US Pat. No. 9,380,650

MULTI-LINE MICROWAVE HEATING SYSTEM WITH OPTIMIZED LAUNCHER CONFIGURATION

915 Labs, LLC, Centennia...

1. A microwave system for heating a plurality of articles, said system comprising:
a conveyance system for transporting articles in a convey direction along first and second laterally spaced, substantially
parallel convey lines;

a first upper group of spaced apart microwave launchers positioned above said first convey line and configured to direct microwave
energy from a common source downwardly toward said articles in said first convey line; and

a second upper group of spaced apart microwave launchers positioned above said second convey line and configured to direct
microwave energy from a common source downwardly toward said articles in said second convey line;

wherein said first and second upper groups of launchers are staggered relative to one another in said convey direction.

US Pat. No. 10,397,988

ARRANGEMENT OF ARTICLES IN A CARRIER FOR MICROWAVE HEATING

915 Labs, LLC, Centennia...

1. A carrier and article system for transporting a plurality of articles on a convey line of a microwave heating system, said carrier and article system comprising:a frame configured to engage said convey line;
an upper support structure and a lower support structure coupled to said frame and defining a cargo volume therebetween; and
a plurality of articles received in said cargo volume, wherein each of said plurality of articles includes a top and a bottom, with a length of the top of each article in a first direction being greater than a length of the bottom in the first direction,
wherein said plurality of articles includes a first article and a second article arranged in said cargo volume such that the first article is oriented top up with the bottom of the first article contacting the lower support structure, the second article is oriented top down with the top of the second article contacting the lower support structure, and the first article overlaps horizontally with the second article.