Gathered Mouth Receptacle Patents (Class 53/577)
  • Patent number: 7743588
    Abstract: A waste storage device includes a container (21) in which a cassette (1) is mounted. Tubing (2) is pulled through the center of the cassette (1) to store packages (35) separated by twists. The cassette (1) is rotated relative to the container (21) to provide the twists between packages (35) by virtue of a rotatable disk (100) and user grip portion (102). The package is gripped against rotation by a gripper diaphragm (120) and is guided towards a wall of the container by a guide diaphragm (122) to prevent untwisting between packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Sangenic International Limited
    Inventors: Ian Alexander Webb, Mark Armstrong
  • 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: 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: 7000370
    Abstract: Apparatus and process for stretch wrapping articles, especially heads of lettuce, wherein a roll (23) of film (24) is supported on a housing (21), and the film is supplied from the roll around a dancer roller (50) and film feed roller (51) to a pair of film feed grippers (33, 34) which grip a leading edge of the film and advance it past an opening (26), whereupon a clamp (27) engages the leading edge of the film to hold it while the grippers release and return to their home position. Additional clamps (28–32) then engage the film to hold it in place over the opening. A head of lettuce (L) is placed on the film in centered relation to the opening, and a ram (37) engages the lettuce and pushes it against the film to stretch the film through and below the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Adam T. Bryant, Arnold Lipes, Bruno Wetter
  • Patent number: 6880315
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a bait sack using a netting material comprises a filling collar having a tubular configuration and an inside surface for directing bait into the netting material. A forming sleeve has a tubular configuration and is disposed coaxially about the filling collar. A netting material is disposed between the filling collar and the forming sleeve. The filling collar and the forming sleeve are movable relative to each other to form a bait sack with the netting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Stewart C. Burdorff
  • Patent number: 6846235
    Abstract: A device for closing tubular containers of flexible material, such as sausage casings or the like, contains plate-shaped constricting components for the purpose of forming constrictions in the container and a power-driven device for fastening a closure clip around the constrictions. The closure clip is advanced and pressed against a closing matrix by a punch. The power source for driving the punch and closing the closure clip is fastened to one of the constricting components and can swivel with it, whereby the punch of the device is guided on this constricting component across its entire advance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 6705063
    Abstract: This invention concerns a segmenting device in particular for the manufacture (portioning) of sausages from a string of sausage filling in a flexible tubular casing, which consists of a plurality of tye elements (12) in the form of strips which can be rotated against each other. One of their ends is secured locally in a ring concentric to the axis of the casing at regular intervals, and whereas the other end region is collected to form a ring (11) concentric with the axis of the casing, which, relative to this, can undergo movement of a rotational nature as well as parallel movement in their major plane, at least tee tying elements are provided, whose contact surface segments, which face the opening, are bent or curved in the main plane. In this manner each strip impinges on the casing with several contact surface segments and promotes the radial tying of the casing, avoiding shearing movements between the casing and the strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Töpfer, Günther Vermehren
  • Patent number: 6474041
    Abstract: A method for packaging objects by the use of heat-shrink material, in which there is wrapped in the manner of a sleeve around the objects, a sheet of heat-shrink material, heated to a temperature which is at least equivalent to the “defrosting” temperature of the material, a front portion and a rear portion of the sheet being disposed overlapping one another, in which the two portions are welded to one another, and in which the object-sheet assembly obtained is allowed to cool until the sheet shrinks onto the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Baumer S.R.L.
    Inventor: Mario Gambetti
  • Patent number: 6263643
    Abstract: A machine for automatically loading tubes with elasticated netting in a folded condition comprises an array of fingers which, by reciprocative movement of the tube relatively through the array, will draw off a continuous sleeve of the netting from a spreader device and store it on the tube. Thereafter the fingers and spreader device are raised and the fingers splayed from the tube, enabling the sleeve of netting to be cut above the tube, after which the loaded tube can be removed and replaced by an unloaded one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Trunature Ltd
    Inventors: Zoli Kovacs, Stuart Baird Revill
  • Patent number: 6170240
    Abstract: A packaging and disposal system for sealing waste and related materials within flexible plastic tubing for odorless and sanitary disposal. Improvements in the latch, including the addition of a transverse mounted latch spring, and improvements in the support retention springs serve to increase the ability of the device to operate efficiently and effectively and reduce the potential of accidental spills or other exposure of the waste package. The latch requires two independent motions to actuate and incorporates a transversely mounted latch spring. The reduced cross-sectional area of the retention spring design concentrates force applied to the package to increase the effective holding ability of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacoby, John R. Hickman, Michael J. Gallo
  • Patent number: 5918447
    Abstract: A device for crimping a flexible tubular container filled with a dividable filling to form portion packs thereof, which comprises an outer ring, a concentric inner ring, at least four crimping elements in the form of strips, each of which elements is pivotally mounted at one end thereof to said inner ring and engaged at the other end in recesses radially extended in said outer ring, said crimping elements cooperating to form an aperture of variable size, which can be closed upon rotation of said outer ring to crimp a flexible tubular container inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jurgen Hanten, Gunter Vermehren
  • Patent number: 5826404
    Abstract: System and method for packing loose fill materials in bags to form cushions for use in protecting articles in shipping cartons. The bags are produced from a length of flexible plastic tubing which is folded and gathered to form a coil which is disposed about the outlet of a loose fill dispenser. A section of the tubing is pulled from the coil, and its lower end is closed to form a bag which is then filled with loose fill material dispensed through the outlet. Another section of tubing is then pulled from the coil, and the tubing is drawn together to close the upper end of the first section and the lower end of the second section. The closed ends are secured with tape, and the tubing is severed to separate the first section from the second. The cushions thus formed are placed in the shipping cartons with the articles, and in some embodiments are compressed and reexpanded in conformance with the contour of the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventors: Gunter G. Fuss, Vladimir Yampolsky
  • Patent number: 5054273
    Abstract: Apparatus for inflating balloons to enable inserting objects thereinto include a housing having a lower compartment and an upper compartment, a first elongate tubular element disposed in the upper compartment to extend upwardly from the lower compartment where the upper end of the tubular element includes one or more openings, and a second elongate tubular element telescopically disposed in the upper compartment about the first tubular element to slide longitudinally relative thereto between an upper position, in which an object may be inserted into the second tubular element to rest against the upper end of the first tubular element, and a lower position, in which the upper ends of the first and second tubular elements are generally at the same elevation. The upper end of the second tubular element is open and is adapted to receive and releasably hold a balloon orifice thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Maxim Marketing
    Inventor: George E. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 5009058
    Abstract: A device and method for baling a plurality of items in a sack-like bale enclosure which includes a conduit for conducting items from a conveyor to a sock-like item receptacle coaxially mounted over an outlet end of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: NSW Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Ptaschek, James Bowman, H. William Ferguson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4493179
    Abstract: A bagging device for transferring material from a first chamber through an opening in a wall to a second chamber includes an outer housing communicating with the opening and having proximal and distal ends relative to the wall. An inner housing having proximal and distal ends corresponding to those of the outer housing is mounted in a concentrically spaced, sealed manner with respect to the distal end of the outer housing. The inner and outer housings and mounting means therebetween define an annular chamber, closed at its distal end and open at its proximal end, in which a pliable tube is slidably positioned in sealed engagement with the housings. The pliable tube includes a sealed end positioned adjacent the proximal end of the inner housing so as to maintain isolation between the first and second chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1985
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Stephen B. Brak
  • Patent number: 4489538
    Abstract: A bagging device for transferring material from a first chamber through an pening in a wall to a second chamber includes an outer housing communicating with the opening and having proximal and distal ends relative to the wall. An inner housing having proximal and distal ends corresponding to those of the outer housing is mounted in a concentrically spaced, sealed manner with respect to the distal end of the outer housing. The inner and outer housings and mounting means therebetween define an annular chamber, closed at its distal end and open at its proximal end, in which a pliable tube is slidably positioned in sealed engagement with the housings. The pliable tube includes a sealed end positioned adjacent the proximal end of the inner housing so as to maintain isolation between the first and second chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1984
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Energy
    Inventors: Stephen B. Brak, Henry F. Milek
  • Patent number: 4446677
    Abstract: A packing apparatus, in particular for provisions in a squeezed style package, is provided comprising a hopper to supply a predetermined amount of the provisions into a synthetic resin film tube, a heat-seal and fusion cutting device disposed beneath the hopper to heat seal and cut the tube, a squeezing device disposed beneath the heat-seal and cutting device comprising two pairs of horizontal parallel bars disposed at right angles such that the confronting bars of each of the pairs are adapted to be moved towards and away from each other, a taping device disposed near the squeezing device and adapted to tape around the squeezed portion of the packing with an adhesive tape, a cutting device to sever the adhesive tape after taping, and a driving means to actuate the various components in a synthronized manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Kokido
  • Patent number: 4445311
    Abstract: A portioning and packaging machine for pasty materials, especially food products such as butter, margarine and cheese, comprises a stationary feed tube around which a portioning head is rotated. The portioning head is formed with radial portioning cylinders receiving the material from the feed tube and pistons which are displaceable relative to the cylinders for driving the material into vertical filling tubes. The filling tubes are raised and lowered with respect to the head by a stationary cam arrangement which can also include a cam for raising and lowering a sleeve forming a packaging foil or sheet into a cup adapted to receive the portion. The sleeve picks up the sheet from a table rotating with the head and forms the cup which it carries into a cavity of a forming table in which the portion is deposited in the resulting cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: Asto Import- und Exportgesellschaft M.B.H. & Co. Kg.
    Inventor: Jurgen Nentwig