Tetra Laval International has filed a patent for an innovative ice cream freezer design. The freezer includes a rotating hollow cylinder with a scraper blade, an inlet for ice cream mixture entry, and an outlet for mixture exit, featuring a lead surface with a 3° lead angle for optimal mixing. GlobalData’s report on Tetra Laval International gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Tetra Laval International, Fiber-reinforced material joining techniques was a key innovation area identified from patents. Tetra Laval International's grant share as of January 2024 was 60%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Improved ice cream freezer with lead surface for mixing

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Tetra Laval International SA

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240032563A1) describes an innovative ice cream freezer design comprising an elongated housing with a dasher that rotates to agitate and mix ice cream mixture. The cylinder body of the dasher includes a scraper blade, an inlet before the blade, and an outlet after the blade. The inlet features a lead surface with a lead angle of at least 3° to push the mixture in the axial direction of the cylinder body. Additionally, the design includes specific angles for chamfering or beveling surfaces to optimize the flow of the ice cream mixture within the freezer.

Furthermore, the patent application extends to an ice cream production system and a method for producing ice cream using the described ice cream freezer. The system includes additional apparatuses for shaping, freezing, and packaging the ice cream, with the ice cream freezer at the core of the production process. The method outlined involves producing ice cream mass, shaping it into individual pieces, reducing their temperature, and packaging them using the unique ice cream freezer design. Overall, the patent application showcases a comprehensive approach to ice cream production, emphasizing the importance of the freezer's specific features in enhancing the efficiency and quality of the process.

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