With Heat Exchange (e.g., Susceptor, Etc.) Patents (Class 219/730)
  • Patent number: 10368403
    Abstract: Heating cooker (30) of the present disclosure includes convection device (35) that includes fan (14), heater (13), a first air guide, and second air guide, is communicated with heating chamber (2) through a suction port and a discharge port provided in back wall (2d) of heating chamber (2), and supplies hot air to the heating chamber (2). Fan (14) sucks air inside heating chamber (2) from the suction port into convection device (35), and sends out the air from the discharge port into heating chamber (2). Heater (13) is provided in front of fan (14), and heats the sucked air. The first air guide is provided so as to surround heater (13), and guides the heated air to the discharge port. The second air guide is provided so as to surround fan (14) and the first air guide, and guides the heated air to the discharge port. A part of the second air guide is in contact with the first air guide, and another part of the second air guide is isolated from the first air guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Hayashi, Yuichi Otsuki, Seiichi Yamashita, Mikio Fukui, Toshifumi Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10306712
    Abstract: A frangible laminate includes first, second and third webs, and the second web is positioned between the first and third webs. The forming of the frangible laminate includes adhesively bonding a first plurality of sections of the second web to the first web, applying release material in order to inhibit at least some of any bonding between the first plurality of sections of the second web and the third web, and adhesively bonding a second plurality of sections of the second web to the third web. The frangible laminate is separated into a first laminate and a second laminate, so that the first laminate includes the first web and the first plurality of sections of the second web, and the second laminate includes the third web and the second plurality of sections of the second web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: David W. Robbins
  • Patent number: 10271387
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a microwave interactive susceptor structure for the microwave heating of food products. In one aspect, the invention relates to a duplex design for the microwave interactive structure on cellulose-based substrates. In another aspect, the invention relates to a method of patterning the duplex microwave interactive structure on the substrates using a printing press with or without an alignment function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FPInnovations
    Inventors: Tingjie Li, Joseph Stephen Aspler, Lyne M. Cormier
  • Patent number: 10231292
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a cooking apparatus and a controlling method thereof. The cooking apparatus according to one aspect of the present embodiment includes an input part configured to receive a plate warming mode command; a microwave heating part configured to radiate microwave to at least one plate disposed in a cooking chamber provided inside the cooking apparatus; and a control part configured to control at least one of an operation time of the microwave heating part and an intensity of the microwave radiated from the microwave heating part when the plate warming mode command is input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Seung Hun Kim, Young Wook Woo, Gyu Sik Lim, Hong Man Chang
  • Patent number: 10047249
    Abstract: A multi-layer blown polymer film comprising a core layer (CL) and at least one sealing layer (SL), said sealing layer(s) (SL) comprise(s) a propylene copolymer composition (P) having a comonomer content in the range of 3.0 to 8.0 wt.-%, the comonomers are C5 to C12 ?-olefins, said propylene copolymer composition (P) comprises a polypropylene (A) and a polypropylene (B) in the weight ratio [(A)/(B)] of 20/80 to 80/20, wherein said polypropylene (A) has a comonomer content of equal or below 4.0 wt.-%, the comonomers are C5 to C12 ?-olefins, and said propylene copolymer (B) has a comonomer content of 4.0 to 20.0 wt.-%, the comonomers are C5 to C12 ?-olefins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: BOREALIS AG
    Inventors: Joachim Fiebig, Kristin Reichelt
  • Patent number: 10039216
    Abstract: A panel for an electromagnetic shield includes a light-weight, porous, electrically-conductive core layer of metallic foam having generally parallel opposed surfaces and a face sheet having rigidity properties superior to the rigidity properties of the core layer laminated to a surface of the core layer. Alternatively, a panel for a broadband electromagnetic shield includes a composite fiber-reinforced core having opposed surfaces and a layered electrically-conductive composite cover disposed on a surface of the core. The cover includes a first stratum of porous metal exhibiting pronounced low-frequency electromagnetic shielding properties and a second stratum of electrically-conductive elements exhibiting pronounced high-frequency electromagnetic shielding properties secured in an overlapping electrically-continuous relationship to the first stratum, the first stratum being a metallic lattice, and the electrically-conductive elements being a non-woven veil of electrically-nonconductive metal-coated fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Conductive Composites Company, LLC
    Inventors: George Clayton Hansen, Nathan D. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9999228
    Abstract: Conventional pans used for baking pizza pies, bread, and other dough related products have only a few shapes. Almost all such pans are limited to geometric shapes such as circular, rectangular, or square. The limited number of shapes is primarily due to the nature of the dough which shrinks when cooking. Disclosed are pans which include a frame having a bottom wall, an outer wall upwardly extending from the bottom wall, and a rim outwardly extending from the outer wall. A support surface is configured to support the food product within the outer wall of the frame. A plurality of holding elements upwardly extend from the support surface within the outer wall and are configured to at least partially pierce and hold the food product on the support surface, substantially against shrinkage, in a desired shape. Such pans can be designed to produce food product in essentially any desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Champa Fernando
  • Patent number: 9986743
    Abstract: Baking papers suitable for a wide range of baked goods have a non-stick coating prepared by coating a suitable substrate with an aqueous coating composition comprising an EVA copolymer dispersion and a hydrosilylation curing silicone emulsion, wherein the EVA copolymer dispersion has an EVA copolymer particle size of less than 500 nm and is surfactant-stabilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: WACKER CHEMIE AG
    Inventors: Christine Klingler, Timothy Rummel, Kathleen Beekel, Keith Stowell
  • Patent number: 9789670
    Abstract: [Problems to be Solved] To coat homopolyethylene terephthalate, which is inexpensive and easily available, on a paper base material directly, not via an adhesive layer, by extrusion coating, thereby providing a paper laminate having heat sealability and having a homopolyethylene terephthalate coating of a uniform film thickness formed thereon. [Means to Solve the Problems] A method for producing a paper laminate having a coating comprising homopolyethylene terephthalate formed on at least one surface of a paper base material by extrusion coating is characterized in that an air gap L, expressed as a distance from a lip opening of a T-die to a paper base material B, is 25 cm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunio Yamauchi, Isao Iwaya
  • Patent number: 9761419
    Abstract: In a method of suppressing abnormal discharge through a space between a space and a susceptor, a pulse-modulated high frequency wave is supplied from at least one of a first high frequency power supply and a second high frequency power supply. In addition, a DC voltage, which is pulse-modulated in synchronization with the modulated high frequency wave, is applied to the susceptor from a voltage application unit. A voltage value of the modulated DC voltage is set to reduce a difference between a potential of the substrate placed on an electrostatic chuck and a potential of the susceptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Koichi Nagami
  • Patent number: 9713402
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container lid for vacuum sealing which generates negative pressure in the internal space of a container, which is provided by covering the open upper part of a container main body, and seals same. An annular packing is mounted so as to go around the inner surface of a lid main body, and a check valve is mounted in the inner part of the outer surface of the lid main body. The check valve generates negative pressure in the internal space of the container by allowing air inside the container to flow to the outside but preventing outside air from flowing into the container when a pressure difference occurs between the inside and outside of the container. A plurality of self catching protrusions are provided respectively at a plurality of points on the edges of the lid main body, and a plurality of locking members are mounted respectively and pivotably in sections adjacent to the plurality of self catching protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: BORU INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sou Kyu Park
  • Patent number: 9567149
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct includes a base with a plurality of movable portions, where the movable portions are operative for pivoting into a substantially upright condition, and the base and plurality of movable portions includes microwave energy interactive material that is operative for converting microwave energy into heat, so that pivoting the movable portions moves the microwave energy interactive material of the movable portions into an upright condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Lorin R. Cole
  • Patent number: 9463916
    Abstract: A high temperature film substrate having a seal material printed thereon in a predefined pattern. The film comprises a pliable high melt temperature substrate and a heat-seal material selectively coated onto the substrate only in an area predetermined to be heat sealed together. Also disclosed is a heat-sealed pouch comprising a pliable high melt temperature substrate and a heat-seal material selectively coated onto the substrate only in a heat sealed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: B.S.C. TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert J. Cohn
  • Patent number: 9433320
    Abstract: In summary there is provided in one embodiment a combination of a pan with roasting material used in cooking food. The pan is configured for use to cook food and includes a bottom base having a base periphery edge and a sidewall extending upwardly from the base periphery edge and terminating at a side edge to create a well therebetween. The roasting material is removably secured to the bottom base or the sidewall of the pan. In addition, the roasting material is configured for use in conjunction with the pan to cook food and wherein the roasting material is either a roasting bag and a roasting bag tie for use together with each other, or aluminum foil, such that the roasting material is removed from the bottom base of the pan and used in conjunction with the pan to cook food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Handi-Foil Corporation
    Inventors: Norton Sarnoff, David Sarnoff, Raj Patel
  • Patent number: 9403347
    Abstract: A steam-ventable package includes a container formed to include an interior region and a mouth opening into the interior region and a closure coupled to the container to close the mouth. The closure is made from a peelable film coupled to a brim included in the container and configured to be removed from the brim in response to application of shear force applied to the peelable film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Jau-Ming Su, Charisa Sofian, Paul Wolak
  • Patent number: 9334100
    Abstract: A microwave packaging material includes a plurality of susceptors where each susceptor includes a plastic film or polymer with a metal layer on one surface of the plastic film and a paper adhered to the plastic film opposite the metal layer. A patterned adhesive is bonded between a first susceptor layer and a second susceptor layer in a pattern bond creating sealed air pockets. A paper board substrate is adhered using an adhesive in a bond pattern to one of the susceptor layers to provide the microwave packing material rigidity. Upon exposure to microwave energy in a microwave oven, moisture is trapped between the paper board substrate and the susceptor layer creating a vapor pressure that causes the sealed air pockets to form expanded air pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: SFC Global Supply Chain, Inc.
    Inventor: James Persells
  • Patent number: 9284108
    Abstract: A method of making a microwave energy interactive structure includes plasma treating the surface of a polymer film with an inert gas at a plasma treatment energy per unit surface area of the film of from about 0.005 J/cm2 to about 0.2 J/cm2 to reduce the apparent surface roughness of film the polymer film, and depositing a layer of microwave energy interactive material onto the plasma treated surface of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Middleton, Timothy H. Bohrer
  • Patent number: 9278794
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a small food storage container including: a food storing body having a shape of a container having a food storing space in which food is stored; a food filling body detachably mounted on the food storing body and having one or more air inlets formed along the periphery thereof to allow the inside to communicate with the outside and a food filling space formed at the inside thereof to communicate with the food storing space to fill the food thereinto; and a food opening/closing part fitted to the inside of the food filling body and having a shape of dishes facing each other to define the food storing space and the food filling space to open and close the food filling space by suctioning and discharging pressures of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventors: Wonseo Pang, Seongtaek Pang, Jaehui Pang
  • Patent number: 9278795
    Abstract: A multi-use construct includes a base and a plurality of walls defining an interior space. The base includes a line of disruption that defines a removable portion and a peripheral portion of the base. The construct is for being transitioned between a first configuration with the walls extending upwardly from the base, so that the construct is for containing a food item, and a second configuration with the removable portion underlying the food item and the peripheral portion overlying the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: 9254061
    Abstract: A microwavable material having a structure that may be used to enhance the browning and crisping, and thus improve the taste and appearance, of a food item cooked therein. The material may be in the form of a sheet material or formed as a container such as a bag, pouch, or other suitable structure. The material may have one or more features that help bring the material into close contact with the food item and help conform the bag around the food item. Furthermore, the material may have a structure that avoids substantial contact with liquid released by a food item, may have a venting system suitable for the exiting of moisture, may have a coating, a transparent surface, and when formed as a container, may have a gusseted surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Kara L. Harl, Jason R. Maxwell
  • Patent number: 9205968
    Abstract: A microwave energy interactive structure includes microwave energy interactive material supported on a microwave energy transparent substrate, and a plurality of spaced apart microwave energy transparent segments circumscribed by the microwave energy interactive material. The plurality of spaced apart microwave energy transparent segments define a pattern of loops that may be dimensioned to induce resonance of microwave energy during microwave heating of a food item on the structure. The structure may also include a plurality of microwave energy transparent elements that are operative as fuses to prevent overheating of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Neilson Zeng, Laurence M. C. Lai, Scott W. Middleton
  • Patent number: 9193515
    Abstract: An improved package for heating dry food products is provided. The present invention allows a dry food product to be heated in a microwave oven. The package has barrier properties and at least a portion of an outer surface that is water absorbent, so that the food package may be wetted prior to being heated in the microwave in order to prevent burning of the food products inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lestage, Joseph Paul Sagel, Susan Tanner
  • Patent number: 9161547
    Abstract: A conveyor oven is disclosed. The conveyor oven includes a housing, a conveyor belt, a first and second doors, and a heat source. The housing includes a cavity and a first and second openings. The conveyor belt is configured to receive and transport food items in and out of the cavity through the first and second openings. The conveyor belt includes a loading section and an unloading section for food. The first and second doors cover first and second openings, respectively, in order to prevent heat within the cavity from escaping through the first and second openings during operation. Configured to provide different cooking times and thermal profiles to various types of food items, the heat source provides heat to the cavity for heating up any food item placed on a portion of the conveyor belt located within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: OVENTION, INC.
    Inventor: Philip R. McKee
  • Patent number: 9162428
    Abstract: A microwave energy interactive structure includes a first susceptor film including a first layer of microwave energy interactive material supported on a first polymer film, a moisture-containing layer joined to the first layer of microwave energy interactive material, an adjoining layer joined to the moisture-containing layer such that the moisture-containing layer is disposed between the susceptor film and the adjoining layer, and a second layer of microwave energy interactive material on a side of the adjoining layer opposite the moisture-containing layer. The adjoining layer may be joined to the moisture-containing layer by a discontinuous adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Lafferty, Scott W. Middleton
  • Patent number: 9076350
    Abstract: A food container for microwave use comprises at least one compartment for receiving a food item, the container portion having a structural wall defining the lateral sides of the container portion. The structural wall is made of a polymer. A label is secured to the structural wall and covers continuously the lateral sides of the container portion. The label has an inner surface against the structural wall and an outer surface oriented away from the structural wall. The label comprises a substrate defining the outer surface of the label and a metallic ink defining partly the inner surface of the label. The metallic ink defines a continuous coating on the label with openings. The openings have a selected dimension to allow some microwaves to pass therethrough to reach the food item in the compartment. A method for fabricating a food container for microwave use is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: NORTH AMERICA I.M.L. CONTAINERS
    Inventor: Nicolas Bouveret
  • Patent number: 9060630
    Abstract: A napkin having a pliable silicone insert, said napkin being sized to fit in one's hand. The napkin being fashioned with at least one absorbent side and optionally a non-absorbent or non-skid side. The napkin further may be embroidered with a friction point formed with silicone or rubberized thread. Optionally, a pair of windows may be provided on one side of said napkin to expose the silicone insert allowing a grip function for said napkin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Nathan Briggs
  • Patent number: 9049751
    Abstract: Microwaveable packages having highly conductive susceptors and methods for using same are provided. In a general embodiment, the microwaveable packages include a container defining an interior and having a microwave shielding material surrounding the interior. At least a portion of the microwave shielding material is a highly conductive susceptor. The highly conductive susceptor may include a standard microwave susceptor layer and a layer including a substrate having a source of mobile charges. Methods for increasing a surface heating of a food product are also provided and include, in a general embodiment, providing a food product in an interior of a container, which has a microwave shielding material surrounding the interior, and heating the food product in the container in a microwave oven for a predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Ulrich J. Erle
  • Patent number: 9035225
    Abstract: A cookware system includes a microwaveable metal collecting pan, configured in a bowl shape with a plurality of elongated slots disposed thereon. The collector pan is positioned in a supporting bowl to catch dripping fluids and to provide a basin to hold water during steam cooking. A food item can be placed inside the pan, which is in turn placed inside the bowl and covered with a lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Neilson Zeng, Weiyun Luo
  • Publication number: 20150096976
    Abstract: A microwavable food container includes a liquid-impermeable barrier configured with a single compartment or multiple compartments. The microwavable food container also includes at least one removable robe attached to the liquid-impermeable barrier on the outside surface of the container wall of one or more of the compartments. The removable robe includes a carrier and a microwave-interactive material applied to the carrier. If multiple robes are utilized, they can have similar microwave-interactive properties or different microwave-interactive properties to cause different heating environments within the container. Further, multiple microwave-interactive materials can be included on a single robe. The multiple-interactive materials can also have similar microwave-interactive properties or different microwave-interactive properties to cause different heating environments within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventor: David William France
  • Patent number: 9000339
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct includes a first side wall and a second side wall opposite one another and a food-supporting panel extending between the first side wall and the second side wall. The first side wall includes a movable portion for being positioned over the food-supporting panel. The food-supporting panel and/or the movable portion of the first side wall may include microwave energy interactive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley J. Burke
  • Patent number: 8993947
    Abstract: A microwave energy interactive insulating structure comprises a layer of microwave energy interactive material supported on a first polymer film layer, a moisture-containing layer joined to the layer of microwave energy interactive material, a second polymer film layer joined to the moisture-containing layer in a predetermined pattern to define a plurality of closed cells between the moisture-containing layer and the second polymer film layer, and an aperture extending through the first polymer film layer, the moisture-containing layer, and the second polymer film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Lorin R. Cole
  • Patent number: 8993944
    Abstract: Packaging and a dessert food product combines a hot portion and a cold portion. In one embodiment, the dessert combines hot pie with a topping of ice cream in a single package. In one aspect of the invention, the microwaveable food product and package incorporates a food package that simultaneously includes various susceptor films that allow for differential heating of food. The susceptor film(s) shield the cold-portion food products from being heated in the microwave while they provide even heating of the hot portion of the product. The packaging provides a quick, convenient and tasty dessert with minimal effort. In another aspect of the present invention, the pie and ice cream formulation has been optimized to maintain superior flavor and texture properties after freezing and microwave reheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Animequom Adams, Hunter Gartner, John Partridge, Janice Harte, Keith Emery
  • Publication number: 20150053672
    Abstract: A forming tool assembly and method for forming a cooking element. The forming tool assembly has an upper tool assembly and a lower tool assembly that cooperate to shape the cooking element from an annular cutout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Wnek, Ronald P. Marx
  • Patent number: 8963061
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct has a platform including microwave energy interactive material and a plurality of venting features. The venting features include a plurality of tabs that are urged out of the plane of the platform to define an aperture. The tabs are disposed beneath the platform to define a void in communication with the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurence M. C. Lai
  • Publication number: 20150041459
    Abstract: A cup or plate for heating food or beverages is disclosed. The cup/plate contains a heating component, which may keep consumable goods, such as food and beverages at a desired temperature. An insulated external layer may be placed between the heating component and the external portion of the cup/plate. A wireless power receiver may be coupled to the heater component to receive an electrical power source and transfer it to the heater component. A transmitter element may form pockets of energy at the location of the different receivers to be used as power sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: DvineWave Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Leabman, Gregory Scott Brewer
  • Publication number: 20150037017
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for reducing the thermal signal noise in process chambers using a non-contact temperature sensing device to measure the temperature of a component in the process chamber. In some embodiments, a susceptor for supporting a substrate in a process chamber includes a first surface comprising a substrate support surface; and a second surface opposite the first surface, wherein a portion of the second surface comprises a feature to absorb incident radiant energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: SHU-KWAN LAU, JOSEPH M. RANISH, PAUL BRILLHART, MEHMET TUGRUL SAMIR
  • Publication number: 20140353306
    Abstract: A container to keep substances heated for longer periods of time is described. The container bears a cavity that contains a heating medium and a microwave susceptor. The container maybe a plate, cup, mug or other utensil to keep food or bevarages hot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: CLEARY'S FOOD AND BEVARAGE CONTAINERS
    Inventor: Michael Martin Cleary
  • Publication number: 20140353307
    Abstract: A container with a window through which food within the container may be seen. The window may include a hole in a base material of the container, and at least one substantially clear polymeric film that is mounted to a portion of the container and obstructs (e.g., covers) the hole. Microwave energy interactive material (“MEIM”) may be mounted to the polymeric film for influencing the effect of microwave energy on the food within the container. Typically (e.g., optionally), the film extends beyond the hole, and the MEIM may be segregated to portions of the film that do not obstruct the hole, so that the MEIM does not interfere with the view through the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Felicia A. Pinkstone
  • Patent number: 8901469
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a food item in a microwave oven comprises a tray including an interior space defined by a base and an upstanding peripheral wall, and a cover pivotably connected to the tray for pivoting the cover relative to the tray between an open position and a closed position. The tray and/or cover includes a plurality of protrusions extending into the interior space. A microwave energy interactive material overlies the protrusions on the tray and/or cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee M. Schneider, Terrence P. Lafferty, Philip E. Netzer, Patrick H. Wnek
  • Publication number: 20140339222
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a food item in a microwave oven comprises a tray including a plurality of elevated heating areas and a plurality of channels disposed between the elevated heating areas, the elevated heating areas each including a microwave energy interactive material, a cover pivotably connected to the tray for pivoting the cover relative to the tray between an open position and a closed position, and a locking feature operative for releasably maintaining the cover in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Terrence P. Lafferty
  • Patent number: 8872078
    Abstract: Various blanks are provided for forming sleeves, containers, and other constructs for heating, browning, and/or crisping of a food item in a microwave oven, and for holding and/or transporting the food item after heating. The various blanks, sleeves, containers, and other constructs may include a removable portion defined by one or more lines of disruption that enable the removable portion to be separated from the remainder of the blank, sleeve, container, or other construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: 8866054
    Abstract: A microwave energy interactive heating sheet includes at least two layers of microwave energy interactive insulating material joined to one another, where each layer includes microwave energy interactive material supported on a first polymer film layer, a support layer joined to the microwave energy interactive material, and a second polymer film layer joined to the support layer in a predetermined pattern, so that a plurality of expandable cells are defined between the support layer and the second polymer film layer. The expandable cells are operative for inflating upon sufficient exposure to microwave energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Wnek, Lorin R Cole, Scott W. Middleton, Richard G. Robison
  • 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: 8847132
    Abstract: An outer portion of one or more layers of microwave interactive material, which is for becoming hot when exposed to microwave energy, is arranged in a manner that seeks to advantageously control heating, so that the outer portion of the microwave interactive material can safely be adjacent the periphery of a turntable tray. The turntable tray can be heated by the microwave interactive material so that a peak thermally induced stress occurs in the turntable tray at a position proximate the periphery of the tray. The layer(s) of microwave interactive material are configured in a manner so that the peak thermally induced stress is less than a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Russell, Lorin R. Cole, Scott W. Middleton
  • Patent number: 8835822
    Abstract: A field director assembly includes electrically conductive vanes configured to prevent arcing in an unloaded microwave oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Nicole L. Blankenbeckler, William R. Corcoran, Jr., Dariusz Wlodzimierz Kawka, Mehrdad Mehdizadeh, Ronald Jack Riegert
  • Publication number: 20140251983
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention concern a removable cover for placement over food to be cooked in a microwave oven. The cover includes punchable perforations around the perimeter of the cover. The perforations are to be optionally punched out by the user to provide one or more holes for egress of moisture during cooking. The cover is configured as a dome, pyramid, cone or similar shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Nasro Farah
  • Patent number: 8829400
    Abstract: A packaging container which includes a synthetic resin container body having a flange part and the cover member heat-sealed to the flange part of the container body. The cover member includes (1) an upper member in which inner surfaces of resin films are positioned opposite to each other to form an abutted part, an unsealed part communicating with the inside of the container body is formed by heat-sealing a peripheral edge part of the abutted part excluding one side of the abutted part forming a base part, and the steam releasing seal part is formed at the abutted part and (2) a lower member which covers a lower surface of the upper member and in which a steam guide part communicating with the inside of the container body is formed at or near the base part of the abutted part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisakazu Yasumuro, Keizou Kanzaki, Shie Nishimoto, Hiroshi Akitoshi, Kikuo Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8822893
    Abstract: Thermoplastic pellitized materials are melted in gravity flow through coaxially oriented perforated cylindrical metal susceptors. The susceptors are equally energized by the interception of a common magnetic field formed by a high frequency powered inductor coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Bernard C. Lasko
  • Patent number: 8821950
    Abstract: The present invention provides an innovative packaging for microwave preparation of expandable food, such as cookies, an innovative food product prepared from the packaging and the method of preparation thereof. The innovative packaging includes first and second susceptor sheet portions each having an accordion-like shape; one or more members for spacing the susceptor sheet portions at a predetermined distance; and an expandable uncooked food placed between the two susceptor sheets, wherein the food is in intimate contact with sheet portions and becomes efficiently browned and crisped during microwave cooking. The food is preferably a cookie dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Urban Nilsson, Deborah Belser
  • Patent number: 8815317
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct includes a platform having a plurality of peripheral edges, a plurality of elevating panels for maintaining the platform in a raised position, and a layer of microwave energy interactive material overlying at least a portion of the platform. The platform includes a movable portion defined at least partially by a line of disruption extending substantially between a pair of adjacent edges of the platform. The movable portion of the platform is adapted to pivot along the line of disruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Lafferty, Lorin R. Cole, Scott W. Middleton