Patents by Inventor Roland Zeuschner

Roland Zeuschner 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20180009555
    Abstract: A method for separating portions of a food mass (3) from a film tube (1), which is continuously advanced along a tube-conveying path (9) at belt-running speed and is filled with the food mass, in particular with processed cheese (3), wherein the film tube filled with the food mass (2) is initially formed into a band of defined thickness by means of a pair of calibrating rollers, and wherein, in order to form separate food portions (3), the food mass is then displaced, by means of a pair of displacement rollers acting upon one another, out of displacement regions (2) extending transversely across the film tube, wherein the displacement rollers are driven by means of a drive, which is controllable in terms of the running thereof, in a manner decoupled from the belt-running speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Hochland SE
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Andreas Erd
  • Publication number: 20170225817
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cutting device and method for cutting prefabricated transverse seal seams of a tube composed of plastic film and filled with food, particularly soft cheese, wherein each transverse seal seam of the continuously supplied film tube to be processed separates one portion of the food from the next portion. The device comprises a rotating knife holder provided with at least one knife blade 22, and wherein the knife blade 22 acts on a counter bearing 4 when cutting a transverse seal seam, wherein said knife holder has a heating element for heating the knife blade 22 in a targeted fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: Hochland SE
    Inventor: Roland Zeuschner
  • Publication number: 20170202172
    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: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: HOCHLAND SE
    Inventors: Roland ZEUSCHNER, Walter HARTMANN, Franz STADELMANN
  • Patent number: 9510620
    Abstract: A method for forming and cooling an initially hot and therefore flowable melted cheese (1), which is applied via a supply nozzle onto a moving metallic cooling belt (3?), wherein individual shaped bodies (6) are formed out of the melted cheese (1) in that a shaping roller (5), which comprises molding cavities (7) located in the surface, impinges upon the cooling belt (3?), wherein a pressure of the shaping roller (5) against the cooling belt (3?) is provided during forming that induces full displacement of the still-hot melted cheese (1) from the region of the separating webs (8) delimiting the individual molding cavities (7) and bearing against the cooling belt (3?), wherein the formed bodies (6) are released from the molding cavities (7) and are cooled by remaining on the moving cooling belt (3?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Hochland SE
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Walter Hartmann, Franz Stadelmann
  • Publication number: 20160278337
    Abstract: Method and device for cutting a soft food mass, in particular for cutting machine-processed cheese, such as processed cheese or mozzarella, whereby the food mass is present as a broad food ribbon of small ribbon thickness, whereby the food ribbon is fed by means of a conveyor belt with a travel speed leading to a longitudinal cutting system, in particular in the form of a cutting roller, which cuts the food ribbon with axially arranged cutting disks into parallel longitudinal strips, whereby the direction of rotation of the longitudinal cutting system corresponds to the travel direction of the food ribbon, whereby the cutting disks in each case have blades that are provided with at least one tooth, whereby the tooth height is greater than the ribbon thickness, whereby the peripheral speed of the cutting roller is adjusted in such a way that a tooth is immersed in the food ribbon when cutting with the tips of the teeth and creates a slot of a specific slot length in the food ribbon that moves in the same direc
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Applicant: Hochland Natec GmbH
    Inventor: Roland ZEUSCHNER
  • Patent number: 9237738
    Abstract: Method and device for cutting a soft food mass, in particular for cutting machine-processed cheese, such as processed cheese or mozzarella, whereby the food mass is present as a broad food ribbon of small ribbon thickness, whereby the food ribbon is fed by means of a conveyor belt with a travel speed leading to a longitudinal cutting system, in particular in the form of a cutting roller, which cuts the food ribbon with axially arranged cutting disks into parallel longitudinal strips, whereby the direction of rotation of the longitudinal cutting system corresponds to the travel direction of the food ribbon, whereby the cutting disks in each case have blades that are provided with at least one tooth, whereby the tooth height is greater than the ribbon thickness, whereby the peripheral speed of the cutting roller is adjusted in such a way that a tooth is immersed in the food ribbon when cutting with the tips of the teeth and creates a slot of a specific slot length in the food ribbon that moves in the same direc
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Hochland Natec GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Zeuschner
  • Publication number: 20150314896
    Abstract: A method for separating portions of a food mass (3) from a film tube (1), which is continuously advanced along a tube-conveying path (9) at belt-running speed and is filled with the food mass, in particular with processed cheese (3), wherein the film tube filled with the food mass (2) is initially formed into a band of defined thickness by means of a pair of calibrating rollers, and wherein, in order to form separate food portions (3), the food mass is then displaced, by means of a pair of displacement rollers acting upon one another, out of displacement regions (2) extending transversely across the film tube, wherein the displacement rollers are driven by means of a drive, which is controllable in terms of the running thereof, in a manner decoupled from the belt-running speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: Hochland SE
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Andreas Erd
  • Publication number: 20140251101
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cutting device and method for cutting prefabricated transverse seal seams of a tube composed of plastic film and filled with food, particularly soft cheese, wherein each transverse seal seam of the continuously supplied film tube to be processed separates one portion of the food from the next portion. The device comprises a rotating knife holder provided with at least one knife blade 22, and wherein the knife blade 22 acts on a counter bearing 4 when cutting a transverse seal seam, wherein said knife holder has a heating element for heating the knife blade 22 in a targeted fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: HOCHLAND NATEC GMBH
    Inventor: Roland ZEUSCHNER
  • Patent number: 8813638
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for cooling a flowable melted food material including: (a) providing a device comprising a first cooling belt and a second cooling belt parallel to the first cooling belt, wherein each cooling belt is continuous and has an outer surface and an inner surface, the first and second cooling belts are aligned at an angle between 45° and 90° relative to horizontal, and the outer surface of the first cooling belt and the outer surface of the second cooling belt are spaced apart to form a gap having a top end and a bottom end; (b) introducing a free-flowing molten food product capable of forming a food product having a pasty consistency is cooling at the top end of the gap; (c) counter-rotating the first and second cooling belts toward each other at the top end of the gap to draw the molten food product between the downward moving outer surfaces of the first and second cooling belts to form a strip of molten food product between the downward-moving outer surfaces of the first and sec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Hochland Natec GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Biggel, Roland Zeuschner, Josef Burger, Wolfgang Huber, Wilhelm Baur
  • Patent number: 8783142
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for cutting pieces having a predefined length, i.e. sticks, out of a mass of cheese, in which a cheese bar is first cut into parallel longitudinal strips while being conveyed on a belt conveyer using a longitudinal cutting device. The longitudinal strips are then cut into pieces using a transverse cutting device having a transverse cutting knife, which is conveyed along with the cheese bar during the transverse cutting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hochland SE
    Inventors: Andreas Biggel, Roland Zeuschner
  • Publication number: 20140193559
    Abstract: A method for forming and cooling an initially hot and therefore flowable melted cheese (1), which is applied via a supply nozzle onto a moving metallic cooling belt (3?), wherein individual shaped bodies (6) are formed out of the melted cheese (1) in that a shaping roller (5), which comprises molding cavities (7) located in the surface, impinges upon the cooling belt (3?), wherein a pressure of the shaping roller (5) against the cooling belt (3?) is provided during forming that induces full displacement of the still-hot melted cheese (1) from the region of the separating webs (8) delimiting the individual molding cavities (7) and bearing against the cooling belt (3?), wherein the formed bodies (6) are released from the molding cavities (7) and are cooled by remaining on the moving cooling belt (3?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: HOCHLAND SE
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Walter Hartmann, Franz Stadelmann
  • Publication number: 20130133293
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the portioned packaging of a food mass that is at least substantially incompressible, in particular of processed cheese, and that is filled as a flowable mass into a tubular sleeve comprising a thermoplastic plastic film, wherein the thermoplastic plastic film of the sleeve enclosing the food mass is deformed in a mold into individual units each defining a portion by forcing the food mass out of sealing areas, such that the units arranged one behind the other are delimited with respect to each other by means of sealing in the sealing area and are subsequently separated from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: HOCHLAND SE
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Stefan Hofer
  • Patent number: 8181430
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for producing packs of a food that comes in slices, in particular individually packaged processed cheese slices. The pack of food is put together from two uniform product stacks of food slices. The first product stack is transported via a first feed segment, and the second product stack is transported via a second feed segment, in each case horizontally by means of a transport means at transport speed. The feed segments are guided over one another in parallel in a collection area, and the upper feed segment ends at a sliding edge that defines a collection point, whereby means for synchronization are adjusted such that a product stack that arrives via the sliding edge is neatly placed onto the product stack that is transported to the lower feed segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Hockland Natec GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Ottmar Rupp, Andreas Biggel
  • Publication number: 20110226102
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for cutting pieces having a predefined length, i.e. sticks, out of a mass of cheese. In said method, the mass of cheese is shaped into a wide cheese bar (1, 11) having a predetermined thickness in a continuous process, the cheese bar (1, 11) is fed to a cutting device by means of a belt conveyor (2) at a certain conveying rate, the cheese bar (1, 11) is first cut into parallel longitudinal strips using longitudinal cutting means (5), and the longitudinal strips that lie parallel next to each other on the belt conveyor (2) are cut into pieces using a transverse cutting means (4) comprising a transverse cutting knife (12) which extends across at least part of the cheese bar (1, 11). The transverse cutting knife, the movement of which is adjustable, is conveyed along with the cheese bar (1, 11) at the conveying rate during the transverse cutting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: HOCHLAND SE
    Inventors: Andreas Biggel, Roland Zeuschner
  • Publication number: 20100275751
    Abstract: Method and device for cutting a soft food mass, in particular for cutting machine-processed cheese, such as processed cheese or mozzarella, whereby the food mass is present as a broad food ribbon of small ribbon thickness, whereby the food ribbon is fed by means of a conveyor belt with a travel speed leading to a longitudinal cutting system, in particular in the form of a cutting roller, which cuts the food ribbon with axially arranged cutting disks into parallel longitudinal strips, whereby the direction of rotation of the longitudinal cutting system corresponds to the travel direction of the food ribbon, whereby the cutting disks in each case have blades that are provided with at least one tooth, whereby the tooth height is greater than the ribbon thickness, whereby the peripheral speed of the cutting roller is adjusted in such a way that a tooth is immersed in the food ribbon when cutting with the tips of the teeth and creates a slot of a specific slot length in the food ribbon that moves in the same direc
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Hoochland Natec GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Zeuschner
  • Publication number: 20100101392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cutting device for cutting prefabricated transverse seal seams of a tube composed of plastic film and filled with food, particularly soft cheese, wherein each transverse seal seam of the continuously supplied film tube to be processed separates one portion of the food from the next portion, wherein said device comprises a rotating knife holder provided with at least one knife blade 22, and wherein the knife blade 22 acts on a counter bearing 4 when cutting a transverse seal seam, wherein said knife holder has a heating element for heating the knife blade 22 in a targeted fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: HOCHLAND NATEC GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Zeuschner
  • Publication number: 20090308027
    Abstract: Method and device for producing packs 7 of a food that comes in slices, in particular individually packaged processed cheese slices, whereby a pack 7 is put together from two uniform product stacks 2, 4 of slices, whereby the first product stack 2 is transported via a first feed segment 1 and the second product stack 4 is transported via a second feed segment 3 in each case horizontally by means of a transport means at transport speed, whereby the feed segments 1, 3 are guided over one another in parallel in a collection area 10, and the upper feed segment 1 ends at a sliding edge 6 that defines a collection point 10, whereby means for synchronization are adjusted such that a product stack 2 that arrives via the sliding edge 6 is neatly placed onto the product stack 4 that is transported to the lower feed segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: Hochland Natec GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Ottmar Rupp, Andreas Biggel
  • Publication number: 20030051587
    Abstract: Procedure for automatic removal of a piece of cheese 10, which is detached from a block of cheese 3 by a cut but is still stuck to the block, and a conveying device 1 feeds the block of cheese in a continuous motion to a detaching device 4 and the detaching device 4 has a removal device, which turns the piece of cheese 10 found on the front side of the block of cheese sideways, removes it in a separating motion and then feeds it into a discharge device 15.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Andreas Erd, Herbert Adler, Wilhelm Baur
  • Publication number: 20010039997
    Abstract: A process and device are described for producing a continuous tubular film from a flat film web which is shaped by a shaping arrangement into a tubular film that is open on the longitudinal side with overlapping edges, the tubular film being continuously supplied to a sealing arrangement which welds the overlapping edges of the film on the longitudinal side to one another. The invention is distinguished by the fact that welding of the edges of the film in the sealing arrangement is effected by the application of hot air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Publication date: November 15, 2001
    Inventor: ROLAND ZEUSCHNER