Apparatus for molding a strand of caramel candy
Method and apparatus for operating a conching device Patent #: 5156867
ApplicationNo. 181685 filed on 01/14/1994
US Classes:426/231, MEASURING, TESTING, OR CONTROLLING BY INANIMATE MEANS99/493, With condition-indicator425/140, Control means responsive to product weight or dimension425/141, Thickness425/145, Feed control of material en route to shaping area425/363, PRESS FORMING MEANS, PRESS RESHAPING MEANS, OR VULCANIZING MEANS IS ENDLESS SURFACE TYPE426/660Confection
ExaminersPrimary: Yeung, George
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesA23G 001/00
AbstractAn apparatus and method including controls for automatically controlling the operating speed of a candy forming machine to make candy pieces of the same size having uniform outer diameters. The candy forming machine itself includes a batch roller for rolling a batch of candy mass, a rope sizer for shaping and sizing the rolled candy mass into a candy rope, and a candy former for cutting and forming the candy rope into candy pieces. By monitoring the size of the candy mass in the batch roller, the machine automatically synchronizes both the speed of the rope sizer and the speed of the candy former to the rate at which candy is introduced into the batch roller. More specifically, the candy forming machine includes a mechanism for sensing a particular candy mass diameter in the batch roller and generating a corresponding signal to a speed control device. The speed control device is responsive to the respective signal generated by the sensing mechanism by either increasing, maintaining, or decreasing the speed of the candy former accordingly.
Field of SearchMEASURING, TESTING, OR CONTROLLING BY INANIMATE MEANS
Forming rod, strand, sheet, or filament
With cutting, or mechanically subdividing solid material, e.g., slicing, comminuting, slitting, etc.
Control means responsive to product weight or dimension
Feed control of material en route to shaping area
PRESS FORMING MEANS, PRESS RESHAPING MEANS, OR VULCANIZING MEANS IS ENDLESS SURFACE TYPE