CPC Definition - Subclass B67C

Last Updated Version: 2018.08
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 during preparation of alcoholic beverages except beer C12G 1/00.

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

References
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Heat treatment of liquids, i.e. pasteurising or sterilising

A23L 3/00

Disinfecting or sterilising as such of objects

A61L 2/00

Mixing of liquids

B01F

Filling bags, sacks, cartons, pouches, cups, etc.

B65B

Filling medical containers such as ampoules, vials, syringes or the like

B65B 3/003

Forming and filling of bottles in a mould

B65B 3/022

Devices for transferring samples or any liquids to, in, or from, the analysis apparatus, e.g. suction devices, injection devices

G01N 35/00

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Pasteurising or sterilising of liquids

A23L 3/00

Sterilising or disinfecting of objects:

A61L 2/00, A61L 2202/23

Sorting containers according to e.g. fill level

B07C 5/3404

Forming and filling of bottles in a mould

B65B 3/022

Pressurizing filled containers

B65B 31/04

Nozzles with flow cut-off means

B65B 39/001

Preservation of foods in combination with packaging

B65B 55/00

Grippers

B65G 47/847, B65G 47/90, B08B 9/426, B29C 49/4205

Safety devices for opening doors or panels

F16P 3/08

Filling of gas bottles

F17C 13/00

Liquid level control in general

G01F

Measuring volume, or volume flow, in general

G01F 1/00 - G01F 25/00

Weighing of fluids

G01G 17/04

Detection/Investigating the presence of flaws or contamination in a container or its contents

G01N 21/90

Total factory automation

G05B 19/418

Vending machines including the filling of containers (e.g. WO2008037974)

G07F 11/00, G07F 13/00

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
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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.

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 during preparation of alcoholic beverages except beer C12G 1/00.

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

References
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Filling containers with liquids or semi-liquids using apparatus other than bottling or like apparatus

B65B 3/00

Detection/Investigating the presence of flaws or contamination in a container or its contents

G01N 21/90

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Pasteurising or sterilising of liquids

A23L 3/00

Sterilising or disinfecting of objects

A61L 2/00, A61L 2202/23

Mixing of liquids

B01F

Sorting containers according to e.g. fill level

B07C 5/3404

Grippers

B08B 9/426, B29C 49/4205, B65G 47/487, B65G 47/90

Filling bags, sacks, cartons, pouches, cups, etc.

B65B

Filling medical containers such as ampoules, vials, syringes or the like

B65B 3/003

Forming and filling of bottles in a mould

B65B 3/022

Pressurizing filled containers

B65B 31/04

Nozzles with flow cut-off means

B65B 39/001

Preservation of foods in combination with packaging

B65B 55/00

Safety devices for opening doors or panels

F16P 3/08

Devices for transferring samples or any liquids to, in, or from, the analysis apparatus, e.g. suction devices, injection devices

G01N 35/00

Special rules of classification

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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References
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Topping-up containers or receptacles to ensure complete filling

B65B 3/24

Adding fluids for preventing deformation of filled and closed containers

B65B 31/006

{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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Pucks used as container carrier in handling devices such as conveyors

B65G 2201/0261

{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
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Heat treatment of liquids, i.e. pasteurising or sterilising

A23L 3/00

Details about sterilising processes or apparatuses as such, only in combination with some form of subsequent process in/of a bottling line

A61L 2/00

Disinfecting or sterilising as such of objects

A61L 2/00

Mixing of liquids

B01F

Forming and filling of bottles in a mould

B65B 3/022

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Pasteurising or sterilising of liquids

A23L 3/00

Sterilising or disinfecting of objects

A61L 2/00

Cleaning in general

B08B

Cleaning of containers

B08B 9/20

Details related to subsequent processes of blow moulding and filling

B29C 49/00

Preservation of foods in combination with packaging

B65B 55/00

Packaging in aseptic tunnels

B65B 55/025

Packaging in aseptic chambers

B65B 55/027

Conveying of containers in general

B65G

Grippers

B65G 47/847, B65G 47/90, B08B 9/426, B29C 49/4205

{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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Illustrative examples of subject matter classified in this group:

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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.

References
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Devices for aerating of wine

B01F

Funnels for introducing articles or materials in containers or wrappers

B65B 39/00

Filling or draining lubricant of or from machines or engines

F01M 11/04

Measuring spoons or scoops

G01F 19/002

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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