Projected Of Forced Flow Of Coating Material Patents (Class 118/24)
  • Patent number: 10335749
    Abstract: The present application is directed towards systems for adding components to materials being fluidized in a vibratory mixer by use of atomizers or sprayers. A mechanical system can fluidizes, mix, coat, dry, combine, or segregate materials. The system may comprise a vibratory mixer, mixing vessel containing a first material and a sprayer to introduce a second material. The vibratory mixer may generate a fluidized bed of a first material and the sprayer, coupled to the mixing vessel, may introduce a second material onto the fluidized bed to mix the materials in a uniform and even fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Resodyn Corporation
    Inventors: Peter A. Lucon, Lawrence C. Farrar
  • Patent number: 10130924
    Abstract: The present application is directed towards systems for adding components to materials being fluidized in a vibratory mixer by use of atomizers or sprayers. A mechanical system can fluidizes, mix, coat, dry, combine, or segregate materials. The system may comprise a vibratory mixer, mixing vessel containing a first material and a sprayer to introduce a second material. The vibratory mixer may generate a fluidized bed of a first material and the sprayer, coupled to the mixing vessel, may introduce a second material onto the fluidized bed to mix the materials in a uniform and even fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Resodyn Corporation
    Inventors: Peter A. Lucon, Lawrence C. Farrar
  • Patent number: 9788553
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for double-crusted pizza product and method for making are disclosed having a peripheral gap extending around, or substantially around, the product perimeter between upper and lower crusts forming a gap. One embodiment provides a double-crusted layer pizza product having a lower crust layer forming a base; an upper crust layer positioned above the lower crust layer; a sauce layer applied directly adjacent to the upper crust layer on a lower surface thereof and positioned between the lower and upper crust layers; at least one ingredient; and the sauce layer having a water concentration of at least 40 percent weight. A second sauce layer or oil layer can be optionally applied adjacent to an upper surface of the lower crust layer. Cut-outs of the second crust layer can occur prior to or after hot-pressing a billet. Optional methods can include spraying the second sauce layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Kristin N. Dodd, Steven P. Greiner, Bernard William Conway, III, Rachel Yost, Lisa A. Foster, Patricia Stockwell
  • Patent number: 9751099
    Abstract: A Wurster processor and a powder feed system are coupled via an eductor so as to supply dry powder through the air diverter sleeve of the Wurster for discharging onto the circulating particles during operation of the Wurster. Agglomeration and aggregation of the particles is eliminated or minimized by isolating or separating the liquid spray by the spray gun from the dry powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Freund-Victor Corporation
    Inventors: Larry A. Maher, Brian K. Jensen, Shawn M. Engels
  • Patent number: 9588525
    Abstract: A water-tempering apparatus reduces water temperature, to prevent overly-hot water from flowing into a drain. One disclosed apparatus includes a drain water tempering assembly that fits into the collection pan of a trough floor drain. The apparatus includes a valve, a cold water line connected to the valve, and a temperature control for causing the valve to open and dump controlled amounts of water into the over-heated water in order to cool the heated water to or below a legal-maximum predetermined temperature. A related apparatus includes portable tub with wheels and with temperature control components. A related method is also disclosed and claimed. The assemblies can be shaped for retrofit installation into an existing commercial drain, or can be for new installations, or can be a portable unit. The apparatus preferably uses non-electrical thermostat-operated control on a cold-water-supply valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: James E. Riemenschneider
  • Patent number: 9550197
    Abstract: A dampening unit that sprays viscous application liquid to a treatment surface includes a rotating brush driven to rotate around the axis, a liquid applicator that supplies the liquid to the brush, and a brush chamber to accommodate the brush. The brush chamber includes a wall that surrounds the brush. The wall defines an ejection window for discharging viscous application liquid that is either sprayed or spun away from the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Zimmer
  • Patent number: 9060543
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved apparatus and method for delivering a coating substance and to an improved apparatus for delivering a powder coating to glutinous products such as confectionery/bakery, gum and dough-like products in a manufacturing and/or packaging procedure. Chewing gum is typically produced by combining chewing gum components, extruding and subsequently rolling a gum composition into a uniform flat sheet of a desired thickness and width. During processing, the extruded material must pass through a series of rollers to produce the ultimate product. In a conventional process, a rolling compound or powdered non-stick agent may be applied to the sheet during processing to avoid fouling of the rollers by a tacky material. Present systems for the application of dusting are inefficient and lead to the loss of much powder. The present invention seeks to provide an improved system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: SPICE APPLICATION SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Peter King
  • Patent number: 8960119
    Abstract: A drum-type coating apparatus for applying breading material to food products 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Robert G. Nothum, Jr., Robert M. Nothum
  • Publication number: 20150047557
    Abstract: A food product coating apparatus has a main conveyor, a coating-material spreading system for spreading coating material across the main conveyor, and a coating-material recirculation system for recirculating excess-coating material spilling out the discharge end of the main conveyor. The recirculation system has at least one transverse collection conveyor and at least one counter-flow return conveyor, both of which like the main conveyor made of solid web material. The coating-material spreading system comprises a first overhead sifting loader near the intake end and a spaced away second overhead sifting loader. A food-product inflow conveyor transfers an inflow of food product to the main conveyor between the first and second loaders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Robert G. Nothum, JR.
  • 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: 8893644
    Abstract: A wide slit nozzle having a slit as a discharge opening. The thickness of a lateral end part is set smaller than the thickness at a lateral center part. The thickness of the lateral center part is fixed. The thickness of the lateral end part changes linearly from opposite lateral ends of the lateral center part to the opposite lateral ends of the slit. Coating material is discharged from the slit while applied with pressure, so that the coating material is coated while expanded wider than the width of the slit. The coating material is discharged at 7 liter per minute, and a coating width of a first example is 100 mm, for example. A thickness increase of the overlapped part is +25% even when a width or an overlapped margin z of the overlapped part is 10 mm or 20 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Kako Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Nakamura, Akira Nonoyama, Shigeo Mori, Hisashi Kato
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8807065
    Abstract: In a pan coating apparatus including a rotary drum which rotates about a horizontal rotation axis, an air supply chamber having a larger sectional area than that of an opening portion is arranged on a front stage with respect to the front-surface opening portion of the rotary drum. The air supply chamber is formed in a chamber door attached to a front of a casing, and has one end side communicating to the opening portion and another end side connected to an air supply duct via an air supply hole. The air flowing into the air supply chamber from the air supply duct is reduced in flow rate in the air supply chamber and supplied from the opening portion into the rotary drum with the air flow thereof in a stable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Freund Corporation
    Inventors: Yasutoyo Fusejima, Takuya Nakamura, Takashi Terada, Shigemi Isobe
  • Patent number: 8776716
    Abstract: A device for spraying a biological substance onto a biocompatible implant. The device includes a housing that defines a sterile chamber. A spray head is within the chamber and proximate to a first end. A first conduit is configured to direct the biological substance into the chamber through a first spray tip of the spray head. A second conduit is configured to direct an activator into the chamber through a second spray tip of the spray head. A third conduit is configured to direct compressed air to the chamber through a third spray tip of the spay head. The spray head is configured to direct a coating of the biological substance as activated by the activator to the implant seated within the chamber at a second end that is opposite to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Biomet Biologics, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Swift
  • Patent number: 8689725
    Abstract: A process device for coating particles in which, on the inside wall (1), there are one or more units installed. Each unit includes a swirl flow generator (4) around which a straight or curved perforated plate (3) and draft tube (5) are located in cross-section. A single or multi-phase spraying nozzle (6) is installed centrally through the swirl flow generator (4) with a conduit (7) for dispersion for coating and a conduit (8) of compressed air. The swirl flow generator (4) has at an angle from the vertical adjacent grooves (18) that open outwards, with the angle of grooves (18) to the vertical line are between 10 and 45°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Matjaz Perpar, Slavislav Savic, Matija Gregorka, Rok Dreu, Stanko Srcic, Rok Sibanc, Matevz Lustrik, Iztok Zun
  • Patent number: 8677889
    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: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Stork PMT B.V.
    Inventors: Andries Johan Martijn Kuijpers, Maurice Eduardus Theodorus Van Esbroeck, Andrianus Josephes Van Den Nieuwelaar
  • Patent number: 8662007
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for continuously coating cores by means of a dragée-making apparatus (15) comprising at least one rotatably driven drum (1) in which the product (5) is coated with one or several coating materials or is subjected to other treatment processes, such as spraying, drying. In order to be able to individually treat several small charges within a very limited space and with little effort regarding machines, the charge of the product that is to be processed is divided into small individual charges at the inlet end of the drum, is conveyed through the drum in a clocked manner, and is treated in individual treatment chambers (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) in the drum, which are separated from each other. The longitudinal conveyor (3) that conveys the individual charges through the drum embodies the individual treatment chambers in connection with the inner wall of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Driam Anlagenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Rudolf Dunajtschik, Oliver Nohynek
  • Publication number: 20140033969
    Abstract: A device for forming a frozen confectionary product having a reduced-fat chocolate coating. The chocolate coating contains less than about 40% fat by weight of the coating, and has a thickness less than a coating formed by dipping. These features are obtained by the use of the spray coating device in a process for applying the coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alain LEAS, Gary Pierre MAUL, Samnang NOS
  • 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: 20140011318
    Abstract: New and improved ultrasonic spray shaping assemblies, components thereof, and methods for using the assemblies. An ultrasonic spray shaping assembly includes jet block and impact jet components to receive and redirect a single gas stream, whereby to use the single gas stream to shape an ultrasonic spray plume in a desired shape, particularly into a desired width of the plume. Modifications to the components, such as relative positioning, can be used to alter the shape of the spray plume. The present invention can be fabricated in a compact, lightweight design. It has many applications, including but not limited to, the deposition of flux onto a printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Benjamin Massimi, Joseph Reimer
  • Patent number: 8590479
    Abstract: A method and an installation are provided for preserving desired seasoning flavor profiles during the manufacturing of food-seasoning sheets. The method includes the steps of; laying a thin layer of adhesive on a base sheet; removing air from the adhesive prior to the step of laying; reducing free moisture from the adhesive during the step of laying, and depositing food-seasoning ingredients onto the thin layer of adhesive. The installation for manufacturing food-seasoning sheets includes an adhesive dispenser having a reservoir and a delivery slot communicating with the reservoir for dispensing adhesive. The dispenser has a heating element mounted thereto for heating the adhesive. The adhesive is made under a partial vacuum and it is conveyed to the dispenser in a partial vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Transform Pack Inc.
    Inventors: Hans J. Meier, Jeff Dude
  • Patent number: 8555805
    Abstract: A spray gun (31) is attached to a multi-function unit (32) movable in a horizontal direction and a perpendicular direction. The spray gun (31) is mounted to a support holder (33), and the support holder (33) is connected to a support arm (35) of the multi-function unit (32). The support arm (35) is attached to a unit cover (36) which is openable/closable with respect to a casing (2). The support holder (33) and the support arm (35) can hide and house a liquid hose and an air hose therein so that the hoses and the like are arranged in an apparatus in such a state as to be completely free from being exposed. An installation position of the spray gun (31) can be finely adjusted by the multi-function unit (32) during a coating process, thereby enabling a control for keeping constant distances between tablet surfaces and the spray gun (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Freund Corporation
    Inventors: Yasutoyo Fusejima, Takuya Nakamura, Takashi Terada, Shigemi Isobe
  • Publication number: 20130263781
    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: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: PRECISION SEASONING LLC
    Inventors: Scott Elliot Redler, Robert Allen Wood, Todd Francis Dechant
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20130011523
    Abstract: This invention provides processes and apparatus for enhancing the appearance of food products. The browning agents are applied or dispensed onto food products (52) during their manufacture by food-grade controlled-droplet dispensing heads (62a, 62b) (or head). In preferred embodiments, the dispensing heads (62a, 62b) are controlled by a controller, such as a programmed PC-type computer, in dependence on sensor data, such as electromechanical, optical, or image sensor (54) data. The controller and sensors operate so that different food items have selected browning agents properly applied or dispensed without waste or overspray. The invention also provides food products (53) which have been enhanced according to the provided processes and apparatus with browning agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Marla D. Belzowski, Urban Nilsson, Richa Sharma
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8342117
    Abstract: There is provided a coating apparatus capable of continuously producing coated rice having powdered coating material adhered to the grains and including a drying process to prevent the grains from being bonded to one another and make the grain surfaces smoother upon drying of the grains. The coating apparatus comprising a binder coating unit for applying liquid binder to the grains being conveyed through a coating and stirring chamber to coat the grain surfaces with the binder; a adhering unit for adding powder material to the grains conveyed through a adhering and stirring chamber to adhere the powdered material to the grain surface by the binder; and a drying unit including a drying and stirring chamber through which the grains are conveyed while being stirred, a blow passage for blowing hot air into the drying chamber to dry the grains, and an exhaust passage for exhausting the hot air from the drying chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Satake Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Fukumori, Shigeharu Kanemoto, Hidenori Mizuno, Syuji Morito, Hiroyuki Maehara, Keishi Wakabayashi
  • Publication number: 20120295005
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of applying dry ingredients to a meat includes a stuffing horn with separate flow channels. An outer elongated flow channel is configured to have tubular casings disposed therearound. An inner elongated flow channel is disposed within the outer elongated flow channel. A first inlet is configured to introduce a meat stream into the inner elongated flow channel. A second inlet, connected to the inner elongated flow channel, is configured to introduce dry ingredients into the conduit between the outer and inner elongated flow channels. At the end of the stuffing horn, the inner and outer elongated flow channels are configured to create a void space around the meat stream where the dry ingredients are deposited onto an outside surface of the meat stream prior to the meat stream being deposited into a tubular casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas W. Kleckner, Amber Lynne Engelke
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8210118
    Abstract: A breading machine for dispensing a coating material onto a food product includes a breading chamber, a continuous conveyor for transporting food products through the breading chamber, a hopper including at least one downspout and a sloped bottom for dispensing coating material onto the food products, a hopper conveyor positioned within the hopper. At least one of an angular position or a vertical position of the hopper conveyor is adjustable to accommodate a variety of free flowing and non-free flowing coating materials. One or more air knives may be positioned in the downspouts to fluidize the coating material to alleviate bridging and/or build-up of the coating material within the downspout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Stacy, Jeffery L. Schoewe, Michael E. Miller, John Joseph Bauer, Jogesh Chandran, Roy Allen Schippel
  • Publication number: 20120160160
    Abstract: An apparatus for depositing a liquid, semi-liquid or semi-solid food product. The apparatus comprises a fixed volume chamber for receiving the food product under a positive pressure, the chamber being defined by chamber walls, one of the chamber walls being provided with an outlet orifice for depositing the food product, the outlet orifice being provided with a first sealing surface. The apparatus also comprises a valve spindle arranged for reciprocating movement within the chamber, the length direction of the valve spindle extending substantially perpendicular to the chamber wall in which the outlet orifice is provided, a first end of the valve spindle being provided with a second sealing surface. The second sealing surface of the valve spindle is arranged for abutting the first sealing surface of the outlet orifice to thereby close the outlet orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: John Howard Walker, John Michael Leadbeater, Jonathan Sutton
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120103349
    Abstract: Methods of processing tobacco for the production of an oral tobacco product and apparatuses for carrying out such methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises transporting tobacco though a duct of a tobacco processing machine with a stream of compressed air, introducing liquid mist into the air stream to lubricate the duct walls to prevent the tobacco sticking thereto, and introducing an additive into the air stream to combine with the tobacco as it passes through the duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Leif Anders Hansson
  • Publication number: 20120100272
    Abstract: A system for treating a food product with a mold inhibitor via spray application in suspended form includes a conveyor for moving the food product as well as at least one upper spray nozzle above the conveyor and at least one lower spray nozzle located below the conveyor. In an embodiment of the invention, one or more end spray nozzles are provided to spray one or more vertical end surfaces of the food product. A fluid supply system for supplies pressurized fluid to the spray nozzles. In an embodiment of the invention, the fluid supply system includes a recirculating reservoir for maintaining the mold inhibitor in suspension. The spray guns are controlled via pulse width modulation such that the instantaneous flow rate and the time averaged flow rate are equal to respective predetermined allowable flow rates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicants: Danisco USA Inc., Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: Joshuah Shane DeVoll, Fritz Norbury, Steven Mallory
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110287168
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for uniform distribution of a liquid binder onto a surface of particulate solids of at least one pharmaceutical product. The system comprises a substantially circular mixer, provided with rotating means in a lower part, configured to rotate the solids along a periphery of the mixer in a first rotational movement, and at least one ultrasonic nozzle connected to a feeding device providing the said liquid binder, and configured to distribute the liquid binder as droplets onto the surface of the solids during their rotational movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Ferenc Buzsaky
  • Patent number: 8051795
    Abstract: A semi-automated food processing station, system and method is provided that allows food to be dispensed, stored and packaged in a suitable container, which may be an individual portion-sized container for serving to a customer. In one embodiment, the system includes an automated salting device, and may include a pivotable food receiving tray that automatically transfers the food items to one or more storage bins, where an infrared heater maintains the temperature of the food items by directing infrared radiation thereon. In a preferred embodiment, the infrared radiation passes through a filter that filters out the wavelengths of infrared radiation that may be irritating to an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Dorsten, Bruce G. Feinberg, James C. Purgatorio
  • Patent number: 8047155
    Abstract: A method of applying a solid to a container includes placing a portion of the container between two surfaces, at least one of the surfaces being movable relative to the other surface to define a variable space between the surfaces; and applying the solid to a selected portion of the container. In some embodiments, the solid includes a flavor enhancer, and the selected portion is proximate a rim edge of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lime Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Rishi I. Dean, Kyungmin Andy Lee, Holli J. McCaffery, Timothy R. McCaffery, Zachary Z. Zguris
  • Patent number: 8028645
    Abstract: A frosting dispenser apparatus including a rotatable platform is described. The frosting dispenser apparatus comprises a body having a base and a pedestal, a rotatable platform is connected with the base and configured to rotate a baked good. Further, a dispenser is connected with the pedestal. The dispenser is located above the rotatable platform. The frosting dispenser apparatus is formed to be easy to use for a child. Additionally, the present invention includes a frosting dispenser apparatus kit which includes a frosting dispenser apparatus, a frosting, a baking mix, a mixing container, a mixing utensil, and a baking container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard Runkin, Peter Sarttaw, Anthony Rogers
  • Publication number: 20110209661
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for assembling a pizza, including a pizza sauce spreading station, a cheese spreading station and a pepperoni applying station. A robot including a stationary base and an articulating arm having a gripper attached to the end is operable to grip a pizza pan having pizza dough therein to allow said robot to move the pan throughout the pizza sauce spreading station, and to a rotary dial system including the cheese spreading station and the pepperoni applying station. The robot arm manipulates the pizza pan in the sauce spreading station and the rotary dial system manipulates the pizza pan in the cheese station and the pepperoni applying station to properly distribute the cheese and pepperoni on the pizza.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: LITTLE CAESAR ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Cathryn Fritz-Jung, David Scrivano, David Strother, Amanda B. Thomas, Sean M. Heslip, Kent A. Deemter, Tyler W. McCoy, Bret A. Hoeksema
  • Patent number: 7975642
    Abstract: An automatic seasoning device that includes a hopper, a seasoning dispenser positioned to receive seasoning from the hopper; and a moveable transition tray positioned to receive seasoning from the seasoning dispensing drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Franke Technology and Trademark Ltd
    Inventors: Brian R. Rudesill, Mark Edward Allegra
  • Publication number: 20110151103
    Abstract: A jettable solution includes an oil, the oil being one of a naturally occurring oil, an edible oil, or a removable oil, an edible surfactant, an edible aqueous solution, and a pharmaceutical solubilized into the naturally occurring oil, in which the naturally occurring oil, the pharmaceutical, the surfactant, and the aqueous solution form a microemulsion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Makarand Gore
  • Patent number: 7908992
    Abstract: A capsule dusting system is designed to expose capsules to a dusting agent in a controlled manner. The system incorporates a tumbling basket positioned within an enclosure. The tumbling basket is loaded with capsules and is rotatably connected to a drive shaft. A dust injection system meters the dusting agent into the dust injection system. The dust injection system may include a dusting injector that translates between two positions. At one position, the dusting injector is loaded with dusting agent by a powder supply system. At the other position, the dusting injector is positioned to inject the dusting agent into the tumbling basket. A gas is fluidly connected to the dusting injector to cause the dusting agent to disperse into the tumbling basket. The enclosure contains the dusting agent within the system to reduce the environmental, health, and safety hazards associated with airborne particulates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: R.P. Scherer Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Rowe, Marc Brunagel
  • Patent number: 7906163
    Abstract: A belt less applicator of particulate materials for food products includes a differential impulse linear conveyor having a horizontal pan carrying a bed of particulate materials and food products spaced there along. Particulate materials are supplied from above to coat the food products as the pan conveys the products to a subsequent treatment station. Hammer like tamping contact of the products insures good adhesion of the coatings to the products. The excess particulate materials are recycled and the entrained dough balls removed as the products are discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Heat and Control Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Gary Dargusch, Paul Francis Heness, Christopher Gorton, John Macrae Silvester
  • Patent number: 7900577
    Abstract: A system for producing a slow release oral dosage of medication includes a starch based media, and an oral dosage formulation jetted onto the starch based media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Vanessa I. Chinea, Tienteh Chen