Food casing stuffing sizing control apparatus
Size control system for automatic sausage stuffing
Method and a device for automated manufacture of strings of sausages Patent #: 4625362
ApplicationNo. 07/039197 filed on 04/16/1987
US Classes:452/31, Automatic control452/37Sausage sizing and shaping
ExaminersPrimary: Abercrombie, Willie G.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesA22C 11/02 (20060101)
A22C 11/00 (20060101)
AbstractAn apparatus for controlling the stuffed casing diameter includes shoes which ride against the stuffed casing to monitor its diameter. These shoes drive a digital encoder which issues pulses representing deviations of the stuffed diameter from a predetermined nominal value. A microcomputer process these pulses and issues an appropriate control signal to a stepping motor for increasing and decreasing drag on the casing as may be needed to correct the stuffed diameter of the casing. The microcomputer can include a delay so that each stuffed product is the reference for establishing the drag characteristics of the next product to be stuffed.