Patent Number: 6,308,529

Title: Poultry chiller with open auger

Abstract: Poultry is chilled by moving the birds with an auger in one direction and chilled water in the opposite direction. The auger that moves the birds has a segmented auger blade (23) formed with a series of blade segments (24) which overlap one another along the auger shaft (22) and define water passages (26) therebetween. A grill (36) is positioned in the passages. The water passages permit movement of chilled water through the tank, and the offset edges of adjacent auger blade segments, together with the water movement, causes a tumbling and reorientation of the birds as they are chilled and conveyed through the tank.

Inventors: Bass; Gregory T. (Clayton, NC)

Assignee: Morris & Associates, Inc.

International Classification: A23B 4/06 (20060101); A23B 4/09 (20060101); A22C 21/00 (20060101); B65G 33/00 (20060101); B65G 33/30 (20060101); F28F 5/00 (20060101); F28F 5/06 (20060101); F25D 13/00 (20060101); F25D 13/06 (20060101); F25D 003/12 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018