. A method of making bio logs includes retracting the first piston to move the door to the open position, retracting the second piston to move the piston to the retracted position, disposing a quantity of filling material into the chamber, extending the first piston to move the door to the closed position, and extending the second piston to move the plunger to the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Certified Erosion Control of New Hampshire, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Letourneau, John Eaton, Chris Bouchard
  • Patent number: 8855807
    Abstract: Computer program products automatically package an object, such as, for example, whole muscle meat pieces, in a covering material, such as, for example, netting using actuators for operating barrier doors, pushers, and locks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Matthew Lowder, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8783499
    Abstract: A waste storage device is provided including a waste storage cassette receiving chamber (132) for receiving a cassette (172) rotatable within the chamber and containing tubing for enveloping waste. The device further includes a waste inlet and a throat area therebetween, wherein a releasable gripping assembly (155, 158, 159, 168) is provided in the throat area and arranged for actuation between a released configuration defining an aperture for passage of waste therethrough and a gripping configuration defining a restriction in the throat area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sangenic International Limited
    Inventors: Graham Keith Lacy, Nicholas Gerald Fitton, Benjamin Douglas Vinal Cramp, Julian Swan, Nishpank Kankiwala, Geoff Lomax, Scott Rontree
  • Publication number: 20140196418
    Abstract: A group for packing products in tubular packaging, comprises a vertical tube for supporting a packaging material supplied around the tube and from which single tubular packaging can be obtained, the tube includes an upper end defining an opening for loading the products to be packed, a lower end defining an opening for unloading the products inside the single wrappings obtained from the packaging material, the tube includes internally a falling channel for the products that can be selectively closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Sorma S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alberto Ermanno Agostini
  • Patent number: 8752723
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (1) for storing waste, which device (1) is adapted to receive a supply of tubular film (21) and comprises a chamber (15) for receiving waste deposited in the tubular film (21). The present invention also relates to a method for packaging waste in a tubular film (21) and storing the packaged waste in a chamber (15) of a device (1) provided with a cover (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Lencon Products B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Willem Lucas, Steven Joost Nijenhuis, Robertus Dennis Nieuwveen
  • Patent number: 8696290
    Abstract: An implement for transporting and wrapping large round bales of forage material includes an elongated transporter having longitudinally extending rails and an endless chain associated with each rail to move large bales of forage material rearwardly along the rails toward the bale wrapper connected to the rearward end of the transporter. The bale wrapper can be devoid of wheels and is carried between job sites on top of the transporter bed, being loaded and unloaded through use of the endless chains associated with each rail. The bale wrapper receives operative power from the transporter drive mechanism. A bale loader elevates round bales from the ground onto the rails. Once fully loaded, a push gate pushes the round bales rearwardly toward the bale wrapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Ameica, LLC
    Inventor: John Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 8584437
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: SRC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Patent number: 8578682
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, devices, methods and computer program products configured to provide one or more of the following: improved rotary table or platform packaging systems, improved adhesive (glue) based film seal systems, and/or easier loading or releasing mounting systems of horns, forming collars and/or sprockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Matthew D. Lowder, Thomas E. Whittlesey, William M. Poteat
  • Patent number: 8549820
    Abstract: A packaging device is provided for highly-compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3). The packaging device (1) has a sheathing device (16) for applying a shrink wrapping, which has at least one prepared and diverted stretching hood (4), to the compressed bales (2). A bale compression facility is also provided having at least one bale press (6) for generating highly compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3), and having at least one packaging device (1) according to the invention. A process is provided for packaging highly-compacted compressed bales (2), which are provided with a fixation (3), wherein said compressed bale (2) is provided with a shrink wrapping, wherein at least one prepared and diverted stretching hood (4) is applied to said compressed bale (2) using a sheathing device (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hi Tech Textile Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Falise, Norbert Sauerwein
  • Patent number: 8484936
    Abstract: A spool (10) for storing film for a waste storage device includes a core (12) and a flared funnel portion (14). Film is stored on the core (12) and can be retained in place by shrink-wrapping (34) as a result of which the core can be formed without an outer wall or base, reducing material and molding costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sangenic International Limited
    Inventor: Robert William Tannock
  • Patent number: 8453422
    Abstract: An apparatus for wrapping a stack of objects with a film has first and second supplies of films and a pull-down device shiftable vertically along the stack of objects. A film-feed head has a drive roller rotatable about an axis in the film feed head and first and second pairs of counterrollers angularly offset from each other relative to the drive-roller axis. The drive roller and the pairs of counterrollers are relatively shiftable between end positions in each of which one of the pairs is spaced from the drive roller and the other pair is engaged with the drive roller. The first and second films pass between the respective first and second pairs and the drive roller. An actuator can shift the first and the second pairs of rollers relative the drive roller for pinching the films against the drive roller and, on rotation of the drive roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: MSK-Verpackungs-Systeme GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Rolf Michels
  • Patent number: 8443579
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for storing an elongated article, such as a light string or the like. The apparatus includes a hollow tube and an elongated sock. The elongated sock is fed onto the hollow tube such that end of said sock is in proximity to the end of the tube. In use, one end of the elongated article is inserted through the hollow tube and is pulled through the tube along with the sock. As the length of the elongated article is pulled through the tube along with the sock, the length of the elongated article is disposed within the length of the sock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Brandyn B. Phillips
  • Patent number: 8413790
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for synchronizing, and a transfer device for synchronizing, a movement pattern between two units in a packaging line, wherein one unit is intermittently operated and the second unit is continuously operated. The invention is particularly intended for a transfer device between an intermittently operated filler unit and a continuously operated cartoning machine. The transfer device is provided with a frame (13) arranged to support tube pickers-/placers (28) and is arranged to perform a simultaneous pivoting movement about a first and a second shaft (16, 31), and for rotation about a third shaft (48) at right angles to the second shaft (31). The frame is further provided with means for adjusting the spacing between the tubes and means for compensating for differences in vertical position during the rotating movement in the case where the containers picked from the part circular conveyor of the filling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Norden Machinery AB
    Inventor: Jan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8408160
    Abstract: A secure pet waste containment system utilizing an automated gear, roller and spool assembly to secure pet waste on all sides and store them for future disposal. A housing includes an aperture in its top side into which a pet, typically feline, would deposit waste. The aperture and space thereunder is lined with bagging that has its source from a bag cartridge disposed around the circumference of the aperture. When waste has been deposited, the lining secures the waste on all sides by traversing a series of rollers until the lining is wound within a circular spool. As this is occurring, the bag cartridge automatically releases more bagging into the aperture and space thereunder for subsequent deposit of pet waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Mitchell Pozin Consulting, LLC
    Inventor: Mitchell E. Pozin
  • Publication number: 20130067857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to disposing of waste in a safe manner by supplying an apparatus with a sealing system configured to only apply a seal to an elongated tube of material when several conditions are met, wherein the conditions indicate that the apparatus is in a safe configuration for applying the seal. The apparatus includes a push switch for sensing when the lid has been closed, and another push switch for sensing when a bin has been locked in the apparatus. Thus, when the lid and bin are closed and locked, a child cannot reach into the apparatus and the seal can be applied safely without fear of burning a child.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SCANDINAVIAN CHILD LLC
    Inventors: Cornelius McDaid, Brenda G. Berg, John D. Fiegener
  • Publication number: 20130036710
    Abstract: A method for the production and filling of packaging means is described and claimed, in which the following production steps are performed: flattened tubular film material is wound off a roll along the primary axis of symmetry of the hose, the tubular material is provided via a welding and separating process with a first lateral welding seam perpendicular in reference to the tubular axis and separated along a separation line, the hose sections open at one side are filled, the still open end of the hose section open at one side is provided with a second lateral welding seam. It is considered novel and inventive that two subsequent separation lines are inserted in the hose at a distance, which is smaller than the distance between the two edges of the hose. Additionally, a device is described and claimed comprising features allowing the implementation of the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Knoke, Ruediger Crosse-Heitmeyer, Thomas Hawighorst
  • Publication number: 20120240530
    Abstract: A self-propelled bagging machine stores grain in a sleeve and comprises an upper receiving hopper with an outlet leads to a grain discharge tunnel and is mounted on a chassis equipped with a running gear and dragging pole. The running gear comprises a back single-shaft running gear that is connected to the wheels and a smaller front steering running gear. The grain bagging machine further includes a dual compensated braking device with an adjustable primary hydraulic braking mechanism and an adjustable secondary hydraulic braking mechanism which act simultaneously on the back shaft of the bagging machine. The mechanic articulation is mounted on the chassis and is sensitive to pulling variations and activates an inverted operation hydraulic pump for reception or release of braking fluid to the secondary braking mechanism circuit for braking compensation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Martinez
  • Patent number: 8272191
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, devices, methods and computer program products configured to provide one or more of the following: improved rotary table or platform packaging systems, improved adhesive (glue) based film seal systems, and/or easier loading or releasing mounting systems of horns, forming collars and/or sprockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Matthew D. Lowder, Thomas E. Whittlesey, William M. Poteat
  • Patent number: 8266871
    Abstract: Waste disposal device adapted to receive a waste-containing member includes a container defining a waste-receiving compartment having an opening, a lid connected to the container and having a first, closed position covering the opening of the container and a second, open position in which the opening is exposed, and a rotation mechanism arranged in the container to rotate the waste-containing member when present in the container. The rotation mechanism is arranged to rotate the waste-containing member upon closure of the lid. A switch mechanism enables opening movement of the lid to cause the rotation mechanism to rotate the waste-containing member or prevent the rotation mechanism from rotating the waste-containing member depending on a setting of the switch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: David M Stravitz
  • Patent number: 8266870
    Abstract: Waste disposal device includes a container defining a waste-receiving compartment having an opening, a lid connected to the container and having a closed position covering the opening of the container and an open position in which the opening is exposed, and a twisting assembly that engages with and twists or untwists a bag or tubing that extends through the twisting assembly and into which waste is inserted. A manual actuator or controller has a first position in engagement with the twisting assembly to enable manual rotation of the twisting assembly and a second position out of engagement with the twisting assembly. When the manual actuator is in the first position, the twisting assembly is manually rotatable in at least one direction, and possibly both, and in the second position, the manual actuator is freely movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: David M Stravitz
  • Patent number: 8256191
    Abstract: Methods of automatically package an object in a covering material such as casing and/or netting include: (a) automatically pushing at least one object through a product chute; (b) pulling a covering material upstream of the product chute off an exterior surface of the product chute to automatically enclose the object in the covering material as the object exits the product chute; and (c) applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, David T. Wince, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8215089
    Abstract: Waste disposal device including a container defining a waste chamber for receiving waste, a support member arranged in the container for supporting tubing having a closed or closable front end to thereby enable formation of a bag in the container and a twisting assembly arranged in the container and defining an aperture through which the tubing passes while the twisting assembly engages with the tubing. A rotation mechanism is arranged in the container and when actuated, rotates the twisting assembly relative to the stationary support member while the twisting assembly engages with the tubing to thereby form a twist in the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: David Stravitz
  • Patent number: 8205419
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Martínez
  • Patent number: 8141328
    Abstract: A system and method for free-standing hermetic storage of bulk, boxed or bagged commodities including the use of a thin, lightweight ultra low permeability loadable sleeve, and optionally a UV-, wind- and rodent-resistant cover on top of the sleeve. For bagged or boxed commodities, loading may be done manually or with a forklift while the sleeve and/or cover is held open. For bulk commodities, the cover is used to prevent tearing of the sleeve during loading and as such, is placed over the sleeve prior to loading of the sleeve via a pneumatic grain conveyor or similar device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: GrainPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Villers, Tom De Bruin, Shlomo Navarro
  • Patent number: 8099927
    Abstract: Systems, devices and computer program products automatically package an object in a covering material such as casing and/or netting by: (a) automatically pushing at least one object through a product chute; (b) pulling a covering material upstream of the product chute off an exterior surface of the product chute to automatically enclose the object in the covering material as the object exits the product chute; and (c) applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, David T. Wince, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8091325
    Abstract: A diaphragm positioned in a waste disposal device for holding and twisting flexible tubing dispensed form a cartridge housed in the waste disposal device. The twisting of the tubing is accomplished either by rotating the diaphragm and holding the cartridge stationary, or rotating the cartridge and holding the diaphragm. A rotation mechanism is operatively configured to the waste disposal device for rotating either the cartridge or the diaphragm while impeding the rotation of the other. The twisting of the flexible sealably encapsulates a waste package inserted into the flexible tubing through an opening in the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Stravitz, Richard S. Chomik, Mark Yoho, Stuart Leslie, Taek Kim, Aidan Petrie, Joe Sejnowski
  • Patent number: 8028497
    Abstract: Pivotable clipper assemblies for attaching at least one closure clip to a product held in netting include a pivotable clipper mechanism having a clipper body configured to deliver clips to a clip window and attach the clips to netting and a first cutting cartridge mounted to the pivotable clipper mechanism. The first cutting cartridge includes: (a) a knife; (b) an actuation cylinder with a rod in communication with the knife that advances and retracts the knife; and (c) an anti-rotation block attached to a rear of the knife intermediate the knife and rod to inhibit the knife and rod from rotating, wherein, in operation, the first cutting cartridge pivots with the clipper mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown, David R. Gupton
  • Patent number: 8024912
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for enclosing a palletized container of fresh containers of perishables inside a modified atmosphere-containing plastic bag/enclosure stretched over the containers and over upwardly-folded and sealed margins of a plastic sheet placed between the pallet and the containers to seal the containers of perishables inside the bag/enclosure and to facilitate forming and maintaining a modified atmosphere inside the bag/enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Chiquita Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Richard F. J. Macleod, Frederick Forgnone, Jason Wells
  • Patent number: 8024913
    Abstract: An apparatus for sealing prepared medications in enclosures includes a tubular sleeve having an open first end, an open second end, and an outer surface. The first end includes at least one first locking member for securely attaching the tubular sleeve to another member. The apparatus also includes a length of a flexible packaging sleeve that is open at one end and has an open interior space. The packaging sleeve is disposed about the outer surface of the tubular sleeve in a compressed form. The open end of the sleeve is sealingly attached to the first end of the tubular sleeve. A tensioner device is disposed about an outer surface of the packaging sleeve and includes a first section that couples the first end of the packaging sleeve to the tubular sleeve and at least two elongated tensioner arms that extend along a length of the tubular sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: FHT, Inc.
    Inventors: Abdul Wahid Khan, Dennis Tribble, Edward Lefebre, Jim Shafer
  • Patent number: 8011167
    Abstract: Automated pusher mechanisms with pusher heads that reciprocally travel in a product chute. The pusher head has an inverted “V” shape and semi-circular side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown, David R. Gupton
  • Patent number: 8006463
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, devices, methods and computer program products configured to provide one or more of the following: improved rotary table or platform packaging systems, improved adhesive (glue) based film seal systems, and/or easier loading or releasing mounting systems of horns, forming collars and/or sprockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Matthew D. Lowder, Thomas E. Whittlesey, William M. Poteat
  • Patent number: 7997045
    Abstract: A packing wrapper filling device includes a filling machine (1) having at least one pivotable filling tube (11) on rotary plate (10). A gathered packing wrapper (14) is fitted onto the filling tube. The invention includes a closing mechanism (2) and store (3) for gathered packing wrappers. The closing mechanism (2) closes both sides of filled wrapper sections. Control device (22) interconnects filling machine (1), closing mechanism (2), store (3), and rocking arms (16). The lateral wall(s) of store (3) include a longitudinal flap (16) in the lower section, pivotable by rotary articulation (20) via rocking arms (15). The control device (22) controls individual envelope (14) removal from store (3). Transport devices (5, 6, 7, and 8) and deflection rollers (9) arranged along feed belt (4) transport envelope (14) along the feed belt (4) from store (3) to filling tube (11 or 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Kalle GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Aur Der Heide, Dirk Aur Der Heide, Jürg-Heinrich Kallweit
  • Patent number: 7975456
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for wrapping articles on a pallet, in a foil hood, includes drawing off from a supply, a flat tube formed from two foil webs The webs are folded in an inward direction and directly superposed in a flat state with an integral foil The method includes opening out the end, which is to the fore in the draw off direction of the tube, at least partially sealing the length, pulled off the foil supply, essentially athwart the draw off direction at a position remote from the foremost end of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Per Lachenmeier, Karl Mangus Rasztar
  • Patent number: 7966792
    Abstract: This device for encasing light strings for storage provides a canister as a handle that is concentric with a cylindrical feed tube that is at least partially within the canister together with a cartridge type removable dispensing tube that slides over the feed tube and within the canister. The canister is attached to the large end of a funnel on the feed tube entry end through which a light string may be fed. The canister and feed tube thus form an annular slot into which the removable cartridge type dispensing tube may be received and releasably secured slidably over the feed tube. The tubular plastic is loaded on the dispensing tube prior to the dispensing tube being slid and secured over the feed tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Gary B. Hills
  • Patent number: 7958704
    Abstract: A waste disposal device includes a mechanism for scoring flexible tubing dispensed from a cartridge. The waste disposal device comprises a container housing a length of flexible tubing foldingly stacked therein and configured to permit dispensing of the flexible tubing to a predetermined length. The flexible tubing is scored periodically at predetermined intervals for ease of tearing during disposal of waste packages placed in the flexible tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Stravitz, Richard S. Chomik, Mark Yoho
  • Patent number: 7952307
    Abstract: A container, adapted to be opened/closed automatically by induction actuated, includes a container body, cover, motor and actuating device, wherein the motor is connected to the driven element of the cover through the actuating device. The dustbin includes a sensing and controlling device of the stroke of the cover, wherein a cover stroke perception and a shut off circuit, the cover stroke perception is connected with the shut off circuit, and the shut off circuit is connected with the motor, the shut off circuit receives the activating signal from the cover stroke perception and then controls the motor to actuate correspondingly, the cover's stroke inducted by the trigger; point of the cover stroke perception is less than the whole stroke during the closing of the cover. The noise of the crash between the cover and the container body is low, and closing of the cover is rapid and spiffy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Jiangqun Chen
  • Patent number: 7937910
    Abstract: A packaging machine comprises a preparation station for preparing a sleeve from a stretchable plastic film wound flat around a storage reel, and a gripper device for taking hold of the sleeve and transferring it to the depositing station for enveloping the load. According to the invention, the gripper device comprises at least one set of grippers which is equipped with notched bars to create differential stretch with the formulation of a lunula. Each bar is given a translational and/or rotational movement so that the bar can be extracted and the sleeve disengaged at the end of the depositing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Thimon
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Jaconelli, Benoît Pottier
  • Publication number: 20110099956
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating hygienic storage and disposal of waste packages such as used disposable diapers include a housing, a lid, and a bag unit having a bag frame and an attached single use flexible bag. The flexible bag is pleated and larger in cross-section at a lower portion than it is at the connection to the bag frame. The bag frame is releasably mounted to the housing so that it will not rotate. The lower portion of the flexible bag is positioned in a storage chamber of the housing that is shaped so as to align and center the bag. A rotatable member having radially extending flexible fingers is engaged with an intermediate portion of the bag. When the lid is closed, the rotatable member will twist the intermediate portion of the bag, sealing odors in the lower portion of the bag. A parent or caregiver will push the waste package through the resistance of the twisted intermediate portion into the lower portion of the bag, and close the lid to re-seal the twisted portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: MUNCHKIN, INC.
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Mark A. Hatherill, Kevin D. Johnson