Patents Assigned to Moulinex S.A.
  • Patent number: 5799421
    Abstract: A pressing iron comprises a housing made of plastic material in the form of a hollow body having a base (3) whose upper portion (H) has an opening (O) closed by a cover (C) and whose outlet (D) is closed by a pressing block comprising an upper portion (4) and a lower portion (5) having at least one pressing sole (6), and surmounted, in the front and rear portions respectively, by two hollow projections (8 and 9) connected at their upper portion by a cross member (10) forming a handle and constituted by a trough (11) closed by a cover (12). The rear projection (9) has a wide opening closed by a cover (14) forming a heel. The hollow body (2) and the cover (14) are formed by a shell (1) molded in one piece and having a transverse cross section of generally inverted V shape. The trough (11) of the handle and the internal surfaces (8' and 9') of the projections (8 and 9) opening inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Bouleau
  • Patent number: 5794522
    Abstract: Electric cooking apparatus comprising an insulating enclosure (12) which has spaced inner and outer shells (13, 14). A cooking vessel (22) is mounted removably in the enclosure at a distance from the inner shell (14). An electric heating device (30) comprising a sheathed heating resistance (26) extends flat and in direct contact with the bottom (24) of the vessel (22). The heating device comprises a heat reflector (38) mounted fixedly on the inner shell (14) and disposed at a small distance (d) below the resistance (26) so as to concentrate the thermal radiation of the resistance over all the bottom of the vessel. The apparatus is of particular utility when embodied in an electric deep fat fryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventors: Bernard Bois, Guy Collas
  • Patent number: 5796245
    Abstract: A method for controlling the power supplied to a load (1) which is powered by an AC voltage source U with a period T via a generalised phase adjustment system, includes the steps of periodically delivering a sequence of p elements to the load (1), in accordance with a predetermined set power, wherein p is an integer and each element comprises n.sub.i periods T, where n.sub.i is an integer, during which the voltage U is divided symmetrically at an angle .alpha..sub.i, the consecutive phase angles .alpha..sub.i and .alpha..sub.i+1 being different, and the combination of angles .alpha..sub.1 . . . .alpha..sub.i , . . . .alpha..sub.p being selected in such a way that they limit current harmonics, and limit a flicker effect. The method is particularly suitable for power control in electric motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S. A.
    Inventors: Alain Bernard Marc Beaulieu, Pierre Epinat, Laurent Chapellier
  • Patent number: 5791526
    Abstract: A dispenser comprises a ground grain container positioned in a matching seat recess in a housing and at least one blade rotated by a motor in the housing and capable of transferring, on rotation, a measure of ground grains through a flow aperture in the container to an outlet in the housing seat recess. The container is removably fitted into the seat recess of the housing through the use of two rotary, mutual coupling elements located at the bottom of the container and at the base of the seat recess of the housing respectively, and connected to the blade and to the motor respectively. The container also comprises elements for closing the flow aperture when the motor is stopped and for opening it when the motor is started. The dispenser is particularly useful in automatic coffee machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventors: Francis Pierre Jacques Landais, deceased, Gilles Gerard Albert Victor Morin
  • Patent number: 5778764
    Abstract: A drip coffee maker comprises a housing (10), and in the housing (10) a filter holder (20) into which ground coffee (23) is to be poured. A measuring device (25) is provided for the ground coffee poured into the filter holder (20). The filter holder (20) is mounted movably in the housing, and the measuring device (25) comprises at least one deformable mechanical member (33) connected to the filter holder (20) and reacting by deformation to the quantity of ground coffee (23) poured into the filter holder. This deformable mechanical member (33) drives by its deformation a member (35) for visual indication of the desired quantity of ground coffee. The deformable member (33) is in stable position when that desired quantity of ground coffee is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Henrik Nielsen
  • Patent number: 5771780
    Abstract: An electric toaster with a housing (1) includes a toasting chamber and a slot (2) provided in the top surface thereof for inserting slices of bread, at least one heating element (3), and at least one bread holder (4) movable up and down on a guide device (6) by a lowering and raising mechanism (8) between the housing (1) and the toasting chamber. The guide device (6) comprises a single vertical slide rail (9) with a slide (10) movably mounted thereon, and the holder (4) is attached only to the slide (10) so that it is cantilevered to the post (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Basora, Julian Arnedo
  • Patent number: 5748853
    Abstract: The vacuum cleaner includes a housing (2) having a dust compartment (11) containing a dust bag (17) and a vacuum compartment (12) containing a motor-ventilator set (20); a vacuum hose (3, 5) coupled to a suction unit (7) with a suction aperture; and a device (30) for automatically controlling the power of the motor-ventilator set (20), comprising a sensor (50) for the type of flooring and a fuzzy logic control unit (46). The automatic control device (30) of the invention further includes a sensor (60) for detecting the dynamic movement of the suction unit (7), wherein the fuzzy logic control unit (46) is adapted to apply a fuzzy inference operation to the output of the floor-type sensor (50) and to the output of the suction unit dynamic movement sensor (60), so as to control the motor-ventilator set (20) on the basis of the fuzzy inference operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Laurent Deschenes
  • Patent number: 5712952
    Abstract: A boiler for an espresso coffee maker comprises a metallic body (12) comprising a cover (15) with a peripheral flange (16) and a cup (18) connected in sealed fashion to the cover (15). A downwardly-extending water supply tube (26) extends through the cover. An electric heating resistance (24) is provided. A vertical water outlet conduit (32) opens through the bottom of the cup (18), and a valve (39) is disposed in the conduit (32) and opens only when a certain pressure threshold is reached. The peripheral flange (16) of the cover (15) of the body (12) is shaped as a gutter (22) in which is positioned in intimate thermal connection the electric heating resistance (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Rene Clech, Francis Landais, deceased, Joel Landais
  • Patent number: 5687636
    Abstract: A coffeemaker comprises, in a housing (1), a cold water reservoir (2) supplying a water heater (3) which in turn supplies a water spout (5) whose outlet (6) is arranged above a filter carrier (7) which is movably mounted in the housing (1) and whose bottom has an outlet opening (8) located above a server (9) collecting the infusion, the server resting on a base (10). The cold water reservoir (2) of the coffeemaker overlies the base (10) and the filter carrier (7) of the coffeemaker is arranged behind the cold water reservoir (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Diore, Christian Bernard Jouatel
  • Patent number: 5643486
    Abstract: The oven comprises a housing (1) enclosing an open cavity (4) which is closed by a door (6) pivotally mounted about a horizontal shaft (8) placed in the housing. The cavity includes a food-carrying tray (5) horizontally translatable via at least one motion transfer mechanism (10) controlled by the door. The motion transfer mechanism (10) includes several transmission stages, each consisting of a notched belt (12;23) meshing with two toothed wheels (13, 19; 26, 28) set respectively on two horizontal shafts, the shaft of one of the two wheels of the stage level being comprised of the pivoting shaft (8) of the door, and the shaft of one of the two wheels of the last stage extending into the cavity (4) and bearing another toothed wheel (35) that meshes with teeth on a lower edge (5a) of the food-carrying tray (5). The invention relates for instance to microwave ovens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Aurensan, Michel Guy De Matteis, Eric Leparfait
  • Patent number: D380643
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Piret
  • Patent number: D383353
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Piret
  • Patent number: D385150
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Leverrier
  • Patent number: D385151
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Leverrier
  • Patent number: D387948
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Leverrier
  • Patent number: D388574
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Marie Clouet
  • Patent number: D389372
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Saltet
  • Patent number: D390745
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Leverrier
  • Patent number: D391801
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Saltet
  • Patent number: D396990
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Leverrier