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Publication numberUS3704140 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 28, 1972
Filing dateDec 19, 1969
Priority dateDec 30, 1968
Also published asDE1964705A1, DE1964705B2, DE1964705C3
Publication numberUS 3704140 A, US 3704140A, US-A-3704140, US3704140 A, US3704140A
InventorsPetit Maurice, Thomas Georges
Original AssigneeCarnaud & Forges
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sterilisation of tins
US 3704140 A
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Nov. 28, 1912 FEW Em 3,104,140

STERILISATION OF TINS Filed Dec. 19, 1969 4 Sheets-Sheet l l 75 F/C.7 M/

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STERILISATION 0F TINS Filed Dec. 19, 1969 4 Sheets-Sheet 3 \NVENTURS MAURICE PETIT 6* Georaess HoMAs BQ MQMA ATTORNEYS Nov. 28, 1972 M. PETIT ET 3,704,140

STERILISATION 0F TINS Filed Dec. 19. 1969 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 FIGS FIG 9. F C. 70

IHVENTORS MAumcE DET'n- A GEORGESRTHOMHS United States Patent Ofice 3,704,140 Patented Nov. 28, 1972 Int. or. 231 3/02 US. Cl. 99-214 9 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE To prevent bursting of a can due to the vacuum formed therein on cooling after sterlisation a part of the can, generally an end thereof, is subjected to a permanent deformation, eifected before the can is fully cooled, which reduces the internal volume of the can.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION (1) Field of the invention This invention relates to sterilised hermetically sealed metal cans.

(2) Description of the prior art One method of foodstuif preservation is known as the Appert process, or as Appertisation after the name of its inventor Nicolas Appert, and consists in heating food previously enclosed in a sealed can for a time of sufficient length and to a sufliciently high temperature as to ensure the total destruction or inhibition of the enzymes and micro-organisms, which are liable to cause deterioration of the food or to render it unsuitable or unfit for consumption.

It is also known that when food is preserved in metal cans, which are the containers most widely employed for this purpose throughout the world, once the can has been filled, fitted with its lid and sealed, it is inserted either into a hot-water bath, in the case of foods whose preservation can be assured by heating to a temperature close to 100 C., or into an autoclave or other appropriate sterilising apparatus which makes it possible to heat the can and its contents to a higher temperature than 100 C., most frequently to a temperature of between 110 and 130 C., but also to even higher temperatures.

The temperature and period of sterilisation represent an inseparable factor which is described by the expression sterilisation scale, the period required to ensure the necessary sterilising action being the shorter the higher the temperature, according to mathematical relationships in which the dimensions of the metal can and the nature and consistency of the food play a part.

Numerous experimental studies have shown that it is of interest in the greater proportion of cases, for optimum retention of the nutritive value and of the organoleptic features of the food as well as for economy, to employ sterilisation scales applying a brief duration at high temperature; this renders it possible to obtain a saving of time during operation, the application of ma chinery of smaller size for one and the same production figure, and a lower expenditure of thermal energy.

The fact of heating a can and its contents from the temperature they had at the instant of sealing the can, to a higher temperature, causes an increase in internal pressure; it is essential for the can to oppose an appropriate resistance against this pressure, without undergoing permanent deformations and without impairing its hermeticity.

Consequently, it will be understood that the mechanical strength of the can opposed to the internal pressure represents a limit on the temperature at which it is possible to perform the sterilisation.

-A variety of measures, in respect of the structure of the can, as well as in the design of the sterilising machinery and in the application of the sterilising operation, render it possible to counteract this difliculty within definite limits; one of these measures consists in proceeding in such manner that, at the instant of sealing the can, the can and its contents are at as high a temperature as possible, which cannot exceed C. in the case of foods rich in water, placed in cans at atmospheric pressure, but which may reach 104 to 105 C.

for jams, jellies and marmalades, as well as for syrups, and may even exceed this level if the canning operation is performed at a higher pressure than atmospheric pressure.

The fact of sealing the can when hot, renders it possible to heat the can to a higher sterilising temperature without exceeding the critical internal pressure; in point of fact, the final internal pressure is a function of, among other things, of the difference between the temperature at the instant of sealing the can and the sterilising temperature.

This remedy entails two shortcomings however: sealing in the hot state involves a vacuum being engendered within the can, when the latter cools, which is the more powerful, the higher the sealing temperature has been; on the one hand, this increases the risk of collapsing the cylindrical wall of the can under the action of atmospheric pressure or of even a light knock, and also intensifies the risk of recontamination of the contents of the can in the case of a leak caused by a faulty seam or by deformation of even a faultless seam following impact.

It is an object of the present invention to eliminate these shortcomings by reducing or eliminating the risk of can collapse and product recontamination.

It is also an object of the invention to allow sealing of cans at a temperature close to 100 C., or even higher if need be, by initially sterilising them at a high temperating for a very brief period whilst preventing the generation of an excessive internal vacuum and the drawbacks the latter could cause.

Another object is to provide a general improvement in the degree of quality of the products preserved.

Yet another object of the invention is to allow reducing the necessary gauge of the materials to be employed to produce the body and ends of the preserving cans, whilst retaining a degree of quality at least equal to the mean degree obtainable at present.

The invention is not limited to cans of circular crosssection; it is also applicable to cans of other cross-sections and to deep-drawn cans.

SUMMARY According to the invention there is provided in a process for sterilising a can comprising at least one deformable wall element in which the can is filled, is sealed in hermetic manner and is heated for a predetermined period to a predetermined temperature, and is then exposed to a cooling action, the improvement which consists of permanently reducing the internal volume of the can during cooling thereof.

Preferably, at least one deformable wall element is incorporated in the structure of the can for the purpose of a volume reduction of this kind.

The deformable wall element usually consists of a can end and most cans have two can ends which usualy are of slightly concave initial shape. When a can which is filled and then sealed under-goes the sterilising heating action,

the progressive rise in pressure has the result of imposing a temporary outward deformation on these deformable elements. During the cooling action, the can ends do not return to their slightly concave initial shape until the internal vacuum has become sufiiciently powerful to draw them inwards; the risks of collapsing the wall of the can and of recontamination of the contents occur as early as the cooling stage, being linked to the internal vacuum.

The application of the operation for permanent reduction of the internal volume of the can according to the invention will thus advantageously be performed, according to another feature of the invention, in such manner as to keep the vacuum within a predetermined threshold value.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic section of a part of a filled conventional preserve containing tin or can,

FIG. 2 is a diagrammatic cross-section of apparatus according to the invention,

FIG. 3 is a diagrammatic elevation of a machine embodying apparatus according to the invention and arranged for interposition in a can sterilising line,

FIG. 4 is a diagrammatic cross-section on line IV-IV of FIG. 3,

FIG. 5 illustrates, to an enlarged scale, a detail taken on line VV of FIG. 4,

FIG. 6 is a diagrammatic section of a part of a conventional can end,

FIG. 7 is a view similar to that of FIG. 6 but of a can end comprising a stiffening corrugation and flexible corrugations and illustrates differentpositions assumed by the can end consecutively during different stages of treatment in accordance with the invention,

FIG. 7A illustrates, to an enlarged scale, the stages of deformation of a can end according to the invention,

FIG. 8 is an explanatory diagram,

FIG. 9 illustrates the application of the invention to a can provided with a can end of the easy opening type, and

FIG. 10 illustrates the application of the invention to a deep-drawn can.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring to the drawings, FIG. 1 illustrates a conventional can body 10 of cylindrical shape, provided in conventional manner with can ends 11 and 12. The can is filled to a predetermined level 14 with a product 13. The level 14 may vary from one can to another, leaving a headspace between the can end 12 and the product, which headspace contains air and steam. The product 13 may be in the solid state, in the liquid state, or in both states. The volumes respectively occupield by the product, by the steam, and by air, are each variable as a function of the temperature. A rise in temperature causes an increase in these volumes, by expansion of the product, by an increase in the vapour pressure and by expansion of the air and of occluded gases. The can ends 11, 12 serve the purpose of withstanding the thrusts caused by these increases in volumes: the deformability of the can ends renders it possible, by passing from a slightly concave initial shape to a more or less convex or domed shape, to have a substantial increase in the internal volume and the consequent retention above the product of a headspace adequate to limit the pressure strains to permissible values, available for the steam, air and gases.

The contents contract during cooling and the can ends then return substantially to their initial position under the action of the vacuum caused by contraction and, if applicable, of the counter-pressure of a machine by which the can is sterilised.

As has already been stated above, the vacuum generated within the can may reach values which are the greater,

the higher the temperature level above ambient at which the filling and sealing of the can has been performed. For the reasons stated, the prevailing tendency is to perform the filling operation at the highest possible temperature, but under the restriction imposed by the risk of collapse caused by the vacuum. This risk varies according to the shape of the can. For example, the risk of collapse is practically absent under the normal conditions for cans having a diameter not exceeding 71.5 mms. and a height of 115 mms., whereas a can having a height of 118 mms. and a diameter of mms. may collapse suddenly starting from a relative vacuum of 0.6 bar; and a can having a diameter of 153 mms. and a height of 250 mms. may collapse suddenly starting from a relative vacuum of 0.2 bar.

Apart from this risk of collapse, recontamination risks arise at the end of or after the sterilising process, especially if the can seams receive knocks which can impair their seal. Knocks are frequent however during and after the sterilising operation and may cause a seepage of cooling water into the can, this water generally not being biologically sterile.

These difficulties are eliminated or greatly reduced by reducing the final volume, that is the reduction obtained by a permanent deformation of at least one of the sides of the can in accordance with the invention, the reduction of the final volume resulting in a reduction or elimination of the vacuum generated by the cooling action.

According to one embodiment of the invention, the reduction in the volume of the can is produced by a punching operation performed by mechanical pressure exerted on at least one and preferably both of the can ends.

FIG. 2 illustrates apparatus for applying mechanical pressure to both ends of a can, the apparatus comprising two pressure-applying devices 21 and 22 each of which includes an annular centering portion with a lead-in taper 23, 24 for guiding a can 10 towards two punch elements 25, 26 having a configuration corresponding to that of the appropriate can end 11, 12. The punch elements advantageously each have an annular pressure-applying face 25A, 26A respectively encircling a recess. Whereas the pressure-applying device 22 is unitary with a reciprocable member 28 (reciprocation being indicated by the doubleheaded arrow F), the other pressure-applying device 21 is guided in a stationary guide 30 and is carried by rods 31 forming, for example, a part of a pressure limiting device 32 of the compressed air type, arranged to oppose a pre determined resistance against displacement of the rods 31. As shown in FIG. 2 the pressure-applying faces 25A, 26A are outwardly sloping frusto-conical surfaces.

FIGS. 3 to 5 diagrammatically illustrate a machine of a kind known per se, but provided with apparatus as just described with reference to FIG. 2, for applying pressure to the can ends.

Referring to FIGS. 3, 4 and 5, a spindle 35 is rotatable in brackets 33, 34 carried by a frame 32. The brackets 33, 34 support two fixed cams 36, 37 and two drums 38, 39 are keyed on the spindle 35 and rotate therewith. Each of the drums 38, 39 are provided with a plurality of pressureapplying heads 40, 41 which rotate with the drums 38, 39. The drums also carry cam follower rollers 42, 43 which respectively cooperate with the cams 36, 37. The heads 40, 41 are axially aligned in pairs and are moved towards and away from each other by the cams 36, 37.

Apparatus as described with reference to FIG. 2 is accommodated by each pair of aligned heads 40, 41. For example, each head 40 may form the reciprocable member 28 of a pressure-applying element 22, whereas each head 41 comprises a pressure-applying element 21 with its pressure-limited device 32 which device is the pneumatic type. A compressed air connector 45 is connected to the spindle 35, which is hollow, with the interposition of a rotary seal, and with passages (not shown) which extend radially from the spindle to feed compressed air to the devices 32 carried by the drum 39.

In a machine as illustrated in FIG. 3 which comprises a horizontal spindle 35, cans 10 are fed, as illustrated in FIG. 4, as they issue from a sterilising plant, not shown, and before they are completely cooled following the sterilising operation, gravitationally through a chute or funnel 46, and are received by a rotatable transfer member 47 arranged to move the cans in succession between pairs of heads 40, 41. The cams 36, 37 are arranged to effect the application of pressure to the ends of a can while the can is located in the sector shown at 48 and the release of treated cans occurs at the lower part through a chute or trough 49.

The machine may, if desired, have a vertical spindle and may receive cans fed thereto and removed therefrom in an upright position by means of a conveyor of any suitable kind.

The pressure-limited device 32 may alternatively be operable by spring or by hydraulic pressure or the pressure exerted on the can ends may be produced by direct action of a pressurised fluid on the can ends.

FIG. 6 illustrates the development of the deformation resulting from a mechanical force P on a can end 12 of normal kind in which the pressure causes the can end to deform to a condition as indicated at 12A. The maximum reduction of volume of the can which is thus possible to obtain by permanent deformation the can end close to the end seam is of the order of 3%, or 1.5% for each can end.

In describing the mode of operation according to the invention, reference will be made to a known kind of can end, British patent specification No. 1,170,877, indicated at 50 in FIG. 7, and which embodies an annular bead 51 connecting the end seam 53 to an annular stiffening corrugation 54 which in turn is connected to the center panel 53 by at least one flexible corrugation 55. Under the action of mechanical pressure P, applied in accordance with the invention, a can end of this kind flattens out in final manner to a condition as indicated at 50A thus allowing a considerably greater can volume reduction, which is of the order of 8 to 10%, or 4 to 5% per can end. Starting from the condition 50A, the central areas of the can ends is liable to undergo a further resilient deformation to reach a position such as 50B under the action of a residual internal vacuum. The line 50C indicates an outward displacement the can end is liable to undergo at the beginning of the sterilising operation under the action of the internal super-atmospheric pressure, without permanent deformation and without the risk of unfolding of the end seam 52.

FIG. 7A is an enlarged scale illustration of the final flattening of the base 50 of a can by means of a punch comprising three concentric annular pressure-applying rings 127A, 127B, 127C which are axially displaced relative one to another. The broken line -A indicates the outline of the can end 50 after the pressure exerted by the first ring 127A, the broken line B indicates the outline of the can end after the pressure of the second ring 127B, and the broken line C indicates the outline of the can end after the pressure of the third ring 127 C. The permanent deformation assumed by the base in each of these cases is that shown; the broken line D illustrates the resilient deformation which may then be incurred complementarily by the central portion of the base 50.

The number of corrugations or folds of the can end affected by these deformations depends on the volume of the contents of the can at the temperature at which the pressure is applied, on the diameter of the can, and on the total number of pressure-applying rings of the punch.

The mechanically effected reduction in the volume of the can or of its headspace comprises a peripheral portion of permanent deformation by partial flattening of the flexible corrugations 55 while the center panel 53 remains flexible and follows the variations in the volume and pressure of the contents of the can. This is why, at the end of the cooling action, which generates a weak vacuum in the can, the center panel 53 of the can end passes resiliently from the position C to the position D.

Experience has shown that owing to the customary deviations from the filling level between one can and another for one and the same product, or from the filling temperatures between one canand another, it is desirable to contemplate possibilities of volume reduction of the order of 10%, so that in the greater number of cases, it will be preferred to employ can ends which, according to British patent specification No. 1,170,877, comprise the combination of an outer stifiening corrugation close to the end seam with flexible corrugations closer to the center. In case of a diminuation of the prevailing deviations, it may however be contemplated to employ less flexible can ends of conventional shape.

In the application of the invention, a pressure limit will be adopted, which should not be exceeded in the final stage, for example amounting to between 0.15 bar and +0.15 bar relative to atomspheric pressure. This condition determines the volume reduction to be effected, which will be a function of:

the filling temperature;

the filling level;

the quantity of gas in the can which is linked to the two preceding factors;

the expansion or contraction coefficient of the product.

The magnitude of the volume reduction to be effected being determined in this manner, it is appropriate to determine the instant in which it is to be performed.

In view of the risk of recontamination, it is undesirable to effect the volume reduction when the can is cold, since the damage may then already be done. It is thus desirable to apply the punching pressure to the can ends as soon as they have returned to a lower temperature than that of the filling temperature by a sufficient amount for the value of the vapour pressure to generate the vacuum required for spontaneous inward displacement of the can ends. If, for example, this operation is performed whilst the vapour pressure substantially still has a value of 0.2 or 0.3 bar, the continuation of the colling action will cause an additional drop in vapour pressure and a contraction of the product and of the air, that is to say an additional vacuum which may be sufiicient to collapse the can body. Experience confirms that the magnitude of the contraction of the product and of the air is suflicient to generate a complementary vacuum which causes collapse of the can body unless definite precautions are taken.

These considerations result in arranging that the volume reduction during the cooling process is efiected at a temperature level which is as high as possible, but below which the variations in vapour pressure become small; for example, the temperature level may be approximately 40 C. at which temperature the water vapour pressure reaches 0.075 bar and beyond which its decrease slows down appreciably.

The level of approximately 40 C. having been established, the value of the permissible filling temperature without risk of collapse can be determined for cans of each kind. This may be understood more clearly by reference to the diagram of FIG. 8 which shows the evolution of the pressure variations as a function of the temperature (T): the curve Pv shows the evolution of the vapour pressure variations, whereas the curve Pi illustrates the variations in the relative pressure within a particular can.

On the temperature axis T has been marked at T the aforesaid temperature level of approximately 40 C. whose selection is determined by the corresponding value P0 of the vapour pressure, being for example, 0.075 bar. Based on the temperature level T at which it has been decided to perform a volume reduction operation, a second temperature level T is determined which will be that to be adopted for the filling and sealing of the can. This level is established by -a definite maximum value delta-P of the vacuum which can be borne by the kind of can in question, without risk of collapsing.

Two cases may then be envisaged, depending on whether the temperature T is considered adequate or insufficient for the sealing of the can. If it is considered inadequate, it is earmarked for performing an operation of volume reduction at the temperature, and another pressure stage delta P is taken to determine another temperature level T which will, in this case, be taken as being satisfactory as an intial level for sterilisation after the sealing of the can. This sterilisation (arrow S) will include the rise in temperature up to a. definite level T (point A), causing the generation within the can of a definite relative pressure P and an inflation of the can ends (position 5 C, FIG. 7). During the following cooling action, a first stage R32 initially restores the temperature to the sealing level T at which the relative internal pressure is substantially nullified, so that the ends of the can will have resiliently returned to their initial position (50, FIG. 7). A next cooling stage R21 returns the temperature to the level T (point B) with the drop delta-P of the vapour pressure and the generation of a definite negative pressure [P which will moreover be greater than delta-P owing to the effect of the contraction of the air and of the gases occluded and of the product itself. At this level, a first volume reduction operation is performed which generates a definite compression K causing the internal pressure to rise to a denfiite positive value P which determines the starting point V of the curve portion R illustrating the stage R of the cooling action leading to the temperature level T (point D) at which it has in all likelihood been decided to perform a volume reduction operation. This operation causes a recompression K which causes the internal pressure to rise to a definite positive level corresponding to the position of the point B. The last stage R of the cooling action which cools the can to ambient temperature, restores the relative internal pressure to a value very close to nought and an assurance is gained that the can will retain a correct saleable appearance even if the climatic storage conditions were to heat the can to temperatures which may amount to between and 40 C., for example.

The level or levels of internal vacuum, like P P will evidently be chosen to have lower values than the limit ,beyond which the can in question runs the risk of spontaneous collapse. This limit essentially is a function of the gauge of the metal of the can body, which renders it possible to emphasize the advantage of the invention, being the possibility of reducing this gauge without impairing the quality of the packaging.

The pressure force is limited to a lower value than that of bursting of the assembled can; this limitation, which is applied by the pressure-limiting device 32, FIG. 2, is a function of the shape and structure of the can. The can bodies will usually easily withstand a pressure of 3 bars, which renders it possible to contemplate relatively high pressure forces.

The technique of volume reduction according to the invention is applicable to cams provided with a can end of the so-called easy-opening type. In this case, the pressureapplying apparatus should make allowance for the fact that the easy-opening end should not be touched, and that only the can end at the opposite end of the can be acted upon. An example of an apparatus appropriate for this case is illustrated in FIG. 9 in which a can body 60 has a can end 61 analogous to that of FIG. ,7, and an easy-opening end 62. Facing the can end 61 is a pressureapplying element 30 analogous to that of FIG. 2; the pressure-applying element 65 arranged facing the can end 62 differs, however, from the element 22 of FIG. 2, in that its punch 66 provides the can end with a surface arranged to support it over its entire area except for a peripheral area; and the groove provided around the punch and in alignment with the unsupported area provides a part 68 for abutment against the end seam 69. Because of this arrangement, the thrust displacement exerted on the can end 62 is limited to a small value,

which may, if need be, be practically equal to nought, compatible with the deformability allowed by its peripheral area 67.

FIG. 10 illustrates apparatus intended for application of the invention to a deep-drawn can 70 which is equipped with a can end 71 of the easy-opening type. Aligned with the can end 71 is a pressure-applying element 65 of the kind described with reference to FIG. 9. In this embodiment, however, the pressure-applying element 72 exerts pressure on the deep-drawn base 73 and comprises a groove 76 having a surface the section of which corresponds to the radius of curvature by which the base 73 is joined to the body of the can. The central portion 74 of the pressure-applying element exerts pressure against the central portion of the base by means of springs 77 to prevent the base from becoming convex. The clearance between the element 74 and its guide 72 is greater than the maximum value scheduled for the pressure displacement, which, in this case also, is determined by a pressure-limiting device (not shown).

The axial pressure P exerted under these conditions effects a displacement in axial translation of the whole of the supported portion of the base whilst rounding-01f the portion 75 joining the base to the can body; this displace ment may continue along a height as great as needed to secure the optimum final volume reduction defined by the condition of obtaining a final internal pressure between 0.15 and +0.15 bar, as described above. If the can end seamed to a deep-drawn can is a standard can end (and not one of the easy-opening type), it will evidently be capable of bearing a part of the volume reduction.

The process according to the invention is applicable not only to the can ends made of tin-plate or other steels, or of aluminium, but is also applicable to ends made of any other materials olfering the qualities required for application as ends for cans. Further, the invention is applicable not only to circular cans as herein described, but also to prismatic cans or to frusto-conical or frustopyramidal cans of any desired cross-section.

When considering cans having a cross-section other than circular and referring to a punch provided with an annular pressure-applying face, the term annular face should be understood as meaning a surface which is defined by outlines conforming to the external contour of the can end processed and which leaves uncovered the central part of the can end.

We ciaim:

1. A process for filling and then sterilizing a can of the type having two deformable ends, said process comprising the conventional steps of filling the can with a product, hermetically sealing the filled can, heating the can and the product contained therein for a predetermined period to a predetermined temperature, and then cooling the can and the product; said process comprising the further steps of providing said deformable ends in the form of can ends each having at least one annular corrugation, and during an intermediate stage of said cooling of the can and the product contained therein mechanically opening out the corrugation of each end with punches moving axially in opposed relation and deforming the can ends axially into the can for reducing the internal volume of the can and preventing uncontrolled collapsing of the can due to an inherent reduction in volume of the product within the can due to cooling thereof.

2. The process according to claim 1 wherein the fill within the can is preheated prior to closing whereby the filled can may be heated to a higher than normal sterilizing temperature while holding internal pressures below critical internal bursting pressures.

3. The process of claim 2 wherein said preheating temperature is on the order of C.

4. The process according to claim 1, in which the pressure exerted is predetermined and limited to a value determined by the bursting strength of the can.

5. The process according to claim 1, wherein each deformable end has a plurality of the annular corrugations, said volume reduction is effected in a series of said corrugation opening steps with each corrugation opening step being performed each time the internal vacuum of the can reaches a predetermined value.

6. The process according to claim 5, wherein at least one of said volume reductions is performed at a temperature level so chosen that the final pressure in the can is maintained within predetermined limits.

7. The process according to claim 6, wherein pressure limits amount to approximately plus or minus 0.15 bar relative to atmospheric pressure.

8. The process according to claim 6, wherein the temperature level is approximately 40 C. at the instant of effecting said permanent volume reduction.

9. A filled and sterilised can the volume of which has 10 been permanently reduced by the process according to claim 1.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 5 3,037,869 6/1962 Esson et a1 99-214 x. 3,105,765 10/1963 Creegan 99-189 X 3,117,873 1/1964 Bartels et al. 99 171 3,322,059 5/1967 Van der Winden 99-214 X 1 3,365,311 1/1968 Schmidt 99-214 0 3,261,140 7/1966 Long 61611 53' 22 1,938,821 12/1933 Fenn 99- 152x FOREIGN PATENTS 15 636,471 12/1946 Great Britain.

NORMAN YUDKOFF, Primary Examiner H. H. BERNSTEIN, Assistant Examiner U.S. C1. X.R.

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U.S. Classification426/401, 426/131
International ClassificationA23L3/00, B65B61/24, B65B61/00, B65B53/00, B65B55/02, B65B55/04, A23L3/10
Cooperative ClassificationB65B55/02, A23L3/10, B65B61/24
European ClassificationA23L3/10, B65B55/02, B65B61/24