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1. (WO2018039317) TRANSPORTABLE MODULAR SYSTEM FOR PACKAGING ITEMS
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What is Claimed:

1. A transportable system for packaging items in a container, the system being mounted to and enclosed by a truck, the system comprising:

an item tote having a base and at least one sidewall extending from the base; a conveyor configured to transport the item tote within the truck, the conveyor having an actuatable portion that is configured to tilt the item tote;

dispensing carts located above the conveyor and removable from the truck for loading items into the dispensing carts while the dispensing carts are outside of the truck; and

a container chute;

whereby, in operation, items are dispensed from the dispensing carts into the item tote and transported by the conveyor to a container disposed in the container chute.

2. The transportable system of claim 1, wherein the container has a base and at least one sidewall extending from the base, the base of the item tote has a bottom surface that defines a first plane, the conveyor has a top surface that contacts the bottom surface of the item tote, the top surface has a main portion that defines a second plane, and the conveyor is configured to tilt the item tote from a first position in which the first plane is coplanar with the second plane and a second position in which the first plane is at a first angle relative to the second plane, and wherein the container chute has a surface that extends between a top portion proximate the conveyor and a bottom portion, the surface configured to contact the at least one sidewall of the container, the surface of the container chute defining a third plane, the third plane being disposed at a second angle relative to the second plane, the first angle being within 10 degrees of the second angle.

3. The transportable system of claim 2, further comprising a shelf disposed proximate the bottom portion of the container chute, the shelf being actuatable relative to the container chute between a first position in which the shelf supports the base of the container and a second position in which the container is released from the shelf.

4. The transportable system of claim 2, wherein the item tote further comprises a door configured to actuate to form an aperture as the item tote moves from the first position to the second position.

5. The transportable system of claim 4, wherein the system further comprises a cam mounted to a linear actuator configured to actuate the door.

6. The transportable system of claim 2, wherein the item tote further comprises an inner surface that defines a fourth plane, the fourth plane being disposed relative to the first plane at a third angle, the third angle being between 0 and 10 degrees.

7. The transportable system of claim 6, wherein the item tote further comprises a lip disposed between the inner surface and the at least one sidewall.

8. The transportable system of claim 1 further comprising an item chute disposed between the conveyor and the container chute.

9. The transportable system of claim 1, wherein the conveyor is a first conveyor and the system further comprises a second conveyor and a plurality of container totes disposed on the second conveyor, each the container totes defining a plurality of recesses, each of the recesses configured to receive the container.

10. A method of packaging items in a container using a transportable system that is mounted to and enclosed by a truck, the system comprising an item tote having a base and at least one sidewall extending from the base, a conveyor, dispensing carts located above the conveyor and removable from the truck for loading items into the dispensing carts while the dispensing carts are outside of the truck, and a container chute, the method comprising:

disposing items in the item tote;

after the disposing step, transporting the item tote from an area within the truck where the dispensing carts are disposed to the container chute; and

after the transporting step, moving the items from the item tote into the container.

11. The method of claim 10, wherein the container has a base and at least one sidewall extending from the base, the base of the item tote has a bottom surface that defines a first plane, conveyor has a top surface having a main portion that defines a second plane, and an actuatable portion, the container chute has a surface that extends between a top portion proximate the conveyor and a bottom portion, the surface of the container chute defining a third plane, and wherein:

the moving step further comprises tilting the item tote from a first position in which the first plane is coplanar with the second plane to a second position in which the first plane is at a first angle relative to the second plane, the tilting resulting in the items moving from the tote to the container, the container being disposed on the container chute and the container chute being disposed at a second angle relative to the second plane, the first angle being within 10 degrees of the second angle; and

12. The method of claim 11 wherein the system further comprises a shelf disposed proximate the bottom portion of the container chute and the method further comprises a step of actuating the shelf relative to the container chute between a first position in which the shelf supports the base of the container to a second position in which the container is released from the shelf.

13. The method of claim 10, wherein the disposing step comprises multiple steps of dropping the items into the tote, the items including a first item having a first weight and a second item having a second weight, respectively, the first weight being greater than the second weight, and a step of dropping the first item into the tote occurs prior to the step of dropping the second item into the tote.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the item tote further comprises an inner surface that defines a first plane, the first plane being disposed relative to a second plane defined by the bottom surface of the item tote at an angle, the angle being between 0 and 10 degrees, and the step of dropping the first item results in the first item rolling toward a low point on the inner surface.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein the rolling includes rolling the first item over a lip disposed between the inner surface and the at least one sidewall and the step of dropping the second item includes dropping the second item on the inner surface.

16. The method of claim 15, further comprising a step of actuating a door of the item tote so as to form an aperture, the actuating step beginning before or during the moving step.

17. A transportable system for packaging items in a container, the container having a base and at least one sidewall extending from the base, the system being mounted to and enclosed by a truck, the system comprising:

a container former, the container former comprising:

a pair of dowels, each dowel having a tab extending radially relative to the dowel;

a vacuum arm, the vacuum arm configured to apply a vacuum force to the container during forming; and

a linear actuator mounted to the vacuum arm, the linear actuator configured to move the vacuum arm relative to a portion of the container during forming;

an item tote having a base and at least one sidewall extending from the base, the base including a door that is actuatable relative to the at least one sidewall; and

a conveyor configured to transport the item tote within the truck, the conveyor defining a recess that, in combination with the door, is configured to form a pathway

from the item tote to the container former such that the items may be disposed in the container after the container is formed.

18. The transportable system of claim 17, wherein the base of the item tote comprises an inner surface and an outer surface that are angled relative to each other at an angle being between 0 and 10 degrees.

The transportable system of claim 18, wherein the inner surface of the item tote defines