Patents Assigned to Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
  • Patent number: 11001519
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of refining molten glass are disclosed. An upstream vessel contains molten glass, a downstream vessel is arranged downstream of the upstream vessel, and vacuum refining vessels are located between the upstream vessel and the downstream vessel and are in separate, alternating fluid communication with the upstream vessel and in separate, alternating fluid communication with the downstream vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongming Wang, Nicholas A Schoenrock, Ya-Cheng Lin, Udaya K Vempati, Earnest Iddings
  • Patent number: 11001426
    Abstract: A seal ring for sealing a container. A seal ring has a base including a longitudinal axis extending therethrough and having a top surface, an undersurface opposite the top surface, and a projection extending from the undersurface in an axial direction. The projection is configured to be received by a complementary opening in the container. The seal ring may be part of a package that also includes a container having a mouth, an axially-facing sealing surface, and an opening in the sealing surface, and a foil sealingly and removably coupled to the base of the seal ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: Edward A. Grant
  • Patent number: 10995031
    Abstract: A soda-lime-silica glass-ceramic article having an amorphous matrix phase and a crystalline phase is disclosed along with a method of manufacturing a soda-lime-silica glass-ceramic article from a parent glass composition comprising 47-63 mol % SiO2, 15-22 mol % Na2O, and 18-36 mol % CaO. The crystalline phase of the glass-ceramic article has a higher concentration of sodium (Na) than that of the amorphous matrix phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Scott P. Cooper, Samuel Schuver, Carol A. Click
  • Patent number: 10988363
    Abstract: A system for preventing dripping from filler nozzles providing matter to containers includes a manifold defining a bore extending therethrough and a channel in communication with the bore. The system further includes a nozzle ring supported within the bore of the manifold and defining a bore configured to receive a filler nozzle. The nozzle ring defines an air gap between an inner surface of the nozzle ring and an outer surface of the filler nozzle and a channel extending between the inner surface of the nozzle ring and an outer surface of the nozzle ring and in communication with the channel in the manifold. Negative pressure introduced into the channel in the manifold draws matter from the filler nozzle through the channels in the nozzle ring and manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J Chisholm
  • Patent number: 10895516
    Abstract: An apparatus for inspecting the integrity of a seal of a package that includes a container and a seal membrane carried by the container. The apparatus comprises a conveyor configured to move the sealed package along a path and including a vacuum plenum section configured to create a sub-atmospheric pressure that is applied to the seal membrane of the sealed package as the package moves through the vacuum plenum section. The apparatus further comprises an imaging sensor configured to generate one or more images of the seal membrane following the application of a sub-atmospheric pressure thereto at the vacuum plenum section. The apparatus still further comprises an electronic processing device configured to process the one or more images of the seal membrane generated by the imaging sensor, and to evaluate the integrity of the seal of the package based on the one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J Chisholm, Brian J Brozell
  • Patent number: 10858277
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of refining glass, in a multi-stage, downwardly cascading manner, include a melting chamber housing molten glass and having an outlet, a first refining chamber downstream from the melting chamber and having a first outlet and a first inlet below the outlet of the melting chamber, and a second refining chamber downstream from the first refining chamber and having a second outlet and a second inlet below the first outlet of the first refining chamber. The first refining chamber has a first negative pressure and the second refining chamber has a second negative pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongming Wang, Nicholas A Schoenrock, Ya-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 10836668
    Abstract: A furnace system includes a mixing chamber that receives separate streams of raw material and cullet mix and discharges a combined stream. The mixing chamber tapers from an inlet end to an outlet end. One inlet in the inlet end is configured to receive one of the material and mix and is aligned with an outlet in the outlet end along a vertical axis. Another inlet is configured to receive the other of the material and mix and is offset from the outlet relative to the vertical axis such the material or mix is deposited on a sidewall of the tapered chamber before reaching the outlet. A charger receives the combined stream from the mixing chamber and discharges the mixture into a molten bath in a furnace. A duct system may be used to mix exhaust from the furnace with exhaust from the mixing chamber and charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Witold Mastek, Bruce Gunner, Jeff Alexander, Michele Furlan
  • Patent number: 10829322
    Abstract: A device is provided for transferring bulk materials from a vehicle through a grate to a structure disposed below the grate. The device includes a plate disposed over the grate and defining an opening smaller than the grate. The device further includes a hopper configured to rest on the plate between the plate and the underside of the vehicle. The hopper defines a bottom opening configured for alignment with the opening in the plate and a top opening configured for alignment with a discharge spout on the vehicle and the top opening is larger than the bottom opening. The device further includes means for moving the hopper to an operating position in which the bottom and top openings are aligned with the opening in the plate and the discharge spout on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: David W Smith
  • Patent number: 10815031
    Abstract: A container may include a neck including an external surface and at least one handle retention feature with axially lower and upper handle retention surfaces. A handle for a container may include a collar including spaced apart container retention features having axially lower and upper container retention surfaces to cooperate with the corresponding handle retention feature of the container to prevent axial movement of the collar with respect to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Laib, Karl A. Reisig, Sorcha Sayers
  • Patent number: 10815142
    Abstract: A gradient fining tank and a method of operating the tank to refine foamy molten glass is disclosed. The gradient fining tank includes a floor, a roof, and two laterally-spaced sidewalls that at least partially define an interior chamber of the tank. The floor of the tank is profiled to provide the tank with an extended shallow portion that defines an inlet to the interior chamber and a deep holding portion that defines an outlet from the interior chamber. An entry section of the floor provides the extended shallow portion of the tank and a transition section and exit section of the floor provide the deep holding portion. A depth of the interior chamber at an outlet end of the deep holding portion is greater than a depth of the interior chamber at the outlet end of the extended shallow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongming Wang, Udaya K Vempati, Ya-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 10807898
    Abstract: A glassforming blank mold having an internal surface and an engraving in the internal surface, wherein the engraving, in cross section, includes a radially outward surface having a circumferential width, and sidewalls connecting the radially outward surface to the internal surface of the blank mold, and including fillets between the radially outward surface and the sidewalk, and rounds between the sidewalls and the internal surface of the blank mold, such that the sidewalls are not straight but, instead, are continuously curving. A method of making a glass container using the mold is also disclosed, as is the glass container itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Grant, Delia Norith Sanchez Parada
  • Patent number: 10807897
    Abstract: An apparatus for refining molten glass that includes a housing having a vertically oriented longitudinal axis and a transverse axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. Molten glass is received at an upper end of the housing and is discharged from a lower end of the housing. A guide extends at least partway across the housing and directs molten glass in a generally downward direction through the housing and in a parallel or oblique direction relative to the transverse axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Tilak Gullinkala, Desikan Sundararajan, Terence J. Clark, Witold Mastek
  • Patent number: 10807899
    Abstract: A glassware forming machine includes a blank mold having first and second sections and a hanger assembly configured to support the first section and permit movement of the first section towards and away from the second section. A temperature measurement system for the first section includes a thermocouple configured to be received within a recess in a wall of the first section and to generate a temperature signal indicative of a temperature of the first section. The system further includes a transmitter assembly coupled to the thermocouple and comprising a housing supported on the hanger assembly and a wireless transmitter and controller disposed within the housing. The controller is configured to receive the temperature signal and generate an output signal in response for transmission by the wireless transmitter, the output signal including data indicative of the temperature of the first section of the blank mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. Thacker
  • Patent number: 10807896
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for manufacturing glass. A mixture of solid glass-forming materials comprising at least one fining agent are introduced into a doghouse located upstream of an elongated tank. The glass-forming materials are melted in the doghouse at a temperature at or above a fining-onset temperature of the at least one fining agent by application of heat from one or more submerged combustion burners. The resulting molten glass is relatively foamy and may comprise greater than 25 vol. % gas bubbles. The molten glass is directed from the doghouse into an upstream end of the tank where it is refined to produce molten glass having on average less than 20 seeds per ounce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongming Wang, Carl L. Fayerweather, Kevin X Yu, Shivakumar S Kadur, Dinesh Gera
  • Patent number: 10810394
    Abstract: A system and method for use in authenticating one or both of a container and a product packaged therein. The method comprises obtaining images of each of two codes carried by a container system comprising the container. The method further comprises determining, for each image, a contrast ratio between one or more elements of the code in the image and the background of the code. The method still further comprises determining the authenticity of one or both of the container and the product packaged therein based at least in part on the contrast ratios for each image, and therefore, each code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Roger P. Smith, Jessica R. Bryant
  • Patent number: 10798315
    Abstract: A method for thermal imaging includes extracting pixel intensity data from a plurality of images corresponding to electromagnetic radiation emitted from one or more targets, creating an array for each image pixel in the plurality of images, wherein each pixel array represents a distribution of intensity data from corresponding pixels in each of the images, removing from each pixel array an amount of intensity data such that a remaining amount of intensity data represents an approximate equivalent to a distribution of intensity data uncontaminated by interference; and generating a thermal image representing the one or more targets based on the remaining amount of intensity data in each pixel array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Graff, Karl Johnston
  • Patent number: 10793328
    Abstract: A product includes a container, and a use indicator carried inside the container so that, upon removal of a closure from the container or upon removal of flowable product from within the container, a coloration of the product changes irreversibly to indicate to a user that the product has been used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Chris D. Anderson, Megan Herman, Brad Malcolm, Paola A. Rubiano
  • Patent number: D907497
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Laib, Young Lee
  • Patent number: D908008
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Karl A. Reisig, Michael J. Lonsway
  • Patent number: D911178
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Megan Herman, Thomas Kirkman