Patent Number: 7,708,545

Title: Parts cooler

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for integrated curing and cooling of golf ball cores. A plate die is used to separate hot golf ball cores from a post-mold matrix. The hot golf ball cores are held in an insulated unit to maintain the elevated temperature of the golf ball cores to achieve additional curing or cross-linking. The hot, cured golf ball cores are then passed through a cooling section where ambient, turbulent air is passed over the golf ball cores to achieve the desired level of cooling. The cooled golf ball cores are delivered to a pneumatic delivery system for additional processing. A cueing hopper is also provided between the insulated unit and the cooling section to serve as a buffer or accumulator in the system.

Inventors: Scolamiero; Stephen K. (Bristol, RI), Seymour; LeRoy H. (Acushnet, MA), Vieira; Michael F. (Acushnet, MA)

Assignee: Acushnet Company

International Classification: B29C 44/56 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018