Stirrer Mounted Through Mixing Chamber Bottom Wall Patents (Class 366/205)
  • Patent number: 10413131
    Abstract: A blender system that includes a base that is selectively and operatively engaged with a container is shown and described herein. The base may include a near field communications chip that may communicate with a near field communications chip of a container. The base also includes a motor that is selectively and operatively engaged with a blade disposed within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Kolar, Saifur T. Tareen, Eric Miller
  • Patent number: 10172496
    Abstract: A retaining element is provided for coupling a blade assembly to a container of a blender apparatus that includes a main body portion, an overmolded portion, and a threaded portion for threadably coupling the blade assembly to the retaining element about a rotational axis to couple the blade assembly to the container. The retaining element further includes an optional locking projection configured to inhibit rotation of the retaining element about the rotational axis when the blade assembly is coupled to the container by way of the retaining element. The overmolded portion comprises the locking projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Boozer, Andy Lamb
  • Patent number: 10092139
    Abstract: A blending appliance includes a housing having a jar receiving portion defined between an upper housing and a base portion laterally extending from the housing. A blender jar is adapted to be laterally received within the jar receiving portion and includes a jar base and a receptacle portion. A stator is disposed in the base portion of the housing and is adapted to create an electromagnetic field to drive a rotatable magnetic coupler disposed in the jar base as part of a magnetic coupling system. The rotatable magnetic coupler is coupled to a drive shaft that is further coupled to a blade assembly disposed within the receptacle portion of the blender jar. The blade assembly is configured to process ingredients within the receptacle portion of the blender jar as coupled to the rotatable magnetic coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Christian Barfus, Jr., Paul S. Paget, James R. Devlaminck
  • Patent number: 10085599
    Abstract: A cooking and processing appliance includes a container having a lid and a stirring mechanism for rotating at least one processing attachment of a plurality of processing attachments, a housing having a receptacle for receiving the container and having a motor in communication with the stirring mechanism, a heating structure disposed within the housing and a wall of the container, a heating activation system included within the housing and the container, wherein the heating structure defines a heating-active state when the container is received within the receptacle, a mixing activation system, wherein the motor defines a mixing active state when the container is received within the receptacle and the lid is in a closed position and a control in communication with the heating structure and the stirring mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kaitlyn M. Benoit, Michael P. Conti, Wan Liang, Jeffrey Loebig
  • Patent number: 9975658
    Abstract: A disposable container comprising a side wall, top and bottom, wherein the side wall comprises a first flexible material and the bottom comprises a rigid or semi-rigid material. The side wall top and bottom are joined together to define the container with an interior compartment for keeping a fluid inside the container. The bottom comprises at least one opening that is fluid-tightly covered with an assembly comprising a second flexible material. The assembly comprises at least one port which provides access to the interior compartment of the container. The invention also relates to a mixing system comprising the disposable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: David Rönnholm, Klaus Gebauer, Rolf Hjorth, Patrick Jonsson
  • Patent number: 9968223
    Abstract: A blending appliance is provided including a motorized base, a blending container, and a blade assembly fitted into an opening of the blending container and rotatably coupled to the motorized base when the blending container is mounted on the motorized base. The blade assembly includes a lower blade element disposed on a spindle performing blending operations on ingredients at a lower end of the blending container; and an upper working element disposed on a shaft spaced apart from the lower blade element, and including an upper working portion and a lower working portion spaced apart from the upper working portion. The upper working portion acting to reduce cavitation in the lower blades element during the blending process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Moises Behar, Joseph C. Spencer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9924836
    Abstract: A mixer appliance having a base unit and a container unit. The base unit has a motor with a drive shaft. The container unit has a container and a rotor with a rotor shaft and a rotor element. A coupling arrangement connects the drive shaft and the rotor shaft when the container unit is connected to the base unit. A longitudinal axis extends through the drive shaft, coupling arrangement, and rotor shaft. The container unit has a bottom portion with a flexible diaphragm and a bearing member. The bearing member is supported by the flexible diaphragm, and the rotor shaft extends through the bearing member. The flexible diaphragm provides flexibility perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis, such that the bearing member is displaceable perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis to align the rotor shaft with the drive shaft along the longitudinal axis when the container unit is connected to the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget Electrolux
    Inventor: Henrik Holm
  • Patent number: 9855535
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. A blending system may include a base including a motor and a first shell that encases the motor. The blending system may also include a container that is removably coupled to the blender base. The blending system may also have a second shell selectively attached to the first shell. The blending system may also have a wall positioned within the base to direct airflow from the fan along a volute-shaped path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Patent number: 9801498
    Abstract: The present invention comprises novel methods, devices, and systems, such as blending containers configured to be used with a blender or food processor. The system comprises a blending container configured to attach to a blender or blender base unit with at least one aperture which may be positioned anywhere on the blending container. In preferred embodiments, the system comprises one or more nozzles, which may be temporarily attached to an opening or sprout on a food and beverage pouch, are configured to attach to or be positioned over one or more apertures. In some embodiments, the containers are generally cylindrical in shape and comprise two ends. A first end is open and comprises male or female threading configured to be removable mounted to a blender base unit configured with blender blades. In some embodiments, a second end is substantially closed with a smaller aperture. In other embodiments, the second end comprises a larger aperture and may be removably connected to a filling cap or plunger cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Bradley C. Fach
  • Patent number: 9756984
    Abstract: A container includes a blending base, an internal wall surface, and an internal bottom surface. The blending base is formed inside the container, extending upward slantwise from a peripheral edge of the internal bottom surface to the internal wall surface. The blending base includes a plurality of turning portions and extended curves at a top edge thereof. The extended curves are linked with the turning portions and cling to the internal wall surface. Thus, the blending base does not adversely affect the appearance of the container and can enhance the blending effect. In addition, the container can be washed and cleaned easily due to the blending base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Wen-Ching Lee
  • Patent number: 9635981
    Abstract: A food processing assembly (20) includes a base member (21), a container (22) and a cover (23). The base member (21) has a platform portion (26) adapted to carry the container (22) and a housing portion (25) for a motor. A wall (29) of the housing (25) has a plurality of air inlet slots (35) and a gutter (37) protects the slots (35) from receiving any liquid which might be on the base member (21). The container (22) has a sidewall (52) with an open top that has a peripheral rim (57). A cover (23) includes a tab assembly (73) that has a notch (70) to receive the rim (57). The vertical lifting of a handle portion (77) of the tab assembly (73) removes the cover (23) from the container (22). A spout (61) and a handle (60) are formed near the top of the container (22). A heat shield (62) includes a body portion (63) which is attached to the sidewall (52) at a location under the spout (61), and it also includes a flap (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: John K. Barnard, Richard D. Boozer, Eugene J. Kozlowski, Fred H. Mehlman, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Patent number: 9545175
    Abstract: A blending apparatus is provided which includes a container defining a cavity having a center axis and a substantially rectangular cross section through the center axis. The blending apparatus further includes a lid to cover the cavity defined by the container, and an attachment to fit within the cavity and rotate about the center axis of the cavity. In some arrangements, a set of sides of the container defines (i) a substantially octagonal interior cross section through the center axis at a location adjacent a bottom of the container to prevent lodging of food products at the bottom of the container when the attachment rotates within the cavity; and (ii) a substantially square interior cross section through the center axis at a location further from the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC
    Inventor: David M. Audette
  • Patent number: 9237829
    Abstract: The hob (1) comprises a support plate (2) which has a treatment area (3) and the cooking vessel (50) has rotary blades (53) connected to an upper magnetic coupling member (54). Below the plate (2) of the hob (1) there is a lower magnetic coupling member (4) rotatably driven by an actuator (6) to magnetically transmit torque to the upper magnetic coupling member (54) of the vessel (50). The hob (1) includes a lower magnetic element (8) below the plate (2) and the vessel has an upper magnetic element (58), which are at the same predetermined distance from the rotating shafts (E1, E2) of the respective magnetic coupling members. When the vessel (50) is in a predetermined angular position, the magnetic attraction between the lower and upper magnetic elements (8, 58) applies opposition to the rotation of the vessel (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTRODOMESTICOS TAURUS, SL
    Inventors: Josep Alet Vidal, Lluís Trench Roca, Fidel Montraveta Montraveta
  • Patent number: 9049966
    Abstract: A food processor is provided which includes a container, a blade assembly, a lid configured to cover the top of the container, and a handle attached to the lid. The handle may be movable between at least a first position and a second position with respect to the lid, where when the handle is in the first position, the lid is capable of being coupled to the container, and when the handle is in the second position, the lid is locked to the container. When the handle is in the first position, the motor may be prevented from being activated, and when the handle is in the second position activation of the motor may be permitted. A release button on the lid may be configured to move the handle out of the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventors: David M. Audette, Alexander J. Calvino, Waiman Chung, Aric Jennings, Daniel Stephen Potter, Andrea Stavrinou, August Alden Drufke
  • Publication number: 20150117139
    Abstract: A blender jar for use with a blending appliance includes a receptacle portion defined between an open top and a base portion. A flexibly resilient lid is removeably received at the open top and includes a central aperture which opens into the receptacle portion of the blender jar. In assembly, the lid is configured to seal against an upper housing of the blending appliance in which the blender jar is laterally received. The blender jar includes a bearing assembly having radial bearings disposed around a shaft which are biased by a biasing mechanism within a bearing housing. The blender jar may also include a removable base collar having a heating element disposed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: MICHAEL P. CONTI, EDWARD HANEY, JEREMY T. WOLTERS
  • Publication number: 20150117141
    Abstract: A blending appliance includes a housing with a jar receiving area defined between an upper housing and a support base. A blender jar includes a base portion and a receptacle portion, and is configured to be laterally received within the jar receiving area of the housing. A magnetic coupling system includes an upper magnetic coupler disposed in the base portion of the blender jar and a lower magnetic coupler disposed in the support base of the housing. The upper and lower magnetic couplers are magnetically coupled to one another for driving a blade assembly disposed in the receptacle portion of the blender jar. A brake mechanism is disposed on the upper magnetic coupler and is configured to stop rotation of the upper magnetic coupler when the blender jar is removed from the jar receiving area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: BERNARD J. BROTZKI, MICHAEL P. CONTI, STEVEN C. DREES, EDWARD HANEY, PAUL S. PAGET, MITCHELL L. ROBERTSON, TIMOTHY PATRICK VANANTWERP, JEREMY T. WOLTERS
  • Publication number: 20150117137
    Abstract: A blending appliance includes a housing with a jar receiving area defined between an upper housing and a support base. A blender jar includes a base portion and a receptacle portion, and is configured to be laterally received within the jar receiving area of the housing. A magnetic coupling system includes an upper magnetic coupler disposed in the base portion of the blender jar and a lower magnetic coupler disposed in the support base of the housing. The upper and lower magnetic couplers are magnetically coupled to one another for driving a blade assembly disposed in the receptacle portion of the blender jar. A brake mechanism is disposed on the upper magnetic coupler and is configured to stop rotation of the upper magnetic coupler when the blender jar is removed from the jar receiving area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: EDWARD HANEY, JEREMY T. WOLTERS, BRANDON T. MOCK, ZACHARY A. LOWNDS
  • Publication number: 20150114024
    Abstract: A portable cooler includes an insulated body that defines a main interior storage space, and a lid structured to at least partially cover the main interior storage space. The lid includes an integrated blender or an integrated blender drive. Components of the blender may include a source of electrical power, an electric motor, and a blender spindle mounted through a surface of the lid and coupled to the electric motor. The integrated blender may also include a blender jar structured to hold food items for blending and one or more blending blades. The lid may further include a blender recess shaped in a negative mold of a collar of the blender jar to prevent the blender jar from rotating during operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Ryan Grepper
  • Publication number: 20150098299
    Abstract: A food-processing device for blending and mixing food comprises a mixing vessel, a blade holder, and a motor base. The motor is a high power motor. The device has various safety features designed for the high power motor. The blade holder comprises a safety mechanism that prevents the motor base from operating without the mixing vessel covering the blade. On the surface of the motor base, it has raised area that is complementarily shaped with some recesses on the bottom of the blade holder to align the blade holder and the motor base. It also has a drainage hole that prevents the accumulation of liquid in the well of the motor base. The motor is mounted on the ceiling of the motor housing through a bracket with multiple dampers. The circuit of the motor has soft start and automatic turn off features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: HOMELAND HOUSEWARES, LLC
    Inventor: Colin Sapire
  • Publication number: 20150098298
    Abstract: A food-processing device for blending and mixing food comprises a mixing vessel, a blade holder, and a motor base. The motor is a high power motor. The device has various safety features designed for the high power motor. The blade holder comprises a safety mechanism that prevents the motor base from operating without the mixing vessel covering the blade. The mixing vessel also contains emitters that interact with detectors on the motor base that can allow a user to select an alternate blend speed according to the mixing vessel that is attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Colin Sapire
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150069157
    Abstract: A beverage container assembly for use with a blender is provided comprising a beverage container having an open top portion and a closed bottom portion. A first removable cover is for selectively covering the top portion of the beverage container. The first cover is adapted to be removably mountable on and off a blender and comprises an adapter portion for mounting the beverage container on a blender. A second removable cover is for selectively covering the open top portion of the beverage container. The second cover includes a drinking hole. The first and second covers are interchangeable on the beverage container and the second cover is mountable on the closed bottom portion for storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J. Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Daniel S. Soultanian, Michael Morton
  • Patent number: 8950930
    Abstract: A stirring blade group structure comprises a stirring blade base and at least three groups of stirring blades attached to the stirring blade base. Each stirring blade group includes a stirring shaft, a lower stirring blade, and an upper stirring blade. The upper stirring blade and the lower stirring blade cross and are attached to one end of the stirring shaft. The upper stirring blade is U-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Wenxiong Wang
  • Publication number: 20150036458
    Abstract: A mixer household appliance having a container unit and a base unit. The container unit includes a container for foodstuff and a rotor element arranged inside the container at a first end of the container unit. The appliance further includes a lid for at least partially covering an opening of the container unit. A device extends into the container via the lid and includes a surface element. The device is arranged to be fixedly positioned in at least a first position and a second position. In the first position of the device, the surface element is arranged at a first distance from the rotor element. In the second position of the device the surface element is arranged at a second distance from the rotor element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Aktiebolaget Electrolux
    Inventor: Henrik Holm
  • Publication number: 20150036459
    Abstract: A mixer appliance having a base unit and a container unit. The base unit has a motor with a drive shaft. The container unit has a container and a rotor with a rotor shaft and a rotor element. A coupling arrangement connects the drive shaft and the rotor shaft when the container unit is connected to the base unit. A longitudinal axis extends through the drive shaft, coupling arrangement, and rotor shaft. The container unit has a bottom portion with a flexible diaphragm and a bearing member. The bearing member is supported by the flexible diaphragm, and the rotor shaft extends through the bearing member. The flexible diaphragm provides flexibility perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis, such that the bearing member is displaceable perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis to align the rotor shaft with the drive shaft along the longitudinal axis when the container unit is connected to the base unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Aktiebolaget Electrolux
    Inventor: Henrik Holm
  • Publication number: 20150023130
    Abstract: A jug body having a through opening for receiving a blade assembly, the opening extending through a hub formed on an underside of the jug; the blade assembly having a bearing case within which is mounted bearings for supporting a shaft; the bearing case having a flange at one end and having threads at an opposite end, the threads protruding from a lower surface of the hub; the threads cooperating with a threaded nut that draws the flange into engagement with the jug; the lower surface of the hub and the nut being capped by a cover through which protrudes the shaft; a lower end of the shaft having attached to it, a coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: BREVILLE PLY LIMITED
    Inventors: Brendan John Foxlee, Khon Thai
  • Patent number: 8899147
    Abstract: A compact blender with a drinking water connection tube, supporting conventional tap water connections has a water dosing valve to pressure water distributed to the blending compartment or jug. Water flows from the connection tube, to a splitting device, from where inlet tubes that allow passing of water inside the blending compartment. The lid has external protrusions with inner cavities connected a duct with holes that introduce drinking water inside the blending compartment. When the frozen fruit capsule is introduced through the lid and the operation button is pushed, the exact amount of water is dosed by the water dosing valve. When water enters the blending compartment, the motor starts running turning the axle of the rotor and blades, so that water is mixed with the frozen fruit capsule thus generating the juice to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Joost Arthur Dille
  • Publication number: 20140346262
    Abstract: A food processor is provided which includes a container, a blade assembly, and a base arranged such that the container is coupleable to the base. The base includes a housing and a motor configured to drive the blade assembly. The food processor further includes an actuator included with the container moveable between a first position and a second, extended position. When the container is coupled to the base and the actuator is in the second, extended position, the actuator is configured to actuate a switch to permit activation of the motor, and the base is constructed such that the container can be coupled to the base when the actuator is in the second, extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventors: David M. Audette, Alexander J. Calvino, Waiman Chung Chung, Aric Jennings, Daniel Stephen Potter, Andrea Stavrinou
  • Publication number: 20140307518
    Abstract: A food processing assembly (20) includes a base member (21), a container (22) and a cover (23). The base member (21) has a platform portion (26) adapted to carry the container (22) and a housing portion (25) for a motor. A wall (29) of the housing (25) has a plurality of air inlet slots (35) and a gutter (37) protects the slots (35) from receiving any liquid which might be on the base member (21). The container (22) has a sidewall (52) with an open top that has a peripheral rim (57). A cover (23) includes a tab assembly (73) that has a notch (70) to receive the rim (57). The vertical lifting of a handle portion (77) of the tab assembly (73) removes the cover (23) from the container (22). A spout (61) and a handle (60) are formed near the top of the container (22). A heat shield (62) includes a body portion (63) which is attached to the sidewall (52) at a location under the spout (61), and it also includes a flap (62).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: John K. BARNARD, Richard D. BOOZER, Eugene J. KOZLOWSKI, Fred H. MEHLMAN, Robert M. ULANSKI
  • Patent number: 8851739
    Abstract: A portable baby bottle blender includes a baby bottle having a top collar with external threads and a bottom collar with external threads. A top cap has a central aperture. The top cap is internally threaded to be removable threaded onto the top collar of the baby bottle and holds a feeding nipple extending through the central aperture of the top cap onto the top collar. A sealing O-ring fits onto the bottom collar of the baby bottle. A bottom cap has a rim internally threaded. An agitating unit is centrally retained within the bottom cap. When the rim of the bottom cap is removably threaded onto the bottom collar of the baby bottle and against the sealing O-ring, the agitating unit extends into the bottom collar of the baby bottle. A base member has a top recess to receive the bottom cap on the baby bottle therein. A spur-crown gear coupling is for operating the agitating unit, so that the mixing blade assembly mixes formula within water placed through the top collar of the baby bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Osmay Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20140286123
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. A blending system may include a base including a motor and a first shell that encases the motor. The blending system may also include a container that is removably coupled to the blender base. The blending system may also have a second shell selectively attached to the first shell. The blending system may also have a wall positioned within the base to direct airflow from the fan along a volute-shaped path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Publication number: 20140252146
    Abstract: A blender is adapted to process and heat food products. The blender includes a base and a container coupled with the base. Disposed in the container is a work area and a processor component adapted to process food products. Disposed within the processor component is a fluid conduit through which steam may pass. The fluid conduit includes at least one outer wall and an interior lumen. The outer wall of the fluid conduit is separated from an inner wall of the processor component by a gap. The gap is in fluid communication with the work chamber. Disposed in the base is a reservoir (adapted to hold one or more fluids, e.g., water), which is in fluid communication with the interior lumen of the fluid conduit of the container. Steam formed in the reservoir passes from the reservoir into the work chamber by way of the interior lumen and the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: David M. Audette, Brian R. McGee
  • Publication number: 20140247686
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. The blending system may include a base including a motor, a blade assembly selectively and operably engaged with the base, where the motor drives the blade assembly, and a container having an inner and outer layer. The blending system may also include a magnet positioned between inner and outer layers of the container, and a sensor positioned in the base, where the magnet in operative proximity to the sensor permits operation of the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Publication number: 20140247685
    Abstract: A food processing machine having a base and a cylindrical jar lock extending upwardly from a top surface of the base. A jar assembly has a jar and a collar that extends downwardly from the jar. The collar is adapted to fit circumferentially around the cylindrical jar lock. A plurality of locking tabs extend radially inwardly from the collar. The locking tabs engage with the cylindrical jar lock and prevent vertical movement of the jar while allowing rotational movement of the jar and linear movement of the jar with respect to the base in the xy-plane. The cylindrical jar lock is optionally spring-mounted to the base to provide dampened movement in the vertical direction of the cylindrical jar lock with respect to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: ANTHONY S. ROBERTS, JEREMY T. WOLTERS
  • Publication number: 20140241109
    Abstract: A food blending appliance includes a housing with a motor therein. A food blending chamber having an inner wall surface is located proximate the housing. A wiper assembly is operably coupled to the motor and has a wiper blade that includes a tapered forward portion and a tapered rearward portion. The wiper blade includes an arced exterior surface that includes a radius of curvature that is substantially the same as a radius of curvature of the inner wall surface. The operable coupling between the motor and the wiper assembly results in rotation of the wiper blade when the motor is activated, which removes food from the inner wall surface of the food blending chamber during rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Paul S. Paget
  • Patent number: 8814011
    Abstract: A container (11) for a blender includes a base surface (13) and a blade (20) which is rotatable on an axis above the base surface (13). An arcuate wall (14) and two generally straight walls (15, 16) extend upwardly from the base surface (13) and terminate at the upper end of container (11). The axis of rotation of the blade (20) is closer to the arcuate wall (14) than it is to the generally straight walls (15, 16). A skirt (25) extends downwardly from the base surface (13) and has an opening. Sound baffling fingers (32) extend from the skirt (25) and into the opening. A spout (40) is formed at the intersection of two of the walls (14, 15, 16), the spout (40) having an entry point located approximately twenty to thirty percent of the height of the walls (14, 15, 16) from the upper end of the container (11). A handle (34) is positioned opposite to the spout (40) and a cover (12) includes a plug (55) to close the spout (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: Robert M. Ulanski
  • Publication number: 20140178545
    Abstract: The present invention comprises novel methods, devices, and systems, such as blending containers configured to be used with a blender or food processor. The system comprises a blending container configured to attach to a blender or blender base unit with at least one aperture which may be positioned anywhere on the blending container. In preferred embodiments, the system comprises one or more nozzles, which may be temporarily attached to an opening or sprout on a food and beverage pouch, are configured to attach to or be positioned over one or more apertures. In some embodiments, the containers are generally cylindrical in shape and comprise two ends. A first end is open and comprises male or female threading configured to be removable mounted to a blender base unit configured with blender blades. In some embodiments, a second end is substantially closed with a smaller aperture. In other embodiments, the second end comprises a larger aperture and may be removably connected to a filling cap or plunger cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Bradley C. Fach
  • Patent number: 8753005
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing materials is disclosed. The apparatus includes a support. A mixing container is disposed in the support, where the mixing container is configured to retain materials. A driver assembly is configured to protrude through the support and into the mixing container. The mixing container includes a paddle, the driver assembly is configured to be attached to the paddle, where the driver assembly is configured to oscillate the paddle in a back and forth direction at a set angle in order to mix the materials in the mixing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences Corp.
    Inventors: Vijay Singh, Willy Papke
  • Patent number: 8753004
    Abstract: A container (15) for a blender (10) includes a bottom surface (16) having a non-symmetrically shaped perimeter. A side wall (17) extends upwardly from the perimeter of the bottom surface (16). A mixing blade assembly (20) having a plurality of blades (21) is located above the bottom surface (16) and is rotatable on an axis which is displaced from the center of the bottom surface (10). Nonuniform spaces (25, 26) are thus created between the ends of the blades (21) and the side wall (17). The bottom surface (16) is inclined at an angle relative to the plane normal to the axis of rotation of the blade assembly (20), and it, as well as the side wall (17), may be provided with a plurality of spaced vanes (31, 32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Brent A. Miller, Richard D. Boozer, Michael D. Anton
  • Patent number: 8721164
    Abstract: A blending apparatus is provided which includes a container defining a cavity having a center axis and a substantially rectangular cross section through the center axis. The blending apparatus further includes a lid to cover the cavity defined by the container, and an attachment to fit within the cavity and rotate about the center axis of the cavity. In some arrangements, a set of sides of the container defines (i) a substantially octagonal interior cross section through the center axis at a location adjacent a bottom of the container to prevent lodging of food products at the bottom of the container when the attachment rotates within the cavity; and (ii) a substantially square interior cross section through the center axis at a location further from the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventor: David M. Audette
  • Patent number: 8721165
    Abstract: A blender includes a container having a plurality of substantially triangular shaped ribs projecting into a processing zone of the container. The plurality of spaced ribs each include a width and a depth that taper from a top end section adjacent a teardrop shaped opening of the container to a more narrow bottom end section adjacent a bottom wall of the container. A side wall of the container continuously tapers from the teardrop shaped opening to a substantially square shaped bottom end portion including first, second, third and fourth side wall sections connected to one another at respective rounded corners. A blade assembly is coupled to the container and includes a plurality of blades angled at different planes with respect to a horizontal plane. Each of the blades includes a beveled leading edge, resulting in a downward suction force that draws ingredients down into the blade for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Conti
  • Patent number: 8702300
    Abstract: A blending apparatus is provided which includes a container, a lid for covering the container, and an attachment within the container. The attachment includes a central shaft having a first end and a second end, the first end being configured to engage the lid, and the second end being configured to engage a drive member of the container. The attachment further includes blades extending outwardly from the central shaft, the blades being operable to engage food products in the container. The attachment rotates within the container body (i) while the attachment is captured between a bushing of the lid and the drive member of the container, the first end of the central shaft engaging the bushing and the second end of the central shaft engaging the drive member of the container and (ii) while the second end of the attachment receives torque from the drive member of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventor: David M. Audette
  • Publication number: 20140104976
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance comprising a base station having a support surface on an upper portion thereof and a rotatable drive shaft comprising a first coupling part at a free end thereof. The appliance comprises a removable bowl comprising a bottom part that is supported by the support surface during operation and a coupling member supported from said bottom part. The member comprises a second coupling part for coupling with the first cJoupling part. The first coupling part comprises a head with an outer surface with a number of first cam portions. The second coupling part comprises a socket for accommodating the head, the socket has an inner circumferential surface with a number of second cam portions, said first and second cam portions comprise first respectively second cam faces, which mate upon accommodation of the head in the socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Albert Quinesser
  • Patent number: 8690093
    Abstract: A blender blade or blade for being mounted to an interior base of a blender container for rotation about a vertical axis is described. The blade includes at least two blade wings, such that it may include four blade wings. The blade includes a body, first transition section, second transition section, first blade wing and second blade wing. Body includes an aperture, wherein the body is located on a first horizontal plane. First and second transition sections extend at downward angles from opposite sides of the body. First blade wing extends outwardly from the first transition section, wherein the first blade wing is located on a second horizontal plane. Second blade wing extends outwardly from the second transition section, wherein the second blade wing is located on a third horizontal plane. The blade is a one-piece blade and can process approximately 6-48 ounces of working medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen P. Rukavina
  • Patent number: 8672533
    Abstract: In an electric blender having a lid assembly including a strainer, the blender includes a base including a motor; a jar with a top aperture and an impeller; and a lid for removably covering the jar. The lid includes a strainer section and a closer. The strainer section includes holes extending through the lid to allow contents of a predetermined size to flow out of the jar. The closer includes a pivot arm having an end pivotably connected to the first section. The pivot arm has a flat portion near the end. The flat portion is configured to contact the first section of the lid to maintain the closer in an open position relative to the strainer section. The first section has a recessed area above the strainer section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelio Reyes, Carlos Castellanos
  • Publication number: 20130264403
    Abstract: A blade assembly for use with a jug having a central throat, the blade assembly includes: one or more blades; a plug element having a peripheral annular flange; a seal element located below the annular flange; a coupling component for engaging a co-operating coupling component on a blender base, the coupling component being coupled to the one or more blades by a rotatable shaft assembly; and a locking element for retaining the plug element with the seal element sealingly engaging the jug, thereby providing a sealing arrangement between the blade assembly and the jug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: BREVILLE PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Khon Thai
  • Patent number: 8550695
    Abstract: A blender includes a container having a plurality of substantially triangular shaped ribs projecting into a processing zone of the container. The plurality of spaced ribs each include a width and a depth that taper from a top end section adjacent a teardrop shaped opening of the container to a more narrow bottom end section adjacent a bottom wall of the container. A side wall of the container continuously tapers from the teardrop shaped opening to a substantially square shaped bottom end portion including first, second, third and fourth side wall sections connected to one another at respective rounded corners. A blade assembly is coupled to the container and includes a plurality of blades angled at different planes with respect to a horizontal plane. Each of the blades includes a beveled leading edge, resulting in a downward suction force that draws ingredients down into the blade for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Conti
  • Patent number: 8529118
    Abstract: A beverage container assembly for use with a blender is provided comprising a beverage container having an open top portion and a closed bottom portion. A first removable cover is for selectively covering the top portion of the beverage container. The first cover is adapted to be removably mountable on and off a blender and comprises an adapter portion for mounting the beverage container on a blender. A second removable cover is for selectively covering the open top portion of the beverage container. The second cover includes a drinking hole. The first and second covers are interchangeable on the beverage container and the second cover is mountable on the closed bottom portion for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Monte Davis, Michael Greene, Eric O'Neill, John Douglas Wulf
  • Publication number: 20130215707
    Abstract: This jar includes a bottom wall, bearing rotary mechanical elements for processing foodstuffs. This jar also includes a side wall extending transversely from the bottom wall while delimiting with the latter a free space in which the rotary elements act on the foodstuffs to be processed, this side wall having, opposite the bottom wall, a free end for introducing the foodstuffs into the free space. In order to make the use of this jar simple and efficient, the free end of the side wall has a regular pentagonal profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: SANTOS
    Inventor: SANTOS
  • Publication number: 20130188443
    Abstract: The reversible blender jug is one embodiment of a blender jug, comprising a vessel with dual and opposing openings, a plurality of lids (some having attached agitators), and a means for securing said lids to said vessel. The reversible blender jug can be operated in an upright or inverted position. Inverting the blender jug imparts vertical movement to the contents, creating more frequent contact between the agitators and the contents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Christina Ruth Alvarez