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US7127315: Method and apparatus for acting on articles in the tobacco-processing industry

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Inventor(s) Christian Junge · Karsten Eckert · Frank Grothaus · Bernhard Brinkmann · Michael Straube · Helge Frauen · Torsten Lietzke ·
Assignee(s) Hauni Maschinenbau AG ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Venable LLP · Robert Kinberg · Cathrine M. Voorhees ·
Primary Examiner Kidest Bahta ·
Application Number US10411366
Filing date 04/11/2003
Issue date 10/24/2006
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 06/01/2024
Patent term adjustment 417
U.S. Classifications 700/109  · 198/246  · 700/226  · 362/89  · 700/159  ·
International Classifications G06F1900  ·
Kind CodeB2
Foreign Priority DE10216069 - 04/11/2002 ·
20 Claims, 3 Drawings


Abstract

A method is provided for acting on a product in a machine operating in a machine cycle in the tobacco-processing industry in dependence on information about the product. Information about the product is detected synchronously with the machine cycle. The information is associated with the product asynchronously with respect to the machine cycle. An action is effected on the product synchronously with respect to the machine cycle in dependence on the information associated with the product.

Independent Claims | See all claims (20)

  1. 1. A method of acting on a series of products in a tobacco-processing machine operating in a machine cycle in dependence on information about a respective product previously associated with the respective product, comprising the steps: detecting information about the product synchronously with respect to the machine cycle during the operation of the tobacco-processing machine; associating the detected information with the product asynchronously with respect to the machine cycle; and effecting an action on the product synchronously with respect to the machine cycle in dependence on the information associated with the product.
  2. 17. An apparatus for acting on a series of products in a tobacco-processing machine operating according to a machine cycle in dependence on information about a respective product, the apparatus comprising: a sensor for detecting information about the product in a synchronous relationship with the machine cycle during the operation of the tobacco-processing machine; a control for associating the detected information with the product in an asynchronous relationship with the machine cycle; and an actuator for acting on the product in a synchronous relationship with the machine cycle in dependence on the information associated with the product.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

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Foreign Patent Documents

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DE1900701BRABANTIA VALKENSWAARD N VAug 1970
DE2113841INDUSTRIAL NUCLEONICS CORPOct 1971
DE3211111HAUNI WERKE KOERBER & CO KGMay 2001
WO200016647PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS INC.Mar 2000
* cited by examiner

Referenced By

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US7474935 Hauni Maschinenbau AG Amir Fetahovic Jan 2009