US Pat. No. 9,328,015

CURING COATINGS ON GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method for thermally curing a coating on a glass container, which includes the steps of:
(a) coating an exterior surface of a glass container with a thermally-curable coating material consisting essentially of a
polymeric material and 0.5-10 wt. % electrically conductive nanoparticles, said nanoparticles ranging in size from 1-100 nanometers
along their largest dimension; and then

(b) exposing said coated glass container to radio frequency radiation having a frequency in the range of 30 kilohertz to 30
megahertz such that absorption of said radio frequency radiation by said nanoparticles internally heats and cures said thermally-curable
coating material to form a cured coating on said exterior surface of said glass container that does not reduce the transparency
of said glass container by greater than 15%,

wherein said cured coating is formed in said step (b) by exposing said coated glass container of said step (a) to said radio
frequency radiation for less than 2.4 seconds.

US Pat. No. 9,283,526

BEVERAGE AERATION

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A beverage package that includes:
a bottle including a base, a sidewall extending from the base, a shoulder extending from the sidewall, and a neck extending
from the shoulder and including an interior, an interior surface, and a mouth having an end surface;

an aerator separate from the bottle, extending across the interior of the bottle neck, and disposed entirely within the interior
of the neck and spaced axially from the end surface of the bottle neck, and including an inlet end, an outlet end axially
spaced from the inlet end, an outer wall in contact with the interior surface of the bottle neck, and a baffle disposed radially
inwardly of the outer wall and axially between the inlet and outlet ends; and

a stopper received within the bottle neck axially between the aerator and the open end of the bottle, and
the aerator further including a retainer extending in a direction downstream from the outlet end and being coupled to the
stopper.

US Pat. No. 9,193,508

CLOSURE PENDANT TO INDICATE PACKAGE OPENING

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes:
a closure having an annular outer skirt and a radially inner portion located radially inwardly of the outer skirt, and being
removably securable to a container; and

a pendant releasably coupled to the radially inner portion of the closure, and being releasable from the closure into the
container upon removal of the closure from the container, and wherein the pendant includes a hollow body with an interior
to render the pendant buoyant.

US Pat. No. 9,188,545

CONTAINER INSPECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of inspecting a container having a base and a mouth, including the steps of:
directing light through the container base into the container, and out of the container through the container mouth, using
at least one light source beneath the container base;

obtaining a plurality of images of the container mouth from the light directed through the container mouth;
calculating a plurality of minimum bore diameters of the container mouth from the plurality of images;
identifying an overall lowest minimum bore diameter (OLMBD) of the plurality of minimum bore diameters; and
determining an effective minimum bore diameter of the container mouth as being a value other than the OLMBD.

US Pat. No. 9,090,503

COATINGS FOR ENHANCING GLASS STRENGTH

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of forming a siloxane coating on a glass container including the steps of:
(a) applying a silane coating composition to an exterior surface of the glass container, wherein the silane coating composition
is an aqueous solution consisting essentially of an aminofunctional silane and water;

(b) curing the silane coating composition to form the siloxane coating on the exterior surface of the glass container; and
then

(c) heating the glass container and the siloxane coating to a temperature in the range of 500 degrees Celsius to 700 degrees
Celsius to decompose organofunctional groups attached to the siloxane coating.

US Pat. No. 9,334,084

CONTAINER HAVING A USE INDICATOR

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A package that includes:
a container, wherein the container is a bottle having a neck, a body and a shoulder connecting the neck to the body,
a product dispensably disposed within the container,
a closure carried by the container, and
an indicator within the container,
the indicator being adapted, upon contact with air, irreversibly to change a characteristic of the indicator that is visible
from outside of the container to indicate to a user that the package has been used

wherein the indicator is adapted, upon contact with air, irreversibly to change the characteristic to indicate to a user that
the integrity of an as-packaged state of the package has been compromised, and wherein the indicator is carried by an inside
surface of the container neck and is covered by a portion of the closure within the container.

US Pat. No. 9,296,641

INSPECTABLE BLACK GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of making glass containers including the steps of:
preparing a black-strikable glass composition formulated to produce blue glass, which upon heat treatment and striking, develops
a visually black color, the black-strikable glass composition having a base glass portion and a latent colorant portion, the
base glass portion including 60-75 wt. % SiO2, 7-15 wt. % Na2O, 6-12 wt. % CaO, 0.1-3.0 wt. % Al2O3, 0.0-2.0 wt. % MgO, 0.0-2.0 wt. % K2O, 0.01-0.25 wt. % SO3, 0.01-0.25 wt. % Fe2O3, and 0.01-0.15 wt. % CoO and the latent colorant portion including 0.0875-0.35 wt. % cuprous oxide (Cu2O), 0.06-0.5 wt. % stannous oxide (SnO), 0.006-0.05 wt. % bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and 0.02-0.10 wt. % carbon (C); and

forming a plurality of glass containers from the black-strikable glass composition,
wherein the plurality of glass containers can be struck black to produce a plurality of black glass containers that transmit
30% to 65% infrared light so as to be inspectable using an infrared light source.

US Pat. No. 9,156,719

GLASS CONTAINER WITH INTERNALLY THREADED NECK

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A package comprising:
a glass container for storing non-pressurized beverages, the container having a cylindrical neck suitable for sealing the
container with a compressible stopper having a plugging portion of cylindrical form, said neck comprising an upper circular
opening and an internal thread allowing for reversible opening and closing of the container by unscrewing and screwing of
said stopper, respectively, wherein the neck comprises an internal wall forming a straight cylindrical section, which extends
from the opening over a height of at least 30 mm, wherein the internal thread of the neck comprises at least two independent
thread turns in the internal wall and having a pitch angle between 30° and 50°, wherein the thread turns do not overlap along
the direction of a longitudinal axis of the container and are in the form of ribs protruding from the internal wall and are
positioned in said straight cylindrical section, thereby forming a threaded section of cylindrical form, and wherein the neck
comprises a first thread-free sealing section which is positioned in said straight cylindrical section and beneath a lower
end of said thread turns and a second thread-free sealing section positioned between said opening and an upper end of said
thread turns; and

a stopper including a cylindrical plugging portion made of cork, wherein the cylindrical plugging portion of the stopper is
carried within the straight cylindrical section of the neck, and includes:

an upper portion in complete circumferential sealing contact with the second thread-free sealing portion,
an intermediate portion in contact with the threaded section, and
an end portion in complete circumferential sealing contact with the first thread-free sealing section, such that the stopper
extends below the lower end of the thread turns.

US Pat. No. 9,499,293

BOTTLE WITH INSULATIVE BODY

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A bottle extending along a longitudinal axis and that includes,
at least one radially outwardly facing first surface,
a radially recessed portion extending axially between the radially outwardly facing first surfaces, and including:
stepped portions extending axially and radially inwardly from the first surfaces,
an insulative portion extending axially between the stepped portions, and including:
a radially outwardly facing second surface radially smaller than the at least one radially outwardly facing first surface,
and

a radially outwardly facing third surface axially between the first surfaces, and being radially larger than the second surface
and established collectively by radially outwardly facing projection surfaces of a plurality of projections that project radially
outwardly from the second surface, and

radially outwardly facing fourth surfaces axially between and radially smaller than the first surfaces but radially larger
than the second surface, and

a pair of axially facing shoulders or bevelled portions between the second surface and the fourth surfaces;
wherein a continuous insulation volume is established radially between the fourth surfaces and the second surface and axially
between the pair of axially facing shoulders or beveled portions, and extends continuously over more than 90 angular degrees
around the bottle.

US Pat. No. 9,624,012

FITMENT FOR A CONTAINER

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes:
a glass container including a neck having an interior passage including a through bore, a counterbore, and an internal step
between the throughbore and counterbore; and

a fitment coupled to the neck of the container in the counterbore thereof via an interference fit between the container neck
and a metal outer wall of the fitment, wherein the interference fit non-removably secures the fitment to the container to
render the product tamper-evident, and wherein an interior axial end of the fitment is axially located against the internal
step in the container and an outer axial end of the fitment extends axially out the container axially beyond a lip of the
container to form an anti-drip feature, wherein the fitment includes an exterior circumferential surface, an interior circumferential
surface, and a tapered surface between the circumferential surfaces at the interior end of the fitment to establish an edge
that discourages attempts to remove the fitment from the container, wherein the fitment outer wall has an axial length such
that it bottoms out at the internal step in the container and extends out of the container to the outer axial end.

US Pat. No. 9,339,967

BOTTLE NECK WITH INTERNAL EMBOSSMENTS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of making a glass longneck bottle having a body with a closed base and a shoulder at an end of said body remote
from said base, and a neck extending from said shoulder along an axis and terminating in a neck finish for attachment of a
closure, wherein said neck widens between said neck finish and said shoulder, said method including the steps of:
(a) forming a parison,
(b) blowing said parison into a glass longneck bottle of one-piece integrally formed construction, and
(c) during said step (a) and/or said step (b), forming at least one internal rib on said neck,
wherein said step (c) includes:
(c1) forming at least one external rib on said neck during said step (a), and
(c2) pushing said at least one external rib into said neck during said step (b); or
(c3) forming at least one external channel in said neck and a corresponding internal rib on said neck,
wherein said step (c) further includes forming said at least one internal rib to be disposed entirely within said neck where
said neck widens and at positions spaced from an internal surface of said finish and not extending into said shoulder.

US Pat. No. 9,656,772

CONTAINER WITH POUR SPOUT

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A container that includes:
a body including a base and a sidewall extending from the base;
a neck finish extending from the body and including:
a neck finish interior surface facing radially inwardly and including one or more circular portions, and
a sealing lip facing generally axially and fully circumferentially continuously around the neck finish interior surface; and
at least two thickened wall portions circumferentially spaced apart and extending radially inwardly and chordally with respect
to the neck finish, and including:

interior surfaces disposed radially inwardly of the neck finish interior surface to at least partially establish an internal
trough, and

axially facing shoulders axially recessed with respect to the lip of the neck finish;
wherein the neck finish also includes a fully circumferentially continuously extending step-down axially recessed with respect
to the sealing lip and coplanar with the shoulders.

US Pat. No. 9,637,406

APPARATUS FOR MELTING AND REFINING SILICA-BASED GLASS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An apparatus for making glass including:
a first vertical chamber having an inlet adjacent a lower end thereof and an outlet adjacent an upper end thereof through
which molten glass or a molten glass precursor is discharged;

a first melting vessel in the form of an induction heated crucible in which solid glass forming components are received, melted,
and reacted with one another to produce molten glass or a molten glass precursor, said first melting vessel including a dam
and being operatively coupled to said inlet of said first vertical chamber such that the molten glass or the molten glass
precursor produced in said first melting vessel is introduced into said first vertical chamber via said inlet of said first
vertical chamber, wherein said dam prevents migration of un-melted glass forming components from said first melting vessel
into said first vertical chamber;

a second vertical chamber spaced from and separate from said first vertical chamber, said second vertical chamber having an
inlet at an upper end thereof through which molten glass or a molten glass precursor is received from said first vertical
chamber and an outlet at a lower end thereof through which molten glass is discharged; and

a cross passage connecting said upper ends of said first and second vertical chambers and through which molten glass or a
molten glass precursor flows from said first vertical chamber into said second vertical chamber,

wherein said cross passage includes a first inlet in which at least one solid glass-forming material is received and introduced
into the molten glass or the molten glass precursor flowing through said cross passage at a location above a free surface
of the molten glass or the molten glass precursor flowing therethrough, and

wherein said cross passage includes a second inlet in which molten glass or a molten glass precursor is received and introduced
into the molten glass or the molten glass precursor flowing through said cross passage at a location below a free surface
of the molten glass or the molten glass precursor flowing therethrough.

US Pat. No. 9,581,482

FLUID FLOW TESTING FOR COMPARING CONTAINER POUR PROFILES

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A fluid flow testing apparatus comprising:
a rotatable container carrier;
an assembly that rotates the container between a first position allowing fluid to be retained within the container and a second
position causing fluid to be poured from the container;

sensors that sense the weight as fluid is poured from the container; and,
a controller that receives input signals from the sensors to record the change in weight of the container over time as liquid
is poured from the container as the container is rotated, wherein the change of weight of the container over time establishes
a graphical pour profile for the container, such that graphical pour profiles of different containers are comparable to determine
at least one of:

which contains pour faster or slower, or
which containers exhibit more glugging.

US Pat. No. 9,367,849

PACKAGING AUTHENTICATION

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An authenticity-indicating package, comprising:
a container;
an ultraviolet (UV) light protector carried by the container; and
a UV light responder carried by the container so that at least a portion thereof is protected by the protector from premature
exposure to UV light, and, after removal of the UV light protector, the UV light responder is responsive to a predetermined
schedule of UV light exposure so as to change in visual appearance within a predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,162,780

PREPARING A SEALING SURFACE OF A CONTAINER

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of preparing a sealing surface of a glass container for application of a seal, which includes the steps of:
(a) heating a lip of the container for more than 5 seconds to increase a temperature of the lip to greater than 180° C., then
(b) rinsing the lip with a rinsing fluid, and then
(c) drying the lip to establish the sealing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,440,761

PROCESS AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE FABRICATION OF GLASS CONTAINERS WITH INTERNALLY THREADED NECK

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. Equipment for the fabrication of glass containers provided with an internally threaded neck, comprising:
a first mold internally delimiting a chamber;
a plunger movable between a first position, in which the plunger extends inside the chamber delimiting, in negative, a volume
corresponding to a mouth of a container to be produced, and a second position, in which the plunger is extracted from said
chamber, wherein the plunger has at least one helical rib or groove on its outside surface and the movement between said first
and second position is a roto-translational motion to unscrew the plunger from a glass portion corresponding to the mouth
of the container to be produced;

a linear actuator acting on the plunger, thereby effecting a linear movement of the plunger along a longitudinal axis between
said first position and said second position;

a guide body wherein the plunger is movable relative to the guide body along said longitudinal axis; and
a helical guide coaxial to the longitudinal axis and being provided between said guide body and said plunger to transform
said linear movement effected by said linear actuator on said plunger into said roto-translational motion of said plunger
between said first and second position.

US Pat. No. 9,409,682

NON-REMOVABLE CONTAINER NECK RING

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes: a container including a neck having an interior passage; and
a ring non-removably coupled to the container neck, wherein the ring is composed of a base material and an oxidizable coating
carried by the base material, and wherein the base material is a metal, and the oxidizable coating includes a reactive material
that reacts with at least one of the constituents of air so as to visibly change appearance of the material.

US Pat. No. 9,309,034

DISPENSING CARTON

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A carton for multiple beverage containers having a height HC, the carton comprising:
a bottom panel, a top panel opposite the bottom panel, a front panel, a back panel, and first and second opposed end panels,
wherein the panels form a closed carton;

a transport orientation for the carton wherein the carton is restable on the bottom panel and containers are supportable on
their ends in an upright position within the carton;

a first dispensing configuration for the carton wherein the carton is restable on one of either the front or the back panels
and the containers are restable on their sides;

a hinge on the bottom panel and dividing the bottom panel into two bottom panel portions, wherein with the carton in the first
dispensing configuration and the two bottom panel portions are in a common plane and the hinge is oriented in the vertical
direction; and

a first tear away corner for dispensing the containers with the carton in a first dispensing configuration, the first tear
away corner having a front portion formed from a portion of the first of the opposed end panels and also having a top portion
extending from the top panel to the bottom panel.

US Pat. No. 9,114,911

CONTAINER, HANDLE FOR A CONTAINER, AND HANDLE AND CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A handle and container assembly that includes:
a glass container including a base, a body extending from the base, a shoulder extending from the body, and a frustoconical
neck extending from the shoulder and including an axial end surface, a radially outwardly facing external surface, an annular
capping flange extending radially outwardly from the external surface, a closure retention feature extending in a direction
radially outwardly from the external surface in a location axially between the capping flange and the axial end surface, a
handle retention feature extending from the external surface and located axially between and spaced apart from the capping
flange and the shoulder and including annular features spaced axially from each other with axially lower and upper handle
retention surfaces that face away from one another, and an anti-rotation feature extending from the external surface between
the annular features; and

a plastic handle coupled to the neck between the capping flange and the container shoulder and including a frustoconical collar
surrounding the neck of the container and having axially spaced apart container retention features that engage the axially
lower and upper handle retention surfaces of the handle retention feature of the container neck, to prevent axial movement
of the collar with respect to the container neck and also having another container retention feature to engage the anti-rotation
feature of the container, and wherein the handle collar includes first and second semi-circular portions connected by a living
hinge, and the handle also includes first and second handle arms respectively extending from the first and second semi-circular
portions, and wherein the first and second semi-circular portions each include semi-conical walls and the axially spaced apart
container retention features extending inwardly from the semi-conical walls with axially lower and upper container retention
surfaces that face one another in an axial direction and contact the handle retention surfaces of the container to retain
therebetween the axially spaced apart annular features.

US Pat. No. 9,663,393

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR COLORING GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An apparatus for heat-treating a glass container that includes:
an interior;
a support to support a glass container within said interior;
a heating system to locally heat a first region within said interior to a temperature at or above a predetermined temperature;
and

a cooling system to locally cool a second region within said interior to a temperature below said predetermined temperature;
wherein, when a glass container is passed through said interior, a first portion of the glass container is selectively and
locally heated to a temperature at or above said predetermined temperature and, at the same time, a second portion of the
glass container is selectively and locally maintained at a temperature below said predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,399,533

BOTTLE HAVING AXIALLY OPPOSED FRUSTOCONICAL PORTIONS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A bottle extending along a longitudinal axis and that includes,
a base;
a body extending from the base;
a shoulder extending from the body; and
a neck extending from the shoulder and having a neck finish;
the body having:
a waist, and
lower and upper frustoconical portions axially opposed to and spaced apart from one another on either axial side of the waist
and having straight external surfaces and being circular in cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis,

the waist setting off the frustoconical portions from one another as two separate and distinctive label panels,
wherein a height of the body is in the range of 58% to 62% of an overall height of the bottle and a combined length of the
frustoconical portions is in the range of 52% to 56% of the overall height of the bottle.

US Pat. No. 9,051,199

PROCESS FOR MELTING AND REFINING SODA-LIME GLASS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A process for making soda-lime glass, which includes the steps of:
(a) calcining calcium carbonate (CaCO3) at an elevated temperature sufficient to produce carbon dioxide (CO2) gas and calcium
oxide (CaO) in solid phase,

(b) reacting a sodium-containing compound with silica (SiO2) to produce sodium silicate glass (Na2SiO3) in liquid phase,
(c) refining the liquid phase sodium silicate glass product of said step (b), and
(d) after completion of said step (c), dissolving the solid phase calcium oxide product of said step (a) in the refined liquid
phase sodium silicate glass product of said step (c) to produce a refined liquid phase soda-lime glass melt.

US Pat. No. 9,499,434

STRENGTHENING GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of filling surface imperfections in an exterior glass surface of a glass container that includes the steps of:
(a) applying a solution including an amphiphile, a solvent, a catalyst, and water to the exterior glass surface of the glass
container, at an application temperature between 5 and 40 degrees Celsius, such that the solution at least partially fills
the surface imperfections to provide a room-temperature-curable cold-end coating on the glass container; and then

(b) allowing the solution applied in step (a) to cure on the exterior glass surface of the glass container, at a curing temperature
between 5 and 40 degrees Celsius, wherein step (b) is carried out at a relative humidity between 60 and 90% and for a time
between 30 and 180 seconds before further processing the glass container.

US Pat. No. 9,365,314

PRODUCT AND PACKAGE WITH A PHOTOSENSITIVE USE-EVIDENT FEATURE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes:
a food or beverage container;
a container use indicator including a photochromic material carried by the container and responsive to ultraviolet (UV) light
so as to darken upon exposure thereto;

a UV protector carried by the container to protect the photochromic material from exposure to UV light, and
a UV light source carried by the container.

US Pat. No. 9,051,088

VACUUM RELEASE SEAL FOR A CLOSURE AND CONTAINER PACKAGE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A multi-piece seal for sealing engagement between a closure and a container, and including:
an elastomeric seal ring having a sealing portion; and
a plastic projection being coupled to the seal ring, extending circumferentially and radially outwardly of the seal ring,
and having a closure-driven feature engageable by the closure when the closure is rotated on the container in a loosening
direction to unseat the seal ring from sealing engagement between the container and the closure,

wherein the seal ring has a longitudinally cross-sectional centroid, and the projection has a longitudinally cross-sectional
centroid that is radially outboard of the longitudinally cross-sectional centroid of the seal ring.

US Pat. No. 9,580,215

PACKAGE OR PRODUCT HAVING A USE INDICATOR

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes:
a bottle; and
a use indicator carried on at least one inside surface of the bottle so that, upon removal of a closure from the bottle or
upon removal of flowable product from within the bottle, a coloration of the product changes irreversibly to indicate to a
user that the product has been used, wherein the indicator includes,

an air-reactive material on the at least one inside surface of the bottle, and
a protective material for the air-reactive material that is dissolved by the flowable product upon filling the bottle with
the flowable product.

US Pat. No. 9,556,050

PROCESS FOR CULLET BENEFICIATION

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A process for cullet beneficiation that includes:
(a) melting a mass of cullet having a heavy metal concentration of greater than 100 ppm to form a body of molten glass;
(b) introducing a precipitate agent into said body, of molten glass to form a heavy metal-containing precipitate phase and
liquid beneficiated glass phase within said body of molten glass, said precipitate phase having a density greater than that
of said beneficiated glass phase; and then

(c) separating said liquid beneficiated glass phase from said precipitate phase.

US Pat. No. 9,051,074

CONTAINER, CLOSURE, AND PACKAGE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A closure for a container having a neck with an external bead, which closure includes:
an inner shell including an inner shell base wall having a central passage, and an annular skirt extending axially from the
base wall radially outward of the central passage and having an outer surface and at least one external thread segment projecting
from the outer surface; and

an outer shell coupled to the inner shell and including an outer shell base wall, a plug seal extending axially from the base
wall through the central passage of the inner shell base wall, and an annular outer skirt extending axially from the base
wall radially outward of the plug seal and having at least one internal thread segment for threaded engagement with the at
least one external thread segment of the inner shell,

wherein the central passage has an inner diameter, and the plug seal includes an annular wall having a wall outer surface
with a wall outer diameter less than the central passage inner diameter, and the plug seal also includes an annular seal extending
radially outwardly from the annular wall and having a seal outer surface with a seal outer diameter greater than the inner
diameter of the central passage such that the base wall of the inner shell is axially retained between the outer shell base
wall and the annular seal.

US Pat. No. 9,694,328

BEVERAGE AERATION

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A beverage package that includes:
a bottle including a base, a sidewall extending from the base, a shoulder extending from the sidewall, and a neck extending
from the shoulder and including an interior, an interior surface, and a mouth having an end surface; and

an aerator separate from the bottle, extending across the interior of the bottle neck, and disposed entirely within the interior
of the neck and spaced axially from the end surface of the bottle neck, and including an inlet end, an outlet end axially
spaced from the inlet end, an outer wall in contact with the interior surface of the bottle neck, and a baffle disposed radially
inwardly of the outer wall and axially between the inlet and outlet ends.

US Pat. No. 9,637,285

ANTI-REFILL DISPENSING FITMENT FOR A CONTAINER

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An anti-refill product that includes:
a glass container including a neck with an interior surface; and
a anti-refill dispensing fitment positioned in the neck of the container, and including a check valve, which includes:
a glass valve retainer in the neck of the container such that at least a portion of a radially outer surface of the valve
retainer is in indirect contact with the interior surface of the neck by way of bonding material,

a glass plug in the neck of the container and in the valve retainer such that at least a portion of a radially inner surface
of the valve retainer is in indirect contact with a radially outer surface of the plug by way of bonding material, and

a glass valve ball between the valve retainer and the plug;
wherein the bonding material is carried by the fitment and is melted to the fitment and the container such that it non-removably
secures the fitment to the container and thereby renders the product tamper-evident, and wherein the bonding material includes
at least one of a heat-activated glass bonding compound, solder glass, or ring of soda lime glass.

US Pat. No. 9,994,360

CONTAINER HAVING A USE INDICATOR

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes:a bottle having a neck, a body, and a shoulder connecting the neck to the body; and
an indicator carried in a relief in an interior surface of at least one of the shoulder of the bottle or the neck of the bottle, and being adapted, upon contact with air, irreversibly to change a characteristic of the indicator that is visible from outside of the bottle to indicate to a user that the product has been used.

US Pat. No. 9,950,941

APPARATUS FOR MEASURING GLASS GOBS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. Apparatus for measuring speed of a molten glass gob travelling along a defined path, said apparatus comprising:at least two optical detectors to sense light;
a mask having at least two openings through which light passes to said optical detector;
a lens for receiving light from the molten glass gob and focusing such light through said openings of said mask; and
electronics coupled to each of said optical detectors for determining at least one physical parameter of the molten glass gob as a function of timing of light sensed at said at least two optical detectors, wherein the at least one physical parameter includes elongation of the molten glass gob, and further wherein said electronics are configured to determine a first length of the molten glass gob as a function of timing of light sensed by a first of said at least two optical detectors, a second length of the molten glass gob as a function of timing of light sensed by a second of said at least two optical detectors, and the elongation of the molten glass gob based on the determined first length of the molten glass gob and the determined second length of the molten glass gob.

US Pat. No. 9,725,354

COLOR-STRIKABLE GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of making glass containers, the method including the steps of:
(a) introducing a mixture of latent colorant materials comprising cuprous oxide (Cu2O), stannous oxide (SnO), bismuth oxide
(Bi203), and carbon (C) into a soda-lime-silica base glass composition to produce a color-strikable glass composition, wherein
the soda-lime-silica base glass composition comprises at least one colorant selected from the group consisting of: iron oxide
(Fe2O3), cobalt oxide (CoO), and chromium oxide (Cr203), and wherein the soda-lime-silica base glass composition comprises 0.2-0.6
wt. % iron oxide (Fe2O3) when the at least one colorant comprises iron oxide (Fe2O3);

(b) forming color-strikable glass containers from the color-strikable glass composition, wherein the color-strikable glass
containers are formulated to develop a red or visually black color upon heat treatment and striking at temperatures above
600 degrees Celsius;

(c) annealing the color-strikable glass containers at temperatures between 550 and 600 degrees Celsius without imparting a
red or visually black color to the containers; and

(d) heating at least one of the color-strikable glass containers at a temperature above 600 degrees Celsius for 10 to 90 minutes
to strike red or black coloration in the at least one color-strikable glass container to produce at least one red or black
glass container.

US Pat. No. 9,475,724

SODA-LIME GLASS FROM 100% RECYCLED GLASS-FORMING MATERIALS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A process of making a soda-lime glass container, which includes the steps of:
(a) preparing a soda-lime glass batch that includes cullet, the cullet being pre-sorted by color to have 40-50 wt. % green
glass, 40-50 wt. % flint glass, 5-15 wt. % amber glass, 0-2 wt. % blue glass and other colored glass, and less than 250 grams/ton
of non-soda lime container glass, and wherein the cullet constitutes 100 wt. % percent of the glass-forming materials that
are present in the soda-lime glass;

(b) melting the soda-lime glass batch into a soda-lime glass melt; and
(c) forming a soda-lime glass container from the soda-lime glass melt.

US Pat. No. 9,150,331

BOTTLE WITH INSULATIVE BODY

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A bottle extending along a longitudinal axis and that includes,
a base;
a neck; and
a body extending axially between the base and the neck, and including:
at least one radially outwardly facing first surface, wherein the at least one radially outwardly facing first surface includes
first surfaces spaced axially apart from one another,

a radially recessed portion extending axially between the radially outwardly facing first surfaces, and including:
stepped portions extending axially and radially inwardly from the first surfaces,
an insulative portion extending axially between the stepped portions, and including:
a radially outwardly facing second surface radially smaller than the at least one radially outwardly facing first surface,
wherein the second surface is axially between the first surfaces,

a radially outwardly facing third surface axially between the first surfaces, and being radially larger than the second surface
and established collectively by radially outwardly facing projection surfaces of a plurality of projections that project radially
outwardly from the second surface,

radially outwardly facing fourth surfaces axially between and radially smaller than the first surfaces but radially larger
than the second surface,

a pair of axially facing shoulders between the first and fourth surfaces, and
a pair of axially facing shoulders or bevelled portions between the second surface and the fourth surfaces; and
a label carried by the body over at least a portion of the third surface, wherein a continuous insulation volume is established
radially between the label and the second surface and axially between the pair of axially facing shoulders or beveled portions,
and extends continuously over more than 90 angular degrees around the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,124,943

DISPENSING CARTON FOR A REFRIGERATOR DOOR

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An enclosed carton for housing and dispensing a plurality of containers, the carton comprising:front and back panels, side panels, and top and bottom end panels connected to said front and back panels and said side panels forming a closed structure, such that the containers are extendible height-wise between said side panels and arrangeable in at least one row between said front and back panels and stackable between said bottom and top end panels wherein the carton has a width between the side panels, a depth between the front and back panels, and a height between the top and bottom end panels, wherein the height is greater than the depth;
at least one of said side panels having at least one handle;
a plurality of access panels removably connected to said front panel and to each other via weakenings such that, with said carton positioned on said bottom end panel and the containers orientable horizontally, said access panels are separately removable in succession, from top toward bottom, to facilitate removal of the containers from the carton and render accessible remaining containers, said plurality of access panels comprising:
a first access panel including a top portion extending across a full width of the top end panel, a front portion with a lower portion extending across less than the full width of the front panel, and corner portions of the side panels, and
a second access panel removably connected to said front portion of said first access panel via a weakening extending across less than the full width of the front panel, wherein said second access panel is removable in sequence after removal of said first access panel,
wherein removal of the first access panel forms a top access opening extending across an entirety of the width of the carton and for less than an entirety of the depth of the carton and a front access opening on the front panel extending less than the entirety of the carton width, such that the second access panel top edge defines a lower edge of the front access opening, and
wherein the side panels include end flaps having weakenings corresponding to the top access opening.

US Pat. No. 9,409,681

CONTAINER, CLOSURE, AND PACKAGE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A closure for a container having a neck with an external bead, which closure includes:
an inner shell including an inner shell base wall having a central passage, and an annular skirt extending axially from the
base wall radially outward of the central passage and having an outer surface and at least one external thread segment projecting
from the outer surface; and

an outer shell coupled to the inner shell and including an outer shell base wall, a plug seal extending axially from the outer
shell base wall through the central passage of the inner shell base wall, and an annular outer skirt extending axially from
the outer shell base wall radially outward of the plug seal and having at least one internal thread segment for threaded engagement
with the at least one external thread segment of the inner shell,

wherein the plug seal is an annular seal and the base wall of the inner shell is axially retained between the annular seal
and the outer shell base wall,

wherein the outer shell also includes an annular wall and an annular enlargement extending radially outwardly from the annular
wall and having an outer surface with an outer diameter greater than an inner diameter of the central passage.

US Pat. No. 9,370,892

BOTTLE NECK WITH INTERNAL EMBOSSMENTS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of making a glass longneck bottle having a body with a closed base and a shoulder at an end of said body remote
from said base, and a neck extending from said shoulder along an axis and terminating in a neck finish for attachment of a
closure, wherein said neck widens between said neck finish and said shoulder, said method including the steps of:
(a) forming a parison,
(b) blowing said parison into a glass longneck bottle of one-piece integrally formed construction, and
(c) during said step (a) and/or said step (b), forming at least one internal rib on said neck,
wherein said step (c) includes:
(c1) forming at least one external rib on said neck during said step (a), and
(c2) pushing said at least one external rib into said neck during said step (b); or
(c3) forming at least one external channel in said neck and a corresponding internal rib on said neck,
wherein said step (c) further includes forming said at least one internal rib to be disposed entirely within said neck where
said neck widens and at positions spaced from an internal surface of said finish and not extending into said shoulder.

US Pat. No. 9,335,274

OPTICAL INSPECTION OF CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An apparatus for inspecting a container having a base and a mouth, said apparatus including:
a light source for directing light through the container base into the container, and out of the container through the container
mouth, and

a light sensor disposed with respect to said light source and the container to receive light transmitted through the container
mouth,

wherein said light source includes at least first and second light sources operatively disposed adjacent to each other beneath
the container base and having differing operating characteristics, and wherein said at least first and second light sources
include at least a pair of opposed light sources disposed on opposite sides of a longitudinal axis of the container, and further
wherein the differing operating characteristics of the first and second opposed light sources cause different illumination
amongst opposed sides of the container mouth disposed on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis of the container, and said
light sensor captures images of the container mouth in opposed pairs, each pair of images comprising images of respective
segments of the container mouth on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis of the container.

US Pat. No. 9,856,163

NANOCOMPOSITE MATERIAL

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A nanocomposite material that can withstand contact with molten glass and molten glass precursor melts, the nanocomposite
material including:
a cermet substrate that includes a refractory metal matrix and ceramic particles embedded in the refractory metal matrix,
wherein the refractory metal matrix is molybdenum, tantalum, tungsten, rhenium, or an alloy of any two or more of those elemental
refractory metals, and wherein the ceramic particles embedded in the refractory metal matrix comprise at least one of nitrides,
carbides, carbonitrides, borides, or mixtures thereof; and

a glass reaction material overlying the cermet substrate, the glass reaction material being the reaction product of soda-lime-silica
molten glass and a surface of the cermet substrate in an inert environment, wherein the glass reaction material is thinner
than the cermet substrate and comprises a glassy base layer that includes embedded particles, and wherein the glassy base
layer is a molten glass-modified derivative phase of the refractory metal matrix of the cermet substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,856,059

CONTAINER WITH ABRASION RESISTANT RIM

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A glass container comprising:
a base establishing a base plane on which the container is restable and through which extends a container longitudinal axis;
a sidewall extending from the base and circumscribing the longitudinal axis; and
a rim terminating the sidewall and including radially inner and outer surfaces and a sealing lip extending between the radially
inner and outer surfaces and including an intermediate surface extending in a radially and axially inward direction, wherein
a radially outermost portion of the intermediate surface of the sealing lip proximate the outer surface and distal the inner
surface is further from the base plane than a radially innermost portion of the intermediate surface of the sealing lip proximate
the inner surface and distal the outer surface, wherein the sealing lip is disposed at an angle between two and ten degrees
with respect to a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 9,637,271

CONTAINER WITH A MEDAL

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

17. A package that includes
a container including a neck finish, a wall and a medal retained to the wall by container material of integral one-piece construction
with the wall and extending over at least a portion of the medal,

a closure coupled to the neck finish of the container, and wherein the medal is responsive to a change associated with the
closure relative to the container, wherein the closure sealingly covers at least a closure portion of the medal, which, upon
contact with air, is adapted irreversibly to change a characteristic of the medal that is visible from outside of the container
to indicate to a user that the package has been used,

a sensor to detect removal of the closure from the container, and
a power source coupled to the sensor and in electrical communication with the medal,
wherein the medal carries reaction products that ignite upon receiving electricity from the power source.

US Pat. No. 9,611,163

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR REFINING MOLTEN GLASS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An apparatus for producing molten glass including:
a chamber through which molten glass flows from an upstream end to a downstream end thereof;
a porous body disposed within said chamber and having an inlet, an outlet in fluid communication with said inlet, an upper
surface extending between said inlet and said outlet, a plurality of pores through which molten glass can flow between said
inlet and said outlet, and an effective porosity in the range of 0.75 to 0.95; and

a vacuum pump and evacuation system in fluid communication with said upper surface of said porous body that creates a sub-atmospheric
pressure environment at said upper surface of said porous body.

US Pat. No. 9,950,943

NECK RING SYSTEM AND GLASSWARE FORMING PROCESS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A glassware-forming neck ring system that includes:a neck ring assembly including:
a neck ring guide having a first forming aperture therethrough around a vertical axis, and
a neck ring divided along a longitudinal axis into neck ring sections carried by the neck ring guide and movable toward and away from one another along the neck ring guide along a lateral axis; and
a carrier assembly carrying the neck ring assembly and including:
a carrier having a body with a second forming aperture therethrough, longitudinally opposite ends, laterally opposite sides between the ends, and a channel extending between the sides, restricting movement of the neck ring assembly along the vertical and longitudinal axes, and permitting movement of the neck ring assembly along the lateral axis.

US Pat. No. 9,193,494

CONTAINER HAVING A TAMPER-INDICATING COMPONENT

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes:
a container including a neck; and
a tamper-evidencing component separate from the container and carried by the neck of the container in direct contact with
a corresponding portion of the container neck and composed of material that has higher thermal conductivity than that of a
material of the container so as to concentrate heat in the corresponding portion of the container neck,

wherein the container neck is thermally responsive to application of heat pursuant to tampering with the product by an irreversible
change in visual appearance of the corresponding portion of the container neck corresponding to the component, wherein the
container is composed of a base material and a thermally responsive material carried by the base material so as to visibly
change appearance of the container in response to transfer of heat from the component upon application of the heat pursuant
to tampering.

US Pat. No. 9,663,275

VENTED OVERCAP AND LID

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A closure that includes:
an overcap having:
an annular skirt extending along a longitudinal axis for coupling the closure to a container, and
an overcap web extending continuously radially inwardly from the annular skirt; and
a lid carried by the overcap radially within the annular skirt, composed of a metallic material, and having:
an annular rim radially proximate to the annular skirt of the overcap, for sealing the closure to the container, and
a lid web extending radially inwardly from the annular rim, and having at least one vent therethrough, and being coupled to
the overcap around or over the vent so as to seal the vent.

US Pat. No. 9,611,082

SEAL RING FOR FOIL-SEALING A CONTAINER

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A package that includes:
a container including a longitudinal axis extending therethrough and having a mouth, an axially-facing sealing surface, and
an opening in said sealing surface;

a seal ring having a base with a projection, wherein said projection includes one or more barbs extending radially therefrom
and is received in said sealing surface opening thereby securing said seal ring to said container; and

a foil sealingly and removably coupled to said ring.

US Pat. No. 9,249,042

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR REFINING MOLTEN GLASS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A process for refining molten glass including:
(a) introducing molten glass into a controlled environment;
(b) distributing the molten glass over and down a downward sloping flow surface having a length extending in a flow direction
of the molten glass and a width extending transverse to the flow direction of the molten glass, wherein the width of the flow
surface expands along at least a portion of the length of the flow surface such that a surface area of the molten glass is
increased as the molten glass flows over and down the flow surface;

(c) collecting the molten glass from a downstream end of the flow surface to form a body of molten glass having a free surface
exposed to the controlled environment; and

(d) discharging molten glass from the controlled environment at a location below the free surface of the body of molten glass.

US Pat. No. 9,145,240

CONTAINER FITMENT

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An anti-refill package that includes:
a container including:
a body,
a shoulder integral with and extending from the body, and
a neck integral with and extending from the shoulder and including:
a neck finish terminating in a lip,
a valve seat axially between the shoulder and the lip, and including a single, circumferentially continuous, internal valve
sealing surface extending completely around the neck, and

a valve retainer axially between the valve seat and the lip, and including at least one radially inwardly extending projection
that includes at least one internal valve retaining surface,

a check element separate from the container and carried in the container neck between the valve seat and the valve retainer,
wherein when the product is in an inverted position the check element seats against the retaining surfaces such that at least
one flow path is defined between the check element and the valve retainer, and when the product is in an upright position
the check element seals against the check element sealing surface so as to prevent refilling of the container; and

a closure including a base wall and an outer annular skirt extending axially from the base wall, and being removably secured
to the neck finish and removably secured to the check element via a releasable direct coupling between the check element and
the closure base wall in a location radially within the outer annular skirt, wherein removal of the closure from the neck
separates the check element from the closure so that the check element functions both as a valve element of the anti-refill
valve and as an indication that the package has been opened,

wherein the check element is a pendant that drops into the container upon closure removal.

US Pat. No. 9,950,942

BOTTLE WITH VENTED NECK

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of a making a glass container that includes the steps of:(a) forming a parison from a gob of molten glass around a plunger in a blank mold having a neck ring, wherein the parison includes a body, a neck having a neck finish and a neck interior, and wherein at least a portion of the plunger has a non-circular cross-section to form both a portion of the neck interior corresponding to the neck finish and a portion of the neck interior between the neck finish and the body of the parison with a corresponding non-circular cross-section; and
(b) blowing the parison in a blow mold to form the container, which has the neck interior of non-circular cross-section
wherein the non-circular cross-section is lobed and includes a profile having a first circular portion, a second and smaller circular portion, and tangent lobes connecting the circular portions.

US Pat. No. 9,782,796

SELECTIVE COLOR STRIKING OF COLOR-STRIKABLE ARTICLES

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An apparatus for striking color in color-strikable glass or ceramic articles, which includes:
a conveyor for presenting color-strikable glass or ceramic containers in sequence;
an energizer positioned adjacent to said conveyor for direct selective energizing of said containers to strike at least one
color therein as the containers are presented by the conveyor, wherein a mask is positioned between said energizer and said
containers, wherein the mask includes an open region, wherein said open region is defined by a pattern, wherein the pattern
includes at least one of an indicia, an ornamentation, an identifier, a symbol, a brand, a logo, text or a message, an emblem,
an image, or a likeness, wherein the energizer is a gas-fired burner comprising a plurality of flame ports;

a controller configured to selectively control the plurality of flame ports; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising instructions executable by said controller to provide independent control
of one or more flame ports of said plurality of flame ports of said energizer according to a predetermined pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,932,258

APPARATUS AND PROCESS FOR MAKING GLASS AND GLASS GOBS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A process for making glass that includes:(a) providing a sheet of glass batch materials;
(b) flowing said sheet of glass batch materials through a melting section having a downward sloping surface;
(c) heating one or more portions of said sheet of glass batch materials to melt the glass batch materials on said downward sloping surface to produce a sheet of molten glass;
(d) flowing said sheet of molten glass from said melting section into a staging section having a length that extends from said melting section to a forming section; and
(e) allowing said sheet of molten glass to cool and solidify along the entire length of said staging section to produce a solid glass sheet that extends from said melting section to said forming section.
US Pat. No. 9,914,659

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR COLORING GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A process for imparting coloration to a glass container that includes:
(a) providing a glass container having a strikable glass container composition; and
(b) exposing a selective portion of said glass container to a temperature at or above a glass container striking temperature
for a time sufficient to affect a color change in at least said selective portion of said glass container.

US Pat. No. 9,272,938

SPLIT LOADING FUNNEL FOR CHARGING A MOLTEN GLASS GOB INTO A BLANK MOLD

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A split loading funnel for guiding a gob of molten glass that includes:
two or more individual funnel segments coupled together by mounting blocks, each of the individual funnel segments including
an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portions of the individual funnel segments together providing an inlet having
an entrance plane, and the lower portions of the individual funnel segments together providing an outlet having an exit plane,
wherein each of the lower portions of the individual funnel segments has a concave interior guide surface, and wherein a mounting
block is secured between each pair of circumferentially adiacent lower portions of the two or more individual funnel segments
to position the interior guide surfaces relative to one another such that the interior guide surfaces cooperate to define
a guide passage extending along a longitudinal axis and terminating at the outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,884,703

CONTAINER, HANDLE FOR A CONTAINER, AND HANDLE AND CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A handle and container assembly that includes:
a container including
a base,
a body extending from the base,
a shoulder extending from the body, and
a neck extending from the shoulder and including an external surface having a handle retention feature with axially lower
and upper handle retention surfaces that face away from one another, wherein the handle retention feature includes a plurality
of bosses spaced circumferentially from each other on the container neck; and

a handle including
a collar surrounding the neck of the container and having axially spaced apart container retention features that engage the
axially lower and upper handle retention surfaces of the handle retention feature of the container neck, to prevent axial
movement of the collar with respect to the container neck, wherein the handle collar includes a wall corresponding in shape
to that of the container neck and a plurality of reliefs in the wall spaced circumferentially from each other and corresponding
to the plurality of bosses on the container neck, wherein the bosses extend into the reliefs to axially and circumferentially
retain the handle collar to the container neck.

US Pat. No. 10,118,852

GLASS FURNACE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A glass furnace comprising:a melt chamber configured to contain a glass melt;
a conveyor configured to receive glass batch material and feed such material to the melt chamber;
a dam wall disposed upstream with respect to the melt chamber and downstream with respect to the conveyor, wherein a top of the dam wall is below a melt level in the melt chamber, and wherein the dam wall forms a well upstream of the melt chamber;
a heater positioned in the well and configured to heat glass batch material prior to flow over the dam wall,
wherein the conveyor is disposed at a position below a top surface of the glass melt within the melt chamber, and wherein the conveyor is configured to drive the raw batch materials into a lower portion of the well for partial melting by the heater prior to entering the melt chamber, and wherein the conveyor and the dam wall are configured to flow the batch materials upward over the dam wall before the batch materials enter the melt chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,932,138

BOTTLE WITH INSULATIVE BODY

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A bottle extending along a longitudinal axis and that includes,a base;
a neck; and
an insulative body extending axially between the base and the neck, and including:
radially outwardly facing first surfaces spaced axially apart from one another;
a radially outwardly facing second surface radially smaller than, and located axially between, the first surfaces;
a plurality of projections projecting from the second surface and collectively establishing a radially outwardly facing third surface radially larger than the second surface; and
parting line bridges projecting radially outwardly from the second surface, diametrically opposed to one another, and extending axially between the first surfaces; and
a label carried by the body over at least a portion of the third surface, wherein a continuous insulation volume is established between the label and the second surface, and extends continuously over more than 90 angular degrees around the bottle, wherein surface contact between the label and the third surface is characterized by multiple discrete contact areas such that there is no continuous path of surface contact between the label and third surface 360 angular degrees around the bottle.

US Pat. No. 9,932,266

STRENGTHENING GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of filling surface imperfections in an exterior glass surface of a glass container that includes the steps of:(a) applying a solution including an amphiphile, a solvent, a catalyst, and water to the exterior glass surface of the glass container, at an application temperature between 5 and 40 degrees Celsius, such that the solution at least partially fills the surface imperfections to provide a room-temperature-curable cold-end coating on the glass container;
(b) directly and within 60 seconds after completing step (a), rinsing the glass container with a liquid, including water, at a liquid temperature between 5 and 40 degrees Celsius, to remove residual solution from the glass container; and then
(c) after step (b), allowing the solution applied in step (a) to cure on the exterior glass surface of the glass container, at a curing temperature between 5 and 40 degrees Celsius and for a time between 30 and 180 seconds before further processing the glass container.

US Pat. No. 9,834,466

BOTTLE NECK WITH INTERNAL EMBOSSMENTS AND METHOD MANUFACTURE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of making a bottle having a body with a closed base and a shoulder at an end of said body remote from said base,
and a neck extending from said shoulder along an axis and terminating in a neck finish for attachment of a closure, wherein
said neck widens between said neck finish and said shoulder, said method including the steps of:
(a) forming a parison,
(b) blowing said parison into a bottle of one-piece integrally formed construction, and
(c) during said step (a) and/or said step (b), forming internal features on said neck,
wherein said step (c) includes:
(c1) forming external features on said neck during said step (a), and
(c2) pushing said external features into said neck during said step (b),
wherein said step (c) further includes forming said internal features to be disposed entirely within said neck where said
neck widens and at positions spaced from an internal surface of said neck finish and not extending into said shoulder.

US Pat. No. 9,815,593

CONTAINER HAVING A USE INDICATOR

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A package that includes:
a container,
a flowable product dispensably disposed within the container,
a closure carried by the container, and
an indicator within the container,
the indicator being adapted, upon contact with air, irreversibly to change a characteristic of the indicator that is visible
from outside of the container to indicate to a user that the package has been used,

wherein the closure includes a closure member carrying the indicator and having a wedge opening, and a wedge member carried
in the wedge opening.

US Pat. No. 9,963,269

PACKAGE FOR MULTI-INSTANCE PHOTOSENSITIVE AUTHENTICATION

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A package for multi-instance photosensitive authentication, comprising:a container;
a photochromic material non-removably carried by the container and irreversibly changeable upon exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light; and
a UV protector carried over the photochromic material to protect the photochromic material from premature exposure to the UV light, and having multiple portions that are removable to expose multiple portions of the photochromic material to UV light and are irreplaceable once removed,
wherein multi-instance photosensitive authentication of the package is facilitated.

US Pat. No. 9,527,761

SPLIT LOADING FUNNEL FOR CHARGING A MOLTEN GLASS GOB INTO A BLANK MOLD

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An apparatus for delivering a gob of molten glass into a blank mold, the apparatus including:
a loading funnel holder having a body that defines at least one opening; and
a split loading funnel rotatably carried by the body of the funnel holder and extending through the at least one opening,
the split loading funnel comprising two or more individual funnel segments that together provide an inlet to the funnel having
an entrance plane and an outlet of the funnel having an exit plane, each of the individual funnel segments having a lower
portion that includes a concave interior guide surface, the two or more individual funnel segments being coupled together
so that the concave interior guide surfaces of the individual funnel segments cooperate to define a guide passage extending
along a longitudinal axis and terminating at the outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,822,027

GLASS FURNACE WITH BOTTOM MATERIAL FEED

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

10. A glass furnace comprising:
a glass melt;
a melt chamber for containing said glass melt;
a screw conveyor configured to receive glass batch material and feed such material to the melt chamber, wherein the screw
conveyor is coupled to an output shaft of a motor surrounded by a motor housing, and the motor housing is coupled to a source
of cooling fluid that circulates through the motor housing; and

a dam wall disposed upstream with respect to the melt chamber and downstream with respect to the conveyor, wherein the conveyor
and the dam wall are configured to flow the batch materials upward over the dam wall before the batch materials enter the
melt chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,776,904

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR REFINING MOLTEN GLASS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An apparatus for refining molten glass that includes:
a housing defining an inner chamber and having a vertically oriented longitudinal axis and a transverse axis perpendicular
to said longitudinal axis;

an inlet at an upper end of said housing to receive unrefined molten glass;
an outlet at a lower end of said housing to discharge refined molten glass from said housing; and
a guide positioned within said housing having a flow surface upon which molten glass can flow by gravity between said inlet
and said outlet of said housing, said flow surface having a surface area that is greater than a transverse cross-sectional
area of said housing, wherein said guide includes a series of guides, with each guide having a flow surface that extends at
least partway across said inner chamber of said housing and in a parallel or oblique direction relative to said transverse
axis of said housing, and wherein said flow surfaces are spaced apart from one another along said longitudinal axis of said
housing, and wherein said guide includes a first upper guide that extends entirely across said inner chamber of said housing
and a second lower guide that extends entirely across said inner chamber of said housing, and wherein said first upper guide
includes a slot arranged such that molten glass can flow from an upstream end toward a downstream end of said first upper
guide, and can drop through said slot onto an upstream end of said second lower guide,

wherein, when a volume of unrefined molten glass is introduced into said housing, the volume of unrefined molten glass is
distributed over said flow surface of said guide such that the surface area of the volume of molten glass is increased and
the thickness of the volume of molten glass is decreased so as to produce the refined molten glass.

US Pat. No. 10,101,090

DUCT CLEANING AND VALVE DEVICE FOR FURNACE SYSTEM

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A furnace system, comprising:a furnace having an exhaust fluid outlet;
a preheater configured to preheat material before the material is provided to the furnace through a first conduit extending between the preheater and the furnace, the preheater having a fluid inlet;
a duct system forming a second conduit between the furnace and preheater, the second conduit different from the first conduit, the duct system including
a mixing chamber disposed between the furnace and the preheater;
an exhaust duct in fluid communication with the exhaust fluid outlet and configured to vent fluid exhausted from the furnace, the exhaust duct in fluid communication with the mixing chamber and configured to redirect a portion of the fluid exhausted from the furnace to the mixing chamber whereby particulates from the exhaust duct collect on surfaces of the mixing chamber;
a preheater duct in fluid communication with the mixing chamber and the preheater fluid inlet and configured to direct fluid from the mixing chamber to the preheater;
a duct scraper configured for movement within the mixing chamber to scrape the surfaces of the mixing chamber and move the particulates out of the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,938,185

ANTIREFLECTIVE COATING FOR GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of applying an inorganic-organic hybrid coating having anti-reflective properties to a glass container, the method comprising:(a) applying a coating composition over an exterior surface of a glass substrate that defines a shape of the glass container, the coating composition consisting of (1) 1.0 wt. % to 6.0 wt. % of a UV curable organofunctional silane that includes an alkoxy functional group and an acrylic ester functional group, (2) 1.0 wt. % to 6.0 wt. % colloidal silica, (3) 0.10 wt. % to 5.0 wt. % water, (4) 1.0 wt. % to 10 wt. % of a catalyst, and (5) an organic solvent; and
(b) exposing the coating composition to UV light for a time sufficient to cure the coating composition into a transparent monolithic inorganic-organic hybrid coating that comprises an inorganic polymer component and an organic polymer component, the inorganic-organic hybrid coating providing an optical transmission gain relative to the glass substrate of at least 1% for light at a wavelength of 555 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,543,704

PARTICLE-CODED CONTAINER

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of manufacturing glass containers which includes the steps of:(a) producing a glass melt;
(b) forming glass containers from the glass melt;
(c) coding the glass containers by selectively applying a random pattern of discrete particles to a portion of each of the glass containers while the containers are at a sufficient temperature for the particles to bond with the containers and provide each of the containers with a unique optically readable code; and
(d) annealing the glass containers.

US Pat. No. 10,086,971

CONTAINER HAVING A TAMPER-INDICATING COMPONENT

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes:a glass container including a neck; and
a metal component carried in contact with a corresponding portion of the container neck, such that heating of the product pursuant to product tampering results in at least one of discoloration of the container neck or fracture of the container neck.

US Pat. No. 10,018,575

INSPECTABLE BLACK GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of inspecting a black glass container for commercial variations that affect optical characteristics of the glass container, the method including the steps of:providing a black glass container having a transmittance of less than 10% to all visible light energy having wavelengths between 390 nm and 675 nm and having a transmittance of greater than 30% to infrared light energy having wavelengths between 750 nm and 1100 nm so as to be inspectable using infrared light energy, the black glass container having a composition that includes a base glass portion and a latent colorant portion, with the base glass portion including: 60-75 wt. % SiO2, 7-15 wt. % Na2O, 6-12 wt. % CaO, 0.1-3.0 wt. % Al2O3, 0.0-2.0 wt. % MgO, 0.0-2.0 wt. % K2O, 0.01-0.25 wt. % SO3, 0.01-0.25 wt. % Fe2O3, and 0.01-0.15 wt. % CoO and the latent colorant portion including: 0.0875-0.35 wt. % cuprous oxide (Cu2O), 0.06-0.5 wt. % stannous oxide (SnO), and 0.006-0.05 wt. % bismuth oxide (Bi2O3);
directing infrared light energy onto the black glass container; and
receiving infrared light energy from the black glass container on an infrared light sensor, the infrared light sensor being responsive to infrared light energy having wavelengths in the range of 750 nm to 1100 nm.
US Pat. No. 10,000,405

STELVIN/CORK GLASS WINE BOTTLES

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of molding a glass wine bottle for use with one but not both of a first type of closure and a second type of closure different from the first type of closure, wherein the first type of closure includes a cork-type plug closure and the second type of closure includes a threaded closure of a type having a metal shell with internal threads and a skirt crimpable to a container neck to simulate foil that covers a cork, said method including the steps of:(a) at a blank mold stage, forming a glass parison having a temporary body and completed neck finish including either a cork-type plug neck finish contoured for receiving the first type of closure or a threaded neck finish contoured for receiving the second type of closure,
(b) transferring the glass parison formed in said step (a) to a blow mold stage, and then
(c) blow molding the temporary body of the parison at said blow mold stage to form a glass bottle having a neck with said neck finish, said neck having external (L and K) dimensions for receipt of the second type of closure and a cylindrical interior including an internal diameter (D) extending over a cork spec distance (C) for receipt of the first type of closure,
wherein different neck ring molds for forming the different neck finishes are employed at the blank mold stage depending on the type of neck finish being formed, but the same body and neck blow mold is used at the blow mold stage, to produce glass wine bottles having either but not both the cork-type plug neck finish or the threaded neck finish but otherwise having the same bottle body and neck to facilitate change-over of a production line between different types of bottles.
US Pat. No. 9,890,072

GLASS PRECURSOR GEL

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

6. A method of making a glass product, the method comprising:
providing a silicate solution that includes a dissolved sodium silicate, the dissolved sodium silicate comprising a molar
ratio of Na2O: SiO2;

adding a soluble calcium salt to the silicate solution to displace some of the sodium oxide in the dissolved sodium silicate
with calcium oxide and to derive a wet precipitate that comprises a molar ratio of Na2O:CaO:SiO2;

removing solvent from the wet precipitate to obtain a soda-lime-silica glass precursor gel, the gel comprising a bulk amorphous
oxide-based matrix having an inorganic network of oxides that comprises 60 mol % to 85 mol % silica, 8 mol % to 18 mol % sodium
oxide, and 5 mol % to 15 mol % calcium oxide;

melting the soda-lime-silica glass precursor gel into molten glass; and
forming the molten glass into a glass product.

US Pat. No. 10,029,934

GLASS FURNACE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A glass furnace that includes:a furnace chamber including a side wall and a bottom wall, the furnace chamber containing a pool of glass melt having a melt level;
a batch feed hopper adjacent to the side wall of the furnace chamber to supply batch material under gravity to a bottom of the hopper;
a feed opening in the side wall of the furnace chamber to feed batch material from the bottom of the hopper to the pool of glass melt below the melt level; and
a conveyor proximate the bottom wall of the hopper to feed the batch material from the bottom of the hopper through the feed opening and into the furnace chamber;
a heater to heat the raw batch material before it is introduced into the glass melt pool in the furnace chamber; and
submerged heaters proximate the bottom wall of the furnace chamber to heat the pool of glass melt in the furnace chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,919,840

CONTAINER WITH A MEDAL

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

10. A container that includes:
a wall; and
a medal retained to the wall by a retainer of integral one-piece construction with the wall and including a portion extending
over the medal, wherein the medal and one or more portions of the container adjacent the medal have a shared unique appearance,
wherein the shared unique appearance includes at least one of a common continuous aesthetic pattern or a common continuous
indicia over both the medal and the one or more portions of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,654,743

BURNER HEAD ACTUATOR FOR LUBRICATING GLASSWARE MOLDS OF A GLASSWARE FORMING MACHINE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A burner head actuator for lubricating glassware molds of a glassware forming machine, comprising:a base mount;
a guide post carried by the base mount and having a longitudinally extending guide post axis;
a gearbox having a housing carried on the guide post and a gear train carried by the housing and including a drive gear and a driven gear;
a servomotor coupled to the gearbox; and
a burner head arm carried by the gearbox housing and coupled to the driven gear for rotation relative to the gearbox housing about an arm axis, the arm including a burner head leveling gear train including a drive sprocket direct-driven by the driven gear about the arm axis and a driven sprocket driven by the drive sprocket via a chain;
wherein the servomotor actuates the gearbox to rotate the gearbox drive gear, thereby rotating the gearbox driven gear and the burner head arm, and thereby rotating the leveling gear train so that the burner head remains level as the arm is rotated about the arm axis.

US Pat. No. 10,435,211

VACUUM RELEASE SEAL FOR A CLOSURE AND CONTAINER PACKAGE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A multiple piece seal comprising:multiple pieces, including:
a seal ring of elastomeric material and having a sealing portion; and
a projection of plastic material, being coupled to the seal ring and axially shorter than the seal ring, and extending circumferentially and radially outwardly of the seal ring,
wherein the projection and the seal ring circumscribe a longitudinal axis and, in longitudinal cross section, the seal ring includes axial facing surfaces and radially facing surfaces and the projection includes axial facing surfaces and radially facing surfaces, and a distance between the axial facing surfaces of the seal ring is greater than a distance between the axial facing surfaces of the projection.

US Pat. No. 10,328,459

SELECTIVE COLOR STRIKING OF COLOR-STRIKABLE ARTICLES

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of color-striking a color-strikable article, which includes the steps of:conveying a color-strikable article within a proximity of an energizer including a plurality of independently-controllable energy-emitting locations, which includes a plurality of independently-controllable gas flame ports; and
selectively color-striking said article with said energizer by actuating and de-actuating one or more of said energy-emitting locations according to a predetermined scheme to produce a predetermined pattern on the article.

US Pat. No. 10,427,970

GLASS COATINGS AND METHODS TO DEPOSIT SAME

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of producing a glass substrate, the method comprising:providing a silicate solution that includes a dissolved sodium silicate, the dissolved sodium silicate comprising a molar ratio of Na2O:SiO2;
adding a soluble calcium salt to the silicate solution to displace some of the sodium oxide in the dissolved sodium silicate with calcium oxide and to derive a wet precipitate that comprises a molar ratio of Na2O:CaO:SiO2;
removing solvent from the wet precipitate;
obtaining a dried glass precursor gel comprising a bulk amorphous oxide-based matrix having an inorganic network of primary constituent oxides, the primary constituent oxides comprising 60 mol % to 85 mol % silica (SiO2), 8 mol % to 18 mol % Na2O, and 5 mol % to 15 mol % CaO;
forming a powder or wire from the dried glass precursor gel;
melting the powder or wire with a gas stream to form molten droplets; and
depositing the molten droplets onto a mold to form the glass substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,414,524

PEELABLE FOIL CONTAINER CLOSURE HAVING A WAVY EDGE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A peelable foil closure comprising:a base extending longitudinally along a first, longitudinal axis and laterally along a second, lateral axis; and
a non-circular skirt extending from the base, and including:
a first portion including a semi-circular edge having a predominant portion located on a first side of the second axis, and
a second portion including
a wavy edge different in shape than the semi-circular edge and located on a second side of the second axis, and
a pull tab located on the second side of the second axis,
wherein the closure base extends along a first, longitudinal axis that symmetrically bisects the closure into lateral sides and a second, later axis perpendicular to the first axis that divides the closure into longitudinal sides, and wherein the wavy edge includes at least one lobe and at least one valley between the lobe and the semi-circular edge, wherein a nadir of the at least one valley is angularly spaced from the second axis at an angle between 10 and 60 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,351,309

VACUUM RELEASE SEAL FOR A CLOSURE AND CONTAINER PACKAGE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A closure assembly, comprising:a skirt including a cylindrical wall having an upper portion that includes a radially, inwardly extending flange and a lower portion that includes a seal retaining bead and a plurality of cams extending radially inwardly from an inner surface of the wall;
a base; and
a seal for the closure assembly, including:
a seal ring; and
a carrier being coupled to the seal ring, extending circumferentially and radially outwardly of the seal ring to a radially outer periphery, and having a circumferentially extending pocket in the radially outer periphery and at least one of a spring portion or a cam follower in the pocket;
wherein the seal further comprises a plurality of closure-driven features located radially inwardly of and spaced circumferentially along the radially outer periphery, at least one of the plurality of closure-driven features includes the cam follower or the spring portion,
wherein the base and the seal are captively carried between the flange and the seal retaining bead, wherein the circumferential location of the cams corresponds to the plurality of closure-driven features, wherein the cams are engageable with the plurality of closure-driven features.
US Pat. No. 10,343,941

GLASS BATCH MATERIAL AND PROCESS FOR MAKING GLASS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A structured pellet of glass batch materials that includes:a core including a mixture of glass-forming materials that upon melting produce a silica-based glass selected from soda-lime glass, aluminosilicate glass, or borosilicate glass; and
a shell surrounding the core including a thermally-activated material, the thermally-activated material being a combustible organic material that reacts exothermically with oxygen at a temperature at or above an ignition temperature that ranges from 200° C. to 700° C.

US Pat. No. 10,273,034

CONTAINER WITH EMBOSSED INDICIA

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of making a container having a base, a body extending axially from the base, and a generally radially outwardly facing external surface, the method including the steps of:(a) forming a parison into conformity with an internal surface of a blank mold having an engraving in the internal surface that forms an embossment on an exterior surface of the parison; and
(b) blowing the parison into conformity with an internal surface of a blow mold to produce a container from the parison, including pushing the embossment against the blow mold internal surface to collapse the embossment into a wall of the container without pushing corresponding material through the wall of the container into an interior of the container, and wherein the blowing step includes formation of indicia in an external surface of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,054,558

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TESTING THERMAL PROPERTIES OF A CONTAINER

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

12. A container test system that includes:a test chamber including:
an air inlet;
an air outlet downstream of the air inlet;
a container location between the air inlet and the air outlet;
an airflow conduit between the air inlet and the air outlet to convey air to, around, and past the container; and
a container conduit intersecting the airflow conduit between the air inlet and the air outlet;
a climate controller located upstream of the air outlet, to control the climate in the test chamber;
at least one air temperature sensor located adjacent to the container location to sense air temperature in the test chamber between the air inlet and the air outlet; and
a test probe assembly to extend into the test chamber in the container location between the air inlet and the air outlet and including a plurality of liquid temperature sensors.

US Pat. No. 9,045,364

SURFACE TREATMENT PROCESS FOR GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A surface treatment process for a glass container comprising:
contacting at least a portion of the glass container with an aqueous electrolyte solution comprising salts of at least one
group IA alkali metal, the aqueous electrolyte solution having a salt mass fraction in the range of 10-50%; and then

heating the glass container with the aqueous electrolyte solution to a temperature between 70 degrees Celsius and 100 degrees
Celsius for a time sufficient to exchange alkali metal ions in a surface portion of the glass container with alkali metal
ions in the electrolyte solution.

US Pat. No. 10,399,728

NECK FINISH FOR A CONTAINER

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A container neck finish that includes:a generally cylindrical outer surface;
an axially facing sealing surface;
a circumferentially continuous bead projecting radially outwardly from the outer surface and axially spaced from the sealing surface; and
at least three circumferentially spaced retention elements projecting radially outwardly from the outer surface, being located axially between the sealing surface and the bead, and including:
only one first retention element including:
a first cam portion extending circumferentially, spaced axially from the sealing surface at a first level, and intersected by a first parting line,
an upturned portion extending from a first end of the cam portion, and
a first stop portion extending from a second end of the cam portion and including a first ramp portion extending to the bead, and
two or more additional retention elements including a second retention element and a third retention element, each including:
a second cam portion extending circumferentially, and spaced axially from the sealing surface at the first level,
another portion axially spaced from the bead at a second level different from the first level, and having a venting portion with a circumferentially extending retention portion, a downturned end at a first end of the venting portion, and a connecting portion extending between the retention portion and the cam portion, and
a second stop portion extending from a second end of the second cam portion and including a ramp portion extending to the bead,
wherein the ramp portion of the third retention element is spaced less than ten angular degrees from a second parting line and there is no circumferential overlap of the retention elements.

US Pat. No. 10,399,886

FEEDSTOCK GEL AND METHOD OF MAKING GLASS-CERAMIC ARTICLES FROM THE FEEDSTOCK GEL

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of making a glass-ceramic article, the method comprising:synthesizing a feedstock gel that includes a base oxide network comprising Na2O, CaO, and SiO2 in which a molar ratio of Na2O:CaO:SiO2 is 1:2:3;
pressing the feedstock gel into a compressed solid green-body;
sintering the compressed solid green-body of the feedstock gel at a temperature below 900° C. to produce a solid monolithic body of a glass-ceramic material having an amorphous residual glass phase and a crystalline phase distributed within the amorphous residual glass phase, the solid monolithic body of a glass-ceramic material having a density that is greater than a density of the feedstock gel;
deforming the solid monolithic body of a glass-ceramic material into a glass-ceramic preform having a container shape at a temperature of 600° C. or above; and
cooling the glass-ceramic preform into a hollow glass-ceramic article that retains the container shape.

US Pat. No. 10,343,797

SEALING FOIL LINERS TO CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An apparatus for sealing a foil liner to a sealing surface of a container that surrounds a mouth of the container, comprising:a seal head to apply heat to said foil liner to heat said foil liner and said container sealing surface, said seal head including:
a body having a first end, a second end opposite said first end, and an axis extending through said first and second ends, said body further comprising an axially-facing sealing surface at said second end thereof facing away from said first end of said body; and
one or more fluid paths in said seal head for passing fluid through and out of said seal head and onto at least a portion of said foil liner extending across the mouth of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,273,183

SODA-LIME-SILICA GLASS-CERAMIC

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of manufacturing a soda-lime-silica glass-ceramic container comprising:forming a glass body from a parent glass composition comprising 47-63 mol % SiO2, 15-22 mol % Na2O, and 18-36 mol % CaO, the glass body being in the shape of a container; and
subjecting the glass body to a thermal treatment schedule to promote bulk in situ crystallization of the glass body such that the glass body is transformed into a glass-ceramic body having an amorphous matrix phase and a crystalline phase homogeneously dispersed throughout the amorphous matrix phase, the crystalline phase comprising combeite crystalline particles.

US Pat. No. 10,227,160

POLYSILAZANE-DERIVED COATING FOR GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A process for manufacturing a glass container having improved surface characteristics that includes:(a) forming a glass container,
(b) applying a conventional hot end coating to an exterior surface of said glass container, wherein said hot end coating comprises an oxide of tin, titanium, vanadium, or zirconium;
(c) applying a sol-gel solution including an inorganic polysilazane and a solvent onto said exterior surface of said glass container over said hot end coating to form a sol-gel coating thereon; and
(d) heating said glass container and said sol-gel coating in a water vapor-containing environment having a temperature between 150 degrees Celsius and 600 degrees Celsius to form an inorganic silica coating on said exterior surface of said glass container, said silica coating having a hardness greater than 8.5 GPa and being bonded to said exterior surface of said glass container through siloxane bonds.

US Pat. No. 10,626,047

GLASS CONTAINER COATING PROCESS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A process for coating an interior surface of a glass container that includes:(a) forming a glass preform from a gob of molten glass at a blank molding station;
(b) transferring the glass preform from the blank molding station to a blow molding station and positioning the glass preform within a cavity defined by a blow mold;
(c) forming a glass container having a final shape from the glass preform at the blow molding station by introducing compressed gas into the cavity and into an interior of the glass preform such that the glass is blown into contact with inner surfaces of the blow mold;
(d) introducing a coating material comprising a suspension of nanoparticles in a liquid medium into an interior of the gob of molten glass, the glass preform, or the glass container while the glass is still hot from being formed such that heat from the glass is transferred to the liquid medium to vaporize the liquid medium and form a coating on an interior surface of the gob of molten glass, the glass preform, or the glass container; and then
(e) annealing the glass container.

US Pat. No. 10,450,221

HYBRID SOL-GEL COATED GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of coating an exterior surface of a glass container that includes the steps of:(a) providing a hybrid sol-gel having a solids content of greater than 90% by volume and being formed from a composition including at least one silane and at least one solvent;
(b) heating said hybrid sol-gel to produce a heated hybrid sol-gel having a target viscosity of between 0.025 Pa·s and 0.05 Pa·s;
(c) coating the exterior glass surface of the glass container with said heated hybrid sol-gel; and
(d) heating said coated exterior glass surface of the glass container to cross-link said hybrid sol-gel and result in a transparent coating on said exterior glass surface of the glass container having greater than 90% silicate-based material by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,301,056

CONTAINER HAVING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SUPPORT SURFACES

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A wide mouth food jar that includes:a base defining a flat primary support surface on which the food jar is restable, and having a concave push-up,
a body extending from said base, and
a finish extending from said body coaxially with said base around a base/finish axis and having a plurality of closure engagement features,
said body having a sidewall having a plurality of facets including a plurality of secondary support surfaces circumferentially spaced apart around said axis with circumferential spaces therebetween and oriented at an obtuse angle to said primary support surface and at an acute angle to said axis, a frusto-conical surface of revolution around said axis between said secondary support surfaces and said finish, and a radial apex between said secondary support surfaces and said surface of revolution, wherein said sidewall is frusto-conical from said radial apex to said finish, and also from said radial apex to said base with an acute conical top angle, and at least one of said secondary support surfaces includes a surface-defining periphery with an edge lying in a plane at an acute angle to said axis onto which the food jar is restable and a concave surface portion within said periphery,
wherein the food jar is constructed such that when the secondary support surfaces of the food jar rest flat against a surface, a lowermost portion of the finish is lower than an uppermost portion of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,293,995

PACKAGE OR PRODUCT HAVING A USE INDICATOR

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes:a bottle;
a flowable product within the bottle;
a closure coupled to the bottle; and
an air-reactive use indicator carried on at least one inside surface of the bottle, wherein the indicator has an initial coloration state when exposed to air, and wherein the indicator is visually responsive to irradiation and is irradiatable to set the initial coloration state to a different, second coloration state with the flowable product in the bottle and the closure coupled to the bottle, and wherein the indicator is resettable back to the initial coloration state when exposed to air.

US Pat. No. 10,099,862

CONTAINER CONVEYOR APPARATUS WITH AN ADJUSTABLE RAILING

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A container conveyor apparatus that conveys containers along a container path, the apparatus comprising:a front rail of an adjustable railing apparatus that is arcuately shaped along a container path and forms part of a surface facing radially inwardly; and
a rear rail of the adjustable railing apparatus that is arcuately shaped along the container path and forms another part of the surface facing radially inwardly,
wherein the front rail and the rear rail are linked with each other via a pivot extending through portions of the front rail and the rear rail, and wherein the front rail and the rear rail of the adjustable railing apparatus move and pivot with respect to one another to change the width of the container path and accommodate containers of different sizes.

US Pat. No. 9,938,058

PRODUCT AND PACKAGE WITH A PHOTOSENSITIVE USE-EVIDENT FEATURE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes:a food or beverage container;
a photochromic material carried by the container and responsive to ultraviolet (UV) light so as to darken upon exposure thereto; and
a UV protector carried by the container to protect the photochromic material from exposure to UV light, and including an appliqué with a first portion and a second portion movable with respect to the first portion to expose a previously unexposed portion of the container to UV light.

US Pat. No. 10,737,961

HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT AND ALIGNMENT MECHANISM FOR A PLUNGER CYLINDER USED TO FORM A PARISON WITHIN A MOLD OF A GLASS FORMING MACHINE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An assembly for forming a parison within a mold of a glass forming machine, comprising:a plunger cylinder having a first end configured to be received by the mold and to form the parison and a second end opposite the first end, the plunger cylinder configured for movement along a translational axis;
an alignment plate defining a bore through which the plunger cylinder extends, the alignment plate configured to be affixed to a fixed member of the glass forming machine after movement of the alignment plate in a plane perpendicular to the translational axis to align the translational axis of the plunger cylinder with a centerline of the mold; and,
a height adjustment plate spaced from, and hung from, the alignment plate and configured to support the second end of the plunger cylinder, the height adjustment plate movable relative to the alignment plate to cause a corresponding movement of the plunger cylinder along the translational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,730,779

GLASS MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND RELATED PROCESSES

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A process for manufacturing soda-lime-silica glass containing 60-75 wt. % SiO2, including:(a) providing a molten glass precursor composition comprising less than 40 wt % silica (SiO2) in a supply vessel in communication with an inlet of a lower end of a first flow channel, wherein the molten glass precursor composition at the inlet of the first flow channel has a temperature in the range of 740 degrees Celsius to 1500 degrees Celsius;
(b) heating the molten glass precursor composition to a first temperature above 1550 degrees Celsius as the molten glass precursor composition flows up through the first flow channel;
(c) removing gas bubbles from the molten glass precursor composition;
(d) flowing the molten glass precursor composition from an outlet at an upper end of the first flow channel into an inlet at an upper end of a second flow channel via a passageway connecting the first and second flow channels, wherein the first and second flow channels comprise concentric outer and inner flow channels, respectively, with the first flow channel concentrically surrounding at least a portion of the second flow channel;
(e) introducing one or more solid glass-forming materials into the molten glass precursor composition via an inlet to the passageway such that excess heat is transferred from the molten glass precursor composition to the one or more solid glass-forming materials to dissolve the one or more solid glass-forming materials into the molten glass precursor composition and form a final glass composition having a second temperature lower than the first temperature and having a different chemical composition than that of the molten glass precursor composition, wherein the one or more solid glass-forming materials contains greater than 60 wt. % silica (SiO2) including 10-80 wt % sand and 20-90 wt % cullet; and
(f) flowing the final glass composition down through the second flow channel such that heat is transferred by conduction through a common wall radially separating the first and second flow channels from each other and countercurrent heat exchange occurs between the glass compositions flowing in opposite directions through the first and second flow channels,
wherein the final glass composition is cooled in said steps (e) and (f) to a temperature in the range of 1000 degrees Celsius to 1250 degrees Celsius.

US Pat. No. 10,669,183

SYSTEM FOR PREHEATING GLASS MELTING FURNACE BATCH MATERIALS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A system for preheating batch materials prior to delivery to a glass melting furnace, comprising:a preheater configured to receive unheated batch materials and to deliver heated batch materials, the preheater including a primary outlet configured to exhaust fluid from the preheater and a primary inlet configured to receive exhaust fluids from the glass melting furnace and exhaust fluids recirculated from the primary outlet of the preheater;
a cyclonic separator having an inlet in fluid communication with the primary outlet of the preheater and an outlet configured to exhaust fluids from the cyclonic separator;
a fan in fluid communication with the outlet of the cyclonic separator;
a pressure sensor configured to generate a pressure signal indicative of a drop in pressure between the inlet and the outlet of the cyclonic separator;
a temperature sensor configured to generate a temperature signal indicative of a temperature at the outlet of the cyclonic separator; and,
a cyclonic flow controller configured to control a speed of the fan responsive to the pressure signal and the temperature signal.

US Pat. No. 10,633,164

LID FOR CONTAINERS UNDER VACUUM

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A closure that includes:an overcap, including:
an annular skirt extending along a longitudinal axis, and
an annular wall extending radially inwardly from the annular skirt;
a lid carried by the overcap radially within the annular skirt, and including:
a hub, and
an annular margin extending radially outwardly with respect to the hub, and having upper and lower surfaces; and
an annular container seal extending circumferentially continuously around the annular margin,
wherein the lid further includes one or more vents extending through the annular margin between the upper and lower surfaces thereof at one or more discrete circumferential locations, and wherein the container seal is disposed radially outwardly with respect to the one or more vents, and the closure further includes one or more vent seals disposed at the one or more vents between the lid and the overcap.

US Pat. No. 10,633,273

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR REFINING MOLTEN GLASS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. An apparatus for refining molten glass including:a conduit having an inlet in which molten glass is received, an outlet in fluid communication with the inlet, and a longitudinal axis; and
first, second, and third porous bodies serially arranged within the conduit along the longitudinal axis thereof, each of the porous bodies being a monolithic structure and including a plurality of passageways through which molten glass can flow between the inlet and the outlet of the conduit, the plurality of passageways being defined by walls having wall surfaces configured to interact with molten glass flowing between the inlet and the outlet of the conduit to help refine the molten glass.

US Pat. No. 10,590,025

GLASS PRECURSOR GEL

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1. A glass precursor gel comprising:a bulk amorphous oxide-based matrix having an inorganic network of primary constituent oxides, the primary constituent oxides comprising 30 mol % to 90 mol % silica, 0.1 mol % to 25 mol % sodium oxide, and 0.1 mol % to 25 mol % calcium oxide; wherein the bulk amorphous oxide-based matrix is homogenously chemically mixed and, further, wherein the glass precursor gel has a density of less than 2.0 g/cm3.

US Pat. No. 10,557,800

CALIBRATING INSPECTION DEVICES

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1. An inspection device calibration method, comprising:mounting a laser-operated calibration device to a calibration fixture including an adjustable target having alignment indicia;
illuminating the adjustable target with laser light from the calibration device;
adjusting the adjustable target to operatively align the alignment indicia with the laser light;
removing the calibration device from the calibration fixture;
mounting to the calibration fixture an inspection device including one or more adjustable features; and
operating the inspection device, including adjusting the inspection device to operatively align the inspection device with the adjustable target.

US Pat. No. 10,435,217

DUAL DISPENSING CONFIGURATION CARTON

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1. A blank for a carton comprising:a hinge;
first and second bottom panel portions located on either side of the hinge to form a bottom panel of the carton;
first and second end panels foldably connected to the first and second bottom panel portions;
first and second top panel portions foldably connected to the first and second end panels to form a top panel of the carton;
first and second inside wall panels foldably connected to the first and second top panel portions;
first and second bottom panel flaps foldably connected to opposite ends of the first and second bottom panel portions;
first and second side panel flaps foldably connected to opposite ends of the first and second side panels;
first and second top panel flaps foldably connected to opposite ends of the first and second top panel portions; and
weakenings establishing at least one tear-out access panel including at least one tear-away corner removable to establish a dispensing opening for the carton, and having a front portion formed from a portion of one of the end panels and a corner portion from one of the top and bottom panels.

US Pat. No. 10,364,176

GLASS PRECURSOR GEL AND METHODS TO TREAT WITH MICROWAVE ENERGY

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1. A method of producing molten glass, the method comprising:obtaining a glass precursor gel comprising a homogeneously chemically mixed bulk amorphous oxide-based matrix that contains one or more synthesis byproducts, the bulk amorphous oxide-based matrix having an inorganic network of primary constituent oxides comprising 30 mol % to 90 mol % silica and one or more of the following: (A) 0.1 mol % to 25 mol % of one or more alkali oxides in sum total, (B) 0.1 mol % to 25 mol % of one or more alkaline earth oxides in sum total, (C) 1 mol % to 20 mol % boric oxide, (D) 5 mol % to 80 mol % lead oxide, or (E) 0.1 mol % to 10 mol % aluminum oxide, and wherein the lass precursor gel does not include sand and radioactive material;
exposing the glass precursor gel to microwave radiation so that the glass precursor gel heats by way of the microwave radiation; and
melting the glass precursor gel into the molten glass with the microwave radiation by way of the one or more synthesis byproducts.

US Pat. No. 10,246,370

COLOR-STRIKABLE GLASS CONTAINERS

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1. A method of making glass containers, the method including the steps of:preparing a soda-lime-silica glass composition including: 60-75 wt. % SiO2, 7-15 wt. % Na2O, 6-12 wt. % CaO, 0.1-3.0 wt. % Al2O3, 0.0-2.0 wt. % MgO, 0.0-2.0 wt. % K2O, 0.01-0.25 wt. % SO3, and at least one colorant selected from the group consisting of: iron oxide (Fe2O3), cobalt oxide (CoO), and chromium oxide (Cr2O3), wherein the molten glass comprises 0.2-0.6 wt. % iron oxide (Fe2O3) when the at least one colorant comprises iron oxide (Fe2O3);
mixing a latent colorant material composition into the soda-lime-silica glass composition to produce a color-strikable glass composition including: 0.0875-0.35 wt. % cuprous oxide (Cu2O), 0.06-0.5 wt. % stannous oxide (SnO), 0.0125-0.05 wt. % bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and 0.02-0.10 wt. % carbon (C);
forming glass containers from the color-strikable glass composition;
annealing the glass containers; and
raising the temperature of a first one of the glass containers above a highest annealing temperature to impart red or black coloration thereto to produce a red or black glass container,
wherein a second one of the glass containers is not heated to a temperature above the highest annealing temperature, and wherein the second one of the glass containers exhibits arctic blue, amber, cobalt blue, or emerald green coloration.

US Pat. No. 10,710,918

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A HOLLOW GLASS ARTICLE HAVING A CONTAINER SHAPE

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1. A method of making a hollow glass article composed of soda-lime-silica glass, wherein the soda-lime-silica glass has a composition that comprises 60 wt % to 80 wt % SiO2, 8 wt % to 18 wt % Na2O, and 5 wt % to 15 wt % CaO, and further has a glass transition temperature between 510° C. and 600° C., the method comprising:pulverizing soda-lime-silica cullet to obtain cullet particles of reduced particle size;
incorporating the cullet particles into a particulate feedstock;
forming the particulate feedstock into a hollow monolithic glass container preform without melting the cullet particles, the hollow monolithic glass container preform having a temperature above the glass transition temperature of the soda-lime-silica glass, but not exceeding 850° C., and further having a container shape that includes a wall defining an interior containment space and an opening to the interior containment space; and
cooling the hollow monolithic glass container preform into a hollow, amorphous soda-lime-silica glass article that retains the container shape.

US Pat. No. 10,703,663

OPERATING MECHANISM FOR A GLASSWARE FORMING MACHINE

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1. A method of actuating a mold operating mechanism, comprising the steps of:pushing a mold carrier of the mold operating mechanism outwardly along an axis to a closed position, thereby causing a piston rod to be pulled outwardly from a cylinder of the mold operating mechanism along a cylinder axis transverse to the axis along which the mold carrier is pushed and causing the cylinder to be dragged outwardly in the same direction in which the mold carrier moves; and
pressurizing the cylinder to push the piston rod to apply clamping pressure to the mold carrier in the closed position of the mold carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,618,831

PARISON PLUNGER ACTUATION

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1. A parison plunger actuator for actuating a parison plunger for forming a parison of a container, comprising:a plunger cartridge that includes:
a plunger extension sub-assembly that has
a plunger extension carrying cam follower mounts;
cam followers carried by the cam follower mounts of the plunger extension;
at least one bearing carried in an interior of the plunger extension; and
a plunger extension center support disposed radially inward with respect to the plunger extension and the at least one bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,351,301

CONTAINER WITH A MEDAL

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13. A package that includes:a container;
a closure coupled to the container;
a medal non-removably retained to the container via an integral retainer; and
a flaccid loop coupled to the medal,
wherein the lack of at least one of the medal or the flaccid loop from the package is in indication that the package is not authentic or is counterfeit.

US Pat. No. 10,688,535

OBTAINING CULLET FROM THIN FILM SOLAR MODULES

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1. A method of obtaining cullet from a thin film solar module unit, the method comprising:applying a detectable tagging material onto an exposed outer surface of a glass substrate of a thin film solar module unit, the detectable tagging material being applied over one or more electrically conductive contact strips located beneath and visible through the glass substrate;
crushing the thin film solar module unit into assorted module pieces;
sorting the assorted module pieces by detecting module pieces that include the detectable tagging material and then separating the assorted module pieces into a collection of accepted module pieces and a collection of rejected module pieces, the collection of accepted module pieces having module pieces determined not to include the detectable tagging material and the collection of rejected module pieces having module pieces determined to include the detectable tagging material; and
obtaining recycled glass from the collection of accepted module pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,479,717

GLASS FOAM

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1. A method of producing a glass foam, the method comprising:obtaining a dried glass precursor gel comprising nanometer-sized pores and a bulk amorphous oxide-based matrix having an inorganic network of primary constituent oxides, the primary constituent oxides comprising 30 mol % to 90 mol % silica (SiO2) and one or more of the following: (A) 0.1 mol % to 25 mol % of one or more alkali oxides in sum total, (B) 0.1 mol % to 30 mol % of one or more alkaline earth oxides in sum total, (C) 1 mol % to 25 mol % boric oxide, (D) 5 mol % to 80 mol % lead oxide, or (E) 0.1 mol % to 15 mol % aluminum oxide;
heating the dried glass precursor gel to a temperature below the melting point of the gel; and
maintaining the temperature for a time sufficient to expand the dried glass precursor gel; and
expanding the dried glass precursor gel to form a glass foam.

US Pat. No. 10,793,328

PACKAGE OR PRODUCT HAVING A USE INDICATOR

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1. A product that includes:a container; and
a use indicator carried inside the container so that, upon removal of a closure from the container or upon removal of flowable product from within the container, a coloration of the product changes irreversibly to indicate to a user that the product has been used, wherein the indicator includes a material with microcapsules carried in a forward osmosis membrane.
US Pat. No. 10,752,538

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING ON GLASS CONTAINERS

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1. A method of printing a three-dimensional feature on a substrate having a surface, the method comprising the steps of:(a) identifying at least one location on the surface where the three-dimensional feature will be formed;
(b) determining a height value of the three-dimensional feature at each location;
(c) assigning a grayscale value to each location based on the height value;
(d) applying ink to the surface in at least one layer according to the assigned grayscale value at each location, where the ink is curable in response to ultraviolet (UV) light; and
(e) applying UV light to cure the ink, wherein steps (d) to (e) are repeated until the ink reaches the respective height value at each location to form the three-dimensional feature.

US Pat. No. 10,815,031

CONTAINER, HANDLE FOR A CONTAINER, AND HANDLE AND CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

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1. A one-piece handle for a container, wherein the handle includes a frustoconical collar including a frustoconical wall including axially spaced apart container retention features that include a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart reliefs having axially lower and upper container retention surfaces that face one another and that are configured to retain therebetween a corresponding handle retention feature of a container to prevent axial movement of the collar with respect to the container.

US Pat. No. 10,815,142

GRADIENT FINING TANK FOR REFINING FOAMY MOLTEN GLASS AND A METHOD OF USING THE SAME

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1. A method of refining foamy molten glass, the method comprising:introducing foamy molten glass into an interior chamber of a gradient fining tank defined at least in part by a roof, a floor, and a pair of laterally-spaced sidewalls that connect the roof and the floor, the foamy molten glass being introduced into the interior chamber through an inlet of the gradient fining tank that communicates with an upstream portion of the interior chamber defined by an extended shallow portion of the tank, and, wherein, upon introduction into the upstream portion of the interior chamber, the foamy molten glass intermixes with a molten glass bath that is maintained within the interior chamber of the gradient fining tank;
directing the molten glass bath to flow along the extended shallow portion of the gradient fining tank from an inlet end of the extended shallow portion to an outlet end of the extended shallow portion, the extended shallow portion including an entry section of the floor, and the molten glass bath separating into a higher-density phase and a lower-density phase that rests on top of the higher-density phase within the extended shallow portion of the gradient fining tank;
directing the molten glass bath to flow into a downstream portion of the interior chamber defined by a deep holding portion of the gradient fining tank, the deep holding portion having an inlet end, which communicates with the outlet end of the extended shallow portion, and an outlet end, the deep holding portion further including a transition section of the floor that extends downwardly and outwardly from the entry section of the floor of the extended shallow portion to an exit section of the floor such that a depth of the downstream portion of the interior chamber at the outlet end of the deep holding portion is greater than a depth of the upstream portion of the interior chamber at the outlet end of the extended shallow portion;
directing the molten glass bath to flow along the deep holding portion from the inlet end of the deep holding portion to the outlet end of the deep holding portion, the higher-density phase of the molten glass bath sinking and collecting as refined molten glass within the downstream portion of the interior chamber above the exit section of the floor at the outlet end of the deep holding portion of the tank; and
removing refined molten glass from the interior chamber of the gradient fining tank through an outlet of the gradient fining tank that communicates with the downstream portion of the interior chamber, the outlet of the gradient fining tank being downwardly displaced from the inlet of the gradient fining tank.

US Pat. No. 10,810,394

AUTHENTICATION OF A CONTAINER AND/OR PRODUCT PACKAGED THEREIN

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1. A method for use in authenticating one or both of a container and a product packaged therein, comprising:obtaining an image of a first code carried by a container system comprising the container, wherein the first code has one or more elements and is representative of first information relating to one of the container and the product packaged in the container;
determining at least one first contrast ratio between the one or more elements of the first code and a background of the first code;
obtaining an image of a second code carried by the container system, wherein the second code has one or more elements and is representative of second information relating to the other of the container and the product packaged in the container,
determining at least one second contrast ratio between the one or more elements of the second code and a background of the second code;
determining a difference between the at least one first and second contrast ratios; and
determining authenticity of one or both of the container and the product packaged therein based at least in part on the difference between the at least one first and second contrast ratios.

US Pat. No. 10,807,896

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR GLASS MANUFACTURE

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1. A process for manufacturing glass including:(a) providing a mixture of solid glass-forming materials comprising at least one fining agent having a fining-onset temperature;
(b) introducing the mixture of solid glass-forming materials into offset doghouses located upstream of an elongated tank, the elongated tank including a melting chamber and a refining chamber separated by a submerged throat, and wherein molten glass flows through the elongated tank in a flow direction;
(c) melting the mixture of solid glass-forming materials in each of the offset doghouses at a temperature at or above the fining-onset temperature of the at least one fining agent by application of heat from one or more submerged combustion burners;
(d) producing molten glass in each of the offset doghouses that comprises greater than 25 vol. % gas bubbles;
(e) flowing the molten glass produced in each of the offset doghouses in a direction transverse to the flow direction of the molten glass flowing through the elongated tank prior to the molten glass from each of the offset doghouses entering the melting chamber;
(f) directing the molten glass from each of the offset doghouses into the melting chamber of the elongated tank;
(g) flowing the molten glass from the melting chamber of the elongated tank into the refining chamber of the elongated tank through the submerged throat; and
(h) refining the molten glass in the refining chamber of the elongated tank to produce refined molten glass having on average less than 20 seeds per ounce.

US Pat. No. 10,807,897

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR REFINING MOLTEN GLASS

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1. An apparatus for refining molten glass that includes:a housing having a vertically oriented longitudinal axis, a transverse axis perpendicular to said longitudinal axis, a circular transverse cross section, a length measured along the longitudinal axis, and a width measured along the transverse axis;
an unrefined molten glass inlet at an upper end of said housing to receive unrefined molten glass;
a refined molten glass outlet at a lower end of said housing to discharge refined molten glass from said housing; anda guide positioned within said housing and having a flow surface upon which molten glass can flow between said inlet and said outlet of said housing so as to distribute a volume of molten glass over the flow surface of the guide.

US Pat. No. 10,807,898

GLASS CONTAINER WITH EMBOSSED INDICIA

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1. A glassforming blank mold having an internal surface and an engraving in the internal surface, wherein the engraving, in cross section, includes:a radially outward surface, and
sidewalls connecting the radially outward surface to the internal surface of the blank mold and including fillets and rounds between the radially outward surface and the internal surface of the blank mold, such that the sidewalls are not straight but, instead, are continuously curving,
wherein a circumferential width of the radially outward surface is at least 1.0 mm, a radial thickness between the internal surface and the radially outward surface is 0.2 mm to 0.4 mm, the fillets have radii between 0.2 mm and 0.4 mm, the rounds have radii between 1.25 mm and 1.75 mm such that a ratio of radii of the rounds to an engraving radial depth is between 3:1 and 9:1, and a circumferential overall width of the engraving is at least 1.8 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,807,899

TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR BLANK MOLDS IN GLASSWARE FORMING MACHINES

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1. A glassware forming machine, comprising:a first blank mold having first and second sections;
a first hanger assembly configured to support the first section of the blank mold and to permit movement of the first section of the blank mold towards and away from the second section of the blank mold;
a temperature measurement system for the first section of the blank mold, comprising
first thermocouple configured to be received within a recess in a wall of the first section of the blank mold and configured to generate a first temperature signal indicative of a temperature of the first section of the blank mold; and,
a first transmitter assembly coupled to the first thermocouple and comprising
a first housing supported on the first hanger assembly;
a first wireless transmitter disposed within the first housing; and,
a first controller disposed within the first housing, the first controller configured to receive the first temperature signal and generate an output signal in response for transmission by the first wireless transmitter, the output signal including data indicative of the temperature of the first section of the blank mold.

US Pat. No. 10,798,315

REMOVAL OF INTERFERENCE OF ABSORBERS FROM INTENSITY DATA

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1. A method for generating a thermal image of a glass gob, the method comprising:extracting pixel intensity data from a plurality of images corresponding to electromagnetic radiation emitted from one or more glass gobs;
generating an array of intensity data for each representative pixel in the plurality of images, wherein each array represents a distribution of intensity data from corresponding pixels in each of the images;
filtering the intensity data in each array to exclude an amount of intensity data such that a remaining amount of intensity data represents a distribution of intensity data uncontaminated by interference; and
generating a thermal image of a glass gob based on the remaining amount of intensity data in each array.

US Pat. No. 10,776,729

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING CONTAINERS

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1. A method comprising the steps of:manufacturing containers, including forming the containers and serializing the containers with machine-readable codes that are integral to and irremovable from the containers;
using the machine-readable codes to store data associated with the containers, including at least one of a date of container manufacture, a time of container manufacture, production facility data, or container quality data;
supplying the containers to a customer;
receiving from the customer, data obtained from customer-readings of the machine-readable codes and including data relating to the filling of the containers by the customer that are to be supplied by the customer to a seller for sale, wherein the customer-readings are performed before the containers are supplied to the seller;
storing the received data obtained from the customer-readings of the machine-readable codes in an electronic memory device;
receiving from a seller of the containers filled by the customer, data obtained from seller-readings of the machine-readable codes and including at least one of a date of container sale, a time of container sale, or seller-specific data;
storing the received data obtained from the seller-readings of the machine-readable codes in the electronic memory device; and
analyzing the data received from the customer-readings and seller-readings to determine certain information relating to the containers.

US Pat. No. 10,766,676

PACKAGE OR PRODUCT HAVING A USE INDICATOR

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1. A product that includes:a container; and
a use indicator comprising a capsule and a capsule activator corresponding to a cavity and depressible therein, the use indicator carried by the container so that, upon removal of a closure from the container or upon removal of flowable product from within the container, a coloration of the product changes irreversibly to indicate to a user that the package has been used, wherein the container includes a wall recess and the use indicator is carried in the wall recess,
wherein the capsule includes at least one of an etchant or a colorant and is carried in the wall recess of the container, and the use indicator includes a cover over the capsule activator and the capsule.