US Pat. No. 9,044,883

METHOD FOR MAKING CONTAINERS COMPRISING AN INTERMEDIATE DEPRESSURING OPERATION

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1. A process for manufacturing a container from a plastic preform by blow-molding in a mold, which comprises:
an operation of introducing the plastic preform into the mold;
a blow-molding operation comprising pressurizing the plastic preform by introducing a gas under a blow-molding pressure into
the plastic preform;

subsequent to the blow-molding operation, an operation of partial depressurization of the container comprising an at least
partial recovery of evacuated gas by opening and closing of a recovery valve;

after opening and closing of the recovery valve, a flushing operation comprising partially pressurizing the container resulting
from the blow-molding operation by introducing a gas under a flushing pressure lower than the blow-molding pressure into the
container; and

a degassing operation;
the flushing operation and the degassing operation being launched simultaneously by opening of a valve introducing the gas
at the flushing pressure and the opening of a valve for degassing.

US Pat. No. 9,284,092

CONTAINER HAVING A BOTTOM WITH A CORRUGATED INTERNAL SEAT PORTION

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1. Container of plastic material, comprising a body and a bottom, the bottom having an annular outer seat defining a principal
seating plane for the container, and a deformable membrane that extends radially inside the annular outer seat and is arranged
to be able to adopt two configurations:
a retracted configuration, in which the membrane extends axially above the principal seating plane;
a deployed configuration, in which the membrane comprises an annular inner seat in the form of an annular bead projecting
towards the exterior of the container, which extends axially beneath the principal seating plane and defines a secondary seating
plane, and

the bottom comprises a series of hollow reserves in the annular inner seat, the reserves extending radially astride the annular
inner seat, which form local discontinuities of the secondary seating plane, the secondary seating plane being formed from
a discrete series of sections of coplanar arcs at the end of the inner seat, which extend between the hollow reserves; and
wherein the reserves have a central zone and connection fillets with adjacent sections of coplanar arcs, the central zone
having a double curvature, a first curvature, viewed from the side, with concavity oriented downwards, a second curvature
in radial cross section, with concavity oriented upwards.

US Pat. No. 9,067,742

VESSEL GRIPPING MEMBER COMPRISING A REMOVABLE NOSE EQUIPPED WITH A MANDREL AND AN EJECTION PLATE

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1. A member (22) for gripping vessels (16), comprising:
a support (32) that is movable along a transport trajectory of the vessel (16); and

a nose (38) comprising a body (39) which is comprised of a bottom end mandrel (40) capable of holding in a neck (26) of the vessel (16), the nose (38) being fixed removably to a bottom axial end of the support (32),

wherein the nose (38) further comprises an ejection plate (46) which is slidably fixed on the body (39), such that the ejection plate (46) is capable of an axial sliding around the mandrel (40) between a cladding position in which the mandrel (40) protrudes axially downwards and an uncladding position in which the mandrel (40) is axially retracted above a bottom face of the plate (46), and

wherein the axial sliding of the ejection plate (46) with respect to the body (39) is limited, by abutment, to positions between said cladding position and said uncladding position, regardless of whether
the nose is fixed to the bottom axial end of the support or if the nose is removed from the support.

US Pat. No. 9,688,013

METHOD FOR THE STRETCH-BLOWING OF A CONTAINER, COMPRISING A RETRACTION OF THE STRETCH ROD DURING A BOXING OPERATION

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1. A method of manufacturing a container from a plastic blank in a stretch blowing assembly equipped:
with a mold provided with a wall defining a cavity with an impression of the container, extending along a principal axis of
the mold and a mold bottom that is axially movable with respect to the wall between an extended position and a retracted position,

with a stretch unit comprising a carriage provided with a protruding arm onto which a stretch rod is attached, the stretch
rod is axially movable with respect to the wall and a control device for controlling the movement of the stretch rod,
said method comprising:
a phase of inserting the blank into the mold;
a phase of stretch blowing, during which a fluid under pressure is injected into the blank and the stretch rod is moved towards
the mold bottom until locally pressing the blank against the mold bottom, the lower position of the stretch rod being adjusted
so that a gap is left between a free end of the stretch rod and an upper surface of the mold bottom;

a boxing phase wherein:
the mold bottom, initially in the extended position, is moved towards the retracted position; and
a retraction operation is performed comprising:
moving the stretch rod slaved to the mold bottom, while maintaining constant the gap between the free end of the rod and the
upper surface of the mold bottom, the stretch rod integrally accompanies the movement of the mold bottom, an electric command
issued by the control device is slaved to move the carriage to the speed of movement of the mold bottom during the boxing
phase, or

releasing the stretch rod to allow raising of the mold bottom without resistance by the stretch rod; the stretch rod being
simply pushed by the mold bottom over a distance equal to the stroke distance of the mold bottom; and

stopping the stretch rod to prevent rebound of the stretch rod at an end of the boxing phase, when the mold bottom reaches
the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,481,139

PROCESS FOR FORMING A CONTAINER BY SELECTIVE LASER HEATING AND FREE BLOWING

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1. A method of manufacturing a container from a preform of thermoplastic material having a body extending along a principal
axis, the method comprises:
a selective heating step in which the body of the preform is exposed to a radiating wall in front of which the preform travels,
the radiating wall having an internal face lined with a plurality of electromagnetic radiation sources emitting monochromatic
or pseudo-monochromatic and directive electromagnetic infrared radiation towards the preform, the plurality of electromagnetic
radiation sources being organized to form a matrix, a beam emitted by each electromagnetic radiation source radiating around
an axis corresponding to a bisector of a solid angle of the beam, the bisector being perpendicular to the internal face and
to the principle axis of the perform, power of the plurality of electromagnetic radiation source being modulated along the
principal axis of the body in such a way that said body has alternating hot annular regions, a temperature of which is far
higher than a glass transition temperature of the thermoplastic material, and comparatively colder annular regions, a temperature
of which is close to the glass transition temperature;

a forming step in which a gas under pressure is injected into the preform thus heated, said step being carried out in free
expansion.

US Pat. No. 9,248,602

METHOD FOR CHANGING A MOLD

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1. A method of changing a mold of a molding device (10) for the manufacture of thermoplastic material containers, said method comprising:
using the molding device (10) for the manufacture of thermoplastic material containers, by forming a preheated preform, the molding device (10) including i) two half-mold carriers (14) mounted to be mobile relative to each other about a common rotation axis (O) between an open position and a closed position
and ii) two half-molds (20) each demountably fixed to an associated half-mold carrier (14) by fixing means (40), the half-mold carriers (14) being opened and closed with a rotational movement around the common rotation axis (O), and

a mold demounting step comprising at least the steps of:
(a) when the half-mold carriers (14) occupy the closed position, actuating the fixing means to release each half-mold (20),

(b) when the half-mold carriers (14) occupy the closed position, using assembly means for joining the half-molds (20) together in such a manner as to form a transportable unitary subassembly,

(c) opening the half-mold carriers (14) from the closed position to the open position, by the half-mold carriers (14) being opened with the rotational movement around the common rotation axis (O), to allow removal of said unitary subassembly
therefrom by a movement in translation and in such a manner that said unitary subassembly remains supported in a reference
position until removed, and

(d) removing the unitary subassembly, using a translation movement, from between the half-mold carriers (14) from the reference position.

US Pat. No. 9,296,147

METHOD FOR COOLING A MOULD BY CIRCULATING A HEAT-TRANSFER FLUID IN CONTACT WITH THE EXTERNAL FACE THEREOF

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1. Method for cooling a heated mould (12, 14, 16) of a device (10) for blow-moulding thermoplastic containers, the device comprising:
a mould (12, 14, 16) having an internal face which delimits a moulding cavity (18) and which comprises an external face (20, 28) which surrounds the moulding cavity (18); and

heating means for heating the mould to a determined temperature and which are deactivated when the cooling method is implemented,
characterized in that wherein the mould (12, 14, 16) is cooled by circulating a heat-transfer fluid directly in contact with the external face (20, 28) thereof, and

wherein the heat-transfer fluid is formed of a pressurized gas which under goes an expansion as the gas circulates against
the external face (20, 28) of the mould (12, 14, 16).

US Pat. No. 9,126,760

INSTALLATION FOR CONVEYING ITEMS CONSISTING OF A THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL

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3. A method of conveying thermoplastic preform bottles, comprising:
receiving and transporting said preform bottles, using a conveyor member having a pair of active sides that are parallel to
each other, so that the preform bottles are in single file between said active sides,

wherein the active sides each comprise a surface including leather material in direct contact with a neck of the preform bottles
during transporting.

US Pat. No. 9,121,502

DOUBLE-SEALING DEVICE FOR A MACHINE FOR THE PLASMA TREATMENT OF CONTAINERS

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1. A double sealing device for a machine for the plasma treatment under high vacuum of containers in combination with a container,
comprising at least first and second annular sealing surfaces cooperating respectively with first and second separate annular
zones of a neck of a container, the neck of the container having protuberances for removably attaching a cap, the neck further
comprising a collar below the protuberances, the first annular sealing surface is an upper annular sealing surface cooperating
with a mouth of the container, the second annular sealing surface is a lower annular sealing surface cooperating with the
collar of the container, the first and second annular sealing surfaces are borne respectively by two separate upper and lower
elastic gaskets made of silicone or rubber, the double sealing device further comprising a sleeve made of a rigid material,
the sleeve having a cylindrical body and a through-hole, the cylindrical body extending by a tubular skirt, the upper elastic
gasket, in contact with the plasma, having an angled profile in cross section and received in a counter-bore made in the sleeve
at a junction between the body and the skirt and having a lower portion at an end of which the upper sealing annular surface
is formed, the counter-bore being internally bordered by a tubular protrusion configured as a frame for the upper elastic
gasket, and the lower elastic gasket is mounted on the skirt and is fitted onto an annular rim that projects radially outward
the skirt.

US Pat. No. 9,539,755

DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING A HOLLOW BODY COMPRISING IMPROVED GRASPING MEANS

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1. Device (10) for transporting a hollow body (12) that is equipped with a neck (16) that comprises a vertically-oriented inner wall (24) and an upper edge (20) that circumferentially delimits an opening (22) for access to the interior of said hollow body (12), with said device (10) comprising at least means (50) for gripping the hollow body (12) by engagement with the inner wall (24) of the neck (16) that are mounted at the lower free end of a control rod (32) and movably connected to the control rod (32), with said control rod (32) being mounted to move vertically between:
a top position in which the gripping means (50) are retracted upward by the control rod (32) to make it possible to insert the neck (16) of the hollow body (12) radially into a specified reference position relative to the gripping means (50) of the device (10), and

a bottom position in which the gripping means (50) engage radially with the inner wall (24) of the neck (16) to ensure the gripping of the hollow body (12),

wherein the gripping means (50) are mounted to move radially between:

a retracted position in which the gripping means (50) are inserted vertically from top to bottom inside the neck (16), without contact with the inner wall (24), and

a deployed position in which the gripping means (50) engage with the inner wall (24) of the neck (16),

wherein the change in position of the gripping means (50) from the retracted position toward the deployed position is controlled by the downward vertical movement of the control
rod (32), from the top position toward the bottom position, and

wherein the device (10) comprises an intermediate support part (60) of the gripping means (50) that is movably connected to the control rod (32) and that is mounted to move vertically relative to the control rod (32), and an intermediate return element (64) toward the bottom of said intermediate part (60).

US Pat. No. 9,045,284

DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING HOLLOW BODIES

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4. The conveyor device according to claim 1,
wherein the detection element (36) is formed by an electric dipole which is capable of detecting the flow of an electric current and is interposed in the electric
circuit between the source of the second electrical signal (P2) and the fixed cam (32), whereby electrical contact between the fixed cam (32) and the cam follower (30A, 30B) results in the flow of an electric current on the interior of the electric dipole.

US Pat. No. 9,649,806

DEVICE FOR GRIPPING A CONTAINER COMPRISING A NOSE WHEREIN EXPANSION JAWS ARE HELD CIRCUMFERENTIALLY IN POSITION

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1. Device (20) for gripping a container (16) made of thermoplastic material, in particular a preform that is intended to be shaped into a final container, with the gripping
device (20) comprising:
A lower end nose (30) that has a main axis (B) and that is suitable for being inserted axially into the neck (24) of the container (16);

A number of jaws (46) in the shape of ring segments that are distributed uniformly around the axis (B) of the nose (30), which only a free operational play (j) separates circumferentially and which are mounted to move radially in the nose (30) between a retracted position that makes possible the free axial sliding of the nose (30) into the neck (24) and an expanded position that makes possible the gripping of the neck (24) in relation to the nose (30) by pressing against the inside wall of the neck (24);

Elastic return means (54) of the jaws toward their expanded position;
wherein the jaw assembly (46) is held circumferentially in a circumferential position that is determined in relation to the nose (30) by individual circumferential immobilization means of at least one jaw (46), with the operational play (j) being left free.

US Pat. No. 9,550,598

FLATTENED CONTAINER COMPRISING AN ARCHED BOTTOM WITH SQUARE SEAT

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1. A container of plastic material, having a flattened body and a bottom in an extension of the body at a lower end thereof,
the bottom comprising:
a peripheral seat defining:
a seating plane the contour of which has in the same plane a large dimension A1 and a small dimension A2 that is smaller than
the large dimension, and

an inner annular cheek substantially perpendicular to the seating plane;
a concave arch that extends from the seat, in an extension of the cheek, towards a central zone of the bottom defining a disc
that extends axially, projecting towards an interior of the container;
wherein:
a height H of the cheek and a width L of the seating plane are such that:

a transverse extension A of the seating plane and a corresponding transverse extension B of the body, measured near the bottom,
are such that:

and
wherein the seating plane has a maximum width L1, measured parallel to the large dimension A1, and a minimum width L2, measured
parallel to the small dimension A2, and the ratio L1/L2 is greater than 1.

US Pat. No. 10,071,520

MOLDING UNIT FOR MANUFACTURING CONTAINERS FROM PREFORMS MADE OF PLASTIC MATERIAL

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1. A molding unit (10) for the manufacturing of containers by blow molding or by stretch blow molding from preforms (100) made of plastic material comprising a neck (104) equipped with a rim (106) circumferentially delimiting an opening (102) for access inside said preform (100), with said molding unit (10) comprising at least:a mold (12) that comprises at least two half-molds (16) mounted to move between at least one open position and one closed position in which the joined half-molds (16) delimit an upper surface (18) comprising an orifice (20) that empties into a molding cavity (22) delimited at least by a molding impression (24) of each half-mold,
a heating device (26) associated with said mold (12), the heating device (26) arranged to heat each molding impression of each half mold, the mold for forming heat resistant containers,
a nozzle (14) comprising at least one nozzle body (28) and one nozzle nose (30) that is mounted to move axially in relation to said nozzle body (28) between a raised position above the mold (12) and a lowered blow-molding position, with said nozzle nose (30) being controlled axially in movement between said raised and lowered positions by an actuating device (32), and
a stabilizer (34) comprising a support surface (36) designed to work with the rim (106) of the neck (104) and a blocking device (38) in position designed to be inserted inside the neck (104), with said stabilizer (34) being housed inside the nozzle nose (30) and forming with a tubular element (40) for intake of at least one pressurized fluid a movable apparatus that, driven with said nozzle nose (30), is able to slide axially relative to said nozzle nose (30) between at least one top position and one bottom position,
wherein the tubular element (40) is guided by axial sliding in relation to the nozzle body (28) by at least one guide device (46) that is inserted radially between said nozzle body (28) and said tubular intake element (40), and the stabilizer (34), attached to said tubular element (40), is guided in relation to the nozzle body (28) only by said at least one guide device (46).

US Pat. No. 9,944,009

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A CONTAINER FROM A BLANK, INCLUDING FEEDBACK IN ACCORDANCE WITH AN ACTUAL PRESSURE AT THE END OF THE PRE-BLOWING STEP

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1. A method of manufacturing a container by stretch blow-molding in a mold of a blank made of plastic material, comprising:heating the blank;
inserting the previously-heated blank into the mold;
ordering an opening of a pre-blowing solenoid valve for placing an interior of the mold in communication with a source of gas at a predetermined pre-blowing pressure and a pre-blowing rate;
measuring the pressure in the interior of the blank;
detecting an actual pre-blowing start time, tA, at which the pressure in the blank begins to increase;
storing the actual pre-blowing start time in memory;
calculating a pre-blowing end time such that:
tF=tA+?t??,
where:
?t is a predefined opening time of the pre-blowing solenoid valve,
? is a predetermined constant;
deducing therefrom an actual end-of-pre-blowing pressure from the pressure measurements made,
comparing an end-of-pre-blowing pressure thus determined with a predetermined theoretical end-of-pre-blowing pressure,
if the actual end-of-pre-blowing pressure and the theoretical end of pre-blowing pressure are determined to be non-identical, ordering a modification of a pre-blowing rate.

US Pat. No. 9,815,080

GLUING SYSTEM FOR APPLYING GLUE ON BOTTLE LABELS

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1. A gluing system for applying a glue on products, comprising:
a glue applicator including a glue roller having a lateral surface configured to deposit a melted glue on products;
a first glue container configured to store the glue that is discharged as a fresh melted glue;
a second glue container configured to contain an excess melted glue discharged from the glue applicator and to contain the
fresh melted glue discharged from the first glue container; and

a delivering conduit device configured to deliver the glue from the second glue container to the glue applicator;
wherein the second glue container is divided by a partition into a first chamber, containing the fresh melted glue, and into
a second chamber containing the excess melted glue and separated from the first chamber;

wherein the partition includes a filter allowing flow of the fresh melted glue from the first chamber and the excess melted
glue from the second chamber to the delivering conduit; and

wherein a first portion of the delivering conduit extends from the filter, and a second portion of the delivering conduit
delivers the glue through a plurality of holes onto the lateral surface of the glue roller.

US Pat. No. 9,610,725

METHOD AND MACHINE FOR MANUFACTURING CONTAINERS ALLOWING A MODIFICATION OF HEATING RATE

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1. A method of manufacturing containers from blanks of plastic material on a production line comprising a critical machine
having a proper tempo, the method comprises:
a phase of heating blanks as they pass through an oven provided with a plurality of radiation sources, at a predetermined
speed of travel (V) and heating profile;

a phase of blowing the blanks in a blowing unit, in order to form the containers, said method comprising:
(a) modifying the speed (V) of movement of the blanks in accordance with the tempo of the critical machine, wherein the modification
is incremental and corresponds only to a percentage of a final modification sought;

(b) modifying the heating profile with regard to the modified speed;
(c) establishing, at the end of a heating phase, an actual thermal profile of at least one blank;
(d) measuring a pressure in said blank during the blowing phase and detecting at least one singular pressure point (B);
(e) measuring a first difference between the actual thermal profile of the blank and a theoretical thermal profile, and a
second difference between the singular pressure point and a theoretical singular pressure point;

(f) as long as the differences are not both below a respective predetermined tolerance, repeat operations b) to e);
(g) as long as the differences are both below the respective tolerance, and while the speed of travel (V) has not reached
a predetermined final value, repeat operations a) to e).

US Pat. No. 9,428,296

STRENGTHENED PETALOID BASE OF A CONTAINER

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1. A container of thermoplastic material produced by blowing or stretch blowing a blank, said container comprising a petaloid
bottom provided with projecting feet separated by hollow valleys that extend radially from a central zone of the petaloid
bottom, each projecting foot having two substantially flat flanks, each flank of which laterally borders a side of one of
the hollow valleys, and each projecting foot is provided, on each flank of the projecting foot, with a corresponding cheek
that projects laterally from the flank to a respective hollow valley that is laterally bordered by the flank; and wherein
each cheek has at least one edge where the cheek connects to the flank from which the cheek protrudes by a fillet with double
curvature.

US Pat. No. 9,409,661

CONTAINER MANUFACTURING PLANT COMPRISING AN AIR RECYCLING CIRCUIT AND RECYCLING METHOD

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1. A plant (10) for manufacturing containers (12) from preforms (14), comprising:
a protective enclosure (18) that isolates an interior volume (20) thereof from ambient air contained in an industrial premises (16) surrounding the protective enclosure (18);

an oven (26) for thermally conditioning the preforms (14), the oven located within the interior volume (20) of the protective enclosure (18), the preforms (14) being thermoplastic preforms, the oven (26) comprising heating means (30);

an air-cooling device (34) comprising i) ventilation means (32), located above the oven (26) and within the interior volume (20) of the protective enclosure (18), that draws in the ambient air contained in the industrial premises (16) surrounding the protective enclosure (18) through a wall of the protective enclosure (18), and ii) filtration means (36), located between the oven (26) and the wall of the protective enclosure (18), that filters the ambient air drawn from the industrial premises by the ventilation means (32) to form filtered air, the air-cooling device (34) introducing the filtered air exiting the filtration means (36) into the oven (26) to blow on and cool at least part of the preforms (14) in transit inside the oven (26) using said filtered air introduced by the air cooling device (34) and then to draw the air up the oven through the ventilation means for discharge out of the oven at a discharge side of
the ventilation means (32);

a conversion unit (38) for converting the preforms (14) into containers (12);

a filling unit (48) for filling the containers (12) obtained from said preforms (14); and

a cooling-air recycling circuit (60) comprising:

i) extraction means (56) having an inlet side and an outlet side, the inlet side being connected to the outlet side of the ventilation means (32), the air discharged out of the oven through the ventilation means (32) being taken into the inlet side of the extraction means (56) to thereby extract, from the oven (26), the filtered air introduced into the oven (26) by the air-cooling device (34), and

ii) at least one pipe (62, 74) having an inlet connected to the outlet side of the extraction means and an outlet connected to an air inlet of at least
one of the group consisting of the conversion unit (38) and the filling unit (48) to convey at least some of said filtered air extracted from the oven (26) by the extraction means (56) into at least one of the group consisting of the conversion unit (38) and the filling unit (48), such that all or some of said air received through the wall of the protective enclosure, filtered by the filtration means
(36), and then used initially for air-cooling the performs in the oven (26) is recycled at least directly into the air inlet of the at least one of the conversion unit (38) and the filling unit (48).

US Pat. No. 9,409,341

DEVICE FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF CONTAINERS COMPRISING A MOULD AND A FLUIDIC COUPLING PLUG FITTED WITH MEANS FOR CLAMPING AGAINST THE MOULD

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1. Device (10) for producing containers by blow molding, the device (10) comprising:
a mold (12) that comprises a wall defining a molding cavity with a vertical axis (A), the mold (12) being equipped with at least one piping for circulation of a heat-exchanging fluid, the at least one piping having an inlet
opening (30) for the heat-exchanging fluid and an outlet opening (32) for the heat-exchanging fluid on an external surface (34) of the mold (12);

a mold carrier (20, 22) in which the mold (12) is mounted in a detachable manner;

a plug (38) that is equipped with a supply pipe (40) for supplying the heat-exchanging fluid and a discharge pipe (42) for discharging the heat-exchanging fluid, with the plug (38) being mounted to slide longitudinally on the mold carrier (20, 22) between a front connection position in which the plug (38) is interlocked with the inlet and outlet openings (30, 32) of the mold (12) and in which the supply pipe (40) and the discharge pipe (42) are connected simultaneously with the inlet opening (30) and the outlet opening (32), respectively, and a rear disconnection position in which the plug (38) is released from the inlet and outlet openings (30, 32);

means for tightening the plug (38) against the mold (12) in a connection position; and

means, separate from said means for tightening, for drawing the plug longitudinally toward the front connection position.

US Pat. No. 9,381,676

METHOD FOR PLACING AN OVEN FOR HEAT-TREATING PREFORMS ON STANDBY

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1. A method for placing an oven (12) for heat-treating thermoplastic material preforms (13) on standby during a temporary cessation of production, the oven (12) including:
a device (16) for conveying the preforms (13) that moves the preforms (13) through the oven (12);

at least one heating lamp (22) that is adapted to emit infrared radiation when it is switched on, each heating lamp (22) being disposed along the route of the performs (13);

at least one heat-storage element (24, 26) that is made from a material having a high thermal capacity, the storage element (24, 26) being adapted to be heated by the heating lamp (22); and

an electronic unit for controlling the heating lamps (22);

the method comprising the sequential steps of:
a switching-off step (E1) of placing the oven in a standby condition for the temporary cessation of production, which switching-off step (E1) is triggered when a cessation of production is determined, and during which switching-off step (E1) the heating lamps (22) are switched off completely; and

a temperature-maintaining step (E2) of preventing an internal temperature of the oven from falling too far by maintaining the oven at a reduced temperature
during the standby condition, the reduced temperature being a temperature sufficient in order to prevent a need for warming
up the oven (12) when the oven leaves the standby condition and when restarting production, the temperature-maintaining step (E2) being triggered after the switching-off step (E1), wherein during the temperature-maintaining step (E2), the heating lamps (22) are switched on at an intensity determined so as to heat the storage elements (24, 26) sufficient that the storage elements maintain the oven at the reduced temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,061,458

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FORMING CONTAINERS WITH LOCALIZED COOLING

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1. A method of forming, in a mold fitted with a wall forming a cavity, a container from an intermediate container comprising
at least one lateral protrusion projecting toward the exterior of the container, the method comprising:
a boxing operation comprising pushing back the lateral protrusion in order to form, by turning the protrusion around an articulation
zone of the protrusion, the articulation zone providing a hinge around which the protrusion turns, a hollow reserve projecting
toward the interior of the container; and

a local cooling operation, after turning the protrusion around the articulation zone, comprising sweeping a circulation fluid
in the articulation zone, the cooling operation performed on the exterior of the container.

US Pat. No. 9,598,201

CONTAINER COMPRISING AN ARCHED BASE HAVING A STAR-SHAPED CROSS-SECTION

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1. Container of plastic material, comprising a body extending along a principal axis and a bottom in the extension of the
body at a lower end thereof, the bottom comprising:
an annular seat defining a seating plane;
a conical arch that extends from near the seat towards the interior of the container to a central apex, the conical arch comprises
a series of facets,

wherein that the arch has in transverse cross-section a star-shaped profile inscribed between an inner circle and an outer
circle, the ratio of the diameter of the inner circle to the diameter of the outer circle is greater than or equal to 0.7,
the facets, grouped in pairs, defining branches of the star-shaped profile.

US Pat. No. 9,598,206

CONTAINER INCLUDING AN ARCHED BOTTOM HAVING A SQUARE SEAT

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1. A container of plastic material, having a body extending along a longitudinal axis and a bottom at a lower end of the body,
the bottom comprising:
an annular seat extending substantially in the prolongation of the body and terminated by a continuous annular face that forms
the lower end of the container and defines a seating plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the container by which
seating plane the container can be stably placed on a flat surface, and an inner annular cheek substantially perpendicular
to the seating plane;

a concave arch that extends from the zone near the seat to the central zone;
wherein an axial dimension H of the cheek and a radial dimension L of the seating plane are such that:

wherein the seating plane connects to an outer lateral face of the seat by an outer fillet of small radius, the seating plane
connecting to the cheek by an inner fillet of small radius of curvature; and

wherein the container comprises:
a series of stiffeners that extend radially from the central zone to the seat,
a junction face between the arch and the cheek,
a peripheral series of curved surfaces projecting inwards from the junction face between the stiffeners, the arch being connected
to the cheek through the junction face in the shape of a truncated cone in revolution around the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 9,409,342

MOULD FOR FORMING CONTAINERS, EQUIPPED WITH AN ELECTRIC HEATING SYSTEM COMPRISING A SET OF DISTINCT RESISTIVE ELEMENTS

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1. A mold for forming containers from blanks of plastic material, which comprises a shell delimiting a cavity with an impression
of a container extending around a central axis, and a heating system for heating the shell, wherein the heating system comprises
at least one set of different resistive elements that are superimposed substantially parallel to the central axis and of similar
topology, the heating system being arranged to dissipate a different thermal energy at each resistive element of a same set,
each set of different resistive elements being in the form of a unitary radiant element having a form of a cylindrical rod
inserted into a complementary hole formed in the shell or being generally toroidal in shape in revolution around the central
axis.

US Pat. No. 9,302,840

CONTAINER HAVING DEFORMABLE FLANKS

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1. Container made of thermoplastic material comprising a body having a bottom and one hollowed-out side panel, the side panel
comprising:
a stiffened central zone provided with a stiffener protruding from the bottom of the central zone and extending longitudinally,
the stiffener having a central rib and two lateral ribs, the stiffened central zone having, in a longitudinal plane, a concave
profile, a radius of the curvature of the central zone, in a longitudinal plane, being measured at an outside of the container;
and

a stiffened adjoining zone having, in a longitudinal plane, a convex profile, a radius of curvature of the stiffened adjoining
zone, in a longitudinal plane, being measured toward an interior of the container, the stiffened adjoining zone being provided
with longitudinal grooves having a V-shaped profile with a rounded bottom, wherein

at the junction between the stiffened central zone and the stiffened adjoining zone, the side panel locally defines a deformable
membrane,

the deformable membrane being convex with pressure in the container and concave while depression exists in the container.

US Pat. No. 9,114,969

FILLING DEVICE HAVING A FLOW REGULATION SYSTEM

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1. A filling device for a machine for filling comprising
a filling spout formed by a tubular body having an internal passage with a longitudinal axis, an open lower axial end constituting
an outlet orifice, and a feed orifice,

a feed duct to supply said filling spout with filling product connected by a first end to the feed orifice,
dosing means comprising a blocking system comprising a valve mounted mobile in said tubular body, a first actuating system
able to longitudinally move said valve between a closed position in order to close the outlet orifice and at least one open
position, and

a flow regulation system mounted on the feed duct,
wherein said flow regulation system comprises a flow-regulating rod, mounted in a sliding manner in a substantially sealed
manner in a hole of said feed duct, said hole opening into an internal feed passage of said feed duct, and said hole being
of a circular transverse section smaller than a circular transverse section of said internal passage, in order to allow a
section of the internal passage to be reduced, and

a second actuating system able to move the flow-regulating rod, between a retracted position, referred to as high flow-rate,
wherein said rod is arranged substantially outside the internal feed passage of the feed duct, and a deployed position, referred
to as low flow-rate, wherein said rod extends into said internal passage in order to reduce the circular transverse passage
section of the feed duct; wherein said feed duct comprises

an intermediate portion defining an intermediate central passage,
an upstream portion defining an upstream passage
and a downstream portion defining a downstream passage, and
the flow-regulating rod being mounted in a sliding manner in an axial hole formed at an axial end of the intermediate portion
of the feed duct, and said second actuating system able to move the flow-regulating rod axially in the intermediate central
passage; wherein the intermediate central passage comprises from its axial end provided with said axial hole, a first portion
having a transverse section greater than the transverse section of the flow-regulating rod, an intermediate portion and a
second portion, said second portion having a transverse section less than that of the first portion, and the flow-regulating
rod in its low flow-rate position extending into said intermediate portion and into the second portion; wherein the intermediate
portion having an internal surface, which defines said intermediate central passage, is provided with a longitudinal recess
extending along the intermediate portion and the second portion, and said recess defining a secondary lateral passage for
the flow of the filling product in low flow-rate position.

US Pat. No. 9,115,832

ASSEMBLY FOR FASTENING, WITH FLUID CONNECTION, A MOLD BOTTOM TO A HOLDER

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1. An assembly (10) for fixing, with fluid connection, a mold bottom to a holder (12), in which the mold bottom with its main axis (O) is adapted to be demountably fastened to a plate (14) forming an interface between the mold bottom and said holder (12), said assembly (10) including at least:
a locking device which, operative between the plate (14) and the holder (12), includes first locking means (44) carried by the holder (12) and complementary second locking means (40) carried at least by the plate (14), said locking device being able to occupy at least:

a locked state in which the plate (14) is fastened to said holder (12), and

an unlocked state in which the plate (14) is free to be demounted from or mounted on said holder (12); and

a fluid connection device which, operative between the plate (14) and the holder (12), includes at least first connecting means (46) carried by the holder (12) and adapted to cooperate with second connecting means (42) carried by the plate (14), the fluid connection device being able to occupy at least:

a connected state in which a fluid circuit of the mold bottom is formed by virtue of the fluid connection established between
the holder (12) and the plate (14) by said first connecting means (46) assembled with the second connecting means (42), and

a separated state in which, said first connecting means (46) being separated from the second connecting means (42), said fluid circuit of the mold bottom is interrupted between the holder (12) and the plate (14), wherein the first locking means (44) and the first connecting means (46) are connected so as to move together by means of a mobile part (88) so as together to form a mobile subassembly.

US Pat. No. 9,044,886

CONTROLLED VALVE FITTINGS DEVICE FOR AN INSTALLATION FOR THE BLOW-MOULDING OF CONTAINERS COMPRISING INDIVIDUALLY OPERABLE VALVES

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A controlled valve-fittings device (22) for an installation for the blow-molding of containers, the device (22) comprising:
a blowing line (26) which is intended to be connected in a fluid tight manner to a container that is to be blow molded;

a low-pressure fluid inlet first line (32) which is connected to the blowing line;

a low-pressure first valve (24A) which comprises means (58) for closing off the inlet first line (32);

a high-pressure fluid inlet second line (34) which is connected to the blowing line (26);

a high-pressure second valve (24B) which comprises means (58) for closing off the inlet second line (34);

an exhaust third line (52) which is intended to discharge the pressurized fluid that may be contained in the container and which is connected to the
blowing line (26);

an exhaust third valve (24C) which comprises means (58) for closing off the exhaust third line (52);

each valve (24A, 24B, 24C) comprises an individual actuator (60) and individual shut-off means (58) which are controlled by said associated actuator (60) in their movement between an open position and a shut-off position, it being possible for each actuator (60) to be operated independently of the actuators (60) of the other two valves;

control means (30) which operate the individual actuators (60),

wherein the operating means (30) are controlled by a cam (92) that is common so that each valve (24A, 24B, 24C) is operated in succession.

US Pat. No. 9,044,889

METHOD FOR PRODUCING VESSELS WITH FEEDBACK DEPENDING ON THE PRE-BLOWING STARTING POINT

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A method for producing a vessel (2) by blowing in a mould (11) from a preform (3) made of plastic material, wherein the method comprises:
introducing the preform (3) into the mould;

at a predetermined moment, called pre-blowing cue (tp), controlling the opening of an electrovalve (22) for establishing a communication between an inside of the preform (3) with a source (20) of gas at a predetermined pre-blowing pressure;

measuring a pressure (P) inside the preform (3);

detecting a real moment (tA) at the beginning of the pre-blowing, at which the pressure (P) in the preform (3) starts to increase;

comparing the real moment (tA) with a theoretical pre-blowing beginning moment from a theoretical reference curve;
if the real moment (tA) at the beginning of the pre-blowing follows the theoretical pre-blowing beginning moment, advance
the pre-blowing cue (tp); and

if the real moment (tA) at the beginning of the pre-blowing precedes the theoretical pre-blowing beginning moment, delay the
pre-blowing cue (tp).

US Pat. No. 10,053,276

CONTAINER PROVIDED WITH A CURVED INVERTIBLE DIAPHRAGM

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1. Container (1) made of a plastic material, provided with a base (7) including a standing ring (8) forming a support flange (9) and a diaphragm (11) extending from the standing ring (8) to a central portion (10), said diaphragm (11) being capable of standing in an outwardly-inclined position,wherein the diaphragm (11) connects to the standing ring (8) at an outer junction (12) forming an outer articulation of the diaphragm (11) with respect to the standing ring (8);
wherein the diaphragm (11) connects to the central portion (10) at an inner junction (13) forming an inner articulation of the diaphragm (11) with respect to the central portion (10);
whereby said diaphragm (11) is invertible with respect to the standing ring (8) from the outwardly-inclined position, in which the inner junction (13) extends below the outer junction (12), to an inwardly-inclined position in which the inner junction (13) extends above the outer junction (12);
wherein, in the inwardly-inclined position, at least an inner portion (16) of the diaphragm (11) adjacent to the inner junction (13) is curved in radial section, with a concavity turned outwards with respect to the container (1); and
wherein, in the outwardly-inclined position, the diaphragm (11) has an inner portion (19) curved with a concavity turned outwards with respect to the container (1) and having a radius (R3) of curvature, and an outer portion (20) curved with a concavity turned outwards with respect to the container (1) and having a radius (R4) of curvature smaller than the radius (R3) of curvature of the inner portion (19).

US Pat. No. 9,834,392

TRANSFER DEVICE FOR CONVEYING PACKAGING UNITS

Sidel Participations S.A....

1. A transfer device for conveying a plurality of packaging units along a transfer path from a first treatment device to a
second treatment device, the transfer device comprising:
a first circulating carrier having at least one first operative branch parallel to the transfer path, the first circulating
carrier including a plurality of coil elements;

at least one first conveying element configured to be advanced along the first circulating carrier, the first conveying element
including at least one magnetic element adapted to magnetically interact with the coil elements of the first circulating carrier;

a second circulating carrier adjacent to the first circulating carrier and having at least one second operative branch parallel
to the transfer path and to the first operative branch, the second circulating carrier including a plurality of second coil
elements; and

at least one second conveying element configured to be controlled independently from the first conveying element and advanced
along the second circulating carrier, the second conveying element including at least one second magnetic element adapted
to magnetically interact with the second coil elements,

wherein:
the first conveying element includes a first clamp portion and the second conveying element includes a second clamp portion,
the first clamp portion and the second clamp portion configured to grip and retain therebetween a packaging unit of the plurality
of packaging units and to advance the packaging unit along the transfer path from the first treatment device to the second
treatment device;

the first operative branch lies on a first plane;
the second operative branch lies on a second plane that is parallel and spaced apart from the first plane;
the first and second operative branches are aligned in a direction orthogonal to the first and second planes and to the transfer
path; and

the first circulating carrier is superimposed on the second circulating carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,745,095

CONTAINER HAVING A MINI-PETAL-SHAPED BOTTOM WITH TRANSVERSE GROOVES

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A container (1) made of plastic material, comprising:
a body (2); and

a petal-shaped bottom (3) having a periphery (8) by which the bottom (3) connects to the body (2), the bottom (3) comprising a bottom wall (4) of convex shape toward the outside of the container (1), from which feet (7) formed by protrusions project, separated two by two by portions of the bottom wall (4) forming recessed valleys (12) that extend radially to the periphery (8) of the bottom (3),

wherein the bottom (3) also comprises, in each valley (12), in the vicinity of the periphery (8) of the bottom (3), at least one groove (17, 18) that extends transversely relative to the radial direction of extension of the valley (12).

US Pat. No. 9,744,712

METHOD FOR STRETCH-BLOW MOULDING A CONTAINER, INCLUDING MEASURING THE MOVEMENT OF THE STRETCH ROD DURING A BOXING OPERATION

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. Method for producing, from a blank (3) of plastic material, a container (2) having a body (4) and a base (6), in a stretch-blow-molding unit (7) comprising:
a mold (11) provided with a wall (13) having the shape of the body (4) of the container (2), and with a mold base (14) having the shape of the base (6) of the container (2), the mold base (14) being movable axially relative to the wall (13) between a low position and a raised position;

a stretch rod (22) that is movable axially relative to the mold (11) between a high position in which the rod (22) is outside of the mold, and a low position in which the rod (22) locally presses the blank (3) against the mold base (14) in the low position;

this method comprising:
a phase for introduction of the blank (3) into the mold (11);

a stretch-blow-molding phase, during which a fluid under pressure is injected into the blank (3) and the stretch rod (22) is moved from the high position to the low position;

a boxing phase, during which the mold base (14), initially in low position, is moved to the raised position, and during which the stretch rod (22), accompanying the mold base (14), is moved from the low position to a raised position corresponding to the raised position of the mold base (14);

wherein the method comprises the determination of the start of the mold base (14) from the low position by detection of the movement of the rod (22) from the low position, and the determination of the arrival of the mold base (14) at the raised position by detection of the stopping of the rod (22) at the raised position.

US Pat. No. 9,561,879

CONTAINER PACK

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1. A pack comprising:
a group of stackable containers each comprising a body, a shoulder extending from the body in the upper part of the container,
a neck extending from the shoulder, and a base extending from the body in the lower part of the container opposite the shoulder,
the base defining a reserve shaped to receive the neck and at least one part of the shoulder of an identical underlying container,

a flexible film wrapping the group of containers and having lower openings at right angles with each hollow reserve,
wherein the film conforms to a portion of the reserved shape of the base, and the film further includes upper openings through
which the necks extend, the film conforming to the shoulders of the containers over an upper contact area extending annularly
around the upper openings.

US Pat. No. 9,364,991

NOZZLE FOR FORMING CONTAINERS PROVIDED WITH AN INTERCHANGEABLE TIP IN WHICH ELEMENTS MATCHING THE FORMAT OF THE NECK OF THE CONTAINER ARE EMBEDDED

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A nozzle (10) for forming containers from thermoplastic material by injection of a pressurized fluid into a neck (14) of a pre-form (12), the nozzle (10) comprising:
a mounting (24) fitted with an inlet pipe (36) for pressurized fluid along a vertical axis (A);

a nozzle tip (26) that axially extends the inlet pipe (36) and that can be connected sealingly to the neck (14) of the pre-form (12) by means of at least one stabilization tube (44) designed to be coaxial with the neck (14) of the pre-form (12), the diameter of which is such that a circular lower end edge (46) of the tube (44) is received against the lip (18) of the neck (14), the stabilization tube (44) being mounted slidingly and axially in the nozzle tip (26) between a lower stop position against a first stop face (47) of the tip (26) and an upper stop position against a second stop face (48) of the tip (26);

removable means for attaching the nozzle tip (26) to the mounting (24);
the stabilization tube (44) being embedded in the nozzle tip (26) regardless of the attachment thereof to the mounting (24);characterized in that the stabilization tube (44) is elastically pressed towards the lower stop position thereof by means of an elastic member (58) that is permanently housed in the mounting (24).

US Pat. No. 9,279,180

MACHINE FOR PLASMA TREATMENT OF CONTAINERS COMPRISING AN INTEGRATED VACUUM CIRCUIT

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

7. Machine for plasma treatment of at least one container wherein a primary vacuum circuit is configured to generate a vacuum
in a chamber, both outside the container and the inside the container, said machine comprising:
said chamber for receiving a container to be treated, the chamber being connected to a primary vacuum circuit, a container
in the chamber; wherein the primary vacuum circuit is configured to generate a vacuum in the chamber, both outside the container
and the inside the container;

a pressure sensor connected to the chamber,
first means for communicating the pressure sensor with the chamber,
a secondary vacuum circuit, independent of the primary vacuum circuit and connected to the pressure sensor, wherein the secondary
vacuum circuit comprises an integrated secondary source of suction, separate from a primary source of suction of the primary
vacuum circuit,

second means for communicating the pressure sensor with the secondary vacuum circuit,
wherein the machine comprises a control unit to recalibrate the sensor
the pressure sensor being a single compartment sensor, the control unit closing the communication between the pressure sensor
and the chamber, putting the pressure sensor into communication with the secondary vacuum circuit, measuring the value of
the pressure in the secondary vacuum circuit, and assigning said value to a reference pressure value of the pressure sensor;
or

the pressure sensor being a differential sensor of which a first compartment is connected to the chamber and a second compartment
to the secondary vacuum circuit, the control unit closing the communication between the pressure sensor and the chamber, putting
the pressure sensor into communication with the secondary vacuum circuit such that the two compartments of the pressure sensor
are put into communication, measuring the value of the pressure in the secondary vacuum circuit using the second compartment,
and assigning said value to a reference pressure value of the pressure sensor, the machine comprising a third means for communicating
the two compartments of the pressure sensor, the third means for communication being in the form of an electromagnetic valve
interposed between the two compartments of the pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,233,821

FILLING DEVICE HAVING A SPECIAL VALVE SYSTEM

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A filling device comprising:
a filling spout comprising a tubular body, said tubular body having an inner passage with a longitudinal axis and an open
lower axial end constituting a discharge aperture of the filling spout,

an inner surface of the tubular body comprises a lower portion, said lower portion comprising a portion defining a main valve
seat,

means for metering comprising a valve system mounted movably in the filling spout, and a control system able to longitudinally
displace said valve system between a closed state wherein the valve system comes via a main closing portion of an exterior
surface against the main valve seat in order to close the discharge aperture, and at least one open state wherein said main
closing portion is separated from said main valve seat,

wherein said valve system comprises a first tubular main valve, said main valve comprising a lower annular edge delimiting
a lower secondary aperture, an outer surface comprising a lower portion that extends to said lower edge and which comprises
said main closing portion, said main valve having an inner surface comprising a lower portion extending to said lower annular
edge, said lower portion comprising a portion forming a secondary valve seat, and

a second cylindrical central valve, mounted movably in the main valve, said central valve comprising a lower end edge, said
central valve having an exterior surface, said exterior surface comprising a lower portion that extends to said lower end
edge and which comprises a secondary closing portion,

said control system being able to displace the main valve between a closed position, wherein said main closing portion is
against the main valve seat, and at least one open position wherein said main closing portion is separated from the main valve
seat, and able to displace the central valve between a closed position wherein a secondary closing portion is against the
secondary valve seat and at least one open position wherein said secondary closing portion is separated from the secondary
valve seat,

said main valve comprising at least one opening guaranteeing a fluid communication between an inner passage and the inner
passage of the spout, and

said lower edge of the main valve being provided with radial grooves, exiting onto the inner surface of said main valve, said
radial grooves being spaced apart from each other in a circumferential pattern along said lower edge of the main valve, said
radial grooves being configured so that when the central valve is moved to its closed position, a filling product present
on the lower edge of the central valve is displaced via capillarity into said grooves of the main valve in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,114,560

BLOWING DEVICE COMPRISING A NOZZLE AND A SUPPLY DUCT FORMING AN OBTUSE ANGLE

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A blowing device (10) for forming containers (24) from preforms of thermoplastic material, the device (10) comprising:
a blowing nozzle (12) which comprises at the lower end thereof an outlet opening (28) for a blowing fluid under pressure along a vertical outlet axis (A2); and

a single supply duct (14) which is for supplying the nozzle (12) with blowing fluid and which opens in an upper inlet portion (12A) of the nozzle (12) via an upper supply opening (31), the downstream end portion of the duct (14) being generally orientated along the inlet axis (A1) of the inlet portion (12A) of the nozzle (12), the inlet axis (A1) forming a non-zero angle (?) with the vertical outlet axis (A2),

wherein the downstream end portion of the supply duct (14) opens in the nozzle (12) along a branching axis (B) which forms an obtuse angle (?) with the inlet axis (A1) of the nozzle (12) so that the blowing fluid which is discharged from the supply duct (14) is directed downward.

US Pat. No. 9,302,805

BOTTOM OF A HOLLOW BODY OBTAINED BY BLOWING OR STRETCH-BLOWING A PREFORM OF A THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL, AND HOLLOW BODY COMPRISING SUCH A BOTTOM

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A bottom of a hollow body, the hollow body being obtained by blowing or stretch-blowing a preform of thermoplastic material,
said bottom comprising a transverse support surface, and on either side of said transverse support surface:
a transverse outer edge;
a concave inner wall with a transverse central part containing a pellet of material of low crystallinity, said pellet corresponding
to an injection point of the preform;
said bottom comprising reinforcing ribs, each reinforcing rib having a respective outer edge in proximity to the transverse
outer edge of the bottom, each of the reinforcing ribs having an inner edge in proximity to the transverse central part but
without reaching said transverse central part, wherein each of the reinforcing ribs flare outs from the respective outer edge
towards the respective inner edge, and wherein the transverse outer edge is placed at a first height with respect to the transverse
support surface, the transverse central part being placed at a second height with respect to the transverse support surface,
the second height of the transverse central part being greater than the first height of the transverse outer edge, each of
the reinforcing ribs having a bottom wall of substantially constant width over the whole length of the reinforcing rib.

US Pat. No. 9,701,433

CONTAINER COMPRISING A BOTTOM PROVIDED WITH A VARYING ARCH

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. Container (1) made of plastic material, comprising a body (2) with a polygonal cross-section that extends along a main axis (X), a shoulder (4) that forms an extension of the body (2) of an upper side, a neck (5) that forms an extension of the shoulder (4), and a bottom (3) that forms an extension of the body (2) of a lower side, with said bottom (3) comprising:
an annular seat (9) that defines a placement perimeter (10), with a polygonal contour formed by a number of sides and vertices, essentially perpendicular to the main axis (X);

a central peg (16) that has a side wall (17) that is tapered overall in revolution around the main axis (X) and that is connected to the rest of the bottom (3) by a connecting fillet (19),
wherein the connecting fillet (19) has a variable radius (R) in revolution around the main axis (X) of the container (1), this radius (R) having a minimum value (Rm) in any sector (S1) delimited by a vertex (12) of the placement perimeter (10), and a maximum value (RM) in any sector (S2) delimited by a side (11) of the placement perimeter (10).

US Pat. No. 9,415,891

CONTAINER HAVING A BOTTOM PROVIDED WITH A STEPPED ARCH

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A container made of plastic, provided with a body and a bottom extending from an end of the body, the bottom comprising:
a peripheral seat defining a seating plane;
a central zone at an inner area of the bottom surrounding a pellet and corresponding to a zone of injection of the material
of a preform used to produce the container;

a concave arch extending from the central zone to the peripheral seat;
a series of principal reinforcing grooves extending radially from the central zone to at least the peripheral seat,
wherein the concave arch has two concentric regions, including a central region and a peripheral region, separated by a median
axial step that extends annularly continuously around the central zone, so that the central region is raised with respect
to the peripheral region, and

a diameter of the step is between 40% and 60% of a diameter of the seating plane.

US Pat. No. 9,296,148

METHOD OF HEATING PREFORMS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF CONTAINERS

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A method of heating a plastic preform for the manufacture of a container by forming it from the preform, the preform comprising
a body and a bottom, comprising:
a step of transporting the preform along a predetermined path with rotation of the preform about its axis; and
a step of heating the preform along said path by means of infrared radiation sources disposed along said path,
wherein the step of heating includes regulating power to the radiation sources so as to regulate the intensity of emitted
radiation of the radiation sources to have a periodic character along the path, so as to heat selectively at least one angular
section of the preform, along a principal axis of the preform, along the body and on the bottom of the preform, wherein the
radiation sources are regulated to alternatingly emit zones of more intense radiation and emit zones of radiation of comparatively
less intensity along said path.

US Pat. No. 9,227,345

CONTAINER MANUFACTURING PLANT COMPRISING A ROBOT POSITIONED TO OPERATE ON AT LEAST TWO UNITS

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. Installation (10) for the production of containers (12), particularly bottles, from preforms (16) of thermoplastic material, said installation (10) comprising at least:
a first unit (12) for the thermal conditioning of the preforms (16) that comprises a first vertical lateral face (F1); and

a second unit (14) for forming the containers (24) from said thermally-conditioned preforms (16) in the first unit (12), which comprises a second vertical lateral face (F2);

characterized in that the installation (10) comprises at least one robot (50) that is placed opposite the first vertical lateral face (F1) and opposite the second vertical lateral face (F2) to act selectively through the first vertical lateral face (F1) and/or through the second vertical lateral face (F2) so as to perform operations on the first unit (12) and/or the second unit (14).

US Pat. No. 9,884,698

THERMOPLASTIC CONTAINER IN PARTICULAR A BOTTLE HAVING A PARTIALLY PRISMATIC TRIANGULAR BODY

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A container made of thermoplastic material able after filling and sealing to withstand without any substantial deformation
to an internal pressure lower than atmospheric pressure, said container comprising a body comprising:
a closed base and an open top;
a central axis extending between the closed base and open top;
a substantially cylindrical lower sidewall extending upwardly from said closed base, said substantially cylindrical lower
sidewall having a lower cross section orthogonal to said central axis and defining a first diameter and a second diameter
smaller than said first diameter;

a substantially cylindrical upper sidewall extending downwardly from said open top, said substantially cylindrical upper sidewall
having an upper oval cross section orthogonal to said central axis; and

a rounded triangular intermediate sidewall extending between said substantially cylindrical lower sidewall and said substantially
cylindrical upper sidewall, said rounded triangular intermediate sidewall surrounding said central axis and having an intermediate
cross section orthogonal to said central axis, said intermediate cross section defining three main curvilinear sides joined
by three rounded edges that are inclined with respect to the central axis so that an area of the intermediate cross section
varies along the central axis;

said three rounded edges have respective radii of curvature which are comprised between approximately 5% and 35% of the first
diameter of said lower sidewall;

said three curvilinear sides have respective radii of curvature greater than the first diameter of said lower sidewall.

US Pat. No. 9,878,483

CLAMP FOR GRIPPING A HOLLOW BODY SUCH AS A CONTAINER PREFORM OR A CONTAINER

Sidel Participations, Oc...

1. Clamp (9) for gripping a hollow body (2), which comprises:
a clamp body (12);

a pair of jaws (13) mounted articulated in relation to the clamp body (12) around respective parallel axes (A1, A2) of rotation, between a release position in which the jaws (13) are separated from one another to accommodate or release a hollow body (2), and a gripping position in which the jaws (13) are brought close to one another and define a housing (14) for the hollow body (2) so as to clamp it;

a magnetic return device (17) comprising at least one pair of magnets (18, 19) in magnetic opposition, able to draw the jaws (13) toward their release position or, conversely, toward their gripping position;

wherein the magnetic return device (17) comprises at least one fixed magnet (18) that is integral with the clamp body (12), having a magnetic axis (M1) that is parallel to the axis (A1, A2) of rotation of the jaws (13), and at least one movable magnet (19) that is coupled to at least one of the jaws (13), having a magnetic axis (M2) that is parallel to the axis (A1, A2) of rotation of the jaws (13); and

wherein each movable magnet (19) can be moved in relation to the clamp body (12) between a first end position in which the movable magnet (19) is off-axis in relation to the fixed magnet (18) and draws at least one of the jaws (13) toward its release position, and a second end position in which the movable magnet (19) is off-axis in relation to the fixed magnet (18) in a direction that is opposite to the first end position and draws at least this jaw (13) toward its gripping position.

US Pat. No. 9,884,714

CONTAINER PROVIDED WITH AN INVERTIBLE DIAPHRAGM AND A CENTRAL PORTION OF GREATER THICKNESS

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1. Container (1) made of a plastic material, provided with a base (7) including a standing ring (8) forming a support flange (9) and a diaphragm (11) extending from the standing ring (8) to a central portion (10), said diaphragm (11) being capable of standing in an outwardly-inclined position,
wherein the diaphragm (11) connects to the standing ring (8) at an outer junction (12) forming an outer articulation of the diaphragm (11) with respect to the standing ring (8);

wherein the diaphragm (11) connects to the central portion (10) at an inner junction (13) forming an inner articulation of the diaphragm (11) with respect to the central portion (10);

whereby said diaphragm (11) is invertible with respect to the standing ring (8) to an inwardly-inclined position;

whereby the central portion (10) has a thickness greater than the diaphragm (11), wherein the central portion (10) has an annular section (21) of greater thickness adjacent to the inner junction (13), the central portion (10) having a central recess (22) thinner than the annular section (21) and protruding upwardly from an inner edge of the annular section (21).

US Pat. No. 9,833,941

MOLD HAVING AN OFFSET PARTING LINE FOR MANUFACTURING CONTAINERS HAVING INCREASED STABILITY

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1. Mold (11) for the manufacturing, starting from a parison (3), of a container (2) having a body (4) and a bottom (6) in the lengthening of the body (4) at a lower end of the body (4), the bottom (6) comprising:
an annular peripheral base (8) defining a standing plane (9) that extends essentially perpendicular to the body (4) from a lower end of the body (4), with the standing plane (9) being delimited on the inside by an inner edge (24);

an arch (10) that extends recessed toward the inside of the container (2) from the base (8),

this mold (11) comprising:

a wall (12) having an inner surface (13) that constitutes the impression of the body (4) of the container (2) and that delimits a cavity (16), with this wall (12) being pierced, at a lower end, by an opening (17);

a mold bottom (14) having an upper surface (15) that constitutes the impression of at least the arch (10), and a skirt (19) that extends axially from the upper surface (15) opposite the opening (17), with the mold bottom (14) being mounted to move in relation to the wall (12) between an extended position, in which the upper surface (15) is separated from the opening (17), toward the outside of the cavity (16), and a retracted position, in which the upper surface (15) blocks the cavity (16);

the wall (12) has a flange (23) that constitutes the impression of the standing plane (9), which extends in the lengthening of the inner surface (13), essentially perpendicular to the latter;

with this mold (11) being characterized in that the flange (23) ends, toward the
inside, in an annular rib (29) that borders the opening and that is formed projecting toward the inside of the cavity (16).

US Pat. No. 9,889,216

ASSEMBLY CONSISTING OF A DECONTAMINATION DEVICE AND AT LEAST ONE PREFORM, FACILITY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A STERILE CONTAINER

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16. An installation for producing sterile recipients starting from preforms each made of thermoplastic material comprising
a neck which is axially extended by a body closed by a bottom and which bounds an opening for access to the interior of said
preform, said installation comprising:
an oven for heat treatment of the preforms;
a blowing machine configured to transform, at least by injection of a fluid under pressure, said preforms into recipients;
and

at least one decontamination device configured to be positioned into the interior of the preform for the decontamination of
the preforms comprising

at least one support mechanism carrying a plurality of semiconductor components configured to decontaminate by irradiation
and configured to be introduced via the opening into the interior of said preform in order to selectively emit at least one
type of ultraviolet radiation inside of the preform to be decontaminated.

US Pat. No. 9,757,891

MOLD FOR BLOW MOLDING A HOT-FILL CONTAINER WITH INCREASED STRETCH RATIOS

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1. A mold (32) for blow molding a container (1) from a preform (16), said container (1) comprising a wall portion (5) and a base (7) including a high standing ring (8) and a central outwardly-inclined invertible diaphragm (9), said mold (32) comprising sidewalls (34A, 34B) forming a counter print of the wall portion (5) of the container (1) and a mold base (36) having an upper surface (37) defining a counter print of the container base (7), wherein the upper surface (37) includes:
an annular peripheral face (43) corresponding to an annular support flange (12) of the container base (7),

a frusto-conical outer face (44) corresponding to an inner portion (11) of the high standing ring (8), said outer face (44) protruding upwardly with a draft angle (A2) from an inner edge of the peripheral annular face (43) up to a sharp apex (45),

a frusto-conical downwardly inclined inner face (46) corresponding to the invertible diaphragm (9),
and wherein:
the annular peripheral face (43) is in the shape of a frustum of a cone and shows an inward inclination in a transversal section,

the peripheral face (43) defines, with respect of a plane (P) perpendicular to a mold base axis, an angle (A1) comprised between 1° and 10°, and

the outer face (44) and the inner face (46) of the upper surface (37) together define at the apex (45) an angle (A3) comprised between 50° and 70°.

US Pat. No. 10,368,397

HEATING DEVICE COMPRISING A LAMP REMOVABLY MOUNTED ON AN ASSOCIATED REFLECTOR

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1. A heating device configured to heat preforms made of thermoplastic material, the heating device comprising:a subassembly including a lamp having a tubular bulb and two free end segments, each of the two free end segments having an end stem of the bulb and an end base that is secured to the end stem;
at least one reflector that extends longitudinally at a set distance from the tubular bulb in a transverse direction, the reflector having a front face having a concave cross-section and configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation; and
two holding elements configured to hold the lamp in a transverse position relative to the reflector, each holding element being secured to the reflector, each of the two holding elements having an end-stop and being rigid with respect to the transverse direction, such that the transverse distance between each of the end-stops and the reflector is constant and defines the set distance,
wherein the subassembly is mounted in a removable way on each holding element by reversible interlocking of a portion of each respective one of the free end segments of the lamp with a housing of one of the holding elements, the housing having a complementary shape with respect to the portion of the respective free end segment, the reversible interlocking being in a direction that is orthogonal to the longitudinal direction, and
the subassembly having a complementary stop surface configured to contact the end-stop of the holding element to position the subassembly with respect to the reflector.

US Pat. No. 9,844,896

METHOD OF RECYCLING AIR CONTAINING A STERILIZING AGENT, AND CONTAINER MANUFACTURING PLANT COMPRISING AN AIR RECYCLING CIRCUIT

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1. An installation (10) for manufacturing containers (12) from preforms (14) made of thermoplastic material, comprising:
at least one protection chamber (18) configured to isolate an internal volume (20) of the installation (10) from ambient air contained in industrial premises (16) where the installation (10) is located, said at least one protection chamber (18) comprising, arranged in said internal volume (20), at least:

an inlet (E) for receiving preforms (14) from the industrial premises (16);

a transforming unit (38) being configured for receiving the preforms (14) and for transforming the preforms (14) into containers (12);

a decontamination device (22) and a thermal condition unit being located between the inlet (E) and the transforming unit (38),

the decontamination device (22) being configured for receiving the preforms and for decontaminating the preforms (14) by application of at least one sterilizing agent in a vapor form, and

the thermal conditioning unit for being configured for receiving preforms (14), said thermal conditional unit consisting of an oven (26) comprising means for heating (30) associated with an air cooling device (34) which comprises means for filtering the ambient air (36) and means for ventilating (32) for ensuring a cooling of at least a part of the preforms (14);

an extraction system (54) configured for extracting, from the internal volume (20) of the at least one protecting chamber, air charged with sterilizing agent vapor to evacuate the air charged with sterilizing
agent vapor into an atmosphere outside the industrial premises (16), said extraction system (54) comprising:

at least one means for extraction linked to at least one location in the internal volume (20), said at least one means for extraction being configured to remove air charged with sterilizing agent vapor from said at
least one location in the internal volume (20), and

at least one exhaust duct (56) linked to said at least one means for extraction, said at least one exhaust duct (56) being configured to evacuate said air charged with sterilizing agent vapor removed from said at least one location in the
internal volume (20); and

an air recycling circuit (78) being linked to the extraction system (54) to receive at least a part of said air charged with sterilizing agent vapor and comprising:

means for treating air (80) configured for eliminating all or part of the sterilizing agent vapor from at least a part of said air charged with sterilizing
agent vapor extracted using the extraction system (54) so as to obtain treated air having a concentration of sterilizing agent less than or equal to a determined threshold value,

an outlet being linked to ambient air of the industrial premises (16) forming an external environment of said installation (10), wherein said outlet being configured to recycle the treated air by reintroducing said treated air into the ambient air.

US Pat. No. 9,737,909

MACHINE FOR THE PLASMA TREATMENT OF CONTAINERS, COMPRISING OFFSET DEPRESSURIZATION/PRESSURIZATION CIRCUITS

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1. A machine for treating containers by plasma, comprising:
an enclosure suitable for receiving a container to be treated,
a cover defining a nozzle in an extension of the enclosure where the container is held rigidly sealed to the cover during
plasma treatment, in order to prevent any communication between the nozzle and the enclosure, whereby communication between
an interior of the container and an exterior of the container is prevented;

a duct for the depressurization of the container, having a terminal end disposed in the cover so as to connect said nozzle
to a vacuum source;

a first valve having a closed position in which the first valve closes off the depressurization duct, and an open position
in which first valve brings the nozzle and the vacuum source into communication;

a duct for the pressurization of the container, distinct from the depressurization duct, having a terminal end disposed in
the cover so as to connect the nozzle to a pressure source, the terminal end of the depressurization duct being disposed in
a portion of the cover between the terminal end of the pressurization duct and the container, so that gas that surges between
the depressurization duct and the container does not flow by the terminal end of the pressurization duct;

a second valve having a closed position in which it closes off the pressurization duct, and an open position in which it places
the nozzle in communication with the pressure source, so that gas which passes through the second valve flows only out through
the terminal end of the pressurization duct;

an intermediate chamber formed within a wall of the cover; and
a partition wall having holes and disposed between the intermediate chamber and the nozzle, wherein the terminal end of the
depressurization duct opens into the intermediate chamber and communicates with the nozzle via the partition wall,

wherein the nozzle has a central portion and a terminal portion disposed above the central portion, so that the terminal end
of the pressurization duct is connected to the terminal portion, wherein the central portion is formed by a bore that forms
a post discharge zone and the terminal portion comprises an annular chamber connected to the bore of the central portion by
oblique holes.

US Pat. No. 9,758,271

CONTAINER HAVING A BOTTOM PROVIDED WITH A VAULT WITH A DOUBLE INDENTATION

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1. A container (1) of plastic material, provided with a body (5) and with a bottom (6) extending from a lower end of the body (5), the bottom (6) comprising:
a peripheral footing (7) that defines a contact plane (8) having an outer diameter (D);

a concave vault (10) that extends from a central area (11) to the peripheral footing (7); and

a series of main reinforcing grooves (13) that extend radially from the central area (11) to at least the peripheral footing (7),

wherein the vault (10) has three concentric regions, namely a central region (15), a middle region (16), and a peripheral region (17), separated respectively by an inner axial step (18) and an outer axial step (19) that extend annularly in a continuous manner around the central area (11), ensuring that the central region (15) is raised relative to the middle region (16), and the middle region (16) is raised relative to the peripheral region (17),

wherein, a cross-section of each of the central region (15), the middle region (16), and the peripheral region (17) has a non-zero radius of curvature, and

wherein both an external surface of an internal surface of said inner axial step (18) and step outer axial step (19) is stepped with i) the inner axial step (18) being comprised of a first outside vertical step surface and an opposite first inside vertical step surface of a first height
(H1), and ii) the outer axial step (19) being comprised of a second outside vertical step surface and an opposite second inside vertical step surface (H2) of a second height, the inner and outer steps (18, 19) opposing an inversion of the bottom (6) by causing a stiffening of the vault (10) in the middle region (16), and by limiting a deformation of the vault (10) so as to expand the footing (7) toward a center of the bottom (6).

US Pat. No. 9,757,878

METHOD FOR HEATING A CONTAINER BLANK, THE TEMPERATURE OF THE OUTER WALL OF WHICH IS LOW, AND UNIT FOR HEATING BLANKS

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1. A method of heating a blank of plastic material for the manufacture of a hollow body by forming from the blank, which comprises:
inserting the blank into an oven provided with sources of monochromatic or pseudo-monochromatic electromagnetic radiation
emitting in the infrared range;

exposing the blank to the radiation from the sources, adjusted to a predetermined emission power for a predetermined exposure
time;

measuring a temperature (Text) on an outer wall of the blank;

adjusting the exposure time and/or the emission power so that said temperature Text, measured at an exit from the oven, does not fall between Tg and 1.8·Tg, where Tg is the glass transition temperature of the material; and wherein the temperature of an inner wall of the blank remains higher
than the temperature of the outer wall so that a temperature difference is positive.

US Pat. No. 10,196,168

CONTAINER HAVING A BOTTOM PROVIDED WITH A STEPPED ARCH

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1. A container (1) made of plastic material, provided with a body (5) and with a bottom (6) extending from a lower end of the body (5), the bottom (6) comprising:a peripheral base (7) defining a standing plane (8);
a concave arch (10) that extends from a central area (11) to the base (7); and
a series of main reinforcing grooves (13), formed recessed in the arch, which extend radially from the central area (11) to the base (7) at least, and which subdivide the arch into a series of angular sectors (15),
wherein each main groove (13) is bordered laterally, at a junction of the groove with each angular sector (15) of the arch (10) that is adjacent thereto, by a reinforcing rib (18) that extends projecting in relation to said angular sector (15), and
wherein each main groove (13) has a groove bottom (16) flanked by two lateral walls (17), and each reinforcing rib (18) extends into an extension of one of said lateral wall (17), and
wherein each reinforcing rib (18) is formed of an inner section (19) extending into the extension of an adjacent lateral wall, and an outer section (21) opposite the inner section (19), a crest line (20) of the reinforcing rib (18) formed at a junction between the inner section (19) and the outer section (21),
the outer section (21) located at the junction to an adjacent angular sector.

US Pat. No. 9,969,118

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CONTAINERS, COMPRISING A DELAYED BOXING OPERATION

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1. A method for producing a container (2) from a blank (3) of plastic material, within a mold (1) provided with a wall (4) that defines a cavity (5) having the shape of the container (2), and with a mold base (8) that is mobile relative to the wall between a retracted position in which the mold base (8) extends retracted relative to the cavity (5), and a deployed position in which the mold base (8) closes the cavity (5), the method comprising:a phase for introduction of the blank (3) into the mold;
a pre-blow-molding phase comprising the injection into the blank (3) of a fluid under pressure at a pre-blow-molding pressure;
a blow-molding phase that is after the pre-blow-molding phase and that comprises the injection into the blank (3) of a fluid under pressure at a blow-molding pressure that is greater than the pre-blow-molding pressure; and
a boxing phase comprising the movement of the mold base (8) from the retracted position to the deployed position,
wherein the boxing phase (3) is initiated during the blow-molding phase after the pressure in the blank (3) has reached the blow-molding pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,725,201

STACKABLE CONTAINER INCLUDING A SHOULDER WITH THREE STABLE POSITIONS

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1. A container, obtained by blow molding or stretch blow molding of a blank made of plastic material, which comprises a body,
a shoulder in the extension of the body at an upper end thereof, and a neck in the extension of the shoulder, the shoulder
being articulated between two stable positions, namely a deployed position in which the shoulder projects from the body, and
a retracted position in which the shoulder is at least partially retracted into the body, wherein the shoulder is articulated
in order to be able to adopt, in addition to the deployed position and the retracted position, a third stable position, intermediate
between the deployed position and the retracted position, the shoulder comprising a peripheral section and a central section,
a first articulation being defined at a junction between the peripheral section and the body, a second articulation being
defined at a junction between the peripheral section and the central section, the peripheral section and the body defining
at their junction an axially projecting ridge, a third articulation being defined by the junction between the central section
and a section beneath the neck, the bottom of the container comprising at its center a vault defining a hollow reserve and
at its periphery an inset that is complementary to the ridge; and wherein the container is configured such that transition
of the shoulder from the third stable position to the retracted position is achieved by rotating the central section around
the second articulation, while orientation of the peripheral section remains substantially unchanged and the neck is moved
axially downwards along a central axis of the container.

US Pat. No. 9,630,357

DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING A HOLLOW BODY COMPRISING A MAGNETICALLY ACTUATED GRIPPING MEANS

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1. A device (10) for transporting a hollow body (12) that is equipped with a neck (16) that comprises a vertically-oriented inner wall (24) and an upper edge (20) that circumferentially delimits an opening (22) for access to an inside of said hollow body (12), with said device (10) comprising means (60) for gripping the hollow body (12) by engagement with the inner wall (24) of the neck (16) that are mounted at a lower free end of a rod (34) and movably connected to the rod (34), with said rod (34) being mounted to move vertically between:
a top position in which the gripping means (60) are retracted upwardly by the rod (34) to make it possible to insert the neck (16) of the hollow body (12) radially into a specified reference position in relation to the gripping means (60) of the device (10), and

a bottom position in which the gripping means (60) engage radially with the inner wall (24) of the neck (16) to ensure the gripping of the hollow body (12),

wherein the gripping means (60) are mounted to move radially
between:
a retracted position in which the gripping means (60) are inserted vertically from top to bottom inside the neck (16), without contact with the inner wall (24), and

a deployed position in which the gripping means (60) engage with the inner wall (24) of the neck (16),

and the change in position of the gripping means (60) from at least one of said retracted and deployed positions is actuated by a magnetic field produced by magnetic element.

US Pat. No. 10,065,766

CONTAINER INCLUDING A RIBBED, ARCHED BOTTOM

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1. A container made of plastic material, provided with a body and a bottom extending at a lower end of the body, the bottom comprising:an annular seat extending substantially in the prolongation of the body and defining a seating plane;
a concave arch that extends from a zone near the seat to a central zone;
wherein the arch comprises a series of stiffeners that extend radially from the central zone to an inner annular cheek substantially perpendicular to the seating plane; the seating plane is connected toward the interior at the cheek by a fillet, the stiffeners become thinner from their inner end to their outer end; and wherein the stiffeners extend into the annular cheek to the seat; and
wherein the bottom comprises an annular reinforcing lip at a junction between the seat and the arch, joining the outer radial ends of the stiffeners two by two.

US Pat. No. 10,046,507

DEVICE FOR GRIPPING A HOLLOW BODY HAVING AN ENHANCED CAPACITY FOR EVACUATING HEAT

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1. Device (12) for gripping a hollow body (2), which comprises:A freely-rotating shaft (13);
A mandrel (30) that is integral with the shaft (13), with this mandrel (30) comprising:
An end fitting (31),
A radiator (51),
A crosspiece (57) inserted between the end fitting (31) and the radiator (51),
An expandable ring (62) mounted between the end fitting (31) and the crosspiece (57),
An elastic element (66) mounted between the end fitting (31) and the expandable ring (62),wherein:The radiator (51) is mounted directly on the end fitting (31),
The mandrel (30) comprises an insert (67) made of a material with high thermal conductivity, set in a housing (50) made in the end fitting (31) and emptying onto a free end face (32) of the former, with the insert (67) extending up to the point facing the radiator (51).

US Pat. No. 9,623,999

DOUBLE-VALLEY PETALOID CONTAINER BOTTOM

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1. A container made of plastic material comprising a body and a petaloid bottom extending the body from a periphery, the bottom
comprising a bottom wall that is generally convex, from which feet protrude that define a seat inscribed within a seating
circle having a diameter whose ratio is less than 4:5 with respect to a diameter of the periphery, the feet being spaced apart
by portions of the bottom wall forming hollow valleys that extend radially from a central zone of the bottom to the periphery,
wherein each valley of the container comprises the following three adjacent components:
a central section convex toward an exterior of the container and that extends from the central zone of the bottom, and which
has, in a radial plane, a first radius of curvature;

a junction zone concave toward the exterior of the container, located directly above the seating circle;
a peripheral section convex toward the exterior of the container, which extends from the junction zone to the periphery, and
which has, in said radial plane, a second radius of curvature, said peripheral section being offset toward the exterior of
the container by an offset value with respect to the central section, the junction zone forming a step that defines two successive
inflection points, a first inflection point at a change of concavity between the central section and the junction zone, and
a second inflection point between the junction zone and the peripheral section;

the offset value being equal to a distance between a first intersection point and a second intersection point, the first intersection
point being located at an intersection of a reference axis and the central section or an extension of the central section,
the second intersection point being located at an intersection of the reference axis and the peripheral section or an extension
of the peripheral section, the reference axis being a straight line joining a center of curvature of a corresponding foot
of the container and a center of curvature of the central section.

US Pat. No. 10,035,655

BRUSH CONVEYOR FOR TRANSPORTING PREFORMS

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1. A method for transporting preforms (2) of containers, said preforms being of the type that are transformed into containers by blowing or stretch-blow molding, said preforms being made of plastic material, each one of said preforms having a tubular wall (3) that defines a body (4) and a neck (5) that are separated by a collar (8) that projects radially from the wall (3) by means of a device (1) that includes an endlessly-circulating element (11) that has an outer surface (17) and that carries a series of brushes (19) that extend projecting from the outer surface (17), structured to come into contact with the preforms (2) to entrain them by rubbing along a path (T), said device (1) also including a pair of rails (31) that are spaced apart from one another, and which together define at least one portion of the path (T) of the preforms (2), said rails (31) having coplanar bearing surfaces (30), the method comprising:hanging the preforms by the collars (8) of the preforms (2), oriented neck up, by means of said bearing surfaces; and
guiding the preforms (2) by means of a neck guide (32) that extends perpendicularly to the rails (31) at a distance from the rails that is greater than or equal to a height of the neck (5) of the preforms (2),
said guiding of the preforms by the neck guide preventing the collars of two successive preforms from overlapping.

US Pat. No. 10,017,369

MACHINE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR FILLING CONTAINER WITH POURABLE PRODUCT

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1. A filling system for filling a container with a pourable product, comprising:a tank configured to be filled with the pourable product;
at least one filling device including a local control unit having a control module configured to selectively allow filling of the container with the pourable product, wherein the local control unit is configured to receive a control signal for filling of the container with the pourable product from a central control unit;
at least one duct interposed between the tank and the filling device; and
at least one vortex flowmeter disposed along the duct and configured to generate a pulse-train detection signal as a function of a flow rate of the pourable product along the duct,
wherein the local control unit of the filling device includes a processing module configured to process the detection signal from the at least one vortex flowmeter and to process the control signal from the central control unit, in order to determine an amount of the pourable product flowing into the container, as a function of a number of pulses of the detection signal and as a function of the control signal from the central control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,697

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CONVEYOR FOR HOLLOW BODIES THROUGH A HEATING STATION AND ASSOCIATED CONVEYOR

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1. A method for controlling a conveyor (20) of hollow bodies (12) through a heating station (14) for an installation (10) for producing containers of thermoplastic material, comprising:a heating tunnel (18) defining a heating path;
the conveyor (20) comprising at least one moving track (22), each of the at least one moving track forming one closed circuit, the conveyor further comprising a plurality of shuttles (24) associated with said at least one moving track, each of the shuttles of the associated plurality of shuttles being structured to travel along said at least one moving track (22) and to carry at least one hollow body (12), each shuttle (24) being controlled individually in movement along the closed circuit, independently from the other shuttles of the plurality of shuttles, the at least one moving track (22) having a heating section (22B) for the conveying of the hollow bodies (12) along the heating path;
an input device (32) for the hollow bodies (12) to be heated that brings the hollow bodies (12) to a loading section (22A) of the at least one moving track (22) for their loading on the shuttles (24), two successive shuttles (24) traveling with a first determined input separation (E1) on the loading section (22A);
an output device (38) for the hot hollow bodies (12) that recovers the hollow bodies (12) carried on the shuttles (24) that travel on an off-loading section (22C) of the at least one moving track (22);
wherein the two successive shuttles (24) traveling on the off-loading section (22C) are spaced by a determined output separation (E3) that is different from the first input separation (E1).

US Pat. No. 10,302,214

FLOW CONTROL VALVE FOR FILLING MACHINE

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1. A flow control valve for a filling machine configured to fill receptacles with a pourable product, the flow control valve comprising:a tubular body defining a channel for receiving the pourable product, the tubular body having a longitudinal axis and defining:
a first end portion terminating with a first narrowed end mouth connectable to a tank; and
a second end portion located at an opposite end of the tubular body with respect to the first end portion and terminating with a second narrowed end mouth connectable to a receptacle to be filled;
a shutter movable within the channel between a closed position, in which the shutter sealingly closes the second narrowed end mouth and interrupts flowing of the pourable product, and an open position, in which a gap is established between the shutter and the second narrowed end mouth so as to allow flowing of the pourable product through the second narrowed end mouth, the shutter including:
a main portion coupled in a sliding manner with an inner surface of the tubular body; and
a narrowed closing head axially protruding from the main portion and configured to cooperate in a fluid-tight manner with the second narrowed end mouth in the closed position of the shutter,
wherein the main portion of the shutter includes a flat plate extending along a diameter of the channel with respect to the longitudinal axis, contacting the inner surface of the tubular body at opposite sides and defining, with the remaining portions of the inner surface, two opposite cavities, which have respective profiles shaped as circular segments and through which the pourable product can flow during operation;
a first magnetic device, carried by the opposite sides of the plate of the shutter;
at least two second magnetic devices arranged diametrically opposite to each other and extending along an arc of circumference externally of the tubular body;
a movable member carrying the second magnetic devices; and
a driving actuator configured to displace the movable member and the shutter by magnetic attraction along the longitudinal axis, wherein:
the second magnetic devices are magnetically coupled to the first magnetic device at the opposite sides of the plate of the shutter,
the second magnetic devices are configured to be selectively activated to move the first magnetic device and the shutter by magnetic attraction along the longitudinal axis between the open and closed positions,
the channel, the first narrowed end mouth, and the gap established between the shutter and the first narrowed end mouth with the shutter in an open position, are together configured to allow free flow of pourable product therethrough containing solid particles having lengths of at least 6-12 mm,
the second end portion of the tubular body defines an auxiliary port, the auxiliary port extending radially with respect to the channel to receive the pourable product and being located upstream of the second narrowed end mouth with respect to the flow of pourable product through the channel from the first narrowed end mouth to the second narrowed end mouth, and
the auxiliary port is connectable to a dosing actuator, the dosing actuator being configured to suck a desired volume of the pourable product from the tank through the auxiliary port when the shutter is in the open position spaced from the first narrowed end mouth to allow free flow of the pourable product from the tank into the channel, and the dosing actuator being configured to feed the desired volume of the pourable product into the receptacle after displacement of the shutter into the closed position in fluid-tight engagement with the second narrowed end mouth.

US Pat. No. 10,202,221

COMBINED PETALOID BASE OF A CONTAINER

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1. A container made of plastic material comprising a body and a petaloid bottom extending the body, the bottom comprising a bottom wall that is generally convex towards an exterior, from which feet protrude that are formed by excrescences, the feet being separated side by side by portions of the bottom wall forming hollow valleys that extend radially from a central zone of the bottom to a periphery of the bottom, wherein each hollow valley widens out continuously from the central zone towards the periphery, the edges of the valleys form between them an angle that is not zero at any point, each hollow valley has an outer section that is outwardly concave in radial cross-section located near the periphery and the bottom comprises a groove of radial extension made in the bottom of each hollow valley.

US Pat. No. 10,150,624

DEVICE FOR ALIGNING AND RIGHTING PREFORMS, COMPRISING A BOWL CENTRIFUGE EQUIPPED WITH MEANS FOR EJECTING MISALIGNED PREFORMS

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1. A device (10) for aligning in a row and righting preforms (12), with the device (10) being intended to be applied to axisymmetrical thermoplastic preforms (12) for blow molding containers, said preforms having necks (16) that are separated from bodies (14) by annular support faces (18) projecting relative to the body (14), the device (10) comprising:a centrifuge bowl (20) that is formed by:
a horizontal circular platen (24) that rotates around a vertical axis (B), the platen having an outer edge (25),
wherein the platen has at least a first angular sector (20A) and a second angular section (20B) that is arranged downstream from said first angular sector (20A),
a stationary peripheral railing (28),
a peripheral gap (34) located within the second angular section (20B) of the platen at a radial separation of the peripheral railing (28) relative to the outer edge (25) of the platen (24), and
at least one exit passage (32) arranged downstream from said second angular sector (20B) of the platen in the direction of rotation of the platen (24),
the first angular sector (20A) of the platen for aligning the preforms (12) against the railing (28),
the second angular sector (20B) of the platen for righting the aligned preforms (12) at the peripheral gap (34) to have the righted aligned preforms (12) supported by their support face (18), with the body (14) of each righted aligned preform (12) hanging outside of the bowl (20) through said gap (34) while the neck (16) of each righted aligned preform (12) remains inside the bowl (20) and forms part of a row of correctly-aligned and righted preforms (12), and
at least one exit passage (32) arranged downstream from said second angular sector (20B) in the direction of rotation of the platen (24), the at least one exit passage (32) accepting the row of correctly-aligned and righted preforms (12); and
an ejector mechanism structured for actively ejecting incorrectly-aligned preforms (12N) from the row of correctly-aligned and righted preforms (12).

US Pat. No. 10,118,330

MOLDING UNIT COMPRISING MOLD BOTTOM ACTUATION MEANS SUPPORTED BY A FIXED HOLDER

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1. Molding unit (10) for the forming of a container made of thermoplastic material by blow molding, particularly by stretch blow molding, of a preform, the molding unit (10) having:two half-molds (14) that are transversely mobile in relation to a fixed holder (26) between a molding joined position and a separated position for extraction of the finished container;
a mold bottom (16) that is vertically mobile between a lower position for extraction of the finished container and an upper position for molding of a base of the container, the mold bottom (16) being able to be moved between the two half-molds (14) in the molding joined position over a directed path, termed boxing, that extends from an initial intermediate boxing position to its upper molding position;
a carriage (24) that carries the mold bottom (16) and that is mounted to move in the fixed holder (26);
first actuation means to move the carriage (24) relative to its fixed holder (26) between a lower position of the mold bottom (16) and its initial intermediate boxing position;
second actuation means having at least one cylinder (32) housing a piston (98) sliding vertically that is able to push the mold bottom (16) over its boxing path by pressurizing a lower work chamber (100) of the cylinder (32);
wherein the mold bottom (16) is supported in a fixed manner by the carriage (24), the cylinder (32) being fixed relative to the fixed holder (26).

US Pat. No. 10,106,281

RECEPTACLE CONVEYING AND COOLING APPARATUS, A METHOD OF OPERATING SUCH A RECEPTACLE CONVEYING AND COOLING APPARATUS AND A RECEPTACLE TREATMENT MACHINE HAVING SUCH A RECEPTACLE CONVEYING AND COOLING APPARATUS

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1. An apparatus for conveying and cooling a plurality of receptacles, the apparatus comprising:a conveying device configured to advance the receptacles along a conveying path from a receiving station to a transfer station, wherein the conveying device includes a plurality of retaining units, each retaining unit configured to retain at least one respective receptacle during advancement of the respective receptacle along the conveying path; and
a cooling device configured to cool the receptacles, wherein the cooling device includes a supply unit for supplying a cooling medium and a plurality of injection nozzles configured to direct the cooling medium onto the receptacles for cooling the receptacles during advancement of the receptacles along at least a portion of the conveying path, and wherein:
each injection nozzle is associated with at least one respective retaining unit;
the injection nozzles are movable along a nozzle path at least partially parallel to the conveying path and through the receiving station and the transfer station;
the cooling device further includes a plurality of valve members, each valve member being associated with at least one respective injection nozzle and being adjustable between an open configuration, in which the valve member is configured to open the fluid connection between the supply unit and the respective injection nozzle, and a closed configuration, in which the valve member is configured to close the fluid connection between the supply unit and the respective injection nozzle;
a control unit configured to control operation of the conveying device and the cooling device,
wherein the control unit is configured to selectively control each valve member between the open configuration and the closed configuration during advancement of the injection nozzles between the receiving station and the transfer station.

US Pat. No. 10,266,300

FLATTENED CONTAINER HAVING AN ARCHED BOTTOM WITH A VARIABLE-WIDTH BASE

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1. A container (1) made of plastic material, provided with a flattened body (2) and with a bottom (3) in the lengthening of the body (2) at its lower end, the bottom (3) comprising:a peripheral base (7) defining an annular standing plane (8) whose contour exhibits, along a long axis, a large dimension A, and, along a short axis that is perpendicular to the long axis, a small dimension A? that is strictly smaller than the large dimension,
a concave arch (13) that extends from the peripheral base (7) to a central area (14);wherein:the peripheral base (7) has:
along the long axis, a width C such that:

along the short axis, a width C? such that:

US Pat. No. 10,246,210

CONTAINER HAVING A PETALOID BASE AND GROOVE

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1. A container (1) made of plastic material comprising a body (2) and a petaloid-shaped bottom (3) extending the body (2), the petaloid-shaped bottom (3) comprising a bottom wall (4) of general convex shape toward the outside, from which feet (7) formed by protrusions project, separated two at a time by portions of the bottom wall forming recessed valleys (12) that extend radially to a periphery (8) of the petaloid-shaped bottom (3), the petaloid-shaped bottom (3) further comprising a series of radial extension grooves (17) that extend at least partially at the bottom of the recessed valleys (12), wherein:the feet (7) extend axially over a height (D) that is less than or equal to 1/5 of a radial extension (A) of the petaloid-shaped bottom (3), the height (D) being measured axially from a standing plane (10) to the periphery (8) of the petaloid-shaped bottom (3);
the petaloid-shaped bottom (3) comprises a central dome (5) with concavity turned toward the outside of the container (1);
each of the series of radial extension grooves (17) has an inner section (17A) that radially goes beyond a respective one of the recessed valleys (12) and straddles the central dome (5), and an outer section (17B) that extends radially in the continuation of the inner section (17A), at the bottom of the respective one of the recessed valleys (12),
wherein the inner section (17A) of the of the series of radial extension grooves (17) has a width greater than the outer section (17B),
wherein each of the series of radial extension grooves (17) ends on the outside by a pointed outer end (18), and
wherein the outer ends (18) of each of the series of radial extension grooves (17) are placed in a circle that has a diameter (J) that is less than a radial extension (C) of a standing plane (10) defined by apexes (9) of the feet (7).

US Pat. No. 10,195,772

PREFORM MOLDING UNIT EQUIPPED WITH A ROTATABLE CORE HOLDER

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1. Unit (4) for molding preforms (2) made of plastic material, with each preform (2) having a body (15) and a neck (17) in the extension of the body (15), with this unit (4) comprising:A frame (19),
A mold holder (27) that is integral with the frame (19) and that carries at least one mold body (29) bearing the imprint of an outer face (33) of the body (15) of the preform (2), with this mold body (29) extending around a molding axis (M);
A movable apparatus (60) including a carriage (61) and at least one oblong core (64A, 64B) bearing the imprint of an inner face (65) of the body (15) of the preform (2), with the carriage (61) being mounted to move in relation to the frame (19) between:
A molding position in which the core (64A, 64B) is housed in the mold body (29), and
A demolding position in which the core (64A, 64B) is axially separated from the mold body (29),wherein the movable apparatus (60) also comprises:A core holder (62) mounted on the carriage (61), with this core holder (62) carrying at least one primary core (64A) and one secondary core (64B) and being movable in rotation in relation to the carriage (61), in the demolding position of the latter, around an axis (R) of rotation that is parallel to the molding axis (M), between:
A first alignment position in which the primary core (64A) extends in the alignment of the mold body (29) while the secondary core (64B) is offset in relation to the mold body (29), and
A second alignment position in which the primary core (64A) and the secondary core (64B) are transposed;said unit (4) further comprising a shoring-up device (107) including a stop (108) mounted to move between an active position in which the stop (108) rests against the core holder (62) perpendicular to the mold holder (27), and an inactive position in which the stop (108) is separated from the core holder (62).

US Pat. No. 10,195,780

MOLDING DEVICE INCLUDING A ONE-PIECE MOLD BOTTOM INCLUDING A HEAT-EXCHANGE CAVITY MATCHING A MOLDING SURFACE

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1. One-piece mold bottom (7) designed for a mold (1) for the manufacturing of containers by blow molding or stretch blow molding from preforms made of plastic material, with this mold bottom (7) comprising a molding wall (8) that has a raised molding surface (9) bearing the imprint of at least a portion of a container bottom, with this mold bottom (7) comprising a cavity (27) enclosed in the mold bottom (7), with this cavity (27) being delimited by a surface casing (29) integrally defined by the mold bottom (7) and enclosing an inner surface (31) of the molding wall (8), opposite to the molding surface (9) and conforming to the raised pattern of the latter, and a rear surface (33) opposite the inner surface (31), with the mold bottom (7) being equipped with at least one intake opening (35) and at least one discharge opening (37) for the circulation of a coolant in the cavity (27), wherein the rear surface (33) is carried by a secondary wall (38) that joins the molding wall (8) to a peripheral edge (39) of the mold bottom (7).

US Pat. No. 10,017,370

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR FILLING CONTAINERS

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1. A machine for filling containers, each container having a longitudinal axis, the machine comprising:a conveying device;
at least one handling unit configured to be fed by the conveying device along a transfer path, the at least one handling unit including a support device configured to receive and retain a container and at least one filling device selectively activated for feeding a pourable product into the container while the at least one handling unit travels along the transfer path;
a pressurizing circuit selectively in communication with the container advancing along the transfer path to feed an operative fluid that is pressurized at a pressure higher than atmospheric pressure into the container;
a decompression circuit selectively in communication with the container advancing along the transfer path to discharge excess pressure with respect to the atmospheric pressure, after completion of the filling of the container with the pourable product;
at least one actuating device selectively switched to an active state to rotate the container about the longitudinal axis while the container is advanced along the transfer path; and
a control unit configured to:
control activation and deactivation of the at least one filling device and the at least one actuating device;
control connection of the pressurization circuit and the decompression circuit with the container; and
simultaneously maintain the at least one actuating device in an active state while the decompression circuit is in communication with the container so as to rotate the container about the longitudinal axis during decompression.

US Pat. No. 10,357,916

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MOLDING UNIT

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1. Method for controlling a molding unit (10) for the forming of a container made of thermoplastic material by blow molding of a preform, with the molding unit (10) comprising:a carriage (24) that carries, in a stationary manner, a mold bottom (16) and that is mounted to move in a stationary support (26) between a lower position for extraction of the finished container and an upper position for molding a base of the container;
first actuating means for moving the carriage (24) in relation to its stationary support (26) between the lower extraction position and an initial intermediate boxing position in which the bottom (16) can be enclosed between two half-molds (14) in the attached position;
second actuating means for moving the carriage (24) in relation to its stationary support (26) from the initial intermediate boxing position to the upper molding position, with the second actuating means comprising at least one stationary cylinder (32) in relation to the support (26) housing a piston (98) that divides the cylinder into a lower working chamber (100) and an upper chamber, with the piston (98) being able to slide between a lower rest position and an upper boxing position in which it pushes the carriage (24) to its upper molding position by pressurizing a working fluid in the lower working chamber (100) relative to the pressure prevailing in the upper chamber;
third actuating means for moving the carriage (24) from its upper molding position to its lower extraction position;
with the method comprising a step (E4) for extraction of a finished containertaking place after the carriage (24) has been pushed to its upper molding position by the piston (98), during which the carriage (24) is moved from its upper molding position to its lower extraction position by the third actuating means;wherein during the extraction step (E4), the movement of the carriage (24) by the third actuating means is initiated while the piston (98) has not yet returned into its lower rest position, with the carriage (24) pushing the piston (98) toward its lower rest position at least on a final part of its path to its lower extraction position.

US Pat. No. 10,351,352

METHOD FOR ALIGNING AND RIGHTING PREFORMS BY MEANS OF CENTRIFUGATION, AND ASSOCIATED DEVICE

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1. A method for aligning in a row and righting preforms (12), including preforms made of thermoplastic material to be shaped into final containers by a forming station, with the method being applied to axisymmetrical preforms (12) having annular support faces (18) and bodies (14) with a diameter that is smaller than the diameter of said annular support faces (18), the method comprising:a first step for discharging the preforms (12) in bulk onto a rotating horizontal platen (24);
a second step for aligning the preforms (12) against a stationary peripheral railing (28) by centrifugal force that is produced by the rotation of the rotating horizontal platen (24), with the preforms (12) being driven in movement by the rotating horizontal platen (24) along said stationary peripheral railing (28) against which they are held by the centrifugal force, with each preform (12) that is aligned against the stationary peripheral railing (28) having a main axis (A) that is oriented essentially horizontally; and
a third step for successive righting of the preforms (12) that are aligned by tilting the bodies (14) of the preforms under the annular support faces (18) until the main axis (A) of the preforms is vertical, with each preform (12) being supported by the annular support face (18) between two opposite support points,
wherein during the second aligning step, the main axis (A) of the preforms (12) is oriented essentially tangentially to their direction of movement until the preforms are righted.

US Pat. No. 10,343,832

CONTAINER PROVIDED WITH A CONVEX INVERTIBLE DIAPHRAGM

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1. A container (1) made of a plastic material and extending along a main axis (X), comprising:a base (7) including a standing ring (8) ending with a support flange (11) and an inclined inner wall (10), said base (7) further including a diaphragm (13) extending from the inner wall (10) to a central portion (12), said diaphragm (13) being capable of standing in an outwardly-inclined position,
wherein the diaphragm (13) connects to the inner wall (10) at an outer junction (14) forming an outer articulation of the diaphragm (13) with respect to the inner wall (10),
wherein the diaphragm (13) connects to the central portion (12) at an inner junction (15) forming an inner articulation of the diaphragm (13) with respect to the central portion (12), whereby said diaphragm (13) is invertible with respect to the standing ring (8) from the outwardly-inclined position, in which the inner junction (15) extends below the outer junction (14), to an inwardly-inclined position, in which the inner junction (15) extends above the outer junction (14), and
wherein:
in the outwardly-inclined position, the whole diaphragm (13) is curved in radial section, with a concavity turned inwards with respect to the container (1), and
the diaphragm (13) has a crest (17) and a depth (dp) measured, in radial section, between the crest (17) and a straight line joining the inner junction (15) to the outer junction (14), which is strictly greater than 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,343,327

MEASUREMENT OF THE BOXING TRAVEL BY THE STRETCHING FUNCTION, IN AN INSTALLATION FOR PRODUCING CONTAINERS

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1. A method using a central control unit with a memory for operating an installation for manufacturing containers by stretch blow molding from blanks made of plastic material, where the installation includes a mold with a wall that defines a cavity bearing an impression of the container and extending along a main axis of the mold and with a mold bottom that is movable axially in relation to the wall between an extended position and a retracted position, a moving device configured to exert an axial thrust on the mold bottom to move the mold bottom from said extended position to said retracted position and vice versa, a stretching device with and electric machine and a stretching rod that is movable axially in relation to the wall, the stretching rod actuated by the electric machine, and a central control unit with a memory and in operative communication with the moving device and the stretching device, said operating method comprising:from an initial configuration in which the stretching rod is in a raised position away from the mold bottom and in which the mold bottom is in one of said extended position and said retracted position, controlling the electric machine to operate as a motor to apply an axial driving force on the stretching rod that moves the stretching rod toward the mold bottom;
evaluating a result of axial forces exerted on the stretching rod;
on condition that a variation in the result of the forces is detected, determining and storing in the memory of the central control unit a position of origin for the stretching rod;
controlling the mold bottom to move toward the other of said retracted position and said extended position;
determining and storing in the memory of the central control unit a corresponding final position for the stretching rod; and
calculating and storing in the memory of the central control unit a travel of the stretching rod as a distance between the final position and the position of origin.

US Pat. No. 10,322,539

MOLDING UNIT FOR BLOW MOLDING CONTAINERS, EQUIPPED WITH A GUIDING WEAR RING

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1. A molding unit (1) for blow molding a container from a parison, said container comprising a wall portion and a bottom, said molding unit (1) comprising:a mold sidewall (2) extending along a main axis (X) and having an inner molding surface (3) defining a counter print of the wall portion of the container, and an opening (8) at a lower end of the inner molding surface (3),
a cylinder jacket (10) fixed to the mold sidewall (2) and extending axially below the opening (8);
a mold base (14) having a cylindrical bracket (17) slidingly received within the cylinder jacket (10) and a body (15) axially protruding from the bracket (17) and having an upper surface (16) defining a counter print of the container bottom, said mold base (14) being axially movable with respect of the mold sidewall (2) between a retracted position in which the upper surface (16) is offset with respect of the opening (8), and a raised position in which the upper surface (16) closes the opening (8),
the molding unit (1) further comprising a wear ring (33) fixed to the mold base (14), said wear ring (33) including a cylindrical guiding bushing (34) interposed between the bracket (17) and the cylinder jacket (10).

US Pat. No. 10,252,459

MOLD ELEMENT FOR FORMING A CONTAINER, PROVIDED WITH PRESSURE-RELEASE AIR VENTS IN THE FORM OF SLOTS

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1. One-piece mold element (3, 7) designed for a mold (1) for the manufacturing of containers by blow molding or stretch blow molding from parisons made of plastic material, with this mold element (3, 7) comprising a one-piece molding wall (4, 8) that has a raised molding surface (5, 9) bearing the imprint of at least a portion of a container, with the molding wall (4, 8) being penetrated by at least one pressure-release air vent (20) that empties, via an inner opening (21), onto the molding surface (9), wherein the opening (21) comes in the form of a slot, and further comprising a secondary wall (16) that defines, with the molding wall (8), a cavity (15) that conforms to the raised pattern of the molding surface (9) for the circulation of a coolant, and wherein the at least one air vent (20) extends through the cavity (15) by being separated from the latter by a wall (24) with a closed contour connecting the molding wall (8) to the secondary wall (16).

US Pat. No. 10,273,135

MACHINE FOR FILLING CONTAINERS

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1. A machine for filling bottles with pourable products, each bottle having a longitudinal axis and a neck substantially coaxial with the longitudinal axis, the machine comprising:a filling wheel rotatable about a vertical axis;
an input star wheel rotatable about a longitudinal input axis parallel to the vertical axis of the filling wheel and delivering a succession of empty bottles to the filling wheel at a first transfer station;
an output star wheel rotatable about a longitudinal output axis parallel to the vertical axis of the filling wheel and receiving a succession of filled bottles from the filling wheel at a second transfer station;
a plurality of handling units equally angularly spaced about the vertical axis along a periphery of the filling wheel and configured to be moved by the filling wheel along a path, the path including a curvilinear portion extending about the vertical axis and through the first and second transfer stations, wherein each of the plurality of handling units includes:
a support device configured to receive and retain a bottle in a vertical position, at which a longitudinal axis of the bottle is parallel to the vertical axis of the filling wheel; and
a filling device having a filling head arranged above the support device and configured to feed a pourable product into the bottle as the support device is fed along the path, wherein each support device includes:
a cylindrical sleeve extending around the filling device coaxially to the filling head and coupled to the filling device in a rotatable manner;
a plate projecting from the sleeve; and
a gripping member, wherein the gripping member has:
a pair of jaws, hinged to the plate about fulcrum axes, extending parallel to each other and parallel to the vertical axis, the jaws being rotatable relative to the plate about the fulcrum axes for clamping the neck of a bottle therebetween; and
a device for maintaining the jaws in a closed clamping position, the jaws being configured to be moved into a release position by thrust exerted on the jaws during insertion of the bottle into the gripping member and by thrust exerted on the jaws during extraction of the bottle from the gripping member;
wherein the filling wheel includes a plurality of actuator devices each configured to rotate the cylindrical sleeve and the pair of jaws of the gripping member of the handling units, each of the plurality of actuator devices including:
a single motor having a casing secured to the filling wheel and an output shaft; and
a transmission coupling the output shaft to the cylindrical sleeve of at least two gripping members of at least two handling units, and
wherein the actuator is configured to rotate the sleeve and the jaws of the gripping member about a rotation axis coincident with the longitudinal axis of the bottle gripped between the jaws.

US Pat. No. 10,166,713

MOULD WITH A MOVABLE BOTTOM AND HORIZONTAL JOINT PLANE

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1. A mold (12) for manufacturing, starting from a parison (3), of a container (2) having a body (4) and a bottom (6), the bottom (6) provided with a peripheral base (8) that extends essentially perpendicular to the body (4) from a lower end (7) of the base (8), said mold (12) comprising:a wall (14) having an inner surface (15) that extends along a central axis (X), that determines an impression of the body (4) of the container (2), and that delimits a cavity (17), with the inner surface (15) ending, at a lower end, in an opening (20), the wall (14) defining, beyond the cavity (17), a recessed reserve (21) emptying into the cavity (17) via the opening (20); and
a mold bottom (16) that can move in relation to the wall (14) between an extended position, in which the mold bottom (16) is separated from the opening (20), and a retracted position, in which the mold bottom (16) is fitted into the recessed reserve (21), with the bottom having an upper surface (27) that defines a base surface (28) with the impression of the peripheral base (8) of the container (2) and that extends perpendicular to the opening (20), wherein,
the wall (14) has a counterbore (24) that delimits a top of the recessed reserve (21) and that extends on a level with and around the opening (20), the counterbore (24) being essentially perpendicular to the central axis (X), and
the upper surface (27) of the mold bottom (16) defines a peripheral face (30) that extends in the lengthening of the base surface (28) around the base surface (28) perpendicular to the counterbore (24), and
in the retracted position, an upper surface of the peripheral face (30) is located opposite a lower surface of the counterbore (24) to thereby jointly define a peripheral parting line (31) that extends essentially perpendicular to the central axis (X).

US Pat. No. 10,137,627

UNIT FOR PROCESSING BLANKS PROVIDED WITH AN OPTICAL CONFINEMENT SECTION HAVING CONVERGENT WALLS

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1. Unit (1) for processing hollow-body blanks (2) of plastic material, which comprises a chamber (6) in which the blanks (2) advance by following a predetermined pathway (T), this chamber (6) being delimited on both sides of the pathway (T) by two lateral walls (3, 4) having opposing inner faces (5), this chamber (6) comprising a main section (9) in which at least one of the walls (3, 4) is provided with numerous sources (10) of electromagnetic radiation, the lateral walls (3, 4) defining between themselves, at at least one end of the chamber, an opening (8) for the passage of the blanks (2), this chamber (6) further comprising at least one optical confinement section (12), which extends between the main section (9) and the opening (8), and in which the inner faces (5) of the lateral walls (3, 4) are optically reflective and converging in the direction of the opening (8),wherein the chamber (6) comprises an absorption section (18), which extends between the optical confinement section (12) and the opening (8), and in which the inner faces (5) of the lateral walls (3, 4) are optically absorbent.

US Pat. No. 10,265,907

LOCKING DEVICE FOR A MOLDING UNIT FOR CONTAINERS OF THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL

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1. Locking device (10) for a molding unit (100) for containers of thermoplastic material, said device (10) having locking means (14) that have at least one locking pin (20), wherein said at least one locking pin (20) is made of polyetheretherketone (PEEK).

US Pat. No. 10,259,145

HEATING MODULE COMPRISING A LAMP AND A LENS FASTENED BY A BRACE TO A NON-EMISSIVE PORTION OF THE LAMP

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1. A heating module (10) for a preform (12) of thermoplastic material, comprising:at least one lamp (16) comprising a tubular bulb (18) with a longitudinal axis (A), the bulb (18) being sealed at both its longitudinal ends by two crimped parts (18B), the lamp (16) comprising two end caps (20) each fastened to one of the two crimped parts (18B), a tubular section of the bulb between the two crimped parts forming an emissive portion (22) of a heating electromagnetic radiation, and the two crimped parts (18B) and the end caps (20) forming a non-emissive portion (24) that does not emit said heating radiation; and
at least one longitudinal lens (32) that is fastened to the lamp (16), by means of at least one fastening bracket (34), parallel to the emissive portion (22) to focus the heating radiation toward a selected area of the preform,
wherein each bracket (34) is fastened onto the lamp (16) only on the non-emissive portion (24) of the lamp, the bracket being structured to slide longitudinally onto a complementary shape of the end caps (20),
wherein each bracket (34) defines a housing (52) that accommodates the lens (32) by longitudinal sliding of a free longitudinal end of the lens (32).

US Pat. No. 10,259,696

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING FILLED CONTAINERS HAVING AN INVERTIBLE DIAPHRAGM

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1. Method for processing a container (1) provided with:a sidewall (6),
a neck (2) defining an opening (3),
and a base (7) including a high standing ring (8) and a central invertible diaphragm (9), said diaphragm (9) being deformable with respect of the sidewall (5) between a lower position wherein said diaphragm (9) projects outwardly with respect of the container (1) and an upper position wherein said diaphragm (9) projects inwardly with respect of the container (1),said method including the steps of:filling the container (1) through said opening (3) with a pourable product (16), the diaphragm (9) being in its lower position;
closing the container (1) at its neck (2) with a cap (17);
inverting the diaphragm (9) from its lower position to its upper position by means of a movable pusher (26);wherein said method further includes the steps of:gauging a strain applied to the movable pusher (26) while inverting the diaphragm (9);
memorizing a gauge point (Mi) based on the gauged strain value (PMi);
comparing the gauged point (Mi) to a memorized predetermined reference point (M0);
periodically gauging the strain applied to the movable pusher (26) along the diaphragm inversion;
memorizing the such gauged strain values; and
detecting, among the memorized gauged points, a gauged critical point (Mi);
wherein comparing the gauged critical point (Mi) includes comparing a gauged critical strain value (PMi) to a predetermined critical reference strain value (PM0).

US Pat. No. 10,391,701

MOLD BOTTOM WITH WIDE AIR VENTS FOR THE FORMING OF A CONTAINER

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1. A mold bottom (20) for a mold (1) for manufacture, by blow molding or stretch blow molding of a parison (3) made of plastic material, of a container (2) that has a bottom (8) with a peripheral seat (9), the mold bottom (20) comprising:a bottom unit (21) that has a molding face (22) in relief bearing the impression of at least a part of the bottom (8) of the container (2), a pressure-release air vent (26) being formed within the unit (21) and emptying out, via an inner opening (27), on the molding face (22) and, via an outer opening (28), into a pipe (29, 30) for exposure to air; and
an insert (34) that is provided with a projection (35) housed in the air vent (26) and that has a terminal face (36) bearing the impression of at least one part of the seat (9) of the container (2),
wherein the insert (34) is provided with an inner circuit (37) for heat regulation of the projection (35),
wherein the insert (34) is mounted to move, in relation to the bottom unit (21), between:
a retracted position in which the terminal face (36) of the projection (35) is separated from the inner opening (27) and permits the inner opening to communicate with the pipe (29, 30) for exposure to air, and
a deployed position in which the terminal face (36) extends in the vicinity of the inner opening (27),
and wherein in the deployed position, the terminal face (36) of the projection (35) extends into the extension of the molding face (22).

US Pat. No. 10,370,234

FILLING DEVICE FOR FILLING MACHINE

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1. A filling device for a filling machine configured to fill receptacles with a pourable product, the filling device comprising:a tubular body having a longitudinal axis, defining a central flowing channel for the pourable product and terminating at a first end with an axial outlet opening configured to deliver the pourable product to a receptacle, wherein the channel includes a tapered-section portion tapering inward from a first end thereof to a narrowed-section zone at a second end thereof, the narrowed-section zone spaced apart from the outlet opening;
a shutter movable within the channel between a closed position, in which the shutter sealingly closes the tapered-section portion of the channel and interrupts flow of the pourable product towards the outlet opening, and an open position, in which the shutter delimits, with the tapered-section portion, an annular passage communicating with the outlet opening; and
at least one exhaust conduit formed within the tubular body, wherein the exhaust conduit is arranged on one side of the channel and on a circumference extending about the longitudinal axis, the channel located within the circumference,
wherein the channel includes:
an enlarged-section portion located immediately adjacent to the narrowed-section zone of the tapered-section portion, and
a reduced-section end portion extending between the enlarged-section portion and the outlet opening, the reduced-section end portion tapering inward from a first end thereof to the outlet opening of the tubular body at a second end thereof,
wherein the enlarged-section portion has a larger diameter than the narrowed-section zone of the tapered-section portion and the first end of the reduced-section end portion and defines an expansion chamber,
wherein the expansion chamber includes:
a lower surface,
an upper surface parallel to the lower surface, and
an outer circumferential wall perpendicular to the lower surface and the upper surface, the outer circumferential wall interconnecting the lower surface and the upper surface and defining a constant height of the expansion chamber,
wherein the at least one exhaust conduit includes a lower exhaust conduit end configured to open into the expansion chamber, and
wherein the lower surface of the expansion chamber extends in a radial direction from the outer circumferential wall towards the longitudinal axis, the lower surface of the expansion chamber underlying the lower exhaust conduit end.

US Pat. No. 10,369,588

INSTALLATION FOR PRODUCING CONTAINERS HAVING A WHEEL FOR BYPASSING A COATING STATION

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1. An installation (20) for producing thermoplastic containers (18) comprising:a container coating station (34) comprising an input wheel (38) and an output wheel (40), each of said wheels (38, 40) being equipped with gripping elements (39, 41) that are uniformly distributed on its periphery;
an upstream transfer wheel (42A) that is equipped with gripping elements (44A) that are uniformly distributed on its periphery, the upstream transfer wheel (42A) being positioned to make possible the transfer of containers (18) by synchronized passage when a gripping element (44A) of the upstream transfer wheel carrying a container coincides with a gripping element (39) of the input wheel (38) in an input tangential zone (54A) between the two wheels (42A, 38);
a downstream transfer wheel (42C) equipped with gripping elements (44C) uniformly distributed on its periphery, the downstream transfer wheel (42C) being positioned to make possible the transfer of containers (18) by synchronized passage when a gripping element (41) of the output wheel (40) carrying a container (18) coincides with a gripping element (44C) of the downstream transfer wheel (42C) in an output tangential zone (54B) between the two wheels (42C, 40);
further comprising a bypass wheel (42B) equipped with elements (44B) for individual gripping of containers (18) that are uniformly distributed on its periphery, the bypass wheel (42B) being directly tangent with the upstream transfer wheel (42A) in an upstream tangential zone (49A) and the bypass wheel (42B) being directly tangent with the downstream transfer wheel (42C) in a downstream tangential zone (49B), the gripping element (44B) of the bypass wheel being structured for cooperating with the gripping element (44A) of the upstream transfer wheel for receiving the containers and for cooperating with the gripping elements (44C) of the downstream transfer wheel for releasing the containers.

US Pat. No. 10,259,156

INSTALLATION FOR THERMALLY CONDITIONING PREFORMS WITH ONE PORTION OF THE PREFORM BEING COOLED BY A BLOWN BLADE OF AIR

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1. A thermal conditioning installation, in series production, of cold preforms of thermoplastic material configured to be transformed into finished containers by forming, each preform having a vertical main axis that goes through a neck, the installation comprising:at least one holding device configured to hold a preform by the neck in a thermal conditioning zone, the thermal conditioning zone being divided vertically into a first heating part that is configured to accommodate a body of the preform, the first heating part being exposed to at least one heating device configured to heat the body of the preform, and a second cooling part that is configured to accommodate the neck of the preform; and
at least one cooling device configured to cool at least one portion of the surface of the preform by producing a gas flow that passes through the thermal conditioning zone, the at least one cooling device producing a blade of blown gas having a laminar flow through an axial outlet slot that is at right angles to its direction of flow, the at least one cooling device being configured such that the produced blade of blown gas still has a laminar flow when the produced blade of blown gas reaches the preform.

US Pat. No. 10,406,741

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CONTAINERS FROM PREFORMS, ALLOWING A SYSTEMATIC CHECK ON THE CONFORMITY OF THE PREFORMS

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1. A process for manufacturing containers (2) by blow molding from preforms (3) made of thermoplastic material, comprising:a cyclic phase for heating preforms (3) in a stream within a furnace (4), at a heating temperature and a speed of advance according to programmed heating instructions (CC), followed by a shaping phase for shaping preforms (3) within a shaping unit (6) with a plurality of molding stations (14), each of said molding stations equipped with a mold (15) bearing an imprint of a container (2),
the shaping phase being cyclic and comprising a pre-blow-molding step that includes injecting into the preforms (3) a gas at a pre-blow-molding pressure (P) and a pre-blow-molding flow rate according to programmed shaping instructions (CF), followed by a blow-molding step that includes injecting into the preforms (3) a gas at a blow-molding pressure that exceeds the pre-blow-molding pressure,
the process also comprising operations of:
measuring, at every instant, a real value of the pressure prevailing in the preforms (3) within each mold (15), at least during the pre-blow-molding step;
storing the real pressure values thus measured and associated measurement times;
detecting among said real pressure values a maximum real value of the pressure;
comparing said maximum real value of the pressure and the associated measurement time with, respectively, a predetermined maximum reference value of the pressure (PB1) and an associated reference time (tB1);
verifying whether the following necessary conditions are fulfilled together over a period that is greater than or equal to a length of time of a heating cycle and for all of the molding stations (14):
the measurement time associated with the maximum real value of the pressure coincides with the reference time (tB1), and
the maximum real value of the pressure is less than the maximum reference value of the pressure (PB1),
where the maximum real value of the pressure is determined to be less than the maximum reference value of the pressure (PB1) if the difference between the maximum real value of the pressure and the maximum reference value of the pressure (PB1) is greater than several hundred millibars;
in the event said necessary conditions are fulfilled together, verifying in a chronology of events whether the heating instructions (CC) and the shaping instructions (CF) have undergone any modifications during a predetermined time interval preceding said measuring; and
in the event the result of said verifying indicates that neither of the heating instructions (CC) nor the shaping instructions (CF) has undergone a modification during said predetermined time interval, determining the preforms (3) to be sub-standard and carrying out at least one of the following actions:
generating an alert,
stopping the supply of the furnace (4) with preforms (3), and
ejecting the containers (2) produced from sub-standard preforms (3).

US Pat. No. 10,442,128

CONTAINER WITH A REINFORCED BASE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A CONTAINER

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1. A method for manufacturing a container (1), comprising:forming a neck (3), a body (6), a bottom (7), and a base (12), the neck (3), the body (6), and the bottom (7) jointly delimiting an inner primary volume (11) of the container (1), and the base (12) formed to project from a joining area (8) between the body (6) and the bottom (7) by a fold of material that includes an outer wall (13) formed from an extension of the body (6), and an inner wall (14) formed from an extension of the bottom (7),
said base (12) comprising a skirt (15), at a location where the outer wall (13) and the inner wall (14) are in mutual contact, and a foot (16) that extends from a lower end of the skirt (15) and in which an air bubble is trapped, said foot (16) defining a standing plane (17) for the container (1), and
the bottom (7) of the container, from the joining area (8) to a central area (10) surrounded by the joining area (8), formed as an arch that is concave facing an interior of the container,
said forming comprised of the sub-steps of:
providing a mold (20) having a peripheral wall (21) defining a cavity (22) with an inner surface constituting an impression of the body (6) of the container (1) and an impression of the outer wall (13) of the base (12), and also having a mold bottom (24) that has a raised surface (25) having a shape that constitutes an impression of the bottom (7) of the container (1) and of the inner wall (14) of the base (12) and that works with an open end of the cavity (22),
the mold bottom (24) and the peripheral wall (21) being mounted to move in relation to one another between an initial position, in which the raised surface (25) is separated from the cavity (22), and a final position, in which the raised surface (25) blocks the opening of said end to complete the impression of the container;
inserting a previously heated parison (2) into the mold (20) while the mold bottom (24) and the peripheral wall (21) are in the initial position;
injecting a pressurized fluid into the parison (2);
placing the mold bottom (24) and the peripheral wall (21) in the final position in such a manner as to bring about said fold of constituent material of the skirt (15) thus forming the foot (16) in which the air bubble is trapped;
extracting the thus formed container (1) from the mold (20);
a welding operation of welding the outer wall (13) and the inner wall (14) of the base (12) in the area of the skirt (15), within a welding device (32) that is separate from the mold (20); and
an operation, prior to the welding operation, of bringing the inner wall (14) and the outer wall (13) into contact over the entire length of the skirt (15) in such a way that the skirt (15) extends projecting from the joining area (8) between the body (6) and the bottom (7).

US Pat. No. 10,434,698

METHOD FOR BLOW-MOLDING CONTAINERS, AND MACHINE FOR SAID METHOD

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1. A method for producing thermoplastic containers by stretch-blow molding including a series of production cycles during each of which a new container is produced, each production cycle comprising a pre-blow-molding phase where a preform is connected through a nozzle to a pre-blow-molding air system so that the preform becomes a container ready to be blow molded during an overall blow-molding phase, the method comprising successively at least the following sub-phases:conducting blow molding or a series of blow moldings by connecting the container successively to increasingly higher-pressure air systems;
then performing a recovery or a series of recoveries by connecting the container successively to increasingly lower-pressure recovery air systems, until a final recovery where the container is connected to a final air system;
then performing a degassing by connecting the container to atmospheric pressure; and
finally opening the mold by disconnecting the nozzle,
wherein at least one characteristic point of the pressure in the container is selected that is taken from selectable points that are:
when there are several blow moldings, the transition between two successive blow moldings, and
when there are several recoveries, the transition between two successive recoveries, and
the transition between the final recovery and the degassing,
wherein, for each selected characteristic point,
a scanning time zone is determined where the selected characteristic point is found,
a triggering criterion is determined, the triggering criterion representing a progress status of an air pressure stabilization between two receptacles during at least the scanning time zone, the two receptacles being defined by the container and one of the air systems to which the container is connected before the selected characteristic point, and
a predetermined value of the criterion is determined,
wherein, during a data acquisition phase that extends over at least one production cycle, the pressure is measured in the container to register a pressure curve along at least the scanning time zone of each selected characteristic point,
wherein, for each selected characteristic point, the following are determined from the pressure curve measured:
an actual instant corresponding to said selected characteristic point,
an actual value of the criterion at the selected characteristic point, and
a target instant to trigger, in a subsequent production cycle, the passage to the sub-phase that is subsequent to the selected characteristic point, such that:
when the actual value of the criterion is less than or equal to the predetermined value, the target instant is the instant for which the criterion has assumed a value equal to the predetermined value, and
when the actual value of the criterion is strictly greater than the predetermined value, the target instant is subsequent to the actual instant and is determined to ensure that at the target instant, the criterion assumes a value approaching or coinciding with the predetermined value.