JP2016199051A - Method and apparatus for removing foreign matters within preform - Google Patents

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JP2016199051A
JP2016199051A JP2016165020A JP2016165020A JP2016199051A JP 2016199051 A JP2016199051 A JP 2016199051A JP 2016165020 A JP2016165020 A JP 2016165020A JP 2016165020 A JP2016165020 A JP 2016165020A JP 2016199051 A JP2016199051 A JP 2016199051A
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睦 早川
Mutsumi Hayakawa
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原田 学
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a method in which the removal of foreign matters from a preform is made easier.SOLUTION: Provided is a method for removing foreign matters within a preform in which, while continuously running a preform (1) in the inverted state with a mouth part (2a) facing downward, a filtered air is blown into the preform (1) from the mouth part (2a) of the preform (1), and at the same time the air is sucked from the mouth part (2a) of the preform (1); and thereby making it easier to discharge the foreign matters to the outside of the preform (1) by the air flow and the self-weight of the foreign matters, becomes possible.SELECTED DRAWING: Figure 1

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  The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for removing foreign matter from a preform.

  If foreign matter such as dust remains in the preform, the foreign matter remains in the bottle even after the bottle is molded from the preform. Furthermore, even after the contents such as beverages are filled and sealed in the bottle, the foreign matter remains in the contents. In order to prevent this, it is desirable to remove foreign substances from the preform at the preform stage.

  Conventionally, in order to remove foreign matter from the preform, the foreign matter is blown out of the preform by blowing air into the preform while conveying the preform with the mouth portion facing upward. Yes. More specifically, the nozzle is arranged along a position that is eccentric in the direction intersecting the preform conveying direction, air is blown into the preform from this nozzle, and foreign matter is discharged in a direction opposite to the eccentric direction, thereby It makes it easy to collect foreign matter from the duct (see Patent Document 1).

Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 2014-83779

  In the above prior art, when removing foreign matter from the preform, air is blown into the preform with the mouth of the preform facing upward. There is a risk of falling into the preform from the part.

  In addition, there is a problem that it is necessary to adjust the size of the diameter of the air nozzle in relation to the diameter of the mouth of the preform, or to adjust the position of the air nozzle in relation to the position of the mouth of the preform. .

  It is an object of the present invention to solve the above problems.

  In order to solve the above problems, the present invention employs the following configuration.

  In order to facilitate understanding of the present invention, reference numerals are given in parentheses, but the present invention is not limited to this.

  That is, in the invention according to claim 1, while the preform (1) in an inverted state in which the mouth portion (2a) is directed downward is continuously run, the preform (1) is formed from the mouth portion (2a) of the preform (1). ) The filtered air is blown into the preform, and at the same time, the preform foreign matter removing method is employed in which the air is sucked from the mouth (2a) side of the preform (1).

  As described in claim 2, in the preform foreign matter removing method according to claim 1, filtered air is blown into the preform (1) from the filtered air nozzle (97), and the filtered air nozzle ( 97) It is also possible to suck air from the suction port member (98) arranged so as to surround it.

  As described in claim 3, in the preform foreign matter removing method according to claim 1, it is possible to blow ionized air before blowing filtered air into the preform (1).

  In the preform foreign matter removing method according to claim 3, ionized air is blown into the preform (1) from the ionized air nozzle (95), and the ionized air nozzle (95 It is also possible to suck air from a bowl-shaped suction port member (96) arranged so as to surround the head.

  The invention according to claim 5 includes a conveying means (99a, 99b, etc.) for continuously running the preform (1) in an inverted state with the mouth portion (2a) facing downward, and filtering into the running preform (1). Filtered air nozzle (97) for blowing in the air, and a bowl-shaped suction port member (98) which is arranged so as to surround the filtered air nozzle (97) and sucks the air flowing out from the running preform (1) The preform foreign matter removing device is employed.

  6. The preform foreign matter removing device according to claim 5, wherein the ionized air nozzle (95) for blowing ionized air into the preform (1) running in an inverted state is a filtration device. It can be arranged upstream of the air nozzle (97).

  As described in claim 7, in the preform foreign matter removing device according to claim 6, a bowl-shaped suction port member (96) is disposed so as to surround the nozzle for ionized air (95). can do.

  According to the present invention, filtration is performed from the mouth (2a) of the preform (1) into the preform (1) while continuously running the inverted preform (1) with the mouth (2a) facing downward. This is a method for removing foreign matter in the preform, which simultaneously blows in the air and sucks air from the mouth (2a) side of the preform (1), so that foreign matter such as dust and plastic pieces are pushed by the air flow and the weight of the foreign matter. It becomes easy to discharge out of the reform (1), and it is possible to make it difficult for the foreign matter once discharged to enter the preform (1) again.

  Further, the size of the nozzles (95) and (97) is adjusted depending on the relationship between the diameter of the mouth portion (2a) of the preform (1) and the position of the nozzles (95) and (97) is changed to the preform (1 ) Is not necessary to make adjustments in relation to the position of the mouth portion (2a).

1A and 1B show an aseptic filling method adopting the foreign matter removing method in the preform according to the present invention, wherein (A) and (B) are an ionized air supply process and a filtration air supply process for the preform, respectively, and (C) is a preform upright return A process is shown. (D), (E), and (F) respectively show a hydrogen peroxide supply process, a hot air supply process, and a heating process for the preform. (G) shows a sterile air supply step for the preform, (H) shows a bottle forming step, and (I) shows a sterile air supply step for the bottle. (J) shows a hydrogen peroxide supply process for the bottle, and (K1) or (K2) shows an air rinse process after the hydrogen peroxide supply process. (L), (M), and (N) respectively show a hot water rinsing step, a content filling step, and a sealing step after the hydrogen peroxide supply step. It is a top view which shows the example of the aseptic filling apparatus incorporating the foreign material removal apparatus in preform. It is a front view which shows the outline of the foreign material removal apparatus in preform. FIG. 8 is a partially cutaway plan view of a VIII portion in FIG. 7. It is a partial notch front view of a disinfectant gas generator. An air nozzle is shown, (A) is the top view, (B) is a vertical sectional view. It is a longitudinal cross-sectional view which shows the nozzle which blows hot air in a preform in FIG.2 (F). It is a graph which shows a foreign material removal rate for every presence or absence of the air blowing with respect to an inverted preform.

  The form for implementing this invention is demonstrated below.

  According to this embodiment, the preform 1 (see FIG. 1 (A)) is cleaned, the bottle 2 (see FIG. 3 (I)) is molded, the contents such as the beverage a are filled, and the cap 3 and the like are covered ( Through various processes such as sealing according to FIG. 5 (N)), an aseptic package (see FIG. 5 (N)) is manufactured as a final product.

  The preform 1 and the bottle 2 are made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) in this embodiment. However, the preform 1 and the bottle 2 are not limited to PET and can be made using other resins such as polypropylene and polyethylene. A resin to which recycled PET is distributed can also be used. A male screw is formed in the mouth 2a of the bottle 2.

  The cap 3 is formed by injection molding or the like using a resin such as polyethylene or polypropylene, and a female screw is also formed on the inner peripheral surface thereof simultaneously with the molding of the cap 3.

  The bottle 2 is filled with a sterilized beverage a (see FIG. 5 (M)), which is the contents, in a state where the inside has been previously sterilized. After the beverage a is filled, the cap 3 is put on the mouth 2a of the bottle 2, and the mouth 2a of the bottle 2 is sealed by screwing of the male and female screws to complete an aseptic package. The cap 3 is also sterilized in advance.

  As will be described below, the preform 1 is a sterile package through processes such as supplying the preform 1, cleaning the preform 1, molding the bottle 2, sterilizing the bottle 2, filling the beverage a, and sealing the bottle 2. It is said.

  First, the preform 1 with the mouth portion 2a facing upward is continuously transported at a desired speed, and is in an inverted state with the mouth portion 2a facing downward as shown in FIG.

  This preform 1 is formed in advance as a bottomed tubular body having a test tube shape by PET injection molding or the like. The preform 1 is provided with a mouth 2a similar to that in the bottle 2 shown in FIG. A male screw is formed at the mouth 2a simultaneously with the molding of the preform 1.

  As shown in FIG. 1A, ionized air P1 is blown into the preform 1 conveyed in an inverted state from its mouth 2a. As a result, static electricity is removed from the inside of the preform 1, and foreign matters such as dust and plastic pieces that may initially be in the preform 1 easily fall out of the preform 1.

  The ionized air P1 is blown into the preform 1 by, for example, an ionized air nozzle 95. One or a plurality of the ionized air nozzles 95 are desirably arranged so that the nozzle ports are located immediately below the trajectory line through which the center of the mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 passes.

  Simultaneously with the blowing of the ionized air P1 into the preform 1, the air P1 is sucked from the mouth portion 2a side of the preform 1 facing downward. For this reason, the foreign material that falls out of the preform 1 from the mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 is collected at a predetermined location on the flow of the air P1.

  The air P1 is sucked from the opening of a bowl-shaped suction port member 96 arranged so as to surround the nozzle 95 for ionized air.

  Subsequently, as shown in FIG. 1 (B), filtered air P2 is blown into the preform 1 conveyed in an inverted state from the mouth 2a. Thereby, foreign matter is discharged out of the preform 1 together with the air P2 from the inside of the preform 1.

  The filtered air P <b> 2 is blown into the preform 1 by the filtered air nozzle 97. One or a plurality of the filtration air nozzles 97 are desirably arranged so that the nozzle ports are located immediately below the trajectory line through which the center of the mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 passes. Alternatively, one or a plurality are arranged so that an eccentric point shifted to the outside in the traveling direction of the preform 1 within the diameter of the preform 1 from the center of the mouth portion 2a is directly below the trajectory line.

  The inner diameter of the nozzle 97 for filtered air is desirably 3 mmφ to 6 mmφ, and the distance between the nozzle mouth and the preform 1 is desirably within 10 mm, and more desirably within 5 mm.

  At the same time as the filtered air P2 is blown into the preform 1, the air P2 is sucked from the mouth 2a side of the preform 1 facing downward. For this reason, foreign matter is discharged out of the preform 1 together with the air P2 from the mouth portion 2a of the preform 1, and this foreign matter is collected at a predetermined location together with foreign matter falling from the preform 1 when the ionized air P1 is blown. .

  The air P2 is sucked from the opening of the bowl-shaped suction port member 98 disposed so as to surround the filtered air nozzle 97.

  Thus, the preform 1 whose interior has been cleaned is returned from the inverted state to the upright state as shown in FIG.

  As shown in FIG. 2D, the preform 1 returned to the upright state is held and conveyed by the gripper 32, and while being conveyed, the disinfectant gas G or mist or a mixture thereof is supplied. The

  The supply of the sterilizing agent gas G or mist or a mixture thereof is performed by ejection from the sterilizing agent supply nozzle 6.

  As the disinfectant, hydrogen peroxide is used in this embodiment, but other disinfectants can also be used.

  The hydrogen peroxide gas G flows in two ways of the conduits 6a and 6b in the sterilizing agent supply nozzle 6, one of which jets toward the inside of the preform 1 and the other toward the outer surface of the preform 1. Erupts. The hydrogen peroxide gas G exits from the disinfectant supply nozzle 6 and then flows into the preform 1 as it is or in the form of a mist or a mixture thereof. Touch the outer surface.

  Further, the periphery of the flow of the gas G ejected toward the inside of the preform 1 is covered with an umbrella-shaped member 30. The gas G or mist that has flowed into the preform 1 overflows from the mouth 2a of the preform 1, but the overflowed gas G or the like collides with the umbrella member 30 and is guided to the inner surface of the umbrella member 30. Then, the flow is changed toward the outer surface of the preform 1, and the outer surface of the preform 1 is contacted.

  As described above, the hydrogen peroxide gas G, mist, or a mixture thereof contacts and adheres to the inner and outer surfaces of the preform 1, so that microorganisms attached to the surface of the preform 1 are sterilized or damaged.

The hydrogen peroxide gas G sprayed onto the preform 1 is generated by a disinfectant gas generator 7 which will be described later with reference to FIG. The hydrogen peroxide gas G flows out of the sterilizing agent supply nozzle 6 and comes into contact with the inner surface and the outer surface of the preform 1 to form a condensed film of hydrogen peroxide in terms of 35% by mass. It adheres in the range of 0.001 μL / cm 2 to 0.5 μL / cm 2 .

When the adhesion amount is less than 0.001 μL / cm 2 , a sufficient sterilizing effect cannot be obtained. If the adhesion amount is more than 0.5 μL / cm 2, when the preform 1 is blow-molded into the bottle 2 later as shown in FIG. 3 (I), the bottle 2 is whitened, spots, wrinkles, deformed This tends to cause molding defects.

The adhesion amount of the hydrogen peroxide condensation film in terms of 35% by mass to this preform 1 is more preferably 0.002 μL / cm 2 to 0.4 μL / cm 2 .

  In the case where the hydrogen peroxide gas G is supplied to the preform 1 as described above to cause the condensed film to adhere to the surface of the preform 1, the hydrogen peroxide is rapidly condensed on the surface of the preform 1 and concentrated. Thus, the sterilizing effect on the surface of the preform 1 is improved. This also makes it possible to reduce the amount of hydrogen peroxide used for sterilization, and to reduce the residual hydrogen peroxide in the preform 1.

  Alternatively, the preform may be preheated by blowing hot air onto the preform 1 immediately before the hydrogen peroxide gas G is sprayed onto the preform 1 shown in FIG. This preheating can further enhance the sterilizing effect of the preform.

  Further, not only one sterilizing agent supply nozzle 6 but also a plurality of sterilizing agent supply nozzles 6 are arranged along the traveling path of the preform 1, and the sterilizing agent gas is discharged from the sterilizing agent supply nozzle 6 toward the preform 1. It may be.

  The preform 1 supplied with hydrogen peroxide is subsequently supplied with hot air P by the air nozzle 80 while being conveyed by the gripper 32 as shown in FIG. For supplying hot air P, various nozzles such as a pipe-shaped nozzle can be used in addition to the illustrated air nozzle 80.

  By spraying the hot air P, the hydrogen peroxide adhering to the surface of the preform 1 is activated by the heat of the hot air P, whereby microorganisms in the preform 1 are sterilized. Further, the hydrogen peroxide adhering to the preform 1 by spraying hot air P is quickly removed from the surface of the preform 1.

  As shown in FIG. 2 (F), the sterilized preform 1 is heated to a temperature suitable for subsequent blow molding by the infrared heater 18a and other heating means. This temperature is about 90 ° C to 130 ° C. The mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 passes through a position that does not face the infrared heater 18a so that heat from the infrared heater 18a is not transmitted in order to prevent deformation and the like. The mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 is suppressed to a temperature of 70 ° C. or lower in order to prevent deformation and the like.

  When shifting to this heating, the preform 1 is released from the gripper 32, and preferably suspended in an upright state by inserting a spindle 43 into its mouth 2a as shown in FIG. 2 (F). In this state, the sheet is conveyed while rotating together with the spindle 43. Thereby, the preform 1 is uniformly heated by the infrared heater 18a.

  As shown in FIG. 11, a plurality of ball-like elastic bodies 43 b are embedded in the lower portion of the spindle 43. Further, an umbrella-shaped member 43a is attached to the outside of the spindle 43 as necessary.

  The preform 1 is supported by the spindle 43 by elastic deformation of the elastic body 43b when the lower portion of the spindle 43 is inserted into the mouth portion 2a. When the umbrella-shaped member 43a is provided, the mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 is simultaneously covered with the umbrella-shaped member 43a.

  As shown in FIG. 11, when the umbrella-shaped member 43a is provided, between the inner surface of the mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 and the lower portion of the spindle 43, the outer surface of the mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 and the umbrella-shaped member 43a. Since a gap is formed in the meantime, the air in the preform 1 heated by the heat from the infrared heater 18a becomes hot air and flows from the inside of the preform 1 to the outside of the preform 1 between them. The mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 is heated.

  The mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 must not be deformed by heat applied at the stage of the preform 1 so that the sealing performance of the bottle 2 is not impaired when the bottle 2 is sealed with the cap 3 in the state of the bottle 2 later. Don't be.

  The hot air flowing through the gap heats the mouth portion 2a, but only heats to a temperature of about 70 ° C. or less that does not deform the mouth portion 2a. By such heating of the mouth portion 2a, a trace amount of hydrogen peroxide remaining in the preform 1 is activated, and the mouth portion 2a is appropriately sterilized.

  During the heating, the preform 1 is preferably conveyed while rotating around the axis together with the spindle 43 while being suspended in an upright state by inserting the spindle 43 into the mouth portion 2a. As a result, the preform 1 is heated uniformly from about 90 ° C. to about 130 ° C. by the infrared heater 18a except for the mouth 2a.

  In addition, by inserting a mandrel (not shown) in the preform 1 instead of the spindle 43, the preform 1 can be conveyed while being rotated in an inverted state.

  3 (G), the heated preform 1 is released from the spindle 43, transferred to the gripper 32, and aseptic air Q is blown from the mouth 2a side, while FIG. It is conveyed to a mold 4 which is a blow mold shown. By blowing this aseptic air Q, the preform 1 is supplied to the mold 4 while maintaining sterility.

  The aseptic air Q may be hot air. The temperature drop of the preform 1 is prevented by blowing hot air.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 3 (G), a cover 86 is formed in a tunnel shape so as to surround the traveling path of the preform 1 at a position where the preform 1 is heated to the mold 4 after the heating of the preform 1 is finished. Provided. The ceiling portion of the tunnel-like cover 86 that covers the mouth portion 2a of the preform 1 from above is formed in a roof shape having an inclined surface. Moreover, the nozzle 86a which blows out aseptic air Q toward the opening part 2a of the preform 1 is provided in the ceiling part in the row of a pipe, or slit shape. Thereby, aseptic air Q is efficiently supplied to the preform 1, and the preform 1 is in the chamber 41b and travels while maintaining sterility.

  The preform 1 that is transported while maintaining sterility by spraying aseptic air Q is housed in a mold 4 as shown in FIG.

  The mold 4 is in a mold-clamping state while continuously running at the same speed as the running speed of the preform 1, and is opened after blow molding is performed on the preform 1 in the mold 4. .

  As described above, the preform 1 is uniformly heated up to a temperature range suitable for molding in the heating process shown in FIG. 2F, so that the preform 1 is shown in FIG. 3H. As described above, after the heated preform 1 is mounted in the mold 4, when the stretching rod 5 is inserted into the preform 1, the preform 1 is stretched in the mold 4 in the length direction thereof. It is.

  Subsequently, for example, aseptic air for primary blow and aseptic air for secondary blow are sequentially blown into the preform 1 from a blow nozzle (not shown), the preform 1 is a molded product bottle 2 in the cavity C of the mold 4. Expands to

  When the bottle 2 is molded in the mold 4 in this way, the mold 4 opens while continuing to run, and the finished product of the bottle 2 is taken out of the mold 4.

  After the bottle 2 is taken out of the mold 4 and before the hydrogen peroxide supply step shown in FIG. 4 (J), aseptic air Q is supplied to the mouth 2a side as shown in FIG. 3 (I). It is conveyed while being sprayed from. By spraying the aseptic air Q, the bottle 2 is sent directly under the sterilizing agent supply nozzle 93 so as not to be contaminated by microorganisms as much as possible.

  Aseptic air Q shown in FIG. 3 (I) is preferably hot air. Since the temperature drop of the bottle 2 is prevented by blowing hot air, the sterilization effect by the next hydrogen peroxide is improved.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 3 (I), a portion where the bottle 2 is moving to the next sterilizing agent supply nozzle 93 (see FIG. 4 (J)) is covered so as to surround the traveling path of the bottle 2. 87 is provided in a tunnel shape. The ceiling portion that covers the mouth portion 2a of the bottle 2 in the tunnel-shaped cover 87 from above is formed in a roof shape having an inclined surface. In addition, a nozzle 87a that blows aseptic air Q toward the mouth 2a of the bottle 2 or toward the traveling path is provided in the ceiling portion in a row of pipes or in a slit shape. Thus, aseptic air Q is efficiently supplied to the bottle 2, and the bottle 2 is in the chambers 41b and 41c1 and travels while maintaining sterility.

  As shown in FIG. 4 (J), the bottle 2 sprayed with aseptic air Q is sterilized by supplying hydrogen peroxide as a sterilizing agent.

  Specifically, hydrogen peroxide mist M or gas G or a mixture thereof is sprayed from the disinfectant supply nozzle 93 to the bottle 2 being conveyed. The sterilizing agent supply nozzle 93 is disposed so as to face the mouth 2 a of the bottle 2. The hydrogen peroxide mist M or gas G or a mixture thereof flows down from the tip of the sterilizing agent supply nozzle 93, enters the bottle 2 through the bottle mouth 2 a, and contacts the inner surface of the bottle 2.

  Further, a tunnel 44 is formed at the travel location of the bottle 2, and the hydrogen peroxide mist M or gas G discharged from the sterilizing agent supply nozzle 93 or a mixture thereof flows down along the outer surface of the bottle 2, and further the tunnel. Since it stays in 44, it also adheres effectively to the outer surface of the bottle 2.

  The hydrogen peroxide mist M or gas G can be generated by, for example, the sterilizing agent gas generator 7 shown in FIG.

  The sterilizing agent supply nozzle 93 may be installed at a fixed position on the conveyance path of the bottle 2 or may be moved synchronously with the bottle 2.

  As shown in FIG. 4 (J), the hydrogen peroxide mist M or gas G blown from the sterilizing agent supply nozzle 93 or a mixture thereof comes into contact with the inner and outer surfaces of the bottle 2. Since the heat applied at the stage 1 and the heat applied to the bottle 2 at the stage shown in FIG. 3I remain at the predetermined temperature, they are sterilized efficiently.

  When the preform 1 is made of PET, the predetermined temperature is preferably 40 ° C. to 80 ° C., and more preferably 50 ° C. to 75 ° C. When it is lower than 40 ° C., the bactericidal property is remarkably lowered. When the temperature is higher than 80 ° C., the bottle shrinks after molding.

  After spraying this hydrogen peroxide mist M or gas G or a mixture thereof, the bottle 2 is air rinsed as shown in FIG. 4 (K1). The air rinsing is performed by blowing sterile air N into the bottle 2 from the sterile air supply nozzle 45, and foreign matter, hydrogen peroxide, and the like are removed from the bottle 2 by the flow of the sterile air N. At that time, the bottle 2 is brought into an upright state.

  Desirably, an umbrella-shaped member 84 is attached to the sterile air supply nozzle 45. As a result of the guiding action by the umbrella-shaped member 84, the sterilized air N overflows from the inside of the bottle 2, then goes to the outer surface of the bottle 2 and air-rinses the outer surface of the bottle 2.

  Note that an air rinsing step as shown in FIG. 4 (K2) may be employed instead of the air rinsing step shown in FIG. 4 (K1). By adopting the process of FIG. 3 (K2), the bottle 2 is turned upside down and the aseptic air N is blown into the bottle 2 from the mouth part 2a turned downward, so that it can be removed at the stage of the preform 1. The foreign matter or the like that has entered the bottle 2 during or after the molding of the bottle 2 can be dropped out of the bottle 2 from the mouth portion 2a.

  Or you may make it perform the process of FIG. 4 (K2), without blowing in aseptic air N following the air rinse process of FIG. 4 (K1). Moreover, you may attach the umbrella-shaped member 84 also to the aseptic air supply nozzle 45 shown in FIG. 4 (K2).

After air rinsing, if necessary, as shown in FIG. 5 (L), aseptic water rinsing with sterile normal temperature water or hot water H of 15 ° C. to 85 ° C. is performed to wash away the hydrogen peroxide adhering to the bottle 2. Is called. The amount of water per nozzle 46 that discharges hot water H is preferably 5 L / min to 15 L / min, and the cleaning rinse time is preferably 0.2 to 10 seconds.

  As described above, since the bottle 2 is further sterilized with hydrogen peroxide after sterilization at the stage of the preform 1, the amount of hydrogen peroxide used for the bottle 2 can be reduced. Therefore, the hot water rinsing process after air rinsing is performed as follows. It can be omitted.

  The hydrogen peroxide mist M or gas G used in the step of FIG. 4 (J) is as follows.

  When the amount of hydrogen peroxide used is converted to the amount of mist M, in order to sterilize the bottle 2 by performing only the process of FIG. 4 (J), the amount of 50 μL / 500 mL bottle to 100 μL / 500 mL bottle in the bottle 2 However, when the preform 1 is sterilized as in the present invention, the hydrogen peroxide mist M in an amount of 10 μL / 500 mL bottle to 50 μL / 500 mL bottle is attached. Enables commercial aseptic filling.

  Further, when the amount of hydrogen peroxide used is converted to the amount of gas G, in order to sterilize the bottle 2 by performing only the process of FIG. 4 (J), the gas concentration is excessively 5 mg / L to 10 mg / L. Hydrogen oxide gas G had to be sprayed onto bottle 2, but when pre-sterilization involving pre-heating of preform 1 was performed as in the present invention, hydrogen peroxide having a gas concentration of 1 mg / L to 5 mg / L By spraying gas G, commercial aseptic filling became possible.

  When the sterile water rinsing is omitted, after the air rinsing, as shown in FIG. 5 (M), the beverage a is filled into the bottle 2 from the filling nozzle 10, and as shown in FIG. 5 (N), the cap is a lid. By sealing with 3, the bottle 2 is made into a sterile package.

  An aseptic filling apparatus for carrying out the aseptic filling method is configured as shown in FIG. 6, for example.

  As shown in FIG. 6, the aseptic filling apparatus includes a preform feeder 11 for sequentially feeding a bottomed cylindrical preform 1 having a mouth portion 2a (see FIG. 1A) at predetermined intervals, and blow molding. Machine 12, sterilizer 88 for sterilizing the molded bottle 2, and filling machine 13 for filling bottle 2 (see FIG. 3 (I)) with beverage a and sealing with cap 3 (see FIG. 5 (N)). With.

  This aseptic filling apparatus is surrounded by chambers 94, 41a, 41b, 41c1, 41c2, 41d, 41e, and 41f at locations from the preform supply machine 11 to the filling machine 13.

  The chamber 94 corresponds to the place where the preform is introduced into the aseptic filling device, the chamber 41a corresponds to the place where the sterilizing agent is supplied to the preform, the chamber 41b corresponds to the place where the bottle 2 is molded, and the chamber 41c1 Corresponding to the location where the bottle is transported to the sterilizer 88, the chamber 41c2 corresponds to the location where the bottle 2 is supplied with sterilizing agent and rinsed, and the chamber 41d is filled with the beverage a which is the contents of the bottle 2 and sealed Corresponds to the location to be

  A portion from the chamber 94 to the chamber 41c1 through the chamber 41b is maintained as a clean room. In order to obtain a clean room, aseptic positive pressure air that has been passed through HEPA (not shown) as a filter is supplied into the chambers 94, 41b, 41c1 before the manufacture of the aseptic package. Thereby, the inside of the chambers 94, 41b, 41c1 is maintained in a clean state, and a bottle with a high sterility level can be manufactured.

  Before aseptic positive pressure air is blown into the chambers 94, 41b, 41c1, the chambers 41b, 41c1 may be sterilized with hydrogen peroxide gas of 10 mg / L or less. Moreover, you may irradiate the site | part which the preform 1 and the bottle 2 contact with a UV lamp (ultraviolet sterilization). Or you may wipe off the location which materials, such as the metal mold | die 4, the extending | stretching rod 5, and the gripper 32, contact with the chemical | medical agent containing 1 mass% of ethanol or hydrogen peroxide. Alternatively, a spray nozzle may be provided in the chamber so that the sterilizing agent can be automatically sprayed for a predetermined time before production or after mold replacement.

  Between the preform feeder 11 and the filling machine 13, a mold 4 having a preform conveying means for conveying the preform 1 on the first conveying path and a cavity C of the finished product shape of the bottle 2 (see FIG. 3 (H)) on the second conveying path connected to the first conveying path, the mold conveying means, and the bottle 2 formed by the mold 4 on the second conveying path. A bottle conveying means for sterilizing and filling the bottle 2 while being conveyed on a third conveyance path connected to the bottle 2 is provided.

  The first, second, and third transport paths communicate with each other, and a belt conveyor 14 that transports the preform 1 and the bottle 2 while holding the preform 1, the bottle 15, the gripper 32, and the like are provided on these transport paths.

  The preform conveying means includes a belt conveyor 14 that sequentially conveys the preform 1 at a predetermined interval on the first conveying path.

  As shown in FIG. 6, the belt conveyor 14 is provided in the chamber 94 so as to extend from the delivery portion 11a of the preform feeder 11 into the chamber 41a.

  The delivery unit 11 a is a device that stores a large number of preforms 1 and delivers the preforms one by one to the start end side of the belt conveyor 14. Since the delivery unit 11a is a known device, a detailed description thereof is omitted.

  The belt conveyor 14 is provided with a pair of endless belts 99a and 99b which are bent and extended in a substantially S shape in a vertical plane as shown in FIG. 7 and extend in parallel in the horizontal direction as shown in FIG. .

  As shown in FIG. 7, the endless belts 99a and 99b extend as a substantially horizontal straight line between the first bent portion 100a and the second bent portion 100b. Further, a portion from the delivery portion 11a to the first bent portion 100a and a portion from the second bent portion 100b to the chamber 41a extend as a horizontal or inclined straight line.

  As shown in FIG. 8, the pair of endless belts 99 a and 99 b are arranged such that the distance between the parallel running portions between the pair is separated by a length slightly smaller than the diameter of the preform 1. The pair of endless belts 99a and 99b are driven so as to travel at the same speed in opposite directions, whereby the preform 1 is sequentially conveyed from the delivery part 11a into the chamber 41a at predetermined intervals.

  The pair of endless belts 99a and 99b may be driven so as to run at slightly different speeds in opposite directions. In this case, the preform 1 is conveyed while rotating from the delivery part 11a into the chamber 41a. The

  Each of the endless belts 99a and 99b has a circular or quadrangular cross section, is driven by various drive rollers (not shown), and is guided by a various guide rollers, guide rails, and the like (not shown) so as to maintain a constant travel path.

  When the endless belts 99a and 99b are driven, the preforms 1 fed out from the feed-out part 11a run between the endless belts 99a and 99b one by one as shown in FIGS. Initially, the preform 1 travels while being sandwiched between the endless belts 99a and 99b in an upright state with the mouth portion 2a facing upward, and changes from the first bent portion 100a of the endless belts 99a and 99b to the second bent portion 100b. Until then, the vehicle travels in an inverted state with the mouth portion 2a facing downward, and after passing through the second bent portion 100b, it travels into the chamber 41a again in an upright state.

  As shown in FIG. 7, the upstream side of the endless belt 99 a, 99 b is located upstream of the traveling path of the preform 1 between the first and second bent portions 100 a, 100 b as viewed in the flow direction of the preform 1. The nozzle for ionized air 95 and the nozzle for filtered air 97 are arranged in this order from the downstream toward the downstream.

  One or a plurality of ionized air nozzles 95 are installed at predetermined locations in the chamber 94 such that the nozzle ports thereof face the mouth portion 2 a of the preform 1. An ionized air generator 101 for sending ionized air to the ionized air nozzle 95 is installed at a predetermined location in the chamber 94.

  When ionized air is blown from the nozzle 95 for ionized air to the preform 1 in an inverted state that runs while being held by the endless belts 99a and 99b, the ionized air enters the preform 1 through the mouth 2a and is pushed. Neutralizes static electricity in Reform 1. Thereby, foreign matters such as dust and plastic pieces that may exist in the preform 1 are likely to fall out of the preform 1.

  Further, a bowl-shaped suction port member 96 is disposed in the chamber 94 so as to surround the nozzle 95 for ionized air. A dust collector 103 is connected to the suction port member 96 via a suction pipe 102.

  When the dust collector 103 is driven, an air flow is generated at the opening of the suction port member 96, and when the foreign matter that has been neutralized falls outside the preform 1 due to its own weight, the air flows from the inverted preform 1 into the air flow. It is sucked into the suction port member 96. The airflow passes through the suction pipe 102 and reaches the dust collector 103, and foreign matter in the airflow is captured by the dust collector 103.

  The bowl-shaped suction port member 96 is preferably extended from the first bent portion 100a of the endless belts 99a and 99b to a position directly below the ionized air nozzle 95 toward the upstream side of the preform 1 flow. . Thereby, even when the foreign matter falls toward the lower upright preform 1 without being captured by the suction port member 96, the foreign matter can be prevented from entering the preform 1.

  One or a plurality of the filtration air nozzles 97 are installed at predetermined positions in the chamber 94 such that the nozzle ports thereof face the opening 2 a of the preform 1. A blower 104 and an air filter 105 for sending filtered air to the filtered air nozzle 97 are installed at predetermined locations outside the chamber 94. As the air filter 105, for example, a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter) can be used. The air P2 supplied to the air nozzle 97 may be one obtained by sterilizing compressed air having higher driving force with a sterile filter instead of the air from the blower 104.

  When filtered air is sprayed from the filtered air nozzle 97 to the inverted preform 1 that runs while being held by the endless belts 99a and 99b, the filtered air enters the preform 1 from the mouth 2a. The foreign matter is captured and flows out of the preform 1. The preform 1 and the foreign matter are easily captured by the filtered air because the static electricity has been removed by blowing the ionized air.

  Further, a bowl-shaped suction port member 98 is disposed in the chamber 94 so as to surround the nozzle 97 for filtered air. The suction port member 98 is connected to the dust collector 103 through the suction pipe 106. The suction port member 98 may be integrated with the upstream suction port member 96. The suction tube 106 may be shared with the suction tube 102.

  By driving the dust collector 103, an air flow is generated in the vicinity of the opening of the suction port member 98, and the foreign matter rides on the air flow from the inverted preform 1 and flows into the suction port member 98. The airflow containing the foreign matter passes through the suction pipe 106 and reaches the dust collector 103, and the foreign matter in the airflow is captured by the dust collector 103.

  It is desirable that the lower portion of the bowl-shaped suction port member 98 is formed in a funnel shape. As a result, the air flow containing the foreign matter easily flows to the suction pipe 106, and the foreign matter is also easily captured.

  Note that the suction port member 96 provided on the ionized air nozzle 95 side may be extended directly below the suction port member 98 on the filtration air nozzle 97 side. Thereby, even when the foreign matter falls to the lower erect preform 1 without being captured by the suction port member 98, the foreign matter can be prevented from entering the preform 1.

  The preform 1 which is conveyed by the endless belts endless belts 99a, 99b and cleaned by removing foreign substances from the inside by filtered air is moved to a straight portion through the second bent portions 100b. When it arrives, it returns to the upright state and is conveyed into the chamber 41a in the upright state.

  As shown in FIG. 6, the first conveying path of the preform conveying means is not only the belt conveyor 14 but also wheels 15, 16, 17 for receiving and conveying the preform 1 from the end of the belt conveyor 14. A row and an endless chain 18 for receiving and running the preform 1.

  A disinfectant gas generator 7 shown in FIG. 9 that generates hydrogen peroxide gas G and a hydrogen peroxide gas G discharged toward the preform 1 at a fixed position on the traveling path of the preform 1 on the wheel 15. The disinfectant supply nozzle 6 as shown in 2 (D) is arranged.

  As shown in FIG. 9, the sterilizing agent gas generator 7 includes a hydrogen peroxide supply unit 8 that is a two-fluid spray nozzle that supplies an aqueous solution of hydrogen peroxide that is a sterilizing agent in a drop shape, and the hydrogen peroxide supply. A vaporization unit 9 that heats and vaporizes the spray of hydrogen peroxide supplied from the unit 8 to a non-decomposition temperature equal to or higher than its boiling point. The hydrogen peroxide supply unit 8 introduces an aqueous solution of hydrogen peroxide and compressed air from the hydrogen peroxide supply channel 8a and the compressed air supply channel 8b, respectively, and sprays the aqueous solution of hydrogen peroxide into the vaporization unit 9. ing. The vaporizing section 9 is a pipe having a heater 9a sandwiched between inner and outer walls, and the hydrogen peroxide spray blown into the pipe is heated and vaporized. The vaporized hydrogen peroxide gas is ejected from the disinfectant supply nozzle 6 to the outside of the vaporizing section 9.

  By discharging hot air P toward the preform 1 on the running path of the preform 1 on the wheel 16, hydrogen peroxide adhering to the inner and outer surfaces of the preform 1 is activated and discharged out of the preform 1. An air nozzle 80 (see FIG. 2E) is arranged.

  As shown in FIG. 10A, the air nozzle 80 has a box-shaped manifold 80b that is curved following the arc of the wheel 16, and has a slit-shaped outlet 80a on the bottom surface of the manifold 80b. The air nozzle 80 is disposed above the wheel 16 so that the air outlet 80 a extends along the traveling path of the preform 1 in the wheel 16. As shown in FIG. 10B, a blower 76, a HEPA filter 77, and an electric heater 78 are connected to the manifold 80b. The outside air taken in from the blower 76 is sterilized by the HEPA filter 77, heated by the electric heater 78, and becomes hot air P and is sent into the air nozzle 80.

  The air supplied to the air nozzle 80 may be one obtained by sterilizing compressed air having a higher driving force with a sterile filter instead of the air from the blower 76. Moreover, the high pressure air used for blow molding in the blow molding machine 12 may be collected and reused.

  The hot air P supplied into the manifold 80b of the air nozzle 80 is ejected from the outlet 80a, flows toward the preform 1 running under the outlet 80a with the mouth portion 2a facing upward, and a part of the hot air P flows. The other part flows along the outer surface of the preform 1.

  The heat of the hot air P activates hydrogen peroxide adhering to the inner and outer surfaces of the preform 1 and sterilizes the microorganisms adhering to the preform. Moreover, surplus hydrogen peroxide is removed from the preform 1 by the flow of hot air P, and introduction of hydrogen peroxide into the next heating furnace 33 is prevented.

  As shown in FIG. 6, the wheels 15 and 16 are surrounded by a chamber 41a. The chamber 41a is connected to an exhaust means comprising a filter 36 for decomposing a sterilizing agent such as hydrogen peroxide in the air in the chamber 41a, and a blower 37. Thereby, hydrogen peroxide can be prevented from flowing into the adjacent blow molding machine 12.

  A heating furnace 33 that heats the preform 1 to a molding temperature is provided in a portion from the wheel 17 in contact with the wheel 16 to the wheel 19 in contact with the second conveyance path in the first conveyance path.

  The heating furnace 33 has a furnace chamber that extends long in one direction. In the furnace chamber, an endless chain 18 is bridged between a pair of pulleys 34a and 34b arranged to face each other on a horizontal plane. The endless chain 18 or the like constitutes a conveyor that conveys a large number of preforms 1 in a suspended state. An infrared heater 18a is attached to the inner wall surface of the furnace chamber along the forward path and the return path of the endless chain 18.

  When the preform 1 is received by the spindle 43 (see FIG. 2F) via the preform conveyor 14 and the rows of wheels 15, 16, and 17, the preform 1 travels while rotating along the inner wall surface of the heating furnace 33. An infrared heater 18a is stretched around the inner wall surface of the heating furnace 33, and the preform 1 conveyed by the spindle 43 is heated by the infrared heater 18a. The preform 1 rotates with the rotation of the spindle 43 while traveling in the heating furnace 33, is uniformly heated by the infrared heater 18 a, and the temperature is raised to 90 ° C. to 130 ° C. which is a temperature suitable for blow molding except for the mouth portion 2 a. . The mouth portion 2a is suppressed to a temperature of 70 ° C. or less without causing deformation or the like so that the sealing performance when the cap 3 is put on is not impaired.

  A blow molding machine 12 is disposed around the second conveyance path. The blow molding machine 12 includes a plurality of sets of molds 4 and drawing rods 5 (see FIG. 3 (H)) that receive the preform 1 heated by the infrared heater 18a of the preform supply machine 11 and mold it into the bottle 2. .

  Above the wheel 19 positioned between the first conveying path of the preform conveying means and the second conveying path of the mold conveying means, the preform 1 traveling around the wheel 19 is located above the wheel 19. A cover 86 (see FIG. 3G) covering the mouth 2a from above is provided in a tunnel shape. Aseptic air Q is blown into the cover 86 so as to face the mouth 2a of the preform 1. The aseptic air Q may be a part of the aseptic air P supplied from the aseptic air supply device shown in FIG.

  As a result, the preform 1 is surrounded by the chamber 41b forming the clean room, and further covered by the cover 86 containing the sterile air Q, and is directed to the blow molding machine 12 while maintaining high sterility. .

  A large number of molds 4 in the blow molding machine 12 are arranged around the wheel 20 at a predetermined interval. The preform 1 is received from around the wheel 19 and formed into a bottle 2, and the wheel 21 serving as the starting end of the third conveyance path. The mold is opened when it comes into contact with, and the bottle 2 is delivered to the gripper 32 around the wheel 21.

  The bottle 2 that comes out of the blow molding machine 12 and reaches the wheel 21 is inspected for the presence of molding defects or the like by an inspection device 35 arranged on the outer periphery of the wheel 21 as necessary. The inspection device 35 can be the same as that used in the first embodiment.

  If the bottle 2 has been rejected, it is removed from the transport path by a rejecting device (not shown), and only the accepted product is transported to the wheel 22.

  A cover 87 (see FIG. 3 (I)) covering the bottle 2 from above the mouth 2a is tunnel-shaped above the traveling path of the bottle 2 in the wheels 21, 22, 89 in the third transport path. Provided. The aseptic air Q blown into the cover 87 may be a part of the aseptic air P supplied from the aseptic air supply device shown in FIG.

  In the third conveyance path, the row of wheels 90, 91, 92, 23 following the wheel 89 includes a bactericidal agent supply nozzle 93 (see FIG. 4J) and a sterile air supply nozzle 45 (FIG. 4 (K1)). Or (see (K2)).

  Specifically, a plurality (four in FIG. 6) of disinfectant supply nozzles 93 are installed at fixed positions on the traveling path of the bottle 2 around the wheel 90. Further, a tunnel 44 (see FIG. 4 (J)) through which the bottle 2 passes corresponding to the sterilizing agent supply nozzle 93 is also installed. Mist M or gas G of hydrogen peroxide blown out from the sterilizing agent supply nozzle 93 or a mixture thereof enters the inside of the bottle 2 and adheres to the inner surface of the bottle 2 as a thin film, and extends along the outer surface of the bottle 2. As it flows, the tunnel 44 fills and adheres to the outer surface of the bottle 2 as a thin film.

  One or more aseptic air supply nozzles 45 are installed at fixed positions on the traveling path of the bottle 2 around the wheel 92. The aseptic air N blown out from the aseptic air supply nozzle 45 comes into contact with the inner and outer surfaces of the bottle 2 and removes the excessive hydrogen peroxide solution film adhering to the surface of the bottle 2. When the sterilized air N is hot air, the hydrogen peroxide adhering to the inner and outer surfaces of the bottle 2 is activated to enhance the sterilizing effect.

  A large number of disinfectant supply nozzles 93 and aseptic air supply nozzles 45 are arranged around the wheels 90 and 92 at the same pitch as the pitch of the bottle 2, and the bottles are swung in synchronization with the wheels 90 and 92. Hydrogen gas G or aseptic air N may be blown into 2.

  A filler 39 and a capper 40 are provided in a row of the wheels 24, 25, 26, 27 in contact with the wheel 23 in the third conveyance path.

  Specifically, a filler 39 is configured by providing a large number of filling nozzles 10 (see FIG. 5M) for filling beverage a in the bottle 2 around the wheel 24, and around the wheel 26 The cap 40 for attaching and sealing the cap 3 (refer FIG.5 (N)) to the bottle 2 with which the drink a was filled is comprised.

  Since the filler 39 and the capper 40 have a well-known structure, description thereof is omitted.

  In the first to third conveyance paths, the periphery of the wheel 15 is surrounded by a chamber 41a. The periphery of the portion from the wheel 16 to the wheel 21 is surrounded by the chamber 41b. The periphery of the wheel 22 and the wheel 89 is surrounded by the chamber 41c1. The periphery of the portion from the wheel 90 to the wheel 23 is surrounded by the chamber 41c2. The periphery of the portion from the wheel 24 to the wheel 27 is surrounded by the chamber 41d.

  Aseptic air purified by a HEPA filter (not shown) or the like is constantly supplied into the chamber 41b. As a result, the chamber 41b is a clean room, and microorganisms are prevented from entering the chamber 41b.

  The interior of each of the chambers 41a, 41b, 41c2, 41d, 41e, and 41f is sterilized by performing, for example, COP (cleaning outside of place) and SOP (sterilizing outside of place), and then the chambers 41a, 41b, As shown in FIG. 3 installed in or integrally with each of 41c2, 41d, 41e, and 41f, the disinfectant, the cleaning agent gas, and the like from each chamber 41a, 41b, 41c2, 41d, 41e, and 41f Mist is discharged out of the chamber. Then, aseptic air purified by a scrubber, a filter, etc. (not shown) is supplied into these chambers 41a, 41b, 41c2, 41d, and 41e, so Sex is maintained. COP and SOP are always performed for the chambers 41d, 41e, and 41f, but it is not always necessary to perform the chambers 41a, 41b, and 41c2.

  The chamber 41c1 functions as an atmosphere blocking chamber that blocks the atmosphere between the chamber 41b and the chamber 41c2. The chamber 41c1 is also connected to an exhaust unit similar to the exhaust unit, and the inside air of the chamber 41c1 is exhausted to the outside. As a result, cleaning gas generated by COP and SOP in the chamber 41d, sterilizing agent mist generated in the chamber 41c2, and the like flow into the chamber 41b of the blow molding machine 12 through the chamber 41c1. Can be blocked.

  Next, the operation of the aseptic filling apparatus will be described together with the operation of the preform foreign matter removing apparatus with reference to FIGS.

  First, the preform feeder 11 is driven, and the preform 1 is sequentially sent out from the delivery portion 11a in an upright state with the mouth portion 2a facing upward. The preform 1 to be delivered reaches the traveling belt conveyor 14 and travels by being sandwiched between the endless belts 99a and 99b one by one as shown in FIGS.

  The preform 1 initially travels while being sandwiched between the endless belts 99a and 99b in an upright state with the mouth 2a facing upward, but passes the first bent portion 100a of the endless belts 99a and 99b. On the straight traveling road up to the point 100b, the vehicle travels in an inverted state with the mouth 2a on the lower side.

  As shown in FIG. 7, when the preform 1 travels between the first and second bent portions 100a, 100b of the endless belts 99a, 99b, the preform 1 is in an inverted state, and this inverted preform 1, ionized air is blown from the nozzle 95 for ionized air (see FIG. 1A). When the ionized air enters the preform 1 from the opening 2a, the static electricity in the preform 1 is neutralized, whereby foreign substances such as dust and plastic pieces that may exist in the preform 1 are removed. It becomes easy to fall outside.

  The preform 1 travels while maintaining an inverted state even after passing through the position of the ionized air nozzle 95, and the filtered air is blown from the filtered air nozzle 97 (see FIG. 1B).

  When filtered air is sprayed from the filtered air nozzle 97 to the inverted preform 1 that runs while being held by the endless belts 99a and 99b, the filtered air enters the preform 1 from its mouth 2a, The foreign matter is captured and flows out of the preform 1. The preform 1 and the foreign matter are easily captured by the filtered air because the static electricity has been removed by blowing the ionized air.

  Further, the dust collector 103 is driven together with the drive of the preform feeder 11. By driving the dust collector 103, an air flow is generated in the vicinity of the opening of the suction port member 98, and foreign matter rides on the air flow from the inverted preform 1 to the suction port member 98 side. The airflow containing the foreign matter passes through the suction pipe 106 and reaches the dust collector 103, and the foreign matter in the airflow is captured by the dust collector 103.

  The preform 1 is cleaned by removing foreign substances from the inside by filtered air, and subsequently conveyed by the endless belts 99a and 99b, while the endless belts 99a and 99b pass through the second bent portions 100b to reach straight portions. By the way, it returns to an upright state (refer FIG.1 (C)), and is conveyed in the chamber 41a with the upright state.

  When the preform 1 enters the chamber 41 a, it is received by the gripper 32 around the wheel 15, and when traveling around the wheel 15, the hydrogen peroxide gas G flows from the disinfectant supply nozzle 6 toward the preform 1. Alternatively, mist or a mixture thereof is supplied (see FIG. 2D).

  Subsequently, the preform 1 to which hydrogen peroxide is attached travels around the wheel 16, and hot air P is blown from the air nozzle 80 to the preform 1 during that time. The heat of the hot air P activates hydrogen peroxide attached to the preform 1 and sterilizes microorganisms attached to the preform 1. Further, excess hydrogen peroxide is removed from the surface of the preform 1 by the hot air P.

  Thereafter, the preform 1 is received by the spindle 43 (see FIG. 2F) on the endless chain 18 and conveyed into the heating furnace 33.

  In the heating furnace 33, the preform 1 is heated by the infrared heater 18a, and the entire temperature excluding the mouth portion 2a is uniformly heated to a temperature range suitable for blow molding.

  The preform 1 heated to the molding temperature in the heating furnace 33 is sprayed with aseptic air Q while passing through the cover 86 when traveling around the wheel 19 (see FIG. 3G). Thereby, preform 1 is conveyed to blow molding machine 12, maintaining sterility. When the sterilized air Q is hot air, the preform 1 reaches the blow molding machine 12 while maintaining a temperature suitable for molding.

  The preform 1 is held by the mold 4 as shown in FIG. 3 (H) when passing through the outer periphery of the wheel 20, and is expanded into a finished product of the bottle 2 in the cavity C by blowing sterile high-pressure air. To do.

  The molded bottle 2 is taken out of the mold 4 by the gripper 32 around the wheel 21 after the mold 4 is opened, and inspected by the inspection device 35 for molding defects and the like.

  The defective bottle 2 is removed from the line by a discharge device (not shown), and only the non-defective bottle 2 is transferred to the wheel 22 and conveyed to the sterilizer 88.

  Further, when the bottle 2 travels from the wheel 21 to the wheel 89, aseptic air Q is blown while passing through the cover 87 (see FIG. 3I). Thereby, the bottle 2 is conveyed to the sterilizer 88, maintaining sterility. When the aseptic air Q is hot air, the bottle 2 reaches the sterilizer 88 while maintaining a temperature suitable for sterilization.

  The bottle 2 travels around the wheel 90 in the sterilizer 88 and is sterilized by spraying a mist M or gas G of hydrogen peroxide water or a mixture thereof as shown in FIG. While traveling around the wheel 92, aseptic air N is blown and air rinsed as shown in FIG. 4 (K1) or (K2).

  If necessary, hot water rinsing is performed on the bottle 2 after air rinsing (see FIG. 5L).

  Thereafter, the bottle 2 reaches the filling machine 13, and the beverage 2 which is the contents sterilized in advance is filled in the filling machine 13 by the filling nozzle 10 of the filler 39 as shown in FIG.

  The bottle 2 filled with the beverage a is sealed with the cap 3 applied by the capper 40 (see FIG. 5N), and discharged from the outlet of the chamber 41d to the outside of the aseptic filling apparatus.

  The preform containing various foreign substances was turned upside down, and the removal rate of the foreign substances from the preform was examined for each of the cases where air was blown and not blown, and the results shown in FIG. 12 were obtained. .

  As foreign matters, resin yarn A (thickness 0.52 mm × length 5 mm), resin yarn B (thickness 0.148 mm × length 5 mm), PET piece (thickness 0.1 mm × length and width 5 mm), paper piece (Thickness 0.08 mm × length and width 5 mm), PET powder (mass 0.02 g) was used.

  Five preforms were prepared for each of these foreign substances, 10 pieces of resin yarn A, resin yarn B, PET piece, and paper piece were put into the preform, and 0.02 g of PET powder was put into the preform. .

  Then, each preform is turned upside down to allow foreign matter to fall out of the preform, and the removal rate in that case is determined. Next, ionized air is blown, and then filtered air is blown into the preform to remove the foreign matter from the preform. The removal rate in that case was determined.

  The removal rate (%) was obtained from the following equation.

    (Removed amount / input amount) × 100

  From the results shown in FIG. 12, it was found that the foreign matter removal rate was significantly improved by inverting the preform and blowing air into the preform.

DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 ... Preform 2 ... Bottle 2a ... Mouth part 95 ... Nozzle for ionization air 96 ... Suction port member 97 ... Nozzle for filtration air 98 ... Suction port member 99a, 99b ... Endless belt (conveyance means)

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  1.   While continuously running the inverted preform with the mouth facing downward, blow off air from the mouth of the preform into the preform, remove the foreign matter in the preform, then mold the bottle from the preform, Next, the bottle is sterilized by bringing the hydrogen peroxide mist or gas or a mixture thereof into contact with the inner and outer surfaces of the bottle.
  2.   The bottle sterilization method according to claim 1, wherein the bottle in which the sterilization is performed is maintained at 40 ° C to 80 ° C.
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