High speed contact sealer

  • US 5,085,036 A
  • Filed: 11/21/1990
  • Issued: 02/04/1992
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/14/1988
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. Improved apparatus for the manufacture of a length of closed film product from a length of flexible, flat film comprising, in combination:

  • (a) a support frame;

    (b) a form member supported at one end by the frame and extending as a cantilever beam, generally horizontally, and defining an axis;

    (c) a film form collar surrounding the form member, said film form collar constructed to fold the sides of a flat strip of film one over the other to thereby define a seam of a closed film product, surrounding the form member;

    (d) means, mounted on the frame, for transporting the closed film product axially on the form member, said means for transporting comprising first and second transport members positioned on opposite sides of the form member and continuously frictionally engageable with film on the member and movable to transport the film therewith axially on the form member, and said means for transporting further comprising means for synchronously driving the first and second transporting means; and

    (e) heat seal means mounted on the frame and including a solid, closed loop, moving band positionable over the seam to engage the seam for heat and pressure transfer to the film, said heat seal means further comprising means for driving the movable band in synchronization with the first and second transport means for simultaneous movement of the seam with the film on the form member;

    (f) means for positioning the closed loop, movable band over the seam to engage the seam;

    the first and second transport members being positioned axially in positions substantially axially centered on the closed loop, moving band of the heat seal means.

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