Abstract: Disclosed is a method for controlling an installation for handling hollow bodies, which includes: a plurality of treatment units; a transfer system; and a covering including a frame that defines casings and door leaves each mounted on a casing; a control unit. Also included are steps of: detection by the control unit of the stopping of a treatment unit; detection by the control unit of the closed position of door leaves located in the vicinity of an interface between the detected treatment unit that is stopped and the transfer system; and if these door leaves are detected in closed position, ordering by the control unit of the locking of these door leaves.
October 11, 2017
Date of Patent:
March 3, 2020
Christophe Maran, Laurent Danel, Sebastien Moulin, Fabian Petit
Abstract: Disclosed is a molding unit for the forming of a container provided with a hollow recess, this molding unit including: a mold provided with a lateral wall defining a cavity and provided with a pocket that comes out into the cavity; and a boxing device. The boxing device includes: an insert mounted in translation relative to the lateral wall between a retracted position in which the insert is retracted into the pocket, and a deployed position in which the insert projects into the cavity outside of the pocket; an actuator integral with the insert and provided with a piston; and an added sleeve, mounted in a complementary recess made in the lateral wall and attached to it, and in which the piston is mounted in translation.
Abstract: Mold base including a base wall and a peripheral side wall which is connected to the base wall by a fillet, this mould base ending with a peripheral upper edge and including ribs forming cavities for grooves for strengthening the base of a container to be formed and which each straddle the fillet, this mould base also including decompression vents hollowed out of the moulding face and which include, for each rib, at least one pair of shallow side channels which extend on either side of the rib and open, at an upper end, on to the peripheral upper edge.
Abstract: A device (30) for serial treatment of hollow bodies including: a transport member (32); a treatment rod (38) mounted slidably relative to the transport member (32); controlled elements for moving each treatment rod (38) between a retracted position and an extended position in which the treatment rod (38) is intended for being inserted axially into the transported hollow body; wherein the controlled elements consist of an electric actuator (42) controlled by an electronic control unit (44) for stopping the treatment rod (38) in the extended position thereof. A method for serial treatment of preforms using the treatment device is also described.
Abstract: Disclosed is a molding unit for the forming of a container provided with a hollow recess toward the interior of the container, this forming unit including: a mold provided with a lateral wall defining a cavity having the impression of at least one part of the container and incorporating a fluid circuit for thermal regulation of the wall, which comes out on an upper surface of the mold; and a boxing device. The boxing device includes: an insert mounted in translation relative to the lateral wall; an actuator integral with the insert; and a pneumatic circuit for controlling the movement of the piston, which includes at least one primary duct for supplying the chamber, which comes out on the upper surface of the mold.
Abstract: Disclosed is a molding unit for the forming of a container provided with a hollow recess toward the interior of the container, including: a mold provided with a lateral wall defining a cavity having the impression of at least one portion of the container, provided with a housing formed hollow in a protrusion forming a projection toward the interior of the cavity and opening into the cavity; and a boxing device having an insert mounted in translation relative to the lateral wall between a retracted position in which the insert is retracted in the housing, and a deployed position in which the insert projects outside of the housing, a projection whose transverse extension is less than or equal to 85% of the cumulative transverse extension of the protrusion and of the insert.
Abstract: Disclosed is a mold for the manufacture, from a blank, of a container having a body and a base provided with a peripheral seat. The mold includes: a wall bearing the impression of the body of the container and provided with an opening; a mold base which is movable relative to the wall between an extended position and a retracted position; the mold base having a peripheral surface which corresponds to a join between the seat and the base of the container and terminates in an edge which is raised with respect to the seat surface. In the extended position of the mold base, the edge extends vertically perpendicular to the opening and, in the retracted position of the mold base, the edge extends near the opening.
Abstract: A sterilization apparatus for sterilizing receptacle closures, comprising: a treatment chamber having an inlet station and an outlet station; a feeding device configured to feed a succession of receptacle closures to the inlet station; a conveyor configured to convey the receptacle closures through the treatment chamber from the inlet station to the outlet station; a sterilization agent injection device configured to inject a sterilization agent into the treatment chamber, wherein: the conveyor includes a plurality of adjacent guide rails; the feeding device is configured to feed the receptacle closures to at least one active guide rail of the plurality of guide rails; and the sterilization agent injection device includes a plurality of injection devices, each injection device being associated with one of the guide rails; and a controller configured to selectively actuate the injection devices according to a first and second operative mode.
Abstract: The present disclose relates to a receptacle handling apparatus. In one implementation, the apparatus includes a filling carousel with filling units adapted for filling respective receptacles during advancement of the receptacles from a receiving station to a transfer station and a capping carousel with capping units adapted for receiving respective filled receptacles at an insertion station and adapted to cap said receptacles during advancement from the insertion station to a release station. The transfer station and the insertion station are spaced apart, and the capping carousel includes gripping units, each having at least one outwardly extensible gripping arm assembly moveable between a retracted and an extracted configuration, such that the gripping arm assembly cooperates with the filling carousel to transfer a relative filled receptacle from the transfer station to the insertion station.
Abstract: A method for detecting the defective status of an article intended to be contact-filled with a pourable product stored in a tank using a filling device includes creating a tight-fluid contact between an opening of an article and a first fluidic line defined by the filling device; setting a second valve in a second closed position; setting a first valve in a first open position; measuring the flow of the pourable product along the first fluidic line; and detecting that the article is defective if the flow is greater than a threshold value.
Abstract: An oven (10) for the heat treatment of preforms and a method for operating an air-cooling device (42) fitted to such an oven includes controlling elements (58) to vary the cooling air flow rate onto the body (18) and bottom (20) of the preforms (12) along the heating path.
Abstract: A container (1) made from thermoplastic material obtained by blow molding, or stretch-blow molding, includes a body (2) and a petaloid bottom (5) that has a central area (7) from which feet (6) extend radially, alternating with valleys (10), each foot (6) including a peripheral portion (11) connected to the body (2) of the container and a central portion (12) connected to the central area (7), the container being characterized in that each foot further has a truncated portion (13) forming a seat for the container (1), extending between the peripheral portion (11) and the central portion (12).
Abstract: Disclosed is a mold for manufacturing a container from a preform, the mold including: a side wall, a mold bottom having a through-passage in the center thereof, a cylinder including a body and a counter stretch molding rod that is mounted so as to be slidable relative to the body between an extended position in which the counter stretch molding rod projects relative to the mold bottom and a retracted position, a stand on which the mold bottom is mounted, this stand including a lower stage, an upper stage and a spacer detachably inserted between the upper stage and the lower stage and defining the cavity in part.
October 17, 2016
Date of Patent:
November 12, 2019
Matthieu Breard, Marc Leroux, Arnaud Barbey
Abstract: Molding unit (1) for the forming of a container (2) provided with a hollow recess (3), comprising: a mold (5) provided with a lateral wall (6) defining a cavity (7) and provided with a pocket (9) that comes out into the cavity (7); a boxing device (11) comprising: an insert (12) mounted in translation in the pocket (9) relative to the lateral wall (6) and provided with at least one passage (81) opening out; an actuator (16) integral with the insert (12) and provided with a piston (17) mounted in a chamber (22) defined in the wall (6) of the mold (5), the piston (17) subdividing the chamber (22) into a rear half-chamber (22A) in communication with a primary fluid duct (46), and a front half-chamber (22B) in communication, on the one hand, with a secondary fluid duct (50) and, on the other hand, with the pocket (9).
Abstract: A synchronization system for a container-processing plant, including a container-forming machine configured to form a container, the container-forming machine having a first rotating wheel for rotating the container about a first rotation axis; a container-filling machine operatively coupled to the container-forming machine and configured to fill the container, the container-filling machine having a second rotating wheel for rotating the container about a second rotation axis; and at least one electric motor configured to cause the first rotating wheel and the second rotating wheel to rotate, the synchronization system comprising: a position sensor provided in the container-forming machine and configured to detect a rotating position of the first rotating wheel and to generate a position detection signal; at least one control unit configured to: receive information associated with the position detection signal; synchronize the rotation of the second rotating wheel to the rotation of the first rotating wheel b
Abstract: Container (1) having a body (6) and a bottom (7) that together delimit an internal primary volume (11) of the container (1), this container (1) also comprising a protruding base (12) comprising an outer wall and an inner wall, the base (12) comprising a skirt which protrudes from the region (8) of the join between the body (6) and the bottom (7), and a foot which lies at a lower end of the skirt and defines a setting-down plane for the container (1), in which container: —the walls are locally welded together in the region of the skirt; —the foot forms a hollow bulge, and the outer wall, the inner wall and the setting-down plane together define a secondary volume isolated from the primary volume (11) by the weld.
Abstract: A method and machine for blow-moulding containers, the method involves selecting at least one characteristic point of the pressure in the container; for each selected point, defining a triggering criterion, and a pre-defined value thereof; during a production and data acquisition cycle, measuring the pressure in the container; for each selected point, defining a setpoint time for triggering, in the subsequent production cycle, the switch to the sub-phase after the characteristic point, such that: if the actual value of the criterion is ? to the pre-defined value, the setpoint time is the time at which the criterion has assumed a value equal to the predefined value, and if the actual value of the criterion is strictly higher than the pre-defined value, the setpoint time is after the actual time and is defined such that, at that time, the criterion assumes a value close to or coinciding with the pre-defined value.
Abstract: Method of manufacturing containers by blow-molding preforms, comprising a phase of heating the preforms (3) followed by a phase of forming the containers (this phase comprising a pre-blowing step followed by a blowing step), this method comprising the operations consisting in: detecting a pressure spike during the pre-blowing and comparing it against a reference spike, if the pressure in the pressure spike is below the reference pressure, checking an event history to determine whether a heating instruction and/or a forming instruction has been modified; if the result of this check is positive, commanding at least one of the following actions: o generating an alert alarm, o stopping the supply of preforms to the oven, o ejecting the containers derived from the affected preforms.
Abstract: Mold bottom for the manufacture by blow molding of a container that has a bottom that is equipped with a seat, with this mold bottom including a unit that has a molding face bearing the at least partial impression of the bottom of the container, with a pressure-release air vent being formed in the unit and emptying out, via an inner opening, on the molding face and, via an outer opening, into a pipe for exposure to air, with this mold bottom also including an insert that is provided with at least one projection housed in the air vent and that has a terminal face bearing the impression of at least one part of the seat of the container, with this insert being provided with an inner circuit for heat regulation of the projection and being mounted to move in relation to the unit.
Abstract: Disclosed is an installation for producing thermoplastic containers including: a container coating station including an input wheel and an output wheel; an upstream transfer wheel that is tangent with the input wheel in an input tangential zone; and a downstream transfer wheel that is tangent with the output wheel in an output tangential zone. The installation includes a bypass wheel that is directly tangent with the upstream transfer wheel in an upstream tangential zone and the bypass wheel that is directly tangent with the downstream transfer wheel in a downstream tangential zone.