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1. (WO2018122099) APPARATUS FOR FILLING CARTRIDGES OF E-VAPOR DEVICES
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Pub. No.: WO/2018/122099 International Application No.: PCT/EP2017/084107
Publication Date: 05.07.2018 International Filing Date: 21.12.2017
Chapter 2 Demand Filed: 10.10.2018
IPC:
B65B 37/20 (2006.01) ,B65B 59/00 (2006.01) ,B65B 65/00 (2006.01) ,B65B 1/38 (2006.01) ,F04B 49/12 (2006.01) ,B65B 43/50 (2006.01) ,B65B 43/60 (2006.01) ,B65B 3/32 (2006.01)
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
37
Supplying or feeding fluent-solid, plastic, or liquid material, or loose masses of small articles, to be packaged
16
Separating measured quantities from supply
20
by volume measurement
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
59
Arrangements to enable machines to handle articles of different sizes, to produce packages of different sizes, to vary the contents of packages, or to give access for cleaning or maintenance purposes
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
65
Details peculiar to packaging machines and not otherwise provided for; Arrangements of such details
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
38
by pistons co-operating with measuring chambers
F MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
04
POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS FOR LIQUIDS OR ELASTIC FLUIDS
B
POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS
49
Control of, or safety measures for, machines, pumps, or pumping installations, not otherwise provided for in, or of interest apart from, groups F04B1/-F04B47/196
12
by varying the length of stroke of the working members
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
43
Forming, feeding, opening, or setting-up containers or receptacles in association with packaging
42
Feeding or positioning bags, boxes, or cartons in the distended, opened, or set-up state; Feeding preformed rigid containers, e.g. tins, capsules, glass tubes, glasses, to the packaging position; Locating containers or receptacles at the filling position; Supporting containers or receptacles during the filling operation
50
using rotary tables or turrets
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
43
Forming, feeding, opening, or setting-up containers or receptacles in association with packaging
42
Feeding or positioning bags, boxes, or cartons in the distended, opened, or set-up state; Feeding preformed rigid containers, e.g. tins, capsules, glass tubes, glasses, to the packaging position; Locating containers or receptacles at the filling position; Supporting containers or receptacles during the filling operation
54
Means for supporting containers or receptacles during the filling operation
60
rotatable
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
3
Packaging plastic material, semiliquids, liquids, or mixed solids and liquids, in individual containers or receptacles, e.g. bags, sacks, boxes, cartons, cans, jars
26
Methods or devices for controlling the quantity of the material fed or filled
30
by volumetric measurement
32
by pistons co-operating with measuring chambers
Applicants:
PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A. [CH/CH]; Quai Jeanrenaud 3 CH-2000 Neuchâtel, CH
Inventors:
GARTHAFFNER, Travis Martin; US
STRAIGHT, Jeremy Jay; US
Agent:
DOWLING, Ian; GB
Priority Data:
15/390,83427.12.2016US
Title (EN) APPARATUS FOR FILLING CARTRIDGES OF E-VAPOR DEVICES
(FR) APPAREIL DE REMPLISSAGE DE CARTOUCHES DE DISPOSITIFS DE VAPEUR ÉLECTRONIQUE
Abstract:
(EN) An apparatus (1000) for the automated filling of cartridges (610) of e-vapor devices may include a filling drum (600) configured to receive at least one cartridge (610) of an e-vapor device. The apparatus (1000) may additionally include a needle assembly (500) including at least one hypodermic needle (502). The needle assembly (500) is configured to transition between a lowered state and a raised state. The lowered state is where the hypodermic needle (502) is moved down into the cartridge (610), while the raised state is where the hypodermic needle (502) is lifted up and away from the cartridge (610). The apparatus (1000) may further include a pump assembly (400) configured to pump a pre-vapor formulation into the cartridge (610) when the needle assembly (500) is in the lowered state. The pump assembly (400) may include a variable amplitude cam system configured to adjust an amount of the pre-vapor formulation for pumping to the cartridge (610) without changing start and stop times for the pumping.
(FR) L'invention concerne un appareil (1000) destiné au remplissage automatisé de cartouches (610) de dispositifs de vapeur électronique pouvant comprendre un tambour de remplissage (600) conçu pour recevoir au moins une cartouche (610) d'un dispositif de vapeur électronique. L'appareil (1000) peut en outre comprendre un ensemble aiguille (500) comprenant au moins une aiguille hypodermique (502). L'ensemble aiguille (500) est conçu pour passer d'un état abaissé à un état relevé. L'état abaissé correspond à l'état dans lequel l'aiguille hypodermique (502) est déplacée vers le bas dans la cartouche (610), tandis que l'état relevé correspond à l'état dans lequel l'aiguille hypodermique (502) est soulevée pour sortir de la cartouche (610). L'appareil (1000) peut en outre comprendre un ensemble pompe (400) conçu pour pomper une formulation de pré-vapeur dans la cartouche (610) lorsque l'ensemble aiguille (500) se trouve dans l'état abaissé. L'ensemble pompe (400) peut comprendre un système de came à amplitude variable conçu pour ajuster une quantité de la formulation de pré-vapeur destinée à être pompée jusque dans la cartouche (610) sans changer les temps de début et de fin du pompage.
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)