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o. P. M'QBWAN. BOTTLE FILLING MACHINE.
APPLIUATION FILED DBO. 2,1907.
Patented May 31, 1910.
ing device to brin entre@ enanas razrnia'r one" CHARLES F. MCEWAN, OF MARENGO, ILLINOIS, ASSIGNORTO BOBDENS CONDENSED MILK COMPANY, A. CORPORATION NEW JERSEY.
Patentedv May 31, 19MB.,
Application filed December 2, 1907. Serial No. 404,737.
-a citizen of the United States, residing at Marengo, in the county of McHenry and vState of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Bottle-Filling Machines, of which the following is a specification, reference being had therein to the accompanying drawing.
My invention relates to bottle illing machines, and especially to an improved form by which a plurality of bottles contained in a suitable tray are successively presented to a filling device and a capping or stopping device in such manner that the alinemeiit or .egister of the mouths of the bottles with the individual filling-nozzles or heads and with the vindividual capping or stoppering parts is automatically assured.
In filling bottles the tray containing a set .is placed in position to be raised b suitable'vertically moving parts of the fill]- the mouths of the bottles into register witi the filling-nozzles7 and after the bottles of a set are filled the tray is then placed in position for," the caps orl stoppers to be secured in place; in dev ices as heretofore employed they l'alinementor registering of the bottle mouths witjhhe filling-nozzles and Icapping or stoppering devices depended upon the skill and judgment of the operator to properly place the traps successively iii position with respect Ato these two machines, and it is the primal-v object of' my invention to provide a machine which will accomplish this work` automatic ally, thereby enabling the work to' be done much morel accurately and expeditiously.
A. further object is to rovide a device of this character having guides eii'gagin the trays in such manner that the trays wi remain in engagement therewith during their movement to bring the bottles into contact with the filling-nozzles, .so that the trays will not becoiue disalined from proper position to successively register -the bottles with the capping 'or stoppering devices.
'llie invention consists in thearrangements and organizations hereinafter described and then pointed out in the appended claims.
In the accompanying drawing, which illustrates an embodiment of my invention- Figure l is a pers ective view of anV organization construete and arranged to carry .preferably out. my invention; Fig. 2 is'a top plan. View of the carrier shown in Fi 1, with a bottletray in position thereon; iig. 3 is a detail view in side elevation showin supporting base and associated revolving s eeve for the carrier or revolving table, and Fig. 4 is av detail view of a form of pin or guide preferably employed on the table or carrier.
In the drawings the reference letter A 'l represents a suitable machinev for filling bottles with any liquid,`as for example milk, and I3 a bottle-closing machine, such as a capping or stopperiiig-machine, each being of any suit: ble type and operated in the customary manner. TheseI two machines are set inA suitable relation to a revolving table or carrier C adapted to carry aI lurality of trays D, each of which hol s al The table comprises a suitable pedestal'or base having reduced upright shaft or 1standard c adapted to receive a rotatable Asleeve c2. The tray-carrying portions-of the table comprise a series of radial arms c3 rigidly connected at their iniier'ends to a flange or head c* on the upper end of the sleeve c2, and composed of angle-irons as shown; the arms are arranged in pairs as illustrated more clearly in Fig. 2 with the vertical webs or flanges of each pair in con-- tact, and at their outer ends the arms are angular-ly bent in tangential lines with reference to the shaft. The outer ends of the arms are connectediby a common band c5, defining the periphery of the table, the arms being suitably connected to the hand c5 and to the head ad by rivets or other fastening means. The angular portion of each arm 1s' provided with an upright in c? set inwardly from the band` at a suitable distance, as about half the width of the trays, these pins being adapted to enter openings in the trays to hold the same in position, as shown in Figs. l and 2. The pins are of suiiicient length to remain in engagement with the trays whentlie latter are lifted to bring the mouths of the bottles into register with the filling-heads or nozzles (z of the filler A. The arms are so disposed that the angular portions of opposite arms of adjacent pairs extend parallel with each other to constitute a base or support for a tray, the dist-ance between each pair of associated angular portions of the'arms being slightly less than the length of a tray and so that each tray will thereby be held by two pins c, as clearly shown in the drawings. The arms may be suitably braced, and for this purpose I provide braces cT extending from the joint or union of the angular portions of each pair to the sleeve as shown. These braces are preferably made adjustable by any suitable means, sueh as the turn-buckles c?. The table may be rotated by hand or other power, and as shown presents the trays successively to the filling machine A and capping machine B. When a tray is positioned with respect to the filling machine A it is raised slightly above the plane of the table to bring Vthe mouths of the bottles into register with the filling-heads or nozzles a until the bottles are filled when it is again lowered to place on the table, this operation being performed by the moving parts a of the machine A in a manner well-understood in the art and which therefore need not be further described; and when the trays are so raised and lowered they slide up and down on the pins c as guides which hold them against dis-alinement- This feature is important because the continuing engagement of the pins with the trays insures the proper positioning of the latter on the table to bring the bottles into register with the stoppers or capsof the capping machine B when the table is rotated to cap the filled bottles.
The machines A and B are set at predetermined distance apart corresponding to the amount of movement of the carrier necessary to move a tray from position at the first to the second machine, and in such relation to the tray-supports of the carrier that when the tiret tray is in position for the maopenings in position to be successively pre-v sented at predetermined points, and guides on the carrier engaging the openings of the trays in their raisedand lowered positions on the carrier.
3. vA revolving tray-carrier comprising a base or pedestal, a' revolving sleeve on the base, a series of radial arms carried by the sleeve and having angular outer portions provided with upright pins, the angular portions of adjacent arms being parallel to form a tray-base.
4. A revolving tray-carrier comprising a base, a revolving sleeve on the base and having an upper flange or head, a series of radial arms secured to said'head and having angular ends, the arms being arranged in pairs, a brace between the sleeve and each pair of arms, and upright pins in the angular portions of the'arms.
5. A revolving tray-carrier` comprising a base, a revolving sleeve 011 the base and having an upper flange or head, a series of radial arms secured in pairs to said flange and having angular ends, thev angular ends of adjacent arms being' parallel to form a traybase and having upright pins, and a brace extending from the sleeve to each pair of arms.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
CHARLES F. MCEVVAN.
E. C. Roms, D. W. FITZGEARLD.