Means For Forming From Bulk Material, Means For Severing And Means For Reshaping Patents (Class 425/296)
  • Patent number: 8974209
    Abstract: An underwater cutting and pelletizing apparatus includes: a cutting device that cuts, with a cutter in a water chamber, molten resin, extruded from a die, into pellets; a separation device that separates, from carrier water, pellets sent from the water chamber of the cutting device to downstream with carrier water; a tank that is disposed below the separation device and stores carrier water discharged from the separation device; and a circulation path formed so as to circulate carrier water between the tank and the water chamber, wherein a hydroelectric power generator is provided on a return side of the circulation path formed on a downstream side of the water chamber, and generates electricity from the energy of the carrier water flowing downward in this path. According to such a configuration, the underwater cutting and pelletizing apparatus is made so as to achieve energy savings by recovering and reusing potential energy accompanying carrier water pumped up to a higher location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuto Nagaoka, Masahiko Kashiwa
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8926306
    Abstract: A food product press having a mold base, a press assembly having a plurality of press bodies, and blade spaces between the press bodies, a plurality of blades slidable within the blade spaces, and a blade operating mechanism for moving the blades relative to the press bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Harrison
  • 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: 8851880
    Abstract: A powder slush molding process and associated equipment utilize a flow restrictor disposed between a powder box and a mold surface to deposit powdered resin onto the mold surface in a controlled manner, thereby forming skins having decreased variation in thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Edgar P. Nimmergut
  • Publication number: 20140220169
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting and de-molding a dough sheet is described. The apparatus comprises a hollow cutter body, a cutting edge about an opening in the hollow cutter body, a compressible extractor in the hollow cuter body, an ejector, and a stamp with a pattern. The compressible extractor may be actuated between a first and second state. The hollow cutter body is magnetically engaged with the compressible extractor and the compressible extractor is magnetically engaged with the stamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Mastrad, S.A.
    Inventors: MATHIEU LION, Marie Buet
  • Publication number: 20140205701
    Abstract: A molding roller includes a cylindrical main body and a flexible molding film. The main body has a circumferential surface. The molding film is wound around and is fixed to the circumferential surface. The molding film has a molding surface defining a number of molding patterns. The molding film is made of flexible organic-inorganic composite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHIA-LING HSU
  • Patent number: 8721316
    Abstract: An automated material delivery system including a material handling assembly, a compaction member, a handling actuator, and a cutting actuator is provided. The material handling assembly is configured and arranged to guide material. The material handling assembly includes a tacking member that is configured and arranged to selectively press the material over a forming surface of a tool. The compaction member is spaced a select distance from the tacking member. The compaction member is further configured to selectively press the material over at least a portion of the forming surface of the tool. The handling actuator is coupled to selectively move at least one of the material handling assembly and the compaction member to move the material handling assembly in relation to the compaction member. The cutting assembly is positioned between the tacking member and the compaction member. The cutting assembly is configured and arranged to selectively cut the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Alliant Techsystems Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Madsen, Kyle E. Chapman, Boyd L. Hatch
  • Patent number: 8702410
    Abstract: An extrusion line for producing plastic profiles, preferably plastic pipes, comprising at least one extruder, one die, one calibration means and further following devices. The die has at least one aperture, and an extraction means arranged in front of the die as viewed in the extrusion direction, and the die consists of a plurality of functional regions with separate melt channels. Furthermore, the invention relates to increasing the cooling performance of an extrusion line for extruding a plastic profile, in particular a plastic pipe, which comprises the following steps, a) melting plastic in an extruder, b) shaping a plastic strand and feeding the plastic strand to a die, c) shaping a plastic profile by means of the die, and d) calibrating and curing by cooling the profile, the profile being cooled in the interior in addition to outer cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: battenfeld-cincinnati Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Leopold Hackl, Josef Dobrowsky, Georg Zacher, Miron I. Gorilovskiy
  • Publication number: 20140037810
    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: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Evans, James W. Finkowski, Gene A. Russel
  • Patent number: 8602766
    Abstract: Rotary forming devices and methods of using the rotary forming devices for producing products such as filled and unfilled “pillow” shaped products. In an embodiment, the invention provides a device comprising a housing comprising a die plate defining a plurality of outlets. The housing defines an inlet. A race plate is attached to the die plate. The race plate circumscribes the outlets of the die plate. A forming wheel is rotatably attached to the die plate. A motor assembly is attached to the forming wheel. The motor assembly is constructed and arranged to rotate the forming wheel in a hypocycloid motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Colin Muscroft
  • Publication number: 20130304217
    Abstract: A first tool is configured to cut a polymer implant, and includes a handle, a cutting portion, and a bending portion. A second tool is configured to cut a polymer implant, and includes a handle, a first cutting portion, and a second cutting portion. The cutting portions contain a cutter that is preferably a blade. In the second tool, the blades are preferably angled with respect to each other between about 45°. The tools can be used to reshape an implant that is to be used to replace a portion of a skull.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Ali Cem Recber, Sean H. Kerr, James Dwyer, Christopher Shane
  • Patent number: 8579624
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for manufacturing multi-wall corrugated polymer pipe. The system includes an extruder configured to co-extrude concentric annular tubes; a corrugator configured to form the concentric annular tubes into a dual-wall pipe having a smooth wall and a corrugated wall; a cross-head die configured to extrude an outer wall of pipe onto the corrugated wall of the dual-wall pipe; a vacuum punch configured to penetrate the outer wall of pipe and draw a vacuum between the corrugated wall and the outer wall, such that the outer wall of pipe deforms inward toward the corrugated wall of pipe between bell and spigot portions of the corrugated wall; and a cutter configured to cut the pipe into sections where the vacuum punch deformed the outer wall between the bell and spigot portions of the corrugated wall. A method of manufacturing multi-wall corrugated polymer pipe is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald S. Sutton, David J. Kelley, Randall A. Kolbet
  • Patent number: 8535038
    Abstract: A food dough forming apparatus for joining together a first end face of a rod-shaped food dough and a second end face of another rod-shaped food dough, the apparatus including: deforming and facing means for deforming the food doughs so as to cause the first end face and the second end face to face each other; and joining means for joining together the end faces caused to face each other by the deforming and facing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Okaizumi, Takao Takagi
  • Publication number: 20130193607
    Abstract: An automated material delivery system including a material handling assembly, a compaction member, a handling actuator, and a cutting actuator is provided. The material handling assembly is configured and arranged to guide material. The material handling assembly includes a tacking member that is configured and arranged to selectively press the material over a forming surface of a tool. The compaction member is spaced a select distance from the tacking member. The compaction member is further configured to selectively press the material over at least a portion of the forming surface of the tool. The handling actuator is coupled to selectively move at least one of the material handling assembly and the compaction member to move the material handling assembly in relation to the compaction member. The cutting assembly is positioned between the tacking member and the compaction member. The cutting assembly is configured and arranged to selectively cut the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher J. Madsen, Kyle E. Chapman, Boyd L. Hatch
  • Publication number: 20130183396
    Abstract: A wetted type calibrator for manufacturing a window frame and a manufactruing device including the same, in which an intensive cooling system having the wetted type calibrator including multiple disk parts is disposed at a next process of an extrusion molding process so as to enhance cooling effect. The wetted type calibrator for manufacturing the window frame includes a housing which accommdates a desired amount of water therein; and a calibrator assembly which is disposed in the housing so that an extruded product formed of a synthetic resin material is passed therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: LG HAUSYS, LTD.
    Inventor: Jeong Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 8450429
    Abstract: Brominated styrenic polymer is recovered from solution in a vaporizable solvent by converting the solution in a devolatilization extruder into a brominated styrenic polymer melt or flow and a separate vapor phase comprised predominately of vaporizable solvent, recovering the melt or flow from the devolatilization extruder, and allowing or causing the melt or flow to solidify. The solidified brominated styrenic polymer can be subdivided into a powder or pelletized form. Pellets so made have improved hardness and/or crush strength properties along with reduced formation of fines. Brominated anionic styrenic polymer is preferably used in the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Ablemarle Corporation
    Inventors: Charles H. Kolich, John F. Balhoff, Douglas W. Luther, Robert C. Herndon, Ronny W. Lin, Bruce C. Peters, Arthur G. Mack, David A. Lee
  • Patent number: 8376728
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for producing portions of food products in pieces, especially chunks of fresh meat, comprising at least one pump capable of outputting an approximately constant flow rate of food product in pieces, a tubular distributing pipe (2) connected to the delivery outlet of said pump, and comprising at least one delivery opening (22a, 22b), and cutting and shaping means (61) acting on the food product distributed by the outlet opening of the pipe to form portions (P1), said tubular pipe being equipped with a cutting system (3) comprising at least one cutting means, such as a flat oscillating blade (310a, 310b1 320a, 320b, 410), which traverses transversely from one side to the other of said main internal passageway in order to cut the food product into at least two layers and so produce textured portions (P1) of food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Stork Food Systems France
    Inventor: Jacques Le Paih
  • Patent number: 8309206
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an oriented film of thermoplastic polymer material comprises extrusion of a film in tubular form from an extrusion die, orienting the film in a main direction of orientation during the haul-off from the die while in molten or semi-molten state, the direction being at an angle between 0 and 45-to the axis of the tube, followed by cutting of the tube at an angle to its main degree of orientation to form a web having an orientation of no less than 20 to its longitudinal direction, which method involves segmental stretching of the film to form an array of linear bosses (1), being of thicker material, integrally connected by thinner webs (2), said bosses and webs extending in a direction which is generally parallel with the direction of orientation, forming an acute angle to the longitudinal direction of the web, the method involving, after segmental stretching and cutting, shearing of the bosses along one another under re-orientation in the connecting webs, to increase the angle at which
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Ole-Bendt Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20120279147
    Abstract: A window includes first and second panes and a frame coupled to the first and second panes to form an air gap there between. The window further includes an electrical generator disposed in the air gap configured to convert electromagnetic radiation to electricity. The window further includes a venting system configured to vent heat from the air gap away from the first pane or the second pane. The window further includes first and second reflective coatings respectively disposed on first surfaces of the panes. The first surfaces face the air gap, and the reflective coatings are configured to reflect infrared radiation into the air gap. The window further includes first and second antireflective coatings respectively disposed on second surfaces of the panes. The second surfaces face away from the air gap, and the antireflective coatings are configured to transmit visible light and infrared radiation into the air gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: SolarPath, Inc.
    Inventor: Narinder Singh Kapany
  • Publication number: 20120282436
    Abstract: Apparatuses and processes for aperturing and stretching a web are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method involves feeding a web into a nip that is formed between at least one pair of intermeshing rolls. The first roll is a raised ridge rotary knife aperturing roll and the second roll is a ring roll; both rolls comprise ridges and grooves. The first roll comprises a plurality of spaced-apart teeth extending outwardly from the top surface of the ridges, said teeth having tips, wherein the top surface of said ridges are disposed between the tips of said teeth and the bottom surface of said grooves. These apparatuses and processes enable a web to be formed which comprises apertures having greater open area than previously achievable with traditional processes and apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Richard George Coe, Jill Marlene Orr, Sarah Beth Gross, Robert Karl Isburgh, Leroy Joseph Kocher, Kevin Gerard Muhs, Timothy Ian Mullane
  • Patent number: 8192664
    Abstract: A system and method for forming an article from thermoplastic material and fiber. The method includes heating thermoplastic material to form a molten thermoplastic material for blending with the fiber. The molten thermoplastic material is blended with the fibers to form a molten composite material having a concentration of fiber by weight. The molten composite material may then be extruded through dynamic dies to deliver discrete controlled material that is gravitated onto a lower portion of a mold. The lower portion of the mold may be moved in space and time while receiving the flow of composite material to deposit a predetermined quantity of molten composite material thereon conforming to mold cavities of the lower and an upper portion of the mold. The upper portion of the mold may be pressed against the predetermined quantity of molten composite material and closing on the lower portion of the mold to form the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: LRM Industries International Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Polk, Jr., Dale E. Polk, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8057213
    Abstract: An apparatus for molding and proving dough, including a pair of sheet rollers for providing a dough strip to a dough molder, a means for engaging and disengaging a retractable dough divider, the retractable dough divider when engaged separates the dough into dough portions as its exits the dough molder and a prover for recovering the dough portions. Also disclosed is a dough molder for a strip of dough including a conveyor having a first run spaced below a curling mat to curl the dough strip; the curling mat resting on at least the first run of the conveyor, the curling mat having a raised section which does not contact the first run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Moffat Pty Limited
    Inventor: Paul Eaton Willett
  • Patent number: 7874826
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an ink stick for use in a phase change ink jet imaging device comprises heating phase change ink material to an extrusion temperature at which the phase change ink material is in a malleable state. The ink material is then extruded through an extrusion orifice to form an extruded rail of ink. The extruded rail of ink is then roll formed to partially form a portion of a shape transverse to the extrusion direction as the rail of ink moves in the extrusion direction. A swaging process is then carried out to further form and divide the extruded rail of ink into ink sticks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brent Rodney Jones, Gustavo J. Yusem, Edward F. Burress, Dan Leo Massopust
  • Patent number: 7841850
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing elongate variably shaped bodies at least partially comprising thermoplastic material a profile is extruded from an extrusion system head and engaged in a flexible conduit created by cavities formed inside a series of calibration plates attached flexibly together. The calibration plates slide freely over a rotating mold to adopt the shape of the mold's outer contour. The profile is driven through the flexible conduit and winded around the rotating mould like coils. In an embodiment of the apparatus and method, the profile is winded around a size-variable mould creating three-dimensional objects in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Soheyl Mottahedeh
  • Publication number: 20100270698
    Abstract: An upper press platen supports an upper mold member slidable vertically within a surrounding upper trim frame. A lower press platen supports a lower trim frame surrounding a lower mold member slidable vertically within the lower trim frame. The lower mold member defines a cavity connected to a vacuum source, and one or two heated sheets of material are positioned between the trim frames and mold members which are then closed to clamp peripheral portions of the sheets between the trim frames. The lower heated sheet is vacuum formed into the cavity and the sheets are fused together with heat and pressure to form a part which is then cooled. The mold members shift downwardly as a unit within the trim frames to shear the peripheral portions of the sheets from the part. The trimmed part and peripheral portions are removed after the trim frames and mold members open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Anthony C. Seger
  • 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: 20100196564
    Abstract: A device for manufacturing food products includes two or more raw material-feed hoppers, the hoppers being disposed above a conveyer belt and each hopper containing two rollers that rotate in opposing directions relative to one another to produce raw material sheets. A molding roller is disposed above the conveyer belt that rotates in a direction opposite of the conveyer belt. The sheets produced in the hoppers are deposited on the conveyer belt and are fed between the conveyer belt and the molding roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: JOSE ABEL CEPEDA MENDOZA, ESPIRIDION VALDES RODRIGUEZ
  • Patent number: 7585443
    Abstract: Despite the frangibility of additive-free granules of brominated anionic styrenic polymer, it has been found possible by use of special mechanical processing to provide pellets of unadulterated brominated anionic styrenic polymer having a bromine content of at least about 50 wt % and in which at least about 70 wt % (preferably at least about 75 wt %) of the pellets are retained on a standard US No. 40 sieve and no more than about 30 wt % (preferably no more than about 25 wt %) are retained on a standard US No. 5 sieve. In preferred embodiments such pelletized anionic styrenic polymer is brominated anionic polystyrene having a bromine content of at least about 67 wt %, e.g., in the range of about 67 to about 71 wt %. Also preferred are pelletized brominated anionic styrenic polymers in which the melt flow index (ASTM D 1238-99) at 220° C., 2.16 kg is at least 4 g/10 min and preferably is at least 5 g/10 min.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Albemarle Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas W. Luther
  • Patent number: 7578959
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for blow molding a case for housing an object, such as a tool, is disclosed generally comprising first and second mold portions located adjacent each other to create separate cavities for forming base and lid portions of a case and a punch for each portion corresponding to the outline of an object. In certain embodiments, the punch protrudes into the cavity during blow molding to create a sidewall to facilitate a press fit. In some embodiments, additional punches and/or recesses are provided to produce additional apertures or flanges in the walls of the tool case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Custom-Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Clay Bahnsen, Michael L. Grinnall, Daniel E. Koranda, James W. Wiese
  • Patent number: 7556487
    Abstract: A dual-filled gum piece is provided having a first cavity filled with a liquid filling and a second cavity filled with a powder filling. The gum pieces are produced by extruding a gum rope having two separate channels respectively filled with liquid and powder, sizing and shaping the gum rope, cooling the gum rope, cutting the rope into discrete gum pieces, and finally cooling the gum pieces. The gum pieces optionally can be coated with a hard coating. In other aspects for single- and dual-filled gums, a process for making the gum pieces employs a rope sizer that reduces the diameter of the gum rope and shapes it to have a non-round cross-section, and a multi-story cooling tunnel having individually motor-driven conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Intergum Gida Sinayi ve Ticaret A.S.
    Inventors: Nesim Acar, Albert Levi
  • Publication number: 20090096126
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing an assembly of two ringed sheaths (1,2) ready to be used to make a single ringed sheath around for example a bundle of electric cables (13), wherein two smooth-walled tubes are simultaneously extruded using a single extruder fitted with two extrusion nozzles, the two smooth-walled tubes are simultaneously moulded into two ringed wall tubes using a moulder equipped with moulds each fitted with two ringed profiles extending in parallel in a longitudinal direction and being paired along one and the same parting line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Christophe Baverel, Benoit Remy
  • Publication number: 20090061036
    Abstract: A tuna fish canning apparatus is provided wherein each can has a premium cake appearance. The machine has first and second turrets adjacent each other which rotate around a common axis. Fish slugs loaded into a shared pocket by the adjacent turrets are severed along a plane between the turrets to produce first and second cakes with each cake having a cut surface and each cake adapted to be transferred into a can. The present invention provides first and second knock-out plungers for ejecting the first and second cakes into cans, wherein the first and second knock-out plungers are positioned on opposite sides of the plane between the first and second turrets so that each cake has its freshly cut surface at the top of the can to provide a premium appearance. A method for achieving the same result is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Allen Hoffman
  • Patent number: 7455513
    Abstract: A blow molded case is disclosed generally comprising a double wall, blow molded base portion having inner and outer case walls, and a lid portion connected to the base portion such that the lid, when in a closed position, at least partly covers the inner case wall of the base portion, which accommodates a first object. The outer wall of the base portion has a hole for receiving a second object, such as a drawer or other receptacle. In certain embodiments, the hole is a punched hole, created by extending a punch through a sidewall of the base portion substantially perpendicular to the parting line thereof. In certain embodiments, the sidewall is non-planar, and in some embodiments, the sidewall includes a recess adjacent the hole for easily gripping the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Custom-Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L Grinnall, David W. Cozzens, Clay Bahnsen, Steven P. Guidebeck, James M. Wiese
  • Publication number: 20080160128
    Abstract: A food processor implement for converting food articles into a stringy nature, includes: a base; a die member mounted on the base and formed with a plurality of die openings; a pusher member mounted on the base in spaced relation to the die member to define a space between the two members for receiving the food article to be processed; and a drive for driving one of the members towards the other after the food article has been received in the space between the two members, to force the food article through the plurality of die openings, and thereby to convert the food article to a stringy nature. In the described preferred embodiment, the die member is fixed to the base, and the pusher member is manually driven towards the die member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: AAC Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Eli Cohen, Ann Grant
  • Patent number: 7077640
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing molded materials of a thermosetting resin composition in a method of granulating a molding material of the thermosetting resin composition, in which a sheet producing step for transferring the molding material in a molten state to a subsequent stage while processing the same material into a sheet type material of a predetermined thickness, a first processing step for cutting the sheet type material, which has thus been transferred to a stage for carrying out this step, in parallel with the transfer direction thereof to a predetermined width, and thereby obtaining a processed body of laterally arranged rows of elongated string-like materials, a step of cutting the processed body, which is obtained in the first processing step, to a predetermined length with respect to the transfer direction, a transfer direction changing step for transferring the processed body, which has been subjected to the cutting step, to a subsequent stage by changing the transfer direction of the processed body
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Sumitomo Bakelite Company Limited
    Inventors: Osamu Hashimoto, Kazuyuki Najima, Ryuji Nozaki
  • Patent number: 7052727
    Abstract: An assembly and method for forming a frozen confection portion of a frozen confection type food product, the assembly comprising a mold assembly provided with a mold cavity of a selected configuration ad formed by a flexible inert casing, a pump for moving confection into the mold cavity and casing to fill the mold cavity and casing, sealing means for sealing the ends of the casing to provide a link of confection, a cutter device for separating the link from adjoining links, freezing devices for receiving and further freezing the link, and apparatus for opening the casing of the link and permitting the frozen confection to exit out of the casing in the selected configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Cool Dog, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter B. Franklin, Arthur L. Darcy
  • Patent number: 6692669
    Abstract: Used and manufacturing scrap asphalt shingle material is processed into a relatively coarse material comprising pieces or flakes of a maximum predetermined size. The flakes are finish processed into a composite board product in a method that includes (i) mixing the flakes with a relatively high percentage content of solvent suffused fiber, (ii) grinding and heating the flakes and fiber to form a homogenous semi-liquid mixture, (iii) extruding and conveying the homogenous mixture to a board forming station, and (iv) compressing the mixture into the composite board product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: American Builders & Contractors Supply Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Mischo
  • Patent number: 6685457
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying food dough forms blocks of food dough that are continuously supplied into a sheet or belt of food dough and then divides it into chunks of food dough that have preset weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., ltd
    Inventors: Torahiko Hayashi, Michio Morikawa, Shigeo Uesawa, Eiji Kuribayashi
  • Publication number: 20030201566
    Abstract: The invention provides a compounded polymer feedstock formed by cold-pressing of the ingredients into tablets or pellets. This avoids the need for heating associated with conventional pellet-forming processes, and is particularly suitable for compounding of heat-sensitive materials such as PVA. The invention also provides a novel tablet-forming apparatus, suitable for forming large volumes of pressed compounded polymer feedstock, together with tablets of the feedstock, and methods of manufacturing plastics products using the tablets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventor: Henry Guy Stevens
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6604336
    Abstract: Complementary roof tiles for a staggered roof tile layout are provided by: (i) extruding and conveying a composite ribbon; (ii) demarcating the composite ribbon into an alternating succession of a first roof tile type and a second roof tile type by engaging the composite ribbon with an upstream cutting blade and a downstream cutting blade, such that each roof tile type is demarcated at an upstream tile edge by one of the cutting blades and at a downstream tile edge by the other of the cutting blades, and such that a selected one of the roof tile types includes a pair of cut-out portions demarcated along one of the upstream and downstream tile edges on opposite ones of the ribbon side edges; (iii) separating the succession of demarcated roof tile types into distinct roof tiles; and (v) curing the distinct roof tiles to form a set of cured roof tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: CRH Oldcastle, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley Sherman Bane, Gary Lee Manlove
  • Patent number: 6530767
    Abstract: The invention provides for the manufacture of food products. In one preferred form, methods and apparatus are provided for cutting individual confectionery products from a slab or strip of product material into a product with a particular silhouette. In another form, the invention provides methods and apparatus for both cutting and forming individual confectionery products from strips or ropes. The process can be used for simply forming products from pre-cut segments or other blanks of confectionery material, including imparting a relatively precise texture, finish or detail to such products. The products may, but need not, be subsequently enrobed in chocolate or another coating. The confectionery material may also include candied fruit bits, dry fruits, nuts, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Mars Incorporated
    Inventor: Roberto A. Capodieci
  • Patent number: 6524090
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying food dough forms blocks of food dough that are continuously supplied into a sheet or belt of food dough and then divides it into chunks of food dough that have preset weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Torahiko Hayashi, Michio Morikawa, Shigeo Uesawa, Eiji Kuribayashi
  • Publication number: 20030020200
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing molded materials of a thermosetting resin composition in a method of granulating a molding material of the thermosetting resin composition, in which a sheet producing step for transferring the molding material in a molten state to a subsequent stage while processing the same material into a sheet type material of a predetermined thickness, a first processing step for cutting the sheet type material, which has thus been transferred to a stage for carrying out this step, in parallel with the transfer direction thereof to a predetermined width, and thereby obtaining a processed body of laterally arranged rows of elongated string-like materials, a step of cutting the processed body, which is obtained in the first processing step, to a predetermined length with respect to the transfer direction, a transfer direction changing step for transferring the processed body, which has been subjected to the cutting step, to a subsequent stage by changing the transfer direction of the processed body
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Applicant: SUMITOMO BAKELITE COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Osamu Hashimoto, Kazuyuki Najima, Ryuji Nozakl
  • Patent number: 6431849
    Abstract: The invention provides for the manufacture of food products. In one preferred form, methods and apparatus are provided for cutting individual confectionery products from a slab or strip of product material into a product with a particular silhouette. In another form, the invention provides methods and apparatus for both cutting and forming individual confectionery products from strips or ropes. The process can be used for simply forming products from pre-cut segments or other blanks of confectionery material, including imparting a relatively precise texture, finish or detail to such products. The products may, but need not, be subsequently enrobed in chocolate or another coating. In still other embodiments, the confectionery material may comprise grains of a puffed cereal. In some instances, a matrix of plasticizable material holds the grains together and the confectionery material may also include, in addition to the puffed cereal, candied fruit bits, dry fruits, nuts, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventor: Roberto A. Capodieci
  • Patent number: 6383432
    Abstract: A compact in-line high-speed apparatus and method for producing thermoplastic synthetic fibers includes a melt spinning device with a spinning block and a tow drawer; wherein the spinning block has at least one extruder, at least one spinneret block, and heating devices, and the tow drawer draws fibers spun from the spinning block as a bundled tow. Also provided is a drawn tow accumulating device equipped with at least two tow feeding rolls and a tow accumulating conveyer, wherein the tow feeding rolls feed the tow obtained from the tow drawer onto the tow accumulating conveyer, and the tow accumulating conveyer accumulates the tow fed from the tow feeding rolls. A high-speed tow stretching device is used for stretching tie tow supplied from the drawn tow accumulating device at high stretching speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Chisso Corporation
    Inventors: Sadaaki Nakajima, Taiju Terakawa, Kanemitsu Fuchigami, Masaru Nishijima
  • Patent number: 6319456
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and apparatus for manufacturing shaped polymeric articles by substantially continuous vacuum forming. The method includes providing a sheet of hot polymeric material which is disposed onto a rotating belt having a mold impression. Vacuum pressure is applied to the polymeric material through the belt so as to draw the hot polymeric material into intimate contact with the mold impression to form a patterned sheet portion and a remaining sheet portion. This method thereafter cools at least the patterned sheet portion below a heat deflection temperature of the polymeric material, forms the remaining sheet portion, and then cools the remaining sheet portion below the heat deflection temperature so that features other than the central pattern, such as nail and butt edges, can be mechanically worked into the polymeric sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Certainteed Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Gilbert, Kenneth D. Bosler, Edward C. Dell
  • Publication number: 20010030376
    Abstract: Molding material consisting of resin coated reinforcing fibers in a molten mass of resin and fibers is prepared at a molding site for controlled supply to a molding machine. A conveying device, such as a pair of pinch rollers, serves to pull fibers from supply spools through guide orifices of a coating die having a chamber within which the fiber is coated with molten resin. Further impregnation of the fibers with resin takes place in the conveying device, which also develops pressure on its output side serving to push the mass of hot resin and fiber into a receiving device for movement to a molding machine. The receiving device may be the feed screw for an injection molding machine or simply a plate movable to and from a compression molding machine. The fibers may be cut into predetermined lengths by a cutting device positioned downstream of the aforesaid conveying device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventor: Ronald C. Hawley
  • Patent number: 6231330
    Abstract: The invention provides for the manufacture of food products. In one preferred form, methods and apparatus are provided for cutting individual confectionery products from a slab or strip of product material into a product with a particular silhouette. In another form, the invention provides methods and apparatus for both cutting and forming individual confectionery products from strips or ropes. The process can be used for simply forming products from pre-cut segments or other blanks of confectionery material, including imparting a relatively precise texture, finish or detail to such products. The products may, but need not, be subsequently enrobed in chocolate or another coating. In still other embodiments, the confectionery material may comprise grains of a puffed cereal. In some instances, a matrix of plasticizable material holds the grains together and the confectionery material may also include, in addition to the puffed cereal, candied fruit bits, dry fruits, nuts, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventor: Roberto A. Capodieci