Patent Number: 6,168,306

Title: Adapter member for connecting extruders

Abstract: A process and apparatus for processing polyvinylacetate and other similar ingredients of a gum base or chewing gum product are disclosed. The ingredient materials are separated into individual pieces by a lump breaker and conveyed through a pneumatic conveying system to a cyclone receiver and holding bin. A volumetric feeder feeds the material into a side feeder which in turn introduces and feeds the material to the main continuous extruder used for making the final gum base or gum product. A unique adapter with a curved outer end shape connects the side feeder to the main extruder internal bone which allows repair and/or modification of the side feeder without separating it from the main extruder.

Inventors: Degady; Marc (Morris Plains, NJ), Tebrinke; Kevin R. (Fort Madison, IA), Duggan; James A. (Machesney Park, IL), Filardo; Susan B. (Tuxedo, NY), Puri; Tony R. (Sparta, NJ), Upmann; Arthur W. (Rockton, IL)

Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company

International Classification: A23G 4/02 (20060101); A23G 4/00 (20060101); B29C 047/66 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018