Patents Assigned to Vita-Mix Corporation
  • Patent number: 10517436
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. The blending system may include a base including a motor, a blade assembly selectively and operably engaged with the base, where the motor drives the blade assembly, and a container having an inner and outer layer. The blending system may also include a magnet positioned between inner and outer layers of the container, and a sensor positioned in the base, where the magnet in operative proximity to the sensor permits operation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Patent number: 9635981
    Abstract: A food processing assembly (20) includes a base member (21), a container (22) and a cover (23). The base member (21) has a platform portion (26) adapted to carry the container (22) and a housing portion (25) for a motor. A wall (29) of the housing (25) has a plurality of air inlet slots (35) and a gutter (37) protects the slots (35) from receiving any liquid which might be on the base member (21). The container (22) has a sidewall (52) with an open top that has a peripheral rim (57). A cover (23) includes a tab assembly (73) that has a notch (70) to receive the rim (57). The vertical lifting of a handle portion (77) of the tab assembly (73) removes the cover (23) from the container (22). A spout (61) and a handle (60) are formed near the top of the container (22). A heat shield (62) includes a body portion (63) which is attached to the sidewall (52) at a location under the spout (61), and it also includes a flap (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: John K. Barnard, Richard D. Boozer, Eugene J. Kozlowski, Fred H. Mehlman, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Patent number: 9314755
    Abstract: A food mixing machine (20) has an agitator (25) to mix food in a cup (C). A cup holder (31) is provided with a flexible boot (32) which receives the cup (C). The cup holder (31) is moveable through an opening (90) in the machine (20) and carries a gripping assembly (33) and an actuator assembly (34). The actuator assembly (34) is moveable relative to the gripping assembly (33) and is biased by springs (35) to maintain fingers (56) of the gripping assembly (33) in engagement with the cup (C). When it is desired to release the cup (C), a release assembly (80) overcomes the bias of the springs (35). As the cup holder (31) moves through the opening (90), the area between the cup holder (31) and the opening (90) is sealed by a seal assembly (91) so that food materials cannot go through the opening (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, John K. Barnard
  • Patent number: 8920019
    Abstract: A machine (10) for mixing a food product in a container includes a container holder (38) having an axis and adapted to receive a container. An agitator (30) is rotated by a motor (22) on an axis and is positioned above the container holder (38). A motor (47) moves the container holder (38) upwardly to selectively position the agitator (30) in the container with the axis of rotation of the agitator (30) being displaced from the axis of the container holder (38). A motor (45) can rotate the container holder (38) on its axis while the agitator (30) is in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, Glenn F. Brasdovich, Kenneth W. Bair
  • Patent number: 8899824
    Abstract: A programmable blender having record and playback features includes a record mode and a playback mode. When the blender is placed into the record mode, a processor stores a user created blending sequence to a memory unit. Alternatively, when the blender is placed into a playback mode, the processor automatically controls the operation of the blender in accordance with the stored blending sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: David J. Kolar
  • Patent number: 8845183
    Abstract: An agitator (10) includes a stem (11) having a shaft coupler (12) at one end adapted to be attached to the rotatable shaft (25) of a food mixing machine. The other end of the stem (11) has a mixing blade (13) which can be in the shape of the bowl of a spoon. The stem (11) is shaped like an I-beam having side walls (20) spaced by a central wall (21). The side walls (20) have opposed notches (22) leaving a web (23) therebetween, and the central wall (21) is provided with an aperture (24) which is aligned with the web (23). Together the web (23) and the aperture (24) define a weakened area where the stem (11) will break upon a predetermined torque which is established based on the hardness of the food product (26) being mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, Raymond Seuffert
  • Publication number: 20140286123
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. A blending system may include a base including a motor and a first shell that encases the motor. The blending system may also include a container that is removably coupled to the blender base. The blending system may also have a second shell selectively attached to the first shell. The blending system may also have a wall positioned within the base to direct airflow from the fan along a volute-shaped path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Publication number: 20140286120
    Abstract: A blending device is shown and described. The blending device may include a blending container and a power source operatively connected to the blending container. The power source may be configured to supply power to the blending container. The blending container may also include a feature that is powered by the power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: VITA-MIX CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Kolar
  • Publication number: 20140270929
    Abstract: A coupler assembly is shown and described. The coupler assembly may include an insert, where the insert comprises an aperture and a plurality of clips, each clip comprising a clip body and a spring tab. The coupler assembly may also include a coupler body having a core adapted to receive the insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: VITA-MIX CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Kanning
  • Publication number: 20140269154
    Abstract: A blending device includes a motor, a motor controller, and a wireless controller configured to receive a wireless signal. The motor controller may be configured to alter the operations of the motor based the wireless signal. The wireless signal may include a blending program to be carried out by the blending device. The blending device may include one or more sensors configured to sense parameters of the blending device. The wireless signal may include information related to the sensed parameters. A blending device network may be formed by providing a second blending device having a wireless controller in communication with the first blending device wireless controller. The first and second blending devices may share information over the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: VITA-MIX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Kolar, Paul G. Sems
  • Publication number: 20140247686
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. The blending system may include a base including a motor, a blade assembly selectively and operably engaged with the base, where the motor drives the blade assembly, and a container having an inner and outer layer. The blending system may also include a magnet positioned between inner and outer layers of the container, and a sensor positioned in the base, where the magnet in operative proximity to the sensor permits operation of the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Patent number: 8814011
    Abstract: A container (11) for a blender includes a base surface (13) and a blade (20) which is rotatable on an axis above the base surface (13). An arcuate wall (14) and two generally straight walls (15, 16) extend upwardly from the base surface (13) and terminate at the upper end of container (11). The axis of rotation of the blade (20) is closer to the arcuate wall (14) than it is to the generally straight walls (15, 16). A skirt (25) extends downwardly from the base surface (13) and has an opening. Sound baffling fingers (32) extend from the skirt (25) and into the opening. A spout (40) is formed at the intersection of two of the walls (14, 15, 16), the spout (40) having an entry point located approximately twenty to thirty percent of the height of the walls (14, 15, 16) from the upper end of the container (11). A handle (34) is positioned opposite to the spout (40) and a cover (12) includes a plug (55) to close the spout (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: Robert M. Ulanski
  • Patent number: 8801266
    Abstract: A machine (10) for mixing food products includes a motor (22) which turns a hollow shaft assembly (28) that carries an agitator (40). The agitator (40) has an I-beam shaped stem (41) with a blade (43) in the shape of the bowl of a spoon on one end of the stem (41). A socket (44) is formed at the other end of the stem (41) and has a bottom surface (45). An assembly (70) for releasing the agitator (40) from the shaft assembly (28) includes a solenoid (71) which pivots an arm (74) that engages a plunger (80). The plunger (80) includes a pin (81) which is received in the hollow shaft assembly (28) and which engages the bottom surface (45) of the socket (44) of the agitator (40) upon activation of the solenoid (71) to release the agitator (40) from the hollow shaft assembly (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, David J. Kolar, Glenn F. Brasdovich, Kenneth W. Bair, Richard D. Boozer, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Patent number: 8753004
    Abstract: A container (15) for a blender (10) includes a bottom surface (16) having a non-symmetrically shaped perimeter. A side wall (17) extends upwardly from the perimeter of the bottom surface (16). A mixing blade assembly (20) having a plurality of blades (21) is located above the bottom surface (16) and is rotatable on an axis which is displaced from the center of the bottom surface (10). Nonuniform spaces (25, 26) are thus created between the ends of the blades (21) and the side wall (17). The bottom surface (16) is inclined at an angle relative to the plane normal to the axis of rotation of the blade assembly (20), and it, as well as the side wall (17), may be provided with a plurality of spaced vanes (31, 32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Brent A. Miller, Richard D. Boozer, Michael D. Anton
  • Patent number: 8747936
    Abstract: Stable starch-thickened food compositions are prepared by using high speed agitation. A method is provided that employs a blender to prepare starch-thickened soft gel compositions, including puddings, creams, and custards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: Nancy W. Ferriss
  • Publication number: 20140130832
    Abstract: A container cleaner comprising a spray head, a travel limiter wherein the length the spray head may be depressed is limited by the location of the travel limiter, a starter rod wherein said starter rod is capable of being depressed by said spray head, a timing cartridge wherein the timing cartridge is capable of being opened for a selected period of time when the starter rod is decompressed and a fluid inlet. The further the spray head is depressed the longer the time duration the timing cartridge remains open and the longer the time duration of the pressurized spray is sprayed. The length the spray head may be depressed is dependent on the position of the travel limiter and he travel limiter may be positioned by rotating the spray head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Arnett
  • Patent number: 8721163
    Abstract: A machine (10) for mixing food products includes a motor (22) which turns a hollow shaft assembly (28) that carries an agitator (40). An assembly (70) for releasing the agitator (40) from the shaft assembly (28) includes a solenoid (71) which pivots an arm (74) that engages a plunger (80). The plunger (80) includes a pin (81) which is received in the hollow shaft assembly (28) and which engages the agitator (40) upon activation of the solenoid (71) to release the agitator (40) from the hollow shaft assembly (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, David J. Kolar, Glenn F. Brasdovich, Kenneth W. Bair
  • Patent number: 8690116
    Abstract: A base for a blender housing a motor and including controls for operation of the blender. The base includes an air intake, an air exhaust, and a baffle, wherein the air exhaust and baffle are formed as a part of the bottom of the blender base and act to reduce the sound emitted by the blender. The bottom of the blender base includes an internal cavity defined partially by a support flange where heated air is exhausted. The air is then forced to change directions before exiting through exhaust ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Kolar, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Patent number: RE45308
    Abstract: An enclosure for a blender includes a body portion and a cover. The cover is hingedly attached to the body portion. The body portion of the enclosure includes a metallic foot that mates with the base member of the blender. The base member may include at least one magnet that secures the foot, and therefore body portion, in position by the magnetic force acting upon the foot. A gasket is provided between the foot of the body portion and the base member to completely isolate the enclosure from the base member, and to reduce vibrations in the enclosure during operation of the blender. The body portion of the enclosure may also include gasket strips to seal the enclosure when the cover is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Kolar, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Patent number: RE45655
    Abstract: An enclosure for a blender including a body portion adapted to be secured to a base, and a cover pivotally attached to the body portion. The body portion includes sidewalls, a back wall, and an abbreviated top wall. The cover includes sidewalls, a front wall, a top wall, and an abbreviated back wall. A flange extends outwardly from the sidewalls and the top wall of the body portion and a gasket is provided thereon to create a seal between the cover and the body portion of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: David J Kolar, Stephen P. Rukavina