With Steam Generating Means Patents (Class 219/401)
  • Patent number: 10429082
    Abstract: A heating cooking device includes a casing accommodating a heating furnace allowing a heating target to be located therein; a water storage tank; a hot vapor generation device connected with the water storage tank; a superheated vapor generation device heating hot vapor; a fan introducing superheated vapor into the heating furnace; and a superheated vapor discharge portion. The hot vapor generation device includes a first electric heater; and a first housing accommodating the first electric heater. A water level in the first housing matches a water level in the water storage tank. The superheated vapor generation device includes a second electric heater; and a second housing accommodating the second electric heater. At least a part of the second housing is located in an interior of the heating furnace. The hot vapor generation and the superheated vapor generation device are accommodated in the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TOMODA SELLING & SAILING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tomoda
  • Patent number: 10401036
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance (1) comprising at least one first fan (15) and a cavity 82), wherein said cavity (2) comprises at least one outlet opening (3) for exhaustion of vapor and/or steam out of the cavity (2) into a first duct (4), wherein said first duct (4) can be opened or closed by a first valve (5), and at least one inlet opening (6) for influx of air into the cavity (2) from a second duct (7), wherein said second duct (7) can be opened or closed by a second valve (8), wherein said first duct (4), particularly said first valve (5), is configured such that in an open stage of said first valve (5) said exhaustion of vapor and/or steam out of at least one outlet opening (3) of the cavity (2) into said first duct (4) is substantially due to an overpressure of vapor and/or steam within said cavity (2), and wherein said second duct (7), particularly said second valve (8), is configured such that in an open state of said second valve (8) said influx of air into at least one inlet opening (6) of the cavity (2) from
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Paolo Faraldi, Lorenzo Gattei, Nicola Guida
  • Patent number: 10292212
    Abstract: A double-cavity microwave oven is disclosed that includes a first and a second cooking cavity, a moveable barrier disposed between the first and the second cavity, a first and a second magnetron, and a first and a second waveguide corresponding to the first and the second magnetron, respectively. The first cavity is electromagnetically isolated from the second cavity, and, as the barrier moves, the size of the first cavity relative to the second cavity changes. As the barrier is in a first position, the first waveguide directs microwaves from the first magnetron to the first cavity and the second waveguide directs microwaves from the second magnetron to the second cavity. As the barrier is in a second position, the first and the second waveguide direct microwaves from the first and the second magnetron to the first cavity. Various embodiments are also disclosed including additional features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Andrew Priddis, Matthew Liddle, Jedediah Knight
  • Patent number: 10278241
    Abstract: Heating chamber for heating food, a steam generating device for generating steam, steam chamber disposed in heating chamber, and steam introduction channel for introducing steam generated by the steam generating device to steam chamber are included. Steam chamber discharge channel for introducing water accumulated in steam chamber to outside of steam chamber is provided. Therefore, a sanitary heating cooker capable of preventing food from being immersed with condensed water, as well as preventing heating chamber from being flooded with water overflowing from steam chamber can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Shibuya, Akira Kataoka
  • Patent number: 9616143
    Abstract: An improved mobile apparatus for sterilizing surgical trays serves as a self-contained autoclave, allowing sterilization of the interior of the apparatus and its contents. A method of sterilization using the apparatus is presented as well. By means of a dedicated transfer and storage system, the apparatus, integrable with respect to a transfer cart and a lift device, may be moved easily between a location of sterilization, a storage area, and an operating room, and more than one such apparatus may be stacked vertically for storage to enhance storage efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Progressive Sterilization, LLC
    Inventors: Barry Miles Snyder, Clarence J. Snyder, III
  • Patent number: 9581339
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus is provided. The cooking apparatus includes a main body provided with a cooking chamber, and a steam supply device generating steam to supply the steam to the cooking chamber. The steam supply device includes a water storage unit to store water, a steam generator that is supplied with water from the water storage unit to generate steam, a water supply tube to transfer water in the water storage unit to the steam generator, and a water collection tube to transfer residual water in the steam generator to the water storage unit. Accordingly, a period to put water may be increased since the residual water in the steam generator is collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Pyo Yang, Han Seong Kang, Byoung Hoon Moon, Pung Yeun Cho, Yun Ic Hwang
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9518745
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to a system that improves heat distribution throughout an internal cooking cavity of an oven. The embodiments described may find particular use in ovens used on-board passenger transport vehicles, but they may also be incorporated into other ovens, such as residential and other commercial ovens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Richards Corporation
    Inventors: Abdelaziz Boubeddi, Michael R. La Beach, Paul Robinson
  • 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: 9044021
    Abstract: A method and system for preparing naan bread is provided. A conveyor oven is used to bake flattened and pre-shaped naan bread loaves. The conveyor oven uses high temperature gas heat to bake the naan, imparting traditional characteristics such as the slightly smoky or scorched appearance. The oven interior is preferably lined with stone, granite, clay or porcelain to enhance baking and provide traditional flavor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: FGF BRANDS INC.
    Inventors: Sam Ajmera, John Gordon, Dragan Janus
  • Publication number: 20150096970
    Abstract: A steam oven with a housing defining a cooking cavity therein and a door for accessing the cooking cavity. A water reservoir may be provided configured to hold a quantity of water that is turned to steam using a heating element. The oven may include one or more a steam supply conduits for directing steam generated in the water reservoir to the cooking cavity. A pressure sensor may be provided to detect a pressure within the cooking cavity. A control circuit regulates the heating element based on a pressure detected by the pressure sensor. However, the control circuit includes a quick recovery feature that turns on the heating element for a period of time regardless of whether the pressure within the cooking cavity is greater than a threshold pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: RICHARD E. LEY, III
  • Patent number: 8997638
    Abstract: A steam cooking apparatus includes a steam generating unit to generate steam from a supply of water, a steam container to cook food using the steam from the steam generating unit, a steam supply pipe coupled to the steam generating unit in order to supply the steam container with the steam generated by the steam generating unit, a steam pipe coupled to the steam container in order to supply the steam container with the steam passing through the steam supply pipe, and a steam pipe connection tube including a first connection portion coupled with the steam supply pipe and a second connection portion coupled with the steam pipe, the second connection portion coupled with the steam pipe being formed to have a diameter which is expanded toward the steam pipe so as to guide the steam pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guan Yong Park, Jae Hyoun Kim, Han Seong Kang, Yun Ic Hwang, Kyoung Ho Kim
  • Publication number: 20150090706
    Abstract: A steam generator is provided. The steam generator may include a steam chamber, a steam heater to supply heat into the steam chamber, a water supply, through which water to generate steam may be supplied into the steam chamber, one or more interference members disposed in the steam chamber to interfere with a flow of the water introduced through the water supply, and at least one discharge to discharge the steam generated in the steam chamber. The one or more interference members may be disposed under the at least one discharge and above the water supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Sungho CHOI
  • Patent number: 8991386
    Abstract: A firebox for a gas grill with an infrared re-emitter surface at the top, at least one heat shield at the bottom, and sidewalls intermediate between the heat shields and the emitter plate forming a box like structure in which multiple small cross sectional area tubes with gas burner ports on the top or sides are disposed in an array between the heat shield and the emitter plate. The heat shield below the burner tubes has openings disposed below the burner tubes to admit secondary combustion air and provide cooling of the burner tubes preventing pre-ignition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Char-Broil, LLC
    Inventor: Mallik R. Ahmed
  • Patent number: 8981262
    Abstract: A steam cooking appliance apparatus includes a muffle unit which at least partially bounds a cooking chamber. The muffle unit has a muffle element which forms a boundary surface of the cooking chamber in at least one operating state. The boundary surface of the cooking chamber has a cooking fat adhesion which is lower than a cooking fat adhesion of stainless steel. At least one cleaning unit is provided for cleaning at least part of the muffle unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Karlheinz Henry, Yves Lebrun
  • Publication number: 20150059595
    Abstract: A ventless fume hood is integrated with an oven to anticipate a conclusion of the cooking schedule executed by the oven and in this way to provide direct venting of the oven cavity before the oven door is opened. Proper venting of a multimode combination oven may be thereby performed and the door may be opened up immediately upon conclusion of the cooking schedule without the delay otherwise required to collect cooking fumes escaping through the partially open door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Alto·Shaam, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Rand, Janus Bartelick, Kim J. Menominee, Deborah E. Cukjati, J.K. Raghavan
  • Publication number: 20150028018
    Abstract: The baking chamber (3) of an oven for baking food products is connected to a steam generator (8) communicating with a water tank (7) associated to a filtering device (38), which is mounted outside of the tank (7), so as to filter the water fed to a discharge duct (44) for the emptying of the tank (7) and of the steam generator (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Loris Corai, Paolo Cescot, Riccardo Furlanetto, Lorenzo Gattei, Michele Simonato, Andrea Verrone
  • Patent number: 8925445
    Abstract: Provided is a cooking appliance. Steam generated in a steam generation part is selectively supplied into a cooktop part or a steam cooking part. The steam supplied into the cooktop part is used for cleaning a top plate. Also, the steam supplied into the steam cooking part is used for cooking a food. Thus, the steam may be used in a lot of uses, e.g., for cooking the food and cleaning the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae-Hyoun Park, Young-Soo Kim
  • Publication number: 20150001204
    Abstract: A packaged food steamer for preparing food in a meal packaging has a housing and a water reservoir. The housing includes a cooking chamber, a door and a plurality of steam injection pins being mechanically coupled to each other, and a heater for transferring heat to the water reservoir. The meal packaging is positioned within the cooking chamber, wherein upon closing the door, the plurality of steam injection pins is driven into an extended position, piercing the meal packaging. Water is heated in the water reservoir such that steam is produced which is directed to the plurality of steam injection pins through at least one steam channel. The steam then traverses through the plurality of steam injection pins into the meal packaging in order to cook the food within the meal packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Jennifer LANG
  • Patent number: 8881646
    Abstract: A system and method for applying steam to baked products in a conveyorized oven. A steam tunnel sub-enclosure includes exhaust ducts collecting steam at the conveyor's entrance and exit thereof to prevent steam from being released into the rest of the oven where it might interfere with ignition control equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Baking Technology Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen R. Smith
  • Patent number: 8878105
    Abstract: After a preheating operation is performed to raise an inner temperature of a heating chamber to a target preheating temperature (first specified temperature) by a first steam superheater of a steam temperature-raising device, a cooking operation is performed to raise, by the first steam superheater of the temperature-raising device, a temperature of steam obtained by heating of water in a steam generator by heaters 42A, 42B of the steam generator and then supply the steam to the heating chamber. In this process, when inner temperature of the heating chamber detected by an inner temperature sensor 81 during the preheating operation has come to or beyond a steam generation start temperature (second specified temperature) which is lower than a target preheating temperature, a control unit 80 decides that a steam generation start condition has been satisfied, and heats water in the steam generator by the heaters of the steam generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Yamaguchi, Yuko Nakajima, Noriko Ohashi, Mari Terada
  • Publication number: 20140319119
    Abstract: A commercial oven, such as a combination oven providing steam and convection heating, may provide for two different peak power modes and for steam cooking. A temperature sensor sampling temperature from a region of the oven may be used to detect a complete filling of the oven with steam. The temperature of the temperature sensor is compared against different temperature thresholds depending on the selected peak power so that temperature may be used to discriminate steam filling for different peak power levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Alto-Shaam. Inc.
    Inventors: J.K. Raghavan, Steve Maahs, Andy Tishendorf, Janus Bartelick
  • Publication number: 20140311360
    Abstract: A commercial oven, such as a combination oven providing steam and convection heating, may provide for motorized dampers allowing the oven to move automatically between a closed-state high humidity operating mode and an open-state low humidity operating mode according to user input reflecting a desired cooking process. The dampers operate with a conventional steam trap and may provide integrated bypass valves preventing over or under pressure of the cooking volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Alto-Shaam, Inc.
    Inventors: Janus Bartelick, J.K. Raghavan, Steve Maahs
  • Publication number: 20140312025
    Abstract: A commercial oven, such as a combination oven providing steam and convection heating, may provide an equipment cabinet holding electronic equipment and having an external wall abutting other heating apparatus. The external wall includes an interior plenum through which air is circulated to provide compact virtual insulation from external heat sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Alto-Shaam, Inc.
    Inventors: J.K. Raghavan, Robert Simmelink, Janus Bartelick
  • Patent number: 8863654
    Abstract: A cooking device has a casing 1, a heating chamber 8 provided in the casing 1, an exhaust tube 18 for guiding exhaust from inside of the heating chamber 8 through an electric component chamber 9 in the casing 1 to front face side, and a dew receiving container 4 that is provided on front face side of the casing 1 and that receives and diffuses the exhaust from the exhaust tube 18 to outside of the casing 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Asami, Takashi Utsumi, Shinya Ueda, Hiroyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 8853597
    Abstract: A heat spreading/temperature uniformity device for a bake oven is disclosed. The heat spreading/temperature uniformity device is applicable to the bake oven, including at least one rack body movably disposed in a receiving space defined by the bake oven, and multiple heat spreading members distributed over and arranged on the rack body and integrally connected therewith. Each heat spreading member and the rack body contain a first angle and a second angle. The heat spreading/temperature uniformity device is up and down adjustably disposed in the bake oven for transferring heat to the relatively low heating intensity areas of the receiving space in the form of heat radiation. Accordingly, the food placed in the bake oven can be uniformly heated at a uniform heating intensity and a uniform temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Chuan-Fu Chin
  • Patent number: 8850968
    Abstract: A steam generation device is placed at a lower portion of a side wall of a heating chamber. A steam jet-out part is placed upper than the steam generation device of the side wall of the heating chamber with a distance from the steam generation device. Thus, even if bumping has occurred within a water storage part of the steam generation device, causing boiling water to rush out from a steam supply port into a steam supply pipe, the boiling water is prevented from intruding into a steam jet-out part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Youhei Seguchi, Shinya Ueda, Takashi Utsumi
  • Publication number: 20140291312
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and method of condensation of a steam flow produced in a cooking device. The condensation system and method provides a vent pipe configured to be non-linear for providing a path for the steam flow. The condensation system and method also provides a spray nozzle which is positioned to spray water in substantially in alignment with the path of the steam flow. The system and method of increases condensation of the steam flow within the vent pipe, and the condensed steam is drained from the cooking device, producing a minimal amount of steam that is vented outside of the cooking device. The system and method of the present disclosure provide higher efficiency of condensation of steam and an overall smaller amount of atmospheric venting of steam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Convotherm Elektrogeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Gunter Wurdinger
  • Publication number: 20140239484
    Abstract: In a method for forming a sintered silver coating film, for use as a heat spreader, on a semiconductor substrate or a semiconductor package, a coating film of an ink or paste containing silver nanoparticles is formed on one surface of the semiconductor substrate or the substrate package. Further, the coating film is sintered by heating the coating film under an atmosphere of a humidity of 30% to 50% RH (30° C.) by a ventilation oven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kenji MATSUDA, Dai SHINOZAKI, Muneo HARADA, Yoshinobu MITANO, Michikazu NAKAMURA, Itaru IIDA, Shinjiro WATANABE
  • Patent number: 8785828
    Abstract: A cooking device comprises: a body casing (1); a heating chamber (2) disposed within the body casing (1) and provided with a gas discharge opening; a gas discharge path having one end connected to the gas discharge opening of the heating chamber; a cooling fan disposed within the body casing (1) and cooling an electric component; and a cooling path formed within the body casing (1) and leading from an outside-air suction opening (100) through the cooling fan and an electric component chamber to a cool-air introducing opening (31a) in a gas discharge duct (30). At least a part of cooling air from the cooling fan flows along the cooling path, passes through a space near heaters (14, 14) within the body casing (1), enters the gas discharge duct (30) from the cool-air introducing opening (31a), and is discharged from a gas-discharge external opening (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoneo Komuro
  • Patent number: 8776673
    Abstract: A steaming oven having a clad plate bottom. The stainless steel clad material constitutes the bottom of the boiling water reservoir in the oven chamber. The stainless steel clad material is composed of a thin layer of stainless material clad to a thicker plate of base, heat conducting metal like steel, copper or aluminum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Cleveland Range
    Inventors: Richard I. Cutler, Owen R. McGhee, Jr., David S. Schwerzler, Victor D. Saltenis
  • Publication number: 20140175085
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus is provided. The cooking apparatus includes a main body provided with a cooking chamber, and a steam supply device generating steam to supply the steam to the cooking chamber. The steam supply device includes a water storage unit to store water, a steam generator that is supplied with water from the water storage unit to generate steam, a water supply tube to transfer water in the water storage unit to the steam generator, and a water collection tube to transfer residual water in the steam generator to the water storage unit. Accordingly, a period to put water may be increased since the residual water in the steam generator is collected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Pyo YANG, Han Seong KANG, Byoung Hoon Moon, Pung Yeun CHO, Yun Ic Hwang
  • Patent number: 8704138
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cooking with steam in a cooking appliance by forming the steam from atomized particles of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Joel M. Sells, Matthew G. Voglewede, Marco Poma, Shawn F. Olsson
  • Publication number: 20140103023
    Abstract: A converter includes a heating bar, a water line, and a covering layer. Either the water line or the covering layer is mounted on the heating bar. The covering layer has a helical channel wound around the heating bar. Each of the water line and the helical channel is connected with a water tank and at least one nozzle. When the heating bar is conducted by the power supply, either the water line or the helical channel is heated, with air in either the water line or the helical channel being expanded to suck a liquid in the water tank into either the water line or the helical channel by a siphon principle, and with the liquid being heated successively to produce a high temperature steam which is sprayed outward through the nozzle to cook foods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Yao-Tsung Kao
  • Patent number: 8695487
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooking appliance provided with: a water tank (30) disposed inside a main case (10); a steam-generation device (40) that generates steam by heating water supplied from the water tank (30); a heating chamber (20) to which steam from the steam-generation device (40) is supplied; an exhaust duct (72), provided inside the main case (10), for expelling exhaust from inside the heating chamber (20) to outside the main case (10); an exhaust temperature sensor (74) that measures the temperature of the exhaust air inside the exhaust duct (72); and a steam-generation decision unit that, upon cooking in which steam is supplied from the steam-generation unit (40) into the heating chamber (20), uses information on a physical quantity (the exhaust temperature measured by the exhaust temperature sensor (74)), which indirectly indicates whether there is water in the steam-generation device (40), to decide whether or not to halt steam generation, including the case in which the water tank (30) is out of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuaki Sakane, Toshiaki Ueki
  • Publication number: 20140097173
    Abstract: A cooking device includes an oven chamber operable to receive food that is to be cooked, a steam-generating element for generating steam, and a coupling element through which water used for generating steam is fed, at least in part, to the steam-generating element. The coupling element includes a connecting element configured to connect to a fixed water connection. A pipe element is disposed between the coupling element and the steam-generating element and is configured to establish a flow-connection suitable for conveying water. The pipe element includes a free-fall section and a water-conveying element is at least partially disposed in the free-fall section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Torben Becker, Julia ten Haaf
  • Patent number: 8674267
    Abstract: A steam cooker includes: a heating chamber for an item to be cooked; a removable water tank; a steam generating device with a housing to which water is supplied from the water tank and that heats the water within the housing and supplies steam to the heating chamber. A hardness detection portion includes a plurality of electrodes immersed in water within the water tank that detect the hardness of the water within the water tank by resistance between the electrodes. When the hardness of the water within the water tank is high, the interval of cleaning is shorter than an interval set when the hardness detected is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Rika Nozawa, Toshiaki Ueki
  • Patent number: 8648281
    Abstract: A steam generating device (1) is provided with a metal housing (2), a water supply opening (3) for supplying water into the housing (2), a steam generating heater (4) embedded in the lower part of the housing (2) and evaporating the water supplied from the water supply opening (3), a steam temperature raising heater (5) provided above the steam generating heater (4) with a predetermined distance from an inner wall of the housing (2) and raising the temperature of the steam generated by the steam generating heater (4), and a discharge opening (8) for discharging the superheated steam generated by the steam temperature raising heater (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Utsumi, Hideo Shimoda, Shinya Ueda, Yasuhiro Sakoda
  • Patent number: 8642929
    Abstract: A steaming oven having a collector plate disposed in an oven chamber. A collector plate is disposed above a boiling water reservoir in the oven chamber. The collector plate has a drain tube inserted into an overfill tube. Waste material from the steam and food droppings is conveyed from the oven chamber via the drain tube and the overfill tube. A barrier shields one or more water level probes or sensors from water turbulence, thereby providing reliable water level sensing by the water level probes or sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cleveland Range LLC
    Inventors: Victor D. Saltenis, Carl F. Scheu, III, Rupesh T. Savadekar, David S. Schwerzler, Joseph S. Bellassai, John E. Richnafsky, Jason D. Schreiner
  • Publication number: 20140027438
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a steam oven (1), especially a domestic steam oven, wherein the steam oven (1) has a control unit (2) and a water reservoir (3) and wherein the steam oven (1) is equipped with a pyrolytic cleaning function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Bianca Hauslein, Kurt Reul, Alexander Hauck, Marcel Morosini, Laurent Jeanneteau
  • Patent number: 8609167
    Abstract: The disclosure is a method of operating a commercial cooking equipment, in particular a hot-air steamer or fan oven, comprising the following method steps: a) selecting a product requiring cooking having an assigned cooking program or selecting at least one cooking parameter having assigned selectable products; b) loading the cooking equipment with a selected product; c) starting the associated cooking program; d) displaying the name of the program and at least the remaining cooking time; e) associating in automated manner further products or cooking programs that fit in with the cooking program of the first selected product in dependence on cooking parameters, in particular, the cooking temperature and/or the cooking humidity and/or the fan speed; f) displaying the selectable products or selectable cooking programs; g) selecting, on demand, a further product which matches the first product in accordance with the associating process; h) loading the cooking equipment with the further product; i) starting the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Convotherm Elektrogerate GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Ernst, Lutz Riefenstein
  • Publication number: 20130306054
    Abstract: A home appliance having a water-fed steaming apparatus, the home appliance including an appliance body housing the steaming apparatus; a water supply vessel for supplying water to the steaming apparatus; a vessel housing within the appliance body for holding the water supply vessel; and a mounting assembly for mounting the vessel housing to the appliance body, the mounting assembly including a bezel having a locking element; a bracket engaged with the vessel housing and the locking element; and a spacer element extending between the appliance body and the bracket to define an air gap between the vessel housing and the appliance body for air flow between the vessel housing and the appliance body for cooling the vessel housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ben Braden, Russell Dorsten, Jeremy Nash, Timothy Russell, Michael Rutherford
  • Patent number: 8581151
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide steam oven drain valve systems and methods for draining steam ovens and associated water lines on aircraft and other passenger transport vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul E. Miller
  • Patent number: 8578843
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a treatment chamber having an opening. The opening of the treatment chamber is configured to be closed by a door. The opening of the treatment chamber is bounded by at least one frame member. An external container is configured to hold at least one of an operating fluid or an operating powder. A filling device is disposed on the at least one frame member and in fluid connection with the external container. The filling device is configured to introduce, in an operating mode of the household appliance, at least one of an operating fluid and an operating powder to the treatment chamber, either treated or untreated. The filling device includes a filling device opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Torben Becker, Rudolf Nordemann, Joachim Render
  • Patent number: 8569662
    Abstract: A continuous oil fryer used to fry food slices, such as potato chips, having an internal oil stripping capability. The fryer accumulates the steam produced by the frying process in a hood and utilizes such steam, after superheating the steam by passing it through a heat exchanger, to strip oil from product immediately upon removal from the hot oil bath by passing the superheated steam through a product bed while on an output conveyor. The superheated steam removes oil from the product on the output conveyor without increasing the moisture level of the product. The fryer therefore accomplishes the same function as a low-oil stripper without increasing the footprint of the frying unit and with less energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Wilfred Marcellien Bourg, Jr., Donald Vaughn Neel, Jennifer Bell Raymond
  • Publication number: 20130264327
    Abstract: An oven includes an oven body, a movable tray, an atomized device, and a conveying device. When the movable tray is inserted into the oven body, the second line of the atomized device is connected to the movable tray through the first line of the conveying device. When the second line of the atomized device is heated to reach a high temperature, air in the second line is expanded and evaporated so that the second line is disposed at a vacuum state to produce a vacuum suction force. The water in the movable tray is forced by the vacuum suction force to flow through the first line into the second line. The water in the second line is heated and atomized to form an atomized water which is sprayed on food placed in the oven body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Yao-Tsung Kao
  • Patent number: 8546731
    Abstract: An electric appliance for pressure cooking food includes a casing (1) and a lid (4) forming the outer jacket of the appliance, an outer vessel (2) forming the inner chamber of the appliance, a heating element (25) placed in the bottom of the outer vessel (2), a removable inner vessel (3) forming the container (30) for cooking food, wherein the inner vessel (3) includes at least one handhold (31) extending past the periphery of the casing (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Pellerin, Florent Pontabry, Frederic Seurat
  • Patent number: 8519308
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an improved perforated lid (10) for containers for cooking foods, comprising holes (15) for the passage of vapor and gas going upwards and of condensed vapor going downwards and means for cooling and condensing vapor passing through said holes, and means for supporting said means for cooling vapor, wherein said means for cooling vapor are made of a sequence, starting from the container for cooking foods and going upwards, comprised of a perforated lower plate (11), at least one perforated intermediate plate (12) and an upper plate (13) that is not perforated, and said means for supporting said means for cooling vapor are made of a lower spacing element (16), positioned between said lower plate (11) and said intermediate plate (12) and of an upper spacing element (18), positioned between said intermediate plate (12) and said upper plate (13). The invention further concerns a fryer (20) for use with said perforated lid (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: BY ME S.R.L.
    Inventors: Luciano Ferrari, Marco Ferrari
  • Patent number: 8517006
    Abstract: A stacked steam oven construction with a nested stacking component is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Premark FEG. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Frock, Larry W. Lyons, Atul Saksena
  • Patent number: 8502116
    Abstract: Cooking, smoking and aromatization device which consists of a casing or container (1) comprising a plurality of sealed compartments (2, 3, 4, 5) communicating with the main cooking chamber (6) by means of a plurality of channels or ducts (7) which are controlled by a plurality of valves (8a, 8b, 8c, 8d), there being at least one for each of the sealed compartments (2, 3, 4, 5) so that the contents of each of said sealed compartments are supplied to the central cooking compartment (6) with a constantly controlled flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Morganti Flavio Innovaciones Grastronomicas, S.L.
    Inventor: Flavio Morganti