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CLEANING, FILLING WITH LIQUIDS OR SEMILIQUIDS, OR EMPTYING, OF BOTTLES, JARS, CANS, CASKS, BARRELS, OR SIMILAR CONTAINERS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; FUNNELS
References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Forming and filling of bottles in a mould
Filling bags, sacks, cartons, pouches, cups, etc.
Filling medical containers such as ampoules, vials, syringes or the like
Disinfecting or sterilising as such of objects
Mixing of liquids
Heat treatment of liquids, i.e. pasteurising or sterilising
Devices for transferring samples or any liquids to, in, or from, the analysis apparatus, e.g. suction devices, injection devices
Filling medical containers such as ampoules, vials, syringes or the like
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Pressurizing filled containers
Detection/Investigating the presence of flaws or contamination in a container or its contents
Forming and filling of bottles in a mould
Sterilising or disinfecting of objects:
Pasteurising or sterilising of liquids
Preservation of foods in combination with packaging
Measuring volume, or volume flow, in general
Weighing in general
Liquid level control in general
Filling of gas bottles
Nozzles with flow cut-off means
Grippers
Vending machines including the filling of containers (e.g. WO2008037974)
Safety devices for opening doors or panels
Sorting containers according to e.g. fill level
Bottling liquids or semiliquids; Filling jars or cans with liquids or semiliquids using bottling or like apparatus; Filling casks or barrels with liquids or semiliquids (filling containers with liquids or semiliquids using apparatus other than bottling or like apparatus B65B 3/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Cleaning of filling devices.

Applications of control, warning or safety.

Filling bottles, jars, cans with liquids or semi-liquids using bottling or like apparatus and details thereof.

Filling of barrels and casks.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Detection/Investigating the presence of flaws or contamination in a container or its contents
Forming and filling of bottles in a mould
Filling containers with liquids or semi-liquids using apparatus other than bottling or like apparatus
Special rules of classification within this group

Pressure-control in counter-pressure filling classified in B67C 3/12.

Flow control devices classified in B67C 3/28.

Filling heads specially adapted for filling cans are also classified in B67C 2003/2657.

Constructional details of bottling equipment or filling machines are classified in B67C 3/22, e.g. frame or support details, or B67C 3/22, e.g. automatic exchange of components.

Constructional details of filling heads are also classified in B67C 3/26.

Classes B67C 3/2617 and B67C 3/2625 and subgroups also comprise documents not explicitly directed to counter-pressure filling.

[N: Cleaning of filling devices]
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[N: Applications of control, warning or safety devices in filling machinery (flow-control B67C 3/28)]
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Bottling liquids or semiliquids; Filling jars or cans with liquids or semiliquids using bottling or like apparatus
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[N: Head-space air removing devices, e.g. by inducing foam]
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Topping-up containers or receptacles to ensure complete filling
Flow-control devices, e.g. using valves ([N: B67C 3/2617, B67C 3/2625, B67C 3/2637 take precedence]; valves in general F16K)
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[N: Profiled valve bodies for smoothing the flow at the outlet of the filling nozzle]
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[N: using pressure sensing means]
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[N: using non-liquid contact sensing means (B67C 3/283 takes precedence)]
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[N: using liquid contact sensing means (B67C 3/283 takes precedence)]
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[N: related to flow rate control, i.e. controlling slow and fast filling phases]
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[N: related to flow control using predetermined or real-time calculated parameters]
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[N: using master-slave controls]
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Filling of barrels or casks
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Concurrent cleaning (or sterilizing), filling, and closing of bottles; Processes or devices for at least two of these operations
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Details of conveying or synchronising.

Sterilising, aseptic filling and closing.

Lever action devices operated by hand or foot.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Details about sterilising processes or apparatuses as such, only in combination with some form of subsequent process in/of a bottling line
Forming and filling of bottles in a mould
Disinfecting or sterilising as such of objects
Mixing of liquids
Heat treatment of liquids, i.e. pasteurising or sterilising
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Preservation of foods in combination with packaging
Packaging in aseptic tunnels
Packaging in aseptic chambers
Conveying of containers in general
Grippers
Cleaning in general
Cleaning of containers
Sterilising or disinfecting of objects
Pasteurising or sterilising of liquids
Details related to subsequent processes of blow moulding and filling
[N: Lever action devices operated by hand or foot]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices for emptying bottles, not otherwise provided for [N: during preparation of alcoholic beverages except beer C12G 1/00]
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative examples of subject matter classified in this group:

Funnels, e.g. for liquids (filter funnels B01D 23/28; volume flow-meters G01F)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Funnels without discharge valves.

Funnels with non-automatic discharge valves.

Funnels with automatic discharge valves.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Funnels for introducing articles or materials in containers or wrappers
Filling or draining lubricant of or from machines or engines
Devices for aerating of wine
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in B67C 11/00:

without discharge valves
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in B67C 11/02:

with non-automatic discharge valves
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in B67C 11/04:

with automatic discharge valves
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in B67C 11/06:

[N: for preventing spilling or dripping]
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in B67C 11/063:

[N: for preventing overflow of the filled container]
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in B67C 11/066:

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