New patent on Dutch poultry conveyor invention
Two Dutch inventors have been issued with a patent for
their invention - an overhead conveyor for poultry that claims to be simpler and
quicker than alternative models.
Albert Beeksma and Cees De Heer Jr., both of Aa Oostzaan in the
Netherlands, developed the conveyor.
According to the details registered with the US Patents
, the invention relates to the simpler construction of an overhead
conveyor with less strict tolerance requirements. The increased tolerance,
however, does not result in any concessions in regard to the desired direction
of movement. The new design also enables the operator to control whether or not
the poultry are treated during movement.
The patent information reads: â€œThe invention offers the surprising result
that much higher conveyor line speeds can be reached. In the prior art, this
maximum speed is approximately 6000 chickens per hour, while the apparatus
according to the invention makes it possible to achieve a maximum conveyor speed
of at least 8000 chickens per hour.â€
The inventors were issued U.S. Patent No. 7,125,330.
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