Mixing Chamber Removable From Stirrer And Support Patents (Class 366/197)
  • Patent number: 10517439
    Abstract: A stand mixer 10 comprises a head unit 50 having a lower surface presenting, in operation, a downwardly-facing drive outlet for driving in rotation at least one tool suspended therefrom. The head unit is supported with the downwardly-facing drive outlet above a receiving location 30 for a mixing bowl 40. Driving means, including an electric motor 70 and associated transmission means for conveying rotary drive to the drive outlet, are provided. The mixer further comprises first 80 and second 90 coaxial driving outlets presented on an upper surface 52 of the head unit 50; the coaxial outlets 80, 90 run at different speeds and are driven from the motor 70 by means of an epicyclic gearbox 100. The motor 70 is housed in the support means 60 with its drive shaft 72 in substantial alignment with the coaxial drive outlets 80, 90.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: KENWOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Nick Jays, Roland Eden
  • Patent number: 10505316
    Abstract: A portable device has an electric motor connected to a housing with a female electrical socket, and electrical power cable with a male plug and an electrical safety device. The safety device has a first element borne by the male plug and a second element located within the housing. The second element has a locking element to lock an activation element for activating the motor in a deactivated position. The first element of the male plug is configured to engage with the locking element to free the activation element to activate the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: HAMEUR
    Inventor: Yves Calange
  • Patent number: 10245571
    Abstract: Methods and systems for conveniently producing fresh smoothies, which can be tailored to the particular nutritional requirements and desires of the individual customer. The system is typically a semi-automatic or fully automatic system and may be in the form of a vending machine for smoothies. It allows a consumer to select ingredients and other options, and provides a freshly-made smoothie in a short amount of time. The system generally includes a user input apparatus for receiving orders and customer preferences, and then makes a smoothie to order, delivers the smoothie to the customer, and cleans the blending, device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ugo Smoothies Incorporated
    Inventors: Morgan Abraham, Mitch Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10154760
    Abstract: A stand mixer (10) comprises a head unit (50) having a lower surface presenting, in operation, a downwardly-facing drive outlet for driving in rotation at least one tool suspended therefrom. The head unit is supported with the downwardly-facing drive outlet above a receiving location (30) for a mixing bowl (40). Driving means, including an electric motor (70) and associated transmission means for conveying rotary drive to the drive outlet, are provided. The mixer further comprises first (80) and second (90) coaxial driving outlets presented on an upper surface (52) of the head unit (50); the coaxial outlets (80, 90) run at different speeds and are driven from the motor (70) by means of an epicyclic gearbox (100). The motor (70) is housed in the support means (60) with its drive shaft (72) in substantial alignment with the coaxial drive outlets (80, 90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: KENWOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Nick Jays, Roland Eden
  • Patent number: 10098506
    Abstract: A variable-engagement planetary food mixing tool for attachment to a motorized food mixing apparatus is presented. The tool has a body that has a driveshaft engagement portion and a first longitudinal axis. The tool also has a sun gear concentric with the first longitudinal axis, wherein the sun gear has a first helical gear surface. A planet gear with a second longitudinal axis is also included, wherein the second longitudinal axis is non-parallel to the first longitudinal axis. The planet gear has a second helical gear surface extending around the second longitudinal axis. The planet gear is configured to engage the first helical gear surface of the sun gear in one or more positions along the second longitudinal axis. A mixing member is connected to the planet gear and moves around the first longitudinal axis while rotating around the second longitudinal axis as the planet gear traverses the sun gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BLENDTEC, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Dickson, Jr., Travis J. Mittanck, Javier E. Jimenez, Tyson D. Triplett, Craig C. Hardcastle, Scott C. Losee, Christian D. Mills, Gregory D. Jackson, Heber J. Redd
  • Patent number: 9700176
    Abstract: A food processing machine capable of omnibearing stirring is provided. The food processing machine may include an L-shaped machine body, a cup, an opening-and-closing arm and a machine head having a built-in motor. The food processing machine may have a relatively small size, a more effective structure, and good stability relative to conventional food processing machines. The structure of the food processing machine may also use less power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Jiangmen Kingfai Electrical Appliance Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhijian Huang
  • Patent number: 9488555
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for adjusting the height of a tip of a mixing element, such as a needle probe, compares the mixing efficiency observed at two heights separated by a predetermined distance. The heights can be incrementally adjusted to determine the location of the bottom of a mixing vessel and, by extension, the approximate location for placing the mixing element for efficient mixing of solutions in the mixing vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Henry Carter, Jr., William David Dunfee, Media Marie Lloyd, John P. Mizzer
  • Patent number: 9475100
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system for cleaning and disinfecting allograft material. In an embodiment, the system includes a sterile bag and a motorized paddle blender. The sterile bag having an outer wall configured to withstand blending forces, at least one paddle contact section, and a free-floating mesh bag configured to retain the allograft material. The motorized paddle blender having at least one paddle configured to apply blending forces on the sterile bag on the at least one paddle contact area, a motorized portion to actuate the at least one paddle, and a door component configured to hold the sterile bag adjacent the at least one paddle. The at least one paddle and the allograft retaining section are configured to prevent the paddle from contacting the allograft material when the blending forces are applied on the sterile bag on the at least one paddle contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Allosource
    Inventors: Jan Zajdowicz, Travis Mathis
  • Patent number: 9415358
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A carriage reciprocates on a frame. A pulley system is also located on the frame and a power cord is routed through the pulley system. A moveable pulley in the pulley system moves in the opposite direction of the reciprocating carriage. The apparatus further comprises a well with an inlet manifold and a drain and a fixed but removable cup-receiving holder. Overall, the apparatus is effective, fast, easy to operate, safe, and clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, INC.
    Inventors: Ernest B Pryor, Jr., Benjamin H Branson, III, Brian P Williams
  • Patent number: 9364114
    Abstract: A method and device for creating a beverage recipe for an integrated beverage blending system includes a dispenser and at least one blending/mixing/cleaning module. The method creates the beverage recipe with recipe program running on a computer interactively with a user making recipe entry parameters for the dispensing, blending and mixing operations. The recipe can be stored on a portable memory and inserted into a user interface controller of the integrated system or into an associated point of sale device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Enodis Corportion
    Inventors: Jan Claesson, William E. Smith, Roberto Nevarez
  • Patent number: 9272250
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A shield is automatically lowered to at least partially isolate the cup. The apparatus further comprises a well with an inlet manifold and a drain and a fixed but removable cup-receiving holder. The shield can include a magnetic portion that is detected by a first sensor on the apparatus. A safety interlock prevents the actuation of the mixing blade in the event that the magnetic portion is not proximate to the first sensor. Overall, the apparatus is effective, fast, easy to operate, safe, and clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest B Pryor, Jr., Benjamin H Branson, III, Brian P Williams
  • Patent number: 8985843
    Abstract: The present invention describes a system and method for easy, affordable, efficient, and convenient preparation and storage of fresh, high-quality homemade baby food. The system generally comprises a blender for processing fresh produce into baby food and multiple devices to store multiple portions of freshly produced baby food resulting from one use of the system. For example, one component of the system includes a storage cup having a freshness indicator and lid to immediately store the freshly made food in an organized and convenient manner. The method comprises steps of producing the baby food, transferring the food to an appropriate storage receptacle, adjusting an indicator on the storage receptacle to indicate the freshness level of the food, and immediately serving and covering the remaining receptacles to store the unused food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Baby Bullet, LLC
    Inventor: Lenny Sands
  • Patent number: 8979357
    Abstract: A mixing system and mixing arrangement are provided. The mixing system includes a rigid container including an integral support plate; a mixing assembly supported on the integral support plate, the mixing assembly including a pliable enclosure containing a fluid and a mixing device, a portion of the mixing device extending from the pliable enclosure and adapted to be detachably coupled to a drive mechanism; and a first plate detachably secured to the rigid container. The pliable enclosure is in compression between the first plate and the integral support plate. The mixing arrangement includes a docking station including a drive cradle and a drive mechanism, a rigid container removably positioned within the drive cradle, a mixing assembly positioned within the rigid container, and a first plate configured to be detachably secured to the rigid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Scientifics, Inc.
    Inventor: Rudolf Pavlik
  • Patent number: 8960994
    Abstract: A portable nail polish creator is provided. The portable nail polish creator may include a user interface to allow a user to select a nail polish color. Additionally, the nail polish creator may include a processor that can receive the selection of the nail polish color via the interface. Once the selection is received, the processor may determine an amount of at least one of a plurality of nail polish colors to create a nail polish corresponding to the selection. The nail polish creator may further include an arm assembly that may receive a signal from the processor to move a nail polish bottle in position to receive the nail polish based on the amount of at least one of the plurality of nail polish colors determined by the processor. Moreover, the nail polish creator may include a mixer assembly for mixing the nail polish in the nail polish bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Eric D. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8950931
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A shield is automatically lowered to at least partially isolate the cup. After mixing, the shield and blade are automatically retracted, and the cup is removed from the apparatus. The shield and blade may be automatically lowered again for a cleaning operation. Overall, the apparatus contains various structural and safety elements that provide a unique construction and method of operating the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc
    Inventors: Ernest B Pryor, Jr., Benjamin H Branson, III, Brian P Williams
  • Publication number: 20140367394
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a disposable container (100) comprising a side wall (2, 32), top (4) and bottom (6), wherein the side wall (2; 32) and the bottom (6) comprise a flexible material, wherein the side wall (2; 32), top (4) and bottom (6) are joined together to define the container (100) with an interior compartment (10) for keeping a fluid inside the container (100). The bottom (6) of the container (100) comprises at least one portion of rigid or semi-rigid material comprising a folding means (124; 224; 324; 324?) that enables folding of the bottom (6). Thus an easy way of folding the bottom of the container is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: SHUJIAN YI
  • Patent number: 8905629
    Abstract: A gyroscopic paint mixer having a rotatable frame with a clamp lock providing automatic transfer from an unclamping to a clamping condition, providing silent operation through the use of one way clutches, the mixer also having a vertical stop apparatus coupled to an access door for stopping and holding the rotatable frame in an upright position, the mixer also having a bail retainer supported by a carriage assembly mounted for rotation on a clamp plate with a cam urging the bail retainer to the side of the frame when the bail retainer is released from the paint container with the paint container in an upright position in the rotatable frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Red Devil Equipment Company
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Johnson, Thomas J. Midas
  • Patent number: 8876366
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is directed to a stand mixer including a base with an upstanding pedestal portion and a mixer head supported on the pedestal portion, the mixer head having a upward-facing side, a downward-facing side and an aperture passing through the mixer head from the upward-facing side to the downward-facing side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sears Brands, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael Saubert
  • Patent number: 8864365
    Abstract: A chemical mixing apparatus has a mixing tank having an inlet and an outlet, means for introducing a liquid into the mixing tank, and a tubular conveyor assembly having a first end and a second end. The second end of the conveyor assembly is sealably connected to the inlet of the mixing tank. A portable hopper having a sealable inlet and a sealable discharge conduit is detachably and sealably connected to the first end of the conveyor assembly such that a solid chemical contained in the chemical storage chamber of the portable hopper may be transported within the portable hopper from a remote location and conveyed from the portable hopper to the mixing tank without exposing the area surrounding the mixing tank to the solid chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rodgers Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Troy A. Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20140271548
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for preparing a fluid composition for complete or supplemental enteral nutrition, comprising a liquid feeding device, an ingredient feeding device and a mixing device for mixing a liquid fed from the liquid feeding device and at least one ingredient fed from the ingredient feeding device, the mixing device comprising a mixer and a mixing container in which the liquid and the at least one ingredient are mixed by the mixer. The device is operable to move the mixing container relative to the mixer during mixing of the liquid and the at least one ingredient of the fluid composition to be prepared. Also provided is a method for preparing a fluid composition for complete or supplemental enteral nutrition using the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Edmundo Brito-De La Fuente, Gabriel Ascanio, José Maria Mainou-Sierra, Heike Colbus, Egon Alejandro Martínez González
  • Patent number: 8834010
    Abstract: An appliance for rapidly vibrating test tubes containing samples to be ground up, the appliance comprising an electric motor (12) for driving rotation of a disk (16) that is provided with an eccentric pin (17), the appliance being characterized in that the test tubes (23) are perpendicular to the eccentric pin and are held by a clamp (21) mounted on a support (20) that is substantially parallel to the eccentric pin, being connected to a fixed baseplate via a Cardan type hinge (15) having two mutually perpendicular axes of rotation (X and Y), one of which axes (Y) is substantially parallel to the eccentric pin (17) and connects the support (20) to the other axis (X) of the hinge (15) that prevents the support (20) from moving in rotation about a perpendicular axis (Z). The support (20) is connected to the eccentric pin (17) by a link (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Bertin Technologies
    Inventor: Jean Boquet
  • Patent number: 8807823
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an automated blend in-cup apparatus and the related method of operation. The disclosure relates generally to the field of mixing consumable material. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mixer that is automatically operable to lower a mixing blade into a cup or vessel that contains material to be blended/mixed. A shield is automatically lowered to at least partially isolate the cup. After mixing, the shield and blade are automatically retracted, and the cup is removed from the apparatus. The shield and blade may be automatically lowered again for a cleaning operation. Use of the apparatus can be accomplished with one hand. Overall, the apparatus contains various structural and safety elements that provide a unique construction and method of operating the apparatus. The apparatus is effective, fast, easy to operate, safe, and clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Williams, Ernest B. Pryor, Benjamin H. Branson, III
  • Patent number: 8752481
    Abstract: A blender with an air intake snorkel where the snorkel extends away from a motor housing provided by the blender is provided. The snorkel includes an air intake opening, an outlet opening, and a conduit fluidly connecting the intake and outlet openings. In one preferred embodiment, the snorkel includes a cap connected to the snorkel wherein the cap partially obstructs access to the intake opening in order to prevent contamination of the conduit. The outlet opening fluidly communicates with an inlet aperture provided by the motor housing. In use, an electric motor contained by the housing actuates a fan. The fan pulls air through the intake opening, conduit, and outlet opening. The air enters the housing via the inlet aperture where it acts to cool the electric motor. In one preferred embodiment, the appliance is a blender and the motor housing comprises a blender base that is installed on a countertop or in-counter (i.e., a portion of the blender extends into or through the plane defined by a countertop).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Paul Williams, Steven W. Ashworth
  • Patent number: 8735779
    Abstract: Methods and devices for securing an item of cookware to the burner of a stove top by use of magnetism. The magnet(s) may be permanent magnets or electromagnets. The cookware may comprise a permanent magnet disposed on or in the base of the cookware. The burner comprises a magnetic material such as steel or iron. The magnetic material may be in the grate of the cook top, in the electric coil of an electric burner, in the surface of a smooth-top stove top, or any other component of the cook top which is in close proximity to the bottom of the cookware when it is placed on the cooking surface. When the cookware is placed on the stove top, the magnetic field of the permanent magnet creates a force on the magnetic material biasing the cookware against the stove top and securing the cookware to the cook top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Paul J. Rael
  • Patent number: 8721163
    Abstract: A machine (10) for mixing food products includes a motor (22) which turns a hollow shaft assembly (28) that carries an agitator (40). An assembly (70) for releasing the agitator (40) from the shaft assembly (28) includes a solenoid (71) which pivots an arm (74) that engages a plunger (80). The plunger (80) includes a pin (81) which is received in the hollow shaft assembly (28) and which engages the agitator (40) upon activation of the solenoid (71) to release the agitator (40) from the hollow shaft assembly (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, David J. Kolar, Glenn F. Brasdovich, Kenneth W. Bair
  • Patent number: 8672534
    Abstract: An integrated beverage dispensing and cleaning system comprising: at least one blender module which blends and/or mixes ice, at least one other ingredient, and/or at least one mixin within a beverage container, thereby producing the beverage; and a cleaning assembly integrated with the blender module, wherein, upon removal of the beverage container from the blender module, a cleaning mode is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Enodis Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto Nevarez, William E. Smith, Jan Claesson
  • Patent number: 8579496
    Abstract: A mixing beater for a small appliance includes a metallic frame including an arm; a rigid plastic shell extending over the arm; and only one scraper. The scraper extends over the rigid plastic shell and has a flexible blade configured to contact an inner surface of a mixing bowl when viewed in a first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: James Stacy Annis, Jeremy T. Wolters
  • Patent number: 8563301
    Abstract: A bioreactor processing unit (10) includes at least one cell culture module (200) comprising: a base (202) including a receiving station (204) for removably receiving a plurality of bioreactor vessels (400) at respective locations (206); and a clamp plate (240). The clamp plate (240) is removably connectable to the base (202). The system further includes a drive mechanism (226) and multiple fluid conduits. When the system is to be used for an experiment run, vessels (400) are loaded into the receiving station (204) and the clamp plate (240) is connected to the base (202), forming a connection between the drive mechanism and the vessels, for transmitting input motion from the drive mechanism (226) into multiple rotary motion outputs for turning a stirrer (416) in each vessel (400).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: The Automation Partnership Ltd.
    Inventor: Adrian Neil Bargh
  • Patent number: 8550694
    Abstract: Cartridges useful for mixing materials, such as fluidic materials are provided. A cartridge typically includes a body structure having surfaces that define a cavity with upper and lower portions. A rotatable member generally extends along a horizontal axis in the upper portion of the cavity. One or more protrusions typically extend outward from the rotatable member and into the lower portion of the cavity, and are configured to mix the material when the material is disposed in the cavity. Related mixing stations, systems, kits, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ibis Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jared J. Drader, Jose R. Gutierrez, Rex O. Bare, Robert D. Miller, Jeffrey C. Smith
  • Publication number: 20130182526
    Abstract: A reconfigurable bucket mixer and method of assembly are disclosed. An example reconfigurable bucket mixer includes a bucket, a handle attached to the bucket, and a removable insert sized to fit inside the bucket to perform mixing functions. The bucket can also be reconfigured with the different inserts to mix grout, cement, concrete, soil, fertilizer, paint, mortar, plaster, drywall mud, chemicals, fabric or laundry, and even food, among other uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: David Dertina, SR.
  • Patent number: 8430557
    Abstract: A food mixer (10) includes a rotatable shaft (18) which carries a coupler (21) having an aperture (25) therein. An agitator (22) is configured as a spoon having a bowl (27) and a stem (26). The stem (26) is received in the aperture (25) and in one embodiment a flexible tab (32) at the end of the stem (26) is engaged by a lug (37) in the aperture (25) to attach the agitator (22) to the coupler (21). In another embodiment, flexible tines (52) have lugs (53) which are received in a bore (46) in a coupler (41) to attach the agitator (42) to the coupler (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Boozer, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Publication number: 20120305549
    Abstract: A microwave oven food stirring assembly including a dasher having an upper end, and having a lower surface; a rotary bearing, the rotary bearing including the dasher's lower surface; and a plurality of ties, each tie among the plurality of ties having a distal end and having a proximal end, each tie's proximal end being fixedly attached to the dasher's upper end; the dasher including an upper end “T” bracket and a bracket mounting non-circular pin and socket joint for fixedly attaching the “T” bracket at the dasher's upper end; the ties being downwardly anchored within the microwave oven for holding the dasher against the vessel floor and for resisting rotation of the dasher as the vessel is turned by the microwave oven's turntable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Phillip K. Wylie
  • Patent number: 8323591
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment can be a method of fabricating a mixing chamber in a hydroprocessing reactor. The method can include providing a first section forming an opening and coupling a second section including a sidewall to the first section. The second section forms a flange for coupling the mixing chamber and facilitating the mixing of one or more fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Sailesh B. Kumar, Robert L. Bunting
  • Patent number: 8313233
    Abstract: An electric motor-driven kitchen appliance includes an electric motor having a motor housing and a gear stage having a gear case fastened to the electric motor. A removable reinforcement frame is around the motor housing and gear case. The electric motor-gear stage arrangement can be tested outside of the housing of the kitchen appliance and produced in a cost effective manner, being particularly torsionally rigid due to the removable reinforcement frame, thereby exhibiting an operation reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Kovacic, Jurij Pesec
  • Patent number: 8308344
    Abstract: A mixing machine includes a mixer body including a head portion that extends over a bowl receiving location. An output member extends downward from the head portion toward the bowl receiving location. A drive system is linked to the output member for effecting planetary rotation of the output member. A bowl guard support is at an underside of the head portion. The bowl guard support provides a circular support path in the form of a groove extending about a periphery of the bowl guard support. A bowl guard assembly includes a housing member and a catch member extending from a surface of the housing member. The catch member is received within the groove to maintain a vertical position of the bowl guard assembly while permitting rotation of the bowl guard assembly. The catch member is movable relative to the housing member and is biased into the groove to seat therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Ellis G. Short, Joseph C. Huang, Janice Jones Schnipke
  • Patent number: 8251572
    Abstract: A food mixing machine (16) includes an agitator (15) for mixing food in a cup (C). The cup (C) is received in a flexible boot (22) which is carried by a cup holder (21). The cup holder (21) also carries a cup release assembly (23) which is biased away from the cup by springs (24). At the end of the mixing cycle, a release initiating assembly (60) engages the cup release assembly (23) which overcomes the bias of the springs (24) and allows the cup release assembly (23) to engage the boot (22) which in turn releases the cup (C) from the cup holder (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: Eugene J. Kozlowski
  • Patent number: 8197117
    Abstract: A system and method for agitating pouched products traveling along a conveyor belt to facilitate heat transfer, blending, mixing and/or stirring of the contents thereof. An agitation station is located along the conveyor belt, and includes an agitator secured to one end of an arm, the arm being pivotally secured to the frame supporting the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Tarpaulin.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. White
  • Patent number: 8177415
    Abstract: A system and method for agitating pouched products traveling along a conveyor belt to facilitate heat transfer, blending, mixing and/or stirring of the contents thereof. An agitation station is located along the conveyor belt, and includes an agitator secured to one end of an arm, the arm being pivotally secured to the frame supporting the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Tarpaulin.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. White
  • Patent number: 8157436
    Abstract: A gyroscopic paint mixer having a rotatable frame with a clamp lock providing automatic transfer from an unclamping to a clamping condition, providing silent operation through the use of one way clutches, the mixer also having a vertical stop apparatus coupled to an access door for stopping and holding the rotatable frame in an upright position, the mixer also having a bail retainer supported by a carriage assembly mounted for rotation on a clamp plate with a cam urging the bail retainer to the side of the frame when the bail retainer is released from the paint container with the paint container in an upright position in the rotatable frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Red Devil Equipment Company
    Inventors: Aaron Curtis, Stephen J. Carlson, Charles Ringhofer, Benjamin M. Johnson, Brent Thomas Harrold, Thomas J. Midas
  • Patent number: 8092076
    Abstract: A device for extracting and fragmenting substances, especially infectious or malodorous substances, in a laboratory test vessel (3) is provided. The device includes a processing tool (11) and a stirrer element (33). An interior of the laboratory test vessel (3) is subdivided by a sieve (59) into a collection chamber and a processing chamber. The sieve (59) prevents parts of the substances having a defined rain size from reaching the collection chamber (73). A sample can be taken from the collection chamber using a pipette (45) which is passed through the stirrer element (33) and the sieve (59).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Medic Tools AG
    Inventor: Franz Gregor Bucher
  • Publication number: 20110310696
    Abstract: A fluid mixing system includes a support housing having an interior surface bounding a compartment, the support housing having a floor and a sidewall upstanding therefrom, an opening extending through the sidewall and communicating with the compartment. An elongated rack is mounted to the support housing adjacent to the opening. A first hanger includes an elongated shaft having a first end and an opposing second end, the first end of the shaft being removably mounted to the rack so that the second end projects outwardly away from the sidewall of the support housing, the second end of the shaft having a fastener disposed thereat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: HYCLONE LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael E. Goodwin, Wade A. Cornia, Jacob D. Lee
  • Patent number: 8042990
    Abstract: A blender for blending foodstuff includes a base enclosing a motor and a jar sensor secured to the base. The base has an upper mounting surface and the motor is mounted beneath the upper mounting surface. The jar sensor is secured to the base proximate the upper mounting surface. A jar is removably mountable to the base on the mounting surface. The jar includes a closed end and an actuator is mounted proximate the lower jar surface. The jar sensor detects the presence of the actuator when the jar is mounted to the base in an operating position. The motor is powered when the jar sensor detects the presence of the actuator in the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest B. Pryor, Jr., Steven W. Ashworth
  • Publication number: 20110239868
    Abstract: A container for containing food and/or beverage ingredients is described. The container is of a type which may be supported in a support while the ingredients inside the container are processed, such as by a rotating blade or other mechanism. The container includes anti-rotation elements positionable in anti-rotational contact with a corresponding protruding portion in a container support in a manner which restricts rotational movement of the vessel relative to the container support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: F'REAL FOODS, LLC
    Inventors: James J. Farrell, Clayton Gardner
  • Publication number: 20110242931
    Abstract: A container for containing food and/or beverage ingredients is described. The container is of a type which may be supported in a support while the ingredients inside the container are processed, such as by a rotating blade or other mechanism. The container includes anti-rotation elements positionable in anti-rotational contact with a corresponding protruding portion in a container support in a manner which restricts rotational movement of the vessel relative to the container support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: F'REAL FOODS, LLC
    Inventors: James J. Farrell, Clayton Gardner
  • Patent number: 8017091
    Abstract: A device consisting of a low-RPM motor wherein the motor spins a flat disk, a peg is attached to the disk, a stationary spring armature wherein the peg can activate the stationary spring armature as the disk rotates, and a tube containing beads in a fluid positioned in a top plate wherein the spring armature can contact the tube. This device can further include a soft closed-cell foam top mounted on the top plate wherein the tube is inserted and maintained by the foam in such a way as to allow for slight motion of the tube induced by the contact by the spring armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Turan A. Kayagil, Julie A. Richardson
  • Publication number: 20110205833
    Abstract: A device for intimately mixing the content of substrate containers, includes a stirring mechanism made up of a drive motor, a connecting rod and a stirring propeller at the end of the connecting rod remote from the drive motor. A support mechanism is provided for accepting the weight of the stirring mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: Thuerwaechter GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Paul Thuerwaechter
  • Patent number: 7950842
    Abstract: A blender for blending foodstuff includes a base enclosing a motor and having an upper mounting surface. A jar sensor is secured to the base proximate the upper mounting surface and a jar is removably mountable to the base on the mounting surface. The jar includes a closed end and an actuator is mounted proximate the closed end. The jar sensor detects the presence of the actuator when the jar is mounted to the base in an operating position. The motor is powered when the jar sensor detects the presence of the actuator in the operating position. A motor temperature indicator is positioned on a control panel on the base and a temperature sensor is in communication with the motor temperature indicator. First and second cordsets are adaptable for removable mounting to the base for powering the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest B. Pryor, Jr., Steven W. Ashworth
  • Publication number: 20110122723
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is directed to a stand mixer including a base with an upstanding pedestal portion and a mixer head supported on the pedestal portion, the mixer head having a upward-facing side, a downward-facing side and an aperture passing through the mixer head from the upward-facing side to the downward-facing side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: SEARS BRANDS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael Saubert
  • Patent number: 7942570
    Abstract: A blender for blending foodstuff comprising a motor housing that encloses an electric motor and has a first end and a second end. An upper housing is attached to the first end of the motor housing. The motor housing includes a fan driven by the motor controlled by a plurality of switches positioned behind a flexible cover. A transparent base having translucent base feet and an open bottom partially surrounds the motor housing and has a first end. The first end of the base is clamped between the upper housing and the first end of the motor housing to thereby solely suspend the motor housing from the first end of the base. A shroud is positioned partially around the motor within the motor housing. The fan draws air through the open bottom of the base into the second end of the motor housing and then around and outside of the shroud into the open top of the shroud to thereby cool the motor. The air is then directed out through the open side portion of the shroud and then sealingly vented to atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Steiner, Adam Hanes, Ernest B. Pryor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7927006
    Abstract: A device for extracting and fragmenting substances, especially infectious or malodorous substances, in a laboratory test vessel (3) is provided. The device includes a processing tool (11) and a stirrer element (33). An interior of the laboratory test vessel (3) is subdivided by a sieve (59) into a collection chamber and a processing chamber. The sieve (59) prevents parts of the substances having a defined rain size from reaching the collection chamber (73). A sample can be taken from the collection chamber using a pipette (45) which is passed through the stirrer element (33) and the sieve (59).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Medic Tools AG
    Inventor: Franz Gregor Bucher