With Isolation Of A Watery Constituent Patents (Class 99/456)
  • Patent number: 8875623
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a pasta filata cheese product, such as a Mozzarella-type cheese, in a continuous process without emulsifier or pH regulator additives requires preparing a typical pasta filata-type cheese curd and supplying the curd in cut pieces to one end of a processing chamber (14). The chamber (14) has an agitator (18) which rotates to work, knead, stretch and move the curd through the chamber. At the same time, steam is injected into the curd in the chamber through a plurality of injection nozzles (23) spaced along the length of the chamber (14) to heat and cook the cheese while it is simultaneously mechanically worked. The cooked product exiting from the chamber (14) is molded to a desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Gold Peg International Pty. Ltd
    Inventors: Robert Murray Smith, Alastair Graeme Sorley, Mark Wynn Kirkby
  • Patent number: 8794132
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparation of cheese comprising at least one vertical column, a guillotine knife for cutting of curd blocks, and a guide of guiding the guillotine knife having plastic guide strips overlying its longitudinal edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Andy Lockyer
  • Patent number: 8770099
    Abstract: The invention relates to a beverage preparation machine comprising an apparatus for frothing or heating milk, which apparatus is connected via a milk suction hose to a milk container, and a cleaning apparatus for cleaning the milk suction hose and the apparatus for frothing or heating milk by means of a flushing fluid. The milk can be sucked from the milk container into the apparatus for frothing or heating milk by means of a vacuum which can be generated in the apparatus for frothing or heating milk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate AG
    Inventor: Shahryar Reyhanloo
  • Patent number: 8714079
    Abstract: An apparatus for making cheese including a whey conduit, a milk conduit, and a heat exchange device between the whey conduit and the milk conduit. Preferably, the heat exchange device includes a heat transfer circuit including a heat transfer conduit, heat transfer medium in the heat transfer conduit, a whey heat exchanger between the whey conduit and the heat transfer conduit, and a milk heat exchanger between the heat transfer conduit and the milk conduit. A thermal storage device can be in thermal contact with the heat exchange device to allow heat energy from the whey to be accumulated and stored for future use in heating incoming milk. The thermal storage device includes a thermal storage conduit, a thermal storage heat exchanger between the heat exchange device and the thermal storage conduit, thermal storage medium in the thermal storage conduit, and a thermal storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Rohde Brothers, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Rohde
  • Publication number: 20140087045
    Abstract: A method for producing cheese and a device therefore, in particular what is known as a cassette press with round or angular cheese moulds. The method is intended in particular to achieve gentle and hygienic de-moulding of the cheese blocks after removal of whey. A raw cheese mass is first poured into moulds of a cassette press, then pressed to remove liquid and emptied out of the mould after a turning process. Directly after turning, the raw cheese mass in the mould is subjected to a shaking movement, so the pressed raw cheese mass is detached gently from the inner wall of the mould.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: KALT MASCHINENBAU AG
    Inventor: Peter WALDBURGER
  • Patent number: 8534189
    Abstract: Compact machine for making cheese, other milk-derivatives and tofu comprising a shell (1) in which an impermeable basin (3) is inserted, a collecting container (2) in which a permeable basket (6) is inserted for collecting the product and a support structure comprising a lower base member (10) having two side arms (8). The machine comprises, furthermore, a motor (7) integral to the shell (1) for operating a stirring member (5), and heating means (4) adapted to heat to various temperature the content of the basin (3). The basin (3) and the permeable basket (6) are open and coupled with respect to each other, in a releasable way, one against the another. The coupled basin (3) and the permeable basket (6) are adapted to be integrally rotated, in order to be moved alternatively between a first position (A), where the basin (3) is down and the basket (6) is up, and a second position, where the basket (6) is down and the basin (3) is up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Riccardo Pavero
  • Patent number: 8512792
    Abstract: A method for producing blocks of cheese from curd, wherein a curd mass is deposited in at least one cheese mold provided with a follower and in the at least one cheese mold is subjected to a vacuum treatment and pressing treatment, which pressing treatment is carried out while the at least one cheese mold is situated in a holder in which a vacuum prevails, wherein the vacuum treatment comprises at least a first and a second step, wherein in the first step in the holder with the aid of vacuum pump means a vacuum with a first vacuum pressure is created to draw air and whey entrained with the air from the curd mass, and in the second step the vacuum pressure in the holder is reduced further to a second vacuum pressure, which has a value at which the whey present in the curd mass starts to boil and residual air and free whey are pushed from the curd mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Harrie Spijkerman
  • Patent number: 8443720
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a continuous curding machine for tofu products, designed to be capable of manufacturing clean tofu products in that it will not cause a leakage of soymilk and seams and/or wrinkles on the tofu, sanitary and simple in mechanism, easy to perform transport of tofu to following processes, and capable of forming a deep coagulation compartment so as to enable “tatedori” (taking the depth of the coagulation compartment to be the longest side of the tofu). The machine is equipped with the conveyor belt C that transports coagulating coagulant-added soymilk as well as with a concave member 10 disposed underneath the belt. The belt C is conveyed as it is shaped into concave in accordance with the form of the said concave member 10 disposed underneath, and forms a coagulating compartment 10a, 10b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Takai Tofu & Soymilk Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Toichiro Takai, Toshiaki Shinde
  • Publication number: 20120164298
    Abstract: The present embodiments generally relate to beverages with enhanced flavors and aromas and method of making same. Some embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to shelf-stable dairy products. Other embodiments are related to beverages with shelf-stable dairy products and soluble coffee. Also disclosed are methods of making the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: Starbucks Corporation D/B/A Starbucks Coffee Company
    Inventors: Urano A. Robinson, J. Marcio Da Cruz, Dien Van Vu
  • Patent number: 8109208
    Abstract: A cheese process vat is disclosed. The cheese process vat includes an enclosure and a shaft assembly, preferably a shaft assembly having a shaft and a plurality of agitator panels arranged on the shaft. The cheese process vat preferably further includes an adjustable shaft seal assembly that adjustably seals the joint between the shaft and the enclosure. Methods of using the respective cheese process vats are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Process Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Bokelmann, Craig J. Campbell, Gary L. Starkson
  • Publication number: 20110293780
    Abstract: A system and method for manufacturing low and non-fat sour cream products is provided. The system may utilize a separation technique to separate liquid whey in cultured milk or fat free milk from the solid matter resulting in light or fat free sour cream. The resulting sour cream has the consistency of sour cream without utilizing additional thickening and emulsifying ingredients. The separation can be accomplished with a plurality of separation techniques including centrifuge, reverse osmosis, ceramic centrifuge and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Joeseph F. Lunzer, Morgan J. Blais
  • Patent number: 7800022
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking device comprising a coupling housing having a detachable vessel with a detachable pulverizing blade, a screen formed on its lateral surface, a handle grip with a coupling point of contact, a sensor and a plate type of a heater on which a plurality of heat bands are installed to adjust the caloric value; a base coupled to the lower part of the coupling housing with a motor and a controller; a coupling part coupled to the handle grip with the coupling groove which has an electric point of contact to be connected the coupling point of contact; and a sensor control circuit having an input circuit to receive electric signals generated from two electrodes, a control circuit to control the operation of electric devices connected to an output circuit with the electric signals from the input circuit, and a safety circuit to check the operation of the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Hong-Bae Kim
  • Patent number: 7624677
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing curd and feeding same to a curd processing apparatus, comprising a number of curd tanks and a pipe system connected with the curd tanks and provided with pumping means to feed curd from the curd tanks to the curd processing apparatus, wherein at least a number of curd tanks are provided with a first outlet and a second outlet, the pumping means being connected with the two outlets of said curd tanks, such that a curd tank can be pumped out via both outlets simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holding & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Steven Acreman
  • Publication number: 20090223385
    Abstract: A cheese making appliance with a cooking vessel, a curd stirring assembly in the cooking vessel, and a controller for the cooking vessel and stirring assembly. The controller controls the temperature of the cooking vessel over a period of time, and turns the stirring assembly on and off and controls its speed, depending on the programmed cycle for a particular type of curd product that is to be made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: TIMOTHY W. HEALD
  • Publication number: 20080131313
    Abstract: A cheese process vat is disclosed. The cheese process vat includes an enclosure and a shaft assembly, preferably a shaft assembly having a shaft and a plurality of agitator panels arranged on the shaft. The cheese process vat preferably further includes a shaft seal assembly having a fluid accessible clean-in-place chamber. Methods of using the respective cheese process vats are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: ADVANCED PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul R. Bokelmann, Craig J. Campbell, Gary L. Starkson
  • Publication number: 20080127836
    Abstract: A cheese process vat is disclosed. The cheese process vat includes an enclosure and a shaft assembly, preferably a shaft assembly having a shaft and a plurality of agitator panels arranged on the shaft. The cheese process vat preferably further includes an adjustable shaft seal assembly that adjustably seals the joint between the shaft and the enclosure. Methods of using the respective cheese process vats are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: ADVANCED PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul R. Bokelmann, Craig J. Campbell, Gary L. Starkson
  • Publication number: 20080131570
    Abstract: A cheese process vat is disclosed. The cheese process vat includes an enclosure and a shaft assembly, preferably a shaft assembly having a shaft and a plurality of agitator panels arranged on the shaft in a planar fashion. The agitator panels are preferably arranged on the shaft such that the shaft assembly is balanced in both weight and agitator panel surface area around the centerline of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: ADVANCED PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul R. Bokelmann, Craig J. Campbell, Gary L. Starkson
  • Patent number: 7217234
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method of controlling a centrifuge for the centrifugal production of a milk product. The steps include taking a milk sample at an outlet of the centrifuge from a liquid phase, adding a substance to the milk sample that increases light transmittance of the milk sample, determining the light transmittance of the milk sample by transilluminating the milk sample using a light source and measuring light intensity via a photo cell, determining the fat content from a measurement of the light transmittance, and controlling the centrifuge as a function of the determination of the fat content. The present disclosure also includes a system for controlling the centrifuge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator AGB
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Zettier
  • Patent number: 7066081
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for making soft cheese or fresh paste cheese comprising at least a first set of perforated cheese-moulds and at least a second set of perforated cheese-moulds arranged in a chamber. The invention is characterized in that said first and second sets of cheese-moulds are designed to be fitted one into the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Bernard Derode
  • Patent number: 6942888
    Abstract: A cheese extruding machine and process for producing pieces of cheese of an exact weight directly from unaged or semi-aged cheese curds of semi-hard and hard cheeses. The cheese extruding machine includes a standard screw-type vacuum filler which receives large blocks of compressed curds, grinds the blocks into pieces, and compresses the curds into an airless, homogenous cheese flow without significantly damaging the curds. The cheese flow is forced through an elongate cheese forming tube of a desired cross-sectional shape for the cheese. A water jacket disposed about a second half of the cheese forming tube chills the periphery of the cheese flow to increase the firmness and maintain the shape of the cheese flow upon extrusion from the cheese forming tube. Frictional engagement between the cheese flow and the cheese forming tube produces back-pressure against the vacuum filler to maintain the cheese flow at a predetermined extrusion pressure and consistent density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Minerva Dairy, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam P. Mueller
  • Patent number: 6909070
    Abstract: A steamer apparatus for steaming bread-type food products includes a housing defining a steam chamber having a heated platen therein. A water conduit delivers water onto the heated platen to convert the water into steam in the steam chamber. The water in the conduit is preheated by the heated platen, itself, prior to delivering the water to the heated platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Prince Castle Inc.
    Inventors: Loren J. Veltrop, Lawrence G. Banovez
  • Patent number: 6860193
    Abstract: Reinforcing device for household bean milk and bean curd makers reinforces a structure for fastening a drive motor to a main body using a bracket, thus reducing vibration and noise. The reinforcing device is constructed such that a body cap extends to a predetermined length, thus preventing a lower portion of the main body from being thermally deformed, and for reducing vibration and noise. The reinforcing device may include a first bracket provided at a predetermined position between the body cap and the main body to increase a force to fasten the drive motor to the main body, and the reinforcing device may include a locking element for assembling the body cap, the first bracket, and the drive motor with the main body into a single or unitary body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Hong-bae Kim
  • Patent number: 6792849
    Abstract: A household soybean milk maker including a main body defining a space for receiving water, a cover element openably installed on an upper end of the main body, a drive motor disposed in the cover element to generate rotating force, a drive shaft for outputting rotating force of the drive motor, a blade connected to the drive shaft, a temperature sensor for detecting a temperature of the inside of the main body, and a sieve-like container which accommodates soybeans therein and is detachably attached to the cover element. A water vessel is coupled to a lower end of the main body. A steam generator is arranged in the water vessel to generate steam. Guide tubes are formed in the main body so that steam generated by the steam generator can be supplied through the guide tubes to soybean juice produced when the blade breaks the soybeans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: Hong-bae Kim
  • Patent number: 6737096
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for producing a sterile milk product from raw milk is disclosed. After separation, the skim milk portion is conducted to a primary filter assembly having a plurality of microfiltration units arranged in series. Bacteria having a size larger than the pores in the microfilters are retained in the retentate. The retentate is discharged from the primary filter assembly and flows to a secondary filter assembly having a plurality of microfiltration units. The permeate from the units in the primary filter assembly are combined and subjected to heat treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Anders Lindquist
  • Patent number: 6705212
    Abstract: A stainless steel structural member for a blockformer apparatus has at least one surface along which in operation curd slides. The at least one surface coming into contact with curd is at least partly a substantially sloping undulating surface, viewed on a microscopic scale, which has been obtained through a micropeening treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Wieger van der Meulen, Steven Acreman
  • Patent number: 6652900
    Abstract: A method and a plant for producing sterile milk which includes separating the raw milk into skim and cream portions, filtering the skim portion to form a first permeate and a first retentate, heat treating the first permeate, filtering the first retentate to form a second permeate and combining the second permeate with one or more of the raw milk, the milk portion or the cream portion. A second filter can have an effective pore size the same as or greater than that of a first filter. The cream portion can be standardized and heat treated, then remixed with the first permeate either before or after heat treatment of the first permeate to form a standardized milk product, which can be homogenized and packaged in aseptic containers. The process can yield at least 95 percent (e.g., 99.8% or more) of the skim milk portion into a usable milk product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Anders Lindquist
  • Patent number: 6564698
    Abstract: A failsafe valve assembly for use in clean-in-place systems that arranges multiple product blocking valves with one bleed valve. The failsafe valve assembly having a junction providing fluid communication between the primary isolation valve, the one bleed valve and the multiple product valves. The failsafe valve assembly further providing continuous flow cleaning capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Relco Unisystems Corporation
    Inventor: Manley Douglas Rolland
  • Patent number: 6474225
    Abstract: A number of cheese block forming towers are fed curds from a central vat. Curd accumulates in each tower and its weight causes whey to be expressed. Individual blocks are severed from the bottoms of the columns of curd by guillotine blades. A controller monitors both the output of each severing device (rate of discharge of blocks and their weight) and the rate of use of curd in each tower. The latter is determined by the same time that the level of curd takes to drop from sensor to sensor. These factors may then be used to adjust the output of severing devices or the charge rate of curd to balance the outputs of the multiple tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Charles Gregory Misson
  • Patent number: 6468570
    Abstract: A cheese tower system is adapted for producing precise weight quantities of cheese. In an embodiment of the invention, a column of cheese is formed using a tower. Retail portions of cheese may be cut from the cheese column. The cut portions of cheese may be weighed to determined whether they are within a desired range of weight. If the cheese weights are outside of the range of preferred weights, then the size of subsequent quantities of cheese may be adjusted to change their weights to within acceptable limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Nabil Habib Haddad, Jean-Denis Bedard
  • Patent number: 6465033
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing cheese, suitable in particular for producing crumbly cheese. Cheese molds are filled with curd, are subsequently closed with a lid and are pressed, whereafter the obtained cheeses are removed from the cheese molds. Prior to removing the cheeses from the cheese molds, however, the cheese molds still filled with cheese are heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holding & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Hugo Menninga, Steven Acreman
  • Publication number: 20020129715
    Abstract: A stainless steel structural member for a blockformer apparatus has at least one surface along which in operation curd slides. The at least the at least one surface coming into contact with curd is at least partly a substantially sloping undulating surface, viewed on a microscopic scale, which has been obtained through a micropeening treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: Wieger van der Meulen, Steven Acreman
  • Patent number: 6413568
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing cut fresh curd blocks, wherein curd blocks are formed using at least one block former, are subsequently packaged and are discharged for further handling, wherein a curd block after leaving a block former is placed in a conveying holder, the conveying holder is brought to a pressing station, and the curd block in the conveying holder is briefly pressed and subsequently transported further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Arnout Jan Willem Rietveld
  • Patent number: 6410076
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for producing packed fresh curd blocks, wherein curd blocks are formed using at least one block former, subsequently packaged and discharged for further handling, wherein a curd block after leaving a block former is placed in a conveying holder, the conveying holder is conveyed via suitable first conveying device to an automatic packaging apparatus, and the curd block is removed from the conveying holder at the automatic packaging apparatus and subsequently packaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Wieger Van Der Meulen
  • Patent number: 6345572
    Abstract: A soybean milk maker comprises a main body having an upper opening and a cover releasably mounted to the upper opening of the main body. The cover includes a passage having an upper end communicated with outside and a lower end. A filter/receiver is mounted in the main body and attached to the cover. The lower end of the passage is communicated with the filter/receiver. The passage is provided for adding soybeans and water into the filter/receiver. A power device mounted in the cover. A driving shaft is mounted in the filter/receiver and has an upper end operably connected to and thus driven by the power device and a lower end to which several blades are attached. A heating element is provided for heating soybean juice as a result of breaking the soybeans by the blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Inventor: Young-Tsung Kao
  • Patent number: 6247393
    Abstract: The present invention proposes an apparatus for making soybean milk, wherein a cover body is connected to the opening of a container, and a fixing tank is extended form the cover body toward the inside of the container. A motor is installed in the fixing tank. A reaming blade is extended from the motor. A through passage is installed downwards from a position away from the center of the cover through the fixing tank to a cup-shaped component. A fixedly-joining device is installed at the inner edge of the opening of the cup-shaped component to be correspondingly joined with a fixedly-joined device installed at the bottom end of the peripheral surface of the fixing tank. The reaming blade is placed in the cup-shaped component. The periphery of the cup-shaped component is formed to be a filtering net. An electro-thermal tube is connected from the bottom edge of the cover into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventor: Kwei Tang Chang
  • Patent number: 6180153
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cheese block forming with vacuum separated tower sections is disclosed for use in producing large blocks of compressed cheese without having to halt delivery of cheese curd into the tower while discharging a block of cheese. The cheese block former has an upper tower section with an interior area for receiving a mixture of curd and whey under a negative pressure, and a lower tower section, also under a vacuum, for separating the whey from the mixture and pressing the remaining curd into a block of cheese. A vacuum separator is disposed between the upper and lower tower sections to allow the upper and lower sections to remain in fluid communication and, additionally, to allow different pressures therein. The vacuum separator thus provides for a continuous cheesemaking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Stoelting, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Palus, Blake A. Halderson
  • Patent number: 6152025
    Abstract: A structure and method is provided for absorbing excess fat from an environment including one or more fats insolubly combined in an aqueous solution mix. The structure includes a plurality of layers, at least one of which is formed from a preferentially fat-permeable, oleophilic material having a greater affinity for fat than for the aqueous solution. Preferably, the structure includes particular structural and topographic components that effectively enhance the inherent fat-affinity of the oleophilic material. The absorption structure is easily employed by introducing it into an environment such as a soup, broth, etc., having fat residing in an aqueous solution. The structure acts to attract and absorb at least a portion of the fat which can then be extracted from the solution. A process for forming the multi-layer absorption structure is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventors: Hal J. Oien, Robert L. Larson
  • Patent number: 6119589
    Abstract: An apparatus for obtaining cheese material from milk has an elongate trough (11) which is provided at its one end with a filling zone (16) and, at its other end, a discharge zone (19). The trough has an inner wall (12) which is transportable at least substantially continuously between the filling zone (16) and the discharge zone (19). The volume of the trough can be subdivided by a number of partition walls (31, 31') which are matched to the trough cross-section, which can be coupled to the inner wall (12), and which are movable jointly with the Latter into cells (32, 32') which follow one another in the longitudinal direction. A clamping device (41) is associated with each partition wall (31, 31') and permits the inner wall (12) of the trough, which consists of a flexible material, to be clamped with slight deformation about the region (34) of the periphery of the partition wall confronting it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: ALPMA Alpenland Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Gottfried Hain, Siegfried Durmeier, Johann Pypetz, Stefan Holzner
  • Patent number: 6079323
    Abstract: An inner vertically upright perforated conduit is concentric within an outer vertically upright conduit. The chamber between the conduits is separated by fluid impervious rings forming sub-chambers. Hot curd cooking water is injected into the various sub-chambers in controlled amounts through corresponding valves to provide cheese at 135.degree. F. at the bottom exit port of the cheese passageway formed by the inner conduit. The water and curd/cheese together form a pressure head of at least about 2 psi at the bottom of the conduits. Raw curd is fed in a continuous process to the top of the inner conduit producing finished cheese at the bottom without moving parts. A shredder at the bottom automatically shreds the cheese. The shredder includes a rotating blade with blow out apertures for ejecting shredded cheese from a fixed shredding plate. The shredded cheese is automatically cooled and salted in a single continuous process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Visvaldis Dzenis
  • Patent number: 5783245
    Abstract: A system for recovery of dairy product from a milk storage tank includes a recovery tank disposed to receive raw milk product from the storage tank, a fluid treatment section disposed to apply treated fluid to the storage tank to loosen residual milk solids from the storage tank and to provide a diluted milk fluid when the storage tank is emptied, and a filtering system disposed to receive the diluted milk fluid from the storage tank, filter the diluted milk fluid, and pass a treated fluid to the recovery tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: APV Crepaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert P. Simpson, II
  • Patent number: 5749287
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drainage pipe with perforations for draining whey from a whey/curd mass, in which the perforations are formed by small holes, and the hole size lies within the range 0.05-3 mm, while the hole density lies within the range 5-50,000 holes/cm.sup.2. Such a pipe is used in the preparation of cheese. In a drainage pipe which is provided with a large number of small holes, a larger part of the surface can be perforated, with the result that the drainage is more efficient. A natural counterpressure can be built up by varying the hole size and the hole density over the surface of the pipe, thus making expensive facilities for regulating the counterpressure unnecessary. The hole size and/or hole density can be varied in such a way over the surface of the pipe that the open surface increases from top to bottom. Various grid patterns are described for this.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Tebel-MKT B.V.
    Inventor: Frank Schouten
  • Patent number: 5706719
    Abstract: A device for moulding cheese includes a vessel (1), for containing a mixt of curds and serum, and a series of moulding cups (11), a distribution trough (3) into which mixture from the vessel (1) flows, and a hopper (5) including a row of openings (16) located above the series of moulding cups (11), and disposed at the distribution trough (3) outlet. A mechanism moves the hopper (5) and the series of moulding cups (11) in a horizontal direction relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Equipements Techniques des Industries Alimentaires et Connexes Tecnal
    Inventor: Alain Roumeau
  • Patent number: 5701809
    Abstract: A plant for continuously processing cheese mass (7) comprises a first substantially horizontal conveyor (1) conveying the cheese mass (7) in one direction and a second substantially horizontal conveyor (2) conveying the cheese mass (7) in the opposite direction. The second conveyor (2) is accommodated below the first conveyor (1) and is adapted to receive the cheese mass (7) from the exit end of the first conveyor via a guide plate (14) carrying the cheese mass obliquely downwards onto the second conveyor (2). Transferring means (8,10) are accommodated at the exit end of the first conveyor, said transferring means comprising guide surfaces (9,11) supporting the cheese mass (7) in a downwardly inclining path towards the guide plate (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: APV Pasilac A/S
    Inventor: Per Busk
  • Patent number: 5701810
    Abstract: The apparatus of the invention comprises three stages. The first stage extracts soy milk from soybean go, and comprises a cylindrical pot, a cylindrical filter for receiving go held within the pot, there being an annular gap between the filter and the pot, a wire cloth disk movable within the filter, the disk having a circumferential seal for sealing between the edges of the disk and the sides of the filter, and a press assembly for urging the disk downwardly within the filter, whereby soy milk is extracted from the go, passes through the filter and into the annular gap. The soy milk is cooked in the pot. A solidifier is added while a second stage of the apparatus of the invention creates a gentle turbulence within the soy milk. After the soybean curds are formed, the third stage of the invention compresses the curds into tofu. The third stage comprises a form having openings for escape of whey which fits within the pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Gary T. Nakai
  • Patent number: 5683733
    Abstract: A plant and a method of treating milk so as to obtain milk with a low content of spores and bacteria. In a centrifugation unit (4) the milk is separated into a cream fraction (CR) and a skim-milk fraction. The skim-milk fraction is separated in a microfiltration unit (8) into a spore and bacteria-containing retentate (R) and a permeate (P) with a low content of spores and bacteria. The cream fraction (CR) is sterilized in a sterilizing unit (16), and the sterilized cream (STCR) or a portion thereof is mixed with the permeate (P) into standardized milk. The retentate is recirculated to the centrifugation unit (4) which is of the type separating the material into the cream fraction (CR), the skim-milk fraction (SM), and furthermore a sludge fraction (SL). The plant and the method ensure a high microfiltration capacity and the cheese formation properties of the milk is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: APV Pasilac A/S
    Inventors: Erik Krabsen, Niels Ottosen, Lisbeth Knarrenborg
  • Patent number: 5669291
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating whey from a slurry-like material such as bean and dairy products, includes a screen, a jacket mantling the screen with a first space outside the screen and a second space inside the screen, wherein the first space provides a whey chamber of a size which allows the screen to be submerged in the whey staying therein after the whey is squeezed through the screen, a spiral screw rotatively housed in the screen, the blades of the screw being kept in contact with the wall surface of the screen such that the whey is prevented from reversely flowing; and a take-out port provided in the jacket so as to allow the whey in the first chamber to overflow therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Ii
  • Patent number: 5660396
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing element for forming a liquid-tight seal between two tubular elements running essentially parallel. The sealing element consists of positioning means which are in the form of a flange which is fixed to the inner element of the tubular elements and which is provided on its periphery with a groove which accommodates, in a slightly wedged fit, an endless element of flexible material sealing the groove. On the inside of the groove one or more supply apertures for a compressed medium are present. When the compressed medium is supplied, the endless element of flexible material is moved outwards against the outer element of the tubular elements, in order to form a liquid-tight seal between the two columns. The element can be manufactured simply and cheaply from commercially available materials. The element is also easy to remove from the positioning means and replace. If water is used as the compressed medium, in the event of leakage's, no damage is caused to the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Tebel--MKT B.V.
    Inventor: Frank Schouten
  • Patent number: 5630361
    Abstract: The present invention provides a plurality of two piece wear buttons that insert into the blade of a guillotine and protect the surface of the guillotine as it slide in U-shaped channels within a cheese block forming unit. Each wear button comprises a male portion and a female portion, each portion configured to fit into opposite sides of a through bore drilled in the surface of the guillotine blade. The male portion is provided with an outwardly tapered extension or neck which snaps into an inwardly tapered recess defined within a cylindrical member on the female portion of the button. Each portion is also provided with a lip such that when the male portion and the female portion are joined together within the through bore, the lips overlay the through bore and inhibits product from seeping into the through bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Stoelting, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Van Pay, Thomas L. Niermann, Blake A. Halderson
  • Patent number: 5591469
    Abstract: A process and system for controlling fat content in standardized milk and standardized cream. Whole milk is separated in a centrifuge into high-fat cream and low-fat milk. The high-fat cream leaving the centrifuge and the non-fat milk leaving the centrifuge are controlled to maintain the compositions of each constant. A portion of the high-fat cream is added to a portion of the non-fat milk to produce standardized milk and a portion of the non-fat milk is added to a portion of the high-fat cream to produce standardized cream. The fat content of the standardized cream is regulated by controlling the amount of the non-fat milk added to the high-fat cream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Zettier
  • Patent number: 5572925
    Abstract: Multiple columns of cheese curd are simultaneously compressed and cut into blocks of cheese by feeding curd into the top perforated tubular linings hanging freely within hollow towers, all towers positioned on a single, enclosed sanitary housing. A negative pressure is maintained in each tower to draw curd into the tower. Each pillar of curd is supported by a single guillotine blade closing off the bottom of all the towers and located within the sanitary housing. Each perforated, freely hanging lining is spaced apart from the wall of its tower to form a drainage passage for whey pressed out from the curd by the weight of the superimposed pillar. The guillotine blade is then withdrawn and each pillar of curd is lowered by an elevator into a cheese form positioned below each tower and within the housing. The guillotine blade is then returned to its closed position, so as to cut off a block of curd from each pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Stoelting, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Van Pay, Thomas L. Niermann, Blake A. Halderson