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1. (WO2019028043) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT AND INSPECTION OF PRODUCE
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Pub. No.: WO/2019/028043 International Application No.: PCT/US2018/044633
Publication Date: 07.02.2019 International Filing Date: 31.07.2018
IPC:
B65G 39/20 (2006.01) ,A23B 7/16 (2006.01) ,A23N 12/00 (2006.01) ,A23N 12/02 (2006.01) ,A23N 12/06 (2006.01) ,A23N 15/00 (2006.01)
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
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CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
G
TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
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Rollers, e.g. drive rollers, or arrangements thereof incorporated in roller-ways or other types of mechanical conveyers
10
Arrangements of rollers
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attached to moving belts or chains
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
23
FOODS OR FOODSTUFFS; THEIR TREATMENT, NOT COVERED BY OTHER CLASSES
B
PRESERVING, e.g. BY CANNING, MEAT, FISH, EGGS, FRUIT, VEGETABLES, EDIBLE SEEDS; CHEMICAL RIPENING OF FRUIT OR VEGETABLES; THE PRESERVED, RIPENED, OR CANNED PRODUCTS
7
Preservation or chemical ripening of fruit or vegetables
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Coating with a protective layer; Compositions or apparatus therefor
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
23
FOODS OR FOODSTUFFS; THEIR TREATMENT, NOT COVERED BY OTHER CLASSES
N
MACHINES OR APPARATUS FOR TREATING HARVESTED FRUIT, VEGETABLES, OR FLOWER BULBS IN BULK, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; PEELING VEGETABLES OR FRUIT IN BULK; APPARATUS FOR PREPARING ANIMAL FEEDING-STUFFS
12
Machines for cleaning, blanching, drying or roasting fruits or vegetables, e.g. coffee, cocoa, nuts
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
23
FOODS OR FOODSTUFFS; THEIR TREATMENT, NOT COVERED BY OTHER CLASSES
N
MACHINES OR APPARATUS FOR TREATING HARVESTED FRUIT, VEGETABLES, OR FLOWER BULBS IN BULK, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; PEELING VEGETABLES OR FRUIT IN BULK; APPARATUS FOR PREPARING ANIMAL FEEDING-STUFFS
12
Machines for cleaning, blanching, drying or roasting fruits or vegetables, e.g. coffee, cocoa, nuts
02
for washing or blanching
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
23
FOODS OR FOODSTUFFS; THEIR TREATMENT, NOT COVERED BY OTHER CLASSES
N
MACHINES OR APPARATUS FOR TREATING HARVESTED FRUIT, VEGETABLES, OR FLOWER BULBS IN BULK, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; PEELING VEGETABLES OR FRUIT IN BULK; APPARATUS FOR PREPARING ANIMAL FEEDING-STUFFS
12
Machines for cleaning, blanching, drying or roasting fruits or vegetables, e.g. coffee, cocoa, nuts
06
for washing or blanching, combined with subsequent drying
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
23
FOODS OR FOODSTUFFS; THEIR TREATMENT, NOT COVERED BY OTHER CLASSES
N
MACHINES OR APPARATUS FOR TREATING HARVESTED FRUIT, VEGETABLES, OR FLOWER BULBS IN BULK, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; PEELING VEGETABLES OR FRUIT IN BULK; APPARATUS FOR PREPARING ANIMAL FEEDING-STUFFS
15
Machines or apparatus for other treatment of fruits or vegetables for human purposes; Machines or apparatus for topping or skinning flower bulbs
Applicants:
APEEL TECHNOLOGY, INC. [US/US]; 71 South Los Carneros Road Goleta, CA 93117, US
Inventors:
HOLLAND, Chance; US
PATTERSON, Claire; US
VAN BLARIGAN, Louis; US
SPURLING, Edwin, William; US
ARONSON, Matthew, Taylor; US
GAUDIOSO, Matthew, Dominick; US
Agent:
ULLSPERGER, Christian, J.; US
BAILEY, F., Pinar; US
BECKER, Daniel, M.; US
SEQUEIRA, Antonia, L.; US
SHUSTER, Michael, J.; US
Priority Data:
62/539,15231.07.2017US
Title (EN) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT AND INSPECTION OF PRODUCE
(FR) APPAREIL ET PROCÉDÉ POUR LE TRAITEMENT ET L'INSPECTION DE PRODUITS
Abstract:
(EN) Described herein are conveyor systems and application units which can be used to transport and simultaneously treat, or to facilitate treatment and inspection of produce, agricultural products, or other items. The conveyor systems and application units can be configured to allow products to be simultaneously rotated as they are moved along a packing line, which can facilitate the uniform application of spray coatings and/or allow the products to be uniformly blow dried while they are moved. Exemplary conveyor systems and application units can include a bed formed of a plurality of rollers and a rotation inducing device that causes the rollers to rotate while they are laterally transported, thereby causing the products lying on top of the bed to rotate during transport.
(FR) L'invention concerne des systèmes transporteurs et des unités d'application qui peuvent être utilisés pour transporter et traiter simultanément, ou pour faciliter le traitement et l'inspection de produits, de produits agricoles ou d'autres articles. Les systèmes transporteurs et les unités d'application peuvent être configurés pour permettre à des produits d'être amenés à tourner de manière simultanée lorsqu'ils avancent le long d'une chaîne de conditionnement, ce qui peut faciliter l'application uniforme de revêtements par pulvérisation et/ou permettre aux produits d'être séchés uniformément par soufflage au cours de leur avancée. Des exemples de systèmes transporteurs et d'unités d'application peuvent comprendre un lit formé d'une pluralité de rouleaux et un dispositif d'entraînement en rotation qui amène les rouleaux à tourner tandis qu'ils sont transportés latéralement, ce qui amène les produits placés au-dessus du lit à tourner pendant le transport.
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)