Skinning Patents (Class 452/125)
  • Patent number: 10318614
    Abstract: A method and a file format transformation system (FFTS) for transforming marked-up content in a first file format (FFF) to a second file format (SFF) that enables automated browser based pagination are provided. The FFTS reflows marked-up content of the FFF into a continuous page. The FFTS generates and appends tags to spaces and block elements identified in the reflown marked-up content of the FFF. For each space and block element, the FFTS determines and tags line breaks in the reflown marked-up content. For each line break, the FFTS identifies, tags, and positions anchored floats and footnotes on a current page based on space availability. The FFTS positions page breaks in the continuous page based on a configurable page height and the line breaks. The FFTS groups the marked-up content, inserts pagination elements and renders the grouped marked-up content in the SFF based on a selected level of reversibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TNQ Books and Journals Private Limited
    Inventors: Venkatesan Sumangali Kidambi, Bhaskar Mannargudi Venkatraman, Srikanth Vittal
  • Patent number: 10251406
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for loosening bones such as ribs from a meat piece from slaughtered animals such as pigs. The bone puller such as rib puller can be hand-held and e.g. pneumatic activated or connected to a robot, and is much easier to use than prior art pneumatic rib pullers and also impose less working stress upon the user. The bone puller may comprise a counter hold for supporting the device towards a belly piece from a slaughtered animal, a string for loosening a bone, a movable pull bar for pulling the string, and a holding-down bar for holding down a bone while loosening this bone. The device may further comprise loading means located at the end of the holding-down bar such that the string can surround the loading means and where this loading means secure feeding of the string around an exposed bone end before loosening this bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Teknologist Institut
    Inventors: Carsten Jensen, Bjarne Vestergaard-Jensen, Kim Blichfeldt Kirkeby, Max Pedersen, Flemming Christensen, Mikkel Engbo Jørgensen, Simon Kyhn Stenfeldt
  • Patent number: 10157238
    Abstract: A method and a file format transformation system (FFTS) for transforming marked-up content in a first file format (FFF) to a reversible second file format (RSFF) are provided. The FFTS reflows marked-up content of the FFF into a continuous page. The FFTS generates and appends tags to spaces and block elements identified in the reflown marked-up content of the FFF. For each space and block element, the FFTS determines and tags line breaks in the reflown marked-up content. For each line break, the FFTS identifies, tags, and positions anchored floats and footnotes on a current page based on space availability. The FFTS positions page breaks in the continuous page based on a configurable page height and the line breaks. The FFTS groups the marked-up content, inserts pagination elements, for example, page numbers, etc., and renders the grouped marked-up content in the RSFF, which is reversible to restore the continuous page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TNQ BOOKS AND JOURNALS PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventors: Venkatesan Sumangali Kidambi, Srikanth Vittal, Bhaskar Mannargudi Venkatraman
  • Patent number: 9999234
    Abstract: A poultry skinner includes conveyors to engage the upper and lower surfaces of a poultry product. A rotatably mounted gripper engages the lower surface of the poultry. A pinch block with an arcuate surface is mounted in closely spaced relationship to the gripper fins for trapping the poultry product skin. The upper conveyor belt extends around laterally-oriented guides that mount in frame members at the sides of the food product path, and springs bias the belt outwardly to press the food product against the gripper and to take up slack in the belt by vertical movement of the ends of the guides. The gripper and the pinch block mount, with an adjusting mechanism, to end supports so the components may be removed as a unit and the position of the pinch block relative to the gripper may be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Remington Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin C. Diab
  • Patent number: 9848611
    Abstract: A pin bone removal system involves automatically removing a pin bone area of a fish fillet when conveyed by a conveyor after undergoing a cutting process, and includes at least two side by side arranged conveyor belts extending from a first end for receiving a fish fillet to a second end. The internal arrangement of the side by side arranged conveyor belts is such that the spacing varies among first end the conveyor belts along their length. The transversal position of the fish fillet in relation to the first end is adjusted when the fish fillet arrives at the downstream position such that the position of the cut pin bone area is such that the cut pin bone area falls through the space while the remaining part of the fish fillet remains on the first and/or second conveyor belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: MAREL ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Kristjan Hallvardsson, Haraldur Gudlaugsson
  • Patent number: 9723847
    Abstract: An animal hide removal apparatus is provided. The apparatus may have a plurality of pulleys and winches that are associated with cables that are selectively connected to a carcass. Operation of the winches moves the cables in opposite directions to remove the hide from the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Brad Lockwood
  • Patent number: 9480263
    Abstract: A skinning device for removing skin from an animal carcass has a housing, a manipulation arm extending from the housing, an cutting blade, a motor driven tooth roll mounted on the housing having plurality of tooth wheels arranged in axially spaced apart arrangement such that the space between adjacent tooth wheels has a pre-set distance. The tooth wheels have circumferentially arranged teeth projecting outwardly therefrom adapted to grab the skin with the circumferentially arranged teeth and pull it towards the cutting blade. The skinning device includes a support structure mounted on the housing arranged in proximity to the tooth roll, and is adapted to engage the skin while the skin is simultaneously being pulled off the carcass. Strippers are arranged in the space of pre-set distance and circumferentially surround at least a space portion where the arc-shaped contour essentially follows the tooth roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: MAREL MEAT PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Cornelis Antonius Maria Van Der Leest, Dennis Stoots, Jan Meerdink
  • Patent number: 9266655
    Abstract: A high strength disposable debris bundling device including a sheet-like main body having a plurality of drawstrings running generally parallel and in spaced relation through separate channels associated with the wrap. The drawstrings preferably comprise elongate flexible thin rope or cord-like structures that run through hem channels formed in the wrap and function to compact and secure the debris in bundle with the wrap disposed in surrounding relation therewith. Providing at least two drawstrings allows the wrap to be pulled tightly around the debris and secured in contoured surrounding relation therewith. The wrap preferably has a width of between approximately 3.0 feet and 5.0 feet. Handles are provided to assist in handling the wrapped debris bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Stuart Shook
  • Publication number: 20150126102
    Abstract: Method of and system for automatically deboning poultry breast caps containing meat and a skeletal structure to obtain breast fillets. The method includes providing a mandrel (25) with a plane of symmetry in a vertical orientation and supporting a breast cap having a neck end and a tail end with its skeletal structure including a keel bone on top of the mandrel (25). The breast cap being held to the mandrel (25) with the keel bone aligned with the plane of symmetry. By moving the mandrel (25) through a conveying path extending through a substantially horizontal plane in a direction of travel (27) it passes a cutting implement (145) of a breast cutter (113) engaging the meat along the keel bone. The cutting implement (145) causes at least one incision along the area where the meat is attached to the keel bone and a breast fillet remover (115) downstream of the breast cutter (113) engages between the skeletal structure and the meat and separates the meat as a pair of single fillets from the skeletal structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Rijk Slagboom, Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek
  • Patent number: 9004988
    Abstract: A slaughtered pig leg parts conveyor device is provided for conveying individual pig leg parts, wherein an individual pig leg part includes at least a portion of a pig leg and the pig foot. The conveyor device includes a track and one or more pig leg part carriers movable along said track, each carrier being adapted to carry an individual pig leg part. Each carrier has one pig foot retaining assembly adapted to engage on a single pig foot so as to retain the pig leg part in a position suspended from the carrier. The retaining assembly includes a pig foot aperture adapted to receive the pig foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Marel Meat Processing B.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Theodorus Henricus Johannes Van Der Steen, Adrianus Josephes Van Den Nieuwelaar, Jan Johannes Meerdink, Cornelis Joannes Janssen
  • Patent number: 8961273
    Abstract: A poultry front half processing module is shown and described. The module includes a rotatable wing bracket for securely engaging the wings of the front half to allow more accurate processing and easier deboning and transfer operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Gold'n Plump Poultry, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Robert Connell
  • Publication number: 20150031275
    Abstract: A method for cutting extra-large poultry to fit within existing industrial fryers and remain as recognizable pieces to the consumer is provided. The method provides for the cuts necessary to create pieces of poultry from the extra-large poultry that are sized comparably to a normal sized bird. Furthermore, the method provides for keeping the cut pieces in a shape that the consumer recognizes as a particular piece of poultry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Hultz Smith
  • Patent number: 8888569
    Abstract: A method for cutting extra-large poultry to fit within existing industrial fryers and remain as recognizable pieces to the consumer is provided. The method provides for the cuts necessary to create pieces of poultry from the extra-large poultry that are sized comparably to a normal sized bird. Furthermore, the method provides for keeping the cut pieces in a shape that the consumer recognizes as a particular piece of poultry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Tyson Foods, Inc.
    Inventor: Hultz Smith
  • Publication number: 20140315476
    Abstract: A poultry front half processing module is shown and described. The module includes a rotatable wing bracket for securely engaging the wings of the front half to allow more accurate processing and easier deboning and transfer operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Gold'n Plump Poultry, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Robert CONNELL
  • Publication number: 20140287668
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and method for skinning large game animals is used by fastening the animal head to an upright at one end of the apparatus structure, making incisions at and cuts around the neck and attaching to the skin the end of a cable from a manually powered windlass mechanism mounted on an upright at the opposite end of the structure. As the windlass is operated the skin is drawn back over and off the carcass and the carcass is brought to a near horizontal position in open space between the two end upright parts of the structure. Two extensions are then swung into place along the animal's hind legs and attachments are made to the leg tendons. The skinned hide is then removed from the hind legs. The carcass is thus secured in a convenient and sanitary position for removing usable meat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Bill Autry
  • Patent number: 8840448
    Abstract: Techniques and devices are described for preparing a fish fillet. The techniques and devices facilitate the removal of the skin and/or rib bones of the fish from the meat that forms the fillet. In embodiments, the techniques employ a fish skinning device that includes a roller and a blade. The roller is configured to contact the skin included on a fillet so that rotation of the roller causes the fillet to be directed toward the blade. The roller and blade are configured so the skin passes between the roller and blade and is generally separated and directed away from the meat. A blade float assembly permits the blade to float with respect to the blade during use to receive the skin or rib bones of the fish fillet between the roller and the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Ultimate Fishing Gear, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Kielian, Brian Kielian, Perry Parks, Eric Parks
  • Publication number: 20140272008
    Abstract: Methods for preparing boneless thigh meat poultry products from poultry thighs comprise isolating a portion of thigh meat (a “premium thigh cut”) that cooks more evenly than the thigh generally and has an appealing texture. The methods provide boneless thigh products that have a low fat content, and are substantially free of undesirable components such as sinew and cartilage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: George Wilson
  • Patent number: 8821223
    Abstract: A gripper tool is employed for clamping the fish filet to facilitate the removal of skin from the filet. The gripper tool has a handle which is adapted to be gripped by the user and a gripping surface defined by a matrix of protrusions which clamp against the fish filet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Acme United Corporation
    Inventors: Richard S. Constantine, Man For Ma
  • Patent number: 8808068
    Abstract: A method of automatically removing meat from an animal extremity that includes first and second bones articulated by a joint and surrounded by the meat. The method includes obtaining the animal extremity, holding the first bone at a free end thereof remote from the joint, separating the meat from the first bone while moving the meat lengthwise of the first bone in a direction toward the joint, and moving the meat just short of the joint. The method further includes severing the second bone from the first bone adjacent the joint, collecting the severed second bone with the meat attached thereto, holding the thus collected second bone at a distal end thereof and removing the meat from the second bone longitudinally thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Foodmate BV
    Inventors: Dirk Cornelis Stooker, Gerrit Hendrik Woltman, Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek
  • Publication number: 20140194043
    Abstract: A gripper tool is employed for clamping the fish filet to facilitate the removal of skin from the filet. The gripper tool has a handle which is adapted to be gripped by the user and a gripping surface defined by a matrix of protrusions which clamp against the fish filet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Richard S. Constantine, Man For Ma
  • Publication number: 20140120815
    Abstract: A method of automatically removing meat from an animal extremity that includes first and second bones articulated by a joint and surrounded by the meat. The method includes obtaining the animal extremity, holding the first bone at a free end thereof remote from the joint, separating the meat from the first bone while moving the meat lengthwise of the first bone in a direction toward the joint, and moving the meat just short of the joint. The method further includes severing the second bone from the first bone adjacent the joint, collecting the severed second bone with the meat attached thereto, holding the thus collected second bone at a distal end thereof and removing the meat from the second bone longitudinally thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Foodmate B.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Cornelis Stooker, Gerrit Hendrik Woltman, Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek
  • Patent number: 8690646
    Abstract: A fish skinning device is disclosed. In one or more implementations, the fish skinning device includes a support body, a drive shaft configured to rotate with respect to the support body; a roller connected to the drive shaft; a blade support pivotally connected to the support body; a blade connected to the blade support; and a lever fixedly connected to the blade support for pivoting the blade support about the support body between a first position where the blade is adjacent the roller and at least substantially parallel with the roller, and a second position where the blade is pivoted away from the roller with respect to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ultimate Fishing Gear, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Kielian, Brian Kielian, Perry Parks, Eric Parks
  • Patent number: 8579683
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating a surface layer from animal food products comprises a carrier roller, a cutting device opposite the carrier roller with a blade holder pressure body and a pressing device exerting a pressing force on the blade holder pressure body. An automatic traction gap for transporting the separated surface layer is formed between the driven carrier roller and the blade holder pressure body. A rear pressure body pivoting axis is set up on a side of the blade holder pressure body facing away from the carrier roller. The apparatus has a pressure body guiding device automatically shifting the blade holder pressure body out of the defined initial position, with which the rear pivoting axis is arranged and is automatically shiftable such that, in the case of the blade holder pressure body pivoting up through inlet of the surface layer against the pressing force, the traction gap becomes wider in an inlet area and narrower in an outlet area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nordischermaschinenbau rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Grabau
  • Patent number: 8535122
    Abstract: Meat processing method and apparatus for automatically cutting individual poultry or fowl carcasses into various meat products, including conveying at least one previously eviscerated individual carcass along a path of conveyance and through a freezing unit arranged for allowing at least a portion of the at least one carcass to become frozen and conveying the at least one carcass, upon its exit from the freezing unit, to a cutting station downstream of the freezing unit for performing at least one partial cut through a frozen portion of the at least one carcass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Foodmate B.V.
    Inventors: Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek, Albert Hugo de Vree
  • Publication number: 20130157553
    Abstract: A skinning machine for separating skin from the tissue of a poultry part is provided, which includes a frame supporting a skin roller comprising bands of teeth and grooves for engaging the skin, a pressure shoe disposed adjacent to the skin roller for removing the skin from the tissue, a pressure roller assembly for biasing the skin and tissue against the skin roller, and a scraper interfacing with the skin roller for removing the skin from the skin roller. The pressure shoe is releasably mounted to the frame allowing removal and cleaning thereof. The pressure roller assembly includes a body that deforms against the poultry part to accommodate parts of varying sizes and thickness without damaging the tissue. The scraper interfaces with the teeth and grooves of the skin roller allowing removal of poultry skin and fat from the roller with little or no need for water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Stephen HAINES, Kevin Scott Leakey
  • Patent number: 8449358
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing skin and fat from meat parts, includes a toothroll assembly. The toothroll assembly includes a first section having an outer surface, and a second section having an outer surface. The first section is adapted to rotate at a first surface speed, and the second section is adapted to rotate at a second surface speed independently from the first surface speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Stork Townsend Inc.
    Inventor: Brent M. Veldkamp
  • Publication number: 20130078897
    Abstract: A method for cutting extra-large poultry to fit within existing industrial fryers and remain as recognizable pieces to the consumer is provided. The method provides for the cuts necessary to create pieces of poultry from the extra-large poultry that are sized comparably to a normal sized bird. Furthermore, the method provides for keeping the cut pieces in a shape that the consumer recognizes as a particular piece of poultry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Tyson Foods, Inc.
    Inventor: Hultz Smith
  • Publication number: 20130071533
    Abstract: A method is provided for making a food product from a drumstick having a first end including a portion of a thigh joint, a second end including a portion of a foot joint, a bone extending between the first and second ends and meat surrounding at least a portion of the bone. The method includes making a first cut completely through the drumstick generally perpendicular to the bone and at least a first predetermined distance from the first end to remove the first end and making a second cut completely through the drumstick generally perpendicular to the bone and at least a second predetermined distance from the second end to remove the second end. The remaining mid-portion of the drumstick is a food product including most of the meat of the drumstick surrounding a remaining portion of the bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: RASTELLI FOODS GROUP
    Inventor: Raymond RASTELLI
  • Publication number: 20130029575
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating a surface layer from animal food products comprises a carrier roller, a cutting device opposite the carrier roller with a blade holder pressure body and a pressing device exerting a pressing force on the blade holder pressure body. An automatic traction gap for transporting the separated surface layer is formed between the driven carrier roller and the blade holder pressure body. A rear pressure body pivoting axis is set up on a side of the blade holder pressure body facing away from the carrier roller. The apparatus has a pressure body guiding device automatically shifting the blade holder pressure body out of the defined initial position, with which the rear pivoting axis is arranged and is automatically shiftable such that, in the case of the blade holder pressure body pivoting up through inlet of the surface layer against the pressing force, the traction gap becomes wider in an inlet area and narrower in an outlet area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Grabau
  • Publication number: 20130029574
    Abstract: A system for processing a carcass or carcass part of a porcine, bovine, ovine, or caprine slaughter animal involves a plurality of processing steps. The system includes a primary transport system that includes an overhead conveyor and a plurality of carriers for holding a carcass or carcass part, a plurality of processing stations, which processing stations are arranged along the track, each of the processing stations being adapted to carry out one or more processing steps on a carcass or carcass part, wherein in at least one processing station a step of removing a part of the carcass or carcass part is carried out, a secondary transport system, which secondary transport system is arranged adjacent to the processing station in which said part is removed from the carcass or carcass part, which secondary transport system is adapted to receive said part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: MAREL MEAT PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Theodorus Henricus Johannes Van Der Steen, Adrianus Josephes Van Den Nieuwelaar, Jan Johannes Meerdink, Cornelis Joannes Janssen
  • Publication number: 20120315834
    Abstract: A slaughtered pig leg parts conveyor device is provided for conveying individual pig leg parts, wherein an individual pig leg part includes at least a portion of a pig leg and the pig foot. The conveyor device includes a track and one or more pig leg part carriers movable along said track, each carrier being adapted to carry an individual pig leg part. Each carrier has one pig foot retaining assembly adapted to engage on a single pig foot so as to retain the pig leg part in a position suspended from the carrier. The retaining assembly includes a pig foot aperture adapted to receive the pig foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: MAREL MEAT PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Theodorus Henricus Johannes Van Der Steen, Adrianus Josephes Van Den Nieuwelaar, Jan Johannes Meerdink, Cornelis Joannes Janssen
  • Patent number: 8272927
    Abstract: An automated apparatus for removing skin from the shoulder and neck areas of a chicken carcass that includes a neck skinner and a shoulder skinner mounted to an elongated support wall in a longitudinally spaced relationship. The neck skinner includes a rotatably-driven gripper having a plurality of fins extending radially therefrom. A pinch block with an arcuate surface is mounted in a close-clearance relationship with the gripper to form a pinch point therebetween. The pinch point of the neck skinner is positioned to engage the neck area of an incoming chicken. The shoulder skinner is substantially similar to the neck skinner except that the pinch point of the shoulder skinner is positioned to engage the shoulder area of an incoming chicken. The apparatus further includes a rotatably-driven indexing conveyor laterally adjacent the neck and shoulder skinners for maintaining a longitudinal separation between chickens that are conveyed through the skinning apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Remington Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Geno N. Gasbarro
  • Patent number: 8267754
    Abstract: A skinning knife, comprising a handle, a slitting blade disposed at a forward portion of the handle and having an upwardly- and forwardly-directed cutting edge, a first spreading member disposed at the forward most position of the knife so as to spread apart two portions of animal hide that have been separated by the slitting blade, and a retractable punch blade disposed in the handle beneath slitting blade for opening a hole in the hide, the first spreading member having a slot therein for receiving the punch blade. A punch blade actuation mechanism is provided for moving the punch blade through the slot in the first spreading member. Preferably, a second spreading member disposed below and forward of the first spreading member is provided for facilitating entry into a small slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: John Richard Jamison
  • Patent number: 8246427
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to separate a surface layer of a product in the food industry. The apparatus includes a transport device to transport the product from an input region to an output region and a pressure device to press the product against the transport device. A separating device is arranged in the output region to separate the surface layer from the product. The separating device defines a separating gap between the separating device and the transport device. A substantially cylindrical, rotatably controllable deflecting device is arranged in the output region. The deflecting device has a shape varying in the axial direction and/or a circumferential direction. The transport device is guided around the deflecting device to create a variable process gap to separate the surface layer of the product from the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Grabau
  • Patent number: 8152606
    Abstract: A skinning knife, comprising a handle, a slitting blade disposed at a forward portion of the handle and having an upwardly- and forwardly-directed cutting edge, a first spreading member disposed at the forward most position of the knife so as to spread apart two portions of animal hide or other material that have been separated by the slitting blade as the knife is thrust forwardly, and a retractable punch blade disposed in the handle beneath slitting blade for opening a hole in the hide when the knife is thrust forwardly, the first spreading member having a slot therein for receiving the punch blade. A punch blade actuation mechanism is provided for selectively moving the punch blade forwardly and rearwardly through the slot in the first spreading member. Preferably, the skinning knife also comprises a second spreading member disposed below and forward of the first spreading member for facilitating entry into a small slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: John Richard Jamison
  • Patent number: 8087978
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing skin and fat from meat parts, includes a toothroll assembly. The toothroll assembly includes a first section having an outer surface, and a second section having an outer surface. The first section is adapted to rotate at a first surface speed, and the second section is adapted to rotate at a second surface speed independently from the first surface speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Stork Townsend Inc.
    Inventor: Brent M Veldkamp
  • Patent number: 7967668
    Abstract: A method for the harvesting of back skin from a carcass part of slaughtered poultry, from which carcass part the breast cap has been removed, wherein the carcass part initially consisting of at least a part of the upper back and at least a part of the legs connected to the back, wherein the part of the upper back consists of back meat and back skin, and wherein the leg parts consist of at least the thighs and are provided at least partially with leg skin, the leg skin being connected at least partially to the back skin, which carcass part has a front, a rear and two sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Stork PMT B.V.
    Inventors: Petrus Christianus Hendrikus Janssen, Johannes Gerardus Maria Gerrits, Adrianus Josephes van den Nieuwelaar
  • Patent number: 7942730
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a de-skinner for poultry-parts. In one exemplary embodiment, the deskinner includes an infeed for the poultry parts, a processing device for removing the skin from the poultry parts, and a discharge for the processed poultry parts. Receptacles are provided for receiving the poultry parts from the infeed. The receptacles are connected to a conveyor-line for transporting the receptacles with the poultry parts to the processing device for removing the skin from the poultry parts. The receptacles are equipped with pressing means for pressing the poultry parts into intimate contact with the processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Willem Hagendoorn, Eric De Jong, Eric Adriaan Van Hillo
  • Publication number: 20110092146
    Abstract: An automated apparatus for removing skin from the shoulder and neck areas of a chicken carcass that includes a neck skinner and a shoulder skinner mounted to an elongated support wall in a longitudinally spaced relationship. The neck skinner includes a rotatably-driven gripper having a plurality of fins extending radially therefrom. A pinch block with an arcuate surface is mounted in a close-clearance relationship with the gripper to form a pinch point therebetween. The pinch point of the neck skinner is positioned to engage the neck area of an incoming chicken. The shoulder skinner is substantially similar to the neck skinner except that the pinch point of the shoulder skinner is positioned to engage the shoulder area of an incoming chicken. The apparatus further includes a rotatably-driven indexing conveyor laterally adjacent the neck and shoulder skinners for maintaining a longitudinal separation between chickens that are conveyed through the skinning apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: REMINGTON HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Geno N. Gasbarro
  • Publication number: 20110093410
    Abstract: Aspects of a method for preparing a chicken thigh product are provided. In this regard, a chicken thigh product may be prepared by seasoning and smoking a skinless bone-in oyster-cut chicken thigh, where the skinless bone-in oyster-cut chicken thigh comprises a thigh bone, thigh meat, and oyster meat. Preparing the chicken thigh product may comprise separating an uncooked chicken leg from an uncooked chicken carcass such that the oyster meat is separated from the pelvis of the uncooked chicken carcass and remains attached to the uncooked chicken leg. The skinless bone-in oyster-cut chicken thigh may be smoked until a texture of the skinless bone-in oyster-cut chicken thigh is substantially similar to the texture of cooked pork ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Alan Knuckman
  • Publication number: 20100317272
    Abstract: Meat processing method and apparatus for automatically cutting individual poultry or fowl carcasses into various meat products, including conveying at least one previously eviscerated individual carcass along a path of conveyance and through a freezing unit arranged for allowing at least a portion of the at least one carcass to become frozen and conveying the at least one carcass, upon its exit from the freezing unit, to a cutting station downstream of the freezing unit for performing at least one partial cut through a frozen portion of the at least one carcass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Foodmate B.V.
    Inventors: Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek, Albert Hugo de Vree
  • Patent number: 7806753
    Abstract: A method for the skin-on deboning of a ham prior to processing in a conventional skinner. The ham is deboned and the inside musculature, outside musculature, knuckle musculature and inner shank musculature are removed prior to the removal of skin and fat from the various cuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Stork Townsend Inc.
    Inventor: Donald D. Holms
  • Publication number: 20100221991
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a de-skinner for poultry-parts. In one exemplary embodiment, the deskinner includes an infeed for the poultry parts, a processing device for removing the skin from the poultry parts, and a discharge for the processed poultry parts. Receptacles are provided for receiving the poultry parts from the infeed. The receptacles are connected to a conveyor-line for transporting the receptacles with the poultry parts to the processing device for removing the skin from the poultry parts. The receptacles are equipped with pressing means for pressing the poultry parts into intimate contact with the processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: MEIJN FOOD PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Willem HAGENDOORN, Eric DE JONG, Eric Adriaan VAN HILLO
  • Publication number: 20100077649
    Abstract: A fishing rod includes a real fish skin adornment surrounding at least a portion of the fishing rod blank. The fish skin can be any fish skin and is made pliable so that it can be wrapped around the blank. The skin is then adhered to the blank using a clear coating so that the skin is protected from the elements but still visible to enhance the look of the fishing rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Giacobbe
  • Publication number: 20100048114
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for processing a carcass part of slaughtered poultry, which carcass part comprises at least part of a rib cage, meat which is naturally present on said rib cage, a neck opening, and a wing joint, the carcass part having an interior which method comprises the following steps: applying and fixing the carcass part to a product carrier, which product carrier is moveable and which product carrier engages the interior of the carcass part, moving a wing-joint positioning member via said neck opening into the interior of the carcass part, the wing-joint positioning member being provided with one or more wing-joint positioning surfaces, which are arranged in such a manner that, in a defined position of the first wishbone blade with respect to the carcass part, the wing-joint positioning surfaces hold said wing joint into a predetermined position, exerting an internal pressure on the carcass part, in such a manner that said one wing joint is supported in the predetermin
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: STORK PMT B.V.
    Inventors: ADRIANUS JOSEPHES VAN DEN NIEUWELAAR, Petrus Christianus Hendrikus Janssen, Gerardus Johannes Catharina van Bussel
  • Publication number: 20100029186
    Abstract: A method for the harvesting of back skin from a carcass part of slaughtered poultry, from which carcass part the breast cap has been removed, wherein the carcass part initially consisting of at least a part of the upper back and at least a part of the legs connected to the back, wherein the part of the upper back consists of back meat and back skin, and wherein the leg parts consist of at least the thighs and are provided at least partially with leg skin, the leg skin being connected at least partially to the back skin, which carcass part has a front, a rear and two sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: STORK PMT B.V.
    Inventors: Petrus Christian Hendrikus Janssen, Johannes Gerardus Maria Gerrits, Adrianus Josephes Van Den Nieuwelaar
  • Publication number: 20090053987
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing skin and fat from meat parts, includes a toothroll assembly. The toothroll assembly includes a first section having an outer surface, and a second section having an outer surface. The first section is adapted to rotate at a first surface speed, and the second section is adapted to rotate at a second surface speed independently from the first surface speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: STORK TOWNSEND INC.
    Inventor: Brent M. Veldkamp
  • Publication number: 20080125024
    Abstract: This is a machine for the removal of ammonia burns and skin from the paws of poultry. The machine does this by using two high speed brushes. The paws of poultry are positioned in between the two brushes by using a top guide bar, a bottom guide bar and an adjustable guide bar. The adjustable guide bar is uniquely designed to have a protrusion in approximately the middle of the adjustable guide bar that aids in the process of guiding the poultry paws within the bristles of the high speed brushes. The brushes then clean off the ammonia burns and take away the skin from the paws. This process occurs prior to cutting the paws off the poultry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: Allan Todd Berry
  • Patent number: 7241213
    Abstract: A roller assembly for a meat skinning device having a frame, a drive shaft rotatably mounted to the frame and having a female groove, and an elongated roller having a male prong frictionally received within the female groove, a bearing housing secured to the drive shaft, and a seal mounted on the roller and separated from a food zone of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Stork Townsend, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P Sawhill, Kenneth L Lebsack, Bryan D Kanis, James L Myers, Matthew A Bergman
  • Patent number: 6988944
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tool for gripping the skin of a game comprising a mass tethered to a collar formed of a rigid material. The mass is tethered to the collar with a flexible cord. The skinning tool enables the user to grip and to forcibly pull the skin of a game by placing a sheet of the skin around the mass and engaging the mass through the skin with a collar of rigid material to form a generally arcuate line or contract between the collar and the skin, and the skin and the mass. The rigid material from which the collar is formed may be coupled to a pulling tool such as a hook and winch, or to a cross-bar for pulling by hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: Jack Allen Syers