Title of Invention

A DEVICE FOR FILLING SOLUBLE CONTAINERS

Abstract A device for filling soluble containers comprising: an assembly for orienting capsules; said assembly comprising atleast one sheet component for 5 orienting capsules and atleast one base component for guiding the oriented capsules therethrough to a following assembly: said sheet component comprising atleast one first sheet and atleast one second sheet; said sheets being set apart and capable of being displaced relatively to each other; 10 said first sheet comprising a plurality of notches for accommodating the capsules loaded thereto, in coordination with said second sheet; said second sheet comprising a plurality of notches adapted to substantially orient the capsules into filling position; wherein the improvement comprises atleast one displacement limitation means in 15 atleast one of said sheets to limit relative displacement of said first sheet and said second sheet.
Full Text FORM 2
THE PATENTS ACT, 1970
(39 of 1970)
COMPLETE SPECIFICATION
[See section 10]
A DEVICE FOR FILLING SOLUBLE CONTAINERS;
CUSTOM CAPSULES PVT. LTD., OF B-8/1, MIDC TARAPUR, CAMLIN NAKA, DIST -THANE, PIN - 401 501, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA.
THE FOLLOWING SPECIFICATION
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBES AND
ASCERTAINS. THE NATURE OF THE INVENTION AND THE MANNER IN WHICH IT IS TO BE PERFOMED.

TITLE
A device for filling soluble containers.
FIELD OF INVENTION
The present invention relates to the field of filling soluble containers such as
capsules. Particularly, the present invention relates to the field of filling materials
in the form of non-aqueous liquid, powder, oil, solid, tablets, caplets, foam, gel,
granules, smaller capsules into larger size capsules and so on especially into
capsules made from different materials such as starch, polyvinyl alcohol and
polyoxyethylene etc. More particularly, the present invention relates to a device
for filling capsules by conveniently orienting the capsules, opening the cap of the
capsules for filling required contents into capsules and thereafter, re-closing the
filled capsules.
BACKGROUND ART:
Numerous attempts have been made to provide a device for filling containers
particularly soluble containers such as capsules.
In general, a device for filling a soluble container such as a capsule comprises the
following components:-
a) Orienter.
b) Filler
c) Capsule Tray,
d) Powder tray,
e) Powder spreader & Extractor rod, f) Tamper unit.
The orienter orients the capsules in such a way that caps remain up and bodies in down posifion. After this, the capsules are transferred from orienter to capsule tray mounted on filler.

The capsule tray keeps all capsules on filler in vertical position. The cap & body of capsules are separated as sliding sheet holds the capsule bodies firmly against separation force generated by lifting of the capsule tray.
5 Powder tray and powder spreader are provided to ease filling of powder
and other filling materials. A tamper unit is provided to ensure uniform filling.
US Patent No. 5,321,932 discloses an invention entitled "capsule handling system" wherein the sheet sliding mechanism in the orienter
10 generates more friction due to large contact area and therefore sliding is
not smooth. Also, positioning of sheets for orienting the capsules is more or less inconsistent. As regards the filler assembly, two thumb screws are used to operate sliding sheet to hold the capsule bodies during separation of cap and body of the capsules. This is an inconvenient and
15 time consuming operation. For filling capsules of other size, adjustment
of height of filler base according to cut length of capsule bodies and therefore appropriate adjustment and setting are required which is also a cumbersome operation.
In a capsule filling machine developed and marketed by a company
20 called Feton ®, grub screws are used for setting and holding the sheets
with respect to base for orienting the capsules. Further, the stroke length of the orienter sheet in this machine is to be adjusted by a thumb screw. This arrangement is quite cumbersome and requires skill on the part of the operator to achieve the above tasks.

Both the machines as developed by Feton and as disclosed in the US patent No. 5,321,932 have as closed structure and therefore the operation is not visual and accessibility to jammed capsules becomes difficult.
Further, the above mentioned capsule filling devices are not capable of orienting, separating the cap and body, and filling of the capsules which have longer cap length and smaller body length such as double blind capsules.
Other convention capsule filling machines also suffer from a series of drawbacks either in their configuration and/or function thereby resulting in a poor performance.
Therefore, a need has arisen for requirement of developing a machine which would overcome the drawbacks associated with the existing devices, and which would provide a setting free capsule filling system and which is simple in construction and achieves more efficient performance.
The present invention introduces a device for filling soluble containers which would provide a setting free capsule filling system and which is simple in construction, easy to operate and achieves more efficient performance than those devices in the state of the art.
OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION
The object and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the description appended hereto:

1. An object of the present invention is to provide a device for filling soluble containers such as capsules wherein the device has a simple structure comprising less number of parts to enable easier handling and operation, for filling of capsules.
5 2. An object of the present invention is to provide a device for filling
soluble containers such as capsules wherein the device has a longer life and provides higher output per hour of capsule filling operation.
3. An object of the present invention is to provide a device for filling
soluble containers such as capsules wherein the assembly for orienting
10 the capsule has a sheet sliding mechanism which is capable of being
operated under minimum contact area and thereby effect smooth and substantially friction free sliding of sheet so as to achieve smooth flow and orientation of capsules.
4. Yet another object of present invention is to provide a device for filling
15 soluble containers such as capsules wherein the sub-assembly for
orienting is easily removable and thereby enabling easier cleaning and maintenance.
5. An object of the present invention is to provide a device for filling
soluble containers such as capsules wherein the device can be used for
20 orienting, separating cap and body, and filling capsules of various sizes
by changing tool free and setting free change-parts, without making any considerable alteration in the existing setup of the device.
6. Another object of present invention is to provide a device for filling
soluble containers such as capsules wherein sufficient provision and
25 containment is available for loading of capsules for orientation and easy

removal of excess capsules from orienter thereby facilitating easy handling of the orienter assembly.
7. An object of the present invention is to provide a device for filling
soluble containers such as capsules wherein the device has an easily
5 operable cam assembly mounted along with the assembly for filling
capsules thereby facilitating sliding movement of sheets in filling assembly to enable quick and easier gripping of the body of the capsules.
8. An object of the present invention is to provide a device for filling
10 soluble containers such as capsules wherein the device has a easily
replaceable spacer plate for each size of capsule, to suit the body length of the capsule thereby providing a setting free change-part configuration.
9. An object of the present invention is to provide a device for filling
soluble containers such as capsules wherein the device has an open
15 structure, enabling visual operation during filling of capsules and also
minimizes wastage of capsules.
10. An object of the present invention is to provide a device for filling
soluble containers such as capsules wherein the device is capable of
over encapsulation of smaller capsules, tablets, caplets and so on, with
20 larger capsules.
11. An object of the present invention is to provide a device for filling
soluble containers such as capsules wherein the device is capable of
being used for orienting, separating the cap and body, and filling of
capsules which have longer cap length and smaller body length such as
25 double blind capsules.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
According to the present invention, a device for filling soluble containers such as
capsules comprises an assembly for orienting capsules wherein the sheets in the
assembly for loading and orienting the capsules are capable of being relatively
displaced and such displacement is limited by one or more slots in one or more
of the sheets preferably in the sheet which is foremost in position from the upper
side.
A gate comprising atleast a pair of tabs In the orienter assembly facilitates containment of the capsules loaded thereon to the orienter assembly. Inclined holes are provided for orienting larger size capsules such as 000, 00 elongated thereby improving versatility and widening of application range without increasing the size of filler and /or reducing the capacity of filler per cycle.
An easily operable eccentric cam assembly is mounted in the assembly for filling capsules so as to enable relative sliding movement of a set of sheets for effecting gripping of the body of the capsules such that the caps of the capsules can be separated manually from the gripped body of the capsules.
A set of locating holes preferably eight in number are disposed on the foremost sheet in the filler assembly, for enabling over encapsulation of smaller capsules, tablets, caplets, into bigger capsules.
In the assembly for filling capsules, the sheets have profile-cut portions and profile-cut strips that are capable of being positioned in mating relationship with each other to enable gripping the body of capsules

in a single plane thereby enabling separation of capsules having longer cap length and shorter body length.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
To complement the description that is being given and in order to
5 promote a better understanding of the characteristics of the invention in
accordance with a practical embodiment of the same and as an integral part of the said description a set of drawings accompany it in which, in an illustrative and non-restrictive way, the following are represented :-
Fig.1 is an isometric view of orienter assembly according to the present
10 invention.
Fig. 2 is an exploded isometric view of orienter assembly according to the present invention.
Fig. 3 is an exploded isometric view of orienter assembly according to one embodiment of the present invention
15 FIG 4 is an isometric view of filler assembly according to the present
invention.
Fig. 5 is an exploded isometric view of filler assembly according to the present invention.
Fig. 6 is an exploded isometric view of the filler assembly according to
20 one embodiment of the present invention.
Fig 7 is an exploded isometric view of sliding sheet and bottom sheet of the filler assembly according to the present invention.
Fig. 8 is an isometric view of capsule tray according to the present invention.

Fig. 9 is an exploded isometric view of capsule tray according to the present invention.
Fig.10 is an isometric view of tamper, powder spreader, and extractor rod & powder tray according to the present invention.
5 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
The present invention discloses an inventive filling device for soluble containers such as capsules.
The device comprises an orienter assembly, a filler assembly, a capsule
tray assembly, a powder tray and a tamper unit along with a
10 accessories.
In this application the term capsule is used for the purposes of illustration only. It is not to be construed that the description refers only to the capsules but also includes all forms of containers and objects of such forms.
15 ORIENTER ASSEMBLY
The orienter assembly is capable of orienting about 50 or more capsules at a time. The orienter assembly is capable of orienting about 100 or more capsules in two stages in the same capsule filling cycle.
Referring to Figs.1, 2 and 3, an orienter assembly comprises a base
20 (32) and a sheet unit (59) supported over the base (32). The base (32)
preferably has a generally rectangular body having a locating foot (43) preferably four in number mounted individually at each corner, at the bottom surface of the base (32). The base (32) comprises a pair of cut┬Čouts (49) for hand gripping, to facilitate holding of the orienter assembly

by the operator. The base (32) may be made out of a metal or a plastic
material preferably polycarbonate/acrylic material. The purpose of the
locating foot (43) is to enable positioning of the orienter assembly, over a
capsule tray assembly on filler assembly. The base (32) comprises
5 several holes (58) preferably funnel shaped, which are adapted to allow
and guide the passage of individual capsules from upper side of the
base (32) to the lower side of the base (32), without effecting any
change in the position of the oriented capsules. The base (32) has a
locating pin (40) for mistake-proof assembly of the oriented sheet unit
10 (59) over the base (32).
The sheet unit (59) comprises a top sheet (33) and a bottom sheet (39) assembled together using a set of screw bushes (42) and a set of top screws (41). The sheet unit (59) is mounted over the base (32) through a set of screw bushes (42) preferably four in number individually
15 mounted such that the support of the sheet unit (59) is effected
substantially from the four corners of the body of the base (32) through the screw bushes (42) as best illustrated in Fig 1. Further, the sheet unit (59) is firmly fastened on to the body of the base (32) by a set of screws (47) preferably four in number which are introduced from the
20 bottom of the base (32).
The top sheet (33) has a tray type configuration and is capable of
accommodating about 50 or more capsules at a time. A plurality of ribs
(60) are provided individually atleast in three out of four side edges and
a gate (35) is disposed at one side edge of the top sheet (33) which is
25 open and which is devoid of ribs (60). The gate (35) is configured at the
side edge where the rib (60) is not present and such side, when in

capsule orienting position, is towards the operator. The gate (35) is fixed
onto the ribs (60) as shown in Fig.1 using a pair of pivot pins (36) so that
the gate (35) is disposed movable vertically, preferably in a circular path
about the pivot pins (36). A pair of tabs (37) is integrally mounted
5 substantially at either ends of the gate (35). The tabs (37) may also be
configured in desired sizes and numbers and as a separable attachment. The gate tabs (37) serve two purposes. Firstly, the gate (35) is opened and closed by the operator, by holding the gate tabs (37) using thumbs. Secondly, because of the tare weight of the gate tabs (37) the gate (35)
10 remains in closed position unless and until opened by the operator. In
one position whereby the operator lifts the gate (35), the gate (35) is moved upwards whereby one side edge of the top sheet (33) is open and in the normal position of the gate (35), the gate (35) remains at a lower position, enabling closure of the open side edge of the top sheet
15 (33) due to the tare weight of the gate tabs (37). This eliminates wastage
of capsules falling out from the top sheet (33) due to accidental opening of the gate (35), during shaking of the orienter assembly.
The top sheet (33) has a plurality of notches (52) each having substantially elliptical shape and such notches (52) are preferably
20 configured in 50 or more in number. The purpose of the top sheet (33) is
to temporarily accommodate the capsules that are required to be filled with required contents and for transferring them onto the bottom sheet (39) by passage of the capsules through the notches (52). Preferably, slots (46) are provided in the top sheet (33), at positions corresponding
25 to fastening location of the top screws (41). The slots (46) are
dimensioned suitably just to enable horizontal sliding movement of the

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top sheet (33) relative to the position of the bottom sheet (39). The slots may also be in the bottom sheet (39) or in both top sheet (33) and bottom sheet (39). A spring block (38) is integrally mounted at the under surface of the top sheet (33). The provision of the slot (46) in the top sheet (33) reduces frictional contact area of sliding, and thereby friction less and smooth sliding is achieved. A spring (34) co-ordinates with the spring block (38) to effect reversible horizontal movement of the top sheet (33) relative to the bottom sheet (39). According to the present invention, the top sheet (33) is preferably a one piece fabricated construction for the purpose of easy cleaning, as gaps those wou]d have been there due to multiple piece construction are avoided.
The top sheet (33) and the bottom sheet (39) are separated vertically by a predetermined distance in-between so as to make the capsules sit perfectly in the notches (52) & to prevent them from coming out of the notches (52) during shaking of the orienter assembly. The distance between the top sheet (33) and bottom sheet (39) is set between the optimum ranges as given in TABLE-1.
TABLE-1






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According to one embodiment of the present invention, the longitudinal axis of each notch (52) is kept at right angle to the gate (35) so that

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excess capsules can easily slide out without any interference from the capsules those are already seated in the notches (52) or dislodging the capsules seated in the notches (52), on tilting the orienter assembly.
The bottom sheet (39) has a plurality of profile notches (46), preferably 50 or more. The profile notches (45) preferably have a substantially elliptical shape with a wider section at the central portion as shown in the enlarged view in Fig.2. accompanying the drawings. The significance of each profile notch (45) is to orient the capsules such that when the capsules fall from the notches (52) of the top sheet (33), and pass througln the profile notch (45), the capsules are oriented with their body at the lower position and their caps at the top positions.
According to the present invention, the preferable dimensions of the central and end portions of the profile notch and the size of the capsules such as double blind capsules that are effectively handled in the profile notch are described in the following table No.2:

All dimensions are in mm.
TABLE - 2



wherein

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"X" is the total length of the profile notch,

"Y" is the length of the central portion of the profile notch

The capsules which remain in excess after being seated in the notches
(52) can be easily slid out by tilting the orienter assembly without
interference or dislodging the capsules that are seated in the notches
(52). The profile notches (45) and notches (52) are laser cut in stainless
5 steel SS-316 sheet to achieve required accuracy.
In an alternative embodiment, the notches (52) of the top sheet (33) and
profile notches (45) of the bottom sheet (39) are oriented at an inclined
position relative to the gate (35) see for instance Fig 3 so that longer
capsules such as size 000 capsules can be oriented without requirement
10 of increasing the size of the assembly or reducing the capacity of filling
wherein the capacity is defined as the number of capsules oriented per cycle.
FILLER ASSEMBLY
Referring to Fig. 4 & 5, the filler assembly has a sheet unit mounted and
15 located on a frame (3) with the help of pins (2), and a lifting plate (8)
assembled together.
The sheet unit comprises a top sheet (13), a bottom sheet (10) and a sliding sheet (11) which are adapted to move relatively in-between the top sheet (13) and the bottom sheet (10). The frame (3) has a cam
20 support block (5). The cam support block (5) comprises a cam (4)
having an integral cam handle (6), and is mounted at one edge of the frame (3), the edge preferably being towards the operator's side. The frame (3) is supported on the pins (2) preferably four in numbers. A spacer plate (14) is preferably interposed between the frame (3) and the
25 lifting plate (8). A plurality of pins (57) as shown in fig 6 may be used in

the spacer plate (14) for use with double blind capsules or the spacer plate (14) without pins as shown in fig 5 may be used for use with regular size capsules. The spacer plate (14) is located on the lifting plate (8) using a set of locating pins (9). Rubber feet (1) are affixed at the bottom of the pins (2), for supporting the lifting plate (8) and in turn the entire assembly.
A thumb post (7) is fixed on the cam support block (5), to keep the device stable while operating the cam (4), as the pressure applied by fingers to operate the cam (4) is balanced by the thumb post (7) through the thumb. Without thumb-post (7), the operator would have to hold the machine in awkward position with one hand while he moves the cam handle (6) with the other hand. The provision of the thumb post (7) enables achieving single hand operation of the device. A cam slot (51) is provided in the sliding sheet (11), which is in engagement with the cam (4) such that when the operator operates the cam (4) by holding the thumb post (7) in one hand and turning the cam handle (6), the engagement of the cam (4) with the sliding slot ^51), the sliding sheet (11) is relatively moved along the horizontal direction, with respect to the top sheet (13) and bottom sheet (10).
A cam bush (12) is welded onto the sliding sheet (1-1) from bottom side, at the vicinity of the slot (51). The sliding sheet moves forward and returns back to home position positively when the cam (4) is operated clockwise and anticlockwise respectively for separation of caps and bodies of the capsules. The cam (4) is preferably single eccentric cam which operates preferably only one sheet i.e. sliding sheet (11). The eccentric cam has an offset distance of at least Imm.The cam can be designed to operate more than one sliding sheet.

The holding of
the capsule body for separation can be achieved by a two plate system
or a three or more plate system, with one plate sliding or two or more
plates sliding. For replacing the sheets for filling other size capsules,
5 dismantling of cam from the base frame is not required.
The device capacity is preferably 100 capsules per cycle however it can have any higher capacity required i.e 200, 300, or 500 or more capsules per cycle.
The device is manually operated. Optionally, it can be adapted to be
10 operated using pneumatics, hydraulics, hydro-pneumatic, electro-
pneumatic, mechanical linkages and other similar powered or non-powered mechanisms.
A set of locating holes (48) preferably eight in number are provided in
the top sheet (13) for locating an orienter assembly for over
15 encapsulating capsules with size smaller than the size of the capsules
on filler by orienting and dropping filled capsules. Alternatively the locating holes (48) could locate a tablet / caplet filling attachment for orienting and dropping tablets / caplets into the capsule bodies.
Referring to Fig. 6 & 7, according to another embodiment of the present
20 invention, the sheet unit of the filler assembly comprises a top sheet (13)
a bottom sheet (10) and a sliding sheet (11) wherein the sliding sheet
(11) has a plurality of profile-cut portions (56) as best illustrated in Fig.7.
The bottom sheet (10) comprises a plurality of profile-cut strips (53) of
thickness 2 to 4 mm, welded to its upper surface. Each profile-cut strip
25 (53) is in rectangular flat form having multiple circular cut portions (54)

on one side along its longitudinal edge. Each circular cut portion (56) is
concentric with corresponding holes (55) provided in rows and columns
in the bottom sheet (10). The profile-cut portions (56) of the sliding
sheet (11) are capable of being positioned in matching relationship with
5 the profile-cut strips (53) of the bottom sheet (10). In the matched
position of the profile-cut portion (56) of the sliding sheet (11) and the profile-cut strips (53) of the bottom sheet (10), the circular cut portion (54) of the profile-cut strips (53) and the profile cut portion (56) of the sliding sheet (11) forms a circular through hole sufficient enough to allow
10 the body of the capsule to pass through. The body of the capsule is
gripped in a single plane formed by the coordinating effect of the profile-cut strips (53) of the bottom sheet (10) and the profile-cut portions (56) of the sliding sheet (11). When the sliding sheet (11) is moved 1 to 2 mm relative to the bottom sheet (10), the body of the capsules is gripped so
15 that the caps can be separated apart manually from the body of the
capsules. To prevent lifting of the sliding sheet (11) during separation operation, a pair of holding strips (62) is disposed preferably welded to bottom surface of the sliding sheet (11) on the side opposite to the operator's side. To accommodate the holding strips (62), cut-outs (61)
20 are provided on the bottom sheet (10).
CAPSULE TRAY ASSEMBLY
Referring to Figs 8 & 9, the capsule tray assembly comprises a capsule
tray (16) having a plurality of holes preferably 50 or more in number for
accommodating capsules. A pair of hinge posts (22) is individually
25 provided preferably at two corners along one side edge of the capsule
tray (16). A pair of handles (17) is mounted individually to the holes


provided on either sides of the capsule tray (16) as illustrated in Fig. 9.
A locking plate (19) is mounted to the hinge posts (22) sugh that the
locking plate (19) openably closes the holes provided in the capsule tray
(16). A pair of hinge brackets (20) with hinge pins (21) is fixed
5 individually on either side edges of the locking plate (19) to facilitate
mounting of the locking plate (19) on to the hinge posts. Supporting feet (18) are detachedly affixed at the four corners, at the bottom side surface of the capsule tray (16).
The feet (18) are preferably four in number and are provided on the
10 capsule tray (16) to avoid popping out of caps after capsule separation is
done. Novice users of machines will at times unlock and open the locking plate (19). If the capsule tray (16) does not have the capsule tray foot (18) and the capsule tray (16) is placed on the table, all the caps in the capsule tray (16) will pop out due to entrapped air.
15 A resting block (23) is mounted along one side edge, at the upper
surface of the capsule tray (16). Preferably the resting block (23) is mounted along the side opposite to the side of the hinge posts. A clamp (24) is used to hold the locking plate (19) with the capsule tray (16) when in that position, one edge of the locking plate (19) rests over the resting
20 block (23).
In horizontal position, the locking plate (19) rests on the resting block (23) leaving small gap between capsule top position and the locking plate bottom to avoid any damage to capsules due to weight of locking plate (19). The clamp (24) locks the locking plate (19) in place. The

clamp (24) is very easy to operate & gives positive locking of the locking plate in one step.
The capsule tray (16) is mounted and located on the filler assembly using the pins (2).
5 ACCESSORIES
Referring to Fig. 10, the accessories include a powder tray (25) for
temporarily accommodating the powder material to be filled in the
capsule, a spreader (26) for evenly spreading the powder material
accommodated in the powder tray (25) and a tamping device for
10 pushing-in the material filled in the capsules. An extractor rod (31) is
used to extract the jammed capsules from the orienter assembly. The powder tray (25) is fabricated as a single piece for enabling easy cleaning.
The tamping device comprises a cover plate (28) attached on to a
15 bottom plate (27). The bottom plate (27) has a plurality of equally
spaced tamping pins (29) for applying pressure over the powder material
filled in the capsules. A handle (30) is integrally fixed or alternatively
screwed onto to the upper surface of the cover plate (28), to enable
gripping of the tamping device by user. Preferably 50 or more tamping
20 pins are fitted to the bottom plate.
The claims and the specification describe the invention presented and
the terms that are employed in the claims draw their meaning from the
use of such terms in the specification. The same terms employed in the
prior art may be broader in meaning than specifically employed herein.
25 Whenever there is a question between the broader definition of such

terms used in the prior art and the more specific use of the terms herein, the more specific meaning is meant.
While the invention has been described with a certain degree of particularity, it is manifest that many changes may be made in the details
5 of construction and the arrangement of components without departing
from the spirit and scope of this disclosure. It is understood that the invention is not limited to the embodiments set forth herein for purposes of exemplification, but is to be limited only by the scope of the attached claim or claims, including the full range of equivalency to which each
10 elementthereof is entitled.
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WE CLAIM
1. A device for filling soluble containers comprising:
an assembly for orienting capsules;
said assembly comprising atleast one sheet component for
5 orienting capsules and atleast one base component for guiding the
oriented capsules therethrough to a following assembly:
said sheet component comprising atleast one first sheet and atleast one second sheet; said sheets being set apart and capable of being displaced relatively to each other;
10 said first sheet comprising a plurality of notches for accommodating
the capsules loaded thereto, in coordination with said second sheet;
said second sheet comprising a plurality of notches adapted to
substantially orient the capsules into filling position; wherein the
improvement comprises atleast one displacement limitation means in
15 atleast one of said sheets to limit relative displacement of said first sheet
and said second sheet.
2. The device according to claim 1 wherein the displacement limitation
means is at least one slot for sliding, in atleast first sheet or in atleast
second sheet or in combination thereof.
20 3. The device according to claim 1 or claim 2 wherein said first sheet
comprises an opening closing means having atleast a pair of thumb operable tabs in said opening and closing means and to retain said opening closing means in substantially closed position in non-operated state of the opening closing means.

4. The device according to any foregoing claim wherein the
longitudinal axes of at least a substantial number of notches in first sheet
are inclined relative to the length of the opening closing means.
5. The device according to claim 1, 2 or 3 wherein the longitudinal axes
5 of at least a substantial number of notches in firist sheet are orthogonal
to the length of the opening closing means.
6. The device according to any foregoing claim wherein the first sheet
and second sheet are configured as a sub-assembly and is capable of
being used as a change-part in pre-assembled condition.
10 7. The device according to any foregoing claim wherein the base
component comprises atleast four locating feet for supporting and locating the assembly for orienting capsules.
8. The device according to anyjoreggingjjlaim wherein the distance
between the first sheet and the second sheet is maintained such that the
15 capsules sit perfectly within the notches without jumping off from the
seated position.
9. The device according to any foregoing claim wherein the notches of
the second sheet comprises a first section and a second section wherein
the size of the first section and the second section are in relation to the
20 size of the capsules-and configured as disclosed in table no. 2
accompanying this specification.
10. The device according to any of claims 1 to 9 further comprises an
assembly for filling capsules comprising:
a sheet component for holding a portion of capsules and thereby
25 facilitating separation of the body portion and the cap portion of the

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capsules, and a base component for supporting a portion of the separated capsules;
said sheet component comprising atleast a pair of sheets and said each sheet having a plurality of holes therein to allow passage of capsules therethrough for holding of a portion of each of the capsules for facilitating separation into body portion and cap portion wherein atleast one of such said sheets is displaceable relative to one or more sheets for effecting gripping of a portion of the capsules during separation of body portion and cap portion of capsules;
said base component comprising a displacement means for effecting relative displacement of said sheets,
11. The device according to claim 10 wherein the displacement
means is a cam assembly mounted to the base component such that the sheets are replaceable for filling other size capsules without removing cam.
12 The device according to claim 10 or claim 11 wherein the cam is an eccentric cam having an offset distance of atleast 1 mrn.
13. The device according to any one of claims 10 to 12 wherein the
base component comprises a thumb post to facilitate operation of the
cam assembly by operator's thumb.
14. The device according to any one of claims 10 to 13 wherein the
sheet positioned at foremost position from the upper side comprises
atleast eight locating holes for locating an orienter assembly for over
encapsulation.

15. The device according to any one of claims 10 to claim 14
wherein the sheets are adapted to hold the body of the capsules in a single plane for enabling separation of the body portion and cap portion of the capsules.
5 16. The device according to any one of claims 10 to 15 wherein the
sheets have profile-cut portions and profile-cut strips that are capable of being positioned in mating relationship with each other to enable gripping the body of the capsules in a single plane for enabling separation of the body portion and cap portion of the capsules.
10 17. The device according to any foregoing claim further comprises a
capsule tray adapted to form a gap to release entrapped air inside the caps and thereby avoid popping out of cap of the capsules after separation into body portion and cap portion.


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Patent Number 206344
Indian Patent Application Number 79/MUM/2002
PG Journal Number 43/2008
Publication Date 24-Oct-2008
Grant Date 25-Apr-2007
Date of Filing 29-Jan-2002
Name of Patentee CUSTOM CAPSULES PVT. LTD.
Applicant Address B-8/1, MIDC TARAPUR, CAMLIN NAKA, DISTRICT - THANE,
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 SANTOSH PURANSINGH BHAGAT FLAT NO. 7, TORPAC HOUSE, AMEYA PARK, NAVAPUR ROAD, BOISAR, DIST- THANE, MUMBAI-401501.
2 CANADIAN NATIONAL 21, GLEN AVE WEST, ORANGE, NJ 07052,
3 POOVAKKALA JOHN OOMMEN FLAT NO. 11-12, CAPSULE HOUSE, S.V. NAGAR, DODHI PUJA, BOISAR- NAVAPURA ROAD, DIST. THANE-401 501.
PCT International Classification Number A61J 3/07
PCT International Application Number N/A
PCT International Filing date
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 NA