Combined Or Convertible Patents (Class 241/101.01)
  • Publication number: 20150083838
    Abstract: An apparatus for selectively activating a food waste disposer for a sink may include a housing and an activation member. The housing may include a switch and a first magnet. The first magnet may be movable relative to the housing and the switch between first and second positions. Movement of the first magnet from the second position to the first position may cause corresponding movement of the switch from an off-position in which electrical current is prevented from reaching a motor of the disposer to an on-position allowing electrical current to the motor. The activation member may include a second magnet and is receivable in a tubular member through which waste drains and positionable relative to the tubular member to place the second magnet in proximity to the first magnet to generate a repulsive magnetic force that moves the first magnet between the first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Randall E. HAMMER
  • Publication number: 20150031123
    Abstract: A device for transforming refuse into compost according to a cycle of operation has a cabinet, a hopper, a first reducing mechanism in the hopper, a first heating element coupled to the hopper, a transfer mechanism disposed in a conduit from the hopper to an outlet, a motor beneath the hopper and the transfer mechanism, a container removably mounted in the cabinet and beneath the outlet, a second reducing mechanism in the container, and a second heating element coupled to the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140203123
    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: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: MICHAEL P. CONTI
  • Patent number: 8770502
    Abstract: The invention may be described as a shear tool or concrete pulverizer retrofit method, a hybrid demolition machine, such as one resulting from such a method, and a demolition method that may be carried out using such a demolition machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Company Wrench, Ltd.
    Inventor: Brad Hutchinson
  • Publication number: 20140158431
    Abstract: A method transferring drill cuttings, the method comprising transferring the drill cuttings from a pressurized transference device to a pressurized container; transferring the drill cuttings from the pressurized container to a land-based pit discharging station; and discharging the drill cuttings into the land-based pit discharging station. Also, a system for transferring drill cuttings while drilling, the system comprising a pressurized transfer device; a pressurized container in fluid communication with the pressurized transfer device; a conduit disposed between the pressurized transfer device and the pressurized container; and a land-based pit discharging station in fluid communication with the pressurized container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Trey W. Anderson, Gary E. Fout, Gordon MacMillian Logan, John Koch
  • Publication number: 20140070036
    Abstract: An apparatus for selectively activating a food waste disposer for a sink may include a housing and an activation member. The housing may include a switch and a first magnet. The first magnet may be movable relative to the housing and the switch between first and second positions. Movement of the first magnet from the second position to the first position may cause corresponding movement of the switch from an off-position in which electrical current is prevented from reaching a motor of the disposer to an on-position allowing electrical current to the motor. The activation member may include a second magnet and is receivable in a tubular member through which waste drains and positionable relative to the tubular member to place the second magnet in proximity to the first magnet to generate a repulsive magnetic force that moves the first magnet between the first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: Randall E. Hammer
  • Publication number: 20120299220
    Abstract: Provided are a method and an apparatus for modifying particle size of powders in closed items, comprising the exposure of said items to external electric field of suitable parameters. The degree of agglomeration of the particles can be increased or decreased. Applications to neutralization of harmful powders in mails, to dry agglomeration and to volatilization of powders in food industry and in pharmacology are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Research & Development Authority
    Inventor: Sergey Biryukov
  • Patent number: 8220789
    Abstract: The combination food cutting board includes removable cups for food items, and a waste compartment. An upper cutting board mates with a lower base. The upper cutting board includes an aperture aligned with a receptacle in the base for waste, and secondary apertures aligned with matching receptacles in the base for holding the cups food items. The base includes a lateral opening and a sliding drawer in the waste compartment, and may include a storage compartment under the upper cutting board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventors: Harry Pourounidis, Curtis Stone
  • Patent number: 8122820
    Abstract: A food processor defining a food processing path through which are movable a cutting tool and a dicing tool for processing a food item. The dicing tool has multiple dicing elements selectively movable through the food processing path, between the cutting tool and the receptacle, to dice the food cut by the cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Conti, Keeley M. Kabala
  • Publication number: 20120043404
    Abstract: A waste processing system includes a cutting system and a feed system, wherein the improvement relates to a safety and control system which comprises a foot actuated actuator having at least two operable positions, wherein the actuator is in communication with the waste processing system and is adapted to selectively control the operation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Boyd Morey
  • Publication number: 20120043403
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a material reducing machine convertible between a grinding configuration and a chipping configuration. The material reducing machine includes a rotary component that is rotatable about an axis of rotation, the rotary component defining a grinding configuration boundary that extends at least partially around the axis of rotation. The material reducing machine also includes a plurality of hammers secured to the rotary component, the hammers including end portions that project outwardly beyond the grinding configuration boundary of the rotary component. Furthermore, the material reducing machine includes a boundary enlarging structure that mounts over the rotary component, the boundary enlarging structure defining a chipping configuration boundary that extends at least partially around the axis of rotation when the boundary enlarging structure is mounted over the rotary component, the chipping configuration boundary being positioned outside the grinding configuration boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Keith Roozeboom
  • Publication number: 20120018553
    Abstract: Devices for application of lubricant to the cutting mechanism of paper shredders. Maintenance and lubrication can be performed by applying lubrication agents to the cutting mechanism of a paper shredder without requiring disassembly of the paper shredder. The agents can also include scented agents and decomposing agents or a combination thereof. Lubrication sheets are configured to apply agents to the cutting mechanism of paper shredders. A holder can be positioned on a housing of a paper shredder for retaining one or more lubrication sheets within proximity of the shredding mechanism of the paper shredder. Paper shredders may include means for identifying when lubrication is needed and/or when the cutting mechanism of the paper shredder has been lubricated by a lubrication sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Mark S. Allen
  • Publication number: 20120018550
    Abstract: A method of reducing the size of material, such as rocks of mined ore, is disclosed. The method comprises comminuting and electro-fracturing rocks of the material and thereby reducing the rock size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher Geoffrey Goodes, Grant Ashley Wellwood
  • Publication number: 20120007413
    Abstract: A continuous material extraction system for a mine. The mine includes a roadway entry and a draw-bell entry intersecting the roadway entry and affording access to a draw-bell. The system generally includes a conveyor extending along the roadway entry, roadway rails extending along the roadway entry, and a material collector moveable along the roadway rails. The material collector is operable to crush material and deposit crushed material onto the conveyor. The system also includes a loading machine that is moveable along the rails and from the roadway entry into the draw-bell entry for removing material from the draw-bell and transferring material removed from the draw bell to the material collector. A bridge conveyor extends between the loading machine and the material collector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph J. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8061640
    Abstract: A plurality of chipper inserts that may be installed on a hammermill rotor in place of the hammer inserts to selectively convert the rotor to a chipper. The chipper inserts include drum surfaces that cooperatively define a chipper drum. The chipper inserts may include cutter inserts that have a cutter disposed in a cutter pocket. The chipper drum may be a generally continuous cylindrical interrupted essentially only by the cutter pockets. The cutters and cutter pockets may be positioned in essentially any desired pattern around the drum. The chipper inserts may include a left cutter insert, a center cutter insert, a right cutter insert and three different size spacer inserts. The different types of cutter inserts and spacer inserts may be installed about the rotor with at least one left cutter insert mounted on the left end of the chipper drum and at least one right cutter insert mounted on the right end of the chipper drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Morbark, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad J. Cotter, Nelson C. Langworthy
  • Publication number: 20110240776
    Abstract: An automatic and continuous rubber extracting device comprises a first grinding stone having a central opening and second grinding stone rotatable mounted against the first grinding stone. The first grinding stone is a top stone and the second grinding stone is a bottom stone. A cone is disposed within the central opening of the first grinding stone. A motor apparatus is provided for rotating the bottom stone and the cone. A screw feed is in communication with the central opening of the first grinding stone. Plant material from the screw feed is fed along the cone and between the first grinding stone and second grinding stone. The cone may be provided with grooves and recesses along an lateral surface thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Anvar Buranov
  • Patent number: 8028372
    Abstract: A blower/vacuum device includes a base supported on wheels. The device (10) has a reservoir (bag) that receives material collected by the device. Mounted on the base is a motor and impeller assembly that draws air inward and delivers the air (with collected material) to the bag. The assembly can also be operated to provide a forward delivery directed air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Victa Lawncare Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Finlay Llewyn Watson, Julia Prudhoe, Marc Frederick Lachere Francis
  • Publication number: 20110011963
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing animal byproduct materials is disclosed. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a grinder for grinding the byproduct materials; a mixer for mixing the ground byproduct materials with an oil absorbing material and a backmix material; and a dryer for drying the mixed materials. In some embodiments, the apparatus also includes a cyclone for separating an air stream from the dried materials. The dried materials are transported to one or more presses for pressing the dried materials, thereby reducing oil content. The one or more presses includes a first opening for delivering pressed oil to a centrifuge and a second opening for sending the pressed materials to a screener. A portion of the screened material is sent back to the mixer (and/or the grinder) and the balance of the screened material are sent to storage as a finished product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Ken Mosley, Kenneth T. Nickerson, Rick Renninger
  • Publication number: 20100300843
    Abstract: A leg and a method for measuring the position of a leg for a processing device, which leg comprises a first transfer member, which is articulated to the processing device and a second and a third transfer member for changing the position of the leg. The leg further comprises at least one measuring means for measuring the position of the leg in relation to the processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: METSO MINERALS INC.
    Inventors: Timo Mustonen, Heikki Kylmala, Harri Niemi
  • Publication number: 20100230523
    Abstract: A disc type wood chipper that utilizes a high percentage of the energy required for chipping but not substantially utilized in the material size reduction within the machine to produce chips of a small enough size such that the chips produced can be turned into wood flour or wood pellets with the expenditure of very little additional energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Mark D. Robinson, Daniel R. McBride
  • Publication number: 20100206969
    Abstract: A sink drain strainer and sink straining method that does not require electricity or installation permitting a user to manually cut, grind, push, or punch clogging food debris through the drainage holes so that it will be small enough to safely pass through the plumbing system without causing clogs. A sink strainer for processing a solid organic debris object, includes a sink strainer basket, sized for overlying and covering a drain, the sink strainer basket including a plurality of drainage holes retaining the solid organic debris object and inhibiting the solid organic debris object from entering into the drain; and a manually-actuable debris processor, coupled to the basket, for interacting with the drainage holes to resize the solid organic debris object into smaller debris objects sized to enter into the drain from the basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Finn A. Strong
  • Patent number: 7690592
    Abstract: The invention provides an interlock system whereby operation of a domestic appliance such as a food processor containing an electric motor capable of driving a bladed or similar processing tool at relatively high speed is inhibited unless a vessel having a first or a second base configuration is securely mounted to the appliance so as to contain the tool; the vessel having a lid or cover intended to be in place for safe operation when the processing tool is driven by the motor. A vessel-supporting surface of the appliance carries several up-standing latches, each of which is formed with features capable of co-operating with vessels having either of the base configurations to temporarily latch either type of vessel operationally to the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kenwood Limited
    Inventor: Robin Ferraby
  • Publication number: 20100001106
    Abstract: Polysilicon rods from the Siemens process are crushed into fragments and further processed to fragments having very low metal contamination in an economical manner by purposefully fabricating parts contacting the polysilicon from materials which cause high metal contamination, and removing the metal contamination by a cleaning bath or baths tailored to the particular metal contamination. By this process, economical materials previously scrupulously avoided, such as low alloy steel, can be used for crushers, conveyors, and other polysilicon-contacting parts of the crushing and classifying system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: WACKER CHEMIE AG
    Inventors: Marcus Schaefer, Reiner Pech, Hanns Wochner
  • Publication number: 20090065617
    Abstract: An auto vehicle capable of processing waste matter cuts pet bottles made of PET, which is a recyclable material, into chips while collecting the pet bottles, and an aligning portion configured to align the pet bottles fed therein via a loading portion, a processing portion configured to apply chipping to the pet bottles aligned by the aligning portion, and a chip storing portion configured to store chips formed by the processing portion, are provided on the deck. Waste matter can be thus automatically subjected to chipping without any involvement of manpower by merely loading collected waste matter into a collective hopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Susumu Yamada
  • Publication number: 20080314802
    Abstract: Mobile metal scrap recovery apparatuses and methods of operating them to remove scrap metal from scrap metal-contaminated soil are disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, a mobile metal scrap recovery apparatus comprises first and second wheeled components, each of which is road transportable. The first wheeled component comprises a unit for screening the metal scrap-contaminated soil into at least a coarser fraction and a finer fraction. The second wheeled component comprises a magnet separator, an eddy current separator, and a manual picking station. Methods for conducting the business of scrap metal recovery are also disclosed. Such business methods involve the use of a mobile metal scrap recovery apparatus to remove scrap metal from scrap metal-contaminated soil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas F. Tuite
  • Publication number: 20080203200
    Abstract: A continuous granulating and drying apparatus comprises a granulator and a dryer. Measurement of product and process parameters is carried out by means of measurement units positioned at critical locations in the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Collette NV
    Inventors: Michel Simon Waldron, Trevor Gordon Page, Tomas Vermeire
  • Publication number: 20080156909
    Abstract: A process is claimed for synthesizing compounds, in which solids are reacted with one or more gases, in which the solids are ground above atmospheric pressure in the presence of the gas. To perform the process, preference is given to using a mill with a grinding space (1) which accommodates the material being ground (10), and in which the grinding space (1) can be sealed in a pressure-tight manner even against high internal pressures (P1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: Ferdi Schuth, Borislav Bogdanovic, Michael Felderhoff, Jose M Bellosta von Colbe
  • Patent number: 7144550
    Abstract: A mobile self-contained apparatus and process for grinding, grating, macerating, chemically disinfecting, and drying infectious waste material. A trailer (10) contains a hopper (27), a grinder/grater (28), an enclosed conveyor system, drying and filter apparatus, and sources of power, chemical disinfectant, and fresh water. Bagged infectious waste material in a cart is lifted and dumped into the hopper, sprayed with a sodium hypochlorite disinfectant solution, fed to the grinder/grater, ground, grated, and macerated into small particles of confetti-like material, sprayed again, immersed in the disinfectant solution, conveyed by an upwardly inclined screw conveyor (34) and thoroughly mixed therein, dried, passed into a vertical screw conveyor (47), and passed to a discharge screw conveyor (50) which discharges the dry confetti-like material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: T & C Devine, Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Devine, Bobby Clark
  • Patent number: 6966513
    Abstract: The present invention is a linkage mechanism of cut-paper and anti-block of double-duty shredders, main comprising: stripe-cutter wheel group, latitude cutter, drive shaft, paper-expeller, crank coupler link group and intermittent cluster gear, is that crank coupler link drive latitude-cutter to cut horizontally the paper to be cut, then intermittent cluster gear control the stripe-cutter wheel group to pull down the paper to be cut to act longitudinal cut, and by the circle cross movement, the paper to be cut will be cut into chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Frank Chang
  • Patent number: 6832543
    Abstract: A modular kitchen appliance system includes a base having a first receptacle and a second receptacle formed in a top surface of the base, at least a first motor contained within the base, a vessel supported in the first receptacle of the base and a hand-held appliance removably supported in the second receptacle of the base. The vessel includes a blade assembly adapted for coupling to the first motor and the hand-held appliance has a first end for receiving a shaft of an appliance attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: The Holmes Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore R. Siano, Edward M. Jones, Justin C. Patterson
  • Patent number: 6722268
    Abstract: The device for triturating and extracting juice or pulp from food produce is used in particular in the food preserves industry for triturating and subsequently separating the juice or pulp from fruit or vegetables, in particular in a cold-working process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Rossi & Catelli S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Catelli, Mario Gozzi
  • Patent number: 6536691
    Abstract: An apparatus for shredding a product includes a housing having an interior space bounded by a generally cylindrical sidewall that can include one or more contoured segments. The housing further includes a cutting implement, preferably also contoured, following the contoured segment, with an opening in the sidewall between the contoured segment and the cutting implement that follows it. Preferably, the contours of the cutting implement are different from the contours of the segment that the cutting implement follows. The apparatus further includes a feed hopper through which a product to be shred is fed to the interior space of the housing, an impeller, including at least one impeller paddle, mounted for rotation within the housing about a substantially horizontal axis of rotation, and a driving mechanism coupled to the impeller for rotating the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Leprino Foods Company
    Inventors: William C. Prewitt, David Hendrickson, Chris Hildreth, James G. Leprino
  • Patent number: 6524442
    Abstract: An apparatus for fiberizing bales of pulp into substantially dry fibers and fiber aggregates. One embodiment includes: a bale support member for supporting a bale of pulp, the bale support member defining two openings; two rotatable fiberizing assemblies having disrupting elements protruding through the openings an adjustable distance above the bale support member to contact a surface layer of the bale of pulp, the surface layer having a dimension parallel to the longitudinal axis of the fiberizing assembly, a transportation assembly for moving the bale of pulp back and forth along the bale support member and over the openings so that the disrupting elements contact a surface layer in the bale, an adjustable reciprocating assembly permitting adjustment of the frequency by which the transportation assembly moves back and forth over the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: James Jay Tanner, Harold Jay Koller
  • Patent number: 6481342
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance (1) has a housing (3) having a first housing area (6) in which a first container (8) and a second housing area (7) in which a second container (17) can be placed onto the housing (3), which kitchen appliance (1) has an add-on unit (25) which can be accommodated in the second housing area (7) of the kitchen appliance (1) when the second container (17) is not in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Koninklijke Phillips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Donald T. Thackray
  • Patent number: 6418837
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance (1) having a container (10) and having a first cover configuration (21) for closing the container (12) advantageously also includes a second cover configuration (25) which can be placed onto the first cover configuration (21), as a result of which a hollow space (29) is formed with the aid of the two cover configurations (21, 25), which hollow space serves to and is adapted to accommodate accessories (31, 32) of the kitchen appliance (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Heimo Obersteiner
  • Patent number: 6189441
    Abstract: A kitchen robot comprises a housing (2) containing a motor unit (4) whose output shaft (6) vertically projects from the housing and with an upper face (10) for receiving a first removable accessory (22) comprising a bowl (33) housing a rotating implement (36) integral with a vertical shaft (38) coaxially coupled with the motor shaft (6). The housing has a base (12) run through by a driving shaft (14) connected to the motor shaft (6) by a belt hoisting mechanism (16) designed for receiving a second removable accessory (24). The bowl (33) is mounted movable on a base plate (50) run through by the motor shaft (6) and which, before the bowl is fixed, is mounted flatly adjustable on the housing (2) so as to be coaxial with the motor shaft (6), and is fixed on the housing (2) after being adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Beaudet, Marc Marriere