Patents Examined by Seyed Masoud Malekzadeh
  • Patent number: 10798950
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for producing an extruded protein product. In particular, a system for making an extruded protein product using a system that includes a die including channel having a transverse cross section that is a continuous loop along at least a portion of the length of the die is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Goeran Walther, Bernhard H van Lengerich, Steven C Robie, James N Weinstein
  • Patent number: 10791747
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the disclosure relates a food processing machine utilizing components using a variety of servo motors. The combination of the servo motors provides for a food processing machine without the need for complex hydraulics or gearboxes such that durability and compactness can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FORMER ASSOCIATES, LLC
    Inventors: James Petrovic, William Bodmer
  • Patent number: 10792859
    Abstract: Disclosed is an additive manufacturing device, comprising: a vessel for containing a material which is polymerisable on exposure to radiation; a build platform having a build surface, the build platform being mounted or mountable for movement relative to the vessel; and a programmable radiation module comprising an array of individually addressable radiation emitting or transmitting elements, the array being configurable to produce radiation having a predetermined pattern by selective activation of elements of the array; wherein the programmable radiation module is positioned or positionable to irradiate uncured material adjacent the build surface, or adjacent a previously cured structure on the build surface, with the predetermined pattern without magnification. Also disclosed is an additive manufacturing method which employs the additive manufacturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Structo Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Hubertus Theodorus Petrus Van Esbroeck, Shanmugam Muruga Palaniappan, Devansh Sharma, Siu Hon Lam, Kah Fai Chin, Yong Chuan Randall Sie
  • Patent number: 10786946
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are drawn to an additive manufacturing system, which may include a nozzle having an inlet for receiving a flowable material and an outlet for depositing the flowable material. An applicator head may surround at least a portion of a proximal region of the nozzle. The applicator head may include a housing, a cooling inlet for receiving a coolant into the housing, a cooling outlet configured to allow the coolant to exit the housing, and an air inlet. A roller may be mounted on the applicator head to one side of the outlet of the nozzle. The roller may include an air outlet, wherein a flow path connects the air inlet and the air outlet so that air enters the air inlet and exits the air outlet. The roller may also include a plurality of holes located on an external surface of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Susnjara, Scott G. Vaal, Brian S. Smiddy
  • Patent number: 10772348
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating a ribbon of uncooked embossed dough into separated pieces patterned/shaped like the embossed pattern. The apparatus includes a pair of spaced apart rollers for receiving a ribbon of dough there between. One of rollers has a pattern embossed on its surface to emboss the ribbon of dough with the pattern. The surface embossing and the spacing between the rollers maintains the structural integrity of the embossed ribbon of dough. The apparatus has a two spaced apart rotating arms to receive the embossed dough ribbon there between. A plurality of spaced apart fingers extend outward along the length of each of the arms and are configured to tear the dough, without sticking, into dough pieces reflecting shapes embossed in the dough ribbon. The dough pieces can be dried, and patterned shaped pieces are separated out for expansion to three dimensions by cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Asiedu Asante, Rudolph L. Bazaldua, Sonny Beckman, Ajay Rajeshwar Bhaskar, Bhima Geera, Lori Glanz, Nick Ladin, V. N. Mohan Rao, David L. Sanchez, William Yang
  • Patent number: 10772342
    Abstract: The present invention is in the field of ice cream shaping, in particular it is relating to a heated tool to imprint a pattern a frozen confectionery product, and especially a heated tool that melts away a channel of an outer coating layer of a frozen confectionery, thereby creating a peelable frozen confectionery product. It is an object of the present invention to provide a shaping tool that is suitable for making cleaner grooves in frozen confectionery products. We have found that a shaping tool that comprises of at least one heated element provides a molten channel in the outer surface of a frozen confection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Norman Binley, Zhimin Shao, Lina Sun, Yan Wang
  • Patent number: 10765139
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the disclosure relates to an electrical servo knock out assembly for use with knock out cups in a food forming machine using an electrical linear servo motor and a return spring. The combination of the linear servo motor and return spring provides for a knock out assembly without the need for complex hydraulics or gearboxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FORMER ASSOCIATES, LLC
    Inventor: James Petrovic
  • Patent number: 10759158
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a metallic shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of magnetic retainers are each shaped to physically secure the object to the metallic shuttle mount while the object is being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Ireland, Michael N. Soures, Bruce H. Smith, Donald E. Thresh, James D. Vanbortel
  • Patent number: 10759096
    Abstract: The invention refers to a method for producing expanded polymer pellets, which comprises the following steps: melting a polymer comprising a polyamide; adding at least one blowing agent; expanding the melt through at least one die for producing an expanded polymer; and pelletizing the expanded polymer. The invention further concerns polymer pellets produced with the method as well as their use, e.g. for the production of cushioning elements for sports apparel, such as for producing soles or parts of soles of sports shoes. A further aspect of the invention concerns a method for the manufacture of molded components, comprising loading pellets of an expanded polymer material into a mold, and connecting the pellets by providing heat energy, wherein the expanded polymer material of the pellets or beads comprises a chain extender. The molded components may be used in broad ranges of application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Paul Leonard Michael Smith, Jan Hill, Angus Wardlaw, Daniel Stephen Price, James Tarrier
  • Patent number: 10759104
    Abstract: A mould tool (100) defining a workpiece profile has a first fluid-based temperature control assembly configured to control the temperature of the mould tool (100) which exhausts to a peripheral chamber (160) proximate the periphery of the workpiece profile (100) to reduce a temperature difference between the mould tool (100) and the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SURFACE GENERATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Ben Halford
  • Patent number: 10744678
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an equipment and method for producing polymer pellets which comprise one or more polymer components and one or more further components, wherein in said process at least one of said one or more further components is incorporated into pellets by applying a liquid, which comprises said at least one component, onto said pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Borealis Technology Oy
    Inventors: Mats Göransson, Richard Handwerk, Sune Larsson, Annika Smedberg, James Stadelman
  • Patent number: 10743552
    Abstract: One variation of a system for forming a meat patty includes: a cylinder operable in a upright position and an inverted position; a piston running within the cylinder and defining a set of gas ports; a grinder configured to grind meat and to dispense a quantity of ground meat into the cylinder, in the upright position, during a grind cycle; an actuator system configured to transition the cylinder from the upright position to the inverted position during a dispense cycle to dispense the quantity of ground meat from the cylinder; and a gas supply configured to supply gas to the cylinder behind the piston at a first pressure during the grind cycle to limit ingress of ground meat into the gas ports and at a second pressure greater than the first pressure during the dispense cycle to dislodge the quantity of ground meat from the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Creator, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Frehn, Alexandros Vardakostas, James Brinkman
  • Patent number: 10737415
    Abstract: A shaping device for producing a profiled component includes a lay-on unit, a press-on unit and a pressure application unit. The lay-on unit has a support surface for laying on a semi-finished product to be shaped. The press-on unit presses a semi-finished product to be shaped onto the support surface. The pressure application unit has, at least on the side that faces the semi-finished product, a bendable shell for lying on the semi-finished product in an unshaped first state and for lying thereon in a shaped second state, as well as a pressure-transmitting and deformable filling. The pressure application unit can be arranged between the press-on unit and a semi-finished product to be shaped. The press-on unit has a bendable surface lying on the pressure application unit, which bendable surface transmits the force for the shaping onto the pressure application unit. The semi-finished product to be shaped may be a fibre-reinforced composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Premium Aerotec GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Gensewich, Fred Eisenbeiss
  • Patent number: 10730222
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a die assembly for producing a microcapillary film. The die assembly includes a first die plate, a second die plate, a plurality of multi-jackbolt tensioners connecting the first die plate to the second die plate, a manifold, and a plurality of nozzles. The manifold is located between the pair of die plates and defines a plurality of film channels therebetween. The plurality of film channels converge into an elongate outlet, wherein a thermoplastic material is extrudable through the plurality of film channels and the elongate outlet to form a microcapillary film. The plurality of nozzles are located between the plurality of film channels. The plurality of nozzles are operatively connected to a source of channel fluid for emitting the channel fluid between layers of the microcapillary film, whereby a plurality of microcapillary channels are formed in the microcapillary film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Wenyi Huang, Jeffrey D. Wenzel, Jie Feng, Robert E. Wrisley, Hyunwoo Kim, Kurt A. Koppi, Scott R. Kaleyta, Thomas J. Parsons, Nicolas Cardoso Mazzola, Harpreet Singh
  • Patent number: 10730251
    Abstract: A mold for manufacturing a component for a wind turbine, in particular a rotor blade, is provided. The mold includes a flexible mold part configured for driving staples into the same, the staples being used to attach a fiber material to the mold. The mold may include a lower mold half and an upper mold half. The mold may be made of a polymer material, a plastic material, a metal alloy or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S
    Inventor: Klaus Kirkeby
  • Patent number: 10730205
    Abstract: The improved mold assembly for cultured marble molding is provided. The mold assembly can comprise a male mold portion and a female mold portion. The assembly can further comprise a molding tool. The molding tool can have a side wall having an upper curved portion and a lower curved portion. The molding tool can have a bowl portion and an apron portion spaced from the bowl portion by a gap. The molding tool can be constructed from a flexible and/or soft material. The molding tool can facilitate molding of a countertop having at least one seamless curved edge and/or an at least partially seamless sink portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: RSI HOME PRODUCTS MANAGEMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Damian J. Le Duff, Manuel Alvarez
  • Patent number: 10721938
    Abstract: A taco shell is produced using a rotary cutter including a shaft, an outer blade extending radially outward from the shaft and a first inner blade extending radially outward from the shaft. The outer blade defines an interior area, enclosed by the outer blade, and an exterior area. The first inner blade is located in the interior area and includes a plurality of teeth. A dough piece is cut from a dough sheet with the outer blade, and a first arcuate line of depressions is created in the dough piece with the plurality of teeth. The dough piece is folded to form a shaped dough piece, and the shaped dough piece is baked to produce a hard taco shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Shivakumar Elayedath, John J Fenske, Sean Igo, Andrew David King, David Morrison Russell, Samuel Whitmore, Mark Anthony Zentile
  • Patent number: 10723074
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system may include a carrier, a set of rails coupled to the carrier, and a transition housing movably attached to the set of rails. The additive manufacturing system may include an extruder having an extruder barrel coupled to the transition housing, and a melt pump fixedly attached to the carrier. The melt pump may be in fluid communication with the extruder barrel. Additionally, the additive manufacturing system may include a nozzle in fluid communication with the melt pump, and a roller rotatable about the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Susnjara, Brian S. Smiddy, John Fuquay, Scott G. Vaal
  • Patent number: 10716320
    Abstract: A system for producing food products may include an inner tube configured to extrude a first component, and an outer tube provided about the inner tube to define an annular space through which a second component is extruded, the inner and outer tubes (alone or in conjunction with a nozzle or other extrusion mechanism defining an outlet. Additionally, a collagen head can be configured to apply a layer of collagen gel over the second component. The inner and outer tubes are sized, and flow rate may be configured such that an initial diameter of the first component exiting the outlet is substantially smaller than a final diameter of the first component, and an initial thickness of the second component exiting the outlet is substantially greater than a final thickness of the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Hillshire Brands Company
    Inventors: David S. Oufnac, Larry Scott, Brenda Marie Dismore, Timothy A. Stubbs
  • Patent number: 10717221
    Abstract: This pelletizer apparatus includes an observation unit for observing, from the outside of a housing chamber, a cut section of a synthetic resin cut by cutting teeth inside the housing chamber. The observation unit includes an optical system which sends an optical image of the cut section from the inside of the housing chamber to the outside of the housing chamber. Thus, with this pelletizer apparatus, the cut section can be visually checked clearly via the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chitaka Manabe, Kaname Araki, Eiji Takahashi, Shin Iwasaki