System and Method for Breaking Sheets of Frozen Pizza into Individual Pieces

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United States of America Patent

APP PUB NO 20170251678A1
SERIAL NO

15057501

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A system and method for breaking a sheet of frozen pizza into individual pieces for packaging is disclosed. In an embodiment, the frozen pizza sheet includes five individual pieces separated by frangible lines. The breaking process includes a first step, wherein two end pieces are broken off by a first breaking mechanism, and a second step, wherein two additional end pieces are broken off a remainder of the frozen pizza sheet by a second breaking mechanism arranged downstream of the first breaking mechanism. In preferred embodiments, each breaking mechanism includes multiple holding wheels and multiple camming wheel rotatably mounted on a common driven axle.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
GENERAL MILLS, INC.MINNEAPOLIS, MN575

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Erickson, Robert Crystal, US 33 475
Fee, Lily Leung St. Anthony, US 2 0
Hall, Anita J Bloomington, US 2 0
Huffman, Darin T Minneapolis, US 1 0
McCalley, Rodney Eden Prairie, US 2 0
Reishus, Terry G Eagan, US 7 69
Schoo, Steve J Maple Grove, US 1 0
Stenvik, Ralph A Plymouth, US 9 4

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
NESTEC S.A. (1)
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CORNING INCORPORATED (1)
* 2014/0130,552 SEPARATION APPARATUSES FOR SEPARATING SHEETS OF BRITTLE MATERIAL AND METHODS FOR SEPARATING SHEETS OF BRITTLE MATERIAL 0 2012
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