Kellogg has been granted a patent for an apparatus that includes a product metering device and container preparation systems. The device dispenses a product into first and second containers simultaneously, with the containers being prepared and opened by separate container expander systems. The patent also includes a method for dispensing the containers and metering the product. GlobalData’s report on Kellogg gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A patent for a method of dispensing product into containers

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Kellogg Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11753197B2) describes a method for dispensing containers and filling them with a product. The method involves the use of container preparation systems that include container expanders, transportation devices, and severing devices.

In the method, a first container is dispensed from a first container preparation system. The first container is opened using the first container expander, and a first amount of product is metered into the container from a product metering device. Concurrently, a second container is dispensed from a second container preparation system. The second container is derived from a continuous length of container material and is defined by severing the material using the second severing device.

The first container is then transported away from the product metering device using the first transportation device, while the second container is transported to the product metering device using the second transportation device. The second container is expanded using the second container expander, which involves extending an inflator portion into the container, expelling a pressurized fluid, and retracting the inflator portion.

The dispensing of the second container involves receiving the container material between a first container material engaging portion and a second container material engaging portion. These portions engage the opposing outer sidewall surfaces of the container material. By manipulating these engaging portions in opposing directions, the upstream passage of the second container is partially opened. The second container is further expanded by expelling a pressurized fluid into it through the upstream passage.

Overall, this patent describes a method for efficiently dispensing containers and filling them with a product. The use of container preparation systems with transportation and severing devices allows for simultaneous dispensing and metering of containers. The expansion of the containers using pressurized fluid ensures proper filling and sealing. This method could potentially improve the efficiency and speed of container filling processes in various industries.

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