Abstract: A food processing plant comprises a cooking kettle, a holding tank and a depositor. The holding tank is provided with wheels to permit the tank to be moved from a first position in the proximity of the cooking kettle to a second position in the proximity of the depositor. Means is provided for applying a vacuum to the tank in the first position to draw food product from the kettle through a first pipeline. Means is provided for applying pressurized air to the holding tank in the second position to expel the food product from the tank to the depositor. A cooling station is provided in the form of a booth into which the tank is movable after leaving the first position and before entering the second position. The booth includes frame means which supports a cooling unit movable from a raised position into a lowered position within the tank. The cooling unit includes rotary vanes with scrapers for contact with the wall of the tank. The cooling unit mounted on a cover adapted to rest on the rim of the tank.
November 4, 1991
Date of Patent:
June 15, 1993
D C Norris & Company (Engineering) Limited