Stuffing Patents (Class 452/35)
  • Patent number: 10663204
    Abstract: A method for building an ice structure includes making a plurality of ice logs and attaching the ice logs together to form a support structure. The support structure may be two or more stories high and may be constructed by freezing the ice logs together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: James Youngstrom
  • Patent number: 10624383
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an extrusion horn including an inner compression chamber having an interior channel extending from an open infeed port to an open exit port, where a top inner surface of the interior channel progressively tapers down with an initial slope having an initial downward taper to a target thickness, then top inner surface abruptly steps to an increased thickness of the channel, and then progressively tapers down with a secondary slope where the secondary slope has a steeper downward taper than the slope of the initial downward taper. An apparatus and method for extruding extrudate through an extruding horn conducive for producing bacon bits and jerky.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TYSON FOODS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Christie, Anthony J. Cardarelli, James A. Ruff, Dejing Fu
  • Patent number: 10368572
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for extruding extrudate through an extruding horn having a geometry that allows for a uniform flow from the discharge end into a cooking section that sets the outer surfaces of continuous flow of all meat specie. The technology as disclosed and claimed allows for uniform product thickness throughout the cooking process, increased system throughput, and increased bind in the sheet leading to overall increased product yields. The technology eliminates the need for a meat press ahead of the system to set thickness further reducing yields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Tyson Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Christie, Anthony J. Cardarelli, James A. Ruff, Dejing Fu
  • Patent number: 9930895
    Abstract: A twisting apparatus comprising a loading device intended to load a food product into a casing, and a braking device, is described. The loading device comprises two tubular filling bodies, or filling tubes, intended to support the casing and a twisting device intended to rotate each filling tube about its axis, and a movable frame or carriage able to support the loading device. The twisting apparatus includes a rotation unit intended to cause rotation of the loading device and angularly displace the two tubular filling bodies with respect to the braking device. Also provided is a displacement drive member connected to said movable frame or carriage so as to move with an approaching and separating displacement, or to-and-fro movement, the two tubular filling bodies away from and towards the braking device. The rotation unit includes a rotation drive member fixed to said movable frame or carriage and is able to be moved by said displacement drive member together with the loading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: RISCO S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giampietro Righele, Filippo Toniello
  • Patent number: 9816593
    Abstract: In a continuously variable transmission (CVT) system, an input shaft receives power from an external source and rotates an intermediate mechanism that converts the rotation to an oscillatory movement and converts the oscillatory movement to a one-way rotation that drives an output shaft, with transmission ratio according to load on the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Abbas Olyaei
  • Patent number: 9622491
    Abstract: An automatic stuffing machine for food products, which comprises a base framework that supports at least one forming die of the product to be stuffed and a pusher adapted to cause the translation of the formed product through a stuffing tube; the machine has at least one tube changer body that supports at least two stuffing tubes and is actuated to move in order to bring, in each instance, one of the stuffing tubes to a working position, in which it is located substantially at the area of action of the pusher; furthermore elements are provided for removable joining between the forming die and the stuffing tube in the working position which are adapted to pass from an active condition, in which they provide a connection between the forming die and the stuffing tube in the working position, to an inactive condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: INOX MECCANICA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giovanni Bolzacchini
  • Patent number: 9363981
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an animal chew toy comprising a first material including a body portion and one or more exposed regions comprising a second material, the material of the exposed regions at least partially occupying one or more blind holes in the body portion wherein the one or more blind holes may include an undercut or die locked condition to aid in retaining the second material. The chew may be formed via a number of molding methods including those utilizing injection molding or extrusion techniques. The first and second materials may comprise edible compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: T.F.H. PUBLICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Glen S. Axelrod, Ajay Gajria
  • Patent number: 9017151
    Abstract: A filling machine for sausages, having a filling tube and a unit for removing a filling material plait exiting the filling tube end during a filling process interruption, where the removing unit includes a separator element by means of which the filling material plait can be removed when a relative movement is executed between the filling tube end and the separator element, the separator element including at least one filling material adhesion surface to which filling material is transferable and adherable, and the adhesion surface has associated therewith a cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Albert Handtmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerhard Schliesser, Andreas Betz, Manfred Baechtle, Florian Osswald, Robert Winghart
  • Publication number: 20140322394
    Abstract: A novel smokable thermoplastic film, smokable by both liquid smoke and gaseous smoke, that may be produced as a film or a tube, as in a food casing. This newly disclosed film is a blend of a polyamide base, an amorphous polyvinyl alcohol and, optionally, an antiblocking agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Aamir W. Siddiqui, Nancy Tamez de Caballero
  • Publication number: 20140287664
    Abstract: A method and a device for controlling a filling machine with a clipping machine, the clipping machine and the filling machine exchanging process data via a communication interface, where functions of the clipping machine, in particular the movement profile of opposed clipper scissors, and functions of the filling machine, in particular the speed profile of a feed mechanism, are automatically adjusted with respect to each other by at least one control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: ALBERT HANDTMANN MASCHINENFABRIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Schmid
  • Publication number: 20140256240
    Abstract: The process for preparing a meat product comprises arranging slices of a raw stuffed meat product in a single layer on a permeable support surface, conveying the slices thus arranged along a path inside an enclosure of a forced convection treatment unit, creating a first thermal gradient across a first region of the enclosure along a first portion of the path by making a first conditioned air current flow parallel to the permeable support surface and transverse to the path from a first side to an opposite second side of the enclosure, and creating a second opposite thermal gradient across a second region of the enclosure along a second portion of the path by making a second conditioned air current flow parallel to the permeable support surface and transverse to the path from the second side to the first side of the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: METALQUIMIA, S.A.
    Inventor: Narcis Lagares Corominas
  • Publication number: 20140256239
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, devices and computer program products automatically package an object, such as, for example, whole muscle meat pieces, in a covering material, such as, for example, sheared casing and/or netting. The devices include an automated compression assembly with an electric drive motor and a pusher assembly with an electric motor, preferably each electric motor is a servo-motor. The systems/apparatus devices can include a programmably adjustable index and/or speed profile for the compression and/or pusher assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Samuel D. Griggs, Kim L. Poling, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8827774
    Abstract: Portioning and/or transport apparatus for portioning and/or transporting sausages. The apparatus includes a conveyor device having at least one conveyor element which is drivable by a drive motor and which can be brought into contact with a sausage for conveying the sausages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Vemag Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Bilowski
  • Publication number: 20140212558
    Abstract: A method and installation for processing a mass of pumpable foodstuff material, for example a ground meat mass. The installation comprises a hopper and a positive displacement pump having an inlet and an outlet. A tube structure connects to the outlet of the pump and has a mouth, e.g. leading to a moulding device or a sausage machine. A controllable vacuum assembly is provided to cause controlled evacuation of air from the mass in the trajectory of the mass from and including the hopper to and including a pump chamber at a position where it is in communication with the pump inlet. A controllable aeration assembly is provided to cause controlled introduction of a gas into the mass at one or more locations in the trajectory of the mass between the pump outlet and the mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: MAREL TOWNSEND FURTHER PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Leon Spierts, Thomas W. Dekker, Martinus J. Willebrordus
  • Publication number: 20140213162
    Abstract: A filling machine for sausages, having a filling tube and a unit for removing a filling material plait exiting the filling tube end during a filling process interruption, where the removing unit includes a separator element by means of which the filling material plait can be removed when a relative movement is executed between the filling tube end and the separator element, the separator element including at least one filling material adhesion surface to which filling material is transferable and adherable, and the adhesion surface has associated therewith a cleaning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: ALBERT HANDTMANN MASCHINENFABRIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Betz, Gerhard Schliesser, Manfred Baechtle, Florian Osswald, Robert Winghart
  • Patent number: 8740676
    Abstract: A filling assembly for being mounted to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products comprising a filling tube for filling flowable material into a packaging casing that is arrangeable onto filling tube; a casing brake unit with a brake body for being detachably and relatively fixable arranged on filling tube in a braking position for providing a resistance to the packaging casing against uncontrolled sliding-off of the filling tube; and a mounting unit for mounting filling tube and casing brake unit to the clipping machine. Mounting unit comprises a bearing device for allowing a relative movement of filling tube and casing brake unit to the clipping machine, when mounting unit is mounted with filling tube and casing brake unit to the clipping machine, between at least a production position and an interchanging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Detlef Ebert
  • Publication number: 20140127985
    Abstract: A filling assembly for being mounted to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products comprising a filling tube for filling flowable material into a packaging casing that is arrangeable onto filling tube; a casing brake unit with a brake body for being detachably and relatively fixable arranged on filling tube in a braking position for providing a resistance to the packaging casing against uncontrolled sliding-off of the filling tube; and a mounting unit for mounting filling tube and casing brake unit to the clipping machine. Mounting unit comprises a bearing device for allowing a relative movement of filling tube and casing brake unit to the clipping machine, when mounting unit is mounted with filling tube and casing brake unit to the clipping machine, between at least a production position and an interchanging position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Detlef Ebert
  • Patent number: 8715043
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products by filing a flowable filling material into a tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing and closing said packaging casing by at least one closure means. The clipping machine comprises a filling tube having a first end, a second end and a central axis, the first end of the filing tube is directed in the feeding direction and the second end can pivotally be coupled to a filler device. The clipping machine further comprises a coverage device for covering a gap between the first end of the filling tube and a casing brake assembly including brake means for applying tension to the tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing when being filled, gathering means for gathering the filled tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing and for forming a plait-like portion thereto, and a clipping device having a clipping tool assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jörg Sames
  • Patent number: 8657654
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products. The clipping machine comprises a filling tube for feeding the filling material into a packaging casing, gathering elements for gathering the filled packaging casing and for forming a plait-like portion thereto, and a clipping device for applying at least one closure clip to the plait-like portion and closing said closure clip. Furthermore, the clipping device includes a drive for driving the first closing tool. Said drive comprises a crank shaft having a crank pin, and a plunger having a central axis, for holding and linearly moving the first closing tool between its opened and closed position along its central axis. A guide track is mounted to said plunger, and a slide block pivotally attached to the crank pin is in slidable engagement with said guide track for moving said plunger along its central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Detlef Ebert, Meik Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140038506
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products by filing a flowable filling material into a tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing and closing said packaging casing by at least one closure means. The clipping machine comprises a filling tube having a first end, a second end and a central axis, the first end of the filing tube is directed in the feeding direction and the second end can pivotally be coupled to a filler device. The clipping machine further comprises a coverage device for covering a gap between the first end of the filling tube and a casing brake assembly including brake means for applying tension to the tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing when being filled, gathering means for gathering the filled tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing and for forming a plait-like portion thereto, and a clipping device having a clipping tool assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jörg Sames
  • Publication number: 20140038505
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products by filling a flowable filling material into a tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing and closing said packaging casing by at least one closure means, the clipping machine comprises a filling tube, having a central axis and a filling outlet, for feeding said filling material in a feeding direction via said filling outlet into said packaging casing, a displacement device for gathering the filled packaging casing and for forming a plait-like portion thereto, at least substantially free from filling material and a clipping device for applying at least one closure means to said plait-like portion. The displacement device of the inventive clipping machine is arranged in a replacement assembly group, wherein the group is removably arrangeable at the clipping machine in an engagement position, in which the replacement assembly group is coupled to the clipping machine for production process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jörg Sames
  • Publication number: 20130266697
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for obtaining artificial casing for filling foodstuffs and artificial casing obtained by means of said method, which comprises extruding gel through an output slot having a closed, polygonal and non-circular geometric configuration, obtaining a tubular film with a circular cross-section due to the effect of pressure exerted by a fluid that is injected into said hollow tubular film, such that the artificial casing obtained has a high dilation capacity in its cross-section, while at the same time maintaining the same longitudinal traction values as a casing obtained using a circular slot of the same caliber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: VISCOFAN ,S.A.
    Inventors: lon Iñaki Garcia Martinez, Carlos Maria Longo Areso
  • Publication number: 20130189912
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products. The clipping machine comprises a filling tube for feeding the filling material into a_packaging casing, gathering means for gathering the filled packaging casing and for forming a plait-like portion thereto, and a clipping device for applying at least one closure means to the plait-like portion and closing said closure means. Furthermore, the clipping device includes a drive means for driving the first closing tool. Said drive means comprises a crank shaft having a crank pin, and a plunger having a central axis, for holding and linearly moving the first closing tool between its opened and closed position along its central axis. A guide track is mounted to said plunger, and a slide block pivotally attached to the crank pin is in slidable engagement with said guide track for moving said plunger along its central axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Detlef Ebert, Meik Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20120321752
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing sausage products by means of co-extrusion, wherein the method comprises the steps of: providing a food dough (6); providing a viscous casing mass material (8); and producing by means of co-extrusion a sausage strand (2) with the extrusion of a centre of food dough at least partially provided by layered casing mass material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: MAREL TOWNSEND FURTHER PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Adrianus Josephes Van De Nieuwelaar, Marcus Bernhard Hubert Bontjer, Léon Marie Francois Spierts, Leonie Petronella Wilhelmina Maria Boons
  • Publication number: 20120295526
    Abstract: A conveyor system for a filling machine and a method of conveying pasty mass with a corresponding conveyor system and a corresponding filling machine, including a housing with a vacuum opening and a vacuum pump as well as a suction line for generating a vacuum in the conveyor system. A valve means and at least one pressure sensor for measuring the pressure in the suction line and/or in the conveyor system are provided. A control means controls the vacuum in the conveyor system or the suction line, respectively, wherein the cross-section of the suction line is adjusted in response to the measured pressure via the valve means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: ALBERT HANDTMANN MASCHINENFABRIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Martin Staudenrausch
  • Publication number: 20120295005
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of applying dry ingredients to a meat includes a stuffing horn with separate flow channels. An outer elongated flow channel is configured to have tubular casings disposed therearound. An inner elongated flow channel is disposed within the outer elongated flow channel. A first inlet is configured to introduce a meat stream into the inner elongated flow channel. A second inlet, connected to the inner elongated flow channel, is configured to introduce dry ingredients into the conduit between the outer and inner elongated flow channels. At the end of the stuffing horn, the inner and outer elongated flow channels are configured to create a void space around the meat stream where the dry ingredients are deposited onto an outside surface of the meat stream prior to the meat stream being deposited into a tubular casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas W. Kleckner, Amber Lynne Engelke
  • Patent number: 8277293
    Abstract: A holding device for a stuffing machine for stuffing sausages, having a head provided with a casing brake, and a drive shaft through which the casing brake can be driven, the casing brake enclosing the free end of a filling tube of the stuffing machine at an operating position and exposing the free end of the filling tube by pivoting the head away at a sausage casing pull-on position. When the head is being moved from the operating position to the sausage casing pull-on position, the drive shaft is deflected at an angle ? relative to the longitudinal axis of the holding device without decoupling of the power train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Albert Handtmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Maile, Armin Kibler
  • Publication number: 20120094588
    Abstract: A clipping machine and a method for producing sausage-shaped products formed by a tubular casing material containing a flowable filling material. The clipping machine includes a filling tube for feeding filling material into the tubular casing material stored on the filling tube and being closed at the front end by a closing clip. The clipping machine further includes a closing device including at least two closing tools, being reversably movable relative to one another between an opened position and a closed position for placing and closing at least one closing clip for forming a sausage-shaped product. In addition, a suction device is provided, having at least a suction opening being located in the region of the front end of the filling tube for sucking a fluid segregated from the filling material into the tubular casing material while being filled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Jürgen Hanten
  • Publication number: 20110111679
    Abstract: Portioning and/or transport apparatus for portioning and/or transporting sausages. The apparatus includes a conveyor device having at least one conveyor element which is drivable by means of a drive motor and which can be brought into contact with a sausage for conveying the sausages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: VEMAG MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventor: Jörg Bilowski
  • Publication number: 20110097980
    Abstract: An improved processing assembly having a meat emulsion pump connected to a stuffing horn. The stuffing horn positioned to fill casings with meat emulsion which form a strand of processed meat that is received by a twister, then a linker, and subsequently deposited on a conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: STORK TOWNSEND INC.
    Inventors: Andrew W. Maddux, Liansuo Xie, Michael S. Simpson, Kenneth B. Arnote, Emile A. Burgers
  • Publication number: 20100317269
    Abstract: A motorized cutting and twisting device for making sausages including a meat product situated inside a casing, has a first cutting element cutting a meat product; a second element carrying out an insertion of a product portion inside the casing and immediate twisting; and a single geared motor actuating both the elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Juan Vila Bonas
  • Publication number: 20100233949
    Abstract: A holding device for a stuffing machine for stuffing sausages, having ahead provided with a casing brake, and a drive shaft through which the casing brake can be driven, the casing brake enclosing the free end of a filling tube of the stuffing machine at an operating position and exposing the free end of the filling tube by pivoting the head away at a sausage casing pull-on position. When the head is being moved from the operating position to the sausage casing pull-on position, the drive shaft is deflected at an angle ? relative to the longitudinal axis of the holding device without decoupling of the power train.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: ALBERT HANDTMANN MASCHINENFABRIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Maile, Armin Kibler
  • Patent number: 7662029
    Abstract: Employed in a casing applicator (13) for stuffing of meat products which is mounted on a stuffing tube (3) through which the meat mass is displaced coming from a stuffing machine (4) toward a clipping device (5), a supporting tube (2) through which a casing (1) travels, it consists of a pair of unshirring wheels (8) which pull the previously shined casing (1) on the supporting tube (2) taking it to the end of the supporting tube (2), being complemented with a ring (9) on the external surface of which the casing slides, incorporating a robot (12) which controls the speed and working of the servo-motors associated with the unshirring wheels and actuates the pneumatic cylinders for positioning the wheels on the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Viscofan, S.A.
    Inventor: Juan Arias Lopez
  • Patent number: 7615268
    Abstract: A description is given of a tubular artificial sausage casing and a process for preparing the same, characterized in that the sausage casing is closed at one end or two ends by a yarn having a metal insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: CaseTech GmbH
    Inventors: Anton Krallmann, Heinrich Henze-Wethkamp, Reinhold Bansner
  • Patent number: 7575506
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a plaited portion on a packaging casing material which accommodates a filling material, in particular sausage meat, wherein the plaited portion is at least approximately filling material-free at least during the formation thereof, including: a first displacer unit and a second displacer unit which is displaceable reversibly in a linear movement with respect to the first displacer unit, and a drive unit for at least the drive for the linear movement of the second displacer unit, wherein provided between the drive unit and the second displacer unit is at least one drive force transmission unit which transmits the drive force produced by the drive unit to the second displacer unit and which is pivotable reversibly about a pivot point, the position of which is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Poly-Clip Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Detlef Ebert, Michael Hummel
  • Patent number: 7537514
    Abstract: A casing is embodied as a hollow stiff cylindrical support provided with an attachment mechanism in its coupling to the stuffing horn, on which is placed a suitably shirred tube which in turn is coated with a separation sheet and finally by a tubular net, also compressed or shirred, and which together with the inner tube extends beyond the support tube and is clamped against the tube by a clip, staple or knot such that during the stuffing operation the shirred tube and the equally shirred net are axially extended, with a simultaneous yet independent extension of the two elements favored with the aid of the intermediate separation sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Viscofan, S.A.
    Inventor: Juan Luis Arias López
  • Publication number: 20090130963
    Abstract: A device for producing meat products by stuffing meat mass in a double casing made up of a film and a net, has a stuffing tube with a diameter, a mechanism for passing the meat mass through the stuffing tube and into the double casing and a mechanism for shaping the film into a cylinder that is adapted to the diameter of the stuffing tube, the shaping mechanism forming longitudinal folds for allowing radial expansion of the cylinder when the cylinder is fed with meat mass through the stuffing tube by unfolding the folds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: VISCOFAN, S.A.
    Inventor: JUAN ARIAS LOPEZ
  • Publication number: 20090111366
    Abstract: A device and a method for filling a paste-like substance into a skin, and having a filling tube through which the paste-like substance is pushed into the skin, and a casing brake which is arranged in the area of the ejection end of the filling tube and which presses the skin in the direction of the filling tube. In order to prevent the formation of blisters below the skin, a second casing brake is provided, which, when seen in the direction of ejection, is arranged ahead of the first casing brake and which presses the skin in the direction of the filling tube so that air can be sucked off from below the skin between the first and the second casing brake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: ALBERT HANDTMANN
    Inventor: Martin Staudenrausch
  • Patent number: 7507150
    Abstract: A shirred fibrous food casing defines a shirred stick formed from a tubular fibrous casing. The shirred stick includes an average outside diameter at least 120% of the average inflated diameter of the deshirred casing. Additionally, the shirred stick includes an average inside diameter of at least 70% of the casing inflated diameter and a pleat pitch defined as the distance between adjacent apexes of major pleats measured on the casing after the shirred stick is deshirred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Visko Teepak Belgium NV
    Inventors: Alan David Stall, Dennis Bruce Simmerly, Keith Arthur Watts
  • Publication number: 20090029637
    Abstract: Devices for gathering sausage casings (1) filled with filling material, include at least one gathering element (2a, 2b) which can be fed from an initial position to an end position in the direction of the casing axis, and a mechanical drive (4a, 4b) for this gathering element (2a, 2b), which is assigned a control unit (6) for the movement sequence of the gathering element (2a, 2b). The devices are characterized in that the control unit (6) is designed in such a way that, automatically, the gathering element (2a, 2b) can be stopped during the feed movement in a forward reversal position between initial and end position, moved back in the direction of the initial position, stopped again in a rear reversal position and set moving in the direction of the end position again.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: Tipper Tie technopack GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst Daufratshofer, Matthias Kranz
  • Publication number: 20090023373
    Abstract: A device and a method for the manufacture of sausages from paste mass, in particular sausage meat, with a coextrusion head for coextruding the paste mass and a sausage casing, wherein the coextrusion head comprises a filling tube for the ejection of the paste mass as well as an extrusion die assigned to the filling tube with an extrusion gap for ejecting the casing material. In order to produce strong sausage casings, the filling tube protrudes by a distance X beyond the annular gap so that the casing material is extruded through the annular gap onto the filling tube and solidifies along the filling tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: ALBERT HANDTMANN MASCHINENFABRIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Manfred Bachtle, Siegfried Reutter, Markus Schilesser
  • Publication number: 20080220704
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a plaited portion on a packaging casing material which accommodates a filling material, in particular sausage meat, wherein the plaited portion is at least approximately filling material-free at least during the formation thereof, including: a first displacer unit and a second displacer unit which is displaceable reversibly in a linear movement with respect to the first displacer unit, and a drive unit for at least the drive for the linear movement of the second displacer unit, wherein provided between the drive unit and the second displacer unit is at least one drive force transmission unit which transmits the drive force produced by the drive unit to the second displacer unit and which is pivotable reversibly about a pivot point, the position of which is adjustable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Detlef Ebert, Michael Hummel
  • Patent number: 7390245
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a sleeve that has a greater length and is used for food, especially for sausages. The inventive sleeve consists of a plurality of individual sleeve sections made of sausage casings which contain collagens. According to the inventive method, a mandrel (3) is used. A first sleeve section (1) is pushed on said mandrel and a successive second sleeve section (2) is also pushed on said mandrel in such a way that the end regions of the two sleeve sections overlap on the mandrel and that an overlapping region (10) of sleeve sections is formed, whereby said end regions face each other. Heat and pressure are temporarily and simultaneously exerted on the overlapping region of the two sleeve sections in such a way that the sleeve sections in the overlapping region are at least partially welded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: CDS-Crailsheimer Darmsortierbetrieb GmbH
    Inventor: Hartmut Brettschneider
  • Patent number: 7254929
    Abstract: Process and machine for packing pasty, liquid or semiliquid products comprising: nonstop feeding two sheets (1, 2) sandwiching ducts (3) ending in nozzles (4) feeding pasty, liquid or semiliquid products to be packed (M); nonstop longitudinally sealing the said sheets (1, 2) through longitudinal continuous beads (5) adjacent to the said continuous sleeves (6); forming through the said longitudinal sealing narrowings arranged at intervals longitudinally regular in the said sleeves (6) making possible the passage of the said ducts (3) and defining in the sleeves (6) long, wide lengths (8) and short narrow lengths (9); nonstop injecting with nozzles (4) material (M) within the said sleeves (6) which are inflated forming units (28) of material (M) with prior pressure closing of a narrow length (9) each sleeve advanced to each nozzle (4) while the sheets (1, 2) are moving forwards, and pressure closing and transversally sealing at regular intervals the said sleeves (6) filled with material (M).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventors: Alejandro Javier Schutz, legal representative, Jorge Antonio Schutz, deceased
  • Patent number: 7040974
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and associated devices for casingless production of food products include: (a) providing a series of shells, the shells having sufficient structural rigidity to define an enclosed cavity space of predetermined substantially constant size and shape; (b) injecting a quantity of flowable food emulsion into the shells in serial order; (c) moving the shells forward along a predetermined travel path with the emulsion in the enclosed cavities; (d) exposing the emulsion in the shells to predetermined processing conditions that alter the emulsion held in the respective shells to a non-flowable edible food product having the molded shape of their respective shell cavities; and then (e) releasing the non-flowable food products from their respective shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods, Inc.
    Inventor: Sarid M. Shefet
  • Patent number: 6902783
    Abstract: The invention relates to edible molded bodies in the form of a flat or tubular film based on plastifiable biopolymers, the cleavage products or derivatives thereof and/or synthetic polymers from natural monomers, characterized in that they are produced according to a method comprising the following steps: a) the biopolymers, cleavage products or derivatives thereof and/or synthetic polymers are mixed with at least one edible plasticizer, at least one lubricating agent and at least one cross-linking agent, b) the mixture thus obtained is melted into a thermoplastic material, c) said material is extruded and d) the product obtained by extrusion is calendered and/or stretched or blown and deformed into the edible molded body. The molded bodies cited in the invention are suitable for use as food wrappers for sausages and boiled ham, and are particularly suitable for use as seamless sausage casings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Kalle Nalo GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Klaus-Dieter Hammer, Gerhard Grolig, Michael Ahlers, Ulrich Delius
  • Publication number: 20040242140
    Abstract: A portioning device for portioning foodstuffs such as sausage meat and dough. The portioning device includes a forming space filled by a means of the foodstuff and a cutting device for portioning the mass of foodstuff. The cutting device features a cutter that is introducible at least part way into the forming space to provide the portioning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Applicant: VEMAG Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Gerd Scharninghausen, Rene Dammand
  • Patent number: 6821588
    Abstract: The invention relates to a film which is produced form a thermoplastic polymer mixture containing the following: a) thermoplastic starch and/or a thermoplastic starch derivative and b) at least one polyester urethane, with the weight ratio a):b) being in the range from 75:25 to 5:95, and the surface-related degree of stretching the film being 2 to 70. The polyester urethanes forms a matrix in the mixture and the thermoplastic starch or a thermoplastic starch derivative being distributed in a microdispersion in the form of particles with a diameter dp of 0.05 to 30 &mgr;m. The invention also relates to a method for the inventive film and its use as a packaging film, especially for artificial sausage skins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Kalle GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus-Dieter Hammer, Michael Ahlers, Gerhard Grolig, Hans-Gerhard Fritz, Thomas Seidenstuecker
  • Patent number: RE39943
    Abstract: An extrusion attachment for sausage making machines have three connection concentric tubes with the inner tube defining a first passageway, the space between the inner restrictor and intermediate second tubes comprising a second first passageway, and the space between the outer third tube and the intermediate second tube defining a third second passageway. The diameter of the inner restrictor tube is small so that meat emulsion passing into the inner restrictor tube is subjected to a higher pressure than that of the pressure in the second first passageway. The lower pressure meat material in the second first passageway is thinly coated on the strand of the high pressure meat material extruded from the inner restrictor tube. A thin layer of collagen material is extruded from the third second passageway for deposit on the outer surface of the meat layer extruded from the second first passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Stork Townsend, Inc.
    Inventors: Jos Kobussen, Jaap Kobussen, Mart Kobussen, Vincent Louis Basile, II
  • Patent number: RE40029
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for the continuous manufacture of food products such as sausages is provided which eliminates the need for intermediate stuffing of the food product into casings which are discarded prior to final packaging. The preferred apparatus of the invention includes first and second heated rollers (16, 17) each presenting a plurality of elongated, axially aligned channels or recesses (18,20) which are circumferentially and axially spaced on the corresponding rollers (16, 17); in addition, the second roller (17) includes a series of elongated, continuous, tube-receiving openings (22) extending between each series of aligned openings (20). Mechanisms (28, 29) are associated with the rollers (16, 17) in order to continuously feed elongated synthetic resin sheets (34, 35) into the nip between the rollers (16, 17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignees: Frigorifico San Carlos Sociedad Anonima
    Inventor: Antonio Jorge Schutz