Treated Material Handling Or Conveying Patents (Class 34/236)
  • Patent number: 9144247
    Abstract: Systems, methods and machines for producing popcorn and other types or expanded food are disclosed herein. A machine in accordance with one embodiment includes a flow through cooking deck and a plurality of heating elements that extend along the length of the cooking deck. An agitating assembly having a plurality of paddles can be positioned above the cooking deck. A corn hopper can dispense corn kernels onto the cooking deck and the paddles of the agitating assembly can transport and agitate the corn kernels on the cooking deck. The paddles can be positioned at an angle to their direction of travel and can move the corn kernels from side to side as they move the corn kernels along the length of the cooking deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: C. Cretors & Company
    Inventor: Charles D. Cretors
  • Publication number: 20150128441
    Abstract: The present invention provides an atmosphere replacement apparatus capable of replacing the atmosphere on the surface of a wafer with a small amount of gas. The apparatus is configured to have a cover capable of facing and covering the wafer to be transported, and a gas supply means that supplies gas having properties different from a surrounding atmosphere from the cover, and replaces the atmosphere on the surface of the wafer by the gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: SINFONIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mikio Segawa, Yasushi Taniyama, Shin Kawahisa, Mitsuo Natsume
  • Patent number: 8984762
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dryer for drying of garden waste, particularly of chopped lop and other bulk material, comprising an elongated lying container with a cross section which is at least partially round; the container comprises at its one end an inlet and at its other end an outlet for the material; the container wall is perforated at least over parts of its length; the perforations are connected to pressurized air; there are provided conveyer means which seize the material in the ascending quadrant of the container wall and transport the same upwardly over a certain length of path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Allgaier Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Mathias Trojosky, Hermann Weiss
  • Publication number: 20150075024
    Abstract: A multiple product belt drier having a first air permeable conveyor belt on which the materials to be dried are poured to form a first drying path; at least a second air permeable conveyor belt to assure at least a second drying path for drying the materials after the first one; an air blowing mechanism; an air heating mechanism for heating the blown air to dry the materials, and a drying air distribution circuit for distributing the drying air towards the materials and the belts; the drying air circuit being provided so that the drying air circulates downwards through the materials to be dried and the belts, and an air reheating mechanism is provided between the two paths to reheat the air which has passed through the layer of materials on the first belt, before it passes through the layer of materials on the second belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: AQUALOGY DEVELOPMENT NETWORK, S.A.
    Inventor: Juan Permuy Dobarro
  • Publication number: 20150079259
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cooking, heating, or drying in which, as items or materials are conveyed through a heating chamber by a linear, spiral, or other type of conveyor, hot combustion product gases are delivered upwardly through an upwardly extending first annulus or other flow gap which is closest to the conveyor. The hot combustion product gases are then delivered downwardly through the heating chamber into contact with the items or materials on the conveyor. Next the combustion product gases are delivered from the lower portion of the heating chamber into the lower portion of a second annulus or other flow gap or passage. The second flow gap or passage is separated from the heating chamber by the first annulus or other flow gap. Subsequently, the combustion product gases are delivered upwardly through the second flow gap or passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Mallik Ahmed
  • Publication number: 20150052776
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drying apparatus for use in a lithography system for drying at least part of a surface on a first side of a planar target, such as a wafer. The apparatus has a drying device for eliminating liquid or droplets thereof from the first side of the planar target. The drying device has a first slit and a second slit arranged in close proximity of the target. A gap is present between the target and the drying device. Pressurized gas may be supplied via the first slit into the gap. The liquid may be discharged from the target by means of the pressurized gas through the second slit. The first and the second slit are configured to enable the pressurized gas to flow along the first side of the planar target substantially parallel to the planar target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Hendrik Jan de Jong
  • Publication number: 20150026994
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a dryer to prevent an entanglement of sheets disposed therein and to reduce energy consumed and a time required to dry the sheets is provided. The apparatus includes a center hub with a plurality of tubular prongs oriented such that each tubular prong is equidistant from each adjacent tubular prong, and a plurality of tubular members with first ends affixed to the plurality of tubular prongs. Second ends of the plurality of tubular members are configured to sufficiently contact the sheets to create a separation between the sheets to enhance air flow around the sheets when the dryer is operating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: JACK M. HOLDER
  • Patent number: 8910396
    Abstract: A conveyor tunnel for providing a process environment for articles being conveyed through the tunnel includes a plenum that discharges process air into the tunnel. The flow of the discharged process air is directed to impinge against a portion of the article being conveyed through the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: SEETECH Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Howard Burchell, James Harper Moffitt
  • Publication number: 20140305001
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dewatering mine tailings. The systems and methods include distributing a slurry of high permeability material on a sloped surface to define a high permeability layer and subsequently distributing a slurry of low permeability mine tailings on the high permeability layer to define a low permeability layer that is vertically above and in contact with the high permeability layer. The sloped surface defines a non-zero surface grade, and natural slopes of both the slurry of high permeability material and the slurry of low permeability mine tailings are within a threshold grade difference of the surface grade. In some embodiments, the systems and methods may include augmenting the slurry of high permeability material and/or augmenting the slurry of low permeability mine tailings to adjust the natural slope thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Wei Ren, Ken N. Sury, David C. Rennard, Shahram Yazdanpanah
  • Publication number: 20140250709
    Abstract: Improved devices, systems, and methods for drying pellets in a pellet-fluid slurry are disclosed. The system can provide a desired moisture level and output rate for the dried pellets. The system can use two dryers in series to remove moisture from the pellets in the pellet-fluid slurry. The two dryers can be connected with a transport pipe. The transport pipe can include a diverter valve to bypass the second dryer when desired. The transport pipe can also include a blower and/or heater to aid in the transport and drying of the pellets. The first dryer, the second dryer, or both can include a defluidizing section. The first dryer can be located at a higher level than the second dryer to facilitate movement of pellets from the first dryer to the second dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Wade Wilson, John Linkenhoker
  • Publication number: 20140256240
    Abstract: The process for preparing a meat product comprises arranging slices of a raw stuffed meat product in a single layer on a permeable support surface, conveying the slices thus arranged along a path inside an enclosure of a forced convection treatment unit, creating a first thermal gradient across a first region of the enclosure along a first portion of the path by making a first conditioned air current flow parallel to the permeable support surface and transverse to the path from a first side to an opposite second side of the enclosure, and creating a second opposite thermal gradient across a second region of the enclosure along a second portion of the path by making a second conditioned air current flow parallel to the permeable support surface and transverse to the path from the second side to the first side of the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: METALQUIMIA, S.A.
    Inventor: Narcis Lagares Corominas
  • Patent number: 8800161
    Abstract: A dryer for material to be dried (T), wherein an air supply channel (4) for supplying a drying gas to the drying region is provided, and at least one exhaust-gas opening (8) is provided for removing the drying gas, wherein the air supply channel (4) is surrounded at a distance by an outer wall (11), which has at least one supply opening (12) and at least one removal opening (13) for the cooling medium (K), wherein between the at least one supply opening (12) and the at least one removal opening (13) a flow section (14) for the cooling medium (K) is formed between the outer wall (11) and the air supply channel (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Binder + Co AG
    Inventor: Franz Anibas
  • Publication number: 20140215844
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for drying a fluid film (F), which is applied to a surface of a substrate (3) and includes a vaporizable liquid, comprising the following steps: transporting the substrate (3) on a transport surface (6) of a transport device (5) along a transport direction (T) through a drying device (7); vaporizing the liquid by way of a heat source (13) having a heating surface (G), wherein the heating surface (G) is disposed at a distance (?G) of 0.1 mm to 5.0 mm opposite the substrate surface; and removing the vaporized liquid in the direction of the heat source (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: FMP TECHNOLOGY GMBH FLUID MEASUREMENTS & PROJECTS
    Inventor: Franz Durst
  • Patent number: 8793901
    Abstract: A transport- and drying line for individual articles, a grouped plurality of articles and/or a plurality of articles transported in a row and/or side by side, the articles at least partially showing humidity and/or liquid drops on their outer surface. The articles are each standing on a link conveyor in an airflow of drying air. A support plane is at least partially permeable for the drying air flow and flow conducting surfaces are arranged at the lower surface of the support plane for the drainage of the humid drying air carrying the liquid removed from the articles to be dried. A method for transporting and drying of individual articles, a grouped plurality of articles and/or a plurality of articles transported in a row and/or side by side whereby the articles at least partially show humidity and/or liquid drops on their outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Hahn
  • Publication number: 20140150288
    Abstract: A system includes a multi-feeder assembly. The multi-feeder assembly includes a first solids feeder, a liquid removal section, and a second solids feeder. The first solids feeder is configured to receive a solids flow from an upstream system. The liquid removal section is configured to reduce an amount of liquid in the solids flow. The second solids feeder is configured to receive the solids flow in series with the first solids feeder and output the solids flow to a downstream system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Frederick Leininger, John Saunders Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20140120468
    Abstract: A production apparatus that does not generate coalesced particles and can reduce a generation frequency of a product having a high circularity by a uniform treatment even if the throughput is increased is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Mizo, Hironori Minagawa, Takakuni Kobori, Kohji Takenaka, Takeshi Ohtsu, Junichi Hagiwara, Daisuke Ito, Kunihiko Kawakita
  • Publication number: 20140101962
    Abstract: A media drying system removes a moistening liquid from a moistened medium, the moistening liquid having a moistening-liquid boiling point. A liquid reservoir contains a heating liquid. A liquid-heating system warms the heating liquid in the liquid reservoir to a temperature greater than the moistening-liquid boiling point. A media-transport system transports the moistened medium along a transport path which passes through the liquid reservoir. The moistened medium is submerged in the warmed heating liquid and heat is transferred from the warmed heating liquid to the moistening liquid. This vaporizes the moistening liquid and removing it from the moistened medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Alan Richard Priebe, Donald Saul Rimai, Christopher J. White
  • Publication number: 20140092184
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for drying print media. The system comprises a dryer comprising an enclosure and a roller. The roller is proximate to an opening into the enclosure. A perimeter of the roller covers a portion of the opening, and an uncovered portion of the opening comprises a gap for a web of print media. The gap has a size defined on one side by the perimeter of the roller and on another side by a surface of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Casey E. Walker, Scott Johnson, Stuart J. Boland, William Edward Manchester, David M. Price
  • Publication number: 20140090268
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drying device and method for drying a pumpable mixture. Such a mixture is for instance a manure or industrial effluent. The drying device according to the invention comprises: a supply holder for holding the mixture; a drivable endless carrier extending with an outer end into the supply holder during use, wherein drying medium flows during use through or along the mixture carried along by the carrier; and heating means for heating the ingoing mixture and/or the mixture in the supply holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Seine Roelofs, Willem Seine Christian Roelofs
  • Publication number: 20140047729
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for acting on the temperature of a travelling strip (4) by blowing gas or a water/gas mixture, whereby a plurality of jets of gas or a water/gas mixture, extending toward the surface of the strip and arranged in such a way that the impacts (24, 34) of the jets of gas or water/gas mixture on each surface of the strip are distributed at the nodes of a two-dimensional network, are sprayed onto each face of the strip. The impacts (24) of the jets on one face (A) are not opposite the impacts (34) of the jets on the other face (B), and the jets of gas or water/gas mixture come from tubular nozzles (23, 33) which are supplied by at least one distribution chamber (21, 31) and extend at a distance from the distribution chamber in such a way as to leave a free space for the flow of the returning gas or water/gas mixture parallel to the longitudinal direction of the strip and perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: ARCELORMITTAL FRANCE
    Inventors: Jerome MULLER, Akli ELIAS, Thierry PETESCH, Ivan SANTI, Paul DURIGHELLO, Karen BEAUJARD
  • Publication number: 20140047730
    Abstract: A process for producing a water-absorbing polymer by polymerizing a monomer solution and drying the resulting hydrogel by means of a heated gas stream comprises effecting the drying in two or more temperature zones, and/or the gas stream is flowed against the hydrogel upwardly in the upstream sector of the belt dryer and downwardly in the downstream sector of the belt dryer, the direction of flow being reversed at a water content of 15% to 45% by weight for the hydrogel, and/or the hydrogel layer is flowed against in a belt dryer upwardly to some extent at least, the gas velocity being 5% to 30% of the gas velocity required to lift the hydrogel off the belt, also apparatus for carrying out the process and use of the water-absorbing polymers produced by the process to produce hygiene articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Matthias Weismantel, Stefan Bruhns, Dominicus van Esbroeck
  • Publication number: 20130305556
    Abstract: A drying device that includes a drying furnace having an inlet and an outlet, a drying unit installed inside the drying furnace and for drying a to-be-dried object, a number of upper and lower rolls alternately arranged at internal top and bottom portions of the drying furnace, and a roll driver connected to the plurality of upper and lower rolls and moving the upper rolls upwardly and the lower rolls downwardly, wherein after the to-be-dried object is transferred from the inlet to the outlet, the roller driver moves the upper rolls downwardly, moves the lower rolls upwardly, or moves the upper rolls downwardly and the lower rolls upwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jihyang PARK, Kwanseop SONG, Kyoungheon HEO, Seonhyeok AN
  • Publication number: 20130291396
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dryer for drying fuel materials such as wood bark, wood chips, sludge, garbage, peat moss or the like. In a preferred embodiment the dryer comprises a conveyor, consisting of twin endless belts, which carries the material to be dried along a vertical path defined between parallel runs of the endless belts, and ductwork which serves to direct heated air (received from any appropriate source) across the vertical path to remove moisture from the material as it is being conveyed. The ductwork includes at least one feed duct for use in delivering the heated air to one side of the vertical path, and at least one exhaust duct for use in withdrawing moisture-laden air on another side of the vertical path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Gordon Tuck
  • Patent number: 8561319
    Abstract: The present invention involves to the industrial automated producing method for dewatering the sludge into the dry sludge powder and the assembly thereof. The present method is to realize the industrial automated production in the industrial automated producing assembly, especially in the main equipment, dehydrator, for dewatering the sludge into the dry sludge powder, so as to dewater the sludge having the moisture content below 85% into the dry powder having the moisture content below 5%. The method and assembly of the present invention realizes recycling, reducing, stabilizing, and reusing the sludge, and can be widely applied for dewatering process of the domestic, industrial or riverway sludge or sediment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Yongfeng He
  • Patent number: 8533973
    Abstract: An apparatus and method operations are provided for flash drying paste provided on strips of battery plate grids, wherein the paste is dried through contact with a plurality of heated rollers. The plurality of heated rollers are individually driven and heating of the heated rollers is controlled on an individual basis with a feedback loop. The plurality of heated rollers are positioned so as to move the pasted strip of battery plates through contact with the heated rollers; as a result of this contact with the heated rollers, moisture is removed from the paste, so as to provide a pasted strip that with a sufficiently low moisture content to be divided into battery plate grids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Mac Engineering and Equipment Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis S. Ulrich, Richard A. Biastock
  • Publication number: 20130232801
    Abstract: A process chamber (5) has an interior space (39). In the interior space (39), there is a receiving region (15) for workplaces (3). The process chamber (5) has an opening (12, 14) for the entry and exit of workplaces (3). The process chamber includes an arrangement (17, 19, 25, 29, 33, 37, 35) for injecting gaseous fluid into the interior space (39), The arrangement for injecting gaseous fluid has at least one nozzle (17, 19) for producing a fluid flow curtain (21, 23) between the opening (12, 14) and the receiving region (15) for workplaces (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Wieland, Oliver Iglauer, Christof Knuesel, Marius Winkler
  • Publication number: 20130167397
    Abstract: An improved oven (1) comprising a conveyor configured and arranged to move a product (11) to be processed through an oven, a primary air delivery system (45) configured and arranged to provide a heated primary air flow (47), a secondary air delivery system configured and arranged to provide a heated secondary air flow (48), a processing enclosure (21) configured and arranged to receive and contain the product and the primary air flow, an insulated enclosure (2) configured and arranged to receive the heated secondary air flow, the processing enclosure configured and arranged to extend through the insulated enclosure and the heated secondary air flow and to separate the primary air flow from the secondary air flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Harper International Corporation
    Inventors: Renee M. Bagwell, William J. Stry
  • Patent number: 8474373
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for treating elongate food products in a process space using a conditioned airflow, comprising: a housing bounding the process space, with a feed opening arranged in the housing and a discharge opening arranged in the housing for respectively carrying elongate food products into the process space and discharging thereof from the process space, transport means for displacing the elongate food products through the process space, blowing means for generating an airflow in the process space, and conditioning means for conditioning the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Stork Townsend B.V.
    Inventors: Marcus Bernhard Hubert Bontjer, Sigebertus Johannes Jacobus Jozef Meggelaars, Paulus Johanus Maria Thoonsen, Willem Kasper Van Den Berg
  • Publication number: 20130160279
    Abstract: A process cap for protecting a top side of a flat substrate includes a cap and a seal. The seal is circumferentially arranged on a circumferential rim of the cap such that the cap effects a liquid-tight and vapor-tight closure between cap and flat substrate when the cap is fitted on a top side of the flat substrate. The process cap touches the flat substrate only in a circumferential rim area of the same, when it is fitted on the flat substrate and defines a fluid-tight space without any openings between process cap and flat substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Marcel SIEME, Michael Kellerer, Jens Eckstein
  • Publication number: 20130160320
    Abstract: This drying/carbonizing device is formed from providing within a drying chamber: a plurality of tubes, to one end of which an inlet is formed and to the other end of which an outlet is formed, of which the upper and lower ends are interconnected to each other to form a single chain, and which have rotatable screw conveyers therewithin that are disposed in a manner so that the outward paths and return paths vertically alternate; horizontal tubes that are attached at appropriate intervals along the lengthwise direction of the plurality of tubes and that are horizontal discharge tubes connected to the plurality of tubes; vertical tubes that are connected to the ends of the horizontal tubes and that are provided in the vertical direction; and a bottom collection tube that is provided horizontally to the bottom, links the ends of the vertical tubes, and removes gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: MUTSUWA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshio Oyama, Masami Hoshi
  • Patent number: 8424219
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of a drying apparatus for drying pellets from a process fluid are provided. The drying apparatus can include at least one screen device. The at least one screen device can have a screen area with screen openings. The drying apparatus can also have an oscillating device that sets at least the screen area of the screen device into oscillation. The oscillations can move the pellets relative to the screen openings, and the process fluid can drain off through the screen openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Automatik Plastics Michinery GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Dahlheimer
  • Publication number: 20130047921
    Abstract: A source for feeding one or more gaseous precursors onto a surface of a substrate and an arrangement for processing the substrate by way of subjecting the surface of the substrate to alternately repetitive surface reactions of the precursors, the source including a gas feed member for feeding at least one or more precursors onto the surface of the substrate. The gas feed member is adapted rotatable about a rotation axis, the rotation axis being arranged to extend substantially parallel to the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: BENEQ OY
    Inventor: Runar Törnqvist
  • Publication number: 20120304480
    Abstract: An oxidation furnace for the oxidative treatment of fibres, especially for producing carbon fibres, which, comprises a process chamber arranged inside a housing, a blowing device for hot air, at least one suction device arranged in an end region of the process chamber, at least one ventilator that circulates the hot air through the blowing device, the process chamber and the suction device, and at least one heating device arranged in the flow path of the hot circulated air. The suction device is formed from a plurality of vertically interspaced suction boxes. Said boxes have at least one outlet for the hot air, and at least one inlet for hot air, communicating with the process chamber and arranged in the outward-facing side of the suction boxes, that is the side that is at a distance from the centre of the process chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Karl Berner
  • Publication number: 20120297639
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for drying vegetable and lettuce leaves comprising a first transport belt that is permeable for air with a belt drive, an air circulation system with a dry air nozzle for blowing air through the first transport belt and a hood for sucking the air from the first transport belt, in the air circulation system a ventilator, a cooler and a heater, and a control system for setting the speed of the first transport belt and the speed, temperature and/or humidity of the circulating air. In accordance with the invention, the dry air nozzle is located under the major length of the first transport belt and the hood is located opposite the dry air nozzle above the first transport belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: FELTRACON BV
    Inventor: Jan van Felius
  • Publication number: 20120266482
    Abstract: A centrifugal dryer that has improved throughput capacity resulting from the combination of a high angle agglomerate catcher with optional overflow, increased dewatering capacity, a cylindrical dewatering feed chute, a modified rotor design with positionally and structurally modified lifters in the feed and dewatering section, the drying and propagating section, as well as the pellet discharge section, and an efficient circumferential foraminous membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Aaron, Duane A. Boothe, John M. Linkenhoker, Kerry P. Morris, Samuel F. Hannah, Wayne L. Smith, Thomas C. Wenrich
  • Publication number: 20120255193
    Abstract: A substrate drying apparatus which dries a substrate cleaned by a diamagnetic liquid includes a magnet unit for moving the liquid adhering to the substrate by means of a magnetic force; and a magnet transfer mechanism for moving the magnet unit along the substrate toward an edge of the substrate. A substrate drying method of drying a substrate cleaned by a diamagnetic liquid includes bringing a magnet unit close to the substrate, the magnet unit being configured to move the liquid adhering to the substrate by means of a magnetic force; and moving the magnet unit along the substrate toward the edge of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Akitake Tamura
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120151790
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a drying or heating apparatus that is capable of independently controlling the temperature of the product being heated (e.g., to achieve a desired temperature profile) and the wavelength of the radiation (e.g., to maximize the heat transfer rate). To such ends, a drying apparatus can be provided with one or more heat sources that are movable relative to the product being heated in order to increase or decrease the gap or spacing between the heat source and the product. By adjusting the gap between the product and the heat source, it is possible to control the source temperature in such a manner that produces the desired product temperature and wavelength of radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Savarese
  • Patent number: 8197171
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for loading and unloading a tray of a freeze drying plant with a number of vials. An example apparatus includes a transfer table upstream of the freeze drying plant for receiving temporarily said vials and a pusher apparatus for displacing said vials between said transfer table and said tray. The pusher apparatus includes right and left transport carriages and a loading element. With the example apparatus, the vials are securely transferred with little friction onto/from the tray, and the transport carriages are disposed on the transfer table and/or on the tray to form a lateral limitation of the transfer table and/or of the tray for the vials located on the edge of the transfer table and/or of the tray to directly abut a transport carriage during loading or unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Accurro GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Wagner, Ralf Battenberg
  • Publication number: 20120135112
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for preparing yeast, to a yeast obtained according to the method, to a food composition comprising the yeast, to an apparatus intended for implementing the method and to various uses of the yeast in a baker's dough. More specifically, the method consists in dehydrating yeast cream, granulating this yeast, and then drying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: LESAFFRE ET COMPAGNIE
    Inventors: Amelie Hiolle, Christian Lenoir, Jean-Charles Bartolucci
  • Publication number: 20120131813
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for drying a material or, more generally, flash evaporating a target substance having a vapor pressure threshold. The methods and systems include a conveyor conduit that receives material. The material moves through the conveyor and is expelled into a pressure drop zone created by one or more venturi nozzles. As the material encounters the pressure drop zone, the targeted substance in the material experiences a rapid and extreme pressure drop and simultaneously a rapid temperature increase. This causes the target substance in the material to flash evaporate virtually immediately. The resulting vapor is separated from the remaining material and the now dry material is collected for further processing or use. The vapor can be collected, condensed, exhausted, or otherwise treated depending upon the goals of a particular installation or process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: John HOGAN
  • Publication number: 20120069110
    Abstract: An ink drying apparatus (10) according to the present invention is provided with a gas passage (46) through which a printed material (14) to which ink is attached passes. Further, flow applying unit (48) configured to flow a gas in the gas passage (46) in a predetermined direction, heating unit (60) configured to heat the gas in the gas passage (46), and solvent removing unit (71) configured to remove a solvent in the ink from the gas passage (46) are provided. In the ink drying apparatus (10), the heating unit (60) and the solvent removing unit (71) are associated with each other such that heat can transfer from the solvent removing unit (71) to the heating unit (60) by a heat transmission unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Nakazawa, Yoshimasa Araki
  • Patent number: 8132336
    Abstract: Resin molding work is efficiently carried out in accordance with a consumption amount of resin pellets of a resin molding machine by sequentially supplying small amounts of dried resin pellets in short period of time. When changeover of a molded product is carried out, attached remaining resin pellets can be removed by simple work in a short period of time, thereby carrying out efficient changeover work. An interval of taking out dried resin pellets that are heated and dried in a decompressed state is shortened by sequentially moving a plurality of pellet containers that contain small amounts of resin pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Star-Techno Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yousuke Shiotani
  • Patent number: 8127463
    Abstract: A vacuum drying apparatus of a circulative preheating type comprises a working area, containing a material-filling-preheating sub-area, a heating sub-area, a drying sub-area, and a material-discharging sub-area; a rotatable frame, rotatably installed in the working area and having four accommodating spaces corresponding to the sub-areas of the working area, respectively; four cylinders, installed in the accommodating spaces of the rotatable frame and corresponding to the sub-areas of the working area; and a driving assembly, connected to and thereby driving the rotatable frame to rotate; wherein when the rotatable frame rotates, each of the cylinders is moved from a currently corresponding sub-area to an adjacent said sub-area. Thereby, since the cylinders have been preheated in the material-filling-preheating sub-area before receiving a heating procedure in the heating sub-area, a required duration of the heating procedure can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Ban Chih Wang
  • Patent number: 8074372
    Abstract: A system configured to dry containers before a date coding process includes a blower assembly, an air manifold and a bracket assembly. The blower assembly includes a centrifugal air blower. The air manifold is connected to the blower assembly and includes a plurality of air nozzles. The air nozzles are configured to be positioned over a conveyor line, wherein the air nozzles are configured to expel air moved by the centrifugal air blower. The bracket assembly is configured to adjustably mount the air manifold over the conveyor line, wherein the bracket assembly allows the air manifold to be horizontally and/or vertically adjusted with respect to the conveyor line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Allen S Pucciani, Steven E. Broerman
  • Publication number: 20110258873
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dryer for drying of garden waste, particularly of chopped lop and other bulk material, comprising an elongated lying container with a cross section which is at least partially round; the container comprises at its one end an inlet and at its other end an outlet for the material; the container wall is perforated at least over parts of its length; the perforations are connected to pressurized air; there are provided conveyer means which seize the material in the ascending quadrant of the container wall and transport the same upwardly over a certain length of path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Mathias Trojosky, Hermann Weiss
  • Publication number: 20110232239
    Abstract: A device for conveying objects includes a conveyor belt for the transport of the objects and fluid nozzles for the treatment of the objects. The device is characterised in that in addition to the conveyor belt a second belt is provided which is arranged above the conveyor belt in order to retain an object on the conveyor belt. This transport device can be installed in a packaging system, in particular in a tunnel dryer or in a shrink tunnel for packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: MULTIVAC SEPP HAGGENMULLER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Winter, Klaus Rothermel
  • Patent number: 8012313
    Abstract: This technology relates to a process and associated apparatus for use in spray freeze drying a fluid substance such as fruit juice, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, tea and coffee. The method includes the steps of: holding a chamber at a temperature and pressure below the triple-point of the liquid substance; injecting and/or atomizing the liquid substance into the chamber through at least one injection port to generate a frozen liquid substance portion having a predetermined particle size and a first evaporated liquid substance portion; collecting the FLS portion as a layer on a conveying surface; and exposing the collected layer of FLS portion to a heating means thereby inducing sublimation and generation of a second evaporated liquid substance portion and a product, wherein the conveying surface conveys the collected FLS portion at a rate which achieves substantially a monolayer thickness of the FLS portion to accumulate on the conveying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Agresearch Limited
    Inventors: James Kenneth Carson, Harold Keith Hill, Donald Michael Graham, Grant Brian Schou
  • Publication number: 20110203129
    Abstract: A transport- and drying line for individual articles, a grouped plurality of articles and/or a plurality of articles transported in a row and/or side by side, the articles at least partially showing humidity and/or liquid drops on their outer surface. The articles are each standing on a link conveyor in an airflow of drying air. A support plane is at least partially permeable for the drying air flow and flow conducting surfaces are arranged at the lower surface of the support plane for the drainage of the humid drying air carrying the liquid removed from the articles to be dried. A method for transporting and drying of individual articles, a grouped plurality of articles and/or a plurality of articles transported in a row and/or side by side whereby the articles at least partially show humidity and/or liquid drops on their outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Hahn
  • Publication number: 20110172382
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and methods relating to the finishing line of a continuous solution polymerization plant. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a pelletizer having cooling liquid, e.g., water or aqueous solution, into which is added a pelletization aid. In another aspect, the apparatus comprises means to remove residual polymer particles from the pelletizer cooling liquid. In a further aspect, the apparatus comprises conduits of at least 50 m in length for carrying propellant cooling liquid from the pelletizer to a drying apparatus. The residence time of the pellets in the cooling liquid may be 10 seconds or more. In a further aspect, a drying apparatus is provided for the pellets which comprises first and second drying zones. In a further aspect, a pneumatic conveyor is provided for carrying pellets to a packaging apparatus. In a further aspect, a packaging apparatus is provided comprising a blender silo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Richard Cheng-Ming Yeh, Vetkav Rajagopalan Eswaran, Edgar Peter Hentsch, Oscar Kearney Broussard, III