System and method for bottom coating food products

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 9826762
APP PUB NO 20160143325A1
SERIAL NO

14894677

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A product conveying and coating system includes at least first and second, sequentially arranged conveyor belts, with at least the second conveyor belt being a solid belt. Interposed in a gap between the first and second belts is a dispenser head of a coating manifold. The dispenser head spans the gap between upper surface portions of the first and second conveyor belts, with an elongated side wall outlet portion of the dispenser head being exposed, in a downstream direction of the overall conveyor unit, to the upper surface of the second conveyor belt. The system provides for dispensing of coating material directly onto the second, solid conveyor belt and enrobing at least bottom and partial side portions of food products upon the solid belt. Provisions are made for scraping from the solid belt, removing from the coated food products and recycling excess coating material.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
GENERAL MILLS, INC.MINNEAPOLIS, MN576

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Harder, Zachary Crystal, US 10 4
Heinzen, Thomas E Burnsville, US 7 84

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