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1. (WO2017149088) TRANSPORT GROUP FOR CONTAINER STERILIZATION APPARATUSES
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CLAIMS

1. A transport group for container (A) sterilization apparatuses comprising:

- a conveyor belt (2), which defines an operational plane and advances along an advancement direction;

- a plurality of support elements (3), mutually separated, and integral and movable with the conveyor belt (2), each support element (3) having longitudinal development, transverse to the advancement direction and lying along a direction parallel to the operational plane,

characterized in that each support element (3) defines a plurality of shaped seats (4) arranged along said longitudinal development, each shaped seat (4) being adapted to temporarily house a respective container (A), said shaped seats (4) having a substantially "V" shaped cross section, such as to house containers (A) of different size within a predetermined range, said shaped seats (4) having a longitudinal development inclined with respect to the advancement direction, so that the containers (A), temporarily housed in respective said shaped seats (4), result inclined with respect to said advancement direction when they are moved by said conveyor belt (2).

2. The transport group according to claim 1, characterized in that said shaped seats (4) comprise at least two contact points, and preferably two contact lines, for contacting the respective containers (A).

3. The transport group according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that each said support element (3) is coupled to at least one driving element (9), of the type preferably selected from a chain, a belt, a cable and the like, operatively associated with a drive unit.

4. The transport group according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that each said support element (3) comprises a base laminar element (5), integral with said conveyor belt (2), and a shaped plate (6), protruding and substantially inclined with respect to said base laminar element (5); said shaped plate (6) comprising a succession of mutually

inclined consecutive tracts which realize a continuous succession of concavities, defining said shaped seats (4), and convexities.

5. The transport group according to claim 4, characterized in that between said base laminar element (5) and said shaped plate (6) are interposed support ribs (7) substantially orthogonal to said base laminar element (5).

6. The transport group according to any one of claims 1-3, characterized in that each said support element (3) comprises a bar (10), preferably with a shape selected between prismatic, cylindrical, frusto-conical and the like, rotatably bound, by means of hinges (11), to said conveyor belt (2), along a peripheral surface of each said bar (10) being defined notches (12, 13) which define said shaped seats (4).

7. The transport group according to claim 6, characterized in that each said bar (10) comprises a plurality of said first notches (12) and a plurality of said second notches (13), arranged along respective generating lines, mutually different, said first notches (12) being different from said second notches (13).

8. The transport group according to any one of claims 6 and 7, characterized in that each said bar (10) comprises an orientation element (14), in order to rotate, as a result of a specific external action, and arrange in operative position said notches (12, 13) suitable for housing the containers (A).

9. A sterilization apparatus for containers (A) comprising a feeding station for feeding said containers (A), a sterilization station for sterilizing said containers (A), a cooling station for cooling said containers (A) and a transport group (1) of said containers (A) according to any one of the preceding claims, said transport group (1) passing through said feeding station, said sterilization station and said cooling station.