US 9,809,343 B2
Devices, systems, and methods for automatically printing and applying labels to products
Brian Bowers, Mundelein, IL (US); and Tim Palmer, Lexington, NC (US)
Assigned to Fluence Automation LLC, Wheeling, IL (US)
Filed by BELL AND HOWELL, LLC, Durham, NC (US)
Filed on Oct. 19, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/886,549.
Application 14/886,549 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/043,259, filed on Oct. 1, 2013, granted, now 9,352,872.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/066,268, filed on Oct. 20, 2014.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/709,403, filed on Oct. 4, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2016/0052659 A1, Feb. 25, 2016
Int. Cl. B65C 9/02 (2006.01); B65C 9/40 (2006.01); B65C 1/02 (2006.01); B65C 9/18 (2006.01); B65C 9/00 (2006.01)
CPC B65C 9/02 (2013.01) [B65C 1/021 (2013.01); B65C 9/1826 (2013.01); B65C 9/1884 (2013.01); B65C 9/40 (2013.01); B65C 2009/0081 (2013.01); B65C 2009/401 (2013.01); Y10T 156/1062 (2015.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A movable label applicator device for automatically printing and applying a plurality of adhesive labels to at least one item to enable shipping of the at least one item by a carrier, the device comprising:
a printer for printing unique information associated with the at least one item onto one or more of the plurality of adhesive labels, wherein the one or more of the plurality of adhesive labels is generated from a supply of labeling material; and
an applicator for applying the plurality of adhesive labels over a surface of the at least one item, wherein the applicator is configured to create a stack of adhesive labels from the plurality of adhesive labels,
wherein the stack of adhesive labels is formed by applying a first of the plurality of adhesive labels to the surface of the at least one item and then removably applying others of the plurality of adhesive labels to a previously applied adhesive label in the stack of adhesive labels, so that the plurality of adhesive labels in the stack of adhesive labels are arranged on top of each other, and
wherein each adhesive label in the stack of adhesive labels, other than the first of the plurality of adhesive labels, is adhesively applied to one or more adjacent labels in the stack of adhesive labels.