Changing Form Or Shape Patents (Class 99/353)
  • Patent number: 10039290
    Abstract: Device for folding at least one dough piece, comprising at least one folding shoe, for folding a dough piece conveyed along the folding shoe about a folding line in the direction of conveyance, a support, for carrying the at least one folding shoe above a conveyor for the dough piece wherein the folding shoe is mountable to and demountable from the support by a sliding connection. The specification further relates to a folding shoe, and to a dough line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Radie B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Josephus Antonius Van Blokland
  • Patent number: 9904364
    Abstract: An operator control device for a technical system includes at least one touch-sensitive operator control panel which produces, based on electrical vibration, an adjustable and operator perceptible frictional force when the operator moves his finger on the surface thereof, wherein operator control elements are provided within the at least one operator control panel, the frictional force is produced and an operator command is generated by the operator touching a respective operator control element with his finger, at least some of the operator commands are control commands for the technical system, the number of operator control elements includes at least one first operator control element, and where the frictional force produced when a respective first operator control element is touched is lower than the frictional force produced in response to a touch in a region of the at least one operator control panel bordering the respective first operator control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sascha Dombrowski, Oliver Joehnssen
  • Patent number: 9867379
    Abstract: Improvements a machine that turns gorditas into sopes. The machine uses an elliptical chain drive that transports the sopes. The gorditas travel horizontally where the gorditas are turned into sopes as they continue along the linear travel of the elliptical chain drive. The holder is a female pocket that accepts the gorditas and provides support at the sides of the sopes. A rotary press placed along the travel of the gorditas as they become sopes. The rotary press is synchronized to rotate and press into holders. The machine include leveling arms or pads that level the female pocket with the gorditas is loaded, pressed and ejected. The forming machine flips the sopes out of the female holder after the sopes has been formed with a central pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Armando Strozzi
  • Patent number: 9433220
    Abstract: A tortilla making machine comprising three mechanisms mainly for the process of manufacturing of tortillas and comprises a mixer that supplies and positions the portions of dough to be cooked, a moving press that flattens and shapes the portions of dough, and a cylindrical broiling oven that roast the product by using the curved surfaces on the inner and outer sides of the oven, that incorporates one or several burners or other source of heat in order to keep the surfaces and the inside volume of the oven at an accurate temperature to broil and complete the baking process on the inner side of the oven. The broiling oven is made up of metal tabs laid out along the curved surface of the oven that fold over, either towards the inner or to the outer side of the cylinder, this by gravity alone or supported by springs and closing and opening guides to allow the transition of the product to the inner side to be baked and to the outside to be unloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Teodoro Rodrigo Borbolla Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20150140190
    Abstract: A concentric symmetrical branched heat exchanger system includes an inlet manifold that divides the product flow evenly in the first section of the system and also includes an array of tubular concentric heat exchangers arranged in parallel and in series. Flow through each leg of the system can be divided further with secondary manifolds. Division of the product flow enables efficient heat exchange at higher and controllable product flow rates and at lower heat exchanger inlet pressures. Having lower inlet pressures reduces the heat exchanger construction cost and allows attachment of cutting or shaping devices at the exchanger exits to create uniquely shaped pieces. The cutting or shaping devices can be installed at the end of the branched heat exchanger to provide cooling and cutting in one process step while eliminating the material handling step of conveying product to and from a blast freezer or similar cooling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin J. Cully, Michael G. Rayner, Andrew Joseph Brinkmann
  • Publication number: 20150132465
    Abstract: Visually distinct, flaked Ready-to-Eat (“R-T-E”) cereal products with varied texture and thickness are produced by forming a cereal dough and forcing the same through an extrusion die assembly including various spaced openings which establish a plurality of dough streams which are merged prior to reaching a die outlet. Directly at the die outlet, a resulting dough extrudate is sliced by a cutter unit to form dough discs which are then dried and cooled, during which the discs curl and form cereal flakes having varying textures defined, at least in part, by distinct sets of surface bumps. The number and configuration of the bumps can be altered by changing the number, shape and/or position of the various spaced openings of the die assembly, while the thicknesses of the resulting cereal flakes can be varied by just altering an operational speed of the cutter unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: GENERAL MILLS, INC.
    Inventors: Barmack Rassi, Steven C Robie, James N. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 9016195
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a melon juice concentrate, such as watermelon juice concentrate, includes a finisher with brushes for separating melon flesh from melon rind including leaving at least 1/16 inch flesh on the rind and screens for separating juice from flesh. The apparatus also includes a steamer to reduce bacteria count on whole melon, a chopper for chopping melons into pieces less than about 16 inches square, an extractor for extracting juice from the flesh, and an evaporator for concentrating melon juice to form melon juice concentrate. The steamer includes a cylinder frame, steam jets directing steam through apertures in the cylinder frame at whole melon therein, and a motivator to move the whole melon along the cylinder frame. The apparatus can also process cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and other melon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Milne Fruit Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce D. DeJong, Eric A. Johnson, David L. Luther, Gordon R. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9016193
    Abstract: A preservation system for storage and logistic transport of nutritional substances. The preservation system obtains information about the nutritional substance to be preserved, senses and measures the external environment to the preservation system, senses and measures the internal environment to the preservation system, senses and measures the state of the nutritional substance, and stores such information throughout the period of preservation. Using this accumulated information, the preservation system can measure, or estimate, changes in nutritional content (usually degradation) during the period of preservation. Additionally, the preservation system can use this information to dynamically modify the preservation system to minimize detrimental changes to the nutritional content of the nutritional substance, and in some cases actually improve the nutritional substance attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Eugenio Minvielle
  • Patent number: 9010566
    Abstract: In one embodiment of a container protector the container protector comprises two opposing side skirts, two opposing end skirts, and a interior lip connected to both side skirts and end skirts. The container protector may also include one or more handle extension to facilitate use with a container having one or more handles. The container protector is designed to sealing fit around the top periphery of a container with the interior lip extending upward to prevent material within the container from flowing outward therefrom during transitions. Such transitions may be caused by heating, transportation, or other disturbances. The precise dimensions of the container protector will vary from one embodiment to the next, and the container protector may take any shape depending on the container for which it is designed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis L. Miller
  • Publication number: 20150056335
    Abstract: An improved system and method to produce a bread product is disclosed. Bread products that produced with the system and method are also disclosed. The bread products are intended for commercial manufacture with high volume and efficiency. The system and method produce bread products from multiple dough components; one dough component provides an interior core; another dough product provides an exterior layer. When the bread product is baked, a multi-component bread product is formed where the crumb is provided by the dough component of the interior core and the crust is provided by exterior surface of the dough component of the exterior layer. Any of a wide variety of types and forms and shapes and sizes and etc. of bread products may be produced. The system and method may be performed using any of a wide variety of production techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: SAMUEL J. FAHEY-BURKE, NATHAN P. MYHRVOLD, HUAN LARISSA ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20150056336
    Abstract: An improved system and method for the manufacture of pizza products is disclosed. A set of cavities is formed in the shell in a cavity-forming operation. The cavity-forming operation may be performed in a fixture using a set of ports or outlets to inject a fluid to form the cavities and/or to fill the cavities with a fill material. A tool may be used to form the shell and/or the set of cavities (which may be filled or empty or in a combination). The fill material may be cheese or tomato/vegetable segment or pizza sauce or the like. The cavities may be formed in the edge or crust of the pizza product or in the center region of the pizza product. The pizza product may be commercially distributed as a frozen pizza product, including as a finished pizza product with toppings or as a pizza shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: SAMUEL J. FAHEY-BURKE, NATHAN P. MYHRVOLD, HUAN LARISSA ZHOU, ALISTAIR K. CHAN
  • Patent number: 8925759
    Abstract: In one embodiment of a container protector the container protector comprises two opposing side skirts, two opposing end skirts, and a interior lip connected to both side skirts and end skirts. The container protector may also include one or more handle extension to facilitate use with a container having one or more handles. The container protector is designed to sealing fit around the top periphery of a container with the interior lip extending upward to prevent material within the container from flowing outward therefrom during transitions. Such transitions may be caused by heating, transportation, or other disturbances. The precise dimensions of the container protector will vary from one embodiment to the next, and the container protector may take any shape depending on the container for which it is designed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis L. Miller
  • Patent number: 8926306
    Abstract: A food product press having a mold base, a press assembly having a plurality of press bodies, and blade spaces between the press bodies, a plurality of blades slidable within the blade spaces, and a blade operating mechanism for moving the blades relative to the press bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Harrison
  • Patent number: 8919245
    Abstract: A method of producing an edible food product includes the step of forming a vessel core with a first material having a first level of susceptibility to heating by induction. The method also includes the step of casting an apron of a second material with a second level of susceptibility to heating by induction lower than said first level around at least a first portion the vessel core in an in situ casting process to form a clad cooking vessel having a cooking surface. An uncooked food product is then disposed on the cooking surface of the clad cooking vessel and heated to produce the edible food product by subjecting the vessel core to a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventor: Charles Gambino
  • Publication number: 20140352552
    Abstract: The invention relates to a baking device for Baumkuchen for domestic use, comprising a housing that encloses a baking chamber, a heating apparatus in the baking chamber, a dough roller that can be pivoted relative to the heating apparatus in the baking chamber, which dough roller is supported in a replaceable manner between the free ends of two pivot arms and can be pivoted about a pivot axis supported in the housing for the pivot arms, wherein the dough roller can be rotationally driven. In the baking device according to the invention, the pivot axis is designed as a first drive shaft for pivoting the dough roller and the pivot arms are arranged inside the baking chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Arnold Pier
  • Patent number: 8893611
    Abstract: The invention concerns a center arm for holding an upper contact grilling or roasting plate, the center arm having a substantially vertical supporting section and a holding section which is arranged pivotably on the vertical supporting section and to which the upper contact grilling or roasting plate can be attached, which is distinguished in that a device for fixing the holding section relative to the supporting section is associated with the holding section, the fixing device comprising a control element and a latch device, and the control element being capable of being brought into engagement with the latch device for fixing the holding section in different pivot positions relative to the supporting section, and out of engagement for free pivoting of the holding section relative to the supporting section. Furthermore, the invention concerns a contact grilling or roasting device having such a center arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: H.H. Scholz KG
    Inventors: Kay Scholz, Otto Langguth, Karsten Anklam
  • Patent number: 8877279
    Abstract: An improved dough-rolling product and method for rolling sheeted dough. The proposed invention comprises a dough-rolling method having a dough sheeter that cuts a dough sheet into preforms having a concave leading edge and convex trailing edge. A rolling curtain creates a rolled preform with the leading edge on the inside and the trailing edge on the outside. The rolled preform is cooked to produce a rolled snack product with consistent thickness throughout its length and a round outer flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Emerson, Shalaka Narwankar
  • Patent number: 8850962
    Abstract: This invention is a device for puffing snacks and a system for producing puffed snack foods. This invention makes it possible to overcome wiring problems, reduce heating costs of equipment for heat-pressing the ingredients of puffed snack foods, and expand the scale of the device, thereby increasing production efficiency. Pellets of ingredients are transported along a conveyor belt (14) through a hot water tank (13) where they are blanched. Next, the pellets are taken out of the hot water and moved underneath heaters (15). After being dried by the heater, the pellets are fed between rollers (21, 22) in prescribed portions within a prescribed time. The pellets are heat-compressed by the rollers (21, 22) and puffed. The space in the rollers (21, 22) is filled with hot steam so that the surface is uniformly heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Yugen Kaisha Ikukozu
    Inventor: Ikuko Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8846124
    Abstract: A method for forming a pressed, baked food product including providing a dough intermediate puck. The dough intermediate puck is processed through a first, compression station that applies a compression force and heat to the dough intermediate puck, resulting in a pressed puck. The pressed puck is processed through a second, dwell and heating station that contacts opposing major surfaces of the pressed puck in a manner allowing the pressed puck to naturally rise and applies heat to the puck, resulting in a pressed, at least partially-baked, food product. The above steps are characterized by continuous movement of the puck from an upstream end of the first station to a downstream end of the second station. In one embodiment, residual heat from the first station is applied in the second station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Heinzen
  • Publication number: 20140272059
    Abstract: In a food preparation appliance and method for preparing food, an outer bowl has a bottom and a peripheral sidewall. An inner bowl is disposed at least in part within the outer bowl in spaced relationship therewith such that a gap is defined between the inner and outer bowls. The inner bowl has an interior space in which food is contained. A steam generator is in fluid communication with the gap between the inner bowl and the outer bowl, and is operable to deliver steam into the gap between the inner bowl and the outer bowl. The inner bowl and the outer bowl are configured relative to each other to define a tortuous flow path for steam to flow from the gap between the inner and outer bowls into the interior space of the inner bowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph Valdon Krebs, Rolando Antonio Cavazos, Anida C. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20140261011
    Abstract: A vulcanized latex loop or loops, wrapped by multiple spirally wound, generally non-elastic ribbons may be stretched over the legs and tail of a dressed bird to close the cavity of the bird during cooking. The loop or loops may be stretched to bind a bird in various ways depending upon the size and configuration of the bird.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Gerald J. Marchese
  • Publication number: 20140230663
    Abstract: Provided is a kitchenware item for cooking food, comprising a pan provided with a side wall, a handle comprising attachment means for attaching said handle to the side wall, and a removable accessory of the kitchenware item, said accessory or lid comprising an electromechanical device. The handle comprises an electrical energy source and the electrical energy source feeds the electromechanical device arranged on the accessory by means of an electrical circuit comprising electrical connection-disconnection means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Jocelyn Bonnel
  • Patent number: 8770098
    Abstract: A device for continuous production by extrusion cooking of a co-extruded food product containing whole solid pieces, of the type including an extrusion die (20) provided with a contact face at the end of the outlet of a cylinder (11) of an extrusion machine (10) having at least one screw (13) for processing at least one starting material and driven in rotation within the cylinder. The extrusion die (20) is provided with a bore (23) for forming a continuous tubular string of the food product in a direction forming an angle with the axis of the extrusion machine (10). Directly at the outlet of the die (20) and in the axis of the bore (23) for forming the continuous string, the device includes elements (30) for directly incorporating at regular intervals the whole solid pieces (2) into the continuous string of food product without altering the initial dimensions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Clextral
    Inventors: Luis Asensio, Jean Marie Bouvier, Anne Perenon
  • Patent number: 8770960
    Abstract: A reciprocating press is configured to press articles while moving in synchronicity with a conveyor belt carrying the articles. The press is driven through a rack and pinion system. The press can be used for pressing any type of article, including, but without limitation, pieces of dough for forming tortillas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: J.C. Ford Company
    Inventors: Scott Mattias, John Colwell
  • Patent number: 8757051
    Abstract: A food preparation device for crimping and sealing pieces of bread includes a base, at least one first heating unit positioned on the base, and at least one second heating unit spaced from the base and extending substantially parallel to the first heating unit. The second heating unit is movable from a first position spaced a first distance from the first heating unit to a second position spaced a second, shorter distance from the first heating unit for crimping and sealing bread pieces together between the first and second heating units. The first and second heating units remain parallel with one another while the second heating unit moves from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Ursa Major, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E. Medved, David A. Medved
  • Publication number: 20140161946
    Abstract: A process for preparing and baking bakery products is described, comprising the steps of: a) providing an apparatus (1) for the completely automated processing and subsequent baking of a preparation (100) of base ingredients for bakery products, comprising a chamber (60) for preparing and baking the preparation, mixing means (15) operating within the above-mentioned chamber, heating means (30) of the chamber and control means (40), this apparatus also comprising means for delivering a liquid (80) into the preparation and baking chamber, and reading means (102) directly associated to the apparatus; b) acquiring a plurality of preparation parameters stored on a support (101) associated with the preparation by means of reading means (102); c) transmitting these preparation parameters to control means (40); d) putting the ingredients of the preparation (100) into the preparation and baking chamber (60); e) operating, through control means (40), liquid delivery means (80) in order to introduce a quantity of liquid
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Barilla G.e.R. Fratelli S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Torricelli, Marco Giovanetti, Giancarlo Riboldi
  • Patent number: 8733237
    Abstract: Apparatus manufactures thin confectionery products with uniform shapes and has first and second drying apparatuses between shape cutting and baking apparatuses for adjusting water content of raw dough pieces. The first drying apparatus has upper and lower levels, the upper level having conveyor belts at plural stages for transporting the dough pieces under hot air atmosphere and the lower level having conveyor belt for cooling, and conveyor belt for maturing the cooled pieces. The second drying apparatus has atmosphere at lower temperature than the first drying apparatus and plural rotary drums each having an inlet and an outlet and being rotatably mounted in the second apparatus. A chute transports the raw dough pieces from uppermost to lowermost ones of the rotary drums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Arai Foods Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiichi Arai
  • Publication number: 20140134318
    Abstract: Method for the production of apple sauce including the following steps: slicing apples generating a plurality of slices having two opposite faces and a peel which develops continuously between the two opposite faces; pulping the slices obtaining a first product and a first waste; refining the first waste generating a second product and a second waste; mixing the first product and the second product; heating the combination of the first product and the second product in order to deactivate enzymes contained therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: CFT S.P.A.
    Inventors: ROBERTO CATELLI, MARIO GOZZI, STEFANO ROMEI
  • Patent number: 8701551
    Abstract: An antilip system for a food patty forming apparatus of the type having a reciprocating mold plate with at least one cavity. The system uses an adjustable escape passage to relieve pressure within a mold plate cavity. The system comprises a breather plate with antilip holes, a passage plate with antilip holes, and an adjusting bar movable between a full open position, a full closed position, and a plurality of intermediate positions. The passage plate also has a passage recycle channel for returning relieved materials to a hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Edward Doner, Ronald F. LaBruno, Joseph Allen Ebert
  • Patent number: 8701552
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and devices for forming articles of food. The methods and devices are configured for forming exterior portions and interior portions of a food article so as to form a cavity for placement of similar or different articles of food therein. In one exemplary embodiment, the present invention provides a forming device configured for forming an exterior portion of the food article in a first step, an interior portion of the food article in a second step and an interior and exterior portion in a third step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Wesley Corporation
    Inventor: David Wesley Hanson
  • Patent number: 8683915
    Abstract: A molding unit for forming and cooking meat, comprising a single recipient-shaped bottom die a concavity of which faces upwards and is destined to contain meat, and a single cover aligned with a mouth of the concavity of the bottom die, which cover is joined to the bottom die and positioned below the bottom die, such as to be destined to close a further mouth of a further concavity of a bottom die of a molding unit which is identical and positioned below the molding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fava S.N.C. de Adele Turetta & C.
    Inventor: Antonio Fava
  • Publication number: 20140083305
    Abstract: The present invention provides a baby food processor capable of cooking and blending or grinding baby food, and during the cooking process of the food, the water vapor generated by the boiled water in the water tank provided on one side of the food processor is guided into the cup holder containing the food to achieve an efficient cooking and to facilitate the pre-blending or grinding thereof afterwards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Yu-Yuan Lin
  • Patent number: 8663727
    Abstract: A cooked rice molding method includes a first supplying step of spreading cooked rice in a plate form on rolling-up plates deployed horizontally, a second supplying step of placing a dried laver sheet and ingredients on the cooked rice, a first pressing step of folding a first rotating plate and a second rotating plate disposed on two sides of a base plate in a direction to erect at approximate right angles with respect to the base plate, and a second pressing step of folding the third rotating plate rotatably attached to the first rotating plate at a side opposite to the base plate, to a base plate side. Then, the method includes a repositioning step of deploying the rolling-up plates in the horizontal state, and rotating the cooked rice about 90 degrees on the rolling-up bamboo plate. Finally, the first pressing step is repeated again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Audio-Technica
    Inventors: Takashi Hosogane, Atsushi Numabe
  • Publication number: 20140013962
    Abstract: Technologies are provided herein for processing edible materials using tools associated with a fabrication system. In one aspect, a fabricator includes a control module and a drive assembly controlled by the control module. The fabricator also includes at least one food processing tool head coupled to the drive assembly that can process material for fabricating an edible structure on a build surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey I. Lipton, Hod Lipson
  • Publication number: 20130340628
    Abstract: An automatic bean curd maker is provided in the present invention. Soybeans and water are blended and grinded to produce raw bean pulp, and the raw bean pulp is boiled in a steamer to form bean pulp. The bean pulp is mixed and stirred with coagulator to form soy custard in a stirring tank. Specifically, a coagulator dosing device and a coagulator tank are connected circulatedly wherein the coagulator dosing device supplies a predetermined amount of coagulator to the stirring tank. The soy custard in the stirring tank falls into a molding container to be molded and pressed to form bean curd. Thus, bean curd can be produced automatically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: JUI-TAI CHENG
  • Patent number: 8569662
    Abstract: A continuous oil fryer used to fry food slices, such as potato chips, having an internal oil stripping capability. The fryer accumulates the steam produced by the frying process in a hood and utilizes such steam, after superheating the steam by passing it through a heat exchanger, to strip oil from product immediately upon removal from the hot oil bath by passing the superheated steam through a product bed while on an output conveyor. The superheated steam removes oil from the product on the output conveyor without increasing the moisture level of the product. The fryer therefore accomplishes the same function as a low-oil stripper without increasing the footprint of the frying unit and with less energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Wilfred Marcellien Bourg, Jr., Donald Vaughn Neel, Jennifer Bell Raymond
  • Publication number: 20130233181
    Abstract: A combination food steamer and food processor appliance includes a housing surrounding a motor and a heater. A water cavity is positioned within the housing. At least a portion of a drive shaft extends upwardly beyond a first end of the housing. A jar is removably mountable to the first end of the housing. Portions of a bottom wall and a side wall of the jar define a food processing cavity. A steam cavity is also defined in the jar. At least a portion of the drive shaft extends through a portion of the bottom wall of the jar when the jar is mounted to the housing. A lid is removably mountable to a rim of the side wall of the jar. A basket is removably mountable within the food processing cavity of the jar in a first operating configuration. Portions of a bottom wall and a side wall of the basket define a food steaming cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Allen, Claire Ashley, Drew Carlson, Ernest B. Pryor, JR., Mark C. Steiner, Marta Phillips
  • Patent number: 8516950
    Abstract: The invention concerns a center arm for holding an upper grilling or roasting plate, the center arm having a substantially vertical supporting section and a holding section which is arranged pivotably on the vertical supporting section and on which is arranged the upper grilling or roasting plate, which is distinguished in that the pivot shaft of the holding section is formed and arranged approximately at the point of intersection S of the center axes M1 and M2 of the holding section on the one hand and the supporting section on the other hand. Furthermore the invention concerns a contact grilling or roasting device having such a center arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: H.H. Scholz KG
    Inventors: Kay Scholz, Otto Langguth, Karsten Anklam
  • Publication number: 20130216673
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling the movement of liquids into and out of a container is described. The cleanable, portable, fully automated apparatus includes a main container for holding the food product, a liquid inlet container having a liquid inlet and inlet valve for controllably providing liquid into the main container and a liquid outlet container receiving liquid drained from the main container. A heater automatically heats the main container and a motor rotates or otherwise moves the main container and a receiving position for receiving fresh liquid from the inlet container to a drainage position for draining waste liquid via gravity from the main container into the outlet container. This rotation/movement of the main container can be used repeatedly to add fresh liquid and remove waste liquid during multiple fully automated cycles (e.g., sprouting, rinsing, soaking, cooking, etc.) that do not require user interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: David Storek, Antonia L. Sequeira, Robert Peter Otillar
  • Publication number: 20130209647
    Abstract: Visually distinct, flaked Ready-to-Eat (“R-T-E”) cereal products with varied texture and thickness are produced by forming a cereal dough and forcing the same through an extrusion die assembly including various spaced openings which establish a plurality of dough streams which are merged prior to reaching a die outlet. Directly at the die outlet, a resulting dough extrudate is sliced by a cutter unit to form dough discs which are then dried and cooled, during which the discs curl and form cereal flakes having varying textures defined, at least in part, by distinct sets of surface bumps. The number and configuration of the bumps can be altered by changing the number, shape and/or position of the various spaced openings of the die assembly, while the thicknesses of the resulting cereal flakes can be varied by just altering an operational speed of the cutter unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL MILLS IP HOLDINGS II, LLC
    Inventors: Barmack Rassi, Steven C. Robie, James N. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 8393263
    Abstract: An object is to provide a food dough extending apparatus capable of adjusting a vertical position of an extending roller unit in an obliquely vertical direction in accordance with a thickness of food dough. A food dough apparatus includes an inclined transporting unit 7 inclined and configured to transport to-be-extended food dough 9 upward, a horizontal direction transporting unit 11 configured to transport the food dough 9 transported from the inclined transporting unit 7 in a horizontal direction, and an extending roller unit 13 provided above over an area from an upper end of the inclined transporting unit 7 to the horizontal direction transporting unit 11 and configured to extend the food dough 9. The extending roller unit 13 is vertically adjustable in a direction intersecting an inclination direction of the inclined transporting unit 7 and being upwardly inclined toward the inclined transporting unit 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Oderaotoshi, Tomokuni Akutsu, Hiroyuki Okaizumi, Norio Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20130059053
    Abstract: Improved extruders and methods for the extrusion cooking of comestible products such as human foods or animal feeds are provided wherein the products may be produced with very low specific mechanical energy (SME) inputs as compared with conventional processing. The methods preferably involve introduction of very high levels of steam into the extruder barrel during processing, which concomitantly reduces necessary SME inputs required to achieve desired cook and expansion levels in the products. In accordance with the invention, fully-cooked pet foods can be fabricated with SME inputs of up to about 18 kWhr/T, whereas aquatic feeds can be fabricated with SME inputs of up to about 16 kWhr/T.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: LaVon Wenger, Marc L. Wenger, Galen J. Rokey, Allan C. Spellmeier
  • Publication number: 20120328747
    Abstract: A device and method for producing individualized meals according to the visual desires of each diner at a restaurant. Reservoirs of viscous foodstuff is deposited by an XY or XYZ plotter to simulate edible images and then cooked prior to diners immediately consuming them. The high-volume system includes a rotary shuttle table that contemporaneously prints, cooks, flips and dispenses food products, especially pancakes. Patrons draw images using drawing implements whose colors coincide with the viscous foodstuffs in the reservoirs. These images are digitally scanned and the data is used to drive the XY plotter thereby enabling colored printed food to correlate with images drawn by patrons immediately prior to ordering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: David Levy
  • Patent number: 8322272
    Abstract: An improved screw feeder assembly is provided for interconnection between the outlet of a preconditioner and the inlet of an extruder barrel. The assembly includes an upright housing with a pair of elongated shafts equipped with auger flighting within the housing and driven by means of motor. Preferably, the housing is mechanically coupled to the outlet and inlet with the shafts extending through the preconditioner vessel and downwardly to a point within the inlet and closely adjacent the screw(s) within the extruder barrel; the flighting is provided along the length of the housing, from a point closely adjacent the outlet and into the extruder inlet. This provides a positive conveyance of preconditioned material from the outlet to the inlet. Use of the assembly allows maintenance of superatmospheric pressures and temperatures above 212° F. within the preconditioner, which permits more efficient processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Wenger
  • Patent number: 8307757
    Abstract: A kneading element is rotary driven around a rotating shaft disposed in a bottom part in a pot to knead ingredients within the pot. The kneading element has a blade part that has a bottom surface circumferential edge that is substantially semi-elliptical, wherein an inclined surface is formed in a side surface of the blade part, an erection surface is formed in a rotation direction back surface of the blade part, and the inclined surface is formed such that ingredients to be kneaded are rotated on the inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Japan Kneader Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Syuzo Oochi
  • Publication number: 20120266757
    Abstract: An automatic bread maker of the present invention comprises: a container into which bread ingredients are put; a body for receiving the container; and a control unit for executing bread-making steps in a state in which the container has been received in the body. The bread-making steps include a grinding step for grinding cereal grains inside the container, and a post-grinding liquid-absorption step for causing ground flour from cereal grains ground in the grinding step to absorb liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Takashi Watanabe, Masayuki Shimozawa
  • Publication number: 20120234185
    Abstract: An apparatus for steaming and blending food products comprises a container (2) for receiving the food products, the container having a steam inlet (12) and a steam outlet passage (36). A blade assembly (16) is located in the container for blending the food products. The blade assembly (16) comprising a blade support member (18,22) having at least one blade (20) extending there from. The blade support member is located over an opening (14) in the container. The steam outlet passage (36) extends between the container and the blade support member such that steam can exit the container through the opening (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Anders Joel Bjoerk, Volkhard Zukale
  • Publication number: 20120213900
    Abstract: A cooking appliance in accordance with the present invention includes a base, a container engageable with the base and configured to receive one or more food ingredients, a blade assembly rotatably mounted in the container and a lid engageable with said container. The lid includes a chamber configured to hold a volume of liquid and a heating element for heating the liquid within the chamber to produce steam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph W. Zakowski, Barbara L. Schnabel, Maria Caruso
  • Patent number: 8245631
    Abstract: A forming machine includes a drum having an outer heating surface, a reservoir disposed below the drum and having a surrounding wall with a top edge that can contact the outer heating surface and that has a profile conforming to that of the outer heating surface, an applying disk disposed inside the reservoir and having perforations, and a rotary shaft extending into the reservoir to rotate the applying disk and movable upwardly or downwardly to raise or lower the applying disk. The reservoir is movable between non-contact and contact positions, where the top edge is spaced below and moves upward to abut against the outer heating surface, respectively. The applying disk is movable between pre-applying and applying positions, where the applying disk is lowered into the reservoir for dipping into the dough and is raised for applying the dough to the outer heating surface, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Chao-Hung Lin
  • Publication number: 20120199014
    Abstract: Apparatus manufactures thin confectionery products with uniform shapes and has first and second drying apparatuses between shape cutting and baking apparatuses for adjusting water content of raw dough pieces. The first drying apparatus has upper and lower levels, the upper level having conveyor belts at plural stages for transporting the dough pieces under hot air atmosphere and the lower level having conveyor belt for cooling, and conveyor belt for maturing the cooled pieces. The second drying apparatus has atmosphere at lower temperature than the first drying apparatus and plural rotary drums each having an inlet and an outlet and being rotatably mounted in the second apparatus. A chute transports the raw dough pieces from uppermost to lowermost ones of the rotary drums.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: Arai Foods Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiichi Arai