Of Comminutor Drive Patents (Class 241/36)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 8941033
    Abstract: The device (1) for the processing and cooking of foodstuffs includes a base (2), a container (3) with, on the outer side of its bottom (4), a fixed protecting shell (5) by means of which the container (3) stands in a positioning housing (6) provided on said base (2), a lid (7) to close said container (3), electrical heating means supported by said container (3), a shaft (12) carrying tools (13) rotatably supported inside said container (3), electric means for powering said shaft (12), and safety means at least capable of mechanically clamping the container (3) into its positioning housing (6) and of activating the electric feed of said powering means when said lid (7) moves from an open position to a closed position of said container (3) positioned in said positioning housing (6), the safety means comprising kinematic system for reversibly transforming the movement of the lid (7) between its open position and its closed position into a reversible translation stroke of a first clamping element (26) between a w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: De'Longhi, Appliances S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giuseppe De'Longhi
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150014456
    Abstract: An article destruction device includes an electric motor driving at least one moving component. An indication panel includes at least three visual indicators situated in sequence. Each visual indicator is associated with a stage of an approaching overload (motor cool down) condition. A first visual indicator lights when the motor or corresponding sensor temperature is below a first threshold, i.e., when the device is first powered on. A second indicator lights when the temperature exceeds the first threshold and is below at least a second threshold, i.e., the temperature is approaching a fault condition. A last visual indicator lights when the temperature exceeds the first and the at least second thresholds, i.e., the fault condition is met. A thermistor on the motor energizes (self-heats) with the motor. A thermostatic switch controls current flow through windings of the motor depending on measured temperatures meeting operating and equilibrium temperature thresholds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Josh DAVIS, Jeffrey JENSEN, Li (Henry) ZhiGuo, Hua (Kevin) REN
  • Patent number: 8931721
    Abstract: A shredder includes a shredding mechanism and a vibration sensor configured to detect vibrations generated by the shredding mechanism. The shredder includes a controller configured to regulate operation of the shredder's motor in response to the detected vibrations. The controller may regulate operation of the shredder so as to keep the detected vibrations below a predetermined vibration level during operation of the shredder. The controller may modify operation of the shredder (e.g., turn the shredder off, conduct an autocorrect sequence, increase or decrease the shredder's speed, display an error message) in response to the detected vibrations having a predetermined characteristic (e.g., frequency and/or amplitude within a predetermined range, a characteristic that indicates a material/paper jam or misfeed).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Fellowes, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Dale Jensen, Dennis William Gruber, Daniel Namie, Dipen Surati
  • Patent number: 8925841
    Abstract: An electrical appliance, such as a shredder, having low standby power consumption is provided. A power isolation circuit is positioned to electrically disconnect electronic components of the shredder from the shredder's primary power source. An auxiliary power source may generate or store power for powering electronic components, such as sensors or processors, while the primary power source is disconnected. A power isolation controller may use a timer, light detector, or user interaction sensors to determine whether to reconnect the primary power source to the electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Fellowes, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Jensen, Adam Kadolph
  • Patent number: 8910891
    Abstract: Comminution apparatus is described which is tailored for the processing of green, soft, and fibrous waste. Inner and outer comminution drums bear projecting macerating features which can progressively interact to provide a shearing action on material on waste within the outer comminution drum. Screening apertures on the outer comminution drum allow for the exit of comminuted material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Progressive IP Ltd.
    Inventor: Rodney Warwick Sharp
  • Patent number: 8905339
    Abstract: Provided is a liquid developer-preparing apparatus preparing a liquid developer obtained by dispersing toner particles in a liquid, the apparatus including, a tank that stores a dispersion including a liquid and toner particles, a pulverizing device that pulverizes the toner particles in the dispersion sent from the tank; a liquid-sending route in which the dispersion circulates between the tank and the pulverizing device, a liquid-sending device that is provided to the liquid-sending route and sends the dispersion, a pressure gauge that is provided to the liquid-sending route and measures a liquid-sending pressure of the dispersion, and a determination device that determines whether or not the toner particles in the dispersion have been pulverized to a target volume average particle size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Tabata, Hiroyuki Moriya
  • Patent number: 8899502
    Abstract: A method for controlling the crusher, which crusher includes at least a frame, a crushing means with a cycle, as well as an actuator for moving the crushing means. In the method, at least first data is determined, which is at least one of the following: the power input in the actuator, the crushing force, the particle distribution of the crushed material produced by the crusher, or the quantity of crushed material produced by the crusher. The cycle frequency of the crushing means is controlled on the basis of the first data. The invention also relates to a crusher, in which the cycle frequency of the crushing means is adjusted according to control data from the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Metso Minerals Inc.
    Inventors: Tommi Lehtonen, Tapio J Potila
  • Patent number: 8870106
    Abstract: A shredder having a feed passage configured to receive material to be shredded by the shredder. The shredder also has a thickness detector configured to measure the thickness of the material being fed through the feed passage. The thickness detector includes a contact member movable from a limiting position engaging one wall of the feed passage, away from the wall, against a biasing force acting on the contact member. A sensor is configured to measure varying displacement of the contact member from the limiting position. A controller is configured to zero the thickness detector at times during operation of the shredder when no material is being fed through the feed passage so that the thickness of the material being fed through the feed passage is measured with respect to a zero position of the thickness detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fellowes, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai Hoon Kim Matlin, Eric Gach, Michael Dale Jensen
  • Publication number: 20140306042
    Abstract: A dry food waste disposal system has a food waste disposer having a grind and discharge section having a grind mechanism having a stationary grind ring and a rotatable shredder plate rotated by a motor. The dry food waste disposal system also includes a storage tank that includes a sensor that senses how full the storage tank is, a discharge line coupling a discharge outlet of the food waste disposer to the storage tank, and a controller that disables the food waste disposer off in response to the sensor sensing that the storage tank is full.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Gregory J. CHESACK, Jeffrey MCMAHON
  • Publication number: 20140306041
    Abstract: A cone crusher includes a crushing chamber formed between inner and outer crushing shells, a drive shaft that gyrates the crushing head to crush material in the crushing chamber, and a feeding hopper for feeding material to the crushing chamber. A measurement device measures an amount of material present in the feeding hopper. A control system controls, based on the measured amount of material present in the feeding hopper, at least one crusher operating parameter which is chosen from i) an rpm of the drive shaft, and ii) a width of a discharge opening formed between the inner crushing shell and the outer crushing shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AB
    Inventor: Konstantin Belotserkovskiy
  • Patent number: 8844848
    Abstract: A waste disposal apparatus, for disposing of waste materials using aerobic decomposition, includes a decomposition chamber having a waste inlet for receiving waste materials, and a closure member for closing the inlet and sealing the decomposition chamber. The apparatus includes a stirrer for stirring waste materials in the chamber, and a waste outlet for discharging waste materials from the chamber after aerobic decomposition thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Sage-Passant
  • Publication number: 20140263777
    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: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: JOY MM DELAWARE, INC.
    Inventor: Charles M. Anderson, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140263773
    Abstract: A shredder includes a cutting mechanism operable to shred material fed thereto. A controller is coupled to the cutting mechanism to control the on/off state and the direction of rotation of the cutting mechanism. An interactive user interface is coupled to the controller. The controller is configured to detect a jammed condition within the shredder and communicate a series of instructions to the interactive user interface to instruct the user how to clear the jam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael R. Barthel, Brad L. Schantz
  • Publication number: 20140245799
    Abstract: A fresh grass-fermented liquid fertilizer and a method for manufacturing a fresh grass-fermented liquid fertilizer that is produced by grinding fresh grass into fine particles, without any maturity, and naturally fermenting the fine particles through the cellulose in the fine particles as a substrate, thereby reducing the raw material cost of the fertilizer and the management cost and preventing the oxidization or destruction of various nutrients contained in organic matters, are provided. Further, the use of the fresh grass-fermented liquid fertilizer makes the soil activated, allows the growth of the plants to be accelerated, prevents all damages from disease and harmful insects, and treats all amount of fresh grass collected, without having secondary waste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Sang Jun Kim
  • Publication number: 20140239102
    Abstract: An anti-spin system adapted for use on a rock crusher having stationary frame, a crushing head, a crushing head pivot point, a shaft, bearings, a crushing chamber, crushing chamber liners and working fluid The preferred anti-spin system comprises a flow source which is adapted to provide working fluid How, a working fluid source which is adapted to supply working fluid, a control valve which is in fluid communication with the working fluid source and being adapted to allow the working fluid to flow to the flow source, and a torque transmittal assembly which is adapted to connect the crushing head and the flow source and transmit torque from the crushing head to the stationary frame. The preferred anti-spin system is adapted to control rotation of the crushing head. A method comprising providing such an anti-spin system and controlling the rotation of the crushing head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Telsmith, Inc.
    Inventors: Chuck Dricken, Sean Neitzel, Dean Wolfe, Matthew Haven, Albert Van Mullem
  • Patent number: 8814072
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: David Joseph Gushwa
  • Publication number: 20140231558
    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: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Hermann Schwelling
  • Patent number: 8807467
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shredder for cutting up data storage media, for example sheet-like materials (paper, stacks of paper, etc.), CD-ROMs, DVDs, floppy disks or articles of that kind, the material feed of which is assigned a switching device for at least automatically starting its cutting tool when materials to be shredded are being fed, in particular an office shredder whose feed opening of the material feed, which leads to the cutting tool, is assigned at least two signal-emitting sensors which are arranged at a distance from one another and are operatively connected to a control unit by means of circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Hermann Schwelling