Constellation Brands has been granted a patent for a bottle handling machine with two conveyor belts moving in opposite directions. The deflector device guides bottles between the belts, with conditioning elements adjusting the inner guide body’s position and belt curvature. The design allows for efficient and precise bottle handling. GlobalData’s report on Constellation Brands gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Constellation Brands, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Constellation Brands's grant share as of January 2024 was 31%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Bottle handling machine with adjustable inner guide body

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Constellation Brands Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11858754B2) discloses an apparatus for handling bottles that includes a first and second conveyor belt to advance the bottles in perpendicular directions. The apparatus features a deflector device connecting the conveyor belts, with conditioning means to adjust the configuration of the inner guide body by changing its relative position and the radius of curvature of the advancing belt. The conditioning means include a skid and guide for reciprocal translation of the inner and outer guide bodies, along with a pushing element to adjust the tensioning element and curvature of the belt. Additionally, the tensioning element is elastically deformable to allow for multiple radii of curvature, with at least one recess for preferential deformation.

Furthermore, the patent also covers a bottle handling machine with similar features, including the first and second conveyor belts, a deflector device, and conditioning means to modify the inner guide body's configuration. The machine incorporates a pushing element for adjusting the tensioning element and belt curvature, with the tensioning element positioned within a ring defined by the belt. The tensioning element's elastic deformability allows for various radii of curvature, while the inner guide body includes a cover with guide pins for guiding the tensioning element during its deformation process. These innovative features aim to enhance the efficiency and adaptability of bottle handling processes in industrial settings.

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