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US20040144066: Method for sealing capsules and apparatus to perform said method

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Giuseppe Piemontese ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Correspondent MCGLEW & TUTTLE, PC ·
Application Number US10757308
Filing date 01/14/2004
Publication date 07/29/2004
Predicted expiration date 01/14/2024
U.S. Classifications 53/485  · 53/900  · 53/285  ·
International Classifications B65B007/00  ·
Kind CodeA1
Foreign Priority ITFI20030012 - 01/15/2003 ·
13 Claims, 7 Drawings


Abstract

The capsules are disposed on a first rigid support (A1) movable in steps provided with a first plurality of seats (B1) designed to each contain a respective capsule (7), the support (A1) being designed to feed the capsules to means (5) designed to distribute a sealing solution along the rim of the cap (7B) of each capsule. The capsules (7) that have received the solution are then transferred from said first rigid support (A1) to a second rigid support (A3) movable in steps provided with a second plurality of seats (B3) designed to contain a respective capsule (7), the second rigid support (A3) then in turn transferring the capsules (7) to an unloading station (8) after a time sufficient to consolidate sealing.

Independent Claims | See all claims (13)

  1. 1. A method for sealing cylindrical capsules formed of a body and of a cap inserted axially inside one another, comprising the phases of: placing the capsules to be sealed on a first rigid support movable in steps provided with a first plurality of seats designed to each contain a respective capsule, the support being designed to feed the capsules to means designed to distribute a sealing solution along the rim of the cap of each capsule; transferring the capsules that have received the sealing solution, from said first rigid support to a second rigid support movable in steps provided with a second plurality of seats designed to contain a respective capsule, the number of seats of said second plurality being much larger than that of the seats of said first plurality, the second rigid support then in turn transferring the capsules to an unloading station after a time sufficient to consolidate sealing.
  2. 4. An apparatus for sealing cylindrical capsules formed of a body and of a cap inserted axially inside one another, comprising means to feed capsules positioned to be sealed, means to distribute a liquid sealing solution along the rim of the cap of each capsule and a computerized control unit designed to coordinate the movement of the members of the apparatus, further including: two rigid supports movable in steps, each provided with seats designed to contain the capsules to be sealed, the seats of the second support being in a much larger number than the seats of the first support; for each movable support, respective means for stepped feed; means to transfer the capsules from the first to the second rigid movable support; and means to unload the sealed capsules from the second rigid movable support.

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Referenced By

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US7530213 Dene Barrett Dene Barrett et al. May 2009
US7337596 Dene Barrett Dene Barrett et al. Mar 2008
US8181425 Capsugel Belgium Gabriel M. McCutcheon et al. May 2012

Patent Family

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US20040144066 Giuseppe Piemontese Jul 2004
US7000368 PIEMONTESE GIUSEPPE Giuseppe Piemontese Feb 2006