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Sorter

A method and system for sorting workpieces, such as chicken nuggets. The sorting system includes a conveyor system that advances in a forward direction and one or more blow off bars positioned over the conveyor system. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Loader for aircraft

An aircraft loader (54) includes an upper loading platform (50) and an underlying frame (52) with the frame utilizing the bogey suspension system (60), as well as carrying auxiliary lift system (400) at the rearward end thereof for assisting in the initial lifting of the platform relative to the frame. Powered roller assemblies (100,110,120, and 130), composed of hollow drive shafts, may be conveniently assembled and disassembled from the underside of loading platform (50). ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Commercial scale sous-vide system and method

A commercial-scale sous-vide system (10) includes a conveyor (20) for carrying food products (fp) vacuum sealed in plastic food-grade pouch or container (222) through a chamber (40) heated with saturated steam. The conveyor is in the form of first and second spiral stacks (26) and (28). ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Spiral conveyor thermal processing system

The conveyor belt (24) of an oven system and apparatus (20) is configured into ascending and descending spiral stacks (26) and (28) to define a central cylindrical channel (62). A pair of upper and lower fans (130) and (132) are positioned within the central channel (62) to circulate thermal processing fluid in upper and lower circuits vertically through the spiral stacks and also laterally toward the inlet of the fans (130) and (132) to set up upper and lower thermal processing zones in the spiral stacks and circulation routes for the cooking medium through the spiral stacks.. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Methods for calibrating portioning apparatus

The calibrating system 100 includes a conveyance system 102 for carrying work products 104 arranged in multiple lanes extending along the conveyor to be trimmed and/or cut into portions p. A scanner 110 scans the work product and a cutter system 120 consisting of one or more cutters are arranged in an array or series of cutter assemblies for cutting the work products into end pieces p of desired sizes or other physical parameters. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Method and system for portioning workpieces using reference shape as a directly controlled characteristic

A method and system are provided for automatically portioning workpieces, such as food products, by simulating portioning the workpieces in accordance with the one or more desired shapes of the final piece(s) as a directly controlled physical characteristic (parameter/specification) as well as one or more resulting indirectly controlled physical characteristics (parameters/specifications). The desired shape(s) of the final piece(s) are defined by a plurality of manipulatable reference coordinates. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Automated guided vehicle system

Agvs receive instructions regarding tasks to be performed via localized wireless i/o communication devices (604) onboard the agvs from localized wireless communications units (600) positioned about the facility, for example, at conveyors (202). The wireless communications units (600) utilize i/o devices (604) which have a limited range so as to be truly localized in their operation. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Macerator having automated roller spacing control

The present invention is a processing device, such as a macerator for use in processing various types of food products, that includes an automatic adjustment mechanism for adjusting the position of a roller disposed within the macerator. The mechanism includes a controller operably connected to a motor that can move the roller within the macerator to vary the position of the roller with respect to another roller located in the macerator. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Radio frequency processing apparatus and method

In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a radio frequency (rf) generator that is to generate a rf signal, first and second electrodes, and an impedance match module in series between the rf generator and the first electrode. The rf generator detects reflected power from the rf signal applied to a load electrically coupled between the first and second electrodes to change a temperature of the load, the rf signal to be applied to the load until the reflected power reaches a particular value.. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Multiple power topologies from single power generator

A power unit for producing both alternating current and direct current includes a switcher connected to a direct current source, wherein the switcher includes circuitry configured to produce both alternating current having first characteristics and direct current having second characteristics, wherein the circuitry comprises a plurality of insulated gate bipolar transistor circuits and drive circuits connected to the insulated gate bipolar transistor circuits. The switcher may receive variable voltage and frequency or constant voltage and frequency. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Integrated mobile ground support system for servicing aircraft

An integrated mobile ground support system 10 includes a wheeled cart 12 on which is mounted a power plant 14 to power an air compressor 16 to provide bleed air to an aircraft. The power plant 14 also powers an electrical generator 22, the output of which is controlled and converted to ac and/or dc power to meet the power requirements of the aircraft. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Sorter

A method and system for sorting workpieces, such as chicken nuggets. The sorting system includes a conveyor system that advances in a forward direction and one or more blow off bars positioned over the conveyor system. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Roller brush mounting assembly

A mounting assembly 10 for mounting a roller brush 12 onto an operating apparatus includes a mounting structure 14 configured to be mountable on the operating apparatus. The mounting structure has a through hole for receiving an idle shaft 16 that is sized to be engageable within a blind hole 42 formed in the adjacent end hub 32 of the brush 12. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

Roller brush mounting assembly

A mounting assembly 100 for mounting a roller brush 12 onto a cleaning apparatus includes a mounting flange 102 and an end cap 104 interconnected together by extension springs 176 spanning therebetween. An idle shaft 106 is slidably mounted in the mounting flange 102 by a bearing interface 108. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

10/12/17 / #20170290358

System and method for automated, continuous high temperature sterilization and filling of food products

An automated, unmanned continuous system (200) for packaging flowable food products at elevated temperatures and pressures includes an upstream thermal processing station (202) to heat the food products and direct the heated food products to a pressurized unmanned filling station (204), whereat containers (242) are filled with the heated food products within a pressurized housing (232), and then transported to a pressurized and unmanned sealing station (206) where the containers are sealed with a lid or cover (283) within a pressurized housing (282). Thereafter, the filled and sealed containers (242) are routed from the pressurized housing (282) through a pressurized transfer tube or passageway (208) for further processing at a downstream thermal processing station (210).. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

09/07/17 / #20170251801

Rotary brush washing apparatus and method

An apparatus for washing and sanitizing elongate rotary brushes used for cleaning fruit, produce, and other food products includes a cylindrical housing (14), within which is installed a carrier assembly (16) for supporting the rotary brushes (12) to revolve around the interior of the housing and also to simultaneously spin the rotary brushes about their individual longitudinal axis (18). The interior of the housing is divided into separate zones for carrying out the steps of the cleaning and sanitation process. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

08/03/17 / #20170217044

Rotatable manifold cutter for use in portioning

Portioning system 10 includes a scanner 200 for scanning work products 13 being carried on the conveyor 12. A cutter system 17 includes an array or manifold cutter 18 and single cutter 19 for cutting the work products into desired sized end pieces. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

08/03/17 / #20170215459

Retort fluid suction system

A fluid suction system for a retort having a vessel with a vessel length, pooled fluid at a bottom of the vessel defining a fluid surface level, and an outlet placing the vessel in fluid communication with a pump includes an elongated manifold for placement along the bottom of the vessel in fluid communication with the outlet. The pooled fluid flows into and through the manifold when the pooled fluid is suctioned by the pump, and the fluid surface level of the pooled fluid remains substantially even along at least a portion of the vessel length as the pooled fluid is suctioned by the pump.. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

07/27/17 / #20170212506

Optimization of blade portioner cutting speed

A method and system (10) are provided for automatically portioning workpieces (14) using a rotating blade (22) passing through narrow gap (20) formed between the ends of adjacent conveyors (12) and (18). A scanning system (16) scans the workpieces (14) to physically characterize the workpieces and control the operation of the blade (22), including its rotational speed. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

07/27/17 / #20170210569

Gap adjustment assembly for blade portioner conveyors

An automatic blade and conveyor gap adjustment assembly for a blade portioning conveyor machine having a blade assembly and a conveyor assembly with an infeed conveyor and an outfeed conveyor includes a blade adjustment assembly suitable for moving the blade assembly between at least first and second positions relative to the conveyor assembly and a first automatic conveyor gap adjustment assembly. The first automatic conveyor gap adjustment assembly is configured to define a first gap between an interior nose of the infeed conveyor and an interior nose of the outfeed conveyor to correspond to the first position of the blade assembly, and it is configured to define a second gap between the interior nose of the infeed conveyor and the interior nose of the outfeed conveyor to correspond to the second position of the blade assembly.. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

07/27/17 / #20170210025

Disposable cutting blade for blade portioner and mounting system for blade

An elongated blade (22) is mountable to a mounting assembly (29) of a portioning apparatus (10). The blade (22) uniformly tapers from the heel (70) to the tip (72) of the blade and is substantially straight along its entire length. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

07/27/17 / #20170210023

Blade portioner calibration

Calibrating the operation of a cutter used in a portioning system to cut workpieces into portions, wherein the workpiece is carried along a driven conveyance device past a scanner and then to a cutting apparatus. The calibration method employs a correction algorithm to correct for variables or limitations in the condition of one or more components of the portioning system and/or variations or limitations in the operation or operational capabilities of the portioning system. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

07/13/17 / #20170198732

High speed jet blocker with readily replaceable blocking material

A blocker apparatus (20) for blocking a stream (22) of high-pressure fluid includes a blocking member in the form of a sphere or ball (30), or a rod (160) receivable within a partially surrounding seat (34/162) at the forward end of a seat carrier (40) to rotate in the seat. The seat carrier (40) is extended and retracted by an actuator (32) to place the blocking member within the path of the stream (22) and/or remove the blocking member from the path of the high-pressure stream. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170167658

Roller brush mounting assembly

A mounting assembly 10 for mounting a roller brush 12 onto a cleaning apparatus includes a mounting housing 14 configured to be mountable on the cleaning apparatus. The mounting housing has a through hole for receiving an idle shaft 16 that is sized to be engageable within a blind hole 42 formed in the adjacent end hub 32 of the brush 12. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170127706

Temperature treatment apparatus and method for solidifying portions of fluid

The present invention relates to a temperature treatment apparatus (1) for solidifying portions of fluid. The apparatus comprises an endless product conveyor belt (7) comprising a plurality of moulds (8) made of elastic material, each of the plurality of moulds having an open end and each of the plurality of moulds being arranged to convey a portion of fluid during solidifying of the same, a first impingement temperature treatment device (4) arranged in a first temperature treatment zone (a), a second impingement temperature treatment device (5) arranged in a second temperature treatment zone (b), wherein the first temperature treatment zone is arranged upstream the second temperature treatment zone with regard to a direction of movement of the portions of fluid during use of the apparatus, wherein the first temperature treatment zone is arranged to solidify a crust on the portions of fluid at least on a surface of the fluid closest to the open end of the moulds when the moulds comprising portions of fluid are conveyed through the first temperature treatment zone, and wherein the second temperature treatment zone is arranged to further solidify each portion of foodstuffs such that at least partly solidified portions are formed when the moulds comprising portions of fluid are conveyed through the second temperature treatment zone.. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

04/20/17 / #20170108855

System and method for assessment of a workpiece in a continuous flow process

A system for measuring physical properties of a workpiece in motion which includes a conveyance assembly for conveying the workpiece, a scanning assembly for scanning the workpiece, and a measurement assembly for measuring at least one physical property of the workpiece while the workpiece is in motion.. . ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

03/23/17 / #20170082300

Impingement oven

An impingement oven (40) includes an upper housing structure (46) forming the exterior of the upper half of the impingement oven and a lower housing structure (48) to mate with the upper housing structure. An interior impingement housing (62) is positioned interior to the upper and lower housing structures (46) and (48). ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

03/16/17 / #20170072076

Carriers for processing pouches and other irregular containers and objects

A carrier for processing a container in a thermal processing system includes a carrier body having an exterior configured to roll in the thermal processing system. The container includes a container body extending between first and second container ends. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170042166

Massaging press roller

A massaging press roller for tenderizing a food product includes a shaft and at least one roller element disposed on the shaft. The at least one roller element is configured to impart a pulsating pounding action on a food product.. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170020170

Spray retort system

A spray retort system includes a vessel having an interior and a load defined by at least one paperboard container. The at least one paperboard container comprises a body having a top end, a bottom end, and an exposed edge, and the load is positionable within the interior of the vessel. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170016624

Systems and methods for adjusting oven cooking zones

A bidirectional flow system for a cooking oven in accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure includes an oven chamber having a first cooking zone in fluid communication with a second cooking zone, the oven chamber having at least a floor, a ceiling, and a mezzanine for dividing the first and second cooking zones; a gas circulation system for supplying gaseous cooking medium initially to either of the first or second cooking zone; and a return assembly for receiving returned gaseous cooking medium, wherein the return assembly includes a plurality of louvers movable between a first position and second position to receive returned gaseous cooking medium from the other of the first or second cooking zone. Systems and methods for adjusting cooking zones in an oven are also provided.. ... John Bean Technologies Corporation








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