Rotary Patents (Class 222/410)
  • Patent number: 10968533
    Abstract: A system for growing silicon crystal structures includes a housing defining a growth chamber and a feed system connected to the housing for delivering silicon particles to the growth chamber. The feed system includes a container for holding the silicon particles. The container includes an outlet for discharging the silicon particles. The feed system also includes a channel connected to the outlet such that silicon particles discharged from the container flow through the channel. The feed system further includes a separation valve connected to the channel and to the housing. The separation valve is configured such that a portion of the feed system rotates relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Corner Star Limited
    Inventors: Stephan Haringer, Gianni Dell'Amico, Giancarlo Zago, Renzo Odorizzi, Giorgio Agostini, Marco Zardoni
  • Patent number: 10154750
    Abstract: Provided is a household electrical food-cooking appliance including: a housing having a container arranged such as to receive the food to be cooked; a removable cover arranged such as to close the container while cooking; at least one safety switch arranged in the housing in order to turn off at least one electrical circuit of the appliance when the cover is not closing the container and in order to turn on said at least one electrical circuit when the cover is closing the container; and a cam having at least one control surface arranged such as to actuate a key for controlling said at least one safety switch in a direction in which the control key is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Bernard Allemand, Johann Petitallot
  • Patent number: 9266662
    Abstract: A dispenser for even or patterned distribution of fibrous or other additive into a base material, such as concrete. The dispenser includes a rotating hopper that contains the fiber, such that the fiber rotates with the hopper along a vertical line of axis. The dispenser further includes a rake along the base of the hopper, where the rake captures the fiber from the bottom of the hopper and filters or directs the fiber into an exit chute for the delivery system. The rake includes an array of flat and curved flanges that facilitate guidance of the fiber to the exit chute. The hopper can be positioned on one or more load cells that monitor the amount of fiber being dispensed by weight, in order to increase or decrease rotation of the hopper and rake, thus controlling amount of fiber distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: VM Fiber Feeders Inc.
    Inventor: Darrell Knepp
  • Patent number: 9156150
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a snap ring pliers. As to the entire structure of the present invention, a lock member is simply turned to control gripping members to hold or release deformation of a snap ring. The lock member is turned for a stop of a limit member to hold against the upper surface of an elastic plate to block a hook portion from moving upward, so that the elastic plate can be made with a thinner plate. The hook portion is flexibly held by teeth of a ratchet rail. A lower protrusion of the elastic plate is held by an upper protrusion of the lock member with less resistance. This enhances the lock member to be turned in a labor-saving or flexible way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Yuan yu Wang
  • Patent number: 9074441
    Abstract: Systems and techniques, including a circle feeder, for the handling of drill cuttings, providing surge storage, rig buffer storage and wet and dry cuttings blending, including temporary storage of drill cuttings, optimizing storage capacity and the efficient and regulated movement of stored cuttings to a discharge port out of the hopper. Systems and techniques, maximize available space, provide optimized surge storage to optimize the use of downstream DPCS (and other transportation devices), provide optimized rig based storage and discharge, minimize or eliminate the occurrence of ratholing, bridging, degradation, segregation, and dehydration within the hopper, control and regulate the flow of cuttings from the hopper to the discharge port from the hopper, and provide metered discharge from the hopper storage, particularly when one hopper is discharging wet cuttings and a second hopper is discharging dry cuttings, and it is desirable to blend the wet and dry cuttings after such metered discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: KMC OIL TOOLS B.V.
    Inventors: Craig William Addison, Kenneth Richard Carlsson, Joseph Daniel Farrar, Perry Lyman
  • Patent number: 9033188
    Abstract: A movable discharge device for use in a particle/bulk material storage silo includes: a travel body configured to travel along a groove provided at a lower portion of a storage silo; a scrape-out unit configured to move integrally with the travel body and including a blade configured to rotate above the groove to rake coals in the storage silo and scrape out the coals to the groove; and a groove closing mechanism configured to close a predetermined region of the groove within a rotation trajectory region of the blade. The discharge device is configured to be able to suppress the change in the discharge amount of coals discharged by the blade from the particle/bulk material storage silo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Kotaki, Fumio Mori
  • Patent number: 8939329
    Abstract: A sewage sludge silo is provided, having a central discharge arm for discharging sludge via a central discharge opening, by means of the discharge arm sweeping across a preferably sloped silo floor, with the discharge arm having upper and lower ends, with the lower end extending forward of the upper end in transverse generally vertical cross-section, as the discharge arm moves in a forward direction across the silo floor. The silo floor can be of multi-layer construction, with one of the layers being molded to facilitate a sloped configuration for the silo floor. The movement of a silo discharge arm can be computer controlled to adjust the speed of the discharge arm to maintain a predetermined or substantially constant rate of discharge of sludge from the silo, with such control being facilitated by appropriate sensor mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: RDP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Christy, Michael Quici
  • Publication number: 20140299633
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a rotary pipe-type linear feeder which enables a stable metered feed by the rotation of a pipe provided with a linear inner cylinder and outer cylinder. In this rotary pipe-type linear feeder (1), a motor-driven pipe (3) is connected to a pipe connection hole (2a), formed at the bottom of a hopper (2) in which a particulate/chopped food ingredient is stored, the food ingredient is fed from the hopper (2) through the interior of the pipe (3) as the pipe (3) rotates, and the food ingredient is supplied to a production line. The pipe (3) is provided with a linear inner cylinder (3a) and a linear outer cylinder (3b) which has a shorter overall length than the inner cylinder (3a) is slidably inserted into the outer cylinder (3b) with a high degree of precision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Yubaru techno group co., ltd
    Inventor: Kenji Nohmi
  • Patent number: 8820586
    Abstract: A provided powder/granular material feeding device fully satisfies the function of sufficiently preventing bridges and ratholes and the function of favorably stabilizing the filling rate of an outlet portion. Moreover, the powder/granular material feeding device does not require consumable items such as a flexible chute or leave a large amount of powder/granular material in a specific region inside a chute. The powder/granular material feeding device includes: a hopper 1 that receives powder/granular material; an outlet portion 2 that discharges powder/granular material; a chute 3 that guides, into the outlet portion 2, powder/granular material dropped from the hopper 1; and a stirring part 4 that rotates stirring members 4b about a shaft 4a protruding so as to tilt diagonally upward from the lower part of the interior of the chute 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Ozawa, Tsuneaki Sanada, Nobuhisa Horikiri
  • Patent number: 8727182
    Abstract: A feeder apparatus includes a hopper having a longitudinal axis and a wall having an external surface and an internal surface defining a thickness therebetween. The wall defines an infeed end for receipt of particulate material and an outfeed end for conveyance of the particulate material from the hopper. The outfeed end defines or has an outfeed aperture therein. A base disposed such that at least a portion of the base is substantially coextensive with the outfeed aperture. The base has at least one base aperture therethrough to facilitate conveyance of the particulate material from the hopper. The base aperture may be concentrically or eccentrically disposed relative to the longitudinal axis of said hopper. At least one of the base and the hopper is capable of rotation relative to another of the base and hopper, such that the base aperture is in at least intermittent in particulate flow communication with the outfeed aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Vinit Satish Murthy, John Philip Hecht, Christopher Gerold Stoltz, Christa Marie Novicki
  • Publication number: 20130313286
    Abstract: A movable discharge device for use in a particle/bulk material storage silo includes: a travel body configured to travel along a groove provided at a lower portion of a storage silo; a scrape-out unit configured to move integrally with the travel body and including a blade configured to rotate above the groove to rake coals in the storage silo and scrape out the coals to the groove; and a groove closing mechanism configured to close a predetermined region of the groove within a rotation trajectory region of the blade. The discharge device is configured to be able to suppress the change in the discharge amount of coals discharged by the blade from the particle/bulk material storage silo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Kotaki, Fumio Mori
  • Patent number: 8556129
    Abstract: A powder dispensing assembly is provided for evenly and efficiently metering and dispensing a powder for a desired purpose such as coating a plurality of items with the powder. The assembly includes a container configured for holding a powder. The container has a dispensing aperture. A conduit is coupled to the container and has a receiving aperture in environmental communication with the dispensing aperture of the container. Thus, the conduit is configured to receive the powder dispensed through the dispensing aperture. The conduit includes a dispensing opening configured for passing the powder from the conduit. An auger is positioned in the conduit and a motor is operationally coupled to the auger for moving the powder to the dispensing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Wayne Hirsch
  • Patent number: 8469232
    Abstract: An ice dispensing system includes: a rotating bin having an inner surface, an outer surface, and an opening extending between the inner surface and the outer surface; at least one projection extending from the inner surface of the bin for directing ice within the bin; an input chute having a first end coupled to and in fluid communication with an ice making machine and a second end in fluid communication with the opening in the bin when the bin is in a first position; and an output chute in fluid communication with the opening of the bin when the bin is in a second position. The bin is configured to rotate from the first position to the second position and the opening has a geometry and size that directs ice within the bin and captures a regulated amount of the ice during rotation between the first position and the second position and dispenses the regulated amount of ice into the output chute when the bin reaches the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Akoona LLC
    Inventor: Michael T. Jennison
  • Patent number: 8439235
    Abstract: An automatic ground-coffee dispenser with a ground-coffee storage vessel designed to be mounted on an automatic coffee maker. The storage vessel includes rotary serving paddles for transferring a predetermined quantity of ground coffee through an outflow opening formed in the bottom of the storage vessel and a cone-shaped driver with rotary paddles located above the outflow opening turned by a motor about a vertical axis of the storage vessel. The internal wall of the storage vessel includes at least one longitudinal rib projecting into the storage vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Séverine Mih, Thierry Dutertre
  • Patent number: 8365950
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device has a device body (1), shelf members (2) arranged in the vertical directions in the device body (1), and a medicine conveyance member (3) for conveying medicines (D), received in the shelf members (2), on one by one basis from the front face side of the device body (1). A shelf member (2) has cassettes (26) in which medicines (D) are received in line, a pusher (31) for pushing the medicines in the cassettes (26) toward the front face side of the device body (10), and a constant load spring (32) for applying a constant load to the medicines (D) received in the cassettes (26) through the pusher (31). To fill the cassettes (26) with the medicines (D), the shelf member (2) can be pulled out from the front face side of the device body (1) and then positioned by pivoting the shelf member (2) so as to face obliquely downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroyuki Kanda
  • Patent number: 8365951
    Abstract: An ice dispensing system includes a rotatable barrel (3) having an opening (4); an input chute (2) having a first end coupled to an ice making machine (1) and a second end in communication with the opening (4) when the barrel is in a first position; an output chute (14) in communication with the opening (4) when the barrel (3) is in a second position; a containment system (12) positioned around a portion of the body of the barrel (3); and a drive system (5) coupled to the barrel (3) for rotating the barrel (3). The opening (4) has a geometry and size (15) that directs the ice and captures a regulated amount of the ice during rotation between the first position and the second position. The regulated amount of ice is then dispensed into the output chute (14) when the barrel (3) reaches the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Akoona LLC
    Inventor: Michael T. Jennison
  • Publication number: 20120261440
    Abstract: Example embodiments are directed towards systems and methods for dispensing feed. In one example embodiment, the system may include a feed cup configured to receive feed and a feed roll having helical flutes. In an example embodiment, the feed roll is configured to be disposed in different positions to adjust a size of an orifice within the feed cup, wherein a flow of dispensing feed is adjusted based on the positioning of the feed roll and an angle of the helical flutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: John Paul Jamison
  • Patent number: 8272537
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a valveless cartridge assembly that has a housing with an opening at a proximal end and an outlet port for dispensing the liquid at a distal end, with the opening being configured to accept a cartridge of the liquid therethrough and communicating with an interior space of the housing. A metered dispensing device is coupled to the valveless cartridge assembly and includes a positive displacement pump in fluid communication with the interior space and the outlet port for selectively dispensing the liquid through the outlet port. The apparatus may be such that at least a portion of the metered dispensing device is disposed within the housing or it may alternatively be coupled to an exterior of the housing. The positive displacement pump may be a gear pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Leslie J. Varga
  • Publication number: 20120233874
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing material includes an outlet opening with a perforated cover. A rotatable applicator dispenses material through the perforated cover and may include brushes that sweep across and penetrate the openings of the perforated cover. The housing may also contain a feed roller for regulating the flow of the material and one or more commutators for fractionating the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Mark Savarese, Jeffery J. Williams
  • Patent number: 8267279
    Abstract: A dosage-dispensing device has a drive unit and a receiver for a dosage-dispensing unit. The drive unit has a drive shaft. The dosage-dispensing unit has a delivery orifice with a closure element that is disposed in the delivery orifice. The closure element is coupled to the drive shaft when the device is in an operating state. The closure element provides the delivery orifice with an aperture cross-section that varies between a closed position and a maximally open position. To couple the drive shaft to the closure element and to open the delivery orifice, the drive unit linearly advances towards the dosage-dispensing unit. A closure spring holds the closure element in a closed position up to the point of complete coupling. To prevent premature opening of the delivery orifice during the coupling process, the drive shaft has limited linear mobility in a direction away from the dosage-dispensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Paul Luechinger, Marc Zehnder, Sandra Ehrbar
  • Publication number: 20120217269
    Abstract: A feeder apparatus includes a hopper having a longitudinal axis and a wall having an external surface and an internal surface defining a thickness therebetween. The wall defines an infeed end for receipt of particulate material and an outfeed end for conveyance of the particulate material from the hopper. The outfeed end defines or has an outfeed aperture therein. A base disposed such that at least a portion of the base is substantially coextensive with the outfeed aperture. The base has at least one base aperture therethrough to facilitate conveyance of the particulate material from the hopper. The base aperture may be concentrically or eccentrically disposed relative to the longitudinal axis of said hopper. At least one of the base and the hopper is capable of rotation relative to another of the base and hopper, such that the base aperture is in at least intermittent in particulate flow communication with the outfeed aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Vinit Satish Murthy, John Philip Hecht, Christopher Gerold Stoltz, Christa Marie Novicki
  • Publication number: 20120211512
    Abstract: A discharge assembly including: a chamber having an sidewall extending around a perimeter of the chamber, an open upper region, an flange coupling at an upper region of the sidewall and extending around the upper region and a bottom, wherein the chamber receives a rotating impeller; a plurality of discharge openings in at least one of the sidewall and bottom of the chamber; a plurality of valves each coupled to one of the discharge openings, and a plurality of nozzles each coupled to one of the discharge openings and downstream in the opening to the valve for the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: ANDRITZ INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Pschorn, Bertil Stromberg, Peter Mraz
  • Patent number: 8245885
    Abstract: The invention is directed to semi-solid food product metering devices that typically have two counter rotating feed rollers with ends to entrain the semi-solid food product and has an at least one actuating device. The two feed rollers have two roller end plates at each end of the feed rollers, one being at a distal end of the rollers and the other at a proximal end of the rollers relative to the at least one actuating device with an at least one support bar. The feed rollers make a positive seal with the end plates. The semi-solid food product metering device of the invention has an open position and an operating position where the at least one support bar supports the two roller end plates in position while in the operating position and operating the semi-solid food product metering device, and allowing for lateral movement of the end plates away from the ends of the feed rollers to allow access to the gap between the feed roller ends and the roller end plates in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Norman G. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8240519
    Abstract: An ice dispenser including an ice supply container; a shaft extending into the supply container; a stirrer rotatable about the shaft which extends into the supply container, the stirrer being connectable to a rotation drive device that rotates the stirrer; an output chamber communicated with the supply container, the output chamber having an ice outlet opening; a slider rotatable in the output chamber, a rotation of the slider in a predetermined manner operating to bring the slider into moving engagement with ice located in the output chamber; and a coupling selectively disposable between an active coupling disposition in which the coupling operatively interconnects the stirrer and the slider to one another such that the slider rotates in correspondence with a rotation of the stirrer and a decoupling disposition in which the coupling does not operatively interconnect the stirrer and the slider to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Buchstab, Irene Dumkow, Adolf Feinauer, Klaus Flinner, Bernd Heger, Helen Lewis, Peter Nalbach, Craig Duncan Webster, Nathan Wrench, Kasim Yazan
  • Patent number: 8206973
    Abstract: An automated biological growth and dispensing system utilizing a modular growing tank which is removable for replacement by another growing tank. Mechanisms for the delivery of air, water and/or nutrients are adapted to permit the growing tank to be readily coupled and uncoupled for easy and inexpensive replacement. Mechanisms for agitation may be integral and removable with the growing tank or may be adapted for a quick connection and disconnection with the growing tank. The growing tank may be disposable and each new growing tank may be provided as a sealed container including a starting amount of a biomass and/or nutrient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Gotohti.com Inc
    Inventor: Heiner Ophardt
  • Patent number: 8196780
    Abstract: The present invention provides a positive displacement rotary vane mixing pump in combination with a positive displacement rotary vane fluid pump. The mixing pump having an air inlet, an inlet for foamable fluid from the fluid pump, and an outlet from a discharge sector of the pump for discharging a mixture of air and liquid to a foam generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Gotohti.com Inc
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Andrew Jones
  • Publication number: 20120102878
    Abstract: The orienting device (101) comprises a hopper (103) for containing tiles (P) with an exit mouth for the exit of the tiles, wherein to the exit mouth a rotating member (111) is associated, provided with a plurality of annular channels (115), of cross dimensions corresponding to a dimension of said tiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Luciano Morini, Jovanka Pizzo
  • Publication number: 20120068392
    Abstract: A device for distributing charge material into a shaft furnace includes a main housing, a distribution chute, a suspension rotor and an adjustment rotor, which are rotatable about a substantially vertical axis, the chute is suspended to the suspension rotor to rotate therewith for circumferential distribution of charge material and adjustable in orientation through the adjustment rotor for radial distribution of charge material, a differential gear interconnects the suspension rotor and the adjustment rotor and is configured to transmit to the adjustment rotor the same speed of rotation that is imparted to the suspension rotor by a main rotation drive unless an adjustment drive imparts differential rotation to the adjustment rotor, the device further including: a first gear casing arranged on the main housing and enclosing a gear mechanism that connects the main rotation drive to a first output shaft that protrudes into the main housing where it is connected to a gearwheel that meshes with a first gear rin
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: PAUL WURTH S.A
    Inventors: Guy Thillen, Emile Lonardi, Lionel Hausemer, Christian Benoit Thix
  • Patent number: 8136705
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a volume of viscous material on a substrate includes a frame, a gantry system coupled to the frame, and a dispenser unit coupled to the gantry system. The dispenser unit includes a housing having a chamber, and a piston disposed in the chamber. The piston has an elongate body and is configured to move between a pre-dispense position and a dispense position within the chamber. The dispenser unit further includes a motor to drive the movement of the piston within the chamber. The motor includes a rotating shaft, a wheel coupled to the rotating shaft, the wheel having at least one drive magnet, and a driven magnet disposed between wheel and the piston. The dispenser further includes a nozzle coupled to the housing. The nozzle has an orifice to dispense viscous material. Other embodiments of the dispenser and methods of dispensing are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Tracy, Kenneth C. Crouch
  • Publication number: 20120012619
    Abstract: A bridge breaker has balls between casing and inner ring for supporting inner ring as rotatable without independent ball bearings for easiness and cost down of machining, and seal rings having square shape section are laid on same horizontal level surfaces of casing and inner ring and depressed by air pressure for preventing powder entering into the device and frequent exchange of packing, and blade is fixed to inner ring by connection by shaft and hole for preventing troubles caused by looseness or leasing of connecting bolts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Shuichi OKABE
  • Publication number: 20110283569
    Abstract: A fluid jet apparatus includes a body having a fluid flow path defined between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet. A thrust device is mounted within the fluid flow path to direct in use a flow of fluid along the fluid flow path. At least a portion of the fluid flow path includes a duct. The thrust device includes a propeller mounted within the duct. The apparatus further includes a plate spaced from the fluid inlet defining a space therebetween. A plurality of elongate pivotable vanes is positioned in a generally circular orientation in the space and about the axis of the flow path and with their pivoting axes aligned with the axis of the flow path. The thrust device is adapted to rotate in a direction opposite the direction of flow of fluid through the vanes into the space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: John Redding
  • Patent number: 8047408
    Abstract: A gravity-fed, manually-operable dispenser for sugar, creamer and other particles and granules is comprised of a particulate reservoir affixed to a dispensing base by engagement tabs and slots. The tabs and slots allow the dispenser to be easily disassembled for maintenance and cleaning. The base encloses a substantially cylindrical rotating measuring/dispensing vane that has several hollow apertures into which particulates flow from the reservoir. The vane rides on a smooth, flat surface that seals or closes off the apertures. An opening in the flat surface of the dispensing base allows particulates in a full aperture to fall through and out of the base. A soft gasket over surfaces of the vane that would otherwise make direct contact with the base portion prevent the vane from becoming lodged in place by crystalline material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Edward T. Eaton, Eric W. Larson, Brian W. Mathews, Robert Long
  • Patent number: 8042455
    Abstract: An automatic dispenser of ground coffee having: a reservoir having a flow outlet opening and adapted to contain a quantity of ground coffee; at least one paddle mounted to rotate in the bottom of the reservoir to transfer a predetermined quantity of ground coffee from the reservoir through the flow outlet opening; and a motor assembly connected for driving the paddle in rotation. The motor assembly is composed of: a motor having two input terminals via which operating current is supplied to the motor; and a control circuit having at least one component connected to establish a short circuit between the two terminals after the supply of operating current to the motor has been cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: SED S.A.
    Inventors: Gilles Lebuffe, Patrick Leveque
  • Publication number: 20110215117
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a quantitative powder-providing module, adaptive to a 3D prototyping mechanism, at least includes: a powder-providing tank, which is used for storing a constructive powder and having a powder-dropping opening; and a powder-propelling roller located inside the powder-providing tank and having a plurality of recesses for receiving the constructive powder; when one of the plurality of recesses corresponds to the powder-dropping opening, the constructive powder received in the corresponding recess is output through the powder-dropping opening; wherein each of the plurality of recesses has plural sections, and the amount of powder received in each of the plural sections of the recess is increased from the center of the recess, toward the two sides of the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventors: Ke Ming HUANG, Kwo Yuan Shi
  • Publication number: 20110173933
    Abstract: A powder dispenser module (54) includes a housing (150) that defines a conduit connecting a powder inlet and a powder outlet, a feed wand (160) to move powder through the conduit from the powder inlet to the powder outlet, the feed wand (200) including a lower feed element (230) coupled to a first drive shaft and an upper feed element (220) coupled to a second drive shaft, a first actuator coupled to the first drive shaft to rotate the lower feed element (230), and a second actuator coupled to the second drive shaft to rotate the upper feed element (220). In other embodiments, the feed wand (200) includes a shaft having a fluidizing element and an actuator produces oscillatory movement of the feed wand during dispensing of powder. Dispenser module arrays include one or a few rows of dispenser modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: MannKind Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Maheshwari, Rolf Scharger, Trent A. Poole, Per B. Fog
  • Publication number: 20110163131
    Abstract: Automatic ground-coffee dispenser with a ground-coffee storage vessel comprising rotary serving paddles for transferring a predetermined quantity of ground coffee through an outflow opening formed in the bottom of the storage vessel and a cone-shaped driver with rotary paddles located above the outflow opening turned by motor means about a vertical axis of the storage vessel. The internal wall of the storage vessel comprises at least one longitudinal rib projecting into the storage vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Séverine Mih, Thierry Dutertre
  • Patent number: 7972087
    Abstract: A vacuum transfer apparatus and process with weighing controls. An exemplary vacuum transfer apparatus includes a hopper that retains food product and includes a discharge port. A vacuum chamber has an inlet coupled to the discharge port of the hopper, and a member that is time-controlled to dispense product from the vacuum chamber. A portioning hopper receives product from the vacuum chamber and dispenses a predetermined weight of product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Food Processing Equipment Company
    Inventor: Alan L. Davison
  • Patent number: 7967170
    Abstract: An agitator motor assembly is removable from a front of an ice dispenser for servicing, thereby eliminating the need to gain entrance into a storage bin to uncouple the agitator motor assembly from an agitator bar assembly. The ice dispenser includes the storage bin having a port, the agitator bar assembly disposed within the storage bin, and the agitator motor assembly mounted to a front of an exterior portion of the bin. A shaft of the agitator motor assembly engages the agitator bar assembly through the port, such that the agitator motor assembly rotates the agitator bar assembly when powered. The agitator motor assembly further includes a fastening device that passes through a bore in the shaft and engages the agitator bar assembly, thereby coupling the agitator motor assembly to the agitator bar assembly. A method for removing the agitator motor assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: David Goff, Adrian M. Romanyszyn, Todd Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7886938
    Abstract: A powder and granular material feeder constantly feeding powder and granular material with poor fluidity that is discharged to an annular passage between inner and outer tubes through a clearance between a lower end of the inner tube and a bottom plate from a fall opening, outside of the feeder, by scraping plates immediately below the fall opening. The fall opening has an arcuate configuration starting on an outer side of the outer tube to the inner tube or to an inner side of the inner tube. The scraping plates are located on a small cylinder around the center of curvature. The scraping plates and spokes rotate in opposite directions from each other at a portion of the fall opening, and the powder and granular material transferred by the spokes and inward claws into the fall opening is discharged in a direction opposite to the feeding direction and leveled by an lower edge of the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Yoshikawa Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 7857166
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for accurately and repeatably depositing edible particulates on edible products. A dual-drum rotary feed system accurately meters an amount of edible particle for each edible product with a first rotary drum while a second rotary drum deposits the edible particulates onto or within the edible product. The dual-drum rotary feeder can comprise replaceable drums wherein drums can be quickly removed and replaced for cleaning, sanitization and to adjust processing conditions such as, for example, changes in production rates and/or product size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: General Mills Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa Jo Ryan, Peter A. Huberg, Gary O. Bendickson, Joana A. Montenegro
  • Publication number: 20100270333
    Abstract: A powder container capable of controlling the amount of discharged powder, which is provided with a rotatable powder supply unit capable of being rotated to discharge powder from the container to the outside, thus allowing a user to easily control the amount of discharged powder while viewing the powder discharged from the container with the eyes, is disclosed. The powder container includes a housing containing powder therein, a cap hinged to the housing and opening or closing the opening of the housing, a discharge plate provided in the housing and having a discharge hole for discharging powder, a rotatable powder supply unit provided in the housing and being rotated to supply powder from the housing to the discharge hole of the discharge plate, and a rotation guide unit for guiding the rotation of the powder supply unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: SHINYOUNG CO., LTD
    Inventor: Jae-Sung ROH
  • Publication number: 20100258591
    Abstract: There is provided a paste application device which can solve problems of an increased exclusively occupied space attributed to an arrangement of a syringe and of deterioration of a tube. In a paste application unit 15 (a paste application device) for applying a paste 7 stored in a syringe 16 to an application target material, a configuration is adopted in which a pump mechanism 18 for sending the paste 7 under pressure is formed by causing a discharge thread portion 32b provided at a lower portion of a rotary member 32 to rotate about an axis AX within a discharge space 31b provided in a casing portion 31, in which a discharge port 17a, which communicates with the discharge space 31b, is provided at an end portion of the casing portion 31, and in which the syringe 16 is disposed coaxially with the rotary member 32 for detachable connection thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuzuru Inaba, Osamu Okuda
  • Patent number: 7766195
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for accurately and repeatably depositing edible particulates on edible products. A dual-drum rotary feed system accurately meters an amount of edible particle for each edible product with a first rotary drum while a second rotary drum deposits the edible particulates onto or within the edible product. The dual-drum rotary feeder can comprise replaceable drums wherein drums can be quickly removed and replaced for cleaning, sanitization and to adjust processing conditions such as, for example, changes in production rates and/or product size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: General Mills Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa Jo Ryan, Peter A. Huberg, Gary O. Bendickson, Joana A. Montenegro
  • Patent number: 7757903
    Abstract: A feeder for feeding bulk material into a high pressure conveying line. The feed assembly comprises a rotary feeder that has a material inlet for receiving bulk material from a low pressure source and a material outlet for discharging the bulk material into a higher pressure conveying line which is a source of leakage gas into the rotary feeder. The feeder has venting means to vent leakage gas through the material inlet without such leakage gas contacting the bulk material entering the feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: FLSmidth A/S
    Inventors: Louis S. Schwartz, Robert H. Lilly
  • Publication number: 20100176159
    Abstract: A powder and granular material feeder constantly feeding powder and granular material with poor fluidity that is discharged to an annular passage between inner and outer tubes through a clearance between a lower end of the inner tube and a bottom plate from a fall opening, outside of the feeder, by scraping plates immediately below the fall opening. The fall opening has an arcuate configuration starting on an outer side of the outer tube to the inner tube or to an inner side of the inner tube. The scraping plates are located on a small cylinder around the center of curvature. The scraping plates and spokes rotate in opposite directions from each other at a portion of the fall opening, and the powder and granular material transferred by the spokes and inward claws into the fall opening is discharged in a direction opposite to the feeding direction and leveled by an lower edge of the outer tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: YOSHIKAWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 7748571
    Abstract: An agitator motor assembly is removable from a front of an ice dispenser for servicing, thereby eliminating the need to gain entrance into a storage bin to uncouple the agitator motor assembly from an agitator bar assembly. The ice dispenser includes the storage bin having a port, the agitator bar assembly disposed within the storage bin, and the agitator motor assembly mounted to a front of an exterior portion of the bin. A shaft of the agitator motor assembly engages the agitator bar assembly through the port, such that the agitator motor assembly rotates the agitator bar assembly when powered. The agitator motor assembly further includes a fastening device that passes through a bore in the shaft and engages the agitator bar assembly, thereby coupling the agitator motor assembly to the agitator bar assembly. A method for removing the agitator motor assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: David Goff, Adrian M. Romanyszyn, Todd Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7748575
    Abstract: A screw type material feeding apparatus in which a screw rotary driving axis with a spiral material supply blade is rotatably contained in a material feeding tube. The apparatus comprises a material divider with plural vanes provided at the distal end of the rotary driving axis, the plural vanes radially project from the screw rotary driving axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushikikaisha Matsui Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kazunari Hanaoka, Takayuki Okuda, Hiroshi Hara
  • Publication number: 20100155433
    Abstract: The present invention provides a powder material supply device, wherein a powder and/or granular material supplied to an inner cylinder 4 is pushed outward through a gap G by rotation of a rotary blade 8 and discharged from an outlet 18, the outlet 18 being arranged to satisfy the relation of L1?G×(1/tan X°) (wherein X° is an angle of response of the powder and/or granular material), with the shortest distance from the outer end of outlet 18 to a point directly below the inner circumference of the inner cylinder 4 on the bottom plate 2a being L1 (mm), and the dimension of the gap being G (mm). With such a powder material supply device, a fixed amount of powder and/or granular material mixing two or more kinds of powder and/or granular material can be supplied while suppressing a fluctuation in the content ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: SHIONOGI & CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshitada Toyoda, Mitsuaki Inada, Yoshitaka Tomoda
  • Patent number: 7735697
    Abstract: Output device for a container (6) which includes a bottom and a surrounding wall, having a hub (1) and at least two arms (3) fixed to the hub (1). The invention is characterized in that each arm (3) is designed with at least one outer section designed and arranged to at use being capable of essentially preventing material from being brought towards the wall of the container, and at least one inner section connected to the outer section, designed and arranged to at use being capable of bringing the material essentially in the direction of feed for the device, at which the at least two arms (3) present essentially concave surfaces facing the direction of feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Saxlund International AB
    Inventor: Gunnar Nordström
  • Publication number: 20090302065
    Abstract: This application discloses a device for urging bulk material to flow from a hopper such as the hopper of a railway car. The device includes a rotating axle that can be rotated by a power wrench, and one or more rotating agitators having auger coils disposed near the bottom outlet of a hopper and which are rotatably connected to the axle. Rotating the axle causes the agitators to rotate, thereby breaking up and urging bulk material to flow downward through the bottom outlet. Also disclosed is a system for emptying a hopper such as the hopper of a railway car, wherein a device with rotatable agitators having auger coils is integrated with a sliding gate assembly situated at the bottom outlet of the hopper. A power wrench can be used both to open and close the gate assembly, and to rotate the agitators in the hopper so as to break up and urge bulk material downward and out of the hopper through the opened gate assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: HOLDEN INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Robert B. Winsor