Flexible Tubular Stock - Preformed Continuous Tube Patents (Class 53/567)
  • Patent number: 7434377
    Abstract: A waste disposal device has a rotatable geared rim to operate a cartridge. The device comprises a rotation mechanism. A flange supports a rotatable geared rim. The support flange is operatively configured to be driven by the rotation mechanism. The cartridge is also operatively configured to engage the geared rim so as to be capable of rotating with the support flange upon actuation of the rotation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Stravitz, Richard S. Chomik, Mark Yoho, Stuart Leslie, Taek Kim, Aidan Petrie, Joe Sejnowski
  • Patent number: 7430839
    Abstract: Netting chutes suitable for use with manual, automatic and semi-automatic packaging operations to enclose product in netting packaging include chutes with embossed floors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May
  • Publication number: 20080184677
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming waste containing packs from a length of flexible tubing is formed of a housing having a top portion, an intermediate portion and a lower portion. The top portion displays an opening to receive waste material therein and a cassette containing a package of a flexible pleated tubing. The intermediate portion has a retractable guillotine-type member sealingly contacting the tubing dispensed from the cassette and extending downwardly into the lower portion of the housing. Retraction of the member causes waste material received in the tubing of the upper and intermediate portions of the housing to be dispensed in a closed end tubing in the lower portion of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: International Refills Company Limited
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Patent number: 7406814
    Abstract: An apparatus for packing disposable objects or material into an elongated tube of flexible material. The apparatus defines a bin having a holder adapted to receive a cassette of flexible unfoldable material. A closing mechanism is positioned below the holder. The closing mechanism includes first and second portions. The second portion is biased in a closed position against the first. The second portion has a receiving surface and is slidable from the closed position to an open position through the application of a substantially downward force against the receiving surface and is slidable from the open position to the closed position under the action of a biasing force. The closing mechanism in the open position defines a passage between a top opening of the bin and a bottom portion of the enclosure, and in the closed position closes the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: International Refills Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Publication number: 20080178563
    Abstract: Bagging machines may include a packing density measurement system. The packing density measurement system includes an anchor assembly and a force measurement assembly. The anchor assembly includes at least one drag member adapted to be operatively coupled to the bagging machine and to extend rearwardly beneath at least a portion of a bag to resist forward movement of the bagging machine. The force measurement assembly is operatively coupled to the anchor assembly and is adapted to measure the anchoring force applied to the bagging machine. The anchor assembly may be adjustable, either manually or automatically, to allow control over the anchoring force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: SRC INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Steven Cullen
  • Patent number: 7404280
    Abstract: Bagging machines may include a packing density measurement system. The packing density measurement system includes an anchor assembly and a force measurement assembly. The anchor assembly includes at least one drag member adapted to be operatively coupled to the bagging machine and to extend rearwardly beneath at least a portion of a bag to resist forward movement of the bagging machine. The force measurement assembly is operatively coupled to the anchor assembly and is adapted to measure the anchoring force applied to the bagging machine. The anchor assembly may be adjustable, either manually or automatically, to allow control over the anchoring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: SRC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Cullen
  • Patent number: 7398634
    Abstract: A wattle manufacturing system generally includes a hopper having an inlet for receiving a supply of straw, a loosening mechanism for loosening the straw when the straw is placed in or near the hopper inlet, a compaction chamber positioned to receive the loosened straw from the hopper, and a discharge conduit in communication with the compaction chamber. The discharge conduit may be in the form of a generally cylindrical tube, hereinafter sometimes referred to as an ejection tube, and generally includes a discharge end adapted to hold a netting material, for example a tubular shaped netting material, suitable to contain compacted straw. The netting material may be provided in a cartridge form which is structured to be coupled to the discharge end of the ejection tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventor: Peter S. Sanguinetti
  • Patent number: 7395646
    Abstract: An article packaging device for packaging articles within a tubular sheet. The article to be packaged is inserted into and enclosed within a length of tubular sheet, and separated from the remaining length of tubular sheet and the device to form the closed individually packaged article. The packaging device is designed to be portable, convenient, lightweight and easily maintained. A thermoplastic, vapor-impermeable tubular sheet having adhesive on one surface can provide an airtight seal that is especially effective when the device is used to package waste-containing disposable adsorbent articles, such as soiled diapers, for disposal. An apparatus for forming the tubular sheet into a layered pack of pleats having an adhesive material positioned on at least one surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: The Procters & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Nabil Enrique Salman, Stefano Michele Sinigaglia, Robert Paul Cassoni, Pablo Ibarra, Jose Mauricio Berrizbeitia
  • Patent number: 7392635
    Abstract: Systems for enclosing at least one target product in a covering material, include an elongate product chute having an outer surface and opposing receiving and discharge end portions with an interior cavity extending therethrough and an elongate breech loading chute alignably positioned generally above the product chute, the elongate loading chute configured to direct at least one target product into the product chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs, Matthew Lowder
  • Patent number: 7392642
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a device for the packaging of free-flowing fill materials in a tube-shaped casing with a feeder tube to conduct the flow of fill materials. The feeder tube features a hookup, a mouth, a basically straight first segment adjoining the hookup, with a first longitudinal axis, and a second segment that is conjoined with the first segment and proximate to the mouth. The first segment is designed to accept and conduct a casing on its outer surface. The casing infeed consists of a plastic filmstrip, which is formed into a tube around the first feeder tube segment. The second segment is designed to further conduct the plastic filmstrip-derived, newly formed casing. Alternatively, a supply of casing and/or net material may be loaded onto the second segment from its mouth. Upstream and ahead of the first segment, the feeder tube features a feeder tube swivel bearing (140) around the first longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 7389630
    Abstract: The present invention automatically and continuously packs women's sanitary products, paper diapers, and the like in a sealed manner and is installed in toilets of hotels, public toilets, and the like used by general public. When a trash is put in, film pull-out rollers (50), (60) are rotated by a motor (70) and films (31), (41) are pulled out from film feed rollers (30), (40). When passing between film pull-out rollers (50), (60), the trash is sealingly packed between the two films (31), (41). Therefore, since the trash can be automatically packed in a sealed manner and a clean state is maintained, the present invention is suitable for installation in toilets of hotels, public toilets, and the like used by general public.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Kyoritsu Siyaku Corporation
    Inventor: Yoichi Nakano
  • Patent number: 7386966
    Abstract: Methods, 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 then (c) applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown, David R. Gupton
  • Publication number: 20080134644
    Abstract: The invention discloses a waste disposal apparatus including a waste packet forming device integrated with a tool for cutting the packet, and a method for using the apparatus. The disclosed integrated twist-and-cut system provides an improvement over existing waste disposal systems by reducing steps in the disposal of waste material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Rosemary Knuth, John Rousso, Richard Chomik, John Cichello, David Hayes, Mark Yoho, Jim Simer
  • Patent number: 7377203
    Abstract: A lid for a storage device having a storage film is provided. The lid has a lid body and a cutting member having a cutting surface. The cutting member is movable between a first position in which the cutting surface is remote from the storage film and a second position in which the cutting surface is in contact with the storage film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard S Chomik
  • Patent number: 7360344
    Abstract: A packaging system for packaging a compressible article, such as a stack of interfolded paper towels, includes a sleeve supply arrangement for supplying a packaging sleeve to a loading area, a reciprocating article supply arrangement for selectively positioning a compressed article in the loading area, and a sleeve advancing arrangement for advancing the formed sleeve onto the compressed article at the loading area. After a sleeve is advanced onto the compressed article, the article supply arrangement is moved away from the loading area. A movable stripper engages the article and the sleeve during movement away from the loading area, to strip the article and the sleeve from the article supply arrangement. As the article and the sleeve are removed from the article supply arrangement, the article undergoes decompression and establishes contact with the sleeve to maintain the article and the sleeve in frictional engagement, to form a pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: FPNA Acquisition Corporation
    Inventors: Barton J. White, Andrew L. Haasl
  • Patent number: 7356975
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging material in netting is described. The apparatus in a first embodiment is a netter for enclosing material in netting and a scissors assembly for severing the netting. The scissors assembly comprises a pair of blade elements pivotally connected by a pin affixed to the netter and each of the pair of blade elements comprises a knife section extending in a first direction from the pin and a lever section extending in a second direction from the pin. The scissors assembly further comprises a pair of link arms each connecting one of the lever sections of the pair of blade elements to a piston, the piston extendable in a first direction to pivot the knife sections of the blade elements toward each other and extendable in a second direction to pivot the knife sections of the blade elements away from each other. In another embodiment, the piston comprises an air-actuated cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Ploy-Clip System Corp.
    Inventors: Edward D. Kirk, Robert Pinto, Eggo L. Haschke
  • Patent number: 7350663
    Abstract: A container adapted for waste storage is provided. The container has a mechanically operated sealing mechanism that allows a user to seal the waste storage film by depressing an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S Chomik, Mark Yoho, Leslie Stuart, Kim Taek
  • Patent number: 7331155
    Abstract: A clip feed arrangement including a magazine bar for guiding a line of clips from a clip supply to a separating device of a closure apparatus, and a clip drive arranged in the region of the magazine bar. The clip drive has two drive elements which can be successively brought into engagement with the line of clips and which separately produce the advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 7322163
    Abstract: An apparatus for enclosing a product in a covering material includes a product feed and covering system, a clipper mechanism and a tensioning system. The product feed and covering system is configured to apply the covering material over the product. The clipper mechanism is disposed downstream of the product feed and covering system along a flow path of the covering material. The clipper mechanism is adapted to receive the covering material and to secure a clip to the covering material received therein. The tensioning system is adapted to introduce a tensioning load to the covering material after and while the covering material is received in the clipper mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, W. Mark Poteat, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 7316100
    Abstract: An integrated cutting system for a waste disposal device comprising a waste storage receptacle and a film cutting and sealing device. A cartridge containing a continuous length of film is positioned over the receptacle. The integrated cutting system further includes an activation mechanism operatively configured to alternatively engage a cutting device or a film sealing device capable of twistably sealing the film of the cartridge when the film is dispensed from the cartridge. A selection mechanism is arranged to control the activation mechanism to either engage the cutting device while deactivating the film sealing device, or to engage the film sealing device while deactivating the cutting device. The cutting device comprises a blade positioned to sever the film from the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Stravitz, Richard S. Chomik, Mark Yoho
  • Patent number: 7313896
    Abstract: Methods, 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 then (c) applying a clip to the covering material to secure the object in the packing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Derek L. Brown, David R. Gupton
  • Patent number: 7305807
    Abstract: A detecting and protecting device includes detecting devices, and an ultrasonic sensor; the detecting devices are connected to respective ones of expanding assemblies of a shrink film machine, and each include a seat behind a supporting rod of a corresponding expanding assembly, a movable rod passed through the seat and projecting below the supporting rod, a stopping board pivoted to one end of the movable rod, a shading block joined to one end of the stopping board, and a sensor positioned on the movable rod and normally shaded by the shading block; if the stopping board comes into contact with goods while a shrink film is being lowered, it will tilt, and the shading block will no longer shade the sensor; the ultrasonic sensor is used for measuring height of the goods such that sealing and cutting action will start immediately after the film encompasses the goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Tien Heng Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tuan-Mei Chiu Chen
  • Patent number: 7222469
    Abstract: Netting chutes suitable for use with manual and automatic packaging operations to enclose product in netting packaging include a channel formed by a longitudinally extending well and/or at least one pair of axially extending ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Griggs, Dennis J. May
  • Patent number: 7210278
    Abstract: A detecting and protecting device includes detecting devices, and an ultrasonic sensor; the detecting devices are connected to respective ones of expanding assemblies of a shrink film machine, and each include a seat behind a supporting rod of a corresponding expanding assembly, a movable rod passed through the seat and projecting below the supporting rod, a stopping board pivoted to one end of the movable rod, a shading block joined to one end of the stopping board, and a sensor positioned on the movable rod and normally shaded by the shading block; if the stopping board comes into contact with goods while a shrink film is being lowered, it will tilt, and the shading block will no longer shade the sensor; the ultrasonic sensor is used for measuring height of the goods such that sealing and cutting action will start immediately after the film encompasses the goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Tien Heng Machniery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tuan-Mei Chiu Chen
  • Patent number: 7200979
    Abstract: An apparatus for wrapping an object having vertical sides and a top with a hood-shaped foil having a closed end and an open end fits the foil over the object in such a manner that excess-foil projections are formed at the closed end that project outward from the top of the object and an empty space is formed adjacent each projection between the foil and the object. The excess-foil projections are mechanically engaged and physically tucked between the object and the foil to push the projections into the respective empty spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: MSK- Verpackungs-Systeme Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung
    Inventor: Reiner Hannen
  • Patent number: 7178315
    Abstract: A density controller is provided for a bagging machine designed for filling or packing material such as silage, compost or the like into an elongate flexible bag or container. The adjustable density controller comprises a drag member or strap with a selectively adjustable length that is positioned beneath the bag being filled and the ground. The weight of the material in the bag on the flexible member resists the forward movement of the bagging machine away from the closed end of the bag. The density of the material being packed or bagged is varied by the surface area of the flexible member that is positioned beneath the bag being filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: SRC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Patent number: 7178314
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a waste disposal apparatus including a container having a first end and a second end. A tubing cassette for supplying tubing is mounted proximate the first end of the container. A first sealing member and a second sealing member are moveable between an open position, wherein tubing from the tubing cassette can pass between the first and second sealing members, and a closed position, wherein the first and second sealing members can be activated to create a seal in the tubing. The first and second sealing members are guided by guide pins that travel along stepped channels for moving the first and second sealing members between the open and closed positions, and for pulling the tubing and waste packages through the waste disposal apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Chomik, Stewart Schmehl
  • Patent number: 7179161
    Abstract: A machine and method for encasing sausages by having a stuffing tube that is vertically disposed in order to allow gravity to help in the sausage making process. A conical shaped restricting device is attached to the stuffing tube to help facilitate the movement of the casing into a twisting mechanism and to ensure bunching in the casing is reduced. The casing is then fed through the twisting mechanism and into a linker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Stork Townsend Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Hergott, David S. Hamblin, Michael J. Hardy
  • Patent number: 7146785
    Abstract: Waste disposal device including a container defining a waste-receiving chamber, an insert defining a cavity receivable of a pack of flexible tubing for encapsulating waste packages and an inner lid connected to the container and selectively substantially covering or exposing an open top of the insert leading to the cavity. The inner lid and insert define a dispensing opening through which the tubing passes during use of the waste disposal device. An outer lid, optionally pivotally connected to the container, is movable between a position in which the waste-receiving chamber is accessible and a position in which the waste-receiving chamber is covered. A retention mechanism holds the waste package while a rotation mechanism causes rotation of the retention mechanism relative to the insert to cause a twist to be formed above a waste package when held by the retention mechanism and thereby encapsulate the waste package in the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Patent number: 7143566
    Abstract: Knitted netting is applied to products in a machine. A chute receives products serially through a receiving end, as from a conveyor, and discharges them serially into netting preferably rucked on the chute. As each product arrives at the product receiver, voiders operate to form a rope section of the netting behind the product, at the chute's discharge end. The clipper also clips the netting, to complete the netting of the product, and clips to create the starting end of the next netted product. A netting handle former operates to loop the rope section behind the product, before clipping, to form a looped handle for a product in the rope section of the netting. The netting that is clipped behind the products is the netting formed into the loops, and thus, the clips that are put on by the clipper secure the loops in their size and condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs
  • Patent number: 7124553
    Abstract: An apparatus for encasing material in continuous roll stock netting is described. The apparatus has a product horn axially aligned with and diametrically opposed to a mandrel over which continuous roll stock netting has been placed. The mandrel is movable into a passageway between two gates and the netting is engaged by a set of claws, after which the mandrel retracts. A set of claws holds the netting open as a ram pushes the material through the product horn into the open netting. The first gate gathers the open end of the netting for closure by a clipper. The second gate gathers the netting and a set of adjustable clamps retracts the netting, pulling the netting tightly over the material. A second clipper clips and severs the gathered netting to enclose the material in the netting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System Corp.
    Inventors: Eddie Norton, Duane McGregor, Jeff Christensen
  • Patent number: 7114534
    Abstract: The present invention is a composite trash container that includes a container body defining a trash chamber and an opening that provides access to the trash chamber; a support mounted to the container body adjacent the opening, the support having a flange extending therefrom that is configured for rotational mounting a tubing cassette above the trash chamber, wherein the support encloses less than all of the opening to the trash chamber so that trash can be passed through the opening and into the trash chamber; a tubing cassette rotationally mounted to the flange of the support; and a tube sealing means for forming trash packets from tubing that is dispensed from the tubing cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Chomik, Mark Yoho
  • Patent number: 7114314
    Abstract: Waste disposal device including a housing defining a waste compartment for receiving enclosed waste, flexible tubing received in the housing and which operatively receives waste therein, a retention mechanism for holding a quantity of waste received in a length of the tubing and a rotation mechanism for rotating the retention mechanism when the quantity of waste is held thereby and while a remaining length of the tubing is rotationally held stationary in order to twist the length of tubing receiving the waste and enclose the held quantity of waste. The compartment in the housing receives the enclosed waste. The waste is thus rotated while the cartridge is held against rotation thereby enabling the formation of the twist above the waste to enclose or encapsulate the waste. A pushing mechanism may be provided on a cover of the device to push the waste into engagement with the retention mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Saniquest Industries Corp.
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Patent number: 7100658
    Abstract: Machine for manufacturing mesh bags from a continuous roll of tubular mesh, and for filling and closing said mesh bags, which comprise an expansion device which is perimetric to the tubular mesh, the core expander of which is equipped with a vertical aperture which, as if it were a slot, traverses said core expander and connects the two frontal faces thereof and extends from its base to an intermediate point, for which the core expander adopts an inverted “U” shape, the machine also being fitted with preventive welding means, adapted for partially welding the two frontal faces of the tubular mesh and, as the case may be, the adjoining laminates of thermally weldable material through the aperture of the core expander; a traction device which drags a section of the tubular mesh provided with a bottom; conveyor means; and second and third filling and closing stations, respectively, both being arranged linearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Giro GH, S.A.
    Inventor: Ezequiel Giro Amigo
  • Patent number: 7080418
    Abstract: A refuse disposal system is formed integrally with a wheelchair. A foam pad is positioned on a rigid seat of a wheelchair; the foam pad and rigid seat are each provided with openings in registration with each other. An annular cartridge of compressed disposable tubing is positioned within an annular well formed in the bottom surface of the foam pad. The disposable tubing extends from the annular cartridge upward over the flange of the pad and downward through the opening in the rigid seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: Patricia H. W. Henegar
  • Patent number: 7073311
    Abstract: A film is provided for use in a cassette. Preferably, the cassette is used in a waste disposal system. The film is a high density polyethylene film resin having both a low melt index and a high density, thereby providing improved odor control capabilities and enhanced tear strength and assembly strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Chomik, Mark Yoho, Jeffrey Brown
  • Patent number: 7062894
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant for filling bottles with a liquid beverage filling material, a container filling plant, a closing station, a container information adding station in the form of a labeling station having a electromagnetic operated sleeve label cutting arrangement, the station being configured to add information to containers in the form of bottles and cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen-und Anlabenbau AG
    Inventor: Horst Löffler
  • Patent number: 7040076
    Abstract: In a method for packaging an object using a hose-shaped stretch foil having laterally extending folds guided axially with respect to the stretch foil and along a length of the object, a foil hood sized to a shape of the object to be packaged is formed, which hood is reefed onto several gripper devices movable in essentially horizontal direction, of a lifting frame movable in essentially a vertical direction. The reefed foil hood is tentered in an essentially horizontal direction by the movement of the gripper device such that the tentered opening of the foil hood is larger than the contour of the object to be packed and wherein the foil hood is expanded in essentially horizontal direction. The foil hood is then pulled over the object by the essentially vertical movement of the lifting frame, wherein the foil hood is pulled off from the gripper device and is expanded in essentially vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Lachenmeier A/S
    Inventors: Per Lachenmeier, Flemming Thomsen
  • Patent number: 7040078
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for fitting stretchable sleeves on containers in the form of a substantially prismatic or cylindrical carton, the opening of which is at least partially surrounded by a rim projecting out towards the exterior. Sleeves are cut from a stretchable sheath and stretched to assume a section slightly bigger than the section of the carton. The sleeve is placed on the carton by moving it from above the base in the direction towards the rim. The apparatus comprises a sheath feed and a sleeve cutting device, a transfer drum equipped with transfer elements, and a placing turret equipped with placing units with two placing elements, each having a stretching tool and a clamping block. A container feed positions the containers, in steps, in synchronization with the placing elements, in the placing zone, the base of the container being turned towards the placing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Protection Decoration Conditionnement Europe
    Inventors: Jean-Claude René Vandevoorde, Philippe Jacques Thebault
  • Patent number: 7028452
    Abstract: A packaging device includes a film fitting mechanism, a film shrinking mechanism and a controller. The film fitting mechanism fits a tubular heat shrinkage film over a film cylinder and moves the film a distance along the cylinder and cuts a length of the film off. The length of the film is then conveyed to the film shrinking mechanism. The film shrinking mechanism is arranged next to the film fitting mechanism and includes a base for supporting an article to be packed with the film that is cut by the film fitting mechanism and heating units for supplying high temperature air flows to the film thereby making the film shrink and tightly wrap over the article. The controller controls and coordinates the operations between the film fitting mechanism and the film shrinking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Benison & Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Benker P. C. Liao
  • Patent number: 7024839
    Abstract: An agricultural bagger apparatus and method for compacting feed into a horizontally deployed bag including a compression mechanism and an input hopper that receives agricultural feed. The hopper has a sloping wall and a lower end exit chute located to transfer the feed into the primary compression mechanism (e.g., a rotating toothed cylinder). The tapered hopper causes the feed to bridge, stopping the feed from falling through the chute. A new distribution mechanism in the hopper sweeps the feed adjacent to the sloping wall to prevent feed bridging. By preventing the feed from clogging, there is less reason to risk one's safety by foolishly inserting their limb into the hopper. Some embodiments also compact feed in the upper portion of the tunnel, for example, by reciprocating a hinged piston above the primary compression mechanism. This increases the compaction on the top portion of the tunnel without unduly juicing the feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Paul Wingert
  • Patent number: 7000369
    Abstract: The invention concerns packaging of products on sale outlets. It concerns a feed roll for heat sealing package tubing reel (11), comprising a body (3) provided with, in particular: means (4) supporting at least one reel (2) of package tubing (11); an outlet head (5) for the tubing including: at least an outlet window (10) for the tubing, means for cutting (15) the tubing, means for welding (16) the tubing, means (6) guiding the tubing between the reel (2) and the outlet head (5). The invention is useful for supplying and welding a heat sealing tubing in a fish market.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Papiers A Paviot
    Inventor: Alexandre Paviot
  • Patent number: 6996954
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for enwrapping a horizontally oriented product in a sleeve. A sleeve is formed by opening a flat tubular film and cutting a selected length of tubing. The sleeve is further opened in a forming tube to a cross sectional shape comparable with the cross sectional shape of the product. The forming tube is moved from a receiving position to a discharge position and the sleeve is moved in a horizontal plane to enclose the axially aligned product carried on a horizontally oriented conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Axon Corporation
    Inventors: Edward W. Farley, Kuo-Raid Grant Chen, David A. Felix, Gordon L. Gregory, Randolph S. Victor
  • Patent number: 6993891
    Abstract: A waste disposal system with flexible tubing comprising a container defining a waste chamber; a lid connected to the container and movable between an open condition and a closed condition; an iris with a first disk, a second disk and a web connecting the disks; a cartridge of flexible tubing removably situated in the container, extending from the cartridge through the iris into the waste chamber and positioned to receive waste therein; and a guide system, causing the iris to close by rotating one disk in relation to the other, thereby twisting and cinching the flexible tubing and enclosing the held waste, the guide system further causing the iris to displace in a direction opposite to the lid and to carry the held waste into the waste chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventors: Bobbi Sue Richardson, Kim Marie Lindner
  • Patent number: 6994247
    Abstract: A waste storage device includes an inlet aperture and a length of flexible tubing passing through the inlet aperture from a cassette. The flexible tubing is pinched by a pair of rollers which can have continuous surfaces or multiple paddles. The waste product is placed into the aperture and the rollers rotate drawing the waste product down into the device and pinching the storage bag above it. The operation can be manually or motor driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Melrose Products Limited
    Inventor: David Charles Richards
  • Patent number: 6976350
    Abstract: A bag presenter for moving a bag from a bag supply toward a packaging machine filling station, the bag presenter comprising: a bag supply holding area, a gripper for holding a bag in the filling station and a bag handler for moving the bag from the holding area toward the gripper, the bag handler including a bag feeder and a bag conveyor, the bag feeder being operable to pull a bag from a bottom of the bag supply holding area and to pass the bag to the bag conveyor. The bag handler can include a bag opening mechanism and a means for maintaining the bag in an open configuration, once the bag has been opened. The bag presenter is useful for handling non-wicketed bags and can be used to convert a packaging machine from reliance on wicketed bags to use of non-wicketed bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Boss Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Christian Greening, Authur Stephen Withington, Ralph Enzler
  • Patent number: 6974029
    Abstract: A cassette for use in dispensing a pleated tubing to collect waste material is formed of an annular body having a U-shaped cross-section in which is packed the pleated tubing in layered form and of an annular flange which extends over the housing. The flange has an inner portion that extends downwardly to engage the upper part of the inner wall of the annular body and an outwardly projecting portion that extends over the housing. The outwardly projecting portion has an annular funnel area to assist in the sliding of the pleated tubing when pulled through the central core of the annular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Moniteurs Angelcare Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Morand, Claude Maufette, Maurice Pinsonnault
  • Patent number: 6955030
    Abstract: A density controller is provided for a bagging machine designed for filling or packing material such as silage, compost or the like into an elongate flexible bag or container. The adjustable density controller comprises a drag member or strap with a selectively adjustable length that is positioned beneath the bag being filled and the ground. The weight of the material in the bag on the flexible member resists the forward movement of the bagging machine away from the closed end of the bag. The density of the material being packed or bagged is varied by the surface area of the flexible member that is positioned beneath the bag being filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: SRC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Patent number: 6948296
    Abstract: A process of forming dunnage is disclosed. A chain of interconnected plastic pouches (38) are fed along a path of travel to a fill and seal station (24). The pouches (38) are sequentially opened as each pouch is positioned in the fill station. Each pouch is opened by directing a flow of air through a pouch fill opening (50) to separate a face (46) from a back (48) of each such pouch and continuing the flow of air through each such opening to inflate each opened pouch. Each such inflated pouch is then sealed to create hermetically closed and inflated dunnage units (56). Novel web and dunnage units are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Lerner, Rick S. Wehrmann
  • Patent number: 6945016
    Abstract: An object having a top and sides is wrapped by first covering it with a hood-shaped foil such that excess-foil projections are formed that project from the top of the object past the sides of the object. Then the foil is pulled adjacent the projections out of contact with the object to form an empty space adjacent each projection between the foil and the object. The excess-foil projections are then tucked into the respective empty spaces, normally on the sides of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: MSK-Verpackungs-Systeme Gesellschaft mit Beschrankter Haftung
    Inventor: Reiner Hannen