Stirrer Mounted Through Mixing Chamber Bottom Wall Patents (Class 366/205)
  • Patent number: 8485715
    Abstract: A blender control apparatus and method includes monitoring the operation of a blender motor as a measure of monitoring the quality and results of blending. By connecting a feedback sensor to the motor, it is possible to determine whether a blend process is complete. It is also possible to identify when cavitation is occurring or about to occur. In another aspect, the blender controls are directed to an improved method for portion blending. The method includes a two-step query to the user to determine both a predetermined blender cycle and the number of portions to be blended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Bohannon, Jr., Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: 8474374
    Abstract: A juicer device comprised of a motor disposed within a housing and having an output shaft projecting away from the housing; at least two alternate cutters each individually detachably connectable to the output shaft; a plurality of alternate inserts wherein a selected one of the plurality of alternate inserts circumscribes a selected one of the at least two alternate cutters detachably connected to the output shaft; and a body circumscribing the selected one of the plurality of alternate inserts wherein the body and the selected one of the plurality of alternate inserts include openings for feeding food to the selected one of the at least two alternate cutters detachably connected to the output shaft and openings for receiving juice, homogenized food, or shredded food therefrom upon actuation of the motor under the control of a safety system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Russell T. Trovinger
  • Patent number: 8469586
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance (10) for processing food, and in particular for producing blended beverages is provided. The kitchen appliance (10) includes a drive unit (12), and is swivel-mounted in a support unit (14). In addition the kitchen appliance (10) includes an attachment section (18) that is designed to accommodate a mixing container (30) in such a way that the attachment section (18) and the mixing container (30) define a hermetically sealed mixing space in which the cutting and/or stirring unit (20) is located. Food located in the mixing container (30) is fed to the cutting and/or stirring unit (20) on account of gravity. Preferably the attachment section (18) is composed of a cylindrical recess in the drive unit (12). Alternatively, the attachment section (18), preferably in the form of a cylindrical dish, and the cutting and/or stirring unit (20) can be designed as an insert that can be removed from and replaced back in the drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Werner Schleinzer
  • Patent number: 8439067
    Abstract: A kitchen machine having a housing that includes a housing base; a channel molded in a periphery of the housing and running in a direction of the housing base; a housing recess connected to the channel; and a coupling arranged in the housing recess to couple working apparatuses to the kitchen machine, wherein the housing recess includes means to discharge impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Aleksander Oblak, Jurij Pesec, Darko Rudez
  • Patent number: 8425107
    Abstract: A blender has a base, an axle assembly mounted on the base, a container securely attached to an axle housing of the axle assembly, and a stirring disk securely mounted on an axle of the axle assembly. A user puts foodstuffs, such as powder material, syrup, liquid material, ice cubes and so on, or tea leaves and water, into the container, and then drives the axle assembly and the stirring disk to rotate. Thus, stirring ribs of the stirring disk stir and mix the foodstuffs without crushing the foodstuffs, or the tealeaves and the water are brewed into tea. The blender is simple, easy and safe, especially for a person or a household to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Wen-Hung Tsai
  • Publication number: 20130077433
    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: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: MICHAEL P. CONTI
  • Patent number: 8403555
    Abstract: The present invention provides a high-speed blending, heating and temperature sensing structure of an electric blender. The blender includes a temperature transducer installed at the bottom of a mixing cup, and the temperature transducer has a temperature sensing head extended into the mixing cup and an upper connector coupled to the bottom of the temperature transducer and installed at the bottom of the mixing cup, and a temperature sensing signal is coupled between the temperature sensing head and the upper connector. A hidden temperature sensing connector seat is disposed at the top of the base and has a lower connector corresponding to the upper connector at the bottom of the mixing cup, and both upper and lower connectors are coupled with each other when the mixing cup and the base are combined, and the lower connector is coupled to a display screen and a touch control switch on the base through a signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Quanzhou Yida Home Appliance Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Andy Wu
  • Publication number: 20130064034
    Abstract: A system for blending and dispensing a frozen mixture includes a blending chamber to receive the ingredients to be blended and a blending mechanism that includes a rotating blade for blending and a motor to drive the blade. A piston is located within the blending chamber, and a dispensing mechanism dispenses a blended mixture from the blending chamber. A discharge mechanism discharges a cleaning fluid from the blending chamber. The piston is moved to a first position with respect to the blending mechanism during a blending cycle and moved to a second position during a dispensing cycle, the second position being closer to the blending mechanism than the first position. The piston is moved to a third position with respect to the blending mechanism during an introduction of a cleaning fluid into the blending chamber, the third position being farther away from the blending mechanism than the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Almblad, Susan Clickner
  • Patent number: 8360480
    Abstract: A collar assembly for coupling a blade assembly and a removable jar to the base of a motorized blender includes an interlock assembly that prevents coupling of the blade assembly to the blender motor unless the jar is secured to the collar assembly, and prevents removal of the jar from the collar assembly when the collar and blade assembly is coupled to the blender base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Walter Athey, Keeley Kabala, Timothy Allen Mayberry, Anthony Scott Roberts, Christopher M. Welch
  • Publication number: 20120300575
    Abstract: A blender has a base, an axle assembly mounted on the base, a container securely attached to an axle housing of the axle assembly, and a stirring disk securely mounted on an axle of the axle assembly. A user puts foodstuffs, such as powder material, syrup, liquid material, ice cubes and so on, or tea leaves and water, into the container, and then drives the axle assembly and the stirring disk to rotate. Thus, stirring ribs of the stirring disk stir and mix the foodstuffs without crushing the foodstuffs, or the tealeaves and the water are brewed into tea. The blender is simple, easy and safe, especially for a person or a household to use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Wen-Hung TSAI
  • Publication number: 20120294108
    Abstract: A blending apparatus includes a blending jar and a lid. The blending jar has an internal surface defining an internal volume, and a mixing blade positioned within the internal volume. The lid is releasably mounted to the blending jar and includes at least one scraper extending into the internal volume. The at least one scraper is adjacent to the internal surface of the blending jar and is arranged and configured to disrupt rotational flow of food particles within the internal volume and/or scrape food particles from an inner surface of the blending jar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: K-TEC, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Dickson, JR., David J. Throckmorton, Sterling O. Kingdon, Mark W. McLane, Kory B. Robins, Richard C. Galbraith
  • Publication number: 20120230149
    Abstract: A beverage blender includes a beverage container, one or more vibrating mechanisms permanently or releasably attached to the beverage container (e.g., to a bottom portion or handle of the beverage container) or integrated within one or more walls of the beverage container, and a blender base that includes a motor for turning a blade in the beverage container when the beverage container is docked to the blender base. The one or more vibrating mechanisms is/are activated while the beverage is being poured so that vibrations from the one or more vibrating mechanisms are mechanically transmitted to the beverage container. The mechanically transmitted vibrations promote the pourability of the beverage from the beverage container, including dislodging beverage ingredients that are lodged or trapped in crevices of the beverage container and freeing up beverage ingredients that may have accumulated at the bottom of the beverage container during blending.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Martin
  • Patent number: 8251573
    Abstract: A cutting tool for juicer includes a seat of axis, on which mounted a main blade axis, a main tool and an assistant blade axis for driving an assistant tool. The main blade axis drives the assistant blade axis to rotate via a gear A and a gear B of a gearing arrangement. The assistant blade axis drives the assistant tool to rotate. The revolving direction of the assistant tool is vis-à-vis with respect to that of the main tool, and the speed of the assistant tool is different from that of the main tool. A gear C is provided at the top of the assistant blade axis. An assistant blade pan of having inner teeth that extend inward is sheathed on the top of the main blade axis. The assistant tool is mounted on an outboard surface of the assistant blade pan. The gear C engages with the inner teeth of the assistant blade pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Airlux Electrical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wenhung Chou
  • Publication number: 20120206995
    Abstract: The present invention provides a blender lid safety protection device comprising a latch cover mechanism installed outside a mixing cup, such that after a lid is covered vertically onto the mixing cup, the lid is latched and fixed to the latch cover mechanism; and a link rod, having a spring coupled to the bottom of the link rod for propping the bottom of the link rod to a certain distance from one of the control switches of a power circuit control switch. After the blender lid is press down, the top end of the link rod drives a compression spring at the bottom of the link rod to move downward to trigger a control switch. Only after the blender lid is covered onto the mixing cup, the control switch of one of the power circuit switches will be electrically conducted, so as to provide a safety protection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Andy Wu
  • Patent number: 8240909
    Abstract: A collar assembly for coupling a blade assembly and a removable jar to the base of a motorized blender includes an interlock assembly that prevents coupling of the blade assembly to the blender motor unless the jar is secured to the collar assembly, and prevents removal of the jar from the collar assembly when the collar and blade assembly is coupled to the blender base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Walter Athey, Keeley Kabala, Timothy Allen Mayberry, Anthony Scott Roberts, Christopher M. Welch
  • Publication number: 20120152131
    Abstract: A food-processing device for chopping, mixing, or liquefying foods. The device comprises a container, a removable base, and a blender base. The container comprises a locking member located at the periphery of the container. The container has an opening. The removable base comprises a blade member and is removably affixable to the opening of the container. The blender base comprises a motor and a recessed well. The recessed well comprises a pressure-activated switch and an interior wall having a locking surface formed therein. The removable base is adapted to removably fit within the recessed well such that such that the locking member of the container is capable of both engaging the switch to activate the motor and capable of biasing against the locking surface, thereby permitting continuous operation of the motor without requiring a user to exert a constant force on the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Lenny Sands
  • Patent number: 8157435
    Abstract: A lid that is removably mountable to an upper open end of a jar of a mixing device includes a generally circular base having a top surface and a opposing bottom surface. A pour spout extends generally vertically upwardly from the base when the lid is mounted to the upper end of the jar. The pour spout has a crisp edge for pouring foodstuff when the lid is mounted to the jar. Further, the lid includes a channel that generally surrounds the pour spout to collect errant drips of foodstuff when the lid is mounted to the jar and when foodstuff is poured through the pour spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc
    Inventor: Ernest B. Pryor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8152083
    Abstract: Apparatus for preparing food, for instance baby food, the apparatus (1) comprising a receptacle (3) for receiving food to be prepared, a blending assembly comprising a blender element (10) for blending the food and heating means arranged for heating the food, wherein a first end (4) of the receptacle (3) is adapted to cooperate with the heating means to heat the food and wherein the blender element (10) is provided at an opposite second end (5) of the receptacle (3), such that in use an orientation of the receptacle (3) relative to the apparatus (1) is adaptable for switching between a heating operation and a blending operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Charles Bower, Michael Axel Martin Nuber, Herfried Pucher
  • Patent number: 8142068
    Abstract: The invention provides mixing apparatus which has a container base and a container lid with the lid carrying mixing means extending through the lid with at one end a mixing element and at the other end a drive connection to a drive motor. When the drive is operated the mixing element mixes the contents of the container, usually when the container inverted. The lid has a rim portion with a circumferential slot and the top edge of the container is located into the slot when the lid is assembled with the container whereby to improve connection between the lid and the container during mixing. The lid within the rim portion carries the mixing means and, during mixing, the assembly is held to lock the assembly together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: McGill Technology Limited
    Inventor: Shane Robert McGill
  • Patent number: 8122821
    Abstract: A food-processing device for chopping, mixing, or liquefying foods. The device comprises a container, a removable base, and a blender base. The container comprises a locking member located at the periphery of the container. The container has an opening. The removable base comprises a blade member and is removably affixable to the opening of the container. The blender base comprises a motor and a recessed well. The recessed well comprises a pressure-activated switch and a locking groove located adjacent to the switch. The removable base is adapted to removably fit within the recessed well such that when the locking member contacts and depresses the switch, the downward movement of the switch activates the motor, wherein the container can be depressed and rotated to allow the locking member to engage the locking groove, thereby permitting continuous operation of the motor without requiring a user to exert constant pressure on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Homeland Housewares, LLC
    Inventor: Lenny Sands
  • Patent number: 8109668
    Abstract: The blender includes a motor housing that has an outer surface surrounding an electric motor. The motor housing has a first end and a second end. The outer surface has a first mounting member. The motor housing includes a control electrically connected to the motor. A jar has an open end and a blending end and an interior surface. The jar includes a blade assembly proximate to the blending end. The jar is removably mountable to the first end of the motor housing in a operable position. The interior surface of the jar has a second mounting member. The second mounting member is in releasable registry with the first mounting member when the open end of the jar is placed over the first end of the motor housing in a storage position such that the motor housing is at least partially contained within the jar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Garman, Benjamin Henry Branson, III
  • Publication number: 20120027902
    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: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventors: David M. Audette, Alexander J. Calvino, Waiman Chung, Aric Jennings, Daniel Stephen Potter, Andrea Stavrinou
  • 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: 20120002501
    Abstract: In a mixing system for mixing together a powdered beverage and a liquid in-situ to form a ready-to-drink beverage, a receptacle has an interior space defining a mixing chamber for receiving powdered beverage and liquid therein to be mixed. An agitator is removably disposed in the mixing chamber, the agitator being operable to mix the powdered beverage and liquid within the mixing chamber, said agitator being removable from the receptacle. A retention member is configured to inhibit the agitator against falling out of the receptacle upon substantially inverting the receptacle. A drive system is provided for operating the agitator, with the agitator and drive system being configured for operative coupling therebetween. The mixing system may include a support for supporting the receptacle in an upright orientation. The receptacle may be removable from the support. The agitator may include an anti-vortex member to inhibit formation of a vortex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventors: David Carl Ulstad, Wilson George Zeitler, Jacob Childs, Gaurav Rohatgi, Alan Lee Cameron
  • Patent number: 8087818
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for coupling a blade assembly of a removable jar to a motor located in the base of a blender includes a tapered metallic male coupler that is received into a tapered non-metallic female coupler. An electromagnetic field is generated to secure the male coupler in the female coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Steven C. Drees
  • Patent number: 8066426
    Abstract: A mixing device, configured to blend food, including a housing, having a motor, and a jar removably mounted to the housing for containing food. The housing includes a base, a central body and a pair of side bodies that attach to the sides of the central body in an assembled configuration of the housing. Further, the housing includes a top removably mounted to the base to clamp the side bodies and the central body between the top and the base when the housing is in the assembled configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Sandford, Li Xinwen
  • Patent number: 8056848
    Abstract: A blade assembly of a blender consists of a first and a second blade. The first blade has an elongated and slightly elevated body with two vertical tips, and the second blade with the body bent downwardly. The unique design of said first and second blades can create a turbulent flow, allowing the content in the container cycling between the blades to achieve finer particle and efficient processing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Kai-Fu Liang
  • Publication number: 20110205834
    Abstract: The invention provides mixing apparatus which has a container base and a container lid with the lid carrying mixing means extending through the lid with at one end a mixing element and at the other end a drive connection to a drive motor. When the drive is operated the mixing element mixes the contents of the container, usually when the container inverted. The lid has a rim portion with a circumferential slot and the top edge of the container is located into the slot when the lid is assembled with the container whereby to improve connection between the lid and the container during mixing. The lid within the rim portion carries the mixing means and, during mixing, the assembly is held to lock the assembly together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: McGill Technology Limited
    Inventor: Shane Robert McGill
  • Patent number: 7993054
    Abstract: A blender base that may be used with a food processor container, a blender container, and a single use beverage container. The blender container includes a novel blade unit having a food processor-style blade and blender type blades. Programs with preprogrammed motor commands for desired operations are stored in memory and may be selected by a user on a user interface. The user interface may include a liquid crystal display, or function switches and light emitting diodes. Upon selection of a particular pre-defined function, the microcontroller retrieves the appropriate program from the read only memory and specifies the preprogrammed motor commands to accomplish the selected function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton, Daniel S. Soultanian
  • Publication number: 20110149677
    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: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Monte Davis, Michael Greene, Eric O'Neill, John Douglas Wulf
  • Patent number: 7958819
    Abstract: A blender and juicer system involving a blender container, having an open top and an open bottom, and a removable juicer member being open at each end and adapted for insertion into the blender container. The blender container is adapted to prevent the over-insertion of the removable juicer member. The inserted juicer member is adapted to engage operatively the interior of the blender container. The blender and juicer system also involves a plunger adapted for insertion into the juicer member. The inserted plunger is utilized during a juice extraction operation. The plunger includes a top exterior lip that defines the optimal range of plunger insertion into the juicer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Homeland Housewares, LLC
    Inventor: Lenny Sands
  • Patent number: 7938574
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus has a container base and a container lid with the lid carrying a mixing mechanism extending through the lid. The mixing mechanism includes at one end a mixing element and at the other end a drive connection to a drive motor. When the drive is operated, the mixing element mixes the contents of the container, usually with the container inverted. The lid has a rim portion with a circumferential slot, and the top edge of the container is located in the slot when the lid is assembled with the container to improve the connection between the lid and the container during mixing. The lid within the rim portion carries the mixing mechanism and during mixing, the assembly is held to lock the assembly together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: McGill Technology Limited
    Inventor: Shane Robert McGill
  • Publication number: 20110096619
    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: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: HAMILTON BEACH BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Ernest B. Pryor, JR., Steven W. Ashworth
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7918601
    Abstract: A blender jar defines a geometry to impart vertical movement to material being processed in the blender jar, and, alternatively or in combination, improves the horizontal movement to the blended material. By configuring one or more agitators on the floor of a jar, laminar flow or symmetric flow of material around the jar is disrupted. The material is forced in an upward direction in the jar and, therefore, into more frequent contact with the cutter blades rotating in the jar. A dispensing blender jar includes a hole in the jar wall that leads to a dispensing spout. The hole is positioned, at least in part, on the leading edge of a vertical bump in the sidewall of the jar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Henry Branson, III, John Robert Bohannon, Jr., Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: 7909501
    Abstract: This invention provides a safety system for electrically operated kitchen appliances such as blenders, food processors and the like, to protect users from contact with cutting or macerating implements which, in operation of such appliances, are rotated at reasonably high speeds by powerful electric motors. In order to provide a reliable and robust safety system which is economical to manufacture, the invention utilises a detent member (30, 50) which is rotatable with either the motor or the implement (80). A trapping member (110, 130), which is mobile between two positions along the motor's axis of rotation, but which cannot rotate, traps or releases the detent member, depending upon the trapping member's position. The trapping member (110, 130) is moved into the position at which the detent member (30, 50) is released only when a container (100) is correctly inserted into place to contain the implement. The invention also provides an electrically powered kitchen appliance incorporating such a safety system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kenwood Limited
    Inventor: Roland Eden
  • Publication number: 20110046786
    Abstract: A blender base that may be used with a food processor container, a blender container, and a single use beverage container. The blender container includes a novel blade unit having a food processor-style blade and blender type blades. Programs with preprogrammed motor commands for desired operations are stored in memory and may be selected by a user on a user interface. The user interface may include a liquid crystal display, or function switches and light emitting diodes. Upon selection of a particular pre-defined function, the microcontroller retrieves the appropriate program from the read only memory and specifies the preprogrammed motor commands to accomplish the selected function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J. Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton, Daniel S. Soultanian
  • Patent number: 7878702
    Abstract: A baby food maker (100). Baby food maker (100) comprises a jar (102) having an open top and an open bottom for holding food, a top cap (104) for closing the open top of jar (102), a bottom cap (106) sealingly engaged with the lower end of jar (102) for forming a cooking chamber (103), a blending or stirring mechanism (114) installed inside cooking chamber (103) for blending/stirring food, a heating tube (116) fixedly installed on the bottom of bottom cap (106) for heating food, a blender base (112) disposed underneath cooking chamber (103) for supporting cooking chamber (103), a motor (124) installed inside blender base (112) and removably coupled with mechanism (114) for driving mechanism (114) to blend or stir food, and an adapting member (110) engaged with the lower portion of jar (102) for adapting cooking chamber (103) to stand on blender base (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Zheng Peng
  • Publication number: 20110013478
    Abstract: A collar assembly for coupling a blade assembly and a removable jar to the base of a motorized blender includes an interlock assembly that prevents coupling of the blade assembly to the blender motor unless the jar is secured to the collar assembly, and prevents removal of the jar from the collar assembly when the collar and blade assembly is coupled to the blender base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: STUART WALTER ATHEY, KEELEY KABALA, TIMOTHY ALLEN MAYBERRY, ANTHONY SCOTT ROBERTS, CHRISTOPHER M. WELCH
  • Patent number: 7871195
    Abstract: A mixing device configured to blend food. The mixing device includes a base enclosing a motor. A jar is removably mounted to the base for containing food. A collar is removably mounted between the base and the jar. A dispensing spout is removably mounted to the collar. Further, a splash guard is removably mounted to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Atle Larsen, Ernest B. Pryor, Jr., Mark C. Steiner
  • Patent number: 7841764
    Abstract: A blender base that may be used with a food processor container, a blender container, and a single use beverage container. The blender container includes a novel blade unit having a food processor-style blade and blender type blades. Programs with preprogrammed motor commands for desired operations are stored in memory and may be selected by a user on a user interface. The user interface may include a liquid crystal display, or function switches and light emitting diodes. Upon selection of a particular pre-defined function, the microcontroller retrieves the appropriate program from the read only memory and specifies the preprogrammed motor commands to accomplish the selected function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton, Daniel S. Soultanian
  • Patent number: 7828475
    Abstract: A blended drink concession apparatus has a motorcycle engine, mounted in a motorcycle engine display area. The motorcycle belt is powered by the motorcycle engine and the motorcycle pulley is also powered by the motorcycle engine. The motorcycle pulley operates a shaft and the shaft operates a belt. The belt operates the blender shaft. The blender connector is powered by the blender shaft. A variety of hundred jars each having a blender blade is powered by the blender shaft connector. Thus, users can have blended drinks from the power of a motorcycle engine. Optionally, propane can be injected into the exhaust and ignited for visual effect. Optionally, handlebars mounted in front of the engine provide additional decoration. The motorcycle handlebars may have gearshift control, start and kill switch or other controls. The blended drink concession apparatus is mounted on a trailer that can be pulled around from event to event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Danny Barber
  • Publication number: 20100246319
    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: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: HAMILTON BEACH BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Ernest B. PRYOR, Jr., Steven W. ASHWORTH
  • Patent number: 7780337
    Abstract: A blend soup maker (100). Soup maker (100) comprises a jar (102) having an open top and an open bottom for holding food, a lid (104) for closing the open top of jar (102), a bottom cap (106) for closing the open bottom of jar (102), a blending blade (114) installed inside jar (102) for blending food, an electrical heating tube (116) fixedly installed on the bottom of jar (102) for heating food, a base support (112) disposed underneath jar (102) for supporting jar (102), a blending motor (124) installed inside support base (112) and removably coupled with blade (114) for driving blade (114) to blend food, and a support member (110) engaged with the lower portion of jar (102) for adapting jar (102) to stand on base support (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Zheng Peng
  • Patent number: 7758236
    Abstract: A food blending apparatus and a method of blending food within a container with the object of providing a hygienic system whereby disposable containers are charged with product at a location remote from consumption. After filling with ingredients the container is sealed and then cooled. Containers include an integral blender which when connected to a drive enable the product to be blended at the point of consumption after location in driving connection with the drive means. Product is accessed through a sealed opening of the container after opening the seal. After consumption the container is disposed of and is constructed to make disposal economical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: McGill Technology Limited
    Inventor: Shane R. McGill
  • Patent number: 7717613
    Abstract: The invention is an improved portable blender for use in a vehicle that has a self-righting base capable of pivoting in order to balance out the contents contained in the blender while the vehicle is moving. The base also has a power cord with a cigarette lighter adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Edward Epps
  • Patent number: 7712951
    Abstract: A blender jar defines a geometry to impart vertical movement to material being processed in the blender jar, and, alternatively or in combination, improves the horizontal movement to the blended material. By configuring one or more agitators on the floor of a jar, laminar flow or symmetric flow of material around the jar is disrupted. The material is forced in an upward direction in the jar and, therefore, into more frequent contact with the cutter blades rotating in the jar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Bohannon, Jr., Benjamin Henry Branson, III, Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: 7673824
    Abstract: A drink maker for processing foodstuff and dispensing the processed foodstuff therefrom. A base encloses a motor and a jar including a first recirculation surface is removably mountable to the base. A processing cup including a second recirculation surface is removably mountable to the jar and the jar and processing cup comprise a container in an assembled configuration. A recirculation chamber is defined by the first and second recirculation surfaces. The base includes an arcuate-shaped mounting wall extending from its top surface and the jar includes a skirt having a first wall and a second wall positioned radially outwardly from the first wall. The first and second walls define a mounting gap and the mounting wall is positioned in the mounting gap in the assembled configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: George William Stamper, III, Benjamin Henry Branson, III
  • Patent number: 7665885
    Abstract: A dispensing blender for blending foodstuff and dispensing foodstuff therefrom. The dispensing blender includes a base enclosing a motor, a jar removably mountable to the base, a collar removably mountable between the base and the jar and a dispensing spout mounted to the collar. At least a portion of the dispensing spout is movable to an open position wherein foodstuff within the jar is able to flow from the jar, through the collar and out of the dispensing spout and a closed position wherein the foodstuff is blocked from flowing out of the dispensing spout. A cup actuation lever mounted to the base is movable to a dispensing position wherein the dispensing spout is urged to the open position and a resting position wherein the dispensing spout is urged to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest B. Pryor, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100037786
    Abstract: A frozen drink maker is provided having an ice shaving unit with a rotatable ice chute. A plurality of blender units are positioned about the ice shaving unit, each having a removable blender jar for receiving shaved ice therein. A programmable controller is operably connected to the ice shaving unit and each of the blender units for controlling the operation of the ice shaving unit and the blender units. The programmable controller includes a plurality of preprogrammed routines to make a plurality of different frozen drink, wherein the programmable controller can be selectively set to make one of the plurality of frozen drink in each of the blender jars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Phetsouvanh Kounlavong, Alejandro Pena