Transfer From One Conveyor To Another Patents (Class 452/182)
  • Patent number: 10820600
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device and a method for transferring sausage portions with a first transport device for transporting the sausage portions, an ejection device for pushing the sausage portions from a first transport device to a second transport device, which is configured as a drum or fan belt. The first transport device has a lower and an upper circumferential transport means, between which the sausage portions are transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ALBERT HANDTMANN MASCHINENFABRIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Peter Willburger, Michael Heim, Michael Fuergut
  • Patent number: 10765122
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for processing poultry parts moving in succession along a path of conveyance. The method provides for an apparatus (1) including at least a conveyor (5) arranged to convey a succession of poultry parts along the path of conveyance downstream of a loading area. The method further includes the step of loading the poultry parts on the conveyor (5) in the loading area, while operating the conveyor to convey the poultry parts in succession. Further the apparatus provided by the method also includes a transfer means (57) in the path of conveyance downstream of the loading area. The transfer means (57) is operated to divide the succession of poultry parts into at least two parallel streams. When coincident with the at least two parallel streams the method performs at least two processing steps in a side-by-side arrangement at a location downstream along the path of conveyance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Foodmate B.V.
    Inventors: Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek, Maarten Jeroen van der End
  • Patent number: 10750753
    Abstract: A flowline system for processing food products includes a feeding conveyor is provided for conveying the food products to be processed, a plurality of workstations are arranged along the feeding conveyor, a diverter associated with each of the plurality of workstations for diverting food products from the feeding conveyor to the workstations, and a takeaway conveyor assembly. Each workstation comprises a release mechanism configured to receive a food product after being processed and to transfer the processed food product onto the takeaway conveyor assembly, and where a control unit is provided to allocate a slot length on the takeaway conveyor assembly in accordance to a length of the processed food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: MAREL ICELAND EHF
    Inventor: Thorir Finnsson
  • Patent number: 10743553
    Abstract: Conveying assembly with overhead conveyor having shackles for suspending poultry carcasses by the legs with each shackle suspended from a hanger. A guide element may be disposed generally below and parallel to the overhead conveyor to prevent rotation of the shackles about a vertical axis. The guide element may be movable in the conveying direction and the stops can be mounted on the guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Aloysius Christianus Maria Van Steijn, Joy David Mike Van Spall
  • Patent number: 10729147
    Abstract: Processing apparatus for poultry that may include one or more transfer units placed intermediate and conveying poultry from a first line to a subsequent second line. The transfer means may include at least one magnet for inducing eddy currents in a circulating support that counteracts relative motion between the transfer means and the circulating support. The at least one magnet may be embodied with a series of alternating north-poles (+) and south-poles (?) facing the circulating support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Eric Adriaan Van Hillo, Aloysius Christianus Van Steijn, Jan Willem Hagendoorn
  • Patent number: 10709143
    Abstract: A clamping device for a bone-in limb meat according to an embodiment includes a pair of clamp pieces including a first clamp piece and a second clamp piece, and being openable/closable so as to hold a bone-in limb meat, and rotation suppressing portions for suppressing a rotation of the bone-in limb meat, the rotation suppressing portions being disposed at positions deviated with respect to the pair of clamp pieces in a direction perpendicular to a plane including an opening/closing direction of the pair of clamp pieces. The rotation suppressing portions include a projection portion disposed so as to protrude from the first clamp piece into a space between the pair of clamp pieces and configured to contact the bone-in limb meat when viewed from the direction perpendicular to the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAYEKAWA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Chimura, Hiroyuki Usui, Takekuni Umehara, Osamu Goto, Yuuichi Kuratani
  • Patent number: 10617125
    Abstract: A clamping device for a bone-in limb meat according to an embodiment includes a base portion, a pair of clamp pieces mounted to the base portion and configured to hold a bone-in limb meat, and an orientation adjusting member for adjusting an orientation of the bone-in limb meat, the orientation adjusting member being mounted to the base portion independently of the pair of clamp pieces and having an inclined surface inclined at an acute angle with respect to a center line between the pair of clamp pieces. When the pair of clamp pieces are in an opened state, in a planar view, at least a part of the inclined surface of the orientation adjusting member is disposed so as to overlap a space formed between the pair of clamp pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAYEKAWA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Chimura, Hiroyuki Usui, Takekuni Umehara, Osamu Goto, Yuuichi Kuratani
  • Patent number: 10426175
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for orienting a plurality of sausages with respective curvatures. A conveyor device is configured to transport the sausages along a conveyor path. The conveyor device includes a conveyor element on which the sausages can be placed at mutual spacings and with their longitudinal axis substantially perpendicular to a conveyor direction of the conveyor element. A turning device is arranged over the conveyor element. The turning device is configured to be brought into contact with each of the sausages and to orient the sausages oriented approximately transversely relative to the conveyor direction of the conveyor element in identical relationship in respect of the curvatures of the sausages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: VEMAG MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Thorsten Meininger, Norman Greif, Oliver Brecht, Gerd Scharninghausen
  • Patent number: 9986744
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products, like sausages, by filling a tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing with filling material and closing said filled tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing. The clipping machine includes a filling tube through which the filling material is fed into said tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing which is stored on said filling tube, a casing brake assembly arranged on the filling tube for limiting the movement of the tubular packaging casing at least while being filled, gathering means for gathering said filled tubular packaging casing and for forming a plait-like portion thereto, and a clipping device for applying at least one closure means, like a closure clip, to the plait-like portion formed on the filled tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing in a closing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Detlef Ebert, Wolfgang Nikoley
  • Patent number: 9615592
    Abstract: The invention provides a combination of a conveying device for slaughter animals and a removing device (15). The conveying device comprises a guide (2) extending along a transport path, product carriers (3) for the slaughter animals, which are movable in a direction of movement along the guide, each product carrier comprising at least one groove inclined according to a direction of inclination for holding at least one held part of a slaughter animal therein. The at least one groove has an open upper end and a lower end. The removing device comprises a pusher element, which is movable to and fro between a passive position and an active position for pushing the at least one held part out of the at least one groove. The removing device comprises a further pusher element which is movable to and fro between a further passive position and a further active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: MAREL STORK POULTRY PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Erik Hendrikus Werner Peters, Tim Sander Rijerse
  • Patent number: 9392802
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing birds on a conveyor according to the invention includes a moveable engagement member (1,101,201,301) having a contacting surface (11,111,211,311) adapted for being brought into contact with the bird (2). The engagement member is connected to a carrier (30,130,230,330) at a primary axis (P), said carrier being rotatable about a stationary secondary axis (132,232,332) and the primary axis (P) being located on the carrier (30,130,230,330) at a distance from the secondary axis (132,232,332), so that said primary axis will rotate about the secondary axis when the carrier is rotated. The engagement member (1,101,201,301) is restrained between the primary axis and the contacting surface, so that the contacting surface is prevented from rotating about the secondary axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: LINCO FOOD SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Per Pedersen, Jonas Jensen, Anders Jul Håkonsen
  • Patent number: 8986082
    Abstract: A processing apparatus for poultry is provided. In an exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes one or more transfer units placed intermediate of, conveying poultry from, a first line to a subsequent second line, wherein both the first line and the second line are selected from the group including a slaughtering line, an evisceration line, a chilling line, a sorting line and a cutup line. Each transfer unit is embodied with a circulating support that includes material that is magnetically conductive and transfer devices are provided with at least one magnet so as to induce eddy currents in the circulating support that counteracts relative motion between the transfer devices and the circulating support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Leendert Aandewiel, Aloysius Christianus Maria Van Steijn
  • Publication number: 20140194044
    Abstract: A processing apparatus for poultry is provided. In an exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes one or more transfer units placed intermediate of conveying poultry from, a first line to a subsequent second line, wherein both the first line and the second line are selected from the group including a slaughtering line, an evisceration line, a chilling line, a sorting line and a cutup line. Each transfer unit is embodied with a circulating support that includes material that is magnetically conductive and transfer means are provided with at least one magnet so as to induce eddy currents in the circulating support that counteracts relative motion between the transfer means and the circulating support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Leendert AANDEWIEL, Aloysius Christianus Maria VAN STEIJN
  • Patent number: 8708785
    Abstract: A processing apparatus for poultry is provided. In an exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes one or more transfer units placed intermediate of, conveying poultry from, a first line to a subsequent second line, wherein both the first line and the second line are selected from the group including a slaughtering line, an evisceration line, a chilling line, a sorting line and a cutup line. Each transfer unit is embodied with a circulating support that includes material that is magnetically conductive and transfer means are provided with at least one magnet so as to induce eddy currents in the circulating support that counteracts relative motion between the transfer means and the circulating support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Leendert Aandewiel, Aloysius Christianus Maria Van Steijn
  • Publication number: 20140024302
    Abstract: A processing apparatus for poultry is provided. In an exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes one or more transfer units placed intermediate of, conveying poultry from, a first line to a subsequent second line, wherein both the first line and the second line are selected from the group including a slaughtering line, an evisceration line, a chilling line, a sorting line and a cutup line. Each transfer unit is embodied with a circulating support that includes material that is magnetically conductive and transfer means are provided with at least one magnet so as to induce eddy currents in the circulating support that counteracts relative motion between the transfer means and the circulating support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Leendert AANDEWIEL, Aloysius Christianus Maria VAN STEIJN
  • 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: 8328605
    Abstract: A passive system, apparatus, and method for transferring poultry products exiting the chiller to a cone or shackle line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Gary V. McMurray, Jonathan Frank Holmes, Wiley Holcombe
  • Publication number: 20110263188
    Abstract: A method for processing meat along a meat processing line. The method includes removing viscera from a carcass, accumulating the carcass along a dead rail stack of the meat processing line, washing the carcass, and inspecting the carcass at an inspection station following the act of washing the carcass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: CARGILL, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Deloran M. Allen, James R. Rathke
  • Patent number: 8002613
    Abstract: A method for processing meat along a meat processing line. The method includes removing viscera from a carcass, accumulating the carcass along a dead rail stack of the meat processing line, washing the carcass, and inspecting the carcass at an inspection station following the act of washing the carcass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Cargill, Incorporated
    Inventors: Deloran M. Allen, James R. Rathke
  • Patent number: 7975834
    Abstract: A device for transferring sausage-shaped products, carried out of a clipping machine and provided with loop-shaped suspension elements, to a product receiving element, said device containing: a guide bar along which the suspension elements can be guided in the direction of transport by means of conveyor elements, and a front and a rear bearing assembly for the guide bar, the bearing assemblies having a right-hand and a left-hand bearing unit that are each disposed in pairs laterally from the guide bar. It is further provided that the front and rear bearing assemblies form drivable positive guidance mechanisms for the suspension elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Günter Kessler
  • Publication number: 20110136422
    Abstract: A passive system, apparatus, and method for transferring poultry products exiting the chiller to a cone or shackle line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Gary V. McMurray, Jonathan Frank Holmes, Wiley Holcombe
  • Publication number: 20110105001
    Abstract: An installation for processing slaughtered animal parts of slaughtered animals and forming batches each containing one or more slaughtered animal parts, which installation comprises: —a conveying system with a single conveying device or with a plurality of conveying devices, —at least one slaughtered animal treatment device positioned along the path of a conveying device, —a first weighing device for determining the weight of the one or more slaughtered animal parts carried by a product carrier, —an installation control device comprising: —slaughtered animal part position determining means which pertain to the conveying system and know substantially continuously the position of each slaughtered animal part in the conveying system, —memory means wherein, for each slaughtered animal part in the conveying system, at least one memory field is present for the weight, determined by the first weighing device, of the slaughtered animal part, and—a batching device which is positioned along the path of a conveying devi
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: MAREL STORK POULTRY PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Adrianus Josephes Van Den Nieuwelaar, Wilbert Hiddink, Gerardus Johannes Josephus Cornelissen
  • Publication number: 20100190426
    Abstract: This document relates to live bird shackle transfer. In one embodiment, a live bird transfer system includes a perch conveyor, configured to transport a live bird on a perch mechanism from a distal end to a proximal end of the perch conveyor, and a shackle line, including a pallet assembly including a trolley supporting a pallet and a star-wheel mechanism configured to position the trolley such that the pallet is aligned with the proximal end of the perch conveyor during transfer of the live bird from the perch mechanism to the pallet. In another embodiment, a live bird transfer system includes a perch conveyor configured to transport a live bird from a distal end to a proximal end of the perch conveyor; a body-grasper at the proximal end of the perch conveyor; and virtual exit lighting positioned at the proximal end of the perch conveyor and above the body-grasper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Kok-Meng Lee, Billy Poindexter, II, A. Bruce Webster, Shaohui Foong, Chih-Hsing Liu
  • Patent number: 7662034
    Abstract: An apparatus for severing a drumstick and a thigh that are part of a leg of poultry from each other includes an overhead conveyor for supplying the suspended leg, a supporting member for supporting the leg while the drumstick and thigh are being severed, and a cutting device for severing the drumstick from the thigh at the height of a knee joint A clamping device is provided for holding fast the thigh at least while it passes the cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Eric Adriaan Van Hillo, Eric De Jong
  • Patent number: 7597615
    Abstract: In a method and device for opening a blood vessel in the neck of a pre-positioned slaughter animal, a blood vessel is opened as a result of at least one cutting device being moved into the neck from one side of the neck towards the opposite side of the neck, the blood vessel being located in the path of the cutting device. The cutting device is an elongate blade which is moved in its longitudinal direction and is provided with a sharp, inclined front side. Before the blood vessel is opened, the distance between the trachea and the blood vessel is increased in an area of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Stork PMT B.V.
    Inventors: Adrianus Josephes van den Nieuwelaar, Franciscus Cornelis Wilhelmus van Gaal, Thomas Wilhelmus Josephus Schevers
  • Patent number: 7435167
    Abstract: Mechanical assembly comprising a roller chain mounted on multiple sprockets attached via shafts and bearings to a frame. Multiple unloader shackles are attached to the roller chain such that all shackles are aligned in a consistent manner. The roller chain assembly is mounted in such a way as to align it longitudinally with an overhead shackle-line. It is mounted in such a way as to allow the individual unloader shackles to align directly opposite the individual overhead shackles at a specific offset distance and travel in the same direction as the overhead shackles. It is also mounted in such a way as to allow the attached shackles to rise in elevation from beneath the overhead shackles as they travel in the same direction as the overhead shackles. The chain is driven at a rate which synchronizes the attached unloader shackles with the overhead shackle-line to which it is aligned in order to transfer a carcass such as a leg quarter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Tyson Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelvin D. Lasse, Charley Reed, Tim Reddell, James Ruff
  • Publication number: 20080242208
    Abstract: In a method and device for opening a blood vessel in the neck of a pre-positioned slaughter animal, a blood vessel is opened as a result of at least one cutting device being moved into the neck from one side of the neck towards the opposite side of the neck, the blood vessel being located in the path of the cutting device. The cutting device is an elongate blade which is moved in its longitudinal direction and is provided with a sharp, inclined front side. Before the blood vessel is opened, the distance between the trachea and the blood vessel is increased in an area of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Adrianus Joosephes van den Nieuwelaar, Franciscus Cornelis Wilhelmus van Gaal, Thomas Wilhelmus Josephus Schevers
  • Publication number: 20080182497
    Abstract: Mechanical assembly comprising a roller chain mounted on multiple sprockets attached via shafts and bearings to a frame. Multiple unloader shackles are attached to the roller chain such that all shackles are aligned in a consistent manner. The roller chain assembly is mounted in such a way as to align it longitudinally with an overhead shackle-line. It is mounted in such a way as to allow the individual unloader shackles to align directly opposite the individual overhead shackles at a specific offset distance and travel in the same direction as the overhead shackles. It is also mounted in such a way as to allow the attached shackles to rise in elevation from beneath the overhead shackles as they travel in the same direction as the overhead shackles. The chain is driven at a rate which synchronizes the attached unloader shackles with the overhead shackle-line to which it is aligned in order to transfer a carcass such as a leg quarter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Kelvin D. Lasse, Charley Reed, Tim Reddell, James Ruff
  • Patent number: 7226349
    Abstract: Photoelectric and inductive sensors are placed along a picking and eviscerating chicken lines. The sensors detect the location of a chicken bird in a shackle and its associated feet, also in a shackle. The sensors communicate this information to a programmable logic card. An inspection button also communicates information to the programmable logic card. Medal flags are attached to a shackle to allow for an easier way for the sensors to determine the locations of the chicken bird and its associated feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Allan Todd Berry
  • Patent number: 7018283
    Abstract: Apparatus for transferring poultry carcasses from a first overhead conveyor to a second overhead conveyor, including a transfer wheel rotatable about a shaft and disposed between the first and the second overhead conveyors. The apparatus also includes a receipt point and a discharge point, the receipt point being disposed between the first overhead conveyor and the transfer wheel, the discharge point being disposed between the transfer wheel and the second overhead conveyor, and the receipt and discharge points are disposed on a centerline of the transfer wheel. The apparatus further includes a plurality of holders, each holder being configured to receive one of the carcasses from the first overhead conveyor at the receipt point and to discharge the carcass to the second overhead conveyor at the discharge point. Each holder has a first orientation at the receipt point and a second orientation at the discharge point, and the first and second orientations are relative to the centerline and are the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Systemate Group, B.V.
    Inventors: Michel Schmidt, Hendrik Jan Arie Verheul
  • Patent number: 6997797
    Abstract: A device for processing slaughtered animals or parts thereof, having a first station and a second station, comprises a conveyor which extends between the first station and the second station. The conveyor comprises at least one slot which is designed to carry and support the slaughtered animals, a supply device for supplying the slaughtered animals or parts thereof at the first station on the conveyor, and a discharge device for discharging the slaughtered animals or parts thereof from the conveyor at the second station. The device has at least one driven driving member which spans at least half of the width of the slot, passes through a path which is substantially parallel to the course of the slot and is designed to move the slaughtered animals or parts thereof which are in the slot along the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Adrianus J. van den Nieuwelaar, Jan W. Bos
  • Patent number: 6796892
    Abstract: A method for processing meat along a meat processing line. The method includes removing viscera from a carcass, accumulating the carcass along a dead rail stack of the meat processing line, washing the carcass, and inspecting the carcass at an inspection station following the act of washing the carcass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Excel Corporation
    Inventors: Deloran M. Allen, James R. Rathke
  • Publication number: 20030134586
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are described for handling chicken (4) suspended in transport shackles (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: Keld Kvorning, Poul Kjeldsen, Jorgen Zachariassen
  • Patent number: 6443828
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for carrying out a meat packing process in which carcasses of animals (102) are weighed (100) and moved on a boning line (101) in sequence past a number of boning and trimming stations (103 and 105). The trimmed cuts are transferred to a main conveyor (108). The cuts are placed in bags dispensed by one or more machines (22) which produce bag's whose lengths and widths are matched to those of the cuts placed therein. Each hook (38) has a bar code (39), which is scanned at the boning stations. Feed conveyors (241-243) are controlled by the central processor (34). The travel of the main conveyor (108) is monitored by the central processor so that each position on the main conveyor to which the cuts are transferred from the feed conveyors is identified at each trimming station and at the bagging station. By this each bagged cut can be identified with the animal from which if was derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Machinery Development Limited
    Inventor: Richard Archer Melville
  • Patent number: 6419077
    Abstract: A sausage transfer station is disclosed for transferring sausages from a rack where they are hung by respective string loops in a plurality of rows to a main conveyor. The transfer station includes an unload conveyor for advancing the rack forward, a selectively pivotable unloader shaft oriented transversely to the unload conveyor, and a transfer conveyor having a leg parallel to the unloader shaft and an apex proximate the main conveyor. The unloader shaft has a plurality of unloader fingers extending transversely outward therefrom. The unloader fingers engage the string loops of a row of sausages to push them off of the rack and then drop them onto respective fingers of the transfer conveyor. The sausages are carried by the transfer conveyor to the apex proximate the main conveyor where they are transferred to hooks on the main conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Stainless Steel Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. White, Gregory A. Roepka
  • Publication number: 20020058470
    Abstract: Apparatus for transferring poultry carcasses from a first overhead conveyor to a second overhead conveyor, in which overhead conveyors the carcasses are transported suspended from shackles and the like, comprising a transfer wheel rotatable about a vertical axis and positioned between both overhead conveyors, which wheel is provided with holders for the carcasses and with first means for transferring the carcasses from the first overhead conveyor to the transfer wheel and with second means for transferring the carcasses from the transfer wheel to the second overhead conveyor, orientation means further being present for equalizing the spacial initial orientation of the carcass in the holder at receipt on the transfer wheel and the spacial final orientation of the carcass in the holder at its discharge from the transfer wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Applicant: Systemate Group B.V.
    Inventors: Michel Schmidt, Hendrik Jan Arie Verheul
  • Publication number: 20020055328
    Abstract: Apparatus for transferring poultry carcasses from a first overhead conveyor to a second overhead conveyor, in which overhead conveyors the carcasses are transported suspended from shackles and the like, comprising a transfer wheel rotatable about a vertical axis and positioned between both overhead conveyors, which wheel is provided with holders for the carcasses and with first means for transferring the carcasses from the first overhead conveyor to the transfer wheel and with second means for transferring the carcasses from the transfer wheel to the second overhead conveyor, orientation means further being present for equalizing the spacial initial orientation of the carcass in the holder at receipt on the transfer wheel and the spacial final orientation of the carcass in the holder at its discharge from the transfer wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Inventors: Michel Schmidt, Hendrik Jan Arie Verheul
  • Patent number: 6361426
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for processing meat from waste body parts of fish. In one embodiment, a fish processing machine includes a primary processing line and a reclamation processing line. The primary processing line can include a first conveyor system to transport a fish trunk along a primary processing path, a first cutter at a first location along the primary processing path configured to separate a waste body part from the fish trunk, and a second cutter at a second location along the primary processing path downstream from the first cutter. The second cutter has at least one knife arranged to slice high-value meat from the trunk. The reclamation processing line is coupled to the primary processing line. The reclamation processing line can include a recovery cutter to separate an additional meat portion from the waste body part and a transfer mechanism to automatically transport the waste body part to the recovery cutter without manually manipulating the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: American Seafoods Company
    Inventor: Henrik Kragh
  • Patent number: 6277021
    Abstract: A carrying hook for suspending poultry by the legs and conveying it, having two channels, each capable of receiving one leg. The channels are open at both ends. Optionally the channels are widened in the middle, and are provided with channel walls that can be separated by moving them against a spring force. In addition, the channels may mutually diverge toward their ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Meyn
  • Patent number: 6277018
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing and processing a strand of sausage or foodstuff has a sausage producing machine which produces a linked strand of sausage for deposit of loops of the strand on the hooks of a continuous conveyor. The conveyor picks up the loops of the strand at a loading station immediately adjacent the discharge end of the machine, and conveys the loops to a processing station for smoking or the like. The conveyor then moves the loops to an unloading station for removal of the strand from the conveyor, whereupon the conveyor downstream of the unloading station returns to the loading station to pick up additional product. A conveyor take-up mechanism is located immediately downstream from the loading station to permit the conveyor to cease movement at the loading station (while the casing on the machine is being replenished) while the conveyor can continue movement in the processing area. Sensors and controls interconnect the machine and the conveyor to coordinate the operational functions of each.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Townsend Engineering Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Cody, David Hamblin, Steven P. Hergott, Wendell J. Holl, David C. Nordby, Michael S. Simpson, Brent M. Veldkamp
  • Patent number: 6267661
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for carrying out a meat packing process in which carcasses of animals (102) are weighed (100) and moved on a boning line (101) in sequence past a number of boning and trimming stations (103 and 105). The trimmed cuts are transferred to a main conveyor (108). The cuts are placed in bags dispensed by one or more machines (22) which produce bags whose lengths and widths are matched to those of the cuts placed therein. Each hook (38) has a bar code (39) which is scanned at the boning stations. Feed conveyors (241-243) are controlled by the central processor (34). The travel of the main conveyor (108) is monitored by the central processor so that each position on the main conveyor to which the cuts are transferred from the feed conveyors is identified at each trimming station and at the bagging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Richard Archer Melville
  • Patent number: 6254472
    Abstract: An apparatus for suspending poultry by the feet from an overhead conveyor has pairs of cooperating strings for gripping the poultry by the feet in an upside-down hanging position. Check means are applied to check the position of the feet with respect to the strings in the hanging position of the poultry, and to provide a control signal that depends thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Meyn
  • Patent number: 6254471
    Abstract: An apparatus for gripping the feet of sitting or standing poultry. The apparatus comprising a first conveyor where the poultry sits or stands on the first conveyor and points its head in the same or opposite direction to the direction of travel of the first conveyor. A section of the first conveyor forms a tunnel floor. A tunnel ceiling is disposed above the first conveyor. The distance between the tunnel ceiling and the first conveyor initially decreases in the direction of travel of the first conveyor. A guide extends in the longitudinal direction of the tunnel ceiling and is located between the first conveyor and the tunnel ceiling. The distance between the tunnel ceiling and the first conveyor increases in the direction of travel of the first conveyor at a location proximate to the guide. A second conveyor is located in the direction of travel of the first conveyor substantially after the guide. The breast of the poultry rests on the second conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Meyn
  • Patent number: 6234891
    Abstract: A collating conveyor is provided for sausage links. The conveyor includes a frame with opposite ends and chains trained about the opposite ends of the frame. A motor drives the chains in a vertically oriented loop. A plurality of brackets are mounted on the chains in longitudinally spaced positions so as to move with the chains. Each bracket includes a basket pivotally mounted thereon. A cam arm with a cam follower is provided on each bracket and connected to the basket. The cam follower tracks in a cam groove on the frame so as to pivot the baskets from a longitudinal position at the mid point of the conveyor to a lateral position at each end of the conveyor. Sausage links from an encasing machine are deposited into each longitudinally oriented basket, which carries the sausage links around the end of the conveyor for discharge onto a tray in collated, parallel rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Townsend Engineering Company
    Inventor: Lambertus Gerardus Maria Klaassen
  • Patent number: 6220953
    Abstract: In a device and method for processing a slaughtered animal or a part thereof, the slaughtered animal or the part thereof is conveyed on a holding support of a carrier connected to an overhead conveyor. The holding support is provided with devices for fixing the slaughtered animal or part thereof. The carrier is conveyed past filleting tools disposed in an essentially fixed orientation, while the holding support of the carrier provided with a swivelling device can be swivelled by means of a control device which controls the swivelling device during the passage past the filleting tools, in order to carry out-the filleting operations with the filleting tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Stork PMT B.V.
    Inventors: Alberthus T. J. J. Cornelissen, Adrianus J. van den Nieuwelaar
  • Patent number: 6152816
    Abstract: In a device and method for processing slaughtered poultry, the following steps are carried out: drawing the viscera package out of the carcass of the poultry; separating the viscera package from the carcass; conveying the viscera package in a viscera package conveyor member; conveying the carcass in a carcass conveyor member; and inspecting the viscera package and the carcass. The viscera package conveyor member and the carcass conveyor member are coupled together at least during the inspection. The viscera package conveyor member and the carcass conveyor member may form part of one combined conveyor member. Prior to the inspection, at least the intestines, and in particular the intestines and the gall bladder, are removed from the viscera package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Stork PMT B.V.
    Inventors: Andrianus J. van den Nieuwelaar, Engelbert J. J. Teurlinx, Bastiaan W. J. E. J. Drabbels, Cornelis D. van Harskamp
  • Patent number: 6102790
    Abstract: The present invention provides automated devices and methods for extracting substantially all the tail meat from the crawfish exoskeleton. The devices and methods consistently remove the intestinal tract, without damage to the meat, and are capable of processing crawfish of all sizes and shell hardness at a rate greater than that of hand peeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: Thomas C. Cowsar, Margaret Cowsar Waid
  • Patent number: 6095914
    Abstract: In a device and method for processing a slaughtered animal or a part thereof, the slaughtered animal or the part thereof is conveyed on a holding support of a carrier connected to an overhead conveyor. The holding support is provided with devices for fixing the slaughtered animal or part thereof. The carrier is conveyed past filleting tools disposed in an essentially fixed orientation, while the holding support of the carrier provided with a swivelling device can be swivelled by means of a control device which controls the swivelling device during the passage past the filleting tools, in order to carry out the filleting operations with the filleting tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Stork PMT B.V.
    Inventors: Alberthus T. J. J. Cornelissen, Adrianus J. van den Nieuwelaar
  • Patent number: 6083093
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for handling strands of meat product links, the apparatus utilizing a strand flow forward end movement control apparatus in combination with a sausage stuffing machine which halts forward strand flow and allows the balance of the strand to collect in a nearby receptacle. Strands are continuously connected to each other and moved to a loop forming apparatus having a rotatable wheel formed from a pair of side plates to configure a link strand receiving channel. Catch rods are positioned on the side plates and are operable selectively in combination with a camming device to actuate the catch rods and release the strand for engagement with the hangers. As the strands are released for hanger engagement, they are looped over each individual hanger in loops of controllable size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Roger S. Williams
  • Patent number: 6071186
    Abstract: A suspending device is provided with a device frame; a guiding device provided on an upper portion of the device frame and having a guide tube for guiding given portions of a chain of sausages, which are being conveyed and supplied by a nipping and conveying device, to a predetermined position while circularly moving its free end; a conveying device provided on the upper portion of the device frame in the same way as the guiding device, and adapted to convey the sausages formed into loops as the given portions of the sausages guided to the predetermined position by the guide tube of the guiding device are caught by the conveying device; a power generating device provided on the upper portion of the device frame and adapted to generate power constituting a conveying force for the sausages in the conveying device as well as a circularly moving force for circularly moving the guide tube of the guiding device; and a power transmitting device for transmitting the power generated by the power generating device to t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Hitec Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiyoji Shibata, Hideaki Arai, Katsuya Tanabe