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1. (WO2019045888) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING FOOD PRODUCT FROM CONVEYOR BELT
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CLAIMS

1. A food production apparatus comprising:

a conveyor belt configured to support and transport a food product; and

a wire scraper including:

a wire located above and extending across the conveyor belt, wherein the wire scraper is configured to temporarily separate the food product from the conveyor belt with the wire; and

a motor, wherein the wire scraper is configured such that operation of the motor causes the wire to continuously cycle back and forth in an operational path including 1) movement in a first direction above and across the conveyor belt and 2) movement in a second, opposite direction above and across the conveyor belt.

2. The food production apparatus of claim 1, wherein the wire scraper is configured such that the operational path is an elliptical path.

3. The food production apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the wire scraper further includes a frame configured to hold the wire, and operation of the motor causes the frame to continuously cycle back and forth between 1) movement in a first direction above and across the conveyor belt and 2) movement in a second, opposite direction above and across the conveyor belt.

4. The food production apparatus of claim 3, wherein the wire scraper further includes a camshaft and a connecting link, operation of the motor causes rotation of the camshaft, rotation of the camshaft causes movement of the connecting link, and movement of the connecting link causes movement of the frame.

5. The food production apparatus of claim 3, wherein the wire has a first end directly coupled to the frame and a second, opposite end directly coupled to the frame.

6. The food production apparatus of claim 3, wherein the frame is removably coupled to the wire scraper.

7. The food production apparatus of claim 6, wherein the wire scraper further includes a pin and a first hole, the frame includes a second hole, and the pin is removably received in the first and second holes to removably couple the frame to the wire scraper.

8. The food production apparatus of claim 3, wherein the frame includes a spindle, the wire is directly coupled to the spindle, and the spindle is configured such that rotation of the spindle adjusts the tension of the wire.

9. The food production apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the wire scraper is configured to selectively move the wire between an in-use position, where the food product passes over the wire, and a service position, where the food product passes under the wire.

10. The food production apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the wire scraper further includes a roller configured to support the conveyor belt as the conveyor belt passes through the wire scraper.

1 1. A method of separating a food product from a conveyor belt, the method comprising: supporting and transporting the food product upon the conveyor belt;

temporarily separating the food product from the conveyor belt with a wire of a wire scraper, wherein the wire is located above and extends across the conveyor belt; and

operating a motor of the wire scraper to cause the wire to continuously cycle back and forth in an operational path including 1 ) movement in a first direction above and across the conveyor belt and 2) movement in a second, opposite direction above and across the conveyor belt.

12. The method of claim 1 1 , wherein the operational path is an elliptical path.

13. The method of claim 1 1 , wherein the wire scraper further includes a frame configured to hold the wire, and operation of the motor causes the frame to continuously cycle back and forth between 1 ) movement in a first direction above and across the conveyor belt and 2) movement in a second, opposite direction above and across the conveyor belt.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the wire scraper further includes a camshaft and a connecting link, operation of the motor causes rotation of the camshaft, rotation of the camshaft causes movement of the connecting link, and movement of the connecting link causes movement of the frame.

15. The method of claim 13, further comprising:

directly coupling a first end of the wire to the frame; and

directly coupling a second, opposite end of the wire to the frame.

16. The method of claim 13, further comprising removably coupling the frame to the wire scraper.

17. The method of claim 16, wherein removably coupling the frame to the wire scraper includes inserting a pin of the wire scraper into a first hole of the wire scraper and a second hole of the frame.

18. The method of claim 13, wherein the frame includes a spindle, and the wire is directly coupled to the spindle, the method further comprising adjusting the tension of the wire by rotating the spindle.

19. The method of claim 1 1 , further comprising moving the wire from an in-use position, where the food product passes over the wire, to a service position, where the food product passes under the wire.

20. The method of claim 1 1 , further comprising supporting the conveyor belt with a roller of the wire scraper as the conveyor belt passes through the wire scraper.