Tumbling Particulate Work Patents (Class 118/417)
  • Patent number: 10239071
    Abstract: A cartridge device is provided for applying a fiber matrix to a tubular member such as a saphenous vein graft. The cartridge includes a housing, a tubular member holder, a rotational drive, and a polymer delivery assembly. The housing defines a chamber which surrounds the tubular member holder. The rotational drive rotates the tubular member during the fiber application process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Neograft Technologies, Inc., University Of Pittsburgh—of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Lorenzo Soletti, Mohammed S. El-Kurdi, Jon McGrath, Andrew Ziegler, J. Christopher Flaherty, William R. Wagner, David Vorp
  • Patent number: 8967077
    Abstract: A system and method for photo-grafting a coating polymer onto the surface of a medical device are provided. The system comprises a plurality of stations including a novel grafting station. The system and method of the invention are both time- and resource-efficient. The system includes several stations, each station including a dipping tank. The system allows for the automated, semi-automated, or manual dipping of medical devices into the dipping tanks in a specified order, as desired, wherein at least one of the stations is a grafting station for photo-grafting the coating polymer onto the surface of the medical device. The system is modular, which allows for modification of the process as required, depending on the needs of the user. The system may comprise stations for incorporating an antimicrobial agent into the coating, and/or for rendering the coating lubricious.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Covalon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hamed Abbasian, Pamela Chan, Valerio DiTizio, Vyacheslav Dudnyk, Zhaopeng Li, Said Loloie, Natali Yakeemovich, Frank DiCosmo
  • 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: 8746168
    Abstract: A system and method for photo-grafting a coating polymer onto the surface of a medical device are provided. The system comprises a plurality of stations including a novel grafting station. The system and method of the invention are both time- and resource-efficient. The system includes several stations, each station including a dipping tank. The system allows for the automated, semi-automated, or manual dipping of medical devices into the dipping tanks in a specified order, as desired, wherein at least one of the stations is a grafting station for photo-grafting the coating polymer onto the surface of the medical device. The system is modular, which allows for modification of the process as required, depending on the needs of the user. The system may comprise stations for incorporating an antimicrobial agent into the coating, and/or for rendering the coating lubricious.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Covalon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hamed Abbasian, Pamela Chan, Valerio Ditizio, Vyacheslav Dudnyk, Zhaopeng Li, Said Loloie, Natali Yakeemovich, Frank DiCosmo
  • Publication number: 20140083358
    Abstract: A seed treatment system having a central computerized data store, a user interface, and network connections from the data store to a plurality of retail facilities and a plurality of agricultural produce suppliers. Each retail facility having a seed treatment system configured to uniformly treat batches of seeds with any of a variety of precisely measured chemical formulations. The seed treatment apparatus having a treatment applicator coupled to a plurality of dispensing stations. Each dispensing stations having a pump in fluid communication with a container disposed on a scale. The pump and scale of each dispensing station coupled to a system controller. The system controller is coupled to the data store, configured to provide on-demand agricultural seed treatments to the applicator and chemical usage data from each station to the data store. The data store configured to provide centralized remote monitoring inventory control, supply chain monitoring, and container recycling compliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: BAYER CROPSCIENCE LP
    Inventors: Greg A. Reineccius, Jaco Ernest Van der Westhuizen, Alan W. Geiss, Bradley W. May, Tharacad S. Ramanarayanan, Marc Jean-Marie Andrieux
  • Publication number: 20140033779
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and systems for coating substrates. In particular, the invention relates to methods and systems in which the coating and curing steps are performed in separate vessels. These methods and systems provide a more effectively controlled and efficient coating process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicants: EVERRIS INTERNATIONAL B.V., OMS INVESTMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Marcus A. Bertin, Laurence G. Dammann, Robert M.A. Radabaugh, Arthur R. Shirley, JR., Willem L.C. van Pol
  • Publication number: 20130316078
    Abstract: A process for preparation of a granular urea product by granulating a urea solution in a fluidized bed, where the granulation process takes place along a substantially longitudinal growth path, from a granulation starting end (1s) to a product discharge end (1E) of said fluidized bed, and said urea solution enters the fluidized bed by means of several urea inputs (2A, 2B, 2C) taken from a main urea feed (2), where an additive (6) is mixed with said urea solution said additive has a non-uniform concentration in said urea inputs, so that at least two of said urea inputs have a different concentration of additive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Urea Casale SA
    Inventor: Gianfranco Bedetti
  • Patent number: 8298742
    Abstract: In a method for coating electrophotographic carrier core surfaces with a resin composition by rotating a rotator having a plurality of agitating blades on its surface in a casing; a coating treatment material that is introduced to a space defined between the rotator and the casing is in a packing of from 50% to 98% by volume; at the time of coating treatment, the electrophotographic carrier core surfaces are coat-treated with the resin composition while being put forward and put backward; and the electrophotographic carrier cores and the resin composition are, at the time of coating treatment, temperature-controlled at a specific temperature T (° C.) or below. This method enables the electrophotographic carrier core surfaces to be more uniformly coated with a coating resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Okamoto, Yoshinobu Baba, Koh Ishigami, Tomoko Endo
  • Publication number: 20120189762
    Abstract: A seed treatment system having a central computerized data store, a user interface, and network connections from the data store to a plurality of retail facilities and a plurality of agricultural produce suppliers. Each retail facility having a seed treatment system configured to uniformly treat batches of seeds with any of a variety of precisely measured chemical formulations. The seed treatment apparatus having a treatment applicator coupled to a plurality of dispensing stations. Each dispensing stations having a pump in fluid communication with a container disposed on a scale. The pump and scale of each dispensing station coupled to a system controller. The system controller is coupled to the data store, configured to provide on-demand agricultural seed treatments to the applicator and chemical usage data from each station to the data store. The data store configured to provide centralized remote monitoring inventory control, supply chain monitoring, and container recycling compliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: BAYER CROPSCIENCE LP
    Inventors: Greg A. Reineccius, Jaco Ernest Van Der Westhuizen, Alan W. Geiss, Bradley W. May, Tharacad S. Ramanarayanan, Marc Jean-Marie Andrieux
  • 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: 20110104371
    Abstract: A new device and process for continuously applying coatings, such as resin and additives or polymers or the like, to minerals is disclosed. The device and apparatus differ substantially from standard batch coating processes currently used by industry. The apparatus uses a horizontal cylinder with an internal auger and a series of injection ports distributed along the cylinder. Minerals that are to be coated are pretreated and passed through the mixing cylinder using the auger (which may comprise one or more screws with variable pitch blades). As the mineral particles pass through the cylinder various coating materials are injected by the injection ports. The complete system is described, the method of use is explained and the control system which allows for different products is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Robert H. Mizwicki, Kelley J. Kerns
  • Patent number: 7810446
    Abstract: A continuous coating process for chewing gum and bubble gum materials. Small cores or pieces of gum material are introduced into inclined rotating drums in solution material plurality cores or rotating requisite which heated air is circulated and a coating is applied (liquid or powder). The coating is dried on the pieces of material, and a of thin layers are formed on each of the small pieces of material. A series of drums can be provided to provide the number or thickness of coating layers. In an alternate embodiment, initial coatings of material can be provided on the cores by a batch-type process before the materials are introduced into the continuous coating drums. The formulas for the coating solution can also be adjusted at different stages of the coating process in order to provide a more consistent and uniform coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Cadbury Adams USA LLC
    Inventors: Marc Degady, Miles van Niekerk
  • Patent number: 7739979
    Abstract: A tumble breading system for applying a breading material to a food includes a housing designating an internal clean area, and an infeed belt for conveying the breading material and the food, arranged across the infeed belt in an infeed order, into the clean area. A rotary assembly with a plurality of vertically offset, rotating tumblers accepts and tumbles the food with the breading material as the tumblers rotate, to bread the food. An output belt accepts the breaded food from the tumblers and conveys the breaded foods from the clean area and the housing. The food arrives at the output belt in substantially the infeed order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis Dean Brady, Sr., Quentin Duane Pendergrass
  • Publication number: 20090226608
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating particles with a polymer electrolyte, which includes at least one polymer membrane shell-coating part, the particles being coated with a membrane shell in the at least one polymer membrane shell-coating part by performing a step including contacting the particles having a predetermined charge with the polymer electrolyte having a charge opposite to that of the outer surface of the particles, thereby forming a membrane shell on the surface of the outermost layer of the particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kato, Isao Umeda, Kazuya Hirata
  • Patent number: 7585369
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating medical devices at the point of care with a polymer and/or therapeutic agent comprising an environmentally controlled device coating chamber in which the device may be delivered by the manufacturer as the device packaging, or the device may be placed into the chamber at the point of care. The environmentally controlled chamber can provide a sterile enclosure in which the polymer and/or a therapeutic agent can be applied to an uncoated or previously coated device and converted to another form (such as a liquid to a film or gel) if desired, under controlled and reproducible conditions. The environmentally controlled chamber can accommodate and provide for coating the device by immersion, spray and other methods of covering the device surface with a liquid or powder. The chamber can provide for energy sources, both internally, such as heat produced by film heaters, and externally, such as UV light or microwave passing through the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventors: Marian L. Larson, Eugene A Larson
  • Patent number: 7179332
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for adding glue to a flow (L) of loose wooden material, in particular a flow of wood chips and fibers, in which the wooden material is introduced through an inlet (3) into a mixer device (4). The glue is sprayed onto the flow of wooden material, internally of the mixer device (4), by nozzles (21) arranged in proximity of the inlet (3). The mixer device (4) is crossed by a flow of hot air. The wooden material, mixed with the glue, after having crossed the mixer device, drawn by the flow of hot air, is removed via an outlet (10) and sent on to subsequent work operations. The invention serves in particular in the manufacturing of wood-chip and fiber panels. The panels obtained are of high quality, being practically devoid of surface imperfections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: IMAL S.r.l.
    Inventor: Paolo Benedetti
  • Patent number: 6936142
    Abstract: A vessel for contacting a plurality of objects with a fluid. An upwardly directed stream of fluid and a portion of the objects are confined in a conduit such that the fluid stream causes the objects to flow upward from a moving bed thereof to a disengaging position from where they fall onto a distribution shield and move downward to a feed position. The vessel may be used for treating electrically conductive objects wherein the fluid is an electrolyte, an electrode is positioned to contact the moving bed, and a counterelectrode is positioned in spaced relation to the moving bed. The vessel may be fixed or portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventors: George Hradil, Edward Hradil
  • Patent number: 6769381
    Abstract: An improved seasoning system 10, 11, 13 uniformly coats a food product with the desired amount of seasoning, with the seasoning rate preferably being controlled as a function of the product volume signals from the sensors 26, 34, 108 and 110. The seasoning system preferably utilizes linear motion conveyors and either a rotating drum 36 or a deflector 98 and a second seasoning unit 112, 114 between linear conveyors 94, 96. Oil may be sprayed onto food products and tumbled in a drum 16 which both rotates and moves in a reciprocating manner with the conveyor tray 14. An improved seasoning tray 123, 144, 148 has a planar floor 122, 138, 162 with an angled discharge edge 124, 137, 182 for uniformly distributing seasoning on the product. The seasoning system minimizes damage to the food product and uniformly coats the product with a desired amount of seasoning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventors: David L. Burke, Jonny Fitzgerald, Thomas G. Knodell, Jr., Kenneth C. Petri, P. Blake Svejkovsky, Paul A. Svejkovsky
  • Patent number: 6770298
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for producing granules, in particular pharmaceutical granules, comprising a drum (4) with peripheral apertures (25) and a member (30) feeding the drum with coating or fixing substance. The drum (4) comprises mutually parallel sections (22) defining between them the apertures (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Laboratoires des Produits Ethiques Ethypharm
    Inventors: Patrice Debregeas, Gérard Leduc, Pascal Oury, Patrice Romain
  • Patent number: 6644237
    Abstract: The variable geometry seasoning tumbler is an adjustable tumbling device that allows for the uniform application of seasoning of snack food product such as potato chips, tortilla chips, corn chips, and the like. With the adjustable tumbling device, uniform application of seasoning can be achieved while minimizing snack food product breakage. The tumbler has adjustable upper and lower rolls that support a belt that receives and processes the snack food product. The belt has a catenary region wherein snack product is processed in a tumbling bed. By adjusting one or both rolls, the dimensions of the tumbling bed and the inclination of the belt can be easily modified. Thereby, the tumbling parameters can be optimized for each type of snack product being seasoned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Recot, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert James Rooke
  • Patent number: 6619226
    Abstract: The seasoning applicator applies seasoning onto snack food products such as potato chips, corn chips, tortilla chips, and the like in a two-dimensional seasoning pattern. A two compartment sifting assembly has a first top layer having a screen where seasoning is initially deposited. Upon vibration, the seasoning is passed through the top layer screen into a lower compartment. Therein, the seasoning is further distributed across the surface of the lower layer screen, which generally has a screen with smaller openings than the top layer screen. This promotes the even distribution of seasoning through the lower screen. Thereby, a two-dimensional seasoning pattern is created for depositing on a moving bed of snack food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Recot, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert James Rooke
  • Patent number: 6588363
    Abstract: An improved seasoning system 10,11,13 uniformly coats a food product with the desired amount of seasoning, with the seasoning rate preferably being controlled as a function of the product volume signals from the sensors 26, 34, 108 and 110. The seasoning system preferably utilizes linear motion conveyors and either a rotating drum 36 or a deflector 98 and a second seasoning unit 112,114 between linear conveyors 94, 96. Oil may be sprayed onto food products and tumbled in a drum 16 which both rotates and moves in a reciprocating manner with the conveyor tray 14. An improved seasoning tray 123, 144, 148 has a planar floor 122, 138, 162 with an angled discharge edge 124, 137, 182 for uniformly distributing seasoning on the product. The seasoning system minimizes damage to the food product and uniformly coats the product with a desired amount of seasoning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventors: David L. Burke, Jonny Fitzgerald, Thomas G. Knodell, Jr., Kenneth C. Petri, P. Blake Svejkovsky, Paul A. Svejkovsky
  • Patent number: 6228172
    Abstract: In cooler used for coating a product such as food with a uniform layer of a liquid coating material, the mass of the product is measured either in the cooling chamber or just before it is introduced into the cooling chamber; the mass of a liquid cryogen which will suffice, when introduced into the cooling chamber and into contact with the product, to reduce the temperature of the mass of product to a first predetermined temperature below the melting point temperature of the coating material is calculated; the introduction of the calculated mass of liquid cryogen into the cooling chamber is controlled and the product is thereby cooled to the first predetermined temperature prior to application of a predetermined mass of coating material onto the cooled product to provide a coating thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: The BOC Group plc
    Inventors: Robert Taylor, David G. Wardle, Mark T. Grace
  • Patent number: 6193858
    Abstract: A vessel for contacting a plurality of objects with a fluid and including at least one bottom wall inclined downwardly from at least one sidewall to an inlet for providing an upwardly directed stream of fluid, and a distribution shield arranged in spaced relation to the bottom wall. The fluid stream causes the objects to flow upward from a moving bed thereof to a disengaging position. The distribution shield has an upper surface inclined downwardly and extending away from the vicinity of the object disengaging position to a return position such that disengaged objects fall on the upper surface of the distribution shield and move downward thereon to the return position from which they fall onto an upper portion of the inclined bottom wall and move downward thereon to a feed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventors: George Hradil, Edward Hradil
  • Patent number: 6183560
    Abstract: A continuous flow particulate material blender includes a tubular housing having an input on a first end of the housing and an output on a second end of the housing. A shaft is mounted for rotation within the housing and includes ribbon flighting to urge the flow of particulate material towards the output, flow bars for mixing the particulate material in the direction of the flow and retarder bars for mixing the particulate material against the flow. Located near the first end of the housing are fluid additive lines and a dry additive dispenser for supplying additives to the particulate material. An end plate is mounted on both ends of the housing. An aperture in each of the end plates receives a respective end of the shaft. Bearings mounted externally on each end of the housing support the shaft. The rotation of the shaft is driven by a motor mounted on the first end of the housing which connects to the shaft through a gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Jean-Marie Joseph Sarrasin
  • Patent number: 6179916
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and method for creating dry coated particulates from particulates and a liquid. A mixer receives the particulates and liquid and creates a wet mixture which is then subjected to hot air from a hot air generator to dry the mixture and produce the dry coated particulates. In a preferred form the apparatus includes a floating coupling between the mixer and the generator to permit some relative movement, and load cells are used to control the amount of particulates loaded into the mixer. There is similar control of the liquid and a control console is provided to receive data and send instructions to cause the apparatus to cycle through repetitive batch processes in a continuous process. The mixer preferably includes structure to cause the hot air to enter the mixture as it moves downwardly in the mixer for enhanced drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Arnold B. Flower
  • Patent number: 6176928
    Abstract: A stain machine including a rotatable drum enclosing a plurality of perforated splint-receiving chambers. The drum is selectively moveable from a soak, or stain-engaging position to a higher spin position, located above the level of the stain in a stain tank. The drum rotates at a first slower speed in its soak position and at a second higher speed in its spin position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: The Longaberger Company
    Inventors: Jason Baughman, Kenny Birkhimer, Mike Harney, Leane M. Lefever, Chauncey Hofacker
  • Patent number: 6142095
    Abstract: A machine for coating particulate material is provided with a housing and a cylindrical drum rotatably mounted within the housing. The drum includes a frame having opposite end rings and rails extending longitudinal between the end rings. A plurality of screen panels are slidably mounted on the rails to form a perforated drum side wall for holding particulate material. One or more spray nozzles are positioned within the drum for spraying a liquid solution onto the particulate material. An air inlet and outlet is provided to supply heated air for drying the solution on the particulate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Coating Machinery Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Long
  • Patent number: 5911827
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating food products with sauce while simultaneously deep freezing them comprises a rotatable drum (10) in a horizontal position, on the inner wall surface of which a driving plate is disposed and which has an opening (16) at an end face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Peter Heller GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Heller
  • Patent number: 5904951
    Abstract: A centrifugal tumbling granulating-coating apparatus for spherically granulating and coating pharmaceuticals, foods and the like. The apparatus is constructed such that an annular outer portion 5b of a rotary disc 5 is formed to provide an inclined portion which is inclined downwardly toward the center, the size (P) of the outer portion 5b in the horizontal direction is within the range of P.gtoreq.0.25D to the diameter (D) and preferably 0.4D.gtoreq.P.gtoreq.0.25D, and the height (H) is within the range of 0.1D.ltoreq.H.ltoreq.0.33D and preferably 0.1D.ltoreq.H.ltoreq.0.25D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Freund Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuniaki Yamanaka, Kiyoshi Nishiyama, Narimichi Takei
  • Patent number: 5846324
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for coating food products with seasoning, powder or other dry or granulated material while the food products are rotated in a drum uses a trough which extends into the drum from outside of the drum. The trough provides a plurality of V-shaped channels having intermittently arranged lengthwise slots along low points of the channels for creating curtains of material falling through the slots onto the food products. The trough is vibrated for inducing flow along its length as well as for preventing clogging of material flowing through the slots. Alternately the material can spill over a tapered wall of the trough rather than through slots. A vibrating inlet feeder which provides a screening surface is located upstream of the trough for screening the material before discharge into the trough and eventual discharge into the drum. A controlled screw feeder can be used to limit and regulate flow of material into the inlet feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Marshall, Robert A. Krynock
  • Patent number: 5830271
    Abstract: For feeding seeds contained in a tank main body of a seeds feeding section to a gel coating section by means of suction tips arranged in a seeds transfer section in order to coat them with a gellant, a total of eight through bores are formed along the upper end of the peripheral wall of the tank main body at positions corresponding to the suction tip and arranged at regular intervals so that an annular adaptor having a through bore running through the center thereof is fitted into each of the through bores. The inner peripheral wall of the through bore has a large diameter section located on the outer peripheral side of the peripheral wall for receiving a suction tip and a small diameter section smaller than the large diameter section located on the inner peripheral side of the peripheral wall for allowing seeds to pass therethrough from the tank main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Kohno, Yoichi Ido, Kazushi Nakatsukasa
  • Patent number: 5728216
    Abstract: A machine for tumble-coating food or other product with a coating material comprises a product conveyor belt and a carrier conveyor system, which underlies and supports at least a portion of the upper run of the product conveyor belt in a tumble or processing zone. The product conveyor belt and the carrier conveyor system work in conjunction with one another to allow the product conveyor to sag between a pair of adjacent, spaced-apart support rollers on the carrier conveyor system, forming a tumble chamber. Products captured in the tumble chamber are coated with a charge of coating material introduced into the tumble chamber. The formed tumble chambers are moved along as the product conveyor is driven, and products within the chambers are continuously tumbled and moved within the coating material to achieve excellent coating or breading characteristics and appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Stein, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene J. London
  • Patent number: 5707448
    Abstract: Substantially uniform distribution of a particulate composition such as a seasoning or spice, on both the top and bottom surfaces of baked good or snack pieces is achieved by applying the composition as a curtain or sheet from within a housing as the substrate pieces are transported and tumbled by counterrotating brushes. The curtain or sheet extends in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the longitudinal cavity through which the substrate pieces are transported. The apparatus includes a housing having a raised portion for enclosing and permitting the curtain or sheet to disperse in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis of the housing cavity as the composition descends towards the baked good or snack pieces. A lowered portion, downstream of the raised portion of the housing prevents escape of airborne particulate composition to the atmosphere through the baked good or snack piece outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Nabisco Technology Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Cordera, Henry M. Andreski
  • Patent number: 5702528
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a process and apparatus for coating the surf of elongated materials, in particular steel strips, with a metallic coating. The material is guided in one direction through a tank holding the molten coating material. The tank has a through-duct surrounded by an electric field below the surface of the molten bath. An electromagnetic force is generated in the region where the through-duct opens into the melt, which electromagnetic force is equal to or greater than the metallostatic pressure, directed oppositely thereto vectorially and quantitatively proportional to the product of the cross-sectional area of the inlet opening and the metallostatic pressure, and in which the dwell of the strip in the melt can be controlled independently of the rate of feed of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignees: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft, I.P. Bardin Central Research Institute of Iron and Steel Industry, SKB MGD, Institute of Physics
    Inventors: Vladimir A. Paramonov, Anatolij I. Tychinin, Anatolij I. Moroz, Boris L. Birger, Klaus Frommann, Werner Haupt, Walter Ottersbach
  • Patent number: 5603815
    Abstract: A method for coating particulate substrate materials is provided which comprises (a) combining particles and an electrolyte in an imperforate container; (b) vibrating the container to generate a fluidized bed of particles in the electrolyte; and (c) electrochemically depositing a coating on the particles from reactants in the electrolyte. An apparatus for coating particles is also provided which comprises an imperforate container for receiving particles to be coated and an electrolyte and a device for generating a fluidized bed in the container, the device being operatively associated with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventors: David S. Lashmore, Glenn L. Beane, David R. Kelley, Christian E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5489335
    Abstract: A method of and an apparatus for sugar coating, the apparatus comprising: a rotatable vessel for containing a material to be coated; a baffle 9 movable independently of the rotatable vessel; a baffle mounting shaft 10 having a bent construction, for mounting the baffle 9 thereon; and a hydraulic cylinder for rocking the baffle mounting shaft 10 to displace the baffle 9. Load cells 17a and 17b for detecting the position of the baffle 9 relative to an accumulated layer M of a material to be coated are provided on the baffle 9. The load cells 17a and 17b serves for holding the position of the baffle 9 relative to the accumulated layer M of the material to be coated at all times, on the basis of a load imposed due to the presence of the contact with the material to be coated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Assignee: Freund Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuomi Unosawa, Narimichi Takei, Kuniaki Yamanaka, Mamoru Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 5469875
    Abstract: A device for surface treating of parts which includes a base frame with an elongated channel thereon. The channel includes a first end wall at a first end of the channel and a second wall which defines a crosswise extending dam at a second end of the channel remote from the first end, the dam including an inclined ramp extending from the lowest part of a bottom wall to a top of the dam. A drive device is provided for vibrating the channel to cause parts to travel from the first end wall toward the dam whereby the parts rise to a sufficient level in advance of clearance of the dam. A fluid delivery device is provided for spraying a treatment solution toward either the bottom wall or the inclined ramp. A fluid outlet drain is provided for draining the treatment solution introduced into the channel by the fluid delivery device from the channel, the fluid outlet opening into the channel solely through the aforesaid first end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: Delrod Sales Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Rodarmer, Louis W. Money
  • Patent number: 5417829
    Abstract: Conveyors are provided for tumbling and transferring parts to be subjected to treatments, including electroplating in a series of treatment tanks. The conveyors are supported on the treatment tanks for pivotal movement between a position in which the parts are received from a parts feeder to a treatment position in which the parts are subjected to tumbling and immersion within a treatment solution to a drain position for during of the treatment solution and drying and next to a discharge position where they are discharged either to another conveyor in a next treatment tank or to a subsequent station for further processing. Movement of the conveyors to the several positions is carried out by tilt devices which vary the slope of the upper run of each conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Tumbleveyor, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Zecher
  • Patent number: 5415890
    Abstract: A modular parts surface treatment system includes a number of modular units each having integral conveying means for transporting the parts through the unit and delivering them to the next unit. The system includes a single modular cleaning unit, preferably for dry, mechanical cleaning of the parts. The modular cleaning unit reciprocates along a set of tracks to deliver cleaned parts to each of several side-by-side modular treatment units which tumble the parts in a bath of treatment solution and then drain them before discharging them onto the conveyor of a modular transfer unit. The modular transfer unit delivers the parts to a modular rinse unit having an inclined conveyor submerged at one end in a tank of rinse water. This conveyor transports the parts through the rinse water and lifts them above the rinse water for draining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Allan J. Kloiber, Gary G. Bubien, Gerald S. Osmanski
  • Patent number: 5395450
    Abstract: An apparatus for enabling the agitation of carrier particles utilizing a carrier transporting member with a series of magnets attached, which magnets attract and retain the carrier particles present in a container means. The transporting member is caused to rotate by a roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Creatura, Thomas J. Budny
  • Patent number: 5389399
    Abstract: Seed is treated with a treatment agent within a rotary drum having rows of circumferentially spaced stirring plates mounted therein. When the drum is rotated about a substantially horizontal axis the plates raise seed from the bottom of the drum. At their uppermost positions the plates are inclined so that seed falls from the plates into a vertical passage defined between adjacent rows of plates. Treatment agent is introduced inside the drum such that the agent is applied to the seed traveling downwardly along the vertical passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: Etablissements Ceres S.A.
    Inventors: Michelle Bazin, Michel Taron
  • Patent number: 5338569
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for coating dowels with a substantially uniform coat of water soluble glue. A plurality of dowels and a preselected amount of liquid, water soluble glue are placed in a closed container. The container is rapidly shaken so that the container moves in a combination oscillating motion comprising an up and down movement and a back and forth movement that is substantially perpendicular to the up and down movement. Dowels coated with the liquid, water soluble glue are removed from the container and deposited on a drying surface. The dowels are dried by applying heat and a stream of air to the dowels. When the exposed surface of the coat of water soluble glue on the dowels has become essentially tack free but before the coat has dried completely, the dowels are rotated about their longitudinal axes so as to separate any dowels that are stuck together and to free any dowels stuck to the drying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: J. Mel Hatch
  • Patent number: 5308653
    Abstract: Comminuted wood is converted to a colored wood product useful as a mulch by feeding the comminuted wood into the lower end of an angularly upward positioned screw conveyor having an internal auger. The comminuted wood is contacted in the lower end of the conveyor by a liquid color-imparting agent, preferably an aqueous solution containing iron oxide pigment, carbon black pigment or a mixture of both pigments. After contacting, rotation of the auger draws the moist colored wood product towards the upper end, permitting runoff of excess liquid agent, which returns by gravity to the basin for further contacting with newly-fed comminuted wood. Colored wood product discharges through a chute at the upper end of the conveyor for further drying, if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Kurtz Bros., Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Rondy
  • Patent number: 5230735
    Abstract: A method of coating powder particles includes the steps of circulating an air flow containing the powder particles in a dispersed state therein in a cylinder whose inner wall is wetted with a coating liquid to bring the powder particles into contact with the coating liquid on the inner wall, and drying the powder particles thus coated with the coating liquid. An apparatus for coating powder particles comprises a drying chamber including an inner space for drying powder particles on the surfaces of which a coating liquid is deposited while floating the powder particles by an air flow, a powder-particle feeding device connected to the top of the drying chamber for feeding an air flow containing dispersed powder particles into the inner space through a cylindrical path, and a coating-liquid supplying mechanism for wetting the inner wall of the cylindrical path of the powder-particle feeding means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignees: Nisshin Flour Milling Co., Ltd., Nisshin Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Murata, Kimio Miyagawa, Mutsuo Kokubu
  • Patent number: 5192587
    Abstract: Comminuted wood is converted to a colored wood product useful as a mulch by feeding the comminuted wood into the lower end of an angularly upward positioned screw conveyor having an internal auger. The comminuted wood is contacted in a basin in the lower end of the conveyor by a liquid color-imparting agent, preferably an aqueous solution containing iron oxide pigment, carbon black pigment or a mixture of both pigments. After contacting, rotation of the auger draws the moist colored wood product towards the upper end, permitting runoff of excess liquid agent, which returns by gravity to the basin for further contacting with newly-fed comminuted wood. The liquid level in the basin is monitored and additional liquid agent is blended from water and pigment concentrate to maintain the level in the basin. Colored wood product discharges through a chute at the upper end of the conveyor for further drying, if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Kurtz Bros., Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Rondy
  • Patent number: 5119756
    Abstract: A unit for mixing a powder onto a particulate material for example an inoculant onto seeds includes a device which can be clamped around an auger tube and includes a liquid dispenser and a power dispenser. The liquid dispenser communicates with an inlet into the auger tube spaced downwardly of the unit. A powder hopper includes an opening for dispensing through a tube into the auger tube with the powder hopper being vibrated to feed the powder into the auger tube. The liquid acts as an adhesive agent coating the seeds so that the powder inoculant can be adhered to the seeds at a position downstream of the injection of the liquid at a point where the liquid is fully mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Inventor: R. Scott Norton
  • Patent number: 5114751
    Abstract: A process forming an organic coating, such as an autodeposited coating, on a plurality of small metallic articles by contacting the articles with a liquid coating composition containing an organic film-forming material comprising:(A) providing a plurality of said articles, with at least some of the articles being in contact with at least one other of said articles;(B) immersing the articles into a bath of said composition under conditions such that said articles are not in conttact with another article in said composition;(C) maintaining said articles in separated form in said composition for a period of time sufficiently long for the entirety of the surfaces of said articles to be coated with said composition; and(D) collecting the coated articles in the bath in a form in which at least some of the coated articles are in contact with another of said coated articles;wherein the coating composition is capable of forming on a steel panel immersed therein a coating having a wet strength such that its rinse resis
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: Henkel Corporation
    Inventors: Bashir M. Ahmed, Barry P. Gunagan, Wilbur S. Hall
  • Patent number: 5078163
    Abstract: Apparatus for uniformly wetting and discharging ash. It is enclosed in a dust hood. It comprises an open top pan disposed at an angle of about 55.degree. degrees with respect to a floor, rotated at slow speed. An ash charge chute discharges ash into the pan. Fixed scraper means extend at right angles to the pan to scrape the bottom of the pan while water is sprayed onto the surface of the discharged ash so that the rotated ash is tumbled back to the bottom of the pan to effect uniform wetting of the tumbled particles as they are discharged downwardly from the top of the side of the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: Carl A. Holley
  • Patent number: 4981101
    Abstract: A vibratory coating apparatus may be used to coat articles, such as chocolate pieces, with discrete coating materials. The coating apparatus features a feed bowl assembly with an attached ramp system. The feed bowl and ramp system are mounted upon a vibratory drive assembly which imparts a vibratory motion, at a predetermined frequency, to the bowl and ramp system. The vibratory motion causes agitation of the chocolate pieces and coatings, and causes the coated chocolates and loose coatings to migrate up the ramp system and out of the coating apparatus. The chocolate pieces are conveyed along a first inclined ramp from the bottom surface of the feed bowl to a location outside the bowl. A second inclined ramp receives loose coating material from a downstream location of the first ramp and redeposits the coating material both at an upstream location of the first ramp separate from the bowl and within the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Inventors: Ronald J. Cataldo, Thomas F. Mullins, III