Elongated Edged Member Patents (Class 241/282.1)
  • Patent number: 11166594
    Abstract: A stirrer for inserting into a bottom opening of a vessel bottom of a stirring vessel of an electric motor operated kitchen appliance has a plurality of positioning protrusions embodied on its circumferential surface one behind the other in the circumferential direction. A plurality of first positioning protrusions of the circumferential surface protrude with a first radial length difference beyond a smallest radius of the circumferential surface. At least one second positioning protrusion protrudes with a second radial length difference beyond the smallest radius of the circumferential surface, which second radial length difference is smaller than the first radial length difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Esslinger, Daniel Zuber, Patrick Scholder
  • Patent number: 11051657
    Abstract: A electronic grinder includes a main body removably attached to a grinding and dispensing chamber. The top of the main body is sealed by an upper cab and the bottom of the chamber is sealed by an openable lower cap. The main chamber includes a motor connected to a magnetically attached removable blade. The blade extends into the chamber when the grinder is assembled. When the lower cap is closed, the blade grinds material placed in the chamber. When the lower cap is opened, the blade functions as a fan to dispense ground material out of the chamber. The grinder also includes a display, an electronic scale, and an accessory cigarette lighter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TRI Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Benyamin Abehasera
  • Patent number: 11021008
    Abstract: A drive mechanism for transposition and stirring by single disc single motor includes a rotating transposition disc, wherein the transposition disc is a single-layer transposition disc, at least one gear set in which a gear ring is engaged with a planetary gear is arranged successively from inside to outside with the rotating shaft of the single-layer transposition disc as the center, the gear ring of each gear set is fixed on a rack, and the planetary gear engaged with the gear ring is rotationally installed on the transposition disc to serve as a driving gear of a stirring shaft of a color matching paint bucket. By adoption of the above technical solution, the present invention has the following beneficial effects: the structure is reasonable, the parts and components of the color mixing machine are reduced without reducing and decreasing the functions of the color mixing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ZHENGZHOU SANHUA TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunkun Zhang
  • Patent number: 11013371
    Abstract: A blending system that includes a base that is selectively and operatively engaged with a container is shown and described herein. The base may include a near field communications chip that may communicate with a near field communications chip of a cutting disc. The cutting disc identifies a type of the cutting disc, a position of a chute of a lid or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Kolar
  • Patent number: 10836536
    Abstract: A tap and solvent container assembly includes a container having an upper wall, a bottom wall and a side wall connecting the upper wall and said bottom wall. A bung hole is formed in the side wall and a threaded bung assembly is mounted within the bung hole. The threaded bung assembly has a threaded member and a tap assembly is threadedly mounted to the threaded member. The container has an inner reservoir for containing liquids such as solvents, paint, thinners, reducers, etc. The top assembly is used to dispense the liquids from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Pro Form Products Ltd.
    Inventor: James H. Speck
  • Patent number: 10750907
    Abstract: A food processor may include: a base; a container including an accommodation tub installed on an upper surface of the base and accommodating a processing target, a handle support part laterally protruding from a side surface of the accommodation tub, and a handle extending upwards or downwards from the handle support part; a lower enclosure installed on the upper surface of the base to surround a lower portion of the accommodation tub; and an upper enclosure positioned in a coupled state and a released state with respect to the lower enclosure and cooperatively supporting the handle support part together with the lower enclosure to suppress shaking of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NUC Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Boo Kim
  • Patent number: 10722075
    Abstract: Coffee grinder including a grinding assembly to grind coffee beans, a container or hopper to feed coffee beans to the grinding assembly, an electric motor connected to the grinding assembly, a feeding conduit connected to the grinding assembly to feed coffee into a filter supported by a filter-holder, an inverter connected to the electric motor to vary the speed of the electric motor, a control unit connected to the inverter to control the inverter, and a control panel connected to the inverter by the control unit so that the user can vary the speed of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SIMONELLI GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventor: Nando Ottavi
  • Patent number: 10645966
    Abstract: Apparatus, system and method for cold pressing juice from a food including a food delivery chute, a food grinder, and a pressing chamber which may removably fit together as a single, stand-alone unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Goodnature Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Wettlaufer, Eric Wettlaufer
  • Patent number: 10588462
    Abstract: A blender with a blending assembly is shown and described. The blender may include a container and a blending assembly attached thereto. The blending assembly may include a blade, an axle, and a thick, molded bearing mount. The bearing may include a stiffening portion and a thick molded portion. The blending assembly may include a vibration dampening member. The vibration dampening member may be positioned to isolate the bearing mount and/or a bearing housing from other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Arnett, Nathaniel D. Palella
  • Patent number: 10575533
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a filling machine for filling foodstuffs comprising a predetermined proportion of pieces of filling in a liquid. The pieces of filling are charged into a hopper and liquid is during the filling process added into the lower region of the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Albert Handtmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Kloos, Martin Staudenrausch, Uwe Wiemann
  • Patent number: 10537209
    Abstract: A food processor apparatus. The apparatus may include: a base having a motor; a processing bowl that is releasably couplable to the base; a lid for the processing bowl having a feed tube. A pusher device, having a body and a safety rail that extends from the body, cooperates with the feed tube. A longitudinal slot, is located about the feed tube, and has a pilot opening that is located about the top of the longitudinal slot for receiving the safety rail. A linkage assembly is located about the longitudinal slot. The safety rail engages the linkage assembly when the safety rail is at least partially inserted into the longitudinal slot. A majority of the longitudinal slot, as located below the pilot opening, has a full width of the longitudinal slot directly exposed to an interior of the feed tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BREVILLE PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Keith James Hensel, Lochana Subasekara Widanagamage Don, Daniel Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10512365
    Abstract: A versatile food processing system that can work with plurality of top-mounted food processing units of different types and sizes is disclosed. The motor base of the food processing system has a locking mechanism and safety actuators at different radial locations so that food processing units of different sizes can utilities the safety mechanism. One particular processing unit is especially useful for making noodles and vegetable strips. The processing unit comprises a stationary outer vessel and a rotating inner vessel. Blades are located on an inner lid of the inner vessel. The inner vessel spins in unison with the inner lid without a central shaft to avoid harm caused by the shaft to the quality of the resulting noodles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Capbran Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Colin Sapire
  • Patent number: 10493412
    Abstract: Blender and food processing devices dampen impact forces between a blending blade and a blending jar. One blender includes a blender base and a blending jar that has a seal opening. A blending blade assembly in the jar includes a blending blade, a jar shaft attached to the blending blade and extending through the seal opening, a circular motion guide positioned around the jar shaft, and a jar seal positioned between the circular motion guide and the seal opening. The jar seal prevents contact between the circular motion guide and the seal opening and dampens forces induced by relative motion between the seal opening and the blending blade, jar shaft, and/or circular motion guide. The dampening may reduce wear or damage to the jar and may improve quality of the blending jar and blade assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BlendTec, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Dickson, Jr., Joseph O. Jacobsen, Mark W. McLane, Sterling O. Kingdon
  • Patent number: 10486861
    Abstract: A tap and solvent container assembly includes a container having an upper wall, a bottom wall and a side wall connecting the upper wall and said bottom wall. A bung hole is formed in the side wall and a threaded bung assembly is mounted within the bung hole. The threaded bung assembly has a threaded member and a tap assembly is threadedly mounted to the threaded member. The container has an inner reservoir for containing liquids such as solvents, paint, thinners, reducers, etc. The top assembly is used to dispense the liquids from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Pro Form Products Ltd.
    Inventor: James H. Speck
  • Patent number: 10478013
    Abstract: Cooking appliance including a lid that closes, in a removable manner, a working container receiving a tool spun by a motor, the lid having a body equipped with a tube for adding food, arranged in an off-center manner on the lid, wherein the lid includes a locking ring that can move by spinning on said body, and the locking ring can be in a closed position in which locking components hold the lid in a closed position on the working container, and in an open position in which the lid can be lifted off of the working container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Deshayes, Jean-Yves Beaudet
  • Patent number: 10470612
    Abstract: Blending devices can be used to blend material in a disposable container such as a paper or plastic cup. A blending device may have a jar or container portion that is insertable into a disposable container and that seals its opening. A space within the jar or container portion contains a blending blade assembly that is rotatable to blend material in the disposable container. A shelf or overhanging structure may extend partially over the bottom surface of the jar or container portion to limit movement of material out of the space in the jar or container portion in a vertical and lateral direction to reduce stresses on the container during blending. After blending, the disposable container may be removed from the blending device and the blended material may be served directly in the container. Ducted blending and other flow control devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ideya Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Dickson, Jr., C. David Voorhees, Javier E. Jimenez, Tyson D. Triplett
  • Patent number: 10455985
    Abstract: A mixing vessel includes a vessel body, a clamping device and a stirrer. The vessel body includes a bottom panel and a vessel wall upwardly extended from the border of the bottom panel. The bottom panel defines a top surface, an opposing bottom surface and an opening cut through the top surface and the bottom surface. The clamping device is connected to the bottom panel of the vessel body and clamped on the top surface and the bottom surface of the bottom panel. The stirrer is inserted through the opening of the bottom panel of the vessel body and connected to the clamping device. Thus, subject to fixation of the clamping device to the bottom panel of the vessel body, the mixing vessel presents the bottom panel of the vessel body from deformation due to heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Wen-Ching Lee
  • Patent number: 10399047
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. A blending system may include a base including a motor and a first shell that encases the motor. The blending system may also include a container that is removably coupled to the blender base. The blending system may also have a second shell selectively attached to the first shell. The blending system may also have a wall positioned within the base to direct airflow from the fan along a volute-shaped path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Patent number: 10383481
    Abstract: Disclosed is a blender including a noise blocking device. The blender includes: a container receiving food therein and having a processing member in which a processing member for processing food accommodated in the container is rotatably mounted thereon; a handle connected to the container; a body configured to allow the container to be mounted on an upper side thereof and receiving a drive device for supplying drive force for rotation of the processing member; and a noise blocking device connected to the body to define a closed space for receiving the container, wherein the handle is disposed outside the noise blocking device. The blender has a compact and simple structure, and provides user convenience. The noise blocking device of the blender can have an improved noise blocking effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NUC Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 10350560
    Abstract: The invention relates to decanters technology field, more particularly relates to a separated decanter. A separated decanter includes a bottle body, a base and a motor sub-assembly; the bottom of the bottle body protrudes an annular wall, a spacer is provided in the annular wall, the spacer is provided with through holes to connect the lumen of the bottle body; the base includes a base surface, an outer ring and an inner ring; the outer ring is set at the outside peripheral of the base surface, the inner ring lies in the outer ring on the base surface; the annular wall connects with the inner ring, both of them and combine with the spacer to form a cavity; the cavity contains a magnet; the motor sub-assembly is set under the base; the motor sub-assembly drives the magnet to turn, thereby stirring the liquid in the bottle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dongguan Kinyet Metal Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yungchang Lu
  • Patent number: 10314436
    Abstract: A grinder attachment for a food processing system is provided including a grinder base and a grinder cup defining a grinder chamber and a grinder opening. The grinder cup is mounted to the grinder base at a closed end of the grinder cup. The closed end is opposite the grinder opening. A rotatable blade assembly includes at least one blade positioned within the chamber of the grinder cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sharkninja Operating LLC
    Inventor: Joyce Chien Tu
  • Patent number: 10299629
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. The blending system may include a base including a motor, a blade base assembly selectively and operably engaged with the base, where the motor drives a blade assembly of the blade base, and a blending container engageable with the blade base. The blade base may be configured to prevent driving of the blade assembly when the blending container is not engaged with the blade base assembly. The blade base may be engaged with the blending container and the blade assembly may mechanically engage with the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: James P. Bascom, Scott C. Bly, Todd Cassidy, Brenton Krivos, Jeff Ransden, Ray Adams, Christian C. Stewart
  • Patent number: 10286401
    Abstract: An abrasion wear resistant distributor plate assembly is mountable to protect a rotor within a vertical shaft impact crusher for material fed into the rotor. A distributor plate is arranged so as to be resistant to the operational abrasive wear resulting from contact with a flow of crushable feed material through the crusher rotor. Attachment components are provided around a perimeter of the plate to facilitate mounting and decoupling of the plate at the rotor during servicing or replacement procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AB
    Inventors: Andreas Forsberg, Rowan Dallimore, Knut Kjaerran
  • Patent number: 10251515
    Abstract: The present invention relates to household food-processing devices. In order to provide a household food-processing device with a mounting system ensuring that it is not possible to touch the processing tool in an operating state, a household food-processing device (10) is provided that comprises a base unit (12), a processing tool unit (14) with a processing tool (18) for processing supplied food, and a receiving unit (16) with a receiving volume (20) for receiving the processed food. The base unit provides a driving force for actuating the processing tool. The receiving unit is mountable to the processing tool unit, and the base unit is mountable to the processing tool unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Mario Hosner
  • Patent number: 10112159
    Abstract: Disclosed a bi-directional blender, comprising a cup and a cap holder rotatably connected with the cup by a threaded flange, wherein the interior of the cup is a cavity in which a first blending blade and a second blending blade are fixedly mounted. In the bi-directional blender of the invention, the cup is internally provided with the first blending blade and the second blending blade, the two sets of blending blades may rotate in opposite directions to form a forward and a reverse crushing structure capable of better crushing all kinds of ingredients, and thus the blender can be used in a juicer and a food processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Jimmy Liu
  • Patent number: 10045664
    Abstract: A blade assembly is provided that includes a base portion that is removably coupleable to a blender base and an aperture extending through the base portion. The blade assembly further includes a drive shaft rotatably coupled to the base portion, the drive shaft extending through the aperture and rotatable about a rotational axis. The blade assembly further includes one or more blades fixedly coupled to the drive shaft and a coupling member for removably coupling a container to the blade assembly. The blade assembly further includes a guard member extending from the base portion such that the guard member circumscribes the one or more blades about the rotational axis. Further, the guard member circumscribes a portion of the container about the rotational axis when the container is removably coupled to the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Boozer, James P. Bascom
  • Patent number: 10028616
    Abstract: Provided is a household appliance for food preparation, comprising a working container having a bottom receiving a rotary tool that is rotatably driven by a motor and an open upper end via which ingredients can be inserted into the working container, a heating device for heating the contents of the working container, and a steam-cooking basket that lies in the working container, above the rotary tool, wherein said rotary tool can be removed from the working container and wherein said basket comprises a bottom having an opening for the passage of a body that grips the rotary tool when the basket is arranged in the working container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Johan Nespoux, Jean-Louis Deshayes, Damien Maunoury
  • Patent number: 10022684
    Abstract: An impeller mixer of electrode slurry includes a container (100) filled with raw materials of electrode slurry, impellers (110) have different shapes from each other and are multi-layered, the impellers being rotatably provided in the container (100) and configured to mix the raw materials of electrode slurry, and a driving part (120) disposed on a bottom portion of the container (100) and coupled to the impellers (110) through a coupling shaft to rotate the impeller, wherein the coupling shaft is disposed above the driving part. Therefore, multi-layered impellers (11) rotating at a high speed efficiently disperse raw materials of electrode slurry in a short time and also allow the raw materials to be uniformly mixed, resulting in an increase in work efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hyuk Su Kim, Dae Geun Ku, Jun Woo Huh, Hyang Mok Lee, Chang Bum Ahn
  • Patent number: 10018227
    Abstract: An electrical food preparation device including a drive mechanism (3) rotated by a motor and a working tool (4, 5, 6, 7) including a bushing that removably engages on the drive mechanism, the drive mechanism including a section provided with at least one drive ramp that mates with a complementary drive ramp carried by said bushing in order to rotate said working tool, the drive ramp having an inclination designed such that the rotation of the drive mechanism in the direction of rotation of the motor generates a force on the bushing that tends to keep it engaged on the drive mechanism, the drive mechanism also including at least one retaining surface (33) that comes into contact with a stop carried by the working tool when the drive mechanism rotates in the reverse direction, the retaining surface and the stop having shapes that mate each other to prevent the bushing from rising back up along the drive mechanism when the motor stops suddenly, wherein the retaining surface is provided on a different part of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Giraud, Jean-Yves Beaudet, Johan Nespoux
  • Patent number: 10010221
    Abstract: A blender includes a base unit having a receiving well, a container assembly and an actuation arrangement. The container assembly includes a container body having a blending cavity and a rim, and a connector member detachably attached on the container body to selectively seal the blending cavity, a driven unit and a blending blade. The actuation arrangement includes a plurality of actuating members outwardly extended from the rim of the container body, a plurality of actuating slots indently and spacedly formed along a side wall of the receiving well, and a plurality of actuating switches. When the connector member is slightly rotated in the receiving well, each of the actuating members is arranged to circumferentially move along the corresponding actuating slot so as to actuate the actuating switches for actuating the driving head to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Guangshe Pan
  • Patent number: 9955821
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for processing foodstuffs, including an upper part, a drive and a lower part and a working unit that can be driven and set rotating by means of the drive, the drive being a manually cord-operated drive and the device having a holding-operating element on the upper part. The upper part of the device has an opening and is designed to feed the foodstuff to be processed to the working unit and to hold the device in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: swizzzCut AG
    Inventor: Bruno Herren
  • Patent number: 9895026
    Abstract: A food processing machine having a base and a cylindrical jar lock extending upwardly from a top surface of the base. A jar assembly has a jar and a collar that extends downwardly from the jar. The collar is adapted to fit circumferentially around the cylindrical jar lock. A plurality of locking tabs extend radially inwardly from the collar. The locking tabs engage with the cylindrical jar lock and prevent vertical movement of the jar while allowing rotational movement of the jar and linear movement of the jar with respect to the base in the xy-plane. The cylindrical jar lock is optionally spring-mounted to the base to provide dampened movement in the vertical direction of the cylindrical jar lock with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony S. Roberts, Jeremy T. Wolters
  • Patent number: 9867503
    Abstract: A chopping system generally includes a container having a bottom wall and a sidewall together defining a cavity. The sidewall has a rim, and the bottom wall has an upper surface with a central area having an entirely smooth contour. The system also includes a drive assembly configured for mounting on the rim to cover the cavity, and the system further includes a working assembly comprising at least one working member configured for operative attachment to the drive assembly such that, when the drive assembly is mounted on the rim, the working member is disposed within the cavity. The system further includes a base attached to the working assembly such that the working member is rotatable relative to the base. The base has a bottom surface that substantially mirrors the contour of the upper surface within the central area so as to be seated substantially flush thereagainst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Cassandra Schuette, James Saunders, Joseph Krebs, Rolando Cavazos
  • Patent number: 9854945
    Abstract: The invention relates to a kitchen appliance (1), in particular a mixer having a base device (2) and a vessel (3), which can be arranged thereon, wherein the kitchen appliance (1) has a positioning device (8) for positioning a first partial area (6) of the kitchen appliance (1) relative to a second partial area (7) of the kitchen appliance (1). For an advantageous monitoring of a positioning, it is proposed for an optical measuring device comprising a light emitter (9) and a light receiver (10) to be assigned to the positioning device (8), which are arranged on the first partial area (6) and/or on the second partial area (7) in such a manner that the light intensity measured by the light receiver (10) varies as a function of the positioning of the first partial area (6) relative to the second partial area (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Starflinger
  • Patent number: 9848738
    Abstract: A food processor is provided which includes a container, a blade assembly, and a base arranged such that the container is coupleable to the base. The base includes a housing and a motor configured to drive the blade assembly. The food processor further includes an actuator included with the container moveable between a first position and a second, extended position. When the container is coupled to the base and the actuator is in the second, extended position, the actuator is configured to actuate a switch to permit activation of the motor, and the base is constructed such that the container can be coupled to the base when the actuator is in the second, extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC
    Inventors: David M. Audette, Alexander J. Calvino, Waiman Chung, Aric Jennings, Daniel Stephen Potter, Andrea Stavrinou, August Alden Drufke
  • Patent number: 9770135
    Abstract: A food processor is provided with a wide feed tube. The food processor has a pusher that cooperates with a safety mechanism. The safety mechanism comprises a linkage assembly that prevents the food processor's motor from operating unless the pusher is inserted into the feed tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: BREVILLE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Keith James Hensel, Lochana Subasekara Widanagamage Don, Daniel Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9750372
    Abstract: A jug body having a through opening for receiving a blade assembly, the opening extending through a hub formed on an underside of the jug; the blade assembly having a bearing case within which is mounted bearings for supporting a shaft; the bearing case having a flange at one end and having threads at an opposite end, the threads protruding from a lower surface of the hub; the threads cooperating with a threaded nut that draws the flange into engagement with the jug; the lower surface of the hub and the nut being capped by a cover through which protrudes the shaft; a lower end of the shaft having attached to it, a coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventors: Brendan John Foxlee, Khon Thai
  • Patent number: 9706879
    Abstract: A blade driving assembly includes a blade-supporting shaft disposed to rotate parallel to, but laterally offset from, the axis of a food processor's drive outlet. A planetary drive system conveys rotational drive to the blade-supporting shaft, so that the blade-supporting shaft rotates around its own axis, thereby spinning the blade or blades, while at the same time the blade-supporting shaft rotates bodily around the drive-outlet axis, describing a locus, centered on the drive-outlet axis but separated therefrom by a radial distance (d) corresponding to the lateral offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KENWOOD LIMITED
    Inventor: David Harvey
  • Patent number: 9635982
    Abstract: A food processor having a removable feed tube is provided. The food processor includes a work bowl and a lid configured to be selectively removable from the work bowl and having a feed tube opening. A removable feed tube is selectively attached to the lid and extends upwards from the feed tube opening when attached to the lid. The food processor also includes a simple cover that can be utilized in place of the removable feed tube to close off the feed tube opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joseph W. Zakowski
  • Patent number: 9560936
    Abstract: A blade assembly for a food processing appliance includes a shaft and a base member in which one end of the shaft is journalled for rotation about its axis. First and second blade members are mounted to the shaft at respective axial locations and extend radially and in opposite directions from their respective locations on the shaft, with the blade member nearer the free end of the shaft being angled back along the shaft towards the base member and the other blade member angled forwardly along the shaft, towards the free end. The first blade member further has associated therewith a relatively short and blunt stub-like blade portion angled forwardly from the support location for the first blade member and extending beyond the free end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: KENWOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Adam Wade, Martin Hunt
  • Patent number: 9555384
    Abstract: A blending appliance includes a housing with a jar receiving area defined between an upper housing and a support base. A blender jar includes a base portion and a receptacle portion, and is configured to be laterally received within the jar receiving area of the housing. A magnetic coupling system includes an upper magnetic coupler disposed in the base portion of the blender jar and a lower magnetic coupler disposed in the support base of the housing. The upper and lower magnetic couplers are magnetically coupled to one another for driving a blade assembly disposed in the receptacle portion of the blender jar. A brake mechanism is disposed on the upper magnetic coupler and is configured to stop rotation of the upper magnetic coupler when the blender jar is removed from the jar receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Haney, Jeremy T. Wolters, Brandon T. Mock, Zachary A. Lownds
  • Patent number: 9457131
    Abstract: According to some embodiments of the invention, there is provided a method of producing a bone graft, comprising: providing a tooth, converting the tooth into a plurality of particles, and selecting from available particles a subset of particles. In some embodiments, the method is performed at a dental clinic. In some embodiments, the dental bone graft is an autograft produced by grinding a patient's tooth. According to some embodiments of the invention, there is provided an apparatus configured for connecting to a motor unit to produce a bone graft at a dental clinic, comprising: a housing encasing: a chamber sized to receive a tooth, a blade assembly positioned within the chamber and configured to pulverize the tooth, an accessible compartment in which a subset of tooth particles is collected, and one or more sieves positioned to sift particles that flow between the chamber and the accessible compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: KometaBio Inc.
    Inventors: Lari Sapoznikov, Itzhak Binderman, Meir Sahar
  • Patent number: 9433324
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a housing enclosing a motor and a switch mechanism. A bowl is removably mountable onto the housing. At least one actuation member is movable between a first position and a second position. A bowl lid is removably mountable onto the upper rim of the bowl. When the bowl lid is properly positioned onto the upper rim of the bowl, the motor is actuated or permitted to be actuated by pressing downwardly on the lid such that at least a portion of one of a plurality of flanges of the bowl contacts at least a portion of the actuation member to force the actuation member to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc
    Inventors: Michael G Sandford, Ernest B Pryor
  • Patent number: 9427111
    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 lid includes a user-operated button operable to control the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Xu You Gen, Huang Shen You
  • Patent number: 9386883
    Abstract: A feed tube assembly for a food processor is provided. The feed tube assembly includes a first member having a channel therethrough configured to be slidably received in a feed tube of a food processor, and a second member slidably received in the channel of the first member. The first member also includes a flat spring that extends into the channel to secure food items within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joseph W. Zakowski
  • Patent number: 9339148
    Abstract: A supply assembly for a food homogenizer includes a cartridge defining a hollow interior for a food product. The supply assembly includes a force application device that applies a force to the food product. As such, the food product is movable with respect to the cartridge towards a blade assembly of the food homogenizer. A plunger movably supported within the hollow interior of the cartridge can be provided. As such, the plunger and the food product are movable with respect to the cartridge towards the blade assembly of the food homogenizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Healthy Foods, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Louis Machovina, Robert Johnson, Robert Schmidt, Winston Breeden, III, Douglas Edward Whitner, Ryan Scott Crisp, Eileen McHale
  • Patent number: 9192264
    Abstract: A food processor is provided which includes a container, a blade assembly, and a base arranged such that the container is coupleable to the base. The base includes a housing and a motor configured to drive the blade assembly. The food processor further includes an actuator included with the container moveable between a first position and a second, extended position. When the container is coupled to the base and the actuator is in the second, extended position, the actuator is configured to actuate a switch to permit activation of the motor, and the base is constructed such that the container can be coupled to the base when the actuator is in the second, extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventors: David M. Audette, Alexander J. Calvino, Waiman Chung, Aric Jennings, Daniel Stephen Potter, Andrea Stavrinou
  • Patent number: 9179802
    Abstract: Disclosed is a machine for stirring, cutting, cooking or processing food under modified atmosphere. A drive shaft is provided in the mixing machine, for putting the product into rotary motion in the processing bowl, said drive shaft having a lower power take-off and being vertically supported by a liner which is integral with the base of the bowl, whereas the opposite end of said shaft is integral with a hub having at least one radial arm, with a liner fitted thereto for supporting and guiding a secondary vertical arm, which may be used for cutting or emulsifying food product, which shaft is integral with a pinion meshing with a crown wheel, said crown wheel being fitted to a sleeve which is coaxial and integral with supporting and guiding liner for the shaft, whereas each secondary shaft may be equipped with at least one epicyclically driven, high-speed mixing or processing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Firex S.r.l.
    Inventors: Paolo Cadorin, Francesco Pinto
  • Patent number: 9107539
    Abstract: A food processor includes at least two different types of blades to process foods. A processing assembly includes a shaft, a set of pureeing blades attached to the shaft, and a set of substantially horizontal blades attached to the shaft. Each substantially horizontal blade may have a rearwardly curved leading cutting edge. The substantially horizontal blades are positioned higher with a food processing container than the pureeing blades. In some embodiments, upwardly angled blades may be included to induce vertical circulation and/or vorticial flow of the processed food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventors: Mark Rosenzweig, David M. Audette
  • Patent number: RE48305
    Abstract: A food processor is provided with a wide feed tube. The food processor has a pusher that cooperates with a safety mechanism. The safety mechanism comprises a linkage assembly that prevents the food processor's motor from operating unless the pusher is inserted into the feed tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: BREVILLE PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Keith James Hensel, Lochana Subasekara Widanagamage Don, Daniel Armstrong