Patents by Inventor Ernest B. Pryor

Ernest B. Pryor has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190313855
    Abstract: A stand mixer includes: a base, the base including a bowl lift framework having first lift features; a support arm attached to the base and extending upwardly therefrom; a head attached to an upper end of the support arm and extending generally horizontally therefrom above the base; and a bowl assembly comprising a bowl and a skirt mounted to the bowl, the skirt including second lift features. The first lift features interact with the second lift features such that, when the bowl assembly is rotated relative to the bowl lift framework, the bowl assembly changes elevation relative to the base between raised and lowered positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Koen A. Ambrose, Benjamin H. Branson, III, Ernest B. Pryor, JR.
  • Publication number: 20180049592
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance for processing foodstuff includes a housing, a bowl removably mounted onto the housing and defining a first cavity therein, and a removable lid to cover at least the bowl. A perforated basket is removably received between the bowl and the lid and defines a second cavity. A tool is removably coupleable with a drive shaft such that rotation of the drive shaft effectuates rotation of the tool. The tool is mountable in a first position on the drive shaft within the perforated basket, or in a second position on the drive shaft within the bowl. In the first position of the tool, apertures of the perforated basket permit foodstuff processed by the tool into fragments smaller than the apertures to pass from the second cavity into the first cavity. In the second position of the tool, foodstuff is processed by the tool directly in the first cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Kristi Silvis, Koen Aidan Ambrose, Benjamin H. Branson, III, Ernest B. Pryor, JR., David Matthew Schandel
  • Publication number: 20170079472
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a housing that defines a cavity. The housing has a housing rim defining an opening to the cavity. A heating or cooling element is disposed within the housing to heat or cool the cavity. A container has a generally hollow interior and a container rim. A lid is sized and shaped to at least partially cover the opening of the container when placed on the container. The lid has an exterior surface and an opposing interior surface. At least one latching mechanism or handle is operable to seal the contents of the appliance within the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Arthur W. Hudgins, Mark C. Steiner, Ernest B. Pryor, JR., Martin Brady, Yvonne Olson, Alexander D. Raring, Guoyao Ye, John D. Barnes, Michael G. Sandford, George Stamper, Patrick T. Mulvaney, Michael Garman
  • Patent number: 9538881
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a housing that defines a cavity. The housing has a housing rim defining an opening to the cavity. A heating or cooling element is disposed within the housing to heat or cool the cavity. A container has a generally hollow interior and a container rim. A lid is sized and shaped to at least partially cover the opening of the container when placed on the container. The lid has an exterior surface and an opposing interior surface. At least one latching mechanism or handle is operable to seal the contents of the appliance within the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur W Hudgins, Mark C Steiner, Ernest B. Pryor, Jr., Martin Brady, Yvonne Olson, Alexander D Raring, Guoyao Ye, John D. Barnes, Michael G Sandford, George Stamper, Patrick T Mulvaney, Michael Garman
  • Publication number: 20160317988
    Abstract: An automated mix in-cup apparatus includes a frame having a cup-holder to secure a tapered cup selectively placed therein, and a first motor operatively connected to the cup-holder to rotate the cup-holder. A reciprocating carriage is axially supported by the frame and supports a second motor and a rotatable mixing blade to mix a consumable material. The mixing blade is secured to a shaft axially extending from the second motor, the shaft defining a longitudinal axis and the second motor configured to rotate the shaft and the mixing blade. Reciprocal movement of the carriage axially translates the mixing blade into and out of the tapered cup in the cup-holder. The cup-holder and the first motor are oriented at an incline, defining a tilt angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, whereby the shaft and the rotatable blade are positioned off-center relative to the tapered cup in the cup-holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Ernest B. Pryor, JR., Benjamin H. Branson, III, Brian P. Williams, James Robert Gaynor
  • Patent number: 9474410
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a housing that defines a cavity. The housing has a housing rim defining an opening to the cavity. A heating or cooling element is disposed within the housing to heat or cool the cavity. A container has a generally hollow interior and a container rim. A lid is sized and shaped to at least partially cover the opening of the container when placed on the container. The lid has an exterior surface and an opposing interior surface. At least one latching mechanism or handle is operable to seal the contents of the appliance within the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc
    Inventors: Arthur W Hudgins, Mark C Steiner, Ernest B. Pryor, Jr., Martin Brady, Yvonne Olson, Alexander D Raring, Guoyao Ye, John D. Barnes, Michael G Sandford, George Stamper, Patrick T Mulvaney, Michael Garman
  • Patent number: 9474417
    Abstract: An automated mix in-cup apparatus includes a frame having a cup-holder to secure a tapered cup selectively placed therein, and a first motor operatively connected to the cup-holder to rotate the cup-holder. A reciprocating carriage is axially supported by the frame and supports a second motor and a rotatable mixing blade to mix a consumable material. The mixing blade is secured to a shaft axially extending from the second motor, the shaft defining a longitudinal axis and the second motor configured to rotate the shaft and the mixing blade. Reciprocal movement of the carriage axially translates the mixing blade into and out of the tapered cup in the cup-holder. The cup-holder and the first motor are oriented at an incline, defining a tilt angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, whereby the shaft and the rotatable blade are positioned off-center relative to the tapered cup in the cup-holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest B Pryor, Jr., Benjamin H Branson, III, Brian P Williams, James Robert Gaynor
  • Patent number: 9433324
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a housing enclosing a motor and a switch mechanism. A bowl is removably mountable onto the housing. At least one actuation member is movable between a first position and a second position. A bowl lid is removably mountable onto the upper rim of the bowl. When the bowl lid is properly positioned onto the upper rim of the bowl, the motor is actuated or permitted to be actuated by pressing downwardly on the lid such that at least a portion of one of a plurality of flanges of the bowl contacts at least a portion of the actuation member to force the actuation member to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc
    Inventors: Michael G Sandford, Ernest B Pryor
  • Patent number: 9415358
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A carriage reciprocates on a frame. A pulley system is also located on the frame and a power cord is routed through the pulley system. A moveable pulley in the pulley system moves in the opposite direction of the reciprocating carriage. The apparatus further comprises a well with an inlet manifold and a drain and a fixed but removable cup-receiving holder. Overall, the apparatus is effective, fast, easy to operate, safe, and clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, INC.
    Inventors: Ernest B Pryor, Jr., Benjamin H Branson, III, Brian P Williams
  • Publication number: 20160183718
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a housing that defines a cavity. The housing has a housing rim defining an opening to the cavity. A heating or cooling element is disposed within the housing to heat or cool the cavity. A container has a generally hollow interior and a container rim. A lid is sized and shaped to at least partially cover the opening of the container when placed on the container. The lid has an exterior surface and an opposing interior surface. At least one latching mechanism or handle is operable to seal the contents of the appliance within the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Arthur W. Hudgins, Mark C. Steiner, Ernest B. Pryor, JR., Martin Brady, Yvonne Olson, Alexander D. Raring, Guoyao Ye, John D. Barnes, Michael G. Sandford, George Stamper, Patrick T. Mulvaney, Michael Garman
  • Publication number: 20160136596
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A carriage reciprocates on a frame. A pulley system is also located on the frame and a power cord is routed through the pulley system. A moveable pulley in the pulley system moves in the opposite direction of the reciprocating carriage. The apparatus further comprises a well with an inlet manifold and a drain and a fixed but removable cup-receiving holder. Overall, the apparatus is effective, fast, easy to operate, safe, and clean.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Ernest B. Pryor, JR., Benjamin H. Branson, III, Brian P. Williams
  • Patent number: 9272250
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A shield is automatically lowered to at least partially isolate the cup. The apparatus further comprises a well with an inlet manifold and a drain and a fixed but removable cup-receiving holder. The shield can include a magnetic portion that is detected by a first sensor on the apparatus. A safety interlock prevents the actuation of the mixing blade in the event that the magnetic portion is not proximate to the first sensor. Overall, the apparatus is effective, fast, easy to operate, safe, and clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest B Pryor, Jr., Benjamin H Branson, III, Brian P Williams
  • Publication number: 20150297034
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a housing enclosing a motor and a switch mechanism. A bowl is removably mountable onto the housing. At least one actuation member is movable between a first position and a second position. A bowl lid is removably mountable onto the upper rim of the bowl. When the bowl lid is properly positioned onto the upper rim of the bowl, the motor is actuated or permitted to be actuated by pressing downwardly on the lid such that at least a portion of one of a plurality of flanges of the bowl contacts at least a portion of the actuation member to force the actuation member to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Michael G. Sandford, Ernest B. Pryor
  • Publication number: 20150257410
    Abstract: An ice cream maker comprises a collapsible outer bucket having a closed bottom end and an open top end, a mixing assembly selectively insertable into the outer bucket, a handle having first and second ends directly or indirectly affixed to the outer bucket. The handle is selectively supported by the mixing assembly such that the top end of the outer bucket is indirectly supported by the mixing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventors: Verena Baragiola, Yvonne Olson, Ernest B Pryor, JR., Michael Allen, Mark C Steiner, Michael Garman
  • Patent number: 9084508
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a housing enclosing a motor and a switch mechanism. A bowl is removably mountable onto the housing. At least one actuation member is movable between a first position and a second position. A bowl lid is removably mountable onto the upper rim of the bowl. When the bowl lid is properly positioned onto the upper rim of the bowl, the motor is actuated or permitted to be actuated by pressing downwardly on the lid such that at least a portion of one of a plurality of flanges of the bowl contacts at least a portion of the actuation member to force the actuation member to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G Sandford, Ernest B Pryor, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150124556
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A shield is automatically lowered to at least partially isolate the cup. The apparatus further comprises a well with an inlet manifold and a drain and a fixed but removable cup-receiving holder. The shield can include a magnetic portion that is detected by a first sensor on the apparatus. A safety interlock prevents the actuation of the mixing blade in the event that the magnetic portion is not proximate to the first sensor. Overall, the apparatus is effective, fast, easy to operate, safe, and clean.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Ernest B. Pryor, JR., Benjamin H. Branson, III, Brian P. Williams
  • Patent number: 9010990
    Abstract: The disclosed apparatus, system and method relate to a shaft-actuated spindle mixer where the spindle mixer includes a motor and at least one motor switch enclosed in a mixer housing. A spindle shaft extends from the housing and is mechanically connected to the motor. The motor is mounted to a moveable mixer component such that the spindle shaft can be displaced to thereby causing the associated movement of the enclosed motor and moveable mixer component to which the motor is mounted. Movement of the movable mixer component actuates a switch. Actuating the switch causes the selective activation of the mixer motor. Activating the mixer motor rotates the spindle shaft. The disclosed apparatus and method provide for the optional one-handed operation of a spindle mixer, eliminate the need for a user or a cup to directly contact a switch to engage the spindle mixer, and further provides for the sanitary operation of a spindle mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc
    Inventors: Benjamin H. Branson, III, Ernest B. Pryor, Jr., Michael G. Sandford, Brian Paul Williams, Ann Marie Blackmon
  • Patent number: 8950931
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A shield is automatically lowered to at least partially isolate the cup. After mixing, the shield and blade are automatically retracted, and the cup is removed from the apparatus. The shield and blade may be automatically lowered again for a cleaning operation. Overall, the apparatus contains various structural and safety elements that provide a unique construction and method of operating the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc
    Inventors: Ernest B Pryor, Jr., Benjamin H Branson, III, Brian P Williams
  • Publication number: 20140313851
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A shield is automatically lowered to at least partially isolate the cup. After mixing, the shield and blade are automatically retracted, and the cup is removed from the apparatus. The shield and blade may be automatically lowered again for a cleaning operation. Overall, the apparatus contains various structural and safety elements that provide a unique construction and method of operating the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Ernest B Pryor, JR., Benjamin H Branson, III, Brian P Williams
  • Patent number: 8807823
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A shield is automatically lowered to at least partially isolate the cup. After mixing, the shield and blade are automatically retracted, and the cup is removed from the apparatus. The shield and blade may be automatically lowered again for a cleaning operation. Use of the apparatus can be accomplished with one hand. Overall, the apparatus contains various structural and safety elements that provide a unique construction and method of operating the apparatus. The apparatus is effective, fast, easy to operate, safe, and clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Williams, Ernest B. Pryor, Benjamin H. Branson, III