Rotary About Fixed Axis, E.g., Rotary Shelf Or Scraper Patents (Class 62/381)
  • Patent number: 10046483
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for cooling a plurality of preforms made of thermoplastic material which continuously move on a conveyor belt. The apparatus includes a cylindrical casing with a vertical extension formed by two coaxial cylinders, such a casing contains a guide crossed by a chain or a cable for transporting the preforms therein. The guide, which forms a closed path, comprises a first helical stretch, which raises from the lower plane starting from a station in which the preforms coming from a conveying device are hooked by the chain or by the cable, a second straight stretch, which returns the preforms to the lower plane once they have reached the upper plane, and a third flat stretch at the height of the lower plane, which returns the preforms to the arrival station. The helical stretch of the guide is contained within a cooling tunnel formed in the gap between the two walls of the outer cylinder and the inner cylinder of said casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: S.I.P.A. SOCIETA' INDUSTRIALIZZAZIONE PROGETTAZIONE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Armellin, Sandro Serra, Michele Varaschin, Matteo Zoppas
  • Patent number: 10010088
    Abstract: Poultry carcasses are chilled rapidly when exposed to a flow of gaseous air at a temperature in the range from about ?50° C. to about ?120° C. for a period of time in the range from about 1 s to about 60 s. The flow is directed over and into the body cavity of the carcasses. The carcasses are orientated in the flow such that the sternum of each carcass faces downstream. One advantage of the process is that the number of viable microorganisms present on the carcasses is reduced significantly while avoiding freeze-damage to the carcasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Trembley, Paul Mark Ames
  • Patent number: 9982934
    Abstract: A reconfigurable freezer includes a housing having an internal space therein, and first and second openings each in communication with said internal space; and an infeed assembly and an outfeed assembly, the infeed assembly constructed to be removably mounted to the housing at one of the first and second openings for being in communication with said internal space, and the outfeed assembly constructed to be removably mounted to another of the first and second openings for being in communication with said internal space, wherein the infeed and outfeed assemblies are interchangeable at the first and second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael D. Newman, Stephen McCormick
  • Patent number: 9845988
    Abstract: Methods, processes, apparatus, kits and systems for chilling and cooling bottled or canned beverages, desserts, and food items to selected desired temperatures by rapidly rotating and counter-rotating the bottled or canned beverages, desserts, and food items that are immersed in cooled liquids in short time spans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Supercooler Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Shuntich
  • Patent number: 9358482
    Abstract: A filtration apparatus which has a filtration chamber, and the filtration chamber has a fluid inlet, a filtered fluid outlet, a residue outlet, and a filtering element. The filtering element is situated between the fluid inlet and the filtered fluid outlet. The apparatus also includes a wiping member which is situated within, or about, the filtering element and which is adapted to wipe the surface of the filtering element. The wiping member also wipes any residue toward the residue outlet when the apparatus is in use. The filtration apparatus includes a first pumping configured to create a flow toward the filtering chamber, and a second pumping situated within the filtering chamber and configured to induce a counter-flow back toward the first pumping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: LIQUIDSTRIP LIMITED
    Inventor: Gregory Richard Morgan
  • Patent number: 9271509
    Abstract: An auger-type poultry chiller having an auger with multiple long-pitch auger blades. The blades of the auger create pockets that spiral around the auger shaft and extend the length of the auger. While the product in the chiller is locked into a certain pocket, it is not locked into a certain spot lengthwise in the chiller. The product, therefore, is able to distribute evenly along the length of the chiller within its pocket even if there are gaps in loading time or if unloading stops momentarily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Cooling & Applied Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Estes, Michael E. Miller
  • Patent number: 8984899
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an ice bucket for a refrigerator and methods of using the same. The ice bucket is mounted on a door of the refrigerator and includes a platform that is movable along a vertical axis from a lowered position at a bottom portion of the ice bucket to a raised position at a top portion of the ice bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Alan Joseph Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8919138
    Abstract: A packaged beverage temperature adjustment apparatus includes: a temperature adjustment section configured to hold a packaged beverage, and adjust a temperature of the packaged beverage; and a rotation driving section configured to rotate the temperature adjustment section, the temperature adjustment section including at least one temperature adjustment unit abutting on a side face of the packaged beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tex E.G. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahide Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20140245759
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a defrosting apparatus comprising a vessel which is partially filled with the product to be defrosted and which rotates and/or comprises means to move the product during defrosting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Bjarne Lyngoe
  • Patent number: 8549866
    Abstract: A cooling tunnel includes an infeed port for feeding objects, a discharge port for discharging objects, successive treatment stations for treating the objects with a cooling medium, and a conveyor system for transporting the objects to be cooled from the infeed port to the discharge port, with the conveyor system travelling through the individual treatment stations. The conveyor system has a first section running through several treatment stations, the first section extending from the infeed port to a turnaround station, a second section running through several treatment stations, the second section extending from the turnaround station to the discharge port, as well as a return section, which is arranged before the discharge port and connects a discharge-side zone of the second section with an infeed-side zone of the first section, to selectively either discharge objects or to cool them further. A method for operating a cooling tunnel is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: airinotec GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Hummrich
  • Patent number: 8534079
    Abstract: A freezer that uses liquid cryogen as a refrigerant includes an inner vessel defining a storage chamber and an outer jacket generally surrounding the inner vessel so that an insulation space is defined there between. A heat exchanger is positioned in a top portion of the storage chamber and has an inlet in communication with a supply of the liquid cryogen refrigerant so that the liquid cryogen refrigerant selectively flows through the heat exchanger to cool the storage chamber while being vaporized. A purge line is in communication with the outlet of the heat exchanger and includes a purge outlet positioned over the exterior of the heat exchanger. A purge valve is positioned within the purge line so that the vaporized liquid cryogen from the heat exchanger is selectively directed to the exterior of the heat exchanger to reduce ice formation on the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Chart Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Brooks
  • Patent number: 8434319
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing and dispensing a flavored ice beverage and a method of using thereof. The apparatus includes at least one container for holding flavor ingredients, a blending unit including a blender container and a blending mechanism, an ice flakes supplying unit, a mechanism for transferring the flavor ingredients to the blender container and a computerized control unit for controlling one or more aspects of the process of producing the ice beverage. The flavor ingredients can be in grain form, powder form or in liquid form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Nicevend Ltd.
    Inventors: Niri Klier, Boaz Granot
  • Patent number: 8372634
    Abstract: A storage-access apparatus includes a first support device including a first base; at least one first storage-access device and at least one first storage device, disposed on the first base and arranged in a first circle; a second support device including a second base; at least one second storage-access device and at least one second storage device, disposed on the second base and arranged in a second circle; and a transporting device, wherein the first storage-access device, the first storage device, the second storage-access device and the second storage device each has plural compartments, the transporting device corresponds to the compartments, and the first storage-access device and the first storage device can rotate relative to the second storage-access device and the second storage device. Accordingly, the storage-access apparatus can be employed in depositing and picking up products independently. Also disclosed is a storage system including, among others, the storage-access apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Healthbanks Biotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shang-Chih Lin, Jia-You Chen
  • Patent number: 8365548
    Abstract: An ice making apparatus for a refrigerator, in which an ice bank stores ice and has an opening that discharges ice on its one side. An ejector opens and closes the opening and is rotatably provided at the opening to also eject ice from the ice bank. After completion of an ice discharging operation, a sensor senses a relative position of the ejector against the ice bank and the ejector is controlled to close the opening to the extent necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seung Do Han, Dong Jeong Kim, Ho Youn Lee, Young Jin Kim, Tae Hee Lee, Sung Yong Shin
  • Patent number: 8333087
    Abstract: A heat transfer system for refrigeration and/or heating of products includes a housing having an internal chamber, a baffle, a spiral pathway around the baffle, a gas flow pathway and a blower to circulate gas along the gas flow pathway. The baffle separates the chamber into upper and lower portions. The spiral pathway includes an upper spiral pathway within the upper portion, and a lower spiral pathway within the lower portion. The gas flow pathway includes an upper gas flow pathway across the upper spiral pathway and a lower gas flow pathway across the lower spiral pathway in which gas flow in the upper and lower gas flow pathways defines a circulation loop. The width of the upper gas flow pathway and upper spiral pathway are similar, and the width of the lower gas flow pathway and lower spiral pathway are similar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Linde, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. McCormick, Michael Newman, Robert Muscato
  • Patent number: 8272225
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooling cassette magazines containing tissue samples is described. The apparatus comprises a housing, a cooling device, and a transport apparatus for transporting one or more cassette magazines within the housing. The cassette magazines are introduced into the apparatus via an input chute and can be removed via an output chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Walter
  • Publication number: 20120096889
    Abstract: An ice making assembly includes a mold configured for forming an ice cube. The mold has a base, a side wall, and an opening in the side wall spaced from the base. An auger has a shaft with a proximal end above and outside of the mold, a distal end within the mold, and a central section between the distal end and the proximal end and extending through the opening. The auger further has a threaded portion configured for moving the ice cube out of the mold through the opening via rotation of the auger. A motor may be located above the mold and attached to the proximal end of the shaft for rotating the auger to lift the ice cube from the mold. The ice cubes may be formed with a gap and a splitter may split the ice cubes at the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brent Alden Junge, Russell James Fallon, Alan Joseph Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8146380
    Abstract: The rocker chiller 10 includes a semi-cylindrical tank 12 filled with heat exchanging liquid and a baffle assembly 18 that rocks back and forth across the bottom wall of the tank. The baffle 26 of the baffle assembly 18 defines baffle openings 29 that are sized and shaped to pass the heat exchanging liquid through the openings in response to the rocking of the baffle, but small enough so that the baffle engages and retards the movement of at least some of the carcasses from moving through the baffle, thereby massaging the carcasses and increasing the moisture retained in the carcasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: Terry A. Wright, John P. Shell
  • Publication number: 20120060520
    Abstract: An automated storage and retrieval system for storing chemical and biological samples includes freezer chests maintained at an ultra-low temperature (e.g. ?80° C.) or a cryogenic temperature. The freezer chests are located within a refrigerated (e.g. ?20° C.) enclosure. Samples are loaded through a wall of the enclosure and are then transferred to an input/output buffer section in an ultra-low temperature or cryogenic freezer chest that is thermally segregated from a long-term storage section in the same freezer. Specialized input/output cassettes are used for transferring the samples through an input/output module into the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: HAMILTON STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Collins, Frank Hunt, Julian Warhurst, Bruce Zandi
  • Patent number: 8109113
    Abstract: An apparatus for making and dispensing frozen aerated products includes a rotating horizontal freeze plate with an upper surface for receiving a chilled aerated mix. The chilled aerated mix includes, in one embodiment, ice cream base that has been sufficiently aerated, and flavor. The apparatus further includes a scraper for scraping frozen aerated mix off of the rotating freeze plate. The scraper includes a body that forms an elongated semi-cylindrical channel. The apparatus also includes a plow for pushing the scraped, frozen and aerated mix through the channel towards a cup held by a cup lifter disposed at an end of the channel. The action of the plow pushes the scraped frozen aerated mix through the channel and into the cup resulting in a generally round scoop of scraped frozen aerated mix in the cup that resembles a serving scoop experienced at a traditional ice cream shop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Fluid Management Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Gary L. Takata, Brian R. Hill, Christopher K. Khoo, Timothy P. Hogan, John J. Hsing, Sam J. Ford, Tim J. DeGroot, William A. Miller, James Martin, Christopher E. Peters
  • Patent number: 8091374
    Abstract: A weighing type ice vending machine includes an ice cube formation device installed in a machine body for supplying a specific weight of ice cubes after coins are inputted, and a body composed of a storage bucket, an output device, a weight sensing module and a control loop. Pure water is put into an ice tray in the machine body and condensed into ice cubes which are gathered into a storage bucket for a cold storage. A user puts a user's container on a weighing scale of the weight sensing module at an outlet of the machine body outlet and inserts coins whose dollar amount information is displayed. The quantity of outputted ice cubes is calculated and outputted automatically, and then the ice supply is stopped. The quantity of remained ice cubes in the machine body is recorded automatically, such that the ice cube will be produced again timely and the supply of ice cubes will be stopped temporarily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Dongguan Jiafeng Mechanical Equipment Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Wei-Cheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20110308269
    Abstract: An apparatus and refrigerator for creating ice pellets is disclosed. The apparatus and refrigerator include a compartment, an ice storage bin positioned in the compartment and configured to store whole ice cubes therein, and a pellet ice dispenser. The pellet ice dispenser includes a first motor, a first axle drivingly connected to a shaft of the first motor, a first ice cube auger drivingly connected to the first axle, a blade downstream of the first ice cube auger and configured to shave whole ice cubes into ice pieces, and an ice pelleter. The ice pelleter includes an extrusion die disposed downstream of the blade, a shaved ice auger disposed between the blade and the extrusion die and configured to move and compress the ice pieces through the extrusion die to form pellet ice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Mitchell, Brent Alden Junge
  • Publication number: 20110308203
    Abstract: An ice dispensing apparatus is described which is capable of dispensing free ice or ice in a sealed bag. The apparatus has an ice manufacturing zone capable of converting incoming water to ice. An ice storage zone receives the ice from the ice manufacturing zone. An ice distribution zone has a distributor capable of receiving the ice from the ice storage zone and distributing the ice to a free ice chute or an ice bagging station wherein the free ice chute discharges ice to an exterior receptacle. The ice bagging station has a bag funnel capable of receiving ice and passing the ice in a downward flow of predetermined size. A bag storage device stores multiple bags prior to use. A bag grabbing device removes a bag from the bag storage device and bag filling hold the bag with a mouth opened to a size which is at least as large as the predetermined size whereby the ice passing through the bag funnel is collected in the bag. Bag closing pins hold the bag with the mouth in an orientation for sealing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: Advanced Ice Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric James Strating, William A. Lenz
  • Patent number: 8061556
    Abstract: An automated freezer stores food items stacked in a removable cartridge. The food items are dispensed from the automated freezer in response to a request for the food items. The food items are loaded into the cartridge outside of the automated freezer. When the cartridge is inserted into the automated freezer, the upper end of the cartridge is inserted into a buffer, pushing a plurality of arms in the buffer upwardly to allow food items to pass through the buffer. When the cartridge is removed from the freezer for reloading of food items, a resilient member biases the arms downwardly to retain any food items in the buffer and to prevent any food items in the buffer from falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Sands, Ronald J. Glavan, Andrew Paul Franklin, Randy L. Ginner, Henry Thomas Ewald
  • Publication number: 20110247355
    Abstract: A refrigeration system includes a housing having a top, a bottom, first and second opposed sides, and containing an atmosphere; a conveyor apparatus including a self-stacking, self-supported, spiral conveyor belt and a drive mechanism, wherein the conveyor belt includes a plurality of tiers and is at least partially disposed within the housing such that the conveyor belt can travel within the housing from the bottom towards the top of the housing or from the top towards the bottom of the housing; and an atmosphere circulation apparatus having at least one blower in communication with the atmosphere for circulating at least a portion of the atmosphere within the housing from proximate the first opposed side to the second opposed side and back towards the first opposed side, wherein the portion of the atmosphere circulated passes over the conveyor belt in a crossflow manner at least once.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen A. McCormick, Michael D. Newman
  • Publication number: 20110179812
    Abstract: A method of cooling foodstuff comprises immersing at least one perforated container containing foodstuff into an ice slurry bath for a period of time sufficient to allow ice slurry to enter the at least one perforated container and then subsequently removing the at least one perforated container from the ice slurry bath. Various apparatuses for cooling foodstuff are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: SUNWELL ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Vladimir Goldstein
  • Patent number: 7980090
    Abstract: The machine for the production of ice, comprises a tubular pipe to form the ice, covered by a refrigerator group evaporator, and having an auger inside to move the ice towards the delivery outlet, associated with a ring nut having a plurality of drawing holes arranged angularly spaced along a circumference, the delivery outlet of the tubular pipe is associated with the terminal inlet of the conveyor of ice, having a substantially upward axial extension and a terminal outlet part positioned at a level substantially higher than the top of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Scotsman Group LLC
    Inventor: Emanuele Lanzani
  • Publication number: 20110041542
    Abstract: A low profile ice maker/dispenser and water dispenser having a high ice making capacity, for ice nugget manufacture is provided, wherein ice nuggets are metered out of a storage bin via a nugget dispenser outlet, and whereby water is dispensed via a water dispenser outlet. A refrigeration cycle is used, wherein an auger compresses ice on a wall of an evaporator and delivers the ice to the ice bin, breaking it into nuggets along the way. An outer wall of the evaporator is comprised of part of the water reservoir. A baffle in the ice bin facilitates metering of the amount of ice discharged. The system comprises a closed system that enables efficient cleaning of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: FOLLETT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roger P. Brunner, Steven R. Follett, Matthew S. Greene, Robert Hettinger, Michael A. Rice, Michael S. Yautz
  • Patent number: 7861540
    Abstract: An automated storage and retrieval system stores containers, typically containing biological or chemical samples, at ultra-low temperatures, i.e., from about ?50° C. to about ?90° C., preferably about ?80° C. under normal operating conditions. Dry gas air flows are used to reduce moisture and the consequential frost within the freezer compartment. A custom insulated door is provided with an access module and a tube picking compartment as well as servo motors for controlling a robot within the ultra-low temperature freezer compartment. The robot automatically places sample storage containers in stationary storage racks within the freezer compartment. Magnetic couplings are used to transmit mechanical power from outside of the freezer compartment to the robot inside of the freezer compartment. The robot has a simplified mechanical configuration. The custom door can be readily attached to standard freezer bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Hamilton Storage Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Cloutier, Julian Warhurst, Behrouz Zandi, James O'Toole, Halvard Solberg
  • Publication number: 20100293984
    Abstract: A bottom mount household refrigerator is provided with an apparatus to permit the dispensing of ice. According to one embodiment, a sealed ice making compartment is provided within the fresh food compartment. The sealed ice making compartment may be located at the bottom, at the top, or along a side wall within the fresh food compartment. According to another embodiment, ice is made in the ice compartment, and lifted upward to a dispensing location through the door of the fresh food compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: JOSEPH R. ADAMSKI, JASON COLSCH, TIM L. COULTER, GLENN E. GOETZ, STEVEN G. HERNDON, TODD E. KNIFFEN, BILL J. KOONS, LOU MONTUORO, JOHN H. TENHUNDFELD, DAVID THALACKER, BRETT VLADIKA
  • Publication number: 20100293971
    Abstract: A compact rapid liquid chilling apparatus and method are provided. A liquid is placed in a container having an inherent void volume. The housing includes a container-securing space dimensioned to receive ice and maintain substantially all of the ice atop the container placed therein and in thermal communication with the container without allowing substantially any of the ice to fall below the container. A rotating mechanism disposed in the housing rotates the container placed in the container-securing space. As the ice melts as it chills the rotating container, the resulting water falls freely below the container as substantially all of the unmelted ice remains above the container. A lid preferably closes around the container to form a portion of the container-securing space when closed. The lid preferably includes an ice supply window, and an ice measuring bin preferably is attachable to the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
    Inventors: Gregory H. Loibl, George Sidebotham, Michael B. Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 7827818
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for processing products by chilling or freezing includes a conveyor for conveying the products along a plane of travel; lifting means disposed for intermittent contact with the conveyor during processing; cam means rotatable for contacting and displacing the lifting means to contact and displace the conveyor from the plane of travel, thereby displacing the products on the conveyor to prevent the products from adhering to the conveyor and other of the products; and drive means operatively associated with the cam means to impart rotational movement to the cam means for intermittently contacting and displacing the lifting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Linde AG
    Inventors: Stephen A. McCormick, Scott Boyles, Ulf Jagaeus, Derrick Norvill
  • Patent number: 7823410
    Abstract: In a cooling device for cooling an object to be cooled without using a forced cold air circulating system, which circulates cold air forcibly, a cooling device at a practical level is provided, and a cooling device capable of achieving a sufficient cooling effect is provided. A cooler 18 is provided in an interior that is insulated adiabatically from an exterior, a cooling fan 20 is disposed on a front surface of the cooler 18, a cooling chamber 22 in which an object to be cooled is placed is defined by a space in front of the cooling fan 20, a cooled air behind the cooling fan 20 is drawn with the fan and allowed to flow into the cooling chamber 22, and a/D=½ to ¼ is satisfied, where a indicates a dimension of a gap between the cooler 18 and the cooling fan 20 along a front-back direction and D indicates a diameter of the cooling fan 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Air Operation Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Shigeru Ishii, Kazunori Terasaki
  • Patent number: 7810347
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for processing products by chilling or freezing includes a conveyor for conveying the products along a plane of travel; lifting means disposed for intermittent contact with the conveyor during processing; cam means rotatable for contacting and displacing the lifting means to contact and displace the conveyor from the plane of travel, thereby displacing the products on the conveyor to prevent the products from adhering to the conveyor and other of the products; and drive means operatively associated with the cam means to impart rotational movement to the cam means for intermittently contacting and displacing the lifting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stephen A. McCormick, Scott Boyles, Ulf Jagaeus, Derrick Norvill
  • Publication number: 20100229591
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for freezing articles, that comprises a conveyor with a porous belt maintained in position inside the device by drums, and a means for impregnating the belt of said conveyor with a cryogenic liquid, wherein the impregnation of the belt is carried out by partially or totally immersing the belt in a bath of cryogenic liquid, characterised in that it comprises a means for pressing the belt of the conveyor onto one of said drums.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Didier Pathier, Beny Bruggeman, Cemal Oztas, Robert Taylor, Friedhelm Meyer, Jochen Weidlich
  • Publication number: 20100205985
    Abstract: A weighing type ice vending machine includes an ice cube formation device installed in a machine body for supplying a specific weight of ice cubes after coins are inputted, and a body composed of a storage bucket, an output device, a weight sensing module and a control loop. Pure water is put into an ice tray in the machine body and condensed into ice cubes which are gathered into a storage bucket for a cold storage. A user puts a user's container on a weighing scale of the weight sensing module at an outlet of the machine body outlet and inserts coins whose dollar amount information is displayed. The quantity of outputted ice cubes is calculated and outputted automatically, and then the ice supply is stopped. The quantity of remained ice cubes in the machine body is recorded automatically, such that the ice cube will be produced again timely and the supply of ice cubes will be stopped temporarily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: DONGGUAN JIAFENG MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei-Cheng CHANG
  • Patent number: 7765829
    Abstract: The apparatus for receiving, preserving and supplying bags of blood comprises a cabinet for containing all the components of the apparatus; a refrigerated space for containing the bags; a magazine comprising a plurality of cells, each capable of containing a single bag, the magazine being housed inside the refrigerated space, each of the cells being identified by a cell code; at least one door for allowing access by an operator to the cells; a movement system housed inside the cabinet and capable of moving, preferably rotating, the cells; a cooling system housed inside the cabinet and capable of cooling the refrigerated space; a data processing system housed inside the cabinet, capable of controlling the movement system and the cooling system, and capable of controlling the receiving, preservation and supply of the bags; a keyboard and a screen, both connected to the processing system, and both placed at the walls of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Angelantoni Industrie SpA
    Inventor: Mauro Zenobi
  • Publication number: 20100180622
    Abstract: The machine for the production of ice, comprises a tubular pipe to form the ice, covered by a refrigerator group evaporator, and having an auger inside to move the ice towards the delivery outlet, associated with a ring nut having a plurality of drawing holes arranged angularly spaced along a circumference, the delivery outlet of the tubular pipe is associated with the terminal inlet of the conveyor of ice, having a substantially upward axial extension and a terminal outlet part positioned at a level substantially higher than the top of the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventor: Emanuele Lanzani
  • Publication number: 20100151083
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing and dispensing a flavored ice beverage and a method of using thereof. The apparatus includes at least one container for holding flavor ingredients, a blending unit including a blender container and a blending mechanism, an ice flakes supplying unit, a mechanism for transferring the flavor ingredients to the blender container and a computerized control unit for controlling one or more aspects of the process of producing the ice beverage. The flavor ingredients can be in grain form, powder form or in liquid form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: NiceVend Ltd.
    Inventors: Niri KLIER, Boaz Granot
  • Publication number: 20100064715
    Abstract: An ice bank of a refrigerator is provided. The ice bank includes an ice accommodation chamber storing ice pieces made by an ice maker, and an ice pressing unit circulating the ice pieces by pressing the ice pieces for preventing sticking of the ice pieces in the ice accommodation chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: Sung Hoon Chung, Eui Yeop Chung, Nam Gi Lee, Wook Yong Lee
  • Publication number: 20100044391
    Abstract: An ice dispenser having a safety apparatus is disclosed. The ice dispenser includes a bin for storing ice to be dispensed; a chute in communication with the bin; a device for at least one of crushing the ice and moving the ice from the bin to the chute; a controller for activating the device in response to a dispensing signal; and a safety apparatus configured to determine a presence of an object in the chute and to provide an indication responsive to the determined presence to the controller. The controller deactivates the device after receiving the indication. A refrigerator incorporating such an ice dispenser is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Russell J. Fallon, Matthew William Davis, Richard DeVos, Jeffrey Mellinger, William Merritt Nall, Daniel S. Renz, Bipin Shaha, Arun Madhav Talegaonkar
  • Publication number: 20100046793
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a sensing system for detecting quality of ice cubes in an ice cube storage bin. The system includes a digital image capture device coupled to a digital image analyzing system which captures digital images of the ice cube storage bin intermittently. The digital images are processed to determine a centroid of the ice mass within the bin, and the centroid is analyzed to determine whether it is located outside a predetermined acceptable boundary. A centroid outside of the acceptable range indicates an ice clumping situation. Additionally, the digital images are analyzed to determine whether ice cubes are smaller than a predetermined minimal acceptable size in order to detect stale ice. The level of ice in the bin can also be determined from the images. Notifications for clumping, stale and/or low level ice are sent to a user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: FARHAD ASHRAFZADEH, KEVIN M. CHASE, BRIAN P. JANKE, SHREECHARAN KANCHANAVALLY
  • Patent number: 7640769
    Abstract: A portable storage apparatus for biologicals has plural temperature-controlled compartments, each compartment having specially arranged shelves and sample trays or carousel bins. The device also has door-ajar annunciators and a built-in self-contained rechargeable power supply. Portability is enhanced by an optional free-standing roller base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: David M. Clark
  • Publication number: 20090326716
    Abstract: A control device for an auger type ice making machine according to the present invention includes a driver circuit that drives a geared motor for rotating an auger; a voltage detector that detects an input voltage applied to the geared motor; a current detector that detects a motor current flowing in the geared motor; and a control circuit in which a plurality of current threshold values that differ according to the input voltage are set in advance, the control circuit controlling the driver circuit so as to stop the geared motor when a value of the motor current detected by the current detector exceeds a current threshold value that corresponds to the value of the input voltage detected by the voltage detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Akihiro Kodama, Tomohito Nomura, Yasuki Mizutani, Hiroyuki Sugie, Shigeaki Tamaki
  • Publication number: 20090282855
    Abstract: An under the counter ice making machine having a top opposite a bottom, a front opposite a back, and two sides that collectively define an interior. A casing defines exterior-most surfaces of the ice machine. An ice bin is mounted inside the casing of the device, wherein a compressor is mounted inside the ice machine and below the ice bin and an evaporator assembly is mounted inside the casing and above the ice bin. A gear motor is operably connected to the evaporator assembly and is also mounted above the ice bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: Hoshizaki America, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg MAPLES, Kristopher T. Miller
  • Publication number: 20090255282
    Abstract: An icemaker including an icemaker control module comprises components including an insert molded circuit board assembly, a motor assembly, an ice level sensing system using a bail arm or a paddle, and a water fill system. Lance features in the circuit board connect switch and motor leads. The thermostat, ground member, and heater of the icemaker electrically couple to the insert molded circuit board when the icemaker control module is joined to the ice maker. Energy may be conserved by pausing rotation and turning off the heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: France/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Daniel K. Amonett, Kevin N. Mumpower
  • Publication number: 20090241583
    Abstract: An auger chiller (10) includes a carcass delivery end (18) that is sloped upwardly with a reduced radius. The auger (32) includes a progressively reduced radius auger segment (38) that matches the configuration of the angled section of the chiller tank, with the pitch of the auger blade being greater in this section of the tank for advancing the birds more reliably in a first-in first-out delivery to a sloped bird unloader (46). An arcuate basin (50) is formed at the lower arc of the peripheral rim wall (48) of the bird unloader, assuring that the heavier birds tend to sink into the basin, tending not to return to the chiller tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Robert E. Cathey, Chris A. Baucom, Thang Phan
  • Publication number: 20090178422
    Abstract: An auger type ice making machine is provided with a freezing cylinder into which water for making ice is supplied, an ice-scraping auger for scraping ice formed on the inner surface of the freezing cylinder, and an auger motor for driving the ice-scraping auger. A freezing apparatus has a compressor driven by a motor, circulating refrigerant discharged from the compressor through a condenser, a dryer, a constant pressure expansion valve, and an evaporator provided on the outer peripheral surface of the freezing cylinder. At the outlet of the evaporator there is provided a temperature sensor for sensing refrigerant temperature. A controller controls the rotational speed of the motor through an inverter circuit such that the sensed refrigerant temperature is equal to a specified refrigerant temperature, allowing the freezing apparatus to keep ice-making performance thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: HOSHIZAKI DENKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinichi KAGA, Akihiko HIRANO, Naoshi KONDOU
  • Publication number: 20090139256
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator and/or freezer with an ice cube maker and with conveying means for conveying the ice cubes, wherein the conveying means are configured such that they are operable in different conveying directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Holger Jendrusch
  • Publication number: 20090100846
    Abstract: A cryogenic freezing chamber assembly provided with improved stress resistance caused by thermal expansion and contraction, improved cryogenic fluid utilization, better means for viewing activity therein and easy assembly and disassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: Lehigh Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Peter J. Waznys, Josef Fischer, Anthony M. Cialone