With Gas Or Vapor Circulation For Contact With Treated Material Patents (Class 34/195)
  • Patent number: 10209005
    Abstract: Ultra violet light-emitting diode (hereafter UV LED) curing units containing one or X array or XY arrays of UV LED modules with integrated optical, mechanical, and heat dissipation systems, and one, or X array, or XY arrays of extrusions with integrated air or liquid cooling systems to receive and house the integrated UV LED. The UV LED modules may be any size or shape depending on the power requirements of a given curing application. The LED chips or the groups of LED chips used for the above UV LED modules may be in other wavelengths for other applications. The UV LED modules have excellent heat dissipation because the LED chips or groups of LED chips are directly mounted on metal extrusion. The LED modules also have a single optical lens system between the LED chips and the surrounding ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sunlite Science & Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Chen, Xiaofang Suo
  • Patent number: 9468287
    Abstract: A device for cleaning a cosmetic brush that has bristles and a liquid sensitive section. The device includes an ultrasonic bath and a lid. The ultrasonic bath is capable of holding a cleaning liquid in a reservoir. It also has an upper surface on which the lid can be placed. The lid includes one or more slots capable of receiving the cosmetic brushes and positioning them in a substantially vertical position. The slots also serve to hold the bristles in the cleaning liquid while leaving the liquid sensitive sections of the brushes substantially dry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: Brian Barnard, Katharine Barnard
  • Patent number: 9365929
    Abstract: Mechanically fluidized systems and processes allow for efficient, cost-effective production of silicon. Particulate may be provided to a heated tray or pan, which is oscillated or vibrated to provide a reaction surface. The particulate migrates downward in the tray or pan and the reactant product migrates upward in the tray or pan as the reactant product reaches a desired state. Exhausted gases may be recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Mark W. Dassel, David A. Bressler
  • Publication number: 20130326902
    Abstract: Apparatus and related methods for adding increased functionality to a food dehydrator through the use of stackable drying trays that define a circulation plenum during operation and then nest within one another during disassembly so as to reduce an overall storage size of the food dehydrator. The food dehydrator can further include a base portion having a removable splash guard to prevent the introduction of liquids or solids into a mechanical space within the base portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Ryan H. Barrows
  • Publication number: 20100229416
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing apparatus that can decrease the time necessary for cooling a processed wafer for improving the throughput. The substrate processing apparatus comprises: a process chamber configured to process a substrate; a substrate supporter configured to support the substrate and load the substrate into the process chamber; a transfer mechanism configured to carry the substrate to the substrate supporter; and a non-sealing type shield part installed between the substrate supporter and the transfer mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Yukinori ABURATANI, Seiyo NAKASHIMA, Masakazu SHIMADA
  • Patent number: 7552545
    Abstract: A drying rack assembly, for use in a clothes dryer with a rotatable tumbler, is constructed with a perforated tray to support clothing in a stationary manner within the tumbler. A duct is attached to the perforated tray to direct a primary airflow through the perforated tray and to at least a portion of air outlet opening in the tumbler cavity. The duct further includes openings to provide a secondary path by which a portion of the total airflow is allowed to bypass the perforated tray. A movable damper is provided to allow variable bypass airflow. An air outlet cover, attached to the combination of the duct and perforated tray, is adapted to cover the portion of the air outlet opening that does not interface with the duct. The air outlet cover is movable to a second position to enable compact storage. A hanging feature is further provided on the side of the dryer cabinet to provide a convenient storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: James F. Crawford, Laurel A. Dillon, Donald E. Erickson, Jeff D. Maddox, Mark A. Tucker
  • Publication number: 20090084416
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a box cleaner including an ultrasonic cleaning bath having a receiving space to be filled with DIW and an ultrasonic wave generator arranged at a bottom thereof; a tray for loading a wafer shipping box thereon; a lift for providing a driving force to put the tray into the ultrasonic cleaning bath and take the tray out of the ultrasonic cleaning bath; and a drying system for drying the cleaned shipping box, wherein a gas sprayer is installed in the ultrasonic cleaning bath for spraying gas into the cleaned shipping box to push the DIW out of the shipping box, thereby draining the DIW.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: SILTRON INC.
    Inventor: Se-Youl Oh
  • Publication number: 20090025248
    Abstract: A food dehydrator apparatus comprising a plurality of modular food trays, each tray comprising a generally horizontal drying rack having an upper and lower surface and openings providing for air passage extending generally vertically through the tray, a wall located at the periphery of the tray, the wall extending generally vertically at the periphery, and having a top and bottom edge, and an inner and outer wall surface, and a plurality of legs extending from the lower surface of the tray and below the lower edge of the wall, where the trays are stackable, whereby when a first tray is adjacent a second tray, the top edge of the wall of the first tray and the bottom edge of the wall of the second tray form a close fit preventing air passage therebetween, and where when the first modular food tray is position with the legs set on a substantially flat support surface, a gap is formed between the wall bottom edge and the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Andris Lannon
  • Publication number: 20080222909
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to an apparatus suitable for cleaning, refreshing, steaming, deodorizing, and/or drying cloth items. Such appliance comprises a molded base form with an associated heater/blower assembly and a water receptacle, a rigid, telescoping framework hingedly affixed to the base form, and a collapsible enclosure defining a void space, and having at least one access port thereto and a plurality of removable shelves for inclusion therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: Augusto Picozza, Kevin O'Doherty, Chak Por Lee
  • Publication number: 20080168675
    Abstract: A clothes dryer comprises a plurality of generally parallel shelves. Each shelf includes at least an outer frame having a first end and a second end. Each shelf also includes a fabric extending across the frame to form a substantially planar surface. The dryer further includes a fan and a housing that encloses the fan. The housing has an extension arm and at least one air intake vent. The extension arm supports the second end of each shelf and comprises a plurality of air exhaust vents that are configured to direct air substantially parallel to the planar surface of each shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Michael Garman, Mark Turner
  • Patent number: 7188435
    Abstract: A knock-down type dryer assembly for prosthesis liners includes a housing mounted on a base member and a prosthesis liner support detachably mounted to the housing. The prosthesis liner support comprises a cross-member detachably coupled to an arm member and includes adjustable side wing portions that allow a user to adjust for the size of a particular prosthesis liner. When activated, an electrical fan in the housing draws ambient air into the housing and directs it up through the prosthesis liner where it circulates before exiting the liner. An anti-microbial lamp within the housing can be utilized to help rid the prosthesis liner of harmful bacteria. The manner in which the liner support is assembled, and the manner in which the liner support detachably connects to the housing, allows a user to easily assemble and disassemble the liner dryer and encourages proper cleaning/drying of the prosthesis liner before use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventors: Bonnie E. Woolston, Alan E. Young
  • Patent number: 6922908
    Abstract: A dryer is constructed and arranged to dry vegetable product, such as coffee beans. The dryer includes a thermal collector that is constructed and arranged to convert solar energy to heat energy, a heat transfer system, and a housing that defines a drying chamber. The thermal collector is positioned toward a light source and is thermally connected to the heat transfer system. The heat transfer system is also in thermal communication with the drying chamber. Therefore heat is able to move from the thermal collector to the drying chamber. Convective forces, or flow, can be used to move air inside the drying chamber, but photovoltaic energy could also be used to enhance this effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Raul Raudales
  • Patent number: 6848198
    Abstract: A heat treatment apparatus for preventing quality defects of an object to be heat-treated even when sublimating components produced in heat treatment become solids and drop down in the heat treatment apparatus, wherein a gas generated when heating an object to be heat-treated, coated with a coating solution and placed on a stage is passed through a trap made of a permeable porous film and is exhausted from an exhaust port of a cover and wherein solids produced and dropping down when gas passed through the trap of the permeable porous film solidifies at a top plate of the cover are trapped by the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yuko Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 6684526
    Abstract: An improved process for removing trace solvent from a material comprises rewetting the product with water during the drying process. Finished products such as suramin are produced efficiently to a high quality on a factory scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Pfizer Science and Technology Ireland, Limited
    Inventor: William Tully
  • Publication number: 20030140515
    Abstract: A hot air drying apparatus for noodles which makes possible steady production of high quality instant noodles by blowing hot air at an optimal velocity and in an optimal flow rate all over noodle ribbons to be dried in a short period of time and thereby makes a texture of noodle ribbons uniform and fine is to be provided. In a hot air drying apparatus, a conveyor runs from one end of a lengthwise direction of this apparatus to the other, and noodle ribbons carried from a preceding step riding on this conveyor move within an apparatus at a prescribed speed. The apparatus includes a plurality of drying chambers D1, D2, D3, D4, D5 and so forth into which it is divided in the lengthwise direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventor: Hatsuo Sakurazawa
  • Patent number: 6558640
    Abstract: A sanitizer which utilizes hot air to destroy bacteria upon household products such as nursery, bathroom and kitchen items. The sanitizer includes a base, heating element, fan, and a sanitizing chamber with spacers which allow optimal placement of the products being sanitized. The sanitizer includes a vented cover which allows operation within a set temperature range and fast cool down when the sanitizing process is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Novalabs, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Nottingham, Christopher Riker, John W. Spirk, Marc L. Vitantonio
  • Patent number: 6170169
    Abstract: A device for drying substrate disks by irradiation with ultraviolet light, wherein during the irradiation process a glass plate is resting on the substrate disk, has a lower part on which the substrate disk rests during drying and a liftable and lowerable upper part for lowering a glass plate onto the substrate disk resting on the lower part. The upper part has a glass plate holding device that is lowered below the substrate disk upon lowering of the upper part for placement of the glass plate onto the substrate disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: STEAG HamaTech AG
    Inventors: Klaus Weber, Ulrich Speer
  • Patent number: 6035543
    Abstract: Jet ventilated trays for a fluidizer conveyor for processing particulate material permit gas to pass up through slots between the slats, and sufficient gas passes through the slots to prevent fine particles falling through the trays. The ventilated tray has a plurality of slats arranged transversely to the direction of travel of the particulate material on the conveyor, adjacent slats overlap in the direction of travel leaving longitudinal slots at leading edges of top slats for gas flow therethrough. The use of a wet particulate material on the tray allows scrubbing and filtering applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Allan M. Carlyle
  • Patent number: 5636446
    Abstract: A component drier for drying electronic components which are washed with solvent. The component drier includes a drying chamber, in which a vat having a bottom surface wall allowing passage of air and water is arranged. The vat stores components to be dried. Heated air is introduced into the drying chamber through an air inlet which is positioned above the vat. The air in the drying chamber is forcibly discharged through an air outlet which is positioned below the vat. Thus, a space under the vat has a sufficient negative pressure as compared with a space above the vat so that the air forcibly passes through clearances between the components downwardly from above the vat, thereby removing most part of the solvent moistening the components in the liquid state. A small quantity of liquid which is left on the components is subsequently efficiently vaporized by the heated air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masataka Mae, Masaaki Okane
  • Patent number: 5628121
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for maintaining sensitive articles such as IC wafers or the like contaminant-free including a base member having a removable cover defining a sealed unit having an interior in which a plurality of sensitive articles are supported and through which a particle-free ionizing gas from a source on a wheeled table is continuously passed, the sealed unit being movable from a storage position on the table to an access position on associated processing without interruption of the ionized gas flow and at which the cover is removed and the supported articles continuously bathed with a particle-free, ionized gas to permit the articles to be sequentially moved to a fabricating position in the processing equipment and back to the access position while being continuously bathed with a particle-free ionized gas for subsequent assembly of the cover and base member and return of the sealed unit to the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: Convey, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray G. Brooks, Timothy W. Brooks
  • Patent number: 5615494
    Abstract: An apparatus for detaching a filter cake created by a suction dryer from off the filter surface of a filter medium and for an essentially simultaneous treatment of the cake to a form advantageous for further processing. The apparatus comprises a suction dryer (1, 11, 27), a connected filter surface (4, 14, 28) and a basin (2, 13, 27) for the material to be filtered. According to the invention, in the vicinity of the filter surface (4, 14, 28) of the filter medium, there is installed a blowing member (7, 17, 21) with at least one part, the blowing effect whereof can advantageously be extended over the whole width of the filter surface (4, 14, 28) of the filter medium, on which surface the filter cake can be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Outokumpu Mintec Oy
    Inventor: Bjarne Ekberg
  • Patent number: 5458050
    Abstract: A multi-purpose cooker (10) having a base member (12) including a compartment (20) therein, a cover member (14) cooperable with the base member (12) for providing a food-steaming and food-dehydrating chamber (16) including the compartment (20) of the base member (12), a food retaining member (e.g., 42) retainable in the chamber (16) for supporting food to be dehydrated, and a food retaining member (e.g., 48) retainable in the chamber (16) for supporting food to be steamed. Preferably the base member (12) includes a heater (22) and a switch (78) for selectively energizing the heater (22) for heating water (11) retained in the compartment (20) during the steaming operation. Most preferably the base member (12) also includes a fan assembly (58), and the switch (78) is operable to selectively energize a motor (62) of the fan assembly (58) and the heater (22) simultaneously for dehydrating food, and to energize the heater ( 22) without the motor (62) of the fan assembly (58) for steaming food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Johnson Su
  • Patent number: 5451524
    Abstract: An in vitro chamber for sustaining organ tissue samples during optical study with, for example a microscope, has a tray assembly with a plurality of wells, each of which may be provided with a clampable sleeve or a vertically adjustable thimble such that an associated organ tissue sample contacts a nutrient medium contained in a reservoir. The tray assembly rests upon a heater assembly having a water-jet-driven magnetic stirrer magnetically coupled with a driven magnetic stirrer in the nutrient reservoir to maintain a substantially uniform temperature in both the heater assembly and the nutrient reservoir. A thermally insulating collar surrounding the tray assembly and the heater assembly maintains relative positions thereof. A transparent cover encloses the top of the tray assembly so that air borne exchanges with the wells and nutrient splashes are substantially contained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Don Coble, Kristina N. Prodouz
  • Patent number: 5379527
    Abstract: A combined steaming and dehydrating apparatus including: a base having a plug and a switch electrically connected the plug; a fixing plate arranged on the base and having an outlet and an inlet; a motor mounted on the fixing plate and electrically connected the switch: an impeller drivingly connected with the motor; a conical tubular member mounted on the outlet of the fixing plate: an insulating disc installed on the conical tubular member; a water container disposed on the insulating disc; a solenoid arranged on the water container; an electric heater provided with a cross outlet at the center and mounted on the water container; a water collector disposed on the electric heater; a plurality of drying pans mounted on the water collector and each provided with a plurality of mesh holes and a plurality of legs on the top; a steaming pan mounted on the drying pan and provided with a plurality of slots and a lug at both sides for holding; a cooking pan mounted on the steaming pan and provided with a lug at both
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventor: Yung S. Su
  • Patent number: 5377502
    Abstract: Ripening retardation chamber apparatus includes a plenum chamber having a generally open side against which is disposed a pallet full of boxes containing produce. The boxes include openings to allow cooled and moistened air to flow therethrough. An evaporative cooling system is used to provide a flow of cool, moist air into the plenum chamber. The air flow is such as to cause the cooled, moistened air to flow from the plenum chamber through the cartons or boxes of produce. The flow of air causes the heat and ethylene gas produced by the ripening produce to be moved out of the boxes, thus retarding the ripening process. The presence of moisture in the air reduces weight loss of the produce and improves the outer appearance of the produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventors: Harold O. Collins, James J. Hennessy, Gilbert Mancillas
  • Patent number: 5364602
    Abstract: A sterilization system attachable to an autoclave or in the form of a free-standing auxiliary unit adapted to receive cassette sterilization containers for causing a high volume of air heated to an effective drying temperature to flow into said chamber at a high air flow rate. A control effective to open a valve when the unit for supplying heated air is operating and to close the valve when the unit is not operating. A device for supporting medical or dental instruments during sterilization is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Steven Leduc
  • Patent number: 5215775
    Abstract: A pizza dough shell container which makes up into a package having a plurality of similar containers supporting a single pizza dough shell in each container so that by forming a package of many containers the pizza dough shells are protected during transit to a place of sale and at the same time the shells are free to relax and undergo some shrinkage but are free to be removed from the containers to supply the demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Gap Container Corporation
    Inventor: Donald J. Hoffman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5016364
    Abstract: A drying apparatus which utilizes air circulation to uniformly dry articles is disclosed. The apparatus includes an enclosure having racks upon which the articles to be dried are placed. An air exchanger couples to the enclosure to recirculate and heat air within the enclosure. Recirculation operates continuously while articles are being dried, and recirculation air temperature is maintained around a predetermined level through a thermostat coupled to heating elements. The air exchanger is configured so that air expelled from the air exchanger travels upward near the enclosure's walls, then downward in the center of the enclosure back to the air exchanger. An exhaust fan is controlled by a humidistat to remove humid air from the enclosure whenever the humidity within the enclosure exceeds a predetermined level. Consequently, a mean humidity level is maintained within the enclosure to prevent excessive drying, and substantial recirculation of air results in improved efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Inventor: Russell D. Cochrane
  • Patent number: 4986967
    Abstract: In a furnace which allows a feed powder or granules in a stack of trays on a base plate to be reacted with a reactive gas, the improvement wherein each of the trays has a cutout or an opening providing a passage for the reactive gas or the produced gas both at the top of one side wall and in the bottom wall to the opposite side of the tray, the base plate having an opening through which the reactive gas is introduced or the produced gas is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Nakano, Norio Matsuda, Mitsutoshi Murase, Hideaki Murakami
  • Patent number: 4967488
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of picking up, carrying, drying and dry-keeping baled goods, and to a container as well as to a structure replacing a drying-house for carrying out the method. The most important application is the production of dry hay, which is effected by loading the hay bales in containers (1) to be ready for drying, said containers being provided with a meshed floor, high solid walls and removable roof. A structure replacing a drying-house is set up by mounting such loaded containers upon drying-air blowing gutters and, after drying or after temporary storage at the producer's, the same containers together with dried bales are carried to consumers to serve as covered storage spaces from which baled goods is gradually picked up for use. This is to eliminate expensive drying and storage buildings, to ensure high quality for dry hay, and to minimize unloading and loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1990
    Inventors: Veikko A. Hirvensalo, Jaakko Y. Hirvensalo, Erkki O. Y. Hirvensalo
  • Patent number: 4908959
    Abstract: A dry rack for an axial flow dryer including a channel formed beneath the dry rack upper gridwork panel to direct airflow downward through the gridwork and out through the dryer exhaust opening. The channel is formed by side and back panels depending downwardly from the upper gridwork panel and a plate forming a floor and attached along bottom edges of the downwardly depending panels. Front edges of the side panels and the bottom plate abut against and surround the exhaust opening so as to force the channeling of exhaust air first through the upper gridwork panel and then out through the exhaust opening. For attaching the dry rack through the bottom edge of a doorway of the dryer, there is included a rectangular slide member panel that extends into a lint screen slot formed within a grill located within the exhaust opening and that engages support flanges therein to assist in supporting the dry rack from the exhaust opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald L. Kretchman, James I. Czech
  • Patent number: 4715129
    Abstract: A shelf structure for drying sacked matter is disclosed which is capable of uniformly and effectively drying particulate matter while leaving it charged in an air-permeable sack. The shelf structure comprises a hollow support and hollow shelf boards communicated with the hollow support and each having at least one carrier section for supporting sacked matter thereon. The shelf structure is airtightly constructed except the carrier section and vent ports to permit drying air to be forcedly introduced through the carrier section in the structure and discharged from the vent ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Shonetsugaku Kenkyusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shiichiro Uchida
  • Patent number: 4677764
    Abstract: A planar drying surface is provided with an overlying water permeable grill for the placement thereon of wet footwear and outerwear. A fan circulates ambient or heated air under and around the wet articles through the grill. The device may be a free standing planar unit or may be positioned within an enclosure. It may also be structurally built into a cavity in a building wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Inventor: Gene L. Cerny
  • Patent number: 4409743
    Abstract: Apparatus for processing meat products in a controlled environment, in which chambers are arranged in pairs, side by side with one another, and defined by outside walls, and a common median wall, with meat support means arranged on facing surfaces of the walls and having air ducts provided in the walls and openings provided over the extent of the inside surfaces of the walls whereby air may flow from side to side across the chambers and air supply ducts connected to distribution ducts in the walls, and a fan for forcing air therearound, and means whereby flow through the various ducts may be reversed at periodic intervals so that air flow will take place across the chambers in opposite directions, reversing at predetermined intervals during the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1983
    Inventors: Knud Jespersen, Guy E. Buller-Colthurst, Hans L. Bergner
  • Patent number: 4329789
    Abstract: A portable, lightweight and compact food dryer. The invention comprises a collapsing frame and tiers of lightweight trays enclosed by a net housing and covered by a heat absorbing roof. The collapsing frame includes a metal hook protruding vertically out of the roof, a metal collar providing support for the net housing, and several support straps. The support straps attach to the shank of the hook at the apex of the roof, thereafter passing out over the metal collar and vertically down inside the net housing. Preferably, all but the last tray attach at regular intervals to the vertical straps. The last tray preferably rests on the base of the net housing.In use, the food dryer may be suspended wherever deemed most convenient. A zipper in the net housing allows easy access to the trays which may be removed and cleaned whenever desired. When not in use, the dryer is readily collapsed for convenient storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1982
    Inventor: Keith D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 4323585
    Abstract: With the process, pasta products are packed in serving portions, ready for sale. For doing this, the pasta products are separated into serving portions prior to drying and packing into the package. In order to avoid mechanical breakage, provision is made, when separating the pasta products, to lay at least one serving of pasta product onto a carrying member of the at least two-part package. Afterward, the carrying member is combined with the remaining packaging members into a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Assignee: Gebrueder Buehler A.G.
    Inventor: Josef Manser
  • Patent number: 4245398
    Abstract: Apparatus and process for utilizing solar heat for dehydrating all form of vegetable matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1981
    Inventor: Leandre A. Poisson
  • Patent number: 4221059
    Abstract: A box-shaped housing has side and end walls together with a back wall, leaving an opening at its front. A cover of material transparent to sunlight removably closes the front. Inside are a plurality of shelves mounted so as to be tilted at an angle with respect to the end walls. The housing is supported in a stationary position with its back wall tilted backwardly from the top so as to orient the removable shelves substantially in a horizontal position. A plurality of apertures in the housing enable air flow upwardly therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Assignee: Solar Saver International
    Inventor: Stanley K. Everitt
  • Patent number: 4028816
    Abstract: A food dryer cabinet closed at one end by a door offset from the cabinet end providing an air space therebetween through which an exhaust flow passes. Hinge elements and a latch assembly cooperate to offset the door from the cabinet end. An electrical component housing of noncombustible material occupies the opposite end of the cabinet and isolates dryer electrical components from the cabinet for safety purposes. A plate member constitutes the back wall of the cabinet while additionally serving to secure the noncombustible component housing within the cabinet. A metal mesh member closes the housing and supports a baffle for desired air flow over the food articles being dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1977
    Inventors: Frank D. Macy, Harold E. Hawthorne, Harold L. Norton