Severing Means Preceding Reshaping Means Patents (Class 425/297)
  • Patent number: 10759077
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hole in a component consisting of a composite material, such as a fiber or fabric reinforced plastic part, wherein the component, having first and second oppositely disposed sides, is placed with its first side on a support having an iris diaphragm. A tip which diverges in the axial direction is pressed from the second side of the component through the component, which optionally has a pre-piercing, for formation of the hole or for enlargement of the pre-piercing. The iris diaphragm has a smaller starting opening which receives a narrower region of the tip and opens into a larger opening with increasing penetration of the component by the tip, the component is supported during hole formation over an as large as possible area from the first side. A piercing aid in the form of an iris diaphragm or a die button is likewise claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert, Andreas Lembach, Christian Sowa
  • Patent number: 10375970
    Abstract: A sausage rolling machine utilizes gravity to reduce costs when rolling a food dough casing around a sausage. A first conveyor rotates in a first direction so as to move a food dough casing toward an edge of the first conveyor. A second conveyor is disposed below the first conveyor. A sausage dispenser dispenses a sausage. A hinged unit is disposed below the sausage dispenser and includes a hinge and a tray portion extending from the hinge. The hinged unit receives the food dough casing that is falling off the edge of the first conveyor when the hinged unit is at rest, initiates wrapping of the food dough casing around the sausage, and rotates the tray portion about the hinge, causing the sausage to roll onto the second conveyor while also causing the sausage to be partially wrapped by the food dough casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Young S Choi
  • Patent number: 10343322
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices for extruding plastics, notably mixtures of elastomers which are intended to be used in the manufacture of tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale Des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche Et Technique, S.A.
    Inventors: Arnaud Letocart, Christophe Ougier, Gerard Crosnier
  • Patent number: 10255744
    Abstract: A disk transferring device transferring disks delivered one by one from an disk reception opening to an disk ejection opening includes: a disk guide path having left and right guide surfaces that guide a peripheral surface of each of the disks and front and back guide surfaces that guide an front surface and a back surface of the disk, the disk guide path extending from the disk reception opening toward the disk ejection opening; and a plurality of disk pushers protruding into the disk guide path and pushing the disks by making a rotational movement about a plurality of rotational axis lines approximately at a right angle with respect to the front and back guide surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Minoru Enomoto
  • Patent number: 10238119
    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: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: James R Evans, James W Finkowski, Gene A Russel
  • Patent number: 10052783
    Abstract: A method for the manufacture of a hole in a component consisting of a composite material, such as a fiber reinforced plastic part or a fabric reinforced plastic part, which is characterized in that the component having first and second oppositely disposed sides is placed with its first side on a support having an iris diaphragm, in that a tip which diverges in the axial direction is pressed coming from the second side of the component through the component, which optionally has a pre-piercing, for the formation of the hole or for the enlargement of the pre-piercing and in that the iris diaphragm has a smaller starting opening which receives a narrower region of the tip and opens into a larger opening with increasing penetration of the component by the tip, whereby the component is supported during the hole formation over an as large as possible area from the first side. A piercing aid in the form of an iris diaphragm or a corresponding die button is likewise claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO, KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert, Andreas Lembach, Christian Sowa
  • Patent number: 9918482
    Abstract: A ball-shaped food forming machine includes a casing, a pair of sheet-forming rollers, a sheet guide, a cutter roller, a cutter blade, a first ball-forming roller and a second ball-forming roller. The casing includes a receiving chamber. The sheet-forming rollers define a sheet-forming gap therebetween. The sheet guide has a cutting end. The cutter blade is disposed on the cutter roller and rotate along with the cutter roller. When the cutter blade rotated to a first position, a distal end of the cutter blade is right adjacent to the cutting end of the sheet guide. The first and second ball-forming rollers define a plurality of ball-forming gaps therebetween. The first ball-forming roller is closer to the cutter blade than the second ball-forming roller. Thereby, a food slug can be efficiently formed into ball-shaped food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dasin Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Da-You Xie
  • Patent number: 9408398
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning and positioning a plurality of pieces of food dough having a triangular shape on a conveyor. The apparatus includes an upstream conveyor conveying the pieces of food dough having a triangular shape, a downstream conveyor faster than the upstream conveyor, a separating apparatus separating a plurality of the pieces of food dough set in a line in the perpendicular direction to the moving direction of the conveyor from the following row of the pieces and translocating them from the upstream conveyor to the downstream conveyor, a laying-out and rotating apparatus laying-out and rotating a plurality of the pieces set in a line so that they are positioned at predetermined intervals in the perpendicular direction to the moving direction of the conveyor and are rotated 90 degrees in a predetermined rotational direction, and a detecting device detecting the pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kuwabara, Nobuo Oshima
  • Publication number: 20150147435
    Abstract: A press assembly for forming a food product where the press assembly includes a cutting dye including a body that extends from a proximal end to a distal end. The proximal end has an irregular shape and a sharp edge configured to cut the food product into the irregular shape. The body has an interior surface surrounding an interior space. The press assembly further includes a pressure plate arranged within the interior space. The pressure plate includes a pressing surface including a first zone and a second zone surrounding and extending from the first zone at a taper angle such that an outer end of the second zone is recessed from an inner end adjacent the first zone. The cutting dye and the pressure plate cooperate to press and cut the food product. The food product is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: David Rettey, Adam Kronback, Gaelle Denais-Kruse, Robert Mathiowetz, David Zion Ovadia, Wayne M. Pafko
  • Publication number: 20150125564
    Abstract: A dumpling maker is provided with a dough container; two rotating rollers for compressing dough batch into a continuous dough sheet; dough pressing units for further pressing the continuous dough sheet; hand wheels each for adjusting a gap between the gauging rollers; a flour hopper for applying an amount of flour onto the continuous dough sheet; a brush member for rubbing the continuous dough sheet; a dough cutting unit for cutting the continuous dough sheet into respective dough sheets; a stuffing hopper; a mixer for uniformly mixing stuffing contained in the stuffing hopper; a stuffing feeding device for feeding an amount of the stuffing from the stuffing hopper onto each respective dough sheet; a dough mold for shaping the respective dough sheets into groove-shaped dough sheets; and two pressing rollers for pressing curved, upward bent portions of the groove-shaped dough sheets together to form dumplings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Chi Chiao Frozen Foods Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying-Sheng Chen
  • Patent number: 8944800
    Abstract: A kitchen tool applies texture to gnocchi or gnocchetti. The kitchen tool has a bottom surface defining a plurality of parallel longitudinal ridges. Serrations on the longitudinal ridges help the longitudinal ridges to grip a ball of dough. A cross ridge is generally normal to the longitudinal ridges and depends below the longitudinal ridges. Sides depend below the cross ridge and the longitudinal ridges. The kitchen tool may be a part of a kit that also includes a dry dough mix. A method of using the tool also is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Richard R. Riggio
  • 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: 8840390
    Abstract: A cut-off device is used for providing a deposit of known portion weight of the ground meat or paste. This deposit is dropped accurately onto a conveyor belt for transport to a press wheel the height of which, from the conveyor, can be adjusted to provide a finished product of correct thickness. The press wheel has a system of vacuum ducts around the circumference in four chambers that pull paper from a de-nesting tray situated at the top of the press wheel, at the correct interval as to meet up with the deposit at the base of the wheel. This results in the deposit being pressed to the required thickness onto the conveyor, with the interleave paper attached to the top of the now formed patty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Risco USA Corporation
    Inventor: Alan G. Miller
  • Patent number: 8794954
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring objects (2), in particular caps (2), from a molding carousel (3) on which the caps (2) are molded, to an evacuating device (6), comprises: —a supporting element (11) that is rotatable around a rotation axis (X1) and is suitable for receiving said objects (2) and, —arm means (13) that is rotatable around said rotation axis (X1) and comprising seat means (16) that is suitable for receiving said caps (2); the arm means (13) is movable so as to vary the distance of the arm means (13) from said rotation axis (X1), in particular it is movable radially with respect to the rotation axis (X1) to slide the objects (2) on the supporting element (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Societa' Cooperativa
    Inventor: Gianluca Aldigeri
  • Publication number: 20140120334
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for producing a long strip-shaped porous thermosetting resin sheet free of defective portions leading to breakage. The present invention is a method for producing a porous thermosetting resin sheet, the method including the steps of cutting a hollow-cylindrical or solid-cylindrical thermosetting resin block containing a porogen into a sheet of a thermosetting resin with a predetermined thickness by bringing a cutting blade into contact with the thermosetting resin block while rotating the thermosetting resin block about a hollow cylinder axis or a solid cylinder axis; and making the resultant thermosetting resin sheet porous by removing the porogen from the thermosetting resin sheet. The cutting blade is reciprocated approximately parallel to a direction of the rotational axis of the thermosetting resin block while the cutting is being performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriaki Harada, Yoshihide Kawaguchi, Shunsuke Noumi, Masaya Yano
  • Patent number: 8685300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoforming device for thermoforming a product (1) from a plastic foil (23), and to a corresponding method. The invention relates particularly to a thermoforming process and device in which a slot (2) is arranged in a product (1) to be formed. The invention also relates to a product (1), particularly a flowerpot, manufactured using this thermoforming device or method. The thermoforming device is characterized in that the cutting sleeve (10) and cutting plate (7) and/or hold-down element (8) define an auxiliary cutting line through which the plastic foil (23) is cut in order to arrange a slot (2) in the product (1) to be formed. The functions of slot-forming and product-foil separation are hereby performed by substantially the same components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Bosch Sprang Beheer B.V.
    Inventors: Antoni Bosch, Martijn Haex
  • Patent number: 8668485
    Abstract: An improved dough-rolling apparatus and method for rolling sheeted dough. The proposed invention comprises a dough-rolling apparatus having a dough sheeter that cuts a dough sheet into preforms having a concave leading edge and convex trailing edge. A rolling curtain creates a rolled preform with the leading edge on the inside and the trailing edge on the outside. The rolled preform is cooked to produce a rolled snack product with consistent thickness throughout its length and a round outer flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Emerson, Shalaka Narwankar
  • Patent number: 8641405
    Abstract: The invention concerns a piston (1) for positioning a food pot decoration in a mold, a positioning device comprising this piston, and an associated positioning method. The piston (1) comprises at least one means (10) for prefolding or folding the decoration over its full height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: A R C I L
    Inventor: Christophe Bonnier
  • Publication number: 20130266707
    Abstract: A dough cutting device for producing a dough piece for baking toast or the like. The dough roll is moved on a lower conveyor belt having a roll centerline oriented transverse to a conveying direction. At least one cutting knife rotating about a front rotational axis is arranged at a distance corresponding to a variably adjustable front separating gap above the lower conveyor belt, and sectionally cuts the dough roll, wherein a front connecting web of the dough roll remains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Fritsch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Fackelmann, Josef Hoos
  • Publication number: 20130129851
    Abstract: A device that makes it possible to produce end products having a textured aspect identical to that of the initial food product introduced into the pump, and particularly in the case of meat, keeping the fibrous aspect of the initial pieces of meat. The device according to the invention may be used for producing portions from any type of food product in pieces, such as meat in muscle, filleted fish, and vegetables in pieces such as carrots for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: STORK FOOD SYSTEMS FRANCE
    Inventor: STORK FOOD SYSTEMS FRANCE
  • Publication number: 20130116662
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for manufacturing a medical tubular object, such as a catheter, for insertion into a body passageway. The method comprises the steps of extruding a tube by pushing tube material though an extrusion nozzle and cutting the extruded tube at a predetermined length. Further, an initial part of the extruded tube is advanced onto a tapered mandrel arranged adjacent the extrusion nozzle such that a flared end is formed, and after a predetermined length of the extruded tube has been advanced onto the tapered mandrel, the tapered mandrel is moved away from the extrusion nozzle to prevent that the rest of the extruded tube is expanded by the tapered mandrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Andrea SCHMID, Mats ANDERSSON
  • Publication number: 20130049250
    Abstract: The containers are thermoformed at a thermoforming station from blanks cut out from a sheet of thermoplastic material. Before thermoforming the containers, at least some blank zones in the sheet are heated, the hot blanks are cut out from the heated zones and the hot blanks are conveyed to the thermoforming station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: ERCA
    Inventors: Timothy Cooper, Frédéric Moreau, Dominique Schwab
  • Publication number: 20120273989
    Abstract: A system for the continuous production of fiber-reinforced resin sheets during the production of fiber-reinforced molded parts by extrusion in a molding press, wherein a production device for producing resin sheets, comprising a mixing device for combining at least one resin base having fibers and a fulling and saturating device for mixing the fibers with the resin base into a resin sheet is arranged in succession, a thickening device is arranged for maturation of the resin sheet and a transfer device is arranged for cutting the resin sheet to length to a cut sheet for subsequent transfer of at least one cut sheet to the molding press; in the thickening device there is a transport section between the inlet point of the resin sheet into and an outlet point of the resin sheet out of the thickening device. At least one positioning device is arranged substantially within the thickening device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Matthias Graf
  • Patent number: 8277211
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a transferring element for transferring a dose of flowable material, said dose being provided with an elongated body having a transverse dimension and an end zone, a receiving member for receiving said dose from said transferring element, wherein said transferring element comprising an end-forming arrangement for forming said end zone in such a way as to decrease said transverse dimension in the vicinity of said end zone. A dose of plastics comprises an elongated body provided with a transverse dimension, said elongated body comprising an end zone provided with a respective transverse dimension that is less than said transverse dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Societa' Cooperativa
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Parrinello, Alessandro Balboni, Maurizio Borgatti, Matteo Camerani
  • Patent number: 8272418
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of an apparatus, system and method for manufacturing irregularly shaped panel filters. For example, according to one illustrative embodiment, a system for manufacturing irregularly shaped panel filters includes a filter medium source, a scoring section in filter medium receiving communication with the filter medium source, a first gathering section in filter medium receiving communication with the scoring section, an unfolding section in filter medium receiving communication with the first gathering section, a shaping section having a laterally moveable cutting portion in filter medium receiving communication with the unfolding section, and a second gathering section in filter medium receiving communication with the shaping section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Ana R. Considine, Larry T. Gunderson, David D. Helgeson, Amy K. Luttropp, Steven Stokstad
  • Patent number: 8267588
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fluid lubrication bearing device in which generation of a contaminant in a resin housing is suppressed, maintaining a high level of cleanliness in the interior and in the periphery of the bearing device. A side portion 7a and a bottom portion 7b of a housing 7 are formed integrally by injection molding of a resin material, and a gate mark 12 of a gate resin portion 11 formed at a lower end surface 7d of the bottom portion 7b of the molding is formed by a jig 13 having a forming surface 13a with a concave configuration. As a result, the cut portion 12a of the gate mark with sharp asperities is smoothened, and the surface 12d of the gate mark 12 is turned into a smooth convex curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Inazuka, Masanori Mizutani
  • Patent number: 8235702
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an extruding device having a dispensing opening for extruding a flowable material along an exit direction through the dispensing opening, and a cutting arrangement for separating a dose from the flowable material, the cutting arrangement being movable with a motion component that is parallel to the exit direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperative Meccanici Imola Societa' Cooperativa
    Inventors: Alessandro Balboni, Fiorenzo Parrinello
  • 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: 8007266
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises: forming means movable along a first path for compression moulding doses of plastics; a plurality of transfer means for transferring said doses to said forming means; a plurality of arm means, each arm means being associated with a corresponding transfer means for moving said transfer means along a second path having a portion substantially coinciding with a further portion of said first path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperative Meccanici Imola Societa' Cooperativa
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Parrinello, Zeno Zuffa, Maurizio Borgatti, Alessandro Balboni, Matteo Camerani, Mauro Battilani, Dario Beltrandi
  • Patent number: 7967593
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying synthetic resins applicable to a metal mold wheel that rotates at a high speed. A cutter of a cutter unit and a holding fitting are attached to an air cylinder, so that the cutter unit can be advanced and retreated in the radial direction of rotation. When the molten resin is stably blown out from an extrusion nozzle, the air cylinder is expanded to move the cutter to an advanced position to cut the molten resin. When the molten resin is unstably blown out from the extruder, the air cylinder is contracted and the cutter is arranged at a retreated position so will not to come in contact with the molten resin. Despite the cutter wheel continues to rotate, the molten resin is not contacted by the cutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichiro Takano, Satoru Nemoto
  • Patent number: 7896634
    Abstract: In a tenter dryer, while a film is dried, the stretch or the relaxation of the film are made. The tenter dryer includes first-third drying chambers for independently controlling the drying conditions and a shiftable stretch/relaxation device for making the stretch and the relaxation of the film with holding the film. When the stretch/relaxation device holds four edges, cutter blades provided in a drying nozzle cut the film to sheet films. Then while holding the film, the stretch/relaxation device moves between the first-third drying chambers in which drying conditions are previously controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Suzuki, Kazunori Osaki, Hitoshi Ikeda, Toshinao Arai
  • Publication number: 20110001258
    Abstract: Each of supply means 30 arranged around an extrusion port 22 of an extruder 20 supplies, while cutting a molten resin which has been extruded from the extrusion port 22 of the extruder 20 alternately in a predetermined length, the molten resin D which has been cut to a supply position which is provided at each of the supply means, and then sequentially supplies the molten resin D to each of a compression molding dies 40 which are provided in a pair with each of the supply means. As a result, in producing a synthetic resin molded article with a predetermined shape by compression molding by cutting a molten resin which has been extruded from an extruder and supplying the resin which has been cut to a compression molding die, the above-mentioned constitution can be preferably utilized for the production of a synthetic resin molded product which requires a further high load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: TOYO SEIKAN KAISHA, LTD
    Inventors: Atsushi Yoneda, Yuuji Iwakiri
  • Publication number: 20100297401
    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: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Ole-Bendt Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20100289171
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an extruding device (2) having a dispensing opening (8) for extruding a flowable material along an exit direction (Z1) through said dispensing opening (8), and cutting means (3) for separating a dose (50) from said flowable material, said cutting means (3) being movable with a motion component that is parallel to said exit direction (Z1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: SACMI COOPERATIVA MECCANICI IMOLA SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA
    Inventors: Alessandro Balboni, Fiorenzo Parrinello
  • Patent number: 7628601
    Abstract: A machine for compression molding plastic articles includes a turret constructed for rotation around a vertical axis. A first array of compression molds and a second array of compression molds are mounted on the turret for movement through respective first and second mold paths as the turret rotates around the vertical turret axis. A first mold charge placement mechanism is disposed adjacent to the first path for placing mold charges into molds of the first array in sequence as the turret rotates. A second mold charge placement mechanism is disposed adjacent to the second path for placing mold charges into molds of the second array in sequence as the turret rotates and independently of the first mechanism. The first and second mold paths may be spaced from each other radially of the turret axis and/or longitudinally of the turret axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Rexam Closure Systems Inc.
    Inventors: B. Jack Rote, David C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7628945
    Abstract: Extruding radiused plastic articles with an extruding machine terminating in die defining a path of travel between upstream and downstream ends. The die has an outlet opening extending longitudinally in the direction of the path of travel, the opening oriented so a polymeric material is extruded therefrom in a direction approximately perpendicular to the path of travel through the die. Oppositely rotating rollers of tapered diameters are disposed side by side to receive the extrudate therebetween, the rollers arranged so their longitudinal axes intersect and their smaller diameters are oriented towards the downstream end of the die. Extrudate passing through the opening is characterized by a higher flow rate proximate the upstream end thereof to thereby form a radiused extrusion. The rollers draw the extrudate from the die outlet opening without significantly altering the radiused shape of the fluid plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventor: Larry P. Collins
  • Patent number: 7621735
    Abstract: An apparatus for placing a mold charge into a mold of a compression molding machine includes a carrier mounted for rotation around a first axis, at least one arm mounted on the carrier for rotation around a second axis at an angle to the first axis, and a mold charge pick-up cup on the arm for receiving a mold charge, transporting the mold charge and placing the mold charge into a mold of the compression molding machine. A cam is carried in stationary position adjacent to the carrier surrounding the first axis, and a cam follower is operatively coupled to the arm in engagement with the cam for rotating the arm and the mold charge pick-up cup around the second axis as the carrier is rotated around the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Rexam Closure Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Mattice, David C. Thompson, Jerry Schultz, Wendell D. Willingham
  • Patent number: 7621736
    Abstract: An apparatus for placing a mold charge into a cavity includes a pair of hubs mounted for rotation around parallel axes, a link connected between the hubs at positions off-center relative to the parallel axes and a blade connected to the link. Rotation of the hubs causes the blade to travel in an elliptical path relative to an extrusion orifice to cut mold charges from the orifice and place the mold charges into cavities passing beneath the blade. The apparatus preferably includes a drive member that simultaneously rotates both of the hubs to drive the blade relative to the extrusion orifice and cavities. The blade preferably includes an arm that extends into a cavity to place a mold charge into the bottom of the cavity for consistent and accurate placement of the mold charges from one cavity to the next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Rexam Closure Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Mattice, John J. Mallas, David C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7568901
    Abstract: The invention relates to forming stuffed mincemeat by producing a continuous lower layer of mincemeat, placing a filling on the lower layer, producing a continuous upper layer of mincemeat covering the lower layer and the filling, then cutting the stuffed mincemeat into portions and shaping the portions by compressing them on each side, in order to form the contour thereof, and also vertically in order to provide them with the desired thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Nijal (SA)
    Inventor: Jacques Le Paih
  • Patent number: 7556489
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for partitioning the plastic parisons to give at least one semifinished open-surface product (6), where the device encompasses at least one means of partitioning (3) the plastic parison and one means of drive (2). The means of drive may be composed of one, but preferably of two, driven rolls. It has been found that use of the device of the invention can reduce or prevent the production of creasing and irregularity at the margins, i.e. at the cut edges, of the partitioned parisons, i.e. of the resultant semifinished sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Basell Polyolefine GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Rohde, Jörg Meyer, Rainer Sattel, Jörg Schnorr, Bernhard Springholz, Roger Weinlein, Andreas Wüst
  • Patent number: 7438546
    Abstract: An apparatus for orienting section of a plasticized ceramic extrudate includes a marking assembly for applying an orientation reference mark to a plasticized ceramic extrudate exiting an extrusion die onto an extrudate support, and at least one extrudate-contacting deformable roller having an axis of rotation, wherein the axis of rotation is pivotable with respect to a movement of the extrudate exiting an extrusion die, and wherein the roller is adapted to contact the extrudate and correct a corkscrew deformation of the extrudate exiting the extrusion die. The apparatus also includes at least one extrudate-contacting orientation control member for correcting the orientation of a cut section of the extrudate on the extrudate support in response to a misalignment of the reference mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Scott L Adriaansen, Kim F Cobb-Cain, Kevin B Sterner
  • Patent number: 7427195
    Abstract: A method for separating a portion of extruded material from the continuous strip leaving an extruder, consisting of passing in front of the extrusion nozzle withdrawal means associated with at least one cutting means; said withdrawal means and said at least one cutting means are made to move independently of each other with velocities, in the sense of vectors, which differ from each other and differ in relation to the material portion separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Sacmi-Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Soc. Coop. A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandro Balboni, Maurizio Borgatti, Fiorenzo Parrinello
  • Patent number: 7384257
    Abstract: A device for removing doses of plastic material from the outflow orifice of an extruder by means of at least one removal element movable with respect to the extruder and provided with a receptacle for a dose removed from the orifice, the removal element comprising a severing element adapted to cut into the plastic material dispensed by the extruder along a severing edge advancing through the material from one side of the orifice to the other, the receptacle being shaped so as to accomodate the dose and allow its expulsion substantially in the directon of the severing edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Societa' Cooperativa
    Inventors: Fabrizio Pucci, Florenzo Parrinello
  • Patent number: 7293974
    Abstract: Apparatus for cutting a puff extrudate utilizing a blade that passes through the extrudate while the extrudate is in a viscous melt stage. The present invention utilizes a tube to facilitate production of a curly puff extrudate. A gap is provided in between the tube and the extruder die to allow a blade to access the extrudate as it exits an orifice in the die. The blade accesses the extrudate at the viscous melt stage, before the extrudate has cooled and hardened. The blade nicks the extrudate, as opposed to completely cutting it, which allows the extrudate to remain connected throughout processing such as curling in the containment tube. The gap also allows steam to be vented form the extrudate as it exits the orifice in the die. The nicked extrudate separates when fried or baked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugenio Bortone, Daniel Eugene Orr, Devang Jitendra Sutaria
  • Patent number: 7276192
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an apparatus and a method for making and compressing growth medium pots, where the growth medium pots are made as a growth medium pipe, where a tubular wall is formed by the fibre-containing material, where the growth medium pipe contains slightly compressed growth medium. It is the purpose of the invention to achieved an apparatus and a method for cheap and efficient production of firmly compressed growth medium pots, where the growth medium pots are rapidly and efficiently compressed contained in the fibre-containing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Ellegaard A/S
    Inventors: Lars Hansen, Oejvind Ellegaard
  • Patent number: 7247014
    Abstract: A compression molding machine includes a support mounted for rotation around an axis and a plurality of angularly spaced molds disposed around the support. Each of the molds includes a first mold segment and a second mold segment. At least one of the mold segments is movable with respect to the other mold segment between a closed position for compression molding a plastic article, and an open position for removing a molded article from the mold and placing a mold charge into the mold. An apparatus is provided for placing mold charges into the molds in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Mattice, David C. Thompson, Wendell D. Willingham, B. Jack Rote
  • Patent number: 7178562
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a mold charge pellet to a molding machine having a mold with a mold cavity includes a hub rotated about an axis, at least one arm extending generally radially from the hub to rotate with the hub around the axis, and a cam system extending at least partially around the axis and operably coupled to the arm for moving the arm along a predetermined path with respect to the axis as the hub and the arm rotate around the axis. In one presently preferred embodiment, at least a portion of the arm traveling along a plane that is parallel to the axis during a portion of said path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Graham Packaging PET Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Ritz, Thomas C. Truman
  • Patent number: 7156642
    Abstract: An improved dough-rolling apparatus and method for rolling sheeted dough. The proposed invention comprises a dough-rolling apparatus having a dough sheeter, a sheeting conveyor having a ramped section, a roll-initiating curtain positioned above the ramped section, and a roll-completing curtain positioned above the conveyor and downstream from the roll-initiating conveyor. Sheeted and cut dough pieces are deposited onto a steel mesh, partially-ramped sheeter belt, where two wire-mesh rolling curtains are draped onto the sheeter belt to induce rolling of the dough pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Marlin L. Anderson, David Lawrence Barry, David Brian Emerson, William C. Flannigan, John D. Kiel, Geoffrey T. Ley, Thomas E. Lyons, Richard James Ruegg
  • Patent number: 7021205
    Abstract: A production line for bread blanks comprising a dough dispenser unit with a first rolling unit for preparing a dough sheet; a first conveyor receiving the dough sheet; at least one spreading/rolling unit operable in conjunction with the first conveyor, each unit having a spreader roll facing the underside surface of the conveyor and a backing roll in direct contact with the top surface of the dough sheet; a second rolling unit at the exit end of the first conveyor for trimming the dough sheet; a second conveyor receiving the trimmed dough sheet and; forming/releasing means operable in conjunction with the second conveyor for forming/releasing bread blanks from the trimmed dough sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Hydrovoima Oy
    Inventor: Pekka Leppaniemi
  • Patent number: 6994534
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of producing polyurethane rubber bands. The apparatus includes a first device for heating and simultaneously drawing a polyurethane sheet produced by incising polyurethane tubular film obtained according to an inflation procedure, a second device for coating a release agent onto both sides of the drawn polyurethane sheet and drying the release agent-coated polyurethane sheet, a third device for longitudinally fine-cutting the dried polyurethane sheet using fine-cutting rollers to form several tens of strips of polyurethane rubber bands, depositing starch or talc powder on both sides of the polyurethane rubber bands, and heat-processing the polyurethane rubber bands deposited by the starch or talc powder, a fourth device for dispersing the heat-processed polyurethane rubber bands to impartially stuff the polyurethane rubber bands into packing receptacles, and a fifth device for heat-aging the packed polyurethane bands in an aging compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Ever Green Friends Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han-Woo Lee, Sang-Woo Shim