Cascades has been granted a patent for an apparatus and method for assembling thermally insulated containers. The invention involves inserting insulating liner panels into a rectangular box to create a thermally insulated container. The apparatus includes stations for liner panel insertion and a transfer system for moving the box between stations while keeping lid flaps open. GlobalData’s report on Cascades gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Cascades, Multi-pack shrink wrapping was a key innovation area identified from patents. Cascades's grant share as of February 2024 was 78%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Apparatus for assembling thermally insulated containers

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Cascades Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11897225B2) discloses an apparatus designed for efficiently inserting insulating liner panels into a rectangular box to create a thermally insulated container. The apparatus consists of multiple stations, including a flap opening assembly, liner panel insertion assemblies, a box transfer system, and a flap guide system. The second station features a liner panel magazine assembly that receives and provides liner panels to be inserted into the box. The assembly includes rollers and an actuator mechanism to facilitate the movement and insertion of the liner panels within the box. Additionally, the third station includes a folding assembly to fold end segments of the liner panels before insertion, enhancing the insulation properties of the container.

Furthermore, the patent describes an assembly and method for efficiently conveying and folding segmented liner panels for insertion into a box. The assembly includes a panel engagement mechanism and a panel folding mechanism that work together to engage, convey, and fold the liner panels effectively. The panel engagement mechanism utilizes a prehension tool and motion actuators, while the panel folding mechanism features folding projections to fold the end segments of the liner panels towards the central segment. This innovative approach ensures the proper positioning and folding of the liner panels within the box, optimizing the thermal insulation properties of the container. Overall, the patented apparatus and method offer a systematic and automated solution for creating thermally insulated containers using insulating liner panels.

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