(12) United States Patent (io) Patent No.: US 6,939,428 B2
Hill, IV et al. (45) Date of Patent: *Sep. 6,2005
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2003/0127184 Al Jul. 10, 2003
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation ol application No. 09/875,222, filed on Jun. 6, 2001, now Pat. No. 6,517,661, which is a continuation-inpart ol application No. 09/704,491, filed on Nov. 2, 2000, now Pat. No. 6,514,373, which is a continuation-in-part ol application No. 09/588,333, filed on Jun. 6, 2000, now Pat. No. 6,551,439.
(51) Int. C I. B65C 9/20
(52) U.S. CI 156/273.3; 156/275.5;
156/275.7; 156/DIG. 28; 156/DIG. 29
(58) Field of Search 156/256, 272.2,
156/273.3, 275.5, 275.7, DIG. 28, DIG. 29,
DIG. 34, DIG. 36
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) International Search
Report dated Jan. 3, 2002 for International Application No.
PCT/US 01/18352 filed Jun. 6, 2001 for Applicant AET.
Krones Publication #D-UT0-00-100E, Date Jan. 20, 1997,
Basics of Rotary Labeling (Cold Glue).
Primary Examiner—John T. Haran
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.
This invention relates to a labeling system for continuously applying a layer of a UV curable adhesive to plastic, sheet fed, cut and stack, labels, irradiating the adhesive on the labels to render the adhesive sufficiently tacky to effectively adhere the labels to containers in a commercial labeling machine and thereafter applying the labels to discrete containers through the sufficiently tacky adhesive layer. The plastic labels can be clear, opaque (including metallized) plastic films and can be retained in a dispensing magazine prior to the application of the UV curable adhesive to the labels.
31 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets