With Vertically Reciprocating Plunger Or Valve Piston For Each Head Patents (Class 141/146)
  • Patent number: 11608257
    Abstract: A filling method includes sealing a container against a filling element of a filling system, after the container has been sealed against the filling element and before beginning a filling phase, connecting the container to an annular vacuum duct, while the container is connected to the vacuum duct, carrying out an evacuation-and-flushing step in which the container is evacuated and flushed with flushing gas that comprises steam from an annular steam duct that carries pressurized steam, connecting the container to an annular pre-tensioning duct, pre-loading the container with inert gas from the pre-tensioning duct, filling the container with the liquid, and relieving pressure into the vacuum duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 10443589
    Abstract: A device for dosing a fill product into a container is described. The device includes a dosing unit with a dosing cylinder, a dosing piston displaceably disposed in the dosing cylinder between an upper center and a lower center of the dosing cylinder, and an intake valve with a valve seat for sucking the fill product from a rotatable product reservoir. The valve seat is disposed above a level formed by a base of the dosing piston at the lower center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Christian Goldbrunner, Florian Engelsberger, Manfred Faltermeier, Stefan Koller, Thomas Schuhbeck
  • Patent number: 9873603
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include apparatus for filling containers and related methods. In an embodiment, the invention includes an apparatus for filling containers including a filler frame, a rotary turret assembly, a filler plenum assembly, piston assemblies, a cam track, and a fluid supply group. The cam track can include a first rising portion, a second rising portion, a first declining portion, a first flat portion, and a second declining portion. In some embodiments, the apparatus for filling containers can include a sensor and a lever actuator. The piston assemblies can move up and down within the plurality of hollow columns and can include a piston body, and a top hat assembly. The top hat assembly can include a cam contact member and a release lever. The top hat assembly can be configured to releasably engage the top of the piston body in some embodiments. The release lever can allow the piston body and the top hat assembly to release from one another when the release lever is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Campbell Soup Company
    Inventor: John Baranowski
  • Patent number: 9802803
    Abstract: A filler element includes a valve arrangement that switches it between filling mode and CIP mode by controlling a connection between a chamber formed in a housing and a CIP channel formed from a valve body provided at a filling-height-controlling element. Axial movement of a filling-height-controlling element through an extension connected to the chamber controls mode-switching. In both modes, a continuous fluid connection exists between the extension's CIP connection and the CIP channel. Axial movement of the filling-height-controlling element also controls filling height in the container. In CIP mode, a CIP flow formed in the housing conducts liquid CIP medium out of the boiler, through the filling element, and out into a CIP channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 9481562
    Abstract: A bulk liquid dispensing system includes a plurality of dispensing devices for each dispensing a respective type of bulk liquid. Each device includes a primary tank of bulk liquid communicating with a nozzle for dispensing into a reusable container which may be provided by a customer. A secondary portable tank is interchangeably connected above the primary tank to ensure continued dispensing of liquid even as the secondary tank is interchanged. A payment system associates a debit amount with a dispensed fluid from each device resulting from a user selection and a cumulative total of the debit amounts is collected from the customer in a single transaction. The devices can be operated to dispense liquid in response to input of an identification code which is generated when the user prepays, for example through a web interface, a mobile application, a point of sale tool, or a tablet application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Colleen Beth Vandersteen
  • Patent number: 9010387
    Abstract: Method for filling containers with liquids, wherein the containers are filled using a plurality of controllable filling elements and the liquid is fed to these filling elements starting from a reservoir, common to the filling elements, for storing the liquid, wherein during the filling the containers are transported at least in sections along a circular track and wherein the filling of the containers by at least one filling element is controlled as a function of at least one first parameter characteristic of the liquid in the reservoir and this parameter is determined repeatedly at given intervals of time during the filling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Rupert Meinzinger, Stefan Poeschl, Sebastian Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 9010381
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filling system for filling bottles or similar containers (2) with a liquid filling material, said system comprising at least one filling element, a liquid channel formed in a housing of the filling element and connected to a tank for providing the liquid filling material, and at least one outlet for dispensing the liquid filling material into the respective container attached to the filling element. Said filling system also comprises a liquid valve in the liquid channel, a gas return tube that projects past the at least one outlet on one end, for controlling the level of the filling material in the filled container, and is connected to a gas chamber, formed for example in the tank, by means of a fluid connection. The filling system also comprises an open fluid channel inside the filling element, in the region of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 8955562
    Abstract: A filling element for filling systems for filling bottles or similar containers (2) with a hot liquid product, comprising a liquid channel (14, 15), which is formed in the filling element (1), has a filling valve (9) and forms at least one discharge opening, via which, by controlled opening and closing of the liquid valve (9), the liquid product can be introduced into the respective container (2) that has been raised towards the filling element (1) in a lifting movement, and comprising at least one flow path (16, 17, 18), which is formed in the liquid valve (1) and, for heating the filling element (1), can be connected to a hot circulation of the liquid product, characterized in that control means (5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 8950445
    Abstract: A device for filling at least one dosing chamber is provided, with at least one dosing chamber arranged in a dosing disc into which a filling material is to be introduced. At least one ram acts on the material located in the dosing chamber. The at least one ram is arranged on a support, and at least two columns are connected to the support. A drive mechanism is provided which, via a coupling mechanism, moves at least the two columns up and down in synch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Schlipf, Ralf Schmied, Werner Runft, Thomas Franck
  • Patent number: 8925597
    Abstract: A beverage fill valve actuator adapted for being sealing mounted thru the wall of a beverage fill tank, the actuator having an elongated housing formed with an axial bore extending completely therethrough and providing a tubulate bearing structure at its inner end, a camshaft rotatably mounted in the bore and having its distal end rotatably mounted within the bearing structure with a predesigned selected clearance therebetween, and wherein the camshaft, bearing and barrel structures allow axial motion of the camshaft within the bore of from about 0.002 in. to about 0.020 in. while maintaining the selected clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Bernie Beringer
  • Patent number: 8763654
    Abstract: Filling system for filling bottles or similar containers with a liquid consisting of a main component and at least one additional component, said system comprising a plurality of filling elements in which the additional component(s) is/are supplied in controlled quantities via at least one mixing line per filling element in order to be mixed with the main component in the filling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Norman Gras, Ludwig Clüsserath, Manfred Härtel
  • Patent number: 8747747
    Abstract: A reader for mechanical actuation of fluids within a test cartridge. The instrument interface including multiple independently-controlled plungers aligned to respective fluidic pouches on a test cartridge that is inserted into a testing apparatus embodying the instrument interface. The plungers include tips for applying mechanical force to the respective fluidic pouches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Point of Care Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Hunter
  • Patent number: 8695647
    Abstract: A beverage filling assembly and a cam apparatus for a beverage filling machine is disclosed. A cam housing defines a first aperture along a central axis and a second aperture transverse to the central axis with a filling valve aligned with the second aperture. The cam member is rotatably disposed in the first aperture and includes a shaft portion and an eccentric portion aligning with the filling valve. A lever is connected to the cam member for concurrent movement with the cam member. A bearing sleeve defines an orifice for receiving the shaft portion. The bearing sleeve is formed of a self-lubricating material for preventing frictional engagement between the cam housing and the shaft portion. The bearing sleeve includes a flange adjacent the cam housing for preventing movement of the bearing sleeve axially along the central axis during operation. The bearing sleeve is removable from the shaft portion during servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Adcor Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin K. Ruble
  • Patent number: 8684048
    Abstract: A standalone packaging manipulation apparatus performing predetermined packaging manipulation operations on bags being transported along an arcuate transportation path of a rotary-type bag transportation apparatus, the standalone packaging manipulation apparatus including a main arm that pivots and also extends and retracts in a horizontal plane, a sub-arm provided at a distal end portion of the main arm so as to ascend and descend and to rotate in the horizontal plane, and filling nozzle provided on the sub-arm with a predetermined spacing therebetween and simultaneously filling a plurality of bags with liquid. The operation of these elements is performed by mutually independent servomotors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoichi Koga
  • Patent number: 8662114
    Abstract: A device for loss-free filling of continuously mixed media in containers may include a mixing tank, a filler valve, and a connecting line. The mixing tank serves to receive and mix at least two different media, of which at least one medium is a fluid, and has a closing device for closing an outlet from the mixing tank. The filler valve serves for filling the mixed media from the mixing tank in the containers. The connecting line is arranged between the outlet from the mixing tank and the filler valve. Here the closing device has a ventilation line that can be connected with the connecting line to ventilate the connecting line to the filler valve. Also a plant may include such a device and a transport device for transporting the containers to the filler valve of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Rupert Meinzinger
  • Patent number: 8607828
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus useful for filling containers by means of a rotating turret which is configured to rotate the containers through the container-filing apparatus to a dosing portion where they are then are filled with material by way of a tamping mechanism. The container-filling apparatus may also include a container-conveying means to move the containers to the rotating turret. Methods of filling containers by using container-filling apparatuses according to embodiments of the invention are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Catalent CTS (Kansas City), LLC
    Inventors: Todd Stutzman, Robert Muier
  • Patent number: 8517065
    Abstract: An apparatus to fill a container includes at least one tank for a fluid product to be delivered and one filling head to deliver the fluid product to the container that is movable towards and away from the container. The apparatus further includes a connecting arrangement interposed between the tank and the filling head to supply the fluid product to the filling head. The connecting arrangement includes a ball-and-socket joint structure which includes a first tubular portion having a spherical body, a second tubular portion in the form of a spherical cavity and a tubular sealing element arranged inside the first tubular portion and the second tubular portion at a zone in which the spherical body and the spherical cavity are mutually engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Sidel Holdings & Technology S.A.
    Inventor: Lucio Conforti
  • Patent number: 8505594
    Abstract: A container filling element for filling containers with a liquid. The filling element has two liquid ducts and two separate discharge openings in a housing, as well as separate valves which control the flow of liquid for each liquid duct and discharge opening. A gas shutoff element is disposed in one of the liquid ducts and is positioned adjacent to each of the discharge openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 8453687
    Abstract: A device for metering of powdery filling material is proposed, with a filling material container, on the bottom of which at least one metering opening is arranged, with at least one transfer plunger which can be introduced by a movement system into the metering opening in order to transfer the filling material located in the metering opening into a receptacle. In addition to the movement system, a drive unit is provided for applying a force to the transfer plunger in order to assist the transfer of the filling material into the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Schmied, Jens Schlipf, Walter Boehringer
  • Publication number: 20130037169
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing apparatus for filling at least one bottle with liquid is presented. The apparatus has an unfiltered water source, a filtration assembly, a dispensing assembly, and a bottle retention assembly. The dispensing assembly is configured to dispense filtered water into the interior volume of the at least one bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: GARY VOLINO, Craig Cochran, Maureen Carroll, Jeff Juskowich, Frank Barry
  • Patent number: 8162010
    Abstract: A circular filling machine particularly for slender and elongated products, comprising a carousel assembly which supports a plurality of filling funnels which can be inserted in corresponding containers supported by transfer pans, the filling machine further comprising vibration elements for the funnels, vibration elements for the containers, and a tamping assembly for the insertion and final packing of the product in the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Zanichelli Meccanica S.p.A.
    Inventor: Caterina Pagani
  • Patent number: 8151831
    Abstract: Containers for packaging liquid or powder products are directed onto a carousel (1) presenting a support element (9) equipped with a number of peripheral stations (10), each accommodating a relative container (2), and set in rotation about a vertical axis (X) by a drive system (6) housed internally of floor-standing frame (5) on which the carousel (1) is mounted. The support element (9) presents substantially disc-like appearance and is hollow, composed of a top panel (11) and a bottom panel (12) distanced one from another in such a way as to create an annular chamber (13) between the two panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianpietro Zanini, Marco Baroni
  • Patent number: 8100152
    Abstract: A machine for filling containers with liquid product, comprising a rotating carousel provided with a plurality of filling stations, means adapted to provide selective feeding by means of a hot fluid and by means of the product, and means adapted to collect and evacuate the hot fluid that exits from the faucets, all the walls of the machine designed to be in contact with the hot fluid and the liquid product having high thermal insulation characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Weightpack S.R.L.
    Inventor: Narciso De Antoni Migliorati
  • Patent number: 7878226
    Abstract: In an embodiment of a continuously-operating machine for filling containers with at least one granular product, each container is fed along a given path in time with a relative metering device, which withdraws the product from a tank, feeds the withdrawn product into the container, and has a metering cylinder defined at the bottom by a piston which moves, along the metering cylinder, to and from a feed position in which to feed the product in the metering cylinder to a drop chute for unloading the product into the relative container; the piston having a cam follower which is maintained contacting a cam by a pneumatic push assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: MG 2 - S.r.l.
    Inventors: Angelo Ansaloni, Davide Frabetti
  • Publication number: 20100200112
    Abstract: A device for metering of powdery filling material is proposed, with a filling material container, on the bottom of which at least one metering opening is arranged, with at least one transfer plunger which can be introduced by a movement system into the metering opening in order to transfer the filling material located in the metering opening into a receptacle. In addition to the movement system, a drive unit is provided for applying a force to the transfer plunger in order to assist the transfer of the filling material into the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventors: Ralf Schmied, Jens Schlipf, Walter Boehringer
  • Patent number: 7640953
    Abstract: In a continuous machine for filling containers with a product, each container is fed along a given path in time with a relative metering device, which withdraws the product from a tank, feeds the withdrawn product into the container, and has a piston moved with respect to a cylinder by an actuating device having a tappet, which is carried by the piston and maintained contacting a cam by a pneumatic push assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: MG 2 - S.r.l.
    Inventor: Angelo Ansaloni
  • Patent number: 7591391
    Abstract: The Invention is a tray for serving a beverage in a nightclub or tavern. A tray body defines a reservoir adapted to contain a beverage. A reservoir aperture communicates through the tray body and is controlled by a valve. A dispensing opening is defined by the bottom side of the tray body and aligns the drinking vessel with the reservoir aperture. The valve is actuated when a drinking vessel is placed in engagement with the dispensing opening. A plurality of drinking vessel receptacles located on the top side of the tray are adapted to support drinking vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Peter Nielsen
  • Patent number: 7469726
    Abstract: A container filling machine for filling containers, such as bottles, with a liquid, such as a beverage, has at least one filling element for dispensing liquid. The filling element has a gas passage to control the flow of gas there through for filling containers under different pressures or no pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen-Und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 7426815
    Abstract: There is provided a method of loading a container with a defined quantity of product which comprises the steps of a) closing off a perforation in a perforated plate; b) directing powder into said closed-off perforation by the action of a first leveller blade moveable in a sweeping path relative to the perforated plate; and c) transferring the contents of the perforation to said container, and an apparatus for achieving such method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Smithkline Beecham Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Anthony Wilson, Phillip William Farr, Marcus Edward Pike
  • Patent number: 7353848
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant for filling bottles with a liquid beverage filling material having a filling device and a filling machine having such a filling device. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen-und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventor: Dieter Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 7350545
    Abstract: A filling valve apparatus having a body portion with an inner wall terminating at an aperture to define a sealing seat. The inner wall extends below the seat to define a trap for a fluid. A cage extends from the body portion with the cage having an inner wall mating with the inner wall of the body portion to define a continuous inner surface. A stem, having a seal, includes an outer surface that is complementary in configuration to the continuous inner surface to define a smooth passageway for the fluid as the fluid is directed into the container thereby ensuring a laminar flow of the fluid between the inner and outer surfaces and into the container. The filling valve apparatus also includes a pre-assembled body portion, valve assembly, cap assembly, lower vent tube assembly, and snift valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: ADCOR Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin K. Ruble, Demetrios Stavrakis, Ted McKaughan
  • Patent number: 7347231
    Abstract: Beverage bottling plant for filling bottles with a liquid beverage having a filling machine for filling bottles and other beverage containers with a liquid beverage. The filling machine having a gas tube being configured and disposed to permit evacuation of gas from a beverage bottle to a chamber of a return gas duct without the gas contacting liquid beverage material in a beverage storage reservoir to essentially prevent contamination of the liquid beverage material in said beverage storage reservoir by the gas being evacuated from the beverage bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Schmoll
  • Patent number: 7299833
    Abstract: A filling valve apparatus having a body portion with an inner wall terminating at an aperture to define a sealing seat. The inner wall extends below the seat to define a trap for a fluid. A cage extends from the body portion with the cage having an inner wall mating with the inner wall of the body portion to define a continuous inner surface. A stem, having a seal, includes an outer surface that is complementary in configuration to the continuous inner surface to define a smooth passageway for the fluid as the fluid is directed into the container thereby ensuring a laminar flow of the fluid between the inner and outer surfaces and into the container. The filling valve apparatus also includes a pre-assembled body portion, valve assembly, cap assembly, lower vent tube assembly, and snift valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Adcor Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin K. Ruble, Demetrios Stavrakis
  • Patent number: 7210507
    Abstract: The capsule filling machine is provided with special volumetric dosing stations each having two or more adjacent dosing units (9, 9?, 22), fixed at equal distances from each other on the periphery of the carousel and located outside and at a distance from the product feed hopper (2), in such a way that they can be rapidly and easily replaced when there is a change in the formal of the capsules to be filled, in the same way as all the other components of the machine, which is also designed for easy and rapid preparation for the washing and sterilization cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: B.L. Macchine Automatiche S.p.A.
    Inventor: Libero Facchini
  • Patent number: 7156267
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a valve unit for container filling machines, particularly for bottle fillers. More particularly, the present invention relates to a valve unit (1), particularly for machines for filling containers (8), comprising a hollow body (2) in which a plug (3) is slidably housed and a guide means (14) for the said plug (3), a passage (9) being formed in the said hollow (2) for a fluid (7) for filling the said container (8), characterized in that the said passage (9) for the said filling fluid (7) is separated from the said guide means (14) and from the said plug (3) by an isolating and sealing membrane (32), the said membrane being open at the bottom in such a way as to allow a tip (30) of the to protrude downwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Simonazzi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Francesco Zanga
  • Patent number: 6997439
    Abstract: The present invention provides a filling valve which affords an excellent sterilization capability and a high maintenance capability. The valve includes a tubular nozzle 4, an operating rod 6 which is fitted in the nozzle 4 so as to be elevatable, and an opening/closing valve 22 formed by a valve seat 10a on the internal surface of the nozzle 4 at its bottom end and a valve element 6a formed at the bottom end of the operating rod 6. A portion 10c of a reducing diameter which gradually reduces the cross-sectional area of the filled liquid passage 10 in a downward direction and a portion 10e of an increasing diameter which gradually increases the cross-sectional area of the filled liquid passage 10 in the downward direction are formed on the internal surface of the nozzle 4 at an upper portion thereof. A plurality of straightening vanes 36 are formed on the internal surface of the nozzle 4 at a location below the portion 10e of an increasing diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignees: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Miyazaki, Norimi Kawanami, Takao Katayama, Hitoshi Takaku, Yukinobu Nishino, Futoshi Konishi
  • Patent number: 6817386
    Abstract: A liquid passage 4 for filling which communicates with a liquid supply piping 6 for filling is formed within a valve housing 2 and carries a filling nozzle 31 at its lower end. The liquid passage 4 is opened or closed by a liquid valve. A packing 38 which seals the mouth of a vessel B, a cylinder 42 which elevates the packing 38, a flow meter 33 which detects a filled content of the liquid which is filled into the vessel B, and an exhaust passage 44 formed in the valve housing 2 are provided. The exhaust passage 44 has an opening disposed toward the vessel which is disposed outside an opening of the filling nozzle 31, and the opening of the filling nozzle 31 is maintained above the elevation of the liquid level which is filled into the vessel B during the filling operation. The filling valve assures a sanitary excellence and is usable with vessels B of differing sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Tsukano, Katsunori Tanikawa, Taro Kitayama
  • Patent number: 6810927
    Abstract: Device for supplying additives (A, B, C) and machine for filling containers (4) with a fluid product (6) supplied to delivery heads (5) by means of a header (7; 7; 107) and distribution ducts (7a; 7b) comprising means (10a, 10b, 10c, 11; 110A, 110B, 110C, 11) for supplying said additives (A, B, C) to the said header (7; 7; 107) receiving the base product (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Ronchi Mario S.p.A.
    Inventor: Cesare Ronchi
  • Patent number: 6786248
    Abstract: A fill valve assembly for use in association with a filler device comprising an outer housing, a product dispensing member, a displaceable piston and a seal member. The product dispensing member is associated with the outer housing. The displaceable piston is displaceably positioned within the outer housing. The seal member is fixedly associated with the displaceable piston at one end thereof, and at least one of the outer housing and the product dispensing member, at another end thereof. The seal member is capable of maintaining fixed association throughout displacement of the displaceable piston, such that isolation of outer housing and the product dispensing member can be maintained without the use of seals having slidable engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignees: Fogg Filler Company, Scholle Corporation
    Inventors: Randall L. Johnson, Simon P. Edwards, Michael R. Resterhouse, Robert B. Szabo, II
  • Patent number: 6742556
    Abstract: A filler valve assembly that includes a first housing member with an elongated hollow filler tube secured thereto, the filler tube having an outlet through which liquid exits when filling containers. A second housing member having secured thereto an elongated piston with an enlarged end portion is provided so that the elongated piston is disposed interior of the filler tube. The piston is axially moveable with respect to the filler tube to move the enlarged portion of the piston from a first, closed position to a second, open position. When in the closed position, a substantially liquid-tight seal is formed between the outlet of the filler tube and the enlarged portion of the piston, both the outlet and the enlarged portion being formed of a metal so that the seal is formed solely by metal-to-metal contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Marco A. Osuna, James Gonsalves
  • Patent number: 6701979
    Abstract: In a machine (1) for filling containers with a liquid substance, a rotating head (2) is carried rotatingly by a stationary structure (3) and a liquid substance delivering chamber (4) is made inside the rotating head (2). A plurality of distributors (6) are arranged along the edge of the rotating head (2) for delivering the liquid substance to filling nozzles (7) associated with the rotating head (2). A basin (30) is associated to the stationary structure (3) for collecting a sterilizing liquid introduced into the distributors (6) and flowing in the nozzles (7) for sterilizing, by washing, the distributors (6) and the nozzles (7). The basin (30) is closed by a cover (32), fastened to the rotating head (2). A plurality of vertical tubes (34) pass tightly through the cover (32) and extend inside the basin (30), so as to be connected to the nozzles (7) and to the distributors (6) by flexible pipes (25A, 25B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Servadei, Giancarlo Ori
  • Patent number: 6662828
    Abstract: A telescoping filling head comprising a driving portion, a nozzle block portion and a two-stage telescoping nozzle, the innermost portion of the nozzle having positionable apertures. A telescoping filling head can be retrofitted on an existing filling device, or can be incorporated in a newly manufactured filling device. The telescoping action permits a longer nozzle to be used in any given space, because the two portions which extend to create a relatively long filling nozzle retract within a relatively short outer nozzle. The longer nozzle increases the rate at which foaming liquids can be introduced into a container. The positionable apertures can also direct the flow of the liquid at the shoulders of the bottle, further increasing the rate at which foaming liquids can be introduced into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventors: Clifford W. Stover, Erik R. Ryberg, Howard J. Biggins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6604560
    Abstract: A packaging processing (liquid filling) apparatus, including a rising-and-lowering assembly attached to a pivot member and moved vertically and filling nozzles attached to the rising-and-lowering assembly. An endless chain having grippers at equal intervals is rotated continuously by a sprocket. A circular first raising-and-lowering cam that rotates with the sprocket is attached to the sprocket, and a circular-arc-shaped second raising-and-lowering cam is provided near the first raising-and-lowering cam; and a cam roller attached to the rising-and-lowering assembly is caused to roll on these cams. When the pivot member makes a forward motion to follow the bags held by grippers, the cam roller rolls over the second raising-and-lowering cam, and the rising-and-lowering assembly is lowered and then raised; when the pivot member makes a return motion, the cam roller rolls over the first raising-and-lowering cam, and the rising-and-lowering assembly is maintained in a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Iwao Ikemoto, Shoichi Koga
  • Patent number: 6595245
    Abstract: According to a method for filling containers (2) with a metered quantity of products (10), the products is supplied to a reservoir (3), inside which there is a metering receptacle (7). In its upper part, the metering receptacle (7) is open and its lower part features a discharge pipe (8), which communicates with a container (2) to be filled. A moving element (13) moves between a filling position in which it causes the raising of level of the products (10) over the opening (7a) of the metering receptacle (7), so that the latter is filled with the products and a non-filling position, in which the level of the products (10) is lowered below the opening (7a) of the metering receptacle (7). Thus a metered quantity (11) of products is collected inside the metering receptacle (7) The metered quantity (11) of products is delivered to the container (2) through the discharge pipe (8), by opening of valve means (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Milena Stagni
  • Patent number: 6585013
    Abstract: A continuous machine for filling the bottom shells of capsules with at least one product has a conveyor for feeding the bottom shells along a given path; and at least one metering wheel having a number of metering devices, each for supplying a relative bottom shell with a given quantity of product withdrawn from a container, which is mounted eccentrically with respect to the metering wheel and is supplied by means of at least one conduit extending downwards inside a space enclosing the container and the metering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: H.P.F. S.r.l.
    Inventor: Ernesto Gamberini
  • Patent number: 6484763
    Abstract: A device for transporting fluids, such as viscous adhesives and sealants. The device includes a cylinder which may be filled by a supply line and a movable piston within the cylinder for ejecting the fluid into a discharge line. The piston includes an axial fluid channel and can be moved by way of a piston rod which also includes an axial fluid channel. An inlet valve is positioned between the supply line and the cylinder and may be moved between open and closed positions for releasing or interrupting the supply the fluid from the supply line into the interior of the cylinder. The piston rod includes threading and this threading is engaged with corresponding threading on a rotatable and drivable drive element so that the piston may be moved by rotating the drive element within the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Norbert Derntl
  • Publication number: 20020170620
    Abstract: On a continuous machine for filling the bottom shells of capsules with a powdered product, the bottom shells are conveyed so as to be equally spaced along a given path with a first spacing; the machine having a number of metering wheels rotating about respective parallel axes, and each having a respective number of metering devices moving with the relative metering wheel along a relative portion of the path, each in time with a relative bottom shell; and the metering devices being equally spaced about the relative axis with a second spacing substantially equal to the product of the number of metering wheels and the first spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventor: Ernesto Gamberini
  • Publication number: 20020170619
    Abstract: A continuous machine for filling the bottom shells of capsules with at least one product has a conveyor for feeding the bottom shells along a given path; and at least one metering wheel having a number of metering devices, each for supplying a relative bottom shell with a given quantity of product withdrawn from a container, which is mounted eccentrically with respect to the metering wheel and is supplied by means of at least one conduit extending downwards inside a space enclosing the container and the metering wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventor: Ernesto Gamberini
  • Patent number: 6390330
    Abstract: An apparatus for metering and dispensing powder into hard gelatin capsules or the like. The apparatus has a metering disk that rotates in advancing steps, with bores disposed in its base. The bores which cooperate with tamping plungers that move up and down. The tamping plungers are disposed on a common tamping plunger support and when inserted into the bores, compress the powder into compressed pellets. In order to detect breakage of the springs and in order to be able to make a statement as to the mass of the compressed pellets, means are provided which detect the spring path of the tamping plungers immediately preceding the ejection plungers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Runft
  • Patent number: 6378574
    Abstract: A rotary type continuous filling apparatus that continuously fills bags accommodated in retainers with a filling liquid via filing nozzles. A cylinder of each of the pump devices that correspond to the respective filling nozzles is installed horizontally with the discharge opening facing outward. The discharge opening communicates with a feed-out opening of a nozzle main body, and a tank containing the filling liquid communicates with a supply opening of the nozzle main body via a flow passage. A cam roller is connected to the piston via swing levers, vertical supporting shafts and cam levers, and these cam rollers move along an annular cam groove of a piston operating cam. Furthermore, each filling nozzle has a flow passage switching valve that switches between a communication and non-communication of the supply opening and the feed-out opening, and it also has an opening-and-closing valve that opens and closes the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoji Tsutsui