Helix Patents (Class 100/117)
  • Patent number: 11291326
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mesh drum and a juice extractor including the same. The mesh drum according to the present invention includes: a mesh plate formed in a cylindrical hollow shape and is gradually reduced in diameter as it goes toward the bottom from the top, and having at least one mesh holes formed on a side wall thereof; at least one wall blades formed on an inner circumferential surface of the mesh plate in the longitudinal direction of the mesh drum in such a manner as to position in proximity to a feed screw rotating inside the mesh plate; and at least one grinding blades formed on the inner circumferential surface of a lower portion of the mesh plate. The juice extractor according to the present invention includes the mesh drum, a main body, a feed screw, a housing, and cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Hurom Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-Won Kim
  • Patent number: 11225041
    Abstract: A separator system (1) and method for separating a mixture including said one or more liquids or semi-liquids and a loose, solid material substantially into liquid and solid phases. The system includes the components of: a compression separator (100) for separating the liquid from the solid material by compression; a vacuum supply (200) for generating suction to draw mixture into the separator via a feed line. The liquids are captured in a collection tank (301) and the solids in a hopper (320).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignees: SandyLakes Limited
    Inventors: Bruce Keith Sands, Robert Mark Jeralds
  • Patent number: 11147303
    Abstract: A juice extraction module for a juicer is provided, which includes a container formed with a juice discharge port, a sieve positioned inside of the container, a screw positioned inside of the sieve to extract juice from a material, and a lid coupled to a top end of the container and formed with a input port through which the material is input. The juice extraction module includes a crushing portion formed on a top end of the screw to be narrowed upward, the crushing portion having a crushing blade formed thereon; and a crushing processing portion connected to the input port and formed in a bottom of the lid to be concave for accommodating the crushing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: NUC Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Boo Kim
  • Patent number: 11130080
    Abstract: A vertical separator for the treatment of slurry includes a screen device with a vertical axis provided with a screen, a feeding device provided with a pump to feed the slurry to a screen device, a discharge device for the liquid part of the slurry, and a discharge device for the solid particles of the slurry. The screen device houses a counter-pressing device which is designed to generate a force which partially counters the pushing action exerted by the pump upon the slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: WAMGROUP S.P.A.
    Inventors: Vainer Marchesini, Marco Gaddi
  • Patent number: 11076625
    Abstract: A juice extraction module for a juicer is provided, which includes a container formed with a juice discharge port, a sieve positioned inside of the container, a screw positioned inside of the sieve to extract juice from a material, and a lid coupled to a top end of the container and formed with a input port through which the material is input. The juice extraction module includes a crushing portion formed on a top end of the screw to be narrowed upward, the crushing portion having a crushing blade formed thereon; and a crushing processing portion connected to the input port and formed in a bottom of the lid to be concave for accommodating the crushing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: NUC Electronics, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Boo Kim
  • Patent number: 11052626
    Abstract: A screw press for separating off liquid from an article, comprising a screw shaft together with a conveying helix, which is arranged helically on the screw shaft, and a housing enclosure, which surrounds the conveying helix, wherein a transporting passage for the article which is to be conveyed is formed between the screw shaft, the conveying helix and the housing enclosure, wherein a composite comprising hard-material particles which are embedded in a matrix component to form surface roughness is fastened with material bonding to at least one surface portion of the screw shaft, within the transporting passage. A use of a composite comprising hard-material particles which are embedded in a uniformly distributed manner in a matrix component to form surface roughness, for the purpose of providing fastening with material bonding to at least one surface portion of a screw shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: ANDRITZ AG
    Inventor: Yassar Ghanimi
  • Patent number: 10974982
    Abstract: A recovery device is configured to recover specific material as a dewatering aid from sludge generated in a sewage treatment process. The recovery device includes: a grinder configured to fragment a solid in the sludge to obtain prepared sludge; a separator configured to separate hardly decomposable organic matter and easily decomposable organic matter from the prepared sludge; and an extractor configured to continuously extract hardly decomposable organic matter having specific properties as the dewatering aid from the hardly decomposable organic matter separated by the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: ISHIGAKI COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Manabu Yamashita, Masakazu Morita, Hiroyuki Mino, Yasuaki Nishihara, Atsushi Yanai, Ryosuke Tamauchi, Yasutaka Suetsugu, Masayoshi Katayama
  • Patent number: 10786763
    Abstract: A solid/fluid separation module and press enables treatment of solids with enclosed fluids to generate a filtered mass having a solids content above 50%. A split filter module with first and second filter blocks clamped together for forming barrel sections or filtering sections is disclosed for use in a solid/fluid separating device including a barrel and a conveyor screw in the barrel. The split filter module permits replacement, maintenance, or repair of the filter blocks without disassembly or the separating device, or removal of the conveyor screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: GREENFIELD SPECIALTY ALCOHOLS INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Bruce Bradt
  • Patent number: 10575547
    Abstract: A system and method to extract juices or other fluids from natural organic products such as fruits and leafy vegetables. A natural organic product pre-cooled between 42° F. to 49° F. is initially evacuated for about 60 seconds and then aerated for about 90 seconds using nitrogen. After repeating the evacuation and aeration one more time, the aerated product is fed to a triple auger unit where each auger rotates at a speed of approximately 80 RPM to 86 RPM. The outer covers of the augers are pre-cooled to a temperature gradient of 44° F. to 47° F., and fluid extraction is maximized by feeding the extruded material back through the second and third augers. The extruded liquid is pressurized during subsequent filtration and then stored in a temperature-controlled container. Stringent temperature and pressure controls maintain the purity and nutrient strength of the liquid extract, while improving the shelf life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Nash Dsylva
  • Patent number: 10519952
    Abstract: Melt pumps for pressing synthetic melt through a tool are disclosed. An example melt pump for building up pressure for pressing synthetic melt through a tool includes a compressor with two worm conveyors disposed in a housing, a transmission by means of which the worm conveyors are synchronously drivable, and a drive, where the transmission is disposed between the drive and the compressor. In the example melt pump, each worm conveyor in the transmission has an output shaft, and each worm conveyor is coupled to the corresponding output shaft by a coupling. In the example melt pump, the coupling comprises an output gear provided on the output shaft, and a drive gear provided on the worm conveyor and a coupling sleeve gripping the output gear and the drive gear, where the drive gear and the output gear have a different number of teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Henke Property UG
    Inventor: Matthias Henke
  • Patent number: 10457008
    Abstract: A screw press includes a filter casing having inlet and outlet sections and a filter section therebetween. A screw is mounted in the casing for conveying a solid-liquid mixture from the inlet section to the outlet section while compressing the solid-liquid mixture and forcing at least part of a liquid content thereof to be expelled out of the filter casing. The casing and the screw are of modular construction. The filter section has at least first and second serially interconnectable filter sections, and the screw has at least first and second serially interconnectable screw sections respectively disposed in the first and second filter sections for joint rotation as a unitary component. The first and second screw sections have a continuous screw flight having a flight outside diameter. The first and second screw sections are detachably coupled to one another by a coupling provided at the outside diameter of the flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Rio Tinto Alcan International Limited
    Inventors: Alain Boivin, Deane Labrum, Guy Simard, Pascal Vandal
  • Patent number: 10299620
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a juice extractor. The juice extractor of the present invention includes: a main body; a housing; a cover; a rotary brush mounted between an inner wall surface of the housing and an outer wall surface of the mesh drum, the rotary brush including at least one brush; and a feed screw connected with the drive shaft of the main body and disposed inside the mesh drum, wherein the feed screw includes a plurality of retaining slots formed on a lower circumferential bottom surface thereof and the rotary brush includes a plurality of engagement parts formed on an inner circumferential surface of a lower end portion thereof, so that the engagement parts of the rotary brush are engaged with the retaining slots of the feed screw to cause the rotary brush to be rotated together with the rotation of the feed screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Jae-Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10240289
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for dewatering a slurry comprising a microfibrillated cellulose wherein the process comprises the following steps of providing a slurry comprising a microfibrillated cellulose and a liquid, subjecting the slurry to a first mechanical pressure in order to dewater the slurry, and subjecting the slurry to a second mechanical pressure which second pressure is higher than the first pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Stora Enso OYJ
    Inventors: Laura Nousiainen, Petteri Kostiainen, Petteri Saarinen, Jan-Erik Nordström
  • Patent number: 10213044
    Abstract: A juice extractor includes a food processing chamber having a food inlet, a juice outlet and a pulp outlet. The food processing chamber includes a food entry section having the food inlet and the juice outlet, and a food compression section extending between the food entry section and the food pulp outlet. A spindle extends through the food processing chamber for transporting food from the food entry section through the food compression section. The spindle has a body and a helical member extending from the body by a height of no more than 10 mm. The helical member includes a helical cutting portion in the food entry section, and a motor having a gear box coupled to the spindle and configured to rotate the spindle at a rotation speed of at least 300 rotations per minute during operation of the juice extractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Mart Kornelis-Jan Te Velde
  • Patent number: 10196802
    Abstract: A control method of a food waste treatment apparatus is disclosed. The method includes the action of connecting a discharge side of a grinder with a communication hole of a dehydrator. The method further includes the action of receiving the food waste. The method further includes the action of grinding the food waste. The method further includes the action of receiving the ground food waste. The method further includes the action of supplying a predetermined amount of wash water to a housing that includes the dehydrator. The method further includes the action of rinsing the ground food waste. The method further includes the action of discharging wash water. The method further includes the action of drying the ground food waste. The method further includes the action of discharging the dried ground food waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daeyun Park, Jeongyun Kim, Sunki Lee
  • Patent number: 10182589
    Abstract: A juice extractor with an easily assembled and disassembled housing includes: a driving unit having a motor housing having a motor mounted at the inside thereof, a rotary shaft connected to the motor and protruded toward one side of the motor housing, and a fixing shaft disposed adjacent to the rotary shaft on the motor housing; a juice extracting unit having roller portions operated by the motor provided at the driving unit to crush, extract and transfer juice extraction materials and the housing for accommodating the roller portions thereinto; a fastening unit for detachably coupling the housing of the juice extracting unit to the motor housing; and a sensor unit having a sensor operator mounted on the housing of the juice extracting unit and a sensor mounted on the motor housing in such a manner as to be operated by a change in distance with the sensor operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Ji Hye Lee
  • Patent number: 10085477
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus including a tank having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product, the tank having a rotatable auger mounted in a compartment, the auger for advancing food product within the compartment from the inlet end toward the outlet end, the auger including flights having a flight wall with a radial edge, a clearance space being defined between the radial edge of the flights and a solid, imperforate wall portion of an inner wall. One of the inner wall and the flight wall may include a perforated wall portion. A transition zone includes a moveable surface to contain food product while in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel D. Maupin
  • Patent number: 10039404
    Abstract: A juice extractor, which can prevent juice from being easily discharged via a very small part of a space defined between a feed screw and a hard cylindrical control part of a control cap even when residue is being discharged therethrough, thereby realizing the maximum juice extraction ratio for each different kind of input material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Young Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 9949502
    Abstract: An electrical appliance includes a rotating food processing screw for processing food items exiting the outlet of a chute. The screw is coupled to an electric drive motor for driving the screw in rotation about itself around its central axis. An upper part of the screw has a sweeper for sweeping the outlet of the chute, and a lower part drives down towards the bottom and presses the food fragments coming from the upper part of the screw. Food blocking elements can block the food items. An inscribed sphere, which is geometrically defined by the chute, is movable within the interior of an upper part of a chamber receiving the screw. Two zones of contact between the inscribed sphere and the blocking elements are formed, and a third zone of contact is between the inscribed sphere and the sweeper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SANTOS
    Inventors: Nicolas Fouquet, Cedric Gelin
  • Patent number: 9918579
    Abstract: A juice extraction module for a juicer is provided, which includes a container formed with a juice discharge port, a sieve positioned inside of the container, a screw positioned inside of the sieve to extract juice from a material, and a lid coupled to a top end of the container and formed with a input port through which the material is input. The juice extraction module includes a crushing portion formed on a top end of the screw to be narrowed upward, the crushing portion having a crushing blade formed thereon; and a crushing processing portion connected to the input port and formed in a bottom of the lid to be concave for accommodating the crushing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: Nuc Electronics, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Boo Kim
  • Patent number: 9714783
    Abstract: A machine for making extruded ice obtained by passing a mass of ice in granules through an extrusion die (20) arranged at the end of a main cooled drum (4). The latter at one end has a flange (10) upon which a ring (14) clamping the die is fastened. Thus, screws for fastening the die to the main drum are not required, so that operations for the machine maintenance and for replacing the die are considerably facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Brema Ice Makers S.P.A.
    Inventor: Cesarino Maroli
  • Patent number: 9392909
    Abstract: A juicer having a smoothie making function including: a lid having a feed tube; a feed screw having a rotating shaft and feeding input food downwards while cutting, crushing and squeezing the food; a housing having a juice outlet and a residue outlet on an outer surface, with a housing discharge hole formed in the bottom of the housing and communicating with the residue outlet; a net drum having an entirely or partially meshed sidewall, with a net drum discharge hole formed in the net drum and communicating with the residue outlet; a motor unit having a housing seat and a drive shaft for rotating the feed screw; and a juice control unit for opening or closing the juice outlet. While in operation, input food circulates through the upper and lower portions of the net drum while being cut, crushed or squeezed, and residue collects in the net drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Young Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 9387641
    Abstract: A solid-liquid separation device includes a plurality of fixed members and movable members that are movably disposed between the adjacent fixed members, and a screw extending through the fixed members and the movable members in a state where the screw is not in contact with the fixed members and the movable members. The screw is rotationally driven about a center axis line thereof. A filtrate separated from an object is discharged to the outside of the solid-liquid separation portion through filtrate discharge gaps, and the object that has a reduced liquid content ratio is discharged from the outlet to the outside. In order to increase significantly a dewatering ratio, the movable members are formed to move while penetrating closer to the center axis line of the screw than an outer circumferential edge of the blade of the screw, without coming into contact with the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignees: AMUKON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AMCON NA, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuo Kaneko, Yusuke Tezuka, Yoshitaka Nakamura, Yuki Kadowaki, Hirokazu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9357869
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a masticating separator for separating fruit or vegetable juice from fruit or vegetable pulp. The masticating separator comprises a housing (21), an inner wall (43) in the housing (21), an auger (22,71) rotatably mounted in the housing (21), a cavity (46) defined between an outer surface (39,86) of the auger (22,71) and the inner wall (43) to receive pulp and juice, and a juice passageway (44) separated from the cavity (46). An elongate aperture (52) is formed in the inner wall (43) extending between the cavity (46) and the juice passageway (44). Therefore, when the auger (22,71) is rotated about its longitudinal axis to urge pulp and juice along the cavity (46), juice in the cavity (46) is urged to flow through the aperture (52) to the juice passageway (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Sauer, Theodoor Stolk, Marjan Willeke Esther Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 9352253
    Abstract: A solid/fluid separation module and pretreatment apparatus and method enables pretreatment of biomass at high temperature and pressure with the ability to vary residence and processing times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: GREENFIELD SPECIALTY ALCOHOLS INC.
    Inventors: Richard Romeo Lehoux, Christopher Bruce Bradt
  • Patent number: 9253995
    Abstract: The present provides a soymilk machine/juicer with grinding function, comprising a pair of concentric rotator (13) and stator (14) that are vertically arranged in a house. There are at least two thread convex ribs (16) on said rotator (14), and the thread convex ribs (16) are evenly distributed on the outer surface of a rotator body (15). Rotary clearance is defined between the thread convex ribs (16) of the rotator (13) and the inner wall of the stator (14). The middle upper part of said rotator body (15) is a revolved portion with small upside and large downside. The clearance of the upside of the rotator body (15) corresponding to an upper filter net (17) on the stator (14) is largest, which is the smashing section for dealing with stuff after stuff is fed. The clearance of the middle part of the rotator body (15) corresponding to the middle upper part of an abrasive disc of the stator (14) is medium-size, which is for smashing stuff further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: GUANGDONG XINBAO ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES HOLDINGS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zhenyu Shi, Jiang Chen, Haihui Peng, Dongchuan Xing, Zhijian Ma
  • Patent number: 9003968
    Abstract: In a screw extruder comprising a screw shaft on which at least one screw blade is disposed, a filter screen surrounding the screw shaft and including filter openings is arranged within oppositely located frames and a funnel-shaped filtrate trough is disposed below and on the outer side of the filter screen, the screw shaft is cylindrical in the region of an inlet port, widens conically in its central region, and is cylindrical in the region of the discharge port, and the filtrate trough comprises at least two chambers, which chambers are each provided with a drain for filtrate, and the first chamber in the region of the inlet port has a longitudinal extension corresponding to at least the length of the cylindrical portion of the screw shaft in the same region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Chemicals Handels—GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Kozanda, Dietmar Strecker, Ewald Kern, Manfred Zabl
  • Patent number: 8985011
    Abstract: Described is a screw filter press comprising a screw shaft, which has at least one coil turn and two screw shaft ends, the shaft axis of which is oriented parallel to the gravity vector and which is supported on one side via the upper screw shaft end thereof and which is connected to a rotary drive, and which is enclosed coaxially, at least in its lower partial area in a so-called filter area by a cylindrical filter tube, which is provided with openings and at which a filtrate space adjoins radially, to which underpressure can be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Georg Klass, Sr., Georg Klass, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150020700
    Abstract: A feeding arrangement (100) for feeding non-wood plant material having a bulk density of 40-90 kg/m3 to a treatment vessel (200), the feeding arrangement comprising a plug screw feeder (40) for feeding the plant material to the treatment vessel, the feeder comprising a plug screw (10) and a corresponding plug screw housing (11) surrounding the plug screw (10), a force-feeding screw (20) for feeding incoming material to the plug screw and a corresponding force-feeding screw housing (21) surrounding the force-feeding screw (20), the force-feeding screw being arranged to provide the material to an inlet section (12) of the plug screw (10), a feeding device (50) being arranged to feed incoming material to the force-feeding screw, and where the distance (D) between an outermost point of a last screw thread (23) of the force-feeding screw (20) to a point on the outer diameter of the plug screw (10) at the inlet section (12) is 0-90 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: VALMET AB
    Inventors: Jan Detlefsen, Patrik Pettersson, Robert Wahlberg
  • Patent number: 8919246
    Abstract: The waste compactor comprises a housing having an inclined wall in the upper part thereof. A motor on the upper wall drives a helical screw on the lower side of the inclined wall which converges conically downwardly with a decreasing pitch. A lower hopper extending downwardly from the inclined wall below the helical screw forms a funnel and is opened above to an inlet area. The inlet area receives waste material to be compacted, which material descends into the area of the helical screw. A lower more narrow end of the helical screw is located in a conduit which is slightly wider than the lower end of the helical screw and converges downwardly to a constriction at its lower end. Waste material is compacted by downward movement under the action of the helical screw and by being forced through the conduit. The lower hopper has drainage holes through which liquid can drain, by gravity, and a collector is positioned to collect the liquid passing through the drainage holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: C.M.S. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luciano Salda, Angelo Cappi, Georgi Dimitrov Todorov
  • Patent number: 8881648
    Abstract: A concentrator-integrated screw press includes: a continuous concentrator configured to continuously concentrate sludge and discharge the sludge as concentrated sludge, and including a discharge amount equalization unit configured to equalize an amount of concentrated sludge to be discharged per unit time; a positive displacement pump installed consecutively to the concentrator, and configured to continuously transport the concentrated sludge discharged from the concentrator; and a screw press installed consecutively to a discharge side of the positive displacement pump, and configured to compress and dewater the concentrated sludge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ishigaki Company Limited
    Inventors: Manabu Yamashita, Masaharu Miyawaki, Masayoshi Katayama
  • Publication number: 20140326148
    Abstract: A dewatering method comprising the method steps of: (i) Conveying a material to be dewatered part way along the length of a housing (14) by way of a screw (12) that is driven by a motor (22); (ii) Monitoring the rate of change of power demand on the motor (22); (iii) Adjusting the level of backpressure to which the material to be dewatered is exposed based on the rate of change of power demand on the motor (22) as obtained under step (ii); and (iv) Forming a residual plug of dewatered material at an open end (20) of the housing (14). A dewatering apparatus (10) is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: ANAECO LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Austin Wootton, Martin Richard Gravett, Janusz Krzysztof Fulara, Maciej Rafal Rudas, Sean Neil Sciberras
  • Patent number: 8863656
    Abstract: A power juicer comprised of a motor disposed within a housing and having an output shaft projecting away from the housing; at least two alternate cutters each individually detachably connectable to the output shaft; a plurality of alternate inserts wherein a selected one of the plurality of alternate inserts circumscribes a selected one of the at least two alternate cutters detachably connected to the output shaft; and a body circumscribing the selected one of the plurality of alternate inserts wherein the body and the selected one of the plurality of alternate inserts include openings for feeding food to the selected one of the at least two alternate cutters detachably connected to the output shaft and openings for receiving juice, homogenized food, or shredded food therefrom upon actuation of the motor under the control of a safety system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Rusell T. Trovinger
  • Patent number: 8851409
    Abstract: A system for crushing material that may include a compaction chamber and a screw assembly that generally extends between the proximal and distal ends of the compaction chamber. In one embodiment, a portion of the screw assembly increases in diameter along a length of the shaft of the screw assembly such that the system is configured to crush material between the compaction chamber and the portion that increases in diameter. The portion that increases in diameter may be integral with the shaft of the screw assembly. An embodiment of the system may also include at least one wear member that is removably associated with the distal portion of the compaction chamber such that the wear member may assist with crushing. Further embodiments may include improved input, discharge, and/or jam clearance means for a screw crusher or other types of screw or auger systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Mark E. Koenig, Larry E. Koenig
  • Patent number: 8826811
    Abstract: A juicer module is disclosed herein. The juicer module includes an open top juicer container, a lid which is provided with a material input through a side of the lid and coupled to an upper portion of the juicer container, a net drum fixedly arranged within the juicer container and a screw arranged within the net drum. The screw is provided with a spiral portion formed on a side surface of the screw and a rotary shaft to pass through the shaft hole of the juicer container. The juicer module may further include a guide rotary portion formed on an upper end of the screw, and the lid may be provided with a rotary guide for guiding the rotation of the screw, the rotary guide being in contact with an edge of the guide rotary portion when the juicer module is assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: NUC Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Boo Kim
  • Patent number: 8794137
    Abstract: A screw press (1) for removing liquid from a pulp suspension has a shell (2) which is provided with openings through which the liquid can pass. The shell (2) contains a rotating screw with a screw flight (4) to which wearing parts are attached. Wearing part (6) and support (7) are connected to one another in a substance-to-substance bond by a soldered joint and in a positive bond by a projection (8) located at one of the two parts and which meshes into a recess (9) in the other part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Andritz AG
    Inventor: Hubert Riemer
  • Patent number: 8746138
    Abstract: A solid/fluid separation module and pretreatment apparatus and method enables pretreatment of biomass at high temperature and pressure with the ability to vary residence and processing times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Romeo Lehoux, Christopher Bruce Bradt
  • Patent number: 8726803
    Abstract: An apparatus for compacting and dehydration of organic waste includes a first drawer, which is designed to receive organic material and/or kitchen-produced foodstuff waste and is equipped with mechanical elements for compacting and dehydration of the foodstuff waste, as well as a second drawer, underlying the first, which is designed to receive the compacted and dehydrated foodstuff waste that comes out of the first drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Techo SRL
    Inventor: Stefano Ceccarelli
  • Publication number: 20140060347
    Abstract: Universal Recycling Disposal Machine designed to recycle and dispose almost all daily Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) that generated by homes, offices and public places which refer to trash/rubbish. Machine will maximize the delivery (Direct Delivery) of the clean materials (Recycled Materials) to re-production plants and minimize or eliminate the volume/weight of MSW which should be delivered to landfill. The main concept was to design a machine that can be fixed within every kitchen cabinet or kitchen area and to be used as a home appliance (Dimensions of machine are match with standard kitchen cabinet). Machine designed in a way to minimize the sound & dust pollution during recycling and disposal processes. All items after recycling will be washed and rinsed before storing in plastic bins. During disposal process, big particles of disposed items will be filtered to avoid drainage blockage and all FOG will be removed from water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Javad Sahebkar Yazdi
  • Patent number: 8661972
    Abstract: A screw separator for separating solids out of suspensions, includes at least one housing and at least one feed pipe for the suspension, at least one discharge pipe for liquids, and at least one outlet for the at least partially dewatered solids wherein at least one strainer basket is provided in the housing in which a screw is rotatably mounted, and that the worm shaft of the screw terminates inside the housing and is continued by way of a separate pipe-like structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: UTS Biogastechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Czwaluk, Matthias Rabener
  • Publication number: 20140007783
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for processing of waste and in particular processing involving a volumetric reduction of waste materials. There is an apparatus for processing waste material comprising a compaction compartment for receipt of waste material, the compaction compartment have a screw vane for processing waste material through the compaction compartment and a waste material outlet. In one aspect the apparatus comprises a heating zone including an arrangement for heating the waste material received from the waste outlet, the apparatus further comprising a cooling zone including a cooling arrangement for cooling the waste material received from the heating zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: MASSMELT LTD
    Inventor: David Scheeres
  • Patent number: 8596195
    Abstract: A sludge dehydrating apparatus (200) according to the present invention is configured such that power is provided at opposite sides of a rotating rod (243) of movable disks (230) so that even if the apparatus is comparatively large or is operated at low speed, the rotating rod of the movable disks (230) can be prevented from being deformed. Thereby, the movable disks (230) can be smoothly rotated at the same time, thus enhancing the efficiency of the dehydration operation. Furthermore, because power is provided on the opposite sides both of the rotating rod (243) of the movable disks (230) and of the drive shaft of a screw (210), even if the screw (210) is comparatively long, the drive shaft of the screw (210) can be preventing from bending, thus preventing malfunction of the apparatus such as deformation of a fixed disk or a movable disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: ARK Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Hun Hong
  • Publication number: 20130312624
    Abstract: A variable compression screw press includes a volume displacing member which overlies the pressure housing feed flight of the screw press. In one embodiment, the volume displacing member is a shroud which may be moved in and out of the intake hopper as desired, without having to disassemble the press. In a second embodiment, the volume displacing member is a hinged gate which can be adjusted to overlie more or less of the pressure housing feed flight. In a third embodiment which may be used in cooperation with either first or second embodiment, the volume within the pressure housing feed flight is partly occupied by block elements removably mounted to the screw flighting of the pressure housing feed flight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Conveyor Eng. & Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Graig R. CONE
  • Publication number: 20130284034
    Abstract: A juicer having a juice extracting screw assembly, in which a housing with a juice extracting screw installed in the housing has a simplified interior structure, thereby reducing the production cost of the juicer and easily dispensing juice and residue separately using respective passages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: COWAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Jung Jeong, Eui Seong Jeong, Yeon Soo Seong
  • Patent number: 8561533
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for compressing a loose solid feedstock. The apparatus includes a two stage compressor. The first compression stage is a screw compressor. The second compressor stage is a reciprocating compressor. The reciprocating compressor operates co-axially with, and receives its feed from, the screw compressor. A choke cone maintains pressure in the outfeed from the compressor stages. The reciprocating compressor includes a piston that is driven by a pair of hydraulic rams. The position and operation of the hydraulic rams, the screw conveyor, and the choke cone is monitored by sensors. The reciprocating compressor, the screw conveyor, and the choke cone are all adjustable in real time to control the compression of the feedstock according to a pre-programmed schedule that need not have equal compression and retraction strokes. The operation of the screw conveyor may be advanced or eased off depending on the motion of the reciprocating compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Mascoma Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Murray J. Burke
  • Publication number: 20130247782
    Abstract: The compactor comprises at least one robust transport screw, helix or spiral (16), which is inclined, of conical shape, downwardly converging, with a downwardly decreasing pitch, and is aligned axially with and fixed to the slow output shaft (117) of a reduction gear unit (17, 217, 317) located above and outside the inclined wall (301) of a loading hopper (1) which has an upper descending portion (101) with at least one hatch (2) for the introduction of the waste to be compacted and a discharge conduit (7) whose outlet opening is shut off by constriction means (8, 108, 208). The lower part (201) of the hopper (1) is shaped in the form of a funnel which is open outwards and is provided with drainage holes (9) and a base area (10) into which any liquid present in the waste tends to flow by gravity, means (13, 14, 114) being provided to collect the liquid and to guide it by gravity towards discharge means (20) a container (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: C.M.S. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luciano Salda, Angelo Cappi, Georgi Dimitrov Todorov
  • Patent number: 8533974
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to systems that are used for reclaiming components of wellbore cuttings material. In one illustrative embodiment, a system is disclosed that includes, among other things, a dryer that is adapted to receive a drill cuttings mixture that includes drilling fluid and cuttings material, the dryer being further adapted to treat the drill cuttings mixture by drying the cuttings material below a preselected moisture content level. The system also includes a moisture sensor that is adapted to sense a moisture content of the cuttings material after it is dried by the dryer, and a cuttings reinjection system that is adapted to reinject the dried cuttings material into a well bore. Additionally, the system includes a conveyor system that is adapted to convey the dried cuttings material to the cuttings reinjection system, wherein the conveyor system includes, among other things, a positive pressure pneumatic conveying apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Varco I/P, Inc.
    Inventor: George Alexander Burnett
  • Publication number: 20130199383
    Abstract: A rendering method involves heating the animal protein and thereafter feeding the heated animal protein through a rendering screw press machine having an internal shaft assembly that includes a working portion with an overall compression ratio of greater than about 7 to 1, a first scroll flight section configured for decreasing cake thickness, followed by a first high compression cone section, followed by a stepped decompression section, followed by a second scroll flight section configured for decreasing cake thickness, followed by a second high compression cone section, followed by a straight collar section. Rotating the shaft assembly moves the heated animal protein through the machine such that liquid fat passes out through a barrel cage and substantially dried animal protein cake is output from the choke opening, and the heated animal protein only undergoes one stepped decompression during such movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Robert H. Horton, Donald A. Shaw, William H. Williams
  • Patent number: 8388836
    Abstract: A waste separator apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a first screen assembly for screening fluids from a waste stream where the first screen assembly defining an enclosure. A second screen assembly is provided for screening fluids from the waste stream and is disposed closely spaced-apart within the enclosure of the first screen assembly. A waste stream pathway is defined between the first screen assembly and the second screen assembly. A first separated fluids stream pathway is defined outwardly of the first screen assembly. A second separated fluids stream pathway is defined inwardly of the second screen assembly. One or more blades extends inwardly from the first screen assembly or outwardly from the second screen assembly for advancing the waste stream through the waste stream pathway. A related system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Emerald Waste Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Lewis Morris Fetterman, III, Durwood Nelson Renfrow, James Eulen Sinclair, Jr., Angela Denise Schroeder, Claude Decator Pyatte, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8349193
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for separating drilling fluid from drill cuttings are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gary E. Fout