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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
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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).

Concurrent cleaning (or sterilizing), filling, and closing of bottles; Processes or devices for at least two of these operations.

Devices for emptying bottles, not otherwise provided for [N: during preparation of alcoholic beverages except beer C12G 1/00].

Funnels, e.g. for liquids (filter funnels B01D 23/28; volume flow-meters G01F).

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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 of fluids
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
Total factory automation
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)
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B67C7/03 covers primarily the filling/bottling of bottles or cans or jars or barrels or casks with beverages or drinks or other (similar) liquids or semi-liquids (such as e.g. edible oils or substances), on a relatively large production scale, for example as is done in the beverage or soft drink or wine industry or in breweries, and is further subdivided in:

  • 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.

{Cleaning of filling devices}
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{using cups or dummies to be placed under the filling heads}
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{permanently attached to the filling machine and movable between a rest and a working position}
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{ Cleaning outside parts of filling devices}
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{Applications of control, warning or safety devices in filling machinery (flow-control B67C 3/28) }
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{ Bottling or like apparatus specially adapted to be transported, e.g. positioned on a truck or in a container}
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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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{ Filling multiple liquids in a container (B67C 3/208 takes precedence) }
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{ Filling the liquids simultaneously}
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without applying pressure
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{ Apparatus specially adapted for filling bottles with hot liquids}
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using counterpressure, i.e. filling while the container is under pressure
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{Filling siphons, e.g. carbonating beverages during filling (siphons B67D 1/0456) }
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and subsequently lowering the counterpressure
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preliminary filling with inert gases, e.g. carbon dioxide
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Pressure-control devices
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specially adapted for filling with hot liquids
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using suction
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using siphoning arrangements
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with provision for metering the liquids to be introduced, e.g. when adding syrups (measuring volume, or volume flow, in general G01F)
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{by weighing}
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{using dosing chambers}
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{using arrangements of cylinders and pistons (B67C 3/208 takes precedence) }
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{specially adapted for adding small amounts of additional liquids, e.g. syrup}
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Details
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{Head-space air removing devices, e.g. by inducing foam}
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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
Adding fluids for preventing deformation of filled and closed containers
{by squeezing the container elastically}
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{ Means for filling simultaneously, e.g. in a rotary filling apparatus or multiple rows of containers}
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Devices for supporting or handling bottles (transport or storing devices in general B65G)
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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Pucks used as container carrier in handling devices such as conveyors
{engaging with bottle necks (B67C 3/26 takes precedence) }
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{Bottle lifting devices actuated by jacks, e.g. hydraulic, pneumatic (B67C 3/242 takes precedence) }
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{Bottle lifting devices actuated by cams (B67C 3/242 takes precedence) }
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{Bottle lifting devices actuated by threads B67C 3/242 takes precedence}
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Filling-heads; Means for engaging filling-heads with bottle necks
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{comprising anti-dripping means}
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{to prevent dripping from sources other than the filling product, e.g. deflectors for vapours condensed on the outer surface of the filling device}
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{specially adapted for counter-pressure filling}
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{the liquid valve being opened by mechanical or electrical actuation}
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{and the filling operation stopping when the liquid rises to a level at which it closes a vent opening}
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{and the filling operation stopping when probes, e.g. electrical or optical probes, sense the wanted liquid level (level control in general G01F) }
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{the liquid valve being opened automatically when a given counter-pressure is obtained in the container to be filled}
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{and the filling operation stopping when the liquid rises to a level at which it closes a vent opening}
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{and the filling operation stopping when probes, e.g. electrical or optical probes, sense the wanted liquid level (level control in general G01F) }
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{specially adapted for vacuum or suction filling}
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{comprising a liquid valve opened by relative movement between the container and the filling head}
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{and the filling operation being carried out manually}
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{specially adapted for sterilising prior to filling}
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Flow-control devices, e.g. using valves ( {B67C 3/2617, B67C 3/2625, B67C 3/2637 take precedence} ; valves in general F16K)
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{Profiled valve bodies for smoothing the flow at the outlet of the filling nozzle}
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{ using pressure sensing means}
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{ using non-liquid contact sensing means (B67C 3/283 takes precedence) }
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{ using liquid contact sensing means (B67C 3/283 takes precedence) }
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{ related to flow rate control, i.e. controlling slow and fast filling phases}
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{ related to flow control using predetermined or real-time calculated parameters}
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{ using master-slave controls}
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Filling of barrels or casks
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using counterpressure, i.e. filling while the container is under pressure
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Devices for engaging filling-heads with filling-apertures
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Concurrent cleaning, 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
{Conveying; Synchronising}
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{Synchronising}
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{General lay-out of bottle-handling machines}
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{the containers travelling along a linear path}
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{the operation being performed batch-wise}
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{the containers travelling along a circular path}
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{Infeed and outfeed devices}
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{using grippers (for supporting bottle necks during filling B67C 3/242) }
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{Sterilising, aseptic filling and closing (B67C 3/2642 takes precedence) }
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{comprising a cleaning step between two closing steps}
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{Sterilisation being restricted to the area of application of the closure}
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{Lever action devices operated by hand or foot}
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Devices for emptying bottles, not otherwise provided for {during preparation of alcoholic beverages except beer C12G 1/00}
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Funnels, e.g. for liquids (filter funnels B01D 23/28; volume flow-meters G01F)
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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
Measuring spoons or scoops
without discharge valves
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with non-automatic discharge valves
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with automatic discharge valves
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{ for preventing spilling or dripping}
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{ for preventing overflow of the filled container}
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