Onex has been granted a patent for a device that reshapes packaging gable surfaces with a diagonal design. The device includes a conveyor with cells for transporting packaging, gable and lug folders for folding seams and lugs, and a forming tool that can be moved to avoid collision with the packaging. GlobalData’s report on Onex gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Device for reshaping gable surfaces of packaging

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Onex Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11939098B2) discloses a device designed for reshaping gable surfaces of packages with slanted gables. The device includes a conveyor apparatus with cells for receiving and transporting the packages, a gable folder for folding a fin seam, ear folders for folding ears, and a forming tool for reshaping the fin seam. The gable folder, ear folders, and forming tool are all mounted in a movable manner relative to the conveyor apparatus, allowing for precise reshaping without touching the packages, thus preventing collisions.

Furthermore, the patent also outlines a method for reshaping gable surfaces of packages using the device. The method involves providing packages with slanted gables, folding the fin seam and ears, reshaping the fin seam using the forming tool, and ensuring the forming tool does not touch the packages during movement. The method emphasizes the importance of the forming tool's mobility relative to the conveyor apparatus and the packages being transported, ensuring efficient and collision-free reshaping. Additionally, the method allows for simultaneous reshaping of gable surfaces of multiple packages, enhancing productivity in the packaging process.

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