Patents Assigned to Grain Processing Corporation
  • Patent number: 10233472
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for preparing a mixture of malto-oligosaccharides. Generally, a dry-milled corn fraction, such as a corn flour from which germ and fiber have been removed, is subjected to hydrolysis, typically catalyzed with acid or an enzyme such as an ?-amylase enzyme, under conditions suitable to form a mixture of malto-oligosaccharides. A gluten fraction is removed and the enzyme is inactivated, such as with heat. The mixture of malto-oligosaccharides then may be recovered from remaining solids and purified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Ramsden, Zachary J. Halloran, Albert J. Pollmeier, Jeff M. Underwood
  • Patent number: 9950934
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multi-stage degassing unit for degassing waste water, such as effluent from grain milling processes, through impingement upon successive impact plates. The degassing unit has one or more stages of impact plates, which alternate with redistribution trays that receive the waste water that impinges upon the impact plates directly above the trays and then redistributes the waste water through a plurality of apertures in the redistribution tray. The process of impinging the waste water against the impact plates, collecting the water, and redistributing the water into a plurality of streams may be repeated as necessary to sufficiently remove gas clinging to biomass in the waste water. This degassing will promote the settlement of the biomass for reuse in the water treatment process to reduce biological oxygen demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Billy D. Chrisman, Zac Halloran
  • Patent number: 9918942
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to substantially uniform, high density microspheres and methods of making the microspheres. The microspheres can be made to be small in size with a narrow range of particle size distribution and a high sphericity. In one aspect, the microspheres provided herein are provided in the form of spherical cores comprising maltodextrin or maltodextrin and starch and are prepared using a centrifugal tumbling-granulating-coating apparatus. In another aspect, the spherical cores can be powder-coated with one or more layers of small particles, such as starch particles. The microspheres provided herein can be used as cores for multi-particulate solid dosage delivery systems as well as other pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, food, personal care, and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Susan Freers, Carrie Shipley, Brian Jensen, Shawn Engels
  • Patent number: 9873640
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process of stabilizing spent filter material that comprises mixing the filter media with a dry media to produce a composition having a moisture content that is sufficiently low to retard microbial growth. The composition comprises spent filter media and a dry material, and preferably comprises diatomaceous earth. Soil is treated by adding the composition as a top dressing, soil amendment, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 9808030
    Abstract: A low sodium salt composition and method for manufacture are provided. The composition generally includes salt, such as sodium chloride, and one or more crystallization interrupters. The composition is in the form of amorphous particles, optionally in combination with other ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Sarjit Johal, Albert J. Pollmeier
  • Patent number: 9670105
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process of stabilizing spent filter material that comprises mixing the filter media with a dry media to produce a composition having a moisture content that is sufficiently low to retard microbial growth. The composition comprises spent filter media and a dry material, and preferably comprises diatomaceous earth. Soil is treated by adding the composition as a top dressing, soil amendment, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 9637767
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for preparing a mixture of malto-oligosaccharides. Generally, a dry-milled corn fraction, such as a corn flour from which germ and fiber have been removed, is subjected to hydrolysis, typically catalyzed with acid or an enzyme such as an ?-amylase enzyme, under conditions suitable to form a mixture of malto-oligosaccharides. A gluten fraction is removed and the enzyme is inactivated, such as with heat. The mixture of malto-oligosaccharides then may be recovered from remaining solids and purified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Ramsden, Zachary J. Halloran, Albert J. Pollmeier, Jeff M. Underwood
  • Patent number: 9605141
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cold-water soluble starch and a process for preparing same. Generally, the process comprises providing a hydroxyalkyl starch and applying a shearing force to the starch in an extruder in the presence of moisture, the force and the moisture each being sufficient to gelatinize at least substantially all of the granules of the starch to thereby form a sheared starch. The starch is heated to its gelatinization temperature after the starch has passed partially through the barrel of the extruder, with the moisture being maintained at a level sufficiently high to allow gelatinization but sufficiency low to protect the starch from becoming too sticky to extrude. The extruded starch product thus formed may be used in connection with a number of film-forming, coating, and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Lin Wang, Peter Miller, Tonya Armstrong, Michael Kramer, Susan Freers, Roger McPherson, Daniel Hubbard, Terry Andren, Jeff Underwood
  • Publication number: 20160309751
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method for preparing an extruded product and an extruded product prepared thereby. The extruded product is deemed useful a food product, in particular, a snack food product suitable for consumption by diabetics. Cranberry seed meal is blended with one or more starches, preferably including a modified dent corn starch, and extruded through a die under conditions suitable to result in an expanded product while exhibiting a 10% survival rate of at least one anthocyanin. Optionally, flavoring components such as spices may be incorporated into the blend or added after extrusion. The resulting food product will be suitable for a use as a snack food product but will have a substantially higher percentage of fiber and protein as compared with extruded carbohydrate-based food products, and will have some surviving anthocyanins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicants: KENT PRECISION FOODS GROUP, INC., GRAIN PROCESSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jacinta Kemboi, Tonya J. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9422372
    Abstract: A method for producing digestion-resistant dextrin from starch hydrolyzates is disclosed. In one form, the method includes mixing the starch hydrolyzate, dextrose and an acid catalyst which are allowed to react under mild vacuum with heat. The ingredients require no pre-drying and the method requires no external plasticizers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Lin Wang, Perminus Mungara
  • Patent number: 9340466
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process of stabilizing spent filter material that comprises mixing the filter media with a dry media to produce a composition having a moisture content that is sufficiently low to retard microbial growth. The composition comprises spent filter media and a dry material, and preferably comprises diatomaceous earth. Soil is treated by adding the composition as a top dressing, soil amendment, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 9326533
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means to concentrate, dry and formulate biomaterials such as polysaccharides, gums and related biopolymers, and microorganisms such as cells, spores, and the like from dilute solutions using spent germ and other oil bearing residues. In addition, the spent germ can serve as a carrier for such biomaterials. The sorbed materials are useful in animal feeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 9163269
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for preparing a mixture of malto-oligosaccharides. Generally, a dry-milled corn fraction, such as a corn flour from which germ and fiber have been removed, is subjected to hydrolysis, typically catalyzed with acid or an enzyme such as an ?-amylase enzyme, under conditions suitable to form a mixture of malto-oligosaccharides. A gluten fraction is removed and the enzyme is inactivated, such as with heat. The mixture of malto-oligosaccharides then may be recovered from remaining solids and purified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Ramsden, Zachary J. Halloran, Albert J. Pollmeier, Jeff M. Underwood
  • Patent number: 9150761
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adhesive that may include two or more starches or starch derivatives with different molecular weights. In many embodiments, the adhesive includes (1) unmodified or slightly thinned starch, (2) maltodextrin or syrup solid, and (3) a hydroxypropyl starch. In most embodiments, the adhesive includes a plasticizer. The adhesive may be prepared by blending the starch and starch derivatives, and cooking the blended slurry, preferably under acidic conditions. The adhesive may be employed for various purposes including as an adhesive for a multi-wall bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Richard R. Hitchcock, Eric R. Mehnert
  • Patent number: 9113646
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means to concentrate, dry and formulate biomaterials such as polysaccharides, gums and related biopolymers, and microorganisms such as cells, spores, and the like from dilute solutions using spent germ and other oil bearing residues. In addition, the spent germ can serve as a carrier for such biomaterials. The sorbed materials are useful in animal feeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 8974778
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means to concentrate, dry and formulate biomaterials such as polysaccharides, gums and related biopolymers, and microorganisms such as cells, spores, and the like from dilute solutions using spent germ and other oil bearing residues. In addition, the spent germ can serve as a carrier for such biomaterials. The sorbed materials are useful in animal feeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 8951594
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cold-water soluble starch and a process for preparing same. Generally, the process comprises providing a hydroxyalkyl starch and applying a shearing force to the starch in an extruder in the presence of moisture, the force and the moisture each being sufficient to gelatinize at least substantially all of the granules of the starch to thereby form a sheared starch. The starch is heated to its gelatinization temperature after the starch has passed partially through the barrel of the extruder, with the moisture being maintained at a level sufficiently high to allow gelatinization but sufficiency low to protect the starch from becoming too sticky to extrude. The extruded starch product thus formed may be used in connection with a number of film-forming, coating, and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Lin Wang, Pete Miller, Jeff Underwood, Tonya Armstrong, Michael Kramer, Susan Freers, Roger McPherson, E. Daniel Hubbard, Terry Andren
  • Patent number: 8832963
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process of stabilizing spent filter material that comprises mixing the filter media with a city media to produce a composition having a moisture content that is sufficiently low to retard microbial growth. The composition comprises spent filter media and a dry material, and preferably comprises diatomaceous earth. Soil is treated by adding the composition as a top dressing, soil amendment, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 8828708
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for the dissociation of cells. Cells are processed under conditions of pH, temperature, and shear to thereby yield a mixture of cell wall ghosts and cytoplasm. Preferably, the cells are jet cooked at an alkaline pH to form an intermediate mixture, and the intermediate mixture is subsequently jet cooked. Generally, the cells become dissociated, whereby at least one separate cell wall component is substantially separate from the dissociated cell walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 8801848
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adhesive that may include two or more starches or starch derivatives with different molecular weights. In many embodiments, the adhesive includes (1) unmodified or slightly thinned starch, (2) maltodextrin or syrup solid, and (3) a hydroxypropyl starch. In most embodiments, the adhesive includes a plasticizer. The adhesive may be prepared by blending the starch and starch derivatives, and cooking the blended slurry, preferably under acidic conditions. The adhesive may be employed for various purposes including as an adhesive for a multi-wall bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Richard R. Hitchcock, Eric R. Mehnert