Edible Base Or Coating Type Patents (Class 118/13)
  • Patent number: 10617142
    Abstract: Described are coated food products having a sugar (sucrose) coating, the coating exhibiting desirable levels of sucrose crystallinity and a desired sucrose ratio (total sucrose per total soluble solids), as well as methods or preparing such coated food products and coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Barrett, Douglas L. Goedeken, Daniel R. Green, Victor T. Huang, Lauren A. Jacobson, Christine M. Nowakowski, Scott K. Whitman, Danielle M. Wojdyla Christensen
  • Patent number: 10485241
    Abstract: A device for applying liquid flavors to collagen casing is provided. In one embodiment, the device comprises a cup and a roller for applying liquid flavor to the surface of the collagen casing prior to drying. In another embodiment, the device comprises an applicator having a base plate with a first hole in the base plate to allow the collagen casing to pass through the base plate, a second hole in the base plate in fluid communication with the first hole to inject liquid flavor through the second hole into contact with the collagen casing as it passes through the first hole, a wiper removably attached to the base plate to wipe excess liquid flavor from the surface of the collagen casing, and a liquid flavor injection line attached to the second hole in the base plate. In some embodiments, the cup and roller are combined with the applicator to apply the liquid flavor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NITTA CASINGS INC.
    Inventors: Eugene Goldfarb, David Mathews, Masaya Shinoda
  • Patent number: 10433673
    Abstract: Food service equipment comprises a multiple-pass feeder conveyor and toaster which comprises an upper inclined food product infeed conveyor ramp for causing the food products to proceed in a first direction extending from the rear of the appliance toward the front of the appliance and onto the upper run of a first upper endless conveyor. The upper run of the first upper endless conveyor conveys the food products into a semi-circular return product feeder which causes the food products to be conveyed in a second opposite direction extending from the front of the appliance toward the rear of the appliance and into an entry space defined by means of the lower run of the first upper endless conveyor and the upper run of a second lower endless conveyor, the two conveyors being synchronized together. The pair of conveyors convey the food products between heated platens respectively associated with the two conveyors whereby the food products are cooked or toasted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: A. J. ANTUNES & CO.
    Inventors: Ignacio Vega, Bhupendra Patel
  • Patent number: 10427313
    Abstract: One variation of a system for buttering and toasting bread buns includes: a butter stage including: a vessel containing liquefied dairy fat and defining a permeable surface, a pressure supply fluidly coupled to the vessel, and a first paddle assembly configured to catch a bun crown dispensed into the butter stage, to compress a sliced face of the bun crown directly against the permeable surface, and to release the bun crown from the butter stage; and a toast stage including a toasting surface arranged vertically below the permeable surface, a heating element arranged behind the toasting surface, and a second paddle assembly arranged vertically below the first paddle assembly and configured to catch the bun crown released from the first paddle assembly, to compress the sliced face of the bun crown directly against the toasting surface, and to release the bun crown from the toasting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Creator, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Engel-Hall, Alexandros Vardakostas, John Lawrence McDonald, Matthew Williams, Steven Frehn, Abigail Soong
  • Patent number: 10252229
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to systems, methods, and devices for mixing a fluid. The system comprises a tank conduit suspended in a tank for receiving a mixture comprising a liquid, wherein the tank holds the mixture. The system comprises a rigid casing configured to surround the tank and a pump attached to the rigid casing. The system includes a suction inlet and a discharge outlet attached to the pump, wherein the pump creates a negative pressure that draws the mixture into the pump through the suction inlet and the pump creates a positive pressure that dispels the mixture out of the pump through the discharge outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Snowie LLC
    Inventor: Carl A. Rupp
  • Patent number: 10149564
    Abstract: A device for buttering an ear of corn having a butter stick platform and a corn rest. The butter stick platform has an upper butter base surface for supporting a butter stick, and a peripheral wall extending downward to a base. A containment wall can surround and be separated laterally from the peripheral wall to provide a trough between the peripheral wall and the containment wall. The corn rest has a corn base having a concave upper surface with openings for placement thereupon of an ear of corn, and a frame having side walls that extend downwardly partly into the trough when the corn rest is in a first position resting upon a stick of butter. As the butter stick melts and is used, the frame rides downward into the trough to maintain contact between the ear of corn and the butter stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: MIDWEST CACTUS, LLC
    Inventor: Chad Elam
  • Patent number: 9854829
    Abstract: A 3D printing device, which is adapted to print a second object on a first object. The 3D printing device includes a body, a 3D printing unit, a sensor unit, a storage unit, a control unit and a carrier plate. The control unit is electrically connected to the 3D printing unit, the storage unit and the sensor unit. The storage unit stores initial coordinates, and the initial coordinates correspond to an initial printing position of the 3D printing unit. The carrier plate is located at a bottom of the body and has a ocular mark. The first object is adapted to be placed on the carrier plate. The sensor unit senses a height of the first object relative to the carrier plate, and the control unit drives the 3D printing unit to print the second object on the first object according to the height and the initial coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc., Cal-Comp Electronics & Communications Company Limited
    Inventors: Shih-Jer Din, Jui-Feng Chang, Shy-Huey Yee
  • Patent number: 9789701
    Abstract: A printing system includes a first member and a second member. The second member is positioned parallel to the first member. The system further includes a first extensible member and a second extensible member. The system further includes a first gripper and a second gripper. One end of the first extensible member is mounted to the first member and the other end of the first extensible member is mounted to the first gripper. One end of the second extensible member is mounted to the second member and the other end is mounted to the second gripper. A controller operates a first actuator operatively connected to the first and second extensible members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Ireland, Donald Thresh, Michael N. Soures, James D. VanBortel, Bruce H. Smith
  • Patent number: 9724715
    Abstract: A deposition apparatus may uniformly control deposited quantities of a plurality of depositing sources by efficiently determining an abnormal depositing source. The deposition apparatus may reduce loss of materials by exactly determining an abnormal depositing source. The deposition apparatus includes: a plurality of depositing sources spraying a deposition material; a substrate holder fixing a substrate to face the depositing source; a depositing source shutter disposed at one side of the depositing source and opening and closing an passage of each depositing source; and a main shutter disposed between the depositing source and the substrate fixed to the substrate holder and depositing a part of the deposition material on the substrate through the main shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sung-Joong Joo, You-Min Cha, Seuk-Hwan Park
  • Patent number: 9687018
    Abstract: A drum-type coating apparatus for applying breading material to food product is configured to eliminate, in most circumstances, a hard cylindrical drum, to be replaced by a U-hanging belt, the belly of which provides all the operative utility of a cylindrical hard drum, but better than that, provides more clearance for cleaning operations, since the upper hemi-cylinder of a hard cylindrical drum provides no utility for tumbling purposes and only, to make matters worse, obstructs cleaning operations. Also, the overall coating apparatus for supporting the U-hanging belt, flexible drum is provided with provisions for the exchangeable substitution or elimination of accessories of the tumbling and/or flipping nature, including the U-hanging belt, flexible drum itself. In the elimination configuration, food product is not routed through any tumbling and/or flipping accessory but is instead run through a flat bed configuration. That way, delicate food product is protected from disintegration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Robert G. Nothum, Jr., Robert M. Nothum
  • Patent number: 9657190
    Abstract: A composition for coating seeds and related methods of manufacture are provided; and the composition comprises: at least one foaming agent and at least one color indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Bryan Foster, Andrew Tobias
  • Patent number: 9456614
    Abstract: A cake decorating assembly, kit, and method of use comprising a mount which includes a longitudinally extending member. The assembly further comprises a top blade subassembly, a lateral blade subassembly, a gauge subassembly, and a cutting subassembly, all of which may be removably attached to the longitudinally extending member. All of the top blade subassembly, the lateral blade subassembly, the gauge subassembly, and the cutting subassembly may be vertically adjusted relative to the longitudinally extending member, while the gauge subassembly may also be horizontally adjusted relative to the longitudinally extending member. The cake decorating assembly provides for, e.g., the efficient decoration of a cake and further assists, e.g., in the even distribution of frosting on a cake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Maritza E. Bell
  • Patent number: 9179683
    Abstract: Method and device for providing dough products with a topping material, comprising a dough product conveyor, for transporting the dough products, a topping dispenser for dispensing topping material onto the dough product conveyor, comprising a topping conveyor, for conveying the topping towards a dispensing location above the dough product conveyor, a collector for superfluous topping material from the dough product conveyor, a supply system, for supplying the topping conveyor with topping material from the collector or from a reservoir with fresh topping material, characterized by a topping material sensor for measuring the amount of topping material on the topping conveyor, a controller, for controlling the amount of topping material to be dispensed by adjusting the speed of the topping conveyor; and the ratio of topping material from the reservoir and the collected superfluous topping material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Radie B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Josephus Antonius van Blokland
  • Publication number: 20150128851
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating a flavored coating and mixing the heated flavored coating with an edible substrate is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a frame adapted to support a kettle, the kettle for containing the flavored coating and the substrate to be mixed, a first heater box operative as a heat source, and a second heater box operative as a heat source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Garrett Popcorn Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: Brent P. Svozil, Jessica R. Martin, Lance M. Chody
  • Patent number: 8991328
    Abstract: A system for coating fruit with a substance utilizing a vat that stores a coating substance which can be applied via a dipping process. A dipping cover having a rim is provided for engaging an upper rim of the vat. A dipping tray carries a plurality of fruit items and includes a plurality of receptacles for carrying the fruit items. The dipping tray has a profile smaller than the interior of the vat allowing the dipping tray to be lowered so that the coating substance contained within the interior of the vat may engage the fruit. The dipping cover is configured for supporting the dipping tray in an elevated position once the fruit has been coated allowing excess coating to be vibrated off the dipped fruit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Kamran Farid, Cynthia Mockler, Ricardo Perez, Carrie Cline
  • Publication number: 20150056335
    Abstract: An improved system and method to produce a bread product is disclosed. Bread products that produced with the system and method are also disclosed. The bread products are intended for commercial manufacture with high volume and efficiency. The system and method produce bread products from multiple dough components; one dough component provides an interior core; another dough product provides an exterior layer. When the bread product is baked, a multi-component bread product is formed where the crumb is provided by the dough component of the interior core and the crust is provided by exterior surface of the dough component of the exterior layer. Any of a wide variety of types and forms and shapes and sizes and etc. of bread products may be produced. The system and method may be performed using any of a wide variety of production techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: SAMUEL J. FAHEY-BURKE, NATHAN P. MYHRVOLD, HUAN LARISSA ZHOU
  • Patent number: 8915391
    Abstract: A drinkware rimming apparatus including a wetting receptacle, a cutout, and a rotatable tray having a plurality of spice receptacles. The tray is rotatable relative to the cutout (or vice-versa) to align and provide downward access to a desired spice receptacle or to the wetting receptacle. A cover may be included and the cutout can be in the cover and/or the tray. The cover can have beverage garnish compartments on a top surface thereof. The wetting receptacle can be positioned in a tray or on the cover. The cutout can be in another tray also having one or more spice receptacles and above the first-mentioned tray and rotatable independently of the lower tray. A method of applying spice to rims of drinkware is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Roxi Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Radow
  • Patent number: 8911816
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new coating composition and especially a new coating composition to be used with a specific coating device for providing an even, thin and enclosing coating on tablets, capsules or pills of different sizes and shapes in order to improve the taste and the swallowing characteristics of the tablets, capsules or pills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventors: Johan Claes Wilhelm Axelsson, Fredrik Robin Lechard Lilieblad
  • Patent number: 8910586
    Abstract: A seasoning apparatus and method for evenly and consistently seasoning french fries or other food. The seasoning apparatus may include a hollow hopper for holding and selectively dispensing seasoning therefrom and a plurality of actuatable dispensing elements each translatably attached to the hopper and each having a holding compartment formed therein. The actuatable dispensing elements may receive seasoning in the holding compartment from the hopper. When translated to a dispensing position, the dispensing elements may dispense seasoning from the holding compartment. The seasoning apparatus may also include a seasoning spreader for spreading seasoning dispensed from the actuatable dispensing elements and a food-holding container fixed a distance below the hopper and seasoning spreader. The food-holding container may have a weighing device coupled with a controller for determining an amount of seasoning to dispense from the hopper and actuating the actuatable dispensing elements accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Precision Seasoning LLC
    Inventors: Scott Elliot Redler, Robert Allen Wood, Todd Francis Dechant
  • Patent number: 8904952
    Abstract: A device for coating food products, of the type having a coating area includes: a coating conveyor provided to drive said food products in a longitudinal direction; and a device for applying a coating compound on the food products driven on the conveyor. The coating conveyor includes a chassis, a plurality of rotary brushes fastened in the longitudinal direction relative to the chassis, and a motorized assembly for driving the brushes in rotation around respective transverse axes relative to the chassis, the brushes being arranged so as to define, together, a support and driving surface for the food products and being provided to make the food products roll during the application of the coating compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Xeda International
    Inventors: Alberto Sardo, Stefano Sardo
  • Patent number: 8887659
    Abstract: A continuous dosage form coating apparatus uses vibrational impulses to maintain a dosage forms in a fluid state to expose them to a coating material atomized by spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GlaxoSmithKline LLC
    Inventor: Frederick H. Fiesser
  • Patent number: 8869736
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a powder spray apparatus for preparing a food product having an edible pearlescent coating, comprising: a spray zone having a spray device positioned proximate to at least one food product located in the spray zone for application of an edible pearlescent powder to the food product; a chamber for holding the edible pearlescent powder that is in fluid communication with the spray device; and a vibrator and/or a continuous forced air supply that assists in fluidizing the edible pearlescent powder in the chamber for delivery to the spray device. A method of using this apparatus and an edible pearlescent powder composition adapted for use in this apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Lucille M. Scudieri, Kirk Hisashi Fujioka, Rodger Dale Ellis, Michael S. Wozniak, Alfred V. Camporini
  • Patent number: 8851007
    Abstract: A food topping and cutting device includes a handle coupled to a cutting edge, and further includes a container coupled to the handle. The container has a dispenser at one end configured to dispense, adjacent to the cutting edge, a food topping supplied from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Justin Yarbrough
  • Publication number: 20140234500
    Abstract: The method and device for edible printing (10) on foodstuffs includes a printing workstation (20) having a base (22), a conveyor (30) disposed on the base (22), and a gantry frame (24) mounted above the base (22) and conveyor (30). The conveyor (30) carries at least one foodstuff processing tray (40) from one end of the printing workstation (20) to another. The foodstuff processing tray (40) includes at least one cavity (42) shaped to hold a foodstuff (F) securely therein. A crossbeam (52) is slidably mounted to the gantry frame (24) above the conveyor (30) and movable in one direction. A carriage (54) is mounted to the crossbeam (52) and movable along the length thereof in a perpendicular direction to the to movement of the crossbeam (52). The carriage (54) holds a reciprocating printhead (70) for marking edible printing (10) onto the surface of the foodstuffs (F) being processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: John Kamb, JR., Michele Youngquist
  • Publication number: 20140234478
    Abstract: A method for applying print to at least one chewing gum surface, the method including forming a chewing gum composition into at least one chewing gum sheet having at least one printable surface, the chewing gum sheet having a desirable thickness, providing a print roller, transporting the at least one chewing gum sheet towards the print roller via a transporting surface, providing a gap between the print roller and the transporting surface, the thickness of the at least one chewing gum sheet being greater than a height of the gap, moving the at least one chewing gum sheet through the gap, printing indicia on the chewing gum sheet via the print roller during the moving of the at least one chewing gum sheet through the gap, and compressing the at least one chewing gum sheet during the moving of the at least one chewing gum sheet through the gap, the compressing occurring simultaneously with the printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Cesar C. Elejalde, Tinyee Hoang, Kishor Kabse, Simkie Kar, Deborah Levenson, Devang Sutaria, Marc Degady
  • Publication number: 20140190404
    Abstract: An apparatus for deploying objects such as candies from an objects dispenser onto an underlying substrate such as cake according to a selected pattern, the apparatus including a rigid frame and at least one beam extending across the frame, with an objects dispenser device mounted to the beam. Selectively operable first means are provided for bi-directionally propelling the objects dispensing device over at least one beam. Selectively operable second means are provided for propelling at least one beam over the frame, whereby operating one, the other or both of the first and second means the dispensing device is movable to overlie any pre-selected point of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Gil OZMO, Klemi OZMO, Shlomo OSMO
  • Patent number: 8772403
    Abstract: A food-grade marking composition useful for marking and labeling surfaces of food processing equipment includes a food grade base polymer, a coloring agent, and a volatile organic solvent. A marker pen is also provided which includes the food grade marking composition in combination with a delivery instrument. The food grade base polymer meets the regulatory requirements of 21 C.F.R. §175.300 for incidental food contact applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Naresh B. Patel, William J. Zumdome, John P. Keating
  • Publication number: 20140105958
    Abstract: An edible sticker including an edible paper, an edible ink, and an edible compound on at least a portion of the edible paper. The edible compound includes one selected from a nutrient, a supplement, a medicine, a mineral, a flavoring, a vitamin, and combinations thereof. A method of providing nutrients to a child using the edible sticker, a method of manufacturing the edible sticker, and a system for manufacturing the edible sticker have also been disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Bob D. NTOYA
  • Patent number: 8671872
    Abstract: A coater for coating a material with a solution or a suspension includes an access door and a process port separately openable within a housing. A rotating coating drum is removably connected with respect to the coater and the coater is configured for exchange of drums having a wide range of production capacities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Pilipauskas, Shawn Garcia, Jean Y. Le Floc'h
  • Publication number: 20140057026
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying seasoning or flavoring to food items or products, for example, taco shells, are provided. A seasoning system can include a seasoning hopper or other storage container, a scarf plate, a scalping screen, a conveyor system, and a collection bin. The scalping screen can help reduce clumps in seasoning that falls onto the food items to allow for more even and consistent seasoning distribution. The conveyor system can include a mechanism for tilting or pivoting the food items to allow for application of seasoning to multiple surfaces of the food item as the food items are conveyed under the seasoning delivery system. A method for applying seasoning to food items can include adjusting process parameters such as presentation angle of the food items, throughput, seasoning flow rate, etc. to adapt to varying conditions such as temperature, humidity, and seasoning coverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: TACO BELL, CORP.
    Inventors: Charles K. Steadwell, Steven R. Bordeaux, Rachelle Carandang
  • Publication number: 20140020621
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for applying a coating to an ear of corn are disclosed. An enclosure having a user accessible workspace and a motor to turn an ear of corn therein to apply a coating to the ear of corn rotated by the motor is also disclosed. The method includes providing an enclosure with a user accessible workspace for housing a motor assembly having a motor with a grip, releasably securing the ear of corn to the grip, rotating the ear of corn with the motor, and spraying the coating on the ear of corn with the coating applicator associated with the workspace. Each ear of corn has an identifier to track and index the ear corn during coating and drying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc.
    Inventor: David Dallinger Kurth
  • 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: 8573873
    Abstract: An apparatus for buttering corn includes a tubular member sized to receive an ear of corn, a body with an open end, the body sized to receive the tubular member, and a plunger sized to fit through the tubular member. Another apparatus for buttering corn includes a tubular member sized to receive an ear of corn and having an interior surface textured to adhere to solidified butter and having an open end with an outer flange, a cylindrical body with an open end having an inner diameter larger than an outer diameter of the tubular member and having an outer diameter about the same length as an outer diameter of the outer flange of the tubular member, the body sized to receive the tubular member, a plunger sized to fit through the tubular member, and a cap sized to fit over the outer flange of the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Dino John Kalush
  • Patent number: 8528470
    Abstract: A method for treating a product suitable for human consumption, for example, a meat product, such as slaughtered poultry or parts thereof, in which a large number of products are successively supplied, optionally in groups, to an inspection station in which each product is subjected to a visual inspection to detect a defect on the respective product. If a decision is made to provide a specific additive-addition treatment to a product, the product is supplied to an additive-addition station, where the product is subjected to an additive-addition treatment and an additive is added to at least one part of the outside of each product or the inside of each product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Stork PMT B.V.
    Inventors: Andries Johan Martijn Kuijpers, Maurice Eduardus Theodorus van Esbroeck, Adrianus Josephes van den Nieuwelaar
  • Patent number: 8443752
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and device for arranging sprinkling material, such as seed, on a dough piece, including at least one member for arranging the sprinkling material on a surface for dough pieces and at least one member for placing the dough piece on the surface provided with the sprinkling material, and also further including in an advantageous embodiment at least one member for applying an adhesive such as water to at least a part of the dough piece to be provided with the sprinkling material, wherein the at least one member for placing the dough piece are adapted to place the dough piece with the part provided with the adhesive facing toward the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Rademaker B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Josephus Antonius Van Blokland
  • Publication number: 20130049931
    Abstract: Systems, devices, admixtures, and methods are described including transponder devices (e.g., a palatable transponder, an edible transponder, a palatable radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, an edible RFID tag, etc.) for admixing with a food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Paul Holman, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K.Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Erez Lieberman, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Patent number: 8359995
    Abstract: A hybrid apparatus for applying coating to product is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the apparatus includes a first vibratory frame assembly in communication with a first pan assembly, wherein the first pan assembly receives a product and a coating and applies the coating to the products using vibratory motion. The apparatus further includes, a drum assembly that having a drum, wherein products and coating are received from the first pan assembly and the coating is further applied to the products using a rotational motion of the drum, and a second vibratory frame assembly in communication with a second pan assembly, the second pan assembly having at least one of a separator tray assembly and an alignment tray assembly, wherein the second pan assembly receives the products and coating from the rotating drum and at least one of separates and aligns the products using vibratory motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Vibratory Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: James Bakos, James Karpinsky, Travis Renkly
  • Patent number: 8347808
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for applying solid edible particulates to an exposed surface of an edible substrate. The apparatus includes a particulate supply, a metered dosing system, a conduit through which the measured particulates are to the edible substrate, an applicator nozzle to direct the measured particulates from the conduit onto the exposed surface of the substrate, and a vacuum system that supplies a directed stream of air to transfer the particulates from the dosing system through the conduit and the nozzle. The particulates are ejected at a velocity sufficient to cut through air currents between the nozzle and substrate, but insufficient to fully penetrate the exposed surface of the substrate, to deposit and adhere a substantial amount of the particulates in a desired pattern onto the exposed surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Marla D. Belzowski, Richard E. Ludwick
  • Publication number: 20120269941
    Abstract: A pineapple coating application device may include a frame, and a pineapple roller conveyor carried by the frame and having laterally extending conveyor brushes to advance pineapples along a longitudinal path of travel. Adjacent ones of the laterally extending conveyor brushes may rotatably capture the pineapples therebetween. The pineapple coating application device may include a pineapple coating dispenser, and a laterally extending applicator brush positioned above the pineapple roller conveyor to cooperate with the laterally extending conveyor brushes to apply a coating to the pineapples from the pineapple coating dispenser as the pineapples are rotated and advanced along the longitudinal path of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Robert R. GOETZ
  • Publication number: 20120244264
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for coating products is disclosed herein. An exemplary method includes receiving coating at an inlet end of a pan assembly for application to a product, vibrating the pan assembly using a vibratory frame assembly connected thereto, positioning the product at the inlet end of the pan assembly, removing excess coating from at least a portion of the pan assembly, receiving the product at the discharge end of the pan assembly, and receiving the excess coating at the discharge end of the pan assembly and transporting it to the inlet end of the pan assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: James Karpinsky, James Bakos, Scott Rose, Travis Renkly
  • Patent number: 8234997
    Abstract: A distribution apparatus for a breading machine comprising a hopper having a number of hopper sections includes a downspout for conveying the breading material to the hopper and a spreader plate which is adjustably supported between the downspout and the hopper. By adjusting the position of the spreader plate relative to the hopper, the flow of breading material from the downspout may be distributed as desired between the hopper sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Paschoalini, Jacob Deehr
  • Publication number: 20120196012
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing a controlled, uniform distribution of seasoning onto snack food products such as potato chips or tortilla chips using an adjustable, segmented seasoning distribution tube adaptable to an existing product line. The tube comprises a base member attached at one end to the delivery device of the seasoning distribution system and at least two segments attached in succession to the base member. Each segment has an opening along the length of the segment, which may be adjusted above or below the longitudinal axis of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Rudolph L. Bazaldua, Lee Brady
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8181592
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for coating products is disclosed herein. An exemplary apparatus comprises a vibration generating portion and a product coating portion. The product coating portion can include a coating application portion, a sifting portion, and an aligning portion. The exemplary apparatus can include a coating recycle portion as well. The vibration generation portion further comprises a motor vibration assembly secured to a frame wherein the frame is in communication with the product coating portion, such as a pan assembly, by springs that move the pan assembly with a vibratory motion. The product coating portion includes a series of angled steps that guide the coating and vibrating product upwards and forward, while simultaneously allowing the product to be agitated against the coating resting on the step surface. Additionally, the product coating portion can include a moveable wire belt conveyor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Vibratory Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: James Karpinsky, James Bakos, Scott Rose, Travis Renkly
  • Patent number: 8161901
    Abstract: An apparatus for slicing and applying a spread packaged in a container onto a food item. The apparatus includes an applicating station for applying a pre-selected quantity of the spread onto the food item as the food item is moved therethrough. The apparatus further includes a pumping station in fluid communication with the applicating station for transporting the spread from the container to the applicating station. In one preferred embodiment, a loaf of bread is first sliced and thereafter split open about a hinge extending along the length of the loaf. A spread, e.g., a garlic/butter mixture, is then applied to the exposed bread surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tarpaulin.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. DeGennaro, Glenn E. French
  • Publication number: 20120082768
    Abstract: A method for coating tubular food-casings (2), particularly skins with flavoring substances in particle form, includes wetting the casing (2) on the inside with adhesive, and then applying desired flavoring substances (6) onto the formed adhesive layer. The tubular casing (2), coated on the inside with adhesive, is guided through a first squeezing zone (5) and a second squeezing zone (8) in the travel direction, where the respective interior cross-sections of the tubular casing are temporarily closed. The second squeezing zone (8) is positioned higher than the first squeezing zone (5). The tubular casing is brought into the form of an inflated sack (2b) in between the two squeezing zones (5, 8) by a supply of particulate flavoring substances (6) and an air pocket (7) inserted into the interior of the tubular casing. During travel, the casing entrains the flavoring substances (6) from the supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: WORLD PAC INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventor: Ekkehardt Th. F. SCHÄFER
  • Publication number: 20120067276
    Abstract: Equipment for depositing a fluid deposition substance onto baked goods, comprises a reservoir for the fluid deposition substance. a deposition unit to deposit the fluid deposition substance onto the baked goods, a feed means to feed the fluid deposition substance from the reservoir into the deposition unit, a conveyor configured underneath the depositing unit to convey the baked goods relative to the deposition unit along one direction of conveyance, a collecting unit situated underneath the conveyor to collect excess deposition substance that was not received on the baked goods, and a temperature controller allowing to temperature-control the equipment at least in segments. The conveyor is fitted with substantially bar-shaped baked-goods support elements which are configured mutually spaced apart in the direction of conveyance (R1) and in a direction (R2) transverse to the direction (R1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: NBS Neue Backtechnik Schumann
    Inventor: Joerg SCHUMANN
  • Patent number: 8113138
    Abstract: An apparatus for the automated decoration of a food product, the apparatus includes: a transporter configured to move the food product to a decoration area of the apparatus; a detector configured to detect the food product in the decoration area; a deposition mechanism disposed above the decoration area, the deposition mechanism comprising a sliding plate disposed between a first fixed plate and a second fixed plate; wherein, in a first position of the sliding plate, cavities extending though the sliding plate are aligned with cavities extending through the first fixed plate, and in a second position, the cavities extending through the sliding plate are aligned with cavities extending through the second fixed plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V.
    Inventor: Joaquin Alverde Trejo
  • Patent number: 8109226
    Abstract: Method of treating a large number of meat products, in particular slaughtered poultry or parts thereof, in which an additive is added to the meat products. The additives products are supplied to meat products using a conveyor which is designed to feed the meat products sequentially in groups or separately. Each meat product or each group of meat products are subjected to an additive-adding treatment which is adapted to the corresponding product or to the corresponding group of meant products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Marel Stork Poultry Processing B.V.
    Inventors: Maurice Eduardus Theodorus van Esbroeck, Henricus Franciscus Jacobus Maria van der Eerden, Adrianus Josephes van den Nieuwelaar
  • Patent number: 8096259
    Abstract: Apparatus for coating food products with breading material has an excess breading-material circulation/re-circulation system, which itself has a main, central product-intake conveyor scraping across an up-sloping bottom panel flanked by left and right elevators that course through up-sloping gutters astride the central conveyor's bottom panel. The central conveyor is relatively broad but shallow for only carrying a relatively light load that becomes a bottom bed of breading material for conveyance of food product thereon. In contrast, the elevators are relatively deep but thin in order to carry relatively-substantial streams of breading material, and disproportionate to their thin width, which are ultimately elevated to a topcoat-applicator and becomes a top-coating of breading material. One or more plows are arranged in the overhead space above the central conveyor to divert a main stream of excess breading material into one or more diverted streams aimed at the flanking elevators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventors: Robert G. Nothum, Jr., Robert M. Nothum