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1. (WO2018138374) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STERILIZING PLASTIC PREFORMS TOGETHER WITH PRECEDING TESTING OF THE PLASTIC PREFORMS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/138374    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2018/052256
Publication Date: Fri Aug 03 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Jan 31 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: A61L 2/08
Applicants: KRONES AG
Inventors: SCHÖNBERGER, Wolfgang
Title: APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STERILIZING PLASTIC PREFORMS TOGETHER WITH PRECEDING TESTING OF THE PLASTIC PREFORMS
Abstract:
The invention relates to an apparatus (1) for handling containers (10) and particularly plastic preforms (10), having a heating device (2), which is suitable and intended for heating the containers (10), wherein said heating device (2) has a transport device (22), which transports the containers along a specified transport path, and at least one heating element (26), which heats the containers (10), and having a handling device (6), which is downstream of the heating device (2) in the transport direction of the containers (10), wherein said handling device (6) has a second transport device (62), which transports the containers (10) along a specified transport path and at least one handling element (64), which can be inserted through an opening of the containers (10) into said containers (10) at least in sections, wherein the handling device (6) is particularly a sterilization device, which is suitable and intended for the at least partial sterilizing of an inner wall of the containers. According to the invention, the apparatus (1) has a detection device (4) arranged before the handling device (6) in the transport direction of the containers (10), which is suitable and intended for determining at least one variable characteristic for a geometrical property of the containers (10).