Patents by Inventor Robert M. Stacy

Robert M. Stacy 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: 9055767
    Abstract: A coating system (20) includes a conveyor system (22), a coating distribution assembly (24), and a coating adherence system (26). The coating material (M) may be recycled via a coating collection and return system (30). The coating distribution assembly (24) includes a container (64) for receiving and distributing the coating using a coating distribution roller (74). The roller (74) has a plurality of longitudinal channels (78) extending along the length of the roller to receive the coating material and apply the coating material onto food products by rotation of the distribution roller. A coating distribution device distributes the material metered by the coating distribution roller onto the food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Stacy, Andrew A. Johnson, Keith A. Gildenmeister
  • Publication number: 20130323376
    Abstract: A coating system (20) includes a conveyor system (22), a coating distribution assembly (24), and a coating adherence system (26). The coating material (M) is recycled via a coating collection and return system (30) that coating distribution assembly (24) includes a container (64) for receiving and distributing the coating using a coating distribution roller (74). The roller (74) has a plurality of longitudinal channels (78) extending along the length of the roller to receive the coating material and apply the coating material onto food products by rotation of the distribution roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Stacy, Andrew A. Johnson, Keith A. Gildenmeister
  • Patent number: 8210118
    Abstract: A breading machine for dispensing a coating material onto a food product includes a breading chamber, a continuous conveyor for transporting food products through the breading chamber, a hopper including at least one downspout and a sloped bottom for dispensing coating material onto the food products, a hopper conveyor positioned within the hopper. At least one of an angular position or a vertical position of the hopper conveyor is adjustable to accommodate a variety of free flowing and non-free flowing coating materials. One or more air knives may be positioned in the downspouts to fluidize the coating material to alleviate bridging and/or build-up of the coating material within the downspout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Stacy, Jeffery L. Schoewe, Michael E. Miller, John Joseph Bauer, Jogesh Chandran, Roy Allen Schippel
  • Publication number: 20090007842
    Abstract: A breading machine for dispensing a coating material onto a food product includes a breading chamber, a continuous conveyor for transporting food products through the breading chamber, a hopper including at least one downspout and a sloped bottom for dispensing coating material onto the food products, a hopper conveyor positioned within the hopper. At least one of an angular position or a vertical position of the hopper conveyor is adjustable to accommodate a variety of free flowing and non-free flowing coating materials. One or more air knives may be positioned in the downspouts to fluidize the coating material to alleviate bridging and/or build-up of the coating material within the downspout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Robert M. Stacy, Jeffery L. Schoewe, Michael E. Miller, John Joseph Bauer, Jogesh Chandran, Roy Allen Schippel
  • Patent number: 7448343
    Abstract: A breading machine for dispensing a coating material onto a food product includes a breading chamber, a continuous conveyor for transporting food products through the breading chamber, a hopper including at least one downspout and a sloped bottom for dispensing coating material onto the food products, a hopper conveyor positioned within the hopper. At least one of an angular position or a vertical position of the hopper conveyor is adjustable to accommodate a variety of free flowing and non-free flowing coating materials. One or more air knives may be positioned in the downspouts to fluidize the coating material to alleviate bridging and/or build-up of the coating material within the downspout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Stacy, Jeffery L. Schoewe, Michael E. Miller, John Joseph Bauer, Jogesh Chandran, Roy Allen Schippel
  • Patent number: 6866033
    Abstract: A cooking oven includes a cooking chamber in fluid communication with respect to a heat exchanger and a conveyor extending through the cooking chamber. A plurality of louvers are connected both above and below the conveyor and adjustably control the air flow between the top of the conveyor and the bottom of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: FMC Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Stacy, Scott M. Kane, Charles McVeagh, Ramesh M. Gunawardena
  • Patent number: 6712064
    Abstract: A cooking oven manifold system includes a conveyor extending through a housing and a plurality of air manifolds positioned above and below the conveyor, each air manifold having a pair of sidewalls extending between a back wall and an inlet. A pair of outlet nozzles extend along a length of each air manifold. An angled surface between each pair of outlet nozzles extends along a length of the air manifold. Each air manifold is additionally spaced apart from each adjacent air manifold to create an air gap between sidewalls of adjacent air manifolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: FMC Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Stacy, Scott M. Kane, Charles McVeagh, Ramesh M. Gunawardena
  • Patent number: 6691698
    Abstract: A cooking oven includes a housing that encloses a chamber having an inlet and an outlet. A conveyor extends between the inlet and the outlet and through the chamber. The cooking oven additionally includes an air distribution system positioned in fluid communication with the chamber and a curved heat exchanger positioned in fluid communication with the chamber, the curved heat exchanger directing air from the air distribution system through the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: FMC Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Ramesh M. Gunawardena, Robert M. Stacy, Charles McVeagh, Scott M. Kane
  • Publication number: 20030051722
    Abstract: A cooking oven manifold system includes a conveyor extending through a housing and a plurality of air manifolds positioned above and below the conveyor, each air manifold having a pair of sidewalls extending between a back wall and an inlet. A pair of outlet nozzles extend along a length of each air manifold. An angled surface between each pair of outlet nozzles extends along a length of the air manifold. Each air manifold is additionally spaced apart from each adjacent air manifold to create an air gap between sidewalls of adjacent air manifolds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventors: Robert M. Stacy, Scott M. Kane, Charles McVeagh, Ramesh M. Gunawardena
  • Publication number: 20030051723
    Abstract: A cooking oven includes a housing that encloses a chamber having an inlet and an outlet. A conveyor extends between the inlet and the outlet and through the chamber. The cooking oven additionally includes an air distribution system positioned in fluid communication with the chamber and a curved heat exchanger positioned in fluid communication with the chamber, the curved heat exchanger directing air from the air distribution system through the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventors: Ramesh M. Gunawardena, Robert M. Stacy, Charles McVeagh, Scott M. Kane
  • Publication number: 20030051721
    Abstract: A cooking oven includes a cooking chamber in fluid communication with respect to a heat exchanger and a conveyor extending through the cooking chamber. A plurality of louvers are connected both above and below the conveyor and adjustably control the air flow between the top of the conveyor and the bottom of the conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventors: Robert M. Stacy, Scott M. Kane, Charles McVeagh, Ramesh M. Gunawardena
  • Patent number: 5052330
    Abstract: The invention describes a coating machine which includes an endless pervious conveyor belt supported in an elongated frame which provides a food product conveyance path within the machine. A hopper is disposed above the food product conveyance path in which an amount of a coating material is provided to generate a falling curtain of bread crumbs or the like to cover the top and sides of food product pieces passing along the food product conveyance path. The machine also preferably includes a circular drum type conveyor which is rotatably supported along the elongated frame adjacent the hopper and includes a plurality of pockets formed therein which open into the interior of the machine and the hopper. Conveyors are provided in both the elongated frame and hopper to distribute coating material from the frame enclosure to the circular conveyor which will in turn distribute coating material to the hopper to generate the upper layer of breading material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Stein, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Stacy