With Filling Means Patents (Class 425/524)
  • Patent number: 9423284
    Abstract: An exemplary method and apparatus for function testing of plastic containers which have been produced in an extrusion blow molding method and include an ascending tube. The apparatus being configured to determine the flow rate of a fluid medium through the ascending tube. The determined flow rate is compared to a set flow rate range, and when upper and lower boundaries for the flow rate are not reached or are exceeded, the container is excluded from further processing and removed from the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: ALPLA WERKE ALWIN LEHNER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Gerold Spiegel
  • Patent number: 9180621
    Abstract: A blow molding device includes a blow nozzle to be inserted tightly into a mouth tube section of preform when the preform is inserted in a mold. The blow molding device also includes a pressurized liquid feeding unit and feeds a pressurized liquid from the pressurized liquid feeding unit into the preform through the blow nozzle to form a container into an expanded shape along a cavity of the mold. A valve mechanism, provided at a downstream end of a feed channel for the liquid in the blow nozzle, can open and close the feed channel so that when the valve mechanism is in a closed state, the liquid circulates between the feed channel and the pressurized liquid feeding unit, and when the valve mechanism is in an open state, the pressurized liquid is fed through the feed channel into the preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Discma AG
    Inventors: Sumito Sato, Nobuyuki Tamura, Takeshi Nagashima, Shigeki Morikami
  • Publication number: 20150110915
    Abstract: To effectively prevent occurrence of stretching unevenness during blow molding using a liquid as the pressure medium without significantly modifying the structure of a device, provided is a blow molding device including: a metal mold used for blow molding; and a blow nozzle that tightly communicates with a mouth tubular portion of a bottomed tubular preform, the liquid as the pressure medium being supplied into the preform through the blow nozzle. The blow nozzle is provided, at a lower end portion thereof, with an engaging tubular piece that is inserted into the mouth tubular portion, and the engaging tubular piece has a length by which a lower end of the engaging tubular piece extends further downward than a neck ring in a state where the blow nozzle is in communication with the mouth tubular portion, the neck ring being provided around a lower end of the mouth tubular portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Tamura, Shigeki Morikami, Shinichi Tabata
  • Patent number: 8944805
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of, and a device for delivering a predetermined (1) volume of beverage into a thermoplastic container formed from a heated preform, the preform being positioned in a mold, characterized in that the method includes a step of injecting at least some beverage into a recess in the preform so as to promote expansion of the preform inside the mold, the mold defining the shape of the container, a longitudinal displacement of a stretch rod (10) carried out during a given period ensuring longitudinal elongation of the heated preform, the stretch rod being immobile at the end of the given period, and a volume of beverage greater than a predefined fraction of the predetermined volume, preferably equal to 50%, being present in the recess at said end of the given period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Guillaume Chauvin, Fabio Chimetto, Klaus Hartwig
  • Publication number: 20150021833
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of blowing and filling a container (120) from a preform, the method comprising: —placing a preform within a mould (140), —stretching the preform —injecting a liquid into the preform after the stretching has started so as to cause expansion of the preform within the mould, thereby obtaining a blown and filled container (120), —capping the blown and filled container (120).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Guillaume Chauvin, Damien Kannengiesser, Erik Lupke
  • Publication number: 20140356475
    Abstract: A blow molding device includes a blow nozzle to be inserted tightly into a mouth tube section of preform when the preform is inserted in a mold. The blow molding device also includes a pressurized liquid feeding unit and feeds a pressurized liquid from the pressurized liquid feeding unit into the preform through the blow nozzle to form a container into an expanded shape along a cavity of the mold. A valve mechanism, provided at a downstream end of a feed channel for the liquid in the blow nozzle, can open and close the feed channel so that when the valve mechanism is in a closed state, the liquid circulates between the feed channel and the pressurized liquid feeding unit, and when the valve mechanism is in an open state, the pressurized liquid is fed through the feed channel into the preform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sumito Sato, Nobuyuki Tamura, Takeshi Nagashima, Shigeki Morikami
  • Publication number: 20140338291
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing plastic containers includes: a forming machine for producing plastic preforms; a blow-moulding machine for blowing the preforms to obtain containers, provided with a blow-moulding carousel having a plurality of blow-moulding moulds that expand the preforms to obtain the containers; a thermal conditioning station interposed between the forming machine and the blow-moulding machine; a storage station, configured for receiving and containing preforms; a supplying system for feeding the thermal conditioning station with preforms contained in the storage station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Fiorenzo PARRINELLO, Zeno ZUFFA, Matteo CAMERANI, Ivan BONZI, Gabriele STOCCHI
  • Patent number: 8864490
    Abstract: A device (24) for injecting at least two pressurized fluids into the axially oriented neck (20) of a container (18) in the preform state in order to form a final container by deforming the container (18) by successively injecting a first pressurized fluid and then a second pressurized fluid, the device (24) including: a first duct for supplying a first pressurized fluid; a second duct (30) for supplying a second pressurized fluid; and an axial nozzle (32) into which the second supply duct (30) opens, the nozzle being intended to be placed concentrically inside the neck (20) with a radial gap (j) so as to allow the first pressurized fluid to be injected into the container (18) through the radial gap (j), characterized in that the second pressurized fluid used for forming the container (18) consists of an incompressible filling liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Discma AG
    Inventors: Sebastien Fevre, Guy Feuilloley
  • Patent number: 8858214
    Abstract: An apparatus for simultaneously forming and filling a plastic container is provided. A mold cavity defines an internal surface and is adapted to accept a preform. A pressure source includes an inlet and a piston-like device. The piston-like device is moveable in a first direction wherein liquid is drawn into the pressure source through the inlet and in a second direction wherein the liquid is urged toward the preform. A blow nozzle may be adapted to receive the liquid from the pressure source and transfer the liquid at high pressure into the preform thereby urging the preform to expand toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and creating a resultant container. The liquid remains within the container as an end product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: David Andison, G. David Lisch, Dan Weissmann, John Granata, Fred C. Beuerle
  • Patent number: 8827688
    Abstract: A system for forming a container from a preform, wherein the preform has a finish and a support ring. The system includes a mold having a mold cavity defining an internal surface and adapted to accept the preform, a pressure system having an inlet and an outlet outputting fluid, a blow nozzle receiving the fluid from the pressure system and introducing the fluid at a pressure into the preform thereby expanding the preform toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and creating a resultant container. The system further includes a first seal engagement selectively engageable between the blow nozzle and the finish of the preform and a second seal engagement selectively engageable between the blow nozzle and an adjacent feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Kirk Edward Maki, George David Lisch, Bradley Wilson
  • Patent number: 8790112
    Abstract: A device and a method for manufacturing plastic containers, where a preform is manufactured in a casting mold and finished in a blow mold, and to ensure a constructively simple realization and an improved temperature control, the casting mold and the blow mold are lined up to form a mold complex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Thomas Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20140205707
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of, and a device for delivering a predetermined (1) volume of beverage into a thermoplastic container formed from a heated preform, the preform being positioned in a mould, characterized in that the method includes a step of injecting at least some beverage into a recess in the preform so as to promote expansion of the preform inside the mould, the mould defining the shape of the container, a longitudinal displacement of a stretch rod (10) carried out during a given period ensuring longitudinal elongation of the heated preform, the stretch rod being immobile at the end of the given period, and a volume of beverage greater than a predefined fraction of the predetermined volume, preferably equal to 50%, being present in the recess at said end of the given period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Guillaume Chauvin, Fabio Chimetto, Klaus Hartwig
  • Publication number: 20140175710
    Abstract: In blow mold apparatus, the emergence of a parison from an extruder may be controlled (the parison supported), such as by pulling on the parison or resisting gravity pull to tailor parison wall thickness, overall and locally. The process may proceed discontinuously, such as by stopping extrusion before a parison has achieved its full desired length and continuing pulling. After molding the parison, it may be filled with a material (solid, liquid or gas). A subsequent parison may be molded onto a previously formed parison. Various elements or devices (such as needles, caps, stoppers, valves, plungers) may be incorporated into the part during the molding process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Boaz Barry Groman
  • Patent number: 8740609
    Abstract: A system for simultaneously forming and filling a container comprising a mold having a mold cavity defining an internal surface and adapted to accept a preform, a pressure source urging a first liquid toward the preform, means for maintaining a desired saturation of gas in solution in the first liquid, and a blow nozzle adapted to receive the first liquid from the pressure source and transfer the first liquid at a pressure into the preform thereby urging the preform to expand toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and create a resultant container, wherein the first liquid remains within the container as an end product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: David Andison, Kirk Edward Maki, G. David Lisch, Reinhard C. J. Luchies
  • Patent number: 8721315
    Abstract: A mold device for injecting a fluid into a container where the mold device comprises a first mold portion having a first mating surface and a second mold portion having a second mating surface. The second mating surface is shaped complementary to the first mating surface. A mold cavity is disposed within the first mold portion and the second mold portion. The mold device further comprises an interlocking mating surface system disposed between or made a part of the first mold portion and second mold portion to define a fluid seal therebetween and align the first mold portion to the second mold portion in at least a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Kirk Edward Maki, George David Lisch
  • Patent number: 8714963
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for simultaneously forming and filling a plastic container is provided. A mold cavity defines an internal surface and is adapted to accept a preform. A pressure source includes an inlet and a piston-like device. The piston-like device is moveable in a first direction wherein liquid is drawn into the pressure source through the inlet and in a second direction wherein the liquid is urged toward the preform. A blow nozzle may be adapted to receive the liquid from the pressure source and transfer the liquid at high pressure into the preform thereby urging the preform to expand toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and creating a resultant container. The liquid remains within the container as an end product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: David Andison, G. David Lisch, Dan Weissmann, John Granata, Fred C. Beuerle
  • Patent number: 8714964
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a container comprising a housing and a rod apparatus disposed in the housing. The rod apparatus includes a rod for at least partially forming a container preform. The apparatus further includes a nozzle system disposed in the housing that is operably coupled with the rod apparatus. The nozzle system is positionable between a first position preventing pressurized fluid from being injected into the container preform and a second position permitting pressurized fluid to be injected into the container preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: G. David Lisch, Kirk Edward Maki
  • Publication number: 20140106021
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for delivering a beverage into a thermoplastic container formed from a heated preform, the preform being approximately cylindrical and positioned in a mold, characterized in that it includes injection unit for injecting at least one beverage into a recess in the preform so as to promote expansion of the preform inside the mold, the mold defining the shape of the container, the injection unit comprising an injection head designed to inject at least one beverage through a mouth of the recess, the injection head being integrated into the mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Guillaume Chauvin, Fabio Chimetto, Klaus Hartwig
  • Patent number: 8689532
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for delivering a beverage into a thermoplastic container formed from a heated preform, the preform being approximately cylindrical and positioned in a mold, characterized in that it includes injection unit for injecting at least one beverage into a recess in the preform so as to promote expansion of the preform inside the mold, the mold defining the shape of the container, the injection unit comprising an injection head designed to inject at least one beverage through a mouth of the recess, the injection head being integrated into the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Guillaume Chauvin, Fabio Chimetto, Klaus Hartwig
  • Patent number: 8684723
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a container from a container preform. The apparatus includes a housing, a mold cavity, and a nozzle system disposed in the housing and operably connectable to the mold cavity. The nozzle system is positionable between a first position engaging the housing along an interface of contact preventing pressurized liquid from being injected into the container preform and a second position spaced apart from the housing permitting pressurized liquid to be injected into the container preform. The nozzle system further includes in some embodiments a seal portion having a first surface—the first surface engaging a second surface extending from the housing in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: G. David Lisch, Kirk Edward Maki, Frederick C. Beuerle
  • Patent number: 8651853
    Abstract: An equipment (10) for producing vessels (12), includes at least one variable pitch wheel (38) arranged between a blower (14) having a first pitch (P1) and a filler (16) having a second pitch (P2), and that includes transfer elements (40) controlled by control elements adapted for selectively varying the pitch between two successive transfer elements (40) between an initial pitch (P) and a final pitch (P?), the initial pitch (P) being for example equal to once or twice the first pitch (P1) and the final pitch (P?) being equal to the second pitch (P2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Pascal Dupuis, Daniel Nguyen Van
  • Publication number: 20130313761
    Abstract: Method for producing containers which are filled with a liquid filling substance from parisons made from a thermoplastic material, wherein the respective parison is conditioned thermally and is subsequently shaped into the container during a shaping and filling phase in a mould by way of the filling substance as pressure medium, wherein, during the shaping into the container, the parison is preferably guided at least temporarily through a stretching rod and is stretched in the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicants: KHS CORPOPLAST GMBH, KHS GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Haesendonckx, Dieter Klatt, Wilfried Ehmer
  • Publication number: 20130307197
    Abstract: Method and device for producing containers which are filled with a liquid filling substance from parisons made from a thermoplastic material, wherein the respective parison is at least conditioned thermally and is subsequently shaped into the container during a shaping and filling phase in a mould by way of at least one liquid filling substance as pressure medium, and wherein, while it is being shaped into the container, the prison is preferably guided at least temporarily through a stretching rod and is stretched in the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicants: KHS CORPOPLAST GMBH, KHS GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Haesendonckx, Dieter Klatt
  • Patent number: 8573964
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for simultaneously forming and filling a plastic container is provided. A mold cavity defines an internal surface and is adapted to accept a preform. A pressure source is a servo motor system that includes an inlet. The servo motor system is operable to draw liquid through the inlet and urge it into the preform. A blow nozzle may be adapted to receive the liquid from the pressure source and transfer the liquid at high pressure into the preform thereby urging the preform to expand toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and create a resultant container. The liquid remains within the container as an end product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: David Andison, George David Lisch, Kirk Edward Maki, Theodore F. Eberle, James R. Corn, Jr., Robert A. Cooper, Terry D. Patcheak
  • Patent number: 8556620
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first operating machine arranged for processing objects, a second operating machine positioned downstream of the first operating machine and arranged for further processing the objects, an accumulating arrangement interposed between the first operating machine and the second operating machine and arranged for receiving the objects, and a command and control arrangement arranged for detecting a parameter indicating the quantity of the objects contained in the accumulating arrangement and regulating the operation of the second operating machine on the basis of the parameter. A method includes dispensing synthetic plastics in a pasty state, compression-moulding the plastics to obtain a perform, blowing the perform to obtain a container, and filling the container with a product. Each step maintains its own regulated temperature so that the dispensing temperature is greater than the blowing temperature and the blowing temperature is greater than the filling temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Societa' Cooperativa
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Parrinello, Zeno Zuffa, Matteo Camerani, Ivan Bonzi, Gabriele Stocchi
  • Publication number: 20130187310
    Abstract: A method for producing a spacer for insertion as a placeholder for an articular endoprosthesis, whereby a cement is filled into a compressed hollow space of a flexible compressed hollow mold, whereby the flexible hollow mold is expanded by the cement flowing into it, and the cement is filled into the hollow mold until the hollow space is expanded to a final state, whereby the hollow space in its final state determines the shape of the spacer to be produced, and the cement is then cured in said hollow space, and the spacer produced from the cement is removed from the hollow mold after curing. The invention also relates to the hollow mold, which comprises the compressible hollow space, whereby the hollow mold comprises at least one filling opening through which cement can be filled into the hollow space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: HERAEUS MEDICAL GMBH
    Inventor: Heraeus Medical GmbH
  • Patent number: 8435026
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for simultaneously forming and filling a plastic container is provided. A mold cavity defines an internal surface and is adapted to accept a preform. A pressure source includes an inlet and a piston-like device. The piston-like device is moveable in a first direction wherein liquid is drawn into the pressure source through the inlet and in a second direction wherein the liquid is urged toward the preform. A blow nozzle may be adapted to receive the liquid from the pressure source and transfer the liquid at high pressure into the preform thereby urging the preform to expand toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and create a resultant container. The liquid remains within the container as an end product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: David Andison, G. David Lisch, Dan Weissmann
  • Publication number: 20130106027
    Abstract: A system for simultaneously forming and filling a container having a mold cavity defining an internal surface and adapted to accept a preform. The system includes a servo pressure system having an inlet and an outlet operable to output fluid, such as a liquid commodity, and a blow nozzle receiving the fluid from the servo pressure source and transferring the fluid at a pressure into the preform thereby urging the preform to expand toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and creating a resultant container, wherein the fluid remains within the container as an end product and wherein the servo pressure system and the blow nozzle output the fluid at a rate sufficient to fully form and fill the container in less than about 0.5 seconds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Kirk Edward MAKI, George David LISCH, Bradley WILSON
  • Publication number: 20120315350
    Abstract: A system for simultaneously forming and filling a container comprising a mold having a mold cavity defining an internal surface and adapted to accept a preform, a pressure source urging a first liquid toward the preform, means for maintaining a desired saturation of gas in solution in the first liquid, and a blow nozzle adapted to receive the first liquid from the pressure source and transfer the first liquid at a pressure into the preform thereby urging the preform to expand toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and create a resultant container, wherein the first liquid remains within the container as an end product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: DAVID ANDISON, Kirk Edward Maki, G. David Lisch, Reinhard C.J. Luchies
  • Publication number: 20120225156
    Abstract: An apparatus for shaping plastics material preforms into plastics material containers, having a multiplicity of shaping stations arranged on a movable carrier. The shaping stations each comprise blow moulds, inside which the plastics material preforms can be shaped into plastics material containers by application of a free-flowing medium, as well as blow mould carriers for holding these blow moulds. The blow mould carriers comprise at least two blow moulding carrier parts movable in relation to one another to open and close the blow moulds, and having at least one fastening element, via which at least one element of the shaping stations is arranged on the carrier. A clean chamber surrounds the individual shaping stations, at least in part, so that the shaping stations are movable inside this clean chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: Florian Geltinger, Michael Neubauer
  • Publication number: 20120207872
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a container from a container preform. The apparatus includes a housing, a mold cavity, and a nozzle system disposed in the housing and operably connectable to the mold cavity. The nozzle system is positionable between a first position engaging the housing along an interface of contact preventing pressurized liquid from being injected into the container preform and a second position spaced apart from the housing permitting pressurized liquid to be injected into the container preform. The nozzle system further includes in some embodiments a seal portion having a first surface—the first surface engaging a second surface extending from the housing in the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: G. DAVID LISCH, Kirk Edward Maki, Frederick C. Beuerle
  • Publication number: 20120177770
    Abstract: A blow valve comprises at least one blow valve body, an environmentally controlled first receiving space constructed in the blow valve body and having at least one entry opening and at least one exit opening for receiving and conveying an operating gas, and a second receiving space constructed in the blow valve body for the guidance of a pressure distribution member such as, for example, a piston element. A sealing component prevents exchange of gas between the first receiving space and the second receiving space and is arranged between the first and second receiving spaces. The sealing component has a stationary part for fixing to the blow valve body and a movable part for changing the flow rate of the operating gas, wherein the setting member is surrounded in part by the sealing component and is coupled to the movable portion in order to move it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Krones AG
    Inventors: Josef Knott, Eduard Handschuh
  • Publication number: 20120161372
    Abstract: The method and the apparatus are used for blow molding and for filling containers. To this end, after a thermal conditioning step, a preform is shaped into a container using blowing pressure inside a blow molding tool. The blow molded containers are positioned at least along part of the transport path thereof by a carrying element, which is held by a rotating transfer wheel. The transfer wheel provides at least part of a coupling between a blow molding module for producing the containers and a filling module for filling the containers. An outfeed wheel of the blow molding module can be arranged in a transport direction of the containers upstream of the transfer wheel, and an infeed wheel of the filling module can be arranged in said transport direction downstream of the transfer wheel, wherein each wheel can be equipped with carrying elements for the containers. The number of carrying elements (42) in the region of the transfer wheel (41) is varied in accordance with a production speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: KHS CORPOPLAST GMBH
    Inventors: Dieter Klatt, Dieter Jenzen, Jan Fabian Meyer
  • Patent number: 8197245
    Abstract: Molding apparatus (1) comprising: a molding station (3) equipped with a machine (4) for molding containers (2) obtained from parisons of plastic material and drive components (5) of said machine (4); an isolation device (6) for the molding machine (4), suitable for defining a controlled-contamination environment (7) for housing the machine (4), said drive components (5) being situated outside said environment (7); at least one service section (19) having one or more points of access (19a) with seal-tight protection to enable adjustment, maintenance or size change operations to be performed inside the controlled-contamination environment (7); molds (11) fixed to said machine (4); tubular bodies (13) disposed partly inside and partly outside said environment (7), said tubular bodies (13) defining tubular cavities suitable for the passage of the drive components (5), in particular of drive members (12) for opening and closing the molds (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: GEA Procomac S.p.A.
    Inventor: Claudio Dordoni
  • Patent number: 8162639
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating containers such as, for example, liquid containers, may include at least one treatment unit, which treats the containers in a predetermined manner. The treatment unit may be moved along a specified path of travel. The apparatus may include a guiding cam, which is designed in such a way that it causes at least once along the path of travel a movement of the treatment unit in a direction extending vertically relative to the path of travel. The treatment unit may include a guiding element, which is at least at times in contact with the guiding cam, and wherein a force acting between the guiding element and the guiding cam varies at least at times along a specified area of the path of travel. In various aspects, the apparatus may include a force reduction device, which causes the force acting at a certain point of the area between the guiding cam and the guiding element to be reduced at least on average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Frank Winzinger, Thomas Hoellriegl, Harald Steinberger
  • Publication number: 20120064189
    Abstract: A mold device for injecting a fluid into a container where the mold device comprises a first mold portion having a first mating surface and a second mold portion having a second mating surface. The second mating surface is shaped complementary to the first mating surface. A mold cavity is disposed within the first mold portion and the second mold portion. The mold device further comprises an interlocking mating surface system disposed between or made a part of the first mold portion and second mold portion to define a fluid seal therebetween and align the first mold portion to the second mold portion in at least a first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: KIRK EDWARD MAKI, George David Lisch
  • Patent number: 8092757
    Abstract: A sterilization method and an installation for producing sterile bottles by blow molding sterilized preforms includes, at the spraying station, the flow of sterilizing product atomized onto each preform whose temperature (T1) is less than the condensing temperature (Tc) of the sterilizing product so that a film of mist of the sterilizing product deposits by condensation at least onto the inner wall to be sterilized, and, at the activation station of the sterilizing product of the sterilizing unit, each preform treated in the aforementioned manner is heated by radiation to a temperature (T2) greater than or equal to the activation temperature (Ta) in order to sterilize at least the inner wall of the preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Eric Adriansens, Stéphane Hebert
  • Publication number: 20110300249
    Abstract: An apparatus for simultaneously forming and filling a plastic container is provided. A mold cavity defines an internal surface and is adapted to accept a preform. A pressure source includes an inlet and a piston-like device. The piston-like device is moveable in a first direction wherein liquid is drawn into the pressure source through the inlet and in a second direction wherein the liquid is urged toward the preform. A blow nozzle may be adapted to receive the liquid from the pressure source and transfer the liquid at high pressure into the preform thereby urging the preform to expand toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and creating a resultant container. The liquid remains within the container as an end product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: David Andison, G. David Lisch, Dan Weissmann, John Granata, Fred C. Beuerle
  • Publication number: 20110287127
    Abstract: An equipment (10) for producing vessels (12), includes at least one variable pitch wheel (38) arranged between a blower (14) having a first pitch (P1) and a filler (16) having a second pitch (P2), and that includes transfer elements (40) controlled by control elements adapted for selectively varying the pitch between two successive transfer elements (40) between an initial pitch (P) and a final pitch (P?), the initial pitch (P) being for example equal to once or twice the first pitch (P1) and the final pitch (P?) being equal to the second pitch (P2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Pascal Dupuis
  • Publication number: 20110285063
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of and a device for delivering a predetermined volume of beverage into a thermoplastic container formed from a preform positioned in a mould having an opening opposite an injection head (18), characterized in that the method includes a prior step of exposing the preform to a sterilizing fluid supplied by a first circuit connected to the injection head (18) and a step of injecting, into a recess of the preform, at least some of the beverage supplied by a second circuit connected to the injection head (18) so as to promote expansion of the preform inside the mould, the mould defining the shape of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Guillaume Chauvin, Fabio Chimetto, Klaus Hartwig, Angelo Di Lucchio
  • Publication number: 20110135778
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for simultaneously forming and filling a plastic container is provided. A mold cavity defines an internal surface and is adapted to accept a preform. A pressure source is a servo motor system that includes an inlet. The servo motor system is operable to draw liquid through the inlet and urged it into the preform. A blow nozzle may be adapted to receive the liquid from the pressure source and transfer the liquid at high pressure into the preform thereby urging the preform to expand toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and create a resultant container. The liquid remains within the container as an end product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: DAVID ANDISON, George David Lisch, Kirk Edward Maki, Theodore F. Eberle, James R. Corn, Robert A. Cooper, Terry D. Patcheak
  • Publication number: 20110076355
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for producing and filling containers, in which at least one tube made of a plasticised material can be extruded in an open form (17). A filling device (9) comprising several individual functional channels (21, 39) enables at least the filling material to be introduced into the respective container by means of a filling mandrel (11) associated with a related form (17). Said device is characterized in that it comprises a mandrel cover (27) that has at least one functional space (31, 35), establishes a media-guiding connection between the respective functional space (31, 35) thereof and the respectively associated functional channel (21, 39) of the filling device (9) for cleaning and/or sterilizing and/or drying, in its functional position, and is removed from the functional position thereof during the production and filling of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Bernd Hansen
  • Publication number: 20100301523
    Abstract: The invention relates to blowing equipment (1) that uses a pressurised fluid for blowing vessels from preforms of a thermoplastic material and including a body (3) and a neck (6), wherein said equipment comprises a blowing mould (5) with a moulding cavity (4) in which the body (3) of a preform (2) can be placed, said mould (5) including an upper surface (7) from which protrudes the neck (6) of a preform (2) once the body (3) of said preform (2) is placed in the cavity (4), and wherein said equipment (1) also includes a nozzle (8) with an end (9) shaped so as to be placed in functional sealed relation with the protruding neck (6) of the preform (2). The end (9) of the nozzle (8) is connected to a means (12) for degassing the blowing fluid, capable of bearing tightly on the upper surface (7) of the mould (5) so as to define an inner volume (13) in which the blowing fluid blown under pressure into the preform (2) can be discharged after the preform (2) blowing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Denis Gillet, Regis Leblond, Alexandre Toutoux, Didier Santais
  • Patent number: 7811506
    Abstract: The invention discloses a mold, a molding assembly and a molding process for molding two tier array of containers of synthetic polymeric material. The process is particularly related to formed, filled and sealed molded containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Manoharlal Gupta
  • Publication number: 20100255141
    Abstract: A blow mold for a mannequin, comprising a model cavity having a profile, an inserting part, and a drive device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Jinghui LIU
  • Publication number: 20100225030
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing and filling beverage containers (12) having thin walls and/or at least partially unstable shapes under the influence of heat is described, in which the containers (12) are manufactured by blow molding of preforms (10), then filled with a hot liquid filling product (16), next pressurized by a compressed gas (18), and then sealed. The preforms (10) and the containers (12) molded therefrom are pressurized during blow molding at a blow molding temperature, which is essentially below 110° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Jochen Hirdina
  • Publication number: 20100199611
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a plastic container, including a thin-walled container, includes an actuator and a base unit. The actuator may include a body portion and a holding/securing member configured to hold or secure a portion of a container. The base unit includes a heating surface and may optionally include an insert. In an embodiment, the actuator may be configured to apply a force or pressure on a container to contact the base unit, the base unit may be configured to receive a base portion of the container, and the heating surface may be configured to convey energy or heat to a portion of the base portion of said container. Embodiments of a method for providing a plastic container are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: PLASTIPAK PACKAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Marc Pedmo, Richard C. Darr
  • Publication number: 20100136158
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for simultaneously forming and filling a plastic container is provided. A mold cavity defines an internal surface and is adapted to accept a preform. A pressure source includes an inlet and a piston-like device. The piston-like device is moveable in a first direction wherein liquid is drawn into the pressure source through the inlet and in a second direction wherein the liquid is urged toward the preform. A blow nozzle may be adapted to receive the liquid from the pressure source and transfer the liquid at high pressure into the preform thereby urging the preform to expand toward the internal surface of the mold cavity and create a resultant container. The liquid remains within the container as an end product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: David Andison, G. David Lisch, Dan Weissmann
  • Publication number: 20100133729
    Abstract: A method and system for forming a wide mouth container using a single-step blow molding apparatus. The method and system uses a mold that is adapted to be used in a narrow mouth single-step blow molding apparatus. The method and system increases the number of cavities that can be used in the mold for forming wide mouth containers. This increases the amount of containers that can be made and reduces overall tooling and operational costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Sunil S. Shah
  • Publication number: 20090297654
    Abstract: An injection stretch blow molding system with rotating and linear conveying functions includes a lifting and rotating mechanism, an injecting mechanism, a conveying mechanism, an extending and blowing mechanism installed at a third operating position, and a pushing mechanism installed at a second operating position. The lifting and rotating mechanism has a lifting seat, a rotating plate, and two bottleneck seats. Each of the two bottleneck seats has at least one bottleneck mold, with the rotation of the rotating plate, positions of the two bottleneck seats are selectively interchanged between a first and the second operating positions. The injecting mechanism has a female mold and a core mold installed at the first operating position. The conveying mechanism has a conveying seat connecting the two bottleneck seats whose bottleneck mold clamps a preform is installed at the second operating position. The conveying seat is driven by a convey driving device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Tsai-Shun CHANG, Hsin-Chih Wu