(12) International Application Status Report

Received at International Bureau: 26 July 2018 (26.07.2018)

Information valid as of: 22 August 2018 (22.08.2018)

Report generated on: 19 August 2019 (19.08.2019)

(10) Publication number: (43) Publication date: (26) Publication language:
WO 2019/04588807 March 2019 (07.03.2019) English (EN)

(21) Application number: (22) Filing date: (25) Filing language:
PCT/US2018/04194013 July 2018 (13.07.2018) English (EN)

(31) Priority number(s): (32) Priority date(s): (33) Priority status:
15/691,270 (US)30 August 2017 (30.08.2017) Priority document received (in compliance with PCT Rule 17.1)

(51) International Patent Classification:
B65G 45/14 (2006.01); B65G 15/28 (2006.01)

(71) Applicant(s):
GENERAL MILLS, INC. [US/US]; Number One General Mills Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55426 (US) (for all designated states)

(72) Inventor(s):
STENVIK, Ralph, A.; 3010 Larch Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441 (US)
DADE, Bryan, M.; 2809 Robbins Street Minneapolis, MN 55410 (US)
MOEN, Molly; 13886 Darwin Way Rosemount, MN 55068 (US)

(74) Agent(s):
DIEDERIKS., Everett, G., Jr.; Diederiks & Whitelaw, PLC 13885 Hedgewood Drive, Suite 317 Woodbridge, VA 22193 (US)

(54) Title (EN): APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING FOOD PRODUCT FROM CONVEYOR BELT
(54) Title (FR): APPAREIL ET PROCÉDÉ DE SÉPARATION D'UN PRODUIT ALIMENTAIRE D'UNE BANDE TRANSPORTEUSE

(57) Abstract:
(EN): A food production apparatus includes a conveyor belt (105) and a wire scraper (115). The conveyor belt (105) supports and transports a food product (100-102). The wire scraper (115) includes a wire (160) and a motor (130). The wire (160) is located above and extends across the conveyor belt (105) to temporarily separate the food product (100-102) from the conveyor belt (105). Operation of the motor (130) causes the wire (160) to continuously cycle back and forth between 1) movement in a first direction (310) above and across the conveyor belt (105) and 2) movement in a second opposite direction (311) above and across the conveyor belt (105).
(FR): L'invention concerne un appareil de production d'aliments comprenant une bande transporteuse (105) et un racleur à fil (115). La bande transporteuse (105) supporte et transporte un produit alimentaire (100-102). Le racleur à fil (115) comprend un fil (160) et un moteur (130). Le fil (160) est situé au-dessus et s'étend à travers la bande transporteuse (105) pour séparer temporairement le produit alimentaire (100-102) de la bande transporteuse (105). Le fonctionnement du moteur (130) amène le fil (160) à effectuer en continu un mouvement de va-et-vient entre 1) un mouvement dans une première direction (310) au-dessus et à travers la bande transporteuse (105) et 2) un mouvement dans une seconde direction opposée (311) au-dessus et à travers la bande transporteuse (105).

International search report:
Received at International Bureau: 22 August 2018 (22.08.2018) [US]

International Report on Patentability (IPRP) Chapter II of the PCT:
Not available

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European Patent Office (EPO) : AL, AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, MK, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, SE, SI, SK, SM, TR
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) : BW, GH, GM, KE, LR, LS, MW, MZ, NA, RW, SD, SL, ST, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW
Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO) : AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, RU, TJ, TM