Rotating Comminuting Surface Patents (Class 241/277)
  • Patent number: 9731428
    Abstract: A slicing apparatus and methods of using a slicing apparatus are provided. The apparatus can include a base configured to rest on a horizontal surface, a vertically extending cutting area generally perpendicular to the horizontal surface, and a food carriage for laterally moving and rotating a food item engaged with the food carriage. The cutting area can include blades angled relative to each other, and a multi-blade tool that allows adjustment and selection of different blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: INSPIRALIZED WORLDWIDE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen Levine, Alissandra Cerda
  • Publication number: 20150097063
    Abstract: An ice shaver structure includes a worm shaft, an ice pressing tray installed at the bottom of the worm shaft for controlling ice block, a thread section formed on the worm shaft and engaged with a worm gear, a resisting mechanism installed on the worm gear and having a stopper fixed to an ice shaver and abutted against an axial surface of the worm gear, and a resilient device abutted against the stopper. The resilient device has a position-adjusting fixing element for determining an elastic force produced by the resilient device after being compressed, and the elastic force is acted on the stopper to push the stopper to press against the worm gear, such that the resilient device becomes a relative fixed end which is difficult to turn, so that the worm shaft can be driven by a motor to produced up-and-down displacements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: SHIH-JUNG HSU, WEI-TSO CHAO
  • Publication number: 20150069158
    Abstract: A bale processor of a type for tearing apart a bale of forage material into filamentary material includes a shredder rotor with blades that remove filamentary portions of the bale and delivers such filamentary material directly to a multiple fan blower for blowing such filamentary material directly to and out of a delivery chute. An independent dual discharge feature permits discharge out of either side and/or one or more blowers placed closer to the shredder rotor can be used independently of the dual discharge feature and the multiple fan blower feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Lucas B. Graham, Luke A. Mushitz
  • Publication number: 20150037480
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance for processing foodstuff comprises a housing, a bowl, a bowl lid, and a bail handle. The bowl is removably mountable onto the housing and comprises an upper rim defining a mouth for selectively receiving a rotatable tool within the bowl. The bowl lid is removably mountable onto the upper rim of the bowl and comprises a top wall and a flange depending downwardly therefrom. The bail handle is pivotably affixed to opposing sides of the housing. The bail handle is pivotable between (1) a disengaged position in which the bowl lid may be removed from the bowl and in which the bowl may be removed from the housing and (2) an engaged position in which the bail handle applies downward pressure on the bowl lid to retain the bowl lid on the upper rim of the bowl and to retain the bowl on the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Drew Carlson
  • Publication number: 20150034749
    Abstract: The invention relates to a press roll (1) for a roll press, in particular for comminuting highly abrasive materials, comprising a roll body (2) which has a plurality of pocket-like recesses (3) that are distributed over the circumference and are spaced from one another in the circumferential direction (T) on one or both roll edges, each said recess being formed so as to be open laterally and at the top. Only one hard body is removably inserted into each individual pocket-like recess (3) as an exchangeable edge protection element (5), and the length (L) of the pocket-like recesses (3) and the length (I) of the inserted edge protection elements (5) in the circumferential direction (T) is greater than the distance (A) between two directly adjacent recesses (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Eggert De Weldige
  • Patent number: 8944354
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for containing a material, such as coffee beans, that may be used with a grinding apparatus. The apparatus may have a directing component to guide a controlled dose of material toward the grinding apparatus. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a container with a base portion that engages a grinding apparatus. The container, when engaged with the grinding apparatus, can direct coffee beans toward the grinding apparatus and has a door that releases a controlled dose of beans. A grinding apparatus is also disclosed that may have a movable tongue to cause excess grounds caught on interior components of the grinding apparatus to exit the grinding apparatus. The apparatus, systems, and methods reduce labor associated with grinding the material and allow a user, such as a barista, to more efficiently prepare brewed beverages, such as single-cup portions of coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Patent number: 8940207
    Abstract: A continuous length of material of non-circular cross-section is pelletized to form discrete bits, by feeding the material to a cutting wheel with shaped cutters that form non-planar bits having non-circular axial projections and that are aligned with the material. The material is fed so as to maintain a rotational orientation with respect to the cutters, and so as to avoid buckling. Multiple banks of strands of material are severed simultaneously, thereby producing high volumes of shaped bits that are useful as filling and as filter material, and as friction-enhancing additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventors: Peter J. Mueller, Richard H. Fetter, Robert A. Hewitt, Jamie Allen Chomas, Jason Bradley Forgash
  • Patent number: 8882012
    Abstract: A cell isolation apparatus includes: a chamber body which includes a chamber into which tissue is to be introduced; an isolation member which is moved in the chamber and which is to collide with the tissue to isolate a cell; and a controlling portion which controls an operation of the isolation member in the chamber body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignees: Nihon Kohden Corporation, Tokyo Women's Medical University
    Inventors: Yuji Haraguchi, Tatsuya Shimizu, Teruo Okano, Takahiro Shioyama, Akane Suzuki, Sunao Takeda
  • Patent number: 8851410
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cutting device for a granulator for obtaining granules from cutting plastic strands which are discharged from nozzles, said cutting device comprising a cutting rotor which is connected to the drive shaft by means of a Cardan joint piece comprising a driven part and a drive part. Said drive part and the driven part comprise a force transfer piece, respectively having a prong like shape such that the prongs rotate about the force transfer piece when they are pivoted at about 90 degrees in relation to each other. Each prong supports the axis which extends through the force transfer piece and both axes are offset in relation to each other essentially about 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Dahlheimer
  • Publication number: 20140290499
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an appliance for preparing foodstuff comprising a cutting unit (2) for use with a separately operated cooking unit (3) wherein the cutting unit (2) has a first base structure, at least one supply opening (27), cutting means (22, 24), and at least one outlet (28). The cutting unit (2) can be positioned in a side-by-side configuration with respect to the cooking unit (3), in which the outlet (28) is in a position for supplying cut food ingredients to a cooking unit (3). The cutting means (22, 24) comprise a first drive and at least one rotating cutting element arranged inside a cutting chamber provided on top of the base structure. The cutting chamber opens into the outlet opening via an overlapping area that is at least partly arranged below the cutting chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Werner Karl Murbacher, Gerlinde Zergoi-Wagner
  • Patent number: 8844847
    Abstract: A feed material processing apparatus including a chamber; at least one inlet in flow communication to an upper region of the chamber; a rotor located within the chamber that is rotatable about a substantially vertical axis by a rotation drive, wherein the rotor promotes a circulatory flow of feed material and/or gas within the chamber; at least one outlet in flow communication from a lower region of the chamber. Preferably the apparatus comprises at least one feature located laterally on the rotor to promote the circulatory flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Grinding Technologies Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Morrison, Axel Guenther Andre
  • Publication number: 20140231565
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to brush cutters and to brush cutting heads therefor, and more specifically, to brush cutting heads having internally housed drive and bearing assemblies. The brush cutting head includes a hollow support body having a first end, an opposed second end, an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface of the support body defines a hollow which extends between the first and second ends of the support body. Also provided is a drive and bearing assembly housed at least partially within the hollow of the support body. The drive and bearing assembly includes a drive block mounted to extend within the hollow of the support body at the first end thereof. The drive block includes a motor provided with a torque transmitting driveshaft. A first coupling assembly is connected to the driveshaft of the motor and the support body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Etienne Labbe, Rene Bolvin
  • Publication number: 20140166792
    Abstract: The invention refers to a comminution device, such as for example a shredder (II) or the like for in particular large-size materials, with a main drive (I) generating a rotational movement for a shredder shaft (2), wherein the rotational speed of the shredder shaft (2) can be changed continuously by means of a gear interposed between main drive (I) and shredder (II), wherein as gear a planetary gear, in particular a planetary superposition gear (1), preferably a hydrostatic superposition gear is provided. The invention is characterized in that the hydraulic engine (4) as additional drive aggregate can be impinged in two different rotational directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: DOPPSTADT FAMILIENHOLDING GmbH
    Inventors: Johann Doppstadt, Horst Berger
  • Publication number: 20140158799
    Abstract: A wheeled chassis to which a stump grinding unit is securely attached that includes a chip collector attached to either the stump grinder or the wheeled chassis and positioned adjacent the trailing edge of the stump grinding wheel. The wheeled chassis includes a duct in fluid communication with the chip collector, and a collection bin positioned adjacent the trailing end and in spaced relation below the duct. The wheeled chassis is adapted for hitched connection to a vehicle. A blower can be positioned within the duct to produce a rearwardly directed air flow to assist in the chip movement towards the collection bin. The collection bin can be positioned on the wheeled chassis or on a vehicle to which the wheeled chassis is attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Leonardi Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Leonardi, Bruce C. Jordan
  • Publication number: 20140158800
    Abstract: Provided is a tool for cutting food into pieces, comprising at least one cutting element adjacent to a bearing surface, the cutting element comprising at least one vertical member forming a longitudinal cutting member provided for slicing the food to be cut longways, and a transverse wall having, on either side of said vertical member, two transverse cutting members provided for separating the food pieces that were sliced longways, so as to provide two channels for cut food. The vertical member has a front notch. A retaining member, which is rigidly connected to the bearing surface, can be inserted into the front notch. Also provided is an accessory for preparing food and to an appliance for preparing food comprising the above-described tool for cutting food into pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Bordes, Jean-Michel Noguez, Lionel Peyras
  • Publication number: 20140138463
    Abstract: A method and means for disaggregating aggregated particulate. A housing contains a rotational motor and a vibrating motor also has an auger drivingly linked to the rotational motor. Legs extend from the housing in the same direction as the auger and the device rests upon the aggregated particulate. Upon driving the rotational motor, the auger bores through the aggregated particulate, thereby disaggregating particulate. The vibrating motor is also driven to vibrate and further disaggregate the particulate. A plate device with a vibrating motor attached is also used to disaggregate the particulate, such as by teeth extending from the bottom of the plate that are driven into the aggregate by the weight of the plate when vibrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Michael L. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140138464
    Abstract: A safety device for a waste processing system having a powered cutting system comprising a rotor rotatably mounted within a housing is disclosed wherein the improvement relates to a safety device which comprises a first safety device disposed within the housing, spaced from the rotor and thereby defining a first gap therebetween through which a cable that has been captured by the rotor assembly is automatically cleaved when disposed between the first safety device and the rotor assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas E. Casper
  • Publication number: 20140117132
    Abstract: A food homogenizer is provided, including a base with a driving motor and a homogenizer assembly removably coupled to the base. The homogenizer assembly includes a homogenizing chamber, an inlet chute, and an exit spout. A shredder is disposed within the homogenizing chamber and is driven by the driving motor to homogenize food ingredients into a soft texture with a similar consistency as ice cream or sherbet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: HEALTHY FOODS, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Louis Machovina, Robert Johnson, Robert Schmidt, Winston Breeden, III, Douglas Edward Whitner, Eileen McHale
  • Publication number: 20140103155
    Abstract: A food homogenizer is provided, including a base with a driving motor and a homogenizer assembly removably coupled to the base. The homogenizer assembly includes a homogenizing chamber, an inlet chute, and an exit spout. A shredder is disposed within the homogenizing chamber and is driven by the driving motor to homogenize food ingredients into a soft texture with a similar consistency as ice cream or sherbet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: HEALTHY FOODS, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Louis Machovina, Robert Johnson, Robert Schmidt, Winston Breeden, III, Douglas Edward Whitner, Eileen McHale
  • Publication number: 20140084095
    Abstract: A comminutor for reducing the particle size of solid waste is provided. The comminutor includes at least two shafts, each fitted with a cutting element. A top portion of each of the shafts is rotatably mounted to a top housing and a bottom portion of each of the shafts is rotatably mounted to a bottom housing. The comminutor also includes a first shaft support disposed between the top portion and the bottom portion for rotatably supporting each of the shafts and a vertical support member attached to the top housing and the bottom housing, the first shaft support being coupled to the vertical support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: JWC Environmental, LLC
    Inventors: Corey GLAUBERMAN, Robert SABOL, Bruce R. HAMLETT
  • Publication number: 20140077014
    Abstract: The presently disclosed embodiments, as well as features and aspects thereof, are directed toward a hay bale conversion system. An exemplary embodiment includes a prep table, a converter table and a feed table. The prep table queues hay bales and deposits them into a first position on the converter table. A push blade assembly is hydraulically advanced such that a hay bale that was deposited in the first position, whether the hay bale is round or square in form, will be moved to a second position at the opposite end of the converter table and thrashed down into an un-baled form by a thrasher assembly. The un-baled hay is then deposited onto a first end of a feed table and advanced along the feed table to baling machine that is operationally connected such that the un-baled hay is received and reformed into a bale of a desirable size and/or weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Al Cooper
  • Patent number: 8671832
    Abstract: A food processor includes a bowl with a removable lid. Food items are advanced into the bowl through a feed tube formed in the lid where they are cut by a cutting assembly. The cutting assembly is adjustable to vary the thickness of the cut food items. A user-operated control device adjusts the cutting thickness of the cutting assembly. The control device is located outside of the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Michael P. Conti, Steven C. Drees, David J. Gushwa, Arren J. McCormick, David W. Robenalt
  • Patent number: 8662429
    Abstract: A shredder for shredding articles, the shredder includes a first cutter that provides a first stage of shredding to shred the articles and a second cutter arrangement that provides a second stage of shredding to shred the articles received from the first cutter arrangement. The second cutter arrangement includes a rotary cutter element rotatable to shred the articles into shredded particles and a filter having openings to enable the shredded particles below a predetermined size to pass therethrough. The shredder also includes an outlet allows shredded particles to exit therefrom and a vacuum that provides air flow through the second cutter arrangement for entraining and moving the articles and/or particles through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Fellowes, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai Hoon K. Matlin, Mitchell C. Stevens, Shawn Michael Applegate, Daniel Namie
  • Publication number: 20140014754
    Abstract: A food homogenizer is provided, including a base with a driving motor and a homogenizer assembly removably coupled to the base. The homogenizer assembly includes a homogenizing chamber, an inlet chute, and an exit spout. A shredder is disposed within the homogenizing chamber and is driven by the driving motor to homogenize food ingredients into a soft texture with a similar consistency as ice cream or sherbet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Healthy Foods, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Louis Machovina, Robert Johnson, Robert Schmidt, Winston Breeden, III, Douglas Edward Whitner, Eileen McHale
  • Publication number: 20140008472
    Abstract: A method of preparing lignocellulosic fibre aggregates from a densified mass of lignocellulosic fibre, such as densified bales, for use in manufacturing high performance, recyclable and moldable lignocellulosic fibre and thermoplastic composites, or articles made of the high performance, recyclable and moldable lignocellulosic fibre and thermoplastic composites is provided. The method includes: (a) feeding densified forms of lignocellulosic fibre into a size reduction device; and size reducing the lignocellulosic fibres so as to produce dense lignocellulosic fibre aggregates having an average size profile suitable for use in manufacturing high performance, recyclable and moldable lignocellulosic fibre and thermoplastic composites, or articles made of the high performance, recyclable and moldable lignocellulosic fibre and thermoplastic composites. The density of the lignocellulosic fibre is generally maintained throughout the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Vincent Yan
  • Publication number: 20140008473
    Abstract: To provide a mill that can greatly reduce noise during operation and can also contribute to greater device compactness. The mill is provided with: a tubular drum body configured in a manner so that a material to be milled introduced from one section can be discharged from another section; a central shaft that penetrates within the drum body in the direction of tube length thereof; and a plurality of milling plates that are attached at a predetermined interval in the axial direction of the central shaft, and that compartmentalize the interior space of the drum body in to a plurality of milling chambers. The drum body and/or the milling plates rotate, and the mill does not have a milling medium that mills the material to be milled by contacting the material to be milled while rolling within the drum body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Daito Doboku, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeo Yanase
  • Patent number: 8621990
    Abstract: A household appliance has a container for receiving working material and a housing that is isolated from the container by a wall. A rotatable working tool disposed inside the container. A motor for driving the working tool has a stator and a rotor. The stator is disposed within the housing so as to be isolated from the working material of the container. The rotor is disposed within the container and the working tool is preferably fixed to a shaft of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Electric S.A.
    Inventors: Chuan Hui Fang, Li Sheng Liu, Yue Li, Liang Guan
  • Patent number: 8616478
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process and an apparatus for the treatment of a material in the form of fragments or particles which is moved and/or rotated, mixed, heated and, if appropriate, comminuted by at least one mixing element (12, 21) in a receiver or cutter-compactor (1), where, in the course of the process, undesired substances which impair the treatment of and/or further operations on the material are removed from the material by introducing a gas, in particular air or an inert gas, in a region below the level of the material located in the receiver (1) during its operation, or below the level of material of the mixing vortex which forms within the receiver (1), where the gas is forced to flow through at least a subregion of the material, and where the gas then saturated with, or with an increased concentration of, undesired substances is discharged from the receiver (1) in a region above the level of the material located in the receiver (1) during its operation or above the level of the material of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Georg Weigerstorfer, Klaus Feichtinger, Peter Pauli
  • Publication number: 20130341440
    Abstract: A water-powered fish carcass disposal system that floats in a body of water, grinds fish carcasses into pieces having a desired size, and returns the pieces of the ground fish carcasses into the body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Alexandra Elizabeth West
  • Publication number: 20130341442
    Abstract: A device for disaggregating crop field additives that have been aggregated due to conditions such as compression or moisture. The device comprises a series of spined rollers in parallel orientation extending across an open passage, the rollers rotated by a motor such that the spines can break apart the aggregates falling through the open passage before application of the additives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Keith Putman, Kelly Johnson, Jason Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130306772
    Abstract: In order to facilitate side extraction of the roller holder cartridge (3) in a rolling mill stand (100), the strokes of the hydraulic capsules needed to take the pistons of the same clear from the trajectory traveled by the roller holder cartridge (3) during the extraction of the same from the rolling mill, may reach values indicatively between 150 and 400 mm, values which can negatively affect response times of the position control system of said capsules (4?). In order to continue to apply the same capsule control methods but with a considerably more dynamic system capable of rapidly and accurately reacting to sudden changes of pressure, the servo valves in the control circuits are of the four-way type, instead of the three-way type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Ettore Cernuschi, Simone Piacentini
  • Publication number: 20130306767
    Abstract: A pre-grinder or pre-shredder apparatus, essentially made up of at least one drive unit (1) including a hydraulically or electrically driven motor (2), a reduction gear (3) and at least one shredding element (4) connected thereto and mounted on a frame (5), a wall, a feeder chute or any other mounting. The reduction gear (3) of the drive unit (1) of the pre-grinder or pre-shredder forms an element for attaching and supporting at least one shredder element (4) and is made up of a stationary portion (3?), attached directly to the frame (5) of the pre-grinder or pre-shredder or on a mounting or a wall of the latter, and by a mobile portion (3?), the shredder element (4) being inserted on the mobile portion of the reduction gear. The apparatus is useful in treating materials from any source, in particular by shredding using grinders, hammer mills or similar devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Arnaud Becker, Caroline Becker, Catherine Becker
  • Publication number: 20130264405
    Abstract: Food processing assemblies for rotating processing tools inside a container are disclosed. A portion of the processing assembly is rotationally fixed relative to the container in at least one rotational direction while the processing assembly is driven. In some embodiments, one end of the food processing assembly may be rotationally fixed to a container lid in at least one rotational direction. The processing tool may include a transmission system, where a portion of the transmission is rotationally fixed to the container in at least one rotational direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: David M. Audette
  • Publication number: 20130264404
    Abstract: Food processing assemblies for rotating two processing tools inside a container at two different speeds and/or directions and methods for using such a processing assembly are disclosed. The two processing tools are vertically spaced along the longitudinal axis of the processing assembly. A motor drives the first processing tool and a transmission system, and the transmission system drives the second processing tool. The transmission system outputs a rotation speed and/or direction is different from that of the motor to drive the second processing tool. The transmission system may be located between the two processing tools within the food-containing volume of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Mark Rosenzweig, David M. Audette
  • Publication number: 20130200185
    Abstract: A hand-held masher device for mashing of potatoes and like food stuffs; said device including a power unit providing a rotating shaft output; said device further including a masher assembly extending from said power unit; said masher assembly including a skirt element and a mashing element operating within said skirt element; characterized in that mashed potato and like food stuff is extruded through apertures disposed in a side wall of said skirt element; said masher assembly including internal guide surfaces; said guide surfaces in the form of an inverted portion of a conical structure depending from an underside of a supporting annular conical wall of said skirt element, and wherein upper portions of blades of said mashing element conform to said guide surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Ian Geoffrey Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130200191
    Abstract: A reversible conveyor assembly, which comprises a screw conveyor having one or more projection means formed on both upper and lower portions of the screw conveyor. A conveyor flange has a guiding means and a groove that are engraved on upper portion of the conveyor flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Buhler (India) Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventors: Chaithanya B. Subbannavar, Naveen H.C. Kumar
  • Publication number: 20130181080
    Abstract: A biomedical homogenizing device including a seat, a rotational module, and at least one holding module is disclosed. The seat has at least one driving wheel set, with each driving wheel set having at least one driving wheel. The rotational module is rotatably mounted on the seat and has a driving shaft and two rotating disks, wherein the driving shaft extends through the at least one driving wheel set, the two rotating disks are respectively and firmly coupled to two ends of the driving shaft, and at least one driven wheel is rotatably mounted on at least one of the two rotating disks to be driven by the driving wheel of the driving wheel set. The at least one holding module is arranged between the two rotating disks and coupled with the at least one driven wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Yang-Te Hsu
  • Patent number: 8474740
    Abstract: A bale processor apparatus has a bale chamber configured to hold a front bale in the chamber forward of a rear bale in the chamber. A disintegrator apparatus removes shredded material from the front bale and forms a front stream of shredded material moving laterally, and removes shredded material from the rear bale and forms a rear stream of shredded material. An exhaust opening in the bale chamber adjacent to the front bale is oriented such that the front stream passes laterally through the exhaust opening. A conveyor receives the rear stream and carries same forward and moves same into contact with the front stream such that the rear stream is carried out through the exhaust opening with the front stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Highline Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Blake Neudorf, Cameron Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130134245
    Abstract: A food processor includes a base and a bowl with a removable lid. Food items are advanced into the bowl through a feed tube formed in the lid where they are cut by a cutting assembly driven by a motor. The cutting assembly is adjustable to vary the thickness of the cut food items. The food processor includes an adjustment assembly that is operable to adjust the cutting thickness of the cutting assembly while the cutting assembly is driven by the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: DAVID JOSEPH GUSHWA
  • Publication number: 20130105611
    Abstract: An ice dispenser for a refrigeration appliance is provided that can deliver both crushed ice and whole or non-crushed ice. A rotating drum or cylinder carries one or more blades that can crush ice against non-rotating blades carried on an axis or rod that extends into the drum. The direction of rotation of the drum can be selected so as to determine whether crushed or non-crushed ice is dispensed. The dispensing system can be located on the door of the refrigerator. An ice maker can also be positioned with the ice dispenser on the door of the appliance or, optionally, can be located in a compartment of the refrigerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Bart Andrew Nuss
  • Publication number: 20130092775
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for triturating and stirring fruits and vegetables, and breaking ice, and in particular to the stirring cutter transmission structure within the device. It comprises a motor. at least three stirring cutter sets, and at least three stirring cutter set driving shafts, each of the stirring cutter set is connected with a driving shaft, the stirring cutter set is a four-blade stirring cutter set, the motor is connected with a driving wheel, each of the driving shaft is mounted thereon with a driven wheel, the motor drives the driving wheel to drive the driven wheel which causes each stirring cutter set to rotate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Wenxiong WANG
  • Publication number: 20130092776
    Abstract: A grinder roller assembly and a method of forming a grinder roller assembly are provided. The grinder roller assembly includes an elongated shaft that comprises a shaft outer surface. The grinder roller assembly further includes an insert plate. The insert plate has a plate outer surface that is noncircular and substantially smooth. The insert plate further has a plate opening that defines a plate inner surface and is configured to receive the elongated shaft. The grinder roller assembly further includes a roller having a roller opening that defines a roller inner surface that cooperates with the plate outer surface. The grinder roller assembly further includes at least one fastener that attaches the insert plate to the elongated shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Tony F. Habib, Robert W. Honaker, Clint M. Sowers, Stephen J. Lukezich, Breck J. Hardy
  • Publication number: 20130082130
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for containing a material, such as coffee beans, that may be used with a grinding apparatus. The apparatus may have a directing component to guide a controlled dose of material toward the grinding apparatus. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a container with a base portion that engages a grinding apparatus. The container, when engaged with the grinding apparatus, can direct coffee beans toward the grinding apparatus and has a door that releases a controlled dose of beans. A grinding apparatus is also disclosed that may have a movable tongue to cause excess grounds caught on interior components of the grinding apparatus to exit the grinding apparatus. The apparatus, systems, and methods reduce labor associated with grinding the material and allow a user, such as a barista, to more efficiently prepare brewed beverages, such as single-cup portions of coffee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: STARBUCKS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Publication number: 20130075510
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pulper comprising a supply chamber (2) and a displacement chamber (3) for handling materials in an especially gentle manner, having a diameter between the supply chamber and the displacement chamber that is at most ? of the diameter of the displacement chamber (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Hans-Joachim Boltersdorf
  • Patent number: 8402886
    Abstract: A device for processing foodstuffs in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure includes an upper part, a drive mechanism and a lower part with a working container, in which a working unit can be manually driven and made to rotate by means of the drive mechanism. The drive mechanism includes a tractive cable drive and is operatively connected to the working unit by means of a releasable torque-coupled connection. The drive mechanism also includes a primary and secondary drive unit, which are operatively interconnected by means of a gear in such a way that a transmission ratio of between 1:1.5 and 1:4 and preferably between 1:1.8 and 1:1.9 is achieved. The primary and secondary drive units are axially parallel and dimensioned in such a way that at least one of the drive units intersects the rotational axis of the other respective drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Swizzzprozzz AG
    Inventor: Bruno Herren
  • Publication number: 20130062446
    Abstract: A bone mill including a base and a mill head that is removably attached to the base. A cutting disc is moveably disposed in the mill head. A motor is disposed in the base. A spindle attached to the motor releasably engages the cutting disk. The spindle is also capable of movement towards and away from the motor. A spring holds the mill head away from the motor. In some versions of the invention, the spring urges the spindle towards the cutting disc. The biasing force exerted by the spring urges the spindle into engagement with the cutting disc. A locking assembly releasably holds the mill head to the base in opposition of the force exerted by the spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Stryker Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130037641
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cutting device for a granulator for obtaining granules from cutting plastic strands which are discharged from nozzles, said cutting device comprising a cutting rotor which is connected to the drive shaft by means of a Cardan joint piece comprising a driven part and a drive part. Said drive part and the driven part comprise a force transfer piece, respectively having a prong like shape such that the prongs rotate about the force transfer piece when they are pivoted at about 90 degrees in relation to each other. Each prong supports the axis which extends through the force transfer piece and both axes are offset in relation to each other essentially about 90 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: AUTOMATIK PLASTICS MACHINERY GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Dahlheimer
  • Publication number: 20130026274
    Abstract: A grinding roll includes a core comprising an external surface, and at least one wear resistant article adapted for use as a working surface that is removably attached to the external surface of the core. The at least one wear resistant article comprises a metal matrix composite comprising a plurality of inorganic particles dispersed in a metal matrix material comprising one of a metal and a metal alloy, and a plurality of hard elements interspersed in the metal matrix composite. The wear resistance of the metal matrix composite is less than the wear resistance of the hard elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: TDY INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: TDY INDUSTRIES, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130020422
    Abstract: An estimator (111) is configured to estimate an initial representation of the channel based on the reference signal. A first transformer (112) is configured to transform the initial channel representation into a first domain suitable for suppression of a first type of disturbance. A first suppressor (113) is configured to perform suppression of the first type of disturbance in the first domain for obtaining a first suppressed channel representation. A second transformer (114) is configured to transform the first suppressed channel representation into a second domain suitable for suppression of a second type of disturbance. A second suppressor (115) is configured to perform suppression of the second type of disturbance in the second domain for obtaining a second suppressed channel representation. The first type of disturbance includes one of inter-channel interference and noise, and the second type of disturbance includes the other one of inter-channel interference and noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Jan-Olof Bynèlius
  • Publication number: 20120325946
    Abstract: Provided is an electric kitchen appliance including a housing which contains an electric motor connected to an upper drive output, a work chamber comprising a work container sealed by a lid with a chute for inserting food, the work container having a discharge outlet, a removable pressing screw which can be rotated by the upper drive output being arranged in the work chamber. Rotation of the pressing screw is provided by a rotary element removably mounted in the work chamber, the rotary element including a pre-cutting disc and a driving member which is rotated by the upper drive output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Patrick Charles, Augustin Dominguez