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1. (WO1997018991) FILLING CONTAINERS WITH PARTICULATE MATERIAL
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Pub. No.: WO/1997/018991 International Application No.: PCT/GB1996/002794
Publication Date: 29.05.1997 International Filing Date: 14.11.1996
Chapter 2 Demand Filed: 11.06.1997
IPC:
A61M 15/00 (2006.01) ,B65B 1/36 (2006.01) ,B65B 11/50 (2006.01) ,G01F 11/28 (2006.01)
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
M
DEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY; DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY; DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR
15
Inhalators
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
B
MACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING
1
Packaging fluent solid material, e.g. powders, granular or loose fibrous material, loose masses of small articles, in individual containers or receptacles, e.g. bags, sacks, boxes, cartons, cans, jars
30
Devices or methods for controlling or determining the quantity or quality of the material fed or filled
36
by volumetric devices or methods
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
B
MACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING
11
Wrapping, e.g. partially or wholly enclosing, articles, or quantities of material, in strips, sheets, or blanks, of flexible material
50
Enclosing articles, or quantities of material, by disposing contents between two sheets, e.g. pocketed sheets, and securing their opposed free margins
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
F
MEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW, OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME
11
Apparatus requiring external operation adapted at each repeated and identical operation to measure and separate a predetermined volume of fluid or fluent solid material from a supply or container, without regard to weight, and to deliver it
28
with stationary measuring chambers having constant volume during measurement
Applicants:
MERCK PATENT GMBH [DE/DE]; Frankfurter Strasse 250 D-64293 Darmstadt, DE (AllExceptUS)
GRIFFIN, David, Peter [GB/GB]; GB (UsOnly)
Inventors:
GRIFFIN, David, Peter; GB
Priority Data:
9523555.217.11.1995GB
Title (EN) FILLING CONTAINERS WITH PARTICULATE MATERIAL
(FR) REMPLISSAGE DE CONTENANTS AVEC UNE MATIERE PARTICULAIRE
Abstract:
(EN) A multi-compartment container (12) is charged with a plurality of doses of powdered medicament so that the volume of each dose is less than that of the respective compartments in which it is contained. A respective protuberance (for example 92) is inserted into each respective compartment, which is then filled with medicament (91) and the protuberance is then removed. The container may take the form of an apertured plate, in which case the filling step can be achieved by placing the container (12) on a porous bed (22) and in communication with a reservoir (80) of particulate material, and then passing gas through the reservoir, the apertures in the container (12) and the bed (22). There is also shown apparatus for performing the method, the apparatus comprising a reservoir (80) for the particulate material and conduit means (81, 92, 94) for relaying particulate material from the reservoir to the compartments, the conduit means including protuberances which are insertable into the compartments to reduce the available volume of the latter. The size of the doses can be controlled by appropriate selection of protuberance dimensions, and a plate-type container, when filled by the method, can be relatively easily sealed by, for example, the application of laminated foil.
(FR) On remplit un contenant comportant plusieurs départements (12) de plusieurs doses d'un médicament pulvérisé de manière à ce que le volume de chaque dose soit inférieur au volume du compartiment respectif auquel la dose est destinée. On introduit à l'intérieur de chaque compartiment une protubérance respective (par exemple 92), puis on remplit le compartiment de médicament (91) et l'on retire la protubérance. Ledit contenant peut prendre la forme d'une plaque à ouvertures, sur laquelle on peut procéder à l'opération de remplissage en plaçant le contenant (12) sur un lit poreux (22) en communication avec un réservoir (80) de matière particulaire, puis en faisant passer du gaz à travers le réservoir, les ouvertures du contenant (12) et le lit (22). Afin de mettre en oeuvre ledit procédé, l'invention concerne également un appareil qui comporte un réservoir (80) conçu pour contenir la matière particulaire et un ensemble de conduites (81, 92, 94) permettant de délivrer la matière particulaire du réservoir vers les compartiments dans le but de réduire le volume disponible desdits compartiments. Il est possible de maîtriser la taille des doses en sélectionnant de façon appropriée les dimensions des protubérances, et il est relativement aisé de fermer hermétiquement un contenant de type plaque, une fois rempli selon ledit procédé, en appliquant, par exemple une feuille métallique laminée.
Designated States: AL, AM, AT, AU, AZ, BA, BB, BG, BR, BY, CA, CH, CN, CU, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, GB, GE, HU, IL, IS, JP, KE, KG, KP, KR, KZ, LC, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, MD, MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, NO, NZ, PL, PT, RO, RU, SD, SE, SG, SI, SK, TJ, TM, TR, TT, UA, UG, US, UZ, VN
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (KE, LS, MW, SD, SZ, UG)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
CZPV1998-1445NO19982230SK61798ES2146422EP0876277RU02150415
US5775389US6035905EE9800156JP2000501050 CN1202138CA2237990
DE000069607392PT876277KR1019990067677NZ322134AU1996075806