Stirrer Mounted Through Mixing Chamber Bottom Wall Patents (Class 366/205)
  • Publication number: 20100027373
    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: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: John K. Barnard, Richard D. Boozer, Eugene J. Kozlowski, Fred H. Mehlman, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Publication number: 20100020633
    Abstract: A variety of embodiments of blending containers are shown herein. In one embodiment, the blending container includes a mixing blade that rotates on an axis adjacent to the bottom of the blending container. The blending container includes one or more walls that extend upward from the bottom and a handle secured to the one or more walls. The blending container may be configured so that a vortex created when liquid is blended inside the container is not positioned over the axis. The blending containers may also be configured to stack inside one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: K-TEC, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Dickson, JR.
  • Patent number: 7648264
    Abstract: An electric food preparation appliance composed of: a jar having a bottom and an open top; a rotary working tool installed in the jar to be driven in rotation through the bottom of the jar; a lid for closing the top of the jar and having an opening; a mixing accessory constructed to be installed in the jar through the opening; and a side support member provided to hold the mixing accessory when the mixing accessory is not installed in the jar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Marc Breviere, Cyril Durris, Marc Suberbie
  • Patent number: 7641380
    Abstract: A blade assembly suited for both blending and food processing in small throat blender jars is provided. The blade assembly comprises a plurality of blade forms each designed to perform a specific blending or processing task while simultaneously working together and with the geometric restrictions of the jar to optimize the assembly's capability to crush ice, blend or mix liquids and/or semi-solid materials, and to chop, cut, or slice solid food items without the need for user interaction to clear compacted items from the blades and/or the walls or bottom of the jar during its operation. The improved performance also serves the beneficial side effect of improved bearing and motor life in the blender/food processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Moises Behar, Joseph Spencer
  • Patent number: 7632007
    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: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton, Daniel S. Soultanian
  • Patent number: 7617766
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for steaming and blending food products such as baby food. The apparatus includes a base including a steam chamber and a drive shaft. A container assembly can be mounted to the base in an inverted position for steaming the food and in an upright position for blending the food. The apparatus may further include a baby bottle sterilizing unit and a bottle warmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James Tracy, Augusto Picozza
  • Patent number: 7566186
    Abstract: A drive coupling assembly (10) for attaching two shafts includes a coupler body (11) and a locking clip (12). The body (11) has a splined opening (23) which is adapted to receive one shaft, and an aperture (24) which is adapted to receive a drive shaft (13) of a motor (14). A slot (25) is formed in coupler body (11) and the slot (25) communicates with the aperture (24). The clip (12) is positioned in the slot (25) and includes a spring tab (33) which can engage an undercut (40) in the shaft (13) to maintain the drive coupling assembly (10) on the shaft (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Katz, Richard D. Boozer, Gregory S. Ans, Robert F. Beesley, Jay Honsaker, Donald M. Malec
  • Patent number: 7552885
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a blender blade (10) includes a body portion (12) having an upper surface (15) and a lower surface (16). The body portion includes an aperture (13) effectively defining an axis of rotation for the blender blade (10). A first blade wing (21) extends from the body portion (12) and has an upper surface (23) and a lower surface (25). A second blade (22) wing extends from the body portion (12) and has an upper surface (24) and a lower surface (26). A leading edge (41) is provided on the first blade wing (21) and a leading edge (42) is provided on the second blade wing (22), the leading edges (41, 42) being adapted to cut through a working medium during rotation of the blender blade (10). At least one wing flap (51, 52) extending outwardly, selectively from the first blade wing (21) and the second blade wing (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Katz, David J. Kolar, Richard D. Boozer, Michael D. Anton
  • Publication number: 20090161482
    Abstract: A mixing device for mix foodstuff includes a base housing at least one motor. The mixing device further includes a jar for containing the foodstuff. The mixing device has a first operating configuration wherein the foodstuff is blended within the jar. The mixing device includes at least one travel mug for containing the foodstuff. The mixing device has a second operating configuration wherein the foodstuff is mixed within the at least one travel mug. The jar and the at least one travel mug are separately removably mountable to the base. The at least one travel mug is removably mountable within the jar for storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: HAMILTON BEACH BRANDS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Sandford
  • Publication number: 20090129200
    Abstract: An electric food preparation appliance composed of: a jar having a bottom and an open top; a rotary working tool installed in the jar to be driven in rotation through the bottom of the jar; a lid for closing the top of the jar and having an opening; a mixing accessory constructed to be installed in the jar through the opening; and a side support member provided to hold the mixing accessory when the mixing accessory is not installed in the jar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: SEB S,A
    Inventors: Marc BREVIERE, Cyril DURRIS, Marc SUBERBIE
  • Publication number: 20090109793
    Abstract: A blender apparatus includes a disposable cup. The disposable cup has a set of blending blades disposed on a bottom portion of the disposable cup provided for cutting and blending food chunks contained in the disposable cup. The blender apparatus further includes a base unit. The base unit has a rotating mechanism for engaging the set of blending blades for rotating and cutting and blending the food chunks. The set of blending blades further includes a blade-set engagement interface for engaging to the rotating engagement interface for rotating and cutting and blending the food chunks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Hua J. Xue
  • Patent number: 7520659
    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: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton, Daniel S. Soultanian
  • Publication number: 20090095459
    Abstract: A blender with an air intake snorkel where the snorkel extends away from a motor housing provided by the blender is provided. The snorkel includes an air intake opening, an outlet opening, and a conduit fluidly connecting the intake and outlet openings. In one preferred embodiment, the snorkel includes a cap connected to the snorkel wherein the cap partially obstructs access to the intake opening in order to prevent contamination of the conduit. The outlet opening fluidly communicates with an inlet aperture provided by the motor housing. In use, an electric motor contained by the housing actuates a fan. The fan pulls air through the intake opening, conduit, and outlet opening. The air enters the housing via the inlet aperture where it acts to cool the electric motor. In one preferred embodiment, the appliance is a blender and the motor housing comprises a blender base that is installed on a countertop or in-counter (i.e., a portion of the blender extends into or through the plane defined by a countertop).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Brian Paul Williams, Steven W. Ashworth
  • Publication number: 20090097353
    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: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Danny Barber
  • Publication number: 20090084275
    Abstract: A length of a duct (42) can be altered added to a filter mask (4) mounted inside a container (2). Further the filter mask joins to the container by clasping and joining together ribs, which are easy to maintain for cleaning purpose. In detail, a duct (42) is mainly composed of a wheel spacer (42a) as a low profile “mount base”; and an extension tube (42b) can be assembled to or detached from said wheel spacer (42a) as demanded. A bottom rim of the filter mask (4) has a plurality of L-shaped ribs (44) disposed therearound. Ribs (44) corresponding to a plurality of transverse ribs (21) projected inward inside a bottom of said container (2) can clasp and join together with the ribs (21) respectively. Thus, the filter mask (4) mounted inside the container (2) can be avoided from relaxing hold on each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Kai-Fu Liang
  • Patent number: 7494266
    Abstract: Cooking mixer supplies silver, enabling a user to take silver and foods by supplying silver to the foods during food grinding. The cooking mixer includes a container for foodstuffs to be ground, a generating power part, a connection part for connecting the container to the power part, and a rotating body mounted in the connection part and connected to a rotary shaft of the power part, the rotating body having a plurality of blades for grinding the foodstuffs, each of the mixer blades has at least one insertion space for inserting a silver body thereto. The cooking mixer naturally supplies silver to foods to be ground, for example, when fruit juice is made or foodstuffs are chopped, thereby allowing a person to regularly take silver and detect poisonous matters contained in foods. The cooking mixer protects human health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Sang-Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 7476018
    Abstract: This invention is concerned with providing apparatus for blending product within a container (10) by charging the container with product, applying a lid (l2) with an integral blending element (14) thereon. The product is blended by driving the blending element with an external drive (34) whilst the container is in an inverted position. The assembled and filled container is located in a holder (22) whilst in a generally upright position and the holder is moved to invert the container so that the lid is lowermost and the product is in contact with the blending element in which position the product is blended. Inversion may take place in a housing (23) in which the product may be heated to a blending temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: McGill Technology Limited
    Inventors: Shane Robert McGill, Martin White
  • Publication number: 20080298169
    Abstract: A mixing device configured for shipment and/or storage includes a base housing at least one motor, a jar removably mountable to the base in an operating configuration for containing foodstuff, and a blade assembly loosely positioned in the jar. The blade assembly has a first surface and an opposing second surface. The second surface of the blade assembly operatively engages that at least one motor in the operating configuration. The device further includes a blending tool operatively connected to the first surface of the blade assembly and an enclosure removably mountable to the first surface of the blade assembly to enclose the blending tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Henry Branson, III, Derek Hassell
  • Patent number: 7441944
    Abstract: A blender system composed of a mixing base that is capable of agitating the contents of one or more containers. The mixing base includes a blade element, a recessed well positioned at a top of the mixing base, a pressure-actuated switch positioned about the periphery of the recessed well, and a locking groove. A container may have a single open end, a container body, a selectively removable container base, the container base sized to fit into the recessed well of the mixing base, the container base comprising a blade element and locking members to lock the container within the recessed well of the mixing base. The container body further comprises an attachment element for attaching the container base, and a substantially smooth extension between the attachment element and the open end of the container body to facilitate drinking or pouring the contents of the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Homeland Housewares, LLC
    Inventor: Lenny Sands
  • Publication number: 20080259722
    Abstract: The blender for production of scented materials has mutually connecting containers or chambers that attach to a conventional motorized blender base. The chambers include a mixing chamber having a removable blade assembly and base attachment mount, a filtration chamber installed upon the mixing chamber, and a collection chamber installed upon the filtration chamber. The filtration chamber may include one or more scent absorbent pads removably installed in the neck thereof. The blender is used by assembling the mixing chamber upon the blender base, adding ingredients and liquid, installing the filtration and collection chambers, and operating the blender. When the ingredients have been mixed and comminuted, the chamber assembly is removed from the base and inverted to drain the liquid mixture through the scent absorbent discs and into the collection bottle. The discs and collection bottle are then removed for use in distributing the scent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: SAMUEL A. SANFORD
  • Patent number: 7430957
    Abstract: A blender and juicer system comprises 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 comprises 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 which defines the optimal range of plunger insertion into the juicer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Homeland Housewares, LLC
    Inventor: Lenny Sands
  • Patent number: 7422362
    Abstract: A portable blender system and method involving a mixing base that is capable of agitating the contents of a container. The base includes a structure for rotating a shaft, a recessed well positioned at a top of the mixing base, a pressure-actuated switch positioned about the periphery of the recessed well, a locking groove, and a portable power source. A container may have an opening at one end and a floor at a second end, wherein the base is tapered. The container includes locking members and in a spaced relation about a periphery of the container. The container may also include a handle that is externally coupled. The container also includes a ring that is selectively attachable and removable from the periphery of the opening such that, when the ring is coupled to the container, the user is able to drink from the container without spilling or dripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Homeland Housewares, LLC
    Inventor: Lenny Sands
  • Patent number: 7422361
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest B. Pryor, Jr., John Robert Bohannon, Jr., Benjamin Henry Branson, III, Atle Larsen, George William Stamper, III, Brian Paul Williams
  • Publication number: 20080212403
    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: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: HAMILTON BEACH/PROCTOR-SILEX, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Garman, Benjamin Henry Branson
  • Publication number: 20080198691
    Abstract: A blade assembly suited for both blending and food processing in small throat blender jars is provided. The blade assembly comprises a plurality of blade forms each designed to perform a specific blending or processing task while simultaneously working together and with the geometric restrictions of the jar to optimize the assembly's capability to crush ice, blend or mix liquids and/or semi-solid materials, and to chop, cut, or slice solid food items without the need for user interaction to clear compacted items from the blades and/or the walls or bottom of the jar during its operation. The improved performance also serves the beneficial side effect of improved bearing and motor life in the blender/food processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Moises Behar, Joseph Spencer
  • Publication number: 20080170465
    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: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: John Robert Bohannon, Benjamin Henry Branson, Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: 7371004
    Abstract: A travel mug that is configured to blend food and adapted for being transported with a user in a drinking configuration and for mounting to a blender for blending food therein in a blending configuration. The mug includes a cup body having an open top, an open bottom and a cavity therein. A drinking cap is removably mounted to the top of the cup body. The drinking cap includes a drinking hole and a closure movable between a sealing position wherein the closure seals the drinking hole and an open position where the closure is spaced from the drinking hole. A blade fitting, having a blending blade, is removably mounted to the bottom of the cup body when the travel mug is in the blending configuration. Further, a bottom closure is removably mounted to the bottom of the cup body when the travel mug is in the drinking configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Henry Branson, III, Mark K. Romandy
  • Patent number: 7364348
    Abstract: A drinking vessel with a thumb operated electric mixer has a top lip and a bottom. The vessel is sized so that it is capable of handling with one hand in the same fashion as a beverage glass or cup. The vessel may include a handle member that extends beneath the bottom of the beverage container at least a distance equal to the outer diameter of the container. The handle member includes an outwardly extending handle that has a push button switch electrically connected to a power source and motor for driving a mixing propeller located in the container. A liquid-tight compartment at the bottom of the vessel houses the power source and motor. The beverage container and propeller are removable as a single unit from the handle member and liquid-tight compartment so that they may be thoroughly cleaned and the integrity of the electrical parts maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Jon Rich Corporation
    Inventor: David A. Jones
  • Publication number: 20080089170
    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: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicant: Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex, Inc.
    Inventors: Atle Larsen, Ernest B. Pryor, Mark C. Steiner
  • Patent number: 7350963
    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 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Paul Williams, Benjamin Henry Branson, III, John Robert Bohannon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7320542
    Abstract: A blender includes a base frame, a cover for covering the base frame, a muffler housing, a motor, and a fan. The base frame includes a hollow column having a compartment for receiving the motor. Two separating plates extend downward from a bottom end of the base frame. The motor includes a lower drive shaft for driving the fan for driving ambient cool air into the compartment of the hollow column via the apertures, thereby directly cooling the motor. The separating plates prevent the hot air exiting the blender from entering the blender again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventor: Chun-Yu Tai
  • Patent number: 7318375
    Abstract: A food stirrer includes a seat and a container. A driving axle extends through the seat. A bushing is provided outside the driving axle. The driving axle has a brake device for quickly stopping the rotation of the driving axle when a motor is powered off. A spring is provided under an upper sleeve and received in the middle sleeve with a tendency to push the upper sleeve upwards. A first one-way ratchet wheel is mounted at a bottom end of the driving axle. A gear assembly is mounted beneath a bottom end of the driving axle, and connected to the motor by a connector. A second one-way ratchet wheel is engaged with the first one-way ratchet wheel. The container has a cover, a pole formed on the cover for pushing the driving axle downwards, and a cutting tool provided outside the bushing and formed with multiple blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Ching-Chi Huang
  • Publication number: 20070291583
    Abstract: A drink blender system with a single use lid permitting a user to dispose of the lid and mixing apparatus after use. The drink blender system with a single use lid includes a lid defining an upper end and a lower end. The upper end of the lid having an opening into the interior. A ribbed wall, on both the exterior and interior of the lid, allowing for the lid to mate with a correspondingly ribbed cup on the interior and a correspondingly ribbed base wall on the exterior. A mixing apparatus is integrally formed as a single unit with the lid. The mixing apparatus extends upwardly from the lower end into the interior of the lid. The lid is formed of a substantially rigid plastic material, where the mixing apparatus comprises a metal blade with a plastic 6-tooth driver mate supported by a metal support. A driver assembly for driving the mixing apparatus to mix the constituents of the drink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Robert Joseph Baschnagel
  • Patent number: 7281842
    Abstract: A blending container may include one or more walls and a handle secured to the one or more walls. The blending container may have a generally rectangular shape. The blending container may also include a mixing blade that rotates on an axis. The blending container may be configured so that a vortex created when liquid is blended inside the container is not positioned over the axis. The blending containers may also be configured to stack inside one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: K-Tec, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Dickson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7278779
    Abstract: A food mixer device and method includes a container configured to receive food. A pair of interchangeable container bases are each separately and removably couplable to the container. At least one mixing assembly is rotatably disposed in the container. A faucet is operatively coupled to one of the interchangeable container bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Back to Basics Products, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Beesley, Thomas E. Daniels, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7267478
    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: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Brent A. Miller, Richard D. Boozer, Michael D. Anton
  • Patent number: 7249879
    Abstract: A blender has a container body, a push plate, a blade assembly that is mounted on the push plate and a guide rod mounted to the container body and affixed to the push plate limiting the push plate to substantially vertical movement. A variety of well known lifting mechanisms can be mechanically actuated by the handle and can also be actuated by a squeeze mechanism where the handle travels linearly as opposed to rotationally. To overcome the stickiness drawback in blender container bodies, the present invention uses a push plate to push the contents out of the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventor: Yunes Nabilsi
  • Publication number: 20070140048
    Abstract: A dynamic and static seal is formed by a close clearance fit between a rotary coupling and a static upstanding wall on a motor housing such as a base for an electric blender. The seal centrifugally ejects spilt liquid during operation towards a network of drainage holes which direct the liquid away to prevent it from leaking into the blender's base. A down-turned U-shaped lip rotates around both sides and the top edge of the upstanding wall so as to form a rotary labyrinth seal. The wall forms a static barrier to liquid when the blender is not rotating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventor: Mahmoud Ismail
  • Patent number: 7217028
    Abstract: An off-axis goblet or container for a food or beverage mixer has a longitudinal axis centered therein. A mixing assembly is disposed in the goblet or container and has a rotational axis. The longitudinal and rotational axes of the goblet and mixing assembly are different and non-collinear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Back to Basics Products, LLC
    Inventor: Brian K. Beesley
  • Patent number: 7213965
    Abstract: A beverage mixer includes a container with a mixing assembly removably disposable on a base with a motor turning a drive mechanism engagable with the mixing assembly. A spout is operatively coupled to the container, and can include a valve operable to allow and restrict contents of the container and actuatable by an actuator. A cup indentation is positioned under the outlet opening of the spout when the container is disposed on the base. The cup indentation extends horizontally into the base and is formed by a perimeter of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Back to Basics Products, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas E. Daniels, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7168845
    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: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: McGill Technology Limited
    Inventor: Shane R. McGill
  • Patent number: 7066640
    Abstract: A blender system including a mixing base is capable of agitating the contents of a plurality of containers. The mixing base includes a rotating shaft, a recessed well, a pressure-actuated switch positioned about the periphery of the recessed well, and a locking groove. One container that may be used with the mixing base has an opening at one end and a base at a second end, where the base is tapered. The container also includes one or more locking members in spaced relation about the periphery of the container body. The container body may be provided with a handle. The container also includes a ring that is selectively attachable and removable from the periphery of the opening such that when the ring is coupled to the container, the user is able to drink from the container without spilling or dripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Homeland Housewares, LLC
    Inventor: Lenny Sands
  • Patent number: 7063456
    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 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Brent A. Miller, Richard D. Boozer, Michael D. Anton
  • Patent number: 7040799
    Abstract: A stirring stick for manipulating foodstuff in a blender comprises an elongate plunger having first and second ends. The plunger has a cavity extending between the first and second ends. At least a portion of the plunger is generally trough-shaped, and the cavity is open at least at the second end. A handle is attached to the first end of the plunger. A user may move the stirring stick in one or more directions when the stirring stick is positioned in the blender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach/Procter-Silex, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest B. Pryor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7018091
    Abstract: An electric household appliance for processing foods comprises a main body including an electric motor unit and its control elements, at least a working accessory comprising a tool designed to be driven by the motor unit and a safety device including a first member housed in the appliance main body and a second member connected to the accessory. The member is a transceiver and the second member is a transponder, the transceiver and transponder being designed to be inductively coupled by a radiofrequency or microwave electromagnetic field when the accessory is installed on the appliance body. Preferably, the transponder connected to the accessory comprises a power circuit derived from the electric power induced in the transponder antenna and additional safety elements for deactivating the powering circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Mustapha Arroubi, Michel Leforgeais
  • Patent number: 6981795
    Abstract: A multi-blade blender is disclosed having a drive shaft, a gear system, and at least two blade assemblies. Each blade assembly includes a blade affixed to an end of a blade shaft. The blade shafts of the first, second and third blade assemblies are angled from the vertical position toward the container wall. The gear system engages at least one of the blade assemblies. The drive shaft engages the gear system and causes the blade assemblies to rotate in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Sylmark Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Ali Nikkah
  • Patent number: 6979117
    Abstract: A blending jar apparatus is disclosed including a plurality of walls and a handle secured to one of the plurality of walls. One of the plurality of walls may comprise a truncated wall. The handle may include an aperture extending at least partially through the handle. The handle may be secured to the truncated wall. Methods of stacking blending jars are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: K-TEC, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Dickson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6974099
    Abstract: A blade (10) for a blender includes a center portion (11) which includes the axis of rotation. Blade wings (13, 14) extend outwardly from the center portion (11) and wing tips (15, 16) are positioned at the end of the wings (13, 14). The wings (13, 14) and wing tips (15, 16) having leading edges (21, 22) and trailing edges (23, 24). The portion of the leading edges (21, 22) along the wings (13, 14) have beveled edges (13A, 14A) at the bottom surface thereof, and the portion of the leading edges (21, 22) along the wing tips (15, 16) have beveled edges (15A, 16A) formed at the top surfaces thereof. Each of the wings (13, 14) has an effective width to length ratio of greater than 0.287, the length being measured between the axis of rotation and the distal ends of the wing tips (15, 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Kolar, Richard D. Boozer, Michael D. Anton
  • Patent number: 6966689
    Abstract: A beverage mixer includes a container with a mixing assembly removably disposable on a base with a motor turning a drive mechanism engagable with the mixing assembly. A spout is operatively coupled to the container, and can include a valve operable to allow and restrict contents of the container and actuatable by an actuator. A cup indentation is positioned under the outlet opening of the spout when the container is disposed on the base. The cup indentation extends horizontally into the base and is formed by a perimeter of the base. An air pump can be associated with the base, and an air line operatively coupled between the air pump and the container to assist dispensing contents of the container through the spout. An impeller associated with the mixing assembly in the container. The impeller forms an oblique angle oriented to drive contents of the container towards an opening in the container and out of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: TED/BTB Properties, Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Daniels, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6962432
    Abstract: My invention is a mixer and dispenser having a dispensing top with an outflow channel, an air vent, and an air vent valve that adjusts the vacuum inside the dispenser; a rotor attached to a battery powered motor; and two switches, one for operating automatically upon pouring and the other manually activated. The vacuum system controls the flow rate during pouring and the constant mixing disperses the ingredients so that the samples dispensed are representative of the original mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignees: HP Intellectual Corp.
    Inventor: Albert John Hofeldt