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Publication numberUS20020007867 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/927,638
Publication dateJan 24, 2002
Filing dateAug 13, 2001
Priority dateJul 7, 1999
Publication number09927638, 927638, US 2002/0007867 A1, US 2002/007867 A1, US 20020007867 A1, US 20020007867A1, US 2002007867 A1, US 2002007867A1, US-A1-20020007867, US-A1-2002007867, US2002/0007867A1, US2002/007867A1, US20020007867 A1, US20020007867A1, US2002007867 A1, US2002007867A1
InventorsHiromichi Takada, Kazuhiko Ide
Original AssigneeKikusui Chemical Industries Co., Ltd.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Method for manufacturing/handling fluid component packaged goods, manufacture/handling instructing data code for use in this method and fluid component packaged goods affixed by this manufacture/handling instructing data code
US 20020007867 A1
Abstract
There is provided a method for manufacturing and handling a variety of fluid component packaged goods efficiently. Fluid component is prepared within a packaging container and a manufacturing/handling instructing data code containing both manufacturing information of the fluid component and handling information of the fluid component packaged goods is indicated on the package to carry out the whole manufacturing and handling steps from first to last by the data code.
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What is claimed is:
1. A method for manufacturing/handling fluid component packaged goods, comprising steps of:
manufacturing fluid components of at least two or more types having different contents of composition;
manufacturing fluid component packaged goods of two or more types in which said fluid components of two or more types are filled in packaging containers; and
handling said fluid component packaged goods of two or more tapes differently corresponding to their classification;
said method further comprising the following conditions 1) through 4):
1) said fluid components of two or more types and said fluid component packaged goods of two or more types are manufactured concurrently by filling predetermined components corresponding to the classification of the fluid components and by implementing other necessary processes to individual packaging containers supplied one after another on one and same manufacturing line;
2) said fluid component packaged goods of two or more types manufactured on said manufacturing line are handled in a predetermined manner corresponding to its classification on a handling line;
3) a manufacturing/handling instructing data code containing processing information required for manufacturing said fluid components and handling information required for handling said fluid component packaged goods is indicated on said individual packaging containers in advance or in a pre-step of said manufacturing line; and
4) required processes based on the processing information of said data code are decided and executed in processing stations for manufacturing said fluid components on said manufacturing line and required handling based on the handling information of said data code are decided and executed in handling stations for handling said fluid component packaged goods on said handling line.
2. The method for manufacturing/handling the fluid component packaged goods according to claim 1, wherein said fluid component is paint and said fluid component packaged goods are paint goods filled in paint cans.
3. The method for manufacturing/handling the fluid component packaged goods according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said data code is a bar code or a two-dimensional code printed or pasted on the paint cans.
4. The method for manufacturing/handling the fluid component packaged goods according to claim 2 or 3, wherein the processes on said manufacturing line are at least processes for filling the predetermined components into the paint cans and for mixing the paint cans and the processes on said handling line is at least a process for classifying the paint goods contained in the cans to predetermined shipping yards.
5. A manufacturing/handling instructing data code which is a data code to be affixed to a package of fluid component packaged goods, containing at least manufacturing instructing data to be utilized in manufacturing fluid components, i.e., the contents, and handling instructing data to be utilized in handling fluid component packaged goods.
6. Fluid component packaged goods, characterized in that said manufacturing/handling instructing data code in claim 5 is affixed on packaging containers thereof.
7. A manufacturing/handling instructing data code which is a data code to be affixed to a paint can goods in which paint is filled, containing at least manufacturing instructing data to be utilized in manufacturing the paints, i.e., the contents, and handling instructing data to be utilized in handling the paint can goods in which the paints are filled.
8. Paint goods contained in cans, characterized in that said manufacturing/handling instructing data code in claim 7 is affixed to the paint cans.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing/handling fluid component packaged goods, a manufacture/handling instructing data code for use in this method and fluid component packaged goods to which this manufacture/handling instructing data code is affixed. The invention is suitably applied to goods such as a paint can in which paint is filled in particular.

[0003] 2. Description of the Related Art

[0004] Trials of introducing a data code such as a bar code and a two-dimensional data code into manufacturing lines of various goods as a manufacturing instructing data code have come to be actively implemented lately to enhance the efficiency for manufacturing goods and to eliminate processing and handling misses during the manufacture.

[0005] For instance, JP-A-57-71151, JP-A-62-28157 and JP-A-4-146649 have disclosed such data code in connection with semiconductor devices, JP-A-59-124469 has disclosed in connection with the production of cars and JP-A-6-178955 has disclosed in connection with painting products. Further, JP-A-6-134656 and JP-A-7-21271 have disclosed a manufacturing instructing data code itself.

[0006] In the technologies disclosed in the above-mentioned publications, the manufacturing instructing data code such as a bar code is affixed to nonprocessed/non-treated goods to process/treat the goods accurately and automatically by reading processing/treatment information directly from the data code or by collating to a computer about the contents of processing/treatment by reading goods identification information on a manufacturing line.

[0007] All of these technologies described abode may be recognized to be able to improve the manufacturing yield and to reduce processing/treatment misses by introducing such manufacturing instructing data code.

[0008] By the way, each of the technologies described above utilizes the data code only in the processing/treatment process of goods. However, there is a packaging line after the manufacturing line for the goods of general size manufactured in the factory line, except of very large goods such as a car, and the factory line cycle ends for the first time after passing through steps of classifying the packaged goods per package and of conveying the packaged goods to predetermined shipping yards in general. Accordingly, it has been desired to introduce something like a “handling instructing data code” also in such handling processes after manufacturing the goods to improve its efficiency and to reduce handling misses.

[0009] However, because the packaged goods can be manufactured normally only in the sequence of packaging the goods after ending the processing/treatment of the goods, the manufacturing instructing data code cannot be affixed to the package. In contrary, even if the handling instructing data code is affixed to the goods, it is difficult to read the code mechanically through the package in general except of an exceptional package such as vacuum packing by means of a transparent film Accordingly, there has been no other way but a method of affixing the manufacturing instructing data code to the goods to be processed/treated and of affixing the handling instructing data code separately to the packaged goods in such a case in introducing the handling instructing data code.

[0010] Accordingly, such method has required to indicate the two kinds of data codes of the manufacturing instructing data code and the handling instructing data code to the two kinds of objects of the product and the package in the separate steps for one packaged goods. Still more, these two kinds of data codes must correspond infallibly because the package must coincide with its content, i.e., the goods. Therefore, there has been a problem from the above-mentioned facts that the data code pasting process and an information processing system of the data using a computer and others are very complicated.

[0011] There has been also no technology in the field of fluid component goods such as paint and various liquid component goods or of solid particulate component goods having fluidity for rationally improving the efficiency of manufacturing, packaging and handling processes and reducing handling misses of the fluid component goods by using the manufacturing instructing data code and the handling instructing data code because it has been considered that the above-mentioned circumstance applies in the same manner in the past.

[0012] Accordingly, it is an object of the invention is to eliminate the above-mentioned problems in manufacturing/handing the fluid component packaged goods.

[0013] The inventor of the present application has reached to the following points to be noticed and consummated the present invention while making trials and errors to find the solution of the above-mentioned problems:

[0014] (a) Normal solid goods allow the manufacturing instructing data code to be indicated directly on the goods because the goods themselves have independent spatial configuration and can be processed/treated corresponding to the manufacturing instructing data code as the goods are conveyed on a manufacture line one by one. However, it has the above-mentioned problem because they cannot be processed/treated from the outside of the package in principle.

[0015] (b) Fluid component goods disallows the manufacturing instructing data code to be indicated directly on the goods and cannot be processed/treated in a predetermined manner by dividing and conveying it on the manufacture line one by one. In contrary however, it is possible to manufacture, package and handle the goods by one single data code by indicating the manufacturing instructing data code and the handling instructing data code together on the package when the fluid is filled within a packaging container because it allows at least “processing/treatment after packaging” such as processes for filling and mixing components.

[0016] (c) While a method of producing a predetermined component per product type as a master batch and of separately filling it into individual packaging containers has been normally adopted in the past as a method for producing a number of types of products such as paints, there has been introduced, lately, a method of supplying empty packaging containers on a manufacture line one after another, of filling predetermined components into the individual packaging containers and of mixing them therein to produce the fluid component and the fluid component packaged goods in the same time. The adoption of this method allows the merit of the above item (b) to be actively utilized.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0017] (Structure of First Aspect of the Invention)

[0018] In order to solve the above-mentioned problems, according to the structure of a first aspect of the invention (invention described in claim 1) , there is provided a method for manufacturing/handling fluid component packaged goods comprising steps of manufacturing fluid components of at least two or more types having different contents of composition; manufacturing fluid component packaged goods of two or more types in which the fluid components of two or more types are filled in packaging containers; and handling the fluid component packaged goods of two or more types differently corresponding to their classification. The method further comprises the following conditions 1) through 4):

[0019] 1) The fluid components of two or more types and the fluid component packaged goods of two or more types are manufactured concurrently by filling the predetermined components corresponding to the classification of the fluid components to and by implementing other necessary processes on individual packaging containers supplied one after another on one and same manufacturing line.

[0020] 2) The fluid component packaged goods of two or more types manufactured on the manufacturing line are handled in a predetermined manner corresponding to its classification on a handling line.

[0021] 3) A manufacturing/handling instructing data code containing processing information required for manufacturing the fluid components and handling information required for handling the fluid component packaged goods is indicated on the individual packaging containers in advance or in a pre-step of the manufacturing lines

[0022] 4) Required processes based on the processing information of the data code are decided and executed in processing stations for manufacturing the fluid components on the manufacturing line and required handling based on the handling information of the data code are decided and executed in handling stations for handling the fluid component packaged goods on the handling line.

[0023] According to the structure of a second aspect of the invention (invention described in claim 2) for solving the above-mentioned problems, there is provided the method for manufacturing/handling the fluid component packaged goods, wherein the fluid component is paint and the fluid component packaged goods are paint goods filled in paint cans in the first aspect of the invention.

[0024] According to the structure of a third aspect of the invention (invention described in claim 3) for solving the above-mentioned problems, there is provided the method for manufacturing/handling the fluid component packaged goods, wherein the data code is a bar code or a two-dimensional code printed or pasted on the paint cans in the first or second aspects of the invention.

[0025] According to the structure of a fourth aspect of the invention (invention described in claim 4) for solving the above-mentioned problems, there is provided the method for manufacturing/handling the fluid component packaged goods, wherein the processes on the manufacturing line are at least processes for filling the predetermined components into the paint cans and for mixing the paint cans and the process on the handling line is at least a process for classifying the paint goods contained in the cans to predetermined shipping yards in the second or third aspect of the invention.

[0026] According to the structure of a fifth aspect of the invention (invention described in claim 5) for solving the above-mentioned problems, there is provided a manufacturing/handling instructing data code which is a data code to be affixed to a package of fluid component packaged goods and which contains at least manufacturing instructing data to be utilized in manufacturing fluid components, i.e., the contents, and handling instructing data to be utilized in handling fluid component packaged goods.

[0027] According to the structure of a sixth aspect of the invention (invention described in claim 6) for solving the above-mentioned problems, there is provided fluid component packaged goods, characterized in that the manufacturing/handling instructing data code in the fifth aspect of the invention is affixed on packaging containers thereof.

[0028] According to the structure of a seventh aspect of the invention (invention described in claim 7) for solving the above-mentioned problems, there is provided a manufacturing/handling instructing data code which is a data code to be affixed to a paint can goods in which paint is filled and which contains at least manufacturing instructing data to be utilized in manufacturing the paints, i.e., the contents, and handling instructing data to be utilized in handling the paint can goods in which the paints are filled.

[0029] According to the structure of an eighth aspect of the invention (invention described in claim 8) for solving the above-mentioned problems, there is provided paint goods contained in cans, characterized in that the manufacturing/handling instructing data code in the seventh aspect of the invention is affixed to the paint cans.

[0030] Individual packaging containers for manufacturing fluid components of at least two or more types having different contents of composition are supplied one after another on one and same manufacturing line at first in the method for manufacturing/handling the fluid component packaged goods.

[0031] The multi-type goods are manufactured continuously on and same manufacturing line by undergoing the process for filling predetermined components to these packaging containers corresponding to the classification of the fluid components and other required processes, e.g., a process for mixing the fluid components. Thus, it becomes possible to construct the unique multi-product type concurrent manufacturing method of manufacturing the fluid components of two or more types, different from the normal solid processed goods, and of completing the manufacturing of the packaged goods in the same time.

[0032] The variety of fluid component packaged goods produced out of the manufacturing line are handled next to classify and to send to a predetermined shipping yard (or a stock yard) decided per type of the products for example.

[0033] In such manufacturing/handling cycle of the fluid component packaged goods, the manufacturing/handling instructing data code containing the processing information required for manufacturing the fluid components and the handling information required for handling the fluid component packaged goods are indicated on the individual packaging containers in advance or in the pre-step of the manufacturing line by pasting labels or by printing.

[0034] Accordingly, the processing and handling operations in each station may be decided and executed by reading the section of the manufacturing process information within the manufacturing/handling instructing data code in the processing stations for manufacturing the fluid components and the section of the handling information within the manufacturing/handling instructing data code in the stations for handling the fluid component packaged goods mechanically by using code readers or the like. Thus, it becomes possible to automate the whole manufacturing/handling cycle of the fluid component packaged goods.

[0035] At this time, the merit of the fluid component pointed out in (b) in the section of notified points described above may be realized by combining the method of supplying the empty packaging containers on which the manufacturing/handling instructing data code is indicated to the manufacturing line with the method of carrying out the processes of filling the predetermined fluid components into these individual containers and of mixing them. That is, when the fluid components are contained within the packaging container, it is at least possible to implement “processing/treatment after packaging” such as the processes of filling and mixing the components, so that it becomes possible to manufacture, package and handle the goods by one data code by indicating the manufacturing instructing data code and handling instructing data code together on the package.

[0036] As a result, it becomes unnecessary to indicate the two types of data codes of manufacturing instructing data code and handling instructing data code to the objects of two types of the product and the package in the separate steps for one packaged goods like the prior art. Accordingly, because a check system for assuring the two types of data codes to correspond infallibly from each other is not required, the data code pasting process and a data information processing system using a computer and other may be remarkably simplified.

[0037] The above-mentioned operations and effects may be achieved preferably when the fluid component is paint or other liquid components and when the fluid component packaged goods are paint goods filled in paint cans or other can containers. The above-mentioned operations and effects may be achieved preferably when the manufacturing/handling instructing data code is a bar code or a two-dimensional code printed or pasted on the packaging container such as a paint can.

[0038] The above and other advantages of the invention will become more apparent in the following description and the accompanying drawing.

[0039]FIG. 1 is a diagram conceptually showing a system of a preferred embodiment of the invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0040] (Fluid Component)

[0041] The present invention does not limit the type of fluid component and is applicable to liquid phase, particulate phase and gaseous phase components having a fluid state or semi-fluid state. The fluid component may be also one composed of only single phase material among them or composed of mixture of two or more phases of such materials such as solid suspension. The one composed of only single phase material described above includes emulsion for example. The invention is suited for liquid components or paint components in particular among them.

[0042] Fluid components of two or more types having different contents of composition may be produced by the invention. The differences of the contents of composition include the difference of all kinds of contents of composition distinguishable as fluid component goods (for example, filling amounts and color tones of the fluid component, grades of material, whether or not aggregate is added, whether or not thickener, water repellent or fungicide is added and the like), beside the case when the type of the component is different and the ratio of the components is different.

[0043] (Step of Manufacturing Two or More Kinds of Fluid Components)

[0044] While two or more kinds of fluid components are produced by filling predetermined components by predetermined amounts on a manufacturing line in principle, one which has been already prepared may be used for part of the components like the case of completing the basic composition of paint separately in advance in manufacture paints for example and of producing paints of two or more kinds having different colors by mixing pigments having predetermined color tones therewith by a predetermined amount on the manufacturing line.

[0045] While the fluid component manufacture step includes at least a process of filling the predetermined components into a packaging container, it is possible to include other processes. Such processes include processes of mixing the filled components, giving information by the manufacturing instructing data code, checking the quality of the fluid component on the assumption that it may be automatically processed and the like for example.

[0046] (Step of Manufacturing Two or More Kinds of Fluid Component Packaged Goods)

[0047] Because the above-mentioned step of manufacturing the two or more kinds of fluid components also becomes the step of manufacturing two or more kinds of fluid component packaged goods, the both steps are completed basically in the same time.

[0048] More strictly speaking, a process for sealing the package such as a capping step for capping a filling port is included in this step because the packaging container of the fluid component has at least the filling port for filling the fluid component. This package sealing process may be carried out arbitrarily at required timing. For example, when the fluid component mixing step is carried out by inserting agitating means to the packaging container from the filling port, the package sealing process is carried out after the mixing step. When the fluid component mixing process is to be carried out by holding and swinging or rotating the whole packaging container, the package sealing process is carried out before the mixing step.

[0049] The shape and material of the packaging container are not limited specifically in the invention. However, because the manufacture/handling instructing data code is indicated on the packaging container, a soft and flexible bag is not preferable as the packaging container from the aspect that it is not easy to indicate and to read the data code reliably by a code reader. A preferable container is a packaging container which is made from a rigid material such as metal and plastic and which has a flat surface so that the data code may be indicated readily at a region where it can be read readily by the code reader. A cubic or rectangular parallelepiped metallic paint can which is used often as a paint packaging container is an example suited most as a container.

[0050] (Step for Handling Two or More Kinds of Fluid Component Packaging Goods)

[0051] The fluid component packaged goods produced one after another in the above-mentioned steps are handled next in a predetermined manner corresponding to the type of the goods in a handling line. While the contents of the handling are not specifically limited, the typical one is to specify the name of a consignee and a carrier and to classify and convey the goods to a shipping or stock yard corresponding to that. Beside that, the handling contents include those operations of placing the goods at a specific position of the shipping or stock yard, managing a number of stocks, collecting a plurality of goods, and packaging a plurality of goods in a batch.

[0052] It is also possible to include the handling instructing data effective for automating certain handling works of handling and storing in/taking the packaged goods out of a warehouse in the data code described above by expanding the concept of the “handling works” of the fluid component packaged goods under the cooperation of shipping agents or of users at the destinations.

[0053] (Manufacturing/Handling Instructing Data Code)

[0054] Preferably, the manufacturing/handling instructing data code is a so-called bar code or more preferably, is a two-dimensional code which allows a larger amount of information to be set. Other than those, it may be of a type of setting information by punching through a card in a predetermined mode for example. In short, it will do if it can be read mechanically by a reader such as a code reader and can be processed or handled automatically in a processing station or a handling station through information processing via computers.

[0055] Although the mode for indicating the manufacturing/handling instructing data code on the packaging container is not limited, preferably, the manufacturing/handling instructing data code is printed directly on the packaging container or a label on which the manufacturing/handling instructing data code is indicated is pasted on the packaging container. The region on the packaging container where the label is pasted is not also limited and the region where the manufacturing/handling instructing data code can be read readily and reliably by the reader may be adequately selected and pasted. In case of a paint can for example, it becomes easy to design a manufacturing line including the disposition of the code reader in many cases by pasting the label on the flat portion of the upper surface (top board of the can). It causes no problem even when a cylindrical paint can is used. The label may be pasted on the side or bottom of the can as a matter of course.

[0056] The manufacturing/handling instructing data code may be also indicated in advance on the packaging container to be supplied to the manufacturing line or a label issuing and pasting unit may be installed at the pre-step of the fluid component manufacture step in the manufacturing line to paste a predetermined kinds/number of manufacturing/handling instructing data codes on the packaging containers one after another as scheduled. Because the manufacture/handling works of the fluid component packaged goods are decided by the type and the number of issued labels in those cases, the operation of the whole manufacture/handling lines of the factory is controlled automatically by the labels. Accordingly, it is possible to construct a manufacturing system for managing a manufacturing plan of a day or a week by the type and the number of issued labels.

[0057] At least, manufacturing instructing data to be utilized in producing the fluid component and handling instructing data to be utilized in handling the fluid component packaged goods are included as the contents of information of the manufacturing/handling instructing data code.

[0058] However, in the manufacturing or handling line of multi-type fluid components and of fluid component packaged goods, there is also a step which is processed more conveniently by processing manually rather than automatically. Accordingly, the effect of the invention may be assured when at least one process in the manufacturing step and one process in the handling step (the process for deciding and executing the type and the amount of component to be filled in the fluid component manufacturing process and the process of deciding and executing the classification of goods in the fluid component packaged goods handing step for example) are automated and all processing/handling works other than those need not be always automated.

[0059] Therefore, data for instructing one process in the manufacturing step and data instructing one process in the handling step (data instructing the type and the amount of the component to be filled or manufacturing instructing data of the other type in the fluid component manufacturing step and data instructing the classification of the goods or handling instructing data of the other type in the fluid component packaged goods handing step for example) just need to be included in the manufacturing instructing data and the handling instructing data.

[0060] It is noted that the utilization of the manual works is effective particularly in receiving an order and in shipping the goods on the day. It becomes easy to limit shipping time on that day (moving up the time or adjusting to collecting time of a truck on a route) or to change the production plan when an order is canceled on that day.

[0061] The manufacturing/handling instructing data code may be structured so as to contain all data required for instructing the manufacturing and handling works to be automated to be able to directly instruct processing and handling works in the processing or handling station. It may be also structured so as to contain only identification data (ID code or the like) indicating the type of the goods to be able to take out necessary manufacturing and handling instructing data from a memory of a host computer based on that.

EMBODIMENT

[0062] Next, one embodiment of the invention will be explained based on FIG. 1 which shows an exemplary system of the method for manufacturing/handling the fluid component packaged goods.

[0063] The system of the present embodiment is a system for concurrently and continuously producing multi-type paints contained in paint cans. The type of the paints is divided roughly into paint containing predetermined aggregate and paint not containing it. Paints having a predetermined plurality of color tones are produced by adding pigments of respective colors to the both types of the paints (there is a case when no pigment is added).

[0064] The system shown in FIG. 1 comprises a manufacturing line 1 for preparing paint components to be contained in a can and a handling line 2 for classifying and conveying them. Whether these manufacturing and handling lines should be composed of a singular line or a plurality of lines may be arbitrarily changed.

[0065] The manufacturing line 1 starts from two paint can supplying paths 3 and 4 composed of a conveyer and others having a capability of conveying the goods in the direction of arrows in the figure. Paint cans 5 supplied to the pain can supplying path 3 are empty cans in which the paint containing no aggregate is scheduled to be produced. Paint cans 5 supplied to the pain can supplying path 4 are filled with blank base paint (whose basic composition is completed in advance and whose composition as the paint is completed by filling pigment) in which predetermined aggregate has been added.

[0066] Then, a labeler 6 pastes labels not shown on which the manufacturing/handling instructing data code having predetermined information contents is indicated on the paint cans 5 conveyed through the two paint can supplying paths 3 and 4. At this time, whether the paint can 5 is the empty can or the can filled with the blank base paint is discriminated adequately by manual or automatic means.

[0067] The manufacturing/handling instructing data code contains information regarding on whether it is the aggregate added paint or not, on the operation for filling the base paint, on the operation for adding the pigments and on how the components are to be mixed as the manufacturing instructing data and information regarding on the classification of goods per type, names of consignees and shipping agents as the handling instructing data. Or, the manufacturing/handling instructing data code may include the identification code of the manufacturing instructing data and the identification code of the handling instructing data so as to be able to collate to a computer about the manufacturing instructing data and the handling instructing data.

[0068] It is noted that while the paint can supplying path has been divided into two lines due to the manufacturing situation and to the convenience of the line design, those paint can supplying paths 3 and 4 may be unified as the circumstances permit.

[0069] The paint cans 5 on which the label of the manufacturing/handling instructing data code has been pasted by the labeler 6 are divided and sent either to a first processing line 8 in which the aggregate added paint is produced or a second processing line 9 in which the aggregate-less paint is produced as the respective data codes are read at a line selecting section 7. That is, the paint cans 5 in which the aggregate added blank base paint has been filled are sent to the first processing line 8 and the paint cans 5 which are empty cans are sent to the second processing line 9, respectively.

[0070] Pigments of predetermined colors are filled into the aggregate added blank base paint which has been already filled in the paint cans 5 sent to the first processing line 8 by a predetermined amount as the information of the manufacturing/handling instructing data code is read by mechanical means such as a code reader not shown in a filling station 10 for filling pigments. Then, their filling ports are sealed by caps by a cap closing unit not shown and they are sent to an agitating station 11 to undergo a mixing process so that the paint components are agitated and mixed homogeneously.

[0071] A large number of agitating units are installed along the line because the agitating station 11 requires a longer processing time as compared to the other steps. While this agitating unit holds the sealed paint can 5 having rectangular parallelepiped shape by a clamp to shake, agitate and mix the contents homogeneously, another agitating unit having another scheme may be adopted.

[0072] Meanwhile, because the paint cans 5 sent to the second processing line 9 are empty cans, they are sent to a filling station 12 for filling blank base paint at first. Here, the information of the manufacturing/handling instructing data code is read by mechanical means such as a code reader not shown to fill the blank base paint having a predetermined composition by a predetermined amount. Then, they are sent to a filling station 13 for filling the pigments, which is constructed in the same manner with the filling station 10, and to an agitating station 14 which is constructed also in the same manner with the agitating station 11 via the work for sealing the cap of the filling port by the cap closing unit constructed in the same manner with that described to undergo the agitating and mixing step. There is a case when the paint cans 5 do not undergo the mixing step in the agitating station 14 depending on the type of the paint cans 5 (when the blank base paint is filled and no aggregate nor pigment is added for example).

[0073] While the first processing line 8 and the second processing line 9 are divided intentionally as the lines for the paint cans 5 of the aggregate added paint and for the paint cans 5 of the aggregate-less paint by taking the manufacturing efficiency and others into account, it is off course possible to unify those lines into one line having the base paint filling station, a pigment filling station and an agitating station, on the assumption of utilizing the manufacturing/handling instructing data code.

[0074] The paint cans 5 of the aggregate added paint which have undergone the steps of the first processing line 8 and the paint cans 5 of the aggregate-less paint are conveyed to the next handling line 2.

[0075] In the handling line 2f the paint cans 5 from the first processing line 8 are conveyed on a conveyer path 15 and the cans 5 from the second processing line 9 are conveyed on a conveyer path 16 (the conveyer path 15 and the conveyer path 16 may be unified) to be sent to a classifying line 17.

[0076] A classifying point 18 for shipping/stocking a required number of goods is provided in the classifying line 17 to read the handling instructing data of the manufacturing/handing data of the paint cans 5 sent one after another by mechanical means such as a code reader to transfer only the corresponding paint cans 5 prescribed at the classifying point 18 to corresponding shipping pallet 19 or a stocking pallet 20 and to pass the other paint cans 5 as they are to send to the next classifying point 18.

[0077] As described above, the system of the present embodiment allows a large number of and a great variety of paints to be manufactured continuously and efficiently while being contained in the packaging containers and the classification thereof and the classification of the pallets per each shipping/stocking destination to be carried out automatically without causing miss.

[0078] While the preferred embodiment has been described, variations thereto will occur to those skilled in the art within the scope of the present inventive concepts which are delineated by the following claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification141/94, 141/2, 141/18, 141/129
International ClassificationB65B65/00, B65B63/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65B65/003, B65G2203/0216, B65B63/005
European ClassificationB65B65/00B, B65B63/00B