Patents by Inventor Kevin J. Beber

Kevin J. Beber 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).

  • Patent number: 10582808
    Abstract: A food processor includes a base and a bowl with a removable lid. Food items are advanced into the bowl through a feed tube formed in the lid where they are cut by a cutting assembly driven by a motor. The cutting assembly is adjustable to vary the thickness of the cut food items. An adjustment assembly positioned in the base is operable to adjust the cutting thickness of the cutting assembly while the cutting assembly is driven by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin James Beber, David J. Gushwa, Yung Leong Hin, Jeffrey Carl Loebig, Euan Skinner Macleod, Qu Zhi Jie, Michael P. Conti, Thomas Allen Gillette, Brent A. Rowland
  • Publication number: 20200029724
    Abstract: A tea maker includes a brewing unit which defines a vessel having an upper opening with a spout disposed thereon. A lid assembly is removeably received on the upper opening of the vessel and includes a steeping tube. The steeping tube extends downwardly from the lid assembly into the vessel when the lid assembly is received on the upper opening of the vessel. An articulating filter assembly is coupled to the lid assembly and includes a filter plate that is operable between an extended position and a retracted position. The filter plate is configured to contact an inner surface of the vessel when the filter plate is in the extended position. A biasing member is configured to bias the filter plate towards the extended position for filtering a brewed tea mixture as the mixture is poured through the upper opening of the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Nancy E. Chandrasekaran, Ben C. Shao
  • Publication number: 20200001490
    Abstract: A food processor includes a bowl with a removable lid. Food items are advanced into the bowl through a feed tube formed in the lid where they are cut by a blade assembly. A rotating disk is adjustable relative to the blade assembly to vary the thickness of the food items cut by the blade assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin James Beber, Alex R. Oliveira, Fernando R. Oliveira, Eric Tauzer, Joao Paulo M. Goncalves, David J. Gushwa, Yung Leong Hin, Jeffrey Carl Loebig, Euan Skinner MacLeod, Qu Zhi Jie, Michael P. Conti, Thomas Allen Gillette, Brent A. Rowland, Jeremy T. Wolters
  • Patent number: 10517419
    Abstract: A tea maker includes a brewing unit which defines a vessel having an upper opening with a spout disposed thereon. A lid assembly is removeably received on the upper opening of the vessel and includes a steeping tube. The steeping tube extends downwardly from the lid assembly into the vessel when the lid assembly is received on the upper opening of the vessel. An articulating filter assembly is coupled to the lid assembly and includes a filter plate that is operable between an extended position and a retracted position. The filter plate is configured to contact an inner surface of the vessel when the filter plate is in the extended position. A biasing member is configured to bias the filter plate towards the extended position for filtering a brewed tea mixture as the mixture is poured through the upper opening of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Nancy E. Chandrasekaran, Ben C. Shao
  • Patent number: 10449685
    Abstract: A food processor includes a bowl with a removable lid. Food items are advanced into the bowl through a feed tube formed in the lid where they are cut by a blade assembly. A rotating disk is adjustable relative to the blade assembly to vary the thickness of the food items cut by the blade assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin James Beber, Alex R. Oliveira, Fernando R. Oliveira, Eric Tauzer, Joao Paulo M. Goncalves, David J. Gushwa, Yung Leong Hin, Jeffrey Carl Loebig, Euan Skinner MacLeod, Qu Zhi Jie, Michael P. Conti, Thomas Allen Gillette, Brent A. Rowland, Jeremy T. Wolters
  • Patent number: 10390651
    Abstract: A coffee press apparatus includes an outer container having a cavity with upper and lower portions. A handle assembly extends outwardly from on the outer container and includes a user interface. An inner vessel is disposed in the upper portion of the cavity of the outer container. A scale assembly is coupled to the inner vessel and disposed in the lower portion of the cavity of the outer container. The scale assembly is electrically coupled to the user interface in assembly and configured to weigh the contents of the inner vessel in use. A plunger assembly extends into a cavity of the inner vessel and is slideably received through a lid assembly. The plunger assembly includes a first filter assembly, and the lid assembly includes a second filter assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Daniel Rellis
  • Patent number: 10287068
    Abstract: A flow restrictor assembly for a beverage kettle having a valve member that moves with respect to an opening in the interior of the beverage kettle to restrict the flow of liquid from the opening in the beverage kettle. The valve member may be coupled to a handle that enables movement of the valve member into varying positions with respect to the opening to control the flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Daniel F. Galea, Joseph Snyder
  • Publication number: 20180099793
    Abstract: A flow restrictor assembly for a beverage kettle having a valve member that moves with respect to an opening in the interior of the beverage kettle to restrict the flow of liquid from the opening in the beverage kettle. The valve member may be coupled to a handle that enables movement of the valve member into varying positions with respect to the opening to control the flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Daniel F. Galea, Joseph Snyder
  • Publication number: 20170049260
    Abstract: A tea maker includes a brewing unit which defines a vessel having an upper opening with a spout disposed thereon. A lid assembly is removeably received on the upper opening of the vessel and includes a steeping tube. The steeping tube extends downwardly from the lid assembly into the vessel when the lid assembly is received on the upper opening of the vessel. An articulating filter assembly is coupled to the lid assembly and includes a filter plate that is operable between an extended position and a retracted position. The filter plate is configured to contact an inner surface of the vessel when the filter plate is in the extended position. A biasing member is configured to bias the filter plate towards the extended position for filtering a brewed tea mixture as the mixture is poured through the upper opening of the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Nancy E. Chandrasekaran, Ben C. Shao
  • Publication number: 20160255989
    Abstract: A coffee press apparatus includes an outer container having a cavity with upper and lower portions. A handle assembly extends outwardly from on the outer container and includes a user interface. An inner vessel is disposed in the upper portion of the cavity of the outer container. A scale assembly is coupled to the inner vessel and disposed in the lower portion of the cavity of the outer container. The scale assembly is electrically coupled to the user interface in assembly and configured to weigh the contents of the inner vessel in use. A plunger assembly extends into a cavity of the inner vessel and is slideably received through a lid assembly. The plunger assembly includes a first filter assembly, and the lid assembly includes a second filter assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Daniel Rellis
  • Patent number: 8833683
    Abstract: A food processor includes a bowl with a removable lid. Food items are advanced into the bowl through a feed tube formed in the lid where they are cut by a cutting assembly. The cutting assembly is positionable between a plurality of cutting positions to produce cut food items of varying thicknesses. The food processor includes an adjustment assembly operable to move the cutting assembly between the plurality of cutting positions. The adjustment assembly includes a user-operated control device that is secured to the cutting assembly. The user-operated control device extends through a slot defined in the removable lid such that an upper end of the user-operated control device is positioned outside of the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Michael P. Conti, Paul S. Paget
  • Patent number: 8701531
    Abstract: A food processing dicing method and assembly is disclosed. The food processing dicing assembly may comprise a dicing element having multiple dicing openings through which food may pass, a frame configured to selectively retain the dicing element, and a management tool having multiple projections sized to be received by the dicing openings, the management tool may include at least one coupling element for releasably coupling the management tool to at least one of the dicing element and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, John A. Colasanti, Arren J. McCormick
  • Patent number: 8677895
    Abstract: A food processor defining a food processing path comprises a frame having a first compartment located within the food processing path and a second compartment located out of the food processing path and at least one dicing element configured to be received in both of the first and second compartments. When the dicing element is received in the first compartment, the dicing element dices food passing through the food processing path, and when the dicing element is received in the second compartment, the dicing element is stored out of the food processing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, John Colasanti, Arren J. McCormick
  • Patent number: 8671832
    Abstract: A food processor includes a bowl with a removable lid. Food items are advanced into the bowl through a feed tube formed in the lid where they are cut by a cutting assembly. The cutting assembly is adjustable to vary the thickness of the cut food items. A user-operated control device adjusts the cutting thickness of the cutting assembly. The control device is located outside of the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Michael P. Conti, Steven C. Drees, David J. Gushwa, Arren J. McCormick, David W. Robenalt
  • Publication number: 20130233954
    Abstract: A food processor includes a bowl with a removable lid. Food items are advanced into the bowl through a feed tube formed in the lid where they are cut by a cutting assembly. The cutting assembly is positionable between a plurality of cutting positions to produce cut food items of varying thicknesses. The food processor includes an adjustment assembly operable to move the cutting assembly between the plurality of cutting positions. The adjustment assembly includes a user-operated control device that is secured to the cutting assembly. The user-operated control device extends through a slot defined in the removable lid such that an upper end of the user-operated control device is positioned outside of the processing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: KEVIN J. BEBER, MICHAEL P. CONTI, PAUL S. PAGET
  • Patent number: 8439285
    Abstract: A food processor includes a bowl with a removable lid. Food items are advanced into the bowl through a feed tube formed in the lid where they are cut by a cutting blade. A rotating disk is adjustable relative to the blade assembly to vary the thickness of the food items cut by the blade assembly. A mounting arm is positioned below the cutting blade and has a ramp defined therein. The food processor includes an adjustment assembly operable to move the rotating disk relative to the cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Jeremy T. Wolters
  • Patent number: 8365645
    Abstract: A dicing element assembly comprises a dicing element having multiple elements defining multiple openings through which food may pass and a management tool having multiple projections sized to be received by the dicing openings, with at least some of the projections having a coupling element for releasably coupling the dicing elements when the projections are received within the dicing openings. When the projections are received within the dicing openings, the coupling element couples with the dicing element and a user may move the dicing element by moving the management tool without touching the dicing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, John A. Colasanti, Arren J. McCormick
  • Publication number: 20120286079
    Abstract: A dicing element assembly comprises a dicing element having multiple elements defining multiple openings through which food may pass and a management tool having multiple projections sized to be received by the dicing openings, with at least some of the projections having a coupling element for releasably coupling the dicing elements when the projections are received within the dicing openings. When the projections are received within the dicing openings, the coupling element couples with the dicing element and a user may move the dicing element by moving the management tool without touching the dicing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: KEVIN J. BEBER, JOHN A. COLASANTI, ARREN J. MCCORMICK
  • Patent number: 8250959
    Abstract: A dicing element assembly comprises a dicing element having multiple elements defining multiple openings through which food may pass and a management tool having multiple projections sized to be received by the dicing openings, with at least some of the projections having a coupling element for releasably coupling the dicing elements when the projections are received within the dicing openings. When the projections are received within the dicing openings, the coupling element couples with the dicing element and a user may move the dicing element by moving the management tool without touching the dicing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, John Colasanti, Arren J. McCormick
  • Patent number: D808207
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Nancy E. Chandrasekaran, John W. McConnell, Ben C. Shao, ZhaoYi Yin