Patent Number: 6,253,809

Title: Bottle filling assembly with a screw loader having a spatial groove

Abstract: A loading mechanism is disclosed for loading bottles (14) onto a turret (12) and includes a screw (22), a linear conveyor (24), a pair of star wheels (26 and 28), and a drive. The assembly is characterized by a groove in the screw (22) having a cross section with a narrow throat (30) for engaging a neck (16) of the bottle (14) and a larger portion (32) above the throat (30) for establishing a space about the neck (16) of the bottle (14) spaced therein by the narrow throat (30). A pair of opposing lips (34) are spaced apart to define the throat (30) and a pair of spaced side walls (36) extend into the screw (22) from the lips (34) to a bottom wall (38), which remain out of contact with the neck (16) of the bottles (14).

Inventors: Paradies; Gilbert E. (Satellite Beach, FL)

Assignee: Crown Simplimatic Incorporated

International Classification: B65B 43/60 (20060101); B65B 43/42 (20060101); B67C 3/02 (20060101); B67C 3/24 (20060101); B65B 001/04 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018