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1. WO2011010912 - DEVICE AMD METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A FOOD ROLL

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CLAIMS

1. Device for manufacturing a food roll, comprising:

- a substantially rectangular mat fixed at a main end for the purpose of rolling a up quantity of filling material, such as rice, in a roll-up direction with a casing material optionally placed thereunder, such as a sheet of seaweed;

- a lifting member for lifting a part of the mat locally over the width of the mat;

- two guide members which can be arranged on either side of the mat for guiding the lifting member during the forward movement,

- wherein the two guide members are adapted to guide the lifting member in the roll-up direction via a determined path, this path comprising at least during use:

- an enclosing section running from a starting point to a lower-lying end point so that, as the lifting member moves through the enclosing section, the filling material and the optionally present casing material are substantially enclosed by the mat;

- a rolling section running from the end point of the enclosing section to an end point lying further away relative to the main end of the mat so that, as the lifting member moves through the rolling section, the filling material and the optionally present casing material are rolled up by the mat, so creating the food roll (72);

- a release section running from the end point of the rolling section to an end point at a higher location so that, when the lifting member moves through the release section, the food roll is released by the mat.

2. Device as claimed in claim 1, the enclosing section comprising:

- a substantially horizontal section;

- a downward running section.

3. Device as claimed in claim 2, wherein the enclosing section comprises two downward running sections which are connected to a substantially horizontal section.

4. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the rolling section comprises a substantially horizontal section.

5. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the release section comprises an upward running section.

6. Device as claimed in one or more of the fore-going claims, wherein the release section comprises a further section running from the highest point of the upward running section to a point which is as high or lower.

7. Device as claimed in one or more of the fore-going claims, wherein a handling member is arranged at both outer ends of the lifting member for the purpose of manual advance of the lifting member in the roll-up direction.

8. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein each of the two guide members comprises a side wall provided with a slot in the form of said path.

9. Device as claimed in claim 8, wherein the device comprises a substantially rectangular bottom wall which mutually connects the side walls.

10. Device as claimed in claim 9, wherein the side walls can be uncoupled from the bottom wall.

11. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the mat is flexible in the roll-up direction.

12. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the mat is more flexible in the roll-up direction than in a direction perpendicularly of the roll-up direction.

13. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the guide members comprise metal or plastic.

14. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the mat is flexible in a length direction.

15. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the mat is not flexible in width direction, or hardly so.

16. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the mat comprises parallel pieces of bamboo connected at multiple positions with a thread.

17. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the mat is fixed at a first side in the device.

18. Device as claimed in claim 17, wherein the mat is fixed at the first side or is held at a determined height relative to an underside of the device.

19. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the lifting member comprises an elongate rod which, at least in use, protrudes through both guide members.

20. Device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, wherein the lifting member comprises a roller arranged rotatably relative to the mat.

21. Method for manufacturing a food roll, com-prising of:

- providing a device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims;

- setting the device in a starting position, wherein the lifting member is situated at the beginning of the enclosing section, wherein the mat runs from the main end over the lifting member, then steeply downward and subsequently substantially horizontally to a front side of the device;

- placing a quantity of filling material, such as rice, and optionally a casing material and optionally ingredients, on the substantially horizontal part of the mat in the vicinity of the steep part of the mat;

- moving the lifting member from the starting position to an end position where the lifting member has arrived at the end of the release section.