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1. (WO2017151564) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BREAKING SHEETS OF FROZEN PIZZA INTO INDIVIDUAL PIECES

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/151564    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/019856
Publication Date: Sat Sep 09 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Wed Mar 01 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: A21C 11/10
A21C 3/10
A21C 5/00
A21C 5/08
A21C 7/06
A21C 9/00
A21C 9/08
Applicants: GENERAL MILLS, INC.
Inventors: ERICKSON, Robert
FEE, Lily, Leung
HALL, Anita, J.
HUFFMAN, Darin, T.
MCCALLEY, Rodney
REISHUS, Terry, G.
SCHOO, Steve, J.
STENVIK, Ralph, A.
Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BREAKING SHEETS OF FROZEN PIZZA INTO INDIVIDUAL PIECES
Abstract:
A system and method for breaking a sheet (200) of frozen pizza into individual pieces (201a-201e) for packaging is disclosed. In an embodiment, the frozen pizza sheet (200) includes five individual pieces (201a-201e) separated by frangible lines (202a-202d). The breaking process includes a first step, wherein two end pieces (201a, 201e) are broken off by a first breaking mechanism (306), and a second step, wherein two additional end pieces (201b, 201d) are broken off a remainder of the frozen pizza sheet (200) by a second breaking mechanism (307) arranged downstream of the first breaking mechanism (306). In preferred embodiments, each breaking mechanism (306; 307) includes multiple holding wheels (301a-301 e; 308a-308c) and multiple camming wheel (302a, 302b; 309a, 309b) rotatably mounted on a common driven axle (305; 312).