Patents by Inventor Michael Suter

Michael 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).

  • Patent number: 7574887
    Abstract: A forming machine has a shearing device for shearing a bar. This shearing device comprises a fixed blade, with a passage for feeding through the bar to be sheared, and a shearing part which can be moved forward and backward parallel to the fixed blade. The shearing part comprises a first shearing blade, with which a bar section projecting from the fixed blade can be sheared in a forward movement of the shearing part, and a second shearing blade, with which a bar section projecting from the fixed blade can be sheared in a backward movement of the shearing part. In addition, the forming machine has a disposal point, to which the second shearing blade transports, as scrap pieces, all the bar sections sheared by it. Due to scrap pieces being sheared solely by means of the second shearing blade, empty places in the forming stations and the associated disadvantages can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Michael Suter, Pascal Stemmelin
  • Publication number: 20070261524
    Abstract: A forming machine has a shearing device for shearing a bar. This shearing device comprises a fixed blade, with a passage for feeding through the bar to be sheared, and a shearing part which can be moved forward and backward parallel to the fixed blade. The shearing part comprises a first shearing blade, with which a bar section projecting from the fixed blade can be sheared in a forward movement of the shearing part, and a second shearing blade, with which a bar section projecting from the fixed blade can be sheared in a backward movement of the shearing part. In addition, the forming machine has a disposal point, to which the second shearing blade transports, as scrap pieces, all the bar sections sheared by it. Due to scrap pieces being sheared solely by means of the second shearing blade, empty places in the forming stations and the associated disadvantages can be avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Publication date: November 15, 2007
    Applicant: Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Michael Suter, Pascal Stemmelin
  • Publication number: 20060037488
    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: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Publication date: February 23, 2006
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc., Corporation of the State of Delaware
    Inventors: Gregory Schrader, Michael Suter
  • Publication number: 20060037498
    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: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Publication date: February 23, 2006
    Applicant: FMC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Suter, Mark Jackson, Jose Carvalho, Gregory Schrader, Kevin Socha
  • Publication number: 20060037496
    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: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Publication date: February 23, 2006
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Suter, Kevin Socha
  • Publication number: 20060037487
    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: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Publication date: February 23, 2006
    Applicant: FMC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Suter, Kevin Socha
  • Publication number: 20060037495
    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: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Publication date: February 23, 2006
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Schrader, Kevin Socha, Mark Jackson, Michael Suter
  • Patent number: 6286350
    Abstract: A hot-forming machine for the hot-pressing of workpieces comprises a die (5), an associated extendable and retractable ejector (7) and a forwardly and backwardly movable press ram (1). The ejector (7) is connected to a control piston (8) arranged displaceably in a pressure chamber (28). Liquid can flow out of the pressure chamber (28) via a liquid outlet bore (24) and a liquid discharge line (23). By means of a throttle (25) arranged in the liquid discharge line (23) the outflow of liquid and therefore the repulsion of the extended ejector (7) by the forwardly moving press ram (1) are delayed in such a way that a workpiece (4) arranged between ejector (7) and press ram (1) is pre-upset and descaled outside the die (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Raymond Schönenberger, Andreas Matt, Michael Suter
  • Patent number: 4995973
    Abstract: A juice processing module is provided in a raw juice stream to aid in the separation of the juice stream into clarified juice and pulpy juice. Raw juice is forced through directed orifices at a separating screen carried in a containment housing. Juice outlet ports are provided for the clarified juice and the pulpy juice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: William Ballenger, Wayne Sherman, Michael Suter