Deboning Patents (Class 452/135)

Patent number: 9033773
Abstract: A deboning system for an arm part of bone-in meat includes: a clamp; at least one forearm-bone incision making device; an olecranon incision making device; and a forearm-bone separation device, wherein the at least one forearm-bone incision making device includes a robot arm and a forearm cutter attached to the robot arm, and the olecranon incision making device includes a pair of olecranon cutters.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 12, 2014
Issued: May 19, 2015
Assignee: MAYEKAWA MFG. CO., LTD.
Inventors: Akira Taniguchi, Hiroyuki Sakurayama, Osamu Goto, Masaru Tokumoto, Hiroaki Muranami
Patent number: 9021987
Abstract: A Vertically Integrated Aquaculture System for producing high quality consumer seafood products at a significantly reduced cost. The Vertically Integrated Aquaculture System includes at least one aquaculture grow-out module for containing an aquaculture species, a feed handling system for distributing feed to the aquaculture species located in the aquaculture grow-out module(s), an aquaculture species moving system for routing the aquaculture species at least out of the aquaculture grow-out module(s), and a processing system for processing the aquaculture species after harvesting from the aquaculture grow-out module(s).
Type: Grant
Filed: September 29, 2009
Issued: May 5, 2015
Assignees: Aquama of Aquaculture Technologies, Ltd, Dakota Fisheries, Inc.
Inventor: Gary Myers
Patent number: 9004989
Abstract: A vacuum apparatus and method for recovering poultry breast sub-tenders or other trim products from poultry or meat carcass shells, or for recovering other materials. The apparatus has a cover which can be lowered on to a base to form a vacuum chamber. One or more vacuum hoses extend from the apparatus for suctioning the product into the vacuum chamber. A product container is removably positioned in the vacuum chamber such that the product suctioned into the vacuum chamber will fall into the product container by gravity.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: April 14, 2015
Inventors: Mark A. Ogier, Timothy J. Ogier
Patent number: 8992290
Abstract: A shoulder blade removal device of bone-in meat includes: a bottom holder which is configured to be in contact with a lower side of the bone-in meat such that the lower side of the bone-in meat is lifted upward and moved in a horizontal direction; a support member for bending the bone-in meat in cooperation with the bottom holder such that an end of the shoulder blade; and a chuck unit attached to a robot arm and gripping the tip part of the shoulder blade in cooperation with the robot arm. The chuck unit includes: a base member fixed to the robot arm; a grip member; and a lock member supported by the base member such that the lock member can be advanced or retracted toward or away from the lateral plate part, the lock member pinching the shoulder blade in cooperation with the lateral plate part.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 12, 2014
Issued: March 31, 2015
Assignee: Mayekawa Mfg. Co., Ltd.
Inventors: Akira Taniguchi, Hiroyuki Sakurayama, Osamu Goto, Masaru Tokumoto, Hiroaki Muranami
Patent number: 8956205
Abstract: In a method for removing blood released during filleting from the backbone and the indentations therein in the region of the vertebrae of fish that are conveyed in a row with the head forwards and the belly downwards, the removal of blood is carried out at the same time and in the same place as the cutting of the backbone. The backbone, which is freed of ray bones and rib bones, is guided through a cutting gap and is cut clear on the belly side of the fish over the entire length of the fish as far as the root of the dorsal fin to leave a backbone stump. The fish fillet flesh is covered by covering surfaces which converge at the cutting gap and of which at least two covering surfaces form the cutting gap. Pressurized cleaning fluid is sprayed onto the backbone that is guided between the covering surfaces through the cutting gap during cutting.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 11, 2011
Issued: February 17, 2015
Assignee: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG
Inventor: Wolfhard Kowalski
Application number: 20150044955
Abstract: In a method for mechanically removing intermuscular bones, so-called pin bones, from fillet parts of conveyed fish abdominal flaps for each fish are separated using a continuous, curved double separating cut. Each abdominal flap is simultaneously separated into two parallelly cut, completely free-moving parts having fish skin, winch are conveyed away separate front one another. The first part is obtained as a narrow, curved pinbone strip, with a width corresponding to the row of pinbones and limited thereto. The second part is obtained as an abdominal flap meat body determined by the largest part of the separated abdominal flap, free of pin bones, with a cutting length having the curvature.
Type: Application
Filed: March 19, 2012
Issued: February 12, 2015
Assignee: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG
Inventor: Wolfhard Kowalski
Application number: 20150031275
Abstract: A method for cutting extra-large poultry to fit within existing industrial fryers and remain as recognizable pieces to the consumer is provided. The method provides for the cuts necessary to create pieces of poultry from the extra-large poultry that are sized comparably to a normal sized bird. Furthermore, the method provides for keeping the cut pieces in a shape that the consumer recognizes as a particular piece of poultry.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2014
Issued: January 29, 2015
Inventor: Hultz Smith
Application number: 20150024665
Abstract: A method is disclosed for mechanically deboning animal thighs for separating and collecting meat therefrom and an apparatus (1) for performing the method, including automated individual processing steps. The processing steps include: grasping a thigh bone of an animal thigh at a hip knuckle with a bone holder (17); cutting tissue near the hip knuckle; and engaging the thigh bone adjacent the bone holder with a meat stripper (165). The processing steps further include: moving the bone holder (17) and meat stripper (165) away from one another in a direction substantially coextensive with the longitudinal extent of the thigh bone; allowing the meat stripper (165) to pass over the knee knuckle; and collecting the meat separated from the bone. In particular the method includes and the apparatus (1) performs the process step of cutting tissue adjacent a knee knuckle of the thigh bone, prior to allowing the meat stripper (165) to pass over the knee knuckle.
Type: Application
Filed: October 8, 2014
Issued: January 22, 2015
Inventors: Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek, Dirk Cornelis Stooker, Gerrit Hendrik Woltman
Application number: 20140378041
Abstract: A deboning system for an arm part of bone-in meat includes: a clamp; at least one forearm-bone incision making device; an olecranon incision making device; and a forearm-bone separation device, wherein the at least one forearm-bone incision making device includes a robot arm and a forearm cutter attached to the robot arm, and the olecranon incision making device includes a pair of olecranon cutters.
Type: Application
Filed: September 12, 2014
Issued: December 25, 2014
Inventors: Akira TANIGUCHI, Hiroyuki SAKURAYAMA, Osamu GOTO, Masaru TOKUMOTO, Hiroaki MURANAMI
Application number: 20140378040
Abstract: A shoulder blade removal device of bone-in meat includes: a bottom holder which is configured to be in contact with a lower side of the bone-in meat such that the lower side of the bone-in meat is lifted upward and moved in a horizontal direction; a support member for bending the bone-in meat in cooperation with the bottom holder such that an end of the shoulder blade; and a chuck unit attached to a robot arm and gripping the tip part of the shoulder blade in cooperation with the robot arm. The chuck unit includes: a base member fixed to the robot arm; a grip member; and a lock member supported by the base member such that the lock member can be advanced or retracted toward or away from the lateral plate part, the lock member pinching the shoulder blade in cooperation with the lateral plate part.
Type: Application
Filed: September 12, 2014
Issued: December 25, 2014
Inventors: Akira TANIGUCHI, Hiroyuki SAKURAYAMA, Osamu GOTO, Masaru TOKUMOTO, Hiroaki MURANAMI
Application number: 20140349558
Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for completely separating from the carcass of a gutted poultry body breast fillets that have already been partially detached from the carcass, comprising a pair of separating means for separating the breast fillets hanging down on both sides of the breast bone of the carcass from the breast bone as well as guiding means for guiding the carcass in the direction of the two separating means arranged at a distance from one another, wherein the guiding means comprises two guiding elements lying next to one another and at a distance from one another, which between them form a gap; which is directed in the transport direction T of the poultry bodies for receiving and guiding the breast bone of the carcass, and wherein the separating means enter this gap from below in such a way that the separating means, for separating the breast fillets from the breast bone protrude upwards beyond the guiding means in the direction of the carcass, which is distinguished by the fact that the gui
Type: Application
Filed: December 12, 2012
Issued: November 27, 2014
Inventors: Andreas Landt, Reinhard Evers
Patent number: 8894475
Abstract: Method for extracting pin bones from a fillet wherein the pin bones are extracted by a tool having a certain speed relative to the fillet and wherein the tool is displaced at different relative speeds along a first fillet portion where the fillet has pin bones and along a second fillet portion where the fillet has no pin bones.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 25, 2009
Issued: November 25, 2014
Assignee: Trio Food Processing Machinery AS
Inventor: John Breiland
Patent number: 8882571
Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for mechanically deboning animal thighs for separating and collecting the meat therefrom. The method includes the steps of grasping a thigh bone of an animal thigh at a hip knuckle with a bone holder, cutting tissue adjacent a knee knuckle, cutting tissue near the hip knuckle, and engaging the thigh bone adjacent the bone holder with a meat stripper. The method also includes moving the bone holder and meat stripper away from one another in a direction substantially coextensive with the longitudinal extent of the thigh bone, allowing the meat stripper to pass over the knee knuckle, and collecting the meat separated from the bone. The apparatus includes a plurality of processing stations for carrying out the individual steps, with the processing stations being arranged along a path of conveyance defined by a conveyor chain moving through a predefined path.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 26, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: Foodmate BV
Inventors: Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek, Dirk Cornelis Stooker, Gerrit Hendrik Woltman
Application number: 20140315476
Abstract: A poultry front half processing module is shown and described. The module includes a rotatable wing bracket for securely engaging the wings of the front half to allow more accurate processing and easier deboning and transfer operations.
Type: Application
Filed: March 12, 2014
Issued: October 23, 2014
Assignee: Gold'n Plump Poultry, Inc.
Inventor: Douglas Robert CONNELL
Application number: 20140272008
Abstract: Methods for preparing boneless thigh meat poultry products from poultry thighs comprise isolating a portion of thigh meat (a “premium thigh cut”) that cooks more evenly than the thigh generally and has an appealing texture. The methods provide boneless thigh products that have a low fat content, and are substantially free of undesirable components such as sinew and cartilage.
Type: Application
Filed: March 15, 2013
Issued: September 18, 2014
Inventor: George Wilson
Application number: 20140227953
Abstract: In a method for removing blood released during filleting from the backbone and the indentations therein in the region of the vertebrae of fish that are conveyed in a row with the head forwards and the belly downwards, the removal of blood is carried out at the same time and in the same place as the cutting of the backbone. The backbone, which is freed of ray bones and rib bones, is guided through a cutting gap and is cut clear on the belly side of the fish over the entire length of the fish as far as the root of the dorsal fin to leave a backbone stump. The fish fillet flesh is covered by covering surfaces which converge at the cutting gap and of which at least two covering surfaces form the cutting gap. Pressurised cleaning fluid is sprayed onto the backbone that is guided between the covering surfaces through the cutting gap during cutting.
Type: Application
Filed: July 11, 2011
Issued: August 14, 2014
Assignee: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud Baader GmbH+ Co. KG
Inventor: Wolfhard Kowalski
Patent number: 8801508
Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for automatically separating the wishbone from eviscerated poultry bodies, comprising a revolving conveyor with at least one holding apparatus with a support body receiving and holding the poultry bodies during transport through the apparatus, and at least one processing station along a conveying line of the conveyor, one of the processing stations being configured as a cutting unit for separating the wishbone from the poultry body, characterized in that the cutting unit has a rotational drive, a cutting means and a rotary arm that connects the cutting means and the rotational drive and is designed to guide the cutting means in the rotational direction along a curved path, with the rotary arm and the cutting means forming an at least essentially L-shaped arrangement and the cutting means having a main cutting edge that is interrupted by a recess and is oriented at least essentially parallel to the rotational axis of the rotary arm.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 3, 2012
Issued: August 12, 2014
Assignee: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+ Co. KG
Inventor: Andreas Landt
Patent number: 8784165
Abstract: A residual fat remover and method for removal of residual fat that remains on tissue of a poultry carcass after the poultry carcass has passed a scraper for releasing tissue connections between a fillet or fillets and the poultry carcass, wherein the fillet or fillets still at least in part are attached to the carcass when passing the residual fat remover, and wherein the residual fat remover is embodied with opposite pens that are positioned along the path of the passing poultry carcass on opposite sides of the breastbone of the passing poultry carcass so as to detach the residual fat on the outer sides of the fillet or fillets during passing of the poultry carcass.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 7, 2013
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
Inventors: Pieter Willem Vonk, Ferdinand Allard De Vos
Patent number: 8777704
Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing a knee cap from a poultry part, and particularly a deboned poultry thigh, includes a plurality of bays attached to an endless conveyor and movable by the conveyor in a processing direction. Each bay includes a plate sized to support a poultry thigh and having an aperture formed therethrough. A plunger assembly includes a plunger tip that can be moved selectively into and out of the aperture by a cam mechanism. Poultry parts are placed by workers on the plates as they move in the processing direction with the knee caps of the parts aligned with and pressed partially into the apertures. The cam mechanism then moves the plunger tip of each bay into its respective aperture to press the knee cap through the aperture, where it is severed by a rotating knife. The plunger tip is then withdrawn for a successive processing cycle.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 27, 2012
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: Foodmate BV
Inventors: Dirk Cornelis Stooker, Gerrit Hendrik Woltman
Patent number: 8756819
Abstract: A power operated rotary knife having a reusable handle assembly and disposable blade support assembly including a head portion and a blade support portion extending from the head portion, wherein upon completion of a tissue debriding operation on a donor, the used blade support assembly is removed from the handle assembly and disposed of, the handle assembly is autoclaved/sterilized and a new, sterilized blade support assembly is affixed to the handle assembly prior to a subsequent use. The knife includes an attachment assembly to releasably attach the disposable blade support assembly to the handle assembly and a retainer structure positioned in an annular groove formed in a bottom surface of the blade housing portion, the retainer structure bearing against an annular rotary knife blade and the blade housing portion to permanently retain an annular body section of the blade in the annular groove.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 28, 2011
Issued: June 24, 2014
Assignee: Bettcher Industries, Inc.
Inventors: Jeffery Alan Whited, David Curtis Ross, Dennis R. Seguin, Jr., Geoffrey D. Rapp
Patent number: 8740114
Abstract: A system and method of processing bone is disclosed. A tissue separator is utilized to separate tissue comprising at least one of muscle, periosteum and connective tissue from bone in a safe, sterile and efficient manner. In one aspect, the particle reducer can include an impeller positioned with respect to a cutting surface on a drum. At least one of the impeller and the drum is rotated by a power source such that harvested tissue frictionally engages the cutting surface. In another aspect, a source of pressurized fluid can be directed at tissue to separate bone from non-bone tissue.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 7, 2010
Issued: June 3, 2014
Assignee: Metronic Xomed, Inc.
Inventors: Michael L. Koltz, Louis M. Shadeck, David John Little, II, Gerould Winthrop Norman, Dana A. Oliver
Application number: 20140134935
Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for automatically separating the wishbone from eviscerated poultry bodies, comprising a revolving conveyor with at least one holding apparatus with a support body receiving and holding the poultry bodies during transport through the apparatus, and at least one processing station along a conveying line of the conveyor, one of the processing stations being configured as a cutting unit for separating the wishbone from the poultry body, characterized in that the cutting unit has a rotational drive, a cutting means and a rotary arm that connects the cutting means and the rotational drive and is designed to guide the cutting means in the rotational direction along a curved path, with the rotary arm and the cutting means forming an at least essentially L-shaped arrangement and the cutting means having a main cutting edge that is interrupted by a recess and is oriented at least essentially parallel to the rotational axis of the rotary arm.
Type: Application
Filed: July 3, 2012
Issued: May 15, 2014
Assignee: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG
Inventor: Andreas Landt
Application number: 20140120815
Abstract: A method of automatically removing meat from an animal extremity that includes first and second bones articulated by a joint and surrounded by the meat. The method includes obtaining the animal extremity, holding the first bone at a free end thereof remote from the joint, separating the meat from the first bone while moving the meat lengthwise of the first bone in a direction toward the joint, and moving the meat just short of the joint. The method further includes severing the second bone from the first bone adjacent the joint, collecting the severed second bone with the meat attached thereto, holding the thus collected second bone at a distal end thereof and removing the meat from the second bone longitudinally thereof.
Type: Application
Filed: March 14, 2013
Issued: May 1, 2014
Assignee: Foodmate B.V.
Inventors: Dirk Cornelis Stooker, Gerrit Hendrik Woltman, Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek
Application number: 20140004781
Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing a knee cap from a poultry part, and particularly a deboned poultry thigh, includes a plurality of bays attached to an endless conveyor and movable by the conveyor in a processing direction. Each bay includes a plate sized to support a poultry thigh and having an aperture formed therethrough. A plunger assembly includes a plunger tip that can be moved selectively into and out of the aperture by a cam mechanism. Poultry parts are placed by workers on the plates as they move in the processing direction with the knee caps of the parts aligned with and pressed partially into the apertures. The cam mechanism then moves the plunger tip of each bay into its respective aperture to press the knee cap through the aperture, where it is severed by a rotating knife. The plunger tip is then withdrawn for a successive processing cycle.
Type: Application
Filed: June 27, 2012
Issued: January 2, 2014
Inventors: Dirk Cornelis Stooker, Gerrit Hendrik Woltman
Patent number: 8616941
Abstract: A pin bone removing apparatus for removing pin bones from fish fillets includes a drive train and a rotatable cylinder head coupled to the drive train. The apparatus includes a torque limiter, which for a preset torque value will uncouple the rotatable cylinder head from the drive train. A method is also provided for removing pin bones from fish fillets, by pinching the pin bone in question between a rotating cylinder with recesses and a resilient tongue in contact with the cylinder. During the pinching, the pulling force is applied to the fish pin bone until the force reaches a preset level, at which the pulling is interrupted for a short period of time, unless the pin bone immediately comes loose, and if it does not come loose the pulling force is applied again until it reaches the preset level, and this process is repeated until the bone comes loose.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 17, 2011
Issued: December 31, 2013
Assignee: Trio FTC Sweden AB
Inventor: Ali Vahab
Application number: 20130344787
Abstract: The present invention includes meat fabrication systems and methods. The system according to one embodiment includes a conveyor (104) for advancing meat cuts, a cutting assembly (106) defining a cutting path (136) that intersects the conveyor (104), and at least one guide (160, 162, 163) that orientates the meat cuts on the conveyor relative to the cutting path such that the chine bones of the meat cut are separated from the remaining portions of the meat cuts as the meat cuts are advanced through the cutting path (136) by the conveyor (104).
Type: Application
Filed: June 20, 2013
Issued: December 26, 2013
Assignee: CARGILL, INCORPORATED
Inventors: Tom A. Bolte, David R. McKenna, Dan Moore
Patent number: 8591298
Abstract: An apparatus and method for deboning a poultry wing including multiple stations. The poultry wing is cut and then placed with bones extending through a plate for engagement by a subsequent rotary disboner. The mechanism includes a convey or with the plates secured thereto and motor and controls for moving the conveyor and plates and rotary deboner.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 16, 2012
Issued: November 26, 2013
Assignee: Three Dick Farms, Inc.
Inventors: George Richard Watson, James Richard Stockland, Richard Allen Stockland
Patent number: 8568208
Abstract: A deboner and method of deboning poultry parts is provided. An exemplary embodiment includes an infeed for the poultry parts moving in a conveying direction, and a conveyor line that is synchronized with the infeed and having a series of carriers for receiving each single poultry part in a single carrier while the poultry parts are moving in their conveying direction. Each of the carriers can be embodied with two movable, preferably swivable arms, having an open position and a closed position, wherein the open position of the carrier ensures that a poultry part is accurately received in said carrier. The closed position of the two movable arms of the carrier ensures a fixing in position of the poultry thigh received in the carrier to promote an accurate, subsequent deboning of the poultry part.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 28, 2012
Issued: October 29, 2013
Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
Inventors: Eric Adriaan Van Hillo, Jan Willem Hagendoorn, Bas Nagel
Application number: 20130280998
Abstract: An apparatus and method for separating wanted tissues from a bird carcass comprises mechanical and manual manipulation of the tissues. Mechanical manipulation includes scoring the lateral side of the carcass below the ribs between the neck opening and vent to separate the breast tissue from the skeletal system, and cutting the breast tissue and tenderloin tissue from the breast bone. Manual manipulation of the wanted tissues includes: mounting the carcass on a fixture, grasping the breast tissue adjacent the neck opening, and moving the hand toward the vent to separate the breast tissue from the carcass; and grasping the tenderloin tissue adjacent the neck opening, and moving the hand toward the vent to separate the tenderloin tissue from the carcass. Alternatively, the breast tissue may be harvested as a butterfly filet by scoring the lateral side of the carcass and removing the breast tissue from the carcass.
Type: Application
Filed: April 3, 2013
Issued: October 24, 2013
Inventors: Oliver HAHN, Ronnie Lee AVEY, Frank J. CRISCIONE, II, Ralph A. MILLER
Patent number: 8535123
Abstract: Deboning modules 50 move along a processing path for deboning poultry legs or wings having bones connected by an intermediate joint. The modules each include an ankle knuckle holder 60 and a hip knuckle holder 90 for supporting the leg and the hip bone in alignment with each other. Stripping claw 154 and hip knuckle holder 90 move toward each other for stripping meat from the leg bone and hip bone toward the intermediate leg joint. A cylinder blade 71 moves about the ankle knuckle holder toward the hip knuckle holder for cutting the accumulated meat at the hip knuckle holder.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 10, 2006
Issued: September 17, 2013
Assignee: Systemate Group, B.V.
Inventors: Reinhard Nicolaas Van der Stouw, Dirk Cornelis Stooker
Application number: 20130137351
Abstract: A deboner and method of deboning poultry parts is provided. An exemplary embodiment includes an infeed for the poultry parts moving in a conveying direction, and a conveyor line that is synchronized with the infeed and having a series of carriers for receiving each single poultry part in a single carrier while the poultry parts are moving in their conveying direction. Each of the carriers can be embodied with two movable, preferably swivable arms, having an open position and a closed position, wherein the open position of the carrier ensures that a poultry part is accurately received in said carrier. The closed position of the two movable arms of the carrier ensures a fixing in position of the poultry thigh received in the carrier to promote an accurate, subsequent deboning of the poultry part.
Type: Application
Filed: November 28, 2012
Issued: May 30, 2013
Assignee: MEYN FOOD PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY B.V.
Inventor: Meyn Food Processing Technology
Patent number: 8444461
Abstract: The various embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to systems and methods for the detection of anatomical structures and anatomical positions. More particularly, the various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to the detection of musculoskeletal elements, such as bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and the like, which could be useful for example in poultry processing for bone screening as well as for guidance of machines for processing. For example, a system for detecting a bone in a carcass comprises: a device for supporting a carcass comprising a base and a frame attached to the base, wherein the frame is configured to contact at least a portion of a cavity of a carcass; and an electromagnetic radiation source, wherein the electromagnetic radiation source is configured to irradiate at least a portion of a cavity of a carcass.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 29, 2009
Issued: May 21, 2013
Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Inventors: Wayne Daley, Sergio Antonio Grullon, John Mills Stewart
Application number: 20130122793
Abstract: An apparatus for removing a breast from a game bird provides first and second blades pivotally attached to a stabilizer bar projecting outwardly between the first and second blades. The stabilizer bar is generally adapted for insertion into the abdomen of a bird, and the first and second blades can be actuated using one or more handles to create a scissoring effect whereby a region of the abdomen, or the breast, is severed from the bird. Methods of removing a breast from a bird are also disclosed.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: May 16, 2013
Inventor: O'Neal Wood
Patent number: 8419510
Abstract: A safety use deboning knife includes a blade having a distally disposed carcass flesh penetration tip disposed immediately adjacent the blade curved cutting edge and spacedly disposed from the blade non-cutting upper edge by a planar distal edge, which distal edge subtends an acute angle of less than about 45° and preferably in less than about 25° with entire cutting portion disposed below the blade center line.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 10, 2009
Issued: April 16, 2013
Assignee: Dexter-Russell, Inc.
Inventor: Scott Neal
Patent number: 8408978
Abstract: A process for trussing up meat attached to at least one bone of a poultry part around an end of the poultry part, which includes the steps of loading each of a series of poultry parts into a trussing up unit at a loading position and positioning the bones of the poultry part into a bone positioning device, displacing each trussing up unit from a loading position towards and along a trussing up pathway and fixing the bones into the bone positioning device, displacing at least one bone partly through the meat through at least one bone positioning device by a pusher, retracting at least one of the bones from the meat and removing the trussed up poultry part.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 15, 2008
Issued: April 2, 2013
Assignee: FMP International
Inventor: William Seesing
Application number: 20130078898
Abstract: A pin bone removing apparatus for removing pin bones from fish fillets includes a drive train and a rotatable cylinder head coupled to the drive train. The apparatus includes a torque limiter, which for a preset torque value will uncouple the rotatable cylinder head from the drive train. A method is also provided for removing pin bones from fish fillets, by pinching the pin bone in question between a rotating cylinder with recesses and a resilient tongue in contact with the cylinder. During the pinching, the pulling force is applied to the fish pin bone until the force reaches a preset level, at which the pulling is interrupted for a short period of time, unless the pin bone immediately comes loose, and if it does not come loose the pulling force is applied again until it reaches the preset level, and this process is repeated until the bone comes loose.
Type: Application
Filed: May 17, 2011
Issued: March 28, 2013
Assignee: TRIO FTC SWEDEN AB
Inventor: Ali Vahab
Application number: 20130078897
Abstract: A method for cutting extra-large poultry to fit within existing industrial fryers and remain as recognizable pieces to the consumer is provided. The method provides for the cuts necessary to create pieces of poultry from the extra-large poultry that are sized comparably to a normal sized bird. Furthermore, the method provides for keeping the cut pieces in a shape that the consumer recognizes as a particular piece of poultry.
Type: Application
Filed: September 26, 2011
Issued: March 28, 2013
Assignee: Tyson Foods, Inc.
Inventor: Hultz Smith
Application number: 20130071533
Abstract: A method is provided for making a food product from a drumstick having a first end including a portion of a thigh joint, a second end including a portion of a foot joint, a bone extending between the first and second ends and meat surrounding at least a portion of the bone. The method includes making a first cut completely through the drumstick generally perpendicular to the bone and at least a first predetermined distance from the first end to remove the first end and making a second cut completely through the drumstick generally perpendicular to the bone and at least a second predetermined distance from the second end to remove the second end. The remaining mid-portion of the drumstick is a food product including most of the meat of the drumstick surrounding a remaining portion of the bone.
Type: Application
Filed: September 14, 2012
Issued: March 21, 2013
Assignee: RASTELLI FOODS GROUP
Inventor: Raymond RASTELLI
Application number: 20130017771
Abstract: Method of processing of fish, for example salmon and related species, said method comprising the steps of providing a live fish, slaughtering the fish, subjecting the fish or part of the fish to an electrical stimulation prior to at least a further processing step of the fish, and wherein said at least one further processing step comprises the step of removing pin-bones from the fish or part of the fish. By subjecting the fish or part of the fish to the electrical stimulation it is achieved that the pin-bones can be removed without waiting for the normal rigor process to be concluded and the normal post-rigor state to be reached and further it is achieved that the pin-bones can still be removed satisfactorily, e.g. without breaking when being pulled etc., since the bonding of the bones are relieved by the electrical stimulation.
Type: Application
Filed: December 29, 2010
Issued: January 17, 2013
Assignee: MAREL ICELAND EHF
Inventors: Runar Birgisson, Kristjan Hallvardsson
Application number: 20130012113
Abstract: Method for processing a part of a slaughtered animal which comprises a meat part connected to a bone and cartilage, comprising the steps of encapsulating an axial end of the bone together with the cartilage into an encapsulating means provided at a bone pusher; activating the encapsulating means into a radially open position for receiving said axial end and bringing the encapsulating means into a radially closed position for encapsulating said axial end; separating the meat part from the bone and cartilage; and releasing the axial end of the bone and cartilage from the encapsulating means.
Type: Application
Filed: March 16, 2010
Issued: January 10, 2013
Assignee: FPM INTERNATIONAL, N.V.
Inventor: Adrianus Johannes Gerardus Schot
Application number: 20120315834
Abstract: A slaughtered pig leg parts conveyor device is provided for conveying individual pig leg parts, wherein an individual pig leg part includes at least a portion of a pig leg and the pig foot. The conveyor device includes a track and one or more pig leg part carriers movable along said track, each carrier being adapted to carry an individual pig leg part. Each carrier has one pig foot retaining assembly adapted to engage on a single pig foot so as to retain the pig leg part in a position suspended from the carrier. The retaining assembly includes a pig foot aperture adapted to receive the pig foot.
Type: Application
Filed: December 17, 2010
Issued: December 13, 2012
Assignee: MAREL MEAT PROCESSING B.V.
Inventors: Franciscus Theodorus Henricus Johannes Van Der Steen, Adrianus Josephes Van Den Nieuwelaar, Jan Johannes Meerdink, Cornelis Joannes Janssen
Application number: 20120276273
Abstract: Described is a method of detaching a muscle from a beef cattle carcass, the method comprising the steps of: locating the muscle comprising at least one attachment point to the beef cattle carcass; and detaching the attachment point of the muscle from the beef cattle carcass prior to the onset of rigor mortis. An assembly line method is also described. Also, described are muscles comprising a substantially symmetrical and cylindrical-shape. In addition, described are muscle beef products that are produced by the methods described herein.
Type: Application
Filed: October 29, 2010
Issued: November 1, 2012
Inventors: David R. McKenna, Kyle Pfeiffer, Derek J. Vote
Application number: 20120252336
Abstract: Method and apparatus for separating meat and bone. The apparatus separator comprises a rotating cutting head defining a rotary axis; a flexible cutting means attached to the rotating cutting head and rotating about the rotary axis, and defining a cutting plane; a transport means for transporting a bone with meat pieces to the cutting plane; wherein the flexible cutting means follows contours of the bone and separates the meat pieces from the bone.
Type: Application
Filed: March 30, 2012
Issued: October 4, 2012
Inventor: James Haythornthwaite
Application number: 20120208442
Abstract: A system and method that is adapted to remove portions of a neck-bone that are useful for meat recovery systems. These most useful portions of the neck bone structure are the outer edges distal from the core of the bone that have meat attached to them. The useful portions on the outer edges distal from the core can be safely removed and subsequently processed in downstream processes such as mechanical separators (bone cannons) or hand trimmed. The overall system contains series sub systems to process neck-bones. The subsystems includes, a Product Infeed; a Chain Drive System; a Cutting Apparatus; a Cat Chain; a Core Extractor System; and a Conveyor Washing System.
Type: Application
Filed: February 11, 2011
Issued: August 16, 2012
Assignee: TYSON FOODS, INC.
Inventors: Jason W. Tomcak, Jerrad L. Tomcak, Adam Pfeifer
Patent number: 8231443
Abstract: A system and method that is adapted to remove portions of a neck-bone that are useful for meat recovery systems. These most useful portions of the neck bone structure are the outer edges distal from the core of the bone that have meat attached to them. The useful portions on the outer edges distal from the core can be safely removed and subsequently processed in downstream processes such as mechanical separators (bone cannons) or hand trimmed. The overall system contains series sub systems to process neck-bones. The subsystems includes, a Product Infeed; a Chain Drive System; a Cutting Apparatus; a Cat Chain; a Core Extractor System; and a Conveyor Washing System.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 11, 2011
Issued: July 31, 2012
Assignee: Tyson Foods, Inc.
Inventors: Jason W. Tomcak, Jerrad L. Tomcak, Adam Pfeifer
Application number: 20110319003
Abstract: Method for extracting pin bones from a fillet wherein the pin bones are extracted by means of a tool having a certain speed relative to the fillet and wherein the tool is displaced at different relative speeds along a first fillet portion where the fillet has pin bones and along a second fillet portion where the fillet has no pin bones.
Type: Application
Filed: September 25, 2009
Issued: December 29, 2011
Assignee: Trio Food Processing Machinery AS
Inventor: John Breiland
Application number: 20110195647
Abstract: The invention relates to a device for removing individual ribs from a piece of slaughter animal whose spinal column was cut off. A conveying device aligns the piece on a cutting surface on which the spinal column was cut off and conveys the piece. A rib sensor (1) detects the position if the ribs near the cutting surface. A rib cutting element (8) is advanced to the rib by means of a drive and is displaced along the rib. A control controls the drive of the rib cutting element (8) in accordance with the position detected by the rib sensor (1).
Type: Application
Filed: May 10, 2005
Issued: August 11, 2011
Inventors: Joachim Schill, Hartmut Ilch
Patent number: 7959500
Abstract: A cooked and de-boned substantially intact slab of rib meat is provided. A process for preparing a de-boned rib meat product from a pork or beef rib cut is also provided. The process for preparing the rib meat product involves cooking a length of rib meat having rib bones embedded therein at a temperature and for a time sufficient to enable the removal of the rib bones from the length of rib meat, while maintaining a substantially intact length of rib meat.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 21, 2010
Issued: June 14, 2011
Inventors: James A. Baker, Brittani Baker
Patent number: 7927194
Abstract: An apparatus to cut free flank bones of a beheaded, slaughtered fish having an open abdominal cavity includes a transport saddle to transport the fish in a direction of fish travel. The saddle includes an upper bone guide and a lower bone guide. The apparatus additionally includes a separating unit moveable back and forth from a standby position into a working position having a separating device and a counter support. The separating device includes a rotating circular knife to detach a fish fillet from the flank bones and the counter support includes a fixed element and is associated with the separating device. The counter support and separating device are movable about two axes, the fixed element being movable relative to the circular knife and independently thereof.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 30, 2008
Issued: April 19, 2011
Assignee: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH & Co. KG
Inventors: Michael Jürs, Hans Finke, Manfred Brandt
Application number: 20110034117
Abstract: A safety use deboning knife includes a blade having a distally disposed carcass flesh penetration tip disposed immediately adjacent the blade curved cutting edge and spacedly disposed from the blade non-cutting upper edge by a planar distal edge, which distal edge subtends an acute angle of less than about 45° and preferably in less than about 25° with entire cutting portion disposed below the blade center line.
Type: Application
Filed: August 10, 2009
Issued: February 10, 2011
Inventor: Scott Neal
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