Casa Herrera, Inc.
|Casa Herrera, Inc. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20150135921||Continuous Tortilla Chip Cutter - A continuous tortilla chip cutting system where tortilla carried on a conveyor are continuously divided by a cutting mechanism into pre-cuts for frying into chips. A programmable controller drives a servo motor that moves an upper surface of the conveyor at a known velocity V, and a detector located above the conveyor at a known distance D from the cutting mechanism alerts the controller to the imminent arrival of the tortilla. The controller also controls a servo motor that actuates the cutting mechanism in a stop/start fashion. Based on the detection of the tortilla, the controller drives the servo motor associated with the cutting mechanism at just the right time and at just the right speed so that the cutter mechanism cuts each arriving tortilla into predictable sub-units called “pre-cuts” based on the velocity V of the conveyor belt, the detection of the flat bread unit carried by the conveyor, and the known distance between the moving flat bread unit and the cutter assembly.||05-21-2015|
|20140072667||Dough Rounder - A compact, rounding machine, or rounder, for quickly rounding dough units discharged from a divider into substantially round dough balls used to make products like flour tortillas, buns, rolls, etc. The rounder includes a stationary shoe having a curved inner face that curves partially around an axis of rotation, and a stationary groove having a substantially semicircular profile and extending between an entry end and an exit end. A roller with an outer face and moving groove is positioned against the stationary shoe's inner face and stationary groove to define a rolling cavity, one half of the rolling cavity being formed by the stationary groove and another half of the rolling cavity is formed by the moving groove. A funnel assembly positioned adjacent to the roller, along with a beveled entry wall at the entry end of the stationary groove, guide dough units into the rolling cavity.||03-13-2014|