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United States Patent
Menke et al.
(io) Patent No.: (45) Date of Patent:
US 7,552,827 B2 Jun. 30, 2009
(54) SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF SEPARATING MANURE FROM A MANURE AND BEDDING MIXTURE
(75) Inventors: Thomas Menke, Greenville, OH (US);
David Ricke, Greensburg, IN (US)
(73) Assignee: Envirolytic Technologies, LLC,
Centerville, OH (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 99 days.
(21) Appl.No.: 11/548,044
(22) Filed: Oct. 10, 2006
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2008/0083659 Al Apr. 10, 2008
(51) Int. CI.
B03B 5/00 (2006.01)
B03B 5/60 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 209/156; 209/155; 209/157;
(58) Field of Classification Search 209/155,
See application file for complete search history. (56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
209/155 426/335 426/286
Systems and methods configured to continuously separate manure and bedding comprise a vertical housing without screens, grates, or filters therein, a manure and bedding inlet port coupled to the side of the housing, and a water inlet port coupled to the side of the housing. The system further comprises at least one inlet flow controller. Upon separation of the bedding and manure, the housing comprises a manure outlet port disposed on its upper portion and configured to output a product stream comprising separated manure and water. The housing further comprises a bedding outlet port disposed on its lower portion and configured to output a product stream comprising separated bedding and water.
15 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets
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* cited by examiner
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