Electric, Radiant Or Vibrational Treating Means Patents (Class 99/451)
  • Patent number: 10968410
    Abstract: A methane (CH4) gas is synthesized from carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) using catalyst-dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. In the method and apparatus for synthesizing methane gas of the invention, methane (CH4) gas, which is synthetic natural gas, can be effectively synthesized only from carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) using DBD plasma at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, and also, additional heating and pressurization devices are not used during the methane gas synthesis process, thus reducing production costs and realizing high-value-added processing due to the absence of risks during the processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION CHOSUN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tae Gyu Kim, Chung Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 10448465
    Abstract: A microwave heating system configured to heat a plurality of articles and a process for using the same is provided. The heating system includes at least two laterally-spaced parallel convey lines and two or more groups of microwave launchers configured to heat articles transported along each convey line. The groups of microwave launchers can include pairs of oppositely disposed launchers that are spaced apart from one another along the axis of convey. When the system includes multiple convey lines, adjacent launcher groups are staggered relative to one another in the convey direction. Heating articles, such as foodstuffs or medical fluids or equipment in such a system, minimize undesirable interference between launchers of adjacent groups and provide a more uniform heating field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: 915 Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Harold Dail Kimrey, Jr., Robert Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 9936716
    Abstract: A physical method for maintaining the freshness of vegetables and fruits via the technology of the optical signal and optical signal generator are disclosed. By adopting the computer programmable pulsed scanning signal generator, it controls the light-emitting device mounted with red, green and blue light sources group to generate optical signal with pulsed or pulsed periodical scanning combined spectrum. The optical signal irradiates the fresh-cut fruits and vegetables preserved in the storage assembly at room temperature or at controlled temperature and humidity. By regulating the optical signal with periodical pulsed spectrum or pulsed scanning spectrum or periodical pulsed scanning combined spectrum, the irradiated vegetables and fruits obtain photon energy needed in light reactions of photosynthesis from the lighting environment of artificial optical signal which is in bright and dark periodic variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Jing Li Chen, Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 9565869
    Abstract: A process for cooking a food product in a treatment chamber is shown, wherein the treatment chamber having two opposite walls each forming an electrode. The process comprises the steps of: (a) placing the food product, optionally in a surrounding liquid, in direct contact with the electrodes; and (b) applying electric pulses generated by a pulsed electric field generator to the electrodes such that the food product is subjected to a pulsed electric field having a field strength of 10-180 V/cm. The total cooking time is 0.5-1000 seconds. Preferably, the number of pulses n is 1-2000000 and the pulses each have a duration ?i of 1-20000 ?seconds. The food product and, if present, the surrounding liquid, has an electric conductivity of 0.01-10 S/m. Also provided is a cooking system suitable for cooking a food product according to the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: IXL Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Govert Van Oord, Johannes Theodorus Maria Roelofs
  • Patent number: 9474404
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus including an impedance measurer that measures impedance of an object to be heated by applying electricity to a first electrode portion and a second electrode portion that contact an outer side of the object to be heated and that are spaced apart from each other by a predetermined distance and a controller that determines a cooking state of the object to be heated based on the measured impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Won Jeong, Soo Jung Lee, Seong Hun Ahn, Young Chul Ko, Mu Kun An
  • Patent number: 9340842
    Abstract: A reactor system, for electroporation includes a reactor chamber having a length and a width, whereby the reactor chamber contains a central section along its length. A first pulse generator to which two electrodes (A1) and (A2) are connected are located in the reactor chamber in the central section of the reactor chamber such that they are, when measured in the length direction of the reactor chamber, at least a distance equalling half the width of the reactor chamber apart. A second pulse generator to which two electrodes (B1) and (B2) are connected are located in the reactor chamber in the central section of the reactor chamber such that they are, when measured in the length direction of the reactor chamber, at least a distance equalling half the width of the reactor chamber apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SUEDZUCKER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT MANNHEIM/OCHSENFURT
    Inventors: Jochen Arnold, Martin Sack, Gerhardt Schmidt, Dirk Epperlein
  • Publication number: 20150147443
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for the production of cheese. In one embodiment, the disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for making pasta filata cheese. In one embodiment a tube within a tube design is used for the production of pasta filata cheese.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: JOHNSON INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Peter F. Nelles, Gary L. Nesheim, Grant L. Nesheim
  • Publication number: 20150118369
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods associated with non-thermal electroporation. One or more electromagnetic radiation sources may be used to generate an interference pattern having at least one antinode. The electric field associated with the antinode may be configured to cause irreversible electroporation. Thus, the antinode may be suitable for at least partial sterilization by rendering cells as non-viable through electroporation. An antinode may be formed by constructive interference of two or more lobes of two or more radiation sources. An antinode may be spatially varied with respect to an object, volume, and/or surface. A controller may spatially vary an antinode according to an electroporation pattern, such as a stochastic or rasterizing pattern, to achieve a desired sterilization level and/or maintain a temperature characteristic (e.g., absolute temperature, relative temperature, and/or rate of change) with a threshold range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150110932
    Abstract: An electrical discharge plasma reactor system for inactivating one or more pathogens in a liquid. The reactor system includes a reactor chamber configured to hold the liquid, a silver discharge electrode and a non-discharge electrode disposed within the reactor chamber such that the two electrodes are in spaced, conductive communication when the liquid is inside the reactor chamber, and a power supply connected to at least one of the discharge and non-discharge electrodes and configured to induce the discharge electrode to generate plasma to at least partially inactivate one or more pathogens in the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: CLARKSON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Selma Mededovic Thagard, Shane Rogers
  • Patent number: 8991303
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine is electrically operated and has a control unit, at least one functional unit, and an electric circuit for supplying the functional unit and the control unit with current. The electric circuit has a switch for switching the current on or off, through respective first and second operations of an operating element. The switch has a first switch contact and a second switch contact, which are connected in parallel in the electric circuit. The first switch contact is brought into a closed state by the first operation of the operating element, and assumes an open state after the second operation. The control unit provides a control signal so that the second switch contact is closed after the first operation of the switch and opened after the second operation of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate AG
    Inventor: Shahryar Reyhanloo
  • Publication number: 20150050400
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for fast and homogeneously heating a liquid product to a heating temperature by means of resistive heating, the apparatus comprising at least two vertically mounted, longitudinal, heating chambers that are arranged in series.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek
    Inventors: Rian Adriana Hendrika Timmermans, Ricardo Ermirio De Moraes, Hendrikus Cornelis Matswijk, Ariette Margaretha Matser
  • Patent number: 8948579
    Abstract: Provided is an infrared radiation cooker in which heat from an infrared lamp is directly applied onto food being grilled, to thus cook the upper and inner parts of the food, as well as onto a rotatable pan, to thus simultaneously cook the lower part of the food. As a result, the food cooks evenly throughout without burning or creating residual odors from above to below as well as from outer to inner, and further the rotatable pan of respectively different structures can be selected depending on an intended cooking purpose, to thereby adjust height of the rotatable pan, which changes a heat intensity, to thus vary a cooking style, and which can be used to boil, grill or roast foods as one would like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jin-Hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20150024096
    Abstract: A method and means is provided for extending the shelf life of a food product by successively subjecting the food product to UV germicidal irradiation and an ozone/water or ozone/air treatment. The UV unit and the ozone unit may be reversed so that the food product is first treated with the ozone and then subjected to the UV germicidal irradiation treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Leslie D. LEECH, Shawn M. PALANDRI
  • Publication number: 20150020698
    Abstract: A method and means is provided for extending the shelf life of a food product by successively subjecting the food product to UV germicidal irradiation and an ozone/water or ozone/air treatment. The UV unit and the ozone unit may be reversed so that the food product is first treated with the ozone and then subjected to the UV germicidal irradiation treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: LESLIE D. LEECH, Shawn M. Palandri
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8894833
    Abstract: A beverage sterilisation device comprises a housing defining an inner space, and having a first and a second end. An electrically insulated fluid path-defining conduit extends through the inner space from the first end to the second end. A first electrode has a first part positioned adjacent to the fluid path and a second part extending perpendicular to the first part. A first counter electrode defines together with the first electrode a first capacitor, and a second electrode having a third part and a fourth part. The third part is positioned adjacent to the fluid path, and the fourth part extends substantially perpendicular to the third part. A second counter electrode defines together with the second electrode a second capacitor. The first counter electrode and the second counter electrode are short-circuited by an electrical connection, and a conductive device is electrically connected between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Carlsberg Breweries A/S
    Inventors: Jan Norager Rasmussen, Steen Vesborg
  • Publication number: 20140330052
    Abstract: An apparatus for improving the combustion of a mixture of fluid or gaseous hydrocarbon with combustion air comprising, an inner tube for receiving the flow of said mixture, the inner tube having at both sides two fittings or couplers; a central magnetic ring for generating an axial magnetic field in the vicinity of the center of said inner tube two magnetic rings located on both sides and held at a predetermined distance from said central magnetic ring; a first connecting bridge allowing a magnetic connection of the two magnetic rings but without connection with said central magnetic ring; and two connection bridges allowing a magnetic connection between said central magnetic ring and each of the magnetic rings at both ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Vos. Tecs. International S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Marina Sarti Pascoli
  • Publication number: 20140328985
    Abstract: A fluid steriliser comprising a fluid duct having a UV transmissive wall providing a surface area for irradiation, wherein the cross section of the duct is between 1×10?4 m2 and 5×10?2 m2 and the thickness of the duct defines the depth of fluid flow adjacent the UV transmissive wall of no more than 50mm; a source of UV radiation arranged to irradiate fluid flowing in the duct through the UV transmissive wall such that the UV radiation incident on fluid in the duct has a UV power density; a plurality of mixing stages configured to provide turbulent flow in the fluid and spaced apart along the length of the duct wherein the segments of the duct between the mixing stages are arranged to provide flow adjacent the UV transmissive wall; a flow control means arranged to control the linear speed of fluid flow along the duct based on the length of the duct and the UV power density so that at least 300 Joules of UV energy per square metre of the surface area for irradiation is provided to the fluid during the dwell tim
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: STERIFLOW LIMITED
    Inventor: Malcolm Robert Snowball
  • Patent number: 8876314
    Abstract: A lighting device for a drawer type refrigerator is provided. The drawer type refrigerator comprises at least one drawer having a drawer door, and an upper rotary door or an upper drawer door disposed above the drawer door. The lighting device comprises: a lamp assembly comprising a lamp and a lamp shade of a light-transmission material and disposed in a groove formed in a lower portion of the upper rotary door or the upper drawer door; a switch assembly configured to control the lamp assembly based upon whether the drawer is pulled out; a power supply assembly configured to supply power to the switch assembly; and a connection assembly connected between the lamp assembly and the switch assembly to supply power to the lamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignees: Hefei Midea Rongshida Refrigerator Co., Ltd., Hefei Hauling Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Zhu, Lingyun Li, Jian Cheng, Haixing Zhang, Fang Zhao
  • Publication number: 20140311359
    Abstract: Disclosed a preservation apparatus for improving food storage performance, in which an illumination unit to irradiate light having a specific wavelength is installed on an inner wall surface of a box having foods stored therein to increase the storage period of the foods when the foods are transferred at a room temperature or stored at a low temperature. The foods are prevented from being decayed for a long time, and the nutrients and the freshness of the foods are maintained. The box having the foods stored therein and the illumination unit installed in the box to irradiate light having the specific wavelength onto the foods stored in the box are included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Seung Won Lee
  • Publication number: 20140302205
    Abstract: Microribonucleic acids (abbreviated: miRs) which are present in milk, in particular cow's milk, are a serious health risk which was previously unrecognized by science as contributing to the development of the diseases of civilization, such as overweight, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Those diseases may be counteracted by inactivating undesirable biological activities of the miRs of milk by removing and/or destroying milk exosomes which are 50-100 nm in size that transport the miR. This is accomplished firstly by treating the skimmed milk fraction with 20 kHz ultrasound and/or removing the milk exosomes by immunoadsorption thereof and/or addition of RNAses before further conventional milk processing. This milk treatment serves the purpose of reducing activities that are harmful to health of the miR-mediated genetic signal systems of milk to long-term consumers and thereby improving product safety of milk and further processing products thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: BODO C. MELNIK
  • Publication number: 20140287109
    Abstract: This invention relates to food processing and, in particular, blanching and dehydration of foods. Conventional blanching and dehydration requires use of steam and forced hot air. This invention is the first to effectively use infrared radiation energy to perform simultaneous blanching and dehydration of fruits and vegetables. Since this technology does not involve the addition of steam or water in the process of blanching, it has been named “infrared dry-blanching” (IDB) technology. IDB is intended to be a replacement for current steam, water and/or microwave blanching methods. It can be used to produce many kinds of value-added dried, refrigerated, frozen and dehydrofrozen foods such as fruit and vegetable products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture
    Inventors: Zhongli Pan, Tara H. McHugh
  • Patent number: 8834803
    Abstract: A display assembly for containing and displaying perishable products includes a case having at least one wall and defining an internal volume, a quantity of gas contained in the case, the gas including ethylene emitted from the perishable products, and an electro hydrodynamic thrust device positioned in the case. The electro hydrodynamic thrust device ionizes a portion of the quantity of gas. The ionized gas includes at least one reactive oxygen species, and the at least one reactive oxygen species reacts with the ethylene to break down the ethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventor: Ted W. Sunderland
  • Publication number: 20140234947
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for making biofuels such as biodiesel and bioethanol or animal foodstuff by treating lignocellulosic material by subjecting the material to microwave radiation at the resonant frequency of the lignin to dissociate the lignin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: BIOFUELS WALES, LTD.
    Inventor: Roger Spencer Jones
  • Publication number: 20140227407
    Abstract: The present invention relates a method and a system for a multi-stage treatment of whole grain flour to reduce enzyme activity, and more specifically, for the rapid treatment of whole grain flour to reduce the lipase enzyme activity for increasing shelf-life using microwave energy for at least one of the stages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Feng Sun, Yuliang Dai, Yonjun Jin, Manhu Gu
  • Patent number: 8803045
    Abstract: A cavity divider is provided for use within an appliance cavity to partition the appliance cavity into a plurality of sub-cavities. The appliance cavity has a sending coil. The cavity divider comprises a pick-up coil and a heating element, whereby the sending coil is configured to be inductively coupled to the pick-up coil, whereby an electrical current generated in the pick-up coil provides power to the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
  • Publication number: 20140186500
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides devices for reducing the microbial load on objects (e.g., edible plant matter). In certain aspects, the devices include a UV light source and at least a portion of a tumbler composed of a UV light transmissive material. Aspects of the invention also include methods for reducing the microbial load on an object using a UV light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Sangwei Lu
  • Patent number: 8759728
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooking food products on both sides which has a food-support surface that is transparent to both microwave and infrared radiation, an electric heating device, and a microwave generator. The microwave generator is connected to a waveguide cavity for irradiating the food products. The apparatus also has a food-contact heating surface that, together with the food-support surface, forms a cooking chamber capable of retaining the microwaves inside. The electric heating device has a shielded resistor with the external shield electrically connected to ground. The apparatus has a partition element made of thermal-insulating and microwave-transparent material, a portion of which is below the shielded resistor to separate the resistor from the microwave generator. The waveguide cavity has a microwave launch aperture underneath the partition element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Franco Tassan-Mangina, Marino Fadelli, Fabio Sinatra, Marco Ulian, Erika Menosso, Michele Toppano, Alessandro Morassut
  • Patent number: 8742305
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for thermally treating flowable materials using electromagnetic radiation, and foods and materials obtained thereby. Also provided are methods of continuous flow thermal treatment of biomaterials, apparatuses for performing the same, and products prepared using the methods and/or apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: North Carolina State University, Industrial Microwave Systems, L.L.C., The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Josip Simunovic, Kenneth R. Swartzel, Van-Den Truong, Gary Cartwright, Pablo Coronel, Kandiyan Puthalath Sandeep, David Parrott
  • Patent number: 8729499
    Abstract: An apparatus for sterilizing at least a segment of an inner wall and a segment of an outer wall of containers by accelerated charge carriers, includes at least one first external application device for sterilizing at least a segment of an outer wall of containers and an internal application device for sterilizing at least a segment of an inner wall of containers. The internal application device at least in portions is arranged to be introduced through an opening into the container in order to apply the emitted charge carriers to an inner wall of the container. The containers are transported along a transport path during their sterilization, wherein along a segment of the transport path of the containers between the first external application device and the internal application device is arranged a pitch change device to change a distance between two containers succeeding each other along the transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Josef Knott, Guenter Frankenberger, Patrick Engelhard, Jochen Krueger, Juergen Soellner, Holger Mueller, Martin Watter, Hans Scheuren, Roland Laumer
  • Patent number: 8728393
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of sterilizing inner walls of containers, wherein the apparatus has at least one electron beam emitter with at least one electron beam accelerator and an outlet window for the electron beams, a conveying device for conveying the containers to be sterilized and a reciprocating device for permitting a relative movement between the containers and the outlet window in a longitudinal direction of the containers. A reflector apparatus is connected to the electron beam emitter in a positively locking and/or friction locking manner at least locally in a region of the outlet window and is capable of being introduced at least locally during a defined period of time into an interior space of the container to be sterilized, in order to apply the electron beams to the inner walls of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Josef Knott, Jochen Krueger
  • Patent number: 8726798
    Abstract: A radiant liquid heating device includes a container for holding a liquid. The container includes an opening for dispensing the fluid and a closed bottom. A base member is mounted relative to the closed bottom. The base member is spaced a predetermined distance relative to the closed bottom to provide an air gap there between. The base member is exposed to a heat source wherein the base member shields the bottom of the container from being in direct contact with the heat source to provide a source of radiant heat for maintaining a liquid disposed within the container at a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Thermodyne Foodservice Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Paul Tippmann, Jr., Jay Paul Tippmann
  • Publication number: 20140127356
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for the manufacture of a leavened foodstuff, such as a leavened or heat treated leavened foodstuff, and apparatus for the same, wherein in said process an ingredient composition comprising a food structurant, water and a leavening agent is treated with ultrasound from an ultrasound source during at least a part of a leavening step, and/or an ingredient composition comprising a food structurant, water and a leavening agent or a leavened ingredient composition, typically obtained therefrom, is treated with ultrasound from an ultrasound source during at least a part of a heat treating step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Macphie of Glenbervcie Limited
    Inventors: Carmen Torres-Sanchez, Delphine Thaeron
  • Patent number: 8716638
    Abstract: A food package kit including a plurality of trays having a bottom, a sidewall extending upwardly from the bottom and terminating at a top end, and a flange extending from the sidewall opposite the bottom, the flange includes a rim section configured to receive a sealing film, and a recessed section extending from the rim section, wherein each of the opposed longitudinal edges intersect with a lateral edge at a corner, wherein the kit also includes a sleeve adapted to contain the trays completely therein, the sleeve including a sleeve top, a first depending sleeve side, and a second depending sleeve side and a sleeve bottom, wherein the tray is completely disposed within the sleeve by frictional force between the tray and the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Tuszkiewicz, Richard L. Mace
  • Patent number: 8691306
    Abstract: A process and an installation for the improved extraction and subsequent recovery of contents from sugar beets (Beta vulgaris) or from sugar beet cossettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sudzucker Aktiengesellschaft Mannheim/Ochsenfurt
    Inventors: Jochen Arnold, Stefan Frenzel, Thomas Michelberger, Peter Scherer, Timo Scheuer, Matthias Weibel
  • Publication number: 20140088049
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for increasing Vitamin D content in mushrooms is disclosed. A mushroom slurry of comminuted or pulverized mushrooms or mushroom parts and liquid, such as water, is passed under a UV light source and subjected to one or more pulses of UV light. The slurry may be conveyed to the UV light source by a vibrating conveyor. After UV light exposure, the treated slurry may be dried and ground into a powder, or the treated slurry may be filtered and the insoluble portion may be dried and ground into a powder. The irradiated mushroom powder has a mass fraction of Vitamin D2 of at least 2500 IU/gram of powder, and more preferably at least 20,000 IU/gram of powder. Irradiated mushroom powder may be incorporated into consumable food product for humans or animals, and/or may be incorporated into topical preparations for cosmetic use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Oakshire Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Chalupa, Gary M. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8677892
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a method for controlling microorganisms in food materials, by which bacterial groups that cause deterioration of the quality of food materials such as poultry and pathogenic microorganisms that cause food poisoning can be efficiently controlled. Specifically, the present invention relates to a method for controlling microorganisms in food materials, comprising a step of subjecting a food material immersed in a sterilizing solution to repeated treatment with negative pressure and ordinary pressure and/or a step of subjecting the food material immersed in the sterilizing solution to resonant ultrasonication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignees: University of Miyazaki, Kaijo Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Misawa, Junichiro Soejima, Katsuhiro Koyama
  • Publication number: 20140060096
    Abstract: Ultraviolet radiation is directed within an area. The target wavelength ranges and/or target intensity ranges of the ultraviolet radiation sources can correspond to at least one of a plurality of selectable operating configurations including a virus destruction operating configuration and a bacteria disinfection operating configuration. Each configuration can include a unique combination of the target wavelength range and target intensity range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Maxim Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Yuri Bilenko, Saulius Smetona, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska
  • Publication number: 20140060104
    Abstract: Ultraviolet radiation is directed within an area. The storage area is scanned and monitored for the presence of biological activity within designated zones. Once biological activity is identified, ultraviolet radiation is directed to sterilize and disinfect designated zones within the storage area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Maxim Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Yuri Bilenko, Saulius Smetona, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska
  • Publication number: 20140060094
    Abstract: Ultraviolet radiation is directed within an area at target wavelengths and/or target intensities. The target wavelength ranges and/or target intensity ranges of the ultraviolet radiation sources can correspond to at least one of a plurality of selectable operating configurations including a storage life preservation operating configuration, a disinfection operating configuration, and an ethylene decomposition operating configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Maxim Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Yuri Bilenko, Saulius Smetona, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska
  • Publication number: 20140060095
    Abstract: Ultraviolet radiation is directed within an area. Items located within the area and/or one or more conditions of the area are monitored over a period of time. Based on the monitoring, ultraviolet radiation sources are controlled by adjusting a direction, an intensity, a pattern, and/or a spectral power of the ultraviolet radiation generated by the ultraviolet radiation source. Adjustments to the ultraviolet radiation source(s) can correspond to one of a plurality of selectable operating configurations including a storage life preservation operating configuration, a disinfection operating configuration, and an ethylene decomposition operating configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Maxim Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Yuri Bilenko, Saulius Smetona, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska
  • Publication number: 20140061509
    Abstract: Ultraviolet radiation is directed within an area. The target wavelength ranges and/or target intensity ranges of the ultraviolet radiation sources can correspond to at least one of a plurality of selectable operating configurations including a sterilization operating configuration and a preservation operating configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Maxim Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Yuri Bilenko, Saulius Smetona, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska
  • Patent number: 8662070
    Abstract: A gas cooking grill is disclosed. The cooking grill has a firebox having a combustive heat source near the bottom therein, a cooking surface disposed along an upper portion of the firebox, and a convex intermediate element interposing the burner and the cooking surface, the intermediate element having an apex near the cooking surface and sides spaced apart from the cooking surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: W.C. Bradley Co.
    Inventor: Robert L. Johnston
  • Publication number: 20140053740
    Abstract: A tunnel is provided for conditioning of food products, especially for sterilization of food in containers or vessels of the heat-sealed type, in which the conditioning unit has: 1) an active pressure control system corresponding to at least one heating stage, which provides for balancing of the pressure within the heat-sealed vessels or containers; and 2) a conveyor which conveys the heat-sealed vessels or containers through the stages along the conditioning unit which contains mechanisms that move the conveyor outside of the conditioning tunnel, and 3) doors operating like check valves that separate the stages of the conditioning unit; and 4) a cross section of the tunnel of the polygonal type; and 5) the conditioning unit including inlets for introduction of washing liquids with a corresponding discharge outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: TEO, INC.
    Inventors: PAGOTTO AMEDEO, RENATO GIORDANO
  • Patent number: 8653481
    Abstract: A UV (ultraviolet) light disinfectant apparatus useful with a biofilm flow cell for in-line, non-invasive disinfecting of medium flow to and from the flow cell is provided. The disinfectant apparatus includes a UV chamber having a UV light source therein and one or more UV light-transmissive tubes that extend through the UV chamber and through which the fluid medium flows through the UV chamber for exposure to UV light for purposes of disinfectation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Aaron I. Packman, Wei Zhang, Tadas Sileika
  • Patent number: 8651015
    Abstract: This invention relates to a processing machine of the food industry, specifically, a new electronic sterilization device for liquid beverage or liquids. One pole of the electric voltage device is connected to the voltage connector sleeve with an outlet of hollow capillary emitter, and the other pole of the electric voltage device is connected to the collection container. The inner diameter of the exit end of the hollow capillary emitter is very small. Liquid forms a Taylor cone at the exit end under the electric field force, thus a high electric field area is formed on the surface of the Taylor cone. Bacteria passing through the high electric field area will be fully polarized, thoroughly disrupted or electroporated, and finally killed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Zhejiang Haochuang Biotech Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Yixin Zhu, Tingting Lu
  • Patent number: 8653482
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of freezing a body or a portion thereof. The method comprises exposing at least a part of the body to a coolant having a temperature below the freezing point of the body, and at the same time operating an electromagnetic heater, as to maintain the at least part of the body at a temperature above its freezing point; and reducing the electromagnetic heating to allow the at least a part of the body to freeze. The electromagnetic heater comprises a resonator, and the heated part of the body is heated inside the resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Goji Limited
    Inventor: Eran Ben-Shmuel
  • Patent number: 8652412
    Abstract: Methods and systems for programmed dispensation of consumable compositions are provided. A method for sterilizing a beverage container may include, but is not limited to: (a) detecting a sterilization status of a container; and (b) controlling functionality of a controllable device according to the sterilization status. A system for sterilizing a beverage container may include, but is not limited to: (a) means for detecting a sterilization status of a container; and (b) means for controlling functionality of a controllable device according to the sterilization status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Eric C. Leuthardt, Robert W. Lord, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8640609
    Abstract: A device for pasteurizing a mass of foodstuff comprises: a feed; at least one first tube, connecting to the feed, of an electrically and magnetically inert material suitable for contact with food; two plate-like electrodes which are situated on either side of the first tube and which are connected to an RF power generator, whereby the mass present in the first tube is heated dielectrically in this first tube; a first jacket filled with a heatable first liquid and extending around the first tube; and heating means which connect to the first tube and in which the hot mass is held at practically constant temperature; at the end of which heating means the hot mass is discharged for further processing, such as cooling, portioning and packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Zwanenberg Food Group B.V.
    Inventors: Wouter Bernardus Cornelius De Heij, Henricus Johannes Schuten, Dirk Cornelis Esveld, Henderika Maria Vollebregt, Herbert Laurentius Maria Sonder
  • 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