Patents Assigned to KHS GmbH
  • Patent number: 11407628
    Abstract: A filling element includes a radar for measuring fill level in a container during filling thereof and an antenna connected to the radar. The antenna is disposed along a flow path formed in a gas pipe that forms a flow path for fluid while the container is being filled. The antenna provides the radar with a signal indicative of a measurement of a level of the filing material in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Jochen Ohrem
  • Patent number: 11377307
    Abstract: A transporter has stars arranged in series such that a container is transferred at a transfer point that is common to two successive stars. Some of the stars rotate about a fixed axis whereas other stars rotate about an axis that moves relative to the fixed axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Krieg
  • Patent number: 11365106
    Abstract: A gaiter seal for shielding a functional element of a container-processing machine extends between parts of a working head of the container-processing machine includes axially-adjacent gaiter modules that extend along an axis and support-and-sliding elements at interfaces between adjacent gaiter modules. The support-and-sliding elements radially support and guide the first and second gaiter-modules along the functional element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Bernd Bruch, Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 11358850
    Abstract: An actuator for controlling a fluid path includes an actuator having a seat part, either a fluid-valve membrane or a movable part, and a magnetorheological elastomer that changes form when a magnetic field changes. This causes the path to open or close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Ohrem, Jonathan Lorenz, Bernd Bruch, Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 11345073
    Abstract: An apparatus for transforming a preform into a container filled with liquid filling material includes a mold that forms a mold head, a sterilization system, a chamber that is common to a group of mold heads, an evacuation system that is connected to the chamber, and conduit lines, each of which connects a mold head to the chamber. The sterilization system sterilizes the interior of the preform while it is in sealing engagement with the mold head. The evacuation system creates a vacuum in the preform. Liquid filling material enters the preform under pressure and causes it to transform into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 11338496
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing containers (14) from preforms (12) made of thermoplastic material by means of a blow molding machine (10) comprising at least one temperature control device (26) and one forming device having at least two forming stations (16), wherein the preforms (12) are temperature controlled by means of the temperature control device (26) on the basis of specifiable first control parameters, and wherein one temperature-controlled preform (12) is formed by means of one of the forming stations (16), respectively, on the basis of specifiable second control parameters into a container (14), wherein at least one of the second control parameters is individually specified for each of the forming stations (16). The invention furthermore relates to a blow molding machine (10), designed for executing the method according to the invention, for producing containers (14) from preforms (12) made of thermoplastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Linke, Rolf Baumgarte, Frank Berger, Deniz Ulutürk, Jens-Peter Rasch, Arne Wiese, Bernd Zimmering, Thomas Herold, André Gerkens, Frank Haesendonckx
  • Patent number: 11312826
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of a hot-melt adhesive for adhesive bonding of at least a first packaging and a second packaging, the hot-melt adhesive comprising: (a) 7-48 parts per weight of a polymer component, the polymer component comprising a styrene block copolymer; (b) 15-52 parts per weight of a tackifying component, wherein the tackifying component comprises thermoplastic adhesive resin, aliphatic hydrocarbon, cycloaliphatic hydrocarbon, aromatic hydrocarbon, the respective hydrocarbon optionally being modified and/or hydrogenated, terpenes, the terpenes optionally being modified or hydrogenated, rosins, the rosins optionally being modified or hydrogenated, or mixtures thereof; (c) 5-25 parts per weight of a plasticizer component, wherein the plasticizer component comprises paraffinic oils, naphthenic oils, polybuten, polybutadien, dibasic esters, polyols or mixtures thereof; and d) 0.02-1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GMBH
    Inventor: Jörg Schneider
  • Patent number: 11298867
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a container from a thermoplastic parison, the container being produced from the parison with the aid of a fluid, either by blow molding and subsequent filling with a fluid that is in particular liquid, or being produced by hydroforming and subsequently containing the liquid fluid as contents, and, during the blow-molding process and/or when receiving the in particular liquid fluid, the container revolves about and is spaced apart from an axis of rotation extending, in particular, vertically, in a mold that can be opened. According to the invention, the closed mold adopts, at least temporarily, an inclined position, i.e. that deviates from a perpendicular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Baumgarte, Michael Linke, Michael Litzenberg, Benjamin Jaiser
  • Patent number: 11247847
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a linear feeding-unit having a first linear section and a transfer device that transfers containers, as a group, from the linear feeding-unit to a clocked processing-machine and an entry device having a main feeding-unit distribution-stars. The first distribution-star receives containers from the main feeding-unit at a first transfer-region and transfers and the second distribution-star receives containers from the main feeding-unit at a second transfer-region. A periphery of the first distribution-star comprises a receiving section that receives containers from the main feeding-unit and an empty section interrupts receiving of the containers. The empty section is devoid of supporting-and-retaining elements. However, the receiving section comprises as many supporting-and-retaining elements as there are containers in the container group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Igor Singur, Thomas Niehr
  • Patent number: 11248731
    Abstract: A pressure-relief device includes a housing, a through-line, a feed-line connection, and a discharge-line connection. The housing comprises a housing wall that defines a chamber in an interior of the housing. The through-line, which extends, at least in sections, through the chamber and is configured for connection to the media line via the feed-line connection and the discharge-line connection, includes a through-wall that is formed, at least in part, from an elastically deformable material. A controller causes an inner pressure within the chamber to transition between a production pressure and a relief pressure that is less than the production pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Hilmar Fickert
  • Patent number: 11247844
    Abstract: A quick fastener in a conveying device that conveys goods detachably secures a profile element to a base support of the conveying device's machine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Grävingholt, Thomas Greiving, Berthold Paroth, Zlatko Sarajlija, Thomas Stienen
  • Patent number: 11235506
    Abstract: A method and a molding station for producing containers filled with a liquid filling material from preforms made of a thermoplastic material. Thermally conditioned preforms are molded into containers and filled with the liquid filling material, which is supplied to the preforms under pressure as a pressure medium in a multi-part mold of a molding station. The mold is movable from a closed state into an open state in order to repeatedly supply a preform and subsequently remove a completely molded and filled container. Molding of the preform into the container is performed against the mold inner wall when the mold is in the closed state. Liquid is removed from the mold between temporally successive supplying processes starting with the conversion of the mold from the closed state into the open state. A working wheel including such molding stations, and a device including such a working wheel are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Baumgarte, Michael Linke, Niels Meyer
  • Patent number: 11198244
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing blow-molded containers which are sterile at least in some areas. A preform made of a thermoplastic material is first heated in a heating device on a transport path through a blow-molding machine and then supplied with a pressurized fluid in a blow-molding station of the device. The preform is guided along a channel, which conducts a sterile gas, at least over one sub-section of the transport path of the preform. The transport path of the preform out of the channel is supplied with the sterile gas in order to produce a sterile gas corridor in which at least the opening region of the preform is guided. Multiple radiation sources are arranged along the channel and one behind the other in the transport direction. The radiation sources emit a sterilizing radiation onto the preform and/or onto the channel, and/or onto the sterile gas corridor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Lewin, Thomas Herold, Jan Fabian Meyer, Martin Gerhards, Dieter Klatt, Rolf Baumgarte
  • Patent number: 11181134
    Abstract: An assembly for detachably connecting first and second components includes a fastener that transitions between a locking position and a release position. The fastener comprises a first fastening portion and a second fastening portion. The first fastening portion connects to the first component and the second fastening portion connects to the second component. The first and second fastening portions are disposed opposite each other along an axis of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Grävingholt, Thomas Greiving, Berthold Paroth, Zlatko Sarajlija, Thomas Stienen
  • Patent number: 11180356
    Abstract: In a filling machine, a circulation line connects a filling element to a filling tank at a location for drawing beverage from the filling tank and at a location for adding beverage to the filling tank. A controller connects to a measuring system that itself connects to either or both the filling tank and the circulation line. Based in part on measurements from the measuring system, the controller controls addition of beverage components at a dosage section along the circulation line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Olaf Muszinski, Hans-Jürgen Katzenbächer
  • Patent number: 11167970
    Abstract: A spindle-shaft unit for closing containers with a screw closure includes a spindle that is rotatable and axially movable relative to a housing and a bearing unit arranged between the housing and the spindle. The bearing unit comprises a sliding bearing that interacts with the spindle and a further bearing that interacts with the sliding bearing. The spindle is arranged at the sliding bearing such as to be displaceable and non-rotatable relative to the sliding bearing. The further bearing secures the sliding bearing so as to be rotatable and non-displaceable relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Viktor Siemens
  • Patent number: 11155423
    Abstract: The application discloses a beverage bottle holding and transport device for holding and transporting beverage bottles and similar containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Fahldieck, Nils Schug
  • Patent number: 11142443
    Abstract: Using a filling point to fill a container with liquid filling-material fed by a supply line through which filling material at a supply-line pressure is made available for filling the containers includes using a control circuit to regulate flow velocity at which filling material flows into the container by opening a liquid valve, opening a regulating valve upstream of the liquid valve, sensing flow velocity of the filling material, comparing the flow velocity with a target flow velocity, and using the regulating valve to regulate the flow velocity such that the flow velocity is independent of a pressure difference between the supply-line pressure and a filling pressure set in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 11084659
    Abstract: A transport device includes an entry finger that guides a conveyor as it carries items thereon in a transport direction from the rear deflector to the front deflector. The conveyor slides along a sliding strip that is supported by a profile element that is supported by a support. The entry finger guides the conveyor around the front deflector, where the conveyor reverses direction. The entry finger couples to the transport device by a detachable connection. The detachable connection is either a locking connection that connects the entry finger to the sliding strip, an insertion connection that connects the entry finger to the profiled element, or a detachable connection formed by a quick fastener between the support and the profiled element and the finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Grävingholt, Thomas Greiving, Berthold Paroth, Zlatko Sarajlija, Thomas Stienen
  • Patent number: 11078063
    Abstract: A device for the integrated production and filling of containers and a method for cleaning and/or disinfecting at least the mold of at least one molding and filling station of the device. During a cleaning and/or disinfecting operation of the device, at least the inside of the mold is cleaned and/or disinfected with at least one cleaning and/or disinfecting agent by at least one cleaning element. During the cleaning and/or disinfecting operation, the at least one mold is opened and closed at least once, preferably many times and/or the plunger is moved at least once, preferably many times, between its initial position and end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignees: KHS GmbH, KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Drenguis, Dieter Klatt