Patent Number: 6,305,184

Title: Cooling tunnel for eggs

Abstract: A cooling tunnel defining a housing with a cooling chamber therein with an entrance opening to allow eggs traveling upon a conveyor to enter the cooling chamber and an exit opening to allow the eggs to exit therefrom. A conveyor extends throughout the cooling chamber continuously from the entrance opening to the exit opening to convey eggs therethrough. A cooling device is defined within the housing for supplying air through a cooling air inlet conduit to the cooling chamber and a cooling air outlet conduit is provided for receiving air from the cooling chamber and providing this air to the cooling device to facilitate further cooling thereof. The cooling chamber may include cooler air in the lower regions thereof to facilitate cooling of the eggs as desired and the conveyor may be angled such as to incline downwardly or upwardly within the cooling chamber such that it can coil around upon itself to keep the eggs within the cooling chamber for a longer period of time while traveling through the egg processing system to facilitate cooling thereof.

Inventors: Kuhl; Jeffrey B. (Flemington, NJ)


International Classification: A23B 5/04 (20060101); A23B 5/00 (20060101); A23L 3/36 (20060101); F25D 13/00 (20060101); F25D 13/06 (20060101); F25D 25/04 (20060101); F25D 25/00 (20060101); F25D 025/04 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018