Patents Examined by Preston Smith
  • Patent number: 10349620
    Abstract: A device for forming and cooling an initially hot and therefore flowable melted cheese having (a) a first metallic cooling belt capable of moving in a downstream direction; (b) a counter-pressure roller proximal to the first metallic cooling belt; and (c) a rotatable shaping roller disposed proximal to the first metallic cooling belt downstream of the supply nozzle and upstream from the counter-pressure roller, wherein the rotatable shaping roller has a number of molding cavities formed in the surface, which are separated from one another by separating webs, wherein the separating webs are formed by the remaining surface of the rotatable shaping roller, wherein the rotatable shaping roller is capable of applying a pressure by way of the separating webs onto the cooling belt that results in displacement of the still-hot melted cheese from a region of the separating webs lying thereon, so that shaped bodies of melted cheese released from the molding cavities remain on the first metallic cooling belt for cooling
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hochland SE
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Walter Hartmann, Franz Stadelmann
  • Patent number: 10349621
    Abstract: A method and device for introducing a visible ingredient 7, 12 into the surface of a food present as a flowable mass, in particular a hot processed cheese 1, wherein the flowable mass of the food without the ingredient added is fed into the roller gap between a guide roller 2 and a calibration roller 3 disposed parallel thereto, and is shaped into a food strip having a defined thickness, wherein the food strip is sprinkled on one side with the ingredient 7 by way of a sprinkling device 5 downstream of the roller gap while lying on the guide roller 2, wherein the food strip 4, which has been sprinkled on one side, is fed to a further roller gap, which is formed between the guide roller 2 and a pressure roller 8, wherein the ingredient 7 is pressed into the surface via the pressure roller 8 and wherein the food strip is cut into individual slices, in particular after cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hochland SE
    Inventor: Sebastian Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10334870
    Abstract: Processing and use of whole fruits and vegetables or side-stream ingredients of juice extraction, paste, or ketchup process, or canning industry, in particular, the processing of the by-products, including pomace, and its use in beverage and food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TROPICANA PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jung H. Han, Sola Lamikanra, Teodoro Rivera, Jun Yang, Thomas A. Trezza, Laixin Wang
  • Patent number: 10307016
    Abstract: An oven for performing a rotisserie cooking operation includes an oven cavity having a door for selectively accessing the oven cavity, at least one heating element for heating the oven cavity and a rotisserie arm adapted to support a food product within the oven cavity. A motor is operatively coupled to the rotisserie arm for rotating the rotisserie arm and a food product. The oven also includes a control interface having a rotisserie cooking mode input and a control system for controlling the rotisserie motor and the heating element. In addition to other functions, the control system automatically causes the rotisserie motor to cycle on and off to allow for intermittent rotation of the food product supported on the rotisserie arm when the oven door is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: James C. Johncock, Foad M. Kesheh, Steven M. Swayne
  • Patent number: 10274260
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and devices for heating or cooling viscous materials such as meal emulsions useful for producing food and other products. The devices include a heat exchanger comprising a first plate, a second plate attached to the first plate, and a first spacer and a second spacer arranged between the first plate and the second plate. The first plate, the second plate, the first spacer, and the second spacer define at least one temperature controlled passage for a product to pass through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NESTEC SA
    Inventor: Kevin J. Cully
  • Patent number: 10244778
    Abstract: A method for monitoring cooking in an oven appliance includes drawing cooking vapors or gases from a cooking chamber to a fluid analysis assembly of the oven appliance during a gas or vapor analysis cooking cycle, determining a cooking status of the food item within the cooking chamber with the controller of the oven appliance based upon a response pattern of a plurality of fluid sensors of the fluid analysis assembly to the cooking vapors or gases during the gas or vapor analysis cooking cycle, and activating an alert with the controller of the oven appliance when the cooking status of the food item within the cooking chamber is a particular cooking status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lee Armstrong, Stanton Earl Weaver, Jr., Sabrina Marie Hannah, Nandini Nagraj, Manuel Alfredo Palacios
  • Patent number: 10238231
    Abstract: A coffee machine for producing and dispensing coffee-based beverages is disclosed comprising a hydraulic pump, at least one dispensing device with a filter unit adapted to contain ground coffee, and a water supply unit. A hydraulic circuit brings the hydraulic pump into fluid communication with the supply unit of the dispensing device to supply hot water under pressure to the supply unit. A system for controlling the dispensing pressure comprises a control unit and a pressure sensor to transmit signals representative of the pressure detected to the control unit to detect the disposing pressure. The hydraulic pump supplies variable quantities of water and may be actuated by an electronic drive controlled electronically by the control unit in order to select the flow of water supplied by the pump. A method for controlling the dispensing pressure in a coffee machine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GRUPPO CIMBALI S.p.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Coccia
  • Patent number: 10194676
    Abstract: A process for the production of crumb is disclosed in which a wet crumb feedstock comprising bulk sweetener, protein and water is formed and then simultaneously dried and comminuted in a thin layer rotary paddle dryer (20). The wet crumb feedstock is preferably formed into discrete, free-flowing granules prior to the simultaneous drying and comminuting. Apparatus for the production of crumb is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MARS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Karina Wehrle, Christopher Abbott
  • Patent number: 10194675
    Abstract: A coffee milling process comprising the steps of: a) introducing particles of a roasted coffee precursor into a milling chamber; b) introducing particles of soluble coffee into the milling chamber; c) jetting a gas into the milling chamber to mobilise the particles of the roasted coffee precursor and soluble coffee; d) thereby producing a milled and blended coffee product by comminuting the particles of the roasted coffee precursor by self-collision of the particles of the roasted coffee precursor and by collision of the particles of soluble coffee with the particles of the roasted coffee precursor within the milling chamber. Processes and products incorporating milled and blended coffee products are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R&D, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Olean Fountain, Alan Gundle, Won Cheal Kang
  • Patent number: 10188122
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for cutting cheese curd mass in a curd vat. A cutting apparatus is inserted into the vat before the curd mass is formed. A first cutting frame is used to cut the cheese curd in a first direction along one plane of the curd vat. The first cutting frame comprises one or more cutting wires extending in one or more directions. The method further comprises using a second cutting frame with one or more cutting wires extending in one or more directions. The second cutting frame operates in a second direction, wherein the second cutting operation removes the apparatus from the curd vat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Dewayne Oakley
  • Patent number: 10130204
    Abstract: A method of steaming a bunch of noodle strings using a noodle strings steaming device including a conveyer on which the bunch of noodle strings is placed after being cut out and that transports the bunch of noodle strings, and a tunnel type of body portion provided so that the bunch of noodle strings passes through the body portion with the transportation of the conveyer includes a process of carrying the cut-out bunch of noodle strings from an entrance portion of the body portion while transporting the cut-out bunch of noodle strings on the conveyer, steaming for a predetermined period of time by supplying steam to the bunch of noodle strings, steaming the bunch of noodle strings without supplying the steam, and then transporting the bunch of noodle strings to an exit portion, and a noodle strings steaming device performs the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Hibi, Yoshifumi Miyazaki, Kensuke Oe, Mitsuru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10092136
    Abstract: A method for producing instant fried noodles which includes the steps of: reversing a noodle lump upside down within 15 seconds after detaching the noodle lump from oil in a fry tank in a frying treatment of the instant fried noodles; putting gelatinized noodle strings in a plurality of retainers pivotally supported by two endless parallel chains; immersing the plurality of retainers, in which the noodle strings have been put by movements of the two chains, in a fry tank to fry the noodle strings; detaching the retainers from oil in the fry tank by movements of the two chains; reversing the retainers upside down by rotating the pivotally supported retainers within 15 seconds after the detachment; conveying the retainers in a state in which the retainers are reversed upside down by movements of the chains; and separating a plurality of fried noodle lumps from the retainers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Machida, Yasuhiro Higashida, Shigeru Yasuda, Mitsuru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10085412
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for processing a pourable food substance (1), in particular hot melted cheese, which is introduced, by means of a feed neck (2), into a gap (3) between two vertical shaping rolls that are covered by cooling strips (11, 12) made especially of metal, the food substance (1) is shaped into a product strip (10) having a defined thickness, a carrier film arrangement (21) being placed between the first cooling strip (11) and the product strip (10). In order to be cooled, the product strip (10) is conveyed in the direction of travel (T) along with the carrier film arrangement (21) and is fed to a longitudinal cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hochland SE
    Inventors: Andreas Biggel, Maria Jacob, Wolfgang Tipolt, Franz Stadelmann, Markus Fuhge
  • Patent number: 10070708
    Abstract: Combination beverage containers and storage vessels. Various embodiments are configured to store a consumable beverage or otherwise consumable liquid as well as at least one second item which may comprise an edible foodstuff, toy, novelty, etc. all in one convenient container. In some embodiments, the second items may be stored directly in the vessel separated from the liquid or the second items may be stored in a second container that may be removably seated in a portion of the vessel. The vessels may or may not be hand-held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Jordan CreativeWorks, LLC
    Inventor: Jordan S. Bernhard
  • Patent number: 10051879
    Abstract: Smokers can enclose smoking subjects for production of trapped smoke with limited airflow. Optimal airflow rates and resulting smoking effects can be achieved through smokers. If a smoker has approximately 60 cubic inches volume, four 2-millimeter holes at an air inlet point achieves desired airflow and oxygen consumption in typical fills and cooking temperatures. Smokers may include a lid or other seal or access point to permit placement and enclosure of smoking materials. Smokers are useable with conventional grills and may be shaped to sit on grill racks without blocking desired airflow by grill components or smoking materials. Smokers may include a detachable handle for safer handling and heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Masoud Mafi
  • Patent number: 10021898
    Abstract: Smokers can enclose smoking subjects for production of trapped smoke with limited airflow. Optimal airflow rates and resulting smoking effects can be achieved through smokers. If a smoker has approximately 60 cubic inches volume, four 2-millimeter holes at an air inlet point achieves desired airflow and oxygen consumption in typical fills and cooking temperatures. Smokers may include a lid or other seal or access point to permit placement and enclosure of smoking materials. Smokers are useable with conventional grills and may be shaped to sit on grill racks without blocking desired airflow by grill components or smoking materials. Smokers may include a detachable handle for safer handling and heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Masoud Mafi
  • Patent number: 9952167
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an array of compression electrodes and an analysis circuit. The array of compression electrodes includes a pair of outer compression electrodes and a pair of inner compression electrodes. Each of the electrodes includes a contact pad and may be configured to automatically adjust to follow a contour of an object while maintaining contact of the contact pad with a surface of the object. The analysis circuit can be coupled to the array of compression electrodes. The analysis circuit may be configured to automatically make a bioelectrical impedance measurement using the array of compression electrodes and generate a value representing a cell integrity of said object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Seafood Analytics
    Inventors: Marlin Keith Cox, Rudolph J. Liedtke
  • Patent number: 9924731
    Abstract: A method for printing a three-dimensional crystalline structure such as a chocolate layer wherein, after printing, the material has a desired crystal structure. An embodiment can include printing a liquid first layer of material with a printer onto a second layer of mate al having a crystal structure. Subsequently, the printed liquid first layer is processed to solidify. The first layer. During the processing of the printed liquid first layer, the second layer functions as a crystal seed layer through physical contact with the printed liquid first layer and the second layer crystallizes with the crystal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Allen Mantell, Andrew W. Hays, Zahra C. Langford
  • Patent number: 9861226
    Abstract: A brewer, system and method for heating water and dispensing heated water for producing a brewed beverage The brewer includes a water reservoir with a heating element associated with the reservoir for heating water retained in the reservoir A brewing substance holder is associated with the reservoir for receiving heated water from the reservoir A temperature sensitive control valve is provided in communication with the reservoir for controllably dispensing heated water from the reservoir to the brewing substance holder The temperature sensitive control valve may be in the form of a passive control valve which uses a bimetallic, magnetic or other material which is responsive to heat The water is placed in the reservoir and heated The elevated temperature of the water will result in operating the heat sensitive control valve to open the control valve and allow water to pass from the reservoir to the brewing substance holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Suresh Radhakrishnan, Charles H. Clark, Kent Morman, John T. Knepler
  • Patent number: 9828161
    Abstract: Microwaveable packages having composite susceptors and methods for using same are provided. In a general embodiment, composite susceptors for cooking microwaveable foods (12, 14) in a microwave oven are provided. The composite susceptors may include, for example, a first layer that is a standard microwave susceptor (30) and a second layer (32) comprising mobile charges, wherein the second layer is at least substantially metal free. The second layer comprising mobile charges can both shield the standard susceptor from microwaves, and act as a conductor to increase the conductivity of the standard susceptor. The composite susceptors of the present disclosure provide improved surface heating patterns that are similar to surface heating patterns of conventional ovens, while also providing the benefits of microwave cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Ulrich Johannes Erle