With Means To Weigh Product Patents (Class 83/77)
  • Patent number: 9259847
    Abstract: The device is used to slice, store, display or transport cakes. It is primarily composed of four elements; a cutter, a holder, an alignment tray and a holder tray which combine for performing various features of the invention. The device is useful for birthdays, general storage, restaurants or parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: David White, III
  • Patent number: 8892239
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method for cutting a food product into slices for producing portions by taking into account the target weight thereof. Information about a remainder of the food product to be sliced is used to control corresponding actuators for a successive food product to be sliced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Patent number: 8887602
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling portions of products, in particular food products, includes a product conveyor which conveys the portions sequentially along a conveying direction and at least one sensor which serves to determine the weight of the conveyed portions. The apparatus includes an automatic weight compensation unit which is arranged in the vicinity of the product conveyor and which serves additionally to place at least one single product on a portion in dependence on the determined weight of the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Patent number: 8869664
    Abstract: A food slicing and weighing system produces stacks of slices of food product. Each stack has a total number of slices or a weight greater than a predetermined minimum stack weight. The food slicing and weighing line comprises a slicing unit and a weighing unit. The slicing unit has a blade for cutting slices off a log of food and a control arrangement comprising a controller for setting the thickness of the slices. The weighing unit has a surface supported by a load sensor. The surface is positioned at the location the slices are cut off the log, each slice dropping onto the surface as each slice is cut from the log. The load sensor senses the weight of the slices as each slice is dropped onto the surface and provides a signal to the controller. The controller determines from the signal a measured combined weight of a number of slices less than the total number of slices and then a target thickness for a next slice to be added to the stack of slices based on the measured combined weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Titan Slicer Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Thomas Eyles, Sean Colin Marr
  • Publication number: 20140083268
    Abstract: There is disclosed relates to a food processing apparatus with a scanner with a scanning unit for determining properties of a food product, in particular a food bar, with at least two substantially parallel separately drivable conveyor tracks for supplying the food products to the scanner, and with a control unit for controlling the drive of the conveyor tracks. According to the disclosure, the control unit is adapted to separately control the drive of the conveyor tracks to convey at least one food product of a first conveyor track and at least one food product of a further conveyor track sequentially through a scanning area of the scanner. The disclosure further relates to a method for scanning food products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Ingo Rother
  • Patent number: 8549966
    Abstract: An output conveyor for a high speed slicing apparatus having four deceleration conveyors that receive slices from a jump conveyor. Each deceleration conveyor laterally position slices in an output lane. The deceleration conveyors have a pivotal axis for matching an elevation of an end of said deceleration conveyor with an elevation of an upstream conveyor. The output conveyor also comprises four weighing conveyors for weighing slices received from upstream components. The weighing conveyors each comprise a removable carrying unit for turning a conveyor belt and a drive unit for driving the carrying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: David Hansen, James E. Pasek
  • Publication number: 20130139665
    Abstract: An improved slicer having a reciprocating blade is disclosed. The use of a reciprocating blade allows the configuration and functionality of the slicer to be modified to address many of the deficiencies of current rotary slicers. The slicer operates without manual intervention, and includes the capability to automatically stack the sliced products. In other words, the food product to be sliced is placed on the slicer, and the slicer automatically slices the food product and stacks the sliced product, in a configuration that is presentable to the customer. In some embodiments, the machine is designed to have certain zones that can be cleaned or replaced, while the rest of the machine is never contaminated. In addition, the reciprocating blade is inexpensive and easily replaceable, thereby eliminating the need to sharpen the blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: SEALED AIR CORPORATION (US)
    Inventor: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
  • Patent number: 8375833
    Abstract: A system for cutting blocks of food product into bars of substantially equal weight. The system includes a cutter conveyor configured to receive incoming blocks of food product and move the blocks along an in-line processing path in a plane for cutting; a programmable logic controller coupled to the cutter conveyor; and, multiple stations associated with the cutter conveyor. One such station is a camera vision system configured to create an image of the slab portion, and further including a camera controller coupled to the vision system and the PLC, and configured to determine an optimized cut solution of the slab portion from the image and data related to the food product, and is configured to provide the cut solution to the PLC. The PLC is configured to control the cutting of the food product, based on the optimized cut solution, into bars of substantially equal weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Marchant Schmidt, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8276490
    Abstract: A system for cutting blocks of food product into bars of substantially equal weight. The system includes a cutter conveyor configured to receive incoming blocks of food product and move the blocks along an in-line processing path in a plane for cutting; a programmable logic controller coupled to the cutter conveyor; and, multiple stations associated with the cutter conveyor. One such station is a camera vision system configured to create an image of the slab portion, and further including a camera controller coupled to the vision system and the PLC, and configured to determine an optimized cut solution of the slab portion from the image and data related to the food product, and is configured to provide the cut solution to the PLC. The PLC is configured to control the cutting of the food product, based on the optimized cut solution, into bars of substantially equal weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Marchant Schmidt, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20110232445
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling portions of products, in particular food products, includes a product conveyor which conveys the portions sequentially along a conveying direction and at least one sensor which serves to determine the weight of the conveyed portions. The apparatus includes an automatic weight compensation unit which is arranged in the vicinity of the product conveyor and which serves additionally to place at least one single product on a portion in dependence on the determined weight of the portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: GÜNTHER WEBER
  • Publication number: 20110185868
    Abstract: A system for cutting blocks of food product into bars of substantially equal weight. The system includes a cutter conveyor configured to receive incoming blocks of food product and move the blocks along an in-line processing path in a plane for cutting; a programmable logic controller coupled to the cutter conveyor; and, multiple stations associated with the cutter conveyor. One such station is a camera vision system configured to create an image of the slab portion, and further including a camera controller coupled to the vision system and the PLC, and configured to determine an optimized cut solution of the slab portion from the image and data related to the food product, and is configured to provide the cut solution to the PLC. The PLC is configured to control the cutting of the food product, based on the optimized cut solution, into bars of substantially equal weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Richard J. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20110138977
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and a device for portioning a substance, e.g. dough for making bread or pastry. The device operates on an elongated body of the substance and separates pieces there from in accordance with an image received from an image generating camera. Accordingly, portioning of the dough occurs without having to compress the dough into a measuring chamber as it is required in traditional portioning of dough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Marel HF
    Inventor: Runar Birgisson
  • Patent number: 7937913
    Abstract: Proposed are a method and a device for consolidation of a number n of items, whose weight varies within predefined limits, in a container to a single unit with a predefined target weight. For this purpose, n?1 portions are combined and the weight of all of the n?1 portions is determined. Then the difference between the target weight of the n portions on the one hand and the weight of the n?1 portions on the other is determined. Ultimately, an nth portion with a precise weight is cut-off from a piece, where the weight equals the weight of the nth portion of the difference. For this purpose, the device is provided with a first and a second insertion station, a scale, a computer, and a portioning and cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: MAJA—Maschinenfabrik Hermann Schill GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Schill, Hartmut Ilch
  • Publication number: 20090188358
    Abstract: An output conveyor for a high speed slicing apparatus having four deceleration conveyors that receive slices from a jump conveyor. Each deceleration conveyor laterally position slices in an output lane. The deceleration conveyors have a pivotal axis for matching an elevation of an end of said deceleration conveyor with an elevation of an upstream conveyor. The output conveyor also comprises four weighing conveyors for weighing slices received from upstream components. The weighing conveyors each comprise a removable carrying unit for turning a conveyor belt and a drive unit for driving the carrying unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: David Hansen, James E. Pasek
  • Publication number: 20090064833
    Abstract: A system, suitable for high-speed operation, by which raw product (45), such as a slab of meat, can be accurately processed, such as by slicing into segments of desired weight, comprises a product profiling apparatus (15). The product profiling apparatus (15) measures the profile of the physical process. The product profiling apparatus (15) includes line lasers (75, 85) for directing a line of light across the upper and lower surfaces of the product (45) and visual image cameras (80, 90) directed toward the profile surface to capture, at fixed increments, the product profile. The product may also be weighed and the product density determined from the overall profile measurements. A controller (150) receives this data, and instructs the physical process accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Glenn Sandberg, Scott A. Lindee, Salvatore Lamartino, Robert Bania
  • Publication number: 20080190303
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for slicing a food bar, which has a certain mass per unit length variation over its length, into food portions which, for example, each consist of N food slices and are to have a defined preset weight mM, having a blade and a support device on which the food bar lies and can be advanced in the direction of the blade, the size of this advance determining the thickness of the food slice. In addition, the invention relates to a method which has means which calculates a prediction of the mass per unit length variation of the still unsliced food bar and, based thereon, adjusts the number N and/or the thickness Ds of the food slices of the portion being sliced or the next portion to be sliced such that the actual weight approximates to the preset weight as closely as possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Gunther Hiederer, Stefan Stadtmuller
  • Patent number: 7270051
    Abstract: Apparatus for supplying food dough including a hopper to which a large block of food dough is supplied, a cutting apparatus located at a lower opening port of the hopper to cut the block into small blocks that have substantially the same volume, a dough feeder having a plurality of rollers that are arranged in a V to form the small blocks into a sheet of food dough, a transferring conveyor to transfer the small blocks to the dough feeder, a feeding conveyor that conveys the sheet of the food dough formed by the dough feeder of a constant thickness, a weighing conveyor for measuring the weight of a part of the sheet that is supplied by the feeding conveyor as the sheet is being conveyed, and a cutting apparatus for cutting the sheet of the food dough when the measurement of the weighing conveyor corresponds to a preset value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Torahiko Hayashi, Michio Morikawa, Shigeo Uesawa, Eiji Kuribayashi
  • Patent number: 7168353
    Abstract: A material handling system for a table saw that controls the orientation and speed of material as it moves through the system. The material handling system includes an idler device having upper and lower support surfaces configured to maintain a piece of processed material in the processing path until it substantially passes the upper support surface. The material handling system includes a ramp configured to deliver a piece of processed material from the processing path to a return conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Frecision Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer B. Dick, Stuart Aldrich, David A. Morgan
  • Patent number: 7166194
    Abstract: A water jet cutter for separation of a trim strip from a moving paper, cardboard, tissue or other type of fiber web, in a machine for the production and/or conversion of the fiber web, including at least one nozzle whose water jet is directed onto the fiber web. An advantage of the present invention is to simplify the construction of the device while maintaining at least equal operational reliability, and to enable installation above a pulper in order to eliminate the necessity for removal and extraction systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Voith Paper Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Karlheinz Straub, Michael Sollinger, Ralf Pfifferling
  • Patent number: 7086435
    Abstract: A tree harvesting apparatus and method is particularly adapted for use in crowded housing and industrial areas where there is concern for relatively heavy cut tree portions causing damage when allowed to free fall to the ground. The tree harvesting apparatus and method enables a cut portion of a tree such as a tree top to be weighed after being cut but before it is lowered or allowed to free fall to the ground dependent on its weight. A camera mounted on the harvesting apparatus enables the cutting and weighing operation to be observed by an operator on the ground. The tree harvesting apparatus mounts on the outer end of a boom which in turn mounts on a turntable which can rotate 360°, thus making the apparatus and method useful for harvesting a plurality of trees from one location of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Edwin T. Coulbourn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7055419
    Abstract: A method for optimizing yield from a slicing apparatus, includes scanning and weighing a carcass, slab or loaf upstream of a slicing head of the slicing apparatus. The carcass, slab or loaf weight is divided by a desired pre-selected portion weight to determine the number of slices to be made. A remainder portion is allocated to an intermediate position along the carcass, slab or loaf to be sliced from the carcass, slab or loaf before a butt end portion, gripped by a gripper of the slicing apparatus, reaches the slicing head. The butt end portion is pre-arranged to be the desired pre-selected portion weight or at least an acceptable pre-selected portion weight. The butt end portion can then be released by the gripper as a desired or acceptable weight portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn Sandberg
  • Patent number: 7007595
    Abstract: A device and method for computerized product slicing are disclosed. The device includes a blade, an openable product holder capable of engaging/retaining therein the product and of communication with a product sensor, the product sensor which detects presence of product in proximity to the product holder and causes it to close upon the product, a slicing mechanism, and a weighing module designed and constructed to collect, retain and weigh slices of product and to communicate weight thereof to a CPU which accepts a data input from a user. The CPU is essentially responsible for control of the device and for display of data on a display included in the device. A method including the sequence of actions performed by the device is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventors: Shalom Ozery, Eldad Rubin
  • Patent number: 6804919
    Abstract: In a rectangular composite shingle unit including (a) a top sheet having a lower butt portion which is longitudinally divided into spaced tabs and an upper undivided headlap portion having a horizontal line of markings immediately above the butt portion indicating nailable sites for attachment of the shingle unit to a roof deck and (b) a continuous, elongated backer strip underlying the tabs and nail markings of the headlap which is aligned in offset or flush position along the longitudinal margin of the butt portion and which extends from the bottom edges of the tabs to the top area of the nail line markings; the improvement which comprises a backer strip having a plurality of extended projections on the top longitudinal margin of said backer which projections are spaced apart and vertically extend upwardly beyond the nail line markings and underlay the headlap portion of the top sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventor: Sudhir Railkar
  • Publication number: 20040154445
    Abstract: A device and method for computerized product slicing are disclosed. The device includes a blade, an openable product holder capable of engaging/retaining therein the product and of communication with a product sensor, the product sensor which detects presence of product in proximity to the product holder and causes it to close upon the product, a slicing mechanism, and a weighing module designed and constructed to collect, retain and weigh slices of product and to communicate weight thereof to a CPU which accepts a data input from a user. The CPU is essentially responsible for control of the device and for display of data on a display included in the device. A method including the sequence of actions performed by the device is further disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventors: Shalom Ozery, Eldad Rubin
  • Patent number: 6655248
    Abstract: A cutter, preferably a cheese cutter, for cutting food into consumer-size chunks. The cutter comprises a feed conveyor, slab drive apparatus for driving a slab along the feed conveyor, and a cutting harp adjacent the discharge end of the feed conveyor. The cutting harp has cutting devices which make cuts extending across an opening. A slab discharged from the conveyor passes through the central opening, and the cutting devices cut the food product in the direction of advance of the slab. Transverse harp drive apparatus drives the harp transverse to the direction of advance of the slab, severing chunks of product from the slab. A take-away conveyor takes the severed chunks away from the cutting harp, to a weighing device which weighs the chunks. A controller receives weights from the weighing device, and sends adjustment instructions to the slab drive apparatus to adjust subsequent weights of product cut from such slabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: Charles H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6635830
    Abstract: A control for a weigh scale associated with a continuously moving conveyor which is capable of mathematically positioning the sample period on each product weight waveform. The control first triggers on a predetermined sensed weight. The control determines a first inflection point on the weight waveform defined as the “maximum positive slope.” Once the maximum positive slope is found, the control begins recording weight samples at a sampling rate. The control checks the weight waveform of sampled weights for a slope which is a first pre-selected percentage of the maximum slope but negative in slope value. This point is determined as the “weight-off-scale” point. When the weight-off-scale point is reached, then the control looks backward through the recorded data of weight samples to find another point which has a slope which is a second preselected negative percentage of the maximum positive slope. This point is defined as the “end sample position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy W. Ring
  • Patent number: 6549823
    Abstract: Apparatus for cutting cheese blocks (1) into portions (13) conveys the cheese along a linear processing path. Longitudinal cutters (6,7) for dividing the depth and width of the cheese block, with separation of layers when the depth is divided, create sets (120) of longitudinal sticks (12) conveyed side-by-side. These are presented to a guillotine cutter (8) which, on the basis of measured length and weight of the set (120), makes successive transverse cuts dividing the stick set (120) into successive sets (130) of portions (13) which are then separated from one another for packaging. A control processor (CP) uses measured block weight and dimensional information to determine an optimal disposition of cuts taking account of product standard criteria (e.g. maximum permissible deviation from and maintenance of an average portion weight) together with minimized wastage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Marchant Schmidt, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Lyndon Hicks, Nicholas Paul Lambert
  • Patent number: 6524443
    Abstract: A paper machine includes a traveling belt for carrying a fiber web, and a cutting device disposed below the belt for cutting the fiber web into smaller pieces. The cutting device has an inlet and an outlet. A guiding device guides the fiber web from the belt to the inlet of the cutting device. A pulper is connected with the outlet of the cutting device for receiving the smaller pieces of fiber web from the cutting device. The traveling belt may be in the form of, e.g., a wire, felt or water impervious belt. The cutting device may be in the form of, e.g., a shredder, fluffer, water jet cutter, laser cutter and/or roll cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Paper Technology North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Doelle, Werner Witek, Robert J. Matz
  • Publication number: 20020184983
    Abstract: An electric food slicer (1) comprising a main body (4) with a base region (2), a disc-like rotary cutting blade (6) supported on the main body (4), weighing means (66) disposed on the base region (2) adjacent to the blade (6) at a position where sliced food will collect, and visual display means (50) to give a visual indication of the weight of food collected on the weighing means (66).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventors: Wing Chung Joseph Lau, Leung Chi Ho
  • Publication number: 20020166429
    Abstract: A slicing machine includes a machine frame having a food loaf delivery path arranged in a longitudinal direction, and a cutting assembly arranged in the delivery path. The cutting assembly has two longitudinally directed reciprocating blades facing upstream in the delivery path. In operation, the loaf is pressed through the cutting assembly which cuts the loaf into quarter sections. A slicing blade is arranged in the delivery path downstream of the cutting assembly, the slicing blade arranged to slice the sectioned food loaf transversely to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventors: Glen F. Pryor, Wayne H. Webster, James Wrona, Christopher M. Moore, Michael S. Nash
  • Publication number: 20020104414
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for cutting a piece of fresh whole-muscle meat into several slices having the same thickness and weight, which comprises a loading and pre-pressing unit (1) for accommodating and pressing the piece of fresh whole-muscle meat and a grading unit (2) for determining the thickness and the volume of the slices. The invention is also fitted with a slicing unit (3) arranged between the loading and pre-pressing unit (1) and the grading unit (2) to cut the piece of fresh whole-muscle meat (13) into slices (14) as determined by the grading unit (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventors: Joachim Schill, Werner Kraus
  • Patent number: 6196097
    Abstract: A bacon slicing system (10) includes a conveying system (20). The conveying system (20) is mounted for sliding between a first and second lateral position. The conveyor belt (65) of the conveying system (20) is rotatable in a longitudinal direction which is generally perpendicular to the lateral movement of the conveying system (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Hormel Foods, LLC
    Inventor: Gary A. Handel
  • Patent number: 6164174
    Abstract: The invention involves a method and apparatus for automatic portioning of objects. More specifically, the invention utilizes both weighing and imaging data in order to calculate an estimated weight distribution of objects being processed. One or more weighing units, which weigh one or more parts of the objects, are installed before and/or after a cutting unit to obtain the weighing data. A computer system controls cutting based on the imaging data and the weighing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: H. F. Marel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Arni Sigurdsson, Arni G. Sigurdsson, Helgi Hjalmarsson, Hordur Arnarson
  • Patent number: 6101913
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for cutting a piece of meat into a predetermined number of steaks. To allow the piece of meat to be cut in a rapid and simple manner with small losses of raw material, the piece of meat is placed in a mould whose bottom, cover and side walls substantially enclose the piece of meat, the piece of meat is subjected to a pressure in such a way that the bottom, the cover or at least one of the walls is movable and at least partly pressed into the mould until the piece of meat is so compressed as to fill substantially the entire space between the bottom, side walls and cover of the mould. The cutting elements are inserted into the mould through slots provided in the side walls, cover and/or bottom of the mould, whereby the piece of meat subjected to pressure is cut into a predetermined number of steaks by the cutting elements. The invention also relates to a cutting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: Charles E. C. Gahmberg, Tom J. C. Gahmberg
  • Patent number: 5937080
    Abstract: A computer controlled method and apparatus for meat slabbing according to updated information from the meat product and/or the slab cut from the meat product. Such information may include the weight and fat content of the cut slab. This information may be used to reoptimize the slabbing of the meat product and also may be used to further process the cut slab. Such processing might include marking the location of fat to be trimmed, trimming the fat from the slab, portioning the slab and sorting the slab in accordance with preselected parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur W. Vogeley, Jr., Bret J. Larreau
  • Patent number: 5724874
    Abstract: A high speed food loaf slicing machine slices two food loaves simultaneously, using one cyclically driven knife blade; the slices are stacked or shingled in groups on a receiving conveyor located below the slicing station. Independent loaf feed drives are provided; slices cut from one loaf may be thicker than slices from the other. Each loaf feed drive includes two "short" conveyors each driven at a predetermined speed; the conveyor speeds may be different. In each machine cycle the receiving conveyor is moved down to accommodate an increasing number of slices; when a slicing cycle is completed, the receiving conveyor rapidly discharges the slice groups onto a deceleration conveyor and moves back up to start a new slicing operation. The loaf feed drives are reversed at the end of a slicing cycle, stopped, and then reversed again before the next slicing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Lindee, Wilbur A. Janssen, Thomas C. Wolcott
  • Patent number: 5704265
    Abstract: A versatile high speed slicing machine moves first and second food loaves along parallel loaf paths into a slicing station where both loaves are sliced by a cyclically driven knife blade. There are independent loaf feed drives so that slices cut from one loaf may be thicker than slices from the other. The conveyor/transfer system onto which food loaves are deposited as cut includes a receiver located below the slicing station; a lift mechanism moves the receiver down during slicing so that slices always fall about the same distance after being cut. The receiver includes a plural-belt horizontal receiver conveyor with recieving pin wheels located between the belts that periodically discharges groups of food loaf slices onto a deceleration conveyor, from which the groups are fed onto a multi-belt scale conveyor. The scale conveyor is aligned with two receiver weighing grids, each grid including plural grid elements interleaved one-for-one with the scale conveyor belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur A. Johnson, Scott A. Lindee, Glenn A. Sandberg
  • Patent number: 5666866
    Abstract: A food product slicer comprises a housing having a bilevel profile which includes a raised portion having a first aperture therein and a horizontal planar portion having a second aperture therein; a slicing blade mounted for rotation on a drive shaft extending through the first aperture; a compartment on the bottom side of the housing defined by a wall member; a scale including a platter, mounted on a post extending through the second aperture; a load cell mounted in the compartment and engaging the post extending through the second aperture; and an electronic control for operating the scale and slicer, mounted in the housing outside of the compartment. The platter is located below the slicing blade such that the food product sliced by the slicing blade is deposited on the platter, and the post is mounted to the center of the platter, such that a food product portion deposited on the platter will measure substantially the same weight on each corner of the platter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Joseph Chun-Chi Huang, James Alan Shirk, James Franz Yoder
  • Patent number: 5566600
    Abstract: A versatile high speed slicing machine moves first and second food loaves along parallel loaf paths into a slicing station where both loaves are sliced by a cyclically driven knife blade. There are independent loaf feed drives so that slices cut from one loaf may be thicker than slices from the other. The conveyor/transfer system onto which food loaves are deposited as cut includes a receiver located below the slicing station; a lift mechanism moves the receiver down during slicing so that slices always fall about the same distance after being cut. The receiver includes a horizontal conveyor that periodically discharges groups of food loaf slices onto a deceleration conveyor, from which the groups are fed onto a multi-belt scale conveyor. The scale conveyor is aligned with two receiver grids, each grid including plural grid elements interleaved one-for-one with the scale conveyor belts. In each machine cycle a group of food loaf slices is deposited on a grid and weighed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur A. Johnson, Scott A. Lindee, Glenn A. Sandberg
  • Patent number: 5205367
    Abstract: A stacker-cutter-weigher apparatus for supplying a continuous supply of a product having a preselected weight which comprises extruding a continuous stock of polymeric material having a substantially stable cross-sectional area, cutting the stock into finite sections, and placing the sections on a scale. The measured weight is sensed by a central control which adjusts the length of the next section so as to adjust the weight thereof. A further adjustment occurs as each section is placed on the scale. This provides a final product having a substantially preselected weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Wacker Silicones Corporation
    Inventors: Lee R. Andre, Mark E. Salemka
  • Patent number: 5125250
    Abstract: A bloom is heated and rolled by the flying shear system so as to produce a semi-finish rolled billet having a reduced cross section. A CLSI value, which is indicative of the uniform length of each of a number of product billets that can be cut from the length of the semi-finish rolled billet while maintaining predetermined optimum head and tail scrap lengths, is then calculated by the flying shear system. The cross section of the semi-finish rolled billet is corrected, so as to produce a finish rolled billet having an adjusted length, when the CLSI value is not within a safety billet length range, to thereby obtain a new CLSI value that falls within the safety billet length range. A flying shear cuts the semi-finish rolled billet or the finish rolled billet into the number of product billets when the CLSI value is within the safety billet length range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: China Steel Corporation
    Inventor: Kuan-Yung Sun
  • Patent number: 5107731
    Abstract: An automatic slicing system for slicing a comestible product and forming a uniform stack of slices of the sliced product, wherein the sytem is preferably used in small grocery stores and delis. The slicer comprises a rotary slicer blade having an operational cutting edge for slicing a comestible product. A product feed member is positioned on one side of the slicer blade for holding and moving the comestible product into engagement with the slicer blade. The product feed member oscillates the comestible product between a first position wherein the comestible product is on one side of the operational cutting edge not in engagement therewith, and a second position wherein the comestible product is on another side of the operational cutting edge not in engagement therewith, such that as the comestible product moves from the first position the second position a slice of comestible product is removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Assignee: Pennsylvania Slicer and Equipment Company
    Inventor: David P. Kent
  • Patent number: 5054345
    Abstract: A method is described for obtaining constant weight portions or slices from sliced food products wherein in each case individual slices or portions of several slices with exactly predeterminable weight can be formed in real time operation during the cutting process by detecting the cut surface area, taking account of the specific weight and computing the required feed of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Guenther Weber
  • Patent number: 5042340
    Abstract: The thickness of slices cut by an automatic slicing machine is controlled to produce a draft of slices having a predetermined weight. Desired thickness is determined in accordance with the cross-sectional density of the food product being sliced, which is obtained from the weight and thickness of the most recently cut slice or slices. This information is combined with a desired weight for each of the remaining slices to be cut in the draft to control the rate of advance of the food product into a continuously rotating knife so as to obtain the proper thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: AMCA International Corporation
    Inventor: Frank S. Kasper
  • Patent number: 4941375
    Abstract: The thickness of slices cut by an automatic slicing machine is controlled to produce a draft of slices having a predetermined weight. Desired thickness is determined in accordance with the cross-sectional density of the food product being sliced, which is obtained from the weight and thickness of the most recently cut slice or slices. This information is combined with a desired weight for each of the remaining slices to be cut in the draft to control the rate of advance of the food product into a continuously rotating knife so as to obtain the proper thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Assignee: AMCA International Corporation
    Inventor: Frank S. Kasper
  • Patent number: 4867257
    Abstract: The slicing machine, primarily for sliced meats, has a code reader, particularly a bar code reader, available in the vicinity of its goods slicing carriage which reliably determines the goods code for the sliced goods during the slicing process and fetches a programmed price per unit weight from a data memory of a weighing device. The price per unit weight is fed to a processor which determines the price of the goods being weighed or the retail price from the weight measurement. The delivery tray of the slicing machine can be a weighing tray of a weighing device built into the slicing machine. An indicator and/or a charge slip printer can then automatically print the total price that must be paid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Inventor: Fritz Kuchler
  • Patent number: 4794996
    Abstract: An automatic slicing machine includes a dynamic weigher for weighing slices in a draft as they are being cut. Information from the weigher is converted into a digital value and is used to control the thickness of subsequently cut slices to produce drafts at a target weight. After the cutting of a draft is completed, its weight is checked in a check weigher. The check weigher communicates the weights of individual drafts back to a programmable controller in the slicer. The controller computes a new target weight to correct any deviation of the final weight from the set point for weight control. This automatically calculated correction eliminates manual adjustment by the machine operator and assures that subsequent drafts have an acceptable weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: AMCA International Group
    Inventors: Gary L. Wallace, Robert K. Moore
  • Patent number: 4771631
    Abstract: A device for measuring the moisture content and basic weight of paper in a gravimetric and more accurate manner than before. The device includes a cutting device for cutting the sample from a specimen sheet, a balance for weighing the sample, a computer for computing the moisture content and the basic weight of the sample, an output device for printing out the results of the moisture content and basic weight as well as a controller for controlling the device automatically and advantageously a drying device for drying the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Inventors: Olavi Lehtikoski, Martti Nissinen
  • Patent number: 4763738
    Abstract: A slicing machine for cold cuts with a carriage for the goods to be sliced (2), an arresting plate, a blade (3) a depositing device (4) and a depositing tray (7) on a slidable, rotatable or vertically adjustable tray carrier (8) is equipped with a load cell (10), to which the depositing tray (7), respectively its carrier is fastened on the load side. The load cell (10) is mounted on the carrier ( 8) to ride along therewith. The load cell (10) is connected to an evaluating circuit and an indicator (19,21). A keyboard (6,20) for the price per kilogram or for the input of a target weight, respectively of a desired number of slices can further be provided, which is connected over the evaluating unit with the drive of the carriage (2) for the foodstuff to be cut, for the purpose of its uncoupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Assignee: Brain Dust Patents Establishment
    Inventor: Fritz Kuchler
  • Patent number: 4718146
    Abstract: A conveyorized machine that operates to automatically advance objects of generally the same shape and weight, particularly breasts of turkey, to a scale platform which is retractable below the conveyor and elevatable above the conveyor. On the scale platform the object is automatically positioned to a desired location relative to a vertically running band saw blade. In one mode of the machine the desired location will result in the object being sawed or severed into two portions of equal weight. In another mode the desired location will result in the object being sawed or severed into one portion of a predetermined weight and a second portion being the remainder of the object. After the object has been positioned in the desired position on the scale platform, the platform retracts or lowers below the level of the conveyor and the object is then conveyed past the band saw blade and the resulting two severed portions are conveyed to the discharge end of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation
    Inventor: Frank L. Adkison