Patent Number: 6,305,148

Title: System and method providing a regulated atmosphere for packaging perishable goods

Abstract: The invention provides a new method and system for establishing, and optionally maintaining, a desired atmosphere for perishable or atmosphere-sensitive goods during their storage and/or transportation. One embodiment includes providing a sealed enclosure around the goods; coupling at least one valve to the sealed enclosure so as to provide a port through which a desired gas from an external gas source may enter the sealed enclosure; coupling a first end of a hose to the at least one valve and a second end of the hose to the external gas source, thereby providing a conduit through which the desired gas may flow from the external gas source into the sealed enclosure; injecting a desired gas from the external gas source into the sealed enclosure so as to provide a desired atmosphere within the sealed enclosure; automatically monitoring an amount of gas which enters the sealed enclosure from the external source; and automatically controlling the flow of the desired gas into the sealed enclosure in response to the act of automatically monitoring.

Inventors: Bowden; Lisa A. (Aptos, CA), Nagamine; James S. (Watsonville, CA)

Assignee: The Bowden Group

International Classification: B65B 31/04 (20060101); B65B 11/00 (20060101); B65D 81/20 (20060101); B65B 031/04 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018