Patent Number: 8,820,381

Title: Apparatus and method for tin-tie application

Abstract: A system for applying a tin-tie, from a supply of tin-ties releaseably adhered along the length of a liner, with the tin-tie length generally aligned along a length of packaging moving in a first direction includes a tamp applicator for extending and retracting along a second direction substantially transverse to the first direction. The tamp applicator includes a magnet for carrying the tin-tie after it is released from the liner by a peeler, an air assist for aid in releasing and positioning the tin-tie, and a recess and edge for positioning the tin-tie. Part of the tamp applicator carrying the released tin-tie is also moveable in the same first direction, allowing travel in the same first direction as the moving packaging material when putting the tin-tie on the moving packaging material. A spring biases the part to return in a third direction opposite the first direction.

Inventors: Hoffman; Karl K. (Arlington Heights, IL), Roberts; Tom (Bolingbrook, IL), Kaganovich; Steve (Northbrook, IL), Ladd; Clay (Lafayette, NJ), Sagy; Arthur A. (Guttenberg, NJ)

Assignee: Plitek L.L.C.

International Classification: B29C 65/48 (20060101); B32B 37/10 (20060101); B65H 37/00 (20060101); B65H 29/54 (20060101); B65H 43/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018