US Patent No: 6,638,553

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System and method for monolayer alignment snack chip transfer

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The system and method for monolayer alignment snack chip transfer process a snack chip from a first to a second conveyor. By using a roll at the discharge of the toast oven conveyor that has a diameter that is substantially closer in size to the pickup roll of the second conveyor, mechanical devices for lifting the chips off of the toast oven conveyor can be avoided. Further, chip preforms' alignment in passing between the two conveyors is maintained.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.PLANO, TX442

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bell, Brian Keith Lewisville, TX 4 19
Chandler, Steven Theodore Lano, TX 7 47
Farabaugh, Eric P Plano, TX 4 19
Gold, Joseph H Dallas, TX 13 48
Klockenga, Terry Dale Plano, TX 6 30
McConn, John Curtis Bakersfield, CA 2 10
Orr, Daniel Eugene Addison, TX 15 49
Ouellette, Edward Leon Denton, TX 20 59
Robinson, Scott L Chicago, IL 6 119
Roel, Heinz Prosper, TX 2 10
Ruegg, Richard James Coppell, TX 19 50

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