Rotating Means Comprising Circumferentially Extending Cutting And Shaping Channels Coacting With A Roll Or Platen Having Complementary Channels Patents (Class 425/294)
  • Patent number: 10188117
    Abstract: To provide a noodle string treatment apparatus and treatment method capable of manufacturing instant noodles that are short noodle strings. The noodle string treatment apparatus of the present invention has: a cutting device having a rotary blade and cutting a batch of noodle strings into a predetermined length; and a control device for controlling a blade edge peripheral speed of the rotary blade, wherein the control device changes the blade edge peripheral speed of the rotary blade during rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Okazawa, Koji Sakai, Kazuhiro Nakatani, Hiroko Imaki
  • Patent number: 9023261
    Abstract: A method for making apertures in a web comprising providing a precursor web material; providing a pair of counter-rotating, intermeshing rollers, wherein a first roller comprises circumferentially-extending ridges and grooves, and a second roller comprises teeth being tapered from a base and a tip, the teeth being joined to the second roller at the base, the base of the tooth having a cross-sectional length dimension greater than a cross-sectional width dimension; and moving the web material through a nip of the counter-rotating, intermeshing rollers; wherein apertures are formed in the precursor web material as the teeth on one of the rollers intermesh with grooves on the other of the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Timothy Ian Mullane
  • Patent number: 9004899
    Abstract: Noodles with hand-made quality consisting of thick and thin portions are processed by introducing a noodle belt between first and second cutting rolls 5 and 6 having first and second cutting blades 3 and 4 each formed by large and small diameter portions 3a, 4a and 3b and 4b, and spacers 7. The cutting rolls are relatively shifted in an axial direction such that the thick portion is formed by opposing large diameter portion and spacer and the thin portion is formed by opposing large diameter portion and small diameter portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sanyo Foods Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Nagayama, Takeshi Youda
  • Patent number: 8939748
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for cutting a strand to a length with regard to a weight and to the use of such device in a method for producing a medicament dosage form of at least one piece composed of at least one medicament and at least one additive, the medicament and the additive being mixed and extruded from a die as a strand and the strand being cut into pieces of precise weight using the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Grünenthal GmbH
    Inventors: Elisabeth Arkenau-Maric, Johannes Bartholomäus, Dieter Schateikis, Kai-Uwe Ustorf
  • Publication number: 20140370175
    Abstract: An apparatus configured for concurrently cutting, imprinting and piercing of a sheet of dough consisting of flour, water and yeast to produce imprinted loaves is disclosed. Arrays of molded frames each containing edged borders and an emboss pattern are placed onto the surface of a cylinder member configured for rotating onto a sheet of dough to simultaneously cut out loaves, imprint the loaves with the emboss pattern and pierce the loaf with pins. The emboss pattern contains areas raised above the surface of the cylinder member and recessed areas below that surface. The emboss patterns include a plurality of Coptic religious symbols that are imprinted onto the loaves to form a Korban used for ceremonial purposes. The emboss pattern is heated and initiates a par-baking process when the cylinder member engages the dough. The formation of the Korban loaves is completed by baking the loaves in the oven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Michel T. Bakhoum
  • Patent number: 8882488
    Abstract: A combined a toy which simply yet uniquely stamps and cuts off formed articles in a fun and interesting way utilizing cooperating rollers which employ a stamp and at least one angular projection defining a cutting edge on at least one roller. Two or more cooperating rollers are at a frame with each roller including a peripheral surface, one or more concentric ribs on the peripheral surface of each roller which cooperate to spiral around the length of each roller defining a molding surface which spirals around the peripheral surface of each roller, and a stamp on the molding surface of at least one roller. The driving mechanism rotates a gear mechanism which in turn rotates the two or more rollers that cooperate to stamp and cut off articles formed on the molding surface of the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Arthur Schultheis, Ashley Aust
  • Patent number: 8679564
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are directed to methods for manufacturing shaped, comestible articles. Multiple comestible articles are connected by flash, and stress lines in the flash surround the articles. The comestible articles are subsequently separated from the flash at the stress lines. Additional aspects of the present invention are directed to an intermediate comestible product. In certain embodiments, the intermediate comestible product comprises multiple articles, web-like flash connecting the articles, and stress lines formed in the flash and about each article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: James Suttle, Robert Brandt
  • Patent number: 8679391
    Abstract: A method for making apertures in a web comprising providing a precursor web material; providing a pair of counter-rotating, intermeshing rollers, wherein a first roller comprises circumferentially-extending ridges and grooves, and a second roller comprises teeth being tapered from a base and a tip, the teeth being joined to the second roller at the base, the base of the tooth having a cross-sectional length dimension greater than a cross-sectional width dimension; and moving the web material through a nip of the counter-rotating, intermeshing rollers; wherein apertures are formed in the precursor web material as the teeth on one of the rollers intermesh with grooves on the other of the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hugh Joseph O'Donnell, Robert Haines Turner, Vincent Sean Breidenbach, Douglas Herrin Benson, Timothy Ian Mullane, Karen Denise McAffry, John Lee Hammons, Kelyn Anne Arora
  • Patent number: 8647104
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dough cutter for cutting a plurality of dough products from a dough sheet. The dough products are cut from the dough sheet into a defined geometrical shape and provide for easy pull-apart pastries once they are baked, cooked, or fried. The dough cutter consists of a plurality of dies, each containing a plurality of inner geometric cutouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Ron Tillman
  • Patent number: 8622730
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for forming and cutting a dough sheet into a plurality of generally spherically shaped, boule-type dough products in a continuous process. The apparatus includes a rotatable drum and a plurality of cutter molds disposed on the rotatable drum for engaging, shaping and severing dough from the sheet as the dough sheet moves along the dough travel path. Each of the cutter molds including a peripheral edge portion, a base portion and a curved, annular side wall defining a concave, generally bowl-shaped internal cavity, with the peripheral edge portion establishing a cutting edge for the cutter mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoff Suski, Frank Konkle, Ed Francis, Peter A. Huberg
  • Patent number: 8622729
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for forming, cutting and stamping a dough sheet into a plurality of uniformly stamped, imprinted dough pieces. The apparatus engages a leading portion of a dough sheet as it travels along a conveyor. The apparatus includes a drum rotatably disposed relative to the conveyor, a plurality of cutter molds disposed on the rotatable drum and a plurality of pattern imprinters formed within internal cavities defined by the plurality of cutter molds. Each of the cutter molds simultaneously cuts a dough piece received in the internal cavity and imprints on the dough piece to form a rounded edge roll. The pattern imprinter preferably has a star configuration for stamping the dough to form Kaiser-type rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoff Suski, Frank Konkle, Peter A. Huberg, Ed Francis
  • Publication number: 20130264740
    Abstract: A combined a toy which simply yet uniquely stamps and cuts off formed articles in a fun and interesting way utilizing cooperating rollers which employ a stamp and at least one angular projection defining a cutting edge on at least one roller. Two or more cooperating rollers are at a frame with each roller including a peripheral surface, one or more concentric ribs on the peripheral surface of each roller which cooperate to spiral around the length of each roller defining a molding surface which spirals around the peripheral surface of each roller, and a stamp on the molding surface of at least one roller. The driving mechanism rotates a gear mechanism which in turn rotates the two or more rollers that cooperate to stamp and cut off articles formed on the molding surface of the rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Douglas Arthur Schultheis, Ashley Aust
  • Patent number: 8535039
    Abstract: A dough cutting apparatus is suitable for cutting a sheet of dough. The dough cutting apparatus includes a structure defining a blunt dough engaging portion. The present invention can be embodied in a number of different ways, including a wheel cutter, a rotary drum cutter, a reciprocating head cutter, or another cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Evans, James W. Finkowski, Gene A. Russel
  • Publication number: 20120313277
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pellet press (1), comprising a motor (3) having a motor housing (31) and a rotor (32) ar ranged rotatably therein, wherein the rotor (32) is designed as a hollow shaft, a pressing mechanism (2) having a pressing mold (21) and pressing rolls (22) arranged in said pressing mold (21), said rolls being fastened to a stationary shaft (4), wherein the stationary shaft (4) is arranged in the rotor (32) designed as a hollow shaft, and further comprising a mold holder (25) operatively connected to the pressing mold (21), wherein the mold holder (25) and the rotor (32) are connected to each other by means of a connecting means such that a transmission of a torque of the rotor (32) to the mold holder (25) is ensured, wherein the connecting means is a shaft-hub connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: Buhler AG
    Inventors: Walter Signer, Roger Räss, Andrea Hermsmeyer
  • Publication number: 20120207870
    Abstract: A device is described for granulating plastic having a granulating head (1) and having a drivable cutter head (4), which cooperates with a perforated plate (2) and is arranged inside a housing (3), and which is movable along an axial guide made of guide spars (7) and guide sleeves (8), which are displaceable on the guide spars (7), and is attachable to the granulating. head (1) via locking units (9). In order to provide advantageous design conditions, it is proposed that the locking units (9) comprise latching wedges (11) mounted so they are displaceable transversely to the guide sleeves (8), which penetrate the guide sleeves (8) and the guide spar (7) in oblong holes (12, 13) in the locking position and are supported in the direction of the spar axis on one side on the guide sleeve (8) and on the other side on the guide spar (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: ECON GMBH
    Inventor: Gerhard HEHENBERGER
  • Patent number: 8241543
    Abstract: A method for making apertures in a web comprising providing a precursor web material; providing a pair of counter-rotating, intermeshing rollers, wherein a first roller comprises circumferentially-extending ridges and grooves, and a second roller comprises teeth being tapered from a base and a tip, the teeth being joined to the second roller at the base, the base of the tooth having a cross-sectional length dimension greater than a cross-sectional width dimension; and moving the web material through a nip of the counter-rotating, intermeshing rollers; wherein apertures are formed in the precursor web material as the teeth on one of the rollers intermesh with grooves on the other of the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hugh Joseph O'Donnell, Robert Haines Turner, Vincent Sean Breidenbach, Douglas Herrin Benson, Timothy Ian Mullane, Karen Denise McAffry, John Lee Hammons, Kelyn Anne Arora
  • Patent number: 8168102
    Abstract: A machine utilized for producing and manufacturing a film, soft at touch, resilient and suitable at draining use. A film produced by such a machine, presents, at least, on one surface an essentially continuous pattern of micro-funnels three-dimensional (3D) directed in an essentially perpendicular way to the surface from which the micro-openings have origin. It presents also on the opposite surface a continuous pattern, composed by 3D macro-funnels directed in an essentially perpendicular way to the surface from which the macro-funnels have origin. The “micro-funnels” term, intend to describe a multitude of funnels non distinguishable by the human eye at a distance equal or higher than 450 mm. while the “macro funnels” term, intend to describe funnels clearly visible by the human eye at a distance higher than 450 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Texol S.R.L.
    Inventor: Fabio Di Berardino
  • Patent number: 8084069
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a forming apparatus comprising (a) first and second forming rolls with forming pockets in corresponding alignment, wherein at least one roll has one or more continuous grooves extending around the circumference of the roll in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the roll and which intersects the forming pockets in the plane, wherein the first and second forming rolls rotate in directions counter to one another, and (b) one or more forming pins positioned between the counter rotating rolls and within the continuous groove of the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: David Pontzer, Peter T. Kashulines, Jr., Bob Crossley, Thomas Collins
  • Publication number: 20110212206
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for cutting compressible cellular polymers such as polyurethane foam, are characterized by a first die roller and a pressure roller, wherein both rollers define raised portions separated by recesses or depressions, and the raised portions on the first die roller register with the recesses of the pressure roller at a nip formed between the rollers. Portions of the polymer material extruded into the spaces between the raised portions of the first die roller are cut away, such that the cut product conforms substantially to the surface geometry of the first die roller, and the depth of cut is greater than with prior rotary cutting methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: Foamex Innovations Operating Company
    Inventor: Jose D. M. Contreras
  • Publication number: 20110177190
    Abstract: A dough cutting apparatus is suitable for cutting a sheet of dough. The dough cutting apparatus includes a structure defining a blunt dough engaging portion. The present invention can be embodied in a number of different ways, including a wheel cutter, a rotary drum cutter, a reciprocating head cutter, or another cutter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: James R. Evans, James W. Finkowski, Gene A. Ressel
  • Publication number: 20110039063
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for continuous perforation of fabrics that comprise thermoplastic fibers. The process utilizes a combination of heat and pressure to perforate fabrics where the shape. size, and distribution of the individual fabric perforations is define solely by the design of the pattern embossing roll, In particular, the top side of the individual embossing points are not flat but rather have a raised peripheral edge so that the actual fabric contact area of the bond points is much less than total area circumscribed by each bond point. The small ratio of fabric contact area to total bond area concentrates the thermal and compressive forces in the embossing nip and allows a large perforation to be cut out of a fabric moving at high speed through the perforation nip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Samuel Charles Baer, Jay Darrell Gillespie, David D. Newkirk
  • Publication number: 20110008482
    Abstract: A chopping machine chops strands of thermoplastic material coming from a single die into sections having a predetermined length. The machine has a substantially cylindrical chopping wheel provided on its periphery with a number of uniformly distributed blades oriented about an axis of rotation. An anvil wheel wrapped in a plastic material is located adjacent the chopping wheel. The anvil wheel has a device for routing strands between the wheels, thereby drawing out and chopping the strands into sections. The device has two or more pins that project laterally from a face of the anvil wheel. The pins may be movable with respect to the face. A restart process using the chopping machine is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Dominique Font, Michel Bastard
  • Publication number: 20100203182
    Abstract: The invention concerns an extrusion granulator for the granulation of plastic strands gripped by a pair of feed rollers and directed over a slideway in the direction of a cutting rotor with an opposing blade. A guided air stream directed onto the slideway, and deflected perpendicularly towards the cutting rotor by said slideway, impinges on the strands carried on the slideway with such a speed that the strands are held in a parallel orientation by the air stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: RIETER AUTOMATIK GMBH
    Inventor: Jochen Scheurich
  • Patent number: 7771182
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus and method for the continuous production of center-filled confectionery products. The apparatus may include an extruder for forming a continuous extrudate having a plurality of adjoined center-filled confectionery ropes. The apparatus may also include a forming device for forming individual confectionery pieces, and sealed center-filled confectionery pieces in particular. The apparatus provides improved coordination and control of extrudate formation and extrudate feed into the forming device. The apparatus and method of the present disclosure increases product output and reduces the amount of unacceptable product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventor: Joan Fabre Fornaguera
  • Publication number: 20100173052
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for forming and cutting a dough sheet into a plurality of generally spherically shaped, boule-type dough products in a continuous process. The apparatus includes a rotatable drum and a plurality of cutter molds disposed on the rotatable drum for engaging, shaping and severing dough from the sheet as the dough sheet moves along the dough travel path. Each of the cutter molds including a peripheral edge portion, a base portion and a curved, annular side wall defining a concave, generally bowl-shaped internal cavity, with the peripheral edge portion establishing a cutting edge for the cutter mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Geoff SUSKI, Frank Konkle, Ed Francis, Peter A. Huberg
  • Publication number: 20080038397
    Abstract: The invention provides a manufacturing apparatus of a pellet which has not quality deterioration and a great apparent specific gravity. The apparatus is provided with (a) bunching portions (16) bunching band-like long continuous material(s) (R) and/or a plurality of filamentous long continuous materials (R) to a narrow width so as to form a cord-shaped bunched material (R?), (b) compressing portions (22) having compressing rollers (50a, 50b) with an uneven outer surface and form a cord (S) by point compressing a twisted cord material (R?), (c) rotation portions (14) twisting the cord-shaped bunched material (R?) by relatively rotating the bunching portions (16) or the compressing portions (22) so as to form the twisted cord material (R?), and (d) a cutting portion (102) provided in an outlet side of the compressing portion (22) and cutting the cord (S) formed by the point compressing to a pellet shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: MARUYASU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Okamoto, Masatoshi Nakagawa, Kazunori Shinohara
  • Patent number: 7297227
    Abstract: A sheet electrode with a predetermined thickness for an electric double layer capacitor is made by carrying out a roller rolling step in which a long sheet intermediate is made from a material containing a carbonaceous powder, a conductive assistant and a binder and thereafter. The sheet intermediate is passed between a pair of rolling rollers to be wound up by a winding section while being drawn out of a drawing section. The roller rolling step includes drawing the sheet intermediate out of the drawing section under a predetermined tension applied to the sheet intermediate, and controlling a widthwise position of the sheet intermediate immediately before the rolling rollers by an edge position controller, and winding the sheet intermediate rolled by the rollers onto a winding section while the winding section is applying a predetermined pressure to a rolling side drive roller located adjacent to the winding section and rotated at a predetermined speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignees: Daido Metal Company Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouki Ozaki, Masanori Tsutsui, Manabu Iwaida, Shigeki Oyama, Kenichi Murakami
  • Patent number: 7118370
    Abstract: A machine and a method for forming composite materials are provided. The machine includes a frame and at least one forming beam attached to the frame, the at least one beam being arranged to align with a mandrel. The forming beam is pivotally segmented into at least two segments to conform to the shape of the mandrel, or alternately is bendable to conform to the shape of the mandrel. The mandrel is receivable within the frame in alignment with the forming beam. An apparatus is also provided to position a composite charge over the mandrel, and to position the mandrel within the frame. A further apparatus is provided to transport the mandrel, and to urge the mandrel toward the forming beam, forming a composite charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kurtis S. Willden, Raymond N. Henderson, Gary E. Pfitzner, Surendra R. Parekh, Christopher G. Harris
  • Patent number: 6997696
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for cutting expanded graphite sheet material, at least one cutting tool is urged against the sheet(s). The cutting tool has at least one ridge extending therefrom that includes a substantially tapered cross-section having sloping sides and an edge surface. At least a portion of the sheet material is displaced as the ridge is urged against the sheet. A region of the sheet material in contact with the ridge is compressed so that the density of the region reaches or exceeds the breaking density of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Ballard Power Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Neil V. Davis, David Brown
  • Publication number: 20040164441
    Abstract: A sheet electrode with a predetermined thickness for an electric double layer capacitor is made by carrying out a roller rolling step in which a long sheet intermediate is made from a material containing a carbonaceous powder, a conductive assistant and a binder and thereafter. The sheet intermediate is passed between a pair of rolling rollers to be wound up by a winding section while being drawn out of a drawing section. The roller rolling step includes drawing the sheet intermediate out of the drawing section under a predetermined tension applied to the sheet intermediate, and controlling a widthwise position of the sheet intermediate immediately before the rolling rollers by an edge position controller, and winding the sheet intermediate rolled by the rollers onto a winding section while the winding section is applying a predetermined pressure to a rolling side drive roller located adjacent to the winding section and rotated at a predetermined speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Applicants: Daido Metal Company Ltd., Honda Motor Co., L
    Inventors: Kouki Ozaki, Masanori Tsutsui, Manabu Iwaida, Shigeki Oyama, Kenichi Murakami
  • Patent number: 6764293
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a shaped confectionery product of Bingham plastic rheology by cold extrusion wherein particles of the confectionery product are fed between counter-rotating form rolls having depressions corresponding to the desired product shape. The particles are compacted and compressed between the form rolls and fuse together to exit with a thin web of material interconnecting the shaped confectionery product. The release of the product from the roll surface is aided by induced differential motion between the rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter Thomas Kashulines, Jr., Emil Anthony Kritzer, Robert Otto Brandt, Jr., Aubrey Elmo Jones, Jr., Malcolm Albert Austin, Ray Louis Peterson
  • Publication number: 20040099991
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for sheet embossing are disclosed that imparts the same strain on each side of the sheet independent of pattern pick-up. By balancing the plastic deformation at each surface the stresses in the formed material are well controlled and, in fact, greatly improve the sheet flatness, material internal stress, surface corrosion and other properties associated with this balanced process. Controlled sheet shape is important to the industrial handling of material on conveyers, spoolers, stackers and other transport devices. Current industrial practice often mandates the use of sheet levelers that reform the surface through a series of rollers that plastically force the material flat, however, not at controlled stress. With the invention, expensive levelers are often not necessary and, as such, the overall process becomes more efficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventors: Karl Shaw, Thomas Greenberg, James Garcia
  • Publication number: 20040094858
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for manufacturing foamed thermoplastic resin pellets and method thereof. The manufacturing apparatus includes a cylindrical dice, a plurality of extrusion holes formed along a radial direction of the dice and communicated with a resin flow path formed at the dice, a guide symmetric with the extrusion holes and protrudingly formed at the whole or a portion of outer circumference surface along the longitudinal direction of the dice, an operation member slidably installed along the guide, and a cutting knife with penetration holes being formed along the longitudinal direction of the knife and being communicated with the extrusion holes, wherein both ends of the knife are fixed at the upper edge of the facing planes of the operation member, and its center in the traverse direction is downwardly curved such that it is contacted with the contact line of the extrusion holes. A foaming-rate regulating member is installed at the outer circumference surface of the dice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: Dong-Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 6716015
    Abstract: In a pastillation machine, an improved distribution system is provided. The distribution system comprises: a distribution bar having a bore extending therethrough, a series of holes located on an inlet surface of the bar, a series of slots located on an outlet surface of the bar, and a diffuser located in the bore of the bar, the diffuser being spaced between the inlet surface and the outlet surface. The series of holes of the distribution system aligns with flowable substance outlets of the pastillation machine. The pastillation machine can be used to form various hot liquid mixtures, including elemental sulphur and sulphur based fertilizers containing swelling clay matrix, and macronutrients (N, P, K) and micronutrients (Fe, Cu, Zn, Mn etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Enersul, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Mitchell Howard Lumley, Donald Valentine Joseph Lomenda, Charles Leo O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 6616878
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for bonding molded pieces including left and right molds, a sheet material setting mechanism for inserting sheet material acting as a bonding medium between the left and right molds, a sliding blade portion that has a cutting blade disposed at a front end thereof for cutting the sheet material, the cutting blade being formed so as to be along outer circumferential surfaces of the molded pieces on a left side of the right mold and the sliding blade portion being movable to left and right inside the right mold, a driving mechanism for moving the sliding blade portion to left and right, a sliding blade bearing portion formed on a right side of the left mold such that the blade bearing portion and sliding blade bearing portion are movable to the left and right inside the left mold, and a spring member for pressing the sliding blade bearing portion to the right.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Harada, Kazuharu Konishi, Yoshihiro Masada, Toshio Nakaike
  • Patent number: 6612825
    Abstract: The pillow cutter of a food product extrusion system is provided with motor driven roller means designed to pull filled, or unfilled, extrusions, including hollow tubes, or ropes, of extruded food material from the extrusion die head. The ropes are then cut in various shapes such as square, diamond or triangle pillows, sticks or bars. The roller means constitute rotatable base rollers sized to effect telescopic assembly with removable, interchangeable, tubular, cylindrical cutter sleeves engraved on the outer peripheral surface of the sleeves with variable cutting patterns so the user of the system can optionally change the cutting patterns by selective choice of cutter sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: American Extrusion International Corp.
    Inventor: Richard Jarvis Warner
  • Publication number: 20010038160
    Abstract: A strip casting device (2) has a casting container (14) from which through a casting gap (15) two different masses (12, 13) of a material flowable with the addition of heat are poured out as a strip (3) onto a cooling device (4). The second mass (13) is at the same time ejected by way of injection nozzles (21, 22) into the region of the casting gap (15) into the casting flow of the first mass (12). The injection nozzles are preferably movable in various directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Inventors: Alois Peter, Andreas Egli
  • Patent number: 6283016
    Abstract: An unwinding machine (10) with forming cylinders (11, 12, 13) has bearing blocks (26, 27) in which the forming cylinders (11, 12, 13) are supported. The bearing blocks (26, 27) are disposed in recesses (32) of partition walls (25, 25a) of the unwinding machine (10) and are secured by means of clamping devices (35). Furthermore, the forming cylinders (11, 12, 13) are coupled to a common drive motor (15). The unwinding machine (10) according to the invention permits a simple exchanging of the forming cylinders (11, 12, 13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Cotteverte, Daniel Bernard
  • Patent number: 6247914
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to an apparatus for perforating a web of material intended to form an outer casing sheet of absorbent articles. As the web is advanced, the web is first provided with a large number of mutually separated cuts in the nip defined between raised plateaus on a matrix cylinder and circumferentially extending knife-edges of a cutting cylinder. The web is then deformed transversely to its plane at parts which border on each cut. The invention also relates to a perforated outer casing sheet which includes recesses in the form of mutually adjacent elongated channel-like grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Bengt Lindquist, Stefan Areskoug, Anders Strålin
  • Patent number: 6217309
    Abstract: A sliced food product such as a cheese product or meat product having a design or figure cut or otherwise formed therein. In accordance with a preferred embodiment, the design or figure is cut entirely or substantially through the slice so that the design or figure may be removed from a surrounding peripheral portion of the slice. A method and apparatus for forming the figure or design are also disclosed. The preferred method and apparatus employ a rotary figure cutter which cuts entirely through the slice to outline a pattern or figure, and which cuts or penetrates partially through the slice to form details of the figure by embossing or indenting design components on the slice. The slice is preferably wrapped in film prior to the figure cutting operation, and the figure cutter performs its function without cutting or tearing the film wrap. The rotary figure cutter preferably comprises a pair of rotary dies between which each slice passes as the design is formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Kraft Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Chris Jens, Leon Alberto Espinel, Gilbert George Fryklund
  • Patent number: 6174556
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for forming open ended, cone-shaped snack products includes a rotary cutter (28) having opposed, counterrotating rollers (30) each formed by multiple cutting discs (36) axially spaced on a mandrel (34) by spacers (38). A dough sheet formed by a sheet forming device (12) is conveyed to a slitting device (24) which slits the dough sheet into multiple pairs of dough strips. The dough strips are conveyed on a conveyer (26) towards the rotary cutter (28). The first dough strips of each pair pass over the end of the conveyor (26), and twisted 90° as they pass over sheaves (44, 56, 60) and pass between stationary guides (42) to the first roller (30) while the second dough strips of each pair pass over the end of the conveyor (26), are twisted 90° as they pass over sheaves (46, 58, 62) and pass between the stationary guides (42) to a second roller (30). The pair of dough strips are drawn under tension through the nip of the rollers (30) in a face to face stacked orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: William C Bornhorst, James M Olive, Niclas M Scher, Steven A Stein, Michael P Waldherr, Lloyd J Zoubek
  • Patent number: 5919495
    Abstract: A dough transfer hopper and method for partitioning dough pieces having a precise volume from a dough mass is disclosed. The dough transfer hopper includes a hopper assembly having a pair of inwardly angled end walls and a pair of arcuate side walls defining an upper and lower opening. A cutting assembly is operatively disposed within the lower opening and includes a pair of cutters which operate in a counter-rotating manner to partition a dough piece having a precise volume from a dough mass and deposit the dough piece on a horizontal conveyor assembly. The horizontal conveyor transports the dough piece to an inclined conveyor assembly. The inclined conveyor assembly includes a pair of counter-rotating conveyor belts for transporting the dough piece from the horizontal conveyor to a transfer conveyor assembly for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Shaffer Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Jack Fletcher, Michael Hayden
  • Patent number: 5902621
    Abstract: Shaped articles of fat-containing confectionery material are formed by extruding a fat-based confectionery material under pressure so that it passes to and through a flow-constriction and a die so that the material subjected to extrusion and the extrudate from the die are in a non-pourable state and so that the material subjected to extrusion plastically deforms and so that the extrudate is plastically deformable, and then while the extrudate is plastically deformable, extrudate is placed in a molding tool and pressed to shape an article which then is demolded, or extrudate is fed to a nip of counter-rotating rollers having depressions which upon passage of the extrudate in the nip between the rollers shape the extrudate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Stephen Thomas Beckett, Mark Jury, Malcolm Robert Mackley
  • Patent number: 5888554
    Abstract: A device for cooling and granulating strands of plastic which emerge in molten form from dies (3) before being fed, either directly or via a chute (22) which can be positioned underneath the dies and has a cooling water supply, to a subsequent flow channel (1) which has at least one device for producing a stream of coolant. From the flow channel (1) the strands (4) are fed into a granulator (16) which is provided with at least one blade system comprising a rotating shearing blade (13) and a counterblade (12) and used for granulating the strands (4). The device is without a pair of feed rollers as an assembly belonging to the granulator (16) but has a pair of draw-off rollers (20, 21) at the end region of the flow channel (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: C.F. Scheer & Cie GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Ludwig Zollitsch, Ulrich Kreuz
  • Patent number: 5723158
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing shredded food products, such as cheese, is disclosed. The method and apparatus permits the production of cheese shreds to be accomplished in a unified operation wherein a sheet of cheese is produced and that sheet of cheese is cut to desired dimensions directly from the casting line. An arrangement of the invention may comprise a sheet former, a casting line, and a shredding assembly, all of which function as a single unit. The shredding assembly, itself a unique arrangement, first slices the incoming sheet of cheese into ribbons, and then cuts each of these ribbons to length. The sheet of cheese may be sliced into ribbons by passing the cheese through a pair of rollers having grooves or slots machined into their surfaces, the width of the slots corresponding to the desired width of the cheese ribbons. The cheese ribbons are presented to a plurality of transversely mounted elongate blades, each of which revolves about a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Schreiber Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Orville C. Fager, Scott G. Andrews, Dennis R. Ferdon, David James Garnett, Matthew Taylor Stenzel
  • Patent number: 5671661
    Abstract: Product to be supplied in an ordered manner is supplied to the upstream end of an apparatus according to the invention, the bottom of which is substantially closed by a base plate that leaves only the extreme, downstream end of the apparatus open. The apparatus includes a belt-like structure composed of plates that are alternatingly apertured and non-apertured. Transverse partitions define compartments for receiving product at the upstream portion of the apparatus, the bottom portions of the compartments being bounded by the lower portion of the belt structure which, in turn, moves across the base plate. Product falls into the apertures in the apertured plates by means of gravity and pressure exerted by flexible lips located at the lower edges of the transverse partitions. The configuration ensures complete filling of the apertures in the apertured plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Soremartec S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Giamello
  • Patent number: 5601855
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing shredded food products, such as cheese, is disclosed. The method and apparatus permits the production of cheese shreds to be accomplished in a unified operation wherein a sheet of cheese is produced and that sheet of cheese is cut to desired dimensions directly from the casting line. An arrangement of the invention may comprise a sheet former, a casting line, and a shredding assembly, all of which function as a single unit. The shredding assembly, itself a unique arrangement, first slices the incoming sheet of cheese into ribbons, and then cuts each of these ribbons to length. The sheet of cheese may be sliced into ribbons by passing the cheese through a pair of rollers having grooves or slots machined into their surfaces, the width of the slots corresponding to the desired width of the cheese ribbons. The cheese ribbons are presented to a plurality of transversely mounted elongate blades, each of which revolves about a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Schreiber Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Orville C. Fager, Scott G. Andrews, Dennis R. Ferdon, David J. Garnett, Matthew T. Stenzel
  • Patent number: 5576041
    Abstract: Fried food products are produced by feeding a dough to a nip between a pair of contrarotating rollers arranged with their curved surfaces in contact with each other, and each of the rollers has grooves indented into its curved surface. The rollers push the dough into the grooves and form the dough into a lattice comprising an array of ridges imparted to the dough by one of the rollers, which ridges are spaced apart from and extend in substantially the same direction as each other, and an array of ridges imparted to the dough by the other roller, which ridges are spaced apart from and extend in substantially the same direction as each other. The direction in which the ridges of one array extend are at an angle to that of the other array so that the ridges of one array intersect the ridges of the other, and the contacting portions of the curved surfaces of the rollers form apertures in the dough between the intersecting ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: United Biscuits (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Andrew E. C. Clow, Brian D. Hill
  • Patent number: 5569424
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for recycling waste composite materials. The method includes prechopping cured waste composite materials into manageably sized strips, conditioning the prechopped strips into resin particulate and loose fibers having a length of approximately one-half to one and one-half inches, mixing the resin particulate and loose fibers with an uncured resin, and placing the resultant mixture into a mold having a forming surface contoured to form a composite part. The strips of the composite material are conditioned by running them through a conditioner that includes a high-speed rotating blade. The rotating blade includes a plurality of angled cutting tips that chop up the waste composite material into loose fibers and resin particulate. The resin particulate and loose fibers pass through holes in a cylindrical screen that surrounds the cutting blade and cutting tips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Inventor: William E. Amour
  • Patent number: 5552101
    Abstract: A method for making plastic case blanks is disclosed. A molten plastic material is passed through a nip of a first, preforming pair of molding cylinders to form a semi-solidified sheet having a first thickness, The semi-solidified sheet is then molded to form a final sheet having a second, uniform thickness less than the first thickness and the final sheet is scored to form folding scores and cut to form a plurality of the blanks. The molding, scoring and cutting are simultaneously performed by passing the semi-solidified sheet through a nip of a second pair of cylinders. One of the second pair of cylinders has scoring means for forming the folding scores in the final sheet and cutting means for cutting the final sheet to form the plurality of the blanks and the other of the second pair of cylinders has recess means complementary to the cutting means for receiving the cutting means and effectuating the cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuo Fujii, Kimio Tanaka