Patent Number: 7,762,047

Title: Food article packaging apparatus and method

Abstract: Packaging apparatus and method for inserting food articles into a bag of comparable size. The apparatus has a conveyor that orients the product along a longitudinal axis and delivers the food article to a tray disposed below the conveyor so the product drops from the conveyor and onto the tray. The tray and conveyor move at speeds selected so the product maintains its longitudinal orientation as it drops from the conveyor into the product tray. A bag scoop holds the bag mouth open while the tray carrying the product advances into the bag. A product stripper moves into a position behind the bagged product after passage of the tray so that when the tray returns to its start position, the stripper butts against the end of the product and holds the product while the tray slides out of the bag.

Inventors: Stackley; Mark Anthony (St. Croix Falls, WI), Schult; Steve John (Omro, WI), Zuleger; David Lawrence (Kaukauna, WI), Nowak; Kenneth Eugene (Green Bay, WI)

Assignee: Curwood, Inc.

International Classification: B65B 43/54 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018