Patents by Inventor Michael L. Suter

Michael L. Suter has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210285121
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for treating an anodized metal substrate, including contacting at least a portion of the substrate surface with a sealing composition having a pH of 9.5 to 12.5 and comprising a lithium metal cation. Also disclosed is a system that includes a sealing composition having a pH of 9.5 to 12.5 and comprising a lithium metal cation and an aqueous composition for contacting a surface of the metal substrate following contacting with the sealing composition. Also disclosed are substrates treated with the system and method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: PRC-DeSoto International, Inc.
    Inventors: Anaïs Mauricette Christiana Flegny, Eric L. Morris, Gordon L. Post, John D. Suter, II, Michael A. Mayo
  • Patent number: 10058118
    Abstract: A citrus juice apparatus may include at least one citrus juice processing device. The at least one juice processing device may include at least one juice output having a flow of juice therethrough. The at least one juice processing device upon a malfunction may cause an undesired material release along with the flow of juice into the at least one juice output. An undesired material release detector may be coupled to the at least one juice output for detecting the undesired material release. The detector may operate based upon magnetic proximity sensing of a moving filter plate within a housing of the detector. Alternatively, the detector may operate using a filter plate, and based upon pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Garland Mathews, Michael L. Suter, Mark R. Jackson, Kevin G. Socha, Jose D. Milla, Gregory W. Schrader
  • Patent number: 8955428
    Abstract: A juice extractor includes a strainer tube mounted to receive juice and pulp of a fruit. An orifice tube reciprocates within the strainer tube and has an ejection port and is configured to generate pressure and separate juice and pulp, collect core, and discharge core out of the ejection port. A sensor is positioned adjacent the orifice tube and configured to sense material ejected from the ejection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael L. Suter, Jose D. Milla, David S. Danner
  • Publication number: 20140342061
    Abstract: A fruit or vegetable pulp processor includes a defect separator configured to separate defects from a fruit or vegetable pulp stream. The defect separator may have associated therewith at least one adjustable control parameter relating to an amount of defect separation from the fruit or vegetable pulp stream. At least one image sensor may be configured to sense defects in the fruit or vegetable pulp stream, and a controller may be configured to adjust the at least one adjustable control parameter of the defect separator based upon sensed defects. Accordingly, the amount or level of defects in the fruit or vegetable pulp stream may be controlled to provide a desired balance between yield and quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David GREEN, Jose D. MILLA, Michael L. SUTER, Gregory W. SCHRADER
  • Patent number: 8820225
    Abstract: A juice processing apparatus includes a concentrator for generating at least one concentrated pulp stream, and a pulp pasteurizer coupled downstream from the concentrator. A flow restrictor is coupled in the at least one concentrated pulp stream for generating a pressure drop therein. The pressure drop is indicative of a concentration of pulp in the at least one concentrated pulp stream. At least one pressure sensor is associated with the flow restrictor for sensing the pressure drop. A controller is for controlling the concentrator based upon the sensed pressure drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jose D. Milla, Gregory W. Schrader, Michael L. Suter, David S. Danner
  • Patent number: 8820226
    Abstract: A juice processing system includes at least one fluid line for a concentrated pulp stream, and a flow restrictor coupled in fluid communication with the at least one fluid line for generating a pressure drop in the concentrated pulp stream indicative of a concentration of pulp therein. The system may further include at least one pressure sensor associated with the flow restrictor for sensing the pressure drop, and a controller coupled to the at least one pressure sensor for generating at least one control signal based upon the sensed pressure drop. The control signal may be for an upstream and/or a downstream control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jose D. Milla, Gregory W. Schrader, Michael L. Suter, David S. Danner
  • Publication number: 20140030393
    Abstract: A juice extractor includes a strainer tube mounted to receive juice and pulp of a fruit. An orifice tube reciprocates within the strainer tube and has an ejection port and is configured to generate pressure and separate juice and pulp, collect core, and discharge core out of the ejection port. A sensor is positioned adjacent the orifice tube and configured to sense material ejected from the ejection port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael L. SUTER, Jose D. Milla, David S. Danner
  • Publication number: 20120282378
    Abstract: A citrus juice apparatus may include at least one citrus juice processing device. The at least one juice processing device may include at least one juice output having a flow of juice therethrough. The at least one juice processing device upon a malfunction may cause an undesired material release along with the flow of juice into the at least one juice output. An undesired material release detector may be coupled to the at least one juice output for detecting the undesired material release. The detector may operate based upon magnetic proximity sensing of a moving filter plate within a housing of the detector. Alternatively, the detector may operate using a filter plate, and based upon pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: GARLAND MATHEWS, MICHAEL L. SUTER, MARK R. JACKSON, KEVIN G. SOCHA, JOSE D. MILLA, GREGORY W. SCHRADER
  • Patent number: 8245726
    Abstract: A citrus juice apparatus may include at least one citrus juice processing device. The at least one juice processing device may include at least one juice output having a flow of juice therethrough. The at least one juice processing device upon a malfunction may cause an undesired material release along with the flow of juice into the at least one juice output. An undesired material release detector may be coupled to the at least one juice output for detecting the undesired material release. The detector may operate based upon magnetic proximity sensing of a moving filter plate within a housing of the detector. Alternatively, the detector may operate using a filter plate, and based upon pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Garland Mathews, Michael L. Suter, Mark R. Jackson, Kevin G. Socha, Jose D. Milla, Gregory W. Schrader
  • Publication number: 20120021098
    Abstract: A juice processing apparatus includes a concentrator for generating at least one concentrated pulp stream, and a pulp pasteurizer coupled downstream from the concentrator. A flow restrictor is coupled in the at least one concentrated pulp stream for generating a pressure drop therein. The pressure drop is indicative of a concentration of pulp in the at least one concentrated pulp stream. At least one pressure sensor is associated with the flow restrictor for sensing the pressure drop. A controller is for controlling the concentrator based upon the sensed pressure drop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: John Bean Technologies Corporation, Corporation of the State of Delaware
    Inventors: Jose D. Milla, Gregory W. Schrader, Michael L. Suter, David S. Danner
  • Publication number: 20120021102
    Abstract: A juice processing system includes at least one fluid line for a concentrated pulp stream, and a flow restrictor coupled in fluid communication with the at least one fluid line for generating a pressure drop in the concentrated pulp stream indicative of a concentration of pulp therein. The system may further include at least one pressure sensor associated with the flow restrictor for sensing the pressure drop, and a controller coupled to the at least one pressure sensor for generating at least one control signal based upon the sensed pressure drop. The control signal may be for an upstream and/or a downstream control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jose D. Milla, Gregory W. Schrader, Michael L. Suter, David S. Danner
  • Patent number: 7878113
    Abstract: A juice extractor may include a drive housing and a drive shaft extending outwardly therefrom to a juice extraction area. The juice extractor may further include a shaft seal that, in turn, includes a seal housing and at least one positioning ring contained within the seal housing and surrounding a corresponding drive shaft. The seal may also include at least one sealing ring contained within the seal housing adjacent the at least one positioning ring and surrounding the corresponding drive shaft. The at least one positioning ring may be radially spaced from the corresponding drive shaft when the corresponding drive shaft is aligned along the seal axis, and the at least one sealing ring may sealingly engage the corresponding drive shaft and be radially spaced from adjacent portions of the seal housing when the corresponding drive shaft is aligned along the seal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael L. Suter, Scott Jackson
  • Publication number: 20090081338
    Abstract: A citrus juice apparatus may include at least one citrus juice processing device. The at least one juice processing device may include at least one juice output having a flow of juice therethrough. The at least one juice processing device upon a malfunction may cause an undesired material release along with the flow of juice into the at least one juice output. An undesired material release detector may be coupled to the at least one juice output for detecting the undesired material release. The detector may operate based upon magnetic proximity sensing of a moving filter plate within a housing of the detector. Alternatively, the detector may operate using a filter plate, and based upon pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Garland MATHEWS, Michael L. Suter, Mark R. Jackson, Kevin G. Socha, Jose D. Milla, Gregory W. Schrader
  • Patent number: 7503449
    Abstract: A fruit guide assembly may include a frame to be positioned between a fruit conveyor and a multi-position fruit feeder, a vibrator removably fastened to the frame to be removable therefrom in the upward direction, and a fruit guide body removably fastened to the frame to be removable therefrom in an upward direction. The fruit guide body may have an upper surface with alternating ridges and valleys therein defining a plurality of fruit lanes. The fruit guide body may include spaced apart upper and bottom walls so that the fruit guide is a hollow fruit guide body in some embodiments. The hollow fruit guide body may comprise rotationally molded polyethylene, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael L. Suter, Kevin G. Socha
  • Patent number: 7421945
    Abstract: A fruit juice extractor may include a load sensitive coupler coupling a drive motor to a drive shaft during normal operation, and decoupling the drive motor from the drive shaft when the fruit feed members become jammed. The extractor may also include a decoupling detector for detecting decoupling of the load sensitive coupler. The load sensitive coupler may include a rotatable drive hub rotatably carried by a drive shaft and connected to a drive motor, a fixed hub fixed to the drive shaft adjacent the rotatable drive hub, and a shear pin extending between the rotatable drive hub and the fixed hub. The shear pin may couple the rotatable drive hub and the fixed hub together during normal operation and shear to decouple the rotatable drive hub from the fixed hub when the fruit feed members become jammed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory W. Schrader, Michael L. Suter
  • Publication number: 20080092755
    Abstract: A juice extractor may include a drive housing and a drive shaft extending outwardly therefrom to a juice extraction area. The juice extractor may further include a shaft seal that, in turn, includes a seal housing and at least one positioning ring contained within the seal housing and surrounding a corresponding drive shaft. The seal may also include at least one sealing ring contained within the seal housing adjacent the at least one positioning ring and surrounding the corresponding drive shaft. The at least one positioning ring may be radially spaced from the corresponding drive shaft when the corresponding drive shaft is aligned along the seal axis, and the at least one sealing ring may sealingly engage the corresponding drive shaft and be radially spaced from adjacent portions of the seal housing when the corresponding drive shaft is aligned along the seal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Suter, Scott Jackson
  • Patent number: 7337715
    Abstract: A juice extractor may include a juice extraction assembly, and at least one pressure-actuated spray nozzle having an inlet to be connected to a controllable fluid pressure source and a spray outlet directed toward the juice extraction assembly and moving between a retracted off position and an extended spray position based upon fluid pressure. The extractor may also include at least one fluid delivery conduit having an inlet to be connected to a controllable source of pressurized fluid, and an outlet. The at least one pressure-actuated spray nozzle may be positioned adjacent extractor cups, such as on their mounting bridge, and have an inlet connected in fluid communication with the outlet of the at least one fluid delivery conduit. The pressure-actuated nozzles may be used for cleaning and/or recycle water. In the retracted position, the pressure-actuated spray nozzles are better able to shed peel and other debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Suter, Mark R. Jackson, Jose Marcelo Carvalho, Gregory W. Schrader, Kevin G. Socha
  • Patent number: 7303061
    Abstract: A fruit guide assembly may include a frame to be positioned between the fruit conveyor and the multi-position fruit feeder, a vibrator connected to the frame, and a fruit guide body having a series of alternating ridges and valleys therein defining a plurality of fruit lanes. Each pair of adjacent ridges may extend outwardly beyond an end of an intervening valley to define an opening to permit passage therethrough of a corresponding portion of the multi-position feeder. This defines integrally formed cantilevered ridge ends for supporting the fruit. In other embodiments, the fruit guide body may be used without a vibrator, for example. The fruit guide body may include an upper wall and a bottom wall spaced therefrom defining a hollow fruit guide body. For example, the fruit guide body may include rotationally molded polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Suter, Kevin G. Socha
  • Patent number: 7222567
    Abstract: A juice extractor includes a juice extraction assembly having a wall surface and fluid outlet thereon. At least one tapered spray nozzle is mounted flush on the wall surface at the fluid outlet for receiving and discharging fluid and configured for preventing build-up on the spray nozzle of product material during extractor operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory W. Schrader, Kevin G. Socha, Mark R. Jackson, Michael L. Suter
  • Patent number: 7032370
    Abstract: A fruit trailer is for a fruit harvesting system including a fruit collector including a vehicle and at least one collector conveyor carried thereby for collecting fruit shaken from a tree, and a fruit removal vehicle intermittently brought to the fruit trailer for receiving fruit therefrom. The fruit trailer may be towed by the fruit collector for receiving and temporarily holding fruit therefrom. The fruit trailer may include a fruit container for receiving fruit from the fruit collector, and a trailer conveyor within the fruit container for conveying fruit therefrom to the fruit removal vehicle. The fruit container may be translatable between a first position adjacent the fruit collector and a second position spaced from the fruit collector. The fruit container may be pivotable when in the second position to an inclined orientation so that fruit is gravitationally fed onto the at least one trailer conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Suter, Eitan Zehavi