Global Patent Index - EP 1318956 A2

EP 1318956 A2 2003-06-18 - SPIRAL IMMERSION CONVEYOR, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR USE

Title (en)

SPIRAL IMMERSION CONVEYOR, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR USE

Title (de)

SPIRALTAUCHFÖRDERER, SYSTEM UND VERFAHREN ZUR VERWENDUNG

Title (fr)

TRANSPORTEUR A VIS D'IMMERSION, SYSTEME, ET PROCEDE D'UTILISATION ASSOCIE

Publication

EP 1318956 A2 (EN)

Application

EP 01973101 A

Priority

  • US 0129046 W
  • US 23274800 P

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO0222470A2] An improved method of transporting materials or products for chilling or freezing comprising the use of a multi-tiered, spiral path conveyor belt capable of tight radial turning in a restricted area to immerse the materials or products into a tank containing a cooling fluid and circulating the cooling fluid past the material or product is presented. The materials or products may or may not undergo chemical preparation prior to immersion, depending on the type of materials or products to be chilled or frozen. The cooling fluid, which can be food-grade solute, is circulated past the material at a substantially constant predetermined velocity and temperature to freeze the material or product. The cooling fluid is preferably between -20 degrees centigrade and -30 degrees centigrade, and the velocity of the cooling fluid past the material is about 35 liters per minute per foot of cooling fluid through an area not greater than about 24 inches wide and 48 inches deep. Alternatively, the speed of the multi-tiered, spiral path conveyor belt can be adjusted to increase or decrease the rate of immersion of the materials or products into the cooling fluid. All components of the multi-tiered, spiral path conveyor belt can be constructed of food-grade plastics.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

B65G 17/08; B65G 21/18; B65G 49/04; F25D 25/04

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

B65G 17/08 (2006.01); B65G 17/46 (2006.01); B65G 21/18 (2006.01); F25D 13/06 (2006.01); F25D 25/04 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

B65G 17/086 (2013.01); B65G 17/46 (2013.01); B65G 21/18 (2013.01); F25D 13/065 (2013.01); F25D 25/04 (2013.01); B65G 2201/02 (2013.01); B65G 2201/06 (2013.01); B65G 2207/24 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 0222470A3

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE TR

EPO simple patent family

WO 0222470 A2 20020321; WO 0222470 A3 20030213; WO 0222470 A9 20030821; AU 9271601 A 20020326; CA 2422077 A1 20020321; EP 1318956 A2 20030618

INPADOC legal status


2005-08-24 [18D] APPLICATION DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20050216

2004-01-02 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Effective date: 20031114

2003-09-17 [RAP1] TRANSFER OF RIGHTS OF AN APPLICATION

- Owner name: SUPACHILL TECHNOLOGIES PTY LTD

2003-09-17 [RAP1] TRANSFER OF RIGHTS OF AN APPLICATION

- Owner name: WOOD, BRIAN

2003-09-17 [RAP1] TRANSFER OF RIGHTS OF AN APPLICATION

- Owner name: ROSELLI, ROBIN

2003-09-17 [RAP1] TRANSFER OF RIGHTS OF AN APPLICATION

- Owner name: WILSON, CHRIS

2003-06-18 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20030331

2003-06-18 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE TR

2003-06-18 [AX] REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT TO:

- Countries: AL LT LV MK RO SI