By Fluid Material Impingement Patents (Class 452/81)
  • Patent number: 8894476
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for reducing microbial levels on a hide of an animal utilizing a device for contacting the hide of an animal with an alkaline solution having a pH of between about 8 and about 13 after stunning the animal, a second a device for contacting the hide with a second solution that includes one of water, organic acid or hydrogen peroxide and a a device for reusing at least a portion of the alkaline solution or the water/organic acid/hydrogen peroxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: JBS USA, LLC
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Publication number: 20130203329
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for reducing microbial levels on a hide of an animal utilizing means for contacting the hide of an animal with an alkaline solution having a pH of between about 8 and about 13 after stunning the animal, a second means for contacting the hide with a second solution that includes one of water, organic acid or hydrogen peroxide and a means for reusing at least a portion of the alkaline solution or the water/organic acid/hydrogen peroxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 8388422
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for reducing microbial levels on a hide of an animal utilizing a device for contacting the hide of an animal with an alkaline solution having a pH of between about 8 and about 13 after stunning the animal, a second a device for contacting the hide with a second solution that includes one of water, organic acid or hydrogen peroxide and a device for reusing at least a portion of the alkaline solution or the water/organic acid/hydrogen peroxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Paul Clayton, Wesley W. Potter
  • 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: 7527550
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing meat comprising an endless conveyor having an infeed end and a discharge end with the conveyor passing through a housing or tank which is partially filled with agitated water. Pieces of meat are conveyed by the conveyor through the agitated water to remove foreign particles therefrom. The foreign particles are recirculated through a filter and a water chiller with the chilled and filtered water then being returned to the tank. Excess water is blown from the pieces of meat after the pieces of meat have been conveyed through the agitated water. The method of processing the meat is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Fremont Beef Company
    Inventors: Les D. Leech, Steve L. Kaufman, Koichi Tsuchiyama, Joe A. Bird
  • Patent number: 7470172
    Abstract: Methods and systems enable reuse of water in processing of animals into food. In one method, water used in processing of animals into food is received. The water is treated so as to convert the water into a treated from capable of being reused in the processing of the animals into food. The treating includes reducing the amount of solid particles in the water and adding gas to the water. The treated water is provided to be used in the food processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: The BOC Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis Carracciolo, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20080182494
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for reducing microbial levels on a hide of an animal utilizing means for contacting the hide of an animal with an alkaline solution having a pH of between about 8 and about 13 after stunning the animal, a second means for contacting the hide with a second solution that includes one of water, organic acid or hydrogen peroxide and a means for reusing at least a portion of the alkaline solution or the water/organic acid/hydrogen peroxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: SWIFT BEEF COMPANY
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 7134957
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel method for reducing microbial levels on a hide of an animal. In one embodiment, the method comprises stunning the animal having a hide with a quantity of microorganisms on its hair, contacting the hide of the animal with an alkaline solution having a pH from about 8 to about pH 13, contacting the animal with a second solution including one or more of water, an organic acid, and hydrogen peroxide, and reusing at least a portion of at least one of the first and second solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Swift Beef Company
    Inventors: R. Paul Clayton, Wesley W. Potter
  • Patent number: 7083510
    Abstract: Methods and systems enable reuse of water in processing of animals into food. In one method, water used in processing of animals into food is received. The water is treated so as to convert the water into a treated from capable of being reused in the processing of the animals into food. The treating includes reducing the amount of solid particles in the water and adding gas to the water. The treated water is provided to be used in the food processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: The BOC Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis D. Caracciolo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7022005
    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: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 6896607
    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: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 6887145
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cleaning an internal surface such as a body cavity of a poultry carcass. In one embodiment, a manifold body is provided having a first axis therein, a first surface disposed about and centered on the first axis, and a first offset port having a principal axis orthogonal to, but offset from, the first axis of the manifold body. A central ring is disposed about the manifold body having a central axis aligned to the first axis of the manifold body, freely rotatable with respect to the manifold body about the central axis. A cap ring secures the central ring in place about the manifold body. A fluid is diverted through the offset port and against the inner surface of the central ring at an angle so as to impart rotary momentum to the central ring. At least a portion of the fluid passing through the offset port is directed across the fluid diversion surfaces so as to direct the portion of the fluid at the internal surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventors: Delmont H. Howe, Johnny L. Howe
  • Patent number: 6712685
    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: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 6592444
    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: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 6551182
    Abstract: Various food processing methods and a food processing system minimize microbial growth while an animal, such as a chicken, is processed into food. During processing, temperature of an animal carcass and atmosphere surrounding the carcass are controlled by spraying gases and a mixture of ozone and water on the carcass, directing the gases through a passage in a wall to cool a processing area, and flowing the gases into atmosphere surrounding the carcass. Preferably, the gases include ozone and cryogenic gases recycled from a cryogenic freezer. The system uses a reduced amount of fresh water by recycling water used during food processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: SafeQuest, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Louis D. Caracciolo, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030073399
    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: November 20, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Applicant: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Publication number: 20030013401
    Abstract: Methods and systems enable reuse of water in processing of animals into food. In one method, water used in processing of animals into food is received. The water is treated so as to convert the water into a treated from capable of being reused in the processing of the animals into food. The treating includes reducing the amount of solid particles in the water and adding gas to the water. The treated water is provided to be used in the food processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Applicant: The BOC Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis D. Caracciolo
  • Publication number: 20020173260
    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: July 9, 2002
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Applicant: Monfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Potter, R. Paul Clayton
  • Patent number: 6368203
    Abstract: A fish is scaled, and its internal organs removed, by continuously advancing the fish along a treatment path while simultaneously exposing the fish body to high-pressure water jets. During treatment the fish is positioned vertically, with the belly downwards. The forces required for holding and transporting the fish are applied laterally to the upper part of the fish body, which is harder, without touching the belly area, which is soft and therefore is left free. The descaled fish proceeds to a position for cutting the belly area and removing the internal organs. The treatment is carried out in the same devices efficiently and without deterioration of the gustatory properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Jersey Global International SA
    Inventor: Avrohom Puretz
  • Patent number: 5879732
    Abstract: Various food processing methods and a food processing system minimize microbial growth while an animal, such as a chicken, is processed into food. During processing, temperature of an animal carcass and atmosphere surrounding the carcass are controlled by spraying gases and a mixture of ozone and water on the carcass, directing the gases through a passage in a wall to cool a processing area, and flowing the gases into atmosphere surrounding the carcass. Preferably, the gases include ozone and cryogenic gases recycled from a cryogenic freezer. The system uses a reduced amount of fresh water by recycling water used during food processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: BOC Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis D. Caracciolo, Jr., Mark Grace, William Kulik