US 11,655,059 B2
Direct to container system with on-line weight control and associated method
James D. Evans, Chesterfield, VA (US); Herbert Cary Longest, Midlothian, VA (US); Tamika S. Murrell, Richmond, VA (US); Robert V. Powell, Jr., Midlothian, VA (US); Jeremy Straight, Midlothian, VA (US); and Jarrod W. Chalkley, Mechanicsville, VA (US)
Assigned to Altria Client Services LLC, Richmond, VA (US)
Filed by Altria Client Services LLC, Richmond, VA (US)
Filed on Mar. 12, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/199,742.
Application 17/199,742 is a continuation of application No. 16/291,136, filed on Mar. 4, 2019, granted, now 10,981,682.
Application 16/291,136 is a continuation of application No. 13/967,181, filed on Aug. 14, 2013, granted, now 10,220,969, issued on Mar. 5, 2019.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/683,034, filed on Aug. 14, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2021/0197991 A1, Jul. 1, 2021
Int. Cl. B65B 5/10 (2006.01); B65B 1/24 (2006.01); B65B 1/46 (2006.01); B65B 5/06 (2006.01); B65B 5/08 (2006.01); B65B 29/00 (2006.01); B65B 35/30 (2006.01); B65B 39/00 (2006.01); B65B 43/54 (2006.01); B65B 65/00 (2006.01); B65B 9/20 (2012.01); B65B 37/10 (2006.01)
CPC B65B 5/101 (2013.01) [B65B 1/24 (2013.01); B65B 1/46 (2013.01); B65B 5/061 (2013.01); B65B 5/08 (2013.01); B65B 29/00 (2013.01); B65B 35/30 (2013.01); B65B 39/007 (2013.01); B65B 43/54 (2013.01); B65B 65/006 (2013.01); B65B 9/20 (2013.01); B65B 37/10 (2013.01); B65B 2220/18 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for manufacturing and inserting a desired number of products into containers, the system comprising:
a product providing system including a plurality of lanes;
a conveyor system configured to move a plurality of containers into alignment with the plurality of lanes, the conveyor system including,
a carousel,
a plurality of funnel cups pivotally attached to the carousel, each of the plurality of funnel cups configured to pivot between a first position in which the funnel cup is configured to engage a respective one of the plurality of containers and a second position in which the funnel cup is configured to disengage from the one of the plurality of containers; and
a controller configured to,
control the product providing system so as to provide a desired number of products in each of the plurality of containers when the plurality of containers are aligned with the plurality of lanes, and
control movement of the carousel.