Patents Assigned to Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 10939687
    Abstract: A method for forming pieces of food dough and an apparatus thereof is able to cut the food dough continuously extruded through a nozzle along the shape of the hole of the nozzle without causing deformation, and to locate pieces of the food dough on a conveyor without causing deformation. The apparatus for forming pieces of food dough comprises an extruding device and a cutting device, wherein the extruding device comprises a nozzle to continuously extrude food dough downward, and the cutting device comprises a cutting blade to cut the food dough into the pieces of food dough, a moving mechanism to move the cutting blade forward from an initial position, then to move the cutting blade downward, and then to return the cutting blade to the initial position, and a carrying-out conveyor, which is disposed below the nozzle and moves in the direction that the cutting blade moves forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuzo Tokuhara, Masaaki Tanoi, Masaki Hosoya, Kazuyoshi Onoguchi
  • Publication number: 20210045391
    Abstract: A device for roiling up flat dough around or without a filling to produce a rolled food product is comprised of: a first belt having an end and moving in a first direction toward the end to convey the dough with or without the filling laid on the first belt; a second belt so disposed adjacent to the end as to make the dough conveyed in the first direction be brought into contact with the second belt to curve the dough and movable in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; and holding members arranged along the first belt to guide the dough curved along the second belt around along the holding members, whereby rolling up the dough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.,
    Inventors: Nobuaki HARADA, Taro FUKUGAMI, Katsumichi HIGUCHI, Takuto TAKANOHASHI
  • Patent number: 10849327
    Abstract: The inventions relate to an apparatus for aligning and positioning pieces of food dough with predetermined orientations and at predetermined intervals, and provide an aligning and positioning apparatus that can easily adjust positions of the pieces of food dough in a perpendicular direction to a moving direction of the pieces and that can process at high speed. An aligning and positioning apparatus of the inventions includes a holding unit having a plurality of holding mechanisms to hold a plurality of pieces of food dough carried by a first conveyor, a driving mechanism of the holding mechanisms, guide members to control the positions of the holding mechanisms in the perpendicular direction when the holding mechanisms are moved by the driving mechanism, and a positioning mechanism to adjust positions of the guide members in the perpendicular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taro Fukugami, Katsumichi Higuchi, Nobuo Oshima
  • Patent number: 10383341
    Abstract: To provide a food dough spreading method for gradually spreading food dough to make it thinner by supplying the food dough between a plurality of spreading rollers in a spreading unit in which the spreading rollers are arranged in a V-shape. By adjusting a distance between a pair of vibration applying members provided between the spreading rollers arranged in a V-shape, a width dimension of the food dough flowing out from the spreading unit (25) is adjusted, and the vibration applying members are reciprocatively vibrated in a longitudinal direction of the spreading rollers at a position where the width dimension is adjusted. The reciprocative vibration of the pair of vibration applying members is vibration in a direction of approaching and separating from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michio Morikawa, Koichi Hirabayashi, Susumu Kominato, Masashi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10182576
    Abstract: To provide a shutter piece in a food shaping device that is capable of opening and closing an enclosure surrounded by a plurality of shutter pieces, the shutter piece including a flexure allowance part between a rotation center position of a shutter piece and a distal end part of the shutter piece to allow flexure of a distal-end side portion of the shutter piece in the opposite direction from a closing opening direction during a closing operation of the shutter piece, in which the flexure allowance part is constituted by a slit, a cutaway part, or a hole, and the flexure allowance part includes a flexure-amount adjustment mechanism to adjust the amount of flexure of the distal-end side portion of the shutter piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeru Hashimoto, Takeshi Oderaotoshi
  • Patent number: 10117437
    Abstract: Provided is a rounding device that rounds a food dough using a pair of shaping plates (11, 13), the device being provided with the following: a conveying device (9) that conveys a food dough (7); and the pair of shaping plates (11, 13) disposed on the upper surface of the conveying device (9) so as to extend along the conveying direction (R) of the conveying device. The rounding device is characterized in that at least one of the pair of shaping plates (11, 13) has recessed holding-dough parts (17, 21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsumichi Higuchi, Shoji Machida
  • Publication number: 20180199579
    Abstract: Provided is a rounding device that rounds a food dough using a pair of shaping plates (11, 13), the device being provided with the following: a conveying device (9) that conveys a food dough (7); and the pair of shaping plates (11, 13) disposed on the upper surface of the conveying device (9) so as to extend along the conveying direction (R) of the conveying device. The rounding device is characterized in that at least one of the pair of shaping plates (11, 13) has recessed holding-dough parts (17, 21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsumichi Higuchi, Shoji Machida
  • Publication number: 20180153178
    Abstract: A method for forming pieces of food dough and an apparatus thereof is able to cut the food dough continuously extruded through a nozzle along the shape of the hole of the nozzle without causing deformation, and to locate pieces of the food dough on a conveyor without causing deformation. The apparatus for forming pieces of food dough comprises an extruding device and a cutting device, wherein the extruding device comprises a nozzle to continuously extrude food dough downward, and the cutting device comprises a cutting blade to cut the food dough into the pieces of food dough, a moving mechanism to move the cutting blade forward from an initial position, then to move the cutting blade downward, and then to return the cutting blade to the initial position, and a carrying-out conveyor, which is disposed below the nozzle and moves in the direction that the cutting blade moves forward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuzo TOKUHARA, Masaaki TANOI, Masaki HOSOYA, Kazuyoshi ONOGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20180116229
    Abstract: The inventions relate to an apparatus for aligning and positioning pieces of food dough with predetermined orientations and at predetermined intervals, and provide an aligning and positioning apparatus that can easily adjust positions of the pieces of food dough in a perpendicular direction to a moving direction of the pieces and that can process at high speed. An aligning and positioning apparatus of the inventions includes a holding unit having a plurality of holding mechanisms to hold a plurality of pieces of food dough carried by a first conveyor, a driving mechanism of the holding mechanisms, guide members to control the positions of the holding mechanisms in the perpendicular direction when the holding mechanisms are moved by the driving mechanism, and a positioning mechanism to adjust positions of the guide members in the perpendicular direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taro FUKUGAMI, Katsumichi HIGUCHI, Nobuo OSHIMA
  • Patent number: 9854814
    Abstract: A rounding device for rounding food dough is provided with a conveyance device (9) which conveys the food dough (7) and a pair of forming plates (11, 13), which, on the upper face of the conveyance device (9), are arranged so as to extend along the conveyance direction (R) of the conveyance device (9). The forming plates (11, 13) at least opposed sloped surfaces (18B, 22B). The sloped surfaces are tilted outward from the lower side to the upper side so that the gap between the sloped surfaces is narrow on the lower side and wide on the upper side. The rounding device rounds the food dough using the sloped surfaces (18B, 22B) of the pair of the forming plates (11, 13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michio Morikawa, Katsumichi Higuchi, Akinori Takama, Shuya Sato, Akira Todate
  • Patent number: 9801390
    Abstract: A device and a method for forming bar-shaped croissant dough in a U-shape, for then quickly and precisely arranging both legs of the U-shape to have the same length, and for producing croissants in a required shape are provided. A device for circularizing croissant dough 100 comprises a first guide for reducing a width 114 that moves a first end 5a of the U-shaped croissant dough 5 toward a center of the U-shape, a plate 118 that is inserted under a second end 5b of the U-shaped croissant dough 5 and lifts the second end 5b, a second guide for reducing the width 116 that moves the second end 5b that is lifted toward the center of the U-shape, and a pusher 130 that vertically presses the first end 5a and the second end 5b that are moved to the center of the U-shape so as to stick one to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Harada, Sadao Ueno, Hitoshi Kuwabara
  • Publication number: 20170150729
    Abstract: A method of producing a piece of laminated dough that is frozen after partial fermentation is provided. The method of producing the piece comprises the steps of: (a) mixing and kneading flour, water, yeast, gluten, and other materials to make a dough mass, (b) causing the dough mass to be formed in a belt-like shape, (c) putting fat on the formed dough to sandwich fat layers between dough layers to form a sheet of laminated dough in a long belt-like shape, (d) cutting the sheet to obtain a piece in a desired shape, (e) forming the piece into a piece in a desired shape, (f) fermenting the formed piece so that the specific volume of the piece becomes 1.2 to 1.8 cm3/g, (g) rapidly freezing the fermented piece, and (h) preserving the frozen piece in a freezer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Okazaki, Toshiyuki Tomizawa
  • Publication number: 20170027181
    Abstract: A rounding device for rounding food dough is provided with a conveyance device (9) which conveys the food dough (7) and a pair of forming plates (11, 13), which, on the upper face of the conveyance device (9), are arranged so as to extend along the conveyance direction (R) of the conveyance device (9). The forming plates (11, 13) at least opposed sloped surfaces (18B, 22B). The sloped surfaces are tilted outward from the lower side to the upper side so that the gap between the sloped surfaces is narrow on the lower side and wide on the upper side. The rounding device rounds the food dough using the sloped surfaces (18B, 22B) of the pair of the forming plates (11, 13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michio Morikawa, Katsumichi Higuchi, Akinori Takama, Shuya Sato, Akira Todate
  • Publication number: 20160353750
    Abstract: To provide a shutter piece in a food shaping device that is capable of opening and closing an enclosure surrounded by a plurality of shutter pieces, the shutter piece including a flexure allowance part between a rotation center position of a shutter piece and a distal end part of the shutter piece to allow flexure of a distal-end side portion of the shutter piece in the opposite direction from a closing opening direction during a closing operation of the shutter piece, in which the flexure allowance part is constituted by a slit, a cutaway part, or a hole, and the flexure allowance part includes a flexure-amount adjustment mechanism to adjust the amount of flexure of the distal-end side portion of the shutter piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.,
    Inventors: Shigeru HASHIMOTO, Takeshi ODERAOTOSHI
  • Patent number: 9445607
    Abstract: A production method for an encrusted food in that filling is encrusted with dough is comprised of: disposing a plurality of shutter pieces on a flange having an opening, each of which has a pressure face facing the opening; transporting the dough onto the flange; by a linkage, driving the shutter pieces synchronously to press the pressure faces on a periphery portion of the dough; pressing the dough on the flange against a nozzle so as to catch the periphery portion of the dough between the flange and a shoulder of the nozzle and squeeze the periphery portion of the dough into a gap between an outer periphery of the nozzle and the pressure faces; expelling the filling through the nozzle onto the dough on the flange to bulge the dough out of the opening; detaching the dough from the nozzle; and gathering the periphery portion by the pressure faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michio Morikawa, Kazuhide Nanahara, Yasunori Kondo
  • Patent number: 9408398
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning and positioning a plurality of pieces of food dough having a triangular shape on a conveyor. The apparatus includes an upstream conveyor conveying the pieces of food dough having a triangular shape, a downstream conveyor faster than the upstream conveyor, a separating apparatus separating a plurality of the pieces of food dough set in a line in the perpendicular direction to the moving direction of the conveyor from the following row of the pieces and translocating them from the upstream conveyor to the downstream conveyor, a laying-out and rotating apparatus laying-out and rotating a plurality of the pieces set in a line so that they are positioned at predetermined intervals in the perpendicular direction to the moving direction of the conveyor and are rotated 90 degrees in a predetermined rotational direction, and a detecting device detecting the pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kuwabara, Nobuo Oshima
  • Patent number: 9392798
    Abstract: A rounding device for rounding food dough is provided with a conveyance device (9) which conveys the food dough (7) and a pair of forming plates (11, 13), which, on the upper face of the conveyance device (9), are arranged so as to extend along the conveyance direction (R) of the conveyance device (9). The forming plates (11, 13) at least opposed sloped surfaces (18B, 22B). The sloped surfaces are tilted outward from the lower side to the upper side so that the gap between the sloped surfaces is narrow on the lower side and wide on the upper side. The rounding device rounds the food dough using the sloped surfaces (18B, 22B) of the pair of the forming plates (11, 13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michio Morikawa, Katsumichi Higuchi, Akinori Takama, Shuya Sato, Akira Todate
  • Patent number: 9307772
    Abstract: A method for forming a food product into a circular shape, wherein both ends of an elongated food product are connected each other and closed, or into a C-shape, wherein both ends of the elongated food product face each other and opened. The method includes (a) fixing one end of the elongated food product to a rotatable core member, (b) pressing the food product toward the core member by moving the core member close to and away from a pressing roller, when the food product is formed into a circular shape by being wound around the core member by rotating the core member, and (c) separating the formed food product and the core member by releasing the food product from the core member, after forming the food product 3 into a required shape by being wound around the core member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiko Kato, Hitoshi Kuwabara, Takao Takagi, Nobuaki Harada, Noritake Fukuda
  • Publication number: 20150223474
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning and positioning a plurality of pieces of food dough having a triangular shape on a conveyer. The apparatus includes an upstream conveyer conveying the pieces of food dough having a triangular shape, a downstream conveyer faster than the upstream conveyer, a separating apparatus separating a plurality of the pieces of food dough set in a line in the perpendicular direction to the moving direction of the conveyer from the following row of the pieces and translocating them from the upstream conveyer to the downstream conveyer, a laying-out and rotating apparatus laying-out and rotating a plurality of the pieces set in a line so that they are positioned at predetermined intervals in the perpendicular direction to the moving direction of the conveyer and are rotated 90 degrees in a predetermined rotational direction, and a detecting device detecting the pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Applicant: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi KUWABARA, Nobuo OSHIMA
  • Patent number: D893240
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mikio Narabu, Atsuo Nakayama