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NOV‘ 20, 1962
v. A. SARIOTTI ETAL
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3,064,663
BOTTLE RINSER
Filed NOV. 22, 1961
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INVENTORS
V/CTOR A. SAP/07'77
BY ARTHUR J
TONNA
War/Z41
A 7' TORNEYS
3,064,663
Patented Nov. 20, 1962
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apart and, in conjunction with divergent portions 49 of
3,064,663
the outer rails 44, serve to move each row of bottles into
Victor A. Sariotti, Daly City, and Arthur J. Tonna, San
the receiving end of bottle moving and indexing means 36.
Each means 36 comprises a pair of shaft-mounted toothed
sprockets 56, one an idler and the other a driver, a chain
BOTTLE RtNSER
Francisco, Calif., assignors to Bnrgermeister Brewing
Corporation, San Francisco, Calif., a corporation of
California
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Filed Nov. 22, 1961, Ser. No. 154,202
5 Claims. (Cl. 134—125)
52 trained around and in mesh with the sprockets 56,
spaced arms 54 carried by the chain 52, a straight portion
56 of outer guide rail 44, and a semi-circular portion 58
of outer guide rail.
Each means 36 thereby serves to
This invention relates to the cleaning of containers, and 10 reverse the direction of movement of one row of bottles
180c and to bring the row into underlying relation with a
more particularly to a conveyor and rinser system where
row of ‘belt apertures 24.
by glass bottles may be internally rinsed and drained
The rinsed bottles, upon leaving belt portion 32, are
rwhile they are being moved at a substantially high rate of
picked up for movement by the two alike means 42, one
travel.
The essential object of the invention is to provide, as a 15 for each row of bottles, turned through 180'’, and fed into
the converging ends of paths de?ned by outer guide rails
part of an overall conveyor system adapted for the high
69 and inner guide rails 62. Each means 42 comprises a
speed movement of botties from a cleaning station to a
pair of shaft-mounted toothed sprockets 64, one an idler
?lling station, an intermediate rinsing station adapted to
and the other a driver, a chain 66 trained around and in
internally rinse and gravity drain said bottles without
necessitating a slow down in the rate of travel of said 20 mesh with the sprockets 64, spaced arms 63 carried by
the chain 66, a straight portion extension 69 of an outer
bottles between said cleaning and ?lling stations.
guide rail 66, and a reversely turned portion 70‘ of rail 66.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be
As above described, the conveyor and rinser system of
apparent from the following description taken in con
the invention changes the direction of movement of the
junction with the drawing forming part of this specifica
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25 bottles 180° four different times. The means 36 effects a
FIG. 1 is a view in vertical section taken along the
longitudinal axis of the rinser portion of the bottle con
veyor and rinser system; and
FIG. 2 is a plan view taken along the lines 2——2 of
horizontal reversal of movement of the bottles. The left
hand end of belt 16 then effects a vertical reversal of
tion, and in which:
FIG. 1, showing the details of the input and output feed
conveyors for the rinser portion of the system.
With reference to the drawing, the rinser portion of the
movement of the bottles prior to their rinsing and drain
ing. The right hand end- of belt 16 then turns the bottles
through 180° with reference to a vertical plane. Lastly,
and with reference to a horizontal plane, the means 42
turn the bottles through 180° so that they are traveling in
system comprises a belt 16 having a plurality of rows of
the same direction as originally and in a continuation of
spaced aligned apertures 12 adapted to receive and to
frictionaiiy retain the upper’ ends, or neck portions, 14 of
bottles 16. Belt 10 is trained around a pair of spaced
apart driver wheels 18, secured to shaft 26, which engage
the ‘belt outwardly of the rows of apertures 12, and a
pair of spaced apart idler wheels 22, secured to shaft 24,
the original path.
recting the bottle receiving portion 36 of the belt there
ing the leading portion of the lower reach of said belt
What is claimed is:
1. A conveyor and rinser system for containers open at
one end comprising a- continuous belt having upper and
lower reaches, rotative means for supporting and driving
said belt mounted on horizontal shafts, spaced apart and
‘which likewise engage the belt outwardly of the rows of 40 aligned apertures formed in said belt adapted to receive
the open ends of said containers, a supporting surface for
apertures 12. Belt 10 has its lower reach supported by
said containers disposed beneath said belt, means train
rollers 26 and 28, with the wheels 18 and roller 26 di
downwardly from a point where it is above the open ends
between in a downwardly inclined attitude in the direc
tion of movement of the belt, and with the wheels 22 and 45 of the containers on said supporting surface to a point
roller 28 directing the bottle discharging portion 32 of
where it is below said ends of said containers, thereby
the belt therebetween in an upwardly inclined attitude in
the direction of movement of the belt.
enabling the open ends of said containers to be inserted
into said belt apertures, means training the trailing por
tion of the lower reach of said belt upwardly from a point
A stationary supporting surface 34 is provided for the
bottles 16. Means indicated broadly at 36 in FIG. 2 are 50 where it is below the open ends of the containers on said
supporting surface to a point Where it is above said ends
provided to move the unrinsed bottles along surface 34
beneath belt portion 36 and in timed relation therewith.
of said containers, thereby enabling separation of said
containers from said belt apertures, arcuate guide means
to maintain said containers in attached relation to said
belt portion, have their neck portions 14 pressed through
belt apertures 12. After the bottles become thus engaged 55 belt as they are moved upwardly and downwardly by said
belt, and liquid spray discharge means disposed below
with belt 16 they are moved by the belt, in coniunction
the upper reach and above the lower reach of said belt
with a ?xedly positioned arcuate guide member 36, to an
Said bottles, which move in the same direction as said
inverted position. In such position, they travel along the
upper reach of belt 10, where rinse water from a con
and operable to spray rinsing liquid into the interiors of
said containers as they move in inverted position along the
duit and nozzle system indicated generally at 4%) rinses out 60 upper reach of said belt.
2. The conveyor and rinser system of claim 1, including
the interiors of the bottles, and where the bottles are there
means for feeding a row of containers on said supporting
after gravity-drained.
surface beneath the leading portion of the lower reach of
The bottles are then moved by the belt, in conjunction
said belt and for moving said containers in timed relation
with a ?xedly positioned arcuate guide member 42, to a
normal upright position on surface 34. As the bottles 65 with said belt and in registering alignment with apertures
formed in said belt, and means for receiving and for mov~
become disengaged from the upwardly inclined belt por
tion 32, the function of moving them further is taken
over by means indicated broadly at 42 in FIG. 2.
The unrinsed bottles travel toward the belt 10 in two
rows de?ned by outer guide rails 44 and inner guide rail
46. The inner rail terminates in two arcuately divergent
portions 48 which serve to move the two rows of bottles
ing the containers along said supporting surface as they
become disengaged from the trailing portion of the lower
reach of said belt.
3. A conveyor and rinser system for containers open at
one end comprising a continuous belt having upper and
lower reaches, rotative means for supporting and driving
acegeea
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end of said belt operable to maintain said containers in
attached relation to said belt as they are moved upwardly
said belt mounted on horizontal shafts, spaced apart and -
aligned apertures formed in said belt adapted to receive
to an inverted position and downwardly to a reverted posi
the open ends of said containers, means for feeding a row
tion, liquid spray discharge means positioned to discharge
rinsing liquid into the interiors of said containers as they
move in inverted position along the upper reach of said
belt, means for guiding the trailing portion of the lower
reach of said belt angularly upwardly in its direction of
of containers beneath the leading portion of the lower
reach of said belt into alignment with said apertures,
means for relatively moving said containers and said lead
ing belt portion toward each other to engage the open
ends of said containers within said belt apertures, guide
movement to disengage the open ends of said containers
from said belt apertures, third guide and conveyor means
means to prevent disengagement of the containers from
said apertures as the containers are moved upwardly to
an inverted position, liquid spray discharge means dis
for receiving said disengaged containers, for divergingthe
tures as the containers are moved downwardly to a re
belt.
rows thereof outwardly, and for re-directing them through
posed below the upper reach and above the lower reach
180° into adjacent parallel relation, and fourth guide and‘
of said belt and operable to spray'rinsing liquid into the
conveyor means for moving the pair of adjacent rows of
interiors of said containers as they move in inverted posi
tion along the upper reach of said belt, guide means to 151 rinsed containers off of said surface in a direction opposite
to the direction of movement of the lower reach of said
prevent disengagement of the containers from said aper
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5. A ‘conveyor and rinser system for containers open at
verted position, means for relatively moving said con
one end comprising a continuous belt having upper and
tainers and the trailing portion of the lower reach of said
belt away from each other to disengage the open ends of 20 lower reaches, rotative means for supporting and driving
said belt mounted on horizontal shafts, spaced apart and
said containers from' said belt apertures, and means for
aligned apertures formed in said belt adapted to receive
receiving and conveying said containers after their dis
and grippingly engage the open ends of said containers,
engagement from the belt.
means for inserting the open ends of containers into said
belt apertures along the leading portion of the lower reach a
of said belt, means for maintaining said containers in at-r
tached relation to said belt at each end of said belt to en
sure movement of the containers from the lower reach to
the upper reach and from the upper reach to the lower
4. A conveyor and rinser system for containers open at
one end comprising a continuous belt having upper and
lower reaches, rotativemeans for supporting and driving
said belt mounted on horizontal shafts, a pair of parallel
rows of spaced apart and aligned apertures formed in said
belt adapted to receive and grippingly engage the open
ends'of said containers, a supporting surface for, said
containers disposed beneath the lower reach of said belt,
?rst guide and conveyor means for moving a pair of ad
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reach, rinse liquid dispensing means positioned to deliver
rinse liquid into the interiors of said containers as the.
containers are moved by the upper reach of the belt in
inverted position, and means for e?ecting removal of said
jacent rows of unrinsed containers onto said surface in a
containers from said belt along the trailing portion of the
direction opposite to the direction of movement of the
lower reach of said belt, second guide and conveyor means 35 lower reach of said belt.
for diverging said ‘rows of containers and re-directing'
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
them through 180‘? in parallelism beneath the leading
portion of the lower reach of said belt and into registering
alignment with the apertures in said belt portion, means
for guiding said belt portion angularly downwardly in its
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' direction of movement to engage the open ends of said
containers in said apertures, arcuate guide means at each
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UNITED STATES PATENTS “
Ladewig ______________ __ May 2, 1933'v
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