Patents by Inventor Michael P. Conti

Michael P. Conti 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: 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: 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: 10433577
    Abstract: A juicing system with a drive mechanism and a juicer assembly, where the juicer assembly includes a main housing defining a cavity. An auger having a top portion and a bottom portion is within the cavity. The auger is operably connected at one of the top portion or the bottom portion to the drive mechanism to rotate the auger. A rotatable cutting blade is disposed at the top portion of the auger to cut food inserted into the cavity. A juicing basket is disposed within the cavity, radially outwardly from the auger. The juicing basket has at least one screen with apertures therethrough of varying sizes. Food is pressed by the auger against the juicing basket to squeeze juice and pulp through the apertures. The pulp exits through a pulp chute, having a upper portion, lower portion, and check valve therebetween which is easily removable for cleaning and clog removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kaitlyn M. Benoit, Fred Bournay, Jr., Michael P. Conti, Jason M. Cassar
  • Patent number: 10427116
    Abstract: A stirring wand is configured for selective engagement with a mixing device. The stirring wand comprises a substantially vertical portion having an upper end and a lower end, a first tapered surface that includes a first pitch angle proximate the upper end of the substantially vertical portion and a second pitch angle proximate the lower end of the substantially vertical portion, a substantially horizontal portion having a base and a distal tip, and a second tapered surface extending from the base to the distal tip. The second tapered surface includes a third pitch angle proximate the base and a fourth pitch angle proximate the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Altenritter, Michael P. Conti, Christopher A. Gregory, Bryce K. Porter
  • Publication number: 20190190419
    Abstract: A portable power generator with power monitor and control. The portable generator may include an alternator powered by an engine and configured to generate an alternator output, a first output receptacle coupled to the alternator output through a first switch, and a second output receptacle coupled to the alternator output through a second switch. The portable generator may further include a sensor unit configured to detect at least one output parameter of the first output receptacle. An electronic processor of the portable generator may be configured to receive first sensor signals indicating a measured quantity of the at least one output parameter of the first output receptacle and determine that the measured quantity exceeds a predetermined threshold. The processor may also be configured to disable the first output receptacle in response to determining that the measured quantity exceeds the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Mina William Atta, Michael R. Gardner, Gavin P. Conti
  • Patent number: 10213756
    Abstract: A blending appliance includes a housing with a jar receiving area defined between an upper housing and a support base. A blender jar includes a base portion and a receptacle portion, and is configured to be laterally received within the jar receiving area of the housing. A magnetic coupling system includes an upper magnetic coupler disposed in the base portion of the blender jar and a lower magnetic coupler disposed in the support base of the housing. The upper and lower magnetic couplers are magnetically coupled to one another for driving a blade assembly disposed in the receptacle portion of the blender jar. A brake mechanism is disposed on the upper magnetic coupler and is configured to stop rotation of the upper magnetic coupler when the blender jar is removed from the jar receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Bernard J. Brotzki, Michael P. Conti, Steven C. Drees, Edward Haney, Paul S. Paget, Mitchell L. Robertson, Timothy Patrick Vanantwerp, Jeremy T. Wolters
  • Publication number: 20180353016
    Abstract: A cooking and processing appliance includes a container having a lid and a stirring mechanism for rotating at least one processing attachment of a plurality of processing attachments, a housing having a receptacle for receiving the container and having a motor in communication with the stirring mechanism, a heating structure disposed within the housing and a wall of the container, a heating activation system included within the housing and the container, wherein the heating structure defines a heating-active state when the container is received within the receptacle, a mixing activation system, wherein the motor defines a mixing active state when the container is received within the receptacle and the lid is in a closed position and a control in communication with the heating structure and the stirring mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaitlyn M. Benoit, Michael P. Conti, Jeffrey Loebig, Wan Liang
  • Patent number: 10085599
    Abstract: A cooking and processing appliance includes a container having a lid and a stirring mechanism for rotating at least one processing attachment of a plurality of processing attachments, a housing having a receptacle for receiving the container and having a motor in communication with the stirring mechanism, a heating structure disposed within the housing and a wall of the container, a heating activation system included within the housing and the container, wherein the heating structure defines a heating-active state when the container is received within the receptacle, a mixing activation system, wherein the motor defines a mixing active state when the container is received within the receptacle and the lid is in a closed position and a control in communication with the heating structure and the stirring mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kaitlyn M. Benoit, Michael P. Conti, Wan Liang, Jeffrey Loebig
  • Publication number: 20180220828
    Abstract: A food processing device includes a base portion with a motor housing upwardly extending from a first end of the base portion. A motor is disposed within the motor housing. A processing assembly extends upwardly from a second end of the base portion and is spaced-apart from the motor housing to define a processing area therebetween. An auger assembly includes an auger shaft that is operably coupled to the motor for driving rotational movement of the auger shaft. A clutch assembly is disposed within the motor housing and is operable between engaged and disengaged positions with the auger assembly. A disconnect feature is disposed on the motor housing and configured to selectively actuate movement of the clutch assembly between engaged and disengaged positions with the auger assembly. In use, a food substrate is mounted to the processing accessory and the auger shaft to process the food substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael P. Conti, Mansour Ourasanah
  • Publication number: 20180028991
    Abstract: A blending appliance includes a housing with a jar receiving area defined between an upper housing and a support base. A blender jar includes a base portion and a receptacle portion, and is configured to be laterally received within the jar receiving area of the housing. A magnetic coupling system includes an upper magnetic coupler disposed in the base portion of the blender jar and a lower magnetic coupler disposed in the support base of the housing. The upper and lower magnetic couplers are magnetically coupled to one another for driving a blade assembly disposed in the receptacle portion of the blender jar. A brake mechanism is disposed on the upper magnetic coupler and is configured to stop rotation of the upper magnetic coupler when the blender jar is removed from the jar receiving area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bernard J. Brotzki, Michael P. Conti, Steven C. Drees, Edward Haney, Paul S. Paget, Mitchell L. Robertson, Timothy Patrick Vanantwerp, Jeremy T. Wolters
  • Publication number: 20180001283
    Abstract: A stirring wand is configured for selective engagement with a mixing device. The stirring wand comprises a substantially vertical portion having an upper end and a lower end, a first tapered surface that includes a first pitch angle proximate the upper end of the substantially vertical portion and a second pitch angle proximate the lower end of the substantially vertical portion, a substantially horizontal portion having a base and a distal tip, and a second tapered surface extending from the base to the distal tip. The second tapered surface includes a third pitch angle proximate the base and a fourth pitch angle proximate the tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel A. Altenritter, Michael P. Conti, Christopher A. Gregory, Bryce K. Porter
  • Patent number: 9815037
    Abstract: A blending appliance includes a housing with a jar receiving area defined between an upper housing and a support base. A blender jar includes a base portion and a receptacle portion, and is configured to be laterally received within the jar receiving area of the housing. A magnetic coupling system includes an upper magnetic coupler disposed in the base portion of the blender jar and a lower magnetic coupler disposed in the support base of the housing. The upper and lower magnetic couplers are magnetically coupled to one another for driving a blade assembly disposed in the receptacle portion of the blender jar. A brake mechanism is disposed on the upper magnetic coupler and is configured to stop rotation of the upper magnetic coupler when the blender jar is removed from the jar receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpook Corporation
    Inventors: Bernard J. Brotzki, Michael P. Conti, Steven C. Drees, Edward Haney, Paul S. Paget, Mitchell L. Robertson, Timothy Patrick Vanantwerp, Jeremy T. Wolters
  • Patent number: 9808774
    Abstract: A stirring wand is configured for selective engagement with a mixing device. The stirring wand comprises a substantially vertical portion having an upper end and a lower end, a first tapered surface that includes a first pitch angle proximate the upper end of the substantially vertical portion and a second pitch angle proximate the lower end of the substantially vertical portion, a substantially horizontal portion having a base and a distal tip, and a second tapered surface extending from the base to the distal tip. The second tapered surface includes a third pitch angle proximate the base and a fourth pitch angle proximate the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Conti
  • Patent number: 9693649
    Abstract: A cooking appliance kit includes a housing having a plurality of walls defining a heating cavity. A cooking vessel is configured to be inserted into the heating cavity. The cooking vessel includes a first rounded end, a second rounded end, and an intermediate necked portion that defines first and second wells that at least partially intersect. First and second distinct heater plates are disposed in the first and second wells, respectively. First and second drive arms are removable coupled to the housing in an operable communication with the drive system. The first drive arm includes a flipping wand and the second drive arm includes a stirring wand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Conti, Christopher A. Gregory
  • Patent number: 9687103
    Abstract: A cooking appliance kit includes a housing having a plurality of walls defining a heating cavity. A cooking vessel is configured to be inserted into the heating cavity. The cooking vessel includes a first rounded end, a second rounded end, and an intermediate necked portion that defines first and second wells that at least partially intersect. First and second distinct heater plates are disposed in the first and second wells, respectively. First and second drive arms are removable coupled to the housing in an operable communication with the drive system. The first drive arm includes a flipping wand and the second drive arm includes a stirring wand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Conti, Christopher A. Gregory, Bryce K. Porter, Daniel A. Altenritter, Mark J. Sherman
  • Patent number: 9675101
    Abstract: A juicing system with a drive mechanism and a juicer assembly, where the juicer assembly includes a main housing defining a cavity. A lid encloses a top portion of the cavity and has an opening therethrough. An auger is disposed within the cavity and has a top portion and a bottom portion. The auger is operably connected at one of the top portion or the bottom portion to the drive mechanism to rotate the auger. A rotatable cutting blade is disposed at the top portion of the auger. The rotatable cutting blade cuts foods inserted into the cavity through the opening. A juicing basket is disposed within the cavity, radially outwardly from the auger. The juicing basket has at least one screen with apertures therethrough of varying sizes. Food is pressed by the auger against the juicing basket to squeeze juice and pulp through the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Conti, Everett Sidney Kettle, Zachary A. Lownds, Leif A. Norland, Mitchell L. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20170135526
    Abstract: A juicing system with a drive mechanism and a juicer assembly, where the juicer assembly includes a main housing defining a cavity. A lid encloses a top portion of the cavity and has an opening therethrough. An auger is disposed within the cavity and has a top portion and a bottom portion. The auger is operably connected at one of the top portion or the bottom portion to the drive mechanism to rotate the auger. A rotatable cutting blade is disposed at the top portion of the auger. The rotatable cutting blade cuts foods inserted into the cavity through the opening. A juicing basket is disposed within the cavity, radially outwardly from the auger. The juicing basket has at least one screen with apertures therethrough of varying sizes. Food is pressed by the auger against the juicing basket to squeeze juice and pulp through the apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael P. Conti, Everett Sidney Kettle, Casey L. McCuan, Leif A. Norland, Mitchell L. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20170080592
    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: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    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: 9572458
    Abstract: In a food processing device, an adjustable food processing tool includes a central hub having a fixed blade and an articulating blade extending outwardly therefrom. The articulating blade is adjustable relative to a pitch of the blade between substantially vertical and horizontal positions. An external adjustment assembly is disposed on a base unit of the food processing device for adjusting the pitch of the articulating blade, wherein the pitch of the articulating blade can be adjusted while a food processing procedure is being conducted. The adjustable food processing tool is configurable between a chopping configuration and a stir configuration, thereby providing for a single food processing tool that can be used for a multitude of food processing functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Conti