Patent Number: 6,168,560

Title: Cushioning conversion machine and method with pad transferring device

Abstract: A cushioning conversion machine (20) including a converting assembly (52, 54) which converts a sheet-like stock material (22) into a strip (31) having at least one pillow-like portion (33) and another portion (34), and a severing assembly (56) which severs the leading section of the strip (31) to form a cushioning pad (32). The cushioning conversion machine 20 is characterized by a pad-transferring device (300, 400, 500, 600, 700) which transfers the cushioning pad (32) away from the severing assembly (56) by applying a transferring force to the cushioning pad (32) that is concentrated at the other portion (34) of the cushioning pad (32). The other portion (34) of the cushioning pad is preferably a compressed portion, a connecting portion which maintains the geometry of the pillow-like portion, and/or a central portion.

Inventors: Pluymaekers; Serge H. L. C. (Margraten, NL), Timmers; Mike J. (Landgraaf, NL), Kobben; Pierre H. G. (Kerkrade, NL)

Assignee: Ranpak Corp

International Classification: B31F 7/00 (20060101); B31F 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018