Patent Number: 6,305,149

Title: Method and apparatus for packaging meat

Abstract: A method for packaging meat involves the steps of evacuating air entrained in the meat or between the meat and tray at a station prior to the packaging covering station. When a rotary conveyor is used, this may involve an additional station. However, parallel processing allows low oxygen contents to be achieved inside packages containing food products, which naturally include entrained air, without unduly extending processing time.

Inventors: Gorlich; Michael P. (Hilton Head Island, SC), McPherson, Jr.; Robert F. (Hilton Head Island, SC)

Assignee: Marlen Research Corporation

International Classification: B26D 7/10 (20060101); B26F 3/06 (20060101); B26F 3/08 (20060101); B26D 7/14 (20060101); B26D 7/08 (20060101); B65B 25/06 (20060101); B65D 77/10 (20060101); B65B 61/00 (20060101); B65B 57/02 (20060101); B65D 77/20 (20060101); B65B 61/28 (20060101); B65D 77/30 (20060101); B65B 31/02 (20060101); B65D 51/18 (20060101); B65D 81/20 (20060101); B65B 25/00 (20060101); B65D 77/22 (20060101); B65B 007/28 (); B65B 051/10 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018