Epidermal Outgrowth Remover Patents (Class 452/71)
  • Patent number: 9814745
    Abstract: The present application is directed to the field of implants comprising soft tissue for use in implantation in humans. The soft tissue implants of the present application are preferably obtained from xenograft sources. The present application provides a chemical process that sterilizes, removes antigens from and/or strengthens xenograft implants. The present techniques yield soft tissue implants having superior structural, mechanical, and/or biochemical integrity. The present application is also directed to processes for treating xenograft implants comprising soft tissues such as dermis, and to implants produced by such processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: TUTOGEN MEDICAL GMBH
    Inventors: Arnd Wilhelmi, Silke Schreiner, Jake Michaelson, Steven Moore, Jennifer Faleris
  • Patent number: 8986078
    Abstract: A method for processing poultry suspended by the feet from a conveyor hook is provided. The method and apparatus allow the quality of the poultry to be classified and graded in a simpler and more effective manner to realize higher yields or an extra added value. In one exemplary embodiment, a processing apparatus for a foot of the poultry is provided that includes a foot pad inspection apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventor: Simon Bakker
  • Publication number: 20140194042
    Abstract: A method for processing poultry suspended by the feet from a conveyor hook is provided. The method and apparatus allow the quality of the poultry to be classified and graded in a simpler and more effective manner to realize higher yields or an extra added value. In one exemplary embodiment, a processing apparatus for a foot of the poultry is provided that includes a foot pad inspection apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventor: Simon BAKKER
  • Patent number: 8708784
    Abstract: A method for processing poultry suspended by the feet from a conveyor hook is provided. The method and apparatus allow the quality of the poultry to be classified and graded in a simpler and more effective manner to realize higher yields or an extra added value. In one exemplary embodiment a processing apparatus for a foot of the poultry is provided that includes a foot pad inspection apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventor: Simon Bakker
  • Publication number: 20130295828
    Abstract: A variety of compositions and methods for removing hair from animal skin are disclosed. The methods can include heating the skin and applying force to the skin to remove hair. The methods can further include applying an adhesive comprising a wax and a resin to the skin, allowing the adhesive to solidify, and applying force to the adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: LifeCell Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Hayzlett, Abhijit Nag
  • Patent number: 8246426
    Abstract: An animal carcass hair removal machine paddle is provided. The paddle includes a core of alternating layers of woven and non-woven fabrics. The core is pressed together and surrounded by an outer shell pressed onto the core. The layers of fabric are arranged with some shorter than the full length of the core such that one end of the core is thicker than the other end and the layers form a wave-like pattern when the core is pressed. In some embodiments, the weft or warp of the woven fabrics are arranged in special aligned and/or perpendicular arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Hanna Acquisition Corporation
    Inventor: Al Kelly
  • Publication number: 20110294408
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions including peroxyacetic acid and peroxyoctanoic acid and methods for reducing microbial contamination on poultry. The methods include the step of applying a mixed peroxycarboxylic acid composition to poultry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: John D. Hilgren, Timothy A. Gutzmann, Robert D. Hei
  • Patent number: 8062104
    Abstract: High pressure processing is utilized to remove the external carcass portions from an animal carcass. The animal carcass is subjected to pressures of 50 MPa or greater to loosen the external carcass portions. In addition, high pressure processing is utilized to strengthen the hides of animal carcasses by subjecting them to pressures of from 10 to 50 MPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Hormel Foods Corporation
    Inventors: John William Summerfield, Nathan Ryan Smit, Jerry Earl Cannon
  • Patent number: 7963828
    Abstract: A process includes contacting a feathered poultry carcass with an ammonia-based treatment material to increase the pH at the skin of the carcass and thereby effect a loosening of the feathers on the carcass. After the contact with the ammonia-based treatment material, mild heat may be applied to the feathered carcass to further loosen the feathers. The prepared feathered carcass is then defeathered in a suitable defeathering process. Ammonia may be removed from the carcass before, after, and/or during defeathering. The defeathered carcass is then passed on for further processing to produce the final poultry product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Freezing Machines, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Roth, Eldon Roth
  • Publication number: 20110076929
    Abstract: High pressure processing is utilized to remove the external carcass portions from an animal carcass. The animal carcass is subjected to pressures of 50 MPa or greater to loosen the external carcass portions. In addition, high pressure processing is utilized to strengthen the hides of animal carcasses by subjecting them to pressures of from 10 to 50 MPa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: John William Summerfield, Nathan Ryan Smit, Jerry Earl Cannon
  • Publication number: 20100317271
    Abstract: A process includes contacting a feathered poultry carcass with an ammonia-based treatment material to increase the pH at the skin of the carcass and thereby effect a loosening of the feathers on the carcass. After the contact with the ammonia-based treatment material, mild heat may be applied to the feathered carcass to further loosen the feathers. The prepared feathered carcass is then defeathered in a suitable defeathering process. Ammonia may be removed from the carcass before, after, and/or during defeathering. The defeathered carcass is then passed on for further processing to produce the final poultry product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Roth, Eldon Roth
  • Publication number: 20100151779
    Abstract: A method for processing poultry suspended by the feet from a conveyor hook is provided. The method and apparatus allow the quality of the poultry to be classified and graded in a simpler and more effective manner to realize higher yields or an extra added value. In one exemplary embodiment a processing apparatus for a foot of the poultry is provided that includes a foot pad inspection apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: MEYN FOOD PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY B.V.
    Inventor: Simon Bakker
  • Publication number: 20100093266
    Abstract: A machine for scrubbing a fowl, wherein the machine comprises at least one pair of opposing rotating brushes, wherein the fowl passes between said at least one pair of opposing rotating brushes. The pair of opposing rotating brushes comprises a first rotating scrubber and a second rotating scrubber having bristles extending therefrom. The fowl is suspended via a shackle suspended from a track, wherein the height of the scrubbing machine may be selectively varied via a threaded height adjuster. The bristles of the machine are rotated, wherein the bristles contact the exterior of fowl travelling through the machine. Jets of water, or other cleaning fluid, spray inwardly to reach the fowl and the scrubbing bristles to rinse removed material from the fowl and bristles. The brushes are rotated through hubs attached to gears powered by a motor, wherein the gears may be selectively rotated in either direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Johnny Allen Chattin, Scott L. Davis
  • Publication number: 20090233533
    Abstract: An automatic apparatus includes an input platform, a creature shaking mechanism, a flushing unit and an output platform. The input platform has a transporting unit. A creature container containing at least one creature is placed on the input platform. The creature shaking mechanism is connected to the input platform. When the creature container is transported to a positioning region of the creature shaking mechanism, the creature container is subject to a shaking operation in response to a power source, thereby turning over the creature and exposing different surfaces of the at least one creature. The flushing unit generates a spout of water to flush the different surfaces of the at least one creature so as to sufficiently shed superficial adherent substances off the at least one creature. The output platform is connected to the creature shaking mechanism for receiving the creature container that is departed from the positioning region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Chin-Chang Hsieh, Ming-Chiu Hsu
  • Patent number: 6855048
    Abstract: The invention is a method and apparatus for removing feathers from a carcass, and more specifically is a method and apparatus for removing feathers from the wing tips of poultry. The method and apparatus comprises at least one wing tip puller which further comprises upper and lower wing guides and a pinch roller adjacent said wing guides where the upper and lower wing guides are designed to receive a wing therebetween and the wing guide is further designed to laterally present the wing tip to the pinch roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Tyson Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon C. Haley, Bobby Z. Haley, Marshall Vanderpool, William David Royall, Kelvin D. Lasse, James Allen Ruff
  • Patent number: 6824461
    Abstract: A hand-held, motorized depilating device, introducing a novel mechanical design to provide improved depilating coverage and hair plucking efficiency, without requiring the user to pass the device over the same given skin, area numerous times. The hair-plucking assembly is rotatable about a shaft and includes at least two disc assemblies, each comprising a pair of complimentary discs, mounted on a hub, and having radially extending arms which terminate in a flattened peripheral portion, which when pressed against a corresponding portion forms a trap for the hair. At least one of the radially extending arms is bent so that the associated hair trap lies in a different predetermined plane than the other hair-traps associated with that disc assembly. This staggered arrangement results in improved depilating coverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: Moshe Dolev
  • Publication number: 20040235408
    Abstract: A hand-held, motorized depilating device, introducing a novel mechanical design to provide improved depilating coverage and hair plucking efficiency, without requiring the user to pass the device over the same given skin area numerous times. The hair-plucking assembly is rotatable about a shaft and includes at least two disc assemblies, each comprising a pair of complementary discs, mounted on a hub, and having radially extending arms which terminate in a flattened peripheral portion, which when pressed against a corresponding portion forms a trap for the hair. At least one of the radially extending arms is bent so that the associated hair trap lies in a different predetermined plane than the other hair-traps associated with that disc assembly. This staggered arrangement results in improved depilating coverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Moshe Dolev
  • Publication number: 20040063392
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel method and system for dehairing an animal, providing a system for recycling and safely disposing of chemical and biological wastes produced during such dehairing method. Included in such method are processes for handling sodium production in waste materials, reducing and handling production of H2S, removing sulfides from animal hides, safely disposing of sulfide waste, removing solids from the waste materials, and reducing water and reagent use and disposal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Applicant: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 6458024
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel method and system for dehairing an animal, providing a system for recycling and safely disposing of chemical and biological wastes produced during such dehairing method. Included in such method are processes for handling sodium production in waste materials, reducing and handling production of H2S, removing sulfides from animal hides, safely disposing of sulfide waste, removing solids from the waste materials, and reducing water and reagent use and disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Publication number: 20020119743
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions including peroxyacetic acid and peroxyoctanoic acid and methods for reducing microbial contamination on poultry. The methods include the step of applying a mixed peroxycarboxylic acid composition to poultry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventors: John D. Hilgren, Timoty A. Gutzmann
  • Publication number: 20020031994
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel method and system for dehairing an animal, providing a system for recycling and safely disposing of chemical and biological wastes produced during such dehairing method. Included in such method are processes for handling sodium production in waste materials, reducing and handling production of H2S, removing sulfides from animal hides, safely disposing of sulfide waste, removing solids from the waste materials, and reducing water and reagent use and disposal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Applicant: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 6322436
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel method and system for dehairing an animal, providing a system for recycling and safely disposing of chemical and biological wastes produced during such dehairing method. Included in such method are processes for handling sodium production in waste materials, reducing and handling production of H2S, removing sulfides from animal hides, safely disposing of sulfide waste, removing solids from the waste materials, and reducing water and reagent use and disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Monfort, Inc
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Publication number: 20010014579
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel method and system for dehairing an animal, providing a system for recycling and safely disposing of chemical and biological wastes produced during such dehairing method. Included in such method are processes for handling sodium production in waste materials, reducing and handling production of H2S, removing sulfides from animal hides, safely disposing of sulfide waste, removing solids from the waste materials, and reducing water and reagent use and disposal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Publication date: August 16, 2001
    Applicant: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 6220951
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel method and system for dehairing an animal, providing a system for recycling and safely disposing of chemical and biological wastes produced during such dehairing method. Included in such method are processes for handling sodium production in waste materials, reducing and handling production of H2S, removing sulfides from animal hides, safely disposing of sulfide waste, removing solids from the waste materials, and reducing water and reagent use and disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Paul Clayton, Wesley W. Potter
  • Patent number: 6129623
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel method and system for dehairing an animal, providing a system for recycling and safely disposing of chemical and biological wastes produced during such dehairing method. Included in such method are processes for handling sodium production in waste materials, reducing and handling production of H.sub.2 S, removing sulfides from animal hides, safely disposing of sulfide waste, removing solids from the waste materials, and reducing water and reagent use and disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 5928074
    Abstract: A method for removing oral cavity staining in a hog carcass is provided by the invention. The method includes steps of providing a carcass including an oral cavity, applying an aqueous stain removing solution including an oxygen bleaching agent to the oral cavity, and removing the aqueous stain removing solution from the oral cavity. In the preferred embodiments, the aqueous stain removing solution includes an aqueous sodium percarbonate solution containing between about 1% by weight and about 8% by weight sodium percarbonate, and is provided at a pH of between about 9.5 and about 12.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventors: Melissa A. Schrader, Francois S. Bere, Frederick William Holzhauer, Scott J. Eilert, Jerome D. Leising
  • Patent number: 5817155
    Abstract: An emulsion for hair treatment is provided which is characterized by the following: the formulation (I) is composed of a W/O type emulsion, which allows the main agent to be stable, and contains preferably an oil soluble polymer compound for the emulsifier; the formulation (I), upon being mixed with formulation (II), can easily undergo demulsification and a phase inversion into an O/W type emulsion; and the emulsion has adequate viscosity to prevent dripping from the hair and a superior dyeing capability. Also, 2-formulation type oxidation hair dye with an excellent hair dyeing effect is provided by adding isostearyl alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Shiseido Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Yasuda, Yasuhiro Arai, Fumiaki Matsuzaki, Toshio Yanaki, Hideo Nakajima, Michihiro Yamaguchi, Kimio Ohno
  • Patent number: 5405289
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for the humane slaughter and processing of ratites, including but not limited to, ostrich and emu, which are generally very large, heavy, and hostile animals, on a mass scale while preserving the quality of body parts during removal. The method envisions transporting the ratites from station to station within a facility via a rail system. First, each ratite is rendered unconscious by an electrical discharge to the ratite body. The ratites are hung in an inverted position on the rail system. The ratites are then killed by lacerating the arteries in the neck and also the windpipe. The head of each ratite is removed and useful parts are extracted. Next, each ratite is de-feathered and skinned so that the hide is not damaged during removal. Specifically, the hide and muscle tissue of each ratite are separated by injecting air into the ratite at various locations. This loosens the feathers and hide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: T. Thomas Metier
    Inventors: Bobby R. Schumann, Harry M. Stickler, Douglas E. Stickler, Patricia J. Stickler, Harry B. Stickler
  • Patent number: 5376042
    Abstract: Current enzymatic processes for the depilation of hair require long processing times and are relatively expensive and chemical processes often create odor and/or effluent disposal problems. In the present invention, skins to be depilated are contacted with an oxidizing solution in the form of foam, instead of the liquid compositions previously used. The foam normally comprises an oxidizing agent, a pH regulator and a surfactant composition with a high foaming power. The oxidizing agent is preferably hydrogen peroxide or peracetic acid. After the oxidation of the hair, the foam is preferably caused to collapse and depilation is desirably completed in a mechanical stage. In this process, the amount of fluid coming into contact with the skins during the depilation stage is minimized, thus reducing intumescence and, secondly, the amount of effluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Peroxidos do Brasil Ltd.
    Inventors: Raymond E. Reber, Alcides B. da Silva, Joao B. Tognetti
  • Patent number: 5295897
    Abstract: A fish fin remover that is capable of guiding a fish fin to be removed through a clearance to a rotary blade without difficulty for cutting the fin at its root accurately. The fish fin remover includes a guide frame having a step which allows the circumferential edge of the rotary blade to be accommodated in the guide frame so that the bottom of the guide frame across the clearance of the guide frame is substantially on a level with the lower surface of the rotary blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Marucho Shokuhin Kako Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuo Kudo, Tadashi Hikio
  • Patent number: 5291636
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing or cutting wool from a skin, the apparatus comprising a conveyor to move the skin to a heated cutter element. The cutter element comprises a plurality of individually supported and heated electrical wires, and means are provided for reciprocating the cutter element. Each heated electrical wire may be individually controlled so that the wire is maintained at the cutting temperature while cutting, and will not overheat when not cutting. The cutting element is reciprocated so that the wire cutting the edge of the skin will not have one portion cutting and the other portion not overheated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventor: Stephen J. Knight
  • Patent number: 5196021
    Abstract: A depilatory device for removing body hair, includes a pair of jaws adapted to sequentially traverse an opening in the housing when the hair-plucker body is driven by an electrical motor. The jaws of each pair are normally spaced apart in an open condition to receive a hair between them, but are movable towards each other to a closed condition to clamp the hair received between them. Camming elements carried by the housing move the pairs of jaws to their closed and open conditions as they sequentially traverse the housing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Perfect Lady Ltd.
    Inventor: Victor Kabla
  • Patent number: 5149295
    Abstract: A method for remvoing hair from the hide of an animal to be slaughtered in order to reduce bacterial contamination of meat and meat by-products.A bovine is first immobilized and a depilatory substance of sodium sulfide is sprayed onto the animal's hide for 1-60 seconds. After a dwell time of about 1-180 seconds, the hair contacted by the depilatory substance is removed by directing pressurized jets of water at the animal's hide. Neutralizing agents are then sprayed onto the animal to stop the depilatory process and the animal is conveyed to an exsanguination station for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Assignee: Monfort Inc.
    Inventors: Rod A. Bowling, Robert P. Clayton
  • Patent number: 5057115
    Abstract: The motor-powered depilatory device for removing skin hair is provided in a compact, efficient, hand-held unit, based on the operation of an axially rotatable hair-plucking element provided as a plurality of discs adjacently coupled in column form. By provision of a central spine comprising a pre-tensioned spring-metal wire, the discs are maintained adjacent one another under tension, while the column is bendable. When rotated axially at one end, the hair-plucking element transfers the rotation via rotational coupling of the adjacent discs in the column. Thus, even if the column is bent in an arched configuration, the rotational motion is transferred across its entire length. Preferably, the rotationally-coupled discs are made of relatively rigid plastic material, and are mechanically coupled by a set of tab-like projections on each disc surface, which engage matching recesses in adjacent discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Inventor: Moshe Dolev
  • Patent number: 5001812
    Abstract: The deboner carries a plurality of modules in a closed path through a series of processing stations. Each module includes a rotary bone holder that supports one end of a poultry bone and a stripper assembly that is moved toward and away from the bone holder. The stripper blades engage the poultry part and stretch the meat, skin, etc., holding it taut while the thigh is moved through a cutting station. The stripper assembly is then moved away from the bone holder and then upwardly again to engage the bone and to strip the meat from the bone. As the blades strip the meat from the bone, the rotary bone holder is rotated by its sprocket engaging the sprocket turning protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Inventor: Jacobus E. Hazenbroek
  • Patent number: 4998322
    Abstract: An apparatus for dewinging a bird comprises a generally stationary base, a holder that supports the bird to be dewinged stationarily adjacent the base, and a carriage longitudinally displaceable forward on the base. The carriage can be displaced relative to the base longitudinally forward toward the bird and backward away from the bird. A pair of transversely spaced and transversely displaceable grippers carried on the carriage are engageable around wings of the bird on the holder when the carriage is displaced forward adjacent the bird. These grippers can be closed on the wings and transversely displaced apart after closing of same for tearing the wings from the bird on the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignees: Etablissements Arrive S.A., Union Financiers pour le Developpement de l'Economie Cerealiere - Unigrains
    Inventors: Daniel Villemin, Janusz Plusa, Daniel Guilbaud, Jean Leclere
  • Patent number: 4998323
    Abstract: A poultry skinner comprises a stationary frame having a pair of chain guides attached thereto, and a pair of parallel endless chains mounted for movement upon the chain guides. The chains, driven by a motor through a Geneva drive transmission, which produces intermittent motion, carry a series of birds over a first peeling roll for removing skin from the breasts, and, after the bird is inverted, over a second peeling roll which removes the skin from the back. The bird is then automatically engaged by a fixture which supports it for further processing.Also disclosed is an improved stripper roll arrangement for cleaning peeling rolls, and a skin nicking device for cutting tendons critical to the skinning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Foodcraft Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Eugene Martin, Harold Martin, Michael E. Lease