Patents Assigned to Owens-Illinois, Inc.
  • Patent number: 5895514
    Abstract: A gob distributor for distributing gobs of molten glass from an orifice of a glass melter feeder bowl to a plurality of delivery chutes, each of which leads to a section of a glass forming machine of the individual section type, said gob distributor including an a.c. servo motor with a vertical output shaft, a gob scoop having an inlet end positioned beneath the orifice and an outlet end positioned in alignment with one or the other of the delivery chutes, and a driven member to which the gob scoop is attached for oscillating movement of the gob scoop in an indexing manner. The driven member includes a shaft that is parallel to and spaced from the output shaft, and an endless positive drive, in the form of an endless cogged timing belt or a pair of double-ended metal chain sections joined end-to-end by adjustable length connectors, is provided to transmit torque from the output shaft of the motor and the shaft of the driven member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. DiFrank
  • Patent number: 5405667
    Abstract: A plastic container having a multilayer label applied by in-mold labeling during the blow molding of the plastic container. The label comprises a non-cellular inner layer, an intermediate cellular layer compatible with the inner layer and heat bonded to the inner layer, and an outer non-cellular plastic layer compatible with the intermediate cellular layer and heat bonded thereto. The label is positioned in a mold cavity with the outer layer in contact with the mold. When a hot plastic parison at molding temperature is expanded by fluid pressure against the walls of the mold to form a container, the noncellular inner layer becomes bonded to the outer surface of the container by heat from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Heider
  • Patent number: 4724029
    Abstract: A labeling machine for successively applying flexible plastic labels to round containers, such labeling machine incorporating equipment to sever labels from a web of indefinite length thereof, to apply a leading edge of each of such labels to the periphery of a rotating vacuum drum, heating the leading and trailing edges of each such label while on the rotating vacuum drum by directing warm air thereagainst to heat such leading and trailing edges to a temperature at which the material therein becomes self-adhesive, and bringing the heated leading edge of the label on the vacuum drum into contact with a container rolling along a curved surface at a label transfer station to cause the label to transfer to the container and to eventually wind itself around the rolling container, thereby causing the heated leading and trailing edges of the label to adhere to the container or, in the case of a label whose length exceeds the circumference of the container, to cause the trailing edge of the label to adhere to the ov
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Kontz
  • Patent number: 4704152
    Abstract: A cathode ray tube faceplate press having an indexing table rotatable around a column normal to the table and having circular array of female molds concentric with the column. Index speed of the table is optimized by a barrel cam drive cut to provide smooth acceleration and deceleration which can be tolerated by the molten glass in the molds. A cam dwell precisely registers the table work stations avoiding the need for register pins and the delays they introduce. Acceleration and deceleration peak at about the one-eighth and seven-eighths position of the drive cycle following a generally sinusodial form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald G. Davey
  • Patent number: 4701612
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for inspecting the finish of transparent containers, particularly glass containers, which include facility for directing diffused light energy laterally through the container finish as the container is rotated about its central axis. A camera includes a plurality of light sensitive elements disposed in a linear array angulated with respect to the container axis to view the external and internal finish wall surfaces, the latter through the open container mouth. Individual elements of the camera linear array are sampled by an information processor at increments of container rotation, and corresponding data indicative of light intensity at each element is stored in an array memory as a combined function of element number and scan increment. Such data is compared following completion of container rotation to standard data indicative of acceptable container finish, and a reject signal is generated if such comparison exceeds an operator adjustable threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis T. Sturgill
  • Patent number: 4700860
    Abstract: A tamper indicating hermetically sealed package comprising a container having a neck with an opening and a closure. The container includes a first annular bead at the upper end adjacent the opening and a second annular bead spaced axially from the first annular bead and having a greater diameter than the first bead. The closure is made of plastic and comprises a base wall and a peripheral skirt. The base wall includes an annular bead on the internal surface thereof and the peripheral skirt includes an interrupted annular bead spaced axially from the base wall. A sealing gasket is cast in situ in the channel defined by the annular bead on the base wall and the peripheral skirt and extends to the interrupted annular bead on the skirt. A tamper indicating band is connected along a weakened line to the peripheral skirt and includes an interrupted annular bead that is adapted to engage the second bead on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest L. Li
  • Patent number: 4697716
    Abstract: A closure for a container comprising a body of synthetic plastic material including a top wall and a peripheral skirt, removably engaging a container. An annular channel is provided on the inner surface of the top wall at the area of juncture of the top wall and the skirt. The channel comprises integral side wall portions and at least one of said side walls comprises spaced generally vertically extending ribs. A sealing gasket is cast in situ in the channel and interlocks with the spaced ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: George V. Mumford
  • Patent number: 4693210
    Abstract: In the application of a solvent to a plastic label carried on the surface of a vacuum drum, the solvent for the plastic label is transferred from a gravure roll to the label at finite areas on the label so that the label can adhere to the bottle to be labeled and to itself to form a complete sleeve label. The gravure roll is supplied from a fountain that is held against the roll under a spring force. The fountain is in the form of a plastic block which has a face that has several undercut channels in one of which the solvent is supplied and with the others acting as doctor channels to carry away any excess solvent from the roll surface.The fountain block is held by a vertical support plate that, in turn, is held to the surface of a vertical mounting plate by a quick release toggle clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. DiFrank
  • Patent number: 4691830
    Abstract: A completely automated system for inspection and sorting of molded containers, such as glass bottles, as a function of mold cavity of container origin. In a first system section, finished containers are one hundred percent inspected for defects, and a cavity identification device is controlled to reject all containers from cavities associated with defective containers. The cavity identification device is also coupled to feed sampled containers from selected cavities to an automatic sampling indexer wherein the sampled containers are fed to one or more stations for testing physical container properties, such as rupture pressure, wall thickness and internal volume. The cavity identification device and the automatic sampling indexer are controlled by a hierarchy of interconnected computers which receive cavity and test information from the various sections and stations of the system and control the sampling and sorting process based upon predetermined quality standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan D. Ahl, Joseph F. Billmaier, Paul W. L. Graham, Mark B. Schenk, Stephen H. Zylka
  • Patent number: 4690395
    Abstract: A label magazine comprising a tray for supporting a stack of labels and having a device at one end for yieldingly urging the labels toward the other end of the tray and a plurality of circumferentially spaced spring fingers positioned at the other end of the tray about the labels, each finger including an axially extending portion and an inwardly extending portion engaging the outermost label of the stack. Each finger is mounted so that it can be adjusted to move the finger inwardly of the label and accomodate variations in the size of the labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Casimir W. Nowicki
  • Patent number: 4686931
    Abstract: In the application of a volatile solvent to a plastic, roll-on label for a bottle, a large diameter solvent applicating roll is formed with small diameter gravure rolls that extend from the surface of the solvent applicating roll. The small diameter rolls are circumferentially spaced from each other a distance that is equal to the spacing between the leading edge and trailing edge of a plastic label carried on the surface of a transfer drum. The small gravure rolls are relatively rotatable with respect to the large roll and are supplied with solvent from behind within the large roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. DiFrank, Mark R. Tipping
  • Patent number: 4687112
    Abstract: A child-resistant package that includes a wide mouth blown glass container or blow molded plastic container, and a molded thermoplastic closure that is affixed to the finish portion of such container. The finish portion of the container has a radially outwardly projecting flange at the bottom portion of such finish portion, and this flange has a notch in its outer periphery. The closure has a flexible projection that extends outwardly and downwardly from the skirt of the closure, and a portion of this projection engages the notch in the flange of the finish to prevent the turning of the closure on the finish. The projection of the closure can be manipulated by hand to remove the portion of the projection that engages the notch in the container finish to disengage the closure projection from the container finish notch, to permit the removal of the closure from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter T. Swartzbaugh
  • Patent number: 4679997
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering labels to the blow molds and removing blown containers with the labels thereon from a blow molding apparatus wherein the apparatus precludes access to the upper or lower ends of the molds. A carriage is reciprocated horizontally between a position externally of the blow molds and a position within the blow molds. The carriage supports pick-up heads that pick up labels from magazines, deliver them between the mold halves and deposit them on the mold halves. The carriage also supports container removal devices that engage the blown containers with the labels thereon and remove them from a position between the mold halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Plenzler, Thomas J. Krall, Casimir W. Nowicki
  • Patent number: 4680000
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying labels in the molds of a plastic blow molding machine of the type wherein a plurality of sets of molds are mounted on a wheel rotatable about a horizontal axis and the molds are moved toward and away from one another to enclose a parison and the parison is then blown to the confines of the cavity between the mold sections which comprises removing labels successively from one or more magazines, depositing the labels on an endless conveyor which transports the labels to a position adjacent an open mold and laterally transferring the labels from the conveyor to a position within the molds such that when a mold closes about a plastic parison and the parison is blown, the labels become adhered to the blown plastic bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: Casimir W. Nowicki, Thomas A. Lucius, Ronald S. Kaminski, Robert P. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4678082
    Abstract: A vacuum indicating thermoplastic closure for a container for the packaging of a vacuum-packed product, the top panel of the closure containing a circular inner portion which is connected to an outer annular portion by an inner annular portion with a circular hinge on the outside of the closure along a first interrupted line between the circular inner portion and the inner annular portion and another circular hinge on the inside of the closure along a second interrupted line between the inner annular portion and the outer annular portion to permit the circular inner portion to be moved relative to the outer annular portion from a first position which indicates the presence of a vacuum in the container to a second position which indicates the absence of a vacuum in the container without developing substantial tensile stresses in the top panel of the closure when the circular inner portion is in either such position, except for compressive stresses in the bridges formed by the interruptions in the first interru
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Fillmore
  • Patent number: 4671836
    Abstract: The present invention provides, without the drawbacks accompanied by the use of hot melt adhesives, an attractive, easily recycled labelled container, the solid polymer label, on its underside that is adjacent the container when applied, being provided with a finite area on its leading edge and a finite area on its trailing edge, by applying thereto a solvent for the polymer in each of the finite areas, the finite areas comprising a viscous tacky solution of the polymer in the solvent, the solidifying solution being sufficient to tack and bond the label to container during wrapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Giancarlo J. Fumei
  • Patent number: 4671843
    Abstract: A cylindrical vacuum drum for carrying a label held to its surface by vacuum past an adhesive applying roll to a position where the label will touch a container and the container will be rolled along the drum surface to thereby apply the label about the container. The drum is formed of metal and is mounted for rotation about its vertical axis. The drum has a rubberlike covering thereover with at least two raised areas in the cover, which underlie the leading and trailing edge of a label that is at a greater radius than the rest of the surface. These are the areas which serve to press the label against the adhesive roll or solvent applying gravure roll. These areas have very slightly depressed zones forming slight steps just in advance thereof with a row of vacuum ports extending through the cover at the base of said steps to effectively hold the leading edge of the label down and allow the trailing edge to bend upwardly away from the outer surface of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Olsen
  • Patent number: 4671421
    Abstract: A plastic container which comprises a plastic blow molded container having an annular finish, an insert positioned in the finish and interengaged with the internal surface of the finish. The insert has internal threads for receiving an enlarged closure such in the form of a self-draining measuring cup having external threads on the lower end thereof and a peripheral flange sealingly engaging the free end of the finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Reiber, Gerald R. Robinson
  • Patent number: 4668458
    Abstract: A carbonated beverage package comprising a bottle having a neck with an external thread and a closure comprising a base wall and a peripheral skirt having an internal thread interengaging the thread on the neck. A flexible liner is interposed between the interior surface of the base wall of the closure and the open end of the neck. The closure is made of plastic and includes a portion at the juncture of the base wall and peripheral skirt which is axially deformable relative to the remainder of the base wall to a permanent shape. When the closure is applied to the ncek and the closure is rotated by relative rotation between the closure and the neck while simultaneously an axial force is applied to the deformable portion of the cap, the deformable portion is displaced axially relative to the base wall to a permanent shape causing the liner to be deflected about a portion of the outer surface of the neck adjacent the open end of the neck thereby increasing the contact of the liner with the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph H. Whitney
  • Patent number: 4668177
    Abstract: A core rod assembly for injection blow molding machines comprising a plurality of hollow core rods each of which has a closed end and an open end which is threaded on a core rod spool that is telescopically received in a core rod body such that the core rod and core rod spool has limited longitudinal movement relative to the core rod body for the purpose of permitting blow air to be provided for blowing a parison on the core rod. A tube extends through an opening in each core rod spool and the opening core rod and the spool has laterally extending passages communicating with the exterior of the spool. The passages are connected to spaced passages of a manifold by bellows type adaptors such that temperature control fluid such as liquid or air can be circulated through the tube and thereafter about the tube to cool the core rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Joeo M. Gatti