High speed slicing machine

  • US 10,625,436 B2
  • Filed: 12/05/2018
  • Issued: 04/21/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/01/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A food article slicing machine, comprising:

  • a food article loading apparatus with a lift tray assembly for moving food articles from a staging position to an elevated position at a beginning of a food article feed path;

    a food article feed apparatus disposed over the food article loading apparatus having an upper conveyor assembly with a driven endless conveyor belt used in cooperation with a food article gripper for moving the food articles along the food article feed path;

    a slicing station at an end of the food article feed path with a knife for slicing the food articles; and

    a food article stop gate disposed upstream of the slicing station that forms a portion of the food article feed path,wherein the food articles are supported in position along the food article feed path by at least the food article stop gate when the lift tray assembly is moved when in its elevated position, andwherein the food article stop gate also opens to drop food article end portions.

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