Patents Assigned to Grain Processing Corporation
  • Patent number: 7294343
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sorbent that includes spent grain germ, seed meal, or a mixture thereof. The sorbent may be used to introduce a material into an environment. For instance, the sorbent may be used to introduce a control agent, such as an insecticide or larvicide, into an environment. The sorbent also may be used to remove an unwanted material from an environment. For instance, the sorbent may be used to sorb oil or a hazardous chemical that has been spilled. The disclosed sorbents are biodegradable over a wide range of environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Barresi, Kara Hulsey, J. Steven Taylor, Kevin H. Schilling
  • Patent number: 7265078
    Abstract: Disclosed are drilling fluids suitable for use in connection with oil well drilling. The drilling fluids of the invention include in one embodiment a liquid base, an alkyl glucoside, such as methyl glucoside, and a borehole stability promoter that includes a maltodextrin, a carboxyalkyl starch, a hemicellulose-containing material, or a mixture of the foregoing. In another embodiment, the drilling fluid includes a liquid base and molasses solids, preferably in combination with an alkyl glucoside and more preferably in further combination with one of the aforementioned borehole stability promoters. The drilling fluids of the invention surprisingly have a reduced tendency to swell shale as compared with known drilling fluids. Also disclosed are a drilling apparatus and process. The drilling apparatus includes a drill string, which may be conventional, that is fluidically coupled to a source of drilling fluid, the source of drilling fluid including the drilling fluid of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Cali, Kevin H. Schilling, Michael Riley
  • Publication number: 20070163462
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an assembly for bulk transport. An inflatable bladder is inserted into a container and disposed proximal and above a gravity-fed aperture. The container may be, for instance, a hopper rail car. A bulk material then is introduced into the container, the bulk material being, for instance, a grain-based material such as corn gluten feed. The bladder is positioned and preferably secured laterally with respect to the aperture to impede access to the aperture by the bulk material. When the container has reached the transport destination, the bladder is deflated. If the bulk material has set up during transport, access to the aperture nonetheless will have been maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Ramser, Peter Miller, Robert Willis, John Dudenhoeffer
  • Publication number: 20070160637
    Abstract: Disclosed are a pest control agent, a method for preparing a pest control agent, and a method for controlling a pest. Generally, the pest control agent is formed by providing a porous starch and an active control agent absorbed within the porous starch, and compressing the porous starch in the presence of heat to form discrete plural particles. Preferably, one or more binders are employed, as are one or more secondary absorbents/fillers. In highly preferred embodiments of the invention, the pest control agent is prepared via pelletizing in a commercial pellet mill. The particles so prepared should be sufficiently durable to withstand bulk transport, such as by rail car or bag shipment. The particles should, however, release the control agent quickly upon contact with water, such that, for instance, the control agent may be released when the pest control agent is introduced to standing water. It is contemplated that the control agent is preferably a mosquito control agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Publication date: July 12, 2007
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Schilling, Frank Barresi, Richard Castle
  • Patent number: 7226760
    Abstract: Disclosed are a fluid absorber, a method for preparing a fluid absorber, and a method for absorbing fluid from the skin. The disclosed method for preparing a fluid absorber generally comprises the steps of selecting a starch and an enzyme for hydrolysis of the starch, determining a fluid absorption optimum hydrolysis level for the starch, and ezymatically hydrolyzing the starch to approximately the optimum level thus determined. The starch alternatively may be hydrolyzed with acid hydrolysis without the use of an enzyme catalyst. The disclosed method for absorbing fluid from the skin includes the step of applying a fluid absorbing effective amount of a fluid absorber thus prepared. Absorption properties of the fluid absorber of the invention are comparable to or exceed those of commercially available skin fluid absorbers, such as talc and unmodified corn starch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Hélène G. Bazin, Frank W. Barresi
  • Patent number: 7223436
    Abstract: Disclosed is an animal feed. The animal feed includes fat, preferably vegetable oil; a solid nutritive source; such as a whole seed or grain or a fraction thereof; and a binder, the binder comprising hemicellulose. Also disclosed are methods for preparing an animal feed and for feeding an animal. When formulated into pellets, the disclosed animal feeds have excellent durability, such that pellet fracture and dust formation are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel R. Freeman
  • Publication number: 20070101941
    Abstract: Disclosed are animal litters, processes for preparing animal litters, and methods for removal of animal waste. The disclosed litters are made from ingredients including plant meal, grain germ, citrus residue, and grain bran, usually in combination with a cohesiveness agent and a microbial inhibitor. The litters are provided in the form of discrete plural articles which tend to agglomerate when wetted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: May 10, 2007
    Applicant: GRAIN PROCESSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lin Wang, Thomas Wiesner
  • Publication number: 20070042473
    Abstract: Disclosed are a fluid absorber, a method for preparing a fluid absorber, and a method for absorbing fluid from the skin. The disclosed method for preparing a fluid absorber generally comprises the steps of selecting a starch and an enzyme for hydrolysis of the starch, determining a fluid absorption optimum hydrolysis level for the starch, and ezymatically hydrolyzing the starch to approximately the optimum level thus determined. The starch alternatively may be hydrolyzed with acid hydrolysis without the use of an enzyme catalyst. The disclosed method for absorbing fluid from the skin includes the step of applying a fluid absorbing effective amount of a fluid absorber thus prepared. Absorption properties of the fluid absorber of the invention are comparable to or exceed those of commercially available skin fluid absorbers, such as talc and unmodified corn starch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Helene Bazin, Frank Barresi
  • Publication number: 20060257443
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pest control composition that includes a pest control agent, such as citronella oil, and a carrier, the carrier comprising a cellulosic fibrous material and a mineral sorbent material. In preferred embodiments to the invention, the composition is in the form of discrete plural compacted particles. Surprisingly, a pest control composition prepared in accordance with the preferred embodiments of the invention is substantially dry to the touch and permits sustained release of the pest control agent. Methods for preparing a pest control agents and method for pest control also are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 7091335
    Abstract: Disclosed are derivatized malto-oligosaccharides and methods for the preparation thereof. In accordance with the disclosed invention, a malto-oligosaccharide is hydrogenated to thereby obtain a hydrogenated malto-oligosaccharide, and the resulting hydrogenated malto-oligosaccharide is derivatized, such as via oxidation, esterification, etherification, or enzymatic modification. The derivatization of such hydrogenated malto-oligosaccharides results in a surprisingly low level of a formation of by-products and products of degradation. In a particularly preferred embodiment of the invention, a mixture of malto-oligosaccharides is catalytically hydrogenated under reaction conditions suitable to substantially preserve the degree of polymerization (DP) profile of the mixture. The resulting malto-oligosaccharide mixture then is derivatized to form a derivatized malto-oligosaccharide mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Richard L. Antrim, Frank W. Barresi
  • Publication number: 20060149053
    Abstract: Saccharide-derivatized oligosaccharides prepared by extruding a reaction mixture comprising a saccharide having a degree of polymerization ranging from 1 to 4 and a starch having a degree of polymerization of at least 200, wherein the extruding imparts sufficient energy and work to derivatize the starch with the saccharide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Antrim, Frank Barresi, Roger McPherson
  • Patent number: 7070709
    Abstract: Disclosed are dust suppressant and aggregate stabilization compositions. In accordance with the subject disclosure, hemicellulose is used as a dust suppressant and/or as a stabilization composition for aggregates such as a road bed or soil field. Other ingredients may be used in a composition in conjunction with hemicellulose. For instance, a lignin compound may be used to enhance dust suppression and/or aggregate stabilization. A surfactant may be used to decrease the viscosity of the composition. A crosslinking agent may be used to enhance the water resistance of the composition. A chloride salt may be added to increase the hygroscopicity of the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin H. Schilling, Dan Freeman, Roger E. McPherson
  • Patent number: 7033422
    Abstract: Three novel types of release agents comprising waste products of several useful product-making processes well known in the art are disclosed. The first type of release agent is comprised of desugared sugar beet molasses, which is a waste product in the process of removing sugar from sugar beet molasses. The second type of release agent is sugar cane molasses. The third type of agent is a class of compositions comprising steepwater, brewers condensed solubles and distillers solubles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Todd A. Bloomer
  • Patent number: 7018955
    Abstract: Disclosed are drilling fluids that include carboxyalkylated corn hulls in an amount effective to inhibit fluid loss from a wellbore formation. The carboxyalkylated corn hulls are heat stable and surprisingly effective at inhibiting fluid loss. Also disclosed are a drilling apparatus and a drilling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin H. Schilling, Michael Riley, Roger E. McPherson
  • Publication number: 20060034978
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aerosol composition that includes water, an organic propellant, molasses components, and a surfactant. The composition preferably further includes an anti-agglomeration agent to inhibit agglomeration of insoluble materials and a sugar stabilizer to inhibit crystallization of sugar in the composition. Also disclosed are methods for feeding an animal by dispensing an aqueous solution of a sugar from an aerosol device, preferably an aerosol device that includes an aerosol composition as described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Deem, Don Sheppard, Greg Sheppard
  • Publication number: 20060032120
    Abstract: Disclosed is a seed coating composition that includes hemicellulose and a material that is beneficial for the growth of the seed. The beneficial material may be a control agent for a biological entity that is detrimental to the growth of the seed. The control agent may be, for instance, a fungicide, herbicide, or insecticide. Also disclosed is a coated seed, the seed including a coating over at least a portion thereof that comprises hemicellulose and, optionally, a control agent. Methods for preparing such coated seeds and for planting such coated seeds also are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Roger McPherson
  • Publication number: 20060029710
    Abstract: Disclosed is a frozen food product composition that comprises an aqueous ingredient mixture and holocellulose in an amount effective to inhibit ice crystal growth in the frozen food product. Also disclosed is a method of preparing a frozen food product that comprises adding to the ingredient mixture prior to freezing an effective ice crystal growth inhibiting amount of holocellulose. Preferably, the holocellulose is corn hull holocellulose. Holocellulose is effective in stabilizing frozen food products, does not suffer from certain drawbacks associated with other known stabilizers, and can be obtainable inexpensively and in ready supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Roger McPherson, Robert Olson
  • Publication number: 20060029702
    Abstract: Various methods of obtaining hemicellulose from plant sources are provided. In one embodiment, hemicellulose is obtained from plant hulls by first jet cooking a plant hull slurry to remove starch from the plant hulls, and subsequently jet cooking the destarched plant hull slurry to extract a solubilzed hemicellulose. In an alternative embodiment, hemicellulose may be obtained by forming a plant hull slurry, adding sufficient lime to enable starch gelatinization and separation of hemicellulose in a single jet cooking step, jet cooking the slurry, and separating solubilized hemicellulose from insolubles. Surprisingly, the yield of hemicellulose is high, and the starch from the plant hulls will gelatinize but will not become hydrolyzed, such that the formation of reducing sugars is substantially avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Roger McPherson, John Scott, Jeff Underwood
  • Publication number: 20060029577
    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: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Publication number: 20060029712
    Abstract: Holocellulose is used in combination with fruit or vegetable juice as a substitute for fruit or vegetable pulp in food pulps and purees requiring a food pulp ingredient. For example a corn hull holocellulose the mimetic can replace ingredients such as tomato paste and apple sauce, both of which are costly additives for sauces and bakery products. Corn hull holocellulose, combined with fruit or vegetable juice, provides the expected texture ordinarily provided by the food pulp. Moreover, expected tastes and aromas of the products may be obtained using corn hull holocellulose when combined with juices such as tomato and apple juice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Roger McPherson, Leona Bishop