Flexible Tubular Stock - Preformed Continuous Tube Patents (Class 53/567)
  • Patent number: 6941733
    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: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Chomik, Stewart Schmehl
  • Patent number: 6941731
    Abstract: An density control/anchor cable is provided on an agricultural bagging machine for engagement with the material being bagged as the material is forced past the density control/anchor cable into the bag being filled with agricultural material. The forward ends of the U-shaped density control/anchor cable are attached to first and second trolleys which are movably mounted on an I-beam positioned within the tunnel of the machine. The trolleys may be moved towards one another in tandem and away from one another in tandem from a position remote therefrom. One end of the density control/anchor cable may be selectively released from the second trolley from a position remote therefrom, thereby releasing the anchor effect of the U-shaped cable. The movement of the trolleys with respect to one another permits the precise density control of the material being packed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: SRC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Patent number: 6938398
    Abstract: A system for sealing a load with film, where the load is placed on a pallet, includes a frame and a vertically moveable platform on which the pallet is received. A clamp is mounted to the frame and is configured to engage the load independently of the pallet when the pallet is received on the platform. A rack is mounted to the frame so as to be vertically movable, and a pair of cross members are mounted to the rack so as to be horizontally movable. An engagement subsystem configured to engage sides of the film and a sealing subsystem configured to seal the film are mounted to the cross members. In operation, when the pallet is placed on the platform, the sides of the film, which in the form of a sleeve where the sides define an inner space when separated, are engaged with the engagement subsystem when the rack is in the upper position. Thereafter, the cross members move outwardly to separate the sides of film and to define the inner space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
  • Patent number: 6931684
    Abstract: A bed is provided with a mattress having a removable insert, the insert incorporates an opening therein to receive a seat. The seat includes a flange contacting the top surface of the removable insert. An annular cartridge of compressed disposable tubing is positioned within an annular well formed in the bottom surface of the removable insert. The disposable tubing extends from the annular cartridge upward over the flange of the seat and downward through the opening in the mattress insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Patricia H. W. Henegar
  • Patent number: 6928792
    Abstract: A wrap material dispensing system for a round baler includes a wrap material drive system for advancing wrap material from a supply roll to a wrap material feeding arrangement, and a selectively operable knife mechanism for severing the wrap material. The wrap material drive arrangement includes a pair of rollers that are driven by a motor. The knife mechanism is mounted to a pivotable shaft to which a one-way knife actuating clutch is mounted. A flexible drive member, such as a chain, is engaged with a rotatable output member of the drive motor, and with the one-way knife actuating clutch and a driven one of the wrap material drive rollers. Operation of the motor to rotate the motor output member in a first direction causes advancement of the wrap material, and the one-way knife actuating clutch is configured to maintain the knife mechanism in an inoperable rest position during advancement of the wrap material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Gehl Company
    Inventors: Kim P. Viesselmann, Scott V. Grahl, Carl S. Silbernagel, Anthony J. Glaszcz
  • Patent number: 6907714
    Abstract: An agricultural bagging machine comprising a wheeled frame having a collapsible tunnel positioned at the rearward end thereof. The tunnel may be positioned in its operative position for bagging purposes but may be collapsed to reduce the width thereof for transport purposes. In another embodiment, the tunnel is selectively movably mounted on the wheeled frame so that the output end thereof may be moved between upper and lower positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: SRC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Patent number: 6901974
    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: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Chomik, Mark Yoho
  • Patent number: 6889739
    Abstract: A machine for the manufacture of inflated plastic dunnage and other fluid filled units is disclosed. In a disclosed and pictured dunnage embodiment, the machine includes a hollow shaft rotatably mounted on a frame. In the preferred embodiment the shaft is solid. With either embodiment a drive is operably connected to the shaft for causing the shaft to rotate about its axis and a drum mounted on the shaft to rotate with the shaft. The drum is in the form of a pair of closely spaced discs having perimetral, cylindrically contoured sealing surfaces for support and, in cooperation with driven metal belts, transport of a web being formed into dunnage units. Sets of heating and cooling shoes having spaced arcuate surfaces are complementally positioned adjacent the drum surfaces with the cooling shoes downstream from the heating shoes in the direction of dunnage formation rotation. A nozzle is mounted generally tangentially of the drum at a location midway between the discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hershey Lerner, Dana Liebhart
  • Patent number: 6865865
    Abstract: An apparatus for wrapping an object with a stretchable foil hood has a pair of gathering fingers engageable upwardly into the foil hood, two gathering wheels outside the foil hood, rotatable about gathering-wheel axes, and engageable with the hood, and respective counter rolls inside the foil hood, aligned with the gathering wheels to pinch the foil hood, and rotatable about counter-roll axes below the respective gathering-wheel axes. The gathering wheel are rotated while in contact with the foil to form the foil into downwardly and outwardly extending folds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Msk-Verpackungs-Systeme Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung
    Inventors: Reiner Hannen, Norbert Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 6851251
    Abstract: Waste disposal device including a housing defining a waste compartment for receiving enclosed waste and arranged to removably receive a cartridge containing a length of flexible tubing which operatively receives waste therein, a retention mechanism for holding a quantity of waste received in the tubing and a rotation mechanism for rotating the retention mechanism when the quantity of waste is held thereby and while the cartridge is stationary in order to twist the tubing 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: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Saniquest Industries Corp.
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Patent number: 6845600
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for wrapping unit loads or packaged goods (2) using a section of elastic film (8) that is at least approximately hood-shaped, whereby the section of film is gathered and pulled over the unit load or packaged goods. The invention aims to provide a significantly faster packaging method of this type, which can be used in branches of industry with high production figures, e.g. white goods (dishwashers, refrigerators etc.). To achieve this, the section of film is gathered by a gathering device (3), then taken by a covering device (6) that can be displaced separately and subsequently pulled over the unit load or packaged goods, in particular being stretched beforehand. Another section of film can be gathered by the gathering device, while the previous section of film is still being pulled over the unit load or packaged goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Msk-Verpackungs-Systeme Gesellschaft mit Beschrankter Haftung
    Inventors: Reiner Hannen, Norbert Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 6845601
    Abstract: The invention relates to a synchronizing method and transfer arrangement for synchronizing the patterns of movement between two units included in a packaging line, where one unit is driven intermittently and the other continuously. The invention relates in particular to a transfer arrangement between an intermittently operating tube filler and a continuously operating cartoning machine. The transfer arrangement has a frame arrangement (13) intended to support tube pickers/placers (28) and arranged for a pivoting movement about a horizontal axis (16) and for a turning movement about a vertical axis (17). The turning movement about the axis (17) gives an acceleration course for the frame in a position in front of the tube release station, and this turning movement generating acceleration is obtained by an axially acting cam guide (32). The latter is designed so that the tube pickers/placers in the release position are given the same speed as the case conveyor of the cartoning machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Norden Pac Development AB
    Inventors: Hans Linner, Jan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 6845596
    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: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, Samuel D. Griggs
  • Patent number: 6834479
    Abstract: A material bagging machine comprising a mobile frame having a collapsible tunnel positioned at the rearward end thereof. The tunnel may be positioned in its operative position for bagging purposes but may be collapsed to reduce the width thereof for transport purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: SRC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Publication number: 20040255556
    Abstract: There is provided a method for manufacturing pre-padded food-containing bag by perforating across a continuous web of flattened tubular thermoplastic material, forming an opening in a layer of the perforated web, separating the layers of the web, inserting an absorbent the pad through the opening into the inside of the tubular web and making a seal across the tubular web at predetermined lengths to form a bag. The result is that a continuous web of bags containing absorbent pads at discrete intervals. There is also provided an apparatus for carrying out the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Applicant: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Dilip Kumar Boal, James Hal Stuckey
  • Patent number: 6832462
    Abstract: A process for the manufacture of a tube blank, comprising the following steps: (a) forming a tube hose around a mandrel and advancing the said tube hose along the said mandrel such that a leading edge of the said tube hose is flush with a leading face of the said mandrel; (b) presenting a dispensing assembly to the said leading edge of the said tube hose; (c) sealing the dispensing assembly with the said tube hose to form a tube blank; (d) separating the tube blank from the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, Division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Peacock, Kevin John Stamp
  • Patent number: 6817164
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for packaging objects, like soiled diapers, into an elongated flexible plastic tube. The apparatus includes a container with an upper portion with an opening and a lower portion. A cassette is mounted in the upper portion of the container coaxially with the opening to store a tube in a compacted form. A plunging device is provided to compress the object to be disposed of, and to push it into the tube and then to the bottom part of the container. The plunging device includes biased flaps and biased slides orthogonal to the arms which permits to push the object down while allowing a hermetic seal of the flexible tube to prevent escape of bad odours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Les Developpements Angelcare Inc.
    Inventors: Claude Mauffette, Louis Lefebvre, Yan Tremblay
  • Patent number: 6804930
    Abstract: Waste disposal device including a container defining a waste storage chamber and a cartridge arranged in the container and containing a length of flexible tubing for encapsulating waste packages. A retention mechanism is arranged in the container to hold the waste package. A rotation mechanism is provided to cause relative rotation between the cartridge and the retention mechanism in order to form a twist above a waste package when the waste package is being held by the retention mechanism and thereby encapsulate the waste package in the tubing. Encapsulation of the waste package prevents the release of odors from the waste package and thus, the invention provides a convenient and sanitary disposal of the waste packages. A series of encapsulated waste packages is thus created in the container, each package contained within a portion of the tubing and sealed at each end by the twisting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Saniquest Industries Corp.
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Publication number: 20040194433
    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: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Richard S. Chomik, Stewart Schmehl
  • Patent number: 6779321
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a produce bagging machine including a filling station positioned on a support frame, and including a filling chute movable to a first position for receiving produce from a produce supply and to a second position for delivering the produce into a bag. The filling chute may preferably be shaped as a box having a first opening positioned at an upper end for receiving produce, an interior cavity for therein holding the produce, and a second opening or door positioned at a lower end for therethrough delivering the produce. The filling chute door panels form angled walls at the lower end of the interior cavity so as to thereby guide individual pieces of elongated produce, preferably carrots, into substantially parallel alignment as the produce is delivered. Thus, the machine is useful for bagging elongated produce such as carrots in large, institutional sized bags of approximately fifty pounds capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Zellwin Farms Company
    Inventor: Louis E. Kelemen
  • Publication number: 20040144067
    Abstract: A bagging machine for bagging organic and other materials such as compost, silage, grain, sawdust, dirt, sand, etc., comprising a mobile frame means, a material receiving means, a material packing means on the mobile frame means in communication with the material receiving means, a rearwardly extending material forming means in communication with the material packing means and a bag folding means associated with the material forming means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Publication number: 20040128953
    Abstract: A method and means for bagging organic and other material such as silage, compost, grain, sawdust, dirt, sand, etc., wherein plastic sheet material is dispensed from a roll mounted on the bagging machine so that the sheet material is at least partially wrapped around the material being bagged as the bagging machine moves ahead during packing and filling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Publication number: 20040128958
    Abstract: Device for sleeve-label labeling machines, with proposal that means are provided that render the label tube (5) taut and/or spread the label tube (5) during the cutting step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventors: Klaus Kramer, Lutz Deckert
  • Patent number: 6755011
    Abstract: A feed table can be used to convey agricultural material into a bagging machine. The feed table can be removed from the bagging machine so that the feed table can be separately transported. The feed table includes an attachment mechanism to detachably couple the feed table to the bagging machine, a mobility support mechanism to at least partially support the feed table when the feed table is not attached to the bagging machine, and a tow mechanism to detachably couple the feed table to a towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Ag-Bag International Limited
    Inventors: Larry R. Inman, Michael H. Koskela
  • Publication number: 20040112016
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for drawing a flat tube of stretch film over a stack of goods items (8), in particular arranged on a palette, whereby a tube section (1) is pre-tensioned in the circumferential direction and then drawn over the stack of goods items (8) in the pre-tensioned state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventors: Reiner Hannen, Norbert Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 6748724
    Abstract: An adjustable density control means is provided for a bagging machine designed for filling or packing material such as silage, compost or the like into an elongated flexible bag. The adjustable density control means comprises an elongated and flexible sheet or belt member which is selectively adjustable positioned beneath the bag being filled and the ground. The weight of the material in the bag on the sheet 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 length of the sheet member which is positioned beneath the bag being filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: SRC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Publication number: 20040083681
    Abstract: Waste disposal device including a container defining a waste storage chamber and a cartridge arranged in the container and containing a length of flexible tubing for encapsulating waste packages. A retention mechanism is arranged in the container to hold the waste package. A rotation mechanism is provided to cause relative rotation between the cartridge and the retention mechanism in order to form a twist above a waste package when the waste package is being held by the retention mechanism and thereby encapsulate the waste package in the tubing. Encapsulation of the waste package prevents the release of odors from the waste package and thus, the invention provides a convenient and sanitary disposal of the waste packages. A series of encapsulated waste packages is thus created in the container, each package contained within a portion of the tubing and sealed at each end by the twisting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: SANIQUEST INDUSTRIES CORP.
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Patent number: 6722107
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming and containing a series of waste containing packs successively distributed along a length of flexible tubing is formed of a housing with a top portion displaying an opening to receive waste material therein and of a cassette containing a package of a flexible pleated tubing and so constructed as to enable the tubing to be dispensed therefrom downwardly into the opening. The apparatus includes a tubing pulling device rotatably mounted to the housing and including an attachment for securing one end of the tubing and an arrangement to receive the tubing in a wraparound manner when the pulling device is rotated and to form waste containing packs. The arrangement defines folds between successive packs to compress the tubing at the folds to seal the packs. The pulling device is removably mounted to the housing so as to enable the disposal of the waste containing packs from the pulling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Moniteure Angelcare Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Publication number: 20040068964
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of enclosing material in a net and supplying a handle for ease of carrying the netted material, comprising clippers, irises, and a handle maker. The irises gather the netting around the material, the first clipper cuts and closes the netting, and the handle maker forms a loop out of the severed netting. The second clipper attaches the loop back to the netting to form a handle. A scale can be used to weigh the material and a printer can create a label, with the weight or whatever other information is desired, for attachment to the netting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventors: Edward Kirk, Robert Pinto, Eggo Haschke
  • Patent number: 6719194
    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: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Melrose Products Limited
    Inventor: David Charles Richards
  • Publication number: 20040065060
    Abstract: A material bagging machine comprising a mobile frame having a collapsible tunnel positioned at the rearward end thereof. The tunnel may be positioned in its operative position for bagging purposes but may be collapsed to reduce the width thereof for transport purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Publication number: 20040055261
    Abstract: A system for sealing a load with film, where the load is placed on a pallet, includes a frame and a vertically moveable platform on which the pallet is received. A clamp is mounted to the frame and is configured to engage the load independently of the pallet when the pallet is received on the platform. A rack is mounted to the frame so as to be vertically movable, and a pair of cross members are mounted to the rack so as to be horizontally movable. An engagement subsystem configured to engage sides of the film and a sealing subsystem configured to seal the film are mounted to the cross members. In operation, when the pallet is placed on the platform, the sides of the film, which in the form of a sleeve where the sides define an inner space when separated, are engaged with the engagement subsystem when the rack is in the upper position. Thereafter, the cross members move outwardly to separate the sides of film and to define the inner space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: James A. Borchard
  • Publication number: 20040055258
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for introducing projecting elements (5) belonging to a section of a film (3) which surrounds laterally and at least partially the upper side of a stack of products (1) and which is adjacent to the stack of products in said area. In order to prevent the projecting elements, also known as tips or caps, from becoming fixed to the sides or to the upper side of the stacks of products, the triangular projecting elements, which are arranged in the region of two opposite-lying edges of the upper side of the stack of products and which emanate approximately in the corners of the stacks of products, are introduced into the area arranged between the stack of products and the section of the film, after the pile of products is enveloped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Reiner Hannen
  • Patent number: 6698164
    Abstract: The method entails unwinding portion of film stored in roll form. The film is made of a heat-sealable single- or multilayer flexible material. The flaps for the unwound portion are folded until they are side by side or overlapped along a narrow band. The resulting new lateral edges are folded further so as to form longitudinal accordion-like portions and the bottom is then formed with a transverse heat-sealed portion which is produced simultaneously with a median cut relative to the heat-sealed portion, successively separating two pairs of adjacent containers. The heat-sealed bottom is inserted into the container by an extent which is equal to half the width of the lateral accordion-like portion and a longitudinal heat-sealed portion is then produced in the region where the flaps lie side by side and/or overlap, blocking the bottom and the accordion-like portion, simultaneously with a complete or partial cutting of the longitudinal heat-sealed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: BP Europack S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giorgio Trani, Marion Sterner
  • Publication number: 20040035090
    Abstract: A device for the netting of trees, which device comprises a supply opening (1) and a device for the application of a net sleeving (5) around a tree when the latter is carried through the device. The device for the application of a net sleeving (5) around a tree is separated from the supply opening (1) and comprises a netting tube (4), on the outside of which the net (5) is located, the end of the net (5) being bent around that end (7) of the netting tube (4) that faces towards the supply opening (1) and extends into the netting tube (4). Also a method for the netting of trees, wherein the net (5) is applied to the tree inside a netting tube (4) located immediately after the supply opening (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventor: Claus Thomsen
  • Patent number: 6694711
    Abstract: An density control/anchor cable is provided on an agricultural bagging machine for engagement with the material being bagged as the material is forced past the density control/anchor cable into the bag being filled with agricultural material. The forward ends of the U-shaped density control/anchor cable are attached to first and second trolleys which are movably mounted on an I-beam positioned within the tunnel of the machine. The trolleys may be moved towards one another in tandem and away from one another in tandem from a position remote therefrom. One end of the density control/anchor cable may be selectively released from the second trolley from a position remote therefrom, thereby releasing the anchor effect of the U-shaped cable. The movement of the trolleys with respect to one another permits the precise density control of the material being packed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: SRC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Publication number: 20040020175
    Abstract: Waste disposal device including a housing defining a waste compartment for receiving enclosed waste and arranged to removably receive a cartridge containing a length of flexible tubing which operatively receives waste therein, a retention mechanism for holding a quantity of waste received in the tubing and a rotation mechanism for rotating the retention mechanism when the quantity of waste is held thereby and while the cartridge is stationary in order to twist the tubing 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: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Applicant: SANIQUEST INDUSTRIES CORP.
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Patent number: 6672034
    Abstract: An improved agricultural feed stock loading apparatus that includes a feed tunnel. In various embodiments, the apparatus includes a multi-part tunnel system that can be removed from the bagger and/or adjusted in width and/or length for shipping and moving convenience, and to accommodate different-sized bags. Other embodiments include a foldable brake beam and shaft mechanism that facilitates shipping and road travel. Other embodiments include a feed wagon portion with a large buffer table as a unitary part of the bagger, facilitating depositing a large amount of feed onto the bagger, and freeing the loading machinery for other duties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Paul R. Wingert
  • Patent number: 6655116
    Abstract: An adjustable pneumatic density control is provided for an agricultural bagging machine which not only acts as an anchor against premature movement of the machine as the bag is being filled, but also controls the density of the material being packed in an agricultural bag. The adjustable pneumatic density control comprises an inflatable bladder which is supported upon the rearward end of a flexible cable extending from the frame of the bagging machine. An air line extends to the bladder to supply air to the interior thereof to enable the size of the bladder to be selectively varied. A density control gauge or meter is imposed in the air line to enable the operator to ascertain and control the pressure within the bladder. An optional shield is also provided which extends partially around the bladder to reduce wear on the bladder and to prevent damage to the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Publication number: 20030208995
    Abstract: Waste disposal device including a container defining a waste storage chamber and a cartridge arranged in the container and containing a length of flexible tubing for encapsulating waste packages. A retention mechanism is arranged in the container to hold the waste package. A rotation mechanism is provided to cause relative rotation between the cartridge and the retention mechanism in order to form a twist above a waste package when the waste package is being held by the retention mechanism and thereby encapsulate the waste package in the tubing. Encapsulation of the waste package prevents the release of odors from the waste package and thus, the invention provides a convenient and sanitary disposal of the waste packages. A series of encapsulated waste packages is thus created in the container, each package contained within a portion of the tubing and sealed at each end by the twisting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Applicant: SANIQUEST INDUSTRIES CORP.
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Patent number: 6625962
    Abstract: A drawing frame comprising, starting from a main frame (1), a sliding frame consisting of several actuators (20, 22, 23) arranged in a straight position on the elements drawing the sheath (5). The various actuators (20, 22, 23) are guided by slide rails (13, 14) and in particular by a pair of dihedral structures (7) for example, comprising beams (10, 12) and slides mobile by the effect of the various actuators. The drawing frame can advantageously be installed on a machine used for making silos, for sheathing fodder bales for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventors: Gerard Lucas, Jean-Claude Retaillaud
  • Patent number: 6612099
    Abstract: Waste disposal device including a container defining a waste storage chamber and a cartridge arranged in the container and containing a length of flexible tubing for encapsulating waste packages. A retention mechanism is arranged in the container to hold the waste package. A rotation mechanism is provided to cause relative rotation between the cartridge and the retention mechanism in order to form a twist above a waste package when the waste package is being held by the retention mechanism and thereby encapsulate the waste package in the tubing. Encapsulation of the waste package prevents the release of odors from the waste package and thus, the invention provides a convenient and sanitary disposal of the waste packages. A series of encapsulated waste packages is thus created in the container, each package contained within a portion of the tubing and sealed at each end by the twisting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Saniquest Industries Corp.
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Publication number: 20030154696
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming and containing a series of waste containing packs successively distributed along a length of flexible tubing is formed of a housing with a top portion displaying an opening to receive waste material therein and of a cassette containing a package of a flexible pleated tubing and so constructed as to enable the tubing to be dispensed therefrom downwardly into the opening. The apparatus includes a tubing pulling device rotatably mounted to the housing and including an attachment for securing one end of the tubing and an arrangement to receive the tubing in a wraparound manner when the pulling device is rotated and to form waste containing packs. The arrangement defines folds between successive packs to compress the tubing at the folds to seal the packs. The pulling device is removably mounted to the housing so as to enable the disposal of the waste containing packs from the pulling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Publication number: 20030154693
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for wrapping unit loads or packaged goods (2) using a section of elastic film (8) that is at least approximately hood-shaped, whereby the section of film is gathered and pulled over the unit load or packaged goods. The invention aims to provide a significantly faster packaging method of this type, which can be used in branches of industry with high production figures, e.g. white goods (dishwashers, refrigerators etc.). To achieve this, the section of film is gathered by a gathering device (3), then taken by a covering device (6) that can be displaced separately and subsequently pulled over the unit load or packaged goods, in particular being stretched beforehand. Another section of film can be gathered by the gathering device, while the previous section of film is still being pulled over the unit load or packaged goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventors: Reiner Hannen, Norbert Vermeulen
  • Publication number: 20030145560
    Abstract: A bagging device (6) including at least two bag forming means (2, 3) capable of forming bags of a selected variable length from a supply of the material (4) from which the bags are to be formed, transporting means (7, 8, 10) to, in use convey item of differing dimensions to a selected position (5) or to one of a range of available selected positions, sizing means (15) to determine the size of each individual item, and production means to cause in use a bag of desired length to be formed by a selected one of said bag forming means (2, 3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Richard A. Melville
  • Publication number: 20030131569
    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: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Applicant: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Chomik, Mark Yoho, Jeffrey Brown
  • Patent number: 6574940
    Abstract: A packing machine for the packing of products in mesh bags with handle include; a tubular mesh feeder, a first set of rollers in quincunxes, a frame with a second set of rollers resting, respectively, on the first set of rollers, feeders of two bands, plates with springs disposed between both bands, parts shaping folds on the free parts of the mesh, rollers that pull the tubular mesh with its two bands welded, and means that close the bottom and cut the top of each bag, feeder rollers of a band and means for transversely cutting the band to obtain a strip, turning means that fold the strip in a “U”, and means for inserting the strip in the upper part of the bag and means for welding this set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Talleres Daumer, S.A.
    Inventor: Agustín Dauder Guardiola
  • Patent number: 6574946
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the end closure of packaging tubes is provided. In one embodiment, the tube which is to be sealed presents an intermediate wall having a surplus length across the tube cross-section, and the intermediate wall is fixed at the filling end of the tube to the tube wall and along two joining locations extending along the length of the tube. A hot air nozzle with two sub-members forming a gap therebetween is inserted into the opening in the filling end, and parts of the intermediate wall and the inside of the tube intended for sealing are heat activated in a non-contacting manner. Apparatus for producing a clamping action is pressed against the heat activated tube end and the intermediate wall. This apparatus includes a pair of clamping jaws arranged for translatory motion perpendicular to the tube axis and initially in a direction at an angle to a line through the joining locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Norden Pac Development AB
    Inventor: Hans Linner
  • Publication number: 20030070399
    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: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventor: Paul Wingert
  • Publication number: 20030037517
    Abstract: A bag filling machine having a tunnel and a bag fitted to the tunnel for transferring material compacted in the tunnel and in the compacted state, into the bag. The tunnel is composed of a bottom portion and alternating top portions that are alternatively and selectively secured to the bottom portion. Said top portion defining a portion of the circumferential rear end opening and having different circumferential end portions that adapt the tunnel to different bag sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventors: Larry R. Inman, Walter L. Jay