Of Comminutor Drive Patents (Class 241/36)
  • Patent number: 11903523
    Abstract: A food processor assembly is provided with a bowl base adapted to receive a rotary input, and an interlock. A bowl is separate from, and sized to be supported upon, the bowl base, to receive and process food products therein. A lid is sized to attach to the bowl to enclose the bowl and to interact with the bowl base interlock. The interlock of the bowl base is isolated from the bowl and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: David Kolar, Rebecca Hammond, Fred Mehlman, Phonesacksith G. Kettavong
  • Patent number: 11904325
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for treating granular grinding stock or grinding stock mixtures by way of controlled mechanical size reduction by means of a grinding mill or a combination of several grinding mills. The actual grinding process is controlled by externally provided data. The data is saved in a data memory unit that is connected to the packaging of the grinding stock, namely directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Wolfgang Mock
  • Patent number: 11903522
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance for processing food includes a housing, in or on which a drive unit is arranged for driving a processing tool for processing food. The kitchen appliance also includes an actuating mechanism for actuating the drive unit, wherein the actuating mechanism has a moveable switching element arranged outside of the housing. A switch is arranged inside the housing and an opening passes through the housing. The switch is switchable with the switching element for actuating the drive unit such that the switching element is moved relative to the switch, and the kitchen appliance has a sealing element, which forms a seal while closing the opening and transfers the movement of the switching element to the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: PI-DESIGN AG
    Inventor: Jorgen Bodum
  • Patent number: 11795570
    Abstract: A single crystal furnace is provided, including a main furnace chamber; an auxiliary furnace chamber communicating with the main furnace chamber; and a material chamber provided with a charging inlet and a charging mechanism, wherein the material chamber is communicated with the main furnace chamber through the charging inlet, the charging mechanism is telescopically coupled to the charging inlet for charging materials into a crucible in the main furnace chamber. In the single crystal furnace, the material chamber is provided, so that charging operation may be performed during taking out the monocrystalline silicon rod, thereby effectively shortening the time consumed by taking out the monocrystalline silicon rod and the charging operation, and improving production efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignees: JINKO SOLAR CO., LTD., ZHEJIANG JINKO SOLAR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ziyang Ou, Xiaolong Bai, Xinyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11752504
    Abstract: A paper shredder motor cooling assembly having a paper shredder motor coupled to a fan shaft, an enclosure surrounding the paper shredder motor and having selected input and selected output vents to control airflow to the paper shredder motor, a fan coupled to the fan shaft, communicating with the selected input vents or the selected output vents; when the paper shredder motor is operating, the rotor shaft turns the fan to generate a differential air pressure between the selected input vents and the selected output vents, removing heat from the motor. A duty cycle of greater than 50% is obtained. The fan can be coupled to the motor by speed increasing gearing, attached to the cutter blade assembly, such that the fan turns faster than the motor. The fan also can be attached to the motor shaft. An input fan and an output fan can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Aurora Office Equipment Co., Ltd. Shanghai
    Inventors: Kiapin Li, Zhankai Yang, Yung Kang Tso, Bin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11707746
    Abstract: A novel material size reducing and storage device system comprising of at least one material size reducing unit which is capable of shredding, grinding, cutting or using other similar methods for the purpose of recycling plastic, metal, paper, and other materials; a storage unit; an apparatus that analyzes and detects the type or recyclable; a heating system that facilitates further size reduction of recyclable; a cooling system that maintains cool temperatures for food waste; a computer system having self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology (SMART); and a cleaning system that removes contamination from material so that said material is ready to be upcycled in a recycling facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Inventor: Joel Lawrence Pergerson
  • Patent number: 11707744
    Abstract: A paper shredder motor cooling assembly having a paper shredder motor coupled to a fan shaft, an enclosure surrounding the paper shredder motor and having selected input and selected output vents to control airflow to the paper shredder motor, a fan coupled to the fan shaft, communicating with the selected input vents or the selected output vents; when the paper shredder motor is operating, the rotor shaft turns the fan to generate a differential air pressure between the selected input vents and the selected output vents, removing heat from the motor. A duty cycle of greater than 50% is obtained. The fan can be coupled to the motor by speed increasing gearing, attached to the cutter blade assembly, such that the fan turns faster than the motor. The fan also can be attached to the motor shaft. An input fan and an output fan can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Aurora Office Equipment Co., Ltd. Shanghai
    Inventors: Kiapin Li, Zhankai Yang, Yung Kang Tso, Bin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11583144
    Abstract: A micro puree machine includes a mixing shaft coupled to a blade and rotatable by means of a gear. A magnet is coupled to the gear and a rotation sensor is mounted on the machine housing. As the mixing shaft descends into the pre-frozen ingredients, the rotation sensor detects a magnetic field of the magnet as the gear rotates and generates a rotation signal in response. A controller receives the rotation signal and determines a rotation count associated with the gear, causing the mixing shaft to ascend back toward the housing once a pre-selected rotation count has been reached. The pre-selected rotation count correlates with the partial processing of the ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC
    Inventors: Helen Williams, Sam Bannister, Lukas Tubby, Ryan Michienzi, Max He, Ping Chu
  • Patent number: 11547244
    Abstract: A unit of a coffee apparatus, in particular a coffee machine for brewing a coffee drink, includes a coffee bean container for storing the coffee beans, a portioner for portioning the coffee beans for an individual portion, and a grinder for grinding the portioned coffee beans. The coffee bean container and the portioner are formed in a common container module. The unit has a module receptacle, by which the container module can be connected during use and removed after use, and the container module has settings for a portion amount and a degree of grinding, which can be selected by the user. The portion amount setting influences the portioner and the degree of grinding setting influences the grinder. A simple, cost-effective and easy-to-use information exchange module between coffee container and coffee apparatus is thereby created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Creatrix AG
    Inventors: Louis Deuber, Patrick Schrepfer, Claudio Foscan, Christian Schultheiss
  • Patent number: 11542693
    Abstract: A control unit is located under a kitchen sink. The control unit controls the timing of the power demand from each device so that they can all be run from a single electrical circuit coupled to the control unit. The control unit also accommodates sensors and other accessories such as flow meters, electronic faucets, leak detectors, shutoff valves, and state communication either wired or wireless which allows these sensors and other accessories to be added with little additional cost beyond the cost of the sensors and other accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Hirsch
  • Patent number: 11304564
    Abstract: A bean grinding apparatus including a body; grinding burrs mounted in the body, the burrs including a non-driven burr and a rotationally driven burr, the rotationally driven burr having a rotational axis about which it rotates; a drive motor operatively coupled to the rotationally driven burr; a grounds flow path defined within the body; and an exit spout, the exit spout having an inlet in communication with the grounds flow path and an outlet, wherein the exit spout defines a longitudinal axis and the longitudinal axis of the exit spout is angled with respect to the rotational axis of the driven burr.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: NICHOLSON DESIGN CONSULTANTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Martin Nicholson
  • Patent number: 11264774
    Abstract: The present disclosure is intended to provide a smaller laser oscillator that can be manufactured at a reduced cost. Provided is a laser oscillator for producing a laser beam, the laser oscillator including: a housing; a transformer arranged in the housing, connected to a power supply, and supplying power to a first device that consumes a predetermined amount of power; and a power factor correction unit arranged in the housing, having a power factor correction circuit that brings a power factor close to 1, connected to the power supply, and supplying power to a second device that consumes a relatively larger amount of power than the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11161123
    Abstract: A control unit for a food waste disposer has a controller that determines operational status of the food waste disposer based on motor loading of an induction motor of the food waste disposer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Berger, Charles A. Farago, Ronnie A. Wunderlich, Gregory L. Cleveland, Alan S. Rohulich
  • Patent number: 10888871
    Abstract: A food waste disposer includes a food conveying section, a grind and discharge section and a motor section used for driving the grind and discharge section to execute a grinding process. The motor section includes a universal motor, the universal motor includes a control device for controlling the output of the universal motor, and the control device includes a rectifier bridge circuit module for converting an AC power signal into a DC power signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Skybest Electric Appliance (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhao Kong, Fei Chen, Ning Guo, Guangyue Zhu, Jianyong Lu
  • Patent number: 10639641
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a solids discharge module (1) for discharging solids out of devices (100) carrying mixed fluid, in particular comminuting devices for solids contents in a mixed fluid, comprising a solids inlet (3), coupling means (31) for connecting the solids inlet (3) to a device (100) carrying a mixed fluid, a solids outlet (5), a closing member (9) which is arranged at the solids outlet (5) and is reciprocable between a release position and a blocking position, and a conveyor chamber (7) extending from the solids inlet (3) to the solids outlet (5). According to the invention it is proposed that a filling state detector (13) is provided which is adapted to detect and display a solids accumulation in the conveyor chamber (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Hugo Vogelsang Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Torsten Burhorst
  • Patent number: 10576476
    Abstract: A shredding machine for domestic or office use having a feed passage 3 leading to a cutting mechanism 10, 11 powered by an electric motor, has a thickness measuring device 15 for measuring the thickness of bundles of paper fed through the feed passage and the machine is controlled by a microprocessor which receives signals from the thickness measuring device and prevents the cutting mechanism from being energised if the thickness measured is above a threshold determined by the microprocessor. The thickness gauging device is deactivated during shredding until the material is shredded so that rippling or flapping of the material within the feed passage will not cause false readings as to the amount of material inserted into the feed passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Aries, Michael D. Sawford
  • Patent number: 10517434
    Abstract: A coffee grinder having a grinding tool (20) for grinding coffee beans, a motor (30) for driving the grinding tool (20), a stall detector (41) for detecting a stall condition of the grinding tool (20) and/or of the motor (30), and a reversal unit (40) configured to temporarily reverse a direction of rotation (28,28?) of the grinding tool (20) and/or of the motor (30) if the stall detector (41) detects a stall condition. Further, a corresponding coffee grinding method and a coffee machine having a coffee grinder are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Herman Lammers, Zhuangxiong Huang, Gerben Kooijman, Mart Kornelis-Jan Te Velde, Job Lipsch, Jan Frederik Suijver, Karel Johannes Adrianus Van Den Aker
  • Patent number: 10335800
    Abstract: A mineral material processing plant and a method for controlling thereof. The mineral material processing plant includes at least one motor, at least one actuator, a control system, an arrangement for holding the operating speed of the at least one actuator substantially unchanged. The control system is configured to control the processing plant in such a way that a change of amount and/or quality of material arriving to be processed is recognized and in response to the recognized change of amount and/or quality of the material arriving to be processed, the load of a motor is recognized, and in response to the recognized load of the motor, the running speed of the motor or motors of the mineral material processing plant is increased or decreased so that the operating speed of at least one actuator is held substantially unchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Metso Minerals, Inc.
    Inventors: Sami Permi, Juho Tirranen
  • Patent number: 10307765
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a disposal unit; a control unit configured to stop operation of the disposal unit; and a metal detector coil and associated circuitry, the metal detector coil located such that waste passing into the disposal unit for shredding passes through the metal detector coil. The control unit is triggered to stop operation of the disposal unit upon the detection of metal passing through the metal detector coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SAMELIN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Samantha Erica Melin, Thomas Eric Melin, Juan Carlos Perez, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Michael Starkey
  • Patent number: 10291804
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a conveying unit configured to convey a document, a reading unit configured to read an image on the conveyed document, a measurement unit configured to measure a distance from an upper portion of a sheet feeding port for the document to an upper surface of the document, and a control unit configured to, according to the distance measured by the measurement unit, suspend the conveyance of the document by the conveying unit. According to a user operation for reading again the document of which the reading is suspended by the control unit, the conveying unit conveys the document and the reading unit reads the image on the document, and while the document of which the conveyance is suspended is conveyed again, the control unit does not suspend the conveyance of the document based on the distance measured by the measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Muto
  • Patent number: 10286404
    Abstract: A disposal system includes a sink; a disposal unit located under the sink and connected in fluid communication with a drain of the sink; a control unit configured to operate the disposal unit; and means for detecting an unintended object that passes through the drain of the sink and enters the disposal unit, resulting in stopping operation of the disposal unit. The means for detecting an unintended object that enters the disposal unit resulting in stopping operation of the disposal unit comprises a sensor and associated circuitry that detects an unintended object and triggers the control unit to stop operation. In different preferred embodiments the sensor respectively includes a capacitive sensor; a capacitive plate; magnetic shielding surrounding the disposal unit in the area of the sensor; a double “D” coil arrangement; a concentric detection coil for detecting magnetic ringdown; an ultrasonic sensor; a microphone; and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Samelin Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Starkey, Juan Carlos Perez, Raeshon McNeil, Kurt Alan Jordan, Richard Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10058217
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for controlling a mixer, including sending a fan initiation control signal to the fan when obtaining a instruction for initiating the mix from the user, to allow the fan to operate at a pre-set fan rotation speed; sending a motor initiation control signal to the motor to allow the motor to operate at a pre-set motor rotation speed within a set mixing time period; wherein the instruction for initiating the mix includes the mixing time period; sending a motor stop control signal to the motor when the mixing time period is ended to stop the operation of the motor; and sending a fan stop control signal to the fan after a pre-set first delayed time period to stop the operation of the fan. Meanwhile the present invention also provides a controller for a mixer and a mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FOSHAN CITY SHUNDE JUTIAN ELECTRIC APPLIANCE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Meiyi Le
  • Patent number: 9943190
    Abstract: Food processing apparatus and methods for processing food are disclosed. The apparatus may include stored sequences for operating a processing tool. The stored sequences may address various challenging aspects of blending solid foods and/or ice. In some embodiments, particular sequences are implemented with specific processing tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC
    Inventors: Amy L. Golino, Vanessa H. Spilios, Mona W. Dolgov, Katherine L. Barry
  • Patent number: 9827569
    Abstract: A gyratory crusher frame part includes a topshell mountable on a bottom shell, the topshell having an annular wall extending around a longitudinal axis. A spider having a plurality of arms extending radially outward from a cap is positioned at the longitudinal axis. Each arm has a first portion extending in a radially outward direction from the cap and a second portion extending in an axial direction from an outer region of the first portion. An annular flange is positioned between the second portion of each arm and the annular wall. The annular wall is defined between an outward and inward facing surface of the annular wall. A section of the wall neighboring the flange includes a concave section at the outward facing surface. A first half of the concave section closest to the flange is a substantially uniform curve extending continuously in the circumferential direction around the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AB
    Inventors: Niklas Aberg, Axel Bergman, Gustav Bern, Bengt-Arne Eriksson, Mikael M Larsson, Patric Malmqvist
  • Patent number: 9669410
    Abstract: A shredding machine for domestic or office use having a feed passage 3 leading to a cutting mechanism 10, 11 powered by an electric motor, has a thickness measuring device 15 for measuring the thickness of bundles of paper fed through the feed passage and the machine is controlled by a microprocessor which receives signals from the thickness measuring device and prevents the cutting mechanism from being energized if the thickness measured is above a threshold determined by the microprocessor. The microprocessor varies the threshold in accordance with electrical supply voltage, the electric motor temperature and the electric current drawn by the motor during a previous shredding operation, so that the maximum thickness the shredder will accept can be reduced automatically when motor temperature increases or as the effectiveness of the machine deteriorates throughout its working life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Aries, Michael D. Sawford
  • Patent number: 9555417
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a disposal unit; a control unit configured to stop operation of the disposal unit; and a metal detector coil and associated circuitry, the metal detector coil located such that waste passing into the disposal unit for shredding passes through the metal detector coil. The control unit is triggered to stop operation of the disposal unit upon the detection of metal passing through the metal detector coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: SAMELIN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Samantha Erica Melin, Thomas Eric Melin, Juan Carlos Perez, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Michael Starkey
  • Patent number: 9480988
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shredder/document shredder for sheet-shaped material, such as paper and material of the like or similar data storage media, having a thickness sensor which protrudes at least partially into a receiving slot. According to the invention, the thickness sensor does not change its position if too much material to be shredded (for example, paper) passes into the receiving slot, but rather pivots about its rotational axis as a result of the friction with the material. A switch is actuated by way of the pivoting movement, as a result of which the electric drive of the shredder is interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Hermann Schwelling
  • Patent number: 9387479
    Abstract: In a method of controlling a process in which the particle size of a material is reduced by passing the material through a nip between rollers at least one operational figure, such as the motor current, of at least one motor associated with at least one roller is continuously measured and the nip is adjusted by controlling the operational figure so as to match a target operational figure. A machine for reducing the particle size of a material by passing the material through a nip between rollers has a device for measuring at least one operational figure, such as the motor current, of at least one motor associated with at least one roller and a device for adjusting the nip on the basis of the measured operational figure matching a target operational figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Bernauer, Wolfgang Stankmann, Jurgen Sill, Olaf Balzer, Oliver Mecklenburg, Jorg Merten, Bruno Derijck
  • Patent number: 9364835
    Abstract: The invention relates to a unit for supplying sheet-like material for a document shredder, wherein the unit has a main body on which a paper support having a support face is disposed such that by at least one conveying element in each case one sheet is successively drawn off a stack of paper/sheet-like material which is supported on the support face and conveyed toward a supply slot of the document shredder, wherein the at least one conveying element is a conveyor roller, the sleeve face of which includes a multiplicity of structured part-areas such that the static friction between this conveyor roller and the respective sheet is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Hermann Schwelling
  • Patent number: 9292991
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly for receiving empty containers includes a set of receptacles and a base. The base includes a guide adapted to control orientation of each receptacle in the set of receptacles when a receptacle is assembled on the base. When assembled on the base, each receptacle includes at least one inner side wall arranged adjacent to a side wall of another receptacle in the set of receptacles, and at least one outer side wall that does not face any side wall of a receptacle in the set of receptacles. The upper edge of a first inner side wall of a first receptacle extends downwards from a first intersection between the first inner side wall and one first outer side wall, to a point where the upper edge has a height which is lower than the height of any upper edge of each outer side wall of the first receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: TOMRA NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9289776
    Abstract: A milling device for performing a milling operation comprising a milling unit comprising a housing defining a milling chamber that can be filled with a material to be milled, a rotor assembly rotatably mounted in the housing, and a screen assembly for fractionating the material milled by the rotor assembly in movement and extending below the rotor assembly; and a drive unit adapted for controlling the movements of the rotor assembly relative to the screen assembly during the milling operation; wherein said drive unit is configured to produce an oscillating movement of the rotor assembly, the oscillating movement having an oscillation angle that can be varied during the milling operation when controlling the movements of the rotor assembly relative to the screen assembly. The milling device has improved milling efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: FREWITT FABRIQUE DE MACHINES SA
    Inventors: Antoine Virdis, Xin Gao
  • Patent number: 9236777
    Abstract: A motor includes a rotor and a stator. The stator is operable to electromagnetically induce movement of the rotor and includes stator teeth and a motor-board. A stator tooth includes a core material, a plurality of winding segments, and a bobbin. The bobbin includes a core receptacle for mechanically engaging the core material, radial-orientated sections to support and electrically isolate the winding segments, and connectors for electrically coupling the winding segments. The motor-board includes electrical receptacles for electrically mating with the connectors for each of the winding segments and traces for coupling the winding segments to a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: BISON GEAR & ENGINEERING CORP.
    Inventors: Matthew Sherman Hanson, Edmund Peter Henke, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9205431
    Abstract: An industrial machine that includes a breaker motor having a rotational speed, a breaker shaft, a sensor, and a controller. The breaker shaft is mechanically coupled to an output of the breaker motor, and the breaker shaft includes a plurality of tools operable to crush a material. The sensor is configured to generate a signal related to a parameter of the breaker motor. The controller is configured to receive the signal from the sensor, determine a value for the parameter of the breaker motor based on the received signal, compare the value for the parameter of the breaker motor to a threshold value, and generate a control signal for modifying the rotational speed of the breaker motor based on the comparison of the value for the parameter of the breaker motor to the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles M. Anderson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9194112
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a disposal unit; a control unit configured to stop operation of the disposal unit; and a metal detector coil and associated circuitry, the metal detector coil located such that waste passing into the disposal unit for shredding passes through the metal detector coil. The control unit is triggered to stop operation of the disposal unit upon the detection of metal passing through the metal detector coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SAMELIN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Samantha Erica Melin, Thomas Eric Melin
  • Patent number: 9194113
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a disposal unit; a control unit configured to stop operation of the disposal unit; and a metal detector coil and associated circuitry, the metal detector coil located such that waste passing into the disposal unit for shredding passes through the metal detector coil. The control unit is triggered to stop operation of the disposal unit upon the detection of metal passing through the metal detector coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SAMELIN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Samantha Erica Melin, Thomas Eric Melin, Juan Carlos Perez, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Michael Starkey
  • Patent number: 9192937
    Abstract: A paper shredder is configured like a conventional paper shredder except that the shredding mechanism is located in a removable cartridge. This allows a single paper shredder housing to be rapidly converted from one shredding pattern to another by simply changing the shredding cartridge. Furthermore, shredding cartridges can be readily replaced whenever the shredding mechanism jams or fails in some other manner. This simplifies repair and servicing of the paper shredder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Herman Chang
  • Patent number: 9167938
    Abstract: A food processor attachment assembly for a stand mixer includes a coupling hub adapted to be received in an attachment hub of the stand mixer. A gear housing includes a gearing mechanism disposed therein to translate an output drive from the attachment hub to the coupling hub to drive an output shaft along a vertical rotational axis. The output drive is accessible at a coupling portion for attaching to various food processing discs as housed within a top housing assembly. The output drive is further accessible for coupling to the food processing attachment at a lower coupling portion for powering food processing attachments within a bowl assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kaitlyn M. Benoit, Jason M. Cassar, Michael P. Conti, Jason L. Hollinger, Everett Sidney Kettle, Zachary A. Lownds, Casey L. McCuan, Leif A. Norland
  • Patent number: 9131640
    Abstract: A braking system for a rotating chopper drum (14) of a forage harvester (10) driven from an engine (11) via a drive train including a disengageable clutch (21). The drive train also drives a first pump (28) connected with the drum (14) which pumps fluid around a hydraulic circuit which includes an openable restriction (40). The system is arranged to brake the chopper drum (14) by disengaging the clutch (21) and arranging the first pump (28) to pump fluid around the circuit via the openable restriction (40) as the drum (14) continues to rotate to convert the energy of the rotating drum (14) into heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Brockmann
  • Publication number: 20150115077
    Abstract: Provided is a shredder that prevents particles from jamming in a shredding mechanism, and shreds the sheet-like objects into such an extremely small size that the sheet-like objects cannot be reproduced. A shredding mechanism (3) includes blade drums (4, 5) in a pair, and a plurality of scraping members (6) for scraping off particles (1a) formed by shredding from an inside of recessed portions located between the cutter portions (4b, 5b) of each of the blade drums (4, 5). A control device (12) includes a determination unit (13) for determining a jam condition of the particles (1a) in the shredding mechanism (3) based on a load applied to a drive device (10) during idling of the shredding mechanism (3), which is carried out by driving the drive device (10) under a state in which the sheet-like object (1) to be shredded is not conveyed in the shredding mechanism (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SAKAE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiro TAKEDA, Koichi MATSUMOTO
  • Publication number: 20150118376
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for mixing and cutting animal feed comprising a container with a side wall, a rotary mixing and cutting device positioned inside the container and at least one counter element provided at the sidewall. The apparatus comprises at least one positioning device for moving the at least one counter element between a retracted position and an inserted position. The container comprises a control unit to control the positioning device of the at least one counter element. The control unit is arranged to control at least one positioning device for bringing at least one counter element in a pulsating modus, wherein the at least one counter element moves between the retracted and inserted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Arie Huyzer, Howard Sie, Jan Martinus Van Kuilenburg, Jan Lambertus Pastoor
  • Publication number: 20150115076
    Abstract: In one aspect, a waste disposal for processing waste may generally include a housing and a motor disposed within the housing. The motor may include a stator and a rotor rotatable relative to the stator. The rotor may include a top wall disposed axially above the stator and a sidewall extending axially from the top wall. The sidewall may extend circumferentially around an outer perimeter of the stator such that the sidewall rotates relative to the stator when the rotor is rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joseph Emil Gormley, Raymond James VanAssche, Ramasamy Anbarasu, Piniwan Thiwanka Bandara Wijekoon, Anoop Kumar Jassal
  • Patent number: 9010667
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for organic material reduction and preparation for subsequent recycling or disposal in a self-contained system which is safe for equipment operators, and highly cost and floor-space efficient. The apparatus includes a preferably-shaped hopper for receiving organic materials to the reduced, preferably a floating auger, a solids pump and a macerator. The system preferably generates a processed organic material discharge with a particle size on the order of ?? without concern as to the liquid content of the incoming organic material. The apparatus may be operated by a method which is completely automated following operator initiation, including automatically attempting self-clearing actions in the event of detecting clogs or jams in the processing components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Liquid Environmental Solutions
    Inventor: Shelby Lowe
  • Patent number: 9010668
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnetic safety device especially designed for use with a combined food cutting and processing machine. An assembly of elements work together to move a magnet vertically and modify the relative position of said magnet with respect to a magnetic detector/sensor located in the interior of the motor block of the combined food cutting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sammic, S.L.
    Inventors: Javier Hidalgo García, Aitor Aguírrezabalaga Zubizarreta, Aítor Gogorza Segurola
  • Patent number: 8998119
    Abstract: A paper shredder with an allowable thickness warning function is provided. The paper shredder includes a casing and an upper cover. An input tray is disposed on the casing for placing plural papers thereon. A pressing member and a thickness detecting device are installed on the upper cover. When the pressing member is contacted with the plural papers on the input tray and pushed by the plural papers, the pressing member is moved. The thickness detecting device is located near the pressing member. Moreover, in response to the movement of the pressing member, the thickness detecting device may be triggered. If an overall thickness of the plural papers exceeds an allowable thickness, the pressing member is pushed by the plural papers. Consequently, the thickness detecting device is triggered by the pressing member to generate a warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventor: Jian-Hua Zhan
  • Publication number: 20150090818
    Abstract: A shredder has cutter elements for destroying articles (paper) and a feed mechanism for advancing paper from a stack in a tray into cutters for shredding. The feed mechanism has a feed member provided adjacent to the tray with an elastic arm for engaging and disengaging the stack. The feed member rotates in a feeding direction about an axle, with the elastic arm elastically deforming to apply pressure to feed paper atop the stack to the cutters. The elastic arm can include a protruding tip that is inserted into the stack. The tray includes a curved feed bed to assist in feeding paper into the cutters and deforming the elastic arm. A pivot arm can also move the feed member relative to the tray (e.g., vertically). A disengagement mechanism can hold the feed mechanism in an inoperable feeding position when a drawer or tray is moved into an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: FELLOWES, INC.
    Inventors: Tai Hoon K. MATLIN, Dipan Pravin SURATI, Dennis William GRUBER
  • Publication number: 20150083835
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for organic material reduction and preparation for subsequent recycling or disposal in a self-contained system which is safe for equipment operators, and highly cost and floor-space efficient. The apparatus includes a preferably-shaped hopper for receiving organic materials to the reduced, preferably a floating auger, a solids pump and a macerator. The system preferably generates a processed organic material discharge with a particle size on the order of ?? without concern as to the liquid content of the incoming organic material. The apparatus may be operated by a method which is completely automated following operator initiation, including automatically attempting self-clearing actions in the event of detecting clogs or jams in the processing components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Shelby LOWE, Patrick J. REILLY
  • Publication number: 20150076260
    Abstract: A mechanical bin-full device for a paper shredder with a bin, having a curved, perforated T-blade sensor on a cylindrical body partially covered with a metal sheet. The T-blade is pendent into the bin. Metal contacts are placed on the paper shredder near the metal sheet, forming a switch, which is coupled to a motor control circuit for the shredder motor. The T-blade is pushed by paper shreddant and rotates the cylinder body as paper shreddant fills the bin. When the bin becomes full, the T-blade is positioned so that the metal contacts touch the metal sheet, closing the control circuit switch, and causing the motor to cease operating. The control circuit can include a microcontroller coupled to the motor, or a transistor-based driver coupled to a motor relay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: AURORA OFFICE EQUIPMENT CO., LTD. SHANGHAI
    Inventors: Yung Kang Tso, Xiuming liu
  • Publication number: 20150069155
    Abstract: A crusher is provided having improved wear resistance and crushing capacity. Particularly, the crusher provides an improved mechanism for adjusting the closed side setting by acting on an adjustable jaw, rather than the moveable jaw. The crusher includes a moveable jaw, an adjustable jaw, and a frame that supports the adjustable jaw and the moveable jaw such that the adjustable jaw and the moveable jaw define a crushing chamber having an upper opening for receiving a material to be crushed and a lower opening for expelling crushed material from the chamber after crushing. The crusher also includes a drive mechanism coupled to the moveable jaw for directing reciprocating motion of the moveable jaw and an adjustment mechanism coupled to the adjustable jaw for altering an angle of the adjustable jaw and, thereby, altering a closed side setting of the crushing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Blake Pinckney, Ronald B. DeDiemar, Lou Whinchip, Gregory A. Young
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8939389
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains generally to shave ice confection machines and processes, and more particularly to a block ice shaving apparatus, system and method whereby an improved blade and blade assembly produce more consistent output with increase machine life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Snowie LLC
    Inventor: Carl A. Rupp